Valentinian

Valentinian

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On Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? article (200 comments in total)
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Chris_in_Osaka: Well, it wouldn't be a first. Back in the pre-m4/3's days, weren't the Zuiko 18-180mm and 70-300mm Sigma designed? The only difference is that those were low end "standard" lenses. The 75mm 1.8mm is a higher end product.

What I'd be more interested in finding out is if Olympus is actually manufacturing the 75mm. Considering that almost everything else in their product line is made in China, and sales of the old regular 4/3's lenses that were made in Japan are pretty much as dead as that system, it wouldn't surprise me if the 75mm is made in Japan by Sigma. I can't imagine Olympus are keeping a lens factory running to produce only 2 high end, limited market lenses (the 75mm and 12mm).

Another company manufacturing for Olympus wouldn't be a first either. If I remember correctly, the original E-1 camera, the only E system camera to have been manufactured in Japan, was built by Sanyo.

Sigma lenses are made in Japan.... is Sigma making the 75/1.8 for olympus?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 16:51 UTC
On Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? article (200 comments in total)

Sigma became a very good quality lens maker. Will they ever design and make a 250mm/f4 for m4/3 ? (it'll be ok if sold under different "brand" name...)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 16:49 UTC as 25th comment

(Dpreview's "wolf in sheep's clothing" couldn't say it better...)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 11:30 UTC as 50th comment
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TN Args: Why would they choose an eye point of only 17.5mm? Surely eyeglass wearers like me cannot live with that? My camera's eye point is 22mm and it is only just enough when wearing glasses. I would not want to go below 21mm.

What were they thinking?

maybe can the EVF prescription be adjusted so that it can at least be used w/out prescription glasses ?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 15:02 UTC

Olympus ! what were you thinking when you made the EP5 without an EVF ?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 14:59 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)

Panasonic and Olympus should come up with this kind of sensor BEFORE Canon starts making mirrorless cameras. otherwise Canon will eat m4/3 share of the market.
Anyway, now next improvement should come in the EVF field.
Then, when EVF will be as good or even better than OVF, mirror dsrl will be dynosaurs.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 17:08 UTC as 408th comment | 4 replies
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Marty4650: I just want to throw this out.

If you need fast lenses that require manual focusing, then consider an f/1.2 legacy lens with an adapter for your M4/3 camera.

I just checked ebay, and found the following recent sales...

Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 lens in good condition..... $186
(in fact, there were several that sold for under $200)
Nikon Non AI 55mm f/1.2 lens in good condition. $260
Minolta MD 50mm f/1.2 lens in good condition... $269

the legacy lenses you quote can only be compared (maybe) to only one of the Nokton f1.2 lenses: the last one (42.5mm).
However, what you write makes sense.
Unless..... unless Cosina-Voigtlander has other plans: considering the three Cosina-Voigtlander 1.2 Nokton lenses, all for mft, and considering that they build the "poor man Leica" FF film Bessas, I wonder if Cosina -Voigtlander is planning to follow the way of Leica, and come out with a manual focus digital rangefinder mft ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 15:23 UTC
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Gesture: I'd like to see Cosina complete the circle and issue its own digital camera (Epson RD-1 successor). Would love it to take LTM lenses like the RD-1, but that's a dream. How many cameras has Cosina built off that one chassis. (Olympus, Nikon, Bessa, Zeiss Ikon, ...)

considering the three Cosina-Voigtlander 1.2 lenses, all for mft, and considering that they build the "poor man Leica" FF film Bessas, I wonder if Cosina -Voigtlander is planning to follow the way of Leica, and come out with a manual focus digital rangefinder mft ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 15:07 UTC
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tko: $1265, all manual, 760g.

Canon 85MM F/1.8 = $365, all auto, 425 G

Less performance, more expensive, and heavier. A whopping 0.3" smaller in one dimension, 0.1 in the others.

A perfect example of how M34rds rips of the unsuspecting buyers who think that a F0.95 lens is amazing, and close their eyes to the real specs.

No wonder M43rds doesn't want equivalence spec published - they reveal the sham.

"Less performance"? Really?
Then take two cameras: your Canon with a f1.9 and an OM D E M-5 mft with f1.2
All other factors being the same, the E M-5 with a f1.2 can take a photo where the light is so low that f1.9 is not good enough.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 15:00 UTC
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fastlass: Can you just say that this is a 42.5 mm m43 lens. The target audience knows what the photographic characteristics in terms of angle of view, depth of field control, and background blur are for them. Let each standard stand on its own.

Really?
then take two cameras: a FF with a f1.9 and mft with f1.2
All other factors being the same, the mft with a f1.2 can take a very low light photo where the f1.9 is not good enough for the FF.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 14:51 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

Good try, Leica. Your effort is appreciated
Now that you have a camera body, start working for the next upgrade model:
- make the lens interchangeable
- get rid of that circular little flash and buy a state-of-the-art EVF in its place
- design some good Leica lenses.
- buy a state-of-the-art phase/contrast hybrid sensor for fast AF

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 18:28 UTC as 205th comment | 1 reply
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
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Valentinian: All the comments seem negative. Ok , so this camera is not for the typical advanced enthusiast photographer who reads this site.
And yet... if a flash and the EVF 2 can be mounted at the same time (can they?), wouldn't this Leica quality built camera be a good choice for wedding photographers?

obviously this camera, for semi-professional indoor shooting, should be used together with a good flash - if that could be done (but VictorTasvina wrote above that it can't be done)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 15:09 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
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Valentinian: All the comments seem negative. Ok , so this camera is not for the typical advanced enthusiast photographer who reads this site.
And yet... if a flash and the EVF 2 can be mounted at the same time (can they?), wouldn't this Leica quality built camera be a good choice for wedding photographers?

