Light theme [beta]
We're testing a lighter alternative to the regular DPReview theme. Both options will stay.
For more information, click here. Don't forget to leave some feedback.

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, Nikkor 28 f/2.8 AIS and 50 f/1.8 AIS, FL36 flash.
- Panasonic ZS50
- Pentax Q7 with 02 and 06.

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.

Comments

Total: 88, showing: 21 – 40
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »

Now that it's been mentioned on the front page again (8/7/14), I was wondering if anyone knew what it sold for? Although I agree that it was a mistake to allow two "designers" to re-imagine the Leica, rather than a designer and an engineer (who actually understands what the thing needs to be able to do), this was for charity, not for Best Buy. There are plenty of people who would buy something like this just to give to the charity; the actual object is just a memento, unimportant in and of itself.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2014 at 13:50 UTC as 16th comment
In reply to:

Marcus Beard: Lovely to see.

Some good, and some great images. Personally I think the B&W blue shark is stunning, and the gnat deservedly chosen for a fresh take on such a subject, and the gannets shot is simply beautiful and well executed. I personally find the no. 1 and 2 shots quite well executed but not that interesting. No. 4 is an interesting subject but a bit lacking in interest and technical execution.

But that's the beauty of photography - beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Agree, the B&W shark is a keeper, and the mosquito or gnat is as well. The others,.... Not so much.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 00:39 UTC

Why do I like the runners up rather than the first couple of "winners"?

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 00:22 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article 2014-15 Waterproof Camera Roundup (255 comments in total)

There are other options. I use a $35 soft underwater case with my good quality compact zoom, and I have no issues. I'm particular about sealing the case and I always test in the hotel before going out. The two items together give me better quality photos for less than the cheapest of these models. For occasional snaps while snorkeling on your yearly holiday you don't need a dedicated undewater camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 17:18 UTC as 11th comment
In reply to:

pedroboe100: Doest it say somewhere which lenses are used? sorry for being lazy

@NAwlins Contrarian:
Hmm, not seeing that..... which one?

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 15:36 UTC
In reply to:

pedroboe100: Doest it say somewhere which lenses are used? sorry for being lazy

Assuming you're talking about the studio comparison photos, hover your cursor over the "i" symbol in the lower right corner and it'll tell you what they're using. The GH4 has the 45mm f/1.8 and the Sony's using the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 05:01 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)
In reply to:

ecm: So disappointing. As though bells and whistles will make up for spectacularly poor image quality. 76% is being charitable. And $900 for a fast 85mm equivalent? Please.

@Sixpm:
"I have made a 60" x 40" print from the V3 ...."
So you said in an earlier post.... and also about a Ricoh camera a few months ago. Printing a lot of those 40 x 60's are you? you'd think you would run out of wall space pretty quick. Followed up with a straw man argument and an ad hominem attack. Gotta love te interwebs.

@sandy b:
Why do you point out photos from a different camera? Is it the same sensor?

In all honesty, I don't care enough about it to pursue this further; you spend your money however you like. I find it interesting, though, that neither of you really directed your comments to me, but rather to the greater audience. Why is that?

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 23:04 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (649 comments in total)

So disappointing. As though bells and whistles will make up for spectacularly poor image quality. 76% is being charitable. And $900 for a fast 85mm equivalent? Please.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:52 UTC as 96th comment | 8 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Real-world Samples Gallery (90 comments in total)

It's a bit early to judge, there's nothing at the long end at all; it's pretty much a random collection of shots, from someone who likes the immediacy of wide angle.

If these are truly representative, though, I'd sum it up as "disappointing". Soft corners, lots of CA at full wide; seems to be struggling with noise reduction even at relatively low ISO. I think I see posterization of the red peppers. There's rather extreme pincushion distortion as well, adding to the corner problems. ISO 6400 is for web photos only. Ugly.

As one of the previous commentators said, compared to my ZS15 it's a bust, not a worthy replacement at all. Too bad, too; Panasonic had me at "viewfinder".....

Link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 01:41 UTC as 20th comment
On article Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery (269 comments in total)
In reply to:

Dimit: Now,that's a nice set of samples...for the first time in DPR!!!
Wish you all the best...from this and now on!!!

I think they took some pretty shots as well - looks like they had fun with that lens; it's defintely sharp in the middle. And I can see what they meant about the bokeh - still not that bad.

However.... show me a shot at f/1.2-2.0 with a corner (or even an edge!) in the plane of focus..... I didn't see one.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 21:35 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review (499 comments in total)

Huh. A new-generation R1..... for $1300?? Nah.

For $820 I could get a Panasonic G6 kit plus the 45-150 and get better quality photos and videos in a smaller package, faster lens notwithstanding. If I was willing to go a bit larger I could get the Canon SL1 kit plus 55-250 for about $850..... Or the Nikon 3200, or, for that matter, Sony's own A58, and STILL kick this thing's #$$ for a lot less dollars.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 02:41 UTC as 112th comment | 6 replies
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)

The viewfinder on the V3 is distressingly similar to the VF-2 viewfinder I was forced to buy for my Olympus E-PL1. I'm having flashbacks to an odd-shaped lump of a camera that wouldn't fit into any bag, constant worrying about whether the finder would get broken off, and losing the hotshoe to something that should have been integral to the camera.

I'm on my third mirrorless in 4 years - I will never buy one without a built-in viewfinder ever again.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 11:58 UTC as 178th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

Poss: Can’t wait for the new enthusiast level Aston Martin...

@RKGoth:
Wow, those things must be selling in the tens of..... tens.

An excellent analogy to the new Hassy.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:35 UTC
In reply to:

ecm: Anyone else notice the "BUY ON GEARSHOP" tag just below the article title? Click on the $2,798.00 link and it takes you to the SLT-99.... Irony? from DPR?

@Devandra: I have "F like 17 Tweet 27 g+1 0" to the left of the "BUY ON GEARSHOP $2798.00 >" - what do you have?

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 13:10 UTC

Anyone else notice the "BUY ON GEARSHOP" tag just below the article title? Click on the $2,798.00 link and it takes you to the SLT-99.... Irony? from DPR?

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 03:10 UTC as 180th comment | 2 replies
On article Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app (209 comments in total)
In reply to:

ecm: I wonder if this app will be a front end for a mainframe at Adobe actually doing the grunt work - then most of the processing overhead at the tablet or phone would be uploading/downloading and graphics rendering. It's the only way I can get my head around the price they've proposed.

I also wonder if Logmein or one of the other remote desktop programs could do something similar for less.

That's what is making it so confusing...... I dont understand what would make it worth so much. If you're not working on RAW files, whats the point in LR? You're going to spend $100 a year to manipulate and upload JPEGs to the cloud? I'm doing that right now for free with google+ (whether I want to or not, it seems.....).

All I can envision is that you'll upload your raw files some other way, through your computer, and then you will be able to edit them on your iPad -the processing would stay on the server while a representation would be on the tablet. But that seems trivial to me?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 15:56 UTC
On article Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app (209 comments in total)

I wonder if this app will be a front end for a mainframe at Adobe actually doing the grunt work - then most of the processing overhead at the tablet or phone would be uploading/downloading and graphics rendering. It's the only way I can get my head around the price they've proposed.

I also wonder if Logmein or one of the other remote desktop programs could do something similar for less.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 14:00 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
In reply to:

newe: So...what is the best price for people to eliminate the complaints?

I have thought about this a bit...if I could get just photoshop cloud for $5 a month I would do that, with NO price increases. I may even sign a contract (like a cell) for 3 years.

Wonder why they don't do that?

Because after three years of paying Adobe, the first month you don't pay you lose access to three years of your edits. Free would be too much.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 13:03 UTC
In reply to:

jkoch2: The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.

It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.

Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.

@archiver:
"and big productions that can afford a dozen or more for crash cams." - which may explain why it's on backorder.... :)

Thanks for the info.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 01:45 UTC
In reply to:

jkoch2: The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.

It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.

Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.

Agree with you - a very specialized piece of equipment. Still, it's a very interesting object in and of itself - a lot like the locomotives and B-29s you mentioned. I've got to wonder what it's being used for, and by whom....

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 21:57 UTC
Total: 88, showing: 21 – 40
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »