DDWD10

DDWD10

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I had the 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, a close relative of the 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM mentioned here. It was a great lens, and a fantastic bargain if you can find one.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 09:52 UTC as 109th comment
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DDWD10: It's alright, but I really think Panasonic will have to implement some form of PDAF to bring it to the next level. It will pay off in video AF too.

There's no reason they couldn't have both.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 17:06 UTC

It's alright, but I really think Panasonic will have to implement some form of PDAF to bring it to the next level. It will pay off in video AF too.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 14:57 UTC as 11th comment | 13 replies
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DDWD10: Canon acts like implementing 4K is some sort of insurmountable obstacle. C'mon guys!

Those are just obvious realities of 4K, not excuses for omitting it.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 22:40 UTC

Canon acts like implementing 4K is some sort of insurmountable obstacle. C'mon guys!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 22:23 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
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DDWD10: It seems like Pentaxians have a split opinion on this lens...

1. What?! Where's the 51.7mm f/4.8 pancake? Pentax is playing copy-cat here!
2. Finally! A 21st century prime for the K1!

Yes, the one powered by time-tested, proven, steam-driven screwdrive AF courtesy of the abundant and readily-available energy source of coal.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:20 UTC

It seems like Pentaxians have a split opinion on this lens...

1. What?! Where's the 51.7mm f/4.8 pancake? Pentax is playing copy-cat here!
2. Finally! A 21st century prime for the K1!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 01:43 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies
On article Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap (56 comments in total)
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HeyItsJoel: Another UWA lens? Must be f2.8 version.

Wider and faster than the current 10-24/4 supposedly.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 01:16 UTC

29mm equiv. wide end is pretty "bleh" these days, even on a kit lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 11:32 UTC as 7th comment
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DDWD10: That's a shame. Nikon really had a unique product with the 18-50mm model.

When used in 16:9, my LX100 ekes out around 22mm equivalent on the wide end thanks to the multi-aspect sensor. The rated 24mm wide end is at 4:3. But 18mm is still appreciably wider than 22mm.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:33 UTC
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DDWD10: That's a shame. Nikon really had a unique product with the 18-50mm model.

...which brings the X100 from 35mm to 28mm equiv. Hardly comparable to 18mm equivalent.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:44 UTC
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DDWD10: That's a shame. Nikon really had a unique product with the 18-50mm model.

That's a good point. Maybe another company will pick up where this concept left off and give us a lens with a fast ultra-wide end but with an EVF.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:31 UTC

That's a shame. Nikon really had a unique product with the 18-50mm model.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:16 UTC as 280th comment | 10 replies
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electrophoto: now if they could cut the "hum" out of the LX100's stabiliser too, I'd appreciate it.
it's one of the few annoyances using the LX100... that thing is loud.

I do hear it on my LX100. The noise level falls about halfway between pre-v1.2 G85 and post-v1.2 G85. I haven't noticed it being picked up by the internal mics though, so it's a non-issue for me.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 15:57 UTC
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Ebrahim Saadawi: This truly is, my friends, the ultimate budget Cine machine. The spiritual successor to the beloved 550D/600D for budget filmmakers. It combines SO many, giving a major resolution upgrade to Cine standards at 4K with a very clean (and small) artefact-free codec (like Canon's h.264 implemen.). A bump in IS for all lenses even your Canon 50mm or 18-55 gives a whole new shooting way & experience with fast IS primes HANDHELD, on a great M43s sensor. This is what it's all about 4K video that looks great and stable in your bare hands. ISO is always said to be bad but come on, it's at least the same 550D league as in 1600 max. Remember when people shot movies @ night on 100 ASA film and Red Epics that shoot at 320 ISO. It's a very sensetive 4K sensor for most situation but the very extreme.

The great thing is that you csn use it that way as a 600D replacement on a cheap dumb adaptor.

OR, you can build it by putting an EF SB turning it to a 1.4x EF 4K camera, and plug it to an external BMVA/assassin and get 4K 10bit ProRes HQ 4:2:2 files straight off the VA card on the hot shoe. All in a neat small handhaldable set-up. This a sensir size format perfect for cinema and film with very high quality 10bit signal, and a universally loved & broadcast approved ProRes files for video/news work.

There's nothing more to chase. Maybe chase higher ISOs with a 5D/1DxII/A7s but they all come at much higher prices (WITH better 4K signal, the 5DIV is absolutely amazing 4K in how far you can pull the shadows and get extremely clean data but the Crop Quirk is off-outting. 1DX solves it but at MUCH higher cost). Maybe the only second thing to chase is AF, for news and non-skilled/fast operators who just need quick good "enough" video in which case a V Logger should get an 80D with a stabilized 18-135mm kit and be done with it. Forget focusing and just shoot footage.

