PC Wheeler

PC Wheeler

Lives in United States Los Angeles suburb, CA, United States
Works as a Engineering-Management Consultant
Joined on May 10, 2004


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Miwok: Great review. Going to be hard to justify the price of the Zony 24mm f1.8, now.

The 24 f/1.8 has some advantages: 1) Fully supports the A6300 PDAF; 2) Noticeably wider FOV; and 3) Much closer focusing.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 01:36 UTC

The review says "The lens is able to make use of all of the a6300's PDAF coverage area ..". I've found this not to be true. And that is confirmed by the video another user posted here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiLtOWlEs0g and is discussed in this thread https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4054872

Otherwise it seems like a really nice lens, though perhaps too close in FOV to my excellent (and close focusing) 24 f/1.8 ZA.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 19:41 UTC as 17th comment
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kolyy: This is getting really tiring. There are other mirrorless cameras beyond Sony, you know? Like the Panasonic GH4, which came out in 2014 and has 7.5fps with live view. Or the Olympus E-M1, from 2013 and 6.5fps with live view. Maybe it would be more appropriate to compare the A6300 with those? Or is it not politically correct to show that the Sony camera is not nearly as exceptional as you try to make it? Or, horror, could its "live view" be actually inferior to cameras being on the market for years?

Re "The problem is that you are not picking up a GH4 or E-M1 right now to see what the competition has on the market for a long time.": Expecting DPR to re-test cameras they tested 2-4 years ago and compare to newer models seems more than bizarre.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 22:08 UTC
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gil: The A6000 is already a killer for hummingbird BIFs (short distances up to 20 feet) and this one improves on the AF. The possibilities are exciting but the cost is not (gear + collateral costs of making the wife receptive to the purchase).

"collateral costs of making the wife receptive to the purchase" -- a good point. Of course, if you already have the A6000 maybe she won't realize you have a new camera :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 23:55 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1563 comments in total)
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afm: The samples appear very grainy even at low ISO and not particularly sharp. To my eye, the results from the III are superior.

I had an RX100mk3 which I really thought had excellent IQ in all situations. Sold it when I ordered the mk4. I've regretted it. The mk4 seemed to give poorer results when shooting indoors and ISO of 800-1600 for some reason. I ended up a bit agonized and returned it near the end of the return period -- and now I have neither.

Ironically, the 4K video was not of much interest; other things (like EVF not turning off the camera) were, but IQ was just not acceptable in some of my very normal shots.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2015 at 15:51 UTC

Samples are missing any full-zoom shots of something nearby, where atmospherics don't "cloud the issue": Can't tell if the IQ would be good or not at 720 mm from the sample gallery.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 00:05 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1563 comments in total)
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Phototaker41: I like this camera but I don't want to upgrade from my old Sony RX100 because Image Quality is not improved much. So far I am satisfied with my RX100.
and waiting for a new RX 100 with longer zoom (ex 24-200mm) and better image qaulity

By George, I think you've got it, Richard :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 00:15 UTC
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AshMills: Id like to see it with a model standing in it for scale.


A tiny Charlize Theron?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 03:20 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (614 comments in total)
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Jim Scarff: The quality of the camera's images and videos as displayed in Canon's promotional videos impressed me. Worth a look:



1) I think price is really $1,250 not $999 since I cannot imagine spending that much money and not getting the optional EVF. (BTW the external EVF is very good, I have it with my EOS-M3).

2) That's a RIDICULOUS price for this camera with its 1" sensor.

The camera is compact, but not pocketable. Given its size, the Canon is competing with the Panasonic FZ-1000 (I have one, and love it and its excellent EVF), and even the Canon EOS-M3 which has a bigger sensor and can be had for the same price, perhaps less.

Canon drop the price $400-500 and I would consider this camera given its apparently rugged build, but until then there seem to be so many better choices at that price.

I agree with all you say, Jim (I have the FZ1000, too). These days any camera without an EVF is a non-starter for me. And the price is just amazing!

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 14:59 UTC

Truly a strange review. Few would decide between a GH4 and an A7s if they already own lenses and other accessories for one system or the other.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 16:13 UTC as 185th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (901 comments in total)

I ran across a table of max aperture vs focal length last night while using my computer and bookmarked it. Now I'm away and using my iPad. Later I'll see if I can post the link here.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 19:56 UTC as 136th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Real-world Samples Gallery (90 comments in total)
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nikon power: For all the cameras with zoom power that I've owned, my first shots with them was the moon. God had placed the moon up there in synchronous orbit for a reason. It's easier to compare the same moon's face as seen by all eyes and all cameras.

The moon is far beyond synchronous orbit -- roughly 250,000 miles up vs. about 20,000 miles. It would sure look bigger 10x closer, and much easier to photograph. Tides would be pretty "exciting", too!

Link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 18:54 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review (504 comments in total)

A fine camera the RX-10. I bought one and sold it because it didn't fit any niche for me.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 20:27 UTC as 69th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary (471 comments in total)
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LWW: I probably won't use it - but I think I'll buy one for that gadget on the bottom. Give the ego a boost and impress someone at the same time. :-)

Just don't drop it on your foot!

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:07 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary (471 comments in total)
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Naveed Akhtar: Who are the fantastic four who chose the option "I had it" ..

Maybe they mean "I've had it!" :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

$120 a year? I'll pass.


Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 23:36 UTC as 118th comment | 3 replies
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PC Wheeler: PSE 11 works well for me, with other tools. I'll go with PSE 12 -- but wait until the price drops a bit.

Well, I did the upgrade (price dropped $10). Main reason is a new camera which needs ACR 8.2 for RAW support.

Seems faster on my 13" MacBook Air, perhaps due to now being 64 bit and using more of my memory.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 20:59 UTC
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sbansban: I wish DPR would do in-depth reviews of this and many other exciting compacts that I and surely many more readers are considering and are eagerly awaiting to be reviewed: Panasonic FZ70, an updated travel zoom group test, NEX-3N, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Nikon Coolpix P7800, Fujifilm F900EXR, Canon SX280 HS, Nikon Coolpix P330 etc. DPR do have a lot of limitations and constraints, but I keep visiting this site mostly in expectation of these compact camera reviews which are so much easier to buy and use everyday

Once they were able to do that, pretty much. But the number of cameras being released these days is somewhat overwhelming. I'm surprised the producers can do so many models and stay in business!

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 04:09 UTC
On Article:5281189784 (5 comments in total)

Canceled the S120 order and decided to give the LF1 a try. Some of the samples posted in the forum and in reviews here http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC_LF1/sample_images.shtml and here http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_lf1_review/sample_images/ are pretty impressive. This "Lens very soft at the borders and corners with very visible aberrations" could be from LF1 sample variability.

Worth a try: The EVF and 28-200 mm range are appealing. If a no go, then the S120.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 00:35 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Article:5281189784 (5 comments in total)

Nice review, Timur. Thanks. Moved me to order an S120 vs. LF1. We'll see how that works out, though the sample images here at DPR http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/10/07/canon-powershot-s120-real-world-samples make me optimistic.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 at 19:10 UTC as 2nd comment
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