CharlesB58

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chairrival: Options to consider — both of these are cheaper, faster, stabilized, and weather sealed:

APS-C: Fuji 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 WR (35mm equivalent: 27-202mm f/5.25-8.4) $700 USD, New (current $200 rebate)

35mm/Full Frame: Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 $898 USD, New (current $100 rebate)

Variable aperture zooms do NOT count as "faster" just because the wide end is (by, wow, 1/3 stop). Nor are the lenses from Fuji and Sony constructed to the same standard as Olympus PRO series lenses. The 12-100 PRO is weather sealed and stabilized (which is why it offers a theoretical 6.5 stops stabilization when combined with the IBIS of Olympus cameras)

And, as pointed out, just how are Fuji and Sony lenses "options" for m4/3 users?

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 09:44 UTC
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keepreal: Apart from a few compact primes, can anyone tell me why so many Olympus MFT lenses are so large and heavy, many of them have such outrageous native distortion? The cameras, E-M1 II apart are compact and lightweight, especially the beautiful Mini Leica like Pen-F. Silly name though for what ought to be called an E-M2, perhaps.The bodies may be 4/3 but most of the lenses are 16/3.

Large and heavy compared to what: cheap kit lenses from other makers? Lenses that don't have the degree of construction and optical quality? How many and which lenses do you think are large and heavy? Apart from the PRO line, Olympus m4/3 lenses are as compact as expected for the sensor size. What "outrageous native distortion"? Olympus lenses regularly test at the top of the charts.

Do you actually have first hand experience to back up your view, or are you just repeating the anti-m4/3 mantra so common among, ahem, "expert photographers" and equivalency police?

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 09:36 UTC

Well, it's obvious some of the comments posted here are not only made by people who are not working music photographers, but not working photographers at all. The return a photographer gets of a given use of a photo is usually a fraction of what the record label saves with their unlimited use provisions. If you know the industry, you know that labels do all they can to screw their own artists out of money. The greed factor trickles down hill and is often disguised as Intellectual Property Rights.

I've dealt first hand with musicians who loudly protest the idea of of not receiving fair compensation for performances or distribution of recordings then tell me with a smile that they want to use my photos "for credit". I smile back and point out that I am every bit the professional they are. Sometimes we then agree on a usage fee. Other times they resort to using crappy smartphone photos taken by people who are thrilled to get their names on the artist's website.

Many times an artist would like to use my photos, but his/her contract requires approval by his/her label's publicity department. Dealing with those people, who are the ones who come up with the crappy photo contracts, is like undergoing dental work without anesthesia, unless you are already on their approved list.

So please, if you aren't an actual music photographer, consider that your comments don't have much weight in this discussion.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 01:24 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies

Well, it's obvious some of the comments posted here are not only made by people who are not working music photographers, but not working photographers at all. The return a photographer gets of a given use of a photo is usually a fraction of what the record label saves with their unlimited use provisions. If you know the industry, you know that labels do all they can to screw their own artists out of money. The greed factor trickles down hill and is often disguised as Intellectual Property Rights.

I've dealt first hand with musicians who loudly protest the idea of of not receiving fair compensation for performances or distribution of recordings then tell me with a smile that they want to use my photos "for credit". I smile back and point out that I am every bit the professional they are. Sometimes we then agree on a usage fee. Other times they resort to using crappy smartphone photos taken by people who are thrilled to get their names on the artist's website.

Many times an artist would like to use my photos, but his/her contract requires approval by his/her label's publicity department. Dealing with those people, who are the ones who come up with the crappy photo contracts, is like undergoing dental work without anesthesia, unless you are already on their approved list.

So please, if you aren't an actual music photographer, consider that your comments don't have much weight in this discussion.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 01:24 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
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starwolfy: Amazing...but my 27 inch monitor is not large enough to display my 10mp Leica M8 files at 100% And I don't even talk about reviewing a picture in vertical mode...which is ridiculously small even on 27 inches. Don't you think this resolution war is a bit overdone ?

Amazing...apparently unaware of all the ways photos are displayed aside from personal use monitors, some of which require the highest resolution possible. ;-)

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 00:36 UTC

A magnetic closure in close proximity to where someone might store memory cards? Hmmmm.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 21:27 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)

Not everyone wants an EVF. In fact, I know people who "cut their photography teeth" on P&S or phones who don't like using an EVF. Some of them have bought DSLRs, based on recommendations by "experts", and complain about how difficult they are to use with LV. (they don't like using the OVF) Sure, that's them being impractical, but the "experts" never stopped to think that someone who spent 5 years taking photos with a phone and/or a P&S might find it unnatural to hold a camera at eye level.

Some of them have also bought various bridge cameras and MILCs, and even when the model they have has an EVF, they use the LCD, as they are used to taking photos that way.

