Biowizard

Biowizard

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Now a fully-manual focus, Full-Frame DSLR with the original OM mount, would SERIOUSLY get my chequebook out and into action ...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 16:16 UTC as 19th comment | 7 replies
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PK24X36NOW: DPR viewfinder size fiction continues. "Dividing (viewfinder magnification) by the crop factor" is essentially an assumption (in this case) that the MFT sensor is 1/2 the size of a FF sensor, which it is not. It is little more than 1/4 the size.

The correct relative size calculation is as follows:

OM-D EM-1:

17.3 * 13 * 100% * 1.48 = 332.852 sq mm

D800:

35.9 * 24 * 100% * 0.7 = 603.12 sq mm

So the new Oly's "wonder viewfinder is actually little more than 1/2 as big as a typical FF dSLR viewfinder.

That's rubbish: the magnification value is LINEAR, and you are quoting AREA. So you should SQUARE the magnification factor in your calculations:

OM-D EM-1:

17.3 * 13 * (1.48^2) = 492.62096

D800:

35.9 * 24 * (0.7^2) = 422.184

So DPREVIEW is CORRECT.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 16:13 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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Biowizard: As an E-1 user of around 10 years' standing, and having shot many thousands of images on its "mere" 5Mp sensor, I have been waiting patiently for the "right" successor. It wasn't the E-3. Nor the E-5, and I have been very happy hanging onto the E-1. Never had even one single dust speck on an image, so have never needed to clean the sensor. Only ever had one stuck pixel, and the in-camera pixel mapping sorted that out within a few seconds. I love everything about the E-1, though miss the option a higher pixel count, and newer features like wireless flash, WiFi, etc.

Sadly for me, the OM-D E-M1 is NOT the replacement I've been waiting for. I wanted full-size 4/3, with optical viewfinder. Doubtless I will motor on for a while with my beloved E-1, but sorry Olympus, my NEXT camera is going to be Nikon or Canon :-(

[Edited to correct a couple of typos]

Only two were ever intended as flagship models (E-3, E-5). I liked neither as much as my E-1. The other E- cameras were very down-spec in terms of build quality - some even using mirrors rather than a pentaprism, resulting in a very poor viewfinder experience.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 13:12 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)

As an E-1 user of around 10 years' standing, and having shot many thousands of images on its "mere" 5Mp sensor, I have been waiting patiently for the "right" successor. It wasn't the E-3. Nor the E-5, and I have been very happy hanging onto the E-1. Never had even one single dust speck on an image, so have never needed to clean the sensor. Only ever had one stuck pixel, and the in-camera pixel mapping sorted that out within a few seconds. I love everything about the E-1, though miss the option a higher pixel count, and newer features like wireless flash, WiFi, etc.

Sadly for me, the OM-D E-M1 is NOT the replacement I've been waiting for. I wanted full-size 4/3, with optical viewfinder. Doubtless I will motor on for a while with my beloved E-1, but sorry Olympus, my NEXT camera is going to be Nikon or Canon :-(

[Edited to correct a couple of typos]

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 12:54 UTC as 446th comment | 6 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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_P: Believe or not but I am still holding close to my old "grandpa" camera, E-1. This new OM-D is the one I have been waiting for... Meanwhile I got E-PL5 for my wife and D7000 for myself. D7000 is going on ebay now and the new OM-D body will pair with my 14-54. E-1 will go on display behind glass window as it deserved it well. Can you believe I never got a speck of dust from it for the last 8 years?

Agreed - the E-1 is amazing, and STILL my only DSLR. Like you, not ONE spec of dust in 10 years. And the only hot pixel the sensor had, from the outset, was "lost" with a simple in-camera pixel mapping operation!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 12:46 UTC

I'll stick to using my TG-1 thanks ...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 10:03 UTC as 41st comment

Amazing images! And perfectly suited to high-contrast B&W presentation.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 09:12 UTC as 23rd comment

The funny thing is, with today's technology (which of course has come a LONG way since then), this might be doable. Using low-energy WiFi or BlueTooth to connect/control the device while in-camera, for example. And of course, a full frame sensor. I'd love to get some more life out of my OM-1 and Contax S2 and film is such an expensive way to go these days ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 15:00 UTC as 85th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus stems losses but PEN sales disappoint article (245 comments in total)

I am STILL waiting patiently (but for how much longer) for an E-7. I just LOVE the original 4/3rds concept and the amazing lenses. Please give me a modern sensor and DSLR body to replace my ageing - but still gorgeous - E-1.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 22:40 UTC as 63rd comment | 2 replies
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Biowizard: My last 35mm film camera that I kept with me at nearly all times, was a Contax S2 - titanium bodied, 100% mechanical shutter - fitted with a Ziess Planar 50mm f1.4. If I wanted other focal lengths, I'd shoot on my Olympus OM-1 and the assortment of Zuikos I had. Renenber, this Contax was my take-everywhere camera, and I wasn't interested in toting a "system" around day-to-day. The results of shooting Kodachrome 25 through this lens, even wide open, were nothing short of stunning. Even made my prime Zuiko glass look fuzzy by comparison.

Since I went digital about 9 years ago, I've been shooting Olympus with Oly zooms. Good images, nice handling, but nothing to compare to my Zeiss 50/f1.4.

