John McCormack

John McCormack

Lives in United States United States
Joined on Oct 3, 2001
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Cameras Used
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 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:

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

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?


Check the Imaging Resource preview. Lots of improvements in speed.

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

Downloaded a Trial version of the Express version and it crashes whenever I try to edit an image.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 21:13 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

No thanks. I'll stick to ad-free SmugMug with it's much better user interface and great help staff.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 23:42 UTC as 126th comment

There are many errors in the DPreview specs. Best check the Olympus site for the correct specs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2013 at 21:35 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Olympus USA announces XZ-10 enthusiast compact article (45 comments in total)
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Combatmedic870: Costing more then the LX7 is a non starter(LX7 is $299). I dont see the point.

I would take the LX7 over this anyday, unless it really is that significantly smaller.
The sensor on the LX7 is a 1/2.0 vs 1/2.3, so not much a difference. but the lens is much faster.

Yes, the LX7 is a steal now. I believe the LX7 sensor is a larger 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm), not 1/2.0. And the lens is faster at the short end at f/1.4. I prefer Olympus colors to Panasonic but the LX7 is a great camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2013 at 14:28 UTC

HUH? Where is AfterShot Pro? I can't believe they left it out entirely. Is DPR playing favor to the "big names" in RAW conversion?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2013 at 14:57 UTC as 41st comment
On Pentax launches WG-3 and WG-3 GPS waterproof cameras article (66 comments in total)
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ivan1973: Its the ugliest tough camera in the world, no doubt. I do not want anyone to say, "hey, look at that ugly thing he is using".

I don't care how ugly it may be as long as the image quality is good - good for this type of P&S anyway. The f/2 lens and interval shooting are nice to have.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 19:51 UTC
On Fujifilm X20 Preview preview (201 comments in total)
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toto435: Any real images anywhere on the web right now ?

When will the X20 be available ?

Supposed to be available at the end of February.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2013 at 01:00 UTC
On Fujifilm X20 Preview preview (201 comments in total)

Finally, a decent viewfinder and it looks like it takes 52mm filters directly - unlike the G15. Bigger sensor than the G15 and probably MUCH faster AF and shot-to-shot times. Let's hope the IQ is exceptional also.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 01:27 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies
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