pannumon

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On article Video: First look at the Panasonic G85/G80 (32 comments in total)
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garyknrd: That looks to be a very nice travel camera.

Especially for people who use cameras with USB-charging possibility (like GX80/85, not G80/85) it's a no-brainer to carry a USB-powerbank with you. It powers you phone for GPS and your camera. Even without USB-chargable camera, it makes a lot of sense. If it's not you, then someone else will want to charge their devices.

Omitting GPS is a nuisance, but not a problem, unless you make it a problem. Heck, you can buy an old smartphone with GPS for 30€/$. You don't need a sim card for it to work, although it does help. Additional phone will also act as an emergency device.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
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Al Valentino: In the future people that can afford two systems might go for m4/3 and MF as they compliment each other perfectly. Mirrorless MF reduces the bulk to make it more viable, but still a system for those with deep pockets .

You use Canon lenses on Micro Four Thirds bodies. It's just that most people don't want to. Just Google "Metabones T Speed Booster Ultra 0.71x EF to Micro Four Thirds". This adapter effectively changes Micro Four Thirds sensor to crop 1.4 for full frame lenses.

Anyway, this is off-topic. I agree that µ4/3 and Fuji MF would be a great combination.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:15 UTC
On article Video: First look at the Panasonic G85/G80 (32 comments in total)
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garyknrd: That looks to be a very nice travel camera.

Personally, if I need GPS I just use Panasonic Image app on my smartphone and make it log the GPS data. Then I can send the data to the camera using WiFi. The camera then adds the coordinates to the photos. Adding the data to the photos is a slow process, but it works.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
On article Video: First look at the Panasonic G85/G80 (32 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: What I don't like about Panasonic cameras is the Preview mode. In Preview mode there is always a text like "Shtr speed effect added" which hides an area of the field of view. Very annoying und ugly. And you have to assign a button to Preview mode in A, S or P mode. For example Sony cameras don't need an extra Preview button in A mode as far as I know.
And it's a bummer that Panasonic is not able to implement a minimum shutter speed option.

Just to make sure, Panasonic cameras are always in preview mode, except that normally the aperture and shutter speed are not shown.

How does it work with Sony cameras, then? Aperture preview is enabled from the menu and it is always on, until you set the menu item off?

I practically never use Aperture/shutter speed preview on my Panasonics, and I have never thought that guide text is annoying. I see your point, though.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 13:23 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (173 comments in total)
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dpfan32: A price increase compared to the G7 is ridiculous.... cameras keep getting more and more expensive!
And than they are crying about everybody using cameraphones instead. This camera should be priced the same as the predecessor.
Technical improvements over time should not meat higher and higher prices.

G80/G85 with kit lens is about 100$/€/£ more expensive than that was the release price of G7 with kit lens (a bit over a year ago). G80/85 features a new weather resistant 5x zoom (12-60mm) lens instead of the older 3x zoom (14-42mm). I would say that the pricing is in line with G7.

Body-only price is higher, though. However G80/85 it is a substantial upgrade, giving you the latest dual IS system, weather resistance, the new electromagnetic shutter and some smaller improvements. G7 is only a year-and-a-half older camera model.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:58 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (173 comments in total)
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yellodog: The posted samples look awful. Could be down to poor kit lens and bad NR but still.

I agree, the images do look pretty look soft. The lens (originally not released as a kit lens) has got pretty good reviews, except that in the long end it has been only mediocre in terms of IQ. I just wonder what is the cause of this.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:45 UTC
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memo90061: G85 body only is 697 at BHphoto. Mistake?

GX85 is $697.99, G85 is $897.99. The naming convention of Panasonic can be quite confusing and they change it from time to time.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:42 UTC
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otto k: Some thoughts on the matter...

Why is all this important? It's not like I'm video pro.
Sure, but cameras are increasingly used to do both. Just because you don't value it today does not mean you will not value it in future.

