keeponkeepingon

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"That said, quite a few buyers will probably get the Pictar for its attractive retro-look alone"

Yeah that's a bit optimistic.

Question: Does it work with an iphone in a case? If not then they've elimitated 90% of the iphone totting public.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 19:05 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
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TBLF: I'm still waiting for my Silicon Film Eport, the RE-35 or the PSEUDO Film Canister. Gotta luv the sales hype for snake oil. Evidently people still like to buy a bottle now and then.

Dang I'm so old I actually know what you are talking about. I was so excited by the promise of the Silicon Film. To be able to plot it in my AE-1 and continue into the digital age with my trusted companion. Now here we are decades later and I still don't feel like we've caught up with those old classics. For the youngsters here's what TBLF is talking about:

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/3353553809/pma04#siliconfilm

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 18:51 UTC

Totally disappointed that a gear web site does not mention the hardware used to take the picture.

The image looked a little soft so I looked it up.

Yep it's a crappy 3.6 megapixel fixed lens camera:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HiRISE

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 19:03 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (471 comments in total)

For y'all swooning over 4K what's your workflow like?

For myself I can't get excited about 4K because I set my cameras to 720p and rarely get around to doing much with it because video is such a PITA to deal with.

What's your workflow? I normally use LR but it's video support is absymal but having to use a completely seperate app/workflow for video seems like to much of a hassle.

Thinking of exponentially expanding my file size, storage, time to upload for 4K makes go "meh" everytime i see stuff with great 4K support.

Suggestions on how to get over this hurtle and actually care about 4K?

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 18:31 UTC as 10th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (471 comments in total)
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tinternaut: Wot no Fuji?

Overall though, isn't it all a bit boring at the moment? I'm just not feeling the GAS.

I hear you! Still waiting for something worthwhile to upgrade my T2i and A6000.

You'll find the $1000 fuji XT-20 in the $500-$900 roundup.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 11:49 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (471 comments in total)
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retep kniv: Where is the Fuji X-T20?

They let Fuji cheat, use the body only price, and shove it into a lower weight class so it can compete better.

Even though it's $1000 with a kit lens you will find the Fuji X-T20
"2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900"

Even lensless it still barely makes that class at $899.

Dpreview: the most expensive camera wins!

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/2017-roundup-interchangeable-lens-cameras-500-900/6

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 11:43 UTC
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d2f: Chances are once you stop this lens down to 5.6 or 8.0 most experts will not be able to tell it apart from the Zeiss equivalent. Even at wide open most people, including myself, will not be able to tell them apart, especially if corrected by Lightroom. Given that is the case the only issue will be how well it plays on the Sony camera and that remains to be seen. Assuming there are no glaring issues I will buy it. In my opinion, it complements the a7s attributes of small size and light weight.

"will not be able to tell it apart from the Zeiss equivalent... even at wide open most people...."

Maybe for resolution but how about color contrast bokeh etc. Doesn't Zeiss have some "special sauce" besides just the glass?

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 11:28 UTC
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pro photo 2011: My favorite camera/lens combo for discrete street photography is a black Olympus OMD EM10 Mark II and Oly's 9mm f/8 lens.

1. I set the ISO to 3200 so that shutter speed can be higher.
2. The camera body has IBIS (in-body image stabilization) so pictures taken are always clear.
3. The 9mm lens is equivalent to 18mm super wide in full frame, so I just set the distance to infinity. Everything in its view is in focus. The f/8 fixed aperture also helps.
4. I set the shutter to electronic, so that it makes absolutely no sound when tripped.
5. I set exposure bracketing so that 3 pictures are taken: normal, +0.7 and -0.7, just in case the normal exposure is not good.
6. I shoot pictures from my hip level using my left hand's first thumb joint, so people are less likely to notice me taking pictures. The EM10 II camera's shutter button sits high above the top plate so it is easy to trip.

This camera/lens combo now costs just $550 and it has been my best street photo gear.

"likely to notice me taking pictures."

Sounds more like spying than "street photography".

If you are posting online make sure you know the laws of the country you are in for your "style" of photography. In more than a few countries it would be illegal to post your spy photos online.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 00:23 UTC
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MrALLCAPS: So wait... a dirt cheap XE-2/XE-2S with a 27mm pancake lens isn't up there at the top of the list?

That's what I'm running with, but I'd run with the GX85/20mm, as I still own that lens. I could get rid of all my M43 gear, but I'm keeping that 20mm 1.7.

I also own the Canon 40mm, waiting for the FF mirrorless camera from them, but doubt it's coming anytime soon.

Yeah can't wait for a canon FF mirrorless too but the 22mm F2 EF-M pancake lens is better than the 40mm and a similar focal length on the crop sensor.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 00:19 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (382 comments in total)
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dcolak: Difference in resolution between a6000 and canon is startling.

What is mush on canon are fine lines on a6000.

Damn...

$1000 2 year old lens versus $350 30 year old lens

Damn......

I'll start paying attention to dpreview image tests when they use the same lens on all cameras. With mirrorless there is absolutely no reason why they can't do this.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 00:17 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: re: MacOS Sierra:

Wake me up when Mac OS can control the volume of my HDMI monitor or Airplay a stream from my iPhone (as can my apple TV).

Yeah built into the OS. Airserver is like $14.

They obviously already have the code so I don't "get" why they are making this an appleTV only feature.

I can get 3rd party solutions for controlling HDMI volume too but it's cheaper/easier to just install windows .

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 11:06 UTC

re: MacOS Sierra:

Wake me up when Mac OS can control the volume of my HDMI monitor or Airplay a stream from my iPhone (as can my apple TV).

