TacticDesigns

TacticDesigns

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On article SeaLife DC2000 sample gallery (155 comments in total)

Thank you for the photo gallery! Nice range of shots to show what this camera is capable of. And . . . it looks really good! :)

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 02:11 UTC as 2nd comment
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (174 comments in total)

A great comparison review!

One of my favourite camera segments. And well represented in this review.

To me, this segment makes so much sense.

Want a camera for vacation, but not have to worry about it if you are going to the beach (with the abrasive and invasive sand), water, rain or the camera freezing up while skiing!

Get a tough waterproof compact camera! :)

And what Chris and Jordan mention about the Fujifilm being less expensive is a big reason I like the Fujifilm XP series.

Right now, my daughter has our Fujifilm XP80 with her while she is traveling with friends. Because of its cost I don't feel compelled to constantly warn her to "take care of it", "don't lose it!". LOL.

Also, for me, I've spent so much money on other cameras, I find it hard to justify spending a lot on a vacation camera. For me it's nice this option is there! I greatly appreciate it!

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 14:29 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (174 comments in total)
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rondom: All they need to do is introduce weathersealed cellphones and yet end of another “segment”.
Small sensor is now cell phone territory (unfortunately or not- depending what your preferences are)

I guess it will probably happen.

I will be sorry to see that happen. :(

Although Chris and Jordan mention some of the reasons a dedicated waterproof camera still makes sense.

1. Cheaper than a waterproof phone. So if you drop it, lose it or damage it, less invested in it.
2. If you lose the camera, you only lose the pictures on it. Not all your pictures, contact info, etc.

For me, I was a big goof yesterday. My older daughter has our Fujifilm XP80 and took it while she went traveling with friends . . . so I decided to take our old Fujifilm XP50 to the amusement park with our youngest. And . . . I forgot to put a memory card in it! LOL.

So I shot some snaps with my cellphone.

I got some keepers with my cellphone . . . but I did not enjoy shooting with the cellphone as much as I do with my waterproof compacts.

With a compact, I can be pressing the power button while pulling the camera out of my pocket and have my finger on the trigger before I even have the camera aimed. :)

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 14:12 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (174 comments in total)
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chrisno: TG-5 beats everything

thanks Chris and Jordan for the detailed review

+1

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 14:03 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (174 comments in total)
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TUSBob: I love the addition of Chris's and Jordan's video reviews of cameras to DPReview. It adds a really nice dimension to the more formal technical reviews I've always counted on. Chris and Jordan are competent, but also don't take themselves super seriously. Thanks to DPReview for this enhancement to their useful service to the world of photography.

+1

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 14:00 UTC
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BobT3218: Until now Olympus has had this niche market to themselves. They will have to lift their game. In marketing this tough outdoor camera to the USA, I'm surprised they didn't think to add the word "EXTREME" on the front. Hipsters would have loved that :)

And Fujifilm and Pentax (Ricoh) have been doing waterproof cameras for years. Toss in the Canon and Sony as well. :)

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 13:46 UTC
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farzinsh: I wonder why did PENTAX started the K-01 project if they do not intend to continue on with the mirrorless (?). I do understand the R&D budget limit.

Image a Pentax K-02 with a full frame sensor . . . LOL.

I've actually dusted off the old manual focus Pentax lenses my dad gave me. To that set I added a Cosmicar 28mm f/2.8 manual lens and I was out and about with it last month on my Pentax ist DS.

But I was trying out zone focusing with the 28mm lens, but having to figure out how to make it work on a cropped sensor. It really made me think of figuring out how to get my lenses onto a full frame sensor.

:)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 22:15 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL9 headed to the US and Canada (183 comments in total)
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tedolf: This camera is disgusting. It is very good looking, highly functional, compact, excellent features, good enough IQ and has finally gotten back to the built in flash (don't know if you can bounce it though), etc.

It is almost perfect.

Then, they took off the EVF port!

How are you supposed to use this with the excellent $99.00 USD 40-150mm lens?

Damn them!

TEdolph

:)

No long lenses, yet.

I mainly got the Q to be the opposite of my big dSLR cameras. If I were to seriously use a big lens, it would more likely be on one of my dSLR cameras.

