Bhima78

Lives in United States Sacramento, CA, United States
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Has a website at www.paulfdesign.com
Joined on Mar 27, 2010

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Alec: If this is the "9" to Sony A7 and A9S, A9R are on the way, then ok. If not, here's my "It's 2017, hello!!" list:

1. HDMI out: 4:2:2 8bit. 8bit! Off native 14. It's 2017, hello!!
2. 4K top frame rate: 30fps (int. & HDMI). Let me get this: the thing does 20fps @ 24M (WELL over 6K), in 14bit RAW. Thing does AF+AE @ 60fps. But 4K vid's 30fps. It's 2017, hello!!
3. HFR. High Frame Rate. Am I blind or not there? Cyber-shot RX100 V does 250fps HD (over 10x slo-mo). As in, SONY Cyber-shot RX100 V. It's 2017, hello!!
4. USB2. Not Thunderbolt 3/USB-C (`cause, too clean). Not even the dumb USB3 "mini" that isn't. USB2. It's 2017, hello!!
5. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz only. Where's 802.11ac (finalized in 2013), where's 5GHz? It's 2017, hello!!
6. Actually VERY impressed it includes a wired Ethernet LAN terminal. Dare we expect a Gigabit LAN - not just 100M? Cause SONY's full specifications don't bother stating such minutiae. 10G with charging over PoE would have been fantastic. It's 2017, hello!!

This thing does 20FPS RAW for like, 10 seconds max though... that is not the same thing as recording unlimited amounts of 4K video with a decent codec.

The video capabilities of this camera are still better than its main competition, and really, its just not meant to be a primary video camera in any way. Just get an A7Sii for that.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:13 UTC
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Magnar W: To the Dpreview staff:
Please do some torture tracking autofocus tests as soon as possible! Fast action, erratic movements, low light action, you name it! We will accept the results, even if the speed and precision is not quite up to our expectations! ;-)

@Richard
Since Sony's lens library is lacking compared to Canon and Nikon, especially in the space this camera is designed for, please also consider testing the Sony's AF ability with a Canon EF adapter and say, the 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 ii lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:07 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1835 comments in total)
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Arca45Swiss: For that price I'll take a Leica Q thank you. And it comes with a 28mm Summicron !

The Q is a great camera, but you aren't shooting wildlife, sports or action with it. This camera is direct competition to the $6,000 body only Canon 1DXii. If it beats that and the Nikon equivalent on AF and IQ, it will be hard for those types of photographers to resist since its $1,500 cheaper.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:58 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1835 comments in total)
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nekrosoft13: Canon and Nikon both are having emergency "WT* are we going to do" meetings right now.

@tkbslc
While totally true, I wonder how well this new camera would do with a Canon AF adapter and the 100-400 f5.6.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:56 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1152 comments in total)
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maxnimo: So if I made a 4K movie with this GH5, would it look much worse than if I used an $80,000 studio camera?

@maxnimo
As long as you can control the light, it will look basically no different than any other professional camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 21:19 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1152 comments in total)
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jackspra: Max Yuryev did an interesting YouTube comparison with the A6500 on autofocus.If your buying you may want to take a look.

Max's review was hasty, and he did nothing to tweak the AF settings... AT ALL. Heck, even Northrup finds the AF in the GH5 respectable, but that is because he actually played with the various AF settings. From what it looks like, the GH5's C-AF is actually really good as long as you pick the focus points--if you let the camera pick it, it starts to get squirrelly. Its not A6500 level, but its more than usable for run-and-gun documentary style footage, just don't rely on it to track everything.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 21:17 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1152 comments in total)

DPR, this was a very in-depth review, and I appreciate the amount of effort you guys took to really tweak all the different AF systems to find some more optimal settings. Bravo guys, keep it up!

