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sh10453

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Been shooting since the days of Adam and Eve!

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On DPReview on CreativeLIVE article (142 comments in total)

Let's hope and pray that Panasonic would learn a lesson from Fuji, and issue a firmware update for the FZ200.

Two major issues are accepting 64GB SDHC cards (not SDXC) with newer format (eX?), just like Samsung products accept such cards, and improve the very frustrating, very poor control of the manual focus.

If that doesn't happen, I promise that this will be my last Panasonic camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 03:18 UTC as 15th comment
On Canon Korea teases new camera, EOS M2 or SL1/100D? article (257 comments in total)

It sounds like Canon is planning to release a pro series camera in white color.
Perhaps to match the white (cream) color L line of lenses?

Since the release is in November, my guess is that DPR already has a copy for "first impression" and sample photos, and they probably are laughing at all our blabbing.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 18:49 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On Canon EOS 5D Review preview (15 comments in total)
In reply to:

KariIceland: I wish you guys would do a new comparison with the 5D, would love to see it vs the newer dslr's

I love my 5D.
Using the 5D with quality Canon L lenses produces images that I do not see a difference between them and those taken by a newer camera (5D II, 5D III).

If video is not needed or required, then finding a clean 5D would be prudent.
Some very well kept, used lightly by some hobbyists can be found at around a $1,000 or less.

I have no immediate plans to shell out $3,000 or more for a newer model that is not going to give me much over the 5D, in terms of image quality.

But for commercial photographers, that's a different situation.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 02:03 UTC
On PPE 2013: Hands-on with Panasonic's newest cameras article (37 comments in total)

All the details ....

http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/pressrelease/gm1_fs12032/

and a 30-minute review here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkI8psIh4U

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 15:30 UTC as 9th comment
On Iain McKell photographs 'The New Gypsies' article (184 comments in total)
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SteB: There are 3 main groups of travellers in the UK. Gypsies are not a thing of the past, but strictly speaking they aren't gypsies.

1) Romanies. These are what have been referred to as gypsies. It used to be a derogatory name, but now it seems they use the name themselves.

2) Irish Travellers.

3) New Age travellers.

The first 2 are distinct ethnic groups. Whereas the latter is a lifestyle choice i.e. most were not born to families that lived like that. The photographs appear to be of new age travellers, which is presumably why it's called the new gypsies.

I agree with you on the suggestion that they belong to group # 3..
The first 3 pictures, in particular, do not look like gypsies in any way.
You probably have read about the young blond girl that was found with a gypsy family in Greece recently, and was taken from them because her DNA did not match the "parents'" DNA, and she did not look like any of them. It has been presumed that she was stolen.

Another gypsy girl all over the news is the Paris gypsy girl (and her family).

Gypsies behavior varies from region to region, and in some regions it is not tolerable.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 04:53 UTC
On Marco Bohr investigates 'hipster photography' article (105 comments in total)
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fortwodriver: Did this all happen in New York in the 60s and 70s?

No. The "hipsters" thing started in the early 1990's, and was a big thing in 2010.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 04:24 UTC

I could never trust Adobe, and I don't use their products, mainly due to the outrageous prices.
There are comparable products out there at a small fraction of Adobe prices.

This security issue is nothing new, Adobe has been putting OUR security and privacy at risk for many years with their browser-based Flash Player.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2013 at 00:26 UTC as 17th comment
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

Generally this is a good list. I have all of the above packed, plus a couple more items:

- A graduated ND
- A couple of color filters
- A monopod. Cant trust a mini tripod with a Canon 5D and a 70-200mm L lens
- A small/medium flashlight if needed, or expected to be needed
- A spare camera body (depends on the occasion though)

Some people mentioned a note pad. I thought these have been obsolete for a long time. The cell phone's various writing / recording apps can do that job with ease.
In my case, I rely on OneNote (Windows phone), and I think it's the best little product Microsoft has ever made (shhhhh, don't tell MS, they'd eliminate OneNote if they saw this comment).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 03:59 UTC as 98th comment
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bluehighwayman: The Afghan Girl any American Model would have millions from royalties for a portrait used as much as this photo. It really makes me uncomfortable to know she didn't get a thing when it would have made a difference in her life. Then McCurry went searching for her some twenty years later I guess he had an attack of guilt.

