Hen3ry

Hen3ry

Lives in Papua New Guinea Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Works as a Website provider, advertising consultant, writer
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Joined on Aug 10, 2010

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)

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. :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 22:16 UTC as 322nd comment | 4 replies
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (309 comments in total)

Not interested. No built-in flash.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:52 UTC as 59th comment | 8 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

Looks terrific. Sure, not m43 which I would prefer, but hey -- it has got a lot of IQ over competition like the Panny LX series.

Andf a pop-up EVF? Whoa! Maybe this will be the replacement for my recently deceased (through my maltreatment) GM1.

Cheers, geoff

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 00:24 UTC as 556th comment

Allison - delightful. Your reaction to the thing in hand is exactly what I hoped it would be. I will have the GM1 in a week but without the silly grip. I will add a couple of stick-on rubber furniture feet to the front of it to anchor my fingers. :)

Cheers, geoff

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 21:02 UTC as 16th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (578 comments in total)

This focus on the EVF's "tearing" effect is ludicrous. Is if going to affect your photography 99% of the time? No!

So what’s the big deal? This is a reviewers' nitpick, something they are trying to hang their hat on because the camera is so darned good.

Where is the silent mode of the much lauded E-M5? How does it compare for size? What about its pop-up flash (reported here as flimsy -- ALL pop-up flashes of that type are flimsy, but it is way, way better than none at all!).

Then there is the nonsensical expectation that you should be able to see through the EVF with glasses. Come on!!! I've been photographing for 50 years with glasses, and I have NEVER had an eye level viewfinder that works with glasses! The glasses used to go into my pocket; nowadays, they!).

As for the necessity to have the optional eye cup for sans glasses viewfinding -- OF COURSE!! I have been using them on every camera I have had for 50 years. Literally.

Give the GX7 the gold it deserves.

Cheers, geoff

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 10:11 UTC as 158th comment | 4 replies
On P1030189 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

looks very impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2013 at 07:26 UTC as 3rd comment
On P1000006 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

True, helmus. Nice color, though. I presume this is OOC JPEG.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2013 at 07:25 UTC as 2nd comment
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (380 comments in total)

I'm thinking it costs too much. I really want a body this size and shape with a built-in EVF in the upper left-hand corner -- just like the original PEN-F/FT had (phooey to this "rangefinder" talk).

There is no question that it can be done -- others do it. If it meant the body being a little bigger, so be it. BUT I don’t believe the body would have to be significantly bigger.

The "always on" IBIS is attractive. We'll see how it works.

But at the end of the day, I want both an EVF [i]and[/i] a built-in flash [i]and[/i] IS along with much better IQ and small size if I am to step up from my E-PL3.

As I read it, Olympus's two top cameras provide provide either/or on the first two parameters with a compromise in size, while the E-PL5 misses on three parameters. Size and price are right, though.

I'm looking at the Panasonic G6. EVF, flash, IS (on Panny zooms), much better IQ, and small size (shooting ready for me, E-PL3 and G6 are the same size). And the price is right.

Cheers, geoff

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 23:26 UTC as 67th comment
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (380 comments in total)
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peevee1: DPR wrote: "Another feature offered by the E-P5 in concert with the OI.Share app is geotagging of your images by syncing with your smartphone's GPS system. The app records a GPS log of where you've been during the day, and then appends location to your images based on the time they were shot when you sync over Wi-Fi. "

Can you elaborate a little? Does that change EXIF on the SD card in the camera itself, or only transferred images are changed?

Right on, Peevee. Plain stupid.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 22:59 UTC
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Greg Lovern: When wonderful old works, who's current copyright holder can't be located and may not even know that they inherited the copyright, can't be published without risking multi-million dollar settlements, the culture is impoverished. That's how it is today now that the copyright law pendulum has swing far, far over to the side of protecting creators.

It's possible to provide reasonable protection to new creators without disappearing the works of wonderful old creators who's current copyright holder can't be found. But finding that balance requires that new creators be required to put some minimal effort into registering their works.

