Philly

Philly

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On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (384 comments in total)
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damian5000: Jeff may have a point re lens, but what most people fail to understand is that it's *moot*.

Nearly literally, it means nothing, because these differences in sharpness don't show until making big crops or pixel peeping or looking very very hard at corners and comparing the two side by side SOOC.

Very unfortunate these sad reviews of g7x and g5x. Fine, mention it, but criminal to not also put it in the appropriate light (context, not literal light). Jeff should be ashamed.

Raist3d - I would prefer a better lens also. In fact, when G5X was announced, I was disappointed that Canon just used the G7X lens. But I like a lot of things about the G5X so I am interested in "guaging" the extent of the softness. For me, the screen pixel level difference that DPR shows just doesn't convey a difference that I can interpret in a meaningful way. Also, the fact that DPR mentioned the lens softness back in the G7X review (I believe) but still recommends that camera as well as the G5X, with overall positive comments about image quality strikes me as a somewhat contradictory assessment that deserves additional supporting comments--with something like maximum print size before the softness can be observed (or some other qualifiers)--to help review readers assess how bad/relevant the softness is.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 07:36 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (384 comments in total)
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damian5000: Jeff may have a point re lens, but what most people fail to understand is that it's *moot*.

Nearly literally, it means nothing, because these differences in sharpness don't show until making big crops or pixel peeping or looking very very hard at corners and comparing the two side by side SOOC.

Very unfortunate these sad reviews of g7x and g5x. Fine, mention it, but criminal to not also put it in the appropriate light (context, not literal light). Jeff should be ashamed.

@Rishi and @Simon, I think DPR should have provided a little more context to the Canon lens sharpness (or lack thereof). It would have been pretty easy to say that the sharpness difference (Canon vs. Sony) can or cannot be seen in a 12" x 18" print or, say, 16" x 20" print.

Looks like I'll have to spent a dollar at Costco and print some 4x6 crops of the sample files.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 05:43 UTC
On a photo in the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Real-World Samples sample gallery (5 comments in total)

How about posting the unedited jpg so we can see how much this was pushed?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 02:31 UTC as 3rd comment

Only thing I am unsure of on the G5X is the lens. I remember reading that the G7X's lens is soft. However, if the lens is at least as good as the RX100 IV's lens in that lens' range, then I don't know what's not to like about the G5X--size and style not withstanding.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 04:39 UTC as 81st comment
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)
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Philly: Will someone at dpreview please put an Oly 12-60mm lens on this camera and tell us about the AF performance. Thanks! :)

I'm talking about the 4/3 Oly 12-60mm f2.8-4 lens which typically requires PDAF for fast AF. I want to know how the Panasonic GX8 AF system performs with this lens. (As pointed out, this lens requires an adapter for m4/3 bodies.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 21:50 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1297 comments in total)

Will someone at dpreview please put an Oly 12-60mm lens on this camera and tell us about the AF performance. Thanks! :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 04:26 UTC as 110th comment | 5 replies

Thumbs up for taking Mr. Kataoka's portrait with an Olympus E-M1 and the Oly 25mm f1.8 lens.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 23:53 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On photo Sigma24mmF1.4_samples-01-F1.4 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

Interesting choice of camera to test this lens. Does the metabones adapter support auto focus? If so, did the AF work well? If this shot was manually focus, must say it looks very nice. Certainly no misfocus here. Is it practically to use this lens in manual focus mode at 1.4 with the Sony Alpha?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 05:08 UTC as 7th comment
On a photo in the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Initial Samples sample gallery (7 comments in total)

Interesting choice of camera to test this lens. Does the metabones adapter support auto focus? If so, did the AF work well? If this shot was manually focus, must say it looks very nice. Certainly no misfocus here. Is it practically to use this lens in manual focus mode at 1.4 with the Sony Alpha?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 05:08 UTC as 7th comment

Would be nice to get this for the XZ-2 as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 00:07 UTC as 20th comment
On article Toshiba offers FlashAir III wireless SD card (50 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Why is it these wifi devices need proprietary software to work? Wifi is wifi.

@Death89 - thanks. Just downloaded it. Agree that it needs the multi-select feature. But it offers a nicer UI than what I was getting when I was retrieving the photos via browser connection to the flashair IP address.

Regarding the date change bug, I think I got the same thing when I retrieved the photos using the browser. Some of the photos had the wrong date--noticed it right away because my photo view is sorted by date taken.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 06:08 UTC
On article Toshiba offers FlashAir III wireless SD card (50 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Why is it these wifi devices need proprietary software to work? Wifi is wifi.

@Death89 - what is the name of the Windows ap? I had tried a couple, but they didn't seem to work. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 20:52 UTC

Well, it'll be easy for them to do mark II version of this camera: 1) add touch screen, 2) add flip mechanism to screen, 3) add built-in flash (but this may be difficult), 4) new sensor if one is ready.

