plantdoc

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$499 and a plastic lens mount and 6.3. Seems a bit too much for not enough when the 18-135 stm is $350 and even $129 as a Canon refurbished.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 07:57 UTC as 1st comment
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (124 comments in total)

Another amazing camera with features and technology that I want but actually really don't need. I hope some of the key features move down into a somewhat less spec camera for about 1/2 the price or less. My video needs are more basic and easily handled by a $200 camcorder. Never the less, a very impressive piece of technology.

Greg

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 06:04 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

Can not comment on the optical quality. However, $500 does seem a bit steep for a slow lens and the plastic mount is disappointing. I know plastics can be amazing, but when the 18-135 stm versions have metal mounts and a bit more speed for the same price. Even the under $150 stm primes have metal mounts. Still I prefer metal over plastic unless the price put the lens in a throw away category if something goes wrong. $500 isn't throw away for me. I will just continue to use my 18-135mm stm with adapter. With box versions can be had for about $300 as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 23:12 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)

Certainly not perfect, but few devices are. Does it meet your real life needs? Unfortunately, the price seems too high for what you get, especially if you need to buy the EF lens adapter. The Canon version is certainly solid and well made but $200. I think for the current price the adapter should be part of the kit since the lens selection is limited. Also, part of the appeal for me is not having to reinvest in more lenses. If I could spend for more lenses then I could well consider other systems. Flash compatibility is another factor. I am more cost sensitive.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 16:59 UTC as 166th comment
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1128 comments in total)

Wow, another new camera from Sony. They really must have a big R&D budget. Is Sony making any profit for long run stability? I wonder if they will burn out with amazing technology.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 19:26 UTC as 168th comment | 6 replies

Seems like a rather amazing package of technology. Great reading, but I'll admit I would rarely if ever use some of the features, and my income doesn't depend on getting the shot. I hope companies continue to make cameras that offer a step down in the latest do everything for prices I can afford. Advancements in video are impressive, but I see few people really making home movies. U Tube clips mostly. Odd with TVs that are truly impressive how more people (younger mostly) are watching everything on a small portable screen device where even DVD resolution can look decent.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 00:40 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (394 comments in total)

I am sure this camera will be just the ticket for some shooter. However, not me. No EVF and a very short zoom range for $700. Not what I am a looking for.
Greg

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 21:40 UTC as 46th comment
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)

All camera sales will continue to drop regardless of how much technology is advanced into the cameras. For a vast majority of people, smartphone cameras are plenty good enough. Also, many people have cameras that are also good enough for what they need while not usually the absolute state of the art. The latest and best technology cameras will continue to sell at high prices to rich enthusiasts and pros, but the overall numbers will be down. R&D will need to be cut to match the more limited market and profits. Is Sony making profits on anything these days?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 00:41 UTC as 28th comment

I think I may revisit the current M1 offer with the 12-40mm lens for $1300. Total is less than half the price. Tremendous features but really don't need many of them for my photos.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 15:02 UTC as 88th comment

Impressive technology for sure. Just need to add a smartphone as well. Interesting how Sony is pumping money into imaging products when reports I have read (maybe wrong) show little or no profit in other product segments, like TV and not much presence in phones or computers,tablets.
Greg

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:14 UTC as 280th comment
On article Google Pixel tops DxOMark's Mobile rankings (116 comments in total)

Nice but expensive phone. Not all of us need $600+ phones with loads of bells and whistles to call, text, check the WEB, and take pics. Would like to see some reviews and comments about phones in the $150 - $200 sale price range. For posting on social media, etc. the highest quality is not really required. Pics are viewed and soon forgotten, like a text message.
Greg

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 01:38 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies

For an interesting and disturbing view of the near future, watch the movie Ex Machina. HAL was just a child. Turing test anyone?
Greg

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

If I had bought the OMD MK II that I was considering, this would be an very nice all around lens. Don't really care for primes for my travel photography. $1300 seems a bit steep for a smaller image lens. This price is in the range for some very good APS-c and even full frame glass.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 19:01 UTC as 53rd comment

