BorisK1

BorisK1

Lives in United States West Bloomfield, MI, United States
Works as a Software engineer
Joined on May 7, 2004
About me:

Equipment:
Bodies: Olympus E-3, E300
Lenses: 11-22mm / 50mm / 14-45mm / 40-150mm (rev. I)
FL-36 flash
4:3/OM adapter
OM bodies: OM 4Ti, OM 4
OM lenses: 28mm 3.5 / 50mm 1.8 / 135mm 3.5
T32 flash
Pentax Optio 43wr (pretty much dead now)

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On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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Rod McD: This camera is an incremental evolution from its predecessor. To that extent it's fine, but once again, how about producing a slightly larger model with a bigger sensor? Everywhere you look people are extolling the virtues of very small cameras with 1" and MFT sensors (RX100, LX100). Just do it.

There seems to be an assumption that the people who do active photography in harsh environments won't benefit from the improved IQ that a larger sensor brings. And before anyone says 'buy a DSLR and UW housing' don't waste your breath. They're heavy and costly, there's no way on earth you can stuff them inside a PFD, or do all the things you need to do when you're surfing, kayaking, sailing, climbing, etc while you're hanging on to one. We need the middle ground of a tough camera with a bigger sensor.

In order to fit a large sensor and a fast zoom into the dimensions of a rugged camera, something drastic has to happen.

A completely new technology, like flat optics or miniaturized camera array. Our a drastically new design of a zoom lens, perhaps with dynamically changing geometries of lens elements. Perhaps with reflective elements working in concert with refractive to form a folded light path.

Unfortunately, right now there's very little money to be made in the fixed-lens camera field, so R&D dollars are tight.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 01:45 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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cgarrard: This is the camera I've been waiting for to delve into surf/surfing photography. I never wanted some big thing to carry around in the waves...

And the more I think about it, the more appropriate it would be for me to have for a lot of other uses too- including a good cam for my 4yr old to start practicing photography with.

I may pre-order this.

Next time I hope they go with a 12mp model instead of 16. To get image quality performance more inline with the stylus 1 would be nice. I still see lots of opportunity in the camera market for much more advancement in this class of camera.

These are hard times for the camera manufacturers. The sales of fixed-lens cameras basically crashed over the last two-three years. The "rugged", superzoom, and large-sensor compacts are barely turning a profit, everything else is just gone.
If you look at other brands rugged cameras, you'll see the same everywhere. Minor updates. Panasonic added a couple new body colors. Nikon modified a grip. Fuji added Wi-Fi. Nobody is sticking their neck out.

Adding RAW is probably the extent of what the remains of Olympus "tough" R&D budget could've handled.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 20:49 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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Simon Zeev: For diving a camera that can go to depths of 30~40m is needed.
I don't understand why don't they make such a camera reinforced to take more pressure.

Price, most likely. And the difficulty of proofing all the parts against the additional pressure.

FWIW, they sell a housing for the TG series (PT-056) that can take it down to 45m, gives it neutral buoyancy, and accepts a flash and add-on lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 20:17 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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cgarrard: This is the camera I've been waiting for to delve into surf/surfing photography. I never wanted some big thing to carry around in the waves...

And the more I think about it, the more appropriate it would be for me to have for a lot of other uses too- including a good cam for my 4yr old to start practicing photography with.

I may pre-order this.

Next time I hope they go with a 12mp model instead of 16. To get image quality performance more inline with the stylus 1 would be nice. I still see lots of opportunity in the camera market for much more advancement in this class of camera.

This one might be a bit heavy for a 4 year old. Something like a Panny TS series might be easier to handle.

A safety tip: If you're planning to give the camera to a child, don't attach the wrist strap. To them, it virtually screams "Twirl me around!"

