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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tedolf: These things are still way too expensive and nobody needs a 360mm equivalent zoom.

They should focus on a more reasonable focal range (28mm-135mm) and faster F stops at a sub $500.00 price.

TEdolph

Some people have such limited perspective! The first print I sold that made $500 was a landscape (a tree sticking out of a big rock but it's better than it sounds) taken at a little over 300mm on a 35mm camera. Most of my best landscapes are taken with a long lens. Then there is wildlife, where everything you can get, you take, in terms of focal length - 360mm can be enough, depending on the situation or 800mm can be too short! However, there are a host of insect/flower type shots that work best with some reach. Sometimes a longer lens allows a different kind of portrait. Sporting events and various other activities you might encounter on your travels benefit from some decent reach. Really, the only limit is imagination and that seems to be the usual limit for some people commenting right here!

I can't believe I have to spell all this super-obvious stuff out. I really wonder what goes on in some heads. Not very much?

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 10:05 UTC
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tedolf: These things are still way too expensive and nobody needs a 360mm equivalent zoom.

They should focus on a more reasonable focal range (28mm-135mm) and faster F stops at a sub $500.00 price.

TEdolph

Bang on! In a market with lots of choices, why knock something uniquely useful?

tedolf: "...nobody needs a 360mm equivalent zoom"??? What are you smoking?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 19:43 UTC
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Ben of the North: Fixed screen?? Why??

telefunk: No problem, just buy an FZ1000. Or move to somewhere with a drier climate!

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 19:39 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (189 comments in total)

A functional competitor to the PenF, even though it's not as pretty (a silver version could be ok?).

Good they went to a tilting screen.
You'd have to use the GX8 viewfinder as well to know how different they were but, I suspect, that would depend on what sort of photographs you take.
Less weather sealing is the biggest limiting feature.

Nevertheless, it's a compact, speedy, functional little beast that should have great image quality, at a fair price.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 02:25 UTC as 23rd comment
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Ben of the North: Fixed screen?? Why??

You're kidding, surely? Sensor size and focal length puts this fair and square against something much bigger, like the FZ1000. You can bet every millimetre is precious with a design like this. If size isn't an issue, you have a lot choice. If size is an issue, every compromise is a bad thing. Simple really. By your logic, Apple should put a tilting screen on the next iPhone! It would still fit your trousers.

Personally, I don't carry any camera in my trouser pockets, (certainly not my pants!) but a small bag or jacket pocket would be okay for this. As a take to work camera, shaving every ounce is important to me.

I have cameras with tilting screens, folding/tilting screens and fixed screens. Yes, a simple tilt can be useful and, just occasionally, I'd like to tilt the screen on a fixed camera but it's never been a real problem. The full folding screens are just a pain.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 02:13 UTC
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Ben of the North: Fixed screen?? Why??

To keep it small. Not everyone wants a tilting screen.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 19:10 UTC
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Boss of Sony: f6.3 is actually not that slow for this kind of focal length and this sensor size. On the other hand, 360mm is not a very useful focal length. For instance, bird and animal photographers usually want about 500 or 600mm at least. And why else would you require a 360mm focal length? I guess it might be useful to shoot 4K video at this focal length on a pocketable camera, but you will require a tripod anyway, so that defeats the purpose.

Wildlife, sport, landscapes, perving (yes, some people do) - and it actually has the option of shooting at "70"mm too!

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 19:08 UTC
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ChrisFB: I can understand GX8 owners will not upgrade, given that that camera has a much better EVF and , for those who like that, a bigger body / better grip.

But, naming aside, whether it is GX9 or GX95, on its own the GX9 appears to be a very nice and competitive camera. 20Mpx, 4K video, EVF, IBIS, excellent rear screen and a great lens selection. IQ is very close to APS-C and IBIS will make up for a lot of low light situations (I use IBIS in restaurants etc. to do e.g. 1/20s shots of people with good results). So, under 1000$, what option is better? M5? M6? A6300? Each of those are fine camera's, but they have their own issues (no EVF, no 4K, bad lens selection, 4K overheating etc. etc.). It is always a compromise.

This camera will allow you to stay small if paired with e.g. the 20mm 1.7, or use the additional grip if you pair it with a larger lens. Count me in.

ChrisFB, I think you nailed it!

