TEBnewyork

TEBnewyork

Lives in United States New York, NY, United States
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Joined on Nov 5, 2006

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marike6: Another camera choice for "Gear of the Year" based mostly on convenience for walking around?

This new DPR theme of staff exaggerating DSLR size and the amount of effort it takes to shoot a DSLR is getting a bit old.

When you consider all the great cameras released this past year to have an untested, unreviewed camera that is Pentax Q tiny, and really TOO SMALL for even average sized hands is truly puzzling. Add the fact that it has no eye level viewfinder or the possibility to add one, makes this "Best of the Year" choice suspect at best.

If convenience for walking around and size/weight have become the new criterion for judging "the best of the best" cameras on DPR, I'll be inclined to seek out other review sites more focused on actual photography and less focused on ease of use and portability.

Why not wait and see ALL of their picks for the year before ranting about this pick. Did they say this was the best camera? NO. Does it serve some needs very well, YES. Did it break new ground, YES. Did you read what was written and that the writer still has a dslr? Gear of the year doesn't mean that it is the pinnacle of image quality. Would you say an iPad wasn't groundbreaking because a full laptop still had more computing power?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 15:02 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (639 comments in total)
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Jogger: Pana should have just gone with a fixed lens compact with the m43 sensor; they could have made the lens faster. Right now, the RX100 is so much better: faster lens, far better video capability, true pocket-ability, option for flash/evf, better interface, better lens, etc, etc. If you are never gonna change lenses (the target market will likely never), this camera doesnt make any sense.

Landscape and street. No flash needed. Doesn't need same battery for me. Doesn't need external flash.

Not sure I understand your AF comments.

I've purposely not bought a second EM5 because I can rent one if I need the same camera as a backup. That's why this is intriguing to me. It CAN serve as a backup but its primary use case is different.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 13:50 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (639 comments in total)
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Jogger: Pana should have just gone with a fixed lens compact with the m43 sensor; they could have made the lens faster. Right now, the RX100 is so much better: faster lens, far better video capability, true pocket-ability, option for flash/evf, better interface, better lens, etc, etc. If you are never gonna change lenses (the target market will likely never), this camera doesnt make any sense.

Interesting perspective as I would have no interest in the camera you describe. For me this is tiny with the kit lens or a pancake and serves the great p&S purpose and can be in my bag as the backup to my bigger kit on a bigger trip.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 13:33 UTC

Any info on when it will be released?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:09 UTC as 19th comment

I look forward to the launch!

Thanks for continually adding features and improving the site!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 00:21 UTC as 295th comment
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 preview news story (80 comments in total)
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Andy Spawn: What is the point to make a M4/3 camera as big as a SLR camera?

The point is you have choices in m4/3 bodies as to what size you want.... but what stays consistent is the size of the lenses and a whole kit is still much smaller than a dslr kit.

Try and put together a kit in m4/3 with the 12-35 and 35-100 along with a few primes and compare that to other fast glass from Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 12:11 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-E1 hands-on preview news story (278 comments in total)

Great addition of a second body to join my X-pro 1.

Super happy that the external controls are essentially the same. Makes using the two bodies in tandem very appealing.

The external controls on the x-pro1 seem to be in all the "right" spots for me. Really good ergs like that make the camera melt away so you think more about the shot vs. operating the controls.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 07:50 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review news story (271 comments in total)
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keepreal: "There is a school of thought that using software corrections counts as 'bad' design, and that all lenses should be fully optically-corrected for distortion in the traditional fashion. We simply don't agree. This approach was essential when shooting film simply because there was no other option; there's no sensible way of correcting distortion on slide film or when printing a negative. Likewise, SLRs ideally need fully-corrected lenses so that the viewfinder image allows accurate composition (distortion correction inevitably discards parts of the recorded image)."

"Because of this, it makes perfect sense for lens designers to leave a little distortion behind..." I think he meant excessive distortion, not a little.

I imagine the author of this review would be happy with a Ferrari even if he has to put Fuller's Earth in the gearbox.

On second thoughts, maybe he'd insist on it.

If we can get good image quality after corrections AND software based corrections allow lenses to be smaller and more compact and at less expense then I have no issue with the lenses being designed with software corrections as part of the whole package.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 00:28 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review news story (271 comments in total)
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marike6: Superb IQ. What's incredible is that at ISO 6400, the X-Pro1 is beating all of the other 3 cameras, including the 5D III. An amazing achievement for an APS-C sized sensor. In a way, I think it deserves Gold just beating the FFs in low-light raw performance.

It's about time we gave kudos to Fuji for innovating on the IQ front, and for making a photographers camera, with a compelling lens roadmap.

@corrander - Using what RAW converter? That is the whole point of the article I linked to. It appears NOT to be a noise reduction issue with LR/ACR but a demosaicing methodology problem. The article goes through this in detail with examples using the DPR studio images.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 22:46 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review news story (271 comments in total)
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jenbenn: OF course this camera will be bought by hobbyists for their holiday snapshots because of its nice old-school looks. OF course you can take nice photos with it if conditions are favourable.

But for serious photography? No, sorry! If I do street or travel reportage photos (be it in good or low light) I need a fast (one-shot) AF more than I need low noise. A misfocused image is always unusable while a noisy one is in many cases very usable. In addition, the competitors are not that much noisier, that it would actually matter much in practical use .

