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Gorgeous! Looks like an exciting new edition to an already excellent line up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 18:57 UTC as 94th comment

I have to admit, that other than the 90mm macro these lenses look positively gigantic. My hope for the Sony FE system is in MF lenses such as the Loxia line. As soon as you add AF motors and OSS the lenses just get too huge IMHO.

At least the 24-70 and 16-35 are somewhat more balanced and actually quite light considering their optical qualities...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 14:39 UTC as 68th comment
On article Panasonic unveils Lumix DMC-GM5 with EVF (45 comments in total)

The GM series m43 cameras are the first in that line that really made sense to me. The promise of m43 was always size and weight reductions no? The inclusion of an EVF and slightly larger form factor makes this an attractive option. I've used the GM1 with lenses like the 12mm f/2, 15mm f/1.7 and 45mm f/1.8 and it's a very nice combo.

Unfortunately for me, Sony proved more innovative with their RX100III and it's popup EVF and their FF line of A7 cameras. But if I was in the market for m43, this would be it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:24 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2254 comments in total)

All the whining about price. YOLO folks. If you can't afford it move on. It's a gorgeous piece of tech and engineering. I can't wait to own it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 04:07 UTC as 414th comment | 7 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2254 comments in total)
In reply to:

burnymeister: Totally getting one. With the yellow cover. Not kidding.

Silver or black body though?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2254 comments in total)

Totally getting one. With the yellow cover. Not kidding.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 13:52 UTC as 664th comment | 3 replies
On Pentax K-3 Review (522 comments in total)

If I still shot DSLR rather than mirrorless I would pick Ricoh (Pentax) over Sony / Canon / Nikon. They continue to deliver cameras for photographers rather than spec sheets. Their lens lineup is superb and prices are reasonable.

I hope someday they come out with a good mirrorless system at which point they might catch my eye again (I used the K-5 with great results). Kudos!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 13:40 UTC as 85th comment
On article Ricoh to offer limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit (88 comments in total)

I owned the original Q and got rid of it due to horribly soft images. With the Panasonic GM1 available now and a tiny 35-100 (70-200mm) lens coming soon to match the already excellent and tiny 12-32 (24-64mm) kit lens I just don't see the benefit of the Q7.

Using the touch screen on the GM1 to select a focus area before pressing the shutter is so useful and fun, I wouldn't use an EVF on that camera even if it had one... :D

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 14:11 UTC as 1st comment

Meh. I've actually been on many glaciers and this wasn't that dramatic. To impress me, you'd have to fly that thing a mile into the glacier and then show me something no human eye could see naturally. I also got bored of the waterfall with footprints running up beside it - obviously this is close to the parking lot and every touron on the planet has already seen it.


Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2014 at 02:26 UTC as 6th comment
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)

I think people are missing the point on this camera. $1200 isn't that bad when you consider what you're getting. For under $3k you can get a system that covers the focal range of 18-800mm with pretty good features and small enough to fit in a backpack.

How is this not a great thing? 800mm in any other system will either result in a horrible unbalanced mess or $11k just for the lens and will be so heavy you won't hike it anywhere. This is the first time I'm interested in the 1 series. I think Nikon's finally coming through.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 13:35 UTC as 45th comment | 11 replies
On Preview:sony-cybershot-dsc-rx100-m2 (189 comments in total)

The RX100 was a game changing camera for people like me who go back country climbing / skiing / hiking / backpacking. It's combination of fast lens (for low light and star photography) and tiny size, along with 1" sensor and 20mpix to work with is just unmatched right now.

IMHO the MKII is twice as good with the option of tilt screen (very handy when you're wearing a huge pack and want a different perspective), EVF and better low-light sensitivity for those early morning climbing sunrise shots. I'll be upgrading for SURE.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 13:22 UTC as 51st comment
On article Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples (255 comments in total)

It's a wonderful lens - the look / feel / operation is in line with other awesome Olympus primes like the 12, 45 and 75.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2013 at 20:08 UTC as 58th comment
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OvinceZ: I would love to have this version to take photos of flowers. Should be superb.

Agreed as long as the reds don't bleed like on previous foveons...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 15:26 UTC
On Sony RX1 Hands-on Preview (624 comments in total)
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BobYIL: Dear Sony,

1. Work on AF, for a street camera it needs to be fast; like a pro-DSLR.

2. Replace the LCD with a tiltable one.

3. Get rid of the AA-filter to add a little crispness.

Dear BobYIL,

1. One of the greatest street / reportage cameras in history still doesn't even HAVE AF (Leica rangefinder). Street shooters generally don't use pro-DSLR's...

2. Sure.

3. Maybe add as an option (charge extra!! :)) but for most it's not necessary - software can do a great job of this.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 16:29 UTC
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Michael_13: I don't want to criticize the creativity of the shots. This is useless, because Amadou was at an event and had to shoot several combinations of bodies and lenses in probably a short time. I want to see all the criticizers here do better in such a situation...

I worry, though, about the exposure. Is it me, or do many of the pictures seem to be quite underexposed?

Huff's are also dark. All the reviewers are being wined and dined at an expensive resort on Sony's dime. Is it any surprise that Steve is singing the praises of the new gear ("NEX-6 is WAY better than NEX-7" - Really??) and of course posting links to BH all over his site? At least DP seems to maintain some objectivity.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 13:28 UTC
On article Announcing connect.dpreview.com (250 comments in total)
In reply to:

Guy Swarbrick: It's a funny old, black & white world. Serious photographers take better/clichéd photos and mobile photographers take worthless snaps (and turn them into clichés with Instagram). We're all taking photos. (Some weirdos are making videos, too, I hear...)

For some, the twain shall never meet : Connect should be a good thing - neither group has to try to filter out the other.

For some, both are exciting and interesting : membership of both sites allows you to track conversations in both forums. As compromises go, not bad.

Some will progress from one to the other - getting the bug by accident from a ubiquitous device - and they'll already feel at home.

Some of us take the best of both. I rarely take pictures with a phone - and I'm usually disappointed. I don't expect that to change until the laws of physics do. But I use my phone as a relay for EyeFi and the WiFi add-on for my D4. I have tablets that are used for editing. posting and galleries/display books - and as a remote for the D4.

"mobile photographers take worthless snaps"? Really? So a snapshot of my child at a spontaneous moment in time is "worthless" because all I have with me is an iPhone instead of a D4? C'mon - that's a bit pompous IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 19:02 UTC
On article Announcing connect.dpreview.com (250 comments in total)

Nice work dpreview! Ignore the old fuddy duddies and they're naysaying - like you pointed out, they're usually wrong in the end. Mobile devices are going to generate 10x or 1000x more photos than the monster DSLR's ever will, and will probably be viewed more too...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 18:58 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On article First Impressions: Using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 (228 comments in total)

Pretty much sums up my experience with the camera. I even managed to take it out on a glacier tour already with the 18 and 35mm lenses. See http://explor8ion.com/ski/habel.html for details.

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm pretty sure there's a 60mm in there somewhere... :-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2012 at 00:22 UTC as 78th comment
On photo ISO 3200_default in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

Makes me happy...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2012 at 20:54 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Low Light ISO samples sample gallery (5 comments in total)

Makes me happy...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2012 at 20:54 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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