Jeff Peterman

Jeff Peterman

Lives in United States USA, MD, United States
Joined on Jul 4, 2002

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Marty4650: The XA was the original pocket camera. Slide it shut, put it in your pocket, and it will sit there until you see something you want to shoot. Then, it just takes one second to pull it out and slide it open... ready to take a photo.

There were no cases or straps for this camera. It was intended to travel in your pocket or purse when it wasn't being used.

The XA was just a tiny bit larger than a Minox 35GL.

Olympus actually did build clamshell digital cameras like their D-340 and D-400, but they were larger and heavier by necessity. Film cameras are essentially just boxes to hold a roll of film, with a lens and a few controls. Digital cameras are much more involved things, especially if they have zoom lenses, which is something the XA lacked.

Minox mostly made their name with cameras that took a smaller film format than 35mm, which compromised image quality for pocketability. Their 35mm models were no better than the XA and a lot more expensive.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 14:41 UTC

I had two of those. The XA was a great, carry-everywhere little camera - although the screw on flash module was a little inconvenient.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 12:12 UTC as 142nd comment
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (423 comments in total)
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entoman: To be honest, I think the only people who would really consider this camera would be Canon DSLR users wanting a mirrorless second camera with familiar styling and controls. Even then, you'd have to be blind to reality to be convinced that the M3 would be a sensible choice. As a committed and happy Canon DSLR system user, I'd look elsewhere if I wanted a CSC - and Fujifilm would probably get my money.

When I wanted a smaller body to go with my Canon DSLRs, I looked seriously at the M series - and then bought an SL1.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 22:30 UTC

I can see one situation in which this is useful. There are some sensitive locations, including some businesses and some government offices, where you are not allowed to bring in any phone with a camera. In the past, companies sold versions of their phones without cameras for this reason, but not any more.

A company/office could install this device and then say you could bring in phones that were certified to work it it - any other phone has to go in a locker at security (the latter is the case for all phones with cameras in those locations today).

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 00:26 UTC as 167th comment
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Jeff Peterman: Sounds like a reason not to buy an iPhone.

I've had one iPhone, a 3GS in the days when Android was too limited and the phones with the Microsoft OS made their initial failed attempts to work without a stylus. But I've been Android-only since then, partly because I hate the way Apple force you to try to do everything with just one button. And I hate iTunes.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 00:23 UTC

Sounds like a reason not to buy an iPhone.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 23:58 UTC as 171st comment | 4 replies

How does the autofocus speed compare to the Canon equivalents? This has been the disadvantage of Tamron and Sigma macro lenses in the past. Yes, I know that for many macro shots manual focus works best, but when you are trying to track a flying insect, or using the lens as a general purpose prime, fast autofocus is important.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 14:41 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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tom1234567: IQ is just the same as the previous one and manual focus is better for macro
The previous one is only £330 brand new so why pay more just because the lens is coated. Justmy poin of view
Tom G 😜

Does the previous one have image stabilization?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 14:27 UTC
On article Tamrac launches Hoodoo series with two camera bags (27 comments in total)

I have a number of Tamrac bags and love the Velocity sling bags - I have several. It is such a shame to see that the company is going in a different direction and no longer making bags that interest me.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 04:20 UTC as 8th comment

I hadn't been checking the LR forums and thought it was just me. I am used to selecting/creating the target folder when I import photos and suddenly found no way to tell where they were going. It took some searching to find them, then I had to manually create the new folder and move the files. It was really inconvenient.

I'm looking forward to updating to a version that makes the import function work again.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 02:45 UTC as 21st comment
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RolliPoli: As the precursor to 'translucent mirror' cameras, I hope proper mention is made of the Olympus E10 - E20 camera series. As well as using a fixed translucent prism between both the eye piece and image sensor to eliminate the moving mirror years before Sony built its first DSLR of any kind, the E10 was the first 'live view' DSLR 5 or 6 years before the E330 I still enjoy using my E20 even though
it's now a digital museum piece.
.....metal body with an f2 - f2.4 lens

I used an E-10 at work for a couple of years. It was so frustrating because of poor focus speed and worthless raw capability - the latter was so slow that it wasn't really practical. At the time, Olympus insisted that removable lenses was not practical for digital because of the problems with dust on the sensor - which is why their first DSLR a few years later had a dust removal system.

In any case, I was so happy when I was able to upgrade the work camera to a Canon 10D, with a good set of lenses. I liked this so much that I bought one for myself.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2015 at 13:04 UTC
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MrTaikitso: In 1995 or so whilst living in California, I had a Logitech Pixtura digital camera (740 x 648 resolution). I flew my mum out from the UK for a once in a lifetime holiday where we hit Yosemite. Took some amazing photos, 144 in fact, filling up the in built memory. In all my life as a photographer, the most amazing shot was of a chipmunk staring direct into the lens at 1" or so.

