ecm

ecm

Lives in United States OH, United States
Joined on Aug 16, 2004
About me:

Using cameras:
- Panasonic G5, 14-45 and 45-200, Oly FL36. Really good all-rounder system. My go-to mostly due to size and silent electronic shutter.
- Canon T3i, 18-55 II and 55-250, Yongnuo YN565EX. Excellent system, too bulky, too loud for everyday use.
- Panasonic ZS15 & LF-1 - Panasonic does pocket cameras right. I get more keepers from these cameras.
- Pentax Q, with 02 and 06 lenses. Intriguing camera system, can't find a suitable flash. Better output than any other small sensor camera I've ever had.

Old equipment:
- Oly E-PL1 with trashy collapsible lens. Good riddance.
- Oly E-300, 14-45, 40-150. RIP my trusty old friend.
- Olympus C-5060WZ with underwater housing. Retired but not forgotten.

Really old stuff:
- Nikon FG-20 and EM 35mm. Still round here somewhere.
- Nikkor 28 f/2.8, 50 f/1.8. Still great on my G5 with adapter.
- OM 50 F/1.4, 200 F/4, 300 F/4.5. Keep meaning to pick up an adapter.
- Koni-Omega Rapid 6X7 with 90mm, Voightlander Bessa 6X9, Ansco 6X6. Dipping toes in medium format; toes burned.

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On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)

Are people really not interested in having a viewfinder any more? Or do Canon and Nikon think that "we don't need no steenkin' viewfinder" is the only take-home message from increasing mirrorless camera sales?

I bought a mirrorless because of the small size, and then went back to a dSLR because of the lack of an integrated viewfinder..... accessory viewfinders SUCK.....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 23:27 UTC as 99th comment | 6 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (488 comments in total)

Huh. A new-generation R1..... for $1300?? Nah.

For $820 I could get a Panasonic G6 kit plus the 45-150 and get better quality photos and videos in a smaller package, faster lens notwithstanding. If I was willing to go a bit larger I could get the Canon SL1 kit plus 55-250 for about $850..... Or the Nikon 3200, or, for that matter, Sony's own A58, and STILL kick this thing's #$$ for a lot less dollars.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 02:41 UTC as 110th comment | 6 replies
On Am I missing something here? article (623 comments in total)

The viewfinder on the V3 is distressingly similar to the VF-2 viewfinder I was forced to buy for my Olympus E-PL1. I'm having flashbacks to an odd-shaped lump of a camera that wouldn't fit into any bag, constant worrying about whether the finder would get broken off, and losing the hotshoe to something that should have been integral to the camera.

I'm on my third mirrorless in 4 years - I will never buy one without a built-in viewfinder ever again.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 11:58 UTC as 177th comment | 1 reply
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Poss: Can’t wait for the new enthusiast level Aston Martin...

@RKGoth:
Wow, those things must be selling in the tens of..... tens.

An excellent analogy to the new Hassy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:35 UTC
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ecm: Anyone else notice the "BUY ON GEARSHOP" tag just below the article title? Click on the $2,798.00 link and it takes you to the SLT-99.... Irony? from DPR?

@Devandra: I have "F like 17 Tweet 27 g+1 0" to the left of the "BUY ON GEARSHOP $2798.00 >" - what do you have?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 13:10 UTC

Anyone else notice the "BUY ON GEARSHOP" tag just below the article title? Click on the $2,798.00 link and it takes you to the SLT-99.... Irony? from DPR?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 03:10 UTC as 177th comment | 2 replies
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app article (210 comments in total)
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ecm: I wonder if this app will be a front end for a mainframe at Adobe actually doing the grunt work - then most of the processing overhead at the tablet or phone would be uploading/downloading and graphics rendering. It's the only way I can get my head around the price they've proposed.

I also wonder if Logmein or one of the other remote desktop programs could do something similar for less.

That's what is making it so confusing...... I dont understand what would make it worth so much. If you're not working on RAW files, whats the point in LR? You're going to spend $100 a year to manipulate and upload JPEGs to the cloud? I'm doing that right now for free with google+ (whether I want to or not, it seems.....).

All I can envision is that you'll upload your raw files some other way, through your computer, and then you will be able to edit them on your iPad -the processing would stay on the server while a representation would be on the tablet. But that seems trivial to me?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 15:56 UTC
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app article (210 comments in total)

I wonder if this app will be a front end for a mainframe at Adobe actually doing the grunt work - then most of the processing overhead at the tablet or phone would be uploading/downloading and graphics rendering. It's the only way I can get my head around the price they've proposed.

