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On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (387 comments in total)
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Giacomo Sardi: another "small sensor-object of desire" camera........ dear Olympus listen to me: is a very, very ,very nice piece of metal, but the advantages of big sensors against m4/3 are obvious... this body (and my pocket) , for that price needs a bigger sensor...

There's little debate about larger sensors and better image quality. However there are certain physical realities that come into play…

Larger sensor means larger lenses.
More bulk. More weight. Less portability.

I don't own a car, travel often and carry everything on my back. Every ounce matters.

If I can get better than "good enough" image quality with less than half the bulk and weight, I'm all for it.

On topic… Like most Olympus cameras, the PEN-F is a pretty camera and loaded with flaws.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 13:23 UTC
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (163 comments in total)
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Jon H Laake: 1. How do you move single focus point around viewscreen? (this is a major turn-off in my ep-5)

2. Is the B/W option a true monchrome mode in RAW?

Use your finger on the touchscreen.
Or fiddle with the 4-way control buttons.

Like Panasonic cameras have been able to do for several years you can shift the focus point with your finger while looking through the EVF. Brilliant feature!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 13:08 UTC
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wetsleet: With wristwatches, the received wisdom is that to go swimming (not diving or snorkelling, just swimming) a watch needs to be water resistant to 100m. This because the 100m figure is a static pressure, and the movement of your arms through the water as you swim subjects the watch to dynamic pressures much higher than the static pressure of the depth at which you swim.

What is the word on water resistant cameras? This one boasts 15m. Can you actually haul it along with you as you swim? Or is it just a case of gingerly ducking it under the surface to take a pic above 15m deep, then gently getting it back into the air again, no abrupt movements under water?

I've had two different Olympus underwater compacts. a Stylus 1030SW and TG-1.

When snorkeling, I either let the camera hang from my wrist, hold it in my right hand like a paddle or stuff it into my Speedos. I tend to swim along the bottom for as long as I can hold my breath, rather than float on the surface and can dive down about 20 feet or so, too.

I've never had any trouble with the seals on either camera. But, I do follow the instructions about thoroughly rinsing and letting the camera dry, etc., before opening in to download images and recharge batteries.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 13:06 UTC
On photo TOUCAN in the Captivity in nature challenge (8 comments in total)

That's a Blue and Gold Macaw!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 03:14 UTC as 5th comment
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mick787: It’s well known, (except by Lonely Planet), that God goes for his holidays in West Yorkshire, England. There is a reason for that!

Which God?
There are so many to choose from…

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 09:18 UTC
On article And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015 (392 comments in total)
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Wolfeye: How about a category for things regular, non-rich people can afford? Nothing on your list is anything but top level (and top priced) gear. Except the Panasonic FZ1000 which is an amazing value.

Your selections are for the rich, and your snobbery towards lesser priced choices that people can afford is obvious. You don't care about price, do ya?

Guess what. A lot of us do.

The Panasonic G7 certainly fits in the lower price range.

If strapped for cash, one can always buy used equipment.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 14:01 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Man, you go that places, and don´t take the ak-47 poster from the wall !? Are you too honest, or just take the photo before you took it :)

Great photography here, As a authentic poster freak I respect you more than just an extreme photographer.

Excellent shots!
Fantastic posters! I'd have snagged those in a heartbeat!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2015 at 11:59 UTC
On article Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear (154 comments in total)

Just do the sensible thing and avoid Canon. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 17:27 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (496 comments in total)
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Robert Garcia NYC: This body reminds me of the Olympus Em1

It sorta looks like an EM1…
without the fussy, 1970s detailing and grip that looks as though it were glued on.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 22:36 UTC
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peterharvey: These ultrawide angle zooms 7-14 mm with wide aperture at f2.8 is no lightweight; it is actually heavier than the flagship E-M1.

But nearly 2x the weight of the 300g Panasonic 7-14mm f4.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 11:43 UTC
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JackM: All I see is a naked emperor.


To some, manual focus lenses (with a mechanical aperture ring) are a real plus.

I have a few Voigtländer lenses (M4/3 and M mount) and there are qualities in terms of image, build and working with them, that makes them quite special.

I have a Pentax 50mm f1.4 SMC Takumar, too. It's a fantastic lens!

The A7-series in on my radar and so is this 40mm!

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 13:45 UTC
On article Kowa announces pricing for three Micro Four Thirds lens (149 comments in total)

Wow. An article about the price announcement for the Kowa Prominar lenses that fails to mention the actual prices on the first page.

Very handy! :-P

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 08:58 UTC as 1st comment
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nunatak: didn't Think Tank recently release another line of "uppity" fashion purses for MILC's ... or are these the same?

i'm sure there's a market for these. if someone enjoys the "Think Tank" label endorsing their bag then don't be deterred by this criticism. it's just a shaving kit, or small lunch kit bag doesn't say "steal me" on it. also the latter are typically much more economical to boot. JMO.

Exactly. Carrying an obvious looking gear bag, with the odd photo gear shape and festooned with logos, is like putting a target on your back. If you go to places off the beaten path, being inconspicuous can be as much about personal safety as it is about getting good shots.

When I'm out and about, my camera (micro four thirds) is never in a bag, but my "camera bag" solution is to carry my lenses in separate lens cases and put them in whatever bag I want to use at the moment. I have a variety of backpacks, lumbar packs that can fit a number of lenses, it's simple, practical and extremely unobtrusive.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 08:44 UTC
On Connect post More manual control on iOS with Manual Cam (46 comments in total)
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chj: I've been asking for shutter speed control for the longest time and now it's finally here. We can shoot indoors without a flash at faster than 1/8s now! I haven't tried Manual Cam, but it works well on Camera+ and makes a big difference in many situations.

Because Android is a fragmented system.
Apple's iOS is not.

Also, Apple's customers tend to buy more apps, so there's more incentive to develop apps for iOS.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 20:17 UTC
On article Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think (198 comments in total)

Why no article on the 5 or 6 new Voigtländer lens releases?

There were several M mount lenses. Plus, the 10.5mm f0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds is a big deal for M4/3 users!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 15:55 UTC as 56th comment
On Connect post More manual control on iOS with Manual Cam (46 comments in total)
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picnut: The App Store says Manual Cam doesn't exist. What's up? Am I doing something wrong?

Okay, I was going by the icon. My mistake.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 14:27 UTC
On Connect post More manual control on iOS with Manual Cam (46 comments in total)
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picnut: The App Store says Manual Cam doesn't exist. What's up? Am I doing something wrong?

In the App Store it's actually called:
Manual - Custom Exposure Camera.

How hard is it to get the name right?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 14:10 UTC

There're already native 45mm and 60mm macro lenses.
Let's see a LONGER native m4/3 macro lens!

I guess I'll stick with my adapted Nikon 105mm f2.8 AI-S lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 10:43 UTC as 5th comment
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Daniel from Bavaria: I am in Fujifilm, but this seems to be a lovely lens - also compared to the upcoming Fuji 50-140 f2.8 lens.

I expected that this lens will be a bit bigger and heavier. But 160mm length and 880 grams weight for that lens is very reasonable.
The reach of 80-300mm with f2.8 is also great and a novum in the market.

Well done Olympus!!

@RStyga below…

Paper thin DoF isn't an issue with a lens of this length.

f2.8 is STILL f2.8

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 09:18 UTC

Nice addition to the M4/3 system!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 02:48 UTC as 5th comment
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