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ttran88: Are people uncomfortable paying 2k for an Olympus body because of its sensor size? Sony, Canon and Nikon all have 2k+ bodies and people seem to be a ok with them.

@Stanislav Vasiliev
not common mistake at all. The images speak for themselves. Just look at images captured from expensive glass on Micro Four Third cameras on any popular image site like Flickr or 500px and compare it with any cheap entry level APSC camera with kit lens. The difference in sensor shows. You'd have to be blind to ignore it. This is especially visible for landscape shots. Although many people are happy with the size of the format and find the compromise in IQ bearable.

I for one wouldn't waste an Iceland trip by carrying a MFT camera. Much prefer a Sony NEX 6/A6000/A6300 with kit lens or really any apsc camera with a wide angle or kit lens for landscape.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 01:04 UTC
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Internet Enzyme: Sony should really stop with constantly increasing the prices of their cameras. They're pricing themselves out of the market. Do what all phone manufacturers do. I would've been fine with $1000 for this but those $400 are a big deal. $400 for IBIS, a touchscreen, a larger buffer, and a new menu system. Seems like an ok value. But when I look at something like the A7 II which is the same price used, this seems too expensive.

@NoMirror99: except the M5 has smaller sensor and IQ will be nowhere near what you can achieve with Sony

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 21:31 UTC
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telawrence: With an AF like that you might be thinking sport and wildlife, or children who can run as fast a cheetah or twitch like a bird! But no weather sealing! And for lenses we have ... ah, Sony seem to have forgotten about the fast lenses.

not counting FF… there are 32 lenses With AF for apsc emount. Where as Fuji has 36. Once you count FF… then that number goes up significantly. There's plent of fast primes too. Fast telephoto is the only thing missing… but I'm guessing not for too long.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 21:15 UTC
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AkashRana: It's a very nicely put together camera with rich features and performance. Though I feel sorry for the guys who bought A6300 like 6 months ago will have to pump out more money if they want these features. This camera is what A6300 all along should have been

If I were in your shoes, I'd return the a6300 and pick a used a6000 for now for $600 or less.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
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Mateus1: Ok, but did Sony announced any new prime or zoom to A6500 or will we be waiting other 4 years hoping it will add one to its poor lenses choice? Oh, wait we can buy many new G FF for 1500-2500$ each, right? I saw Sony adds with FF G lenses mounted to A6500.

What are you missing in the current linut ineup?

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 01:12 UTC
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malabito: Can someone expalin to me what's so wrong about the rent fee of Adobe? I work with software and usually you pay a rent fee as in Adobe, or pay for the software but still need to pay a monthly or yearly rate for service and updates, after the first year, is call service contract. Is people really expecting to pay 150usd for a software and have it updated for the rest of the life every time a new release comes by?

There are 2 kinds of people, those who pay for a subscription fee and those who like to own their digital assets. Whether we're music, videos or software.
There are different use cases and some use cases fit one option and other fits the second option.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 22:58 UTC
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duartix: This is an elaborate joke for sure.

Snapseed is as fast as anything else out there, opens DNG RAWs, provides live editing in realtime, includes a big chunk of Nik filters, with it's touch interface it's light years ahead of anything else when it comes to interface, and it will also run on my smartphone.

The catch is it's still not batch oriented, but you can batch develop each image while already working on the next. I'm sure this is no workflow for Pros that develop thousands of pictures a month but for personal use, this is "daxit".

Goodbye PC editing...

