Greynerd

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On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (394 comments in total)
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Greynerd: Here we go again as in a recent G7X review where the advantage over the Sony is talked down over the rapid closing down of the Sony aperture.. I remember the text was changed after complaints.

"Just as the specs suggest, the LX10's lens is broadly similar to that of the Sony RX100 III and IV. It's a little brighter at first."

Why a little brighter? Looks like a big gap to me matching the LX100 wide open.

This is not subjective reviewing. The amazing thing about the Sony is how the lens has had so little development and the brighter wider lens has had to have its zoom truncated. The lens closes up instantly still on zooming. Only the sensors and electronic gizmos in the Sony are being developed and costing a fortune to implement given the price. The sensor development is not costing Sony as they are flogging their sensors to all and sundry when they have finished with them.

A little word can say a lot about the motivation behind what is being said.

I suspect that f1.4 was a lot more difficult to squeeze out of the lens than the f2.8 at the long end which Panasonic have matched. I think f1.4 on a 1" sensor is amazing considering 1/1.7" was needed a couple of years ago.
Sony seemed to be getting an easy ride from reviewers considering this is the 3rd version with the same numbers printed on the lens and not being able to supply more than 3x outside of a bulky bridge style camera format.
Thank goodness canon and Panasonic seem to be attempting to develop the 1" in to a broader affordable system but they seem to get little credit for it.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 22:24 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (394 comments in total)
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Greynerd: Here we go again as in a recent G7X review where the advantage over the Sony is talked down over the rapid closing down of the Sony aperture.. I remember the text was changed after complaints.

"Just as the specs suggest, the LX10's lens is broadly similar to that of the Sony RX100 III and IV. It's a little brighter at first."

Why a little brighter? Looks like a big gap to me matching the LX100 wide open.

This is not subjective reviewing. The amazing thing about the Sony is how the lens has had so little development and the brighter wider lens has had to have its zoom truncated. The lens closes up instantly still on zooming. Only the sensors and electronic gizmos in the Sony are being developed and costing a fortune to implement given the price. The sensor development is not costing Sony as they are flogging their sensors to all and sundry when they have finished with them.

A little word can say a lot about the motivation behind what is being said.

Thanks Richard. The Rx100 III reviewer got excited about the jump from f4.9 to f2.8 in the far end so it only seems fair.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
On article UPDATED: Sony RX100 Mark V real-world samples (275 comments in total)

It is difficult to talk about the real-world for a compact costing £999. Wouldn't 'Exclusive-World Pictures' be more appropriate.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2016 at 10:15 UTC as 41st comment | 11 replies
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (237 comments in total)
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StrokerAce23: Sony may as well just become a daily deal site with how fast they release products.

"Mark V looks good, but I'll wait till Thursday for the Mark VIIII."

@probert500
New lenses but still very much bouncing around in the same tight envelope. Shortened zoom but wider and faster. Still an instant aperture close up which limits any subject separation from the longer focal lengths. An EVF is hardly a major upgrade and given that the sensor improvements are subsidised by external sales it is difficult to see that much money is really being invested in anything really new. The electronics are improving but should that really be costing that much more. Probably we are in a situation where electronic improvements costs are not being offset by Moore's law. Not a good sign.
Then again not putting an elaborate electro-mechanical mirror viewfinder in a camera has always been an expensive business.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (237 comments in total)
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Deliverator: Interesting how Sony can release these new products, while Nikon can't get sensors to start shipping their DLs. Maybe Nikon should be talking to Samsung about using their sensors.

The DL's are being held up primarily due to processor problems. Nikon have stated this pretty clearly.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 15:19 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (237 comments in total)

You have to laugh at the battery life being pretty much the same as most other tiny cameras as a constant con. Does anyone really use these cameras without a spare?

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 11:33 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
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KonstantinosK: Which reminds me: Whatever happened to those DL Nikons?

