GlobalGuyUSA

Lives in United States Los Angeles, United States
Works as a International Trade
Joined on Jun 24, 2007
About me:

My business is marketing international trade, not photography. My hobbies are primarily graphic art and then photography. Take comments with a grain of salt. I'll learn as much from you as I hope to share with others.

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The only questions that people need to consider are:

1.) Is it better than the competition's offerings? If so, how is this better?

2.) And if not better in any way, then is it at similar & cheaper?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 05:35 UTC as 7th comment
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Rosember: Well, Samsung took the risk of innovation with the NX1, and we all know how it ended up (yes, I know: lack of a system etc.).
I'd love to see any manufacturer taking risks. But who dominates the market? - Canon with its rather boring cameras. And maybe that is just because 1,000 US$ is too much to risk for the average once in a decade buyer to take any risks. Canon is the safe bet for many customers.
It is frustrating ...

Almost all technology companies, which give into "maintenance mode" (having risen in sales and then plateaued as a chief leader) ultimately crash and burn, or stagnate (which investors AND brand users both equally HATE) -- UNLESS they constantly innovate. You won't see Google sit their butts still the way Microsoft did, Google is constantly coming out with new products that add real value to peoples lives or has the potential to do so (from driverless cars to AI to quantum computing to Maps to email to ads, etc). And Apple is constantly doing stupid things with big ramifications, because it moves the market in their favor (not necessarily because anyone wanted it), the market adapts, and this forced change becomes a creative process that brings about something else (like killing headphone jacks might change the music industry's product lines).

Canon & Nikon CANNOT just maintain. They will in fact die if they do that. The M5 and Nikon 1 products should be wonderful, not just good.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:52 UTC
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Najinsky: Don't worry, I'm sure you'll recover, GAS can be a very uncomfortable condition, but it passes.

With all the jumping around, it's hard to pinpoint what you are actually disappointed in. I think I've narrowed it down to:

It has direct control dials and comfortable grip.
It uses a 24MP dual pixel sensor.
It has a built in high resolution EVF.
It has an articulating rear screen.
It has a built in flash.
It takes photos.
It can take and transfer them wirelessly.
A guy in a suit spoke a few years ago about something that didn't happen.
It doesn't have 4K video.
It doesn't have a built in toaster, or mind control, or something.
Samsung took away your NX1.

Personally, I like a lightweight camera that just lets me get on with capturing without it getting in the way. Well placed direct control dials and a comfortable grip are a great starting point for an enjoyable shooting experience.

M5 may not be a swiss army opto-electronic device like Sony, but it does seem to be a very nice camera.

If it had an Apple logo, it would be REVOLUTIONARY! haha

Good response to see the bright side -- but in all fairness, this camera isn't going to be reviewed in a vacuum. Its going to be directly compared to everything else on the market. Being "good" isn't good enough (as ironic as that might sound). It has to be the "best" (of the others) at... something. Sadly for Canon and Nikon (*crickets chirping*), only iPhones get that kind of a free pass. But at least an only-good camera is better than NO mirrorless camera (*looking at you Nikon*).

I'm not following close enough to tell you what the M5 is "best" at. But it sure isn't entirely clear by the marketing. If the M5 is "BEST" at something (anything??) then it should have a welcome place in the camera world. So what is that "best" thing???

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:45 UTC
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paulbysea: Some people are never satisfied. This site seems to take pleasure in complaining about everything. Sure I know a review site needs to be critical but it needs to be balanced and yet again we have another unbalanced article. It is a sad state of affairs when companies press releases give a more balanced view than a publications editorial content.

If only it was more like the "iPhone 7," it would have rave reviews -- maybe even be a "DSLR-killer," lol, jk!

Seriously, though, the article IS balanced. But kudos to Canon for at least continuing to develop their system (*COUGH* Nikon.. *COUGH* where are you!?!?). I don't know what is the justification for not having 4K video these days, but, then again, most people AREN'T actually using 4K video (even if they record in it), and most people can't even tell the difference on their monitors, with nearly all of them being HD, not 4K -- so hey.. maybe Canon actually does know the real market, after-all, and its really niche specialists who are all antsy about it, as they try to gear-up ahead of the curve.

