infocus

infocus

Lives in United States Washington, DC, United States
Works as a New Media Producer, Smithsonian American Art Museu
Has a website at http://about.me/jeffgates
Joined on Aug 27, 2002
About me:

I taught college level photography for 20 years and am now a new media producer. I firmly believe the best camera is the one you have with you. I used to lug around a huge Pentax 6x7 with assorted lenses. But found I was taking less photos and losing my infatuation with photography. I now am looking for a camera that will produce the highest quality image in a compact, lighter-weight form. I want to simplify my photographing experience. While I own many film-based SLRs I've never owned a dSLR. I appreciate shooting with what I have, which at the moment is either my iPhone or my Canon G 1X.

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On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (665 comments in total)

I have the original G 1X and have loved using it. I find the image quality to be very good (and I used to teach college photography, if that means anything).

I looked closely at the image comparisons between the original and the Mark II, both on DPR and Imaging-Resource. I compared low light, high ISO to see the quality. IMHO, the Mark II sometimes produces sharper detail than the original G 1X, especially on the images from Imaging-Resource. Here on DPR, I saw a mix. Sometimes the original is a bit better and sometimes the Mark II is. They are very close as the review states.

That being said, I miss the 5x optical zoom of my G11. I'm not sure about the screen. I do like the fully articulating viewer.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 17:02 UTC as 51st comment
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (665 comments in total)
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Boky: since when does the jpg and raw quality of 55% mean silver award... a wait a minute, it's canon

Nick

I have the Mark I (love how the "Mark" moniker has been attached to the original G 1X) and the IQ is fantastic, especially in low light situations and high ISO. This is not mediocre considering its size.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (665 comments in total)
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Davidbailey: Looking at the images when compared to the mk1 they appear inferior, I have the g1x mk1 and think I will be keeping it, this silly comparison with the tiny sensor sony is exactly that silly. The nearest comparison with the g1x is the fuji x100-ricoh gr. The rx100 is a fantastic small sensor camera I know I have had one. But to me it's nearest rival is the lx7 compared with size plus the sensor is nearer the size than that of the g1x. The original g1x might not have the fastest lens but the fact that it of high quality glass and you can use 1600 ISO with no loss of detail more than make this a match for a entry level dslr. Can't wait for comments on this.

FYI, the URL is http://imaging-resource.com

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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Greg Gebhardt: Forget waiting on the DPR review. If you want it and it meets your needs buy it and you will not be sorry. Do not let the negative posts in the Canon Forum sway you as they are typical for haters who are either jealous or trolls.

The G1X MK2 is a VERY capable camera and a worthy one to replace the MK1 version if you are looking for a camera if this type.

I agree, Greg. When the G 1X came out there were lots of negative comments. Yes, it had its drawbacks and disappointments for some. Of course, it really depended on what you were using it for. I have LOVED my G 1X and am considering buying the Mark II for the improvements. But I never felt I missed much (okay, just a little faster in the burst mode).

I listened to those early comments before I bought. But, when all was said and done, it was a relatively small camera with a large sensor and great low light shots. I have taken some amazing low light pics with it. So little noise for an ISO of 12800 in a compact camera it was a joy.

I don't mind not being able to put it in my pocket. My backpack is fine.The G 1X has been my only camera (except for my iPhone). And, just to be clear, I taught college photography for 23 years so I have some idea what I'd like a camera to do for me.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 18:04 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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Wolfgang Fieger: The original G1X was producing pictures with a contrast setting way too high. As a result sunny daylight JPGs out of camera where hardly usable. How did this change with the new G1X MkII? If I look at the HDR image in your review I still think that the standard shot is way too contrasty, while HDR is just close to what the camera should produce as a standard...

