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On Asmpg2 in the Natural Rock Formations challenge (1 comment in total)

Cool! Last place!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 01:19 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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PeterGlaso: Had high hopes for this camera, and was ready to pre-order right now, if it was manual focus friendly, like the teasers and design suggested. It isn't, so i won't. A bit disappointed now. Getting the Sony A7r and leaving the Nikon camp.

Greenarcher02- It's a lot easier to manual focus when you have a split prism design in the center of the viewfinder with a microprism ring around it. If Nikon had enabled this camera to have interchangeable focusing screens, people could have swapped the regular, simple focus screen that comes with the camera for one of the split screen type if people needed it for manual focus. By not doing that, they make focusing with manual lenses MUCH more difficult (and defeat at least some of the purpose of this camera in the process.)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 07:24 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Looks like they sent the V2 design team to the FF design studio and came up with this as a result.

I'm sorry, but this is just not a good looking camera. It's clunky and looks like they couldn't quite figure out how to elegantly put DSLR innards into a truly pared down body.

I'm not sure how well this will sell...maybe it does have a niche market, but if it were only a little bit simpler and more refined in appearance....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:44 UTC as 993rd comment
On tn__DSC8937 in the Equine Portraits challenge (2 comments in total)

It may not be an equine, but it's a heck of a nice photo....should have done better than last place on composition alone.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 00:44 UTC as 1st comment
On Loose these shoes! in the Children challenge (1 comment in total)

The light was just right as he sat taking off his socks and shoes to walk around in the grass barefoot. He was enjoying the afternoon out, (and he was very pleased with his hat, too)!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 05:58 UTC as 1st comment
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Mirrorless _ user: Where is the " GO TO FULL SCREEN MODE " button ?????

Yes, that would be helpful...perhaps even a larger magnification, since these images seem much smaller than the previous detail sections on the last studio scene.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 16:36 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)

I know you are going to be shooting some older cameras again, but for this particular camera it would be really helpful to maybe shoot the old test scene too? It would really give users a chance to compare to ALL previous M43s that way, and would certainly be less work on your part than retesting several generations of M43 cameras.....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 02:32 UTC as 177th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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JeffreyG: I'm planning on buying one of the camera's when it comes out. Can anyone list their top lenses to use with the Panasonic GX7. I would get the kit lens.

I have some very nice Nikon lenses and am thinking of selling them locally. I would want to get 3 or 4 very nice lenses for the camera.


Also, you may want to keep some of your Nikon lenses for use on the GX7 with an adapter. Yes they will use manual focus and aperture adjustment, but the non-G ones work great. (BTW, my macro lens for my M43 is a micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5...works wonderfully).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 23:43 UTC
On AsmGLSP 006 in the m43 challenge (2 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Nice use of the 40-150, Jalywol.

Thanks! It was an opportune moment :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 02:03 UTC
On This junk is my in the WildAnimals: Battle challenge (2 comments in total)

I LOVE this shot!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2013 at 01:43 UTC as 2nd comment
On Forum updates article (68 comments in total)

Found a bug....when in the "Photos" tab; in Grid view, there is no way to move off the first page. When you switch to the regular line view, you can see all the posts, but there is no way to access anything past the first 30 or so in Grid view.

(In Grid view on all of the other tab categories, the "go to page #" buttons are present at top and bottom of the thread; just not in the photo tab/Grid view.)
(In both IE9 and FireFox, on Windows Vista64 machine).


Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 01:49 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
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onlooker: > Photographers with larger hands may also find the ergonomics
> of the E-PL5 a better fit than the decidedly 'Mini' E-PM2

Hm. Camerasize shows they are practically identical in size:


If you look at the back, I can't see what E-PL5 offers that is more ergonomic to people with large hands (and I am interested because I do have large hands).

I found the "chunkier" aspect of the EPL5 a lot LESS comfortable than the slimmer, more spartan EPM2, and ended up with the EPM2 as a result...you really have to try both to see what works for you.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 05:54 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
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Airless: Why do you review this before the E-PL5 which is clearly a much better camera???

