mferencz

Lives in United States cleveland, OH, United States
Joined on Nov 11, 2004

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mcshan: Everything is fine with Panasonic's camera division. I think I will head to my local Service Merchandise, Montgomery Wards, Circuit City or CompUSA to pick up a new Panny to get great shots of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus when it comes to town. Everything is fine.

Tell that to Sears, Kmart, Malls across the USA. People do not shop in stores. They do, but no where near the way they used to.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 15:21 UTC
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danieljcox: Just another example of misinformation that could qualify as Fake News. Happy the Panasonic brass understood the need to clarify. It's full steam ahead with the introduction of the GH5 which I'll have in my hands tomorrow. Until then you can see check out my friend and colleague Mark Toal with a pre GH5 launch at Paul's Camera in California here https://www.facebook.com/markcomon/videos/10158460909290596/

Somewhere CNN is cowering. Fake News

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 13:08 UTC
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mcshan: Everything is fine with Panasonic's camera division. I think I will head to my local Service Merchandise, Montgomery Wards, Circuit City or CompUSA to pick up a new Panny to get great shots of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus when it comes to town. Everything is fine.

Do people really buy camera equipment in stores? Is it 1997?

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
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mario GTI: Cellphones kill camera industry, there is no doubt about it. Pretty soon only pros and enthusiasts will be using dedicated cameras, I'm pretty sure that the Olympus will be next.

That ship has sailed. You always got a phone on you. Just better camera phones.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:14 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Although a bit depressing - yet realistic, I would be concerned that Panasonic does a "Samsung" way of exiting the business. As you can recall, Samsung released two wonderful cameras - the NX1 and NX500 - both of which were state of the art. But shortly thereafter, they elected (without fanfare or formal announcement) to exit the market, leaving many of us NX users shocked.

So having been stung once, seeing this news by Panasonic is worrisome at best. Sure, they just released their GH5 and a few other lesser models, but as I mentioned above, that didn't stop Samsung from just departing the market..

Well gang, it's time to now buy up all of the Panny gear that you may have held off getting as you wait for prices to come down. Too long a wait could find you in the same boat as many Samsung users who were doing the same thing.

Or they are just scaling back like they said. Panasonic has a lot more invested than the upstart Samsung ever did.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 20:27 UTC
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creepy.sol: i wonder how this news would sounds if samsung still made cameras. it's hard to hear that panny is simply scaling back, because it they were going to shutdown production it's not like they'd simply announce it. so it's hard really believe this isn't cause for concern. but i really hope it isn't. i love m43!

Or they could be scaling back. Kinda makes sense for a company that has released more cameras and variations than anybody.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 19:45 UTC

Distortion is controlled I guess, but photos look odd to me. I can't think of a reason I'd want this lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 22:04 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with Sigma's newest lenses (198 comments in total)

That thing is HUUUUUGE. Jeezus, seriously, it better bring the Andromeda galaxy in up close.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 19:21 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)

Sony eating the remains of Nikon and Canon. Give it another couple years. Personally, I'm not a fan of Sony, but they are the future king.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 19:49 UTC as 281st comment | 7 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1155 comments in total)
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Vegetable Police: That sweet slow motion ;) It's pretty much the perfect video camera. Even with it's tiny micro sensor built by ants, it's intriguing.

Ants can lift 5000 times their body weight. I bet when your carrying your your lens made by Elephants that type of strength might come in handy.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 22:24 UTC
On article Got Reach? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 sample gallery (101 comments in total)
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TwoMetreBill: Where is the M43 version?

It's in my bag. It's half the size and half the weight and I can shoot 800 hand held sharp. Fully extended, this Howitzer provides similar light, but more pixels, if you need them, but I prefer to have something in my hands and ready to shoot.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 13:53 UTC
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straylightrun: The images are so overexposed it looks like a micro four thirds camera shot this with limited dynamic range.