Oh, and about image quality: In general, provided all other things are equal, resizing a 16MP file down to 12MP in postprocessing actually gets better results (noise, DR, and resolution) than you'd get shooting 12MP natively.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 19:51 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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jennajenna: But does it still have the notorious condensation problem where the lens fogs up when you take it from the beach and into the water? I had the tg2 and tg3 ~ both suffered from the fogged up problem when going from warm to cold. Terrible since you could not take pictures until hours later when the camera dried up. PLEASE do a test it for this? That's how a lot of folks will use it. At the beach and then snorkel.

That's not a camera problem, it's user error. If you let warm most air into a sealed enclosure and then cool it below the dew point, you get condensation. Nothing Olympus can do to "fix" this.

If shooting in humid environment, make sure the air inside the camera stays dry. For example, leave the camera for an hour with its door open and facing an A/C outlet.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 19:35 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: It's much the same as the TG3. But with raw.

Bigger sensors would mean bigger sealed boxes.

Got your wish, didn't you?
:)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 15:11 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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newe: People keep saying:

"Bigger sensors would mean bigger sealed boxes."

that does not mean anything. How much bigger. The size of the TG-4 is listed as:

112 x 66 x 31 mm (4.41 x 2.6 x 1.22″)

So how much bigger would a larger sensor make it exactly? So much bigger that people could not lift it?

All large-sensor (1" and above) cameras nowadays have a lens that protrudes about 60mm forward. So the thickness of the body would go from 31mm to (roughly) 90mm.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 15:09 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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Mike FL: It would be nice to have PASM, TG-5 may be.

OR PS without AM are fine too, but "Aperture Priority"? No kidding?! get real!!!!

OR, get an real Aperture.

The TG series have a combination of 1-stop iris aperture and a 3-stop ND filter.

The sensor size makes traditional iris pretty much useless, unless you do a lot of f:40 photography. The multiplier is 5.64, so your "f:8 and be there" becomes f:45 - this is pinhole territory.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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Ocolon: Does anyone know whether I can set and save the focus distance manually and whether I can set a particular focal length that is automatically chosen when turning the camera on? Thanks in advance.

Not "hypothetical" distance. Hyperfocal. Stupid autocomplete.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 14:50 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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Ocolon: Does anyone know whether I can set and save the focus distance manually and whether I can set a particular focal length that is automatically chosen when turning the camera on? Thanks in advance.

Oh, and the focal length - the TG-1 always resets to 25mm when the camera is turned on, unless you tell it that the telephoto add-on lens is attached (and then, it always resets to 100mm).
I expect TG-4 is probably the same way.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 14:47 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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Ocolon: Does anyone know whether I can set and save the focus distance manually and whether I can set a particular focal length that is automatically chosen when turning the camera on? Thanks in advance.

The TG-1 has an "underwater snapshot 2" mode that sets the lens to hypothetical distance and disables the zoom, so the lens is at its widest setting. As far as I know, that's the closest it can get to what you're asking.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 14:41 UTC
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 to offer Raw capture article (147 comments in total)
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Cipher: Is the Aperture Priority still limited to 3 "steps" or is it like a normal camera?

It has a one-stop iris and a three-stop ND filter, so "A"mode only has 4 positions.

Which makes perfect sense - with 1/2.3" sensor, a "proper" iris aperture would take you into the pinhole territory.

With 1/2.3" format, F:8 is equivalent to f:40.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 14:36 UTC
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Aur: they posted this in 2012 too: http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2012/08/flat-lens-offers-perfect-image

guess they are looking for $

the fact no one is making lenses like this probably means it's not viable, I doubt the cost to make it would be cheap

They had one breakthrough in 2012 (a metallic lens that focused a single wavelength), and a second breakthrough now (a glass lens that can focus the wavelengths simultaneously).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 03:08 UTC

Amazing developments, especially the possibility of a lens that can focus continuous areas of spectrum instead of the individual wavelengths.

I wonder what technology are they using to create the active surfaces. Is it scalable and affordable enough for mass-production?

