Space the final frontier

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On article Sony a7 IV initial review (1211 comments in total)
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Space the final frontier: While it is not cheap in the absolute sense, it is not bad for what it can do. I don't own any FF camera and certainly no Sony camera of any kind, I can't comment on the value vs the a7III. A few hundreds dollar difference in the body is not significant when compared to the cost of an entire system. Having said that, the fps is slow and can only use lossy compression raw; this is a serious flaw imo.

Perhaps I am being a little insensitive. I may think about it when the difference is a few thousands. The cost of my entire system is about 2 orders of magnitude more, so a few hundreds is really trivial in my case. YMMV.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2021 at 18:35 UTC
On article Sony a7 IV initial review (1211 comments in total)

While it is not cheap in the absolute sense, it is not bad for what it can do. I don't own any FF camera and certainly no Sony camera of any kind, I can't comment on the value vs the a7III. A few hundreds dollar difference in the body is not significant when compared to the cost of an entire system. Having said that, the fps is slow and can only use lossy compression raw; this is a serious flaw imo.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2021 at 17:30 UTC as 171st comment | 7 replies

I have built many PCs in the 25 years. Each one was a fun project. This article is consistent with my understanding of the industry.

However, I bought the last 3 from major brands and upgraded parts (memory, video card, SSD, etc) as needed. The reason for the shift was because the computer is a tool for photo editing and I just wanted to concentrate on editing rather than time spent on sourcing parts and putting them together. I may not have the latest and greatest machine, but it does not matter to me. YMMV.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2021 at 15:41 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On article Zeiss ZX1 review (841 comments in total)

At $6K, it is an awful camera. Can't even get single point AF on static subject properly. But then, I am not the target customer. I like elegant designs, but this camera is too basic to be useful for me.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2021 at 15:28 UTC as 11th comment

While my style will not benefit from this technology, I find it intriguing. I do believe it is a better use of resources than keep developing high MP sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 14:18 UTC as 19th comment
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CTMRIGuy: I do not understand how, with so many customers paying subscription pricing for Lightroom and Photoshop, Adobe cannot remain competitive in noise reduction (or speed of the software for that matter). Is it any wonder that its customers are frustrated?

The only thing keeping me tied to Adobe at this point is the limited RAW/camera support on other platforms.

The annual subscription fee is trivial compared to other expenses I spent on this hobby.

I still have not seen reasons compelling enough for me to make a change. I used m4/3 and noise can be an inherent issue, but Oly has developed HHHR to easily managed noise for my style. So noise is not a big deal for me.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2021 at 15:38 UTC

Almost within reach as a MF system.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2021 at 14:10 UTC as 42nd comment

You can buy used SLRs in excellent condition for very modest prices. I don't see a viable business case here. And nothing to show for with >130,000 pounds of funding, that is just unexplainable.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2021 at 13:25 UTC as 34th comment

Looks like a very nice lens!

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 19:32 UTC as 33rd comment

I only have one lens from Ttartisan - 50 f/1.2. it is extremely good; it is a steal when factoring the cost. So I have some expectations for this lens. I already have one FE from 7Artisans and therefore look forward to compare these two lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2021 at 21:36 UTC as 7th comment
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Ed Ingold: It's all about truth in labeling, in conformance to strict and somewhat arbitrary rules. The government has established similar rules for "organic" food products, notwithstanding the fact than anything edible is organic in the scientific sense.

There is nothing in these rules regarding quality or functionality, but it would limit the maximum altitude of a drone to how high you could toss it without power or control. You are most likely to see items labeled "Made in USA," under these rules, in the bargain bins clogging the aisle in a hardware store.

@Ed Ingold, you are so right about the use of the word "organic". I bought an inorganic apple/chicken/tomato/etc from a supermarket the other day. And there is "no chemical" in a bottle of water. Water is a chemical and our bodies are all made up of chemicals.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2021 at 15:16 UTC
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2138 comments in total)

Anything that generates excitement and sale is good business. This one seems to be form over function, imo, though. A grip evolves over time is now essential for good handling. Anyway, there is no question that it is a collector's item that can also take pictures.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2021 at 14:25 UTC as 382nd comment

"RAM, on the other hand, is soldered in and stuck at 16GB"

At least provide options for more RAM.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 12:23 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 PRO (230 comments in total)

I was initially using Oly 9-18 but then the Pany 8-18 replaced it. I have little reason right now to get this 9-25. I have no doubt this new lens is great.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 19:24 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article Here's the Olympus PEN E-P7 and here's what it means... (373 comments in total)

The only RF style camera I have is GX-85 but converted to IR. So I am definitely intrigued by this camera. It may be an excellent travel camera. Too bad, it is not yet available NA.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 12:50 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: Do we really need all those buttons and dials? (890 comments in total)

I will never go back to work with a camera without a front and back dial for aperture adjustment and exposure compensation, respectively. Just counting the number of buttons and dials is the wrong metrics. Having the right combination of functions in the right position is more appropriate. Making them programmable is, imo, extremely important. I have a dedicated button for MF and another one for magnification. And I can reach them without looking at them.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2021 at 16:51 UTC as 317th comment
On article Opinion: Do we really need all those buttons and dials? (890 comments in total)

My wife, who is not a photographer, often complained about bad exposure on her cell phone. She would then asked me for help and we would spend time to find out how to change things.

What is convenient and easy to use with cell phone is sharing photos. This issue can be easily solved by incorporating software to automatically transfer photos from camera to cell phone.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2021 at 16:36 UTC as 321st comment

Nice video. Strong compelling reason to get one as I am about to pick my choice.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2021 at 18:53 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm GFX 100S review (935 comments in total)
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Carlos1956: One thing nobody has mentioned yet is the weight znd bulk of this camera and lenses for landscape photography. Unless you are using it near your car, you are likely to be hiking to a great spot to use it. Fromy experience, to get to decent spots anywhere around the world, you are likely looking at a one hour plus hike.
My experience has been 2 to 3 hour hikes one way. This is going up hill, over rocks, downhills, across terrain..... I think my point is made. I've been hiking with people using MF camera systems, and it wasn't pleasant. As a matter of fact, the group had to slow down and stop while those MF hikers caught up, and caught their breath. But their shots were amazing. I would never hike with a MF system, let alone a heavy FF setup. It's just not fun on a 7 km hike.

It is quite normal for me to hike anywhere 5k to 10K a day every week. I can certainly appreciate the impact of weight and size. I often carried as many as 3 bodies and 5 lenses especially for locations that I wanted highest quality. But I don't have MF equipment.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2021 at 15:40 UTC
On article Field review: Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR (276 comments in total)

Given the overall downward trend of camera sale, It is typical in many industries to target the high end segments because of higher profit margins. It is really nice to see this new lens with apparently good optical performance and at a very reasonable price.

Good job Fuji and I don't even own any Fuji equipment.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2021 at 16:29 UTC as 39th comment
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