VBLondon

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Elisam: It’s nice that the eye AF works at a greater distance, but I’m sure that was never actually an issue before. DoF by the time a subject is that small in the frame would start to make it a completely non issue. But for those that felt it important, looks like a decent upgrade.

Now when will they put 10bit internal recording with Log rather than this tethered business?

Apologies, clumsy humor saying I agree with your point at the top, that the distinction between Face AF and Eye AF when the face is small in the frame is of no consequence due to DoF

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2021 at 08:29 UTC
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Elisam: It’s nice that the eye AF works at a greater distance, but I’m sure that was never actually an issue before. DoF by the time a subject is that small in the frame would start to make it a completely non issue. But for those that felt it important, looks like a decent upgrade.

Now when will they put 10bit internal recording with Log rather than this tethered business?

Elisam - that is brave of you. Everyone know the purpose of cameras is to win at whatever the latest youtube vlogger finds to be the most profitable video test. Who cares if it is of no relevance to actual photography?

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2021 at 21:52 UTC
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TwistaCatz: Can we get this for the Z mount please?

They'll probably keep it F-mount only, the cranks and eccentrics who will say it has so little glass that it allows magic fragile wavelengths to be captured with extra 3D contrast and micro pop don't seem to have migrated to Z mount.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2020 at 15:04 UTC

At last, a real camera that doesn't have any glass elements at all. Nothing to absorb fragile wavelengths! You can see the micropop and 3D contrast bursting out of these images without pesky "lens" elements in the way!
:)

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2020 at 08:10 UTC as 8th comment
On article Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: Should you buy one? (450 comments in total)
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mPalozzola: Do I think the "ii" are going to cause anyone to switch brands to Nikon... No
Do I think the "ii" is going to be a justifiable upgrade from someone already shooting z6/7... No
Do I think the "ii" is going to incentivize Nikon shooters whom were on the fence about buying a new DSLR (like the D850) or moving into the mirrorless mount to lean harder towards ML... Yes

The z7ii looks like it truly is going to close the gap between the z7 and the D850. These cameras are a half step to get already dedicated Nikon Shooters to lean into the ML cameras. In all reality the "ii" is Nikon admitting that they made mistakes on the initial z6/7 and addressing them. These cameras are NOT flagship releases and should not be treated as such. Nikon is supposed to announce a Flagship ML in 2021...

>Do I think the "ii" are going to cause anyone to switch brands to Nikon... No

Why not? FF MILC buying isn't just a switching battle between Canon-Nikon-Sony for who has the most expensive highest-spec model.
People also switch from APSC and m43. Nikon's range I'd have thought is highly attractive as a path to FF, especially to the still-centric user. These people don't want to spend $4500 on a Canon R5, or get a non-IBIS old model like the R or RP. They also don't necessarily want massive $2k-$3k lenses. The Nikon f4 zooms and f1.8 primes are very size, performance and price competitive with "pro" lenses in smaller formats.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2020 at 19:15 UTC
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Archiver: When the Z6 was released, I lamented their use of the very expensive XQD card type. Now, they have upgraded their cameras to be able to use CF Express cards that are even more expensive! Dancing in the streets!

I am not one of the few who need XQD for stills, but I am one of the many (I'd imagine) who appreciate the 10x (?) faster upload speed from card reader to PC. It's a really nice improvement after every time I use the camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2020 at 11:33 UTC
On photo MIG-21 LanceR in the Jet Thrust challenge (18 comments in total)
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petrock: I'm no expert in digital PP. But if I didn't think I'd catch hell for it, I'd say this is a painting.

You're not alone. I was looking at it closely wondering "is this really a photo?", it's that good!

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2019 at 19:23 UTC
On photo MIG-21 LanceR in the Jet Thrust challenge (18 comments in total)

Fantastic. Agree with all the positive things said previoulsy. It looks "ok" in the small Finished Challenges sidebar, I only clicked on it because I thought "oh look an interesting MiG 21". Expanded up one size it looks nice, but full size on a large hires monitor, it's spectacular. Really good photography I often like, but the PP that others praise sometimes looks overdone and fake to me. This is brilliant photography and brilliant PP. A well-deserved challenge win.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2019 at 11:56 UTC as 10th comment

Is it just me, but couldn't a major site like DPR have a Japanese native speaking freelancer or something provide a coherent translation for a simple front-page quote.
It's not as if Japanese sources are niche or peripheral to DPR's business - all the significant companies it covers are Japanese?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2019 at 08:14 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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miggylicious: Love my X100F but it is very far from perfect. My biggest complaint is the lens. It is soft (especially at closeups) and very prone to flaring and the autofocus needs to be drastically improved as it is sluggish and hunts in dim light. I would also love a tilting LCD as it makes it even more versatile. I don't understand why Fuji would hesitate in adding a tilting LCD. Users simply don't have to use it if they don't need it. Its so simple and won't cause problems by adding it. Lastly, the wifi connection to the Camera Remote app really sucks especially for android users. I've tried the wifi of other Fuji cameras like the X-T100 and it works fine. Not sure why its so problematic on the X-100F.

I'd imagine every gram and millimetre is a factor in the X100 design. A tilt LCD would add some depth and weight. There's no right answer I guess than the balance of demand from those who want it and those who don't!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2019 at 08:10 UTC
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ojos azules: AFAIK nikon users has sworn an oath never to go mirrorless.

At least in the US.