You do realize the EPM2 has a dedicated FN button also....and there is enough button programmability to set it up just about any way you want. (I have the FN button set to AE lock, and the down position on the control dial to ISO, and have, as a result, everything I need just a quick button press away).
I tried the EPL5 first, and did not like how it sat in my hand at all. The flippy screen led to some cramped holding for me, and the EPM2 works much better in that regard. Since I plan to get the viewfinder, a flip screen is not particularly important for me anyway, and I don't find the lack of mode dial a big deal since I spend most of my time in Aperture priority anyway. It's a great little camera!

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 05:51 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
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SuperAchromat: A lot of these kinds of cameras sport LCD's which may be good when they can be seen, but are basically worthless in sunlight conditions. It's possible a good accessory (included or otherwise) would be a variable finder for the hotshoe. With AF lenses it's practical. I use one on an infrared DSLR with a wide angle lens and on a Pentax Q which has an equally useless LCD. If only they could figure out how to make these finders $400.00 that old Leicas and new Voigtlanders go for.

The LCD on the EPM2 is definitely visible in sunlight, but more than that, Oly makes three EVFs that work on it, ranging from about $100 (on sale) to $279. The newest one, the VF-4, is supposed to have a large viewing area and great color rendition and responsiveness....and I have one on order for my EPM2!

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 05:44 UTC

Oh well, CS6 is it for me....I wonder who will step up to the plate and fill the gap in down the road.....

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 23:21 UTC as 543rd comment

Hmm...there are only 3 buildings in the USA which are 500 years old or older, and all in the Southwest. Not being near them, nor having ever had the opportunity to travel to where there ARE older buildings, I guess I have to wait this challenge out :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 04:09 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review article (306 comments in total)

I had a GH2 for almost 2 years, and had gotten it adjusted for pretty reasonable JPG output, so I expected to have to do a little bit of work to get the GH3 output to my liking, too.

What surprised me most was the settings I had used for my GH2 gave me terrible JPG output on the GH3. On the GH2, I used the Nature setting with a small color balance tweak, and did pretty well with that for general use (got the red/green color balance reasonable). On the GH3, the Nature setting left everything washed out and with an odd red palette. Even on Standard, I was not getting the kind of contrast or color punch that I was expecting; things still seemed a bit washed out. So, I went with Vivid (normally would never touch a Vivid setting), and have been using it with Contrast 0, Sharpness -1, Color -1, and NR -5 (I prefer to do my own NR). I've been much more impressed with the JPGS from this setting.

DPR-could you do a JPG comparison shot with this setting, for the heck of it?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 04:33 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On US Judge rules for Eggleston in dispute with collector article (300 comments in total)
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SRT201: Brilliant! Positively Brilliant! It must have taken a minute of more to compose and shoot!

It looks like he was kidding around and went for a giant tricycle effect.

I'm sure there are those who spend hours analyzing how the photo presents a deep and insightful commentary on Western society. :-)

You know, this photo is really remarkable on many levels. It just puts me right in that time and place and with all the possible connotations that that evokes. And that, more than anything else, is what really defines good art. It opens a door to thought and discourse, and allows an emotional or mental exploration that perhaps would not have happened otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2013 at 00:28 UTC

I bought a GH3 last month, after hearing from some fellow GH2 owners who had it and thought it was a real step up from the GH2.

I'm VERY critical about what I expect from a camera, and do not keep models that do not give me acceptable IQ. I was hoping the GH3 would be a noticeable step up from the GH2, but if not, I was prepared to keep the GH2 instead.

Surprisingly enough, I was very, very impressed with how much better, in real world use, the GH3 IQ was vs the GH2. It has far more accurate color rendition, and really beautfiul depth and dimension to its images. It also does very well at higher ISOs. (I can get very good quality ISO 1600 images, and almost as good ISO 3200 images) (The GH2 requires much NR work to get non-blotchy high ISO images).

What surprised me about these DPR sample photos is that they don't seem to agree with what I am getting from my GH3. I would almost like to see them test a second GH3 for comparison, as this looks worse than I am seeng from my own GH3..

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 19:50 UTC as 12th comment
On Pentax MX-1 Preview preview (214 comments in total)

My film MX is wincing in its case.....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 19:18 UTC as 33rd comment
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