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Samsung NX30 Review

Apr 08, 2014 - 6:24 AM - by napilopez
Samsung NX30 Review



Samsung’s NX system is a bit of an oddball in the mirrorless market. It’s the second oldest of the compact ILC systems and has a pretty balanced selection of good lenses (if only a few of them), yet has failed to gain the traction of its competitors like Micro Four Thirds, Sony, and Fuji. With the NX30, its newest flagship, Samsung hopes to change some of that. But at a price of $999 and some stiff competition, is it enough?

Disclaimer: As usual, this review is written from a real-world usage perspective after having spent some time with the NX30 and a couple of NX lenses as my main kit. As I don’t have much experience with its predecessors, this review is also written from the perspective of someone new to the NX system. I'm not including exposure values for the images here as some of my post processing work is so heavy that it will essentially make those meaningless, but feel free to check the EXIF info on Flickr if you'd like. Most images are processed to varying extents except where otherwise noted, and are shot with either the kit NX 18-55mm, or the NX 45mm F1.8 (non 3D) lens.

Build and Ergonomics


At first glance, it would be easy to mistake the NX30 for a small DSLR. Substantially changed (read: enlarged) from the NX20, this... [Read More]
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Serious Compacts Podcast 10: Fuji X-T1 and More

Apr 06, 2014 - 6:39 PM - by Amin Sabet
In Episode 10 of the SeriousCompacts podcast, Ray, Bob, and I talk about the latest gear, including the Fuji X-T1, Fuji X lenses, the Panasonic Leica Nocticron, and more.

For the third time, we have both video and audio versions of the podcast.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T97o5HQsDig
Audio: http://media.seriouscompacts.com.s3....m/SCP-0010.mp3

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Featured: 'India visit with EPL5 and Panasonic 14mm' by ivoire

Mar 03, 2014 - 10:14 AM - by ivoire
A few from India


2 at sunset by 2Deye, on Flickr


P2120105 by 2Deye, on Flickr


Coracle2 by 2Deye, on Flickr

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Canon G1 X Mark II Announced and Looks Amazing

Feb 12, 2014 - 11:57 AM - by Amin Sabet
This is as psyched as I have been about a camera announcement in a long time.

Canon today announced the Powershot G1 X Mark II:

Key points:
-Significantly smaller size than G1 X
-Omission of the lousy optical viewfinder
-Inclusion of optional XGA electronic viewfinder ($299)
-Flip-twist rear display changed to flip only rear display
-Multi-aspect ratio sensor (maintains diagonal angle of view corresponding to 1.92X crop factor at 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratios)
-New lens is 24-120mm f/2-3.9 (over a stop faster than G1 X lens)
-Dual lens rings (can control aperture, focus, etc)
-5cm minimum focus distance "macro" mode
-Wifi and NFC
-Improved autofocus speed
-$799 price, expected availability in April


With a sensor size a touch bigger than 4/3, multi-aspect ratio, decent "macro-ish" capability, and 5X relatively fast zoom in a pocketable form factor, this may be my new "desert-island" camera.

Pre-orders:
-Adorama: http://adorama.evyy.net/c/60268/5192.../ICAG1XM2.html
-B&H: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...1848/KBID/2491
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What in the World? Sigma dp Quattro!

Feb 11, 2014 - 11:07 AM - by Amin Sabet
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Serious Compacts Podcast 9: Streetshooter and Olivier Duong of 'Inspired Eye' Magazine

Feb 09, 2014 - 8:33 PM - by Amin Sabet
In Episode 9 of the SeriousCompacts podcast, Ray and I had the pleasure of talking to former SC and Mu-43 admin Don Springer (aka Streetshooter)and Olivier Duong about their collaboration to create Inspired Eye as well as some of the other projects they've been working on these days.

