WhiteBeard

WhiteBeard

Lives in Canada Montréal, Canada
Joined on Sep 29, 2011

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On article Behind the scenes: Shooting Lamborghinis in the snow (84 comments in total)

Just a small detail for those who might be interested in going up north to test their ice-driving skills: it's lake Sacacomie and not Sacacombie...

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 17:04 UTC as 5th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (211 comments in total)
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WhiteBeard: I'm definitely in the disappointed camp but I'm sure this is the case of most GX8 owners. At the same time, I'm also sure GX7 and GX85 owners may be happier than I am about the GX9. The EVF is still a question mark, being an obvious step back from the GX8's. I just hope Panny has at least cured the GX85's EVF optical distorsion.
As for Panasonic's ignominious naming scheme (and marketing in general), sigh...

I beg to differ. While I understand some GX7 owners have expressed discontent about the size / weight of the GX8, those who bought the GX8 regardless of that are mostly unsatisfied with the GX9 when presented as a GX8 upgrade.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 22:35 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (211 comments in total)

I'm definitely in the disappointed camp but I'm sure this is the case of most GX8 owners. At the same time, I'm also sure GX7 and GX85 owners may be happier than I am about the GX9. The EVF is still a question mark, being an obvious step back from the GX8's. I just hope Panny has at least cured the GX85's EVF optical distorsion.
As for Panasonic's ignominious naming scheme (and marketing in general), sigh...

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2018 at 21:39 UTC as 11th comment | 5 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (211 comments in total)

Ref: "...compared to the 1.04 million-dot, 0.77X magnification OLED of the GX8."
The reviewer seems to be somewhat confused with the GX8 EVF resolution since he is quoting the rear screen's 1.04 million dots resolution for the EVF instead of its true 2.36 million dot resolution.

Another thing missing: He mentions resolution, size and aspect ratio but doesn't mention the main gripe about the GX85's EVF which had to do with optical distorsion. Since the GX9 is really a GX85 successor, the overall EVF experience should be described better.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 23:14 UTC as 14th comment

If you want to change reality that much, why don't you take up painting?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 02:21 UTC as 6th comment
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Sergey Borachev: Why am I reading so much brainless stuff on DPR lately? Consider data privacy, data backup so it's safe from loss or theft of phone, use in remote locations with no connectivity, reusability of sd cards in new devices, speed or transfer, and of course cost. micro SD card surely disappearing? That's what phone makers want, but Samsung actually had to put it back after buyers revolt when they tried. I say, everyone, vote with your feet if Samsung tries again. I would rather get a Xiaomi, Huawei or whatever phone than lose the micro.SD slot.

Recommending a camera with no mike input and tilt-only LCD (as well as a poor EVF).as the best video camera (Panasonic GX85) in its category is another example of silliness in a recent DPR article. There are much better cameras for video on that category, including one from the same brand, G85.

Err, not that I always agree with DPR's reviews but last time I checked, the GX85 was about 300$ cheaper than the G85 besides not being the same form factor. Yes, the G85 is in my mind a much better camera than the GX85 if you don't mind the size difference, but they are not intended for the same "clientèle"...

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 02:14 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)

I know I'll be blasted for this by all the Oly fans and I also know dpreview is not Consumer Reports but before giving such an outstanding "Build Quality" score, I would either a) disassemble the camera to see how its predecessors reliability woes have been addressed or b) wait a few months (after all, DPR waited long enough for a GX8 review, but I disgress).
I find it odd - and slightly disturbing - that reliability is never addressed by DPR, especially in case of "Pro" items fetching an impressive price tag.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 22:46 UTC as 93rd comment | 3 replies
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WhiteBeard: Re: "The (60mm equiv.) field of view is a bit too narrow to be a do-it-all prime".

Well, it depends. My usual "normal" lens on my two SRT-101s and X700 was a 58mm F1.4. Corner softness of that lens at full aperture notwithstanding, I actually found the strange 58mm focal length very useful for people shots. If I wanted wide, I used my 21mm F2.8...

Yeah, that F1.2 was definitely one big rock... Would have liked to compare it with the 1.4 though.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 19:54 UTC

Re: "The (60mm equiv.) field of view is a bit too narrow to be a do-it-all prime".

Well, it depends. My usual "normal" lens on my two SRT-101s and X700 was a 58mm F1.4. Corner softness of that lens at full aperture notwithstanding, I actually found the strange 58mm focal length very useful for people shots. If I wanted wide, I used my 21mm F2.8...

