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Sony NEX range
I'm surprised no-one has commented on the new system. What do you all think of it? It's a nice camera, meant to be accessible for the newcomer to DSLR quality and features.

My preview is here:

Sony NEX-5 hands on preview

61 27/08/2010 - 8:56 AM
By Thincat
Digital Economy Bill - campaigns & Updates
Have you seen our recent news story that they're planning on putting clause 43 back in if they get in power again?
Clause 43 gone, but not forgotten

28 23/04/2010 - 9:51 AM
By samfurlong
Canon powershot s90.
A full review will be up later. Smile

In Canon Cameras | Page: 1, 2
2 14/04/2010 - 3:21 PM
By MattGrayson
Which Carbon Fibre Tripod
I use the Manfrotto 190CX Pro4 but the 055CX Pro is a good one too. The CX range are the Carbon Fibre and the Pro ones also have a carbon fibre centre column. The plates are magnesium. On my 190CX I have a 486 RC2 ball head

Manfrotto 055CX Pro3

Manfrotto 190CX Pro4 & 486 RC2

Should come into budget... just.Wink

Giottos are pretty good though so check them out too.Smile

4 08/05/2010 - 2:58 PM
By photofrenzy
Day 11 April 2010: Within one mile

Quote: I'm having so much fun with a new Polaroid App for my iphone, took these this morning on our Sunday morning walk around town (Vilnius).

Whats the app called? I could only find ShakeIt.

23 13/04/2010 - 10:27 PM
By cats_123
Day 11 April 2010: Within one mile

Quote: We live in one of these Grin

The houses, the boats or the water?Tongue

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2
23 13/04/2010 - 10:27 PM
By cats_123
K7 Pentax
Yes, the K-7 is the highest spec Pentax with a crop sensor and it makes sense to compare it with the EOS 7D and D300/D300s from that point-of-view.

However, if I were to go into a shop and I was looking for a camera, I would have a certain amount of money to spend so would look at like for like cost wise. I think that's more relevant these days and it's how I try to base the comparisons. Of course the piggin' prices are up and down like a yo yo and it's hard to keep track. I may compare two cameras and by the time I'm finished, the prices are radically different. WinkSmile

Regarding previous posts, I'm always unbiased and it upsets me when people think I'm not. If a Canon wins it's because it performed the best in that test. If a Pentax wins, it's because it performed the best in that test...

Anyway, I've kept it minimal so it's the Pentax K-7 vs the Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII and Hasselblad H4D. I hope no-one has an issue with that?WinkWinkWinkWink

In Pentax Cameras | Page: 1, 2
28 19/02/2010 - 10:44 AM
By strawman
K7 Pentax

Quote: Lost interest in the K7, Mr Grayson?

No word from you for six days. Were we wasting our time giving you our comments?

On the contrary, I've been collating the information in between doing my reviews. I wanted something solid to say to you before I posted, but hey, I'm here now... Wink
I'm in the process of asking a couple of retailers the same questions before I make the decision. It'll probably include the Olympus and EOS 50D. The Nikon D300 looks like it's on the verge of being discontinued and the D300s is too expensive. Smile

In Pentax Cameras | Page: 1, 2
28 19/02/2010 - 10:44 AM
By strawman
Pentax K-7 vs....?
Hi everyone, I just posted a comment in the Pentax forum but thought I'd open it up to a wider audience for a different perspective. I'm planning a comparison test involving the K-7 and was thinking of a head to head with one other or maybe two others. I have the Olympus E-30 in mind, do you think this is fair given the sensors?
If you were in the market for a DSLR at the K-7 level and had no company bias or loyalty, which other models would you be looking at with the K-7?

Thanks in advance. Smile

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2
5 02/02/2010 - 9:53 PM
By StrayCat
K7 Pentax
Hi everyone,
I have the K-7 in the office at the moment and I'm planning a comparison test between one or two other models. I was thinking about the Olympus E-30 but thought I'd ask the Pentax people on the site.
Which DSLRs do you think are the closest matches to the K-7?

28 19/02/2010 - 10:44 AM
By strawman
Hello from Indiana / Ohio
welcome to the site. Smile

In Introduce Yourself | Page: 1, 2
4 13/01/2010 - 12:18 PM
By f8
EPZ Christmas Newsletter is on the way & it's a big one!!

Quote: Dam wasn't meant to post that just yet was I

Your ePHOTOzine pen, as chewed by Tricia, is on it's way! Wink

25 04/01/2010 - 9:14 PM
By discreetphoton
Going for the E3
Neither is the E3, grip and 12-60mm lens.

Or do I needs me spinachsk? Smile

I would've suggested looking at the E-30 as I think it delivers slightly more than the E-3 but I use both happily and they're both very good. I like the E-30 more because it has more advanced noise control due to being newer. I don't think you'll be unhappy, though.

In Olympus Cameras | Page: 1, 2
24 23/12/2009 - 5:23 PM
By BoudoirByHelen
Sony A550?
It's a similar size and weight to the A500 which we've just compared to the Canon EOS 50D and Nikon D90.

