BJN

BJN

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On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (272 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Looks awesome, with a couple of niggles:

1) I agree with DPreview that the focus-mode wheel should have been a control wheel.

2) I wish it had a flip-out screen.

3) It doesn't have a grip, although (if I buy one) it should be possible to jury-rig a grip out of Sugru.

I don't mind it not having IBIS as the IBIS on my current camera (Olympus E-P3) is next to useless anyway.

There's a good chance I'll buy one of these, although I'd like to handle one first.

I personally adapt all my camera supports to Arca type clamps, including Gorillapods and compact tripods. But I don't recommend the Sunway grip (I got one and posted an Amazon review yesterday). My choice is the Franiec grip and a Peak Design Capture Microplate for the Arca mount.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 21:56 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (272 comments in total)
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LarryLatchkey: I keep going back to this page for the sex appeal of this thing.
but
to keep the much-criticised focus mode dial is completely incomprehensible! what a waste.

Much-criticized? I like having a quick way to toggle focus modes. Would a second control wheel be more useful? Perhaps, but it's entirely conjecture to suggest that it's an either/or situation in terms of camera design.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 16:41 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (272 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Looks awesome, with a couple of niggles:

1) I agree with DPreview that the focus-mode wheel should have been a control wheel.

2) I wish it had a flip-out screen.

3) It doesn't have a grip, although (if I buy one) it should be possible to jury-rig a grip out of Sugru.

I don't mind it not having IBIS as the IBIS on my current camera (Olympus E-P3) is next to useless anyway.

There's a good chance I'll buy one of these, although I'd like to handle one first.

Sugru? Yech. The grip for the GM1 fits the GM5, but I'm sure the Franiec grip will fit the GM5. The Franiec grip (kleptography.com) is excellent on my GM1 and it doesn't interfere with the bottom of the camera as the Panasonic grip does. There's a Sunway PPL-GM grip with an Arca dovetail plate that fits the GM1. It does block the battery/memory door but at least you get the utility of the quick release plate. It may fit the GM5.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 16:34 UTC
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rsf3127: that must be a joke...heavy lenses may be held either by a tripod collar or the hand.

Yeah, but if there's wiggle at the mount, you'll see that when shooting video and you bump the camera using controls.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 04:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (454 comments in total)
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Paul Kersey Photography: Videographers can rejoice, dedicated still shooters are better served elsewhere. Cool for Panasonic to pick a lane that they can dominate in m43land. The a6000, not renowned for high ISO performance, looks better than GH4 at 1600. That's the rub on m43, close, but always will trail larger sensors.

It's a very good stills camera and delivers a lot of performance in a system that makes for a light, compact camera bag.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 18:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (272 comments in total)
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Timmbits: As the owner of an APS mirrorless, I never thought I'd say this about MFT... but I think I might actually like this camera. (except no tilt screen, but everything else seems alright, especially since the body is similar size to RX100iii. Now all we need is a fast pancake zoom to go along with it (and I don't mean f4! I mean f2).

Anyways, I guess this spells the death of the Nikon1 system. :D
Maybe NOW Nikon will come out with a competitor to the RX100iii.

Fast. Pancake. Zoom.

Pick two, says all the lenses on the market.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 22:47 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (154 comments in total)

" I truly believe that if DJI were to double the battery life of Phantom 2 Vision+ and give it a camera that's in the mirrorless category in terms of image quality, they'd have a winner."

And I wan't to take pictures of unicorns. That's a delusional wishlist.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 19:44 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (154 comments in total)
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christiangrunercom: Overall a good article, but I have some stuff where I think the reviewer have missed the mark by miles.

1: battery life: 17-20 mins is quite good with current motor/battery technology. High end aerial platforms capable of lifting Red cams will not go much above 10-13 mins tops, on average around 6-8 minutes with counting in safe margins for descends, landing and general emergencies.
2: Raw and video desaturated: That's raw files do, they give you a choice. The same goes with the video. Would rather have flat footage, with latitude I can play with, than crushed shadows/highlights.
3: The DJI phantoms are not a platform one would use for b-roll. It's simple not good enough, video-quality wise. The lens is distorting heavily, IQ will be destroyed by software lens correction.
4: You have almost completely omitted the laws on UAV/UAS operation. Just because it can go to 13xx feet, doesn't mean it's legal. Respect the law and peoples privacy.

//Christian, facebook.com/filmcopters

I agree on all your points.

And getting a larger rig (much more expensive) might let you fly a bigger camera and gimbal, but with the energy density of LiPo batteries 17-20 minutes is all you get as a function of scale.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 19:40 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (154 comments in total)
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Skydronetech: The Phantom is a decent MR, but there are much better options if you are truly serious about AP. My 680mm hex flies for nearly 30 minutes with a gopro and 20 minutes with a Sony NEX. I would also suggest you check out the new Scout from Walkera if you are considering the Phantom.

