BJN

BJN

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (293 comments in total)
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km25: X sync 1/50, mistake or ?. What would be nice is a LX100 with interchangable lens. And 16 MP in place pic-a-ratio.

You get faster sync speeds with other MFT cameras. The GX7 has a better shutter that syncs to 1/320 or 1/250 second.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 04:45 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (293 comments in total)
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BJN: The GM5's EVF is nice to have, but rather disappointing. The apparent viewfinder image is approximately half the size of the EVF image in my GH3. And to keep the EVF's profile low, there isn't an effective eyecup. Ambient light easily washes in under the bright conditions where an EVF should be most valuable. And the GM5's diopter slider is fussy to use and easy to bump out of adjustment. And the EVF has compromised the useful size of the rear LCD panel. What I'm saying is that the GM1s with its GM5 style tweaks may likely be a better choice for many. And while the GM1 can be had, the pricing is quite attractive.

Yeah, yeah...it's the photographer and not the camera. But this is a camera site and photographers can and do have preferences for equipment that matter.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 04:38 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (293 comments in total)

The GM5's EVF is nice to have, but rather disappointing. The apparent viewfinder image is approximately half the size of the EVF image in my GH3. And to keep the EVF's profile low, there isn't an effective eyecup. Ambient light easily washes in under the bright conditions where an EVF should be most valuable. And the GM5's diopter slider is fussy to use and easy to bump out of adjustment. And the EVF has compromised the useful size of the rear LCD panel. What I'm saying is that the GM1s with its GM5 style tweaks may likely be a better choice for many. And while the GM1 can be had, the pricing is quite attractive.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 01:28 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies

This is another assault on "Hasselblad's design vision and heritage." If it's a marriage, it's a shotgun Kardashian marriage.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 21:09 UTC as 154th comment
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mrc4nl: Panasonic gm1s?

i thought it was an older model, and i dont recall a S version of it

I saw it at the Panasonic online shop when I ordered my GM5. Yep, it's there in three colors. $600 special on the kit with 12-32mm.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 00:06 UTC

I'd like a fully articulating display. I gather since it's not mentioned there is no touchscreen either.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 18:39 UTC as 123rd comment
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mrc4nl: Panasonic gm1s?

i thought it was an older model, and i dont recall a S version of it

It's the new model with some features added that it shares with the GM5.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 20:01 UTC

Still looks like a Nikkormat with a glandular problem. But it's nowhere near Hassy tacky.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 05:11 UTC as 99th comment
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RichRMA: Whenever we see something like this, even before you see the name, "Kickstarter" you know it's coming.

And I'm tired of it. Put the Kickstarter bit in the first sentence so I can skip the rest.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 04:19 UTC
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mike earussi: My question is why bother with a mirrorless MF system in the first place? MF systems aren't small or compact anyway so how does the absence of a mirror help?

From the manufacturer's point of view, it's simpler to build a mirrorless system. Live view with a monster sensor might be a bit of a heat sink challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 02:30 UTC
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davidkachel: "products for the world’s most demanding fine art photographers"
REALLY?!!!
Anyone know any fine art photographers who can afford forty grand for a one-lens entry level model? I mean, real fine art photographers, not the ones playing "The Emperor's New Clothes" with the rich and gullible.
Commercial photographers, some of them, might be able to afford this, not fine art photographers.

I know a couple. At the elite commercial photography level this is the kind of investment you make when it fits the kind of work you need to produce.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 02:24 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (310 comments in total)
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Tom Caldwell: "Advanced photographers want small cameras too" then immediately it is contradicted by saying it is unbalanced except by using a limited number of made for purpose lenses. Therefore advanced photographers are stymied by the limited number of lenses that good style will allow them to use?

I would also like another wheel for "advanced use" but advanced users are more likely to use manual focus lenses and will give that AF/MF dial a workout.

Iif the GM1 was too small for some then the GM5 is hardly going to satisfy that criticism by putting a few more mm on height and no more grip surface.

A very good overview but tends to vaccilate between endorsing the very toy camera concept that is denied and cannot quite come to grips with the fact that serious users might just use non-PC lenses whether they be simply large or a nice sharp Voigtlander or Leica really needing that MF switch.

Kinda. The MF dial isn't needed for true manual focus lenses. Manual focusing with MFT lenses is for the most part a poor experience. Now that I have a GM5 I'm not so much concerned about not having a second command wheel, but with the clunky way the new one works. It's better than the GM1's but it's a disappointment.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 21:09 UTC
On Manfrotto introduces new lens filter lineup article (125 comments in total)
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DonnaRead54: I see this as just a result of a brainstorming session with the marketing people who said, "hey, let's do filters! We'll slap a stencil on some good filters, get DPReview to reveal them for us and let our name do the rest! It'll be brilliant!" LOL No thanks, Manfi .. I'll just stick with my good old B+W and Hoya. Been fine for years, will be fine for years to come.

We're not talking cars, we're talking slabs of coated glass in an aluminum ring. Zero innovation here. You generally get what you pay for, even from a name like Manfrotto.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 05:01 UTC

Luna lovers, take heart (lung, and kidney too). 4V Design is the phoenix rising from the Hasselblad Design Centre in Treviso's ashes.

"4V Design borns from the ashes of former Hasselblad Design Centre in Treviso with twofold focus:
- Develop with 4V Design own Brand a new high-end Designer line of accessories for cameras and smartphones made of the best available materials, such as wood, carbon fiber, aluminum, Tuscany leather
- Offer support to Companies and Manufacturers in the photo industry (especially photo-video supports, bags and other camera accessories) to develop their business and market at various levels: Italian Design, Product Development, Product Range and Brand Positioning, Strategic and Communication Marketing, Sales and Product Launch support and training."

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 03:00 UTC as 167th comment
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Mike FL: I like this set of the "real-world samples" because it is kind of showing the ISO limitation.

Mike didn't weigh in on whether the ISO performance is a problem. I also like this set because it shows where the limits are...and I'm perfectly fine with those limits. Lighten up.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 06:52 UTC
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Paul Rumohr: These blow away the LX100- just blow them away.

The body and lens combos may cost more, but since neither are pants pocketable and both are probably going to go in a bag or a jacket pocket, I would save extra pennies for the GM5.

Panasonic, you don't totally suck right now to me as a brand.

I don't find my GM1's touch screen to be too small for touch control, although picking a particular value is fiddly. Touch is by far the best way to pick an AF point manually (what I do 98% of the time) so the lack of touch is a major negative in my estimation on the LX100. The GM5's command dial should be a vast improvement over the GM1's multifunction ring, so even with the smaller display it should be easier to dial in values for settings picked on the touch screen. The LX100 images I've seen look great and I don't see anything here that suggests superiority of the GM5 to either it or the GM1 in image performance. And the LX100's lens is pretty impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 06:45 UTC
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Gesture: I like the way Panasonic is thinking with compact, integral EVFs.

The size of flash built into the GM1 would be all but useless for bounce flash, and direct on-camera flash is always a choice of last resort.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 02:24 UTC
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Geoff Brown: Cannot wait to get mine. It seems the ideal pocketable camera and these photos shown full screen only confirm this even more.

I'm looking forward to the GM5 too, but don't see anything in the images that suggests better image performance than my GM1 (not that there's anything wrong with that). I'll cap auto ISO at 3200.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 18:44 UTC
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shoffmeister: I object to the GM1 being labelled as a "beginner-focused" camera. It rather should be classified what it is: an aggressively down-sized, but by no means *down-featured" camera.

What I would be looking for is a GM1 with the upgraded electronics of the GM5. And I would not even want to have that bastardized touch screen or the EVF.

Perhaps the GM1-S, which only seems to exist in Japan as a product refresh? But then I am still thrilled with the overall (compromise) package the GM1 delivers.

The GM1s has two new colors (blue and a cordovan leather color) and some minor firmware features (via Google translation):

Transfer the short video on the smartphone to make a short movie to "snap movie mode"

P / A / S is available the same 22 species image effect of the "Creative Control" (Filter) / M mode

WiFi connection by reading the QR code is displayed on the camera monitor smartphone

Without going through a smartphone, you can up the image from the camera directly to the SNS

New expansion ISO100

I agree that the GM1's real focus is delivering small camera size despite the toll that takes on handling. The GM1s at least gets some of the GM5's features. I personally will gladly take the compromised touch screen to get the EVF and decent thumbwheel control instead of the horrid multifunction dial on my GM1.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 18:33 UTC

Alt least with a built in hood, Olympus will actually provide a hood.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 03:00 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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