LaFonte

LaFonte

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Rooru S: Those rebadges were a bad idea from the very beggining. Actually, every single rebadged camera is a bad idea... but works sometimes. Look at Leica, they're doing fine with their Panasonic cameras.

Also Leica kind of pretend to put their own "secret processing" into panasonic to justify the price hike which is more or less playing with curves, but at least they try.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 03:54 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: What's the deal with "backs" anyway? can't someone just make a medium format digital camera without having the back latch on or off? Or am I getting it wrong?

Because Pentax 645D was actually designed by photography industry professionals.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 03:49 UTC
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Alex Permit: Why even bother opening a design facility in Italy if you end up with such monstrosities? It's an insult to the fine tradition of Italian design.

Pinin Farina must be turning in his grave.

The sad thing is that if they just keep the sony style and changed the logo, in the Leica/Panasonic way, they still may have some future. But they wanted to make statement....and here we go.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 03:48 UTC
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Gesture: I have more respect for the company that licensed the Kodak name and is sourcing really good, affordable models of contemporary formats like the power zoom or micro four-thirds cameras. Check out the Kodak Forum for examples of Kodak devotees using the new licensed name models.

JK Imaging is the very same General Imaging company that produced GE branded cameras. General Imaging is a board of directors spin of Olympus Imaging during the 2006 scandals.

Kodak and GE cameras are made by Asia Optical, who also make cameras for Fuji among others.

It is a small world in imaging. You can never get too far from the main OEMs.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 20:23 UTC

I've had seen some of their hasellblad branded monstrosities first hand and it totally gave a vibe of "made for sale at retirement homes". Always looking like they took half of a sci-fi prop and half of some old camera and hammered it together.

Which is funny, if they would actually take the original hasselblad 500 c/m design, they can probably pull a Fuji X100.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 19:57 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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Gesture: At least, when Leica rebadges a Panasonic model, it does so tastefully and adds value with its warranty service. I still wish Leica would say "co-developed with Panasonic," instead of pretending these are Leica cameras, as I have seen on videos with Leica marketing people.

Funny how brand marketing still works like a charm!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 19:47 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1430 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: This morning I had a brief shooting session with the canon 6d of a friend, coupled with a sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens. He paid 2.000€ for the combo.

I think that for someone not needing 15fps or 4k video, that combo is much, much better than nx1+50-150, costs 1000€ less and delivers better iq.

Canon 6D is 2013 camera, NX1 is 2015 camera, it is only logical to assume the 2015 camera would outperform the older models.

Kudos to samsung that they still interfere in a dying market of heavy DSLR, that only proves they are serious about imaging.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 19:45 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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LaFonte: The field sequential display in EVF is true for every EVF. Otherwise if they would use RGB mask like normal LCD display, we would actually see that in the tiny EVF as RGB colored pixels.
So practically every EVF display is always monochromatic with three coloured LEDs behind it, that blink in sequential order - very fast. Some use higher refresh ratio than others, but you can probably see it even in best EVF if you know where to look.
You can eliminate the blinking if you allow to switch the EVF into pure monochromatic mode which is very easy to do for the manufacturers, but only very few companies thought of this (like canon in their DV cameras). This feature was loved by the people who had to look through VF for long period of time, having EVF switch in monochromatic was a true eye saver.

I am not sure of Many, but point well taken, the newer cameras indeed go toward hi-res OLED

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 22:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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intruder61: Some fool asked me what Raw program i used after i made a comment on the price of this unit, well after a very good perusal of images produced and shown here i find them average and once again, for $899 its a NO.
Its a no for jpegs, its a no for raw.
Its just another ok camera, nothing ground breaking like the X100 was.
.....and if you want to feel better, buy the leica version, whatever they call it.

It is above $1000 in canada. I think they tried to put the bar too high, even sony stayed below $1000 with the rx100 M3

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 22:33 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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camfan1: @Marko Lauritis.
Don't think for 1 minute Panasonic wants to protect anything in-house.
Competition is much to fierce to do such a thing.
Most probably this camera is indeed for enthousiasts but not (movie-)pro's.
Costs have to be cut somewhere (otherwise most or all things you mention would be in there).
Touch: not even Sony puts touch in higher end camera's, probably with reason.
About keeping the camera for 10 years ?
2-3 years from now the sensor tech will be organic, foveon or other.
That may prove far more important than any tilt, touch or faster lens.
2-3 years from now any camera will be outdated, whatever it features now.

foevon didn't catch till now, it won't in the future.
And I am not sure they are cost cutting, I think they are rather inflating the price.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 22:30 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)

Unobtainium?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 22:27 UTC as 21st comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)
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Tan68: I suppose if it needs service, it will go back to Nikon ?
Perhaps not. It has been dissembled and Nikon may wish nothing to do with the thing.

