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On article Leica SL Review (584 comments in total)
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dash2k8: If we did a blind test with professionals and took away the red dot, then told the testers that this camera costs $6600USD, I wonder how many would say they want to buy one?

The better lens performance is negated by the mediocre sensor performance.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 16:44 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (584 comments in total)
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garyknrd: Sounds like a Pentax review. Except for the price?

How aboutRAW: Check the comparator again. The K1 is superior in terms of detail at high ISO. At 12500 the SL is softer, indicating heavy noise reduction, with about the same amount of chroma noise. The K1 delivers more detail. And in the Pixel Shift mode kills the SL or for that matter, any other camera at that ISO.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 16:38 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (584 comments in total)
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matthias jurisch: The biggest market for Leica cameras is Asia...specifically Japan and China. A few years ago I was in Tokyo and I can say from my own experience that the Japanese are crazy (nuts) about Leica cameras. There is even a exclusive Leica Photoclub in Tokyo..
The upbeat photostore where I buy my Canon gear from here in Berlin also has one of the best Leica collections in Europe and the salesman told me that the best Leica customers are tourists from Japan, China, Russia, England and North America...very few Germans buy into the Leica system...to me it seems that Made in Germany is the strongest selling point...

Many of the Leica cameras and component parts are made/fabricated at a Leica facility in Portugal. Leica seems have perfected the technique of doing just enough of final assembly in Germany to warrant the Made in Germany label.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 16:28 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (80 comments in total)
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mikey fried: It must be me then but this looks quite bad. The motion is jerky, the skin colours horrible (or does the guide have a pink neck?), the stabilization is wobbly and the noise at higher iso terrible.

It's you. The jerkiness is the 24fps format, should have been shot at 30fps. The guide has pinkish skin compared to the others, stabilization liked fine and the noise is quite good, even at 6400.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 15:44 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (80 comments in total)
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BJN: Choppy pan, what shutter speed?

Agreed. The same effect seen countless times in commercial films. Someday we'll hopefully see higher frame rates as a matter of routine.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 04:53 UTC
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zakaria: the press release said that the price is 1099$
but it showed at amazon 1199$.
The KP will be available in your choice of silver or black in late February for $1099/£1099 body-only.

Actually, they didn't. The K-1 was released at a lower than expected price and remained that way for a number of months before the price was increased. It is now selling at near the original introductory price.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
On article Hasselblad CEO Oosting to leave next week (164 comments in total)
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PhotoUniverse: Ans so it begins!
People bashed me here when I said, DJI involvement can't be a good thing for Hasselblad's camera business future. 2 different mentalities for how to run business.

Not sure if people will be pay 10's of thousands for a "Chinese" product ;-)

Jaguar and Volvo (and Aston Martin) went through tough times--thanks to Ford.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
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User8303410032: For me a time-lapse is good when it accelerate a slow movement, on this one, flames are only taken at random moment and that kills the effect of time-lapse.

It might have been of interest if we actually saw the lava flowing but the angle necessary for that kind of picture was probably not possible or too dangerous, Real time film or a series of stills would have been probably better for many of the sequences.

The landscape and flow have changed in recent months, making access to dramatic shot locations a bit more difficult. The national park service has also become a bit more restrictive and for good reason. Park service staff moved five people from the restricted area fifteen minutes before the wall collapsed and they would have been instantly killed had they remained. Fusco and his crew were smart not to press their luck

Here are some links to my videos shot from land, air and ocean locations, shot early on last summer shortly after the flow reached the ocean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BirDTwFq5-Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N62RWnSruQQ

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 16:36 UTC
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Carl Decker: Batteries are to much optimized to have much capacity in small/thin size.
"fashion" dictates the battery size.
That is not good and should be seen as a negative point in reviews.
Let batteries have the size which a robust constructed battery needs.

The trend of thinner every release was started primarily by Jon Ives at Apple. A British designer with a fetish for thin, expensive-to-manufacture electronic jewelry. We've seen his signature on iPhones, iMacs, Mac Pros, MBPros, MBAir, with a steady decline in ease of I/O connectivity, upgradability and repair in the field. Unfortunately, the industry has followed like lemmings.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 22:48 UTC
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halfwaythere: 1/125s flash sync speed, ouch.

