chj

chj

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On Readers' Showcase: Luis dos Santos article (47 comments in total)

Sorry, but this is similar to photographers who focus on shooting graffiti. The architects and graffiti artists may deserve praise, but unless you are really adding something more to it in your photo, it's not your art. In these photos, I don't see the photographer adding enough to call it his own.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 12:31 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies

great street shots

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 20:50 UTC as 2nd comment
On Readers' Showcase: Dale Johnson article (39 comments in total)

absolutely gorgeous photos

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 20:48 UTC as 3rd comment
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1224 comments in total)

Was there any mention of weather sealing? For me, that's the most significant improvement.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 13:11 UTC as 63rd comment | 40 replies
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Sir Nick of High Point: Sweet! Part of me wishes that they would delete the LCD screen. The whole Leica philosophy involves keeping your head up and eyes peeled, not buried in a useless tiny screen.

probably is more stable, but your original comment is about "keeping your head up and eyes peeled", which is much easier with a good touchscreen

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 18:03 UTC
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Sir Nick of High Point: Sweet! Part of me wishes that they would delete the LCD screen. The whole Leica philosophy involves keeping your head up and eyes peeled, not buried in a useless tiny screen.

You've obviously never used LCD, especially not one with good tap to focus. Your eyes are MUCH more buried in the camera when using a viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 12:45 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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forpetessake: Last time I shot with Panasonic was 4 years ago. I didn't like it because of poor colors. Now 4 models later Panasonic still has the same poor colors... On the other hand they make very good rice cookers... Maybe they should stick with that.

I love Panasonic color. A slight white balance adjustment is often all I need in terms of color adjustment. Color palette is always a matter of taste. Your photos clearly favor a warm approach. Some might consider Panasonic a little dry, but the balance between the colors is excellent, no colors are favored over others. If you like warmer, simply adjust accordingly. Depending on your taste, other manufacturers could be considered overly warm and saturated in comparison.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 17:14 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (392 comments in total)
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chj: "GF7’s 180 degree flip-up screen. It’s great for taking selfies, but not so useful if you’re trying to take overhead shots at a concert"

Just hold the camera upside down

Um, no you would use your thumb for the shutter button.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 16:47 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (392 comments in total)

"GF7’s 180 degree flip-up screen. It’s great for taking selfies, but not so useful if you’re trying to take overhead shots at a concert"

Just hold the camera upside down

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 15:27 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD article (81 comments in total)

Perfect! Thank you Panasonic!
Please offer it in body only, or better yet, packaged with the 15mm f/1.7

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 20:56 UTC as 3rd comment
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (161 comments in total)

nm

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 02:08 UTC as 13th comment
On Panasonic Lumix CM1 coming to the US post (81 comments in total)

needs a 180 selfie screen

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 12:34 UTC as 15th comment

Love the Grand Prize winning photo.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 16:12 UTC as 1st comment

The link to the unfavorable review calls this "a hackneyed poster in a posh hotel." Hah! As if it's easy to create something that looks good in a posh hotel.

If you were a billionaire that wanted art, something you could hang on your wall to make it look posh might be exactly you're looking for, right?

I like my photos, but actually, very few of them would look particularly good on a wall. To all the critics, would your photos look at home on the wall of a billionaire's residence? Because this one is going to look fantastic.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 16:54 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1295 comments in total)

◾Long screen blackout during live view shooting
◾No AF with continuous shooting in live view

WTF kind of chump camera is this?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 03:04 UTC as 168th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (301 comments in total)
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daddyo: I guess I don't get the real purpose/benefit of this camera.
Based on the Studio Test Scene, the Olympus E-M10 offers obviously better IQ at high ISO's. It also has built-in flash, a higher magnification LCD and EVF, a tilting LCD, IBIS, and a reasonable grip -- just to name a few advantages, not to mention a $200 lower price tag.

While I understand that the GM5 is a bit smaller and lighter, one still has to carry the clip on flash and a lens or two. If the idea is to simply use the GM5 with only the 12-32mm lens so you can stuff it in a pocket, what's the point of interchangeable lens design? Why not simply get one of the top tier P&S cameras with a reasonable zoom range - something like the Sony RX100 III?