Hmmm, I never thought the jpgs produced by the G 1X were too contrasty at all.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 17:58 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (535 comments in total)

Here is Canon's spec sheet on the Mark II in English:

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fcweb.canon.jp%2Fcamera%2Fdcam%2Flineup%2Fpowershot%2Fg1xmk2%2Findex.html&act=url

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 17:11 UTC as 86th comment
On How many megapixels do you need? post (221 comments in total)

The difference between the iPhone 5 and 5S is not enough to get me to "upgrade." But I have been interested in getting better quality from the images I do take. I use the Noiseware plugin in Photoshop which can easily reduce of the noise found in low light iPhone images. And, I have also found Photo Resize to be of help in enlarging photographs.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 16:43 UTC as 13th comment

Before telling you my "must haves" let me preface this by saying I am a photographer, art photographer and taught college-level photography for 23 years. Also, as I've aged, my back is simply not what it used to be. My last film camera was a Pentax 6x7, the grand daddy of SLRs and heavy as they come. I started to not enjoy taking photographs and that was a critical line I crossed. I didn't like that feeling. Okay, with that in mind, here are my "requirements" for my perfect camera:

1. Lightweight (must fit in my backpack but not take up my entire backpack). I want a camera that is as unobtrusive as possible.
2. Huge sensor for the best quality images I can get. I like to print BIG.
3. Low noise at high ISOs.
4. Widest aperture I can get for low light situations. f1.4 anyone? LOL
5. Quick AF and quick burst.
6. Usable viewfinder for brightly lighted situations
7. Adjustable electronic screen
8. Easy to access controls

Umm, did I forget anything? LOL

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 17:36 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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infocus: Just think of all the incredible photos all of us could have taken with the various cameras we own and love if we were out taking pics instead of rehashing the pros and cons of this camera.

Well, Dan, if one is really interested in the camera, then they should read at least some of the comments before chiming in. That's what makes for a solid online community. And what about those of us to are more regular to these forums? Why should we have to reread the same pros and cons over and over?

i have suggested to dpreview that they always have one thread devoted to the pros and cons of any equipment. There you could post your opinions to your heart's content. But, instead we have these same comments in just about every thread about this camera.

I've been a part of online communities for quite awhile. What I'm suggesting is an effort to make this community work better. And, make our time here more efficient.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:06 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)

I was a bit disappointed that the G 1X didn't come with a "real" instruction book, just a PDF. I like to carry around the instructions with me as I learn a new camera.

So, I took the PDF and transferred it to both my iPhone and my iPad as an iBook. Having it on my iPhone will be very helpful since I have my phone with me all the time.

If you want to know how to do this here's a link that shows you: http://www.simplehelp.net/2010/06/22/how-to-add-pdf-files-to-read-in-ibooks-on-your-ipad-ipod-touch-or-iphone/

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 13:04 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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infocus: Just think of all the incredible photos all of us could have taken with the various cameras we own and love if we were out taking pics instead of rehashing the pros and cons of this camera.

Dan, my comment wasn't a generic "we should be out taking photos instead of sitting in front of our computers." It was specific to the comments on the G 1X. I've religiously followed all the comments on this camera at dpreview because I thought I might be interested in it.

And after reading every comment the main pros and cons of this camera were stated over and over and over again. It got repetitive and boring. It was as if no one was reading previous comments before posting.

Each of us has qualities we're looking for in a camera. And what's important to you may not be important to me. Initial comments about the pros and cons were helpful (as were all the reviews I read). But restating the same pts over and over does not make for a vibrant online forum.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 13:00 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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Carlos AF Costa: Now you guys forced me to decide. I’m gonna make! How it will be the best camera ever? Well: It will be a full frame, will fit in the palm of your hand, weighs three ounces, focal length of 6 mm to 1200 mm. The features will be limited only by your thinking: Everything you can think and desire the camera will do perfectly. I mean it will be led only and just by your mind! Will have so much resolution that you will have doubts if it is a reflection of reality that you have in your hand or the reality itself. Finally it will cost you a dollar. Something still to criticize?

With all that, I'd rather be able to just "wish" the perfect photograph or to be able to take the perfect photo with my eyes. Then I will be able to simple wish it to the printer, after I've invented bio WiFi. LOL

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 15:49 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)

Just think of all the incredible photos all of us could have taken with the various cameras we own and love if we were out taking pics instead of rehashing the pros and cons of this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 12:44 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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acidic: I've had the G1X for a few weeks and shot around 100 frames with it in varying conditions (rain, sunlight, twilight, incandescent lights,...).

I really like the image quality. I like the handling. I like the size. I don't care for the exposure compensation wheel on the top plate, but don't really mind it (would prefer the rear dial controlled EV in Av mode, like Canon dSLRs). Macro sucks compared to earlier G series, but don't really mind it.

