Naveed Akhtar

Naveed Akhtar

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a Software Engineer
Has a website at www.lightnodes.com
Joined on Dec 14, 2009

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On article Leaked Panasonic firmware update is made official (56 comments in total)
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andyus08: I own GH5 and love it. I do video mostly MF. The only time I use AF when I put it on gimbal with 12mm. AF is fine for my application.
No matter how small or big improvement, I appreciate Panasonic providing firmware update. Every bit of update counts! Each camera has weakness. No camera is one size fits all.
One thing I wish Panasonic updated the way to record directly to external SSD through USB (just like new Blackmagic model coming out soon).

Blackmagic has different requirements, it can shoot in RAW which is massive compare to what you max get out of GH5*.
But your mileage may vary, let's know why you need SSD?

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 14:42 UTC
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thxbb12: This is a f2.8-4 lens. I'd have expected to see many 200mm photos shot at f4 instead of f5.6 or higher. A shame that there is only a single one of an animal shot wide-open at 200mm. Personally, if I buy this lens it is to shoot at at f4 and not f5.6, f8 or so. Pretty lame and useless gallery.

"Pretty much any lens performs well once stopped down to f6.7 or smaller"

until the diffraction kicks in and in m43 it occurs quick quickly!

But in general I agree with you mate, if there are no photo wide open or only a single one, probably this ration needs to improve in future!

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 15:56 UTC
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Nick8: Here there is another gallery, with much better pictures, IMO:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-50-200mm-f-2-8-4-0-asph-review-32055
I think it's not the lens' fault for the soft images in dpr's gallery. It is the photographer.

I don't own the 35-100 f/2.8 and not planning to either, (I am more of Leica 100-400)
But if I have to chose between these two, I would probably chose 50-200 over 35-100, as it pretty much cover two lenses as it opens at 50mm f/2.8 and goes quite long on 200mm and f4 is still brighter than many tele-zoom on m43!

So if it save some space in my carrying bag I would pay for the extra price and that's what Pany/Leica is asking for!

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 15:20 UTC
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Nick8: Here there is another gallery, with much better pictures, IMO:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-50-200mm-f-2-8-4-0-asph-review-32055
I think it's not the lens' fault for the soft images in dpr's gallery. It is the photographer.

@Chris, I am not comparing 24-70 with 12-35, I clearly mentioned that I am choosing m43 for different reasons.

Actually that shallower Dof on fullframe doesn't help me much, as most of the photos that I take, don't need that shallowness :)
For those very rare moments I got some primes and Sigma 18-35 which with metabone XL adapter gives me f/1.2 on m43.

Actually I quite like the m43 f/4 or f/5.6 as I can get most of my scene sharp with it, for fullframe I have to close my apperture upto f/8 to f/12, which makes it slower and then your advantage of higher ISO is all of a sudden gone. I would request you to see my photos on lightnodes.com and then suggest me where you think shallower Dof would be of any use, as most of them are landscape photos.

I don't mind 1" setup either, but maybe for the day when their lens lineup and video capabilities will match my need. Until then m43 is my sweet spot too for capability/ portability!

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 15:15 UTC

If you would still be London based :)

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 20:14 UTC as 9th comment
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thxbb12: This is a f2.8-4 lens. I'd have expected to see many 200mm photos shot at f4 instead of f5.6 or higher. A shame that there is only a single one of an animal shot wide-open at 200mm. Personally, if I buy this lens it is to shoot at at f4 and not f5.6, f8 or so. Pretty lame and useless gallery.

Then why we got smaller apertures on lenses?
Shouldn't we just fixed their value at widest apertures
Just like mobile phones?

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 10:35 UTC
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Nick8: Here there is another gallery, with much better pictures, IMO:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-50-200mm-f-2-8-4-0-asph-review-32055
I think it's not the lens' fault for the soft images in dpr's gallery. It is the photographer.

@Androole middleground yes/ maybe for f/4 constant on FF or f/2.8 on APSC but when its to get best match, I feel m43 meets mine the most so far!

simply put, there is no "best of both worlds" in camera world :)

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 22:49 UTC
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thxbb12: This is a f2.8-4 lens. I'd have expected to see many 200mm photos shot at f4 instead of f5.6 or higher. A shame that there is only a single one of an animal shot wide-open at 200mm. Personally, if I buy this lens it is to shoot at at f4 and not f5.6, f8 or so. Pretty lame and useless gallery.

Maybe the purpose was to show us the result at smaller apertures?

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 22:36 UTC
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Nick8: Here there is another gallery, with much better pictures, IMO:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-50-200mm-f-2-8-4-0-asph-review-32055
I think it's not the lens' fault for the soft images in dpr's gallery. It is the photographer.

- travel friendly (more walk, hike etc)
- videos friendly (high quality 4k, higher bitrates, rolling shutter, slow mo etc)
- Dual IS (you don't need complex stabilised systems for most of the time)
- superior remote capture (mobile apps)
- survive in more extreme weather
- LCDs and VFs
- handling (comparing with Fuji and Sony mirror-less only)

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 18:38 UTC
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Nick8: Here there is another gallery, with much better pictures, IMO:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-50-200mm-f-2-8-4-0-asph-review-32055
I think it's not the lens' fault for the soft images in dpr's gallery. It is the photographer.

Roughly six months ago, when I started looking to upgrade my m43 system, mostly because of video needs this time; I made a massive spreadsheet that compares all the camera bodies with respective lenses options their weights, features, merits and prices among different systems, including Pany, Oly, Fuji, Sony and even Nikon and Canon and this time I was really willing to move to Fullframe Sonys but finally end up again with GH5, and no it wasn't for pricing, but my needs. Even if those tiny lenses would be more expensive than their those fullframe counterparts, I would still chose m43 smaller, lighter and very rigid systems for following reasons, and they are (for me) much more important than apparent loss of a stop or two of DR or ISO performance:

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 18:37 UTC
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Nick8: Here there is another gallery, with much better pictures, IMO:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-50-200mm-f-2-8-4-0-asph-review-32055
I think it's not the lens' fault for the soft images in dpr's gallery. It is the photographer.

@Chris,
I don't feel any reason to debate on sensor performance (in ultra low light) with fullframe, obviously a quarter size sensor won't compete on that end. So that's why I was saying whoever pick m43 made a conscious decision to make a compromise on ISO 6400 upward ISO performance, (GH5s is narrowing the gap though, and I think it will keep getting better).

However, I don't know why you can't notice the difference in pricing, following is a comparison:

- Lumix G X 35-100 (2017 version) f/2.8 Dual I.S is under $1000, 7.2" tall 58mm filter thread and 1.41 pounds. vs
- Sony FE 70-200MM F2.8 GM OSS is under $2600, 7.87" tall 77 mm filter thread and 3.26 pounds.

- Lumix G X 12-35 (2017 version) f/2.8 Dual I.S is under $900, 4.8" tall and 1.15 pounds vs
- Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM (not stabilised) is $2200, 136, 5.35" tall, 82mm thread and 1.95 pounds

and you will find similar trend among other lenses.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 18:16 UTC
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Nick8: Here there is another gallery, with much better pictures, IMO:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-50-200mm-f-2-8-4-0-asph-review-32055
I think it's not the lens' fault for the soft images in dpr's gallery. It is the photographer.

Chris, once you chose a system, knowing its merits and issues, thinking of equivalence is less of a value.
You got what you got!
Personally I don't care much about the aperture equivalence unless am buying a portrait lens. For the rest, I agree with that website, focal length is all that matters! But that's just me, if this system is not for you for any reason, prices, sensor sizes, or whatever else, I totally understand!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 08:51 UTC
On article DPReview TV Episode 1: Sony a7 III review (346 comments in total)

Great to see C&J on DPR!

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 08:58 UTC as 26th comment
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Nick8: Here there is another gallery, with much better pictures, IMO:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-50-200mm-f-2-8-4-0-asph-review-32055
I think it's not the lens' fault for the soft images in dpr's gallery. It is the photographer.

ephotozine photoset is typical city takes, they always take similar shots (not a bad thing, as it helps comparing lenses with lenses). Those photos are not just sharp, they are also got higher contrast and clarity.
This is all because of the weather and the location.

DPR's photos are sharp enough, and actually shows more what this lens is about, it's intended purpose and use-cases! If I would buy this lens after seeing photos, these are the photos I would consider, not those on ephotozine, no matter how contrasty and punchy they are!

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 08:54 UTC

:((
any plans for making some other camera system? I really liked Casio, I hope they add another smaller sensor camera with tiny lenses and loads of functionality as they used to make.
They were among the first in making high speed compact cameras, and ultra slow motion recordings.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 10:04 UTC as 13th comment

thanks for sharing .. very informative and inspiring at the same time!

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 12:45 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply

Fuji, among many other things .. when it comes to support .. you are the best!

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 09:16 UTC as 11th comment
On article Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (408 comments in total)
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Naveed Akhtar: Very promising specs at this price point!
Really wish if it would have tilting screen ...

true mate!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 19:21 UTC
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Davidgilmour: Lol, F8.9
Try to get some shallow DoF on that one!

besides, watch the footage and let's know if you don't agree!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 02:49 UTC
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Davidgilmour: Lol, F8.9
Try to get some shallow DoF on that one!

Dof is a property of focal length mate!
the more focal length you use, shallower the dof you get.

there are tons of mathematical equations for you to grasp, if you fancy:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_field

but in nutshell f/8.9 on 1m lens is plenty of shallow-ness :) to be noticed!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 02:40 UTC
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