I too have always felt the same way.
I'm hoping that a magazine, or an organization, as reputable as NG would not leave her without rewarding her generously, but not just give her a couple of two tiny payments separated by 20 years!
Let's hear some more about her from NG.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2013 at 00:03 UTC
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mausta: It is pretty clear.
IF the Government had purchased the copyright to this sculpture then the artist would not have any claim.
Likewise if someone commissioned an artist (you) to make a work of art, then printed millions of copies of it and made over 17 million dollars, WITHOUT PURCHASING the copyright from you, don't you think they would owe you some of that money?
The reason there is copyright protection is because of instances such as this!
The artist is not to blame, he is exercising his (copy) rights to his original creation. Again if the govt. had purchased these rights from the artist he would not have the copy"RIGHT" anymore!!!! Don't bash the artist, he apparently still holds the copyright.
All of this bitching and moaning about how we can't take pictures of anything because someone else made it is absurd. Copyright law defines what is and what is not protected. If you are profiting from your photography better consult the copyright law or better yet a copyright lawyer.

Exactly.
Clearly (based on the court ruling) the contract with the government kept the copyrights with the artist. So it was for a one-time-use (the memorial display).

If the government reps were smart enough at the time of the contract, they would have insisted on ownership of the copyrights (perhaps for a little more money).
However, some artists / originators of work would not accept contracts that take the copyrights from them.

Now imagine if you took pictures of a wedding, gave the pictures to the bride & groom, and pocketed your fee.
Then the newly weds decide to publish and sell copies of a wedding photography coffee-table book from these images.
Do you think they have the right to do so if the original contract did not explicitly say that the fee includes the transfer of all copyrights to them?

Next time you do a shoot for a fee, make sure you have a clause that says "one-time-use", and designates you as the copyrights owner (unless you were paid for the copyrights).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2013 at 21:38 UTC
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tenorsaxman: Slow motorised zoom lens again! Panasonic had a great lens on the FZ50,fantastic construction and range despite its small size.The lens was let down by the sensor performance. If Panasonic used the same lens coupled with the improvements in the venus engine etc I would buy it.
I'd love to get a good bridge camera so I don't have to lug all my heavy gear around just because I cant be without a camera,but the persistence with motorised zooms is annoying. Agree with the comments re telephoto range,500mm is more than enough, just give us a bigger sensor.
Note to manufacturers- give us what we want not what you think we want!

Best Buy may not carry the Panasonic line, but the FZ200 can be purchased directly from Panasonic.

They do put it on sale every once in a while (as much as $150 off).
I bought mine directly from Panasonic (2 of them actually), during a sale period, and the price was considerably less than any advertised price at any online retailer.

So watch for their generous sales.
I don't know about the FZ70 (for an experienced photographer), but the FZ200 would certainly please most of us.

Just look at its reviews everywhere, and see how much it has been praised.

I still want a manual focus ring, if Panasonic is listening (of course this doesn't mean to replace auto-focus).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 00:54 UTC
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tenorsaxman: Slow motorised zoom lens again! Panasonic had a great lens on the FZ50,fantastic construction and range despite its small size.The lens was let down by the sensor performance. If Panasonic used the same lens coupled with the improvements in the venus engine etc I would buy it.
I'd love to get a good bridge camera so I don't have to lug all my heavy gear around just because I cant be without a camera,but the persistence with motorised zooms is annoying. Agree with the comments re telephoto range,500mm is more than enough, just give us a bigger sensor.
Note to manufacturers- give us what we want not what you think we want!

If I can ask Panasonic for just ONE wish, then I would ask for zoom and focus rings, or AT LEAST a manual focus ring. Manual focus as it is now (with the switches) is horrible.
I have seen many requests for such a ring on various forums, including here.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 00:40 UTC
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tenorsaxman: Slow motorised zoom lens again! Panasonic had a great lens on the FZ50,fantastic construction and range despite its small size.The lens was let down by the sensor performance. If Panasonic used the same lens coupled with the improvements in the venus engine etc I would buy it.
I'd love to get a good bridge camera so I don't have to lug all my heavy gear around just because I cant be without a camera,but the persistence with motorised zooms is annoying. Agree with the comments re telephoto range,500mm is more than enough, just give us a bigger sensor.
Note to manufacturers- give us what we want not what you think we want!

No, please. I love the 600mm on my FZ200 (with the f2.8 all the way from 25-600mm Leica lens).

I am sure there are many who would want it even longer (800mm, 1000mm, etc.), but then you can't have an f2.8 at that focal length (without enlarging the lens diameter considerably, which would make the camera a much bigger and heavier one).

The FZ200 has huge improvements over the FZ50, almost no comparison. I absolutely love mine.

I have purchased a Canon 1.4X video telephoto converter, auto-focus, that mounts on the front of the lens to give me a total zoom of 840mm. But I still find it not enough, especially for birds.

So I'm looking at 2x, 2.2X, 2.5x, 3x, and 3.5x converters, and will be getting one when I find the right quality and price (no cheap Chinese stuff).
I'd need a truck to carry my DSLR if I were to use a 2100mm Canon L lens on it (if it exists)!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 00:38 UTC
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Don051348: So what can we extrapolate might show up in a future FZ250 now that the FZ70 specs have been released??

