DonTom

DonTom

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On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (654 comments in total)
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MPA1: Page 2 - proof reader asleep!

"crop factor this medium format " should read "crop factor of this medium format "
The grammar police never sleep!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 05:54 UTC
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (268 comments in total)
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VBLondon: One thing that surprised me in the final conclusion were the remarks on image quality EM1 vs D7100 being about the same.

Trying to be objective, I looked at the DXOmark scores. The D7100 sensor scores significantly more highly. In the one metric I can easily compare several cameras I've owned, I've found the DXO ISO measurement reasonably accurate in indicating low light performance. The D7100 has about a stop better performance - not at "crazy" high ISOs, but at those useful for normal available light shooting on occassion indoors or outdoors. The DXO mark also suggests better colour depth and DR.

I'm not saying the EM1 isn't arguably the best choice, I'm just surprised the sensor performance trade-off is not even mentioned?

"just to prove the unprovable that m43 camera can take decent portrait which it cannot."

It's comments like this that make me avoid DP Review. As always though, such comments speak more about the person making the comment. Perhaps your skills are such that you would struggle to make a decent portrait with a m43 camera?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2013 at 11:07 UTC
On Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? article (370 comments in total)
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xc1427: when does dpreview turn to be a rumor website ?

Actually, I suspect that they post these rumours because they have an NDA. This is a way to get round it. I know I visit DPR much less these days, because there is more "news" on the rumour sites......that hits DPR in the pocket, as a division of Amazon.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 07:07 UTC

HA! Can't wait to plug my Olympus VF-2 into a Leica M.....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 18:35 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

Both lenses are great news. As long as they are weather sealed, they will be hard to resist!
Hope Olympus leapfrogs Panny with a 200/2.8 instead....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 12:55 UTC as 15th comment

I like this lens, but probably won't get it. Not when the new Olympus 60/2.8 macro lists for $499.
This will probably list at $1299 like the 12-35mm, which is getting up there.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 12:54 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

Happy, Happy, Joy Joy! Double the money, no flash shoe.....and it doesn't even say Leica or Hermes on the body! WTF?
Still, I guess my wife would "get it".

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 20:59 UTC as 99th comment

Comes in silver to match your primes ;-)
http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/products/dslr/mlenses/12-50_35-63_ez/

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 07:23 UTC as 85th comment

@Nate 21: Good question, but this is will be no slower at 42mm than the current kit lenses. This will be a kit lens with a weather sealed body, and looks like a big step up to me.
Great lens for an outdoors photographer, and there is a nice range of fast primes now to complement it in low light.
It will be interesting to see if the IQ is high, this could be a brilliant landscape lens.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:30 UTC as 93rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 System First Impressions article (255 comments in total)
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Don Simons: Too late and too expensive.The Germans produced a V1 back in the 40s and that bombed out as well. No Nikon, people who own compact cameras to take snaps do not want a bag full of lenses and a one inch thick operating manual.This appears to be just another paranoid decision by a moribund seniority based management system. Perhaps the brighter, younger executives might like to compile all the negative comments here and elsewhere and table them at the next Nikon board meeting.

Well, the German version was DESIGNED to bomb out.......but seriously, many buyers of DSLR's just want something with better IQ and faster focusing than their compact. I know about 5 "soccer mums" seriously disappointed by their DSLR's with kit zooms. This will help the sports photography, at least outside, but will be no better in an auditorium or sports hall. And it is much smaller than an average DSLR with kit zoom.
Not saying I love, I don't....not buying one. Happy with my m43. But I would recommend it to a true "soccer mum", over an LX5 or the like, if outdoor sports was its main intended use.
If they bring out a Nikon "3", with an FX sensor and similar full capabilities with the FX lenses, I could see that pleasing all the crying masses...... Fair enough that they practice on a new format and market before bringing out the version for the more experienced users.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 06:06 UTC
On Why make a small-sensor mirrorless camera? article (285 comments in total)
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djsphynx: First sentence seems to be missing something... roughly what?

