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On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (284 comments in total)

Nothing we didn't knew already.
While the technology evolves and do becomes better over the years, the human eye evolves at darwinian speed : for all practical matters, it doesn't.
If a camera could produce good enough pictures 10 years ago, it still does today.
And for that matter, if your current dated body still produces good enough pictures and doesn't get in your way of taking them, maybe you don't need to go after the newer body.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 10:43 UTC as 23rd comment
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Poweruser: f4... just too slow. Considering sensor size you will have the subject isolation capabilites of a smartphone.

How dofcentric...

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 18:03 UTC

"and 50-200mm (100-400mm, 35mm camera equivalent) telephoto zoom lens are presently under development"

That's a step ahead of "under consideration"

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 18:02 UTC as 10th comment
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (465 comments in total)
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Lights: I certainly wished Canon would have gotten with it when mirrorless was new. I would still be shooting Canon predominantly instead of contemplating adapters to use my lenses on M 43. I have always liked Canon colors and ergonomics. The EVF issue? External and internals have both advantages and disadvantages. Externals you can use em when needed and upgrade to a better when and if needed. Internals are handy and often cheaper when included in comparitive pricing. I think though it is unfair to compare to cameras with included EVF's since a camera without some sort of EVF in bright light is pretty useless. It's just my view that Canon came very late to the party.

Not just late into the party, their M-mount lens offering is what I'd expect after 2 years. It is soon the 5th year...

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 10:30 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1176 comments in total)

I'm having a thought for late Michael Reichmann who would have had certainly reviewed it.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 16:21 UTC as 25th comment
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)
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sunjester: 1200 bucks seems like a lot for a pen.

I don't understand. It is expensive for what it is as a camera upon release price or as a "Pen" ?
I mean, should have they branded it "OMD-F" instead, would have been fine?
In the interview, he does state that it's not a EP-5 replacement.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 13:39 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)
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Valentinian: DPREVIEW writes:
'the most direct competitors for the PEN-F are probably Sony's a6000 and Fujifilm's just-announced X-E2S - both of which are APS-C format cameras".

The only mention of the GX8 was that the Pen F uses the same sensor of the GX8.

I am biased, I tend to prefer the GX8, tho I suspect I'd be very happy with the Pen-F.
But in the comparison department, we have to be honest, the GX-8 is significantly bulkier. And I share the same feeling, it is a direct competitor.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 13:34 UTC

How about one that will prevent selfies? :p

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 02:55 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply
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belle100: Judging from the price, they must all be much higher quality. However, I don't understand why it needs to be higher quality than their still counterparts. I mean the resolution of 4K is 4096x2160, which is much lower than those of still image (typical 24MP) required.

Sharpness isn't the biggest deal in cine lenses. It is always important, but never as much as low distorsion, low vignette and low aberration. When the footage pans around, those pops in the eye immediately.
Low vignette wide open, that's why those lenses are big and expensive.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 13:30 UTC
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MustyMarie: AFAIK, Samyang have not produced an AF or full elec lens for any purpose, so manual all, and adding the gear driven is a good place to specialize in and make big profits, I am sure Indies will like them, or for Drone use as well.

Their 'normal' use lens (ILC, DSLR) seem to be pretty good, not best in class but then better than many name brands also!

a cine lens on a drone?!?

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 13:23 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1621 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: The struggle with this decision has generated years of mind-numbing posts regarding format equivalence. Hopefully, 'affordable' FF cameras will put those still in the throes of FFAS out of their misery once and for all. FF is a general purpose format. APS-C is either for the budget conscious or the reach-restricted (another way of saying budget conscious).

I've seen so many sports photographers covering the Canadian olympic swim trials, all carrying huge mono-pod mounted lenses. Not as if any of them couldn't afford a FF if they really needed it, yet the most common format I've seen is APS-C.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 01:01 UTC
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majicmoments: Progress is important i know... but i dont need 40 million pixels per image clogging up my i pad... How about achieving 25 iso Olympus?... or graduated filters in camera?..say grey/blue/nd grads.. now that would be a blast!

