Richard Murdey

Richard Murdey

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

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"user-changeable wheels"

With low-rider, racing slicks, and all-terrain as available options.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 00:45 UTC as 9th comment
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Nikonandmore: There will come a day when everyone will record their lives on photos and video 24 hours a day. My only question is who the f... k will watch it and who gives a damn?

People are starting to forget, just to live life instead.

"There will come a day when everyone will record their lives on photos and video 24 hours a day."

How did you manage to get from "records a 10 seconds video clip" to hand-wringing about 24/7 livestreaming?

It doesn't even make logical sense as an extrapolation to some apocalyptic future. You can already do this today with a GoPro or similar, have been able to for years. Remember Google Glass? Do people upload 24/7 video to Youtube? Basically no. The society of Internet 2.0 is build around views and likes. It naturally discourages boringness.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 00:41 UTC

That's a 24-120 on the D810 though, and just a 32-64 on the 50S.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 08:24 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: 4/3 sensor is dated imho. They date back to when larger sensors were really expensive. Enthusiasts demand better performance nowadays at the $1000+ pricepoint. All TV/Monitors today are 16:9 as well so the 4/3 format is a bit awkward except for more traditional applications like print (magazines). In very small form factors the 4/3" format is nice but on larger cameras it makes little sense except maybe for the smaller lenses and increased affordability (if any). That does not mean that the OM-D cameras are bad cameras. On the contrary they are excellent just that there are better options for most folks available today.

"16:9 is just a cropped 4:3"

Which way round you phrase it is completely subjective depending on the desired output crop. Even if you chop off the edges though, APSC is still a fair bit bigger than FT, so even in the best case FT just loses the argument a little less than it does otherwise.

Especially now with the Fuji MF announcement though, it's all just points on a continuous line. You pick your parameters, your system format pros and cons, and get on with your life. There is nothing either inferior or inefficient about MFT or any other format.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 00:39 UTC
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weixing: WOW... The 25mm F1.2 is as big and heavy as a FF lens...

For the same noise/DR/color depth of a FF camera at ISO800 the MFT camera would have to operate at ISO200, so the exposure time would have to be quadrupled.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 23:55 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (360 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This kit will sell like hotcakes.

$330 for such a capable camera plus two pretty nice lenses seems like a bargain. And you will probably soon see it for $299 or less.

As Olympus and Panasonic keep climbing the food chain in search of higher profits with $800 entry level cameras, Yi hits them hard at the bottom end.

This will get interesting.

I'll accept a cut down interface and reduced functionality when buying budget gear, but I won't accept a *poor* interface and *broken* functionality.

That's not worth saving $200 for.

I hope this camera is good. I just don't think it is necessarily good because it happens to be cheap.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 06:36 UTC
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weixing: WOW... The 25mm F1.2 is as big and heavy as a FF lens...

It is sensor size that matters, not pixel size*, as any comparison is normalized to a constant resolution.

*within reason, certain caveats re. fabrication apply, but for the purposes of this discussion a 36MP FF sensor is every bit as as good as an 18MP one.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 08:12 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's latest kit at Photokina (129 comments in total)

By the way did Pentax even show up to this event?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 02:43 UTC as 11th comment
On article Hands-on with Nikon's latest kit at Photokina (129 comments in total)
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Achiron: KeyMission 80 is really sexy af. Really classic design, I kinda want that, oddly.

I think they really missed out by not making it with a built-in cigarette lighter though.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 02:40 UTC
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weixing: WOW... The 25mm F1.2 is as big and heavy as a FF lens...

