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Hits the nail on the head. Photography is as much about the buzz, the sheer satisfaction of taking a pic, which is why there's a lot more to gear than specs and technology.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 17:36 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix G9 sample gallery (143 comments in total)
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JoaoPedroAB: Hi, I do enjoy your reports. However, I am a big fan of Jpeg files and according several tests, rarely the Raw ones deliver better results. Then, I think that is somewhat unfair that you present Jpeg ('directly from the camera') and Raw ('treated to taste'). It induces the readers that Raw is much better than Jpeg, which is not the case for the majority of photos. In the actual pictures presented in your report, I would say that Jpegs 'treated to taste' would deliver equivalent results as Raws treated the same way. It is minor criticism: I do like your work.

Think the OP is right, in the sense that jpegs can be improved by post-processing, a lot, and it's possible to shoot jpegs in a way which gives you maximum latitude in post-processing. So comparing unprocessed jpegs with "processed to taste" raw is a bit unfair. IF you know what you're doing and have the time, incentive and skills to do it, then raw will give you even more latitude, but how many people have those things?

Using jpegs allows you to get fairly close to what you want, simply and quickly, by using the camera's in-camera jpeg settings, just leaving a bit of tweaking to do in post. A quick and valid way of working.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix G9 sample gallery (143 comments in total)
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Mateus1: Not impressed with IQ, 20.mp is too much for tiny m4/3 sensor, even 16mp is too much to have good IQ, seems 12mp is the border. colours still so so,Panasonic has worst jpgs engine.

Matter of opinion about jpegs. I've always liked Panasonic's, still use my G1 occasionally because of that, even though I generally shoot Nikon.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 18:48 UTC

Wow! I've long been a fan of Panasonic output, have a G1, and was contemplating adding a G8 to my Nikons. This looks a terrific camera for those wanting a weatherproof pro-quality outfit. The G8 is still more suitable for what I want though.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 13:44 UTC as 137th comment
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IdM photography: Nikon are stopping DIRECT sales in Brazil... not stopping sales... Does Nikon have direct sales in the USA or in Europe? No...

Had an idea that Nikon US is actually a franchise operation; might be wrong. Nikon UK is part of Nikon; on the few occasions I've dealt with them had very good service. But Nikon UK does not sell directly, and I think that some of it's operations like some repairs are now farmed out to its approved UK "partners".

Whoops! Just checked the Nikon UK site; they do sell directly. I'm sure they didn't used to.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 14:27 UTC

Having only an e-commerce arm in a country like Brazil means a very limited presence. Not a major market. Not even an average market. Not a market worth supporting.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 23:18 UTC as 123rd comment

Landscapes?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 15:30 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (740 comments in total)
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Bueche: Something with x-trans is very wrong. Take a closer look at the leaves on the distant trees.....
https://3.img-dpreview.com/files/p/TS6000x4000~sample_galleries/5798831135/3269268294.jpg

Bad resolution and 'worms' all over the place. It actually looks like the photo was taken with a 2 MP camera.

Exactly the problem I had with my X-E2s plus 18-55 lens. It's the twigs as well as the leaves and not just the distant ones. Plain ugly.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 17:42 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (740 comments in total)

An odd review. The example images are largely low light, with no landscapes or similar. The product is expensive for what you're getting; e.g. the Nikon D5600 would be a fair comparison and only 60% of the price, whereas the D7500 is overkill. This doesn't seem a gold award camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 20:19 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies

Chill out. If it presses the right buttons with some people, why should they be called fools if they buy it?

Who knows, some years down the line it could become a cult classic.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 20:51 UTC as 140th comment

It's certainly different. Might just sell...

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 18:07 UTC as 196th comment
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fmaxwell: What's the point of buying the storied Yashica name if you are going to announce 'we are using Kickstarter because we don't even have enough capital to bring a camera to market'?

No LCD to review photos and access settings? My camera's LCD display has saved me from going home with an image that had a subject's eyes closed, the wrong focal point, distracting moving object in the background, unwanted lens flare, and a host of problems ranging from subtle to serious.

How is carrying a bulky, inconvenient, faux film cartridges better than having a "scene" dial on top of the camera?

This camera is a collection of stupid gimmicks and I have no idea who the target audience would be.

...going home with an image that had a subject's eyes closed, the wrong focal point, distracting moving object in the background, unwanted lens flare, and a host of problems ranging from subtle to serious?

You could learn to take pics :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 18:06 UTC

There's still a case for medium format, but for very few people. The 850 offers comparable IQ or better, backed by an extensive system, at lower prices, in a more portable format.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 17:33 UTC as 169th comment
On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (165 comments in total)
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NCB: Nice. First time I'm seen the phrase "Fuji's lovely jpegs" actually live up to the name; recently sold a Fuji X-E2S because the output couldn't match my Nikons.

Maybe it's time for Fuji to drop X-trans, as they have done for the GFX. It's becoming no more than a gimmick, compared to the opposition.

Whatever, the X-A10 seems to deliver, in a compact lightweight body, for not a lot of money.

See what you mean. Pity.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (165 comments in total)

Nice. First time I'm seen the phrase "Fuji's lovely jpegs" actually live up to the name; recently sold a Fuji X-E2S because the output couldn't match my Nikons.

Maybe it's time for Fuji to drop X-trans, as they have done for the GFX. It's becoming no more than a gimmick, compared to the opposition.

Whatever, the X-A10 seems to deliver, in a compact lightweight body, for not a lot of money.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 14:53 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
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mpgxsvcd: Most people will have no idea how to get the most out of these new features. In addition they can't possibly conceive of how much time, money, and effort shooting in anamorphic or HDR takes.

These new features are fantastic but they will be misused and abused by the people that don't fully understand them.

Most people have no idea (or no interest) in getting the most out of the features of any camera. Me included. Sensible people concentrate on the features relevent to them.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 20:00 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: Can I buy a dry Panasonic Lumix GH5 ? Or, does it always ship wet in the package?

They all ship dry. Special packaging releases the drops just as you take it out of the box.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 19:58 UTC

Great idea. Some of the larger format cameras are inherently very simple, and 3D printing bodies which can take existing lens/shutter units is a way to produce something cheap but effective. If you can get hold of the lens/shutter units.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 17:22 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

Looks too much like the old Yashica rangefinders for the camera in the pic to be what they're aiming at. Unless ...

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 17:53 UTC as 69th comment | 3 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1 (157 comments in total)
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47872Mike: One of the things I find interesting about this is the extent to which Nikon were perceived as being market leaders at the time. Their swivel-body design stood out, caught the imagination, and seemed to be the way forward. I don't know how many more Coolpix 950 and 990 cameras were sold than Canon G1 or G2s, but I do remember how enthusiastically these Nikons were received.

Not just the 950/990. I snapped up an 800 when it came out, fitted my needs better as it was lighter and more compact. Not much in the way of controls but the matrix metering and built in program were fine; it went up many mountains with me, and did for 5 years before getting a Coolpix 8400. Still have the 800, still works.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 19:10 UTC
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