peppermonkey

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On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)
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Lyff: The Pentax K3 II (and even the original K3) should be with the D7200, outside of the af, the sensor is similar but the body quality (controls and materials, full weather sealing), the burst rate without crop,ibis, all features like astro tracer, pixel shift, the focus peaking ( and the nice feature that automatically burst when you're in focus with a manual lense) it really feels like an high end ASPC camera like the 7D II & D500.

As a canikon shooter (at work I use mostly a D810 & 5DII) I was pretty skeptical about Pentax lense line up and their reputation for bad af performance,, but outside of af tracking their af is really fast (even faster than the D810 in dim light when you use the central point), the controls are a little disturbing at first but really smart when you're used to, and above everything the ability to stabilise all lenses (like the sigma f/1.8 zooms) on an aspc sensor all these things really made me rethink about going full frame for my personal use.

Yeah, it was. My wife wanted one for her K-5. I guess it's a good thing that she's now distracted by other things (new born) for her to care about the lens...and thankfully, you just can't find it in store and test it out even if you wanted to. 18-35mm for other mounts, sure, for Pentax, nope.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 18:55 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)
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Gesture: Round up the usual suspects.

Panasonic one of the usual suspects?

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)
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Lyff: The Pentax K3 II (and even the original K3) should be with the D7200, outside of the af, the sensor is similar but the body quality (controls and materials, full weather sealing), the burst rate without crop,ibis, all features like astro tracer, pixel shift, the focus peaking ( and the nice feature that automatically burst when you're in focus with a manual lense) it really feels like an high end ASPC camera like the 7D II & D500.

As a canikon shooter (at work I use mostly a D810 & 5DII) I was pretty skeptical about Pentax lense line up and their reputation for bad af performance,, but outside of af tracking their af is really fast (even faster than the D810 in dim light when you use the central point), the controls are a little disturbing at first but really smart when you're used to, and above everything the ability to stabilise all lenses (like the sigma f/1.8 zooms) on an aspc sensor all these things really made me rethink about going full frame for my personal use.

Err...why bother mentioning about how 'One' lens (and as far as I can tell, this is the only one that has such problems) in the entire library has bad AF on Pentax? You do realize there are...umm...more than the Sigma 18-35mm available?

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (539 comments in total)
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Rezaul0: This camera is important in the m43rds universe, and important as a weather sealed, fast 4k video type camera solution in the mirrorless universe- along with being the first to get the Sony 20MP m43rds sensor. it is very help full

Hmm..yes, I think you are correct.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 07:00 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (539 comments in total)
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cheetah43: Time after time new cameras are introduced which have shortcomings. The shutter problem here - is it elementary or not? If it is, why not eliminate it before introducing the camera? Why do the JPEGs show subdued colours? Isn't this elementary? Then, size and compactness. People complain either way. The grips are hideous full stop. You either have a compact [no grip] and leave the heavy telephoto at home, or you carry the heavy stuff. It is ridiculous to be talking about a pocketable IL compact in conjunction with a 200mm heavy zoom. The manufacturers have absolutely no excuses about the elementary stuff. They have to get such matters in hand and not come up short. Features? Great! Compromises? Not great! Cut down on features in order not to have silly compromises!

I would have expected changing default JPEG settings to your taste to be elementary...or are you suggesting that default jpeg settings should be perfect for everyone? And what's wrong with the grip? As for heavy zooms...other than the 100-300mm, 100-400mm...what zoom in M43 is actually 'heavy' (or large for that mater). Besides, of course cameras are introduced time and again with shortcomings...if it didn't, there would be only one camera as it would be perfect.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 23:47 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (539 comments in total)
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Rezaul0: This camera is important in the m43rds universe, and important as a weather sealed, fast 4k video type camera solution in the mirrorless universe- along with being the first to get the Sony 20MP m43rds sensor. it is very help full

Whoa, Raist3d is correct...dude, you just copied his comments...I can't fathom a reason why you would bother doing such...

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 23:39 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (539 comments in total)
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Mark9473: It's a shame they can't seem to shake off this shutter shock problem. Otherwise it's a dream camera and a great system.

Yip, hasn't been a problem so far.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (539 comments in total)
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User3723086768: MFT fans can say whatever they want, but you can get a Sony A6000 for half the price with way better noise performance... and thinner.
I guess this is a great camera if you don't mind the low light quality and the depth of field implications.

Um...then you attach a lens on the A6000 and all it's size advantages goes poof.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Panasonic lenses and ZS100 (99 comments in total)
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tkbslc: That 12-60 seems a bit more chunky than expected.

Looks to be the size of the Panasonic 14-45mm. Not bad.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 14:52 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
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pixelcollector: advantage over my 2 year old pen:
swivel LCD, weather sealing.
nearly all other features are identical. why is this camera so massive? bulkier camera = higher price tag?

Err...4K photo stills is for...err....stills. Not video.
Otherwise, there is also the new (now 6 months) 20mp sensor, must faster AF, better EVF (assuming you have the optional and very expensive clip on EVF for the Pen), dual-IS (albeit not as good as the newer Oly IBIS), much better display with the OLED (vs LCD) swivel screen, a very good electronic shutter, NFC, more control dials, a grip, better ergonomics, weather seals...should I go on?

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 17:16 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)

"It'll be interesting to find out how good that new 20MP sensor is." Guess we'll find out how good the sensor is when they review the Pen F...

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 17:01 UTC as 11th comment
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peppermonkey: Well, Panasonic m43 cameras (GX8, GH4, G7...) can focus to -4EV...so I can't see why the Sony focussing to -2EV would be all that surprising, or any mirrorless these days.

I thought you guys already tested that...or are you saying Panasonic's tracking is subpar?

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 16:23 UTC

Well, Panasonic m43 cameras (GX8, GH4, G7...) can focus to -4EV...so I can't see why the Sony focussing to -2EV would be all that surprising, or any mirrorless these days.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 15:33 UTC as 201st comment | 8 replies

Can't really get excited about this. And this is not because I don't have an iPhone because even if I did...I would feel the same. Personally I feel the Sony way is the way to go even if current gen is a clumsy affair. The problem with this is that...well, you need to physically connect via a tiny protrusion that, frankly, I can see many people breaking off. Even if you don't, you can easily, accidentally, slide it off. What happens when you accidentally disconnect while transferring data between devices? iPhone connectors can change rendering this useless. You must hold with two hands at all times because of the connection (being too fragile). With the Sony, at least it's wireless. The ergonomics, performance and general clumsiness will presumably be refined to the point of being seamless. Besides, Android guys can't use it. Sorry, from a future proof POV, Sony seems to be on the right track.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 07:14 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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