Pritzl

Lives in Canada Toronto, Canada
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Carl Mucks: Now, ask yourself a simple question. How many people would buy a $1300 24-200mm f/8 lens for their FF cameras? That's right, the answer is 'close to zero'. Because the lens is too expensive, too slow for anything but a bright daylight, and offers no DOF control. Basically the pictures look pretty much like coming from a typical P&S camera. And that's the antithesis for FF shooters. Are m43 shooters content with P&S quality and the insane prices?

Of course, there will be those who will claim that that zoom offers great flexibility being that small and having such a huge zoom range. I find those arguments meaningless. Ask yourself, do you want more pictures or better pictures? I'd rather have one great picture than thousands of mediocre ones.

Bottom line, dump those slow zooms, get one, two, maybe three bright good quality primes and take fewer but better pictures.

Yes, but image SNR is not determined by brightness but by total light captured. And, in that sense, it is indeed the equivalent of a 24-200 F8 FF lens. i.e. at the same ISO, you would need an F8 lens on FF to get the same SNR and hence image quality. In that light, it does seem a tad over-priced in spite of the weather sealing and close focusing capability.

That said, it's nowhere near point and shoot lens quality; those often run closer to F16 in FF terms.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 18:54 UTC
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Pritzl: It it just me or is this year's Photokina one of the more eventful ones in recent memory? The volume and magnitude of new product announcements is quite encouraging.

This year, there seems to be plenty of excitement to go around, especially if you include the stuff that got announced just before Photokina.
e.g. Canon taking another, more serious swing at mirrorless, Fuji's XT-2 and now GFX, Sony not abandoning their A-mount, a slew of micro-4/3 bodies and lenses including one from a new player. Only thing missing are those Nikon DLs and I'm sure someone is in hot water over this at Nikon HQ.

There just seems to be something for every one this time around.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:41 UTC
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Pritzl: It it just me or is this year's Photokina one of the more eventful ones in recent memory? The volume and magnitude of new product announcements is quite encouraging.

As it pertains to my initial comment though, the NX1, groundbreaking as it was, was just filling a void in my opinion due to the dearth of anything really interesting from the other manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:35 UTC

It it just me or is this year's Photokina one of the more eventful ones in recent memory? The volume and magnitude of new product announcements is quite encouraging.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 17:36 UTC as 87th comment | 5 replies
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (548 comments in total)

I am considering mirrorless options and since I already have EF-S glass and like the Canon UI I should be a great candidate for this camera.

On the one hand, it's the first M that has even marginally intrigued me. Good controls, great AF and a decent sensor all create the foundation of a really good camera. However, where it falls flat for me is a slew of signs that make me doubt Canon's conviction with regard to mirrorless. For example, why the "fake" IBIS? What's with the step back in terms of screen articulation? Why focus peaking but not zebras? But perhaps most glaringly at all, still no decent fast primes/zooms in the EF-M line-up.

In short, I find the product muddled. Geared for video but missing essential video features. Geared for enthusiasts but missing enthusiast lenses. No, I'm still leaning towards one day scrounging enough cash to get into the Fuji system; it may even end up replacing my Canon DSLR gear completely.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 14:30 UTC as 99th comment
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Bravo to Canon and it's DSLRs!

Canon is truly the undisputed King! ... of Incremental upgrades!

The next 5D series you will really want is actually about 3 or 4 upgrades away...

Great going Canon!

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I wasn't complaining. Just explaining that, as you said, getting things right takes time. And like it or not, that is the Canon way. Personally, I don't like being a guinea pig so I'm fine with them sorting it out first.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Bravo to Canon and it's DSLRs!

Canon is truly the undisputed King! ... of Incremental upgrades!

The next 5D series you will really want is actually about 3 or 4 upgrades away...

Great going Canon!

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DPAF certainly fits the bill of revolutionary update; dare I say it "game-changing" even. But even here, notice how at first there was no tracking AF for stills with DPAF. Canon, like it or hate it, tends to hold back on a new feature until it is dead sure it will not rock the boat. Similarly, they filed a patent for DPAF powered Micro-adjustment 2 years ago and we are still waiting.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Bravo to Canon and it's DSLRs!

Canon is truly the undisputed King! ... of Incremental upgrades!

The next 5D series you will really want is actually about 3 or 4 upgrades away...

Great going Canon!

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I was not commenting on the usefulness or otherwise of Sony's innovation. That is up to the individual user. I was just pointing out that some degree of conservatism, good or bad, is to be expected from a company already at the top of the hill. e.g. can you imagine if Canon had released a high MP camera ala A7R with the same shutter-induced vibration that plagued the original? Can you spell Armageddon? They tend to take their time because they're afraid of perceived customer push-back, real or not.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 19:56 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)

Ah Canon. Everyone's favourite punching bag. Damned if you and damned if you don't. It's almost as bad as the bashing Nikon gets whenever they have a QA issue. Reputations, deserved or otherwise, are hard to shake eh?

