Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)

Smart investment. They sold half of the stake they owned and made a $390 million capital gain on it. Which means they made the same gain on the other half they still have.

Sony made a potential $780 million profit on this brief investment. Which is probably the best investment they have made in a long time.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 20:27 UTC as 16th comment | 9 replies
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Very clever April Fools Day story.

I appreciate your editorial sense of humor!

Thanks!

I think Allison went well above the call of duty in breaking her arm for the article. She deserves a raise, or something.

At the very least, she should get an Amazon "Employee of the Month" parking spot.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 18:52 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 comments in total)

Very clever April Fools Day story.

I appreciate your editorial sense of humor!

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 17:37 UTC as 79th comment | 4 replies
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MikeFairbanks: I currently use Smugmug, but am paying roughly five bucks a month for unlimited jpeg storage. However, I only have about 50gb stored there. I might go to a self-storage with backup situation to avoid paying.

And Flickr will give you 1 TB of storage for free!

That's an awful lot of photos....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 16:39 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (381 comments in total)
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ecube: Why would I buy a D610 when D750 is a much better camera. Why is this 610 being compared to a Canon EOS 6D, D800 and not the D750. I smell 7 day-old uncooked fish.

The D610 as announced in Oct 2013, and then reviewed by Dpreview in March 2014, five months later.

By Dpreview standards, five months is considered a "speedy review" and is considerably more timely than most of the reviews they do. So it really wasn't old news when it was first published.

Perhaps you found this article in the "latest news section" of this website, in which case you would be correct. This is very old news and shouldn't be a featured story.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2015 at 15:54 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (381 comments in total)
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ecube: Why would I buy a D610 when D750 is a much better camera. Why is this 610 being compared to a Canon EOS 6D, D800 and not the D750. I smell 7 day-old uncooked fish.

Perhaps because this article was written in March 2014 and the Nikon D750 wan't announced until seven months later in Sept 2014? It is difficult to compare a camera to one that doesn't exist.

I smell something entirely different.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2015 at 11:05 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (337 comments in total)
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Tilted Plane: Weird, but it seems ugly to me! But the point is good--some of us want our cameras to look great, too. Yes! Maybe you need a poll/contest for "The camera that takes the best picture"--meaning of course, from the outside.

Taste is always subjective, but for many of us this little camera is stunning. It evokes the Leica CL to me, but I still wouldn't buy one.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 14:16 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (337 comments in total)

I think Fuji's timing is way off.

This would have been a great camera 4 years ago, but today it gets badly outclassed by the Sony RX100 or Panasonic LX100 cameras. For the same $600 you could get a very nice Panasonic GM1 with a very nice compact lens. Still, the X30 is beautiful, and is cheaper than the better alternatives.

However, it should thrill anyone who is happy with cell phone results. So there might be a market for it. But I really think the ship has sailed for high end compacts with smaller sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 14:12 UTC as 67th comment | 5 replies

If you are a heavy user, the Google Cloud could cost you several hundred dollars a year. So $11.99 a year looks like a great deal.

Of course, the big problem with cloud storage is every contract has lots of fine print that no one bothers to read. You could sign up, store all your files there, and discover that they have the right to increase their prices anything they want to. Or the service could be sold to someone else, or mined for personal information to sell.

117 million Radio Shack customers are now wondering why Radio Shack is auctioning off their personal information.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 21:47 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (671 comments in total)

Fifty Shades of Silver!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 13:41 UTC as 112th comment
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Marty4650: If their policy has been "to make cameras compact" since 1936, then someone must explain the Olympus E3 (2007) and E5 (2010).

Those two cameras were just as big and heavy as a Canon 5D with a sensor 1/4th the size.

@ HowaboutRAW

Guess which camera has the smallest sensor in this photo:

http://j.mp/1LQeYD7

You're right about the Canon 5D, it is a little bigger than the E5, but not by much. It is around the same overall size, but is exactly 10% heavier and has a sensor 400% larger.

The Sony A7R pictured in that link has the excuse of not having a mirror to add size and weight, but the Nikon Df has one, and it is also a LOT smaller than an Olympus E5.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 00:29 UTC
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Paul Auclair: OK....Olympus only makes compact cameras...great...m4/3 and PSs only forever from Olympus.
Olympus will not make(enter) FF camera body...great don't do it...it's crazy.
How about making some compact FF lenses then like you (Olympus) used to a'la OM mount but for other mounts?
kinda like Zeiss, Sigma, and plenty of others do?
yes there are others making lenses for other mounts BUT OM lenses are 'still' very well respected by manual focus shooters.
modern day OM Zuiko (AF motors or not or both) with modern day glass and coatings and communication with host cameras...that'd be interesting.
i think Digital FF Zuikos made for CanikonSony would sell and rank (nearly) as high IQ-wise as Zeiss.
come on Olympus...get back in the FF game somewhere...just lenses will be fine.

