Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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On article 2017 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (275 comments in total)
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reuptake: What is striking here: most of the cameras included are quite old. Only Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 is younger than one year. As I'm considering buying one before my holidays in July, anyone has any clues about newer versions? Is it worth waiting? I see that many were introduced in June.

Sreven... just imagine what happens the day a relatively small sensored bridge camera can replace a $2,000 DSLR and $5,000 worth of lenses!

I'm am somewhat like you. The only camera in this group that interests me is the relatively small Panasonic TZ100. Yes, it is seriously compromised, but it still does a lot and is pocketable. All of the others are just cheaper, but poorer substitutes for a DSLR and several lenses.

But I really can see where someone would want a camera like a big honking RX10. Which is why we have so many different cameras on the market. Something for everyone.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (275 comments in total)
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Dante Birchen: Bigger and heavier than a dslr with a big ass zoom lens you won't need most of the time and a tiny sensor.

You are absolutely right as long as your DSLR doesn't have any lenses. Once you add in the lenses for the same zoom range, then even the smallest DSLR kit gets pretty large.

Plus... when you add in the cost of those lenses to give you a 24-800mm or so zoom range... then even the Sony RX10 looks cheap.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 12:47 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (275 comments in total)
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reuptake: What is striking here: most of the cameras included are quite old. Only Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 is younger than one year. As I'm considering buying one before my holidays in July, anyone has any clues about newer versions? Is it worth waiting? I see that many were introduced in June.

If you are waiting for some dramatic improvement over these models, then you might have a long wait. The technology has really matured. You are probably better off buying an existing model with a nice discount, rather than waiting for a new model with one or two new features for full list price.

Most of us won't need those new features anyway. They are nice to have, but not worth waiting for if you have a trip coming up.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 12:45 UTC

Maybe it is just me.... but I see gargoyle faces in the swirls.

I probably used too many drugs back in the 1960s.....

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 02:49 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

I honestly think if the lens was fast, weather sealed, and free.... someone would still complain about it.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 10:57 UTC as 52nd comment | 3 replies
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Vivid1: So... After all the hoopla and Sony's grandiose claims (of being number 2 now) they are still a mediocre third place - virtually not gaining ANY ground in the last few years.
The fault they are making is that they are viewing cameras as just another electronic consumer item - like a phone, to be changed at will - well they are wrong - all current photographers are invested in a SYSTEM and you just don't change that cheaply - and don't give me the rubbish of third party adapters - it will NEVER be as good as a bare EF or F mount; and what about flashes, remotes etc etc. Unless Sony comes with something that revolutionizes PHOTOGRAPHY (for example the way Canon did with USM lenses and IS) that make photographers want to spend money to change, they will stay a distant third place in future - basically playing to their existing user base. Having one good camera in your 'system' is not going to cut it...

"Distant third place" might be something Nikon may have to deal with some day.

Every full frame MILC camera that Sony sells is one less DSLR sold by Canon, Nikon or Pentax.....

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 15:18 UTC

You have to give Sony credit for their willingness to try anything and everything.

They are the only digital imaging company that has a product in almost every category. From cheap P&S cameras, MILC systems, cameraphones, superzooms, large sensor compacts, rugged cameras, to SLTs, to high end professional video, they are there. They also cover all sensor sizes except medium format.

They took the risk of going full frame MILC four years ago, while Nikon and Canon are still "thinking about it" today. And they have since created a pretty good (but fairly expensive) system of full frame cameras and lenses.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 15:15 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (166 comments in total)
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TheDarmok74: Round ups, sponsored content, fix-it video links...
I have to say that considering the much larger staff than before, the real, at least 5-page plus reviews have become very rare.

And yes, I know we don't pay, as on most websites. Still, these are my 2 cents.

My own view is that without Amazon, Dpreview might be gone by now, for the very reasons you expressed.

The website has value for Amazon because of all the links that go from Dreview to Amazon and vice verse. What better place to post selling links than on a website that announces new cameras and reviews them? The synergies are enormous for both.

Prior to buying Dpreview, Amazon was probably spending a fortune advertising here, so the decision to buy was probably similar to that of any business that feels it makes more economic sense to buy their building than to rent it.

I find it odd that Amazon can sell cameras and ship them to you in one day, but Dpreview, which is owned by Amazon, cannot get new cameras to review "fast enough" to do a timely review. Something just seems wrong about that.

I think most of the "new content" they have added is in response to the overall decline in camera sales. They probably need to diversify or their following will shrink as the market shrinks.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 15:10 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (166 comments in total)
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TheDarmok74: Round ups, sponsored content, fix-it video links...
I have to say that considering the much larger staff than before, the real, at least 5-page plus reviews have become very rare.

And yes, I know we don't pay, as on most websites. Still, these are my 2 cents.

I think Dpreview dug themselves into a hole by making their reviews so comprehensive. For a while, we we being treated to 32 page reviews, cram packed with all sorts of charts and tests that were only of interest to the most rabid techno geeks.

When you spend a year creating a review for something that gets replaced every two years, then you can never catch up. You will always be well behind the curve. So rather than being "a helpful resource for people who want to buy something" the reviews become "an affirmation for people who already bought it."

