pannumon

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On a photo in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2017 sample gallery (2 comments in total)

An injured crab. I hope the photographer did not step on it before the shot was taken.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 23:37 UTC as 1st comment
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for video (140 comments in total)
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osv: "The GH5 excels when it comes to video"

how can panasonic "excel" when there aren't any video-centric zoom lenses for it?

like the canon cn-e 18-80, that also works on sony: https://www.cinema5d.com/canon-18-80mm-review-test-compact-servo-lens/

or the sony pz 18-110 and pz 28-135... or the fuji e-mount fk series manual focus video zooms, that don't come in m4/3 mount... in fact, here is a list of 57 e-mount video lenses: http://briansmith.com/ultimate-guide-to-sony-e-mount-video-and-cine-lenses/

here is a good explanation of the features that are needed in a video lens, and why it matters: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/video/tips-and-solutions/how-use-cinema-zoom-lenses

Just to mention, there are three native power zoom lenses for µ4/3. Panasonic lenses are not perfectly parfocal, but according to my tests, they are close. Also in practice all native µ4/3 have silent focus motors. Specially video-centric lenses for µ4/3 include Panasonic 14-140mm mk I (with stepless aperture control) and Olympus 12-50mm electronic zoom. Of course the 5k$/€ - 20k$/€ lenses are in a different class, but they are also over 10 times more expensive.

Panasonic has had decent video AF for most purposes for 8 years now. Meanwhile, the terrible video AF was never an issue for Canon 5D lovers. Now that Canon's can finally shoot OK 1080p, video AF has become the most important reason to get a Canon. Well, at least brand loyalty is high with Canon shooters.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 17:35 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for video (140 comments in total)
In reply to:

osv: "The GH5 excels when it comes to video"

how can panasonic "excel" when there aren't any video-centric zoom lenses for it?

like the canon cn-e 18-80, that also works on sony: https://www.cinema5d.com/canon-18-80mm-review-test-compact-servo-lens/

or the sony pz 18-110 and pz 28-135... or the fuji e-mount fk series manual focus video zooms, that don't come in m4/3 mount... in fact, here is a list of 57 e-mount video lenses: http://briansmith.com/ultimate-guide-to-sony-e-mount-video-and-cine-lenses/

here is a good explanation of the features that are needed in a video lens, and why it matters: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/video/tips-and-solutions/how-use-cinema-zoom-lenses

GH5 is basically a consumer camera, although it has many professional features and is used by many professionals.

Video zooms are not cheap. 2k$/€ for a camera body and 10k-30k for two zoom lenses is not a balanced setup. Why not get a professional video camera if the budget for gear anyway is tens of thousands of $/€?

That being said, many lenses can be adapted to GH5.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 18:21 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1000 (118 comments in total)

I like the approach, but the conclusive "we like" / "we don't like" should be thought better. G85 con (we don't like) is that articulating screen can block the microphone port. But then there are cameras in the same category like E-M10 mk III that does not even have an microphone port (and is still marketed as 4k camera)! Be fair and either 1) mention that you like that there is a microphone port on G85 (and that you don't like it where it is), or 2) mention that you don't like when a camera has no microphone port at all. Alternatively mention that those cameras are not so good (compared to the alternatives) for video in the first place.

This was just an example. Buyers are not interested in specific details, but overall assessment.

And seriously, how can someone write that the IQ of 16Mp 4/3 sensor is what you like, when the alternatives have 24Mp APS-C sensors? Smaller sensor have benefits (like smaller lenses and faster readout), but IQ is not one of them (although it's good).

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 21:14 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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Greg VdB: Finally, use-case based buying guides... thank you DPR!!

(I'm sure there'll be nearly as much discussion as before, or more, but in my opinion this is a big step forward)

I like this approach a. It can be problematic when certain products are simplified to be good only in one category (such as GH5), but the "best cameras for any budget" resolves this problems. These two buying guides complement each other very nicely.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 20:57 UTC
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Jefftan: I have 16MP GM1 and I have 24MP A6500
I am not blind and can see the difference even on 1080p TV

Those saying 16MP is "enough" is like saying
minimum wage is enough for living
so anyone want to earn "enough" minimum wage

I bet many 5 years old 16MP MFT still working perfectly
just use them and forget about wasting your money and buy a "new" "enough" 16MP MFT camera

if u are into video and care about 4k than it may be worth it
16MP has no place in 2017 as a "new" camera for still picture taking

Pixel peeping is OK if the purpose is enjoying (or trying to justify) expensive gear.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
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Jefftan: I have 16MP GM1 and I have 24MP A6500
I am not blind and can see the difference even on 1080p TV

Those saying 16MP is "enough" is like saying
minimum wage is enough for living
so anyone want to earn "enough" minimum wage

I bet many 5 years old 16MP MFT still working perfectly
just use them and forget about wasting your money and buy a "new" "enough" 16MP MFT camera

if u are into video and care about 4k than it may be worth it
16MP has no place in 2017 as a "new" camera for still picture taking

Only few sub-$1000 lenses can render more than 10 megapixels. In the center the higher resolution sensor can give some benefits. It's total cowpoo to say that megapixels make a difference on FullHD screen, because 1080p is only about 2 megapixels.

