Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett

Lives in United States Lowell, USA, MI, United States
Works as a Sales
Has a website at www.kbfoto.com
Joined on Jan 12, 2003
About me:

Canon, Panasonic and iPhone shooter

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Is it April 1st?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 13:45 UTC as 4th comment
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Zigmont: The problem is, 99.99% of smartphone owners don't know what a good photograph is. The vast majority of smartphone photos are utter garbage. There are still people holding their phone vertically, fer cryin' out loud!

That said, it's shameful that we're nearly through 2017 and every camera doesn't have smartphone connectivity and downloadable apps. The camera manufacturers still act like it's 1986. That, more than anything else, will do more to kill the camera.

"Good enough" has been the enemy of "Good" all along. Smartphones are frankly, "Good enough" these days for most consumers.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 15:37 UTC
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Franz Weber: So the takehome message is:
The GH5 is a very good stills camera, but the lacklusting video AF makes it not the best choice for videographers.
Panasonic will fix this somewhen in the future, but until now they have no clue how to do it.

Perhaps, not the best choice for vloggers? How many videographers rely on AF for their work? Most are utilizing manual focus.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 14:08 UTC
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FrankS009: An interesting interview, but it didn't tell us much about stills oriented cameras coming up except a revised LX100 sometime. Looking forward to a new GM camera, and a new GX9 - but not too soon since I just bought a GX8! A soiid company with a solid product, and I prefer their industrial design to many others.
F.

Phase Detection AF didn't get to where it's at overnight. He has the advantage of knowing what is under wraps with regard to DFD. We don't.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:39 UTC
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dinoSnake: I find it, well, a bit amazing that Panasonic talks about doubling their business by 2020 but, in all these years, they have done very, very little regarding their rather small dealer network, which can pretty much NEVER support that ambitious growth goal. If they want to double their volume they need to get out from behind their CAD screens and GET A REAL MARKETING DEPARTMENT to do something about getting their products on the tips of people's minds when it comes to cameras.

When a person goes shopping for a camera they should think "Nikon, Canon, Sony and Panasonic" on their shopping list if Panasonic is truly committed to that volume goal. But their marketing, and their dealer network, has been weak for the full decade of m43 development; mainstream consumers, at least here in the States, barely register Panasonic as a player who's products they should shop for.

Wish folks would read the article. The new alignment affords Panasonic to target B2C more effectively, rather than B2B. True, we have historically not seen much marketing effort from the 'camera' division in the consumer space. One would hope that will change for the better now.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:33 UTC
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Peiasdf: Reads more like damage control than anything. Explaining adding V-Log would increase MSRP of camera not because it actually increase cost but because some people are willing to pay extra for it.

The talk of doubling market share is also nonsense. Panasonic's share of EVIL/mirrorless have been on a steady declining of the past few years due to ever stronger competition from SONY and Fuji and Olympus switching to SONY sensor.

If you're starting with minuscule market-share, it is not as difficult to double-it

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:29 UTC
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MFiftysomething: Panasonic seem proud to have the worst mirrorless CAF. It is still worse than my nikon one system which is 5 years old. It just seems arrogant -we engineers know best not the customers. It is such a pity as everything else about their cameras is so good.
Why no discussion of GX9?

Do you own Panasonic cameras?

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:26 UTC

Must be a slow news day??

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:27 UTC as 10th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1196 comments in total)
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CaPi: "For stills shooters (..) there are arguably more better options out there"
What might those be? I have high hopes for the improved autofocus.
An thoughts on those options?
I am looking for a new body / system.

