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MikeFairbanks: A different perspective, perhaps, is for those who are interested in a small, underwater camera that has shutter priority (or manual capabilities).

I grew up surfing, and each time an underwater comes out from Nikon, Canon (the usual players) I get excited. But then I learn that there's no manual controls. Surfing is very high speed, and shutter speeds need to be very high. At the same time, it's fun to also be able to shove a camera in the board shorts and surf with your buddies while taking pics.

Many waterproof point and shoots fit in the pocket but can't do action.

Many good cameras in good housings can take fast shots, but are large and bulky.

All I've ever wanted was a small waterproof point and shoot where I could crank the shutter speed.

Take a look at the Olympus Tough TG-4.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 08:28 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)

I've used all sorts of docking stations with my PowerBooks and MacBook Pros since I abandoned desktop machines back in 1999.

I have one of OWC's older Thunderbolt 2 docks that I use with my 2012 15" MBP Retina. The thing is brilliant! I plug in ONE Thunderbolt cable and connect 3 external hard drives, 27" monitor, along with a few USB doohickeys.

I'm due for a MBP upgrade and this will be the first thing I get for it, along with a 4K or 5K monitor.

The only thing I wish it had was a couple more Thunderbolt ports and an extra Firewire 800 port to cut down on hard drive daisy chaining.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 11:57 UTC as 21st comment

Can't wait to get my hands on the 7.5mm f2!

Hopefully it's at least on par optically with the Panasonic 7-14mm at the wide end.
It could be a great, compact travel lens and for shooting interiors, with its fairly wide aperture.

I'll finally be able to get rid of the dopey, rarely used, Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye, too!

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 12:16 UTC as 3rd comment
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kingslayer: Overpriced. I rather get a Panasonic Lumix GX80 or GX85.

Plus, the M4/3 system is a mature system with over 100 native mount lenses available, from numerous manufacturers, covering 7mm to 400mm (14mm - 800mm 35mm equivalent).

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 09:33 UTC

In a word, FUGLY!
Apparently, Canon hired all the retired VHS camcorder designers in Japan to design their cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 09:27 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
On article Peak Design adds Range Pouch to Everyday lineup (22 comments in total)

Wow. GREAT protection from dust!
With only a narrow strip of velcro to secure the top flap, it leaves the sides open for dirt and dust to get it. No thanks.

I use zipper-topped lens cases to store and transport my lenses. But, I also use groups of them in different packs instead of a logo festooned "photo bag". For that, I want my lenses sealed off as much as possible from the outside elements.

Sorry, but these flap-topped things just don't cut it in the regard.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 23:06 UTC as 9th comment
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G1Houston: If the lens does not have an AF/MF switch, does GX85 have way to program a button to turn AF on and off? This is important for some to shoot videos when we can acquire the focus by AF and then quickly locking it by the press of a button or flipping a switch.

With all Panasonic M4/3 cameras there's a function called AF+MF. Activate it once and forget about it.

So, when you half-press the shutter and turn the manual focus ring it activates manual focus and focus magnification. When focus is achieved, press the shutter button completely.

Simple. Fast. Intuitive. Very useful. Very cool.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 04:03 UTC
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Antti Pirttimaki: Would this be any better than an LX100? Apart from being able to change lenses.

It's got the same sensor, no AA filter, 4k with stabilization... And LX100 has a bright F1.7-2.8 lens.

What would I gain if I changed to LX85/80?

The LX100 crops the sensor a bit. I'm not sure the exact amount, 2.2x crop?, but images are something like 14MP instead of 16MP.

Lack of a touch screen, especially the way Panasonic implements it, is a big negative for the LX100.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 01:57 UTC
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what_i_saw: What about the signature Panasonic Blue tint in the images? Still carries the tradition?

You mean a blue tint like Ektachrome 160? :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 01:54 UTC
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sibuzaru: Too bad for the lack of communication, but I hope that makes Voigtlander hurry up a bit and bring their second batch of new lenses for E-mount their fast 35mm and 40mm would be a great combo with the A7's

Why wait when that lens may never appear with an E-mount?
Voigtländer M and L mount lenses can be used with a simple adaptor… TODAY.
I happily use a few adapted Voigts with my M4/3 cameras.
At some point I'll pick up aa A7xx and a few adaptors.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 18:00 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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Karroly: What is the advantage of a M4/3 ILC that is as big as an APS-C one ?
I know, the M4/3 lens should be smaller than their APS-C equivalents and the DOF and crop factor are bigger...
That's all ?

@ Karolly
You're not stuck using "big" bodies. Just mount the same lenses on a tiny body like the GM5 and your entire shooting experience changes, but NOT the image quality! It's enlightening!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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Karroly: What is the advantage of a M4/3 ILC that is as big as an APS-C one ?
I know, the M4/3 lens should be smaller than their APS-C equivalents and the DOF and crop factor are bigger...
That's all ?

