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On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)
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arqomx: X30 or LX100.. considering that :
1. extra optical zoom reach is more favorable
2. on-sensor phase detection AF vs contrast-detect AF
3. favorable skin color rendering
4. cool-looking silver body
5. cheaper :D

I'll opt for X30..

And also your budget.

I have actually tried a pre-production unit of the X30. Personally, I find that it is just too big for what it is. There are also a lot of choices for the asking price.

Try it for yourself before you take the plunge.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 04:15 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)
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arqomx: X30 or LX100.. considering that :
1. extra optical zoom reach is more favorable
2. on-sensor phase detection AF vs contrast-detect AF
3. favorable skin color rendering
4. cool-looking silver body
5. cheaper :D

I'll opt for X30..

A P&S camera like the S120 is always a compromise. Even the X30 is. Very few or no small sensor camera will give good high ISO images. For me, I would always use below ISO400, ISO800 only when I have to stretch it. When one can use it at ISO200 and below, the image quality is more than acceptable.

A micro4/3 sensor like that found in the LX100 or GM1 should give a much higher image quality. I am quite satisfied with the image quality of the GM1. Ultimately, you usually get what you pay.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 08:02 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)
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arqomx: X30 or LX100.. considering that :
1. extra optical zoom reach is more favorable
2. on-sensor phase detection AF vs contrast-detect AF
3. favorable skin color rendering
4. cool-looking silver body
5. cheaper :D

I'll opt for X30..

If money is a concern, it is best not to buy any of these as a second camera. The best value is a Canon S120. Small, convenient to carry around and give quite good image quality for a very reasonable price.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 03:57 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)
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arqomx: X30 or LX100.. considering that :
1. extra optical zoom reach is more favorable
2. on-sensor phase detection AF vs contrast-detect AF
3. favorable skin color rendering
4. cool-looking silver body
5. cheaper :D

I'll opt for X30..

It will satisfy most compact camera users with the built-in EVF and even have a hot shoe. But think again.

The size is so big, even bigger than the LX100.
When it comes to sensor size, it is among the smallest.
The price is not that cheap either.
Shooting RAW maybe frustrating with the Silkypix software. Still no Adobe support.

Perhaps the only thing that they can shout about is the battery life and they are really shouting.

For about the same price, the GM1 will beat it on image quality and ease of carrying around. Definitely, a better value even if I need to carry a spare battery.

There is no need for the EVF and hot shoe. Those who need them can consider the GM5.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 03:10 UTC
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kierenlon: Small camera with fast lens and leaf shutter with high flash sync speed. That's why I would buy this over a GX7 or other mirrorless.

New price is a bit too much for me so I'm probably going to get a use Fuji X100 or a new Ricoh GR. Both trending for about £380

Once you have the GR, you can consider buying a 21mm wide angle adaptor for cityscape and landscape. It works perfectly. You will appreciate its convenience when you have to walk for the whole day like in the Welsh countryside.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 00:43 UTC
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kierenlon: Small camera with fast lens and leaf shutter with high flash sync speed. That's why I would buy this over a GX7 or other mirrorless.

New price is a bit too much for me so I'm probably going to get a use Fuji X100 or a new Ricoh GR. Both trending for about £380

The dust issue shouln't be a big negative if you are considering the GR. You just have to be aware of it when using it in a dusty enviroment. If you can't get a stick-on UV filter or lens protector, just remember to have a small lens blower with you.

The image quality of the GR should be very similar to your Nikon D7000 as they share the same 16Mp sensor made by Sony. You may even find the GR slightly better because the GR lens is optimised for the sensor. Since the GR does not have an AA filter the images are even more crisp. The GR is also a great camera for B&W photography. Many just go for it for that purpose. The colours are quite neutral except some would complain that the "red" is slightly dull. In reality, it is not really that bad.

To keep the dust issue at bay, one just have to put it in a good little pouch when carrying around.

Get one and enjoy the 28mm angle of view. A very handy camera to have when walking the streets of London, pubs and Burrough's market.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
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kierenlon: Small camera with fast lens and leaf shutter with high flash sync speed. That's why I would buy this over a GX7 or other mirrorless.

New price is a bit too much for me so I'm probably going to get a use Fuji X100 or a new Ricoh GR. Both trending for about £380

You can keep the LX100 in your waiting list.

Meanwhile, get a new Ricoh GR instead of the X100. On a limited budget, its probably the best camera you can have if you are comfortable shooting with a fixed lens. Great for carrying around too.

However, just beware of the dust issue on the front of the lens. One just have to find a way to keep them from going in. I use a stick-on UV filter which may not be available easily.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 21:31 UTC
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nerd2: Actually I think RX 100 III can be better than this. LX100 has larger sensor but it is not BSI - so noise per ISO can be actually better with RX, and RX has much higher MP too. Lens spec is almost equivalent (if we ignore equivalence, just like panasonic does for marketing)

And RX is more compact and has flip LCD too (which should matter a lot for the target audience of these cams)

I am one of those fortunate ones who has had a hands-on experience with a pre-production unit of the LX100. I must say it is a very well made camera and feels very nice on the hand. That's very important to me. It is weighty but not too heavy. I think the Leica influence in the design of this camera was very useful and positive. It has been designed with the true photographer in mind.

Although most people are simply price sensitive when buying a camera, I am one of those who wouldn't mind paying more if it is something I really want. Just go for it and do not regret it. Just get on with life and with the photography one can benefit from it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
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Gregm61: 24mm equivalent view is not wide enough and I want something wider (and longer) that's better than a crappy add-on converter.

Buy 3-4 generations of LX100's with lenses you have to throw away each time you upgrade and you've bought the equivalent of an interchangeable lens body and 3 good quality zoom lenses that cover more range and you get to keep with each new generation body.

A good photographer is one who can shoot and still perform within the limits of his equipment. There are various ways to create a stunning photo. One just have to maximise the capability of what is available.

A true master can just shoot with one focal length, 28mm, 35mm or 50mm. Obviously, different focal length will give a different look or effect.

It is sometimes an advantage just to focus on one focal length using a small camera. It is so much easier to move around.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 20:34 UTC
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Cyril Reif: I find all the obsession with upgrades and finding reasons to upgrade amusing. I've been a photography enthusiast since 1962 when I got my first SLR, a Canon RM and then got a Nikon F Photomic FTn in 1971, which I used for 26 years.....when you've got a great product there is no reason to upgrade!

You are absolutely right. Photography is not about always buying the latest hardware which most people are fond of. Obviously, camera companies would like consumers to believe otherwise.

Photography is an art that need to be learned. First, the technical part like how a camera operates, the co-relationship of shutter speed, aperture and ISO and exposure. The other half which is equally or more important is the artistic part, something one would learn in Art School if one is studying Art, composition, interpretation of colours, light, forms and the vision. Similar to one who is painting, its the ultimate picture that is important.

A camera is like all the pencils, brushes and paint one is using to create the painting, just tools.

If one is a real photographer, he should be able to shoot using all mediums, film as well as digital, an older camera or the latest introduction.

Hey, sometimes film is so much better, B&W film especially. Its one medium that is timeless.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 20:05 UTC
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Cyril Reif: I find all the obsession with upgrades and finding reasons to upgrade amusing. I've been a photography enthusiast since 1962 when I got my first SLR, a Canon RM and then got a Nikon F Photomic FTn in 1971, which I used for 26 years.....when you've got a great product there is no reason to upgrade!

Well said f8BeThereToo.

The problem is digital photography started about 15 years ago with a lot of compromises and has just begin to stablise somewhat recently. Over this development period, there were a lot of improvement to image quality and other camera performance. Thus, digital cameras get obsolete very quickly. Now, one can quite safely buy a reasonably "high end" model and use it over 5 years. For example, the Canon 5D Mk2, first introduced about 5 years ago, is still "excellent" in terms of image quality today.

DPR has never been a photography website. It started off as a digital camera review resource and probably will never become a photography website.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 20:26 UTC
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Zeisschen: The fact that Panasonic uses the same sensor size as in their other cameras is a bit strange. I think they just wanted to surpass the Sony RX100 in sensor size again after their LX series fell back behind and for sure the sales dropped due to the Sony. Now it's a big ugly transformer monster camera that is not really compact anymore, somewhat missing the point imho. I'd also go with a M43 camera with interchangeable lenses instead of I can't fit it in my jeans pocket, the RX100 can. Canon GX series has the same problem.
If course the LX100 will be great camera, it just doesn't make much sense for me. As the one and only camera beside a smartphone it would make sense, but not for M43 owners. At Sony the difference between a A7 and the RX100 is much bigger so it makes senses to own both cameras.

@ Greynerd

Probably, that's how the P&S crowd would define a camera. Even a smartphone nowadays are not really pocketable. Thus, I prefer the old style Nokia design which cost less than $50.

For them, they should just stay with a Canon S120 at best.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 17:27 UTC
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Pritzl: For me, the top reasons for opting for a fixed lens compact with a larger sensor over a CSC are:

1. The combination is usually quite a bit smaller than a CSC with an equivalent lens. It's not a huge difference but it's the difference between pocket/belt-pouch and a dedicated camera bag. And, since the point of a secondary camera is to always be with you, this is a significant difference. It's much easier to slip the compact into a jacket pocket or belt pouch than taking your other camera bag.

2. As a secondary camera, I know I don't care for starting another collection of bodies, lenses and flashes while emptying my pocket. I already have my APS-C Canon gear to do that.

3. Being lighter and smaller, it is hopefully more discreet to carry and use. If I had a dollar for every time my wife rolled her eyes as I lugged the Canon on family outings, I'd probably afford to buy both! :P

If you going on a holiday with your wife and not shooting some serious landscape photos, this is probably the only camera you would need. I can assure you your holiday would be more peaceful when you pay more attention to her than your camera equipment.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 03:09 UTC
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Bhima78: Seems like an amazing oversight by Panasonic to not have a touchscreen in this camera. Its like they packed so much in, that the touch guy at Panasonic just forgot about it.

The touch screen is not that important. I have the GM1 and have almost never use it. The LX100 has other more useful features for the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 02:49 UTC
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Zeisschen: The fact that Panasonic uses the same sensor size as in their other cameras is a bit strange. I think they just wanted to surpass the Sony RX100 in sensor size again after their LX series fell back behind and for sure the sales dropped due to the Sony. Now it's a big ugly transformer monster camera that is not really compact anymore, somewhat missing the point imho. I'd also go with a M43 camera with interchangeable lenses instead of I can't fit it in my jeans pocket, the RX100 can. Canon GX series has the same problem.
If course the LX100 will be great camera, it just doesn't make much sense for me. As the one and only camera beside a smartphone it would make sense, but not for M43 owners. At Sony the difference between a A7 and the RX100 is much bigger so it makes senses to own both cameras.

I would agree with Gesture. Having tested this camera in a way, this is a very well designed camera and feel just right in the hand. For me, that's very important. It feels so much better compared to the Canon G1X Mk2. The fast zoom lens is the icing on the cake and probably would bowl many over.

Never mind about the price. One shouldn't expect a well made product to be cheap. For those who like the Leica approach to photography, this is it. It should have a strong following.

By the way, I have the GM1. This is much better.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 02:39 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1871 comments in total)
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Uran: Iam fortunate in that I have lenses for both Nikon and Canon, but moved to Canon recently as the 1DX gave me what I required to sell photos! And yes I did test it head to head with D4 in several categories, wildlife, dogs in motion my speciality, night functions weddings and evening sports. The 7 D provides a second body without loosing out on many features, I still have not returned to Nikon despite owning the 24-70 mm 2.8 Nikkor one of the fastest focussing lenses I own, the 70-200 VR 1. I shoot for return on investment and will likewise test the 7 D ii to see if I am able to agree with most of the comments.

For video This will be great and yes I have shot full wedding videos with my 1DX, the 7 D ii may be a little advanced over my 1DX. Wishing you fun shooting with whatever brand you shoot with, but the Canon 70-200 IS USM ii and the 200-400 F4 are definitely a cut above the rest even with telecom renters attached, I mange to capture every hair on the animals I shoot.

@ Uran

Very likely, it will make a very good second body to your 1DX. I am seriously considering one as a backup to my full frame Canon for the faster speed and extra reach. The dual cards will also make it cheaper to use. It is also wise to use a different body for video.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 03:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1871 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: Prices are still too high for entry level full frame models for most buyers. The magic price point for APS-C models was $1k. Thd D70 and Digital Rebel were the first DSLR to be sold below $1K, and the film SLR was history.

The magic price point for FF camers is probably slight higer, around $1200. If FF prices reaches $1200, high end APS-C models like the 7DMKII will disappear from the market.

Not surprise to see the trolls are coming out in swamps. It is probably more infectious than Ebola.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 03:37 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1871 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Wow. Reading more of the comments here and thinking about the missing features, I think Canon could have really hit a home run with this camera, if they had included GPS (like the Nikon D5300 and Sony A77 have), Wi-Fi, and a tilt screen (like the 70 D has). I know there are some people who will claim the tilt screen would make it less weather proof, so I'll admit that might not be as necessary for the type of shooting someone might do with this camera, but no Wi-Fi is just unforgivable. I think it should be able to match the Sony A77 in speed too, so it should be able to do 12 fps. I guess Canon was worried it would compete too much against the 14 fps 1Dx though. Sad. They could have really done it right . . . and maybe attracted me back into the fold.

The Canon 7D Mk2 definitely have GPS but no Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is not so important for the professional photographer because he can always download them immediately after the shoot.

It shows quite clearly a lot of forum participants do not find out more before commenting. Many are just trolls and perhaps have nothing better to do.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 03:27 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (269 comments in total)
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pacnwhobbyist: Dpreview folks: Did you have a chance to shoot with something other than the 18-135 lens by chance? The photos look nice but it seems like the lens is holding the camera back a bit IQ-wise.

That kit lens with plastic mount is OK just to give the new Canon 7D Mk2 owner a lens to use. For season photographers, they can always just buy the body.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 11:54 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (269 comments in total)
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pacnwhobbyist: Dpreview folks: Did you have a chance to shoot with something other than the 18-135 lens by chance? The photos look nice but it seems like the lens is holding the camera back a bit IQ-wise.

@ Zeisschen

When one buy into the Canon system one do not have to settle for just APS-C lenses. When I bought my first Canon DSLR, a Canon 20D, I went straight for the L lenses. Its the wise thing to do as when you upgrade to full frame you don't have to buy the relevant lenses again.

Besides, if one expect top autofocus performance, L lenses are the way to go. Lower quality APS-C lenses are for entry level DSLRs. The 7D Mk2 is definitely not entry level.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 06:41 UTC
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