Najinsky

Joined on Feb 21, 2006

Comments

Total: 348, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (421 comments in total)
In reply to:

Najinsky: As you have raised the subject, I'd be interested in any further clues you can give as the the fate of the Nikon 1 series.

With the J5, the 1" sensor performance in now ready for prime time, competive with M43 sensors in cameras like th OMD series. But the J5 body is too much P&S and unbalanced with the tele zoom. On the other hand, the V3 body, with hot shoe, optional grip and finder is pretty close to the ideal compact body, transformable from seriously compact, to seriously great controls.

The lens line up is not complete, but there is a very compact and very good wide angle prime, an excellent portrait prime and an excellent tele zoom, which is enough to have serious fun with.

If Nikon 1 is dead, I'm going to start research for a crazy project to take the innards of the J5 and transplant them into the body of V3. I don't fool myself that this would be easy or possible so don't want to start to undertake such craziness until I'm sure all hope for a Nikon 1 V3 successor is dead.

True, I think it may be a really good feature, but haven't had a chance to shoot that way yet.But I think you are right, it sounds like a really well thought out feature.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 16:38 UTC

Don't worry if you didn't get it.

I have a mint Panasonic Lumix G 3D 12.5mm f/12 lens I can let go. First offer of US $10,000 secures...

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 09:36 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (421 comments in total)
In reply to:

Najinsky: As you have raised the subject, I'd be interested in any further clues you can give as the the fate of the Nikon 1 series.

With the J5, the 1" sensor performance in now ready for prime time, competive with M43 sensors in cameras like th OMD series. But the J5 body is too much P&S and unbalanced with the tele zoom. On the other hand, the V3 body, with hot shoe, optional grip and finder is pretty close to the ideal compact body, transformable from seriously compact, to seriously great controls.

The lens line up is not complete, but there is a very compact and very good wide angle prime, an excellent portrait prime and an excellent tele zoom, which is enough to have serious fun with.

If Nikon 1 is dead, I'm going to start research for a crazy project to take the innards of the J5 and transplant them into the body of V3. I don't fool myself that this would be easy or possible so don't want to start to undertake such craziness until I'm sure all hope for a Nikon 1 V3 successor is dead.

The great thing about public forums is you don't need to speak for other people, they can speak for themselves. I shoot with my eye to the finder, using my shutter finger to adjust aperture or shutter speed via a front control dial, and my thumb to adjust a second parameter using a second control dial, based on the mode, but usually exposure compensation. Focussing technique varies based on the scene and the camera features. It might be focus point selection, face/eye detect, or focus/recompose, or others. It's never touchscreen because my eye is to the finder so I can't even seen the screen.

The lack of this dual front and rear control is virtually always a deal breaker for me, it's why the J5 is not an option, but a V3 with current 1" sensor IQ would be.

So, as it happens, you'd be wrong about me, but I don't claim to be most amateurs, just me.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 04:19 UTC

I salute the brave guinea pigs that shell out to be beta testers for a companies first attempt at AF. Your sacrifice is appreciated and may benefit us all.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 08:33 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (421 comments in total)
In reply to:

Najinsky: As you have raised the subject, I'd be interested in any further clues you can give as the the fate of the Nikon 1 series.

With the J5, the 1" sensor performance in now ready for prime time, competive with M43 sensors in cameras like th OMD series. But the J5 body is too much P&S and unbalanced with the tele zoom. On the other hand, the V3 body, with hot shoe, optional grip and finder is pretty close to the ideal compact body, transformable from seriously compact, to seriously great controls.

The lens line up is not complete, but there is a very compact and very good wide angle prime, an excellent portrait prime and an excellent tele zoom, which is enough to have serious fun with.

If Nikon 1 is dead, I'm going to start research for a crazy project to take the innards of the J5 and transplant them into the body of V3. I don't fool myself that this would be easy or possible so don't want to start to undertake such craziness until I'm sure all hope for a Nikon 1 V3 successor is dead.

Yes, I think an element of fear has been at work here. Perhaps worried they would cannibalise their own DSLR systems. Irony is, Canon already lost me as a DSLR customer because of my desire to downsize my kitbag, whereas Nikon stopped Nikon 1 development when just approaching the point I was getting ready to jump on board.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 06:03 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (421 comments in total)

As you have raised the subject, I'd be interested in any further clues you can give as the the fate of the Nikon 1 series.

With the J5, the 1" sensor performance in now ready for prime time, competive with M43 sensors in cameras like th OMD series. But the J5 body is too much P&S and unbalanced with the tele zoom. On the other hand, the V3 body, with hot shoe, optional grip and finder is pretty close to the ideal compact body, transformable from seriously compact, to seriously great controls.

