deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a writer/photographer/ecologist
Has a website at deeppics.com
Joined on May 10, 2008
About me:

God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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deep7: Good article but I wonder about the headline. I'm sure my Olympus EP1 came out before the GH1 and it does shoot video, albeit only 720p. That aspect of the EP1 was very exciting at the time but I found the video could have a sort of "moving grain" in lower light which was pretty ugly.

I still have my EP1. The lack of viewfinder has always and will always annoy me but I still pull it out every now and then because it just feels good. That shutter!

I'm pretty sure the GH1 was not available when I got my EP1. Mind you, I've been wrong before!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 21:57 UTC

Good article but I wonder about the headline. I'm sure my Olympus EP1 came out before the GH1 and it does shoot video, albeit only 720p. That aspect of the EP1 was very exciting at the time but I found the video could have a sort of "moving grain" in lower light which was pretty ugly.

I still have my EP1. The lack of viewfinder has always and will always annoy me but I still pull it out every now and then because it just feels good. That shutter!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 20:00 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (260 comments in total)
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Woodyz: Is there a real reason to buy this camera if you don't already own A-mount lenses?

Investing into A-mount seems like a unnecessarily risky move.

More silliness. I think it unlikely that many buyers will purchase the 500/4 from Sony. Perhaps even fewer than buy the Canon equivalent! At least there is that option.

What on earth does the manufacturer of a Zeiss-labelled lens have anything to do with anything I said?? Last I heard, some Zeiss lenses were made by Cosina. What has that got to do with the price of fish? The whole thing here is the same as it always has been - if you can get the glass that suits your need at the price you consider acceptable, you can actually go out and take the photos you want. That is eminently possible with a Sony A99 and you get a well-priced and allegedly very capable body to do it with. And you don't have to endure having a flappy, old-fashioned mirror either!

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 10:30 UTC
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (260 comments in total)
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Woodyz: Is there a real reason to buy this camera if you don't already own A-mount lenses?

Investing into A-mount seems like a unnecessarily risky move.

OlyPent, that's odd thinking. You can pay a small fortune for Zeiss lenses for Canon etc.. Some of those manufacturers latest releases are just as expensive as some of Sony's. It really just depends on what you need and what you can find, like it does with any system and like it always will be. If you choose a Canon or Nikon body to match that Sony body, the price difference will be huge - you may even need to get two bodies to fully match anyway!

I don't own Sony cameras and am not pushing them, just being objective.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 08:38 UTC
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (260 comments in total)
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Woodyz: Is there a real reason to buy this camera if you don't already own A-mount lenses?

Investing into A-mount seems like a unnecessarily risky move.

On the other hand, if you are considering starting out in a larger format, this is a hugely compelling alternative to expensive, heavy or compromised offerings from some other manufacturers! It really is a capable, all round unit.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 20:28 UTC
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OlyPent: Unfortunately, the days of real finishes (nickel, satin chrome) are gone along with brass top and bottom plates (unless you are Leica). So, now it's metallic paint which (based on my two Olympus cameras) isn't highly durable, but at LEAST it's a change from the stodgy black cameras Americans seem unable to part with.

I was referring to the days when silver parts were actually chrome - which did eventually wear away to the brass below. Some of my cameras still shine after sixty years or more.

Even paint is different though. Baked enamel was very hard, could chip but resisted wear well. Now it seems they are all sprayed? It is still possible to get very durable paint finishes though. Look at well used high end Olympus bodies and most still sparkle!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 20:16 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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princecody: Better than Panasonic LX10?

Whoops! Yup.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 20:00 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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Island Golfer: I give this one 6 months before Canon decides to "really" upgrade the camera. What minor adjustments Canon made here probably won't motivate those in this slice of the market to spend the money to supposedly "upgrade". All Canon needed to do here was give the new camera a new 24-70 lens.

Good grief, why cripple it with an even shorter lens??

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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princecody: Better than Panasonic LX10?

The LX10 is 50% heavier too! Probably closer to the GX7?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 20:42 UTC
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OlyPent: Unfortunately, the days of real finishes (nickel, satin chrome) are gone along with brass top and bottom plates (unless you are Leica). So, now it's metallic paint which (based on my two Olympus cameras) isn't highly durable, but at LEAST it's a change from the stodgy black cameras Americans seem unable to part with.

It used to be that, when a camera aged, you'd see a little brass poking through on the corners. I actually have something like that on my EM1's hotshoe. Now, however, it looks like the silverish colour will wear through to black paint. I guess looks don't matter but it does seem cheap - especially when you consider you are actually paying a hefty dose of cash for a paint job!

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 21:16 UTC
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Poweruser: f4... just too slow. Considering sensor size you will have the subject isolation capabilites of a smartphone.

Ridiculous, ignorant statement.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 07:13 UTC
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pkcpga: Wish they offered it with a pancake 35mm or 28mm f1.8, not a fan of disposable collapsible zoom lenses, at least offer body only for $100 less. I had the gm1 and it was decent pocket camera with unusual ability to swap lenses, too bad they didn't put the new 20mp sensor in this generation than I'd preorder it.

Those are very unusual focal lengths for m4/3 prime lenses! However, they do offer 14mm and 20mm pancakes, which are quite popular. Even better if they offered a 25mm pancake!

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 06:09 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (116 comments in total)
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timo: No EVF, no thanks.

Exactly!

