Latest Camera Comments

Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Camera Equipment, including the Canon EOS 5D Digital SLR Review.

elowes
The review does not match my experience of use. If flawed in one area as commented on by 'hivewasp' it can't be trusted overall.

Made by elowes on 31 Jul 2007 9:31PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

njt1982
My girlfriend has found this camera so inspiring she's decided to start a photo journal blog teaching the basics of photography using the Canon EOS 400D. Her most recent post explains about the aperture settings and how to use them.

Her URL is: http://www.kate-harris.co.uk/

I'll send her the link of this site - it has some fantastic resources.

Cheers,
Nick

Made by njt1982 on 30 Jul 2007 3:17PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

User_Removed
I won one of these cameras.
Despite having a much loved Nikon D200 and therefore no need for another 10mp DSLR, I just couldn't bear to part with this Samsung GX10 camera.
It has so many features I find useful, it's lighter than the D200 making it a great 'carry around' camera, especially with the OPS switched on.
I've recently invested in the Samsung 100mm f2.8 macro lens and so far I'm very pleased with the results I'm getting with this combination.
At the price it's a bargain and I'd have no hestitation in recommending the Samsung.
Merl

Made by User_Removed on 20 Jul 2007 10:05PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

alancuc
I've just bought one of these 2nd hand from a friend (July 2007). It's not as sharp (5 megapixel) as the newer cameras, but if you like old style manual cameras you'll like this.

This has a nice feel to it and is pleasant to use.

The downside is that extra lenses are expensive.

I'm just going to use it as a "Sunday camera" and stick to the mid range zoom that came with it.

Alan Tucker
London

Made by alancuc on 19 Jul 2007 1:11PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Duncan_E
Fair point, but we've covered it in these postings now. It was there because anyone new to the system might be expect it to be 1.5x.

Made by Duncan_E on 16 Jul 2007 3:43PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Eix

Quote:Yes and no. No, because, as you say, Olympus have got that ultra-wide lens so the availability is there. Yes, because the wider the lens, the more distortion it has. A 14mm (x2 to get 28mm)lens will have more distortion than say a 18mm (x1.5x or 1.6x to get around 28mm) lens. But then we get into the quality of the lens ranges and then that leads into cost discussions, so it's not just theoretical.


Well, about the distortion, that 7-14mm has actually less distortion than any of it's competitors from other brands, from what i have seen (as does the 11-22mm, also the 14-54mm and kitlens are on par or better with all the other similarly priced offerings)...that's why i think all of that is more of a theoretical problem...
But yea, it all ends up about the specific lenses, but excatly that's why i find it really peculiar, to list the multiplication factor as a negative without any real comments about why it is negative in the review (especially since that is a topic that could warrant several articles all on its own), if it's a real minuspoint of the system, then there should be an explanation with supporting evidence in the review, not just a blank statement that "Focal length extension is a tricky 2x"....

Made by Eix on 16 Jul 2007 3:32PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Paul Morgan

Quote:because the wider the lens, the more distortion it has


In theory yes, but these lenses are corrected, check out the 11-22 ZD a very nice lens.

The lack of a grip poses less of a problem than you will first imagine. With a camera of these dimensions a grip will simply get in the way leaving very little room for handling the lens and even in some cases pinching fingers.

The camera uses a live moss sensor, and not a ccd and is a different sensor than that used on the E400.

Live View is now in colour, its always been in colour!


Quote:This is trumpeted as a major feature


I would not go that far, its a useful feature to have even just for occasional use. I picked up an E330, live view its not something I use very often.

Its allowed me to get shots over wise impossible with any other camera, unless you happen to be carrying a step ladder Smile


Quote:For the same kind of money, you can get a Canon EOS 400D with an 18-55mm lens


Easily the biggest complaint of Canon users is the kit lens. Something I use and really my only complaint with it is the build quality, manual focus control etc.

I can`t speak of the new Olympus kit lenses, but the older ones are just so much better than the canon offering`s Smile

Made by Paul Morgan on 16 Jul 2007 2:09PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Duncan_E

Quote:so the focal length multiplication being problematic is a bit more theoretical only problem is it not?


Yes and no. No, because, as you say, Olympus have got that ultra-wide lens so the availability is there. Yes, because the wider the lens, the more distortion it has. A 14mm (x2 to get 28mm)lens will have more distortion than say a 18mm (x1.5x or 1.6x to get around 28mm) lens. But then we get into the quality of the lens ranges and then that leads into cost discussions, so it's not just theoretical.

Made by Duncan_E on 16 Jul 2007 1:14PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Eix

Quote:As far as the focal length multiplier goes, I didn't say it was difficult from a maths point of view, so your ranting is pointless and ill-informed. It referred to focal length multiplication at wide angles, which is problematic at 1.5x or 1.6x on most DSLRs, so here, with it being 2x, it's slightly more problematic.


All kit lenses have effective focal length of 28mm at the wide angle....and Olympus has one of the best ultrawides in the business with 7-14mm F4 (widest corrected ultrawide available for non-FF digital SLR's)...so the focal length multiplication being problematic is a bit more theoretical only problem is it not?
And the math part, well, sorry, for me that seemed kind of nonsense to single out as a negative, so i could not resist a little sarcasm...

Made by Eix on 16 Jul 2007 1:06PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Duncan_E
Thanks for that, I missed the OK button doubling as a secondary menu button. When something is labelled as MENU you tend to think that that is the menu, not the OK button, that is there is a confirmation. I'll amend the review accordingly.

As far as the focal length multiplier goes, I didn't say it was difficult from a maths point of view, so your ranting is pointless. It referred to focal length multiplication at wide angles, which is problematic at 1.5x or 1.6x on most DSLRs, so here, with it being 2x, it's slightly more problematic.

Made by Duncan_E on 16 Jul 2007 9:43AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply