infocus

infocus

Lives in United States Washington, DC, United States
Works as a New Media Producer, Smithsonian American Art Museu
Has a website at http://about.me/jeffgates
Joined on Aug 27, 2002
About me:

I taught college level photography for 20 years and am now a new media producer. I firmly believe the best camera is the one you have with you. I used to lug around a huge Pentax 6x7 with assorted lenses. But found I was taking less photos and losing my infatuation with photography. I now am looking for a camera that will produce the highest quality image in a compact, lighter-weight form. I want to simplify my photographing experience. While I own many film-based SLRs I've never owned a dSLR. I appreciate shooting with what I have, which at the moment is either my iPhone or my Canon G 1X.

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On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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infocus: Here are two comparison shots. One was taken with my G1x Mark II and the other was taken with my G1x Mark III.

https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/3453144300/albums/image-comparison-g1xm2-vs-g1xm3

Is there a way on DP to upload full-size images so one can compare them?

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2017 at 21:10 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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User9759865628: I've owned a G1XM3 for almost a month. I love it because it is pocketable, at least in Winter jackets and provides stunning pictures. Yes, more expensive, but overall, what a great little, emphasis on little package - although likely as capable, I do not like the ergonomics of the Sony RX100 series. Two nits: I avoid the 24mm and wish the EV wheel were harder to rotate - it sometimes shifts when putting into or taking out of a coat pocket. I've compared studio shots with my Fuji X100f and I wish I could post the comparative pics - the G1X wins hands down for sharpness, color, bokeh and noise. I took a handheld night shot of the US Capitol, which when printed on 13x19 Epson Lustre paper, is absolutely stunning with no, zip, zero, de nada noise. Kudos to Canon!

What was the f stop and shutter speed of your night shot of the Capitol? And focal length? Thx.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2017 at 21:08 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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infocus: Here are two comparison shots. One was taken with my G1x Mark II and the other was taken with my G1x Mark III.

https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/3453144300/albums/image-comparison-g1xm2-vs-g1xm3

I just checked those image and you can increase the size quite substantially by clicking on the image.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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infocus: Here are two comparison shots. One was taken with my G1x Mark II and the other was taken with my G1x Mark III.

https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/3453144300/albums/image-comparison-g1xm2-vs-g1xm3

Hmmm. I uploaded original size images. Let me investigate. Also, what is the Tschernobil look?

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 20:48 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)

Here are two comparison shots. One was taken with my G1x Mark II and the other was taken with my G1x Mark III.

https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/3453144300/albums/image-comparison-g1xm2-vs-g1xm3

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 18:03 UTC as 44th comment | 6 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: How much can we expect before the point our expectations can no longer be fulfilled?

Say like expecting an APS-C chip full fledged, 4 dials, weather sealed, ergonomic camera with a 15-45 inside of it, that's the size of your tiny palm, yet demand it to be cheap and has a physically impossible higher f/no?

We can't. What we can do is ask for a DIFFERENT camera. A camera with a bigger lens, say a general purpose 2.8 zoom that covers and APS-C image circle (You Google how big the lens/camera will be)

I say this because I was extremely critical of this camera's existence (if you go through my Canon-bashing posts on this Camera's release article) until I was invited to try one out and trust me the moment you see, hold this "thing", you just can't believe it. It was obviously designed for THAT.

I'm using it as my main camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 15:27 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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infocus: I have only begun to test this camera, comparing it to my Mark 2. As for "softness," I'm finding the Mark 3 to be very sharp and a little sharper than the Mark 2. The comparison shots were at f2.8. In fact, the difference matches DP's studio comparison between the two cameras.

I can see there will be a "problem" in low light. I'll be looking to see if the higher ISO required for the Mark 3 will be offset by the higher resolution. I'll have to check the amount of noise the higher ISO produces.

I can't believe how small this camera is. I have regular size hands but when I first held it, I thought, "Is it TOO small?" LOL I've never thought something could get too small for me. But, in shooting today, I think it's just a matter of getting used to the difference in size and weight between my Mark 2 and Mark 3, since I was going back and forth between the two. Once, I'm shooting consistencely with the Mark 3, I will get used to it.

The IQ of the MK 3 seems better than the MK2. There are fewer blowouts of highlights. If you shoot outdoors in the daylight, you will be very happy. And, I've just been looking at the comparable JPGs.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
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thejohnnerparty: What I don't understand is why Canon would reduce the quality of the lens between the mark II and the mark III?

Jim, so far, I'm finding the lens to be quite sharp.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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Peter Bendheim: Mine arrived today. It’s pretty awesome, so well made, versatile - and will probably replace my X100S as my travel camera. It’s also super fast to focus. Ideal for street and travel photography I think. It’s fun to use and once set up properly the image quality is really good.

Either way it’s way better than the comments of the people here who are busy dissing it, but have never actually held it in their hands or tried it.

Judging things by specs on paper is hardly ideal and appearing to know it all while being an armchair critic is, I think, not very helpful to anyone.

Peter, when you say, "once set up properly" in your initial comment, what does that mean for you?

