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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Medium Format Camera
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:07:48 PM »
hard fixed lens...NO
BUT, if it's a funky fast prime (35-50mm) on a fully articulated bellows mount... MAYbe.

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PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 25, 2014, 01:09:06 AM »
No 14-bit RAW or AdobeRGB; boo-hiss!

from Canon's website:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/pro_ps_digital_cameras/powershot_g1_x_mark_ii#Features
(...)Shooting and Recording Modes Including 14-bit RAW + JPEG
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II offers a host of shooting and recording modes ranging from fully automatic to fully manual, plus Full HD movies and full-resolution high speed continuous shooting. The camera recognizes 58 shooting situations, automatically optimizing settings for achieving the highest quality shots on the go. Alternatively, you can exert complete creative control over the look and feel of your images. 14-bit signal processing, just as in EOS-series cameras, gives images notably rich detail and smooth gradation, and RAW images are available in a choice of 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratios. Compared with 12-bit processing, 14-bit offers a 4x increase in RAW data for a visible impact, giving images rich detail in both highlights and shadows as well as smoother, more natural tonal gradation for outstanding image quality.(...)


Thanks for that, didn't find anything about 12 vs 14 bit raw after a quick skim thru the manual.
Hopefully it has good enough signal to noise ratio to warrant 14 bits, otherwise 12 can be adequate.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:24:59 AM »
where that elegance breaks down is when using a lens without an aperture ring... you have to spin the control wheel quite a bit to get over to the far end that allows the mode change.
Otherwise, yes, it's a good concept and it certainly works well to slow _me_ down to be a little more careful about taking the shot.  Which seems to me a bit like what the Nikon Df was trying to accomplish.  Not a bad thing, but it can feel like a handicap if your used to a mode control (dial) you can change in a fraction of a second.

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and at a considerably lower (half) price

www.dpreview.com/news/2014/03/19/samsung-announces-tiny-nx-mini-mirrorless-camera?

same size sensor, slightly faster 22 fps framerate, plenty of useful features.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: March 17, 2014, 03:18:28 PM »
Supposedly the EV dial is stiff because a lot of people complained it was too easy to bump accidentally on the XE1/2.
I've heard that.  I've got XE1s, I think the comp dial on them's just right for stiffness.
I've bumped my 7D's mode dial far more often with worse results.

How to fix the X-T1's basic ergonomics:
  • taller buttons for easier press
  • easier to turn EV comp dial
  • toss the lock button on the ISO dial and make it as stiff as the EV comp dial was
  • swap the shutter speed dial for a PASM mode dial with a bunch of custom modes without a lock button
  • rear control wheel should protrude slightly more
  • re-sculpt thumb-grip for easier access to AFL button

Having to set aperture to far end to activate other modes is just plain goofy, even when you do get used to it but I guess that's a functional compromise made when using an aperture ring which many of us as just as content to adjust with a control wheel instead.

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Isn't this nothing more than capturing stills from video?

40 full rez raw files in 0.7 seconds ≠ video

However, that also shows they CAN sample the whole sensor at full rez and fast video speeds - which is something I think they're going to use to some video advantage in the near future.  If they can keep the thing cool enough!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 16, 2014, 12:58:44 AM »
I do agree this camera will have to be extremely feature rich to be successful.


This is most likely the reason the 7d2 isn't here yet and neither "around the corner" ...

... but the competition is a moving target, the new Nikon 1 v3 has 20fps with servo af, full res 18mp and 40 shows raw buffer (http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20018.0) so Canon should better come up with something really interesting or amateur wildlife photogs will switch to mirrorless.

The hybrid (evf/ovf?) viewfinder is the indication Canon is following suite - with a high-fps "mirror flipped up" mode, the days of the mirror-flipping high fps beast seem to be almost over.


When I read the N1v3 can do ~60fps with focus locked almost made me choke on my ichiban noodles!

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Camera sounds great.  Only wish that Canon would get with it and produce such a camera.  20 FPS is a great - wonder how fast the camera can write the flash card


I just read a blurb on DxOmark that said this thing can shoot SIXTY fps in a burst if AF is locked?!?
Holy buffer-size!  Even if it is limited to 40 raw as they stated, that's a LOT of speed!
Can anyone confirm that? My local Nikon web site is not so clear on the issue in the spec's page.

EDIT:  OK, actually found that here:
www.nikon.com/news/2014/0313_dslr_01.htm

excerpt below:

At approximately 20 fps, the Nikon 1 V3 also boasts the world's fastest*1 high-speed continuous shooting rate with AF tracking, as well as high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 60 fps when focus is locked. This, as well as the world's shortest*3 shooting time lag ensures fast and precise focusing on moving subjects.

