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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retro76: So what I got from this interview is buy a Canon 7D Mark II ?

Go a bit smaller in sensor size, the Oly EM5 Mk2 seems to be a very attractive offering and probably is the best mirrorless camera to date. It is compact and rugged enough to go anywhere with the travel photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 05:50 UTC
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retro76: So what I got from this interview is buy a Canon 7D Mark II ?

For the moment, the Canon 7D Mk2 seems to be the best APS-C DSLR camera and the Ricoh GR seems to be best photographer friendly APS-C compact camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 05:43 UTC
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white shadow: Finally, Ricoh is moving in the right direction making a full frame camera. Making a high quality full frame 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is a good indication they are serious. Let's hope they won't take too long to make it happen.

Ricoh has a tradition of making very photographer-centric cameras like the Ricoh GR. Let's hope this new entry would give Canikon a run for their money.

Pentax should do well in the near future. Their medium format digital camera is about the most affordable in the market and is receiving good support from commercial and landscape photographers. The long awaited full frame DSLR should receive similar support from those who have used Pentax.

Ricoh must have done their homework before investing in Pentax. I think Pentax is in good hands with Ricoh.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 15:20 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Which Fuji body?

Would be interesting to see the differences between XTrans and Bayer.

One of the main reasons that hold me back from using Fuji is the X-Trans sensor. The Bayer sensor should give better details, colours and a sharper outcome.

The lens seems reasonable for the price. Unfortunately, Fuji's APSC Mirrorless lenses are not smaller than a DSLR. Thus, where is the advantage?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 21:24 UTC
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HubertChen: Maybe when seeing how big Full Frame Lenses suitable for sensor shift image stabilization are will cause a good thing: A lot of those who cried for a Pentax Full Frame camera for so long might realize that APS-C has its place. It provides a great balance: You can bring a complete range of lenses in a shoulder bag versus a full fledged photo back pack!

A good photographer will use multiple format to shoot his photos. It all depends on what he is shooting. Use the right tool for the right job. When one is in a studio shooting a car for an advertisement, medium format maybe the best. However, if one is doing some street or travel photography, a Ricoh GR and a tiny GM1 maybe more suitable. The new Oly EM5 Mk2 maybe the best travel camera because of its small size (but not too small), excellent image quality, weather-proof capability and a reasonable choice of tiny prime lenses. Obviously, if one is shooting sports or wildlife, a camera with fast tracking focus is required. Thus, the Canon 7D Mk2 with say the new 100-400L Mk2 will be my choice. For events like a fashion show, one can change to a 70-200mm f/2.8L Mk2. A full frame DSLR would be best for landscape, group photos and when bulk would not be an issue.

Always use the right equipment for the right job.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 21:03 UTC

The EM5 Mk2 maybe still exhibiting in Yokohama but Olympus has already introduced the camera in Malaysia a few days ago.

I managed to take a close look at one in a local store and I must say it is a very well made camera, much better than the old model. It handles better and it feel very well in the palm. The grip is much better. I like the flip screen compared to the older one. For me, it is important that a new camera must feel right first. Once I am comfortable with its ergonomics, using it should be a joy. I don't expect the image quality to be worse than the EM1.

Its smaller size is what a Micro 4/3 should be. I have a GM1 for its small size but this camera definitely feels better in the hand. Thus, using it effectively is much higher.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 17:04 UTC as 2nd comment
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white shadow: Finally, Ricoh is moving in the right direction making a full frame camera. Making a high quality full frame 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is a good indication they are serious. Let's hope they won't take too long to make it happen.

Ricoh has a tradition of making very photographer-centric cameras like the Ricoh GR. Let's hope this new entry would give Canikon a run for their money.

Ricoh has a way to satisfy photographers. I have used many compact cameras and they are the only company that have made a perfect one which is the GR. The other near perfect compact camera is the Canon G12 but it has a small sensor and a bit slow.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 04:56 UTC
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white shadow: Finally, Ricoh is moving in the right direction making a full frame camera. Making a high quality full frame 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is a good indication they are serious. Let's hope they won't take too long to make it happen.

Ricoh has a tradition of making very photographer-centric cameras like the Ricoh GR. Let's hope this new entry would give Canikon a run for their money.

Yes, its a bit late but better late than never. They have a larger than full frame format. I call it this way because for me medium format should be 6" x 7".

I like the Ricoh colours and going by the way they designed the GR, their cameras are more focus on photographers and not trying to please the mass market.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 04:44 UTC

Finally, Ricoh is moving in the right direction making a full frame camera. Making a high quality full frame 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is a good indication they are serious. Let's hope they won't take too long to make it happen.

Ricoh has a tradition of making very photographer-centric cameras like the Ricoh GR. Let's hope this new entry would give Canikon a run for their money.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 00:27 UTC as 9th comment | 20 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (436 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I am just not impressed by this camera at all. Sure it is small and then you stick a lens on it and suddenly it isn’t that small anymore. The fixed lens compact cameras of today have the same or better sensors and much brighter and better lenses for less money.

The GM1and GM5 is the best thing that ever happen to the Micro4/3 system. It gives "micro4/3" its true meaning.

I have been using a GM1 for almost a year now and when I pair it with my Ricoh GR I can take great photos on any long walk or climb any mountain with them. The GM1 would take the tele or 50mm perspective role while the GR would take the wide angle role. The GM5 just have a slight advantage but having either is good enough for me.

Use them appropriately and enjoy the photography one can get out of them.

