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On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-E4 first impressions review (92 comments in total)

Glad to see you're doing OK Chris. Wishing you a very speedy recovery. And I echo a reader below who says you guys are the only reviews I actually watch and enjoy watching on camera gear. Keep it up! The XE4 looks like a solid little addition to the great Fuji lineup of gear.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2021 at 19:43 UTC as 21st comment

I don't know. This is a nice enough camera I suppose, but we are getting a plethora of FF systems now and I'm not convinced any of them are truly revolutionary in any sense of the word. It's the same old marketing strategy, win at something fairly inconsequential (EVF) and suck at something that really matters (AF) and deliver what everyone else does at something that matters the MOST (IQ).

It's pretty clear to me that everyone is chasing after the Sony FF systems and I say this as someone who uses every camera brand and who has shot more photos with Olympus than any other system. :P

Again, a nice enough system but for the size / money / battery life / overall capability it's a solid rating of "meh" for me.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2019 at 14:26 UTC as 34th comment

With the emphasis on size and weight being so remarkable I went to the lens comparison chart and compared to equivalent lenses from other manufacturers. They may be fairly light and small but they aren't THAT revolutionary in terms of size. It still takes a lot of glass (82mm filter?!) to cover the FF sensor.

Great lenses, I'm sure - but no miracles here. I do love seeing Sony's innovation and drive to bring products to market!

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 17:41 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
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burnymeister: Please tell me it can do a more than an 8 second long exposure at high ISO?! Please? I need this for astrophotography.

No kidding. I own an A7RII and used an A7S for astro which is much more capable. As a landscape camera, the Leica M series is very desirable with very good lenses that are also tiny and light. Rather than carrying two cameras each time, it would be nice to have one that goes to 30s at ISO 3200 or 5000. Most modern sensors can easily handle that. That's all I'm asking. Not that unreasonable is it?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 19:55 UTC

Please tell me it can do a more than an 8 second long exposure at high ISO?! Please? I need this for astrophotography.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 21:27 UTC as 195th comment | 3 replies
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (169 comments in total)

Drool. Now my keyboard barely works.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 21:10 UTC as 43rd comment

This shows just how many stupid business ideas exist for every good one... This not being a good one. :P

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 14:44 UTC as 80th comment

Makes my A7SII purchase at just over $2k seem almost cheap and that camera takes photos and videos in the dark. Literally.

I loved shooting with the Pen-F this past summer but Olympus and other m43 manufacturers are playing the wrong game here. They should be going for SMALL, LIGHT, WEATHERPROOF gear.

They should not be chasing the FF crowd.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 13:20 UTC as 111th comment | 2 replies
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1074 comments in total)
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Michiel953: Just a question: why would anyone get the Pen F (with a say 35/40mm ff eq prime) over an X-E2?

As a former Fuji shooter, for me it comes down to total system size and weight. APS-C lenses are simply bigger and heavier than m43 for the most part - especially zooms.

I hate to say it but it also comes down to the smeared landscape detail that I continue to notice on the xTrans cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 14:47 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1074 comments in total)
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Simon Zeev: "The camera's design, with its narrow body and shallow grip, means mounting anything other than a prime lens on the PEN-F can be incredibly awkward"
Very strange remark. I use zooms on a smaller camera (E-PL2) without problem.
Also I use legacy lenses up to 300mm Zenit lens.
While the long and heavy 300mm is not easy to hold, the 9-18, 14-42 and 40-150 are very easy to use.

I use the 14-150 no problem without the grip. Absolutely no issue - doesn't even hang funny around my neck.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 14:44 UTC

Gorgeous! Looks like an exciting new edition to an already excellent line up.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 18:57 UTC as 94th comment

I have to admit, that other than the 90mm macro these lenses look positively gigantic. My hope for the Sony FE system is in MF lenses such as the Loxia line. As soon as you add AF motors and OSS the lenses just get too huge IMHO.

At least the 24-70 and 16-35 are somewhat more balanced and actually quite light considering their optical qualities...

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 14:39 UTC as 68th comment
On article Panasonic unveils Lumix DMC-GM5 with EVF (45 comments in total)

The GM series m43 cameras are the first in that line that really made sense to me. The promise of m43 was always size and weight reductions no? The inclusion of an EVF and slightly larger form factor makes this an attractive option. I've used the GM1 with lenses like the 12mm f/2, 15mm f/1.7 and 45mm f/1.8 and it's a very nice combo.

Unfortunately for me, Sony proved more innovative with their RX100III and it's popup EVF and their FF line of A7 cameras. But if I was in the market for m43, this would be it.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:24 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2247 comments in total)

All the whining about price. YOLO folks. If you can't afford it move on. It's a gorgeous piece of tech and engineering. I can't wait to own it.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 04:07 UTC as 417th comment | 7 replies
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2247 comments in total)
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burnymeister: Totally getting one. With the yellow cover. Not kidding.

Silver or black body though?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2247 comments in total)

Totally getting one. With the yellow cover. Not kidding.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 13:52 UTC as 667th comment | 3 replies
On article Pentax K-3 Review (511 comments in total)

If I still shot DSLR rather than mirrorless I would pick Ricoh (Pentax) over Sony / Canon / Nikon. They continue to deliver cameras for photographers rather than spec sheets. Their lens lineup is superb and prices are reasonable.

I hope someday they come out with a good mirrorless system at which point they might catch my eye again (I used the K-5 with great results). Kudos!

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 13:40 UTC as 87th comment
On article Ricoh to offer limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit (88 comments in total)

I owned the original Q and got rid of it due to horribly soft images. With the Panasonic GM1 available now and a tiny 35-100 (70-200mm) lens coming soon to match the already excellent and tiny 12-32 (24-64mm) kit lens I just don't see the benefit of the Q7.

Using the touch screen on the GM1 to select a focus area before pressing the shutter is so useful and fun, I wouldn't use an EVF on that camera even if it had one... :D

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 14:11 UTC as 1st comment

Meh. I've actually been on many glaciers and this wasn't that dramatic. To impress me, you'd have to fly that thing a mile into the glacier and then show me something no human eye could see naturally. I also got bored of the waterfall with footprints running up beside it - obviously this is close to the parking lot and every touron on the planet has already seen it.


Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2014 at 02:26 UTC as 8th comment
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (587 comments in total)

I think people are missing the point on this camera. $1200 isn't that bad when you consider what you're getting. For under $3k you can get a system that covers the focal range of 18-800mm with pretty good features and small enough to fit in a backpack.

How is this not a great thing? 800mm in any other system will either result in a horrible unbalanced mess or $11k just for the lens and will be so heavy you won't hike it anywhere. This is the first time I'm interested in the 1 series. I think Nikon's finally coming through.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 13:35 UTC as 49th comment | 11 replies
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