Works can be registered in aggregate, as in a large set of photographs or the entire contents of a magazine.

Agentul, you don't HAVE to substantiate your claim -- the user of your work has to prove it is their work. Frivolous claims don’t get anywhere -- it is too expensive for people to make them.

Further, I am aware that copyright exists in different forms in many places, but I think you will find that most have a default where copyright is automatically in the hands of the artist/author.

Try the French verson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_France

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 09:09 UTC
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Greg Lovern: When wonderful old works, who's current copyright holder can't be located and may not even know that they inherited the copyright, can't be published without risking multi-million dollar settlements, the culture is impoverished. That's how it is today now that the copyright law pendulum has swing far, far over to the side of protecting creators.

It's possible to provide reasonable protection to new creators without disappearing the works of wonderful old creators who's current copyright holder can't be found. But finding that balance requires that new creators be required to put some minimal effort into registering their works.

Works can be registered in aggregate, as in a large set of photographs or the entire contents of a magazine.

Greg, you are from the US where this has been the norm -- but we in most of the rest of he world have NEVER had to register our works to gain copyright protection. I see your argument as twisted logic. Why should you have to register? What right has anyone to come along and just gather up our work and use it as their own? They know very well it is not.

We of the rest of the world have always been bemused by what we thought of as the ridiculous US requirement that copyright be registered.

And the fee might not kill you, but it might hurt many others.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 07:16 UTC
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)
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Jon Ragnarsson: With the raised shoulders, it looks a bit like S2 little brother. I never cared much for the look of the Panasonic G/GH cameras, but I think this is an improvement. Has less "designed by committee" feel to it.

I like the earlier Gs, but the G6 shape is growing on me. :)

Cheers, geoff

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 21:08 UTC
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)
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snapshtr: At first I was skeptical about Panasonic being able to squeeze more out of the outdated sensor. But from the sample photos I've seen at ePhotozine.com, the images look really impressive, clean and sharp, with loads of detail. Unfortunately, they also appear dull and flat. Hopefully that can be fixed with simple adjustments in LR.

I have to ay I abandoned the G1 for the E-PL3 to get superior JPEG colors OOC. The sample pix I saw from the G5 were close enough to the Oly pix to encourage me to return from the Oly which is an ergonomic disaster area but I wasn't ready to change over.

I'll be in a position to change cameras in the next few months; the G6 is looking very much like the way to go.

Cheers, geoff

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 21:05 UTC
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)
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igorek7: Panasonic G5 was already a serious upgrade for the G-series of cameras, GH3 became the true semi-/pro-hybrid camera, but the G6 offers a few new features that even the GH3 doesn't (yet) have:
* Focus Peaking that shows the peak of focus in MF and AF+MF mode
* EV -3 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent) AF Detective Range,
* 1080p@60fps video in Extra Tele Conversion (ETC) mode (the GH3 tops out at 1080@30P in ETC),
* 7 fps @16Mpix&AFSingle, 5 fps @16Mpix&AFTracking and 40fps burst mode (versus 6fps@AFS and 20fps in GH3),
* 1,728-zone multi-pattern light metering system (versus 144-zone in GH3),
* Stop Motion Video, Sweep Panorama
* 1,036K dots TFT LCD screen (versus 614K dots OLED LCD in GH3)
* Adjustable HDR mode. While the Panasonic G5/GH3 have an in-camera HDR mode, there is only an On or Off setting with no scope to tone down the effect.
* NFC +better Wi-Fi: The G6 have wireless recording function with start/stop recording and 30fps video stream feed to tablet/smartphone.

I'm not into the video stuff myself, but I know people who will go berserk over it. They'll LOVE it. I am looking at the G6 as a remarkably fully specced stills camera. It looks great. Th only doubt I had was that the E-P5 might eclipse it -- but no, the E-P5 hasn’t got an EVF. Same old add-on but now they have added a lock after years of complaints.

