evshrug2

evshrug2

Lives in United States Pittsburgh/ / North East/United States, PA, United States
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Joined on Mar 2, 2007

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evshrug2: The breadth of µ4/3rd's system, born from having two companies developing first-party products (and a few accessories manufacturers making µ4/3rd's mount stuff), is one of the greatest strengths over the other mirrorless systems. I can't tell what this will result in... it might've been cheaper for Panasonic to just buy Oly's photography assets, and probably the investment would not have been enough money to buy out the medical imaging department.

Why would panasonic expand into that industry anyway? Their market is consumer electronics. They might as well go into the ATM Banking market as much as they would go into medical imaging.

Most likely they invested because of their common link, they want to keep Oly alive because "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." Could this be some sort of sentimental move to keep µ4/3rds interesting?

I suppose you have a point, I guess mine is just that it's not within Panasonic's core competencies, and that sometimes quality suffers when a company loses focus. It's possible that Panasonic could just have a med-imaging company-within-a-company and do alright.

As far as your TV division comment, I get the feeling from the super discounting that goes on that it's not an entirely profitable industry in general... tho a necessary one. I would be particularly sad to see Panasonic leave that market, I love my Plasma I bought last year, I really feel I got near-peak visual quality at a price I could afford.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2012 at 22:22 UTC
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evshrug2: The breadth of µ4/3rd's system, born from having two companies developing first-party products (and a few accessories manufacturers making µ4/3rd's mount stuff), is one of the greatest strengths over the other mirrorless systems. I can't tell what this will result in... it might've been cheaper for Panasonic to just buy Oly's photography assets, and probably the investment would not have been enough money to buy out the medical imaging department.

Why would panasonic expand into that industry anyway? Their market is consumer electronics. They might as well go into the ATM Banking market as much as they would go into medical imaging.

Most likely they invested because of their common link, they want to keep Oly alive because "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." Could this be some sort of sentimental move to keep µ4/3rds interesting?

Or would that have been enough to buy out the medical division too? I don't know, I was just comparing the investment size to the amount of Oly's covered-up losses, and the business sense of buying into a new market when Panasonic is trying to make one of their existing markets continue to work.

Egads, if Oly just boarded up, wouldn't the reprecussions on equipment supply in the medical imaging sector and sudden $1.7bn economic hole in the japanese economy – that nobody would take responsibility for repaying from profits – be really damaging in the near future?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 23:09 UTC
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LJohnK2: Olympus is a great example of technical ingenuity being engineering into irrelevancy by incompetent upper management and corruption up to the Board....I'm surprised Panasonic wants to touch them.

I suppose if it was me (and I'm a nobody) and I had a significant stake in the development of µ4/3rds, I would invest money into reigning in that incompetent upper management to save that technical ingenuity.

Panasonic's choice not to just "go it alone" though is interesting. Maybe the publicity of a µ4/3rds manufacturer going under would kill the entire "consortium." I bet Panasonic is really upset with Oly and just trying to make profit on their existing high-end camera investment.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 22:56 UTC

The breadth of µ4/3rd's system, born from having two companies developing first-party products (and a few accessories manufacturers making µ4/3rd's mount stuff), is one of the greatest strengths over the other mirrorless systems. I can't tell what this will result in... it might've been cheaper for Panasonic to just buy Oly's photography assets, and probably the investment would not have been enough money to buy out the medical imaging department.

Why would panasonic expand into that industry anyway? Their market is consumer electronics. They might as well go into the ATM Banking market as much as they would go into medical imaging.

Most likely they invested because of their common link, they want to keep Oly alive because "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." Could this be some sort of sentimental move to keep µ4/3rds interesting?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 22:45 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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Cy Cheze: Panasonic is not a "rival camera maker" from Olympus' vantage? Will it maintain manufacture of the Olympus cameras just for the sake of "fair play," so that Lumix market share or margins not grow too much? Is Panasonic faced with a surfeit of profits these days?

The profitable medical imaging business is not of strategic interest?

