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On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1 (171 comments in total)

These throwback pieces started out as articles and have devolved to nothing more than links to the original tests. I can actually just look at the old tests (and do) if that's what I want. It's infinitely more interesting to hear a modern technical appraisal and the author's personal use of the devices back in the day. But of course that takes effort..

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 14:52 UTC as 31st comment
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paulbysea: Interesting review. I do wonder though how often the difference in sharpness would be noticed in the real world between the Sigma and Canon/Nikon lenses? What I noticed most about the review and was irritated by was that whilst two imperial measurements were given for the weight of the lens, a metric weight wasn't. When is the USA going to enter into the 21st century and use metric measurements?

It's a fair question, but no fairer than asking how often the difference between a full-frame DSLR and a crop sensor one or m43 camera might be (un) noticed.

From my view there's not a lot of room for a less-than-stellar 24-70/2.8 lens, as presumably your using a full-frame camera for its inherent image quality and a full-frame 24-70/2.8 is going to be fairly hefty and sizable. If you can relax your IQ requirements there may be many considerably smaller and lighter alternate lens or platform choices that end up providing comparable real-world results.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 20:18 UTC
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LFPCPH: These lenses are made by Cosina in Japan who owns the brand name Voigtländer. I agree with those pointing out, that there is no "Lens manufacturer Voigtländer" and the use of the expression "Voigtländer says" is misleading.

I think it is misleading as it gives the impression that Cosina would be a position to declare this the best Voigtlander lens ever because they made them all, which of course they didn't. I don't think the statement would have near as much impact if it read 'The best Cosina lens ever!'.

But of course, that's why the bought the Voigtlander name in the first place. They didn't buy the accomplishments and intimate knowledge of the pre-Cosina Voigtlander products of their predecessors, though, and as such can't necessarily speak with authority to those products.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 22:49 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 sample gallery (180 comments in total)
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sapporodan: Even though i dislike the focal range, the lens produces beautiful images. The rendering and boheh are wonderful. no regrets buying it.

It's a prime - it has no focal length range.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 02:41 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (640 comments in total)
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Steve_: Sigma continues its long tradition of making what it wants for apparently its own reasons. I'm sure they'll sell 3 or 4 before the system is consigned to the dustbin of history.

I'm impressed with Sigma's optical progress of recent years, but have doubt that it is attributable to the choice of test gear. In any event, I would agree this camera does offer the range and flexibility of a laboratory device.

I'm not looking to critique or applaud for any particular reason; I've stated my honest opinion. I'll continue to consider Sigma lenses where they make sense, but I've already got an oscilloscope. What's hilarious is the one clear step forward to a reasonable level of refinement, the adoption of the DNG output standard, is sacked repeatedly in these comments by the Foveon faithful. That's some strong kool-aid.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 05:10 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (640 comments in total)
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Steve_: Sigma continues its long tradition of making what it wants for apparently its own reasons. I'm sure they'll sell 3 or 4 before the system is consigned to the dustbin of history.

I'm sure there's no exaggeration there. Like I said, 3 years...

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 04:07 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (640 comments in total)
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Steve_: Sigma continues its long tradition of making what it wants for apparently its own reasons. I'm sure they'll sell 3 or 4 before the system is consigned to the dustbin of history.

As I noted, it is a long tradition. Come back in three years and show me the users of this system. Sigma engineers a negative outcome by arriving at oddball solutions to their own technical, financial and strategic limitations. It's a good thing a lens is a lot simpler product to target - and that they do that well enough to finance dalliances such as this.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 03:59 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (640 comments in total)

Sigma continues its long tradition of making what it wants for apparently its own reasons. I'm sure they'll sell 3 or 4 before the system is consigned to the dustbin of history.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 03:28 UTC as 105th comment | 7 replies
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xiao fei: Regardless of how obnoxious you think the drone is, the appropriate course of action is to record it and or just go inside and call the police instead of shooting firearms into the air. If your rights are being infringed, there is a legal system for that.

The point is BS. The legal system also protects the rights of landowners. Not all properties are so small or urban as to preclude safe and lawful use of a firearm. Just the ones inhabited by the sort that think they'll fly their drone wherever they please and the worst they'll face is a police report...

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 19:14 UTC
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Pontoneer: Flying a drone is quite harmless next to discharging firearms in a residential area .

The flyer has no intention of doing harm , but the actions of the shooter are bourne out of nothing but pure malice , and at the very least the firearms licensing authority should revoke his licence and take away all his guns , with jail time likely too for endangering the public since he can't control where his projectiles end up , and the shot down drone could easily injure someone rather than landing safely .

Of course CAA regs also limit where drones can be flown with limits on height and minimum distances from people , animals and buildings , so wrong on the flyers part too .

I'm unclear how he knew this took place in a 'residential area'. People often own properties on which they do not live. And even if they live on them, the property may well be large and remote enough to afford ample opportunity to safely discharge a firearm.

