peterwr

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On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1222 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: "Compared to its larger sensor competitors, the E-M1 II shows a noise penalty of about 1EV, which is higher than the 2/3EV you'd expect from sensor size alone." - DPReview

After 3 years, the new E-M1 II has gained only a tiny improvement in IQ, while competitors pull ahead and leave it further behind. Not using the latest sensor technology provides, this E-M1 is disappointing in the one fundamental area that is important to numerous photographers, the quality of the image.

...and yet many people are still making a good living with the Mark 1, let alone the mark 2. Plus what deep7 said.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 00:09 UTC

A paparazzo's dream camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 20:44 UTC as 53rd comment
On article The Leica TL is an upgraded Leica T mirrorless camera (123 comments in total)
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QuarryCat: Leica for the dummies...
no built in viewfinder
no tilt-able screen
no new sensor
no acceptable price

The Leica T was so embarrassing slow and this small upgrade is embarrassing for "Made in Germany".

<< The Leica T was so embarrassing slow >>

It's had several firmware upgrades since DPR reviewed it, and is now a much more capable camera. Which, as I said at the time, is the point. Once you get aft of the sensor, this camera is entirely defined by its software, to an extent not true of any other. I'd have one like a shot, if I had the spare cash.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 08:03 UTC
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bullfinchphoto: MacBook Pro was actually made mainly for a Pro users (its price was higher comparing to MacBook), e.g. professional photographers, artists, and designers. Pro photographers used to have CF cards in their cameras, no use of SD card slot. So, what to complain about? And who is still using SD cards slot? Another point, when Apple removed FireWire port, any noise in social media? And CD-reader? Please stop complaining, there many other laptops on the market with SD slots and USBs you all love, who knows what they need will buy new MBPro without any grumbling.

@bullfinchphoto: Pretty much everyone I know who has one.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
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bullfinchphoto: MacBook Pro was actually made mainly for a Pro users (its price was higher comparing to MacBook), e.g. professional photographers, artists, and designers. Pro photographers used to have CF cards in their cameras, no use of SD card slot. So, what to complain about? And who is still using SD cards slot? Another point, when Apple removed FireWire port, any noise in social media? And CD-reader? Please stop complaining, there many other laptops on the market with SD slots and USBs you all love, who knows what they need will buy new MBPro without any grumbling.

<< And who is still using SD cards slot? >>

Fuji, Olympus, Leica, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Nikon, Canon, Sony...

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 00:10 UTC
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peterwr: Ahem. Can I interrupt the fanbois and haters for a minute?

The Photokina reports said the Mark 2 is bigger than the Mark 1. The small size of the 1 is something of an issue for me; can DPReview (or anyone) post side-by-side pics of the Mark 1 and the Mark 2 for comparison?

Aha. Never mind - Ming Thein's done it.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 08:53 UTC
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NicoPPC: Expensive, but not that insane. Price will drop after Christmas next year. It will probably be 1600..

Let's see how good is the camera. Still wondering if the EVF will be usable..

Take care

Aha. As I former video cameraman, I guess I'm more accustomed to EVFs than others. But you're right that it's only relatively recently that colour LCD EVFs have been relatively usable. The E-M1 and the XT-1 (of is it X-T1? I lose track) were the first, imo.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 08:40 UTC

Ahem. Can I interrupt the fanbois and haters for a minute?

The Photokina reports said the Mark 2 is bigger than the Mark 1. The small size of the 1 is something of an issue for me; can DPReview (or anyone) post side-by-side pics of the Mark 1 and the Mark 2 for comparison?

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 08:32 UTC as 111th comment | 2 replies
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akjos: Olympus has officially lost their mind... no matter how cool and awesome the camera may be, m4/3 sensor is m4/3 sensor and will NEVER match full frame ones. $2000 price is insane when you can get awesome new in box FX D750 for example( which i own) for 200 less now...
I shot and owned just about any sensor size cameras my current kit is d750 and bunch of lenses, g7 and 5 lenses and nikon j5. Sold 2 fujis .
No matter how good the m43 camera is IQ will never equal full frame . The dynamic range and iso performance is just not there. And never will be.( physics) .
Dont get me wrong i have fun shooting with just about anything even with my j5 but olympus may have set their ambitions and prices little too high this time. Market is very competitve...
Would i like to have it? Sure... but would i sell my fx nikon and spend same money on this camera ? No freaking way.

