StevenN

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On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (736 comments in total)

I still have my Olympus XA, complete with case, and my Olympus Stylus. Both are in near-mint condition. I always had one of them with me wherever I went. Today, that task falls to my Panasonic GM5.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 14:50 UTC as 292nd comment | 5 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.

Tommi K1 -- I'm sure every one here knows what I'm talking about. The lens flange that attaches to the flange on the camera's body is more durable when it is made of metal. I'm not talking about the internal parts of a lens, I'm talking about the outside part that couples to the camera's body. Plastic flanges are more likely to break than metal ones. When I say "mount," I'm referring to the flange or bayonet that mounts the lens to the camera body.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 15:14 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.

White Shadow: When I purchased my GX85 back in December, its 12-32mm kit lens also came with a plastic mount. Since I am more likely to change lenses on my GX85 than on my GM5, I took the 12-32mm lens (with a metal mount) that came on my GM5 and put it on my GX85, and vice versa.

I don't think Panasonic should cheapen its products like that -- especially since it originally was available with a metal mount.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 21:29 UTC

Just for reference, I tried to order a Yamaha receiver at B&H and got a notice that they were suspending business until the holidays were over. When they resumed business, I got an email directing me to continue with my transaction. However, when I clicked on the link, my cart was empty. So I went to the ordering page, and it now said the receiver was "discontinued." So I ordered it from Amazon. Two days later, I returned to B&H and the Yamaha receiver was now listed "in stock."

So the same may happen to the Fuji X100T.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 23:59 UTC as 20th comment

I totally agree with the Nikon 24-120mm f4 for full frame. Extremely versatile, sharp and not too heavy. However, there is a 24-70mm f2.8 in my future ...

For Micro 4/3, it would be the Panasonic 12-60mm, or Pan/Leica 15mm f1.7 for a prime.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 14:48 UTC as 166th comment

Many years ago I was going through security at a U.S. airport, and a young woman TSA agent opened my camera bag after it had gone through the scanner. She took out my SLR and tried to twist off the lens. As she struggled with it, she sheepishly smiled at my girlfriend and said, "I don't know anything about these." Needless to say, I was fuming! I finally said to her, "If you break that, you're buying me a new one!!!"

Finally, she let me take off the lens, and then took the body back from me and stared into the mirrorbox chamber, looking for I don't know what. She then handed the camera back to me and said we could go on our way. What a total idiot.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 15:07 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (391 comments in total)

My first camera was an Imperial Herco 620 Snap Shot camera. I started using it when I was about 5 years old. http://schneidan.com/2012/04/27/imperial-herco-620-snapshot-toy-camera/
I had several Kodak Brownies after that. When I was about 12, my older cousin who was in the Navy came home from a tour in Japan and gave me a Nikon S rangefinder with a 35mm Kowa lens attached. I was in heaven! Unfortunately, I ended up wrecking that camera by trying to take it apart to clean it.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 15:17 UTC as 204th comment
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StevenN: I have every edition of Modern Photography's and Popular Photography's annual Top Cameras issue dating back to 1983. When they would arrive in the mail, I would read them over and over for weeks.

When I was a kid in the 1950's, I would sit in my father's darkroom where he kept his Pop Photos and drool over the advertisements for Rollei's, Yashicas, Minoltas, Contaxes, Topcons, etc., for hours. What memories.

... and Miranda's, Bronicas, Agfas, Kowas, Mamiyas and Konicas too!

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 15:39 UTC
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AK_hiker: Seems like the majority of printed material and PBS programming now comes from Britain.
Never understood that.
I like color not colour and labor not Labour

GC

Pardon me whilst I laugh

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 15:32 UTC

I have every edition of Modern Photography's and Popular Photography's annual Top Cameras issue dating back to 1983. When they would arrive in the mail, I would read them over and over for weeks.

When I was a kid in the 1950's, I would sit in my father's darkroom where he kept his Pop Photos and drool over the advertisements for Rollei's, Yashicas, Minoltas, Contaxes, Topcons, etc., for hours. What memories.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 04:42 UTC as 133rd comment | 3 replies

Glad they didn't put that loud yellow lettering on the strap!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 15:56 UTC as 64th comment

Hey Nikon, can I have one of your prototypes?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:22 UTC as 235th comment

I had the Nikon CP990. Sold my F3 to get it! :(

Amazing how far technology has come since then.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 13:53 UTC as 83rd comment
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (53 comments in total)

I think the Panasonic Lumix GX85 should have been on this list.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 20:35 UTC as 7th comment
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 comments in total)

With the exception of the "selfie" flip-up LCD screen, this camera is not too much different that the X-A1 or X-A2.

I hope they improved the focusing speed on this one because the X-A1's low-light focusing performance is horrible. Outdoors on a sunny day, the camera produces some beautiful images and I take it with me when I don't want the weight of my D750, but want better IQ than my micro 4/3 cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:19 UTC as 54th comment
On article 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: up to $100 (31 comments in total)
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WillWeaverRVA: That Cam Caddie Scorpion Jr. looks very useful for DSLR videography considering the low price tag. Might have to pick one up.

I purchased a nearly identical item (only difference, it is all black) on Amazon for $11.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 19:15 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

My first camera, when I was about 6 years old, was a Herco Imperial 620 box camera.
My first "real" camera, as a pre-teen, was a Nikon S rangefinder, with a Kowa 35mm lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:00 UTC as 529th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 comments in total)
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Adgadg: One serieus problem Panasonic has to adress - Awful autofocus during video. It completely fails to track, it is the biggest letdown of my gx80.

Which lens are you using? My GM5 does terrible autofocus using the 12-32mm kit lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 19:31 UTC

I had one of these when I was about 12 -- actually, it was a Nikon S -- but looked pretty much the same. My cousin was in the Navy, stationed in Japan. One week he came home, and presented me with the Nikon. After having only owned box cameras, I was on Cloud 9. I used the camera for about a year, when I noticed some dust in the rangefinder windows. So, using a little screwdriver, I took the front and top plates off the camera. Little springs and other metal pieces popped out everywhere! Unfortunately, I was never able to put the camera back together. At that moment, my camera repair career came to a crashing halt.

Actually, my father had once worked at Willoughby's Camera in New York, arguably the prestige camera store of the day, and still had many friends there. He probably could have gotten my camera repaired for me, but I was too ashamed to let him know what I had done.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 03:01 UTC as 7th comment
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (375 comments in total)
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Andrei L: To be honest, unless you're like REALLY desperate for an extremely compact experience and metal build, the new X-A3, paired with either XF 18 or XF 27, should be about a dozen times better, except for the leaf shutter high flash sync and missing shutter speed selector, replaced by PASM/AUTO whatever dial. And... maybe no PDAF, but judging by the reviews of X70, you're not missing out on much. X-A3 has got every single touch-related feature, as well as stuff as interval timer shooting or multiple exposure. Also, all film simulation bar Acros. Plus bounce flash onboard, with commander mode. Say what, early Christmas?

All of that in a whooping 24 Mpix non X-Trans sensor that does render fantastic colors in film simulation modes and poses no issue with any raw converter. Are you kidding me? I'd have to be crazy not to invest in A3 to X70's detriment.

Well, let's see. An X-A3 (which comes with a kit zoom; you can't buy it body only), costs $600. An XF 18 lens costs $600, for a total of $1,200. So it's not an even comparison.

I have an X-A1, which I love, and am considering getting an XF 18 lens for it. But if I can get the X70 with its 28mm lens in a more compact package that will fit in my pocket ... which is the better deal?

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 16:51 UTC
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