What I hate is the slow overall responsiveness from shot to shot (in single shot mode), especially when trying to make a quick adjustment between shots.

I also hate the price.

If the G1X were $650, I would happily keep it.
If the G1X were faster, I would happily keep it.

Since neither of the above apply, I shall not be keeping the G1X. In the meantime, I will be continuing to use my 5DII bodies for 90% of my photo taking, and using my just-as-slow-but-way-way-waaay-cheaper Olympus EPL1 for the rest.

That is all. Have a pleasant weekened.

I'm a recipient of an open-box G 1X. Looks like it was never used. And I got it for $80 off.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 12:42 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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645D: Canon is on drug or something these days. There is no advantage to buy Canon. For lower end, I would rather buy NEX or NX, which offer smaller body with equal or better IQ and similar price. For higher end, D800 is hands down winner.
For the record, I am no hater of Canon. I own Canon stuff for 20 plus years, still have 2 F-1New, original EOS-1 (film), EOS-RT, and current 1D mk3, with over ten Canon glasses. These Canons were the technology leader at their time. Last week, I was tempted get a 60D for $685, but passed, considering that I could get a NEX 5N or NX200 for similar price and easier to carry around.
Canon doesn't offering any "wow" stuff now:-(
It's Nikon and Sony and even Olympus now keep offering great surprises at great prices:-)

I think the issue is that this camera is not easily pigeon-holed into any other class. So comparing it to, say the NEX, which is unwieldy IMHO, isn't quite fair. There are so many categories for comparison, each of us has our own important things we're looking for.

Unfortunately, people keep reiterating and reiterating them. Personally, I'd like to move on and discover other insights everyone has.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 15:24 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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Chris Lofty: Well, I've been using the G1X for 2 weeks now and am really beginning to love it, even with the few niggles!
Why so many negative remarks? The reason I love it and bought it is that compared to my 50D and L glass it's like carrying a feather; size and weight are relative to what you are used to!
I'm a fairly fit Senior citizen but I am finding it more and more of a burden lugging my 'Big' gear around on my back whilst cycling and Hiking, I was looking for an alternative for these occasions but still retaining excellent IQ for my Hobby and sales to Microstock. The G1X is almost the perfect answer to this,
I accept the criticisms and shortcomings but overall I believe Canon has gone down the right route with the G1X and my aging back is already thanking me!
The G1X is not replacing my DSLR just complimenting it.

Well, I'm not quite a senior citizen yet (but it's getting closer) and this is exactly why I bought the G 1X. And, shocking as it may be to some of you, this will be my main camera (and I am not just an enthusiast --taught photo for many years).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 15:19 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: This camera is so nearly good, but it falls neatly between every stool.

It's more expensive than a base dslr or 4/3rd cam
It's lens and FPS are too slow to make it usable for anything other than static subjects
It's too big for a compact - if you're going to take this why not a 4/3rds?
It's viewfinder isn't good enough

All in all a fail

It may not fit in my pocket but it fits nicely in my small backpack. And I have a case that allows me to wear it on my belt if necessary. Good enough for me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 11:32 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1032 comments in total)
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Greg Gebhardt: Mine arrived a few minutes ago and am charging the battery now. This is no toy and feels good in my large hands. Feels very well made, all metal

Is the camera out? Amazon has it coming in March.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 15:50 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1032 comments in total)
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Byeonghee: Canon could make it smaller. This is too big as a P&S.

I'm not a prosumer and I want this type of flexibility, sdyue. In fact, if the photo quality is good and I can easily put it in my backpack without the weight of extra lenses, etc., this is the type of camera I want. Not perfect, but what camera is? But the best for me so far (as long as the images are good).

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 15:50 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X samples gallery article (425 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: These photos look fine and vidicate those who've said at at the end of the day, if the sensor is too small, no go. My question is, how many people are there who, on the one hand want small size, lightweight and the simplicity of non-interchangable lenses but on the other hand will pay for a G1X. It's a bit like the $240 earplugs for my iPod. Great to have but if I was really interested in the ultimate quality I wouldn'd be using an iPod.

It's not like expensive earplugs when you have a bad back and don't want to lug around a lot of equipment. As I've said before, I have to WANT to take my camera with me in order to take good photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 21:34 UTC
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