mwhyte

mwhyte

Lives in Canada Vancouver, BC, Canada
Works as a Instructor
Has a website at https://michaelwhyte.ca
Joined on Jan 24, 2010
About me:

I am Just an amateur / hobbyist photographer that loves both the artistic and the technical sides of photography.

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nathantw: I just use Tenba and ONA and be done with it.

I've got one of the 2020 model year Tenba DNA Messenger bags and I love it...I will probably get the new DNA 9 bag to add to my larger DNA messenger bag...

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2021 at 20:18 UTC
On article Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4.0 Pro field review (278 comments in total)
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kelpdiver: Usually Olympus's Pro designation gets you f2.8 versus the cheaper F4 solutions. Like their 8mm or 7-14. $1100 for f4 on a m43? No thanks. Not when we're talking about WA.

@Jer81 …Exactly in m43 land we have lots of choice…From bright primes to F2.8 (or even F1.7) fast zooms to slower and lighter (but still great) F4 zooms…

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 07:00 UTC
On article Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4.0 Pro field review (278 comments in total)
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vynz: I wish it was a f2.8. The 12-40 is 2.8 and is a nice compact lens. There is a lot of noticible grain at f4 on a MFT sensor even in daylight. Perosnally grain doesn't bother me but it may affect people who want to submit to stock photo websites for example whos requirements sometimes includes no visible noise.

I have the 12-100 F4 Pro lens glued to my EM1iii and I never have an issue shooting at base ISO with reasonable shutter speeds throughout the day…Even still with the EM1iii’s excellent IS shutter speeds can be really low and still be sharp…

Regardless for me I personally shoot Aperture Priority with auto ISO with a cap of ISO 1600…and that is almost always fine…If I happen to have a noisy shot (usually taken at the early dawn hours or dusk hours) I just pipe it through DXO Deep Prime or Topaz DeNoise AI and presto…the noise is pretty much gone…

In summary, F4 is just fine on m43 for street, landscape and everyday life shots…

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 06:47 UTC
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Manzur Fahim: For once in a lifetime trip, I'd sell the current gear, save more money as the trip is next year, and get myself a used GFX 100S, 23mm and the 100-200mm. And if I can afford it, maybe a 23mm too. I'd like to have the highest possible image quality for my once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Most people have to live within a set budget…The GFX 100s is the pinnacle of image quality but it is also 6 grand…That is a big chunk of change for a body…and really hard for many to justify…Hey if you can afford it and don’t mind the size and weight of MF lenses…then have at it and enjoy those luscious pixels…

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2021 at 07:23 UTC
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Hugo808: I guess some people just like noisy pictures. But all gear is a compromise. Going somewhere like the Galapagos I'd worry more about battery life. My Fuji system would be hopeless without a charging point, I simply can't carry any more batteries!

With a small investment of $100 - $200 or so one can buy DXO Pure RAW or Topaz Denoise A.I. and get nearly noise free images on m43 through to ISO 6400 and low noise images out to 25,600 ISO…

The new modern noise reduction software is game changer for those of us who use smaller sensors…Plus it is false to think that m43 photos are a noisy mess…I am more than happy with my m43 photos even without noise reduction for images I take out to ISO 1600…Yeah FF Is better, but m43 is plenty good enough most of the time…A Ferrari might be faster than a corvette but a corvette is plenty fast…

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2021 at 07:02 UTC
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ggstlz: I’d like to upgrade as well but I look at the shots I can get with my 5diii Nikon equivalent, and can only think that I would have stuck to the FF. I appreciate the process and desire for certain bells and whistles but at the end of the day, a large clean image always trumps everything else.

For you “a large clean image always trumps everything else”…but for perhaps the writer, many others and myself…image quality might sit behind features, handling, weight, size and price…Everyone has a different set of priorities…

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2021 at 06:42 UTC
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charlyw64: That”s goong to be one disappointing trip - the cost of the smaller lenses and the smaller sensor is that you wont be getting any real life increase of resolution (as you wanted)… The reason is that you’ll quickly run into diffraction issues. And on top you lose the ability to separate foreground and background - so your once on a lifetime opportunity will be sadly yield sub par results. So sad that someone employed at a camera review site is so misled by the camera reviews (which have been going downhill since Phil sold the site)…

I don’t know why people think it is so hard to get great background blur with M43 and F4…I can get all the background blur I could possibly ever want with my 12-100 F4 lens…All I do is zoom to 100mm and I can get great subject isolation from the background most of the time…FF people just try it…Take your 70-200 lenses Zoom out to 200mm and set your aperture to F8 (the horror) and I bet you will get lots of bokeh if your subject is a decent distance from the background…

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2021 at 06:33 UTC
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BackToNature1: "Camera requirements"

"The most important factor in my search for a new camera system is price. I'm looking for the value option, not the best camera on the market."

