crisotunity

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On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2247 comments in total)
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crisotunity: Flash X sync speed: 1/180 sec
If this camera is so well-machined, how come it doesn't get you to 1/250?
Beyond the aluminium, what exactly are you paying for? Where is the innovation?

Looking forward to a shoot-out between EOS M and this Leica :-)

I agree that focalplane shutters are hard to sync with higher flash speeds; which is why I expect a £1,350 camera to outdo my £100, 2nd hand GF1. Shame they spend all their budget on buffing the aluminium.
Leica "magic beans" lenses are extra and these days they can be fitted to almost any camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 08:33 UTC
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2247 comments in total)

Flash X sync speed: 1/180 sec
If this camera is so well-machined, how come it doesn't get you to 1/250?
Beyond the aluminium, what exactly are you paying for? Where is the innovation?

Looking forward to a shoot-out between EOS M and this Leica :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 09:12 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon Df Review (1613 comments in total)
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InTheMist: Steve Huff's review is up. I find his review is closer to my own reaction to the Dƒ.

"I can have any DSLR or camera that I want and for me, the Df wins it. If I designed a DSLR for my own use it would be 75% Df and 0% Canon 5D. Enough said."

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/12/20/the-nikon-df-camera-review-by-steve-huff/

Ah the legendary Steve Huff, also known as
"Blogger Steve Stonewall Sets World Record with 400th Consecutive Positive Review"
http://newcameranews.com/2013/11/30/blogger-steve-stonewall-sets-world-record-400th-consecutive-positive-review/

Has there been a camera or lens that Steve Huff has not liked?

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 21:26 UTC
On article Canon EOS 70D Review (680 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I stumbled onto this page. Can't remember quite how but I have to say I'm amazed. Amazed that so many have the time to be so angry about a thing that's just a tool for taking pictures. Well I thought that's what it was anyway but some might think otherwise on reading this stuff.
Q: Is this more important than corrupt politicians salting away cash in offshore bank accounts? A: No
Q: Is this more important than the ice caps melting and polar bears getting too hot? A: No.
Q: Is this more important than One Direction's favourite breakfast cereal? A: No.
Some of you really, really need to get out more. If you don't like it, just don't buy it.

There should be no major visible difference at ISO3200 between any modern camera, with a half-decent lens. There has been steady progress on sensors' performance, but no no earth-shaking developments over the last few years.
This is why mature markets and savvy consumers (eg Japan; young people in the West) are buying mirrorless, camera phones and Instax minis by their millions: they understand that -unless you plaster your entire wall with a photo- you will not be able to tell what's coming out of which camera. So they make purchasing decisions on size, ease of use, price, fun factor, etc.
Meanwhile, middle-aged techno-freaks are arguing over DXO marks and whether a D5200 out-resolves a 70D: a whole bunch of baldies fighting over combs.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:37 UTC
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techmine: Nikon 1's gave the "World", fastest auto focus system in MILC. That thing is crazy fast. On V1, the viewfinder is just amazing. Electronic shutter is another technology advancement. There is so much of good stuff packaged in that camera. As far as the picture quality - http://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-1-v1 shows what can be done with that camera. Price ? Yes that huge price tag hit them hard initially but we all know what happened later on.

Canon has the same issue with their mirrorless. This is after they took all the time in the world and had ample feedback from all the camera makers/users. They still screwed it up - Trying not to kill their ordinary entry level DSLRs. I give Nikon kudos for trying something different and from ground up.

I agree that the V1 is an awesome little camera that deserved a lot better. But setting a realistic initial price is important. Ironically, deep discounts may have hurt them even more: no sane potential customer will shell out to buy the V2 at anywhere near the asking price if they know that they will soon be on sale at more than 50% discount.
Nikon has to cut down on the number of models (who can really keep up with the proliferation of models S2, J3, whatever) and price them competitively (ie, send the V1 to do battle with the Sony RX100 and the Nex 3 and 5 at £400- £450; no tthe 7D at £800 plus).

