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On article Throwback Thursday: Photokina's greatest hits (46 comments in total)

I bought the G1, and it still gets the odd outing. Very nice images. I'd use it more but the handling drives me insane; too many small buttons crammed on the back, too easy to grab and find you've ended up in some mode or other which takes you minutes to get out of. EVF is pretty dismal but it's good enough for framing, which is what it's there for.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 15:54 UTC as 5th comment
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1614 comments in total)

Good article. FF isn't an upgrade to APS-C or whatever. It's just different. OK the quality can be great, but that's only one potential difference, and the alternatives too can produce quality output. Get full frame because you like what it offers in its own right, not because it's an inevitable step up.

The other fallacy is that it's an either or situation. You can keep what you have if you're broadly happy with it, as well as adding FF. You may find that FF gives you a momentum which renders your current system redundant, if so sell it, but you may well not; they may be complementary.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 7th comment

Price starts at £1099 in the UK (body only). Considering the non-existence of native lenses which are good enough to exploit that sensor, that is steep.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 16:24 UTC as 31st comment
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Donnie G: How is it that Canon's EOS ILCs, whether mirrorless or DSLR, continues to attract swarms of new buyers regardless of their cameras' higher costs and other inexcusable faults as perceived by the critics on this site? Well, I'll tell you how. Canon's ILCs all have one thing in common no matter what skill level their cameras are aimed at. Ease Of Use! Nobody does "ease of use" better than Canon.

Real world shoppers, for the most part, aren't gear-heads who are prone to argue over whether or not the camera records 4k video, has a mirror box or not, etc, etc.. Real world shoppers buy Canon because those cameras are "easy to use". Easy to use exposure controls, focusing tools, menus, connectivity, and the list goes on and on. Add to that, Canon's world class customer service, and it becomes easy to see why Canon is the preferred choice among Real World Shoppers. :))

Think you're right about the Canon brand. Goes back to film days when it was the hobbyist king-pin; it was as though with buying Canon you couldn't go far wrong. Which was probably right. Me, I went for Nikon because after a lot of deliberation it suited me better. Nobody's going to make a serious error buying the M5. If they can afford it.

Not even sure ease of use is right. I had the original M for a short while, and have a SX280 HS to stick in the pocket. Hate the file structure, with date-orientated folders. And the manual and menus are trying too hard to be "easy" when they're not. But the target buyer may not worry.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 19:29 UTC

Interesting article. Might even think about an IPhone 7 myself. Might. My mobile is over 10 years old and gets used about 4 times a year. Still, you never know.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 21:45 UTC as 395th comment | 1 reply

Love this stuff. I go for images which show what's out there, and these do it in bucket loads.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 14:54 UTC as 36th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the Samsung NV10 (75 comments in total)

What's wrong with the cat pic? Great soft focus, artistic grain. It's attitude which makes a pic, not cold analysis... Any pro will tell you that.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 23:31 UTC as 18th comment

Why not full-frame? Throw out all the unnecessary junk. A full-frame digital mju; now that would sell!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 18:12 UTC as 89th comment
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (459 comments in total)

I had the eos m for a short while. Liked the build quality, disappointed with the image quality (for landscapes). Canon needs to genuinely put it's DSLR innards in an M series, and stick in a viewfinder. That could be popular.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 20:08 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply

At about that time I knew it was time to try digital and was weighing up the pros and cons of the various models; I waited just a little longer to grab a Nikon 800 in January 2000. Great little camera: 1600x1200 resolution, good 2x zoom lens, good metering and good colours. Good enough to keep me going for 4 years until I upgraded to the 8mp Nikon 8400, which still gets used.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 18:04 UTC as 53rd comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (265 comments in total)

DPR said this about the Df: "while its cool retro design may make it seem appealing, trust us that the Nikon D750 is a better camera in absolutely every aspect". Once again DPR doesn't understand the Df. Forget about "cool". The Df offers a set of controls and shooting experience which is different from the other cameras in this review and which will appeal to some photographers. The D750 is different. Both are valid choices. Both take excellent pics. Which appeals the most depends on what the photographer wants. The Df is OK.

Also, yet again: "As far as its design is concerned, the Df's top plate offers dedicated shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO dials. Unfortunately, these controls haven't been particularly well integrated: all their functions are duplicated elsewhere, rendering them somewhat redundant and making it harder than you'd expect to find a coherent and consistent way of using the camera". So the Df offers you a choice, and this is bad????

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 18:24 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 2: Full-Frame (282 comments in total)
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NCB: Is there such a thing as a "first-time full-frame buyer"? Anybody buying full-frame is likely to be experienced. What they buy will surely depend on personal issues such as size, weight, cost, features they're looking for, performance they think they need, other factors such as lenses available and cost thereof, and so on. Don't think the concept of entry-level full-frame holds up.

What I'm saying is that, mostly, people who come to that point where buying a full-frame camera makes sense to them, aren't going to think about "entry-level" as such. There is a range of cameras available, and they'll assess their needs and to try buy something which matches. A D610 is no more entry-level than a D810; they are just different cameras, offering different things.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 23:41 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 2: Full-Frame (282 comments in total)

Is there such a thing as a "first-time full-frame buyer"? Anybody buying full-frame is likely to be experienced. What they buy will surely depend on personal issues such as size, weight, cost, features they're looking for, performance they think they need, other factors such as lenses available and cost thereof, and so on. Don't think the concept of entry-level full-frame holds up.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 16:07 UTC as 54th comment | 6 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-800 (209 comments in total)

Bought a D5500 recently. I'm not a fan of the grip; I think it's been made to fit in with small size of the camera. My old D3100 is better. In fact, for simply going out and taking great pics with minimum of fuss I prefer the D3100. If you're thinking of the D5500 I'd suggest taking a close look at the D3300, and then deciding which one better fits your needs.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 20:46 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies

Magical colours. That's what matters.

OK, it's good for action as well. Exceptionally good.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 21:19 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1141 comments in total)

Normally I wouldn't by a 28mm fixed lens camera. It's too wide for a lot of what I shoot, and cropping in post isn't the answer; I'd rather see the essence of what I'm after in the viewfinder. But the game changer here is Leica's digital crop; even at 50mm you end up with an 8mp file, enough for most purposes. I could live with that.

I'd have liked to have seen more landscape shots in the gallery, using jpeg. DNG files "adjusted to taste" create more questions than they answer.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 17:28 UTC as 96th comment | 1 reply
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (541 comments in total)

Thought with the GX7 you could still use lens-based IS in those lenses which had it? This review implies that only in-body IS is available.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 17:59 UTC as 115th comment | 3 replies

Sigh. After a couple of years of shooting with the Nikon Df I still don't understand the sly digs at it. It's fine.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 15:28 UTC as 69th comment | 6 replies

Bet one of these appears in the forthcoming Nikon Dm.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 13:04 UTC as 9th comment
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RichRMA: "I still believe the OVF is (cough, cough) FAR better than any new-fangled EVF thing!"

OVFs give you a great view of what you are taking. An EVF potentially gives you a good view of what the result will be. Unfortunately, EVFs rarely give an accurate view of what the result will be. Yet. One day they may. Currently it's all down to personal preference. I feel more comfortable with an OVF.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 13:02 UTC
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