white shadow

Lives in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Works as a Travel writer, photographer, creative consultant
Joined on May 9, 2013

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On article Panasonic G9 added to studio scene comparison (168 comments in total)
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OlavM: I'm a happy camper with my 1 year old 7D2, but now:
Seems a m43 (the G9) is outresolving a cropp'er (7D2). Is that a first ?
Next shock came up, when comparing ISO's up to 6400: The G9 is better !!!!
(from 3200, besting my trusty old 5D2? a FF?? oouch!)
When paired with some top optics, Pana seemingly has come up with
'the real thing' here?
(my 1. digicam was a Pana FZ10, then only Canons)

I have tested the Lumix G9 in a recent Lumix workshop. The G9 was accidentally set to ISO6400 without my knowledge and I shot a number of photos at this high ISO and the result was surprisingly good. I didn't believe it was ISO6400 until I checked the settings. Further, the Lumix Leica 200mm f/2.8 is very sharp and handle very well with the G9. Try it for yourself to know.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 01:21 UTC
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WookieLala: Now for the price, let’s compare it to others in the mFT line-up:
Olympus 300mm f4 + tc14 = $2,750, you have a 300mm f4 and 420mm f5.6
PL 200mm f2.8 (TC 1.4x included)+ TC 2x = $3600, you have two focal/aperture close to the Oly setup plus a 200mm f2.8

You can pay $1800 and get the PL 100-400, not as fast as any of the above but a lot cheaper and flexible.

Just a reminder: these lenses have to resolve better than any FF lens. Sure I could pick up a vintage medium telephoto in the flea market for $50, but whatever.

So no, while this lens is probably priced on top of the (real equivalent) range, it is not overpriced by a factor of 3. Let’s move on.

On the higher prices for Micro4/3 lenses, most likely its a cost of production issue. For the moment, there is no economy of scale producing Micro4/3 lenses yet as the total demand is still comparatively small. Thus the higher prices.

Logically, it should be cheaper.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 04:37 UTC
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white shadow: Interesting camera except the size,, price and lack of a built-in flash. Maybe having a built-in flash would compromise the all weather aspect but without one makes using fill flash once in a while troublesome. Once you have to attach a rather large external flash, the unit becomes almost like a DSLR. Thus, defeating the benefit of the Micro4/3 system.

From a user point of view, I prefer the facilities and size of the G85. Has a good grip, small enough to carry everywhere and have a built-in flash when you didn't carry one around. A better travel and street photography camera. Hope they would upgrade the sensor to the one in the G9. For me, the whole idea of using a Micro4/3 camera is its smaller size. Otherwise, I will just use my Canon 5D Mk4 or the 7D Mk2. Meanwhile, I am using a Lumix GM1 for Micro4/3 which has served me for more than 4 years. Still can get quite good image quality despite its small size.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 17:18 UTC

Interesting camera except the size,, price and lack of a built-in flash. Maybe having a built-in flash would compromise the all weather aspect but without one makes using fill flash once in a while troublesome. Once you have to attach a rather large external flash, the unit becomes almost like a DSLR. Thus, defeating the benefit of the Micro4/3 system.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 16:55 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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flowqi: Sorry, but i can’t see the point of a camera like this.
What is it good for?
A huge cam and a (relative) small sensor??
The only reason for mft is a small camera.
This kind of cam is completely useless.

The camera size seems to be getting back to the old 4/3 size despite being Micro4/3. No more a camera I can carry everywhere 24/7.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (402 comments in total)
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OER49: 6.5 stops of stabilization with any lens is awesome.

Its a good marketing mileage claim by Panasonic but if you are an experience photographer, do you really have such shaky hands to need it.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 15:25 UTC
On article Canon EOS M100 review (788 comments in total)
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HeyItsJoel: It may take better pictures than a smartphone but the problem is, it's another thing to carry with you. For a woman carrying a purse, no problem. But I only have 2 pockets. I'm already hauling a wallet, keys, iPhone and headphones around my neck everywhere I go.

It all depends on who you are and what's your passion. I do carry my Olympus TG4 wherever I go 24/7. I never know when I need it. So far, the TG4 serve me very well but if I can get a similar camera with an APS-C sensor that would be wonderful.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 10:34 UTC
On article Canon EOS M100 review (788 comments in total)
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Checat: Interesting camera from… Canon? How refreshing. :)

With 22 F2 it is only a bit larger than Sony R100 and much more compact than Fuji X100. Very interesting option. I’m not looking for this type of camera right now, but I would check it out for sure :)

A good proposition even for a full frame Canon DSLR user. There are many photo opportunities where you need to shoot from the hip. A DSLR is just too cumbersome. Unlike a typical p&s camera, you get DSLR image quality. Its a no brainer really.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 02:14 UTC

Where is Dpreview's own detailed test and review of this camera like they used to do in previous years ?

Its becoming more a news website than a review website.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2017 at 02:59 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (594 comments in total)
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zakaria: Very crowded buttons on a small body.if you are going modern why borrow the past.

I find the buttons and dials on Oly cameras just too chunky. Have been thinking of buying the Oly EM10 Mk2 but I still prefer the handling of the Lumix G85. The Mk3 version is even chunkier. Looks ugly.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 14:09 UTC

Are we expecting to see a phone with a fully manual camera from focus to exposure settings and a larger sensor and changeable lens ?

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 03:09 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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Lee Jay: All you need to add to a current smart-phone camera to make it usable for me is:

At least a 24-120 equivalent zoom range.
At least f/2-f/5.6.
A Xenon flash.
A 1/1.7" or larger sensor.
An eye-level viewfinder.
Decent ergonomics.

That's it. Nothing much.

That would make the phone into s camera. Samsung at one time tried to do it but the outcome is too bulky and not practical. Thus, it failed.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 16:35 UTC

The smart phone camera definitely has its uses but it can never replace a camera, even for a P&S one. First, the handling is worse off than a camera. Secondly, one seldom can keep it on shoot mode for too long. Thirdly, a phone call can come in anytime to disrupt you while you are trying to shoot. Forthly, the lack of an optical zoom make fast composition a bit difficult. Well, the list goes on.

Even with a good camera, one still require an eye for composition, lighting and exposure. So, thinking that one can shoot "award winning quality" photos by just having an expensive i-phone is an illusion.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 13:02 UTC as 36th comment | 10 replies

We always hear of websites and people promoting the upgrading of cameras from micro 4/3 or APS-C to full frame or from P&S to DSLR but very few talk about upgrading their skills from beginner to Pro level.

I think good photography is not so much about equipment but the mastering of skills needed to get the best photo. Without proper skills, the best camera still won't get you the best photo.

A professional photographer is someone who know how to maximise the capability of his camera to get the best out of it. Often, a P&S camera like the Oly TG4 (now TG5) can capture incredible photos.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 07:08 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
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white shadow: The Lumix GX850 is a useful little interchangeable lens Micro4/3 camera. What I didn' t like about this upgraded model is the use of a MicroSD card instead of the regular SD card. Changing cards is so much more difficult especially for not loosing it or dropping it without realising it. The second is the kit lens now comes with a plastic mount instead of metal as was used in the GF8. This is something a lot of buyers are unaware of.

Other than that the lack of an EVF is not an issue. It is better to keep the cost and bulk down. In fact the selfie flip-up screen as in the GF8 is more useful for waist or low level shooting. This help the photographer more.

@ StevenN. You are absolutely right. Lumix should not cheapen their lenses just like that. The GX85 is not really a very cheap entry level camera. By the way, the GF8 's kit lens has a metal mount. Thus, it has better value eventhough it cannot shoot 4K video. For me, the ability to shoot 4K video is not important. Most laptops cannot process 4K video anyway and not many people have a 4K TV for now.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 23:12 UTC
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white shadow: The Lumix GX850 is a useful little interchangeable lens Micro4/3 camera. What I didn' t like about this upgraded model is the use of a MicroSD card instead of the regular SD card. Changing cards is so much more difficult especially for not loosing it or dropping it without realising it. The second is the kit lens now comes with a plastic mount instead of metal as was used in the GF8. This is something a lot of buyers are unaware of.

Other than that the lack of an EVF is not an issue. It is better to keep the cost and bulk down. In fact the selfie flip-up screen as in the GF8 is more useful for waist or low level shooting. This help the photographer more.

Everyone has his/her preferences. For a small camera, I won't bother with using a EVF or OVF. I can respond faster to a situation by just using the LCD. I find that I never use the EVF much on my LX100 for the same reason I can respond faster by just using the LCD. However, when I use my Canon 5D Mk3 with the EF 70-200 f/2.8 lens, I would definitely use the OVF. It just come naturally when, say, I shoot fashion models on a catwalk.

My smaller cameras are for street and travel photography which requires a quick response without fiddling with it much. The LCD serves me well. My Ricoh GR does the same. Shooting like an amateur but getting professional results without people knowing.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 17:16 UTC

The Lumix GX850 is a useful little interchangeable lens Micro4/3 camera. What I didn' t like about this upgraded model is the use of a MicroSD card instead of the regular SD card. Changing cards is so much more difficult especially for not loosing it or dropping it without realising it. The second is the kit lens now comes with a plastic mount instead of metal as was used in the GF8. This is something a lot of buyers are unaware of.

Other than that the lack of an EVF is not an issue. It is better to keep the cost and bulk down. In fact the selfie flip-up screen as in the GF8 is more useful for waist or low level shooting. This help the photographer more.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 03:34 UTC as 41st comment | 7 replies

Too many people taking selfies in a restaurant for example is bad enough. Just imagine 20 of such mini drones flying around. That would be interesting to watch.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 04:57 UTC as 9th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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JJBerlin: I own a OM-D E-M5 and for all these years it has been a love/hate relationship.
I't a very capable, beautiful camera, but I hate the menu system and the implementation of the touchscreen is terrible.
I'll most definitely buy a new camera body next year and of course I'm considering the new E-M1 MkII.
So far it seems that Olympus is still using the old menu system, which would be a terrible thing. And if I find out that Olympus ist still not using a multi-touch touchscreen, I'll not buy this camera...

For me, the menu must be very user friendly. I too have some dislike about the Olympus menu but probably not as bad as Sony's. Hope they can improve on it.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 20:46 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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sknai16: I tried the EM1 and have come back to Nikon at great cost. The sensor size is too small for large prints and the AF system is far from equivalent to the D500 or any Nikon DSLR for that sake. I did good tracking with the D300S and the D700 and never felt I had to go to the D4 or D5.
Anther issue for me is pricing. The new Olympus pro lenses are all more than a 1000 dollars. I can buy Sigma ART lenses opening at f1.4 for much less.
The lenses are also getting heavier and larger and all in all, I feel that Nikon or Canon are still the best bet for anyone who prints large, shoots wildlife or needs AF tracking for some reason..
It is a lovely camera, but so are all modern cameras and I'll carry the extra pound.

Ultimately, its the photographer who make the picture. A better camera may make it easier. That's all. An experience photographer would know how to capture the right moment and compose well. I have shot with various cameras/ brands. More important, one must know his camera well to maximise its capability. Sometimes, a simpler camera can still do the job if you know how.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 20:36 UTC
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