I live far enough in the woods that we shoot guns all the time. And around here if you expect to invade people's privacy - regardless of the technology used or your perception of how legal your use of that technology is - you best be prepared to face (very accurate) gunfire as part of the bargain.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1195 comments in total)
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islandbob: Very steep premium price for the A6500. About a year ago I bought a second A6000 from one of the best-known online camera stores when the price was briefly dropped to $498 -- both as a backup and to minimize lens changing. I'd love to have the IBIS of the A6500 (IBIS was the main reason I went with Minolta once-upon-a-time) but not at that price.

If you insist on that criteria you preclude really good IBIS. Just because the competition sucks doesn't mean the a6500's stabilization is good.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 17:02 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1195 comments in total)
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islandbob: Very steep premium price for the A6500. About a year ago I bought a second A6000 from one of the best-known online camera stores when the price was briefly dropped to $498 -- both as a backup and to minimize lens changing. I'd love to have the IBIS of the A6500 (IBIS was the main reason I went with Minolta once-upon-a-time) but not at that price.

@FotoFrik: That's like being the best football team in Alaska.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 00:09 UTC
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kreygscott: Just had to chek mine to make sure it wasn't a fake. Thankfully it's genuine. That being said its always best to buy new and even used gear from a reputable source. If you're ever unsure where to shop B&H is your safe bet.

That said, B&H and Adorama definitely form the top tier of US camera retailers. Nobody else has their consistently leading pricing, speed, service, selection, significant non-camera inventory and buys and sells used gear. There's a vast difference between being reliable and competing with B&H.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 00:02 UTC
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mxx: I don't think I have to be afraid of Pentax lenses being counterfeited.

I often put my gear in an old Pentax bag as a theft-prevention measure.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 23:24 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1395 comments in total)
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PRohmer: Gold award?! Really? I don't even see the point of this camera at this price point.
How can this favorably compare to X-t2, X-pro2, M5 or even G85?

"$2000 for Made In China? Fujifilms are APC, and are Made In Japan plus better optics to choose from."

I agree the pricing for this model is stiff and have encountered a disappointing build issue with an Olympus camera.

But faulting m43's lens selection just hurts your overall credibility. The selection is very broad, and there are extremely high-quality options available of every lens type (excepting tilt/shift). This is the reason that m43 competes as well as it does with larger formats - the lenses are extremely good.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 01:18 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1395 comments in total)
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Jon Schick: I really struggle with the price.

Currently the Pentax K-1 costs less than the E-M1 in the UK, and kills it for photo quality. The Fuji XT2 is a compelling buy for less than the E-M1 and also offers better image quality (and good video which is not a Pentax strength).

So if I wanted (and could afford) to spend that kind of money on a weatherproof camera for stills photography, unless the difference in size was a big issue (and the K-1 isn't too much of a beast anyway) I know what I'd buy - the Pentax. If size and/or video were more important then it would be the Fuji.

The E-M1 mark ii looks like a very capable machine and good upgrade from the original (which I really liked) but I think the price is very ambitious given that ultimately its image quality can't compete with the best of the competition (some of which is considerably cheaper).

Well, one could always buy a original E-M1, E-M5II or Pen-F if price is really the sticking point. You get what is essentially the same IQ for a lot less money if the features of the E-M1II are not compelling to you.

If outright IQ is the sticking point, no, a 13x17mm sensor cannot compete with a 24x36mm sensor. This should be apparent from the outset, regardless of pricing or features.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 01:02 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1395 comments in total)
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s.seng: Is this a paid advert? When did they excel in build quality? Many owner of OM1 every moaning about things failing off or breaking repeatedly which is lot higher than other brands.

If you owned an E-M1 instead of pretending it's still 2003 you'd now that the E-M1, although a tough camera at heart, suffers from consistent and predictable rear control dial failures that require factory repair and that the strap lugs can pull completely free of the body. You may well be able to drive nails with the body, but often all it takes is moderately heavy use for the rear control dial to fail. And it may fail after being repaired. Twice.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 14:01 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1395 comments in total)
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s.seng: Is this a paid advert? When did they excel in build quality? Many owner of OM1 every moaning about things failing off or breaking repeatedly which is lot higher than other brands.

Strap lug failures do occur (on the E-M5 as well), but they are very rare compared to the (very common) rear control dial failure syndrome. If you don't know this much about the E-M1, perhaps it would be a good idea to qualify the review statement to read something like "build quality is apparently high". Many of us E-M1 users are holding our breath to see if these very bothersome issues have been addressed in the E-M1II.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 22:01 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1395 comments in total)
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CortoPA: Whats the warranty on the shutter? (Actuations)

I do not believe there is such a warranty. You get a year, regardless of the shutter count.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
On article YI M1 Sample Gallery (137 comments in total)

While it's interesting to see the output with the supplied lenses, it's also hard to draw conclusions about the camera body with them fitted. A few additional shots with something tasty like the 12-35/2.8 Panasonic would really add usefulness to the set.

And I know the 12-35 isn't cheap, but I would expect the potential buyers for this product would fall into two groups - those new to interchangeable lens cameras and those with a bunch of m43 gear.

If the former buy the camera they will get the kit lenses to keep the purchase price low, but if they stick with it they will at some point wonder how much image quality they could pick up with a better lens (and certainly post asking exactly that on the m43 form here).

Those with m43 collections have plenty of good lenses and need to know if the body is worth messing with.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 12:09 UTC as 9th comment
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