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On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)
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attomole: I think they have done a great Job with packaging on this, the gains for medium format loosing the mirror box are bigger than 35mm, silly that others have not made this enginerring choice before (Pentax).

Like others, I am sceptical that given the ubiquitous DSLR has better, faster technology development, and better light gathering, fast lens options. This will struggle to find its place, but with some specialist focal plane adjustment lenses, a "super wide C" lens option, as a specialist studio and field camera, and it looks like it might even work as a street shooter. It might find its spot in the market none the less.

It does look a nice rig to use, it has an "I want one" appeal.

There's bells and whistles, then there's a medium format sensor. There's definitely a place for a medium format sensor, especially in such a compact package. These camera will have no problem finding its place in the market. Frankly, I think new DSLRs having a harder time finding their place in the market, because the market is increasingly saturated, and there's less and less need to upgrade your DSLR.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:58 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)
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fmian: For such a small sensor I would have expected them to debut it with faster glass.
Compared to what has come before it, this is quite disappointing.

First of all, this is just a debut. It's not a complete system. I'm sure faster lenses will eventually be introduced. No need to freak out so soon. Secondly, I'm sure existing medium-format lenses will adapt quite nicely to this mirrorless Hassy once adapters become available. That's one of the great things about mirrorless cameras: adaptability.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:12 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: To be honest, the big issue I have now with medium format, is that the sensor is not large enough, as they all fall far short of a full sized 645 frame.

These sensors are even smaller than the 36x48mm sensor (2xFF) I had in my Mamiya digital MF camera years ago.

Why is it that no one is offering a full 645 sized sensor?

Expense. Larger sensors get extremely expensive. You could increase the frame size of film, and the cost didn't go up that much. The cost increase was probably fairly linear. But when increasing the size of a digital sensor, the cost goes way, way up. It's more of an exponential increase in cost. Plus, it's an issue of diminishing returns. 51mp is already an immense about of resolution. So don't hold your breath for full 645 sized sensors, or 4x5 sensors, or 8x10 sensors. Those would be astronomically expensive, and there would be little to no market for them due to the extremely high cost of such large sensors.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:07 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (803 comments in total)
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zakaria: As some has mentioned before it is Pentax k01 like which dpr didn't like it.
Pentax would you please give the market your k02 with VF. The market mood is ready now to receive it with hail.

There's no point of a K02 with a VF if it uses the same flange distance as a regular DSLR. Totally pointless. The reason why this Hassy is so slim is because it uses a totally different lens register distance because these lenses are designed for the short distance of mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (803 comments in total)
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Richard Kwon: I can't wait until the new Pentax ML medium format!!! I'm sure they are studying this right now :)

But at the pace that Pentax works, it's probably a decade away.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (803 comments in total)
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JackM: I'm still a fan, but on second look, there are no manual controls for aperture, shutter speed, or ISO. That's a pity.

Canon and Nikon bodies don't have "a shutter speed dial on the body, and proper aperture rings on the lenses" either. Plenty of pros and non-pros seem to *get by* with Canon and Nikon gear. In fact, most photographers overwhelmingly prefer thumb and finger-wheel dials for shutter speed and aperture control (the way Canon and Nikon have it). It's more ergonomically efficient. Shutter speed dials on the top plate require more hand movement to reach them. The same goes for aperture rings, especially when using longer lenses where you hand position may be a few centimeters from the aperture ring (which is typically located very close to the body, at the base of the lens).

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:53 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (803 comments in total)
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razadaz: I find the decision to go with two SD cards interesting. SD cards have always had the aura of being for amateur based cameras, both Cannon and Nikon omitting them from their top cameras altogether. Perhaps this could be the start of that changing.

I think it's absurd not to use SD cards. CF-card cameras are a dying breed. I think CF-card cameras will eventually become extinct. SD is now the overwhelming standard for digital cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:46 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (803 comments in total)

Looks like a solid, clean, well-designed piece of equipment. I love the pop-up mode dial. It keeps the design clean, and prevents un-intential movements of the dial. Incredibly compact and slim body. Mirrorless is definitely starting to mature.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:39 UTC as 164th comment
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (803 comments in total)
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stereo: I suppose it's like a Leica camera. It looks a bit boring at first sight. When you hold it in your hands, it all makes sense!

So true. I never judge a camera's looks and design solely based on what I see on the web. These things need to be judged in person, in your hand, and even after a bit of use.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:32 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)

Wow, pretty sweet! Amazingly compact for a medium format sensor, thanks to the elimination of the mirror and OVF! Love it!

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:29 UTC as 38th comment
On article X-ray: iFixit looks inside the Fujifilm X-M1 (33 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: Despite Fuji's reputation, and their target audience, I have to say Fuji makes one of the worst feeling cameras, the plastic on the X-T1 simply feels yuck!

I have the X-E1 and X-A1, both feels very plasticy and they actually are (which to me is a good thing though, becoz of the light weight).

I have an X-E1. Feels fine to me. Are parts of the body made of plastic? Sure. Does it make any functional difference? No. It's all psychological. If you want a camera carved out of a solid block of aluminum, get a Leica T.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 00:16 UTC
On article X-ray: iFixit looks inside the Fujifilm X-M1 (33 comments in total)

It's incredible how few parts a mirrorless camera has compared to a DSLR.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2016 at 16:45 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

Excellent! I like Samyang E-mount lenses. I just wished they made AF lenses. And now they do!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 06:32 UTC as 31st comment
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2150 comments in total)
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Dirk Nuary: I guess it'll reach up to 2k comments. I think Sony now is the most popular camera.

At the moment, the A6300 is the 5th best selling interchangeable lens camera at Amazon. The only ILC's selling better than it are the Rebel T5 (#1, #3, #4, in various kit packages) and the Nikon D3300 (#2). All of these packages are a lot less expensive than the A6300, too.

http://postimg.org/image/klnoaanih/

So yes, based on how well it is selling on Amazon-- one of the biggest sellers of cameras in the US-- it'd say that it is a popular camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 19:12 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2150 comments in total)
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Rooru S: So it is not 'real time' live view at 8fps. Still a slideshow but with added blackout effects...too bad Sony had to simulate stuff for marketing BS.

"a slideshow but with added blackout effects...to simulate stuff for marketing BS". That is a bizarre characterization. Spoken like a person with a chip on his shoulder. At the end of the day, you're talking about a viewfinder that allows you to effectively track your subjects as you shoot high speed bursts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq_HCCTk_3U

I don't find it to be any different, in practical use, than the blackout I get on my DSLRs when doing bursts. Is an EVF an OVF? No. They are obviously different technologies. Just like digital is different than film. Should we be upset that digital attempts to "simulate" film, and whine that it's just "marketing BS"?

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 12:22 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2150 comments in total)
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joyclick: Sony has been very bold and innovatinve daring to go where none do but they still suck at a thing or two which matter immensly,the user interface being the most important among them,as also excellent but affordable lenses offering most useful focal lengths and apertures

So until they get their act together I wil go for either Panasonic or Olympus.

@Mateus1 - I own an A6000, a Fuji X-E1, and an Oly E-PM1 with VF-3 viewfinder. I've used all of them for street shooting. All of them work perfectly fine for street. If anything, the A6000 works the best for me. I certainly don't find myself "wasting time pressing these silly buttons to change or set almost every feature". As someone who uses Sony, Fuji, and Oly, I find your characterization to be absurd. For "dynamic street shooting", I just set my A6000 (or any of my other cameras) to auto ISO, aperture priority, and that's it. Any additional changes to settings are done with the exposure comp dial. It's not that complicated. I think people make photography a lot more complicated than it needs to be. If you're constantly fiddling with your camera settings, you're doing something wrong.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 12:03 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2150 comments in total)
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Thuravi Kumaaran: Richard Butler wrote,
'If cameras with class-equalling image quality, class-leading AF and class-leading video don't deserve Gold, what does?'

But, no class leading lens support, no class leading user friendliness - it is something like ‘she/he is so intelligent, compact and beautiful, but non cooperative’.

Not sure why people complain so much about Sony lens support. I have the Sony 18-105/4 OSS, 35/1.8 OSS, 50/1.8 OSS, 55-210 OSS, and Rokinon 12/2 for my A6000. All these lenses perform well, and I'm very happy. And I'm saying this as a Canon DSLR user. BTW, I also adapt my Canon EOS lenses to my Sony A6000, too. Sony mirrorless bodies are the most adaptable cameras in the market, so you have a huge range of lenses you can use with them. As for user friendliness, I actually find the size and portability of my Sony gear make it more user friendly, which is probably why I use my Sony gear 80-90% of the time, my Canon gear 10-20% o the time. For travel, I only use my Sony gear because I find it travels so much better than my DSLR gear. Doesn't that count as "user-friendly"? It does to me!

People also have to remember that the Sony system is very young. Systems need time to grow. Canon's EOS system was nothing when it was introduced in 1986. It did not become "world class" overnight.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 01:34 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2150 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Fascinating to see that dpreview finds this Sony APS-C camera superior to a D750 or a D810. I don’t believe many other reviewers would come to the same conclusion. Does dpreview not want to offend Sony owners with the real facts? Does dpreview receive monies from Sony? Are dpreviews even worth reading? - It now seems that in order to get an accurate review one has to read between the lines. The a6300 has terrible ergonomics, can’t be trusted to shoot 14 bit stills, overheats, has terrible battery life, and has a third rate menu system. How does putting all those faults together yields a superb camera?

Silly, defensive, knee-jerk reaction.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 01:11 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2150 comments in total)
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PerL: I wonder why there is no rating for "system"? After all, that is one of the most important considerations when you buy, and in a way lock yourself into a camera brand.

That'd be a rather lame method of rating, because all it does is endorse the entrenched camera systems. Every camera system has to start somewhere. Just imagine if this method of rating existed when Canon first launched the Canon EOS system in 1986. At the time, every other camera system on the market would have annihilated Canon in the ratings because they were all established systems compared to Canon which was starting over from scratch. If such a system of rating had existed back then, it's quite possible that Canon's EOS system might have never survived. But look where they are today.

As for the "system" being the "most important consideration" because you "lock yourself into a camera brand", I think we're steadily moving towards a world where lens/camera adaptability across systems becomes more normal, especially with the advancements in smart adapters and AF communication. I think in a few years, you'll be able to put whatever lens you want onto a mirrorless body.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 00:57 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (258 comments in total)
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T3: So many things wrong with this camera. The price, the lack of an EVF, it doesn't even work with Canon's own EVF-DC1 add-on EVF, no RAW, non-removeable variable aperture zoom, a touchscreen UI that you can't touch if you're using the ginormous viewfinder eyepiece, etc. There are plenty of video-centric reviews that trash this camera, for good reason. Sadly, this is a camera that only a diehard Canon lover can love. Canon just isn't the company that it used to be. Well, at least you can use it with your existing Canon lenses. Oh...wait. Nope.

Hi grade bit rate, but sadly everything else is consumer-level...except for the price. The big problem with this camera is that that it's neither here nor there, neither fish nor fowl. It's a frankencamera. Even you state that it's a "novel experiment" and Canon just "threw out there". Yes, it is a rather throw-away product. Which is probably why it hasn't gained much traction, even with the Canon name and marketing machine behind it.

BTW, Canon has been marketing it as a "hybrid camera"...not just a "camcorder".

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 23:54 UTC
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