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In Topic: s100 vs lx5 vs xz1

17 March 2012 - 01:42 PM

Looks like lots of great features on the s100. Better zoom range, though not as fast a lens.

No hot shoe.

But really good image quality, full hd video, sounds like a useful macro mode.

How is the auto focus? Or is it still sluggish compared to the lx5? Certainly the s90 and s95 have trailed the pack, in terms of auto focus.

Does the S series have the same issue as the G series, that if you use M mode for ambient exposure, you cannot use TTL flash metering?


AF is the same as S95. LX5 is much faster.
Still no TTL in Manual mode.
I think the video is still fully automatic.
Yes 1080p, but that is no guarantee for high quality. Test it first!
No AF during video.

LX5 has a fully manual video mode and a great following AF during video. You can even zoom and alter the exposure while filming.

In Topic: Looking for feedback on LX-5

17 March 2012 - 01:37 PM

LX-5 is a very nice camera.
It has good IQ, fast AF (very close to the fastest 4/3, but not as fast as the super fast Nikon J1) and good video. On top of this is has tons of useful features and is very sturdy build. Everything about it feels high quality.
And it's still pretty small and light.

No you don't have to shoot raw all the time. I use on land as well and the colors are very nice. If you don't like it out of the box you have many options to fine tune how the jpg should be created in the camera.
Raw in combination with a good raw converter will, like on any compact give you higher IQ. Less noise and less jpg artifacts is what I appreciates. The IQ you get after processing its raw files in e.g. Lightroom 3 (simply a little sharpening and a little nr) is amazingly good. You can even batch process your raw (using the same nr and sharpening) and get really top notch jpg without any efforts.

But, my suggestion is to shoot raw+jpg. It takes no extra time and if you don't have a raw converter at hands, you simply go with the jpg.

I love that you can easily move the AF. Not many compacts can do that.

Ikelite also has their smallest uw-housing ever made for a TTL camera. It's exactly like a schrunk D-SLR uw-housing. With Ike strobes you get real TTL with cable. No need to use the internal flash, waste battery and get slow reloads.
The housing isn't perfect but at that price and with true TTL, it is very hard to beat.
If you want to spend more money their are smaller, lighter housings with better ergonomics. But, not with true TTL.

It has a 100% fully manual video mode wich is great. You can even alter the expose during filming. You can even zoom during filming. But perhaps the best part is that it has an excellent following AF while filming.
You can also here change the way the colors etc are created.
Sure it's only 720p, but it's h.264 and is silk smooth.

In Topic: Canon 5D Mk III Official Thread

15 March 2012 - 11:55 PM

Regarding new back plates for old housings.
The idea is great but in reality it's often a bad deal. I have switched cameras way too often. Once I bought a back plate instead of a new housing. It was much cheaper than buying a new housing and it felt like a good deal. Problem is that when I changed camera again, it was impossible to sell the backplate. I could easily sell the complete housing (with either the new or the old backplate), but selling just the back plate turned out to be impossible (anyone looking for a D300s backplate for Ikelite D300 or D300s uw-housing?).

So, I recommend to instead sell the old housing and buy a new one. I would have saved money doing that.

In Topic: My best 160 seconds this summer

21 October 2011 - 02:04 AM

Nice video Peter. I especially like the wide shots of the little wreck.

Interesting that you composed your own music too, and it's pretty good!

Thanks alot!

In Topic: My best 160 seconds this summer

21 October 2011 - 02:01 AM

Hi Peter,
Great little film. What lens were you using ? and what lighting set-up please ?

Hi Christophe,


Tons of lenses and tons of lightning set-up... I'm still experimenting and trying all kinds of things.

60mm macro,
17-70mm makro,
10-17 fisheye,
10.5mm fisheye

Fisheye FIXLED 1000 + 2 DS 161 lights
Fisheye FIXLED 1000
2 Sola 1200