dkyl

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Joined on Jul 23, 2004

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Dr Blackjack: Nooooo don't become a rumors website!!!!! If you must make this a sidebar post

Then you know nothing!! Jon... I mean Barney Britton

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 23:54 UTC
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Dr Blackjack: Nooooo don't become a rumors website!!!!! If you must make this a sidebar post

@Barney "I'd be inclined to believe that they are".
Lol mate. It must be killing you inside you can't break your NDA and just tell ppl these r real.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 11:27 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (787 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: Still lacks any kind of image stabilizer. I can't help think that this would become a really serious contender if they could add something like Olympus's five axis system. I know it's a fairly wide angle and fast lens, but it's still lacking that ability to get reliably sharp handheld shots in certain situations, and it would make a big difference for video.

@wolfloid: with the newest dual lens body IS, we're talking hand holding up to a few seconds for similar focal lengths and still getting critically sharp results.
But I agree, it would add cost and bulk.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 10:27 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (787 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: Still lacks any kind of image stabilizer. I can't help think that this would become a really serious contender if they could add something like Olympus's five axis system. I know it's a fairly wide angle and fast lens, but it's still lacking that ability to get reliably sharp handheld shots in certain situations, and it would make a big difference for video.

I agree. But I have a different take. It's harder for Fuji to add IBIS than for Olympus to do a X100 copy with a m43 sensor and IBIS but minus the hybrid finder.
Not really sure why Olympus haven't explored it really. They need to spread their sensor R&D costs over as many models as possible.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 09:27 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)
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dkyl: Has the lighting changed?
Red and gold paintbrush on both upper left and lower right side.
Canon/Pentax pair appear the same but different to the Fuji/Sony pair.

That's likely it.
But I was referring to the default cameras that showed up in the comparison tool for the GFX.
Namely the Pentax 645Z, Sony A7r II and Canon 5DSR

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 23:52 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)

Has the lighting changed?
Red and gold paintbrush on both upper left and lower right side.
Canon/Pentax pair appear the same but different to the Fuji/Sony pair.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 16:06 UTC as 219th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (669 comments in total)
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Autriche78: Good for Canon, but can someone explain why every manufacturer seems to desire to confuse the consumer with model numbers that bear no obvious relation to hierarchy within a system? So this is below the 5 but above the 3 - and labelled as #6. Seriously...

@rrccad: which would make sense if the M3 was a higher end model than the M5 but it's not.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 05:50 UTC
On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (669 comments in total)
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Autriche78: Good for Canon, but can someone explain why every manufacturer seems to desire to confuse the consumer with model numbers that bear no obvious relation to hierarchy within a system? So this is below the 5 but above the 3 - and labelled as #6. Seriously...

4 has the same 'death' connotations in both Chinese and Japanese culture.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 04:49 UTC
On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (669 comments in total)
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Autriche78: Good for Canon, but can someone explain why every manufacturer seems to desire to confuse the consumer with model numbers that bear no obvious relation to hierarchy within a system? So this is below the 5 but above the 3 - and labelled as #6. Seriously...

If they don't like the 4 number, they should've planned the models a bit better from the start to not use M3 and M5 whilst wanting an in between model too. Did they suddenly realize 'oh $hit!! we can't use M4'.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 04:45 UTC
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dkyl: The 100mm 2.8 STF looks interesting. There's a Laowa 105mm f2 STF that seem to perform pretty well but is manual focus and lacks stabilisation although depending on the body you might get back some form of stabilisation.

Not sure how to conclude that from looking at lens elements from the two lenses mentioned.
BTW I'm not claiming anything about who did apodization first. Merely pointing out the presence of two STF lens options fairly similar in focal length but differing in features and at different price points. Good to have multiple options.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 06:11 UTC

The 100mm 2.8 STF looks interesting. There's a Laowa 105mm f2 STF that seem to perform pretty well but is manual focus and lacks stabilisation although depending on the body you might get back some form of stabilisation.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 04:52 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (688 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 (688 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 (805 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 (502 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 (2162 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
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