If that pans out, we'll see a complete reinvention of the optics. Zoom eyeglasses? A 10-600 mm f:1.0 zoom in a shirt pocket?

Quite incredible. Applause and respect.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 02:27 UTC as 39th comment
On Ricoh WG-5 GPS updates rugged series article (43 comments in total)
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BorisK1: Here's what I want to know: Supposedly, ragged cams (along with enthusiasts' and superzooms) are the only types of cameras not affected by cellphones. The manufacturers are - supposedly - focusing on the ragged cams like never before.

Why, then, all the recently released tough cams are hardly updated from previous versions? A new body color here, a new "creative mode" there, an updated logo don't really show "focus".

How in the world did you figure that I "sell cameras"???

Sorry, we seem to have a language barrier. Good day to you sir.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 21:37 UTC
On Ricoh WG-5 GPS updates rugged series article (43 comments in total)
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Neez: But does it shoot RAW, that's what people really want.

Sure, many people buy tough cameras to shoot raw, if by "many" you mean more than five or six. But for the manufacturer the *percentage* makes all the difference. Judging by the number of the raw shooting tough cams on the market, that percentage is tiny.
Oh, and by the way, did you buy the Nikon 1 AW 1? It shoots raw.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
On Ricoh WG-5 GPS updates rugged series article (43 comments in total)
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BorisK1: Here's what I want to know: Supposedly, ragged cams (along with enthusiasts' and superzooms) are the only types of cameras not affected by cellphones. The manufacturers are - supposedly - focusing on the ragged cams like never before.

Why, then, all the recently released tough cams are hardly updated from previous versions? A new body color here, a new "creative mode" there, an updated logo don't really show "focus".

Our conversion would be a lot more productive if you actually read what I wrote, and replied to it, rather than some imaginary opponent.

As it is, I have to keep repeating the same thing in slightly different terms, hoping *something* will get through.

Okay, let me try again: From the point of view of someone who sells cameras, Raw as a feature is insignificant in most types of P&Ss, with the exception of enthusiast compacts, because most P&S users don't shoot raw.

Sure, some if those users *want* raw. But there are not enough of them to justify the expense of adding it.

That expense will be primarily in additional support costs (people accidentally enabling it and not knowing what it is) and in the sales lost to the negative publicity caused by people looking at uncorrected sensor output.

I never implied that an ability to record raw was insignificant to an enthusiast photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 21:09 UTC
On Nikon announces Coolpix AW130 and S33 rugged compacts article (31 comments in total)
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aelandesphoto: Where is the Canon WP1 in digital!? Full frame, fixed widish lens, decent aperture, waterproof, shockproof, etc. I'd buy it!

AT LEAST offer one of these cameras that does uncompressed format or RAW. Then I might consider it.

Consider how much the other fixed-lens full frame cameras cost, then multiply it by 3 (the usual premium for "underwaterness"). Are you *sure* you'll be able to afford it?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 16:48 UTC
On Nikon announces Coolpix AW130 and S33 rugged compacts article (31 comments in total)
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wus: Even if we disregard the small sensor and apertures I wonder how good an underwater photo can be that's shot at 24mm through a flat port.

Lots of people put (flat) uv/protection filters on their lenses, and don't have any issues with them. Why would this be any different?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 16:43 UTC
On Ricoh WG-5 GPS updates rugged series article (43 comments in total)
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H1brid: Why they don't put in bigger sensors (1" anyone?) is far beyond me.
Years go by and the "new" generation comes with bells and whistles, but no actual improvements.

Good thing they add WiFi (not in this case), because that's really useful underwater rather than a bigger sensor.

As it is, tough cams use prisms to bend the light path 90 degrees just to fit the lens assembly into the body. A 1/1.7" sensor with a reasonably fast lens might (just) fit. A 2/3" is unlikely. A 1" would be a *huge* surprise.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 16:36 UTC
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