Mark9473

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I'm happy to see this. I hope it inspires Panasonic to put better lenses on their otherwise quite nice compacts.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2018 at 11:51 UTC as 15th comment
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Per Inge Oestmoen: There is one thing that needs to be said:

An adapter is not, and can never be, a substitute for native compatibility.

There are many millions of interchangeable lenses around. Many photographers of all categories have nice, functional collections of good lenses. Many have also acquired high quality lenses that perform brilliantly on their chosen system.

These people have not bought their lenses to be suddenly forced to insert an extra device between the camera body and the lens in order to use their cameras. They have bought their lenses on the premise that they will continue to be fully compatible with their system - that means without the need for the half-way solution of an adapter.

Compatibility means full native compatibility.

When a camera comes that requires an adapter for your lenses, superglue the adapter to the camera body and your problem is solved.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 15:37 UTC
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Per Inge Oestmoen: There is one thing that needs to be said:

An adapter is not, and can never be, a substitute for native compatibility.

There are many millions of interchangeable lenses around. Many photographers of all categories have nice, functional collections of good lenses. Many have also acquired high quality lenses that perform brilliantly on their chosen system.

These people have not bought their lenses to be suddenly forced to insert an extra device between the camera body and the lens in order to use their cameras. They have bought their lenses on the premise that they will continue to be fully compatible with their system - that means without the need for the half-way solution of an adapter.

Compatibility means full native compatibility.

You seem to think you will lose some functionality with an adapter. Why is that?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 08:50 UTC
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Richard Murdey: A memory chip and the EVF module don't add up to 100 g, so maybe it has a few metal body panels this time?

Probably a heat sink to allow for longer duration video.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 09:04 UTC
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AshMills: These look a lot better if you process the RAW in a way that might actually look like you were intending to create a decent photo rather than the opposite.

Suggest anyone interested in this lens opens the RAW files and looks there.

If I recall correctly from previous comments, it is DPR's policy not to apply any luminance noise reduction. I don't think that is typical or even understated processing, and in fact when any sharpening or contrast enhancement is applied it is detrimental to image quality.

Barney, that is just a different approach to overcooking...

So I'm completely with AshMills on this one.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 19:26 UTC

All I can say is, I hope they make it and come out better, stronger and faster.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 14:51 UTC as 40th comment | 5 replies
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1319 comments in total)
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Zdman: Who is shooting all those 4k videos anyway? All the videos my kids watch all day by those ultra popular youtubers are in 1080p. What serious 4k shooter would buy an entry level Canon anyway. This will be one of those nice to have features that never gets used. Lets pretend they released this without 4k. You have a new compressed raw, a fully articulating screen, a evf and a silent shutter. Those are pretty big deals for an entry level camera.

4K footage can be zoomed, panned and stabilised in post-processing and output as 1080p that looks a lot better (sharper) than native 1080p. It also allows to capture a pretty decent 8 MP still image from te video stream.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 09:15 UTC
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caroFoto: As a GX8 user and advocate I can only see this as a HUGE LET DOWN BY PANASONIC!

With the GX8 (1st 20MP m4/3) and then later the GX80/85 (16MP) we were let to believe they were two different ranges.

What is their message there?:
"We have invested so much in the G9. It is now the only upgrade option for you. You will have to go without the tilting EVF that we got you to use and love...isn't it so useful in so many occasions? We know you are stuck with our lenses that work better on our body than on the Oly ones SORRY for the inconvenience. We don't care about you so if you don't like it we can only tell you where to go."

They really have to announce soon a new range-finder between the bulky G/GH and this tiny GX, alphabetically speaking that would be the GP1 ;-), same or better sensor than the G9, same shutter, same EVF but tilting.

I was prepared to pay the price of a G9 but will wait, save some more and go for a Sony a7rIII.

Dear panasonic, I can only tell you where to go :-)

Thanks for explaining a bit more.

I believe that Panasonic was 200% correct in that they could not afford to release another $1.5k+ camera so soon after the GH5, G9 and GH5s. They would alienate much more of their customer base than the small group of enthousiasts stuck with the GX8 which I understand has suddenly stopped working.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 23:01 UTC
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caroFoto: As a GX8 user and advocate I can only see this as a HUGE LET DOWN BY PANASONIC!

With the GX8 (1st 20MP m4/3) and then later the GX80/85 (16MP) we were let to believe they were two different ranges.

What is their message there?:
"We have invested so much in the G9. It is now the only upgrade option for you. You will have to go without the tilting EVF that we got you to use and love...isn't it so useful in so many occasions? We know you are stuck with our lenses that work better on our body than on the Oly ones SORRY for the inconvenience. We don't care about you so if you don't like it we can only tell you where to go."

