John McCormack

John McCormack

Lives in United States United States
Joined on Oct 3, 2001
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Cameras Used
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Olympus Stylus 1
Canon D10
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
Canon Powershot SX50 HS
Fujifilm F900EXR
Canon G15
Panasonic TS-20
Canon S100
Panasonic FZ150
Nikon S9100
Olympus XZ-1
Canon S95
Canon SD4500 IS
Olympus E-PL1
Sony HX5V (returned)
Canon Rebel Xsi/450D
Panasonic FZ35
Panasonic ZS3
Panasonic LX3
Panasonic FZ28
Panasonic FZ18
Canon Rebel Xt
Canon S80
Canon S30
FujiFilm F31fd
Canon G3
Yashica T4
Konica Lexio 70
Canon Classic 120
Leica Minilux
Canonet QL III
Olympus Stylus Epic
Olympus XA
Ricoh GR-1
Contax T3
Yashica Electro 35
Kodak Brownie
Nikon One Touch
Leica Z2X
Pentax Spotmatic
Canon EOS Elan 7e
Canon EOS Elan IIe
Minolta Hi Matic

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On Fujifilm FinePix S1 real-world sample gallery posted article (41 comments in total)
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OneLeggedCat: "and one of the very few with Raw support" ... Wut?

Ummm, don't forget the Canon SX50 HS. It's still current, has RAW and sells for @$350. US. Not weather sealed though.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
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John McCormack: Be aware that there is little support for the firmware in the 1s. Olympus updated the the Stylus 1 firmware last year for the US market and changed the headers in the file output such that some software (ACDSee are you listening?) cannot read the newer RAW ORF files. Bummer. Otherwise the camera is great.

Yes, the cameras are basically the same, but the 1s ORF files have a different header that makes them unreadable in some software programs. I believe ACR has been updated to read the 1s files, but ACDSee is still working on an update to allow their software to open and edit the new ORF 1s files.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 13:59 UTC
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justmeMN: $700 for a 1/1.7 sensor sounds like a tough sell.

300mm-equivalent is short compared to other zooms. The upside is that it may have better optics than more extreme super zooms.

You can buy a refurbished Stylus 1 from Olympus directly for @US $420. when they have them. I did and can't tell it from new.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 21:34 UTC

Be aware that there is little support for the firmware in the 1s. Olympus updated the the Stylus 1 firmware last year for the US market and changed the headers in the file output such that some software (ACDSee are you listening?) cannot read the newer RAW ORF files. Bummer. Otherwise the camera is great.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 10:25 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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Mal69: Disappointed to see the P610 still not featuring RAW.

NOT disappointed that Nikon added an eye sensor. "Built-in electronic viewfinder: Switch shooting styles smoothly, as an eye sensor automatically switches from display shooting to the electronic viewfinder when your eye gets close to the viewfinder."

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 14:46 UTC
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Suntan: I would be interested to see just how well I could shoot, hand held, with a 750mm equivalent P&S pocket camera.

-Suntan

No viewfinder on the 9900. Might as well look at the Panasonic ZS50/FZ71 which does.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 15:39 UTC
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Lapkonium: The only soft product by Microsoft that ACTUALLY WORX GOOWD

Hmmm? ICE 2 runs fine on my 6 yr. old Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit PC.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 00:48 UTC
On Fujifilm releases XQ2 premium compact article (60 comments in total)

A nice camera with excellent AF - similar to the phase detection on my F900 EXR, which has the 1/2" sensor. I like the new black and chrome option body. Sign me up.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 18:53 UTC as 5th comment

Just be aware that the update will reset the camera to default settings and you will lose your Custom Settings also.

Does anyone have a link to the Stylus 1s manual? I find some of the new settings difficult to set up.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 00:44 UTC as 19th comment
On Olympus Stylus 1s camera announced in Japan article (94 comments in total)

Hoping against hope that the firmware updates in the 1s will be available to the original Stylus 1 - a great camera! 99% of shooters don't need 1" sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (471 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: This camera is a clone of the XZ-1/XZ-2 and the MX-1, as they use exactly the same lens and very similar sensor type. Evidently an OEM supplies the optics and the focusing mechanism, while the brand name makes the outer casing and add their own, tweaked, firmware (possibly the electronics, too, but the similarities are scarily similar).

The two that stand out, is the X30, with built-in viewfinder, and the MX-1 with none (not even a external, mechanical/optical, option, as the X10 has)! They are also the two heaviest, by the way:

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=fujifilm_x30&products=fujifilm_x10&products=fujifilm_x20&products=oly_xz1&products=oly_xz2&products=pentax_mx1&sortDir=ascending

re: "But why does Fuji bother with cameras with so small sensors?!"
Because not everyone needs a huge sensor and the 2/3rds sensor is quite good for 99% of the buyers. I would surmise that most X30 users rarely even make a print.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 17:24 UTC
On Size matters: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G7 X article (176 comments in total)

Is there a 'silent' mode on the G7X? Also, is there an electronic level on the LCD?
edit: Yes, I found that there is a level function. It can be seen in this PR video at 2:03: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV6VRDlfVBQ&app=desktop

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 00:50 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (947 comments in total)

Several forum members have asked whether the G7X has an electronic level. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 13:24 UTC as 170th comment
On Video preview of the Canon Powershot G7 X article (77 comments in total)
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Timbukto: Can't see the video yet, but given the specs I expect the Photokina model is tethered to the power cord, or they are swapping out batteries every half hour?

No video problems here.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On Video preview of the Canon Powershot G7 X article (77 comments in total)
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gunkan: The price will be the key point for this camera. I don't think it can surpass the IQ of the RX100 Mark III sony sensor, but canon always compete in price.

The 100mm 2.8 in 1" and that size it's just impressive, but i won't trade it for 24mm IQ. To me, the 24mm to 35mm focals are far more important.

Launch price is US$ 699. Seems about right for what it offers.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 22:56 UTC
On Canon unveils PowerShot G7 X with 1"-type sensor article (50 comments in total)
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daft: Does it have the Sony Sensor? Or is it a new 1" Sensor from Canon?

According to the DPReview first impressions they think it is the Sony sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:09 UTC
On Canon unveils PowerShot G7 X with 1"-type sensor article (50 comments in total)
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phazelag: Did you see the battery life? Number of shots?

And its not smaller than the Sonys?

Other than Menu familiarity what advantage does it have on the Sony?

I was interested in this, but now I its a non starter.

210 shots is a lot of images - for me. You must be a spray and pray kind of guy, eh? :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:07 UTC
On Canon unveils PowerShot G7 X with 1"-type sensor article (50 comments in total)
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Ian SS: What happened to the hot shoe? This is a G camera, I am disappointed.

This is NOT a G camera. It's a new series for 1" sensors. The trade-off is a larger sensor without 4K and OVF or EVF - for now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:06 UTC
On Canon announces PowerShot SX60 HS with 65x zoom article (30 comments in total)
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Photos Of Our Planet: I was somewhat interested in this camera. But the 1/2000 minimum shutter speed is just too much. Since I live in Arizona I constantly would have to stop down (which reduces sharpness via diffraction) even at base ISO to not over expose. 1/4000 is a minimum these days. I don't want to carry a silly ND filter. That should be in camera or have higher shutter speeds at this point. Especially for $549.

Oops. Sorry, I thought you were talking about the G7X, which does have a 3 stop ND filter.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
On Canon announces PowerShot SX60 HS with 65x zoom article (30 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: No specs...

Ever heard of Canon USA? :)
It's all here:
http://consumer.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_sx60_hs

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:55 UTC
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