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On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (185 comments in total)
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Tomasz_Wk: I don't get this lens. Why not à Voigtlander 25mm f4 instead. It's small and well made.

There are alternatives to just about every lens in both lower and higher price brackets. Why buy a Zeiss Otus when you can buy a Canon 50L? Or why buy an Otus instead of a Sigma 50mm Art?

Funnily, I have a CV 24/4P, and it's a great little lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 10:24 UTC
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (282 comments in total)
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princecody: Good for him. He's technically sound but vastly overrated in my Expert opinion-even borderline arrogant @ times. Nevertheless he could become the future Asian Ken Rockwell 🤔

The codytroll could easily have said, 'another Ken Rockwell'. Instead, he drew attention to Ming's race. This is not racist in itself, as racism involves dislike and discrimination based on race, and misattribution of negative traits to a given race. That was not present in the codytroll's words, so I will reconsider my comment:

princecody is a troll who thrives on the responses to his poorly conceived throwaway comments. I should know better by now than to respond to his blather.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 07:12 UTC
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (282 comments in total)

This is fantastic for Ming, although I do wonder what a Chief of Strategy at a camera company would do, and what Ming's exact duties will be. What kind of macro level decisions and directions will he be making?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 06:10 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (282 comments in total)
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princecody: Good for him. He's technically sound but vastly overrated in my Expert opinion-even borderline arrogant @ times. Nevertheless he could become the future Asian Ken Rockwell 🤔

"Expert opinion". And you call Ming borderline arrogant? You're so far over the border, DPR needs a giant fence to keep you out.

"Asian Ken Rockwell." And racist, to boot.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 06:07 UTC
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (282 comments in total)
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coody: Is he from Japan?

Malaysia, dude. Malaysia.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 05:42 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (525 comments in total)
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ogl: There are a lot of dials and buttons, but no direct control for Shake Reduction. Why?

You shake the camera. Simples.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 09:18 UTC

In 2009, I met a guy on a Blue Mountains walking track outside of Sydney. He had a big Nikon DSLR and the Leica version of the LX3 with the lens adapter tube. He said it was perfect for macro photography, and liked using it for that purpose more than the Nikon.

At that time, the LX3 had really captured my imagination with its multi aspect ratio switching and fast lens, but it wasn't until 2013 that I bought the LX7. This has since become one of my favourite cameras, and I often use it as an always-with-me camera in lieu of anything larger. I adore how wide the 24mm lens is at 16:9, and I hope that Panasonic continues the multi aspect ratio feature in upcoming models.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 08:04 UTC as 7th comment
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Mark Zed: When this came out this was the travel camera of choice among lightweight travellers in the local photography group I was in.
I remember giving a lift to the airport to one of the guys flying out for a week in Vietnam and his entire luggage was less than the shoulder bag full of my DSLR + 3 lenses (with another body and 2 more lenses in the backpack)that I usually traveled with.
His entire luggage, clothes, ,flip-flops, laundry-bag... oh yeh and camera, was literally a the smallest Lowe Pro stealth reporter bag.
But the photos that came back with him were stunning... While I didn't buy one it was fundamental to me buying a Lumix GF1 + 20mm pancake lens a year later and when I travel I still shoot with that lens, just on a GF3 or a GX7 body, and I doubt I'll ever lug the DSLR on to a plane, train or an auto rickshaw ever again anymore.

I love this story. Traveling with minimal gear like that is so enjoyable.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 07:40 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: They have to stop building cameras that their customers need to fight with on a regular basis. I finally gave up on a GH2, a pair of GH3s, the associated lenses and a FZ2500; all purchased new. For example, change what information is displayed on the EVF and the AF settings go crazy. The menu system is just plain nuts and gets worse with each succeeding body. Only a masochist could enjoy working with these cameras. Olympus does much better though with no shortage of problems and a company that is fast headed toward extinction.

Funny, I've had the opposite experience. Panasonic's menus seem very straightforward to me, whereas Olympus simply wasn't.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 05:38 UTC
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disraeli demon: I'm hoping that, if this does result in change, it will push Panasonic to concentrate on higher-end enthusiast and pro-level cameras. I've got a big investment in µ4/3 lenses, and I'd hate it if there were no capable Panasonic bodies to use them on going forward, but with µ4/3 least there's always Olympus to fall back on.
(Of course there's always the risk that Olympus might eventually pull out of the ILC market too, but at least at the moment I've got one more level of backup than, say, Samsung users had a year ago)

Like you, I'm heavily invested in m43 lenses and would be very disappointed if Panasonic pulled out of that game. Right now, I've got one Olympus body but three Panasonics. Panasonic colour is more pleasing for me than Olympus, and Panasonic video quality is clearly better.

If I'm being really pessimistic, I'd give micro four thirds another ten years. That's assuming that camera sales continue to fall and aps-c mirrorless continues to improve. In the meantime, use what you have and enjoy it while it lasts.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 00:02 UTC
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CameraLabTester: This is a trend that will creep even into the big major players such as C, N and S.

