BBsLX5

BBsLX5

Joined on Feb 22, 2011

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On Sony Alpha NEX-5R preview (145 comments in total)

Will a complete review of the NEX-5R ever be posted by DP Review, or are the owners of the NEX-5R going to simply have to be content w/ only the preview posted, and simply assume that the aspects not covered in depth there are to be taken as simply exact duplicates of the results obtained in the NEX-6 in-depth complete review?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 12:19 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (420 comments in total)
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jeffcpix: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

10MP | 24-90mm (3.75x) Zoom | $300 (US) £355 (UK) €460 (EU)

WOW -- someone needs a currency calculator!

You're absolutely right! And about that, camera companies prices have got to become more standardized. I know they're going to charge whatever the traffic will bear, but really, other than that, what's their rationale for charging literally twice as much for the same camera in Great Britain and in European Union countries than they'll sell them for in the United States?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2012 at 12:18 UTC
On Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 article (69 comments in total)
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DanFromNfld: The Lightroom 4.3 update won't install for me on a Windows Vista machine but installs okay on a Windows 7 machine. Anyone else having this problem? There are a few instances of the same problem reported in Adobe forums.

Same thing happened to me using Google Chrome. Will try it using IE. Thanks a lot for the heads up DanFromNfld!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 16:52 UTC
On Leica Announces V-Lux 3 superzoom article (131 comments in total)

Firmware's different, I.Q. results reviewed as much better on the Leica. Leica's warranty is twice as long as any Panasonic "twin", and Adobe's Photoshop Elements AND Premiere Elements full versions are included w/ the Leica, vs. only SilkyPix w/ the Panasonic. Total package worth at least the added initial cost of the Leica.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 12:29 UTC as 8th comment
On Preview:canons100 (323 comments in total)

Buy it for the 1080p HD video w/ optical zoom, but not for much else. Learned today that, adding to the known for awhile now facts of the same size sensor (which for this year has been *newly stuffed w/ more megapixels!!!*) & switched from CCD-->CMOS, it doesn't appear that the lens came out of the "new & improved" model yr. retooling as unscathed as Canon would have one believe @ first glance. Yes, this years 24mm wider wide-end stays at the premium f2.0, but that's as good as the news gets afa the lens is concerned. Not nearly as loudly trumpeted for obvious reasons is the fact that the lens stops all the way down to f5.9 at the tele end of the newly-extended zoom, & that @ last year's s95 equivalent wide end of 28mm, this year's "new & improved" lens aperture value is a narrower f2.2. Boy oh boy, the news of this new camera drop just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it??? ...well, it IS even more pocketable than last year, *that's* REALLY all that matters, isn't it?

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 at 02:04 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Ricoh announces CX6 CMOS compact superzoom article (35 comments in total)
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BBsLX5: A *hopefully* better than decent (but spec-wise at least, not appearing "great") travel zoom w/o the bulk of a bridge camera . A welcome break from the ridiculous megapixel wars hopefully will result in better than expected results from the selectable metering modes, semi-manual shooting modes & manual focusing available, w/ the bigger cmos sensor providing faster burst & better low-light shooting. Troubling though at first glance @ the specs (for it's apparent $400 (U.S.) or so list price when it debuts) includes the lens being slow (f3.5-5.6), apparently no fully manual mode, no RAW capability, and only 720p mpeg AVI HD video when increasingly, especially in cameras touting larger sensors, the standard is 1080 w/ a more up to date video codec.

Wrote the above preliminary take on the expected I.Q. if the sensor size of the CX6 was 2/3" as was wrongly reported by some sources. Ricoh quotes the sensor size as 1 over 1/2.33", the same size as 95% of the sensors that have been in compact fixed lens p&s cameras for the past several years. That being understood, it doesn't look like this is going to be bought w/ expectations of outstanding I.Q. (pending posted image samples demonstrating to the contrary of course). It'll be bought for the extended zoom in a smaller than bridge camera-sized package, semi-manual control features & will hopefully include things like the time lapse feature available on other Ricoh models. Will smaller size w/ more user-controls, more (if un-spectacularly bright) zoom, and a few unique features (but not RAW) convince people to spend premium bucks for the CX6 over offerings that are currently on the market? I wouldn't, but some Ricoh fans might be convinced it's feature-rich enough for their needs.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:27 UTC
On Ricoh announces CX6 CMOS compact superzoom article (35 comments in total)

A *hopefully* better than decent (but spec-wise at least, not appearing "great") travel zoom w/o the bulk of a bridge camera . A welcome break from the ridiculous megapixel wars hopefully will result in better than expected results from the selectable metering modes, semi-manual shooting modes & manual focusing available, w/ the bigger cmos sensor providing faster burst & better low-light shooting. Troubling though at first glance @ the specs (for it's apparent $400 (U.S.) or so list price when it debuts) includes the lens being slow (f3.5-5.6), apparently no fully manual mode, no RAW capability, and only 720p mpeg AVI HD video when increasingly, especially in cameras touting larger sensors, the standard is 1080 w/ a more up to date video codec.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 00:38 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 hands-on preview article (165 comments in total)
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RunStrom: Wow – Am I tired of all your negative chat. This is by all standards a very good camera. Where else could you get so much that can fit in your pocket. 24mm f2.0 is a must have, and going to 120mm is pure cherry on the top extras. GPS is great too. I wonder how many of you dimwits out there can appreciate it. If the pics are as good as or better than my Ricoh GX-100 then this baby is going to replace it, even if I have to wear the Canon logo on my forehead.

I.Q. of the S100 specifically? Of course there isn't any to review...YET! But there are PLENTY of examples of the switch from CCD to CMOS sensors (BSI or otherwise) resulting in OVERALL degraded image quaity ("low light iso" images may be "better", but "better" than "what", and if it's at the cost of degraded image quality at the much more frequently used more "daylight" iso's? No Thanks. Sensor changes and dubious "bells and whistles" touted as "improvements" have resulted in "good" cameras being critical and marketplace flops, and it may well happen again, if "portability" turns out to be even more the reason people buy this year's S100 than in years past. And if "negative talk" really does turn you off, might I suggest you alter your choice of forums that you choose to cruise instead of one that almost exclusively deals w/ serious amateurs and professionals seeking the BEST tools w/ which to pursue their hobby & craft. Maybe The Puppy, Rainbow, & Unicorn Forum's more your speed?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2011 at 01:01 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 hands-on preview article (165 comments in total)
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RunStrom: Wow – Am I tired of all your negative chat. This is by all standards a very good camera. Where else could you get so much that can fit in your pocket. 24mm f2.0 is a must have, and going to 120mm is pure cherry on the top extras. GPS is great too. I wonder how many of you dimwits out there can appreciate it. If the pics are as good as or better than my Ricoh GX-100 then this baby is going to replace it, even if I have to wear the Canon logo on my forehead.

You're "tired" of all of the "negative chat" from "dimwits". "Where else can you get...". You sound like a pinheaded manufacturer's bean-counter telling customers to just shut up already and just buy and be thankful for the majority of the photographic crap that's doled out to the consumer instead of exerting our power to drive the market to produce what we want, & tell companies to make if they'll just listen to us, & that we'll buy if it's at a fair price. Taking a definitely not perfect but good S90, then improve it to a better S95, and then this year all but fire a flare gun to alert the public that "Hey guys, we've used a cheaper & historically lesser overall I.Q. sensor, we've overstuffed it w/ MP's, and oh yeah, btw, we've also graciously out of the goodness of our hearts given you more zoom!!!(you'll excuse us though if we don't trumpet the fact that the f value @ the tele end of this $400+camera is worse than that of a cheap bridge camera). Shut up about I.Q.? HELL NO!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:04 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 hands-on preview article (165 comments in total)
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BBsLX5: Is the new,-same size as last years, but "-NOW W/*BRAND NEW!!!*(unnecesary) MEGA-PIXEL STUFFIN'S!-"BSI-CMOS sensor going to treat us all to "rolling" video shutter like other cmos cameras do? Will any "improvement" in low-light photo I.Q. be worth the general worsening of I.Q. seen in other cmos-COMPACT P&S models? Will Canon be giving away free tripods & NR software to help buyers try & transform grainy, dim snapshots they'll get @ anything past 2x zoom (when compared to the competition already on the market)? Wouldn't a more powerful adjustable flash unit or accessory port for a VF of some type, or wireless flash or other accessory maybe, have made more sense than GPS, which to date hasn't actually worked all that well on P&S's & certainly won't do anything to *improve?* either the crappy battery life of the S-series or improve I.Q.? Is the "DIGIC 5" some kind of miracle working image processor that'll somehow rescue dim, noisy (f5.9!?) images & make them worthy of the competition?

A hotshoe wouldn't be necessary if the existing flash was reworked to make it more powerful & adjustable. The addition of a quality gps unit that actually *works* wouldn't have been questioned as a real "improvement" to the S100 if they had also done things like leave the sensor alone & not "gone cheap" by going the "bsi-cmos w/ more MP!" route over CCD in a very small camera body, & by making a brighter zoom lens instead of just increasing zoom for the sake of increasing zoom, by giving the shooting capabilities of the S100 a boost, like longer shutter speeds than last years S95, but they didn't. Improve the AF, the color accuracy, the I.S. . They cheaped out in comparison to the competition & largely took the safer & often times more dubious "bells & whistles" route to gloss over what they hadn't done to really improve I.Q. & camera versatility. As far as Pany's gps units being "great", that absolutely was not the case until a firmware update came along, months into the model run.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2011 at 00:07 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 hands-on preview article (165 comments in total)

Is the new,-same size as last years, but "-NOW W/*BRAND NEW!!!*(unnecesary) MEGA-PIXEL STUFFIN'S!-"BSI-CMOS sensor going to treat us all to "rolling" video shutter like other cmos cameras do? Will any "improvement" in low-light photo I.Q. be worth the general worsening of I.Q. seen in other cmos-COMPACT P&S models? Will Canon be giving away free tripods & NR software to help buyers try & transform grainy, dim snapshots they'll get @ anything past 2x zoom (when compared to the competition already on the market)? Wouldn't a more powerful adjustable flash unit or accessory port for a VF of some type, or wireless flash or other accessory maybe, have made more sense than GPS, which to date hasn't actually worked all that well on P&S's & certainly won't do anything to *improve?* either the crappy battery life of the S-series or improve I.Q.? Is the "DIGIC 5" some kind of miracle working image processor that'll somehow rescue dim, noisy (f5.9!?) images & make them worthy of the competition?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2011 at 15:07 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 hands-on preview article (165 comments in total)

Big question marks still remain, at least based on specs, about how much more *real* improvements could be wrung out of any S-series successor, if the warmly received I.Q. from the traditional series form factor was going to be maintained. 1) 12MP, & BSI-CMOS w/ no more interior camera body room than last year & jam more MP's on a same size as last year? Yes, they use BSI-CMOS sensors in bigger DSLRs that give the sensor more access to the light entering the lens, but successfully doing so inside smaller p&s camera bodies while cramming more MP's on it has proven much more difficult. Witness the lousy reception of last years Pany FZ100 when they switched from the (much smaller-sized, granted) previous year's CCD to an MOS chip and tried jamming more MP's on it and ended up ruining the I.Q. . BSi-CMOS low-light/hi iso I.Q. might let lens slowness past 2x zoom slide, but @ the cost of how much impact on overall I.Q. at more frequently used iso's?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 13:37 UTC as 24th comment
On Panasonic launches FZ47/FZ48 24x superzooms article (98 comments in total)

Isn't Panasonic just admitting that the price spread is just getting smaller and smaller between the small sensor/long zoom "prosumer fixed lens" w/ (now, formerly) RAW capability "bridge cameras, and --> more expensive mostly larger sensor-ed "dumbed-down" for the sake of size and price ILC cameras where the real money for manufacturers is in the lenses and not sensor technology, and the --> again, more expensive, what are now called "entry-level dslr's" solely for considerations of size and (again, sadly) the missing "dumbed-down" features? Really sad to see this groundbreaking at the time line of cameras biting the dust, being replaced by no doubt crappier more expensive interchangeable lenses w/ the accompanying inevitable dust on the sensor problems.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2011 at 00:39 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Pentax Q preview (279 comments in total)
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eadrian75: Those who are quick to pass judgment based solely on sensor size, without any hard proof of actual IQ or handling of the Q are those who enjoy the pixel peeping "dark side" of photography.

I think odds are good that PENTAX was not thinking of you when producing this camera. So please continue posting your lame duck, pixel perfect shots of bricks and flowers.

The Q looks like it could be fun and isn't that what photography is supposed to be when you're not making a living from it? Granted the $800 price tag is a bit to swallow right now, but I applaud the bold move by PENTAX.

"The Q looks like it could be fun..." 800 bucks worth of "fun"? Really?? And the lenses designed for the Q right now are toys, retailing for 80-120 bucks U.S. . The lens shipped w/ the Q is a " "let's cut the baby in half"-type lens because we can make it cheap even though it's nowhere near a wide angle or telephoto" kind of lens choice @ a 47mm equivalence. Mating an ordinary (by any other even "enthusiast's p&s" camera's standards) 24-80mm lens on the Q will only come later, and at an expense of what right now looks to be about 300 MORE bucks. The camera is going to include what's most likely a digital dof filter on it in order to give a fake "bokeh" effect to the pictures taken w/ it. Small sensor+cheap(and at the same time overpriced) lenses + comparably huge initial outlay of cash still = "FUN"??? Umm, no, not really.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2011 at 13:51 UTC
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