Tord S Eriksson

Tord S Eriksson

Lives in Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
Works as a bus driver/retired
Joined on Jul 3, 2003
About me:

Like to draw, paint, and photograph nature, and identified
flying 'objects', like the moon, bumblebees, aircraft, and, not least, birds!

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On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (669 comments in total)
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MicekyVee: Preface: I've been using Canon since the 10D and have had every camera in the series except the 60D and now have the 70D (sold my 7D). I've spent the last couple of hours processing some 70D pics and looking at some of the work I've done with the 40D, 50D and 7D.

I can honestly say, IMO, that the IQ difference amongst the cameras it's evolutionary/incremental at best. I tend to shoot landscape and architecture on a tripod and from an interface ease of use perspective, the 70D is by far the best of the series for my particular use cases. Live view shooting is simply fabulous and I enjoy it as a walk around camera.

WRT the review and as a 70D owner, I was thrilled to see the 70D get a Gold Award but I find it a little hard to swallow from an IQ perspective due to the incremental changes. Love the better Hi ISO but in no way this is a revolutionary IQ camera even relative to the 40D.
Anyway, for me, it suits my style. For better IQ, it's time for a 5D3.

Interesting comment! So the 5D II wins again!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 20:46 UTC
On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (669 comments in total)
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phazelag: The lack of focus in continuous burst is a deal breaker, and they give it lower scores on image quality and still give it a gold award. Canon and nikon are selling to the old guard. Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus can move to the top if they educate the consumers better.

Sony and Olympus just have too small batteries for my liking, but I do like low weight cameras!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 08:18 UTC
On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (669 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: DPR there is a flaw in your scoring system in that you don't seem to account for size, weight, or portability at all. For example, this camera and the E-M1 are listed in the same category (mid-range ILC/DSLR), but looking at the individual categories, you haven't factored in anywhere how much smaller, lighter, and more travel friendly the E-M5 and its corresponding lens options are compared to the 70D. This is a huge thing for many people to consider when choosing a camera, and again, you put these two in the same category, so it is totally unfair not to factor this into your score, especially the value score. You say the E-M1 is equal to or better than the 70D at everything except video, but that it is a far worse value. The fact is that a lot of the E-M1's value comes from its portability compared to a DSLR and I think you are failing to consider that in your scores.

The Sony A7/A7r weighs around a pound, and so does the OM-D E-M1, while the 70D weighs about as much as my D600 (even closer in weight is the Pentax K-3!).

If I ever buy another DSLR/MILC it will have to be light, but the sad thing about the new players from Olympus and Sony is that part of the weight-saving is done by using very small batteries, thus these two marvels can only take about a third as many shots per charge as the D600, or the 70D!

That's really a pity, and one of them doesn't even come with a charger!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 08:17 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2066 comments in total)

Sounds like a camera to love, in most circumstances, except in low light situations!

I have a D600, and a V1, while my wife has a E-M5, this E-M1 sounds like a perfect complement!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 00:13 UTC as 108th comment | 4 replies
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caver3d: Not impressed at all. The Oly E-M1 and Pany GX7 can do it better. A lot better.

Not so sure about that - look at the lack of noise, look at the impressive dynamic range. I think they are even slightly better than my D600!

The choice of subjects, the boring lighting, and the lack of any other lenses that the 35 (Come on, DPR, it uses the same adapters as any NEX!), that's not the camera's fault, that's entirely up to DPReview and the man behind the camera!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 08:45 UTC

Well, I was impressed by the ease the camera handled colours in low light, and the very subdued noise, no matter what setting! The rest (choice of subjects, and so on) wasn't so impressive.

Oh, I wish you had had Steve Huff to take the photos, someone with a little imagination, outside the box. 50 pictures taken in neon light doesn't say more than a handful, but some portraits, close-ups, in short something interesting, had been appreciated!

The photos of the Jack Daniels guy going through the motions made my day, while those of our four-legged hoofed friends were the worst I've seen in a long time!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 08:21 UTC as 34th comment | 14 replies

The cost, of the accessories, is actually very decent, compared to what you have to pay for similar items to your Olympus m4/3 camera!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 08:37 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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BeaniePic: I just can't work with EVF's... Also the design looks uncomfortable? Never been a fan of Sony cameras and this hasn't changed my mind on first looks. I know Sony and other brands want to break into Canon and Nikon's market but it's just going to be too hard for them to do I believe. Keep on trying guys maybe some day...

I think this says it all: 'Never been a fan of Sony cameras'. I myself have never been a Canon fan, although I still got one, or two!

To me it looks like my NEX-5N, which lacks waterproofing, and built-in anti-shake, both sorely missed, but the viewfinder is great, and this NEX have an even better one!

This camera is a revolution (imagine, a FF weighing about a pound - totally unheard of!), and no revolution was painless, or perfect. After a few iterations, say in 2017, Panasonic will have to rethink their strategy.

What will maybe kill this wonder is a lack of lenses, and the small battery!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 09:01 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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dynaxx: Even for a 35mm camera body, the prices are still too high. Sony are being shrewd and mopping-up the "price is of no consequence" brigade before offering cheaper ( more plastic and less Magnesium alloy ) bodies for the people who look for value for money and are ( probably ) in the majority.

Because my roots are in the film era, I still find it ironic that getting back to the image capture area that was the norm for everyday film snappers about 40 years ago, generates the kind of wonderment that large format film ( 4" X 5" and upwards ) created at that time.

My bet is that the A7 will have the better image quality ( colours especially ) because 36.3 megapixels is too many to cram into that sensor area.

