Louis_Dobson

Louis_Dobson

Lives in Portugal Faro, Portugal
Works as a Computer Consultant
Has a website at www.flickr.com/photos/acam
Joined on Nov 22, 2005

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On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1101 comments in total)
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Whitesands: I would really like for Olympus to come out with an APSC......Anyone else?

Can't imagine why. It's the least interesting sensor size in my book.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 22:07 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (992 comments in total)

What a super camera! Shame they couldn't have managed it a year ago, it would have been a killer. Who wants a not very sporting dSLR now? If I wanted FF I'd pick an A7, sadly.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 17:26 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (992 comments in total)
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bereninga: How come no one complains that this doesn't have 4K yet everyone gets on Canon's case about it? Anyway, glad to see another FF option out there. This is one of the top qualifiers for an economic FF body. However, I'm not familiar w/ the lens options.

Only a minority of people want video, and they are well catered for by various people, including Canon. Canon are getting stick because having tempted video people in, they are not keeping up. Pentax have never offered much in the video. I'm fine with that, I have no use for it normally, but SOME video is handy to have just in case.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 17:23 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1101 comments in total)
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Louis_Dobson: Anyone able to tell me if ISO can be assigned to a dial? Aperture plus exp comp plus ISO on dials would be my perfect camera.

Manual is not clear.

Thanks, I have many Olympus camera including an E-M1. Since the E-M1 has only two dials I accept I have to press the video button to get ISO (as I have mine set up, you can also flip the 2X2 switch but then you get useless WB on one dial, which for a raw shooter is just a waste of a dial).

However since the Pen-F has three dials it ought to be possible to have Aperture, Exposure Comp AND ISO all available at the same time.

It's hard to believe Oly could be stupid enough to ignore this chance, and have both dials providing just aperture, but it looks like they are.

In which case this camera is not of interest.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 11:07 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1101 comments in total)

Anyone able to tell me if ISO can be assigned to a dial? Aperture plus exp comp plus ISO on dials would be my perfect camera.

Manual is not clear.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 20:34 UTC as 142nd comment | 3 replies
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Pandimonium: Somebody hold it in front of an A7, I bet it has a Full frame 35mm image circle :p

Er, no, the enormous image circle means they get the best out of the lens. But I bet it DOESN'T cover FF, they're not that soft.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 16:16 UTC
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mosc: Pentax 150-450 4.5-5.6 - $1,758.29
Pentax K3 - $729
Equvalent 225-675mm f6.75-f8.4
Maximum physical aperture: 80mm
TOTAL: $2,487.29

Olympus 300 f4
already owned M43 camera
Equivalent 600mm f8
Maximum physical aperture: 75mm
TOTAL: $2,499.99

Why exactly would a human prefer the second choice for their $2,500?

While I accept the principle, the answer is that one may have an M43 system already and not want two systems, and that it is a really sharp lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 16:14 UTC
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steelhead3: `1/3 the weight....give me a break unless you are comparing it to a 300 2.8.

Yes, but the total light gathering won't.

You can look at this lens as a 300 f4 (which it is) or a 600 f8 equivalent. Either is fine. What is definitely is not is a 600 f4 equivalent.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 16:12 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (748 comments in total)
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fivetonsflax: All I want is OM-D firmware that lets me shoot without shooting data overlaid on the image area. Relatively trivial and it would make such a difference.

And easily available. RTFM. To save you the trouble, press "info" until you have what you want. :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 15:25 UTC
On article Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' (551 comments in total)

I'll be interested in this. I love my E-M5, I loved my D3, and I love digital photography, which allows me to produce far better work than I ever could in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

On the other hand, I hate modern controls. And I have no use at all for video.

Aperture ring and shutter speed dial please.

I'd buy the Fuji X-Pro, but they don't have the lenses I need, so on we struggle with this pesky control layout, for which I blame Canon's early AF cameras.

I've still got a big bag of lenses from my D3 days...

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 12:30 UTC as 10th comment
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straylightrun: Big surprise. Next is Micro Four Thirds and eventually APS-C before FF becomes the standard in a few years.

Not exactly.

The Nikon 1 and the Pentax Q have sensors small enough to severely compromise image quality.

APS-C is very bulky itself.

There are two sweet spots: if you care about system size, then MFT makes for much smaller lenses than FF and works just as well so long as you don't need high ISO.

If you don't care about system size, FF works very well.

I think the two major format survivors will be MFT and FF, although I thing the Fuji may well survive.

APS-C will become very much a budget alternative for those who can't afford FF.

I went from FF to MFT myself. As a landscape shooter I never go above base ISO, and lugging FF kit about was ruining my hobby. I've never been tempted by APS-C.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 07:00 UTC
On article CP+ 2013: Interview with Olympus' Toshi Terada (242 comments in total)
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MatijaK: I did not buy my E-3 because it was compact - I bought it because it was just the right size and had many useful buttons available without being able to press any of them by accident.

Then I added a grip and realized I was sorely mistaken, because only with the grip is the E-3 the right size.