On the surface, just looks to have a higher res (14Mp) and higher fps (7). Sensor is a fraction larger, but still APS-C.


4 01/12/2009 - 12:36 PM
By chodge987
EPZ Christmas Newsletter is on the way & it's a big one!!

Quote: we are filling Santa's sack with hot offers

That's wrong on so many levels.

Seriously, though, there's some really cool stuff up for grabs, which annoys me because I'm not allowed to enter... Wink

25 04/01/2010 - 9:14 PM
By discreetphoton
Photographic Model
I've been on Net-Model for years but the other day I contacted James to close my account because I couldn't get a reliable model from the site. I'm a member of Purestorm and I find it easy to use but never tried to get anyone from it. I've used model mayhem and had a few good shoots from it. I've never used Net-Portfolio because the free account only allows one search per month which i think is a bit crappy. Smile

7 28/11/2009 - 3:54 PM
By NickParry
Scrabble 4 letters again

464 16/11/2009 - 8:57 PM
By jonah794
Carry on luggage back pack
I thought Sid james and the gang were reforming... Wink

Try this:

Kata PR 460
Designed to fit the luggage spec, 1.5kg, can take up tp 300mm lenses.

In Accessories | Page: 1, 2 ...30, 31
16 13/11/2009 - 6:37 PM
By LenShepherd
Pentax K-x
The Pentax K-x review is finished. Smile

Pentax K-x review

In Pentax Cameras | Page: 1, 2
11 11/10/2009 - 8:17 PM
By MattGrayson
Pentax K-x
I have the Pentax K-x in for review. I'm currently working on it so keep focused on the review section for updates... Smile

Give me a click!

11 11/10/2009 - 8:17 PM
By MattGrayson
Which A3 printer?
The R1900 is a great printer. Smile

13 14/10/2009 - 8:23 PM
By LenShepherd
Ilford meeting
Thanks everyone for your suggestions, the talk was very successful and I'll be posting the interview shortly. Smile

5 02/10/2009 - 10:07 AM
By MattGrayson
The New Canon 7D

Quote: Is EPZ going to have a review on 7D anytime soon?

I spoke to Canon yesterday, they've none in stock at the moment, but I'm on the list. Smile

211 21/11/2009 - 4:36 AM
By AndyLeslie
If you point your mouse to the top of the frame, a blue grid will highlight around it and the image can be pulled away to create a separate window. However, look at the tab of the image and a dedicated x is available to close down the image. Smile

In Digital imaging | Page: 1, 2 ...14, 15
5 29/09/2009 - 7:54 PM
By LeighRebecca
Ilford meeting
Hi everyone,
I have a meeting with one of the Directors for Ilford and Harman, on Thursday, and wondered if there's any burning questions related to the industry that you'd like to know that I could ask him on your behalf?
The questions need to be related to Ilford, Harman or the film/inkjet industries.

Post them here and I'll pick them up before I go.


5 02/10/2009 - 10:07 AM
By MattGrayson
samsung wb550
Call Samsung, they may oblige...

3 24/09/2009 - 3:02 PM
Pentax K-x
Good point.

With regards to the colours, the Japanese have gone wild for the coloured cameras, hence the multiple choice in Japan only. The GH1 is a nice colour but isn't as harsh a red. Personally, I'm a black camera guy and I'm not really keen on alternative colours.

11 11/10/2009 - 8:17 PM
By MattGrayson
Pentax K-x
All quiet about the Pentax K-x DSLR camera, is no-one bothered? I've done a preview of it and it doesn't look at all bad.

What's your thoughts?

11 11/10/2009 - 8:17 PM
By MattGrayson
K7 Pentax
Well they've just launched the K-x but it's a lower model.

28 19/02/2010 - 10:44 AM
By strawman
My Picture Published thanks to ePhotozine!!
Congratulations! Smile

17 29/09/2009 - 1:48 PM
By RWPhotoGraphix
Nikon D300s & D3000
The full noise test and large size image samples are on the review.

Nikon D300s full review

RAW files are available but I'll have to upload them later. Sorry for the inconvenience. Smile

In Nikon Cameras | Page: 1, 2
33 11/09/2009 - 4:00 PM
By MattGrayson
A spot of luck
Hello everyone,
a load of images I took at IFA of the Samsung NX can be seen here. I previously thought the camera had not recorded them properly as I couldn't view them. However, I've managed to recover them and they can be seen on the news blog of IFA.

