Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Works as a Reviews Editor
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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Earth Art: Screw the camera... Nice Turner bike!

Was this shot at Duthie Hill?

Thanks, both for your comments and your work on Duthie. It reminds me so much if the excellent trails in South Wales. It's great to have so many good natural and man-made trails on Seattle's doorstep.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 09:17 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1405 comments in total)
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Ktrphoto: I agree that there is nothing wrong with APS as a format, and that the idea that it is a step on the way to full frame is mistaken. Nevertheless I disagree with many of the statements in this review.

Buying full frame lenses for APS format is NOT wasteful, whether the user sticks with APS format, or later gets a full frame camera. In many cases (and each lens has to be evaluated in combination with each sensor that it is to be used with) it results in better overall image quality, with better sharpness and resolution at the edges and corners and less coma and chromatic aberration too.

There is also nothing wrong with the "equivalent" focal lengths of a35mm lens on APS-C or APS-H. Just because they do not work out at the "standard" focal lengths we have got used to (e.g. 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, etc.) does not make them any less useful.

And the 50mm, which comes in for special criticism is not in "no man's land". It is a useful short telephoto and/or portrait lens on APS.

Note that I don't say you shouldn't buy full frame lenses when you shoot APS-C. I suggest you shouldn't limit yourself to full frame lenses nor should you choose focal lengths based on a format you don't yet have.

Although I personally don't find 50mm useful on APS-C, you may well do. But you may find you struggle to find the 75mm focal length you like so much if you move to full frame. Equally, you'll be left with a lens (the 50mm) that does *something* on full frame, but not necessarily something you'd previously chosen to spend money on.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 23:59 UTC
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Peter 1745: @ Richard Butler

Danny Macaskill used Panasonic GH4s for his video "The Ridge".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_IQS3VKjA

Could you recreate this video for me with using the E-M5II instead of the GH4 so I can compare their video capabilities please?

I'm far too much of a both-wheels-on-the-ground XC rider for that. And an out-of-practise one, too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 19:22 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: Olympus claims that their cameras are weather sealed. However, they only state that the cameras are “weather resistant” in the specifications. In the past that just meant that if water droplets fall on the camera when it is vertical then it will not harm the camera. Has that specification been upgraded for the E-M5 MKII?

With past Olympus cameras it meant that they might not cover it in a rain storm or even if water was splashed against it. It still may not fail if you do those things to it. However, Olympus will not warranty it if it does fail even with the “Water Resistance” labeling.

Does the Olympus E-M5 MKII offer more weather resistance than the E-M1 or E-M5 did?

We try to be careful not to use the term 'proof' in our text or videos because, as you say, there's very little clarity (and possibly little hard substance) to any brand's 'weather sealed' claims.

You can look at it from the opposite perspective though: someone further down this thread highlights that most cameras are pretty resilient, even when they're not explicitly sealed. At which point, if you see claims of 'weather sealing' as meaning: 'it'll be a bit more likely to survive outdoor use,' rather than: 'I expect this to work under a waterfall,' you'll probably not be disappointed.

I should stress that this is my personal position and is based on a combination of experience, internet hearsay and the lack of concrete warranty statements - not testing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 18:42 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1268 comments in total)
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Markol: I just saw this costs 500$ more than the current E-M5.
That's crazy.
As crazy as the 10 months it took Olympus to "fix" the shutter shock of the E-P5. Without the fix, around 30% of my pictures were unsharp.
Olympus has so much going for it (OIS, jpegs) but they also make some huge mistakes.

In fairness, it costs exactly what the E-M5 did at the time it was launched. And, given there has been some inflation in the meantime, this means it costs (fractionally) less in real terms.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 18:21 UTC
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Earth Art: Screw the camera... Nice Turner bike!

Was this shot at Duthie Hill?

Thanks - I've been really enjoying the bike, but I need to ride it more.

We filmed this around Grand Ridge trail, so very close to Duthie.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 18:07 UTC
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cgarrard: Richard, let me know when you are in So Cal, we can climb Harding Truck Trail and you'll get a 360 panorama view of Southern California which includes Catalina, San Diego, LA, San Bernardino/Riverside Mountains. It's a 16 mile climb from 1K to 5,400K. Bring a light camera :).

