ci-lee

ci-lee

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On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (134 comments in total)

nice strap, but what have you got attached to the lens of the X100s?!? looks sharp and presumably doesn't interfere with the lens...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 15:05 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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jaygeephoto: I have recently purchased a WG-3 camera and am very impressed by it’s capabilities. Since I am a professional photographer and own some very bulky and expensive equipment, I thought this camera would be perfect for the many outdoor activities I enjoy.

I was equally surprised to find out however how few people know about this camera. I take every opportunity to show it off especially to my friends who are outdoor sports enthusiasts. Their reaction is almost always the same: “this is cool, -I didn’t even know they made this – where can I get one – I’ve never seen this in stores – does Pentax still make cameras?” After researching Pentax products further I feel that the entire line of very capable cameras is very much under-represented in the marketplace, especially in New England and the US in general.

You're absolutely right but even more compelling is their presence in Costco. If I were brand manager for Pentax/Ricoh, I'd teach them a thing or two....there are so many tools and strategies today that can level the playing field for smaller companies like them and Fuji. But at least Fuji is shaking it up by differentiating themselves product-wise...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 13:39 UTC
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ci-lee: How timely indeed! I'm in the market for an all-weather cam to complement the X20 & XP1. Hope your upcoming reviews (and subsequent comparison) include the Oly TG2, Pentax WG3 and Fuji XP200 (I assume the AW110 and TF5 will be incl. as well). I know on paper the Fuji is prob the dog of the underwater group but the specs seem surprisingly similar to the Nikon AW110 which has gotten good reviews on other sites. Plus it boasts WiFi which makes up for the lack of built-in GPS, has some versatile video capture rates and similar 'creative' modes as the other Fuji cameras. More importantly for me tho is the use of the same NP50 battery as the X20, of which I already have three spares :)

Anyway, keep up the great work and please hurry with these reviews, I'll be on two trips in August where neither X-cam will like the environment too much ;)

P.S. I agree with the previous poster who mentioned the lack of shutter/aperture priority for these "sports" cams...makes the TG2 quite appealing

Thanks for revealing the group details Jeff...too bad (for me) there is no Fuji XP200 in this years roundup. I suppose I'd go with the TG-2 anyway if it proves head and shoulders above the rest.

F2.0 @ wide, Sort-of Aperuture Priority, 5 FPS, auto-stitch panorama...checks all the right boxes as long as IQ holds up. Too bad the WG-3 has such a slow burst rate and the interval shooting is reduced resolution, otherwise it could be a contender for me...now if the IQ is top-notch among them...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 13:35 UTC
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jaygeephoto: I have recently purchased a WG-3 camera and am very impressed by it’s capabilities. Since I am a professional photographer and own some very bulky and expensive equipment, I thought this camera would be perfect for the many outdoor activities I enjoy.

I was equally surprised to find out however how few people know about this camera. I take every opportunity to show it off especially to my friends who are outdoor sports enthusiasts. Their reaction is almost always the same: “this is cool, -I didn’t even know they made this – where can I get one – I’ve never seen this in stores – does Pentax still make cameras?” After researching Pentax products further I feel that the entire line of very capable cameras is very much under-represented in the marketplace, especially in New England and the US in general.

Yeah I was hoping that when the Pentax/Ricoh merger occurred, they would have come up with a new & improved marketing & distribution strategy. The fact that I have to almost exclusively rely on online resources to learn about their cams have prevented me from pulling the trigger on the K5/II and while the Ricoh GR is so tempting, I'd actually like to hold one first ;P

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 11:43 UTC

How timely indeed! I'm in the market for an all-weather cam to complement the X20 & XP1. Hope your upcoming reviews (and subsequent comparison) include the Oly TG2, Pentax WG3 and Fuji XP200 (I assume the AW110 and TF5 will be incl. as well). I know on paper the Fuji is prob the dog of the underwater group but the specs seem surprisingly similar to the Nikon AW110 which has gotten good reviews on other sites. Plus it boasts WiFi which makes up for the lack of built-in GPS, has some versatile video capture rates and similar 'creative' modes as the other Fuji cameras. More importantly for me tho is the use of the same NP50 battery as the X20, of which I already have three spares :)

Anyway, keep up the great work and please hurry with these reviews, I'll be on two trips in August where neither X-cam will like the environment too much ;)

P.S. I agree with the previous poster who mentioned the lack of shutter/aperture priority for these "sports" cams...makes the TG2 quite appealing

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 04:14 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X100S Digital Split Image focus - how it works news story (101 comments in total)
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ci-lee: Is this feature available in the EVF as well, or just the back screen? For that matter, what about focus peaking? If one/both isn't useable via EVF, I'd probably just get the X20 and wait for these new MF aids to mature and also become available in their ILC offerings...

Wow, can't wait for your review of this and the X20 then. Had an X-Pro1 and sold it after finding out all i really needed and I really wanted was an X100...was going to buy it in February but guess I'll be per-ordering the X100s instead. May have to sell my X10 now too...depends on how good a shrunken X-Trans sensor performs.

