Artistico

Artistico

Lives in United Kingdom Inverness, United Kingdom
Works as a Artist
Has a website at http://www.galleryhakon.com
Joined on Nov 1, 2007

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Artistico: I have been wondering when this super zoom would make its way to M43. I also find it a bit interesting from the point of view that one would normally expect this to be an IS lens (Or VR, as Tamron would call it).

I think it is about time Panasonic starts following the strength of the trend, making IBIS standard too, and drop OIS from their new lenses, or they are going to lag behind the others.

It probably seemed a good idea at the time, but I think they'd make more money in the long run. M43 being a universal mount, there is less incentive to stay with the brand than how it has been for Nikon and Canon and their choice to keep IS in lenses.

In order to have the best selection of lenses for M43, one needs both Panasonic and Olympus ones. Not having IBIS is a compromise that will make people more likely to choose Olympus bodies over Panasonic.

Ah. That explains it. I remember how the GH2 was better than anything else for a little while too. Things are still progressing, though it's more incremental than it used to be.

Now, if Oly could use the same sensor/processor combination - or indeed a newer and better one - in a camera only slightly bigger than a GM1 with a built in EVF like the RX100 III and 5-axis IBIS...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 19:25 UTC
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Artistico: I have been wondering when this super zoom would make its way to M43. I also find it a bit interesting from the point of view that one would normally expect this to be an IS lens (Or VR, as Tamron would call it).

I think it is about time Panasonic starts following the strength of the trend, making IBIS standard too, and drop OIS from their new lenses, or they are going to lag behind the others.

It probably seemed a good idea at the time, but I think they'd make more money in the long run. M43 being a universal mount, there is less incentive to stay with the brand than how it has been for Nikon and Canon and their choice to keep IS in lenses.

In order to have the best selection of lenses for M43, one needs both Panasonic and Olympus ones. Not having IBIS is a compromise that will make people more likely to choose Olympus bodies over Panasonic.

@BarnET I see what you mean about the em10. In fact, if the Dpreview test can be considered infallible, in Raw it smokes every other M43 camera, including its bigger Oly siblings, for detail rendition. Can't see why it should be better than the others, but there it is.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 09:00 UTC
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Artistico: I have been wondering when this super zoom would make its way to M43. I also find it a bit interesting from the point of view that one would normally expect this to be an IS lens (Or VR, as Tamron would call it).

I think it is about time Panasonic starts following the strength of the trend, making IBIS standard too, and drop OIS from their new lenses, or they are going to lag behind the others.

It probably seemed a good idea at the time, but I think they'd make more money in the long run. M43 being a universal mount, there is less incentive to stay with the brand than how it has been for Nikon and Canon and their choice to keep IS in lenses.

In order to have the best selection of lenses for M43, one needs both Panasonic and Olympus ones. Not having IBIS is a compromise that will make people more likely to choose Olympus bodies over Panasonic.

I'm no video person myself, but I never use flash, so stabilisation makes a huge difference for indoors photos. Each stop of effective IS can mean one stop less of ISO boost, significantly reducing noise and improving colour and detail rendition.

As good as Panasonic lenses are, there is for instance no equivalent to Olympus 75mm f/1.8 or 45mm f/1.8, and seeing as the M43 mount is perfect for legacy glass too and many interesting third-party M43 lenses are not optically stabilises, IBIS makes a lot of sense.

Yet, I have still preferred the Panasonics for various reasons, though if Olympus comes along with something that covers my needs better, I will switch.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 16:08 UTC
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Linerider: Why doesn't any manufacture make lenses this range for APC sensors?
This would be a perfect range/focal length

What about the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 10:14 UTC

I have been wondering when this super zoom would make its way to M43. I also find it a bit interesting from the point of view that one would normally expect this to be an IS lens (Or VR, as Tamron would call it).

I think it is about time Panasonic starts following the strength of the trend, making IBIS standard too, and drop OIS from their new lenses, or they are going to lag behind the others.

It probably seemed a good idea at the time, but I think they'd make more money in the long run. M43 being a universal mount, there is less incentive to stay with the brand than how it has been for Nikon and Canon and their choice to keep IS in lenses.

In order to have the best selection of lenses for M43, one needs both Panasonic and Olympus ones. Not having IBIS is a compromise that will make people more likely to choose Olympus bodies over Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 09:17 UTC as 49th comment | 11 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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gulffish: Seems to be an interesting new long reach camera. Test shots are very nice but I would still give the IQ edge to the RX10 in terms of color rendering and detail. The FZ1000 images are too soft in my view. A combination like the a65 with the Minolta 70-210 f4.0 is still a very tough bench mark for the "do it all" cameras. Will be interesting to see the final review.

