Mark9473

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Great that there are further developments in this area. I have a Metabones SpeedBooster but I welcome competition, manufacturers pushing each other further. Using quality old manual focus lenses on a mirrorless body is great fun, and when they also give good results what's not to like?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 21:59 UTC as 12th comment
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (888 comments in total)

I had my old film camera, a Nikon FM2N, out from storage today (wanted to use a lens that was still attached to it). I looked through the OVF, wanting to explain to my son how this ancient piece of technology worked - he wasn't interested, but anyway, that OVF view was by far not as bright, large and detailed as I remembered.

An EVF such as on my Panasonic G80 has a few drawbacks in some circumstances, but in many more circumstances it has significant advantages. Some people may see that balance differently, but I would never want to go back.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 19:29 UTC as 256th comment | 3 replies
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Favorable Exponynt: It didn't really get smaller did it?
http://camerasize.com/compare/#206,692

Thankfully not across the line. But try comparing the smallest E-system DSLR (that E-420 you selected) to the smallest m43 mirrorless (instead of picking the largest).

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 00:31 UTC

When I was buying my first DSLR the Oly E520 was the most compelling affordable camera on the market, with IBIS, the best anti-dust, live view, the best JPEGs, and able to use my old Nikkor lenses.

Oly's excellent 15-54 and 50-200 zooms were the cherry on the cake. They were so good that they (and the clunky live view) made my Nikkors obsolete. No regrets, those zooms seemed to have no weaknesses at all.

We all know the history of Olympus. I used to wonder why they never brought the rumoured 100mm macro lens to market, nor any fast wide prime - until it became clear that financial mismanagement had drained the company's resources. This also prevented the needed progress in sensor technology, which is what ultimately killed the system (I would give a finger to have the Canon G1XII sensor in my Olympus E30 body - I would still be using it).

And so some of the best lenses ever produced, were let down by a system unable to evolve not for technical reasons but because of mismanagement.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 21:49 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (64 comments in total)
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Mark9473: Good images; seems like a very capable kit lens. I may have to get me that one.

Thanks for the hands-on experience. Guess I'll go on using my Nikkor AI and AIS primes on my G80. They are much more robust I'm sure.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (64 comments in total)

Good images; seems like a very capable kit lens. I may have to get me that one.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 11:09 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
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Mark9473: Camera production numbers are back to where they were in the 1980's. Camera manufacturers were doing well back then, so there's little reason for all the doom and gloom. The bubble they created in the early 2000's is clearly over but I don't think anybody realistically thought that was going to last. They saturated the market and that's all there's to it.

I think some people mistakenly take these graphs as an indication of cameras used. That's a big mistake. I think a lot of the digital cameras sold in the last decade are still in use. I also think the vast majority of smartphone users only occasionally use it to take a picture.

Actually, I wasn't.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 20:00 UTC

Camera production numbers are back to where they were in the 1980's. Camera manufacturers were doing well back then, so there's little reason for all the doom and gloom. The bubble they created in the early 2000's is clearly over but I don't think anybody realistically thought that was going to last. They saturated the market and that's all there's to it.

I think some people mistakenly take these graphs as an indication of cameras used. That's a big mistake. I think a lot of the digital cameras sold in the last decade are still in use. I also think the vast majority of smartphone users only occasionally use it to take a picture.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 13:03 UTC as 45th comment | 6 replies
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)

I don't know if it is my settings, but it used to be that galleries such as this one could be clicked on to get a "gallery view" and then you'd get a bit larger images to look at than these postage stamp sized ones. Lately this only works very exceptionally. Has something changed on the site or is there a trick I'm not aware of?

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:28 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply
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fluppeteer: I've asked them (on Kickstarter) to clarify how this isn't just a gimbal head, and also if they can comment on stability/centre of gravity with their flip-up portrait orientation. I'll see if they respond.

I'm confused that they're "ready for production" but are only trying to raise $9000, which (not my area) doesn't feel like the set-up cost for a production line as much as an order for aluminium. I guess they're not planning to sell many?

This is a well established company selling well known very high quality mounts for astronomical telescopes, capable of high stability at very high magnifications (much more stable than a gimbal head): http://www.halfhitchtelescope.com/

They are in close contact with their astronomical user base. As this is their first foray into photography, I think they went to Kickstarter just to reach out to a user base not yet known to them.

The production equipment and raw materials is all there and waiting to start, I am sure.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 12:03 UTC

I saw it and am happy to report that it was every bit as beautiful as any other Full Moon rising.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 23:24 UTC as 24th comment
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (342 comments in total)
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Morpho Hunter: Wow .. the pixel shift image quality is no where as good as that for the Olympus OMD- EM5 MK ii

In many places of the test scene, the advantage of the pixel shift mode is not that obvious. It is obvious here though:

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=pentax_k70&attr13_1=pentax_k70&attr15_0=jpeg&attr15_1=jpeg&attr16_0=100&attr16_1=100&attr126_0=normal&attr126_1=highres&normalization=full&widget=413&x=-0.049479316495023434&y=0.304224902002719

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 01:59 UTC
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Yxa: The don't mention the D610 in the press release , is it on it's way out?

Look again at footnote 2.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 07:18 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (556 comments in total)
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Mark9473: "the camera won't touch-and-track general subjects in video mode"
Rishi's recent first look video appears to contradict this.
So what is it then?

Sorry, I don't understand anything of what you say.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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Mark9473: Just what is a "front-end LSI"?

Thank you.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 19:29 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (556 comments in total)

"the camera won't touch-and-track general subjects in video mode"
Rishi's recent first look video appears to contradict this.
So what is it then?

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 18:29 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)

Just what is a "front-end LSI"?

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 18:13 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (672 comments in total)

A small error: the specifications table says it's a tilting LCD instead of a fully articulated one.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 09:16 UTC as 162nd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (672 comments in total)
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Tim Love: Please let the rolling shutter be better controlled.

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Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:36 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (672 comments in total)
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Boissez: Looks nice. Any word on whether the body is made of plastic or metal?

Did you read the announcement? ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:15 UTC
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