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Brian Steele: I used to have one of the cheaper Maniacs. My first digital camera. Stopped working when it got dropped and the FD head went out of alignment. Probably something that won't ever happen with other cameras... :)

Brian, try dropping one. :D)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:24 UTC
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sh10453: Just the looks alone were fascinating and intimidating back then.
We were working on a big project for one of the largest companies in North America, about 3 dozen of us, electrical engineers. We convinced management to buy one, especially for the convenience of the 1.44MB floppy storage.

The office assistance had a sign-up sheet, and when it was your turn to borrow it, she'd call you. People looked at you with envy and just wanted to ask about it. It wasn't affordable to many.

My first digital camera was a 1995 silver color Olympus, 500kp (one half a megapixel). People would look at me and shake their heads saying "what in the world do you need a 500kp for!!!".
Then in 1998 I upgraded to the Kodak 1 megapixel, and got even stranger looks!
Never mind the looks and comments when I bought the full frame Canon 5D with a set of Canon L lenses.
Those were the days!

Funny, to me he speaks with a distinctive US accent. I can understand, though, that to a native US speaker anything less than a home-grown pronunciation is readily identifiable. It would be the same for me hearing non-British people speaking English.

A French friend has lived in England since 1974 and she speaks excellent and fluent English but to me she hasn't entirely lost her French accent. Recently at a restaurant a French waiter could not place her French accent, guessing at all the French overseas territories before we had to enlighten him that she hailed from Paris! Oddly, she hadn't lost her French accident, but it seems it has been modified by living in England for so long. And to the waiter neither did she appear to have had her accent slightly Anglicised.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 13:21 UTC
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Mike Sandman: The Mavica was a neat product for its time - 1999 - but the use of a floppy disc drive highlights how much changed in just the next few years. By 2002, there were 5 MP sensors and 256 MB CF cards, which left the Mavica in the dust. The shrinking cost of sensors and memory were omens of the limited future of film.

It's interesting to note that after the Mavica, Sony stepped back from the leading edge, sticking largely with small sensor cameras, while Canon and Nikon stepped forward with practical DSLRS. Now Sony seems to be intent on reclaiming its position as an innovator, a position they held briefly with the likes of the Mavica.

@Hasa. And not forgetting the F828 battling it out with the other first 8meg cameras coming on the scene in 2003 from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Minolta, and my favourite, which I purchased, the Olympus W8080.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:52 UTC
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Ben Stonewall: Sony were quite innovative back in the day.

Ben, quite true. Something internet trolls railing against modern Sony tend to either forget or not know.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:39 UTC

I never used one of these early Sony digicams but they are today digital curiosities and part of history. So a few years ago I did acquire an FD71, floppies only, then an FD200 which used floppies and memory stick and up upped the resolution to 2meg. But the piece de resistance is my CD-500, a 5meg beauty using 8cm CD's and CD-R's.

I am very surprised by the image quality the CD-500 produces. Very sharp and clean images, and better in my eyes than a contempory Canon G5 I owned. It uses the same readily available FM50 battery as my R1 and the only downside to running it today is the lack of availablity, at least here in the UK, and high price of the discs. Fortunately I bought in a stock of 40 CD's and 10 CD-R's, so the camera isn't a dodo.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:32 UTC as 9th comment
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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reedjecdf: Warning to all.
Meyer-Optik-Görlitz does not exist as a Company and is not registered as such. The brand named lenses Meyer Optik are manufactured and distributed by GLOBELL, this is the text I have received from them
"Meyer-Optik-Görlitz is only a brand name, not a company. Globell and net SE are the companies that produce and distribute the lenses under the brand name Meyer-Optik-Görliz.
Buyers be aware before sending any money.

@Cameracist. Not really. Pentax and Ricoh have a history of producing excellent cameras and lenses (from wherever they are sourced) and this company doesn't. Instead it is using an old lens maker's name to peddle expensive lenses without a pedigree. In their day Meyer made entry and middling lenses for the likes of Pentacon, Praktica and Exakta. So-so performance when stopped down but apart from the current fad for the Trioplan, just cost effective lenses for cheap cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 17:07 UTC
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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HG Well: I Doubt that this Lens is made in Germany; Meyer-Görlitz is not a German company (anymore). It is just a marketing trick. Maybe they do a little tiny bit of the production process in Germany, so they can use the Label "Made in Germany".

Your observation goes back to the old argument about what "Made in xxx" actually means. It has been applied to parts fabricated elsewhere in country XX, and then shipped and assembled in country XXX. Then the fully assembled item is marketed as "Made in XXX". To others, Made in XXX means the whole process of manufacture to full assembly has to be carried out in the same country.

It is, as you say, a marketing ploy to take advantage of the perception that if it is Made in Germany it must be better. Not always so.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 15:59 UTC
On article Apple planning to open imaging research lab in France (43 comments in total)
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Baba Ganoush: Grenoble is a high-tech city with lots of research centers, an excellent university (Joseph Fourier), and on top of that it's very livable. The graduates of French universities in the physical sciences are top-notch, among the best in the world.

PS: I have to add that their university students are the politest in all of France. When my wife and I were visiting there and traveling on their light rail (tram) system, they kept standing up to offer us a seat, the young whippersnappers!

