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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white shadow: Let's hope someone can salvage the photographic lighting business and keep it going. There is still hope this division will survive provided they can develop some new flash to cater for the mirrorless market like Panasonic and Sony.

For a start, make a better third party flash for the Lumix LX100. Unfortunately, for now, they are in no position to do that.

@ deep7

Thanks for the info. Perhaps, its difficult to find a retailer that carry all of them. Their distribution is not that great. That could be another reason why they are in financial trouble. I know its difficult to find their other electronic products like TV outside Germany.

Currently, I am using the Nissin i40 for the micro 4/3. Its a very capable compact flash which runs on 4 AA batteries and have a video light as well.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2560 comments in total)
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armandino: Ok went out and bought one today, I was pretty pleased with the IQ I saw online and I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from ergonomics and performance as I owned pretty much every single Canon DSLR worth having.
Just a quick comment: one thing I absolutely LOVE from Canon as a pro user is that there are never surprises. Every iteration is built on top of the previous one, conservatively and thoughtfully. See the next post for more:

Armandino sums it quite precisely. Predictability and a familiar user interface. That's what a professional photographer wants. I can't disagree with that at all.

When you are shooting something serious you can't afford to miss a shot due to equipment quirkiness. Canon may appear conservative in their camera design but its cameras are reliable to get the job done. Ultimately that's the most important criteria.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 11:50 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2560 comments in total)
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pacnwhobbyist: It looks like a great camera. A lot more photographic firepower than I would ever need. It would be nice, however, if Canon was to release a weather-sealed lens for APS-C to go along with this weather sealed camera body. That's one thing you have to give some credit to Ricoh (Pentax) for. That 18-135 WR is nothing special optically but right off the bat you have a completely weather-sealed kit (the same could be said for Fuji XT1 and the 18-135 kit).

Weather resistant and waterproof is two different thing. Novice or those new to photography must know. The Canon 7D Mk2 is more weather resistant than the cheaper ones but by no means totally water resistant. That means one cannot walk in the rain for a prolong period of time even with an L lens. Some light drizzle of rain may be fine or a sudden splash of water by a car while one is walking on the pavement. One still has to wipe the water off immediately to prevent water from seeping in somewhere. Common sense should prevail to avoid water as far as possible. The other aspect is resistant to the cold, humidity or condensation. Not many cameras can do that. Even the 7D Mk2 may have difficulties. One camera which has been tested quite extensively is the Oly EM1 with the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens and so far it seem to have live up to it. The top of the range Canon 1DX body may but there is no official test as far as I know.

Thus, it is best to use one's equipment wisely.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 08:08 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2560 comments in total)
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topstuff: To me, it looks like something from the last decade.

I know its got killer AF and the BIF guys will love it, but to anyone who doesn't need the sports/BIF AF capability, its just a big heavy brick with average IQ, IMHO.

Topstuff maybe just another troll trying to make ridiculous comments. If he don't appreciate the capability of this camera he does not have to buy it or even consider it. There are a lot of sport or wildlife photographers who do. Even Nikon users are envious of Canon's offering which Nikon is lacking.

I shoot FF, sometimes even medium format if required, but one does not need FF all the time. It depends on what one is shooting. Always use the right camera for the right job. Mirrorless FF from Sony may be attractive for the novice but the user interface, focus tracking and lens options are substandard for now.

By the way, I also use the tiny GM1 if I need to go for a long walk in the wilderness when photography is not my main priority. I must say the image quality is not bad too.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 23:18 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2560 comments in total)
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pacnwhobbyist: It looks like a great camera. A lot more photographic firepower than I would ever need. It would be nice, however, if Canon was to release a weather-sealed lens for APS-C to go along with this weather sealed camera body. That's one thing you have to give some credit to Ricoh (Pentax) for. That 18-135 WR is nothing special optically but right off the bat you have a completely weather-sealed kit (the same could be said for Fuji XT1 and the 18-135 kit).

One can still use the EF 16-35mm f/4.0L or 2.8L as a standard lens and the 70-200mm f/4.0L IS or the 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS which are weather proof. As a long term investment in lenses, I would rather buy a full frame version than the APS-C ones. One can use them on both type of bodies and that is better value. However, some may say FF lenses are more expensive to start with. For a serious photographer that should not be a problem.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 22:55 UTC
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white shadow: Let's hope someone can salvage the photographic lighting business and keep it going. There is still hope this division will survive provided they can develop some new flash to cater for the mirrorless market like Panasonic and Sony.

For a start, make a better third party flash for the Lumix LX100. Unfortunately, for now, they are in no position to do that.

Currently, they have two range of flash, one made in Germany and the other made in China. Those made in China seem to be of a lower finish quality, probably through an OEM supplier. What they need to do is to produce a more compact well made version for micro 4/3 like the Nissin i40.

Since they are now in a very poor financial state that may be impossible.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 22:30 UTC

Let's hope someone can salvage the photographic lighting business and keep it going. There is still hope this division will survive provided they can develop some new flash to cater for the mirrorless market like Panasonic and Sony.

For a start, make a better third party flash for the Lumix LX100. Unfortunately, for now, they are in no position to do that.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 00:15 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
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MarcvsTvllivs: Here in Germany (outside of the photographer community) Metz is mostly known for its tv sets -- and I believe that it is that main business that dragged the company under. So there is hope for the photography part of their business to live on under new ownership or the like.

MarcvsTvllivs is right. Many do not know the overall and main business of Metz. They are TV manufacturers and they can't compete with the Koreans. Even Sony has difficulties on that front. Telefunken, the once famous German Hi-Fi manufacturer, also went under years ago. Grundig went the same way too.

German products are good but they tend to be very expensive. Not many people are willing to pay for them or notice much difference.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 00:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (720 comments in total)
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LoneIris: This camera is a labor of love from Panasonic. You can tell in the features, build quality, and nod to its historical Lumix DMC-LC1. The drawbacks are really not drawbacks to the average person, consumer, or even a dedicated enthusiast i imagine. But for the nitpicking, pixel counting crowd they may be. I am serious, and careful enough with my equipment that i don't ever imagine trying to stuff even an RX100 in my jeans pocket (i would fear the On button being hit and the Ziess being messed up), never mind a 900 dollar Leica lens equipped Pani. But cameras, users, and functionality is unlimited to subjective opinion. This is a great camera deserving of its award.

You are right. This is a great camera for the adventurer or traveller who only want to carry just one compact camera. Its a reasonable compromise. There is never going to be a perfect camera.

For me, always carry the suitable tool (camera) for the job.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 23:42 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (720 comments in total)
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Photard: I'd like to know the image quality compared to the Fuji x1oot.

That is top of my wishlist right now. How does the LX100 compare as far as stills and overall image quality?

thanks.

Every photographer has his/her preferences. Some like to work with primes and is skilled to use primes while the novice like a zoom for convenience. For street photography, a zoom may be more convenient due to the various circumstances.

For me, I will always carry two cameras. One for the wide angle like the Ricoh GR and another with a longer zoom lens like the GM1 with the 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 for that longer intrepid shot. Two small camera is also good as your batteries will last longer and you will at least have a spare if something happen to one. You are more assured to get the shot. Well, many will say carrying two cameras is too much. Again, different people will work differently. Also, some are serious shooters while some are casual. There is no absolute right or wrong way.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 23:24 UTC
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insekt: If i'm not mistaken these are tintypes so left is right, right is left... I imagine it must have been a humbling experience standing at the foot of this huge structure back then (even today). People were only just learning how to build skyscrapers, must have been an amazing time

In the old days, all cameras were large format, usually 8" x 10" in size and one has to change them after each shot. Photography was at its infant stage and only the very rich can think of using it.

Travelling was also a luxury. There was no tourism industry. The only travellers were explorers or merchants.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 05:36 UTC
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larryr: This review makes me want to push the buy button!

The review is very good shows how to use the camera, and being creative with aspect ratio which I have only changed infrequently.

Softness apparently isn't the issue that some claim, except for defective camera. It is there but not a real life problem and more users are showing sharp images. One can decrease the aperture in most situations too.

Still wondering if the camera is still shaking out build problems with things like Doppler adj., focus problems. Still no rush as raw isn't in PS yet.

So many options these days, like those he mentioned at the end of his review.

@ larryr

Shooting on snow with just the LCD should not be a problem. In fact it is easier. For an illustration, just go to mingthein.com to see one of his latest post of a series of photos he took in Queenstown, New Zealand, on a ski slope using mainly the Ricoh GR which does not have an EVF. Further, he also has a user review on the LX100 as well.

On another note, the Ricoh GR is a very capable and convenient camera to use in such condition. One can easily keep it under a ski jacket when not in use and can be used one handed if required.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 04:37 UTC
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larryr: This review makes me want to push the buy button!

The review is very good shows how to use the camera, and being creative with aspect ratio which I have only changed infrequently.

Softness apparently isn't the issue that some claim, except for defective camera. It is there but not a real life problem and more users are showing sharp images. One can decrease the aperture in most situations too.

Still wondering if the camera is still shaking out build problems with things like Doppler adj., focus problems. Still no rush as raw isn't in PS yet.

So many options these days, like those he mentioned at the end of his review.

@ Marty4650

You are absolutely right. I pair my GM1 with a Ricoh GR. The Ricoh GR take the wide angle duty while my GM1 take the duty for a longer zoom lens like the 45-150mm f/4-5.6 lens or the 45mm f/1.8. I will also have the 12-32mm lens as a backup just in case I need it. With this combo, I can cover most situation and obtain quality images without carrying much.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 22:07 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (720 comments in total)
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Pierre Couture: Certainly allows for awesome photos, but the reach is too short for me.

The problem is the fast part of the lens at f/1.7 does not last long after zooming in.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (720 comments in total)
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larryr: This review makes me want to push the buy button!

The review is very good shows how to use the camera, and being creative with aspect ratio which I have only changed infrequently.

Softness apparently isn't the issue that some claim, except for defective camera. It is there but not a real life problem and more users are showing sharp images. One can decrease the aperture in most situations too.

Still wondering if the camera is still shaking out build problems with things like Doppler adj., focus problems. Still no rush as raw isn't in PS yet.

So many options these days, like those he mentioned at the end of his review.

I was quite excited about the camera soon after its announcement at Photokina but my intetest seem to have faded recently. Panasonic is selling it at a premium due to its 4K video capability. For those who do not shoot video, the high price is a turn off. Since I have a GM1 which can shoot at 16Mp, there is little need to go for the LX100. Like you, the money may be better spend on another lens or perhaps get the Ricoh GR like I have done. The Ricoh is cheaper and definitely will provide better image quality. The GM1 is definitely more versatile and smaller.

However this camera is attractive to those who just want a compact one small camera solution.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 21:26 UTC
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LWanTeD: "The Lumix DMC-LX100 is a small but not pocketable camera"

Many previews made it look pocketable, especially when comparing it to the Sony RX100 series.

Camera size comparison:

http://camerasize.com/compact/#535.360,569,555,ha,t

Those with big hands would definitely love the bigger size.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 20:39 UTC

I wonder which self respecting photographer would want to be seen with such an ugly monster.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 22:43 UTC as 141st comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (208 comments in total)
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Stephen Scharf: I've got a suggestion for the DPReview staff: how about stopping posting rumors, and instead finish and publish the Panasonic LX100 review?

Just sayin'....

The downhill trend began soon after they were bought over by amazon.com. I suppose working for a big corporation like Amazon is frustrating and lacks job satisfaction. Photography especially doing reviews require passion. In order to light the fire of passion one must have job satisfaction and a sense of belonging. Doing reviews is not a 9-5 job. Most interesting and good websites are owner driven. The reviewers in DPR are not the owners.

High hopes. Giving away information as why certain staffs leave is the last thing a company or corporation would do. Even if they do, it is only for PR reason and the real reasons are covered.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 03:04 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (208 comments in total)
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Stephen Scharf: I've got a suggestion for the DPReview staff: how about stopping posting rumors, and instead finish and publish the Panasonic LX100 review?

Just sayin'....

DPR used to be the first website for potential owners to check for information about cameras. That was true many years ago when the founder was still doing the reviews. Now, it seems their priorities have changed or are they really that understaff?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 17:45 UTC

A nostalgic set of photographs of an era gone by. I can't imagine the trouble the photographer has to endure to capture these photos. He would have required at least two porters to carry all his equipment and to go on horseback over the desert to capture them. Incredible task.

I wish I can go back in time to shoot some of these moments. Now, a simple full frame DSLR will do. How time has changed?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 08:09 UTC as 3rd comment
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