Alex Sarbu

Lives in Romania Romania
Joined on May 25, 2006

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Johannes Zander: For what are these statistics good?

Bragging rights.
Trolling other brands' forums when the numbers are convenient.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 11:02 UTC
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Eloise: I don't understand how figures for October "did not see the Black Friday/Thanksgiving induced spike we're used to seeing" ... surely Black Friday / Thanksgiving is in the November figures?

They do say "disappointing October sales" though...

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 07:56 UTC
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Eloise: I don't understand how figures for October "did not see the Black Friday/Thanksgiving induced spike we're used to seeing" ... surely Black Friday / Thanksgiving is in the November figures?

Good question.
We should keep in mind that CIPA doesn't publish sales, but production and shipments figures.
Perhaps DPReview is expecting a production/shipments spike in preparation for the Black Friday?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 11:38 UTC
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Alex Sarbu: Are DSLRs actually dropping?
Compared to October 2016, sure they are; but we're comparing with the availability recovery - and the corresponding sales spike - following the Kumamoto earthquakes. Compared with the previous months, they're about constant.

MILCs seems to be steadily growing. Good.
The disappointing conclusion is that nothing seems to be in danger: the DSLRs are not dying, the MILCs are not a failed evolutionary attempt, and the dedicated cameras overall are not being fully replaced by smartphones. Boring! ;-)

More of the drama-seeking "news".

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 22:07 UTC

Are DSLRs actually dropping?
Compared to October 2016, sure they are; but we're comparing with the availability recovery - and the corresponding sales spike - following the Kumamoto earthquakes. Compared with the previous months, they're about constant.

MILCs seems to be steadily growing. Good.
The disappointing conclusion is that nothing seems to be in danger: the DSLRs are not dying, the MILCs are not a failed evolutionary attempt, and the dedicated cameras overall are not being fully replaced by smartphones. Boring! ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 21:03 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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Raist3d: “Despite a decidedly lukewarm reception in our community—and much mockery from the pro and semi-pro photographers out there—the Yashica Y35 camera and its digital ‘film’ cartridges has become an Internet sensation, raising many, many times more than the required funding to make it to market.”

A lot of the same mockery came directed at the Pentax Q. That little camera is the Camera I have enjoyed the most shooting in the last 6 Years. People here (me too have been at times) are too embroiled in their high tech high horse to understand how usability, workflow can help the tool get out of the way and how constraints where you have no other option but see differently, may force you to push yourself to a new limit.

Let's see...
- we have advertising, but no sign of a working prototype
- a sensor smaller than that on my smartphone
- a focus free lens, remember those? They were used in the cheapest film point&shoot cameras
- you have to pay for the ability to change ISO (which is made as cumbersome as possible). Besides that, there is no customization possibility whatsoever.
No, it's not us mocking them; but the other way around.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 12:23 UTC
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Raist3d: “Despite a decidedly lukewarm reception in our community—and much mockery from the pro and semi-pro photographers out there—the Yashica Y35 camera and its digital ‘film’ cartridges has become an Internet sensation, raising many, many times more than the required funding to make it to market.”

A lot of the same mockery came directed at the Pentax Q. That little camera is the Camera I have enjoyed the most shooting in the last 6 Years. People here (me too have been at times) are too embroiled in their high tech high horse to understand how usability, workflow can help the tool get out of the way and how constraints where you have no other option but see differently, may force you to push yourself to a new limit.

In this case, mockery is well deserved.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 11:53 UTC
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Raist3d: “Despite a decidedly lukewarm reception in our community—and much mockery from the pro and semi-pro photographers out there—the Yashica Y35 camera and its digital ‘film’ cartridges has become an Internet sensation, raising many, many times more than the required funding to make it to market.”

A lot of the same mockery came directed at the Pentax Q. That little camera is the Camera I have enjoyed the most shooting in the last 6 Years. People here (me too have been at times) are too embroiled in their high tech high horse to understand how usability, workflow can help the tool get out of the way and how constraints where you have no other option but see differently, may force you to push yourself to a new limit.

Raist, yet the Pentax Q is a real camera, and a very nice one (if we go past its small sensor).
This... thing is just a gadget made for fipsters. Assuming it will be made at all.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 08:58 UTC
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Alex Sarbu: It's not "suspected" if we knew about it since 2015... when DxOMark tested the camera.

quietrich, we knew about it *from* the DxO chumps. They sat on the test results for 2 years.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 06:49 UTC

It's not "suspected" if we knew about it since 2015... when DxOMark tested the camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 23:28 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
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Jan Chelminski: "The increased resolution of the a7R III over the K-1 probably helps resolve more threads, though the incredibly sharp Sony FE 85/1.8 may have some role to play here as well."

You think?

The Pentax 77mm is a film-era lens, launched in 1999. It's more than quite good given its age, but it's also not designed for maximum sharpness all over the frame.
You can see how it loses sharpness as you're nearing the corners. Not an issue as a portrait lens, for sure, but you're not doing portraits.
So an almost indistinguishable difference in detail, if seriously off-center, could be the lens. OTOH I'm not seeing any real difference with those threads...

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 23:38 UTC
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princecody: Is this pixel shift tech better or worse than Pentax & Olympus 🤔

In terms of image quality, you can see DPReview's test above - I would say it's about the same as the Pentax (with a tiny advantage due to the higher resolution - although that could also be the lens, the K-1 is using the film-era 77mm).
In terms of usability, if the Sony needs a delay between each frame, Pentax is a winner.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 15:42 UTC
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SandySandy: R.I.P. Nikon. You used to make great cameras.

It ain't over until the fat lady sings ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 09:45 UTC
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Lan: > "but we're told that they're cosmetically near-final"

Optically they haven't even been designed yet, but cosmetically they're near-final. Cynical? Me? Yes.

Bad luck, Lan - the optics are made first, then they build the barrel around the optics.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 00:05 UTC
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Michiel953: Too little, too late?

There is nothing I can do about your personal issues, I'm afraid.
Have a nice, happier day.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 13:30 UTC
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Michiel953: Too little, too late?

Nice try. I never told you to stop commenting. Just be sure you have a point, when you're commenting against a system you're not using. Otherwise it will come up as bashing.
And you're still pretending the points I made don't exist, same for my and zakaria's question. You refused to acknowledge them by saying "it was a general comment".

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 10:12 UTC
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Benjamin Kanarek: Very nice Tamron & Tokina re-badged lenses. Should be really good then.

Ben, I didn't expect you to spread misinformation.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 08:48 UTC
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Michiel953: Too little, too late?

By the way, the K-1 got them quite a few new customers. It worked.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 08:47 UTC
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Michiel953: Too little, too late?

Flak? That's what you call reasonable disagreement presented with arguments?
You're also ignoring both the points I've raised.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 08:21 UTC
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Adam Sharp: What size filter thread on the 11-18 any idea

We'll see... the ultra wide-angle from the roadmap is not a large aperture lens. And Ricoh Imaging is not exclusively designing huge lenses now.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 07:44 UTC
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