Carol Stee

Joined on Jul 27, 2010


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Canadianguy: This is what is coming out of the Nikon/Canon camp

Compared what is being shown by Panasonic - not even close.

They need to play to their strengths and fast action sports is not it.

Thanks for sharing these photos. The difference between the Nikon/Canon shots and the Panasonic G5 isn't simply image quality, the Nikon/Canon photographers have more talent.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2012 at 02:51 UTC
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Neurad1: I've owned two Canon Photoprinters in the past 8 years or so. Both have developed banding on the prints presumably due to a bad print head. In neither case could I clean the problem away using instructions suggested online. Most recently after (carefully) cleaning the head the printer would no longer recognize it. The printer was only three years old. This is apparently a very common common problem with Canon photo printers.

I will never purchase another Canon printer.

What printers do you recommend?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 16:13 UTC
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MP Burke: I think f2.8 is the right choice of aperture. This looks like a useful lens for my outdoor and landscape photography and the relatively small size and weight are a boon on a long walk. F2.0 would have been too big and expensive.i
The initial price is as expected and I will be waiting to see if it is offered at a lower price as part of a bundle with the forthcoming GH3. If not, it would be a case of waiting until various reviews are available and (if they confirm high I.Q) then waiting for the next round of cash back offers from Panasonic.

What is the initial price? The article states "It will be available in August, pricing details are not yet available."

Link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 14:43 UTC
On article CIPA starts to report growing mirrorless sales (191 comments in total)
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photo nuts: I want to see a mirrorless full frame camera. I can't wait to buy one. :)

But please.... give us the lenses too.

The Leica M9 is a mirrorless full frame rangefinder camera, the smallest full frame camera made with small M mount lenses too. The body and the lenses are manual, which cuts down on size and weight. The M9 body alone costs US$7,000! In time other manufacturers will bring out small full frame bodies costing less than that. When that happens the DSLR will die out.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 04:57 UTC
On article Just Posted: Nikon 1 V1 and J1 review (429 comments in total)

The Nikon 1 V1 is classified as an Entry Level Interchangeable Lens Camera but it isn't. At $899 with a kit lens it is really a Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera/DSLR, like the identically priced Nikon D5100 and the Canon T3i/EOS600, or other CSCs such as the Panasonic GX1 for $100 less, and the Panasonic G3 for $200 less. If it were compared with those cameras it would come up short, inferior in IQ and grossly overpriced.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2012 at 18:44 UTC as 54th comment | 4 replies
On article Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact (775 comments in total)
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manmachine242: "Sensor size: Four Thirds (18.7 x 14 mm)"

I think "Four Thirds" is a typo.

It's not a typo, the sensor's aspect ratio is 4:3, but it's bigger than the 4:3 sensor Panasonic and Olympus use.

It competes with other big sensor, fixed lens compacts: the Leica X1 and the Fujifilm X100. Fujifilm is about to launch an interchangeable lens version of their camera. If Canon follows Fujifilm's example it will be stiff competition for Micro Four Thirds, Nikon 1, and Sony NEX.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 15:51 UTC
On article 10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Photographers (42 comments in total)

Interesting ideas for gifts. I wish this article appeared a week ago. It's too late to order anything and have it arrive in time for Christmas.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2011 at 16:32 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On article Mirrorless Roundup 2011 (426 comments in total)
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keepreal: I do not believe any mirrorless camera is ideal for serious photography not even as a second camera. My ideal would at worst be no bigger than or heavier than a Leica M3 with a good range of compact, light weight lenses including a 12-24mm equivalent that is not severely distorted when you use RAW. Electronic viewfinders appear to suffer from problems in certain conditions, so I insist upon an optical one approaching Leica quality. In spite of my reservations about EVF the NEX-7 might have been of some interest but for the hugely inflated price.

The idea of holding a camera away from your body to peer at a LCD screen on the back obliterated by bright sunlight, compose the image properly, hold the camera steady with your arm or arms away from your body is a joke.

Micro-miniaturisation of electronic circuits has not led to compact DSLRs like it could, just large heavy models with many useless features unnecessary complexity and bloated prices. The only winners are the manufacturers.


The Panasonic G3 and the GH2 have built-in EVFs so you can hold the body pressed against your cheek and not at arm's length. They also have a good range of compact, light weight lenses, some designed by Leica, with more to come.

