lbpix

lbpix

Lives in United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Works as a Biomedical Scientist
Has a website at www.lauriebrett.co.uk
Joined on Aug 25, 2011
About me:

Landscape Photographer

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On Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad post (132 comments in total)

Very very disappointing. No way am I going to subscribe, I'll stick with LR for now but would have liked an ipad app. If they move to subscription-only LR then I'm off elsewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 18:04 UTC as 38th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

Looks like Fujifilm have done it again. I'm seriously considering dumping my D800 kit which I'm finding too big and heavy; my XE-1 is my go to camera and performs brilliantly. This X-T1 appears to take the baton even further. Just need a few more specialist lenses like tilt/shift and I'm moving over to them completely.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:34 UTC as 115th comment | 3 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (534 comments in total)
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NCB: Canon have made the same mistake as Nikon, dropping the viewfinder, as Nikon did in the P7700 before bringing it back as as EVF in the P7800. Too much of the potential market for this sort of camera wants a viewfinder of some sort; the optical type was never that bad that omitting it was a good thing, and while the EVF in the P7800 isn't great, compared to other EVFs now appearing, it's better than nothing.

Unless Canon and Nikon start putting quality EVFs in this sort of camera, they might as well drop them; there are too many attractive alternatives around in the quality-but-not-too-large market. The sensor-size of the G1 X II isn't enough on its own to make a difference.

I couldn't have said it better NCB. I won't be buying one without any kind of viewfinder. A quality one would make it a must-have, and even a simple EVF would make it a contender.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:13 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)
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jmb2560: I am very happy with the XE-1 and 18-55mm lens. What I want now is the wide angle zoom (10-24mm) that is supposed to be announced Q4-2013.

As far as I am concerned, I will pass on the XE-2: there is not enough for me to retire the XE-1. I will wait until I see an XE-3!

I agree 100%. XE-1 is brilliant, and xe-2 has lost the view mode button.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 20:47 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)
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lbpix: It all sounds great except for the removal of the view mode selector button - I use it a lot on my xe-1. Does anyone know if It is possible to program one of the other buttons to change view modes?

Thanks Rockjohn, I sure hope so. I wonder what prompted them to eliminate it. I'll keep watching before I consider the upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 20:29 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)

It all sounds great except for the removal of the view mode selector button - I use it a lot on my xe-1. Does anyone know if It is possible to program one of the other buttons to change view modes?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2013 at 23:07 UTC as 63rd comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-E1 preview (10 comments in total)

Had my xe-1 2 weeks now and I'm blown away by the quality of the images taken with the kit zoom lens. The images could easily be printed at about 50" and are in practice comparable to my D800. AMAZING!
In use too I love it. The EVF whilst not as clear as an SLR viewfinder, tells me all I need to know and enables me to see all the menus without putting on reading specs. I use it exclusively in EVF mode. It is light and handles superbly. The image stabilisation seems incredible- so far, as good as the D800 shots from a tripod! If you're in doubt, go and buy one.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 19:42 UTC as 4th comment
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lbpix: Finally, a compact with a built in EVF. That is a first surely? OK it would have been nice if it was high resolution but hey it's progress, and how big would it have to be?
There are plenty of options for those who're happy with an LCD screen for composition, not many options for those who aren't. Well done Panasonic, I'm keen to try one. Might even replace my Fuji X10 which is just a bit too big.

Reverant - thank you for correcting me, I didn't know they existed! There aren't any other current ones though. I'd like to see this as a start to more of this kind, Hey Canon what about a G16 with a higher resolution EVF?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2013 at 14:59 UTC

Finally, a compact with a built in EVF. That is a first surely? OK it would have been nice if it was high resolution but hey it's progress, and how big would it have to be?
There are plenty of options for those who're happy with an LCD screen for composition, not many options for those who aren't. Well done Panasonic, I'm keen to try one. Might even replace my Fuji X10 which is just a bit too big.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 19:01 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X20 Preview preview (201 comments in total)

Bravo Fuji! I love my X10 - the image quality is great and it feels really good to use. Most of all it has a real viewfinder - the only criticism I had of it was lack of focus confirmation in the finder. The X20 has that plus more - just the job.

For out and out quality I still use a DSLR but this will be a great lightweight for any other time.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 20:06 UTC as 46th comment
On Nikon CoolPix P7700 Preview preview (192 comments in total)
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lbpix: They just wrote themselves out of the equation - no viewfinder even as an option. Why would I buy a camera when I can't see to compose in sunlight?
Shame.

