Najinsky

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ogl: Hasselblad X1D and Fuji GFX has no any advantage over classical MF DSLR.
New lenses could cover only limited sensor, the lenses are not compact, the battery life is very short, EVF couldn't replace OVF, so big sensor in MF mirrorless camera has the problem of overheating. The dimension of X1D and GFX has no any sense for studio work. Solid camera is better for shooting by hands. Less vibration.
Put 100 MP sensor in 645Z's upgrade and all lenses of Pentax will work at 100%. I don't see any danger from X1D and GFX for Ricoh.

I don't think it's so much about the bodies as the lenses.

Smaller sensors with more MPs have a smaller and smaller pixel areas, become more susceptible to diffraction, and require every increasing levels of magicianship from the lens makers. We are not quite there yet, but we are getting close to the point where manufacturing tolerances have to be so tight, that every new lens is becoming a $1000 or $2000 or $3000 lens.

Increasing the sensior size, and with it the pixel size, even at higher resolutions, takes pressure off the lens makers, so that an expensive body with cheaper lenses actually becomes a cheaper system than a cheaper body with multiple ultra expensive lenses. Especially when increased market volume brings down the price of MF lenses.

I think Fujifilm and Hasselblad have just latched onto this fact ahead of the game.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 11:20 UTC
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ogl: My request - all weather GRIII with 24 MP, please. I will buy it ASAP.

More mega pixels is simply better all round in nearly all circumstances.

Existing 24MP APS-C such as Sony A6300 and Canon 80D show good DR and resolution. Samsung showed 28MP by utilizing BSI, still maintaining good DR.

If you start with more MP but don't want them due to size and storage concerns you can choose a smaller size JPEG from the settings, for raw shooters an S-RAW or M-RAW can be provided like Canon do.

If you start with fewer MP, and want more, you are just out of luck.

With more MP you can crop; a useful feature for fixed lens cameras; a 28mm camera can offer 35/50mm crop modes at reasonable resolution.

More MP can be resized to reduce the appearance of noise in high ISO shots, and can be utilized by deconvoloution algorithms to help reverse visible diffraction.

The only real downside is more data to push around, but Sony show 20MP works in an RX100, at normal FPS rates. I'm pretty sure a 28mm fixed lens compact is not targeting action sports shooters.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 10:54 UTC
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (122 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: Amazing to see how suddenly beers can appear and disappear on the table. You guys can not be blamed for having missed the spirits of the Show at Cologne.

Sorry, I thought I read it directly after the "I'm a Brit too" comment earlier, and thought he was asking about the Russian name.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 01:51 UTC
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (122 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: Amazing to see how suddenly beers can appear and disappear on the table. You guys can not be blamed for having missed the spirits of the Show at Cologne.

Way back I worked in IT for a high profile company, I wasn't allowed to use my real name on line because of what I wrote when I had been drinking.

Najinsky was great reacehorse and I liked the name. Turned out it was named after a Russian ballet dancer. Further turned out it was spelled Nijinsky, but the account was already created.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 18:54 UTC
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (122 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Drinking on the job seems appealing and highly liberating as this video shows.
Even Canon can be forgiven for being 2 years late to the party with M5.
Well, if you work 24/7, you deserve libation from time to time in order to clear the head LOL.

I bet that was one of the questions at the interview.

Working or drinking?

I can do both

Your'e hired!

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (122 comments in total)
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Najinsky: 4:54 - Richard trying to say aluminum after two sips of lager ;-)

Yes, but alumin-L-ium seems to be how Richard says it in the bar ;-)

Edit: I originally wrote it as you did, I'm a Brit too, but my iPad is Chinese American and often overrules me.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (122 comments in total)

4:54 - Richard trying to say aluminum after two sips of lager ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 17:29 UTC as 31st comment | 5 replies
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (122 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: No compromise does not exist. Sigma compromises portability for IQ.

