lxcellent

Lives in United States USA, CT, United States
Works as a Teacher/Pro photographer
Joined on Jun 30, 2001

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Impulses: Cool lens, it rounds out Panasonic's "PL" f1.4 (or faster) lineup nicely, bit pricey but it is what it is but street price will surely come down... Same could (and can still) be said of the Oly 12mm, people underestimate the challenges in building a decent wide angle.

Personally, I would MUCH rather have seen a great, fast, sealed 17mm... The system now has 3-4 stellar 25mm, 2-3 stellar 12mm (ignoring the 14 & 15mm), and only a couple somewhat compromised lenses near 17mm; none of which are sealed or faster than f1.7.

There were rumors swirling that Oly's f1.2 lineup would include a 12mm, 25mm, and 50mm; hopefully with this in the market they opt to make a 17mm before another 12mm.

Street prices for these Panaleica lenses don't really drop much. Sorry to be a wet blanket.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:22 UTC
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Paul JM: Really tried hard to like MFT. The lenses are generally great, but having bought both Olympus and Pana MFT bodies, I sold them all. The image quality just doesn't measure up to top line APSc bodies, let alone FF. Much happier with the image quality and colour rendition that Fuji delivers, and only a little more heft

I thought the same thing about 3 years ago, but then I got into video and there is nothing better in terms of image quality to size ratio than Panasonic. So, if you are a stills shooter, I agree that the best image quality to size ratio is Fuji (I own the XE-1 and a fleet of lenses). If video, however, this lens looks attractive.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:21 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (497 comments in total)
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karlchwe: I don't want undiscriminatingly positive reviews, but this camera receives demerits because it has TOO MANY controls; they may "intimidate upgraders (EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN SAFELY IGNORE MOST BUTTONS..." (emphasis added.) Hard to see the logic there. Is it a problem just because the camera is priced like an entry-level DSLR? Would increasing the price solve the scary-controls issue?

DPR: please offer a response to karlchwe's post!

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2015 at 21:13 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (497 comments in total)
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Slarpy: Seems like constantly writing to, and erasing from, a flash card would shorten its life tremendously.

Quite possibly the funniest thread I have read in 10 years...

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2015 at 21:11 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (497 comments in total)
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JakeB: That is one ugly camera.

And yes, it does matter to me.

Those who have no eye for design have no business using cameras in the first place.

sykkys: I agree with you! I like the angularity a lot. Hate the look of the GH4. Wish JakeB could tell me which camera design he prefers!

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2015 at 21:11 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (497 comments in total)

Why is this not offered as body only!

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2015 at 21:02 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1140 comments in total)
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lxcellent: Can someone please explain the 28mm lens choice by Leica? It seems so counter to what they have done in the past. I would expect a 35mm or even a 50mm. In fact, isn't easier to design an optically perfect 50mm than 28mm? It seems like Leica could have gone with a 50mm and one could add a screw on adapter to make it wider or more tele. (Which I realize is sacrilege for Leica.) What am I missing folks? The 28mm seems so unusual.

True painter. The only problem is that you need to be able to compose like this and I am not sure I have the skills to do this. I usually think about a shot, choose a lens, then take the photo. Now I have to think about a shot, take the photo while ignoring what I am seeing, then take the photo, then remember what I had in mind when taking the photo. The problem is that I usually shoot with a normal lens, so I would need to do some serious mind training.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 02:07 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1140 comments in total)
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lxcellent: Can someone please explain the 28mm lens choice by Leica? It seems so counter to what they have done in the past. I would expect a 35mm or even a 50mm. In fact, isn't easier to design an optically perfect 50mm than 28mm? It seems like Leica could have gone with a 50mm and one could add a screw on adapter to make it wider or more tele. (Which I realize is sacrilege for Leica.) What am I missing folks? The 28mm seems so unusual.

I'm not sure I'm ever going to be convinced. After all cropping a 28 mm angle of view to a 50 mm crop factor is not the same as using a 50 mm lens in the first place. Noses look large relative to the whole face. To me, 50mm is the most versatile focal length. I did grow up with a Pentax K1000 with a 50mm f/2.0. I was trained to see the world that way.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 04:35 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1140 comments in total)

Can someone please explain the 28mm lens choice by Leica? It seems so counter to what they have done in the past. I would expect a 35mm or even a 50mm. In fact, isn't easier to design an optically perfect 50mm than 28mm? It seems like Leica could have gone with a 50mm and one could add a screw on adapter to make it wider or more tele. (Which I realize is sacrilege for Leica.) What am I missing folks? The 28mm seems so unusual.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 02:40 UTC as 228th comment | 9 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T1 Review (656 comments in total)
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arhmatic: While video is secondary and probably sees little use, it's still unacceptable to see it falling so far behind every other camera out there.

I see that the video mode scored the lowest in this review. Needs a major step up for for X-T2

It's a "mutually exclusive" issue. If you want the great quality images from an X-Trans sensor, then you cannot have great video. It's that simple. Bummer.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 13:19 UTC

Funny how Olivia is a beautiful woman who could clearly be the model and yet she is the photographer. I am sure that people think of me in that way when I am behind the camera...Not!

