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Everything posted by D13H4RD

  1. This is what happens when the camera division is running the show. Seriously, the guy running Sony's mobile division is the same guy who brought the camera division to where it is today. Makes you wonder how they got the AF algorithms from the A9 to the phone. Also, I'm gonna snooze until G Master phone lenses arrive......lol
  2. Sorry, let me regain my composure from laughing majorly hard at this. Ahem First of all, you shouldn't be comparing a Canon Rebel to a Fujifilm X-T4 or similar class of camera. The Rebel is an entry-level camera designed for consumer applications and beginners. The Rebel doesn't have all that many fancy features because it is designed to be as cheap/affordable as possible whilst being simple enough for casual use and for beginners to understand before they move up to something more capable and advanced. The Fuji costs more because it is a much more capable camera in comparison. It has much more advanced autofocus technology than the Rebel, it has the ability to record DCI oversampled 4K at up to 60FPS at 10-bit 4:2:0 in-camera or 4:2:2 externally, is weather sealed and in the case of the X-T4, will probably be stabilized inside the body itself and such. All of those come at a premium. As to why the Rebel outsells it? Because it's cheap and simple, genius. The X-T4 (and the X-T3) are very capable but only few people like me can justify such a tool. For a lot of people who just want a dedicated camera to snap casual shots, that $400 Rebel does fine and guess what? That's a lot more of an audience than what the Fuji is targeting.
  3. It definitely looks really interesting so far. It took a while for Canon to really catch up but I do hope it's good enough to get some competition going. With all that said, still a lot of unanswered questions, so we'll have to wait for details.
  4. The main reason is going to be when shooting in areas where it's difficult to look at the LCD, such as direct sunlight. Assuming your eyecup is properly shaped and deep enough for your eye to look through without light leakage, it allows you to better look at your composition window without glare from bright light. It's also generally better ergonomically as you would be holding the camera in a more stable position, minimizing the potential risk of handshake blur ruining your shots.
  5. OVFs still have advantages. It is true that EVFs have gotten better over the years and for many types of shooting, might be preferable over an OVF. But there is one kind of photography where OVFs still have advantages, and that's high-tier action and sports photography. Reason? Instant response time. Each implementation has its pros and cons and I firmly believe that EVFs may soon be the default standard when mirrorless technology and EVFs improve as a whole. But to write off OVFs entirely would be a mistake. It may be "old-fashioned" but there's a reason many high-tier sports photographers still use 1DX-tier cameras. The Sony a9 and its successor is wonderful, and I'm sure that when EVF technology gets to the point where response times come ever closer still to the "flick" of an OVF, it will be a major champ. But as of right now, OVFs still have their place. And I'm saying that having used the 5D4, S1R, X-T3, a7Riv, a9ii, D850 and more.
  6. SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II V90 I run them in all my cameras and they're an absolute champ.
  7. Kinda surprised there’s no “affordable” model. It’s been getting a bit harder still for me to justify spending 4 figures on a phone these days. Cameras look pretty nice for a phone though. (Just remember that this isn’t a GFX competitor even though the sensor is almost identical in resolution. They’ve got different philosophies)
  8. TIL an iPad can only open images up to 57MP in size. 


    So rip a7Riv and GFX100 files

  9. I'm feeling that my enthusiasm for technology is waning. 


    Probs another reason why I've been on here less and less and less... 

