Biowizard

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On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1339 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Richard, great review, but as per my earlier comment - please update with at least some reference/comparison to the OM-D E-M1 "flagship". It seems that the E-M5 II surpasses the E-M1 with several of its new features, leaving the E-M10 in the dust, and so considerably less relevant to this article.

If nothing else, please could you at least extend the table on Page 1 (Introduction) to include an E-M1 column, and put in a visual comparison of the E-M1 vs E-M5 II bodies, which you say are of considerably different sizes?

It would be greatly appreciated by this E-M1 owner (and hopefully, others) ! :-)

Thanks,

Brian

Thanks Richard - I get your point about the existing table, but looking forward to whatever you can do! :-)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 00:34 UTC
On Olympus announces OM-D E-M1 firmware version 3.0 article (44 comments in total)
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anselsmyhero: I bought my EM1 when they first came out but have never upgraded firmware. Too afraid I'll screw it up and render camera inoperable. :-(

I have kept my E-M1 firmware up to date. The ONLY issue I had was when moving from version 1.N to 2.0 - all my custom settings were wiped. Not a huge problem, I could set them up again pretty quickly - but I didn't NOTICE until I came back from a shoot, only to find NO RAW images and all my JPEGs are a reduced size and increased compression. Effectively, I wasted the shoot. So - DO upgrade the firmware, there are bug fixes and cool new features (like electronic keystone correction / virtual tilt/shift lens) - but check your settings immediately after!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 10:31 UTC
On Olympus announces OM-D E-M1 firmware version 3.0 article (44 comments in total)

Good to see the firmware updates continuing into a new version. I wonder whether they will add a 40mp "high res" mode at some point, to avoid the E-M1 being eclipsed by the E-M5 II? The physical hardware should support it ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 10:28 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1339 comments in total)

Richard, great review, but as per my earlier comment - please update with at least some reference/comparison to the OM-D E-M1 "flagship". It seems that the E-M5 II surpasses the E-M1 with several of its new features, leaving the E-M10 in the dust, and so considerably less relevant to this article.

If nothing else, please could you at least extend the table on Page 1 (Introduction) to include an E-M1 column, and put in a visual comparison of the E-M1 vs E-M5 II bodies, which you say are of considerably different sizes?

It would be greatly appreciated by this E-M1 owner (and hopefully, others) ! :-)

Thanks,

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 10:01 UTC as 168th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1339 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Why no direct comparison in this review with the "flagship" OM-D E-M1?

Brian

Richard - the whole point is, I don't KNOW how much smaller the E-M5 II is than my E-M1 - which is why, at the very least, I would have liked it to be included in the comparison! The E-M1 is VERY similar in look and feel to the OM-1 I bought new in 1976, and still have in 100% working order. That's one of the things I love about it. But the E-M5 II seems to have stolen the lead on certain features (like the 40MP high res mode). So this makes them something of rivals for new buyers ... again, why I feel a comparison between the 5 II and the 1 would be a good idea!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:45 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1339 comments in total)

Why no direct comparison in this review with the "flagship" OM-D E-M1?

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 23:51 UTC as 183rd comment | 4 replies

Beautiful. As is my OM-D E-M1. The nearest thing in Photography to my original OM-1. Very much in love with these Olympus cameras ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 17:02 UTC as 22nd comment
On Relio is a powerful LED light in your pocket post (26 comments in total)

Check out Zebralight, whose AA-powered and CR123A-powered lights come in two shades of white ("warm" and "daylight"). The latter are brighter, and many models can be warn as a head torch (they come complete with strap and soft silicone rubber mount) and are self-contained. They can also stand on their tails and light sideways. VERY useful as close-up illuminators - AND sitting around your head when setting up a tripod and camera at night. Plus NO need for a nearby USB socket!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 23:57 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

Back in my film days, I ogled and rather fancied the Olympus Zuiko 8mm fisheye for the OM series - but these days, I just use my GoPro. Not sure I would want a fisheye with intentially POLISHED internals: for me there is no such thing as "creative" flare. I want the best starting point image possible (high contrast, sharp focus on the subject plane, soft bokeh in the back/foreground as desired) - but NOT low contrast and streaky flare, thanks.

Especially at a price point higher than my original OM-1 cost (OK, that was 40 years ago, eck hem ...)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 19:29 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On Kodak introduces PixPro SP360 action cam article (62 comments in total)

Sorry, "KODAK", but how does turning a 180-degree fisheye lens skyward, convert it into a 360-degree lens? Never seen so much snake oil in a little yellow box.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:17 UTC as 1st comment

A year ago, I would never have imagined travelling without a TRUE SLR ... but the Oly OM-D EM-1 has convterted me. It is a stunning camera, and its physical similarity to my original OM-1N is astonishing. I now love it to bits, and can no longer consider wanting the physical weight of a DSLR stuck in the century-old, 35mm film mindset!

Olympus ROCKS!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 02:03 UTC as 17th comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)

A production run of just 77 ... that's about one for each dictator of a third world country!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 12:31 UTC as 94th comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)
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racketman: I'm always losing lens caps......

Well at least you could find this one with a metal detector! LOL!!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 12:28 UTC
On HTC introduces the RE digital camera article (103 comments in total)

Everyone is being mercilessly rude about the SHAPE of this device, and sure, the smutty-minded can suggests its relationship to various devices from certain shops with shaded windows ...

... but THINK about it for a moment. If you want an informal POV camera which you WON'T spend time looking into (instead of at your environment), which you want to HOLD comfortably without risk of dropping, then this is a PERFECT shape. Just GRIP and CLICK. The wide-angle lens will ensure that you get something interesting in-frame.

If ONLY this was fully waterproof, I'd choose it over the GoPro, because the latter is a pain to hold and operate one-handed.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 15:06 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On More manual control on iOS with Manual Cam post (46 comments in total)

If all else fails, you could always buy a CAMERA ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 09:29 UTC as 1st comment
On GoPro announces Hero4 lineup article (111 comments in total)

Happy with my GoPro 3 Black - Can't see any reason to upgrade. 4K at 30fps will only have one result - filling my hard disk even more quickly than now!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 12:36 UTC as 20th comment
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (58 comments in total)

Yeah yeah, the predictable anti-anything-nice bunch are out again. Believe it or not, SOME of us LIKE metal-bodied, wide-aperture prime lenses with full time mechanical manual focus. And this looks a BEAUTIFUL example.

Only issue for me, is WHY does Zeiss put a CHROMED filter thread at the end? Surely a potential source for flare?

Oh, and the Leica M mount is no use for my 4/3rds and micro-4/3rds cameras ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 16:01 UTC as 6th comment
On Olympus shows camera module concept post (65 comments in total)

Now THIS will be coming home if it lives up to my hopes and expectations! :-)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 23:07 UTC as 19th comment
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (230 comments in total)

Given that each so-called (and mis-named) "pixel", on a regular digital camera, only records 1/3 of the available information, by filtering out two of the three RGB colours, SURELY the obvious way to get better imagery (forgetting Sigma's Foveon experiment for a moment) is to LOSE the BAYER MASK, expose all the CCD/CMOS cells to RAW light, and use some kind of rotating physical filter (as used in many projectors) to exposures of different light wavelengths as separate exposures, for subsequent amalgamation? Sensor SHIFTING, while still using a Bayer Mask and interpolating, sounds to me like a lot of unnecessary math.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 18:46 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (62 comments in total)

What is a "soft rubber water weal"? Not sure I want one of those near my camera!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 17:03 UTC as 4th comment
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