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On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (396 comments in total)

Looks do count and can create an initial desire or evoke nostaligia but holding the camera in the hand is what really counts. I'm sure Olympus kit is very good, including the new Pen-F, and I'd really like to have the IBIS. But, I just can't get a grip on the Olympus bodies (pun intended).
Didn't like the feel of the Panasonic GX7 either, the only model at the time with inbuilt IS. Not even tried the GX8, no point without pro, weather-sealed, lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 16:58 UTC as 129th comment
On Connect post Panasonic to launch Lumix DMC-CM10 without phone functionality (132 comments in total)

The CM10 is thin but not, overall, tiny. I can't imagine this latest version will sell any better than the first. Surely, the TZ100 makes far more sense at this price level.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 08:11 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)

It looks like achieving 50MP has had a negative effect on most other performance figures. On balance, this is an expensive mistake by Canon. Yes, those with a large investment in Glass and who shoot static subject matter might gain something but the rest will stay with previous generations. New pro level buyers are likely to look elsewhere.
Flapping mirrors, prisms, mirrors and Thor's Hammer mass are desired by declining numbers. I can't imagine this camera will make a profit for Canon and, in the long run, that's not a good thing for any photographer :-(

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 07:56 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview recommends: Best Cameras for Kids 2015 (104 comments in total)

surely, the obvious answer is 'the old one I no longer use' then I can justify getting myself a new one ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 14:48 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On article Luna is 'world's smallest' 360-degree camera (26 comments in total)

Resolution is low and the only obvious weakness. Higher resolution would require more processing power and impact battery life. Otherwise, it seems pretty good to me: wifi, streaming, rugged and cute. Don't know what I'd use it for but I'd quite like one ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 09:15 UTC as 10th comment

Very interesting. I can see slight differences in the shadowy area around the pen in the jacket pocket of the chap on the left. But, would I think it a problem if there was no comparator? Nope.
I do not normally shoot RAW and have, groan, approximately 800GB of images across 2 hard drives, plus the current year's crop on the SSD. I recently doubled the size of the SSD to 480GB to cope more comfortably with the current year images. Yes, everything is backed up to external drives.
So, if I'd bought JPEGmini I could have saved, circa, 5 times the purchase price by sticking with my existing SSD. Assuming a conservative 50% reduction in storage has got to be worthy of consideration. Reductions in back-up storage and transfer times also need to be factored in. JPEGmini might be a very cost effective upgrade rather than buying a new PC. The potential performance benefits for websites and network traffic are enormous. Is it too late to buy shares ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 14:31 UTC as 94th comment

So much for the fidelity of RAW. Frankly, I'm gobsmacked that Sony or manufacturer of high end cameras would do this without making it optional.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 17:56 UTC as 264th comment | 6 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (489 comments in total)

I have G6/GM1. Used the G7, for few hours, on a Panasonic supported workshop. Very impressed and, for me, the very big handling positive is the two control wheels: no pressing in action to go wrong and can be set to work just like the FZ50 e.g. in AP front wheel for EV compensation / back wheel for Aperture adjustment. Think of the G7 as a faster, better handling G6 with the added benefit of the 4K functionality.
I shall wait until the FZ330/300 production reviews/availability and rather than upgrade to G7 may well upgrade the FZ200 to the FZ330 for its weatherproofing and 4K functionality. Decisions, decisions, Thanks Panasonic for offering so much choice :-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2015 at 08:05 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Dale Johnson (39 comments in total)

Excellent portfolio, a well travelled photographer, many superb images: great light and composition.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 12:42 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies

Absolutely superb. A prime example of what an imaginative and skilled individual can do with modest kit.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 12:14 UTC as 52nd comment

Well, you've got to admire Sigma's bravery. They produce some great alternatives to the mainstream companies. This camera has a pretty narrow appeal. I hope they generate enough sales to keep in business, because we need high quality 3rd party suppliers and innovators. Someone has to keep the big boys on their toes!

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 08:07 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On article Lee releases pricing for SW150 Mk ll filter system (37 comments in total)

Great idea but for serious/ pros only at that price. Assuming there was an adapter for the 7-14mm, I think £200+ for a filter on a £900 lens is a wee bit OTT . However, the article prompts me to retry the Cokin attached to adapter rings over the built in hooding of the Panasonic 7-14mm, may be need additional shielding to close any gaps on the hood ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 11:00 UTC as 6th comment
On article 3,200 megapixel LSST camera gets construction approval (257 comments in total)

Fascinating, uses 3 mirrors to gather the image and present it to the sensor array. The processing power and storage implications are non-trivial too. I guess we'll have to wait 10 years or so to see any output. A lifetime's work for the dedicated many.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 09:37 UTC as 80th comment
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1523 comments in total)

Good article. The cost of lenses, physical size and weight all increase with the size of the sensor. Certainly the law of diminishing returns applies here. If for use by a true Pro, to actually earn a living, the considerations are financial. For an enthusiast, emotion and perception may distort the purchase considerations. FF with, say, 15-85 top class glass would suit my needs but I'd rarely be carrying such a weight. So, LX/FZ/M43 it'll continue to be. Subject matter, settings and being there to press the button at the right time are far more important factors. The FF and traditional dSLR manufacturers are chasing a shrinking market. For 99% of amateurs, Compacts and Mirrorless ILCs are totally adequate and the future. Spend in haste, repent at leisure ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 09:27 UTC as 162nd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review (608 comments in total)
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Thatcannonguy: Getting pretty $#%#$^- off by now. Searched everywhere but i can't set my GX7 to 60p... Anyone ? Please ?

Not a GX7 user but have several Pannys . It is not unusual to have geographic model differences - especially video. So, I suspect that 60P might be US models only.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 08:25 UTC

If you already have an M43 body and want a fast wide, fast, kit lens the decision is now a little harder. Subject, of course, to seeing some solid proof that the LX100's lens is a s good as expected. If you have multiple M43 bodies then, maybe, teh obviousl choice would be a pro-calss lens. But I'm not sure. Taking an LX100, plus one body and other lenses woudl provide quite a bit of flexibility. I certainly miss the f1.4 of the LX7 (it it is not in the bag). The much higher ISO capability of the G6 does help compensate but, ideally, I'd really like to have a couple of extra stops on the lens (12-32mm and 7-14mm) and use less ISO. I guess that's why people buy the primes but 14mm isn't really wide enough for me. So, if I'd been thinking about the 12-35mm f2.8, I'd probably be looking to buy the LX100. Similar price and free body.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 15:22 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply

Still need to see some hard evidence of the great IQ we all anticipate. However, if one views the LX100 as an M43 with a great lens thrown in, that happens to be fixed, then the price doesn't look too high. Having a large selection of lenses for a true M43 is great but still a pain in the neck when a lens change is needed in a hurry. No wonder that multiple bodies, each dedicated to a lens for the day/trip, is not unusual. The cost of each body/lens pair is likely to exceed the LX100. So, I could see an LX100 being bought instead of a pro class short zoom and becoming the one camera to take just in case.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 19:06 UTC as 170th comment | 2 replies

Art using photographic images for base material. Interesting, unique and clever stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 14:00 UTC as 27th comment
On article Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 (201 comments in total)

That's good news. It can only put pressure on Panasonic to reduce their FZ1000 price sooner than it otherwise would. It is normal for new, market leading, tech to start at a high price and then reduce over time, once the early adopters have paid up, and as competitors release new similar or better products.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 14:59 UTC as 20th comment
On article Surf's Up: Clark Little's incredible wave photography (55 comments in total)

Wow, fantastic images.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 10:38 UTC as 43rd comment
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