brendon1000

brendon1000

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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1232 comments in total)
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spontaneousservices: Must say these new Fuji's do start to look very convincing, as does their lens line-up...
I went the Sony APS-C mirrorless route a few years back, a decision just based on camera specs, but I always was jealous of the Fuji's handling. Maybe now it's time to switch?

If you shoot for fun sometimes a new camera can really spice things up.

I was doing OK with my old A700. My skills definitely didn't demand a new camera but I got one anyways and I enjoyed my photography more. So try it out. If it appeals to you then why not switch ?

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 14:13 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (112 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: The less mushy buttons and the criticism that a lot of mirrorless cameras are afflicted by much control prompt a question (from a Sony Alpha 7Rii owner): Could the mushiness be fixed if a camera repair shop installed stronger springs under the buttons on some of these cameras? (Maybe we need a teardown from iFixIt or LensRentals to show us how).

That was years ago ! Sony used to have everything propriety. Now they have a regular hot shoe from the old Minolta shoe, i can charge my camera with my mobile phone charger and I use regular SD cards after Sony stopped shoving memory stick cards. And lastly they released a firmware to add uncompressed RAW when i never found any issues with their old RAW files.

Oh and yeah they opened up their Sony FE mount so others like Sigma, Tamron and Samyang can make AF lenses. Sony has changed quite a bit,

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 17:58 UTC
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bubblyboo: I swear companies are just going on an slapping a label on these generic tripods:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RWYMHQW/
There's dozens of them for around $100 on Amazon. Not seeing much a difference especially with that $600 MSRP.

Not really. I have gone through a couple of Chinese tripods and ball heads. They aren't very good quality at all. This is far far better ! But $635 better ? I don't know if I am willing to spend that much on a tripod.

But for sure not going down the cheap route again. Tripods are things that last and I I feel its worth spending for a good quality one to last for decades.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 06:22 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (112 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: The less mushy buttons and the criticism that a lot of mirrorless cameras are afflicted by much control prompt a question (from a Sony Alpha 7Rii owner): Could the mushiness be fixed if a camera repair shop installed stronger springs under the buttons on some of these cameras? (Maybe we need a teardown from iFixIt or LensRentals to show us how).

Its ridiculous how crappy the dials are on the A7rII. I couldn't believe Sony made such crappy dials after the original A7 had far better dials.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 05:53 UTC
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Iamnotarobot: Huawei. Chinese company. Not surprised at all.

^^ Dude Dennis is owning you so badly and your come backs are so lame it almost hurts to read them! Just quietly give up or keep making a fool of yourself and continue to make such stupid comments.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 11:59 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1232 comments in total)
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brendon1000: Looks like the Fuji system is nearing maturity. Its lens line up looks to be nearly complete now and most of the biggest drawbacks of the system like AF and video seems to have been solved. If I was starting from scratch I would look seriously into the Fuji system now.

@Mike99999 - I said nearly ! Tele primes are a very niche segment that not everyone uses. Canon and Nikon sell a very small fraction of tele prime lenses beyond 300mm.

If someone can afford $8000+ for something like a Canon 500mm f4 IS L its no big deal to get a Canon 7D to go with that.

A lot of people now maintain more than one system to get the best of both worlds.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 08:44 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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marike6: From Imaging Resource K-1 review: "Autofocus performance was swift, comparing well with the Pentax K-3 II in my informal, real-world testing. (And our lab testing likewise found autofocus performance to be a strength of the Pentax K-1.)" That's odd. Why would another respected review website have the exact opposite results as DPR? Did DPR have a defective K-1?

The reviewer himself has mentioned on many an occasion that their AF comments are based on months of testing. Search around I am sure you will find them if you are willing. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 08:02 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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gravelhopper: You want to know how this camera performs? Then go to the Pentax DSLR forum here and see how capable photographers apply the K1 AF to challanging action subjects and its pixel shift to appropriate subjects with finest details. See the results for yourself.

People used to take great photos with cameras the size of a car in the 1900s. Of course the camera can take great photos but if you know how to use it despite its flaws and almost anyone who has used more than one system will admit the Pentax K-1 AF is not up to the mark as Nikon and Canon.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 07:54 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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BNapa: It is ironic, I agree with most of the findings of DPReview in general. Perhaps they are correct in most of their assertions. However, there is such a thing as filed testing and shooting in real life situations. When it comes to that K1 delivers with flying colors.

I own the K1. The images it produces are stunning. I have owned Canons for 12 years and shot plenty of Nikon bodies. Nikon has the edge in autofocus and tracking. I will not dispute that. Both Canon and Nikon offer plenty of bodies and lenses for every need. But $1,800 for a body the caliber of the K1... nobody touches that.

^^ What difference does it make to you if Dpreview gives a silver or gold award ? They felt the AF wasn't up to snuff and thus gave it silver. What difference would a gold award make for your photography ?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 07:49 UTC
On article What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw (621 comments in total)
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Roy Prasad: I really hope this solves the posterization problem that Lloyd Chambers (www.diglloyd.com) pointed out, and also improves the DR of the A7RM2.

The question is, how does one get this? The most recent firmware update from Sony (Version 1.1) does not include this lossless 14-bit RAW. I don't see any new firmware versions on the Sony site, either. If anyone knows, kindly post... TIA.

Also, I highly recommend that anyone with any contacts urge Sony to implement a lossless compression scheme that preserves the DR while also achieving some file size reduction, instead of a brute force doubling of file sizes.

Really ? Care to show where you published these shots ? Flickr ? 500px ?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 07:46 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1232 comments in total)

Looks like the Fuji system is nearing maturity. Its lens line up looks to be nearly complete now and most of the biggest drawbacks of the system like AF and video seems to have been solved. If I was starting from scratch I would look seriously into the Fuji system now.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 07:40 UTC as 185th comment | 6 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1232 comments in total)
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armanius: Very nice!! Glad we can leave the ISO dial unlocked! Only thing missing from Fuji cameras now is IBIS. Add IBIS competitive with Olympus, and it'll be a complete package. Maybe two years from now with the XT3.

IBIS doesn't consume that much batter power IMO. I use both a A7 and A7 II and don't find any significant differences in battery performance between the two. There is significant weight differences but that is due to the the A7 II using more mag alloy than plastic.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 07:38 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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Petroglyph: My opinion of the cons list (I know you want it :^)

Poor Autofocus performance:
My experience with DFA 24-70 on K1 is simply far better than this
No dedicated AF point selector (though it can be set as four-way default):
So this isn't a con then. Too lazy to set and forget?
Limited full-frame lens selection:
Compared to C or N 15-30, 24-70, 70-200, 150-450 are covered
Limited uses for Pixel Shift Resolution shooting:
Pixel shift = a stop more DR than a Nikon D810, you said the K1 was nearly
as good as it. As in, a stop better nearly as good.
Limited Raw support Pixel Shift Files:
Pixel shift results in two (2) cons on the list?
Low-spec video and limited focus control in video mode:
Comparing to D5 or mirrorless now?
Nested menu layout
But everything is in the info panel/dials.
Limited control customization
Same as above
Poor default JPEG settings
A con for a P&S camera. Ignore it can fully customize
jpeg. Who shoots jpeg?

:^)

Leandros S - Yes and even the Samsung was panned for not having too many lenses.

The Samsung had class leading AF AND class leading Video along with class leading IQ. That was the reason it got a Gold award.

The Sony A7 II also lacks lenses but you can mitigate that to a large extent with adapters. However the A7 II won the gold award because the AF was not bad and its like a universal camera and you can use the best lenses from Canon and Nikon on that camera which makes it a compelling option for Canon and Nikon guys to pick up and try without changing their entire lens line up.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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Petroglyph: My opinion of the cons list (I know you want it :^)

Poor Autofocus performance:
My experience with DFA 24-70 on K1 is simply far better than this
No dedicated AF point selector (though it can be set as four-way default):
So this isn't a con then. Too lazy to set and forget?
Limited full-frame lens selection:
Compared to C or N 15-30, 24-70, 70-200, 150-450 are covered
Limited uses for Pixel Shift Resolution shooting:
Pixel shift = a stop more DR than a Nikon D810, you said the K1 was nearly
as good as it. As in, a stop better nearly as good.
Limited Raw support Pixel Shift Files:
Pixel shift results in two (2) cons on the list?
Low-spec video and limited focus control in video mode:
Comparing to D5 or mirrorless now?
Nested menu layout
But everything is in the info panel/dials.
Limited control customization
Same as above
Poor default JPEG settings
A con for a P&S camera. Ignore it can fully customize
jpeg. Who shoots jpeg?

:^)

Of course. We would expect Ricoh to come up with more Pentax branded lenses in future. No doubt about it. I have no doubt future Pentax cameras will definitely have better and better AF systems as well as this current K-1 is already improved upon the earlier K3-II

But the car AF test which had a 85% failure rate was shot with the 70-200mm f2.8 which is a lens designed by Pentax (unlike the Tamron rebadged 24-70mm) and so along with the 150-450mm are the two of the newest lenses released specifically to coincide with the Pentax K-1 launch.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:48 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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gravelhopper: "The autofocus tends to hesitate, even in AF-S mode with the center point - it’s nowhere near as fast as most Canon and Nikon DSLRs."

What is not to understand about this statement? It is very clear and I think it is formulated as intended. Now the relevant question to help us understand may be: what does DPR mean with "hesitant"? Hesitant like "I cannot catch the moment, I miss it" or hesitant like "I catch the moment, but it takes 0.2 sec versus 0.1 sec like Nikon"?
(don't shoot me for the figues I put here).

Yeah its fun to hear fanbois moan and groan about their favourite camera not getting a Gold award ! :P

What difference it makes to their lives and photography I have no clue.

The camera that I use (A7 ) didn't get very favorable reviews on Dpreview since it has a lot of flaws that I live with every day I use it. I just accept that its not a perfect camera but I still enjoy shooting with it. I don't go on complaining how when I use the camera it performs excellent ! :P

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:38 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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skorpionet: It's so subtle....
D500 cycle test: bright light, cyclist not wears the helmet, hasn't glasses and looks at the camera
k-1 cycle test: dark light, cyclist wears an huge white helmet that darken the face, has glasses and, strangely, don't looks in camera

I own a k-1 I covered a ballet show in the outdoor using AF-S and AF-C in Auto 33 mode, with a screw-driver AF telephoto zoom .... 98% pictures in focus.

1/2000 @ ISO 200 is dark light ??? :P

The D500 test were shot at 1/2500 @ ISO 100 in comparison. Not a huge difference right ?

Also you really think DPreview would have made such a remark without it matching what their real world testing has shown them ? If its an anomaly they would have said so.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:35 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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marike6: From Imaging Resource K-1 review: "Autofocus performance was swift, comparing well with the Pentax K-3 II in my informal, real-world testing. (And our lab testing likewise found autofocus performance to be a strength of the Pentax K-1.)" That's odd. Why would another respected review website have the exact opposite results as DPR? Did DPR have a defective K-1?

^^ If you think that DPreview based their AF score solely on the AF review test and not their extensive testing with the camera and comparing it with the other cameras that they shoot with then I don't know what to say.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:30 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: All reputable reviewers mentioned AF in K-1 is competent and its accuracy excellent. Added with hundreds if not thousands of very happy users, all of them together contrast sharply with DPR's single-minded opinion.
There is at least 1000:1 chance that DPR wrote, in that part of the review, just very subjective, objectively unsupportable information. Check other reviews guys, read them well, to get a bigger and more coherent picture. And try the camera yourself.

The AF tests shown on the review show just how badly the camera performed. The proof is in the images. None of the other sites show you anything more than the good photos. The bad photos and misfocused photos are swept under the rug never to be seen by anyone.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:23 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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Toccata47: Fair summary and one that highlights both the enormous potential of the camera and the difficulty in meeting that potential. What I see is a camera I can throw a wrist strap on, slap on a pancake and have a go everywhere in any condition snapper. Add a tripod and a solid lens and I have a camera that can out perform my 645z with a few caveats.

I get the impression that some folks feel that a review score is somehow a measure of a camera's output potential. A d810 will shoot an 86 point photos while this k1 can only achieve 84. If we matched photographic potential with appropriate equipment I doubt many of us would advance beyond the iPhone.

As the review states, this is an excellent camera for someone that can afford the time to set up for the shot, a good camera for your everyday generalist and a bad camera for soccer-parents.

I am sure anyone looking seriously at spending $2500+ on a camera system is going to go thoroughly through a review and probably test the camera first in a store before putting that kind of money on the camera.

From the review its pretty obvious that IQ is stellar. The AF is not stellar but for a lot of people that isn't a problem as I for one never shoot sports or anything that pushes my cameras AF system.

So the last thing left is to see if the system has the lenses that one needs and if so then they will go ahead and consider the system.

If this was a $600 camera then there would a be a good chance someone will see the cons and make a decision whether to buy the camera or not.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:18 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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Petroglyph: My opinion of the cons list (I know you want it :^)

Poor Autofocus performance:
My experience with DFA 24-70 on K1 is simply far better than this
No dedicated AF point selector (though it can be set as four-way default):
So this isn't a con then. Too lazy to set and forget?
Limited full-frame lens selection:
Compared to C or N 15-30, 24-70, 70-200, 150-450 are covered
Limited uses for Pixel Shift Resolution shooting:
Pixel shift = a stop more DR than a Nikon D810, you said the K1 was nearly
as good as it. As in, a stop better nearly as good.
Limited Raw support Pixel Shift Files:
Pixel shift results in two (2) cons on the list?
Low-spec video and limited focus control in video mode:
Comparing to D5 or mirrorless now?
Nested menu layout
But everything is in the info panel/dials.
Limited control customization
Same as above
Poor default JPEG settings
A con for a P&S camera. Ignore it can fully customize
jpeg. Who shoots jpeg?

:^)

^^ To be fair you were using the one of the few modern lenses on the body. Most of the Pentax line up consists of decades old lens designed with old screw driven motors.

And Canon and Nikon land have a plethora of lens options like a 24-105mm f4, 70-200mm f4, UWA lenses which take filters, far better 3rd party support etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:05 UTC
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