Kawika Nui

Kawika Nui

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On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: Oly shouldn't have left out the PDAF from the E-M5 mk2...

"One could argue that without effective IBIS anything other than a rig or steadycam makes the video function of these cameras useless."
One could argue that, and one would lose. It is very easy to shoot good hand-held video, no IBIS (but with in-lens stabilization) without any tripod or other device. Obviously it depends on what you're shooting, but for sports and other action, panning, or even stationary shots. It's really not all that hard.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:52 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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prossi: I can't see spending this much money to get basically 2012 levels of performance.
Not with a6000, a5100 out there, and NX500 soon to arrive.
Short of putting my daughter's plastic toy lens in front of the APSC sensor the argument for these M43 camera is a hard one to make.

So if MFT is such a joke, why aren't you out shooting brilliantly-done pictures with whatever insanely good camera you have, instead of wasting your time on a forum about MFT? Doing missionary work? Or...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:47 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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SmilerGrogan: Publishing photos of that small girl with food plastered all around her mouth is tantamount to child abuse. Girls have very fragile self esteem as it is, there is no need to feed it into the internet for further punishment. Internet content never goes away and those pictures will condemn the poor child to a lifetime of shame, obloquy, and ridicule.
One imagines that the person who took them thinks of them as innocent documents of a life stage, or humorous examples of a childish lack of self awareness. But they are neither, what they are is cruel.

Umm...'scuse me, I'm looking for comments on a camera review? Anyone have any idea where that went? Could have sworn it was here just a minute ago...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:40 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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Digitall: To be honest, I think the photos presented here are far from the quality that this(or other) camera produces. As photographs to demonstrate the ability of a camera, leave much to be desired. The post processing is exaggerated. For presentation of images from the camera for a test, they shall be as simple and basic possible, without resorting to large corrections. Again, images should contain no more than the basic corrections. Not expected a demonstration of skills in image processors. Keep it simple, It's the way most people expect to see images from a camera test. At least me. IMO

Amen.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:37 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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wpbarr: After work I went over to Kenmore since all the factory reps were there. I shot some video with an FZ1000, an A7r and an EM-5 MkII. 4K vs. large sensor vs. smooth hand-held video. The choice for me was pretty clear. Hopefully we'll get some sunshine this weekend and I can see what some old Contax glass and sensor-shift can do together.

The choice was clear...so what was the choice?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:36 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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lacikuss: I read at DXO that this camera can only resolve 9 MP with the most expensive olympus zoom and 12 MP with the best oly prime, why is that? BTW those best lenses are very expensive ones.

lacikuss asked a good question and so far no one has answered it. In fact, it appears that most of the responders didn't even understand it.
Every picture I take with my MFT 16mp camera is a 16mp picture. Regardless of which MFT lens I use. So if the OP is stating a fact about this camera, it may be that Oly has decided to use only part of the sensor at certain aspect ratios. This is done on some other cameras.
On the other hand, if the OP was referring to a non-MFT lens, he should have said so.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:34 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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prossi: I want one of these boutique cameras for my sunday church time. I'd wear it aside my Heuer Carrera watch. It would make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I carry it around, make me look like a guy with great taste for cool, expensive gadgets. I could post all the compressed and grainy looking pics on instagram...What? Can't a guy dream??

prossi: Malcontent? Misfit? Or just plain out to lunch?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:27 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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cosmonaut: I have said it a million times. Olympus really needs to work on image quality and get the sensor in a better place. They keep wrapping the same old sensor in a new body over and over again. Their biggest drawback to me is dynamic range and high ISO noise. It never improves.
This would make for a seriously good street camera but for landscapes there is much better on the market.

"If you want to talk about the same old sensor, maybe you could target Canon?"
Huh? Why is there always some kind of slag comment about other brands? This is supposed to be about an Oly camera. Constructive comparisons are useful, but this is just more of the same old junior high school stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:22 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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gozima: I like the camera a lot, but $1100 for body only seems a little expensive. If the price ever drops to ~$700-800, I'd pick one up.

Wait a year; the price will probably be in the range you want. That's what I did with the Lumix GX7, which I love. But I would not have paid the $1100+ to buy it when it first came out.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:18 UTC
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Mike FL: As far as I can see, lot of people are interested to see the *usability* in the real world by themselves, first hands.

That could be Amazon's *nightmare* b/c 30 days returning window.

Yes?

Michael_13
You are right. In fact, you don't have to abuse the policy. A year or so ago I sent back a camera due to poor performance & IQ. Naturally, I also sent back the lenses I had bought at the same time (useless without the camera, since I switched brands after the return). I got a threatening email from Amazon telling me that I had been "returning a lot of items lately" and warning me that I was on their watch list to be cancelled. This was even though I had spoken to Support to explain that I would return the lenses since without the camera they obviously were useless.
I now buy all my photo equipment from B&H.
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George: local dealer? For many people their only local camera dealer is CanNikon. (Which helps explain the large market share of CN.)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 16:14 UTC
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Harry Newton 2: Issues I'm interested in with the G3X:
1. Weight. How does it compare with the G16 which I still maintain is the best camera of its class.
2.What's the shutter lag, with and without pre-focusing?
3. Is it pocketable?
4. Is the lens removable?
5. Does it have a great built-in lens cap like the G16? Or does it have an external one that clips on, falls off and gets lost?

#1: It is not going to weigh less that the G16 unless a new miracle composite has been discovered. (I'm with you on the quality of the G16.)
#3: You are going to need very large pockets.
#4: From all discussions, posts, images, and descriptions, the lens is definitely not removable.
#5: Buy a cheap lens tether and your lens cap will not get lost. But it can still fall off.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 02:50 UTC
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DigitalMission: Personally, I don't like the small body "mirrorless" look with a big fat lens on it... and a small handgrip. I will be buying either a Sony RX20 or a Panasonic FZ1000. I WANT the pro look, and I like a bigger hand grip and more external control dials. It's what I've used for 35 years. I'm also finding I do not enlarge my photos past 12x16, (90% is web use) nor do my clients, so I think a 1" sensor will be okay. I like the enhanced shooting features and greater depth of field -- yes, you heard that right -- with my documentary people photos. I like a LOT in focus. And with the zoom lens on either of the above two cameras I can get bokeh when I need to, just have to back up a little more. So... WHEN is the RX20 coming out? The "rumor" was October last year!!!

You make some good points. Bokeh used to be considered a flaw, now it's sought after. But it does have the benefit of making the subject stand out.
But what is a "pro look?" And who cares? The idea is to generate good images, efficiently.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 02:46 UTC
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piccano: Je suis très intéressé par ce Canon G3 X.
Beaucoup plus fin que les 2 autres (capteur 1 pouce).
J'aime le rendu photo à la Canon,
mais attendons le test!

D'ac.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 02:44 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Something a lot of you might not know is that, for video, an EVF might not be necessary in the near future (or even now if you can hook it together) because of video glasses. They make them. I haven't tried any, but they are readily available. I don't know how well they hook up to a camera, but I could see it becoming a lot easier to film when using video glasses while mounting the camera on a steady cam.

As long as you can see what you're filming and where you're walking it should work great.

Nice concept, but Rube Goldberg. Why add more accessories when a built-in EVF is so very simple and practical? (Of course whoever makes and sells the accessories will never see it that way. ;>D )

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 02:43 UTC
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Toxar: Everybody who ever tried to frame a subject at 600mm with the camera display knows that this camera is useless without EVF (at least at the long focal lenghts).

Why on earth is Canon still offering their high end compacts without EVF?

I'm a long time Canon DSLR user but my compact cameras are from Panasonic and Sony for that reason.

Amen.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 02:41 UTC
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AndyGM: Not selling the M3 in America makes perfect sense.

At the moment, Americans as a nation don't like CSCs. The various theories of why they prefer DSLRs have been debated many a time on DPR and other sites. Here are a few... CSCs are too small and fiddly. DSLRs are larger, but at the same time cheaper so seem better value for money ("more" for less). Canikon have retail locations locked up tighter than a Nuns front bottom. CSCs are too discrete, so you can't show how much money you spent (cognitive dissonance with the second reason I know). American culture is advert saturated, so they only buy what someone tells them to. "Proper" photographers only use big cameras so if you aspire to be a proper photographer, you must buy a big camera.

Of course, due to their retail site lock in, Canikon could promote their CSCs in the US, raise awareness and show off the benefits of CSC designs. And I'm sure they are scared to do this, because it would raise awareness of all CSC systems, and opens the door to those "we're not playing the DSLR game any more" competitors to steal market share. You say Canon needs to make a Leica M for people who can afford Leica prices, but they are too late. Fuji already did.

Good points, but the retail lock is non-existent. Many of us buy everything from B&H, Amazon, etc. True, the only retailers within many miles of my house are CanNikon, but they are pretty useless in terms of product knowledge. I can do the research online, then buy online. Any brand I want.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 02:56 UTC
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Jylppy: Well put! I have some personal experience in a "dominating" company under disruptive threat. It is the organizational behavior that prevents actions and decisions for the company effectively tackling the threat.

"the market is so small so there is no business case to invest" (lack of decisive body & lens investment)

"With our proven (read "traditional") technology we can get the-best-from-both-worlds" (miniature Canon 100D)

"These new products would just cannibalize our existing portfolio causing negative gross margin contribution" (a failed assumption that the existing portfolio would hold up its market share against entrants in any scenario)

In a summary, there is HUGE organizational inertia in existing big business lines which prevents a company to disrupt itself or join a disruption early enough. Been there, seen that, got a T-shirt (many).

I am a Canon-fan, but it is not difficult to see the same symptoms there.

All it takes it is vision and leadership from the top.

Well put. I love Canon quality, but abandoned the brand a few years back (-->Pentax ---> MFT) due to lack of evolution. Canon has been slow to embrace decent burst rate and buffer depth, and now decent mirrorless. It's never too late, but one gets tired of waiting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 02:53 UTC
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Lin Evans: They probably couldn't catch Sony or even Nikon (with the 1 series) if they really tried. This camera is overpriced, has mediocre autofocus and too many competitors with substantial headstarts. If Canon wants to seriously play in this market they need to go back to their CAD systems and redesign something truly innovative and competitive IMHO..

"let's me capture wildlife images I can't do with my pro-level Canon and Nikon bodies."
Why can't you? Some details, please.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 02:50 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)
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AKH: IQ is not very good for such an expensive camera. Made me think of the images presented in a resent review here on Dpreview of the Fuji 16-55mm with the Fuji X-Pro1. Those images were in a completely different league.

I tend to agree with you, but it may have more to do with the rather extreme PP done by the reviewer. We were not given a chance to see what the camera does without a lot of touch-up after the fact.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 20:29 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1263 comments in total)

Nice review and interesting shots, but frankly the PP makes the camera seem underwhelming. Examples: the shot from the cave--water is almost without texture. The shot at night with the dock: very washed-out looking. It would have been far better to let us see what the camera can do without PP that removed that opportunity
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jumpingjack has a point, but just as reviewers should (and do) point out flaws, so should comments (as long as they are fair and reasonably well-founded).

That said, what's with Ulfric? Rude psychoanalysis via website is so junior-high-school level.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 20:26 UTC as 60th comment
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