whiteheat

whiteheat

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
Works as a Data Analyst
Joined on Jul 12, 2012

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Stanchung: Sorry off topic.

Picked up the Sony Alpha a7R III today to test.

Looks are a big win. Feels good in the hand.

Considering how many pro mirrorless fans out here saying how great EVF is now compared to back when.

You are all kidding yourselves. Pan a little and get all these brittle jpeggy artifacts that made me dizzy. Even slowly. Trying to follow a person walking was ridiculously filled with unclear jpeggy artifacts.

i put it down gently and walked away.
There's a good reason I will be sticking to OVF's for awhile.
Sorry.

Ah, I see you had a faulty unit!

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 01:22 UTC
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Vignes: history lesson:
when a company is a leader and more big companies/professional starts using them, they'll be forced to produced more reliable, excellent support etc. Hence the preferred approach would be incremental improvements on proven technology or test out the new tech prior release which will take time.
Nikon was a market leader once and Canon by trying to catch up threw all kinds of technology (some were buggy) and they overtook Nikon. Now it's Canon turn to be 'responsible'. Sony is now trying to catch up the market and releasing product after product in order to catch users. Once they reach the top, They'll do the same also... being 'responsible' and go towards conservative path.
it's a cycle.
Today DPR is defending their bias... tomorrow when Sony does the same as the top company and there is another innovative company (most likely a Chinese imaging co.), DPR will come out again and justify why they're biased towards this company. Nothing wrong, media needs to flow with time.

"Today DPR is defending their bias". Wow, that's pretty strong stuff to be throwing around without any solid, unambiguous, incontrovertible evidence. If anything, I tended to pick up the reverse in terms of subtle bias, when during various non Canikon camera reviews (of Sony, Pentax, Lumix, Olympus, etc), the odd comment was made about how such and such's X (item or implementation in question), was not as good, fast, strong, responsive, reliable, etc as Canikon's version or implementation of the same item.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 01:07 UTC

Here's a nerdy concept. Why have a smartphone with a less capable camera (compared to a "real" camera) when perhaps we ought to look at this the other way round. Why don't we have a "real" camera that also has phone and apps features? Would that work? That way you'd always carry "the best" camera to have around with you, that could do "real" photographic work. Of course, portability might take a hit or two. Oh well, just a thought.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 00:09 UTC as 70th comment | 4 replies
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Protogonus1: Since all smartphone “cameras” are pictoriographically FAKE and ILLUSORY, none of them capable of delivering presentation-size PHOTOGRAPHS destined for customers or blow-ups for exhibition in a MUSEUM (the true goal), of what worth is this discussion? Photographic output limited to “gee whiz” images on a smartphone screen or pissant 2 x 3 prints for passing around the kitchen table is NOT PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE.

You make a good point. However, most people who buy smartphones with the intention of having a good camera feature don't think that way as their photographic needs, as to be serviced by the soon to be purchased smartphone, don't include presentation sized blow-ups or exhibition grade output. So, this discussion is designed for them - not people who do "real" photography.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 00:01 UTC
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Slapstick Noir: Just imagine if Nikon release a mirrorless version of D850 wtih good video AF, and no more need for AF tune BS...
Wishful thinking but, still...

Exactly. Mirrorless contrast detect is very good on the latest generation of mirrorless sensor models. However, it still can't keep pace with dedicated phase detect systems which require their own separate modules to the main sensor and hence either a mirror or beam splitter to redirect some of the light to the AF module.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 23:52 UTC
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Kirk Bruner: It would have been interesting to include the Sony a99 II in the comparison.

Exactly. The A99II is one mean machine yet it hardly ever figures in any comparison tests. One could cynically speculate that to include it may lead to upsetting some entrenched perceptions held by Canikonites, leading to dummy spits and toys exiting the pram at high velocities.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 23:48 UTC
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josh bailey: I think I have finally matured enough in photography to realise specs don't hold up as much as user experience and ergonomics do. Specs change drastically every half year or so it seems and the best in terms of features and specs are always bubbling around each other. One thing that doesn't seem to change is ergonomics and fun factor. I have a sony a6000 and my big hands get super painful using that little thing. Every iteration of Sony since then has been similar form factors. Also sony menus, super boring. I've found using my girlfriend's Canon 600d much more enjoyable over my sony. I think Panasonic and Olympus are doing the best in terms of fun factor. Though I have yet to try Pentax.

