The “Gaussian Approximation” by Shea Hadstrom looks very interesting.
If we would ever get a decent programmable camera API, it'd be interesting to see what else can be achieved by changing the aperture during exposure. (Just imaging toying with the zoom effect!)
That's probably the cheapest reverse mounted rig I have seen. Bravo!
Otherwise, can pros comment/compare reverse mounting vs. extension tubes?
Rbrt: Somebody should buy this guy a really good camera!
He probably already has good camera.
But it might be too expensive to be tinkered with like that.
Plus, only few of the "good" cams have the articulated LCD, which is very useful for macro.
Boissez: Why did you pick the X-M1 over the E-PM2? They have the same score but the Olympus is at a much more beginner-friendly price point.
Ditto GM1. Entry-level should be easy to enter. Including expensive cameras like X-M1 or GM1 is simply wrong.
Yes, they are better cameras. But they are simply too expensive to be even considered by the people stepping in into the inter-changeable lens camera realm.
The low-end CaNikons established the price point: $400 for the kit. Anything deviating from it too far high should have been disqualified from winning.
lolopasstrail: Congrats to Olympus. I have an EM-5, but passed on this new Olympus EM1. I find it too big and bulky for the format.
It's the same size as the Sony A7, but with a much smaller sensor. This gets away from the entire raison d'etre of micro 4/3, and it's a trend that makes me uneasy.
No doubt it's great for the 100 people in the world that have the old full 4/3 lenses, but it's way too full figured for me. I'm holding out for the EM-6.
"No doubt it's great for the 100 people in the world that have the old full 4/3 lenses [...]"
Have you seen the demo sample of the 2.8/40-150mm lens?
Bright lenses would be always relatively large. And for them you need large cameras.
P.S. Even more so for the Sony A7 which doesn't have much native options and adapted A-mount lenses aren't particularly small.
Hm... E-M1 with mPL25? I see what you did there.
JEROME NOLAS: Great camera with price to match...so what's next for micro 4/3? Better camera will cost even more and now, when FF is getting smaller and cheaper...
People who constantly seek "a better camera" always strike me as people who blame gear for their poor boring shots.
In other news. Existence of uber expensive E-M1 or E-P5 doesn't negate the fact that you can get the same IQ but for a fraction of the cost in E-PM2 or E-PL5.
> when FF is getting smaller and cheaper
Call us back when FF *lenses* would start getting "smaller and cheaper".
qwertyasdf: If I were to recommend a Canon entry DSLR to a friend, without a doubt, it will be the 550D.
If you like s/h Canons, than 50D is much better choice.
amig00: What do you think? Its a good price? Or maybe i can find something better in this price ? If yes please recommend something! THX !
If you do not need tiltable EVF or e-shutter, then get the Oly E-M5.
I got myself the GX7 because I wanted to try a Panny camera. But E-M5 is cheaper now and is a mighty good deal.
Gekopaca: It seems I'm alone, but I think Panasonic made a big design mistake with the GX7. I recently put my hands on it in a shop (I'm waiting for a Leica-type silent M43 since years!) and was really disapointed where they put the release button - not a classic slightly cambered one in the corner, but a flat profile AFTER the speed dial !!!!Result : impossible to shoot precisely, and, most of all, impossible to shoot with the second phalanx of the finger which is - all leicaists will confirm that - the best "oneself image stabilization" invented in the history of photography.Japanese ingineers aren't human or what?!?! What's sure, that they aren't photographers… Too bad! IMHO without this default - unacceptable for my use - the GX7 should be the best camera of the year.
It was awkward during the first shooting session - but already on the second one I have used to it and forgotten about it. Really not a big deal.
Also, do not forget that there is a dial around the release button. To be useful, it had to be at the tip of the finger.
stevo23: Totally missed the one and only for this category - Panasonic GM1
You forgot to add the smiley. Let me help:
Otherwise, some will not get the humorous intent of your comment.
Thorgrem: Another price for Olympus. 3 in a row on DPR. Nice to see that the smaller company's also get a change.
And it's "prize", not "price".
ncsakany: This has got to be the poorest roundup that I read on DPR, ever. I would expect this kind of superficial writeup on non-photography websites, but certainly not here. It's like someone rushed through for want of meeting a deadline. Come on, DPR, I know you can do better.
> superficial writeup
This strange and unfamiliar to you thing is called "opinion." Just in case, check the dictionary.
In related news: DPR is rumored to be staffed with real people who have their own different opinions!
Naveed Akhtar: G6 is small??
It is smaller than SL1 or D3200 or 1100D. Not by much, but with m43 lens mounted it is much smaller than the APS-C counterparts.
To the audience Panny tries to appeal to, overly small size is generally considered to be downside, as it makes camera unbalanced with larger/longer lenses. Why I personally welcome slight size increase (modulo the GM1) of the newer Panny cameras.
Judging by the mix of cameras on the list, the "enthusiast camera" moniker meaning less and less.
Inclusion of the Pentax on the list is rather unexpected. Sad to see system sliding into obsolescence. But IMO in 2013 and forward, with such limited lens catalog, having just lost 3rd party lens manuf support, and no video, the Pentax simply has no place on the list among the mainstream cameras today. Sad, but true.
NEX-7 and Fuji X-Pro1 are also oddballs on the list. IMO they are not proper "enthusiast cameras", but "enthusiast's second cameras". And that deserves its own category. Many own two systems this days, and choice of second system is important too. I think "Best enthusiast cam to go with your Canon/Nikon DSLR" might be two interesting topics (one for Canon, one for Nikon).
StevenN: I think it is a mistake leaving the Panasonic GH3 off of this list. It is just as, if not more, capable as any camera on this list.
"someone not locked in a specific mount"
So you buy all the lenses every time you buy a new cam? A novel approach.
Wow. I'm talking about the price: wow.
At that price, instead of taking photographs, it's cheaper to invite the models personally.
Philly: This is a very surprising recommendation from the same reviewer who wrote the "First Impression" on GM1. If you look at that "First Impression", it was very negative:
with only the camera's negatives highlighted. What changed?
@Philly, it's old news. DPR is pretty cold to the Panasonic brand. Not much we readers can do if they do not like the brand.
Ha. Sounds very much like compatibility problems the FourThirds lenses had on MicroFourThirds bodies: AF was all over the place. That's CDAF vs. PDAF compatibility for you. Oly and Panny fixed it with the lens firmware updates. But even after the update, the lenses would AF slowly in the live view mode anyway. Their motors were not intended to work with CDAF.
Jimmy jang Boo: Blunty did a very interesting comparison between GM1 and the Pentax Q7. The results are *very* interesting and NOT what many might suspect...
Yes, I've seen it. The thing is, in most of his scenarios, a good smartphone would have performed just as good. That's how good some smartphone cams have gotten. But if you get out of the comfort zone more often than Blunty, then both Pentax Q and smartphones would start showing IQ degradation sooner. (Or later, if you would first hit the subjects unsuited for the e-shutter of the GM1.)
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