Marty4650

Marty4650

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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larryr: This review makes me want to push the buy button!

The review is very good shows how to use the camera, and being creative with aspect ratio which I have only changed infrequently.

Softness apparently isn't the issue that some claim, except for defective camera. It is there but not a real life problem and more users are showing sharp images. One can decrease the aperture in most situations too.

Still wondering if the camera is still shaking out build problems with things like Doppler adj., focus problems. Still no rush as raw isn't in PS yet.

So many options these days, like those he mentioned at the end of his review.

I also own a GM1, and for me this is the perfect compact camera. If you go to the studio image comparisons... put the GM1 up against the LX100. The GM1 does much better, which makes me wonder why I'd want to ever get an LX100.

The GM1 is cheaper, smaller, lighter, and produces better image quality. All you are missing is an EVF and 4K video. And I wouldn't care if there was no video on it, since I hardly ever take videos.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 21:31 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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larryr: This review makes me want to push the buy button!

The review is very good shows how to use the camera, and being creative with aspect ratio which I have only changed infrequently.

Softness apparently isn't the issue that some claim, except for defective camera. It is there but not a real life problem and more users are showing sharp images. One can decrease the aperture in most situations too.

Still wondering if the camera is still shaking out build problems with things like Doppler adj., focus problems. Still no rush as raw isn't in PS yet.

So many options these days, like those he mentioned at the end of his review.

This review makes me want to wait three years, then buy one for $500 at the closeout sale.

It really is a nice camera, and a good walkaround camera for a M4/3 shooter. But for $900.... well, I'd rather pick up a 75mm f1.8 lens, or a 12mm f/2.0.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 20:23 UTC

This really is a great camera, but the design just doesn't do it justice.

There is good retro (Fuji and Olympus) and bad retro (Nikon). Fuji did a nice job emulating Leica. Olympus did a nice job emulating their own OM1. What Nikon has done is to recreate an East German Praktica Pentacon... only uglier.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 11:52 UTC as 63rd comment | 2 replies

This is about as classy as having a gold capped front tooth.

What were they thinking?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 07:43 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)
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Raist3d: I don't understand why this is big news. Or why so important. Wow, and older camera model going out of production? Really?! Never heard of that before in the market.

And reporting a rumor? (!) Not that it makes a difference true or not true.

Agreed. This is just a standard business practice.

Here's the interesting part. Timing is important. Olympus had to wait until there were almost no EM5s left to sell to introduce the EM5 II.

Why? Because leftover EM5 would undermine their ability to sell EM5 II cameras, for anyone who didn't need WIFI, didn't need 4K video, or didn't need any other gee whiz feature it will have.

Once the leftover EM5s are gone, the EM5 II can safely command that $999 pricepoint without any internal competition.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 19:56 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: Its not going that well with 4/3 at the moment.
Hope they'll be able to come up with a game changer.

Many people looking for a small system are now looking towards Fuji due to their APS sensor, retro look and more or less same weight and AF performance.

All systems involve compromises, and the Fuji X isn't a bad compromise. For many people it will be ideal.

For those who demand "slightly better image quality than M4/3" it might be the best solution. Anyone who wants "much better image quality than M4/3" will have already moved to full frame.

But Fuji simply has nothing as "small and light" as a Panasonic GM1 with a 12-32mm lens. And they never will, thanks to those "laws of physics." A larger image circle really does have consequences here.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 13:09 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)
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Marty4650: The problem for Olympus is the EM5 is almost three years old now, and is still one of the finest MILC cameras you can find. And as each day passes, they have to sell them for less and less.

So the obvious solution is to create a replacement model, with WIFI and a better EVF, with everything else the same, then ratchet the price back up to $999 again, for another three years.

You will have exactly the same problem with any MILC system.

So your best bet might be to stay with a DSLR. And they will probably still be making them for decades to come.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 13:04 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)

Very few cameras today can match the success the EM5 has had. It was a full year before you could buy one for less than full list price, and the camera stayed in the top ten most popular (most clicks) camera list here at Dpreview for a year and a half. This is a pretty remarkable accomplishment for a digital camera today.