No, I have never shot a wedding - I am not a professional. But. I was recently at a wedding, and I had my E M-5 with pl 25/1.4 and no flash.
the official photographer and his assistant (a beautiful lady - I took pictures of her ...lol.) they had monstrous size professional systems. and the photographer told me (several times) that he loves my little OMD.... (he emailed the same comment after I emailed to him my photo of his assistant...)

my point is that this camera is not for the enthusiast reader of this site. but there are others, probably many other photographers who might find this camera interesting. We should not have only our own narrow point of view...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 14:47 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

All the comments seem negative. Ok , so this camera is not for the typical advanced enthusiast photographer who reads this site.
And yet... if a flash and the EVF 2 can be mounted at the same time (can they?), wouldn't this Leica quality built camera be a good choice for wedding photographers?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 14:36 UTC as 306th comment | 7 replies
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

If a flash and the EVF 2 can be mounted at the same time, it will be a good choice for wedding photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 13:14 UTC as 356th comment | 1 reply
On Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? article (370 comments in total)
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Valentinian: If this were still the "film" era, then a Leica M7 would be still on top of my dreamed cameras.... it is a very well build camera designed to last forever.
But we are well in the digital camera era, and a Leica doesn't belong by definition, because now a camera becomes obsolete in a few years. Buying a M8, then a few years later replacing it with an M9, and then replacing that with an M... is much more expensive than updating a digital Nikon, Canon, Pentax Olympus etc....
Sad reality... would hate seeing Leica brand disappear...but...dynosaurs had a problem adapting to the enviroment too didn't they?
Or... as long as there are VERY RICH photography entusiasts, Leica will live...Hurrah...

I see your point an partially agree. The M8 is still a great camera.
but your point is also due to the fact that you do have an M8 (and therefore defend the validity of your possession).
Can you really deny that the M9 is an advancement from the M8 ? and that the M improves over the M9 ? Why did Leica improve their flagship digital camera three times in six years?
Did they do that in the film era?
Compared to the M type 240, the M8 is indeed in a sense obsolete. Is it not?

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 23:53 UTC
On Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? article (370 comments in total)
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Valentinian: If this were still the "film" era, then a Leica M7 would be still on top of my dreamed cameras.... it is a very well build camera designed to last forever.
But we are well in the digital camera era, and a Leica doesn't belong by definition, because now a camera becomes obsolete in a few years. Buying a M8, then a few years later replacing it with an M9, and then replacing that with an M... is much more expensive than updating a digital Nikon, Canon, Pentax Olympus etc....
Sad reality... would hate seeing Leica brand disappear...but...dynosaurs had a problem adapting to the enviroment too didn't they?
Or... as long as there are VERY RICH photography entusiasts, Leica will live...Hurrah...

Or, Leica should have a policy to allow customers to return the old camera when upgrading to a new model, then update the old camera to the new specifications, and sell it as a refurbished model.... but.... does this look like a Leica way to do things?

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 13:35 UTC
On Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? article (370 comments in total)

If this were still the "film" era, then a Leica M7 would be still on top of my dreamed cameras.... it is a very well build camera designed to last forever.
But we are well in the digital camera era, and a Leica doesn't belong by definition, because now a camera becomes obsolete in a few years. Buying a M8, then a few years later replacing it with an M9, and then replacing that with an M... is much more expensive than updating a digital Nikon, Canon, Pentax Olympus etc....
Sad reality... would hate seeing Leica brand disappear...but...dynosaurs had a problem adapting to the enviroment too didn't they?
Or... as long as there are VERY RICH photography entusiasts, Leica will live...Hurrah...

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 12:26 UTC as 59th comment | 4 replies
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Still no eye level finder either optical, EVF or hybrid. Therefore, not a serious camera for serious photographers. I'll stick to my OM-D and avoid the hand/arm shakes, thank you.

"Good photographers make do with what they have".
Right. but having a choice, a good photographer will prefer to buy a camera with some kind of VF.
Uinless... wait.. if you will give a good photographer for free an E P5, then, yeah, he'll make do with it (but he would prefer you'd give him an E M-5 rather than the E P5 ).
Anyway, as a second camera the E P5 looks awsome.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2013 at 23:28 UTC
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)
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wayfarers: No build in EVF keeps the cost down. For people who need it here is a new external VF-4 viewfinder which additionally can be angled and can be used by left eye photographers. Not sure that the E-P5 has WiFi: pictures do not show "WiFi" logo, and the body is covered by metal skin (in all cameras with WiFi some external panels have to be plastic, as for example in Sony NEX 6).

If instead of the flash had a EVF would have been a killer

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2013 at 23:14 UTC
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