spencerberus

spencerberus

Lives in United States San Diego, CA, United States
Has a website at photos.spencerberus.com
Joined on Jul 20, 2011

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On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (560 comments in total)

It looks like "compact" is being used to mean "fixed lens". It actually says what they mean at the beginning of the article - "by 'zoom-compact camera', we mean cameras with non-interchangeable zoom lenses, regardless of size." Looks like some people didn't read the article before they complained, no surprise there.

These are all very good fixed zoom lens cameras for their categories. There are also a lot of other good, fixed zoom lens cameras out there. If you don't like the list, write your own review.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2012 at 05:30 UTC as 93rd comment

I think it's important to distinguish between a pleasing image and tack-sharp image quality. Phone photography is about capturing moments and working with what you have, it's not about tack-sharp images, sports photography or shallow depth of field, and I don't think anyone is suggesting it is.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2012 at 19:09 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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dash2k8: I'm a realist. While I agree that a fine picture can be taken with any tool, the end result still doesn't lie. Imagine Da Vinci doing the Mona Lisa with a 2B pencil on a 3" x 3" piece of paper. Would it still look great? Absolutely! But wouldn't you rather it be bigger and in color, with finer detail?

It's obvious that taking great pictures isn't fully dependent on camera gear, but I don't fully agree with the romanticized notion that a phone can do a great job most of the time. It'd be like trying to cover the Olympics with a Polaroid. Limitations are limitations.

Small-time slowed down moments in time, yes. Usain Bolt going 100mph to break his own record, no way.

What you don't note is that the Mona Lisa doesn't have extremely fine detail, not the kind you get with a high end camera & lens - in photo terms its fairly low resolution, not what would be considered 'tack sharp'. Very few paintings are, yet they are works of art. So your argument works both ways.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2012 at 19:05 UTC

I'm surprised to hear they went with USB 2.0 rather than 3.0, I've been seeing USB 3.0 ports on a lot of ultrabooks for a while now, I wonder what prompted the decision to stick with the older interface? Or is that a typo?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 23:56 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On DSC06377 photo in Bubbly's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice angle, is this the Burj Dubai?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 17:57 UTC as 1st comment

The market will decide if this is a camera that meets people's needs, not a small number of people who parade opinion as fact. I won't buy it because I was never going to buy it, I've invested in m43 for a while now and am happy with the combination of form factor and quality. Others aren't, and that's fine, because there are other choices out there. This is just another choice.

If you're going to express your negative opinion, don't demean people for expressing a positive one. Or is it that all opinions are ok, as long as they match your own?

And 'ugly' is always an opinion. I don't particularly care for the design aesthetics myself, but I'm not a huge fan of Picasso's paintings either.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 17:49 UTC as 97th comment | 1 reply

Full frame image quality & performance on a quarter-inch thick phone. This would require a very different type of optics, but I believe I read something about some super thin lenses designed at Harvard that could actually make this possible, I just hope I'm alive to see it happen. Until then, I'm pretty happy with the Olympus OM-D in terms of size and functionality, I'd like a camera where all the buttons and dials (except maybe the shutter) were COMPLETELY customizable - none of this 'you can select from these 3 things on this button and these 4 on this one...'.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 23:54 UTC as 67th comment

Uh, did most of you read 'the unique, Ive-designed M rangefinder will be auctioned in summer 2013'? That means there will be 1. This is not a consumer product, or a real product at all for that matter, its because they know they can combine Leica and Apple and got a ton of money from some rich person and put that money to charitable use rather than sitting in someone's stock portfolio, good for them - sure, it's probably a PR gimmick too, the end result is the same.

This will not destroy Leica design, revolutionize Leica design, revolutionize the industry, destroy the industry, or otherwise have much of an impact at all on Leica, Apple, the industry or the world in general. Quite complaining and go take some pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 00:14 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (262 comments in total)

Well, I'm happier with my configuration now, this was definitely helpful. Always nice to find out about those undocumented features.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 22:04 UTC as 51st comment
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Valentinian: This camera makes sense with a fixed lens only like the 20mm. But that's me. At Panasonic they must know better, because they offer the camera as a kit with a zoom... strange.