But I just want stills.
Ok, but one of the fortes of this camera is ability to shoot 4k video and extract frames as ~9MP jpegs. RS will ruin panning following the action, etc.

Smaller part of sensor (larger crop) equals shorter RS?
No rules, depends on the camera, some have longer RS time when using smaller part of the sensor, some have equal. Some (NX1) have long RS in 4k (29ms) but very short in 1080p (6ms) both reading full sensor.

How to measure it?
Many approaches exist, easiest would probably be to create a treadmill like device with vertical lines. You know the time between two frames so you can calculate the RS time as well.

So this is important?
No. Family/health is important, this is a nice thing to have in a camera.

Just my two cents.

If you skip lines, the readout is faster for obvious reasons. Does NX1 bin the pixels in 1080p capture, or simply skip the lines? It maybe that 5D mk IV actually bins the pixels (unlike 5D mk III, correct if I am wrong). Anyway, it's possible to bin the pixels and have rolling shutter in control, just look at Panasonic GH4.

5D mk IV is probably the first in the 5D-line that can actually provide sharp 1080p. That + AF is an improvement already. Canon does not need do better, because indie movie makers are going to buy tons of their cameras anyway (a bit of sarcasm here, but also realism).

By the way, did not see anyone mentioning upcoming GH5 yet. It may just be a refined version of GH4, but that would probably mean that things like rolling shutter would be even better controlled. Soon we will know.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 19:52 UTC
On article Getting up close: Canon EF-M 28mm macro hands-on review (103 comments in total)

Lead: "Thanks to built-in LEDs and very close focusing abilities, Canon's 28mm F3.5 for EOS M offers a great place to start learning more about shooting macro."

This really promotes the idea that (Canon) mirroless is for the beginners, and real photographers use real cameras. This matches my idea of what is the target group of EOS M system. It also tells a lot about the (general?) attitude regarding mirrorless systems.

I am writing this simply because I find it interesting.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 23:15 UTC as 29th comment | 6 replies
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Alan WF: Pass a loop in the camera strap through the bag handle and then pass the camera through loop in the camera strap. The camera is now attached to the bag handle with a cow hitch. It doesn't cost $26, but perhaps is not as satisfying as a yet another new toy.

"Sad" but true.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
On article Sony delays 70-200mm GM lens until September (66 comments in total)
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Ilia Snopchenko: The white hood still looks nifty.

All right, my bad! :)

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 19:29 UTC
On article Sony delays 70-200mm GM lens until September (66 comments in total)
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Ilia Snopchenko: The white hood still looks nifty.

If you think your peers wouldn't accept the hood, simply don't use it!

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 23:38 UTC
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villagranvicent: What's the point of a 12mm 1.4 lens? You are getting basically infinite DoF with it regardless of aperture. In bright sunlight you need to close it down a few stops anyway.

I´ll save my money for the new Hasselblad anyway.

@villagranvicent: Sunny 16 rule of thumb gives 1/100s shutter speed at f/16 at ISO 100 in bright sunlight. There is 7 stops difference between f/16 and f/1.4. By shooting 7 stops larger aperture and keeping the exposure the same, changes the shutter speed to 1/12800. I think practically all recent µ4/3 cameras can do 1/16000s by using electronic shutter. However, the lowest(/base) ISO on most µ4/3 cameras is 200. Based on sunny 16, you need to use extended ISO 125. In some cases you would have to use extended ISO 100, and that's when you hit the limit. However, especially if shooting raw, there should be enough headroom to recover the highlights. Also, underexposing is no problem in PP.

In conclusion, by using electronic shutter and extended ISO, shooting at f/1.4 with recent µ4/3 cameras should not be a problem, even at bright sunlight.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 15:44 UTC

At this price point you expect customer care. Delivered, excellent!

Link | Posted on May 22, 2016 at 00:55 UTC as 8th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)
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pannumon: Are "pro-level features like a wide-coverage 51-point AF system with -3 EV low light capability for all points" mentioned in the conclusions really benefits for D7200 compared let's say against GX8 or other mirrorless? In this price range and within these cameras, this kind of functionality seems like the standard. Am I missing something?