Some of the works we refer to during the podcast:
-Inspired Eye, Don and Olivier's multimedia website/magazine: http://www.theinspiredeye.net/street...aphy-magazine/
-Don and Olivier's presets for Lightroom and Silver Efex: http://www.theinspiredeye.net/street...raphy-presets/
-Don's writings at Streetshooter.net: http://streetshooter.net/
-Olivier's f-stopeight.com website: http://www.f-stopeight.com/photography-blog/

For the second time, we have both video and audio versions of the podcast. Unfortunately we lost Don about 22 minutes into the podcast and there were some silent periods as I worked (unsuccessfully) to get him back. The audio version is edited to take out those silent bits.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KqvS8sxRic
Audio: http://media.seriouscompacts.com.s3....m/SCP-0009.mp3

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Featured: 'Streets of La Paz, Bolivia (Life at Altitude)' by Luckypenguin

Feb 08, 2014 - 11:27 PM - by Luckypenguin
As part of my travels last year I spent about four days in the Bolivian capital of La Paz which lies in the Andes at an (average) altitude of 3600m ASL. It was a chance to stop for a bit, relax and explore. Well, as relaxing as walking up and down steep streets at that altitude can be. The last time that I travelled overseas like this was to the Middle East in 2010 when I had a Canon 50D DSLR and a little Ricoh CX1 compact, and I had neither the experience nor the ability to try any genuine street photography and capture some of the local life that is a big part of the experience of travel. Additionally I didn't really have the equipment that I felt comfortable using in that role. Moving forwards to 2013 I have a camera like the Olympus E-M5 in which I feel that, with the right lens/es, is perfectly suited to this type of role. The following images were taken mostly with the 25mm f1.4 lens and a few with the 45mm f1.8, and hopefully give you an insight into everyday life in this corner of the world.




OEM5-P8229212-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 La Paz Bolivia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr




OEM5-P8229216-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 La Paz Bolivia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr




OEM5-P8229218-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 La Paz Bolivia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



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Serious Compacts Podcast 8: Catching Up With Old Friends and New Cameras

Feb 08, 2014 - 9:32 AM - by Amin Sabet
After a nearly two-year hiatus, the SC podcast is back!

In Episode 8, Armanius, Ray, Bob, and I catch up on all the recent gear. This was our first episode recorded using Google Hangouts, so there were some technical issues, but for the first time we have both video and audio versions.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okgc2...ature=youtu.be
Audio: http://media.seriouscompacts.com.s3....m/SCP-0008.mp3

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Return of the S.C. Podcasts - Episode 8 Live at 9:30PM EST Tonight!

Feb 06, 2014 - 2:48 PM - by Amin Sabet
I've been meaning to get back to doing our podcasts, and I'm happy to report that we'll be doing Episode 8 tonight. Armanius, Ray, and I will be there, and I'm hoping Bob and Napier can join us as well.

If things work out as planned, we'll be using Google Hangouts on Air to do the podcasts, which means that they will be broadcast live on YouTube as we record them and will remain recorded on YouTube (SeriousCompacts channel) for later viewing. I will also try to figure out a way to put out the audio via our podcast feed for those who want to listen along on a commute, etc.

For those who want to watch live tonight and interact with us via comments on the YouTube page, check this event page at 9:30pm for a link to the broadcast: https://plus.google.com/events/ctdf9...q2khemp72r12oc
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Can a dedicated mirrorless shooter find true happiness with a DSLR?

Jan 28, 2014 - 8:29 PM - by Ray Sachs
I got a loaner copy of the Nikon Df DSLR and two Nikon prime lenses from UPS this morning – the “D” series 24mm f2.8 and 35mm f2.0. I’m gonna shoot with this gear for the next month and a half or so and see if a mirrorless lover like myself can find anything like happiness in the deep dark world of the DSLR…

When I got back into photography almost four years ago now, I swore I wasn’t gonna get back into the SLR / DSLR world. I’d shot SLRs as a kid and got out of photography partly because I didn’t want to haul all of that gear around AND haul my kids around – the kids won and the cameras lost. So I spent many years in the P&S wilderness until m43 caught my fancy when I decided it was time to get a decent camera again a few years ago. I liked the small size and the IQ was better than anything I’d shot with back in the film days so I was happy with it and continue to be for the most part.


DF testing-52-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

But I found you can still carry a fair amount of mirrorless gear around if you want and then the lure of full frame bit me right in the butt about a year ago in the form of the RX1 and I’ve been doing some thinking about how I might move forward into full frame gear. I don’t want it for longer lenses (where the m43 size advantage is downright overwhelming), but for wide to normal focal lengths, I think a relatively smallish DSLR and a few prime lenses might work really well for how I tend to shoot. I've been loving the RX1, but the thought of a few more focal lengths is pretty enticing. Full frame is obviously not strictly necessary and, arguably, it’s pretty silly for how I shoot and how I process my stuff. But there’s... [Read More]
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