Chris_in_Osaka

Chris_in_Osaka

Lives in Japan Osaka by way of Toronto,CA, Japan
Joined on Jun 29, 2006
About me:

Not to procrastinate...and...ahh...I'll finish this later.

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I'm one of the few people I know who shoots with a camera. Most people around me use their smartphones and have no desire to buy a camera anytime in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 08:24 UTC as 33rd comment
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (819 comments in total)

Mine is bigger than yours!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 08:18 UTC as 193rd comment | 5 replies

At least this wooden grip blends in. The one on the Olympus E-P5 luxury edition looks like a glued on afterthought.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91s4dcy4wPL._AA1500_.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 00:47 UTC as 63rd comment | 2 replies
On ZEISS announces 'no compromise' Otus 55mm F1.4 news story (507 comments in total)
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TN Args: $4000 for a nifty fifty that fails to be nifty? Can't wait for independent test results.

"$4000 for a nifty fifty that fails to be nifty?"

"Nor is it thrifty."

I don't know, the whole thing sounds kind of shifty.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 00:44 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (415 comments in total)
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jonikon: A thousand dollar camera body and it doesn't come with a viewfinder? Really? So you have to buy the big ugly VF4 EVF separately for another $300 which makes the camera body $1300 and to top it off, it takes blurry pictures! Who in there right mind would buy the E-P5 when the OM-D E-M5 with an EVF and no blurry pictures can be had for around $900? With designs and marketing like this it is little wonder Olympus is in financial difficulties.

Are you talking suggested retail prices? Which market?
Here in Japan, the E-P5 plus VF-4 and 17mm f1.8 is sold in a kit for ¥110,000, or about $1,100 (tax included). I think that is quite reasonable considering the lens alone is about $420 here (¥42,000).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 02:07 UTC
On Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? news story (200 comments in total)

Well, it wouldn't be a first. Back in the pre-m4/3's days, weren't the Zuiko 18-180mm and 70-300mm Sigma designed? The only difference is that those were low end "standard" lenses. The 75mm 1.8mm is a higher end product.

What I'd be more interested in finding out is if Olympus is actually manufacturing the 75mm. Considering that almost everything else in their product line is made in China, and sales of the old regular 4/3's lenses that were made in Japan are pretty much as dead as that system, it wouldn't surprise me if the 75mm is made in Japan by Sigma. I can't imagine Olympus are keeping a lens factory running to produce only 2 high end, limited market lenses (the 75mm and 12mm).

Another company manufacturing for Olympus wouldn't be a first either. If I remember correctly, the original E-1 camera, the only E system camera to have been manufactured in Japan, was built by Sanyo.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 16:25 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor news story (757 comments in total)

This company does not produce photographic equipment, it produces lifestyle accessories in low volumes with high mark ups.

This camera's release should not be reported by dpreview, but rather by "Wallpaper" magazine or something similar.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 03:54 UTC as 120th comment
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' news story (244 comments in total)

Am I imagining things, or is that a black version of the 17mm f1.8?

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 08:04 UTC as 11th comment
On Olympus denies reports that it is ceasing DSLR production news story (187 comments in total)
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Chris_in_Osaka: I've owned an E-1, E-300, E-3, E-420 and E-620. None of those cameras come close to the experience I have shooting with my OM-D.

I even dumped my 5D Mark II after realizing the OM-D is so right for me.

Now, going back to full frame in the future is a possibility if I find I need more shallow depth of field, which I really don't. Going back to regular 4/3'S? Never.

I think most people who have switched from 4/3's to the micro 4/3's in the form of the OM-D would agree. I'd rather see them shut down their 4/3's development and invest that money in further micro 4/3's improvements. Oly can't afford to have the 4/3's albatross around it's neck weighing it down in an increasingly exciting and competitive mirrorless market.

Also, never mind camera bodies, they also can't afford to have a factory in Tatsuno, Japan producing super high grade lenses virtually nobody buys.

How about gradually phasing out the 4/3's lenses while introducing high grade, weather-sealed Zuiko lenses for micro 4/3's?

I would love a 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 lens (my favorite when I owned the E-3) redesigned for m4/3's as opposed to the continued production of lenses (i.e. 35-100mm) that don't sell these days. Considering the numbers of m4/3's user out their (whether or not they are hobbyists or Sunday shooters), it seems like more of a bonehead move to continue to try to cater to pro 4/3's users that, and lets be honest, don't exist, at least not in the numbers that they could operate a lens production facility in Japan without loosing money.

The best option IMHO is to further improve the top m4/3's model specs (whether the OMD or a yet to be released body) and introduce lenses built to the same high standards as the 4/3's HG and SHG range. That's the niche they need to build on. That's there competitive advantage. Not a new E-X camera that that weighs the same as a 5D Mark-X.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 05:36 UTC
On Olympus denies reports that it is ceasing DSLR production news story (187 comments in total)

I've owned an E-1, E-300, E-3, E-420 and E-620. None of those cameras come close to the experience I have shooting with my OM-D.

I even dumped my 5D Mark II after realizing the OM-D is so right for me.

