Marty4650

Marty4650

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On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (419 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Olympus M43 seems like Nikon 1 system, lot of variations but nothing really stand out other than patches after patches to fix problems.

@ Mike...

You wrote:
"FWIW, GM1 has no IBIS, and AW1 has no IS at all as AW1 lens has NO OIS (VR). Not good."

Exactly my point when I said "neither system is probably the best choice for you." Obviously, you don't care for either one, and that is your right.

But your personal preference doesn't mean that those two systems might not be good choices for other people.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 15:09 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (419 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Olympus M43 seems like Nikon 1 system, lot of variations but nothing really stand out other than patches after patches to fix problems.

Well, not that many.

There are exactly six of those "repeat slow kit zooms." Three Olympus models and three Panasonic models. And you are probably aware that Canon and Nikon have multiple versions of their own kit lenses (type 1, type 2, type 3, with and without IS).

The fact remains.... M4/3 has more "designed for digital" AF native lenses than any other system has. Even more than Canon Sony and Nikon do after you subtract their film era carryover lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 15:05 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (419 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Olympus M43 seems like Nikon 1 system, lot of variations but nothing really stand out other than patches after patches to fix problems.

Mike... Nikon 1 has a few nice things going for it. It has blazing fast AF, a very high continuous burst rate, and a much higher crop factor which might be useful in some circumstances. It also offers a water proof model and lenses... the AW1.

But in ever other respect the M4/3 system has the advantage. M4/3 even has smaller cameras than Nikon 1 does (compare the GM1 to anything that Nikon 1 has). And there currently are more than 50 native AF lenses for M4/3 including many fast primes.

So, just pick whatever suits you best. In your case Mike, neither one is probably best for you.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 14:11 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (419 comments in total)
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Marty4650: That chart will probably help sell a few more EM10 cameras.

The $249 EVF is "built in" for just $100 more? And it has a built in flash too?

My guess is that the EPL7 isn't "environmentally sealed." That was probably a typo.

Surely, it was a mistake. If this thing was weather sealed, then Jeff probably would have included that fact on his "key features" list.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:52 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (419 comments in total)

That chart will probably help sell a few more EM10 cameras.

The $249 EVF is "built in" for just $100 more? And it has a built in flash too?

My guess is that the EPL7 isn't "environmentally sealed." That was probably a typo.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:12 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (419 comments in total)
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orion1983: Looks as if SELFIE-features are most important nowadays...apart from all other technicals. Ridiculous trend.....they should stick with their cell phone to make precious selfies which the world is waiting for!

Of course, if the trend continues, the next obvious step is a camera with a "rear facing lens".....

Someday you will be able to buy a Nikon D830 with a 36 MP sensor that has a rear facing lens with it's own built in 2 MP sensor for selfies.

Hopefully, I will be dead by then.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 09:59 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (419 comments in total)
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Dimitrios Pikros: Richard is 110% right about the shooting experience. I have to admit that setting up for the first time my e-pl5 for "serious" photography was frustrating (and keep in mind that my previous camera was e-pl2). I think that there is a simple solution to this: two or three different "general modes", for example "beginners", "advanced" and "pro". Each mode could offer different grade of involvement, but obviously the last one should have the Super Control Panel on by default (among other things). It's so simple that it makes you wonder why no one has thought about it...

I refuse to believe that Olympus doesn't know that their users love the Super Control Panel, and constantly complain that they must "enable it" rather than having it as a default feature.

So there must be some good reason they persist in hiding this wonderful feature deep in their menu system. I just can't imagine what that reason is.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (419 comments in total)

There are some folks who would "never buy a camera without a built in EVF" and there are others who buy cameras with outstanding EVFs or OVFs and still hold them at arms length, composing as if they were using a camera phone.

There are some folks who would "never buy a camera without a built in flash" and there are others who buy cameras with built in flashes and never turn the flash on. They crank up the ISO instead.

There are some folks who would "never buy a cameras without a fully articulating LCD" and there are others who spend $8,000 for cameras without them.

Point being.... what you want or need may not be what everyone else wants or needs. This camera will be perfect for someone, even if it isn't my first choice or your first choice. What Olympus has done here is simply improved and existing model to give it some more life, without spending a lot for R&D.

All the camera makers do this, and it's a smart business idea.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 09:52 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (419 comments in total)
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Mike FL: For $499, you get Sony NEX-6 with better IQ and MUCH better useability:
1. Larger sensor
2. Wider kit zoom
3. Built in EVF
4. Built in Flash

For Olympus PEN E-PL7, you get nothing above, but same price. Also Sony looks nice.

Oh, well...