Since MF is also very slow, I cant see how this cam can replace my dslr. (Not even talking about the slow shot-to-shot operation and slow wake up from sleep-mode).

What else? For landscape? Yes, maybe, but you dont need high iso there and other cameras are smaller, lighter and cheaper.
Actually I love the concept and I want to replace my 5D, but I have to get my shots, that's no.1 priority (low noise and IQ is a strong second)!!

Interesting - I find that the AF on the Fuji is faster than manual focus on a Leica - manual focus never stopped anyone from saying the Leica's were inept for reportage.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 21:00 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review news story (271 comments in total)
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dotyman: I truly wish Fuji would hire an industrial designer/interface designer that understands how people use cameras. While the engineering in this camera is outstanding, the overall user experience is so incomplete that many potential buyers are simply not going to buy it. Especially at such a premium price. And it's SO CLOSE to being the perfect relatively-compact pro camera (which is why it's so disappointing).

The numerous quirks/performance failures of Fuji's X-series cameras is an indication that the company doesn't really care about putting out a fully refined product. Fuji's leadership still thinks like a manufacturer of mass-produced consumer-level products of compromise. What a let-down!

Get a CLUE Fuji!! The X100 was much less than it could have been because of its poor performance and half-a$$ed interface, and now the X-Pro1 is nearly as much of a let-down. And I really wanted to love this camera. It could have been a rock star!

I just completely disagree. The user interface is actually my favorite of any camera right now (except the M9). There are definitely items that can be improved like focus but that is not at all related to how I use the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 20:30 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review news story (271 comments in total)
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marike6: Superb IQ. What's incredible is that at ISO 6400, the X-Pro1 is beating all of the other 3 cameras, including the 5D III. An amazing achievement for an APS-C sized sensor. In a way, I think it deserves Gold just beating the FFs in low-light raw performance.

It's about time we gave kudos to Fuji for innovating on the IQ front, and for making a photographers camera, with a compelling lens roadmap.

@corrander - I think if you read up on the RAW converter issues you will find that Fuji isn't doing noise reduction on the RAWs. There are a number of very good articles written about this with comparisons between ACR/Silkypix and others.

http://chromasoft.blogspot.com/2012/06/fuji-x-pro1-lightroom-and-silkypix.html

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 20:26 UTC
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Thoughts: It would be nice if Sony makes NEX bodies and Fuji does the lens. It would be a winner... dream on i know

I sold the NEX for the Fuji. The controls of the Fuji are much better laid out.

The better answer is actually m4/3 EVF refresh rates and AF (note - Fuji AF can be better but it hasn't stopped me from really enjoying the camera).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2012 at 19:44 UTC

Great news. I really like this lineup. Seems like a sensible combination of fast enough zooms with a great (very thoughtfully chosen) set of primes.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2012 at 02:19 UTC as 52nd comment
On User Review: Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Backpack article (112 comments in total)
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CameraCarl: After buying six different backpacks, I bought the GuraGear Kiboko and it is the best camera bag I own. It holds everything I need on a major trip: 2 pro bodies, 500 f4, four other zoom lenses, hoods, two teleconverters, memory cards, rain covers, batteries, ball head, etc. It fits in US aircraft overhead storage bins including regional planes. The backpack is good enough for short hikes of less than a couple of miles. I've retired my LowePro Pro Trekker and sold several other bags. It is just as waterproof as all my other bags, which albeit don't have the special waterproof (and hard to operate) zippers a very few bags have. Two fellow photogs who have seen me use mine are now shopping for a Kiboko themselves. I do admit it is expensive, but considering that I carry well over $10,000 of gear in it and travel with it on some trips that cost many thousands of dollars, a few hundred dollars is a small investment.

I think there are many use cases for this bag and it isn't always hiking miles with photo gear. Part of the biggest challenge we sometimes face is just getting our gear from point A to point B on an airplane. I don't know of any other bag that can hold what this one does and still make it into overhead luggage bins on smaller aircraft.
Having an using a backpack style bag does not automatically assume extreme hiking.
Also, I've had my Gitzo 2541L attached to the bag and I don't remember having issues with it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 17:18 UTC
On User Review: Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Backpack article (112 comments in total)

I had the 30L but currently use the 22L. The 22L fits all of my gear just fine since I don't have any really big long lenses. The 22L has a laptop compartment that is very important to me with carry on luggage restrictions.

I agree with your review.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 03:07 UTC as 57th comment
On Olympus 75mm F1.8 for Micro Four Thirds gets $900 price-tag news story (504 comments in total)
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Vlad S: Actually below what users here were guessing. Cool beans! Can't wait for the reviews.

I bought the rumor was $100 less at $799

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 05:15 UTC
On Olympus 75mm F1.8 for Micro Four Thirds gets $900 price-tag news story (504 comments in total)

Been waiting for the lens but for $900 I can't believe once again the hood is optional. Come on!

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 05:07 UTC as 118th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm launches M-mount adapter for X-Pro1's X-mount news story (95 comments in total)
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Jeff Seltzer: Can someone explain how focus will work? Will there be focus indication?

I would assume if you use the OVF you are using zone focus or hyperfocal and if you want to go precise you use the EVF or LCD.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 04:24 UTC
On Fujifilm launches M-mount adapter for X-Pro1's X-mount news story (95 comments in total)

Very interesting specs!

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 04:14 UTC as 29th comment
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