FrancoD

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onepointfour: There is a frame in the video where the model is holding something very thin, with a lens sticking out from it.

So the predictions of a phone-based add on module may be right.

That strange camera is still a mobile phone with the WA lens you see in their Our Glory page
https://www.yashica.com/ourglory

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 02:19 UTC
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Josh Leavitt: Maybe a true digital rangefinder sporting the Leica M mount with a Sony full-frame sensor at an MSRP of $1499? That would be nice.

Why Epsom...
because ,after having Cosina make three different versions , due to low sales it gave up.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (291 comments in total)

There is no mystery at all. They are advertising the clip on wide/macro lens for phones. The ad is simply a reminder of the brand. Not that it has anything at all to do with this lens.

https://www.yashica.com/ourglory

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 10:47 UTC as 37th comment
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1Dx4me: what is the purpose of this old news? my canon 40D is on one the shelves in my den and collecting dust, why would that be news?

It is part of the series : Throwback Thursday.
Does that explain it to you ?

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 00:30 UTC
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Michael1000: Another "out of date camera the day it's released" from Canon. When your cell phone has better video specs, including 4K video, than a dedicated "camera", it time to just use your cell phone. Cell phones are passing them right by.

have you seen a side by side comparison between this Canon's HD and the phone 4K?
4k does not say anything about the quality of the image , if it did you would not have 4k panels of the same size selling for 10x the cost of a base model.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 23:30 UTC
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circa2000: I'm holding my breath to seeing your detailed review, DPReview team!

are you in training for freediving ?

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 23:53 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (252 comments in total)
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tobicy68: 22-24mm f1.4 next please for apsc.

22-24 mm .. yes I know what you meant, I was just having some fun.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 01:34 UTC
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (252 comments in total)
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tobicy68: 22-24mm f1.4 next please for apsc.

That would be too small of a zoom range for most even with an aperture that wide .

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 23:26 UTC
On article Sony's Mavica FD71 liked floppy disks, hated magnets (80 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: Good to know that cat pictures were popular back in the day!

The owner of the small company I worked for had one and we used it for taking photos of the various golf outings and parties we threw for our clients. I think we generated more good will from that camera than any golf outing!

It was very convenient and easy to use, at the time. We had most digital cameras available at the time at our disposal but we used those FD cameras a lot simply because they did the job . (for reference/product/display shots)

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:42 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (815 comments in total)
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rsf3127: The best film cameras that I have tried and keep with me:

1. Minolta XD (5/7/11): the same camera as the Leica R4. A and S modes, as well as metered M mode. Very sturdy and reliable. Very refined Copal metal shutter. The best manual focus body made by Minolta.

2. Minolta Hi-Matic 7sII: the best fixed lens film camera that I know of. Small and very adequate for a esthusiast user. Astounding lens.

3. Konica Auto S2: Amazing lens. The camera is a bit bigger and heavier than it should but controls are very good and it is very sturdy.

4. Minolta CLE: better that Leica M film bodies for a fraction of the price. Very nice 28mm and 40mm lenses.

About the Pentax K-1000: it is about the same as a Minolta SRT. Very sturdy, but only manual and the shutter is very loud. The XD is miles ahead.

The Konica Auto S3 was the Konica badged version of the Minolta 7SII. Possibly both made by Cosina

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 23:57 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (815 comments in total)
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Distagon18: I'd like to suggest the Pentax MX is better than the K1000. For a similar price and in a more compact body you add depth of field preview, shutter and aperture information in the finder, a winder option, and interchangeable focusing screens.

I would also propose the Contax 159MM, though these are quite scarce in working order it's cheap for a Contax and a lovely blend of high spec and simplicity. It has manual focus and wind on P, A & M modes TTL flash, LED aperture and shutter readouts in the finder, 1/4000 top shutter speed, 1/250 flash sync and uses beautiful Zeiss lenses.

The Canon AE-1 and AE-1P are OK but now look pricey and have a shutter issue (check out Canon Cough). There is also no coupled manual metering on any of the Canon A-Series except the manual only AT-1. My own Canon FD camera of choice is the T90, I've had mine since '91 and it is an amazing machine with multi-spot metering, TTL flash, spot flash metering, the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, like the A-series, the T90is also poor in manual mode. However, the industrial design by Colani is also the blueprint for the EOS line that followed it was surprisingly easy for me to go from the T90 to an Eos 1Ds back in 2005.

Over the last 10 or so years I have owned most of the Canon FD cameras, many of the Contax and Yashica bodies but have ended up keeping the Pentax MX, Contax 159MM and Canon T90 as it is the film camera I pick first every time.

The K1000 was manufactured for over 20 years and outsold, by far, the MX. The MX was a nicer camera offering way more features in fact as the K1000 could not have been any plainer the MX had pretty much all of the possible features of a manual camera then, however it was a lot more expensive.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 23:45 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (815 comments in total)
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just4grins: Cut my teeth on an Asahi in Paris in 1967. Still miss that camera.

That was the problem with all metal cameras. You could have probably have taken a bite out of the later plastic models.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 23:23 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (815 comments in total)
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flashcactus: The Canon AT-1 was better, by dint of being completely manual, much easier to control than the typical auto of the day. For myself, the Pentax MX is the better manual camera anyway. As User9362470513 points out, the Olympus OM-1 (and OM-2/3/4 were superb class leading cameras, not unlike the feat just pulled off by Olympus with the top award in Japan for the new OM-(etc, etc).

"The Canon AT-1 was better, by dint of being completely manual, much easier to control than the typical auto of the day".
Most customer at the time preferred the semi automatic type and that is why we sold more Canon AV1 than the AT1. The ME/ME Super outsold both of the Canons possibly because it was smaller and maybe cuter ( in Australia...)

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (815 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: 4 of those cameras I had and 1 I still have.

What would I add.

Hmmm....

I have a Kiev 4 with its sharp Jupiter 50mm in its leathger case that still smells of Soviet Russia.

Oh! Without doubt the Olympus Trip 35. I have two, one with green leatherette done very nicely by www.tripman.co.uk

Yashica Matt 124. (still have the "G" varient)

Mamiya C330 goes for a good price these days.

Pentax P30 (still have mine with 28mm, 50mm and 135mm lenses.

Praktica MTL5, my first camera which I also still have.

Finally, Canon's version of the XA which I think was called the EF and came with a better lens than the XA, really sharp. The motor advance sounded like a coffee grinder on heat. Oh, I have two of those.

"Canon's version of the XA"
Canon MC ?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 22:56 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (815 comments in total)
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goblin: DPR, I feel indeed strongly about you spendin I don't know how many pages out of 10 to the FD mount. This is a mount'a been dead'a for 30 years, and is a sign of what's wrong with this article:

- Photography is mostly lenses

- Lenses do age (yes, they do. Even mechanical ones).

- When recommending a system to have fun with - resale value be damned - the FD system is the worst possible. Aside from not being better than the others, it consists mostly of bodies which had a lot of electronics for their time, which is by now failing (the AE-1, specifically, has that beautiful shutter squeak).

Of course, all these concerns can be voided if you had mentioned the correct monster to use with this system: The Canon T-90

- The best film system is the one still made: Nikon still sells film cameras (B&H has them). There are also numerous brand new Vivitar clones (Phoenix, as well as said FM-10) in Nikon mount.

- Voigtlander is still out there, with amazing products.

To be continued :)

Goblin
They are not Vivitar clones but the same Cosina designed and made camera under different brands.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 06:30 UTC
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (211 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 (135 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 (128 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 (128 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
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