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 Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (213 comments in total)
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peevee1: Filler fillers every day...

I wonder who left DPR...

That's a secret they won't tell. There are too much fillers nowadays unlike the old days, say 8-10 years ago. Not much real reviews.

Is there anything wrong with the management or ownership?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 03:50 UTC
On Ricoh GR comparative review preview (36 comments in total)
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Wira Nurmansyah: I write my personal review on Ricoh GR when traveling to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. You can see them here http://www.wiranurmansyah.com/ricoh-gr-all-the-camera-i-need

You have highlighted some of the best features and capabilities of the GR in your blog. It is indeed a travel photographer's camera. Few cameras this small can out-perform it for image quality, ease of use and stealthiness. The positive film mode with your settings has even made the camera more outstanding. The B&W mode is also a joy to use.

Like I am, you are really enjoying this little gem.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 02:10 UTC
On Ricoh GR comparative review preview (36 comments in total)

If you want to walk the temples of Kyoto in Japan all day for a few days you would need to carry a Ricoh GR instead of a DSLR. It would be ideal to pair it with the Lumix GM1 with its kit lens and the Lumix 45-150 f/4-5.6 lens.

Anything more would be a burden. The performance of this combo would not let you down.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 21:07 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon D5300 Review preview (258 comments in total)
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arleena: I am looking to get a new camera preferably Nikon or Canon. I'm looking at the D5300 and liking it so far, however I'm very new to these kinds of cameras and wondering what a good lens would be for it? One not terribly expensive, but still good quality. You can reply at Kelbi_Princess93@yahoo.com

The best lens for a crop frame camera like a Nikon D5300 is the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8. It is not exactly cheap but not that expensive either, below $1,000. It will give you very sharp photos. If you need more telephoto power you can go for the new Nikon 70-200 f/4.0. Don't waste your money on cheap lenses. This two lenses will be enough for most situation.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 21:23 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (350 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: It looks lovely but I would NEVER pay more than 200$ for this camera, the sensor is TIIIIINY & virtually useless in anything but bright sunlight and MAYBE when it is cloudy.

Buy it if you think it is good enough for you. Don't buy it if it is not up to your standard.

By the way, the 1/1.7" sensor on a G12 can easily produce a sharp and detailed A3 size night scene photo without any problems if you know how. I have done that many times. Obviously, one need to use a tripod and shoot at ISO100.

Don't underestimate the 1/1.7" sensor. The Olympus Stylus 1 and Canon S120 have about the same capability so is this Q.

Sometimes, for street photography, a small camera like this will perform better than any bigger format camera. It will get you the photo which you may not have shot without it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)
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NDaniel: I found only very few image represent Thailand, most of them are Monkey shoot to me, and can be happen everywhere, just wonder why editor choose these images to be preview here... Should we have some kind of screening before?, if small web feature these image maybe most people will understand, but when Dpreview choose to preview, I think should re-consider..., such a big site but very loose in screening

Regards

Unfortunately, that's what DPR has become nowadays. Quite disappointing actually. Very poor editorial choice.

The photos presented could have been taken anywhere using probably any cheap camera or phone. I am sure any photographer would have featured Thailand in a more interesting perspective than showing some monkeys. Using B&W on wildlife is also not the most interesting. B&W effect is better used on graphic images.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 01:57 UTC
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)

This article and the photos presented must be a joke. If one has not been to Thailand and is reading this only, you may think that Thailand is just a miserable country inhabited with only monkeys.
What is DPR trying to do to publish such a post?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 18:13 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2298 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 (749 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 (348 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 (348 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 (348 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 (348 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 (348 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 (348 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
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