Andy Westlake

Andy Westlake

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a Technical Writer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jan 28, 2008

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On Panasonic announces Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7, and GM1 kit news story (278 comments in total)
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HomoSapiensWannaBe: Why no US pricing?

Because the press release came from Panasonic UK. We'll add US pricing when we get it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 14:36 UTC
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup news story (179 comments in total)
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RichRMA: The body doesn't appear too bad (S-1) and the lens and body both have metal mounts, unlike recent crummy DSLR and mirror-less kit lenses from various well-know suppliers.

The lenses have plastic mounts, but the body has a metal mount.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 07:01 UTC
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup news story (179 comments in total)
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Cal22: The Pixpro S-1 is for the 4/3-system, they say, and that's an information on sensor size. We may assume, that the camera has the same lens mount Olympus and Panasonic use - but may we be certain?

Yes, you can be certain that the camera has the same lens mount as Olympus and Panasonic. That's what being part of Micro Four Thirds *means*. Kodak lenses will work on Olympus and Panasonic cameras; equally Olympus, Panasonic and Sigma Micro Four Thirds lenses will all work on the Kodak S-1.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 06:59 UTC
On Samyang announces 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS wideangle for mirrorless news story (139 comments in total)
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jtr27: Is this lens in addition to, or instead of, the 10mm F2.8 which was announced some time ago? To my knowledge that lens can still not actually be found, and nobody has seen one, much less tested or reviewed it.

We do love announcements Samyang, but we love actual availability of lenses even more! =)

@menark: The point is that the much shorter backfocus distance allowed by mirrorless mounts makes wide angle lenses much easier to design.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
On Samyang announces 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS wideangle for mirrorless news story (139 comments in total)
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new boyz: Is that hood detachable?

Yes, it is.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 18:19 UTC
On Samyang announces 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS wideangle for mirrorless news story (139 comments in total)
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peevee1: What about news about their 10/2.8, 24/1.4 and 35/1.4 for m43?
Also, do any of them have electronics (for EXIF and IBIS to work automatically)?

From Samyang, only the Nikon F 'AE' lenses have chips. For IBIS you have to set the focal length manually.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 13:14 UTC
On Samyang announces 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS wideangle for mirrorless news story (139 comments in total)
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gerard boulanger: Ok, one more in Fuji mount. AF still out of the picture, why?

Fully manual lenses are much simpler and cheaper for Samyang to make.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 13:13 UTC
On Samyang announces 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS wideangle for mirrorless news story (139 comments in total)
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jtr27: Is this lens in addition to, or instead of, the 10mm F2.8 which was announced some time ago? To my knowledge that lens can still not actually be found, and nobody has seen one, much less tested or reviewed it.

We do love announcements Samyang, but we love actual availability of lenses even more! =)

The 10mm F2.8 was only *officially* announced [in December](http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/12/06/samyang-announces-10mm-f2-8-manual-focus-wideangle-prime), but Samyang has clearly had more problems that usual with the design, after first showing it at Photokina 2012. More generally, Samyang has delivered all the lenses it's promised in pretty good time.

This new 12mm F2 for mirrorless is clearly a very different lens to a 10mm F2.8 for APS-C SLRs, and crucially a rather less ambitious project.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 11:09 UTC
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axelpix: Isn't it on the E-M10 and it's called Live Composite? It basically stacks a couple of exposures like Live Time but uses a blending technique similliar to the Photoshop Lighten blending.

No, this is distinctly different. The E-M10's 'Live Composite' compares multiple 'correct' exposures, and adds in new data to the final composite image based on a 'lighten' rule. This is more like 'Live Bulb', where you watch a long exposure build up and stop it when it's 'right'. But the difference in the new patent is that different areas of the image can be exposed for longer or shorter times in a user-definable fashion, which would allow you to cope much better with extreme dynamic range scenes.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 17:32 UTC
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Steven Wandy: Very interesting - but what is the difference in this patent's abilities and what they implemented in the EM10? Sounds like the same thing.

The E-M10's 'Live Composite' is distinctly different, it compares multiple 'correct' exposures and adds in new data based on a 'lighten' rule. This is more like 'Live Bulb', where, you watch a long exposure build up and stop it when it's 'right'. But the difference in the new patent is that different areas of the image can be exposed for longer or shorter times in a user-definable fashion.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 17:28 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (570 comments in total)
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GRUBERND: i think the point the author and most of the commenters are missing:

this camera was not built for you.

not for your use-cases, not for your demographic, not for your culture, not even for your country. drop some expectations and biases how a camera is supposedly to work or be used and we all might be in for a treat.

Actually, that's precisely the point of the article. Exactly who is this camera for (and, indeed, the 1 system generally)? It *looks* like it's supposed to be an enthusiast model, but misses that target. Do you have any better idea who it's for?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 14:04 UTC
On The Photography Show 2014 - tidbits from the show floor news story (49 comments in total)
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thx1138: What are the specs on that upcoming 35-100?

