Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
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On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (360 comments in total)
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pagou: plastic lens, no IS, Standard kit 599$, service from ... who knows. Well, it's not a bargain by far.

Plastic is not an issue with proper design

You are correct ... There is no IS unless you have IS lenses or use the stock ones.

Service .... There is no service for almost all camera makes if they are out of warranty. Warranty service may be an issue.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 06:11 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (360 comments in total)
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Sirandar: How much without the lenses? If it was 150$ it might be a good emergency camera. But if you put good glass on it then the disposablilty goes out the window.

This may eventually be a death knell for the expensive top end M4/3 market, but this camera certainly isn't even close to doing that unless the lenses are crazy sharp and image quality outstanding. A 20 MP sensor doesn't make a good camera or even good image quality, but it can....

This is their first camera , if they pull it off well no doubt others will follow that will have most of the features that the high-end micro 4/3 have but at a much cheaper price especially for lenses. Like Samsung the other manufacturers might just get out of the market

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 19:37 UTC
On article Miser's Macro: Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro sample gallery (38 comments in total)
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AshMills: I'm surprisingly impressed, especially for the price. Will this lens work with focus staking modes?

Yes I do .... The focus bracketing on the EM5 II is completely customizable both in the number of pictures in the stack and the focus increment. I just focus on the near field and press the shutter. As long as the shutter speeds are high enough the results are great.

Then I select all the stack in Lightroom and batch open in Photoshop. Then select align and then merge.

In good light I get great results handheld. Anything else requires a tripod.

You can also shoot the stack RAW and play with the images and then stack.

The EM1 focus stacking is quick but not nearly as versatile.

And it isn't hard if you have already porked out to Adobe.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:39 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (360 comments in total)

How much without the lenses? If it was 150$ it might be a good emergency camera. But if you put good glass on it then the disposablilty goes out the window.

This may eventually be a death knell for the expensive top end M4/3 market, but this camera certainly isn't even close to doing that unless the lenses are crazy sharp and image quality outstanding. A 20 MP sensor doesn't make a good camera or even good image quality, but it can....

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:27 UTC as 76th comment | 9 replies
On article Miser's Macro: Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro sample gallery (38 comments in total)
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AshMills: I'm surprisingly impressed, especially for the price. Will this lens work with focus staking modes?

Use Photoshop to stack .... Automatic and with far greater flexibility

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:13 UTC
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Intermittentoverexposure: Frack. The same stupid swing-out screen as the E-M5 series. Newsflash: Nobody cares about selfies - vertical flip up/down is far nicer to use.

I have had both as I have and had both EM5 versions.

Nothing wrong with Oly articulating design. Granted it is not as convenient for direct above and below shooting and not as resistant to abuse

But it allows you to turn the screen in and use the OVF on bush and trail shooting where your screen is just a zipper or rock away from a huge scratch. My EPL2 was trashed a week after I got it and you can't polish it out. My OMD EM5 I never got scratched up but only because I was paranoid.

Also it does let you get shots that the fold out cannot.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:10 UTC

I bought the 12-40 pro and find it a really good all around lens. I also have the superb 60mm 2.8 macro.

This current batch doesn't really fulfill any need I have. 12-100 F4 probably doesn't have enough DOF control as the F2.8 of the 12-40 pro is just sufficient.

I almost bought the 40-150pro but it just too big and heavy ...... The only lens I really want is a short light 150mm prime that is reasonably quick like F4 if possible. The size of the 70mm prime would be optimal

I have the 70-300 Oly and with an electronic shutter produces great results in good light with statics, but it is just too slow for many situations.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:21 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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Sirandar: As a OMD EM5 II user I can say this is a move in the right direction.

Here are my thoughts:

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The camera has 121 cross-type AF on-sensor phase detection points...............
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Yes autofocus of moving targets is an area where improvement would be welcome. Really this has been the only real limitation of my EM5 II

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A revised EVF runs at 120fps with a reaction time of 6ms..............
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The EVF of EM5 II is my primary window and I have no issues with it

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Higher capacity battery with faster charging.
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Very very welcome ..... Oly battery charging is slow. I need 2 batteries at least with current charge rates. But the OEM batteries seen to last many years, so fast charge is not good if it shortens their lifespan

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Only 20mp ?????
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More MP is always nice if it comes with no cost in dynamic range, camera and lens size, and noise. For me above 16MP is primarily for cropping flexibility, but these shots are almost always due to constrained or sloppy photographic techniques. Shooting with the right lens and full frame always is better. Very few uncropped photographs I look at and say "I wish this scene had more resolution." .

I have been shooting in the Rockies for the last 2 weeks and mingling with many photographers discreetly. Nine times out of 10 they only have one lens with them because their dSLR and FF gear is just too heavy and big. I have a Pelican 1200 (12"x12"x8") case that has every single photo device I have except my tripod. If it doesn't fit I know I am wasting my money because I won't carry it.

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HDR modes
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The HDR modes on the EM5 II rarely produce the type of image I desire. Always overexposed in the sky

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:55 UTC

As a OMD EM5 II user I can say this is a move in the right direction.

