ultimitsu

ultimitsu

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Stejo: An unstabilized 135mm. Just what the doctor ordered.

It is a balancing exercise. Out of the following 3 lenses, which one do you think will get the most sale:

A. 1.15 KG, F1.8, 1300 USD.
B. 1.15 KG, F2.4, IS, 1300 USD.
C. 1.30 KG, F1.8, IS, 1800 USD.

I would pick A. So did Sigma.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 22:56 UTC
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ultimitsu: 20mm/f2.8 blatant lie.

And in any event a sham product. it does not even disclose sensor size.

Angus Rocks, this camera is marketed as a lowlight specialise camera, naturally sensor size and aperture both play an important part so both information should be given, accurately. the Japanese site may have the specs, but not this page and not on the video's freeze screen.

$400 is not cheap by the way, especially for a F2.8 7x crop sensor. Xiaomi 5S for example has a 1/2.3 inch sensor, 5.5x crop, f2 lens, and the whole phone is about $320 USD.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 03:56 UTC
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ultimitsu: 20mm/f2.8 blatant lie.

And in any event a sham product. it does not even disclose sensor size.

It is a 2.87mm, F/2; or, 20mm, F/14.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 00:21 UTC

20mm/f2.8 blatant lie.

And in any event a sham product. it does not even disclose sensor size.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 03:14 UTC as 28th comment | 10 replies
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (157 comments in total)
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Photo_AK: Obviously Nikon calls the type of the focusing motor they've built into 105/1.4E a "Compact Silent Wave Motor" (instead of just "Silent Wave Motor):

https://www.nikonimgsupport.com/eu/BV_article?articleNo=000006503&lang=en_GB&setRedirect=true

Nikon changed the description after the lensrental blog.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 00:24 UTC
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (157 comments in total)
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ultimitsu: I myself will probably not buy this lens, but I dont think it is fair to bash it just for the gears and micro USM. Nikon may have chosen micro USM for weight and size reasons.

This lens is designed for portrait, not sports. So while Ring USM has the higher class appeal, I am not sure if it would have made any difference in the performance. Nikon could have built this lens in japan, used metal in all parts of the lens, curved circuit board, exotic metal gears - and give you a true "no expense" spared lens - and price it at 4000. I think many people will then cry it being a zeiss pretender?

Richard, I fully agree with Cicala. He is correct in bashing Nikon Marketing. I note that he does say the Nikon engineers have done nothing wrong (a good job, in fact). My comment was directed at people who leave comments criticising Nikon's decision of using plastic and micro USM. I say these criticisms are unfounded if not unreasonable.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 09:35 UTC
On article Lensrentals tears down the Nikon 105mm F1.4 (157 comments in total)

I myself will probably not buy this lens, but I dont think it is fair to bash it just for the gears and micro USM. Nikon may have chosen micro USM for weight and size reasons.

This lens is designed for portrait, not sports. So while Ring USM has the higher class appeal, I am not sure if it would have made any difference in the performance. Nikon could have built this lens in japan, used metal in all parts of the lens, curved circuit board, exotic metal gears - and give you a true "no expense" spared lens - and price it at 4000. I think many people will then cry it being a zeiss pretender?

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 22:24 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On article Xiaomi Redmi Pro quick review: dual-cam on a budget (42 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Creating a better camera phone is pretty much a fool's errand.

We camera geeks think the world is demanding better camera phones. Ones with enhanced fake bokeh, and dual cameras for "real optical zoom" and all sorts of modular snap on gadgets for a more "camera like experience."

But the truth is.... camera phones were good enough for ordinary users two years ago. Good enough for snap shots. Good enough for facebook. Good enough for web sharing, and for selfies.

And making them even better won't sell very more of them. This is just a fantasy promoted by the camera geeks. The numbers tell the real story. The market for cheap P&S cameras has collapsed, but it is stable or growing for ILCs, superzoom cameras and rugged cameras. Beyond that point, market declines are due to the maturity of the technology and market saturation, and not because "enthusiasts want smart phones instead."

Your OP was 2014 cameras are "good enough", not that "users are not unhappy". these are two very different things.

My 4 years old D600 is "good enough", I will probably not upgrade for another 4 years.

I was not unhappy with my 2014 smartphone camera, but it was definitely far from good enough.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
On article Xiaomi Redmi Pro quick review: dual-cam on a budget (42 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Creating a better camera phone is pretty much a fool's errand.

We camera geeks think the world is demanding better camera phones. Ones with enhanced fake bokeh, and dual cameras for "real optical zoom" and all sorts of modular snap on gadgets for a more "camera like experience."

But the truth is.... camera phones were good enough for ordinary users two years ago. Good enough for snap shots. Good enough for facebook. Good enough for web sharing, and for selfies.

And making them even better won't sell very more of them. This is just a fantasy promoted by the camera geeks. The numbers tell the real story. The market for cheap P&S cameras has collapsed, but it is stable or growing for ILCs, superzoom cameras and rugged cameras. Beyond that point, market declines are due to the maturity of the technology and market saturation, and not because "enthusiasts want smart phones instead."

Far from the truth. Firstly, whether "smartphone cameras were good enough two years ago" is entirely subjective. To me they only became good enough this year with IMX378.

Secondly, even if they were good enough on some phones ( say, Iphone 6Plus, for example), they were priced well out of reach for most people. 2016 has brough great technology like IMX378 to true mainstream, See the prices of Mi 5S.

I think there is a lot more room for improvement:

1, Apple is taking the right direction with dual lens set up, one wide and normal. I see no reason why they cannot have 3 lenses next time, 24mm, 40nmm, 70mm.

