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On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (344 comments in total)
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Gesture: Beautiful photos. PROPS PROPS PROPS to Panasonic for getting an excellent size sensor in a number of outstanding compact form factors with EVFs DONE RIGHT.

Holy cow. So the the apeture ring doesn't work on Olympus. Most MFT lenses don't even have an apeture ring to begin with.

Every comment you've made in this thread is you raging that the ring doesn't work (you can still use it like every other lens in the MFT world).

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (344 comments in total)
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Zaphodz: This a great little lens with very nice rendering, my favourite of the m43 lenses I have (nine in all). I just stick it on my GX80 as a great carry-around/street combo, and great in low light, being one of the fastest native lenses in the m43 system with a T-stop of 2.0 (the Nocticron is T1.7 and the Olympus 25mm f1.2 is T1.8). If could only have one lens it would be this.

The DJI is just the Leica re-branded. Their MFT mount is only capable of handling a few of the MFT lenses because of weight considerations. Since this was designed to be a super light weight prime to go with the GM5 its ideal. But I have heard of people using other small light MFT primes on that mount but this lens is one of the stock options.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:58 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (344 comments in total)
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james s. kennedy: What's the point? My Fuji X30 can handle 28-112mm, with f/2.0 at 30mm.

Seattle and the Pacific NW are indeed beautiful and I have lived there for the past 40 years. World's nicest summers. I was an Air Force weather officer. But I dislike 1 Nov - 1 March, because it is dark, dark, dark. Temps are mild, Seattle doesn't get much snow, drizzly rain is a fact of life but I can't stand having it pitch black at 4 PM. At age 81, I avoid driving after dark because of the blinding laser-like oncoming headlights. Plus Seattle traffic is horrible and getting worse.

But all in all, there is nowhere I would rather live. It must be good, because King County has umpteen billionaires living here by choice. Bill Gates could probably buy Idaho if he wanted.

This is basically the "Why would I get a prime when I a have a zoom that works in the same range?" argument.

Buy a bunch of primes and find out. I love the convenience of zooms but it's amazing how crisp the pictures are with a prime. Less glass, less elements, less complexity does make a different in final Image Quality.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:53 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (344 comments in total)
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Ulfric M Douglas: This is currently my most-used lens, despite mounting it on my e-pL7 which means the aperture ring is irrelevant.
I find that a non-issue, as the aperture stops are too weak for comfort when on a Panasonic body anyway.

I agree about the aperture ring. I bump that thing way too easy, it needs to hold it's setting a bit better.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:50 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (344 comments in total)
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boni bonev: A full Wedding with 15/1.7 and 42.5/1.2 on the GX8 and GH4 ( there is only several shots with 35-100 and 4-5 shots with LX100)

A wedding that isn't shot with a D750 and a f/1.2 lens!?!

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:46 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (344 comments in total)
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Alec: So is it Panasonic or is it Leica? I need to know in order to take a stand that this is
(a) images richly imbued with plasticity, luminosity, character, air, mystique that is proof undeniable of Leica's untouchable superiority, or
(b) meh pix from an inconsequential lens that'll be forgotten about in 2-3 years.

LOL! Is it much different from paying a 500% markup for any item that has a red Leica dot on it?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:41 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (344 comments in total)
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soundknight21: I have this lens with my gx8 and I really like it but I don't think it warrants a re review.
Panasonic needs to update this lens with version in at f1.2 and a sharper image at f5.6. Having at f1.2 would open up better image quality to party and night street shooters.
They also need to improve the 25mm f1.4 - it's sharp but autofocus sucks sometimes.

And this was released in conjunction with the GM5. Size was a major consideration.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:37 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (391 comments in total)

But it wan't my house on fire. Why do I have to be grounded when I want to get rockin' fire footage for my 10 youtube subscribers? America is so Fascist!

(because somebody get upset)

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 00:34 UTC as 67th comment
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Rensol: If they appear (curved sensor) on mass market they will be very limited in use/application. To some degree just like Sigma Foveon sensors.
To Sigma fan club.
I am not diminishing Foveon tech. I had Sigma SD Quattro for couple months. With 50mm lens it was something special (at base ISO). Wider lenses were.... meah....

If the technology proves it can work it's just matter of time before the technology percolates into the mainstream. This isn't the same thing wanting to put harder screens on phones when other cheaper options exist.

This is changing the way cameras work to more naturally fit the physics of light through a lens. For the last 200 years cameras have been fighting distortion from using curved lenses to project an image onto a flat surface. Imagine if we could simplify all lenses to get better images with less glass. Suddenly all lenses have the quality of prime lenses because you don't need 32 elements in 20 groups to correct all the distortion.

The drawback is that it probably will require it's own lens line to work with the new cameras but that's already happened with the DX lenses, especially if you can have an adapter that can get old lenses to work. It's always better to go native but in the 4-5 year transition period people can still make do with old lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:19 UTC
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fedway: Nikon needs to release this whether or not the specific model is a big commercial success because their reputation and their perceived future need a semi-spectacular boost.