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 15:42 UTC

So the moral of the story is that pricing the Nikon 1V at £800 (and thereby directly competing with the Canon 60D and the Nikon 7000) did not work out for Nikon.
Also, a 27-270 (equivalent) travel zoom is not selling too well at nearly £500.
Where do I receive my MBA?

I bought the V1 (my first ever Nikon) for £350 with 2 lenses and it's a very fine little camera for most things. No, it is not a match for my 1D/1Ds Canons, but it's giving my NEX some darned good competition in terms of IQ and it's kicking Sony's behind in terms of AF and UI.
Its relative failure is not down to its sensor - it's to do with its insane/inane price.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 15:31 UTC as 94th comment
On article Camera shipments continue to fall (132 comments in total)
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DustSpeck: Give me a break, are the manufacturers really that stupid? New Olympus EP-5: $999 for the body; New Panasonic Lumix GX7: $999 for the body. Do they really think these are going to sell? Right price is $599-$699. I'd like an Olympus 12mm wide angle for my EP-1... at say $499, not $799. Do they think everyone works for Goldman Sachs?

For the several thousand "Pros" that earn a living with their work, perhaps $6 or $7 grand is a reasonable investment. But the mass market is the hobbiest and as their paychecks continue to shrink, so will camera sales. Just like the disaster in the PC industry, a tablet computer is "good enough" to browse the internet, just like a cell phone camera is "good enough" for pictures because I can't afford a new EP-5, GX1, or 70D.

I think this is exactly the issue - camera price-points have remained where they were 20 years ago (in relative terms of course), but there are a lot more products out there competing for our disposable income. Which has shrunk by around 9% in real terms since 2008.
Also, why price something at $800-$1000 knowing full well that it'll only start to sell at $400 (say hi to Nikon 1). This sort of thing devalues the whole product sector in the eyes of consumers.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 10:42 UTC

There is pink- and then there is Samsung pink! It has to be a knock off. No major electronics manufacturer would ever attempt to sell anything that looks like this.

As for the price - no worries: it will be available for $399 by mid-July 2012 with a free Android tablet thrown in.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:15 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
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Spitze: I don't understand the negative comments either. Please critique image #0101 for me and teach me where the IQ is lacking. I'm an older gentleman and my eyes may not see what you are seeing. Please compare apples to apples as this is, after all, an APS-C sensor camera.

I'm traveling to Europe in about five weeks and would like to know what you would recommend in its place. I have been using full size Canon DSLRs. I was hoping this would be available before my trip since I'm comfortable with the Canon OS and would like to travel with a lighter kit.

Spitze - quite simply, you are right: there is nothing really wrong with any of these images. The 100D will be a smash for anyone looking for a small back-up body or a light-weight travel companion: you get the nice DSLR AF, with (almost) the size advantage of a mirrorless.
Like you, I am of a certain age :-) and the biggest photographic upgrades I have ever enjoyed were due to (i)more practice, (ii)shooting in RAW and (iii)getting a nice monopod. For me, gains between 16-18-24MP sensors are marginal and meaningless to anyone outside the marketing departments of camera companies.
Here is a challenge/experiment I would like DPReview to set up: produce 50-odd A3/A4 prints with cameras from the last 10 years and check whether anyone can tell the difference.
Put it on Kickstarter and I'll be happy to contribute :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 14:14 UTC
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io_bg: LENSES, Sony, lenses are needed to make the NEX system attractive for more experienced shooters!

These are the kind of comments that slay me: how many people would buy a big/heavy f2.8 zoom that costs around £1,000?! Especially when you can pick up the Sigmas (19mm and 30mm) for less than £200. You can even throw in a Sony 50mm 1.8 and you are still saving over £500.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 11:20 UTC
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CosmoZooo: If this is aimed at the entry level and upgrade market, Sony has lost their sense of touch with reality. Many users at that range want touch screen. Heck I want it on the Nex-6 but this is a slap in the face. Not to mention the question if they have dealt with video overheating in the smaller body. They haven't in 5R.

