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f8BeThereToo

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)
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akra: Very puzzling decision to swap flash for EVF for pro-sumer camera. Just for reference, most pro-sumers work regular jobs when lighting conditions are best ... so a lot of pictures are taken during dinners (i.e. after dark), on the beach, when you really need the flash. Am I supposed to have the flash on me every time? One would think that those lucky of us who can afford running around and taking pics during working hours and do need EVF would also be able to afford a real pro camera. Seems that design misplaces the camera for the target audience. Wonder if Leica will do the same blunder with their version of the camera. Otherwise camera looks great.

The flash that is included with the LX100 is so small you can leave it attached 24/7.

I'm happy with the hot shoe solution since the tiny pop-up flashes are hardly better than no flash... This way you can add a very small flash that can be used for bounce-lighting.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 01:03 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: Should have been 20MP and f/2.0 to f/4.0 and FL of 24-135mm. That would be a real hotcake. For less than $300, I can buy a similar sized APS-C camera with kit lens and same FL.

And that APS-C alternative would be...?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 00:54 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: Very impressive, really nice features, except for one thing.

For a camera of this size, a built-in flash is much more useful than a hot shoe.

I've noticed that several people have suggested the Metz Mecablitz 24 AF-1 digital for use with the LX100. I've been a long-time fan of Metz strobes and I would seriously consider this model if the Panasonic flash included with the digicam doesn't measure-up..

Unfortunately, I have been unable to find an image of the Mecablitz 24 AF-1 digital mounted on a camera so I don't know if it would be too large for the LX-100.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 23:30 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)
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f8BeThereToo: I suppose that I will have to wait for the full review to learn the shot-to-shot speed when shooting RAW?

While JPEG shooting speed is quite fast I am usually disappointed in how fast I can snap pictures in RAW mode...

Thanks Jacques. I guess that I will have to wait for the review...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 23:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)
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Hen3ry: This just looks insane to me. I was hoping for a 1" sensor, an extended zoom range, and something a little smaller. Instead I am offered something as bulky as the GM1 (yes, I have owned and used one) with a limited zoom range.

Oh -- and a built-in flash is a must have in these small cameras (I ridiculed Oly about the silly little accessory flash for the E-PL3 and this is no different).

As a marketer I see the two announcements of the LX100 and GM5 as ludicrous. They compete with each other!

And the LX100 is bigger and heavier than its "natural" competitors from other companies, notably Sony.

Anyway -- no Panny purchase for me of either of the two. I'll just carry the ever handy G6 with the 12-32 on walkabout. :)

I just looked at the images of the camera being held... It sure seems small to me, not all that much bigger than an LX-7. It may even be a tad smaller than I would like... I often find the diminutive size of digicams to be too small for my taste.

I understand that the prevailing digicam mantra is "Small Is Beautiful." But a digital camera can be too small for easy handling... I noticed that the preview notes that the placement of the rear thumb rest may only be satisfactory for people with rather small hands.

If the camera is to small to easily use the controls I'll be back to considering something a little bigger.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 23:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)

I suppose that I will have to wait for the full review to learn the shot-to-shot speed when shooting RAW?

While JPEG shooting speed is quite fast I am usually disappointed in how fast I can snap pictures in RAW mode...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 22:53 UTC as 89th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)
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WT21: I really hope the little clip-on flash can be angled backwards for ceiling bounce. That would be just awesome.

Wow! I'm not familiar with those particular cameras (I haven't had the opportunity to handle them...) But the tiny pop-up flash on my admittedly ancient digicam doesn't have sufficient power to bounce off a ceiling... at low ISOs and mid-range apertures anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 22:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)
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KameraFever: I also wish this had a mic input. Still, great camera.

@marc petzold

You never need fill flash? What kind of subjects do you tend to shoot?

I would use this camera in conjunction with my DSLR for travel and street photography. Fill-flash is the feature I use the most on my cameras. Being able to improve shadow detail (with the use of flash not being noticeable in the image...) makes a huge difference with many subjects.

Knowing when and how to use fill-flash has always been my dividing line between amateur and skilled enthusiast/pro photographers.

