Greynerd

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On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (156 comments in total)
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Martin Meier: no thing is too stupid to sell it ... a very expensive gimmick nobody needs ...

One always waits for the Maserati/Lamborghini comparison. Very relevant.
If it sells well the price will probably drop and these things may be mainstream in a few years after the obligatory miserable period of wailing and moaning about any new idea.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 13:06 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (362 comments in total)
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rdupre: Warning: a friend and me, we where in Cambodia en I have a xE2, my friend has a XT1. One day it was like 40 degrees Celsius and both cameras did not function anymore.
Back in Holland we thought that a reset will solve that problem, but no.
My camera has to be fixt and that cost 488,36 Euro.
So we called Fuji and they told us that the Fuji cameras are not fit to function over 40 degrees Celsius.
The reparation of the XT1 from my friend is about the same price.
Fantastic cameras, but not for hot climates.
So, with pain in my hart I have to sell all my gear, my lenses and go back to Nikon.
Maybe it is a good thing when DPR will make notice of this shortcoming.

As one of the commenters said the keep the EM5/12-50 as a weatherproof option. The OP seems to have had a humidity problem rather than heat but only had a thermometer. In the absence of data on other makes in the vicinity it is very difficult to come to a decision.
As regards the difference between the XPRO and XT in a family situation someone had an XPRO-1 and I found it very large, unwieldy and clumsy compared to my XT-10. You really need to handle these cameras before buying to see which you prefer.
Until Fuji bring out a compact zoom I will not sell my M43 kit. Little weight or bulk saving over DSLR. I just love that 18-55 lenses which is exceptional.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 09:53 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (156 comments in total)
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Martin Meier: no thing is too stupid to sell it ... a very expensive gimmick nobody needs ...

It looks great fun and it is difficult to understand the comment about needing one of them. Need has very little to do with much of the equipment on this site.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 08:41 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (294 comments in total)
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Greynerd: Can someone help me here. The slight advantage of the Canon has now turned in to 2/3 of a stop.
These are supposed to be large sensor cameras yet I cannot find any mention of shallow depth of field advantages. The article seems to tend towards image sharpness for the RX100 but a 3x kit lens zoom and an aperture that slams shut to worst maximum as soon as you touch the zoom ring makes that pretty obvious.
There does not seem to be any interesting discussions of how the different approach to the lens design and Canon's bolder approach has resulted in these difference.
A review of a supposedly large sensor fast lens camera with no mention of bokeh and subject separation seems impossible. I must have missed it. It seems more of a spec race than a photography review.
Would people still go for a day with a mirrorless or compact and no spare battery also?

@Frank
That is the joy of the 1" sensor in that it says it is a big sensor but then you say where is the shallow depth of field it says I am a small sensor really but when you say it is a small sensor it says it is a big sensor for whatever selective attributes that suit it at the time.
It is everything and nothing at the same time. A sort of marketing dream but I wonder if these cameras are really worth the bulk and high prices being a sort of neither here nor there null point between the advantages of the large sensor ILC's and the affordable compact compacts of yore.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 21:04 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (294 comments in total)

Can someone help me here. The slight advantage of the Canon has now turned in to 2/3 of a stop.
These are supposed to be large sensor cameras yet I cannot find any mention of shallow depth of field advantages. The article seems to tend towards image sharpness for the RX100 but a 3x kit lens zoom and an aperture that slams shut to worst maximum as soon as you touch the zoom ring makes that pretty obvious.
There does not seem to be any interesting discussions of how the different approach to the lens design and Canon's bolder approach has resulted in these difference.
A review of a supposedly large sensor fast lens camera with no mention of bokeh and subject separation seems impossible. I must have missed it. It seems more of a spec race than a photography review.
Would people still go for a day with a mirrorless or compact and no spare battery also?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:32 UTC as 39th comment | 4 replies
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (294 comments in total)
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rrccad: "but up until about 50mm the former has a slight equivalent aperture advantage"

I'm really not seeing that. It looks like the rx100 climbs to f8 as fast it can, versus a much more linear progression on the g7x.. Difference of opinion perhaps, but if I was to read this without seeing the chart, I would picture something completely different.

and with a faster lens over more of the range, you have the ability to stop down more.

The meaning of the word slight has had to be considerably stretched to fill the large aperture gap between the 2 cameras. A considerable credibility gap has been created in the process.
This is a criticism of the review.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 20:23 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (294 comments in total)

The G7X II has a 'slight' aperture advantage over the RX100 III up to 50mm? The gap looks pretty large to me and area of the triangle fairly substantial.
Sony have only managed to get f1.8 fully wide open which is more something to put on the box as opposed to giving much practical scope for subject isolation.
A big advantage of the canon is being talked down here in a mighty way.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 17:23 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (362 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: These Fuji cameras are pretty toys, but I wouldn't give up my D500 for serious photography!

Sounds from one of the replies that DSLR's are primarily to satisfy the expectations of people who are not actually really interested in photography. Sounds pretty grim and serious to me to have to base your kit preferences on that. Probably DSLR ownership is one of the burdens of being professional in every use of the word. You have to wonder if the average amateur user really needs to bother about that unless they are a sport photographer.
Fuji cameras are certainly not toys.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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straylightrun: Great. Now can they offer a firmware update for the lenses with Quality Control issues like decentering?

