Tom K.

Tom K.

Lives in United States Tulsa, United States
Joined on Mar 6, 2002
About me:

Feb 2000 - Canon A50 (Sold Aug 2000)
July 2000 - Canon S100 (great early pocket camera)
Oct 2000 - Olympus C-2100UZ (a classic)
Nov 2003 - Minolta A1 (CCD died 8-2006)
May 2005 - Panasonic FZ5 (given to wife after I got FZ30)
Sep 2005 - Panasonic FZ30 (great camera in its day, seems dog slow now)
Jan 2006 - Fuji F10 (don't like it-overrated)
Apr 2006 - Kodak CD33 (2 from eBay for grandkids to use)
July 2006 - Nikon 4500 (from eBay for digiscoping-disappointed)
Aug 2006 - Panasonic FX07 (lost)
Sep 2006 - Minolta A2 (from eBay to replace A1)
Aug 2007 - Kodak P880 (from eBay on a whim)
Apr 2009 - Panasonic ZS3 travel zoom
Dec 2009 - Panasonic GH1 with 14-140 lens (finally a decent EVF)
Sep 2012 - Panasonic FZ200 (lightweight, wanted more zoom reach)
Apr 2013 - Panasonic ZS19 (replaced ZS3 when zoom function got intermittent)
Feb 2014 - Panasonic GF1 (bought cheap to have a dedicated body for the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye)
Jun 2014 - Panasonic ZS40 (replaced ZS19 which lacked EVF)
Dec 2014 - Panasonic FZ1000 (4K video, beautiful EVF)
Mar 2015 - Panasonic ZS50 (replaced ZS40 due to improved EVF)

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entoman: An excellent video. It's nice to see drones being put to worthwhile use, instead of being used as toys. My only negative comment, which applies to almost all of the drone and/or time-lapse videos that I've seen, is that sometimes, just SOMETIMES, it would be nice if the camera was kept stationary. Zooming, panning and generally whizzing about is almost always overdone in these videos!

"Zooming, panning and generally whizzing about is almost always overdone in these videos!"

Agreed. And the editing cuts are far too quick - about the time you figure out what you're seeing and start appreciating it, it cuts to the next scene. Frustrating.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 17:06 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (385 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Have you noticed how poor the image quality is at the edges - especially the right edge?

Also, a 1"-type sensor is very deceiving as it's not even close to 1 inch in any direction, and is much smaller than even a 4/3 sensor - which explains its poor high-ISO performance.

"Yes, it's a ridiculous way of naming sensor sizes but it's a long-standing industry standard that we can't just overturn it without an easily understood alternative."

An easily understood alternative would be to give the sensor dimensions (length x height) in mm. The current system is meaningless, incomprehensible rubbish. There is NO good reason to continue to use it.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 22:32 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)

Wow, you fancy people with your Yashicas and Pentaxs, and you sad sacks with the Kodak 110s. Mine was kinda somewhere in between, an off brand "Mekai" 35mm that I bought for about ten bucks mail order from the Johnson Smith Company, about 1972. Made to resemble a rangefinder but no focus adjusment. It had two settings, one for sunlight and one for shade (two different size apertures on a little lever). I shot color slide film because I could get it developed for $1 with a coupon from the Sunday paper, even though I never had a slide projector. Still have the camera, still have most of the slides.

First real camera was an Olympus XA, what a great little machine. Then an Olympus OM-G with a Zuiko 35-105 lens. My first digital was a 1.2mp Canon A50 with a 35-70 lens in 2000. My current favorite is a Panasonic FZ1000.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 20:53 UTC as 356th comment
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Mike Olbinski: Thank you DPReview once again for sharing my film and I want to add that I love reading the comments here because it's not just internet crap, but you guys take the time to write what you think and be super interactive, that's why I try to take the time to respond to everyone if I can! Truly appreciate you all watching and posting your thoughts!

Mike, great stuff! Are you familiar with the IMAX film "Chronos", by Ron Fricke? If not I suggest you acquire a Bluray of it. Unfortunately the Bluray is a bit light on special features. The Special Collector's Edition DVD version has great information on the making of the film, including interviews with Michael Stearns who created the score. Unfortunately the DVD is out of print and expensive if you can find it.

Creating high resolution time lapse has come a long way since 1984 when the film was created, but I would travel virtually anywhere in the world if I could see Chronos again on an IMAX screen. Your video and its score remind me favorably of it. Well done!

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 19:14 UTC

Well, it's a relief knowing that the changes are so minor that I can keep my FZ1000 (and save $1200) without feeling like I'm missing out.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 03:29 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
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Chaitanya S: Not what I was expecting the Fz1000 successor to be. Only good feature seems to be direct access to ND filters via a switch on lens barrel.

I'm actually disappointed at that. It would be great if it had a mechanical zoom, with markings on it to indicate the zoom setting like the FZ30/50 had. But without that there isn't any way to know how much it's zoomed in or out without using the viewfinder. At least the telescoping lens of the FZ1000 had markings on its barrel to indicate zoom setting.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 03:13 UTC
On article Quick review: Apexel 8mm fisheye lens for smartphones (19 comments in total)

The video was kind of amusing, watching those cars turn a sharp corner at full speed right in front of you.

You know, some optical designer came up with this configuration. The lenses were ordered and built, as was the housing. They were all assembled and checked over. Then they actually tried it and said, "Oh. Well, we've come this far, I guess we might as well try and sell them."

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 15:47 UTC as 13th comment
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noflashplease: I can honestly state that the XD memory card format was a big negative back in 2004, because it was obvious even then that SD cards would become almost universal. Today, it's equally obvious that the XQD format is doomed to obscurity.

Wow, I had forgotten about the XD media format. That and Sony's proprietary Memorystick were abominations that should never have seen the light of day.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 03:18 UTC
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GinoSVK: Way back to internet history can be fun.

Tuesday, 23 November 1999 www.dpreview.com

Delkin Devices ship 224MB CF type II
Delkin are now shipping their largest capacity flash memory CF type II card, a 224MB whopper. We covered this story originally back on the 27th July when they announced shipment of an 80MB card, now with this much larger capacity 224MB card it begs the question who needs a microdrive? Erm anyone looking for cheaper storage, this baby retails at $999, a 340MB microdrive is around $500...

Here's my camera history:
Feb 2000 - Canon A50 (Sold Aug 2000)
July 2000 - Canon S100 (great early pocket camera)
Oct 2000 - Olympus C-2100UZ (a classic)
Nov 2003 - Minolta A1
May 2005 - Panasonic FZ5
Sep 2005 - Panasonic FZ30 (great camera in its day, seems dog slow now)
Jan 2006 - Fuji F10
Apr 2006 - Kodak CD33 (2 from eBay for grandkids to use)
July 2006 - Nikon 4500
Aug 2006 - Panasonic FX07 (lost)
Sep 2006 - Minolta A2 (from eBay to replace A1)
Aug 2007 - Kodak P880 (from eBay on a whim)
Apr 2009 - Panasonic ZS3 travel zoom
Dec 2009 - Panasonic GH1 with 14-140 lens (finally a decent EVF)
Sep 2012 - Panasonic FZ200
Apr 2013 - Panasonic ZS19
Feb 2014 - Panasonic GF1 (bought cheap to have a dedicated body for the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye)
Jun 2014 - Panasonic ZS40 (replaced ZS19 which lacked EVF)
Dec 2014 - Panasonic FZ1000 (4K video, beautiful EVF)
Mar 2015 - Panasonic ZS50 (replaced ZS40 due to improved EVF)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
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GinoSVK: Way back to internet history can be fun.

Tuesday, 23 November 1999 www.dpreview.com

Delkin Devices ship 224MB CF type II
Delkin are now shipping their largest capacity flash memory CF type II card, a 224MB whopper. We covered this story originally back on the 27th July when they announced shipment of an 80MB card, now with this much larger capacity 224MB card it begs the question who needs a microdrive? Erm anyone looking for cheaper storage, this baby retails at $999, a 340MB microdrive is around $500...

