mjdundee

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mjdundee: Olympus XZ 1 - 28 - 112 mm F 1,8 - 2,5, 10 MP CCD - still beats them all as long as you use natural light and your brain and eye for taking photographs.
It is razor sharp and a joy to use. It provides much nicer OOF results than any of these ridiculous priced Sonys - it offers a lens barrel dial and a much more solid body as well. And yes - it fits into a jeans pocket if necessary.
If you need much better IQ, same size at less than half the price - go for a Pana GM 1/5/, GF 6/7/8, GX 850 with the 12-32mm kit lens.
Just in case - if you are not used to use brain and eye - go for one of the latest pocket computers with two or three lenses included. These smart called ex phones are able to calculate brilliant results into pictures - no matter how poor the snapshot looks like in real life. Still cheaper than the Sonys, so much easier to carry and handle and much more communicative.

@brendon
concerning the jaw details I am completely with you. In fact I gave up wildlife photography a long time ago (when I used to have a long telelens) - because they always ran or flew away but mainly because never smile ; )

@richard
I have recently reread your review of the XZ 1 and your enthusiasm with this camera really forced me to look for a well preserved sample to replace my S 95 which used to be my favourite pocket camera for many years but has a dust problem now.
What shall I say - it gave back to me much of the joy I used to have in the early days when I wa young and started with a film Minox 35 GT ; ) THKS!

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2018 at 11:36 UTC
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mjdundee: Olympus XZ 1 - 28 - 112 mm F 1,8 - 2,5, 10 MP CCD - still beats them all as long as you use natural light and your brain and eye for taking photographs.
It is razor sharp and a joy to use. It provides much nicer OOF results than any of these ridiculous priced Sonys - it offers a lens barrel dial and a much more solid body as well. And yes - it fits into a jeans pocket if necessary.
If you need much better IQ, same size at less than half the price - go for a Pana GM 1/5/, GF 6/7/8, GX 850 with the 12-32mm kit lens.
Just in case - if you are not used to use brain and eye - go for one of the latest pocket computers with two or three lenses included. These smart called ex phones are able to calculate brilliant results into pictures - no matter how poor the snapshot looks like in real life. Still cheaper than the Sonys, so much easier to carry and handle and much more communicative.

@beckler
I agree - but I still prefer to use my feet if I need more wide or more tele and to be honest - just because Sony gives us some more dots on the EVF or some more reach in 6 upgrades on a model that was launched in 2012 does not justify to double the price tag considering the much slower lens.
What makes me upset is that they act a bit like the i-thing distributors who also claim they have invented a good thing completely new just because they have designed some new edges or dropped some switches.

Of course the 2011 Oly is not comparable to a 2018 Sony but what counts in the end is the IQ - and man you would be surprised what a 2011 model with a really optimized lens can do!!

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2018 at 08:03 UTC

Olympus XZ 1 - 28 - 112 mm F 1,8 - 2,5, 10 MP CCD - still beats them all as long as you use natural light and your brain and eye for taking photographs.
It is razor sharp and a joy to use. It provides much nicer OOF results than any of these ridiculous priced Sonys - it offers a lens barrel dial and a much more solid body as well. And yes - it fits into a jeans pocket if necessary.
If you need much better IQ, same size at less than half the price - go for a Pana GM 1/5/, GF 6/7/8, GX 850 with the 12-32mm kit lens.
Just in case - if you are not used to use brain and eye - go for one of the latest pocket computers with two or three lenses included. These smart called ex phones are able to calculate brilliant results into pictures - no matter how poor the snapshot looks like in real life. Still cheaper than the Sonys, so much easier to carry and handle and much more communicative.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2018 at 22:53 UTC as 52nd comment | 13 replies
On article DPReview TV Episode 1: Sony a7 III review (348 comments in total)

Hi to both of you,

Congrats to this new arrangement with the most reliable and comprehensive review website in this world.
Now getting their information has reached the next level.
Your kind and speed of talking is just at the level of my ability to listening and fully understanding at the same time. So it has never been easier and more efficient to get the latest news and valuable facts of all that new digital camera stuff. Much better than reading - although I am not a video guy at all. Great!!!

I think you should go on just like you did in the past. There was nothing to complain but a lot to like in almost all of your videos.

So - show us more of beautiful Canada and let your job be done more comfortable
and efficient with all the potential from the friends in Seattle.

Looking forward to seeing you here on dpreview.com.

Have a good time,

Tom

Link | Posted on May 5, 2018 at 16:02 UTC as 15th comment
On article Canon EOS M50: What you need to know (431 comments in total)

Compared to a car M50 looks like you would go for a original VW Beetle equipped with the latest LiFePo starter battery.
How exiting is that?

