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On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (144 comments in total)
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photogeek: 60 dollars for a camera strap. Truly, there's a sucker born every minute.

I can show you several Alex, truth is they all run $60 or more tho... Except for one which just came out! The Custom SLR Slim Strap. Their description of the sliding functionality is terrible, as are the photos, no color choices either, but in use it's superior to Peak's, and for only $30.

The strap isn't as wide tho, more of a competitor to the Slide Lite, and the QR clips are kinda cheap (more like Optech clips). It's still a much better value tho, and I agree that the Peak sliders are over designed and bound to scratch something.

My favorite are still the Artisan & Artist Easy Slider series, I use the ACAM-E25 in conjunction with a Peak Anchor Link QRs, pricey combo tho ($60-70 + $20). If I didn't switch to a wrist strap often (Peak's QR anchors are great for this IMO) or I hadn't bought that combo first, I'd choose the Custom SLR Slim Strap.

I've bought, had, and/or gifted all of them btw so I'm not speaking out of my...

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 02:23 UTC
On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (144 comments in total)
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G1Houston: Would be nice to see a whole body shot of the photographer carrying the camera to make it easier to see how one carries the camera with this, as compared to a more conventional next strap.

I agree, terrible photos... I normally wouldn't be so harsh but seriously, even the close ups aren't very useful. How about one with the sliders open? That's the main selling point here and the article kinda glosses over their usefulness. I've got like three different kinds of sliding straps and Peak's isn't even my favorite, but this review was kinda poor.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 02:15 UTC
On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (144 comments in total)
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mrmrbill: Custom SLR "Glide One" is an option that addresses the reviewer's "cons" whilst keeping the same great features.

Actually, Custom SLR came out with a design that's directly equivalent to Peak's just last month, it's called the Slim Strap...

It's better in several ways too, no metal, the leather pad is a better shoulder cushion, and the slider mechanism is more akin to the pricey Artisan & Artist straps than Peak's... It can be slid along most of the strap so there's only one, Peak's dual sliders are more cumbersome and unless you adjust both you throw the padding off center.

The kicker is it's only $30, much cheaper, I highly recommend it. The only downside are the QR clips which look more like Optech 3-prong clips. Ultimately I prefer my (much pricier) Artisan & Artist ACAM-E25, because it's green and because I can use it in conjunction with Peak's Anchor Links.

If I didn't switch it around often for a wrist strap or hadn't bought it first tho, I'd totally be using the Slim Strap.

I've bought and regifted (or shoved in a drawer) both Peak straps btw (regular and Lite)... As the article mentions, those buckles are overbuilt. There'll be some who like that tho. The Slim Strap and A&A straps are both thinner too so those who like wide straps are better off with Peak's. The biggest convenience to these kinda straps, which the article kinda glosses over, is the easy adjustment part.

You can have it loose one sec and cinched close enough to your body for a run or a bike ride a sec later, or even for something as simple as kneeling down to play with a child. Go from cross body to shoulder quickly, etc.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 02:13 UTC
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nimrod1212: I can't find out if this thing uses USB 2.0 or USB 3.0. Makes a helluva difference to transfer times.

A) Lighting B) internal iOS NAND flash probably isn't fast enough for it to matter all that much... It might saturate USB 2.0 in a best case scenario where you're transferring video rather than smaller proto files, but it's still not gonna be a monumental difference.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 22:15 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: Photo No 5 - Wow its Made in Japan...........

Panasonic seems to split production by models kinda randomly, case in point, my cheap GF6 is made in Japan too whereas the more expensive G line is made in China... I don't even remember where my GM1 is made, but the same is true of lenses, sometimes the more expensive one is ironically made in China... At this point I don't think it really means anything on a broader scale.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 16:04 UTC
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Allan Ostling: Why no GPS? This is a valuable feature for traveling enthusiasts, many of whom use Lightroom (which has a Map module).

Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus all do the same thing AFAIK... Log with the phone app then sync location data later.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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JL Auch: Will they finally introduce exposure compensation with auto iso in manual... please.

Pretty pleeeease? It only took them like, half a decade to even add auto ISO in manual (GH4 was the first? or GM5?)... Can you ask Oly to back port this from the PEN F to their older bodies while you're at it? I'd flip if they did.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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mosc: I'm just of the opinion that there's no market beyond cell phones and fixed lens compacts (with really fast glass) for cameras of this size/price. I thought the GX8 was a more reasonable "enthusiast" product to pair with lenses but this kit-lens-focused GX85 seems doomed. The LX100 is under $600 and has a MUCH faster lens.

Strongly disagree, got an E-M5 II here and half a dozen native lenses, might very well have been a GX85 (actually paid less for the Oly than what the GX85 is worth, CAD/USD exchange helped). Was put off by the extra bulk/cost of the GX8 (not to mention lack of EFC and video IBIS).

