CameraLabTester

CameraLabTester

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Architect
Joined on Aug 27, 2010
About me:

Real World "camera design" feedback provider to camera "lab designers" who never get out to see the real world.

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On article 2017 Sony World Photography Awards accepting entries (48 comments in total)

Every major photography contest sponsored by the main players [Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Leica, Panasonic, etc.] brings out the creativity of photographers all over the World and it thrills us no end to view with pleasure the works of what others have done and to be amazed to ponder how they produced such awe inspiring images from their craft.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 23:16 UTC as 8th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)

Those who predicted the EOS M mount was dead can now eat their pixels.

While the previous models were worthy to be buried in the dumpster of digital trash, this "Lazarus" offering may well be the turning point of Canon to catch up and prepare for an eventual overtake in the mirrorless race for superior cameras.

In terms of sales, Canon will boom, because it already has a mass base of loyal users.

It can only be good for Canon to further develop this line.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 08:19 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (435 comments in total)

Consumer: "This is the camera of my dreams!"

Canon & Nikon: "This is the camera of our nightmares!"

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Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:55 UTC as 69th comment | 7 replies
On article Olympus PEN E-PL8 First Impressions Review (76 comments in total)

When will Olympus get a revelation that for a camera this small, a flash dongle is the last thing a customer would want to lug around, separately... and when it is attached, makes the camera awkward and ergonomically unfriendly.

This is the best example of camera designers never listening to their customers, but rather, keep churning things that THEY THINK will be attractive to suckers... er, customers.

In this day of convenience, a tiny camera with an external dongle for flash is a dead camera walking.

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Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:36 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

The secret of Sigma is simple.

It reads your mind, your desires, your longings, your frustration, your regrets.

It then puts these ingredients to pen and paper [well, CAD these days...].

It bakes them in the oven of well paid and happy lab designers...

And out pops from the oven a nice cake you want to devour upon parting with your hard earned money.

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Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:26 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

The camera lens mount that would not die.

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Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:09 UTC as 221st comment | 3 replies
On article YI enters the mirrorless race with the M1 (56 comments in total)

Looking at the mounting flange... it looks to be like another Micro 4/3 system mount.

Now, what would attract the current owners of M4/3 to opt for this camera? There should be a compelling magnet to lure them to try. PRICE MAYBE?

If not, the very best of luck to the new company!

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Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:59 UTC as 24th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (195 comments in total)

Lumix has come a long way from the opening salvo of the GF1.

From the original friendly menu UI to the feel nice ergonomic shapes, Panasonic keeps getting better with every release of it's models.

Oftentimes, the paper specs and online reviews don't cover the actual "feel" of a camera, where Panasonic shines.

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Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:53 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply

When a brand becomes a lumbering giant ala Jabba The Hutt, the risk-taking and leading edge marketing programs become more cautious because of having a lot more to lose than those who have almost nothing to lose but gaining more market share.

Canon has been cautious.

It has been a fence sitter on many occasions, letting others "feel" the market before jumping in with more of the same offerings.

Patents also come into play. Many are held by other brands, and they may be too proud to ride on the bandwagon.

One of the greatest legacies of Canon is the big Thumb Wheel on the higher end models of it's DSLR's. That alone is legend.

We must have more of those innovations.

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Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 00:54 UTC as 150th comment
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (548 comments in total)

What you really need to know is this: The EOS M5 is the first ILC [interchangeable lens camera] by Canon that can capture video while you are looking at the viewfinder and not the looking at the cumbersome LCD playback screen.

Instead of both your hands stretched out like a zombie... You have the camera close to your face while shooting Video!

This one great feature alone is what sets this model apart from all other Canon ILC's and DSLR's!

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Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 12:05 UTC as 126th comment | 3 replies

Wait for the next version called: Enso-on

Then you will have two cameras!

Enso-on and Sofort!

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Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 04:11 UTC as 25th comment

With the addition of an EVF, Canon has finally offered an ILC that can shoot video looking trough the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen.

Even the greatest of Canon DSLRs make the viewfinder black out on video.

This won't.

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Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 14:31 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply

Beavis: "Er... Um... I kinda like that!... Uh..HUh..huh.."

Butthead: "Just get a 100D and flick it to live view! Never mind the gelded features... hehe!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OvMZT2zfy0

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Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 07:23 UTC as 181st comment
On article Leica-branded instant camera rumored to launch soon (43 comments in total)

The bean counters at the conference room finally had their obsession realized: Cover all bases, adopt the proven profit programs of rival brands, and most of all... Make more money!

The researchers at the Leica labs will get a 1% bonus raise while the bean counters will scoop themselves a slice of the profits with 30- 40% salary increases.

That's what happens when you plant technocrats who don't have any clue about photography steer the wheels of what used to be a very innovative company.

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Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 01:14 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Getty Images asks court to throw out $1B lawsuit (102 comments in total)

If Getty is essentially acting as an "agent" on behalf of the REAL copyright owners, to be the Norse Troll at the copyright gates, collecting money for them... then it sure has got a LOT to pay for those whom they owe who are the rightful original owners.

Imagine the shock of a copyright owner being hounded by Getty lawyers: "Your original image cannot be used by you: because we have now become custodians to make money out of it, and keep the money to ourselves."

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Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 02:47 UTC as 21st comment

"Where the Sigma truly struggles is with distortion." -DPR

Not true.

Both the Sigma and Sony lenses have barrel and pincushion distortion.

But because the Sony is native, the camera is able, via the software firmware updates, to "correct" this distortion and display the altered results automatically on the playback.

What Sigma suffers from is the software to correct the distortion on playback, which Sony will never divulge to Sigma or third party lens suppliers.

Both lenses show the distortion on RAW. The Sony corrects it on JPG playback.

Snappers who are happy with just JPG will have corrected images on their image files when using Sony lenses, but not on Sigma.

Those who work on RAW will have to correct the distortion themselves, for both Sony and Sigma.

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Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 08:27 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply

The essence of a smart phone is the UI.

Everything else is perfunctory.

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Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 05:45 UTC as 302nd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (136 comments in total)

I always thought, back then, that this was Bobba Fett's spaceship but when I saw my wife's new Flat Iron, I quickly changed my mind...

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Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 01:21 UTC as 34th comment
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)

Don't let those kids get anywhere near Mt. Rushmore!

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Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 04:33 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply

Really nice work. Very much appreciated.

Most rocket launches are telephotos. Nice to have a different perspective and see them in wide angle shots!

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Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 00:13 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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