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  • Posted on: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Video Review By David Thorpe

    I should add that the Panasonic G9 (released about two years ago) is a worthy rival and in my experience it is an outstanding camera, now costing about half the price of this Olympus. I really don't get all this nonsense about the Panasonic's DFD autofocus but chacun a son gout.
    • 20 May 2020 8:30PM
  • Posted on: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Video Review By David Thorpe

    An excellent review of a camera for M43 shooters but it costs the earth in my opinion.
    • 20 May 2020 8:07PM
  • Posted on: Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 Review

    Thanks for this early review. It is good and the verdict is unsurprising. I've compared your MTF chart for this lens with that of the Tamron 17-28/2.8 at 24mm and just like the performance of the 20mm lens, this prime lens performance shows a marked improvement over the zoom. Of course this should be expected. Like the 20mm lens I'm tempted to add this to my collection (more choice, more quality and less weight) but my business case is not entirely sound! Anyhow, kudos to Tamron for giving us more options and less cash in our wallets.
    • 19 Jan 2020 7:57PM
  • Posted on: Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Review

    Thanks for this review. I've got the 17-28/2.8 Tamron and the comparison of performance with this lens at 20mm shows a significant difference in sharpness and maybe, just maybe, justifying its addition.
    • 17 Jan 2020 8:29PM
  • Posted on: Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Review

    Thanks for this excellent review. Very helpful.
    • 5 Sep 2019 9:36PM
  • Posted on: QR11 - 3 Legged Thing's Universal L-Bracket

    And Amazon £45.00.
    • 28 Nov 2018 4:05PM
  • Posted on: QR11 - 3 Legged Thing's Universal L-Bracket

    Available on E-Bay for £49.99/£59.99.
    • 28 Nov 2018 4:03PM
  • Posted on: SmugMug Snaps Up Flickr

    Regarding your piece above that reads...."If you do not want your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug, you have until 25 May 2018 to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings. If you do not delete your account by 25 May 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy."

    Where is the source of this info?

    • 25 Apr 2018 6:23PM
  • Posted on: Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/3.5 Review

    I have had this baby from new when Pentax were still making M42 bodies and it then cost £42.00. I now use it on my Sony a7. This is a beautifully made lens that is a pleasure to use producing an excellent optical performance.
    • 25 Apr 2018 3:07PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH Review

    Thanks John for this excellent review.
    • 15 Mar 2018 3:05PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review


    Quote:Any firmer dates on when in January it will be released yet?


    Anticipated date of sale in the UK is the latter half of January 2018
    • 20 Dec 2017 5:21PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review


    Quote:With Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm, it really is worth waiting for all the "Bugs" of new cameras to get shaken out. The Cameras we have now is more than adequate for the work that most of us are doing. The new gear is great, but the price for "Soon to Be Outdated Camera/Computer Devices" is getting a bit too steep at $1700 to $3400 per body. Prices always fall, and with the slowdown of worldwide camera sales, the decrease will come rather quickly. Eventually even our cell phones will have 1 inch sensors. These are great days for picture makers!


    I reckon this camera is competitively priced and that you might have to wait longer than you think for a price decrease, if at all - I think not. Moreover, it is being launched, at least in the UK, with the highly respected PL 12-60 at a reduced price, plus a useful battery grip thrown in. That's a pretty good package for those who it suits and I reckon there might be some conquest sales - folk moving to M43.
    • 13 Dec 2017 6:30PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review


    Quote:Oh dear, I am seriously thinking about pre-ordering this camera, but the IQ does not impress at all.


    Suggest you check out the images contained in the WEX promotional video - via this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVVL3OJ32nk&t=1s

    They do seem a lot better.
    • 7 Dec 2017 5:46PM
  • Posted on: Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Review

    Just ordered this beauty.
    • 4 Dec 2017 2:36PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review

    The recent addition of 6 test images here don't fill me with much confidence about IQ in respect of the sensor. Indeed, they seem like more of the same from M43. Perhaps I shouldn't be taken aback as this sensor measures 17.3 x 13 whereas that of the APS-C sensor measures 23.5 x 15.6, a difference of 38%. In addition, this is a 20 MP sensor that I'm comparing to a 24 mp APS-C sensor. But I did think/hope that maybe this G9 with an improved M43 sensor might just work for me. Now not so sure. I'll reserve judgement until sight of more test images.
    • 1 Dec 2017 4:56PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review

    My slight concern is moving to the M43 sensor but so far from the images I've seen on this website and elsewhere, the IQ has not disappointed. For what it offers, I don't think it is overpriced. Thinking hard about making a pre-order, maybe tomorrow!
    • 30 Nov 2017 4:09PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Sample Photos

    The night time shots of the train & surrounding area are really good. Was their capture the result of using the Pixel Shift function? I assume they were taken with a tripod.
    • 30 Nov 2017 4:00PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Sample Photos

    I've handled a G9 demo model. Good to handle and has robust build quality - overall superb. I'm really impressed with the design and its plethora of features. Hard not to like but what matters ultimately is the IQ and here I look forward to seeing more of your samples. This could become a classic camera if the IQ is right.
    • 29 Nov 2017 1:16PM
  • Posted on: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Review

    Announced in February but not readily available in the UK until recently and even now not a lot seem to be in stock. That might be due to the steep asking price of around £1200 Anyhow, that lateness is not my concern. Grateful for this review. I might just rob a bank and get it!
    • 14 Nov 2017 6:24PM
  • Posted on: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark IV Sample Photos

    I'd love to get my hands on this camera but with the price tag it is probably best that I don't. Not that I'm saying it is overpriced. I just don't have such cash.
    • 4 Oct 2017 8:50PM
  • Posted on: Tamron Announce 100-400mm VC Lens

    Just noted Canon and Nikon only. I shall not be buying for my Sony.
    • 16 Sep 2017 12:22PM
  • Posted on: Tamron Announce 100-400mm VC Lens

    And available in what lens mounts?
    • 16 Sep 2017 12:20PM
  • Posted on: Pentax KP Review

    My experience of the KP -

    I had the opportunity to handle and try out a black KP on the 4 April 2017. This was within the confines of a retail photographic store in London with the Pentax 20-40, the 55 F/1.4 and HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR lenses at my disposal. I was impressed.

    The design, weight and ergonomics seemed perfect to me. I found the menus clear and easy to understand. Controls are sweet to the touch with no difficulties or problems being experienced. It has a robust and rugged body that should prove to be a durable every day working tool. Focusing was fast and without hunting even in poor indoor lighting. Not possible to test tracking within the confines of a retail store. The small grip was fitted to the model I tested but all three grips come with the camera in the UK - I saw all three. My preference is for the medium size.

    The KP has compact dimensions that I found comfortable, working well with the lenses I tried and should do so for both small and large form lenses - users are supported by Pentax's premium selection of high quality glass. In appearance it looks like the classic Pentax design from by gone days.

    I believe this camera, with its rich features list, is capable of satisfying the requirements of many users for years to come.

    • 6 Apr 2017 7:10PM
  • Posted on: Pentax KP Review

    Thanks for all this info which is much appreciated. On the basis of such an experience the KP is hardly worthy of serious consideration, yet, it is not a universal view so maybe there are issues of taste, preference or different copies. Anyhow, I shall be in London around 6 April when I shall get a chance to pick it up in store for myself to consider.

    There are many inches of media devoted to auto focus capabilities of cameras and frankly I've yet to find the perfect model. I've tried the Canon 80D and perhaps more telling, the Canon 7DM2 - was disappointed with the auto focus capability accuracy with a poor hit rate and they were returned The best I've found so far is the Sony a6000..

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    • 27 Mar 2017 9:41PM
  • Posted on: Pentax KP Review

    It is interesting that your experience of the KP in store confirmed that the auto focus of the KP & K-3II is the same and what Ricoh/Pentax are saying about them being different with that of the KP being much improved is not the case.

    I'm still curious how you managed to test out the continuous focus and tracking in store - must have been a big store with a lot of space and a good laugh to see - someone running around the store? Anyhow, this is certainly not being reported elsewhere by other users whose photos of action included a dog running and jumping to catch a frisbee. I also know of a journalist in Berlin who now successfully uses the KP for his daily hard grid fast moving work.

    Regrettably, it is my sense that your assessment in store probably short changes this new camera and cannot be usefully relied upon.
    • 27 Mar 2017 6:01PM
  • Posted on: Pentax KP Review

    Continuous focusing and tracking in store with the KP must have been tricky. Who or what did you focus continuously or track in store? What store? I can only see it available online.

    • 27 Mar 2017 5:34PM
  • Posted on: Pentax KP Review

    I was hoping to read here about user experience of the KP but that is not you.

    • 27 Mar 2017 4:26PM
  • Posted on: Pentax KP Review

    PentaxBro - you say that,

    "The biggest shortcoming is still the focusing system, while improved its still not up to the Nikons Canons or Sony systems..Points are to few and too narrow , tracking is poor, illumination too weak, etc etc."

    Reports from users I've read about the focusing system don't fit with that assessment. Have you tried it or are you just speculating?
    • 26 Mar 2017 10:33PM
  • Posted on: Pentax KP Review

    My impression from KP users is that this is a solidly built camera suitable for regular everyday use such as in journalism never mind the normal consumer requirements. I cannot get my hands on the KP but I've seen reports elsewhere that suggest it's IQ (from a new sensor) is exceptional and that fitted with the latest lenses its auto focus is super quick. I've seen some samples of its High ISO performance and these have been impressive enough for me to consider this aspect useful in trying conditions where light is poor and an image grab is important. These features coupled with 5 axis image stabilisation, its compact but light weight WR/rugged body make this appealing to myself and I'm sure others. Battery power has been shown here as lacking but for those who have an appetite for power there is the battery grip that takes more powerful capacity batteries. Of course it is not a camera for everybody but then I cannot think of one that is just that. One point of pique for me is the price point but as with many new products I would expect this to level out in the months ahead.
    • 22 Mar 2017 2:06PM
  • Posted on: Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Sample Photos

    The blurb above says, "designed to be an affordable bright aperture prime lens, ideal for portraits". I'm guessing this means the quality of this lens will be commensurate with the price tag and the implication is that you shall get more if you pay more, such as for the Zeiss Batis 85mm or the Sony 85 F1.4 G Master lens. I am in the market for a good 85. I'm sufficiently impressed with the sample images to consider that this lens might just be for me with the advertised starting price at £599. Said to be available in the UK by mid- March 2017.
    • 22 Feb 2017 1:27PM

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