Andy Westlake

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On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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jwinberg1: Andy:

SO glad you like your EM-1 so much, so do I, for similar reasons.

ANY chance your sharing your configured button settings???

Jack Winberg

Hi Jack,
here's my settings (and reasoning):
I don't much like the 2x2 controls, so I have the lever either 'Off' or 'Mode 5', which makes it an AF/MF switch.
I do want quick access to ISO control, so I have that set on Fn1.
Fn2 as default.
Front Fn buttons - 'Focus Peaking' on upper (for manual focus), DOF preview on lower.
I also have the Super Control Panel enabled to give touchscreen access to other settings (Settings D - Camera Control Settings - enable 'Live SCP' in all modes).
Hope this helps,
Andy

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 13:25 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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Tonio Loewald: Aside: before recommending cameras in shopping guides or featuring them in "gear of the year" articles, how about posting an actual review? If you're saying you haven't got the data to complete a review, how can you be recommending it?

[Here's our full review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 ](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympus-om-d-e-m1)

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 19:10 UTC
On article DPReview Top Picks: Stand-out third party lenses (85 comments in total)
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birdbrain: Isn't the Lens Baby the cheapest tilt shift?

No; LensBabies are 'selective focus' lenses which tilt, but don't shift as such. 'Proper' TS lenses also offer graduated, locking tilt and shift movements - Lensbabies are designed to be moved around freehand. Most of the optical units are deliberately uncorrected, too, so tilting the lens is used to move a zone of sharp(ish) focus around the frame, rather than control depth of field.

The exception to this is the [Edge 80](http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6353634878/lensbaby-edge-80-quick-review), which is reasonably sharp across the frame and can be used more like a conventional tilt lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 17:04 UTC
On article Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan (616 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: "It appears that the EOS M2 won't be sold in either the European or US markets."

is that because you know it won't, or just speculation on DPR's part because there has been no European or US announcement yet?

Canon EU says the EOS M2 won't be sold in Europe. We haven't had a response from Canon US (timezones and all that), but as they didn't brief us about the camera in advance, and don't even carry the 11-22mm lens, it seems most unlikely they'll offer the M2 either.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 13:40 UTC
On article DPReview Top Picks: Stand-out third party lenses (85 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Sigma's three new lenses all seem good, but I have serious doubts because they cannot focus manually on Nikon bodies. Can any company so uncaring make a good lens? I ask myself. I would certainly be very interested in their products if I could use them on my camera, and I am absolutely certain that I am not alone in this. Tamron can manage it, Tokina can manage it, Samyang manage it, but Sigma refuse to be bothered.

Furthermore I have read other reviews using APS-C as the reference AND I note from Sigma's website that they use their own Foveon sensors to design and test these new Art lens designs. As no full-frame Foveon sensors are known to exist, who would want a machine designed for an APS-C sized camera (or smaller as they claim they used their SD1)?

Are these tests for real? and is a company that sells Nikon fit lenses a serious proposition if they simply cannot be bothered at any price to make them compatible with the focusing systems of the host bodies?

Almost nothing in this post is correct.

1) Of course Sigma lenses can focus manually on Nikon bodies. Which ones do you think can't, and why? Are you simply getting confused by the fact that the focus ring turns the opposite way, which obviously isn't the same thing?

2) Plenty of reviews - including our own - have tested Sigma's DG lenses on full frame and found them to be excellent. Your claim that they are designed for APS-C is entirely wrong. (The DC lenses are, of course, designed only for APS-C.)

3) The size of the chip used in Sigma's proprietary 'A1' testing system (note: not the SD1) is almost irrelevant. It's entirely possible to test the whole of the full frame image area using either multiple chips or multiple measurements.

4) Incidentally, the size of the current 15MP X3 Foveon APS-C sensor is the same as most others - 1.5x crop, not 1.7x as you appear to believe.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 10:28 UTC
On article DPReview Top Picks: Stand-out third party lenses (85 comments in total)
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ysengrain: And what about somme incredible Zeiss lens ?

There are no Zeiss lenses in this roundup simply because it had to stop somewhere. I had some on the original long list (Otus 55/1.4, Touit 12/2.4, and the 100mm macro), but decided to leave them out of the final selection mainly on the grounds of price.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 13:23 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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Rbrt: DXO doesn't seem to be too impressed with Olympus lenses. Can anybody comment other than to slag DXO in some way?

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Ratings

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Olympus-M.ZUIKO-DIGITAL-ED-12-40mm-F2.8-PRO-lens-review-Pro-worthy-performer/Olympus-M.ZUIKO-DIGITAL-ED-12-40mm-F2.8-PRO-lens-performance

Thank you

DxOMark's tests are system tests of the lens and sensor, and this means that lenses will score better for resolution (Perceptual MP) when tested on higher resolution sensors. This is why Nikon FX lenses tend to score highly - they get tested on the 36MP D800.

The overall DxOMark lens score is a system metric which is influenced by sensor size - lenses for larger sensor systems score better. So again this places Micro Four Thirds at a disadvantage.

Micro Four Thirds lenses are also based around software distortion correction, which DxOMark doesn't take into account. As a result, DxOMark ends up with high measured distortion which presumably knocks down the score a bit, but most users will never see this in normal shooting.