Besides the view, you'll get a major endorphin rush from all that climbing that in over 25 years of cycling, I've seen unrivaled. Its hard (hence Harding...) but, so worth it.

Nice spot on the EM5 II, Oly have really worked that camera out :).

Carl

I'm not sure that my legs (or lungs) are up to that much climbing, but it would be interesting to take a crack at it some day.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 18:05 UTC
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Hugo808: Nice bike.

Can't believe you put the camera in your pack without a lens cap though. Tsk.

Although that sequence shows me using the lens without a lenscap, I was actually using one (filming me taking my bag off, unclipping the camera, taking it out and removing the lens cap without dropping it took too long and was boring to watch, so we simplified it).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 15:29 UTC
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Gesture: Why are reviews a section at a time?

Our reviews involve extensive testing, so can take a long time. In response to reader feedback, we publish significant chunks of the review as soon as they're ready.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 15:23 UTC
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bskbo: Link doesn't work?

It's amazing what damage one missing character can do.

Sorry about the error. The links should work now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 15:21 UTC
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bluevellet: They take out the camera because it's weather-sealed... Then slap a non-weather-sealed lens on it.

The weather ended up being nicer than expected, so I didn't feel the need to limit myself to weather-sealed lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 07:18 UTC
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Tapper123: Noticeable moire here and there, but overall very nice. More than good enough for personal videos, but not sure it would be a first choice for pros. I guess in some documentary applications the extraordinary ibis could give it an advantage.

For people like me considering this camera mainly for stills, the improved video is just icing. But good icing does help complete a cake.

I hadn't thought about that ambiguity. The entire video was shot using the E-M5 II. The sections of me speaking to camera were shot using a tripod, as were the close-ups of the camera, but the whole video was shot with the M5 II.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 06:26 UTC
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Tapper123: Noticeable moire here and there, but overall very nice. More than good enough for personal videos, but not sure it would be a first choice for pros. I guess in some documentary applications the extraordinary ibis could give it an advantage.

For people like me considering this camera mainly for stills, the improved video is just icing. But good icing does help complete a cake.

We took two E-M5 IIs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 05:58 UTC
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stmpjmpr: Did not expect to see a Turner in this. Nice choice!

I thought it'd be nice to get something (comparatively) local. Dave Weagle's suspension design sounded perfect for the kind of riding I wanted to do, so...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 03:55 UTC
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prossi: Where is the video shot? That's a fantastic place!

It's on one of the trails out towards Issaquah, just east of Seattle, Washington.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 02:50 UTC
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J A C S: "Most of the shots were taken handheld"? Which ones were not???

@J A C S - I see your point, but there are a fair number of static hand-held shots in there - all of which would have been unusable, had they been hand-held (at 1080, even the steadiest hand tends to result in disconcerting wobbliness).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:59 UTC
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Horshack: How well does the camera survive a collision with a tree?

Er...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:52 UTC
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Horshack: How well does the camera survive a collision with a tree?

We haven't tested that.

I didn't want to find out how my ribcage would survive a collision with a tree if there was a big lump of magnesium alloy strapped to it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:42 UTC
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joe6pack: All pros and no cons. I am feeling more and more that these videos are all paid advertisements. Tell me this isn't so!

@joe6pack - to add more detail to what Scott correctly points out: this is an overview of the camera's features, it's not a full review because we've not spent enough time with the camera to be able to make a full assessment, yet.

Our full review will, as always, be positive and critical wherever appropriate.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:29 UTC
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steelhead3: Since Butler is a OLY shooter and he was the subject,; who shot the video handheld, pretty impressive.

May I point out that I'm not 'an Oly shooter' any more than I'm a Nikon shooter when I'm reviewing a Nikon, a Panasonic shooter when I'm reviewing a Panasonic, a Pentax shooter when...

My colleague Dale was videographer on this shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:25 UTC
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