SeeRoy

SeeRoy

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On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1270 comments in total)

Same old sh!t ergonomics, hopelessly labrynthine firmware. Why don't these tw@ts get a photographer to test a prototype before foisting them on gullible consumers?
A 1) Because they keep getting away with it.
A 2) Because it gives them an "upgrade path"... The next one'll be sorted. Of course it never is as they introduce more and more unnecessary complexity.

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

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 09:32 UTC as 9th comment

Never mind the bl00dy "40mp without a tripod". How about designing an M43 camera with controls that someone has actually TESTED FOR USABILITY! I can't speak for the other models but the EM5 (mk 1) is a complete ergonomic disaster, utterly impossible to use without constantly disturbing settings that need to remain as intentionally set.
And then of course there's the firmware. And the scabby focusing. Trying to pack in yet more "feechers", groan. But maybe that's what the majority of the punters want.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 12:17 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
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SeeRoy: "Despite being very small indeed, the E-M5 is peppered with physical control points. In fact, in our initial testing, we're equivocal about this. On the one hand, physical control is great, but depending on how you have the camera set up, it is quite easy to accidentally knock a dial, or press the wrong button and end up doing something you didn't mean to do."
Which is precisely why the (original) EM5 is the most infuriating camera I have owned. Constantly finding myself looking at a VF which is in a different mode to that in which I left it. Most days when I use it I'd like to cut it in half - usually just after missing a shot.

So, let's see if I understand. It's not a bad idea for a camera's lousy handling to cause unintended settings since occasionally (or is it often?) some other characteristic of the camera will accidentally compensate? Which is a positive design feecher? Is that approximately correct?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 16:14 UTC

"Despite being very small indeed, the E-M5 is peppered with physical control points. In fact, in our initial testing, we're equivocal about this. On the one hand, physical control is great, but depending on how you have the camera set up, it is quite easy to accidentally knock a dial, or press the wrong button and end up doing something you didn't mean to do."
Which is precisely why the (original) EM5 is the most infuriating camera I have owned. Constantly finding myself looking at a VF which is in a different mode to that in which I left it. Most days when I use it I'd like to cut it in half - usually just after missing a shot.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 10:02 UTC as 19th comment | 10 replies
On Sigma dp0 Quattro announced with 14mm F4 lens article (138 comments in total)

And, of course there's an "optional dedicated viewfinder" available.
"Never give a sucker an even break"; W.C. Fields

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 15:18 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Sigma dp0 Quattro announced with 14mm F4 lens article (138 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: The lens must be stellar, for this 14/4 lenses looks bigger than already stellar 14/2.8mm XF lense

Priceless.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 15:13 UTC
On Ricoh WG-5 GPS updates rugged series article (41 comments in total)
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Neez: But does it shoot RAW, that's what people really want.

"Only the little people shoot raw"
Leona Helmsley

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 18:14 UTC
On Ricoh WG-5 GPS updates rugged series article (41 comments in total)
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BorisK1: Here's what I want to know: Supposedly, ragged cams (along with enthusiasts' and superzooms) are the only types of cameras not affected by cellphones. The manufacturers are - supposedly - focusing on the ragged cams like never before.

Why, then, all the recently released tough cams are hardly updated from previous versions? A new body color here, a new "creative mode" there, an updated logo don't really show "focus".

I suspect that young Boris hasn't tried raw yet...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 18:14 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2267 comments in total)

Good news for tripod manufacturers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:03 UTC as 252nd comment
On Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L article (222 comments in total)

As a long time owner of the 14-24, I'd suggest potential purchasers of this one investigate the term "volume anamorphosis".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 11:01 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus 8mm F1.8 'pro' fisheye in development article (29 comments in total)

The Samyang 7.5 2.8 is an excellent and relatively inexpensive lens. Other than the underwater potential why chose this almost certain to be far more expensive option? For AF? On a fisheye?
Edit. Gottit; it's a "PRO" lens (or should that be "lense"...)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:14 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On Olympus 8mm F1.8 'pro' fisheye in development article (29 comments in total)
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ogl: Is there any sense to make f1.8 for fish-eye?

Is there any sense in most of the endless proliferation of near-identical products in this market?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:10 UTC

What a thrilling prospect.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:08 UTC as 7th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1270 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: No thanks. I have an E-M5. Once bitten...
Maybe they've improved the handling characteristics a lot; and maybe they haven't. After a couple of years' ownership of mine I feel like throwing it at a wall or in the river almost every time I'm using it. The handling characteristics are simply ABOMINABLE. Every time I raise it to my eye I never know what mode the VF display's going to be in. The histogram's there but sometimes it isn't. What size and position is the focus box currently? And so on. This is not a consequence of bugs, it's because every time you touch the bl00dy thing you're likely to disturb one of the tiny, numb, closely clustered buttons - and I have smallish hands that cope OK with a violin.
The firmware, as everyone knows, is a bad joke. They've made the SCP a default? How long did that take to sink in? The file's are fine. The camera's ergonomics are simply atrocious.
Maybe this one's better, but my bet is that it's only marginally better.

It's the internet. It's DPR. Why am I not surprised?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 11:06 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1270 comments in total)

No thanks. I have an E-M5. Once bitten...
Maybe they've improved the handling characteristics a lot; and maybe they haven't. After a couple of years' ownership of mine I feel like throwing it at a wall or in the river almost every time I'm using it. The handling characteristics are simply ABOMINABLE. Every time I raise it to my eye I never know what mode the VF display's going to be in. The histogram's there but sometimes it isn't. What size and position is the focus box currently? And so on. This is not a consequence of bugs, it's because every time you touch the bl00dy thing you're likely to disturb one of the tiny, numb, closely clustered buttons - and I have smallish hands that cope OK with a violin.
The firmware, as everyone knows, is a bad joke. They've made the SCP a default? How long did that take to sink in? The file's are fine. The camera's ergonomics are simply atrocious.
Maybe this one's better, but my bet is that it's only marginally better.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 10:19 UTC as 269th comment | 4 replies

Priceless. Stable door... horse... close...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 23:19 UTC as 152nd comment
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1873 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: As someone who has rather a lot of money "invested" in high-end Nikon lenses which sometimes hang off a D700, I now mostly shoot M43. Obviously I'd like the option of shooting higher resolution FF now and again (mainly for the capacity to crop heavily when shooting wildlife). But there's no way I'm buying another DSLR. Maybe when Nikon eventually introduce a mirrorless FF camera that will accept my lenses I'll spend some more money with Nikon. It's long overdue. I'm well aware what DSLRs can do that mirrorless can't - yet - but for me the DSLR is a dinosaur and the sooner it's extinct the better.

People are emotionally invested in the things they buy. It then becomes necessary to rationalise away anything that conflicts. I have BOTH and M43 system AND a Nikon FF system (including the 3 2.8 zooms and a fair selection of primes and manual lenses from my film days). So I have something to compare. I shoot mostly M43. As for EVFs, having a live histogram is just irreplaceable. I'm concerned about what the RAW file looks like, not the viewfinder - which in any case is just fine.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 12:30 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1873 comments in total)

As someone who has rather a lot of money "invested" in high-end Nikon lenses which sometimes hang off a D700, I now mostly shoot M43. Obviously I'd like the option of shooting higher resolution FF now and again (mainly for the capacity to crop heavily when shooting wildlife). But there's no way I'm buying another DSLR. Maybe when Nikon eventually introduce a mirrorless FF camera that will accept my lenses I'll spend some more money with Nikon. It's long overdue. I'm well aware what DSLRs can do that mirrorless can't - yet - but for me the DSLR is a dinosaur and the sooner it's extinct the better.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 12:29 UTC as 389th comment | 12 replies
On WaterWeight rethinks the sandbag approach to stability article (77 comments in total)

Trific invention. Only one thought - will it hold urine without disintegrating?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 10:19 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
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majicmoments: Progress is important i know... but i dont need 40 million pixels per image clogging up my i pad... How about achieving 25 iso Olympus?... or graduated filters in camera?..say grey/blue/nd grads.. now that would be a blast!

But, but, but.... iPads are kwoooool....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 10:27 UTC
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