Greynerd

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On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (273 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: Samsung, want to watch how to do it. Watch Fuji, who are now celebrating the 5th anniversary of the X system. In 5 years, the system now has good bodies and a meaningful collection of lenses and accessories. Maybe the flash is lacking a bit, but they're working on it.

5 years. How much short was Samsung?

Fuji also have a system of communicating with their user base which I think is the most important factor. Samsung either spin hyperbole when it suits them else maintain a sullen silence at all other times. The fact that DPR is having to use a B&H discontinue as a clue to Samsung's intentions shows what a hard information vacuum surrounds this company most of the time, in to which endless rumours hiss in to the multiple leaks.
I expect their legal section will working up a cryptic deniable reply to DPR as we speak, that is if they are at all bothered about anyone knowing.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 15:40 UTC
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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Ruy Penalva: Mirrorless is a toy not a true camera for action, sports, small insects, birds, moving wide life, journalism. Maybe for video shooters.

@Ruy Penalva
I suspect the majority of readers here are amateurs so that is no problem. I gather you must be a a Pro and think amateurs are stupid. That is the only message I get from your post. Or are you a Semi-Pro which his how many of the more self assured gifted photographers like to think of themselves if they cannot make a living out of it?

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 17:33 UTC
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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Ruy Penalva: Mirrorless is a toy not a true camera for action, sports, small insects, birds, moving wide life, journalism. Maybe for video shooters.

Can you give us an indication at what size of insect we can start to use our mirrorless cameras?

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 08:58 UTC
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Alphoid: I hope the second generation supports all Canon lenses, not just Sigma ones. If so, I'll be extremely tempted to switch to E-mount+Canon glass.

I'm not in the market for a new camera, but it looks like we're very close to coming to something essentially ideal. Canon has by far the nicest lenses for what I do, especially combined with Sigma glass. Sony has almost no glass I'd want to use in E-mount (a fair bit of A-mount), but by far the best bodies. If the two worked together, it'd be an ideal system.

Plus, you'll get into all sorts of nice, esoteric niches with this. Stabilized Canon tilt-shift lenses. Etc.

@Alpha Adams
How did Ansel Adams get around short battery life then? I suspect by not needing them. My early days were with a Boots Beirette camera and that did not use electricity in any way and that was a long time after Ansel Adams.
I suppose someone has to get an Ansel Adams homility in to the discussion somehow.
Anyone know Cartier Bresson's views on third party batteries as opposed to the official ones?

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 11:19 UTC
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pacnwhobbyist: It seems like a step back in IQ over its predecessor.

I agree. Probably they are bouncing the pixel count up and down to entice different buyers at each iteration. The must have the pixels and the lower is better people. I suspect there are more of the former than the latter and 12mp probably cuts the sales.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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pacnwhobbyist: It seems like a step back in IQ over its predecessor.

I think this series peaked with the TZ40/ZS30. This was ultra small with a touch screen and GPS and a more reasonable 20x zoom but probably too many pixels but it has never really made that much difference. New cameras come out just because they have to produce new cameras and whether there is a real need for them is not an issue. The rear screen is very good so the EVF was never vital in my view.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
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Dragonrider: For what it's worth, DXO Optics does a much quieter conversion than ACR on a ZS40, so when DXO gets the ZS60 profiled, expect to see considerable improvement there as well. The prime NR process is too slow for general use, but if you have a keeper that you want to look good, it really cleans up the noise without much loss of detail.

@nicoboston
Nothing you are posting is relevant to this specific camera.
If you want to beef about this type of sensor size why not go to a general topic forum and air your opinions. Have you anything to say about the TZ80 as a camera in relation to other cameras of its type.
Large sensor gear sneerers trolling these compact camera threads really serves no purpose and it all becomes very tedious and repetitive.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 19:29 UTC
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nicoboston: I guess the purpose of these cameras (the present Lumix is just an example) is to show that putting 18 MP on such a small sensor is still useless.

Sigh. Anyway people love this, so I hope that Panasonic will sell plenty of DMC-ZS60: it will generate revenue for the development of good cameras.

As far as I'm concerned, I think my Powershot G2 (purchased in 2001, 4MP, still works perfectly) gives more pleasant images.

There is more of a problem with people that think the f number is aperture. Your G2 has a maximum aperture of 8.4mm and the TZ80 opens to 20mm at full zoom.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 18:20 UTC
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Ridethelight: Why does anyone need such a massive zoom in this type of camera ?
When I take photos, I like to be in the near vicinity of the subject, I'm seriously intrigued to what these super zooms are supposed to be for .
Tiny sensor and a slow zoom in 2016 is actually depressing .

Why do you care? Presumably people want to take pictures when they cannot be in the near vicinity without being encumbered with heavy kit and you do not. In which case why are you even posting in a thread on small sensor compact long zooms? This is probably the cause of your depression rather than a fault in the camera type.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 17:57 UTC
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photogeek: Or you could just stick your lens in a thick cotton sock. The lenses are pretty tough, so they tend to do fine with fairly minimal protection. The sock protects the lens from rubbing against other lenses in the bag, if you care about cosmetics. Added benefit: you can wear it if you run out of clean socks.

