citizenlouie

citizenlouie

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On GalleryItem:2063231 (2 comments in total)

That issue is already shown in one of the Olympus's official sample. The fringe is a non-simple kind with double rings.... Appeared to be some sort of over-correcting with software (Olympus needs to refine their processing engine to handle this lens). Everything else is pretty good, given how badly exposed this photo is. DoF choice is just nasty.

Those are not fruits, btw. Those are flower buds of fuchsia.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 15:54 UTC as 1st comment

For those mentioned about bad review photos, I tend to agree with you. I think the DoF choices are pretty bad for many of the portraits. DoF should be enough to cover both the nose and eyes, not wide open for every shot. As for overexposure on dog portrait. I think it's fine. We do need a few over exposed shots to show the lens's CA (or lack of). There should be more photos about bokeh and light spheres and light stars, we we get to know every character of the lens. Sharpness of this lens is a given (it's an Olympus HG), but bokeh quality, the second most important character of a lens, should also be shown before I would consider the lens.

Yes, they should go for a meeting and create a chart of goals need to accomplished. They need one photo for each possible real world scenario, each with a variation of using wide open and best aperture of the lens. With different lighting scenarios.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 15:47 UTC as 59th comment
On Pretty challenge (10 comments in total)
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citizenlouie: Is the youngest sister in Downton Abbey Sybil or Edith? Because I really need to know your judging criteria. :o)

Thank you for treating my question seriously. ;-) It's charming to meet a fellow Downton Abbey fan on DPR. Yeah, I can't wait to see the rest of Season 2. Season 3 is announced. Yay!

I have a photo lost its Explore status on Flickr, so I guess I'll try my luck to redeem its honor.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2012 at 20:26 UTC
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citizenlouie: Is the youngest sister in Downton Abbey Sybil or Edith? Because I really need to know your judging criteria. :o)

It's just a Downton Abbey joke type of thing. But I agree, each is beautiful in their own way (though I find Edith scheming...). Sybil has some inner strength with her. Mary is very elegant, but she is kind of opposite of Sybil, because she appears to be strong, but she is actually more vulnerable than the other two. :-) I just finished Season 2 Disc 1, so don't spoil too much detail! :-D Yes, Anna is lovely, loyal, ambitious and faithful.

Let's see if I can find some photo that would exhibit inner beauty (this conversation actually is helpful). :-D

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2012 at 02:29 UTC
On Pretty challenge (10 comments in total)

Is the youngest sister in Downton Abbey Sybil or Edith? Because I really need to know your judging criteria. :o)

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 03:27 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
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citizenlouie: It does work for landscape orientation photos, but doesn't work too well for portrait orientation photos. Still, it's a nice upgrade. My photos are meant to be viewed super size, and I appreciate Flickr makes my photos look better now.

I just wish in the photostream view will be upgraded to "justified view."

Yes, they just did! That's so great. And they center-aligned the portrait photo also. It looks so much better. Thanks. :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2012 at 00:51 UTC

It does work for landscape orientation photos, but doesn't work too well for portrait orientation photos. Still, it's a nice upgrade. My photos are meant to be viewed super size, and I appreciate Flickr makes my photos look better now.

I just wish in the photostream view will be upgraded to "justified view."

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2012 at 23:07 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
On Verdon Gorge in the It's All About Teamwork challenge (1 comment in total)

Congrats! :-) Nice photo.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2012 at 00:12 UTC as 1st comment

They Stole My Idea ! ! !

ARGH!

Though my original plan is to implement a B&W only camera, but I would allow people to extract the color version if they shot RAW.

Now I hope Kodak doesn't steal my idea of making film-specific camera.... Wait, Kodak doesn't make digital camera anymore.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 21:20 UTC as 167th comment

Nice article. :-) Very insightful and very helpful to everyone. It's something everyone should at least think about when they take photos.

I think stopped caring my audience though. :-( They're a diverse group of people. If I satisfied everyone, I would stop having fun taking photos and might get too frustrated when someone doesn't like them, which is something to think about also: it is totally okay if someone doesn't like your photos....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2012 at 19:58 UTC as 9th comment

Yes, 17mm remake.... 35mm equivalent focal length is a very useful, and it's a shame 17mm f/2.8 was so awful I returned the entire E-P2 kit. The speed issue is not as important as IQ to me.

25mm f/1.4 Leica is already an option, so if you need one that is the one to get. No need for another 24mm f/1.8 (inexpensive option for that focal length is Panasonic 20mm f/1.7).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 00:25 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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citizenlouie: I wonder what's the point of using larger aperture to achieve DoF. Probably FF will eventually phase out....

I was being sarcastic. You can already do this with photoshop but you need to shoot two photos. One with the background completely out of focus and another with the foreground in sharp focus and merge two photos. It's a big hassle. For action shot like the dog, it probably is not that easy (but not undoable). This looks like an "automate" function. For macro, we can already do extended DoF by merge/stack several shots. Software solution for shallow DoF probably be inferior (actually all software solution is inferior than optical), but depends on what your needs and your threshold for quality, it can be helpful sometimes, if you don't mind compromise.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 00:04 UTC
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I wonder what's the point of using larger aperture to achieve DoF. Probably FF will eventually phase out....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 18:39 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples article (458 comments in total)
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veroman: I can't help but wonder why anybody thinks they can judge a camera's real-world performance by viewing images ... 100% or otherwise ... on the web. When all is said and done, the OM-D E-M5 is a somewhat better M4:3 camera than its predecessors,but not by much, I'm afraid.

Truth is, it's highly doubtful anyone will see real, palpable differences between this new camera and the E-P3 or E-P2 for that matter when printed to even large sizes.

No, what the OM-D is all about ... as with so many products these days ... is its body design, and I happen to like it ... being an old guy from the film era. Underneath the skin, though, it's yet another M4:3 camera ... and apparently a good one. But it's no Nikon D7000/Pentax K-5/Canon 5D beater. How could it be?

Don't forget about handling and the lens you use with the camera. Your result may not be the same as DPR's because your shooting style is different.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 04:01 UTC
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razorfish: How sad to see all these fanboys of other brands badmouthing Olympus products. I never see this happening when Canon/Nikon/Sony products are tested. Clearly a four thirds sensor performing well brings out some kind of inferiority complex in these people.

@SunLyte

You're not wrong about your analysis, but it's the same argument why Olympus says 12-bit is enough. The reason is (*drum rolls please*) a typical LCD monitor people use are 8-bit only. Most people, won't notice any IQ difference between RAW and JPEGs (with very low compression) unless they use a professional monitor, which specifically states it has 10-bit process engine and wide-gamut (97% sRGB and up..., yes, even pro models may not have 100% sRGB gamut, let alone AdobeRGB gamut). I rarely see any monitor that has 12-bit process nor 14-bit ones (those can cost $1,000+).

Most people usually capture their photos in 72dpi, which is fine enough for LCD monitor, but not print quality 300dpi. I really think this subject is really moot point for most casual photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:26 UTC
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Pete_Murrell: I have only one question that may not be answerable by people in this forum however I will ask it anyway.
I currently use 4/3rds stuff and obviously I love it. I was just wondering if anyone has heard rumours about Olympus releasing a camera with this sensor in the 4/3 lens mount range (Maybe an E-6 or 7)? ... because I can't see myself investing in a whole new range of lenses but based on this small snippet, this sensor is pretty special. Fingers crossed. Can't wait for the full review.

If I remember it correctly, 4/3 system uses 7 contact pins, and m4/3 uses 9. Two more pins are for CDAF, and that's the AF system that's been vastly improved in latest m4/3 models. They could try to miniaturize the current SHG glasses and adds CDAF mechnism to it, but many people already said before (in other sites), it's quite difficult to make SHGs smaller than they already are, though they are by no means small, and they are pretty darn heavy (because of the level of complexity in design and super large aperture). I don't see size conscious m4/3 users would be interested in such heavy glasses, even if they can make them smaller.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:15 UTC
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brkl: That's pretty remarkable. As good as the best of APS-C it seems.

I hope both of you and Hen3ry realize, I am not talking about color temperature (I use a gray card, so that's negligible), color saturation, direction of shadow and some such, I mean stuff that you will notice when you pixel peep, like detail, noise level, some stuff that makes your photo extra sharp, rather than aesthetic appeals, which can be done with any type of camera if done right. Aesthetic appeal is a subjective measure, which using it to judge the quality of the sensor, which is the main topic we are talking about, is unfair, don't you think so?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:07 UTC
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bydloman: Is there a button or a way to shut down the screen without using the sensor on the viewfinder?

Does it saves battery too?

@bydloman

Short answer, no. (If I understand you correctly)

The reason is what you see in EVF is exactly the same from LCD, they are both from the image sensor. When you shot off sensor, you shut off metering also. Digital camera is all revolving around sensor. You can save battery by using EVF only, since it's a smaller screen than the back screen. Now I might want to take that back. Since E-M5's LiveView screen is actually AMOLED screen, which is a technology that draws less power per square inch. But since that back screen is much larger than the LCD in the EVF, so I am not entirely sure. We need to see a test result of that. Maybe DPR or some other site will make a test of that.

EVF is not OVF. What you see from OVF is through the lens (TTL), EVF is through the sensor.... It means what you see in EVF is what you're going to get in the final photo.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 06:59 UTC
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Antony John: Test samples not available:
DPReview, just a thought but I guess that you are running multiple servers. Just wondering if all the secondary servers are being correctly updated from the primary one?
Strange that some have no problems with access to the test samples whilst the 'Standalone Comparison Tool' that I can get to work has no E-M5 listed in the camera database.

It might be the browser setting. Just a guess....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2012 at 04:46 UTC
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Dick Sanders: IMPORTANT QUESTION: Will someone who has actually used this camera please tell us how far into the zoom range the lens stays at f2.8, and then at which focal length it switches to f3.5, and at which focal length to f4 or 4.5, and finally at what point it maxes out at f5.8 (is it at 112 or sooner?). Can we get f2.8 at 35mm, for instance, and can we get f4 at 80 or 85mm?
Thanks!

I just check the image results, and I think I like the IQ so far for what it is (an advanced P&S super zoom). The placement of buttons and dials are also very nice. Swivel screen is a major plus. Looks like Canon does a good job on handling point of view.

However, I raised the same question Dick Sanders mentioned, and now you post it.... It looks like a very deep aperture schedule and it hits f/5.8 fairly early at 85mm.... Feels like it's competing against a P&S more than a mirrorless contender (but of course, the IQ is much better than all current P&S's).

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 at 04:37 UTC
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