Ross the Fidller

Ross the Fidller

Lives in Australia NSW, Australia, Australia
Works as a Violin Maker
Joined on Oct 31, 2010

Comments

Total: 102, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »
In reply to:

toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

To blackcoffee17
I think toni2 means that by using Live View with EVF it uses Contrast Detect-AF which won't have this back or front issue.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 22:01 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers 4K video article (123 comments in total)
In reply to:

pocoloco: If it just had image stabilazition...

"If it just had image stabilazition..." it wouldn't have 4K video, but I would spell 'stabilisation' the correct way. ;) :D

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:29 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers 4K video article (123 comments in total)
In reply to:

BaumBoyPhoto: It's too bad it still has that blasted 29.59 time limit in video recording. The lack of that limit was a big point for the GH4.

"... that blasted 29.59 time limit in video recording" has to do with your gov't's tax laws, not the manufacturer, otherwise it would be priced higher because of the higher tax (import duty) put on video cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:24 UTC
In reply to:

SeeRoy: As the owner of an EM5 (I guess we have to retrospectively assign it a "MK1" label) this sort of nonsensical product says a great deal about Olympus, and indeed the entire camera business. If the MK2 itself is anything like the MK1 then addressing the cosmetics with a "limited edition" - for people stupid enough to care how the top plate looks - whilst failing to address the fact that the camera has only two good attributes embedded in a host of failings, is to treat the consumers as fools: probably correctly.
1) The files are excellent, other things being equal.
2) The camera is small and light.
However the general handling, firmware and ergonomics are pitifully bad.
There's also the fact that in an industry where the replacement cycle is engineered to a frequency of about 18 months, the idea of "collectability" (as in film era hardware) is just a joke.

As 'stupid 'as you might think it is, why didn't you go for the 'Elite' E-M5 (Mk I) when it was offered? It came in black with the updated leather look instead of the pattern finish on the grip & the knobs may have been slightly different too. Thankfully, not everyone thinks like you. I think that was also the model to introduce version 2.0 firmware too that the rest of us also got.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:04 UTC
In reply to:

white shadow: This special edition model is really for Olympus fan.

It would have been better if they are improving on the tracking focus of the EM5 Mk2 instead.

And you don't think they've been working on that?!?!

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 07:31 UTC
In reply to:

Paul Auclair: like the camera strap.
new firmware update mostly for underwater shooting?. i did not know there was so many folks using OMDs underwater.

It will be to go with the new 8mm fish eye lens. I guess they call it a "fish eye" because it sees underwater like a fish. ;) And it's obviously desirable for under water photography.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 07:29 UTC
In reply to:

Dylthedog: Lovely machine Oly, but it's time to get a new sensor with 24MP and leading edge dynamic range.

Until then, you won't tempt me away from my E-M10

Unfortunately new larger sensors don't come every day & you won't get 24MP (yet). The most you'll get is 20MP (4/3's) at the moment from Sony.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 07:21 UTC
In reply to:

Al de Wet: Why should I consider this? Panasonic offer the FZ 200 and the FZ 1000 which seem to be better?

"By Hachu21 (1 week ago)
FZ200 is no better. It offer a longer range, true, but nothing more.
Stylus 1s has a bit bigger sensor, much better evf, magnesium body, ..."
No, the Stylus 1(s) does not have a magnesium body! It is plastic & that helps to keep the weight down.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 11:30 UTC
In reply to:

John McCormack: Be aware that there is little support for the firmware in the 1s. Olympus updated the the Stylus 1 firmware last year for the US market and changed the headers in the file output such that some software (ACDSee are you listening?) cannot read the newer RAW ORF files. Bummer. Otherwise the camera is great.

I'm not sure what you mean as the 1 & 1s are basically the same camera (except for a leather look grip & radial grooves in the dials) with the same firmware 2.0 now.??? The other improvement was to up the battery specs to the BLS50 which is still physically the same (& same voltage) as the BLS5 battery.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 11:20 UTC
In reply to:

Ross the Fidller: "Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."

Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!

Thanks badi. That is right but I find that any discussion using such phrasing that includes "light gathering" is often applied in a pointless manner to put down any smaller formats. I know that larger formats that have larger photo sites will give various advantages in IQ & the arguments can go on, but each format has its advantages too though.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 22:41 UTC
In reply to:

Ross the Fidller: "Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."

Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!

"By Barney Britton (4 weeks ago)
No it isn't. Read this.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care"

I have read it & although some of it is correct I think it is flawed (biased) when he talks about "light gathering". Essentially, the main compromise is about pixel photo site sizes & the smaller the sensor, the smaller the photo sites, hence less sensitivity to light (or less able to "gather light", if you want) & it seems the flawed bias is continued here too & why I responded with it being nonsense for that comment by Rishi.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
In reply to:

Ross the Fidller: "Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."

Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!

"By Rishi Sanyal (4 weeks ago)
600mm F4 for full-frame would offer better light-gathering ability and better control over depth-of-field, so I don't see why it's "nonsense" to say it'd be faster."

In the above statement, to say "offer better light-gathering ability" is just what you'd expect from a FF fanboy. It seems you have that bias in your thinking & that isn't helpful for a balanced view point. The DoF part is fine, although it all has to do with how big the photo is presented as to how much it is perceived. Take a photo with the upcoming 300mm f4 lens on a M4/3's camera, print it on 6"X 4" paper & take a 300mm f4 FF lens & body & print it on 12" X 8" paper & the DoF will look the same for the same scene except the 4/3's photo is a crop of the FF photo. Print the 4/3's photo on 12" X 8" paper & it will look like it was taken with a FF 600mm lens at a DoF of f8 & the image won't get darker as I enlarge it (digitally).

Anyhow, enough of these silly arguments.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
In reply to:

mosc: I still think there's a market for this sensor if it were attached to the right lens, like 20-300 f2.8 and made more pocket friendly. The EVF and flash hump don't slide well into the pocket. Give it a rangefinder style side EVF, ditch the hump, and design with pocket in mind. Nothing like that is going to fit in your pocket with any larger a sensor. f2.8 1/1.7" is good enough for outdoor use in shadow if it's a BSI chip. I think you can sell 1/1.7" for $700 but you have to be just about perfect every other way.

mosswings. I have one & agree with you totally!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 23:03 UTC

It would be a very useful flash & I like the addition of the LED arm for focussing too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 13:24 UTC as 7th comment
In reply to:

pictureAngst: At first I wondered why anyone would want a macro flash with a high guide number, given the short working distances.

But I guess it would work for fill-in flash in daylight, especially when using a tele-macro?

It would certainly be useful with the Sigma 150mm macro lens (or with bellows).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 13:16 UTC

"Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."

Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 05:56 UTC as 18th comment | 36 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (795 comments in total)
In reply to:

RichRMA: The resolution difference between the E-M5II and something like a Nikon D7100 is 30% in the horizontal axis and 17% in the vertical axis for the Nikon. If you were to actually print both images from the two cameras at 100% scale (like we see here on the studio shots) then you'd have images almost four feet across. In such a case, you'd see a resolution difference. But at 16x20, or even 24x30, you won't see much gain going to 24MP. Now, if you go to 36-40MP, which no competitive APS camera (D810 is not in the same league) has, then you would see tangible differences.

@ Graham. That is something I noticed with Nikon's marketing how they promote the crop mode for that "extra reach" when in fact that crop mode happens to be very close to 4/3's size. Funny about that! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 22:49 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (795 comments in total)

"In addition to these new features, the E-M5 II gains a couple of features that have been introduced in Olympus cameras since the original model's introduction. These include a version of the 2x2 control system that first appeared on the E-M1."

How about giving credit to the much overlooked E-P5! That was the first model to feature the 2X2 lever before the E-M1 got it!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 22:29 UTC as 168th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
In reply to:

Photoman: I loved my old E-M5, but I feel the Sony A7 MKI offers better value, if your talking price.

To Voldenuit
Body cap Pin Hole? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 09:53 UTC
In reply to:

G L: Not bad, but not very covenient too.
And also not cheap.
Not decided yet if it is worth it

The converter lenses are really aimed at compact users that want a bit of flexibility as a DSLR or CSC user has with interchangeable lenses, but without going to those systems. For myself, it is a great little camera to take places when I don't want my OM-D's kits & it performs very nicely indoors with its brightish lens, but if I wanted greater range I would be using an OM-D with appropriate lens instead.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 04:36 UTC
Total: 102, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »