Kim Letkeman

Kim Letkeman

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Joined on Nov 27, 2005

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Jogger: One-inch superzooms will eat up this market... something like the Panasonic FZ1000 or Sony RX10 makes a whole lot more sense.

Not the 1" as much as the m4/3 system ... similar IQ (seriously) in smaller packages. And vastly better video. But, Fuji make some great lenses and have some cool features in their EVFs, so have carved out a nice niche ...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 14:35 UTC

Fuji's doing some nice work in this series of bodies ... so why on earth is this not a constant f/4? What a stroke of design that would have been ...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 14:33 UTC as 13th comment | 10 replies

"The resulting video, seen in the demo below, is quite impressive. As of now, the team does not have a release date, but mentions that those who are interested should stay tuned as they 'are working hard on making [their] hyperlapse algorithm available as a Windows app' - Note that the word app most likely hints at a Windows 8 application and not legacy desktop software (sorry Windows 7 users)."

I'm looking forward to playing with this app ... and I think it might be time that users and reviewers put on their big boy pants and stop wasting so much energy whinging about Windows 8. Using dirt cheap tools from Stardock, I have been running Windows 8 exactly as I ran Windows 7 for years now.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 21:36 UTC as 15th comment | 10 replies

IP law is complex and no doubt Wikimedia has checked this out thoroughly and has the photographer by the (monkey's) stones ... but they're still scum bags for putting it in the public domain "on behalf of a monkey" for their own benefit.

Just had another thought. Since the photographer handed the camera to the monkey (prove that he did not), does that not mean that the monkey was shooting selfies while acting as his assistant? Technicalities might just cut both ways ...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 03:04 UTC as 425th comment | 6 replies
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Michael Meissner: No Olympus or Panasonic support. Sigh..... Also, no Sony support.....

@Michael -- sales volume creates a defacto standard ... hence CaNikon is a must ... everything else is generally optional. You'd think, though, with so many bodies from m4/3 and compatible flash systems between Panasonic and Olympus that they would rate support ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
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BarnabyJones: Despite what the official website states, TTL passthrough does not work with Olympus. Tested on the E-m1 with both the FL-600r & Metz 58 AF-2. Additionally, flash profiling is quite limited so unless you're with Nikon or Canon odds are your flashes won't be compatible.

Time to apply the pressure ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 16:55 UTC
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (212 comments in total)
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photogirl7: Here's an interesting thread about the tamron being used for aviation.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53930113

Sadly, those samples are at the short end, where all zooms are competitive ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 18:38 UTC

One question: Does LR CC change the database in any way to make it incompatible with LR 5? Because that would completely blow their concession out of the water ...

Edit: It seems like there will be a perpetual license upgrade to LR 6 at some point. One supposes that it would be acceptable to try LR CC for a year or two and then drop back to perpetual license version, even if forced to upgrade to maintain compatibility. But since Adobe have a poor backward compatibility record, this remains a point of concern.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 17:21 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies

About as useful sounding as the ridiculous commercials that try to convince us that curved TVs "surround" the viewer ...

You'd have to be sitting about 6" from the set to feel surrounded.

Just examples of solutions looking for problems ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:54 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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Stephen McDonald: What's next is sensors that flex with the changing focal-length of the lens. Perhaps the sensors will be built right into the structure and mechanism of the lens, for maximum compatibility at all focal-lengths. This could lead to the capability for a photographer to change sensors in a camera, along with the lenses.

How about dual sensors ... one stacked in front of the other. As the focal length cross thresholds, the sensors swap positions by shuffling ... marketing could make real hay with something that inherently ridiculous :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:52 UTC
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grasscatcher: I see people making reference to the sensor mimicking the human eyeball. However, the sensor, as shown, is concave. Wouldn't it have to be convex to mimic an eyeball? Maybe we need a convex sensor and a fresnel lens? But then there'd likely be a decrease in image quality...

On another tangent, why would the lens need to be round? Can you make, say, a 3x2 rectangular flat lens to convey maximum light to a 3:2 sensor? Seems you could significantly reduce overall camera (lens) size by doing so...

Um ... the sensor would be mimicking the retina, not the lens :-) Thus, concave is correct ...

