john10001

john10001

Lives in United Kingdom Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Joined on Sep 16, 2006

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (744 comments in total)

Not for me. Unfortunately it's simply not a "COMPACT" digital camera any more. It is HUGE! Fisher Price alert!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 21:50 UTC as 156th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (744 comments in total)

This camera may be great but unfortunately it can no longer be considered an Advanced "COMPACT" Digital Camera like its predecessors, COMPACT being the operative word.

Unfortunately this is no longer something I want to buy. This thing is a hefalump. A brick. And not something I can live with.

If you can live with it's size and it still ticks all your boxes and needs in a camera after coming from LX3/5/7 then fair enough good luck to you.

For me Panasonic have messed up and fallen behind the competition. They no longer have an advance compact digital camera to compete with rivals so what they did with the LX100 is take the range out of its previous category into a new category.

For someone who still wants something compact, advanced, and refined, Panasonic now have nothing to offer.

This leaves me looking at the Ricoh GR, Nikon Coolpix A, Sony RX100 II/III and the Canon G7 X. All advanced compact digital cameras that take great photos and a logical step from the LX3/5/7.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 21:46 UTC as 159th comment | 4 replies
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
In reply to:

John Koch: Airline restrictions on baggage weight, plus the sheer inconvenience of carrying around heaps of stuff, are reasons many carry no cameras at all, but only their phones.

How does one set up a camera with a 300mm lens to capture a plane, passing near the ground at perhaps 150 mph, just as it crosses the frame? Shoot wide, then crop, would seem to be the only hope.

I think you're right because it can't have been panning on a tripod as the captured background doesn't have motion just blur. The propeller blades also have no motion they are just fixed and dead. It would be difficult to capture this panning on a tripod even with burst mode and allowing enough of a slow shutter to capture motion of the propeller and background and at 300mm.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 17:55 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

Thanks! Very interesting article. I am stuck between advanced compact and dSLR with prime lens.

I would love a Pentax K-5 or similar and love the Pentax prime lens e.g. FA31, 43, 77 and so on, and quality you get from them.

However I also like small and compact something to take anywhere. Have used Lumix LX range in the past but I really want to move to something with bigger sensor and better, dynamic range and quality now especially to work with raw files afterwards.

Around 30mm would be my ideal focal length for most situations. I do like what I see at the moment from the likes of Ricoh, Fuji, Sony, Sigma.

Price though is a big thing. A lot of the advanced compacts squeezing in these bigger sensors are extremely expensive and getting well into dSLR prices now.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 17:49 UTC as 80th comment | 1 reply
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tazmac: Motorola still in business?

Motorola's mobile phone business is owned by Google.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 00:03 UTC
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teastain: I agree with the others here. Typical "Man Bites Dog" headline.
If Apple made a dozen different iPhone models (like Android, which is a swell phone btw), three of them would have made the top 5 !!!

Technically you're right, Android doesn't make phones, but Android is owned by Google who do! Google make the Nexus and also bought Motorola's mobile phone business a year or two back which run Android.

Perhaps that is why these latest Motorola phones have got good reviews. Motorola used to be very poor and treated customers badly before the Google takeover so I wouldn't be surprised by these polls.

As far as the operating systems go, I think I give the edge to Apple iOS with 9/10 and Android 8/10 maybe 8½/10. Not much in it. Certainly in terms of market share, here in the UK where I am, Android's market share has always been high and a year ago it was something like 45% Android to 25% iOS. It is now radically much higher. Don't have those figures to hand for the UK but it was something like 85% Android to now less than 20% iOS. The US was always the reverse with Apple having biggest market share but even that has changed there too! Latest comscore data for US, Android 53% iOS 36%

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 00:02 UTC
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (421 comments in total)
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jeffcpix: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

10MP | 24-90mm (3.75x) Zoom | $300 (US) £355 (UK) €460 (EU)

WOW -- someone needs a currency calculator!

probably higher taxes?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 17:24 UTC
On Polaroid to offer its own Android-based camera post (6 comments in total)

I know a lot of people who only use Instagram on their smart phone as their sole photography tool. They have no digital camera or if they do they don't use it, it's old and/or broken and they're not going to fork out money to replace it in difficult economic times. Instagram seems to be the new Polaroid at the moment and has millions of users. I think the real Polaroid are finally cottoning onto the bandwagon and attempting to bring out something that will be similar and have social network connectivity. Sadly for them I think it's too late and people are not going to buy this camera when they can get an app on their smartphone that can do something similar, and probably cheaper. They are killing two birds with one stone until better times come along. Unfortunately in the meantime their photography suffers and in five, ten years from now will cringe at the Instagram effect photos they took today.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 17:04 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Just posted: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens review article (182 comments in total)

This seems to look like a pretty good lens IMHO. On Lens Tip website like Dp Review they also show it as a pretty good lens in terms of resolution not only in the centre but also at the edges compared with its competitors.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 16:56 UTC as 16th comment
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

Just taken a quick squizz at the new forums and I am very impressed. I like the thumbs up an down buttons. I think the layout and design is improved a bit as well it looks a lot cleaner and fresher.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2012 at 12:55 UTC as 73rd comment
On Photokina 2012: Pentax Ricoh Stand Report article (42 comments in total)
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JesperMP: Total absence of anything Ricoh !?
No GRX news, no GRD .. ?

