Don Wiss

Don Wiss

Lives in United States Brooklyn, NY, United States
Works as a programmer
Has a website at http://donwiss.com/
Joined on Aug 3, 2005

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On Olympus blends E-M5 and E-5 to create OM-D E-M1 flagship ILC news story (223 comments in total)
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dweberphotography: Maybe someone here can answer this for me:

What is the difference between Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds? Is the sensor size different?

And with a shorter flange-back distance the lens can be smaller.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 15:49 UTC

I do remember putting diskettes into a Sony Mavica. I borrowed one for a trip in March 1999. Here are the pictures:

http://donwiss.com/pictures/Barbados-1999/
http://donwiss.com/pictures/St-Lucia-1999/

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 02:17 UTC as 93rd comment

"make sure it's a nice multiple of 222 pixels wide for Pinterest"

They used to be a multiple of 192. I set my site up for that. I just went to Pinterest. I find them today to be about 236 wide. A moving target!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 11:31 UTC as 9th comment
On Picasa web is now redirecting to Google+ post (42 comments in total)

There is one thing that is very consistent with Google products: They are all over-engineered. If you just want a simple photo album Google is not the place to use.

They have even over-engineered a simple search. If you think that every word you enter should be on the returned pages you are wrong. Google has decided that it is smarter than you. Some of the words you entered Google decides are optional. You can put double quotes around each word. That generally makes it a required word, but not necessarily. You can see this as you add words. You think that you are going to get fewer results? Nope. You add more words and the number of results increases. Instead of putting the expected ANDs in between your words, Google is putting ORs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2013 at 21:22 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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Thoughts: Just checked... 810 grams ! not fun to walk around or go on a holiday in summer days with this lens.

That was the number I was looking for. Switch to m4/3 and for 520g you can get 600mm equivalent. I'm now waiting for the next Panasonic body and then I'll make the switch.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 12:10 UTC
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Boris F: GH3 is coming closer!
Is it prelude for it?

My dealer does not like the ergonomics of the OMD. He writes: "it is rather small in my opinion. The buttons and layout are a little cramped in comparison to other m4/3 that I know will be out later this year (one in June & the other in October)."
Now he is under non-disclosure. So I don't know what these bodies are. Or whether they are Olympus or Panasonic. But based on what should be coming out, one would expect these to be the replacements for the G3 and GH2. And based on past releases (the G3 was announced in May and the GH2 was announced in September) I'm hoping that the G3 replacement is the first one. Though the G3 is one year old, and the GH2 is two years old. So the GH2 replacement could be first.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 09:42 UTC
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (262 comments in total)
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Mssimo: sorry..but we need a guide on how to get a e-M5 before we know how to use it ;)

I just stopped by at Focus Camera to hold one. They had none on display, but he did have some in stock. Getting back home I find on their website they list the black body with the kit lens as being in stock.

I wanted to hold one as I have a contact that is arguing it is too small and I should wait until the June or September ones come out. Presumably he's referring to the next Panasonic models.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2012 at 21:09 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review news story (577 comments in total)
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fz750: I haven't had my mitts on one yet, but seen a couple in local shop windows and at first I thought it had a telephoto lens attached but on closer inspection it's just a normal 12-50mm?

How come it's so long? Seems twice as long as the one on my E-PL2 ??

The reason for the fixed larger size, over the extending, is so they could weather seal it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 22:54 UTC
On Olympus releases firmware update for OM-D E-M5 news story (41 comments in total)
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Streetsmart: They don't even have the E-M5 I pre-ordered months ago in stock
But hey it already has a firmware update how great !!!

I hope the camera is available before the rebate expires on May 31st.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2012 at 22:50 UTC

I doubt things are back to normal in that 2000 acre alluvial plain in Thailand that was flooded last Fall. For one, hard drive prices are still way up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2012 at 15:20 UTC as 27th comment
On Dpreview product database now mobile news story (39 comments in total)

I'd like to see the database include external flashes.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 02:45 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On Images of Panasonic GF5 start to appear news story (130 comments in total)
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Steve_: Who cares about the body; did they fix the lens?

@Steve. You should specify which lens you think needs fixing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 00:43 UTC
On Images of Panasonic GF5 start to appear news story (130 comments in total)
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Almeida: Is this an editorial change that's here to stay? Will we start to have rumors on DPReview?

I'm glad they are now posting rumors here. I'd rather not have to hunt the web for them. And if we can assume that they have one under a non-disclosure, then they aren't going to pass on a rumor that they know isn't real.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 00:41 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 low light high ISO sample series news story (283 comments in total)

This has image stabilization in the body. Panasonic has it in the lens. How well do the Panasonic lenses work on this? I would presume you can't have two IMs at the same time, and you turn off the one in the lens?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2012 at 21:19 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
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Coyote_Cody: 18mp in 1/2.3" sensor, who really needs this??
The 16mp already was compromised to the point that it had no more resolution than a 10 or 12mp via noise reduction, even though Sony did wonders with it!

Silly, Silly, Silly!!!

Yep. Posting one's pictures on the web is the way it is done these days. What use is a picture 4896 x 3672 pixels? No monitor exists close to that size.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:02 UTC
On DxO Labs launches Optics Pro 7.1 for Mac and Windows news story (95 comments in total)

I see they are listing mirrorless cameras. I thought those cameras had lens correction built in? What does this software give me for a m4/3 camera?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2011 at 18:41 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database news story (228 comments in total)
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magnumgf: Nikon deserves much praise. They managed to launch a bland looking, expensive camera that can almost compete with micro four thirds! Congratulations. Their next task will be much harder, finding people who will actually stump up the cash and buy that thing...

Why didn't Nikon just make a micro four thirds camera?

>Why didn't Nikon just make a micro four thirds camera?

(1) Because if you push the technology on the m4/3, you would end up with a camera that could compete against the more profitable DSLRs. By keeping the sensor smal,l Nikon can be sure it doesn't get adopted by the pro-consumer crowd.

(2) Because a proprietary format is always more profitable than an open standard. Minor players don't have the market power to get a proprietary format established and have to adopt a standard.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 09:43 UTC
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery news story (352 comments in total)

The marketing people have a word for it: "product differentiation." The m4/3 format has the potential to challenge the more profitable DSLR sales. Even having it come in all these colors is to keep the DSLR crowd from switching to them.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 18:52 UTC as 60th comment
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery news story (352 comments in total)

How computerized are the lenses compared to the m4/3 lenses? How much correction is being done in firmware?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 18:47 UTC as 62nd comment
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