Kim Letkeman

Kim Letkeman

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On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (187 comments in total)

Good stuff, enjoyed the video. I've volunteered for rescues three times so far and have setup pretty much the same way as you showed (four lights though) ... it's fun and incredibly rewarding. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to connect with animals in the city.

On the other hand, the more natural environments did show the Sony to be really competent for maintaining focus on running animals. My Panny m4/3 would struggle methinks, although I should try it with a fast prime lens I suppose. I have gravitated back to Nikon dSLR precisely because I want to do more animal photography and I must say that I enjoy the big iron once again.

p.s. Why has DPReview become such a target for spam? This thread is soaked in such trash. Do you not have auto filters?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:00 UTC as 131st comment
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2416 comments in total)
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MShot: Richard/posters, forgive me if this is covered by so many posts. I have not read them all.

If you have equivalent focal length and equivalent aperture on a 4/3 sensor and a FF sensor, what can you expect if the 4/3 sensor is stabilized by IBIS or, lens, or both, and the FF sensor is not?

Suppose you can shoot the 4/3 sensor camera at a much, much slower shutter speed than the FF sensor camera. What happens to image quality between the two of them?

- Does a longer exposure make up some of the image quality difference between them?

Is it true you could hand hold the 4/3 camera in light too low to shoot the FF camera without a tripod? Is it true that a longer exposure can make up some of the difference in image quality between them in low and bright light?

For m4/3 you have only two options to try to compete in low light with FF. First, you can simply drop ISO by several stops. This requires slower shutter and/or faster lenses, and if subjects are moving at all only faster lenses will do.

But you can do that for FF too, and so it is never a fair fight. But for those who want to shoot only m4/3 you just live with these limitations. This is why, after living with m4/3 only for years, I have just acquired a D600. Sometimes you get tired of bringing knives to gun fights.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:43 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (119 comments in total)
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Fun 4 all: If only it had some type of IBIS. Then it would be just what I want.

I never liked the IBIS on my PM2. Seemed pretty close to useless with the 45 1.8. The PM2 wonderful in a lot of other ways, though, but I dumped it when I went to the GX85. No contest at all, but of course the price differential is staggering. This new GX850 is poorly named and weakly spec'ed. Bit of a bummer.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:24 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (119 comments in total)
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Osa25: "....And despite looking pretty similar to the GM5, the GX850 has no electronic viewfinder, bringing it more in-line with the GF7/GF8 and GM1. It effectively replaces both the GF8 and the GM5...."

Come on - consumer perspective should drive the article. Not marketing dept dreams.

The camera has no EVF and gone back to the horribly inconvenient GM1 control wheel. So it cannot be a GM5 replacement.

It could be fair to call this product a slightly downmarket, bigger GM1, now updated for 2017 - but that's about it.

GM5 replacement it sure aint. That camera has a small but dedicated cult following, of which it is hard to see any of the faithful letting go of their GM5 for this device.

I dumped the GM1 after a while, even though it could go anywhere. The GM5 was mildly tempting, but I simply wanted something more like my old GX1, which they finally created in the GX85, with the usuall dumb feature decisions (like no flip up screen.)

The cult followings of the GM series should be thoroughly insulted by the GM series being renamed a GX. And Panny should be embarrassed.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:21 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (119 comments in total)

Sigh ... Panasonic really are incompetent at the marketing level it seems. This is not a GX camera, and it appears that they are simply trying to steal some of the thunder of the wonderful GX80/85.

Meanwhile, they get rid of some nice features from the GM line, dumbing it back down to GM1 levels. For pure travel purposes, maybe that is exactly what they needed. Getting away from the stigma of the GF line is also not a bad idea, but GM80/85 would have been the more honest name.

Meanwhile, they put a flip-up screen on it, which they failed to do for the GX85. It boggles the mind how often they accept the cost of stumbling about.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:17 UTC as 11th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (678 comments in total)

@Dan,

Regarding the nose shifting the AF point, yes that is frustrating. But there is a mode in which it is not only not an issue, but solves the assignable issue too.

In the menu under custom settings -> touch setting -> touch PAD AF settings -> set it to "offset".

Your nose will no longer move the AF point, unless you drag it across the screen. Further, your thumb can now reach to any point on the screen and move the AF point in any direction, small or large distances. This mode allows very fine adjustments while a quick swipe of the thumb moves it a longer distance.

