Lawrencew

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TwoMetreBill: They have to stop building cameras that their customers need to fight with on a regular basis. I finally gave up on a GH2, a pair of GH3s, the associated lenses and a FZ2500; all purchased new. For example, change what information is displayed on the EVF and the AF settings go crazy. The menu system is just plain nuts and gets worse with each succeeding body. Only a masochist could enjoy working with these cameras. Olympus does much better though with no shortage of problems and a company that is fast headed toward extinction.

Unfortunately, none of the camera UIs come anywhere close to the way the latest smartphone cameras and associated apps work. And no manufacturer seems to even trying to close the gap.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:33 UTC
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Lawrencew: The UK has also implemented the same ban today.

It also imposed the ban on all UK carriers flying from those airports. So goes further than the US.

Didn't take long for this to decend into Trump and Brexit are to blame for everything

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
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peter2013: This is nuts. How is the laptop any safer in the cargo hold? Bombs in cargo holds have brought down airliners before. What’s to stop a would-be terrorist from carrying his laptop on a flight from some other airport, like Logan or Heathrow? And who in their right mind would put expensive laptops and DSLRs in checked luggage? They grow legs there.

Seriously, Donald Trump must have a little timer on his desk that goes off after lunch. And he says, "Gosh, would you look at the time? It’s almost 2 o’clock and I haven’t done anything yet completely bat**** crazy today! Quick, where’s my Executive Order memo pad…?"

Because the UK has imposed an even stricter ban, even on their own carriers. So those flights to Heathrow wont be any different to US-bound flights.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
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JeremiahL: Wow, if Trump keeps this up, there won't be any point to these bans because nobody will want to come here.

The UK ban is nothing to do with Trump, and goes even further than the US ban.

But don't let that stand in the way of anti-trump sentiment...

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 18:33 UTC

The UK has also implemented the same ban today.

It also imposed the ban on all UK carriers flying from those airports. So goes further than the US.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 18:31 UTC as 72nd comment | 3 replies
On photo Water drop in the water drop challenge (24 comments in total)

Brilliant! What exactly is the technique here? Is it taken in the dark or a darkened room? Then just one well timed flash whilst in bulb?

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 12:08 UTC as 11th comment
On article Leica SL Review (1092 comments in total)

If nothing else, hopefully this will help drive the competition to fit super large-sized EVFs.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 16:55 UTC as 167th comment
On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (669 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Really how many shoot 4k video even if the camera have it
anything not 10-30 second short clip and one get huge file size

even if shoot 4k, What I know is most use software to downsample to 1080p to save space
Of course downsample 1080p from 4k is better than native 1080p

Also most computer monitor are not 4k , 4k TV is common now but how to watch 4k video on 4k TV is a challenge
Anyone know how?

computers that easily handle 4K are the same cost as APS-C 4K cameras.

Even my top of the range laptop with 4k touch screen, 1TB SSD and proper video card didn't cost that much more than my M5 kit.

Even my cheap Adobe Premier elements breezes through 4k editing and downscaling

I can do 4k editing much faster than I could do full HD editing just a few years ago.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 16:57 UTC
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (177 comments in total)

what if you put a water droplet in each straw?

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 16:35 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)

None of the comparison links on the Image quality page seem to work for me.
In the top left where the A99 II should be it says "Please Select a Camera".
But there is no A99 II in the drop down list

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 11:40 UTC as 314th comment | 4 replies
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Lawrencew: Like the idea of the Beacon. Thinking outside the box as to what a camera bag should look like.
However, it appear the design is such that the camera cannot be put in the bag with anything other than a small lens attached

But as a concept, it is interesting.
Be interesting to see if other bag makers pick up on it and improve it

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 10:51 UTC

Like the idea of the Beacon. Thinking outside the box as to what a camera bag should look like.
However, it appear the design is such that the camera cannot be put in the bag with anything other than a small lens attached

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 08:09 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1640 comments in total)
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lol101: This M5 is a camera probably priced too high for what it is... I kept repeating this to myself but somehow pushed the "Buy" button anyway...

Does Canon put something in the tap water ?

I am very happy with the camera, the 11-22 is practically bolted to it, only briefly supplanted by the 22mm or the occasional EF 35 or 50...

And by the way I am left eyed and have no problem operating the camera FWIW.

I wish it was a minature version of the 80D, but there are quite a few missing features which are a bit inexplicable. Subtle things like no built-in Intervalometer, no AEB beyond 3 frames, no built-in wireless flash transmitter, no weather sealing of any sort at all. I could go on.

It's a nice little camera - I have one - but as ever I just have this disappointing feeling that Canon artificially constrain one camera so it doesn't encroach on anothers. In the UK it is even much more expensive than the 80D, so that disappoints even further that Canon would limit the feature set this way.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 11:38 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1640 comments in total)

There's only one real reason to buy the M5 - Canon's lens line up.
If you want the 'best' MILC period, or the 'best' VMF MILC, or want the richest feature set, then there are plenty of better choices.
But ultimately, none of them offer the vast range and often excellent VFM lenses that Canon and 3rd parties make. Whilst the M5 body might appear expensive, the price of an M5 system with a small set of excellent lenses (both EF-M and EF) is often better value than Sony, M43, Fuji.

And now, finally, with the M5 these lenses perform just as well on a MILC as they do on any Canon DSLR.
Moreover, any MAF issues are banished in a stroke. Focusing is both very accurate and reliable. More so than any Rebel or xxD.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 08:57 UTC as 118th comment | 2 replies
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1640 comments in total)
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Jorginho: Now if I remember correctly a downside of the GX80 was....no weathersealing. This cam is MUCH more expensive, but apparantly it not being weathersealed is not a problem...

@davev what market is it aimed at then? What market is there for cameras that are more expensive than the 80D, but lack basic features of it?
What market is buying >$1000 cameras but doesn't care about things like having some measure of moderate weathersealing?
This isn't a matter of the M5 not having full weather sealing like say an Olympus, but having none.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 08:46 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 added to studio scene comparison tool (87 comments in total)
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Phily: Well, judging from this tool, the difference between the M5 and the M3 is not night and day

I think if you look at the higher ISO RAW you can see a visible difference in the colour noise

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=canon_eosm5&attr13_1=canon_eosm3&attr13_2=sony_a6300&attr13_3=canon_eos80d&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=3200&attr16_1=3200&attr16_2=3200&attr16_3=3200&attr171_2=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.05345622119815669&y=0.32623626373626385

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 09:19 UTC

Not outside the US though... still "coming soon", despite being advertised as being available on "October 23rd", until October 23rd actually arrived.
I wouldn't trust a single date GoPro put out.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 23:37 UTC as 12th comment
On article Slik Lite tripods feature built-in LED lights (46 comments in total)
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James Pilcher: I've always wanted my tripods to shine. I cannot think of anything better to find under the Christmas tree, if it doesn't get lost among the tree lights.

Good grief. The next thing you know they will be putting video in still cameras.

Hang some baubles on it, and it could be your Christmas tree!

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 08:04 UTC
On article Slik Lite tripods feature built-in LED lights (46 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: U.K. Prices seem excessive compared to US (even accounting for currency and tax)

$104.94 / 1.26 = £83.29
+ 3.7% import duty = £86.37
+ 20% VAT = £103.65

So £142.99 is quite a hike...

However, the UK street price may be much less of course.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 22:05 UTC
On article Slik Lite tripods feature built-in LED lights (46 comments in total)

U.K. Prices seem excessive compared to US (even accounting for currency and tax)

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 20:10 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
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