"As for my camera system wishes, here are the main features I'm looking for on my 5D III replacement (the 5D already offers some of these things):

I want a more capable sensor; the 5D's resolution is fine, but the dynamic range is behind the times."

So Jeff clearly stated that improved DR was on his WISH list, not his Requirement list. Yet some keeping harping back to that. The other issue I have is that it seems some are too focused on, "once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos" then applying their own personal weighting to that. Maybe once in a lifetime trip is far more about being there than Just the actual photography an that would have an secondary weighting. I really don't know. Either way, the G9 will do more than just get the Job Done. An It's really not an downgrade.

Great points here…We have to remember that not everyone wants to lug a tonne of photographic equipment on a trip that is for enjoyment…Very few of us are pro National Geographic photographers and really do not need the ultimate in image quality and the weight and burden that that would entail with large pro grade FF telephoto lenses…I bet he will get many great images from the system that he is planning to bring..Micro 4/3, despite what many say, can produce fantastic images…

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2021 at 06:24 UTC
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brownie314: But seriously - you are going on what is basically a wildlife shoot - and the longest lens you are considering is 200mm? I think you should rethink that. As I said below the D500 plus 200-500 gives you an effective 750mm lens. Is is a bright lens - not really - but it is easily bright enough for daylight shoots. Trust me - you need that extra reach for wildlife.

I think (please people correct me if I am wrong) that the Galapagos is unique in this regard as the animals are not really afraid of humans there and you can get really close to the animals…Remember this is not Africa , so no fear of being eaten by a lion or anything…

I am sure the writer has done his research and knows this…So I bet a 200mm lens will get the shots he wants… A large FF super telephoto lens is not for everyone especially when hiking around an island…

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2021 at 05:43 UTC

I have to pinch myself to make sure I haven’t entered the Twilight Zone…A professional digital camera reviewer or writer chooses an m43 camera over the mighty FF…This just can’t be…Well it is true…As an m43 shooter all I can say is welcome to the system…Just be prepared to get lots of criticism from the FF and equivalence crowd for your decision…but fear not, us m43 users stick together and we will have your back…I hope you get lots of great shots on your trip to the Galapagos…

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2021 at 05:38 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 PRO (230 comments in total)
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achill3s: I bet this lens is a mess optically. It probably needs corrections galore like the Canon 24-240mm does. I would personally still take the 24-240mm over this for $899. Are people really gonna pretend they'd rather have this lens on m4/3rds over a FF Canon RP with the 24-240?? Really? It's 1236 grams with a high quality 10x zoom. While this on an EM-1 is 915 grams with only 16-50mm equivalent. I got the combo RP + 24-240 for $1,599 while this will cost you nearly $3,000. Sure the EM-1 has some nice specs but the only one that matters is image quality and it is still worse than an EOS RP... lol.

You need to know that a 24-240 super zoom lens is a completely different lens with a completely different use case to a 16-50 (35mm EQV) lens.

Your comparison would be like “why would anyone buy a Mazda Miata” when for similar or less money I could get a Ford Ranger Pickup truck with tones of storage in the back bed for similar or less cost”…Yeah sure…but I don’t want or need a truck…Hopefully that makes sense…

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 19:59 UTC
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jpeghorror: Will smartphones never be able to capture birds from a great distance? I just saw a Samsung TV commercial with a girl using her phone to zoom 30x on a rock to photograph a lizard that was barely visible to the eye. I guess the phone has a high resolution sensor to enable a crop without upscaling, I'm not sure. And this is the present - what about five years from now?

Oh, but the details suck, mobile phone photos look like watercolor paintings - yep, we know. Nobody cares or can tell at 1080 pixels on the web. Cameras systems are now low-volume luxury goods for pros and geeks and perfectionists and artists. I think OMDS can survive through innovation within the m4/3 niche and the goodwill of Olympus fans. They better hire some smart people, it's going to be tough.

I hate to break it to you but I wouldn't trust a zoom demo you saw on a smartphone TV commercial from any smartphone manufacturer...I would bet that in real life that the zoom in of a lizard that is invisible to the naked eye would look pretty horrible even on a regular old 1080 display...I will however keep an open mind and will await a reply to someone who has shot with this smartphone to prove me wrong....

