Michael Jardine

Michael Jardine

Lives in United States Harper's Hill, WA, United States
Works as a Software developer and published author
Has a website at http://www.Qamera.com
Joined on May 17, 2005
About me:

If you do one thing in your life, get out there and see the world. It's a pretty amazing place and it's filled with good. Observe. Take some pictures. Write about it. Publish, or share in other ways. That's what I've done and over time, I've managed to get the darndest stuff published in the fashion, travel, editorial, and sports media.

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On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (423 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: I can sort of understand the conclusion here, since it took me a week or two to get my E-M10 set up to how I liked using it. But now it is, I'm extremely happy. Everything is just how I want it. Okay, so I spent nearly two hours trying to find something in the menu once, but you get over these things. And so will the average user. If you're the sort that likes setting things, you will be able to figure out even how to set up an Olympus camera.

Luckily for you, you can set the EM-10's external dials to work like a DSLR, so you should rarely need to to into the menu :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 13:52 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (423 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: I can sort of understand the conclusion here, since it took me a week or two to get my E-M10 set up to how I liked using it. But now it is, I'm extremely happy. Everything is just how I want it. Okay, so I spent nearly two hours trying to find something in the menu once, but you get over these things. And so will the average user. If you're the sort that likes setting things, you will be able to figure out even how to set up an Olympus camera.

"If one menu system existed that was so universally easy to use that nobody ever needed to adapt it or change it, you'd think some camera maker would have created that by now." - Qamera.com

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 06:50 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (423 comments in total)
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joe6pack: flip-down is only good for hand holding. You cannot put the camera on a table and take group-photos like flip-up cameras.

Think outside the box. Turn it sideways and all problems are solved.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 06:28 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (423 comments in total)
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joe6pack: flip-down is only good for hand holding. You cannot put the camera on a table and take group-photos like flip-up cameras.

True but that's what your iPhone is for.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (423 comments in total)

Two more dials, is all it needs. One for exposure compensation, one for shutter/aperture.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 06:12 UTC as 106th comment
On _DSC3730-2 photo in Michael Jardine's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Shanghai. Crazy city.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 21:21 UTC as 1st comment
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)

A few comments here: http://www.qamera.com/2014/06/27/lightroom-1-aperture-0/

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 21:23 UTC as 7th comment
On Bagan, Myanmar in the People challenge (2 comments in total)
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thanasaki: Excellent photo. Also beautiful colours and framing. Congratulations!

Thanks, much appreciated. The subject was comfortable posing and allowed me time to compose :)

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 19:45 UTC
On Yamanote in the -Lost in the Rat Race- (BW + Border + Title watermark) challenge (7 comments in total)

Thanks Mario! This is one of my favorite photos ever. I am glad that others like it as well.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 02:50 UTC as 5th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2062 comments in total)

Just be aware that you cannot stream photos onto your smartphone while you are shooting (great for live blogging and tweeting of events); the software only works when it's controlling the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 01:08 UTC as 75th comment
On Bald Eagle in the Eagle Nest, NM challenge (9 comments in total)

Wow! And it was taken with e 'less than pro' camera and a 'kit' zoom. I absolutely love it. Great shot.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 03:23 UTC as 4th comment
On Asm046 photo in jalywol's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Excellent photo and shows the lens' capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 00:12 UTC as 1st comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2062 comments in total)

Beautiful camera. As the review says, it's a 'Pro' camera that's half the size of a pro camera. It truly does everything my D800 does, plus a lot more. For example, live view (and review) in the EVF. The form factor is perfect, for a camera that does as much as it does. If anything, it even feels a tad 'small' in my hand (and I stepped up from E-PL5).

With the 12-40 2.8 lens, any good photographer can get any shot, and it will be crisp. That said, the 75 1.8 seems totally made for this camera.

P.S. All the JPG stuff is wasted on me as I only shoot RAW, but hey that's legacy stuff anyhow and it's nice that Oly included it. I look forward to trying it out over the next few weeks.

Meantime, here are a few on my tumblr site http://qamera.tumblr.com

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 23:22 UTC as 85th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2062 comments in total)
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mrbonsai: Can anyone tell me what the shutter lag is for the M-1 is?
I have been searching but can't find this information.
Thanks in advance.

I'd say it is instantaneous. And the focus is just as fast as my D800.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 23:15 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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DT200: 1) The size is still pretty big. It won't fit in a pocket and with those big lenses that benefit really decreases. While the 6D is larger, with a 50mm F/1.8 the weight becomes a lot close than I would have thought. Many will accept the size, keep the extra $1000, and find the larger camera for more useful.
2) What % of buyers have $4000+ to buy one and a couple lenses?
3) It sure looks like they are phasing out the APS NEX line.

Good point. And I wonder about upsetting the Body / Lens balance. That small body will be fine with smaller prime lenses, but once you start putting on heavier zooms, how will it feel?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 17:29 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

OK so I've got a D800 and an Olympus E-PL5. I've been looking at the OM-D as my next move up. What should I do? :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 17:27 UTC as 521st comment | 4 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2062 comments in total)

Looks great! But my entire reason for adding M43 to my stable is portability. I can't put my D800 into my jacket pocket. I can with my Pen(s), plus a lens or two. So the Pen lives with me, the D800 lives in the backpack. The EM1 would live in the backpack.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 14:27 UTC as 437th comment | 2 replies

This is hideous. I used to live in HongKong and the air was beautiful because it's right on the ocean and has (had) fresh sea breezes. I transited through HongKong airport the other day and was shocked to see how low the visibility was. At first I thought it was fog, but the overall tint was BROWN. Disgusting.

By the way, HongKong is not 'emerging'. It has been one of the top ports in the world for over 50 years. Indeed there is very little industry in HongKong because of the high cost of land, and there are relatively few cars because the mass transit system is so efficient. The smog is coming from across the border in Shenzhen, China and other nearby industrial complexes along the border.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 22:26 UTC as 9th comment
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (380 comments in total)
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arhmatic: In other words...
Want a camera with flash? get the Pen.
Want a camera with viewfinder? get the omd...

Why can't just build one camera and built it right?
Fuji proved it's possible.

Then why are you commenting here?

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 18:14 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Preview preview (380 comments in total)
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Ganondorf: Thanks for the preview, superb!

I'd be very interested in a poll measuring the amount of people feeling that what prohibits them from buying this camera is a VIEWFINDER.
God damn it. Olympus is too afraid of cannibalizing their own EM5 sales to make this a complete camera and thereby perfect for their actual intended market.

Many people (myself included) do not want a camera with a built-in viewfinder, IF that means sacrificing portability. I have to say I was tantalized by the one in the NEX6; I think it's a superb design.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 17:03 UTC
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