allineedislight

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On article Stocking stuffers: Five film camera bargains (98 comments in total)
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allineedislight: My current favourite is a modern, lightweight, fully mechanical camera:

Konica TC-X with Hexanon 40mm AR f/1.8 lens

The camera weighs only 375g and goes literally for peanuts (10 pounds?). It uses a modern battery for the lightmeter but works without one. The 40mm Hexanon lens is excellent, and you can get it for 20-50 pounds.

So you can still get a camera with excellent lens and fully manual for very little money (perhaps even under 20 pounds if you are lucky). Definitely better to get this than any of the now overpriced compacts or rangefinders.. :)

this is probably the lightest and smallest fully mechanical SLR for 135 film

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2020 at 17:53 UTC
On article Stocking stuffers: Five film camera bargains (98 comments in total)

My current favourite is a modern, lightweight, fully mechanical camera:

Konica TC-X with Hexanon 40mm AR f/1.8 lens

The camera weighs only 375g and goes literally for peanuts (10 pounds?). It uses a modern battery for the lightmeter but works without one. The 40mm Hexanon lens is excellent, and you can get it for 20-50 pounds.

So you can still get a camera with excellent lens and fully manual for very little money (perhaps even under 20 pounds if you are lucky). Definitely better to get this than any of the now overpriced compacts or rangefinders.. :)

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2020 at 17:51 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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allineedislight: How about a Canon EOS 100D? About 200 bucks with kit lens, you can install magic lantern for lots of video enhancements and of course it has a mic input. You can also use it just for live streaming via HDMI (magic lantern can disable 30 minute limit and also clear the overlays).

plus access to all kinds of cheap and good lenses, such as 24mm STM.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2020 at 14:35 UTC

How about a Canon EOS 100D? About 200 bucks with kit lens, you can install magic lantern for lots of video enhancements and of course it has a mic input. You can also use it just for live streaming via HDMI (magic lantern can disable 30 minute limit and also clear the overlays).

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2020 at 14:35 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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matsonfamily: they should just make a firmware upgrade that includes it functioning as a UVC device. You plug in a webcam and it just works, because of this. That makes it work with all software on anyone's computer (you don't need admin), on any OS. Really not sure why they don't. You know the screen where it says "hey i'm connecting to a computer, do you want to connect as a USB device, or with a multimedia protocol, or a proprietary method?"... that screen.

Sigma fp has an UVC video mode built in, so I hope Fuji can do the same and will include UVC in future firmware upgrades.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2020 at 21:56 UTC
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Nothing new: It seems that Nikon, Olympus, Samsung will follow and then, possibly, Sigma and Pentax will join the bandwagon.
The next generation(s) of cameras will include this feature just like they've included the ability to shoot movies.

"then, possibly, Sigma and Pentax will join the bandwagon"

Sigma is actually leading the pack here: its video oriented camera, the Sigma fp, has a UVC mode built in its current firmware. So you can use it as a web cam straight out of the box:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxbSZSgFHpk
https://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/2020/05/a-new-discovery-about-sigma-fp-very.html

Link | Posted on May 27, 2020 at 21:55 UTC

This is a great camera!! I had one for years and years! Loved the "zzd-zzd" sound when the lens extend and retracts at each shot!

There is a famous foto diary "1999" by Frank Horvat. He used a Mju II to take a picture every day in the year 1999. All the images are on his web page so you can see what a great photographer can do with this little gem. Some pictures are selfies with the Mju II!

Online gallery of "1999":
http://www.horvatland.com/WEB/en/THE90s/PP/DAILY%20REPORT/multi.htm

The book:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/1999-Daily-Report-Frank-Horvat/dp/1899235183

Reviews of the book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi3tx2nPIaw
http://v1.zonezero.com/magazine/articles/ziff/dialyreport.html

Link | Posted on May 16, 2020 at 11:43 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

Hope the windows version runs under wine so that it can be used on Linux as well! And don't forget to make the software fully color managed..

(I talking from experience as a Sigma user here: SPP used to run perfectly well on Linux, but latest versions do not work at all any more, and no version ever bothered to take the ICC profile of the monitor into account... so color fine tuning is futile..note that even the simple software picasa manages color perfectly well under Wine/Linux so it is doable)

even better would be to have this functionality in the Wifi app!

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 07:36 UTC as 36th comment
On article Macro photography with the Fujifilm GFX 50S (53 comments in total)
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Pixel Pooper: Using the some of worlds biggest insects to make 1:2 on a MF sensor seem like macro.

It's simple: insects have 6 legs, spiders have 8.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:34 UTC
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allineedislight: Another idea: get a new Sigma DP Quattro:

http://www.sigma-global.com/en/cameras/dp-series/

* available new in four different focal length (21mm, 28mm, 45mm, 75mm equiv)
* excellent image quality and very high resolution
* features in-camera raw re-development, just as the Fuji
* very good JPGs, just as the Fuji
* regular firmware updates
* now with DNG raw files

All this for about half the price of a X100F!

if you are in the US then the official Sigma store has very good offers on refurbished cameras (about 500$): https://www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-outlet/shop-cameras

and in Europe the DP2 quattro can be had also for about 500 EUR/420 GPB: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59527715

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 18:04 UTC

Another idea: get a new Sigma DP Quattro:

http://www.sigma-global.com/en/cameras/dp-series/

* available new in four different focal length (21mm, 28mm, 45mm, 75mm equiv)
* excellent image quality and very high resolution
* features in-camera raw re-development, just as the Fuji
* very good JPGs, just as the Fuji
* regular firmware updates
* now with DNG raw files

All this for about half the price of a X100F!

