white shadow

white shadow

Lives in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Works as a Travel writer, photographer, creative consultant
Joined on May 9, 2013

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This camera really exposes all the trolls in this DPR website. Just too many of them nowadays.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 20:52 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
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Timmbits: with new cameras sporting a large sensor and a zoom lens,
in a compact format and at a similar price point,
it's not really current anymore to offer a fixed focal length.

I would have expected Ricoh to add some kind of a good quality zoom lens into this iteration, to keep it current, and now that other manufacturers have proven it possible in this size format.

The Leica X Vario is definitely not pocketable and cost much more. The Ricoh GR is. The GR is so treasured by photographers is because of its very compact size. Due to its excellent fixed 28mm (equivalent) f/2.8 lens, it can produce excellent images which is rare for its size. It can also take very good B&W photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 01:48 UTC
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Timmbits: with new cameras sporting a large sensor and a zoom lens,
in a compact format and at a similar price point,
it's not really current anymore to offer a fixed focal length.

I would have expected Ricoh to add some kind of a good quality zoom lens into this iteration, to keep it current, and now that other manufacturers have proven it possible in this size format.

The Ricoh GR uses an APS-C sensor. So far, there are no APS-C compact camera that have a zoom lens. Adopting a zoom lens would make the compact camera into a compact DSLR like the Canon 100D with a kit lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:33 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1232 comments in total)

The two big questions about this new camera are :

1) How the new sensor will perform?

2) How the dual image stabilisation working together will perform?

Let's wait for the detail review to find out.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 16:37 UTC as 125th comment
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phazelag: My FZ200 was a great camera and now the upgrades I would love to have had. Waterproof is great and the updated EVF and wifi will make this a nice camera for many people.

I would definitely agree with cgarrard. The weatherproof capabilty alone is a big plus to this upgrade. Wi-fi and 4K video are bonuses.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 16:12 UTC
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Coguar: Finally :) only 12 MP is thumb down, all other things is perfect..

Great Work Panasonic

Good that they kept the sensor to 12Mp. Any higher pixel count would have lower the image quality in terms of noise.

A photo if taken properly at 12Mp should have no problem printing up to A3 size. I have printed many photos at A3 size from my 10Mp Canon G12.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 16:04 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: So in short the Nikon D760 is due out...

Can somebody please tell my Nikon is having so much problems with QC? Are Nikon not testing their cameras in a lab for shutter actuations, mirror slab, oil spills etcetera, before they release them?

Good question.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 09:01 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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RichRMA: What we are seeing is the result of putting increasingly difficult and technical demands on a cumbersome, mechanical, aging product; the DSLR. It's time to bring out a serious mirrorless, Nikon.

Electronic shutters are not flawless too. Nikon just has to improve their shutter design and quality control.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 05:29 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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JaimitoFrog: I don't buy Japanese cameras not made in Japan. One of the reasons I avoided Nikon when I started shooting dSLR more than 10 yrs ago. Nikon's entry and enthusiast level bodies were not from Japan, but Canon was.

Its all about quality control.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 05:23 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)
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JaimitoFrog: I don't buy Japanese cameras not made in Japan. One of the reasons I avoided Nikon when I started shooting dSLR more than 10 yrs ago. Nikon's entry and enthusiast level bodies were not from Japan, but Canon was.

The problem is not where they are made. All the factories are own by them. It is their design and quality control that is the issue.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 01:34 UTC
On Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue article (341 comments in total)

Despite that the Nikon D750 is quite a capable camera, it seems Nikon has not totally solve its shutter problem. This seems to be their Achilles heel.

Can't they spend more effort to make a better shutter mechanism before launching a new model. A reliable shutter is one of the most important aspect of a camera. Imagine the trouble one can have if one is shooting an important assignment.

Are they willing to loan you a spare camera like Canon does while it is being repaired?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:05 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
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zodiacfml: Because the launch price was not in touch with the current market. The current change puts it similarly to an a6000, but that comes with an EVF, better AF, and better video. Still, it seems that the a6000 is a better buy.