Lots of Brits did take note, as you know, and decided it was no longer for them.

I note that the Frenchwoman, Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, and who rolled out dire consequences if the UK left, is to face trial for alleged negligence in office. This has nothing to do with this dpr article, as much as yours doesn't.

No doubt you are weighing up your options and judge the time when it will be most economically convenient for you to leave. You would be welcome to stay, so the decision is yours.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 15:39 UTC
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marc petzold: Just for example, my old, beloved Sony DSC-R1 is 24-120/2.8-4.8, so this superzoom Zeiss is not only does feature much more reach from focal length terms, but also even faster from speed, on both ends - really amazing. The R1 lens was worth alone 1000 bucks back into 2005...and the R1 onto it was basically free. ;)

Marc, I missed your reply, but yes the lens is a cracker. Dpr's review is still on site and I was surprised to be reminded of how it compared to the Canon equivalents needed to cover the same focal length and quality. Also the number of "Firsts" it debuted with.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 12:10 UTC

At Legacy GT.

The Canon Selphy 1200. It prints using dye-sub and can print to standard 6x4 inches. The battery pack is optional. I'm not into this sort of thing, and I haven't been able to find out if it will wirelessly connect to a wireless enabled camera, although it will with a smartphone or tablet. Given that the majority of smartphones now have quite good cameras on board, the results using the Selphy are likely to be much better.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 09:56 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies

@ Simon Joinson. That is exactly what I found. The moment I logged in, back came my preferred black screen. Super.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 09:39 UTC as 13th comment

The litmus test. I tried viewing in the white mode for a little while and found it was uncomfortable. Switched back to the black mode, no problems viewing over extended period. There has to be a reason why black works better. Not scientific, I know, but having a large expanse of white hitting my retina when I am trying to differentiate small black text from the glare of the background must have something to do with it.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 09:34 UTC as 14th comment
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)
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AJDVD: I wish there would be a real medium size digital alternative for 6x6 or 6x7.
Do not forget nominal 37.52cm2 for a 6x7 Mayima film camera. While the Hasselblad or any other sensor is just 21.69cm2. With all the consequences in depth of field, color-resolution, etc.
Please Sony make a 56X56 or 56x67 sensor.
Of course it means larger lenses and body but think about a modern version of Fuji's analogue folder.
Dreaming because those sensors would be really expensive right now.

I suppose if one could do without AF, the lenses could be just the same size as the original Zeiss lenses for the 500 series. And these lenses weren't that bad, either. :D)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 09:53 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)

Can't see on the Hasselblad site any reference to IS, in-body or lens, nor in-built sensor cleaning. Or does the physical size of the senor preclude such niceties?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 09:47 UTC as 113th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)
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lucinio: Who made lenses ? Nikon, Fuji or...?

Lenses are not made by Fuji, but another Japanese company, Nittoh, not Nikkoh.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 09:26 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: The plastic mount is a disappointment but it will probably be a typical Canon M lens; sharp, cheap, sell a ton. Even the lens hood is included. The 55-200 has a plastic mount too, and it's reasonably sharp and cheap.

Plastic mounts may not be as robust as metal, and would certainly not stand up to years of heavy use, but for a small light lens like this one, I doubt it is a disadvantage.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 11:09 UTC
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Richard Franiec: Any M-mount lens release is an indication that the EOS-M line is still alive and kicking. The built in ring light is a very clever if not revolutionary feature.
Bravo Canon!

As far as I have determined it is not a ring light, but two separate LED's and I assume, then, that images may have shadows from uneven illumination. This is not to knock the lens, just that true ring flash units provide even lighting without shadows. Test results may prove me wrong, though.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 11:06 UTC
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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul: It's not innovative just re-cycle.

Or, how about the Yashica Dental Eye cameras, see here:

Both have non-detachable lenses, unlike the Nikon. As for usability, they are almost idiot proof and correct exposure is virtually guaranteed as the flash output is constant and the aperture is varied according to the magnification factor and closes down the closer the subject. They also have a small modelling lamp which you can see at the top front of the lens.

Price-wise, they are an absolute bargain compared to the Nikon. The main let down is they can't infinity focus, and actually nothing beyond 1:10 in the case of the 55mm or 1:15 for the 100mm.

Tripod mounted they are capable of truly excellent results, although the 100mm is the more practical lens of the two. I have a Model 1 and III

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 10:50 UTC
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acidic: 1.2x macro on a 1.6x APS-C body will yield almost 2x equivalent magnification in 35mm terms. Now if only I can figure out what the equivalent aperture would be.

Only a thought, as the equivalent aperture calculation does not affect exposure and you can see the DoF anyway on the camera screen, how would knowing it be of actual benefit?

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 08:44 UTC
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lambert4: I always teetered on the edge of trying it but the low resolution result was just too imrtant. I hope they find success in whatever they choose, it was acompletely new platform for photography they tried to introduce. Now companies like panasonic have focus pull and other variations. Kudos and best of luck!

Good point. The pixel count isn't enough in itself to equal quality. Whereas a good lens, a la our Canon models, is.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 12:16 UTC
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