coastcontact

coastcontact

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On Palma1211-0014 photo in mischu's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

I own an FZ150. Your photo of the moon is phenomenal. This is the last camera I will buy.

I would like to post this photo on my blog with your permission.

http://coastcontact.wordpress.com/.

Don

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 16:56 UTC as 1st comment

They would have been smarter bringing back one of their older models. Apparently many people love the FZ50. I have an FZ28 that weighs 14.71 oz. That camera did include RAW format. Improvements on that camera would have been a wiser decision.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 04:34 UTC as 7th comment

Even granting that there are some improvements in this model compared to the FZ150, the total weight of the camera is an issue! Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V weighs 1.29 lb and now so does this camera. It becomes no fun when the camera gets heavier. I have my camera around my neck all day. Weight DOES matter! I have the FZ150 (1.16 lb) and also the FZ28 that weighs 14.71 oz. You think I can feel the difference?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 20:53 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic DMC FZ200 preview (155 comments in total)

Even granting that there are some improvements in this model compared to the FZ150, the total weight of the camera is an issue! Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V weighs 1.29 lb and now so does this camera. It becomes no fun when the camera gets heavier. I have the FZ150 (1.16 lb) and also the FZ28 that weighs 14.71 oz. You think I can feel the difference?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 18:15 UTC as 50th comment | 5 replies
On Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix P510 Review article (63 comments in total)

Of course much of this is subjective. I am happy I bought the FZ150.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2012 at 17:19 UTC as 8th comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V review article (130 comments in total)

Sony’s lack of creativity is pervasive in almost all of their products. It’s an issue that is not solely in their cameras. Panasonic’s FZ150 was introduced last August and hit the market before the Xmas holiday selling season. That should have given Sony sufficient time to introduce something even better. Manufacturer’s fixation on producing a new model annually is part of their downfall. Better engineered cameras, more infrequently, would work in everyone’s favor.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 22:03 UTC as 49th comment
On Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review article (541 comments in total)
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coastcontact: I am holding a 2003 brochure published by Costco and another published by Ritz Camera that says 5 megapixels will produce an acceptable 16 by 20 inch print. Even if that information is 100% off the mark a 10 megapixel camera is adequate for everyone except those displaying in a gallery. What possible purpose is a 36 megapixel camera?

So the previous model D700 (12 MP) was inadequate? Too many of you suffer with the need to have the latest gear even if there is little in the way of benefits. The camera manufacturers couldn’t be happier. See http://mansurovs.com/diseases-that-plague-photographers

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 00:53 UTC
On Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review article (541 comments in total)

I am holding a 2003 brochure published by Costco and another published by Ritz Camera that says 5 megapixels will produce an acceptable 16 by 20 inch print. Even if that information is 100% off the mark a 10 megapixel camera is adequate for everyone except those displaying in a gallery. What possible purpose is a 36 megapixel camera?

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 04:26 UTC as 122nd comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Review article (73 comments in total)

I just purchased this camera last week. So far I am delighted with its performance. I am somewhat surprised that Barney Britton gave the camera such a low rating. Other reviewers have all been giving this camera outstanding reviews. http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/Extended-Zoom.htm gave the camera a 10 out of 10. DPR’s owner, Amazon, has raised their price to the Panasonic suggested retail price. Probably proof that the camera has been very well received.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2012 at 02:22 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies

There is a class of people in the world who have the money and hunger for the newest gadget whether it’s needed or not. The latest update of a camera comes annually and it’s almost the same day of the year.

Automobiles manufacturers have made a great fanfare annually, for decades, on the their introduction of new models. Computer and camera manufacturers have adopted that idea too. It has all been quite successful. The camera forums on DPR have provided the excitement.

