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kwa_photo

Lives in United States Northern Front Range, CO, United States
Has a website at http://www.kwaphoto.com
Joined on Apr 20, 2008

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jamie wednesday: Hand grip is quite smart. US $160. (£55 on UK price list..!)

Thanks! Okay, that is a nice grip, nicer than I expected for a compact.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 23:20 UTC
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jamie wednesday: Hand grip is quite smart. US $160. (£55 on UK price list..!)

have you been able to find an image of the grip anywhere online????

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
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Gesture: Note to Leica:

1-Stop calling every camera in your lineup D-Lux, with some Type #. Confusing.

2-Nothing wrong with a rebadged camera like this. I think the Leica warranty and service support is worth a premium. But, when appropriate, call the model CO-DEVELOPED WITH PANASONIC.

They should just call it the Leica D for the name of the line of cameras. The "Lux" just sounds dumb to me. Call it the Leica D Type 109 and I think it would be better.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
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peevee1: Does it have a Leica hot shoe or Panasonic/Olympus hot shoe?

I'm pretty sure it's the exact same shoe as Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 18:37 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: This camera is so good it is even worth Leica prices. If Panasonic charged Leica prices for the LX100 people would still buy it. Just wait till all of the LX100s sell out instantly. The Leica option will start to become more appealing instead of a 3 month wait for the back ordered LX100s.

Frankly, I was surprised at the LX100 price of $899 USD. I currently shoot with a Fuji X100 and X100s. Both originally priced at $1199 and $1299. I figured with a 4/3 sensor, the fast glass with zoom, 4k video, etc. and all in a package similar in styling to the Fuji X100 line, I expected a price between $1095 - $1295. So Leica's price for the Typ 109 is right what I had expected and Panny undercut it. Interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 18:36 UTC

They now have their version of the FZ1000 too, the D-Lux, it's on their website now. B&H has pre-orders for it too. FZ1000 $895 USD, D-Lux $1350?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 22:30 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

Hmmm....the rebranding continues. At least the rebranding isn't as crazy as what Hassy does :-) This one does have a nice overall look to it. Ergonomically, the LX100 looks nicer. Is it worth the premium? Who knows.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 20:26 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (422 comments in total)

A nice update that won't leave many X100s users feeling the "need" to upgrade. However, it may do that for the X100 users or others coming to the system. I sure don't like having a 1 year old camera and feeling its terribly outdated by the new model.

I do like evolutionary changes vs. revolutionary on an annual basis. Once and a while though, the revolution is needed :-) I'm the same with my phones...I have an iPhone 5s and see no need to go the 6 or 6 plus, same thing. No need to be on an upgrade treadmill, just upgrade when you really "need" to do so. I tend to skip at least on generation of cameras before an upgrade. My Nov 2011 X100 was finally upgraded in April 2014 more due to "time" that version skipping.

Good job Fuji. We all know video isn't their strength, I'd like it to improve, but we all KNOW this going into the camera, so it is what it is. As a whole, this looks to be another great Fuji :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 15:07 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)
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kwa_photo: Wow....you know what has frozen over! A FW update from Sony!!! Yippee!!! Why just Windows so far??? I'd venture to say that almost 70%+ photographers I know use Mac and not Windows. Strange choice.

I just haven't seen one for RX10 or other Sony's I've personally had in the past.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 02:01 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (88 comments in total)

Wow....you know what has frozen over! A FW update from Sony!!! Yippee!!! Why just Windows so far??? I'd venture to say that almost 70%+ photographers I know use Mac and not Windows. Strange choice.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 01:40 UTC as 20th comment | 9 replies
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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photogeek: Too bad most of their lenses have noisy, slow motors and are worthless for fast moving subjects. FWIW, I ended up going with MFT after trying both X-T1 and E-M1 side by side. E-M1 is just much better made and all their lenses (at least all I have tried) have ultrasonic motors. The only real flaw that I could see in Oly lineup is their 17mm f/1.8 lens, which, while not that bad in absolute terms, is not that good either, and worse than their f/2.8 zoom.

Yes, they are bigger and heavier due to the larger sensor, just as FF glass is bigger and heavier than Fuji. This is an advantage in size for m4/3

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 07:07 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Come on Sony, get your **** together!

Yes. I seriously considered Sony for a long time before coming to Fuji X. The lack of lenses (and the lack of quality lenses in the lineup at the time) was a main factor in not choosing Sony. Fuji has done it right with a new system with lenses to support it. Way to go Fuji :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 06:38 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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photogeek: Too bad most of their lenses have noisy, slow motors and are worthless for fast moving subjects. FWIW, I ended up going with MFT after trying both X-T1 and E-M1 side by side. E-M1 is just much better made and all their lenses (at least all I have tried) have ultrasonic motors. The only real flaw that I could see in Oly lineup is their 17mm f/1.8 lens, which, while not that bad in absolute terms, is not that good either, and worse than their f/2.8 zoom.