Anyway, people are going to want what they want. We can only hope that if Nikon actually gets back in the ring with Mirrorless, it tries to outdo the moderate level bar set by Canon. NEITHER is aspiring to the top, which is, frankly, ridiculous of them given their former statuses.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:37 UTC
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evilmagicnut: No new information. Can't anyone tell me how much of the sensor the 4k video uses?

I feel like this would be better resolved with a, "Thanks for your feedback" and moving on.

But yes, the article reads like an ad, has absolutely no useful information in any context, and is not why I come to DPReview. If this kind of article is why the vast majority of your readers come to DPReview, then fine. Glad to hear it. You must know them better than me.

Regards,

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 22:40 UTC
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evilmagicnut: No new information. Can't anyone tell me how much of the sensor the 4k video uses?

Wrong choice of words & I apologize for it.

But DPReview is "Digital Photography Review". Please remember that whether your intention or not, visitors see this site as a place to get Photo News (releases), OBJECTIVE REVIEWS (in context of other in-market offerings), and as a chat forum (for opinions). As a regular post - as just another guy's opinion - in the "Apple" or "Cellphone" Forum, this article would have been perfect. But not headlining the site or posing as a quasi-review. It belongs hidden in the "Apple" or "Cellphone" forums. Here, it diminishes your brand, because your brand is premised on you providing objective detailed reviews, with direct comparisons to other in-market products. There is a reason why your objective camera reviews get LOTS of love, but this one gets tomatoes thrown.

This site has EARNED its good-will in the community - good job - but the Editor should know that readers want objective reviews with specs and direct comparisons, not "Top 7" fluff lists.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
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evilmagicnut: No new information. Can't anyone tell me how much of the sensor the 4k video uses?

P.S. I agree that Cellphones have dramatically impacted photography, and that Apple and Samsung have impacted the industry the MOST, so that it is in fact relevant. The characterization of Samsung and Apple as some of the world's largest, if not largest, Camera Companies, is now very, very legitimate. Discussions do belong here. But please don't use kid's gloves. Do some serious analysis & actually compare the "camera" (iPhone/Galaxy phone) to other cameras in its league (point and shoots and mirrorless). That's why we are here. You write that article, it makes sense to us -- and we are interested. But fluff is fluff and is de facto advertising the puffier it is, even if unpaid. That's not wrong, its actually FUN -- on Apple forums, not on Camera forums. I want to know how this camera compares to other cameras under a wide variety of conditions. Answer this: Is it WORTH it to leave my Mirrorless at home -- or NOT? I don't want fluff. Just my two cents.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 08:00 UTC
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evilmagicnut: No new information. Can't anyone tell me how much of the sensor the 4k video uses?

Hi Scott, I'm not saying that it was Paid Marketing -- just that it was a marketing article, and an advertisement the way that it was written. I'll qualify that and explain what I mean with a common example that is instantaneously understandable: I LOVE the Nikon 300/4 VR. I have written post after post about this lens, the 20/1.8, and now also the 105/1.4. Am I being PAID by Nikon? No. But am I ADVERTISING for them -- absolutely, 100%, and you and DPReview -- but especially Amazon -- understand that completely. Its not wrong. Its not evil. Its not something to be criticized. But there is room to point out when an article isn't objective -- when there is an obvious bias or slant and skew to the article which disproportionately puts it out of synch with any reasonable review or comparison or context, and veers too far into fluff and puffery. If this was an article about somethign that I loved, I probably wouldn't even notice. Hell, its something I might have written myself.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 07:51 UTC
On article Samyang goes Premium with MF lens range (58 comments in total)

Just curious -- I heard they won't offer the 85/1.2 for Nikon and other brands that can't accept f/1.2. But I just wonder why not? Even if it had to be used at f/1.4, it probably would only help critical sharpness, being stopped down slightly.

If they don't have to worry about a critical sharpness at f/1.2, it should make it easier to produce -- and achieve greater efficiency of scale in production. I can imagine many Nikon customers buying it as an 85/1.4 alternative, assuming the price is reasonable enough (still unknown), and if it surpasses certain aspects of the 85/1.8 (which will be a tough lens to beat, but you never know). We still know nothing about how these lenses will actually render, but if they are anywhere near Zeiss-like (and some Samyangs are getting there), then it could be a missed opportunity to not just rebrand it as f/1.4 for non-f/1.2-viable mounts.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 03:40 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens (142 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: It's kind of baffling to read all the sarcasm-filled and hateful comments. Obviously, it was a challenge project from the beginning and it's not about competing with real commercial cameras. Such projects aren't about "perfection" or "quality", they are about exploring the possibilities of what can be done using very limited and unconventional means.

