NowHearThis

NowHearThis

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Business Analyst
Joined on Aug 24, 2007
About me:

Future Considerations:
Speakers: (This was easy to decide on...)
Front:2 NHT Classic Three (When the 1.8s finally give out)
Rear: 2 NHT Classic Two
or
Klipsch Reference Series

Current Line Up:
NHT 1.8 (2)
Verve Subwoofer (Dual 10' & 200w amp)
2-Infinity 42.5i in Custom center channel box wired in series (8O).
Polk Audio T15 (2)

Current Camera Gear:
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Olympus 14-42 II R MSC

Previous Camera Gear:
Sony A65
Sony 18-135m f/3.5-5.6
Sony 85mm f/2.8
Sony HVL-F43AM

Sony NEX-7
Sony 18-200mm OSS
Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS
Sony HVL-F20AM

Canon T2i
Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon 270EX

Nikon D40
Nikon 18-55 ED II
Nikon 55-200mm VR
Nikon 35mm F1.8
Nikon SB-400

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On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (388 comments in total)

A fool and his money are soon parted...

Damn, I wish I came up with this idea so I could have taken them to the cleaners!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 23:51 UTC as 164th comment
On White Egret Vs Snake in the -Animals in Combat- (Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (21 comments in total)

Great photo!
Glad some idiot's 1/2 star vote didn't matter in the long run for you.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 04:28 UTC as 15th comment
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photo nuts: US$750 for a slow zoom lens... hmmm...

The Canon 15-85 with the same aperture range is $800 right now and that's after the mail-in-rebate (you have to pay $900 up front). The Pentax looks like a bargain in comparison ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 04:08 UTC
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alex_shin: This is what I was waiting for! Sounds like a great kit lens for my future K-3.
My 16-45 is great, but I got tired of its very limited tele range.
We'll see how the tests turn out.
And, of course, the price shall go down, which it will, especially in a kit.

They have the 17-70/4 already (I'm not saying having another lens is bad) and it's $150 less. It may not be weather resistant, but with a lower price, a fixed F4 aperture, very good image quality and only slightly less range...it looks like a better option for some.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 04:05 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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lephotography: Everyone realizes that the lens is actually 12-37 right? It's a 24-75 equivalent field of view, but don't expect the subject isolation you'd get from a real 75mm f2.8 lens. This lens will only give you the equivalent isolation of a 37mm at f5.6. If bokeh in a small size is your goal, you'd be better off with the Olympus OMD-Em10 and the 45 f1.8.

@ lephotography
<sarcasm>
You mean this isn't going to replace my FF DSLR and give me über shallow, razor thin DOF? WTF?
</sarcasm>

Here's what matters:
• 115x66x55 (fits in a small belt bag)
• 393g
• F1.7-2.8 aperture lets you use lower ISO settings when the light isn't great (No it will not rival a Sony A7s)
• High Quality images because the sensor is bigger than any other compact camera (non ILC) with a zoom.

Small size, and High Quality images for when you need something lightweight. Go to camerasize.com and compare the GM5 + 12-32 and the LX100, for the same size and money you get a faster lens (2 stops) on the LX100.

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"If bokeh in a small size is your goal, you'd be better off with the Olympus OMD-Em10 and the 45 f1.8."
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Please share the link where Panasonic said the LX100 is the perfect portrait camera. Ahh that's right they've never said that. Now the camera will take some nice portraits, just not with DOF so thin part of the face will be OOF.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 21:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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fastprime: I wonder how big you could print without degrading image quality? Is there a way to ball park this?

Look at Imaging Resource. The old Olympus E-PL1 c, which was 12MP, could make 20x30" prints. Given the newer sensor, processor, etc. 20x30 inch prints should quite possible.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 21:27 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Michael Doleman: Maybe I'm missing something, but given the price-point, why on Earth would I select this camera over the GM5?

