deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a writer/photographer/ecologist
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Joined on May 10, 2008
About me:

God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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A great idea and I hope it works out for the manufacturer.

Usually, something at the extreme edge of camera technology is for a small market but, in this case, there is a huge market - namely everyone who keeps trolling articles on 4/3 and m4/3 cameras, saying why their sensors aren't big enough. Now they have something SIGNIFICANTLY bigger to prove their point with. Win win!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 02:23 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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The Fat Fish: Blimey that camera is ugly.

Ooh, that's a bit subjective. I think the clean design (also very comfortable to hold - yes, I have tried one) is one of the best "SLR style" shapes out there.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 19:38 UTC
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yslee1: Questions I'd like to have seen:

1. Why does the G9, despite being the newer camera to the G5 occupying the same bracket, have the god-awful micro USB 3.0 connector instead of USB-C? What kind of product management decision is this?

2. As another user mentioned, when it comes to m4/3 telephoto lenses, why is the choice either crap or top-tier? Where's the in-between?

USB-C is still pretty rare. Far more people are able to use the older type of cable without adaptors. I know that is changing but, currently, the older type is more useful to more people, so it was a good choice.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2018 at 19:21 UTC
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deep7: Olympus/Panasonic threw away the mirror, produced a new mount but also produced an adaptor to allow SLR lenses to be used. Sony did likewise. Canon already did that with their smaller format. That approach has worked vastly better than the Pentax/Sigma one of retaining an SLR mount. It is highly unlikely Canon will produce this hypothetical camera with the standard EOS mount. Expect a shorter mount and an adaptor.

It's VERY likely that, if Canon make a new mount, they'll make lenses for that mount. No, it's a certainty! Just like everyone else (including themselves, duh!). Again, like everyone else, it would take them time to produce a full range, which is why an adaptor seems inevitable, as a short term solution.

Note, too, that a shorter flange distance helps to make wide angle lenses smaller but doesn't help with telephotos - which are the huge lenses. The only way to make those smaller (assuming you don't change your optical/electronic technology), is to make your lens slower or make it cover a smaller image circle. Either of those two options will bring screams from the ignorant...

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2018 at 05:28 UTC
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deep7: Olympus/Panasonic threw away the mirror, produced a new mount but also produced an adaptor to allow SLR lenses to be used. Sony did likewise. Canon already did that with their smaller format. That approach has worked vastly better than the Pentax/Sigma one of retaining an SLR mount. It is highly unlikely Canon will produce this hypothetical camera with the standard EOS mount. Expect a shorter mount and an adaptor.

Entropy512 - thanks for the clarification. I had wondered what on earth you were going on about!

Note, though, that not all old Sony lenses had the screw drive autofocus, so some would adapt better than others. Nevertheless, my point stands that the manufacturers who changed mount and provided an adaptor have done vastly better than those who used an SLR mount on cameras with no mirror.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 19:30 UTC
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deep7: Olympus/Panasonic threw away the mirror, produced a new mount but also produced an adaptor to allow SLR lenses to be used. Sony did likewise. Canon already did that with their smaller format. That approach has worked vastly better than the Pentax/Sigma one of retaining an SLR mount. It is highly unlikely Canon will produce this hypothetical camera with the standard EOS mount. Expect a shorter mount and an adaptor.

That assumes Canon will retain the M mount for the larger sensor bodies. That may well be the case but might not be.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 21:43 UTC
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deep7: Olympus/Panasonic threw away the mirror, produced a new mount but also produced an adaptor to allow SLR lenses to be used. Sony did likewise. Canon already did that with their smaller format. That approach has worked vastly better than the Pentax/Sigma one of retaining an SLR mount. It is highly unlikely Canon will produce this hypothetical camera with the standard EOS mount. Expect a shorter mount and an adaptor.

Karroly - happy to help. Try this link: http://shop.panasonic.com/support-only/DMW-MA1.html .

Entropy512 - you are not telling me anything new. So what if one is passive and one is active? The proposed Canon one should work just like the Olympus one.

virtualreality - Olympus had similar problems with 4/3 lenses when they only had contrast detect autofocus. You can expect problems with some adapted lenses, of course, but you definitely should expect an adaptor!

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 06:12 UTC
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deep7: Olympus/Panasonic threw away the mirror, produced a new mount but also produced an adaptor to allow SLR lenses to be used. Sony did likewise. Canon already did that with their smaller format. That approach has worked vastly better than the Pentax/Sigma one of retaining an SLR mount. It is highly unlikely Canon will produce this hypothetical camera with the standard EOS mount. Expect a shorter mount and an adaptor.

I'm not quite sure what your point is, Entropy512. The 4/3-m4/3 adaptor is both mechanical and electronic and does exactly what a Canon adaptor would have to do in the scenario presented here. That is entirely obvious, is it not?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 19:55 UTC
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deep7: Olympus/Panasonic threw away the mirror, produced a new mount but also produced an adaptor to allow SLR lenses to be used. Sony did likewise. Canon already did that with their smaller format. That approach has worked vastly better than the Pentax/Sigma one of retaining an SLR mount. It is highly unlikely Canon will produce this hypothetical camera with the standard EOS mount. Expect a shorter mount and an adaptor.

Karroly, not only can you not spell but you also contradict yourself! I have and use a genuine, Olympus 4/3 (SLR) to m4/3 adaptor. It works perfectly, allowing full electronic connection and even phase detect autofocus on my EM1.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 08:23 UTC
On article Russian drone pilot pushes his tiny drone to 33,000ft (361 comments in total)
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Flyer73: Sorry for my ignorance in drones, but something is puzzling me;
In the video, minute 26:18 - summary of flight, "Traveled distance" reads 6.33 KM (20,767 feet). To reach a 10 KM height (33,000 feet), doesn't the drone has to show "travel distance...10 KM"? Unless the starting point was at 4 KM height, which I doubt it was, I can't figure out the gap between the drone travel distance and altitude.
Nevertheless, the achievement is remarkable even if the drone reached 6 KM 'only'

That's likely to be the horizontal distance travelled, or as reported by the G.P.S. anyway. A vertical ascent with rotors is more efficient if you have some forward speed, so you don't keep sucking air you just accelerated, so to speak.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 23:13 UTC

Olympus/Panasonic threw away the mirror, produced a new mount but also produced an adaptor to allow SLR lenses to be used. Sony did likewise. Canon already did that with their smaller format. That approach has worked vastly better than the Pentax/Sigma one of retaining an SLR mount. It is highly unlikely Canon will produce this hypothetical camera with the standard EOS mount. Expect a shorter mount and an adaptor.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 20:08 UTC as 180th comment | 20 replies
On article Russian drone pilot pushes his tiny drone to 33,000ft (361 comments in total)

A great technical achievement though, of course, that's been child's play for the military with their larger drones for decades. What is stupid is the judgement made by the writer of this article that the test was "stupid". Something that well planned and executed is not stupid. Please stop the paranoia!

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 20:01 UTC as 72nd comment | 4 replies
On article Sony a7 III studio scene published (469 comments in total)
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misspiggy01: what impresses me most is the a7r3s pixel shift mode. i shoot lots of static objects. if nikon doesnt come up with something similar within the next 2 years this might be my next body after 20 years of nikon...

It's not just the Sony pixel shift. Try the other manufacturers' versions. For scenarios like this, the technology is wonderful!

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 19:55 UTC
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alcaher: Just wonder What would happen in the future to the still big dslr comunity who love big camera bodies such as the Ff dslr or big apsc. I mean all those big lenses, the weather sealed construction, people with big hands, the good balance between a big exótic lens with a big camera, ergonomics,etc. Could the manufactures produce smaller lenses with similar óptics quality as the big exotic or medium size lenses for dslr?
I mean there aré obvious advantages of mirrorless cameras and is going to be the future but there still a long way to go with long telephoto lenses in the 300-600mm Range for mirrowless. In the apsc mirrowless market i saw the Samsung nx1 as the perfect camera but it seems manufactures aré producing even smaller and slimer that that camera. What does people really want? A ff mirrowless with the weight of a point and shoot camera for their
Hikings ?

Sony's cameras aren't that small. They are about the same as the standard 35mm film SLR that was so popular for decades. Yes, there were big SLRs too but many were not that large.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 04:40 UTC
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AARonron: Honest question: How much of a redesign is really needed if the flange distance is changed, say if Canon designed a new mount for FF mirrorless?

I mean, yes, I see the value of Canon's lens catalog, but to change to adapt, say, a Canon 24-105 L lens to work natively for a FF mirrorless mount, would every lens group need to be redesigned and you're basically starting from scratch? Or, is is justmaybe the final group in before the sensor that needs updating?

Like I said, honest question. Just wondering if it isn't really a matter of scrapping all their current lens designs as has been suggested were Canon to design a new mount.

A few years ago, the problem was that lenses designed for phase detect auto focus didn't work well with contrast detect autofocus. Now Canon can use phase detect without a mirror, that's no problem at all. Theoretically, they could just re-make the lens with a built-in extension to compensate for the flange distance but they won't. They will make existing lenses work well with an adaptor, then progressively build newer ones native to the new mount. For wider lenses, that allows much smaller designs, for longer ones it makes little difference.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 18:18 UTC
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tedolf: These things are still way too expensive and nobody needs a 360mm equivalent zoom.

They should focus on a more reasonable focal range (28mm-135mm) and faster F stops at a sub $500.00 price.

TEdolph

... and a decent long lens; and a macro. Maybe something wider for those tight places. Plus several bodies so you don't get caught out with the wrong lens. Hey, why not get a big ranging zoom as well, so that doesn't happen? Or even just a well designed camera which has one built in? Sorted.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 06:36 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix ZS200 sample gallery (86 comments in total)

Terrific gallery! Bang on for the type of camera.

The lens seems better than I expected but the jpeg processing is surprisingly poor. It's hard to believe that's a one inch sensor inside!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 20:03 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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darlot: when I was still active, I won't show up to shoot the wedding if the check wasn't cleared on my bank account. We had a binding contract between a photographer and a couple.

I ran into few times with Asian couples, they wanted 50% up front, 50% after photos delivered etc. I said no, not my way of doing business.

I don't want to argue either. I am just very, very glad, darlot, that I don't live in your world. It sounds horrendous.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 03:28 UTC
On article Cosina announced three new Voigtlander lenses at CP+ (95 comments in total)
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NottsPhoto: Please mr Cosina can we have all the voitlander lenses in x mount?

Fuji bypassed "full frame" completely and went straight to fuller frame. I love that!

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 03:26 UTC
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darlot: when I was still active, I won't show up to shoot the wedding if the check wasn't cleared on my bank account. We had a binding contract between a photographer and a couple.

I ran into few times with Asian couples, they wanted 50% up front, 50% after photos delivered etc. I said no, not my way of doing business.

darlot - you should have read what I wrote before responding! Sigh.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 01:51 UTC
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