JimW-203

JimW-203

Lives in United States Tarpon Springs, FL, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jun 4, 2011
About me:

I have been doing photography since the early 50s while in school and later traveling the world in a variety of positions in the government and private industry. Moved from Boston to Florida in 1988; first, St. Petersburg then Orlando, and now, Tarpon Springs.

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For those who would like greater depth and detail, see:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/295711
Be prepared, it's long and very engrossing.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 08:54 UTC as 5th comment
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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deep7: The rate of comments on this news story suggest Hasselblad may well sell a good number of these cameras - and they deserve to! Great design, competitive price, proven sensor. I really like what they have done.

The two current lenses fall into focal length "holes" for me, though I understand many people are happy with the field of view of that 45mm. However, I like the balance of size/speed they have chosen.

My own preferences run to smaller bodies with zoom lenses but I do like the idea of heading out for the day with one of these and a 60-65mm lens and just having fun. It will be interesting to see how lens development proceeds.

If I heard the statement correctly, Perry Oostling stated that they have already sold out the planned production for the balance of the year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tah8tiFLBZc
It's a long video and it doesn't start until about 15 minutes in.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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VictorDB: OK not hugely technically exciting from my point of view its a Fujica 690 with an EV instead of a rangefinder and so in my dotage here's another, mmm...that would be nice to have but how much is it and the lenses and just like the 690 for 30 years I'll wonder if I ever needed one (I used a Yashica TLR for MF). Also XCD lenses means no current legacy options. Definitely want to play with one but sure can't afford one. What happened to clever pixels and what game exactly is it changing? Lets see the DPR review which I'm now waiting for with bated breath.

When was the last MF DPR review? I think you may be in for a very long wait. Regarding legacy lenses: does adaptable count? If so, according to the announcement from Hasselblad, every lens that will work on the current V system cameras will work. Also, any lens with leaf shutter that will cover the sensor will likely work if an adapter can be fashioned that will match the flange distance and electronics.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 22:47 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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ScanSpeak: So is this a full frame sensor?

Please excuse my confusion. Having never heard of a FF medium format sensor, I was obviously lagging in keeping abreast of the rapidly changing language of technology. I was also unable to sense the intent of the OP when asking if the sensor was FF - foolish of me, I know. Perhaps there just weren't enough lines to read between.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 22:19 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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deep7: The rate of comments on this news story suggest Hasselblad may well sell a good number of these cameras - and they deserve to! Great design, competitive price, proven sensor. I really like what they have done.

The two current lenses fall into focal length "holes" for me, though I understand many people are happy with the field of view of that 45mm. However, I like the balance of size/speed they have chosen.

My own preferences run to smaller bodies with zoom lenses but I do like the idea of heading out for the day with one of these and a 60-65mm lens and just having fun. It will be interesting to see how lens development proceeds.

@rrccad: what did you do with the one you used to have?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:41 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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teddoman: Will there be an autofocus adapter so I can use my Hasselblad E mount lenses? ;)

Would your E mount lenses cover a sensor that is 44X33mm?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:06 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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BostonC: $9k for the body sans shutter that you buy separately (leaf shutter in the new lenses . or adapter)
The mount opening seems tight relative the sensor diameter, so no IBIS down the road.

Perhaps sensor size and mass is an even larger hurdle in the path of IBIS; the body would have to get much bigger very quickly. Moving a sensor of this size in 5 directions as rapidly as required would mean a substantial heat sink and associated mechanics.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:03 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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ScanSpeak: So is this a full frame sensor?

@Dr_Jon: Digital to film sizes = apples and oranges; of all digital camera sensors I have ever seen only FF has a 1:1 correlation to 35mm film. What you say is true; however, wildbild referred to sensor dimensions and quoted no FF sensor size I recognized. Thus, my question of where the dimensions came from remains.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 20:49 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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Johannes Leitner: So who is the first who builds an adaptor with integrated leaf shutter for Canon, Nikon, or Schneider tilt shift lenses ?

Would those lenses cover the sensor? If so, would they have the excess needed to make the tilt/shift meaningful?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 19:45 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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ScanSpeak: So is this a full frame sensor?

