PhotoLouP

Joined on Mar 3, 2013

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My Dad's circa 1955 Kodak Retina III--he handpicked the Schneider-Xenon lenses, and to me coming off a Brownie and a Kodak instamatic was a Leica in disguise. I became the "family" photographer and that launched my hobby. I am just starting capturing the many Kodachromes he took when traveling as a USAF navigator. I still have it and adapted a couple of the lenses, but I still use film for "magic" ... ironically heavy but more compact than many current "compact" cameras. What a jewel!

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2020 at 20:33 UTC as 34th comment
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Kisaha: Being there, done that,

NX500 and NX3000 with 10mm 3.5 fish eye/16mm 2.4f/30mm 2f/45mm 1.8f pancakes.

My friends LX100 is collecting dust inside its lens, and after 3 lens replace in warranty he just gives up. He just bought a NX300, but he already has most NX lenses (he owns a NX1 as well).

Seriously, I do not get why to spend so much money for a compact.

Agreed, my nx500 is my grab and go camera with the 30mm. Sometimes 16mm.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 15:44 UTC
On article Canon EOS M10 real-world samples (60 comments in total)
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Toni Salmonelli: What baffles me is that canon still does not implement USB charging in their EOS M line of cameras. It is obvious that the whole system is designed for maximum portability with compact bodies and compact and lightweight lenses. Having to pack a separate charger in my vacation bag, which is almost as big as the cameras themselves , does not make any sense to me.

As I eye options to eventually replace my Samsung NX500 (not yet though), I did find the USB charging very useful when traveling to save cords, especially since it shares my phone plug and tablet plug. I hate manufacturers changing interfaces and battery sizes, it creates a mess and costs a lot. My camera sits by my phone so when I go out say for a hike it is right there, charged and ready to go. I also have spare batteries and a charger so it doesn't prevent using them, win-win all around so I would consider it a desirable feature at this point.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 15:58 UTC

Kid on the orange banana seat bike at 4:37 ... priceless! Oh Ansel too.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 14:37 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (532 comments in total)
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Chris Crevasse: This looks like a good update for many people, and frankly one I thought we'd never see. Personally, though, I'd prefer the original RX1/R body with the improved AF and 42 MP sensor of the RX1R II. Perhaps the pop-up EVF on the RX1R II will be better, but I've tried the pop-up EVF on the RX100 and found it less than satisfying, and not as nice as the add-on EVF for the RX1 -- which I use 99% of the time. Part of the reason for that is I am a left-eye shooter, and the center raised position of the RX1 EVF works much better for me. Also, while I'm not a big fan of flash, the built-in flash of the RX1 is useful for fill. With the RX1R II, I would probably feel compelled to always carry a small accessory flash that almost surely would be larger than the RX1 EVF.

A brief response to some posters: the RX1 series cameras are not toys. They are excellent picture-taking tools, especially for people (like me) whose preferred lens is a fast 35mm.

I agree left eyed shooters are not considered for most cameras, even historically; I used to have the shutter cock hit my eye so when live view came I enjoyed it. I would also rather have had weather sealing with no EVF, and maybe a bigger battery. I would love to see RX1 prices drop now too! I am still tempted to go to a fixed camera after messing around with the Samsung NX series size cameras, but I still use my A77ii for wildlife.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 20:52 UTC
On article Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) (316 comments in total)

Sorry for another post so quickly--but would the Sigma DPQ even be considered in this category? Obviously one must be an enthusiast to use it, and there are many quirks--but the potential for certain photos to be superb appears to be there. I do enjoy quirky things (early Sony then early Samsung adopter here) and it does seem to be something to consider. Maybe the IQ is not revealed yet well like the early Foveons? It is clearly not an allrounder, though, so if excluded maybe there should be a "quirky but interesting" category for this and some of the other wild cameras coming out like the DPQ such as the Lytro.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 01:03 UTC as 29th comment
On article Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) (316 comments in total)

