ecm

ecm

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

Using cameras:
Canon T3i, 18-55 II and 55-250
Panasonic G5 with Panasonic 14-45 and 45-200
Pentax Q, 02 and 06
Panasonic ZS15
Olympus C-5060WZ with underwater housing.

Old equipment:
Oly E-PL1 with collapsable junk lens.
Oly E-300, 14-45, 40-150

Really old stuff:
Nikon FG-20 and EM 35mm.
Nikkor 28 f/2.8, 50 f/1.8
OM 50 F/1.4, 200 F/4, 300 F/4.5

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On Sony DSC-RX100 preview (544 comments in total)

I like the specs; can't wait to see the full review.

I'm hoping that this is an indicator of things to come; instead of the cynical hypocrisy of the megapixel race, I'd like to see a sensor-size race - let's see who can fit the biggest sensor in the smallest body, with the fastest lens!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:47 UTC as 207th comment | 3 replies
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX150 IS review news story (86 comments in total)

Much as I love the fact that there's all of a sudden "reviews" at DPReview.... this camera is getting close to a year old -it was announced in August of last year. Local big box stores have already sold off their stock at fire sale prices (about $130) a couple months ago.

Still, keep 'em coming; the "big gun" pro dSLR cameras are fun to look at but it's not as though I can afford any of them - $8000 for a Leica? Really?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2012 at 01:42 UTC as 43rd comment | 4 replies
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markcaff: Good Job.. Jeff. Okay... So now we know that the Panasonic ZS15 is a little better than the ZS20 in IQ... and that the Nikon S9300 is out of the race.. The Canon SX260 HS is a little ahead of the ZS15 in IQ .....Now, Where Do the Sony’s... HX10V and HX20V Fit in this comparison?? Waiting to see how they stack up against the Canon and Panasonic.

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Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 23:52 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples news story (458 comments in total)
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ecm: What can I say? Bravo, Olympus! A winner of a sensor/JPEG engine combo for certain.

The JPEGs are actually very strong; a bit of false detail creeping in at 3200 ISO but nothing that would be objectionable at 8X10 - and that nice punchy Olympus color is maintained. The 6400 ISO shots are pretty bad, but I would bet significantly better than most pocket cams at ISO 1600.

Compared to the T3i, the OM-D is clearly the "winner" at 1600-3200 JPEG, but (perhaps unfortunately, perhaps not - depending on what you prefer) the Oly JPEG engine is clearly wringing everything out of the raw file. The Canon is much improved when shooting raw, the Oly, not so much.

I also note (again!) what an awesome lens the Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 macro is - m4/3 users should be clamoring for a new version dedicated to the mirrorless format without the focus issues. I'd also like to see more about the new 12-50mm - hopefully with the OM-D review?

Again, Bravo Olympus! You needed a winner.....

I'll make one more comment about this and then shut the %#$ up.... I'm reading comments like"I'm going to replace my pro-level dSLR brand X with this digital wonderkind!!!" and I think it's silly.

If you have a RAW workflow, this isn't the camera for you. If all you shoot is JPEG, then this camera's got a lot going for it - punchy, clean ISO 1600, with false detail becoming obvious by ISO 3200. But the RAW files are lacking; even the T3i (which has been roasted on the forums for it's "poor" high ISO performance compared to the D5100) has better RAW output. In the past, Olympus's strong suit has been OOC JPEGs - and they continue in that tradition.

I have always disagreed with DPR's choice of the (almost perfect) Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 macro that they've got franken-lensed on that body; it is without equal. If the m4/3 12-50 is as good as the 4/3 12-60, then they've got a lens that'll live up to that sensor, otherwise - people will be wondering where the image quality went.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:24 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples news story (458 comments in total)

What can I say? Bravo, Olympus! A winner of a sensor/JPEG engine combo for certain.

The JPEGs are actually very strong; a bit of false detail creeping in at 3200 ISO but nothing that would be objectionable at 8X10 - and that nice punchy Olympus color is maintained. The 6400 ISO shots are pretty bad, but I would bet significantly better than most pocket cams at ISO 1600.

Compared to the T3i, the OM-D is clearly the "winner" at 1600-3200 JPEG, but (perhaps unfortunately, perhaps not - depending on what you prefer) the Oly JPEG engine is clearly wringing everything out of the raw file. The Canon is much improved when shooting raw, the Oly, not so much.

I also note (again!) what an awesome lens the Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 macro is - m4/3 users should be clamoring for a new version dedicated to the mirrorless format without the focus issues. I'd also like to see more about the new 12-50mm - hopefully with the OM-D review?

Again, Bravo Olympus! You needed a winner.....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 14:28 UTC as 55th comment | 3 replies

I like the idea of this competition and I really I hope it works out; I suggested something similar on a forum post a while ago. By no means perfect, but a good first step. I've seen such incredible photography in these challenges.... I'm in awe. I would like them to continue to attract talent at such a high level.