Panasonic has told me that the comment about this lens being F2.8 was simply a mistake.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
On The Photography Show 2014 - tidbits from the show floor news story (49 comments in total)
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thx1138: What are the specs on that upcoming 35-100?

I've asked Panasonic for clarification, but the size looks much more in keeping with a variable aperture slow zoom (~F4.5-5.6).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:31 UTC
On The Photography Show 2014 - tidbits from the show floor news story (49 comments in total)
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Jan Chelminski: Actually, there doesn't have to be a quad-copter photo....

Lucky, as there isn't one!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 22:41 UTC
On The Photography Show 2014 - tidbits from the show floor news story (49 comments in total)
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thx1138: What are the specs on that upcoming 35-100?

So far 35-100mm is all we've got. And Micro Four Thirds mount, of course.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 22:07 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review preview (402 comments in total)
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SynLyn: Please Compare this with the upcoming SIGMA 50 1.4 too ! That would be really useful.

We'll try to make that comparison when we get our hands on the new Sigma, but it seems that won't happen for a month or two.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:30 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Stephen Scharf: Andy,
If the locking ISO dial is an issue for you, you can get an ISO Unlocker for the X-T1:

https://www.trycelery.com/shop/isounlocker

Well, technically you can't yet; that's a Kickstarter project that hasn't reached its funding so far. It's potentially a good idea, although it doesn't appear to move the dial from the left side of of the camera. But in principle it should go part way to fixing that irritation, although the X-T1 still won't be as convenient for changing ISO as the X-Pro1, X-E2, or countless other cameras that access it from a single button press without needing a change of grip.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 12:58 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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sh10453: I hope someone will now make an adapter for this camera to use Canon's manual focus FD lenses.
Tons of them out there. It would be well worth making it so the L-line FD can be put to good use. If such an adapter is made, I'd buy this camera without hesitation. I have a huge collection of Canon FD (L) lenses.

Of course Canon won't make adapters for any camera to use FD lenses since they want to sell more EF lenses!

Overall, good job Fuji, but I'm not sure if DPR is biased towards Fuji (for a while now) or if the products are really that good.
I haven't used any of Fuji's recent products (over the past few years), so I can't comment.

It surprises me that some people are almost writing their own evaluation in the comments even though this camera is not on the market yet, and they have never touched it in their hands!

We're not biased towards or against manufacturers. We're completely, unashamedly biased towards good cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:15 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Stephen Scharf: I think the reviewer has overblown the process for changing the ISO using the interlocking dial. It''s standard practice for pro bodies to have setting interlocks on them when changing key settings. For example, changing the ISO on the X-T1 will still be way easier than on a Canon 1Dx, where you not only cannot change the ISO with your camera held to your eye, but you have simultaneously press two buttons with fingers of your left hand and rotate a control wheel with your right hand to change ISO while viewing the top info panel. In the decade that I've been shooting with pro Canon bodies, I never once heard a pro complain about the process to change ISO. So, while the reviewer grumbled about it in the review, in practice in the real world, I fully expect it will be a non-issue.

You haven't used an EOS-1D X, have you? Canon abandoned the control scheme you describe years ago - to change ISO you just press the ISO button, which is conveniently placed right next to the shutter button, then rotate the front dial. Quick and easy, even when wearing gloves.

In general, Canon's 1-series cameras dropped the interlock model a couple of generations back, in response to user requests for quicker operation. You can turn the interlocks back on in the menu if you so desire, but by default you press a button for whatever you're changing, then spin a dial. Essentially Canon has recognised we're not shooting film any more.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 06:42 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Rod McD: Thanks for this - I'm still waiting to see an XT1 in the hand in Australia......

I suspect you're making a bit much of the issue of the locking button on the ISO dial. I change ISO when the light intensity changes (eg going form indoors to outside and vice versa) or if I make a lens change to a very different FL (eg to bump up shutter speed for a telephoto). It's just not that hard, and I doubt that it's so important from shot to shot when the camera is actually up to your eye. How long does it take - one second, perhaps two? Anyone who so desperately needs that second to grab a shot should have set their camera to an appropriate ISO far earlier. Anything's better than accidental changes.

And as for the inconvenience of gloves... Show me one camera that excels with gloves on. There aren't any. They're all woeful. It's just part of the digital age that they require dexterity to use all functions. This is hardly a fault unique to this camera.

Quite specifically, the cameras mentioned in the text - the K-3 and OM-D E-M1 - are easier to use with gloves on.

As for the locking ISO dial, the text quite specifically states it might not bother all users. But it certainly annoys me; give me a camera that lets me change ISO really quickly and and I'll change it frequently. After all with digital it's just another variable to exploit, alongside shutter speed and aperture.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 23:41 UTC
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