I guess you're right and there will always be complaints, but the choice of compact cameras with any kind of viewfinder is really poor. I would have thought rather than do same as all the others, one manufacturer might cater for those of us who like to see what we're composing - even if it's inaccurate (many of us used them in the old days). Fuji X10 is the best there is at present.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 19:35 UTC
On Nikon CoolPix P7700 Preview preview (192 comments in total)

They just wrote themselves out of the equation - no viewfinder even as an option. Why would I buy a camera when I can't see to compose in sunlight?
Shame.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 06:42 UTC as 63rd comment | 2 replies
On Sony DSC-RX100 preview (544 comments in total)

Good attempt Sony but for me this is another 'almost perfect' compact. Deal breaker - no viewfinder. Availability of a plug in EVF would have sold it for me. I need reading glasses and much prefer a VF with dioptre adjustment. However good the LCD is it isn't good enough to replace a real viewfinder - optical or electronic.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 07:48 UTC as 67th comment | 6 replies
On Preview:canong1x (1044 comments in total)
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lbpix: Bravo Canon for producing something different. For those who want interchangeable lenses and no viewfinder - go and buy a Panasonic or Olympus.
My only gripe is I'd like a decent viewfinder, it doesn't sound as if this is it, so I'll probably get a Fuji X10. Someone should produce a compact with an EVF.

Francis, I said Bravo FOR PRODUCING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. If the OVF isn't good then it won't suit ME. However I'm still pleased to see a different option on the market - a large sensor compact with zoom; this is the first.
That is my logic.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:28 UTC
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timo: Not sure how much those shots really tell us. Haven't looked at them all - the hair on the mouse at 1600 ISO shows some very unpleasant noise reduction effects. Most of the set-up consists of flat surfaces without much texture, which heavy-handed noise reduction will tend to flatter. (Or flatten, if you prefer!)

Jury still out, as far as I'm concerned. I want to see some raw conversions of more revealing subject matter - and also some indication as to whether the OVF is any more effective than that of the G12. If it is not, the X10 may still get my credit card attention, orbs or not ...

I'm fully with Timo here. Especially we need info about the OVF, how accurate is it - not just the percentage. My G9 has a terrible OVF - have they improved it? I too am considering the X10.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 09:31 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1044 comments in total)

Bravo Canon for producing something different. For those who want interchangeable lenses and no viewfinder - go and buy a Panasonic or Olympus.
My only gripe is I'd like a decent viewfinder, it doesn't sound as if this is it, so I'll probably get a Fuji X10. Someone should produce a compact with an EVF.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 at 08:24 UTC as 263rd comment | 5 replies
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact article (791 comments in total)

Looks nice, but the clincher for me will be how good the viewfinder is. One site suggests it's better than most but not up to the Fuji X10 standard. A bigger sensor is nice but a decent viewfinder is far more likely to help me take good photos. My G9 gives good results but I'm frequently missing the moment -squinting at the LCD.
I'm glad Canon haven't made the lens interchangeable; what this is about is compact but good.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 19:59 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies

I don't see the need for focus info in the OVF will be major problem for me. I'll set a manual aperture, manual focus at hyperfocal distance just like I used to in the old days - and be able to actually see people's expressions, which I can't squinting at an LCD. If the auto focus is any good, it should pick out faces anyway. You still have an LCD if that's your preference, but unlike most current small cameras you at least have the option of a reasonable OVF. I can't wait to see how it performs.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 18:29 UTC as 11th comment
On Fujifilm announces X10 high-end enthusiast compact article (279 comments in total)
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John Ellis: Love it! Somebody is really listening and I will be one of the first to order one. These non-viewfinder things are to me absurd and I just cannot handle them. This looks to be a very upscale enthusiast camera, just perfect for me.

Totally agree with you. Cant understand why we've been so long waiting!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2011 at 06:31 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X10 high-end enthusiast compact article (279 comments in total)

For me ANY viewfinder is better than no viewfinder; the thing is for composing photos quickly in bright sunlight or coal cellar, while holding the camera steady and without having to put on reading glasses (which I need). Yes the hybrid veiwfinder on X100 is fantastic but much too pricey and limited with no zoom. This viewfinder looks to be better than G12 / P7100 which are this camera's only competition
This is the first camera small & light enough to carry for hours, which will cover 95% of photo opportunities. If I want interchangeable lenses I'll take my SLR & backpack. This is as near to an ideal 'travel light' camera as I've seen.
WELL DONE FUJI!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:20 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
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