2, dual identical lens setup (Clearsigh, M5s Plus) shows a lot promise, if they did it with 2 IMX 378 class sensors and OIS, you can easily have a phone camera rival the lowlight IQ of a premium 1inch compact and low end APS-C DSLR with kit lens.

3, Dual identical sensor and lens for high quality 4K stereo 3D movie shooting.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 01:55 UTC
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Herp Photos: That price is very disapointing and makes me wish I hadn't sold my e-M1 for 600 in prepararion for upgading to this eventually. The difference in capabilities will not justify a 1400.00 diference in mark 1 vs. Mark 2 for me and probably others. I thought this would be priced similar to Fuji x-T2 which I already have. I would rather go with a cheeper Nikon d500 as a second body instead at this price or even a gh4 if I wanted to leverage my remaing m43 lenses.

When you make a bet for upgrade by selling existing model for ahead of announcement of the new model, you win some you lose some. you have to expect and accept this reality.

Recently (past 12 months or so), across board consumer electronics upgrades have been incremental.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
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Mike FL: "Vivo and OPPO edge out Xiaomi and Huawei as China’s top phone makers"

http://www.androidauthority.com/vivo-oppo-oust-xiaomi-huawei-china-smartphone-market-724247/

Mix will be the hardest phone to get. production is limited to 10,000 per month. Mi 5 Ceramic must had a production capacity issue as well, but I do not think as low as 10k per month.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 23:07 UTC
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Mike FL: "Vivo and OPPO edge out Xiaomi and Huawei as China’s top phone makers"

http://www.androidauthority.com/vivo-oppo-oust-xiaomi-huawei-china-smartphone-market-724247/

Chinese are just like all other people in the world - they respond to marketing. Xiaomi historically spent very little on marketing, it was a miracle they got where they were without much marketing. it is only natural that others, willing to spend a lot of money on marketing, should overtake Xiaomi.

Xiaomi can never produce enough of its high end phones. I have been trying to buy a ceramic back Mi5 since day one, still could not get one so I gave up. Xiaomi has been trying to expand its presence in low end market with Redmi but that market is not only long saturated, but also respond more to marketing than xiaomi's high end market (mostly tech geeks who do lots of research and look for best performance/price ratio).

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 06:13 UTC
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mekpro: Wonder how IMX 318 performs. Will this camera perform better or worse than IMX 378 used in Mi 5s that just released month ago?

378 is larger (19%) and newer (7 months), so I would say 378 should have a lead in IQ.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 06:06 UTC
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naturetech: Others innovate while China copies.

Styling? sure. As far as I know style is not protected by IP law.

Under the bonnet, pretty much all phones use the same few component makers. The only difference is how much they spend on marketing and assembly.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 01:14 UTC

Do you really need SD card? Inclusion of SD card comes with its own price - related circuit, card slot, etc. SD cards are always slower compared to internal storage, especially that M5/5s uses UFS 2.0, at 1600MPS, it is about 160 times faster than low end class 10 SD card.

http://technotif.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Speed-comparison-eMMC-vs-UFS.jpg

Xiaomi does make a phone with SD slot, the Mi Max, same size as 5s Plus, It did not turn out to be a huge success.

The way I see it, there are vry very few people in the market who would think 128 GB is not enough, if xiaomi included SD card slot for these people, it would increase price, size, weight, and warranty costs for everyone else. even if such increase is only marginal, this market is so competitive these margins matter.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 05:51 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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cosinaphile: without an sd card slot , its as pointless as an iphone. .yuck to both

D O A

I used to hold this view but after owning several phones without SD expansion I now dont see it as an issue at all. the top lines models has 128GB storage, I did OK with phones with 8GB storage. SO I honestly do not see storage as being an issue, surely you back up you stuff to a external hard drive regularly and empty some space that way.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 05:40 UTC
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beavertown: Even at half price of the Cankon lenses, the third party lens makers still make huge profits, who believes lenses are so expensive to make? Shame on the greedy pigs.

you cannot just compare the material costs. R&D, support, logistics, marketing, compliance, legal costs are all costs that the end consumer has to pick up. Canon and Nikon has to do a lot of marketing to sell a lot of cameras in order for there to be market to sell lenses. Many cameras are sold are very low margin and customers do not then buy additional lense despite all the marketing spending. In the end of the day it is a tough business to be in. If you think they are "ripping off", then why dont you start a camera company and compete? Pentax, Olympus stock are doing just great, or are they?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 04:52 UTC
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (480 comments in total)
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raindance: Great review, but honestly if you are in the market for this camera consider FF. I know this camera is about the lens, but seriously image quality is night and day with FF. You could pick up a FF body and a 50 1.8 to start for the same price point. I know apples and oranges, but just saying been there, done that and wish I would have made the FF switch sooner ;)

"You are joking of course (I own both 600f4 and the T 150/600)"

what is the joke?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:37 UTC
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (480 comments in total)
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raindance: Great review, but honestly if you are in the market for this camera consider FF. I know this camera is about the lens, but seriously image quality is night and day with FF. You could pick up a FF body and a 50 1.8 to start for the same price point. I know apples and oranges, but just saying been there, done that and wish I would have made the FF switch sooner ;)

"You want to hang my 12.5 lbs 600 f4 lens from my FF A900 and compare"

no, more like 600 F11. which does not exist. for about 2K USD you can get a Tamron 150-600 + used D600. Significantly higher IQ.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 00:26 UTC
On article CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview - "small office, big factory" (194 comments in total)
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mosc: Stunning Candor. Stunning.

Sigma doesnt make money in bodies because, 1, its volume is very low, 2, it uses its own unique sensor so that RD cost is spread over very few cameras. Sony on the other hand sales a lot more cameras and they sell sensors to other camera makers to spread the RD cost.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 01:18 UTC
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