JohnHoppy

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Fact is, Barney, the M5 will sell, Canon's marketing clout will see to that. And in general it appears to be a reasonable effort - just took them 7 years to get here, and only now because they see chunks of potential market disappearing. Whilst I agree with most of your comment, what did you expect? Canon set their backs to mirrorless from the start, because it threatened their cash cows. (I remember their chairman in 2009 arrogantly stating, "We are unconcerned.") Now in appearing to have made a U-turn, they have to save face. They don't see it as a "could-have-been" as you do. They believe the world will follow Canon regardless and are still sat on the fence, they will fly the SLR flag as long as they can. That said, their designers are capable of top class, but are they being given their head? The mirrorless boys will not sit still and watch.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 17:12 UTC as 246th comment | 1 reply

"Modern mirrorless" - are the M5 competitors not modern, then? Odd title. Well, the M5 should be good - Canon have had 7 years to pick everyone's brains, and their marketing clout will make it a success regardless, but Canon's lens lineup is underwhelming, and sticking big EF lenses on with an adaptor offers no liberating experience. Why choose A6300 and GX8, both a different form factor, as comparators? - Surely the M5's direct competitors are Olympus EM5 and Fuji XT? A full review should be hurried along. But yes, looks promising......finally!

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 08:31 UTC as 171st comment | 1 reply

I have Elements 14. Opening yesterday I got a panel "You have an Update" - Photoshop Camera Raw 9.4. Thing is, it only gives one option: to update. And if I don't my El.14 is locked. I turned off my PC thinking it could be a scam. Anyone else had this problem? Of course, trying to get through to Adobe is like getting a battleship through the doors of Fort Knox.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 23:38 UTC as 6th comment
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)

At the London launch yesterday I handled 3 Pen Fs with many lenses. My overriding impression is of the beauty of construction, precision and solidity, this is a camera many will fall in love with. It handles beautifully. I doubt GX8 will be its main competitor: GX8 is appreciably larger with similar weight = less density. This is GX7 size, and of the two this feels just better. Not weather-sealed, I doubt most buyers will care, especially when the price settles. For now their choice is - this or an EM5II, or wait for the new EM1 late in the year. You pick it up, you want it - it's that simple.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 11:48 UTC as 168th comment
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (354 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: "And the other company of course is Sony". Barnaby, since you framed the questions, you infer that Olympus-Panasonic is irrelevant. A lot of members at my camera club would be dismayed that m43 is so tritely dispensed with. (And I own a Canon too!). Surely, quite apart from the steadily receding market for SLRs, m43 is just as much a competitor for Fuji as "the other company".

DPR reported June 2015 that in the Americas in the preceding year SLR sales fell 19% by volume, 9% by value, while mirrorless rose 36% by volume, 50% by value. In Asia the trend is even more pronounced. Despite your assertion about m43, no way is this all down to Sony and larger sensors.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 19:30 UTC
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (354 comments in total)

"And the other company of course is Sony". Barnaby, since you framed the questions, you infer that Olympus-Panasonic is irrelevant. A lot of members at my camera club would be dismayed that m43 is so tritely dispensed with. (And I own a Canon too!). Surely, quite apart from the steadily receding market for SLRs, m43 is just as much a competitor for Fuji as "the other company".

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 13:21 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (720 comments in total)

Pushing the boundaries of DSLR? - DSLR maybe, but photography has been travelling since 2009, CaNikon are on the CaNikon bus while photographers worldwide are getting on the mirrorless bus to see boundaries pushed. Nikon says, "WE ARE the future!" Does anyone believe that?

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 21:50 UTC as 42nd comment | 21 replies
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bossa: It's a brilliant image, an amazing composition that defines alienation and self absorption. The dividing line (background line on the wall) separates the imagination (of the girls) from the earthly ho hum they find themselves in and also anchors the entire image by drawing a line through each character - yet whilst it unites them they are still separated.

My only "complaint" is that the table is slightly oblique and would have been more stable compositionally if it were perfectly parallel to the edge of the image frame.

Art is not about rules and regulations, it's about breaking through that stuff and expressing yourself. The message is always more important than what many call "the craft".

Ah...... Is that what it's all about? I see, I see. And there was I thinking the girls were just plain bored. Someone below said Emperor's New Clothes - that's right on the money.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 12:23 UTC
On article Into the woods: Samsung NX500 Field Test (75 comments in total)
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sh10453: When will Barney start speaking with the American accent??? :-)

Um..... He's English. Like, the English invented the English language.... That thing you guys use.... Sort of.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 16:05 UTC
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Everlast66: Ha ha, that was hilarious! Well done, Oly :)

I wonder when DPR will start giving non-DSLR shaped cameras top marks like 87-90%.