The dude has PRINTED a working camera. Lens included! It's amazing! Of course it has horrible image quality, it's to be expected - no one has ever done this before. Yet here they are, snarky bitter, sarcasm-filled comments, that somehow get up-voted.

Jesus christ, people, how much more sad can you get? Can you even feel joy or excitement for anything anymore or is arguing on the internet has sucked out the last bits of your soul?

Not to mention that this will inspire a new generation to create in a new and innovative way -- picking up his project, adding to it. Someone will find a fantastic method of making printed lenses and a machine to polish them at some point. They might never be industrial NASA grade, but they will be usable. And the key point is that people are making things (especially young people). When factories went "overseas" for many 1st world countries the first thing they lost was not jobs, but, rather, hands-on-experience. Once of the reasons China is blazing ahead in patents is because their people now have the hands-on-experience that Europeans and Americans once had. Experience breeds ideas and ideas breed innovation and innovation drives industry. No one knows where 3D printing is going for the most appropriate activities. But its going to be very important.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 03:32 UTC
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evilmagicnut: No new information. Can't anyone tell me how much of the sensor the 4k video uses?

This was a marketing hit article.

I think if it was even remotely not an advertisement -- it would have compared features with the next gen cameras of other cellphone companies, and comparable alternatives in Mirrorless or small formats.

The iPhone might still have had advantages. But it would have been worth the read, instead of just an advertising attack. I wonder if Apple wrote this themselves and DP just signed off on it?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 01:51 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)
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ksrk: Just saw the video capabilities for iPhone 7 listed here https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58304763

What's surprising is how much you have to move up in the DSLR world to get the same features.

•4K video recording at 30 fps ( D5/D500/1DXMK2)
•1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps ( 60 fps - D750,D7200,D5500, EOS 80D)
•720p HD video recording at 30 fps
•Optical image stabilization for video
•Optical zoom at 2x; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 7 Plus only)
•Quad-LED True Tone flash
•Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps (none)
•Time‑lapse video with stabilization (built in intervalometer EOS 80D,7D MK2, D5500 onwards, images need to be stitched together in post)
•Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
•Continuous autofocus video
•Body and face detection
•Noise reduction
•Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video (D5,D500, 1DXMK2)
•Playback zoom
•Video geotagging (none)

Actually, I'm quite happy Samsung and Apple are applying this pressure (among others), because it pushes the industry. However, I think DSLR manufacturers know they have a captured audience (at least for now), and are more concerned about Mirrorless. I have been saying 5 years now that if Samsung & Apple teamed up to make a DSLR, it would KILL EVERYTHING in the market. Samsung needs Apple's name. And Apple needs Samsungs technology. The problem of course, is that these companies are run by idiots. Apple would probably simplify it worse than a Nikon 1, and neither of them are smart enough to co-brand as a powerhouse force to be reckoned with. Samsung was just starting to be like Sony, but didn't have the will power to keep pushing the way Sony has. Imagine if Samsung had Apple's courage & brandpower, and imagine if Apple had Samsung's technology & capability (in DSLR). They could easily match Sony & beat them in quality, sales & innovations.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 19:16 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)
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ksrk: Just saw the video capabilities for iPhone 7 listed here https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58304763

What's surprising is how much you have to move up in the DSLR world to get the same features.

•4K video recording at 30 fps ( D5/D500/1DXMK2)
•1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps ( 60 fps - D750,D7200,D5500, EOS 80D)
•720p HD video recording at 30 fps
•Optical image stabilization for video
•Optical zoom at 2x; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 7 Plus only)
•Quad-LED True Tone flash
•Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps (none)
•Time‑lapse video with stabilization (built in intervalometer EOS 80D,7D MK2, D5500 onwards, images need to be stitched together in post)
•Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
•Continuous autofocus video
•Body and face detection
•Noise reduction
•Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video (D5,D500, 1DXMK2)
•Playback zoom
•Video geotagging (none)

