BruceB609

BruceB609

Lives in United States Princeton, United States
Works as a fine artist painting / photography
Has a website at www.BruceBraithwaite.com
Joined on Mar 9, 2005
About me:

Full time in fine arts work including oil painting, film and digital photography along with imaging. Showing in Lambertville, NJ & North Shore Arts, Gloucester, MA. Studio in Princeton, NJ. I currently use Olympus E-M10, E-PL5 and E-1.

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On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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Shunda77: You gotta laugh at people suggesting 16mp is not enough, like blind little lambs following fast in the marketing departments wake.
Run little lambs, there's a paddock full of megapixels just up ahead.....

Outdoor ads printed at 25 DPI:
Not to deny advantages of super large image files in some commercial work but I spent time in print imaging and setup for large format printing, the stuff that you might see on the side of a building in NYC. Going by standard output for outdoor ads or murals, I recall we'd often print at 25 DPI outdoor and, even then, the processing of those drum scan files took forever. That was twelve years ago and everything has obviously progressed though I doubt any need for a greater outdoor res. A 16MP res image will work for an outdoor ad and, even then, suit larger because of viewing scale factors. I'd say the larger D800 pixel count is either for exceptional and necessary cropping opportunities, super large exhibit formats or for someone obsessed but comforted by detail that hardly alters aesthetic success captured at 16MP. Glad to see Nikon remain at 16 with the D4s.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:04 UTC

Before Nikon 1 came out, I had hoped they were more in tune with MFT, especially with the advantages of IBIS and manual focusing tools now in the OM-D for legacy or MF lenses.

I enjoy my best AIs MF primes on the D7000 and my OM-D which does them even more justice.

I don't know how to put it but I sense Nikon mirrorless missed their own boat. I can't believe how they seem to have underestimated MFT competitiveness for both the Nikon 1 and DX systems.

MFT, Sony or Fuji profits? There are those who seem stuck on daily obituaries. It's time they read the book to get a clearer idea of where things are going with mirrorless. Every page adds another revelation of welcome advantages or potential and it's a team of competitors that are writing it… which makes it more credible.

I will keep my D7000 only in that I enjoy the AIs lenses on it that much… even more on the OM-D.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 16:45 UTC as 84th comment
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Mssimo: Olympus made some great looking DSLRs. I loved the way the E-1 felt. I wish they made one with a 3-4" screen and the same sensor as in the OMD.

I haven't switched to mFT yet. I still use an E-1 (overcast conditions) along with a Nikon D7000 with Voigtlanders. I have huge admiration for Olympus dedication and innovation but am not sure they should have ever reinvented the E-1. All it needed was upgrading with more, less bulky, FT prime lenses. The E-3 and E-5 with zooms were just too much for all day street shots. It's amazing how similar the E-1 and D7000 are in size and feel but the E-1 is still of the finest DSLR designs I've experienced. There's nothing too small about a 16 MP sensor to make it an oversized body. In fact, I use the HLD2 with grip strap. Same setup with my custom modified Nikon battery grip (with Oly grip strap). They hang from my hand and I don't have uncomfortable neck strap pressure all day... or a camera bouncing around. The E-1 was perfect for it's day and still feels the best today.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 04:39 UTC
On Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact article (198 comments in total)
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BruceB609: Any real focal length control?

I'm a huge admirer and former user of Olympus FT but then Olympus should wonder why I now use a Nikon D7000 and Canon S100 to shoot street scenes instead of using mFT or an XZ. I need these photos for painting as a pro artist. These photos go to imaging and it's a giant task level less when perspectives match.

Regarding the XZ, I asked Olympus about selective zoom. It was "unavailable." Without it, images vary in perspectives and are less useful for composing. On the S and G series, Canon seems to have a grasp with selective lengths settings. And for the larger mFT camera, Olympus again seems too zoom oriented over primes. If they can't produce more normal length primes for mFT then I wish Olympus would, at least, be more sensitive to selective zoom control on XZ. Such a small compact can save the day without the larger camera with me but zoom fill bars and guessing isn't enough to meet the objective.

I have a FT lens system and Nikon AIs and AF... and they'll all work, to an extent, with mFT along with the lenses you mention but this isn't relative to why Olympus omits XZ zoom control that Canon has on the S and G series. Too bad they haven't gone the extra inch but for me and my perspective control, zoom needs presets on XZ. If I appear to be overly expectant on such a small compact it's because I may not have the preferred camera with me at the moment of great opportunity... or desperation. Kind of like lifeboats when the ship is missing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2013 at 02:17 UTC
On Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact article (198 comments in total)

Any real focal length control?

