bcalkins

bcalkins

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On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)
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El Pix: Spectacle wearers (and others): don't forget a small, watchmakers screwdriver to tighten those little screws that always seem to come loose at the worst possible times!

TSA says screwdrivers less than 7" are OK these days. Scissors with blades under 4" OK. And snow globes with less than 3.4 OZ in them :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2013 at 00:37 UTC
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

My little Crumpler travel camera bag has:

Memory cards
Spare batteries
ND filter, Polarizer
10mm extension tube if I don't pack a macro lens
Microfiber cloth
Pen (not the Olympus type!)
OMD camera, two or three small primes

The remote trigger and tripod are not high on my list. The first I deal with using the self timer and/or anti-shock setting on the OMD. The tripod I make do with physical structures or IBIS. I find the mini tripods are almost always not big enough, when i really want one it is because there is nothing tall to rest my camera on or against. But I'm not much of a night shooter, so low on my list.

I almost never travel with a flash. I carried one with me on multiple trips and never use it... When I want it, would be to do fill flash on a bright day, and unless I choose a more advanced model, I'm then stuck at 1/250s and smaller apertures only.

Despite these items being small (except for the tablet/computer) I still want to minimize what I carry. All adds up!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 02:29 UTC as 106th comment
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (494 comments in total)
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name here: Latest Olympus cameras have an anti-shock setting deep in the menus. If you set it to 1/8s, the shutter shock problem is largely eliminated based on other web reviews. If you google it, you can find tests online showing even OMD EM5 is impacted by shutter shock, but the problem goes away if you set anti-shock = 1/8. The downside: This setting increases the shutter lag, so you'll have to tradeoff sharpness with a slight lag.

I think DPR needs to investigate this particular setting, and update the review if it changes any of the conclusions.

Even better, once you've enabled the anti-shock setting (in Menu group E) you can quickly use it or not from the main SCP in both single shot and self timer modes. I leave mine on 1/8s most of the time, unless I'm shooting action/kids.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 10:09 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2062 comments in total)
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fz750: I do wonder what the real market is for M4/3 and even for similar cameras like the Nex range. I live i a pretty touristy (Switzerland) place, so see people shooting lanscapes and buildings and stuff all the time, have been on various holidays or trips this year (europe, switzerland, austria, germany, uk, france and once in Israel) around, but I have **not once** seen a M4/3 (other than my own) or Nex, just canikon D-SLR basically, 98% APS-C but some D6/800 and Canon 6D (ignoring all the mass of compact cameras obviously)

I have a E-PL2, use it most of the time it seems (in preference to a canon Eos, despite missing a viewfinder..) and really like it, so am interested in smaller format camera like the OM-D but wonder who is buying all these M4/3 & Nex cameras?

I doubt my subjective sample is representative of total sales! perhaps they more prevalent in some markets?

I live in a small town where you can't really even buy CSCs and at a recent concert saw a Nikon 1, a few MFT cams, Nex, Rebels, etc. Seems like they are out there.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 16:13 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2062 comments in total)
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Heefe: Funny how people are so obsessed with the size of the sensor...

'There are moments where you just want to "save a memory" - not necessary make a best possible photograph.'

It is a narrow view of photography to think that 'best possible' and larger sensor are the same thing. Undoubtably, in a studio shootout the larger sensor wins, but in the real world of creating images the camera that helps you execute your vision wins. For many types of photography that may be the smaller camera/system. A few images and uses rely upon absolute IQ for their success, most rely upon concept, composition, etc. The latter are all free to pursue!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 15:45 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2062 comments in total)
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CortoPA: Its almost as good a camera as a Pentax K-5 IIs

Too bad the Pentax K-5 doesn't take MFT/FT lenses, or it might be an option :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 05:05 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2062 comments in total)
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PerL: Looks nice, more ergonomic than OM-D, but high price compared to high end APS-C competition which has true OVFs, probably better AF-C and upgrade path to FF.

I have to agree with R Butler - precisely what attracts me to MFT is that from the smallest bodies to the high end ones they all take the same lenses with the same FOV and use.

Not to mention that to get 'small' in dSLRs you typically need to give up features or controls relatively to a similar sized body like the EM-1.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 00:18 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2062 comments in total)
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Juck: I thought the whole point of MILC systems was to reduce size? This behemoth is practically the same size as a Canon T5i,,, it's also double the price and has less resolution than the T5i. Heck,,, you could pick up a 70D for less than this thing.

Definitely one for the fanboys.

You are missing the point! It is the size of the SYSTEM that attracts me to Olympus. Sure you can get a small body like the SL1 or T series, but none of those choices offer the sealing and durability, the large viewfinder, twin control dials and customization, etc. And most importantly, I can get small lenses and bodies to round out the system. With the Canon setup you end up going to full frame bodies and lenses. The smallest dSLRs are comparable to the largest MILC cameras. With Olympus (or Fuji and Samsung) it is all one system, from the smallest body to the largest, and the lenses are all compatible. Where is the Canon 24mm or 28mm equivalent prime lens for the T5i? The EM-1 with a pancake lens is still very small, compared to a similarly spec'd APS-C camera and shares lenses with the E-PM2 or GF series. Similarly, if you want fast primes you have to get full frame lenses for your APS-C body...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 15:50 UTC

Finally - EVFs come to P&S cameras ! Be nice to see a capable EVF in some of the larger sensor compacts...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 17:08 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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KimPortugal: Am I seeing things upside down?
Personaly I wouldn't buy this camera for the listed price only to have the possibility of using Android Apps to treat photos and upload them through the UMTS network.
I'd rather see Samsung and others develop a comm module to be connected to their lineup of cameras.
With ease a comm bus can be inserted in a camera that will allow it to communicate with such module in order to upload the desired photos. Creative software may easily be embedded in the camera or downloaded via a proprietary or free synchronising tool.
This is the kind of solution I'd applaud for professionals working in the field...

