h2k

Lives in Germany Southern Bavaria, Germany
Works as a Write, edit, translate, photog, video tutorials
Joined on Apr 14, 2009
About me:

Writer, editor, translator, photographer, video tutorial producer, in English and German, based in Germany.

Interested in assignments. See link here to my English website.

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phil from seattle: I agree with others that say this is for the me-too photographer. It's worthwhile in the sense that it allows me to see where the crowds are so I can avoid them. When I look back at my favorite shots, they don't seem to line up with the yellow blobs. I guess that means I'm finding my own way. Still, when in Paris, I'm going to shoot the Eiffel Tower, just have to find some unique point of view.

I have been to India several times and never saw the Taj Mahal or Goa. It actually feels good, but of course i just travel for pure pleasure, not to sell pics or intel

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 02:03 UTC
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phil from seattle: I agree with others that say this is for the me-too photographer. It's worthwhile in the sense that it allows me to see where the crowds are so I can avoid them. When I look back at my favorite shots, they don't seem to line up with the yellow blobs. I guess that means I'm finding my own way. Still, when in Paris, I'm going to shoot the Eiffel Tower, just have to find some unique point of view.

I would pay a local guide handsomely just to keep me *away* from that tower.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 06:00 UTC
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frosti7: This camera have changed my life!

I've practically flew to Singapore to get it,
I've been planing Southeast Asia trip and since i figured that it would just start selling in Singapore, i've decided to fly there.

Long story short, i've met my wife and found a job there as well, Thanx GH1 :)
And forgive me that i sold you...a foolish foolish move...which i regret.

As A Camera It was perfect.
If to consider that this was the second ever MIrrorless camera it did everything right,
AF in video was amazing for that time, the silent focusing and OIS...and had almost no quirks at all.

Later the GH13 firmware came out and straightened the 1080p codec as well, a video beast for its time, not unlike the GH5 for today...

Now that's amazing - searching a cam and finding wife + job on top of it. Wouldn't mind knowing more.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 13:30 UTC

I can't even talk to an alarm clock and find it scary to talk to robotic voice menues when calling corporations. Won't be talking to Photoshop anytime soon.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 05:36 UTC as 40th comment
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stevo23: Okay, I hate it. Not everything needs to be voice controlled.

You can add me to that club. And I'll apply in written form.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 05:27 UTC
On article Meet two nomadic photographers who travel full-time (149 comments in total)
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Drive: I don't like being critical of people's photography—I would much rather tell them that they are stupid for using a different brand—but for someone who is allegedly a "nomad", the Japan photographs posted in this article are very lacking.

I lived in Kyoto for a while—in fact, I just returned from another stay there yesterday—and the photographs of Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama are about as touristy as you can get. These are literally the places everyone and their mum goes to. The same is true for the Meguro, the Osaka Castle and that view on Mt. Fuji everyone seems to take. This hints at a bare minimum research and absolute zero exploration. You would think a "nomad" would find something more interesting to photograph in a city that has been a capital for 1500 or so years and is so brimming which temples, shrines and traditional culture that you really have to try hard to avoid getting it into your photographs.

I guess being a full-time stereotypical tourist is nomadic now.

Well I understand that successful travel photographers buy a stack of successful postcards and then snap the same thing from the same viewpoint - it's all about giving us the expected clichés. Imagine someone returning from Paris without a couple thousand Eiffelturm Towers - outrageous. I truly think if you use unusual, less known subjects and viewpoints, you might get more critical applause, but less money.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 10:31 UTC
On article Meet two nomadic photographers who travel full-time (149 comments in total)
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happypoppeye: From the video I looks like they just work full time while traveling. The title would lead one to believe that they are just travelling around having fun. The video suggests otherwise.

From the title i also didn't think that they have a very easy life on the road.

I had possibilities to combine travel + work and declined - i keep them nicely apart and, while i travel a lot, i do cherish a solid sweet brick and mortar home.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 10:18 UTC
On article HMD Global releases Nokia 6 Android smartphone (42 comments in total)
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DavidsfotosDotCom: Does it have Nokia's off line Navigation app?

Beware - Google Maps is not available offline in/for all countries, and that can change any minute. I wish Here was information-packed as Gmaps is.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 11:46 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)

"It's fixed, which keeps the camera nice and slim, but could mean that it's a bit harder to take selfies."
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Ah, i see.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 12:14 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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PieterB: yeah no point. Apple users love adapaters since Apple seems to change their ports every few years. Bought a nice fast Thunderbolt drive? Bad luck. Buy an adapter.

Want to connect your new Iphone to your spanking new Macbook Pro. Buy an adapter.
Want to connect your nice headphones to your new Iphone 7. Use an adapter (supplied with the Iphone 7).
Use your older usb-3 hard-drive. Buy an adapter.

Of course USB-C is really good but it would be nice to connect any peripheral without using an adapter.
Want to connect an external screen, yup. Buy an adapter.

If adapters turn you on, buy an Apple device.
There is one plus side. USB-C is not Apple proprietary so they can't charge patent-fees.