You might slowly see some of the lint and fluff from the socks reappear in your lens though as changes in atmospheric pressure move air in and out the lens and a plane journey will of course really do the business. If any lens elements extend a good clean will be needed before use, especially the mount end.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 13:02 UTC
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Marcin 3M: Every time I hear about ceasing of this or other silver-halide material, I feel sad. And I'm pretty sure, that it is not only nostalgia. Almost each of these products was also mean of artistic expression, impossible to be fully replicate by digital. Don't get me wrong - digital is awesome, IQ of images is awesome, printers does very good job on premium quality papers... But I feel we loose something.

Every Polaroid camera I have ever owned churned out images that were truly dreadful even then but convenient given the technology at the time. Fun then but entirely redundant now I would have thought.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 11:19 UTC
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Franka T.L.: nothing confusing here, you state a protocol, the media and device need to support that to work full function, isn't that apparent and straight forward. Want a mess, take a look at DIY PC building and what they have

@dccp
That's OK. You hit a bit of a raw nerve as both my wife and I go nuts at these 'for Seniors' books. I chose my word carefully in contradict as I never think anyone should not be able to state an opinion even if if not to my liking. Difficult to read text only stuff anyhow as one can interpret it in completely the wrong way:) Take care.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 15:06 UTC
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Franka T.L.: nothing confusing here, you state a protocol, the media and device need to support that to work full function, isn't that apparent and straight forward. Want a mess, take a look at DIY PC building and what they have

@dccdp
Why do you think Granny is uneducated? I am a Grandad and if anything technology is a lot simpler now with USB and all that. Computing really came in when I was about 25 and in the early days you did not have USB but had to run a Zip drive through the printer port and re-arrange all the device interrupts so you could still use the printer. Why first printer was a Radio Shack thermal printer and I had to solder up my own cable to get it to work with my Dragon 32 computer.
This spate of computing for seniors really shows a total lack of knowledge about how a lot more ingenuity was needed in the early days to get it all working than in this automated age. So I have endure people writing Computing for Seniors teaching me how to suck eggs who where in nappies when I was helping set up PC systems in the City in DOS and the early Windows versions. No plug and pray(sic) then. This permanently open season on old age as a target really grates and needs contradicting.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 11:44 UTC
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Franka T.L.: nothing confusing here, you state a protocol, the media and device need to support that to work full function, isn't that apparent and straight forward. Want a mess, take a look at DIY PC building and what they have

You can see why Olympus are just sticking to making nice still cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 09:40 UTC
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Marek Rucinski: Apple figured out the solution to such "problems" long ago...

Think how inaccessible computing would have been to the masses if it had been left to Apple. You can buy a separate bit for your IBM PC from different countries from different manufacturers at minimum cost plug it all together and hey presto it works and I have done this a few times. Apple just keep it all in house and it works well within limitations but I prefer the chaos of choice. Apple solutions have never appealed to me however they manifest themselves.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 09:21 UTC
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Jennyhappy2: Agree, it's up to each individual to decide what is best based on their needs. For some, a smaller pocket-size camera such as the RX100 III/IV with faster and shorter length lens may be more useful while others may opt for a travel zoom and go with the ZS100.

@Jennyhappy2
When you come in to the threads they always end up as a discussion on the RX100 that is for sure. The RX100 is only a variation on the same theme and there is no range of different types from them in this sector. If they bring out a more affordable long zoom true compact like this then that may have some relevance. It seems like you are flogging a dead horse trying to extol the virtues of the RX100 when the other makers seem to be much more adventurous and innovative with the sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 09:11 UTC
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Jennyhappy2: Agree, it's up to each individual to decide what is best based on their needs. For some, a smaller pocket-size camera such as the RX100 III/IV with faster and shorter length lens may be more useful while others may opt for a travel zoom and go with the ZS100.

Not really relevant then is it and shows the lack of range in the Sony cameras in this format. Given all the products in 1" now it is difficult to see why the RX100 needs a specific mention especially when it is such a different zoom range. Selling the RX100 on its uniqueness is wearing a bit thin don't you think?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 15:08 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (492 comments in total)
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Andrei L: I really dig the 18mm wide end of the new Nikon. That really is something that has been missing from the compact segment. Just hope the IQ is not much behind RX100 series. Likewise, the "only" 10x new Panasonic TZ with large sensor and F values looks like a good compromise. If only they stopped applying that stupid noise reduction smearing on anything over base ISO. I'd trade that with the new Olympus grainy look any given day.

Smearing at 100% level likely as not improves the picture at normal viewing. Just because you are getting detail at 100% does not mean the image is better. The obsessive must look at it under a microscope buying public are probably a very small proportion of users and the smearing may offset the flatter colour depth you get with a smaller sensor.
You may find the collagen structure of the most beautiful model in the world may not be aesthetically pleasing to a micro biologist but it hardly relevant in the real world and this site is probably as far as you can get away from the real world.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 11:27 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (492 comments in total)

I suppose the new 1" cameras are the crossover SUV's of the camera world.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 11:10 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (492 comments in total)
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Lance W: Panasonic LX100 dimensions: 115 x 66 x 55 mm (4.53 x 2.6 x 2.17″).
Nikon DL18-50 dimensions. 106 x 63 x 58 mm (4.17 x 2.48 x 2.28″).
Very similar weight. But the LX100 has a built-in viewfinder, a bigger sensor, and a faster lens. But the LX100 was too large? I really don't understand.

Do not forget the weight of dust in a LX100 after a period of use. At least your pockets will be nice and clean though.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 17:17 UTC
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