Summitron

Lives in United States El Cerrito, United States
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Joined on Sep 28, 2007

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On article Full-frame mirrorless lens guide 2021 (1519 comments in total)

I'm using EF and EF-S lenses on my GH5, Z Cam, &c. Canon 10-18 is a very nice lens. I don't see this as a "mirror" issue so much as a compatibility issue.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2020 at 01:58 UTC as 69th comment
On article DPReview TV: Is Jordan out of touch? (147 comments in total)

On our YouTube channel we try to avoid things that are sort of prefab ornaments. You can't really generalize too much about YT. OK, you can, but everything is there.
Jump cuts often are a red arrow that point to the spot where something went wrong.
What really works is light and some real ability, creativity, spark. Light can be so transforming.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2019 at 08:52 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review (698 comments in total)
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e_kjellgren: How come the G7 gets higher score in Movie / video mode? I would think the G80 is better concidering its stabilized video?

Also, is it just me who gets the jittering also in the live view when panning?

The G7 and the G85 will give you the same video quality, the GX85 has smoother IS but no CineD.....

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 08:19 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review (698 comments in total)
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Summitron: Numerous examples show that this camera has an Image Stabilization bug that renders it useless, or seriously compromised, for video. It may be fixed with a firmware update, or may not. Hopefully, it will. Please update the video section of your review.

@Jorginho Respectfully, I disagree that this has been noted and addressed. Proper journalistic practice would have been to post this as an update, not just add it in to the review, and note the following: 1. the issue was missed by the reviewers 2. the issue was discovered in a matter of minutes by users of the camera (who are uncredited, here).
Next, the review should note the exact nature of the problem, instead of a sort of approximation, and, furthermore, they should warn prospective buyers that this is a real problem that could also affect the resale value of the camera. Lastly, they did not "address" anything, the issue had already been reported elsewhere, and the review offers no solution or workaround.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 19:04 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review (698 comments in total)

Numerous examples show that this camera has an Image Stabilization bug that renders it useless, or seriously compromised, for video. It may be fixed with a firmware update, or may not. Hopefully, it will. Please update the video section of your review.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 06:21 UTC as 64th comment | 3 replies
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sdgreen: I can't believe they've ditched the GPS. It's such a useful feature. Maybe it affected battery life

It could simply be that the camera has a metal body.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 08:39 UTC
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EXX: Great specs! But why no pop-up flash? A pop-up flash can be very handy as a last resort or as wireless controller.

What is next, an A88 budget version, with a 24 MP sensor similar to the A7II sensor?

A pop down flash would hit the tripod.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:25 UTC
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sdgreen: I can't believe they've ditched the GPS. It's such a useful feature. Maybe it affected battery life

Note that the phone uses wifi, 4G and a bunch of other stuff to lock in location quickly.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:23 UTC
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havanna60: No usb3, no touch screen, no GPS. No real ff 4k video. No way I'd pay $3000 for this.

I haven't tried the camera, but when I do I expect to be amazed by the 4K video.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:17 UTC
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sunnycal: Why no touch screen, Sony? You have to leave a fly in ointment!

No touchscreen is maybe as large as a moth in the ointment.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:16 UTC

I'm amazed that no one saw this coming. You have to credit Sony for developing an amazing piece of technology under wraps. Now make an adapter for Canon lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:15 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies

I'm surprised to see this camera. I'm not going to speculate on whether it's good or not till I try one--I'll probably rent it for the weekend. Just looking at the announcement, it looks pretty amazing for FF video, and I'm sure the stills will be rock solid. We'll see. I may even clean my Minolta lenses and see if the irises still work.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:46 UTC as 78th comment
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2147 comments in total)
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peeyaj: This would perhaps become the go-to camera for 4k video stealing the crown of GH4 and A7s series. The 5D series is a classic in videography.

Maybe the 5D Mark V, but not this cam.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 05:02 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2147 comments in total)
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Summitron: It's shame that although there are some improvements, the tech is still behind the competition, especially Sony. No log or codec for the video? How very strange.

