goblin

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Shlomo Goldwasser: When I look at this, I'm like: I want it. But when you think about it there are not that many things to film in slomo that are not gimmicky. You could film your cat jumping or attacking or a watergun squirting. This is cool once or twice, but it hardly warrants a three layer sensor specifically made for this functionality.

I can only think of two frequent uses for this: sports and adult industries.

You've never watched Baywatch, have you ?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art DxO results: a new king is crowned (249 comments in total)
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Eric Glam: I would call this lens an "F4 lens", which happens to do OK with wider apertures.

I would call you color blind

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 17:55 UTC
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goblin: DPR, this is great news but it would have been a good idea to announce this BEFORE you met the guys, to get input from us users.

Simple example:

- For ages, Olympus users (from the 4/3 times, not "fresh converts") have been crying for a C1/C2/C3 mode dial with dedicated Custom positions. Panasonic had that. We didn't. We had the MyMode feature, all four of them, which only worked while keeping an Fn button (assigned to a specific mode) pressed and reverted back to normal when the button was released.

- Then, Olympus got smart enough to change the functionality so pressing the Fn button would simply toggle the specific MyMode on and off. That was already way better. But it couldn't replace a C1/C2/C3 mode wheel.

- Then, since the Pen-F, and especially with the E-M1 mk2, the MyMode modes were discontinued altogether, replaced with C1/C2/C3. Why sacking the MyMode function ? Why not give the possibility to toggle a C mode with an Fn button, rather than having to use the wheel only ?

To add an example where the MyMode (or assigning a C mode to an Fn button ALONG with the ability to have it selected via a dedicated mode dial) is useful:

- On the E-M1 (mk1 and I suspect on the mk2) it is impossible to get a single image when in burst H mode. It will always be a burst.

With a MyMode on an Fn button, I can assign burst shooting to a MyMode mode, and switch to burst on the fly on and off by simply toggling an Fn button, while I have my eye on the viewfinder. Think equestrian shooting, or ballet - I can stay in single shot mode and quickly toggle with burst shooting, all other things remaining the same.

Not possible with a C1/C2/C3 mode via the mode wheel only.

- For a "Night shooting on tripod" mode, the C1/C2/C3 positions are the way to go.

Last but not least - allow the Custom modes (or MyMode, or whatever they'll keep naming it) to be renamed in the menu to something the user can remember. The Ricoh GXR had that eons ago. Let me name my custom modes myself.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 14:57 UTC

DPR, this is great news but it would have been a good idea to announce this BEFORE you met the guys, to get input from us users.

Simple example:

- For ages, Olympus users (from the 4/3 times, not "fresh converts") have been crying for a C1/C2/C3 mode dial with dedicated Custom positions. Panasonic had that. We didn't. We had the MyMode feature, all four of them, which only worked while keeping an Fn button (assigned to a specific mode) pressed and reverted back to normal when the button was released.

- Then, Olympus got smart enough to change the functionality so pressing the Fn button would simply toggle the specific MyMode on and off. That was already way better. But it couldn't replace a C1/C2/C3 mode wheel.

- Then, since the Pen-F, and especially with the E-M1 mk2, the MyMode modes were discontinued altogether, replaced with C1/C2/C3. Why sacking the MyMode function ? Why not give the possibility to toggle a C mode with an Fn button, rather than having to use the wheel only ?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 14:46 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (632 comments in total)

From Horror Design award winner Mark Newson: You bit the edge of your monitor with the K-01 ! You screamed in horror at the teal blue version. Now, it's back with a vengeance: Pentax KP - The return of the rise of the death of camera design: "K-01: The Return !!!".

In theaters near you. This camera has not been rated.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 23:02 UTC as 182nd comment
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villagranvicent: In which way this phone is better than my iPhone 7? I can get a leather case for it too if that's the big deal.

No need to buy ?!? Brrr... you mean - EVERYONE can have one ?!?

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 22:54 UTC
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villagranvicent: In which way this phone is better than my iPhone 7? I can get a leather case for it too if that's the big deal.

It is better if only by the pleasure it would bring its owners ignoring such questions, should they effectively notice them in the first place. Which they probably would not.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 20:50 UTC

Is this some sneaky advertisement suggesting that the handful of remaining users at Yahoo all beat the Guiness record by holding 80+ million accounts each ?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 20:16 UTC as 34th comment | 7 replies
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (369 comments in total)
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goblin: Good work Sigma.
Now, please give us DNG on the SD Quattro APS-C model too. Don't leave it only for the H.

YEEEEEAYYY !!!
Thanks Scintilla Aquila !!!
This is great news. I sortakinda hoped for that. My SD Quattro kit just got delivered, hopefully unpacking it tomorrow evening. Will be waiting for that update...

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 21:21 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (369 comments in total)

Good work Sigma.
Now, please give us DNG on the SD Quattro APS-C model too. Don't leave it only for the H.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 20:02 UTC as 71st comment | 5 replies
On article Canon EOS M5 added to studio scene comparison tool (87 comments in total)
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QuikFrame: I'm a complete novice, but I struggle to understand how to make good use of this information when the lenses themselves differ here.

Ditto. Olympus Viewer has always been free, and DPR should try it rather than using beta versions of the alpha software.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 added to studio scene comparison tool (87 comments in total)
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cj83: Don't think it fair that the sony is using the 55 1.8, while the canon m5 is using the 50 1.4 that isn't really sharp when being compared.

Just select the old (first gen) Olympus E-M5, and compare it to any other m43 camera released further down the line and tested with the m.Zuiko 45mm f:1.8 rather than the superlative Zuiko Digital 50mm f:2 Macro (a 4/3, not m43 lens) used up to then. Look at the yellow paint tube on the lower right and compare.