4 times more pixels can be somehow justified when downscaling (in this case 8 Mp).

That being said, there are many other things that affect the image quality. In DPreview forum, hardly no-one is interested in megapixels. Still YI-M1 is an interesting product because it offers the maximum MP at very reasonable price.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 16:04 UTC
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Vincent in Geneva: These are no doubt gorgeous lenses reflecting Olympus’ mastery...The OM-D-EM 1 II with the 17/1.2 weighs 964g, however.

Meanwhile, an APS-C Fujifilm X-T2 with a 23/1.4 weighs 807g ... and a full frame Sony A7 II with a 35/1.8 just 754g!

Looks like a world upside down! Eventually, what’s the point of MFT if it ends up as heavy as bigger sensor competitors?

Unless of course MFT continues to provide highly compact and light bodies adapted for advanced users... which they currently don’t really do...

nothing.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 22:31 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (419 comments in total)
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what_i_saw: Did not get this: It's a full APS-C-sized sensor or, at least, the Canon 1.6x crop version of that format.

I thought there was APS-C sized sensor. What is this at least part?

Nikon APS-C is 1.5x crop.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 10:45 UTC
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Seedeich: Yes, bring back the shooting experience of the 70’s with viewfinder and winder.
And bring back the film look of the 70’s, with shallow depth of field and background out of focus. The video creates that expectation.

...oh wait - shallow DoF on a 1/3.2-inch sensor?

Was shallow depth-of-field in fashion in the 70s, or did it came popular when only the rich people (professionals; sarcarm) could achieve it in digital format?

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 11:00 UTC
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GodSpeaks: This is just a rant by someone who hates the product. Pointless.

Why the hate, why not piece (sic)?

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 03:43 UTC
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pannumon: Brilliant! I just have to admire how the concept mocks techno- (and retro-) oriented "photographers" (including me) simply by being a technological peace of design itself.

The more this camera insults the (so-called) photographers, the more welcome it is.

@Barty L, "insults" is another wrong term from me. "Feeling insulted" would have been more appropriate (although it's almost the same thing).

It's not good if people get insulted and learn nothing.

However, I hope some that people feel insulted by this camera, look into the mirror and ask themselves how much all the fancy features of today's cameras have actually helped them. In that case this concept helps the community.
This camera is the antithesis for "more is better". What makes it interesting is that it deliberately makes things more difficult than necessary (although it may be useful in educational purposes). In my opinion, this camera should not be taken seriously as a camera, but as a concept.

P.S. I don't give a damn if the camera sales are getting down, although I understand that the industry employs a lot of people and the advertising revenue of many hype-creating tech-geeks depends on the sales.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 01:55 UTC
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pannumon: Brilliant! I just have to admire how the concept mocks techno- (and retro-) oriented "photographers" (including me) simply by being a technological peace of design itself.

The more this camera insults the (so-called) photographers, the more welcome it is.

Oh-no! Well, at least this gave me a moment of simultaneous laughter and embarrassment (and it does not stop)!

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 01:21 UTC
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pannumon: Brilliant! I just have to admire how the concept mocks techno- (and retro-) oriented "photographers" (including me) simply by being a technological peace of design itself.

The more this camera insults the (so-called) photographers, the more welcome it is.

I'm serious. This camera is conceptual art.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 00:39 UTC

Brilliant! I just have to admire how the concept mocks techno- (and retro-) oriented "photographers" (including me) simply by being a technological peace of design itself.

The more this camera insults the (so-called) photographers, the more welcome it is.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 23:48 UTC as 113th comment | 6 replies
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Gray Skies: Im curious, is the 4k/6k photo modes still plagued by video-like AF speeds? Last i heard the AF didn't perform how it does when in normal stills modes, which is a shame IMO. Especially when using it for action, having capable AF is important.

Quick AF for 4k/6k is important, and it is already quite decent. The other systems are not perfect either. These 4k/6k photo modes are not great for fast action due to rolling shutter in the first place. But it's very nice to be able to records 1 second before you press the shutter when a bird decides to take off. At 30 fps it's awesome, although there are some limitations.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 03:56 UTC

I used to like this company. I thought that this news article does not change my view. But after reading the whole article and getting some hints from the comments, I think this company is going down.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 23:46 UTC as 64th comment | 4 replies
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Robin Ducker: get a camera that doesn't overheat and save money

This is the first time ever I hear a Panasonic camera overheating. So far a general guideline has been: In order to avoid overheating, get a Panasonic.

So instead of GF7, get a Panasonic.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 10:05 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (669 comments in total)
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webber15: Electronic shutters for stills are a complete waste of development time and money...period...

The bigger and louder, the better.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 14:42 UTC
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Marty4650: My Panasonic GM1 with 14mm f/2.5 lens is the best compact camera I have ever used.

And it is absolutely tiny compared to the Fuji X100F. See for yourself.

http://j.mp/2qJv0u8

I recently bought a second hand GM1 + 3 batteries + Chinese grip for 160€ from a store. A fair price of second-hand GM1 + 14mm f/2.5 + 20mm f/1.7 would be 600 - 650€. That's a very nice and extremely compact kit. Usually I also carry Olympus 45mm f/1.8 with me.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 16:56 UTC
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