Toccata47

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On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (331 comments in total)

Here's to a productive partnership.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 11:33 UTC as 49th comment
On article Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)

Fair summary and one that highlights both the enormous potential of the camera and the difficulty in meeting that potential. What I see is a camera I can throw a wrist strap on, slap on a pancake and have a go everywhere in any condition snapper. Add a tripod and a solid lens and I have a camera that can out perform my 645z with a few caveats.

I get the impression that some folks feel that a review score is somehow a measure of a camera's output potential. A d810 will shoot an 86 point photos while this k1 can only achieve 84. If we matched photographic potential with appropriate equipment I doubt many of us would advance beyond the iPhone.

As the review states, this is an excellent camera for someone that can afford the time to set up for the shot, a good camera for your everyday generalist and a bad camera for soccer-parents.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 14:42 UTC as 311th comment | 1 reply
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1173 comments in total)
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AlexCHStudio: Preordered one through retailer just a minute ago :-) Now waiting for end of August... A VERY promising camera from my point of view.

Always a good policy Terry. Truth be told, I don't place much faith in reviews these days. I do believe in a solid return period and warranty service, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 13:55 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1173 comments in total)
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AlexCHStudio: Preordered one through retailer just a minute ago :-) Now waiting for end of August... A VERY promising camera from my point of view.

Same here. I expect there will be a bit of quality dip on both the performance and image quality sides compared to my 645 but the size difference is large enough to allow the Hassie to replace the 35mm format for me.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 13:02 UTC
On article Nikon offers free battery exchange for D500 owners (103 comments in total)
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Toccata47: Is this the third high end release that has either been recalled or required field service, in a row?

I see. Thanks for clarifying this.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2016 at 12:04 UTC
On article Nikon offers free battery exchange for D500 owners (103 comments in total)

Is this the third high end release that has either been recalled or required field service, in a row?

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 11:55 UTC as 16th comment | 10 replies

By and large, I suspect the nikon will provide greater resolution outside of a narrow shooting window when used for everyday photography as is made evident by the large disparity in quality between the nikon and pentax lenses.

I haven't kept up with the news but I sincerely hope pentax has plans in place to accommodate what the sensor is capable of.

Last point: 177.5m per pixel shifted file? Wow. That will take some getting used to.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 12:34 UTC as 62nd comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (306 comments in total)
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locke_fc: From a technical standpoint, I've always liked this camera since it was first introduced. I've even considered buying it a few times. Not the best IQ, but very impressive for a small sensor.

However, as much as it looks like a great all rounder for travel photography, it fails in one crucial department. It just looks massive, and way too conspicuous with that lens extended, even at the shorter focal lengths.

Pulling out this thing would make you stand out instantly, even in a crowded area. And that's not such a good idea in many parts of the world.

The only time the camera seems large relatively is when the lens is extended to 600mm. It's probably safe to assume that at that distance you have a good head start on potential muggers.

Seriously though, this thing is larger than a leica with any lens, which one would you steal if given the choice?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 11:59 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (378 comments in total)
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Toccata47: Fascinating camera. It seems like it was designed by photographers. They seem to have made many right steps here. The big question mark, which underscores this article, is what about the lenses?

No surprise the 24mm performs very poorly, though the 50 looks quite decent for the price and gives me some hope that the limiteds may be ok with the sensor. It's unfortunate Mr Rose did not have access to the 43mm, as it is probably the best match for the sensor, as far as the old primes are concerned.

I don't understand why so many posters have commented about color inaccuracy in the dng files as this is the least reliable means to judge a preproduction camera.

Anyway, looks like a great camera and I really hope Pentax will push forward an economical, high quality line of lenses to support it. The "trinity" lenses while full featured, are a bit dear and hold little to no appeal to someone (me) that is used to the old pentax pancake school of design.

Awesome! Looking forward to that. I have a feeling the camera will be well oversold by the time the review drops.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 13:20 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (378 comments in total)

Fascinating camera. It seems like it was designed by photographers. They seem to have made many right steps here. The big question mark, which underscores this article, is what about the lenses?

No surprise the 24mm performs very poorly, though the 50 looks quite decent for the price and gives me some hope that the limiteds may be ok with the sensor. It's unfortunate Mr Rose did not have access to the 43mm, as it is probably the best match for the sensor, as far as the old primes are concerned.

I don't understand why so many posters have commented about color inaccuracy in the dng files as this is the least reliable means to judge a preproduction camera.

Anyway, looks like a great camera and I really hope Pentax will push forward an economical, high quality line of lenses to support it. The "trinity" lenses while full featured, are a bit dear and hold little to no appeal to someone (me) that is used to the old pentax pancake school of design.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 13:13 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens (330 comments in total)

50mm with a 35mm adapter or 28mm with a 21mm adapter would be perfect.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 11:34 UTC as 82nd comment
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1289 comments in total)

I think this is the point m4/3's jumps the shark.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:10 UTC as 182nd comment
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Mister Roboto: My goodness, I can buy 100 overpriced GoGo cameras with these ridiculous prices. What the hell is wrong with our world now?

I believe it's an erosion of the barrier between the old tendency to self edit combined with immediate access to a keyboard and an alias.

I could be wrong though.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 11:36 UTC
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groucher: Medium format starts to gain some of the useless clutter and featureoids that bedevil smaller formats. Depressing.

@Wildkat2

We use wifi for streaming jpeg previews.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 11:34 UTC

Exactly what I've been asking for for the last 2 years.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 12:17 UTC as 34th comment
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groucher: Medium format starts to gain some of the useless clutter and featureoids that bedevil smaller formats. Depressing.

Touchscreens are enormously beneficial, particularly when you're shooting from a tripod. These features aren't a nod to consumerism, they're a reflection of, and a reaction to how these cameras are used in a commercial setting.

I know it seems weird to see something like wifi on a pro camera but this speed up production enormously.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 12:15 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison (501 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: is it me or D810 does look very similar in terms of detail resolution vs. 5DsR?

I am staring at the green faux feature stuff at ISO100.

if this is true, then ... thinking about the price D810 would be at when 5DsR actually hits the stores.

hmmm...

I think you need to do some work on the file first. Too soon to rush to judgement.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 11:24 UTC
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Toccata47: Leica's sample images, as shot by Ragnar Axelsson, seem to show less dynamic range than the original, particularly in the blacks/shadow areas. This could very well simply be a matter of the quality of the uploaded files as they do seem pretty poor overall (hello iPhone).

Anyway, glad I bought the ccd model.

Ok, thanks for the heads up.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 17:45 UTC

Leica's sample images, as shot by Ragnar Axelsson, seem to show less dynamic range than the original, particularly in the blacks/shadow areas. This could very well simply be a matter of the quality of the uploaded files as they do seem pretty poor overall (hello iPhone).

Anyway, glad I bought the ccd model.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 10:55 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony SLT-A77 II Review (540 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I understand why this camera didn't get the Gold award. It isn't quite the camera that the NX1 is. However, isn't it great that a camera with so many great features with this price point is not considered to be exceptional?

The cameras of today are very good compared to what our options were just a few short years ago.

I was sick and at home today trawling amazon and something caught my attention. You can now buy a used a7 with either a warranty, return period or both for around $900 usd.

If someone is just starting out, any apsc camera is going to be a tough sell when the barrier to FF is so low nowadays.

I think this is part of the reason that people are content to admire the nx1 at a distance.

Similarly, I would never buy the a77 when the a6000 is 1/2 the price. I realize this isn't an apples to apples comparison.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 20:33 UTC
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