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On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1176 comments in total)
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rialcnis: Wonderful, but why no 4k+ video? No VR. That would have really been something. Lenses will cost a fortune. It's nice but only revolutionary for still shooters only.

Hasselblad and their customers don't have the philosophy of cramping a million features and buzzwords into a product. This is a specialized tool for someone who a a clear objective of how to use it.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 18:16 UTC
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villagranvicent: $500 for a lens with this specs, made in China and by an unknown company? Thanks but no thanks.

@neil holmes - I mean the Laowa is poor, sorry for the confusion. The Canon 17mm T/S is amazing!

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 01:10 UTC
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dansclic: Oh dear, completely manual in 2016..... Dedicated to patient people, which I am not unfortunately....

You do realize that Canon doesn't make its TiltShift lenses with autofocus neither. The Canon 17mm T/S, 24mm T/S, 90mm T/S are all manual focus.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
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villagranvicent: $500 for a lens with this specs, made in China and by an unknown company? Thanks but no thanks.

Considering that it's one of the very few ultrawide lenses that can shift, it's not too expensive. The closest alternative is a $2,000+ Canon 17mm F4 T/S. It's not a great price neither, considering the poor optical performance.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
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GabrielZ: This all seems very interesting but I still don't understand how dual sensors, folded optics and algorithms can achieve 5x optical zoom quality if there is no actual optical zooming going on. How is this achieved? The article wasn't clear to me on that...layman explanation of computational imaging please?

My understanding is the same as what otto k is describing. However, I hope the company has some magic to do better than that, or else only the center would be sharp while zooming.

By the way, folded optic usually means they put the lens sideways and use a mirror at 45 degree angle to reflect light from the lens to the sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 23:02 UTC
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Silmarion: 50K images in 1 year and not a single one that struck him. Well, he surely does something wrong then. Just from my last trip I got at least dozen that struck me. And BTW I wasn't even shooting staged scenes like this Von guy. I guess to someone photography is a competition rather than a hobby.

"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop." - Ansel Adams

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 17:27 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (734 comments in total)
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matthew saville: No need for a leap forward in battery technology or a fundamental change in the factory. Cell phones these days have ~3000 mAh batteries, DSLRs have ~2000 mAh batteries, and neither of those are much larger than a Sony NP-FW50, yet the Sony (A7, RX, A6000 battery) is a paltry 1020 mAh.

My older generation cell phone even has a 2000 mAh battery, and I can carry three spare batteries around that weigh nothing.

Considering how popular the deep, elongated grip on the Nikon D750 has been, I'm shocked that Mirrorless cameras haven't adopted a similar expansion of grip size, potentially offering 2-3X additional space for battery increase.

Oh well. I already bought ~30,000 mAh worth of external battery power for my Sony, since all Sony mirrorless cameras accept USB power input. Since almost all of what I do is from a tirpod, I'll just leave USB battery packs (Anker, etc.) gaff-taped to my tripod legs.

That's because phone batteries are only 3.7 Volts, while Sony NP-FW50 is 7.4 Volts. You have to put 2 li-on cells together to double up the voltage.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 22:04 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (734 comments in total)

Glad to see Ming Thein's article here as I'm a longtime fan of his blog. I particularly liked his article about photography styles, especially cinematic style a lot. He's kind of a genius (Master degree from Oxford at age 16) and is capable of thinking about stuff mere mortals don't. He's overly critical about gears, but people who shoot a lot tend to be like that. Agree with him or not, he certainly broadened my horizon.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 21:46 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply
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RPJG: Way to go, (some) DPR commentators!

Here's a report on a fantastic new technology that holds amazing promise for our hobby/profession. Yet within the first dozen comments we've got :

1. fretting that it isn't good enough,

2. the beginnings of a ludditical OVF/EVF thread, and

3. the beginnings of an Apple-makes-me-jizz-my-pants thread.


And that's what the comments are for - keeping reality in check, plus some ... uhmm... entertainment. Researchers always show off the advantages of the new technology to get funding while hiding the disadvantages; the press always speaks it in hyperbole and often time with wrong application for the technology. Without the comments some people might think that one day they can replace their lens with a flat one without any compromise.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 19:07 UTC
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57even: Why are so many people obsessed with how successful a company was or how many cameras it sold? (Emphasis on past tense).

