Mark Chan

Mark Chan

Lives in Hong Kong Tai Po, Hong Kong
Works as a Teacher
Joined on Jan 29, 2010

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On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: I wonder why you didnt't try to put the 35-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8s of the m43 system into this - yes I know you are discussing APS-C, but shouldn't such discourse include m43 too given that the photo quality is now there similar.

Richard, missed that section. Actually, whilst there is no 70-200mm to 'reach out for (save the sigma 70-200mm fourthird version i think), I have always had discussions with friends when they bring out their 70-200mm and see my 50-200mm SWD; on the EM-1.

So if you are speaking of 'alternatives', and are taking into account mirrorless, you might as well discuss the merits and demerits of similar systems, particularly since the tech is there (the big white elephant not mentioned is that 40-150 OLY; unless you want to mention the 35-100mm F2 OLY).

My two cents anyway.
p.s. There are also those that ask if they could get that speed booster and install 70-200mm onto OLY/PANA cameras.I have one such friend next to me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 00:16 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)

I wonder why you didnt't try to put the 35-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8s of the m43 system into this - yes I know you are discussing APS-C, but shouldn't such discourse include m43 too given that the photo quality is now there similar.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 17:42 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (496 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Should the lack of an accessory port be a negative for the EM10?

Ask yourself why the accessory port exists....

1. To attach a flash
2. To attach a Penpal WIFI connector
3. To attach a microphone

The EM10 has all three built right in, making the accessory port totally unnecessary. And by removing it, Olympus "toned down" the hump, which was actually makes the EM10 look more like an OM1 than the EM5 does.

gmblack

If you are keen on video, PANA GX7 is probably a better choice. The EPL-7 is a rather boring update to the EPL-5/6. the 3 main things I see it providing are 1. quality build, 2. WIFI (remarkably useful if you go about a lot - not useful with video though) and 3. that 180 degree capable screen.

I am a bit dissapointed OLY didn't put in that extra scroller as the EM-10 has.

Again, video is the letdown - UNLESS, OLY is waiting to announce that with the forthcoming firmware update for its OLY cameras (rumour).

Oh and to whoever mentioned OLY lens are 'worse' than PANA; I respectfully disagree; they are more optically perfect than most of the PANA lenses that require in-camera digital modification. My 25mm f1.4 has fringing that you won't see on PANA bodies. But use a 45mm f1.8 on a pana body produces the same quality - save for the image stabilization that PANA bodies don't (all) have yet.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 00:48 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (496 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Continuing from my post below

The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.
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Mike,

I don't see any reviewer discussing the auto mode of the oly cameras here; the discussion i am making is for the perceived inability of the camera to be capable.

Your comment makes for an interesting question: can dpreview attempt to compare the auto modes of all the majors lens changeable cameras to see which one is the 'most intelligent? Richard could you consider this as a review?'

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 11:54 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (496 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Continuing from my post below

The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.
rant off

Richard,

I am saying it is good enough as it is for most people. It is also ready for people that have put in the work to understand the complexity it can go. I mean I don't think it's very clever to provide all options to a customer then have him call back 1-3 times complaining about a changed setting they don't realize they caused. And I am bein an adhoc customer service officer for oly helping the 6-7 friends around me that chose to buy oly on my advise here; some REALLY don't read much.

I absolutely agree that the SCP should be in the menu setting option with the 'format card' setup.

I do strongly feel the additional button press for exposure compensation is a moot argument - although frankly I did expect they would put in two dials aka the EM-10.

Anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 11:30 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (496 comments in total)

Continuing from my post below

The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.
rant off

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 02:43 UTC as 62nd comment | 7 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (496 comments in total)

Richard,

From the start of your review, I have gotten this impression you wrote it in a 'snarky' mindset - negative from the start almost.

One answer I can think of to your lament for the exposure compensation is the situation of the GM1; each time you take it out the settings are changed.

I absolutely agree regarding the SCP that should really be set by default.

I actually find the OLY system structure very straight forward to use. Obviously, I would expect anyone worth their photo, to read up on the manual before working into their camera.

On this very point; I know a few people that just got a new OLY and keep asking me how to set this or do that, when all they are describing are in the manual.