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:57 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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The Squire: A like, a bit. But unless you need the meh viewfinder, I cant help but think a 4k enabled GM would be a better fit in the mid-range m4/3 line-up.

I suppose IBIS is the feature that makes this a GX rather than a GM... Nice if you like the Olly glass.

Oly glass or, y'know, any of Panasonic's great primes <30mm, they all lack OIS equally and there's just as much of a usage case for IBIS with wide angles if you shoot in low light a lot and/or shoot video. The system is better off with IBIS across the board, hopefully Panasonic starts porting it outside the GX line sooner rather than later.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:54 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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Ross the Fidller: "Finally, the new Light Composition mode again uses the camera's 30 frames per second 8MP image capability, this time to create a composite image. The mode uses only the brightest value from a series of frames you select, so scenes such as fireworks displays can be created from multiple images."

That feature (or similar) which first came on the Olympus E-M10 (& thankfully came to other models by FW updates) was called "Live Composite" & now we see it on a Panasonic body. :-)

Oly's works with the full sensor/res tho, implementing it thru the 8MP/4K mode seems kinda backwards... Why start off with a set of noisier shots for a composite? It probably requires a similar level of stabilisation regardless.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:50 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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AdamT: 16Mp .............. :(

If they`re going to use a new sensor (the 20Mp one in this case) , use it across the range like DSLR makers do instead of hanging on to old sensors . Kinda expected it in the G7 but not in this model ..

So a grown up GM5 then- nice option, probably a sweet spot but IMO needed that 20Mp sensor

Well, better is relative, IQ could stay the same but things like sensor readout speed could vastly improve... And the Sony sensors that have been used in M4/3 bodies recently do a lot better on long exposures than Panasonic's last gen sensors which featured a lot of hot pixels and required dark frame subtraction on shots that bodies with Sony sensors didn't, so there's that.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:44 UTC
On article Look Sharp: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85/GX80 video preview (130 comments in total)
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coolowski: That GX80 makes Sony's pricing look ridiculous

Sony is basically pulling a Canikon as far as APS-C E mount lenses are concerned... Kind of ironic. That being said, I'm still jealous E mount has a $350 18mm f2 UWA prime. :p Probably the only APS-C mirrorless that I wish M4/3 had an equivalent for, and I don't see it happening soon.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
On article Look Sharp: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85/GX80 video preview (130 comments in total)
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webrunner5: Wow, looks pretty darn impressive, and the price is not bad either.

Would have been nice at 20mp but can't have everything.

That's somewhat true, but then why call it GX85 in some markets when GX80 was more logical? GX85 sounds better/newer/etc, could be the grey market dashing thing mentioned elsewhere but why now?

There's also the fact that it's coming out within 6 months of the GX8, it didn't get developed in six month's time, newer lower end models tend to lap older higher end ones when there's more of an offset in between.

Here they were already working on a solution for a downside on the flagship but decided to finalize and ship it without it only to introduce it on the mid tier model. I'm not faulting it, better that than holding if for another year+, but still.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:28 UTC
On article Look Sharp: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85/GX80 video preview (130 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: Camera. Of. The. Year. Good job Panasonic!

It might very well be the mid range value play of the year tho, but the year's still young so who knows. Sony will surely drop something under the a6300, etc. The GX85 definitely looks a lot more complete and aggressively priced than the G7 or E-M10 II, and even gives the flagships within the system a run...

No weather sealing, smaller EVF, slower max shutter, that's a pretty small list of drawbacks. There might be more, but it looks like one of Panasonic's best attempts yet to not hold anything back. It's really not like them to actually debut new tech (IBIS, shutter) on a mid range model, the fact that it also breaks their naming convention says something.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:43 UTC
On article Look Sharp: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85/GX80 video preview (130 comments in total)
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Jorginho: And so m43s just keeps developping and developping. These are not huge steps, but the stabilsed video in 4K is a very welcome and huge step for videographers. Shuttershock: I guess it is true it happens but on my GH4 it is veyr rare.

This also holds a lot of promise for the GH5. 20 MP, 5 axis stabilsation in video, no shuttershockI bet that Leica EVF (or something similar) will be in it.
And with 5 axis something like HiRES might be on the drawingboard but I guess not in the GH5.

I wonder how well this all works with the 100-400 Panaleica (stabilisation)...

GX80/85: a very nice addition to the ever growing familly.

Ehh, for most shooters APS-C is still the major threat, unless we start seeing a lot more specialized 1" compacts like that Nikon DL with the ultrawide lens, which I guess is bound to happen but the M4/3 lens catalog and choice of bodies keeps getting more and more varied.

Point is, either you want all three variety an ILC affords (so you pick between M4/3, E mount, Fuji X, etc), or you want a simpler setup (so you go got for a 1" with a fixed lens)... Now, if 1" fixed lens cameras got a LOT cheaper, that story would change.