The lens line up is not complete, but there is a very compact and very good wide angle prime, an excellent portrait prime and an excellent tele zoom, which is enough to have serious fun with.

If Nikon 1 is dead, I'm going to start research for a crazy project to take the innards of the J5 and transplant them into the body of V3. I don't fool myself that this would be easy or possible so don't want to start to undertake such craziness until I'm sure all hope for a Nikon 1 V3 successor is dead.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 03:42 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
In reply to:

beenthere: Maybe next time the IOC should visit a location before selecting it? While on the subject, aren't they just a wee bit overpaid considering they demand athletes be "amateurs"?

Yes, in the continuing wake of the FIFA scandal it's likely the IOC selection process and money flow will come under some scrutiny.

I was planning to visit many parts of South America but too many travellers I meet tell same story of robbery, assault and injury from the moment they arrived.

Naively, perhaps, I was happy with the selection of Brazil as I thought the money inflow and security required to stage the event would result in the place cleaning up its act and make it a safer place to visit, so I could resume my plans to travel the region.

Unfortunately, it's starting to feel like rather than the place getting cleaner, the money just got dirty.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 04:19 UTC
In reply to:

oriomenoni: Mr. Costello has been very, very naif in hanging out at a bar in Ipanema with a bag full of gear.
I mean, every tourist guide warns you about that. Every single one.

I just wanted to prick your conscience a little, and from your reply it seems I have.

Take a look at how you have chosen to spin the story, he was ordering a coffee in a coffee shop, but you have elected to spin that as 'hanging out', presumably because you feel that makes him more stupid and more at blame.

I've been travelling for 6 years straight, sometimes alone, sometimes with companions. Many parts of south America were on my to visit list, but plans to do so abandoned following the stories that fellow travellers exchange. It just sounded too crime ridden to be able to fully relax and enjoy it.

But the reality is, no matter what stories you hear, until you actually visit a place first hand, it's hard to put it all in context. As Brett is a working photographer and this is the Olympics, I certainly understand that he may feel the need to be there despite the dangers.

I'm just happy he is safe, and hopefully his story can help others to be more vigilant.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 03:30 UTC
In reply to:

oriomenoni: Mr. Costello has been very, very naif in hanging out at a bar in Ipanema with a bag full of gear.
I mean, every tourist guide warns you about that. Every single one.

When you travel alone, it's tough to maintain 100% focus 100% of the time. Is it such a crime to want to relax for a few minutes with a coffee after lugging a heavy gear bag around?

I'd be interested in hearing your views on whether you think girls who dress provocatively deserve to get raped, or if there is some other form of logic you apply before deciding to blame the victim.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 02:52 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (404 comments in total)

A much needed shot in the arm for Canon. I'm just an enthusiast who downsized to 'Pro' quality Sony and Olympus mirror-less, from Canon. The tech is there but performance, reliability and service are all worrysome in respect to the 'Pro' label.

Canon always have these areas nailed, and this brings the tech up to par too. Good job Canon. Nice review too.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 14:47 UTC as 49th comment
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (404 comments in total)
In reply to:

Graham: Great review, but I am puzzled that RAW performance is tested using ACR, not DPP. The package consists of the camera body, a battery, RAW conversion software and accessories. The camera is tested with the supplied battery, not a third party substitute, so why are RAW files evaluated using third party RAW converters?

I attended a presentation of the new camera by Andy Rouse, who explained that his lovely high ISO images of kingfishers had been processed in DPP, that he could not achieve similar results with ACR or Lightroom, and that DPP seemed to be performing some kind of magic not available to Adobe.

Maybe that has changed since the beta version of the camera and ACR has caught up, but would it not be a more valid comparison to test ISO performance with the software supplied by the camera manufacturers instead of, or as well as, a RAW converter made by a third party? After all, everyone buying the camera will have the maker's software, but not everyone will have ACR.

Nonetheless, DPP can do things that ACR can't, for example diffraction compensation based on the lens, FL and aperture used, and more accurate lens corrections in general.

ACR/Lightroom is great general purpose software that many people would be lost without it, but Graham's point is still valid.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 14:33 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (368 comments in total)
In reply to:

Greynerd: The thing that wins for me with the FX70 is that the lens is not pumping air in and out of the camera. It is impossible to know how much of a problem sensor dust is with these cameras but we keep hearing about it and the manufacturers are never going to say anything about it, Probably better just to err on the side of safety and take a marginaly softer edge to the image against the unknown possibility of random blobs all over the place with the Ricoh if one needs to stop down. I am not saying there is a problem just that there is no way of telling the scale of a perceived problem.
I wonder if it may be prudent to factor in a 50% premium on the price of a collapsing fixed lens for future cleaning costs?

While the retracting lens may be one more vector for dust ingress, it's only one vector. There is no reason to assume the X70 won't suffer from dust ingress, it isn't environmentally sealed either.

