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On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)

The only thing missing that I would like is an external microphone plug. If the hot shoe has the same functionality as the Olympus then they might be able to make something like the SEMA-1.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 04:40 UTC as 217th comment
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)

Finally a good complete package with all the features I would like in one compact camera, but the real feature that will open my wallet is the image quality of the new sensor. Look forward to the studio shots and DXO results.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 13:34 UTC as 261st comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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leschnyhan: Yeah, okay it doesn't have a mic input. On the one hand, most people who are trying to get really excellent audio would use a separate digital audio recorder anyway. But on the other hand--it seems like putting a mic input on the camera would be pretty straightforward, and a shoe-mounted mic would be useful on occasion.

The basic design reminds me a lot of the NEX-6 and NEX-7, and the feature set seems pretty similar to NEX-6 except that the Sony has a physically larger sensor that should translate to better image quality. (And has consequences for depth of field, too.) The one thing that keeps me away from MFT cameras is the MFT part.

And they're asking $999 for this thing? When an NEX-6 is currently available brand new for $798?

So with the 1/8000 shutter on the GX7 you could open up the lens more and get better DOF from a smaller sensor than the NEX 6 with a larger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 22:10 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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ChrisKramer1: LOL! Only Panasonic could come up with a camera that looks exactly the same as the Sony NEX 7, costs exactly the same but with a sensor that is half the size!

I LOVE how the NEX 7 has IBIS, ISO 25,600, 40 frames per second, a great menu system, etc, etc,....

Oh, it doesn't, but it still costs the same.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 21:24 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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AndyW17: Why is the flip-up viewfinder useful? I can see it if you're using a short tripod or a cat up a tree - but otherwise? What am I missing?

I am 6 foot 6 inches. My eye level is 6 foot. What do you think my pictures of the 5 foot nothing bride would look like if I shot from my eye level? I use an articulated screen 99% of the time to save me from walking around on my knees.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 21:16 UTC

If I had one of these people would ask me if I built the hand grip in my garage. I mean just look at the huge DIY screws. High end?? NOT.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 22:24 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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peevee1: "two photodiodes to be mounted within each pixel, both of which can be read independently to achieve autofocus, or together for image capture"

Why not independently for image capture then? It would be 40 Mpix...

@ T3 - It is ignorant to assume that nobody will ever want to crop an image. I crop virtually every picture I print to some degree. Often I want something in the middle third and failed to zoom in at the moment. So why not have extra pixel? Increasing your wildlife lens from a 300mm to a 600mm will cost you thousands. Increasing pixels can have the same effect for much less money and weight. Take your blinders off.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2013 at 20:34 UTC

FINALLY!!! I was starting to think that Canon had developed an allergy to innovation. Now they just need to retire the 1990 body design.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 13:24 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On Accessory Review: GigaPan Epic Pro article (13 comments in total)

Doesn't even do motion time lapses, even though it physically could.

There is a much better, cheaper, and lighter option that does everything including apps. It is called the Automate 1.0 by thegadgetworks.

But they don't have any special deals with NASA or Google. Perhaps that is why it is better and cheaper though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 15:45 UTC as 9th comment
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (380 comments in total)
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Tim F 101: It makes sense for this to cost about the same as the OM-D. In a sense it is both an upgrade and a downgrade from that camera.

Advantage OMD: viewfinder, weather sealing, cool optional battery grip.

Wash: sensor, IBIS, two-dial controls, metal body, annoying Olympus menu design. The ISO '100' is a gimmick.

Advantage EP5: smaller, focus peaking (!!) and autofocus improvements, max shutter speed, flash sync speed, wifi, time lapse options, some crap to do with art filters.

I always shoot people with (indirect) flash and run up against my GH2's 1/4000 max speed all the time so those new features are pretty tasty. None of the OMD exclusives are that big a deal to me.

Focus peaking is black or white only for some stupid reason. Not much better than the E-M5 keyline art filter approach.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 17:41 UTC
On Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview article (315 comments in total)

Not much improvement over the E-M5 especially since focus peaking is black or white only. Actually looks worse than the E-M5 with the giant EV-5 bolted to the top.Cost more just because it is newer? I guess that is why E-M5s are not on a big sale.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 17:33 UTC as 52nd comment
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)

Weakest link relative to Oly OM-D E-M5 is the lack if IBIS. Weakest link of the E-M5 relative to the G6 is the video.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 22:07 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Ireland: A Photographers' Guide article (43 comments in total)

Not a big fan of uber-HDR. Looks really fake Photoshop baked. But beautiful scenery.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2013 at 01:18 UTC as 18th comment

This is a real disapointment for M43 users. Why not design the adapter to fit Canon EF-S and other APS-C lenses onto M43 camera the same way it is designed to fit full frame lenses onto APS-C? This is dumb to have a full frame lens attached to a M43 camera with a APS-C size image circle half wasted for $600.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 18:48 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies

So this is what city road crew workers would look like fighting a fire.... cool.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2013 at 18:52 UTC as 8th comment
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (493 comments in total)

The 100% crop of the globe seem to have a more pronounced finger print or wave type pattern on the shot with the 7100. Is this some sort of pattern on the actual globe itself or something else?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2013 at 04:04 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Hands-on Preview preview (355 comments in total)
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win39: Why is this a mirrorless competitor? The price point is the same as the D3200 and it trades resolution and a lower specced focus system for an inconsequentially smaller body.

You are right, it isn't competition. OMD from a year ago with less pixels and much smaller sensor still has much better image quality, faster AF speed using rear ARTICULATED screen, IS for ALL lenses, more than double the frame rate, and is environmentally sealed amoung other things. And it doesn't look butt ugly.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 02:14 UTC
On Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Hands-on Preview preview (355 comments in total)

What would the target buyer be for a camera like this? It isn't really good at anything compared to cameras of equal or lesser cost, it definetly is NOT good looking, and it isn't even small compared to much better performing and cheaper compact system cameras. So I wonder what the reason might be that would make anyone want to buy a camera like this.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 17:54 UTC as 87th comment | 4 replies
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Higuel: some $1300 for a lens that does NOT even close the iris as ordered by the camera...
from a white brand on top!

This confirms us all that Samyang has forgotten that their first major success, the 85mm f1.4 owns it to the fact that it was INDEED way CHEAPER then the options from the brands! WITH almost the same optical quality.
Start increasing the price like Sigma is doing and in no time Samyang is be story like many other brands who propose stuff way too expensive! They still have a looooong way to catch sigma in AF and ANY automation for that matter! Naturally they can try a crazy move like Sigma did with the SD1 sold at absurd prices, well, actually NOT SOLD! And in few months they had to cut the price to less then half!!! That is what Samyang deserves also!

Anyone who buys this lens plans to spend a few minutes adjusting movements per shot. How hard is it to set aperture on the lens instead of the camera. What a dumb comment.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 17:36 UTC

There used to be small screw attachment devices that were very handy. You could screw it into a tree and then attach the camera very securely almost anywhere in the forest without a tripod. I think they disappeared because of the perceived damage to 'nature'. Would be nice to have three small screws for this system as well. Seems like a great system idea.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 17:20 UTC as 16th comment
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