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 Sigma announces nine full-frame E-mount Art primes (368 comments in total)

This is a simple case of supply and demand. The Sony FE camera line has been hugely successful. These cameras are jam packed with the latest cutting edge technology, and have taken a serious piece of the full frame camera market.

If Sony won't make enough reasonably priced lenses for Sony FE, then someone else surely will.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 15:53 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies
On article Sigma announces nine full-frame E-mount Art primes (368 comments in total)

The really interesting thing here is that you can probably buy all nine Sigma lenses for less than the price of one Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1378999-REG/leica_11186_apo_summicron_m_50mm_f_2_asph.html

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 14:12 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies

This product might be designed to sell more 2000D and 800D cameras.

Put it on the shelf to draw them in, then let the customer notice how much more they can get for "only $100 more."

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 23:06 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1248 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Neat. Seems a bit expensive for something with one control dial but if I'm a Canon shooter, I have to be excited about either the M5 II, or the discounts on the current M5 when the sequel comes out.

Come on Nikon, show us your response to the M5.

Well, I could be wrong, but lets just wait and see.

All the rumors tell us Nikon is planning to re-enter the MILC market with full frame MILC. They tried going for the bottom end of the market before, and it just didn't work out well for them.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 14:45 UTC
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Marty4650: With each new generation of phone, they all become more generic and more boring.

Every "new feature" is something really useless or completely unnecessary. Or something you already have, or will never need. Adding one more feature to a camera phone doesn't convert it into a Nikon D850. It just makes it a very slightly better camera phone.

It isn't like most smartphone users even care about these features. They would probably want better battery life and faster recharging rather than getting some minor enhancement to improve their facebook selfies.

Yes, that is pretty much me.

But do you really want 69 year olds acting like they are hipsters or millennials? Be careful what you wish for.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 14:43 UTC
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1248 comments in total)

With this new model, Canon EOS M now officially has "more bodies than lenses."

This might be a problem for Canon. Or maybe it won't. They might be targeting EOS M as second cameras for Canon DSLR users who have "something better" in their camera bags when they need it.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 14:37 UTC as 244th comment
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1248 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Neat. Seems a bit expensive for something with one control dial but if I'm a Canon shooter, I have to be excited about either the M5 II, or the discounts on the current M5 when the sequel comes out.

Come on Nikon, show us your response to the M5.

I doubt Nikon will respond to this budget camera. That particular niche is getting pretty crowded right now by some very competent players (Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony).

More likely, they will take aim at the Sony A7R III. Full Frame MILC is the "final frontier" with only Sony and Leica there.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 14:29 UTC

With each new generation of phone, they all become more generic and more boring.

Every "new feature" is something really useless or completely unnecessary. Or something you already have, or will never need. Adding one more feature to a camera phone doesn't convert it into a Nikon D850. It just makes it a very slightly better camera phone.

It isn't like most smartphone users even care about these features. They would probably want better battery life and faster recharging rather than getting some minor enhancement to improve their facebook selfies.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 22:08 UTC as 24th comment | 14 replies
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ZurichPhoto: Interesting ... but you have to be a tiny bit skeptical of a company whose first move is to visually brand its product to be confused with the Lexar brand the owners once worked for. Reminds me of ... the classic McDowell's/ McDonalds move from Coming to America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djI_ret3S9g

Of course you are right. It is trademark and not copyright. I still doubt that anyone will be sued for using the same colors that Lexar.... and many other memory card makers... have used before.

You can protect logos and designs, but you can't claim exclusive use for colors.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 15:19 UTC
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ZurichPhoto: Interesting ... but you have to be a tiny bit skeptical of a company whose first move is to visually brand its product to be confused with the Lexar brand the owners once worked for. Reminds me of ... the classic McDowell's/ McDonalds move from Coming to America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djI_ret3S9g

I'm not so sure you can copyright colors. Many memory card makers have used the colors black and gold before (Transcend, Lexar, Toshiba, Sony, Panasonic, and now ProGrade to name just a few.)

And Lexar has used many other color combinations themselves (blue and black, black, silver and purple, black, silver and red.) So I doubt they own the exclusive rights to using black and gold colors. The names, fonts and logos are different too.

Lets see if anyone gets sued.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 21:20 UTC
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ZurichPhoto: Interesting ... but you have to be a tiny bit skeptical of a company whose first move is to visually brand its product to be confused with the Lexar brand the owners once worked for. Reminds me of ... the classic McDowell's/ McDonalds move from Coming to America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djI_ret3S9g

Yes... it would be very easy to confuse the brand name ProGrade with Lexar.

