brownie314

brownie314

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On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (422 comments in total)
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brownie314: It is inexplicable why canon would not put the dual pixel AF in arguably the only ILC they have that REALLY needs it. Maybe they could not adapt the sensor to the EOS-M lenses wrt the focus mechanism? I don't know. They should have tried harder. But on the plus side - I will pick up an M3 body with kit lens for less than $300, I am sure, within a few months.

Well, hopefully - it is the kind of manufacturing expense that they can reduce with economies of scale or cleverness.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
On article Pentax K-70 real-world sample gallery (62 comments in total)

I think we are getting to the point where all of these new aps-c and above sensors are so good that the sensor performance is really becoming a non-issue. To me there are many more things I would consider before sensor performance. To me, after all the body ergos are taken care of - I care about the image profiles of the manufacturer before I care about sensor performance. I bought and returned a panasonic body because I just hated the picture control settings - no matter what I did I could not get something pleasing. Other than that - it was a great body. But I refuse to spend hours in post customizing every image to get it to an acceptable level. I have not tried Pentax profiles.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 23:05 UTC as 11th comment
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (422 comments in total)

It is inexplicable why canon would not put the dual pixel AF in arguably the only ILC they have that REALLY needs it. Maybe they could not adapt the sensor to the EOS-M lenses wrt the focus mechanism? I don't know. They should have tried harder. But on the plus side - I will pick up an M3 body with kit lens for less than $300, I am sure, within a few months.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 21:02 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (422 comments in total)
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Mahmoud Mousef: More negative talk please. I want the price to drop in half. This review was far too positive for my liking. That's no way to go if you want the price to go south.

The good ol' days, when the M was completely ignored by the masses and panned by the ciritcs far-and-wide (and inexplicably not reviewed by the biggest photography review site on the web); ahh, those were the days.

Those were the days. I got my M with 22/2 for under $300. It is sweet as hell.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 20:59 UTC
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brownie314: Seriously Nikon? I wonder sometimes what marketing flunky they have in charge of the product road maps. First, the d5500 was barely an update over the d5300. And now this. Nikon should not be surprised that smartphones are killing the camera business.

Marty - yes, in the right hands, this DSLR will smoke any cell phone. With a capital "in the right hands". The way most people who will buy this body use a camera - it will sit on a shelf and collect dust when they cannot figure out how to get good results out of it. Which is why most people just use their cell phone.

And yes, Nikon has WAY too many DSLRs on the market right now. I think they should kill off the D3x00 and the D5x00 and make an entry level mirrorless similar to the (now dead) Samsung NX1. I think mirrorless have the advantage of operating much more like a cell phone camera that people are now very familiar with.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 20:53 UTC
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brownie314: New DX zoom lenses with no vr? Is there a mirrorless body coming with sensor shift?

OK. It seems to me it might be cheaper just to make one lens with VR since these seem to be pretty cheap anyway - then to develop, source, assemble, stock and sell two separate lenses that will also create lots of confusion in the consumer market. Hmmmm.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 20:48 UTC

New DX zoom lenses with no vr? Is there a mirrorless body coming with sensor shift?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 14:21 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

Seriously Nikon? I wonder sometimes what marketing flunky they have in charge of the product road maps. First, the d5500 was barely an update over the d5300. And now this. Nikon should not be surprised that smartphones are killing the camera business.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 14:01 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On article Getting up close: Canon EF-M 28mm macro hands-on review (103 comments in total)

This is effin fantastic. And I was just about to sell my eos-m. This could be my favorite lens of all time.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 00:41 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Getting up close: Canon EF-M 28mm macro hands-on review (103 comments in total)
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tkbslc: While this looks like a great option, I'm a bit baffled on the 28mm focal length. First, because it's just REALLY wide for a macro and forces extremely close working range. And second because this is only the second prime in EF-M mount and the other one is a 22mm. So this provides zero utility as a non-macro for most EOS M shooters. If it was a 55-60mm macro, it could double as a portrait lens and make a nice pair for the 22mm in a 2-prime kit. But who wants to carry a 22-28 pair of primes?

Still, the light idea is pretty cool.

I think 28mm provides a unique perspective for macro. You get the small details and some environment in the bokeh. Could be used very creatively.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 00:39 UTC
On article Bentley creates a 53 billion pixel car commercial (189 comments in total)
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brownie314: Yes, yes - it was pointless, it was a waste of time, money, equipment, talent.......yet- here we are talking about it....