I do agree with you though that most people could care less about general image quality...Which is too bad...but probably the way it has always been, even in the analog days when "real" photographers used ILCs and the regular folks were just fine with compact cameras with basic optics...

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2021 at 05:14 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Our favorite $1000 camera kits (286 comments in total)
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probert500: Video guys and m4/3 - LOL. The only reason it still exists, unless you're comparing it to 1" sensor or a point and shoot. I'd still go with a 1" if size was the priority.

I love and use m43 mainly for photography. I have no complaints in regards to image quality...In regards to a 1” sensor camera...Well only Nikon produced a 1” sensor MILC and lenses...Which they have now stopped developing...With m43 you get small lens and large lenses, small primes and large pro primes, plastic fantastic kit zooms and large pro zooms...Its all the glass we get to choose from that makes the system great...

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2021 at 04:56 UTC
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Albert Valentino: Well, I purchased their latest flagshio camera, EM1 mark III last month, and have a complete lens set for all my needs and wants. So no matter what, I am set for five to ten years. Best camera system I even owned. Don’t need more pixels, 7 stops of IBiS is plenty, especially since I always shoot in good light. I can even do hand held high resolution captures if I want more pixels.

I thought I would share one more photo...This photo was taken using the Olympus Hand-Held Hi-Res Mode to produce an approximately 50MP photo...

This photo was taken with lots of potential for movement in the frame...Admittedly, it was a calm day, and False Creek in Vancouver, Canada is usually pretty calm, so it was not too much of a challenge for the Olympus camera. I think this photo does demonstrate that Hand-Held Hi-Res shot mode can be used for a variety of situations and not just for product, food, still life and static landscape photography...

Here is the photo that was shot with the EM1iii + 12 - 100 F4 Pro using the Hand-Held Hi-Res mode...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5wcza0ow1gwoerq/a-sunny-morning-on-false-creek.jpg?dl=0

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2021 at 03:29 UTC
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Albert Valentino: Well, I purchased their latest flagshio camera, EM1 mark III last month, and have a complete lens set for all my needs and wants. So no matter what, I am set for five to ten years. Best camera system I even owned. Don’t need more pixels, 7 stops of IBiS is plenty, especially since I always shoot in good light. I can even do hand held high resolution captures if I want more pixels.

@entoman Thank you for the thoughtful reply...You are correct, I value portability over ultimate image quality and I value some of the “fun” computational photo features that Olympus offers such as Live ND, Tripod and Hand Held Hi-Res, in-camera focus-stacking and Live Time mode...These features make the picture taking process fun vs just having a large sensor with more pixels...I love the challenge of trying to squeeze as much quality out of a smaller sensor as possible...Finally, you are correct I find the editing process quite relaxing and enjoyable...

As you said, to each their own. My values are not the same as the photographer that puts image quality above all else, and neither that photographer’s priorities or my priorities are correct..We both are correct...I am happy just having more people out there taking photos, regardless of brand or sensor size...

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2021 at 04:29 UTC
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Albert Valentino: Well, I purchased their latest flagshio camera, EM1 mark III last month, and have a complete lens set for all my needs and wants. So no matter what, I am set for five to ten years. Best camera system I even owned. Don’t need more pixels, 7 stops of IBiS is plenty, especially since I always shoot in good light. I can even do hand held high resolution captures if I want more pixels.

I have to apologize. In my original reply I stated that the shot that I linked to was a Hand Held Hi-Res shot, when in fact it was a tripod Hand Held Hi-Res shot...I forgot I had a tripod with me for this shot...My bad...Sorry everyone...

With that said...Even if this was a Hand Held Hi-Res shot I would use a similar technique using the single shot low res version (that Olympus gives you) to paint out any undesirable motion artifacts...I say undesirable, because some motion artifacts (like moving water) often make the photograph look more pleasing...That is down to personal taste though...

So even though the original shared photo was a tripod multi-shot Hi-Res photo, I still want to share the original RAWs so people can see the edits I did...

Tripod HiRes RAW: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5fitjkjf23fkgxm/em1ii-P5034117-High-Res.ORF?dl=0

Regular Res RAW (that Olympus gives you automatically): https://www.dropbox.com/s/hjk2r2nwlcglyq7/em1ii-P5034117-Regular-Res.ORF?dl=0

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 16:47 UTC

Why is everyone so quick to say that Olympus is gone...Nothing, not the press releases, the new global web site or the North American getOlympus website, suggests JIP is just going to chop up the assets, sell the assets off and call it a day...I truly believe they are going to give it a college try...

