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On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (866 comments in total)

"It's quite normal for compact cameras to have soft edges or inconsistent corners...."

So it takes seriously great photos, amazing for a camera this size but sometmes the edges or corners are soft. And the explanation for why this is perfectly ok, as always, is that other compact cameras do the same.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 00:22 UTC as 4th comment
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IvanM: So the Eos M5 comes in at nr 4...no wonder Canon sells the most cameras...there is a huge divide between the critics and the consumer who actually buys these things...go figure!

It is a safe bet. Not very exciting but from a company that's been making cameras a long time, has very good service and support and will probably be around in the future. I think the price is too high but rebates and price drops are another boring, predicatable thing about Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 15:54 UTC
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tjbates: Why is it not okay for someone to express the opinion that they're disappointed? I'm disappointed as well. If I wasn't disappointed with Canon I wouldn't be using mirrorless systems from other manufacturers.
I still use my 5DMKII occasionally and love my Canon lenses but there hasn't been a significant improvement in video quality since the 5DMKII (2008) that suits my needs.
The 5DMKIII video quality was not a significant improvement over my 5DMKII with AA filter. And now the 5DMKIV? OOoops. It is a fact that Canon are behind right now and have been trailing the mirrorless race from the start.
I love my Canon gear but will continue to look elsewhere if Canon stays at least 2 years behind.

It's fine to express disappointment and you won't find many Canon users claiming their camera has the longest list of esoteric features or the highest DxO score. But this obsession with incremental feature improvements and scoring, on an almost daily basis, is like saying your tie is the wrong width for this year. Photography vs. statistics.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
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freejay1166: What I most hate are these "isn't class leading" remarks: Thats the problem with class leading: There's only one leader - all others are not. So if Canon would have "class leading" video, all other cameras would "suck" in this regard!
So its absolutely idiotic to demand to be "class leading" in every aspect. For me Canon is class leading in ergonomics (specially in DSLRs - at least for my hands) and concentration on the basics (e.g. the menu system, not a zillion options and possibilities etc.) and with DPAF (EVERYBODY says that this is the best autofocus system for video).
So you just can't be "class leading" with everything.

I want good picture quality, good ergonomics and should it be necessary, a repair department that rocks. DxO measures just one-third of this essential trinity.

Look at it this way. Do you like your favorite band because of the music they play? Or, because their last tour was rated as the top earning act? That's class leading. That's statistics and I failed statistics.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 19:16 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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UrrutiaPhoto: I'm not sure I understand why they don't just use the existing DSLR Mount for a mirror-less system. With the multitude of lens canon has for the EOS mount in the market, I think most people would overlook a slightly deeper mirrorless camera. (maybe I have this wrong)

The EF lenses are too big and heavy for a compact system, and not everybody owns EF lenses.

Fuji's lenses are what Canon M users want--faster, and some are sharper. But the zooms are too big and too heavy for a really compact system.

So far, nobody has figured out how to make a system with a decent sized sensor (no smaller than APS) and sharp, fast zoom lenses that's really small and really light. Canon kept the lenses slow, so they are not monsters, but they certainly are slow.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 17:24 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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ecka84: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II should get the longest camera model name award :)

It looks beautiful, IMO but where the OM cameras were small lens/big sensor, these cameras are big lens/small sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 21:30 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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Chris2210: "...but Canon clearly knows how to make a camera that is both comfortable to hold and pleasing to use. And massively overpriced for what it offers".

See - you missed a bit.

For those who can wait a few months, there will be rebates and price reductions. That's why saying $3500 for the 5D4 isn't realistic either, unless you insist on being first. If Nikon gave rebates as generous as Canon, I'd own a lot more Nikon.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 18:08 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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cdleon: I was looking for some info about this camera been compatible with FD lenses, any idea if it will accept legacy glass, especially FD trough an adapter?

I you want to spend close to $1000 for a small, light camera (with small, surprisingly inexpensive lenses) and turn it into large, front-heavy camera, it's very easy to do. Of course Canon doesn't offer lots of M lenses but if you want a big system with lots to carry, they do have other options.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 15:06 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (436 comments in total)
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Interestingness: PRE-ORDERS NOW OPEN FOR IT! Time to walk your talk guys. On the weekend the Canon M5 made the Amazon Top 100 but has now fallen off, the initial pre-order'ers have pre-ordered. Can the A99-II break the Top 100 on Amazon?

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Interchangeable-Lens-Cameras/zgbs/electronics/12556502011/ref=zg_bs_nav_e_3_281052#1

The A58 is at 100th position as of posting this. Surely with all the noise and how this is the death warrant for Canon, it can break 100th place? The Canon 5D-IV has been hovering in the Top 4 to Top 10 for quite awhile now, it's sitting at 6th as I post this. It's also the most expensive camera on the list as well so don't be using cost as an excuse.

