JesperMP

JesperMP

Lives in Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Oct 15, 2009
About me:

Mildly interested photography amateur.
Grew up with a Canon AE1.
Now ponders how to be smart in the digital world.

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On Ricoh GR Digital IV preview (187 comments in total)
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Camp Freddy: Can someone explain the AF with TWO sensors? Is there a split light prism in there? Or is the second in that little eye thing above the lens???

The second one is the rectangular window above the lens.
I was curious, so I investigated the older GR cameras. Funny thing is that the 1st GR-D also had the window, but I think they never did use it for anything. GR-DII and GR-DIII didnt have the window.
The GR-1 35mm film camera has almost exactly the same body, including the window for the autofocus at exactly the same location. And I guess it actually did AF via this window.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 11:12 UTC
On Ricoh GR Digital IV preview (187 comments in total)
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jpr2: if only Ricoh took heed of the recent uproars created by built-in VFs of x100 and Nex7 :( !!

I would gladly sacrifice either the pop-up flash or the flash hotshoe for an integral OVF.
And, for some reason whenever an OVF is an optional accessory, all the camera manufacturers incl. Ricoh ask a ridiculess price for it. The GV2 costs 200 USD.
And, I would like to see at least focus confirmation in the OVF. Does the GV2 give you that ?

But as one can see how the GRD body is essentially unchanged over the generations, it will never happen.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 08:04 UTC
On Ricoh GR Digital IV preview (187 comments in total)
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jpr2: if only Ricoh took heed of the recent uproars created by built-in VFs of x100 and Nex7 :( !!

I aggree.
Since its lens has a fixed focal length, an OVF would have been perfect on this camera. And it would add to the 'being special' appeal of this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 07:26 UTC
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JesperMP: Well, these 3rd party grips just show how flawed the design of both E-PL3 and E-PM1 are.
They may look slick with their flat smooth bodies, but from a practicality point of view, this is just stupid.
Even these Richard Franiec grips are a little bit too small for my liking.
Sony seems to get it with the substantial grips on both NEX-5 and NEX-7.

You forgot to add 'IMHO'. ;)

Re "Thirdly, you forget that there is a rubbery grip on the back of the camera that sits against your palm or thumb. Typically, such a small and light camera as these don't need anything more substantial.":
IMHO, they do need as soon as you install any lenses on 'em. Then they are no longer so small.

IMHO, without a real grip, you have to pinch harder with your fingers to hold on to the camera. Even with small lenses it gets tiresome in the long run.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2011 at 16:06 UTC
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JesperMP: Well, these 3rd party grips just show how flawed the design of both E-PL3 and E-PM1 are.
They may look slick with their flat smooth bodies, but from a practicality point of view, this is just stupid.
Even these Richard Franiec grips are a little bit too small for my liking.
Sony seems to get it with the substantial grips on both NEX-5 and NEX-7.

You are absolutely right. I should have tempered my post with an 'IMHO' or two.
However I stand by what I wrote. IMHO there is no other reason for the complete lack of a grip than to look "pretty".

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2011 at 14:37 UTC
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JesperMP: Well, these 3rd party grips just show how flawed the design of both E-PL3 and E-PM1 are.
They may look slick with their flat smooth bodies, but from a practicality point of view, this is just stupid.
Even these Richard Franiec grips are a little bit too small for my liking.
Sony seems to get it with the substantial grips on both NEX-5 and NEX-7.

No.
I ferwently dislike the 'DSLR humps' on Panasonics G and GH cameras.
And the grip on the G3 is more a rest for the tips of the fingers than a real grip.
Sony's NEX-7 is the best mirror-less design yet. Too bad that it is way out of my price range.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2011 at 11:38 UTC

Well, these 3rd party grips just show how flawed the design of both E-PL3 and E-PM1 are.
They may look slick with their flat smooth bodies, but from a practicality point of view, this is just stupid.
Even these Richard Franiec grips are a little bit too small for my liking.
Sony seems to get it with the substantial grips on both NEX-5 and NEX-7.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2011 at 09:34 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies
On Updated: Panasonic DMC-FZ150 studio samples re-shot article (50 comments in total)
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jkrumm: They appear to have done a decent job with this. If you compare the raw file to the Lx5, Canon S95, and Olympus XZ-1, this camera is right in there at iso 800.