Those two names are almost the same! :)

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 19:24 UTC

This really isn't a radical or novel idea.

Build the best of anything, and someone will want it. And they will gladly pay a premium for it.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 19:21 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras under $1000 (166 comments in total)
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Tom Caldwell: A few people like a tilt evf and might use it regularly (very few I think). Others might use it occasionally. But I suggest that most never use it when it is provided. I suggest that a tilt evf is not as big or as popular a feature as is has been expressed.

Therefore it is not a “big selling point” and suggest that the GX85/80 sales did not suffer one whit by the lack of a tilting evf unit.

My GX7 tilting evf only gets tilted when I need to adjust the dioptre.

Tom, I am sure you are right, but I remember all the crying and wailing when the GX85 dropped this feature. It seems those people who regularly use the tilt EVF are a very passionate group, so Panasonic brought it back for the GX8.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 12:27 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras under $1000 (166 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Adding the GX9 to this group makes sense.
Leaving the GX85 in the group doesn't make sense.

It sure looks like the GX9 replaced the GX85 in every way imaginable. It really is an update of the GX85, and not the GX8.

You're right.... but then you would get 20 cameras in every group since every camera made in the past 5 years is very capable.

I just assumed these buying guides were meant to be "current models" since they are labeled "Buying Guide 2015, 2016, 2017" etc.

If they include all options then the entry level DSLR guide might have 14 cameras from Canon, and 12 more from Nikon, plus a few more from Pentax and Sony.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 12:24 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras under $1000 (166 comments in total)

Adding the GX9 to this group makes sense.
Leaving the GX85 in the group doesn't make sense.

It sure looks like the GX9 replaced the GX85 in every way imaginable. It really is an update of the GX85, and not the GX8.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 19:43 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies
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lightandaprayer: I think that this is simply another example of the gradual demise of personal ethics in U.S. culture (I cannot speak to what is happening elsewhere. . .) Cheating in academics has become common. Resumes are routinely padded to impress prospective employers. The relative anonymity of the Internet allows for all kinds of false claims and pretenses. And now we have a pathological liar as president whose business and political career is based on lies and deceit.

Apparently it is very difficult for people to resist going along with the crowd when they perceive others seeming to get ahead by gaming the system. . .

OK, then please explain how this in any way relates to "the gradual demise of American ethics?" Your own words. Please reread your post.

There were no Americans involved in this incident. The article was written by someone from Bangladesh, about tourists from Asia staging photos. And if there was an emoji indicating you were just kidding, then I sure don't see it anywhere in your post.

If you were trying to make some point, then you failed miserably.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 23:01 UTC
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Sardonic G: As California continues its tax and regulate juggernaut I think we will will continue to see these types of decisions. Bad for people that love the SLO area, but good for people who want a better quality of life.

Funny..... I am old enough to remember when California has the "world's fifth largest economy."

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 20:38 UTC
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lightandaprayer: I think that this is simply another example of the gradual demise of personal ethics in U.S. culture (I cannot speak to what is happening elsewhere. . .) Cheating in academics has become common. Resumes are routinely padded to impress prospective employers. The relative anonymity of the Internet allows for all kinds of false claims and pretenses. And now we have a pathological liar as president whose business and political career is based on lies and deceit.

Apparently it is very difficult for people to resist going along with the crowd when they perceive others seeming to get ahead by gaming the system. . .

Lightandprayer..... what a stretch!

Chinese and Malaysian tourists faking a photo in Bangladesh is "another example of the gradual demise of personal ethics in U.S. culture."

There is absolutely no limit when people want to blame the U.S. for any perceived problem. No matter who does it. And no matter where it happens.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 20:28 UTC

And then someday.... all these AI devices will band together, rise up in rebellion and slaughter all the humans.

Making the few surviving human beings wish they had stayed with manual cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 00:24 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: Roger Cicala always amazes me. Unlike most of us he has sufficient skill, sufficient curiosity, and sufficient access to different cameras to do these things. and the rest of us benefit because of it. Even Dprview can't do this sort of test because most of their review cameras are loaners.

Very few of us would be brave enough to open our cameras with a screwdriver, much less take them apart. And then he puts them back together, which is probably a lot more difficult than taking them apart.

I think we are very fortunate he contributes with his blog and that Dpreview picks up his more interesting tear downs.

I guess that means you each do what you are best at doing.

Teamwork!

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 00:17 UTC
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