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 21:09 UTC as 48th comment
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Bhima78: The biggest issue with Gimbals compared to steadicams is that, the servo motors can create added vibration and sound... both blurring your image, and screwing up your sound. Supposedly, to fix this, one needs to get a PID editor and then fine tune the motor strength. Maybe there is a truly sophisticated motorized gimbal that can just adjust these things on the fly for you automatically, mine sure as heck doesn't.

@bed bug
I use a powered video mic pro and it still can just pick up a little of the hum.

@bakanecko
I have balanced it as best as it can in all 3 axis. its almost perfect, but unfortunately, my gx8 + lens may not be heavy enough for the DS1. Or, I need to adjust the motors with some sort of PID editor which I haven't tried yet. My point still stands though, a less than perfect balance on a steadicam can still give you good results, but on a gimbal it can lead to the motors vibrating and completely ruining the shot.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 14:05 UTC

The biggest issue with Gimbals compared to steadicams is that, the servo motors can create added vibration and sound... both blurring your image, and screwing up your sound. Supposedly, to fix this, one needs to get a PID editor and then fine tune the motor strength. Maybe there is a truly sophisticated motorized gimbal that can just adjust these things on the fly for you automatically, mine sure as heck doesn't.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 22:02 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
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TwoMetreBill: They have to stop building cameras that their customers need to fight with on a regular basis. I finally gave up on a GH2, a pair of GH3s, the associated lenses and a FZ2500; all purchased new. For example, change what information is displayed on the EVF and the AF settings go crazy. The menu system is just plain nuts and gets worse with each succeeding body. Only a masochist could enjoy working with these cameras. Olympus does much better though with no shortage of problems and a company that is fast headed toward extinction.

Panasonic's menus are like every other manufacturer... page 1/9. At least Olympus' custom menu gives you headings for each page like AF/MF, etc instead of just a page number. People bash the Oly menus, but I find the Super Control Panel more intuitive than Panny's Q menu, and their custom menu is much easier to navigate than Panny's 1/9 pages.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 04:27 UTC
On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (189 comments in total)
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Ben O Connor: Dear leica, please make such lens for microfourthirds.What a beautiful combo it would be with a GM1

There's one already better than this lens, and it pairs perfectly with the GM1: Panasonic/Leica 15mm f1.7
It also costs like 1/5th this lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 10:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (334 comments in total)
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Bhima78: Surprised it only earned Silver, as it looks to be the best camera for the money when you consider all the features and ecosystem. The EM5ii really only has Oly's excellent IBIS as a pro in its column against this (though there are other features that are a bit more niche, like the hi-res mode) yet it costs more money. The Sony is plagued by lack of native glass, and the Canon is a DSLR with a mediocre OVF.

For this price bracket of just under $1,000, the Fuji XT20 and the Panasonic G85 stand on the top of the heap, all things considered. That should have earned it a Gold imo.

@Zackiedawg
Most of Sony's lenses are designed for full frame, the are larger, more expensive and often equate to slightly wonky field of views on APS-C cameras. Fuji and m43's are true systems because their lenses are designed specifically for their given formats...covering all the traditional focal lengths and taking advantage of the smaller sensor sizes with smaller lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 22:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (334 comments in total)

Surprised it only earned Silver, as it looks to be the best camera for the money when you consider all the features and ecosystem. The EM5ii really only has Oly's excellent IBIS as a pro in its column against this (though there are other features that are a bit more niche, like the hi-res mode) yet it costs more money. The Sony is plagued by lack of native glass, and the Canon is a DSLR with a mediocre OVF.

For this price bracket of just under $1,000, the Fuji XT20 and the Panasonic G85 stand on the top of the heap, all things considered. That should have earned it a Gold imo.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 15:49 UTC as 88th comment | 8 replies
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Alphaloki: Very interesting look inside an advanced manufacturing plant. Thanks for sharing this with us. I was stunned at tolerances being controlled to + or - 30 nanometers. I work on sub micron stuff, and that's some seriously fine control to reach 60nm variance. It's nice to see there is always a need for some truly gifted craftsmen and women among the machines. I bet that will be necessary for quite some time yet.