I also wonder if Logmein or one of the other remote desktop programs could do something similar for less.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 14:00 UTC as 25th comment | 6 replies
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
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newe: So...what is the best price for people to eliminate the complaints?

I have thought about this a bit...if I could get just photoshop cloud for $5 a month I would do that, with NO price increases. I may even sign a contract (like a cell) for 3 years.

Wonder why they don't do that?

Because after three years of paying Adobe, the first month you don't pay you lose access to three years of your edits. Free would be too much.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 13:03 UTC
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jkoch2: The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.

It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.

Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.

@archiver:
"and big productions that can afford a dozen or more for crash cams." - which may explain why it's on backorder.... :)

Thanks for the info.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 01:45 UTC
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jkoch2: The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.

It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.

Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.

Agree with you - a very specialized piece of equipment. Still, it's a very interesting object in and of itself - a lot like the locomotives and B-29s you mentioned. I've got to wonder what it's being used for, and by whom....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 21:57 UTC
On Hands-on with the Olympus Stylus 1 article (47 comments in total)

I might have to give up my Oly C-5060WZ for this baby..... too bad it's not just a little bit more like a brick; it coulda been a contender....

Seriously, though, what a nicely thought out camera; if the images hold up (up to ISO 400 anyways) I might have to give it a go when the price drops a bit.

This camera typifies what I love Olympus for; it's fresh, original thinking, unafraid of those who will poo-poo it for it's modest sensor. It's like a Panasonic FZ-series for the modern age; it will certainly give Canikon a thing or two to think about.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 21:47 UTC as 10th comment
On Samsung announces curved Galaxy Round post (144 comments in total)

It strikes me as a solution for a non-problem; I've never thought, "Jeepers; if only this phone was CURVED somehow I could get it in my pocket". If it's not comfortable or it doesn't fit in your pocket, perhaps a smaller phone? Or looser clothing? I dunno....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 14:25 UTC as 30th comment

The real story is how few of us actually care WHAT happens to Adobe any more.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 00:51 UTC as 80th comment | 3 replies
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)
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ecm: Not one real camera to compare it to. I don't usually say this kind of thing but this article seems to be a waste of time on a photography website. I feel like someone is trying to sell me a Kodak Instamatic when I came here to buy a Nikon F100.

Nice straw man.

"It's not a real camera. It's a phone with a camera." vs. "If it's capturing still images, it's a camera, and it's photography."

So, which is it?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2013 at 15:34 UTC
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)

Not one real camera to compare it to. I don't usually say this kind of thing but this article seems to be a waste of time on a photography website. I feel like someone is trying to sell me a Kodak Instamatic when I came here to buy a Nikon F100.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2013 at 12:41 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-M1 Review preview (220 comments in total)

Hm. I looked through the samples and thought, "The Fujifilm is getting it's butt handed to it by the likes of the Olympus E-M1 and Canon 100D" - and then I read the article's conclusion.... there's a disconnect between what I see in the comparometer and what their conclusions are.

I suppose it could be the lens - I've been fooled before by a fantastic lens on a so-so camera here at DPR - but it looks more like over-agressive noise reduction to me. The green feathers are a blur at any ISO.....

I also recognize that ultimate sharpness and detail is not everything; it's something that I crave, but others might prefer the warm almost "creamy" smoothness of the Fuji's output - with the right subject and at the right enlargement it would be quite nice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 17:43 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies

Hey Hasselblad! See what they did there? You should take notes!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 23:43 UTC as 33rd comment
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MarioV: These are great photos regardless of what was used to capture them.
Its always amusing and sad to see the "experts" come out with their 2 cents to find reason to complain or compare as if they have some need to feel superior.
Enjoy life. Be happy.

They ARE great photos.... at the 3X5" resolution they're shown in this article. If I wanted to actually print one of those photos at a reasonably size for display - life would not be happy. At all.

If that's all you want then yes, snap away with your iphone or whatever and be happy; I've gotten some surprisingly good photos with my Nexus 4. But if vacation snaps were all I wanted I'd not bother spending time at a website like DPR....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 20:35 UTC

I'm sorry, but.... you've got the right time, the right light and the right location.... however, clearly, you have the wrong tool for the job.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 21:04 UTC as 75th comment
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