SeeRoy

SeeRoy

Lives in United Kingdom south, United Kingdom
Works as a retired
Joined on Jan 13, 2009

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14mm... macro.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 09:00 UTC as 6th comment
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Johannes Zander: And what did he play?

I imagine Dmitri Shostakovich would be tempted to name the piece "A Russian composer's kazoo to justified criticism." A perfect response to accusations of bourgeois formalism. Putin'd probably still walk out in the interval though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 11:56 UTC

As with so many high end consumer devices, the justification for this product has little to do with either functionality or aesthetics. It relies on the desire of people with an surfeit of funds to indulge their own self-image. Like every other camera currently on sale it'll be gathering dust on a shelf within - let's be generous - 10 years.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 08:21 UTC as 73rd comment
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SeeRoy: "Never give a sucker an even break"
W.C. Fields

"Non-related"?

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 08:53 UTC

"Never give a sucker an even break"
W.C. Fields

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 17:09 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies

As the owner of an EM5 (I guess we have to retrospectively assign it a "MK1" label) this sort of nonsensical product says a great deal about Olympus, and indeed the entire camera business. If the MK2 itself is anything like the MK1 then addressing the cosmetics with a "limited edition" - for people stupid enough to care how the top plate looks - whilst failing to address the fact that the camera has only two good attributes embedded in a host of failings, is to treat the consumers as fools: probably correctly.
1) The files are excellent, other things being equal.
2) The camera is small and light.
However the general handling, firmware and ergonomics are pitifully bad.
There's also the fact that in an industry where the replacement cycle is engineered to a frequency of about 18 months, the idea of "collectability" (as in film era hardware) is just a joke.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 09:11 UTC as 4th comment | 5 replies
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (280 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: The 8mm FE is announced at $999. Currently the Samyang MF 7.5mm 2.8 FE is available for less than £200. I have the Samyang and it's excellent. It should be pretty obvious that if there's one lens that doesn't really need AF, it's an FE.
Save yourselves lots of money unless you're planning to shoot goodness knows what, with an FE, in the rain.

Yep, it's 3.5.Me culpa. Personally I don't find much use for FEs except for VR pano creation where I want maximum DOF so I usually shoot at equivalent F8. I'm amazed that people find many uses for FEs other than this, so all the other criteria pass over my head. I own the Nikkor 10.5 and the 16mm. The 10.5 is the best of the three in terms of flare.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 17:19 UTC
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (280 comments in total)

The 8mm FE is announced at $999. Currently the Samyang MF 7.5mm 2.8 FE is available for less than £200. I have the Samyang and it's excellent. It should be pretty obvious that if there's one lens that doesn't really need AF, it's an FE.
Save yourselves lots of money unless you're planning to shoot goodness knows what, with an FE, in the rain.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 06:54 UTC as 56th comment | 5 replies
On Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses article (160 comments in total)

These are daft focal lengths for MFT application since they more or less duplicate existing, reasonably priced equivalents (in many cases faster) from other brands - notably Olympus and Panasonic themselves.
Why "deceptively pleasing"? Are they in reality repulsive? Do explain.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 19:02 UTC as 72nd comment | 24 replies

One of the more expensive torches (aka flashlights) I've seen advertised today. Still...
"Never give a sucker an even break"
W.C. Fields

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 17:40 UTC as 2nd comment

"Never give a sucker an even break"
W.C. Fields

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 17:35 UTC as 7th comment
On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (235 comments in total)
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Papi61: "capable of firing off 125 6x6 frames per second"

What kind of magazine would that require for a 10-second burst? Not to mention a whole gallon of lubricating oil for the entire system to not grind to a halt after 2 seconds...

Whale oil be f*cked. Sustainable whales I trust?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 08:33 UTC
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technocamper: I'm holding out for Zeiss' ultra-budget Destitouit series.

I'm not holding out for the Destitouit. I haven't bought one of those even before they do become available. So once they do I won't have to not buy one. If however they never become available I'll be doubly ahead of the game. In any case even if I did buy one I doubt that it'd make my snaps any worse.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 19:20 UTC

Of course the manufacturers in question could always adopt a radical and innovative procedure; test the bl00dy gear before putting it on the market.
But why do that when there are hundreds of thousands of punters out there willing to test the stuff for you, most of whom aren't even likely to notice the faults anyway?
Releasing half-developed and ergonomically deficient photographic equipment is by now the well-established norm - so why spend money on testing and possibly having to re-engineer products when you've plenty of experience of getting away with not doing so?
In any case the faults just create a terrific opportunity to sell the dummies a replacement device 18 months later which has the faults ironed out and a new set incorporated.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 16:28 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

I'm not in the market for this kind of gear (although I did look at and reject GP for external timelapse application a couple of years ago). But if I was I'd say that integral waterproofing is a huge plus. Having read the comments here nobody seems to care about that, which I find odd.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 08:24 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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yonsarh: I just bought Fuji X30, and why everytime I bought a camera, announces a new model >.< ????

And you only just noticed this?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 08:59 UTC
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JohnEwing: Why not screw a lobster to it and call it an "homard"?

Absolutely. That would go well if worn with a white sports coat.
(Now let's see if anyone can identify my reference there...)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 10:41 UTC
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keith james taylor: I think I will waite for the pro vershion so that i can take better photographs ;)

Never play poker with a man called "Doc". And never buy a product prefixed "Pro".

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 10:36 UTC
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straylightrun: I remember when that shill Steve Huff was promoting the Hasselblad Stellar and calling it good value! Now this is much more affordable and practical... If you want to stick a big grip on your pocket camera that is.

"Huff". Yes, the man sure has an apt name.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 10:35 UTC

Very amusing, Fotodiox.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 10:31 UTC as 24th comment
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