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 17:02 UTC as 321st comment
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)
In reply to:

CameraLabTester: Bravo to Canon and it's DSLRs!

Canon is truly the undisputed King! ... of Incremental upgrades!

The next 5D series you will really want is actually about 3 or 4 upgrades away...

Great going Canon!

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The one that surprises me is actually Fuji. As a disruptive player it does innovate, but is also conservative in some respects. I think that might be because they have identified their audience more clearly and know what they are looking for.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Bravo to Canon and it's DSLRs!

Canon is truly the undisputed King! ... of Incremental upgrades!

The next 5D series you will really want is actually about 3 or 4 upgrades away...

Great going Canon!

.

One could also argue that it is precisely this conservatism that means that their cameras tend to be more fully realized. e.g. look at their touch-screen implementation or DPAF. They felt really polished right from release.

Sony et al are trying to capture market share from the big 2 and as disruptors they HAVE to innovate; and they have. Otherwise, no one would take notice. Canon and Nikon in contrast, have a different problem. Change to something unproven that could drive away loyal customers (or investment-captive, depending on your perspective) or stick to evolutionary updates to what got them to the top of the heap in the first place?

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
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Pritzl: Actually, the difference is pretty dramatic. In Spencer's image, while Bolt's hand is sharp, his face, arguably the focal point of the image, is blurry. In contrast, Kai's image managed to freeze Usain's smile in sharp contrast to the blur everywhere around him.

Perhaps "sharpness" was the wrong word. I'm not talking in pixel-peeping terms. I just feel that Kai's image has the right element "frozen" (Usain's face) versus everything else whizzing by. That said, I agree that Spencer's image captures a more iconic running pose; right arm tucked in close behind chest, left well clear of back, legs in perfect "taking off" profile. Then again, given how Bolt behaves in the last few yards of races perhaps Kai's "not trying too hard" pose is actually better? So I guess the pose argument could go either way. On the other hand, it is clear that Kai did a better job of tracking what was, in my opinion at least, key to the image, Bolt's smile.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 14:38 UTC

Actually, the difference is pretty dramatic. In Spencer's image, while Bolt's hand is sharp, his face, arguably the focal point of the image, is blurry. In contrast, Kai's image managed to freeze Usain's smile in sharp contrast to the blur everywhere around him.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 15:02 UTC as 65th comment | 5 replies
On article Accusations fly over Fukushima photos (88 comments in total)

I have no problem appreciating art regardless of the artist. Honest mistake or not though, the issue here is how much of an impact does the real location the images were taken affect the images? That depends on whether you valued the image execution or the story told about Fukushima. I fall into the latter group because I didn't think the photos themselves were exceptional. Not to say I could do better, but that my aspirations are to a better quality of work.

So yes, the revelation certainly detracts from my personal valuation of the work.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 15:34 UTC as 16th comment

When I see a price like that I always wonder what proportion of it is actual "value" versus "exclusivity premium"?

It's not like they had to spend tons of money to develop a new product; it's the same lens in a different dress. A very pretty dress granted, but again, I wonder if this product would actually succeed in an objective market? i.e., at what point does the prohibitive cost become the main selling point?

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies

This is about security. How else can a corrupt government protect its corruption from public scrutiny? Shame on those pictures for showing the truth.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 16:04 UTC as 20th comment
On article Fast telezoom: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 sample images (164 comments in total)

Judging by the number of images, someone likes this lens very much. ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 31st comment
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Alex Permit: With the fall of the inluencers, there has been the rise of the micro-influencers..Instagram influencers with 10,000 to 100,000 followers. But they too shall fall to the nano influencers.

Seems we are coming to the day when adverstisers will just pay individuals who are personally in the market and are about to make a purchase. Coming full circle, they will discover the power of using their marketing budget towards discounting the price.

Indeed. There's nothing more attractive when shopping than a good discount. If I see good value-for-money, I'm in.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 16:08 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (712 comments in total)
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Pritzl: So does the 80D support Exposure Compensation in manual mode + auto-ISO now? I thought I saw something to that effect in the manual but I can't access it today for some reason.

Thanks. Interesting that Canon finally caved on that front. Time to hawk my 70D.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 15:45 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (712 comments in total)

So does the 80D support Exposure Compensation in manual mode + auto-ISO now? I thought I saw something to that effect in the manual but I can't access it today for some reason.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 20:19 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies
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