For all the comparison with the Sony RX1000 III, it appears to me that the form factor makes it more of a competitor to the Fuji X100T. If this had the built-in flash, I would consider it more. But it is very similar in size to Olympus E-PM2 with 20mm f1.7 lens that I already have. So if I'm going to have to juggle-- bringing add-on accessories like clip flash--bringing add-on viewfinder for E-PM2 isn't that much different.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 16:27 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview on CreativeLIVE (142 comments in total)
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Phil Askey: Nice job peeps.

Phil, I was just thinking during the live broadcast that dpreview should have had you there and interviewed you, to get your thoughts on the cameras today and the future trends.

I'm not sure what you're up to nowadays, but I am sure all of the old timers would have loved to see you.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 06:37 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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Philly: @ Andy Westlake

Andy, do you have any opinion of the 12-40mm vs. the 12-60mm SWD? I just got the E-M1 and will be trying it out with my 12-60mm. Do you think 12-60mm owners gain much by going to the 12-40mm (other than the smaller size and the faster focus)? Thanks, if you can offer any comments.

Thanks, Andy. As much as I would love to buy the 12-40mm, it would be very difficult for me to justify that without selling the 12-60mm. And it is hard for me to let go of the 12-60mm at current market prices. Your comments help in the decision process. I held on to my 12-60mm because I never thought Oly could match it--at least at the same price level. Maybe Oly can surprise again and even improve the PDAF in the next generation camera--probably more for continuous CAF reasons than for 4/3 lens support. But it does appear to me that they have the potential for significant PDAF improvement through addition of cross hair sensor and some firmware improvements.

Thanks again for your comments. I enjoyed reading your take on the E-M1 and all your other reviews through the years.

EDIT: BTW, for anyone interested, one slight advantage for the 12-60mm is that the DOF is a little thinner at 60mm f4.0 vs. 40mm f2.8 for head and shoulders shots, which may be useful in some situations.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 23:22 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)

@ Andy Westlake

Andy, do you have any opinion of the 12-40mm vs. the 12-60mm SWD? I just got the E-M1 and will be trying it out with my 12-60mm. Do you think 12-60mm owners gain much by going to the 12-40mm (other than the smaller size and the faster focus)? Thanks, if you can offer any comments.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 18:32 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
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Philly: This is a very surprising recommendation from the same reviewer who wrote the "First Impression" on GM1. If you look at that "First Impression", it was very negative:

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gm1/7

with only the camera's negatives highlighted. What changed?

Hi Andy: yes, I did read the last paragraph. It even starts off by saying that "we don't want to be too negative". But I do acknowledge the positive comments about the camera being "cute" and a "feat of engineering". To me, the overall message was that the camera may be cute and a feat of engineering, but to what end? The "positive" points served as a foil to highlight the negatives, I thought.

I'm somewhat agnostic towards the GM1, but I just thought the "gear of the year" recommendation seemed much at odds with what was written in the "first impression", that's all. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 04:46 UTC

This is a very surprising recommendation from the same reviewer who wrote the "First Impression" on GM1. If you look at that "First Impression", it was very negative:

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gm1/7

with only the camera's negatives highlighted. What changed?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 20:37 UTC as 57th comment | 4 replies
On article Olympus PEN E-P5 Review (500 comments in total)
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Oly72: Seems very odd that 'What digital Camera' gave the E-P5 a rating of 90% and a 'Gold Award' and with absolutely no mention of blurred images at shutter speeds of 1/160. Olympus has the best image stabilisation system around - bar none. Are you sure that the sample used for the test wasn't just a faulty unit as I just cannot believe that Olympus would release a camera with such an issue.

'Camera labs' also gave the E-P5 a score rating of 86% and again with out any mention of blurred images at the fore mentioned speeds.

'Techradar.com' Gave the E-P5 a 5 out of 5 star rating and guess what? No mention again of blurred images at the stated shutter speeds?!!

To Andy Westlake: the shutter shock on the E-P5 does not sound very encouraging for the E-M1. Based on the specs (1/8000 sec, 1/320 flash sync), and common sense, I would have believe that the E-M1 and E-P5 use the same shutter. I hope that dpreview will address this explicitly on the E-M1 review. I would like to buy the E-M1 and am hoping that it does not have the problem.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 22:18 UTC
On article Roger Cicala gets inTouit with a new Zeiss lens (46 comments in total)
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Philly: Amazing that he doesn't wear any gloves while doing this. Isn't there a risk of getting oil from the finger tips onto the components? It doesn't seem like a very good practice.

Roger, thanks for your comments. I just thought wearing gloves would be a standard practice, as I believed it was at the factories and service centers. But maybe they don't as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 03:45 UTC
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