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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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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ldog: I applaud Barnaby's honesty. As an owner of a Leica M240 I have experienced some of the frustrations that he addresses in the T review. Contrary to Ivan's assertion real shooters do buy and use Leica but it's usually a love-hate relationship. Unless the M240 is used with the machine age technology rangefinder it is too slow for dynamic professional use. The M240 EVF cycle time is nearly a full second making it nearly useless except for studio or landscape work. I shoot weddings and could never use this camera responsibly. I have just purchased a Sony A7s which is a joy to use with the Leica glass and is delivering what I'd hoped that the M240 would bring. The EVF is excellent, bright and it allows me to focus quickly and surely. The A7s's EVF cycle time is instant and the camera is fast, intuitive and a total joy to use. The A7s proves that a pro level mirrorless camera is possible and that Leica has no excuse for their sophomoric human interface. Way to go Barnaby!

Not many people nowadays are comfortable with manual and zone focusing. They are too spoilt by AF and most just point and shoot.

Doing photography manually need skills which most do not have. Thus, the frustration.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 07:48 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (724 comments in total)
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white shadow: I had a chance to take a closer look at the Mk3 today in a local Sony dealer.

For those who think that the built-in EVF is a great feature, think again or at least have a closer look yourself before you buy. My experience with it is not very positive. The EVF is tiny and would need one to squint one's eye while trying to see through it. It is not a comfortable feeling. Looking through the LCD screen is much more effective and faster. It is very unlike looking through a DSLR OVF.

The flip up and down and having to pull out the back piece before one can use it does not inspire confidence (at least for me). I have a strong feeling it is one of the weakest link.

The other aspect which I am not happy about is the user interface. You have to try it to know what I mean. However, if you are happy with the menu system, good for you.

So, beware!

@ Dougbm_2

I am aware of the Panasonic LF1 and have also tried it in a dealer.

Many people are too concern about not having an EVF. I am shooting extensivey in Hokkaido and Kyoto in Japan right now for a month and I am using my GM1 more than even my Canon 5DMk2. Most of the time, I find the LCD screen adequate or even more useful in certain circumstances and have not miss using a viewfinder. Obviously, in my case, I can use my 5DMk2 if I really need a viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 20:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)
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Artistico: I was a bit pensive about the battery life when first I got the GM1. Over the last week is the first time I have stretched the battery a bit. I have taken 550 pictures and the battery indicator now shows one bar, so still not empty, but getting there. I have not been using flash for any of my pictures, which would reduce battery life significantly, but I have taken lots of pictures with 1 second shutter times, which presumably eats a bit more battery than the shorter shutters.

In short: I think it passes the battery life test with flying colours as far as I am concerned. The camera also seems to use hardly any juice when it falls asleep when the on/off button remains on, and it wakes up very quickly. This was one of the gripes I had with the Olympus EM-5 which seemed to use up battery really fast while sleeping as well as being sluggish to wake up from sleep mode, frequently giving me a lot less battery endurance than what I am now getting from the GM-1.

@ LaFonte

I am now using my GM1 on a two weeks drive around Northern Hokkaido. The camera is extremely handy if you are travelling light to many places but the battery did just show one bar after about 200 shots, much less than 550. Generally, I do not view my photos for long after each shot but I still have to check whether they are properly taken.

Fortunately, I am not worried about running out of power because I carry two bodies, my old GF1 with two batteries and the GM1 with two batteries. That's more than enough power for a day's shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 14:18 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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white shadow: At the end of the day, it all depends on what kind of person you are. If you are a travel photographer you may appreciate the FZ1000 for the extra reach in one package.

Given the price and similar size, I would rather stay with my DSLR which is more versatile.

@ Kawika Nui

First of all I do not shoot video although most of my equipment can. I only shoot stills, travel, landscape, portraits and products ( advertising).

For travel, I use a Canon 5DMk2 with the 16-35mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f2.8L Mk2 and two Micro4/3 cameras, a GF1 with 20mm f1.7 and the GM1 as backups. Sometimes, I would just use a Canon G12. You maybe surprise how good the result is. No problems printing up to A3 size or double page spread.

For landscapes, I would prefer to use the Canon 5D Mk2 with Zeiss lenses namely, the 21mm, 35mm and 50mm Macro. Sometimes, the 70-200mm would be use to create a compression effect.

For portraits, I would use the 70-200 f/2.8 with the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4.

For products, its what the budget is and the quality expected.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 14:36 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

At the end of the day, it all depends on what kind of person you are. If you are a travel photographer you may appreciate the FZ1000 for the extra reach in one package.

Given the price and similar size, I would rather stay with my DSLR which is more versatile.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 04:36 UTC as 129th comment | 7 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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mikew: I just printed a glorious 17 x 22 print from a V3/ 70-200 2.8 shot of a Black Skimmer skimming along the water at a 45 degree angle toward me. It's the best shot of a skimmer I have got from decades of trying with D4 D800 D7100 etc. My only problem with that shot was that I had to choose from 20 other perfectly focused shots the V3 produced from that pass alone. And that was only the second time out with the camera. Even the D4 doesn't begin to approach the focus tracking ability of this camera. I am not saying this is the only camera you will ever need, but let's discuss this camera rationally! The technology in the camera is staggering. If I didn't have an extensive Nikon system, it would hold no interest for me. But as an addition to my system, especially for birds in flight, it's mana from heaven. The price is high, but given what I have seen it produce from 2 brief sessions, I have no regrets about getting it.
And I, too, hate the micro SD card thing!

Ah! That fearful micro SD card. We have been using that in our smart phones for sometime now. In some places, this version is even cheaper than the standard size. I am not complaining.

At least you appreciate some of the V3's capabilties despite its rather steep price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 04:03 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: WAIT! I seriously don't get it. 1 inch sensor, 18 MP, no EVF and 1200$???

I thought my Sony NEX-7 was quite expensive when I bought it 2.5 years ago, but it has a sensor that's four (4!!!) times bigger, it has 24 MP, similar size but much better grip, 2 dials and a built in EVF!
So a better package for the same 1200$, fuckin' 3 years ago!!
Meanwhile the a6000 makes even a better overall package and it's almost half the price!

What he hell are they smoking at Nikon?

@ Zeisschen

Just don't buy it. I am using my Lumix GM1.

Let the bird photographers have a camera they really want.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 14:53 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

A unique, capable but pricey camera for those who need it. Will be good for bird photographers on a budget.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 05:00 UTC as 91st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)
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tennjed: I own the Gx1 ($299 new) and the Gx7 ($749 new) and cannot figure the purpose of this particular camera.

When all is considered, the GM1, with kit lens, is smaller than the GX1; but it is really no more "pocketable" than the GX1 with the 14 2.8. The Gx1 is far and away the most convenient small camera I have ever owned. It is as if Panasonic hit the mark dead center when it comes to access of every important control a photographer could ever want. It's brilliant.

I had an opportunity to examine and try the GM1 at a local camera shop and came away wondering why Panasonic did not spend the development money/time on adding a few desirable features to the Gx1. For instance: an electronic shutter; a tilting LCD; a better LCD; a front control dial; WIFI connectivity. Instead, we get a smaller- but not small enough- camera that is missing important features.

If you are considering this camera, and are attracted to it for portability, I recommend you hunt down a GX1.

@ Peter Bendheim

Its just a few days to go.

Now, I am also looking at the Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 VM. It seems to be a better choice for the GM1.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 14:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)
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Artistico: I was a bit pensive about the battery life when first I got the GM1. Over the last week is the first time I have stretched the battery a bit. I have taken 550 pictures and the battery indicator now shows one bar, so still not empty, but getting there. I have not been using flash for any of my pictures, which would reduce battery life significantly, but I have taken lots of pictures with 1 second shutter times, which presumably eats a bit more battery than the shorter shutters.

In short: I think it passes the battery life test with flying colours as far as I am concerned. The camera also seems to use hardly any juice when it falls asleep when the on/off button remains on, and it wakes up very quickly. This was one of the gripes I had with the Olympus EM-5 which seemed to use up battery really fast while sleeping as well as being sluggish to wake up from sleep mode, frequently giving me a lot less battery endurance than what I am now getting from the GM-1.

Battery life depends a lot on camera usage. To prolong the battery life one has to have good shooting habits. Do not view photos unnecessarily while shooting unless one really feel a mistake has been made. Do not use flash unnecessarily. If possible, use a manual focus lens like the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 VM or the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Micro 4/3 lens.

Carry a spare battery just in case. They are so tiny. It would not be a problem at all. I always have a spare battery, sometimes even two whichever camera I maybe using. That should be enough for a day's shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 16:54 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)

This is for the benefit of those who have bought the GM1 or thinking seriously about buying it for street and landscape photography.

I have just tested the GM1 with the Voightlander 15mm f4.5 VM with a Leica M to Micro 4/3 adaptor. It is about the best match you can have for street and landscape photography. Do not be underwhelm by the slower aperture. So far, not many Micro 4/3 lenses have the true capability of manual focusing. This extremely well built and sharp lens is fully manual. If one set the lens to its hyperfocal distance, one can forget about AF or even bother with focusing to capture a photo.

It is like having a micro mini Leica M in your hands. The best thing is the lens is quite cheap at about £450. One seldom get a better deal than that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 16:21 UTC as 8th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)
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tennjed: I own the Gx1 ($299 new) and the Gx7 ($749 new) and cannot figure the purpose of this particular camera.

When all is considered, the GM1, with kit lens, is smaller than the GX1; but it is really no more "pocketable" than the GX1 with the 14 2.8. The Gx1 is far and away the most convenient small camera I have ever owned. It is as if Panasonic hit the mark dead center when it comes to access of every important control a photographer could ever want. It's brilliant.

I had an opportunity to examine and try the GM1 at a local camera shop and came away wondering why Panasonic did not spend the development money/time on adding a few desirable features to the Gx1. For instance: an electronic shutter; a tilting LCD; a better LCD; a front control dial; WIFI connectivity. Instead, we get a smaller- but not small enough- camera that is missing important features.

If you are considering this camera, and are attracted to it for portability, I recommend you hunt down a GX1.

@ Peter Bendheim

Good collection of photos in your website. The GM1 is a great little camera for travels. I will certainly be bringing mine to Hokkaido and Kyoto, Japan for a month next week beside my usual Canon 5D Mk2 and Zeiss lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 19:51 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)
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tennjed: I own the Gx1 ($299 new) and the Gx7 ($749 new) and cannot figure the purpose of this particular camera.

When all is considered, the GM1, with kit lens, is smaller than the GX1; but it is really no more "pocketable" than the GX1 with the 14 2.8. The Gx1 is far and away the most convenient small camera I have ever owned. It is as if Panasonic hit the mark dead center when it comes to access of every important control a photographer could ever want. It's brilliant.

I had an opportunity to examine and try the GM1 at a local camera shop and came away wondering why Panasonic did not spend the development money/time on adding a few desirable features to the Gx1. For instance: an electronic shutter; a tilting LCD; a better LCD; a front control dial; WIFI connectivity. Instead, we get a smaller- but not small enough- camera that is missing important features.

If you are considering this camera, and are attracted to it for portability, I recommend you hunt down a GX1.

Well, when the flash is not in use, it sit quite well hidden on top. Like most compact size cameras, one just have to be a bit careful. I would say I would use it most of the time without the flash.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 19:22 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (724 comments in total)
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John _ Finn: I have the original Sony RX100 and I love it for its superb IQ and portability. I shot my successful Royal Photographic Society Associateship portfolio using it (print sizes 15 inches x 10 inches). Anyone considering buying this latest version should not hesitate - it's worth every cent.

@ iphOto

If you are already owning cameras from a medium format to a Canon S110 compact, your best choice is the GM1.

After much hesitation, I bought a GM1 recently. I must say this cute baby is probably the best camera I have bought for a while. It will definitely out perform the Sony RX100 Mk3 and is fun to use. The interchangable lens capabilty is very important to me. Obviously, one cannot put it in a jeans pocket but its still small enough for a jacket pocket. For about the same price as the Mk3, one can buy the GM1 with the kit lens and the Oly 45mm f/1.8 lens. That's better long term value. Should the GM1 fail in a few years or sooner if you are unlucky, you still can use both the lenses on a new body.

Further, the Micro 4/3 sensor is about twice the size of the Mk3.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 19:00 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (724 comments in total)
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John _ Finn: I have the original Sony RX100 and I love it for its superb IQ and portability. I shot my successful Royal Photographic Society Associateship portfolio using it (print sizes 15 inches x 10 inches). Anyone considering buying this latest version should not hesitate - it's worth every cent.