This is why the reviewer refers to the difficulty of balancing a camera like this between the "stepping up from a phone" crowd and more experienced users.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 09:47 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply
On article Instagram responds to clamor around TOS changes (77 comments in total)

FB already has the controversial terms in their policy for IP content. Their IP policy says: "You grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This is almost the exact same verbiage that got Instagram into trouble with users.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2012 at 05:16 UTC as 5th comment
On photo Maximum security prison in the E-Foods challenge (2 comments in total)

Funny!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2012 at 13:59 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Easter Eggs in the E-Foods challenge (1 comment in total)

I love the sense of contrast between the ornately hand painted egg and the cheap candy wrappers.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2012 at 13:59 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Self Potrait with Flute in the You (READ THE RULES) challenge (1 comment in total)

Correction to the info: the bounce flash was on-camera in TTL mode.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2012 at 13:01 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Multiplicity in the You (READ THE RULES) challenge (4 comments in total)

Nice photo,good work on the composite which, I must say, goes way beyond the "Basic PP" rule. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2012 at 12:57 UTC as 1st comment

Why mention a camera like this as a replacement for a FF dslr, much less any dslr? Why do some people not seem to get it that not every mirrorless camera is supposed to be a dslr replacement? To me it's an amusing (and sometimes annoying) aspect of the dslr/mirrorless "debate" that people keep saying "mirrorless can't do what my dslr can do..."

There are those of us who appreciate the "old school", 35mm rangefinder approach to photography. I would suggest people don't look a the X-Pro1 as a replacement for a dslr any more than people looked at the Leica M4 as a 35mm slr replacement during the film era.

The same goes for zooms. I'm sure they will come, but it's obvious Fuji is not trying to beat the competition "mano a mano" but rather is using the success of the X100 as a indicator of the niche they are wanting to fill.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 12:34 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On photo Selfportrait from the seventies in the Obligatory Photographer Self-Portrait challenge (1 comment in total)

You 2 must be the only people who missed this:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1044&message=39429502

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2011 at 19:42 UTC as 1st comment
On photo My half in the Obligatory Photographer Self-Portrait challenge (1 comment in total)

You must have missed this:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1044&message=39429502

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2011 at 19:41 UTC as 1st comment
On article Olympus launches VF-3 and announces E-PL3 US pricing (55 comments in total)

I'm bemused by the continual posts all over this site "Make ____ Olympus product more like __________ brand. Heck, just go ahead and buy the other brand, folks. If you don't understand that Olympus is wanting to blaze its own path in the m4/3 market, then you should indeed switch brands. It will save you the frustration of constantly griping when Olympus does something their own way instead of copying others.

BTW, news flash on build in EVF-right now, more people have "grown up" using cameras with no EVF than have used one, so the marketing numbers are against those who say "we want an EVF". That we is an ever decreasing market segment, like it or not.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2011 at 17:18 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On photo Double Feature in the It's Just a Jump to the Left... challenge (5 comments in total)

As I host, I was disappointed by the low number of entries. Also, so many were simply shots of transvestites, which is not really directly related to RHPS. However, if I had disqualified all the photos which I felt didn't really match the theme, there would have been only about 3 or 4 photos left. So I reinstated them.

I think this indicates a few things. First, not a lot of people persuing the challenge section were aware of or understand the subculture surrounding RHPS and related events. (Maybe I should have told people to rent a copy of the movie "Fame" so they could see what goes on at an RHPS showing LOL). Second, I get the feeling some entrants may have done a minimal of research, or even just asked a friend what the movie was about, and figured that since the lead character is a transvestite, pics of transvestites were suitable. I'll allow for that...

But on a deeper level I think it reflects that people will often impose a very personal interpretation of a theme or rule. Sometimes I find this personal interpretion to be a surprise in a good way. The photographer saw an angle on the theme I wasn't considering. Other times though, it really is a matter of a photographer simply entering a photo in the hopes of getting votes, likely knowing full well it doesn't really match the theme or rules.

For this challenge, I was expecting a lot more photos of lucious red lips, women (and men) in boustiers, body builders in Speedos and "Cosplay" style photos in general. Yes, I guess the RHPS fans were on vacation...

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2010 at 13:56 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Double Feature in the It's Just a Jump to the Left... challenge (5 comments in total)

You definitely got the theme! Maybe add a squirtgun? ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2010 at 01:42 UTC as 5th comment
On photo It's all over. in the Lithium challenge (7 comments in total)

This challenge involves a difficult subject. It's not meant to be one where people can say "Hey kids, look at these nice shots". Having been treated for depression myself, I find this photo portrays a very real aspect of the illness.

I can go back and find many photos in other challenges that are far more disturbing. One I well remember is of a 30 something prostitute, taken on her birthday-she looks 60 something because drugs and her lifestyle have had a terrible effect on her physically.

Photography is meant to capture and display a given person's perspective of the world.
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Some people operate cameras. Others use them to create images. There is a difference.

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Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2010 at 04:46 UTC as 4th comment
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