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Minor note, the article says it’s f1.8 but the product photo says f1.6- which is correct?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2018 at 16:08 UTC as 61st comment | 2 replies

It sure looks cool, but heck, for this price it should be coated in Vantablack.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 17:56 UTC as 102nd comment
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1248 comments in total)
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Boeing skipper: It sure doesn't look as nice as a Fuji, but Sony users calling the M50 "ugly"?
Do you actually think the A6300 is a nice looking camera?

@suave, the Olympus Pen F and several of the other Pens are pretty nice.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 20:56 UTC

That yogurt container line is priceless. Seriously, plastic lens mount? There are a few things that just seem like they aren't worth the 50 cents cost savings to avoid angry owners calling when their $2,000 lens snaps off the body but what do I know....

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 21:09 UTC as 101st comment | 9 replies
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (300 comments in total)
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wlad: umm, so why does a slower MFT zoom cost as much as a professional 70-200mm f2.8 full frame zoom ?

Prices don't always translate that easily, but for example its in between the price of the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS and the 70-200 4 IS. Prices on equivalent Nikon and Sony lenses are higher yet. It is smaller and lighter than the 70-200 f4, and it has a wider range. (Also figure Canon has sold a lot more of their design over the years than Panny will).

Long story short- price is probably reasonable, and chances are it will be a nice lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 17:27 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 sample gallery (57 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Whenever somebody looks at a series of sample images from any new camera, the responses can range the gamut of "hey, they look great," to "gosh, they are horrible..." Now go figure? To me, these look really good.

But more so is the fact that this kit lens - the Panny 12-60 - is a wonderful optic for both the focal range and price point. I've fallen in love with this lens a year or more ago and wound up with 3 of them. This kit lens (actually, IMO, it's performance levels are much better than a kit lens designation would imply) can stand up to the best of them (save perhaps the lack of a constant F2.8 aperture). Yet this lens is often (unfortunately) overlooked in favor of far more expensive optics.

Also, what I welcome is the gradual shift in how Panasonic renders colors. The color tonality of recent Panny cameras are gradually shifting to a more warmer tone without going bonkers by adding more red to the hues. This GX9 and 12-60 lens seems a great combination for the price.

I'm not surprised you are a fan of the 12-60 kit, Panasonic knows how to make a good cheap kit lens, and they have been doing it right from the start. Their old 14-45mm that came with the original G1 was quite a nice bargain lens. The 14-42 ii and 12-32 are both pretty decent kit lenses as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2018 at 17:08 UTC
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noisephotographer: I think a 1/1.7" sensor + 28-300mm eq. f/2.8-f/2.8 (Olympus Stylus 1) could be more useful.

I think smaller sensors are dead, at the hands of cell phones.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 19:56 UTC
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Tieu Ngao: I prefer faster lens with less reach for the same compactness. For example 24-200mm f/2.8-4 would be more useful I think.

Just get a g7x and crop slightly. Voila!

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 19:55 UTC
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Rod McD: Can we please have the upgrade for the LX100? It's long overdue. We were told a year ago that it was in development...... I understand the appeal of the long zoom compact camera to many users but where's the high grade all-in-one option for the photographer who prefers a shorter range but faster zoom lens?

LX200, yes please. Tilting TOUCH screen. For those who prefer the old fashioned way, the touch can be disabled, but for some things like touch to focus, it is terrific.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 19:54 UTC
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Eric Glam: Panasonic really killed this line. The lens is too slow across the range, and the camera would be starving for light.
A shame, really, as they could have opted for a brighter lens, even with less reach, and everyone would have praised it.
Even without testing one, I can already guess how it would fair in less than ideal lighting conditions...

If this camera had a brighter, shorter lens, it would be just like the rest of the 1" options out there. Panasonic already has one of those.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 19:52 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix G9 vs Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (256 comments in total)
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peterwgallagher: Oh dear, more DPR 'click-bait'. Ho-hum! Isn't the conclusion absolutely, blinding obvious? They're both wonderful, clever, machines with minor differences. Yada-yada-yada.

Want a more meaningful comparison? Take a look at the respective groups on e.g. Flickr and ask yourself whether and why the images (as a collection) differ. You'll need some actual insight into photography and photographers, not just cameras/lenses... DPR won't be any help. Spend some time on this and you may discover some things (maybe about yourself... ).

