Summi Luchs

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On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS M6 Mark II review (305 comments in total)
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abruzzopat: Nice review, thanks. I have a question regarding the use of mediocre lenses on this 32MP camera vs the original 24MP. I saw the side-by-side shots between the 32mm and the 15-45 and obviously the 32mm is much better. However, on a 24MP camera would the 15-45 actually look better?

In other words, if you're primarily using one the M zooms, do you actually lose IQ moving to this new 32MP sensor, or do you simply not get the benefit of it?

@JACS: Marc Petzold and HumanTarget both are right. It depends on your method how to judge image quality. If you look at the picture at a given print size, more sensor resolution will not degrade the result. If you look at the pixels @100% you will observe more weaknesses of the lens with increasing sensor resolution.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2019 at 14:15 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R review (705 comments in total)

A list Price of $2499 ? A real bargain. Wasn't that confused with the 24 MP S1 ?

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2019 at 15:51 UTC as 165th comment | 1 reply

Well, nothing can improve your photography as much as a new lens mount. The larger its diameter, the more good ideas can pass to the sensor and ultimately to your eye and brain. And a shorter flange distance makes it even better: It will let more oblique light beams in, that will translate to more unconventional ideas for your photos...

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2019 at 21:09 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 review (336 comments in total)
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quintana: The images prove one thing to me: I have no use for ultra wide angle. I think it looks unnatural. At the moment my widest lens is the 16/1.4 and very rarely do I feel that the 14/2.8 might be better for a certain shot.
In my last vacation I used mostly the 27/2.8 and sometimes the 16/1.4 and 55-200/3.5-4.8.

But for those who like UWA-lenses this looks like a pretty decent choice.

No offence, but why do you think that we all have to know that you do not have any use for UWA lenses. It is absolutely common that a photographer does not need every available focal length.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2019 at 22:01 UTC

No reason to cry, more recent products offer much better functionality. But if you want to keep Aperture and use the new OS on the SAME Mac, you simply can install VMWare and run an instance of an older Mac OS together with Aperture on a VM. Of course, it is questionable if it is worth the effort, but it may be better than crying during the next five years...

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2019 at 18:16 UTC as 72nd comment
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MirrorLessHater: Hope Samsung return to mirrorless camera industry.
samsung is more agressive than Sony when it comes to AF, sensor, speed,video and features. The NX1 was easely 4 years ahead of its time.

Why should Samsung re-join a globally shrinking market ? Samsung's camera department moved to their smartphone business which seems to be quite healthy. In contrast, Sharp might need this step to keep their video camera business alive.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2019 at 20:54 UTC
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Macro guy: Do I understand this correctly that the new adapter will not support Canon lenses? What does it mean compatible lenses? What happens if you mount a lens that the adapter doesn't deem compatible? Does it still work? Does it work with some limitations?

Officially the MC-11 adapter also did not support Canon EF lenses, but it worked quite well, at least with newer USM lenses. The compatibility indicator remains dark if a Canon lens is mounted, but that does not mean malfunction. I would expect that the "EF side" of the MC-11 and MC-21 will work similarly.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2019 at 21:53 UTC

In fact, it is hard to understand how many supporters followed this kickstarter campaign. In a time when serious camera makers see a decline of the market the chances for such a marginal product are low. With this information and its tech specs it was foreseeable that it would not succeed (as if was for the Meyer Optics). Technically the camera does not offer anything above an average smartphone. The film simulation would have been programmable for a phone app with much less effort.

The only possible plus was its look and its fancy brand name, probably attracting hipsters. But when I read of its quality issues (in other posts here) and its poor mechanical quality (a cheap plastic toy) a real hipster even won't touch it. These issues, however, were not so clear when the campaign started.

What we can learn: Never support a campaign for ridiculous projects.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 08:26 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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Photoman: Some problems reported:

Camera turns off when the shutter is pressed
Camera doesn’t even turn on
Camera is plastic and cheaply made
Camera parts are breaking/falling off
Fake buttons molded into the plastic just for looks
Camera is hard to hold while pressing the shutter
Yet to receive their cameras and haven’t had any updates on the status
Awful image quality comparable to cheap toy cameras for kids
Incorrect labeling on the fake film roll
B&W photos coming out blue
Unreliable shutter button that doesn’t always trigger a photo
Shutter takes photos on the way up instead of when its fully pressed down
Shutter button so stiff that it’s unusable
Winding lever gets jammed. Needs to be manually pushed back
Stickers on the camera have bubbles and are defective
Photos can’t be found after they’re captured
Difficulty inserting digiFilm rolls
Removing the lens cover caused the lens to separate
Included cable that isn’t compatible with the camera
Photos are out of focus/distorted

"Awful image quality comparable to cheap toy cameras for kids".

