The Squire

The Squire

Lives in United Kingdom Bath, United Kingdom
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Joined on Mar 30, 2007

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On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (258 comments in total)
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photo perzon: Now Panasonic needs a small bounce flash, like Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Fuji have. The Panasonic bouncers are almost as large as the camera.

I've had great results bouncing the weaker flash on my RX100. For social shots when you're in someone's house you usually have fairly low, usually white ceilings: Under those circumstances even a weak flash bounced can give excellent results.

It looks like the LX100 flash was an after thought; just a lump of plastic; no design at all.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 09:21 UTC
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Richard Murdey: "but photographers willing to spend money on a compact have never had access to such choice or capability."

Undeniably true, but you could say that every year and you'd never be wrong.

Well... no... the point was back in the mid/late 2000s there was very little choice. There were a lot of cheap shiny 1/2.3" compacts for sale, and DSLRs. That was the choice. The only innovation in compacts was how many colours they came in.

When the Panny LX3 came out it was the only real choice for a premium high quality compact that would fit in a pocket.

I remember at the time Nikon had a few pricey compacts out, I owned the P5000 before the LX3. But frankly it was a basic compact in a, to be fair, good ergonomic body. But no RAW, and PASM is a bit pointless on a 1/1.8" sensor. But that was the choice for enthusiasts - Fairly normal compact camera tech but built in to a no compromise body giving reasonable ergonomics, decent battery life and usually a bit more wide angle on the lens.

The LX3 changed that by offering RAW files, a much faster lens, and of course hipster retro styling.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 08:12 UTC
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Maverick_: In the future almost all consumers will be shooting pics with their phones. There will be only two types of cameras on the market pro and phones.

Will there be any interesting bridge cameras with 100X zooms, or cool range finder types, of course, but they'll sell in very limited quantities.

This is the year of OIS in phones. In about 5 years phones will shoot like premium compacts and they'll handle low light very well too.

The future is here: 'Almost all consumers' do shoot with their phone, today.

There's more nd more tech making phones' cameras better. The weakness today is still the lack of optical zoom and OIS.
OIS is coming, as you say.
Zoom will be difficult: We've just seen lenses shrink a huge amount as modern optics are matched with software to handle distortion introduced by smaller designs. Think yesterdays 18-55 to todays pancake 18-55 lenses. We'd need a similar step change again to get zoom lenses on to mass produced phones. It's not obvious how that will happen. Curved sensor might help? A next generation of distortion correction software? Better sensors that can cope with more digital zoom?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 07:55 UTC
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The Squire: £825?
That's only £26 more than WEX is taking pre-orders on the LX100!
The cheapest way to buy a red dot yet!?!?

£799 seemed high to me when the USD price is $899.

Strictly speaking $899 should mean £700 (at 0.65 £:$ and 20% tax), but that never happens.

I would expect the GBP price to be more like £750 on day one.

Still, £76 for a red dot is still much less than we've seen before.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 08:22 UTC

£825?
That's only £26 more than WEX is taking pre-orders on the LX100!
The cheapest way to buy a red dot yet!?!?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 10:30 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies

What, no 4K? At that price?

(Last time, honest)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 07:46 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (54 comments in total)

No text. Nuff said.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 10:55 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

Nice, but can I have a 1" sensor on the front as well.. You know, for selfies.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 09:33 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1117 comments in total)
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Lonnie Janzen: Since i do not worship at The Temple of Low Light . Does anyone know what the MINIMUM aperture is? Without a built in ND You will have to use external ones. Also no word if the lens supports screw-in threads for filters and if so what size.

All that said, I am starting to be REAL happy I didn't pull the trigger on the Sony!

Preview says you can screw in an ND filter....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:53 UTC
On Canon announces long-awaited EOS 7D Mark II article (114 comments in total)

No 4K? At that price?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 12:41 UTC as 28th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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The Squire: What, no 4K? At this price?!

Agreed. This camera should be shot in to space.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 09:51 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)

What I admire is that Nikon is giving us the classic design aesthetic that's popular right now (the 2005 DSLR look is really 'in' right now) , paired with a retro video codec from 2009.
Hipsters will love the low-fi look of the D750's video.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 12:59 UTC as 183rd comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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The Squire: What, no 4K? At this price?!

2010 called. They want their video codec back.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 12:55 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)

What, no 4K? At this price?!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 07:57 UTC as 233rd comment | 5 replies

Why can Sony make this but not a decent remote control app for their proper cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 15:39 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)
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KameraFever: Now the rx10 is more appealing. I'm suprised sony would do this. Their track record with supporting cameras with firmware is horrible. Now hopefully they will update the autofocus on the a7 series..... If they care about their customers that is.

Everyone mentions Fuji because they release a few more firmware updates. They don't do this because they love their customers.
They're subject to the same market and economics Sony are, and their shareholders want the same results as Sony's, i.e. more revenue.
No, Fuji release more firmware updates for the exact same reason as Sony: They have to remain competitive while they prepare their next camera... its just that Fuji's capacity to create new cameras is much less, much slower than Sony's. Therefore, they have to extend the life of the products they already have.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 13:31 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)
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KameraFever: Now the rx10 is more appealing. I'm suprised sony would do this. Their track record with supporting cameras with firmware is horrible. Now hopefully they will update the autofocus on the a7 series..... If they care about their customers that is.

When Sony adds functionality in a firmware update its usually because there is a competitive product out there, but Sony isnt ready to release a new device. Today, that's the FZ1000. Back when they updated the A700, it was the Canon 40D and Nikon D200.

So I think we can safely assume Sony aren't going to announce an RX10Mk2 at Photokina.

To give Sony some credit, like any company they have limited resources. Should their devs be working on firmware updates for exiting cameras or focusing on the next generation of cameras? Your answer probably depend on whether you've just bought a camera or are waiting...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 13:26 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: We have two RX10 run-and-gun rigs and I wonder if XAVC S will be enough to leave the Ninja 2s in the bag. Welcome addition.

Look forward to your test report!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 11:22 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)
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KameraFever: Now the rx10 is more appealing. I'm suprised sony would do this. Their track record with supporting cameras with firmware is horrible. Now hopefully they will update the autofocus on the a7 series..... If they care about their customers that is.

Its not unusual to see a significant firmware update for their enthusiast cameras. I held off buying the A700 until they released the update to improve high ISO performance and NR control.

Don't expect to see firmware (other than bug fixes) for anything less than an A6000 or A7.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 11:21 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (434 comments in total)
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orion1983: Looks as if SELFIE-features are most important nowadays...apart from all other technicals. Ridiculous trend.....they should stick with their cell phone to make precious selfies which the world is waiting for!

Love the idea! At least put an 18MP 1/2.3" sensor with a plastic lens on the back of every top-end DSLR. Won't take much space. Great for selfies.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 11:11 UTC
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