Pritzl

Lives in Canada Toronto, Canada
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Pritzl: My issue with Apple is that, as a monopoly, you are at their mercy for both the software AND the hardware. On the one hand, this means better stability and integration. On the other, the price premium and arbitrary design decisions are hard to swallow. With a PC, sure some Windows releases were unmitigated disasters ( cough ME ) but by and large you at least have the illusion of being in control. E.g. I am still running Windows 7 on a PC I have built and upgraded once every 3-5 years for close to 15 years now for a fraction of the price it would have taken me to do the same in the Apple world.

I very much doubt you have the maturity to cohabit with another human being that is not related to you by blood. As for the fanboy comment please check your posting history; you're both the pot and the kettle. And that's my final say on the matter. I make it a policy not to overfeed trolls. Please say hello to my ignore list.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 14:01 UTC
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Pritzl: My issue with Apple is that, as a monopoly, you are at their mercy for both the software AND the hardware. On the one hand, this means better stability and integration. On the other, the price premium and arbitrary design decisions are hard to swallow. With a PC, sure some Windows releases were unmitigated disasters ( cough ME ) but by and large you at least have the illusion of being in control. E.g. I am still running Windows 7 on a PC I have built and upgraded once every 3-5 years for close to 15 years now for a fraction of the price it would have taken me to do the same in the Apple world.

The level of online discourse continues to plumb new depths. Thank you for your reasoned and valuable input.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 15:43 UTC
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Pritzl: My issue with Apple is that, as a monopoly, you are at their mercy for both the software AND the hardware. On the one hand, this means better stability and integration. On the other, the price premium and arbitrary design decisions are hard to swallow. With a PC, sure some Windows releases were unmitigated disasters ( cough ME ) but by and large you at least have the illusion of being in control. E.g. I am still running Windows 7 on a PC I have built and upgraded once every 3-5 years for close to 15 years now for a fraction of the price it would have taken me to do the same in the Apple world.

Regardless of the argument's purported age, it still holds. The pros and cons of both systems are still pretty much the same. Only major difference is the availability of the Linux loophole now but I do enough coding at work on that system that I don't want it on my home PC too. You could also shoe-horn Windows onto a Mac but then you have the worst of both worlds.

As for Windows 10, I'm not convinced yet but I wouldn't go so far as to call it a disaster. Just not my cup of tea at the moment - I don't have a touch-sensitive screen.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 14:43 UTC

My issue with Apple is that, as a monopoly, you are at their mercy for both the software AND the hardware. On the one hand, this means better stability and integration. On the other, the price premium and arbitrary design decisions are hard to swallow. With a PC, sure some Windows releases were unmitigated disasters ( cough ME ) but by and large you at least have the illusion of being in control. E.g. I am still running Windows 7 on a PC I have built and upgraded once every 3-5 years for close to 15 years now for a fraction of the price it would have taken me to do the same in the Apple world.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 02:48 UTC as 231st comment | 8 replies

Just wanted to say bravo! While I was somewhat familiar with the topic, it is refreshing to see it explained so well with diagrams and simple language. More of these articles and fewer of the "look, cool bag!" ads please. :)

Now, about the A9. I'm still waiting for someone to provide the real numbers on its electronic shutter rate. How close/far are we from a large sensor global shutter?

Also, do we think the reduction in DR is just a case of unavoidable consequence of a first iteration of this technology.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 15:11 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

It's called avoiding the impression of impropriety, even if none exists. Something certain orange people don't understand.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 14:12 UTC as 43rd comment
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JM Hoffman: "Enhances reliability of operations for specific custom function settings."

Is this what we used to call "bug fixes"? It would be nice to have details here. What was fixed?

Translation from someone who writes software for a living: we fixed something that someone finally convinced us was a real bug but we're too embarrassed to provide any more detail.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 23:31 UTC

Woah! Imagine how helpful this methodology would be to astrophotographers! /snark off

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 20:58 UTC as 51st comment
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)

Interesting article. I have experienced inertial resistance and I don't even own a body or lens over $1500 so I can only imagine how hard it would be for some pros to make the switch.

I still think the A9 itself though is merely a prelude to what comes next. Mirror-less still needs a true global shutter, even better battery life and more complete eco-systems (lenses, accessories and support) to compete in the pro landscape. What the A9 does though is suggest that those developments might not be that far off.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 14:48 UTC as 122nd comment
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Pritzl: I don't get it. Don't we buy mirrorless cameras to save on size/weight? How is lugging that lump along a good solution? I'm disappointed by the slow pace of development in battery technology.

I am aware of the physical constraints imposed by sensor size and lens aperture/quality. Anyone expecting a pocketable full-frame camera with a decent lens will be waiting a while.

For flange-back distance, particularly in the shorter focal lengths I would argue the margin is greater than 1-5% below 50mm equivalent. Factor in the removal of the view-finder prism both in terms of weight and size of the body itself and you do have an argument for lighter/smaller gear in general being a central tenet of mirror-less cameras.

I have compared relatively similar setups on my 70D versus the X-T2 and saw >30% weight and size reduction. e.g.: http://camerasize.com/compact/#469.655,679.498,ha,t

So, while the gains might be over-hyped, they are there. Unfortunately, one side effect is smaller batteries and/or higher drain due to EVF. I just think improving battery density is more in keeping with the lighter/smaller ideal versus enlarging the battery.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 20:01 UTC
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Pritzl: I don't get it. Don't we buy mirrorless cameras to save on size/weight? How is lugging that lump along a good solution? I'm disappointed by the slow pace of development in battery technology.