Samsung NX at the IFA

I also thought I'd lost some shots of the Canon EOS 7D I took while in the Canon tent. You can now view those also. Smile

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3
1 09/09/2009 - 11:32 PM
By shaks
Hi I am Nicola from Manchester
Welcome to the site, Nicola, enjoy yourself and don't be afraid of having a nosey. Smile

4 09/09/2009 - 10:19 PM
By MikeRC
Does anyone use Zenfolio?
Hi guys, I've posted a review of the Zenfolio service which you can see here:

Click me

3 11/09/2009 - 1:28 AM
By LensYews
ePHOTOzine at IFA
IFA starts in Berlin soon and ePHOTOzine have been given early access to the electronics trade show to have a chat with Samsung and find out as much as we can about new products. Of course they're keeping tight lipped about future projects but I got to see the new NX camera which is the APS-C version of the Micro FourThirds from Panasonic and Olympus.

In a press conference, Boo-Keun Yoon was positive of the approach that Samsung are taking and how well they're doing when he said: "We've done well because we've not stood still".

Indeed, they've created a new company (Samsung Digital Imaging) and pushed boundaries in some of the newer technologies even if they are a little on the gimmicky side.

Let's look at the ST550, it's got a little screen on the front for self portraits and also helps with other stuff. It's a gimmick despite it's uses, but you know what, I like the idea. I have kids and they never smile when a camera's about. The ST550 has an animated cartoon that runs on the screen to get them to smile at the camera. It also indulges Facebook users by allowing easier self portraits to be taken.

He also pledged that Samsung will be Eco friendly by 2013. To ensure this success they've invested $4.3 Billion.

I'll be walking around IFA these next couple of days so I'll see what else I can find out.

I'll put these in my blog so keep an eye out there!

0 03/09/2009 - 1:39 PM
By MattGrayson
m4/3 panasonic gf1
They can't really go against their own Mega and Power OIS which are lens based. It would be like Nikon doing a body based IS

The preview is available for your perusal. Enjoy! Smile
Panasonic Lumix DMCGF1 review

14 03/09/2009 - 11:13 AM
By fauxtography
m4/3 panasonic gf1
It's here, I'm in Berlin at the launch now. You can check the news pages for the press release.
Or click me.

First impressions are that it's an E-P1 clone but with slightly more features which are also better. Build quality is good and I love the 20mm pancake lens they've released at the same time.

Photos and hands on preview to follow so keep an eye on the review section too! Smile

14 03/09/2009 - 11:13 AM
By fauxtography
How brand dedicated are you?
Working in retail a few years ago I found the only brand loyalty to a commercial manufacturer (ie, not Leica, mamiya, blad etc) was Nikon. To me Nikon users were lifelong users whereas I could talk a Canon or Pentax user to another brand if it suited them better.

48 13/09/2009 - 6:13 PM
By StrayCat
David Bailey Mobile Phone Portraits

Quote: I don't think he's seen it.

He's a baker with his own small independent bakery so he spends the night making all the dough ready to bake first thing in the morning.

Is that your friend featured in the article, Anna? It's a small world.Smile

21 28/08/2009 - 5:32 PM
By Fishnet
Group test
It was a very close call on all cameras, but the noise images from the A700 were much better than the other cameras. Bear in mind that for a camera older than most of the competition, it stood up to them with defiance and I found that quite remarkable. Smile

26 27/08/2009 - 9:25 PM
By Snapper_T
Rescue Remedy for Bees (and butterflies)

65 15/08/2009 - 1:14 PM
By atthelake22
Rescue Remedy for Bees (and butterflies)
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. Smile

In Off-topic discussion | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
65 15/08/2009 - 1:14 PM
By atthelake22
ricoh gr111/digital camera
most certainly, my friend I have it in already. Smile

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1 10/08/2009 - 11:51 PM
By MattGrayson
Panasonic DMC-FZ38
Hi Everyone, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 review has been fully updated and is online to view.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38

7 24/08/2012 - 3:48 PM
By Growmore

Quote: 16.
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Essex Police claims the right to edit or use images in combination with others.
Any photograph used by Essex Police shall carry a credit line. Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as Essex Police uses its reasonable endeavours to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure.


6 05/08/2009 - 9:04 AM
By SuziBlue
New Nikon S1000PJ - digicam with projector - your thoughts
You don't think it's a bit gimmicky? I quite like the idea as long as it works. Projectors are still up and at 'em, Epson have some pretty cool ones at the moment.

6 04/08/2009 - 5:53 PM
By Leif
D300s Pointless
It's a danger of the job.... Wink

166 28/01/2010 - 11:59 PM
By EleanorMaw
New Nikon S1000PJ - digicam with projector - your thoughts
Have you seen the new nikon compact with a built-in projector? Sounds like a cool idea.


Nikon S1000PJ

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6 04/08/2009 - 5:53 PM
By Leif
D300s Pointless
You have a point. I wonder if more brides will look round during the ceremony to ensure the photographer is doing his job if she can't hear the camera clicking away...?

166 28/01/2010 - 11:59 PM
By EleanorMaw
D300s Pointless

Quote: Looking at an email from Grays I see the new D300S has a quiet shutter function; this camera has really been aimed at the wedding photographer or so it seems.

I would've said more nature photographers...

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166 28/01/2010 - 11:59 PM
By EleanorMaw