Richard Murdey

Richard Murdey

Lives in Japan Kyoto, Japan
Joined on Aug 21, 2002

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On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 2: Full-Frame (343 comments in total)

D610 with 87%/gold vs. "Best overall full-frame" 82,84/silver of the K1, A7ii.

Okay. I guess you are going to finesse that by telling me they are somehow classed different so the scores are not compatible yadda-yadda, but I mean come on: the only reason not to get a D610 in that group is because you already bought a refurbished D750 for $1400 on Black Friday.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 00:56 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (201 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: I agree, Canon has played out the compromises inherent to the format better than Sony for a nicer real-world, actual-in-use overall experience *as a compact camera*. And unlike Nikon they have actually shipped product. So, yeah, go Canon!

@DamianFl

The Sony does do lots of cool things doesn't it? I don't even have a problem with all the tech. The problem, as I see it, is Sony can't resist making it as fancy and complicated as possible, instead of as clean and simple as possible.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 23:58 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (201 comments in total)

I agree, Canon has played out the compromises inherent to the format better than Sony for a nicer real-world, actual-in-use overall experience *as a compact camera*. And unlike Nikon they have actually shipped product. So, yeah, go Canon!

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 05:01 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (160 comments in total)
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noflashplease: Just how much cost cutting is acceptable in a $2,200 lens? For this price, I'd expect a ring ultrasonic motor, not a geared micromotor. The rest of the build looks cheap and old fashioned as well. This is what I'd expect from bargain bin 3rd party lens of yesteryear, not a Nikkor at this price level.

Maybe the micromotor has higher torque and provides faster and more precise control? Maybe the lens would have ended up ridiculously large with a ring motor. We don't know. It's pretty doubtful cost was the concern.

The only cost cutting on display is in quality/process control, such that a lens would ship with a large chunk of resin/glue/cement visible inside, or become visible shortly after the customer takes delivery of it. Which, sorry to say, you can put down to "new assembly line" or "made in China" as you like.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 04:34 UTC
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (160 comments in total)
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WIMorrison: For the uninitiated can you tell me what the GMR unit is and why we mustn't look at it let alone touch or breathe on it?

correction:

I shouldn't have said "confirmation", that was misleading as the AF lock is of course optical and confirmed in camera.

It's the encoding for the position and speed of the focus element, this data is used to control the motor. It's very very delicate and if it didn't work neither would the autofocus.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 04:28 UTC
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (160 comments in total)
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WIMorrison: For the uninitiated can you tell me what the GMR unit is and why we mustn't look at it let alone touch or breathe on it?

It's something like the read/write head of a hard drive. There's a strip of magnetically encoded material around the lens, the focussing motion moves the strip under the sensor giving precise position information to pass back to the camera's autofocus.

You screw with the sensor/strip position, focus confirmation will be forever off.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 03:56 UTC
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Kaktus Kontrafaktus: I wonder if they could extent KAF4 support to even older cameras (K-5, K-5II, K-30).

Did Pentax plan ahead when they designed the K-3 & K-50 (perhaps the final implementation turned out to be different so they had to put in some extra time to make it work) or is entirely done in software?

@Smitty1

I read it this way: the fact that it took a while for the K-3 and K-50 to get the update means adding support in firmware is relatively complex and time consuming for each camera. It's not just a copy-paste operation.

So even if the hardware allows it there will be an arbitrary cutoff where Ricoh decides its no longer worth the effort.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 22:20 UTC
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (163 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Even this $500 camera, sensor IQ better than $2000 E-M1 II
I don't know what people think.

I agree there is some interesting lens in MFT system
to me is the small and cheap telephoto pancake Lumix 35-100 mm F4-5.6

but just buy he cheapest and lightest body to use these lens like GF7 ,E-M10 II . E-PL8...etc
Buying heavy and expensive MFT make no sense to me
but that is your money

So why doesn't everyone go out and just buy the D3400? I don't understand! [Munch The Scream face: WHYYYY?] Buying heavy and expensive APSC dSLRs makes no sense to me but that is your money. :-P

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 00:55 UTC
On article Slik Lite tripods feature built-in LED lights (46 comments in total)

Fridgetoaster.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 00:33 UTC as 15th comment
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (163 comments in total)
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Wu Jiaqiu: it looks like my Nikon J5....be a good replacement for it

http://camerasize.com/compare/#695,614

You're welcome.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (158 comments in total)

What is the practical benefit of displaying live view on the rear LCD and the optical TTL image into the viewfinder simultaneously?