The way I see it (and I am an NEX user) this still looses to m43 like the e-pm2 which has a touch screen and no video overheating issues, although the built-in flash is a nod in the Sony's favor. Add a touch screen and no overheating and this is a winner. For now it's a worthless replacement of an f3 offering a slight reduction in size and nothing else.

The F3 doesn't overheat either - I think this is a previous generation issue.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 11:11 UTC
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boogieboogie: Pretty body but no apps, no touch screen, lower res screen and still no mode dial which is a shame.

Agreed with boogie: this is just Sony reshuffling the pack and, unfortunately, the low end is losing out in order to encourage consumers to migrate to the 5/6 series. The 3N is a straightforward downgrade from the F3: low res screen, non-bounce flash, no accessory port.
The 5 series then becomes the de facto choice for the enthusiast on a budget :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 11:10 UTC
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Nectar D Or: Just counted 9 (!!) NEX bodies announced by Sony in about 2.5 years.

How can anyone keep track? Is there really a difference between those cameras?

I find it hard to take the guys at Sony seriously. Either there is something really wrong with those bodies that need to be replaced every 6 months, or this is just the marketing people ordering the engineers around.

+1 If you don't like it, don't buy it; hooray for capitalism.
And I am totally amazed at the quality of the gear we have at our disposal at ridiculously low prices (which, perversely makes some people grumble even more).

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 11:21 UTC
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007peter: >> Beautiful <<, this is the True Upgrade to my beloved C3. The F3 was just too ugly. This new 3N is love @1st sight.

My F3 is the ugliest camera I have ever owned; but it is surprisingly robust (even if it doesn't feel like it should be), it has a shockingly useful bouncing flash and it works with the additional EVF.
I can't help thinking that (marketed properly and bundled with the smaller 16-50) the F3 could have been a total slam dunk in the mirrorless space.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 11:17 UTC

Neo, people are looking for innovation and value.
These products are not innovative (you can already buy a Sigma 19mm at f2.8 and another two versions of the same zoom).
And they are a lousy value proposition (the Sony 20mm is 3.5 times more expensive than the Sigma).

You can have as many lens designers as you like, but if you commission them to redesign the same old stuff, you will end up with the same old stuff. But in black :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2013 at 15:07 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
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crisotunity: I picked up a small camera at 12:30 today.
The manager at the Jessops in central London was as creepy and pushy as they come trying to sell me a 50GBP 3-year insurance. I practically threatened to walk out of the shop without the camera and he still wouldn't stop.
This was out and out fraudulent behaviour - the guy basically made sure that there is no coming back for this retailer. He might as well set fire to the store. This is why the high street is on its knees. I'm sorry for the staff who don't deserve this, but the company obviously promoted the bullies.
The good retailers (John Lewis, Apple,etc) are still making mad cash and don't blame Amazon for their own idiocy.

@camerashopminion
Yikes - sorry I didn't know that this sort of thing was taking place. Totally out of order.
And, for balance and for all it's worth, let me say that the people on the New Oxford st Store were always knowledgable and helpful (and, as a result, I have spent around £1,600 in the last 18 months).
It is a shame that Jessops over-extended themselves; maybe fewer stores with consistently high quality was the way forward.

@wetsleet: I have a bridge to sell you at an amazing price - totally covered by insurance so it's all above board ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 21:28 UTC

I picked up a small camera at 12:30 today.
The manager at the Jessops in central London was as creepy and pushy as they come trying to sell me a 50GBP 3-year insurance. I practically threatened to walk out of the shop without the camera and he still wouldn't stop.
This was out and out fraudulent behaviour - the guy basically made sure that there is no coming back for this retailer. He might as well set fire to the store. This is why the high street is on its knees. I'm sorry for the staff who don't deserve this, but the company obviously promoted the bullies.
The good retailers (John Lewis, Apple,etc) are still making mad cash and don't blame Amazon for their own idiocy.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 21:11 UTC as 75th comment | 5 replies
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