Marty4650

Marty4650

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On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Buy a new EM-5 body for $799 (B&H) or a used one for $500 and call it a day. Pricing for this doesn't make sense when the body is only $100 cheaper than the EM-5.

The EM5 sold at full list price for over a year. I doubt the same will happen for the EM10. Within three months the EM10 will be down to $649, six months after that, perhaps $599.

Meanwhile, as Richard said, it is unlikely that the EM5 will go below $800 any time soon.

Some folks may actually prefer the EM10 to the EM5, if they don't need weather sealing or 5 axis IS, because it does have WIFI and a built in flash. And it is smaller and lighter and the hump is better looking.

Just remember, the EM10 was NOT designed to take any customers away from the EM5. It is designed for new users, or people moving up from Pen cameras.

Compare the EM10 to an EPL5 + VF4 and it starts looking like a bargain camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 11:15 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Is this camera available to anyone right now? I'm wondering about the people who say "I had it" and "I own it." I figure it's come out in Japan or China first?

Some of those "I own it" people will be posting user reviews before the first EM10 leaves the factory.

Funny how some people are.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 11:09 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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Akpinxit: RAW IQ still remains to see , but if one looking to shoot in JPGs , there would be no need to switch from smartphone to this model - same smugged details even on ISO200 , same edge artifacts , same handheld combination of 1\60, ISO2000 and high noise reduction erasing everything in its' path.

The CDS strikes again!

(Cameraphone Derangement Syndrome)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 11:04 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)

I just spotted something on the product photos.

The rubber eyepiece looks like a different design than the one on the EM5.

With any luck, it won't fall off as frequently!

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympus-om-d-e-m10/images/topcompare-EM5.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 17:33 UTC as 95th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Richard...

Hiding the Super Control Panel really is baffling.

But this is something Olympus always does, for reasons no one can explain. We Olympus users just accept it, and enabling the SCP is the very first thing we do when we open the box.

It really is hard to imagine why they hide one of their very best features. It isn't hard to enable this feature, but it certainly isn't intuitive. You need instructions to do it!

Perhaps buyers in the Japanese market don't like using a shortcut menu? It really is hard to understand why this useful feature isn't set as a default.

Having said that, this is really a very minor annoyance. Nothing like oily sensors, left side focus issues, light leaks, or grip coverings being allergens.

Agreed.... which is why it seems odd that they never make this a default setting. It would really help new users.

This seems like such a simple thing to do. You really have to wonder if anyone at Olympus even reads these comments by their customers following reviews of their cameras.

I know if I was in charge, I'd put someone on the payroll to scour the internet searching for complaints, problems, suggestions, and anything that could make their next release better. Then hand the list to the design engineers. Since this suggestion costs virtually nothing to do, I bet it would appear on the very next camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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RolliPoli: Will it focus properly with my regular 4/3 lenses?

It will focus just as fast as every other M4/3 camera except the EM1. Which is to say.... not too bad for the CDAF lenses, but painfully slow for the others.'

The EM1 is the only M4/3 camera with PDAF on the sensor chip.

So far....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 17:23 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)

Richard...

Hiding the Super Control Panel really is baffling.

But this is something Olympus always does, for reasons no one can explain. We Olympus users just accept it, and enabling the SCP is the very first thing we do when we open the box.

It really is hard to imagine why they hide one of their very best features. It isn't hard to enable this feature, but it certainly isn't intuitive. You need instructions to do it!

Perhaps buyers in the Japanese market don't like using a shortcut menu? It really is hard to understand why this useful feature isn't set as a default.

Having said that, this is really a very minor annoyance. Nothing like oily sensors, left side focus issues, light leaks, or grip coverings being allergens.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 12:53 UTC as 127th comment | 2 replies

It looks like Fuji is serious, as they introduce yet another wonderful MILC camera. The high end of the MILC market is heating up, with Sony FF NEX, Samsung NX30 and now the Fjui X-T1.

This new Fuji will give the GH3 and EM1 some real competition. And competition is good for all of us. Even us diehard M4/3 folks!

I really give Fuji a lot of credit. Their X system keeps growing and improving, their lenses are very good, and they do have a slight IQ advantage with a larger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 18:21 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: They really haven't changed at all. Sure, the vegetation changes a little, but the landscape is the same.

75 years is like a nanosecond in geological time.

Now... if you want to see some changes, come back in 100,000 years and check again.

Good one!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 22:50 UTC
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DarylK: IMHO, for true "retakes" they should have stayed away from infrared...shoot color and convert to B&W or shoot in B&W natively for more meaningful direct comparision. It is stated that IR was used to be able to show more distant detail - I think the old B&W shots are more effective at this. Just my opinion.

I'm not so sure if that is true, even if it sounds logical based on the current cultural alarmism over pollution.

The truth is, the air is actually cleaner in many places today than it was 75 years ago. Remember, there were no pollution controls back then, and we were burning coal like it was going out of style.

The point is, you just can't have it both ways by thinking we need pollution controls, then saying they don't work. They actually do work.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 22:16 UTC
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Gibbosa: It's funny how even the mountains seem to have moved! (Seriously - as comparisons - to my untutored eye these are worse than useless.)

Or... you could move the slider back and forth.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 22:13 UTC

They really haven't changed at all. Sure, the vegetation changes a little, but the landscape is the same.

75 years is like a nanosecond in geological time.

Now... if you want to see some changes, come back in 100,000 years and check again.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1597 comments in total)
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driftnomore: ..the pentax k-3 review is left in the cold....

other websites has reviewed it with fair results.you may not review it,dpr anyway..

ragmanjin...