When are they going to appreciate camera qualities like compactness, portability, being public friendly and unobtrusive, and realise that many users today prioritise these qualities over 10% better AF hit rate, or being able to pull 2 more leaves from the shadows or balance well with large lenses!

I have the feeling that for DPR every camera that does not have DSLR form factor is automatically falling in a lower category.

One would expect that on a site like this there are many enthusiasts and editors wouldn't be that backwards!

DPR have a weighting system that appears slanted more to IQ/ISO than anything else. No-one would argue top SLRs don't give great IQ, but the best camera is the one you have with you. Maybe 60-70% (min) may deem portability/versatillity a top feature, where High ISO may be critical to 20%, yet DPR seem fixated on high IQ/high ISO. We don't all shoot at ISO 10000 and expect to get a perfect 20x16 print. DPR's reviews are okay but their ratings are absurd and lack relevance.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 19:13 UTC
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PHtorino: This is a terribly lame effort from Olympus. I own OMD-EM1 and EM-5 and a few of the Olympus pro lenses. But there is no way, It would ever replace my Nikon FX DSLRs. I think in the mirror-less world, Fujifilm and Sony has a better future ahead than m4/3. So, making crap videos with fake long arm will bring no good.

Man, you sure need to lighten up! Nobody is asking you to ditch your Nikon - though in half a dozen years you may not be able to BUY a camera with a mirror box. You own EM1 already so you have avoided the worst of DLR-Arm - phew!

Link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 11:22 UTC

I was at the UK Photography Show at Birmingham. The Olympus massage sure did me a power of good. I now have an EM1 and EM10 plus 5 lenses, all fit in a tiny bag and weigh less than 2kgs. Thank you, Olympus - I'm cured!!

Link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 11:13 UTC as 40th comment
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exapp: With 81 focus points on some of the OMD is it time Olympus considered Eye control auto-focus like some Canon's had 15 years ago.

On a tripod you can use a touchscreen to easily pick a focus point but handheld is a bit trickier and eye control would be a huge bonus.

I had Eye-Control on a Canon late 90s. Great feature, but not developed and scrapped, I felt, because 'macho' photographers were attached to lots of buttons making them feel more in control. Who really needs all that? - Eye Control was good, and missed shots were no worse than without EC: sadly, I doubt very much Canon (their patent) will resurrect it now.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 12:03 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (869 comments in total)

"Better in every significant way", says DPR, yet the tone here is underwhelming: one percentage point hardly reflects that analysis. It's a review full of "Yes but - " moments: how much "better in every significant way"must this model be to please DPR? It already improves on the EM1 in areas. And other than the merest mention (under Video) of a flip-screen, no talk at all of this improvement. The lack of a fully-artic screen was my one regret at changing from Panasonics to EM5/EM1. Stiff single-plane screens are nothing like as versatile, so applause to Olympus for changing. I also agree it's high time DPR changed its scoring system to reflect a tool's useability. Weight, portability, versatility are largely ignored.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 11:33 UTC as 148th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review (456 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: This review reads like someone deciding what shoes to wear. I love my GM1 too but it can't be all things to all men. I can see the GM5 improves on it in several ways,how can that be a bad thing? How do you give something a "Silver" then say, Ah but those APSC cams do the job better? Crazy! In one sense, they probably do, but their lenses are still way bigger. GM1 is my "go-everywhere" camera, it gets shots others don't because I don't tote all the bigger stuff , that's the point. Split hairs by all means, but 20x16s from this camera are bloody good. If you shoot black cats in coal cellars, sure, get that SLR. Up to ISO 3200 not much wrong with a GM1. And batteries? Don't you carry spares? - they're tiny!

(1) GM1 is my "go-everywhere" but EM1 is my workhorse. (Ref BJN above). Point is, GM1 is good enough. (2) Ref. Richard - good for you if you don't need spares but many of us like insurance and a tiny battery costs little and takes up no space. Like NZ, I get plenty shots from a single battery. So I'm not kidding myself, thanks.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 11:29 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review (456 comments in total)

This review reads like someone deciding what shoes to wear. I love my GM1 too but it can't be all things to all men. I can see the GM5 improves on it in several ways,how can that be a bad thing? How do you give something a "Silver" then say, Ah but those APSC cams do the job better? Crazy! In one sense, they probably do, but their lenses are still way bigger. GM1 is my "go-everywhere" camera, it gets shots others don't because I don't tote all the bigger stuff , that's the point. Split hairs by all means, but 20x16s from this camera are bloody good. If you shoot black cats in coal cellars, sure, get that SLR. Up to ISO 3200 not much wrong with a GM1. And batteries? Don't you carry spares? - they're tiny!