My guess:

Same body as FZ70
Obviously an articulated LCD screen.
Of course the higher resolution viewfinder
A leica branded lens
finally a rubberized eyecup.
It's not gonna be weather sealed or magnesium.
It aint gonna have a manual zoom ring.
I cant see them going less than 16meg sensor from a marketing point of view.

My guess is the FZ250 is gonna be geared towards the enthusiast market and higher IQ. So maybe, just maybe it will have somewhat larger sensor and the Leica branded lens will be scaled back to 800 or 900 but continue with the f2.8 constant aprature. I believe there will be an emphasis on reduced noise and higher IQ. You will pay a premium price...

I am really looking forward to a release of this camera. I own an FZ150 (which I love) and a Nikon D5100 ( which I have yet to fully embrace).

I doubt that the f2.8 across the entire zoom range would come with an 800 or 900mm. You'd need a much larger diameter.

I have had the FZ200 for about a year now. I absolutely love the camera. F2.8 at 600mm (or 25mm) is simply awesome.
It performs superbly under low-light conditions.

The 1080 video quality, the high-speed video, and the many other advanced features are great features as well.

I don't carry my full-frame Canon, the bag of L lenses, and the 25-pound tripod around anymore (unless there is a need for that, or if I have to impress someone, or to silence some of the folks who are on their high horses because they think no one else owns a DSLR, and quick to criticize cameras they have never used).

The FZ200 is with me, on a leash, all the time. :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 00:15 UTC
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ChristianG: I have to laugh (I shoot a DSLR where it doesn't happen) at a 60x zoom. Personally I think that even shooting at "only" 10x, unassisted by something like a tripod, is sailing very close to the wind.

I have been an SLR and DSLR (including full-frame) user for a few decades (45 years, at least).

I can tell you that if you were using the Panasonic FZ200 (25-600mm, f 2.8 across the entire zoom range), you would not be laughing, even hand-held at 600mm. Rent one and try it.

Your comment sounds a bit insensitive. I wouldn't laugh at others if I were you.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 23:34 UTC
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historianx: In 30+ years of shooting in all sorts of conditions with Olympus/Zuiko OM and HG/SHG digital lenses never once have I had a failure. Then the digitals do not have that IS bugaboo built into them, to create even more problems. Maybe Canikon should take a lesson from one the world's eminent lensmakers.

You are talking about your own lenses.
I have also shot with all kinds of Canon lenses over the past 45 years and never had a lens failure, or needed service.

It's a completely different story when you talk about rentals, how often they are used / abused, and how people treat a rented lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 22:14 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop article (316 comments in total)

I certainly hope that opening this shop will not have a big negative impact on reviews, ratings, and judgment.
DPR may say it won't, but I doubt that, especially on the long run.

As for you don't care what camera a person will buy, I say neither would Amazon care as long as the person buys a camera from them.

The same can be said about Adorama, B & H, or any other shop.
All these sites do have reviews.
What is going to make DPR different from these places? The more detailed review?
In my humble opinion, I will have to consider all future reviews as tainted, and take them with a grain of salt.

Bad, bad, bad idea.
Would have been better if DPR decided to sell college sports gear, for example, gold coins, swim-wear, or even canned vegetables. Anything unrelated to photography and the reviews.

Sad announcement, and a sad day.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2013 at 00:13 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies

The specs list says NO external flash, but the pictures show a hot shoe!
So I think the "No" in the specs is incorrect.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 15:44 UTC as 30th comment

Too bad the screen is not articulated, and not of higher resolution.
Of course it makes sense for Panasonic to keep the FZ200, which is selling well, and has been highly rated in the various reviews.

I have had the FZ200 for about 7 months now. I'm extremely pleased with it.
In fact I'm in love with it!
I carry it with me most of the time now (on a leash :) ). It weighs a small fraction of my Canon 5D with the 70-200mm, L, mounted on it. So I rarely carry the 5D now, mostly due to its weight.

I have purchased a Canon (video) 1.4x multiplier/extender that I attach to the FZ200's lens (with a 52-46mm step-down ring).
That gives me 840mm on the FZ200.
It becomes quite a challenge at the full zoom to follow a fast moving object (panning, hand-held). Imagine 1200mm!

This is an awesome zoom range if you are into taking birds pictures.

No doubt this camera will be my Christmas gift to myself! The learning curve should be short (now that I have already been through it on the FZ200).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 15:40 UTC as 31st comment
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falconeyes: 20-1200 mm F/16-33

and according to optyczne.pl, it isn't even sharper at F/33 than F/47.

Can't see any other application than bright daylight video from a tripod ...

I believe that the f5.9 is the minimum (widest) at the full zoom of 1200mm, but does not mean you can't go to f8 or f11.
Just my guess.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 15:18 UTC
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