If they (OM Digital Solutions) focuses on Olympus's strength which are portability with super telephoto lenses for wildlife, general ruggedness of their pro gear and their lead in computational photography for mirrorless cameras (HH-HiRes, LiveND and in camera focus stacking)...They have a shot at winning over some people who value those qualities...

Not everyone needs or wants super shallow depth of field...Really you can get pretty good shallow DOF with F1.8 on m43...Plus new RAW processors like DXO Deep prime reduce the differences between FF and m43 in regards to high ISO shooting...

Let's give this company 12 months to see what happens before pronouncing them gone forever...

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 03:43 UTC as 86th comment | 6 replies
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Albert Valentino: Well, I purchased their latest flagshio camera, EM1 mark III last month, and have a complete lens set for all my needs and wants. So no matter what, I am set for five to ten years. Best camera system I even owned. Don’t need more pixels, 7 stops of IBiS is plenty, especially since I always shoot in good light. I can even do hand held high resolution captures if I want more pixels.

@entoman I use Handheld HiRes on my EM1iii all the time...It is a great feature...It allows you to have 20MP for most uses...and then switch to a HiRes mode for the occasional landscape or macro shot...

As for movement artifacts...It actually works quite nicely on moving water as it creates a nice realistic blur of moving water when using HH HiRes...Other movements in the frame like people moving, can be dealt with if you know your way around Photoshop (Olympus gives you a static 20MP RAW version of the HIRes shot..sans motion artifacts)...

Finally another bonus of Handheld HiRes shot is it lowers your noise level...So that an ISO 1600 shot almost looks like it was shot as ISO 200 (in regards to noise)...

Now is this as easy as buying a 47MP FF camera and pushing the shutter...No...but it is a fun feature to play with in the camera and makes photography fun, IMO...

Here is a photo I toke with HH HiRes Shot with motion artifacts fixed in PS: https://bit.ly/35aipCR

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 03:14 UTC
On article Hands on: Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x (722 comments in total)
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AGSchnozz: The "equivalency" arguments are pretty tiring and also irrelevant for working professional photographers. The most important thing is to "get the shot". Very rarely is it about trying to blur out EVERY background. (and there are better lenses for that trait). The DoF equivalency arguments are nearly always straw-men and have little application in the real world. Besides, for a sports/wildlife photographer, the advantages are in the opposite direction. If I can shoot at F4.5 and have sufficient DoF, why would I force myself to "F8 and be there" with a full-frame camera and have to boost ISO?

As to noisy small sensors? I don't know what planet we're all on, but a modern m43 sensor is cleaner than we think, and a modern full-frame sensor isn't as clean as we think. I shoot both and in all honesty, a Sony full-frame sensor gets pretty noisy beyond ISO 400 once you start cranking the contrast and color up. For real-world photography, it's almost a wash.

@Sharlin ...You are correct...but you also have to add what the average human eye can perceive and when do the laws of diminishing returns set in...So yes...a sensor 4 x as big collects 4 x as much light...but at normal viewing distances can a regular person tell that an m43 shot at base 200 ISO is 4 x noisier than a FF shot at ISO 200...I would bet not...(yeah you can zoom in 200% and see the extra noise...but most non-photographers don't do that...)...Plus with modern AI based noise reduction software you can get rid of a lot of noise without losing detail...So with modern tools you can have the benefit of a smaller m43 system with the perceived (not equal but perceived) as high image quality as a FF system...

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2020 at 02:39 UTC
On article The best Google Photo alternatives (277 comments in total)

Whatever you choose, make sure it saves the formats you want...Double check to make sure the service you choose accepts RAW files if backing up RAW files is important to you.

Backup best practices include having 3 x copies of a digital file...

Suggested backup copies:

1 x Local working copy
1 x Local backup
1 x Remote off-site backup (cloud service...or even an external hard drive stored in a bank branch safe deposit box or with a trustworthy family member or friend...the key is off-site and remote)

Personally I do the following:

Local Backup: I use SuperDuper! (macOS)...It allows simple cloning of hard drives...
Remote Backup: Amazon Photos - plus I pay a bit extra for video file storage...

For the phone camera I just use iCloud with my iPhone...

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2020 at 03:20 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies
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