There will be lines at the Apple stores next Friday (March 16). Perhaps the rest of us can buy a used iPad at a bargain price.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 21:10 UTC as 93rd comment | 1 reply

Most reviewers say the Panasonic FZ150 is the camera to beat when it comes to IQ. The extras on the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200V will give me pause before buying the FZ150. That should drive down the Pany price.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:24 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

While we will have to await reviews of this camera those of us wanting more control of the results will not be interested. However, this camera could easily pull many less demanding photographers from super zooms like the Panasonic FZ150 and Canon SX40 HS. That could help keep prices lower for those super zooms.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 02:29 UTC as 18th comment

The P510 certainly does have a basket full of features. If Canon and Panasonic haven't been able to deliver this feature set and make a profit how can Nikon? IQ is the issue. Since the P500 was poorly rated there is little hope for this model. Let’s wait for the reviews. If nothing else this camera may help drive down the price on the Panasonic FZ150.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:12 UTC as 5th comment
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X samples gallery article (425 comments in total)

I have written this before about on line photos. This is really a function of the capabilities of your computer monitor. Most of us have not spent the money for a high quality unit. I have the HP monitor that came with my CPU. Other than a significantly bad camera the pictures all look good.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 19:48 UTC as 121st comment
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 review article (134 comments in total)

The overall review rating of 72% is a mystery to me. It appears that none of the bar chart ratings exceeded 72%. What am I missing? I realize that Canon is the big dog in the industry but honesty in ratings should count for something.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2011 at 05:10 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom article (383 comments in total)
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coastcontact: There are a few things that disturb me about this camera even before seeing any independent test results. First, Fuji has never had a bridge camera that has landed in the top five. Second, the camera, according to Fuji, weighs 920g (32.5oz./2.03lb) and that’s too heavy for the non-professional who wants decent photos. Third, despite all the talk of larger sensors needed for better IQ, there is little evidence that many people are dissatisfied with the Canon SX40 or the Panasonic FZ150. Finally I wonder why the camera won’t be available until February 2012 when everyone knows that the biggest selling season is now.

The handle is “coastcontact” not coastcon. I do not work for any camera company and never have. Since I wrote my previous comment I have re-evaluated and now question the idea of a 2 pound camera at an extremely high price. That would be substantially greater than the FZ150 at 1.16 lb and the SX40 HS at 1.32 lb. I just read a comment in the Panasonic forum where someone pointed out that the FZ150 provides IQ equal to the Canon T3 in 95% of the situations and at a camera weight that isn’t a burden. I must emphasize that the cost of the XS-1 is too high for the average photo hobbyist.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:23 UTC
On Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom article (383 comments in total)

There are a few things that disturb me about this camera even before seeing any independent test results. First, Fuji has never had a bridge camera that has landed in the top five. Second, the camera, according to Fuji, weighs 920g (32.5oz./2.03lb) and that’s too heavy for the non-professional who wants decent photos. Third, despite all the talk of larger sensors needed for better IQ, there is little evidence that many people are dissatisfied with the Canon SX40 or the Panasonic FZ150. Finally I wonder why the camera won’t be available until February 2012 when everyone knows that the biggest selling season is now.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2011 at 02:00 UTC as 48th comment | 6 replies

Nothing is forever. Phonograph records were once the thing to collect. Listening to the radio just yesterday I learned that 78 RPM record players are no longer being made. Neither are 8 track tapes and VHS and Beta tapes are part of the past. Kodak is almost out of business as few of us are buying film. Cameras may well follow on this same path.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:31 UTC as 12th comment

This is the kind of article I like. It makes me realize that I am surrounded with many photo opportunities from a creative perspective. That is difficult to do when you have lived a life of left brain spread sheets and still love to track BLS data and research stocks and bonds.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2011 at 00:04 UTC as 7th comment

This is the kind of article I like. It makes me realize that I am surrounded with many photo opportunities from a creative perspective. That is difficult to do when you have lived a life of left brain spread sheets and still love to track BLS data and research stocks and bonds.

Thanks for the ideas

Don

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 18:30 UTC as 48th comment
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