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Joined on Aug 24, 2007
About me:

Future Considerations:
Speakers: (This was easy to decide on...)
Front:2 NHT Classic Three (When the 1.8s finally give out)
Rear: 2 NHT Classic Two
Klipsch Reference Series

Current Line Up:
Verve Subwoofer (Dual 10' & 200w amp)
Polk Audio T15 (2)
Polk Audio CS1 (for $60 this was just too good a deal to pass up on.)

Previous Audio Gear:
2-Infinity 42.5i in Custom center channel box wired in series (8 ohms) - still have, replaced w/CS1, will probably reuse these with the woofers from the 1.8's.
NHT 1.8 (2) (Midrange foam surrounds finally gave out - took 22yrs; 6.5" subs still work fine, and will be reused in a future project)

Current Camera Gear:
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Olympus 14-42 II R MSC

Previous Camera Gear:
Sony A65
Sony 18-135m f/3.5-5.6
Sony 85mm f/2.8
Sony HVL-F43AM

Sony NEX-7
Sony 18-200mm OSS
Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS
Sony HVL-F20AM

Canon T2i
Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon 270EX

Nikon D40
Nikon 18-55 ED II
Nikon 55-200mm VR
Nikon 35mm F1.8
Nikon SB-400


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On photo DSC_1606-1 in the Desktop Wallpaper challenge (1 comment in total)

Very nice image!

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 20:36 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Tulip Desktop in the Desktop Wallpaper challenge (1 comment in total)

I like this image. I wish I had voted, you deserve much better than 80th place.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 20:30 UTC as 1st comment

OnePlus 3 and the Seygus V2 still look more interesting.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:55 UTC as 4th comment
In reply to:

EthanP99: Plastic mount plastic mount plastic mount plastic mount.

Plastic mount...meh. I've only had 3 lenses that had metal mounts. I've never had an issue with a plastic mount lens - not with breakage, certainly not with IQ. Admittedly, none of the lenses I've owned weigh like a ton of bricks, nor am I exerting crazy amounts of stress on my lenses. For a lens like this the plastic mount is the least important thing to consider.

[Remembered one more lens I had that used a metal mount, that was inconsequential when I was deciding on buying that lens.]

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 19:20 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (289 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Interesting how your poll currently running has less than 10% of voters thinking a touch screen is important. I guess the testers at DP are more used to phones than proper cameras and downgrade cameras which don't have their favorite interface.

Love the Touchscreen on my E-M10. Even though I have the D-pad configured to move the AF, using the touch screen is just faster. Period.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 15:15 UTC

Meh. At that price I'll wait for the 200mp version.


Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 19:19 UTC as 64th comment | 3 replies
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (317 comments in total)
In reply to:

coolowski: The old sensor and likely 4K crop is the only downside I see to that camera.
Yes the 16MP sensor is not bad (assuming its the G7 sensor) but Sony's 1" sensors are coming really close and offer more resolution.
We need another player in the sensor business besides Sony. Maybe Samsung ?

With regards to resolution, the 20mp 1" sensors only have 200px more resolution on the vertical axis. Which really isn't much. The larger 4/3 sensors produce better images in general even with slightly less resolution.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:30 UTC
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falconeyes: Before people get too excited ...
This is a 220mm F4 lens at the long end.

A lens like the Nikon 70-200/4 is both cheaper and lighter than this camera. So it all comes down to actual image quality, how well the lens really resolves.

The diffraction limit for F4 is 1.34µm, the pixel pitch is 2.4µm. So, if this lens is diffraction-limited stopped down to F5.6, it may be a winner. Otherwise, it won't deliver anything a DSLR cannot at the same price and weight (at the long end).

Looking for4ward to an actual lens test. This is where the RX100m3/4 really shines.


"A lens like the Nikon 70-200/4 is both cheaper and lighter than this camera"
Yes, but you still have to put a camera on that lens or you will never take any pictures. Once you add the weight and cost of the camera too, you get a more expensive bigger, heavier option. Also you only have 70-200mm if you want 24-600mm you have to buy 2 more lenses, again adding to the size, bulk, weight, etc.
There is no dispute that A D5500 + 16-80 + 70-200 + 80-400 wouldn't out shoot the RX10III, but that's not the point of a camera like this. Someone who is willing to sacrifice some IQ for greater convenience can appreciate this and other types of cameras in this category - and that's why they've sold very well.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 02:44 UTC
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adengappasami: I think the p900 is so much value for money unless one needs that 1 inch sensor. It's a niche market these hybrid cameras are.

I love the p900 purely for the reach.

People like the 1" sensors because they deliver much better looking images than the 1/1.7 or smaller sensors give. The images don't have that "watercolor" look to them (at least it's not blatantly obvious like in the small sensor compacts).

I understand everyone's needs and tastes are different. For some mediocre IQ with insane zoom rules all, for others, FF and multi-thousand dollar glass is the minimum. For me a great lens that goes from 24-80 on M43 is enough for most things I do. However, I can see the value of the RX10III, (as I have with others in it's class).

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 22:30 UTC
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RDCollins: Intriguing, but 2.32 pounds may make it less desirable as a travel cam.

Most DSLRs with an 18-200 zoom lens will weigh as much or more and only have 1/2 the zoom range and fewer video options.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 20:19 UTC
In reply to:

princecody: Battery life?

420 shots/charge

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 20:11 UTC
In reply to:

noflashplease: I really don't see the point of a $1,500 point-and-shoot superzoom?

You mean you want to know why someone would want a high quality all-in-one camera/camcorder with very good still IQ and lots of great HD, 4K, Slow-mo video options in a semi-compact package with a well designed lens that won't break your back carrying it? Or were you being sarcastic?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 20:09 UTC
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Siobhan A: LOL!!!!
Sony finally has something to compete with the 2 year old FZ1000 and is selling it for 4X the price.

But hilariously Sony again left off PDAF or DFD type AF, so this camera will again be a complete fail for anyone want to take pictures of something moving.

Only twice the price from reputable dealers. Still like the Sony better. (Not a fan of Panasonic colors).

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 19:45 UTC

maybe it's me but why can't Sony incorporate the camera strap loops into the body of the camera. They put them on the A3000, why not continue with that design?

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 21:20 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
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kev2033: So, what about it not having image stabilization? I have a Nex7 (yes, I am a dinosuar) with the Zeiss 16-70 F4 but I didnt want to step up to the full frame Sony cameras because:

1. they are bigger and heavier than the Nex7 - they defeat the purpose of a small compact mirrorless camera!
2. they dont have a pop up flash - yeah, I know I can use high ISO and shoot in low light, but I sometimes want fill flash on a person, especially if they are back lit, without over exposing the background. Dont make me go buy a $350 flash, just another thing to carry around
3. Price - the full frames are significantly more money

So, for these reasons, I have held off on getting out of my Nex7, but with the AF advances of this camera and low light capability, I am really thinking on this one. I dont really care about a touch screen.

My two biggest complaints with this camera are:

1. no easy way to move around your AF point (no joystick)
2. no built in image stablization

"I dont really care about a touch screen.

My two biggest complaints with this camera are:

1. no easy way to move around your AF point (no joystick)"

You realize if the A6300 had a touchscreen it would solve your 1st complaint, right? Just Say'n.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 21:08 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)

Lesson from Simpsons episode 28.

We'll design it your way, give you everything you want...but you don't get to decide the price.
Which is probably why camera manufactures do it their way, make some products most people can afford, and still stay in business.

(a little tongue in cheek but y'all get my point)

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 22:53 UTC as 98th comment
On article Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body (399 comments in total)

!@#$%^&*!! half my lenses have fingerprint smudges...says everyone who ends up owning/using this thing.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 21:07 UTC as 140th comment | 1 reply

In other news, the new Google cars now won't take you to places other people have been. Now you can just sit at home on these forums looking at places you'd like to go and take pictures at rather than actually going there......

Stupidest effing product ever.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 14:55 UTC as 88th comment
In reply to:

mpgxsvcd: Olympus offers the EM10 MKII for about the same price. It has excellent built-in image stabilization, weather sealing, an EVF, 1080p @ 60 FPS video, 8.5 FPS burst mode, and a host of built in features that are extremely useful.

This Canon M3 wasn't exciting when it was first announced. Now it really just seems irrelevant.

I agree to some degree (rhyme not intentional). I'll be keeping my E-M10, but I like having more competition in the market. Plus I'm hoping that having the 11-22 forces Oly/Panasonic to make a lower cost 7-14.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 04:25 UTC

Alright I'll say it...

About freaking time! Albiet, late to party.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 04:23 UTC as 168th comment
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