I wanted to take one or two additional photos on our last day, so hit the erase frame button to delete a few of the most recent images and free up the in built memory. (There was no built in preview display, just a mono LCD frame counter.) After hitting [Delete] the hourglass remained on the screen for quite a while, which was odd. It then finished erasing what I assumed was the last picture I had taken.

To my horror, the frames remaining counter showed 144/144.

I plugged the camera into my PowerBook and there was nothing on the memory in the camera. I had hit [Erase All] in error losing ALL the photos. Cried.

I did the same thing in my film days, shooting a parade for my college newspaper. In those days, I loaded my own cartridges and getting 40 shots from a roll was common. But once I hit 45 I realized that something was wrong...
At another parade, I changed film while running alongside a vehicle. I dropped the roll as it came out of the camera, and watched it hit the ground, pop off the end, and the exposed film spool out of the cartidge. I was lucky - I grabbed it quickly, pushed the cap back on, and stuffed it in my pocket, and managed to salvage enough shots to make the paper happy.

Digital, with a 64 GB card, removes both problems (as long as the card doesn't fail).

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2015 at 13:13 UTC
On a photo in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

That shot was not taken in Maui.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 14:48 UTC as 1st comment
On article Samsung introduces PM1633a, world's first 2.5" 16TB SSD (121 comments in total)
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freeAgent85: I currently have a NAS with 10TB of usable space (5x3TB drives with the ability to recover from a single lost drive at a time). This much storage on a single drive will be awesome once it becomes affordable. I'll be able to replace 5 drives with 2, gain capacity, and also increase transfer speeds (those 3TB drives are magnetic, not solid-state). Technology is great.

I would not trust a two drive array. It is not uncommon for a second drive to fail shortly after the first - especially if they were bought at the same time from the same batch/lot. The second can fail before you have time to install and fully integrate the replacement. I have a Drobo unit with five drives, configured so that two can fail without data loss. Currently it uses 2 TB drives (making 6 TB usable), but it takes mixed sizes so I can slowly upgrade to 3 TB drives if I wish, for 9 TB.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 21:21 UTC
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SCC322: Been waiting for the FZ200 successor - now that it's here I'm underwhelmed with the same 12MP sensor as the FZ200 (circa 2012). Who puts a 3+ year old sensor in a "new, improved" camera?? I'll pass on the FZ300

How much real improvement has there really been in sensors of this size over the last three years? I haven't seen any reviews of the small sensor cameras that show newer sensors with better image quality that older models - but maybe I've missed something.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 10:32 UTC

I have a predecessor of this camera - the FZ40. It is a great little camera, which I use to take photos at concerts where a real camera isn't allowed. It is also a remarkably good video recording device. For real photography, the small sensor just isn't good enough - then again a bigger sensor would make such a camera impossible at any reasonable size.

I was always tempted to pick up an FZ200. What made the FZ200, and the new model, worthy of serious consideration is the constant F2.8 lens, allowing shots at low ISO where the sensor quality can be tolerable. But I wish they could have done something to improve the image quality with the new model. Then again, I have a friend who takes her FZ200 on family trips and loves the image quality - the sensor is good enough for posting photos on Facebook etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 10:25 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article White House ban on photos and social media has ended (63 comments in total)
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Jeff Peterman: Why the arbitrary ban on interchangeable lens cameras? My SL1 with a 40mm pancake lens would be smaller than many that are permitted. And what about the 3" lens length? Would it be OK to use a lens that is 2" at 28mm but 4" at 200mm?

I was in the White House for the last Christmas tour, as part of a group for people who do volunteer work for the government. I don't remember the exact rules but just took my S110 and used that to take a bunch of photos inside the White House.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 16:41 UTC
On article White House ban on photos and social media has ended (63 comments in total)
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Jeff Peterman: Why the arbitrary ban on interchangeable lens cameras? My SL1 with a 40mm pancake lens would be smaller than many that are permitted. And what about the 3" lens length? Would it be OK to use a lens that is 2" at 28mm but 4" at 200mm?

How about an iPhone with a removable add on lens!

The problem is that after waiting a long time to get the tickets, and then waiting in line to get it, is it worth the risk that you'll get turned away at the door because you're little mirrorless camera has a removable lens, or because your small P&S has a lens that extends out passed 3 inches at max zoom?

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 23:32 UTC
On article White House ban on photos and social media has ended (63 comments in total)

Why the arbitrary ban on interchangeable lens cameras? My SL1 with a 40mm pancake lens would be smaller than many that are permitted. And what about the 3" lens length? Would it be OK to use a lens that is 2" at 28mm but 4" at 200mm?

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 18:28 UTC as 30th comment | 7 replies

Traveling with small arms can get you into trouble.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 21:49 UTC as 128th comment | 1 reply
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