@straylightrun
Used a few affordable NEX lenses. The aps-c lenses are not considered by some to be the best of the mirrorless bunch but usable and have all done OK for the price. Never noticed any to have been badly decentered but probably do not look hard enough. Not a great fan of brick wall photography.
My previous gear is listed. My worst decentered lens was a Fuji S4000 and my best lens ever is the 18-55 Fuji which is a very fast classy lens for the price. Bought a Fuji X-T10 just for this lens. Shows how sweeping claims on a brand are difficult.
Sony have probably like Fuji got their act together a bit but with Sony unfortunately full frame which is a format rather outside my retirement income and ailing physique. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 14:14 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1297 comments in total)

Looking down these comments you can say there is no greater bore than a full frame bore. It is amazing how competitive people get about their sensor size completely detracting from useful conversation about the kit in hand.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 09:06 UTC as 32nd comment
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straylightrun: Great. Now can they offer a firmware update for the lenses with Quality Control issues like decentering?

All rather vague here. Who exactly are they and how decentered is decentered and what lenses are the lenses you talk about? Do centered lenses actually exist coming out of any production line except probably as a fluke occurrence?

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 10:50 UTC
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (100 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: I don't know what it is about video...I have so little interest in it. I consider myself a good photographer and I'm completely self-taught, yet I have zero desire/will to learn about video. I wish I did have an interest....I have young kids and taking decent video of them would be amazing but I just don't care to learn. I fumble about with an RX100iii that I bought to shoot video of the kids but still...I rarely use it. When I owned my 5D2 I took a grand total of 2 mins of video the whole time I owned the camera. I've taken maybe 45 secs of video in the last 1 1/2 yrs with my Leica M240.

Anyway, a great article, but I wonder how many like me are to lazy to learn!

When your children are older you will miss not hearing the sound of them I have only one small cassette clip of one of my sons. Just do it for the audio if nothing else. I would not worry about the video quality.
I must say video does not raise my enthusiasm and video editing excites me as much as painting walls.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 11:48 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1297 comments in total)
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Mike Oo: In December I bought an X100T after all the hype. I have been using it for awhile and convincing myself that I will never need another DSLR. Wrong. I find myself still grabbing my old D90 and actually preferring it. Way quicker to use and change functions even with manual controls all over the X100T. It also has comparable image quality and was made in, what, 2008? Fuji is about HYPE. Until they have image quality and more importantly, the ERGONOMICS, to match Nikon and Canon, forget it.

@Thematic
Sorry. My bad. I missed the point there. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1297 comments in total)
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Mike Oo: In December I bought an X100T after all the hype. I have been using it for awhile and convincing myself that I will never need another DSLR. Wrong. I find myself still grabbing my old D90 and actually preferring it. Way quicker to use and change functions even with manual controls all over the X100T. It also has comparable image quality and was made in, what, 2008? Fuji is about HYPE. Until they have image quality and more importantly, the ERGONOMICS, to match Nikon and Canon, forget it.

@Thematic
Could be. Difficult to see why a compact with a collapsing ultra small lens which has been especially miniaturised considering it has an aps-c sensor is brought in to the discussion. Nikon are having a titanic struggle getting a 1" sensor in to a compact.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 17:52 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1297 comments in total)
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Mike Oo: In December I bought an X100T after all the hype. I have been using it for awhile and convincing myself that I will never need another DSLR. Wrong. I find myself still grabbing my old D90 and actually preferring it. Way quicker to use and change functions even with manual controls all over the X100T. It also has comparable image quality and was made in, what, 2008? Fuji is about HYPE. Until they have image quality and more importantly, the ERGONOMICS, to match Nikon and Canon, forget it.

Might you have caused some damage to the X100T trying to change the lens thinking it would replace your D90?

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:20 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)

It is interesting to think how much extra money in total will be have to be needlessly spent by aps-c users in the future just to illuminate the strip of dead space around their 'crop' sensor.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 10:38 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1297 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: The Xtranny cropped sensor especially at this price is a big no go for me personally. However I really like what Fuji is doing otherwise so way to go Fuji. If this was a FF Bayer sensor I would be in love.

Why say Xtranny then? Why 'your' Fuji apple cart as though you are in a different competitive camp. Also why talk about cameras as being impersonal and not like a child and then declare yourself that you would be in love with the camera if it was Bayer and the old standard film size?
You do seem rather partisan, confused and emotional about these machines yourself.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 14:46 UTC

In a way is nice to see such a convincing demonstration from one of the smartphone producers themselves of the major inadequacies of their products.
Long live real cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 10:49 UTC as 35th comment | 8 replies
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Timmbits: Really?
It is called GX7 in Japan, but replaces an older GX7 here... I thought up until now there was a lot of retardation in nomenclature, but this sets a new standard in stupidity.
They could have called it GX75 and had much less confusion.

@Mike FL
Thanks for the link. I was a bit disappointed that the TZ100 was the same number as the ZS100 but renumbering the TZ100 to TZ110 in Australia is classic Panasonic and adds to the fun of anticipating the hopefully glorious confusion when the 1/2.3" and 1" models collide. It looks now that the ILC users can join in the excitement too.
There is probably a sign on the wall in every Panasonic office saying "If they all know what camera they are talking about you know you've failed".

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 16:10 UTC
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Timmbits: Really?
It is called GX7 in Japan, but replaces an older GX7 here... I thought up until now there was a lot of retardation in nomenclature, but this sets a new standard in stupidity.
They could have called it GX75 and had much less confusion.

You do not follow the Panasonic compact world obviously. Panasonic's policy is to cause total maximum confusion as to which model people are talking about in different parts of the world and you have the TZ80 being the same as the ZS60 and the new 1" being the TZ100/ZS100 and then what happens with the iterations of the TZ80/ZS60 catching up with the entirely different TZ100/ZS100 line of cameras which by then will probably have entirely different number suffixes by the time that happens.
No new standard but business as usual in the Panasonic Department of Name Obfuscation.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 09:35 UTC
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