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  • Roseberry Topping by srh


    Quote:Beautifully framed landscape image.
    Deserving of my award.
    Geoff



    Thanks Geoff Smile, I really appreciate that.
    Simon.
    • 4 Feb 2020 10:28AM
  • Seven Sisters, Copt Hill by srh


    Quote:Is this Godfalter Hill Ormesby ?, great shot !



    Apologies for the delayed reply. No, it's taken at Copt Hill at Houghton-le-Spring.


    Cheers,

    Simon.
    • 4 Feb 2020 8:47AM
  • The Duke of Portland by srh

    Thank you to everyone who has voted and commented on this image. It is very much appreciated.

    Simon.
    • 12 Feb 2019 7:08PM
  • Quayside Dawn by srh

    Thank you to everyone who has voted and commented on this, it is very much appreciated.

    Simon.
    • 10 Feb 2019 12:30PM
  • Infinity Blues by srh

    Thank you for all of your comments, they are very much appreciated.
    • 8 Feb 2019 7:36AM
  • Saltburn Dawn by phil99

    Wonderful shot Phil. I was there on Saturday morning and the light was nowhere near as good as this!

    Simon.
    • 30 Sep 2013 4:05PM
  • Golden Eagle Portrait by srh

    Thanks for the comments guys!

    Cheers,

    Simon.
    • 30 Aug 2012 10:08AM
  • Panny 12-35mm f2.8 vs Oly 12-40mm f2.8

    On the subject of 24-105, if you click this photograph in my epz portfolio a couple of times it will zoom to a decent magnification, or go direct to the image here, look ...
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  • Panny 12-35 f2.8 vs Oly 12-40 f2.8

    No, it doesn't start at f10, but having been warned about the diffraction in reviews, I've been playing safe and stopping short of f11. Quite honestly, I wouldn't recogn...
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  • 10D Failure

    PCB is printed circuit board - and there are several in modern cameras, even more in digitals. It's unlikely to be directly related to the shutter, which is electro-mech...
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  • Wide Angle Lens Choices

    Thanks for the comments and replies. You would be surprised when something shorter than a 70mm comes in handy. I take a lot of pictures at Harewood Hillclimb, and the...
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  • Help with Actions

    Right here in the techniques section, is where i got mine. Save you looking Click Here Zippie
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  • Buying Canon Lenses in America

    My original question was about compatibility issues with respect to whether the kit would work. I never said anything about sneaking kit through customs - don't even wan...
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  • Just how good are image stabilisers for panning shots?

    I've got and use a Canon 75-300IS for aircraft work and very pleased with the Results. L.S.
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  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review


    Quote:
    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



    I hope it's sooner than that!

    One of the Admins on the UK Lumix Experience site has indicated it might start shipping to UK customers as early as the first week of January. We can but live in hope!!
    • 21 Dec 2017 11:35AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review

    Any firmer dates on when in January it will be released yet?
    • 20 Dec 2017 1:43PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GH5 Micro Four Thirds Video Review

    Excellent video review (as always) David. The most interesting bit for me was your comments and observations on its continuous AF ability using Olympus lenses. While I'm shooting on a GX8, all of my lenses are Olympus Pro ones. I've always preferred Panasonic MFT cameras, but would very much like better C-AF performance for motorsport shooting. I had resigned myself to having to switch to Olympus, but if the GH5 can deliver without DFD enabled lenses, then that would be very significant for me.

    Thanks again for the review.

    Simon.
    • 28 May 2017 7:05AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G80 G85 Video Review

    Great video David!

    Simon.
    • 31 Dec 2016 7:06AM
  • Posted on: Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH Review

    Time to start saving Grin
    • 15 Jun 2016 5:48AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review

    Well, I've cancelled my pre-order. Shame, but I just don't think the lens would now ever live up to my expectations. Simon.
    • 11 May 2016 12:34PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review


    Quote:Well, I've just uploaded all the revised technical info for the replacement lens, so hopefully it will appear soon as a revised review. In very brief summary, the lens was very much better and at the widest end the central sharpness was outstanding. It was stronger all round, basically still weaker at the edges, but all at a much higher level. In other words, the pattern is the same, but better. Let me know what you think of the revised charts when they appear?


    Thanks for posting the new results John, they do indeed look much better. It is however, such a shame that Panasonic can not produce a lens with as consistently high performance across the zoom range as they did with the 14-140mm. As you've changed the way the MFT data is presented, I'm struggling a bit to make comparisons with other lenses, and I remain unsure about whether to take chance on this lens. I really wish it performed better at the long end and the edges weren't so far behind the centre at the long end. A real shame, even if this copy has performed way better than the first.
    • 10 May 2016 4:14PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review


    Quote:The replacement lens has arrived, so in the morning it is first on my list of things to do. Will report back ASAP.


