jhinkey

jhinkey

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Has a website at www.hinkey.zenfolio.com
Joined on Dec 27, 2005

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It's not super expensive, it's heavy and it's big, but if it's great wide open then the 2nd two can be somewhat overlooked. Time and reviews will tell.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 18:59 UTC as 17th comment

Looks interesting. It's going to be all about how good it is wide open as well as the ghosting/flare performance.

Native E mount version?

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 23:46 UTC as 32nd comment
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Tugela: Curiously, if these are manual lenses, why do they have electronic contacts on the mounts in the pictures?

So the camera knows what lens is on it and perhaps even the focus distance. For the Canon there would be aperture control and for the Nikon the body knows what lens it is (focal length) and maximum aperture. Plus a lens profile can be automatically applied in post processing if the lens information is stored in the file. Lots of good reasons.

I myself own two manual focus Nikon lenses that have original CPUs attached - they are called "AI-P" lenses. I wish Nikon had made more of them.

IBIS on some bodies needs to know the focal length too so it can work properly.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 23:43 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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sixscrews: I have used the GX7 and GX8 and find the GX8 a clear winner over the '7 - the size is not a problem for me as I like the larger 'feel' of the body. I spend three weeks in Europe in the fall of 2015 and shot ~5k frames with my GX8 - lovely images.

I also like the compatibility with the wide range of Lumix lenses - one of my favorites is the G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH - incredible landscape lens, tack-sharp to the edges with the GX8.

I also own a Nikon D800e - and it has spent a lot more time in the case than the Lumix GX8.

You imply that your GX7 was not compatible with all the Lumix lenses?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)

Yesterday I handled a GX8 with the 42.5/1.2 attached (one of my favorite all time lenses) and it immediately felt as though someone took my GX7 and simply scaled it up without moving the buttons back to where they should be.
I have average hands and it felt like many of the buttons were much harder to reach with my thumb and index fingers whereas on the GX7 they were in the right place.

On the plus side it was definitely easier to hold on to and the EVF seemed fantastic.

They really need to slim this back down to the GX7 size and provide an optional grip if one needs at bigger body to hold on to. Putting the small flash back on the body would be a plus too as that comes in handy every once in a while.

Still no full time IBIS when trying to manually focus non-OIS lenses - they really should include this with a firmware update.

Will wait for the GX9 before upgrading.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 20:44 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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jhinkey: I'm pretty sure the GX7 has an electronic shutter too . . .

Specifically what are you referring to? And does the GX8 have better image quality than the GX7 when using its electronic shutter?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 20:44 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)

I'm pretty sure the GX7 has an electronic shutter too . . .

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 17:34 UTC as 122nd comment | 3 replies
On article UPDATED: Sony a6300 real-world samples (352 comments in total)

Mailbox Peak - You gotta really want to get up there and a small light weight camera is ideal for such a steep hike, especially the last bit in the snow.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 23:55 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

Now I can finally do that macro series on arc welding and not burn out my sensor . . .
but seriously, this can come in handy if you want to do long exposures in bright light and your ISO doesn't go all the way down to 10 on your camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 20:15 UTC as 18th comment

I was hoping for a competitor to the Pany LX100 - give me an EVF Nikon!

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 19:18 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
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jhinkey: Hmmm . . . a quick look through the 300mm and 400mm shots leads me to believe that this is not going to be a great lens at those focal lengths.
It appears that it has low contrast and not the best of resolving power.
Final judgement when some tripod shots come out, but it's looking like it's just an OK super tele lens.

Maybe the final production copies will be better . . .

Most images don't seem to show motion blur to me, but we'll have to wait and see. Plus some off-center sharpness issues could be due to the OIS doing its thing.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 23:26 UTC
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jhinkey: Hmmm . . . a quick look through the 300mm and 400mm shots leads me to believe that this is not going to be a great lens at those focal lengths.
It appears that it has low contrast and not the best of resolving power.
Final judgement when some tripod shots come out, but it's looking like it's just an OK super tele lens.

Maybe the final production copies will be better . . .

I just processed a few ORF files and they are certainly better than the .jpg files - still some more than usual sharpening is required to get these to look sharp.

Also, some of the long distance shots show that even at f/8 the edges fall off a bit in sharpness.

Like I said above, it still appears to not be a great lens, but just a good one.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 22:22 UTC

Hmmm . . . a quick look through the 300mm and 400mm shots leads me to believe that this is not going to be a great lens at those focal lengths.
It appears that it has low contrast and not the best of resolving power.
Final judgement when some tripod shots come out, but it's looking like it's just an OK super tele lens.

Maybe the final production copies will be better . . .

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 22:14 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies

Someday when I strike it rich . . . .

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:26 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (218 comments in total)

Oh man, next time you are out on the top of Mt. Si let me know!
If you need a back-country/mountain top camera/lens tester I'd be happy to oblige . . .

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:24 UTC as 36th comment
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
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eazizisaid: Another Olympus article ? Come on guys ;)

As opposed to talking about what else?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
In reply to:

Twong: I don't find it to be attractive at all. I actually find it to cumbersome and pretentious. I don't want a camera to attract attention - whether they are good or bad.

Cameras this size themselves don't attract attention (not nearly like a D5 or equiv.), but rather it's the lens on the front and how the photographer is shooting plus what photo bling he/she are wearing (big camera strap that has NIKON or Olympus, etc. on it . . .). From afar, there's no difference between this Oly Pen F and a Panny GX8 (of the same color at least).
I personally like a lot of external controls/dials which de-facto makes a camera body sort of look like this. I could totally do without the front dial (unless it can be re-purposed to be useful).

Now Pany needs to come out with their equivalent (maybe that's what the GX8 is supposed to be, but I don't think so).

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 16:22 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (116 comments in total)
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martin001: Once they brought something innovative and reasonably priced. there was often bad customer support, but for starting product it was not shocking.
Then they focused on marketing, didn't improve support a bit (at least from outside), and products experienced very slow upgrades.
Market got oversaturated, prices went up, cheap competition went in, and in 2016 we still have 1/2.3" sensors that produce crappy pics/video if sun is not shining, in a world where cell phones had APS-C sensors for years and generally produce better output.
Sorry for the employees, but inevitable. I hope they will once again put money in innovation and bring something BIG for reasonable cash.

Cell phones with APS-C image sensors for years? Which ones were those?

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 22:12 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Prince of the Night (85 comments in total)

I've stood in that exact same place 15 years ago and wished I had the right gear (film) to take the same kind of shot. Nice, very nice.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 19:44 UTC as 23rd comment

Certainly an example of when you might want to use the add-on grip with the A7RII!

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 15:56 UTC as 71st comment
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