R Johns

R Johns

Lives in United States MI, United States
Works as a RF Engineer (Wireless Communications)
Joined on Mar 18, 2006
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Serve the Lord... Enjoy life... Take many pictures... :)

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On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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R Johns: Nice...

Olympus in finally making some really excellent M4/3 cameras and glass. I'm almost in, but will wait to see if they will ever get around to adding a "Fully" articulating LCD on their cameras. It's almost as if they think having a limited articulating LCD is somehow a niche'. LOL...Weird...Hopefully, they'll get with the program.

I am really loving what I'm seeing, otherwise... :0)

I think it's great we are living in a time where all of the camera manufactures are stepping up and producing some really fine products to choose from. Especially when the weakest links are basically subjective ones.

When I use my cameras on a tripod, the fully articulating LCD really shines, for me. When I'm handholding a camera, I prefer to have the LCD closed, which is actually another good reason I prefer a fully articulating LCD.

Still, the newer Olympus cameras are impressive... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2013 at 01:33 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)

Nice...

Olympus in finally making some really excellent M4/3 cameras and glass. I'm almost in, but will wait to see if they will ever get around to adding a "Fully" articulating LCD on their cameras. It's almost as if they think having a limited articulating LCD is somehow a niche'. LOL...Weird...Hopefully, they'll get with the program.

I am really loving what I'm seeing, otherwise... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples article (458 comments in total)
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R Johns: I wish it weren't true, but the EM-5 sample confirms what I read elsewhere, and that is the camera is misrepresenting the ISO. The ISO 3200 image is roughly 2/3 EV slower than the other cameras. This means you would have to set the EM-5 to ISO 5000 to get the same exposure as the other cameras set to ISO 3200. So, there shouldn't be much to impress, when using the camera in real-world scenarios.

Hate to be the one to rain on the parade. Like I said, I wish it wasn't true... :0(

Canon does the same thing with their DSLRs, when compared to Nikon...

Thanks for sharing...

This isn't the first time we've been around this block. I expect the final results to bear out the same concerns we are addressing today. G3 ISO 3200 image 1/1250sec/ E-M5 image 1/800. Roughly 2/3 EV difference for the same exposure. I still expect real world usuage will prove out this camera has no advantage over the G3. However, I have never been critical of the G3's high ISO performance. I think it is great, and I expect the E-M5 will perform at least as good in real-world scenarios.

I am still very much impressed with this offering from Olympus, but a high ISO king it will not be. Perhaps on paper, but not in reality...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 03:52 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples article (458 comments in total)

I wish it weren't true, but the EM-5 sample confirms what I read elsewhere, and that is the camera is misrepresenting the ISO. The ISO 3200 image is roughly 2/3 EV slower than the other cameras. This means you would have to set the EM-5 to ISO 5000 to get the same exposure as the other cameras set to ISO 3200. So, there shouldn't be much to impress, when using the camera in real-world scenarios.

Hate to be the one to rain on the parade. Like I said, I wish it wasn't true... :0(

Canon does the same thing with their DSLRs, when compared to Nikon...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 03:22 UTC as 73rd comment | 6 replies
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

Richard... What do you suppose Olympus means, with regards to DN, when they say there is an increase of 1/3? Do they mean to say an increase of 0.3EV or that total DR will increase to roughly 13.5-14EV?

One is very much worth getting excited about, where as the other could not be perceived by none but the most trained eye... :0-

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 22:20 UTC as 240th comment
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R Johns: Pt. 2) I'll list out a few missed opportunities I feel Canon has either intentionally or unintentionally left off of this otherwise great camera.

