jwilliams

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tkbslc: Wish they would go back to doing the dual cameras as 28 and 56, rather than 13 and 26. I feel like most people need a little extra reach more often than they want extreme Go-Pro view.

I'd rather have something like 26, 50, 77 instead of 13,26, 77. Quite a jump from 26 to 77. Just use panning to create anything wider than 26. Maybe someone should tell Apple that 50mm is considered a 'normal' view for a lens although I think the current generation of youngsters probably think something like 26mm is 'normal' for a camera lens since it's all they've ever used until the newer cameras with 'telephoto' lenses. Yeah, I'm showing my age.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 19:54 UTC
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2127 comments in total)

No IBIS? Make no sense. Same mount but FF bodies ALL have IBIS and NONE of the APSC bodies have IBIS. They should have just used a different smaller mount for APSC if this is how things are going to be. Shame, I thought the Z50 was a nice little camera but no IBIS made no sense. Really hurts the usefulness of sharing the lenses across the different formats.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2021 at 12:20 UTC as 412th comment | 1 reply

I'd like to own one, but at that price, my 16-35 4L IS will live on an adapter forever. It would cost me 1K plus my current lens just to essentially get rid of the adapter and save a few ounces. The EF lens has very good IQ and actually has reasonable distortion characteristics. I don't think the RF version will buy me anything in IQ. The prices on these f4 zooms are rediculous.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2021 at 12:01 UTC as 66th comment | 7 replies
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Nilangsu: We do not know about the optical qualities yet but $ 1700 is a high price for a f/4 zoom, regardless of the starting focal length. Even though I’m a happy Sony user, as a landscape photographer, I am interested in Canon wide angle options because the R5 is simply a superb camera. But the wealth of options in Sony-land and the quality and prices of these options is incomparable. I use the GM 16-35/2.8, possibly the best lens of its kind, but there are cheaper options delivering 95% of the quality or some other value such as 14 mm.

This lens will also have massive distortion. Given its size and 14mm there's no way to avoid it. I'd like to own one but at the price my 16-35 4L IS will ive on an adapter forever.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2021 at 11:57 UTC
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Old Cameras: If these are priced at $399 they’re going to fall flat. They need to be sub $300 and you shouldn’t have to wait for a sale to get to these prices. I realize volume is a fraction of what it once must have been for aps-c zooms in the good old days before smart phones ruined the market, but budget lenses need to sell for budget prices. The plastic fantastic 24-50 super slow zoom has an MSRP of $400. These compact primes, with their simpler construction, should be $250 or so. Why pay $400 for a 40/2 when you can buy the excellent 50/1.8S for $500?

Because its smaller and hopefully equal in optical quality. The 40 2 looks fantastic to me. $399 if its optics are really good isn't rediculous. Sure $250 is better. Pair it with a Z5 body and you've got a fairly light, small and affordable image making setup. Canon needs some lenses like this.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2021 at 16:39 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 review (940 comments in total)
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Fairlane: Recieved mine yesterday and my first impression is just WOW.
This must be the so called "entry-level" FF to beat at the moment. I am impressed.

Z5 is significantly cheaper and has a better EVF. Both have some advantages, but the price differential is not really justified. Now, put a quality EVF on this camera and it justifies the higher price, at least partly.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 17:25 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 review (940 comments in total)
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Toilet Roll: Looks very good but could they have not gone for a higher evf resolution?

Yes. Both the size and resolution of the EVF are disappointing. Too bad as otherwise this is a really nice camera. A slightly larger magnification 3.6 MP EVF would have been more appropriate and would still have been lower spec than the S1 so it would provide the product differentiation all the marketing types love.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 17:23 UTC
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Shadowfox3141: Lots of people here are expecting JIP-OMD releasing this or that, but I don't see any of those. Maybe except minor refresh of current lines. Look how Vaio (Sony's laptop department) did after being sold to JIP: NOTHING, expect some minor refresh right after the sell-off. Vaio only restarted making things after its name licensed to a small laptop maker.
JIP takes unwanted, unprofitable assert from big companies, strip it down and sell it off to make money. It has neither expertise nor desire in R/D and making products. The sell also says how gloomy the industry are considered in the business world. It was sold to JIP only because there is no "real" company (DJI, Blackmagic, Laowa etc.) think the camera industry is profitable, and want to jump into it.
Yes, Olympus cameras will keep working, as well as my EM5II. But we are talking about the business here. Just like that I used some 15-year-old Kodak film last year didn't revived the film industry (at least not to its peak).

"The former Olympus Imaging R&D personnel has been transferred to the new company as stated in the announcement"

Those that are left. Wonder how much expertise jumped off the ship ahead of its "transfer"?

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 22:49 UTC
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Vigi: And if someone ask why Olympus failed. This is the reason. Developing very expensive cameras (e-m1x) and lenses (pro line) that cant make a profit out of them.
Better option for them was to develop small and cheap cameras and lenses, small sharp primes... much bigger audience for that type of hobby cameras.

'"Better option for them was to develop small and cheap cameras and lenses, small sharp primes... "
They already did that.'

Sometimes, when something works, the smart thing is to keep doing the thing that already works!

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2020 at 15:42 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: Should you buy one? (450 comments in total)

Nikon finally did what they should have done in the beginning and that is give the user an option to use SD cards which are inexpensive and much more standardized. I personally could care less about the dual slots. As a previous Canon DSLR use I looked at the original Z cameras and just decided I wanted to keep my life simple and get a camera that could take SD cards as I have other cameras that use them. May sound trivial to some but I just do this for fun and adding a very non standard (and expensive) card format was just going to complicate things. Since I already had EF lenses it was easier to go to the R system even though at the time Nikon had better cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2020 at 15:16 UTC as 81st comment | 3 replies
On article Full-frame mirrorless lens guide 2021 (1519 comments in total)

"The dual pixel AF system, combined with Canon's knowledge of its communication protocol means EF lens users will get probably the best adapted lens experience when using Canon RF-mount bodies. That said, we still wouldn't necessarily expect DSLR-level performance from all EF lenses when adapted."

Do the folks here ever use these cameras?

Unless one was previously shooting a 1D series camera, using your EF lens on a R series camera is going to be an upgrade from your DSLR. This article greatly understates the advantage RF users have in having access to the largest lens selection ever developed with no compatibility issues that I have ever noted.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2020 at 16:40 UTC as 152nd comment | 3 replies
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KrisAK: Does this work with non-Panasonic lenses?

No

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2020 at 23:02 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix S5 (164 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I suppose if we wait a few more years a 6 million dot EVF will be "totally unacceptable" because someone else will have an 8 million dot version on the market. And any camera that lacks dual card slots (BOTH being high speed) will suffer a similar fate.

One thing about technology.... it ALWAYS improves. Your new camera will be obsolete in record time!

As always there is a point of diminishing returns. The 1MP EVFs were the bare minimum to be usable. 2MP was a noticeable improvement.

The S5 has a fairly low VF magnification. Surely done to make the 2MP VF more palatable, as a larger magnification VF would show pixelation more. 3 MP VFs are where we can start to forget we are starting at a small TV screen and equally importantly it allows a large VF magnification. I'm sure 5MP and more helps, but I think 3MP gets you to the sweet spot and certainly is not leading edge tech anymore.

The S5 is neither really cheap nor really small (only in relation to Panny's other large/expensive cameras) so a small 2 MP EVF on a $2K camera makes no sense in 2020.

I own a Canon RP with a 2 MP VF and its pretty good, but it also has a rather small magnification which is necessary to obtain the cameras very compact size. On a camera like the RP where the size is really compact and the price is half the S5 I'm OK with that.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 14:37 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 review (940 comments in total)
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juntoalmar: I think the Z6 wins in the overall usability in this category with a better EVF and top-plate display.

If they hadn't gone with those expensive XQD cards I'd say you're right. I skipped the Z6/7 primarily due to XQD as I have other cameras that use SD which works fine and is inexpensive. No need to complicate my life further. Z5 looks like a great blend of features/tech and price.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2020 at 15:09 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 review (940 comments in total)
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jwilliams: Disappointing to see a 2MP EVF with rather low magnification in 2020 for a $2K camera. I think they skimped in the worst possible place, at least for people like me who just or primarily shoot stills and thus rely on the EVF a lot. It still is the heaviest of the cameras in the comparison although not by a huge amount Otherwise seems like a decent camera with a bit of a high price. Seems like a Z5 is a better deal with a better EVF. With Canon you could get an RP for way less money and have a much lighter camera (with admittedly less stills IQ/video capability) or a R6 which I think is better overall (although overpriced as well). I was hoping Panny would make a really compact/light/affordable camera in L mount, but it is only such in relation to their existing cameras which are very large/heavy and expensive. Still not sold on DFD as my G9 can't focus reliably on anything moving.

"If they put a 3mp EVF in it also might eat further into sales of the higher end Panasonic's so it could just be product differentiation."