That's true... if you assume there should be a first in first out method for reviews. All these new cameras queue up, and get reviewed in the order they were released.

But this website has ALWAYS prioritized reviews for new cameras that were innovative, interesting, or game changers.

The Pentax K3 is an extremely nice DSLR. Perhaps the best APSC DSLR ever made. By anyone. But there really is nothing new here.

The Sony A7 is truly different and innovative. It was a camera that everyone wanted to know more about. So it got priority.

I remember when the very first SLT was announced, the Sony A55... Dpreview had a full review up the very same day. (Obviously, they had an advance copy to test.) Similarly, the Olympus EP1 had a full review less than two weeks after it was announced.

Dpreview cannot be faulted for having a bias towards newer technologies. It is pretty much their job to keep us informed about these things.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 09:47 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1597 comments in total)
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driftnomore: ..the pentax k-3 review is left in the cold....

other websites has reviewed it with fair results.you may not review it,dpr anyway..

Whenever Dpreview reviews ANY camera, some clever person tells us they reviewed the wrong camera. It was some other camera that should have been reviewed first.

There is always some other camera that someone wanted reviewed first.

They simply cannot win.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 09:03 UTC
On Reminder: Vote now for your product of 2013 news story (64 comments in total)
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VENTURE-STAR: I don't entirely disagree with you duckling. However, all the practical concerns are important, because equipment needs to be fit for purpose and reliable. These products are expensive and I might well consider the camera of 2013, to be a cheap Canon DSLR or the Panasonic LX7. Some of the items in this poll like the Sigma lens are unlikely to make better photographers of any average user. Nice to hang around your neck and show off as jewellery but not really needed to produce a range of good work. What does concern me is that the information provided in this poll, will simply be used by the companies in question for advertising purposes and therefore of little genuine use to DPR readers.

Let's assume you are right when you say "the information will be used by companies for advertising purposes."

Why is this a bad thing?
Why do you assume there will be no benefit for Dpreview users?

This website is supported by advertisers. There is no subscription fee for us to pay. Everything we like seeing here is paid for by companies who advertise their wares.

If a company advertises "Camera X won the Dpreview poll for best product of the year" that statement cannot possibly harm the users here. Assuming that camera actually won, it will be a truthful statement, that tells potential buyers "this is a popular camera."

I think your concerns are ill founded.

You probably need to find a website that charges you $19.99 a month and bans all advertising, so you won't have to worry about advertising and it's negative affects. If there actually are any.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 21:15 UTC
On Richard Franiec creates custom grip for Panasonic GM1 news story (48 comments in total)

As usual, Franiec has designed a grip for a camera that is:

1. Better looking
2. Better ergonomically, and
3. Cheaper

than the optional grips offered by the camera makers.

I wonder why they just don't hire this guy to design their grips? He seems to do a much better job of it than the camera makers do.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:01 UTC as 10th comment
On Reminder: Vote now for your product of 2013 news story (64 comments in total)

You always have to remember that this is a poll taken among a group of camera enthusiasts, and not one taken from a large group of mass market users.

If we polled them, then an Apple iPhone might win. And a Canon digital rebel might be the first runner up. Products made by Fuji, Pentax or Olympus might not even make the "top 100."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 16:25 UTC as 10th comment
On Sakar shows QX-style, Vivitar-branded modular smart camera news story (79 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I don't understand why some guys here don't like the idea of a modular camera. They offer lens interchangeability, the sensor is not ridiculously small, you can have them mounted on your phone (whenever you want), you can achieve far better image quality, can have easier software updates/upgrades, and even pay a lower price. Some guys are even complaining this news should be anywhere else! What is wrong with you, guys?

I love the idea! I have a Nokia 701. Imagine they have its software compatible with Symbian OS and I could buy a mount for, let's say, 200-300 bucks, and then a lens. Awesome! They can even offer handgrips!

The only problem I see with this kind of product is if they ask the same price as an equivalent camera.

How well did that modular thing work out for Ricoh with their GXR?

If the big advantage of cell phone cameras is "they are compact, and always with you" then carrying around a lens/senor unit to strap on to it sort of defeats the whole purpose.

This is a Rube Golberg kludge device if every there was one.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 19:07 UTC
On Sakar shows QX-style, Vivitar-branded modular smart camera news story (79 comments in total)
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TFD: Why not just get Canon or Nikon to make cameras with a built in cell phone.

Many cellphone users today hardly ever make phone calls. They use their smartphones as gaming devices, GPS units, cameras, ereaders, web surfers and everything else except making phone calls.

It has come to the point where some cell phone providers are giving away unlimited free minutes to get you to buy a larger data plan.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 17:05 UTC
On Sakar shows QX-style, Vivitar-branded modular smart camera news story (79 comments in total)
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Eleson: I'm a bit surprised by the lack of imagination from many posters here, " not understanding the product".
For many (actually most) taking pictures is not about having them, it is about sharing them. Something 95% of current cameras suck at.
And for most, a lower quality image that gets shared is worth a helluva lot more than a great picture that noone sees.
Simple as that.

Eleson....

It may be a cultural or generational thing. Or one of priorities.

Many of us old timers think photography should be deliberate. You should plan the shot, execute it well, then post process carefully. Then... decide whether to share it or not.

Many of the younger shooters think photography must be instantaneous. You see something interesting, whip out your cell phone, and within 5 seconds you have posted it on facebook. So everyone can see what you ate for lunch.

Sometimes these two methods come in conflict, and some of us will sacrifice the ability to "share with lighting speed" for better quality results. While others will sacrifice better quality results so they can share everything they see, immediately after they see it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 17:01 UTC
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