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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On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (135 comments in total)

Where's the viewfinder and lens mount?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 14:03 UTC as 21st 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 | 4 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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showmeyourpics: I like and own Panasonic camera gear but this one is an absurd design straight out of marketing genius. Let's use a really small 1/2.3 sensor to reduce size and weight and then let's pack it up with 18MP (= noise fiesta). Let's add an EVF, which is a really good idea, but let's make it miniscule with only 200K dot (the Nikon P7800 EVF needs 921K dot to be just decent). And, dulcis in fundo, let's slap on a 24-720mm nice and dark (f/3.3-6.4) zoom lens on a very small body that weighs nothing and will probably be a stability nightmare (at 720mm and f/6.4, one will have to crank up the ISO setting through the roof to get a workable exposure time, but the noise will turn the picture into mush). There are MUCH better balanced compacts out there for the enthusiast photographer, everyone else is better off sticking with a good smart phone camera.

A 200K EVF is stupid when the 1.3M EVF from the FZ200 could've been used. Of course it's got its own problems with its small size but still, c'mon! I guess they have to hold something back for the ZS50....

At least they dropped the infuriating touch screen.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 04:51 UTC

Next week on "Hoarders"....

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 12:26 UTC as 26th comment

So anyone who uses Photoshop to convert a color image to B&W is a Philistine barbarian, descrating the true original? Do I have that right?

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 15:12 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies
On photo Stick 'Em Up! in the Movies...the classics! challenge (4 comments in total)

I like the shot pretty well, BUT... a hard-boiled dick of the era would hold the gun one-handed. You never saw anyone shoot with two hands in movies back then, or much in real life for that matter. You'd have to figure out what to have him do with his left arm then, though.

And it wouldn't be a BB gun with a relatively long barrel, it'd be a snubby .38, or maybe a 1911 .45. (Realistic looking airsoft guns can be had for $30 or so.)

Also the position of the rear view mirror make it look like he's resting his arm on it. Moving just a few inches to his left would show a definite gap and eliminate the confusion.

There's a slight crease in the right side of his hat brim that throws a triangular shadow, that looks in the small pic like hair sticking out from under his hat.

I like that his face looks like its been smoothed a bit, as if he's wearing actor's makeup. (Although I might be seeing something that isn't there.) The lighting, overall composition and B&W tone look good

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2012 at 23:55 UTC as 1st comment

The viewfinder is still a low-res POS. Stupid.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2011 at 03:26 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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