I like that everybody is liking everything, makes such a nice change from the bickering.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 17:18 UTC
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PowerG9atBlackForest: Amazing to see how suddenly beers can appear and disappear on the table. You guys can not be blamed for having missed the spirits of the Show at Cologne.

Carey seemed to be the only one drinking proper beer, Barney and Richard appear to be lager drinkers. I just hope it was a least Belgium lager.

After reading that notorious pre-show Canon M5 'I love you coz you're crop' article, I had a suspicion this may have been they sort of venue where the pre-show team orientation meeting had taken place.

Anyway, thanks for the great show coverage guys. Enjoy your beers.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 17:12 UTC

Hey Siri: what do you think of google's automatic image captioning?

"I think, therefore I am, but let's not put Descartes before the horse."

I guess it was funny first time.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 14:16 UTC as 12th comment
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Sean65: I don't understand the pricing of the latest batch of mirrorless cameras. Sony 6300, Canon M5, Olympus PEN F etc.

These are selling at (nearly) double or 30% more than the price of cameras like the Nikon D7200/Canon 80D.

The weight saving advantages are diminishing and the lens lineup seems a bit handicapped, especially for the M5.

Nice cameras but the price seems way too high considering what else is on offer.

I have no issue with the camera, I really like it.

For me, an optional finder and grip, like Nikon V3 has, but with all the M5 specs would have been even better, because then I could have ditched the briefcase and put in in my pocket sometimes, while other times shoot it with the finder and grip like an SLR.

But even as it stands, looks like a very nice camera I could really enjoy shooting.

The comment was directed more at the price, which is going to leave it open to criticism during reviews (already has).

At $1000, reviews may focus on what's missing compared to what's there. no weather sealing, no 4K video, no IBIS (stills), no native high performance lenses.

A $750-$800 it would be much easier to focus on what it does have:

Dual pixel AF
24 MP with improved DR
Great controls
Nice viewfinder
Touchfocus

Fortunately I look beyond reviews

4K not on my radar, time consuming / expensive to process, a labour of love.
IBIS partially offset by IS lenses
Better lenses will come, etc

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 11:04 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (91 comments in total)
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Everlast66: I'll be very happy to see Flickr disappear completely. Yahoo completely ruined the service after acquiring it 2005.

I was extremely annoyed when they made it impossible to use their service without giving them your phone number, but it's a totally different level of incompetence or even criminal negligence to allow hackers to steal HALF A BILLION USERS' data, including these phone numbers, several years later.

Pannumon, Most likely thinking about their bottom line, cost cutting and profit margins.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 09:06 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (91 comments in total)
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Saurat: Note to all idiots, cretins, morons and typical DPR commenters, Flickr is not - repeat NOT - closing down. Ok, now go back to counting your thumbs.

ohhmmm duuuuu, ohhmmm duuuuu, ohhmmm duuuuu.

Wait it working...

I see it all now. I'm at one with the entire universe.

The answer's coming..

I can nearly see it...

It's getting so so clear...

The answer is....

Chubby Checker.

Hmm. That was an unexpected twist.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 07:24 UTC
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Alphoid: The lack of GPS, not to mention high frame rate video (hundreds of frames per second at reduced resolution) is completely inexcusable on this camera. Otherwise, this would be the first essentially feature-complete camera on the market. The specs are otherwise just ridiculous.

If I were buying a new camera, this would be it.

I'll be curious where Olympus prices it.

This is not a good week for Canon/Nikon, so far.

You're joking right? Missing smiley?

EM1.2 is in a whole different league to the Canon. It's targeted at pro wildlife and sports shooters (entire message of the announcement).

Price is minimum $1500 in the cheapest markets, and then ++ in others.

Until this, Olympus were a strong force in the circa $1000 MILC market. Now they vacate that market, for a while at least.

Meanwhile, Canon just released a sub $1000 MILC with 24MP, better DR and better AF than the old generation E-M10.2 and E-M5.2 that Olympus leave in situ.

Canon must think it's their birthday. A big competitors in the circa $1000 game just went walkabout.