I'm a huge admirer and former user of Olympus FT but then Olympus should wonder why I now use a Nikon D7000 and Canon S100 to shoot street scenes instead of using mFT or an XZ. I need these photos for painting as a pro artist. These photos go to imaging and it's a giant task level less when perspectives match.

Regarding the XZ, I asked Olympus about selective zoom. It was "unavailable." Without it, images vary in perspectives and are less useful for composing. On the S and G series, Canon seems to have a grasp with selective lengths settings. And for the larger mFT camera, Olympus again seems too zoom oriented over primes. If they can't produce more normal length primes for mFT then I wish Olympus would, at least, be more sensitive to selective zoom control on XZ. Such a small compact can save the day without the larger camera with me but zoom fill bars and guessing isn't enough to meet the objective.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 04:34 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
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intensity studios: I am a big fan of Olympus and have owned a loved a few of their cameras.

But the company is in serious financial trouble. Let's be real. Canon and Nikon pretty much own the DSLR market. How many people do you know that really shoot with an Olympus SLR? But Canon and Nikon are crap in the mirrorless market.

Olympus would really do itself a huge favor by putting DSLRs on the backburner for now and really putting all their effort and money into the mirrorless market where they have a chance to establish themselves as the leader in this emerging market.

I'd be interested to know how many E-1 users would be out there standing in line. The E-3 and 5 never could replace it or else I wouldn't be keeping a couple until Olympus figures out what we're talking about. It would be interesting to see the true blooded response if it was upgraded. Guess we can expect more bells, whistles and pixels on #7 though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2012 at 21:39 UTC
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Nathaniel George Weir: So heres the mega pixel count for Nikon cameras.
clueless picture taker: d3200 24.2 Megapixels
amateur: d5100 16.2 Megapixels
semi-pro: d7000 16.2 Megapixels
pro: d300s 12.3 Megapixels
pro: d800 36.3 Megapixels
Very pro: D4 16.2 Megapixels

So why would nikon put an obsurdly large megapixels sensor in a $700 camera? Because Nikon know that people who buy these budget consumer cameras, shoot in the green box mode (auto), and are too stupid to understand that having so many megapixels doesn't make you take better pictures. Most people assume that if you have more megapixels, then your camera is better and you are a better photographer. 95% people that are in the market to buy a d3200 won't print photos that are bigger than 8x10. There's a reason that the D4 has 16 Megapixels. Because real pros that take great pictures don't need a camera that has 16 Megapixels. I have printed a 24x36 print from a 12 Megapixel and the print quality is fine. I doubt that people who will take

pro artist: 5.0 Megapixels

5MP Olympus E-1 = masses of RAW + JPEG city scene shots I paint from. After downloading quickly on my Mac, Adobe Bridge performs fast enough to browse through everything at a very comfortable and productively efficient pace.

I also use the 16MP Nikon D7000 for finished artwork or challenging light. Adobe Bridge gets sluggish and I must reduce images per folder. Megapixels need consideration of imaging requirements, the time consumption from initial capture, to downloading, to editing and saves, not to forget storage. Otherwiswe it's megadollars more for processing speeds needed for the monstrous high megapixel Nikons. Beyond this reply to the D3200 the same applies to the D800. Where's the smaller RAW file option?

But that's OK, I hope Nikon finds enough emperors who'd buy such a large cloak... like size makes any difference to current practicalities we all see anyway. That would fund R&D on less pixels / more DR quality Nikons I'd give more thought.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2012 at 01:26 UTC
On Nikon D800 and D800E 36MP full-frame DSLRs announced article (271 comments in total)
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GearGuru: I'm impressed with the specs so far. Sure hope image quality is great. I really wish Nikon would adopt Canon's ability to shoot different sized RAW files. I'd love to see a setting for 6 MP, 12mp, 18mp, 24mp and 36 MP. If it had this feature, I'd pre-order it in a heartbeat. I just do not want full 36mp files for everything. And the DX shooting option is fine, except for the fact that I don't want a cropped viewfinder view when composing my images. .

Anyone else wish the camera could shoot at different RAW file sizes?

Great comments. I guess this is a very nice Nikon with a not so nice RAW at 36MP only feature. I hope I'm wrong. At least it gives a TIFF and that may be their compromise as I've frequently processed TIFFs in ACR. Very happy about the DX but absolutely right about a VF crop. That would defeat much of the purpose. May have to wait for EVF days on that. Also happy about the 4:5 but why not a 1:1 or even 3:4 as well? It's great for composing and could lend more to storage and CPU capabilities. Start layering a 36MP high quality file and patience will have to be added on older hardware.
Very nice... interesting but I'll take my time on this one.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 17:49 UTC
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