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
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OMfansince1973: I got one of the very first to our country and think its is a great complementing camera to my Nikon 810. I will not leave the 8 kg bag behind, but going downhill skiing or for taking it with me cycling or just with me for the sake of having a real camera around, this is the camera I waited for some years. Have been impressed by the quality at say ISO 1600 which is fully usable for reporting in social media. Bought instantly 2 batteries, but after having gone over the firsts days of learning-in, the battery life is no more worrying at least if you have an extra one in your pocket. Look and feel brings me back to Made in Japan Olympus OM-1 I bought nearly 45 years ago. Beware of the too easily turning knobs, when pulling out the camera from your pocket for the great shots.

I had the problem with the Mark 2's program dial moving as I brought it out of its pouch. The lock on the Mark 3 is a wonderful addition.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)

I have only begun to test this camera, comparing it to my Mark 2. As for "softness," I'm finding the Mark 3 to be very sharp and a little sharper than the Mark 2. The comparison shots were at f2.8. In fact, the difference matches DP's studio comparison between the two cameras.

I can see there will be a "problem" in low light. I'll be looking to see if the higher ISO required for the Mark 3 will be offset by the higher resolution. I'll have to check the amount of noise the higher ISO produces.

I can't believe how small this camera is. I have regular size hands but when I first held it, I thought, "Is it TOO small?" LOL I've never thought something could get too small for me. But, in shooting today, I think it's just a matter of getting used to the difference in size and weight between my Mark 2 and Mark 3, since I was going back and forth between the two. Once, I'm shooting consistencely with the Mark 3, I will get used to it.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2017 at 18:33 UTC as 50th comment | 7 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)

Just ordered this camera. :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 16:58 UTC as 88th comment | 5 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Review of the Review:

I learned a lot about my G1X III today that I didn't know, you guys know your stuff, bravo. Very informative

Excellent samples

Completely agree that perhaps Canon should've done a faster lens that was less pocket-able, even though that's a trade-off, agreed

But, I disagree with some of the logic used regarding who it's for; the same argument can be said of the RX100 V, it's competitor, with a nearly identical equivalence (and focal) and in the same price range, which btw, has a softer lens then the G1X III per the studio scene across the board, yet the G1X III's lens is soft, and the RX100 V isn't?

Value wise, the G1X III gets no silver and 79% vs the RX100 V gets Silver and 83%? I get the no 4k and $1299, but the RX100 V has no touchscreen, even softer lens, bad JPEG colors, no leaf shutter, isn't APS-C, has no ND filter, bad menus, no C modes, bad ergonomics, bad video tracking, no weather sealing? RX100 V Seems less competitive even at $999

Richard, please do. I looked closely at the comparison tools both the studio scene and the lens assessment. And the G1x III looked sharper than any of the other cameras (listed on the lens assessment chart).

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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infocus: Call me crazy, but comparing this camera lens assessment at wide open with the G9, the Sony and the Pentax, it looks sharper than any of them. So, I don't get why DP is saying its soft in comparison to these others. Am I nuts? (Don't answer that!)

No, I meant the Canon G9x.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)
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Och Elo: I firmly understand people's needs differ. But I just don't get this near obsession with shrinking cameras so they are "pocketable". I guess the idea is you can discreetly take the camera anywhere and anytime. But these days most phones can ably play that role. If the idea is you can have a camera ready to capture that fleeting moment, I've lost these fleeting moments because I have to pull the camera out of a pocket instead of having it ready to go right on my neck or wrist.

If I'm actually on vacation, I definitely don't keep my camera in a pocket, it's around my neck or wrist so I can capture a lot of images quickly. Not to mention I don't want to keep a camera in my pocket where it can catch dust/lint which is really bad for these fixed lens zoom cameras.

Don't get me wrong, small and light is appreciated. But I usually keep these in a small bag for storage and around neck/wrist when taking images. For pocketable, phone is fine. YMMV.

Smallness is less important (not totally unimportant) to its weight.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:55 UTC
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Boeing skipper: Soft lens? Are we talking about the same camera? This does not look any softer than the RX100 series to me.

I agree.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:53 UTC
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onlooker: There appears to be strong chromatic aberration in raw (look at brushes in the upper left corner). Please don't say "it's easily fixed in post" because all you are doing is greying it out.

I easily fix color aberration in Photoshop. Basically, I create a duplicate layer, give it a slight gaussian blur, change the layer to color, add a layer mask where everything is hidden, and finally just use the paintbrush on the aberration areas.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:45 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (621 comments in total)

Call me crazy, but comparing this camera lens assessment at wide open with the G9, the Sony and the Pentax, it looks sharper than any of them. So, I don't get why DP is saying its soft in comparison to these others. Am I nuts? (Don't answer that!)

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 17:58 UTC as 148th comment | 2 replies
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Docno: Forget jacket-pocketable. Like much of the world, I live in a tropical climate. Even in my 'Canadian period', I didn’t wear a jacket in the summers. The original Sony RX100 fit easily into my jeans pocket; my RX100iv does not (comfortably) and so stays home most of the time. And I wouldn’t make the attempt with this camera. I just wish some company would go back to the dimensions of the original RX100 with good IQ ... I don’t need a viewfinder etc in a compact camera. I just want it to be COMPACT...

I don't even put my cell phone in my pocket. ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery (64 comments in total)

I'd like to see the iPhone X in the Studio Scene Image Comparison Tool.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 18:00 UTC as 15th comment
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