Michael Meissner

Michael Meissner

Lives in United States Ayer USA, United States
Works as a Computer Programmer
Has a website at http://www.the-meissners.org
Joined on Jan 14, 2002
About me:

Gear profile moved to:
http://www.the-meissners.org/camera-gear.html

FAQ for flashes that support Olympus DSLRs:
http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash2.html

Older FAQ for flashes on Olympus C-2100UZ:
http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash.html

Photo album:
http://www.the-meissners.org/photo.html

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lmeng: $700 for 2TB? I have to pass.

If you shoot a lot of 4K video, I suspect 500G will be nowhere near enough. When I used my G85 to record all of the performers at a small renaissance faire, I shot 70 gigabytes in 2 days time at 1080p for roughly 8 hours. Thus, if you were filming all day, you would exhaust 500G in 6-7 days at 1080p. If it is 4K, that might drop to just a few days. So, 500G will probably last a long time if you are shooting still photos, but not if you are shooting video.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 15:51 UTC
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Niala2: No integrated powerbank, no integrated sd-card - for auto-incremental copying ? Pffff..

Yep that was my thought as well. The only way this is useful is if you have something to copy the files with (laptop, chromebook, tablet/phone with OTG). And in terms of being rugged, you had better hope the device doing the copying is rugged as well.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 15:40 UTC
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tinternaut: Nice photos and article. I think the weather sealing makes the E-M5 mk II a better outdoors camera and, in my experience*, a better platform for the 12-40 lens. The Pen is better suited to primes.

* Having spent a lot of time with this lens attached to my Pen E-P5, before buying an OMD.

While the E-m5 mark I/II and E-m1 mark I/II are weather sealed, they use a TFT LCD viewfinder. This means if you wear polarized sunglasses, you will have trouble seeing parts of the screen when shooting in normal landscape orientation.

The Pen-F does use an OLED viewfinder (like the E-m10 mark II and G-85) which is easy to see in either orientation with polarized sunglasses. Unfortunately, it isn't weather sealed.

The G-85 is sealed and has an OLED viewfinder, and I bought one 6 months ago. But I'm finding that I prefer the Olympus pictures over the G-85, and I find myself putting up with the viewfinder in the sun.

I do find it odd that the Pen-F is paired with the 12-40mm. I would have though a collection of small primes would have suited the camera. Don't get me wrong, I love the 12-40mm lens, I just think it is a bit big for the Pen-F.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 18:06 UTC
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Adam Sharp: Any company that shuts down is a sad loss and sadly this is another . I hope the staff find other work

And remember, SanDisk sold itself to Western Digital (announced in 2015, finalized in 2016).

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 19:26 UTC
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matthew saville: Um, so can we translate "continued support during the transition period" ...to mean "eventually, that lifetime memory card warranty will be worthless"

...And I just had a microSD card go bad on me. Ugh. Shoulda bought Sandisk.

Except now Sandisk will probably slack off since they have such a massive monopoly on the market. Bah. This is bad news all around...

Micron will send out an assassin to insure the support will be finished. :-)

Yeah, it is sad news.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 19:21 UTC
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Matsu: My only card failures have been sandisk SD cards. (Three of them). All my Lexar CF cards are still working - going back to some ancient 4GB cards.

I wish more cameras had stuck with CF cards until CFast and XQD were ready for prime time.

I have am glad I don't have to deal with CF any more (except for the little I use my Olympus E-5). I have several devices with bent pins that were rendered useless. True the first device was caused by me jamming in the card, but I have had bent pins after I learned to gently put in the CF properly.

I've had failures over the years with various media types.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 19:18 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (101 comments in total)

I'm probably one of the few regulars of the old Olympus Forum (back in the days before micro 4/3rds, and the E-1/E-300 DSLRs were new) that didn't like the C-8080WZ.

After reading all of the good reviews, I found a used C-8080WZ and shot with it for a few months. I didn't mind the slowness of the 8080 (which I knew going in), but I found the auto white balance to be odd compared to the other Olympus cameras (particularly the C-2100UZ and E-1 that I own). It was particularly green foliage that seemed a little odd.

Eventually I came to the conclusion that I didn't like the C-8080WZ colors, and sold it. Generally, most of the Olympus cameras I have looked at, I liked the color signature on outdoor shots. But I didn't like it on the C-8080WZ.