Vote with your wallets! And don't feel bad if you choke at the buy button, apparently you're in good company. A bunch of 'definitely gonna buy it right away' folks over on SAR are now coming up with excuses why they aren't. Everything changes when rubber has to hit the road eh?

Canon's sales can be misleading because they frequently deliver on time and without backorders.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 22:03 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (75 comments in total)
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mgblack74: D5
D500
105 f/1.4
D3400
Key Mission x3

Not sure what more you expect from Nikon in a calendar year. Yes they messed up on the DL, and that's probably why they have a conservative Photokina. Yes, the 105 1.4 is not cheap, but Olympus released an effective 24-200 f/8 for $1200. The 105 1.4 has no equal.

Brits crying about prices? Go to Australia or Canada. Since the Canadian dollar has fallen out of par with the U.S. dollar, prices have gone up at least 25%. 70-200 f/4 was $1100 two years ago. Now it's $1800. It's not just you. The D750 is $200 more than I bought it for and it's slowly coming down in price. Imagine.

If Nikon had a smaller market share or was one of the camera makers who are on the ropes, this wouldn't seem so unusual. But this is like the Detroit auto show and Ford has no cars. I've worked Photokina, and the preparation and expense for a show that's every 2 years is a very big deal. To have little to show, even in the form of non-working prototypes, is really unfortunate.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:35 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (75 comments in total)

Well, Photokina 2018 is just around the corner.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2016: Hands on with Sigma's latest lenses (82 comments in total)

Neat, sweet, petite. In all the time I worked in the photo industry, this is the only case I can recall where a company just decided to make much better products and somehow, it just happened--like throwing a switch.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:25 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Nikon's latest kit at Photokina (129 comments in total)
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J A C S: A lot of new products for a supposedly dying industry.

It's odd you would post a comment on the number of new products under this article. Nikon, who are are #1 to fans, and #2 in sales, is at the biggest show in the industry, a show that is only held every 2 two years and they introduce a lens.

Its one thing if Pentax has nothing much to show, but Nikon having almost nothing is not a healthy sign.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 01:31 UTC

It's a little expensive but if it turns out to be decent over such a long range, replacing all the other lenses, it would be worth it. Besides, it says "Pro" so if you buy one you will obviously be a pro.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 22:31 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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bergat: It is very strange Olympus goes with its errors. I do not understand whyOlympus continues with 4/3. It is not better start with APS-C?

It doesn't matter. It's too late to change and how would they explain it to people who bought the 4/3?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:29 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)

Man, that looks like my OM-4T. The paint is rougher, but other than that it's really close. I can't help wondering if someday we might see an OM digital camera with a big sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:39 UTC as 78th comment | 4 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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eno2: Setsuya Kataoka of Olympus says E-M1II image quality is better than any APS-C DSLR on market!

Amateur Photographer published an interview with Setsuya Kataoka of Olympus. Here are just a couple of interesting points:

1) With the E-M1 Mark II we have surpassed the speed and image quality of APS-C DSLRs.
2) The in-body stabilisation itself gives 5.5 steps, and the Sync IS gives 6.5 steps with OIS lenses. 6.5 stops is actually a theoretical limitation at the moment due to rotation of the earth interfering with gyro sensors.
3) It’s not a PEN-F sensor: It’s a totally different sensor, two times faster, with totally different construction. On-chip phase detection is also incorporated.

Um...no. But they should be able to make examples using a particular lens under ideal conditions where the difference isn't noticeable.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:33 UTC

Olympus might do well to remember that in their glory days, it was not the smallest system, the half-frame Pen F, that was a big success. It was the "full frame" M-1/OM-1 that put them on the map. Half as many photos on a roll, but much better quality.

My point is that small and light is great and no one does it better than Olympus. And you can sometimes coax amazing images from 4/3 or even smaller sensors. Sometimes, but not always.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:37 UTC as 35th comment
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69camaroSS: Funny how Canon can ignore a camera system for 4 years and nobody accuses them of abandoning the system, but Sony has to release a new camera every year or it gets accused of jumping ship.

Maybe Canon kept the pixel count down to 30 because they know a lot of users' lenses can't handle 50 megapixels. Not to mention buying more computers. Go ahead and dust off those Maxxum/Dynax lenses and see how they work with 42 megapixels.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:13 UTC

Smaller and lighter is great--but I don't want it to exceed APS in overall value; I want it to exceed APS in overall image quality. Obviously, with a 4/3 sensor it will be small.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:15 UTC as 144th comment | 2 replies
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