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 X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (294 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
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (294 comments in total)
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Tripeiro: I am sure this camera is a joy to use and offers good image quality if the limitations of its small sensor are taken into account. But not at 550€ in 2015. There is nothing remarkable about the camera that justifies the premium price. The sensor is small and the lens although nice, has pedestrian specs considering the size of the sensor and of the camera. If you look at the Olympus Stylus 1, the small sensor is perfectly justified by the impressive lens on a camera that size. It is a very good compromise for many people. The X30 has good ergonomics and a good EVF, but that is not good enough to warrant what Fuji is asking for it. At 400€ I would take a look at it.

The Oly Stylus 1 is difinitely a better choice than the X30. Its longer constant f/2.8 zoom is very versatile and useful for street photography. It is easy to choose it over the X30.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 09:10 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (294 comments in total)
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grasscatcher: Sounds like this would be a great camera if it instead had Sony's 20mp 1" sensor, yet still retained those great Fuji colors.

..... and don't forget a few pints of German beer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 09:01 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (565 comments in total)
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chillgreg: I have ZERO regrets choosing the incredible Ricoh GR over the Fuji. Half the price, and in many ways the better camera!

You are absolutely right. I did the same and have no regrets. The Ricoh GR is so much smaller and nicer to handle when you go shooting. The good thing is it does not look like a serious camera that people are not bothered with you taking a few photos here and there. That is very important if you want to shoot candid moments or in areas where photography is discouraged. One can carry it around everyday without any burden. The X-100T is still quite big and would attract attention. However, there are many people who want more attention than the peace of not being noticed.

The 21mm wide angle converter on the GR is another very useful tool to have when one is shooting in a tight space or for landscape. It is a very well made converter and will make the GR so much more versatile.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 02:05 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (706 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.

You are so correct. The camera that inspire you to push yourself to break new creative ground is the best camera, not the one that passes muster with camera geeks or overcomes hypothetical or lab specs. The camera must feel right in the hand and is convenient to use for the purpose you want the camera for. As for me, I prefer the Canon G12 for casual portraits because I usually always get the shot spot on, correct exposure, right amount of fill flash if required and correct colours too. Obviously, for formal or posed portraits, I still prefer my Canon 5DMk2 with my Zeiss lenses or EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and some studio lighting.

The camera that one is comfortable with and is familiar with always brings good and predictable results. I think that is most important.

The same applies to landscape and product (still life) shoots. For landscapes, sometimes I just prefer the Ricoh GR for its compact convenience and image quality.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 00:21 UTC
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white shadow: Lowepro used to make excellent camera bags about 15-20 years ago but no more. I still remember buying my first Lewepro camera bag in 1998 which was made with ballistic nylon. Now, they seem to use cost down flimsy material which does not stand up to some abuse while walking in the bush.

One of the few camera bag companies that still used ballistic nylon material is Tamrac. Their design seem to be better too.

The Magnum series of old from Lewepro were excellent. Good that you bought one previously. The finish and workmanship those days were so much better. They use ballistic nylon. Tamrac is one of the few companies left that uses ballistic nylon. I bought a camera pouch made from this material from Tamrac about 7 years ago and has been carrying it around almost everyday. I am still using it today for my Canon G12 or Ricoh GR.

Lewepro was started by the people who make backpacks but they sold the brand to a large corporation. Large corporations as usual are more profit oriented and the decision makers are not necessarily photographers or have done backpacking. Thus, the quality of the product suffers. As of today, I think Tamrac still make quality camera bags. Their specifications are higher. Some do not like it because the designs are more conservative and their Pro Series are black which is what it should be. The more trendy young customers prefer them in bright colours.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 00:25 UTC

Lowepro used to make excellent camera bags about 15-20 years ago but no more. I still remember buying my first Lewepro camera bag in 1998 which was made with ballistic nylon. Now, they seem to use cost down flimsy material which does not stand up to some abuse while walking in the bush.

