photophile

photophile

Lives in United Kingdom UK & Portugal, United Kingdom
Works as a Research Scientist / Biotechnology
Has a website at http://www.pbase.com/ah207
Joined on Nov 10, 2004
About me:

To live & learn. Then live some more :-)

Current cameras: Olympus E510 + ZD 14-54mm, Olympus E-500 + ZD 14-45mm Olympus C-8080, Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus stylus/mju 840

Previously owned: Olympus Trip-35, Olympus OM-10 + Zuiko 35-70mm

Comments

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"3 separate built in LCD monitors for camera settings and metadata entry. Large 10 inch screen folds out for full resolution HD monitoring with wide viewing angle and high brightness."

Battery life ?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 19:31 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)

digital OM-10 :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 14:40 UTC as 65th comment

Best use of a smartphone so far :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:52 UTC as 9th comment
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photophile: LOL!! Hilarious.

Anyway, its camera "news" apparently.

My mirth was directed towards the disparity between what it is ( a phone with a lens/sensor) vs the price tag. A gadget ? yes. Generates a lot of interest (as R Butler suggests) ? - possibly. But hardly a breakthrough technological device worthy of a 21st century equvalent of the Dickensian "extra, extra read all about it" urgency. Daily Mirror ? Maybe. Nature ? No.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2012 at 21:54 UTC

LOL!! Hilarious.

Anyway, its camera "news" apparently.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2012 at 19:58 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Olympus Stylus XZ-2 real-world sample images news story (93 comments in total)
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jonikon: I'm not impressed at all with the image quality of the Oly XZ-2. I see a lot of smearing of details, very poor IQ at high ISOs, a de-centered lens causing OOF areas, poor color rendition, poor micro-contrast, lots of distortion, etc.

Why in the world would anyone buy this camera when the excellent Sony RX-100 can be had for about the same price and blows the XZ-2's image quality away! This camera would not be desirable even if it was priced at the current XZ1 price of $200, IMO.

-Jon

Why ? Because:

1. Articulating screen
2. Touch screen
3. Click ring
4. Olympus colours
5. Olympus lens, wider aperture at long end
6. Its not a Sony!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 16:08 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images news story (294 comments in total)

Wow factor: Possibility to record low-light interior shots at high ISO 25600, hand held, from a compact!

Not-so-wow: Price.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 12:52 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system news story (736 comments in total)
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photophile: The whole vote +1 or -1 thing is puerile & childish for an informative, premiere website such as DPreview - pandering heavily to the teenage facebook/youtube generation. DPreview´s hand has probably been forced by Amazon to include the feature to help with their sales (despite DPrevew telling us they are "independent"). But we do have a choice - just DON´T use it. Let Amazon figure out its own sales strategy and let DPreview feel the full force of ownership by a larger organisation.

Stop being patronising Simon. You know full well how advertisers on twitter/youtube/facebook use exactly this feature to ascertain market trends without actively soliciting for it. All they did was dig a shallow hole, cover it with some leaves and along came DPreview, whistling innocently - and fell straight into it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 20:35 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system news story (736 comments in total)

The whole vote +1 or -1 thing is puerile & childish for an informative, premiere website such as DPreview - pandering heavily to the teenage facebook/youtube generation. DPreview´s hand has probably been forced by Amazon to include the feature to help with their sales (despite DPrevew telling us they are "independent"). But we do have a choice - just DON´T use it. Let Amazon figure out its own sales strategy and let DPreview feel the full force of ownership by a larger organisation.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 19:15 UTC as 53rd comment | 6 replies
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system news story (736 comments in total)

EXIF information associated with a photo embedded in a thread now appears in a small side-window when cursor is over photo. But it ONLY shows the date the picture was uploaded to Dpreview galleries - NOT when the picture was actually captured. Why not ?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 15:33 UTC as 189th comment

Shoots RAW too ?!?! Wow!! This is going to be come an instant classic! Even restaurant dinner snaps can become ´proper´ photographs now. Superb design and features. Anyone who missed out on the f31 can now get another bite at the the cherry - and the some!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 16:33 UTC as 5th comment

Noise Filter at High ISO setting Off, Low, Standard, High

Noise Reduction at Slow shutter speed Off, On, Auto
Auto: effective when shutter speed is slower than 1/2 sec.

From Oly's own website.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 09:43 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
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CameraLabTester: The Hong Kong holiday is a pinch of salt to the enormous humongous gazillion pictures buffet feast Wiki is gonna amass as a windfall...

Talk about disparity to the extremes...

Yet like zombies, contestants all go like lemmings over the cliff.

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"yet like zombies, contestants all go like lemmings over the cliff."

How many things can you find wrong with the above sentence ? A terrific question for an English and/or biology exam.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 13:06 UTC
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landscaper1: I realize there are a lot of people who use Olympus cameras. But seriously, this has nothing to do with photography, per se. If Olympus were a major player in the digital camera market, it might be of some interest, but if Olympus were to cease producing photographic products tomorrow, there would be a very small impact on the field of consumer photography and it would be of very limited duration at that.

I'd prefer dpreview focus on the technology and techniques of photography and leave the financial issues of camera manufacturing to the financial pages.

Got the data and appropriate references to back up your claims ?
P.S - what is consumer photography ?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2011 at 21:14 UTC
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JSK_HP: Semi-serious prediction: Olympus gets split up; photographic products operation is bought by Panasonic; medical products operation bought by, oh, who knows, maybe Medtronic? More serious question: how many other Japanese companies have been running the same con game Olympus has been running, but without the benefit of a non-brainwashed exec to blow the whistle?

We can only speculate. Many are global household names - Sony, Toyota, Toshiba, Suzuki, Canon, Nikon etc.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2011 at 15:52 UTC
On A Pure As Water in the Purity challenge (4 comments in total)

I'm afraid t I also think that a mass-produced, non-biodegradable, thermosetting moulded plastic bottle (albeit with a drop of water) conveys an accurate idea of purity. Reminds me more of an advert in a supermarket for bottled mineral water. Nothing 'wrong' with the picture itself - I just don't think it fits the challenge theme. Its a bit like photographing a tiger in a cage and entering it in a "Nature's Magnificent Wild Beasts" contest.The tiger itself would fit the theme - but not in the context of being caged.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2011 at 12:19 UTC as 2nd comment
On Snowbiker in the Winter in the city challenge (18 comments in total)

Only YOU could a shot like thsi Boris! Well done - I always knew you could work magic with that C-8080 ;-)

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AH

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:19 UTC as 10th comment
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