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Ben O Connor: Cheapest set achieved for landscape photographers (architecture, various engineering, etc.)

EM-5II + 10,5 F O.95 Voightlander+ Dead steady tripod!

Total of 2.500€, worth every dime.

If no m4/3 lens can out resolve the 16MP sensor, then Olympus wouldn't have bother with 40MP high res mode, and we wouldn't see any tests showing 4000lw/ph or comparisons with 36MP D810:

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/reviews/compactsystemcameras/olympus-om-d-e-m5-mark-ii-review/8

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/digital-slrs-hybrids/olympus-om-d-e-m5-mark-ii-1284458/review/8

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 01:21 UTC
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nerd2: So MF 20mm 1.8 equivalent for $1250 and 586gr? Nikon 20mm 1.8g weighs 357gr, has AF, costs $500 less....

Nerd2, it's not hard to understand.

The physical focal length affects the f-number, which affects exposure. What you say keep saying are FoV and DoF which don't affect exposure at all.

If DoF affects exposure, then small sensor cameras (e.g. phones) would require insanely bright lens or extremely high ISO to shoot pretty much any scene without under exposing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 15:30 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Cheapest set achieved for landscape photographers (architecture, various engineering, etc.)

EM-5II + 10,5 F O.95 Voightlander+ Dead steady tripod!

Total of 2.500€, worth every dime.

What's your speculation based on?

There are samples/tests out there comparing the high-res mode of the E-M5mkII against the D810 where the Olympus able to match the 36MP FF camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 15:07 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (242 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: Ok we get it, you like the crappy iPhone when there are tons of better smartphones( hello Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung) with camera or simply a real and dedicated camera. =D

And haters gonna hate.

Why so many Android users hate iPhone with a passion (see all them comments below)?

I myself haven't own an iPhone since the iPhone4 and have had 3 Android phones since then but I wouldn't mind an iPhone6.

That said, they're just devices and not worth getting worked up on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 05:25 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (754 comments in total)
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Snikt228: This camera seems pretty big for what it is to me. The EM5 II with 12-40 2.8 is very nearly the exact same size and weight as an A7 with 24-70 f4, and that's comparing 2X crop to FF, huge difference.

Comparing those 2 cameras with small primes I think the A7 is actually even shorter or the same size

@sensibill "would be some way to grade the amount of pixel well volume and rate of photons read per site occurring per image capture"

OR... look at the sample photos. Better yet, try the camera your self ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 23:03 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (754 comments in total)
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Snikt228: This camera seems pretty big for what it is to me. The EM5 II with 12-40 2.8 is very nearly the exact same size and weight as an A7 with 24-70 f4, and that's comparing 2X crop to FF, huge difference.

Comparing those 2 cameras with small primes I think the A7 is actually even shorter or the same size

I don't know why f-stop is so hard to understand. F-stop, which is basically light intensity, is the same across format otherwise the number will be meaningless. Obviously, f/2.8 FF lens will collect more photons as it should since it is feeding a bigger sensor, but the light intensity is the same as a f/2.8 APS-C and f/2.8 m4/3. Mount the f/2.8 FF lens on a smaller format (without speedbooster) and it'll still be f/2.8.

Put it another way, paint a wall with a bucket of paint, then paint another wall with twice the surface area with 2 buckets of the same paint. Which wall would have a more vibrant colour? Same even though the bigger wall would have more total paint on it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 22:39 UTC
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (100 comments in total)

Looks nice but I would like to see more effort put into the Wireless Mobile Utility app so that it does more than just trigger the shutter and view images, like adding ability to control exposure, AF and so on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 21:13 UTC as 36th comment
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1022 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I am so glad I bought the Olympus E-M5 MK II last weekend. It runs circles around every A-PSC camera that Nikon and Canon make in this price range. The E-M5 MK II has better video capabilities, better features like 5 stop IBIS, Live Time, 63 megapixel mode, Great AFC tracking, and better burst speeds. Not to mention that it is much smaller, lighter, and less expensive.

Nikon and Canon both need to realize that mirrorless will be the future whether they like it or not.

@nerd2: Don't you know that aperture doesn't change across formats? What you refer to is equivalence in Field of View and Depth of field. Also, shallower DoF != better is not always true.