When I was starting out in the early 1980s I struggled with learning fill-flash (no auto-fill cameras in those days).

I can remember when I finally Got It. The feeling was the same as when I learned how to tie my own shoelaces! The quality of my photos improved a lot and my camera almost always had a flash attached.

Unless you stick to landscape photos or other subjects where using flash isn't an option you owe it to yourself to learn proper fill-flash technique.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:04 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)
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WT21: I really hope the little clip-on flash can be angled backwards for ceiling bounce. That would be just awesome.

Would such a small flash have enough power to use that way?

I'm more interested in being able to use the flash for fill and direct flash when there isn't enough light for the fast lens...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:38 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (841 comments in total)

I use tiny unpadded fanny packs and a small carry-all shoulder bag when traveling. Aside from vets/jackets, none of my pockets are large enough for the kind of travel camera I would accept as a replacement for my DSLR.

Most compact cameras are too small for my taste; it looks like Panasonic got it right with this camera!

This looks like the first camera that could replace my beloved Nikon Coolpix 8400. I've been hoping for a fast zoom lens with at least a 24mm-equivalent wide end; 75mm-equivalent is just long enough for portraits. (Wide-angle coverage is more important to me than the telephoto end...)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:24 UTC as 117th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (944 comments in total)
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Steve Bingham: Yawn.

@Steve Bingham

No, I meant "cogent"...

cogent |ˈkōjənt|
adjective
(of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing.

"Cognizant?" Really? You might want to check your dictionary...

As far as using "an" instead of "a"... I'm not the greatest typist and I simply missed my mistake. (Kinda reaching for a way to put me down aren't you?)

Was I supposed to know that your stellar track record of "mostly helpful posts" and owning a lot of Nikon cameras gives your pithy original comment more weight?

Wait a minute... I see that you are a retired academic. NOW I get it! (Where is that darn bowing emoticon when I need it...?)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 17:40 UTC

@ecube:

My "safety belt" uses a single quick disconnect. See the OpTech accessory I used at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=workaround.jsp&A=details&Q=&sku=485769&is=REG.

It is attached to the left strap connector and the R Strap swivel. (I have an image of my system but unfortunately I cannot post it here.) I have tested it with my heaviest camera/lens combo and it can handle the weight without failing. The safety belt does not interfere with camera handling.

It's unfortunate that you are so close-minded about the utility of sling straps. You have formed an opinion but apparently have never actually used such a strap. (Black Rapid has a thirty-day return period when you buy from the company website so all you lose is the nominal shipping cost if it doesn't meet your expectations.)

You really are missing out on the best innovation in camera strap technology since the introduction of the OpTech neoprene camera strap back in the 1980s...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 17:28 UTC as 3rd comment
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ecube: The "quick release" strap as shown is commonly used in relatively light weight key rings. I would not bet my camera on such design. Moreover, engaging this quick release requires two hands. Having the quick release by the hips is an awkward position that will more likely result in dropping the camera. More likely than not, the user would have to take the strap off their body in order to engage the quick release mechanism, thus defeating the purpose of quick release. Contrary to the claim of "quick draw from hip" into shooting position, the strap would not easily slid around the shoulder, try it with the narrower neck strap and decide for yourself.

The mounting threaded socket on the baseplate of the camera is design for COMPRESSIVE loading. This product advocates tensile loading the baseplate. I wonder if the developer ever consulted with the camera manufacturer on their proposed tensile loading on the baseplate.

I have L Bracket Swiss Arca compatible mounting plate.

My "safety belt" uses a single quick disconnect. See the OpTech accessory I used at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=workaround.jsp&A=details&Q=&sku=485769&is=REG.

It is attached to the left strap connector and the R Strap swivel. (I have an image of my system but unfortunately I cannot post it here.) I have tested it with my heaviest camera/lens combo and it can handle the weight without failing. The safety belt does not interfere with camera handling.

It's unfortunate that you are so close-minded about the utility of sling straps. You have formed an opinion but apparently have never actually used such a strap. (Black Rapid has a thirty-day return period when you buy from the company website so all you lose is the nominal shipping cost if it doesn't meet your expectations.)

