Biowizard: Nice article, Damien, but one point of order; quote:
"Olympus generally didn’t use big top-plate shutter speed dials until the OM series of 35mm SLRs"
When the OM-1 arrived, one of its best design features was that, unlike any other SLR, its shutter speed dial was NOT on the top-plate: it was a ring around the lens mount throat. Placing it there meant you could control both shutter speed and aperture from similar locations!
No need to talk to Ivor Matanle to confirm this one - I still have my once-new 1976 Olympus OM-1N and set of 4 prime Zuikos, in full working order!
Footnote: when I went to buy my Olympus OM-D E-M1 at Park Cameras a couple of years ago, I took the OM-1N with me to compare them. They are so nearly the identical size, and the styling is incredibly similar. Even more so, than with the two Pen-F cameras you are writing about!
darngooddesign, the OM-1 had a very simple "needle in calipers" meter on the left side of the viewfinder. You could _feel_ the shutter speed, because the shutter speed ring round the lens throat had two lugs on it, which, with experience, meant you knew how far round you'd turned it, and therefore what speed you'd selected. You'd set either the aperture or the shutter, then turn the other until the needle was midway between the calipers, to get the "perfect" exposure. All the dial on the top of the camera did, was bias this needle to match whatever film you had loaded. If you wanted (say) a half-stop adjustment, all you needed to do was continue to turn the aperture ring until the needle touched the top (for +0.5EV) or bottom (for -0.5EV) caliper jaw tip. If you wanted a whole stop adjustment, you simply twisted the aperture further still, until the needle touched the base of the caliper jaw. All simple stuff, and you generally got superb exposures.
Gotta say, I am in love with my Olympus OM-D E-M1, not least because it handles so much like my original OM-1N from 1976. If I wanted a second body, this Pen-F would be a very good contender.
Olympus are producing the cameras I've always wanted: excellent picture quality, lovely handling, and sizes comparable to the best of the 35mm world. AND pretty! By comparison, even their own E-1 feels like a lump of lead, and as for the big Canikons, yikes! I'd need to hire a sherpa before getting one of their flagships!
damgooddesign, look closer at those photos. The top-plate dial is the FILM SPEED selector (ASA/ISO), not shutter speed dial! I can see how, at a quick glance, you could be confused. By placing the shutter speed dial round the neck, it is close to the lens aperture ring, and you can do all exposure setting with your left hand without removing your grip on the camera.
Nice article, Damien, but one point of order; quote:
a1man is right. Make it 25 comments! I like Manfrotto tripods, and so far have two large ones (one ali, one carbon) and a monopod (ali), together with an assortment of heads (3 ball, 1 pan/video). And i'm still interested in their new offerings. They work SO well, and hold my cameras rock solid.
Biowizard: Plastic Flying Toy? REGISTER OR FACE JAIL
Assault Rifle? HAVE A NICE DAY. ENJOY!
America is crazy.
And today, another please from Ken's voted-in, rightful President. Ken, if you won't listen to sense from those of us this side of the Pond, at least pay some heed to the wonderful Barrack Obama.
Happy New Year.
Koemans: I just ordered this camera. It's gonna make the pictures i post on facebook look even better!
Koemans, I ((sic), not "i") hope it (your newly ordered camera, yeh, right) makes your Facebook (sic) posts somewhat more grammatical than this post (like, innit). ;-)
Nice Macaw. Shame about the incorrect title.
Perfect choice of camera, though, so you are forgiven on this occasion!
MartynasA: Great Camera. I use it for cycling, cayaking and similar actiities.
Bought this year and had only very limited chance to test it because broke my pelvis. that day it really helped me because I couldnt reach my onbike GPS (2 meters away) and even camera that suffered pretty couple of bad hits (worse than just dropping from two meters) it gave GPS coordinates for me (to pass to paramedics) and they was able to find me in the middle of nowhere, forest, where car wouldn't be able to come. After that it still was taking great pictures.
What I don't like it that adobe raw is worse on working with its raw files than olympus software, but it is not olympus issue I guess.
Sorry to hear about your broken pelvis - horrible! But a wonderful story that you were able to use the camera's GPS to direct your rescuers! You should write that one up for the Olympus newsletter! Hope you are better now.
I have the earlier TG-1, which is virtually the same in physical terms, but lacks some of the newer features. But I love it to bits, and it is my companion on, in or around water, where my OM-D E-M1 would prefer to stay dry.
And while you wait for that government overthrow, every single day (or more), somewhere in the USA. some nutter starts spraying bullets around and killing people. Seriously, my American friends, Guns are killing you, your children, your loved ones. You would be SO much safer swapping them for drones.
Plastic Flying Toy? REGISTER OR FACE JAIL
SSantana75: It's always funny to read people complaining that photoshop this and photoshop that and how adobe 'got my last bit of money with CS6' blah blah blah... yet they obviously still crave the latest versions otherwise why click through to an article about CC update and then bother to comment? Just stick to your version of PS or LR and forget about updates, that's the choice you made when you decided to buy a piece of software which everyone knew had a finite life.
I would never stoop to insults; I am not the type to use words like "patronising", "apologist", or "troll", so there's no more to say on this matter in this particular thread. Suffice it to say I will remain using perpetual software, and if/when that stops working, I'll move to open source. I've had enough of taxware.
Biowizard: It's high time that the mid-end folks (Canon/Nikon) started shipping some of their existing models without the Bayer filter, and with appropriately modified firmware. I would LOVE a dedicated mono camera, but don't want to pay silly prices for what is effectively an existing model with one layer of plastic peeled off the sensor.
Alex, the point is, YES. I would get 4 times the resolution without interpolation, and 2-3 times the light sensitivity.
Biowizard: Just put 3mm more thickness on the damn phone and fill it with (replaceable) battery. It's not rocket science.
Yep, Jordan is right - I chose that number, because it would double the size of the iPhone internal cavity, allowing the battery to be minimally twice the capacity.
It's high time that the mid-end folks (Canon/Nikon) started shipping some of their existing models without the Bayer filter, and with appropriately modified firmware. I would LOVE a dedicated mono camera, but don't want to pay silly prices for what is effectively an existing model with one layer of plastic peeled off the sensor.
In Artificial Intelligence, there is a concept of "Fuzzy Logic". Seems to me, they grasped half of that concept. The first half!
No idea WHAT that dreadful promo video was supposed to show, apart from how bad sequenced music can sound, and how fuzzy low-res footage looks compared to the 1080p and 4K stuff we are getting used to. And it showed no 360-degree effects, or anything approaching VR. In fact, my first-generation Nokia Phone-with-camera made better images.
A GoPro smothered in Vaseline would produce better video than this.
Just put 3mm more thickness on the damn phone and fill it with (replaceable) battery. It's not rocket science.