peevee1

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On article Apple is on camera-engineer hiring spree (87 comments in total)

"Until now Apple's camera modules are sourced from external suppliers, such as Sony, but one implication of the recent hiring spree is that this might be about to change. "

"about" meaning "maybe in 5 years if their development succeeds". If it is about development at all and not about formulating requirements for suppliers, validation etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 21:24 UTC as 12th comment
On article Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores (195 comments in total)

"Chapter 7 filing lists between $50-$100 million in assets and $10-$50 million in liabilities."

If assets exceed liabilities, why file for bankruptcy? Especially Chapter 7?

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 02:46 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)
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WhiteSwan: Nikon make great DSLRs (usually) and great lenses and flashes to go with them, but everything else they make falls short of the mark.

What great lenses? The latest and greatest and very expensive 58mm is nothing but a disgrace. DX still hasn't got a full set after 15 years, and what it has is just mediocre.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 02:42 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)

"But then again, this is a model with an optional viewfinder so that people who don't want a viewfinder don't have to pay for it, that Nikon US plans only to sell in bundles with the viewfinder. At which point, I'm beginning to wonder whether any of this makes sense."

Here is the sense for you. Markets are different. Asia likes their small, viewfinderless form factor. They got it. US likes their bigger, DSLR-like form factor. We got it too (with EVF and grip on). And Nikon saved a bunch of money in fixed costs designing and preparing for mass production only 1 model of this class instead of 2 (unlike, say, Olympus with both E-P5 which does not sell well in the US and E-M10 which should sell better). And then they saved fixed costs in the low-volume (for mirrorless) US again shipping (and of course marketing etc) only one kit instead of several different kits. And for low volumes fixed costs is all that matters.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 02:39 UTC as 110th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)
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peevee1: At 20 and 60 fps:
1) how many bits per pixel it captures? 10? 8?
2) how many lines it skips at 60 fps?

High speed readout usually does not get everything, and if you read sensor spec, with high-speed readout the read noise is so high that data beyond 8-10 information drowns in this noise even at base ISO.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 02:17 UTC
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peevee1: "the new 10-30mm lens is equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zoom capability, ideal for capturing sharp and steady HD video."

What is so unique about it, Olympus 12-50 did the same 2 years ago, and Panasonic 14-42PZ was very similar even a few months before. Since then Sony E 16-50 and Olympus 14-42EZ work the same way.

But that supertele opens new grounds and finally makes Nikon 1 system worthwhile for birders etc.

No, the price is of course ridiculous. But, people buy a lot of ridiculous stuff. If somebody is really into birding etc, but tired of hauling Bigma with a serious APS-C DSLR, this might be a solution - if only for daytime. At least until some descendant of Pana FZ200 gets working C-AF with tracking.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:33 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)
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sandy b: So with the 10-30 and the 70-300 (ED glass & nano coatings) you get a 2 lens system that goes from equivalent 27-810 @ 20 FPS with full AF. Interested to see the IQ of the new 18 mp sensor. This might be nice compact birding rig.
2.36 million dots in the EVF, should be good. I honestly thought the kit would be about a grand, $1200 for the kit, grip and EVF is a bit cheaper than I thought.

DPR, when you say similar, do you mean the Sony and the Nikon will AF equally well?

"27-810 @ 20 FPS"

You'll have a gap between 81 and 189mm equivalents, I use it most for sports BTW. So add 30-110 there.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 18:25 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)

DPR wrote: "The V3 has a large advantage over its predecessor, not only having more contrast detect areas (171 vs. 135), but more phase detect points as well (171 vs. 73)."

Their press-release says that only center 105 areas support phase detection, not all 171.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 18:13 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)

"One other design-related thing to note is that the V3 now uses microSD cards instead of the traditional SD cards used by the V2. It's not really clear why they're using them, as there's plenty of room on the camera for a 'full size' SD card."

When good people in Fuji and Pana upgrade to UHS-II, Nikon downgrades to microSD. That, as well as non-standard port, is their way to screw their mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 18:11 UTC as 107th comment
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)

At 20 and 60 fps:
1) how many bits per pixel it captures? 10? 8?
2) how many lines it skips at 60 fps?

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 18:04 UTC as 108th comment | 2 replies

DPR wrote: "but has on-chip phase detection that covers nearly 100% of the frame."

But the press-release does not say that. It says "With 171 contrast detect focus areas and the _center_ 105 areas supporting phase detection AF"...

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 18:01 UTC as 17th comment
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J2Gphoto: I don't know what they are thinking at Nikon. Maybe counting on loyalists to buy these? That zoom is between $300 and $400 more than other mirrorless systems.

The only other mirrorless system which has supertele (s) - 3 of them - is m43. Of course 75-300 II is about half the price.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
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oeriies: The sample images from this lens posted by Nikon are soft to my eye:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Nikon1-Lenses/3345/1-NIKKOR-VR-70-300-f%252F4.5-5.6.html#!/media:image:3345_sample-photo_01.jpg

So if you're not going to close the door because of the price the question is going to be how much of a hit in IQ you're going to be willing to accept in exchange for great portability in the super telephoto range..

Portability is not that great either - Olympus 75-300 II for m43 is actually ~140g lighter.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:53 UTC
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RichRMA: The 70-300 lens costs 2x what the current DX lens costs for the DSLRs. That's pretty extreme.

But does not have to cover image circle anywhere as big. See how focal reducers increase sharpness?

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:45 UTC
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aqasem: A 24-85mm equ. lense with constant 2.8f can be very attractive as a bundle for this system! good capable video require good capable lense bundled too.

Buy m43 with 12-40. Plus get a stop of quality.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
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Stanny1: A 10-30mm yields a minimum of 27mm? What does it take to go to REAL wide-angle? My NEX-3 has 18mm at very low cost. That's why you don't want anything less than a APS-C sensor. Rephrased question: Why anything less than an APS-C sensor?"
In the case of the V1-V3, why should I pay more for a tiny sensor? If you want a small sensor, get a cheap compact.

The distortion is fixed in software though, transparently for a user. It is not a film, so who cares?

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:41 UTC

"the new 10-30mm lens is equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zoom capability, ideal for capturing sharp and steady HD video."

What is so unique about it, Olympus 12-50 did the same 2 years ago, and Panasonic 14-42PZ was very similar even a few months before. Since then Sony E 16-50 and Olympus 14-42EZ work the same way.

But that supertele opens new grounds and finally makes Nikon 1 system worthwhile for birders etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:38 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
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D200_4me: Meanwhile...the magical unicorns controlling the in-body VR inside my E-M1 continues to do a better job than my former Nikkor lenses. :-)

"Even at Tele range?
Oh you dont have tele lens for EM1 yet"

You mean 3 600mm-equivalents are not tele enough for you?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
On article HTC One 2014 leaks, comes with 'Duo Camera' (26 comments in total)
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Jogger: The Sony Z2 seems to be the new king of the current flagships. Top end specs, 3GB ram, 1/2.3 sensor camera, 3200mah battery, mSD expansion, water/dustproof, etc.

The only advantage to the HTC are the speakers.

Except just like the rest of them, it will not see a single timely update. Software makes smartphones great, and the only Android which is timely updated is Nexus.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 14:49 UTC
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