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On Preview:olympusEM5 (1362 comments in total)

I've never been a fan of image stabilization but that probably reflects the sort of photography I do which realy doesn't require it. While Olympus's new stabilization technology looks quite impressive, I can't help but wonder: a) how much power it will draw, and ; b) if it will effect focus accuracy due to small variances in the flange back distance. I'm no expert in optical design but I wonder if anyone else can shed some light on this? IS focus accuracy better served by a fixed sensor, or not?

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 15:33 UTC as 207th comment | 2 replies
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T3: Whatever Oly produces, you just know that people will complain to high heaven. People will complain that it's not full frame. People will complain that it doesn't have a ginormous optical viewfinder. People will complain that it doesn't use button batteries. People will complain that it doesn't have a classic split-prism focusing screen. People will complain that it doesn't have match needle metering. People will complain that it isn't an all-manual focus camera, while simultaneously complaining that its auto focus isn't fast enough. And on and on it will go. Face it, no matter what they introduce, people will hate it. Oh, the joy of the internet! LOL.

While it's true that you can't please everyone, and people will always complain, some models (no matter who made them) will achieve a general level of respect, while others will earn the reverse. Consider automobiles. While not perfect, the '57 Chev is universally admired, the Chevette not so much, yet you can find people who loved their Chevette, and others who didn't like the '57 Chev.

I am sure there were people who found fault with the OM-1 and OM-2, and many people who preferred other brands, but almost everyone respects them as good quality well designed and well-rounded instruments. The same could not be said for the E-330. While many learned to love it - me included – quite a few wouldn't give it a second thought, and for good reason; despite its overall build quality, reliability and unique design, the viewfinder really did suck, as did low light autofocus. That's just the way it was. Would I trade mine? Nope, but an all round winner, it was not.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 06:57 UTC

The OM System was quite remarkable for its time. Excellent design and engineering made the first cameras instant classics. I think many of us who bought into the 4/3rds system did so because we hoped to see similar excellence expressed there. While 4/3rds produced some good cameras, none of the units I owned could really be called instant classics in the way the OM-1 could. In every case, the recipe was missing a critical ingredient - dark viewfinder, inefficient auto-focus, or a sensor that just wasn't quite up to the competition despite an excellent jPeg engine.

If Olympus does this digital OM right - making sure all the ingredients are there - as it did with the original OM, it could save the division. If it again fails to deliver on some critical aspect required by an exceptional camera today, while playing on history, it could forever tarnish the OM name and finish the division. Big gamble!

The Recipe - Big sensor, big viewfinder, in a small reliable and capable camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:57 UTC as 27th comment
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rjx: Please NO 4/3!!!

I'm begging.

I wanted an Olympus DSLR so bad but the 4/3 killed it for me.

I know this will never happen, but just imagine if it was full frame. The Olympus colors and glass in a small FF package. OMG.

Can we at least get 1.3x??? Please.

I totally agree. Olympus makes excellent cameras but they need a marquis model the way some auto-makers need a Formula One or rally car racer - to build interest in what actually represents their bread an butter, the family car. And for those who want the lost leader, so much the better. I know I'd want one. Canon and Nikon understand this concept all too well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:20 UTC

I think the real issue here is probably the history that exists between the two photographers. If not for that, it would be hard to imagine a problem. Let's see, two photographs taken in one of the most photographed cities of the world, both of which happen to represent two of the most obvious icons of that city, what are the odds? The fact that both rely on one of the most overused processes known to contemporary photography - selective colour - with the red thing selected, also fails to resemble a smoking gun. As for the grey sky, perhaps it would be better to call on a meteorologist to provide expert testimony.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:10 UTC as 319th comment
On photo Louis St. Laurent in the Coast Guard Vessels challenge (1 comment in total)

Great location shot.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 23:43 UTC as 1st comment
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 Hands-on Preview (749 comments in total)

After watching and waiting for someone, for anyone really, to design a sensible high quality digital camera, I think Fuji finally has. I'm not sure why no one else thought to build a solid simple design with the aperture stops where they are supposed to be (on the lens), and a direct shutter speed dial on the body. They even thought to add a threaded shutter release button so traditional photographers can use a cable release!