BTW - I am sure the cost of producing this photo is in the noise compared to the overall marketing budget for a major auto manufacturer.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
On article Bentley creates a 53 billion pixel car commercial (189 comments in total)

Yes, yes - it was pointless, it was a waste of time, money, equipment, talent.......yet- here we are talking about it....

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 18:00 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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brownie314: $1,599 body only - Yikes! Plenty of quality FF equipment well within reach at this price. I LOVE Fuji bodies. But given the choice between this and a D610 at nearly the same price. Tough choice.

TORN - yup. Especially when you can get a refurb D7200 for $779 right now. So, you could potentially get a D7200 and a very, very nice lens for less than the body price of the T2. Yeah, I know the T2 does some extra stuff. But I think to most people that extra stuff is really not worth the extra price. To do the job of taking pictures - which is what most photographers do - the D7200 at that price makes the T2 look pretty expensive.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 02:42 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

Eckra - I don't understand? Did you not tell jadot that he/she should not even take an image if it is not of great quality? And saying that in the context of the current conversation could only mean you think crop sensors are incapable of high quality. Hence my comment about throwing away all the si covers that were shot by crop sensors because they could not possibly be of high quality.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 02:08 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

ecka84 - yeah, I know - no quality images have ever been shot on a crop camera. Go tell that to all the pro sports photographers using 7dmkii and D500 (some even still using D300 - gasp!). They should take all the sports illustrated covers that have been shot with crop cameras and just burn all copies that exist - because the quality is so bad.

You are chasing after some ideal that you will never quite reach. But actually - I don't mind. Keep purchasing all that expensive gear that you don't really need - it drives the cost down for everyone.

And you say I don't understand physics - but then go on to lecture me about something that has nothing to do with physics - it was just your irrational fear of pressing the shutter button of a crop camera. BTW - I am sure I know a lot about physics.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 21:36 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

There is no such thing as noise equivalence. Look - everyone is wasting their time here. You are convinced ff is best for your needs. Fine go buy all the ff gear you can afford. Others here think aps-c is best for their needs. There is no best overall. People chose the best for their needs, considering their constraints. But I do look forward to seeing you argue in favor of aps-c once you purchase something like a d500 and experience a truly excellent machine.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 16:42 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

I have no idea what you mean by twice as much light. Look - there is no "magic" sensor size. Will larger sensors perform better, all things being equal - yeah sure. But what we do as consumers is decide which size is the best compromise between size, cost and performance. Is ff better than aps-c in IQ - sure it is. Is it worth the extra cost to get that last bit of performance? If your prints are hanging in a museum - maybe. But if you are like most togs and your images are mostly viewed either on the web or hanging on the wall of a freshly married couple that could care less about any of this conversation - well you have a harder decision to make.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 15:19 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

Yes, the measured gap remains the same. But what is detectable without machines counting pixels - what is detectable by humans (which is what you should be concerned with) - is a gap so narrow as to be almost beyond detection by human eyes. So 10 years ago, I could see a real difference between a d700 and a d300. Dynamic range, noise, etc. You could see it with your eyes. Today, I don't think many people can really see a difference between a d610 and a d7200. The difference may be there and measurable by machines - but to humans, the difference just isn't all that noticeable.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 14:09 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Andina: I too would want to see a FF with the current image quality. Despite how much we try to convince ourselves that it doesnt matter, it does. Even compared to the first Canon 5d FF kicks high gear which makes me, at least, hesitant in investing in a lens system which is expensive and to be obsolete soon. Hassie has even released a MF compact so an APC is really an outdated format, unless one wants to do Bill Cunningham type of photography.

The differences between aps-c and ff are being chased into the shadows as tech advances. 10 years ago - yeah, the d700 was WAY better than the d300 (in IQ). Today - there isn't a huge gap between the D610 and d500 in IQ. DOF issues - well that is just optics, but frankly bokeh is over used as a creative tool and if you rely on it to heavily can hold back your development as a photographer.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 21:41 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Mateus1: I would like Sony to look at this beautiful photo machine with amazing control and fast access to any feature before it will bring another toy from A6xxxx line with poor control. Probably X-E3 will also be another Fuji gem if it gets same tech - joystick, front dial, etc. Sony APS-C line is aimed for video shooters only after Next-7 and no new lenses I think.

Sony is aimed at a different crowd than the Fuji. Sony is more of a casual shooter who probably doesn't dig into the control layout a lot. And no - I have not yet seen a Sony replacement of the nex-7. That being said - the a6300 can be a very serious tool. It has the AF speed, operational quickness and sensor. Sure, it isn't much to look at, but it will bring home the bacon when in the hands of a competent person.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 15:13 UTC
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