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LaFonte

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On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2089 comments in total)
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Sven44: It's refreshing to see more and more people on this thread "getting it", and fewer and fewer coming out with rubbish like "f2=f2=f2".

One last time:

Bob shoots with a Panalympus (2x 'crop factor') with a 28mm lens at f/1.8, 1/60s at ISO 400

AND HIS PICTURES ARE DAMN NEAR IDENTICAL TO

John's 'full frame' 35mm camera with a 56mm lens shot at f/3.6, 1/60s at ISO 1600.

Same FOV. Same DOF. Same brightness of image. Same noise even - notice how Bob's shot was at ISO 400, but his sensor is smaller so intrinsically noisier - meanwhile John cranked up to ISO 1600 because he used a slower aperture.

The difference then? Bob's camera, and especially his wide angle lenses, are smaller. Hurrah for Bob! But sadly, his lens is slower (it's labelled 1.8 but shoots just like f/3.6), while John's lens really does open up to 1.8 to give him more blurred backgrounds and cleaner images at ISO 400. Hurrah for John!

Take your pick, then take lots of pics! :-)

You confused me even more. Why bobs lens is slower?
If john does use the same ISO 400 then he would also need to open his lens to the same 1.8 to keep the same 1/60 right?
So in general both bob and john can use the same 1.8 1/60 and 400 and get identically exposed images? So why is bobs lens slower, seriously I am totally confused now.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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Amnon G: 8MP frames from a video creates a whole new capability of extracting the best photo out of a video instead of continuous shooting. This could be very handy for many things, from sports to kids to animals.

You are looking at a capture from perfectly still image. Things are different when everything moves around. At the end people wont be too happy with the results and perhaps ask you what's wrong with the camera because shots are blurry.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:18 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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William Koehler: "Earlier this month the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 joined the RX10 in this newly-minted category boasting almost certainly the same sensor and a 25-400mm equivalent F2.8-4 lens."

I think it is highly doubtful that Panasonic is using a Sony sensor. Same size yes, but not the same sensor.

Thinks are changing. There is not much money making your own components. Sony and Samsung kind of circled the market.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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beavertown: LOL!

Another 1" camera's IQ beats the shxt out of the V3.

Only idiots buy the V3 for 1200 bucks.

Issues? Personal vendetta? Did some v3 user did something really nasty to you?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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George Veltchev: Come on guys ... the 'studio comparison' reveals that this 1' sensor battles with the noise as early as ISO200 ( just look the shadows at this settings ) ..ISO200 I am talking about !!!! WOW ...and on top of that this mediocre Leica lens is as soft as a poppy marshmallow on a hotplate, killing the detail even in the center of the frame, never mind the corners ... take it to the beach in summer, between 10:00am and 2:00pm, keep the ISO at 125 and you'll be happy as a scamp with new white leather shoes...... not bad for a lovely tight package with the modest $900 I guess !

But this thing is made for soccer moms and dads, birders and other amateurs. Those people do not care or even pixel peep in their image. They don't get paid for what they do as a hobby so who cares ISO 200 has some noise if they can zoom in on their kid playing in field and take focused image.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:09 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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trunksye: Why wouldn't one choose a combo like: Olympus M43+ lens 75-300mm? That's 150-600mm equivalent. I know there is this aperture factor, but the large sensor and better iso compensate a bit for this. And you get the flexibility of switching lens...

If I had to choose I would probably go with pany, even though I really like how Sony build stuff with premium feel.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:06 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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chim91: Once more Panasonic has designed a very useful and capable camera, which today may be the the best compromise between size, versatility, picture quality and price. A logical continuation of the outstanding DMC-FZ50 in 2007. I have also used LX3, LX5 and LX7 and found their lens and picture quality far better than expected from a small camera. However the customer service at least here in Switzerland is horrible. Actually the exact opposite of a customer service. The customer service however is as much an integral part of a camera as the other issues discussed here. In my view this reduced significantly the value of the otherwise charming camera

I didn't hear too much love for Sony Cs either... well, they were repairing my 707 for a year telling me how it is almost ready only to tell me at the end they didn't even receive it!???

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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jkoch2: One vast advantage of 4k video, even in a world of lower display resolution, is the ability to crop, stabilize, or adjust for rotation in post, without IQ loss.

The irony is that the FZ1000 can't offer 5-axis stabilization or "level shot" when shooting at 4k. This presents problems, especially when shooting at 400mm equivalent. Sad it has no internal NDF feature either.

The 400mm equivalent zoom reach is great for wildlife or other travel shots, but also means the FZ1000 will fit in no pocket. 80%+ of the time wide-angle and pocketability matter.

The discontinued coat-pocket LX7 (now very cheap) has internal NDF, as well as a colored bar option that indicates horizon. One fears the forthcoming LX8 may not.

The RX10 and RX100 series are both strong competitors, but cost more, and neither offer 4k video.

Geez, my father is calling me every day because he wants to edit a simple hd video and it takes hours and hours and always have some problem.
I can't imagine that he would get 4k camera and attempt to edit that. Omg, I would need to block his number.
Seriously, what people are going to do with 4k, and I mean people who buy cameras like the panny ,not obvious pros that are not the target audience of commercial point and click superzoom?
This would be like total nerve wrecking experience to do anything with home made 4k footage. And, then where would you store it? What would play it?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 18:57 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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PerL: A few comments regarding the final thoughts. Personally I would definitely prefer to carry the better camera for an exclusive trip like that. And a 7D with a 70-200 is really not that behind in reach - 320 eqv vs 400 eqv on the super zoom. Not to mention that the 400 mm on the 7D is a 640 eqv, quite a bit longer. Finally, the AF of the 7D should be more capable of dealing with breaching whales (read M Reichmanns experiences from Antarctica).