I have a GM1, it is not pocketable, maybe with the 20mm f/1.7, but not really. It's small size still makes it extremely convenient to carry around on a neckstrap. Yes, the small size still makes a difference, I have not seen many people on the dance floor with a DSLR around their neck, it's no problem with the GM1.

But the main advantage over an Olympus is autofocus speed, especially in low light. From Camera Labs:

"Indeed the GM1's low light AF is not only better than any other compact camera, but better even than most system cameras or DSLRs. The GM1, GX7 and G6 will simply focus more confidently in low light than almost any other camera on the market. It's a major advantage for anyone shooting in low light."

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (301 comments in total)

"A kit with the Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH lens has appeared in the UK for £950 but doesn't look to be available in the US."

To Panasonic:

I have a GM1, I love it. I also love all the improvements in the GM5; however, they are still not enough to trigger an upgrade purchase. I've also been eyeing the Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH lens for some time now, but I know I'll only use it in specific situations, so it may never get purchased.

If I could get the GM5 with the 15mm, it would be an instant purchase.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 01:10 UTC as 59th comment | 3 replies

I have to pay $2395 for an obsolete camera that is uglier than the original, when I can get the better looking original for $600? As laughable as the Leica versions of the Panasonic cameras are, at least they actually look a little better. This is butt ugly. You can't make cameras, your designers have no clue, your price shows no understanding of price elasticity. A company with no technical, aesthetic, OR business savvy. Yeah, I think we all know where this is going.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 23:56 UTC as 20th comment
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)
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chj: To Sony (and all camera manufacturers)

Put a damn touchscreen on your cameras. It is by far the best way to choose a focus point. Anyone that says otherwise has simply not used one and is exalting their "skill" in getting around their camera's limitations. Technology trumps skill. You can't get faster, more reliable autofocus than my GM1 (unless you have another Panasonic). Don't tell me about workarounds. The GM1 nails focus more often.

OK, manual focus can get tighter focus on a stationary subject that's willing to wait for you to set up. But with that kind of time, ANY camera can get tight focus.

So stop listening to photo geeks that equate touchscreens with bad phone photos. On a GOOD camera, a touchscreen is an immensely powerful tool that has more impact on photos than pixel peeping details.

Feedback from DPR photo geeks is 0.005% of the market. The other 99.095% are using touchscreen phones. The camera market is shrinking, because you are listening to the wrong market.

Looks like you mainly shoot stills, like many photographers do. Because getting focus on moving subjects is generally much harder on most cameras. A touchscreen camera with good autofocus removes this hurdle.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 23:12 UTC
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)
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chj: To Sony (and all camera manufacturers)

Put a damn touchscreen on your cameras. It is by far the best way to choose a focus point. Anyone that says otherwise has simply not used one and is exalting their "skill" in getting around their camera's limitations. Technology trumps skill. You can't get faster, more reliable autofocus than my GM1 (unless you have another Panasonic). Don't tell me about workarounds. The GM1 nails focus more often.

OK, manual focus can get tighter focus on a stationary subject that's willing to wait for you to set up. But with that kind of time, ANY camera can get tight focus.

So stop listening to photo geeks that equate touchscreens with bad phone photos. On a GOOD camera, a touchscreen is an immensely powerful tool that has more impact on photos than pixel peeping details.

Feedback from DPR photo geeks is 0.005% of the market. The other 99.095% are using touchscreen phones. The camera market is shrinking, because you are listening to the wrong market.

You'll be slower. You'd only prefer a viewfinder if you haven't used a touchscreen camera with good autofocus. Yes, even in bright light, when I can barely see the screen, I can still get faster, more reliable autofocus than a camera with a viewfinder. It's actually immensely easy in this situation. If my screen is hard to see because of bright sunlight, that means my subject is bathed in bright sunlight. In this situation, the GM1's autofocus is dead on, 100% of the time. Compose all you want in your viewfinder, but you may have already missed the best shot. There's only one situation where a viewfinder is better. VERY low light, when autofocus has to hunt. The GM1 is excellent at low light autofocus, so we're talking about SUPER dark environments.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 23:02 UTC
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