@ the OP,
If you only use 1 lens, you're better off with LX100, the lens on that thing is 2 stops faster than the one one GM5. The LX100 shoots 11fps vs 5.8fps. Frankly the pathetic 1/50 sec on the GM5 is a complete deal breaker for me. The LX100 will have a leaf shutter allowing for 1/2000 snyc which will let you take flash pictures outdoors and get somewhat of a shallow DOF.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 05:54 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: WHY IS THIS CAMERA BIG NEWS? RICOH RELEASED A FULLY POCKETABLE CAMERA WITH AN !!!APS-C!!!! SIZED SENSOR 2 YEARS AGO (RICOH GR). THE ONLY THING THIS PANASONIC HAS OVER THE GR IS THE 4K VIDEO AND AN EVF. WHO CARES? NOBODY HAS 4K TVs. PLUS IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT FROM A NORMAL VIEWING DISTANCE, THERE IS NO VISIBLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 4K TV AND 1080P TV, so anybody who buys a 4k TV is mad. Most photographers are not interested in taking 4k video anyway, unless they want to make documentaries, in which case, who cares whether you have a pocketable camera or not.

@Boss...
Your post is rather amusing. I hope the caps lock thing means you were being sarcastic...because the Ricoh GR is not all that great compared with the LX100. Now the Ricoh is smallish and has a bigger sensor but it's just sooo lacking everywhere else.
• No EVF
• No Zoom, only a Fixed Focal Length Lens
• No image stabilization
• Only 4fps
• Can't take filters
• Takes longer to adjust EV, Aperture, Shutter Speed
• No 4K video
And they're still charging $700 for that thing. The LX100 is bettter featured and offers a much better value.
Also I'd like you to back up your bogus claim about no visible difference in 4K (8MP) TV vs a 1080p (2MP) TV. Please cite your sources.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 05:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (296 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: 1/50th flash sync is nail in coffin. Electronic shutters are not ready for prime time until they can read sensor as fast as flash cycle.

Sold it long ago for a Canon T2i, dumbest decision I ever made. There's times I'd like to have my D40 back, it was just so easy to work with.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 18:46 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (296 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: 1/50th flash sync is nail in coffin. Electronic shutters are not ready for prime time until they can read sensor as fast as flash cycle.

1/200 sec should be the minimum. Even my Nikon D40 from 6yrs could do 1/500 sec.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 04:35 UTC
On Week in review: 8 things we learned article (48 comments in total)
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Kipplemaster: I never want to see that Monkey Selfie ever again!

In other news...this monkey can pick better stocks than you too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 18:53 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (478 comments in total)
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Markol: Why would you buy this over the old model? Same sensor, still lousy movie specs, still not the 5 axis ois but of course a higher price. Will we have to wait again for 3 generations to get a new sensor? Well ok, it's still very good but the other things I mentioned are deal breakers for me.
AAnd the biggest question of all: have they finally fixed their shutter shock problem?

@Snappy Happy
The E-PL7 has the same 0-second Anti-Shock feature/setting as my E-M10. So yes, they've got something to completely avoid the shutter shock problem now.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 16:46 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (447 comments in total)
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ravi532: I expected that people will start moaning about this "small" sensor than one compared to current industry " standard " 1 inch sensor. This craze for size of sensor is reminding me of good old days of megapixel war incidentally started by sony...If sensor is so important then nikon D3000 TO D7000 must take same quality picture but it is not...most people buy without knowing what the sensor does just buy because it is larger in size..difference between {x20 and rx100 ii} is marginal during on-street morning and evening shoots...only at night rx100 ii performance stands out...eventually its for people who are nocturnal..for day light to me x20 performs better/equal to rx100 ii..[ I used both of them] and undoubtedly colors of fuji is unparalleled
camera is much more than sensor.. For god sake there is something called aperture...fuji[2- 2.8] is way better than its competitor rx100 II..
But yes without OVF the charm and retro feel is certainly missing.. overall to me its good one..

The problem is not the "small" sensor. The problem is "value". There are some nice features that they've put in here. Certainly video had been improved, FPS are quicker, and it has a nice EVF. But it's still $600 for a 2/3" sensor. IF you don't need the video features or an EVF you could get the Fuji X-A1 with a lens for only $450.

And why are you talking about the RX100 II when the RX100 III (with its F1.8-2.8 lens) has been out for months already.

I'm sure this will be a nice camera for many, but for me it seems like there are other options that would be more appealing - and hence, a better value.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
On Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2014) article (42 comments in total)
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BarnET: How on earth did the 100d win best entry level.

Compared to to the k50 it has

No weather sealing
Worse sensor
No ibis
Smaller viewfinder
Worse ergonomics with less direct control.
Slower burst speed
For more money. $650 vs $550

Compared to the Sony
Worse sensor
Smaller viewfinder
Slower burst
No tilty screen
And again more expensive

Compared to Nikon d3300
Larger with kit-lens
Significantly worse sensor
Worse video no 60fps 1080p

Dpreview crew again you give credit to an camera that recycled old parts (sensor, processor, AF system are 4-5 years old or older) and gave it recommend. This is no buying advice.

