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Olympus E-30
Panasonic DMC-L1
Olympus Pen E-PL1
Olympus Pen E-PM2
Olympus 14-42 (newer design)
Olympus MZD 14-42 (two of)
Olympus 14-50
Leica 14-50 f2.8-3.5
Sigma 30mm 1.2
Olympus 25mm f2.8
Olympus 9-18 f4.5-5.6
Lumix Vario 14-45 f3.5-5.6
Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Panasonic 14mm f2.5
Enough memory. Enough batteries (well, not for the G1).


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On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (214 comments in total)

Speaking of the Olympus 45mm f1.8, the new Panasonic 42.5 f1.7 is reputed to be marginally sharper. Has dpreview tried the newer lens, on EM-5 Mk II, with high resolution mode. This article has me wondering about how well a marginal difference in potential sharpness, from a lens, improves matters as the pixel density increases.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 18:02 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On Readers' Showcase: Oscar Cwajbaum article (33 comments in total)

Great set of people photos. The OTT comic colours make a lovely contrast with the the backgrounds shown here.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 12:39 UTC as 25th comment
On Behind the Shot: Watery Grave article (91 comments in total)
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narddogg81: i have never understood the stigma against post processing. photographers have always done whatever was within their technical means to improve their images after the fact, i see no reason now to pretend than there is something wrong or impure about it just because our technical means have improved so much. for me personally, i try to get the image looking like i remember the scene in my head, and i will do whatever degree of post processing required to get it there with no qualms. i would stop short of doing something like swapping in a better sky from a different scene or something like that, but short of that everything is fair game

It depends on how you see yourself. Are you the photographer, or the developer, or both? Your gear will probably influence your answer. I think a nice, out of the camera JPEG is its own reward, but so is something that has been fussed over, carefully, in post.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 16:42 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Watery Grave article (91 comments in total)

As an occasional dabbler with ETTR, I'd take issue with the idea the raw file is poor. You had a good, basic composition and you'd collected plenty of data :). There's not a lot more you could have done with the conditions you were given. I enjoyed the ACR/Photoshop lesson that followed. The end result speaks for itself.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 13:33 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies

Mirrorless is the garlic bread of photography. It's the future!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 14:23 UTC as 193rd comment | 2 replies
On Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera article (124 comments in total)

Ummm... Can't you get a Canon G7X for about the price of this?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 15:13 UTC as 37th comment
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (195 comments in total)

Wot no digital level gauge? No electronic shutter (for silent shooting)? No accessory port (for EVF)? Still a horrifically low 16Mp (the sky is Shirley falling)? Of course, I still vaguelly want one, but mk 1 will do (I've nearly pressed the buy button on a few occasions - the mk 1 can be bad for a reasonable price).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 23:12 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply

Looking forward to trying that haze thing on some of my Hong Kong photos....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 07:14 UTC as 56th comment

I think it's time we started referring to these cameras simply as 1" format, and anything smaller simply as Small Sensor. For anyone who doesn't constantly need narrow DoF, the 1" format has ended up being a nice compromise.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 13:09 UTC as 41st comment

It's hard not to want (I certainly *want* one). However, it's not perfect. While I prefer 28mm over pretty much everything else, perhaps 35mm is more versatile. The coverage over at Luminous Landscape mentioned an issue with the lens hood. You have to remove a metal ring in order to fit this (and a hood is pretty much mandatory, when shooting this wide). My Olympus 25mm f1.8 has the same flaw, but it's a sub £300 lens, so I can live with it.

According to Michael, the lens hood and the lens cap are mutually exclusive, but I expect you can put the lens cap on once the hood is installed.

Still, there's no to ways about it that this is a homerun for Leica. And it's not as overpriced as I was expecting*.

* Thinking a comparison of new R1 + Viewfinder, or an A7II + equivalent Zeiss lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 19:41 UTC as 89th comment
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)

Well done Sony. First to affordable mirrorless full frame was always going to do well (and it's bought prices down elsewhere)..

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 10:23 UTC as 135th comment
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WGVanDyck: About 65% of my photography is B&W with about 70% of that being film. Though, I do like the options available when shooting B&W on a good color digital camera. If I don’t like the camera’s B&W rendition I have a RAW color file to convert to my taste. Frankly, if I were to suggest a Leica for B&W it would be an M3.

And, with proper care and maintenance, the M3 will still function twenty years down the line. Looking at recent problems (the M9 cracked sensor issue, for example), I'm not convinced the cutting edge tech, on the inside, is built to last.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 07:47 UTC

What doesn't sit well, with me, is the probable lifespan of this luxury product. It's no different to the gold Apple watch, in this respect; just a computer with added craftsmanship. Unlike a well maintained1950s mechanical Leica, or a fine automatic watch from the same period, both of which will work today, I doubt the digital Ms will have the same longevity. For many of the generation who shot film, using Leica, I'm guessing the value proposition has been turned on its head, at least with respect to the camera bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 22:22 UTC as 116th comment | 4 replies
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (614 comments in total)

There's nothing low profile Leica Ms. They're so different in appearance, to modern cameras, that they really do tend to stand out.

Otherwise, it's lovely, and I look forward to this site's incisive review. Oh, hang on a minute....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 07:12 UTC as 113th comment | 1 reply
On Readers' Showcase: Nicolas Alexander Otto article (34 comments in total)

A lovely set, and a complete focus on the photography alone.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 13:06 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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Indeed. You can take your free NSA monitoring, or you can take the FSB instead.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 11:32 UTC
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Raist3d: I like how so many find the price too high but don't seem to understand this lens is hand made in Germany with most likely well paid workers - and I bet hand tested quite a bit before it leaves the factory combined with Leicas legendary customer support. Its probably one of the best lenses ever made in this class.

This cost money. Doesn't mean you can't do great photography with cheaper lenses but I think there are reasons beyond "luxury brand" why this lens is pricey.

Bingo. In addition to the build quality, craftsmanship and optical design skill that goes into one of these, the quality control is empirical. You just won't see the kind of sample variation you get with glass from Olympus or Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 08:51 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (361 comments in total)
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lacix: How about the GM5?


The GM1 can actually be had for less than the GF7 at the moment. YMMV with either, but I suspect the GF7 has a faster maximum mechanical shutter, which may suit some.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 18:22 UTC

I'll say one thing for Olympus.... Compared to Panasonic, Sony and even Canon, they're behind the curve when it comes to video. Yet when they film an ad, they sometimes actually film it using the camera they're advertising. They even did this with the old E-PL1.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 22:39 UTC as 102nd comment

I keep looking at the older models, which can be had very reasonably. My understanding: Bloody awkward to use, bloody awkwarder to process the files, but the pay off is potentially approaching medium format IQ?

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 15:07 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies
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