@wildbild: where did you get your dimensions? The Canon EOS 5D you have in your gear list is FF and has a sensor that is 36X24mm. The new Hasselblad sensor is 44X33mm (so-called "crop" is actually an enlargement by a factor of 1.68). Thus, the 90mm would have an angle of view equivalent to a 54mm lens on a FF camera; the 45mm would be equal to 27mm.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 19:18 UTC
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JerryShots: So not a slow news day...A no news day, huh?

AR fails to understand the magnitude of Sony's startling announcement: many likened it to the effect of "high-speed hubcaps" on a 1949 Mercury.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 20:53 UTC
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mydpname: The negative comments amaze me. Here's a portrait studio that survived for 176 years in a cool old building, and the "experts" here are bashing the place based on their own distorted opinions. Wow.

Re: "Mark Turney @Suntan - I looked at some of your posts. Apparently, you divide your posting time between insulting people and know-it-all comments. I'll ignore you and I suggest others do the same."

Mark, one should be very alert to the effects of a suntan - many doctors consider suntans to be a probable precursor to cancer

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 20:43 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (460 comments in total)
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REDred Photo: I think much of the negative opinion about Hasselblad in the mass market is based on not understanding the company and who their products are made for. Hasselblad has never been a mainstream brand for anyone other than high level professionals. Consumers have no use for the kind of gear they make and so they can't comprehend the pricing. In recent years, hasselblad has become more visible to the mass market because of Internet exposure and the sony re-badge blunder. However, they are still a very major player in the high end pro photography industry. For people who need this kind of equipment, there are really only a few brands: hasselblad, phaseone, mamiya/leaf (now owned by phaseone) and leica. Leica makes something different from the others.

Pentax has always been a bit of a crossover brand... not quite hasselblad territory but well above canikon land. As impressive as the 645z is, at the remarkably low price it goes for, it appeals more to consumers who want something special and can't afford or justify hasselblad or phaseone. Also, it's the only seriously durable medium format option for landscape photographers. That's where pentax dominates: landscape photography. But in the digital era, pentax has yet to make any serious equipment for serious studio photographers. That's where hasselblad and phaseone dominate.

Any "game changing" product from hasselblad would most likely only change the game for professionals who want a serious medium format option for non-studio work. There has not yet been a medium format mirrorless digital system from any brand... unless you count digital backs as mirrorless. If hasselblad can succeed in this, it will change things... but only if the pricing doesn't keep it too far out of reach.

One of the biggest reasons medium format gear is so expensive is because they just don't sell enough units to benefit from economy of scale. If hasselblad could make a product that appealed to more customers and more people could afford it, then they could sell more units and produce more new products, and so on.

I believe the sony mess was an attempt in that direction. They attempted to create a lower priced product that would appeal to their existing high price customer base. Partnering with sony meant not having to invest in the R&D to build something they knew would never compete in the consumer market. Of course consumers saw through it all. So what? They weren't hiding anything. It really wasn't any different than a company buying batteries from a third party and slapping their name on it to sell at a markup. That's business. You try and generate capital where you can so you have resources to invent new products. I'm sure anyone who bought a lunar or solar understood that they were getting sony electronics with hasselblad aesthetics. They understood the cost of product wasn't anywhere near the selling price. And they chose to buy it anyway, knowing they were essentially investing in the future of an historical, innovative brand that needed some cash flow.

As said; the only game likely to be changed is the one played by Hasselblad's core/target audience. Just as Australian Rules football and American Football share a name, they share little else. Photography in the atmosphere of a studio shooting for the pages of Vogue and that of a family outing or a vacation in France are alike in name only. I would be quite surprised if whatever the announcement is it will impact the membership of DPReview other than tangentially. Regarding Hasselblad's appearance in TV commercials, I can only think of one: a current Volvo commercial with the tag line "our idea of luxury." (AKA wedding commercial) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a76y8OoDy90

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
On article Magnum signed square print sale returns for third year (85 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Nice! The last one is too slick for me, but those folks swimming at Brighton Beach is a delight! Brighton would be a great place for a camera testing business; lots of contrast and dynamic range.

Quote: Clint Dunn
Really? The Brighton Beach photo is garbage and doesn't deserve to be included with some of the other (brilliant) photos. The guy didn't even get the composition right cutting off the bottom swimmer.