Fuj's admonition that the new sensor produces more of a film like image is just that much better! Reports of higher dynamic range and better image detail than some larger sensor cameras is also incredibly good news! This is the first semi-pro/pro level digital camera I've seen in years that has me really excited about buying into a new system.

First impressions suggest it offers the right balance of features, controls, and functionality. As long as the IQ is as good as promised, I think I've found my next system. Sorry Olympus, I waited as long as I could...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 01:45 UTC as 149th comment | 4 replies
On article CES 2012: Lytro Photowalk (140 comments in total)

Reminds me a little of the "communicators" in that late 70's or early 80's sci-fi TV program, "Space 1999". Would be interesting to see a good collection of images produced by the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 20:06 UTC as 63rd comment

Hopefully they focus on intelligent features AND stability with future developments. PaintShop Pro was a wonderful application back in its Version 6 days. I wasn't impressed with its stability or development in the early years after Corel got it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 02:38 UTC as 15th comment
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 Hands-on Preview (749 comments in total)

Looking at the more traditional layout of this camera, my first thought was, finally a camera maker that actually gets it! Of course, the proof is in the proverbial pudding. I will be interested to see how it performs in the real world.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 08:20 UTC as 237th comment
On article Nikon D4 overview (840 comments in total)
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Cerrito Kid: Having read the intro. review [which was nicely done] and most all the following comments, I think I will continue to stay with my M6. These cameras do too much thinking for you, plus I never attended MIT.

Though I don't own an M6, I generally agree with your sentiments. This camera is probably a technological wonder, but I prefer something with basic controls and no on board AI. Also, I generally have no need for much over ISO400, so the amplification values available here would be wasted on me. Small size and weight, big sensor, and direct manual controls for me please.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 07:49 UTC

It would be interesting to see comparison shots featuring out of camera jPeg images (no post processing) from a variety of current cameras, where the photographers have chosen to shoot into the sun. This must be one of the most challenging scenarios for sensors and lenses and would certainly highlight (pun intended) any design issues with either the sensor or lens being used.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2011 at 16:35 UTC as 15th comment
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isaacimages: These look like EXTREME highlight examples. They had to darken everything else to show the bloom. What part of the frame is this? What's the magnification? Bottom line, People: IT'S A POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA with a digital sensor. Even FILM would have had a problem with the range of shadow/highlight shown.

It's good Fuji acknowleged a problem, and if a firmware update will help lessen the bloom at lower ISO's, that'll be great. But if not, shoot a wide bracket and combine the exposures. Or, reposition yourself so the highlight is not so severe. Or don't use flash if possible. The response of this camera is such that flash is not always necessary. Solve the problem with photographic SKILLS.

As for the camera not turning on. You must be sure to turn the lens ring all the way to 28. In between on/off and 28 won't work, and the little orange light on the back of the camera will warn you. Been there done that.

Looking at Jakubo's example, I wouldn't touch an X10 with a bargepole. It isn't just the orbs, such as the one reflecting off the car's mirror either; look at the highlights edging the black street lamp poles and iron fencing. They look like they've been drawn on.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2011 at 16:15 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: There are no news like the bad news.

DPR = Digicam Problems and Rants

A very quick scope over the forums:

* Canon 1D MkIII — servo AF and stripes on the picture problem
* Canon 7D — ghosting problem
* Fujifilm X10 — white discs problem
* Fujifilm X100 — sticky blades problem
* Pentax K5 — spotty sensor problem
* Pentax K7 — sensor blur problem
* Leica M8 — IR filter problem
* Leica M9 — too expensive problem
* NikonD5000 — power system problems
* Nikon D60, "also inherits the problems of the earlier D40x"
* Sigma SD9 — blooming highlights problem
* Sigma DP1 — colour blotches problem
* CCD sensor problems across dozens and dozens of cameras:
* Olympus E-P2 — "patches over E-P1 problems and jacks up the price".
* Olympus E-P3 — "basically repacked E-P2 with same m4/3 problems".

Your camera doesn't have any problems?
Well, then, there must be some problem with *you*.