TL;DR: In 6 months time the brand that came last in any test will outperform the brand that came first with its latest camera. Things that never seem to change are form factors for ergonomics and user experience with menus and button layouts. Go for what you enjoy and feel physically comfortable with

@josh bailey
"TL;DR: In 6 months time the brand that came last in any test will outperform the brand that came first with its latest camera. Things that never seem to change are form factors for ergonomics and user experience with menus and button layouts. Go for what you enjoy and feel physically comfortable with".

The first sentence may not be true but this is the best piece of advice for using any particular camera brand - period.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 23:38 UTC
On article PowerShot Shootout: Canon's G1 X III vs G7 X II (256 comments in total)
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Kharan: Extremely eloquent test, the results speak for themselves.
Also, I wouldn't call the G1 XIII a 'pocketable' camera. At least it wouldn't fit most of the pants that I wear, not to mention those on a shirt. Canon made a big mistake in not making the retracted lens larger and faster - it's not like the camera would really compete against the RX100/LX10/G 9X for size.

The assertion used by reviewers as to whether a camera is pocketable, is a spurious one. There is no standard or benchmark in pockets, so why even mention it? Just another reviewing gimmick, which has caused some controversy, whether intended to or not.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 22:48 UTC
On article PowerShot Shootout: Canon's G1 X III vs G7 X II (256 comments in total)
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Docno: The G1X is pocketable? You do realize that there are billions of people on the planet who don’t live in “jacket climates” ... I haven’t worn a jacket since I left Canada 18 years ago. That leaves me with jeans pockets... try the G1X down there and let us know if the camera is still pocketable...

The assertion used by reviewers as to whether a camera is pocketable, is a spurious one. There is no standard or benchmark in pockets, so why even mention it? Just another reviewing gimmick, which has caused some controversy, whether intended to or not.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 22:42 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)
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whiteheat: Why is the Nikon D500 on the Specs Compared table? All the others are good comparators to use as they are all MFT cameras. Either ditch the Nikon and leave it as a 3 way comparison or insert another MFT model. Comparing those MFT cameras with the latest Nikon top end APSC is comparing chalk with cheese.

Then suspiciously, I wander why the Nikon was chosen and why that particular Nikon was chosen. Why not then have included an equivalent APSC from all the high street brands?

Sure, I agree. But as pointed out, using the Fuji XT2 would have been a much more realistic comparator. To claim that the basis for including the Nikon D500 was because it was a Gold Award winner and fell in the same price bracket would be like having a comparison between 'Choice Award Winners' in the same price bracket of 3 manufacturers' upper end sedan automobiles and then throwing in another manufacturer's 'Choice Award' People Carrier, also in the same price bracket. Now ask yourself; is including the People Carrier a useful inclusion in this case?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 22:59 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)
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whiteheat: Why is the Nikon D500 on the Specs Compared table? All the others are good comparators to use as they are all MFT cameras. Either ditch the Nikon and leave it as a 3 way comparison or insert another MFT model. Comparing those MFT cameras with the latest Nikon top end APSC is comparing chalk with cheese.

Then suspiciously, I wander why the Nikon was chosen and why that particular Nikon was chosen. Why not then have included an equivalent APSC from all the high street brands?

@gustabod and pannumon. It's not that I'm disagreeing with you. However, the problem is that to newbies or people not yet locked into a particular ecosystem, when you put down specifications like that for direct comparison, with no other information to the contrary, those people generally assume that higher numbers equates to bigger, better, faster, etc.

It may not matter to them or occur to them that they don't need such a 'high' spec'd camera by comparison to MFT cameras. The point is that people are going to think that as these cameras are in an equivalent price range, the Nikon is likely to be viewed as the 'best bang for buck', especially if they've read review of it on DPR. This may or may not be true, but then they will either ignore or not take very seriously the other features and characteristics associated with the MFT design that may very well suit their needs better than an APSC dslr. It is always better to compare like with like and not include something anomalous.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 23:20 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)

Why is the Nikon D500 on the Specs Compared table? All the others are good comparators to use as they are all MFT cameras. Either ditch the Nikon and leave it as a 3 way comparison or insert another MFT model. Comparing those MFT cameras with the latest Nikon top end APSC is comparing chalk with cheese.

Then suspiciously, I wander why the Nikon was chosen and why that particular Nikon was chosen. Why not then have included an equivalent APSC from all the high street brands?

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 23:25 UTC as 193rd comment | 9 replies
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (321 comments in total)
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Gregd548: Still too expensive for a fixed lens point & shoot... can buy a rather decent DSLR for that price!

@Cosmicnode. I don't disagree with you. Sorry, I missed the point of your last post. The QC process is much the same across manufacturers. But I can't let that comparison at the end of your last post slide. Kick that PL lens example to the curb. Laughable that you choose one of Zeiss' most expensive lenses. Try again. Much better to use Zeiss' own AF lenses - e.g. Batis range - as a comparitor. You'll find the pricing to be not just in the same ball park but in the same backyard as the Sony Zeiss branded lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 07:33 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (321 comments in total)
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Gregd548: Still too expensive for a fixed lens point & shoot... can buy a rather decent DSLR for that price!

@xiao_xiang. No, I have to strongly disagree. If you read the Zeiss quote, Zeiss are saying that there is no practical difference by any measure between a Sony Zeiss and a standard Zeiss.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 02:45 UTC
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rainrunner: So if we do wildlife photography, will we be required to pay that wildlife a modeling fee?

It has been establish that wildlife cannot own property ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 01:23 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (321 comments in total)
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Gregd548: Still too expensive for a fixed lens point & shoot... can buy a rather decent DSLR for that price!

@Cosmicnode. Another erroneous concept is that Sony Zeiss lens are not the same, that is, inferior to, Zeiss lenses. If you see the link to the Zeiss website;
http://lenspire.zeiss.com/en/sony-and-zeiss-what-photographers-should-know-about-the-partnership/

You will see that Sony Zeiss lenses are just Zeiss lenses produced at Sony factories. The characteristics, such as the glass, components, fit and finish are all Zeiss certified, it has to meet and be at Zeiss standards:

"Is the quality of both lines identical?

In all its brand partnerships, ZEISS sets the technical and quality standards to which partners, such as Sony, must adhere. ZEISS regularly audits the production process of Sony/ZEISS lenses in Sony’s factories. ZEISS experts examine the production processes, management systems and measuring installations. ZEISS certifies the suppliers and provides all the equipment that is needed to ensure product quality, including the equipment of third-party suppliers."

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 01:22 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (321 comments in total)
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Gregd548: Still too expensive for a fixed lens point & shoot... can buy a rather decent DSLR for that price!

@xiao_xiang. You may well be right. However, I was just disputing the OP assertion that a new "rather decent" dslr + 600mm EFL Zeiss lens does not come in at under $1,700. That is the point. Sure other options are available at greater or lesser costs. However, the combination of camera characteristics and features combined with a Zeiss lens as represented by the RX10 cannot be had as another option for a lesser price.

@Cosmicnode. Erroneous argument to begin with because the term "rather decent" is not defined, so no point in arguing anything based on a specific alternative that may qualify as "rather decent" as this leaves the whole field open. Eg, a simple P&S could be classed as rather decent. Similarly, any DSLR could be classed as "rather decent", so it is useless to base an argument on cost of a package where the comparisons have such a wide price differential.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 01:12 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (321 comments in total)
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Gregd548: Still too expensive for a fixed lens point & shoot... can buy a rather decent DSLR for that price!

@cosmicnode. You may be right in saying that you can get a DSLR with a zoom lens that goes to 600mm EFL for a lot less than $1,700. However, how much is "a lot less", $1, $10, $20, etc? Also, the OP stated that "a rather decent DSLR" could be got for the same price. "Rather decent" is open to debate, however, as soon as the DSLR leaves consumer grade for what most people could interpret as 'rather decent', that is mid to top tier, then no, I find it hard to believe that you could get a "rather decent" DSLR with a Zeiss lens with a 600mm EFL, for the same or less money.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 07:27 UTC
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Retzius: Did anyone bring the monkey into court and ask it its thoughts on the matter? That would have promptly ended the discussion of the monkey's "intellectual" property rights.

Unfortunately, intellect has nothing to do with property rights, intellectual or otherwise. Just look at the proponents of this legal action. Is that organisation exhibiting a rational intellect?

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 23:31 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: It does raise an interesting question about whether any animal has the consciousness to be considered an author, but that's for a legislature to decide, not a judge.
For instance, I would argue that Koko the signing gorilla is capable of the higher mental processing power to be considered a real photographer. And as I've spent more and more time with dogs and cats it is clear to me that they definitely have a level of self awareness equivalent to that of my stoner friends... but is that enough to consider them creators?
The true test would be the octopus because we know that many of them are at least as smart as humans, unfortunately they don't seem to have any interest in photography.

@Dave Andrade. Well, as long as those photos were soft, strong and absorbent, I'm sure the monkey would have found an excellent and practical use for them.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
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