*No Remote Capture ability with EOS Utility (Rebel has this feature)
*No ability to control Wireless Flash Groups (Rebel has this feature)
*HDR Mode does not record to a RAW file
*AE Bracketing limited to only 3 Frames (Pan "G" and Oly E-"P" go up to 7)
*No Video 3-10x crop mode in 1080P HD (Rebel has this feature)
*No 1080p @ 30fpx, or 720p/480p @ 60fps (Rebel has this feature)
*No Stereo Audio Input for External Microphone (Rebel has this feature)
*No TTL Viewfinder
*No 100% (or close to 100%) Frame Coverage in Viewfinder
*No Viewfinder Info??? Seriously???
*No ability to use a Lens Filter and a Lens Hood together

Yes I have, and the non-TTL optical viewfinder is one of the primary reasons the G-series cameras have never appealed to me. I happen to like a camera that frames my subject accurately and shares information with me, while I am using the viewfinder. Call me wierd... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 17:28 UTC
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R Johns: Pt. 3) I know I could go on, but I think I have made my point rather clear. That point, again being, the only premium upgrade this camera has is in the sensor. It is a remarkable improvement, but not enough to demand an increase in price over the G12, simply because it does not improve much on the G12's other features, and the G1 X falls far short, from even the Rebel’s feature set.

So, if Canon is going to market this camera as "The PowerShot G1 X digital camera will inspire advanced amateurs who have embraced the G-Series to explore new realms of photographic expression, and give pros an excellent camera that complements their creative demands." I would advise them they better get on the ball with the G1 X MKII, because the competition is growing and is very impressive.

Why does Canon skimp on features? Regarding the G1 X, I think Canon should have spared no detail. Don’t you?

I can and do appreciate your points Howard...

I am an advanced amateur photographer, who has worked some in photojournalism and event photography, so my comments come from this perspective. I want to be clear, I think the samples show this is a really good sensor.

I would just go back to the Panasonic G3 for example, and mention that the G3 and a good prime lens will most definitly out-perform the G1 X in a low-light environment. Imaging-Resource has even declared the G3 to have better 20x30" prints than the 60D!

I know I've turned this into a G1 X bash session (sorry!), when my original intent was to highlight how impressed I was with Canon's progress with their sensor/processor technology, so I will end with my final comment.

Speaking as an advanced amateur photographer, who is in the market for a more capable P&S style camera, I am finding the G1 X to be a one-trick-pony...maybe two, because I do appreciate swivel LCDs. I cannot justify spending $800.00 on this camera...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 02:27 UTC
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zeev a: I was looking forward to see an f2.0 lens and 6x zoom in this class of camera .if canon can make it on s100 why not here ?

Correct... And so what we have here (pardon my over-exageration) is a 6-liter crate motor dropped into a Yugo! :D

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:36 UTC
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R Johns: Pt. 2) I'll list out a few missed opportunities I feel Canon has either intentionally or unintentionally left off of this otherwise great camera.

*No Remote Capture ability with EOS Utility (Rebel has this feature)
*No ability to control Wireless Flash Groups (Rebel has this feature)
*HDR Mode does not record to a RAW file
*AE Bracketing limited to only 3 Frames (Pan "G" and Oly E-"P" go up to 7)
*No Video 3-10x crop mode in 1080P HD (Rebel has this feature)
*No 1080p @ 30fpx, or 720p/480p @ 60fps (Rebel has this feature)
*No Stereo Audio Input for External Microphone (Rebel has this feature)
*No TTL Viewfinder
*No 100% (or close to 100%) Frame Coverage in Viewfinder
*No Viewfinder Info??? Seriously???
*No ability to use a Lens Filter and a Lens Hood together

@ jmellas...You are getting close to my point. So, if we are to believe Canon that they do not intend to do away with the G12 series type of camera, then we should at least expect it to be rolled into the proverbial closet, so future generations on the G12 platform won't compete with the G1 X!!!

