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Gregm61

Gregm61

Lives in United States Dallas, United States
Works as a Banking/Finance
Has a website at gmchappell.smugmug.com
Joined on Oct 24, 2005

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On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (829 comments in total)
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joe86: What's everyone's opinion on this compared to the mark I? I'm looking to get into M 4/3. The mark II seems to be around twice the price of the mark Is it worth it?

The new commend dial positioning is definitely a better arrangement for me.

My hands are not all that big. I like to use the upper part of the grip for handling reasons with the original EM-5, which makes getting at the back dial with my right thumb less comfortable. The shifting of the back dial further to the right, more like the E-M1, is very much a positive change for me.

That said Joe, if price is a big factor I would go for one of the E-M5 Elite sets B&H still has, for $499. Nicer body covering and slightly larger command dials. If I were in the market for a second E-M5, I'd jump all over that.

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On Dean Mumm in the Rugby shots - B&W challenge (2 comments in total)

Excellent! Congratulations.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 13:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On Flowers ink girl in the Tattoo Girl challenge (33 comments in total)
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Neodp: Tattoos that can wash off are just silly. Permanent ones are just wrong and that's Bible folks. That does not mean God will not forgive you. It means that He says do not mark up (yes or even puncture) your body; even to commemorate the dead. No this doesn't mean we shun people for it Nor that they can't receive heaven. It means your body is God's art work (though we sometimes see the genetic decay or mutation of death) and it's not a permanent canvas for our creations. As the picture shows, the faded "art" is not comparable to beautiful the woman. Not hardly. This is like your kid redoing a Rembrandt. Just stop it. It's not a good thing. It thumbing your nose at God and His creation and that will not end well.

Right or wrong, the images here are very well done, but tattoos are just hideous to look at.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 21:45 UTC
On Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners article (481 comments in total)
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Howard111: My reason for avoiding CC is that it also requires me to keep updating my computer,as the system requirements of CC keep increasing. And, being retired, I cannot afford, nor do I want, to keep replacing my Apple computers. So I shall keep LR 5, and switch my processing to another software. Currently I have bought a copy of Serif's Affinity....

So will Microsoft, and the internet keeps getting more computing intensive too, not just CC. Just leave your computer as-is for several years and see how well you can do anything on the internet.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 11:25 UTC
On Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners article (481 comments in total)
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Gregm61: I've tried all sorts of alternatives. I own DXO Elite and have downloaded an trialed Capture one. Owned the "LE" version of it several years ago. I like Photoshop best. It's $10 a month. I waste 10x or more than that much a month on other "stuff". Photoshop, I use. You either buy it or use something else. That's why the other alternatives exist. There are things in life to get excited and worked up over. This isn't one of those things.

Hardly the only one, but go ahead and say it if it makes you feel better. Yes, $10 a month the rest of your life is a lot. So was the prior upgrade cost of $180 every 18 months (hmmmm, $10 a month. How about that) to upgrade, and that was after you had to pay a huge cost up front to buy it initially, and they stopped supporting the previous versions much faster than CS6.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 11:21 UTC
On Adobe announces final Camera Raw update for CS6 owners article (481 comments in total)

I've tried all sorts of alternatives. I own DXO Elite and have downloaded an trialed Capture one. Owned the "LE" version of it several years ago. I like Photoshop best. It's $10 a month. I waste 10x or more than that much a month on other "stuff". Photoshop, I use. You either buy it or use something else. That's why the other alternatives exist. There are things in life to get excited and worked up over. This isn't one of those things.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 04:24 UTC as 98th comment | 3 replies
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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DouglasGottlieb: I love the M43 system. It is everything I'd hoped mirrorless would be after my initial misstep with a Sony NEX7. The size, the speed, the lenses, the variety of body styles, and the FUN FACTOR have left my Canon gear on the shelf, untouched for a few years.

This new Panasonic GX8 looks to be the new high watermark for M43. I would buy one today instead of my Olympus EM1 or my EP5. I'm not a pro videographer and much prefer the rangefinder-style good looks and left side EVF over Panasonic's functional but homely (to me) GH4 as well.

