Raist3d

Raist3d

Lives in United States Canyon Country, AK, United States
Works as a Photographer & Game Developer (Programmer)
Has a website at http://raist3d.typepad.com
Joined on Dec 9, 2001
About me:

To continue loving video games, their programming while doing & improving my
professional photography, punish the guilty, reward the good, educate kids and fight for
all that is good. :-)

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tkbslc: Tens of people are soooo excited today!

No tkbslc, I think in this context he meant you.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2013 at 23:50 UTC
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tompabes2: And still we don't have a review on dpreview... maybe they're too occupied reviewing tablets on Connect....

@tkbslc - Actually you are wrong about the Q10. The Q10 in Japan has made it at least to top 20 list, and to the top 10 for a period of time too. I know this fact may be surprising to you but such it is.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2013 at 23:50 UTC
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sorinx: Looks like a real camera.

That really depends on the photographer (or not) using it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2013 at 23:49 UTC
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ravduc: This is terrific news for four third users such as myself that would prefer upgrading with a dslr rather than having to move to a micro four thirds camera.

@ravduc- don't be too happy. 4/3rds isn't making money for Olympus. A hybrid would make far more sense.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 16:03 UTC
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Chris_in_Osaka: I've owned an E-1, E-300, E-3, E-420 and E-620. None of those cameras come close to the experience I have shooting with my OM-D.

I even dumped my 5D Mark II after realizing the OM-D is so right for me.

Now, going back to full frame in the future is a possibility if I find I need more shallow depth of field, which I really don't. Going back to regular 4/3'S? Never.

I think most people who have switched from 4/3's to the micro 4/3's in the form of the OM-D would agree. I'd rather see them shut down their 4/3's development and invest that money in further micro 4/3's improvements. Oly can't afford to have the 4/3's albatross around it's neck weighing it down in an increasingly exciting and competitive mirrorless market.

Also, never mind camera bodies, they also can't afford to have a factory in Tatsuno, Japan producing super high grade lenses virtually nobody buys.

@Darrel - accusing Chris of jealously is a big stretch. SHG will most likely be mountable (well, it already is, isn't it) on m4/3rds bodies and we can all forget about 4/3rds. It's really a losing proposition for Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 16:02 UTC
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Marty4650: The disappointing part of this story is that Olympus is losing money selling M4/3 cameras and lenses. This is really troubling.

Lets face it... they probably sold very few E5 cameras last year. It's hard to lose $170 million on DSLR sales when you don't sell very many of them. MILC cameras and lenses probably account for 95% of the sales of the imaging division today.

Considering the fact that M4/3 cameras and lenses aren't cheap, I don't know how they can raise their prices much. And M4/3 outsells every other mirrorless format.

I wonder if Sony, Nikon, Samsung and Fuji are losing money on their MILC cameras too? I would imagine that Canon and Pentax are losing money on theirs, due to extremely low volumes.

@Marty- Pentax actually reported a (small) profit for the last quarter/year and a (small) market share increase. However taken as a whole from Ricoh cash-investment to today, it's red. But at least they are not bleeding money now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 15:58 UTC
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Marty4650: The disappointing part of this story is that Olympus is losing money selling M4/3 cameras and lenses. This is really troubling.

Lets face it... they probably sold very few E5 cameras last year. It's hard to lose $170 million on DSLR sales when you don't sell very many of them. MILC cameras and lenses probably account for 95% of the sales of the imaging division today.

Considering the fact that M4/3 cameras and lenses aren't cheap, I don't know how they can raise their prices much. And M4/3 outsells every other mirrorless format.

I wonder if Sony, Nikon, Samsung and Fuji are losing money on their MILC cameras too? I would imagine that Canon and Pentax are losing money on theirs, due to extremely low volumes.

@NzScott- "What makes you think that Olympus is losing money on m43 cameras and lenses? " - The Olympus latest financial report. The impact of DSLR sales is a this point negligible.

Keep in mind this is not "we are earning less cash than before" but losing money, as in negative profit. And it's not a little bit but rather a bit high.

Combine that with the over inventory (that EPL-1 selling for cheap in the market for so long wasn't a marketing strategy- it was simply over built inventory that didn't sell at first and had to be heavily discounted).

If I had to guess, the OMD-5 has been probably a money maker while the rest of the line not so much.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 15:57 UTC
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bzanchet: Great first impressions! I'm really looking forward for this camera, it should be a great 2nd camera for me, specially for the size (who carries a DSLR for a party concerned about DOF?), lenses and Olympus Jpegs. Even with the smaller sensor, I believe it will be better than Canon S100, like the Pentax Q.

I would say the Q fares about same or a notch better than the s100. Both in sensor and particularly lens. It's the lens IMHO the main issue and of course forget about fast lens options on te s100

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2013 at 00:29 UTC
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Marty4650: "Body cap lens"..... where have I heard that before?

Hmmmmmm....

@GWYNOXY - again you imply that they somehow were influenced by Olympus or the like. I don't know how hard this is to understand- Pentax announced this lens was planned and in active development way before Olympus announced theirs. This means they had all the intent of putting that in the product line irrespective of any competitor (making them first in the digital space actually), as they were working on it!

How on Earth from there you go to Pentax trying to fill their line as Olympus or some competitors do because of the lens cap I don't understand. There may be other products that way (witness the K-5 & K-7 nomenclature but that's in name only), but the lens cap is certainly not one of them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2013 at 23:44 UTC
On CP+ 2013: Interview with Olympus' Toshi Terada article (242 comments in total)
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g7star: I like Olympus' point of view on compacts (and the sensor sizes) better than Canon's.

To me this hints that a 1" "xz-2" is at least being considered. I think that's great news: match it with a fast lens please

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 05:01 UTC
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Marty4650: "Body cap lens"..... where have I heard that before?