A friend came complaining to me that OLY customer service broke his camera as the shutter was slow to move. It turns out he had fiddled with the antis hock settings.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 02:42 UTC as 63rd comment
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (149 comments in total)
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bgbs: I'm waiting for the day to come when our Speed Lights could be like mini-drones (or like little humming birds) that could stand still in mid air without a stand. Via algorithms they could quickly reposition themselves to enable you to take different shots. And be able to follow the subject on their own...etc.

I suddenly imagine photographers reimagined as the V gundaml with its satellites lasers / flashes. haha

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (149 comments in total)

I purchased the parrot for the school i am working at, with the aim to produce footage of students participating in various activities. I have also purchased the HX-A500 from Panasonic so I can get footage 'at an angle' - 4K / 1920 60P no less. The beauty of the PANA is you can keep the main body on top of the quad, and have the lens / glass point downward, NOT covering any of the other sensors found on the belly of the flying device.

Hope I can get some decent images in the coming school year.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 13:48 UTC as 51st comment
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Mark Chan: Well, illegal migrants rick their lives for a better life.

There was a time in the distant past when people undertaking similar steps gained access to a world of opportunities.

The migrants these days still cling to that belief; or maybe they are betting everything (life, family, loved ones etc.) to get away from something.

Hong Kong is built on the efforts of migrants that flocked to what was then one of the few 'politically' stable outcrops of land close to Mainland China in the aftermath of the second world war and the start of the civil war.

The previous generation (at least those that are now well to do) speak of the hardships they endured; of their being part of the post war baby boom and having to live in squatters and stuff - all that are akin to what today's illegal migrants have to 'endure'.

It is a prime target; sadly people are getting in but making things worse along the way.

Pay equiv. 6 - 10 million HKD and you get in. And in the process you push up all property prices (a good excuse to legalize dirty money)

Get your kid to be born in HK and you are in (if you are of chinese nationality).

Have a family member in Hong Kong (Spouses often had families across the border)? You are in.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 07:17 UTC
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Mark Chan: Well, illegal migrants rick their lives for a better life.

There was a time in the distant past when people undertaking similar steps gained access to a world of opportunities.

The migrants these days still cling to that belief; or maybe they are betting everything (life, family, loved ones etc.) to get away from something.

Hong Kong is built on the efforts of migrants that flocked to what was then one of the few 'politically' stable outcrops of land close to Mainland China in the aftermath of the second world war and the start of the civil war.

The previous generation (at least those that are now well to do) speak of the hardships they endured; of their being part of the post war baby boom and having to live in squatters and stuff - all that are akin to what today's illegal migrants have to 'endure'.

Yet it is a fact Hong Kong's current status as one of the world's financial hubs and a former dominant player in the garment industry was built on the sweat, toil and blood of these 'illegal migrants'. What I understand is if you were able to reach a police station before cops got you, you could register and get an id card. This was abolished after the late 70s / early 80s.

Now in Hong Kong, we are lamenting the fact that a 'mainland horde' of dependents are migrating into Hong Kong that just going to receive social benefits without contributing to society.

One has to wonder though, if there are no sufficiently paying jobs to be taken up and there are no opportunities to be provided, what do you expect when such migrants (legal or illegal) come knocking?

The problem really is that the 'Haves' are intent at all cost to keep themselves 'having', and don't want one bit to be given to the 'have nots'.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 14:53 UTC

Well, illegal migrants rick their lives for a better life.

There was a time in the distant past when people undertaking similar steps gained access to a world of opportunities.

The migrants these days still cling to that belief; or maybe they are betting everything (life, family, loved ones etc.) to get away from something.

Hong Kong is built on the efforts of migrants that flocked to what was then one of the few 'politically' stable outcrops of land close to Mainland China in the aftermath of the second world war and the start of the civil war.

The previous generation (at least those that are now well to do) speak of the hardships they endured; of their being part of the post war baby boom and having to live in squatters and stuff - all that are akin to what today's illegal migrants have to 'endure'.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 14:47 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

This is probably by far the best iption for a simple installation of a video camera on amateur drones like the AR Parrot; you strapp the camera above the case and hoodwink the camera at an angle underneath the drone'a own camera; beats having to damage / modify the hull when playing with gopro or jvc or any other sports camera.

On my shopping list! Now when is it available in japan or Asia?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 23:37 UTC as 15th comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1614 comments in total)
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harold1968: The e-m1 is the same size, weight and price.
The sony handling is better (I have used both, at most it's a taste thing), the e-m1 has slightly faster focuses (but still hunts in low light)
The sensor is far inferior compared to the A7, it even has noise in base ISO.
Yet dpreview describe its IQ as excellent and yet the A7s as very good.
For sure something is going on with this review.