And it probably will be a feature that can be turned on and off.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 11:27 UTC
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RStyga: These announcements in the MF sector reinforce Pentax 645 digital series system as the most user-friendly, cost-friendly and full-featured one by far. Some pros would still pay the insane price of a Phase One (I'm referring to the cost of the matching back not the body or lenses) because of a certain feature they need but for everyone else Pentax 645 digital is the king.

Many medium format shooters, pros like you call them, uses gear they don't own. Rented or owned by the company they work for.
To them, the cost of the gear is not an issue.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 16:03 UTC
On article JVC introduces GY-LS300 4K camcorder with MFT mount (79 comments in total)
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dmartin92: So it's probably a waste to get 4K if you don't have a 4K television ? That's my question.

One of my friend has no 4K television at his home. Some of his videos have been projected on movie screens, tho. He knows why he wants 4K.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 15:08 UTC
On article Canon introduces new $78K 50-1000mm cine lens (176 comments in total)
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dialstatic: Many (hopefully) sarcastic comments here about how this lens would be a poor choice for an APS-C photo camera like 'it's not f/2.8', but I truly don't understand. Not being a video shooter, I wonder why this lens is so desirable for video. That's not a value judgment by the way: I know next to nothing about video and I'm honestly hoping to learn something here. Is it the incredible range? I would think videographers would use multiple lenses (as in the 7D mk video). What would be a typical use for a huge zoom like this one? And while I understand enough physics to see why they don't make a 50-1000 zoom 2.8, I wonder why this slow (...compared to photo zooms) aperture is apparently unproblematic for video. Can anyone explain?

Broadcast is mentionned and then there is all those optic requirements for cine lenses : extremely low tollerence to vignette, aberration and distorsion

you really don't want to pan through a lanscape following a golf ball with any significant vignette, distortion or aberration, they all show far more than on still images.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 15:16 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)
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Hen3ry: Not interested. No built-in flash.

It has built in EVF and a hot shoe as well as a bundled flash unit
Threre is only that much space and that's the compromise they took.
Too bad if thats not your cut of tea. I think its a defensible decision.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 18:16 UTC
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stevedigiphoto: Really this is not huge! My Oly 70-300 II zoomed to 250mm reaches the 'huge' length of 163mm and at 79mm diameter its only about 5mm larger. For me this looks to be a great addition to lens options for M43 - nice 2.8 aperture, fast focussing, great range, weather sealed and a perfect match for the excellent 12-40.


I hear you, and as a Panasonic shooter, this Olympus piece of glass has got some serious arguments over the excellent X35-100.
Neither of these lenses are macro, not by any stretch, but the 70cm minimal focus distance at the tele end of the Olympus is a good 15cm better than that of the Panasonic. Its quite a difference, both on the field and on explaining the size difference.

I actually value that too, as well as the extra reach and to me it outweigh the lack of IS.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:40 UTC
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Jogger: £549.99 = DOA

Sure, and I recall the same doom and gloom prophecy on the announcement of the PL25...

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 14:14 UTC
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bluevellet: Pricey on its own, but a fair deal with the GM1.

I still think the Lumix 14mm and the 20mm pancake primes make more sense size-wise on the GM1. This new 15mm prime looks better suited for bigger m43 cameras.

Nice touch with the aperture ring too, more m43 optics should have that feature.

How do you know its pricey? You saw the MTF charts..?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 14:11 UTC
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Madaboutpix: Okay, I dig the comments about the 6 aperture blades and the considerable weight. But we're talking a fairly fast metal-barrel f2.8 lens, and as a Pentaxian, I'm pleased to see a third-party manufacturer still bothering to produce K-mount lenses. And much as I love the IQ and the starbursts from my Pentax smc DA 15mm Limited, I must say that with every new lens Samyang is offering in the ultra-wide and fisheye compartments (where non-AF isn't such a big deal), I'm more tempted to give them a try. Especially when I look at their budget prices.

Pentax do have a DA 12-28mm ultra-wide zoom on their roadmap, which may well turn out to be a colaboration with Tokina. I expect that to be a wonderful lens, but I'm not so sure if I will be able to afford it without breaking the bank. Therfore, keep on, Samyang!

Hyperfocal distance is short for 10mm angle on APS-C, but when critical focus is needed, AF actually is a very big deal on wide angles.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 18:11 UTC
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