I can't resist:

"a cat and a man sits facing the sun the man is 18 times the size of the cat
does 18 times more light illumunate him? or do they recieve the same warmth"

Assuming 18 times difference in surface area and the same reflectivity, the man will receive 18 times more light and absorb 18 times more energy. How much warmth i.e. temperature increase each will experience is actually a more difficult problem since it requires knowing the heat capacities, but on the assumption that living things are mostly water and the volume scales as the cube of size while area as the square of size, I can safely say the cat will feel a greater temperature rise... not withstanding biological energy loss through sweating, the insulating properties of fur and various other considerations which are probably a little beyond the scope of your original query.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 01:30 UTC
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weixing: WOW... The 25mm F1.2 is as big and heavy as a FF lens...

@cosinaphile

please read the dpreview explainer.

"the ff is 864 sqmm
the m43 is 225 sqmm so what"

so ... everything. Each ff photo is being recorded with four times as much light, meaning four times better signal to noise, four times more DR, four times more color depth, four times more of whatever metric you care to judge these things by.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 01:17 UTC
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Collie Camp: A 50mm 2.4 lens? Let´s see, the great Canon 40mm 2.8 STM seems similar...pretty sharp too...

...for 189,- €

Naa. The Canon is just to small, a pancake, I´ll take that 1199€ lens ;)

The comparisons can be recycled endlessly. Two things:

1. Trying to make small format compete in light gathering with full frame gets exponentially more ridiculous the harder you try.

2. For some people who are already heavily invested in small format systems it's worth the expense.

There's a breakpoint, where you feel you have to take your MFT friends aside as tell them: "look, this just isn't viable anymore, if you want more sensitivity use a bigger sensor", but at $1200 this 25/1.2 is still just about within the bounds of sanity as a very high quality MFT standard lens. At 6x the price of the Nikkor 50/1.8G though, it's definitely teetering on the brink.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:27 UTC
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weixing: WOW... The 25mm F1.2 is as big and heavy as a FF lens...

The light gathering of ... an f/2.4 aperture on full frame.

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care/4

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:14 UTC
On article YI enters the mirrorless race with the M1 (56 comments in total)
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crsantin: Looks mysteriously like a Samsung.

Yes, I'd say more styling cues taken here from the NV10/11 than the Leica T.

Which is no bad thing - I always liked the look of those early Samsungs.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:53 UTC
On article YI enters the mirrorless race with the M1 (56 comments in total)
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IR1234: Guess they'll be renaming it later today after a chat with Canons lawyers.

Yeah, just like Leica went after Canon. O wait...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:14 UTC
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K1000usr: Is there a camera which sync's at 1/8000 shutter speed? Thanks.

Any camera can if the flash burn time is long enough to cover the transit time of the curtains across the frame.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 00:59 UTC
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sfracerdaniel: Canon still hasn't grasped the concept of "sell a cheap handle, make money on the blades". It seems they believe in the exact opposite.

It's digital. There are no blades.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 06:03 UTC
On article Getty Images asks court to throw out $1B lawsuit (102 comments in total)

I hope dpreview will keep us informed as the case develops. It will be interesting to see what the judge makes of it.

If you ask me Getty screwed over their defense back when they targeted the photographer with a takedown notice. That shows clearly that they didn't consider the photos public domain as they now claim.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 01:33 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (136 comments in total)

This was hands down the premiere digital camera of its day. Though later models improved the formula by 2004 or so dSLRs had started to dominate and "high end digicams" (R1, LC1, F828, C8080) ceased to have the same luster. In 2005 the 5D came out and it was all over.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 00:17 UTC as 40th comment
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)
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Manbungo Skumbaum Chimwala: Wow, the iPhone 7 is shaping up to be every bit the DSLR killer it was rumored to be! Looks like there will soon be a second mass extinction of dinosaurs shortly...

With any FL 56 mm and up they can combine a crop section of the wide angle data with the normal camera output. The extra data will be lower resolution, but could be used to reduce noise in low light where noise reduction has already reduced the effective resolution. Cropping reduces the effective aperture, but the wide angle is f/1.8 so it would end up adding about 50% more light to the photo overall at 56 mm eff. i.e. it would be worthwhile doing and I'm sure the smart people at Apple have this figured out already.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 07:55 UTC
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