Paul, the more I think about it (day dreaming, perhaps) the more sense it makes for Olympus to become a third party lens maker.

I think lens design is one of Olympus' strongest skills. And the best Zuikos have been favorably compared to Leica and Zeiss lenses at a much more affordable price. The quality is certainly there, even if the the luxury brand status isn't.

In order to market lenses for someone else's system you need to do one of three things:

* make it better
* make it cheaper
* make something that isn't available from the OEM

I'd guess that most of the opportunity lies with the first case, there is some in the second case, and none in the third. Nikon and Canon already have their lens catalogs pretty much filled. What they need is better quality lenses at the low and mid level.

OK, maybe it's just a dream. But I think it could be very profitable for Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 23:02 UTC
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Paul Auclair: OK....Olympus only makes compact cameras...great...m4/3 and PSs only forever from Olympus.
Olympus will not make(enter) FF camera body...great don't do it...it's crazy.
How about making some compact FF lenses then like you (Olympus) used to a'la OM mount but for other mounts?
kinda like Zeiss, Sigma, and plenty of others do?
yes there are others making lenses for other mounts BUT OM lenses are 'still' very well respected by manual focus shooters.
modern day OM Zuiko (AF motors or not or both) with modern day glass and coatings and communication with host cameras...that'd be interesting.
i think Digital FF Zuikos made for CanikonSony would sell and rank (nearly) as high IQ-wise as Zeiss.
come on Olympus...get back in the FF game somewhere...just lenses will be fine.

Paul.... precisely WHY would Olympus want to go into direct competition with Nikon, Canon, Sony and now Pentax in the FF camera arena? Would they have any hope of NOT losing money on this project? And wouldn't they need to develop a ton of AF FF lenses if they did?

However, your are right about the lenses. Olympus could market FF lenses in other mounts (just like Sigma does). There are probably a few Canon and Nikon users who wouldn't mind a high quality Zuiko lens. If just a small percentage of Nikon and Canon FF users buy them, it would be instant revenue. And if they built great lenses, they could beat Sigma, Tokina and Tamron with better products, at less than Zeiss prices.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 20:57 UTC

If their policy has been "to make cameras compact" since 1936, then someone must explain the Olympus E3 (2007) and E5 (2010).

Those two cameras were just as big and heavy as a Canon 5D with a sensor 1/4th the size.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 19:14 UTC as 34th comment | 12 replies
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JeanPierre Thibaudeau: This camera seems to produce some of the most beautiful colours I've ever seen. But strangely, at ISO 12800, they also seem to loose a lot of saturation. Nonetheless, I just might buy one for me and keep the ISO at a reasonnable level. Very nice!

Exactly, BarnET.

Around 95% of us are amateurs who never shoot above ISO 1600. So why compare a budget priced pocket cam to a full frame professional cameras and use ISO 12800 as the standard by which it must be judged? That standard goes well beyond absurd.

The point is conceded.

The GF7 is NOT the best camera for shooting in extremely low light. But it is still one heck of a good camera for amateur photographers and it is priced very reasonably.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 00:33 UTC
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JeanPierre Thibaudeau: This camera seems to produce some of the most beautiful colours I've ever seen. But strangely, at ISO 12800, they also seem to loose a lot of saturation. Nonetheless, I just might buy one for me and keep the ISO at a reasonnable level. Very nice!

JeanPierre..... how often do you shoot at ISO 12800?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 13:44 UTC

This entire photo set could be used as a primer on "why shooting raw is a good idea." The jpegs look pretty good. The edited raw files look better.

This is really a very capable compact camera, especially for the price.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 12:57 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On 13-Dan-ISO_12800-ACR photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

This entire photo set could be used as a primer on "why shooting raw is a good idea." The jpegs look pretty good. The raw files look better.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 12:29 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On photo in sample gallery (4 comments in total)

This entire photo set could be used as a primer on "why shooting raw is a good idea." The jpegs look pretty good. The raw files look better.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 12:29 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support article (46 comments in total)
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Gesture: Lots of money. What about the XZ series?

Well, this is a different sort of camera. It has a smaller sensor, a slower lens and a much larger zoom range than the XZ-2 ihs.

The XZ-2 is probably a much better camera, but it will cost more and can't give you anything over 128mm. Personally, I'd take the XZ-2, but I can understand how others might prefer the huge 24X range of the SH-2 over the limited 4X range of the XZ-2.

Oh.... and a $399 list price at release really means "$249 six months from now."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 07:20 UTC
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