Dolan Halbrook

Dolan Halbrook

Lives in United States Portland, OR, United States
Works as a Programmer
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Joined on May 23, 2000
About me:

Digital shooter since 2000, from Oly (E-10) to Canon
(D60), Pentax (K10D, K-7), and most recently Olympus (E-M5) and Panasonic (LX-7, TS-1).


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On Olympus announces OM-D E-M1 firmware version 3.0 article (49 comments in total)
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MacroBokeh: honestly, at $2k price, I rather go with Sony A7 II (and with kit lens it's even a little bit cheaper) and no this is not to start a flame war neither it's a trolling. Im just saying my opinion =)

Where did you get $2k. EM-1 street price is closer to $1k.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 22:11 UTC
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Lux Painter: The 25mmf1.8 sounds like an awesome lens and was long overdue. And based on Olympus reputation of building great lenses it should have a stellar performance.

But the price tag of $400 (twice the price of a full frame 50mmf1.8 lens) must be a sick joke!

Maybe Olympus is trying to ruin their m43 biz completely.

It makes sense that it's priced in accordance with the 45/1.8... it's very similar. What you and other posters seem to be missing about the "nifty fifties" is that virtually all of them are very old lens designs where the tooling and production costs have largely been amortized. I too wish it were cheaper, but Oly fancies itself a premium brand and will price their stuff accordingly. Lenses at the end of their production cycle are always more expensive than those at the end. The Pentax 50/1.4 vs 55/1.4 SDM is a good example. I got the former for $200 at one point. When the latter came out it was over $500.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 22:00 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (619 comments in total)
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olyham: Is the Max. shutter speed 1/4000 or 1/8000 in specifications it is listed as 1/4000 but in the introduction it is shown as 1/8000 ?

Unusable? I suppose, at max aperture, but unless you're going for that particular shooting style then it's still very much usable. Just stop down or use an ND filter.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1645 comments in total)
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El Chubasco: Beautiful camera. Fuji just nailed it. But... is this an OM-D knock off?

The design reminds me a whole lot of some of the Contax bodies like the RX and RTS series.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 05:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (358 comments in total)
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photobeans: Panasonic did something amazing here. The body of a true small point and shoot with a m43 sized sensor. Now, please release one with a fixed 1.8 or f2.0 lens.

Why bother with the fixed lens? You can go out and buy any number of nice fast primes for m43 right now and not be stuck with a single focal length. I don't think making it fixed lens would make it that much smaller, unless you were thinking retractable fixed lens like the GR. Personally I think the 14/2.5 would be a great match.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 03:17 UTC
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Dolan Halbrook: It seems to have been mostly missed but this update adds camera profiles for pretty much all Olympus m43 bodies, the E-5, and XZ series. Great news for Oly shooters.

Note that I said camera profiles, not lens profiles.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 07:01 UTC

It seems to have been mostly missed but this update adds camera profiles for pretty much all Olympus m43 bodies, the E-5, and XZ series. Great news for Oly shooters.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 17:40 UTC as 5th comment | 5 replies

Big news for Olympus m43 shooters like myself: finally there are camera profiles!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 06:54 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2371 comments in total)

Funny, I'm pretty sure the EM-1 has no AA filter but has on-chip phase detection AF. Odd that Oly could pull it off (with a Sony sensor, no less) but Sony couldn't?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 06:12 UTC as 756th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (379 comments in total)
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Lenscap67: Does anybody know if this has a Silent Electronic Shutter like the Panasonic Lumix GH3..I know it's probably already quiet...if so this would be perfect.

If it's like the E-M5 shutter (and it probably is) then it's pretty quiet to begin with.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2013 at 05:30 UTC
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marike6: Wish Panasonic would update the 20 1.7. Keep the optics the same, with a more modern AF motor. I'd pre-order it immediately. Not many really good options for large aperture wide-to-normal lenses in m43 so I'm hoping that the almost perfect 20 1.7 gets a refresh.

I agree, but I think it still sells well enough that they have no motivation to update it. I'd love to see the internal focusing of the 14/2.5 in a 20mm model. And the optics are great, but if they could do something about the heavy purple fringing that would be nice as well.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 14:27 UTC
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zinedi: Inceribly slow glass for such small sensor.

It ends up being about an effective stop slower on the wide end and about a half stop slower on the telephoto end. I'd hardly call that incredibly slow, at least compared to a comparable APS-C superzoom. But if you care about whether or not glass is fast or slow, why bother commenting on superzooms in the first place? That's like complaining that a zebra has stripes.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 05:38 UTC
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KrisPix: Interesting to see that Panasonic managed a slightly larger aperture, lower weight (460g to 265g) and intends to lower the price. Olympus recently did something similar (in terms of cost and performance at least) with the 75-300mm telephoto lens. Definitely good news for all M4/3 system users!

The press release seems to think it will still be quiet:

"Incorporating an inner focus drive system and stepping motor, The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording."

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 05:35 UTC

Flickr is taking baby steps in bringing itself up to date, but not at the rate that it should. I've been on Flickr since 2005, so it's not like i'm going anywhere, but i'd certainly like to see improvements. The new justified view in contacts and group pool is a nice start. Now let's see them do something similar with the photostream itself.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 14:16 UTC as 41st comment
On L1013612 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

If this is "sepia" then it must be very, very mild, as it looks like straight B&W to me.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 19:38 UTC as 6th comment
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (267 comments in total)

Thanks! I'll definitely be playing with some of these settings when I get home.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2012 at 22:20 UTC as 124th comment

Glad to see DCResource and DPreview joining forces! I'll keep my eye open for the Mickey figure :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2012 at 02:45 UTC as 52nd comment
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples article (458 comments in total)
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lester11: Sold my Panny GH2 to go to the Pentax K5 (weather-proofing, don't do much video), perfectly happy. Wife has the Panny G3, she's happy. The Oly E-M5 samples at 3200 and 6400 just astonishing in comparison, check out the "Thursday" and "15" date on the watch. Bugger. Two E-M5's now on pre-order...

I think the K-5 will still provide better IQ than the E-M5 all things being equal, but it's a very small gap, and the E-M5 is half the weight and size. As a K-7 owner it's exactly what I'm looking for.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2012 at 21:24 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

Beats my Pentax K-7 hands down, but not quite to the level of the newer K-5 Sony sensor in shadow detail (check the spools of thread towards the bottom at, say, ISO6400). Nevertheless a very very good performance. Glad I pre-ordered.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 at 21:18 UTC as 75th comment
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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Ray12666: While the camera appears to be able to do most of what I would want to do, and the size is very good, the lens supplied seems rather long for such a small camera? Will the other olympus mini 4/3 lens fit on this camera and work well with auto focus and auto stabilization? Does anyone know what lens would work in a fixed prime lens? I like to shoot in 28mm, 50mm and 90-135mm and prefer primes over zooms. Any information supplied would be greatly appreciated. If purchased would buy the silver and black model most likely.

Yes, there are a large range of both zooms and primes, many very nice, for m43 bodies. See the Olympus 12/2, Pansasonic 20/1.7 and 25/1.4, and Olympus 45/1.8 for starters. Double those focal lengths for equivalent 35mm focal lengths.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 at 21:16 UTC
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