I remember walking around with a batch of 64MB Smartmedia cards for my 2mp Olympus 2100, and backing up my shots on a laptop with a CD writer nightly. I now have a 128GB card in my Panasonic FZ1000 and the "pictures remaining" counter rarely drops below 9999. I usually have to shoot a lot of video to make a dent in the card.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 03:11 UTC
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (131 comments in total)

Where's the viewfinder and lens mount?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 14:03 UTC as 22nd comment
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Tom K.: "Using the viewfinder pulls the battery life down to 240 shots per charge from the otherwise pretty typical 300 shots per charge."

Wait, what? The EVF uses more power than the rear screen?? Sounds unlikely.

Does the EVF use more power when you are using it exclusively, or does it use more power because both the EVF and rear screen are enabled?. I don't bother with the eye-switch sensor setting because I hardly ever want to use the rear screen (as someone who needs to put on reading glasses to see it.) I can believe more power being used if you have both enabled, but not just the EVF by itself.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 20:44 UTC

"Using the viewfinder pulls the battery life down to 240 shots per charge from the otherwise pretty typical 300 shots per charge."

Wait, what? The EVF uses more power than the rear screen?? Sounds unlikely.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 16:14 UTC as 28th comment | 5 replies

Discounting the exaggerated size of the moon (which was part of the challenge), looks fakety fake fake. The lighting on the landscape is coming from the left, as indicated by the prominent shadow of the tall column. Any light would be from a setting sun which would have to be directly behind the viewer/photographer. A full moon is always directly opposite the sun. Besides being the wrong direction, the light has the wrong color for sunset. Likewise as SamTrekker pointed out, the moon's color looks wrong as well. Much too white for this low in the sky.

The landscape lighting itself appears to be from moonlight, from the left. That would account for the light's muted appearance as well as the deep blue of the sky combined with visible stars. A rising moon plus a landscape moonlit from a different direction just looks jarringly wrong.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 15:39 UTC as 1st comment
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Shiranai: So far this technology as well as light field technology is still inferior to real bokeh captured by a lens.
Afterward bokeh calculations always struggle when it comes to difficult and detailed objects like branches or semi-transparent objects. Light field bokeh has still problems with artifacts, resolution and IQ is rather low.

I'm looking forward to Panasonics approach but I think there has yet to flow a lot of water down the river till we see any major breaktroughs. And even then, people will still prefer lenses for their analogue and retro look.

"Light field bokeh has still problems with artifacts, resolution and IQ is rather low."

Aren't resolution and IQ inherently low on anything that's out of focus??

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 13:19 UTC
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Frank_BR: Those guys seem to believe in "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door".

If they really think they have a good idea, it would be much simpler to sell this idea to Leica than trying to design a camera from scratch.

"And optical rangefinders are easy to focus." Autofocus cameras are easier, and faster. But it puts a damper on pretending to be an artiste.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 03:19 UTC
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RichRMA: No idea if an ND is that safe (or good quality enough) for solar shooting. Consider using Baader Solar Film or glass filters from Thousand Oaks Optical. Both are metallized to screen out UV and IR.

So you'd never view a solar eclipse through a telescope? Too bad for you, especially come August 21, 2017.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 16:57 UTC
On article Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps (175 comments in total)
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Adam2: Wow that 7d is gnarly. It looks trashed.

Before he explained how the camera had been used, I assumed it was a custom "stars and galaxies" paint job. Turns out it's just random blotches.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 20:38 UTC
On article Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD (81 comments in total)
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captura: At least this selfie-cam has a touchscreen, (which the Lumix X-A2 doesn't.)
And those who have never used a touchscreen can go back to the cave where they hide old Nikons....which never had touchscreens (until last month.)
A touchscreen can be useful...for quick menu-diving to touch-focus.
Believe it!

I tried the ZS19 with a touchscreen and it was infuriating, because it could not be deactivated. Any accidental touch would produce an unwanted result. Perhaps that has been fixed in subsequent cameras but as it was implemented then, it was far more trouble than it was worth.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 04:25 UTC

"The team has made somewhere in the vicinity of 100 full-size sensors with their bending machine."

Bite my shiny metal ass.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 03:25 UTC as 130th comment | 1 reply
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