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 2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs: full-frame (385 comments in total)

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 16th comment | 1 reply
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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 37th 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 8th 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
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (387 comments in total)

If having a smaller size is not that critical, I would definitely prefer my LX100 for its better Classic User Interface. All the main dials (with their settings) which can be seen at a glance on the LX100 is so useful. The hot-shoe for external flash cannot be under-estimated.

So much for the LX10.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:54 UTC as 112th comment | 2 replies
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (718 comments in total)
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tom10k: I'm undecided on this Olympus OM-D E-10 Mark ii and the Panasonic Lumix LX100. I know there's the obvious fact that the Olympus can have interchangeable lenses. I would use the 14-42mm lense. Any thoughts?

I own the LX100. The main reason why I bought it was it gave me the classic analogue way of using a camera much like using a Leica range-finder camera. (By the way, one can buy the same camera with a Leica logo on it.) The lack of a touch screen is not important for those photographers who prefer analogue controls. I must say the LX100 is a very nice camera to use with all the analogue controls together with its rather bright lens. One almost know all the settings in the camera even without switching it on. For me, that's very important. The LX100 with its 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 lens should be able to cater for most photographic situation.

For longer reach, I would have another Micro 4/3 camera with the 40-150mm lens in the bag. One can choose between the Lumix 40-150 mm f/4.0-5.6 lens or the Oly 40-150 mm f/2.8 lens. For this purpose, the Oly EM10 MkII should be a good choice.

In order not to miss any shots, it is best to have two cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: I love my $99 used GX1. It serves as a great body to match with the 20mm f/1.7 lens when I don't want to carry anything too large.

This is the camera I was waiting for as a replacement, but I was really hoping they'd put the new sensor in it for this price. IBIS? Awesome. EVF? Awesome. Just not sure it's gonna be enough to tempt me. The GX1 still makes REALLY great files. I have the EVF for it, too. The GX1 is very comfortable to hold, as well. This one looks... less comfortable.

Hmm.

Maybe it will drive used GX7 prices down.

For me, the 16Mp sensor is more than sufficient on a Micro 4/3 camera especially now that they have done away with the AA filter. Lets hope all the new improvement will make it more user friendly. For a start, there are both a built-in flash as well as a hot shoe. This alone makes it a better option to the Oly Pen F. The price is also cheaper too.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 20:04 UTC
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Serious Sam: Many interesting features in a tiny body. Good to see the excellent menu system is till there. ISO performance won't be anything to write home about but the size is truly appealing. I have been looking for a small body for upcoming Europe trip as I heard daylight robbery of tourist in Italy, Spain and France are soaring. Something like this I can easily take out for pics then quickly put away.

1 major problem for me though that most of you will over look. Viewfinder size. I had a LX100 for a few days and that EVF is just.....unusable, this is for some one that is using X-T1 and A6000. Large view finder is essential for me as I am partial sighted. I guess it too much to ask for cramping in a X-T1 size ECF to a body this small.

What a discouragement to travellers in Europe nowadays. Europe really has decline so much in terms of safety over the years. Besides pickpockets and robbery, there are also terrorists threats recently. All this has made a casual photography trip in the cities in Europe dangerous. Years ago in the 70s, the situation was so much better. Really missed those days.

Good that they are trying to put a stop to the Muslim refugees influx which is making the situation worse.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 19:45 UTC

Too expensive and heavy for a "compact" camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 16:04 UTC as 97th comment | 3 replies
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1166 comments in total)
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white shadow: I think I better stay with my Ricoh GR. It is smaller and easier to carry around. The faster f/1.7 lens is the only possible advantage this camera will give me but I can live with a f/2.8 lens most of the time.

For travel photography, pairing the Olympus TG4 with the GR makes a great team. The TG4 gives you the opportunity to shoot in all condition, even underwater or in a sandstorm, while the GR would be able to give you more than acceptable image quality.

Most important, you can shoot whatever you want without carrying much. Perhaps, the Leica X-U maybe a good alternative but without the convenience of a handy zoom lens in the TG4.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 22:43 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1166 comments in total)
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white shadow: I think I better stay with my Ricoh GR. It is smaller and easier to carry around. The faster f/1.7 lens is the only possible advantage this camera will give me but I can live with a f/2.8 lens most of the time.

A bigger sensor is usually better than a smaller one. If I needed a bigger sensor, I would most probably shoot with a full frame DSLR like a Canon 5D Mk3. However, for street and travel photography, the smaller form factor of the GR with its excellent lens and ease of use overrides the little advantage of the full frame sensor of the Leica Q. Anyway, the APS-C sensor size image quality of the GR is more than adequate to print up to 20" X 30". That's good enough for me. Most important, the GR gets the job done unnoticed.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 22:27 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1166 comments in total)

I think I better stay with my Ricoh GR. It is smaller and easier to carry around. The faster f/1.7 lens is the only possible advantage this camera will give me but I can live with a f/2.8 lens most of the time.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 02:40 UTC as 149th comment | 3 replies
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (615 comments in total)
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white shadow: This camera won't make you a better photographer but if you are an experience one, it will give you a better change to get those "impossible" shots easier.

Good that Canon did not increase the pixel count.

Yes, you are right. Just a bit to the level of the 5D3. That's more than good enough.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 19:11 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (615 comments in total)

This camera won't make you a better photographer but if you are an experience one, it will give you a better change to get those "impossible" shots easier.

Good that Canon did not increase the pixel count.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 16:56 UTC as 64th comment | 2 replies
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1058 comments in total)

Overall, a nice compact design but the lack of a built-in flash make it a less convenient camera to use on the go. One can easily misplace the small external flash or lose it. The second issue is the rather high asking price.

For the price they should still make it weatherproof.

What I like is the more compact design and the front mode dial.

For the Micro4/3 format, I am using the Lumix GM1 and my much older GF1. Both cameras are still serving me well. I wonder how this camera can improve my photography beside the slightly higher pixel sensor.

I feel this new camera should have a hot shoe as well as built-in flash like the GF1.

If there need to have a compromise, I'd rather they do away with the EVF and include a built-in flash, still make it weather proof and sell it at a more reasonable price.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 11:00 UTC as 290th comment
On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70 (262 comments in total)

I still prefer the simplicity and compactness of the Ricoh design.

If they have kept the f/2.0 aperture, it would have given this camera more advantage.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 06:43 UTC as 26th comment

Do they really need 10 years of interviewing women photographers and 1 1/2 years to develop these bags?

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 00:46 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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