Too much of the same mundane offerings spread over model after model after model. In an effort to round up [not glyphosate] all strata of affordability, they spread themselves too thin.

Offer a high end and a budget model. That's it! Let the also-rans fight the middle ground.

The big guns will follow suit because market dictates, not the bean counters behind their laptops.


By attempting to round up all the market, they are weeding themselves out. So many models spring up from that strategy, when they should plant core lines and root themselves properly. The GH2 was the starting seed of their prosumer video success, which bore the fruit of the GH3, 4 and now the 5. Crop factor aside, these cameras are some of the best value for the rows of lower budget video shooters out there. Panasonic's camera division can really flower if they aim for the enthusiast market garden.

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Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 23:57 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (387 comments in total)

Thank you to the DPReview team for sharing your first camera stories.

My first film camera was a Kodak Brownie 110 cassette model, with a big yellow shutter button. There was also an Agfa 110 cassette camera along the way.

As an early teenager, I used a Kodak disc camera, and still have the discs of film and prints I took. Then followed an ashamedly vacant period of years, and it wasn't until 2002 that I got a Canon Powershot S45 with a whopping 4mp. The images hold up surprisingly well, even now.

This began a long photographic odyssey which has taken me through a multitude of compacts from Canon, Casio, Fuji, Sigma and Ricoh; DSLR's from Canon; the Leica M9 and a boatload of lenses, an assortment of film cameras including my Dad's Pentax ME, and a Leica M7, and now four m43 bodies from Olympus and Panasonic.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 04:51 UTC as 36th comment
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suitlife: they look like rebranded chinese glass at a premium price, good business model, probably just a rokinon

Where's the Dislike button when you need it? Veydra makes high quality cinema-grade lenses at very affordable prices. They are designed from scratch, and are certainly not rebranded Chinese lenses. And they perform far better than Rokinon (who are Korean) in independent tests.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 07:27 UTC
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Beckler8: Enough of the high-resolution richly full-bearded men - apparently that's the only subject which can be photographed with the GH5. Some people prefer not to hurl their breakfast onto their computer monitor. :D

The full beard has been popular in Melbourne, Australia for a few years, but its favour is waning lately. Mostly accompanied by lumberjack shirts, tattoos and skinny jeans that are too short. Fashion is a funny thing.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
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drent: I have pre-ordered one, but I must admit that I am not impressed. I've downloaded several raw images and worked on them in Lightroom. I see a lot of noise (luma and chroma). I lose sharpness when I try to get rid of the noise. The results are not better than the out of camera jpegs then. Also bokeh of the new 12-60 lens is not pleasing imo and chromatic abberation cannot be removed completely. Maybe this is because of the raw converter in Lightroom? Or is it not the final firmware version? I get better results with my GX80.

I wasn't aware that the current release of Lightroom can handle GH5 raw files. Did you have to convert them, or do any metadara hacks to make them work? Lightroom may do a new release with an updated GH5 profile.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 23:17 UTC
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BobT3218: Holy sh*t! In a decade or so we may be offering our cameras to museums. The one saving grace is that almost all pics taken with phones will end up lost in the cloud or on a chip in landfill somewhere.

I sometimes think of what will happen to the tens of thousands of images I've taken, which will probably add up to millions of images by the time I'm gone, touch wood. The proliferation of digital imaging and correspondence means that years from now, shoeboxes of love letters or sheaves of photos will be almost impossible to find. The correspondence will be buried in webmail accounts that no one can access because of two-factor authentication, and photos will be in the cloud and similarly inaccessible. Who knows what will happen to harddrives? I regularly migrate my data to the latest storage media, but what may happen in the future is anyone's guess.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 23:53 UTC

Wow, I never knew the TZ1 used folded optics. Thanks for another great Throwback Thursday, DPR!

A friend of mine had a TZ3 in late 2007; he brought it on a group trip to China, where I had my Canon G7. Good traveling companions for both of us.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 09:37 UTC as 14th comment
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ttran88: E mount is clearly shaping up to be the mount of the modern world.

Too bad about micro four thirds. With the GH2 and AF100, it had the potential to gain a lot more popularity with pro level production. Unfortunately, m43 sensor tech hasn't advanced enough and the market has moved on to E-mount.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 08:31 UTC
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Edmond Leung: A cine lens without PL mount??
How to do your business??

They will do business with the thousands of Sony owner/operators of the FS series, like the FS700, FS5, FS7 and beyond. The FS7 placed a really good camera in the hands of TV commercial and indie film producers, but using proper cine lenses required PL mount adapters and steep rental fees. Now these same owner/operators can buy a proper cine zoom with Fujinon pedigree.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 08:28 UTC
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janist74: Wow! Now that is a surprising move from Fuji. I guess this tells a lot what do they think about the future...

This is a very good point. Fuji are forecasting a new market of video content producers using Sony E-mount cameras that will want zoom lenses without the shortcomings of stills lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 08:25 UTC
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