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Dylthedog

Dylthedog

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I was a childhood fan of Olympus - I desperately wanted an OM-2 back in the day. I couldn't afford one then so lived happily with my OM-10 and and manual adapter.

The since those days I've been saddened to see the company's decline, despite a history of innovation and some truly superb optics (which I don't think ever got the credit they deserve). Just goes to show what a few wrong turns can do to what used to be a household name.

I'm glad to see they are on the up, albeit in a modest way.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 18:45 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies

My old 85mm f1.8 is one of my favourite lenses. Looks like I've got a good one...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 19:46 UTC as 13th comment
On Nikon D810A added to studio test scene comparison article (26 comments in total)

I'm really surprised at the colour shift on the LPI test to the right, at the 50 end (above the line drawing of the man with a beard) at 25600 ISO. Only the Canon seems to manage B&W.

Not sure why that is...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 18:42 UTC as 4th comment
On Readers' Showcase: Dale Johnson article (39 comments in total)

Awesome.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 18:44 UTC as 20th comment
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Dylthedog: This will end up on the table in the EU in/out debate for the UK, firmly in the 'EU madness' category.

I understand why architects don't want their buildings copied (by other buildings) but surely they like their work promoted? For free, at that.

Crazy.

The EU isn't helping Spain, Portugal, France and Greece much on the employment front is it?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 18:32 UTC

This will end up on the table in the EU in/out debate for the UK, firmly in the 'EU madness' category.

I understand why architects don't want their buildings copied (by other buildings) but surely they like their work promoted? For free, at that.

Crazy.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 10:23 UTC as 235th comment | 4 replies
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nananananana: I wish people would stop assuming that dynamic range is a defining factor when people buy these cameras. You do realize that you can't see high dynamic range from a regular photographs. The only way Dynamic Range might matter is for people who do very heavy post editing.

We dun care about dynamic range. Stop assuming we do. What I care about is:

-COLOR ACCURACY (thank you low pass filter)
-LOW WEIGHT
-CONVENIENCE
-GOOD JPEG QUALITY
-GOOD APS-C LENS SELECTION THAT ISN'T TOO EXPENSIVE AND LIGHTWEIGHT
-FREE SOFTWARE LIKE DPP
-ERGONOMICS

Canon provides all the above, which is why they ship cameras.

We do not care about dynamic range or micro adjust. And by we, I mean the target audience for these cameras. People who buy these cameras have a life outside of photography, they are not pro photographers.

The thing is, and don't shoot the messenger here, but there are many convenient, low weight, good JPEG quality options out there. In the case of M43, small and lighter. With a great range of lenses too from Oly, Panasonic and 3rd parties, that are also generally smaller than EFS.

Ergonomics is a personal preference as for DPP, it's greatest strength is working with Canon RAW files - which you only really shoot to maximise information such as dynamic range. There are plenty of free photo apps out there that does similar stuff.

As someone that uses Canon, I would like greater DR and they need to sort it to stay competitive. Right now they are behind the curve which is sad as when I started with Canon their sensors were the only game in town.

Some here are knocking Canon, others just want their chosen brand to stay successful, and sensor capabilities are close to the top of the list.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2015 at 19:51 UTC
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Dylthedog: Lovely machine Oly, but it's time to get a new sensor with 24MP and leading edge dynamic range.

Until then, you won't tempt me away from my E-M10

That will do :)

The RX100 line is at 24MP so it doesn't seem unreasonable.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 20:32 UTC

Lovely machine Oly, but it's time to get a new sensor with 24MP and leading edge dynamic range.

Until then, you won't tempt me away from my E-M10

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 06:44 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 comments in total)

April fool anyone? :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 17:30 UTC as 84th comment

Nice idea from Canon. Makes for a lower cost backup if you're used to xD or xxD cameras and provides a platform to step up to them for xxxD users from a familiarity perspective.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 22:11 UTC as 6th comment
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (575 comments in total)
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dwill23: I LOVED the EOS M. The size, weight, and image quality were truly awesome. People put too much emphasis on the AF, sadly because review sites like this had a pre-hung-jury before it could get into consumer's hands.