    Thanks for the update John. I'm still hanging on with my preorder, so looking forward to hearing how it performs. Simon.
    • 10 May 2016 5:37AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review


    Quote:The weather sealing would only make sense on a weather sealed body, the GX8 or GH4 of course.

    Like Chris, I personally wouldn't trade the 140mm reach of the 14-140 for the extra 2mm at the wide end but it's all tradeoffs in the end. As a travel lens, the 14-140 is unmatched, I think.



    I'm a GX8 user Smile. I had hoped / am hoping that this lens would be good enough at the wide end to use for landscape work otherwise you're right, the 14-140mm does perhaps give more flexibility.
    • 6 May 2016 1:44PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review

    Weather sealing and 12mm vs 14mm. Simple as that.
    • 6 May 2016 12:37PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review


    Quote:Hi Tom,

    We have contacted Panasonic, and they are sending another sample lens, which we will be testing ASAP.

    Thanks
    Josh



    That's excellent news Josh. I have a few days before I have to decide one way or the other about my preorder so hopefully you can get the lens and test it quickly Smile
    • 6 May 2016 7:00AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review

    Well, I've just had the Email to say my lens has come into stock. I had hoped that wouldn't happen for a few more days until other reviews had started to appear online.

    I really am torn with what to do - just cancel my order, or actually take delivery and test it for myself given how far from the mark the performance as tested is from every other Panasonic lens released recently. Funds are tight, and I just can't get myself stuck with a lemon :-(, but on paper the lens is exactly what I want.
    • 5 May 2016 2:39PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review


    Quote:The way it works is that several runs are done, and when the results of all the runs are pretty much saying exactly the same we have to accept the result. History is littered with examples of scientists only finding what they expect to find and ignoring unwanted results. Of course it's always possible to get a sub-standard or even a better than average sample and lens measurements are only made with one lens. This is a weakness, but the alternative would be horrendous in terms of cost and time. As it is I opted to run each marked focal length, making for quite a lot of data to process and present.


    John, thank you for taking the time to explain your testing methodology. As a chemical engineer, I understand the need for rigorous testing and to listen to what the test results are telling you. I still just can't get over the fact that the performance of this lens is so far from that of other Panasonic lenses. I also do agree with Lemmy's comments about the mismatch between the test results and the summary conclusion and 'recommended' rating at the end of the review.

    I have this lens of pre-order at the moment. I'll wait until I get the call to say it's come into stock before making a decision on whether to cancel or not, and hope that there's some other reviews published over the next few days so I can compare them to this one. However, on the strength of your findings, I'll have no choice but to cancel my order as it stands, which is a real shame.
    • 5 May 2016 7:36AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review


    Quote:The perceived sharpness is better than the figures would suggest because the contrast is quite high. This gives, bright, sharp looking images that will pass muster for many applications. The MTF50 figures given, and this is a measure of resolution really, not sharpness, tells us how much fine detail is present, but of course it's not the full story. I have lenses that I use that have quite low MTF50 performance, but actually look pleasantly gritty because the MTF20 results would be very high.

    This lens has some exceptional performance results, but falls down on fine detail at the longer end and the edges. As a compact travel lens it would, I think, serve very well.



    I don't know John, the test results just look very odd and completely at odds with the other lenses Panasonic has been releasing of late.
    • 4 May 2016 8:32PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review


    Quote:I'm astonished to see a lens of thua quality being released by Panasonic. Something amiss here, I think.


    I agree Lemmy. The test results just look odd to me.
    • 4 May 2016 8:28PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review

    The more I look at the sharpness charts the less sense they make to me. Has Panasonic ever released a lens with performance (sharpness) data that low? The summary at the bottom of the review also does not match what the charts look to say in relation to sharpness. I'm struggling to understand why this lens would so poor compared to everything else that Pannasonic has released in recent times Sad
    • 4 May 2016 2:45PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Review

    Bit disappointed with reviewed performance, particularly edge performance. Hhhmmm, not sure what to do now with my preorder:-(
    • 4 May 2016 11:29AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Announce Lumix G Vario 12-60mm Lens

    We're well into April now, is there any update or news on availability of this lens yet?
    • 12 Apr 2016 7:45AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Announce Lumix G Vario 12-60mm Lens


    Quote:
    Quote: A shame, but not a deal breaker for me. Simon
    Me neither but it doesn't half suck in debris which is why I prefer non-trombone. It seems that it can't be done with shorter focal length zooms. Must be good technical reasons because otherwise they'd do it.