@kenwnyc When taking photography in high school in the '60s and in college in the 1970s, I acquired my beautiful Canon rangefinder with a cloth curtain~nearly silent. My other main cam was the Rollei medium format.
As far as the eternal refrain of "buy a camcorder", I am the proud owner of 10 Canon camcorders. I also feel that the world has changed, and that many traditionally-trained still photographers need some good video options. For those who don't need or want this, I note that some of the best stills cameras do have good video, but you can buy them just for the stills.
Some ppl really like Canon color, some people don't. I happen to be one who likes the color and I like the lenses. I'd like to see a Canon camera with well-thought out video and a high tech sensor like Sony, but with all the nice Canon goodness. I don't think that's too much to ask, and it's easy to write this without calling ppl trolls or babies or whatever. Gosh, what a pile of muck.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 20:49 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2147 comments in total)
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Summitron: It's shame that although there are some improvements, the tech is still behind the competition, especially Sony. No log or codec for the video? How very strange.

@rafalvonbour Even a baby without fully developed eyes can see that the A7r II absolutely mops the floor with the newest Canon--and with last year's technology. Just the resolution difference in fine detail is quite extraordinary--no pixel peeping needed. And, sadly, that is why, as a huge Canon fan since the 1960s, I unfortunately no longer buy their products. Nothing would be finer than to see them step up and bring back the innovation that launched the 5 series. Should they step up, I would be among the first to get in line.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 13:14 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2147 comments in total)

It's shame that although there are some improvements, the tech is still behind the competition, especially Sony. No log or codec for the video? How very strange.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 08:45 UTC as 258th comment | 18 replies
On article Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 (326 comments in total)
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EOSHD: By "Cost reasons" he actually means maintaining enormous margins. There's absolutely no reason Canon can't do a F2.8 constant zoom of at least RX10 quality along with 4K with a built in EVF like the FZ1000 for $1500 more than either of them.

I think this is important: Canon could have put a good piece of glass on the front and still made a big profit.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 01:53 UTC
On article Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 (326 comments in total)
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ObelixCMM: It took DPReview 8 months to review Pentax K3 and 11 months for Sony A77 II, and we already have 4th article on camera that shoots JPEG stills only.

@Eleson maybe five golden durians....

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 01:42 UTC
On article Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 (326 comments in total)
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(unknown member): DPR- Glad you will keep pushing the raw issue as much as you can without hurting your relationship with Canon.

I'm not buying that answer Chuck! :)

No raw=cooked

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 01:40 UTC
On article Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 (326 comments in total)
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IEBA1: What the hell is it with DPreview and this stupid camera?
First we get the powder puff piece of why it's a "big deal" and "leading the convergence." Then we get this.

As a writer for over a decade, I'd like to see this author ask one followup question to clarify the double-marketing speak that contradicts itself:

"The XC10 has a 5-axis stabilization system when recording HD video. That’s … optical stabilization with digital stabilization. With digital stabilization you [crop the sensor]. You don’t lose image stabilization when shooting still images or 4K video. … since you’re using the entire sensor to capture an image or video, the camera reverts to normal optical stabilization."

So then there's no "5-axis" stabilization in 4K or stills.
If not, then don't promote it.

"The XC10 uses the same codec as the C300 Mark II. It’s called XF-AVC. It is a proprietary Canon codec in an MXF wrapper, but it is H.264 based, so it is standards based."

It's proprietary - it's standards based.

I'm a Canon fan, have used Canon cameras and lenses since 1968. My older rangefinder Canon had a silent shutter, used it for events for years until it was stolen. So, I can't speak for the majority, but I believe that many of us in our heart of hearts think there is something really "off" with this whole thing. And that's why you are getting this reaction.
Obviously, if you see "no raw," whether you do video or photos or both, you are going to immediately jump to the conclusion that this essential feature was left out to cripple the cam. And for sure, that is true. And, for sure, leaving raw out is an unforgivable sin and you guys should have really dressed them down on that. But that's not the only reason: there's a "cheesy buildup" in this cam: the slow, stuck-on lens, etc. No excuse for the crazed comments, I'm just saying Canon struck a nerve. They struck a nerve with people who use these things day in and day out for work, and they struck a nerve with camera enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 01:26 UTC
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