Yes, this kind of functionality is remarkable for a DSLR. Just as the AF performance (including C-AF) is remarkable e.g. on GX8 and EM-5 II, considering that they are mirrorless.

"We recommend Camera X, because it is (almost) as good as the others in terms of low light focusing / focus points coverage / continuous auto-focus / whatever". I don't get it, especially not in a roundup like this. I try be constructive, but I guess I already failed.

I was prepared for war, but your arguments made me armless.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 23:46 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)
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pannumon: Are "pro-level features like a wide-coverage 51-point AF system with -3 EV low light capability for all points" mentioned in the conclusions really benefits for D7200 compared let's say against GX8 or other mirrorless? In this price range and within these cameras, this kind of functionality seems like the standard. Am I missing something?

Yes, this kind of functionality is remarkable for a DSLR. Just as the AF performance (including C-AF) is remarkable e.g. on GX8 and EM-5 II, considering that they are mirrorless.

"We recommend Camera X, because it is (almost) as good as the others in terms of low light focusing / focus points coverage / continuous auto-focus / whatever". I don't get it, especially not in a roundup like this. I try be constructive, but I guess I already failed.

Well it seems that Nikon DSLR's nowadays have features that have been in mirrorless cameras for many years, like Face detection, AF covering the whole frame, fast touch focus etc...

Anyway, these things are not benefits for Nikon DSLR's over mirrorless cameras. Of course, if these things are seamlessly integrated into the GREAT AF-C Nikon is known for, that's another story. But this was not the message I read.

Maybe it's just me, but i feel hilarious every time Canicon announces more cross-type focus points that cover more area and more RGB arrays for measuring exposure more reliably and more coverage for VF. These issues are totally eliminated in mirrorless cameras and for years I have been told that these are not issues in DSLR's. Someone has been fooling someone, and probably still is. BTW, my finger does not point at DPreview.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 16:48 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)

Are "pro-level features like a wide-coverage 51-point AF system with -3 EV low light capability for all points" mentioned in the conclusions really benefits for D7200 compared let's say against GX8 or other mirrorless? In this price range and within these cameras, this kind of functionality seems like the standard. Am I missing something?

Yes, this kind of functionality is remarkable for a DSLR. Just as the AF performance (including C-AF) is remarkable e.g. on GX8 and EM-5 II, considering that they are mirrorless.

"We recommend Camera X, because it is (almost) as good as the others in terms of low light focusing / focus points coverage / continuous auto-focus / whatever". I don't get it, especially not in a roundup like this. I try be constructive, but I guess I already failed.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 13:02 UTC as 46th comment | 5 replies
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)

Great photos! A notice: in Lapland the days in winter are extremely short and in summer extremely long. This means that sun angle is low, and you get the golden hour for like half of the day (assuming that it is not cloudy, as it often is).

Autumn is great time for photography in Lapland, as you get separate autumn colors for the trees (not spruces though) and the ground vegetation.

Summer is a great time for shooting mosquitoes, you get them in every single photo whether you want or not (but there are less mosquitoes at the hills).

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 23:41 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

Nikon does not want their high-end models to be worse in any aspect than entry-level mirrorless cameras. They have been catching up, and they are practically there! But well, you need to pay a high premium for these features on a DSLR.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 01:49 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
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Clint Dunn: This is one of the reasons I gave up on my Canon DSLR's...inconsistent AF. Mirrorless is the true solution here, everything else in DSLR land is a band-aid.

Not a way faster, not faster, about as fast, but better continuous focusing. At least on the price point of mirrorless (body-only <1500$/€/£). OTOH, DSLR's practicallly have no AF in video, no usable face detection, cannot choose the focus point ANYWHERE on the frame + freely adjust the size. OTOH x 2, 80D and so others can do this almost perfectly.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 01:46 UTC
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