Pangloss

Pangloss

Lives in Spain Barcelona, Spain
Works as a IT Consultant
Joined on Aug 25, 2009
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Learn more about digital photography techniques.
Try different digital cameras with different lenses until I find a system that suits me.
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On article Mirrorless camera buying guide (172 comments in total)

Richard, there are now six E-mount lenses for Sony NEX cameras:
1) 18-55mm kit zoom.
2) 16mm pancake (and two converters, wide angle and fisheye).
3) 18-200mm zoom.
4) 30mm macro.
5) 55-210mm zoom.
6) Tamron 18-200mm zoom.

With two more due RSN: the Zeiss 24mm and a 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:47 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (271 comments in total)
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wetsleet: "but the P7100's glacial raw write times and laggy menu system could be genuine show-stoppers."

should that be 'P7000'?

Yes, that seems to be a small typo that escaped editing.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 00:00 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (271 comments in total)

Neat writeup and I agree 100% that this segment is particularly competitive. There certainly are enough different cameras to suit different tastes and styles of photography at different price points. Good for us, consumers.
BTW I bought an LX3 more than 2 years ago and still enjoy using it, particularly for the bright, 24mm wide end of its Leica branded zoom. Panasonic is rumoured to be working on the LX5 successor to be released in 2012 and at the time I will look again at what the competition offers.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 23:58 UTC as 94th comment
On Challenge:5911 (42 comments in total)

Difficult choices here... these are all fabulous shots. Very humbling!

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 19:55 UTC as 27th comment
On Article:9883266383 (5 comments in total)

I don't think this qualifies as an article...

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 16:17 UTC as 3rd comment
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G Davidson: People can see this in terms of marketing strategy, but I've thought for a while now that M 4/3 needs a wider-ranging kit lens for people who either don't want to change lenses or mount a huge 14-150mm. It's too bad about the f/6.3, I just wonder how well AF will work if you stop down from there at all. I see this as brig something like Nikon's 18-105mm, though a little wider and darker.

and tougher... and lighter... and cheaper... and it doubles as a macro lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 15:45 UTC

Despite what some people wrote below - all without even seeing what this lens is capable of - I believe this is a very interesting zoom lens, and combined with an equally weather sealed m4/3 body with IBIS, would constitute a serious walkaround camera.
So personally, I see its place in the m4/3 ecosystem, together with some other brilliant primes that are already available.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:06 UTC as 67th comment

According to Sony Japan, the NEX-7 release is now planned for January 27, 2012:
http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/info2/20111208_2.html

Perhaps a few pre-release units will be made available in the US before that, but I would expect quantities to be almost insignificant.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 12:31 UTC as 9th comment
On article First Impressions: Using the Canon PowerShot S100 (182 comments in total)

The fruits shot is very impressive in terms of resolution/exposure/white balance (yes, I pixel-peeped).
Looks like a very good compact camera, if Canon can solve the QC issues with the lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 23:05 UTC as 72nd comment
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Valentinian: upsetting.
everytime I see a new camera , and say, yes, this is the camera I am going to buy (just wait a few weeks to be sure), then suddenly awful problems with the camera are revealed: lataly it was the Fuji X100, then the Sony SLT-A77 ( great camera, but...it is very noisy). and now this beautiful Fuji X10 has a rotten inside.
So I have two questions:
1) what's going on with manufacturers lately?
2) why Dp review didn't reveal this flaw when doing a PREVIEW and posting pictures samples? none of the pictures then published showed this flaw; why?

brkl is correct: I counted at least 7 white "blobs" on the DPreview sample he indicated. So, Simon, at least *one* of your sample images is clearly showing the problem. Perhaps you didn't look carefully enough?

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 21:43 UTC
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cprevost: Dang! Fuji just said they are aware of the problem and will release a fix in short order. Wonder why so many people want to hang them for that? Look at the first 5 news stories for the day on this website and you will see that they are ALL camera manufacturers issuing firmware fixes to correct stuff that doesn't work right in their cameras. Chillax and see what Fuji does to fix the problem. Can't wait for my x10 to arrive next week.

Fuji is NOT going to fix this issue: how can a firmware update resolve what is basically a sensor hardware issue i.e. blooming? We are talking excess electrons leaking to neighboring regions on the sensor.
Apart from the fact that the sensor needs a redesign, something that could take months, users who have already purchased the X10 should be told the truth: the camera has a design fault and the only solution is to return it for a sensor exchange - if and when a new sensor becomes available someday. Right now there is nothing that can be done.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 21:35 UTC
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ingo lang: From the article: "Here we compare the rendering of specular highlights between the FujiFilm X10 (left) and the Olympus XZ-1, which has a slightly smaller CMOS sensor."