And it STILL obviously hasn’t got anything like the ergonomics of the G6 (or the G1 if it comes to that).

"Outdated sensor"? UPDATED sensor is what I see.

Cheers, geoff

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 21:02 UTC
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)

The specs don't mention flash wireless stuff but as noted on the forum by Ezzelin, the Panny system pdf says it has it: http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/pdf/g_series_system_chart.pdf

Interesting. An excellent feature.

Cheers, geoff

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 07:20 UTC as 54th comment
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)
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kaiser soze: Panasonic is obviously commited to MFT. But of course there are mirrorless cameras that use APS-C sensors and that are a lot smaller than this camera. And even they are too small to fit comfortably in the hand, for most people. It seems to me that a mirrorless camera about this size, or perhaps even a tiny bit larger, but that uses a full-frame sensor, would make a compelling camera. Whichever company is first to break ground there will have bragging rights for many years. Most likely it will be Sony. I predicted the advent of mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses several years before Panasonic announced MFT. But i did not anticipate that this would emerge in connection with a smaller sensor format. I still do not "get" that aspect of it. Compactness is part of it, but only in relation to the size of sensor that is used. The manufacturers are dragging drag their feet, and are only giving us minor refinement with each new freshening of their lineups.

Thank goodness you predicted mirrorless, kaiser, or it might never have happened. You don’t grok the smaller sensor? in the era when I began my photographic career, you would still be shooting 6x9 roll film when everyone else had gone 35mm.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 04:03 UTC
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)

Looks terrific. Reading the specs, the only thing missing for me is being able to use the Oly flash "wireless" (light, not radio) communication. I don’t think it’s a great way to communicate for flash -- why not radio? -- but I have two Oly flashes and …

Generally, the specs look amazing. I do think the G5 with shoulders looks a bit better, but hey, with the capabilities this camera offers, I can live with that (my shoulders aren’t that pronounced either!)!

And phooey to those who say it is a big camera. It simply is not. Compare it with my Oly E-PL3 (or the E-PL5). Add a lens and the VF2 and the silly little accessory flash to the E-PL3/5, and weight is almost exactly the same and the outside dimensions favor the G5/6. Ten if you fit the Panny PZ 14-42 pancake zoom to the G6 …

Looks like the G6 is an outstanding camera at an affordable price.

Cheers, geoff

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 04:00 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
On Ethics of prize-winning photo debated article (151 comments in total)

As a long time journalist and photographer, and someone who remembers the great days of Magnum, I'm shocked and disgusted. The award, of course, should be withdrawn and Magnum should dump the chump. Research information phooey!

I do like the image as such, though, but I'm hard-prerssed to see it as being of award quality.

And a sniper with a shotgun? Nah!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:10 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic DMC G5 preview (93 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Why is the EVF still aligned to the lens? What sense is that? Move the EVF to the left (viewing from back) so people can use the touch focus thing they added.

The moment you turn your camera to vertical -- as you often do for portraits, for example -- the VF is on the left (or right) of the lens. So much for the argument about the importance of it being over the lens axis in horizontal mode. Cartier-Bresson's Leicas always had offset VFs and he did OK! :)

I really like the look of the G5 and for my money, neither it nor the 12-35 lens is overpriced.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2012 at 19:23 UTC

Wonderful series. As a reporter in words and also in pictures, I know the dilemmas all too well. Just last week I walked away from photographing a particular situation in a festival (for goodness sake!) because it involved cruelty to which I objected. My photographing it or otherwise made no difference to the world -- a bunch of tourists was practically wetting their pants to get their pictures to take home and impress their neighbors -- but for me it was just wrong.

Sure that's a soft case; there are harder cases I don’t want to recall. But yes, I have typed out stories with tears in my eyes. And yes, I have intervened on occasion, fully understanding that any intervention has to be in depth and long term. You have to live with yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 01:50 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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