australopithecus

australopithecus

Lives in South Africa Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
Works as a Retired Forester
Joined on Nov 17, 2006

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Nice to read "Australian" ~ "American" ~ "German" and "Japanese". No China ?
Or do they outsource ?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2013 at 13:37 UTC as 13th comment
On Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL article (48 comments in total)

One small comment. I've toted daypacks about (hiking/cycling) for decades and I get the impression that the camera-gear bag manufacturers pay too little attention to the straps, hip-belts and especially the airflow between one's back and the bag. They could all learn from Deuter who make world-class day-packs. Deuter's "Air-Flow" system is ideal.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 10:40 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1514 comments in total)

DPR, A poll of this type is an impossibility. We are all different and we all have our own opinions.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 09:16 UTC as 504th comment | 1 reply

rhlpetrus : You are correct. It's the different purpose thing that makes a "universal" choice impossible. I too wait for the further development of mirrorless systems. I have a Panasonic G1 with a 20mm prime and the kit which serves me well (but a longer lens for occasional work would be nice).

Panasonic started something that WILL gain ground. As good as they are, the Canon and Nikon (and all the other APS-C sensored DSLRs) are simply too large for the average Joe to lug about.

Which bring us to the wonderful high I.Q. cameras like the Canon G-Series and Nikon's P7100/7700. These allow one to pack light yet perform superbly.

Whilst I would keep my mirrorless Panasonic, my dream second camera would be something in the line of a Canon G12 with a bright EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 14:26 UTC as 271st comment
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Panasonicus: The market is saying "downsize." I went from a Canon 40d to a 450d and now to a Micro 2/3rds Panny G3. However, I am still wanting to go smaller with one do it all lens but not so small quality is lost when showing pictures on a high end Plasma TV. That leaves the RX100. But the deal breaker is no 24mm and I shoot a lot of WA ( I am now weaned off having to have an OVF). The G1x Canon is as large as my Panny G3 and it starts at 28mm. The Nikon system forces you into multiple lenses. But that all said--I agree the market makers are going to have to give consumers a lot more than tiny sensors or going to large miscro 2/3rds. A RX100 with 24-90mm please--surely Canon, Nikon and Panny can do it?

Panasonicus, Agreed. 24mm is a must.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 14:59 UTC
On Canon Powershot G15 Preview preview (246 comments in total)
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plantdoc: I almost always use the rotating LCD on my G11 since the viewfinder is rather poor. I have lost interest in the G series because they are basically an LCD framing camera. If Canon had added a decent, doesn't need to be state of the art, EVF, I would really change my mind. Even the EFV in my ancient Pana FZ8 superzoom or defunct Pro1 would be acceptable and the technology has certainly moved on since then. Just my .02

Agreed. I still use my eight-year old Nikon Coolpix 8400 which has an EVF, but am waiting for a G Series with one. At least the G!2, and now the G15 have a viewfinder (of sorts). As you comment EVF's have come a long way (I have a Panasonic Lumix G1 with a superb EVF) so why the delay ?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2012 at 17:08 UTC

How many more zooms are Panasonic going to produce ?
A 24mm prime would be nice.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 12:24 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

"bigdaddave" Well said ! I shall NEVER forget that Sunday evening when Neil and Buzz landed the LEM on the moon (Evening my time : South Africa). 12 men, in all, walked on the moon, 18 flew to it. All brave and dedicated humans.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 19:03 UTC as 49th comment

Zooms, one after the other. How about a prime 24mm equivalent. f2.8 would do me fine.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2012 at 17:24 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Ardee ! I hope your comment was tongue in cheek.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 14:36 UTC as 35th comment
On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (354 comments in total)

I have a kid with an N8 (he's had it for about a year). Took it to Europe on a skiing holiday and could hardly believe the video footage that this little "phone" produced. I've worked up some shots in PSE and they are excellent.

Once Nokia sort their operating system out (Now that Microsoft is in on the deal) Apple is dead !

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 14:28 UTC as 88th comment | 7 replies
On Richard Franiec creates accessory grip for Sony RX100 article (115 comments in total)

Can someone tell me why camera manufacturers insist on making compact digital cameras more and more difficult to hold ? Sure, it's great to be able to stuff a camera into one's pocket but ... but...

Thee latest edition to the Lumix range, i.e. the G5 has gone retro .. thanks heavens !

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 09:08 UTC as 17th comment

Bye bye Apple ! and Point & shoots.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2012 at 13:28 UTC as 51st comment | 5 replies

"Honestly, if you're investing in a camera, just learn to use the freak'n thing".

Says it all !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 15:07 UTC as 32nd comment
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MichaelEchos: This is too large.

Agreed. What's the point of having a m4/3 camera body with a DSLR sized lens clipped onto it ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 15:24 UTC

Good stuff Mnr. Gouws !

I have carried a camera about with me for 54 years (barring a few years in the early 1960's). Kodak, Pentax, digital Nikon (not DSLR) and now an Micro-4/3rds.

Agreed, a camera is a camera and forget the hype. I still use my seven-year old Nikon CP8400 as I love its 24 ~ 85mm zoom range (and the pin-sharp lens), but I'm a 24mm "freak". Another huge plus is portability. The longer a lens, the less useful it becomes (my personal opinion) and, of course, the heavier. If one is into sports or bird photography ~ it's a different matter.

On a DSLR (or Micro 4/3rds) I rate primes more useful. They are faster and lighter. This comes with one proviso ~ if you are travelling, then take a short zoom.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2012 at 10:53 UTC as 3rd comment
On Shooting with the Leica M9-P article (648 comments in total)
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maxnoy: Look, M9 came out almost three years ago. At that time, it was certainly the best compact system by a wide margin. Lenses weren't quite as expensive then too, especially used. And if you already had some stock of M lenses around, it was a high price, but it's certainly the body that puts those, often amazing, lenses to best use. The whole system is well-matched and the image quality is amazing more often than not. It doesn't do *everything*, but what it does, it does superbly. And there wasn't anything that could compete with it then in a compact pro-level system space.

It is true that in the last year the compact high quality segment has finally gotten a lot more crowded. For new buyers there are a lot of options -- X-Pro1 is a viable alternative system. Also OM-D and NEX-7. Cool, and long overdue. Lets see what Leica has to show tomorrow and at photokina.

@Rage Joe

D800 : Do you really want to lug this thing around ?

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 18:10 UTC

An interesting and superbly written article. Thanks Rob. I have learned something useful even though I never take my cameras out in the rain, nor take them too close to salt water, dust storms or change lenses on windy days.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2011 at 17:06 UTC as 10th comment
On ChallengeEntry:488749 (3 comments in total)

Images from this part of the world are always so beautiful. Patagonia and the Himalayas beat them all. Lovely photograph.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 at 17:14 UTC as 2nd comment
On Olympus launches VF-3 and announces E-PL3 US pricing article (55 comments in total)
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CharlesB58: I'm bemused by the continual posts all over this site "Make ____ Olympus product more like __________ brand. Heck, just go ahead and buy the other brand, folks. If you don't understand that Olympus is wanting to blaze its own path in the m4/3 market, then you should indeed switch brands. It will save you the frustration of constantly griping when Olympus does something their own way instead of copying others.

BTW, news flash on build in EVF-right now, more people have "grown up" using cameras with no EVF than have used one, so the marketing numbers are against those who say "we want an EVF". That we is an ever decreasing market segment, like it or not.

Charles, I won't buy a camera that has no viewfinder. What's the point in having a 930dot screen on the back of one's compact if you can't see a thing in bright light ?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2011 at 18:22 UTC
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