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  • Posted on: Best Low Light Photography Cameras

    josa: "You named all cameras on the market..." Not quite, the Leica SL-2S definitely deserves a place. It's better than most of these cameras at high ISO.
    • 2 Oct 2022 12:11PM
  • Posted on: Learn How To Photograph Birds Of Prey With These 5 Top Tips

    Taken at the International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, Gloucestershire

    • 6 Jun 2021 8:44AM
  • Posted on: Top 10 Best Nikon Nikkor Z-Mount Lenses 2021

    All great lenses, but I'm very surprised that the much-lauded 50mm f1.8 isn't on this list. It's phenomenally sharp and well-corrected.
    • 4 Jun 2021 7:39AM
  • Posted on: Nikon Z7 II Review

    Why is the lack of a forward articulated screen constantly regarded as a con (ePHOTOzine is not alone in this)? I note it is qualified by recognising that "some" will wish for it, but some may not. Personally, I much prefer a tilting screen, as I have no need to photograph or video myself, and I imagine I am not alone in this. I just don't want a screen that hangs off the side of my camera. The problem seems to stem from a number of YouTube vloggers, who seem clueless about photography and review all cameras as if they are vlogging machines. Maybe that's a bit harsh, but vloggers are, I suspect, very much a minority, though a vocal one, and their needs are niche (I do not include all videographers in this category). And don't get me started on the "selfie" generation, though they tend to use smartphones.

    At the end of the day, it is all a matter of preference. None of my cameras have a front facing screen, and I like it that way. Some are fixed, some tilt and my favourite articulation method is on my Fuji which also allows a degree of tilt while in portrait orientation. So please, please, please stop listing this as a con!
    • 24 Feb 2021 2:48PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Z6 II Review

    I wish reviewers would stop seeing the lack of forward swivelling screens as a "con". Yes, some people may wish the Z6II had one, but others (me included) are glad that it doesn't. I'm not a vlogger, nor do I take photos of myself. A tilting screen is ideal for my use case, though I would prefer something on the lines of the Fuji, which also tilts when the camera is in portrait orientation. It sounds like the reviewer was scraping the barrel to look for negative points. The battery life can be addressed by getting the grip, and 4K is coming.
    • 18 Nov 2020 12:09PM
  • Posted on: New Pentax K-3 III DSLR Coming With ISO 1.6Million

    ISO 1.6 million! Now I can find out what the other side of dark looks like! I know photographs at this setting will be unusable, but it does give hope for some good DR in "normal" low light. If the autofocus is noticeably better than my K-1 and K-3 II, I'm in.
    • 28 Oct 2020 11:39AM
  • Posted on: Top 11 Best Budget Wide-Angle Landscape Lenses 2020

    I don't think the Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 II can really be considered as a wide angle lens, as it has a focal length equivalent to a 40 mm on a full-frame camera. That is close to the "normal" (defined as equal to the diagonal of the sensor) focal length of 21.5 mm on a micro four thirds camera.
    • 19 Jun 2019 1:16PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Z6 Review

    Did you actually test the battery life, or just rely on CIPA figures? I ask because many reviewers say they get over 1,000 shots on a single battery.
    • 5 Dec 2018 10:01AM
  • Posted on: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED Review

    The price is eye-watering, not mouth-watering!
    • 28 Mar 2018 11:29PM
  • Posted on: Fujifilm X-H1 Full Review

    I wish more portrait shots had been included. In the one shot where a figure is reasonably prominent, the skin tones look waxy, but I couldn't really make a judgement on that sample alone. IQ seems OK, but there's nothing stand out about it. As I'm invested in the Nikon system, I'll wait to see what mirrorless offering they come up with (if they ever do). In the meantime, I'm happy with my DSLRs and my Panasonics. By the way, the introduction of IBIS is not a mirrorless innovation as the article seems to suggest, as Pentax has had this in their DSLRs for years. I think Minolta did too, but I could be wrong about that.
    • 7 Mar 2018 4:25PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review

    Oh dear, I am seriously thinking about pre-ordering this camera, but the IQ does not impress at all.
    • 6 Dec 2017 7:29PM
  • Posted on: Leica SL (Typ 601) Full Review

    Quote:"I think that nowadays with most cameras, when you put your eye to the evf, the screen turns off, so there's no further drain on the battery. And with some cameras ( GH3/4 for example ) you can choose to have the screen permanently off... the evf on its own will obviously use less battery power.
    Also, if you are using an evf and want to make exposure adjustments, you can see the effect of your changes without taking your eye away from the finder ( which means recomposing ) .... I personally see that as a considerable advantage over an optical finder.
    In any case, I don't really see why you would need an evf to have the exact characteristics of the human eye... how would that help you with over all exposure and composition?"

    What you say is true, of course, but for my type of photography I need to look beyond what an EVF is telling me. Because the dynamic range of the human eye is greater than what an EVF can show, I can better see what is in the shadow areas with an OVF, so that I can bring out those details out in post-processing. I should say that PP is a large part of my style, and I often vary the exposure of areas of my photos after they are taken. If one does not go in for much post-processing, then I imagine that an EVF has many advantages. That said, I have not yet come across an EVF that I felt really at home with, though I have only tried those on micro four-thirds cameras to date. I find that they are not good in bright ambient light. The Leica one may be marvelous, for all I know, but I will be staying with DSLRs for the foreseeable future.
    • 16 Dec 2015 2:11PM
  • Posted on: Leica SL (Typ 601) Full Review

    "One of the major benefits of an electronic viewfinder rather than an optical viewfinder, is the ability to see in low light." Agreed - but I have a sort of electronic viewfinder on my DSLR: it's called Live View. Too bright to use the rear screen? Simple, use the optical viewfinder. I sincerely hope that optical viewfinders don't fade away in the face of the EVF onslaught, as all we will be left with is the electronic representation of what the sensor is recording. While that may be seen as an advantage, I can already get that from the rear of the camera. Optical finders work better in bright light, and don't drain the battery. When sensors and EVFs have the dynamic range and resolution to match the human eye, maybe then we can give up optical viewing systems.
    • 2 Dec 2015 12:16PM

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