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 15:06 UTC as 143rd comment | 5 replies

40-45mm equiv.

Wasn't Olympus at some point planning a digital version of its famous Olympus Trip / 35 RC? So please take the EPL-8, put a 20mm/2.8 lens in front, preferably with leaf shutter, and add small built-in flash and EVF!

(or maybe Fuji/Panasonic/Ricoh can produce sth. like this?)

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 23:45 UTC as 66th comment

Personally, I prefer as many people below a compromise between 35mm (FF) and 50mm (FF). I find that I often crop from 35mm, and 50mm is a bit too tight, so the golden middle at 40-45mm equiv. is best for me!

I mainly use an X100 with the TCL-X100 tele adapter, and that works fine for me. But I really wish someday some manufacturer produces a 40-45mm (FF equiv) fixed-lens camera! Sigma Dp2 comes close, but current models are not small and foveon is not that versatile, esp. in artificial light.

In the film days I used a Yashica Electro (45mm/f1.7) and a Yashica GX (40mm/f1.7), as well as an Olympus 35RC (40mm/f2.8), these were all superb.
I did love the Olympus Mju II and the XA for their handling but the 35mm field of view was and still is too wide for me!

so another vote for 40-45mm equiv.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 20:48 UTC as 73rd comment
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Rhawi Dantas: Ricoh, if you are listening bring a GR with an 35mm equiv. lens. While at it slap a 24mp sensor and we are done.

I volunteer as tribute for testing. (hard job but someone has to do it.´).

yes, a Ricoh GR with 40-45mm equivalent lens would indeed be fantastic! 35mm is too close to 28mm (and also already covered by Fuji and Sony)

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 22:04 UTC
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Triplet Perar: I still have my Mju2. Brilliant little camera, always regretted there was nothing like it in the digital world. Then Leica made their X cameras with small 35mm lens and I fell in love again. Of course, Leica X is optically and otherwise superior and it emotionally compensates for the Mju.
So thank you Olympus for the Mju, thank you Leica for the X1, X2 and X-E.

@Tiplet Perar: the classic Sigma DP2 has 41mm equivalent lens, so very similar to the Olympus Trip (40mm), and a bit longer than the Mju II.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 10:44 UTC
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Wilight: "I'm not even asking for a full-framer, but even a 1"-type sensor, fixed lens compact with a fast 35mm-equivalent lens would do it for me. Just make sure it's pocketable, has a good flash, is weather sealed and is built like a tank"
Almost the same here!! But I don't even ask for a flash, cuz I seldom like the results of on-camera flash (not even as fill). Maybe the lack of flash would give room for a m4/3 sensor. Although I think that would be unavoidable for producton, considering most users would want it. Anyways, a pocktable, really rugged camera, with 1" sensor, 13mm f/1.4 non-protuding lens would already be great!

Olympus is one of the few companies that do not offer a large sensor fixed lens compact, so maybe they have something in preparation?

I would love to have an equivalent of the Olympus trip with its 40mm lens, in the form factor of an XA or Mju II.

So perhaps an digital Mju II / XA with the following specs seems reasonable:
* m4/3 sensor
* fixed focal length around 18-21mm (equivalent to 36-42mm)
* small lens with max aperture f/2.0 (can be soft), sharp at (2.8-4)
* excellent image quality at ISO 1600 (and lower)
* optical viewfinder like Mju II (perhaps with some digital overlay info)

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 14:38 UTC
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Triplet Perar: I still have my Mju2. Brilliant little camera, always regretted there was nothing like it in the digital world. Then Leica made their X cameras with small 35mm lens and I fell in love again. Of course, Leica X is optically and otherwise superior and it emotionally compensates for the Mju.
So thank you Olympus for the Mju, thank you Leica for the X1, X2 and X-E.

don,t forget the first generation sigma dp1 and dp2 cameras. very small and lightweight with aps-c size sensor.

it's been ten years since these cameras came to market (i got my dp2 in 2009), still amazed there is not yet a comparable fixed lens large sensor camera around... the x100 series by fuji are great but these are digital version of olympus 35rc, for something smaller like xa or mju ii we are out of luck so far

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:42 UTC
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joe6pack: I had the Stylus Epic and it is a wonderful camera. But if my memory serves, to turn off the camera, one must slide close. Which always hit the extended lens on the side before the lens retracts.

actually, the fixed focal length mju ii extends the lens only when you full press the shutter, and retracts immediately after taking a picture, producing its characteristic makes zz-zz noise...

i believe the later zoom versions always extend the lens, but not the mju ii.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:32 UTC

I am also a big fan of the Mju II!!! It really has a fantastic lens, and the autofocus also works in the dark. The optical viewfinder is also very innovative, I believe it uses an optical fiber, which starts right on top of the lens and leads to a full size finder on the back. The only issue I had with this camera is that there is no setting to switch to infinity focus for shooting through windows.

So yes, Olympus please bring back a digital version of the Mju ii!!!!

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:28 UTC as 47th comment
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
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kadardr: It is not just the look, but more the feel, when you hold it, manipulate with the knobs and wheels, check out the VF and the menu, so try it. And then if the camera and the price fits you, you buy it. Actually, for instance, the Olympus XA was great, because the looks and feel (and size) was all exceptionally good. And it had no weather sealing. This classic look is more a fashion thing though, but it works in sales, so I do not mind. The message is: try before you buy!

Hm, the XA vignettes only wide open. Once stopped down a bit the lens is pretty good!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 18:04 UTC
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