The Nikon DL team dived in to the deep end with 3 new disciplines simultaneously and with no experience and never surfaced again. Hardly surprising really.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 10:45 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (237 comments in total)
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StrokerAce23: Sony may as well just become a daily deal site with how fast they release products.

"Mark V looks good, but I'll wait till Thursday for the Mark VIIII."

And they will still be producing the mark 1. An endless string of ever more expensive variations on on a single theme but no new tune on the agenda. Of course the reviewers and the fans will excitedly lap it up Apple style so no real need for Sony to put money in to real development outside of sensor tweaks.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 10:17 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (394 comments in total)

Here we go again as in a recent G7X review where the advantage over the Sony is talked down over the rapid closing down of the Sony aperture.. I remember the text was changed after complaints.

"Just as the specs suggest, the LX10's lens is broadly similar to that of the Sony RX100 III and IV. It's a little brighter at first."

Why a little brighter? Looks like a big gap to me matching the LX100 wide open.

This is not subjective reviewing. The amazing thing about the Sony is how the lens has had so little development and the brighter wider lens has had to have its zoom truncated. The lens closes up instantly still on zooming. Only the sensors and electronic gizmos in the Sony are being developed and costing a fortune to implement given the price. The sensor development is not costing Sony as they are flogging their sensors to all and sundry when they have finished with them.

A little word can say a lot about the motivation behind what is being said.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:14 UTC as 78th comment | 4 replies
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (262 comments in total)
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dharmagreg: What was everybody expecting, medium format quality? For 99.9% of what people will use the camera for it will do the job.

The way the image quality of smartphones is hyped up, especially iPhones, you can hardly blame people for expecting medium format quality.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 22:38 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (155 comments in total)
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Martin Meier: no thing is too stupid to sell it ... a very expensive gimmick nobody needs ...

One always waits for the Maserati/Lamborghini comparison. Very relevant.
If it sells well the price will probably drop and these things may be mainstream in a few years after the obligatory miserable period of wailing and moaning about any new idea.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 13:06 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (365 comments in total)
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rdupre: Warning: a friend and me, we where in Cambodia en I have a xE2, my friend has a XT1. One day it was like 40 degrees Celsius and both cameras did not function anymore.
Back in Holland we thought that a reset will solve that problem, but no.
My camera has to be fixt and that cost 488,36 Euro.
So we called Fuji and they told us that the Fuji cameras are not fit to function over 40 degrees Celsius.
The reparation of the XT1 from my friend is about the same price.
Fantastic cameras, but not for hot climates.
So, with pain in my hart I have to sell all my gear, my lenses and go back to Nikon.
Maybe it is a good thing when DPR will make notice of this shortcoming.

As one of the commenters said the keep the EM5/12-50 as a weatherproof option. The OP seems to have had a humidity problem rather than heat but only had a thermometer. In the absence of data on other makes in the vicinity it is very difficult to come to a decision.
As regards the difference between the XPRO and XT in a family situation someone had an XPRO-1 and I found it very large, unwieldy and clumsy compared to my XT-10. You really need to handle these cameras before buying to see which you prefer.
Until Fuji bring out a compact zoom I will not sell my M43 kit. Little weight or bulk saving over DSLR. I just love that 18-55 lenses which is exceptional.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 09:53 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (155 comments in total)
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Martin Meier: no thing is too stupid to sell it ... a very expensive gimmick nobody needs ...

It looks great fun and it is difficult to understand the comment about needing one of them. Need has very little to do with much of the equipment on this site.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 08:41 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (304 comments in total)
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Greynerd: Can someone help me here. The slight advantage of the Canon has now turned in to 2/3 of a stop.
These are supposed to be large sensor cameras yet I cannot find any mention of shallow depth of field advantages. The article seems to tend towards image sharpness for the RX100 but a 3x kit lens zoom and an aperture that slams shut to worst maximum as soon as you touch the zoom ring makes that pretty obvious.
There does not seem to be any interesting discussions of how the different approach to the lens design and Canon's bolder approach has resulted in these difference.
A review of a supposedly large sensor fast lens camera with no mention of bokeh and subject separation seems impossible. I must have missed it. It seems more of a spec race than a photography review.
Would people still go for a day with a mirrorless or compact and no spare battery also?