Good point. Every company needs its own strategy, and these are usually revealed in stages.
Richard, any chance of updating the diagram to include the 2/3 size sensor that Fuji is bringing out in the X10? Very relevant in the buying decisions of some.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 05:43 UTC
On Why make a small-sensor mirrorless camera? article (285 comments in total)
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GiPi: Owning and heavily using Nikon's full frame DSLR (D700, waiting for the 800) plus 3 excellent 2.8 Nikkor lenses (24-70, 70-200 and 105 Macro) I frequently wish to have also a small but good-quality compact, mirrorless or whatever for street/fast situations. I'm totally confused by the increasing selection and wonder what are Pros like you doing? What is the best mini-companion in your view? Or is it wise to wait a little longer (always is, unfortunately...)? Thanks, Giora

I'm not a pro, but m43 currently has the best choice of lenses. Your current lenses will be too bulky and slow on the Nikon 1, so I wouldn't bother taking that into consideration. If you prefer zooms, wait a bit for the new "X" lenses from Panasonic (12-35, 35-100mm), which will match your current set-up. Or get the Olly 12mm & 45mm and Panny 20mm primes to give yourself two distinctly different outfits. Which body? GH2 if a built in EVF is important, otherwise go for whatever tickles your design senses!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:30 UTC
On Why make a small-sensor mirrorless camera? article (285 comments in total)
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Geoffrey Kitt: I don't know why we are all obsessed with sensor SIZE. It is sensor performance that is important. I expect in the future we will see smaller sensors with the capability of today's full frame sensors. We are not there yet, but Nikon's and Pentax's decision to launch small sensor ILCs might be the start of a new direction which will focus R&D on getting better performance from small sensors. After all, the computer industry has managed to put processing power that would have filled a large room fifty years ago into your smartphone today. And nobody is now saying that we need bigger computers!

Sensor size does make a difference in depth of field, there is a trade-off there no matter how good other aspects of the sensor are. This difference is amplified without wide aperture lenses.
Personally, I think the DOF vs. portability issue is the only question a buyer will need to ask themselves once sensor and lens design is more mature.
For me, m43 gets it about right, especially right now. If Nikon brings out faster and smaller lenses it will compete well. The difference between the 1" sensor and 4/3 is about the same between 4/3 and APSC, which many of us are comfortable with. Choice is good!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:19 UTC
On Why make a small-sensor mirrorless camera? article (285 comments in total)

The name starts to make sense. Nikon 1, with a 1" format sensor (16mm diagonal). Not big steps for them to later bring out a Nikon "2" with a DX format sensor, basically double the diagonal (28mm or so), and FX as a Nikon "3" with a 43mm diagonal. Neat.
Makes sense from so many angles. New market from the P&S upgraders, neatly uses the vintage C_Mount glass for the enthusiasts, easy step up to DX and FX as the death of the mirror becomes inevitable.
Almost tempted to get one and some c-mount glass. Probably would, if the fast AF glass wasn't here for m43. But it is, so it's an easy choice to stay with m43.
But this will work really well for Nikon, now and in the long term. Good job!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 05:44 UTC as 125th comment
On Why make a small-sensor mirrorless camera? article (285 comments in total)

Beautiful body for c-mount lenses, should be no vignetting at all. This will also be Nikon's ticket into the video market. Watch the price of good vintage c-mount lenses go up!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 05:22 UTC as 130th comment
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pcblade: The apertures of the three lenses are terrible, no incentive to jump on the Nikon's bandwagon...

Have to agree with you, no reason to buy this over the smaller m43. I would jump on one of these bodies if I found a good cheap stock of c-mount lenses tho! They should have gone all out for wide aperture to maximise the impact.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 05:13 UTC
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cyclicredundancy: No mention of cold temperature performance?

Good article, and I like that it refers us to do our own research before buying, won't date that way.
One thing not mentioned: remove the battery if your camera is affected by water! Otherwise serious corrosion begins in the circuit boards. Don't replace the battery until you are sure the drying process is complete.
The comment about humidity isn't flippant, I had a small P&S die on a hunting trip. It was in a waterproof jacket pocket, but the jacket was breathable, so I was pumping warm humid air into the pocket on a snowy day. Fried camera, although my son is using it now: it came right after 3 years of being stored!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2011 at 21:33 UTC
On Skylark in focus in the Minimalism challenge (2 comments in total)

"Pinpoint" sharp!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2010 at 12:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On Falls View in the "H..." Like Hotel rooms... from inside ! challenge (1 comment in total)

I really enjoy the framing of the background scene using the window frames, there are another 3 standalone photos in there. Great work, especially if that was the intention!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2010 at 13:53 UTC as 1st comment
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