Hey Buzz Killington, why are you here then? Some of us come to this site because we like reading about the gear.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 12:54 UTC
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Oleg Ivanovskiy: What? 700 Euro for this F8 - F11 (equiv.) pancake kit? Brave decision, given that Fujifilm X-A5 15-45 kit is going for 600, with better sensor and some sort of PDAF. This E-PL is a few mm smaller, but that's all.

But that's one of the nice things about the m4/3 system, you have a few brands working together. I used to use the Olympus E-PM2 with the Panasonic f1.7 and it worked great, a nice compact kit. No need to match brands.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 16:35 UTC
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Gesture: Can't wait to see what E-PL18 is like in this world of dribble it out technology.

So all camera makers should stop making cameras and try making phones?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 16:28 UTC
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Beckler8: They shouldn't aim these specifically at beginners. I think companies are missing a segment, which is the smallest possible mirrorless. So whatever they can put into the smallest body like this, but for enthusiast level. That would be the best pocket camera - something almost as small as RX100 but an actual mirrorless with proper controls, etc. Maybe the Sony 5200? LOL - yeah right, Sony is clueless. They make top hardware but design-wise it's generally all garbage. A9 slowly moves in the right direction but it shouldn't take a decade to improve to something that's already known.

Panasonic made an admirable attempt with the GM-5, which had a viewfinder and was TINY with the right lenses, but I just don't think it sold that well. When lenses can only get so small for a given format, I think ultimate miniaturization becomes more about pushing limits than about functionality.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 16:25 UTC
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justmeMN: Even 1" sensor fixed-lens compacts have 20MP sensors. Entry-level APS-C cameras have 24MP. If nothing else, Olympus' decision to use a 16MP sensor is poor marketing.

Olympus squeezes the life out of every sensor they have, and they probably need to in order to make a profit, but 20mp would really help the marketing on these models. All the 1" sensors are 20mp, and they do a fine job with noise for their size.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 16:16 UTC
On article PowerShot Shootout: Canon's G1 X III vs G7 X II (255 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: So more than three years later, the Panasonic LX100 still sets the standard for the best combination of large sensor/bright zoom lens. Not to mention all the other great things about that camera.

And we're still waiting for a successor...why?

I think we're still waiting for a new LX100 because m4/3 sensors have very long shelf lives because they need to squeeze every penny out of each generation to make a profit. I think they were using that 12mp sensor for about 5 years. Now that they have the 20mp m4/3 chips out, the time has come for a successor. New sensor, new tilting touchscreen, and the usual updates and they would be right back on top.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 18:24 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (188 comments in total)
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Photato: Great pictures but composition is totally negleted with these phones fixed 4:3 aspect ratio. This is very noticeable in several landscape shots. Hoping smartphones start using multi-aspect sensor this year. There is no perfect aspect ratio but there are aspect ratios best suited for the subject, composition and inteded display medium. Year after year I ve been complaing about this issue to not avail. Yes you can crop but at the cost of precious wide angle view and pixels.

@brujo74- square lenses then?

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 18:14 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (188 comments in total)
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Photato: Great pictures but composition is totally negleted with these phones fixed 4:3 aspect ratio. This is very noticeable in several landscape shots. Hoping smartphones start using multi-aspect sensor this year. There is no perfect aspect ratio but there are aspect ratios best suited for the subject, composition and inteded display medium. Year after year I ve been complaing about this issue to not avail. Yes you can crop but at the cost of precious wide angle view and pixels.

I could be wrong but I thought that the closer to square the sensor is, the less of your image will be on the extreme edges of the lens, allowing for generally more uniform performance across the frame. Of course, a round sensor would be best but there is no efficient way right now to cut up silicone wafers into circles, so its is a more expensive manufacturing process. Maybe things will eventually head in that direction. Then there's the idea of flexible sensors that can match the curvature of the lens...eventually they will be able to pair up sensor/lens combos for almost perfect performance across the frame. This will certainly favor fixed lenses such as cell phones first, but sooner or later maybe they will come up with a variable curve sensor. Isn't technology grand?

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 15:19 UTC
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walker2000: If there is a camera like Sony RX10 IV + iPhone/Google software, I will dump all my full frame cameras and lens.
When can that day come? Is any technical challenges there?

Samsung tried it a few times with android cameras, with mediocre results, but technology continues to improve, and I'm sure someone will give it another shot soon. It should be interesting!

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 15:03 UTC
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Arastoo Vaziri: "Not only are computational cameras getting better..."
The samples show otherwise.

Compare the results to something you would get 10 years ago, and ask yourself if the new ones are better.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 15:01 UTC
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