A couple of months ago, we upgraded from 5s to 6s. Almost considered top Samsung model but the wife wanted to stay with what she knew. Fair enough. Deals were about the same. If I had to upgrade now, I probably with go with the Samsung. Why? Expandable memory so I can carry my extensive music and photo collection and swap memory cards easily. Longer battery life I believe. More water resistance. Headphone jack. I have several very good headphones and don't care to use another adapter to lose. Micro USB charging like several other devices. No need to learn and use Itunes and its logic for managing music, photos, etc to the device. Android supports sound equalizers apps that can be used for all music including streaming. important feature for my ears. Has Apple added this feature yet. Preset adjustments just don't cut it for a music player. Phone photos are mostly used for emails, etc. Also, too easy to drop a phone compared to a camera with a wrist strap or should strap. My .02
Greg

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 20:15 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (707 comments in total)

I think I'll stick with my 70D, SL1 and t4I. They all take excellent photos and enlargements to 13x19 with cropping if the lens is sharp and focuses reliably. Interesting all the comments about 4k video. I shoot video with a very good HD camcorder. I live in a heavily touristed city (San Francisco) and I see few people shooting video except maybe with a smartphone to send a short clip to social media, I suppose. Most video shooters I see are for weddings, events, and news. Other than these uses, I wonder how many people shoot video, edit it, make a movie, etc. I am sure 80D is good camera. What about dust spots during video? Can they be fixed like stills?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 03:07 UTC as 71st comment

While I am all for technological improvements, I think market forces and not just a lack of new features etc are involved. From what I see in a photo oriented city and region, smartphones are plenty adequate for many people. Pictures aren't enlarged or mostly not even printed but viewed on phones or tablets via social media. Smartphones are now good enough. The same trends exist with smartphones themselves. My Iphone 5s is completely adequate, I am just replacing the battery and not upgrading for $600+. PC and tablets, same trends. I have several tablets that are just fine for my needs. My 2 year PC is plenty powerful. In fact, my 6 year old PC would still be adequate except for editing HD video and the Vista OS. Even my 2 year old 55 in. HD TV and very good camcorder are just fine. No hurry to rush to 4k, and no value in the older gear. Also, economics are at work. The majority of population has less disposable income so purchases must last.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 19:57 UTC as 31st comment
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plantdoc: Does this mean that Sony will disappear from AV receivers, headphones, movie disk players etc? More of a concern to me than cameras because I don't own any Sony cameras and probably won't buy any at retail price. Do they still make TVs? Another market they were going to abandon.
Greg

They can continue by selling their name to unknown manufacturers like Philips, but I become suspect of the quality and support compared to the "real" brand product. I had a Philips (real Philips) HD tv that received excellent reviews for HD tvs some 6 years ago and it performed very well for 6 years. Haven't read anything about the rebrand Philips in recent years. There are several other well known names that have gone this route, and the products are in the lowest priced bargain lots. Not where I would shop.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 20:21 UTC

Does this mean that Sony will disappear from AV receivers, headphones, movie disk players etc? More of a concern to me than cameras because I don't own any Sony cameras and probably won't buy any at retail price. Do they still make TVs? Another market they were going to abandon.
Greg

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 20:47 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G7 X Review (485 comments in total)

Different strokes for different folks, so the saying goes. If you like it, buy it. No appeal to me for several reasons. Price, no external flash attachment, no EVF. Yup, I am one of those old folks with variable glasses who don't find using an LCD to be a pleasant way to take pics except the occasional grab shot, and for that I use the S110 or G15. For a bit more $$, I bought the SL1 with the 2 stm lenses and just added the 10-18mm. Of course, it won't fit in your pocket, but it still a light weight, very versatile kit.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 00:12 UTC as 78th comment
On article Canon PowerShot D30 real-world samples gallery (14 comments in total)

I have the d20 and I think the ultra compact folded optics lens is limitation for IQ. Also the video has an odd jitter and wobble. Curious to see the full review

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 02:17 UTC as 2nd comment
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