Most PS compacts are not environmentally sealed.

The retracting lens of the GR makes it pocketable. If you want pocketable it's a great design.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 12:42 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (368 comments in total)
In reply to:

PaulDavis: Looking at the Ricoh and X70 next to each other I can't help but think I would want the pick up the X70 instead of the GR. Logically the GR seems like the better choice but it is one of the most unexciting cameras I have seen. Some cameras just get you more excited to go take pictures.

@Thermidor,

I guess if you are the kind of shooter who likes to stop shooting, adjust how how are holding the camera, make the changes you want, then resume the shooting grip, then the Ricoh won't be for you.

Ricoh's controls are geared towards the shooter who wants to change settings on the fly, without having to change shooting grip and potentially miss the action.

For sure its not a 3 dedicated dial position all over the camera approach, but it works well for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 12:35 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (368 comments in total)
In reply to:

Greynerd: The thing that wins for me with the FX70 is that the lens is not pumping air in and out of the camera. It is impossible to know how much of a problem sensor dust is with these cameras but we keep hearing about it and the manufacturers are never going to say anything about it, Probably better just to err on the side of safety and take a marginaly softer edge to the image against the unknown possibility of random blobs all over the place with the Ricoh if one needs to stop down. I am not saying there is a problem just that there is no way of telling the scale of a perceived problem.
I wonder if it may be prudent to factor in a 50% premium on the price of a collapsing fixed lens for future cleaning costs?

It's not an unreasonable point, but I think the proof lies in a quantity analysis. How many X70 shots will suffer from edge softness? 100%. How GR shots will suffer dust issues? >1%?

I'm sure you can do the math

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 12:24 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (368 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jefftan: Don't understand what Fujifilm think? Who will buy this?
The very over-priced X-pro2 camera at least got some captive buyer that have XF lens

with nothing better than GRII, only worse
Really they think there will be hardcore fujifilm fans that will buy this?
Reality will wake them up

Fuji fans may disagree, most in the photographic community still prefer Bayer sensor
X-trans not a feature but negative

In this and some other Fujifilm cameras, I agree that X-Trans is a negative. However, it is primarily the 16MP APS-C versions of X-Trans that have issues.

The new 24MP APS-C X-Trans III is very impressive. Also the 12MP 2/3" sensor in the X30 performed well for its size.

It's just a gut feel, and anecdotal based on these 3 examples, but I think the X-Trans concept works better for smaller pixels.

Whatever it is, X-Trans III is in a different league to previous incarnations.

Here's an example with the studio comparison:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=fujifilm_xpro2&attr13_1=fujifilm_xpro1&attr13_2=fujifilm_x30&attr13_3=fujifilm_x70&attr15_0=jpeg&attr15_1=jpeg&attr15_2=jpeg&attr15_3=jpeg&attr16_0=200&attr16_1=100&attr16_2=100&attr16_3=200&attr171_0=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.48740510697032435&y=-0.8165969710669077

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 10:13 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (368 comments in total)
In reply to:

Skipper494: Still the same old 16MP sensor. The E-X2 from two years ago is a better buy, as was the Samsung 200 et al from four years ago.

Little point putting in the much better X-Trans 3 sensor given the lens' optical performance. This is built down to a price and unfortunately it probably show just a little too much.

Id love a version with the 24mp X-Trans 3 and higher quality lens, even if it hikes the price.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 03:41 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (368 comments in total)
In reply to:

Arizona Sunset: Isn't there a Nikon like this, too, that is years older, half the price, and equal in performance?

No, the Nikon coolpix A is a little better in performance than this Fuji. But Ricoh GR is a little better still, so they use only the GR for comparison. All three are very nice, but the GR has better ergonomics and snag-free design befitting a pocket compact.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 03:26 UTC

Re: Stopped down AF.

Does this vary by body/lens combination. For example, on an A7R ii does it open up some lenses for AF but not others, like this one?

In your review of the A7R ii you noted this as a criticism only for AF-C

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 04:07 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

Najinsky: Gotta love April

Yes, a lot of the diagram works, but the text is so badly written it could be taken either way. Usually on any other day you would question it, but on April 1 you just let them be. Like I said above, TLL? Is that an intentional typo, like a lot of the other parts of the text, or a clue, who knows/cares?

The other story they posted is the Ilfod paper custom sizes, again reported sloppily to make it look like a joke.

Yet both products exhibit a slight ring of truth, so this year I think the joke is that both of these strange reports are actually true.

I'm still waiting for the round sensor they reported on a few Aprils ago. I saw real potential in that.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 13:46 UTC

What's TLL? Thru Lotsa Lenses?

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 06:48 UTC as 41st comment
Total: 348, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »