bilmenot

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On article Nikon Z50 review (1996 comments in total)

My first impression looking at the front page photo is the Z50 has a shift mount or 'prism' ha ! (oh no I disclosed the secret of a new design !!)

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2019 at 03:48 UTC as 264th comment

A 21st century design to produce image of the 20s I don't know art, if you have money to burn save it for the winter ! I got another metal cap with lazer cut pinhole I am happy with it, but for hardcore 6K shooter this might be a great piece to produce that cinerama look !

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2019 at 01:01 UTC as 49th comment
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RStyga: BS article. DP, get serious, this is Fart, not art.

I could donate a toilet roll for this project

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2019 at 09:46 UTC

I am little disappointed coz it is not based on the Foven sensor there is no breakthru' at all, squeezing the electronics into a tiny package is not too hard a thing these days, the boxy camera looked uncomfortable to hold and operate, lack of a mechanical shutter and electronic only IS is a step back, may be new lenses with OIS will compensate for that. The good thing is the FF sensor does not have very high resolution (I would call it pixel density) meaning bigger photosite thus better low light performance, dynamic range and lower noise, will surely produce cleaner sharper image. But still, I will certainly not to buy this camera but the SDQ-H, and I don't shoot video so the fp is not my wanted item.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2019 at 04:35 UTC as 134th comment | 2 replies
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bilmenot: I am a Pentaxian and I know Tokina used to produce lenses for Pentax but I read that no longer happening, who is doing that now ? I doubt Pentax has enough resources to design and run a production line for lenses. It is interesting that while we Pentaxian eagerly wanted a new Pentax DSLR or MILC, but Pentax doesn't seems to care and decided to polish and re-introduce an old product, but it is still good to know that Pentax is not going to die away any time soon so I still have hope !

I only used one Tokina lens many years ago, it was a pro model around 26-70mm/f2.8 I forgot, the color is bit cool on film. I specially like the MF/AF switch over control ring very handy, the build quality is excellent even better than Tamron, thing has changed over the years, now Sigma seems to be the market leader in 3rd party lenses.

I was talking about this lens :

https://talktog.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/lens-review-tokina-at-x-270-pro-f2-6-2-8/

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2019 at 08:27 UTC
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bilmenot: I am a Pentaxian and I know Tokina used to produce lenses for Pentax but I read that no longer happening, who is doing that now ? I doubt Pentax has enough resources to design and run a production line for lenses. It is interesting that while we Pentaxian eagerly wanted a new Pentax DSLR or MILC, but Pentax doesn't seems to care and decided to polish and re-introduce an old product, but it is still good to know that Pentax is not going to die away any time soon so I still have hope !

My Pentax still ticking and working as expected, I want a new model coz it is aging and will die down in near future, but nothing else I enjoy using more than the Pentax even it is not top notch full featured. Some people decided to stick with a brand for a reason, to me it is the design and handling that matches my kind of shooting, I did try other brand but they are not suitable for me. if I must change then Olympus would be the one, they established at the same time even earlier than Nikon and Canon, they are deeply rooted in photography not just another wealthy new kid on the block. Unfortunately as you said Pentax is a small company, it is hard to survive in the digital age without third party support, but still Pentax is a brand to respect I still have hope.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2019 at 04:37 UTC

I am a Pentaxian and I know Tokina used to produce lenses for Pentax but I read that no longer happening, who is doing that now ? I doubt Pentax has enough resources to design and run a production line for lenses. It is interesting that while we Pentaxian eagerly wanted a new Pentax DSLR or MILC, but Pentax doesn't seems to care and decided to polish and re-introduce an old product, but it is still good to know that Pentax is not going to die away any time soon so I still have hope !

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2019 at 02:59 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2411 comments in total)
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Algoree: I have abandoned and shrugged off Olympus. They're still stucked at 4:3 crap crop. What's worse, I bought an EM1 supposed to be splash proof, snow proof, weather sealed. But with just a small splash from passing car, my Olympus heated up, insides fried and was dead.
Olympus REFUSED to fix it, saying it's user damaged. But what about their lavish claims that it's waterproof? Billed me close to 2.5k to change circuit board. No thanks, I threw it, sold my Olympus PRO series lenses and never looked back.

My first DSLR was a E300, a FT DSLR with horizontal flipping mirror very unusual, it was 10-15yrs. ago I bought it used, after a year of use I passed it to my friend, it still ticking today with the same old battery that's amazing ! OM made the world's smallest SLR, and invented the very unique and effective OTF flash metering system, I did not like OM much until recently, mainly due to the handling.

The E300 was completely different design, the current models 'returned' to traditional film camera like, it seems that the designer tried to shrink everything to produce a small body without considering how it handles and looks, especially when the battery grip fitted, it is just like to use heat shrink wrapping to cover everything without to even out the edges, this latest model indeed to mold the battery grip to the body to become one piece, in small cameras only the Pentax MZ-D prototype has the same design I think it is practical, I guess I will get another used OM to try someday.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2019 at 06:14 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2411 comments in total)
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Algoree: I have abandoned and shrugged off Olympus. They're still stucked at 4:3 crap crop. What's worse, I bought an EM1 supposed to be splash proof, snow proof, weather sealed. But with just a small splash from passing car, my Olympus heated up, insides fried and was dead.
Olympus REFUSED to fix it, saying it's user damaged. But what about their lavish claims that it's waterproof? Billed me close to 2.5k to change circuit board. No thanks, I threw it, sold my Olympus PRO series lenses and never looked back.

What is 'crap' about 4:3 ? what about 645 and 6x7 'crap' ? regarding splash proof AFAIK most high end models are waterproof to some degree but not well mentioned, but for the price we paid we would expect it is part of the deal. I use Pentax and almost all their DSLR are advertised as weather sealed even the low end models, my K3 got water entered at the battery compartment while I carry it with a sling strap to put the camera upside down and get caught in a down pour. Pentax first asked for $500 to repair said it was human mistake of course I refused, I then wrote to Japan HQ to complain about that, it was their mistake to advertised the camera with great weather sealing, they asked me to ship it back FOC for inspection, then 2 months later I received a brand new replacement ! it was a very special case I know, but I've not seen any rating released by camera maker about waterproofness, like how we rate a waterproof jacket, pressure is what caused the rubber sealing to give and leak.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2019 at 04:26 UTC
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shigzeo: The more I think about this the less I like it. Yes, it makes displays seamless. But there is no way to cover up the camera without also occluding the screen. Privacy is already a big problem, where users give most of it up for convenience. But this is a step beyond.

Privacy is already a concern if you are using china made phone !

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2019 at 04:34 UTC
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bilmenot: Please excuse my ignorance I am not a video shooter, as far as I know those unique oval bokeh and lens flare and light streaks effects are the result of the conversion between wide screen format and standard 'flat' format, is kind of distortion. I actually handled a vintage anamorphic lens so I know how it looks like and how big and heavy it is, but nowadays most people shoot straight with their camera without the conversion, why we still want that oval bokeh ? they paid the big dollar simply to get the 'Cinematic Look' ? sorry I will not do that even if I shoot video. It seems to me this is the trend that many people producing images with their current, state of the art equipment to mimic the 'old look', this is not too wrong but seems 'too much' to me.

What I immediately note the difference between a casual video shoot and a professional one is not the aspect radio or resolution but the lighting, and I rarely see a TV footage closely match a motion picture one. TV footage tends to higher in contrast and 'harsh' to my eyes, where motion picture is generally lower contrast and smoother color, pls excuse my improper layman term describing it !

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2019 at 09:56 UTC

Please excuse my ignorance I am not a video shooter, as far as I know those unique oval bokeh and lens flare and light streaks effects are the result of the conversion between wide screen format and standard 'flat' format, is kind of distortion. I actually handled a vintage anamorphic lens so I know how it looks like and how big and heavy it is, but nowadays most people shoot straight with their camera without the conversion, why we still want that oval bokeh ? they paid the big dollar simply to get the 'Cinematic Look' ? sorry I will not do that even if I shoot video. It seems to me this is the trend that many people producing images with their current, state of the art equipment to mimic the 'old look', this is not too wrong but seems 'too much' to me.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2019 at 07:44 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies

I've seen similar thing before just don't know where to get it, btw why it must be Sony ?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2019 at 02:23 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Is the Olympus OM-D E-M1X right for you? (389 comments in total)