More likely, Panasonic is interested in the medical imaging sector as a growth opportunity, and will "manage" the Olympus camera business to reduce competition by holding back production or elimination of redundancies and overlap. Some consumer P&S will models simply phase out. The GH3 body will be more expensive than the OMD EM5, but all m4/3 lenses and accessories will remain premium priced and relatively scarce.

I think the "rival camera maker" was from Panasonic's perspective, i.e. if one of Panasonic's camera maker rivals (who are not part of µ4/3) bought into Oly and killed off half of the µ4/3rd's development.
The breadth of µ4/3rd's system, born from having two companies developing first-party products (and a few accessories manufacturers making µ4/3rd's mount stuff), is one of the greatest strengths over the other mirrorless systems. I can't tell what this will result in... it might've been cheaper for Panasonic to just buy Oly's photography assets, and probably the investment wouldn't have been enough money to buy out the medical imaging department.
Why would panasonic expand into that industry anyway? Their market is consumer electronics. They might as well go into the ATM Banking market as much as they would go into medical imaging.
Most likely they invested because of their common link, they want to keep Oly alive because "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 22:38 UTC

So, that weatherproofing... Without knowing how robust this lens is weather sealed, does the forum think Panasonic is trying to sell an accessory for the Olympus OM-D (profit margins are higher on lenses than bodies), or is there a weather sealed Lumix in the works?

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 21:36 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (262 comments in total)
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spacemanspiff72: First post for me and I have to ask the silliest of questions. I just got the camera and cannot select multiple images in order to delete a batch of photos. It says in the manual that you can do this, but how?

I must be one of the very few "less intelligent" owners...

Hey, glad you found the answer! Posting on the forum may have been more appropriate, but you would've gotten help. As far as manuals, sometimes when writers start from scratch they forget some basic things that seem old pat. Still... better descriptions and writing is a golden thing for companies to improve on.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 08:21 UTC
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (262 comments in total)
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audijam: where is Canon F1D or AE1D? seriously!

Sure gets the snooze from me... I'm almost excited for the over-segmented P&S cameras to die off.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 08:17 UTC
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (262 comments in total)
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filmlaw: I am really torn and solicit everyone's opinion. I can't decide between a Sony NEX 7 and E-M5. Kit lens with both to start. I want a camera that delivers great images after enlargement and post-processing and is easy to travel with thus the reason the DSLR must stay home. I have now ordered both but will only purchase one. I like the idea of the size of the APS-C sensor over the 4/3. I have downloaded and thoroughly read both manuals and every review and I am still looking for the definitive reason to select one over the other. Conversely, the E-M5 image stabilization in the body seems superior to optical stabilization. Thank you for any help.

µ4/3 can mount any lens with the right adapter. So that includes all the Leicas, as well as many other legacy lenses such as pancake primes from Pentax and Konica, and even tiny CCTV lenses. Adapters for µ4/3 are all over eBay, and guides are here in the micro 4/3 forum and across the web. I have an f1.8 40mm Konica Hexanon I've been using for great paid portraits over the years on my 4/3rds E-620, and just adapted it to fit on my new Pen E-PL1.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 08:13 UTC
On Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review article (175 comments in total)
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lupin_le_vorace: Cool! I am glad to see that you are still doing reviews! ;))

@Barney
Hey, it's appreciation regardless.
I check 6 days a week or more, and I'd say that I'm still glad you're still doing reviews like nobody else. I mean, there are opinion (like Steve Huff) and feature reviews (looking at you CNET!), but then there is DPR's work that break it down in great detail AND analyzes the benefits. It's my most trusted resource.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:52 UTC
On Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 article (215 comments in total)
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wroclaw: what we see is, it is going to be difficult to get an up to date image image quality with this small sensor. being a seasoned olympus fanboy, i am disappointed with the IQ. the images lack sharpness/resolving power. maybe it was poor photographer skills, camera shake, etc.

but then again, what is the point in showing such technically bad images to the public which is obsessed with IQ, like dpreview.

overall, i am afraid this cam aims for young ladies with small handbags as a buyer.

