John McCormack

John McCormack

Lives in United States FL, United States
Works as a Retired :)
Joined on Oct 3, 2001
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Cameras Used in the Last 50 years
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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 X30 First Impressions Review preview (314 comments in total)

- Glad to see that "Silent Mode" is carried over to the X30.

- Can someone explain the advantage of the "Classic Chrome" film look? The samples I've seen on the Fujifilm site don't look all that unique or different - not the Kodachrome look we had back in the day.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 15:17 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (314 comments in total)

It's a nice evolution of the X20. Price is right and feature set is very good. But, I think DPR summed it up well on the last page as follows:
"...it can't keep up with the RX100 II and G1 X II in terms of image quality."

Now, on to the rumored LX8, please.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 14:32 UTC as 61st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

No built-in ND filter! Even the LX-7 has one. A pity...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 15:28 UTC as 271st comment | 4 replies

I found a Sony camera last fall while on a trip to New Jersey. Examining the images turned up the initials on a youngster's soccer jersey. I Googled the initials, which turned out to belong to a club in another state which had a website and Facebook page. I emailed the coaches on the website. They knew the player and owner who contacted me the same day. I sent him the camera.

The owner said he'd lain awake nights trying to remember where he'd lost the camera. It had at least 100 images on it THAT HAD NEVER BEEN COPIED TO A COMPUTER!

I was just paying someone back for the camera bag that was returned to me when I left it - full of lenses - on a busy sidewalk at a cruise terminal in Florida.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 01:39 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

Thanks for putting up the GM1 comparison so quickly.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 21:18 UTC as 13th comment
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (324 comments in total)

Does the camera have a "silent" mode, i.e., the ability to turn off all sounds and flash, say in a museum or theater.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 01:19 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (324 comments in total)

Are there filter threads on the lens barrel?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 18:00 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (324 comments in total)
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John McCormack: Anyone else having a problem viewing the samples gallery? I've tried a couple of browsers but they seem to be offline. ???

edit: Never mind. User error I think.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 17:51 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (324 comments in total)

Anyone else having a problem viewing the samples gallery? I've tried a couple of browsers but they seem to be offline. ???

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 17:44 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (631 comments in total)
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Fotogeneticist: Impressive... what's the flash sync speed for this camera? Why doesn't anyone include flash sync in specs anymore? After using a Ricoh GR Digital with a max flash sync of 1/4000 with a wireless flash setup (possible even without a hotshoe using an optical slave, which is what I am doing with my Nikon V1) I could never use a camera without at least 1/250 flash sync. Being able to overpower the sun with a ring flash at max aperture and get a nice blurry background in addition to the wraparound effect is addictive! If this thing has a fast flash sync, it may just replace my Ricoh GR or Nikon V1!

eidt: Oops. Sorry this was already commented upon.
Flash synch. is 1/50 sec. according to Panny. rep. on the B&H video preview at Photo Plus Expo this week.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2013 at 19:21 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (631 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: It is a pocket-sized interchangeable lens camera with a 16 MP micro 4/3 CMOS sensor, and therefore in consideration for a 24x zoom P&S user like me. I would need a long zoom for something like yesterday's arrival of the tall ships. I then would regard the camera body as an attachment to the lens. I am concerned about the placement of the video button close to the display button. A similar placement on my SZ-30MR leads to operator errors when I am working on auto pilot.

Henry, I believe you can disable the video button with a menu or Fn key. Take a look at this preview video on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/uxkI8psIh4U

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2013 at 19:20 UTC
On PPE 2013: Hands-on with Panasonic's newest cameras article (37 comments in total)

I don't get the GM1 - for an amateur at least. Yes, it's small with a big sensor, but the kit lens is slow and short in reach. There's no hot shoe. To get a faster lens jumps the price up to or over $1,000, I think. Nice for a professional's second camera. I'll stick to the 1/1.7 cameras until or unless the price on the GM1 falls in the next six months.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2013 at 19:07 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Ben Herrmann: Bingo....glad to see this. I really like the P7700 with regards to IQ. Having this higher def EVF makes all the difference in the world. Will definitely pick this one up.

I'm with you, Ben. Always liked the Nikon colors. Can you tell me if the P7700 (and presumably the P7800) takes filters directly on to the lens barrel? Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 17:37 UTC
On 64-bit Corel PaintShop Pro X6 now available article (26 comments in total)

The previous version, PSP X5, is very stable - now - after service pack 3.PSP X6 seems to be having some teething problems if you follow the X6 thread here on DPReview.com: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52029041

I'll be sticking with X5 for now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 19:55 UTC as 13th comment
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PaulRivers: This is so lame.

Sony came out with the rx100 which put a much larger sensor in a slightly larger body.

Nikon came out with a phone camera that puts a slightly larger sensor (than the s100/s120) is a much smaller body.

Canon...once again makes petty updates to it's cameras. Oh - and they actually **raise** the retail price for their camera as well. The s120 is now $450? The s95 was $400. They haven't made improvements of any real significance since then.

Seriously, it's no wonder everyone just uses their phone cameras.

Not everyone needs a large sensor camera. 99% of users just post to the web. I'll take the 24mm FOV over big pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 15:38 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Any improovement from previous models?

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Ben,
Check the Imaging Resource preview. Lots of improvements in speed. http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-s120/canon-s120A.HTM

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 15:34 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Sample Images article (69 comments in total)
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utomo99: Panasonic need to work hard to make it better before releasing the product to buyer.
Many people still did not feel that the images quality good. Maybe just OK.
There is time to improve this

The camera is already released so don't look for any major changes or firmware updates. You get what you pay for.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 15:12 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Sample Images article (69 comments in total)
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Leandros S: Good up to 87mm, definitely soft at 155mm. Skin tones tend to look posterised at full size. Most shots I looked at were ISO 100 f/5.6. Stopping down might help at the tele end, but if higher ISOs don't keep up, it might be a camera for bright daylight - as the samples and other commenters suggest. I assume the lens narrows down to f/5.6 quite early. f/4 at 11mm is sharp. I tried downsampling to half size (to just under four megapixels), and I'll say at that size and ISO 100, most won't notice the skin tone flaws unless they know what they're looking for. ISO 400 (polar bear) looks good at 1/4 size (1 MP), ISO 1600 (bouncy castle) you have to take for what it is - acceptable for documenting personal events but not for your portfolio.

I doubt anyone with this camera has a portfolio. The images look good for the price and features.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 15:10 UTC
On SmugMug launches totally redesigned website article (76 comments in total)

The Slideshow module in the new version doesn't show captions for my images and copying the Slideshow link for emailing to others results in a display of the OLD slideshow module - which does display captions. Hopefully, this is just a bug for now. I sent an email to the Help desk about this. And, yes, I have published my site officially.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 01:59 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Just posted: Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 Review article (366 comments in total)
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Marvol: To elaborate my point below:
All Canon needs to do if their latest on-sensor AF turns out to work is do what they did to get the first EOS M: strip away the mirror box, wrap a small body around what is left, and hey presto - a really decent EOS M 2.

What advantage does the 100D have over this hypothetical EOS M 2? The ability to display a tiny view of the world through a mundane OVF? Focus an eenie weenie bit faster? That's hardly worth the extra material.

Be patient. The EOS M 2 may be here as soon as mid September - the typical introduction time for new Canon cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 13:31 UTC
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