My first FT DSLR was the E300, yes a DSLR in FT mount and It took beautiful picture, IMO m43 is specially good for sport and wildlife, coz long lenses can be made much smaller and affordable, may be also good for macro too.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2019 at 09:54 UTC as 30th comment
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm GFX 100 first look (146 comments in total)
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ffking: Very nice camera potentially - slightly sad that that's where Pentax should be - the 67 blazed that trail in medium format form - but they're not, and not likely to be in the foreseeable future - so good on Fuji for pressing on and delivering anothr interesting and different camera

As far as I know Pentax is the first company produces small sensor, APS-C to medium format digital camera and still producing today. I've not used any medium format digital camera so can't comment on the Fuji, but a camera that big and heavy without a comfortable grip is a big put off. I used couple Fuji APS-C but never like them, not the IQ but the bad ergonomic and menu design. Pentax on the other hand does not have the highest IQ and video capacity so many people hated it, but it has the best ergonomic and sturdy construction and weather sealing at a very reasonable price, just pick one in the shop to play around you will see the difference and how easy it is to operate.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2019 at 03:14 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Our USB ports should do more! (96 comments in total)

I have not read the full comment list someone may have this on mind as well, why not put all the advanced add on feature on a AV battery grip, like standard AV connector and other ports and hardware add on together with a big battery, so that for casual shoot the on camera type C is enough to keep the setup light and small. The biggest complain I have with the USB plug is not the features it has but the physical strength of the connector, even the standard type A on the computer is not reliable I always have bad contact problem, why not make a magnetic type plug instead ?

Added thought : AV battery grip or AV dock

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 05:18 UTC as 15th comment
On article Samsung launches 64MP image sensor for smartphones (264 comments in total)

First the camera was an added non essential feature on the cell phone, now the cell phone becomes a non essential feature of a camera, cell phone can no longer called a cell phone, the phone part is no longer important, may be we should call it a Personal Information and Entertainment Device you name it. I am quite tired seeing new phones keep pumping up the resolution on a tiny sensor, cell phone can easily produce beautify photos much easier than with regular camera, coz POST is done inside the phone before we see the final image, so resolution is not the major part.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2019 at 04:15 UTC as 9th comment
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bilmenot: There is nothing exciting to write home about, was it not camera and lenses were designed for FF on day one ? then it came APS film format which was short lived, then we have digital, due to the high cost and difficulties to produce we don't have FF digital until recent years. Now the dust settled and camera and lens makers returning to their old business to produce FF products. FF camera and lenses not necessary to be big, remember Olympus produced the smallest FF SLR (NOT mirrorless !) and lenses, with modern technology I believe we can shrink the lenses and electronics into small package not much bigger than APS format, eventually APS-C will be replaced by FF as the cost drops.

Well I mean high refractive index glass can help to make the lens shorter, or use fewer glasses to achieve the same effect of combing glasses, not simply coating but the whole glass material composition, here's some info. not directly related to photo lenses but worth to mention, again I am no expert I just read from the internet.

https://www.nvisioncenters.com/best-lenses/high-index-lenses/

Link | Posted on May 8, 2019 at 10:15 UTC
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bilmenot: There is nothing exciting to write home about, was it not camera and lenses were designed for FF on day one ? then it came APS film format which was short lived, then we have digital, due to the high cost and difficulties to produce we don't have FF digital until recent years. Now the dust settled and camera and lens makers returning to their old business to produce FF products. FF camera and lenses not necessary to be big, remember Olympus produced the smallest FF SLR (NOT mirrorless !) and lenses, with modern technology I believe we can shrink the lenses and electronics into small package not much bigger than APS format, eventually APS-C will be replaced by FF as the cost drops.

May be use different material with high refractive index, Tamron actually produced some lenses with special glass before, also the old 'hot' lens doped with radioactive material, just a thought I am no expert...

Link | Posted on May 8, 2019 at 09:43 UTC

There is nothing exciting to write home about, was it not camera and lenses were designed for FF on day one ? then it came APS film format which was short lived, then we have digital, due to the high cost and difficulties to produce we don't have FF digital until recent years. Now the dust settled and camera and lens makers returning to their old business to produce FF products. FF camera and lenses not necessary to be big, remember Olympus produced the smallest FF SLR (NOT mirrorless !) and lenses, with modern technology I believe we can shrink the lenses and electronics into small package not much bigger than APS format, eventually APS-C will be replaced by FF as the cost drops.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2019 at 03:49 UTC as 8th comment | 7 replies
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