However, for shooting fashion models on a runway I would still use a camera like the Canon 7D Mk2 with the EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS Mk2.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 22:10 UTC
On Canon Powershot G12 Quick Review preview (4 comments in total)
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white shadow: I am revisiting this review after almost 5 years of owning and still using the Canon G12. Despite all these years of use, the camera is still going strong and still one of my favourite compact cameras I have, the other being the Ricoh GR.

I am still amazed that this humble camera can produce excellent 12" X 18" prints over the years. It goes to show that one should not underestimate a small sensor compact camera like the G12.

It is unfortunate Canon is not making compact cameras this way with all the dials of the G12 anymore.

Five years have passed and I am not letting this camera go. There should still be many years of life to go.

I am now here in Chiangmai/Chiangrai for about 10 days for a short discovery trip to shoot the Karen hill tribe. If you haven't been here you should make this place your next trip. Great place for street photography, food and even some wildlife photography.

Despite bringing along my "better cameras" like my full frame DSLR, a micro 4/3 camera with 4 lenses and a Ricoh GR, the Canon G12 is used the most. It is reliable, have very good colour and easy to use that it always capture the right moments without fail. Great for street portraits and intrepid photography. The excellent photo quality is also due to its CCD sensor instead of a CMOS one. Unfortunately, we don't get this anymore. The dials and simple UI are what make this camera outstanding even after 5 years.

The best camera is still the one that has the ability to capture the moments accurately the most.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 23:36 UTC
On Canon Powershot G12 Quick Review preview (4 comments in total)

I am revisiting this review after almost 5 years of owning and still using the Canon G12. Despite all these years of use, the camera is still going strong and still one of my favourite compact cameras I have, the other being the Ricoh GR.

I am still amazed that this humble camera can produce excellent 12" X 18" prints over the years. It goes to show that one should not underestimate a small sensor compact camera like the G12.

It is unfortunate Canon is not making compact cameras this way with all the dials of the G12 anymore.

Five years have passed and I am not letting this camera go. There should still be many years of life to go.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 16:00 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
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adhall: Would have been nice to also make it equivalent to the Canon/Nikon 24-70s i.e. make it ~f/2.0...

I agree with adhall. It would have been nice to have at least f/2.0. It can be done but they are just not doing it. Sigma has an excellent 18-35mm f1.8. f/2.8 is too ordinary for APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 04:32 UTC
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martintintin: no doubt for fuji Lens IQ
but i would rather wait for sigma 18-35/1.8 fuji version ( if it happen )

The new Fuji lens is huge making mirrorless not much of an advantage. The Sigma 18-35mm is excellent and for a very good price too. Other than being weatherproof, I would rather have the Canon 7D Mk2 with the Sigma. More versatile when I need speed for sports. The X-T1 is still a bit slow and not that much smaller than the Canon 7D Mk2.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 04:26 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (138 comments in total)
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quezra: A5000 should be here (A5100 is considerably a spec up from A5000 with 24 MP sensor, touchscreen, A6000 AF, etc.)

Initially, they might just use the kit lens but once they learn more about photography they might buy a prime or a longer zoom lens. A 50mm equivalent prime lens is usually what a newbie will buy. If one is using an entry level DSLR, the 50mm is very cheap, not so cheap for Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 00:41 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (138 comments in total)

DPR seem to have left out the Lumix GF6 which is actually quite a good bang for the money and a great entry level mirrorless camera. I would certainly buy one if I am buying my first camera.

I am including the GF6 because it is still currently available. There is no replacement yet.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 16:52 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (138 comments in total)
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quezra: A5000 should be here (A5100 is considerably a spec up from A5000 with 24 MP sensor, touchscreen, A6000 AF, etc.)

I would also consider the Sony A5100 as entry level and quite a good one at that price. In some markets, it is selling for only about $500.

The only problem with Sony is the limited choice of lenses which can be expensive. The kit lens is not that good.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)
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Joe Mayer: The spot sure looks as though it has crawled along the glass. Anyway, I find the response from Leica very odd. Actually if I were a Leica owner I'd be very concerned as after waiting 3 months to get this "fixed", "Leica has confirmed that these replacements could be susceptible to the same problems in the future". Are they kidding? Do they not understand the concept of fixing a problem? I had always had the impression that Leica held themselves to a higher standard than to just slap a band-aid on a problem and then replace that band-aid every so often even if that band-aid is free. Maybe Leica customers have no issue being treated like this. I'd be demanding a new sensor that won't be going wormy on me.

Now, with Kodak gone under, I wonder where Leica is going to get replacements for the sensor.

There goes the second hand value of Leica digital M bodies.

Anyway, anybody who thinks that electronic products have second value must be dreaming, cameras, laptops or any others.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 19:10 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)
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Miron09: Leica owners I happened to know since the Seventies had many technical grievances, like wrongly adjusted meters, shoddy craftsmanship, etc. Leica never recovered from the Leica M5 mishap. The lenses sometimes offer exceptional quality, but the bodies were put together with second rate parts, in Portugal, Malaysia, etc.

@ Miron09

Where did you get the information that some Leica bodies are assembled in Malaysia?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 18:58 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (245 comments in total)
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jorg14: Granted for a working pro in a studio situation (rare for most of us) the Pentax would be a good tool. But do you really need the IQ the Pentax has over a good FF camera? Do your customers actually see the difference?
For years I've lusted over full frame to replace my Leica M3 of old. But now I've come to the conclusion that APS-C is more than enough. In fact my latest toy is the Sony RX1002 and I've gotten some amazing pictures.

For most people, APS-C is good enough. However, if you are shooting landscape or products for advertising, medium format is still the preferred sensor size. The other use is portrait photography for beauty / cosmetic products where very large prints are often made.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 14:57 UTC
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