The Olympus XZ-1 has a CCD, like most of the 10MP premium compact cameras - not a CMOS!

rgds

That is correct, the Ricoh GRDIII/IV, the Canon G12, the Panasonic LX5, and the Nikon 7000/7100 all use a 10MP CCD sensor. The Canon S100 on the other hand uses a new 1/1.7" 12MP CMOS sensor developed by Canon.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:29 UTC

There are many issues at this moment with Olympus:
1) Nobody knows how much the company is worth, since its accounting has been compromised over the last 20 years(!).
2) Investors have lost confidence and employee morale is probably pretty low.
3) Mr. Woodford should quickly be reinstated as CEO and President and be allowed to form a new management team.
4) The company *urgently* needs to complete its financial accounts review in time to submit to the Tokyo Stock Exchange to avoid delisting (by Dec. 14).
The 92-year old company is in E.R. at this stage and unless they act very fast, it could disappear in the short term.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2011 at 20:32 UTC as 20th comment | 8 replies
On article Ricoh GR Digital IV Preview Samples (33 comments in total)

The in-camera JPEG engine seems to do a wonderful job "cleaning up" the noise without any noticeable loss of detail.
And the high-quality lens really helps the camera achieve excellent results, despite the small, aging 1/1.7" CCD sensor.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2011 at 22:45 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Ricoh to make 16MP APS-C GXR zoom module (136 comments in total)

As noted in the DC Watch article, this is just a GXR module map and NOT a roadmap per se (no time scale).
It's also a particularly *contrived* way for Ricoh to re-pre-announce the GXR "kit zoom" APS-C module, which was previously pre-announced in... September 2010!
The kit zoom module itself is just an ordinary (not collapsible) 24-85mm equiv. zoom lens with f/3.5-f/5.5 aperture, and the reason it will use a Sony 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor is simply because Ricoh only uses Sony sensors, and Sony will soon cease (or has already ceased) manufacturing 12MP APS-C CMOS sensors.
Another unknown at this point in time is the retail price of such a module. If it is launched at a $700 price point (as most other GXR APS-C modules were until now) then it will compete head-on with Sony's NEX-5N, which costs $700 including the 18-55mm f/3.5-f/5.6 (27-83mm equiv.) E-mount "kit zoom".

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2011 at 12:28 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Variation Facts and Fallacies (227 comments in total)

Thanks Roger for another great article, summarizing your accumulated experience on the subject. I like your conclusion too!

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2011 at 20:05 UTC as 127th comment
On article Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database (220 comments in total)

In terms of IQ and according to these samples, the V1 is quite similar to my 3 year old LX3 at 200 ISO.
It has a strange, unusual feature set, so I wonder how exactly Nikon is positioning this product. If they intended it for the "mass market", why is it priced so high? Conversely, if they aimed it at the "enthusiast" segment, aren't they concerned with the comparatively worse IQ?
On-sensor phase detect AF, electronic shutter and high framerates are very interesting technological developments, but they make this system a kind of a niche product. So does the price.
Puzzling!

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2011 at 11:04 UTC as 74th comment
On article Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database (220 comments in total)

In terms of IQ and according to these samples, the V1 is quite similar to my 3 year old LX3 at 200 ISO.
It has a strange, unusual feature set, so I wonder how exactly Nikon is positioning this product. If they intended it for the "mass market", why is it priced so high? Conversely, if they aimed it at the "enthusiast" segment, aren't they concerned with the comparatively worse IQ?
On-sensor phase detect AF, electronic shutter and high framerates are very interesting technological developments, but they make this system a kind of a niche product. So does the price.
Puzzling!

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2011 at 11:03 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply

I read Roger Cicala's blog posts regularly. They are always well-written, informative and entertaining.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2011 at 01:12 UTC as 26th comment

I didn't think the earlier samples shot with the NEX-7 were particularly impressive in terms of optical performance (I thought the motocyclist portraits in particular were not exceptionally sharp), and the new samples shot with the NEX-5N are imo equally unimpressive.
There are many shots posted in the NEX forum with the NEX-5N and legacy glass that made me go: "Wow, that's sharp!" but none of these DPR preview samples generated the same reaction.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 02:04 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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