I own an S95, so I was piqued by your remark.
Surely a 1/2.3" sensor cannot equal a 1/1.7" sensor that has been shown to be the best there is in todays market ?
But after checking the RAWs myself, I have to agree. Panasonic has a winner here. I wonder who makes the sensor ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 08:55 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic DMC-FH7 compact camera review article (38 comments in total)

If you look at the preselected cameras in the studio comparison tool, you can see that there is a marked quality difference between cameras, even at this price level.
My mom wont pore over such a review, but she may ask me what camera I will recommend to her.

It is also interesting to know how far these low-end cameras have come with respect to image quality.
It is irritating to see that the megapixel race has started again.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 08:12 UTC as 4th comment
On Just Posted: Panasonic DMC-FH7 compact camera review article (38 comments in total)

The 16 Mpix is just silly. The studio scene comparison tool reveals it painfully.
Clearly the Lumix FH7 lens isnt sharp enough to take advantage of the sensor resolution. It is just a waste. In stead, the FH7 is handicapped with poor hi-iso performance as well. And with a lens starting at f3.1 and going to f6.5 when zoomed, that is a bad combo.

There havent been any recent revolutions, 16 Mpix is far too much for such a small sensor. And clearly, the higher number of pixels, the more the camera will sell.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2011 at 08:20 UTC as 9th comment
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noohoggin1: well, that article was a whole lot of words about nothing. I'm not sure if misleading is the word, but I was expecting a head-to-head comparison of DSLRs. >:(

And how do you imagine that such a comparison should be done ?
Confirming a weatherproofing rating is totally different to comparing what is easily quantizisable and measurable (AF-speed, ISO noise etc.).
A brand-new "weather-proof" DSLR will surely resist any quick doucing test. So that would say nothing. Even if one fails, you cannot know if it was due to a statistical fluke.

To really make a serious test, you would have to test at least 10 each, and to let each camera undergo months of rigorous use under identical conditions.

No, the only practical way to "know" if a DSLR holds up to its weather-proof rating is the reputation it has from thousands of users in the industry.
It is not what you want, but that is how it is.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2011 at 09:18 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X10 high-end enthusiast compact article (279 comments in total)
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JesperMP: It has a lot of design cues from X100, even the name X10.
But has nearly nothing in common with that camera.
I miss all the direct control dials on the X100, and the sensor is in a completely different class to the APS-C sized one in X100. And the viewfinder, and the lens.

It will be interesting to compare it against G12 and P7100, but I will pass.
I have an S95, and I find it perfect in what you get for image quality at the size.
Something the size of the X10 should have a much larger sensor.

@T3. "Plus, it's funny that you complain about missing "direct control dials" but are perfectly fine with an S95. Huh?"
The S95 has actually quite fine dials for such a small compact. The 2 dials automatically select the most obvious value to control depending on the selected PASM mode. But I would be even happier with the direct controls of the X100. X10 isnt much smaller than X100, but loses all the direct controls, except for exposure compensation.

I realise that S95 and X10 are two different cameras, with X10 having some advantages over S95. But my opinion is that since X10 isnt really pocketable, it would have been a better compromise to go for a bigger sensor. Especially with the way Fuji wants to associate X10 with X100. These two cameras have almost nothing in common.
All you guys quoting the bigger sensor as an advantage, have you realised how little differnce there really is ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:08 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X10 high-end enthusiast compact article (279 comments in total)
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JesperMP: It has a lot of design cues from X100, even the name X10.
But has nearly nothing in common with that camera.
I miss all the direct control dials on the X100, and the sensor is in a completely different class to the APS-C sized one in X100. And the viewfinder, and the lens.