If they were cheap enough it might make more sense to have 2-3 than to have a small M4/3 system, at least for some. Prices keep creeping up tho, G7x is as cheap as it's gotten. I don't think the average consumer is even remotely aware of them, or M4/3 for that matter.

That's really a shame, and a failing of all the big players, because once you sit someone down and explain to them how $500 on a new camera how much much further towards better photos than $500 on a new phone, they actually get it (at least if remotely interested in photography).

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:36 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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dialstatic: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 (known as the GX80 outside of North America)"

This US versus non-US naming of cameras is silly enough in general, but this is downright confusing. Regular consumers may think that the GX85 is a newer camera as it seems to follows the convention of higher model numbers for consecutive generations.

Ehh, doubt it, I think it's probably more of a marketing thing. GX7 mk II in Japan? Clearly the GX7 brand carried more weight there. GX80 made the most sense (at least after deciding to start using double digit numbers, which they probably should've done earlier, with the GMs)...

GX85 is just a way of making it not seem like 'GX8 lite' in the (sort of oblivious) U.S. market, which is pretty fair given all the improvements. Can't wait for the GM60 and GM6... :p Hell they could've named the GF7 the GM50 or GM10 instead, that's kinda what it was. Might simplify their lineup a bit, maybe...

Having 5 different discrete lines (GF, GM, G, GX, and GH) and then going into sub model lines within them is gonna get all kinds of confusing, specially when models like the GX85 & GF7 start blurring the lines. The GX85 clearly lives in the same space as the G line, just shaped differently, and there's all kinds of crossover between price points and features between an older GM1 & a newer GF.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:28 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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AdamT: 16Mp .............. :(

If they`re going to use a new sensor (the 20Mp one in this case) , use it across the range like DSLR makers do instead of hanging on to old sensors . Kinda expected it in the G7 but not in this model ..

So a grown up GM5 then- nice option, probably a sweet spot but IMO needed that 20Mp sensor

I don't know... You'd think if they were redesigning a new high performance shutter mechanism they'd aim pretty high, I wouldn't put it past them to have artificially limited it to 1/4000 only to enable 1/8000 with the same electromag motor in a future body. Glass half empty outlook I guess... I do hope their promises about the mechanism hold true tho, it'll fix what has become a sore point for Panasonic bodies.

Frankly I smell patent issues tho, as to why they went this route instead of a simpler (and potentially more effective) EFC... Who knows tho, hopefully it's tested in depth sooner rather than later. I don't buy they sensor readout speed excuse tho, old sensors on 4-5 year old NEX bodies could do EFC, the 16MP one on the E-M5 II can, and so can the GM1's, I don't think DPR bought that excuse either.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:17 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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TheClueless: The 12-32 as standard? That's going to hold it back with a 16MP sensor...

...and shutter shock or not, I love the sound of the shutter on the GX8 :p

If you wanna be pedantic, sure; by the more common and agreed upon definition, not so much. Oly's 12-50 is also underwhelming (the next cheapest path to 12mm, amongst zooms anyway, there's also the manual Samyang prime), which still makes the 12-32 somewhat unique.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:12 UTC
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Flashback: M4/3 boasts a broad selection of bodies, complemented with a beautiful selection of lenses.

It just requires a step up in sensor technology, to stop the FF juggernaut.

Well, given the way the market as a whole has behaved, i think the entire ILC market could use better PR and advertising... But yeah, Oly/Panasonic are specially bad at it, at least in the US. I've seen some brilliant Panasonic ads online (published online only or meant for the EUR/Asia market), like the ones pitting a G body with an f2.8 zoom directly against a DSLR with kit zoom... Olympus at least seems to have more retail space in the few B&M shops left tho.

Sony is doing better than either but not by a whole lot, they've always maintained a presence in stores like Best Buy tho, and with Samsung calling it quits they'll probably double down on there and big box stores (Samsung displays were actually bigger than Sony's at some Best Buys, tho integrated into the mobile section). I always thought Samsung was the marketing dark horse, they basically took over the smartphone would largely on the back of branding and marketing...

Never did put the same effort into cameras tho, i don't think anyone has, even Canikon. The average buyer still has no idea why he should want a camera over a phone except maybe for zoom, has no idea there are compact 1" P&S or APS-C/M4/3 ILCs, etc etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:08 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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TheClueless: The 12-32 as standard? That's going to hold it back with a 16MP sensor...

...and shutter shock or not, I love the sound of the shutter on the GX8 :p

Yeah... No. Can you be more specific than that tho? Stopped down it'll outresolve the sensor, please don't bring in DxO numbers w/o context out an understanding of them, then you'll really live up to that name. The 12-32 is probably a better compromise than most of the other mirrorless pancake zooms (including Sony's and Panasonic's previous effort).

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 08:41 UTC
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