Here are my thoughts:

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The camera has 121 cross-type AF on-sensor phase detection points...............
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Yes autofocus of moving targets is an area where improvement would be welcome. Really this has been the only real limitation of my EM5 II

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A revised EVF runs at 120fps with a reaction time of 6ms..............
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The EVF of EM5 II is my primary window and I have no issues with it

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Higher capacity battery with faster charging.
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Very very welcome ..... Oly battery charging is slow. I need 2 batteries at least with current charge rates. But the OEM batteries seen to last many years, so fast charge is not good if it shortens their lifespan

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:35 UTC as 126th comment | 3 replies
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)

They did something stupid ... They did it for a stupid reason.... There really isn't much more to say about it or them.

For comparison imagine the ecological devastation caused by world war 2 and it's war manufacturering machine. They did a stupid thing for a stupid reason.... There really isn't much more to say about it or them.

Humanity is a very vary unharmonious and selfish being just like just about all life created by evolution by natural selection. Perhaps we "deserve" extinction, but whatever takes our place will just be another flavour of us because it came from the same process.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 11:31 UTC as 65th comment
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (45 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: How about a photographer's guide to North Korea, or Hitler Germany, or Fascist Italy? Talking about taking wonderful nature shots, etc. in a communist/fascist/nazist dictatorship is absolutely immoral.

How about the worst of the lot Trump America

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 04:00 UTC
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Sirandar: Normal investment venues are about disempowering investors

KickStarter is about empowering investors

Neither work because investment is really about treating investors like prostitutes and visa versa.

Three key shifts in core values are required for Project Centric Investment:

SAP must be used to completely open the books on what makers are doing with our money. That way they know the company is legit and their investment is at least mostly being directed at the project they invested in.

The patent system as we know it needs to be dis-empowered. It is broken anyway and ignores the reality of the world economy. A more sane and un-hindering process needs to replace it that gives realistic benefits to those who actually innovate. The process also needs to be called exactly what it is "Protection from Competition". Intellectual Property is an illusion backed by the legal and patent industry ... In reality only secrets and protection from competition, and fruitless lawsuits

The focus of investment needs to shift from companies to projects (including multi company projects).

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 14:41 UTC
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Sirandar: Normal investment venues are about disempowering investors

KickStarter is about empowering investors

Neither work because investment is really about treating investors like prostitutes and visa versa.

I know I have actually tried it. Successful grounded companies have no desire or incentive to burden the risk of other people's money unless the odds are very heavily stacked in their favour. They will politely say no otherwise.

Flakey ungrounded companies will happily take investors money and give as little back as they can get away with.

Hence we have dis-empowerment

Kickstarter allows the investor to directly invest in a project they feel is socially and economically important. It is a half done attempt and even that half isn't very well thought out.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 14:37 UTC
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Sirandar: Normal investment venues are about disempowering investors

KickStarter is about empowering investors

Neither work because investment is really about treating investors like prostitutes and visa versa.

To tr573

You are so well trained you cannot even see the dis-empowerment.

Traditional investment: You press a button on you computer and it goes to some magic entity called a company. Then you watch magic numbers on your computer that tells you the value of your investment. Then once a quarter or year you get a report from the company with all sorts of pretty pictures of people that probably don't even work for the company and charts and graphs which may or may not be accurate and representative. You believe that some government agency is actually ensuring the accuracy and truth of these claims. You forget that in 2008 almost the entire financial industry was caught with its hand in the cookie jar.

Investors will always be dis-empowered unless they can invest in PROJECTS not companies unless they have enough big money to make a deal directly with a company and sign a contract giving them SAP level access to information. Functionally nobody does this .....

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 14:26 UTC

Normal investment venues are about disempowering investors

KickStarter is about empowering investors

Neither work because investment is really about treating investors like prostitutes and visa versa.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 01:41 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies

This type of thing happens in every city, more or less. I had two visiting Brazilian students who were quite convinced that every single person in Brazil gets robbed or is a victim of theft sooner or later, but on further examination they admitted that have never been robbed, but have been the victim of theft.

It should also be noted that robbery and theft is only the beginning of a long chain of criminal activity. The stolen goods will need a safe storage location and then they must be fenced which is also a criminal activity. Then the stolen good are moved to another geographic location. Finally there is a person who buys the stolen goods, often knowingly or at least partially knowingly. Also a crime.

Then there is the insurance companies that claim to protect from theft, but when you read the fine print really doesn't.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 19:12 UTC as 71st comment
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Charlie Jin: I think that it is a matter of view point. They would call it "redistribution", not robbery.

But not if it happens to them .... then it would be grounds for homicide.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
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Roadrunner123: I think this is theft not robbery. There was no violence or even the threat of violence. This is really shoddy, illiterate reporting.

You are correct .... it is theft of property not robbery. Both are criminal behavior

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 18:43 UTC
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mcshan: Sorry but this would not have happened to me.

So trust and a second inattention is justification for thievery? Would it be justification for murder and kidnapping too?

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
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Gesture: I wouldn't want it known that I had succumbed to that rouse.

Blame the victim not the thief ..... so if he was robbed at gunpoint it would have been better? Thievery is thievery .... at least this time it didn't end in murder.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 18:34 UTC
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