This is misleading for getting revenue.

I completely agree. The SL1 is an ok camera, but it fails in comparison to most of the others. If you want good low-light performance choose the K50 or D5300. IF you want Fast AF in Video get the A58, IF you want a better feature set (wireless flash, IBIS, Weather Sealing, FPS, etc) get the K-50. In fact, right now you can get a K-50 with 2 lenses for the price of the SL1 and kit lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 22:36 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2067 comments in total)
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forpetessake: Will this article finally stop those f2=f2=f2 stupid arguments? I doubt it. Stupid arguments come from stupid people: those same people who were explained the equivalence to many times before without any success.

@ Erik Magnuson
Of course there's another way to increase shutter speed, but ultimately it's each photographers choice how they get the desired result they want. Sometimes raising the ISO might be the right option, sometimes using a larger aperture lens is the right option.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 21:22 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2067 comments in total)
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forpetessake: Will this article finally stop those f2=f2=f2 stupid arguments? I doubt it. Stupid arguments come from stupid people: those same people who were explained the equivalence to many times before without any success.

The problem is some people think of using aperture only in terms of DOF, others think of it as a way of controlling shutter speed. Where people run into conflict is when each type of person refuses to see the others reason for using Aperture priority.

Maybe I might want F2 for the shallow DOF, maybe I want it to give me significantly faster shutter speeds, either reason can be correct to the user.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2067 comments in total)
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W5JCK: Darth "M4/3" Vader, "Luke, come to the Dark Side of digital photography."

Seriously though, a good article that correctly backs up the physics and true life usage.

Will this change the minds of the M4/3 and 1" crowds? Nope. They are religiously devoted to their noisy, little cameras and quite content to believe the fanatics among them who proclaim the laws of physics to be untrue and evil. They will remain in the Dark Ages of digital photography. No Renaissance awakening for them.

And yet my M43 takes great photos just like my previous 4 APS-C cameras did. (My mistake, 3 of my 4 APS-C, my M43 meters better than my Canon did.). I will say that my NEX7 and now my E-M10 are the most satisfying digital cameras that I've owned.

Yes the bigger FF sensors are great, and with great lenses will do very nicely for many people. But FF doesn't have exclusive rights to good/great photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 19:06 UTC
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molnarcs: So many people complaining about the price for "slow" lens. But speed is not everything people! Yes, $900 is not cheap, the Nikkor 18-140 is $500, but you get 1) 4 aspherical elements (Nikon & Canon has 1) 2) extra ED element (those are not cheap!), 3) weather sealing 4) better VR/OIS/IS (CIPA verified) and from the images I've seen, 5) better bokeh than any convenience zooms out there.

These are well worth the price imho. And if you look at the "premium" consumer zooms (Nikkor 16-85, Canon 15-85) - both long in the tooth (on modern bodies) and worse specs (not to mention the shorter focal range and lack of weather sealing) and difference in $100 for the Canon, $250 for the Nikkor.

With regards to the Nikon/Canon 16(15)-85mm lenses. The biggest benefit there is the wider angle starter point. Back when I shot Canon, I debated over the Sigma 17-70 or Canon 15-85. Ultimately I paid nearly twice as much for he Canon lens just to get the extra 2mm. The Fuji lens might be very good, we'll just have to wait for the reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 21:01 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: When it comes the aperure, I don't see the big deal here yet. Its lens has a very uninteresting range equivalent to ƒ/5.2-8.1 compared to FF, and still quite uninteresting to ƒ/3.4-5.3 compared to FT. OK, in its category it's quite a deal, specially considering how well this lens may perform overall, its compactness and beacuse it's taking the lead when it comes to aperture.

FF-like shallow DOF is not the purpose of this camera or the aperture of the lens on it. If that's what you want, then buy that type of camera and lenses to give you that shallow DOF. The biggest benefit of the F1.8-2.8 on this camera (IMO) is to give you faster shutter speeds so you don't have to raise the ISO as much. It's quite a bit faster at the long end then the MK II.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 00:21 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (334 comments in total)

OMG...Pretty much what I think the OM10 should have been named after I've got to try it out a couple of times now.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 19:29 UTC as 130th comment
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