The quest for the most information made writing a review a very labor intensive task. And this could explain why Dpreview has slimmed down their reviews. Of course, it doesn't explain why it still takes so long, despite having a lot more people on their payroll. I suppose we should assume that the number of reviewers is still the same, and those new folks are busy doing something else.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 14:28 UTC

Considering the dramatic decline in camera sales and new camera announcements, it might make more sense to hold Photokina every three or four years, rather than opening it up for video game consoles and rice cookers.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 19:20 UTC as 20th comment
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win39: A multitool would be illegal carryon and doubtless be stolen from his checked luggage. Does he buy a new one in each location?

steve.... I think win39 was commenting about the honesty of first world airline baggage screeners and handlers, and not about third world trains or buses.

And I'd say you are right. Nepal is probably a safer place than NYC.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 16:19 UTC
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Marty4650: I think our affection for fixed prime lens compacts harks back to our love affair with film Canonet QL17s, Yasica Electro 35s, and Mintola Hi-matic cameras in our youth. Call it nostalgia.

All of which were relatively cheap, good, and were rangefinder cameras. These were some of our first real cameras, and now that we have the means we buy those sexy Fuji X100s.

Those were all wonderful cameras. And they felt so solid and well built.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 00:59 UTC
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Infared: I'll take my PEN-F and any or all:
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5
Pan/Leica 15mm f/1.7
Olympus 17.mm f/1.8
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7
Olympus 25mm f/1.8
Olympus 45mm f/1.8
Fun photography! :-)

@ infrared

Add the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 to your list. Absolutely tiny at 130 grams and outstanding. It just costs a fortune, but it fits right in with your list of small lenses.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 12:26 UTC

I think our affection for fixed prime lens compacts harks back to our love affair with film Canonet QL17s, Yasica Electro 35s, and Mintola Hi-matic cameras in our youth. Call it nostalgia.

All of which were relatively cheap, good, and were rangefinder cameras. These were some of our first real cameras, and now that we have the means we buy those sexy Fuji X100s.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 12:15 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies

My Panasonic GM1 with 14mm f/2.5 lens is the best compact camera I have ever used.

And it is absolutely tiny compared to the Fuji X100F. See for yourself.

http://j.mp/2qJv0u8

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 15:02 UTC as 141st comment | 4 replies
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RedFox88: Hmm... this camera or a house...hmmm....

Perhaps said in jest.... but we literally DO pay people to live in Detroit.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:37 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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nekrosoft13: 80% equal gold?
82% equal silver?

Can anyone explain the rating system?

I think you need to remember that these cameras were released in different years, and the "awards" are a moving target. A camera that got a "silver award" two years ago might not get one if it was reviewed today.

I think Dpreview tries very hard to include only "current model cameras" in each roundup category, so each year a few drop out and a few others are added in.

I can't think of a better way to do it.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
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ZeBebito: As long as cell phone cameras get better, will be less need to get a "real camera", especially for people with no other interest in photography than document their everyday life.

How many of us need Japanese Shun knives to prepare a meal? probably a chef will say we have no clue about cooking if we don't use them, but we don't care just like most non-photo hobbyists couldn't care less about hi-iso capabilities.

ZeB..... how much better does the phone camera need to get? They already sell a billion of them a year. How many more would they sell if they could do something better?

I think we view this from the perspective of camera geeks, and not of smartphone users. We always want better.... but that doesn't mean everyone else does. Or that they need better image quality, or that they are willing to pay more to get it.

So far, all attempts to turn a smartphone into a "real camera" have failed miserably in the marketplace. Like the Nokia Pureviews, Motorola Z Mods, and the Google Project Ara, which never even got into production.

Their users are happy with what they have. The vast majority of them don't need more, or want more. It is only we camera geeks who dream of replacing a two pound DSLR with a 5 ounce phone.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 14:31 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: Just stuffing the channel. CIPA is shipments not sales which are down.

I agree with Jonathan.

While you might make a case for a company wanting to "stuff the channel" it becomes a bad case once we realize they are just depressing their future sales to get something booked in a current period. And companies know this.

The very last thing they want is for their distributors to be overstocked and sitting on old inventory. They need their distributors to be healthy.

And no distributor or retailer wants to accumulate unsold inventory. Even those "100% corporate owned" distributorships want their balance sheet to make sense.

"Shipments" certainly aren't "Sales" but they are pretty darn close. Any difference between the two numbers is simply inventory gain or loss, and over a long period like a year they need to be pretty close.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 14:23 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (386 comments in total)
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Elliot H: once again and for the last time:

"Rebel" rebel again WHAT??

silly name for a supposedly serious camera

where's that black tape again

I actually had to look it up! And you're right.. it doesn't sound pleasant at all...

"It usually occurs when someone usually English or from Edinburgh annoys the indigenous Glaswegian. The indigenous Glaswegian will take offence at Englander/Edinbugger and swiftly head butt (Kiss) him usually causing the minimum damage of a broken nose, in some extreme cases a Glasgow Kiss has been fatal"...

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 11:31 UTC
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