Agree, snapseed is so good, it makes me want to buy a tablet, so that I can use that as my dedicated photo editing and storage solution. The only issue of using it on the phone is that the screen is too small. So a tablet with a 128Gig or 256Gig micro sd card would be a perfect solution.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2160 comments in total)
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martinianox: i think sony wants too much out of Little cameras...its a great promise...but if you are a profesional, you know you can go great with Nikon, canon, ect gear wich is intended for the purpose, despite de bigger machines...
im an enthusiast photographer, but here in argentina these kind of equipment is really expensive for us...i got a canon powershot sx410is , automatic shotting camera and am very happy, for 1/5 of this sony's price...
i wouldnt be sure wich segment this camera is intended for...not for pros. neighter for southamerican enthusiast, for sure...i would get such camera provided i had money... But...if i had money to buy such things....i would have even a bit more and get a Nikon FX camera...or a sony A7 ..full frame! i wouldn't care about portability, because i can bare a small alternative camera for secondary use....i dont really undersand the gap of users to wich this technology is aimed at... almost-but-not profesional use.

You mentioned 2 ends of the spectrum - a reasonably priced P&S and a Full frame DSLR/Mirrorless. A Full frame camera and lens requires spending upwards of $2K and results in gear weighing at least a few Kilograms (Canon/Nikon starts at roughly 5KG for the 6D body & 24-105). The lower end of the spectrum is a P&S which only weighs few grams (roughly <500).

In between is all the mirrorless MFT & APSC systems. If you go with APSC, your starting kit would be prices around a thousand dollars and weight less than 2KGs. If you go mirrorless, price might be similar to apsc but the weight will be even less.

Of course I've made broad generalizations here. The specifics depend on what you pick. But my point is there is a place for these gear. Some people don't need to spend and carry the weight of FF and they can get by with these intermediate options.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 01:56 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2160 comments in total)
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chris boettcher: I have to say that in terms of IQ, the A6300 is not a big step up from the NEX-7 body. I bought the A6300 and used it for about a week, shooting a variety of subjects side by side with my NEX 7s, using the same lenses on both cameras. I really wanted to like the new model, but besides the menus being much more accessible and rational, and the quicker autofocus, I thought the ergonomics had actually taken a step backwards. It feels more like a brick than the NEX7 and has a less secure handgrip profile. It just doesn't feel right to me. In terms of APSC IQ nothing is as good as the Sony APSC sensor and their image processing engine. I tried out the Oly EM1, the Pen-F, the Lumix GX8 and the GX7. There is a lot to like in those cameras: In body stabilization, good ergonomic design of the dials and buttons, nice prime lenses too, but the bottom line is that their image quality is not as good as the Sony's either the NEX7 or the A6000-A6300.

Its true the biggest improvement from NEX to a6300 is improved AF-S/AF-C, few usability improvements and 4K, all of these are nice to have's but hard to justify for ~$1000. Anyone that has used NEX for long has already made peace with the old menus and are able to work with it. So as much as people like to make a deal out of Sony menus, I don't find it a huge improvement, its just different and in both cases you have to learn the menus.

On the contrary all those MFT cameras have lot of mid-range features, but the sensor is nowhere near Sony's APSC sensor. Even an NEX camera easily outperforms the latest MFT camera in terms of IQ.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 01:47 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (483 comments in total)
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ddd - rrr: I've shot over 5,000 photos with the Panasonic G7 since it arrived, and I LIKE THIS CAMERA! Here's why:

- EVERYTHING on this camera is adjustable/customizable, so I can work out how I want to assign buttons, wheel operations, etc. for the way I like to use the camera. I change the white-balance presets to be what I want and then I change the settings for both the EVF and the rear screen to show me what I'm getting. I set up each photo mode using its adjustment controls for a specific purpose.

- I can use the electronic shutters at all times (except for flash photos), with no sound and no shake from the shutter.

- Carrying and using this small and light MFT gear is just plain FUN!

- I can work on the resulting images in Gimp to get results that print SHARPLY and well for tonality, color, and smoothness to 16.5"x22"+ image area.

What more could anyone want? BTW, brief MFT lens reviews (with some surprise lenses!) are at:

Cheaper lenses :) I mean the good quality primes like the nifty fifty.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 16:22 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (483 comments in total)
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olypan: Remember the weeks of hype over the Canon 750/760D. We had pre previews, hands on, preview, review, post review, Canon littering the top of the news page day after day. DPR are dropping the G7 like a bad smell.
Oh I'm imagining all this of course?