I feel the lens quality, IQ, etc. will beat m4/3; however, if focus speed is a priority, the E-M1 is a fantastic option. I like them both :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 06:37 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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kwa_photo: I do love how Fuji is about as open and transparent as they can be to help their users make informed decisions. It enhances loyalty to the brand IMO.

I wouldn't buy into those rumors too much at all until it happens. I see no reason for Fuji to go FF. If they do anything, they should do a MF like their classics. No need for FF with their APS-C, skip it IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 06:36 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)

I do love how Fuji is about as open and transparent as they can be to help their users make informed decisions. It enhances loyalty to the brand IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 36th comment | 9 replies
On ZTE announces Nubia Z7 with 5.5-inch QHD display post (35 comments in total)

Who buys a ZTE phone anyway? Never heard of them before. Are they available only in China?

Update: I found there is an ZTE USA website. Nothing like a third or fourth tier manufacturer for one of the devices people use dozens (if not hundreds) of times a day. Either get an iPhone or an Android from a strong vendor (Samsung, etc.).

Why ZTE? Isn't that sort of like setting out to get a new point and shoot digital camera and right off looking for a Polaroid digital, Casio or one of the few old Agfa digitals?

I guess I'm confused on who buys a ZTE and why it's getting any play here on DPR Connect; other than it crams in what is likely a poor implementation of 4k video. Plus the cost is estimated at $550 USD? At that rate, go and get a nice higher end Samsung, HTC, etc. Android or iPhone...or even a Windows phone from a big name.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 17:07 UTC as 17th comment | 6 replies
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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mpix345: Funny. The RX100m3 was my first thought as well. Hopefully the Panasonic LX8 will be a good alternate with the same pricing differential as the FZ1000.

My guess is the LX8 will be closer to the RX100 though, and Sony will be less likely to roll back price on a camera that is still relatively new.

I agree. I can't wait to see with Panny has to compete with the MIII. I just can't deal with the ergonomics of the RX100 line. I tried.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 19:49 UTC
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)

Glad to see this, just too late for my purchase back in late March :-( This will bottom out the used RX10 market as well for those who were considering selling the RX10 for the FZ1000. So, it server two purposes for Sony.

The RX10 fits my needs better (f/2.8 all the way, aperture ring, exp comp dial, ability to use my soft shutter releases, audio monitoring, a least some limited environmental seals, etc.). However, I did consider if I were to start over which would I choose...with the old price, it would likely have been the FZ. Now, it's more clear cut for the RX10 for my needs.

They are both excellent cameras and comparable in many ways. It's great to have a choice with prices close enough to not be a big factor.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 19:26 UTC as 52nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Serickmetz: Wow the Panasonic isn't even out yet and already looks bad next to that Sony.

Maybe Panasonic should have come out with something innovative instead of just copying Sony and stealing a piece of their pie.

Argh $998 on Amazon now. Oh, well. Prices always drop. I got mine in mid-March 2014. I can look at it as about $3.33/day for the use in that time with the price drop. When I look at it like that, I can live with it. LOL

B&H is still at $1298. I wonder what will happen to the price of the RX100 MIII when the new "rumored" Panny LX8/9 (or whatever) is released and likely at a lower price point.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 21:59 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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tko: Seems like Panasonic wins in almost every area. In RAW, image quality is better or equal, longer zoom, same weight. Well done Panasonic, nice to see you back.

Maybe Sony should have tried a little harder.

I agree on this too. On the 4k deal and "very few people" have the TV for it...think back to the old days of video when full HD was new. I think a lot of people may have said that same thing. Now, it would be nice to have that full HD video from 5-10 years ago vs the SD. When i doubt, that 4k can't hurt.

However, there are MANY things of the RX10 I greatly prefer. Some of them include: f/2.8 all the way, exp comp dial (I hate cameras that don't have this), threaded shutter button (so I can use my soft releases), step-less aperture for video, aperture ring like a camera should have IMO, audio monitoring....those are the big ones for me.

Then again, Panny has advantages too. I'm NOT a fanboy of either...I'm more of Fuji guy. I have the RX10 and have owned a Panny GF1/GH1 and still have my LX5.

They are both great for what they are. Neither is a slam dunk vs the other. They will both appeal to different users. For me, right now, the RX10 is it for the above mentioned.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 21:53 UTC
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