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On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (209 comments in total)

I am not an OM fan, but I did own an old E300 FT not MFT, it is a DSLR not mirrorless if you can recall, it was my first DSLR and it took very good photos, but then I switched to Pentax, the reason was the handling, also I want a bigger sensor. It is funny to say that, I just can't live with the 'pointy' dial and buttons they hurt me so much ha lol !
I handled few OM P&S and mirrorless, the controls are more or less having sharp edges. I read an ad of a rugged P&S of theirs mentioned that, the buttons are so designed to provide the user a better feel and grip in cold weather while wearing glove and this is logical, but it seems that applied to every cameras in their lineup too !

I can not deny OM cameras are good looking, advanced and took good photos, but they are bit too small even on my small hands and too 'pointy' for comfortable handling, or this is just me !

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 07:19 UTC as 4th comment
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Impulses: I'm kind of surprised someone managed to burn the iris on a lens as wide wide as the Panasonic 20mm pictured... I'm guessing that took more than a few seconds to happen.

Lenses nowadays are made with plastic blades

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 12:00 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (639 comments in total)

I fancy a Foven camera for long time, but the price was just too high for me until recently, Sigma released couple fixed lens Quattro made me rethink, and now the Quattro H. According to Amazon the price of the SD Quattro with lens is similar to the fixed lens one, it seems silly to get a fixed lens one. I know there are limitation in the Quattro compare with a regular bayer sensor one, it is the color and sharpness made it stand out from the crowd. I have a regular DSLR already, getting a Quattro means invest on another line of lenses, and limit to day time shooting, no wildlife no sport...etc., so I guess I will get a used one with fixed lens to get a taste of the Foven.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 08:15 UTC as 6th comment

I am stupid and don't understand why shooting in Live View caused the damage, AFAIK in most DSLR the mirror is up in Live View, so the damage will cause to the lens and sensor, the lens will always suffer no matter live view or not.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 07:34 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies
On photo NOLA beauty in the Beautiful caucasian female faces challenge (2 comments in total)

Perfect shot almost, what's the other guy behind doing to her hair ??

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 05:49 UTC as 1st comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (64 comments in total)

I had a IXUS long time ago I forgot what model, it took beautiful picture and solidly built, as far as I remember the body warm up very soon after some shooting, and just after the one year warranty expired it got problem on the LCD, half of the screen blackout, the repair cost is as much as the camera cost and need to ship back to Japan to repair, I've no other choice but sold it as parts.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 05:43 UTC as 17th comment
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km25: Digital is fast and perhaps a better creator of detail. Digital will give a slow film all the way up to fast film. Films have "looks" that can be part of the JPEG process. You change, undo with RAW. Therefore an Ape is able take picture of ones self, a selfy.
In the days of film, to create a proper exposure and properly focus took skill and knowledge. To day, it is more Ape like. Did Joe who has no talent and no skill ( sorry to all out there named Joe), just push the button as in those millions of monkeys
and those millions typewrites creating a War and Peace.
With film you got to know, your light ISO. Got to know lens and what will do, F stops and DOF. You got a roll ASA 200 and you knew what your after. Good God you may have read a light meter and use a gray card. It is call skill and artistry. Not saying Dig world is void of it, it's just all those monkeys.

Who called me ??? I know something about shooting film and still got few SLR and Russian copy RF....etc., I guess I still remember how to meter and process film. I always think that photography is a mix of technology and art, film or sensor doesn't mean anything itself if you don't know how and what to shoot ! well come back film and it will never die !

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 08:39 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 / G80 Review (691 comments in total)

I would love to try out this little camera when I have the funding, I wished it is less video-centric, or it would be a waste on my hand ! and I still don't understand why almost all new camera must comes with 4K video, if I were a videographer I would go for something more like a real video camera, such as the Canon XC-10, it handles much better for video shooting than any other capable still cameras and it takes still as well.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 09:09 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies

I don't know why all solar bags are in black, to receive more heat from the sun ? we all know heat does not mix with electronics especially the rechargeable battery, I better off purchase a folding/flexible panel to DIY my own bag and actually I did just that !

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 08:33 UTC as 1st comment
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2215 comments in total)

I am a Pentax (APS-C) user and I owned couple Fuji before, what I like about Fuji are the high ISO performance and white balance at low night, also the fast AF and accuracy, they are noticeable better than the Pentax, the reason I part with Fuji was the poor handling and menu design. Although the Pentax is a much heavier camera it got excellent ergonomic handling and menu design every controls are at the right place, on the other hand working with Fuji is very slow made me very tired and confusing, I hope the new firmware will improve things, I might give it another shot when I got the funding.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2016 at 02:36 UTC as 72nd comment
On article Trippy mirrored timelapse turns Hong Kong upside down (15 comments in total)

Cool effect and sound, but I am in HK, we don't need this to turn things upside down o_O

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 07:38 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Fujifilm X-E2 Review (312 comments in total)

Glad to hear that the XE-2 got new FW update, but too bad my one is long gone, I 'return' to DSLR because of the poor (sorry !) handling of the Fuji, the button layout and manual design made me very tired operating it compare to a conventional DSLR, and lack of a usable grip, even with leather case the camera is still too small and too hard to hold steady and comfortably even with my small hands... I hope the new FW can fix half of the problem, and I will seriously considering to 'come back' for another try when I've the fund, I missed so much the excellent low light IQ of the Xtrans sensor. I am happy to know that Fuji did listen to us, at least here in DP that some of the improvement on the new FW fixed my complaint about the camera.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 08:06 UTC as 19th comment

I was one of the users (?) to complain about 'silent mode', glad that Fuji listened, but I no longer have any Fuji can't test the rest of the 'improvement', may be next time...

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 09:19 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

I like Fujifilm and the first one I had was the X30, and then XE2 and then the S1,the XE2 is state of the art no doubt but I still decided to give them up and turned back to my Pentax.

Pros:
Small and light weight
X-Trans sensor out performs Pentax (K3) at high ISO (>6400) with great WB
Great lens
Excellent EVF and screen

Cons:
Grip-less body slippery very tired to hold for long period
Too much front heavy even with moderate size lens
No in body shake reduction
Bad menu design confusing and inconvenient to use *

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1. The 'base' setting is not default setting, always over write by custom setting
2. Try to delete 10 unwanted photos after checking sharpness with zoom in feature
3. "Silent mode' has something to do with flash beside the sound !
4. Occasion power on blank screen, X30 has it too

The Fujifilm is not an everyday camera, it is only for casual shooter that has plenty of time, you may disagree.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 08:54 UTC as 27th comment
On article Toshiba offers FlashAir III wireless SD card (52 comments in total)

I am using Pentax K3 and Android phone, I've all three versions of this card and I had enough !! I experienced frequent disconnection with it, the phone will disconnect the card and reconnect to a nearby hotspot, it seems something to do with the app., sometimes the card is not writable I must use another SD as backup. After some use the card will become quite hot I can even feel the heat on the camera body ! sometimes it will halt my camera I need to remove battery to reboot !!

Not only the card/app are crap the support also bad, I download the firmware update tool for the W03 but it is for V2, there is no central server for everything I must search in Japan and US sites, I am so disappointed with it but still have to use it, there is no other wifi card better than it at the moment. Eyefi is good and having the strongest wifi signal, but need an online a/c to use it, I only want to transfer the photos to the phone/tablet there is no better choice than the crappy Flashair !

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 09:23 UTC as 5th comment

Excuse my ignorance, what is SRL referring to in the home page "PENTAX New-format SLR Camera" that repeated few times ??

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 07:32 UTC as 54th comment

I like Fujifilm and I had a XE2 for a couple of months, I like the Xtrans sensor that can produce clean and smooth color correct pics in the entire ISO range, my middle class APS-C DSLR had hard time to follow beyond ISO 6400. What I don't like about Fujifilm is the flat, slippery grip-less body, combine with this f2.8 beast would be a nightmare to me to use, the combo would be too much front heavy.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 08:05 UTC as 7th comment

Just add my 2cents, did you see that how the eyelet rings/holes are installed, looks like something to do with the balancing of the camera, and I do hope that no more battery grip is needed as the body already big, the K3 with grip is just the right size for comfortable holding, and this FF already that big.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 07:22 UTC as 6th comment

Guys take cover, grandpa is coming !!!
I don't want to use the word, but this beast looks absolutely ugly to me, and the top LCD too small, I expected to see a matrix display, and the articulating screen looks like the beast is in the middle of transformation to something more lethal, or a hidden drone take to flight !!
I hope this is still an early prototype, or a nightmare of mine, I hope to see something as pretty or more pretty than the K3, I don't want a 67, or the shot was taken with a non Pentax lens with heavy distortion ??
I still want a FF, but my wallet is not as swollen as this one, I may take the next bus...

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 03:48 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On article Ricoh teases spring 2016 full-frame Pentax DSLR debut (520 comments in total)

I think one of the reasons Pentax is more affordable than the other models is they did not use much TV ads so the cost cut., I don't know other places but in Asia I hardly see a Pentax TV ad, but Nikon shows up every 15min that's annoying ! Canon follows and then Olympus....

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 04:01 UTC as 19th comment
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