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 Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III (305 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Except for a very small handful of people who have a very specific use for this camera, I think this camera is aimed at people who know just enough about cameras to make them dangerous to their wallet. The price tells me that people who are buying this camera are planning to buy this camera as a long-term investment and get serious about photography. And they think they are essentially getting a DSLR with all the most common focal ranges covered with a decent lens. It is definitely not the case

It doesn't have the reach for sports..
72mm is a bit short for portraits but more importantly at 72mm, you can only shoot at f5.6 (on a crop sensor, that's f/8 full frame dof equivalence). You're not going wow anyone including yourself.
It's not bad for landscapes but you'll be itching to go wider.
Lastly, 80D sensor is mediocre outside of ISO 100. It gets grainy very quickly because of it's high pixel density, and you won't be shooting too many photos at ISO 100 due to its slow lens.

I taught college level photography for 23 years. I still have my Pentax 6x7 that I lugged around until my back started to hurt. Good quality: yes. Pain to carry around: yes. I stopped enjoying taking photos.

I've had the G1x Mark I and Mark II cameras. I love the convenience of being able to put this size camera into my daily backpack. I don't need a high end DSLR to take good and interesting photos. I want decent quality with portability. Will I buy this camera: it depends on the real world comparisons when someone gets their hands on one.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
On article Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III (305 comments in total)
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jonby: The combination of a large, high res sensor, weather sealing, EVF and flexibility of a zoom lens make this potentially a good choice for people who like to trek/climb to remote places to do landscape without compromising too much on image quality. A DSLR may be too bulky and heavy and even compared to most mirrorless options you still get smaller size and slightly higher image quality potentially. The relatively slow aperture and limited zoom range would not be much of a problem in this case. The poor battery life would be a pain, but this could be worked around with a few spare batteries. I say potentially because it really all depends on the lens - currently an unknown quantity. It would need to be very good across the frame and through the zoom range to make it a worthwhile proposition for this kind of scenario. Can't say I think that's very likely though...

It also might be attractive to those of us who enjoy picture taking and believe in the adage: the best camera is the one you have with you. After lugging around the huge and heavy Pentax 6x7 for years, I love being able to put my Mark II in my commute backpack. It's there for when I need it. Depending on the real world examples and comparisons when DPReview gets its hands on one, this may be a good step for me, despite the smaller optical zoom.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 14:11 UTC
On article Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III (305 comments in total)
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PortableLover: No matter which G1X Mark III thread I open, I find an army of morons that ask "why not just get a mirrorless and put a lens on it and save money". This camera is not for everyone, but you can put it in your pocket and take it with you to harsh conditions with moisture and dust. Just use Dpreview comparison tool and you'll see that this camera beats G7X /G5X/Sony RX100 in image quality. That's why you get this camera. Its portability can not be compared to mirrorless camera with a lens on it, it's much smaller. And when it comes to small portable cameras with a zoom, to me it seems like the best one available right now.

Is there already image comparisons on DP? I'm waiting for the review and to be able to compare image quality with other cameras. I think the image quality of this camera will be close to Canon's SL2.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 14:08 UTC
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ekaton: Wow, a lot of headwind for Canon. Despite the fact that the package of the G1XMarkIII has no direct competitor. Size, weight, sensor size (think of DR, tonal depth compared to the over-praised one inchers), zoom range and potential to crop on the long end, AF performance, flash sync 1/2000, touch screen, integrated EVF & flash, dust and weatherproof, UI. If the optical performance of the zoom is very good I will be a buyer. For freezing action in low light it won't be my preferred tool, but other than that it ticks a lot of the right boxes.

Ottonis, as I mentioned in a comment above, the A6000 does look like a competitor to the Mark III. However, when I compare image quality between it and the Canon SL2 (which has similar specs to the Mark III), the SL2 has much better quality. Compare for yourself: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-alpha-a6000/12

I'm going to wait until the camera launches and see realworld specs and reviews and compare image quality here on DpReview.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 14:45 UTC
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ottonis: This is a bad joke, isn't it? A Sony A6000 + kit lens costs around 600 US-Dollars and is just as small or even smaller / more compact than this G1Xmiii camera, while performig as well or better (IQ, AF. fps, video etc)
So, Canon charges more than twice the money for the same (or lesser) value? How is this not a joke?

This looks like a more interesting option (instead of the SL2 mentioned above). The footprint seems smaller and it's just about the same weight. That being said, when I compare images between the A6000 and the SL2 (which has similar specs to the Mark II), the SL2 images are much better than the Sony's. Less blowout in the highlights. Here's the DPReview comparison page for the A6000 so you can see for yourself: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-alpha-a6000/12

I'm going to wait until the camera launches and I read reviews so I can make a better comparison.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 14:40 UTC
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Chris59: Why would anyone buy a Canon G1X Mark III over an SL2? Same sensor, inferior specifications and twice the price...

One reason may be the footprint of the Mark III. Yes, it's pricey. But, as an older photographer who likes the "backpack" size of the Mark II, it allows me to easily drop it in my pack and not feel the bulk of a larger camera. The 18-55 lens on the SL2 really sticks out.

I'm not sure I will get this camera. But, it is intriguing. And, I may be willing to sacrifice some things for portability. Because then I will take more photos. And, that's my bottom line.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 14:27 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (429 comments in total)

Comparing the image quality to my Canon G1 X Mark II, the Canon's is much better at all ISOs. And, image quality is my number one priority.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 17:41 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 introduces new color scheme (128 comments in total)

I agree. The UI is horrible. This issue first arose with the update of Photoshop CC at the beginning of the year. It is now so hard to see what tools you're using it has become a nightmare.

More importantly, Adobe has refused to discuss this issue with its users. We've tried. But they have refused to even discuss it with the Photoshop community. Many are fed up with them. Here's the thread on this issue: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/adobe-just-ruined-the-photoshop-cc-user-interface

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 18:00 UTC as 9th comment
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CameraLabTester: What Adobe should really fix is the glitch on the CC 2015 opening page where registered users are greeted with a "trial" page (for the software they have paid for) and announcing 32767 days to join CC before their trial expires.

Wow! Almost 90 years of free trial!

Way to go Adobe™ !!

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I just posted above a problem similar to yours but I get a screen telling me they can't verify my subscription.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 16:03 UTC

Every time I open Photoshop CC 2015 I get a notice saying they can't verify my account. I spent an hour with an Adobe rep who even took over my screen to figure it out. It finally stopped, only to start again the next day. Sigh.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 16:01 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (617 comments in total)
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sdh: I think Canon should have given this camera a built-in EVF.
Between the protruding lens and handgrip, the camera is already bulky. (I'm not at all saying that's a bad thing.) Why not go all in and include the EVF too?

More generally, I think once it's established that the camera will have a non-fully-collapsing lens barrel, it innately becomes a "bulky" camera. At that point I think a handgrip and EVF should automatically get included.

Conversely if the lens fully retracts then it can go either way, although built in EVF's are still nice (Sony RX100), and it's still possible to create a subtle but effective grip (Canon G15/16).

I can't see the lens fully retracting. Not with those zoom specs. That's a dealbreaker for me. I don't want a bulky camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 17:44 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (711 comments in total)

I have the original G 1X and have loved using it. I find the image quality to be very good (and I used to teach college photography, if that means anything).

I looked closely at the image comparisons between the original and the Mark II, both on DPR and Imaging-Resource. I compared low light, high ISO to see the quality. IMHO, the Mark II sometimes produces sharper detail than the original G 1X, especially on the images from Imaging-Resource. Here on DPR, I saw a mix. Sometimes the original is a bit better and sometimes the Mark II is. They are very close as the review states.