The native M4/3 Voigländers are fantastic lenses! They're all excellent optically, beautifully made and a joy to use. They're among the best and most flexible lenses in the M4/3 system!

I gladly carry the extra weight, since my cameras are small and light and it averages out.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 14:24 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Congrats Panasonic! Now there are more GF cameras than Olympus PL series cameras!

Nothing else really!

@ Ben
Agreed about the naming.

This is like the Oly EPL6 "upgrade".
Negligible differences, different name.

Were either able to be tweaked with a firmware upgrade alone? Who knows.
Bottom line is that few people here are particularly interested in this.

Where's the complete Panasonic GX8 review?

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 18:19 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Congrats Panasonic! Now there are more GF cameras than Olympus PL series cameras!

Nothing else really!

Unlike Olympus, Panasonic actually discontinues older models. The GF8 is meant for the EU and Asia markets, so what's the big deal?

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 15:51 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
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WGVanDyck: Watching and waiting for the digital camera industry to wind its way back to reality has simply been painful. The film camera industry long ago learned what type of cameras photographers wanted and produced them for decades. Or, at least, until digital schizophrenia became dominate and began creating it’s own reality.

Over the past years the development of the digital persona has been truly psychotic. Some early cameras like the Olympus C-2000 were still relevant to the real world, but then came hallucinations like the Sony DSC-F505. It was as though the digital side of the brain had never seen a camera before. There appeared strange looking digital contrivances where viewfinders had vanished, as had accepted forms of self-control. Even, the development of the DSLR was just short of any true return to reality; lost in a mind altering maze of menus to control even basic functions.

So, to many of us it’s not a matter of retro appeal, but of a return to sanity.

@ WG Van Dyck
I ignore most of the dross in my cameras…
scenes, in-camera editing, filters…

You CAN set up your camera to work like a film camera.
Use manual lenses. Activate live view (no chimping!).
Assign one of the dials to adjust shutter speed.
The only other thing you ever need to adjust is ISO.

You don't have to be 120 years old, or collecting social security, to use it that way, either. ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 14:16 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
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Giacomo Sardi: another "small sensor-object of desire" camera........ dear Olympus listen to me: is a very, very ,very nice piece of metal, but the advantages of big sensors against m4/3 are obvious... this body (and my pocket) , for that price needs a bigger sensor...

There's little debate about larger sensors and better image quality. However there are certain physical realities that come into play…

Larger sensor means larger lenses.
More bulk. More weight. Less portability.

I don't own a car, travel often and carry everything on my back. Every ounce matters.

If I can get better than "good enough" image quality with less than half the bulk and weight, I'm all for it.

On topic… Like most Olympus cameras, the PEN-F is a pretty camera and loaded with flaws.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 13:23 UTC
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (152 comments in total)
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Jon H Laake: 1. How do you move single focus point around viewscreen? (this is a major turn-off in my ep-5)

2. Is the B/W option a true monchrome mode in RAW?

Use your finger on the touchscreen.
Or fiddle with the 4-way control buttons.

Like Panasonic cameras have been able to do for several years you can shift the focus point with your finger while looking through the EVF. Brilliant feature!

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 13:08 UTC
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wetsleet: With wristwatches, the received wisdom is that to go swimming (not diving or snorkelling, just swimming) a watch needs to be water resistant to 100m. This because the 100m figure is a static pressure, and the movement of your arms through the water as you swim subjects the watch to dynamic pressures much higher than the static pressure of the depth at which you swim.

What is the word on water resistant cameras? This one boasts 15m. Can you actually haul it along with you as you swim? Or is it just a case of gingerly ducking it under the surface to take a pic above 15m deep, then gently getting it back into the air again, no abrupt movements under water?

I've had two different Olympus underwater compacts. a Stylus 1030SW and TG-1.

When snorkeling, I either let the camera hang from my wrist, hold it in my right hand like a paddle or stuff it into my Speedos. I tend to swim along the bottom for as long as I can hold my breath, rather than float on the surface and can dive down about 20 feet or so, too.

I've never had any trouble with the seals on either camera. But, I do follow the instructions about thoroughly rinsing and letting the camera dry, etc., before opening in to download images and recharge batteries.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 13:06 UTC
On photo TOUCAN in the Captivity in nature challenge (8 comments in total)

That's a Blue and Gold Macaw!

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 03:14 UTC as 5th comment
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mick787: It’s well known, (except by Lonely Planet), that God goes for his holidays in West Yorkshire, England. There is a reason for that!

Which God?
There are so many to choose from…

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 09:18 UTC
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