It was a great camera. Period. It took excellent photos. Period.

But, AF and Video performance on other cameras eclipsed the EOS M.

I can only assume the EOS M did so poorly in the US, that's why Canon didn't bring the EOS M2 or M3 to the US.

Well Canon, you fixed the video and the focus, so I'll take one!

This hurts Canon so much in the mirrosless segment that there must be another reason. Maybe they know people in the US can shell out the money for a small compact and an SLR and don't want one that comes close to doing both.

This slew of cameras is not enough to save troubled Canon. This is good news; they'll have to do better soon.

I'm hanging on to a few lenses and a 70D... but maybe not for long. (I used to have EOS 1s and all L's).

Time will tell.

@Plastek getting a large sensor compact carries no autofocus speed guarantee and depending on what you shoot, autofocus is a huge differentiator. Look at how Canon has historically segmented it's DSLR market with autofocus capabilities.

Plus most of large sensor cameras are fixed focal length at APSC size or you are looking at a M43 or a 1inch sensor.

Having used Sony and Canon 1 inch sensor cameras, there is a grand canyon sized gap between them and mirrorless cameras from Oly and Panasonic in autofocus speed. I've not used an LX100, so maybe that is OK.

I'd be interested in a large sensor zoom lens compact that got close to the leading mirrorless autofocus speed - please enlighten us which compact camera we can side-ways step from?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 19:35 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (575 comments in total)
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dwill23: I LOVED the EOS M. The size, weight, and image quality were truly awesome. People put too much emphasis on the AF, sadly because review sites like this had a pre-hung-jury before it could get into consumer's hands.

It was a great camera. Period. It took excellent photos. Period.

But, AF and Video performance on other cameras eclipsed the EOS M.

I can only assume the EOS M did so poorly in the US, that's why Canon didn't bring the EOS M2 or M3 to the US.

Well Canon, you fixed the video and the focus, so I'll take one!

This hurts Canon so much in the mirrosless segment that there must be another reason. Maybe they know people in the US can shell out the money for a small compact and an SLR and don't want one that comes close to doing both.

This slew of cameras is not enough to save troubled Canon. This is good news; they'll have to do better soon.

I'm hanging on to a few lenses and a 70D... but maybe not for long. (I used to have EOS 1s and all L's).

Time will tell.

The world is a competitive place and focus speed is important. It's one of the reasons many people step up from a compact to mirrorless.

Don't blame review sites, they didn't lie. When it came out other mirrorless manufacturers were already producing cameras faster to acquire focus than DSLR's, with the other missing features you mention.

I'm a Canon user myself with a big glass investment but I do get the impression they rely on brand perception a little too much in quite a few areas.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 19:12 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (575 comments in total)

It looks relatively large to me and because it's APSC, lenses still need to be close in size to the EF-S line or they will be optically compromised.

So, why choose this over one of the now relatively compact regular Canon DSLR's? Or dare I say a Sony RX100mk3 which is more compact, has an EVF and fixed lens-wise of course, but given the current range of optics for this Canon, is that such a big deal?

Say what you like about M43, the 2x crop delivers most of what you get from APSC and you get much smaller bodies and lenses, which I think is the point of this category. Or did I miss something?

It would be nice to see Canon properly go for this market instead the DSLR King Kanute stance they are taking at the moment.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 12:10 UTC as 86th comment | 6 replies
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3439 comments in total)
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Fish Tank: PLEASE do not take this as a Sony fan-boy rant - I graduated over to SONY after getting entrenched in/used to the Minolta system, and quite appreciate all cameras for their own merits - but this is a serious question. Are any of you Canon users disturbed by the lack of care Canon seems to have for things even as simple as the rear view screen? How long has Canon been using the flush-mount viewfinder/screen? I own the a77, and find the multi-hinged screen a pure joy to work with, and though some may call it unnecessary, one really can't say that unless you have used it. Even a simple flip down and around screen that is offered on many compacts and P&S cameras is extremely useful for overhead shots, or foot-level shooting (and of course the nauseating selfies). As an outsider it seems that Canon is doing the least amount it can for its users based even on that ONE simple bonus feature. I look at Canon bodies and I see "good-enough" thinking, not "forward".

