FrancoD

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On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (206 comments in total)
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ARShutterbug: The problem with Eye Control Focus is the assumption that the photographer is looking at what he wants to be in-focus, but that is often not the case, particularly when the scene is changing rapidly and the camera is being swung during panning or there is an offset between the object and the nearest auto-focus point.

That was the exact problem with the idea. It worked for some but did not for others because they used the cameras in a different way or simply a different type of photography.
The peculiar part was that you could turn the Eye Control off and use it just like the rest...

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 08:52 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (134 comments in total)
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neo_nights: How come this TBT is not about the Sony A9?
Hahahahaha!

Just teasing you, guys. Actually I don't feel bothered about the amount of attention the A9's been getting. I'm just trolling those who DO feel bothered about it!
:p

(BTW, this Minolta camera is very similar to the Sony T series)

The Minolta X series is where the Sony T cameras originated from.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 23:14 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)
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capeminiol: There's Light at the end of the tunnel.

or maybe there is a tunnel to the end of Light.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 10:16 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Olympus C-2100UZ (123 comments in total)
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vscd: There were indeed alternatives. I bought my Sony TRV-30E around that time and aside from beeing a DV-cam it was also able to take 1.5MP pictures on Memory Stick. The best thing on the Sony was that the lens was an 40-400mm f1.8 Zeiss Vario Sonnar.

The DV Video-Quality was very good and also the lens, but the still-photos were somehow less sharp and looked liked oversampled pictures from the DV-Stream. Anyhow, Sony, back then was technologywise ahead but offended the customer in many ways. Same today. ;)

Do you really think they print Carl Zeiss on Cosina made lenses ?
BTW, with Sony there is a difference between Carl Zeiss and Carl Zeiss T*
The T* are made pretty much along the lines of the Cosina made ones.
Now, do your own research....

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 06:19 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Olympus C-2100UZ (123 comments in total)
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vscd: There were indeed alternatives. I bought my Sony TRV-30E around that time and aside from beeing a DV-cam it was also able to take 1.5MP pictures on Memory Stick. The best thing on the Sony was that the lens was an 40-400mm f1.8 Zeiss Vario Sonnar.

The DV Video-Quality was very good and also the lens, but the still-photos were somehow less sharp and looked liked oversampled pictures from the DV-Stream. Anyhow, Sony, back then was technologywise ahead but offended the customer in many ways. Same today. ;)

It isn't a secret that Tamron has made many lenses for Sony. Mind you they also have made some for Nikon too.
(Sony still has shares in Tamron, not as many has they used to a few years ago)
BTW, I used to be in the industry and have spoken many times with Sony product managers and the like.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 22:30 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Olympus C-2100UZ (123 comments in total)
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vscd: There were indeed alternatives. I bought my Sony TRV-30E around that time and aside from beeing a DV-cam it was also able to take 1.5MP pictures on Memory Stick. The best thing on the Sony was that the lens was an 40-400mm f1.8 Zeiss Vario Sonnar.

The DV Video-Quality was very good and also the lens, but the still-photos were somehow less sharp and looked liked oversampled pictures from the DV-Stream. Anyhow, Sony, back then was technologywise ahead but offended the customer in many ways. Same today. ;)

That is not what I wrote, no need to put words in my mouth.
I'll give you a hint : Panasonic have made a lot of lenses that have the Leica name on them. Does that mean that every Panasonic lens has the Leica brand on them ?
BTW, many Tamron has made many lenses for Sony (for video,compact and DSLR/SLT), most of them don't have the Zeiss brand on them.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 08:51 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Olympus C-2100UZ (123 comments in total)
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vscd: There were indeed alternatives. I bought my Sony TRV-30E around that time and aside from beeing a DV-cam it was also able to take 1.5MP pictures on Memory Stick. The best thing on the Sony was that the lens was an 40-400mm f1.8 Zeiss Vario Sonnar.

The DV Video-Quality was very good and also the lens, but the still-photos were somehow less sharp and looked liked oversampled pictures from the DV-Stream. Anyhow, Sony, back then was technologywise ahead but offended the customer in many ways. Same today. ;)

You may want to do some research on that..
but no, that is not what I wrote.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 08:42 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Olympus C-2100UZ (123 comments in total)
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vscd: There were indeed alternatives. I bought my Sony TRV-30E around that time and aside from beeing a DV-cam it was also able to take 1.5MP pictures on Memory Stick. The best thing on the Sony was that the lens was an 40-400mm f1.8 Zeiss Vario Sonnar.

