Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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On Nikon D750 Review preview (641 comments in total)
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James Bligh: I cannot find a word about internal reflection and shutter shock issues of D750 in this review. Please point me to it if I missed it. When dpreview never even mentions (not to say evaluate) the issues, you can no longer say dpreview review is a comprehensive review which I think is a shame. Once renowned for its objective reviews and a comprehensive source of information about camera gears I am afraid dpreview has fallen into the realm of mediocrity many review sites share. The present generation of dpreview staffs may have wasted their talent and ruined the reputation of dpreview. Phil Askey will lament over it seeing the prestige he has built up tainted.

Since Amazon sells every brand and model made, and makes a profit by selling any of them, it doesn't make logical sense for them to "push" any particular brand or model.

Since Dpreview needs to maintain their credibility it makes no sense for them to NOT be completely objective when rating cameras.

These silly claims that Dpreview ratings are somehow trying to boost Amazon sales are laughable. All these cameras are reviewed by multiple sources and all the sources seem to agree on which ones are the best.

When you can find a camera that Dpreview rates highly, but everyone else rates low, or the reverse, then there might be a case. But I haven't seen this happen yet.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 13:51 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (641 comments in total)

A truly wonderful camera.

Kudos for Nikon for modernizing the high end DSLR by shrinking it slightly and loading it with features and abilities many buyers want today. And then selling it for a very reasonable price. This camera gives up very little to it's larger and heavier siblings, but adds a lot of nice improvements.

This now becomes the obvious choice for any high end enthusiast who can afford to spend just a little more, and doesn't mind the extra size and weight.

I honestly don't think this camera, as good as it is, will take any sales away from the Sony A7 cameras, because they are fundamentally two different concepts. Each one having it's own advantages.

We now have proof that a dinosaur can survive if it evolves into a bird.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 13:40 UTC as 99th comment
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (527 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: I really cannot understand why my camera didn't get top ranking. What was DPR thinking of?

There is very little quality difference between cameras made in Japan, or made anywhere else in Asia. The manufacturers aren't stupid. They want cheaper labor, but they won't do it at the expense of quality.

Labor costs impact most at the low and mid level. All those $4,000 cameras and lenses are probably still built in Japan, because there is no practical need to save $100 on something that expensive. Especially if the customer perceives some value in "where it's made."

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 05:41 UTC
On WaterWeight rethinks the sandbag approach to stability article (77 comments in total)
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mais51: What an environmentally unfriendly product - what do you do with the water when you finish - tip it out then what, fill it up again and again - a strong fabric net that could be filled with rocks or earth would be far more better and better still you don't have to worry about water leak.

How is this "environmentally unfriendly?" Is there ANYTHING on earth easier to recycle than water?

Dump it out on the ground. It evaporates. It comes back as rain!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 04:10 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (527 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: I really cannot understand why my camera didn't get top ranking. What was DPR thinking of?

Not very many cameras or lenses are "made in Japan" today.

The Japanese manufacturers are outsourcing to China, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam, in search of lower labor costs.

It's like deja vu.... all over again!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:22 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (172 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: This is a very feminine bag.
I can't imagine using this bag being a man unless your being a sissy.

Also this bag is very vulnerable to being stolen as you can't keep it on you while taking photos.

@ Just a Photographer...

Yes, it is a very feminine bag. Which is a good thing since it is designed for women.

All bags are vulnerable to be stolen. Whether they look like purses, or whether they are black canvas backpacks that say "NIKON" on them. Most thieves are smart enough to know a camera bag when they see one.

It seems it is entirely possible to keep this bag on when you are shooting. It has a shoulder strap, leaving both hands free.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 19:23 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (172 comments in total)
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Grosse Fatigue: I would not be caught carrying a bag like that although it could be used as a stealth bag to carry expensive equipment. You could buy something more manly at Coach or even Louis Vuitton.

The fact remains.... a thief would expect to get more from the contents of a purse OR a camera bag than they would from the contents of a diaper bag....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 18:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (294 comments in total)
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daddyo: I guess I don't get the real purpose/benefit of this camera.
Based on the Studio Test Scene, the Olympus E-M10 offers obviously better IQ at high ISO's. It also has built-in flash, a higher magnification LCD and EVF, a tilting LCD, IBIS, and a reasonable grip -- just to name a few advantages, not to mention a $200 lower price tag.