It is a toy camera for adults. Unfortunately it seems to be made by quality standards below cheap Chinese toymakers.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 07:55 UTC

Might become a nice addition to my lightweight travel kit. I hope, the new optical formula including asphericals will be much better than the older (M-Mount) Skopars.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 16:23 UTC as 36th comment
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1502 comments in total)

Nice comparsion at least at the current state w/o testing the final product (Z7).

I would, however, mention one Point that is essential for me any maybe other users. While Nikon's user interface maybe better and the larger lens mount might facilitate the development of top quality lenses, the Sony allows to build up a significantly smaller and lighter FF system. I do not have the big GM zooms in mind, but if you are a prime shooter, you can easily build up a lightweight high quality system (e.g. 28mm f2, 55mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8). The first Nikon primes seem to suggest that size and weight ist not their highest priority. The f2.8 pro zoom shooter, however will most probably not go through such considerations.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 13:22 UTC as 371st comment | 1 reply
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camerosity: Seeing as how the used manual focus NOCT sells for $2500+ on the auction site, this new lens should easily eclipse it in performance and price. It's a win for Nikon and will sell well.

I doubt that it will sell too well. Photographers relying on F1.2 lenses had this choice with Canon since many years. Even the mirrorless crowd could use the Canon lenses on Sony FF - with a good adapter these combos are working very well. So mainly a group of loyal Nikon shooters or Sony/Canon haters will be left. If the lens would be faster than F1.2 I expect that its price will become a limiting factor.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 19:37 UTC

Two years ago it was so easy to explain that I took my smartphone as a second camera. Now its become difficult to count...

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 23:16 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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armanius: In all fairness, the idea to have these photos is to have a memory of not only the location, but yourself in the location. So what if thousands have done the same pose on the same spot? The other thousands wasn't you.

I agree, it's absolutely ok to take photos, done by thousands in a similar way, as a personal memory. But what's the point of publishing these photos on a (nearly) world wide platform ? Millions of photos meaningless for billions of people...

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2018 at 00:01 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (352 comments in total)
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Mirrormania: Gigantic body, tiny sensor, something is not right.

Larger sensor fast focussing, high frame rate cameras, like Nikon D5 or Canon 1D are huge compared to their sensor sizes too (look at Sony how small a full frame camera can get). The absolute size and weight of the E-M1-II is still significantly lower. It all comes down to the question if MFT is the right format for your needs.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 20:20 UTC
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alexzn: Dpreview should be weary of publishing posts based on press releases. As correctly mentioned here there is no energy density data in the article. It's a nice with but not as revolutionary as it sounds.

Indeed charging a 1300mAh Battery (like Nikon EL-N-15) in 10 seconds would require a charging current of 468 Amperes (from a constant current source). Such currents are used in electrowelding and can turn all computer and household cables into vapor. It's vaporware, literally.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
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Mfritter: The exciting news, at least to me, is a reasonably priced ultra-wide. The Loxia 18 or the Batis 21 are three times the price, and wides don't adapt especially well to the Sonys (Sonies?). I tried the Zeiss 21 f4.5 ZM and the corners were unacceptable, and I'll accept a lot.

I used the Samyang 85mm on Nikon and was very happy with it.

The Zeiss ZM Ultrawides are made for film rangefinders and suffer from the the same problems as most Leica wides. Too many oblique light rays can hit the sensor. Do not compare these lenses with Zeiss designs that are made for Sony FE. The Loxia 21mm is an outstanding performer. Nevertheless, the Samyang 14mm sounds very interesting.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 20:19 UTC

Interesting concept, but maybe, at the time it might hit the market, we will see the next generation of EVFs. I doubt that the future will lie in complex opto-mechanical solutions.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 23:06 UTC as 69th comment | 7 replies
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farandhigh: Canon make so ugly cameras.

Seems like all cameras are ugly. In nearly every camera presentation, regardles of manufacturer, at least one poster finds it ugly.I find it much worse to take ugly pictures...

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 08:28 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (597 comments in total)
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LewToo: Lenses ... the outstanding feature about Pentax.

My collection of lenses dating back to a circa 1955 500mm f4.5 m42 screw mount will still work on their newest cameras. NO other manufacturer can make that claim. In fact for most manufacturers you need a roadmap and a reference book to see what lense will fit what body.

My Pentax lenses also work on my Sony A6000.

Sure, you can use these old lenses on the K-1. But they are no replacement for state-of-the art lenses matching the 36MP sensor in resolution. With fast and precise autofocus, of course. The old lenses are nice additional options if you want to use their imperfections ("character") for artful expression. Let's see Pentax' new lens roadmap, this will finally determine the success of the FF line.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
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