flipmac

flipmac

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Joined on May 30, 2011

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On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-800 (213 comments in total)
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tkbslc: How can the G7 be picked over the GX80 for video? GX80 has the same video quality and features as the G7, but adds IBIS to the mix. Makes no sense.

Mic port and fully articulated screen

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 23:00 UTC
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ThePhilips: If body-only price falls below $500, it would be a nice competition to the Sony A6000. ... 2 years too late.

How is Panasonic 2 years too late? They have other models to compete with the A6000, like the GX7.

Now comparing this to the A6000 as kits (not sure about the body prices), the A6000 kit is $700 at BestBuy. For $100 more for the GX80/GX85 kit, you get a newer model, no AA filter, 5-axis IBIS, higher res EVF and screen, touchscreen and 4k video. That's not a bad deal and you have access to more lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2165 comments in total)
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endofoto: This is a nice camera however it has 1/160 flash sync speed. I am asking Richard Butler, why the manufacturers could not have overcome this handicap after all those years of research?

My Panasonic GX7 has 1/320 flash sync. As the person above have stated, you need to pay more for higher performance.

That said, I did expect for the flash sync and shutter speed to go higher with the higher price. May be on A7000?

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 03:32 UTC
On article The effect of pixel size on noise (94 comments in total)

Obviously, the least noisy looking image will be the one that was scaled up the least, which is the one that was captured with a non-cropped FF sensor.

If you print the images out at 1:1 scale and viewed them from the same distance, then the noise will look the same, but obviously the prints from the cropped sensor will be smaller.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 07:23 UTC as 9th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review (611 comments in total)
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eijinkiver: I'm were confuse to choose GX7 and Nikon D5500. which is one do you think the best one?

Depends on your needs. I'd go for the GX7 for the following reason: smaller, better build quality, cheaper, larger viewfinder, faster flash-sync, faster shutter, way better remote app, lens also available from Olympus and other 3rd party makers as well as being able to adapt pretty any lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 05:17 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (401 comments in total)
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Txla: Not a professional photographer here, just a camera enthusiast. Sold my Sony RX100 M3 for a good deal (so no harm done at all) and now thinking of getting either the G5X or going for the RX100 M4. What do you guys suggest?

Pros of Canon: Touch screen and I like the look
Cons: Might be a downgrade (?)

Another option is the G7X, which is basically the same camera (same sensor, processor, lens, screen, etc.) as the G5X in a smaller, RX100-like package. That is, if you don't need the EVF, articulated screen and the extra dials.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 04:59 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 release moved to early March (71 comments in total)
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RStyga: Fujifilm, you'd better take your time. It's far, far better to delay, a few months even, and get it right than rush to release a potentially problematic product.

EthanP99, 'as good as the a6300' in what ways? Does the a6300 have hybrid viewfinder, faster shutter/flash-sync, more direct dials/controls, etc.? Sure, the a6300 is cheaper and can do certain things better than the xpro2 (like video) but it's not outright better.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 23:26 UTC
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flipmac: So the trend of not putting touch lcd and evf in a mirrorless body continues for Sony, eh? I actually expected that although I don't get why. Also, I didn't expect Sony to put IBIS in this model.

But at a $1000 price level, it should have 1/8000 shutter, faster flash sync, improved ergonomics, more dials, etc. The better body material as well as higher EVF are welcome upgrades but are to be expected. Even with the improvement on sensor, AF, etc. I don't see why its body MSRP is $200 more than the KIT MSRP of the A6000.

billyf, those two have the things I mentioned that this doesn't, like 1/8000 shutter and 1/250. Same for the GX7/GX8, EM5mkII, etc. As well as the other stuff mentioned by others that it lakes (IBIS, touchscreen, etc.). Once you crack $1000, you expect these things. Didn't it is not powerful, it certainly is in some aspects like AF but the price, especially when compared to it's previous iteration doesn't really make sense.

SwedishPhoto, of course I mean what I said, a touch lcd + EVF. Not a touch-enabled viewfinder. Ever since NEX-7, to NEX-6 and so on, Sony didn't put both, even thought NEX-5N, etc. have touch screen.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 16:38 UTC

So the trend of not putting touch lcd and evf in a mirrorless body continues for Sony, eh? I actually expected that although I don't get why. Also, I didn't expect Sony to put IBIS in this model.

But at a $1000 price level, it should have 1/8000 shutter, faster flash sync, improved ergonomics, more dials, etc. The better body material as well as higher EVF are welcome upgrades but are to be expected. Even with the improvement on sensor, AF, etc. I don't see why its body MSRP is $200 more than the KIT MSRP of the A6000.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 03:56 UTC as 98th comment | 4 replies
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (618 comments in total)
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photoshack: It is confusing to me why they would have an Ethernet port versus build in fast wireless. If this camera is a sport shooter rig, tethering makes little sense anyway right? While tethered to Ethernet may be useful to map hotfolders easily, just seems like Wifi would be more useful.

@Deliverator: they made a hole through the magnesium body for the ethener port, they can do the same for the wi-fi module. Also, the wi-fi module itself doesn't need to be outside the metal body, just the antenna wires that can wrap around the body sandwiched between the metal chassis and rubber/plastic case.

@tr573: a built-in module and an external adapter will use the same protocol to talk to your device. The feature it provides will be the same regardless the wi-fi module is inside or outside the adapter; the difference would be in signal strength.

That said, WFT-E8A adapter allows ONLY file transfers. My built-in wi-fi allows full control of camera as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 20:51 UTC
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (153 comments in total)
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RingoMan: Well, the 34 mm equivalent is correct. The f stops are never part of this as an f stop is based on focal length devided by lens opening. Not sure why anyone would write this silly mistake.

You contradict yourself. Initially you said "The sensitivity of the sensors varies with the size of the sensor" and now, you're just echoing what I've said. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 07:09 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (618 comments in total)
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photoshack: It is confusing to me why they would have an Ethernet port versus build in fast wireless. If this camera is a sport shooter rig, tethering makes little sense anyway right? While tethered to Ethernet may be useful to map hotfolders easily, just seems like Wifi would be more useful.

If the wi-fi connection is unreliable, then use the fast USB3.0 connection that it has.

The sole purpose of this approach is to sell the pro a $600 wi-fi adapter. I guess the thinking would be: "sure, it's only 10% more."

Funny, my camera costs me less than $600 and it has wi-fi built-in. That said, it's not rare for a pro-level gear to leave out common features we come to expect.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 06:58 UTC

I find it odd that Canon opted to put in an ethernet port and making wi-fi optional via a $600 adapter, as opposed to having built-in wi-fi (direct) for wireless transfer/control out of the box, especially it already has a USB3.0 port - meaning it's somewhat redundant.

But then again, I don't think this camera is aimed to someone like me.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 05:30 UTC as 70th comment | 3 replies
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (153 comments in total)
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RingoMan: Well, the 34 mm equivalent is correct. The f stops are never part of this as an f stop is based on focal length devided by lens opening. Not sure why anyone would write this silly mistake.

"The sensitivity of the sensors varies with the size of the sensor"

Wrong. The sensor sensitivity is purely dictated by the pixel/photosite size and sensor technology.

If you crop a FF photo to a quarter (roughly 4/3 size), do you get 4 times the noise all of a sudden? Similarly, if you make 4 sensors out of one FF sensor and take a photo with any of one of them at the same exposure settings as the original FF sensor (and using the same lens), would there be anymore noise from the smaller sensors?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 04:40 UTC
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callaesthetics: If i put a full frame 300 f4 lens with an adapter on the Olympus i get the same image and exposure correct? And it only uses a small image circle from the full frame lens, the Olympus is engineered so that it uses only a image circle made for m43 sensor, so why are the lens the same size? Shouldn't this lens be smaller?

Ya...the Canon 300/4 IS has been around for almost 20yrs (came out in '97) and I guess since the Oly one has more fancy elements inside it. Anyway, a comparison between the 2 lenses mounted on a m4/3 body would be interesting.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 08:00 UTC
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callaesthetics: If i put a full frame 300 f4 lens with an adapter on the Olympus i get the same image and exposure correct? And it only uses a small image circle from the full frame lens, the Olympus is engineered so that it uses only a image circle made for m43 sensor, so why are the lens the same size? Shouldn't this lens be smaller?

As 88SAL says, it's a 300mm lens and so it will be similar in size to another 300 F/4 as the diameter of the entrance pupil will be same (75mm). That said, this has an FoV similar to a 600mm lens on FF. How big is that?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 07:30 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1293 comments in total)
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Howard: Honest question:
What is the advantage of this camera over the Sony A6000?

Don't forget magnesium body and touchscreen. I don't why Sony still don't have a Nex/Alpha body with EVF and touchscreen.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 22:14 UTC
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Don Sata: The lens is too big, what's the point of making a fixed focal length compact with that huge lens?

That lens is so big, the bag for it has a hole for the lens to stick out: http://uk.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-Q/Accessories/Q-Camera-accessories/Day-Bag

Kidding aside, it could be have been smaller but at less than 4" deep for the FF lens+camera, it's not that bad really.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 03:57 UTC
On article Nikon D7200 Review (644 comments in total)
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Boky: hahaha..

Pros:
"Reasonably small, light body for a DSLR at this level"

Cons:
"Camera is bulky when compared to mirrorless rivals"

have another one for you fellas, to make it even greater joke of a review:

Cons:
Camera is even more bulkier when compared to point & shoot rivals

Keep up the good work!
Nick

"Camera is even more bulkier when compared to point & shoot rivals"

The keyword is "rivals" ("mirrorless rivals", which means similar IQ, performance, controls, and feature set. Actually, some mirrorless have better features, like faster liveview (obviously), articulated touch screen, better video and so on all in a smaller and lighter package.

Believe it or not, companies making these so called "mirrorless rivals" are targeting the same consumers and I'm pretty some a portion of these consumers put some kind of value in compactness; hence, the negative point about it's bulkiness.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 07:12 UTC
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (733 comments in total)
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bernardly: Nearly everyone is assuming that further miniaturization of both the APS-C and FF DSLR is impossible. I do not believe this is the case. The DSLR concept has so much more potential. What I do believe is that Canon and Nikon have been very conservative and lazy in their R&D efforts. There are a number of possible improvements: sensor based image stabilization will greatly reduce the size and cost of DSLR lenses; radical miniaturization and integration of internal camera components as in smartphones; optical viewfinder with transparent digital overlay including a histogram based on an advanced next generation meter. A true next generation DSLR should be the size of a Nikon Fm3a or FM2 with no need to ape the idiosyncratic design details of old film cameras. The Sony A7 cameras are great innovations—make no mistake. Their allure is that they reproduce the size and shape of classic SLR cameras. Sony is lighting a fire under the Canon and Nikon behemoth.

"So lens stabilization is a better approach - which is why Canon and Nikon use it"

The cynical part of me thinks that it's more about being able to sell the new and improved (and expensive) VR/IS lenses to replace the "obsolete" non-stabilized lenses lenses people already had. DSLR's from Sony, Olympus and Pentax had IBIS and they were/are useful.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 02:41 UTC
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