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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]
Mar 03, 2014 - 10:14 AM - by ivoire
Sigma DP2 Merrill, Olympus EP5, Olympus E620, Samsung TL350, Fujifinepix F10 IR converted
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:
-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.
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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Nic (Canonite, Olympian, Panasonian, Samsunite) ~flickr~
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
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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