ecm

Lives in United States NH, United States
Joined on Aug 16, 2004
About me:

Using cameras:
- OMD E-M5, 12-50, Panny 45-200, FL36 flash.
- Pentax Q7 with 02 and 06, Pentax AF-200FG flash.
- Panasonic ZS50/TZ70

Equipment used in the past:
- Panasonic LF-1
- Panasonic G5, 14-45.
- Canon T3i, 18-55 II and 55-250, Yongnuo YN565EX.
- Panasonic ZS15
- Pentax Q. Better than the reviews indicate.
- Oly E-PL1 with trashy collapsible lens. Good riddance.
- Oly E-300, 14-45, 40-150.
- Olympus C-5060WZ with underwater housing.

Really old stuff to play with once in a while:
- Nikon FG-20 and EM 35mm.
- OM 50 F/1.4, 200 F/4, 300 F/4.5.
- Koni-Omega Rapid 6X7 with 90mm, Voightlander Bessa 6X9, Ansco 6X6.

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My concern about USB C audio is that it HAS NO STANDARD YET - Intel and others are working on it as we speak, nobody even knows where the DAC and amp are supposed to be - the phone? Adaptor? In the headset itself? So whatever native USB C headphones you buy, they're likely not gonna work in a couple years.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 13:07 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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ecm: Nonstandard headphones? Forced to choose whether to charge your phone OR listen to music? Nah, not gonna end up in my pocket. Doesn't matter if its "the latest and greatest" if its a sh!tty idea.

@EthanP99
That's a pretty big bee in your bonnet.... Yes, I did "miss the part"- what article are YOU reading? I see nothing about 15 minutes or 8 hours. Not sure why it would be noteworthy anyways, my day is a lot longer than 8 hours; if I owned this phone I'd be without tunes for part of it - the vital parts, when I'm waiting or resting, have the time to listen and access to a plug-in.

My present LG G4 phone is a far better solution; QC 3.0 gives me a day's charge in 30 minutes, and swappable batteries when there's no plug to be had. AND I can use my excellent old Sennheiser earbuds.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 13:05 UTC

Nonstandard headphones? Forced to choose whether to charge your phone OR listen to music? Nah, not gonna end up in my pocket. Doesn't matter if its "the latest and greatest" if its a sh!tty idea.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 01:21 UTC as 17th comment | 6 replies
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (308 comments in total)

I know a lot of folks already really love this camera - but I am unhappy; I guess because I was expecting too much.... With a 1" sensor and a much limited but useful-range zoom, I thought this might be it - a large sensor camera with a sharp, usable wide to moderate telephoto lens. After all, Panasonic makes darned good fixed long zoom lenses, my old ZS15 attests to that.

But, "soft"? "Noise reduction obliterates detail"? This does not sound like the Panasonic I know.... I already get that from my ZS50 - why would I spend so much for what sounds like exactly the same problems? Very disappointed.... going to cry in my corner now.... :\

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 22:58 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On article Samsung unveils 256GB EVO Plus microSD card (88 comments in total)
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ecm: Heh, what a price. I just bought a brand name 128 GB card for $30 a couple days ago - admittedly U1 but I don't need U3.

IMO it's that U3 rating that's bumping the price of this new card so high - when I was shopping I noticed that brand name 128 GB U3 cards are still rare and priced between $90 - $199 depending on speed rating; double that for a 256GB U3 card, and then add in the bleeding edge tax - $250 is getting pretty close to reasonable.

@ Tonkotsu Ramen:
I can certainly see that someone might want to keep everything plus the kitchen sink on their phone..... However I personally can't imagine needing or wanting it - 256GB would hold all the digital photos I've taken in 15 years and all the music I've bought in the last 25 years, with room left over for days of video and thousands of photos - but I don't want to keep 10,000 photos of the cat on my phone, nor do I want to listen to Bryan Adams again....

I think the point someone made earlier about 4K video is more to the point - it's gonna be a pig to record and store, and a card this size and speed will be very useful.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 22:41 UTC
On article Samsung unveils 256GB EVO Plus microSD card (88 comments in total)

Heh, what a price. I just bought a brand name 128 GB card for $30 a couple days ago - admittedly U1 but I don't need U3.

IMO it's that U3 rating that's bumping the price of this new card so high - when I was shopping I noticed that brand name 128 GB U3 cards are still rare and priced between $90 - $199 depending on speed rating; double that for a 256GB U3 card, and then add in the bleeding edge tax - $250 is getting pretty close to reasonable.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 02:40 UTC as 8th comment | 6 replies

Wouldn't the sensor need to be re-calibrated for flat plane and rotation if you took it off it's mount like that? How would you do such a thing without specialized testing equipment?

The host site's name is "Ifixit" - does Panasonic even sell parts to the general public to repair a camera like this by yourself?

Other than "Ooooh, that's cool!" is there really a reason to do this? Guess I don't get it.....