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 22:24 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-T1 images added to studio test scene (65 comments in total)
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PascallacsaP: Looks great, as we have come to know from Fuji. For me, however, AF speed is going to be the decisive factor.

@BorisAkunin
In response to your post above, of course you are welcome to ask for me to be banned. However, if you figure out how to do it, might you let me know how you got it done as that is what I asked in my original message. Thanks and have a good evening.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 03:19 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T1 images added to studio test scene (65 comments in total)
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PascallacsaP: Looks great, as we have come to know from Fuji. For me, however, AF speed is going to be the decisive factor.

I hope I don't get banned asking for this, but is there a way that I can ask to have yabokkie banned? He/she really is not constructively adding to the discussion. Just seems hell-bent on being negative about the Fuji-X system. Problem is, it leads to me doing exactly what I am doing now - getting distracted and off topic. Shoot.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 22:11 UTC
On article Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera (906 comments in total)
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Provia_fan: I can't understand the complaints about "retro" dials. I think the problem stems from the over simplification of designs over the years and the fact that people just want instant results, instant everything. In the old days you had to learn a given camera not expect the camera "to learn you". External controls are great and give you immediate control over features, instead of having to borrow into menus when you should be concentrating in picture taking. This is one of the reasons why I still love my Minolta 7D so much. Everything you need is one button or one click away, which is so much more logical. You learn the camera, you learn the buttons and you learn how many clicks for your exposure compensation, WB, etc and off you go. Not having to take you eye off the viewfinderto go into menus is a major bonus.

Caerolle: Indeed, you can be deliberate with any camera, but the 1D bodies don't put you in the mood to slow down. Let me put it this way: The Fuji bodies make it feel like I am more in control. It's like driving a manual instead of an automatic. There is no doubt that the automatics these days are far better than manuals at many things, but there is nothing that connects you to the car and the road like a manual transmission. Of course, I still get to the destination, but it is WAY more fun to use a manual transmission to get there. Not always convenient, but fun. This is how I feel about the X series. I feel more connected, I do slow down more, and my images are better. I could do this with my Canons, but those rigs don't encourage me to do so like my X-E1. Ahh...maybe it's all horse poop...

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:08 UTC
On article Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera (906 comments in total)
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Provia_fan: I can't understand the complaints about "retro" dials. I think the problem stems from the over simplification of designs over the years and the fact that people just want instant results, instant everything. In the old days you had to learn a given camera not expect the camera "to learn you". External controls are great and give you immediate control over features, instead of having to borrow into menus when you should be concentrating in picture taking. This is one of the reasons why I still love my Minolta 7D so much. Everything you need is one button or one click away, which is so much more logical. You learn the camera, you learn the buttons and you learn how many clicks for your exposure compensation, WB, etc and off you go. Not having to take you eye off the viewfinderto go into menus is a major bonus.

You do a different type of photography with the X series cameras and lenses. It's not about speed. It's about deliberation and creating a photo, not taking a shot. If I want a snapshot, I use my iPhone, if I want to shoot action, I use my Canon 1D series bodies. If I want to compose a shot that will reflect what I am thinking and seeing as an artists, then I use my X-E1. The dials are not about speed. It's about the process of crafting the photo with a tool that invites you to slow down and be creative and deliberative. By bringing me back to my film days with my Pentax K1000, LX, and 67, the Fuji cameras allow me to experience the photo making process all over again. A joy I had forgotten that I was missing.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 17:44 UTC
On article Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review (1200 comments in total)

This is an ugly camera. I know that you should not judge a book by its cover, but why not make it look more like the classic rangefinder like they did in the LX1. Shoot. Follow Fuji's lead on this.

...and yes, the way a tool looks DOES make a difference!

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 21:35 UTC as 61st comment | 11 replies

So where is it? I am chomping at the bit. I am writing from the east coast of the US where it is 8:46 AM on the 25th. Anybody have it yet?

Sorry...for the X-E1.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 12:46 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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Ganondorf: What the hell does un-damped mean??

It lacks the smooth (slight resistance) focusing rotation that we used to get when using manual focusing lenses in the the 1970s...

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 02:03 UTC
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Chekr: @photo nuts

The fact is that kayone was not correct in his assertion. You being a sheep, jumped on the bandwagon and are now criticizing the author for something that he did actually get right.

You can apologize at any time.

I really urge you to apologize yourself, Chekr. Please. Your ill-conceived comments are embarrassing for humanity. I know that this sounds mean, but your comments are so baseless and rude that I don't know how else to respond.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 02:00 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E1 preview extended (113 comments in total)
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lxcellent: If you are interested, I reviewed this camera over the weekend and posted my review here:

http://lxcellent.blogspot.com/2012/12/test-drive-of-fujifilm-x-e1.html

Given the drop in price of the X-Pro1, you also might want to read my review of that camera here:

http://lxcellent.blogspot.com/2012/12/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-ja-x.html

Just changed it. Sorry 'bout that, bud.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2012 at 03:41 UTC
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