Er handling is better? Nope; you may be right it may well be a taste problem, but no from the many others outside of this forum (kirk tuck, EOSHD etc.) is bound to mean something; so that's my consensus on poor handling there.

I am not going to compare FF with m43 or even aps-c on image quality; clearly it'll be a win - the interesting bit is the OOC JPEG lets it down; this is by far the best feature of OLY cameras, and no you haven't the experience with that that comes with more time with the camera.

The worst thing about the SONY is the sounds it makes and the generally lackluster responsiveness in comparison to the GH3 and the OMD E-M1. But wait a generation or two, it should get there and be up to task by then.

The funny thing at EOSHD is that they say the E-M1 (OLY is not known for its video) produces better video vs the A7(R?).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 08:43 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (497 comments in total)

DPreview editors, could you please enlighten me (us) how to activate the tone curve settings? I haven't been able to get to the secret chamber...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 15:11 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
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lancespring: The UN clearly needs to punish China for its blatant destruction of the earth's environment. The Chinese are the world's worst criminals when it comes to promoting Global Warming, which threatens the lives of everyone on our planet.

Yet another clear indication of the corruption and lack of morality that exists within the Communist Party leadership in China.

Wow. Where millions ride a bicycle everyday - out of necessity; versus where millions drive a car everyday - out of necessity. Right China produced lots of CO2 out of spite of the world.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 05:53 UTC
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Mike Sandman: The billboards are both amusing and sad. I've visited "emerging" cities for the last 40 years, from Sao Paulo to Bangkok. and the story has been the same. Duringl industrialization air and water pollution is similar to what you see in China. CO2 is not the problem -- it's particulates in the air from manufacturing & from coal-fired power plants and cars/motorbikes.

Much of what you see in Hong Kong's air drifts in from plants in Shenzen (just over the border from HK). Over time, public pressure mounts and air quality improves, sometimes rather dramatically -- witness Los Angeles in 1970 vs today, or London. Boycotting China may be emotionally gratifying to some, but it won't help Hong Kong as much as public pressure in the locality itself. Wait a few years and you'll see better skies in China. Meanwhile, visit HK in the winter and you'll have a good chance to see Victoria Peak. http://www.flickr.com/photos/99183821@N00/6246665966/in/photolist-avZNam

Visit Hong Kong during July and August and your chances of seeing a Hong Kong backed by OLYMPUS blue skies are that much better. Winter in Hong Kong is droll with 8 - 11 km visibilities

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 05:51 UTC
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acidic: It's obvious to anyone who understands HK politics that this is their way of making a point to mainland China about their pollution. What better way than to show the snap-happy mainland Chinese tourists what their country is doing to neighboring lands.

if only THEY were that smart...I mean the government.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 13:31 UTC

OMG; the editors at dpreview MUST be loonies to have this posted - the pictures are boarding for construction work.

Nothing else.

To attribute this to anything else is poor reporting. If you read the article it shows that.

This is not to say we don't have poor air quality - I live here and you have no idea how bad it can get on days like this. And YES I would love for the environmental protection department to get their act together, but THIS is not one of them, and rightfully shouldn't be - they have better ways of improving air quality than this.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 12:15 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Alexis D: Why I would not go to many places in that region unless there is no choice, whatever their attractions are or however much money can be made. It is not just about scenic photos, but health. Dubious food ingredients, bad air, radiated food chain, unscrupulous and unregulated food industries.

Oh, you mean that pink slush you take for meat in the US is actually good?

As a person from Hong Kong - I detest the manner you 'diss' the region; Hong Kong is rightfully known as a food mecca - western and eastern style nonetheless, because of the freedom it has in importing food from sources everywhere.

As a matter of fact, the smog in Hong Kong recently was a result of a tropical cyclone causing continental winds to blow in (i.e. offshore). In summer, the clarity of the air can be striking - one have 40km visibility, a fortunate result of onshore southeasterlies or easterlies.. This is not so in winter or any time that offshore winds are blowing - i.e. northerly / northwesterlies / westerlies, where it can be horribly smoggy.

Get your facts right before making comments - just like the first sentence I typed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 12:14 UTC
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