On the whole Micro Four Thirds lenses are pretty good - but of course, some are better than others. The best are truly superb; at the other end of the scales the kit zooms aren't really any better or worse than other manufacturers'.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 23:01 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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Philly: @ Andy Westlake

Andy, do you have any opinion of the 12-40mm vs. the 12-60mm SWD? I just got the E-M1 and will be trying it out with my 12-60mm. Do you think 12-60mm owners gain much by going to the 12-40mm (other than the smaller size and the faster focus)? Thanks, if you can offer any comments.

The 12-40mm can refocus during movie recording, the 12-60mm can't. The 12-60mm also has quite pronounced and complex 'moustache' distortion at 12mm (i.e. barrel distortion recorrected at the corners), which can be a problem with some shots; the 12-40mm is designed around software distortion correction, so will produce straighter lines at the edges of the frame in normal use. But neither lens obviously 'beats' the other - they're just different.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 22:43 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: The Oly Fanclub is hard to convince. What does mean the prior quote from Andy Westlake: “But, at a whisker under $1000, quality like this doesn’t come cheap." This is technical Nonsense Jargon and bad language.

Where is dprewiew heading to? Where are the fundamental replies to - that Oly might run into a corporate problem of consumer optics? No substantial reply from an Amazon company, filling online pages like these. We need constructive contributions to support our future decisions. The present state of dpreview is of no further help. They need a revival.

Don't blame me - that's a quote from DxOMark's review of the 12-40mm. I didn't write it.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 19:41 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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Rbrt: DXO doesn't seem to be too impressed with Olympus lenses. Can anybody comment other than to slag DXO in some way?

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Ratings

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Olympus-M.ZUIKO-DIGITAL-ED-12-40mm-F2.8-PRO-lens-review-Pro-worthy-performer/Olympus-M.ZUIKO-DIGITAL-ED-12-40mm-F2.8-PRO-lens-performance

Thank you

Quote from that review: "The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO is a good lens, very good in fact, easily challenging the optical performance of the rival, and slightly dearer Panasonic model as well as high-grade APS-C lenses. But, at a whisker under $1000, quality like this doesn’t come cheap."

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 18:21 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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The Photo Ninja: There's no way his last name is Westlake. That's an area of downtown Seattle.

Seattle's a lovely place.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 16:14 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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Elderly: Andy, Are dpreview going to publish a useful 'user Guide' for the EM-1, similar to what you did for the EM-5?

We might. To be honest though, the two cameras are so similar in terms of their hidden quirks that almost everything in the E-M5 guide applies just as well to the E-M1.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 14:46 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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The Photo Ninja: There's no way his last name is Westlake. That's an area of downtown Seattle.

Luckily I don't live in Seattle.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 14:21 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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Corkcampbell: "The E-M1 takes the E-M5 and improves on it in almost every imaginable way."
C'mon...it still has abysmal video capabilities, although Oly did add a mic port. Wonderful camera, but not improved in every way from its predecessor. Do appreciate the personal review, though, and this series.

"*almost* every imaginable way"

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 12:26 UTC
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bbodruzic: Thank you Fujifilm.
You are creating brand loyality with theese improvements.
I love the sharpness, details and colors of my photos, and everything about my camera.
I like the speciall feel that I have when using your products.
I like your customer care.

Good job Fujifilm guys.

@Graham Hill: thing is, there's not a lot Fujifilm could have got more right with the X-E2. But here's a FW update adding a couple of new features anyway. Not many camera makers do that.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 21:51 UTC
On article DPReview Top Picks: Stand-out third party lenses (85 comments in total)
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Bjorn_L: Correction needed:
On the Sigma 120-300 you say
"... but it's not weatherproofed..."
Problem is, it is weather sealed, the older model with out OS is not weather sealed.

Corrected, thanks.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 20:21 UTC
On article DPReview Top Picks: Stand-out third party lenses (85 comments in total)
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drewski70: Interesting not one standard zoom for aps-c...I love my Tamron 17-50 f2.8, and I have heard good things about sigma 17-50 f2.8 too. If you are gift shopping for a photographer get them a fast standard zoom, and they will never take it off there camera.

The Sigma 18-35/1.8 is a standard zoom for APS-C.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 19:57 UTC
On article DPReview Top Picks: Stand-out third party lenses (85 comments in total)
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FrankS009: Might you not give us more information in your headline?

Third party lenses for Full Frame and APS-C cameras, perhaps.

You do not include M4/3rd third party lenses and it would be better to say which ones you do include.

F.

There are some Micro Four Thirds lenses included in this article - the Voigtlander Noktons and the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 17:46 UTC
On article Camera roundups: What to buy and why (286 comments in total)
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eastvillager: Where's the GM1? Am I missing something?

The GM1 is an entry-level mirrorless camera, so will be covered in the upcoming 'Entry-level mirrorless cameras' roundup.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 10:26 UTC
On article Camera roundups: What to buy and why (286 comments in total)
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christiangrunercom: Why is the Ricoh GR left out ? It would have nuked all the others...

We've reviewed most of those cameras in detail. The only ones missing are the Sigma DP Merrills (which we struggle to recommend for most users, as they're highly reliant on Sigma Photo Pro for Raw conversion, which can produce great output but is painfully slow and clunky), and the Leica X2, which is pretty much eclipsed by the X100S.

If you're buying in this class, I'd say the choice looks pretty simple. Pick whether you want a 35mm-equiv or 28mm-equiv lens. If 28mm, buy the GR, unless you have Nikon accessories which you can (and will) use with the Coolpix A. If 35mm, buy the X100S, unless you have a really good reason to pick the RX1.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 10:56 UTC
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