Actually the G7 viewfinder alone kicks the crap out of all the entry level and mid-range Canon DSLRs. 70D or 7D are the only ones who might have a viewfinder as good.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 16:22 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (483 comments in total)

I played with a G7 at a B&H last week, because I've been longing a DSLR like camera with chunky buttons, grippy body and a large viewfinder. And I have to say, I was quite impressed with G7. It has one of the nicest Viewfinders of all cameras right now. I would say the viewfinder is even better than X-T1. You have to use it to believe it, its just larger and with good coverage. I'm surprised most reviews aren't doing justice to the viewefinder.

Everything else seemed very nice and usable. I'm tired of these tiny mirrorless bodies with menu driver controls. This seemed like a breath of fresh air.

Now if only, they added auto exposure bracketing with 5 frames, 2 full EV steps apart, like the OM-D EM1, that would've been perfect. But may be in another couple of iterations.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 23:20 UTC as 121st comment | 2 replies
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nemark: Knowing the (POOOR) quality of Sony lenses, I`ll wait some practical results, tests and comments to create my own opinion. Nice collection of focal lengths and apertures, but discussable q. (Don`t confuse Sony with Zeiss-for-Sony.)

Yeah, agree. I tried the 16-50 power zoom in store today. While I personally like the 18-55 more because of its build quality, 16-50 has a better range (for me). Coming from Canon DSLR, the test shots taken with both of these seem so much better than the 18-55 on canon.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 23:41 UTC
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peevee1: 16-50 is OK. I guess depends on quality, E18-55 is incredibly bad for a modern lens.
10-18 and 35 are somewhat overpriced compared to SLR competition (Sigma 10-20 lenses are $480, Tamron 10-24 are $450 etc).

If you come from a canon kit lens 18-55, the Sony E18-55 is a vast improvement :)

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 23:34 UTC
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Ben O Connor: It just prooves again: If you want the best shot, dont get fixed lens ! Buy even smallest sensored interchangable camera body and add a pancake lens on it. You could add any lens when you got richer. You can even get a camera bag too !!

(I dont know noone who could wear panths jacket has bulky pockets to handle X100... sorry it has never be compact though..)

And which f/2 lens do you use with you Sony Nex? Can you even get that combo for $1200?

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2012 at 19:02 UTC
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snake_b: I simply bought a K-5 with a couple of primes. It's seriously not that much bigger than an x100, true, in a dSLR format, but a small one. Everything I want is there, with fewer compromises, like AF, lens limitations, shutter speed limits, and so on. The X100 is a good performer, but rough around the edges. If some of these things were worked out, I'd likely have gotten one, but in the meantime, the K-5 leaves me wanting NOTHING. I wouldn't even sacrifice this performance for something smaller.

669 euros new with rebate, 359 for a used FA35 F2, 180 for a used F50 1.7, and I have just about everything I need.

score :)

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2012 at 18:57 UTC
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Polyfem: Hats off for Fujifilm. Instead of just letting the X100 on its own they keep improving its attraction. Great firmware updates and now this. I'm not sure I'll use it since the difference between 28 and 35 isn't significant, but, knowing myself, I'll probably acquiere one after all - the price is very nice.

I just wish they'd upgrade their assecories, especially their bags. The fine leather holster was useless from the beginning - they should make a decent bag which could contain the camera with UV filter, the cap, the hood and now the converter. It's meaningless to have a fine leather holster which cannot contain the rather few extras for this camera.


I found full leather cover to be too much hassle. I like my camera readily available when needed, rest of the time its in a bag with nice cushion.

So, I got the leather half cover with a hole at the bottom for changing batteries. This protects the bottom. The top is left open, but that makes it convenient to operate.

For the lens, I got the converter and hood, and a uv filter by B+W. Its an awesome setup and all elements are protected.

Looking fwd to get the Wide angle converter for landscape.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2012 at 18:41 UTC
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