Given the truly thrilling implications of this announcement for the photography industry as a whole, the preliminary review is surprisingly unenthusiastic ( f/1.8 and f/2.8 Primes lenses are described as "somewhat slow"). To criticise the nomenclature "Bionz X" is just stupid.

Dynaxx,

I agree fully! Definitely not a NEX guy who wrote that review!

Could spell trouble for Pentax, though, as their rumoured FF seems to have evaporated, and this Sony wonder most likely can use all the good Pentax FA lenses - wow!

But a bigger battery, without needing a battery grip, would be heaven!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 08:50 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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iudex: I am a bit surprised to read DPR finds the price of A7 high. I don´t remember this to be pointed out when the Oly E-M1 was introduced and man, this is one overpriced camera. 1400 USD (body only) for 4/3" sensor or 1700 USD for a fullframe? The A7 is a bargain.

Agree fully! Compared to what my D600 cost me, it is a steal ;-)!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 08:39 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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PenGun: Has to be the same sensor, well updated perhaps, as the one on the D800. So weather sealed, medium format really, wonderful dynamic range and a grand cheaper. Poor Nikon what a brutal hit.

It might entice Nikon to try a FF mirrorless, if the sales for Sony goes well!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 08:38 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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Eric Glam: (continued)

I want a 1920x1080 120Hz LCD, with iPhone-like touch experience and 3-axis hinges.

I wanna see USB3.0 & HDMI 2.0.

I want fast cards, like CFast, or even an M.2 NGFF SSD.

I wanna see choice of stills formats. Let the user select which one he/she prefers:
Uncompressed RAW - ARW & DNG.
Compressed - JPEG, Microsoft JPEG-XR & Google WEBP.

I guess I expected too much.

That was a really tall list! For me a much bigger battery, and a separate charger included, free of charge, would be first on the mods wanted list!

I think they decided to make a camera that appealed to the amateur who wanted a FF, just like the D600, not a pro camera, first and foremost!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 08:36 UTC
On IMGP0490 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Interesting camera! Under normal lighting conditions the physical size of the sensor does not play a big role, the darker it gets, the more important it becomes!

Is there a tiny low light camera out there?!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 14:36 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon Coolpix 990 Review preview (2 comments in total)

Still in use by some ;-)!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 08:46 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On First Impressions Review: Using the Canon PowerShot G16 article (352 comments in total)
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Pitbullo: Good review!
I am thinking of buying this camera to my wife for christmas. I guess it is a good choice no matter what, and she can also use my Canon flashes if she need to.

If your wife likes a lot of buttons and knobs, yes, but if she likes a simple user interface on a small camera that takes good photos, and good video, I'd say go with the RX100 (no essential difference in street price).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 20:05 UTC
On Editorial: Why I can't stop taking iPhone Panoramas article (300 comments in total)

I use my NEX-4N for sweep panoramas (The only thing I do with it nowadays), but I think these were quite impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 22:10 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply

I've even got rid of the earlier version, as Aperture and LR fills my needs better, plus having Phocus, Hasselblad's excellent free photo editing program.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 21:38 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)
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Dave C 150: Peevee said:-
"Pentax K-5"
not a bad camera. Of course, no hand-held shooting with long teles for you, and AF tracking is not up to Canon/Nikon standard.
Eh? The opposite is true. In body SR for all lenses going back to the sixties. Which other camera can say that. I have easily shot at 1/200th second hand held with the Sigma 150-500mm. With its brilliant high ISO performance high shutter speeds are easy to get. It is true AF tracking is poor compared to Canon/Nikon though.
Also someone said K-30 has better sensor than K-5. I think you will find they are the same Sony one.

I loved the SR/VR/OIS of the K-5, but the AF is really bad. I switched to Nikon just a couple of years back, and haven't regretted it for a second. And the picture quality at high ISO is not the best around (my old K-x was better, than my K-5).

It did shine with the short, wide, lenses, like the DA15, FA 43, FA77 - not found their equals in the world of Nikons. My wife sold her K-5,a nd eventually bought a K-30, a much better camera, AF-wise!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:08 UTC
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)
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Intermittentoverexposure: Pentax K30 ($490 via Amazon), Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 non-VC ($309 via digitalrev) = $799

Save the $200 and later add the Tamron 70-200 F2.8 non-VC ($769 via Amazon).

Add a Samyang 14mm if you need wide angle (~$350 via everywhere) and you've got everything covered with a constant F2.8.

As a former K-5 owner (bought new at top price!) the K-30 is a much better buy, and the lenses you recommend are great as well (have owned both Tamrons)!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 09:59 UTC
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)

I was a stern believer of Pentax, and the K-5, but eventually sold it, and a head of lenses, to get a D600 (which has slightly lighter oil/dust problems than the K-5), and a handful of nice lenses (loved the DA15, FA43, FA77, & a few more).

Never regretted it for a second, but it is sad that Pentax takes such a cavalier attitude towards the users, and the problems with the SDM (supersonic drive motor), used in many of their lenses.

For years the users had to pay for replacing the faulty SDMs in their lenses, with new ones, that was just as bad as the original ones!

Then, suddenly, the guys at Pentax were very frank, and says 'Oh, yes, we know about that', and still didn't offer any kind of compensation to the customers!

The company eventually did owe up on the K-5 oil splatter problem, as no charge for the customers, and quickly released the K-5 II, that doesn't have that problem in the same degree.

By then they had lost me, and my wife, and I am now in the Nikon camp.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 09:05 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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