photohounds

photohounds

Lives in Australia ACT, Australia
Works as a z/OS IT, freelance
Joined on Jun 28, 2009
About me:

Was gifted a second hand Minolta rangefinder at 11yo. No manual, no Google, no money. I learned DOF, shutter speed, motion, flare, sharpness and film speeds at a time when you had to WAIT a week for your photos. Colour was too expensive!
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Since then, I've always had trouble putting a camera down especially a FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 outfit :)
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Semi-pro since the '80s. Micro four thirds: A good compromise.
Pro results without bulk and weight to leave behind.
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Years ago, I recovered from "Equivalence Phobia" that so many suffer from, and find that people react better to a smaller setup and love the results.
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Customers want results, not "format psychobabble".
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Enjoy photography - not silly format arguments!

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Mateus1: I love PEN-F design and controls with corner EVF... best looking and designed mirrorless up to day... but I will not buy it. Why? It's 2016 but no PDAF, old small EVF from OM-10II, old processor, no WS... It's Oly's top PEN camera so why Oly decided to put this old tech? Oly wasted oportunity to really shine with PEN-F and to compete with APS-C. Really pity.

Being faux offended does not address the issues raised. I'll not respond to the pointless personal remarks.

Fact is, neither of us were involved in the design of this product and know NOTHING of what was involved.

Heckling from the sidelines is of little value. I doubt that you produce any goods at all.

While I did add a bit about post sales upgrades, if you can't see how the two posts relate to each other that's your issue - cheers!

Edited to fix typos - I'd rather be doing summit else ..

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (285 comments in total)
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photohounds: ART mode dial is haters clutching at straws .. also (but to a lesser extent) the lack of IP67 sealing.

While that would be nice, it will be well enough sealed to pull it out of the coat pocket on blustery days, snap a couple of street pix and put it back with no harm done.

And yes, I *would* use mine that way ..

Be real, Henri Cartier Bresson managed, without a sealed camera, to take some of the most enduring street pictures EVER.

The compact and unfairly maligned 17mm seems like an excellent match as a discreet street shooting outfit. Or maybe one of those compact Oly/Pana zooms?

My explanation is of course speculation based on what I know from making simpler goods.

However "it's more than I want to pay" and ""they should do this/that because I SAY it is easy" are not reasons at all.

As you know, BIG does not always cost more, especially in tech, which is what cameras are ..
Otherwise. an F150 truck would cost more than a Porsche 918 :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 01:07 UTC
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (285 comments in total)
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photohounds: ART mode dial is haters clutching at straws .. also (but to a lesser extent) the lack of IP67 sealing.

While that would be nice, it will be well enough sealed to pull it out of the coat pocket on blustery days, snap a couple of street pix and put it back with no harm done.

And yes, I *would* use mine that way ..

Be real, Henri Cartier Bresson managed, without a sealed camera, to take some of the most enduring street pictures EVER.

The compact and unfairly maligned 17mm seems like an excellent match as a discreet street shooting outfit. Or maybe one of those compact Oly/Pana zooms?

NeoDP, if it isn't designed in, it could well be expensive. It is possible that some sealing ability is already there, as they pioneered this with the OM-4 .. but it does all cost way beyond the realisation of most people.

One of the things you hear from others is that "small should be cheap" as if the cost of glass and aluminium/plastic was the major cost of manufacturing.

That's why SONY charge a premium for smaller items like the old walkman?

Some "think" that design/engineering and tooling are free. Proper documentation isn't cheap either and they'd outweigh materials, unless you're using gold :)

The little pieces of rubber, are merely an incidental cost!

A friend of mine has used a saying for years when hearing such complaints.

It is apt now:
"Ever tried making one?"

Here's a pic :)
https://photohounds.smugmug.com/Panorama/i-Ch7MMWw/A

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
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Mateus1: I love PEN-F design and controls with corner EVF... best looking and designed mirrorless up to day... but I will not buy it. Why? It's 2016 but no PDAF, old small EVF from OM-10II, old processor, no WS... It's Oly's top PEN camera so why Oly decided to put this old tech? Oly wasted oportunity to really shine with PEN-F and to compete with APS-C. Really pity.

Onlooker, the way people trivialise what 'could" and "should" have been done because they "think" it should be.

Consider the conspiracy theory that features are left out to sell you a new camera later:
Not in my case.

My EM-1 can NOW do things I'd never dreamed of when I bought it - via firmware update and FREE.
That's service .. waiting until you get things right before trotting them out.

Some critics haven't a clue.
Just because one company focussed on a feature doesn't necessarily mean that said feature can be easily translated to another company..
Is that simpler?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 00:45 UTC
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Mateus1: I love PEN-F design and controls with corner EVF... best looking and designed mirrorless up to day... but I will not buy it. Why? It's 2016 but no PDAF, old small EVF from OM-10II, old processor, no WS... It's Oly's top PEN camera so why Oly decided to put this old tech? Oly wasted oportunity to really shine with PEN-F and to compete with APS-C. Really pity.

It isn't just leave a bit for next year as cynics claim, Manufacturing requires rigorous testing - TIME and COST.

The extras might have taken the cost into EM-1 territory.

I love all the "expert camera/lens makers" on here.
I build speakers for fun and profit, and it is amazing how it is that:
The LESS people know about HOW something is mand, the MORE critical they are.
They have so little trouble trivialising the skills and WORK of others (but NEVER their own)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 05:04 UTC
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Lassoni: This camera looks cool. A slight disadvantage is the lack of "AF mode selector", but I guess it's a minor thing, and if they play their cards right, they could assign it to Art Mode dial ? Or maybe that's too hard to pull-off.

That reassignment is a VERY good idea!

Easily be implemented in software. Why?

The ART filters are software driven just like AF modes are.

Are you listening, Olympus?

Do what you usually do well.
Give the dial's users a CHOICE.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 01:32 UTC
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (285 comments in total)
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photohounds: ART mode dial is haters clutching at straws .. also (but to a lesser extent) the lack of IP67 sealing.

While that would be nice, it will be well enough sealed to pull it out of the coat pocket on blustery days, snap a couple of street pix and put it back with no harm done.

And yes, I *would* use mine that way ..

Be real, Henri Cartier Bresson managed, without a sealed camera, to take some of the most enduring street pictures EVER.

The compact and unfairly maligned 17mm seems like an excellent match as a discreet street shooting outfit. Or maybe one of those compact Oly/Pana zooms?

While IP 67 would be have been nicer, in practice and judging by the attention to detail in design and the build remarks so far, body integrity of this camera WILL be very good, if not actually quite weather resistant.
Dust?
Olympus' patented sensor dust reduction invention is about the ONLY one that actually does anything.
and Moisture?
Lenses take in more dust and moisture than camera bodies do (moving parts).
Sealed lenses can be purchased for this system, any PRO lens, the Macro and the cheaper 12-50 are ALL sealed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 01:28 UTC
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JackM: Nice nod to my Leica IIIf.

Even nicer "nod" to the original Pen F.
Not as "shameless" as some.
Read "as little design as possible" about Dieter Rams, the man who's really the author of the look and feel of some well marketed iProducts.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 22:51 UTC
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JT26: Is it just me or do the samples look pretty terrible? Really unimpressed with the files and I think the compositions are utterly dreadful too!

Either lousy shooting, or they used default settings.

I have often pondered why Olympus defaults to the second or third best file quality out of the box.

After a FW load, mine have also always reverted, which if not for the: "here are some excellent new features WITHOUT buying our latest model" part of the deal, would make FW upgrades a tad annoying.

Some reviewers don't seem to be able to find the image quality settings - let alone some shooting mojo.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:54 UTC
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Halwick: Beautiful camera, especially in silver. Some quick observations: Happy to see a built-in EVF. Curious to see what the viewfinder display looks like. I like how the LCD screen can be folded back and reversed for protection purpose. Controls seem to be overwhelming but promises to be highly customizable to user preference. I notice a threaded shutter button to use old-style shutter release cable and tripod socket aligned to lens centerline axis instead of offset enabling battery change when on tripod.

For a premium-level camera priced at $1199 I was expecting the camera to be made in Japan, not Vietnam (!)

Curious to see how it compares to the Fujifilm X-E2s.

Where it is made is largely irrelevant
and utterly subserviently to WHO controls the manufacturing and QC process.

The Japanese electronics makers used the SAME RUSE with HiFi and video recorders in the late '80s. Only the top model or two was marked "made in Japan".

I pulled them down and peered inside, the bits inside the "made in Japan" models came from all over, just like the lower models - NO difference, except a few higher end bits used.
Country of origin of the higher end bits was not usually Japan.
I see marketing fiction still fools fools.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 09:01 UTC

I see that three lying tossers already say they had it!
The cam it is not even deliverable as at 28 Jan!

These mora must have strayed from their flaccid CaNikSon fora ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 08:54 UTC as 51st comment
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (285 comments in total)
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OliverGlass: Whoa! How many times did I read "Fuji" in this Olympus article? Four? and the last pic is of Steve Huff. That must be one nice shooting get together :)
Seems like a really nice cam :)

I count 3, all are references to fujifilm, though. That's in reference to the film mode.

Many preferred Fuji FIlm to Kodak in the last ten years of film's reign.

Even VP-S professional was clobbered by it eventually, IMO.

Olympus didn't make film as far as I remember :)

And yes, a very nice camera indeed, small, neat, well laid out and high quality.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 00:22 UTC
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (285 comments in total)

ART mode dial is haters clutching at straws .. also (but to a lesser extent) the lack of IP67 sealing.

While that would be nice, it will be well enough sealed to pull it out of the coat pocket on blustery days, snap a couple of street pix and put it back with no harm done.

And yes, I *would* use mine that way ..

Be real, Henri Cartier Bresson managed, without a sealed camera, to take some of the most enduring street pictures EVER.

The compact and unfairly maligned 17mm seems like an excellent match as a discreet street shooting outfit. Or maybe one of those compact Oly/Pana zooms?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 00:13 UTC as 42nd comment | 8 replies
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (167 comments in total)
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AshMills: I wonder why the door for the HDMI and USB ports is bigger than it needs to be - perhaps it was going to have a mic input..

Probably to make it less fiddly ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 00:02 UTC
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LukeDuciel: who the h* approved to waste the front dial to art mode ??? ugly and not a bit useful

That's what I used to think of ART modes, useless. Some I now like.

Some are also useless to me and thankfully they can be deselected to mock me no more.
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When I have all the pics I need for a particular shoot, I sometimes flick on one of the modes I DO like -

it can give the "extra" pics a completely different feel with NO hours wasted at the PC editing. The customers always like the extras as I don't overdo it.
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MORE time shooting, LESS time processing, and a different look).
- that's good in my book:)

Think "alternative take" and enjoy making pictures for a change.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 23:50 UTC
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peterwr: Well I won't be getting one for three reasons:

1. It's far too big;

2. It doesn't do *everything* a Nikon D4 does; and

3. It costs more than £100.

Epic fail, Olympus.

* Just thought I'd pre-empt the haters... ;-)

Quite right the pixel peeping "fault correction stormtroopers" will be out in force with that vitriolic and toxic "equivalence brew" in their hipflasks - instead of good bourbon ..

They'll load up on rubber bullets and fire them at random.

They'll pout furiously and flaccidly at the suggestion that sensible people (especially travellers) don't WANT to devote an entire suitcase to "their" cameras" instead of a quality, capable compact shooter.

They'll find fault with a "missing" and often pointless feature from each of 12 cameras that the PEN could have had and which actual photographers could care less about.

It seems just what I've been looking for, after the EM-1 ii.

GUESS how much time I spend in the dinosaur museum (AKA the CaNikSon SLR forums)?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 11:12 UTC
On Connect post Apple iPhone 6s Plus camera review (161 comments in total)
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magneto shot: so reading the comments below, seeing same ppl repeating hate comments. the conclusion is, apple is still king.
I guess they didnt need to upgrade the camera, ios camera is the king of mobile photography, its intuitiveness, ease of use and the amazing-get-it-right is something android been trying very hard with no success so far.

When the Galaxy note 4 came out LAST year, apple certainly was NOT king, it was the also ran.
Even now (with a 16 month OLD Note 4 as a comparison) it is too close reliably call.

A review of the note FIVE which was released BEFORE the iphone 6s+ would make a more interesting (and relevant) battle.

Also note the left/right alignment issues I saw between iphone and the Note 4 images above.
Look at the left AND right edges.
They BOTH seemed out of alignment during shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 03:25 UTC
On Connect post Apple iPhone 6s Plus camera review (161 comments in total)

You must have some alignment problems. Galaxy note 4 is sharper on the right, iphone is sharper on the left. So the "better phone" depends on where you look.

Iphone is way too yellow and without measuring, a couple of units too red.

Iphone isn't "warm" on this calibrated monitor, it is merely jaundiced ant the people shots confirm that impression.

The grey is not grey at all, it's terrible.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 03:12 UTC as 21st comment
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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photohounds: Interesting,
Olympus was also working on 2 variations of this idea at the same time.

Theirs are called Focus Bracketing and Automatic Focus Stacking (it happens in-camera and the original shots are also kept as separate files).

They went public a couple of months ago.
MFT - more useful every day!

Been shooting with Sony A7 toter.
I always got my shots as he was fiddling with the stupidly tiny body and its primitive ergonomics.
Yes he DID notice that he was slow.

In the 80s The Nikon FM and Olympus OM-1 WAY outsold the smaller Pentax MX.
MX was too fiddly and it didn't even require stupid menus it had buttons.

Same today. Sony users fiddle (watch them) Panny and particularly OMD users are always set up faster and shooting.

Missing shots isn't a "better shot" at all.

By the way, to the fellow claiming Panny had updates first: The firmware updateable Olympus E-1 came out in 2003 before panasonic even HAD a DSLR.
ALL Olympus DSLR/Mirrorless cameras since have been upgradeable with new features (and fixes) thus.
Olympus may not even have been first to offer more than mere fixes via firmware but I am not sure of that.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)

Interesting,
Olympus was also working on 2 variations of this idea at the same time.

Theirs are called Focus Bracketing and Automatic Focus Stacking (it happens in-camera and the original shots are also kept as separate files).

They went public a couple of months ago.
MFT - more useful every day!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 09:59 UTC as 18th comment | 17 replies
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