Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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RGiskard: This isn't an interesting lens to me, personally, but I am really glad to see it brought to market. I hope that Tamron is encouraged enough by its reception to m4/3 that it devotes future resources to developing lenses for the format. I have fond memories of the Tamron zoom I had for my Sony SLT, it was relatively bright for the range and IQ was pretty good for the price.

And I feel just the opposite way.

By creating the FOURTH superzoom lens for M4/3, and making it the most expensive one, Tamron will sell very few of these. This is more likely to discourage them than encourage them to make more M4/3 lenses.

Had they done something sensible... like creating a lens the system needed, or making an existing sort of lens, but faster, cheaper or better... then they might have a hit on their hands.

This lens is like "the sixth shoe store at the mall." It won't draw enough business and will be shut down in three months.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 19:23 UTC
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Artistico: I have been wondering when this super zoom would make its way to M43. I also find it a bit interesting from the point of view that one would normally expect this to be an IS lens (Or VR, as Tamron would call it).

I think it is about time Panasonic starts following the strength of the trend, making IBIS standard too, and drop OIS from their new lenses, or they are going to lag behind the others.

It probably seemed a good idea at the time, but I think they'd make more money in the long run. M43 being a universal mount, there is less incentive to stay with the brand than how it has been for Nikon and Canon and their choice to keep IS in lenses.

In order to have the best selection of lenses for M43, one needs both Panasonic and Olympus ones. Not having IBIS is a compromise that will make people more likely to choose Olympus bodies over Panasonic.

Every single Olympus M4/3 camera has IBIS, and they all work. So any lens mounted on any Olympus M4/3 camera will have image stabilization.

You're right about only three cameras currently offering 5-axis IBIS (EM5, EM1, EP5) but all the others still have some type of IBIS. The EM10 has 3-axis, and all the others have 2-axis.

Like you, many people say they don't need any IS on shorter focal length lenses. But many others do find it useful on all their lenses. So Panasonic is essentially limiting their sales to people in the former group by not having OIS on every lens they sell.

You are also right about OIS being a better choice for video. Anyone who is really serious about video would have purchased a GH camera anyway!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:17 UTC
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Adrian Harris: The real problem with curved sensors is that if anyone dares introduce them, their customers current lens line-up will be obsolete overnight. Which company would dare do that???
...well Sony already have about 4 different lens systems, so what the heck, here we go for a 5th lens line-up!!!

Would Canon or Nikon dare do that?
...which is maybe why it hasn't been done before.

Yes, they have 3 lens mounts that cover 4 different systems.

Even though you can use a DX lens on an FX camera without needing an adapter, the lens will result in severe vignetting. Which is why they have a "crop mode" for those. The same thing happens when Sony E lenses are used on a Sony FE camera.

Naturally, the reverse isn't true. You can always use a FF lens on a crop sensor camera and it will work perfectly. In fact, it will usually work better than using a lens designed for the crop sensor, because the camera is now only using the central part of the image circle. The sharpest part.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:09 UTC
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chris_j_l: Not understanding the commercial rationale behind this. Olympus has 1 that covers this range, Panasonic has 2 that cover this range. Now we have Tamron wanting to cover this range.
I'm all for choice and that, but there is a phenomenal amount of me-too bunching of glass focal length in u4/3 with little or no differentiation between them bar the manufacturer name.
Tamron does have 1 jump on Oly and Pana in this - the announcement of the lens appears to be followed by sales 1-2 months later. Pana/Oly seem to be in the "announce this year, available 2 years later" which may as well be "available for sale on the 16th of Neveruary"

Chris... exaggerate much?

Olympus and Panasonic have released over 40 lenses for M4/3 so far, and almost all of them were available immediately after being announced.

There were a very small handful of very high end lenses that were announced a year or more before availability. Specifically, a couple the Olympus PRO lenses and the Panasonic-Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 lens and the Panasonic-Leica 150mm f/2.8 lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:03 UTC

As usual, someone has already checked the "I had it".....

It's really amazing how fast people can buy and sell a lens the day it is announced.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 10:33 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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Artistico: I have been wondering when this super zoom would make its way to M43. I also find it a bit interesting from the point of view that one would normally expect this to be an IS lens (Or VR, as Tamron would call it).

I think it is about time Panasonic starts following the strength of the trend, making IBIS standard too, and drop OIS from their new lenses, or they are going to lag behind the others.

It probably seemed a good idea at the time, but I think they'd make more money in the long run. M43 being a universal mount, there is less incentive to stay with the brand than how it has been for Nikon and Canon and their choice to keep IS in lenses.

In order to have the best selection of lenses for M43, one needs both Panasonic and Olympus ones. Not having IBIS is a compromise that will make people more likely to choose Olympus bodies over Panasonic.

True.... however, once you buy any Panasonic body except the GX7, you are locked into Panasonic lenses if you want image stabilization. An Olympus camera owner can use either brand lenses and still have IS. For most Panasonic camera owners, their only choice is Panasonic lenses if they want image stabilization.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 10:29 UTC

CS5 still works fine for me. And even that has around 300 features I don't need and will never use...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 21:19 UTC as 43rd comment
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Adrian Harris: The real problem with curved sensors is that if anyone dares introduce them, their customers current lens line-up will be obsolete overnight. Which company would dare do that???
...well Sony already have about 4 different lens systems, so what the heck, here we go for a 5th lens line-up!!!