@Frank
That is the joy of the 1" sensor in that it says it is a big sensor but then you say where is the shallow depth of field it says I am a small sensor really but when you say it is a small sensor it says it is a big sensor for whatever selective attributes that suit it at the time.
It is everything and nothing at the same time. A sort of marketing dream but I wonder if these cameras are really worth the bulk and high prices being a sort of neither here nor there null point between the advantages of the large sensor ILC's and the affordable compact compacts of yore.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 21:04 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (304 comments in total)

Can someone help me here. The slight advantage of the Canon has now turned in to 2/3 of a stop.
These are supposed to be large sensor cameras yet I cannot find any mention of shallow depth of field advantages. The article seems to tend towards image sharpness for the RX100 but a 3x kit lens zoom and an aperture that slams shut to worst maximum as soon as you touch the zoom ring makes that pretty obvious.
There does not seem to be any interesting discussions of how the different approach to the lens design and Canon's bolder approach has resulted in these difference.
A review of a supposedly large sensor fast lens camera with no mention of bokeh and subject separation seems impossible. I must have missed it. It seems more of a spec race than a photography review.
Would people still go for a day with a mirrorless or compact and no spare battery also?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:32 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (304 comments in total)
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rrccad: "but up until about 50mm the former has a slight equivalent aperture advantage"

I'm really not seeing that. It looks like the rx100 climbs to f8 as fast it can, versus a much more linear progression on the g7x.. Difference of opinion perhaps, but if I was to read this without seeing the chart, I would picture something completely different.

and with a faster lens over more of the range, you have the ability to stop down more.

The meaning of the word slight has had to be considerably stretched to fill the large aperture gap between the 2 cameras. A considerable credibility gap has been created in the process.
This is a criticism of the review.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 20:23 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (304 comments in total)

The G7X II has a 'slight' aperture advantage over the RX100 III up to 50mm? The gap looks pretty large to me and area of the triangle fairly substantial.
Sony have only managed to get f1.8 fully wide open which is more something to put on the box as opposed to giving much practical scope for subject isolation.
A big advantage of the canon is being talked down here in a mighty way.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 17:23 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (365 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: These Fuji cameras are pretty toys, but I wouldn't give up my D500 for serious photography!

Sounds from one of the replies that DSLR's are primarily to satisfy the expectations of people who are not actually really interested in photography. Sounds pretty grim and serious to me to have to base your kit preferences on that. Probably DSLR ownership is one of the burdens of being professional in every use of the word. You have to wonder if the average amateur user really needs to bother about that unless they are a sport photographer.
Fuji cameras are certainly not toys.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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straylightrun: Great. Now can they offer a firmware update for the lenses with Quality Control issues like decentering?

@straylightrun
Used a few affordable NEX lenses. The aps-c lenses are not considered by some to be the best of the mirrorless bunch but usable and have all done OK for the price. Never noticed any to have been badly decentered but probably do not look hard enough. Not a great fan of brick wall photography.
My previous gear is listed. My worst decentered lens was a Fuji S4000 and my best lens ever is the 18-55 Fuji which is a very fast classy lens for the price. Bought a Fuji X-T10 just for this lens. Shows how sweeping claims on a brand are difficult.
Sony have probably like Fuji got their act together a bit but with Sony unfortunately full frame which is a format rather outside my retirement income and ailing physique. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 14:14 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2199 comments in total)

Looking down these comments you can say there is no greater bore than a full frame bore. It is amazing how competitive people get about their sensor size completely detracting from useful conversation about the kit in hand.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 09:06 UTC as 207th comment
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