The DV Video-Quality was very good and also the lens, but the still-photos were somehow less sharp and looked liked oversampled pictures from the DV-Stream. Anyhow, Sony, back then was technologywise ahead but offended the customer in many ways. Same today. ;)

That lens was made by Tamron .

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 22:08 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Olympus C-2100UZ (123 comments in total)
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dezinerd: Was a great camera, I was relentless expecting more than it could give. It was sensitive to IR and the stabilized lens made handheld IR possible but not practical, but it was so new and fun to experiment. The lens is tack sharp, stabilization works well and it really shows its initial purchase price was value based. Used SM cards which were pricey. The lens was reported to be made by Canon? Not sure if that were true. I photographed an outdoor party with it a few years ago and it did a great job. The big zoom allowed great head shots with out being intrusive. Ironically its original AA batteries which I continued to use for powering flashes just gave up the ghost. They are from 2001. So nothing was skimped on by Oly and it is still functional. I thought it to be a perfect web cam in the dial up time period.

Lens sharing was pretty common those days. In fact most digital cameras where made in only a few factories (about half by Sanyo) using the same parts to make the final products for different brands. One of the most shared lenses was the one in the Canon G!, used by Sony,Panasonic,Leica,Epson,Casio that I can remember...

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 22:06 UTC
On article OPPO 5x smartphone zoom system sample images (50 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: I'm really shocked they haven't combined this form factor with a smartphone:

https://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dsctx20

This is nothing new at all.

Yes "simulate optical zoom".
Idon't understand why the review here like the rest keeps calling a twin lens system "zoom"

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 21:58 UTC
On article Yongnuo YN 85mm F1.8 lens now available (251 comments in total)
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krassphoto: Come on, Yongnuo, give us a YN 5D MkIV for, like, 500 bucks, what the heck!

I think that a DSLR like the 5D is a little bit more complex to make than an 85mm lens.
Particularly when you can't just make a copy...

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 23:42 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (203 comments in total)
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EwanMC: Impressive image quality for a prosumer camera ... until the Sony DSC-R1 came along a few years later.

The Sony H and T cameras originated with Minolta so not all that surprising that there are similarities/

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 09:14 UTC
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coldcut: Wow, interesting stuff! If it wasnt for the war, Jaeger-Lecoultre might had continued making cameras, who knows?
Apparently the compass camera has a Kern lens, another great swiss company that has made lenses for the cine industry for a long time (Bolex-Paillard and others).

I wonder what the price was in 1937?

£30 in 1937, about $2300 USD now.
http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk/site/entry_C12.html

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 10:46 UTC
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Sugarsnapphotos: price is now $1999.00, pretty sweet though.

They could just as well buy a Voigtländer Bessa..
And how much is that Bessa ?

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 22:40 UTC
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Cameracist: Wonder how it works on Sony a7...

"Because none of the A7 bodies have a sensor with a curved microlens array, whereas all of the Leica digital M bodies do.
It's real simple. And it's real obvious if you know anything Leica Ms or the SL."

That is the theory but in practice you don't know and neither do I.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
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Mike FL: I'm not sure "four elements in four groups" is good enough for this kind of FL.

Rokinon 10mm for sub-frame lens has 14 elements for example.

I see , the 10mm for the NX.
Dead now but some are still available on Amazon.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 04:13 UTC
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Cameracist: Wonder how it works on Sony a7...

how do you know ?

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
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Mike FL: I'm not sure "four elements in four groups" is good enough for this kind of FL.

Rokinon 10mm for sub-frame lens has 14 elements for example.

Samsung ?
Did you mean Samyang ?

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
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PhotoKhan: So, a re-branded, hop-on version of a model of the actual innovative leaders in digital imaging makes the parasitic-brand the "pioneers"?

Is it some kind of tea Apple regularly sends you, tech-writers, in white flasks with a black apple logo? Do you have keep ingesting it weekly so the effects does not wear off?

funny thing is that the camera was in fact made by Chinon not Kodak.
Chinon was the manufacturer for the Kodak digital cameras. It became a fully Kodak owned company .

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 20:53 UTC
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Danny: My first digital cam. In the highest quality setting it could fit 1 image on a floppy.
It had a 1.4 lens if I'm correct.

1.4 was the size of the floppy disk (1.4 MB) the camera probably had an F2 lens (FD 5/51)

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 22:03 UTC
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