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Good topic, Don.
It felt nice while the sun was shining that day...
A couple times per day my 85 yr old ma treks outside to check this thermometer she's used for probably close to 50 years.  She doesn't seem to believe the number on the wireless digital weather station we installed for her. ???
And, a little bit of things-Canadian in the sun-melted snow.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Medium Format Camera
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:32:24 AM »
Not sure about some of those comments.  If this article's right, Sony's sensor division is doing very well!
Diversifying and making some niche products for bragging rights is not likely to cost them a lot compared to the marketing benefits.


EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:28:21 AM »
I think Canon chose to put out a 5d3 all-rounder instead of a class-leading hi-MP FF body like the d800 partly because they really don't yet have the ability to produce something like that 36MP sensor.  You can't put out a product for bragging rights if you don't qualify.

The 5d3 fills the bill for those who asked for such, for those who wanted more resolution and cleaner, more malleable files the D800 was available.

As far as making a niche product for bragging rights, TSE 17mm, anyone?..

PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:34:50 PM »
check this out:

looks like decent mid to high ISO performance
I'll wait for some low ISO daylight shots and other stuff too but it looks decent so far.

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.

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:
(...)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.

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.

and at a considerably lower (half) price


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

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.

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!

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!

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:

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.

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.

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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