Andy Spawn

Andy Spawn

Joined on Jul 30, 2012

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On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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six34sigma: Priced at a point where this camera will make no practical difference to Nikon or it's user base. My opinion, another shot gone off in the wrong direction.

How retro is it going to look with a 24-70 attached to it.

Judgement passed, meh!

Well, nowadays electronics is getting small. iPhone contains LCD, CPU, main board, memory, Wi-Fi, ...etc. All are packed in a small package. I see no reason Nikon engineers could not build a DSLR as small as old film SLR.

I think their engineers are lazy to redesign everything, just create a retro out look based on existing DSLR components.

No video is a joke. We enthusiasts like retro outlook and control but it doesn't mean we like retro functionality.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 05:28 UTC
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Digitall: Maybe someone must read this, even Mr. Kimio Maki

SONY SELLS 31% FEWER CAMERAS.
Demand for Sony digital cameras shrunk 31% in the three months to 30 September, compared to the same quarter last year.

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/photo-news/540168/sony-sells-31-fewer-cameras#L3PUtLcUhHj6hulP.99

I think it's the case for all camera manufacturers. Most of people prefer to use smartphone to take photos and video.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 03:19 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2127 comments in total)

The square hood with 12mm lens makes EM1 more retro but it is still ugly. A DSLR body with hump and square hood. It's like a young lady with white hair and wearing her grandma's jacket.

Why doesn't Olympus simply build a M4/3 camera looks like E5?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 10:52 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2127 comments in total)

According to 43rumors. Olympus is going to launch a new M4/3 camera. I think it may be a OMD E-M6. E-M5 announced almost 2 years ago. It’s time to announce a new successor.

E-M1 is practical but it’s not as beautiful as E-M5. Most of enthusiasts want to hang a beautiful camera on their neck. On the other hand, when E-M1 is mounted with some sliver prime lenses say 12mm F2.0, 45mm F1.8, and 75mm F1.8. It looks weird. E-M1 is perfect for pro-photographer but not suitable for enthusiasts who want beautiful outlook and portability.

Fuji, Nikon are going to launch FF retro mirrorless cameras. Olympus must launch a new retro OMD to secure the market share.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 02:45 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2127 comments in total)
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Andy Spawn: According to the noise comparison sample by dpreview. E-M1 high ISO noise performance is poorer than E-M5 and GX7. Why doesn't dpreview point it out in the article?

EM-1 has better ergonomics, better control, and better continuous AF. However, it looks like an entry level D-SLR camera, very ugly, and its noise level is higher than other competitors. Why do I pay more for a camera with more ugly appearance and poorer noise level?

I tried this before in an Olympus event. The ergonomics is excellent. The body built is excellent. However it's meaningless to put a small sensor in such a big body. The kit F2.8 lens is huge, too. I love the original OM1 design. This one is not my cup of tea.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 10:29 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2127 comments in total)
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Andy Spawn: According to the noise comparison sample by dpreview. E-M1 high ISO noise performance is poorer than E-M5 and GX7. Why doesn't dpreview point it out in the article?

EM-1 has better ergonomics, better control, and better continuous AF. However, it looks like an entry level D-SLR camera, very ugly, and its noise level is higher than other competitors. Why do I pay more for a camera with more ugly appearance and poorer noise level?

It's not just the matter of weight. E-M5 is handsome and retro but E-M1 is ugly.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 05:25 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2127 comments in total)

According to the noise comparison sample by dpreview. E-M1 high ISO noise performance is poorer than E-M5 and GX7. Why doesn't dpreview point it out in the article?

EM-1 has better ergonomics, better control, and better continuous AF. However, it looks like an entry level D-SLR camera, very ugly, and its noise level is higher than other competitors. Why do I pay more for a camera with more ugly appearance and poorer noise level?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 04:51 UTC as 95th comment | 12 replies
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

The Sony FF A7R body is small but the lenses are too big. The zoom lens is big and not bright enough. Sony built good and small NEX bodies but poor lenses. It's the same case in FF A7R.

M4/3 is not going to die because the body and lens are much smaller. Panasonic is going to launch GM1 which is as small as a compact camera.

I am worried about Olympus because OMD E-M1 is as big as Sony A7R but with much smaller sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 01:50 UTC as 414th comment | 1 reply
On DSC00116 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

DPreview, could you take an outdoor portrait under cloudy envionment? The Portraits shown here are in an indoor environment with indoor light and outdoor light from the window. It makes the skin tone looks weird.

Lastly, please demonstrate the bokeh effect of the F2 lens.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 01:48 UTC as 1st comment
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wy2lam: Geez. It's called "prime" lens, not "single focal length" lens. Stop the propaganda already.

Single focal length lens is the formal name.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 07:16 UTC
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Louis_Dobson: I want an E-PM2. I suspect I will use it more than the OM-D...

The deleted post was about... I think there is something from Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 14:56 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 preview news story (80 comments in total)

What is the point to make a M4/3 camera as big as a SLR camera?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 12:01 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies
On Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 & PEN Mini E-PM2 preview (152 comments in total)
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pixelcollector: where is the flippin' E-P4/5 ?
this is not cutting it. cheap looking design, subpar lcd res.

E-PLX's features are good but the body looks cheap. It looks like a digital compact camera. On the other hand, there are too few dials.

How come Olympus discontinue E-PX? E-PX has very well built body, many dials. On the other hand, E-PX's look is very similar to film age PEN. OM-D's features are good but I don't SLR-like camera.

Olympus, if you don't continue E-PX, then many rangefinder lover will switch to Fujifilm X-E1, or X-Pro1.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:50 UTC
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Andy Spawn: I'm a Olympus M4/3 user. Originally I thought Panasonic is nearly the same as Olympus in M4/3 camera system. After I see the shots, I think I was wrong. Olympus's image quality is better than Panasonic. I use E-P3, 12mm F/2.0, 45mm F/1.8, and 70-150mm F/4-5.6

OM-D is better than E-P3 in image quality but I don't like the bulkiness of OM-D. I like E-P3 sleek design. That's why I did not buy OM-D. I'm looking forward to the next PEN.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 03:34 UTC
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Michael S.: Puh...actually I can't follow Panasonics's marketing intentions here...

To give an example - I have chosen randomly one of the iso1600 pictures of the opening ceremony and here is a 100% untouched crop from it:

http://www.pbase.com/bountyhunter/image/145037509

These looks like an iso12800 above picture if taken with my D3s.

So I can't see the point.

That's what I think. The image is not sharp enough, not much detail.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2012 at 08:47 UTC

I'm a Olympus M4/3 user. Originally I thought Panasonic is nearly the same as Olympus in M4/3 camera system. After I see the shots, I think I was wrong. Olympus's image quality is better than Panasonic. I use E-P3, 12mm F/2.0, 45mm F/1.8, and 70-150mm F/4-5.6

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2012 at 08:41 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
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