Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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This is really lame.

Throwing commemorative logos on products to celebrate an anniversary. Had they instead released a limited "special edition" DL 18-50, and priced it at $3,000, they probably would have sold out an entire run of 10,000 copies, and created an instant collectors edition.

Special logos don't mean very much. Rare special editions of cameras unavailable any other way could mean a lot.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 21:17 UTC as 2nd comment

This just in..... all the Nikon 100th Anniversary special editions will be delayed due to the Kumamoto earthquake that struck Japan in 2016.

The special editions are now expected to be available by June 2019, or maybe never.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 11:16 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On article We try out the new HassleVlad (100 comments in total)
In reply to:

Swerky: Next DPReview member should be named Shanon.

Or Franklympus

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 13:10 UTC

Personally, I think these new fridges are nice, but I will hold out until they offer a Micro Fridge with a 4/3 sensor. That could be the ideal travel fridge, and would probably be a big hit among Asian women.

Especially if they came in red, white or pink.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 11:35 UTC as 70th comment
On article Pentax KP Review (647 comments in total)
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Albert Valentino: Over all, Pentax cameras seem to the best value, including great ergomonics, IQ.

I agree with your overall assessment.

The problem might be that the ILC market isn't driven by value, like it was ten years ago. Today it seems the entire value market has shifted to smart phones. Even the entry level DSLRs are disappearing from some big box stores.

The KP on it's own is an outstanding camera, and I think Pentax would sell the same number of them if they sold for $1,500 rather than $1,000. Meaning, I don't think many Pentax buyers are buying Pentax cameras because they represent "better value" today. They buy them because they like their performance and features.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 15:12 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (647 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Pentax keeps proving, over and over again, that having outstanding cameras that are jam packed with features, and that deliver incredible image quality and value just isn't enough to make a serious dent in the shrinking DSLR market that is dominated by two 800 pound gorillas.

It just seems like an exercise in futility. What a pity.

@ NotSteve.... The "pity" is that Pentax is struggling. Of course, more choices for us are good. And Pentax makes excellent products that can't seem to get much market share. The K5 is a perfect example of an outstanding camera that didn't do as well as it should have in the market.

@ tailings... Olympus is in a similar situation as Pentax, except they aren't competing in the same market niche. In their own niche, Olympus is a fairly large gorilla.

Whether Olympus, Panasonic are "inferior format systems" is based entirely on your own particular needs.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (647 comments in total)

Pentax keeps proving, over and over again, that having outstanding cameras that are jam packed with features, and that deliver incredible image quality and value just isn't enough to make a serious dent in the shrinking DSLR market that is dominated by two 800 pound gorillas.

It just seems like an exercise in futility. What a pity.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 12:26 UTC as 53rd comment | 11 replies

You have to give William Meridith some credit. It really isn't that easy to hit an erratic moving target at 83 feet.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 20:07 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS 77D / 9000D sample gallery (145 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Let's see if I got this right ... Canon now has the Rebel, the 77D, the 80D, the 7D, the 6D, the 5D, the 1D and the M series, not counting all their toy point-n-shoots. It's getting a bit crowded and confusing, don't you think?

And shouldn't the EOS 77D sit between the EOS 70D and EOS 80D? ... even more confusing.

The question was whether Canon, who has a 50% ILC market share, had "too many models" with seven different cameras currently available.

I only mentioned Pentax because they have four current models with a combined 3% market share. An even better example might be M4/3, which has eleven different current models.

It should be obvious why this comparison was made.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 13:14 UTC
On article Canon EOS 77D / 9000D sample gallery (145 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Let's see if I got this right ... Canon now has the Rebel, the 77D, the 80D, the 7D, the 6D, the 5D, the 1D and the M series, not counting all their toy point-n-shoots. It's getting a bit crowded and confusing, don't you think?

And shouldn't the EOS 77D sit between the EOS 70D and EOS 80D? ... even more confusing.

Yes... perhaps BMW was a bad example. Subaru works better!

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 20:17 UTC
On article Canon EOS 77D / 9000D sample gallery (145 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Let's see if I got this right ... Canon now has the Rebel, the 77D, the 80D, the 7D, the 6D, the 5D, the 1D and the M series, not counting all their toy point-n-shoots. It's getting a bit crowded and confusing, don't you think?

And shouldn't the EOS 77D sit between the EOS 70D and EOS 80D? ... even more confusing.

Toyota has a lot of models too, because they have a pretty big market share.

But that doesn't prevent BMW from making nice cars too. Think of your Pentax as a BMW and you will feel a whole lot better.

My point was that "number of models" has a lot to do with market share and volume, and you could make a good case that Canon doesn't have too many models when you consider how many cameras they sell.

In any case, it's pretty hard to argue with success....

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
On article Canon EOS 77D / 9000D sample gallery (145 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Let's see if I got this right ... Canon now has the Rebel, the 77D, the 80D, the 7D, the 6D, the 5D, the 1D and the M series, not counting all their toy point-n-shoots. It's getting a bit crowded and confusing, don't you think?

And shouldn't the EOS 77D sit between the EOS 70D and EOS 80D? ... even more confusing.

This is what happens when you have a 50% market share.

If you compare market share to number of models, then Pentax has too many models, and Canon doesn't have enough!

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 17:23 UTC

The important question is... does this new iPad have a headphone port?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 00:14 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies

Rishi...

Thanks for a very informative and well written article.

I think the real problem here isn't medium format, but just this particular 44x33mm sensor that is really "super full frame" and not a real medium format, in the same sense as 6x4.5, 6x6, or 6.7 was.

And like you rightfully point out, there just isn't enough of a difference here to justify the price premium for a camera with a relatively small medium format sensor. And that problem is compounded by the much faster (and cheaper) lenses available for full frame.

We really are talking about diminishing returns now, because a digital camera with a 6x7 sensor would require enormous lenses, and be extremely expensive. It is just very hard to justify the cost for a marginal gain that would likely be hard to discern.

This makes the Nikon D810 look like a bargain.... relatively speaking.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 18:37 UTC as 311th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (742 comments in total)
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Bombastic: Fuji has been teaching Leica how to get it done right.
Again.
Again.

And again..

If we compare the Fuji X100F to the newest version of the Leica X, the X-U, we find the Leica is bigger, heavier, and costs more than twice as much.

And while both are very nice cameras, it just depends on how much disposable income you have and how large a camera you want to stuff into your jacket pocket.

http://j.mp/2mxRo2S

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 23:29 UTC
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Frederik Photography: Well. Even with this app a photo of this isn't possible anymore

Actually it is.

That is a photo of the Pont d'en Gil natural bridge in Menorca Spain, and not the Malta's Azure Window which recently collapsed. So it is still there for photo taking purposes!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 20:37 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (742 comments in total)
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Bombastic: Fuji has been teaching Leica how to get it done right.
Again.
Again.

And again..

Hold on.... this camera is NOT in the same class with any Leica M. Compare it to the Leica X, X1, X2, or X-U. All are fixed lens cameras with APSC sensors and 35mm lenses.

And when you do that, the Fuji X100F winds hands down. Without even breaking a sweat. It wins on price, features, capability, and even on image quality. It really is no contest.

Unless, of course, the red dot means a lot for you.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (742 comments in total)

A great camera just got a bit better, so that isn't anything to scoff at. And it lists for the same $1,300 that the first model did seven years ago!

For anyone who wants this sort of high quality, high styled compact street shooter than there really is no competition. You have to go all the way up to a Sony RX1R II to do better, and that will set you back $3,300.

Kudos to Fuji for creating a near perfect camera in this class. And what a shame that Nikon dropped the ball and gave up on their promising Coolpix A model.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 17:04 UTC as 152nd comment | 3 replies

Talk about stupid crooks!

They stole something that will be extremely hard to sell without attracting some attention. Veydra currently has 24 lenses listed for sale on eBay, while Canon has 8,500 and Nikon has 9,600. If the police actually investigate this crime, it will be pretty easy to find who has the stolen goods. This rules out an "inside job."

Of course, both Canon and Nikon probably lock their doors at night, and don't store lenses next to their empty soda cans for recycling and printer paper.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 22:14 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
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WillWeaverRVA: Those old Four Thirds cameras were underrated. The E-420 was my first DSLR, and the 14-42 and 40-150 kit lenses were super sharp and produced great colors, better than the Pentax K20D I eventually upgraded to. It's an obsolete system and the glass was crazy expensive, but those were some of the most compact DSLRs you could get for a long time.

The glass WAS expensive, but today it is pretty darn cheap. Those wonderful $2,500 f/2.0 zoom lenses are now selling for around $1,000 each on ebay. Some in mint condition too. The 11-22mm lens I paid $800 for can be had today for around $200.

But like you said... it is an obsolete system. Which means you can use that great glass with an old camera with an old sensor, or you can adapt it to a newer M4/3 camera. And if you do that, then you need a $189 adapter, and the lens is twice as big as a similar M4/3 lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 23:59 UTC
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