Tom Caldwell

Lives in Australia Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia
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I am sure that this is a great product, but .... Does this company realise that in Australia "Cactus" means "had it, useless, will not work" eg: "this thing is cactus" = this article will never work again and should be scrapped. Noteworthy Citroen is also trying to launch a small 4wd vehicle called the "Cactus" - it will be interesting to see how it sells. "hey guys, I just bought a cactus ..." will see more than a few Aussies rolling around in mirth.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 07:35 UTC as 2nd comment

Have you noticed the propensity to make "replicas" of Canon's dream lenses? The Canon 24mm f1.4 comes to mind in this case. There are others. The 42.5mm f1.2 and 35-100mm f2.8 OIS are examples.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 06:30 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies

I am happy with such a lens and am sure that it will reward those that buy one. Shades of the 42.5mm f1.3 Nocticron and carry on by those that would not make themselves afford one and made every excuse to justify that fact.

No compulsion and if there are better, cheaper, lenses then go buy one.

I just hope that they make a better fist of the metal hood than they did with the one on the Nocticron - I ended up discarding it in favour of a Matin reversible bayonet hood.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 06:22 UTC as 124th comment
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Seedeich: Interesting idea.

They should get rid of the battery as well and use that old school film transportation lever to produce just enough electricity to record the image and to drive the light meter.
With a couple of spare SD cards you could shoot forever off the grid.

Would be even better if Nikon made a FM-style DSLR without LCD and thumb-lever charged.

Now that is a truly useful idea - a modern digital camera that would work without batteries. Something useful anywhere, anytime , and very useful when the lights eventually go out.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
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J Parker: Leica haters of the world, unite....

Leica does it again. First, Leica introduces an $8,000 monochrome camera and many of us are outraged. But Phase One introduces a monochrome camera that costs 5x the price ($40,000!) and the forums here are silent -- no outrage -- nothing. The Leica version saves you $32,000 -- the least we could've done was to say thanks. The humanity.

And now Leica releases a camera without an LCD.... Who do they think they are?

Seriously, all joking aside -- I wear a Timex -- but I would love a Patek Phillippe -- it is a pure work of art that also happens to tell time. Leica sells works of art that also happen to be photographic tools. And that I can understand. People buy fine art not for how it makes others (i.e. you) feel, but how it makes them feel -- and this can be an extremely powerful thing both logically and emotionally.

My auto fanatic friends don't stop enjoying their Mustangs when Ferrari puts out a new model. Enjoy the camera you have.

Not Leica haters, but nonsense must expect a certain brand of humour in response.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 01:30 UTC
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AlanG: Can it pause for a couple of minutes after shooting 36 exposures? That's a feature I need.

Good one Marty ... :)

The cards come in film-like canisters?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 01:25 UTC
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StIves: No rear screen, fair enough, I guess that might to some people be points for simplicity and retro. But all they could think of to use that space for was a butt-ugly ISO dial that only goes to 6400?

It actually discretely spins as the image is recorded.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 01:23 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (360 comments in total)
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saeba77: i really can't understand why i need this camera or the ricoh?
i can buy the t10 or a6000 or a6300 or xa2 or ecc , mount a prime f2.8 and obtain the same image quality (well may be better) in a body more or less same spec

You forgot the Panasonic choice of GM1 or GM5 both of which offer smaller basic body sizes and a choice from a huge range of suitable lenses. Of course the GR does not have a lens stub and at rest is still the smallest. Fired up and ready to go the GM series cameras are the physical smallest to pack a real punch.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (360 comments in total)
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caravan: The GR has the great snap focus feature which makes for superb handling and control,too bad Fuji went with the gimmicks;touch+tilt screen.

I am afraid that I am in the camp of tilt screen is a gimmick for a camera that size.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 21:01 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (360 comments in total)

Strap lugs that stick out, selfie lcd screen, No control dials, just one Ricoh-esque jog lever. Ricoh also has a front dial and the unique very effective rocker lever.