For everyone talking about missing the Sony A6000, I would have like to have seen them compare these with the Sony A77II. Since it is considered a DSLR but is essentially the same functionally as the NX1 the categories may create some distinction. All of these cameras are superb compared to what we had years ago in film and digital. I'd like to see for the charging interface/charger and battery what prior models have compatibility as well in the spec reviews.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 00:36 UTC as 30th comment
On article A second glance: two takes on the Leica X (401 comments in total)
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PhotoLouP: If this could merge with the best features of the Sony RX1 and Sigma DP2 in a sealed, tank-like body allowing for full control, then it would be really interesting. Not sure why Leica can't do that in their price ranges. If Sony could simplify and make manual better with true weather sealing, if Sigma could make a better ergonomic camera with 3rd party software that works, any of these fixed lenses might pull me away from interchangeable for most needs, especially if under $3000. Unobtanium, I know.

I agree with both comments above, would consider the Ricoh except I have Samsung NX with adapters that work well for Leica R, Rollei QBM and Canon FD due to the flange distances (untold benefit to the Samsung lens design btw.) Samsung is not well set for Leica M but can't afford those lenses anyways. Ricoh GR is interesting but wonder where it will go from here. As for RX1 AF, I don't use AF much so the manual lens feel works for me--without trying them all (where can you do that these days?) it is hard to compare less envision the comparisons other than these reviews and photos. Sigma is really interesting sounding and may be the most affordable experiment, with exception of permission for yet another camera ...

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 23:34 UTC
On article A second glance: two takes on the Leica X (401 comments in total)

If this could merge with the best features of the Sony RX1 and Sigma DP2 in a sealed, tank-like body allowing for full control, then it would be really interesting. Not sure why Leica can't do that in their price ranges. If Sony could simplify and make manual better with true weather sealing, if Sigma could make a better ergonomic camera with 3rd party software that works, any of these fixed lenses might pull me away from interchangeable for most needs, especially if under $3000. Unobtanium, I know.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 18:34 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony A3000 First Impressions Review (626 comments in total)

This looks remarkably like a copy of the Samsung NX-20. Only the Samsung system has better lenses. Note I have many Sonly Alphas, but this is target at small slr user formats (kind of like the original compact SLRs of the 80's.) Makes sense to me.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2013 at 14:42 UTC as 38th comment
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tecnoworld: Finally nx support! After so long this great system is getting recognized.

Add for me the ifunction lens, which makes it easier to see without my bifocals. The lens adapters work great with this system for me. It is light and a great take-away setup for popping out for a hike or whatever, with great quality. Kind of reminds me of my old Canon AE-1 vs. a heavier slr of the day like a Nikon F2. Main reason though--spouse loves to use it (NX100 or NX20), and doesn't mind carrying it!

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 01:56 UTC
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thomas2279f: Nice feature set; Wi-fi, large screen, 20mp - however wasn't 2 keen on the Image quality when I tried it out with the NX 100. I stick with my Nikon's....

I agree with HowaboutRAW. I love my NX100, particularly with the 30mm. NX20 and NX300 just in hand so don't know yet. I have adapters for many lenses (leica, sony/minolta, rollei) and the NX equals them (except I use older lenses for macro). As a hiker I just pick it up and go, high spousal acceptance as she loves it. My Sony DSLRs are only used for long lens sports and wildlife. IQ is more than anything I could have ever expected in 40 years of photography. To be fair, I think just about any camera today is quite capable of astounding photos--I think the main problem is folks can't try them out easily like the old photo store days, so go only on reviews. Try it, if you like it be happy!

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 00:57 UTC
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Peiasdf: Good news. The stock firmware is terrible and Samsung don't seem capable of making it better so this is definately a plus.

I have been using an NX100 for a couple of years now--the firmware upgrade solved all issues I had. I find all the criticism almost laughable. I tried NEX and what a difference in handling--NX slaughters them with better menus, and a very usable feature in the i-function--extremely handy as your eyes get older and you can actually read menus. So I just disagree being an avid user.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 01:23 UTC
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