@ John_Finn

It is always the photographer that "make" the photo, whichever camera he maybe using. The Sony RX100 is quite a capable camera for its size but you could have done it too with another, even the Lumix LX7 or Canon G12. You can easily get A3 size print from them. For that extra bite, a full frame DSLR with a Zeiss lens would be better but in the hands of a non photographer, he would still fail miserably.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 18:34 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (724 comments in total)

I had a chance to take a closer look at the Mk3 today in a local Sony dealer.

For those who think that the built-in EVF is a great feature, think again or at least have a closer look yourself before you buy. My experience with it is not very positive. The EVF is tiny and would need one to squint one's eye while trying to see through it. It is not a comfortable feeling. Looking through the LCD screen is much more effective and faster. It is very unlike looking through a DSLR OVF.

The flip up and down and having to pull out the back piece before one can use it does not inspire confidence (at least for me). I have a strong feeling it is one of the weakest link.

The other aspect which I am not happy about is the user interface. You have to try it to know what I mean. However, if you are happy with the menu system, good for you.

So, beware!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 18:06 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)
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tennjed: I own the Gx1 ($299 new) and the Gx7 ($749 new) and cannot figure the purpose of this particular camera.

When all is considered, the GM1, with kit lens, is smaller than the GX1; but it is really no more "pocketable" than the GX1 with the 14 2.8. The Gx1 is far and away the most convenient small camera I have ever owned. It is as if Panasonic hit the mark dead center when it comes to access of every important control a photographer could ever want. It's brilliant.

I had an opportunity to examine and try the GM1 at a local camera shop and came away wondering why Panasonic did not spend the development money/time on adding a few desirable features to the Gx1. For instance: an electronic shutter; a tilting LCD; a better LCD; a front control dial; WIFI connectivity. Instead, we get a smaller- but not small enough- camera that is missing important features.

If you are considering this camera, and are attracted to it for portability, I recommend you hunt down a GX1.

The GM1 is indeed a fun camera to use. Surprisingly, it is very well made despite being assembled in China.

If one want excellent image quality in a "pocket", this is it. For best image quality, pair it with a Voightlander 25mm f/0.95 and an Oly 45mm f1.8. Keep the 12-32mm kit lens for general use.

This cute baby is probably the best camera you can have with you wherever you are.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 19:45 UTC
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (201 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: I really wanted to like this lens and buy it, but I tried it and found the rendition pretty awful on the D800e compared to just about any Nikon lens.

If one is not willing to pay much for a 600mm lens, this is about the best one can get.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 18:55 UTC
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (201 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: But this lens seems to be impossible to get from anywhere? Several months of waiting (at least in Finland).

Due to its low price, this lens has been very popular among first time bird/wildlife photographers. Thus, supply couldn't keep up with demand in many markets.

Finland is too remote. Try Singapore, Malaysia or Hong Kong. Its available in limited numbers. Maybe you should take a short trip to these places for a holiday-cum- photography excursion. Its duty free too.

Nice lense for those who need it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 20:55 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (724 comments in total)
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white shadow: "it has done very little to make it fun to shoot it" pretty sum up the gist of this otherwise quite capable camera.

There is a lot to like about this camera, its compact size, bright zoom lens and larger sensor size. However, the main concern for the photographer is the overall usabilty of the camera. Sony somehow has missed out on that and seem to continue to do so. Thus, I can't disagree with DPR's comment that its a camera that feel more like a camera that will somewhat grudgingly let you take control, rather than an enthusiast camera designed for the committed photographer from the ground up.

Sony need to get a real photographer in its design team to overcome these shortcomings if they are serious in developing its photography market. This seems to be true to its other camera categories as well.

It would be good if Sony can make the next RX100 with a user interface similar to the Canon G12.

It is mandatory that the photographer must have easy access to an exposure compensation dial, an ISO dial and a mode dial. These are extremely useful to him (have quick access) before shooting a photo. No fiddling about in a menu.

Handling is very important. No bar of soap please.

Other useful features should incude an electronic level gauge, grid lines, a detailed histogram and other shooting information.

An effective image stabilization system is important for those low light situation. I think Sony has got it right for the lens.

The option to use an external flash is useful eventhough many do not see the need. I think this feature is more useful than the EVF in a compact camera. There is always some occasion where a stronger bounce flash maybe necessary. Sony has a compact bounce flash that is very handy.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 06:41 UTC
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