See my frustration? Now, we can expect to pay, at least, $800.00 for a somewhat serious P&S, if we chose to give Canon our business. BUT...even that camera will not be as good as it should be... :0(

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:28 UTC
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R Johns: Pt. 3) I know I could go on, but I think I have made my point rather clear. That point, again being, the only premium upgrade this camera has is in the sensor. It is a remarkable improvement, but not enough to demand an increase in price over the G12, simply because it does not improve much on the G12's other features, and the G1 X falls far short, from even the Rebel’s feature set.

So, if Canon is going to market this camera as "The PowerShot G1 X digital camera will inspire advanced amateurs who have embraced the G-Series to explore new realms of photographic expression, and give pros an excellent camera that complements their creative demands." I would advise them they better get on the ball with the G1 X MKII, because the competition is growing and is very impressive.

Why does Canon skimp on features? Regarding the G1 X, I think Canon should have spared no detail. Don’t you?

@ howardroark... I too shoot Canon DSLRs, and I agree with you to that point. I also own an Olympus XZ-1 for times when I don't want the added bulk. Had Canon used a smaller sensor that would be a compromise between the 1/1.7 size in the G12 and where their new sensor lies, and then focused as much attention on a faster lens with perhaps more range on the wide end, we would be having a different discussion.

One has to acknowledge the apparent low-light virtue of this new sensor is somewhat mitigated by the slow lens, which is almost 2.5 stops slower than the XZ-1 on the long end. I'm just saying that a prudent increase in sensor size, coupled with a faster lens that has more range would still fit in the same package, but have a broader appeal.

I would end with this...for Canon to say that the G1 X will inspire advanced amatuers to explore new realms of photographic expression, without the features to actually allow them to do so, is what I would call bold marketing spin... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:02 UTC
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R Johns: Pt. 3) I know I could go on, but I think I have made my point rather clear. That point, again being, the only premium upgrade this camera has is in the sensor. It is a remarkable improvement, but not enough to demand an increase in price over the G12, simply because it does not improve much on the G12's other features, and the G1 X falls far short, from even the Rebel’s feature set.

So, if Canon is going to market this camera as "The PowerShot G1 X digital camera will inspire advanced amateurs who have embraced the G-Series to explore new realms of photographic expression, and give pros an excellent camera that complements their creative demands." I would advise them they better get on the ball with the G1 X MKII, because the competition is growing and is very impressive.

Why does Canon skimp on features? Regarding the G1 X, I think Canon should have spared no detail. Don’t you?

@ tfeltz... I could get past the look of the camera, but they did have a grand opportunity to do just what you suggested. The irony is, Canon states the G1 X is not a replacement for the G12, yet it looks just like a G12 with a larger sensor shoehorned inside...

@ Howardroark... In today's economy, $800.00 is a lot of money to shell out for a camera that is pretty limited on specs that most other cameras in this price range are festooned with. Take the Panasonic G3 for example; it, combined with the new collapsable lens, cost about the same, yet the G3 has features galore over the G1 X. And if one gets bored with the lens, they can remove it and replace it with something longer, faster, more closer focusing. The Olympus E-P3 is another fine example.

I just believe that since Canon decided to go the route of an all-in-one design, to compete with the other designs on the market, they should have pulled out all of the stops, and they choose not to...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 23:38 UTC
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R Johns: Pt. 2) I'll list out a few missed opportunities I feel Canon has either intentionally or unintentionally left off of this otherwise great camera.

*No Remote Capture ability with EOS Utility (Rebel has this feature)
*No ability to control Wireless Flash Groups (Rebel has this feature)
*HDR Mode does not record to a RAW file
*AE Bracketing limited to only 3 Frames (Pan "G" and Oly E-"P" go up to 7)
*No Video 3-10x crop mode in 1080P HD (Rebel has this feature)
*No 1080p @ 30fpx, or 720p/480p @ 60fps (Rebel has this feature)
*No Stereo Audio Input for External Microphone (Rebel has this feature)
*No TTL Viewfinder
*No 100% (or close to 100%) Frame Coverage in Viewfinder
*No Viewfinder Info??? Seriously???
*No ability to use a Lens Filter and a Lens Hood together

LOL!!! That is very creative, and funny Rick... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 23:16 UTC

Pt. 1) What excites me most, about these samples, is how Canon is obviously advancing their sensor/processor technology. Based on these samples, I expect to see a remarkable improvement in the next generation of Canon's APS-C cameras. Let's just hope they don't get carried away, and spoil all of the advances by increasing the MP count too much. I would rather they work double hard on improving DR and S/N.