But that is why I am looking at the Olympus E-PL9. To be a small camera with small lenses. A vacation camera for me. :)

RE: 110 lenses. Yes. There is an adapter. But . . . the Q does not have a built-in shutter so you would need to use the electronic shutter. I am more looking at getting my existing K mount lenses onto my Q at this point in time.

:)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 22:05 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL9 headed to the US and Canada (183 comments in total)
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tedolf: This camera is disgusting. It is very good looking, highly functional, compact, excellent features, good enough IQ and has finally gotten back to the built in flash (don't know if you can bounce it though), etc.

It is almost perfect.

Then, they took off the EVF port!

How are you supposed to use this with the excellent $99.00 USD 40-150mm lens?

Damn them!

TEdolph

LOL.

Well. I never missed the EVF port on my Pentax Q. LOL. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 18:34 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL9 headed to the US and Canada (183 comments in total)

Awesome!!!!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 18:33 UTC as 41st comment
On article Sony is working on high-sensitivity dual-camera setup (37 comments in total)

I am eager to see this in action.

Not so much to see how it compares to an "ILC" as Sony suggests this new technology can compare to . . . but, being a parent, I've kinda come up with what I consider the "parent test". LOL.

I kinda got a list of shots that I like to go after, as a parent.

If a camera can take these pictures . . . then . . . its a good parent camera IMHO. LOL. :)

- Things like taking pictures of a child blowing the candles out on their birthday cake.
- Shots of them doing indoor sports.
- Perhaps good shots of them doing water sports? Or rough sports?

Yes. I guess, each parent will have a different set of pictures they'd want.

So I don't so much compare a camera against another type of camera, but more so . . . can it get the shots I want. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 17:44 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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TacticDesigns: RE: "The E-PL9 finally has a built-in flash, so you no longer need to tote around the small external flash that came with earlier models."

Well. The Olympus E-PL1 and E-PL2 had a built-in flash.

When the Olympus E-PL2 came out, I looked at it and thought . . . that would be an awesome vacation camera.

Then when the Olympus E-PL3 came out and the built-in flash was removed, I thought . . . OK, I don't want to have to carry around a flash unit on vacation.

So I ended up with a Pentax Q.

But . . . now that there is a built-in flash again, I am suddenly interested in the Olympus E-PL line of cameras again. Especially since it still has the exposure mode dial. :)

IMHO this is a very nice development.

@drummercam . . . +1

I saw that flash when it came out. The bounce was a nice added feature over the older compact flash.

I thought about it, but I need another flash unit like I need another hole in my head. LOL.

Plus, the Pentax Q has a built-in flash! So for vacation I just use that anyway. :)

But . . . as a compact flash solution for the flashless Pentax K-1 I think it makes a lot of sense.

As for trying off camera flash with the Q, it's just a curiosity of how much I can pull out of the Q. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 00:25 UTC
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TacticDesigns: RE: "The E-PL9 finally has a built-in flash, so you no longer need to tote around the small external flash that came with earlier models."

Well. The Olympus E-PL1 and E-PL2 had a built-in flash.

When the Olympus E-PL2 came out, I looked at it and thought . . . that would be an awesome vacation camera.

Then when the Olympus E-PL3 came out and the built-in flash was removed, I thought . . . OK, I don't want to have to carry around a flash unit on vacation.

So I ended up with a Pentax Q.

But . . . now that there is a built-in flash again, I am suddenly interested in the Olympus E-PL line of cameras again. Especially since it still has the exposure mode dial. :)

IMHO this is a very nice development.

You know . . . the more I look at this camera, the more I think it really does check off all my wants for a vacation camera. LOL.

And I just happened to be looking at the available lenses for m43 a couple of days ago and thought the Olympus pancake kit lens looks the right size, and maybe add a 17mm and eventually maybe a 14mm down the road. LOL.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 18:17 UTC
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TacticDesigns: RE: "The E-PL9 finally has a built-in flash, so you no longer need to tote around the small external flash that came with earlier models."

Well. The Olympus E-PL1 and E-PL2 had a built-in flash.

When the Olympus E-PL2 came out, I looked at it and thought . . . that would be an awesome vacation camera.

Then when the Olympus E-PL3 came out and the built-in flash was removed, I thought . . . OK, I don't want to have to carry around a flash unit on vacation.

So I ended up with a Pentax Q.

But . . . now that there is a built-in flash again, I am suddenly interested in the Olympus E-PL line of cameras again. Especially since it still has the exposure mode dial. :)

IMHO this is a very nice development.

@spidermoon. Yes, the GM1 looks like a fun camera. I took a quick look at it, but was busy buying dSLR gear to chase my daughter around at gymnastics and cheer. When I turned back around to see what was happening with the GM series, I noticed the GM5 had lost the built-in flash. :(

This model it looks like the sync speed is 1/250 sec. +1

I like the idea of the built-in hot shoe on this Olympus E-PL9.

Although I never used the hot shoe on my Pentax Q (unless you count the time I mounted my Pentax AF540fgz onto it just to see how silly that looked LOL) I do want to try to toss a trigger on that camera and take some off camera flash shots with it. Just for shear curiosity.

But for this model to have a hot shoe, I think that is a good way to get that little bit better pictures if you actually do decide to carry a clip-on flash with you . . . when you know you probably could use one. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 18:13 UTC
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TacticDesigns: RE: "The E-PL9 finally has a built-in flash, so you no longer need to tote around the small external flash that came with earlier models."

Well. The Olympus E-PL1 and E-PL2 had a built-in flash.

When the Olympus E-PL2 came out, I looked at it and thought . . . that would be an awesome vacation camera.

Then when the Olympus E-PL3 came out and the built-in flash was removed, I thought . . . OK, I don't want to have to carry around a flash unit on vacation.

So I ended up with a Pentax Q.

But . . . now that there is a built-in flash again, I am suddenly interested in the Olympus E-PL line of cameras again. Especially since it still has the exposure mode dial. :)

IMHO this is a very nice development.

@drummercam +1

I actually have my Pentax Q here with me at work.

I have the Q + 01 and 02 lenses in a small camera bag tucked away in my backpack.

If I decide to go out for lunch I can just take it along and have a bit of fun!

@CharlesGordon . . . +1. For vacation, that is one of my wants since often I don't have control over where / when or how I shoot, having that built-in flash can be quite convenient to grab those vacation snaps. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 14:46 UTC

RE: "The E-PL9 finally has a built-in flash, so you no longer need to tote around the small external flash that came with earlier models."

Well. The Olympus E-PL1 and E-PL2 had a built-in flash.

When the Olympus E-PL2 came out, I looked at it and thought . . . that would be an awesome vacation camera.

Then when the Olympus E-PL3 came out and the built-in flash was removed, I thought . . . OK, I don't want to have to carry around a flash unit on vacation.

So I ended up with a Pentax Q.

But . . . now that there is a built-in flash again, I am suddenly interested in the Olympus E-PL line of cameras again. Especially since it still has the exposure mode dial. :)

IMHO this is a very nice development.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 14:24 UTC as 43rd comment | 9 replies

Nice!

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 19:48 UTC as 29th comment

Nice!

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 19:44 UTC as 16th comment
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virtualreality: Fujifilm cheap? Forget it!

. . . continued . . .

Actually, since I dropped my Canon S90 and it stopped working, I've been thinking about what to replace it with.

I thought about getting the TG-5 to replace both the S90 and my XP, which I guess is a possibility.

But . . . the S90 had the slightly bigger sensor and manual exposure controls. It just wasn't waterproof. :(

And now, the Canon G9X has a 1" sensor.

So, I've actually been thinking that I would get the Canon G9X. That way . . . when it's not wet, I can have a 1" sensor to shoot my vacation . . . and when it gets wet, sandy or cold, I still have my XP.

:)

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 13:51 UTC
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virtualreality: Fujifilm cheap? Forget it!

@penthunia,

A couple of buddies of mine went the Olympus route. Great cameras! :)

For me, I have so many cameras, I can't bring myself to spend >$500 for a waterproof camera!

When on vacation, I bring another camera. Sometimes it's my Pentax Q, Nikon D5100, Pentax ist DS . . . or, until I dropped it one too many times, sometimes I would just take the Canon S90 + the XP.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacticdesigns/20584176152/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacticdesigns/30625979036/

Are all the pictures keepers for me? LOL. Absolutely not. But, I could say the same thing even if I went around shooting with my Nikon D750. When shooting people, some shots line up temporally and some simply do not.

But I can tell you this, 100% of my shots from my XP that I got simply because I took it places I wouldn't risk any of my other cameras are infinitely better than the shots I didn't take with the cameras I didn't take with me because they would / could get damaged. :)

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 13:44 UTC
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