BarnET...Medium format is used for high end wedding shoots and nature and landscape photographers that sell very large prints. The Pentax 645Z was not designed particularly well for studio shooting. The biggest buying group for the Z has been landscape shooters. The same buyers will be interested in the Fuji.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 02:05 UTC
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Davud: I doubt the output would be any better than Canon 5DSR.
APS-C sensor has 1.65x area of MFT and for example, two 20 MP cameras of those formats, like Nikon D500 and Olympus Pen-F or E-M1 II are virtually indistinguishable in final image quality.

Go to the DPR studio scene, compare the 645Z image against 5DSR, particularly moire effects. There is no comparison, the larger SONY sensor kills the Canon. And the same SONY sensor in the FUJI with newer optics may trounce the Canon even more so.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 01:54 UTC
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (127 comments in total)
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keepreal: Why on earth buy a MFT camera this size and weight? Crazy.

If you have to ask the question, it's not for you.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 06:17 UTC
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J A C S: Nikon? Good choice. You really need all that dynamic range.

Particularly at the orange end of the spectrum.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 03:57 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I think it would be more interesting if Kodak had launched a similar product but for 16mm film. It makes no sense to me filming in a film area that small, not even as a nostalgia thing.

Two observations about the article:
1. Although I understand the relation between the lens aperture compared to an equiv in FF, the calculation made, and it makes sense, for practical information though, is absolutely pointless. For practical puposes, the lens will transmit as much light as a 40mm f/1.2 would in FF;
2. "can be set in the camera's menu" (slide 6). I have seen a lot of people writing genetive case with object-object, but it is not right, is it?

Agreed. A small sensor point and shoot with video capability will deliver higher resolution and lower noise/grain than 8mm film. The 'film look', like shooting at 24fps, is archaic, for me. Individual mileage may vary.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 15:35 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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LarsPolarBear: They must have gone mad at Kodak to present a new Super 8 camera and reintroducing the film era on the same event where Panasonic reveals its new GH5 with professional 4k capabilities...

It might be possible to have resolution equivalent to 4K from 35mm film, assuming you have a perfect projection scenario, including high quality display print, optimum lighting control in display venue, high quality projector and optics. Even then sprocket jitter has to be essentially non-existent otherwise there can be visible blurring which would destroy measured resolution. It may not be noticeable except on credits or titles. I read a recent article posted on a filmmaking site that claimed 2K resolution is about the best to expect from film.

Kodak may be appealing to nostalgic amateurs but I doubt many indie film makers will be interested. When they create a budget for a low-cost project the cost of film stock and processing can be overwhelming, and money better spent on crew and equipment rental. The reality is that 99% of the movie going audience won't care whether origination was digital or film stock.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 15:24 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (75 comments in total)
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Zakzoezie: So much effort improving video AF capabilities, but still no fast Panasonic 17.5mm AF prime lens :-( Yes I know about the 15 & 20mm f1.7 primes, but to have the full frame 35mm f1.8 DOF effect, a 17.5mm f0.9 is desired on m43. So the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 is still the only option today since I left the m43 system several years ago but guess what, no AF for the Voigtlander. So the Panasonic AF improvements will only be applicable for all slower lenses. I remember from my "GH3 days" that AF was already OK for these slower AF lenses (like the Pana 12-35mm f2.8), so I really hoped in the mean time Panasonic would have extended its AF capabilities towards really fast primes ... unfortunately not. Guess I stick to my Nikon D750 with manual focus 35mm f1.8 for video work, clean video in low light. For my video work it looks way better to invest in 1) the 700$ Tamron 35mm f1.8 for its extra stabilization 2) an external Black Magic monitor / recorder of 450$ for easier Davinci Resolve edits.