I am about to invest in my next DSLR - and am VERY tempted to forego autofocus and zooms, and instead buy a couple of Zeiss prime lenses. Myt only quibble: Nikon's focusing thread runs back-to-front compared to Olympus & Canon, and I am not sure I could get used to that!

Brian

To white shadow: thanks for your encouragement - I definitely want to go full frame, both for depth of field reasons, and to maximise image quality from any new, prime glass I buy.

To Yxa: my current Zeiss Planar is paired with FILM, not a "Jurassic" sensor (unless that's what you call a fine emulsion!). And no, I am not talking about buying a new Zeiss lens for my 9-year-old Olympus E1 - even if they did make the lens with a 4/3rds mount - which they don't!

I am thinking Nikon D800 - possibly the "E" variant.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 11:51 UTC

My last 35mm film camera that I kept with me at nearly all times, was a Contax S2 - titanium bodied, 100% mechanical shutter - fitted with a Ziess Planar 50mm f1.4. If I wanted other focal lengths, I'd shoot on my Olympus OM-1 and the assortment of Zuikos I had. Renenber, this Contax was my take-everywhere camera, and I wasn't interested in toting a "system" around day-to-day. The results of shooting Kodachrome 25 through this lens, even wide open, were nothing short of stunning. Even made my prime Zuiko glass look fuzzy by comparison.

Since I went digital about 9 years ago, I've been shooting Olympus with Oly zooms. Good images, nice handling, but nothing to compare to my Zeiss 50/f1.4.

I am about to invest in my next DSLR - and am VERY tempted to forego autofocus and zooms, and instead buy a couple of Zeiss prime lenses. Myt only quibble: Nikon's focusing thread runs back-to-front compared to Olympus & Canon, and I am not sure I could get used to that!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 08:35 UTC as 25th comment | 11 replies

Actually (thanks cknapp61) I *am* an iPhone user. And iPad. But also, decent (if old) DSLR.

Prints? Via Polaroid?! Pur-leeze!!! If I want to print from ANY of my kit, I have some jolly decent inkjets at my disposal - as well as one of the earlier (but still 100% functional) Canon dye-sub jobs.

Why on earth would you want to pay neo-polaroid prices for grotty old-style analogue prints?

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 23:24 UTC as 14th comment
On Olympus executives sentenced, avoid jail time article (53 comments in total)
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designdef: I think it's worth pointing out, Olympus's main product line is in Endoscopy. Cameras are a small, but important part of their business. I've almost been tempted to purchase two or three of their excellent cameras and certainly have been shafted by one or more of their endoscopes;)

PS - just as well the cameras are small, because ... oops, no, better not go there! 8-)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 18:21 UTC
On Olympus executives sentenced, avoid jail time article (53 comments in total)
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designdef: I think it's worth pointing out, Olympus's main product line is in Endoscopy. Cameras are a small, but important part of their business. I've almost been tempted to purchase two or three of their excellent cameras and certainly have been shafted by one or more of their endoscopes;)

Bend over BlackAdder ... it's *** time!!!

[for our US cousins, this is a reference to a cult GB comedy that didn't involve Benny Hill] ;-)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 18:20 UTC
On Olympus executives sentenced, avoid jail time article (53 comments in total)

And so it goes on ... but what **I** want to know, is where is my E-7 ???

Still using a much-loved, 5 Mpixel CCD based Olympus E-1, one of the best DSLRS from (errrr) about 10 years ago. And wanting to leverage my investment in glass, accessories and more.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 18:18 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

Serious Kudos to Dave Ackerman! Brilliant project, amazing results, fascinating blog article. Made my day! :-)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 14:59 UTC as 7th comment
On Introducing... What The Duck on dpreview.com article (62 comments in total)

Well Duck Me - one less thing to look forward to in my weekly copy of AP!

Definition: "Hyperbole" (/hīˈpərbəlē/) [n] ... one of the best satirical comic strips in the world

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 23:40 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
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arhmatic: Thanks for the entertainment, Adobe and dpreview...

I am here solely for the comments.

Nah, you can't see the slow motion unless you subscribe to Adobe Premiere CC ...

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 16:58 UTC
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Tom DeMita: Adobes' stock went down 3 points in 3 days. What happened 3 days ago?

Yeah, looks fun if you view the past week ... but look back a month, and they are still higher than they were 4 weeks ago; 12 weeks ago; more.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 16:46 UTC
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Biowizard: I haven't paid any money to Kodak for several years. They sent a bailiff round to take all my 35mm transparencies away so I can never see them again. And now that Kodak has gone bust, I can't even get my slides back by paying.

Twilight Zone? Or simply the New Reality. Thanks, Adobe, NOT.

dinoSnake, sure you can save your FINISHED work in TIF, PNG - or even the ancient PCX format. But these files will not contain all your separate layers, adjustments, vector text, and so on, ready to edit further. It's the same with InDesign: you can save to PDF (which you can then render to TIF, PNG, PCX if you want in Photoshop), but you'll lose your editable, adjustable file.

It's the fact that loss of access to CC would mean loss of access to YOUR SOURCE DOCUMENTS, Your IPR, that sticks in the craw. Of course your derivative works will be perfectly printable and viewable forever more.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 16:36 UTC
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