I don't want a compact DSLR. I want a big E-7 that can use my existing grip (or has one built-in), I want it to be heavy, sturdy, reliable and a confidence-inspiring workhorse that I can beat a wild bear with if it attacks me. I can buy an E-720 or an E-M5 if I want more compact.

I've been happily and patiently hanging onto 4/3 and my many lenses, and the only thing that can push me away is a small camera body. If they screw up by making the E-7 small, I'll have to switch systems, despite considering a 3:2 aspect ratio with a 1.5x crop factor to be the spawn of Satan (135 "full frame" being Satan itself).

The attraction of four thirds is that the lens can be better quality and smaller than those for larger sensors. I switched from FT to FF and then to MFT. I miss the FT lenses, they were the best I have ever used.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 10:05 UTC
On article Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview (214 comments in total)

Preview? This has been out months now, where's the full review?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 10:16 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

I want an E-PM2. I suspect I will use it more than the OM-D...

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 10:53 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon issues allergy warning for EOS 650D/Rebel T4i (176 comments in total)

There are some seriously sad, paranoid and xenophobic people here (the comments about Canon using "Chinese" parts are especially stupid and offensive).

I wouldn't touch this camera with a bargepole because of the sensor. A chemical reaction in the handgrip producing zinc, bis? Who cares! There are probably idiots out their taking that for their health!

Really, you cannot make anything any more, the world has gone mad.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 11:18 UTC as 47th comment | 6 replies

If I hadn't seen what other people were getting out of this lens, I'd not buy it.

I stand by my original point(s) - one of the standard MFT complaints is that the DoF is not shallow enough, yet here we have 75 f1.8, 150 f3.6 equivalent as people are quick to point out, causing endless trouble because of 'he difficulty of using it.

And I still don't understand why a lens test sample gallery has high ISO shots in - that's like a camera test sample gallery with a soft focus filter on.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2012 at 08:43 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies

Amusing - everyone banging on about how MFT does not offer shallow enough DoF, and yet put this lens in the hands a (presumably) competent photographer in (presumably) a bit of a hurry and they trip over the shallow DoF all the time.

The answer being of course that very shallow DoF is a Special Effect that needs Special Care - of the type not being exercised here :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 09:30 UTC as 77th comment
On article Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review (271 comments in total)
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jenbenn: OF course this camera will be bought by hobbyists for their holiday snapshots because of its nice old-school looks. OF course you can take nice photos with it if conditions are favourable.

But for serious photography? No, sorry! If I do street or travel reportage photos (be it in good or low light) I need a fast (one-shot) AF more than I need low noise. A misfocused image is always unusable while a noisy one is in many cases very usable. In addition, the competitors are not that much noisier, that it would actually matter much in practical use .

Since MF is also very slow, I cant see how this cam can replace my dslr. (Not even talking about the slow shot-to-shot operation and slow wake up from sleep-mode).

What else? For landscape? Yes, maybe, but you dont need high iso there and other cameras are smaller, lighter and cheaper.
Actually I love the concept and I want to replace my 5D, but I have to get my shots, that's no.1 priority (low noise and IQ is a strong second)!!

If the AF was fixed it would be able to do a lot more jobs. My OM-D replaced a pro dSLR for everything except C-AF (of which I do little anyway). This is a nicer camera in many way, but too slow. It is not inherent in mirrorless cameras - the OM-D is very quick.

Hopefully the next Fuji will be too.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 21:12 UTC
On article Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review (271 comments in total)
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dotyman: I truly wish Fuji would hire an industrial designer/interface designer that understands how people use cameras. While the engineering in this camera is outstanding, the overall user experience is so incomplete that many potential buyers are simply not going to buy it. Especially at such a premium price. And it's SO CLOSE to being the perfect relatively-compact pro camera (which is why it's so disappointing).

The numerous quirks/performance failures of Fuji's X-series cameras is an indication that the company doesn't really care about putting out a fully refined product. Fuji's leadership still thinks like a manufacturer of mass-produced consumer-level products of compromise. What a let-down!

Get a CLUE Fuji!! The X100 was much less than it could have been because of its poor performance and half-a$$ed interface, and now the X-Pro1 is nearly as much of a let-down. And I really wanted to love this camera. It could have been a rock star!

Um, as far as I can think of, excluding odd things like Leica, nobody else does the shutter speed/A dial and Aperture/A ring, so that makes the interface the best on the market by far - shame about the quirks cutting into it, but there you go. They haven't really been allocated the resources. If this system is a big success (and it looks like it) better sorted cameras will follow.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 19:31 UTC
On article Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review (271 comments in total)
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Digital Suicide: This time I even didn't bother reading the review, conclusion only.
Fujifilm is on the right way. But the cr@appy autofocus, and lack of proper manual focus, putts me off totally in my considerations on this camera.
Actually, I even could live with manual focus only. But take that you S.O.B. Even manual focus is unusable.
Joy of photography is the process, not the result. So, I don't care how unreal it's images are, if I can't use it without swearing.

Should have read the review. MF works, just needs an extra (stupid) button push.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 18:47 UTC
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