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 20:29 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (307 comments in total)
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WhiteBeard: I have yet to understand Panasonic's "logic" in opting to sell the G85 - or the G7, in Canada anyway - only as a kit. Many of us who entered earlier into µ4/3 and resisted so far to the bulk and price of the GX8 would be glad to add the GX85 as a second body or as a replacement; why force us to buy a lens we don't need just to make e-bay happy?

So far after 11 months, the G7 is still only offered in a kit in Canada. Strangely enough, while I was looking through my usual online stores list, I found that the Calgary Camera Store offers the GX85 for 1k$ body-only. Surprise! The kit with the 12-32 is only 100$ more. However, the GX8 body only is only about 100$ more also on Amazon.ca... Better to wait a bit.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (307 comments in total)

I have yet to understand Panasonic's "logic" in opting to sell the G85 - or the G7, in Canada anyway - only as a kit. Many of us who entered earlier into µ4/3 and resisted so far to the bulk and price of the GX8 would be glad to add the GX85 as a second body or as a replacement; why force us to buy a lens we don't need just to make e-bay happy?

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 04:15 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (549 comments in total)
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Gesture: This is the future of enthusiast cameras. Panasonic understands EVF, being the first to create the "digital Nikon FM" so many were crying for yet didn't appreciate what they had once it was created (As with Samsung NX10, NX20 ...), as well as the wonderful integral corner EVFs on compact cameras.

Just like my Nikon P60!!!!!

For Pete's sake, where are you guys going with this? It's not apples to oranges but hamburger and metaphysics! No comparison possible or constructive here...

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 02:08 UTC
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kierenlon: How do you keep an idiot in suspense?
I'll tell you tomorrow

Pentax reminds me of that poor playground joke. It wasn't funny then, it's not funny now.

Boy, can't wait for tomorrow to get the answer! :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)

Maybe I was spoiled looking at recent pics in reviews of Oly 300mm / OM-1 and Pana-Leica 100-400 / GX8 but I am not very impressed by the detail / sharpness exhibited in this gallery; I don't see any that show me the 20Mp sensor flaunting it's stuff.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 19:56 UTC as 167th comment
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Not sure if anyone has raised this point yet, but while we complain about PEN-F not having weather-sealing, I think it is worth noting that we don't have small fast primes that are weather-sealed in MFT either. So even though the GX8 is weather-sealed, I still wouldn't use it in the rain with the 17/1.8 Oly mounted on it. I guess from a functional perspective, the difference users will experience of PEN-F not having weather-sealing is perhaps very minute. Unless of course you are planning to use weather-sealed lenses like the 12-40/2.8 Oly on the camera, which would no doubt be extremely unwieldy.
It would be nice if both Panasonic and Olympus could get their act together and remake their fast prime lenses with weather-sealing, so that the weather-sealing features of their bodies would make a lot more sense.

You'd be surprised about the number of times I have changed lenses in "inclement conditions", for example typical scottish weather (grass is very green up there). I have never had a "weatherproof" camera and have always managed to keep the nasty stuff away with minimal care and common sense. Now, if I had been in an open-sea racing sailboat, I would have wanted a real WATERPROOF camera system. The in-between "weatherproof" approach leaves me a bit cold and puzzled...

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 19:37 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2498 comments in total)

Re:
Preview posted : 15 Jan 2016
Review History
29 Jan 2016 First Impression Review based on Pre-Production camera running Firmware 1.00
This must be why they call it a preview... Call me picky ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 20:10 UTC as 435th comment | 2 replies
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s.seng: I can get my 7" figurine from my local ASDA (Wall Mart ) for £59 ($90).

https://www.asda-photo.co.uk/bookings/asda-3dme-a-miniature-3d-figure-from-asda-photo

You apparently missed the part where the 3D picture is made in 1/1000th of a second compared with 12 seconds with the process you mention. That's like comparing a daguerreotype with a digital photo shoot...

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 19:43 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (483 comments in total)
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mike emerson: What a pig ugly camera. Looks like a Zenit product!

Agreed, but the retro-macho look is getting back in style...

More seriously, do you prefer a camera that looks good around your neck to one that makes your pictures look good and handles well to boot?

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 22:38 UTC

Wonderful pictures. Some even look as if they were shot in a studio with the subjects actually posing for the photographer, especially the 3 lion cubs (what a pose!), the meerkats and the chimpanzee.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 17:50 UTC as 3rd comment
On article 1939: England in Color (part 2) (177 comments in total)
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PedroMZ: Thank you for sharing these images Barney. Time you came back to Blighty and AP

Moving to Seattle from London... At least, the weather should be familiar.

On another note, aside from the historical value, I agree with you that Eldred was an excellent photographer with a keen eye for composition. Did you find any more photos from him?

Link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 18:43 UTC
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