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 06:02 UTC
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MartinDixon: Let's be clear on somethings Deep 7 or Shallow 6. Cameras don't whet my appetite. I do not drool over equipment. I do not visit galleries to ask the artists what paints they used or what lenses they attached. I look at art to enjoy strong content and stimulating ideas. Beauty is not empirical so there can be no honest discussion of the photographs' content. I will simply say that the lighting and the subjects didn't help me assess the merits of this camera. But I find it comical that someone would tell me that I don't "deserve" a medium format camera as if they get to determine what I buy. I have owned Hasselblad and Leica films cameras (plural) since 1990. I don't hide behind avatars and monikers. Look up my first book, Brooklyn Kings: New York City's Black Bikers. I also have two new projects on Dakar and Addis Ababa. Professionals welcome criticism. Their business model demands constant improvement. But amateurs are easily offended when challenged. So I apologize if you are hurt.

Snowball? It's Summer!

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
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MartinDixon: Let's be clear on somethings Deep 7 or Shallow 6. Cameras don't whet my appetite. I do not drool over equipment. I do not visit galleries to ask the artists what paints they used or what lenses they attached. I look at art to enjoy strong content and stimulating ideas. Beauty is not empirical so there can be no honest discussion of the photographs' content. I will simply say that the lighting and the subjects didn't help me assess the merits of this camera. But I find it comical that someone would tell me that I don't "deserve" a medium format camera as if they get to determine what I buy. I have owned Hasselblad and Leica films cameras (plural) since 1990. I don't hide behind avatars and monikers. Look up my first book, Brooklyn Kings: New York City's Black Bikers. I also have two new projects on Dakar and Addis Ababa. Professionals welcome criticism. Their business model demands constant improvement. But amateurs are easily offended when challenged. So I apologize if you are hurt.

???? What a bizarre comment! I don't know about Shallow 6 but why would I be hurt by you? Maybe I've missed something you wrote earlier.

How rude of Shallow 6 to tell you what camera you deserve. I certainly didn't say that.

Good luck with your exciting projects.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 19:39 UTC
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MartinDixon: RubberDials, You can't honestly believe these photos are interesting enough to inspire anyone buy this camera. They are just boring, dim images of whatever happened to be close enough for a quick test. Editor of Amateur Photography kind of nails it on the head, wouldn't you say? For a cellphone review, sure, they're just fine for when you want to pull something from your pocket. But if you think a consumer will spend that kind of money to photograph a boat in shadow - which could be made with so many other competent cameras - you have to be pulling my leg. Pixel-peepers like to talk about Dmax and sensor size, I have an old fashioned idea; why don't we talk about images that excite and inspire? Because the last time I had an exhibit no one asked me what camera I used. Would a review of Ferrari's latest roadster compare it to a school bus in traffic? Would you review Canon's D1X Mark ll for the Rio Olympics with photos of chess players staring at the board? Come on already.

Martin, if you can't see enough to whet your appetite in those pictures, you don't need medium format. And you still come over as pretentious, fatigued or otherwise.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
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MartinDixon: RubberDials, You can't honestly believe these photos are interesting enough to inspire anyone buy this camera. They are just boring, dim images of whatever happened to be close enough for a quick test. Editor of Amateur Photography kind of nails it on the head, wouldn't you say? For a cellphone review, sure, they're just fine for when you want to pull something from your pocket. But if you think a consumer will spend that kind of money to photograph a boat in shadow - which could be made with so many other competent cameras - you have to be pulling my leg. Pixel-peepers like to talk about Dmax and sensor size, I have an old fashioned idea; why don't we talk about images that excite and inspire? Because the last time I had an exhibit no one asked me what camera I used. Would a review of Ferrari's latest roadster compare it to a school bus in traffic? Would you review Canon's D1X Mark ll for the Rio Olympics with photos of chess players staring at the board? Come on already.

Ooh, that's somewhat pretentious, isn't it? I can't imagine what you are seeing because this is exactly what I would expect to see from a camera like this. Very strange comment.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
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Scruffy Bob: Dammit, DPReview! You just told the counterfeiters how to fix their mistakes.

Like my "day date" Rolex that only has the date...

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 20:31 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (372 comments in total)
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Saurat: "Reached out..." This appears to be the latest twee and illiterate Americanism to blight the English language. Well, I for one will not put up with the plague and I declare myself offended and insulted having to read such bilge. The word 'contacted' was still in use last time I checked and this noun splendidly describes your action. 'Reached out' is teenage hipster nonsense.

You "think" "reached out" means a particular thing, which means you don't really know what the author is trying to convey. That's the problem - the term already has an accepted meaning (as in a compassionate act, reaching out to those in need, an extrapolation of the concept of reaching out to a drowning man to save him) and is now being used completely out of context (just for the sake of being trendy). It's bad journalism and dpreview staff should realise that by now!

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 06:03 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (372 comments in total)
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Saurat: "Reached out..." This appears to be the latest twee and illiterate Americanism to blight the English language. Well, I for one will not put up with the plague and I declare myself offended and insulted having to read such bilge. The word 'contacted' was still in use last time I checked and this noun splendidly describes your action. 'Reached out' is teenage hipster nonsense.

Well said, Saurat. We jump on it every time they do it but we get ignored. It really annoys me because there is no need for stupid on a site which is supposed to be taken seriously!

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 10:03 UTC
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