I have no need to argue. You're entitled to your opinion although the facts dispute your opinions. Professional videographers can see the difference and 4K is coming whether you believe it or not. The majority of all television displays sold in North America and Asia in 2017, over 40", will be 4K sets. Streaming 4K video content is going to become even more widespread than it is now, and very quickly. You obviously live in a different world. If you are satisfied that 1080 meets all of your requirements, enjoy and be prepared to be left behind.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (75 comments in total)
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Zakzoezie: So much effort improving video AF capabilities, but still no fast Panasonic 17.5mm AF prime lens :-( Yes I know about the 15 & 20mm f1.7 primes, but to have the full frame 35mm f1.8 DOF effect, a 17.5mm f0.9 is desired on m43. So the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 is still the only option today since I left the m43 system several years ago but guess what, no AF for the Voigtlander. So the Panasonic AF improvements will only be applicable for all slower lenses. I remember from my "GH3 days" that AF was already OK for these slower AF lenses (like the Pana 12-35mm f2.8), so I really hoped in the mean time Panasonic would have extended its AF capabilities towards really fast primes ... unfortunately not. Guess I stick to my Nikon D750 with manual focus 35mm f1.8 for video work, clean video in low light. For my video work it looks way better to invest in 1) the 700$ Tamron 35mm f1.8 for its extra stabilization 2) an external Black Magic monitor / recorder of 450$ for easier Davinci Resolve edits.

Zakzoezie, you can keep trying to convince with your spin on 1080 vs 4K but the fact is that modest computers allow amateurs to edit 4K. Amateurs are not under the gun to produce content in the same manner as a commercial production house. As for equipment investment to down sample 4K to 1080, there is none. It's done in software.

As for low light shooting, use the right tool for the job at hand. If I wanted to shoot 4K in low light there are a number of options, all costing considerably more than the GH4 or GH5. Most professionals have multiple bodies and formats for their work environment.

There is good and bad HD and likewise, good and bad 4K. There is plenty of excellent 4K content (not just pretty pictures) on various streaming video services. Your comment regarding artifacts on consumer sets is only partially true. There are models that push the state of the art. You really come off as nothing more than a whining apologist for the status quo.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:24 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (75 comments in total)
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Zakzoezie: So much effort improving video AF capabilities, but still no fast Panasonic 17.5mm AF prime lens :-( Yes I know about the 15 & 20mm f1.7 primes, but to have the full frame 35mm f1.8 DOF effect, a 17.5mm f0.9 is desired on m43. So the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 is still the only option today since I left the m43 system several years ago but guess what, no AF for the Voigtlander. So the Panasonic AF improvements will only be applicable for all slower lenses. I remember from my "GH3 days" that AF was already OK for these slower AF lenses (like the Pana 12-35mm f2.8), so I really hoped in the mean time Panasonic would have extended its AF capabilities towards really fast primes ... unfortunately not. Guess I stick to my Nikon D750 with manual focus 35mm f1.8 for video work, clean video in low light. For my video work it looks way better to invest in 1) the 700$ Tamron 35mm f1.8 for its extra stabilization 2) an external Black Magic monitor / recorder of 450$ for easier Davinci Resolve edits.

Amazing. The number of people who don't understand the benefit of 4K for shooting and post work and final distribution in 1080P. It's not all about sheer resolution. And as for broadcasts (or over the air), who cares? Broadcast 1080 is the poorer possible choice for IQ when compared to Bluray. Likewise, Amazon, Netflix, plus a number of other streaming channels now have hundreds of hours of 4K available. 8K will be used mostly for film making and large venues.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 16:08 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)
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Joed700: I have a 5K monitor and there's hardly any media that plays 4K, so what is the point of 8K?

There is actually quite a lot of 4K available from Amazon, Netflix, and other streaming services, including the Smithsonian Channel, starting in March. FWIW, in spite of compression, Netflix 4K looks far better than any broadcast over the air or satellite delivered 1080.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:07 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)
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faterikcartman: Too often companies seem to make what they think they can hype to the market. While ignoring what users really want. I suppose there are users who will plant their noses a foot from this 32" monitor. But I rather not hurt my neck. Further away are you really going to see 8k resolution? Were I The Monitor King, I would be making a 4 or 5k --tops -- in this size, OLED, and brag about blacks, contrast, and uniform brightness. But I guess 8k is easier to grasp and market. Reminds me of megapixels.

EskeRahn...European digital cinema is still very much 2K. Large numbers of theaters in the US are equipped with cinema 4K projection. One movie chain signed a 300+ million dollar equipment deal with SONY to update all of their theaters to 4K as far back as 2009. Sorry you're lagging behind.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:04 UTC
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