Randy Benter

Randy Benter

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (895 comments in total)
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Michael She: Almost a winner ... no built in flash is a killer for me.

I have the LX-7, one thing I don't understand is why the buttons on the lens barrel are so easy to move - Panasonic should introduce switches that "lock" in place so they're not bumped to the wrong setting so easily.

I agree the lack of built-in flash is a big miss. The leaf shutter is perfect for high-speed sync and daylight fill-flash, but I fear many will miss this opportunity because they won't have the flash attached. I just ordered this camera to see how I get along with keeping the flash attached at all times, but I am afraid it will make the camera unnecessarily bulky. I am glad I waited a while as the current price of $750 seems more reasonable for this camera than the $900 paid by early-adopters.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 00:07 UTC

The T6s should get a firmware upgrade to add AF micro adjust. I would never use a DSLR without this capability. It would be nice to have a smaller DSLR like this as an option, but apparently Canikon believe that enthusiasts and pros would never want a smaller/lighter camera. The competition is offering some nice options (e.g. E-M1 and X-T1), but Canon still doesn't get it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 20:57 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

Does the lens have filter threads?

What is the estimated release date?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 15:19 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with Leica X and X-E article (132 comments in total)

The comment with photo 8 indicates "the new X-E isn't much different to the previous model X-2", but then there is no mention of any differences at all.

Are there ANY changes (improvements) other than finish and price?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 13:55 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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Jostian: a compact without a built in flash is a waste these days... disappointed!

I agree. Many amateurs only associate flash with low-light and dismiss it's usefulness, but flash is very useful in bright sunny conditions to remove harsh shadows from the subject's face. I can't tell you how many daylight photos I've seen that would have been better with a bit of fill flash.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:32 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact mirrorless camera announced article (80 comments in total)
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jonikon: Too bad there is no EVF. That's a deal killer for enthusiasts. Using a rear LCD to compose is lame, and especially annoying in sunny conditions!

I find using a tilt LCD is more traditional like my first TLR and SLR with waist-level viewfinders. When you place the LCD at 90 degrees and shoot at waist-level, the LCD is often protected from the sun because it is between the camera and your body. This is an excellent method for street shooting. If I really want an eye-level viewfinder on a camera like this, then an accessory OVF works very well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 07:25 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact mirrorless camera announced article (80 comments in total)

They should build the flash into the body and ditch the clip-on accessory. Even the tiny GM1 has a built-in flash.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 01:57 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 comments in total)

Compared to competing models, this tripod:
-has No Separate Panning adjustment/lock.
-has No Arca-Swiss clamp.
-has No Hook for hanging weight.
-is more expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 12:02 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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Kitschi: every 2 weeks a new ACR but no words about next LR Version, seems that there won't be a stand alone LR anymore only CC crap

That's a poor assumption on your part. There is no indication at all that LR will cease to be available as a stand-alone version. AND...YES, Lightroom v5.6 was also released today.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 19:49 UTC

Only 4 new cameras in this update and still no support for the E-M10. Apple is terribly slow when it comes to adding support for new cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 22:16 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies

This camera received nothing but ridicule when it was announced. I can't believe they went through with it.

This is a black eye for Hasselblad and I think it hurts Leica as well. It sends a clear message that really expensive gear is more about the logo than the actual quality.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 19:17 UTC as 213th comment

A visit to their web site was frustrating; it is heavy on the art, light on information and difficult to navigate. I could not find any reference to a trial version, which is disappointing. I am interested in both the custom camera profiles and the film emulations. I could not find out if they have a single custom profile for each camera or if they have multiple custom profiles for each camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2013 at 22:43 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
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cgarrard: @ Simon

"if you spent less time _________ maybe you could do more _________ (fill in your own blanks in either section from: writing reviews, adding pointless features, fixing the server, writing previews, talking about iphones, replying to comments)"

You know, I'd love to use this reply on a daily basis in the forums for those who'd love to insult for __________ reason rather than ________, if that's ok with you?

Btw, love it.

On topic, I think being the first camera from Canon in this segment, its obviously hitting the priority of the average consumer. Kinda cool even for enthusiasts wanting a smaller camera that enjoy what Canon offer.

For me, I'd like to see another model made with more advanced controls and possibly a built in EVF. Pretty sure Canon's got one on the drawing board.


Is Carl attempting a hostile takeover of DPR? He has no respect for those who run this site. Or himself. Or anyone else for that matter.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 08:20 UTC
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limlh: I've a niggling suspicion the G5 sensor is the same as Oly EM-5.

That is highly unlikely.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 08:16 UTC
On Olympus issues OM-D E-M5 firmware v1.2 article (41 comments in total)

There is no mention of fixing the 20mm lens issue. That is disappointing. I won’t buy this camera if it doesn’t work with my favorite m4/3 lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 11:40 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
On Canon issues allergy warning for EOS 650D/Rebel T4i article (176 comments in total)

How many ways can one camera fail?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:42 UTC as 81st comment
On First Impressions: Using the Canon PowerShot S100 article (182 comments in total)

I bought an S100 and returned it because the lens was VERY soft. Maybe I should buy 10, keep the best one and return the rest. Even if I did buy 10, I probably would not get one as good as the one that will eventually be provided to DPR.

Where did DPR get the 3 samples tested so far? Where are you going to get the one that finally makes it in the review? I recommend that DPR go to the local camera store, buy another S100, and if the lens stinks, then report the truth. If DPR allows Canon to provide a special S100 that is better than we consumers can buy, then the review is worthless.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 23:02 UTC as 73rd comment | 5 replies
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