Seems like this is already in place. Many of the new cameras have wifi (built in or a wifi SD card) or NFC to allow getting the photos onto your phone or other external device. I much prefer that method, though you give up some of the more creative things one might do with apps on a phone when it comes to actually taking the photos...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 18:10 UTC

Wow, that has to be an all new high in the price to button ratio for a digital camera...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 18:07 UTC as 44th comment
On Ricoh announces 'HD' update to Pentax DA Limited primes article (198 comments in total)

Nice set of compact primes - Pentax seems to get what is possible with APS-C in terms of offering small, dedicated primes with focal lengths that make sense for a 1.5 crop sensor...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 04:11 UTC as 38th comment | 8 replies
On Sony A3000 preview (676 comments in total)

It will be interesting to see if this model actually increases demand, shifts people to more expensive Sony's or keeps people on Nikon/Canon, etc. I like where Sony is headed with the E Mount on a dSLR form factor. Canon could do the same with the SL1: EVF & EOS-M mount.

I do think the EVF manual switch and lower res could be a deal breaker for people comparing at the store.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 16:45 UTC as 123rd comment
On Soak in the season with these vivid summer photos article (38 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: I can't believe DPR actually fell for this cheap photoshop job. It's impossible for those people and their reflections to not be composited into the image after the fact. People don't just float in mid-air and if they had jumped from a helicopter or something, not only would you see the reflection of that in the water as well but you could never get enough exposure for those shots at such a fast shutter speed required to capture someone falling at a high speed.

Last time I shot images of the kids playing in the ocean at sunset, my exposure was ISO 200, F/7, 1/1250s. They were frozen in mid-air quite nicely, no Photoshop required.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 17:37 UTC
On Sigma USB Dock quick review article (139 comments in total)
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bcalkins: I don't think it is quite fair to say nobody else offers such a thing - Olympus allows updates of lens firmware by using the body attached to the 'dock'... Makes more sense than having to buy a separate dock.

Canon allows updating of lenses on said mount via the body... (https://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer?pageKeyCode=prdAdvDetail&docId=0901e0248060f7c7)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 22:03 UTC

That baby is in for a surprise if it wakes up :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 04:23 UTC as 14th comment
On Sigma USB Dock quick review article (139 comments in total)

I don't think it is quite fair to say nobody else offers such a thing - Olympus allows updates of lens firmware by using the body attached to the 'dock'... Makes more sense than having to buy a separate dock.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 20:11 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)
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chj: All these comments about marginal differences in IQ which only pixel peepers care about. The feature set in the 70D opens up so much when it comes to TAKING PHOTOS. Fast accurate live view AND a fully articulated LCD with touchscreen focusing at 7 fps?! Do you realize how must faster and more flexible that makes shooting? You can just whip the camera around at any angle, it's not glued to your face anymore. No need to focus and recompose, just touch the screen. And you can do it in the rain. There is no other camera that offers this feature set. You'll be able to catch shots that you otherwise would have missed. Who cares about barely noticeable IQ differences if you missed the shot?

They may not be able to track moving objects away from me (as well), but that certainly doesn't mean they aren't perfectly capable of PHOTOGRAPHING moving objects away from me... I think I have enough images in my gallery to prove I can photograph something moving towards me with an OM-D without the benefit of phase detect autofocus tracking (and I'm talking shots I wanted to get, not crappy shots of things running at me at f/8). I get your point, but I disagree with the original statement that no camera before has offered the ability to reliably get shots using both the viewfinder and the articulated LCD before this advancement. It is an advancement, to be sure, but not quite so game changing as it sounds - if you have been using mirrorless cameras for the last few years.

I would also argue that PD-AF is the holy grail for TRACKING. Practically, for me anyways, that only affects a small number of my photos, and CD-AF offers some benefits in some areas over PD-AF, like accuracy.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 19:47 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)
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chj: All these comments about marginal differences in IQ which only pixel peepers care about. The feature set in the 70D opens up so much when it comes to TAKING PHOTOS. Fast accurate live view AND a fully articulated LCD with touchscreen focusing at 7 fps?! Do you realize how must faster and more flexible that makes shooting? You can just whip the camera around at any angle, it's not glued to your face anymore. No need to focus and recompose, just touch the screen. And you can do it in the rain. There is no other camera that offers this feature set. You'll be able to catch shots that you otherwise would have missed. Who cares about barely noticeable IQ differences if you missed the shot?

How about the OM-D, GH3 and Sony A77, etc? Nice to see dSLRs catching up with some of these 'new' features like fast focus in 'live view'. The 70D adds some good stuff to the marketplace, but it is hardly going to revolutionize photography by allowing faster focus in live view - that has been around for a while...

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 16:47 UTC
On 17 signs that you were alive before digital photography article (149 comments in total)
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marike6: Would absolutely love a digital camera like a Nikon FM2 Digital (or FM-D) that had a split prism view finder. It makes manual focus so easy. I have a couple of AIS Nikkors ready, I have a cable release, I'm just waiting for Nikon. :-)

The other stuff like the 4x5 film holder I still have, but I purchased it after I had already been shooting digital. Few hobbies are as fun and rewarding as large format photography. The prints just look so good.

Just take a trip to http://www.focusingscreen.com/ and order yourself up a new screen for your digital camera :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 16:15 UTC
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