mfj197

mfj197

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On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (329 comments in total)
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Blackpond1: As a former Olympus OM-1/OM-4 user, I am immediately drawn to this camera. I waited a long time to get into digital. I started with an Olympus E-Volt 500 and was very disappointed. I later moved to the Canon T3i, which I have been very pleased with overall. This model has me considering going back to Olympus, however, I have a few hangups.

I love the flip out screen on the T3i, but I can live with the tilt screen on the E-M10. My hesitations are the low light performance and lack of audio input. I do a lot of low light photography of food in dark restaurants, and I am concerned with the performance of the Olympus at higher ISOs. The Canon does very well with this. I also do lots of video and use a Sennheiser wireless mic system, so the lack of audio input is a major bummer. I would have to have another camera to do video. As much as I want the cool features and compact size of the Olympus, after reading the full review, I am leaning towards upgrading to the Canon T5i. Thoughts anyone?

Alternatively look at the Panasonic GH4 or even GH3. They have world-class video (GH4 does 4k), have the flip out screen you like and use the same great m43 lenses as the E-M10.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 10:32 UTC
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ybizzle: You would have to be a complete fruitcake to pay $350 for the 14-42mm lens, no matter how compact.

Doubt it - it's available on kits in the UK for £170 extra and not available on kits in the US at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 13:27 UTC
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peevee1: "14-42mm lens is $349 / £299 / €399."

Very nice but overpriced - but for $100 in kit with E-M10 (and I am sure with future cams) just perfect.

" The 25mm F1.8 will sell for $399 / £369 / €399."

Overpriced, I can buy a new Pana 24/1.4, 2/3EV faster, for $500. Should have been $200, like Nikon 35/1.8 DX.

It's not $100 in the kit - it's £170 in the E-M10 kit, available in the UK. The US E-M10 kit (which is $100 more than body only doesn't contain this lens; rather it comes bundled with the existing 14-42mm II R lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 13:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (353 comments in total)
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doctor digi: I bought one and it would be a truly great camera except for some annoying "features". Such a shame it always sets the flash off twice when you take a picture - there is no purpose for the initial flash if the camera is not set to red-eye reduction and the camera is in manual mode with a pre-determined white balance. So that makes using slave flashes almost useless.

The wifi app too would be great if it actually followed the settings on the camera. No grid lines displayed? No ability to force the view to be fixed instead of following camera orientation?

Bah! Who writes the firmware for these things?!

Oh - and no Android API or SDK, so I can't write my own replacement for the app. Almost tempted to use wireshark and reverse engineer it.

The first flash is for assessing the flash power / exposure requirements, and most digital cameras do it - it's called pre-flash. As for slave flashes, any with an optical trigger should also have a setting to ignore the pre-flash and only trigger on the main exposure flash.

Michael

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 09:34 UTC
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67gtonr: It seems to me that the Canon EOS M with its 22 f/2.0 lens would be better, it's roughly the same size with a better sensor, better screen, better built, providing better image quality and unlimited expansion possibilities, and it costs less!

The GM1 is significantly smaller than the EOS M. From the top there's not too much in it, but the EOS is much taller. It is also 1.5 times the weight of the GM1. And when you say better sensor, better screen, better built, providing better image quality and unlimited expansion possibilities - I'm not sure any of those are correct.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 13:35 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (631 comments in total)
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HelloToe: Dear Olympus: You could've made this camera a long time ago if you'd bothered to make a smaller collapsible zoom for the Pen Mini (E-PM). Get moving already!

Why should Olympus get moving to make it - Panasonic already have! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 11:05 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (631 comments in total)
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Deleted78792: By the way, I have to say that I'm loving the 'Equivalent Aperture' charts by DPR. They are great- not only do they show the equivalent apertures, they also graph how the lens apertures are throughout the zoom range. A great idea would be to allow selection of camera and lenses for graphing.

As an example for the second point, a 28-140 lens touted as aperture 2.8 at wide end and 5.6 at the tele gives an incomplete picture. It's a dim lens if it already hits f/4 at 50mm, while another lens of the same specification may hit f/4 at 100mm.

But in the chart in this article, DPR draws straight lines- usually they would be curves as the variation of aperture with focal length is typically not linear (as in the RX10 first impressions chart). Have DPR just connected the first and last data points with a straight line in this article?

Looks like it. Indeed they have the disclaimer "(This chart is based on the lenses' stated maximum apertures - not the actual apertures available at each focal length)"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 05:39 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (631 comments in total)

A few errors in the preview:
"The introduction of the button-and-dial-encrusted-G1X marked a renewed focus on the enthusiast crowd". You mean the GX1. The G1X was a compact camera by Canon.

"It retains a small mode dial, something latter GF-series cameras eschewed for a more beginner-friendly appearance". The GF6 you show in the picture above has a mode dial.