You really are missing out on the best innovation in camera strap technology since the introduction of the OpTech neoprene camera strap back in the 1980s...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 17:19 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (944 comments in total)
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Steve Bingham: Yawn.

If Mr. Bingham was younger he would have likely replied with "meh."

Either way, if you cannot muster enough energy to compose an cogent post (presumably because you are both unmoved and lazy...) why bother to post in the first place?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 17:02 UTC
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Boxbrownie: Try walking normally without hanging onto the camera and let it just swing, attached by one point it'll just swing around and twist about quite insecurely, this is nothing new as an invention, just another version of a failed idea, you cannot beat having two fixed points toi hang a camera from............

Kepp trying chaps!

Six years with my R Strap... Unlike a shoulder strap the camera stays put above my right hip. It's particularly good for street and travel photography when I want my gear out of sight while being instantly available.

The R Strap allows me to make more photos in much less time which leaves me more time to enjoy my surroundings and travel companion(s). I won't leave home without it!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
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ecube: The "quick release" strap as shown is commonly used in relatively light weight key rings. I would not bet my camera on such design. Moreover, engaging this quick release requires two hands. Having the quick release by the hips is an awkward position that will more likely result in dropping the camera. More likely than not, the user would have to take the strap off their body in order to engage the quick release mechanism, thus defeating the purpose of quick release. Contrary to the claim of "quick draw from hip" into shooting position, the strap would not easily slid around the shoulder, try it with the narrower neck strap and decide for yourself.

The mounting threaded socket on the baseplate of the camera is design for COMPRESSIVE loading. This product advocates tensile loading the baseplate. I wonder if the developer ever consulted with the camera manufacturer on their proposed tensile loading on the baseplate.

I have L Bracket Swiss Arca compatible mounting plate.

@ecube: If you have never tried a sling strap you don't know what you are missing... I used OpTech straps for many years but all it took was one trip to Europe with an R Strap and I Was Hooked.

I use a "safety belt" made from (ironically) OpTech connectors that prevents my camera from falling in the unlikely event the tripod attachment should fail.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 15:38 UTC
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Ozyxy: the video plays automatically, I never liked auto-start videos :(

There are Safari extensions such as ClickToFlash that prevent videos from automatically playing. I won't journey onto the Web without one...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 15:31 UTC
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Foroa: What means "Secondary reflector with two output settings" ?

Metz is hardly an "off brand." The company has been around for many years; I still use a Metz "potato masher" unit that I bought in the early 90s. The auto aperture function utilizing the strobe's built-in sensor is amazingly accurate. It's a lot easier to use than manual settings. (Metz sensors have a narrower field of view than most flashes which contributes to the improved accuracy...)

I'm curious whether this flash has an accessory that expands the flash coverage. My Metz flash has one and I leave it on because I often go as wide as 18mm full-frame equivalent...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 16:47 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1530 comments in total)
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f8BeThereToo: I wouldn't touch this new camera until the sacrificial early adopters discover whatever design problems Nikon gives us this time...

HowaboutRAW:

I'm not sure that we actually disagree… All I'm saying is that I am going to wait and see how the D810 fares in the Real World of Photography. It doesn't matter to me how glowing the editorial reviews are.

Regarding OS 10.9: I'm still using 10.8.5. I've been seriously considering finally upgrading to Mavericks but the continuing Firewire 800 external drive sleep issue is worrisome. Unfortunately, the Samsung drives I am using also have USB 3.0 sleep issues with the OWC Mercury Elite Pro enclosures. Hopefully when I upgrade to larger Toshiba drives the problem will go away...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 19:44 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1530 comments in total)
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f8BeThereToo: I wouldn't touch this new camera until the sacrificial early adopters discover whatever design problems Nikon gives us this time...

I guess that it's too bad that I can remember when Nikon sold reliable cameras and lenses…

Howard, buy the D810 as soon as it is available if you want. Someone needs to pay to be a Nikon beta tester…

All I'm saying is that I won't be signing-on for the job. And all your protestations isn't going to change my mind, so you can save yourself some trouble and move on.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
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