But aside from these two specific requirements, this camera is underrated and truly is the absolute king and spiritual successor to Canon Rebels AND the GH4 at a degree, even the original A7s and C100. It displaces everything at this price league.

Hats off Panasonic. You put in the passion in low budget filmmaking again.

(A 5DIV 4K video user here with no Panasonic gear owned, I should change that and stop obsessing with Canon images - especially after doing a side by side. Canon only wins at DR (shadows, hugely) and high ISOs (greatly) but in everything else I find myself shooting in 100% I could just handhold a cheap GX85/G80 with a small lens and side by side below 1600 ISO is just lovely identically great 4K video)

Another Canon shooter here jumping ships (well, getting a second B-ship) from Canon to Mirrorless + a Metabones EF SB. All for video. And hey, missed shooting with peaking in an EVF with a fast prime and have it even stabilized. That's skill improving tech right there. What a world we live in, getting these IBIS stuff, 4K, 6400 ISO, 12 Stops in LOG, 24p, s35 chips and glass higher quality than cine glass, all in consumer devices at bestbuy.

We sometimes forget we should just get one of these and make films, videos, commercials, shorts, docs, news, tv series, broadcast, anything. Just handheld with a little camera. Period.

I have recently left Pentax for the Panasonic G85. It retained the best aspects of my K-5 IIs: Weathersealing, great ergonomics and IBIS, while adding 4K video, much faster and quieter AF and access to a large selection of modern lenses (many with Dual IS support). All in a relatively inexpensive and compact package.

After shooting with it for a few weeks and processing a few hundred RAWs, I can say the image quality disparity between the G85 and K-5 IIs isn't nearly what I thought it would be.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 12:59 UTC
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Mike FL: Take your pick:
1. cuts stabilizer hum = cuts IBIS performance
2. cuts stabilizer hum will not cuts IBIS performance

Any proof?

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 02:36 UTC
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Ed Overstreet: Good news bad news.

It's great news that Panasonic has posted this firmware update.
The bad news is I can't get it to install on the camera. I fully recharged a fresh battery, reformatted the flash card in the camera, downloaded the installer, extracted the bin file, copied to the flash card, and when I turn on the camera and press the Play button as instructed, nothing happens except a message telling me there are no files to play back. No update screen.

This happens whether I download the EXE installer and extract on my Windows system, or download the DNG installer and extract on my Mac system (getting the same bin file in both cases). I happens whether I copy the bin onto the flash card via the SD card reader or whether I copy via the camera's USB cable attached to the camera. The bin file goes into the root of the flash card, not into any of the folders, but the camera doesn't recognize it. Careful only to get the G85 update and not the GX85 update. Any suggestions?

You did download the proper G** file, correct? The G85 .bin file will only update a G85, not a G80/G81, etc.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 21:48 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: As a spectacle wearer and a Pentax user I cannot forgive the lack of a top plate lcd. I struggle to see the info in the viewfinder and I hate having to refer to the rear screen.

I realize that, but the question is more speculative in nature.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 16:34 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: As a spectacle wearer and a Pentax user I cannot forgive the lack of a top plate lcd. I struggle to see the info in the viewfinder and I hate having to refer to the rear screen.

Will it have the dials, and a small LCD like the K-1? Pentax seems to be committed to the Smart Function Dials on it's higher-end cameras (K-1 and now KP). If they can't fit both a large LCD and the dials on the K-1, how could they fit them on a K-3 II successor?

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 16:04 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)

Here's why I think this camera replaces the K-3 series:

1) The K-3II has been listed as "discontinued" in several Japanese camera stores.
2) Price. It is priced like the K-3 series, at launch.
3) Design. It shares distinct design elements from the flagship K-1, particularly the dial-happy control scheme and the exaggerated pentaprism hump. The fact that it is missing a top LCD is hardly surprising given what Pentax did with the K-1, squeezing in a miniscule LCD among all the dials. There simply isn't room on a smaller camera for both.
4) Build. Weathersealed, magnesium alloy on the bottom, front and back with a polycarbonate top plate, just like the K-1.

Perhaps Pentax's internal market research revealed that very few of their users shoot action, so why expend R&D effort there? IMO, an action-oriented, high fps APS-C body would be writing checks that the Pentax lens system can't cash. Maybe that is their thinking as well?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 16:48 UTC as 48th comment | 5 replies
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