It will be required if we continue to make lenses using glass like this and don't come up with a completely new way to build lenses (ie: metalens).

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 23:22 UTC

This really gives a complete picture as to why good glass costs so much dang money. It will be interesting to see if the metalens ever makes it out of the lab, as it would be built exactly like current semiconductor fabrication which would be SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than current lens manufacturing methods.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 23:19 UTC as 42nd comment
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iudex: Maybe I missed something, but what´s tha point of buying a small(ish) APSC mirrorless and then mount a FF DSLR lens on it? Especially in the case of Fuji, whose lenses are beautiful. I want it vice versa, i.e. an adapter to mount Fujinon lenses on DSLR.

Cheaper glass that is much faster than what's on offer from Fuji. That is the point.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 16:01 UTC
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Albert Valentino: Always sad to see an old icon retired. Olympus glass is still excellent but with a twist for the digital age. Lenses are far from optical excellence on their own and require lenses profiles to deal with issues like massive barrel distortion (12-40 and 7-14 Pro lenses). Unlike the need for a great lens for a film camera we now have great results from not-so-great designs that require under the hood adjustments. Progress?

@revio
I guess the main question is: If sharpness, contrast and abherrations are not the issue with software correction, then who really cares that it corrects barrel distortion? We are talking on a digital photography site... we've already compromised the "purity" of nostalgic photography by forgoing the film for a sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 17:40 UTC
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Albert Valentino: Always sad to see an old icon retired. Olympus glass is still excellent but with a twist for the digital age. Lenses are far from optical excellence on their own and require lenses profiles to deal with issues like massive barrel distortion (12-40 and 7-14 Pro lenses). Unlike the need for a great lens for a film camera we now have great results from not-so-great designs that require under the hood adjustments. Progress?

@paul
The lens is F4.5, it had better be sharp. I actually like vintage glass as it has its own character that is unique compared to today's more optically superior yet clinical look. Having said that, the vast majority of vintage glass just doesn't hold up to scrutiny if pure IQ is your plan. Adapt that lens on an A7R and lets see how it does.

And no. The OM glass, though great during its time does not hold a candle to today's premium 50mm FoV lenses. Again, it has its own character which gives it a place in the lens library, but its not going to be that sharp on the edges wide open with today's cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 05:03 UTC
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Albert Valentino: Always sad to see an old icon retired. Olympus glass is still excellent but with a twist for the digital age. Lenses are far from optical excellence on their own and require lenses profiles to deal with issues like massive barrel distortion (12-40 and 7-14 Pro lenses). Unlike the need for a great lens for a film camera we now have great results from not-so-great designs that require under the hood adjustments. Progress?

Show me a vintage lens that actually sharp across the frame wide open. While those older lenses still have a functional place in today's photography, they are hardly the pinnacle of lens design.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 23:17 UTC
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pdelux: Nexus devices are (were) the only android devices to buy. If you had a bad experience with Android, most likely you were using Samsung or some other crap - with their own UI and bloatware pre-installed. Pure android is the only way to use it. Like apple - therefore comparisons with apple should only be made with Nexus devices.

Apple does make good hardware though, but their OS and UI drives me up the wall, too linear, no shortcuts, always makes me feel im deep diving down into the menus/OS, then having to come back exactly the way I came when I find what I need. 10 cliicks to get simple things done.... no shortcuts, its made for the masses of non tech savvy people. I get why they are successfull, but I am a tech Savvy guy I feel iphone is too dumbed down for my tastes.

Don't get me started about putting files from your computer (like videos etc) onto your apple devices. Its virtually impossible. Itunes what a pile of stinking crap, I cant believe theyre still sticking with it.

@pdelux
You should give a good look at the upcoming Nokia 6 as well. It looks to be quite a solid midrange phone running stock android for around $250. The build quality look top notch.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 21:15 UTC
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