Pangloss

Pangloss

Lives in Spain Barcelona, Spain
Works as a IT Consultant
Joined on Aug 25, 2009
About me:

Learn more about digital photography techniques.
Try different digital cameras with different lenses until I find a system that suits me.
Learn more about post-processing software and techniques.
Develop a taste for good photography by seeing other people's works.

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On P1000017 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Imho shows the somewhat heavy-handed approach to noise reduction that is so typical of Panasonic. You really don't want to pixelpeep this one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2013 at 15:39 UTC as 3rd comment

As usual, another interesting, well-written, well-researched article by Roger Cicala.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 23:21 UTC as 33rd comment

Congratulations! This is an excellent user review with some fantastic examples of what this lens can do in competent hands.
Thank you very much, Mauro!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 23:31 UTC as 1st comment
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dgriffiths: What lens/camera did you use?

Does it matter? Can you still enjoy a photograph without checking the EXIF?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 08:27 UTC

Great macro work!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2013 at 22:58 UTC as 38th comment
On Blending modes: Tools for post-processing article (13 comments in total)
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Tan68: I have trouble figuring out how the shoes work.

What shoes?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 20:36 UTC
On Just posted: Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8 review article (127 comments in total)
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Pangloss: I think the key shortcoming here is the very simple fact that one can take exactly the same pictures with the kit zoom at exactly the same focal length and aperture, adding vignetting and distortion effects in postprocessing if one wishes. So the question is, why spend any money on a body cap lens if one already has a kit zoom that can take exactly the same (or better) picture? As I see it, it is both a waste of money *and* more importantly a waste of shooting opportunities.

Have you seen the "bulk" of the Olympus kit zoom? We are talking about a 5cm long lens that weighs 112g. So unfortunately the body cap lens does not make any sense at all, not even from a carrying-weight-saving point of view.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 18:23 UTC
On Just posted: Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8 review article (127 comments in total)

I think the key shortcoming here is the very simple fact that one can take exactly the same pictures with the kit zoom at exactly the same focal length and aperture, adding vignetting and distortion effects in postprocessing if one wishes. So the question is, why spend any money on a body cap lens if one already has a kit zoom that can take exactly the same (or better) picture? As I see it, it is both a waste of money *and* more importantly a waste of shooting opportunities.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 14:47 UTC as 41st comment | 5 replies

It's available (and in stock) now in the Netherlands for around 750 euros (including VAT). That's more or less $775 if you subtract the VAT, so comparable to US prices.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2013 at 22:16 UTC as 12th comment
On Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers article (126 comments in total)

Very good interview! I was not so much interested in the gear-specific Q&As, but the comments they made about their work were very interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 23:18 UTC as 14th comment
On Canon videos showcase 70D's innovative AF system article (145 comments in total)

Great combination of actual short movie and "making of" short movie, explaining the advantages of the new AF system in the 70D! Really very nicely made!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 21:48 UTC as 43rd comment

As most have commented below: the rotating fan idea is ingenious. Shooting fireworks in the forest is irresponsible.
Here are some ideas for things that he could have tried:
1. Bow and arrow.
2. Boomerang.
3. Throw a glass of water / a bucket of water.
Etc. I guess he exhausted his creative powers after he had the idea to stick a GoPro on an old ceiling fan blade. A pity really, there are lots of things that can make for interesting footage besides fireworks in the middle of a forest.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 11:52 UTC as 19th comment

Oh please, is that newsworthy?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 01:45 UTC as 121st comment
On Pentax announces Q7 with larger 12MP BSI CMOS sensor article (232 comments in total)

Even at a lower price, the only significant market for this camera is Japan, it's not likely to gain traction anywhere else. There is no market anymore for these $500 toys in the rest of the world. Pentax and fanboys can argue that the IQ is excellent, but in the end it's the size and the color combinations that matter for the Japanese market. For the rest of the world, this camera just doesn't cut it at this price level, as it has to compete with many other compact and mirrorless cameras with better IQ and better feature sets. A NEX-F3 will spank this Q7 in terms of IQ at any ISO for the same $500, whereas the LX7 for half the price will easily provide more flexibility and more features in a slightly larger package.
Conclusion: nice but FAIL.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 23:31 UTC as 74th comment | 7 replies
On Pentax announces Q7 with larger 12MP BSI CMOS sensor article (232 comments in total)
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TheProv: A no sense buy. G15 canon, panasonic lx7, Olympus xz-2, nikon p7700 all has faster lenses, same or better range or both them.
On the same sensor. With smaller body.

Until pentax make ultra wide angle or extreme telephoto.... Dou you believe in it?

"Superzoom lenses cannot beat individual prime in IQ." is a mantra you can repeat over and over, that it kind of hides the fact that it's false, under many circumstances. Put this Q7 against an LX7 and compare the output at various focal lengths, you may be surprised. And of course the LX7 costs half as much and you don't have to carry many lenses...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 23:20 UTC
On Technique: Digital Photo Collages article (107 comments in total)

Very nice tutorial/HOWTO style article, well illustrated and well-written. Thanks! It's so great to learn a new technique like that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 22:20 UTC as 8th comment

An entire team of experienced, well trained photojournalists cannot be replaced overnight with freelancers with iPhones. The Chicago Sun-Times is losing an important asset, and I consider this decision from management to be particularly stupid. It's also an act that lacks dignity. Personally I don't think the Chicago Sun-Times will survive much longer, having lost the team largely responsible for its visual appeal. In the very short term, they are saving some money. In the medium-long term, they are doomed.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 20:21 UTC as 48th comment | 4 replies
On Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? article (370 comments in total)
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Tapper123: Wow, a shiny new $3100 Leica camera!!! And it may be almost as good as a $500 mirrorless camera from low class brands!!! I bet it takes great photos that have some mystical, magical quality that its owners can't define, explain or demonstrate!!!

No camera takes great photos. Great photographers take great photos, with whatever camera they have at hand.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 22:22 UTC

Looks like a nice camera with better than average IQ compared to other enthusiast compacts (except the RX100, of course), and its price seems to be coming down fast (-20% on Amazon right now).

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 00:47 UTC as 19th comment
On Just posted: Nikon D5200 in-depth review article (233 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: D5200 or K-30?

All good and cheap lens are Sigma so no differences there.

@Zvonimir "... Pentax is now Ricoh..." is a little bit of a stretch I think. The Pentax imaging division was first sold to Hoya, who further stripped off the company and sold the camera division to Ricoh (for $185 million), who merged it with their own dying camera division to form a new company, Pentax-Ricoh. I believe Pentax has 3% or less of the world camera market and Ricoh something like 0.2%, so I personally don't see how they can compete with the likes of Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, etc...

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 15:03 UTC
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