dkyl

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On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (681 comments in total)
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Scintilla Aquila: "That said, I'm exploring shooting exclusively using my nose as my primary means of selecting an AF area."

I *trust* there will be an article forthcoming about the effectiveness of this approach.

Ok I'll bite. So let's use it screen closed when not in use so it is indeed protected and there's no need to disable touchscreen. I still need a way to directly access AF points so I'm still going to resort to the 4-way pad.
Or if I open the screen to the left, my nose won't interfere but I also can't reach it with my right hand and my left hand is usually supporting the lens. So I still need to use the 4-way pad.
So my question stands, can I configure the number of points the 4-way pad can select when I enable direct focus area?

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 04:49 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (681 comments in total)
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Scintilla Aquila: "That said, I'm exploring shooting exclusively using my nose as my primary means of selecting an AF area."

I *trust* there will be an article forthcoming about the effectiveness of this approach.

But seriously though, in direct AF area can you configure the number of AF points that you can select when you directly press the 4-way direction pad? I couldn't do this on the GX85 and tried the touch screen method and yes, my nose keeps resetting the AF point, being left eye dominant so the touch screen AF point selection didn't work well for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 05:17 UTC
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peeyaj: This would slaughter the Fuji Xt2!

Really would depend on how they perform in real life shooting. Fuji X buyers tend to be big on ergonomics and the lens set. I'm not so sure the impressive A6500 would budge them too much.
For the newbie, this could be a bit pricey. I suppose the well heeled newbie would be a good target as well as non-enthusiast former DSLR users. The specs are a camera salesman's dream.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 00:46 UTC
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cd cooker: What a strange cameras roll out strategy from Sony. This A6500 is what the A6300 should be. I feel sorry for those A6300 early adopters. No reason Sony should release these two cameras successively in a span of 6 months. On the other hand, where is the replacement of A5100?

The release is either genius or sneaky depending on your perspective.
The time frame being this close together between the A6300 and A6500, Sony didn't react to criticism of A6300's perceived shortcoming and addressed it in a higher end model, this was planned all along.
And it was possibly planned to condition price expectations. A6300 wasn't cheap and many expected some of the A6500 inclusions for that price. Had the A6500 dropped first, it'd be a more difficult sell at its asking price.

Of course the other theory would be Sony is developing at such a break neck speed that there's not as much strategic planning, but a roll out of technology as soon as it's ready and pricing accordingly. IBIS and the new sensor wasn't ready for the A6300 but was shortly after. But why wait 18months when there's still growth in mirrorless when you can release it sooner. Consolidate market share as much as possible.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 00:31 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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rbach44: Full frame user (switched from M43 once upon a time) not looking to troll but asking an honest question:

Looking at the 25mm 1.2 makes me think the same thing as when I saw the f.95 Noktons: Isn’t this just the wrong system for shallow DOF? Putting a big, heavy, and expensive lens on a system built around portability makes no sense to me…

Especially considering that the cost of this lens is the same as a used D600+50mm 1.8, which will provide similar DOF characteristics at little size/weight penalty when considering the whole combo. And that is not even considering the (at least in my opinion) poor ergonomics of a big lens on a small body, the IQ advantage of full frame, and the (presumably) poorer performance at f1.2 compared to a good ol’ f1.8.

Of course M43 has its other advantages, but doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF than shoehorning a very fast lens into a system that really just doesn’t excel in that area? Am I missing something here?

To me, it indicates a maturation of a system.
Had they started the system off with these, more may have queried the strategy.
But the m43 lens lineup are rounding out nicely and many user's needs does expand beyond just ''good but portable" which m43 already caters well for.
So there may be better choices for some parameters if you look at the product in isolation but IMO this is welcomed addition to a well-rounded system.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 06:04 UTC
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steelhead3: I am curious how this will render (will it be for infinity or close up?), if dual purpose, will the 1.4 be usable. Without eye focus, will the nose always be in focus? Will it have to be shot with LV to get critical focus? I sure like the focal length.

Without eye focus???
Are you choosing your own AF point and placing it on the eye or letting the camera choose for u?

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 04:22 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)
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Sam Santana: Did they have to make it so ugly???

Not too sure about the colour scheme but the shape and ergonomics looks great. Now to try it out and see how it feels in the hand.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:56 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (496 comments in total)
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Grig: I don't see destruction compared to FZ1000... Sorry... May be good idea to change it to "outperforms" or something like it if you really think so, but not destroys for sure... But to me FZ Leica lens is sharper and less CA... Especially on the sides at F8 at 400mm

"Our images, our analysis and our everyday experience tell us that the RX10 III's lens is - in totality - significantly better than the competition"
Fair enough if that's how you feel except the proceeding images you provided doesn't back this up. As others have noted, it betters/outperforms the competition but to varying degrees and not necessarily very significant going by your samples.
Perhaps the truth is the RX III does outperforms the competition significantly but then it shows the weakness in your sample images.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 11:06 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2157 comments in total)
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dkyl: Any AF tests with the G-Master 70-200/2.8 or 85/1.4?
The continuous tracking certainly seem impressive as it follows the subject around the screen but I haven't seen any really shallow DOF continuous AF tests yet. It'd be nice to push the AF to see how well it does with much shallower DOF situations during tracking.