I think the only people who think Nikon cameras are subpar and they need a grand slam to keep from failing are Canon and Sony fanboys.

Even if they're not the biggest camera company their cameras are still recognized as fantastic cameras and the rule that other cameras are measured.
Look at all of the bad press about the Canon 6Dmk2. People are still comparing it to the Nikon D750 even though it released in 2014.
The D810 is still used as the peak of the measuring stick for imaging capabilities and it's nearly 3 years old now.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
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Dennis Linden: All good ideas, but will this be a game changing technology that makes us all dump and buy new gear? That's what Nikon needs to be spending R&D blood and sweat on, not "Jupiter" shots.

What would "Good R&D" be then?
I think the organic sensor tech is a huge new possibility but Nikon lets Sony make their sensors so they're focusing more on lenses.

This is a patent that for tech that will greatly simplify, lower costs, and improve performance of their lenses. Sounds like like it lines up perfectly with their business focus.

After you get past improved lenses and sensors everything else is just fancy side features and camera design. People may say something like "Focus on hybrid EV/OVFs!" but that's not actually improving the image itself, just a convenience to photographers.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 21:00 UTC
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ZeBebito: Getting a patent means nothing. You can have as many patents as you like and never produce them. This a classic smoke and mirrors move "everybody is trashing us for not being innovative, let's patent something and leak it to the media."

No, we're trashing Canon for not being innovative.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:53 UTC
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Johannes Zander: Curved or not curved, mirror or mirrorless, I want a good viewfinder!

I want a good Microphone jack cover that is hinged and not just a piece of plastic that may eventually break off! Why isn't this article about what I want to talk about!!!!!

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:52 UTC
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Abdouh19: Relax guys this sensor is only for fixed lens cameras like sony rx

Articulating screens.
Touch screens.
Wifi/NFC remote control.
In Body Stabilization.
Live View.

A lot of innovations that are still in the process of trickling into DSLRs were standard on Fixed Lens cameras first.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:43 UTC
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rwl408: I am not holding my breath. Patents like this take decade(s) to turn into a commercial reality if that ever happens.

But it does show that a company is interested in evolving their cameras instead of just cranking out a replacement that does the exact same thing as the previous model with 2 more FPS or 5 more Mega Pixels.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:39 UTC
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tdwesbo: How would you make an SLR/DSLR with a curved sensor? I can't figure out how an optical viewfinder would work...

Mirrorless is my bet

Couldn't the prism have a curve or lens in front of it to correct the image?

I think it would just be a matter of working out the physics of light being reflected up and tweaking it.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 20:34 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (211 comments in total)
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girlperson1: $600 is not "inexpensive".

And the a6000 was mentioned in the review, looks like DPR is on the ball.
Yes of course it's cheaper but it's also 3 years old and it's replacement is already out.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 19:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (211 comments in total)
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CCD FTW: It's interesting how the A6000 is treated as a red headed step child around DPR. It's either 'too old' or 'too cheap' it would seem. It's not top tier enough and so only the 6300/6500 go into discussion and yet in this category we need to look at other low end POS, rather than it because 'we can't believe they still make it'. Also what about the A5100?

Problem is nobody is making anything remotely close for the price point, YEARS after it came out. Olympus only have PDAF in their $2k flagship. Fuji are better but still really only the X-T20/2/XP2 are superior and all are much more expensive. Canon has the M10 in its price bracket, no need to say any more. Panasonic are probably the closest with the GX85, which IS an interesting alternative. EVF is poor, but 4K is good and so is the iBIS. Outright IQ might be behind a little way though.

But here we are, reviewing another low end mirrorless camera and pretending the real competition doesn't exist.

That's what I thought. After all this time the a6000 is still being mentioned in reviews?!?

You know a camera is ground breaking when it's still being used as the guide other cameras are measured against even after it's replacement is released.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (211 comments in total)
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audiobomber: I object to calling a camera that lacks a viewfinder "rangefinder style".

It's a shame no one uses direct optical viewfinders, like point-and-shoots from a few years ago. Some were awful, some were not, all were better than a glary screen on a sunny day.

I dug out my old digital camera from 2001 (Nikon Coolpix 4500). Back then all cameras still had the optical viewfinder because the tiny screen on the back was barely worth looking a for menu driven navigation.

It was awesome, the optical viewfinder zooms in when you zoom the lens to maintain the same field of view. Of course it added a ton of bulk to the camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 19:15 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (211 comments in total)
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tedolf: Why no EVF option?


Leica also has a partnership with Panasonic, Panasonic and Olympus share the MF3 ecosystem. It's not like a some random company adapted another companies EVF to their camera. Those 3 are in it together and have been for a long time.

Fuji would have to develop the whole thing from the ground up.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 19:12 UTC
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