raztec

Lives in Canada Canada
Joined on Nov 13, 2005
About me:

Traveling and paragliding is what I used to love.
But now it's my boy.

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RubberDials: I've never seen this camera before.

Fuji just put a control wheel in the middle of the front section of the top-plate, with no grip section or anything?

And Sony get criticised for their ergonomics.

Funny, in my opinion Fuji ergonomics are the best of any camera. I have larger than average hands and find XT-20 absolutely perfect in almost every sense.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 00:23 UTC

If you don't think Adobe will not raise the price of the photographers package in the future, and keep on raising it, you are deluded.

As fewer people sign on to the subscription based model, Adobe will have no choice but to raise the monthly price to keep profits the same.

This is why it's important to never become beholden to one company.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 19:22 UTC as 75th comment | 6 replies
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Ha, I think I am the onpy Egyptian on DPReview. I get now why I shouldn't blindly believe, be moved, by everything I read on the web. Let's just say there are way more, dimensions, facts that are on real ground versus black/white web articles.

Not defending the regime, just not blindly trusting the story either. Not when a major, multinational, islamic, globally known terrorist-ranked organization is hopelessly pushing for publisizing similar stories every single day.

But I'd believe it happened, I'd also believe it not to have. Really. It's that bad of a political situation.

Wow, good find on this scam artist. When his morals are so twisted, his opinions mean rubbish.

One really needs to understand how the current president of Egypt, Sisi, is essentially a stool pigeon of the USA. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/02/el-sisi-egypt-dictator-103628

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2018 at 02:32 UTC
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Focus Shift Shooting: I think it's a mistake for DPReview to post this story.

First of all, this is Egypt. Recently a woman with medication for her Egyptian husband was taken into custody. She was in a cell with murderers and rapists, with a hole in the floor for a toilet. She had to wait months before she even saw a court. I think she's still there, waiting for the court to officially imprison her.

Secondly, this is mostly a political story. And it will reduce down to the lowest level and people have already been talking about Trump. And since that is precisely what will happen, I have to wonder why this is on a photography website.

Thirdly, that guy knew what he was doing. We really don't need to hear about the deaths and tribulations of professionals who are fully aware of the danger of their job. If a wingsuit camera operator is killed, we don't need to hear it.

This story is unnecessary and will not provide the forum community with anything good or useful; only strife and hate and division.

@davev8. Demonizing a religion is no different than a race, especially when there's over a billion people who believe in that religion. Generalizations of any sort is a common but an indolent way to understand the world we inhabit.

The reality is that religion has very little to do with violence, it is simply human nature. If you look at history, there are just as many secular wars and secular oppressive dictators as there are religious ones.

But we all need an easy solution. Hence the vilification of Islam post 911. But if you actually listened to what terrorists say and why people go to fight for ISIS and other terror organizations, you'll see that it has everything to do with how the West either supports the people who are destroying their livelihood and killing their children and bombing their countries, or is directly involved in it. It's called "blowback".

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 06:08 UTC
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raztec: I believe that the number of new users will plunge dramatically in the next decade as cell phone cameras become better and better. Most of the general consumers and travellers won't buy cameras and bother to learn about exposure, f stops and shutter speeds. Only enthusiasts and pros will. And we are the ones who will continue to upgrade our cameras and keep these guys in business. Best to start catering to us.

But even we are getting incredible images and resolution from our modern cameras and will wonder why upgrade. Size, focussing accuracy and speed, dynamic range, and low light capability are the only reasons I would upgrade.

Yes, I agree that that last 20 years has been an anomaly. There were many manufacturers in the decades before who did ok. Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Pentax, Olympus etc.

The new kids on the block: Panasonic, Fuji and Sony have obviously taken some market share, but they've also added significantly to the sales too.

I don't think it's fair to expect camera sales to continue to increase every year. I hope manufacturers realize this and don't overextend themselves and lose money in under-utilized factories etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 23:12 UTC

I believe that the number of new users will plunge dramatically in the next decade as cell phone cameras become better and better. Most of the general consumers and travellers won't buy cameras and bother to learn about exposure, f stops and shutter speeds. Only enthusiasts and pros will. And we are the ones who will continue to upgrade our cameras and keep these guys in business. Best to start catering to us.

But even we are getting incredible images and resolution from our modern cameras and will wonder why upgrade. Size, focussing accuracy and speed, dynamic range, and low light capability are the only reasons I would upgrade.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 16:55 UTC as 114th comment | 2 replies

Ok, now I'm interested!

Gonna wait to see what mirrorless Nikon releases. If it isn't even close to this beauty, it will be time to jump ship.

