Rod McD

Rod McD

Lives in Australia Australia
Joined on Jan 15, 2010

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (692 comments in total)

Tried one in-store. A well featured camera and a remarkable achievement in miniaturisation, but as slippery as a bar of soap. Why the heck can't Sony add a grip rather than leave it to the aftermarket? Surely it would not make the camera any less pocketable if a grip as deep as the control ring was built in?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 05:48 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (219 comments in total)

I'm getting deja vu......... Why can't at least one camera manufacturer offer a decent WP camera? There seems to be an assumption inherent in these designs that outdoors types aren't interested in IQ or camera controls. The alternative of DSLRs in housings are simply impractical for water sports, climbing, caving, skiing and so on. And the housings are often more expensive than the camera...... Surely there it would be feasible to offer something in between - a decent size sensor (1", APSC?) a fixed high quality zoom lens, raw and reasonable ergonomics?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 13:17 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies
On Sony a6000 Review preview (706 comments in total)

Why is not having a touch screen a "con"? It's just a statement of fact. It seems that the position being adopted is that all cameras SHOULD have a touch screen. Sure some people like them. There are others who don't. I personally don't want a camera that does have one and this would put the A6000 higher on my list.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 22:45 UTC as 92nd comment | 7 replies
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (533 comments in total)

Now we need Sigma to build some wide-angle lenses to the same standard. Zeiss need some competition for the 21mm 2.8.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 23:09 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply

I could potentially have been be interested, but the weight of this new lens seems to undermine the benefits of of using an f4 lens to avoid the sheer bulk of the f2.8 versions. Let's call 980gms a kilogram by the time you put the lens caps on and still more with the tripod mount - so maybe 1200gms. Too heavy........

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 00:32 UTC as 13th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

Interesting camera. The RX100 seems to become more complete every upgrade. It's starting to look attractive. Now why couldn't Canon have put a retracting EVF in the G1X Mark2?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 636th comment | 7 replies

Can we download a camera straight into it or does it need another accessory? And does it take jpegs without compressing them further? And does it take RAW files at all? And why can't somebody make a small tablet & OS with full USB and file management functionality?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 23:00 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (623 comments in total)
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Rod McD: I have the G1X Mk1 and enjoyed it for travel and hiking. That's despite agreeing that there are issues with focus distance and AF (which though very accurate, gave slow between shot times). If you accepted these foibles it was a good all-rounder and nothing matched its IQ without actually going to APSC.

I'm not upgrading to the Mk2 despite the improvements. One of the best things about the Mk 1 was that it was a complete stand-alone camera that needed nothing. For me, the absence of a neat built-in EVF is THE killer for the Mk 2. I hate add-on EVFs - they're expensive, easy to forget or lose and block the flash shoe in use. And it's an $1100 camera with its EVF, and at that price it's squarely in MILC territory. I decided to spend more and bought an XT1.

@ chiane... Quite right. So have I. In fact I've done it. But parting with one's dollars is all about choices and preferences. I prefer a built-in VF and eye-level viewing. Adds stability and tends to make a smaller, neater camera than one with an add-on EVF in the flash shoe.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 01:09 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (623 comments in total)

I have the G1X Mk1 and enjoyed it for travel and hiking. That's despite agreeing that there are issues with focus distance and AF (which though very accurate, gave slow between shot times). If you accepted these foibles it was a good all-rounder and nothing matched its IQ without actually going to APSC.

I'm not upgrading to the Mk2 despite the improvements. One of the best things about the Mk 1 was that it was a complete stand-alone camera that needed nothing. For me, the absence of a neat built-in EVF is THE killer for the Mk 2. I hate add-on EVFs - they're expensive, easy to forget or lose and block the flash shoe in use. And it's an $1100 camera with its EVF, and at that price it's squarely in MILC territory. I decided to spend more and bought an XT1.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 22:56 UTC as 138th comment | 2 replies
On Behind the Shot: Shredded article (84 comments in total)

Thanks for posting this shot and the description for your adjustments. I enjoyed the result.

I'm surprised that more people don't use movements. I know TS lenses and TS adapters are expensive and slow photography down to a more contemplative pace, but they just add so much.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 01:49 UTC as 34th comment

The specs look good but no better than any good mirror-less camera. The ergonomics are probably worse. The EVF is an expensive add on. And one would have thought that a premium priced camera would at least be sealed.