Over the last few days, Olympus seems to be realising it too, as all the post announcement interviews are now going off message, or at least out of their way, to say they'd like enthusiasts to buy it too. I'm sure they would!

And I probably will, but they still left a big gap at exactly the same time Canon bring in an excellent gap filler.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 12:21 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (360 comments in total)
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Lola69: It looks great.
I like the design oldschool.

Yes, can't beat that old school touchscreen aesthetic ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:43 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (360 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Look at China price of this and think about how overprice Olympus/Panasonic camera is
Either they make unreasonable profit or their cost too high

Olympus state in their FY2016 report that their strategy is to focus on "High Margin ILC Products".

High Margin is obviously an important metric/classification for business for where to focus their efforts in the market.

But for some consumers hearing 'High Margin' is acquiring a bit of a stink about it, thanks to regular price fixing scandals that hit the news.

For example, several TV/LCD makers, including well known brands like Samsung and LG, have been fined over $1 billion in total, for alleged price fixing from 2001 to 2006. The fines were levied in the US in 2008, but as late as 2013 in several parts of Asia.

Not only price fixing, scandals like PPI, mis-sold endowments and even beer come back to haunt large corporations and erode consumer trust.

Some may argue the market sets the price, and of course that can be true, but as the scandals show us, it's not always the only thing that sets the prices.

In the currently shrinking camera market, price may rise in significance.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 07:58 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Whatever Olympus wrote in PR about their new cameras was always a hyper-hyperbole. m4/3 especially, it always looked better on paper than in practice, when all caveats would be discovered.
Warned by their previous practice ("world fastest this", "world best that"), and until proven otherwise, all numbers quoted in the spec sheets are only random numbers.

Feel better now Triplet? It's good to get things off your chest. Don't take it personally, try to think of it as a game of Sudoku, they give us some of the numbers, and we have to fill in the blanks.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 05:39 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (662 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: 4/3 sensor is dated imho. They date back to when larger sensors were really expensive. Enthusiasts demand better performance nowadays at the $1000+ pricepoint. All TV/Monitors today are 16:9 as well so the 4/3 format is a bit awkward except for more traditional applications like print (magazines). In very small form factors the 4/3" format is nice but on larger cameras it makes little sense except maybe for the smaller lenses and increased affordability (if any). That does not mean that the OM-D cameras are bad cameras. On the contrary they are excellent just that there are better options for most folks available today.

A round finder? I like that idea. The blank space above and below (or at the sides in portrait mode) could be used to display the shooting information. Quick, call the patent lawyers, oh, too late it's already public domain now.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 05:32 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Photokina's greatest hits (45 comments in total)

"But as Pentaxians know, this camera was not to be, and it would be another 16 years before the company finally shipped a full-frame DSLR."

But what a full frame DSLR they finally shipped. Worth the wait, for those still alive...

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 05:10 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (662 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: 4/3 sensor is dated imho. They date back to when larger sensors were really expensive. Enthusiasts demand better performance nowadays at the $1000+ pricepoint. All TV/Monitors today are 16:9 as well so the 4/3 format is a bit awkward except for more traditional applications like print (magazines). In very small form factors the 4/3" format is nice but on larger cameras it makes little sense except maybe for the smaller lenses and increased affordability (if any). That does not mean that the OM-D cameras are bad cameras. On the contrary they are excellent just that there are better options for most folks available today.

Pentax K1 has a moveable sensor (as part of the stabilisation system), this can correct small tilts when the camera is not held level, so the horizon is straight.

Note, this is not post capture correction that requires cropping, it is a rotation of the sensor before capture, so the horizon is level at the time of capture. It can compensate for a tilt of up to 2 degrees (I read).

The same shift system is used for the Astro tracer feature, that slightly rotates the sensor to compensate for the rotation of the earth during long exposures for Astro photography.

Perhaps one day this feature could be extended to support 90 degree rotation so a portrait image could be taken without rotating the camear, although it would then look smaller in the finder!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 16:15 UTC
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