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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (356 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 (132 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 (132 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 (132 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 (244 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
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (244 comments in total)
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bluevellet: I've considered the Pentax 645Z. I think Pentax did a great job making the price reasonable (for medium format) and coming up with a decent amount of lenses, particularly how niche this product is,

One major hurdle is (almost) no retailer presence. Even online, it's hard to find and I have to go abroad for it. I'm not comfortable buying something this expensive without even a test drive.

I mean, just look at DPR, no link to buy it anywhere.

Not many amateur photographer who have photography as a hobby would consider buying medium format. It is just too expensive or big to play around with. Thus, there is no demand at retail level. The professional photographer would usually buy direct from Pentax.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 11:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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BJN: The GM5's EVF is nice to have, but rather disappointing. The apparent viewfinder image is approximately half the size of the EVF image in my GH3. And to keep the EVF's profile low, there isn't an effective eyecup. Ambient light easily washes in under the bright conditions where an EVF should be most valuable. And the GM5's diopter slider is fussy to use and easy to bump out of adjustment. And the EVF has compromised the useful size of the rear LCD panel. What I'm saying is that the GM1s with its GM5 style tweaks may likely be a better choice for many. And while the GM1 can be had, the pricing is quite attractive.

@ Valiant Thor

Obviously, the quality of the camera does matters. However, if the user has not mastered the Art of Seeing and the Art of Light in photography and composition, the best camera and lens would not make him a good photographer.

An experience photographer would know how to use a particular camera to get the best out of it. He would also know what camera would be suitable for a particular kind of photography. In short, he would use the right tool for the right job and not expect the camera to perform miracles to overcome his lack of skill or knowledge. Photography is an art which take experience to master.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 16:17 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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BJN: The GM5's EVF is nice to have, but rather disappointing. The apparent viewfinder image is approximately half the size of the EVF image in my GH3. And to keep the EVF's profile low, there isn't an effective eyecup. Ambient light easily washes in under the bright conditions where an EVF should be most valuable. And the GM5's diopter slider is fussy to use and easy to bump out of adjustment. And the EVF has compromised the useful size of the rear LCD panel. What I'm saying is that the GM1s with its GM5 style tweaks may likely be a better choice for many. And while the GM1 can be had, the pricing is quite attractive.

After all the complaints that the GM1 don't have an EVF and a hotshoe, Panasonic is giving users a choice, the GM1 or GM5. Buy whichever you want. For the purpose of this size of camera, the GM1 is adequate for me. I don't need the EVF and hotshoe.

The other compact camera which I adore is the Ricoh GR and it does not have many frills either.

No image stabilisation.
No zoom lens.
No EVF
Rather small aperture at only f/2.8
The auto focus speed is nothing to shout about.

Yet I don't think many pocketable compact cameras can challenge it for image quality and usability.

Ultimately, its the photographer not the camera that matters.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 03:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Mike99999: I already received my GM5 and I could not be happier with this cam combined with tiny M43 lenses like the 35-100 f/4-5.6, the 20/1.7 and the 45/1.8. Very very happy.

Conglatulations! Have a happy time using it and Merry Christmas.

Remember to take lots of photos this festive season.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 16:36 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Mr Olympian: I couldn't resist a used GM1 I found for sale. I previously tried the LX100 and A6000 and both were a little too big for my needs. I already have a DSLR for most uses, but I wanted a good camera that fits in my pocket that is not too heavy that I can take most places.
The options of several tiny pancake lenses make the GM1 and GM5 a viable option. The store did not have the 35-100 in stock. I want to see how small that zoom really is too.

If I were to buy a 35-100mm lens for the GM1 I will go for the f/2.8 version. The lens is actually not that big. A constant f/2.8 aperture is so much more useful in low light like in a jazz bar or restaurant. If price is not an issue, go for the f/2.8.

However, for general use like street photography, I prefer the 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 for its useful extra reach. It is quite small afterall. The new 35-100mm may be just half an inch shorter. Since the GM1 can shoot easily up to ISO3200, using the 45-150mm in a lower light (but not dark) enviroment is not an issue.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 05:20 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Mr Olympian: I couldn't resist a used GM1 I found for sale. I previously tried the LX100 and A6000 and both were a little too big for my needs. I already have a DSLR for most uses, but I wanted a good camera that fits in my pocket that is not too heavy that I can take most places.
The options of several tiny pancake lenses make the GM1 and GM5 a viable option. The store did not have the 35-100 in stock. I want to see how small that zoom really is too.

@ Mr Olympian

Yes, there is a new 35-100mm f4.0-5.6 which is rather small but we are unsure of its image quality. The Lumix 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 is not much bigger and you will be getting a much longer reach. Forget the 45-175mm. The image quality and powerzoom is not great.

There is also a 35-100mm f/2.8 constant zoom lens which is more expensive, bigger and provide better image quality. For best value and better versatility, the 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6mm is hard to beat. It will fit the GM1 very well. I have one and have no regrets.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 00:06 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Sean65: I always regretted selling my GF1. Took it on a tour of Spain and got some great shots. Although compacts are way better these days I still think cameras like the GM5 are great for shooters who want a smaller camera but don't want to compromise too much on IQ and handling. Great lenses availability too.

@ Sean65

I can't disagree with you. Now, you are living to regret selling your GF1. I have one and I am not giving or selling it to anybody. I think the GF1 is still a very capable camera that provide great image quality especially with the "original" 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

Despite the slightly better image quality of the GM1, the GF1 is still much better to use. I would say the two cameras would make a good combo, one with a wide angle or standard zoom and another with a tele zoom. Use whichever choice that suit your need. Great for street photography when travelling or walking in crowded places and still remain relatively unnoticed.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 23:34 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Mr Olympian: I couldn't resist a used GM1 I found for sale. I previously tried the LX100 and A6000 and both were a little too big for my needs. I already have a DSLR for most uses, but I wanted a good camera that fits in my pocket that is not too heavy that I can take most places.
The options of several tiny pancake lenses make the GM1 and GM5 a viable option. The store did not have the 35-100 in stock. I want to see how small that zoom really is too.

@ Mr Olympian

Don't get the 35-100mm unless you really need f/2.8. Get the Lumix 45-150mm f4.0-5.6. It fits comfortably on a GM1 and its cheaper too. The image quality is more than acceptable for such a lens. It compliments the 12-32mm very well. If you really need a telelens for low light, get the Oly 75mm f1.8.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 23:12 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: I'm constantly surprised how photographers still moan about batteries. I have a GM1 and sure, after a couple of hundred it's running down, but I always have back-up batteries and many compatibles are really good as well as cheap. I got a pack of 2 for the GM1 at around £12 (USD19), no problem with them. Take up space? - Get outta here! I love the EM1 but it's the GM1 that goes everywhere with me.

@ Jogger

The GM1 or GM5 are not designed for heavy shooting. However, with 2 batteries one can easily get more than 500 shots which is more than adequite. If one expect to shoot more than 1000 shots, just use a bigger camera. For such events, I would not use anything less than say a Canon 7DMk2 and some Pro lenses. I may even use a dedicated flash with an external powerpack for rapid charging.

Different tools for different purpose.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 22:54 UTC
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