Besides the C-8080WZ, I really didn't like the color signatures of the E-300 and E-510.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 12:31 UTC as 67th comment
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D135ima: Where is the Ricoh version ?

Note the TG-x series have the LG-1 which is a LED light that attaches to the lens meant for shooting macro. Note, the LED will only attach to the TG-1/2/3/4/5, and not to the other TG-8xx/TG-6xx cameras.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 13:15 UTC
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Mike FL: It seems Olympus improved TG-5's design, and added:

- one more DIAL on top,
- Release button for [Lens] adapter
- Dual panel glass to prevent 'foggy'

In terms of 12 megapixels sensor:
- For still:
I do not think by using 12 megapixels sensor will noticeably improve low-light noise in *still* after *normalized*.

- For 4K:
it gives user wider FoV of 4K than higher than 12 megapixels sensor, and It will improve low-light noise in 4K on paper at least.

If thee is no at least half stop better SNR, I will keep my TG-2, as I do not shoot video, and I do not put TG-2 into the water, but for back up camera only.

The TG-2 did not support RAW, but the TG-4 did. I would imagine the TG-4 are no longer made, and Olympus is just selling their inventory. Last week, Olympus America did have a sale on refurbished TG-4's (for $185 if memory serves), and they were quickly sold out.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 13:13 UTC
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bartjeej: Does the TG5's USB charging use a standard plug (micro usb or usb-c), or still a proprietary Olympus plug?

According to the US Olympus page, the cable for the TG-5 is a USB 2.0 micro-B cable (the TG-4 listed the cable as Multi-terminal with USB Connector, DC Jack, Audio/Video Output). It sounds like Olympus finally got the message (starting with the E-M1 mark II) that users wanted standard cables.
http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/tough/tg-5.html

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (392 comments in total)
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Michael Meissner: Ah yes, the C-2100UZ. I still have mine, though I didn't take any usable shots with it in 2016, but it sits in a place of honor on my shelf.

It was my second digital camera. My first was an Olympus D-510Z that I bought after a trip to Disney World where I somehow left mouse land with money in my pockets, and it was burning a hole itching to be spent, and I settled on the D-510Z.

However, the D-510Z was a pretty forgettable point & shoot, and I soon outgrew its limitations. I was looking around for something better. It was the time of the great CompUSA (remember them?) firesale, where Olympus was off-loading the UZI's for $500 (off of $1200). After doing some investigation, I settled on the UZI.

One of the things that helped me decide was the rather active Olympus forum (now Olympus Compact forum) at the time that was populated by UZI-lovers that were more interested in photos and techniques than spec-manship. I miss the forum of those days. I have 10,564 shots with the UZI.

Thanks Stephen. Yes, I miss those days.

And they were friendly (with the exception perhaps of my entry into "Flower Art" challenge [#10] that caused a ruckus).

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 14:54 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (392 comments in total)
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Michael Meissner: Ah yes, the C-2100UZ. I still have mine, though I didn't take any usable shots with it in 2016, but it sits in a place of honor on my shelf.

It was my second digital camera. My first was an Olympus D-510Z that I bought after a trip to Disney World where I somehow left mouse land with money in my pockets, and it was burning a hole itching to be spent, and I settled on the D-510Z.

However, the D-510Z was a pretty forgettable point & shoot, and I soon outgrew its limitations. I was looking around for something better. It was the time of the great CompUSA (remember them?) firesale, where Olympus was off-loading the UZI's for $500 (off of $1200). After doing some investigation, I settled on the UZI.

One of the things that helped me decide was the rather active Olympus forum (now Olympus Compact forum) at the time that was populated by UZI-lovers that were more interested in photos and techniques than spec-manship. I miss the forum of those days. I have 10,564 shots with the UZI.

Nice shot!

Here is one of my favorite sunsets of all times. I was in Austin, Texas for business. After work I joined two other DPR's (John Chandler was one) for dinner at one of the restaurants that overlooks lake Austin. I had my UZI, and captured this:
http://www.the-meissners.org/2006-small-albums/2006-09/small/2006-09-09-22-26-009-sunset.jpg

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 04:34 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (392 comments in total)

Ah yes, the C-2100UZ. I still have mine, though I didn't take any usable shots with it in 2016, but it sits in a place of honor on my shelf.