Really? Check again; this time look at the whole picture rather than the thumbnail before you judge. The guy? The guy is Martin Parr, at the very least one should know who one is criticizing.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 19:47 UTC
On article Mosh pits and sunsets: Shooting with the Panasonic GX85 (147 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: It's not cheap, but it is a really nice camera with lots of features... and an older, too-small, sensor. It is a real pitty that micro4/3 wasn't designed to accommodate a range of sensor sizes up to FF....

4/3 is the sensor size - roughly 1.33 inches. Your statement re: multiple sensor sizes would be like offering yard sticks in multiple lengths. If you find the sensor limiting, feel free to buy something else.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 04:18 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (337 comments in total)
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cathyph1: Barney -- Could you possibly explain why the G7 was picked over the GX80/85? It seems that the GX80/85 has everything the G7 has and more or am I missing something? Of course the G7 can be had for less money but that didn't appear to be the criterion.

@InTheMist
If outside the price range, why was it included in the mix of cameras evaluated? I compute $797 and change to be less than $800.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 19:56 UTC
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MrTaikitso: As a GX8 owner, the fact they left out a flippy forward screen (ideal for composing video), mic input, exp comp dial and a flip up EVF indicates that other than the slightly improved stabilization and shutter, GX8 is still the top end.

However, it augers well for the GX8 successor's feature set. Perhaps we have something very exciting to look forward to.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 13:00 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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princecody: Is DPreview being "dramatic" on this shutter shock thang? I've talked to a bunch of Panasonic GX8 owners on here and on other sites that say they haven't had this issue. Maybe DPreview got a defective unit in for review?

My frustration with all the SS fright inducing hoopla is the lack of objective information that would lead users to the knowledge of what SS looks like and the ability to move away from an overall brand indictment. If SS is analogous to mirror slap in a DSLR in film, then the entire film plane shudders when a mirror moves up and down and the mirror and/or body are poorly dampened. If this is correct, then the corollary behavior in digital would be the entire sensor shuddering durring the same process or durring shutter movement . If so, the whole image would exhibit the double image or blurring that is often identified as being caused by SS. If, on the other hand, the flaws exhibited do not extend across the whole image but, rather, are isolated and discrete then I would be reluctant to attribute those flaws to SS. Consequently, it would be a valuable service for someone - DPReview, perhaps - to create a set of exemplars that illustrate how to recognize and diagnose the flaws.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 18:47 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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Ed Overstreet: The new Auto feature for the electronic shutter, added in the firmware update which gives the Post-Focus feature, is now also available in the G7 in a firmware update -- as well as Post-Focus for that camera. The G7 uses the same batteries as the GX8, so they compliment each other nicely.

The review completely misses the point (IMO) of Post-Focus. Post Focus really shines if you want to do focus stacking in a situation where the subject(s) in the frame aren't moving around. With Post Focus it is now possible to do hand-held capture for focus stacking quickly, silently and easily. In about two seconds of 4K MP4 burst you can record the scene at all focus points in the frame with an f:1.4 - f:2.8 lens in low light at much faster shutter speeds and/or much lower ISOs than you'd need at f:16 or f:22, and yet get the same effective depth of field in your focus stack and without the loss of sharpness from the diffraction you'll get at f:16 or f:22 on most MFT lenses.

Regarding in-camera focus stacking:

What benefit can you envision from such a feature? When I stack focus, I choose the sequence of focus points based on the image needs and my intent. I can imagine no on board feature that would provide an acceptable substitute for my judgement in those regards. Why would I abrogate my responsibility for deciding what I want in focus to an arbitrary rationale established by some group of unknown engineers? Whomever those persons may be, they can't possibly have seen what I am seeing in the finder nor are they capable of interpreting my intent - what they could bring to the practice escapes me.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 16:04 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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princecody: The only flaw I find with the GX8 is having that tilting viewfinder. It looks goofy to me. Remove it.

I, personally, would opt for functionality over subtlety that does nothing to aid its use. The ability to pivot upwards is massively useful for low level and macro photography. If, on the other hand, you mean that the rubber eyecup extends too far from the back, then I submit that the extra eye relief is very welcome. In fact, one of the first accessories I bought was the larger eyecup to extend eye relief somewhat.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 20:50 UTC
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