So ... no need for an assignable area, which would complicate a rather elegant feature.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 15:11 UTC as 69th comment | 3 replies
On article Modest Updates: Nikon D3400 Review (379 comments in total)
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marike6: There is a disconnect between the superb IQ and solid feeling grip and good in hand feel of entry level cameras like the D3400 and T6 and the almost condescending tone of these reviews. I have an Olympus EM10, the kind that these reviewers seem to drool over, and frankly, it does not compete well with the IQ of this D3400 and it doesn't feel as good anywhere near as good in the hand. But it's mostly metal, has a flippy screen, and makes for good Flickr camera porn photos. Big deal. DPR should remember why the D3000 series is a best seller for Nikon. They are inexpensive, reasonably well made, F-mount and they produce great looking image and video files. For the price this camera is a no brainer, although more advanced users would be better off with the D5500 or similar.

Kind of strong of tone ... Nikon's biggest issue with the D3400 is removing useful features. Always bad optics. Always.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 23:11 UTC
On article Modest Updates: Nikon D3400 Review (379 comments in total)
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endofoto: I think Nikon put the old sensor in this camera the same sharpness as D3200 at ISO 100. D7200 has the same sharpness as D750 at 100 ISO. If they used D7200 sensor it would be much better. I use D3200 with 40 mm Mikro Nikkor for hand held macro, it is so lightweight, I can shoot hand held. I have D300 too with 105 Micro Nikkor, impossible to shoot hand held. This cam is very usefull hor macro.

Endofoto: The D7200 sensor is of the same size and essentially the same pixel density as the D3200 and D3400. Thus, diffraction is a non-factor. The D7200 sensor does, on the other hand, have no AA filter and will thus be a wee bit sharper than any of the others mentioned. It also has wonderful dynamic range and high ISO noise characteristics, having eliminate the nasty banding in deep shadow of the D7100.

Your sarcasm was not warranted for the argument you made. Red Fox's supposition that the lens matters more is quite true. JEPG settings are, not all that important since you can shoot RAW and get even more acuity, owing to the lack of jpeg NR smearing and compression blocking. So that's not a real factor either.

All in all, I agree with you that it would have been nice to see the D7200 sensor in the D3400 ... but Nikon is not dumb enough to put their best APS-C sensor in their cheapest camera ... heck, they took out sensor cleaning, which will really turn some people off.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 23:07 UTC

Wow ... wouldn't want to have been the product manager or dev lead on this one ...

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 01:51 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
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StevenE: The profession of photography is under serious attack. There are good amateurs willing to give away their work just for the right to brag that they were published. And these pop musicians today are not artists so much as products themselves ... packaged and sold by a tightly controlled and monitored team ... the paying public are mostly suckers buying the same thing over and over again, convinced by marketing that it's "newer and edgier" than last years "newest and edgiest" recycled thing.

Much of what you say is true, but she does write her own music and the show is definitely entertaining. So people who go are hardly "suckers" ... a less bitter way of looking at it is that management companies are stomping over anyone they can to make more money, which is true of anyone involved in the corporate hegemony. So there really is nothing new here ...

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 21:13 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 makes leap to 20MP (167 comments in total)
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Stollen1234: on paper i looks like a very good camera.Panasonic is a very good company..
but for a compact camera it is too big..and for a DSLR its too small especially if you use big lenses..

to really test the sensor you need to take some photos of kids running arround insidethe home at night in low light condition..

And how would that test the camera? Stabilization does not in any way shape or form stop subject motion lol ...

You would have a tough time with a FF dSLR indoors at night trying to capture running kids. Most would probably fail in most peoples' hands.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 13:38 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 makes leap to 20MP (167 comments in total)

Panasonic does it again ... releases two new cameras very close together and takes the opportunity to completely screw the more ergonomic but lower priced G line ... and then they wonder why it does not sell as well as it should lol ...

Is there anyone on the planet (and in his or her right mind) that would have refused to pay a few hundred more for the G7 with this new technology in it? The G6 is already more camera than many need and remains the budget choice for superb ergonomics and excellent images and video. So the G7 / GX8 could have been a matched pair at the high end with little to differentiate them cost-wise. The ergonomic differences are legion and that should have been the plan IMO.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 13:36 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm FinePix S1 real-world sample gallery posted (41 comments in total)
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Dpreviewmember: Fuji doesn't understand the market for bridge cams !