Well yes. But it's easy for us armchair pundits to criticise but testing AF comprehensively would be pretty tricky because of all the variables. So I'll take the tests here for what's it's worth but I would like to see the A6300 system stressed more Eg. Using faster lens at shorter subject distances where inaccuracies aren't hidden in DOF or where background is closer and busier.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 10:51 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2157 comments in total)

Any AF tests with the G-Master 70-200/2.8 or 85/1.4?
The continuous tracking certainly seem impressive as it follows the subject around the screen but I haven't seen any really shallow DOF continuous AF tests yet. It'd be nice to push the AF to see how well it does with much shallower DOF situations during tracking.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 07:43 UTC as 190th comment | 2 replies
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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vFunct: Nikon makes the best cameras - better than Canon.

Nothing else is even in the same league.

Whenever I go to a press event, all the professional photographers are using Nikon or Canon.

There is absolutely nothing else.

Mirrorless cameras are garbage, strictly used by amateurs that do not know professional photography.

This new Nikon is just icing on their top-shelf cake.

I don't know what's more irritating. A fanboy or hater??

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 03:22 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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image360by180: I truly find it hard to believe Nikon is going back. The digital age is now the age. Bringing out a camera that ignores all the benefits that digital can offer is like making a better old school buggy whip as cars started to replace carriages.

As noted, many seem to like this, good for you, I'm not about judgement or placing my basis on others. Hope this works for you.

For me, this is crazy stupid as Nikon has not even come close to maximizing the digital potential of their DSLR line.

Just a comment from a Nikon D800/D7100 glass invested user.

@Dave Oddie.
Absolutely. Don't design retro for the sake of retro. The retro cues are only there cos they represent a time when there weren't all the hinderances of convergent products. So its wise to pay attention to some of those design features and incorporate what's appropriate so the final product is ergonomically complimentary, not a fashion statement.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 03:16 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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Raymond Cho: would not a die hard fan just shoot film film and lab services are readily available in cities plus b/w processing is easy, got my first one done without issues just a few months back. it's like getting a mustang and put in a electric engine with builtin satnav and complaining that it doesn't have auto wipers or it may well have that too .. that may be $3,000 per product cycle into film and lab cost.

I think people miss the old-school ergonomics, not shooting film.
Its more like some people prefer a Nissan GTR with all the techno wizardry whilst others prefer a Lotus or Caterham. Great performances all round, but very different experiences.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 03:07 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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AlanG: What can it do, or do better than other Nikon models? Can I use Canon and Leica lenses on it as with a Sony A7? I don't think so!!!

True, there's no certainty.
But do you really think the Sony's can support all those lens, including AF and all.
If Sony can, and do it well then I tip my hat to their engineers.
But of course then an adapter would be required. It'd become a very flexible jack of all trades hypothetical camera...great!!
But some would prefer a more focussed product.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 02:46 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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Erick L: When you don't have content, change the container.

Content was already present but the container was a hinderance. So they took away the offending hinderances?

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 02:38 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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InTheMist: Why this Nikon guy doesn't want mirrorless:
- The mount and it's defined focal length allows for a mirror. I certainly don't want to replace all my Nikon glass.
- Adapters suck.
- I want the instant start, low-power standby with wake-to-exposure times measured in tenths of a second.
- I don't want an EVF sucking juice in the background and taking a long time to start.
- I want no-compromise focus tracking.

Besides that, I don't want video, don't want the button, don't want the menu items, don't want the engineering time spent on it nor the corresponding increase in price.

I don't want mirrorless in THIS particular camera but I do like mirrorless for other things. There's room for both.
Did someone say starting a company?? I'll join ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 02:36 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: By the way, will Sony, Canon..... think about using the Beaulieu 4008ZM4 style for their new 4K cameras?

The style of Beaulieu cameras are..... really beautiful!

I had to look up what Beaulieu cameras are. But if they do what videographers want them to do, then why not?

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 02:34 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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Prognathous: What I'd really like to see - complete battery-less operation, just like mechanical FM models. To achieve that, Nikon should just bring back the film advance lever and connect it to a dynamo to generate the small amount of power needed to trip the shutter and write to the memory card (maybe even use the light meter for a short time). This way, the camera can continue working even when the battery is completely depleted.

I think this would be a great solution for users in remote areas without easy access to electricity. I don't think such users would complain about using the film advance lever like the old days, especially when its actually required by the camera to function and allows them to use it when all other digital cameras are "dead".

Its not such a bad idea you know. But I doubt this Df is it. It don't think it'll go 'that' basic.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 02:28 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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km25: I hope this camera is not $3K. If it D-FM. I should not cost more than a D610 and close to a D800. And no movie.
My first Nikon, was a Nikkormat Ftn. It was Nikormat not the F, because the F cost much more, not because the Nikkormat was Retro.

You're forgetting an important digital difference though. The sensor. Which is the single most expensive component and this thing's rumoured to get the D4 sensor which is not a high volume unit. I think it'll be somewhere between a D610 and D800.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 02:20 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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AlanG: What can it do, or do better than other Nikon models? Can I use Canon and Leica lenses on it as with a Sony A7? I don't think so!!!

Well we don't know yet, not til Nov 5th anyways. But going by the rumours, an uncluttered photographic experience with native F-mount support. Hopefully that photographic experience includes a great optical viewfinder too.
No you can't use Leica or Canon lens on it. If you'd like to, its obviously not the camera for you.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 02:15 UTC
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