@ wroclaw,
Your opinion may start a flame war, but I doubt it will change the minds of others because of the subjective bashing of the photographer and reviewer and the lack of non-subjective comparisons and reasoning about image quality. All that said, though, I hope you find some things in your hobbies and interests that satisfy you.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 16:00 UTC
On Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 article (215 comments in total)
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klopus: Along with ASP-C Pentax K10D I own still great despite its relative age Pana GF1 with a set of fine glass including truly amazing 20 f1.7. This new Oly E-M5 seems like probably current best in m43 world, almost ideal. But I'm not excited.

My beef is with m43 format itself, namely limited (compared to ASP-C not speaking of FF) DOF control. For my style in many situations I find myself longing for more shallow depth especially with m43 zooms that aren't fast. In terms of DOF f4.5 on m43 is more like f6.3 on ASP-C. Also I can't exactly pin it but GF1 output, even RAW, has this slight P&S-ish look to it. And I attribute it not so much to Pana sensor/processing but to smaller sensor since this look is present on many image sampels I saw from other m43 cameras.

So for myself, no matter how much I admire small size/weight of bodies and lens, I see an end of the road with m43. I'll either will continue solely with ASP-C upgrading to K-5 or maybe will complement it with Fuji X-Pro1.

As per the "point and shoot look," I only have images that feel that way when using extreme ISO settings (meaning limited dynamic range/tonal gradations) or extreme in-camera sharpening. This is true of any camera really... but the µ4/3 and 4/3 sensors have more headroom than a cheap P&S before getting "digital" and flakey, and in normal conditions is capable of high-subtlety results.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 15:33 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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Robbster: Silver on order with the sealed 12-50 zoom!

Goal: Replace my current GF1/GH1 (+ past Nikon D80)

+ Smaller than all
+ EVF included
+ 16MP sensor, expecting image quality of Pany GX1 (we'll see), which, if you look closely at results on this sight, rivals comparible APS-c units (e.g., Nex7) in high ISO/Low Light up to 1600+
+ Fully modern feature set and performance
+ Leverage my m43 14mm and 20mm fast primes
+ Sealed for outdoor use/hiking
+ Very advanced 5 axis IS on sensor, means ALL lenses benefit (so investment in lens is in IQ, not IS).

Considered the Sony Nex7, Pentax K01 and Panasonic GX1 + Pentax K-5 & Nikon 5100. Had a lot of heart for the IQ of the GX1, but stabilization on lenses only is major draw back. Sony IQ was not better than GX1 + lens limitations. Loved the thought of the Pentax K01 with almost all the same features AND all those K mount lenses, but no EVF is killer for long zooms. Finally, couldn't go back to mirrors size :-)

SO, Bring on digital "OM-D"!

Putting Panasonic images side-by-side with Olympus images from the same sensor and generation, I have always given Olympus processing the nod for quality. Mostly because the combination of color hues (overall blue tint but blues seem faintly green) from Panasonic images fall into the uncanny valley for me. FOR ME, my opinion may differ from yours.

Edit: not sure I understand how an OVF is inferior to EVF for long zooms in particular, but having a good tripod and a live LCD image sure is a help!

Hope the OM-D is fantastic for you, I hope to save up enough for an upgrade soon!

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 23:15 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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Iso1975: The only flaw I see so far is only having 4:3 aspect ratio instead of also having 3:2, which is the common ratio for photo printing. This will make many people crop their pictures everytime they want to print them. For me this is a major disapointment. Nevertheless this is a beautiful camera (in silver) and every time I see it I desire it more and more!!

Common ratio for printing? Is a 5"x7" print in 3:2 ratio? 8"x10"? I don't think people get shoeboxes of 4"x6" prints these days, and even if they do most printing places also make a 4.5"x6" option now because most point and shoot cameras have the 4:3 ratio.
You actually crop less of the image with 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, and most print sizes with 4:3 ratio images than 2:3 ratio, which was wide and designed for cinema.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 23:00 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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Buchan-Grant: I think, with the appropriate adaptor, it will take all old OM lenses:)

Definitely, Olympus actually sells such an adapter. Or is it an adapter from OM to 4/3, then to µ4/3? Well anyway, there are third party adapters, and supported first party adapters.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 22:54 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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pacogwapo: It is just a Micro Four Thirds PEN with a built-in electronic viewfinder. Yet another Micro Four-Thirds camera with EVF!