The lenses might well be very good but there's only so much can be extracted from a 16mpx sensor. It won't deliver any more than an EM1 or an XT1. If I really wanted to wear the Leica badge, a used M and two or three lenses might be a better deal for the money. I guess I'll have to accept that I'm just not in the target audience........

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 00:47 UTC as 30th comment
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (218 comments in total)

Hmmmm. Fun maybe BUT........ I used to shoot 4X5". I think a lot of people who (might) buy this camera would find it way more expensive to use than they imagine (at over $10 per E6 shot purchased and processed) and way more difficult (because a 90mm lens with no movements has very little DOF).

If I was going to go back to 4X5" I'd certainly be buying the recommended 90mm Super Angulon, but I'd be mounting it into a decent field camera with all the usual movements.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:15 UTC as 35th comment
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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camerosity: Hey dpreview! How about a Nikon V3 first impressions review? It's a system camera, not a fixed lens point and shoot like the Canon G1X Mark II. I don't know anyone who liked the G1X, it was a dud at introduction. The Nikon 1 series is much more popular. So...prove to me you don't have a massive Canon bias and review the V3!

Huh? It may not have done everything or pleased everyone, but no camera does. Nor was it a dud just because you don't know anyone that liked it. Have a look at the Powershot Forum. There were plenty of good posts from the G1X.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 10:40 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (645 comments in total)
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ali alriffai: Everything in this camera is hot but flash syn @ 1/125 is a big downside :-(

Flash sync is slower because the Pentax has a large FP shutter. Other MF cameras use leaf shutter lenses, but these in turn tend to cost more because there's a shutter in every lens. They may also be larger and/or slower.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 22:26 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (561 comments in total)

I've already bought one. I didn't wait for the reviews. It's a great camera. Love the EVF and manual focusing aids. The Fuji standard zoom and 14mm prime are excellent. And it takes almost every DSLR lens ever made. Better still, every FF lens offers some movement on a TS adapter. Very happy.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 12:28 UTC as 72nd comment
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (140 comments in total)

I'm not a customer for this camera (so maybe I'll never understand the marketing rationale) but I have to confess to being slightly miffed as an Australian. We too are in a bit of a retail downturn. If Sony want to boost sales, why not just reduce the price of the existing model instead of reducing the specs for the regional market?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 07:13 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies

Looks like an interesting lens. Some of the posts below are amazing. It was announced today, not one has been sold and no-one has seen an image from it. Surely critics and potential buyers alike should wait until we see what the lens's IQ and characteristics look like before passing judgement?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 11:13 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (596 comments in total)

It's not for me. I don't want to go down in sensor size from APSC and I enjoy external controls and a built-in EVF. However, I can see that the 20 fps, high density sensor and a big crop factor will appeal to some. Together with the new long lens maybe those shooting sports or birds could gain a step up in quality from the long zoom bridge cameras but without investing in heavy and expensive DSLR long lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 09:12 UTC as 195th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

Thanks for this - I'm still waiting to see an XT1 in the hand in Australia......

I suspect you're making a bit much of the issue of the locking button on the ISO dial. I change ISO when the light intensity changes (eg going form indoors to outside and vice versa) or if I make a lens change to a very different FL (eg to bump up shutter speed for a telephoto). It's just not that hard, and I doubt that it's so important from shot to shot when the camera is actually up to your eye. How long does it take - one second, perhaps two? Anyone who so desperately needs that second to grab a shot should have set their camera to an appropriate ISO far earlier. Anything's better than accidental changes.

And as for the inconvenience of gloves... Show me one camera that excels with gloves on. There aren't any. They're all woeful. It's just part of the digital age that they require dexterity to use all functions. This is hardly a fault unique to this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 23:29 UTC as 93rd comment | 8 replies

I enjoyed the original G1X, and this offers improvements that will please many people. However, I think I've seen enough to know this one's not for me. The switch away from external controls to a touch screen and the move to an external EVF aren't my thing.

At a very reasonable $799 (IMO) for the feature set plus say $150 for the EVF, a complete Mark II will be around $950. At that price it's competitive with a number of MILCs and dearer than Sony's APSC 24mpx A6000 (with BIEVF and 16-50) also announced today. At that price point I think I'll spend more and get a MILC with BIEVF and a control set I'll enjoy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:21 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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