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On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (154 comments in total)

My new boss (at the time) had this camera and it was the first camera, beyond medium format, that gave me hope that left-eyed eyeglass-friendly camera ergonomics were, indeed, possible.

Loved, loved loved this camera's ergos, sad that Oly dropped the wonderful idea after the E-1. I think that a lot of camera users are so conservative in their tastes that a lot of new ideas get pushed to the rear.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 14:47 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: I really can't get such a high score for a 16MP, m43 camera able to shoot only at 6fps, with average AF and subpar battery life...all this in late 2016.


I know, right? Since the GX85 measures up almost exactly equal, in every meaningful metric, to say everything from a Canon EOS 50D to a Nikon D300, how could ANYONE have POSSIBLY made good pictures with *those* cameras??! They're such JUNK that nobody could have made a good picture at all, ever!

...and that's what you get for spouting off such inane, ridiculous and unknowledgeable drivel.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 00:54 UTC
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5DMK3: I was at Photokina, this is my second time.
Nikon was lame, where is the new 820? Nikon Actioncam LOL.
Sony was boring with no new e mount camera, or RX100.
Olympus and Fuji just saved the day with alot cool stuff.
Spend alot of time at trying there gear.
Canon 5DM4 I tried it and quickly moved on.

Now im a bit of a camera pain, since Fuji XT2 was really good, new Olympus can not come soon enough, and Canon 5DM4 is just sigh..

Olympus has always been the scrappy ones in photography: remember, it was Olympus that created TTL flash, HSS flash, the live view paradigm, and now (with Panasonic) mILC. While Nikon and Canon were making cameras larger and larger, Olympus came out with the groundbreaking OM series and then with the photographic-world changing OM2 (TTL metering and flash).

I guess they do feel, internally, a bit of an "underdog" and are willing to step out of the comfort zone to grab market share.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
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Jorginho: I seriously do not know about all brands, but for mFTs we have 25 mm f1.2, f1.4, f1.7 and f1.8 and they range from a nice price to quite expensive. So we have a choice there.
I honestly wonder a bit about Sony A6xxx etc system. Here it seems to be fully directed/geared towards FE and I think most lenses now are expensive?
Fuji? Canon seems to have almost nothing yet. Nikon1? Dead?

We can wonder: where are the mirrorless cams going? Samsung NX dead, Nikon1 almost dead, Sony NEX/A very little development...Currently only mFTs and Fuji seems to get some real development and SOny A7. That is it.

Asia. "Effective for the market share" is a nice way of saying "We've lowered our expectations so greatly that, by limiting the market to only the demographic that cares, we actually get a few sales."

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 (207 comments in total)

My opinion is unpopular, but I wish the design paradigm of cameras like this were still around (the Olympus E1 and this, the Sony R1). Why? For left-eyed shooters they are brilliant, keeping the main body's mass as well as your own thumb out of your right eye socket by pushing the handgrip far out to the side and forward of the camera's centerline.

The 'mini-medium format' shape was wonderful to use, giving left-eyed shooters an equal footing in the camera handling world.

Alas, they were not popular and now I have had to grow used having my thumb in my eye. Only cameras with the classic rangerfinder design - eyepiece on the left - give any bit of relief.


Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 17:34 UTC as 91st comment | 2 replies
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taylorzhang: Wow 60fps, haven't seen any pro camera that goes faster than 15fps. The super fast continuous mode certainly allow for more exciting modes, for example the 80mp 8 pictures stitching mode would have a shutter speed of 1/7 second which means handhold shooting possible with the new 6 stop worthy IBIS system. Focus stacking/bracketing and also pro-capture mode that retains 14 shoots before you fully press the shutter also sound fantastic with 60fps shooting.

INHO 25% more pixel and 1 stop iso performance improvement now sound boring at best compare to the 60fps

Basically a shut up and take my money camera

A little thought brings it into focus (no pun intended): 60fos matches video capture. Therefore, the 60fos is using video capabilities to record individual frames as separate files to the SD card, using e-shutter. Under that assumption, buffering should be able to be controlled and maintained under the same internal processing workflow, especially with the dual quad processors. They say 60fps without AF: logically, it sounds that the dual CPU's are repurposed to both handle the data stream (1 for GUI and sensor readout, the other for stream handling).

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
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Tommi K1: No integrated GPS = Bad for mobility shooters (power consumption only 15mA in active use)

No new EVF size, 0.74x (1.48x) is already "small" compared to X-T2 or so. But if higher resolution is there... OK then.

In regards to the EVF size, just the opposite: mFT viewfinders are HUGE compared to all but the very top-line FF DSLR's.


Thanks to being a video system, magnification is no longer linked to overall image size.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:03 UTC

This is amazingly welcome! And, actually, a bit surprising. When I contacted LPA Designs 2 years ago


they vocalized almost no interest in developing anything for the m43 format. And now, this. I expressed to them to idea that, if they actually did develop a m43 trigger system, they would have a monopoly market as no other company is doing it, so I guess they changed their mind.

I can only hope that the promised firmware updates, bringing more cameras and flashes into compatibility, will be much sooner rather than later. Alternate model Panasonic owners, and every Olympus owner, I'm sure are holding [our] breaths in anticipation!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 06:02 UTC as 7th comment
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Spkeasy: I would buy (80%) the LX100 (or something like it) if it had at least a 16MP sensor. I need the occasional big enlargement and pixelation becomes an issue at the 12MP level.
Add zoom to about 10x to that and I think I would be 100% likely to buy, especially if they shrunk the width a little so it would fit a pocket more easily.
The slap-on little flash (or bigger option) on my EM5 works out fine since I rarely need flash with the low-light options I have with high speed sensor (they all seem to be getting these today) and great stabilization allowing me to use natural light for almost everything.

Ssantana75 - I apologize in advance for being so blunt.

I'll believe it when I see it. I have a GX1 and a GX7 and they are light years apart in terms of accuracy of flash metering, flash fill operation and overall low ambient light metering accuracy. I thought that I would get some benefits in upgrading to a GX7 but never thought that I would see the overall low light, and *especially* flash accuracy, improve so noticeably. So I've found that just because they *seem* the same in a controlled environment's test chart, doesn't mean about jack squat in real life.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 04:20 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (583 comments in total)
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jukeboxjohnnie: FAIL !!!! No viewfinder which is expected among enthusiasts these days

Hey, give them a chance! It only took them 3 generations to make an EOS M looks like a hybrid between a Sony and a Panasonic - getting them to put in an EVF, like an actual Sony or Panasonic, might take them a little longer.

Like another 3 generations or so...

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 06:35 UTC
On article Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps (175 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: Brilliant! Now, can you help me direct me where to understand flash sync?


There is no hard and fast rule in regards to flash output brightness vs. speed. IN GENERAL a flash that puts out more lumens (brightness) makes the flash 'pop' last longer, but for example that can be cured by using a higher output flash tube set to a lower (equivalent) power.

Flash tubes can indeed change color when their power is turned down, due to an increased time duration between the command for the flash tube to turn off and the time it takes for the flash tube to actually dim to a point where it is no longer making light at a usable level (the "T1" time). The use of IGBT (insulated gate bipolar transistor) fixes this - the power cutoff is sharp and fast, allowing the tube to stay at a very bright, known color point output and then have the power chop so suddenly that the bulb goes dim quickly, leading to very little off-color light.

HSS works by having lots of little flashes that lasts as long as it takes for the shutter to complete its task.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 21:41 UTC
On article Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps (175 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: Brilliant! Now, can you help me direct me where to understand flash sync?

Flash sync is easy: you just witnessed how a shutter handles fast shutter speeds, with a moving slit that exposes the sensor behind it. Flash sync is ANY speed - up to the fastest for the camera - where there is NO slit, the shutter opens fully and completely before closing again.

Why? Because the flash pop is a single, very quick event - the flash pop is over before a slit travels all the way across the sensor. That would leave any spot on the sensor NOT exposed by the slit, in time, still dark.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2015 at 18:51 UTC
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Spkeasy: I would buy (80%) the LX100 (or something like it) if it had at least a 16MP sensor. I need the occasional big enlargement and pixelation becomes an issue at the 12MP level.
Add zoom to about 10x to that and I think I would be 100% likely to buy, especially if they shrunk the width a little so it would fit a pocket more easily.
The slap-on little flash (or bigger option) on my EM5 works out fine since I rarely need flash with the low-light options I have with high speed sensor (they all seem to be getting these today) and great stabilization allowing me to use natural light for almost everything.

I would only buy the GX7. The reviews, all over the internet, examine pretty well lit daylight pictures but tell you almost nothing of low light and *flash* photos. If I have learned anything from experience, small compact cameras take pretty miserable indoor shots and almost terrible flash shots; they might have hotshoes for flash expansion but all too often their metering systems just can't keep up and the external flash photos are no better than when using the pop-up one.