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 04:32 UTC
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Boss of Sony: f6.3 is actually not that slow for this kind of focal length and this sensor size. On the other hand, 360mm is not a very useful focal length. For instance, bird and animal photographers usually want about 500 or 600mm at least. And why else would you require a 360mm focal length? I guess it might be useful to shoot 4K video at this focal length on a pocketable camera, but you will require a tripod anyway, so that defeats the purpose.

360 is a lot better than 70mm e.f.l. if you want to shoot birds!

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 04:13 UTC

It's just amazing what manufacturers are managing to do these days. This is so tempting - a genuinely useful "pocket camera" (provided the lens isn't rubbish at the long end).

It's a pretty big stretch comparing it against the little Sonys though. You'd have to have a really limited set of photographic needs to find their tiny zoom range useful for very much! Good on ya, Panasonic. I hope you sell heaps of these.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 04:11 UTC as 26th comment
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silentstorm: "Foxconn assembles over 70% of Apple’s iPhones...."

So the remaining 20+% capacity is used to make RED phones? LOL!

This is good news nevertheless!

I'm very relaxed. Your turn.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 03:59 UTC
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silentstorm: "Foxconn assembles over 70% of Apple’s iPhones...."

So the remaining 20+% capacity is used to make RED phones? LOL!

This is good news nevertheless!

Read the article again! That's only 50% of their business.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 19:09 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix GH5S sample gallery (123 comments in total)
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deep7: It is interesting to compare these to an Olympus E3 from around a decade ago (also 10MP, which was considered plenty back then). Much better with highlights, cleaner with no banding when pushed, similar colour tones/transitions and, it seems, a similar quite strong AA filter.

No, it was what they called "Live MOS". Considering the GH5S uses basically the same technology and pixel size, they've progressed well.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 00:08 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix GH5S sample gallery (123 comments in total)

It is interesting to compare these to an Olympus E3 from around a decade ago (also 10MP, which was considered plenty back then). Much better with highlights, cleaner with no banding when pushed, similar colour tones/transitions and, it seems, a similar quite strong AA filter.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 20:13 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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mxx: "Olympus has also added a 'Sweep Panorama' feature (nine years after Sony pioneered it,)"

I'm sure Olympus did not mention the Sony bit in their press release. So why did DPR add it? Seems poor taste to me when announcing a new product.

Ah yes, I remember that well! I guess we are not all successfully prophetic.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 05:44 UTC
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mxx: "Olympus has also added a 'Sweep Panorama' feature (nine years after Sony pioneered it,)"

I'm sure Olympus did not mention the Sony bit in their press release. So why did DPR add it? Seems poor taste to me when announcing a new product.

I guess the same reason they don't say Brand X now has live view on its DSLR, Y years after Olympus pioneered it. Or built-in sensor cleaning. Or pivoting screen. Or...

I found the comment about "Sweep Panorama" amusing but it's good to have some perspective. I see Sony's anti-shake improved hugely after they bought a 10% stake in Olympus. So did their lens design, processing speed, autofocus etc. Probably a coincidence.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 03:59 UTC
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Jefftan: Isn't GX85 almost the same thing? same weight with in body IS

but with EVF, cheaper, no AA filter, better DFD AF

GX85 got on camera flash?

The GX85 looks MUCH nicer. We should be grateful to the blind hedgehog committee!

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 03:54 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Review (577 comments in total)
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Slapstick Noir: Why don't Panasonic make full-frame cameras? Why should it be a 'niche' thing in the first place?

You say "ff sells well"??? Not even close to how well cameras with teeny tiny sensors sell. I believe Panasonic are doing well with their GH series. The cost to benefit ratio of building a new line of larger sensored cameras, just to please a handful of fanatics who don't understand the benefits of what they produce, must be horrendous. Why stop with the 35mm compromise? Why not do what clever old Fuji did and bypass it completely??

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 03:43 UTC
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Slapstick Noir: Why don't Panasonic make full-frame cameras? Why should it be a 'niche' thing in the first place?

Because your "FF" is arbitrary and pointless and not the best thing to use. Why can't you understand that?

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 18:51 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Review (577 comments in total)
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Slapstick Noir: Why don't Panasonic make full-frame cameras? Why should it be a 'niche' thing in the first place?

They use the best size sensor for the job. Not some arbitrary size based on old, redundant film! This sensor actually uses more than its full frame too...

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 18:18 UTC
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