The jump in resolution keeps M43 in the running in the new megapixel race, but probably not for long. I'm most eager to see how the new high ISO performs, and how the dynamic range compares to the latest Sony A7Rii. And if the AF tracking can beat the rumored A7000.

I'd buy the GX8 instead of the other M43 cameras today, but probably won't buy it in addition to the ones that still serve me well. It really seems that M43 has hit that maturation point where even "big" improvements will be evolutionary.

So as sacrilegious as this is, and as often as I've railed against sensor size mattering to family and friends, I really do believe it is time for Panasonic (and Olympus) to ADD NEW LINEUPS of FF (or bigger!) cameras to their offerings IN ADDITION TO, NOT INSTEAD OF M43.

The camera I'd buy in addition to my current EM1/EP5/RicohGR set looks just like this GX8, but is FF. It is an interchangeable lens version of the Leica Q, but with a "pro Panasonic" price, not a luxury item price.

This camera would have a high megapixel, BSI sensor, like the A7Rii, a new FF mount that could also use existing M43 lenses with fast AF in a crop mode yielding 12-16 mp images. It would have high burst rate, blazingly fast AF, adapters for legacy glass from any vintage manufacturer, and Panasonic's awesome 4K.

Fantasy? Sony's already getting there? Heresy? So be it. I'm ready for a larger sensor mirrorless. Not necessarily to replace my M43, in addition to it. And if Panasonic and Olympus want big growth again, they'll add a new lineup to take my money. I don't trust Sony. But the pull is increasingly strong...

Full Frame Mirrorless? Already have that to go with my E-M1. A Leica M. Everyone's likely going to be in a position to afford a Leica full-frame before we ever see one from Olympus. In other words......never....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 13:34 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)
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aut0maticdan: What were they thinking putting the AF/AE lock button there?

Better for me than where it is on the GX7, which is closer to the EVF. Nice-looking camera. May just need to get one.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 13:27 UTC
On POWER in the Rainy day - Black and White challenge (7 comments in total)

Awesome image.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 12:10 UTC as 5th comment
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Gregm61: If I had the financial ability, I'd buy one. It was all I could do to afford a second-hand M9.

No. For what I want, it's great. Not interested in movie abilities and have no need for an electronic plug-in finder. I have other systems if I want to shoot that way.

Single frame still image shooting, full frame 18MP works just fine. Image quality is quite good. To be honest, the Huelight black & white profile for the M9 is really good, and faster/easier/less chemical involved than processing/scanning a few rolls of black & white film from the M4.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 21:53 UTC

If I had the financial ability, I'd buy one. It was all I could do to afford a second-hand M9.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 19:35 UTC as 147th comment | 2 replies
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snapa: Now, if they can only update the 3.5 year old sensor, they will really have something worthy of consideration. Changing body material, colors, firmware updates is nice, but... a new improved sensor would be even better, IMHO.

The E-M1 replacement is most likely where we will see that. That's what I'm waiting for.....besides the 7-14/2.8 I just pre-ordered.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 13:32 UTC

Selfie- What a stupid word and this is one stupid idea.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 11:43 UTC as 49th comment

Nice article. Thanks, now for the fun part. Reading the geek responses to get even more technical because they can't help themselves...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 16:49 UTC as 180th comment
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)

I've had cameras with built-in moving modes now for 7 years and have shot, maybe, 5 minutes worth of video, and that was just playing around, so no, this product holds zero interest for me.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 11:37 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply

I do not even like a 28mm equivalent as my widest option, so why would I want even less? I wouldn't buy either of these lenses, but certainly not the Tamron.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 12:22 UTC as 60th comment | 5 replies
On Algernon in the -Domestic Cats- (Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (1 comment in total)

Great entry! Love the angle and expression.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:19 UTC as 1st comment
On Jeffy in the -Domestic Cats- (Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (3 comments in total)

Beautiful!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:18 UTC as 1st comment

These were some of the cheesiest-looking cameras I've ever seen. They should have shut it down, and banned all the "designers" from ever working in a camera factory again. Stuff like this should never see the light of day again.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 13:45 UTC as 24th comment
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (400 comments in total)

Nothing here is going to sell many of these.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 04:48 UTC as 115th comment
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