While I understand that the GM5 is a bit smaller and lighter, one still has to carry the clip on flash and a lens or two. If the idea is to simply use the GM5 with only the 12-32mm lens so you can stuff it in a pocket, what's the point of interchangeable lens design? Why not simply get one of the top tier P&S cameras with a reasonable zoom range - something like the Sony RX100 III?

If the GM1/GM5 got any smaller, it might be impossible to use. Considering the size of human fingers.

This is it folks.

If you demand something that easily slides into your tight jeans, then you can forget about something with a larger sensor. And the closest you will come is a fixed lens RX100 camera with a sensor half the size of a GM1/GM5.

So it just comes down to priorities. Do you want something you can squeeze into tight pockets... or something with much better image quality that uses interchangeable lenses? Because right now you cannot have both.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:42 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (172 comments in total)
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nunatak: it's time for this discussion — how many north american males are comfortable with the idea of wearing a man purse? especially one made from dead cow that looks like a woman's fashion accessory?

as an alternative, would the editors be open to reviewing a thrifty, but low theft target insulated tote in place of this market research piece being proposed? it's amazing what functional aesthetics can be found for just under $50. JMO.

To me... it looks like a high end purse that might contain some cash, some credit cards, and some jewelry. Which are all a lot easier for a thief to dispose of than a high end camera.

I don't think the intent of this bag was to be "theft deterrent." This is simply a much more stylish bag for women photographers.

And if it can double as a purse (and it seems it certainly can) then there is one less bag for them to carry.

I bet it sells pretty well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 14:46 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (172 comments in total)
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Cane: That's a woman's purse.

Spending money on lenses makes sense!

But a purse is just a purse! The ones in Walmart are just as good as those designer models that cost thousands.

(Please don't tell my wife I said that)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 23:31 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (172 comments in total)
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Stacey_K: I would think it was pretty obvious this was targeted at women? Notice the word "purse"? And just FYI, not every item made in the world is designed for men to use :)

Stacey....

The manufacturer also makes some very nice looking camera messenger bags and camera backpacks, that might appeal to men.

http://www.onabags.com/store/messenger-bags.html

And the prices are similar. I think they are pretty smart to create a line targeting women. After all, their money is good too!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 21:11 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (172 comments in total)
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Grosse Fatigue: I would not be caught carrying a bag like that although it could be used as a stealth bag to carry expensive equipment. You could buy something more manly at Coach or even Louis Vuitton.

I'm willing to bet there are more purses stolen each year than camera bags.

If you want to discourage theft... then make it look like a diaper bag.....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 21:05 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (172 comments in total)
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Cane: That's a woman's purse.

Believe it or not..... $349 is not an outrageous price for a high quality ladies purse. Some even sell for thousands of dollars.

I know. I don't understand it either.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 21:03 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (172 comments in total)

Well, considering that there are an awful lot of women photographers, this product sounds like a very good idea. My wife would love one of these.

Those men who are complaining probably need to wait for the "Hipster murse" version, which will probably follow in due time.

Personally, I prefer a camera bag to look like a camera bag. But that's just me.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 21:01 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (294 comments in total)
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daddyo: I guess I don't get the real purpose/benefit of this camera.
Based on the Studio Test Scene, the Olympus E-M10 offers obviously better IQ at high ISO's. It also has built-in flash, a higher magnification LCD and EVF, a tilting LCD, IBIS, and a reasonable grip -- just to name a few advantages, not to mention a $200 lower price tag.

While I understand that the GM5 is a bit smaller and lighter, one still has to carry the clip on flash and a lens or two. If the idea is to simply use the GM5 with only the 12-32mm lens so you can stuff it in a pocket, what's the point of interchangeable lens design? Why not simply get one of the top tier P&S cameras with a reasonable zoom range - something like the Sony RX100 III?

If you want an ILC, then the Panasonic GM1/GM5 is as small as they get. They are even smaller than Pentax Q and Nikon 1 cameras.

Anything smaller might be hard to use, because the buttons get too tiny, and the ergonomics aren't the best.

