captura

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On article Sony announces FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens (136 comments in total)

When (if ever) will Sony launch some new lenses specifically for the smaller NEX, A6000 lineup? It's been years since the last one.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 00:35 UTC as 5th comment | 5 replies
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (375 comments in total)
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mcshan: Compare a couple of hundred shots on Flickr of each camera and it is obvious the Ricoh is the better.

Coolpix 'A' is the best in it's class. Now that it's looking like there might be some new Nikon 1 models, maybe there will also be a Coolpix 'B,' soon?

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)
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LEGACYMOMENTSPHOTOGRAPHY: As long as its a viewfinder thats all i care about! Optical has its advantages and electronic has its.

I recently picked up a cheap Sony A3000 with perhaps the worst performing EVF and screen in the business. But as long as I use one of the AF modes, with an OSS e-mount lens, it doesn't really matter. The reason for this purchase is to use longer/heavier lenses like the e-55/210, and enjoy the great handling of this bigger DSLR-like body.
So in this situation, the viewfinder doesn't matter to me.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 20:41 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)

Nice article, but are those marijuana bushes that Richard is peeking through?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 20:33 UTC as 242nd comment | 1 reply
On article Sony A3000 First Impressions Review (621 comments in total)

Ha ha, I just bought a new one, dirt cheap. I switched it over to the Made-In-Japan variant of the 18-55, which was designed to suit the higher needs of the 24 mp NEX-7.
The 20mp sensor equals or outperforms the NEX-7, although I do get some moire.
I plan to use this A3000 for shooting with heavier telephoto lenses, and for video.
The grip and handling is fantastic. Don't mind the menu as I'm used to it.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 17:13 UTC as 18th comment
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random78: Olympus often seems to get more limelight in the history of Micro-Four Thirds and mirrorless. However I think the real breakthrough product was the Panasonic G1. Obviously it was the first mirrorless camera, but also it had three important features which ensured that mirrorless will be taken as a serious camera system rather than a glorified P&S. First it offered an EVF experience which was a credible alternative to OVF. The EVFs before G1 were extremely poor whereas G1 had an amazing EVF for that time. Second it had a pretty fast AF in single shot. Third it had a full set of controls expected by DSLR users. The E-P1 from Olympus didn't have any of these features. I am pretty sure that if it was the first mirrorless instead of G1, it would have been dismissed by most reviewers as a 'P&S' camera with a large sensor which did not have what it takes to meet the needs of a 'serious' photographer. G1 ensured that people viewed mirrorless as mini-DSLR, rather than big P&S.

I still have 2 G1's. Last time I checked, they are still amazing.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 05:00 UTC
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captura: I still have a TZ4 and will take it out of the drawer and try it again, for a few days.
I hope DPR will re-run the Lumix LX3, now that was a real trail-blazer. I still use mine for B&W photos. Something about that sensor...

@rhurani, Sorry to hear that.
There are a number of sites with home-grown solutions for a stuck lens, if you haven't tried. But perhaps the simplest I found was this one for lens barrel cleaning, involving:
- A piece of paper
- A vacuum cleaner
- A pencil
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/29/how-to-mend-a-compact-camera-with-a-stuck-lens

Good luck!
Steve

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 16:20 UTC
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captura: I still have a TZ4 and will take it out of the drawer and try it again, for a few days.
I hope DPR will re-run the Lumix LX3, now that was a real trail-blazer. I still use mine for B&W photos. Something about that sensor...

True. I believe the LX5 shared most of the LX3's virtues plus you could add an external EVF.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 21:14 UTC
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alcaher: Is there any way that i can go back to the 80's or 90's? All these new technology is too much for me.

Back to the Future.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 16:05 UTC

I'm waiting for Elon Musk to invent the Super-Selfie.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 18:50 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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Drive: The pricing is surprisingly reasonable.

I think the best deal is the Panasonic G80/G85, which offers weather sealing and more features, for the lower price of $999 on Amazon.com, with 12-60mm Lens, Polaroid 64GB SD, 2 Spare Batteries, Charger, Bag and Accessory Bundle

https://www.dpreview.com/news/0242348371/panasonic-lumix-dmc-g85-offers-weather-sealing-updated-is-system-larger-viewfinder

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 02:17 UTC
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triplejaydee: Why aren't more compact cameras using folded optics these days?

I believe that folding optics meant slower lens-focusing times, which is why Panasonic abandoned the idea after the TZ1.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 22:33 UTC
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WT21: I didn't get a TZ until the TZ5, but it was that camera that broke my love affair with Canon -- when I realized all the cool stuff I wanted was never in a Canon pocket camera (super advanced things like 720 video, 28mm wide, long zoom in pocket cam, etc.) Canon was always like 2-3 years behind.

@revio. The slightly more basic TZ4 was known to be more reliable than the TZ5.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 22:24 UTC
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revio: Did (any of) the following TZ long zooms also have the folded optics??

I have a (dead) TZ5 but never ever did I hear or read about folded optics in that model (never heard of it regarding the TZ1 either, at the time)

The TS1 and the FP8 also had folding optics. Problem? Slow focus acquisition.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 22:22 UTC
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Martian Keyboard: The folded optics like this and that used in binoculars perhaps could make a
comeback, and even be used in phones.
Maybe this article will spurn more interest and development in folded optics.

It is being used in phones.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 22:07 UTC
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Lan: Finally, a hat fit for a president!

Yes, and a little pop-out mirror to do selfies!

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 23:17 UTC
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captura: I still have a TZ4 and will take it out of the drawer and try it again, for a few days.
I hope DPR will re-run the Lumix LX3, now that was a real trail-blazer. I still use mine for B&W photos. Something about that sensor...

@marc: For me, the special thing about the LX3 is it's ability to make excellent B & W images from it's tiny CCD sensor, particularly in the high-contrast Dynamic mode. Modern sensors are not really suited for B&W, out of the box. I never use it for color but the LX3 is still my go-to B&W camera.

"One of the most interesting aspects of the LX3, and certainly a very influential factor in my decision to buy one, was – and still is – the Dynamic Black & White setting, to be found within the selection of Film Modes. This setting, in combination with the 16:9 format, is one of my very favourites … albeit jpeg output only. I can forego the flexibility of RAW files when the DBW results are just so good, and get so close to the look of film. Deep blacks, tons of contrast, and yet a decent level of detail, all combine to make it a very hard act to follow."
https://lx3imaging.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/lx3-dynamic-black-white/

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 19:23 UTC
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captura: I still have a TZ4 and will take it out of the drawer and try it again, for a few days.
I hope DPR will re-run the Lumix LX3, now that was a real trail-blazer. I still use mine for B&W photos. Something about that sensor...

Rhurani, hope you can fix it. Here's some ideas:
https://www.photo.net/discuss/threads/dropped-my-lx3-what-now.371624/
http://lightscrape.blogspot.ca/2012/04/broken-lx3-resurrected-by-francisco.html
Steve

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 17:51 UTC

I still have a TZ4 and will take it out of the drawer and try it again, for a few days.
I hope DPR will re-run the Lumix LX3, now that was a real trail-blazer. I still use mine for B&W photos. Something about that sensor...

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 15:45 UTC as 36th comment | 12 replies
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PPierre: Lenses lenses lenses. No way I invest in this over the A7II when Sony hasn't released any new lens for 3 years, and seems to think it will sell its A6500 with a Zeiss 16-70f4 which has had so many bad reviews that it's just too risky to spend $1000 on it.

Sony, get real, release lenses first, then come back with an A9 or A7III or A7000. You can't sell such expensive bodies when the lens line-up doesn't follow. So far, it's great for the A7 line-up, but regarding the APS-C line-up, you're far from it. Lenses, lenses, lenses (16f2.8 with great sharpness to the corners, 85mm below $600, and a zoom that's good enough to rival the Fuji 18-55f2.8-4).

The 16-70 is another lens known to suffer from 'sample variance.'

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 02:19 UTC
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