That being said, I miss the 5x optical zoom of my G11. I'm not sure about the screen. I do like the fully articulating viewer.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 17:02 UTC as 70th comment
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (711 comments in total)
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Boky: since when does the jpg and raw quality of 55% mean silver award... a wait a minute, it's canon

Nick

I have the Mark I (love how the "Mark" moniker has been attached to the original G 1X) and the IQ is fantastic, especially in low light situations and high ISO. This is not mediocre considering its size.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (711 comments in total)
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Davidbailey: Looking at the images when compared to the mk1 they appear inferior, I have the g1x mk1 and think I will be keeping it, this silly comparison with the tiny sensor sony is exactly that silly. The nearest comparison with the g1x is the fuji x100-ricoh gr. The rx100 is a fantastic small sensor camera I know I have had one. But to me it's nearest rival is the lx7 compared with size plus the sensor is nearer the size than that of the g1x. The original g1x might not have the fastest lens but the fact that it of high quality glass and you can use 1600 ISO with no loss of detail more than make this a match for a entry level dslr. Can't wait for comments on this.

FYI, the URL is http://imaging-resource.com

Link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary (533 comments in total)

Here is Canon's spec sheet on the Mark II in English:

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fcweb.canon.jp%2Fcamera%2Fdcam%2Flineup%2Fpowershot%2Fg1xmk2%2Findex.html&act=url

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 17:11 UTC as 87th comment
On article How many megapixels do you need? (229 comments in total)

The difference between the iPhone 5 and 5S is not enough to get me to "upgrade." But I have been interested in getting better quality from the images I do take. I use the Noiseware plugin in Photoshop which can easily reduce of the noise found in low light iPhone images. And, I have also found Photo Resize to be of help in enlarging photographs.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 16:43 UTC as 17th comment

Before telling you my "must haves" let me preface this by saying I am a photographer, art photographer and taught college-level photography for 23 years. Also, as I've aged, my back is simply not what it used to be. My last film camera was a Pentax 6x7, the grand daddy of SLRs and heavy as they come. I started to not enjoy taking photographs and that was a critical line I crossed. I didn't like that feeling. Okay, with that in mind, here are my "requirements" for my perfect camera:

1. Lightweight (must fit in my backpack but not take up my entire backpack). I want a camera that is as unobtrusive as possible.
2. Huge sensor for the best quality images I can get. I like to print BIG.
3. Low noise at high ISOs.
4. Widest aperture I can get for low light situations. f1.4 anyone? LOL
5. Quick AF and quick burst.
6. Usable viewfinder for brightly lighted situations
7. Adjustable electronic screen
8. Easy to access controls

Umm, did I forget anything? LOL

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 17:36 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (508 comments in total)
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infocus: Just think of all the incredible photos all of us could have taken with the various cameras we own and love if we were out taking pics instead of rehashing the pros and cons of this camera.

Well, Dan, if one is really interested in the camera, then they should read at least some of the comments before chiming in. That's what makes for a solid online community. And what about those of us to are more regular to these forums? Why should we have to reread the same pros and cons over and over?

i have suggested to dpreview that they always have one thread devoted to the pros and cons of any equipment. There you could post your opinions to your heart's content. But, instead we have these same comments in just about every thread about this camera.

I've been a part of online communities for quite awhile. What I'm suggesting is an effort to make this community work better. And, make our time here more efficient.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:06 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review (508 comments in total)

I was a bit disappointed that the G 1X didn't come with a "real" instruction book, just a PDF. I like to carry around the instructions with me as I learn a new camera.

So, I took the PDF and transferred it to both my iPhone and my iPad as an iBook. Having it on my iPhone will be very helpful since I have my phone with me all the time.

If you want to know how to do this here's a link that shows you: http://www.simplehelp.net/2010/06/22/how-to-add-pdf-files-to-read-in-ibooks-on-your-ipad-ipod-touch-or-iphone/

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2012 at 13:04 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
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