*3Measured in accordance with CIPA standards. When a CX-format digital camera is used; measured with the zoom lens at the maximum telephoto position.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: March 16, 2014, 12:34:05 AM »
Well, I got my mitts on one the other week.
I really like the size and the way it fits in my hands but I do find a lot of little ergonomic niggles bothersome.
Mostly, those little buttons can be vexing and the EV comp dial is a bit too stiff to easily thumb-it while it's up to your eye without using your shutter release finger to assist rotating the dial.  Rear control wheel is a little onstructed by a body ridge and the back AF button is similarly awkward with the comfy thumb grip in the way.
Viewfinder is great and the better lenses AF faster than some of my lower end SLR systems.
I'll likely get one simply because I can easily adapt all my old Nikon, Pentax, M42 and other lenses onto it too.

If the buttons aren't improved by then, I can see myself machining and gluing little add-ons to them to make them easier to operate.  It would only take about 0.5mm more height on most of them to make them much easier to use, maybe almost 1mm on the AFL button.

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It's an impressively spec'd little camera with a fair complement of accessories.
I'm not sure I'd opt for it vs a slightly larger sensor M43 body tho.
The initial price is, well, up there.
Mirrorless AF systems are getting competitive but the one feature I like so far on this N1v3 is the high speed video; that may tempt me to try one when the price recedes a bit.  It may also be possible to pull 4k video out of a small sensor like this too, if that's something Nikon decides would benefit them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2014, 03:13:57 PM »
For me, it's all about pixel density. I have 20/10 vision..I can CLEARLY see the pixels. It's utterly horrid..

I'm at 20/15 w-o correction, and I can see the pixels in my EVF too if I want to concentrate on that.  But it doesn't bother me since I don't expect it to look exactly like an OVF. There's enough information density to be useful for what it is, a composition tool with a rich amount of camera data added.  I don't need to color-proof with it, don't care if it has other limitations you've described, as long as it's fast, responsive, works well in low light and provides the information I need to perform the function it's supposed to.
It does that just fine, and it's even better than an OVF when it comes to low light.  I don't mind a little noise in my low light EVF image when it allows me to see more detail than I could looking thru an OVF.
So, if today's EVFs don't appeal to you, tomorrow's might.
One of the other benefits is I get from an EVF is a much better idea of how a stopped down image will look because I'm seeing it without the effect of a focus screen in an OVF that interferes with how the image actually looks for in-focus to OOF transition areas.

Either way, good EVFs won't prevent you from using them for what they are there for, to compose the shot.  Even the very low rez EVF in my old Panasonic FZ-20 was useful and still truckloads better than trying to compose using the rear display in sunlight.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2014, 01:07:59 AM »
And even then...it would require an EVF to function entirely properly...and EVFs have just as long a way to come before they can really be viable replacements for OVFs...

I'd say today's better EVF's are already more than adequate.
My pretty new Fuji XT1's EVF is a pleasure to use, more than adequate resolution and the high frame rate greatly reduces the lag compared to the older Xe bodies.
Combine that with the great low-light gain-up ability Canon's have and these things already see better in the dark than we do.
One more development iteration and OVF has serious competition.

the only thing I don't like about it...
I keep bringing the camera up to my eye to frame a possible shot and have to remember to turn it ON first... (I'm always in battery conservation mode)
And that's still the 2nd shortcoming... using an EVF still eats a lot of power.  I see this being a major consideration when I'm in the wilds for a few days.

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Mirrorless with WYSIWYG live histogram, etc.  (like Fuji or Oly)
freeze the button positions or at least make them all programmable with soft indicators on screen if needed
oh, and for my preferences.. stuff an exmor sensor in there with matching front-end circuitry.

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Well, without them coming out about it bluntly, the no-analog-gain Dragon sensor shows FPN by the time it's digitally pushed to 3200, no surprise that.

As for the D800, it is my favorite and most capable landscape camera.  Overkill for many other tasks but I enjoy shooting with the quirky things.  It's certainly not a jack-of-all-trades nor a camera for the masses.  I won't be trading in mine for anything on the horizon, not even the moderately priced new Hassie or 645D2... Well, the latter might be tempting.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: P-51 Mustang
« on: March 04, 2014, 01:31:05 AM »
I love the engine sound of those big warbirds, whether radials or the very distinctive sound of those huge V-12s.  Even when they fly low and loud overhead they're far more pleasant than a jet.
Way back, when I was still in my 20s, I wangled a ride in a 2nd-seat equipped P51 with an aerobatic pilot.
What an experience!  I held my lunch until we landed but I was as green as the camou' paint on that old plane!  That was 45 minutes I'll never forget.
I'd still like to find a ride in a Corsair and a P47.

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