I've yet to see another product as refined out-of-the-box. Getting into something bigger allows for better cameras, but it's much more expensive and there's a much steeper DIY learning curve.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 19:30 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (154 comments in total)
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KevinG: Umm guys, you also didn't mention the NAZA flight mode in which the IOC (intelligent orientation control) can be invoked. What this means is that no matter which way the darn thin is pointing it will move left if you move the control stick left, right if you move it to the right, or forwards and backwards if moved in those directions. this alone will greatly reduce the likelihood of an impromptu arrival (crash) when you are trying to figure out which end of the craft is which. For some unknown reason the manual makes it seem that the NAZA mode is only for the elite or anointed flyer, nothing could be further from the truth. Here may be found a great, easy to absorb explanation of the NAZA flight mode: http://joshanon.com/blog/2014/05/25/naza_mode_and_the_phantom_2

Unless they've changed it in newer models, IOC doesn't work at all within a 60 foot radius from where you took off. That's the way it works with my original Phantom and that limitation is really obnoxious. Having the controls revert is even more confusing than not using IOC at all.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 19:24 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)
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Random Asian Guy: Someone from another site said it best:

If you are disappointed make sure you give their videos a thumbs down in youtube so their management can truly see how unimpressed ratio is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_LFmQ6eH1I&list=PLp-znpQge8Hz70YOgWmKVrmrrodRC4gyu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtS39XS513I&list=PLp-znpQge8Hz70YOgWmKVrmrrodRC4gyu

Canon just made these videos private. Thumbs down to that.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 20:00 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)
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Davidgilmour: I will never ever buy canon stuff again

For me, it's not impossible. Just improbable.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 19:58 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1647 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: WHY IS THIS CAMERA BIG NEWS? RICOH RELEASED A FULLY POCKETABLE CAMERA WITH AN !!!APS-C!!!! SIZED SENSOR 2 YEARS AGO (RICOH GR). THE ONLY THING THIS PANASONIC HAS OVER THE GR IS THE 4K VIDEO AND AN EVF. WHO CARES? NOBODY HAS 4K TVs. PLUS IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT FROM A NORMAL VIEWING DISTANCE, THERE IS NO VISIBLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 4K TV AND 1080P TV, so anybody who buys a 4k TV is mad. Most photographers are not interested in taking 4k video anyway, unless they want to make documentaries, in which case, who cares whether you have a pocketable camera or not.

You like to yell in comments. I suggest moderators give you a lesson in web comment etiquette.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 03:49 UTC
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Boss of Sony: I'd prefer an article explaining the point of photography. So far, I can't see a point. It's just people playing with high-tech toys that do nothing useful. The world is here for me to see in all its glory. I don't want reduce the time I can spend enjoying the real world just to produce and view small, 2-D representations of it on a computer screen or a piece of paper.

But you will spend your tremendously valuable time visiting a photography blog making nonsense comments. Perhaps you need a hobby. May I suggest photography?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 03:43 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Panasonic stand report article (24 comments in total)
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BarnET: The silver brown LX100 may look great with it's lens retracted. But it's a shame that the overly excited black barrel comes out.

Well at least it comes in black too.

On the flip side. I am going to checkout the ergonomics.
It seems to have everything at your fingertips with great IQ potential.

Overly excited? Eyeroll.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 20:00 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Panasonic stand report article (24 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: The cellphone is a cool idea, downside? no lens cap & we know what happens when dust in your pocket meets a lens or a phone camera, dust inside + scratches.

The camera is ALSO a cool idea but the failure is in the implementation
"We put a micro four thirds sensor in it but you get only to use a some portion of it"
Then what use was putting a micro four thirds sensor in it?

LESS control of depth of field & more NOISE because the images are cropped instead of taking advantage of the ENTIRE sensor.

If it weren't for these down sides I would of seriously considered getting this camera as a "pocket" camera.

You're talking about two different cameras. The CM1 phone camera has a 1" type sensor, not an MFT sensor. The LX100 has an MFT sensor and uses most of the sensor while providing various crop options.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:56 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Panasonic stand report article (24 comments in total)

Who's the really pale guy with the backpack and trekking poles?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:52 UTC as 10th comment
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webber15: Actually,,I'm partly right coz I was referring to the MA which is purely mechanical...I will take that beach front property for part ex on my Fuji x10 :-)

I see a flash shoe on that camera, so it has at least one electro-mechanical circuit and current flows through the camera ever so briefly when a flash is triggered.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:48 UTC
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webber15: Retzius,,one of the points of this cam is a lack of electronics (less things to go wrong) so is purely mechanical...

Photons pushing on little levers... ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:44 UTC
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spontaneousservices: "raw [...] so you don't need to worry about white balance" (picture 5)

What?

Don't know how other people do this but in my experience noise can make it very difficult to lift shadow parts when WB was recorded badly at the moment of capture.

Anyway. The M60 must have started as a practical joke.

White balance being recorded has nothing to do with noise or shadow detail in raw images. If a noisy channel is being pushed harder by color balance (like the blue channel under tungsten lighting) then the same thing would happen to in-camera jpegs processing the same exposure. So it's not whether WB is correct at capture, it's the exposure and ISO setting. Spend more time on those - a benefit of shooting raw and not fiddling with jpeg processing settings (WB included).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:42 UTC
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