I guess so. But don't most of these cameras have USB inputs that can charge the battery? I would suggest that the average USB backup battery pack is a lot sleeker and lighter than that monstrosity. Then again, USB charging speeds is another area which appears to have stagnated. Physics and/or Murphy's law strike again.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 16:50 UTC

I don't get it. Don't we buy mirrorless cameras to save on size/weight? How is lugging that lump along a good solution? I'm disappointed by the slow pace of development in battery technology.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:40 UTC as 15th comment | 12 replies
On article Sony a9 first look videos (301 comments in total)

I think this camera's success will hinge on one simple point; how well it deals with rolling shutter for stills captured at those 20FPS? Without that headline feature, it's not as remarkable a camera for its purported use as a professional sports model. With it, this could be a game-changer; an uninterrupted view and much higher frame rates (no moving parts) are a big deal if you're shooting fast moving action.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:35 UTC as 31st comment
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (464 comments in total)

I guess that's Canon's interpretation of Kaizen?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:24 UTC as 99th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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Pritzl: So far Sony's strategy for capturing market share has been "throw everything at it including the kitchen sink and see what sticks." This time, provided the product actually delivers of course, they may have finally nailed it. For one thing, I'm seeing more photography-focused features versus technology and gimmicks being touted in that press-release... and there's A LOT of them.

Too bad it's not in my price-range and well beyond my needs. Then again, at least some of those features could be trickling down into other, more attainable mirror-less offerings in the future eh?

I was actually referring to usability; 20fps does not move me. Things like the longer battery life, AF-ON button, AF joystick and blackout-less EVF are all things that appear to be targeted to the end user versus padding the camera's spec sheet. Based on, admittedly limited, experience with the A7 series, I see impressive spec sheets that don't always translate into better images in every day use. This beast might be different though.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:31 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)

So far Sony's strategy for capturing market share has been "throw everything at it including the kitchen sink and see what sticks." This time, provided the product actually delivers of course, they may have finally nailed it. For one thing, I'm seeing more photography-focused features versus technology and gimmicks being touted in that press-release... and there's A LOT of them.

Too bad it's not in my price-range and well beyond my needs. Then again, at least some of those features could be trickling down into other, more attainable mirror-less offerings in the future eh?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:39 UTC as 302nd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (540 comments in total)
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Pritzl: Hmmm... probably a fine camera but did Nikon just take a page out of Canon's playbook? I thought they had a patent on product differentiation designed solely to prevent cannibalizing sales of their higher end bodies?

This particular "upgrade" reminds me a lot about the move from EOS 50D to 60D; more video features + flippy screen but ditch half of what made the XXD series appealing in the first place to leave room for 7D. Slot D7200 for 50D, D500 for 7D and D7500 for 60D and the parallels are intriguing.

Don't forget the reduced resolution and retention of old focus system. I will concede that it is not as bad as the 50D -> 60D transition, but a lot of the changes are hard to explain in the absence of the D500.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (540 comments in total)

Hmmm... probably a fine camera but did Nikon just take a page out of Canon's playbook? I thought they had a patent on product differentiation designed solely to prevent cannibalizing sales of their higher end bodies?

This particular "upgrade" reminds me a lot about the move from EOS 50D to 60D; more video features + flippy screen but ditch half of what made the XXD series appealing in the first place to leave room for 7D. Slot D7200 for 50D, D500 for 7D and D7500 for 60D and the parallels are intriguing.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 14:14 UTC as 80th comment | 2 replies
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skanter: Outside of their pay scale - The NY Times remains the preeminent newspaper in the US. Right wingers confuse editorial content with news. The sheer volume of research and clarity of writing in their news stories and features is peerless. It has always been an invaluable resource for those who actually read and think, and remains so.

Those without critical thinking and reading ability watch Fox News on TV.

Bingo, @lightandaprayer. The saddest part in all this is indeed how the down-trodden will fare. They tried to lob a grenade into a system that they, understandably, feel is rigged against them. Unfortunately for them, those were real pineapple dimples and the establishment keeps on trucking. Trump may be infuriating/scaring liberals but he's going to stomp all over his "base", just wait and see.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 15:01 UTC
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Chev Chelios: Is this lens really what EF-S system owners having been crying out for?

Canon had a 9 year head start on Fuji with their APS-C lens system. Fuji X now has 5 prime lenses which are 35mm or wider that have apertures of f2 or wider. Fuji also has an ultra wide 14mm f2.8.

Canon on the other hand STILL has no fast wide angle EF-S primes. If you want faster than f2.8 in a prime you need to pay much more to get the larger and bulkier L equivalent.

On the one hand, I would agree that a 35mm F2.8 does not rock my boat. Indeed, I am on the verge of taking the Fuji plunge to see if that system works better for my evolving needs. However, just because a lens doesn't make sense to you, (or me) I would caution against discounting it.

Yes, it's a bit slow at F2.8 by prime standards but (a) it has IS for when your subject isn't moving; (b) it's small and light; and (c) it's really inexpensive. Yes, I would not be comfortable with a 3cm working distance for my macro work, but (a) it has a built in ring light; and (b) would still probably work great for non-insect macro subjects.

Not only do people's needs in a camera system differ, I would argue that they evolve even within the same person over time. I am now a father of a 4 yr old girl with one more on the way. I don't think I can tote my Canon gear AND kids' stuff for much longer. But the system was great over the last 4 years.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 14:39 UTC
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