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 00:29 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: This is making me nostalgic. A really wide lens without tons of barrel distortion. (This was the norm in the film era when there was no way to correct the distortion.)

Personally, I'd rather see more lenses with low distortion than more gold coatings and bubble-shaped bokeh, etc. And the bonus is when there is no distortion to correct, sharpness does not suffer from having to move all those pixels.

I'm not a fan of software distortion correction, but I conceded fotopizza's point that added optical correction may in principle adversely affect sharpness more than software correction given enough pixels on the sensor.

I'd love to hear someone from, say, Nikon Optics voice their opinion on this though.

Thing is, most modern lenses are NOT trading off optical correction for sharpness. They are trading for lower manufacturing cost, more compact size, and, above all, for a larger maximum aperture... all elements which tend to reduce lens performance overall. So even though indirect, the ground-level association of software correction is with less sharpness, not more.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 07:05 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (709 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: The ability to convert RAW files to jpeg in camera is something of an emergency feature like being able to use alkaline AA batteries: technically useful, but something I have neither used nor factored in a purchasing decision for years.

These days when you can easily convert the RAW files on your phone even, I think we can safely consign the feature to history and no longer trot out a demerit if a camera is missing it.

_Disgracious_, surely not?

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 00:37 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (709 comments in total)

The ability to convert RAW files to jpeg in camera is something of an emergency feature like being able to use alkaline AA batteries: technically useful, but something I have neither used nor factored in a purchasing decision for years.

These days when you can easily convert the RAW files on your phone even, I think we can safely consign the feature to history and no longer trot out a demerit if a camera is missing it.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 23:43 UTC as 46th comment | 5 replies
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Banana Chips™: Reason to consider: Ricoh GR *drops mic*

A smartphone has a completely sealed camera unit, and millions of dollars of R&D goes into durability testing those top-tier phones.

The Ricoh GR has a delicate retracting lens mechanism that is not environmentally sealed. I've read so many people complaining of dust on the sensor, right from the original GR Digital model, all people who have kept the camera in their pockets without the case. Effect ... meet cause ...

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 23:06 UTC
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noisephotographer: Reasons not to buy:
-Too much depth of field, the Canon G1x II would be a much better choice in this regard, even the Lx100
-No touchscreen (maybe not extremely relevant because of the deep depth of field, but could be also very useful for the user interface, pinch to zoom, etc)
-no in-camera raw processing as far as I know
-only up to 70mm equivalent focal length
-not the best quality you can get in a small camera, for example Fuji X70(albeit less detail) or Canon M3+22mm f/2
-Sony's jpgs and auto white balance could be better

I have never used one, on a camera at least. I imagine that it could come in useful from time to time for focus point selection in live view, as well as menu navigation, image review, that sort of thing. Anything beats a 4-way D-pad.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 12:53 UTC
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noisephotographer: Reasons not to buy:
-Too much depth of field, the Canon G1x II would be a much better choice in this regard, even the Lx100
-No touchscreen (maybe not extremely relevant because of the deep depth of field, but could be also very useful for the user interface, pinch to zoom, etc)
-no in-camera raw processing as far as I know
-only up to 70mm equivalent focal length
-not the best quality you can get in a small camera, for example Fuji X70(albeit less detail) or Canon M3+22mm f/2
-Sony's jpgs and auto white balance could be better

-Hate touch screens.

This opinion valid until the touch-enabled RX100VI comes out after which touchscreens will be declared vital.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 07:26 UTC
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Digital Suicide: With all due respect to Sony, personally I would go with Lumix DMC-GM1 which goes for 1/3 of the Sony's price. Bigger sensor, same pocketable size. All that super power and speed that Sony has is irrelevant to me.

I find it as valid a rationale as the "you cannot compare this with that because the lens sticks out 10mm more and it doesn't do 4k video" brigade.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 07:24 UTC
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Banana Chips™: Reason to consider: Ricoh GR *drops mic*

Guys - stop stuffing your camera into your jeans pocket. That is not where $500+ of precision digital imaging equipment is supposed to be stored.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 07:16 UTC
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Alex Permit: All the negatives are an artifact of the one outstanding feature: the camera is SMALL. For a 1" sensor WITH a viewfinder, there is no smaller camera around. Period. No other 1" camera will fit as easily into a (well fitted) suit jacket. Physics dictates that something has to give. That means a smaller battery and shorter lens.

Of course if you don't care about the size, if you have big hands, there are many other options available.

"Physics dictates that something has to give."

Yup: people's desire to pay $950+ for it.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 07:08 UTC
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