It's not full frame? Well, of course it isn't - that's the whole point. MFT is to full frame as 35mm film was to 6x6 film. There's room for both in a pro's (or a well-heeled amateur's) kit bag, and you take whichever one is best suited to the job in hand. It's not an either/or.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 08:25 UTC
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NicoPPC: Expensive, but not that insane. Price will drop after Christmas next year. It will probably be 1600..

Let's see how good is the camera. Still wondering if the EVF will be usable..

Take care

Why would the EVF not be usable? EVFs have long since proved themselves.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 08:20 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Knowing Iceland, I can say this with certainty:
This camera renders a very poor service to landscape photography.
Knowing photography, I can venture this:
It's most probably because it is an MFT camera. The format, especially the aspect ratio, simply does not cater for this particular type of photography.

So it sucks because it's not "Full Frame"? Same old same old.

It is what it is, and if the Mark 1 is anything to go by (I don't own one, btw), that's damn good. And aspect ratio? Some of the best landscape photos of all time were shot on Hasselblads, Rolleiflexes, Bronicas. All square. And I'm sure Ansel Adams would take issue with you, too...

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 08:19 UTC
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skytripper: Microsoft just can't seem to give up on their big-ass tablet!

Why should they? It's a resounding success. I know of three large-ish companies in my city that have adopted the Surface Pro as their default laptop, and I'm seeing more of them in the local hipster cafes. Now they've stopped making the execrable Surface RT, it's all good.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 15:15 UTC
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munro harrap: Beg Pardon, but WHAT is this thing doing here in Dpreview? Its totally fine in a graphic artists website, but Dpreview? Whatever! As far as I can make out this "discrete" (americans cant spell!) device uses only bog-standard laptop processors, and is consequently neater than a PC, but Apple laptop priced beyond the reach of all but the mad/wealthy, since I would these days not expect to pay more than £600 max for the monitor by itself.

In an age where 4K TV screens cheaply abound I would rather that option: I would much rather pay once for a 100% ARGB colour corrected big monitor with 4-5K resolution that can serve as my TV too, As this is, its graphics processors do not even qualify it as suitable for hi-end gaming, so in 2 years time, it will no longer exist in its present expensive low-end configurations. I'd have the screen- but its not even 100% ARGB, sad, sad, sad, just like Apple!!

<< There is an equally compelling view that glossy screens offer better color rendition and deeper blacks. >>

My view of glossy screens is that when I'm working on a low-key image (which is often), all I can see is myself. Hate the damn things.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 15:07 UTC
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munro harrap: Beg Pardon, but WHAT is this thing doing here in Dpreview? Its totally fine in a graphic artists website, but Dpreview? Whatever! As far as I can make out this "discrete" (americans cant spell!) device uses only bog-standard laptop processors, and is consequently neater than a PC, but Apple laptop priced beyond the reach of all but the mad/wealthy, since I would these days not expect to pay more than £600 max for the monitor by itself.

In an age where 4K TV screens cheaply abound I would rather that option: I would much rather pay once for a 100% ARGB colour corrected big monitor with 4-5K resolution that can serve as my TV too, As this is, its graphics processors do not even qualify it as suitable for hi-end gaming, so in 2 years time, it will no longer exist in its present expensive low-end configurations. I'd have the screen- but its not even 100% ARGB, sad, sad, sad, just like Apple!!

<< "discrete" (americans cant spell!) >>

Americans - these particular Americans, anyway - can spell fine. Discrete means separate and distinct; discreet means inconspicuous or hidden from view.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 14:59 UTC

Post-Windows 10 and the Surface Pro, Microsoft is starting to look a whole lot more interesting than it used to.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 14:48 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
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peterwr: Never mind film - when are we going to get a square sensor? I'd buy a digital Rolleiflex in an instant.

Ooh, nice! Thanks. Still not actually a square sensor, though - but I guess the economies of scale make the crop a sensible move.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 14:39 UTC

Never mind film - when are we going to get a square sensor? I'd buy a digital Rolleiflex in an instant.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 22:53 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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NCV: What a kitsch looking camera.

So impractical I wonder if anybody will ever use one to take a photo?

Taking photos isn't the point of a Leica limited edition. These are for wealthy collectors to salt away in bank vaults until they appreciate in value, having first set them against tax.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 17:58 UTC
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Pritzl: No, it's not April 1st. I just double-checked. At least now we know where the design guys Hasselblad fired went... and there goes Leica's reputation.

<< and there goes Leica's reputation. >>

People keep saying that, and yet Leica continue to sell all the cameras they can make and then some.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 17:56 UTC

I wonder if Leica have noticed that that stuff isn't actually used on the *grip* of a table tennis bat...

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 17:50 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
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