And the Sony NEX-7 has a built-in EVF to one side, rangefinder style. The lenses are bigger and heavier than Panasonic's, and there isn't a wide range yet, but more are in the works. The IQ is the finest of any APS-C camera, including the Leica M9.

And all mirrorless bodies can be fitted with adapters to use almost any lens, including Leica M mounts. Mirrorless cameras are for serious photography.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 17:41 UTC
On article Mirrorless Roundup 2011 (426 comments in total)

Why all these groups? Instead, put all the cameras in a chart, from the least expensive to the most expensive, to get an accurate comparison. The groupings are misleading because some Intermediates outclass some of the Enthusiasts, with newer sensors, better IQ, better ergonomics, etc.

Olympus PEN E-PM1 14-42mm $499
Panasonic GF3 14-42mm $599
Sony Alpha NEX C-3 18-55mm $649
Nikon 1 J1 10-30mm $649
Sony Alpha NEX-5N 18-55mm $699
Panasonic DMC-G3 14-42mm $699
Olympus PEN E-PL3 14-42mm $699
Ricoh GXR Mount A12 body only $649
Olympus PEN E-P3 14-42mm $799
Panasonic GX1 14-42mm $799
Pentax Q 49mm equiv. $799
Samsung NX200 18-55mm $899
Nikon 1 V1 10-30mm $899
Panasonic GH2 14-42mm $999
Sony NEX-7 18-55mm $1,349

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 17:16 UTC as 72nd comment | 4 replies
On article Just Posted: Sony SLT-A65 review (159 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The important thing is that the review is very detailed, so you can draw your own conclusions.

And no, the camera doesn't sound Golden to me. :-)

The pellicle mirror causes a 1/3 f-stop loss of light so the Nikon D5100 & D7000 do better in low light and at high ISOs than the Sony SLT bodies do, slightly better in JPEG and much better in RAW.

View this then switch to RAW:
The spools and fuzzy balls in the box give the best low light comparison.

The Sony NEX7 has the same sensor with no mirror to reduce the light so it should do better than the SLT-A65; the NEX7 is also smaller and lighter.

Another camera for the same price is the Panasonic GH2, which dpreview gave 89% and a silver award to, vs 88% and a gold award for the SLT-A65. Bestowing a gold award is subjective, not based on their test results.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 19:34 UTC
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jameshamm: "..fall in its shares which have now lost almost two-thirds of their value over the past month.."

Not 4/3rd I'm afraid.

The New York Times reports that Olympus has now lost 3/4 of its value, which means Olympus is close to insolvency. The photographic division will likely go belly up unless another company buys it.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2011 at 18:33 UTC
On article The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (12 comments in total)
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rambler35: The article reads like advertiser's blurb -- no critical content at all.

The book is OK for what it is -- as a "how-to" guide, but many people might wish to also have a "why" guide with more in-depth information which would allow more flexible use of Photoshop.

I am disappointed by this review also. All I learned is that Kelby is the best selling author on Photoshop, the book is easy to read, and it is not for beginners.

I have Adobe's 'CS5 Classroom in a Book' and I am looking for a more complete reference guide to Photoshop CS5, by Scott Kelby or Martin Evening or Lesa Snider. I would like a comparison of these books and others too so I can decide for myself which one to get.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 18:45 UTC
On article Olympus shares suffer as former CEO goes on the attack (193 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: The inability of the board of directors has nothing to do with hard work and brilliance of engineers and product designers of Olympus. I'd love crazy stock market world to focus once on real values and assets of the companies, not on tabloid-style stories which are instantly made into quick profit or loss opportunities.
But if that were true, and people would focus on where real value is and not where speculative value is, we would't have financial crises ever.

$700 million was diverted to the Cayman Islands that could have been used for R&D. That explains why all Olympus PEN and DSLR bodies use the same aging three year old sensor, and except for a faster auto focus on the third generation bodies the updates in their models have been cosmetic.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 05:21 UTC
On article Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database (220 comments in total)

The Nikon V1 costs $200 to $300 more than the 'peers' it is compared with. With a kit zoom the prices are:
Nikon V1 $899
Panasonic GF3 $599
Sony NEX-C3 $649
Olympus E-PL3 $699
It can't compete with similarly priced cameras:
Olympus E-P3 $899
Panasonic GH2 $999
Nikon D5100 $899
Canon T3i $899
Or even cameras costing $200 less:
Sony NEX-5N $699
Panasonic G3 $699
Which shows that it is ridiculously overpriced.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2011 at 21:07 UTC as 46th comment | 8 replies
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