Probably so. A S5 with 3MP EVF would make the S1 pointless for me. Maybe the size helps with video heat (which I don't care about), but other wise it is just a bloated camera. Just seems like a poor set of choices Panny forces you into. To me they should have just made this camera with a better EVF and skipped the S1.

I'd say the R6 is about $500 overpriced. It can justify $2K. Early buyers premium especially for Canons first IBIS. Realistically R6 is $2K and this camera $1.5K.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2020 at 15:02 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 review (940 comments in total)
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panther fan: The cameras is definitely the most interesting L-mount camera. I like the new body, the form factor is great and while the video specs don't scream 2020 in terms of codec and framerate options they are still very solid especially against some of the older competition.
Unlike Nikon, they also have a strong third party with Sigma, which makes their system much more interesting.

But one has to admit that Panasonic triple shot themself in the foot with this camera. Continuing to rely on the DFD system, downgrading the EVF below entry-level and a release price that is ignorant of the competition really doesn't give them a great start.

I really hope Panasonic succeeds because I like their cameras. But I won't be buying one, and I hope Panasonic survives their slow entry in the market

"But one has to admit that Panasonic triple shot themself in the foot with this camera. Continuing to rely on the DFD system, downgrading the EVF below entry-level and a release price that is ignorant of the competition really doesn't give them a great start."

Good summation of the weak points. In Panny's defense the high res mode is something that cannot be found in any camera in that price range. The EVF is biggest let down for me. On a $1K camera - OK. On a $2K camera - you must be kidding. DFD is what it is and it seems Panny is stuck there for some strange reason. Owning 2 Canon mirrorless cameras with DPAF makes it hard for me to ever imagine buying a camera with a lesser AF system and I don't really shoot much that is demanding of AF. It's just nice to know your AF works in pretty much any situation. I have a Panny G9 and the AF doesn't impress me.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2020 at 14:55 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 review (940 comments in total)

Disappointing to see a 2MP EVF with rather low magnification in 2020 for a $2K camera. I think they skimped in the worst possible place, at least for people like me who just or primarily shoot stills and thus rely on the EVF a lot. It still is the heaviest of the cameras in the comparison although not by a huge amount Otherwise seems like a decent camera with a bit of a high price. Seems like a Z5 is a better deal with a better EVF. With Canon you could get an RP for way less money and have a much lighter camera (with admittedly less stills IQ/video capability) or a R6 which I think is better overall (although overpriced as well). I was hoping Panny would make a really compact/light/affordable camera in L mount, but it is only such in relation to their existing cameras which are very large/heavy and expensive. Still not sold on DFD as my G9 can't focus reliably on anything moving.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2020 at 14:33 UTC as 223rd comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview TV: Leica M10-R review (105 comments in total)
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Foskito: "Let's make a review of a rangefinder camera without using the actual rangefinder, just put it on a Visoflex EVF and say it is for those who love the classic way of shooting" LOL

Why is the rangefinder even there anymore? I see no real purpose anymore. Just get rid of it and use the space in the body for a REALLY good EVF. If I remember correctly the 'visioflex' (really a m43 add on EVF) had a 2MP panel in it. Go to at least the 3..6 MP VF and put it in the body.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 15:18 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL10 review (303 comments in total)

I've failed to see the reasoning behind the last couple of updates for this camera series. I have an EPL7 and see nothing that would ever tempt me to 'upgrade' to this model or any of those in between. In fact when it lost the VF port I though that was a downgrade. Maybe little old women in some parts of Asia love to go out and buy the latest version of this camera in some funky new color. Things like this make it hard to take Oly seriously as a camera company.

When I bought my EPL7 several years ago new with kit lens for $249 (on sale when the EPL8 arrived) I thought that was about its worth at the time. Whoever would buy this 'new' version anywhere remotely near its list price is getting seriously ripped off. Seriously outdated tech passing as new camera. Just don't understand what is going on at Oly, but they've been out of touch for many years.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2020 at 18:00 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS R5: The long game ends with a big leap (682 comments in total)
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Mitranescu: I think Canon had lost the game. Maybe this camera is something revolutionary, but almost every photographer and videographer has switched to SONY. No third party lens manufacturer is makeing lenses for Canon, and Canon steel keeps the price of their products very high. I think it will be a long but sure death.

A lot of people switched over to Sony bodies while keeping their EF lenses which they used via adapters. This camera will have many of them switching back.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2020 at 15:21 UTC
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