Not having a large heavy mirror compromises camera design, doesn't allow for an optical TTL viewfinder

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 11:51 UTC
On article Canon G1 X III vs. Sony Cybershot RX100 V (590 comments in total)
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Swerky: Some outdoor and indoor shots with both cameras at equivalent focal lengths and apertures with video samples would help deciding between those two compact cameras. And one can’t expect too much from compacts. There’s a compromise to be made somewhere. Would be good to have the LX100 in as well. Or a potential LX200.

I agree. I have an LX100 and really want to like it, but I don't like it as much as I should. It's nicely built, controls are good, handles well. It was relatively cheap. In principle, I love the lens range/speed and sensor size combination. It should be a real winner. But the viewfinder is only OK, it feels a little slow, the low light performance and DR of the sensor feel a generation behind. Panasonic did the difficult stuff - engineering a great little fast lens into a very compact m43 sensor body and built it beautifully. But they just need to update the chipset - EVF, Sensor and Processor.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 20:48 UTC
On article Canon G1 X III vs. Sony Cybershot RX100 V (590 comments in total)
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Swerky: Some outdoor and indoor shots with both cameras at equivalent focal lengths and apertures with video samples would help deciding between those two compact cameras. And one can’t expect too much from compacts. There’s a compromise to be made somewhere. Would be good to have the LX100 in as well. Or a potential LX200.

I agree. The key comparison for me is the sensor-aperture equivalence. The Canon throws away (almost?) all the advantages of a large sensor with a slow lens. What's the point, unless you prefer a larger form factor?
The LX100 beats both on equivalence, a larger sensor than the Sony and a faster lens. It's overdue for an update, because the sensor-lens package is still a class-leading one.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 13:25 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (384 comments in total)
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VBLondon: There's a reason every other manufacturer has given up trying to sell premium ILCs without a built-in EVF. When will Leica figure this out?

Don't get me wrong, I think Leica products are great - I wish I could afford to indulge in a Q or SL or M10. I also think it's a well run business - they've launched some great cameras, including some which are pretty competitive (the Q) relative to "normal" brands, plus they are the only "luxury" camera brand in a world where there is a big market for luxury goods. It's just that the TL without EVF is a bit of a loser IMHO.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 17:07 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (384 comments in total)
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VBLondon: There's a reason every other manufacturer has given up trying to sell premium ILCs without a built-in EVF. When will Leica figure this out?

I take your point, but I think there's a difference. The MF Rangefinder is a tradition going back to the 1930s, and Leica MF lenses are collector's items as well as photographically excellent. So they have continued a niche market based on this great legacy.

The TL I think is different. When Leica launched their X series, the "norm" was for soap bar large sensor compacts and MILCs with no EVF (eg. all the Oly PL/PM/P whatnots). Since then the market clearly wants good quality integrated EVFs. The no-EVF models languish at the bottom of the range at under $500 (eg. Oly, Fuji). Products like the Sony RX100 and RX1 started without EVFs in their "mark 1" a few years ago and quickly moved to mark IIs with EVF.

I don't think the lack of EVF has any particular "Leica magic" to it that you can compare to their other unconventional products. I suspect it's that they can't easily engineer a really good EVF with their resources and all the other products they've been making.
(con't)

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 17:07 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (384 comments in total)

There's a reason every other manufacturer has given up trying to sell premium ILCs without a built-in EVF. When will Leica figure this out?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 09:51 UTC as 27th comment | 12 replies
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JackM: Any replacement for the X100 should be able to fit in a loose pocket like the X100 just barely does, like in cargo shorts. I'm not sure any of the MILC options do...?

I find the X100F very "flat", it's lack of depth means it fits in a coat pocket (or a slim bag) more easily than other smaller cameras which have a more pronounced bulge for the lens. Even my small LX100 is deeper and, as a result, more awkward to squeeze into a pocket. I don't think any MILC+pancake combo is that flat. Pockets are inherently flatter, not designed for boxy shapes, so a shorter narrower body (which many MILCs are) doesn't help as much if the lens and camera depth is higher.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 12:42 UTC
On article Are we impressed by Eye AF on the Sony a9? Yes and no (48 comments in total)

Interesting article thanks. Just one minor criticism. I thought this sentence was a bit lazy embedding the videos
"Though you can use this workaround to select which subject you want the camera to target, it's prone to erratically switch subjects. Here's a far faster way to select the subject to target."
You should tell the reader the basics in the prose text, in case they can't or don't want to look at the video. The text really should stand alone, with the video link supplementing. This doesn't.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 11:58 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (472 comments in total)
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Ben O Connor: All those cameras are lacking pocketability or sharper lens (1.4 0r higher!) Why limiting... and not for cheap though
(Fuji X70 is a true alternative for a while... but not forever. Even LX7 lumix has sharper lens... stop talking about sensor size l, will you?)

As an X100F first-time owner of the series, I'd say it's surprisingly outdoor coat/jacket pocketable. It's a very flat camera, so slips into large pockets or slim bags more easily than smaller cameras with more of a lens bulge. For example, my LX100 is narrower and shorter, but with the lens it's deeper, and it is just the difference between an annoying bulge that can barely fit in a large pocket, and something that fits OK. Ditto for other small MILCs even with pancake primes or compact standard kit zooms.

Even if I had the money for a Leica Q (and I would love to own one just as a great device), I think I'd trade the IQ for the portability of the X100F

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 08:41 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (879 comments in total)
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Stejo: $1300 for an aps-c compact. Sounds like a proper bargain.

I agree, it does feel like a bargain compared to the >$3000 FF compacts.

If someone made an APS-C compact with an EVF built-in and an f2 lens not wider than 35mm equivalent and as flat and compact as the X100, that was less than $1300, I'd seriously consider that.

But they don't.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 09:50 UTC
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