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I liked maybe 20% of it, the rest definitely not so much. Just because you can do certain things technically doesn't mean you should.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 05:41 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3 (98 comments in total)
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Pitchertaker: The G3 is a bit more advanced than the one I have. I think mine might be the original PowerShot model. I have a Canon PowerShot A40. I bought the little case with its Velcro cover to go with it that has a belt attachment. The camera takes 4 double-A batteries to power it, and while its battery life isn't stellar carrying an extra set of batteries isn't difficult to ensure a day's worth of shooting capacity. Nice wrist strap. The huge 1.5" (diagonal) LCD offers live view and it also has a built-in rangefinder-style viewfinder and flash. It can create images in color, B&W, and Sepia tone, has a panorama stitch feature for landscapes, does 30 sec. of video, a 3x zoom 5.4-16.2mm F/2.8-4.8 lens, a whopping 2MP. Also features dedicated white balance button, button to select macro, portrait or landscape, nice integrated grip, and still works perfectly! Now that's retro!

I recently posted some photos from a friend's A20 taken in 2002, which was what got me to buy an A40, soon replaced by a G2.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 02:08 UTC
On article Canon G1 X III vs. Sony Cybershot RX100 V (632 comments in total)
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santamonica812: I can't imagine the consumer who would need/want a $1,000 camera with these features. I mean, I guess if someone REALLY doesn't want a DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses . . .

I got my RX100 III a year ago for $475, used from an Amazon seller.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 13:22 UTC
On article Canon G1 X III vs. Sony Cybershot RX100 V (632 comments in total)
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adengappasami: I have an RX 100 IV. Its such a nice camera. Pocket size, great slow motion, great lens that produces sharp and good out of focus images and actually a workable flash.

Biggest advantage for me is the size. It is pocket size for sure. Has a nice selfie option as well to pull the screen all the way up and allows easier composition while shooting those selfies. There are trips i do carrying only this camera. Lets you enjoy the trip while also allowing you to play around with the camera.

I agree completely (RX10 III). My Canon DSLR doesn't get much use any more except for intentional photo shoots.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 13:18 UTC
On article Canon G1 X III vs. Sony Cybershot RX100 V (632 comments in total)
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Dr_Jon: I don't think anyone would be unhappy with either of these. It will be interesting to see how good the Canon's lens is. I have a RX100V and wouldn't swap as the video modes and compactness are what swing it for me, but the Canon looks like a great camera too.
Plusses of the RX100V you didn't mention -
The 250fps slow-motion is amazing (goes faster but quality tanks).
The in-camera JPEG processing does an amazing job of noise reduction leading to usable images at ISOs that my GH4 would suffer at.
Minuses -
Image Stabilisation in 4k is poor (I just bought a Gimbal for mine)
The lens is really good at f4.5/5.6 but not so much as you go further away from that. You don't get 20MP resolution then.
No ext microphone support (Bluetooth or Wireless would be great, USB audio too).
Final word - I'm not really missing a touch-screen on the RX100V as while it would be great for selecting stuff I'd be endlessly catching it (camera is very small) and having the focus point at the edge of the image.

I got a Wasabi Power charger and two batteries for a small amount of money when I got my RX100 III. Now no problem at all.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 13:13 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1 (160 comments in total)

I didn't have a G1, but did have G2 (4MP) for several years. I made some quite good 12"x18" prints from it.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 03:53 UTC as 15th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3 (98 comments in total)

I had both a G2 and G3 and found that both gave superb image quality. I have several very good 12" x 18" prints from those 4MP cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 03:57 UTC as 27th comment
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (819 comments in total)
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zakk9: To those who would like to have the OM-1 included:
Not a good idea. I loved mine and used it for 30 years, but batteries can't be found anymore, so an adapter is needed.

One camera that should absolutely have been there though is the Nikon F3. It's a legendary camera with professional build quality, manufactured for 21 years, surviving the F4 and mostly the F5 too. Besides the Leica M3, it's the 35mm classic to have, but as opposed to he Leica, the Nikon is a bargain and can easily be found for $2-300,

Many OM-1 cameras have been converted for use of available batteries. I had mine converted, then sold it on ebay several years later. If I were looking for a small 35mm film SLR, it would be the OM-1.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 15:44 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (246 comments in total)

The D80 was my first DSLR (March 2007) but I soon returned it after my tests showed the kit lens had poor sharpness across the image (can't remember the specifics). By then Canon had released its 450D/XSi so I got that and have stayed with Canon since then.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 21:47 UTC as 14th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (246 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Does anyone here have the current DxO Optics Pro 11.x and tried a noisy ISO 1600/3200 D80 RAW File with Prime denoise? Would be interesting to see how good it could be....

I have DxO Optics Pro 11 Elite but find no D80 RAW files available here.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 21:40 UTC

As a pilot shooting through the side window of small planes, I always got good results by (1) 1/1000 sec shutter speed and (2) never touch the camera or hands to the window you're shooting through.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 16:27 UTC as 13th comment
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Romasito: Nice - but would like each scene to be shown 5-10 seconds longer - it is switching too soon, too fast...

Definitely agree with that. Too-short clips with no transition between them meant I couldn't watch it for long.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 14:42 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (123 comments in total)

I had an F31, bought as soon as introduced and reviewed. I used it for many things, including low light instead of my Canon Pro1. I kept it until I got a Canon XSi in 2008, then sold it on eBay for more than I paid for it.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 04:09 UTC as 37th comment

I had and loved the XA. Got it for a trip to England and Scotland, kept it for several years.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 01:05 UTC as 65th comment
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photophile: Seem to recall the F31fd (might have been a later release) having impressive low light (max ISO 3200!!) performance - at full 6MP resolution. They were still holding their value up until 2010.

In fact, Dpreview wrote: "...the F31fd blows away all its competitors at anything over ISO 200, which is no mean feat."

That's why the F31d brought the money it did on ebay after it was discontinued.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 16:30 UTC
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photophile: Seem to recall the F31fd (might have been a later release) having impressive low light (max ISO 3200!!) performance - at full 6MP resolution. They were still holding their value up until 2010.

In fact, Dpreview wrote: "...the F31fd blows away all its competitors at anything over ISO 200, which is no mean feat."

I bought the excellent F31d when they were released in 2007, enjoyed it for a year, then bought my first DSLR and sold the F31d for significantly more than I paid for it.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 14:37 UTC

I sent a link to your video to friends with the subject "weather as art", which it is. In addition, there were moments in the video that would be great still shots, also art.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 05:15 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

I disagree. Phone cameras are taking over with the masses because they always have their phone with them and there is no need to carry a second object (camera). Also, phone cameras are now good enough for the masses. Neither of those things is going to change.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 13:37 UTC as 244th comment
On article Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners (467 comments in total)

I didn't like the Photoshop convertion of Canon RAW files when i tried it a long time ago, so I stuck with Canon's DPP for RAW conversions and it just keeps getting better. So I still use my legally-purchased Photoshop CS2 and see no reason to upgrade or care about what Adobe does with Photoshop. If in the future I feel that the cloud subscription version offers something I really want, I'll do that but not before.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 04:03 UTC as 15th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review (351 comments in total)
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KBarrett: The flash sync speed is 1/50? Holy K1000, batman!

Flash sync speed 1/50 sec is unbelievable and unacceptable. Flash fill in direct sunlight would not be possible. What were they thinking?

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 14:51 UTC
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