I agree 100% with smileblog. I remember when the GF2 first came out, the most negative review on Amazon was from a guy who bought it for his girlfriend with 14mm pancake lens and was ranting about how he had to go through a ton of menus just to zoom the lens (he was referring to digital zoom). That's the intended market for the GF5.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:09 UTC
On Images of Panasonic GF5 start to appear article (118 comments in total)

People complain about viewfinders - viewfinders add a certain degree of bulk, so it'll be a bigger camera with one, and they make one, its the G3, or the GH2, or the GF2 or GX1 with optional viewfinder. I think the whole point of the GF series now is to minimize the size and make operation as simple as possible for those upgrading from a point & shoot. I think if you take the GF1 out of the GF series (maybe think of it as the GX0), this makes more sense.

If you don't like the lack of hot shoe, viewfinder option, dials, etc., then this clearly isn't the camera for you. But there is good news - there is a newer article on M43Rumors indicating a G5 will be released along with the GF5.

But no one has brought up the most important question - why is Panasonic afraid of the number 4?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 21:06 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On The what and why of wildlife macro photography article (46 comments in total)

Awesome, I think I replied to another of your articles asking about how you handle the animals, I found most of the answer here, nice to see they aren't in any way harmed, and yet good macro photos are still a possibility in many cases. I shoot a lot of bees - I think they're fascinating, plus they aren't hard to find - but they move a lot. I find I can get the best images when they're busy doing something - generally when they've found a good deal of pollen on a flower. Are your subjects mostly slow moving or otherwise occupied, or do you have some technique for dealing with 'active' subjects?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 22:23 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

With Olympus coming out with the OM-D EM-5 shortly after the GX1, I think Panasonic needs to fast track a GX2 with weather sealing and an improved sensor with better low light capabilities (among other things, but those are the features of most interest to me) . Or they might incorporate these features into a GH3, which I think is more likely to happen, at least sooner.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 20:49 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

I've never been a fan of Facebook's photo galleries, I tend to just post links to Picasa albums. It's definitely nice to see them improving, that's what happens when there's competition!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 20:38 UTC as 5th comment

Any improvements in EVFs is welcome, the sooner this technology is available the better. I'm not at all anti-EVF, but I'm always pro-quality. As a Micro Four Thirds users, this is welcome news.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 18:40 UTC as 3rd comment
On Micro second after impact in the Point of impact challenge (6 comments in total)

Very interesting, I'd love to read more on how you made the shot. Are there any tips or tricks you could share?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 18:33 UTC as 4th comment

This camera sounds great spec-wise, and I've always been very intrigued by the Foveon sensor. But I think, at least in part, the reason these cameras (their predecessors at least) haven't sold as well as the likes of the Fuji X100 is the styling - it's very stark, and there's no hand grip. A lot of people love the retro styling of the rangefinder-style cameras like the X100.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 18:28 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On An introduction to OLED article (67 comments in total)

I've been wondering for a while why many cameras don't have OLED displays, as they are brighter and have been on a lot of smart phones for several years now. Reading about the challenges mentioned here, now I know why. I too have a Samsung smart phone with Super AMOLED screen, and it looks great, much better resolution and easier to see in bright light than my camera's 460k pixel LCD screen. Hopefully other manufacturers can either develop something similar or license it from Samsung.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 18:12 UTC as 2nd comment
On Depth of Field in Macro Photography article (159 comments in total)

Thanks for the article - there's nothing here new to me, as I've been doing a lot of research on macro photography lately, but its always good to know when you're using the right techniques. It's also a good reminder, and seems to cover all the main options I've seen. I've been reading a lot about focus stacking but haven't tried it yet, largely due to most of my macro photos being of bugs that don't sit still long enough for multiple photos. Does anyone have any good techniques for dealing with this, without hurting the animals?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 20:55 UTC as 31st comment
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