I am least impressed with the G1 X's body and feature set. To me, it is uninspiring and a missed opportunity to truly take on the other interchangeable systems that have cropped up (Fuji X, M4/3, Nex). What I mean is, for Canon to be asking such a premium price, for this compact camera, they aren't backing it up with much in terms of premium features.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 20:29 UTC as 53rd comment

Pt. 2) I'll list out a few missed opportunities I feel Canon has either intentionally or unintentionally left off of this otherwise great camera.

*No Remote Capture ability with EOS Utility (Rebel has this feature)
*No ability to control Wireless Flash Groups (Rebel has this feature)
*HDR Mode does not record to a RAW file
*AE Bracketing limited to only 3 Frames (Pan "G" and Oly E-"P" go up to 7)
*No Video 3-10x crop mode in 1080P HD (Rebel has this feature)
*No 1080p @ 30fpx, or 720p/480p @ 60fps (Rebel has this feature)
*No Stereo Audio Input for External Microphone (Rebel has this feature)
*No TTL Viewfinder
*No 100% (or close to 100%) Frame Coverage in Viewfinder
*No Viewfinder Info??? Seriously???
*No ability to use a Lens Filter and a Lens Hood together

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 20:29 UTC as 54th comment | 8 replies

Pt. 3) I know I could go on, but I think I have made my point rather clear. That point, again being, the only premium upgrade this camera has is in the sensor. It is a remarkable improvement, but not enough to demand an increase in price over the G12, simply because it does not improve much on the G12's other features, and the G1 X falls far short, from even the Rebel’s feature set.

So, if Canon is going to market this camera as "The PowerShot G1 X digital camera will inspire advanced amateurs who have embraced the G-Series to explore new realms of photographic expression, and give pros an excellent camera that complements their creative demands." I would advise them they better get on the ball with the G1 X MKII, because the competition is growing and is very impressive.

Why does Canon skimp on features? Regarding the G1 X, I think Canon should have spared no detail. Don’t you?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 20:28 UTC as 55th comment | 8 replies
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Peter Dhaeze: look at http://www.eoszine.nl/295893/Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-Preview.html for ISO 1600 and 3200 JPEG straight from camera. DPP not available yet. Also comparison with EOS 60D.

The lens used on the 60D is the 18-200mm EF-S. This is a horrible lens. Chuck Westfall said the G1X lens is equivalent to the 18-135mm EF-S lens, which is much better.

Not only that, but the reviewer used f5.6 on the 60D, while using f8 on the G1X. Not what I would call a controlled experiment, but it's good to see some sample anyways... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 02:42 UTC
On Nikon D4 overview article (860 comments in total)
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Hugo600si: I'm curious why the lcd is non move-able, I'm no pro but I find it one of the best upgrades from the a700 to the a77, especially when the camera adds video. Probably the market does not need it, but it beats me as to why not.

@ Petka...

While I understand your point, a swivel LCD that can close in on itself provides much more protection against hard knocks than an exposed stationary LCD.

Hugo has a valid question. Shrugging off his question and those cameras with swivel LCDs as "amateur toys" comes across as being rather dismissive. A good photographer respects the fact that his/her skills are what make a great photo, not the camera. The reality is, there are many photographers, who use "amateur toy" cameras, who will consistently take better photos than most people who end up purchasing this $6000.00 D4.

I'm not trying to start a flame war. I'm just trying to set the record straight... :0)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2012 at 13:38 UTC
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