It has a 1 yr BRIXX warranty... So, they will work on the camera or they will send it to another repair facility ?

Whoever receives the camera for service, I wonder what the technician will think...

Imagine that being assigned to you for work and you don't know about the BRIXX edition.

People who buy those things will most likely never use it or use it once. Sad but true.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 22:26 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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robbo d: Clearly targeted to the upcoming smartphone brigade as a series of cameras to run alongside the more traditional K50/5/3 etc ...... AS STATED by Pentax exec's.

Once again.... also targeting the Asian market, soccer Mum's and fashionista's.

Quite clearly not for the traditional forumite black with white lettering brigade...... but because it's a new product or a variation thereof, it gets an announcement all across the world. Kind of wasted on this forum really.

BUT DON'T stress you lot ....... you don't actually have to buy it ok...... under all those cutesy pie colours and flashing lights is a damn good stills camera once again put out by a company that knows their market and despite not coming out with FF (yet) or a new lens every month (because they already have more than Fuji or Samsung can poke a stick at) are making a profit doing what they know best. Move on folks, nothing more for you to see here.....

I yet to see any fashionista equipped with Pentax low end DSLR....

Well to be honest it doesn't cost much to make few new colors, so that can be marketed as an upgrade to a model that is not present in any of the stores where I live.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 21:52 UTC

Actually it is a pretty smart idea, re-imagined way of taking panorama pics from air.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 21:01 UTC as 1st comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)
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AngularJS: It's about 2.5 cents per pixel. Sounds like a helluva deal. Nikon is new Leica!

They should put a lot less pixels so they became more valuable.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 20:58 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)

Wow, this is awful at any price. Even if it cost the same as Df, I don't see many people going for that "I am an oil sheik" look.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 20:57 UTC as 56th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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WhyNot: Having just read the “Shooting Experience” I find this an odd User's Report for a review article – a little more subjective than the usual...

“ … And you know why not? Because the LX100 is a lovely camera. … “

There is no real discussion of comparison or reference, really,with the RX100 which is pocketable or the X-100T or, more recent, X-30 which are also “lovely cameras” that are not pocketable..

I also think that this camera like other high end compacts at this price point are mostly about the lens and those that they might replace --- in this case the 12-35mm f/2.8 mFT lens by Panasonic... I'd like more discussion/comparison here..

I bought a sony HX20 for my wife before summer but also got her a new android phone. Guess what she uses to take ALL of her pictures? The smartphone of course! And she cannot care less about the fact that the sony can take better images and can send the pics to phone over wifi. The smartphone is good enough for the facebook, it takes one click and that is the limit what 90% people do with their images.

Sorry increasing price of premium compact cameras will not save the companies.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 20:49 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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LucidStrike: To put this price in perspective, for the folks who insist it's disproportionately priced: I was about to spend $1700 on a GH4 and $900 on a 12-35mm (24-70mm) f/2.8 lens with NO intention of ever changing lenses. To get a similar sensor, similar lens, and more discreet body -- not to mention keeping the 4K -- for the cost of JUST the 12-35mm lens is a hell of a value. It's like a premium lens that comes with a free 4K-capable body to match.

Just because you were willing to spend $2600 on GH4 with lens doesn't make the LX100 a super deal.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 20:41 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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Stefan66: I would really like to see a comparioson between the LX100 and the GX7 with the nice 12-35 f2.8 lens because that was the camera I was going for as a walkaround camera before LX100 showed up. I am curious about the lens comparisons, price not taken into account. I know the GX7 / 12-35 f2.8 path is more expensive, what I am curious about is, would it be worth it?
Cheers!

No, they are not shooting themselves, it is a dying market. They try to get as much money as quickly as possible with different offerings, knowing very well that it wont last.
On sites like dpreview it looks like things are so hot that they must fly off the shelves, but that is not true in general.
The compact market is already dead, smartphones take better and faster images and you can do a lot of other things.
The premium compact market is the market where companies try to make money now and they pushed the prices pretty high lately to compensate for the falling sales.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 20:35 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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nand0: Just a little experience that I wanted to share, of usage: while using the camera now for some day's when I have time for it.. I discover it is difficult to start making a video, the button is sunken in the body.. as well, switching on the camera goes easy, switching off is a bit more difficult..

I think the controls are there to only justify its $1K price, otherwise this form of small camera would really serves better with just the classic compact type combo of one wheel and shutter button.
I have RX100 and it has zillion functions and effects that are almost impossible to actually use on the street. All I use is shutter button and I can fiddle with it later on computer.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 20:30 UTC
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