davids8560

davids8560

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Panasonic's recent announcement of its 1-inch sensor-equipped Lumix ZS100 changes the whole travel zoom playing field. There is now nothing else to look at it in this sector.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 04:45 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
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joyclick: No manual mode = No control

The specs above do say it has Manual Mode (under Exposure Modes). The previous models lacked manual mode. So this would be an improvement.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 04:43 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (611 comments in total)

Some people are saying a leading O/S manufacturer and maybe some government agencies are way ahead of Canon in subject tracking.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 18:36 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply

The message here is essentially what G.A.S. taught me. There are a lot of great cameras which I would seldom use, even if I owned them, simply because they don't fit my lifestyle and/or my needs. I now have a lot of top-rated but mostly idle gear. I find it very amusing and a little embarrassing too that the tiny Panasonic LF-1 with its 28-200 reach and viewfinder is the camera I use the most. I expect the new ZS100 to replace it, despite its expected shortcomings. It's still going to be the best new option for me, because I need the smallest possible form, significant zoom, a viewfinder, and built-in Wi-Fi, and I want whatever model offers the best IQ within those parameters. I do expect other mfrs to respond to the ZS100, so maybe I will wait a bit before ordering one. I guess for now I have settled on calling myself a snap-shooting zoomer, not a real photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 19:48 UTC as 107th comment | 3 replies

Improvement in the Rugged Compact Sector is long overdue. This is an appealing option. Isn't this almost the first-ever, stand-alone rugged, submersible full-featured large sensor digital model ever? (Meaning, no housing required?) The Nikon 1 AW1 is the only other, right?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 15:33 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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davids8560: But I don't want to take pictures of myself incessantly and constantly post updates on Facebook about what I am doing and what I like and who I am with and where I am.

I want to learn about the world around me.

Imagine a world where by law you must take a selfie and indicate your location and activity every hour. Your location is always known. Who you are with is always known. Everything you read and see and experience is known. Everything you express is monitored by algorithms that can interpret entire phrases, not just keywords. Any negative emotions and thoughts are detected and the system responds with counter-ideas to guide you:

"You're eating too much!"

"Looks like you're having self-pity! Don't be self-centered! Be grateful!"

"Your statements express a hostility which concerns us. Please remain where you are so a "state behavior counselor" can advise you."

You MUST do Facebook in this imagined future. It is not an option.

Right now, of course, it's voluntary. Or isn't it?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 21:32 UTC

Okay, so here's what I don't understand about selectable focus points:

How is it optically (physically) possible to tell a clear piece of glass what point in the field of view to make more sharp than others? Is it processing wizardry, or a function of the lens?

Or maybe I just don't get what is actually being done. Is it really focusing more clearly on the point you select? Why would we want that? Don't we want the whole photo in focus? I mean, unless it's a desired blurry background/depth of field thing, right?

Hmm. Not arguing, just unsure what it's really about.

Let's consider two race cars on an elevated curve. You want the closer one to the left of the frame (just saying as an example) in focus, but NOT the right one? There's probably better examples, right? Like a long train on a curve? Or a guy with a big nose, and you want his eyes in focus, not the tip of his nose? Can't aperture/DOF manage that?

Are lenses unevenly focused by nature?

Well thanks. Been up all night.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 12:08 UTC as 239th comment | 6 replies

Sold

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 05:16 UTC as 4th comment

Is the frame size or anything else mentioned related to any aspect of earlier film cameras? In other words, was there ever "100 megapixel" film? If that makes any sense. I guess I'm wondering if this is a new invention, or category of sorts, or a part of the evolution from film to digital. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 01:39 UTC as 71st comment | 14 replies

Has anyone handled both this camera and Nikon 1 AW1? What are the pros and cons as you see them? Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2015 at 01:52 UTC as 28th comment | 5 replies

But I don't want to take pictures of myself incessantly and constantly post updates on Facebook about what I am doing and what I like and who I am with and where I am.

I want to learn about the world around me.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 17:13 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies

I just don't know what to do. Fuji. Sony. Lumix. Coopix. All that's clear is that without the right camera, that Pulitzer just seems farther away than ever. And sure can't dodge the fact my accounts render all these reviews irrelevant. Money's been kinda slow. Yeah, sure - daydreamin' is free. So I shut her down and went to the park. Deserted. Took a picture of a crushed Mountain Dew can on a bed of dry leaves with my iPhone. God, it was windy! Wonder if Sharice is ever coming back. So much wasted time! Not enough Friends. Not enough Likes. Nothing when I Google my own name. (Sigh.)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 19:47 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On article Merry Christmas II you: RX1R II sample gallery updated (138 comments in total)

All the flagpoles are straight up and down in the wide angle photo of the museum. Big +1

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 20:53 UTC as 28th comment
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (387 comments in total)
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davids8560: Do you guys think any of these 1" sensor cameras equal the low light/high ISO performance of the G1X I & II, the Coolpix A, or the Ricoh GR, if they are better at all? I work the city streets at night. I'm looking for the best truly small camera for this task.

I don't think any ILC is small enough for my needs.

Thanks.

Thank you for all your comments. I didn't realize the Coolpix A and Ricoh GR do not have image stabilization! Maybe there isn't any truly pocket-sized option for handheld night shots in the city streets? Perhaps a small MILC with a pancake prime Is the most feasible choice? GM-1 or GM-5? One of the A7's? Or the RX100/LX100, I suppose. I was hoping a used Coolpix A would be a great, inexpensive choice for what I need! Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 02:07 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (387 comments in total)

Do you guys think any of these 1" sensor cameras equal the low light/high ISO performance of the G1X I & II, the Coolpix A, or the Ricoh GR, if they are better at all? I work the city streets at night. I'm looking for the best truly small camera for this task.

I don't think any ILC is small enough for my needs.

Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 23:25 UTC as 84th comment | 7 replies
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (387 comments in total)

Speaking strictly in terms of zoom reach in a truly pocketable form factor, my tiny Panasonic LF1 with its 1/1.7 sensor, built-in EVF, and 28-200 lens remains unchallenged. Despite its numerous other somewhat glaring weaknesses, the LF1 is still my most versatile pocket camera. Maybe the fast lens and 100mm reach of the G7X could replace the LF1, if the LCD works well in bright sunlight. I may pair the LF1 with a Nikon Coolpix A or Ricoh GR for low light situations. But I'm looking for longer reach and better IQ in a truly small package! (Just my two cents!)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 20:25 UTC as 100th comment | 2 replies
On article Behind the Shot: Prince of the Night (85 comments in total)
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davids8560: I guess what I'm wondering is whether or not I can achieve images anywhere near like these with the less expensive gear I have. My most comparable set up I guess would be the Pentax K-3 and the Pentax DA 16-45 f4. Or the manual focus 28mm f/2.8. Oh, and a Manfrotto travel tripod. The FZ1000 doesn't stand a chance, right?

Thank you. I think I am ready to invest in some better lenses. My friend Marc just showed me some star photos he took deep in the everglades where there's no city lights. Really amazing. He was using a Canon 70D.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 20:11 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Prince of the Night (85 comments in total)

I guess what I'm wondering is whether or not I can achieve images anywhere near like these with the less expensive gear I have. My most comparable set up I guess would be the Pentax K-3 and the Pentax DA 16-45 f4. Or the manual focus 28mm f/2.8. Oh, and a Manfrotto travel tripod. The FZ1000 doesn't stand a chance, right?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 20:24 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
On article 2015 Roundup: Long Zoom Compacts (68 comments in total)

I'd really like to see a weather-sealed FZ1000.

I'd really like to see a variation of the FZ1000 with a significantly longer if unavoidably slower lens. I think it still would be far better than any small-sensor long-zoom, even with the shortcoming of a much a slower lens.

I'd like to see a camera like the Panasonic ZS50 or Sony HX90V with weather-sealing and a fully-articulating LCD like the Nikon S9900.

Any camera here that is billed as being advanced or for the enthusiast should provide a RAW format.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 18:11 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article 2015 Roundup: Long Zoom Compacts (68 comments in total)
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davids8560: I think in "Gear In This Story" you mean FZ1000, not FZ100?

I would have liked to see mention of the Panasonic ZS50. It's quite similar to the Sony HX90V. And it does shoot RAW!

The FZ100 rather than the FZ1000 also is mentioned in the third bullet paragraph on the Intro page.

Thank you for the Round Up!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 23:29 UTC
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