Ross the Fidller

Ross the Fidller

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

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (357 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: It's about time!

Thanks DP. You guys do a good job

I agree, it's about time! This camera has been out how long? I only use Olympus but am also grateful there is also Panasonic in the system too & am wondering why it had to take so long for this camera's review to come. ???

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 10:46 UTC
On Olympus Capture software now available for E-M1 owners article (34 comments in total)
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Vlad S: Please bring it for E-M5 too!

@shotokan101 "I think is very silly and petty if they don't release this feature for both the A-M5 and E-M10"

I think you might be a little nieve to think that, not to mention being a little silly & petty to make that comment. I have & love my E-M5 & I also appreciate having my E-M1 as well & with it being a Pro model, I am happy they have brought this feature to it, but I don't expect them to do the same for all the other models as well though. The E-M5 replacement is said to be coming soon as well, so it may well include it on that model. Besides, they have just announced a new silver E-M1 version with the updated FW2.0 & so they need to have something that is uniquely attractive for the continuing E-M1 model (black & silver) & if you're serious about studio work then you would use the E-M1 with all it can offer, while other latest models have the WiFi ability (E-M5 with PenPal or WiFi SD card).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 06:08 UTC
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WayneHuangPhoto: Everyone here knows everything about cameras and the camera industry, and has a valid opinion based on facts and observation, rather than blind brand loyalty or fanboy bias.

No. We're just cynics of the 'marketing speak' from the manufacturers managers.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 07:43 UTC
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ProfHankD: Yes, Canon has been serious about mirrorless in that the EOS-M is grossly inferior to their DSLRs only in AF speed and ergonomics. The problem is that it isn't compelling against models from Sony, Olympus, Fuji, Samsung, etc. Canon was once an innovator, but not lately, and they have a long way to go to make a compelling mirrorless. For example, I don't think a 7D Mark II with an EF-M mount would be a very compelling mirrorless, and it has been years since Canon's sensors gave them an real edge over those made by Sony.

I buy lots of Canon cameras, mostly PowerShots to use with CHDK, but also an occasional higher model to use with Magic Lantern. Ironically, both those environments are conspicuously not aided or supported by Canon. I think it is long overdue that Canon should encourage, and actively leverage, this type of external innovation.

And if Canon was truely serious about mirrorless, they would have made provision to add an EVF with examples from other manufacturers having gone down that path with majority user prefernce for it to be inbuilt or at least possible to add an external EVF. There are exceptions to that, but Canon isn't there with a higher spec'd one first.

For Masaya Maeda to say they were serious only shows that their level seriousness is somewhat lacking in substance.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 07:37 UTC
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M Lammerse: Camera manufacturers make dedicated connector points on camera's to connect straps to which you can hang around your neck or shoulder.
I think the manufacturer of this product seems not to understand that.

Maybe you don't understand how uncomfortable that can be. The sling strap method is a very comfortable way of carrying heavy gear & it is at the ready for easy shooting too. This product is nicely made & looks like it would function quite nicely. I made my own version a few years ago wear it was an aluminium plate but bent up at the end with a brass eyelet hole for the sling strap & the rest of it was padded (built up with cork) & leather covered & the shape complimented the battery grip on the camera, making it more comfortable than before. It didn't allow for tripod mounting though, whereas this has taken care of that as well.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 12:02 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (379 comments in total)
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Sardonic G: My stubbornness in staying loyal to Nikon products is starting to look like an abusive relationship. First the D600, now the D810. Perhaps I should just stick with my Bronica.

Loyalty is OK, but one hopes the loyalty is appreciated & if Nikon are addressing the issues then that's a good start.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 11:51 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (379 comments in total)
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Reality Check: Sadly typical there are so many quelled by the 'isolated affect explanation' released for nothing more than damage control.
The 'long exposures' and 'crop modes' may be what was reported, but it is by no means the only times hot/white pixels are occurring at an unacceptable level. Instead of the fanboy denial approach, how about take a look at Nikon's own marketing materials - when/if you can find them. Nikon France has conveniently removed most of the campfire images, and full rez samples. Those images were not crop modes, not 60sec exposures, they were simply higher ISO settings and are plastered by tens of thousands of hot/white pixels.

This is simply a result of the gain tweaking Nikon played with in offering the 'new' ISO64 sensitivity setting. Which is just the same range scale for Sony's 36mp sensor slid down to ISO64 and added Expeed processing. So the D800/e ISO100 became the new ISO64, and ISO12800 became the D810's ISO6400 - complete with variable gain artifacts...

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I'm surprised there isn't a menu function to remap the pixels as a user! I can do it any time I wish on my cameras (not that I need to except on rare occasions it might show up).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 11:49 UTC
On Apple expands OS X Mavericks Raw compatibility article (86 comments in total)
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LSE: meh, use LR like everybody else.

Or use Capture One instead.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 07:39 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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Chris2J: To me: a stupid exercise.

Chris, maybe you should tell someone who cares!

For myself, I enjoyed these photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2014 at 13:47 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (182 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: Who made the sensor?

I would guess, probably Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 14:01 UTC
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eastwestphoto: Unfortunately After market lens makers like Tamron banked all there sales on DSLR kings Nikon & Canon. When the Mirrorless cameras of m4/3 rds arrived in 2009 the lenses did NOT! Its been that way for years, Sigma, Tamron, etc. third party m4/3 rds and Sony e-mount FF series lenses are far and few between. maybe they didn't realize Mirrorless DSLM cameras were so terrific; whatever there EXCUSE is, there still FIVE years behind the sales curves. maybe they didn't WANT to pay the licensing fees? Never the less the marketplace is huge for Aftermarket in m4/3 rd's & Sony FE series, so its about time; well i been saying and posting this for five years!
Even at the Javis center trade show of latest and greatest in NYC once a year, I told tamron, & Sigma too wake up! All I got was Blank stares from the sales Reps. Maybe its NOT a free marketplace and the KINGS are controlling optical capitalism? Don@Eastwestphoto

To whyamihere.
Don't forget the discovery that the 'you beaut' 75mm Olympus lens was actually designed or made by Sigma. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 13:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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pedroboe100: Real men don't shoot super zooms.