I think part of the difference between the cameras is the different approach to their jpeg processing. Panasonic jpegs tend to be mushed by too heavy-handed noise reduction with lots more to be gained by processing one's own raws.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 21:01 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Artistico: Absolutely terrible high-ISO jpegs - as one have come to expect from Panasonic, but raw shooting and mostly staying below ISO 3200 should sort that out. The lens seems to deliver a decent performance when you take its range into account.

All in all, this seems a very capable camera that - despite what others might think - is both compact for its range and sensor size, yet chunky enough to give a good steady grip for longer shutter speeds without a tripod. I think the ergonomics of Panasonic SLR-style cameras have always been rather good, and it looks like it just keeps getting better with each new iteration of body design.

@halfwaythere. I see why you got me wrong, then. I think you'll find lots of people, myself included, don't use the word "decent" as a euphemism for something bad. I am of the persuasion of people that use it as an understatement for something that is - well - better than decent.

This is the Internet, after all. I don't see the need to use euphemisms here, which you probably should have picked up on when I called the high-ISO jpegs terrible. It wouldn't have made any sense to then go into euphemism mode for the rest of my post, would it? Understatements, on the other hand, I find a bit more suitable than panegyric praise in most cases.

Anyway, I'll conclude that we both think it seems to be a great camera, even if we communicate it in slightly different ways. =)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 17:49 UTC
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Mahmoud Mousef: Gentlemen,
Limit your lust so that the price may be reduced to 500 or so in short order. Thank you. Remember, this is 'just another superzoom'. Mum's the word. Wink, wink. Nudge nudge.

"Snap snap, grin grin, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more? "

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Artistico: Absolutely terrible high-ISO jpegs - as one have come to expect from Panasonic, but raw shooting and mostly staying below ISO 3200 should sort that out. The lens seems to deliver a decent performance when you take its range into account.

All in all, this seems a very capable camera that - despite what others might think - is both compact for its range and sensor size, yet chunky enough to give a good steady grip for longer shutter speeds without a tripod. I think the ergonomics of Panasonic SLR-style cameras have always been rather good, and it looks like it just keeps getting better with each new iteration of body design.

What do you mean unfair, halfwaythere? I was being positive. I just said that the high-ISO jpegs were awful, and they are. Apart from that I said everything was good. Didn't you read it before commenting?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 13:16 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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ogl: 1" sensor is becoming the new trend...Good.

@Black Box. Not in the case of a superzoom camera. An APS-C sensor with the same focal range equivalent would have made a way too big and heavy camera, even with a much poorer f-stop range. I think 1" might just be the sweet spot for the best compromise between size and performance for this class of camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 12:55 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

Absolutely terrible high-ISO jpegs - as one have come to expect from Panasonic, but raw shooting and mostly staying below ISO 3200 should sort that out. The lens seems to deliver a decent performance when you take its range into account.

All in all, this seems a very capable camera that - despite what others might think - is both compact for its range and sensor size, yet chunky enough to give a good steady grip for longer shutter speeds without a tripod. I think the ergonomics of Panasonic SLR-style cameras have always been rather good, and it looks like it just keeps getting better with each new iteration of body design.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 11:29 UTC as 296th comment | 14 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Mahmoud Mousef: Gentlemen,
Limit your lust so that the price may be reduced to 500 or so in short order. Thank you. Remember, this is 'just another superzoom'. Mum's the word. Wink, wink. Nudge nudge.

Say no more!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 11:19 UTC
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ogl: 1" sensor is becoming the new trend...Good.

@Black Box because it is much better than a 1/2.3" or 1/1.8" sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 11:18 UTC
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Efrem: Good information, but I have to comment on the opening "Lightroom 5 is a powerful program, but that power comes at the expense of a learning curve that some find pretty steep." The learning curve describes how quickly the effort of doing something goes down as you do more of it. A steep learning curve means you learn quickly and easily, so the effort drops a lot in a hurry.

If you meant to say that Lightroom can be difficult to learn, this opening has it backwards. The fact that lots of other people have learning curves backwards too doesn't change that.

This has nothing to do with the content of the piece. The problem is that people who know about learning curves will think "if they can't get this right, how much can they know about Lightroom?" A good deal, it seems, but if you turn readers off before they even get to the article, some of them won't make it that far.