It has nothing to do with the merits or otherwise of individual cameras, or how the market may be changing.

Because unlike other electronics, when we buy an interchangeable lens camera, we buy into the entire system. If it's a great camera without future support for the system, then the camera is a dead end. How well the company is doing determines the future of the system.

A weak company probably won't have the resources to introduce many lenses and accessories in the future. It costs a lot to develop a new lens and thus companies can't do it unless the lens can sell in high quantity.

The M3 is probably a good mirrorless camera, but now it's clear that buying into the M system in the US is a dead end. Existing M owners won't have a way to upgrade or to buy new lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 23:53 UTC

Everybody secretly wanted Canon to dominate the mirrorless market. When it didn't, we declared Canon failed us.

On the contrary, it's a good thing that Canon is not serious about mirrorless. Canon should focus on what it does well, which is DSLR, and leave mirrorless to the other players.

The real mistake is to introduce the M system at all. Canon should have taken a strong stand and not divert R&D money to mirrorless. Had they invested more in DSLR, maybe their recent DSLR releases wouldn't be so negatively received by the enthusiast community.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 23:08 UTC as 132nd comment | 7 replies
On photo There's Still Love In Tomorrow Land in JmaverickPro's photo gallery (1 comment in total)


Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2015 at 08:31 UTC as 1st comment
On article Have your say: Best High-end Compact Camera of 2014 (80 comments in total)
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Raist3d: How is the Panasonic FZ1000 a compact category camera????

Mount a 400mm F4 lens on a DSLR and you'll see how truly compact the FZ1000 is.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 19:23 UTC
On article Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z (249 comments in total)

When a lot is at steak, you need a medium well done :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 18:29 UTC as 53rd comment
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Prognathous: Ricoh did this 15 years ago. Quote:

"One of the RDC-7's most interesting features is its "PRO" high-resolution exposure function. There are actually three different PRO modes, two of them making use of the same basic innovation: The camera has the ability to take two full-resolution shots in very rapid succession, displacing the CCD sensor a half the width of a pixel between each shot.(For the real technoids out there, we're told this is accomplished with a mounting arrangement involving a piezoelectric actuator that minutely shifts the CCD during the second exposure of the series.) The camera then takes the two slightly offset 3.3 megapixel images and combines them together into nearly 7 megapixels of raw image data."


The difference is that sensor read-outs are much faster today and processors are also faster. This means it's less of a pain to use. I hope Olympus can make it possible to hand hold the camera in this mode.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 00:47 UTC
On article Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II (281 comments in total)
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piratejabez: Looks promising! But please, please don't get addicted to these buzzfeed-style clickbait titles...


Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:22 UTC
On article HTC introduces the RE digital camera (102 comments in total)
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dylanbarnhart: What really matters in a picture is the content. Seeing the face expression of someone you know doing something crazy is more interesting than looking at another pixel-perfect postcard-wannabee landscape.

The difference between an action cam and a camera/iPhone:

. Taking a shot doesn't interrupt the "moment", because there's no rear LCD or viewfinder to divert attention to.

. The RE can be clipped onto clothes. See it the clip here http://liliputing.com/2014/09/htc-could-launch-a-re-camera-in-october.html.

. Photo can be taken remotely by someone else via a phone app, but the perspective is up-close. For example, clip it onto one player in a team sport.

. Ultrawide angle on the RE is much wider than most phones and cameras. That way the shot feels more close and more real. The wide angle also makes it easy to compose (everything is in the frame) and focus (probably focus free).

. The photographer is part of the action, not a distant observer. This allows the face expression and the action to be natural. People tend to pose in front of a camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2014 at 00:10 UTC
On article HTC introduces the RE digital camera (102 comments in total)

What really matters in a picture is the content. Seeing the face expression of someone you know doing something crazy is more interesting than looking at another pixel-perfect postcard-wannabee landscape.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 23:59 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies

The comparison picture is a big lie. It should mount the 12-35mm X Vario F2.8 on the GX7 instead of that prime pancake lens. Then the size difference will be obvious.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 17:23 UTC as 195th comment | 1 reply
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