Would be interesting to see a test comparing the Olympus and Panasonic IBIS systems side-by-side. I think Panasonic has caught up for the most part. There are probably nuances of difference (one doing better here and the other there), but overall, I think you could say the IBIS systems are comparable (in terms of results) now.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 22:43 UTC

As someone with a pretty good investment into Panasonic, I am hopeful that this is a move towards profitability. It's been a long-time coming. Not too many companies can sustain such a broad selection of camera models in today's market.
I believe that Panasonic has a handful of good-sellers and am confident that they'll focus on these moving forward. It's anybody's guess if this move will be a successful one or not? Companies can still be quite profitable in niche markets. The mainstream digital imaging space has been owned by the mobile phone makers for several years now. What would you do differently if you were Panasonic?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 23:09 UTC as 80th comment
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princecody: Can Mavic or Karma hold a candle to this drone?

Different category

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 16:42 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (262 comments in total)

Not bad, Not great. Keeping this all in context, it's a pretty good result for first gen. I expect that the bokeh will get better in subsequent releases. If I were to buy an iPhone today, it would probably have to be the single lens 7. I'm not convinced that the dual cameras are entirely baked at this time.

My ideal phone today would be an iPhone 7 with the Galaxy 7 lens and imager.
Hanging on to the 5s for another year, it's still makes and receives phone calls just fine.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 19:29 UTC as 69th comment | 1 reply
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1647 comments in total)

Not bad, not bad at all. Looks like most of what needs to be there for this price-point is. They will sell boatloads of these on their name alone.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 17:20 UTC as 294th comment | 1 reply
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (452 comments in total)

Though I am not in the intended market for this, I am nonetheless happy to see it. It looks like a camera worthy of 'Flagship' status. Well done Canon!

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 15:00 UTC as 126th comment
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (423 comments in total)

It is what it is. Nothing compelling, but the intended market isn't looking for compelling. They're looking for a good camera that is easy to use that can capture a memory. The Canon system still offers allot of possibilities for someone to grow their photography skills with.

The old familiar DSLR isn't going away anytime soon. Canon will sell a boat-load of these and it work fine for years to come.

Don't knock a formula that works.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 18:44 UTC as 89th comment

I greatly appreciated his strong opinions and insights. My condolences to his family, friends and close colleagues.

Heartfelt thank you to the DPREVIEW team for posting this.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 20:10 UTC as 35th comment
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (544 comments in total)
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spikey27: A nice camera, but ....

A big camera needs a big grip, and a number of DPR staffers weren't thrilled with the one on the GX8. It's not as deep as we would've liked

It seems the trend continues toward smaller and smaller products regardless of whether they are so small their usability is compromised. This one is no different.

I've always been a fan of "larger" bodied cameras simply because they aren't as difficult to hold, operate, etc. as the "itty-bitty" ones - regardless of how many features can be packed into them.

Sigh....

Yes, the GX8 can't win for trying. Some say it's too big others say it's too small. I say it's just right. Not a perfect camera by any stretch, but a very good all round performer.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 21:45 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (544 comments in total)
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justmeMN: $1199 (body only) for shutter shock and bad JPG colors. What a deal.

I picked the body up in November for $899. The JPG engine is pretty good. You can adjust settings for better OOC results than default settings.

People speak as if every shot is affected by Shutter Shock. This isn't true. Not denying that it exists, it just seems the issue is a bit blown out of proportion.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 14:58 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (544 comments in total)
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Godiwa: shuttershock... what about the FIX it... thats a pretty big issue in my world... electronic shutter no good with moving stuff

That is why there is a mechanical shutter. If you're attempting to freeze the action of 'moving stuff', shutter speeds are typically above the affected range. Personally, I believe that there is a problem but I have yet to have a shot ruined by it.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 14:52 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (544 comments in total)
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Mateus1: If GX8 was in GX7 size, I would buy it, but the GX-8 is huge - much bigger than all APS-C I know. GX-7 was great design with just a few issues, it's pity Pana leaved its small and beautiful design. So, I went for Fuji APS-C.

I have both the GX7 and GX8. With my normal sized hands, I find the GX7 bordering on the tad too small size and the GX8 just right.

The GX8 is larger, but it can hardly be called huge. Much smaller and it gets a bit cumbersome with larger lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 14:40 UTC
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