Darren James

Joined on May 28, 2020

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Darren James: Facepalm... I just bought another XQD card because I assumed they would never do the stupid update. Sigh.

Cool? Then?
CFExpress offload much faster, are more future proof, and I can use them in the R5 (or whatever the high MP body they’re releasing next year is) when I plunk down the cash next year, in addition (now) to my D850 and D500. Missing a sale is a bummer, because they are expensive, and it would have been better to buy them during Black Friday than at full price.

Have you ever considered maybe engaging in interesting, meaningful conversation on topics you are interested in, rather than just tossing out pretty uninteresting shade? Like, it wasn’t even good shade. The only remarkable thing about your comment was how basic it was. You know there are forums right? Where you can talk about cool stuff that excites you?

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2020 at 06:56 UTC
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redhed17: DIY Perks is great channel, and Matt is very innovative in what he does, as this video shows.

I think this video highlights for me that Canon, and indeed many other camera manufacturers, have not taken many basic steps for cooling compared to methods used in computers, and least for the cameras aimed at consumers.

Obviously water cooling is too far, but it was good for Matt to go to the extreme before dialling it back to something that could have been done by the manufacturer, in this case Canon.

Copper plates and thermal paste if there is a chance of overheating is not rocket science, it has been proved to work better than steel/aluminium with thermal pads, but to release a camera that has overheating problems and not have those basics in place seems negligent, or more likely wilful poor design for whatever reason. It could be cost, or manufacturing difficulties, but most likely not to impact their Cinema video cameras. :-/

As someone who does camera repair I can concur that heat dissipation isn’t a strong suit amongst many camera makers. Nikon’s D500 for example is especially ridiculous (I had to repair two this week so the memory is fresh, lol). There are no fewer than 10 separate heat pads of varying thickness and material slathered all over the inside to try and send some heat out of the back plate. Good camera but the insides are a disaster.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 21:07 UTC
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rockjano: A GREAT SOLUTION to a problem that SHOULDN'T EXIST on the first place!!!

:-) Really a ridiculous blunder from Canon...

It does seem like a relatively simple endeavour that would have significantly reduced the wail levels. Like, deceptively simple, I can’t imagine a part like that would cost more than a couple of bucks.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 20:59 UTC

As soon as I’m able to order a replacement back plate from Canon it’ll make for a fun modding session. Some copper plate or heat pipes, a little coupling to the camera’s metal base frame, cutting the plastic panel behind the LCD out of the spare back plate and replacing it with more copper. Should be able to bleed the heat out and even actively cool it for long exposure astro.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 20:55 UTC as 63rd comment

Well, this is one way to make Tilta’s fan accessory more effective. It’s ironic that it would have been useless before the first firmware update that decoupled record time from a strict timer.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 20:50 UTC as 64th comment
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Darren James: Facepalm... I just bought another XQD card because I assumed they would never do the stupid update. Sigh.

I’m not sure what purpose your response has?

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 20:27 UTC

Hmm.. Delkin cards dont seem to be supported on D850..

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 18:24 UTC as 21st comment
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gonzalu: Conveniently JUST AFTER Cyber Monday and Black Friday Deals... ugh... Thanks, Nikon!

Yeah, I hear you. I too missed the opportunity to save some cash on a CFexpress card. And I bought another XQD instead... sigh

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 17:51 UTC

Facepalm... I just bought another XQD card because I assumed they would never do the stupid update. Sigh.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2020 at 17:50 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies

Barney:
have you tested it on stars at all? I’m curious if it’s able to get a star field into flat focus. I’ve tried a few vintage catadioptric lenses and they’ve never been able to cleanly resolve stars. Mind you one can always get a small SCT or Mak-Cass from a proper astro manufacturer but I do love the feel of vintage lenses

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2020 at 22:26 UTC as 28th comment
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm and 65mm F2 DG DN lenses (214 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Dustin Abbott - Definitive Review, Sigma 35mm F2 Contemporary via YT here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrTjgAMJj24

