Alan Ernst

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On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)
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Alan Ernst: Unfortunately Panasonic wants to sell follow-up models with select improvements only, rather than addressing all issues at once. GM1 is great but I see no need to upgrade to GM5 with same sensor and unavailable as body only. Where are the following improvements?
- raised border around the LCD preventing accidental shifting of focus point,
- ability to mount on tripod without poorly designed TA1 adapter,
- a larger sensor to better use image circle without reducing pixel count
- cable release socket or provision of wireless remote
- improved flash synch speed
- better battery capacity
- decent front grip such as Richard Franiec’s GM1 grip
- tilt / swivel screen
- improved sensor noise and low-light capabilities
The above could be incorporated in the GM5 to make it a really useful upgrade.
Add to that an optically convincing all-round zoom in the 13-75mm range (sharper, faster and smaller than the 14-140mm), and top-notch ultra wide 10mm f2.0 (missing from all the CSC line-ups).

Jacques,
I have a smart phone and tried the app and find it very cumbersome to use if all I need is to trigger the shutter without touching the camera. I cannot do HDR sequence without the risk of camera shake or using the stupid phone which takes too long to set up and connect and I really don't see why I should have to lug my phone along when I'm out shooting! If Panasonic offered the option of using 2 sec self-timer combined with the bracketing function (as they do on some of their compacts), you would not need any extra gadget at all... The smartphone app has its benefits for other uses and offers more control, but it is an overkill for what I need.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 02:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)

Unfortunately Panasonic wants to sell follow-up models with select improvements only, rather than addressing all issues at once. GM1 is great but I see no need to upgrade to GM5 with same sensor and unavailable as body only. Where are the following improvements?
- raised border around the LCD preventing accidental shifting of focus point,
- ability to mount on tripod without poorly designed TA1 adapter,
- a larger sensor to better use image circle without reducing pixel count
- cable release socket or provision of wireless remote
- improved flash synch speed
- better battery capacity
- decent front grip such as Richard Franiec’s GM1 grip
- tilt / swivel screen
- improved sensor noise and low-light capabilities
The above could be incorporated in the GM5 to make it a really useful upgrade.
Add to that an optically convincing all-round zoom in the 13-75mm range (sharper, faster and smaller than the 14-140mm), and top-notch ultra wide 10mm f2.0 (missing from all the CSC line-ups).

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies
On article Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed (92 comments in total)

My favourite "rig" for travelling light and for hiking is the Promaster 525t. If you can get this brand in the area you live, do consider it as well (in Canada it is sold through Photo Source). Combined with an older Manfrotto 486 ball head and a Cullmann quick release plate, specs are as follows:
Weight 1.4 kg (just over 3lb)
Lowest height with center column removed 22cm (9")
Extended without center column, 127cm (51") incl. ball head and q.release
Extended with center column raised 147cm (59")
Folded 45cm (18")
This carbon fibre model has five sections but is easy and fast to set up. Included are a bubble level, insulation on one leg, hook on center column to add weight.
Have used it for two years and no issues whatsoever.

If weight is an issue but I need more height, I use the 3 section Promaster T325P which is still ideal for travel and also very light but, with ball head, extends to 170cm max (68") with center column raised.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 18:51 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

Looking at the specs, this could be a great lens and long overdue! If optical quality match that of major manufacturer's comparable f2.8 zooms, then the price indicated could be justified.
I do hope they get quality control / consistency right this time round (a big issue with the 12-35mm X). For this kind of price, I want to see corner to corner sharpness throughout the zoom range, no vignetting, and minimal distortion / CA.
What I like about the specs:
- size/ weight comparable to the dust sucking, slow 45-200mm, but the 1-2 extra f-stops will reduce need to resort to high ISO's, which is an issue with m43.
- love the environmental sealing and non-rotating / non-expanding barrel
- happy to see the same filter size as the 12-35mm f2.8, which means you can use the same filters on both lenses.
Hope they will offer a matching tele-converterAND come up with a fixed, top quality 10mm f2.8 wideangle lens w. filter thread a.s.a.p. to round out their range of quality lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 21:23 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

It is high time Panasonic / Olympus release a top notch standard zoom to rival the optical performance of the best 24 - 70mm lenses out there. So far, I have not been thrilled with any lenses in the Lumix line-up (including the two PZ X's). Corner sharpness of the Olympus 12-50, which otherwise would be a really nice lens, is also disappointing...
I don't mind paying more for a quality product, but it better be an impressive performer: superior corner to corner sharpness at all focal lengths from f2.8 - f16, minimal CA, light fall off and distortion and no vignetting when using filters and filter holders at the wide end.
The sealing must be more than just along the lens mount - some of the Lumix lenses are big dust suckers (45-200; 100-300; 14-140), so they better address this issue or it won't be worth the price!
It would also be nice, if they looked at some consistency in lens threads and had made this a 62mm instead of 58mm diameter (or same as the 35-100mm lens that is planned).

Link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 15:32 UTC as 21st comment
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