    Indeed. I'm really excited to see the optical performance of this lens. The focal range is perfect as a walkaround / landscape lens.
    • 1 Mar 2016 8:15AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Announce Lumix G Vario 12-60mm Lens


    Quote:I wonder if it trombones? Be excellent if it doesn't but maybe npot possible to make a lens like this without.


    There's some photos now on dpreview Lemmy that show that it does trombone. A shame, but not a deal breaker for me. Simon.
    • 29 Feb 2016 12:39PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Announce Lumix G Vario 12-60mm Lens

    I'm really interested in this lens Smile

    Really looking forward to seeing the Ephotozine review, and hopefully sooner than later!

    Simon.
    • 24 Feb 2016 2:52PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic DMC-GX8 Micro Four Thirds Camera Video Review

    Very balanced review as always from David. I am very, very happy with mine and can only echo David's sentiments about the quality / usability of the camera overall and the EVF in particular.

    Simon.
    • 23 Sep 2015 8:34AM
  • Posted on: Ricoh Announces Cashback On 3 DSLR Cameras

    Wish Pentax did lens cash backs instead of just on their camera bodies 😔
    • 22 May 2015 10:42AM
  • Posted on: Fujifilm X-T1 Full Review

    This camera has really caught my attention. As a mirrorless m4/3 user, I've been hoping some would bring out a APS-C sensored mirrorless camera in an SLR styled body. The rangefinder style of the existing ones on the market just isn't for me. With FP etc and what looks to be usable AF tracking on some early reviews this could be a superb package.

    Cheers,

    Simon.
    • 28 Jan 2014 1:28PM
  • Posted on: Fujifilm Announce X-T1

    This camera has my attention. As a mirrorless m4/3 user, I've been hoping some would bring out a APS-C sensored mirrorless camera in an SLR styled body. The rangefinder style of the existing ones on the market just isn't for me. With FP etc and what looks to be usable AF tracking on some early reviews this could be a superb package.

    Cheers,

    Simon.
    • 28 Jan 2014 1:26PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review

    Panasonic have confirmed via the Lumix Experience website forum that focus peaking is included on the G6 Grin

    Simon.
    • 25 Apr 2013 3:47PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review

    I'm pleased I amused you then. I shoot entirely using legacy lenses with either a Sony NEX-7 or a Panasonic GH2. As a result, focus peaking is a very important feature for me, although it may not be for others. I very much like the ergonomics and handling of the GH2 so if a G series is released that has focus peaking, I would seriously considering upgrading to one. I never said a single thing about not being able to take great photos without focus peaking, and I have similar sized prints from my GH2 and legacy lenses which are also fine in every way. However, I shoot a lot of motorsport and where focus peaking really does offer an advantage is in its ability to allow you to focus track manually with a degree of accuracy.

    So while focus peaking may not be so important to you or others, it is to me. Important enough that I won't buy a G6 if it isn't implemented on UK cameras, and will hang on to my GH2 instead. For the record, I agree wholeheartedly about the G6 being an ideal serious shooters camera, but then so is the GH2 and the G5.
    • 25 Apr 2013 12:54PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review


    Quote:Even the G3 has focus peaking, so it would be surprising were it omitted here.

    Actually on the G3 it defaults to that when you choose single point AF, which I can find a bit of a nuisance when I'm in a rush [photographing events where you're trying to catch things quickly]. Anyone know if there's a simple way of disabling it when you don't want it [rather than switching to single area?]



    I think you're getting confused with something else. No G series camera has focus peaking to date. AFAIK, only the Sony NEX range offers it. Focus peaking is used to highlight what is in focus when using manual focus, and is not related to auto focus operation.

    Simon.
    • 25 Apr 2013 9:58AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review


    Quote:Does it definitely have focus peaking? The Panasonic UK site doesn't make any mention of it, and nor is it listed under the cameras specifications. Some review sites are talking about, while others aren't. If it has it, then I for one would be very interested in it. If it doesn't, then I'll pass.

    Cheers,

    Simon.
    view the 1st video above the menu shows focus peaking.



    It does indeed show it, but this is a pre-production model. It just seems very, very strange (to me at least), that Panasonic UK themselves are making no fuss over this feature at all, and don't even include it on the cameras specs on the UK website. Makes no sense to me at all!
    • 25 Apr 2013 6:38AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review

    Does it definitely have focus peaking? The Panasonic UK site doesn't make any mention of it, and nor is it listed under the cameras specifications. Some review sites are talking about, while others aren't. If it has it, then I for one would be very interested in it. If it doesn't, then I'll pass.

    Cheers,

    Simon.
    • 24 Apr 2013 10:28PM

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