prsc

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On article Hands-on with the Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 PRO (218 comments in total)
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Funny Valentine: This new lens looks nice and performs nicely but it's such a wasted potential and waste of r&d resources. With the size of that 8-25 thing they could've made a 7mm f/1.2 prime lens.

Just by looking at how successful the little laowa 7,5mm is, it's beyond belief that m43 to this date doesn't have a bright ultra wide angle prime lens made by Panasonic or Olympus. But instead m43 has a gozillion of overlapping zoom lenses.

That laowa is so small only because it makes a huge compromise with regards to vignetting. That size of front element can barely handle f/5.6 on a MFT sensor, 7 or 8mm f/1.2 prime would be ridiculously huge and expensive if it was even half of the optical performance of the rest or the f/1.2 lineup.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2021 at 16:49 UTC
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ProfHankD: Hmm. Stacked BSI would be a HUGE fab jump for Canon to make on a FF sensor. There are methods for stacking using what's essentially a front side illuminated sensor... are we sure they're doing BSI on this?

As for the gaze tracking for AF point selection, that's really pretty easy tech... but it might be a bit harder to do with the more direct optical path typical of an EVF. There are also potential issues with people who wear glasses, etc.

BSI is just a small improvement or nothing at all*, it can allow some freedom in designing the sensor such as the wiring, so it can be worth it especially if you already know the tech very well (like Sony that does a lot of sensors). But now that they have to do a big overhaul anyway when going to stacked sensors they might just go BSI at the same time.

*In the large sensor space i.e. MFT and up. The pixel size is large enough and the microlenses good enough for the FSI not being too big of a problem with current pixel densities.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2021 at 10:55 UTC
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gaul: A MIRACLE SOLUTION EXISTS:

Give to the mass market what the consumer wants: Embarked AI esp. regarding HDR and Dynamic range

Consumers have been screaming for that for years and absolutely NONE of the big Japs ever tried to add AI in their cameras ..

One small problem you have: average consumer doesn't want a camera, never wanted a camera, and probably never will want a camera. They want photos and nowadays it is easy to get photos, without a camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2021 at 09:14 UTC
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prsc: Will they focus on developing firmware for now as the product stack is as new as it can get (apart from a Pen F II)? That's the area OM-D is most behind, especially in the video department. So pouring money for new HW development seems like a waste of money if you can improve the existing products via software and at the same time benefit the eventual new products that will have the SW ready for them.

But of course there is the possibility that we will see more E-M10 IIIs silliness, with the old stuff sold as "new" but with a tweaked software...

I wouldn't believe it either myself if it wasn't that the lineup was just refreshed. After all dropping the support for all the high end stuff immediately doesn't look that good in the eyes of the existing customers (and there is not huge amount of new ones coming no matter what they do).

What comes to price cutting.. there is nothing simple about it. Sure you can shave off little, but that won't change much. Same with "just put this and that in there and make it cheap", it just doesn't work like that. The 20MP PDAF sensor for example is still very high end and as such probably quite pricey, only A9 style stacked sensor with dual or quad pixel AF would probably be a truly worthy successor to it.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 21:29 UTC

Will they focus on developing firmware for now as the product stack is as new as it can get (apart from a Pen F II)? That's the area OM-D is most behind, especially in the video department. So pouring money for new HW development seems like a waste of money if you can improve the existing products via software and at the same time benefit the eventual new products that will have the SW ready for them.

But of course there is the possibility that we will see more E-M10 IIIs silliness, with the old stuff sold as "new" but with a tweaked software...

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 18:40 UTC as 126th comment | 4 replies
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nokinonacynos: Makes no difference to quality. Thai workers are as capable as Japanese. However, a lot of people don't think this way. There are ingrained prejudices against countries like Thailand especially for high end gear. Leica would go bankrupt if its factory was moved from Germany to Thailand. Nikon is in a different market but would still be impacted whether warranted or not.

This. It is the company that dictates the quality, not where the stuff is made.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2020 at 09:06 UTC
On article Sony a7S III review (2797 comments in total)
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TwoPointOne: It is amazing how much more detail other cameras have for both stills and video.

Even in low light other cameras have less noise and a lot more detail.

The lack of detail makes sense for a 12MP sensor, but the poor low light performance compared to current cameras is shocking.

The black with no information, yes. The parts with actual information are however cleaner, with slight magenta shift on the A7S (although at this point that could be just my perception). But sure, if what you do is just taking pretty much dark frames there is very little point to have much resolution, if any.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2020 at 10:48 UTC
On article Sony a7S III review (2797 comments in total)
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TwoPointOne: It is amazing how much more detail other cameras have for both stills and video.

Even in low light other cameras have less noise and a lot more detail.

The lack of detail makes sense for a 12MP sensor, but the poor low light performance compared to current cameras is shocking.

Is it? I didn't even try and the result is a lot better than the blue mess: https://ibb.co/Smd0qjY (A7SIII top, R5 bottom).

There are many reasons to get the A7S, but superior ultra low light isn't one of them.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2020 at 12:18 UTC
On article Sony a7S III review (2797 comments in total)
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TwoPointOne: It is amazing how much more detail other cameras have for both stills and video.

Even in low light other cameras have less noise and a lot more detail.

The lack of detail makes sense for a 12MP sensor, but the poor low light performance compared to current cameras is shocking.

@Handsome90 You can see more noise in R5? How can that be when you can see more of the test chart pattern in the R5 photo because they are obstructed by noise in the SIII photo.

Maybe you're mistaking color cast with noise.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2020 at 12:43 UTC
On article Hands on: Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x (724 comments in total)
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Jones Indiana: Does it really matter any longer.....

An interesting quote from the Sony Financials released Nov. 4th 2020:

"In the I&SS segment, image sensor sales are decreasing due to the termination of product shipments to a certain customer as of September 15, 2020. Sony also recorded inventory write-downs of certain image sensors for the same customer during the six months ended September 30, 2020."
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The most probable 'customer' Sony here refers to is Olympus.
Chances we will see Olympus arise from the ashes under the regime of JIP have therewith become even smaller.

You know there's this Huawei thing going on and Huawei happens to use Sony's sensors. MFT related sensor shipments aren't probably that big anyway.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2020 at 10:23 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review (935 comments in total)
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Impulses: I'm rather whelmed, but I could say that of the last couple E-M10s... I'm curious which of the face/eye detect improvements on the E-M1 III carried over here and how effective they are without OSPDAF (puts the E-M5 III in an awkward spot once again since it has the latter and not the former).

More importantly, I'd be curious whether they rolled back some of the feature gimping of the Mk III (vs the II) like only enabling e-shutter under Auto & P or whatever it was... Based on the button customization options it still seems like this is too dumbed down from the old Oly featureset without truly simplifying it for newbies.

Still, a decent grip and near best in class IBIS along with the M4/3 lens lineup remains an attractive combo for those not shooting action and/or looking for something pretty compact... I'm not sure that's a big enough niche anymore but eh...

I think Olympus's software is a mess (and the same probably applies to most camera manufacturers) and can't offer a simplified beginner friendly mode and more advanced mode in a same camera without serious rework. Then again they could do with an updated look and whatnot anyway, SCP for example is still the same as years ago even though there are many new features.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 08:51 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS R6 (305 comments in total)
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The Fat Fish: Shame about the 20mp but other than that, this looks to be the true successor to the original 6D. Finally after 8 years, Canon has woken up.

The difference between 20 and 24 megapixels is pretty insignificant. If the market forecast was like in 2007 they probably could have developed a new sensor and it would have made sense to make it 30MP or slightly more.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2020 at 17:16 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review (1351 comments in total)
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Michael Berg: The 1DX series has always been something of a flagship for sports journalists and action photographers in general. It seems like this is what it was specifically built for.

To that end I was kind of surprised to see how much "video stuff" they shoehorned into it. I mean sure, it's nice to have of course. But if you pony up the very serious dough for this camera, will it be primarily for its video capabilties? Set on doing a little vlogging perhaps - with a 1 dx mark 3?

Sometimes it's like camera manufacturers today have to cram specific features like 4K 60 video in there for no other reason than to please reviewers. It can feel a bit like putting a toaster in a Ferrari so the reviewers over at Campervan Magazine will give it high marks for its usability for offroad picknicking.

It wouldn't work that way. Had they made two versions like you suggest most likely BOTH of them would cost more than this one model.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2020 at 08:48 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review (1351 comments in total)
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Rob-in-Alberta: better than all A7’s combined

Well he did say all so

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2020 at 14:37 UTC
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Currantos: Slow smaller lenses will bring the whole package closer to the cellphone, so the user will be more tempted to switch AWAY from the camera to the cell.
Manufacturers are trying to create as much DIFFERENCE and DISTANCE to differentiate their product from the next closest option, i.e. cellphone. They are MARKETING to the person that wants/needs/able to work with larger lenses. They know that they are losing/lost the person who is shooting with a small camera and small lens, that's a gateway to cellphone photography right there. They would be shooting themselves in the foot if they did that.

It is about having an option. Besides cellphones won't come close to the quality of even quite dark 200-800mm lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 13:03 UTC
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brycesteiner: I would like the 200mm 1.8.

May throw in an integrated 2x extender as well at that price point. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 13:00 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: But will there also be a new camera, or a camera with a new sensor down the road to make it worthwhile to invest in these fancy lenses? All the Olympus cameras that are being sold have sensors that are essentially 4 years old or more. Their sensors are not very competitive optically and they lack the latest tech to be able to AF as well as competitors. There is also a concern with compatibility or value. If these new lenses have Sync IS and other features that are not compatible with Panasonic bodies, then it is a wasted feature if no more Olympus bodies will be available. If support of Olympus products is affected due to the sale to JIP, then this may also be an issue. I note that Olympus continued to sell their fancy SHG lenses, after the 43 system was discontinued. So, the release of these lenses says they have been already designed and were in the works before the JIP announcement, and not necessarily that Olympus as a camera maker can continue as usual IMO.

Pretty much everyone is using sensors that are 4 years old or more by this point (well except Canon but there's a reason for that). There just isn't much to gain on that front before stacked sensors come down in price or something new pops up.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 12:58 UTC
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JasonTheBirder: Canon already seems to be willing to try this with their proposed 600 and 800mm DO f/11 lenses. Slow enough for you?

Slow yes but not premium as are all smaller and darker aperture glass.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2020 at 15:15 UTC
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