When I've shot FF, I'm normally around f4-5.6 when doing portraits, smaller when doing product/still-life shots because I want more of the subject in focus but that means having to compensate with a slower shutter, higher ISO or strong strobes.

With a smaller format, like m4/3, I can shoot wide open and get decent DoF, while maintaining lower ISO, faster shutter, or less strobes. The lenses are sharp too.

In terms of cost, the m4/3 cams I've mentioned are cheaper than the d7200, especially the gx7 at around $500 right now. As for lenses, the 12-40/2.8 is much cheaper than the Nikon 17-55/2.8 but with better build quality and sharpness for example. FF lenses are more expensive obviously. In addition, Panasonic/Olympus makes more native lenses for m4/3 than Nikon/Canon make DX/EF-S lenses for APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 15:13 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1022 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I am so glad I bought the Olympus E-M5 MK II last weekend. It runs circles around every A-PSC camera that Nikon and Canon make in this price range. The E-M5 MK II has better video capabilities, better features like 5 stop IBIS, Live Time, 63 megapixel mode, Great AFC tracking, and better burst speeds. Not to mention that it is much smaller, lighter, and less expensive.

Nikon and Canon both need to realize that mirrorless will be the future whether they like it or not.

I still think the DSLR still has its place but I agree with the other stuff you said. You get a lot of bang for your buck with mirrorless like the E-M5mkII and especially older ones like the GX7, which came out in 2013 but already had wifi w/ NFC that we are only seeing now on a D7xxx.

Even then the D7200's screen is still not articulated nor touch capable. No silent mode or IBIS. The 1/250 flash sync is nice but not as good as the 1/320 on the GX7. The face detection is neat but we've seen it for a while now on mirrorless.

That said, it's a good refresh of the D7xxx model and should be appealing for someone who's upgrading from D5xxx (or lower) and want to stick to Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 18:34 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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art99: Where is the 4K in this camera? a new model without the 4K? You gotta be kidding'

The 7D Mark II don't have 4k and neither do the 5DS / 5DS R. Canon must be mad?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 20:50 UTC

It's cyclical?

The biggest player in the market is not heavily investing in mirrorless system because consumers are still favouring DSLRs because the biggest player in the market is not heavily investing in mirrorless system because ...

At any rate, even though the EOS-M line is basically half-ass attempt, it still works:
- good secondary camera to a Canon DSLR user
- good starter camera for noob who only needs/buys 1 or 2 lenses

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 21:28 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply

Opticalibrator or just "Cal"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 19:38 UTC as 15th comment
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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rrccad: excellent idea .. making truely portable ILC's such as the Nikon 1 or this one are really what MILC needs to be, not canon or sony's APS-C or even sony's FF.

balanced lenses and a really really small total system kit, and with IQ good enough unless you are shooting in a bat cave all night.

"balanced lenses and a really really small total system kit, and with IQ good enough"

I agree but instead of the Nixon 1, I'd rather go for M4/3. Better IQ, more lenses, more bodies, more accesories, etc. for similar size and sometimes smaller depending on body/lens combo.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 19:32 UTC
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goshigoo: Panasonic is really doing very well recently (except the 42.5 f/1.2, but we can just ignore it since we already have 45 f/1.8)

The recent releases of GM1 / GX7 / GH4 / 15 / 12-32 and the upcoming 35-100 are on the right path of m43; the true spirit of m43
in terms of pricing and portability

I hope we will see a 8mm pancake prime or 9-18mm from panasonic soon

@yabokkie

Base on your your linear equation using a Canikon 85/1.8 @ $450 as base, then the lenses below should have the following price:

Canon 50/1.8 = 156
Canon 50/1.4 = 257
Canon 50/1.2 = 350
Canon 85/1.2 = 1013
Nikon 85/1.4 = 744

Except for the 50/1.8, everything is way off. Further, the Olympus 45/1.8 would have better "cost performance" than the Canon 50/1.2 based on the same logic. That doesn't make sense. In fact, none of this is true.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 07:34 UTC
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radissimo: For a second I was thinking about this kit, but why not get Canon G x1 mark II with nice bright zoom lens, bigger sensor and for less?