Why would that be surprising? Its much, much harder to design these things into Full Frame or Medium Format sensors -- for example -- than it is to design it in junk sensors like the iPhone's. And let's keep in mind that the iPhone is a U$750 dollar device, where the phone part is already sorted, and really they are just working on the software (other companies working on hardware). Considering that something like a Nikon D5500 is an excellent crop camera, but still isn't $750, and no where near has the scale of production as iPhones, you can see how Apple has plenty of money to invest in making it work. Getting those large sensors to work properly (for photography) AND video at the same time, in Full frame and Medium Format, is very difficult. Its difficult enough in Cropped bodies (while preserving things like low-light ability and DR, color, etc). The iPhone seems to really depend on its Flash for photography & any condition other than ideal is hit or miss.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 17:40 UTC
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GlobalGuyUSA: "Canon has announced four new inkjet home printers that it claims are much better looking than its previous models........."

LOL... I think that's what Trump says about every new wife of his!

You guys are taking this way too seriously, haha. Anyway, I'll bite. If its a serious discussion, then at least we can say that Hillary is loyal. I mean, I don't know what that means to anyone else, but its better than being disloyal. Considering Trump hangs around with some of the creepiest people on the planet (I mean, his advisers -- former advisers of pro-Russian Ukrainian dictators; Roger Ailes sex offender; etc, etc), and he couldn't honor a promise to any of his wives, let alone to any of his business partners he always bankrupts (or flat out cheats and steals from); I would say that its insane to compare Hillary to him (in terms of loyalty). Trump is the least loyal person who exists on Earth, except to the degree he is willing to automatically issue verbal praise to anyone who has praised him. Its very bizarre actually. Hillary, for her part, definitely has trust issues (probably due to Bill), over-protective in the media, hiding emails, etc.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 01:53 UTC
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GlobalGuyUSA: "Canon has announced four new inkjet home printers that it claims are much better looking than its previous models........."

LOL... I think that's what Trump says about every new wife of his!

Well, that's the point, isn't it Junk1? She became a model -- traveled to the US, worked what appears to be illegally, with an agency that appears to have specifically catered to multi-millionaire sugar daddies, specifically to meet rich men. She found one. Trump forgot about his other wives. And the rest is history. :-P Same process as buying a grey market lens on eBay. :-D

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
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GlobalGuyUSA: "Canon has announced four new inkjet home printers that it claims are much better looking than its previous models........."

LOL... I think that's what Trump says about every new wife of his!

Sorry, my joke must have been over your head. Its because... Trump married... "models." And he kept swapping them out for "better looking versions". Do you honestly think Bill could make that claim? His printers looked... terrible. :-D Oh, nevermind. Just, please tell me the reason you responded with a comment about Bill wasn't because you took the joke seriously?

Anyway, that's okay. I don't blame any Trump supporter for not being able to tell the difference between a terrible political joke.... and their terrible political candidate. Just kidding. These are the jokes, folks. :-D

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 02:42 UTC
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Cameracist: All product photos done by Hasselblad H5D-200MS (EXIF).
Guess the Sigma sd Quattro H + Sigma macro lens is not up to the job...
:-D

They weren't making movies... they were making stills. What do you expect?

Now.. if it was a cinematic movie introduction, that would be embarrassing. :-D

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 09:15 UTC
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Vobluda: Company without full address and VAT number on its www claiming that is Swiss is a joke.

I think the word you meant to use was "marketing." "Is marketing."

The irony is that Samsung, LG, Samyang, not to mention Hyori, and whatever crazy dramas are on Netflix, have been so popular these days, that they could have said "Made in Korea" and it would have been understood as nearly reliable as Swiss, and at least as enjoyable, if not moreso. Frankly speaking, I don't even know what the Swiss make anymore. Cheese and.. pocket knives, I guess..? They really should design a set of Cheese knives some day. Sorta round out that offering. No. Wait. Watches. Almost forgot watches. You know, since.. no one wears watches any more.. yeeeah. Right. Forget the watches. Moving right along!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 08:28 UTC
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Suave: Should we expect the Firefly version to have life expectancy of 2 years?

Oh captain, my captain..!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 08:19 UTC

"Canon has announced four new inkjet home printers that it claims are much better looking than its previous models........."

LOL... I think that's what Trump says about every new wife of his!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 08:15 UTC as 9th comment | 9 replies
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