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 07:10 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (382 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Again I'm surprised to see the 50mm F1.4 used in the studio tests.

Riddle me this:

Why is the M the only mirrorless system with studio tests conducted with a non-native lens?

Why is the M the only mirrorless system tested with a cheap ($329) lens designed for film cameras 30 years ago?

How am I supposed to use your studio tests to compare when the competitors such as Fuji and sony are equipped with modern $1000 lenses? Am I comparing cameras or am I comparing different generations/classes of lens technology?

I totally don't understand why the FOV/focal length has any relavance to the studio tests. It's not like moving the camera a few feet forward back is going to introduce atmospheric interferance or anything.
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"there's little to no reason to think it's holding the M6 back."

DXO Mark "perceived resolution" ratings would say otherwise:

Canon 22mm on an 18mp sensor: 13mp

Sony FE F1.8 ZA on a 24mp sensor: 15mp (lens described as one of the best in their database)

Canon 50mm F1.4 on a 20mp sensor...... 10mp (not tested on 80D or EOS-M 5/6)

Clearly "one of these things is not like the other"

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 07:34 UTC

Perplexing conclusion. You pick the Sony A6000 with the Sigma 19 but no where do you mention the Sigma ignores most of the PDAF points on the Sony sensor. When attached you can only use the center AF points.

Typical sony, looks good on paper until you actually use it and realize the reviewers spend more time looking at specs then they do using the camera.

As an owner, I'm not a fan of the sigma. The IQ/resolution is not that much better than the kit lens if you work with it and in good light it can be worse (Zoomed the kit lens improves immensely, in good light it can out resolve the 19mm)

I've used the sigma/A6000 for two years now. I take it out for low light but for a walkabout during the day I'll just use the kit lens.

http://photozone.de/sony-alpha-aps-c-lens-tests/786-sigma19f28nex?start=1
http://photozone.de/sony-alpha-aps-c-lens-tests/842-sony1650f3556oss?start=1

Kit At 18mm F8
Center 3112
Border 2384
Extreme 2085

Sigma 19mm F8
Center 3085
border 2192
Extreme 2025

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 06:49 UTC as 10th comment
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keeponkeepingon: Perplexing intro: "There are two stand-out choices here: the tiny but seeming end-of-life Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 II Aspherical II and the not-really-a-pancake at all Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN for Sony E-mount. Both"

Given the sigma is easily the worse of the original sigma trio and easily bested by the EF-M 22mm in every way. The sigma is bigger (not really a pancake), slower (F2.8 versus F2) and the IQ is nowhere near that of the canons 22mm.

I own both the A6000 with the Sigma 19mm and the EOS-M (original) with the 22mm F2.

The EOS-M combo is much more capable and much more enjoyable to use. The A6000 is a better for action but so frustrating most days I go with the M and the 22mm.

For an assesment of the sigma a bit more grounded in reality check out:

http://www.photozone.de/sony-alpha-aps-c-lens-tests/786-sigma19f28nex

"The Sigma AF 19mm f/2.8 EX DN has certainly an edge over its obvious competitor - the Sony E 16mm f/2.8 - so if you are feeling an itch for compact primes it may be a reason to go for it. Price/performance-wise it is just an average offering though."

Also check out DXO mark. On the 24mp A6000 they rate the 19mm at a 10mp perceived resolution while the Canon 22mm is rated at 13mp. It will be interesting to see if they new canon 24mp sensor improves on that score.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 18:31 UTC

Perplexing intro: "There are two stand-out choices here: the tiny but seeming end-of-life Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 II Aspherical II and the not-really-a-pancake at all Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN for Sony E-mount. Both"

Given the sigma is easily the worse of the original sigma trio and easily bested by the EF-M 22mm in every way. The sigma is bigger (not really a pancake), slower (F2.8 versus F2) and the IQ is nowhere near that of the canons 22mm.

I own both the A6000 with the Sigma 19mm and the EOS-M (original) with the 22mm F2.

The EOS-M combo is much more capable and much more enjoyable to use. The A6000 is a better for action but so frustrating most days I go with the M and the 22mm.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 18:30 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (382 comments in total)
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OlyPent: Why buy it over the 5? Price?

Smaller plus the screen flips up not down (better on a tripod)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 02:15 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (382 comments in total)

Again I'm surprised to see the 50mm F1.4 used in the studio tests.

Riddle me this:

Why is the M the only mirrorless system with studio tests conducted with a non-native lens?

Why is the M the only mirrorless system tested with a cheap ($329) lens designed for film cameras 30 years ago?

How am I supposed to use your studio tests to compare when the competitors such as Fuji and sony are equipped with modern $1000 lenses? Am I comparing cameras or am I comparing different generations/classes of lens technology?

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 02:13 UTC as 32nd comment | 5 replies
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (382 comments in total)
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Marco Nero: I have this camera (EOS M6) and the images are sharp and not particularly over-processed when shooting in JPEG. What lens did DPreview use for the comparisons? It looks softer than anything I've used on the same camera. I'm somewhat puzzled by this.

For some odd reason they used the ancient 50mm F1.4 a 30 year old lens designed for film cameras.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 02:05 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (382 comments in total)
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Anulu: No EVF and it's cost more than a6000 ? Ridicolous.... Come'on Canon what the hell ?

A6000 versus M: (I own an A6000 and the original M):

A6000 Screen barely flips
Screen is miserably smaller, terrible for old eyes
EVF is akward in bright daylight. Worst eyecup in history and falls off if you look at it sideways
No touch screen
Can't take a picture while taking a video
Wonky lens selection
Iffy AF in anything but bright light
Likes to lock up after bursts.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 02:01 UTC
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