"I DON'T think that the low light performance will be much different between this Canon GX1 mkII and GM1 with this lens"

Wrong. Current m4/3 sensors have better performance than the one in the G1XmkII and pretty much all Canon APS-C.

So, add a brighter/sharper lens in front of the better sensor, the GM1 or even the cheaper E-PM2 will out perform the Canon any day, or is it any night. Actually, an E-PM2 + 14/2.5 might still be better despite the lens being slightly slower than the G1XmkII and the combo is much cheaper.

FYI, size difference is smaller. The crop factor of the GX1mkII is 1.92x in either 3:2 or 4:3. At 3:2, effective sensor height is 12.5, shorter than m4/3 which is 13mm.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 20:26 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (626 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "This could be a cultural difference, of course."

No brand of mirrorless camera sells will in North America and Europe. We don't have a "if it's a little smaller it must be better" mentality.

@Tonio Loewald

I don't know what mirrorless you speak off. Anyone I hand my Olympus mirrorless to can easily use it like an SLR or camera phone.

My wife, not camera savvy, does exactly what you say: turn mode dial to green/auto, look through viewfinder and push the shutter just like any SLR.

It even gets easier for people who've only used a phone as a camera before because of the touchscreen: old at arms length and tap on screen. Try doing that on a typical DSLR. How many of them have touch screen and how many can focus in Live View (CDAF) quickly? I've seen so many people who obviously just got a DSLR for the first time because they try to use it like this and just get furstrated.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:25 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (894 comments in total)
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Hawaii-geek: OFF Camera Flash triggering , on a small camera ... Nice ! you would think that is a NO Brain-er for any small camera. ... RX1/r comes to mind, I am not bitter :)

About time. Even the very cheap E-PL1 can do multi-flash wireless remote control from its built-in flash.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 04:12 UTC
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Plastek: " We have done some studies where we presented consumers with a DSLR and a mirrorless camera and ask them if the image quality was the same, which one they would chose, and generally they chose the DSLR." - I would answer in exactly the same way. Simply because DSLRs offer by far wider choice of lenses many of which are superior to mirrorless glass. And then there are whole systems of accessories, flashes, and well: everything else that in the end creates a photograph.

So: Yes, DSLRs DO offer better final image quality, but reasons for that go beyond body itself.

Maybe on FF. On APS-C DSLRs like the majority of users, it's difficult to say that mirrorless is inferior as a general statement.

I mean, I've had Rebels for years and Canon never made an EF-S 'normal' lens (around 28-35mm) and only ever bothered making only ONE EF-S prime. Yes, you could use EF (FF) lenses or lenses from third party, but it's obvious that Canon's main focus is FF. A while ago, Nikon was in a similar boat, but luckily they've put more effort in making DX lenses. Now, compare that to the number of mirrorless lenses released so far in the last few years, particularly in m4/3. Even Fuji released 3 primes right off the bat. Mirrorless lenses, like m4/3, perform just as well as their DSLR equivalent mounted on a APS-C bodies.

As for accessories like flash, m4/3 is using the same flash system as their DSLR. Also, even the cheapest body, like the E-PL1, has multi-flash wireless remote control built-in, where as you'd need a middle tier body or higher to get that on DSLRs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 21:07 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (619 comments in total)
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Jose Sentmanat: This is all good as usual with your reviews, I am still hoping that I can get a lot for all of my formerly expensive SLR cameras and lenses to that I can afford to by one decent DSLR or Mirrorless Digital Camera. Sorry I must wait also for a miracle that prices come within my reach. :(

"Poor cost performance"?
Like a T5i, the EM-10 has an articulated touchscreen but at a lower price and you also get better IQ, IBIS, WiFi, larger viewfinder with 100% coverage, more physical controls, metal case, and so on. Stop your BS.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 06:30 UTC
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SelfMotivator: A 50mm slow lens f/2.8 for $US1K, damn. Fuji 56mm f/1.2 sounds like a sure winner.

Edited: I did not see MACRO so no comparison. Fuji 60mm f/2.8 macro is only $US650, a much better reached focal length if I shoot macro.

Worthless for me anyway :).

It is a "Zeiss" so it is expected to be expensive but the price is steep for a macro none the less. Makes the Oly 60/2.8 weather proof macro look like a bargain at $400.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:59 UTC
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