Mixing two things. The people who would buy rx10 are not the same people who would spend money on 7d and expensive lenses, nor even think of carrying that.
If you already have 7d then there is no point buying those superzooms. And in a year the superzooms will be sold with a big discounts like all Ps superzooms.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 18:53 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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steve_hoge: Pg 4 "Body and Design" shows an external mic input behind the door.

Pg 2 "Specifications" says "No" under "Microphone Port".

Should trust the photo?

V2 has external mic, so should the V3, unless they made it "modular" as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 05:02 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Fotogeneticist: Electronic viewfinders are a step down from optical viewfinders anyways. That big screen in the back with a Hoodman over it makes a really nice viewfinder. Like a ground glass focusing screen on a large format camera.

On small camera like this the optical viewfinder would be more in the X10 "quality" Optical VF has to be useful or just don't put it there.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 05:00 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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d7k2v2: I've used the V2 extensively for the last year alongside my D610 and collection of full frame and 1 glass. It's definitely found a place as a 2.7x teleconverter for my telephoto and macro shooting. I find it a pleasure to work in full manual mode and I see the V3 as moving the manual handling forward another notch. My major disappointments with this iteration, and why I won't bother upgrading my v2...
- no body only? Why oh why? (US)
- no standard hotshoe... Why?
- no major advance in low light high ISO performance (a flaw at this price range)

For some real world examples I submit my v2 gallery, for no other reason than to show that you can actually take good pics with the 1 system:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewamtrak/sets/72157644786169524/

Nice pics. And, no I don't think upgrading for this price would make any sense especially if by upgrading you mean buying V3 for its full price then stuffing V2 into a drawer because it would be impossible to sell for any normal money.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 04:57 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Marty CL: Removing the viewfinder is a step backwards from the V2.

I can't imagine carrying little thing like viewfinder with me and not loosing it. It is either screwed on camera or "I don't know where".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 04:52 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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quezra: Nikon's main problem is demographic: Its biggest N1 fans are those who got extremely good value price-slashed V1 bodies that allowed them to fall in love with the camera. Unfortunately, each new model in the line appears to want to hike the price back to their original market strategy, thus alienating their supporters, who simply won't buy the camera until it comes down again.

They also appear to be oblivious to what the competition is doing. No one is selling EPL-5s or NEX-5s or NX200s or EOS-Ms in this price bracket. If you want to compete in this price bracket, EVF comes standard, usually fixed on. That also means a full feature set with enthusiast level controls: all standard, not additional add-ons that bring the entire kit into the price range of FF cameras. Clearly it is designed to drop in price but by splitting off accessories they hope they can retain some margins elsewhere since their bodies can't sell except at throwaway prices.

V2 works fast and relatively reliably (sometimes misses the focus) but the output is pretty much in the X10-X20 area.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 04:46 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (813 comments in total)
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hrt: Why does Sony change its models so frequently ?
Does Sony think that consumers will continue to pay for such high frequency of model changes?

I love the RX100 M3 and have purchased it this time, but that doesn't mean that I will do it again.

What was the intention/meaning of launching RX100 M2 ????
Sony's management policy only (irrespective of buyers' actual needs) ????

Answer me please, Sony !!!!

It is simple, they can sell the same thing to the same people. Look at forums how many people "upgraded" from m1 to m2 to m3. I say "upgraded" because in many of the cases they still have them all, just not using them because they are so "old".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (813 comments in total)
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freakpix: Seriously, I wish it would have come with 4K, perhaps RX IV ...

What would you do with a minuscule P&S camera that does 4K? Most consumers wouldn't be even able to edit it or do anything with 4K at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
On P9310096 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

impressive image from such a tiny camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 21:15 UTC as 1st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (357 comments in total)

The fact that it is smaller size than Pentax Q, yet houses much larger sensor is pretty awesome!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 20:49 UTC as 9th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (357 comments in total)
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Artistico: I'm impressed with Panasonic finally putting the "Micro" in Micro four thirds with their latest iteration. When I ditched my Canon 5D in favour of a Panasonic G1 some years ago, one of the most appealing qualities of the new system was being able to travel lighter.

I tried a Sony RX100 last year, but couldn't see what all the fuss was about. The quality from the 1" sensor was disappointing. I did like the size, though, and sold it a bit reluctantly as I did want to have a bring-everywhere camera that I could live with.

I've been tidying my kit over the last week, selling off lenses I hardly use, and I was considering getting the Oly 12-40mm f/2.8 as my do-all lens for my E-M5, but when I considered my options, I went for the GM-1 instead. I think it's right for me. It reminds me of the days when I went everywhere with just a Fuji F30. My holidays and walks were so much more enjoyable when I brought a camera but couldn't feel its weight.

"Disappointing" may be a bit harsh on RX100. I have one and also m43 and the difference in IQ is hardly that significant. I do like the GM1 on paper but same way I like RX100, it is small, takes decent pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 20:45 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (357 comments in total)
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Johno23: This Camera seems pretty decent, it would definately suit anyone who would be interested in buying it. The video quality is great!
But there's another camera which has not been compared with it yet and that's the new Panasonic Lumix GH4 model with 4K high quality video and New auto focus technology! :)
Check out my review!
http://1stdigitalcamerasreviews.blogspot.com.au

That is a totally different purpose of camera for totally different people. I don't even see what can be compared on the GH4 and GM1 - the name? The black paint?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 20:40 UTC
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