Kubicide

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Joined on Jan 7, 2004

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Ken Tr: "PCIe 4.0 motherboards aren’t exactly commonplace at this time" - that doesn't ring true. Zen 2 has been out for over a year and so have the boards that come with PCIe 4.0 for it. It's been incredibly popular and easy to buy a PCIe 4.0 for as little as $150 dollars.

Agree, they are commonplace as in easily accessible to buy, and many people have them.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2020 at 01:03 UTC

This whole heat thing should not be a surprise to anyone in this hobby. Panasonic was clear about stating their recent cameras, that came without IBIS, was due to exactly this: it's difficult to make a free floating sensor that doesn't generate a lot of heat.

The memory card generating heat is another factor for the R5 as is the processor and electronics. But I suspect everything started with the sensor itself as in mounting it to a floating stabilization mechanism limited the performance or duration due to the limited conduction/convection.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2020 at 22:56 UTC as 98th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the new Fujifilm XF 50mm F1.0 R WR (549 comments in total)
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Daniel Bliss: Functionally more or less equivalent to an 85mm f1.4 in 35mm full frame format. And roughly the same price too.

@PC.com might as well give up. You are correct. But the equivalency troops are here spreading their nonsense once again. This is a nice f/1 lens. And should work well in low light.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2020 at 00:49 UTC

Lots of marketing fluff. There's not enough tech info to base any estimate of performance here against other options. That's about all that can be said.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 02:07 UTC as 19th comment
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paulfulper: Why can't they write the size also in mm ? Nobody understands this inches measurements , I always have to make a search after every sensor.
So can you also please add a (?mm x ?mm) next time you talk about sensors. Thank you

Will that really help many people here? What about diagonal? How does 12.8mm sound? Or maybe 8.89? Which is better?

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 01:52 UTC
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petreluk: A lot of the problem here is that the grim reaper for the camera companies isn’t technology or hardware but demographics.

Judging by the DPR forums and similar sites, photography with ILCs has become a pursuit mainly for old men outside of a small circle of professionals and artists. Even if say Nikon produced a great smartphone with a totally knockout camera on it, this demographic would mostly reject it. They don’t rate smartphones and some don’t rate EVFs either. Old age will be the decider for the industry as we know it.

Actually Samsung exited the market because they were losing money not only in cameras but other business segments as well, and they couldn't penetrate the saturated camera market. They didn't have a crystal ball to predict this future.

They failed because there were better options. I tried to buy into their higher end stuff but the quality was simply terrible. Glad I was refunded.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 21:57 UTC
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Karroly: Hopefully, Canon will fix this issue in a forthcoming firmware.
Thanks to IBIS, the sensor will be shaken during recording to create an airflow... ;-)

Yeah, I missed the wink... but on this site one never knows as people post the craziest ill-informed technical suggestions! :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2020 at 14:40 UTC
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Karroly: Hopefully, Canon will fix this issue in a forthcoming firmware.
Thanks to IBIS, the sensor will be shaken during recording to create an airflow... ;-)

Fix what? Firmware won't fix the mechanical design. It is what it is.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2020 at 01:25 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's new RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM (191 comments in total)
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Rensol: So what kind of "hands on" review is this if you:
"We're unable to test stabilization performance (or autofocus, or image quality) in this pre-production sample"
Basically you reviewed piece of plastic and speculated about everything else!

Have to agree as the other 'hands on' posts are actual mini-reviews. They may be pre-production items but they at least provide some results from using the item.

This article is more like a 'look at this in my hand' and essentially the same as posting pictures taken of a prototype at a trade show.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2020 at 23:03 UTC
On article Canon EOS R6 sample gallery (67 comments in total)
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Beckler8: Only one squirrel picture. How are we supposed to judge the SquirrelAF™ with that.

Only one rabbit shot as well. Disappointing. And it looked a hare out of focus too.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2020 at 14:09 UTC
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tb06mar: History repeats itself. Palm gone, Compaq gone, Vertu gone, Nokia gone, now Olympus Image gone ......

Agree. And like the brands you mention, Olympus also failed to innovate.

I was an Oly owner back in the original Four Thirds days buying many of the E-series lenses and bodies. That was very innovative product at the time. Later when I became interested in MFT it was Panasonic that got my money. The Oly products were ho-hum in my judgement - nothing stood out while the Panny's offered excellent 4K, wonderful colors, great compact zooms, etc.

Anyway, time moves on. There will be more companies/brands exiting the market or perhaps disappearing.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2020 at 14:44 UTC
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NotANumber: It is just a matter of time more brands will leave the camera business. The mobile phones are taking over like a hurricane.

This is true. We'll see more big names fall over the upcoming years.

IMO Olympus was in a tough spot from the start by not being part of a larger company with different market segments. They were also in a tough spot 30-40 years ago by being an SLR company lagging behind some big brands/big names. And they never really found a strength to play upon aside from size.

I was a big fan of Oly back in the original four-thirds E series days. They had quite a compelling product with the special Kodak-based sensor and telecentric lenses which produced fabulous results. But they lost their way.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 23:02 UTC
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Trebor1: Perhaps good news for Panasonic? Olympus preferred overpriced/lower volume, this may work well for Leica but is probably not be the optimal strategy, for the rest of the camera industry.

@ArizonaPete entoman is expressing nothing more than their personal fact-less opinion. Panasonic has NEVER suggested they are exiting MFT. In fact, they continue to state they fully support MFT. Could this position change? Sure. But has there been rumors "for a long while"? No.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 22:48 UTC

Single (SSD) slot is a deal-breaker right there. No backup. Would you take the risk and do a wedding or major sport event with one of these, really?

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2020 at 16:10 UTC as 3rd comment
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Kubicide: Suspect the context may be wrong in the Bloomberg's story as the impact to a 3D stacked array, and separately manufactured DRAM, can only be with one of manufacturing capacity and / or specialized production resources, and not of the implied availability of 'memory chips' themselves. One does not simply take DRAM wafers, or chips, and add them to imaging focal planes.

Lol @Joel Funny post! :)

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2020 at 02:24 UTC

Actually looks pretty good. But yeah, as others have said, the weight seems excessive.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2020 at 01:00 UTC as 10th comment

Suspect the context may be wrong in the Bloomberg's story as the impact to a 3D stacked array, and separately manufactured DRAM, can only be with one of manufacturing capacity and / or specialized production resources, and not of the implied availability of 'memory chips' themselves. One does not simply take DRAM wafers, or chips, and add them to imaging focal planes.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2020 at 00:58 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies
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Caleido: Am I missing something? This is hailed like a major update that improves autofocus on the Z6/Z7. The only real news is you can start/end AF-tracking with one "OK" button press less. And you can face detect animals, but you need to dive into the menu to toggle between human & animal.

Nothing on the Nikon website says anything about performance or reliability AF improvements.

@Hasa no problem - you're post(s) were fine. I was replying to the OP of this thread/branch agreeing that there's a lot of hype here - A LOT OF HYPE! It's great Nikon released an update. I'm a Nikon fan and Canon fan and fan of other brands. But seriously, this update didn't suddenly make the Z bodies something they weren't. Yeah, dog/cat face detect that is clumsy to use. Yep, there's tracking but not quite the same as what everyone expected in the DSLRs, and it too is clumsy. Nice upgrade not worthy of the hype IMO.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2020 at 00:13 UTC
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J C Strange: I love how they make such major improvements via updates instead of brand new cameras now.

What major improvements were made? Seriously...

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2020 at 02:56 UTC
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Love Photography 888: Funny to read suddenly these AF features are important...

@Love you're right. Many other cameras have had animal AF, etc., but this crowd didn't even recognize these as having any value. Yet now that these same features in these two Z's these features are somehow incredible and almost earth shattering. Pretty funny actually. But at the end of the day the update is simply a nice incremental update, nothing more, nothing less.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2020 at 02:52 UTC
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