Marathonianbull

Marathonianbull

Lives in Canada Montréal, Québec, Canada
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Joined on Jan 27, 2009

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On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (765 comments in total)
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Marathonianbull: "The Olympus E-M5 II is a more significant reworking of its predecessor than its looks or choice of sensor seem to suggest. The camera boasts a wealth of additional features and refinements to many of the existing ones have been upgraded. However, the landscape has changed considerably since the first E-M5 was released and there are now a number of very competitive cameras in the same space. This means the E-M5 II has to be a significant step up, over its predecessor, to still stand out in the market..."

This is a good example of today's most incongruous problem with the current state of the photo-gear industry : of course, we must spend a lot and often in order for it to survive if not thrive, yet influencing reviews like this one should be taken with a grain of salt as they focus far too much on competitive "cell-phone" features and not enough on ergonomy or color accuracy. [To be continued!]

And where's my already beloved E-7??? You know, that long-awaited ultimate FT model with an electronically-assisted optical viewfinder à la Fujifilm, an improved 5-Axis in-cam stabilizer à la Oly mFT, a high-density Sony sensor à la everything, an advanced high-ISO denoisying processor à la CaNikon, and an inboard GPS-based Astrotracer à la Ricoh Pentax...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 21:07 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (765 comments in total)
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Marathonianbull: "The Olympus E-M5 II is a more significant reworking of its predecessor than its looks or choice of sensor seem to suggest. The camera boasts a wealth of additional features and refinements to many of the existing ones have been upgraded. However, the landscape has changed considerably since the first E-M5 was released and there are now a number of very competitive cameras in the same space. This means the E-M5 II has to be a significant step up, over its predecessor, to still stand out in the market..."

This is a good example of today's most incongruous problem with the current state of the photo-gear industry : of course, we must spend a lot and often in order for it to survive if not thrive, yet influencing reviews like this one should be taken with a grain of salt as they focus far too much on competitive "cell-phone" features and not enough on ergonomy or color accuracy. [To be continued!]

I would gladly buy an E-M5 Mk II, if it were a true improvement over the E-P1... But it's not. New lenses are sometimes better - not always, whereas new cameras seldom show significant evolution. Having said that, as a fledgeling Olympian, I would definitely choose the E-M5 Mk II or even the "aging" E-M1 over the E-P1 (simply a matter of available stock!!!)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 21:05 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (765 comments in total)
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Marathonianbull: "The Olympus E-M5 II is a more significant reworking of its predecessor than its looks or choice of sensor seem to suggest. The camera boasts a wealth of additional features and refinements to many of the existing ones have been upgraded. However, the landscape has changed considerably since the first E-M5 was released and there are now a number of very competitive cameras in the same space. This means the E-M5 II has to be a significant step up, over its predecessor, to still stand out in the market..."

This is a good example of today's most incongruous problem with the current state of the photo-gear industry : of course, we must spend a lot and often in order for it to survive if not thrive, yet influencing reviews like this one should be taken with a grain of salt as they focus far too much on competitive "cell-phone" features and not enough on ergonomy or color accuracy. [To be continued!]

Such a meaningless feature-packed gear race is not the pop-reviewers' fault per se, as those kind people merely act as messengers. I think that this whole industry is getting real sick, far too hectic for my taste. Most camera makers should step aside, reconsider their roles and goals as image-makers, start zeroing in on improving lenses as well as SIMPLIFYING cameras instead, and be radically more transparent with regard to their own product development agenda (indeed, I have left a few great systems due to an utter lack of proper communication regarding their foreseeable future, and have also stayed faithful far too long to other brands due to gazillions of irrelevant so-called relative "improvements".)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 20:39 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (765 comments in total)

"The Olympus E-M5 II is a more significant reworking of its predecessor than its looks or choice of sensor seem to suggest. The camera boasts a wealth of additional features and refinements to many of the existing ones have been upgraded. However, the landscape has changed considerably since the first E-M5 was released and there are now a number of very competitive cameras in the same space. This means the E-M5 II has to be a significant step up, over its predecessor, to still stand out in the market..."

This is a good example of today's most incongruous problem with the current state of the photo-gear industry : of course, we must spend a lot and often in order for it to survive if not thrive, yet influencing reviews like this one should be taken with a grain of salt as they focus far too much on competitive "cell-phone" features and not enough on ergonomy or color accuracy. [To be continued!]

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 20:32 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
On Nobody knows... in the Tracks in Nature challenge (6 comments in total)

Beautiful Olympus colours!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 00:39 UTC as 4th comment
On Arctium tomentosum in the Nature: The True Inventor of VELCRO challenge (1 comment in total)

Even without looking at the EXIF first, this one was my favourite by a large margin. I guess that I'm a die-hard Olympus fanboy ; )

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 23:07 UTC as 1st comment
On Natures Umbrellas in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (7 comments in total)

That's.. different! I like it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 15:58 UTC as 2nd comment
On Lytro opens an interactive studio in Tokyo article (45 comments in total)

Can't wait to go see this in person!!!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 17:35 UTC as 5th comment

If I rely solely on my latest experiments with the K-3, a formidable "APS-C" DSLR in my opinion (if not the ultimate!), this can only bode well for all Pentaxians or other open-minded photographers and enthusiasts.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 14:09 UTC as 9th comment

I love the idea of some 'M' diversity! My GXR doesn't...

Interesting, dare I say "daring": having followed the Leica digital rangefinder development saga closely, I have no doubt about the many challenges facing this Konost team. Now, would this be enough to entice Cosina to resurrect any kind of Zeiss Ikon 'D' project!?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 13:36 UTC as 59th comment
On I think I like you... in the - Rich Vivid Colours - Birds (+ Border) challenge (8 comments in total)

My daughter wants that bird.. Please.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 13:51 UTC as 4th comment
On Pride of the Pond in the The Lotus Pond challenge (7 comments in total)

The E-1 still impresses! Nice catch.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 21:20 UTC as 3rd comment

Ricoh's quite smart: the whole Pentax legacy needed to build itself a substantial (D) FA(*) zoom lineup in order to move on towards that imminent FF launch, as well as to dust its somewhat aging SMC DA(*) wide-to-normal zoom offering. With no sweat nor threat, things are starting to take shape in a very promising manner for both APS-C and FF camps of the same tenacious K-mount!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 07:43 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Cross in the snow photo in Vector12's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Victor12, This area looks familiar... Well captured!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 01:30 UTC as 1st comment
On Sandnes, Telemark, 2014 in the Pentax Q Series challenge (3 comments in total)

Nice!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 23:40 UTC as 1st comment

That man, speaking on behalf of.., has a task to fulfill. That, I know. My wishes? Choice, as in variety. Samsung cams operate like a song, I agree! That man is very capable, also. Obviously. Speaking on behalf. At DPReview. To every single one.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 19:21 UTC as 22nd comment

That man is very much wishing for DSLRs to vanish entirely from the face of Earth, obviously not having anything to sell in that camp...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 18:21 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1456 comments in total)

As if sensor sizes were the only IQ catalysts..!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 07:43 UTC as 160th comment
On CRAZY ARTHROPODS in the Rear View #3 challenge (5 comments in total)

Wow, amazing beasts! But what are they???

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 02:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On The Ugly Duckling in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (27 comments in total)

So cute!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 03:56 UTC as 8th comment
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