Tom Caldwell

Tom Caldwell

Lives in Australia Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia
Works as a Chartered Accountant
Has a website at tpg.com.au
Joined on Feb 19, 2002

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On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (425 comments in total)
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garyknrd: If Panasonic would come out with a 300mm F/4 lens. I would be all over this. Great machine, but the micro 4/3 does not have the tele's I want yet.

Why stop at f4?
Neil, happy to hear how fast this adapter really is after all the fast-hype.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:42 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (425 comments in total)
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grcolts: Takes the same battery as the G6 model so users who have that camera won't have to buy extra batteries if they already have back-ups.

Hmmm
Then trade-ups but no additions to existing different model Panasonic cameras. I hate the battery compatibility churn

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:37 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (425 comments in total)
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Mirfak: To sweeten the pot, you can use the upcoming Kipon EF-MFT adapter. Then you can use any Canon EF/EFS lens and get fast AF!!! Great especially if you are invested in Canon glass but want a camera with 4K, fast live view AF etc. Anyone interested in 1200mm focal length using a Tamron or Sigma 150-600mm lens?

I will agree that it is fast enough once I have tried it myself. Many EF to Sony E electronic adapters around and none of them are "fast enough" so it seems strange that the first one available for M4/3 has managed to convince potential users that it is indeed fast enough before it has even hit the shops.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:23 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (425 comments in total)

YABS? Yet another battery size?

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:11 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
On Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses article (159 comments in total)

I have the set - good value and I can recommend. Every owner of a M4/3 camera should be able to make themself afford at least one of these lenses.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 23:22 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

Official? Sony focus peaking is barely adequate let alone the best in the business.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 23:42 UTC as 12th comment
On 28_Dan_11mm_f5.6 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Distortion free? Shows that it can be useful as a true recording ultra wide if the subject and lens are worked in conjunction.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 03:02 UTC as 1st comment
On 08_SAM_11.0 mm_f4.0_024 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

PS: don't get too close ....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 02:59 UTC as 1st comment
On 06_Dan_11mm_f7.1 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

Well if the camera is held horizonal the leaning effect would be minimised and there should be plenty of width to apply a crop to taste. Otherwise it is a case of "add shift function". But improperly used one might wonder whether a fisheye is quite good enough. It is a lot of money to pay for "just a fisheye or funny effect lens".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 02:58 UTC as 2nd comment
On 05_Dan_11mm_f4.5 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Not criticising but perspective "lean" is an issue that has to be watched

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 02:54 UTC as 2nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (446 comments in total)
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Tom Caldwell: Actually I would suggest that the GM1 is more of an enthusiast camera than the GM5 which leans to a less enthusiast ease of use evf. "to make it easier". Enthusiast means offering a challenge to the user to make it work well. Point and shoot means "easy living" to get "acceptable" images but incapable of doing much more no matter how you try.

So if you look for easy living then you can use the GM1/5 as such, but a camera that bring out enthusism must always be an enthusiast camera. To see it otherwise is more a user problem than a problem with the camera itself

Bizarre? How can an evf turn a camera from being a casual users camera into an enthusiasts camera? Or vice versa. Either both cameras are for casual users or both can be enthusiast cameras.

They are substantially the same piece of equipment.

But I guess some words are necessary to pad out a review of cameras that are substantially the same thing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 09:58 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (446 comments in total)
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junk1: I love the camera but it is WAY too expensive (GM1 is still pricey too, even used). People should take a look at the Panasonic GF6 which doesn't have the 1/500s shutter limitation which I think could be a problem for fast motions. Too bad the GF7 also has the screwy shutter.

This is because the GM1/5 contrary to opinions given are in fact extremely well built enthusiast cameras. Trying to jawbone price this down to an average mans budget only highlights that the GF7 is going to be the real point and shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 11:15 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (446 comments in total)

Actually I would suggest that the GM1 is more of an enthusiast camera than the GM5 which leans to a less enthusiast ease of use evf. "to make it easier". Enthusiast means offering a challenge to the user to make it work well. Point and shoot means "easy living" to get "acceptable" images but incapable of doing much more no matter how you try.

So if you look for easy living then you can use the GM1/5 as such, but a camera that bring out enthusism must always be an enthusiast camera. To see it otherwise is more a user problem than a problem with the camera itself

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 11:10 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (388 comments in total)
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schorscho: Panasonic has a very smart product philosophy: make three cameras which uses over 90% of the same assembly parts but target different markets with each of it. Kudos to them even if I personally prefer the GM5!