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 09:09 UTC as 26th comment

Nice to see this lens starts at 24mm but why does it extend to 360?
Less light and more weight - doesn't make much sense to me. What a pitty.
Can't find this in the specs.
Does ZS200/TZ 200 offer a in camera Panorama Mode?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 16:03 UTC as 29th comment

Thks - I know this does not look like a perfect shot but I am always attracted by a light like this. The tree ferns are native Kiwis (NZ) from the southern hemisphere but this one was taken in a protected little canyon in northern France, in the botanical garden of Roscoff, Brittany and they obviousely liked the place.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 14:12 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Polar night in the Cold challenge (1 comment in total)

This looks so familiar. RU sure this has never finished a challenge as 1st?
Anyway - very nice composition and freezing cold.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 07:40 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Wide-Open-Wings in the Wide open challenge (1 comment in total)

Majestic! Great capture of this white heron. Congrats.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 11:28 UTC as 1st comment
On article Panasonic DC-ZS70 (TZ90) sample gallery (56 comments in total)
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MarioV: ZS70 gallery here:
https://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/2195357421/panasonic-lumix-zs70-sample-gallery

Thks - this looks a lot more like what I have expected from a PnS..

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:37 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-ZS70 (TZ90) sample gallery (56 comments in total)

Sorry - this link leads to a gallery with samples marked Sony a9.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 09:05 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)

I like compact and light cameras.

I also like clear, bright, full coverage optical viewfinders.

As long as both aren't availabe in the same body I rather use the big rear display and keep the camera small.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 07:41 UTC as 166th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (66 comments in total)
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Mark9473: Good images; seems like a very capable kit lens. I may have to get me that one.

End of last year I had enough loosing the zoom/unlock ring of the 12-32 Kitlens again and went for the Oly Zuiko M 9 -18 which is a much better lens in terms of wideangle shootings.
It isn't much bigger and also uses the zoom ring to unlock but feels a lot more solid.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 07:43 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (66 comments in total)
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Mark9473: Good images; seems like a very capable kit lens. I may have to get me that one.

The kit lens is pretty nice indde.
However - if you are an enthusiast shooter and use it day by day you might discover, that this lens is mainly made for a low frequent use.
Mine is great too but the zoom controll ring is very fragile. It is fixed by nothing else but a semi flexible black paste to the lens barrel and comes easily off if you press a just a little too hard or use it in harsh conditoin such as frost or high humidity. This happens to me every couple of months.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
On photo Leaves, Droplets and Light in the Naturally Translucent challenge (2 comments in total)

Three .5 voters - go in peace!

Great photograph with plenty of detail and fantastic play with light and shadows.
A well deserved winner. Full hit of the challenge theme.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 13:24 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Fire Horse in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

Someone who loves other creatures would never treat them like this.
What a sick 'tradition'!

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 17:53 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Full-colour-oak... in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Thank you Ruth. This was one of many pictures I took that day. These old trees sometimes look much more interesting without leafs. I am glad that i managed to pick the right view.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 07:30 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Tidal Pool at Port Stephens, NSW in the Rock Pools challenge (1 comment in total)

Great theme: Advantage Australia - come on - make us jealous!

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 09:28 UTC as 1st comment
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)
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daddyo: Sorry, I'm not buying the Statue of Liberty image.
First, there is no way the moon would appear that large in relation to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is enormous, and I find it extremely hard to see how the moon, that high on the horizon would appear that large -- at least I've never witnessed it.
Second, if you visit the photographer's website, you will see other similar images of a crescent moon next to the Statue of Liberty with both the statue in focus and crater detail on the moon in focus -- that just does not happen.
I've done way too many shots of the moon, and know that in order to get crater detail, you have to focus on the moon 239,000 miles away -- you're not going to get sharp focus also on something a half mile away too.
Call me skeptical.

You are right - I didn't realize you were talking about other/similar images,
sorry, mate. Still I'd like to know the sensor size, the distance to SoL and full exif data before I blame this a face image.
On the photographers website here are too many similar shots with crater details in different light situations - if they were all photoshopped this means a lot of work.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 17:19 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)
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daddyo: Sorry, I'm not buying the Statue of Liberty image.
First, there is no way the moon would appear that large in relation to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is enormous, and I find it extremely hard to see how the moon, that high on the horizon would appear that large -- at least I've never witnessed it.
Second, if you visit the photographer's website, you will see other similar images of a crescent moon next to the Statue of Liberty with both the statue in focus and crater detail on the moon in focus -- that just does not happen.
I've done way too many shots of the moon, and know that in order to get crater detail, you have to focus on the moon 239,000 miles away -- you're not going to get sharp focus also on something a half mile away too.
Call me skeptical.

I fully agree to you - except one thing: where do you see crater detail in this shot?
Until you know the camera/lens combi used here it is impossible to tell wether this is virtual reality or simply sophisticated photographic work.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
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