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brumd

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nerd2: 85mm f3.5 portrait prime? Not interested at all.
Oh and it's priced $399... you can get the excellent nikkor 85mm 1.8G at only $50 more.

well, the "excellent nikkor 85mm" doesn't fit on a m43 camera.
Your comment doesn't say anything about the quality of the lens, nor anything about the m43.
Your comment only shows your inability to look beyond your own priorities in what you are looking for in a lens. You like the shallowest DOF? Fine, buy a MF camera, or a FF if that is shallow enough for you.

People that buy M4/3 systems KNOW that they don't offer the shallowest DOF, so obviously that is not the top priority if you choose m43.
It is completely pointless to keep on repeating your same mantra that their DOF is less shallow than when using FF. We KNOW that. YOU find that the most important, others don't

You don't go on a car forum, commenting on every pick-up truck model saying "but it isn't half as fast as my Porsche". People that buy pick-up trucks don't care about that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 23:08 UTC
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duckling: A bit of conspiracy theory:
The 42.5/1.7 was obviously designed to kill the Olympus 45/1.8, one of the few M4/3 classics. Perhaps a revenge for Oly's 40-150/2.8 which buried Pana's 150/2.8 project.

@duckling:\
similar price? The 45mm is €250 in Europa, the 42.5 is set at $400 (which usually means €400 in EU).
The 45mm is an amazing lens for that price. What would the incentive be to choose the 42.5, other than the included IOS (which is only needed for cameras without IBIS).
Edit: in Sweden the 45mm is even cheaper: 2200 SEK = ~€225

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:34 UTC
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duckling: A bit of conspiracy theory:
The 42.5/1.7 was obviously designed to kill the Olympus 45/1.8, one of the few M4/3 classics. Perhaps a revenge for Oly's 40-150/2.8 which buried Pana's 150/2.8 project.

The 42.5/1.7 has IOS, the 45/1.8 hasn't. Obviously it is a nice addition for those who shoot a M4/3 camera without IBIS.
Since my E-M5 has IBIS I am going to stick with my Olympus 45mm (which I use to my full satisfaction), but that doesn't go for everybody. One won't kill the other.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 10:51 UTC
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ogl: 42.5/1.7 = 85/3.4 for 35 mm system.....It's slow lens.

again, the word 'slow' refers to speed, not DOF. There is no such thing as a slow DOF. It's simply wrong to say this lens is 'slow'.

Having a wider DOF at maximum speed is an advantage for some people.
If the narrowest DOF is your priority, then m4/3 is not your system of choice. Simple as that. That is regardless of the lens, that is regarding the sensor size.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 10:23 UTC
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ogl: 42.5/1.7 = 85/3.4 for 35 mm system.....It's slow lens.

Since this same false argument comes up on EVERY crop sensor lens thread, wouldn't it be a good idea to dedicate a special page on DPreview where this issue is explained, so this pointless discussion can be avoided by referring to this page?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 09:29 UTC
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ogl: 42.5/1.7 = 85/3.4 for 35 mm system.....It's slow lens.

*sigh*
DOF is NOT speed. You are referring to it as a 'slow lens'.
It is NOT slower than a F1.7 35mm equivalent.

Is it really really necessary to have this old boring discussion in every thread?

For you a small DOF may be an advantage, for others like me it is actually an advantage to have more DOF at the same speed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 09:21 UTC
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ogl: 42.5/1.7 = 85/3.4 for 35 mm system.....It's slow lens.

*sigh*
how many times do we have to read this?
In terms of speed 1.7 = 1.7.
Educate yourself!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 08:51 UTC
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brumd: Somehow, the Panasonic m4/3 lenses never look even half as sexy as the ones from Olympus.
Yes, it's important! :)

Sure, it's a matter of taste, and it's good to have the choice.
I recently bought a 25mm, and I would have chosen the Panasonic F1.4 over the Olympus F1.8 to gain the extra 2/3 stop if only I thought it looked good on my OM-D E-M5.
Somehow, the quality of the Panasonic lenses (my 20mm/F1.7 is definitely sharper than the 17mm/F1.8) isn't really reflected in their appearance.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 19:34 UTC

Somehow, the Panasonic m4/3 lenses never look even half as sexy as the ones from Olympus.
Yes, it's important! :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 18:31 UTC as 52nd comment | 6 replies
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Iloveaircraftnoise: The article misses the mark.........Until a manufacturer can make a mirrorless camera which can shoot over 900 frames on one battery charge ( weddings anyone?) and whose electronic viewfinder doesn't turn into a slow motion replay in poor light, forget about it...

"Until a manufacturer can make a mirrorless camera which can shoot over 900 frames on one battery charge"

Yesterday night I shot 891 pictures in a theater with my OM-D E-M5. The battery was ~70-80% drained, and this is a $5 chinese copy, not the "official" Olympus one.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 20:20 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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brumd: I am particularly happy about the silent electronic shutter. That was a feature that I really missed on the original EM5, after I sold my Fujifilm X100. All those opportunities where the sound of a click spoiled the moment.