After shotting a lot with my Fuji HS20 and HS50 bridge cams, only in 8MP mode, (16MP EXR 1/2" sensor) I wouldn't expect anything but awful IQ for the S1's 16MP 1/2.3" even at 50% crops as is definitely confirmed by these samples. Unless you are an impressionist artist and enjoy mushy pictures ;-)

Why camera manufacturers don't realize that 16MP is a lot for a sensor of this size, 8MP would give better IQ specially in low light, faster processing of files and would be perfect for small to medium size prints as well as showing on 2MP fullHD and 4K TVs/monitors, which is what most buyers of this kind of cam actually do. So why insisting on MP counts ?

Well, you would be wrong then ... I did a multi-part review of the S1 versus the HS50EXR (Fuji sent me both to facilitate this) and the S1 outclassed the HS50EXR easily.

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=partner-pub-3486568277577421%3Aesofjarifpd&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=hs50exr+ve+s1&sa=Search#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=hs50exr%20ve%20s1&gsc.page=1

But ... I would shoot it only in RAW and I would be very careful in contrsaty light. Tiny sensors like this are DR limited and you need to respect that.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 11:43 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (485 comments in total)
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onlooker: So does anyone know for sure which generation sensor this is? Is it the same as GX7?

Yes. The video calls out the GX7/GF7 sensor, which is a very good thing. The GM1/GM5 also share this sensor. This is IMO the peak of m4/3 image quality so far, and the new Venus engine manages to squeeze 4k and DFD onto it. I think this is likely to be a real winner ... and about time.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 02:00 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (485 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: I hope this has better build quality than the FZ1000, because when I tried the FZ1000 in the shop, it felt like it was going to fall apart in my hands. $1000 doesn't seem to buy very good build quality nowadays.

I tried it in the shop and it is very solid. The G6 felt a tad plasticky at first, but it is no longer noticeable at all. It just works and works well. This new body looks even better.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 01:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (485 comments in total)
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Searching: Yuk, made in China.

What a nonsense comment. Do you hate Apple products too?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 01:57 UTC
On article A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom (197 comments in total)

I've looked at the Nikon megazooms before ... the lack of raw formats is always a fatal flaw and this one suffers for it too. Panasonic and Fuji have had raw output on their tiny sensor megazooms for quite a while now, and it makes a real difference. Nikon ... wake up!

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 14:49 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article CreativeLive kicks off Photoshop Week 2015 (12 comments in total)
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DaveE1: The Adobe marketing creeping into the site may backfire.

So, Photoshop has been around for 25 years?... an interesting fact, but also a reminder that there are better software for most photographers these days. The audio CD has been around since 1985, but that doesn't make it the best way to listen to music.

The comments under the recent article on the Photoshop 25th anniversary made it clear that many people are developing a dislike for Adobe and its products.

Despite what the carefully crafted Adobe press release would want you to think, Photoshop is increasingly becoming less relevant. Eventually, even the "power" users will move away when the newer alternatives get traction.

Sorry Adobe, but your money and size doesn't buy my opinion ;-)

"but also a reminder that there are better software for most photographers these days"

"Photoshop is increasingly becoming less relevant"

That, of course, is utter nonsense. It cannot possibly be more relevant for anyone who has embraced more than just the snapshot. Add video and the way the Adobe suite works together will pretty much blow your mind.

For those just plinking about, LR and CS were never relevant. For everyone else, they compete just fine. And for beginners who want to make better images, the number of tutorials from excellent photographers like Sue Bryce, Gavin Hoey and legions more makes Adobe products an amazing value at 10 bucks a month.

All of that in addition to Creative Live ...

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 15:39 UTC
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Kim Letkeman: Some nice ones for sure ... but I would never have assumed that garden meant literally any place where a plant might choose to grow. How peculiar.

@wherearemyshots -- no, my point is not similar at all.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 07:04 UTC

Some nice ones for sure ... but I would never have assumed that garden meant literally any place where a plant might choose to grow. How peculiar.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 07:21 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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