Pacogwapo,
I would've said the same about every Olympus µ4/3 camera... until this one! Finally not using an iteration of the same sensor from the Panasonic G1 (or Oly E-30, forget which came first), professional-grade durability in a µ4/3rds camera, advanced IBIS, and... gosh, if you can't see at least 5 things that make this camera unique, then you really are just trolling!

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 22:51 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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citizenlouie: After seeing the review of Panny GX1 (had to put the brand in, because GX1 and G1X are so confusing), I feel OM-D probably would fair better, like another guy said, it's the IBIS and optical IS thing (and there is no built-in EVF...).

And went to Fuji's official site to check out the photo samples of its X-Pro.... Have to say highly disappointed. Such a beautiful camera, but the lenses, however useful the focal lengths of the initial launch lenses are, they're plagued by chromatic aberrations... (the longer one is better corrected). 35mm f/1.4 was so soft wide open, I thought it was out of focus (and bokeh had terrible green aberration around the flower macro shot I saw). Sharpness is okay, but nothing special, even at f/5.6 or f/8....

OM-D is a lot of bang for the money in comparison to the current generation of the same class bodies.... Should do well just from this end.

I love the Zuiko glass I already have, so... well in short, it feels like this is the first New camera from olympus since the EP-1. (I was thinking the EPL-1 was different enough, but really it's a cheaper, chunkier EP-1). I also look forward to a noticeable image-quality increase over my E-620, though I doubt it'd open any new avenues of photography to me (which I don't need it to ;)

I'm actually surprised about what you say about the new Fuji. They have a lot of lens expertise to call on at that company, too.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 22:44 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

I bet Olympus would be elated to hear that this product reminds me that Oly makes fine cameras that fulfill my needs/likes/loves more than any other brand when I compare them.
My closest choices to replacing my E-620 before this had been a panasonic G model – but I don't like the color balance and I've grown to love IBIS (had a Nikon D60 before) – or the Nikon D5100 DSLR – which has the features I like from my E-620 but didn't compel me to upgrade.
This is, for me, what I would choose to upgrade to a pro model to get, BUT improves on the size of the E-620 to boot!
I'm sad in a way, I think Bootstrap Bill would've loved this camera.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 22:37 UTC as 136th comment
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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stonycreeker: Can someone clarify whether this Olympus will accept Panasonic lens (GH2 zooms)? I thought someone inferred that was the case - and certainly hope that it is the case.

Olympus and Panasonic use the same mount, and the short answer is a definite yes, the two brands bodies and lenses are interchangeable with full functionality.
However, there is the small difference that Panasonic lenses do not pass along lens distortion corrections on to Oly bodies. Really, the differences are small and you probably wouldn't think anything was wrong if nobody told you, and you can create a lens profile in Photoshop or something to apply the correction after the fact. There may be lens profiles on the internet already made for just that purpose.
Look at four-thirds. org to see all the possible configurations.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 22:28 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
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choochoo22: OK Canon, now it’s your turn. What I expect Canon to bring to the table, as always, is excellent build quality and refinement of other people’s ideas. Fortunately other people have taken the risk, introduced many new ideas, and created a new market for compact system cameras. Here is my wish list for Canon (or Fuji, if they’re up to it):

The form factor, hump-less viewfinder, hot-shoe, and sensor of the NEX-7, it would be OK to drop a few megapix to achieve better noise or the ultrafast hybrid focusing and burst rate of the V1. It should have a smoothly integrated user interface and excellent jpeg engine. It should have Sony’s sophisticated processing modes (HDR, Sweep pan, DRO, etc.), 1080p/60 video with still capture. Olympus’ in-body image stabilization and good looks would be nice. At least one pocket able zoom lens and a range of appropriate quality lenses at affordable prices and, of course, adapters for Canon and other’s existing SLR lenses.

Did I miss anything?

All those features sound quite nice, however Canon's track record is against IBIS. My main gripe against Canon is that the ergonomics and plastics quality of all their Rebel DSLRs so far have been enough to have me choose other brands.

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