I've been ringing that bell forever. This is the best tool out there, but if it is being cut to the lowest common denominator by a random choice of lenses and especially by grinding everything through ACR, even when in beta or not supported - what good is it ?

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 17:25 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (333 comments in total)

"Military-grade" weather resistant build ?
Do they have a civilian version ?!?

After Pentax forcing all the other manufacturers to add "Freeze-proof" to their weather protection description by adding it as a redundant addition to their PR sheet, will we have to have yet another meaningless description added to our specs by the other brands ?

What is military grade weather resistance ? Does the lens go all Private Pyle on its owner if abused repeatedly ?

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 16:24 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (708 comments in total)

$289 with the 12-40mm kit lens on Cyber Monday. For a 20mp Sony sensored RAW capable/apt/dedicated body.

Can't complain too much... My "for fun" slot is already taken by my Oly A01 "body", otherwise this one would have been it.

As far as backup bodies go, I've rarely seen better.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 18:06 UTC as 79th comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1322 comments in total)
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goblin: Customization ? What customization :-D :-D :-D

Unless I'm missing something, there is ONE customization option from (most) previous Oly models which is missing.

Bear with me:

- For times immemorable Oly users have been craving for a C1/C2/C3 position on their PASM wheel, which everyone else had.

- Instead, we had MySet 1/2/3/4 modes.

- Those were assignable to Fn buttons only. This was annoying for switching to them in a more permanent way (never knew what mode we're in), but was priceless for quickly sifting between MySet modes WITHOUT taking our eyes off the viewifinder.

Example: Want to quickly toggle between burst shooting and single + other fine settings ? Press an Fn button to switch.

- Then, the E-M1 gave us the possibility to assign a MySet mode to a position on the PASM wheel. Easy. Just had to remember on which position one assigned it. The best of both worlds.

- NOW, the E-M1 mk2 gets rid of the MySet modes, gives us C modes, but not assignable to Fn buttons ?

Define "Always" ?

I only remember getting able to do it on the E-M1, and not in the beginning - only after one of the major firmware updates that came later. Wasn't able to do it on the E-M5, not to mention the dslrs.

But my main little gripe is that whatever the E-M1mk2 uses (Custom modes or MySet, same difference) - there's only three of them now (Right ? Or am I missing something ?) and they can only be assigned to the mode wheel, rather than to the mode wheel AND/OR an Fn button.

A change which came with the Pen F, which broke the "Endless customization possible" string of every previous Oly camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 00:47 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1322 comments in total)

Customization ? What customization :-D :-D :-D

Unless I'm missing something, there is ONE customization option from (most) previous Oly models which is missing.

Bear with me:

- For times immemorable Oly users have been craving for a C1/C2/C3 position on their PASM wheel, which everyone else had.

- Instead, we had MySet 1/2/3/4 modes.

- Those were assignable to Fn buttons only. This was annoying for switching to them in a more permanent way (never knew what mode we're in), but was priceless for quickly sifting between MySet modes WITHOUT taking our eyes off the viewifinder.

Example: Want to quickly toggle between burst shooting and single + other fine settings ? Press an Fn button to switch.

- Then, the E-M1 gave us the possibility to assign a MySet mode to a position on the PASM wheel. Easy. Just had to remember on which position one assigned it. The best of both worlds.

- NOW, the E-M1 mk2 gets rid of the MySet modes, gives us C modes, but not assignable to Fn buttons ?

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 19:08 UTC as 225th comment | 2 replies
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Sigma82: You are using the Olympus 45 1.8 (250 euro) on the em1 II , the Nikon 50 1.4 (450 euro) on the d500 and the Fuji 56 1.2 (950 euro) on the xt2? How is it a fair comparison?

Richard, I too second the opinion that you should not use the 45mm f:1.8 (yes, I have it, yes, it's excellent) for the studio image.

I have asked in the forum several times - how is it that the yellow paint tube on the lower right is looking better on the E-M5 (first gen, tested at the very beginning of the current studio setup that you switched to around 2012-ish or so) than it looks on any other tested Olympus camera since ? Just compare them. Yellow paint tube. Bottom right.

Incidentally, wasn't that about the last m43 camera which you tested with the 4/3 Zuiko Macro 50mm f:2, switching to the 45mm from there on ?

The 45mm is an adorable, superb, inexpensive lens. But 50mm f:2 it isn't.

Hey, just compare the E-M1 mk2, the E-M5 (first gen), and the E-M1 (first gen) in the tool. See who's last.

Thanks

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 15:51 UTC

DPR, please, please, please, do some 4/3 lenses AF testing before closing the home stretch. The 12-60mm and the 50-200mm SWD are the staples that still keep Olympus users looking at this side of the fence rather than jumping the Panasonic way.
I can send you mine if you don't have any.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 17:15 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply
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rialcnis: Freaking out about the price? It's a revolutionary camera and system. Maybe the critics have emotional investments in their chosen brand.

Life was good when people were not priced out of their neighborhoods by hipsters and photographers were not priced out of their brands by videographers :)

Didn't you have a GH5 coming (using the same electronics) rather than feast on our photographic flesh :D

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 00:39 UTC
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Sirandar: As an EM5 I and II owner perhaps 2000$ is a price that will make it difficult for this camera to meet expectations for real world photographers without an unlimited budget.

I paid about 800$ CDN for my EM5 II and have felt it was good value for money spent. So is this camera going to justify the probable 2800$ Canadian price?

Even though I already have the lenses of suitable quality for the EM1 mk 2, I can't see myself buying this at that price. Part of the problem is how good the EM5 mk2 is in terms for fit for intended use.

Good news

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 19:31 UTC
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