speculatrix

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tom graham: a photographer who worries about equipment is an amateur
a photographer who worries about money is a professional
a photographer who worries about light is a photographer

Tom

a photographer who only worries about looking cool with expensive gear is not a photographer, just a camera snob.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 12:09 UTC

I remember being on the sidelines of a football (soccer) match and there was another parent with a Nikon D3xxx, and I nailed a shot of my son saving a goal. We were comparing photos after, and she commented maybe she should get a camera like mine.

sigh.

She simply had the camera on full auto, wasn't even using exposure compensation, let alone program shift.

Few of her pictures were accurately focussed, most had poor exposure (the weather was a mix of bright sunshine interspersed with dark clouds, so exposure was tricky) and she wasn't anticipating the actual timing of the kick, so missing the shot entirely.

All those things could have been overcome with her humble D3xxx, if she had only read and practised a beginners guide to photography!

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 12:07 UTC as 12th comment
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Toselli: I understand the spirit, but the execution is a bit unfair. First of all choosing to do portraits in good light, where resolution, low light capabilities, dynamic range and AF speed are not really important. Second choosing a 35mm for portrait? The 60 mm (40mm x 1.5) is a more natural perspective for portrait. What would have been the result making sport picture (maybe even indoors), the professional using a tamron 70-300 4.5-6.3 and the amateur something like a 400/2.8 with a set of multipliers?

I agree. Also, send them out to take photos in poor light, e.g. a city at night, a night club or concert.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 12:01 UTC
On article Taco night in 4K with with Panasonic GX850 (9 comments in total)

dang, I'm feeling a strong urge to go to the nearest Mexican restaurant!!

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 09:38 UTC as 1st comment
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Sergey Borachev: I think these borderless displays are simply dumb. So are the ultra think bodies. Why not just a small border for more protection, and slightly thicker body for more battery life, and a removable SDcard, plus standard earphone plugs for compatibility (in case you lose the wireless phones). I don't need my phone as jewellery. If I have to spend big bugs for a phone, I would rather have the extra money for the special borderless display etc spent on the battery, functionality and real phone features.

why?

because, lets face it, phones of two years ago were good enough.
* the cameras have reached the limits of physics/optics.
* the displays have pixels too small to be seen even when held uncomfortably close.
* they have the same amount of memory and storage as desktop computers of four years ago.
* wifi has caught up with cabled network speeds.
* audio quality is on a par with moderate quality hifi (24 bit DACs, low noise analogue stages etc)
* waterproofing (finally made it over from Sony's range!)
* high speed charging and wireless charging commonplace

there's really nothing new to offer.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 23:39 UTC

you've really got to be careful when you have a bare behind!

mispelling deliberate.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 17:07 UTC as 2nd comment
On article NASA image of the day captures galactic battle (7 comments in total)
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Majauskasson: Another fake NASA picture. You cannot get that kind of resolution. This is photo-shopped. As in Apollo and Mars - all photos are photo shopped. NASA does not have rovers on the moon. Never been there. Check out Devon, Canada. The sky on Mars should be black not red - 0.04 psi air pressure is near vacuum - red is for show - people believe this nonsense. Like the moon Mars' sky is black. Again, photoshopped. Mars Viking and Curiosity were claimed to have parachuted to the Mars surface. Again, not possible at 0.04 psi atmospheric pressure - parachutes don't work in a near vacuum - simple physics. NASA has been lying to Americans and the world over 50 years and continue to lie. Their billions in funding depends on gullible, scientifically retarded taxpayers to swallow the baloney NASA keeps throwing out. Such as this fake picture aka CGI.

yes, it's true I tell ya!
Likewise, there's never been any rockets, and satellites have never gone to orbit, so GPSs are fake, satellite TV is fake.
In fact, you've been in a coma for years, this is all just a figment of your fevered imagination! Wake up!

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 17:04 UTC
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StephanBG: It totally makes sense to put Lumix cameras into consumer products, hopefully this means more exposure in shops and much more marketing. But consumer division should have better deals and contacts to shops and larger marketing budget.

In the UK you can find Lumix cameras on show in the two main retailers who have a presence in most cities. PCWorld and John Lewis. Both have a variety of models, and JL have the GH and also sell lenses.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 06:35 UTC
On article How would you improve the Panasonic GH5? (16 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: This guy claims that most of these things can easily be done with a firmware update. In most cases I highly doubt that is true.

Auto Focus during Slow motion has never been done with Panasonic cameras so I doubt there is an easy fix there.

Also the focus zoom in feature probably has some limitations that cause it to not be an option during filming. He even mentions some of the reasons why it may not be desirable.

His arguments about wanting audio for slow motion video aren’t really that practical. The audio would be slowed down and not very useful.

If you use the AVC-HD codec then it offers the very low bit rates that he requires for some reason. I am not sure why he couldn’t figure that out on his own.

The ISO display with Auto ISO would be nice. It does it with stills so it should be able to do it with video as well.

His battery grip problems can be mostly solved with the battery grip setting. Not sure why he didn’t explore that setting in more detail.

Did you listen to what he actually said? What he wanted was *initial* focus lock, he accepted that auto-focus during shooting wasn't necessarily possible.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 21:10 UTC
On article How would you improve the Panasonic GH5? (16 comments in total)
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Tommi K1: I would seriously abandon the "Still" side, make the camera more for the video shooters and focus on that.
The side articulating screen isn't good for video (they don't need vertical position) nor for still shooters, so it is compromise for both.

an articulating screen is useful, vital even, when you want to take pictures of movies when holding the camera over your head (e.g. over the heads of a crowd) or from down low. Also, you can position the screen to avoid reflected glare when shooting outdoors.

why rule out still photography?

a nice feature with these cameras is that you can grab stills whilst shooting video.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 19:54 UTC
On article Huawei P10 camera review (92 comments in total)
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speculatrix: this is 5.1" and you're calling it a phablet? By current standards, this is a below average size phone!

sorry, I misread it.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 19:39 UTC
On article Huawei P10 camera review (92 comments in total)

this is 5.1" and you're calling it a phablet? By current standards, this is a below average size phone!

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:05 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies
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firemachine69: So... Why hasn't anyone talked about a mini umbrella that just attaches to the camera itself...

yeah, just make it clip into the flash hot-shoe.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 15:33 UTC

why isn't there a mini umbrella that attaches to a camera's hot-shoe?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 15:32 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
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Albert Valentino: They didn't help themselves by recently creating a different name for the same product depending on where they are selling it. That simply confuses consumers trying to figure out what't what. Which brings us to marketing, or lack of it. Unlike Sony, they never seemed to throw much money into marketing their line so name recognition for photography is poor. So now the question becomes, 'do we thow real money into marketing the line or not'.

Hopefully, the new management have a love of photography and want to make products they love to own. If bean counters get in to just mass produce widgets, then the line will have no soul and likely die off.

What could breath real life into the line is a miracle. That miracle is the mythical organic sensor, which has been 2-3 years away for the past four years ☹️

All I was asking was some figured to back up your statement on the comparative size of the market. So I thought I'd answer it myself.

I found some figures showing that camera sales have been in free fall since 2012. https://photographylife.com/a-few-thoughts-about-the-camera-market/

This suggests that mirrorless and DSLR market shares are growing at the expense of compact, but absolute sales numbers are falling.

So it's not just going to be m43, it'll be all makes, all formats, all brands,

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
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Albert Valentino: They didn't help themselves by recently creating a different name for the same product depending on where they are selling it. That simply confuses consumers trying to figure out what't what. Which brings us to marketing, or lack of it. Unlike Sony, they never seemed to throw much money into marketing their line so name recognition for photography is poor. So now the question becomes, 'do we thow real money into marketing the line or not'.

Hopefully, the new management have a love of photography and want to make products they love to own. If bean counters get in to just mass produce widgets, then the line will have no soul and likely die off.

What could breath real life into the line is a miracle. That miracle is the mythical organic sensor, which has been 2-3 years away for the past four years ☹️

sure, APS-C is a format, but it becomes a brand and proprietary format depending on the brand of camera it's in.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
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Albert Valentino: They didn't help themselves by recently creating a different name for the same product depending on where they are selling it. That simply confuses consumers trying to figure out what't what. Which brings us to marketing, or lack of it. Unlike Sony, they never seemed to throw much money into marketing their line so name recognition for photography is poor. So now the question becomes, 'do we thow real money into marketing the line or not'.

Hopefully, the new management have a love of photography and want to make products they love to own. If bean counters get in to just mass produce widgets, then the line will have no soul and likely die off.

What could breath real life into the line is a miracle. That miracle is the mythical organic sensor, which has been 2-3 years away for the past four years ☹️

@albert valentino wrote: "the m43 market is small".. small compared to what?

can you quote sales figures for all the m43rd cameras sold by Oly + Pan + Kodak + Yi ++,
vs Nikon vs Canon? I'd like to know.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:18 UTC
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fPrime: Another nail in the mFT coffin.

m43rd is a pretty popular standard. Now that Nikon have pulled the plug on their MILC products, and Canon being half hearted about theirs, I can see m43rd continuing well. There are quite a few companies, not just Panasonic or Olympus, who are in this space.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:15 UTC
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ovatab: no biggie if they slash 5 out of 12 "compact" models - http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix-cameras-video-cameras/lumix-digital-cameras.html

on the one hand I agree that Panasonic have too many models, trying to make something to please everything. On the other hand, many of them are much the same under the skin.
So I think they can afford to simplify their product range, to make it easier to explain to consumers and focus their marketing efforts (pun intended) to maximise sales.
And this applies to their compacts, bridge and m43rd ranges.

I think too they have neglected the smartphone-like features in some cameras. I have a Lumix G6 and the wifi feature for uploading photos to services like flickr is next to useless. The other use of wifi, allowing remote control by a smartphone is kind of OK, they should have dropped the former and made the latter work much better.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:12 UTC

Digital imaging has made so many things possible, from satellite imaging (though there have been spy satellites which took images on film and sent the film back down to earth) to space exploration, medical science, oceanography and uncountable other things.

I think it's fair to say that this invention and subsequent applied engineering have made immeasurable changes to human life.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 17:35 UTC as 1st comment
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