Bob Janes

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Dec 27, 2001

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Seems ridiculous that US carriers are not affected: does the intel suggest that terrorists would not fly a US carrier?

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 20:35 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
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mxx: Ah, DPR giving a little help to boost the ailing Nikon's sales. Hope it helps.

@Zdman: I think most people realise that no-one is truly objective - we all bring our baggage/experience with us... I don't see anything insidious in this article, just someone saying that it can be/has potential to be a really useful tool.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 10:37 UTC
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mxx: Ah, DPR giving a little help to boost the ailing Nikon's sales. Hope it helps.

Did you not read that second-to-last paragraph of the article?

"But if you're not a Nikonian, don't fret! Almost every major consumer camera manufacturer has subject tracking in some form. Panasonic's tracking system works reliably well, in both rugby and in social situations. Sony's Eye AF feature is truly amazing. Olympus' C-AF + Tracking is fairly robust, and Canon's Dual Pixel AF is probably the best face detection and recognition system out there."

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 22:30 UTC
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Photomonkey: As a long time Canon user I have to agree their AF tracking leaves a lot to be desired.
Never has it live up to its reputation for accurate AF. Fast yes; and for the most part accurate.
But try following tennis or volleyball and you are hosed.

I would point out that Canon are investing in subject tracking technology as well - because they realise that if someone else nails it, and if they don't - the pro sport shooters might well be shooting something else...

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 22:27 UTC
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Photomonkey: As a long time Canon user I have to agree their AF tracking leaves a lot to be desired.
Never has it live up to its reputation for accurate AF. Fast yes; and for the most part accurate.
But try following tennis or volleyball and you are hosed.

But as a long-time user, you might not be using their latest stuff (or you might be, in which case I apologise for suggesting otherwise...)

But this is one reason why manufacturers (all of them) are interested in the technology - they can see the use if it works well, and if it does it is another reason you might choose to upgrade.

Technology does get better: I treated myself to a Minolta 9000AF a few years ago. Fantastically built camera, and the first pro-build AF 35mm camera, but the AF was pants, despite being state of the art... No-one would have relied on the 9000AF's AF... but only a few years on the technology had improved - and it will for subject tracking too.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 22:00 UTC
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fedway: Ironic: the title pompously states, "it should matter to you." Yet, subject tracking only really matters depending on what subjects matter to you. Some of us couldn't care less about shooting weddings, hyperactive children moving around, BIF or sports. All the bandwidth spent on the topic is because of the technical geekiness factor not necessarily due to it's over-all relevance to many people.

So really, you don't even need AF...

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 21:55 UTC

If the camera is half as good as Barney is as a writer, it is quite something...

Nice to hear of a camera that can do things that high level ILCs and smartphones cannot do.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 13:07 UTC as 105th comment

That is really quite impressive!

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 123rd comment
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DotCom Editor: The superb Minolta Diage A1 of more than a decade ago did wireless flash control with no extra hardware needed. Canon still doesn't get it.

That was optical - unfortunately with the advent of new technology the optical system (which still works) has been getting a little creaky and was showing its age.

Hopefully both systems will get supported for a while at least.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2659 comments in total)

Sounds like a great camera, and at a very good price!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 00:07 UTC as 629th comment
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (126 comments in total)

Hmmm, don't quite understand why "made in the USA" is a like....

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 01:17 UTC as 57th comment | 4 replies
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (743 comments in total)
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Bob Janes: This seems to me like a very good review, although some seem to be dissatisfied. To sum up the cons:

•Raw dynamic range...
Well yes, but better dynamic range than other Canons and they have been used rather successfully.

•Base ISO images can be noisier than the best of the competition
Noisier, but not really noisy…

•Low light performance limited...
Ok, so avoid coal-holes and ensure there is a little bit of light around.

•ISO cap of 12,800...
Maybe, but that is quite high…

•JPEGs not as sharp ...
Who buys a camera at this level for the JPGs?

•AF subject tracking...
Not the end of the world

•Mirror and shutter vibrations...
This is always going to be visible because of the extremely high resolutions.

•No spot-metering linked to AF point
Sort of thing they could sort in a firmware fix

•Limited video features...
Lord knows why no peaking, but only an issue for live view and you don’t choose an SLR for its live view…

•Slow AF in Live View...
As I said before…

What I'm saying is: While the review might not be saying that this is the best camera ever, it shows it to be a very desirable one, and one that will appeal to a large number of photographers to whom the above cons are not particularly significant, or are eclipsed by some of the pros.

Worry less about comparisons with others and more about whether this camera does what you need it to - if it doesn't, you have some very high standards.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 22:04 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (743 comments in total)

This seems to me like a very good review, although some seem to be dissatisfied. To sum up the cons:

•Raw dynamic range...
Well yes, but better dynamic range than other Canons and they have been used rather successfully.

•Base ISO images can be noisier than the best of the competition
Noisier, but not really noisy…

•Low light performance limited...
Ok, so avoid coal-holes and ensure there is a little bit of light around.

•ISO cap of 12,800...
Maybe, but that is quite high…

•JPEGs not as sharp ...
Who buys a camera at this level for the JPGs?

•AF subject tracking...
Not the end of the world

•Mirror and shutter vibrations...
This is always going to be visible because of the extremely high resolutions.

•No spot-metering linked to AF point
Sort of thing they could sort in a firmware fix

•Limited video features...
Lord knows why no peaking, but only an issue for live view and you don’t choose an SLR for its live view…

•Slow AF in Live View...
As I said before…

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 22:02 UTC as 89th comment | 7 replies
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Marty4650: Despite all the mystery there are three things we can safely predict:

1. It will be an outstanding camera. Pentax just doesn't make junk.
2. It will be perfect for Pentax K mount users who want full frame.
3. It will be very competitively priced.

However, one thing it will not do is take market share away from Canon, Nikon or Sony full frame cameras. Nikon and Canon are too firmly entrenched in the full frame market, and Sony is virtually unique having a downsized MILC product.

Could appeal to Sony a900/a850 users who won't/can't get on with an EVF...

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 16:26 UTC

This is a great shame - in order to have effective competition in the camera market we need all the players we can get: the Uk decision sounds more extensive than the German one (ie not just the NX1 but everything).

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 09:11 UTC as 110th comment | 11 replies

Just to note - any of these cameras are great - not a lot between them in practical terms.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 16:24 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)
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dr Ate: How can you recommend the Samsung NX1 in the light of recent rumors (unconfirmed) regarding the termination of production of digital cameras by Samsung?

Doesn't stop it being a great camera though, does it?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 16:12 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II added to studio test scene (209 comments in total)

The RX1rII shots look rather soft in comparison to the A7rII - looking at the hairs on the brush...

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 17:58 UTC as 75th comment
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Tungsten Nordstein: I like it. Contrived and uncontrived at the same time. Contrived in the sense of a re-enactament. A theatre that at the same time talks about the theatre of self-presentation. Uncontrived in the apparent artlessness of the staging and composition. But then even its artlessness looks paradoxically contrived which makes it doubly satisfying because there appears to be a lot of thought behind its 'banal' anti-photo-art stance.

Well done for looking for the positive..

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 08:42 UTC

Barking.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2015 at 12:00 UTC as 44th comment
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