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  • Posted on: Why I Still Use Micro Four Thirds

    I didn't get the impression David is "wondering if MFT might have had its day". He sounds very comfortable with MFT, and for excellent reasons. We have a sudden peak of interest in FF because Canon & Nikon decided at last to foresee a mirrorless future, yet the reasons for MFT are just as valid as ever, as David spells out. In a shrinking market, at least 4 big companies are now vying for FF sales, and those sales are expensive for most of us. Cropped-sensor cameras still make sense and their technology isn't going to stand still either. The cost isn't just in bodies, those FF lenses are hefty beasts as well as costing megabucks. For so many applications MFT makes a great case for itself, promoting very good images at reasonable cost. It will continue.
    • 19 Nov 2018 2:23PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS M3 Review

    Apologies for my lack of clarity. I didn't mean to imply Canon opting for MFT, but rather, a fully fledged system of mirrorless SLR-style cameras based on an extensive range of optics for their EFM mount. I do think Canon have expertise and resources for it, I imagine they have been covering mirrorless all along waiting for the 'tipping point'. Canon are arrogant but not stupid. The next couple of years are going to be very interesting.
    • 3 Jun 2015 12:54PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS M3 Review

    It may be a perfectly good camera in its own right, but I agree with Lemmy and DannyR's comments, and particulalry Andy Westlake at AP when he says "EOS M3 still feels a generation behind the state of the art". This is Canon all over, still trying to hedge its bets whilst protecting its cash cows. Outside of those 4 native lenses, it's evidently slow to use EF lenses, which already dilutes the argument for existing Canon users to take an M3: what's more, it's tilting at Canon's own budget SLRs, which are not a lot bigger and have a viewfinder. Canon should bite the bullet, which it should have done long ago, accept that mirrorless is a valid future and launch a series of OMD competitors with its full backing - its present course only serves to slow up a drowning market and hold back the inevitable.
    • 3 Jun 2015 11:09AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review

    Just how useful is the tilt of that screen? For me, not at all. 180deg okay, but only in one direction? Olympus in the new EM5 seem to have realised the fully-artic screen (e.g. GH3, G5) was superior all along to these tilt-only gadgets. Do photographers want to take "Selfies"? GF7 is not aimed at this sector, then (?). It looks an ok camera in many ways but - with the GM1/GM5 showing the way at the tiny end and GX7/GX8 (when it appears) at the other end, is there really a reason for photographers to buy this? I suspect the price will quickly drop as it stumbles into competitors. Then again, maybe all Panasonic want is a budget representative to act as a come-on for point-n-shooters.
    • 27 Jan 2015 12:33PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GM5 Review

    Quote: I have a feeling that a pair of GM5s with 12-32 on one and the new tiny 35-100 on the other might be more useful in terms of real photography by being always with you.

    Couldn't argue. Though if I were limited to only one camera permanently, my choice would have to be EM1. It's the complete camera, and its EVF is exemplary, where from what I hear the EM5 has some way to go. Isn't it great we have so much choice to take great pics at half the cost of 'serious' SLRs?
    • 21 Oct 2014 7:50PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GM5 Review

    So many moans about lack of IS. Whatever did some poor souls do before IS arrived, I wonder. Oh but many don't know the good old days of film. IS can be tricky in small cameras as Lemmy points out. Guys, just adapt! You want everything on a plate? I won't buy a GM5 as I get great stuff out of the GM1, which I use as much as the EM1, and the VF is not a deal-breaker. EM1 has the critical edge but when you get so much out of an ultra-portable like the GM1, you need little else - it goes everywhere with me, unlike my SLRs of old. Panasonic are still on the right track and the lenses make m4/3 a blast. Get one of these beauties, enjoy photography and don't always look for the soft option when there's so much fun to be had.
    • 21 Oct 2014 2:45PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Df Digital SLR Announced

    Sure, my Skoda went much faster with stripes - don't they all? Cynic or Believer, you can surely have passion in your photography with a Canon Ixus, you don't need to buy into this "Pure" nonsense, which is marketing hype to justify a high price. Passion and expression are a quality of the photographer, not the camera. So I agree about getting passionate, if you wish, but price is why most respondents here won't buy it - apparently.
    • 7 Nov 2013 8:49PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Df Digital SLR Announced

    All that's missing is Film. And innovation. Ah, but wait - this is PURE photography. Oh well, that explains it! Damn, I shall never be a PURE photographer cos I don't have the cash. And no video, how cool - pay more, get less. If I wanted to be this cool and PURE for close to 3 grand, I'd buy a used Leica. It's reported SLR sales are declining: should we be surprised when models like this are largely irrelevant?
    • 6 Nov 2013 11:08PM
  • Posted on: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Full Review