As for making lenses round versus rectangular ... it seems to me that the interaction of the curves at corners would create spectacular opportunities for weird distortions ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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orion1983: In the wide angle space needle scenery, the trees in the mid-left are way too muddy with the RX10. And in the night scene on the mid-right (horizon, before the trees appear), the building is also sooo much blurred with the RX10 compared to the FZ1000. However, seems like the RX10 specimen is also one with a de-centered lens (I altogether owned FOUR of them....and finally sent all back because of this issue....that much to "mighty Zeiss".....).

Up to now....the RX10 images look a bit cleaner with jpegs (i.e., lines are more straight, less graining)...but maybe thats a jpeg issue only!

Look around the frame ... all the foliage is smeared, no doubt by mediocre noise reduction algorithms. The Panasonic does nothing like that at all. And the Panasonic foliage has a warmer cast to it, which I really like. Reminds me of Nikon colors, which is a good thing ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 15:05 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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jackf00: So no 4k video sample to show ?
Strange they didn't do any, as it's the key feature of the FZ1000.

It is an obvious advantage only for some few people today. But it does future proof an already excellent body.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Akpinxit: FZ1000 looks like highly capable second body for high-end DSLR or even equal switch for mid-end . I'm surprised to how good IQ and lens are (through whole zoom range) . RAW+high speed , up to 3200 ISO IQ is good enough , grip - it has it all .

@Black Box -- "OKAY! I can't take this anymore. WHY do you need a SECOND body if you already have a high-end DSLR?!"

Seriously? I carry one body a lot of the time -- G6 and 14-140. But when I want some flexibility or am heading into low light, I carry multiple bodies with primes. I hate swapping lenses in real time, but grabbing a different body from a shoulder bag is trivial. And the total weight of the bag is the same as the D7000 and a few lenses, so there is no penalty there either. This has nothing to do with "professional" photography and everything to do with "personal" taste on how to manage lens choice etc ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 15:03 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Greynerd: It seems to me that the RX10 sits in a sort of no man's land between the Canon G1X MkII which has 80mm less reach but a large rather than mid size sensor yet is substantially smaller and the FZ1000 which has the reach to justify its size.

Very personal choice in the end. For me, FZ1000 is a no brainer because 200mm at the long end is far too short ... but for others it is an irrelevant metric.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 15:00 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: To me the Sony is a better performer but not by much and in the UK is £100 more expensive. Both cameras look remarkably similar.

Is the Sony worth £100 more? Considering the Panasonic has a longer reach!

Better performer ... that's not what the review suggests. And if you examine very closely the day time comparison scene you will find that the foliage clumps on the Sony image and not on the Panasonic image. That's a huge difference for any JPEG shooter in my book, and no doubt why the reviewer mentions that their JPEGs are "off-putting" .... I have always felt the same way.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 14:58 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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abortabort: Typical DPR 'we hate sony because they aren't fun', but this time with no actual explanation... Because there just really isn't one. So you praise Fuji for more direct controls, like aperture rings around the lens, exp comp dials and e-dials... But when Sony do it it's 'less fun' than a Panasonic with one miserable dial... Righto! Maybe it's the selfie screen that makes it more 'funerer'?

Fanboi tone aside, he explained it quite clearly. More zoom and better ergonomics, which translates to being more fun to shoot. Not much rocket science in there ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
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agentul: well, finally! however, for that price, it has to compete with the Panasonic 14-140, which does have OIS. so Tamron better offer some really good IQ and build quality.

"... which does not have OIS. so Tamron better offer some really good IQ and build quality."

And this would entice Panasonic and older Oly body users how? It's an EPIC FAIL ... leave it at that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 13:47 UTC
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abrsp: Perfect for GX7!!

People have been skeptical of the efficacy of GX7 IBIS for a long time, and now you are saying that it will handle 300mm EFL. Really?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
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chris_j_l: Not understanding the commercial rationale behind this. Olympus has 1 that covers this range, Panasonic has 2 that cover this range. Now we have Tamron wanting to cover this range.
I'm all for choice and that, but there is a phenomenal amount of me-too bunching of glass focal length in u4/3 with little or no differentiation between them bar the manufacturer name.
Tamron does have 1 jump on Oly and Pana in this - the announcement of the lens appears to be followed by sales 1-2 months later. Pana/Oly seem to be in the "announce this year, available 2 years later" which may as well be "available for sale on the 16th of Neveruary"

Not all that relevant to ship fast when you ignore most of the existing bodies by skipping stabilization. Tamron's EPIC FAIL is what this was ...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 19:10 UTC
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