If your goal is "a fixed lens camera that is small and easy to carry" then there are much better choices than a Sony RX100, There are quite a few very tiny fixed lens cameras from Canon, Fuji and Nikon.

So the Sony RX100 series only becomes the best choice if you have very specific needs. You must want a camera with image quality "almost as good as M4/3, but slightly thinner, and have no desire to ever change lenses."

The GM5 with kit lens weighs 281 grams. The RX100 weighs 240 grams, and is almost the exact same height and width, but is 26mm thinner due to the fixed lens.

Bottom line... if you want an ILC, it's almost impossible to find anything smaller than a Panasonic GM camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 11:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (294 comments in total)
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Mr Olympian: I couldn't resist a used GM1 I found for sale. I previously tried the LX100 and A6000 and both were a little too big for my needs. I already have a DSLR for most uses, but I wanted a good camera that fits in my pocket that is not too heavy that I can take most places.
The options of several tiny pancake lenses make the GM1 and GM5 a viable option. The store did not have the 35-100 in stock. I want to see how small that zoom really is too.

Yes... the new compact 35-100mm lens is the next lens I will buy.

It will be a perfect match for my 12-32mm lens on my GM1.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 00:24 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (294 comments in total)
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Mr Olympian: I couldn't resist a used GM1 I found for sale. I previously tried the LX100 and A6000 and both were a little too big for my needs. I already have a DSLR for most uses, but I wanted a good camera that fits in my pocket that is not too heavy that I can take most places.
The options of several tiny pancake lenses make the GM1 and GM5 a viable option. The store did not have the 35-100 in stock. I want to see how small that zoom really is too.

I bought a used GM1 just to get my hands on that tiny lens. But I soon found the tiny camera was so convenient to have with me at all times, that I now use the GM1 more than I use my EM5.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 20:33 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (294 comments in total)
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white shadow: As an owner of the GM1, there is absolutely no need to go for the GM5. The tiny EVF is just too small. Yes, there were complaints from people earlier that the GM1 don't have a hotshoe but once you mount an external flash on this tiny camera the flash would be much heavier than the camera itself. One would not be able to hold it properly.

For much less money, one is better off buying a Ricoh GR to compliment the GM1.

I am happy with the GM1 for what it is, a tiny Micro4/3 camera which can take very good image quality photos and able to use a longer lens like the Lumix 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 when I choose to. The Ricoh GR, its partner, can take the 28mm angle of view shots.

@ white shadow

I suspect there won't be very many GM1 users trading up to the GM5. Those of us who bought GM1s already decided we could live without an EVF on a very tiny camera.

The GM5 was designed to drag a few more new users in. The ones who said "if the GM1 had an EVF I would buy it."

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (294 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: I'm constantly surprised how photographers still moan about batteries. I have a GM1 and sure, after a couple of hundred it's running down, but I always have back-up batteries and many compatibles are really good as well as cheap. I got a pack of 2 for the GM1 at around £12 (USD19), no problem with them. Take up space? - Get outta here! I love the EM1 but it's the GM1 that goes everywhere with me.

Anyone who needs 1000 shots without a battery change better look elsewhere.

And good luck on sliding that DSLR into your pocket....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 20:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (294 comments in total)
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daddyo: I guess I don't get the real purpose/benefit of this camera.
Based on the Studio Test Scene, the Olympus E-M10 offers obviously better IQ at high ISO's. It also has built-in flash, a higher magnification LCD and EVF, a tilting LCD, IBIS, and a reasonable grip -- just to name a few advantages, not to mention a $200 lower price tag.

While I understand that the GM5 is a bit smaller and lighter, one still has to carry the clip on flash and a lens or two. If the idea is to simply use the GM5 with only the 12-32mm lens so you can stuff it in a pocket, what's the point of interchangeable lens design? Why not simply get one of the top tier P&S cameras with a reasonable zoom range - something like the Sony RX100 III?

Well....

I'm too old for "skinny jeans" so I have no problem putting my GM1 with 12-32mm lens in my pants pocket. I doubt you could even get a Sony RX100 into skinny jeans pockets.

If you need a shirt pocket camera, then the crappy Canon ELPH is the camera for you.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
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