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 14:36 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15/TZ25 Review (4 comments in total)

I loved my ZS15 too - I bought the ZS50 to replace it because I love viewfinders, but it's just not as good; the images from the ZS50 are noisier and not as sharp especially in the corners; the camera is significantly bigger - I was so disappointed. The viewfinder was not worth it; too small. If you've got one, keep your ZS15 close to your chest, don't let it go..... I'm hoping the ZS100 is going to be the one to replace it.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 00:35 UTC as 1st comment
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (496 comments in total)
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Mato34: Panasonic LF1?

I am hoping the ZS100 is up to the LF1's performance - I loved that camera! It may have had issues otherwise (battery drain!) but the 28-200mm lens was excellent and the 1/1.7" sensor was really good; it rivaled my Pentax Q's image quality (which in turn was superior to any non-dSLR I've ever owned.....). 25mm short end will definitely be useful, too.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 00:22 UTC
On article #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE (278 comments in total)

Oh, blah. A horrifically expensive cell phone camera, just what I needed - now I can throw my OMD E-M5 in the garbage, thank goodness! The absence of zoom, lack of manual controls, requirement for a $600+ cell phone to work, and garbage ergonomics must really make it fly off the shelves. Honestly, it looks like a stupid test to me.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 02:25 UTC as 19th comment
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Lab D: Just read nerd2's classic comment abour how since f2.8 on m43 is really f5.6, and so apsc with an f5.6 lens is better. I bet he still doesn't get why that is so funny.

Sorry, I don't usually get in the way of trolls, but nerd2 - just.... wow. You don't really understand what the equivalence issue is about, do you? Perhaps you need to re-read the DPR articles. Spewing misconceptions and half truths again, again, again.... makes you look like an....

Link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 11:22 UTC
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ecm: What? No WiFi means no printing from a phone.... Who does canon think their market is with this printer? Not a typical dSLR owner, I have an inkjet printer for my photos so I can print larger than 4x6.

I got the Selphy 910 for my daughter just a few weeks ago specifically because it prints directly from an iphone. She's having a blast with it; its with teens like her they've got a real market; she loves sharing prints with friends.

It would if it were an android.... She could also download her shots to iTunes and print from there, but she doesn't want to f around with flash drives and computers and whatnot, she just wants her photos to print. Too many companies make the mistake of thinking that their customers appreciate, understand and enjoy technology as much as they do - but 99% do not.....

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 02:34 UTC

What? No WiFi means no printing from a phone.... Who does canon think their market is with this printer? Not a typical dSLR owner, I have an inkjet printer for my photos so I can print larger than 4x6.

I got the Selphy 910 for my daughter just a few weeks ago specifically because it prints directly from an iphone. She's having a blast with it; its with teens like her they've got a real market; she loves sharing prints with friends.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 00:06 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

Nice, Sony's filling out their FE line. Too bad this one is so expensive, $1000 for a consumer speed super zoom? Hopefully it's sharp as a tack....

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 12:30 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On article Lytro plans to shed jobs as it shifts focus to video (506 comments in total)

Shame to see them struggling, and a darned shame that people will be hurt. I never thought their product made sense for me as a stills shooter - I always want to be in control of the focus point as part of the artistic process - what's in focus and what's not is part of the story being told. But I can certainly can see that in a professional video environment it would be freakin' awesome, a directors wet dream.....

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 00:34 UTC as 82nd comment

Very cool. Underwater equivalent of a game camera - wonder if it has a motion detector?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 23:36 UTC as 7th comment
On article Panasonic releases trio of compact superzooms (102 comments in total)
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Biro: ZS50: Less MP for better low-light performance and a much-improved EVF at a price below that of the ZS40. Now that's progress - at least in this class of camera. One has to be realistic about what ZS50 can do but it appears this is now a viable option for a take-anywhere, always-have-it-with-you camera.

@Biro: I agree with your sentiments. The ZS40 was exciting when it was announced, but that nasty VF and sub-par image quality made it's price a joke. Looks like they addressed those issues specifically.

There's a rumor at cameralab.com that the sensor is the same as the one in the FZ150 and ZS15 - if so, an outstanding sensor.

This may be the camera that will pry the beloved ZS15 from my "cold, dead hands".... Now where are those image samples?

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 21:01 UTC

I still wish there could be some older cameras added as comparison points - it would make the samples so much more relevant and useful if I had in hand any of the cameras in the list....

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2014 at 18:54 UTC as 26th comment | 13 replies
On article Motorola Moto X (2014) camera review (21 comments in total)
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photospots: I see one major issue with the Motorola X 2014 (http://www.gadgetindex.info/MotorolaAS/Motorola-X-14.html) as a camera phone and that is the lack of MicroSD card. This a major issue if you just shoot a good deal of pictures and videos. Then you would have to sync them elsewhere pretty often as 16/32 GB storage is quickly used by a little bit of pictures, videos and what you have of apps on the phone.

I agree. They (that is, Android and Google) need to reconsider the removable storage thing; I lived with an 8gb nexus 4 for a year and the lack of storage drive me completely nuts. Not all of us can afford unlimited data, and data is a battery hog; some of us live and work where cellular data and WiFi is poor to non-existent. I've never found "the cloud" to be a good thing. Trading that "pure Google experience" in for a G3 was the best thing iever did - replaceable batteries and removable storage completely change the game.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 12:29 UTC
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