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. 6x7 and 35mm then, Micro four thirds now: A good compromise.
Pro results without bulk and weight to lug around.
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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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On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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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.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:54 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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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.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 09:01 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)

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 ...

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 08:54 UTC as 159th 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.

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?

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 (168 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 ...

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 00:02 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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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.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 23:50 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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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)?

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.

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.

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.

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!

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 09:59 UTC as 18th comment | 17 replies
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GRUBERND: and now a photo-centric version of this and i am a customer.

the i/o-port control, raw-dng all sound promising already. wired image download is also a must, i didnt see any mentioning of this.

but the rolling shutter is a real pain when trying to deal with still images, makes it only usable for very static scenes.

LD, Olympus opened up MFT a year ahead of Z camera. Look what they started!
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https://opc.olympus-imaging.com/en/
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Olympus is clearly no longer thinking like an old maker either.
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The above project got the ball rolling and "traditional" camera "experts" laughed - at first. https://photohounds.smugmug.com
The more MFT, the better a standard it becomes, I say.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 09:41 UTC
On photo Typhoon full afterburner in the September flying challenge (10 comments in total)

Great shot, superb tech.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 07:13 UTC as 6th comment
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The Straw Man: Well looks like 711 people figured out that a stupid law like that could put a dent in big money businesses like tourism. It would really put a damper on vacationers not being able to actually post photos of where they're traveling.

Imagine trying to nab everyone who posted - what a colossal waste of money ... wait WASTE is what many current governments EXCEL AT!

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 15:11 UTC
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GaryJP: It would also have all but guaranteed no movies or TV programmes being shot in your city.

Excellent point sir!
Banning would drain the coffers - probably the ONLY reason for the "sense", in fact.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 13:55 UTC

This is far more useful than spray painting them black, putting on a HD badge and calling them 'new' lenses like Panasonic just did. Olympus retaliated with the titanium em-5 .. sigh.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 23:47 UTC as 1st comment
On article Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses (295 comments in total)
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UffeStar: Has anyone yet figured out how to put a filter on this one? I want one asap, but hesitating because of that. I just got the 12-40 Pro and absolutely love it.

Make a holder yourself? Put your work on You tube :) please ..
Many UWA lenses have this limitation.
It's fast, sharp, water resist and relatively light but no filters. 4 out of 5 ain't bad

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:12 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses (295 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Once you have figured out just how tiny the image details are with these lenses on their titchy sensor, you may begin to accept that financially these days to invest in this way on an m4:3 sensor is to throw your money away.

Even on full-frame pro gear detail resolution at 16.7MP (Canon 1Ds MkII)though good is not sufficient to allow you to work at normal distances and see fine detail within the image-texture in cloth, skin etc. Its why I got a D800.

Bought s/h the cost is the same using Nikon D800s and the quality is just so much better.

Size matters

Not only teles are small. The new 7-14 and 8mm are also small for what they deliver.

Go and take more photos, it will cheer you up!
. . . here's one . . .
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Places/Night-Moves/i-vmZb3qR/A

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:09 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses (295 comments in total)
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alessandrocar88: Hi everybody,

I was able to try out the new Olympus 7-14 f/2.8 and the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 :)
I've written my thoughts with some samples here http://www.alessandrocarpentiero.com/olympus-7-14mm-2-8-test-preview/

Hope you like it!

Excellent job, mate!

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:07 UTC
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