If you want better photos, under more circumstances, you have to bite the bullet and get the larger, more expensive, more expansive but far more capable product.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 22:04 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1615 comments in total)
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Miike Dougherty: Buying a FF body is NOT AN UPGRADE to cropped frame if you are shooting larger depth of field images, macro, or fast moving sports. Cropped frame has twice the depth of field as FF and 1.5 X makes a lot of difference in sports. Cropped frame equipment is also lighter, more compact, and easier to carry. FF also has its advantages but why use a hammer to hit a tack. CF and FF are tools and neither one is an upgrade to the other. They're just used for different purposes. BTW, my keeper rate with a D7100 is twice that of the D810.


"I wonder why people don't read all these nice articles on equivalence..."

Err, WE DID. Which is why you missed the point:

"It's simple - with FF, stop down more and increase ISO to keep the shutter speed the same. You are not losing anything."

Stopping down and increasing the ISO removes the [equivalence] benefit of going FF in the first place. You have '1 stop' worth of 'equivalence' versus APS-C and, if you're stopping down and hiking that ISO on your FF camera, then you are getting just about the same results as an APS-C shot, now aren't you? Yes, yes, you still have the math of greater "total light" but in the real world the difference will be probably be so narrow that most viewers will never be able to discern that difference at all.

Why don't you go to


and set it to compare a Nikon D7100 to a Nikon D800. Even the dynamic range is close


Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 02:52 UTC
On article Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II (280 comments in total)
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Stephen787: It is amazing how sony put an ibis in such a small camera.
After living with electronic shutter from sony A7s, i will never again buy any camera without that feature.
Therefore A7II is not for me. The next version with electronic shutter, i will buy that one.
Is sony the same company that going bust? How do they do that!

@Mel Snyder

No, not even close in regards to Sony's finacial condition , they have lost billions in almost every single fiscal year for several years running: $5.2 billion in losses for FY 2011 and $1.25 billion in losses for FY2013. Only FY 2012 was profitable, $458 million in profit, their first good year in FIVE YEARS.

Please, don't play shill, it's unbecoming.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 07:58 UTC

Yes, I believe Slater should be allowed to claim the copyright. If Wikimedia's argument is correct, then corporate copyright ownership should *also* be questioned as the construct of "person" is completely artificial and strictly a legal one - there is no individual behind a corporate copyright claim, only a legal entity that exists in paperwork. If multi-million dollar corporations can claim a copyright for works created in their name, by (sometimes thousands) of other individuals, why can't an individual claim copyright for this single work 'created' in his name (without the input of the photographer, Slater, the images would not exist - Slater created the opportunity via the camera, the placement, the editing AND the public posting).

Again, it looks like money allows the system to work one way - protect the monied construct - but hurt the individual.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 03:57 UTC as 424th comment | 1 reply
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steelhead3: Too bad pocket wizard didn't include the most advanced cameras being produced today.

In regards to mirrorless support from PocketWizard, don't hold your breath. I called LPA Designs (manufacturer of the PocketWizard line) in regards to if/when they would develop m43-compatible products and I was told that I should contact Panasonic / Olympus to get them involved in order to reduce LPA's development difficulties.

According to reports, LPA is stretched somewhat thin with layoffs last year due to slow business. After the phone discussion I was left with a feeling that LPA is not going to go out of its way to push any corners of (any) envelope - they just don't have the resources and aren't too interested in creating them either. I have begun contacting alternative companies, more 'scrappy' and up-and-coming (Phottix and Pixel, for example) in an attempt to drum up interest instead.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 20:41 UTC

Congratulations to Hasselblad for finally making a product that their customers wanted a number of years ago.

If only other companies would actually listen to their customers. Eventually.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 17:20 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (892 comments in total)

I just realized that you gave this camera a Gold Award, 82% rating, without even touching on - or testing - the flash system. Flash is a notorious weak spot of compact / superzoom cameras (past owner) and you didn't test the built-in flash performance nor, especially, external flash or even better when used in conjunction with the (quoted) wireless system.

Is it pre-flash TTL? Independent built-in sensor? Power levels or compensation available? How is daylight fill flash performance - is the ratio pleasing or adjustable? Does the wireless system actually WORK (as advertised)??

I believe these are good questions that a potential buyer will hit up against - at the LEAST the daylight fill performance.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 03:46 UTC as 165th comment | 3 replies
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David J B.: I've taken better photos through my car window.

@Roland Karlsson

I hate to say it, but there is NOTHING special about that shot - it is the grand hall from George Eastman's personal home, now a museum. Take the tour and you, too, can take a photo just like it

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 02:30 UTC
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