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 Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (456 comments in total)
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Felice62: I am quite happy with my g6 and I am not attracted by the 4k capabilities of the g7. What is the margin the g7 has over the g6 in terms of image quality in the range of sensitivity between 1600 and 3200 ISO with its new sensor? If it achieves 1 stop better performance it might appeal me. Else I'll keep my g6.

A good photographer, like a good sniper, will make every shot count not waste his bullets shooting everywhere hoping for a kill.

Unfortunately, most newbies nowadays never bother to even get their skill right.

4K video is not a solution to bad photography.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2015 at 04:28 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (456 comments in total)
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User8606253983: Looking good, but outdated sensor. When will we get new sensors on m43. Been on 16 mp a while now. Would like my next om-d to have a few more pixels if possible.

You could replace the T6s with a G7 if you have a few good Micro 4/3 lenses namely the 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, the 45-150mm f4-5.6 and the 25mm f/1.4.

However, for a more superior performance, I still prefer my Canon 7DMk2 with some L lenses. One just cannot get acceptable tracking focus from a Micro 4/3 system. Higher ISO performance is also better. The anti-flicker capability for low light shooting in concert situation has to be experience to realise the usefulness.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 22:31 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (456 comments in total)
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User8606253983: Looking good, but outdated sensor. When will we get new sensors on m43. Been on 16 mp a while now. Would like my next om-d to have a few more pixels if possible.

@ nutraman

Why would you want to replace your 24Mp T6s with a micro 4/3 camera? If one require more Mp one should just use a bigger sensor camera. I think 24Mp is about the highest amount of pixels one should have in an APS-C sensor. Any more, there will be noise issues and lower performance in low light. Since the micro 4/3 sensor is about half the size of an APS-C sensor, having 16Mp is already very high. There must be a technical reason why 16Mp is the highest one can go without compromising image quality.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 23:22 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (456 comments in total)
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User8606253983: Looking good, but outdated sensor. When will we get new sensors on m43. Been on 16 mp a while now. Would like my next om-d to have a few more pixels if possible.

It is very strange for people to always complain that the 16mp sensor is "old" and thus not adequite. What is more important is the quality of the pixels. If the pixels are too small, noise will always be a problem. Low light performance will also suffer. I think for a micro 4/3 sensor, 16mp is more than enough. If one wants more pixels he should go for a bigger sensor like full frame or medium format. Similarly, for those who use compact p&s cameras, 10mp is about the best compromise. So far, my 10mp Canon G12 has been performing very well even when it is 5 years old. Quite often, I will enlarge my portrait photos taken with it to A3 size without any problems. I have a Lumix GM1 with a 16mp sensor and it can print way pass A3 size. Obviously, one also has to shoot properly making sure your photo is perfectly sharp in the first place.

At the end of the day, how large do you want to print your enlargement? Will you be printing larger than 24" X 36" all the time?

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 01:47 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (361 comments in total)
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lacix: How about the GM5?

If you do not need an EVF then the GM1 should serve you fine. Now that the GF7 with the same lens and sensor is available at a lower price, you may want to consider that as well.

The other thing about the ability to put an external flash on the GM5 is quite impractical due the tiny size of the camera. I would rather have the built-in flash of the GM1/GF7.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 05:01 UTC
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nikkornikon: They Need to, Like Fuji...to Step away from 16mp. It is time to move on. When 24mp is truly old...16 seems freaking ancient.

@ 5inchfloppy

From my experience with Micro 4/3, I would not use them pass f/8. Beside the signs of diffraction it is also unnecessary as the depth of field is sufficient if one is shooting landscape. From the depth of field point of view, f/8 on micro 4/3 is equivalent to f/16 when using full frame.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 21:35 UTC
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (270 comments in total)
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Pitchertaker: Still trying to decide between the Olympus and Sony lens systems to invest in for landscape, perspective, and closeup images.

For my applications are primes a better choice than a zoom?

Should I grab an EM-1 and throw on this new 7-14mm f/2.8 or go with their 12mm f/2.0 & 17mm f/1.8 instead?

Should I go Sony a6000 or A7 with their sole 24mm f/1.8 prime, or would their 18-105 f/4, 10-18 f/4, 16-70 f/4 or 16-35 f/4 do just as well?

Between the Oly 60mm f/2.8 macro and Sony 90mm f/2.8 which is better?

Actually, if you are really into landscape photography, using full frame would be the best compromise. Of course, if you can afford it, then medium format would even be better.

Micro 4/3 or even APS-C would not give you the details if you need to print enlargements say up to 24" x 36" . However, micro 4/3 is very convenient if you require a smaller camera for street photography or travel.

For macro photograpghy, using full frame or APS-C format would give you more choices of lenses at a lower price. You can also buy third party lenses besides those sold by the camera company.

Currently, Sony is still struggling to improve their range of lenses. Further, they are quite expensive too. Sony's user interface is not the most popular among photographers so is their battery lifespan.

As far as lenses are concern, primes are always better whichever system or brand you are buying. However, if you want convenience and quick response then a zoom lens would be better.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 20:11 UTC

This special edition model is really for Olympus fan.

It would have been better if they are improving on the tracking focus of the EM5 Mk2 instead.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 15:17 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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nikkornikon: They Need to, Like Fuji...to Step away from 16mp. It is time to move on. When 24mp is truly old...16 seems freaking ancient.

@ 5inchfloppy

You are right. 4/3 sensors are actually 1/4 frame. At 16Mp, it is having a smaller pixel pitch than the Canon 5DS, so if it goes any higher it will just generate more noise at higher ISO. The EM5Mk2 is already not that good at higher ISO.

One cannot go on and on to have more pixels. I would rather have Olympus (or Lumix) improve the lenses with bigger apertures and make them more affordable.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 15:06 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (800 comments in total)
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Dellis12: The Mk II seems much more solid than the original EM-5. Less fiddly, the buttons are more positive--overall a much more evolved, solid camera. Question is whether it's worth the wait and potential cost for an eventual EM-1 MkII? Debatable resolution limitations notwithstanding, the EM-1 is the best camera I've ever shot with. And I've owned FF and film Nikon, Canon, Leica, etc., etc. The best camera isn't the one that passes muster with camera geeks, or overcomes hypothetical or lab specs. It's the one that inspires you to push yourself to break new creative ground. The camera you look forward to using every day, and miss on the days that you don't.

Despite what other cameras I am owning now, the G12 remains one of my favourite and dependable camera. The other is the Ricoh GR if you can live with a 28mm angle of view.

If I am going for a short trip, having both of the above cameras is adequate for very acceptable photograpghy. The good thing is one can carry both of them around everywhere without feeling the weight. That is very important for street photography or for long walks.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 04:27 UTC
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Marksphoto: what purpose does this lens serve and why should I want to buy it...

If one is using a Canon APS-C body, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is very capable lens and offers best value for money. It is very strange that Voightlander decide to make such an awkward lens.

What is the true benefit of such a contraption from the photography point of view?

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 03:41 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Steve Badger article (110 comments in total)

Lots of excellent opportunities for landscape and country shots in Oz. Try the Kimberly area in North-western Australia. Tasmania also provide a variety of opportunities from forest to seascapes within a more compact area.

The advantage of Australia is there are plenty of clear skies and wonderful side lighting.

Explore and shoot more.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 14:59 UTC as 47th comment
On Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon EF 35mm f/2 article (169 comments in total)

They can copy the shape and design but is the optics the same or better. If it is better then many would welcome it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 05:35 UTC as 27th comment

Interesting development. Lets wait for a test report from Photozone once these lenses become available in the market. Maybe DPR should do one earlier.

Finally, now I can consider buying a Sony full frame mirrorless camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 00:26 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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white shadow: For photographers who love a dreamy effect, the best lens to use is the Zeiss ZE/ZF 85mm f/1.4. The price may be not so cheap (about $1000) but the rendition is excellent, soft focus with a 3D effect.

This particular Zeiss lens is probably the best for this kind of effect. It is not just soft but has a 3D effect not obtainable with other lenses. Check out some sample images from people who have used the lens for portraits.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 21:05 UTC

For photographers who love a dreamy effect, the best lens to use is the Zeiss ZE/ZF 85mm f/1.4. The price may be not so cheap (about $1000) but the rendition is excellent, soft focus with a 3D effect.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 20:54 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1277 comments in total)
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Jerry Nyberg: It would seem that a camera in this price range would be able to handle both wildlife and landscape photography.

@ BrianWilton

You are absolutely right. As a general usage camera I would prefer the 7DII anytime. It is so much more versatile. One cannot go wrong having it with you. It is a no nonsense DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 21:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1277 comments in total)
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Rexgig0: I am pleased with my new 7D II. Most of the improvements, over the 7D, may be incremental, but they seem to exceed their sum total, in my opinion. There is nothing incremental about a second card slot, or being able to AF with my EF400/5.6L + Extender 1.4X III. Previously, the cost of the latter was the price, weight, and bulk of a 1D/1Ds-series body.

I am not anti-Sony, and perhaps a Sony can beat the 7D II in some ways, while costing less, but can a Sony readily accept, and fully function with, my primary work-horse lens, the EF 100mm 2.8L Macro IS, Canon Macro Ringlite, 580EX II, and 600EX-RT? Buying a Sony is easy, but building a new selection of lenses, flash, and accessories can be quite a task.

For what is is worth, the P&S camera that preceded my DSLRs was a quite like-able Sony. Had Sony offered a more-complete, mature DSLR system at the time, I might have followed the Sony path.

The 7D II is a good addition to my "team," priced right, the same as the 7D in 2009.

After careful consideration, I have decided and bought a 7DII to use for general photography. It is fast and won't disappoint in most situation. I actually prefer it over my Canon 5D Mk2 as it has a convenient built-in flash for those intrepid moments. I am beginning to enjoy using this camera with the new EFS 24mm f/2.8 lens instead of using a P&S camera for casual occasion.

This is a very versatile camera and I have no regrets buying it. In terms of responsiveness, it is way ahead of the mirrorless crowd.

Sony has been seducing many first time full frame camera buyers recently but when it comes to performance, the 7DII still beats them all, even its own sibbling the 5DIII in some aspects.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 21:35 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (455 comments in total)
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flexys: Hello guys! Since this camera and Sony RX100 II are in the same price range, which one would you buy? I only found a comparison between RX100 III and G7X but they are totally in different price range. Thank you!

Which camera one would buy depends on what your priorities are. The Sony RX100 II has an option for an external flash wherelse the Canon doesn't. The G7X has a better lens aperture for low light. For me, I prefer the Canon user interface. The Canon Raw files are easier to use and has its own DPP software together with the camera. What I don't like about the G7X is the small battery. The G7X would be great if it uses the body design of the Canon G12. I have been using the G12 for about 5 years and I really like the user interface. If the Canon designers can produce a 1" sensor compact camera in a G12 body and improve the performance, it would be great. But, I suppose all of us have to wait.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 15:46 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (333 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Too big and "fat" to my taste.

You are not alone especially for a small sensor "compact". I thought my 5 years old G12 is big.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 09:18 UTC
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