That camera was so successful that Olympus created two more OMD cameras. One aimed higher, and then one aimed lower.

The problem for Olympus was that the lower model EM10 has a few nice features that the EM5 lacks, so the EM5 desperately needs a replacement model to maintain the three tier pricing strategy.

The one thing Olympus cannot do is to discontinue the EM5 without replacing it with a new model to fill the big price gap between the EM10 and the EM1.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 11:31 UTC as 42nd comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)
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Raist3d: I don't understand why this is big news. Or why so important. Wow, and older camera model going out of production? Really?! Never heard of that before in the market.

And reporting a rumor? (!) Not that it makes a difference true or not true.

Anyone who thinks cameras are produced like soft drinks is wrong. They do not produce a few every day to meet daily demand.

They are produced in huge batches, based on sales forecasts, just like books are published. And sometimes they might get a second production run if demand is very high, but they are NOT in continuous production.

I honestly doubt that any EM5s have been produced since 2013. Olympus was just selling units left in inventory, and now that there are almost no new inventory left, they are faced with only two options:

1. Fire up the production line again to produce more copies of a 2+ year old camera, or

2. Create a successor model, to fill the huge price gap between the EM10 and the EM1.

Olympus really does need to fill that gap. And they will fill it with an updated version of the EM5. A camera more capable than an EM10, but less capable than an EM1, at a price between the two.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 11:22 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)
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Marty4650: The problem for Olympus is the EM5 is almost three years old now, and is still one of the finest MILC cameras you can find. And as each day passes, they have to sell them for less and less.

So the obvious solution is to create a replacement model, with WIFI and a better EVF, with everything else the same, then ratchet the price back up to $999 again, for another three years.

I think PDAF is a feature Olympus must reserve for their flagship camera to justify the $300 price differential. The EM5 II can get everything except that feature.

And the truth is, most M4/3 users don't need the ability to better use 4/3 lenses, because most don't own any 4/3 lenses, and have no plans to buy any.

Would anyone pay $300 more just to have a better handgrip?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 11:14 UTC
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darngooddesign: The glee shown over people losing their jobs is pretty sad.

Perhaps it is hard to say no to the prospect of a 700% profit margin?

The only problem is, there are no profits if no one buys them.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 08:57 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)

The problem for Olympus is the EM5 is almost three years old now, and is still one of the finest MILC cameras you can find. And as each day passes, they have to sell them for less and less.

So the obvious solution is to create a replacement model, with WIFI and a better EVF, with everything else the same, then ratchet the price back up to $999 again, for another three years.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 02:15 UTC as 64th comment | 7 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)

I'm waiting for the close out sales, so I can pick up two more EM5s.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 02:11 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply
On DJI launches Inspire 1 drone with 4K video recording article (97 comments in total)

This might be useful if it could deliver a few small missiles.

You could get a great portrait of the target's last expression. The NSA might order thousands of them.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 20:47 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply

The concept was deeply flawed, and the end result is total failure.

Since so many people want to compare Hassleblad with Leica, then lets make that comparison to demonstrate how much execution matters.

Leica creates a really great camera, then charges a fortune for it. Because it is a truly great camera, they can get that very high price from those with the means and the inclination for quality.

Then, they take that wonderful camera, and create a "designer edition" or a "safari edition" or a "titanium edition" and DOUBLE the price again! And they can successfully sell them because they are wonderful cameras that have been further enhanced.

Hassleblad hasn't done anything like that.

They took a few "pretty good cameras" made by someone else, pimped them out in a tasteless way, then asked for ridiculous prices for them.

This concept was destined for failure. Everyone, except apparently Hassleblad, saw it coming.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 15:43 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: Here's why schemes like this fail.

Even though a few wealthy people will always be willing to pay astronomical sums for exclusivity, Hassleblad just doesn't have that sort of brand cache. It isn't Rolex. It isn't Hermes. It isn't Ferarri. It isn't even Leica in that regard.

So in order to sell things for ridiculous high prices, a product must be something that is:

1. very fashionable and exclusive. And this was butt ugly.
2. very useful for high end pros who need it. Not a Sony NEX7.
3. beautiful, that can be used for 50 years. Like a piano.
4. rare and collectible. Not possible when something is in production.

And these Hassleblad rebrands are none of the above.

There is just now way to market a nice midrange camera for more than a Nikon D4s and sell very many copies. It won't take long before you run out of very stupid customers. Then you are stuck!

Yes, they can be expensive, but in order to command those prices they must also be good.

The Sony NEX7 and the Sony RX100 are good cameras. They just aren' t worth thousands of dollars more for Hasselbrad branding.

And I promise you, if you took a Sony NEX7 and called it a Gucci or Dolce or Gabbana, and tried to market it for 8 times the price of a NEX7, then it would suffer the exact same fate as these Hassleblad rebadges did. Even with nicer design, they simply can't command those prices.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 20:16 UTC
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darngooddesign: The glee shown over people losing their jobs is pretty sad.

Someone came up with this scheme and pitched it to Hassleblad, and Hassleblad took the bait. The design team were the "innocent victims" because their awful designs had to be approved by someone at Hassleblad.

But, don't feel bad for them. There is plenty of demand for bad designs in other industries too. Ever see a SmartCar?

They will all find jobs.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 19:39 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (435 comments in total)
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Master Yoda: The DPR rating scale has truly become a joke. A Silver Award with all those negatives? Thanks to DPR for the honesty in the review but giving this camera the Silver Award after all you disliked about it is laughable.

Two reasons.

One, the review is for the entire camera, not just the sensor.

Two, even the "same sensor" will produce different results in different cameras, because each manufacturer will tweak that sensor, and each will have their own lens, processing engine and other firmware.

For example.... Sony, Pentax and Nikon all used the same 16MP Sony sensors in their DSLRs, and they got three different looking results. All were good, but Nikon and Pentax usually got better results than Sony did... from the same Sony sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 23:12 UTC

Here's why schemes like this fail.

Even though a few wealthy people will always be willing to pay astronomical sums for exclusivity, Hassleblad just doesn't have that sort of brand cache. It isn't Rolex. It isn't Hermes. It isn't Ferarri. It isn't even Leica in that regard.

So in order to sell things for ridiculous high prices, a product must be something that is:

1. very fashionable and exclusive. And this was butt ugly.
2. very useful for high end pros who need it. Not a Sony NEX7.
3. beautiful, that can be used for 50 years. Like a piano.
4. rare and collectible. Not possible when something is in production.

And these Hassleblad rebrands are none of the above.

There is just now way to market a nice midrange camera for more than a Nikon D4s and sell very many copies. It won't take long before you run out of very stupid customers. Then you are stuck!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 15:12 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies
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Craig from Nevada: With the 7-14mm and 300mm lenses, it appears that Olympus has achieved most of what it set out to do with the mircro 43 system. They have a camera with the E-M1 which is competitive with most DSLRs and they have a decent suite of lenses for all users. They have managed overall to maintain the size and weight advantage which was always the big selling point for the system.

Can they make a buck selling this system?

No one denies that these benefits exist.

The question is... how much more are you willing to spend to "develop technology yourself" rather than licensing it from someone else.

I have no idea what this technology is worth, but I do know that if the imaging division was profitable, then all this technology would be "free" for medical devices. A really good bonus caused by synergy.

Even if the imaging division was losing a small amount of money, it would probably still be a good idea. Because the overall savings in one area would justify that small loss in another.

But.... what happens when the imaging division is losing a lot of money? Something like a few hundred million dollars? At some point, an accountant steps forward and asks "why are we losing a lot of money making cameras to save a little money making medical devices? Why don't we just buy that technology from someone else?"

Olympus is the industry leader in endoscopy, but they aren't the only company with the technology.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 14:57 UTC
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