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Hilariously pointless. Should sell well in the photography marketplace.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 10:40 UTC as 3rd comment

I recall time when battery powered devices had interchangeable batteries, so you could carry a spare or two.
But of course battery powered devices have evolved enormously since that time...

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 10:39 UTC as 2nd comment

Now I wish I hadn't given mine to a charity shop a few years ago.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 09:28 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1395 comments in total)

I got caught by the EM5. It did me one favour, forever stopping me generating any enthusiasm for the constant "churn" of the latest, greatest product of the camera industry. That camera has the most abominable ergonomics and general interface design (both firmware and hardware) of almost any consumer electronic device I've ever had the misfortune to own.
It goes on . Olympus managed to destroy the camera (twice) after I asked them to remove the fingerprint from the sensor with which it came.
Every time the latest "must-have" variant emerges I wonder if they've managed to redesign this series of cameras so that they're actually enjoyable to use. The EM5 is almost permanently in some unwanted mode. It's actually amazing that a mal-executed product like that could ever get to market. Actually, on second thoughts, it's not that unusual.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 18:20 UTC as 100th comment | 6 replies
On article DxO ViewPoint 3 adds automatic distortion correction (27 comments in total)
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scastle: A quick review.

The automatic perspective corrections go a bit overboard and have to be dialled back some. The auto horizon correction, on the other hand, is often not enough. So,the auto corrections, at least in my experience, are better left in manual mode. I have not messed with the toytown tilt feature at all. Maybe I will find some picture that will benefit from it but (again IMHO) this is just a schnick-schnack.

I beg to differ. I'm fond of my 14-24 however at the 14 end the stretching effect at the edges is perceptible in almost any shot of any subject; maybe I'm just hyper-sensitive. I almost bought the original DxO application for this volume anamorphosis correction alone.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 16:54 UTC

I got burned buying an EM5. I've seldom used a worse designed piece of consumer hardware - ergonomics, UI, everything about it other than the image quality in half decent light which is acceptable to me. Probably not to most of the people who contribute to this site.
Is the UI in this latest model as appallingly convoluted and ill-designed as that infesting my camera?

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 19:56 UTC as 10th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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solarider: I look forward to the first impressions and full review!

After the EM 1 II there should be one more version of the mark II (The EM 1 Mark II-II, before releasing the EM 1-II-III.

Pity the suckers who got caught with the EM5...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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JJBerlin: I own a OM-D E-M5 and for all these years it has been a love/hate relationship.
I't a very capable, beautiful camera, but I hate the menu system and the implementation of the touchscreen is terrible.
I'll most definitely buy a new camera body next year and of course I'm considering the new E-M1 MkII.
So far it seems that Olympus is still using the old menu system, which would be a terrible thing. And if I find out that Olympus ist still not using a multi-touch touchscreen, I'll not buy this camera...

The handling qualities of the EM5, which I have, are simply abominable. I have never come to terms with this and largely regret buying the system.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 21:38 UTC
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waldi72: I have a question. Why average photographer should buy expensive 100mm range lens which provide only 0.13x maximum magnification. Couldn't Nikon do better - 0.25x - 0.50x, for that price? I am not asking for macro, just better magnification. And no VR? Some places do not allow tripod. How about nice sunset portrait in Taj Mahal - no tripods, monopods allowed.

"How about nice sunset portrait in Taj Mahal - "
What an original idea!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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alcaher: that looks like a great backpack. Very interesting design.
I have some lowepros backpacks like the flipside, i love them but the ones i have are ment for specific porpuses... this backpack looks very cool but not sure if a 150-600 telephotozoom lens like the tamrons/sigmas or nikons will fit inside it.
It seems great for long hikes as long as i can find the way to carry also personal things and my sigma 150-500

I've yet to see marine mammals in general even using cameras, much less wearing backpacks, so these specific porpuses could be considered rare exceptions!

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 17:36 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Intelligent design, clearly laid out by someone who really knows what is needed in the field.
I am always on the lookout for better, easier to use backpacks and this certainly caught my attention.
The only missing thing is showing us how the "Tripod/monopod mounting system on side and front" works, as its efficiency is a critical design point.

"...what is needed in the field..."
3 gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, one DSLR minus lenses, lotsa lenses and plenty of Other Stuff.
Good luck hiking with that stage-weight unless you're a Moose. Not to mention What do you need that lot for? OK maybe sports photographers using remoted cameras etc but other people?
Jeeze - this nonsense gets more nonsensical by the day

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 22:41 UTC
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Tapper123: Way too cheap.

The intended audience buys for bragging rights, not photography; give them prices to brag about at cocktail parties and golf outings. At least $20,000.

Yeah, paying extra for the silver version demonstrates just how skilled and serious they are.
Alternatively it indicates something else.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 22:33 UTC

"The new silver version of the lens however will cost a little extra, at $7995/£5900."
Silver, wow, awesome...

Never give a sucker an even break.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 22:29 UTC as 22nd comment

Wow, new bags! Awesome! Trific! Kwool! Up to now there have been so few to chose from!

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:13 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
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GabrielZ: It costs a fortune! I know it's carbon fiber but still...

"I have a tripod and ballhead from them that cost me $1,700. And it's worth every penny. "
I guess if someone produces something similar at $2500 it'll be even better.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 22:26 UTC

I have an FLM 32b ball head. A three-knobber, it's a fiddly thing to adjust and certainly leaves a great deal to be desired. Best of luck to anyone spending >$600 on one of their tripods.
Who knows, people will buy anything in this market.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 22:24 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies

Apple is surely one of the greediest, most vile, companies on the planet, if not the outright prize-winner. Whilst sitting on vast cash reserves it makes decisions about what its customers will be allowed to do with its products (we've seen this before.) It's laughable that the company still has a reputation for being "cool" - if a terrific PR success to be able to bamboozle so many people. As an early adopter of Macs (Apple used to make computers...) in 1987, I had enough of their unreliability and bad value by 1994. Their subsequent transformation, a triumph of style over substance, has given me some cynical amusement.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 09:35 UTC as 44th comment | 9 replies
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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jsimoespedro: This is borderline fraud.
The sample photos at manufacturer's website are soft. How the hell are the claimed 60MP going to be met?
The optical layout looks like a Cooke triplet with performance to match. This is simply the simplest, cheapest, lowest performance lens to make.

"Borderline?" That's a very generous assessment.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 17:57 UTC
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)

"Iris diaphragm with 15 uniquely calculated steel aperture blades..."
Missed that on first scan. I'm struggling to envisage the unique calculation involved here.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 17:55 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: To me, f2.6 seems not enough for a portrait lens in these days.

No no no. At anything worse than F1.2 there's a danger of the tip of the subject's nose being in focus as well as part of one of the eyes. Which is generally accepted as being evidence of incompetence in portraiture.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 17:51 UTC
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