One of the few camera bag companies that still used ballistic nylon material is Tamrac. Their design seem to be better too.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 01:21 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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electrophoto: Honestly, the thing isn't Weather Proof as an item - it's only the rain cover.
Rain Covers are available to fit almost all backpacks on the market.
These days when I travel with a backpack, I sue a regular backpack depending on the type of trip (say it's more hiking / mountain stuff I take my mountaineering backpack, if it's "backpacking" I take my 40l travel back pack...) and add a padded compartment like a mountainsmith kit cube for photo-gear storage...

first of this way it doesn't scream photo-backpack...
second: it's far more comfortable (as the backpack part is actually great)
... allows me to be more flexible in terms of how large / etc I need my bag.
And quickly removes the entire photo kit from the bag if needed.

Also by either going with a fully sealed (roll-top) backpack or cheap raincover I can still keep the stuff dry.

You are absolutely right. I would do the same.

A normal backpack with a small camera bag inside is definitely better. One get double protection and it does not scream "camera inside" when walking around. For weather proofing, nothing is better than a heavy duty gabbage bag over it when required.

The way the camera section open up is very unsafe when one has a DSLR inside. All a pickpocket has to do is unzip that part and your camera is gone.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (184 comments in total)

If this camera can only perform reasonably well at ISO100, then one might as well stay with a P&S camera like the Canon G12. I think the G12 can perform reasonably well up to ISO400 or even ISO800.

My tiny Lumix GM1 definitely does better even with a smaller sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 00:45 UTC as 21st comment
On samsung_nx500_ISO-2000_SAM_0353 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Yes, the noise in the sky is almost like a p&s camera with a 1/2.5" sensor. Just too unacceptable for an APSC sensor camera. My Lumix GM1 does better.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 00:31 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On A Compact PEN: Olympus Stylus SH-2 Hands-on article (150 comments in total)
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Zigmont: Make it a 24 to, say, 140 mm max with f2.8-4.0 and I'm interested. 600mm lens? Really? And other than marketing, the reason for that is...?

I guarantee no one can hold this thing steady at that range, multi-axis stabilization or not.

Anything over about 140mm or so is unnecessary for a travel camera. I've traveled the world multiple times with many point and shoots from back in the B&W film days until now and never found the need for anything over 120mm. Most shots taken at wide angle to 70mm or so.

Well, you will just have to go for the Canon G7X or the G16. I must say my 5 year old G12 is doing fine as an excellent travel camera which is very good at portraits too.

However, a travel zoom can be handy for those unexpected wildlife photography. I almost bought the Canon SX700 HS last year when I was considering going to Kenya for 3 weeks. The trip was aborted due to terrorist threat after the mall shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 00:55 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 real-world samples article (113 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: And this camera is better than the SH-2 in every way while costing the same. An EVF, 1 million dot screen and wider, longer and faster lens Amazing how much $400 can get you in the (albeit lame) ultra-zoom category if you don't have to look "retro"

The retro look is definitely a rip-off and they think the p&s crowd are bothered with it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 19:16 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 real-world samples article (113 comments in total)

Why all the photos are shot at ISO80? That's not a good representation of what the camera can or cannot do.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 19:13 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support article (46 comments in total)

I thought Olympus has given up making point & shoot cameras since last year. For a p&s camera with such an ordinary specification and a rather high price, it will definitely be doomed. Just surprise that they are still continue making this category of cameras.

For a $400 camera in 2015, having a 460,000 dot LCD screen is pathetic. One might just get the previous year Canon SX700 HS which is selling cheap now. Do they think the p&s crowd would bother with the "Pen Look"?

Trying to be positive, this camera MUST have some secret capabilities below the surface. Well, it has RAW but is that enough over the SX700 HS?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 16:54 UTC as 8th comment
On Viper Drag in the F-16 Fighting Falcon challenge (11 comments in total)
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mayurgogoi: more than 5 stars!it is very hard to photograph while flying!

Not really difficult. If you are in an aircraft shooting another aircraft travelling at a similar speed it is quite easily done. The important thing is you must get into position to frame the photo. Note the photographer who shoot this photo did not even need a high shutter speed, just 1/320 sec. A good compact camera can also be used (but obviously the quality of the image is not so good because of the small sensor).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 03:10 UTC
On Viper Drag in the F-16 Fighting Falcon challenge (11 comments in total)

A well taken photo but it is an unfair challenge because a normsl person without access to an air refuel tanker would never be able to shoot it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 02:59 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Viper Drag photo in RCTabor's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

A well taken photo but it is an unfair challenge because a normal person without access to an air fuel tanker would never be able to shoot it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 02:51 UTC as 1st comment
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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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