  10. Aside from that, I don't think BT itself has really improved all that much. Personal note: Don't like earbuds mainly because I've never found them very comfortable. Still prefer my over-ears though I completely understand if the size is a bit much for them.
  11. The only Pixel phone I've actually liked is the 3A. Most of the other Pixel phones are just too expensive, come with a lot of flaws and frankly just under-featured in comparison to the competition. I can forgive a lot of those for the 3A because it's relatively affordable. But I cannot do the same for the flagship line of phones that are sold at iPhone-tier prices.
  12. TBH, the problem is that we really haven't got anything well and truly better. Bluetooth is essentially the same in 2020 as it was back in 2016 and aside from some attempts to improve it, some issues remain such as interference and skipping which can get well-and-truly annoying. There is potential for USB Audio but USB-C is, well, still pretty messy even 5 years on. I'm not denying that we will ever see an improvement, but I think that we aren't really improving as much as I would have liked. Given that headphone jacks are becoming less and less ubiquitous on consumer equipment, you would think this would help accelerate the adoption of a better solution, but 4-5 years on, I just feel that we're in the same spot as 2016. Maybe we just fired the trigger a bit too early, though one could argue that someone has to fire that trigger eventually.
  13. Aside from showcasing phones, TVs, sensors, automated driving and other bits of tech, CES also seems to be a hot place for the launch of some new camera equipment. And it seems that the crowd-pleaser is the launch of the EOS-1DX Mark III, Canon's latest entry in the EOS 1-D line of flagship professional-oriented sports camera, aimed at photojournalists, sports and wildlife photographers. EOS-1DX Mark III There are some other big launches as well, notably Nikon's new D780 DSLR, an update to the brilliant-but-aging D750. Nikon D780 Aside from all the big guns, there were some other small announcements, which include but are not limited to; The unveiling of a physical Nikon D6 body but without any other information aside from that. The Nikon Coolpix P950 ultrasuperzoom bridge camera, now with 4K recording, an improved EVF and support for RAW files. The Nikkor Z 70-200 f/2.8S lens launch for $2600 and shipping in February alongside a Nikkor 120-300 F-Mount lens for $9500. Canon confirming that no new EF lenses are in development, with all new lenses being for RF "unless there is demand". Source(s); Opinion time;
  14. Eh, I'd argue that it's much more to do with the fact that midrange phones have already gotten really good to the point where it's pointless to spend the extra on a high-end phone for many, especially when something like a Pixel 3A can do most of what many would need out of a phone without needing to break the bank. One of my mates got a Pixel 3A when his OnePlus 5 broke down and he's been really happy with it. I'm not saying the lack of a jack didn't play a role at all but it's pretty naive to think that it played a very significant role because you've got to remember that the average consumer isn't the average enthusiast and even those who have phones incorporating headphone jacks tend to be woo-ed by those new-fangled AirPods doo-hickeys. It's been a thing before the whole jack exodus. It just so happened that the aforementioned exodus, big rise in flagship phone prices and subsequent market decline all occurred at around the same time.
  15. I saw what you were trying to do but I think the execution was a little flat. We can see the cat looking out at what appears to be a window but the trouble is that the rays of light aren't properly illuminating the cat as a whole, specifically its head. Had the rays been pointed towards its head, this would be much more powerful. I like the idea but I think it can be executed better. Well, now it's my turn. Quite a lot has happened over the past few months and I've recently returned from a trip to Singapore. I stopped by Marina Bay to capture the nightly Spectra lightshow coming from the Marina Bay Sands hotel. This shot was a resuilt of merging multiple photos via layers and removing any major cloud, a process that took a good part of 4 hours. This is all captured on the Fujifilm X-T3.
  16. Regardless, I still wouldn't buy a tripod that's so flimsy, the electronic level would never ever stay still even in calm conditions. That's just asking for trouble especially if it visibly shakes when you're just touching the camera. It's also why I'm not fond of tripods where 40% of its maximum height comes from the center column. IMO, OP should be saving up a little more and getting a tripod that is going to handle his setup fine and is known to be sturdy and reliable.
  17. I have the X-T3, which is weather sealed, but I also had my a6000 sprayed over in a watershow and it worked fine (not sealed). While I am confident that my X-T3 is able to survive a light shower with the 50-140, I doubt it can handle anything more. For the X-T30, just treat it like any piece of electronic equipment and try to avoid direct water contact as much as possible. BUT always remember that weather sealing is not an excuse to be reckless. It will help out in cold conditions or in inclement weather but if you're shooting in a heavy downpour, always use a rain cover. And don't forget that a weather sealed body has to be combined with a weather sealed lens, otherwise it's not fully sealed.
  18. Do not buy a cheap tripod. I repeat. DO NOT buy a cheap tripod. It might seem silly but remember that the tripod is what your potentially very expensive camera setup is sitting on. If it topples over in a light breeze or falls apart, then you'd be looking at either a large repair bill or a whole new camera. My advice? Save up a little more and buy something sturdy. Good tripods last a long ass time if they're well cared for and it also comes with the confidence that it won't topple over if the winds hit.
  19. The whole point is to mimic different focal ranges. A lot of multi-camera phones use it to mimic 3 common focal ranges; ultrawide (12-18mm equivalent), wide (24-28mm equivalent) and portrait/short telephoto (45-50mm equivalent) . Some other phones add a few extra either to mimic a medium telephoto (70-105mm equivalent) or as a ToF sensor for better depth sensing for phokeh. While you could argue that a single larger sensor would have been more beneficial for quality, you also need to remember this. People like myself; photography enthusiasts alongside those who do it professionally all make up a small spectrum of people. We are willing to spend 4 and even 5 figures on equipment and such to ensure we get the best possible results. But most people aren't. They're perfectly happy with whatever their iPhone puts out and many of its quality flaws are frankly not noticeable on social media, especially on a small screen. So having more focal length options at their disposal makes more sense than just upping the overall quality a bit (especially since automated Photoshop mean blending via computational means is already doing a good job of that). Fact of the matter is that most people aren't photography enthusiasts and before knocking it, you ought to look at it from a different perspective first lest you look like a colossal anus.
  20. I cringe mega hard when cellphone bloggers try to explain camera technology...... 

    1. TopHatProductions115


      *explosive cringing ensues*

  21. After having a dismal experience with LG phones and their customer service..... Yeah, I think I'll stick with my Note8 for another year, and not because of the headphone jack. I've legitimately not been impressed by all the new phones.
  22. It actually came way earlier but hey, Xmas haul
  23. So Stadia fell flat on its face at launch? 


    Wow, who could've seen this coming a mile away? /S

  24. Not with this one, apparently. Turns out that the fans on the current 16” will now ramp up much more quickly.