Would Canon or Nikon dare do that?
...which is maybe why it hasn't been done before.

@ hippo84

Sony has two lens mounts but four different systems, each one requiring lenses designed for it.

- Alpha mount for APSC
- Alpha mount for FF
- E mount for APSC
- FE mount for FF

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 10:11 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (214 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Serious underwater photography was always done with DSLRs tightly sealed in very expensive waterproof enclosures. But for underwater snapshots, these cameras are great.

This whole category ("underwater snapshot cameras") might disappear if the iPhone 6 is waterproof.

I suppose a waterproof tablet could be next?

I suppose you are right. Strictly speaking these are "rugged cameras" which happen to be pretty well waterproofed. As such, they are ideal for hikers, bikers, fishermen, kayakers, or anywhere else where you can expect rough handling or wet conditions. They aren't the best choice for underwater photography by a long shot, but they still can do it.

I also think these cameras are good choices for very young children, who are hard on things. A used rugged camera can be a great choice for a 5 year old's first camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 14:48 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (214 comments in total)

Serious underwater photography was always done with DSLRs tightly sealed in very expensive waterproof enclosures. But for underwater snapshots, these cameras are great.

This whole category ("underwater snapshot cameras") might disappear if the iPhone 6 is waterproof.

I suppose a waterproof tablet could be next?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 14:10 UTC as 52nd comment | 12 replies
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (214 comments in total)

It might have been interesting to see how well the Nikon 1 AW1 performed against these cameras. Compared to the four cameras reviewed, the Nikon 1 has a "huge sensor."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 13:28 UTC as 54th comment | 13 replies
On DPReview Reader Showcase: Underwater photography article (11 comments in total)

This is really good stuff.

Especially those 360 degree shots (#9 and #10). You really have to admire these amateur photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 17:15 UTC as 6th comment
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h2k: Don't know if it's nice to expose a trivial failure in such a prominent way.

At least DPRs doesn't seem worried that the next test models might arrive with a delay.

Germany was the world's technology leader at that time, and German engineering manufacturing were always first rate.

Germany lost that war for other reasons. Most significantly perhaps was their blunder in drawing Russia into the war. Without an Eastern front, they might well have won the war.

EDIT: Comment was meant for George below, not h2k above.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 16:52 UTC

There is no point in giving away a battery for free.

It should be a $1,200 option. And you didn't see a battery charger in the box either, because that is a $900 option. $400 more, if you want the custom leather battery charger case.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 02:49 UTC as 111th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (157 comments in total)

When the Superzoom camera first hit the stage they were all around 12X models. The recent trend to 30X, 40X, and 50X or more zoom ranges is really a different animal. These are Ultrazoom cameras.

Panasonic made a wise choice by cutting back the zoom range so they could employ a larger sensor. Having used Superzoom cameras before, I can tell you that the top end of the zoom range is pretty much useless. Unless you like muddy photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 12:25 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1231 comments in total)

While not something I would want... this might be the ideal superzoom camera today.

That relatively large sensor makes up for the lack of longer focal length because you can always crop. And Panasonic isn't averse to price cutting once a camera is a few months old.

Once the price comes down a bit, Panasonic will sell a lot of these.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 10:57 UTC as 286th comment
On Picquest wants to be the Uber for photography post (24 comments in total)
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TheDevil: Wonder if they will have a setting that will separate photographers from phone-tographers. You hire some dude and he shows up at your wedding armed with an iPhone.

There were no plans for that app, but since you mentioned it, someone will invent it.

The competition is fierce in the app industry.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 12:58 UTC
On A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher article (167 comments in total)

I'm looking forward to the "Go Pro Colonoscopy Journey"

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 05:32 UTC as 5th comment
On Picquest wants to be the Uber for photography post (24 comments in total)

OK, here's the scenario. You feel a sudden impulse to have a portrait made, and you are short on time. So you reach for your phone, and use this ap to quickly and efficiently find a portrait studio close to your home.

Luckily, you had the foresight to download this ap last week, just in case this situation ever came up!

This is what happens when someone wants to design an ap, but there are already 10,000 other aps out there, and all the good ideas have already been taken.

So they start scraping for anything that might even be remotely useful.

Next, someone will design an ap that helps you quickly find a philosopher, or a toxic waste dump. Only because no one else has designed one before.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 05:17 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
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Marty4650: Both forums are good ideas, and long overdue.

There are a few more forums that are desperately needed too:

* The Tell Me What To Buy Forum
* The My Camera is Great and Yours Sucks Forum
* The I Plan To Visit My Mother; What Lenses Do I Need? Forum
* The Lens Cap Forum (for discussing various types and styles)
* The Brick Wall Photo Techniques Forum
* The Way Off Topic Forum (for topics banned in the Off Topic Forum)

Yes, a loons forum is definitely needed. Perhaps several, in fact.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2014 at 12:04 UTC
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