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On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2067 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: For more EM1 photos/reviews: Check out RobinWong.blogspot for photos of C-AF tracking of skate boarders and many photos from the new EM1 for sport and moving people/vehicles and also macro photos in his first 2 articles on EM1. It shows the large buffer around 41 photos in Raw S-AF and 50 Raw photos in C-AF high speed mode, and you can download images for review.

CAF looks like it works very well in his tests. Robin now an employee of Olympus only recently (a few blog posts ago) now has even faster access to Olympus gear it seems for review. Worth checking out and a great read.

Great job, finally getting that job at Olympus, you certainly do deserve it Robin!!

I'm sure it's a wonderful camera but I wouldn't be too quick to congratulate somebody for getting a job with Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 18:18 UTC

Good for private detectives, I guess. If this was from Nikon it would be one more example of how far they and Sony stay ahead of the competition. But since it's from Canon, it's a fail dude.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 18:13 UTC as 70th comment
On SanDisk offers 'world's first' 256GB CompactFlash card article (70 comments in total)

All this pro stuff. The regular cards are already Extreme Pro, right? So these should be Ultra, Ultra, Extreme Super Pro.

It's too bad they don't hold their value. They take less space than gold bullion and you can't take pictures with gold bullion.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 23:17 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-M1 real-world samples gallery article (101 comments in total)
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calking: Can't wait to hear what all the x-trans sensor haters have to say if/when the BAYER sensor XA-1 comes out at an even lower price than the XM-1.

Oh wait...never mind.

"no VF ... Waaah!!!"
"Has plastic parts ... Waaah!!!"
"Should be cheaper ... Waaah!!!"
"Made in ... [not Japan] ... Waaah!!!"
"It's not full frame ... Waaah!!!"
"no good for shooting sports ... Waaah!!!"
"It's not a ... [Sony, Oly, Nikon, Canon, Pany, Leica, etc] ... Waaah!!!"
"no way to convert RAW files (total horsesh*t) ... Waaah!!!"
"I don't like the colors ... Waaah!!!"
"Fuji is REALLY going out of business NOW ... Waaah!!!"
"It's not a FF Sony Nex ... Waaah!!!"
"I see artifacts at 400x magnification on my electron microscope ... Waaah!!!"
"It's too big. Too small. Too complex for the blind... Waaah!!!"
"No in-camera stabilization ... Waaah!!!"
"Video isn't as good as ..... Waaah!!!"
"Image quality not as good as full frame Canon 5DM3 / Nikon D800 with prime lenses ... Waaah!!!"
"just wait for the XMA2s model..."

You forgot the white orbs.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 20:26 UTC
On Photo project documents rivers of the interior U.S. article (14 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: To me, the photos in the article on wired.com have a look which I remember seeing in the print edition of National Geographic about twenty years ago. (We stopped subscribing.) What's the secret of this look? Grading? Composition? Are photos with people staged?

They look like film. But I think the secret is that this is un-enhanced color, the way reality actually looks. No tobacco filters, graduated ND, super saturation plug-ins, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 20:37 UTC
On Fujifilm X-M1 real-world samples gallery article (101 comments in total)
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rxbot: $800 is too much for a plastic lens made in China with a plastic body made in Taiwan, should be $500-$600.

Plastic from China is the new metal from Japan. We might as well get used to it, at least until the Vietnamese catch up.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 20:28 UTC

I'm not buying any of these phones until the camera has at least 250 megapixels.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 21:18 UTC as 115th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2067 comments in total)
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StevenE: It's micro 4/3, so you can forget about shallow DOF.
If that doesn't bother you, then this format could work.
Non starter for me, unless it can fit in my pocket.

Everything is labeled "pro". It doesn't mean anything, except to the guy who bought it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 16:18 UTC
On Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Preview preview (80 comments in total)
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Karroly: I am afraid IS on an ultra wide lens is just a sales gimmick. This lens is equivalent to a 18-35mm FF zoom. Thus it means one can shoot handheld at about 1/20s at 11mm and about 1/40s at 22mm. With the 3-stop advantage of the IS, it means speed can drop as low as about 1/2s - 1/3s at 11mm and 1/5s at 22mm. What kind of subjects can we shoot at such a low speed apart from paintings on a museum wall, where flashes are forbidden, or a landscape under moonlight without a tripod ? Personally, I found that shooting people indoor at speed below 1/30s, thanks to the OIS, generally produces blurred people in front of a sharp background, so I avoid it. Not to mention that ultra wide angle lenses distort people faces. I am rather looking for fast lenses and cameras with good IQ at high ISO for that purpose...