"If adapters turn you on..."
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Stop it - they don't!

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 07:40 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (416 comments in total)
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El Chavo: "So quote us on this - if you need sheer pocketable power, the RX100 V is a gold. As an overall experience though, it hits just lower than our highest award."

Um... does this makes sense to anyone?

I guess this cameras are becoming so good nowadays that we have to find "nitpicks" here and there: ergonomics that were fine before? Not good. Charger that was not included in previous model (and was not mentioned)? Not enough. "I" dont find it comfortable? Minus points.

This is not against the reviewer but there are big discrepancies in reviews and reviewers here and it would be great that those would be more nail down to avoid confusion.

"we try to objectively spell out what about the UI makes it suboptimal or unengaging rather than just saying 'it's not engaging'."
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And you did so convincingly.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 22:05 UTC
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AshMills: Be lovely to hear if they plan to fix their growing list of long-standing bugs and issues, and maybe give us amazing new features like 150% interface scaling.

Yes, 150% UI scaling is needed (and i had thought i was the only one thinking so).

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 21:38 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (416 comments in total)
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ADiStefano: Good on you DPreview for placing so much emphasis on real world useability. It is too often that cameras with specifications sheets relatively superior to peers are held up as amazing but in practice do not deliver.

"Good on you DPreview for placing so much emphasis on real world useability. It is too often that cameras with specifications sheets relatively superior to peers are held up as amazing but in practice do not deliver."
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Nicely said.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 19:30 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (416 comments in total)
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El Chavo: "So quote us on this - if you need sheer pocketable power, the RX100 V is a gold. As an overall experience though, it hits just lower than our highest award."

Um... does this makes sense to anyone?

I guess this cameras are becoming so good nowadays that we have to find "nitpicks" here and there: ergonomics that were fine before? Not good. Charger that was not included in previous model (and was not mentioned)? Not enough. "I" dont find it comfortable? Minus points.

This is not against the reviewer but there are big discrepancies in reviews and reviewers here and it would be great that those would be more nail down to avoid confusion.

"So quote us on this - if you need sheer pocketable power, the RX100 V is a gold. As an overall experience though, it hits just lower than our highest award."

Um... does this makes sense to anyone?
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Yes, here.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 19:23 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (416 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: In before all the usual people complaining about Sony favoritism seeking brand validation.

Nice balanced review as per usual from DPR.

"Nice balanced review as per usual from DPR."
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Thought so too, and the conclusion was passionate AND well-reasoned.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 19:20 UTC
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CheersUK: Camera advertised as the next big thing in sport and action photography showed off at a landscaoe photographers wet dream event. Anybody else think thats strange? Dont be surprised if the AF ends up not living up to the hype.

Wondered if you couldn't have tested AF with a random car or a running reporter? (And then perhaps just comment, but not post the results.)

One would expect, though, Olympus to provide a suitable subject.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 11:31 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: I bet this camera in actual usability will stomp all over the overpriced and overhyped A6500 and even the XT2! Panasonic cameras are just no-frills solid workhorses. They don't need fancy marketing hype (Sony) or faux wannabe retro styling (Fuji). Plus the Lumix line has an injection of Leica DNA!

Micro Four Thirds the original and still best mirrorless system bar none!

"The only problem with Panasonic is that they like to make a new battery for every camera they release."
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Yes, i dislike that very much too.

And it seems it is more difficult to get no-name batteries for a Pana cam than say for Oly or Canon. I understand that some brands stick to one battery for quite a while. That's really sympathetic.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 20:08 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: I bet this camera in actual usability will stomp all over the overpriced and overhyped A6500 and even the XT2! Panasonic cameras are just no-frills solid workhorses. They don't need fancy marketing hype (Sony) or faux wannabe retro styling (Fuji). Plus the Lumix line has an injection of Leica DNA!

Micro Four Thirds the original and still best mirrorless system bar none!

"Panasonic cameras are just no-frills solid workhorses."
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Yes, that's what i like. No chi-chi. They do look dull, but they fit so nicely into your hand... the Pen may stay on the mantlepiece then.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 18:31 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 comments in total)
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Ryan Rosenberg: It would be nice when writing that JPEG high ISO noise reduction is too aggressive to test the camera with the JPEG noise reduction setting reduced. Does this give a closer results to what you are looking for?

I realize it is not possible to test all the settings on cameras and that, for the most part, you need to test with the defaults. But when you find a problem with a potentially easy fix it would be useful to test that fix. Just a suggestion!

"But when you find a problem with a potentially easy fix it would be useful to test that fix. Just a suggestion!"
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Agreed.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 18:26 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 comments in total)
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Androole: I feel like Panasonic's Auto ISO implementation is the sole blemish on their otherwise exceptionally user-focused interface. I just don't understand it...

At least there's Auto ISO in M now, unlike my GX7. But the ability to bias the metering with Exposure Compensation is just so useful...

For me subjectively, every camera has serious flaws. Auto ISO here is a flaw too, but not the worst thing imaginable.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
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