In a word: "Yes" I now have five M4/3 camera bodies because the GM1 (only) was good enough. I have no interest in the G, GF, and GH series.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 21:08 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (388 comments in total)

Use upside down for concerts?

I look forward to a re-run of all the chatter over the GM1's multi-function wheel - or has it been made less touchy.

Myself, I don't mind the GM1 multi-function wheel as I am used to it and it is quite intuitive really.

But there were many who could not last out the learning curve for the GM1 multi-function wheel.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 21:02 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1457 comments in total)

I have some very nice FF EF lenses already. I have been waiting quite a while to be able to use them on a Canon FF mirrorless.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 07:16 UTC as 251st comment | 3 replies
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (142 comments in total)
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VJVIS: Just curious about scoring. Panasonic GM1 got 78% and Gold award, Fuji X-M1 got 77% and Gold Award, and dpreview states that "Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category" and these two obviously belong to the same category, so how does that make Fuji the overall winner?

Best if the GM1/5 were actually left out of the comparison of the peaknuckle end of the replaceable lens market - it deserves more competition than this. These are actually proper front-line capable cameras that just happen to be small. Surely they can be entry level cameras for those moving up but they can also be serious cameras for those with greater experience who can see them as capable cameras to carry front line lenses and respond to intelligent use. Beneath the cute look there is a very serious and capable camera.

It is hardly surprising that the GM1 was so often compared to a RX100 - the consumer market is already primed to see the GM1/5 as a form of capable point'n'shoot only. The GM1/5 have access to the full range of M4/3 mount capable lenses.

Borrow a Nocticron and try it out on the GM1 .... see what happens .... (but I suppose it is no longer "budget" but the fact that it can be a chameleon needs to e noted.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 21:36 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (142 comments in total)

Damn with faint praise?

"The way we see it there are two kinds of users who will consider cameras in this class - those who are looking for a point-and-shoot experience with better image quality, in a body that will also play nice with their smartphone, and those who are looking for a step-up camera with which to learn the ins-and-outs of photography without going all the way up to a DSLR."

With the GM1 at least there is a third type of user - the one that sees that camera as capable as any other M4/3 camera and certainly competitive with a dslr entry level kit. And top-grade lenses and the GM1 is very capable indeed.

I really cannot understand why the GM1/5 will be forever damned as cute and cuddly and for beginners just because they are physically very small.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 21:21 UTC as 14th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (301 comments in total)
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BJN: The GM5's EVF is nice to have, but rather disappointing. The apparent viewfinder image is approximately half the size of the EVF image in my GH3. And to keep the EVF's profile low, there isn't an effective eyecup. Ambient light easily washes in under the bright conditions where an EVF should be most valuable. And the GM5's diopter slider is fussy to use and easy to bump out of adjustment. And the EVF has compromised the useful size of the rear LCD panel. What I'm saying is that the GM1s with its GM5 style tweaks may likely be a better choice for many. And while the GM1 can be had, the pricing is quite attractive.

Lucky there are plenty of choices for cameras irrespective of skills. If the camera does not suit perfectly (and it rarely will) then there are always other cameras that might be closer. And I do agree that natural and acquired skills will always make the best fist out of the camera in the hand. Therefore if the skills are not up to adjusting to what the camera provides then buy a camera more closely suited.

I have passed on many cameras that did not twang my string, but have not needed to criticize them because of this. More like when I have made a mistake and bought something believing that I could live with its awkwardness and found that I couldn't.

So warning about the areas that need to be considered is not necessarily a bad thing, but surely don't expect Panasonic to hit the recall button .... ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 23:36 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (301 comments in total)
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Gesture: Smaller sensor. Smaller, less complicated camera than DSLR. $500 would be appropriate.

Early adopter prices are always higher to ration demand and get as quick as possible payback of the development costs - simple economics. If you want to be in the first rush you pay a premium. For those overcome with emotion over the price there is not only someone impatiently standing in the queue behind with their credit card melting in their hand.

Meanwhile the GM1 is much more reasonably priced and takes identical images - so why fret - buy a GM1 (in fact you can have two for the price of a GM5).

When the rush subsides the price of the GM5 will come down and everybody can have one.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 23:24 UTC
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