I've owned an Olympus E-30 for quite sometime now, and frankly it has worked exactly as promised - no "problems" whatsoever. Having said that, there certainly does seem to be a disturbing trend these days when it comes to quality and pride in product design and execution.

It's important for consumers to voice their concerns because manufacturers, especially manufacturers of precision instruments like cameras, need to be reminded that quality is not a negotiable attribute. If you fail to provide it, we will go elsewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2011 at 15:58 UTC

Although there have been obvious governance problems, I think the Japanese may be too far thinking to allow Olympus to be "gobbled up" or to "disappear". It isn't just about bottom line when it comes to a company like Olympus, it is about a proud history of product excellence and an innovative future, at least I hope it is. Loosing Olympus would reduce choice and innovation for all photographers no matter which brand you prefer.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2011 at 18:55 UTC as 3rd comment

At least Olympus is being cleaned up. Given the right management, they may come back with renewed vigour. Does anyone remember Apple during the "death watch days" in the late 90's? They were on their knees and down for the count but a new management vision brought them from that to the head of the class. There's no reason Olympus couldn't do the same.

I hope Olympus does turn around. I hope they continue to pursue m4/3rds and initiate a second line of cameras to compete with the full-frame models offered by Canon and Nikon. I think we really need someone else in that market space to shake it up. What actually happens though, is anyone guess right now.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2011 at 23:42 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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JSK_HP: Semi-serious prediction: Olympus gets split up; photographic products operation is bought by Panasonic; medical products operation bought by, oh, who knows, maybe Medtronic? More serious question: how many other Japanese companies have been running the same con game Olympus has been running, but without the benefit of a non-brainwashed exec to blow the whistle?

Well, that would be the multi-billion dollar question.

I hope Olympus survives this if only because I like their product, and loosing such an important player will further erode an already diminished field of camera makers.

Of course, one can't help but wonder, as you say, how many others are playing the same game. Olympus may simply be the tip of a very unstable iceberg, and sawing off the tip may expose bigger trouble lying just under the surface.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2011 at 15:56 UTC

Owned and loved Jasc's PSP7. At the time, I felt it was a credible alternative to Photoshop with a much more intuitive interface. Although I purchased some of the Corel versions over the years, I was always disappointed by slow buggy performance. After trying X3, I gave up completely and switched to Serif which seems more reliable at least.

Although I am trained on a number of Adobe's products, I find their price structure so disagreeable that I am unlikely to ever purchase a standard version or suite for my own usel. I truly hope that Corel continues to fine tune PSP. Once they have a modern product as stable as PSP 7 was, but without the Protexis add-on people here have commented on, I'll gladly purchase a copy or two.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 16:57 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look (355 comments in total)

As good as this camera appears to be, there are rumours that Samsung is working on an EVIL camera with a 36mm square sensor. I'm going to wait a little and see. Imagine a larger than "full-frame" sensor in a mirrorless design?

Besides, a sensor with a square format, such as was found in the days of 6x6 film cameras, is a wonderful concept because it makes much better use of the image circle produced by any given lens. It also allows you to turn a photo on its side without loosing anything, and without having to do so first in camera - a real boon for those who often use tripods.

Frankly, I'm not sure why Sony, and Nikon chose to go with the shorter and longer form factor sensors in their cameras at all, unless they ultimately value video over still frames. Squarer sensors have always offered a more efficient use of the lens image circle. In fact, it is that height to width ratio that helps make the 4/3rds format as attractive as it is compared to APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 19:09 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look (355 comments in total)
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harold1968: this camera signals the death of the SLR

there are so many compromises with the slr, mostly flowing from the dumb mirror box. but I think its days are numbered.

I use a rangefinder but will be getting one of these to deal with my zoom needs.

Never looked back to DSLRs. Yeah the D700 and 5Dii are fine cameras, but thats all history now .......

This certainly looks like an impressive camera, and you may be right about the end of the SLR design with its bulky mirror box design, and associated mechanical complexity; however, there is sill much to be said for the fine view one gets through a good optical viewfinder. The comparison may be analogous to an interior space lit by the best artificial light compared to one lit by natural light. Done right, a room lit with natural light is incomparable.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 18:49 UTC
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