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 23:36 UTC as 65th comment | 4 replies
On article Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip (112 comments in total)

Whether or not manufacturers should design their cameras better - and they should - is a wasted debatte. Fact is, they don't listen. I have had a couple of Richard's grips, they do transform the camera (and take up no extra space). Delivered to Europe for around 27 bucks was okay for a 50% improvement in handling. He's a nice bloke, too! Get one for your GM1, it will transform the camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 07:54 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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Sdaniella: Canon Powershot Premium Compact newer "later model" large zoom video (teaser*):

http://www.canon.nl/assets/videoplayers/video.html?bctid=3785004121001

(Canon NL)

*most have seen a similar (but not exactly same) Powershot G promo video but this has added a bit of Canon 'history promo' covering G1XMkII, G7X, and teaser of new model only shows up at the very end of the video clip (same as screen capture shown elsewhere)

The lens appears to follow pattern of an interchangeable zoom lens, rather than a fixed zoom lens.
Sensor size, to keep zoom compact, would have to be smaller, maybe 4/3" sensor.
If folks prefer G1X 1.5" sized sensor, then the interchangeable zoom will definitely be a "large zoom" for a Powershot.
If the sensor is smaller, like a m43, it will be a model that slots below G1X-series, but above G7X.
With an interchangeable "large zoom" compact, with 4/3" (or 2x crop) sensor (18x13.5), it could be an EOS-G mount, and adaptable to EOS-M lenses and EF lenses, too.

hhmmm...

@Sdaniella. How the heck did an argument about body size creep into a feature on a Canon marketing exercise? And why the attack on m4/3? Let's kill this - (1) the "king of oversize bodies relative to sensor size" is not m4/3 - you should look at Nikon 1 Series. (2). The Body Mass Index of any Canon SLR and its lens relative to sensor size is gretater than any M4/3 standard combo. Go weigh and size up a few. Then let's dispense with this nonsense because who really cares?

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 22:51 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: When someone in sales/marketing starts flapping their gums with a bunch of adverbs and adjectives, it's fair for the consumer to say, "Get to the point."

My father used to say, "Stop beating around the bush."

Canon's executives are spending way too much time in meetings (the alternative to work), and this ad campaign shows.

Will it work? I have no idea. I'm no expert, but as a prosumer of gear it's not working on me. I find it annoying, condescending, contrived, and useless. But if it causes the average Joe to get pumped up and buy Canon products, then it will be a success.

Hype is a way to sell to the consumer who doesn't like to think or research. It's a way to assume (probably correctly) that most people are easy to manipulate.

And I agree with Canon (if their assumption is that people are easy to fool with hype). Look at the ebola epidemic. Right now there are people on motorcycles or on flimsy ladders worried that they might catch ebola, all because the TV hyped it.

One might imagine, Mr. G., that you are the Canon Protection Society, your talk of the comptetition "dancing in the streets" is a little dramatic. This was Canon's play and they blew it. Nobody drove them to it. Most respondents here are not Canon-bashing nor even raising the flag for the competition. Canon's 'teaser' raised an expectation in people in the photography community, which it was intended to do. Having that expectation dashed, as we see in these comments, is Canon's responsibility, not theirs. Canon may "see the impossible", it's too bad they can't see the obvious.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: When someone in sales/marketing starts flapping their gums with a bunch of adverbs and adjectives, it's fair for the consumer to say, "Get to the point."

My father used to say, "Stop beating around the bush."

Canon's executives are spending way too much time in meetings (the alternative to work), and this ad campaign shows.

Will it work? I have no idea. I'm no expert, but as a prosumer of gear it's not working on me. I find it annoying, condescending, contrived, and useless. But if it causes the average Joe to get pumped up and buy Canon products, then it will be a success.

Hype is a way to sell to the consumer who doesn't like to think or research. It's a way to assume (probably correctly) that most people are easy to manipulate.

And I agree with Canon (if their assumption is that people are easy to fool with hype). Look at the ebola epidemic. Right now there are people on motorcycles or on flimsy ladders worried that they might catch ebola, all because the TV hyped it.

I think, Mr. G., you are missing the point. This blog has now run to nearly 1500 hits and most of them are NEGATIVE! If Canon thinks that is good marketing, as a former marketing man myself, I do not. Whether people have mis-read Canon's drift or not, there are a lot of turned-off consumers out there. Not a good result. I don't call their marketing effective, I call it pathetic.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 15:37 UTC
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