I use mine for interiors with natural light, night scenes, sunsets, overcast days, etc. Not just where flash is forbidden but where it would result in nasty reflections. It's incredibly handy, as is my Nikon 16-35VR. Neither of these wide lenses is suitable for people's faces but why would anybody try this?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 23:47 UTC

It's hard to accept but I think there are some things a smart phone is not good for. Give me a can of Aeroprint any day.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 16:53 UTC as 15th comment

Given the pure joy people get from wrestling with Microsoft products, my suggestion would be to drop all references to Microsoft. Windows? Don't even ask.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 16:47 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: This has to be great for Panasonic.

Sure, a few people with more money than sense will rush out and buy a few of these new LeicaSonic cameras, and they will pay $750 or so for the privilege of getting a red dot on their Panasonic LF1.

However... a whole lot more people will buy a Panasonic LF1 for $399, thinking "this is the same camera as the Leica, for half the price!"

In the entire history of marketing the partnership between Leica and Panasonic has to be one of the most successful ones. Both companies have benefited enormously due to this partnership.

Leica gets to slap a red dot on a Panasonic camera and double the price of it. Instant and easy profits. Panasonic gets the credibility of a "Leica Seal of Approval" which helps them sell a lot of cameras under their own brand name. So everyone wins.

Of course, none of this would work if Panasonic didn't make great cameras.

You just won't see Leica slapping a red dot on a Kodak Easyshare camera.

Your reasoning is partially correct. Sure, Leica will not sell something that isn't reasonably good and I'm sure this camera is fine. But the number Leica will sell is too small to have any influence on Panasonic, which is why the cameras are essentially identical. And since it's the same camera, Panasonic doesn't have to go out of their way, so why not make a bunch for Leica? A sale is a sale.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 16:44 UTC

The problem, I think, is that people misunderstand why Leica does this. Yes, they need to get something cheaper than they could make and mark it up. That's part of their survival.

But there's more to it. Leica lacks the resources to make significant changes that would differentiate the camera enough so people would feel they were getting something extra. And since they won't sell a huge number, they can't get Panasonic interested in making a really unique model. This situation has existed as far back as the R3 vs. the Minolta XE-7.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 16:38 UTC as 60th comment | 4 replies
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GabrielZ: Enough with all this low-end stuff, enthusiasts want to see an X-Pro2 and X-E2 come out - its time.

Maybe they just want to end the year selling a lot of cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 21:26 UTC

I'm curious about something. Is the price discrepancy on Adobe products due to taxes (VAT) or does Adobe charge more in Europe/UK/Australia because they think they can get more--and then taxes go on top of that?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 18:47 UTC as 67th comment | 5 replies
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Pogo333: The cost of Stubbornness: This change is being billed "Adobe listened to Photographers" This is baloney. We asked for a path to ownership, not a cheaper hook. It also raises more questions than it solves. So what is the status of LR now? We were told that LR would not be part of CC, there would be a version there, but it would always be a stand along product. Now it appears to be a permanent part of CC. What happens if one does not sign up for this option? Second, what is Adobe's commitment to keeping the monthly surcharge at $9.99? They are very vague about this, saying that it is not an introductory price, but what will the future cost? Third, if one reads the other comments at Adobe's FAQ page, it appears that Adobe is selling their products to some groups, so why beat up on this community? Last. Do we trust Adobe?

I agree about the Adobe paranoia. And the $9.99 deal makes this pretty obvious.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 18:34 UTC

Interesting they're putting Kenko on the radar in the US. When folks discover Hoya = Kenko (usually) they're gonna go for the Kenko glass filters.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 16:42 UTC as 33rd comment
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groucher: Tobacco grads were a crime against photography. Please don't bring them back.

You mean the sky isn't red or brown on cloudy days?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 16:38 UTC

I'm sure I can't live without it, but what's "Behance"? Is that the cute singer/actress? I understand Adobe for the Enterprise is for use in outer space but what is Behance?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 06:21 UTC as 80th comment | 2 replies

Quality's not there yet but when it does get better, this will be lots of fun.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 05:43 UTC as 27th comment
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