Agreed. I'd of liked to see Ricoh put something on the table, an advanced compact to make people sit up and take note. Something to throw into the mix with the LX7, RX100, G15 (now a compact again after going on a diet!), DP2M/1M, and so on.

Pentax and Ricoh two different offerings and areas of expertise. Shame both could not have put out stuff this time to make eyes pop out.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 21:33 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Pentax Ricoh Stand Report article (42 comments in total)
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Gesture: Wish Pentax Ricoh could ally itself with one more strong company. Is there another electronics firms (i.e. Sony or Panasonic) that would like to get into cameras?

I'm not so sure Pentax-Ricoh need to have another merger but an alliance may help them. At the moment I feel they are just finding their feet from the merger between the two companies or rather Ricoh taking over.

I think their prime lens are the big selling point and it really gives them a measureable edge over the APS-C competition so to errode the gap many see between not having that FF sensor as yet. I think the quality of their prime lens helps immensly to make up for not having FF body yet and helps them stay within touching distance and punch above their weight. Pentax have become a niche system that has its passionate advocates especially for their glass. The K-5 body is the cake under the icing. A FF body would be the cherry on top.

If there were any other company to buy out or merge with and completely overhaul it would be Olympus but after their troubles I don't think Ricoh-Pentax would have resources and money to do that? Or would they want to clean up their house too?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 21:29 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Pentax Ricoh Stand Report article (42 comments in total)
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fakuryu: Even if Pentax-Ricoh's offerings are a bit lack luster or attention grabber (except for that DA 560mm f5.6) compared to what the other brands are offering, it is undeniable that the K5/K5II/K5IIs with those Limited primes are a beautyand has class leading IQ

I think fakuryu is right. Pentax prime lens sets them apart. I'd rather have an older Pentax dSLR body with one of their superduper prime lens than just about any new-ish entry level dSLR with cheap stock kit zoom glass from anyone else.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 21:19 UTC
On Canon Powershot G15 Preview preview (246 comments in total)

It looks like the brick has shed a few pounds. Unfortunately owning a Canon G series camera would still be like having a very ugly girlfriend.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 19:32 UTC as 65th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Preview preview (178 comments in total)
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locke_fc: Everything looks great on paper, except for the sensor size. This has put a dampener on it for me, at least until we get to see what noise looks like at high ISO.
If it's equivalent to the competition (mainly RX-100 and EX2F), then my LX3 will have found its successor!

They are both micro sensors but going from 1/1.63 to 1/1.7 is a step backwards. We should be heading in the opposite direction no matter how small a step (so as not to encroach on MFT space).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2012 at 05:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Preview preview (178 comments in total)
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Ben O Connor: Images does not show nicer DOF than before. There is no low light fotos to see benefit of F 1,4.

I feel a bit doubt that, is that a good strategy now? everyone highers their sensor size, Panasonic making it smaller !

I feel that Panasonic are treading water here and falling behind. LX5 was only marginally better than LX3 when it came to Video. LX3 seemed to do better overall with still photography. On paper I'm not convinced that the LX7 will be better than either LX5 or LX3. Sure it has faster lens but has taken step back with smaller sensor. It remains to be seen whether the other aspects of the camera such as any lens coatings and ND filter help of hinder it in any way. As it stands on paper I do not think I will be replacing my LX5 with an LX7 and may be jumping ship elsewhere or just concentrating my priority now to get a dSLR and really good lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2012 at 05:11 UTC
On Flickr poised for much-needed interface improvements article (82 comments in total)

I'd like to see them compete with Zenfolio, PBase and Smugmug, with a few different pricing options and product options, and especially to be very competitive on price to keep costs low, increase revenues, attract more customers, and encourage existing users on free accounts to expand for the benefits the paid account would then offer. At the moment I think Flickr falls short of where they should be aiming to be.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2012 at 00:44 UTC as 10th comment
On Challenge of Challenges 2011 Winner announced article (110 comments in total)

This photo is simply brilliant! It's so clear. Love the colours and detail. I'm trying to figure out what kind of fish he's having for lunch ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:12 UTC as 5th comment
On Sumatran Tiger Cub in the Tigers challenge (7 comments in total)

Captures what cats are like to a tee. Cute until they desert you or rip your head off for breakfast. This deserves #1 its brilliant esp thru cage and hand held too. You could/should sell copies of this! Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2010 at 16:19 UTC as 5th comment
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