There are also plenty of brand new cameras you can buy for $499 or less, if you want something a few years old.

But that won't be very useful advice for someone who already owns several M4/3 lenses. The EPL7 should be viewed as a replacement for the EPL5, in which case it seems like a nice upgrade at the same price. It will probably drive the EPL5 down to the $399 price point, making it an even better bargain.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)

Everyone.... disco!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 22:48 UTC as 88th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (312 comments in total)

Jeff's last line says it all.

I'd rather have a weather sealed K-50 and skip the flashing lights. But since it's a Pentax, we know it will be a pretty fine camera, despite the odd look of it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 22:46 UTC as 133rd comment
On Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2014) article (41 comments in total)

A really interesting "update"...

1. Canon SL1 - 17 months old
2. Canon T5i - 17 months old
3. Nikon D3300 - 7 months old
4. Nikon D5300 - 10 months old
5. Pentax K-50 - 14 months old
5. Sony SLT-A58 - 18 months old

It's like a trip to a museum to see the dinosaurs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 20:57 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
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Marty4650: Now that the matter is settled, shouldn't we be paying bananas to that monkey for royalties?

Wye.... you probably should know that 167 of those 192 nations have ratified the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

So, you are only correct if you are thinking of a handful of nations in Africa and Asia. This isn't a question of "obeisance to US law" but a question of honoring international treaties.

Stu..... the UK is one of those nations that has ratified the agreement as well.

Read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berne_Convention_for_the_Protection_of_Literary_and_Artistic_Works

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:03 UTC

Now that the matter is settled, shouldn't we be paying bananas to that monkey for royalties?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 08:46 UTC as 89th comment | 4 replies
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onlooker: I wish Canon, Nikon, or Pentax would make a rangefinder like this, with lenses to go with it. Then mere mortals could buy it.

I am not sure where the hatred for the M comes from. It's a fabulous, simple camera, with fabulous, simple lenses. I can't afford them, but it doesn't make them bad.

@ onlooker....

True... but how many people would buy them?

There was a good reason that rangefinders fell out of favor when the SLR became popular.There just isn't very much demand for rangefinder cameras today, and Leica really has that niche nailed down.

Don't assume that the Leica customers would start buying cheaper Nikon or Canon rangefinders just to save money. A great deal of the appeal of Leica has to do with exclusivity and luxury brand identification.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (378 comments in total)

Look at the bright side. No oil or dust was involved in this recall.

This sounds like a very minor issue that only affects a small number of cameras, and Nikon will fix them all for free. I suppose Nikon learned their lesson from the D600 fiasco. I'm sure no one at Nikon wants to go through that again.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 21:01 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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Robert Eckerlin: Yes, I too will not buy a camera without View Finder.

And as long, as the quality (among other the brightness and colors) of the image shown in the EVF does not get comparable to the quality of the images shown in reasonable Optical viewfinders: I will also not buy a camera without OVF. The pleasure of looking via VF at the photo that i will soot is an extremely important part of my overall pleasure of taking photographies.

Can I please ask experts: why is the quality of the image shown in EVF not comparable to the quality of the image shown in "reasonble" optical viewfinders (e,g. the OVF of the NIKON D5000)? Is it really impossible to build at a reasonable price cameras having EVFs with pleasant image quality?

And why does Dpreview not rate or comment the quality of the Images shown in EVFs? I would appreciate very much to read such comments, in order to motivate me from time to time to take a look at new camera having (according dpreview) EVFs with an excellent image quality.

Most EVF cameras have eye sensors to turn the touch screen off when you are looking through the EVF. This isn't an oversight, it is smart design. There is nothing awkward about it.

Seriously... why would ANYONE want to use the EVF and the touch screen at the same time?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 13:26 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)

This is an interesting camera.

For exactly $100 less than an A6000, you can buy an A5100 and lose your EVF, lose your hot shoe, have a continuious shooting rate half as fast, and end up with a less powerful flash. But at least you would pick up a touch LCD screen.

Who would give up all that to save $100?

Sony already has the A3000 for the budget customer, and it represents an incredible value.

Unless the A5100 is deeply discounted, it should help sell a lot more A6000s. There is simply too much missing for the $100 savings.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 93rd comment | 6 replies
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: I think I get a new tripod first.

You could probably get a pickup truck with a fifth wheel in the bed to transport your lens around.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 23:09 UTC
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Jimmy jang Boo: Interesting comparison. What's next, Pentax Q vs Phase One?

Don't be ridiculous. That comparison makes no sense.

What we need is a Diana Lomo F vs Lytro Illum vs Motrola Droid smartphone comparison test.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 21:16 UTC
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