@armandino - I'm a big fan of right tool for the job and I'm not a pro but if I were, I' certainly be using the Canon more. Though there is an increasing number of serious pro's shooting with Olympus these days.

Interesting analogy of yours though - 'smaller camera, must be a hobbit'. Your logic dictates that because you have a big camera, you must big and sausage fingered. If you ever need help pressing the your ISO button give me a shout.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 09:59 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3439 comments in total)
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Fish Tank: PLEASE do not take this as a Sony fan-boy rant - I graduated over to SONY after getting entrenched in/used to the Minolta system, and quite appreciate all cameras for their own merits - but this is a serious question. Are any of you Canon users disturbed by the lack of care Canon seems to have for things even as simple as the rear view screen? How long has Canon been using the flush-mount viewfinder/screen? I own the a77, and find the multi-hinged screen a pure joy to work with, and though some may call it unnecessary, one really can't say that unless you have used it. Even a simple flip down and around screen that is offered on many compacts and P&S cameras is extremely useful for overhead shots, or foot-level shooting (and of course the nauseating selfies). As an outsider it seems that Canon is doing the least amount it can for its users based even on that ONE simple bonus feature. I look at Canon bodies and I see "good-enough" thinking, not "forward".

I bought into Canon when they used to innovate, their sensors were the only game in town if you wanted decent results from digital back then.

Since then they just seem to do a bare minimum and segment markets by feature to such an extent that they alienate users that invest in their system.

They do have a challenge to be fair to them - just look at all the complaints on this thread. Whatever they do, people complain. That said, quite a bit of it is often justified. In the 5Ds/sr case I think the purpose of the camera has been largely missed. The s monika in Canon speak has always referred to 'Studio'.

I won't be interested in another Canon body until they catch up with (but preferably exceed) current competitors dynamic range and produce a 5D level product around the 20-30mp range that does 4k video with autofocus like the M43 community benefit from.

Until then my Canon lenses will sit with my 5Dmk3, seldom used, with my Olympus gear getting the bulk of my attention.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 20:54 UTC
On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (316 comments in total)
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mantra: hi
would like to know about the other brands , like nikon ,sony ,pentax and olympus

if someone can share i would appreciate to understand the future of the dsrl

thanks

Try the m43 rumors website - they regularly post market data, not just for m43. There are sister sites for Sony and others, too.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 09:22 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (400 comments in total)
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vroger1: The reviews mirror what other sites have stated. It never ceases to amaze me that a company such as Leica could turn out a product which is so esoteric. I don't believe I have ever seen one in use. This problem is not strictly Leica's. Canon has for years striven to produce digicams with wide appeal but always leave something out- be it a viewfinder (Optical or EVF) or a fast lens. The only company in solely my opinion, which has time and again succeeded in bringing out digicams with the widest possible appeal is Panasonic.

Surely you mean that you hope they improve on the AF on the RX1 as the RX2 isn't out yet?

Given this review, it sounds like it doesn't have much to beat on the AF front.

Even if it's the same, it's still full frame vs a crop and for me (I have a FF DSLR and M43 system) that will probably offer more scope for use over another crop system.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 20:42 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (400 comments in total)
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vroger1: The reviews mirror what other sites have stated. It never ceases to amaze me that a company such as Leica could turn out a product which is so esoteric. I don't believe I have ever seen one in use. This problem is not strictly Leica's. Canon has for years striven to produce digicams with wide appeal but always leave something out- be it a viewfinder (Optical or EVF) or a fast lens. The only company in solely my opinion, which has time and again succeeded in bringing out digicams with the widest possible appeal is Panasonic.

I was thinking about this camera and my opinion is dented if I'm honest. The Sony RX1 now tops my list, but maybe I'll see what the RX2 is like.

I love using my wife's RX100 mkII so Im sure I will like the full frame RX.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 07:45 UTC

My two favourite pastimes combined much better than I ever have. What an amazing trip and thanks for your gift of sharing!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 16:04 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
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