Now, going back to full frame in the future is a possibility if I find I need more shallow depth of field, which I really don't. Going back to regular 4/3'S? Never.

I think most people who have switched from 4/3's to the micro 4/3's in the form of the OM-D would agree. I'd rather see them shut down their 4/3's development and invest that money in further micro 4/3's improvements. Oly can't afford to have the 4/3's albatross around it's neck weighing it down in an increasingly exciting and competitive mirrorless market.

Also, never mind camera bodies, they also can't afford to have a factory in Tatsuno, Japan producing super high grade lenses virtually nobody buys.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 03:15 UTC as 52nd comment | 15 replies
On Kodak licensee shows off Micro Four Thirds camera in China news story (192 comments in total)

Well, I guess it's no different than what the Japanese did way back in the day when they stuck the names of once great German makers ( Contax, Voigtlander Leica etc.) on their cameras to lend them credibility. Many still do it today. I've owned Zeiss, Voigtlander and Leica lenses, all of which were made in Japan ( Cosina and Panasonic), though it could be argued tat in the case of Zeiss and Leica that there is some input in either the design or manufacturing process.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2013 at 14:41 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

Awesome, now I can buy two!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 00:50 UTC as 61st comment
On Olympus Working on New Body for 'Pro' Four Thirds Lenses news story (266 comments in total)

OLYMPUS, how about the quality and value of 4/3's lenses FOR MICRO FOUR THIRDS? As a former 4/3's user (various E system cameras from the E-1 up to the E-3) and current m4/3 user (E-PL3 and OM-D), I WON'T EVER be going back to the E system (if I want to lug around a heavy body, I've got a 5D Mark II...which I hardly touch now thanks to the OM-D), but I miss the High Grade and Super High Grade lens range, the mid level High Grade in particular (competitively priced plus lens hoods and cases included). Please, enough with the overpriced plastic on one end and Leica wannabe metal lenses on the other...give me a designed for m4/3 weather sealed 50-200mm 2.8-3.5 and so on.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2012 at 19:22 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
On Five Friends Take Same Picture for 30 Years news story (108 comments in total)

I find it amazing that these guys had the foresight to do this, considering that in 1982 the looked stuck in the 70's, in 1992 they looked stuck in the 80's....but all that doesn't matter now in 2012 because with age comes the privilege of being timelessly out of style :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 03:46 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS-M: hands-on preview of Canon's first mirrorless EOS news story (1229 comments in total)

Finally, Canon have joined the mirrorless market, even if they are the last ones to the party. Next, perhaps they'll release something to compete with the excellent Olympus OM-D....in about 3 years or so from now.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 06:06 UTC as 362nd comment
On Olympus 75mm F1.8 for Micro Four Thirds gets $900 price-tag news story (504 comments in total)

"The optional LH-61F Lens Hood and the LC-61 Lens Cap metallic lens accessories are designed exclusively for the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8. "

For the 12mm f2's lens hood, Olympus is asking about $100. Any idea about how much they'll push the price of the 75mm lens hood to?

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2012 at 11:00 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On Canon acknowledges 'light leak' in the EOS 5D Mark III news story (282 comments in total)
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IcyVeins: LOL CANON'S FINISHED NOW! GOODBYE TO THE OLD DINOSAUR! LONG LIVE SONY!

Sony? They've got bigger problems than light leaks. Don't you read the news? "Long live.." is a funny expression to use for a company that just lost $6.4 billion, has just announced the first cut of 10,000 workers etc etc.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2012 at 23:29 UTC
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healer81: Lens looks interesting, especially for canon shooters since nikon already has a 14-24 which is spectacular. Canon doesnt have an answer for super wide angle at this moment so this lens will accommodate.
People in this site is always complaining about something, dont mind them.

"Canon doesnt have an answer for super wide angle at this moment so this lens will accommodate."

What do mean? How about the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM or the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 06:09 UTC

Beautiful design but considering the price...
My Tokina 16-28mm from full frame with constant f2.8 and weather sealing cost me about $850 here in Japan. I can't see myself buying the Zeiss unless I was a professional capable of writing off the price as a business expense, though I don't imagine I'd be doing that even then.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 01:10 UTC as 38th comment
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Baseman: Follow the leader leader leader, follow the leader.

Only reason Apple is doing so good is cause of it's marketing and ability to make you the consumer 'think' it's better than everything else. Funny there's still no memory card slot. Hmmmm.....better than the rest, I think not! It's only Apple's followers who will fight tooth and nail to proclaim it's the best. Still waiting for that memory card expansion. Oh wait, you'll never see it cause Apple can make you pay a lot more to get only a little. I like the ability to swap memory cards. Fill one, switch it for another. Need to transfer data across any platform, no problem with a memory card. But ooops, sorry Apple people, I'm talking another language to you. Just remember, Apple only wants your money by making you think you can't live without their product. Time to WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!

Time for you to wake up and do a little research before going on a rant. There are all sorts of 3rd part drives and adapters available for the ipad. Google "hyperdrive ipad", or "iflashdrive" to start.

In the end, most people don't use these because they are syncing their device to their main computer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2012 at 05:47 UTC
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