Cudos to Sony putting their best foot forward.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 17:14 UTC as 98th comment | 5 replies
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (460 comments in total)

I so wish I had started with Pentax and didn't have thousands of $$ tied up in lenses with other manufacturers.

This is the kind of customer service I would like to support. I really hope Pentax does well!!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 03:44 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
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FantasticMrFox: Nonono, unfair! Only the NSA may spy on all our phones, not the Chinese!

I'm not saying it's a conspiracy by some secret society. Only natural human behaviour. You work for the people who pay you or help your campaign.

But these kinds of discussions are pointless - in general, but especially on a photography sight.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 00:37 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: Nonono, unfair! Only the NSA may spy on all our phones, not the Chinese!

I'm glad you recognize that. Next time your leaders try to start a war like Iraq under false pretences perhaps you can remind them to take their meds.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 16:12 UTC
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raztec: Warnings like these are more like endorsements.

Indeed, truth often is stranger than fiction.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 00:29 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: Nonono, unfair! Only the NSA may spy on all our phones, not the Chinese!

Most politicians and spy agencies are there to protect the 1% who own them. You are seriously naive if you believe that they have one iota of concern for the common people.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:16 UTC

Warnings like these are more like endorsements.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:12 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies
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HRC2016: "We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values ... "

Hey NSA, FBI, CIA, GOP and Democrats, and Trump:
You don't share the values of us hard-working Americans.
Why should we care about your values or your words?
I'm buying a Huawei phone tonight.

How about legalized bribery, no guaranteed health care, massive tax cuts for the rich, blackmailing other countries and undermining their democracies, raining down bombs on innocent people, supporting dictators like Saudi Arabia and Duarte of Philippines, starting wars like in Iraq and killings millions under false pretences, threatening a nuclear showdown with N. Korea, serious invasion of privacy etc. etc. Get the picture?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 22:46 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (211 comments in total)

I can live with a tilting screen instead of a fully articulating one as there are very few situations when the latter prevails but the former helps reduce the size of the camera.

But no weather sealing and a downgraded EVF? That's just being cheap! It's a real shame Panny doesn't realize they just screwed themselves by dumbing down this camera. What were they thinking??

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 17:11 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies
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Rod McD: Can we please have the upgrade for the LX100? It's long overdue. We were told a year ago that it was in development...... I understand the appeal of the long zoom compact camera to many users but where's the high grade all-in-one option for the photographer who prefers a shorter range but faster zoom lens?

I don't think the LX100 sold well because it was crippled without a tilting LCD. So perhaps Panasonic gave up on that?

It's a shame when manufacturers go after the mass consumer and short term profits. But you'd think they would know better. Mass consumers don't buy cameras anymore, they just use their cell phones. It's photographers like us who buy multiple cameras and keep these guys in business.

So glad Fuji is doing well. I wish other manufacturers would follow suit.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:38 UTC

It's interesting how it seems like no one can touch the Sony RX100V. It's a huge seller at a premium price that never seems to be discounted. You'd think that other manufacturers would go after this market, but no one seems to be able to put all the features that Sony has: tilting LCD, nice EVF, fast lens etc.

I guess Sony pulled out all the stops on that one and even giants like Panasonic aren't able to get the same features into such a small size.

It's obvious Panasonic doesn't have the miniaturizing manufacturing techniques that Sony has so they've gone after the mass consumer who only want a bigger zoom. Big shame considering they were on the right track with the LX3, 5, & 7 which are still considered classic cameras and sought after for their wickedly fast lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:34 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
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Tieu Ngao: I prefer faster lens with less reach for the same compactness. For example 24-200mm f/2.8-4 would be more useful I think.

I agree.

But it seems like you either do what sony does and cater to serious photographers with the 24-70 f1.8 lens in the RX100 series, or go big on reach recognizing that most mass consumers don't know what an f stop is, but do want a bigger zoom.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:26 UTC

Cudos to Fuji. Innovative, stylish, full featured cameras and lenses with lots of manual controls.

They are racing to the top, not like other manufacturers who often race to the bottom by dumbing down their products for short term financial gain.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 02:34 UTC as 42nd comment

I don't understand why most camera manufacturers often cripple or retreat when it comes to offering features in their new cameras. I guess most consumers aren't that savvy and will just buy the latest iteration of something thinking it's the best.

With weather sealing and a better viewfinder this would have been the ideal rangefinder style m43 camera.

So happy to see Fuji doing well as they have really managed to cater to serious photographers.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 22:49 UTC as 83rd comment | 3 replies
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