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Lan

Lives in United Kingdom South East, United Kingdom
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ravikiran532: okay sony released a new camera its fine.

But why "Oh wow"...is this dpreview's orgasmic expression..

@ravikiran532: I think you may just have fallen into the sar-chasm :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 17:54 UTC
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (135 comments in total)
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elgol20: Looks soft at the edges even at f/4, strange to me. Purple edges I see a lot. Probably it is better at full frame?!

There are full frame shots in the sample gallery; select Camera 5Ds R - if anything those look worse!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 01:13 UTC

Closed length appears to be 57cm (22.8"), minimum height is 8cm (3.2").

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 23:35 UTC as 16th comment
On a photo in the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Real-world Samples sample gallery (3 comments in total)
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Lan: With shots like this one I think it would be useful to know whether they're handheld, or shot on a tripod?

Thank you Barney :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 00:06 UTC
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Reactive: Isn't this a classic case of a solution looking for a problem? I wasn't aware my existing UV filter's tiny weight was a problem - it's insignificant compared with the lens weight. I wasn't aware it needed to be 10x stronger, as I've never been stupid enough to smash it against objects. I wasn't aware it needed to repel water and oil, since an occasional clean with IPA keeps it spotless. I wonder if Sigma will charge 'Art' prices for their completely clear glass filter? If so, they should move into homeopathy. Perhaps their next product will be a military-grade nuclear-hardened titanium lens cap?

@Reactive: You clean your lenses with beer? That's a waste! Still I imagine it keeps you on the hop ;)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_pale_ale

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 22:48 UTC
On a photo in the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Real-world Samples sample gallery (3 comments in total)

With shots like this one I think it would be useful to know whether they're handheld, or shot on a tripod?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 22:33 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On article Hell on Earth: Shooting in the Danakil Depression (66 comments in total)

Erez; you've just added yet another place to my "to do" list. Not sure whether I should thank you for that ;) Great shots though!

As a matter of interest, why didn't you lead off with the volcano or hot springs shots? Or the camels? I know it must be difficult to choose...

I favour my volcano shots, so I'd probably have gone with those; as they're something that relatively few photographers have in their image stockpile.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Tamrac launches Hoodoo series with two camera bags (27 comments in total)

These don't appear to have a rock on the top... Hoodoos should have a rock on the top...

Or maybe the bump is supposed to be the tog's head - in which case, Tamron, we're insulted ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 21:50 UTC as 5th comment
On Connect post Panasonic to launch Lumix DMC-CM10 without phone functionality (132 comments in total)
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Lan: In other news, Honda announce a car without wheels, and Boeing are planning to introduce their latest airliner without any wings...

The pretty much the whole point of the DMC-CM1 was that it was a cameraphone; so removing the phone component is idiotic IMO.

The only reason I haven't bought a CM1 was that it was just too expensive. The CM10 hasn't really improved that, but it has removed the only reason I had for buying it!

@teddoman: Lower still would be nice; but as you say it's probably not going to happen!

The silly thing is, if they'd dropped the price sooner I'd probably have one in my pocket right now. I didn't buy it initially because the price made my eyes water, and then the price didn't seem to drop much for a long time after that. Obviously at some point the price dropped to £399 - but by that point I'd given up checking prices on it...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 22:44 UTC
On Connect post Panasonic to launch Lumix DMC-CM10 without phone functionality (132 comments in total)
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Gadgety: DMC-CM-20, removes screen and adds slogan "It's all about the lens."

LOL! Close; I've looked at their roadmap and they're actually going to call that one the DMC-CM100 ;)

Products with the same number of digits only lose smaller features - so the roadmap shows the DMC-CM20 will have the dedicated shutter release button removed ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 19:16 UTC
On Connect post Panasonic to launch Lumix DMC-CM10 without phone functionality (132 comments in total)

In other news, Honda announce a car without wheels, and Boeing are planning to introduce their latest airliner without any wings...

The pretty much the whole point of the DMC-CM1 was that it was a cameraphone; so removing the phone component is idiotic IMO.

The only reason I haven't bought a CM1 was that it was just too expensive. The CM10 hasn't really improved that, but it has removed the only reason I had for buying it!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 19:15 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On Connect post Panasonic to launch Lumix DMC-CM10 without phone functionality (132 comments in total)
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sh10453: Where on earth is Nokia? Brain dead?
They made dreams come true: A 41 mp camera, a GPS, and a phone, all in one handy piece of hardware, and now Panasonic comes with this??
Instead of adding/integrating more functionality they take the phone away now?

My pockets are running out of room.
I thought carrying multiple units was a thing of the past.
This is a step backwards, and, judging by the limited monthly production, Panasonic already has a feeling it won't sell very well. Could it be that they are just testing the market, especially that it is only for Japan?

I think an LF-2 (with some needed improvements) would have been a better idea.
Aside from that, pricing is too optimistic.

@sh10433: I'd say if anything Nokia destroyed themselves by deciding to stick with Symbian for so long...

I actually think they're heading in the right direction - Windows Mobile already has far more apps than Symbian ever did!

The company I work for has recently started replacing a melange of dysfunctional older Blackberry and newer LG Android phones with new Microsoft/Nokia Windows phones, and they going down a storm!

The LG Android phones in particular seem to be suffering from a lot of "accidents" lately; which co-incidentally, often look suspiciously like someone whacked them with a sledgehammer ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (240 comments in total)

Congratulations to both Canon's lens R&D and lens manfacturing departments; excellent work once again!

Please could you add the Samyang 35mm F1.4? I know it's slightly out of its price league, but given the performance of my copy of the 14mm F2.8 I'd be interested to see how it does! I'm also curious about the Zeiss 35mm F1.4?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 18:17 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies

Anonymous prizes? I hope that doesn't mean a handful of Hasselblad Lunars they had rotting in a cupboard somewhere ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 15:07 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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halfwaythere: Basically you pay double the price compared to chinese flashguns and you get less power and less features. Sounds about right.

Peiasdf: Halfway was speaking generically, so I was replying generically. YongNuo is but one manufacturer; of many...

halfwaythere: I know there are good things coming out of China these days - almost everything we buy is made there these days; but there are still a lot of things from China (and elsewhere) that have been made for the absolute minimum prices and it shows - sadly it's not always the cheapest stuff either...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
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art99: Can they ever come out with the led(s) for video placed inside behind the flash diffuser this way they can also benefit from that diffuser instead of being a single extremely bright point light source ? Would also be nice to have a small fill flash facing forward when bouncing.

The problem is that diffuser sucks up the light output. It's not so bad for something that's only on for a fraction of a second (i.e. the flash itself), but for a continuous light, it's a problem.

Some of the larger Metz units have a secondary fill flash facing forwards; the 76 MZ-5 for example.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 22:47 UTC
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halfwaythere: Basically you pay double the price compared to chinese flashguns and you get less power and less features. Sounds about right.

In all fairness, certainly historically, Metz has made some of the best flashguns out there - they were worth the extra money and probably a bit more besides. I haven't used this one, but I'd suggest you try one before ruling it out.

I'd also be very skeptical about the light output from the Chinese off-brands; the figures quoted in any of the Chinese off-brand stuff are "imaginative" at best.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 22:34 UTC
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Lan: 720P/25? In 2016?!

My point isn't whether a superzoom is worthwhile, my point is - what makes these worthwhile? There are countless superzoom cameras out there, I can't see anything special about these two?

The only things that stand out here are the things they're missing; and that's not a great USP. Let's buy that Canon one, because it doesn't have FullHD video and can't shoot in RAW ;)

Superzoom lenses are remarkable feats of optical engineering, but they're usually built to cost. The sensor is also usually built to cost; certainly one offering 720p/25 today is!

Given the lens and pixel quality, I wouldn't be surprised if the 200-800 (equiv) PanaLeica lens on a 20MP MFT would produce better detail in rivet images. Certainly in the low light, under your bridge, a superzoom is going to struggle massively. Anything over base ISO is going to be ugly, and it'll be shooting wide open... Really not ideal conditions for a superzoom.

A modern MFT body can usually focus better than a modern superzoom too.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 20:27 UTC
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Lan: 720P/25? In 2016?!

I'd debate the use of the word serious; but I agree superzooms can be fun! They can also be terrible, but we'll wait for the reviews before we call that one ;)

What people are buying is convenience; but 720p just doesn't cut it in a 4K world IMO. Most of the phones already on the market can provide 4K, why shouldn't a dedicated camera?

Just think that once in a lifetime rivet video of the bridge; wouldn't it be even better taken in 4K? OK, maybe substitute a lion on safari ;)

To be honest I've used the framing assist on the SX50IS and I hated it (slow to zoom out and back), but everyone's different.

Everyone should try a good superzoom. My mother swears by them. When I tried using hers, I usually swore at it ;)

Personally I'd take that Leica Panasonic 100-400 and an MFT body. A better tradeoff IMO, than yet another small sensor superzoom. There's just nothing on the spec that's exciting me; and that's my problem with it - if there's nothing exciting about it, why would you buy it?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 00:48 UTC
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chillgreg: Great to see the Nikon naming department drunk on the job again...

No doubt brought to us by the same team that came up with the Ford Focus (group) ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:51 UTC
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