Hmmmmmm....

@DeanAllan- Correct.
Seems like Marty doesn't get that Pentax announced this lens in development way before for the Q. Here are both the Pentax and Olympus dpreview news press releases (including their dates) on when each company announced what:

I am repeating the Pentax link *again* for convenience of those that missed it earlier. Pretty much 6+ months earlier than Olympus.

Feb 7, 2012
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/02/07/Pentax_In-development_lenses
"Pentax will use the CP+ show in Japan to show a series of lenses and accessories it has in development, including..."

Sep 17, 2012
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/09/17/Olympus-m-zuiko-digital-ED-60mm-F2-8-macro-17mm-F1-8-black-12mm-F2-body-cap-lens

Do note Pentax was not "planning" but making an announcement. The Pentax Q lens cap has been on its lens roadmap for a while.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 07:14 UTC
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Marty4650: "Body cap lens"..... where have I heard that before?

Hmmmmmm....

@Marty - that's fine Marty, but I am only replying to the first comment you made. And sorry but you are making the same mistake again! Pentax did not announce it several months LATER than Olympus but *BEFORE*. Please read the link I gave you!

I am not grasping at any straws, in fact it's you. I GAVE YOU THE LINK. Go ahead and click on it! How hard can that be?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 07:04 UTC
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peevee1: Body-cap lens idea is stolen from Olympus? Only no manual focusing and closing...

Pentax announced this lens way before Olympus. FYI.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 07:02 UTC
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RedFox88: I think the Q was a flop.

Except that it wasn't. Its a top seller in Japan.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 02:34 UTC
On Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact article (198 comments in total)
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ARTASHES: Before everybody starts to complain about sensor size just check this sensor performance on the other compacts (Canon HS50, SX240)
If it had 1/1.7 sensor it would have been bigger with same speed lenses (XZ-2 is that camera actually) or it would have the same size with slower lenses and you would lose all your IQ gain in low light !!!

@Xue24 - thanks. Yes, all of those are 100% with a Pentax Q. They are also 100% by me :-) I converted from RAW, LR 4.xx.
You may want to check the Pentax forum here (non DSLR).
You can download the jpegs and check the Exif too. Show the lens used, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 08:07 UTC
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Marty4650: "Body cap lens"..... where have I heard that before?

Hmmmmmm....

@Marty - yes but not the first to announce they were doing one. Your comment implies Pentax copycatting Olympus and that is just not the case. They announced their plans way before

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 02:10 UTC
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Marty4650: "Body cap lens"..... where have I heard that before?

Hmmmmmm....

@Philly - no, I was presenting. It to Marty that Pentax announced this idea before Olympus for their system. I am responding to Marty's observation that implies Pentax got the idea from Olympus or something like that.

And sorry but as far as leading, you can certainly pick an idea from a competitor and being it to market first. Pentax was only led by themselves here since well, they had planned to do this for the Q earlier.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 02:08 UTC
On Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact article (198 comments in total)
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ARTASHES: Before everybody starts to complain about sensor size just check this sensor performance on the other compacts (Canon HS50, SX240)
If it had 1/1.7 sensor it would have been bigger with same speed lenses (XZ-2 is that camera actually) or it would have the same size with slower lenses and you would lose all your IQ gain in low light !!!

What you need to understand is that there are pros and cons in everything. Just because something does not meet your needs does not mean it may not work for someone else. As a point of example: the Q allows me to be very discreet for street life and literally wear the camera. I have a K-5 which is amazing/outstanding in low light and tonality but I don't carry it or wear it with me.

Oh and you bet if I pull out a K-5 (even though that's small for a DSLR) I will bring more attention to myself as a street photographer than a Q. A Nikon D3/D4 can be great, but it's not a tank I want to carry around. It all depends what you are trying to do as a photographer. Do not write these cameras as useless blindly based on a sensor size or just because they do not work for you.

If you can't fathom a use for them at least for someone else, you have to ask yourself if your focus is too much on gear and not photography. Just imho of course.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 20:53 UTC
On Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact article (198 comments in total)
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ARTASHES: Before everybody starts to complain about sensor size just check this sensor performance on the other compacts (Canon HS50, SX240)
If it had 1/1.7 sensor it would have been bigger with same speed lenses (XZ-2 is that camera actually) or it would have the same size with slower lenses and you would lose all your IQ gain in low light !!!

@Timm - I sure understand the concept of control over DOF. In fact, you can certainly do it with the 1/2.7'' sensored Q, with a Q lens.
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp3782.jpg

I take photographs at night *all the time*. It's one of the things I do the most actually:

ISO 5000
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp4768-1.jpg
ISO 3200
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp3887_c.jpg
ISO 1600
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp7624.jpg
ISO 6400
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/q_6400_f1_9.jpg
ISO 4000
http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/imgp6993.jpg

Here's what you need to understand:
- DOF control is not just being able to do shallow DOF. Maybe you want a lot of depth. There are photographers that want this. This means these cameras can be a match for them- even if they are not for you!
Here is a good photography article on that:
http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2012/06/in-defense-of-depth.html

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 20:50 UTC
On Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact article (198 comments in total)
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Liz Z.: I thought "Wow, this looks like a worthy alternative to the RX100-- wider angle, more zoom, brighter lens at tele," until I got to the sensor size. What was Olympus thinking in not doing at least a 1/1.7' sensor? I suspect that the users this camera is aimed at (digitally informed, not invested in the megapixel race, interested in RAW formats and manual options) will notice that "feature," and be unimpressed. It seems short sighted on Olympus' part.

I don't have dual profiles here. No, I don't believe the comment applies to me but that's irrelevant to the point. The point is you are the one who is making the call, and you would think you would be clearly not in the category you are describing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 20:36 UTC
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