As always, thanks for the great coverage!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 22:49 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Digital Split Image focus - how it works news story (101 comments in total)

Is this feature available in the EVF as well, or just the back screen? For that matter, what about focus peaking? If one/both isn't useable via EVF, I'd probably just get the X20 and wait for these new MF aids to mature and also become available in their ILC offerings...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 20:46 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs studio test images news story (107 comments in total)

Despite the minute 'upgrade', the K5-family is still a great DSLR, stacking up well against any APS-C and smaller system. Previous posts have questioned the lack of appeal when stacked up to the new wave of mirrorless models, let alone competitive APS-C DSLR's but I own an X-Pro 1 and can name a few key points:

- the weather/shock proof design & durable pro-grade shutter. Only the OMD (and K30) is sealed and while being a M43, isn't so compact comparatively when lens, grip, etc are attached. And compared to other DSLR's it's def smallish.

- the button layout is incredibly well done. The AF switch stands out in particular. I got my X-Pro 1 bc being able to make adjustments tactilely and with the camera at eye-level make the camera a more useable tool. The Pentax trumps that and just about any other camera close to its price tag and def below...a plus for sports, street and candid photography.

- AF Speed. Many MILC's claim super fast focusing but I don't know of any that dont struggle in AF-C and low light. The K5 is ver good at focusing.

- Price. For those looking to build a new system, the original K5 can be had with the weather resistant kit lens for $900 in the US! It'll only be a matter of months before a similar drop will be seen in te successors. Good deal for anyone looking for a great camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2012 at 15:29 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 preview (757 comments in total)

Anyone know if the 39mm 'protective' filter for the 60mm Macro lens would work for the X10?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 23:16 UTC as 277th comment
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 preview (757 comments in total)

can't wait to see the reviews...the press release statement on their commitment to expanding the lens lineup is truly encouraging. looks like my Canon gear will be going on eBay and my little Fuji X10 will have a big brother soon!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 21:52 UTC as 296th comment
On Preview:canong1x (1044 comments in total)

DPR, please put out a head-to-head comparison to the X10 (once their firmware update is out).

these two cameras have finally taken enthusiast P&S to the level they need to be but I am curious which underlying philosophy produces the better picture: smaller sensor w/bright fast lens -OR- larger sensor w/slower lens.

Also the ergonomics are intriguing to me...I love my X10 b/c it has every button where is should be for critical functions (no menu diving at all) and the fast manual zoom but the Canon has the flip-out screen and fewer but acceptable # of buttons.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 16:06 UTC as 432nd comment
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1X large sensor zoom compact news story (791 comments in total)
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ci-lee: well they came thru with the larger sensor size but really messed up the rest of the camera. 1) lens is too slow...esp @ the long end. 2) it looks like an ergonomic nightmare...imagine trying to adjust settings using back wheel which is pushed all the way to the edge of the camera. 3) same old crap VF 4) macro distance of 20cm?!? 5) no manual zoom...in a camera this size, a barrel zoom would fit and make operation much quicker! looks like I'll be keeping my X10...even with the smaller sensor, the considerably faster lens (throughout the zoom range) probably offers better DOF control and probably similar low light performance (smaller sensor but brighter lens). Just waiting for that firmware update now ;) To Canon's credit though, I love the flip screen & direct movie record button and frankly cameras like this and the X10 are better implemented real world solutions than the Nikon 1-Series...imo.

Revenant -
All valid counter points...especially the macro part. i baited myself on that one. While my prior statement of keeping the X10 holds true (especially if the X PRO 1 is in my future as it's new stable mate ;P), I do look forward to playing with the Canon @ my local camera store. We need more cameras that encourage a better understanding of photography in general (amazing how having easy access to A/S/M modes helped my fiancee get to grips on taking a good photo!). Oh yeah, the Canon wins in the no LENS CAP department as well!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 15:31 UTC
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1X large sensor zoom compact news story (791 comments in total)
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Danlo: CRAZY.. this is actually even better then the Fuji Xpro1..

seriously how is that possible? to credit the previous poster, neither product is out yet and more obviously, we're comparing a smaller than APS-C SLC, with a APS-C+ (w/ Fuji's sensor voodoo) with a great introductory range of primes. I think this camera more directly competes with m4/3 w/kit zooms and the Fuji X10 with the latter possibly being as good as this given the better and faster optics, macro range, ergonomics (manual zoom!) and superior VF (grant 85% coverage but better than any digital compact and many entry-level DSLR's I've tried)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 14:46 UTC
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1X large sensor zoom compact news story (791 comments in total)
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JackM: Hope this sensor ends up in the next S100.

that would be nice but doubt they could cram this sensor and comparable lens into such a tidy package. When I had the S90 and S95, I really thought they made the G-series unnecessary...guess Canon figured that too and decided to differentiate the two lines by a wide margin going forward.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 14:39 UTC
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1X large sensor zoom compact news story (791 comments in total)

well they came thru with the larger sensor size but really messed up the rest of the camera. 1) lens is too slow...esp @ the long end. 2) it looks like an ergonomic nightmare...imagine trying to adjust settings using back wheel which is pushed all the way to the edge of the camera. 3) same old crap VF 4) macro distance of 20cm?!? 5) no manual zoom...in a camera this size, a barrel zoom would fit and make operation much quicker! looks like I'll be keeping my X10...even with the smaller sensor, the considerably faster lens (throughout the zoom range) probably offers better DOF control and probably similar low light performance (smaller sensor but brighter lens). Just waiting for that firmware update now ;) To Canon's credit though, I love the flip screen & direct movie record button and frankly cameras like this and the X10 are better implemented real world solutions than the Nikon 1-Series...imo.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 14:27 UTC as 257th comment | 3 replies
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