ambercool

ambercool

Lives in United States United States
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Has a website at http://www.ambercool.com
Joined on Aug 18, 2008

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falconeyes: The Pro line of Olympus lenses are a good example that large mm aperture-diameter lenses for smaller sensors are expensive to make.

The 7-14mm is probably meant to match the Nikon, but in equivalent terms, it is 14-28/5.6 for Olympus vs. 14-28/2.8 for Nikon. I wonder if Olympus couldn't have made it F2.0 to match F4 lenses at least. OTH, the Olympus already at that aperture isn't much cheaper than the Nikon (which is expensive indeed).

The 16mm F3.6 equivalent prime is nice but expensive too.

For me, the 5.6 DOF equivalence is beneficial for what I use an ultra wide for. The 2.8 allows for more opportunities to hand hold so that's not a negative at all. Obviously, if you want a shallow ultra wide then this is not for those people.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 14:55 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Steve Badger article (110 comments in total)

The most profound thing about this is "there's 'no excuse to be bored' when there's a camera at hand."

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 21:33 UTC as 37th comment

I'm sold!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2015 at 05:39 UTC as 12th comment

WoW! Finally...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 01:05 UTC as 9th comment

When I was in Europe I jammed my camera and lenses in a basic small brown leather bag. My camera and lenses now have scars, but I guess it now has character.

I do carry brand name bags to gigs though. I think this bag in particular is good for an environment you are familiar with.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 08:41 UTC as 7th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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cosmonaut: I have said it a million times. Olympus really needs to work on image quality and get the sensor in a better place. They keep wrapping the same old sensor in a new body over and over again. Their biggest drawback to me is dynamic range and high ISO noise. It never improves.
This would make for a seriously good street camera but for landscapes there is much better on the market.

@Fri13. I know, I was just being sarcastic; however, you are correct. I was shooting a lot of handhelds at night when I was in Europe a few months ago. I thought it worked fantastic!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 22:55 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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cosmonaut: I have said it a million times. Olympus really needs to work on image quality and get the sensor in a better place. They keep wrapping the same old sensor in a new body over and over again. Their biggest drawback to me is dynamic range and high ISO noise. It never improves.
This would make for a seriously good street camera but for landscapes there is much better on the market.

@String, cosmonaut shoots handheld landscapes so he needs the high ISO to be clean. Check it out his site.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 22:56 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (107 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: I've never had any buffering problems when shooting raws with this.

I don't like that in raw, NR gets applied at higher ISOs, starting around 1600, even if you turn off NR.

"The Samsung doesn't really have an answering marquee feature except, perhaps, its 180-degree-tilting 'selfie' LCD — useful, but hardly an equalizer. "

Except Samsung has an optically excellent f/1.8 17mm lens, nearly PanaLeica level, but unlike good PanaLeica lenses it costs $250. There is no Nikon 1 system equivalent. And the Samsung kitzoom is optically better than either the kitzoom with the Nikon 1 V3 or the Panasonic GM1, or GM5 now.

So it's the lenses, not so much the body, but at least Samsung has an idea of how to do a touch screen menu.

I'm curious, have you owned the Nikon 1 V3, GM1, and GM5 with kit zoom to make these comparisons? More importantly, how long have you owned these three cameras in comparison to the Samsung for real world use?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 22:25 UTC
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maxnimo: Okay, I'm trying hard to not burst into laughter, but what would a serious photographer use a 7-14mm lens for?

The only thing I can think of is a sneaky, dishonest realtor who wants to make a small room appear huge.

No one uses the Nikon 14-24 f2.8 either. A huge waste of time and money. <Insert other sarcasm here>

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 03:21 UTC
On FroKnowsPhoto guide to DSLR video now available article (154 comments in total)
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Scorehound: You know, I had to come to a scary realization over the last little while that I was scared to admit until now - photographers can be real A-holes. And no, I'm not talking about Jared.

I have been coming onto DPReview for a few years, and have gotten involved in a few discussions, and I am amazed on how judgmental and just plain rude some people are on here, and this thread is no different.

Jared is trying to help people, unlike some photographers that guard their methods and share nothing to beginners and budding photographers as if they are somehow the keepers of some sacred photography secret nobody else in the world knows.

I have been following Jared's site and his YouTube page for quite some time, and I find him to be an enthusiastic and quirky guy, and that is what sets him apart from others. From the hair, the "I shoot RAW" shirts to the sniff tests, his unique style helps to set him apart. It is part of his identity and he is popular because of it.

People who think there is only one right way are already wrong themselves. They tend to be invisible in life, and the ones who just enjoy shooting and learning how to do it on their camera will be happier. That's just fact.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 19:15 UTC

These are excellent captures. True labor of love to get out there and shoot it out. I'm so happy others are getting out and putting in the time.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 18:47 UTC as 23rd comment

5k... /drool

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 22:32 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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ambercool: Why is everyone expecting so much from their cameras? If you want the perfect camera, just wait 10-12 more years and the curve will be much closer than we are now. I still have my first 5MP DSLR, and I was so excited when I got that. So every camera I've gotten after that is much appreciated.

@marike6 what you are stating does not apply to all the images. Knowing the limitation of your tools helps a great deal. I guess I'm not much of a complainer. Even if it preformed like a D810 people would still complain. If digital cameras stopped being produced, I would be fine with that. I know exactly what to do to get the images that I want from the equipment that I use.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 12:47 UTC
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ambercool: Why is everyone expecting so much from their cameras? If you want the perfect camera, just wait 10-12 more years and the curve will be much closer than we are now. I still have my first 5MP DSLR, and I was so excited when I got that. So every camera I've gotten after that is much appreciated.

How do I paste a Grumpy Cat "No" here? :P

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 03:12 UTC

Why is everyone expecting so much from their cameras? If you want the perfect camera, just wait 10-12 more years and the curve will be much closer than we are now. I still have my first 5MP DSLR, and I was so excited when I got that. So every camera I've gotten after that is much appreciated.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 22:37 UTC as 95th comment | 8 replies

I can see it if everyone was making money off park photos, but we're way far from it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 01:36 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply

I might buy into Fuji now because of this new version of the lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 17:28 UTC as 11th comment
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (503 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Continuing from my post below

The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.
rant off

Why read the manual? Just go for it. That's the main joy of trying out new things. Besides, you can still take a photograph with the most basic functions.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 20:51 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (344 comments in total)

OMG I want this!!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 22:53 UTC as 144th comment | 2 replies

This is so ridiculous. Of course anyone who presses the button owns the copyright, but in this case the photographer deliberately wanted the monkey to take its photo for him. I hope this turns out with just cause because things like this is ridiculous to even debate about.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 17:12 UTC as 282nd comment | 3 replies
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