Please try to use "learning curve" correctly in the future.

I don't think anyone ever uses it correctly anymore, meaning that the incorrect way is now correct. It's a shame, but that's how it is. Incidentally, I do think Lightroom is one of the easiest programs to learn. Adjusting photos was never as easy before it arrived on the market, so perhaps it's "learning curve" in its original sense, after all...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 15:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (348 comments in total)
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ennemkay: I am really loving the fact that 24mm equivalent us the new standard zoom wide angle.

Me too. It makes such a huge difference.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)

The more I look at the specs and the samples of this camera, I think it is a serious carry-everywhere camera worth considering if one is thinking of getting a Panasonic GM-1 with only the kit lens and no plans for expanding to other lenses. It has a few things I think the GM-1 lacks: an integrated EVF and a tiltable screen - both very useful things for getting the shot. The RX100 III shows it can be done without making the camera much bigger while having a much better aperture range than the GM-1's kit zoom.

When I bought the GM-1, it was partly due to my disappointments with the RX100 MkI. I will consider trading it in for a RX100 MkIII, though, which I'd use as a carry-everywhere camera alongside something like a Sigma DP3 and/or DP2 Merrill for the serious shots. The Merrills can be had so cheap these days...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2014 at 20:15 UTC as 148th comment
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Menneisyys: I've pixel peeped some of the recently-shot samples and found out the following:

- the fully zoomed in f/2.8 (that is, 70mm) one at http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/2935871/dsc00008_iso125?inalbum=sony-cybershot-dsc-rx100-iii-samples-gallery shows clearly better center sharpness than the studio shot shot at f/5.6. As a 20 Mpixel 1" sensor shouldn't really be affected by diffraction at f/5.6, I think the relative softness of the studio shot is either caused by either the lens' not having the "sweetest spot" around f/5.6 (as opposed to f/2.8) or, more likely, the focal pane inconsistencies.

(BTW, it's worth noting that the lower left corner of the landscape shot exhibits far stronger blur and CA than that of the lower right. This isn't the case with the f/5.6 studio shot, where the corners aren't much worse than the center - unlike with the landscape shot I've talked about. This means stopping down helps corners a lot.)

Well... considering the fact that the sensor and lens combination hardly resolves 20 megapixels of actual detail in the first place, I guess it makes sense that it won't diffract until higher f stops either. If it actually had resolved anything close to its megapixel count, diffraction would have set in sooner.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2014 at 20:06 UTC
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Menneisyys: I've pixel peeped some of the recently-shot samples and found out the following:

- the fully zoomed in f/2.8 (that is, 70mm) one at http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/2935871/dsc00008_iso125?inalbum=sony-cybershot-dsc-rx100-iii-samples-gallery shows clearly better center sharpness than the studio shot shot at f/5.6. As a 20 Mpixel 1" sensor shouldn't really be affected by diffraction at f/5.6, I think the relative softness of the studio shot is either caused by either the lens' not having the "sweetest spot" around f/5.6 (as opposed to f/2.8) or, more likely, the focal pane inconsistencies.

(BTW, it's worth noting that the lower left corner of the landscape shot exhibits far stronger blur and CA than that of the lower right. This isn't the case with the f/5.6 studio shot, where the corners aren't much worse than the center - unlike with the landscape shot I've talked about. This means stopping down helps corners a lot.)

Most lenses behave differently not just at different focal lengths, but also at different distances. A lens that is sharp close up might be fuzzy focused at infinity or vice versa. Ttrying out all the different possible permutations of this to find the sweet spots might require a bit of elbow grease.

As a rule of thumb, the studio tests can be very misleading, and only a balanced selection of real life sample photos can tell the whole story.

I haven't done the math, but I'd have thought that a 1" sensor would start suffering slightly from diffraction already at f/5.6 on a 20 megapixel sensor based on behaviour I've seen in other cameras before.

Anyway, I still think a 1" sensor should max out at 10-12 megapixels as more doesn't add any real detail worth mentioning and only causes more noise, lower dynamic range, bloated files and shorter battery life. There's a reason why cameras using the roughly twice as large 4/3 sensor have levelled out at 16 megapixels...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 21:12 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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kinglau711: - Adobe, RX100 III Camera RAW support please !

- The camera is already out, so now that you make us pay for your Creative Cloud, move your .ss and be proactive :)

Out where? I've only seen it available on pre-order. What's your rush?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 21:00 UTC

Oh deary me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 22:36 UTC as 61st comment
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