bilmenot

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On article Photokina 2018: Zenit and Leica collaborate on new 'M' (491 comments in total)

I used to love Russian RF cameras like the Fed, Kiev and Zorki, and don't mind the bubbles on the lenses that's the Russian quality made the image unique, I am not a pixel peeper and can't afford top of the line glasses...

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 06:29 UTC as 28th comment

I am happy with my pin hole lens cap, I pass for that price !

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 07:31 UTC as 48th comment

I've no interest and money to purchase this camera, but to me it is more like a finished product than the Nikon Z

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 08:12 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4420 comments in total)

I no longer use any Nikon but I will not doubt this is state of the arts, but there are couple things I don't feel comfortable with it. At the first look it reminds me of the Nikonos RS, the tiny finder head looks weird to me, and the body is boxy like many other new cameras, this is just a personal preference has nothing to do with it's functionality. The other thing I don't like is the lens release button of the new mount, it still put so close to the left edge how could one change lens without first 'un-grab' the camera ? beside Pentax I think Sony is the only other camera that do it right, I can keep holding the camera steady with my right hand and press the lens release button with my ring finger and change lens with my left hand, I don't know how Nikon fans do it quick especially with big heavy lenses. When you invest huge amount of money on a piece of equipment you will expect more than it's functionality, I don't feel 'good ergonomic' is the right word to describe this camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 14:21 UTC as 887th comment | 1 reply
On article Review: The Wandrd Prvke is a near-perfect camera bag (343 comments in total)
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Rod McD: The main problem with backpack camera bags is that they're on your back. They can be good for transport, but they are not good to actually work from on the move. And secondly, if you're actually hiking, there's insufficient space for all the other usual stuff - raincoats, hats, food, gloves, water bottles, stoves, maps, torches, and so on. What do the designers think - we leave home with just a camera?

Many bags lack bump and crush resistance and in this case the walls and dividers IMO look thin. I'd also be suspicious of weather resistance with so many openings. Not for me. There was a time when you could buy heavily made soft cases with very solid build quality, heavy exterior and interior padding and rugged zips. Eg the original Lowe AW series. Not any more. Bag design and build quality seem to be a race to the bottom.

Mine is made with Cordura material with flexible medium padding, 50% more space slightly heavily but cost 20% less, it got a collapsible side pocket for water bottle that extend to the outside. Most backpack water bottle pocket share the space with the main compartment, I got 2 LowePro just like that, the pocket is simply a sew on piece of elastic nylon net, if the bag fully loaded there is no room for even a 500ml bottle, let alone a 1L+ one for long trip. My bag also got a camel bag compartment which I used for document, plus room for a notebook if I can reduce the gears, I can add on stuffs via Molle and 'hook and loop'. One thing I have not mention is the waist belt, it is a must for heavy backpack to spread the load evenly, if it is too narrow and thin it will not only causing fatigue but also rubs against the clothing and cause pilling.

I spent and wasted too much money on backpacks that not practical in real use, I will not look back when I purchase my next bag !

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 08:49 UTC
On article Review: The Wandrd Prvke is a near-perfect camera bag (343 comments in total)
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Rod McD: The main problem with backpack camera bags is that they're on your back. They can be good for transport, but they are not good to actually work from on the move. And secondly, if you're actually hiking, there's insufficient space for all the other usual stuff - raincoats, hats, food, gloves, water bottles, stoves, maps, torches, and so on. What do the designers think - we leave home with just a camera?

Many bags lack bump and crush resistance and in this case the walls and dividers IMO look thin. I'd also be suspicious of weather resistance with so many openings. Not for me. There was a time when you could buy heavily made soft cases with very solid build quality, heavy exterior and interior padding and rugged zips. Eg the original Lowe AW series. Not any more. Bag design and build quality seem to be a race to the bottom.

Exactly ! this is a storage bag not good for actual use while on the go, there is not enough padding and the water bottle side pocket is not big enough, I doubt this bag and many modern so called camera backpacks are designed by real photographer. There are better bags out there not by mainstream photography bags maker has better design that cost lot less.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2018 at 04:13 UTC

A bag that size without a waist belt is next to useless to me, why put all the load on the shoulders !? there are very few real good camera backpacks in the market, the rest are bad designed impractical for daily use or wear out quick, you will have better chance to find a good one to search out of the 'photographic bag' category ! I got mine from a military backpack manufacturer at half that price, it is super rigid and comfortable to wear and use. For what I see most of the new fancy camera backpacks are designed for 'tight packing', looks tidy but extremely hard to use when on the go, I better off grab any bag I like and get a camera insert to make my own bag !

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 06:40 UTC as 10th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (602 comments in total)

Great, but I still like the LX100 more coz I need a bigger EVF

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 05:06 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-H1 Review (1596 comments in total)
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bilmenot: I am sorry too I am also in the 'Fuji-meh' camp, tried the X-30 and XE-2, loved the sensor and lens but hated the handling, finally Fuji came up with something more 'grippy' , previous models are too much front heavy, together with the inconvenient menu design I felt extremely tired using it, I am going to the Lumix camp with my DSLR bye now !

Since I already left Fuji I no longer care the changes, but I will tell my problem with it anyway. There are at least 2 'flaw' with the menu design, that may already corrected with new FW.

