Babka08

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On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G100/G110 review (368 comments in total)

Late to the discussion, but I've just ordered one of these.

I think the marketing problem for Panasonic is that they've completely neglected how great the spec is for the G100 as a STILLs camera. I overlooked it for weeks because the promotion and reviews were all vlog, vlog, shmog.

It has a newer sensor, a good set of direct dial/button controls, tiny overall size, and..... a great LCD and surprisingly large EVF! There isn't another mirrorless camera in this class that has a 3mil EVF. Nobody seems to emphasize this. And for me, after the image quality, it's all about what I look through or look at to compose images.

The Panasonic 35-100 f4-5.6 has got to be THE tiniest telephoto zoom on the planet for such a large sensor. And the Olympus 9-18 for ultra-wide. So with the 12-32 (one oreo cookie in size), and the 35-100/9-18 combo (each being three oreo cookies in size), it's a hobby and travel kit that is small in form and big on features. Can't wait for it to arrive.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2020 at 19:31 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
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rickpappas: You have a vision for mirrorless that if vastly different than what I believe is taking place. To begin with, creating a technology that will sit side by side with DSLR's, in my mind is short sighted. I see mirrorless as replacing DSLR's. And, I see that happening quickly. A couple of other things: If Canon or Nikon do not make the EF and F-mounts compatible with their mirrorless offering, then brand-invested users become an open market for the competition. (I can see Sony licking their chops!) Lastly, you don't like telephoto lenses for mirrorless? Great, but I use the heck out of my telephoto lenses and when I migrate to mirrorless in the next couple of years I expect to have lenses to support my requirements.

There is nothing than a DSLR camera can do or do better than a mirrorless camera. In a short time the thump of moving mirrors will be one of those things that we speak of when talking about memories.

I agree about some of the apsc viewfinder tunnels. I'm specifically talking about full frame (and Pentax). I want to like EVFs but to date I just haven't liked it.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2018 at 01:16 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's three Z-series lenses (145 comments in total)

What's the size benefit of mirrorless when the lenses are so long and large? Same with Sony. I don't get it. Some sort of manhood competition? The 50/1.8G is smaller than this Z lens.

To date, after years, Sony persists with large sized lenses for its "small" mirrorless bodies. Why not some well-made smaller sized lenses?

I'll keep my 24/2.8D and D750 with its 52mm thread and Cokin A sized ND grads.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 18:40 UTC as 13th comment | 6 replies

I've consistently heard the argument that mirrorless allows for a 'smaller' system. Except that it doesn't. Because the full-frame lenses are HUGE in size, like these Nikon Z ones.

Sony has done the same thing. And Fuji apsc lenses are still quite large. There are a number of 4/3rds lenses that are the size of a few oreo cookies, and they are good. And Pentax nailed it with so many of their smaller sized lenses.

Why does everyone in full-frame mirrorless seem to eschew the benefit of smaller lenses matched to a smaller camera? Notice how I used eschew in a sentence there?

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 18:30 UTC as 16th comment | 7 replies
On article DPReview TV: A look back at APS film (390 comments in total)

Regrettably, I traded in my 35mm and used an aps film camera for a while, and regretted it, with regret.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2018 at 18:07 UTC as 24th comment
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rickpappas: You have a vision for mirrorless that if vastly different than what I believe is taking place. To begin with, creating a technology that will sit side by side with DSLR's, in my mind is short sighted. I see mirrorless as replacing DSLR's. And, I see that happening quickly. A couple of other things: If Canon or Nikon do not make the EF and F-mounts compatible with their mirrorless offering, then brand-invested users become an open market for the competition. (I can see Sony licking their chops!) Lastly, you don't like telephoto lenses for mirrorless? Great, but I use the heck out of my telephoto lenses and when I migrate to mirrorless in the next couple of years I expect to have lenses to support my requirements.

There is nothing than a DSLR camera can do or do better than a mirrorless camera. In a short time the thump of moving mirrors will be one of those things that we speak of when talking about memories.

Optical Viewfinders. (EVF's suck.)

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 04:49 UTC
On article Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III (300 comments in total)
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Babka08: Not sure this has anything on an Olympus OM10-II with all its lens options, including pancake zooms, fast primes and ridiculously small ultra-wides and even telephotos. Or for that matter, a Sony a6300 with kit zoom and all its additional lens options (though micro 4/3rds kills Sony in terms of small lens options).

Get over what? I'm really happy over here.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 15:27 UTC
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Babka08: We all, slaves to Adobe. They own their category. I just wish they didn't have the WORST (x1,000) customer service on the planet. Cough up a little profit for some knowledgeable staff, there, Adobe. You're at the bottom of the trash bin in this regard.

There aren't alternatives when you work in design/communications and also need Illustrator and InDesign. Photoshop and Lightroom just seem to make sense when you're already subscribing to the creative suite. Great products. Horrible customer service. What are the alternatives for a full design suite that is compatible with the industry??