Real men don't need to look sideways at others to see if theirs is bigger! It's not the size that matters, but the quality that counts & how it is used. And that applies to cameras too! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 14:12 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

"The FZ1000's maximum aperture drops off very quickly, as soon as you start to zoom, and by around 150mm equivalent, it's a whole stop slower than the Sony RX10. However, this still leaves it half a stop faster than the likes of the Olympus Stylus 1."

What are you saying??? The Olympus Stylus 1 is a constant f/2.8 for the equivalent of 28-300!!! (I'm talking brightness, not DoF)

OK, you're trying to say it doesn't perform in low light as well as larger sensors. Yeah, I know that, but it is still quite nice for its size.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 14:02 UTC as 283rd comment | 4 replies
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Hli5d: 70 years.. I lived in Ca in 1994 when it was 50 years and remember the memorials.. Time flies. June 6 th is a special day for me. My dad was in the resistance during wwii and was together with his brother, arrested by Gestapo in the morning of june 6th 1944 - D-Day. My father escaped by pure luck, but his brother was shipped to concentration camp, which he survied after 11 month of agony. My father continued his actions in the resistance until the war finished. I have been raised by my father always telling me that we have our freedom today because of to the soldiers who died on the beaches that morning. My father passed away on june 6 th 1998... This date is just something to me.

On the western front thousands of Australians lost their lives too, but somehow that isn't remembered the same as this area. Our Prime Minister while over there was highlighting this case (on a TV interview).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 12:46 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (741 comments in total)
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Ross the Fidller: I am looking at this because of someone buying it, but why do you have to be region specific, "when it was introduced in the Fall of 2012.", with the timing of its release? I'm sorry, but as an Australian, I 'fall' about laughing at that term for Autumn. ;) Could you please remember it isn't just North Americans reading this & refer to the time of the year by month or quarters or something else that isn't region specific.

Thanks mate.
Cheers!

Your seasons would be hot or hot & wet, wouldn't it? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 13:11 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (741 comments in total)
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Ross the Fidller: I am looking at this because of someone buying it, but why do you have to be region specific, "when it was introduced in the Fall of 2012.", with the timing of its release? I'm sorry, but as an Australian, I 'fall' about laughing at that term for Autumn. ;) Could you please remember it isn't just North Americans reading this & refer to the time of the year by month or quarters or something else that isn't region specific.

Thanks mate.
Cheers!

I like that one bluevellet! :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 11:42 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (741 comments in total)
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Ross the Fidller: I am looking at this because of someone buying it, but why do you have to be region specific, "when it was introduced in the Fall of 2012.", with the timing of its release? I'm sorry, but as an Australian, I 'fall' about laughing at that term for Autumn. ;) Could you please remember it isn't just North Americans reading this & refer to the time of the year by month or quarters or something else that isn't region specific.

Thanks mate.
Cheers!

I'm sorry to stir up trouble, but I just thought referring to a time of year in calendar terms rather than seasons (of North America) just makes more sense. "In the Fall" does indicate to me that it is the time of the year as seen in North America, but I guess some people are amused at our description of distances here being often given in travel times rather than km or miles (it's been many years since we used miles here).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 11:36 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (741 comments in total)

I am looking at this because of someone buying it, but why do you have to be region specific, "when it was introduced in the Fall of 2012.", with the timing of its release? I'm sorry, but as an Australian, I 'fall' about laughing at that term for Autumn. ;) Could you please remember it isn't just North Americans reading this & refer to the time of the year by month or quarters or something else that isn't region specific.

Thanks mate.
Cheers!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 01:11 UTC as 69th comment | 8 replies
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (497 comments in total)
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smafdy: So, Oly made a less than stellar camera. It will be interesting to see if they can actually fix this problem.

Regardless, Oly's performance and product development over the past decade, or so, has been first class.

For the sake of the good will the company has developed, I hope there is a fix. If there isn't, I hope Oly is treated no more or less harshly than the big two.

You want to know if they can fix a mechanical issue? I believe they have made a reasonable result within the firmware for this situation that appears to be a very usable fix. You can't do that to fix for oil splatters on sensors by another camera maker. There is no perfect camera & most have to bring some sort of firmware upgrade to get around some issues & sometimes it's a physical issue that may need attention. At least Olympus replaced my display bezel with a tiny insignificant crack (from a slightly over tightened screw) on the E-M5.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 14:27 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (497 comments in total)
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Theelderkeynes: It is still unclear to me whether the OM-D E-M10 or the Pen E-P2 and others so far not addressed with this fix will get or should have this type of fix. DP Review's assurances on this isssue being fixed as far as the M10 is concerned are conditioned quite rightly (in their review) by the phrase 'in our testing'. And not a thing from C.Nishino on the subject or anyone else at Olympus (see below). As an owner of both the M10 and E-P2 and a string of micro 4/3 lenses I would like to know if my faith in the system and specifically Olympus has been misplaced. Once again this loyal and long term customer waits for a positive and constructive response.

To peevee1, "As far as I understand, E-M10 uses the same shutter as E-M5, with slower curtains." Apparently there is a firmware upgrade (due on the 21st May I believe) for the E-M10 that will also add the 0 sec. Anti-Shock setting, so for E-M5 users this would be welcome too but I'm not sure if this will happen at some point in time.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 14:18 UTC
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