Good Light

Are you saying Dustin Abbot is a paid shill then? Outside of folks like Peter McKinnon, who is an ambassador, most YouTube personalities that do reviews became “influencers” BECAUSE of their unsponsored reviews. As they gained an audience for their content they gained influence. Importantly, as all reviewers are humans no reviewer is unbiased. Calling someone a shill is a pretty effective indicator of one’s own bias, and what really is at play here: “so and so is a shill because they have an opinion I disagree with”. And lest I forget, these comments are being made on DPReview, a website that transparently accepts paid sponsorships from camera companies to promote their products, both as articles and well-crafted YouTube content.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2020 at 22:21 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm and 65mm F2 DG DN lenses (214 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Mirrorless full frame cameras were initially sold as being lighter and compact (among other things.) Now, the same people who said mirrorless would be light and compact say...we never said that.

Maybe Sigma is trying to atone for the Art lenses, but you have to give them credit. Whether you want light and balanced, or gigantic and heavy, Sigma seems to have it covered.

I think you made a logical error worth noting:
the companies making the mirrorless cameras would be the ones marketing based on size and weight. Sigma is a third party lens manufacturer... and isn’t beholden to one camera manufacturer or another’s marketing positioning on their cameras.
Pointing out that the ART lenses are big and heavy doesn’t have any bearing on if another company’s mirrorless cameras are marketed as being light. Never mind the fact that the ART lenses were initially and still primarily developed for DSLRs, minus to the new DN versions. Which still don’t have any bearing on a separate company’s marketing angle.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2020 at 00:42 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm and 65mm F2 DG DN lenses (214 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Dustin Abbott - Definitive Review, Sigma 35mm F2 Contemporary via YT here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrTjgAMJj24

Good Light

I’m interested in hearing more about the arbitrary distinction being made between “influencer” and “reviewer”.
As stated, as the referenced paid promotion has nothing to do with Sigma one might consider admitting they jumped to conclusions rather than stick with such an easily disputed position.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2020 at 00:33 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm and 65mm F2 DG DN lenses (214 comments in total)
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esmoxd: The obvious comparison for me is to the Sony FE 35 f/1.8, though the Sony is 1/2 stop faster at maximum aperture it's lighter at 280 grams vs 325 grams, they are roughly the same size, the Sony being 3mm longer and less than 2mm narrower. The big difference for me is the Sigma has a 58mm filter thread vs the Sony's 55mm. 58mm being an odd size in the Sony system. Image quality comparisons remains to be seen but I assume the Sigma will not only be cheaper but have better IQ, I will hold off getting the Sony.

Did Tamron’s new 35mm come out for E mount as well? Everyone I’ve talked to that has one swears by it. Nothing wrong with being spoiled for choice!

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2020 at 00:27 UTC

Is this perhaps their response to image.canon? I’ll give it a try I suppose, hopefully they hired an outside software developer to code it.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2020 at 00:03 UTC as 14th comment

As an astrophotographer I appreciate the use of mirror optics for terrestrial photography, very cool. I have the Minolta AF lens, it’s absolute rubbish but I love its. It’s really fun for birding - the photos are crap but on the A7R4 it becomes something of a hand-holdable electronic sporting scope with AF. Absolutely enjoyable.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2020 at 17:10 UTC as 84th comment
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2020 (574 comments in total)
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Michiel953: DPR is só biased. My camera didn't even get a mention.

I get it. I thought I would validate your sarcasm because it seems to have passed over some heads for some reason.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2020 at 18:16 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2020 (574 comments in total)

Perhaps I’m have to check out that FE 20mm, I missed the memo on that one.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2020 at 16:33 UTC as 95th comment | 3 replies
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Darren James: This will be a no brainer for me. It will be great to use my collection of FA Limiteds on a camera that has a proper modern AF system. I just can’t trust my K-1, it’s too damn hit and miss.

They can come at me, lol. I’ve likely more Pentax gear than half of them anyway 😜

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2020 at 18:59 UTC

Ah man, I’m sorry that you’re cut off from your family. Mirror selfies are completely understandable, no judgement. I hope you took at least one with the camera up to your face pretending like the lens is your eye.
Keep well!

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2020 at 18:55 UTC as 53rd comment
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