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 15:26 UTC
On article Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III (300 comments in total)

Not sure this has anything on an Olympus OM10-II with all its lens options, including pancake zooms, fast primes and ridiculously small ultra-wides and even telephotos. Or for that matter, a Sony a6300 with kit zoom and all its additional lens options (though micro 4/3rds kills Sony in terms of small lens options).

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 05:00 UTC as 78th comment | 3 replies

We all, slaves to Adobe. They own their category. I just wish they didn't have the WORST (x1,000) customer service on the planet. Cough up a little profit for some knowledgeable staff, there, Adobe. You're at the bottom of the trash bin in this regard.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 03:40 UTC as 71st comment | 6 replies
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (549 comments in total)

This is a stills SLR primarily, in a small size. Pentax owns this category, and they have the equally tiny lenses to go with. And here's the #1 issue under consideration that the reviewers gloss over: the viewfinder. Pentax committed to pentaprism finders a while back, and it makes all the difference on every shot. For those of us who have tried (good) EVF's and just can't stand them compared to a good optical finder, the little viewfinder in the SL models totally misses the mark. I'll just use my teeny tiny Olympus OMD10ii with its teeny tiny lenses and it's biggy wiggy EVF. Conversely if you're using an LCD, or you like EVF's (did I mention I don't?) why wouldn't you go mirrorless if you want a small camera? Not sure at all what is the why of the SL2. I like the idea...until I look through the tunnel to try and compose a photo.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 03:36 UTC as 52nd comment | 6 replies

It's success will be all about the lenses, how quickly they come out with a wide selection, and then whether they get into adapters like Sony. They can't overlook the success Sony have had with adapters. APSC doesn't make sense for Nikon because of the 1 Series. They'd kill that dead if they went APSC mirrorless.

But it's the approach to lenses that'll make it or break it. Too bad though, EVF's either way. Yuck. Don't like em.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 04:18 UTC as 112th comment

My first DSLR and it catapulted me back into photography. Found a bag full of top-shelf Minolta lenses on Craigslist right after, including the amazing 200mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2.8 macro. Still some of my best shots.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 02:20 UTC as 19th comment
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)

Looks like this should have been named Mark 2.1...
I guess 4K video if that's important to you, and I guess to keep up with Panasonic.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 05:29 UTC as 33rd comment
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M Chambers: So how is this better than just connecting the camera and phone via wifi?

If your camera doesn't have wifi. And I'm guessing this will be an instantaneous and non-finicky connection (which is what so many wifi connections are not).

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: I realize it's the end of summer but really, this is just filler. Both cameras have been tested and anyone considering spending $2000 on a 6D2 already knows the pros and cons of full frame. If you didn't know this, why would you even consider a 6D2?

Tons! The #1 consideration for me is the viewfinder. It frames and influences/determines every single shot. I've used apsc, full-frame, 4/3rds and now I'm back to full-frame mainly for this reason. And while I've tried, I just can't like an EVF; for me an OVF is it, and full-frame gives you the best view. #2 is the depth of focus control. I like to be able to throw things creatively out of focus. #3 is image quality, especially when printing large. I can't begin to compare a 4/3rds image to what I get from Canon or Nikon full-frame. Apsc is less of a difference but still lower quality. And the basic fast/prime lenses for DSLR are way better value than the high priced primes from Sony and Fuji. I bought my latest D600 used for under $1000 with a 50/1.8G attached. Got an 85/1.8 and a 24/2.8. Couldn't be happier for well under $2000. Full-frame is a lot more satisfying and worthwhile experience for my stills photography. My first paid outdoor portraiture shoot proved this again.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 21:19 UTC

The new range of Sigma lenses are so much nicer designed than previous and also than Tamron. Somebody high up in Sigma has really revolutionized that part of their business.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 04:35 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

iPhone 7?
(honestly, it's hard to bring along my Oly OMD 10ii + Pan 20/1.7ii when the phone is always in my pocket)

For a while I had a Canon 6D with 40/2.8 and Voigtlander 20/3.5 pancakes. Not your classic rangefinder, but pretty compact full-framer.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 23:58 UTC as 23rd comment

I've had apsc, then full-frame, then apsc, then full-frame, and now I have Olympus 4/3rds. I bought it for lenses like the Olympus 9-18 ultra-wide angle, which is the size of three Oreo cookies, and the Panasonic 35-100 telephoto, which is the size of three peanut butter flavoured Oreo cookies. The whole kit weighs less than a single full-frame zoom. And, the price of the body and the lenses is one third to one quarter that of a full-frame setup. Shopped for Sony lenses lately? What's not to like if you want a small kit for travel, hiking and taking lots of great pictures, and you understand the pros and cons of the sensor size? Lot's of reasons for 4/3rds. (Olympus, just fix your botched firmware and stop offending your valued customers with sugar coating.)

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 03:28 UTC as 6th comment
On article Which Sony RX100 is right for you? (855 comments in total)
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bzanchet: I still have the original RX100. I bought all the next generations up to the IV and returned them all. The original still has the best JPEG for low ISO, best DR, best colors (at Landscape mode) and the best skintone (portrait mode).

Good that you think the quality is so high. I have the original and have only thought of upgrading.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
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