It will be interesting to compare it against G12 and P7100, but I will pass.
I have an S95, and I find it perfect in what you get for image quality at the size.
Something the size of the X10 should have a much larger sensor.

The "bigger image sensor" is really only a tiny fraction bigger than on S95.
You are right about the S95's weakness of the dark lens when zoomed out. That is the compromise I accept to take to get the really small size of the S95.
For some, the size, lens, sensor etc of the X10 will be just right. But not for me. Anything bigger than S95 or LX5 (i.e. not really pocketable), then you can just as well go all the way and get a mirrorless with a few good lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2011 at 15:11 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X10 high-end enthusiast compact article (279 comments in total)

It has a lot of design cues from X100, even the name X10.
But has nearly nothing in common with that camera.
I miss all the direct control dials on the X100, and the sensor is in a completely different class to the APS-C sized one in X100. And the viewfinder, and the lens.

It will be interesting to compare it against G12 and P7100, but I will pass.
I have an S95, and I find it perfect in what you get for image quality at the size.
Something the size of the X10 should have a much larger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:01 UTC as 94th comment | 5 replies

Small and light, and no EVF.
That will make it quite difficult to get a stable image at the longest tele end of the zoom.
Even with optical image stabilisation, you need to hold the camera very still, something that an EVF helps with when you put the eye to the viewfinder. Almost every other superzoom that I have seen has an EVF, for this reason I believe.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2011 at 12:22 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

If Fuji really wants to make a mirrorless camera, then it makes much more sense to join with one or more partners than by going all the way by itself.
It is the lenses that makes the difference. And you just don't pull a full range of quality lenses out of a hat.
Fuji can distinguish itself from Olympus and Panasonic by copying the controls from the X100. The other two seem to go for much more menudriven interfaces with buttons thrown in. Fuji X100 classical dial controls are so tempting for many photographers - myself including.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2011 at 12:48 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

Quotes from Ricoh statement:

"Now Ricoh aims to establish a _consumer_ business."
Does not sound good for K5 and 645D.

"Ricoh takes it as an indispensable initiative to obtain the _small_ and
_lightweight_ interchangeable lens camera technology, lens technology and sales channels held by the Pentax Imaging Systems Division [...]"
Sound as they really like the Q.

Obviously Ricoh/Pentax cannot continue to maintain so many diverse products:
645D and lenses, Kr+K5 and lenses, Q and lenses, GRX and "lenses", GRD, and consumer P&S cameras.
What will be axedl ?
Will there be a new APS-C mirror-less ?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2011 at 14:08 UTC as 95th comment | 8 replies
On Pentax Q preview (279 comments in total)

It just doesnt add up.
For end-user, the expense and hassle of the exchangable lenses is too much for what you get in return. The real novelty, the fish-eye and toy lenses are really expensive toys. You get to think that it is exactly an expensive toy with which you can play with exchanging lenses.
For Pentax, the R&D cost for camera and lens line-up will be just as high as if they had aimed for a "serious" camera.
I am thinking that there is a sweet spot, sensor-size wise, between 1/1.7" and m43. If Pentax had gone after this, they could still have had the smallest mirror-less, and with "good enough" IQ.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2011 at 09:02 UTC as 154th comment
On Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 sample gallery article (41 comments in total)

What I see is:
Leica 25 mm @f1.4 is softer than Pana 20 mm @f1.7.
Leica 25 mm @f1.4 has a more shallow DOF than Pana 20 mm @f1.7.
Leica 25 mm @f1.8 has similar Bokeh as DOF than Pana 20 mm @f1.7. (both are a bit harsh with the busy highlights in the trees).
The Leica 25 mm isnt a groundbreakingly better lens than Panas 20 mm.
The differences are what one must expect given the differences in aperture and focal length.No surprises really.
What you do get is the brighter aperture which you can use to isolate the subject, or to shoot in low light situations.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:58 UTC as 32nd comment
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