"Its exposure mode dial and focus ring are positive additions for advanced users". It doesn't have a focus ring as you point out elsewhere in the preview.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 05:34 UTC as 202nd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)
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mfj197: "An advantage of using the GH2's sensor is that the G6 is able to offer more comprehensive video functions than the G5."

The G5 also had the GH2 sensor, so any differences in video capabilities are not because of a different sensor.

Fully agree, h3csc. What exactly were you disagreeing with on my post?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 13:31 UTC
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)

"An advantage of using the GH2's sensor is that the G6 is able to offer more comprehensive video functions than the G5."

The G5 also had the GH2 sensor, so any differences in video capabilities are not because of a different sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 08:08 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)
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SHood: Interesting to see focus peaking. Does this mean the GH3 will get it?

Also, does the G6 have a silent shutter mode with full resolution like the GH3.

Well, the G5 had a silent shutter mode with full resolution so I expect the G6 will do. Haven't looked at the specs though yet.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 08:06 UTC
On Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples article (255 comments in total)
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SnapHappy32: If this is close to the performance of the Panny 20mm - I'll gladly give up my X100.

I've carried two bodies on most "shoot-what-you-see" walkabouts.
Good to see Oly covering this focal length with a prime - I shoot my 12-35 on the OMD. No distortion correction..

It's still a wideangle lens optically - so I guess it'll perfom better than said zoom if the Oly can compensate for distortion.

Bravo, Olympus.

Now that you lot have covered every practical focal length with primes (save telephotos) - how 'bout some native OLY fast zooms?

You do get distortion correction with the Panasonic 12-35 on the OMD. The only thing you don't get is CA removal as you've noticed.
Michael

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 14:20 UTC
On Mobile-friendly forums launched article (102 comments in total)

Much better, thanks! Although wouldn't it have been easier to allow Tapatalk support?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2013 at 21:22 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply
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Ruy Penalva: I think a better comparison would made in video mode or moving stills.

On the contrary, I would expect the majority of auto focus usage around the world in these sorts of cameras is for single shot AF. That is exactly the scenario assessed here.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2012 at 21:22 UTC
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mfj197: What lens was used on the G5

Thanks Richard. It's certainly a fast focusing lens too, by that demonstration. Good comparison - thanks for putting it up.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2012 at 21:20 UTC

What lens was used on the G5

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2012 at 20:38 UTC as 66th comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review article (577 comments in total)
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Dougbm_2: The 12-50 looks too large and the images from it not so impressive. Would it therefore be better with a 14-42? Although the review shows samples from a few lenses I didn't read a comment on the 12-50 lens (did skim the review a bit though). Seems Olympus have done a great job.

@Dougbm_2: The best quality standard zoom for m43 is the older Panasonic 14-45 (not the current 14-42). Panasonic and Olympus m43 lenses are fully interchangeable of course. If you want really small the Panasonic 14-42 X zoom is minute, although some copies have reports of double image issues at certain shutter speeds with some cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2012 at 09:11 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review article (577 comments in total)
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bradleyg5: I wish dpreview would just up and admit that the tilt screens are flat out superior to the tilt and swivel screens. They always have to put some little "however" in the description. "Like all tilt-only screens, though, it adds nothing when shooting stills in portrait format."

How about tilt and swivel screen you put a little text blob that comments how how much smaller the screen is in relation to the area it takes up? Or how about how down right hideous the hinge looks? Or how about you can't tilt the screen up without first swivelling it to the side, thus making it completely indiscreet?

How hard is it to take a self portrait without looking at an LCD screen, just hold it at arms length, point it at your face, and press the button???

The review doesn't say anything about using the screen for self-portraits. The words are in your post - "Like all tilt-only screens, though, it adds nothing when shooting stills in portrait format.". That is perfectly true. I use a flip out screen for many of my photographs when shooting in portrait, either with the camera held near the floor (I have a 1-year old) or on a tripod. That is one thing I would miss with the E-M5.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 12:23 UTC
On Blackmagic Designs announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera article (354 comments in total)
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Louis_Dobson: 13EV DR in RAW? Would they like to make a 4/3rds still camera?

I am gloriously ignorant about video, but on the face of it this makes everything else look silly.

Digifan, there's quite a bit of discussion on the m43 forum about the techradar review and how the results posted on that review are simply not plausible. A shame though! This looks interesting, but I'd be concerned about the lack of wide angle lenses available.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:19 UTC
On Panasonic DMC GF5 preview (70 comments in total)
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Andy Crowe: "...compared to higher-end G-series models like the G1X, the GF5's control layout feels positively spartan."

I think you might mean the GX1? :)

I'd just spotted that too! :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:04 UTC
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