I'd worry, though, that the folks who enjoy padding their votes and running down everyone else's scores will see it as a threat to their comfy way of life, and attempt sabotage....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2012 at 12:01 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Ahoy! in the 1940's 1950's pin up challenge (19 comments in total)

Excellent! You nailed it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2012 at 11:46 UTC as 3rd comment
On Still life - retake - and chat challenge (11 comments in total)

Nice idea, this competition. A little bit confusing, perhaps, but I really like the concept. Could be done as a forum post, too; that way the before and after would be available for us latecomers to see.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2012 at 22:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Interesting.... my comment has been removed. Wonder why?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2012 at 19:52 UTC as 2nd comment
On Fujifilm X10 firmware: Appears not to fix 'white orbs' news story (601 comments in total)

The Fujifilm forum is a frenzied violent mob out for Fuji-flavored blood right now - this'll help....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2012 at 16:13 UTC as 127th comment
On Preview:canong1x (1044 comments in total)
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ecm: I'd like to see a photo with the G1-X beside the T3i with the 18-55 IS.... is it really that much smaller?

Hey, great site - thanks for the link.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 at 15:39 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1044 comments in total)

I'd like to see a photo with the G1-X beside the T3i with the 18-55 IS.... is it really that much smaller?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 23:47 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On Samsung US announces rugged and waterproof SD cards news story (49 comments in total)

Wow! Utterly AMAZING!! Thats..... er.... huh.

Hmm.

What do I want this for again?....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 23:13 UTC as 24th comment
On 'No Future in Photojournalism' Interview: Dan Chung article (278 comments in total)

Interesting article. And yet I didn't bother to click on any of the videos - after all, who cares? It's just video; there's millions of videos on the net. The last photo in the article, however, tells a whole story.....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 01:03 UTC as 113th comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Nikon D800 hands-on preview news story (287 comments in total)
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ecm: Wouldn't want it, even if I COULD have it. They've gone too far. After a certain point it's not the quantity but the QUALITY of the pixels. 36 MP? I can print 20x30 and larger with 18MP.... so what's the point in more? I've printed 5 and 8 MP at 16X20 with excellent results. The same rules as always apply - good composition, appropriate lighting and capturing the moment....

OTOH, sans anti-aliasing fliter - now THAT"S interesting!

@ joseph s w - 175 ppi is fine, as long as you have the right up-rez program. When it's going to be viewed at 3+ feet, each blade of grass isn't important. I know, this has been debated on the forums ad nauseum.... and I'm not trying to raise that spectre....

Some of the best modern photography I've seen in the last few years has not required umpty-'leven megapuxels. It's subject, lighting, composition that make a great photo. And yea, I'm not anywhere close to "there" yet.

@zodiacfml - "Additionally, it's because they can." - spot on.

@Ratatosk - Actually, I agree - horses for courses, absolutely. But I didn't say that "No-one would want it" I said "I wouldn't want it".....

@Henry M. - the noise is a bit disconcerting, but it's a pre-production sample. I can't remember which camera right now, but IIRC we got fooled by a pre-production model in the not-so-distant past, too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 00:08 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D800 hands-on preview news story (287 comments in total)

Wouldn't want it, even if I COULD have it. They've gone too far. After a certain point it's not the quantity but the QUALITY of the pixels. 36 MP? I can print 20x30 and larger with 18MP.... so what's the point in more? I've printed 5 and 8 MP at 16X20 with excellent results. The same rules as always apply - good composition, appropriate lighting and capturing the moment....

OTOH, sans anti-aliasing fliter - now THAT"S interesting!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 13:44 UTC as 58th comment | 5 replies

The price is disappointing, but it's competition is not the D5100 or T3i, or even the enthusiast dSLRs, but rather Leica's digital rangefinder offerings. The body price is comparable to the low-end pro dSLR's (7D, D7000) which no doubt take better photos, in a more competent fashion.

But.... A POCKETABLE, INCONSPICUOUS, and SILENT camera that takes magazine quality (if not art gallery quality), low-noise, low-light photos? How much is that worth to a news photog or street shooter?

Once it's "in the wild" and market forces take over it'll find a price concordant with it's real value - likely in a year or so. I'd guess that if it's not pretty close to what Fuji is now asking, there will never be an X-Pro2.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 17:17 UTC as 56th comment | 7 replies
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera news story (875 comments in total)

Sounds good. I really like the legacy lens mount; Pentax has some excellent pancakes.... And in-body IS? Nice. Good going, Ricoh/Pentax; listening to the little people, are we?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 14:13 UTC as 326th comment
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IcyVeins: I just have to LOL at everyone saying to buy a T3. The NEX-7 is so ridiculously superior to the T3 in pretty much every way imaginable. Photography is a rich man's sport, and for those with the money, this adapter is great because it lets you use PASM, and because Canon makes some really awesome lenses that even the Sony Alpha lineup doesn't have. For example the 14mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/1.4

I cant help it..... Really? You two are going to compare dxo size??

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 22:12 UTC

What would my dollars be buying, exactly? Oh yeah.... strict limitations on my viewing/listening choices, the "privilege" of buying the same item again and again, one copy for each licensed device, and the threat of incarceration or penury if I stray....

The whole entertainment industry - completely, utterly clueless.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2011 at 00:30 UTC as 21st comment
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