Stray is blind or uses a monitor from 2006. M43 dynamic range is surprisingly good, but your eyes are shot so you wouldn't know.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 18:52 UTC
On article Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom (172 comments in total)
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mferencz: Fuji makes great stuff, but i'm thinking they need to differentiate themselves a little more from Nikon and Canon. Big heavy lenses are the bread of butter of the big two. A slightly more sensitive sensor is not enough in my book. They should compete with M43 not with FF and APSC. Find a niche and preferably not in the wheelhouse of the bully on the block. Otherwise damn yourself to getting the scraps.

Oh I forgot about the huge market share and profits Fuji has developed with it's mirrorless cameras. It's substantially less than M43 let alone Canon or Nikon. Lets create a camera that nullifies half the advantages mirroless provides and make lenses the size of FF telephoto zooms. Being a 'cult' camera only works if the masses see it as such, if they see it as more of the same, it's an extinct camera line and you sir sound as if your a camera paleontoligst

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 16:43 UTC
On article Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom (172 comments in total)

Fuji makes great stuff, but i'm thinking they need to differentiate themselves a little more from Nikon and Canon. Big heavy lenses are the bread of butter of the big two. A slightly more sensitive sensor is not enough in my book. They should compete with M43 not with FF and APSC. Find a niche and preferably not in the wheelhouse of the bully on the block. Otherwise damn yourself to getting the scraps.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 15:57 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D (272 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The Canon SL1/100D is 10% narrower, 3% shorter, and weights 18% less than the Olympus E-M1.

How about the huge electronic viewfinder with crisp clear images and great refresh rate vs the tiny finder in the mini Canon.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 18:38 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D (272 comments in total)

Can't help but think of a giant hat on a tiny man every time I put something other than a pancake on it. The mount is too big but the idea is great.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 11:57 UTC as 55th comment
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Hubertus Bigend: Fuji seems to do everything right, as of now. The whole X sytem makes the impression of a completely different (higher) level of perfection than the other mirrorless systems, better thought-out and much more consistent. Why do Olympus or Sony fail to design such lenses? They have nothing comparable, and what they have sometimes is still even more expensive.

On the other hand, the X system bodies do feel slightly plasticky in hand, and while the X system lenses look nice and solid, their internal mechanical parts are completely made of plastic (i've seen several cut-in-half lenses on display), so we don't know yet whether the stuff will be as durable as it looks.

Shigzeo? that has to be the most absurd thing i've read in a while 'unless X is gonna stay around for 30 years, it's a bit of a leap of faith in order to invest'. Put it this way, if your around in 30 years you are NOT going to be using what your using now. Unless you have some fascination with using relics or giant lenses from the past. That I know for sure. What I don't know is if Fuji or M43 or FF is going to be around in the next 10 years, and if so how.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 10:50 UTC
On article Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples (255 comments in total)
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steven_k: I purchased 2 of them hoping the first one I got was a dud, but it wasn't.
I shot the lens at F4 optimal setting for this lens at infinity focus for landscapes on my OMD and I can tell you hands down this is not a good lens for landscapes.
No where near as good as the 12, 25, 45 or 75mm lenses.
My opinion is that this lens is probably a good street shooter lens.
Not what I has hoping for.
I guess the problem is at the end of the day it is a 17mm lens, and to make a tack sharp 17mm lens for 500.00 is probably almost impossible.
Though the Oly 12 which is by far not perfect, I feel does perform better over all yet again a 700.00 lens.

Oh we'll.

Marik6 do you work for Fuji? Seriously... The topic is of no importance. Work in a little Fuji her a little Fuji there all with the utmost endearment.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 16:01 UTC
On article Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples (255 comments in total)
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itsastickup: Another bokeh-less fast lens for m4/3.

And paying a lot of money for it too.

No bokeh no buy.

Why would you want lots of Bokeh in Contextual Portraits???? I am of the opinion having the backround in focus is traditional in terms of this discipline. If you blur the backround there is no context? This lens is perfect for what you do.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 13:40 UTC
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