They really have to announce soon a new range-finder between the bulky G/GH and this tiny GX, alphabetically speaking that would be the GP1 ;-), same or better sensor than the G9, same shutter, same EVF but tilting.

I was prepared to pay the price of a G9 but will wait, save some more and go for a Sony a7rIII.

Dear panasonic, I can only tell you where to go :-)

The EVF does tilt - not so clear what it is you don't like.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 18:38 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Would be good to make a native F mount version. Adapters suck.

"I'd have no problem with a mirrorless version of the D850 or D7500. In fact, that's probably the only way I would move to mirrorless."

But next to you, how many other potential customers would be interested in a camera that's the exact same size (thickness) as the current DSLR? I would guess few.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 11:41 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1028 comments in total)

Good article. No real surprises, I think.

It's not like professional sports photographers were going to really take notice of this camera anyway.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 15:20 UTC as 236th comment

Some really nice scenery, but the images were not properly processed to bring the best out of them. Certainly good enough for normal viewing size; unfortunately the DPR gallery tool only has two settings: postcard size or 100%.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2018 at 10:57 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Mark9473: Rishi, I'm a bit disappointed at how you over-hyped this feature in your writing compared to the actual improvement in image quality. Sure there's a small improvement, but unless one is using a huge screen to pixel-peep these images there's little practical benefit that I can see.

@josh ; "Large scale printing is the benefit of course"

How do you mean this? You can print as large as you want, if you view the image from a normal distance where you see it entirely, I doubt you can see a difference. Or do you mean investigating a wall sized print with a loupe?

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 23:09 UTC

Rishi, I'm a bit disappointed at how you over-hyped this feature in your writing compared to the actual improvement in image quality. Sure there's a small improvement, but unless one is using a huge screen to pixel-peep these images there's little practical benefit that I can see.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 22:13 UTC as 157th comment | 9 replies
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Franz Weber: 6.5 stops image stabilizer sounds pretty good, but what a pity that they capped it with only five axis. When the GX8 was introduced Panasonic claimed that Dual IS 1 would stabilize for six axis. Why is Dual IS2 inferior in this regard?

So I was hoping for at least seven axis, and nine would have blown us away.

"The z-axis is unable to be stabilized - it is called 'focusing'."

It is - it is called continuous autofocus or AF tracking. ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 14:46 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (379 comments in total)
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DDWD10: Someone explain to me why the G9 has a 30 minute recording limit while the G85 does not.

Otherwise, awesome effort, can’t wait to get one.

Panasonic appear to alternate between globally identical models (G9 with and GH5 without video cutoff) and separate models per region (G8/G80/G81/G85).
The 29m59s limit comes from EU import taxes on video cameras, which is any device recording more than 30min video.

No doubt this is part of the strategy to keep the GH5 as the more compelling video-oriented camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 23:38 UTC
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flowqi: Sorry, but i can’t see the point of a camera like this.
What is it good for?
A huge cam and a (relative) small sensor??
The only reason for mft is a small camera.
This kind of cam is completely useless.

It's the size and weight of my old E-30 and I'm betting it will be just as great to hold.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 23:09 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (379 comments in total)
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JOrmsby: M43rds isn’t going to be a serious stills system until they finally release cameras with 14-bit processing. As much as I love what these systems offer, the limited dynamic range (and lack of true ISO 100) really make it not worth the crazy prices they’re asking for.

Well, we're going to have to agree to disagree then. I have no problem with that.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 19:53 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (379 comments in total)
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JOrmsby: M43rds isn’t going to be a serious stills system until they finally release cameras with 14-bit processing. As much as I love what these systems offer, the limited dynamic range (and lack of true ISO 100) really make it not worth the crazy prices they’re asking for.

Norman, a direct quote from the article: "12-bits provides enough room to encode roughly 12 stops of dynamic range, while 14 bits gives the extra space to retain up to around 14EV. Or to look at it from the opposite perspective: if your camera is overwhelmed by noise before you get to 12 stops of DR, you don’t benefit from more bit depth: all you’d be doing is capturing the shadow noise in your image in greater detail."

To me that means that 14-bit capture is only worth it for full frame cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 19:21 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (379 comments in total)
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JOrmsby: M43rds isn’t going to be a serious stills system until they finally release cameras with 14-bit processing. As much as I love what these systems offer, the limited dynamic range (and lack of true ISO 100) really make it not worth the crazy prices they’re asking for.

I read the article, and it says there's no point in asking for 14-bit capture if you're recording 12 bits (or less) of dynamic range. As there isn't a single camera with APS-C or smaller sensor (that I could find) that captures more than about 11 bits of DR at base iso, what's then the point?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 16:50 UTC
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