It was my second digital camera. My first was an Olympus D-510Z that I bought after a trip to Disney World where I somehow left mouse land with money in my pockets, and it was burning a hole itching to be spent, and I settled on the D-510Z.

However, the D-510Z was a pretty forgettable point & shoot, and I soon outgrew its limitations. I was looking around for something better. It was the time of the great CompUSA (remember them?) firesale, where Olympus was off-loading the UZI's for $500 (off of $1200). After doing some investigation, I settled on the UZI.

One of the things that helped me decide was the rather active Olympus forum (now Olympus Compact forum) at the time that was populated by UZI-lovers that were more interested in photos and techniques than spec-manship. I miss the forum of those days. I have 10,564 shots with the UZI.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 12:41 UTC as 112th comment | 4 replies
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AndersSJ: More of a Kickstarter add than digital photography; but let's look at the bright side, no whimper from those who would by if they could afford it.

Note, Trigger Trap had a successful original campaign (for the Arduino based shutter release). Well it was successful in that they eventually released working rewards, though missing the delivery date by nearly a year was a problem. I was one who was irked by the delay, but it spurred me to pick up an Arduino and start my own Trigger.

They ran as a company, producing the Trigger Trap mobile that worked ont he Apple iphone and sort of worked on Android. I always wondered how they could exist on their funding model.

They then tried a second bite at the apple with the Ada product, and came to the conclusion that it would be too expensive to make for funding they had gathered and refunded some/all of the money. Since I didn't back the Ada project, I don't know how much was returned.

They continued on the mobile path, and about 6 months or so, they abandoned the Android mobile device.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 23:16 UTC
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AndersSJ: More of a Kickstarter add than digital photography; but let's look at the bright side, no whimper from those who would by if they could afford it.

Yes, you have to pay extra for delivery. For US delivery, you add $10 for one camera, $17 for two (I didn't check 3 or more). I prefer to pay delivery at the time of pledging. I've had one kickstarter project that added delivery after the initial pledge, and I wasn't too happy.

That being said, kickstarter is not a store. Things do go wrong. Delivery dates are frequently just guesses. I've had a few KS projects that delivered nearly on time, one that was nearly a year late, and one that got cancelled before the project happened due to fraud.

Most KS projects are somebody with an idea, but not necessarily a manufacturing background. Things often go off the rails when they try to scale it up. This is particularly true if the product goes viral and wildly exceeds its goals. Right now, it is almost 3x the initial funding request, so it might still be manageable.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 15:14 UTC
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Anesh Pather: wonder if this will work on an FZ1000 or RX10

The pin layout for Olympus/Panasonic should not be a problem, since they use the same layout as Canon (except Canon has an extra pin compared to Olympus/Panasonic).

Sony is a bit different, since Sony does not use the standard flash hot-shoe, instead using the old Minolta hot-shoe design.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
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BarnabyJones: Despite what the official website states, TTL passthrough does not work with Olympus. Tested on the E-m1 with both the FL-600r & Metz 58 AF-2. Additionally, flash profiling is quite limited so unless you're with Nikon or Canon odds are your flashes won't be compatible.

If you go to the cactus web page for V6, and scroll down to major features, it says: TTL pass-through with Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and Fujifilm via one single unit. The web page is at: http://www.cactus-image.com/v6.html

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 16:12 UTC
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Michael Meissner: No Olympus or Panasonic support. Sigh..... Also, no Sony support.....

I have no idea. I was just going off the announcement, which only lists Nikon, Canon, and Pentax. If you go to their web site, they claim that they support pass through mode (where you put a TTL flash in the hot shoe), it will allow the camera to use that one flash in TTL mode, but the other flashes must be fired in manual mode. However BarnabyJones who has a Cactus V6 and an Olympus E-M1, says even pass through mode does not work.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 23:16 UTC
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Michael Meissner: No Olympus or Panasonic support. Sigh..... Also, no Sony support.....

Yes, but it never seems to pan out.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 19:59 UTC
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BarnabyJones: Despite what the official website states, TTL passthrough does not work with Olympus. Tested on the E-m1 with both the FL-600r & Metz 58 AF-2. Additionally, flash profiling is quite limited so unless you're with Nikon or Canon odds are your flashes won't be compatible.

Sigh.... Thanks for the heads up.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 16:45 UTC
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