    Most interesting. Two comments - and you may say, not specific to this review - 1) As most EM5 users like me probably use the grip in situ PERMANENTLY (because it transforms the camera's handling) why didn't Oly design it the way they have the EM1, a fixed grip? The EM1 allows func buttons where the EM5 has a redundant dial/shutter button. Doesn't that kind of say, "This is the way we should have done it"? 2) You know, this stiff tilting LCD has become de rigeur - but the fully rotating one on Panasonics is far, far, far more easy and useful. Surely the reason can't be cost. With a rotating screen, this EM1 would be one tough act to follow.
    • 9 Oct 2013 5:37PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G6 Review

    ........."an excellent reason to switch from your DSLR".
    Interesting. As recent as a year ago, I doubt anyone would have made a statement like that. With new developments from Fuji-Panasonic as well as Sony-Olympus, I wonder how long it may be before the established SLRs are taking their cues from the mirrorless boys.
    Just wondering..........
    • 11 Jun 2013 3:20PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review

    Does the G6 have focus-peaking? Ephotozine says yes, but some other sites (dpreview for instance) donít breathe a word about it Ė does it mean itís really not that important? Ephotozine might like to answer this categorically. It amuses me, this argument - "If it doesn't have focus-peaking, I won't buy it" etc. Rather like, "If it's not at least 18mp, it can't deliver what I want" - whatever did people do before these technologies came along? - We never took any great pictures, right?!! I can recall the fuss when split screen focusing took over from ground glass! OK, focus-peaking will suit many (not everyone likes it), but you pays your money, takes your choice. I get fine 13x19 prints from my G5 and have absolutely no trouble with focus, looks like the G6 could be an ideal serious shooter's camera to rival the EM5. But if you're not already sold on the benefits of light mirrorless cameras with smaller lenses, you're probably not reading this anyway.
    • 25 Apr 2013 12:05PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review

    A handsome beast! With high "haunches" reminiscent of a Sony A77, face on it has an air of a squatting animal about to spring into action! Panasonic have kept the articulated screen and better features of the G cameras, this is one I'd trade my G5 for, although they have evidently not changed the G5's "Achilles heel", which is its thumb wheel - I don't know if other users find the same problem, I find the G5's wheel less easy to use positively compared to G2 and others where the wheel is not on a corner. Let's hope the G6 is better in this respect. The "Clear Retouch" function sounds duff, though. At this money, Pany seem to have got it right. Improved 14-140mm too. I want one!
    • 24 Apr 2013 1:41PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GF6 Hands-On Preview

    I'll hang onto my GF5 and G5. † Maybe Pany are saving the best for the GX2. The GF line has been erratic: from the GF1 it was simplified to attract punters to move up from Compacts and away from mobile phones but now has lurched back toward the GF1 - and hence GX1. A Mode dial is more likely to put "happy snappers" off. †It seems Pany are trying to broaden the base but the philosophy is muddled. The changes on the GF6 are okay but largely incremental, I'm disappointed with the design: the cranked rear screen would be far more versatile if fully articulated and what's another millimetre or two? The tiny flash would be better sited on the left allowing a hot shoe in the centre, there's room if the line of the "hump" runs to the left. The GF6 is attractive, but most photographers will be waiting to see what the G6 brings, and if 'photographers' aren't the target audience, is this GF6 over-qualified for its market segment?
    • 10 Apr 2013 7:26PM
  • Posted on: Olympus LiveTime - Best New Technology 2012

    You're right to single this out as Innovation of the Year. Trust Olympus - they really are the prime innovators. "Livetime" is another fascinating development from Live View, which has been the most important move in camera tech. of the past 30 years. For serious photographers, Livetime could become one of the most important tools in the box, I ponder what further wonders Olympus may make of this technology, possibly using the camera's metering zones to allow a photographer to decide what sections of an image are given what exposure. Okay, we do this now in Photoshop, but acting on the original electronic signals ought to mean less image degradation. Maybe? Regardless, it's Olympus these days who give us all the exciting stuff! They sure put a smile on MY face.
    • 3 Dec 2012 3:03PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Launches The Nikon 1 V2

    A better effort, and miles better design than EOS-M. I like the slim body forward of the main mode dial, to allow better grip for the right hand, overall it looks more like a photographer's tool. But - no swivelling rear screen, no touch-screen, small rear "compass" wheel and mediocre control layout. Above all, that sensor size: if this camera had a m4/3 sensor - and it COULD - I would want to take it seriously. Price is high but so are several recent competitor offerings. New lenses shows commitment: understandably, Nikon and Canon are sat on the fence protecting their SLRs whilst others (Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji) are fully committed to the new genre. Once Canon wake up, we may see sparks fly, so Nikon need to take big steps now - good luck to them, but that smaller sensor means they have a gap to bridge if their 1 series is not to be tagged "amateurs only".
    • 24 Oct 2012 10:57AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GH3 Review

    You're right, price is way too high. It annoys me when the design guys have done a good job only to be spoiled by greedy marketing men. US release price $1299+6% = £840 - far more realistic for the market sector this camera will drop into. A few in UK will pay the high price, most will wait till it falls, as it quickly will. When it falls it devalues the brand image which hinders development and allows DSLR competitors to tell customers "Don't buy a CSC, they aren't good value", so ultimately sales growth suffers and Panasonic will gain little financially. I waited to buy a G5 and finally bought from Holland at Ä600. Good products, but somebody should tell these people their pricing is out of touch, people will go elsewhere - look at the above.
    • 19 Oct 2012 8:59PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Series 1 J2 Review

    Not yet convinced by this 1 series. If IQ is no better than m4/3 (you suggest not as good?), what new wonders are these cams bringing to the party? No touch-screen, no swivel-screen, no brilliant design or handling. Similar size to GF5, EPM1, even NEX, but with a smaller sensor are Nikon always playing catch-up? Ergonomics not great, lenses not cheap, as you would expect. Smaller lenses? - They look much the same, and do we really want to go smaller now? Nikon will sell on its name, but the competition is solid too and serious users may feel the proven larger sensors of m4/3 and APS-C offer more. The J1/J2 may be targetting upgrading Compact users, but on the evidence of the V1 and its price, the V2 will need to be good to compete.
    • 17 Oct 2012 11:45AM
  • Posted on: Nikon D800 Vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

    Bit of a smug comparison given the price disparity. Nikon combo £3454, Olympus £1463 (Wex current prices). Who with £1500 to spend is going to look at a D800? So why compare? Even a Nikon D7000+12-24mm f4 comes in at £1728, how low do you want to go? Conversely, stick some better glass on the Olympus. For most practical purposes, and given the huge difference in sensor sizes, the EM5 looks to do pretty well, and it's still early days yet for CSCs - as everyone is now talking about future FF mirrorless, I wonder how long the D800 types will remain "mighty".
    • 26 Sep 2012 5:29PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GX1 vs G3 Review

    Fair review, though itís a pity Panasonic didnít give the GX1 a swivelling rear screen which would reduce the need for an expensive slot-on EVF. Having in mind that Olympusí OM-D is coming out soon, what I think many Panasonic devotees are waiting to hear is how Pany will take the best of the G3 and GX1 and put them together in what we hope will be an enthusiast successor to the G2/GH2. The latter pair have all the right functionality on the outside where the former pair are more in-date on the inside. It then only needs Panasonic to offer a more complete range of lenses Ė particularly a reasonably priced superwide Ė to become a great DSLR competitor. For now, Iím not swopping my very capable G2 & GF2 for minor upgrades.
    • 25 Jan 2012 8:00PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GX1 First Impressions Review

    It's pretty, but hardly revolutionary, more Evolutionary in the way Canons have become. Arguably, this should have succeeded the GF1 (which I had but moved on to a G2) much sooner, cutting out the GF2 altogether. I feel enthusiast photographers were really hoping Pany would take GF1 development still further, this GX1 doesn't have a swivelling rear screen which is unforgiveable really unless you take the cynical view that it would stop them selling add-on viewfinders. A small improvement in IQ, and the X series lenses are interesting, but this isn't going to persuade me to 'move on up'. And please - please, ePhotozine, stop calling these cameras "mirrorless" - we don't refer to cars as horse-less or radios as wire-less, why call something by a feature that's missing? They are CSCs or ILCs if you like, but please, not "mirrorless" any more!
    • 9 Nov 2011 4:36PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G3 First Impressions Review

    No shutter lag with my G2 either, it compares very well with any Canon or Olympus I've had, you may want to get that checked over. Brilliant little camera in my book (but - use the 14-45mm from the GF1, it's a better lens).
    • 15 May 2011 4:54PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G3 First Impressions Review

    A step sideways perhaps, I think we have to see the G3 as being to the G2 what the GF2 was to the GF1 - essentially an updated but stripped-down, slimmed down version targetting the high-end compact user. The successor to the G2 had to be something that didn't upset the position of the GH2. And it doesn't. Initial price is high but will fall quite quickly, I fancy. I don't care for the vestigial handgrip which has replaced the G2's very adequate grip. Nor do I think it's clever simply to label the camera as a "Lumix G", I suspect keen photographers will not like the idea of such anonymity. Trimming manual controls from the body gives it more of the status of an up-market compact at an inflated price.
    Performance is something else. From your data, both speed of performance and quality of results give Panasonic the confidence to say it can rival similarly priced DSLRs. That would be fascinating, and your figures suggest they have a case. If it advances the status of CSCs, terrific, though I for one won't be trading my G2.
    The G3 looks like a GF2 that has grown a few curves and bumps and plonked a mode dial on top. For its promise of highly competitive performance, it's very welcome, but I think enthusiast photographers were hoping for something else.
    • 12 May 2011 7:14PM

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