1. Custom menu

There are 7 custom settings on the XE-2 C1-C7, whenever I return from custom settings to the default one, C1 ? C1 will get over written by whatever I used previously, so there is no real default, I must create my default with a custom one.

2. The delete mode

Say, after I took 10 similar photos, I want to check the sharpness of each and delete those I don't want, I can go to the view mode to zoom in each of them to check no problem, but if I want to delete any photo I must exit view mode and go to delete mode, to pick the one I don't want, I must also remember the file name to delete it, for 10 photos it will not be too much trouble, but with 50 or more shots will be a pain in the neck to do it. I am using Pentax, I can delete photos right away with delete button zoomed or not.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 07:10 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-H1 Review (1596 comments in total)

I am sorry too I am also in the 'Fuji-meh' camp, tried the X-30 and XE-2, loved the sensor and lens but hated the handling, finally Fuji came up with something more 'grippy' , previous models are too much front heavy, together with the inconvenient menu design I felt extremely tired using it, I am going to the Lumix camp with my DSLR bye now !

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 08:09 UTC as 95th comment | 2 replies
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davidbindle: What does this flash do in autobounce mode when dummies try to use it in a place with too tall ceilings? Automatically start looking for walls to bounce off?

To bounce or not to bounce that's the question, I've seen too many "dummies" tilt their flash up no matter how high the ceiling, some even when shoot in the open, they either made it a habit to tilt the flash no matter what or they want to shoot down the sun !

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 07:05 UTC

Ok this is innovative one of a kind, but if I were to design such a light, I would make it like the ancient Osram BCS44 with internal tilt head, to make the light less "obstructive" when tilting, without catching eyeballs. Zooming is a problem, but I believe the reflector can be made smaller to fit into the head.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 06:56 UTC as 10th comment

This is a good compromise between portability and usability, not to be replace a real tripod, it is useful for casual birding and wildlife and games, but it has very limited pan/tracking capacity and cost bit too high IMO.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 06:23 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Rokinon AF 50mm F1.4 FE: sample gallery and impressions (147 comments in total)

Good to hear that, now we got something nice but not crazily over priced. I got the early version of their 85/1.4 for Pentax and I used on the APS-C K3, I got purple fringing on high contrast scene even when stopped down a couple stops, I believe I can get better result on fullframe. I would manual focus with these large aperture lenses, that's the fun part of photography many people enjoyed ! and it is too early to ask Samyang to produce a fast and reliable AF system.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 07:23 UTC as 5th comment
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)

I like mirror lens, it is a low cost solution for wildlife photography as long as you do not need top notch image quality. As far as I know not much has changed in the optical design over the years, I believe only the coating and precision of the mirror improved. There are two best mirror lenses I've ever used, namely Tamron and Russian MTO 3m5ca both 500mm/f8, I particularly like the MTO, it is still available in very reasonable price today. One thing to note on mirror lenses, in particular the Russian made ones, the mirror always mis-aligned and over tighten, caused the focus to shift at the far end, after 'relaxing' the mirror I was able to push further the far end (beyond infinity) so that allowed me to use any screw adapter still remain true infinity focus. Btw Russian mirror lens uses M42 instead of T2 mount which has slightly different pitch, don't force in or you will break the mount !

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 07:21 UTC as 6th comment

Recycled goods, I would go for CineStill instead.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 03:22 UTC as 19th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (508 comments in total)

I owned couple Fuji X before and I loved the IQ and low night performance, but I don't like the handling and the menu design it was sick and tired to use, so I decided to give MFT a try. I read a lot of good things about the LX100 especially the video capacity but I am not a video shooter, nowadays new camera must have 4K video capacity that I never use but have to pay for the feature. I don't know why people willing to spend the extra to gear up the camera to make it handles better for video shooting instead of go for a true video camera, and video camera shoot stills as well ! for video shooter, the LX100 with excellent video capacity but without a mic jack is unthinkable. I don't see why a camera that size doesn't have on board flash, the included tiny flash draws power from internal battery anyway ! the Fuji XT1 is different coz it is not a fixed lens camera, not a camera built for convenience, but if I want EVF I've no better choice than the LX100 !

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 02:47 UTC as 17th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Sigma SD1 (239 comments in total)

I always want to get one, may not be the SD1 but the SDQ, DP2Q...etc., many people said Foven is only good for low ISO, 400 is near the limit but I've never tried.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 08:02 UTC as 24th comment
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)

I am not an OM fan, but I did own an old E300 FT not MFT, it is a DSLR not mirrorless if you can recall, it was my first DSLR and it took very good photos, but then I switched to Pentax, the reason was the handling, also I want a bigger sensor. It is funny to say that, I just can't live with the 'pointy' dial and buttons they hurt me so much ha lol !
I handled few OM P&S and mirrorless, the controls are more or less having sharp edges. I read an ad of a rugged P&S of theirs mentioned that, the buttons are so designed to provide the user a better feel and grip in cold weather while wearing glove and this is logical, but it seems that applied to every cameras in their lineup too !

I can not deny OM cameras are good looking, advanced and took good photos, but they are bit too small even on my small hands and too 'pointy' for comfortable handling, or this is just me !

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 07:19 UTC as 5th comment
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Impulses: I'm kind of surprised someone managed to burn the iris on a lens as wide wide as the Panasonic 20mm pictured... I'm guessing that took more than a few seconds to happen.

Lenses nowadays are made with plastic blades

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 12:00 UTC
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