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LX3 was my first compact digicam and served as my Contax T3 stand-in at a time I was just getting to know the DSLR world. A blast to use and surprisingly good output from such a tiny thing, only lacking an EVF to be nearly perfect (not really an option then).

An additional compliment to Panny for adding some really useful features via a string of firmware updates, showing their commitment to making the LX3 as good as it could be while listening to consumer feedback.

Later upgraded to the LX5, which improved the camera in quite a few areas. Now, a GM5 handles my super-compact camera duties. That's a series I'd truly love to see get a reboot.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 20:08 UTC as 50th comment
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Favorable Exponynt: It didn't really get smaller did it?,692

I'll up the ante further since I own both: E-5 vs. GM5.,570

And that's not including the E-5 battery grip. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 03:02 UTC

Closes a chapter of my journey. E-510 was my choice on selecting a DSLR system. I was swayed by the IBIS (Oly's first such model), the size and control layout, Oly colors (most similar to the Kodak I was using) and the glorious lens collection.

Luckily, as with others my lenses live on with the E-M1s and I'll continue to take advantage of their unique qualities, especially the jewel-like SHGs. Here's hoping Oly at least commits to keeping those alive for a good long while through continued service and support. I'd hate to see a lens like the 150 relegated to doorstop service.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 00:16 UTC as 92nd comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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El Chavo: That is a whole lot of money for a whole lot of 'meh'. What real features is this really bringing that it cant be found in its predecessor or similarly priced (and better spec I might add) cameras?

The Panasonic and Olympics participation this year was reaaally a snooze fest. Thank god for Fuji, Sony and Hasselblad to bring some real cameras to the market.

Oh, actually Yi can bring some life to micro four thirds but otherwise: it is time to jump ship.

"it is time to jump ship."

Have a happy swim to shore. The rest of us will be having a bon voyage enjoying the vastly improved feature set in tandem with the Pro and SHG lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
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pixtorial: Ok, DPR, this is far and away one of the best videos you've ever posted. It isn't the first experiential review video you've done, but this one raised the bar way up there. Let me tell you about everything you did right with this:

- You found an outstanding photographer to showcase in Claire, definitely someone I will take the time to follow more closely. She brings a viewpoint both photographically and philosophically beyond her years.

- You put the review in the middle of a region of the US that is so rich with history and yet is so unknown to too many people. To those not familiar with the Mississippi delta, the places and people Claire interviewed are the real deal.

- Claire and the DPR team treated the places and people with such reverence. This is important, it could have easily come off as some sort of hipster road trip, but the way this was presented brought much more respect to the subject than that.

- The footage of Jimmy Duck Holmes is priceless, gave me chills.

Well stated. Claire Bangser is a real find, clearly an accomplished photographer she more importantly has a personality her subjects respond to and an openness to listening and learning while taking us along on the journey. It's gratifying to see a new generation learning first-hand the real progress represented by the civil rights era and the further, needed travels yet ahead. The people and the very walls of those ancient buildings have a lot to teach us.

So glad I took the time to watch the video.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 20:39 UTC
On article Samyang launches 135mm f/2.2 lens for stills and video (151 comments in total)
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ddtwenty: No Image Stabilizer?

What year is this? 1970?

Hmm, an MF lens with OIS, confess I never considered that before.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 02:09 UTC
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brycesteiner: Okay, nice lenses. They are a really nice addition to m4/3.

Where is the 50-200 2.8? I really think the market would be much larger for this lens than either of those. The 50-200 is so versatile compared to either of these.
I have the Zuiko 50-200 and it's great. My only option is still the E-M1 to focus this large lens. I'd rather have another nice glass that is fully compatible with other OMD's and I can use with other m4/3 bodies than just buying an E-M1 so my older lenses work.

I too love the 50-200 but suspect the forthcoming 40-150/2.8 ends any possibility of a µ4/3 version. There's still a fast zoom void between 140 and 300, so maybe we'll eventually see...what...a 140-270/3.5?

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
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NZ Scott: NO!

No filter thread on the new 7-14 ...

That means I can't buy it. I'll have to get a 9-18 instead, which doesn't go wide enough for me.

Sony's NEX system has an ultrawide starting at 15mm (ff equivalent) that takes filters and only weighs a couple of hundred grams.

Why can't Oly/Panny do the same?

There's a way to kludge a Cokin holder onto the ZD 7-14 (posted to the Oly DSLR forum a couple years back) so yes, it can be done. It's just not simple with the big, protruding front element, built-in shade and vast field of view.

UWA lenses, especially zooms, are tricky specialty lenses. The 4/3 7-14 is wonderful so hopefully, the new one will give similar results.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 20:17 UTC
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kimchiflower: The 300mm lens won't have OIS, so it will be of less use for Panny owners although this lens will likely spend more time on a tripod than handheld as I assume it will be heavy.

The 4/3 300mm 2.8 is $6000 and 3.3kg, but this has to be significantly lighter and cheaper.

I wonder what the price/cost/size advantage is to building a lens without OIS is?

Yes, the GX7 is their first IBIS body. Presumably there will be more to come.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 20:12 UTC
On article Interview: Tetsuya Yamamoto of Nikon (194 comments in total)
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topstuff: People trying to predict the future of the 1, or how Canon will enter the game, are really clutching at straws while ignoring the hard, irrefutable, unchangeable facts of the science of digital technology.

People say the sensor is too small? Rubbish.

People say that only APSC sized sensor cameras are the way forward? Also rubbish.

The sensor is small because it allows the lenses to be small. The relationship between sensor size and lens size cannot change easily.

But the sensor is big ENOUGH to offer high IQ. The result is a camera that is faster and more compact than NEX, especially with a telephoto lens.

Canon have not played their cards yet. If they offer larger sensor mirrorless, the lenses will have to be larger. For many people, that would still be advantage Nikon 1. If people want a larger camera, they will take their DSLR after all.

It would not surprise me at all if Canon took a similar direction to Nikon with a new, smaller sensor. Now that would shock people!

Have only handled the V1 in the store but find there's a good deal to like. Build and layout are both excellent, as is the EVF. Focus speed, even with the kit zoom, is very impressive. I could imagine an impulse-buy were it not $800. Nevertheless I think Nikon has a winning format in the 1 system. Because it's such a closed system (no hotshoe?!?) their risk would seem in making it complete and relatively affordable over the long haul.

As to Canon's intentions, I suspect the G1X sensor represents their mirrorless system format, should they head down that path. I think they're testing the waters with this rather odd camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2012 at 19:45 UTC
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tkbslc: OK, here's why they went for the slow aperture:

m. Zuiko 12-50 f3.5-6.3
83mm L x 57mm Dia, 52mm filter

Zuiko 12-60 f2.8-4
99mm L x 80mm Dia, 77mm filter

So roughly 1/3 the weight and 2/3 the size of the regular 4/3 12-60.

Good summary. I'll add half the price, to boot.

Definitely slower than I'd prefer, but portends a weatherproof body on the way to go with the weatherproof lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 16:56 UTC
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