Chris Tofalos

Chris Tofalos

Lives in United Kingdom Bolton, United Kingdom
Works as a Editorial Photographer
Has a website at http://www.ctp-photo.co.uk
Joined on Aug 4, 2002

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All too often Leica cameras are rebadged Far Eastern cameras - with hefty price tags. No 'Emperor's Suit of Clothes' for me...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 06:32 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
In reply to:

Marty4650: You have to commend Nikon for jumping on the retro bandwagon when the fad is almost over.

To do it right, they probably should have made the hot shoe an optional accessory. And the LCD on the back is totally unnecessary. There should be a frame on the back to hold a piece of cardboard from the memory card package to remind you what size memory card you are using.

It takes courage and vision to be the last one to spot a fad, then try to exploit it. Kudos to Nikon.

Ha ha! Nice one...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:38 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Made for camera buyers, not camera users...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:02 UTC as 791st comment

Very, very nice but WAY too expensive. And is this goodbye to the GF series?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 10:20 UTC as 21st comment
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: DPR You do not have a great track record recently of reviewing mirrorless cameras. The GF5, G5, E-PL5, NEX-5R and NX 20 seem to have been skipped completely, and the GF6, G6 and NEX-3N have been available for a few months with still no review. I'm not even counting the E-PL6 but you haven't reviewed that yet either. In contrast you've reviewed literally every DSLR released so far except the newish K-50, as far as I can tell, and almost every premium compact and even some cheap compacts.

So with that all being said, I strongly request that you give the GX7 review VERY HIGH priority. On paper it is the best mirrorless camera to date, and one of the best if not the best consumer-level cameras of any variety to date. It deserves your quick attention, a whole lot more than, say, the Canon T5i did.

Well said! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 06:29 UTC

I only got so far down this page and found myself agreeing/lining every comment.

Leica have been producing 'Emperors suit of clothes' cameras for yonks and if there are people out there daft enough to pay then good look to them. Hopefully, I'm not that daft...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 22:50 UTC as 33rd comment
On CES 2013: Hands-on with Samsung NX300 article (150 comments in total)

No EVF! Very poor thinking, Samsung...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 09:02 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies

No EVF - again! Amazing and very disappointing omission...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2013 at 16:33 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies

Lunar... Has that anything to do with lunacy? :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 21:18 UTC as 235th comment | 1 reply

IMHO, I don't believe you can use the term 'enthusiast' with ANY camera which lacks some sort of eye-level finder (ELF).

Waving a camera about at arms' length cannot aid stability and introduces a lot of extraneous, distracting elements into your field of view. Then there are the problems of having to use an LCD in bright sunlight.

Conversely, an ELF, be it optical or electronic, allows you to brace the camera on your forehead, improving stability (three points of support instead of two) and, at the same time, helps you concentrate on composition by only allowing you to see what the camera 'sees'.

Just a thought...

(Note: Simple optical finders aren't anywhere near as good as electronic ones. Their field of view is often very limited and they introduce the problem of parallax - but they're better than having no eye-level capabilities at all)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 06:27 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

The monster continues to grow - unchecked...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 10:04 UTC as 11th comment
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Preternatural Stuff: Really unimpressed ... with the rants & uninformed whines.

I, too, wished it was full-frame 36MP, with EVF, in-body IS, universal lens mount for any brand, brain-wave thought reading capability etc.

Wished it had more DSLR knobs & dials, but er... wouldn't it be juz ... bigger?

Here's my take. I've been wanting to upgrade my derelict Canon DSLRs.
I've seen friends who like me aren't as free to shoot seriously due to work (& age/maturity related laziness) give up their DSLR systems to downgrade to M4/3. But I've got my L lenses & EFS10-22mm, EX580IIs etc.

The thought of having to get all the new lenses & flashes to go with a new system would have been a royal pain. Plus, I did not want to give up on DSLR quality images.

EOS-M would allow me to use it with small prime or STM lenses if minimal size/weight was everything. Yet I can selectively bring any one of my heavy artillery glass if need be without bringing my DSLR with vertical grip.

There... the raison d'etre for the EOS-M?

Fair comment, I suppose, but I'm not sure you'd be happy waving your heavy artillery glass at arms length because of the lack of any EVF. It's a big thumbs down from me...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 08:52 UTC

Canon have haughtily taken Samsung's NX200 route (no viewfnder) and Sony's with ludicrously large lenses for a compact system. Not April the 1st, is it? Because this has to be some sort of joke...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 08:48 UTC as 315th comment

A welcome addition which increases low-light capabilities. As a professional user I can't wait for this and the complimentary 35-100/F2.8 to arrive on the shelves. I'll then be ditching my entire (and heavy) Canon outfit completely.

A 100-300/F4, 200-500/F5.6 and a 2x converter would give me every lens I would ever be likely to need...

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 09:01 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply

Personally, I think this is carrying the retro look a bit too far. That 'pentaprism' looks very dated. But the specficications, that's something else; mouthwatering! (If it delivers what Olympus claim)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:32 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera article (874 comments in total)

I can forgive Samsung for not including an EVF with the NX200 (IMHO a fatal mistake) but not Pentax, who have building cameras for serious photographers for years.

What were they thinking about?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 14:41 UTC as 312th comment

A ludicrous judgement. It's a matter of technique and I very much doubt the claimant invented it. How many times has this idea (a coloured subject against a monochrome background) been used before?

I believe Sony NEX cameras have a built-in filter to produce a similar effect. Stand in a similar position with your NEX and you might get the same (or a similar) shot. Are Sony, therefore, in breach of copyright?

What next?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:40 UTC as 284th comment

Not really for me (want faster lenses) BUT, at least, it's another M4/3 lens. And the more, the merrier...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:24 UTC as 79th comment

Hooray!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 09:27 UTC as 6th comment
On Panasonic unveils DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera article (74 comments in total)

Pity about no tilt/swivel LCD but very impressive, nonetheless.

What the PEN 3s should have been...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2011 at 09:33 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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