A modest launch price should put it at $100 more than the GR.

Previously, I suggested a 24MP Sony sensor for the GR2. Yet, I realized it doesn't add value, only to improved the 35mm crop mode feature and will make the camera a bit slower due to the larger files. High ISO improvement is not practically huge.

The GR is almost perfect as it is except for some dust issues. It is one of the most user friendly cameras around and produces one of the sharpest images for a 16 Mp APS-C sensor.

The only camera that can challenge its image quality is the new Leica Q with a full frame sensor and a much faster lens but it is not "pocketable" and is about eight times the price.

For stealth and performance, the GR is supreme. Those who shoot regularly would appreciate its value. A 16 Mp APS-C sensor is more than enough. Its the quality of the pixels that matters not just more pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 22:36 UTC
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Len_Gee: Does the MKII finally fixed the dust in lens issue that plagued the original GR?

I don't think so. They should have recognised this problem and make it weather-proof. That would be excellent.

Meanwhile, one have two choices to prevent dust from getting into the lens. One is to attach a stick-on UV filter over the front of the lens. However, a stick-on UV filter is not easily available. The other solution is to attach the wide angle lens adaptor tube to the lens and attach a normal screw-on UV filter on it. This will help prevent dust from entering the front of the lens. The main problem with this method is the camera would be less "pocketable". The bright side is one is able to attach the 21mm wide angle adaptor lens more readily.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 16:57 UTC

To begin with, the GR II should not have been sold at a higher price. If they could have made the camera dust-proof and weather-proof beside including wi-fi then a price increase would be justified.

I am actually waiting for a new version of the GR with a weather-proof body.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 14:27 UTC as 6th comment
On Nikon D810A: An astrophotographer's perspective article (113 comments in total)

Nice series of shots but do you really need this camera to shoot them?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 16:07 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
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deanfuller: Rules like this are the whole reason we celebrate U.S. Independence on today's date.

Even a communist country like China do not bother about people taking photographs in public except of military installations which is understandable or places which the terrorists may attack such as railway stations.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 05:41 UTC
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CheersUK: Nobody should be worried by this. By the time Greece has finished self destructing, it will have taken the EU with it.
In the UK at least: who listens to Europe anyway?? ;)

Today, there are those who, so desperately, want to join the EU and those who do not want to join the EU like Norway. Fortunately, countries like UK are smart enough to join but do not allow them to control everything.

This proposed law is so ridiculous that those who suggested it are nuts. I thought the recent law by Hungery banning photographers from shooting people is bad enough this is really absurd. Finally, if they were to pass this law they can say good bye to their tourism. Or maybe they are too rich that they do not want it.

At least, the UK and Austria are sane enough not to follow this idiotic idea.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 05:22 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3413 comments in total)

For those interested in a photographer's opinion on the Canon 5Dsr can read "mingthein.com" latest post on the camera.

Very objective review from someone who shoot professionally and print very large.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 21:10 UTC as 68th comment
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)

With this camera, Fuji is trying to capture those who prefer a smaller size body but it is unfortunate they couldn't reduce the size of their lenses which are almost as big as those from a DSLR. Their primes are not cheap too.

If one want a smaller interchangeable lens camera, I think micro 4/3 is better. If one can deal with bigger lenses, I would prefer a DSLR which is more versatile.

So far, Fuji has not impress me enough to buy their cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 19:41 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (157 comments in total)
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white shadow: Not comprehensive enough. Where are the most popular mini tripods from Manfrotto?

I always carry a small Manfrotto table top with me in my small camera bag. I have both, the Pixi and the older detachable one. The Pixi is very useful as a grip for video as well as for impromptu low light usage. The detachable version is slimmer go carry around and can be used as a mini light stand.

Those shown in this review are too big to carry around 24/7.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 20:11 UTC
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