I cannot see why 1950's mechanical dials for shutter speed and EV compensation are regarded as superior. When the camera is switched on as it has to be to work then the lcd will let an owner know what settngs have been made and remembered. Give me the rocker lever adjustment any day - no need to take eye off job - just press up or down.

Retro style conceit just wastes space with fixed setting dials that are little used in practice.

No evf. What were Fuji doing? Both Sony and Panasonic now manage to have flash or evf and Ricoh manages to collapse a fine quality lens inside the body and at least find room for a flash unit (an evf would have been better).

Give me the proper GR grip any day.

But at least MF on the Fuji must be easier than the impementation on the GR.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 20:46 UTC as 87th comment | 2 replies
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oscarvdvelde: These "soap bubbles" look dense and not very 3D.

I have to admit that soap bubbles doen well can look quite good.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 22:04 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: Yet another replica of an old lens. Now it is the famous trioplan though. And, lets see if anyone can found any cheap vintage lenses here :)

Why is the trioplan, any trioplan, famous? Just a few years ago if you had one you could hardly give it away.

Meyer Optik: "Meyer Who?"

Then a few people were able to use their undoubted skills to make some exceptional images featuring "soap bubble" bokeh. Then of course everyone did the usual photo-thing and decided to buy one hoping that the lens would improve their photographic skills.

It was cheap so it sold well, so well that the price went up and therefore it was even more worth having. .... all of a sudden it is now desirable and famous.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 22:02 UTC

Two things surprised: one that the legendary look that made the original worth turning into a Kickstart was not good enough apparently and had to be updated with modern precision manufacturing and the best glass. I pesume they don't destroy what made the Trioplan 50 into something of a legend legacy lens.

A brand new perfect lens with the "cultish" sought after soap bubble bokeh fault deliberately engineered back in.

The legend now comes sanitised, updated with air-con and muzak.

Secondly: US$50 to ship to the rest of the world? - the last straw, turning mild interest into "forget it".

What next? - a kick-starter for mirror lenses perfectly made with the highest quality glass, hand assembled in Germany with those delightful accentuated soap bubble rings for bokeh?

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 21:47 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

Well it sure fills the hole left by the GX7.

The AF/MF switch was a very useful lever for those that use MF lenses as it does a neat reconfigure of modes. But I suppose many lenses have an AF/MF slide and pure MF lenses might be auto-detected making the switch redundant. Lets hope its function has not totally disappeared into the menu.

Tomorows big news is the GM7 which now has to be a continuation of the GM form factor. (As opposed to a half way house GM5/GX7 hybrid - the GM80 put paid to that).

I think that we can safely say that the GX80 is not a renamed GM7.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:00 UTC as 28th comment
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Najinsky: Gotta love April

I think the point was that it might as well have been (a Joke).

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 01:55 UTC
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Najinsky: Gotta love April

You nailed it.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 23:13 UTC
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Summi Luchs: Interesting concept, but maybe, at the time it might hit the market, we will see the next generation of EVFs. I doubt that the future will lie in complex opto-mechanical solutions.

Agreed - it is just a means of weaning dedicated ovf users off the fully optical system and at the same time managing to sell a few transitional models along the way. Brilliant marketing.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 23:12 UTC
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EricAotearoa: Interesting. Would be good if something actually does arise out of this design. However, it does look somewhat complicated and expensive to put in to practice

Fuji is quietly slipping away from their hybrid viewfinder RF design - their bread and butter stuff seems to be evf these days.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 23:10 UTC
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DFPanno: Great - optical to compose and EVF to expose; best of both worlds.

Twice as long?

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 23:08 UTC
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straylightrun: About time. Sony needs some serious competition to force them to make some cheaper entry level FF bodies and more budget FE lenses. Theyve been getting away with milking the premium concept for too long now (eg “Zeiss” 24-70/4).

Sony put their prices up which signifies that they are now satisfied with their market share and have joined the club of high margin FF sensor bodies whether they be ML (mirrorless) or dslr.

Do we think that competition will bring prices down? Ask the club.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 23:07 UTC
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