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Something amiss with this lens. Lens looks decentered at wide angle at wider apertures settings in the corners. Look at the window shot 9250. Also has some weird busy double image bokeh near the edges (tree branches in some shots).

The center is pin sharp and contrasty so my fingers are crossed that the edge issue is not the way it was designed.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2012 at 01:45 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review (337 comments in total)

I don't care for Canon's fat sharpening halos at low ISOs. The Nikon jpegs are better. At high ISOs, the tables turn and the Canon does better. If you shoot raw, select the camera with the features you like.

The RX100 is a bit of a disappointment to me. Better resolution and a bit better noise performance but the lens is a let down as you move away from the center of the image.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 23:09 UTC as 96th comment

Looks sharp and contrasty. No annoying color fringing (maybe just a hint in some shots). Bokeh looks somewhat busy at some settings, good in others. I can't judge edge performance due to the limited DOF but overall I'd say it is a promising lens. You can't ask too much more from a zoom.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2012 at 14:10 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

I think it is neat that they can do all these filters based on the depth information.

I still think they should also make an ordinary camera based on the light field camera shape because it is very discreet.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 15:46 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review (498 comments in total)

So the D600 looks to have slightly less noise than the D800 sampled down to 24mp, although the D800 has better detail? This would seem to indicate, at least for high ISO shooting, the MP race has ran its course.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2012 at 18:44 UTC as 57th comment

If this has the 1/2.3" sensor that is in all the current cheap P&S cameras that produce horrid looking pix even in bight outdoor light, this thing is overpriced even if it has the "smart" functions.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2012 at 22:24 UTC as 17th comment
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neo_nights: Wow! The K5-IIs is the new High ISO king for APS-C cameras! Impressive, indeed!

Looking at the raw images, the X-Pro 1 is applying a heavy NR. At ISO 3200 it has a water color painting effect (look at the feathers). Some details are lost. I've heard that Pentax uses a light amount of NR too. I think the raw output should be left alone so that the potentially more sophisticated converting/editing software can be left to handle the NR to the desire of the user.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2012 at 03:00 UTC

It is quite normal for a product to have parts sourced from many different companies. Thank about the different types of plastics, glass, metals, motors, microphones and other electronic components that make up a camera.

In some cases the only thing a company will do is to put their name on it (and it was probably stamped on in a factory somewhere else.

I do small scale manufacturing. I design and do a lot of my own manufacturing to get my final product, but I still had to source parts and materials from other companies. It is how this stuff works.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2012 at 21:06 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 studio sample images (144 comments in total)

The Nikon P7700 looks better with low ISO jpegs, but Canon looks better at 1600 (not sure why DPR uses 3200 to show default high ISO with these smaller sensor cameras). Raws are more even. I'd say look at the camera's other features and decide that way.

The RX100 doesn't really distance itself from these smaller sensor cameras here. It does have the resolution advantage but it makes softer images (especially off axis) and noise performance isn't much better. Of course resizing the RX100 image to 12mp will show its clear advantage but you pay the price in the wallet and zoom range.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2012 at 15:59 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies

Sony missed the mark (but was quite close). 20mp is overkill. It is actually rather noisy at high ISOs. 16mp 4/3rds and Nikon 1 are much cleaner. Go to raw comparison tool, select ISO 1600 and see for yourself. I think the RX100 would have been better served with a sensor in the 15mp range.

Secondly the lens is disappointing off axis. Looking at the samples, even stopped down the softness of the images that starts about half way to the edges is a shame. This is what drives my crazy with Sony. They make all these great cameras, yet some of their lenses are disappointing.

If Sony could shave $100 of the price, they would own the enthusiast P&S market.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2012 at 12:24 UTC as 113th comment | 4 replies

Glad to have lens test back!

This lens extends quite long. The girls will be impressed.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2012 at 00:43 UTC as 49th comment
On article Just Posted: Pentax K-30 full review (272 comments in total)

This Sony sensor continues to amaze. And in a capable camera it is a bigger plus. Canon has yet to answer the low shadow noise / recovery capability it possesses.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2012 at 23:09 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply

I like the jpeg rendering. They give it a little "bite". Lens looks good too. Nikon is doing a good job luring me away from Canon.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2012 at 14:43 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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plantdoc: Interesting device and probably what the "1" should have started as. However, for me, it's too expensive and too large to replace a modest sized Canon Rebel. Could be a good choice if moving from a P&S priced and sized camera without an investment in other lenses and accessories. Sensor would be nice in a RX sized camera.


The Canon Rebel is giant compared to this. The design makes it seem large in the picture, but it is quite small.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2012 at 00:27 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of three 1 Nikkor lenses (76 comments in total)

I look forward to the wide angle zoom, but still want a 18mm f/1.8 normal lens.
The new 10-100 is a lot smaller, but lacks VR. It should hit the streets with a much lower price.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 15:53 UTC as 13th comment

If this is as good as the Canon 70-200 f/4L, you Nikon folks should be happy. Its a sharp, medium speed lens that is not so tiring to lug like the f/2.8 big brother.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 15:43 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply

I like the new design. It has an actual grip. No more pinching a flat box between the fingers. It is proportioned that way due to the small size. It looks big, but if you have seen how small the kit zoom is, you know the camera is pretty small. Nikon listened an got the main functions out of the menu and into dials and buttons. Now you can customize!

People afraid of the smaller sensor have not seen images from raw. High ISO noise is less than 4/3rds. Less noise than some older APS-C and about a stop behind the current APS-C sensors. Of course, the new sensor performance remains to be tested.

Don't take my word for it. Go here set ISO to 1600 and compare the shadow areas vs other cameras.

Finally, you will never get a kit zoom or tele lens nearly as small with 4/3rd or APS-C.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 15:14 UTC as 118th comment | 2 replies

For me:
Low priced compact with 10mp 1/1.7 sensor and 28-70mm lens.
Mirrorless like Nikon 1 size but with grip and better interface (more button control).
SLR not much to ask for here. They make so many good ones now.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 00:19 UTC as 445th comment
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logbi77: Is it just me or is the P7700 only 1 stop worse than the Nikon J1/ Sony RX100 in RAW?

Try putting the P7700 in ISO 800 and the J1/RX100 in ISO 1600.

To me, The J1 still has a finer grain structure at 1600 vs the P7700 at 800. The RX100 is about the same at 1600 to the P7700 at 800, but it has the resolution advantage. Sample it down to match and the RX100 looks way better.

The P7700 gets really noisy at 1600. Larger sensors are tough to beat when light gets low.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 14:50 UTC
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