But.. could someone explain to me what is the actual advantage of a mechanical shutter? Why is it there when apparently it can be done (even faster) without mechanical parts?

"With a mechanical shutter the slit cannot be as narrow as with an electronic one, but it moves much faster."
Aha! I get it! Thanks for your answer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 21:36 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)

I am particularly happy about the silent electronic shutter. That was a feature that I really missed on the original EM5, after I sold my Fujifilm X100. All those opportunities where the sound of a click spoiled the moment.

But.. could someone explain to me what is the actual advantage of a mechanical shutter? Why is it there when apparently it can be done (even faster) without mechanical parts?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 21:10 UTC as 208th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (388 comments in total)
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AngryCorgi: This selfie nonsense is getting out of control. First off, people don't act the same way with legitimate cameras like they do with idiotic cell phones. Second, the average consumer of these products is NOT a 13 year old girl.

Camera industry: knock it off! Your market analysis is lying to you!

I just got back from Iceland. Where on previous visits you would see a busload of people busy taking pictures of a waterfall, this time half of them stood with their backs against the same waterfall, taking selfies, making duck faces. The difference was really noticeable.

I guess there is a market for selfie nonsense..

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 09:04 UTC
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Spectro: this should sell like hot cake, since everybody on dpreview wants 4k video or else, who shoot still photos these days. yes thunderbolt too..

I agree with BorisAkunin.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 08:39 UTC

I own a DP1 Merrill. I bought it over 18 months ago, intending to use it as a 2nd camera, even though from reviews it was perfectly clear to me that "it is a crap camera that takes great pictures" (that was actually written somewhere).

And indeed, I was impressed by the capabilities of the foveon sensor. But, really, this camera is so bad that vey soon I was using it less and less. I mean this thing is slow, really sllooowww, and because the camera can only be used at low ISO, this meant a lot of long exposure shots, resulting I could even take less pictures with a battery than I imagined, at the most 70-75.

Especially since I use it with a tripod mostly, the last issue I have with this is grip. I really hope with this new design they use the extra room for 1. a battery with at least 3x capacity, and 2. a processor that speeds up the process by at least 4 times.
Without, this thing is going to be a pain, an even less pocketable pain.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 22nd comment
On Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3 article (107 comments in total)
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brumd: "File format: JPEG"
..and that's where I stop reading. Will there ever be a small rugged camera that gives access to RAW? I'd buy it immediately. Everytime a new shockproof camera is announced I'm hoping: maybe this time..
:/

The AW1 is way too bulky/heavy for my purpose. I really would like a small, pocketable camera that I can use while hiking/trekking when circumstances are too wet to take out my 'real' camera.
I don't mind a small sensor, automated controls, etc, but I'm just not willing to settle for 8-bit jpg quality when I know the quality could have been better if only I had access to the raw-file.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 12:00 UTC
On Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3 article (107 comments in total)

"File format: JPEG"
..and that's where I stop reading. Will there ever be a small rugged camera that gives access to RAW? I'd buy it immediately. Everytime a new shockproof camera is announced I'm hoping: maybe this time..
:/

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 06:55 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies

hmm.. 'Live Bulb'/'Live Time'.. I happen to own a EM-5, do the occasional long exposure shot, and never knew my camera was capable of doing this. It would have saved quite a bit of frustration.
Thank you DPreview for making me feel like an idiot.. again. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 07:10 UTC as 37th comment

yeah.. gorillapods. They look cool, and I had 2 of them, but when you start using them you find they're not even half as practical as they look. Very soon some of the connections get loose and you have to struggle to get your camera in a useful angle/position.

As a hiker I can't afford to bring a full-proof tripod, but I get a lot more satisfaction out of my tent-pole Zipshot-tripod, which is also limited, but in many circumstances it does the trick. Even just a 30cm mini-tripod generally proofs to be me more practical.

Anyway, I'm not too keen of keeping strong magnetic things in my camera bag that also has memory cards etc.
/$0.02

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 14:43 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Nokia ad takes us inside the new Lumia 1020 article (116 comments in total)
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white shadow: I have been using Nokia phones for more than 16 years. Nokia phones are good for what it does as a simple to use phone. Do they really think that by placing so much emphasis on the camera aspect they would be able to beat the Samsung or i-phone?

The camera in a phone is still one of convenience however much the pixel count is. How much better is it compared to, say the Samsung Note II, eventhough it has 41MP? It can never be taken as a serious photographic tool. What a futile attempt?

Would any photographer wake up at 3am to climb a mountain for 3 hours to take a sunrise photo with this phone?

Well, I have a Nokia808 and I do take it up mountains, and I don't know exactly how much improvement this 1020 really is..
..but if I'm there at a sunrise finding out I forgot to bring my OM-D E-M5 that would put me in a seriously bad mood.

I mean, I've taken some fine pictures with my 808, but especially in those cases where you only have one chance in your life, you really want to be able to take the best picture you can.

Solution: go to the gym more often ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 17:08 UTC
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