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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a777: I'd rather choose to have great ability for a limited time, then be limited of abilities at all. Let's them all makers innovate, just let them be straight about limits. Canon was.

It depends. I did the video for my niece's wedding because they had no money for a professional videographer. The ceremony went for 35 minutes (fortunately I had a Panasonic G85 which does not enforce a 30 minute video limit). I also have a friend that asks me to record his theater shows that typically run 1.5 hours. In these cases, I use the cameras I have on hand, or I don't get the images.

I could imagine soccer moms and theater dads wanting to record their offsprings latest efforts. Again, the camera used is one bought for other purposes. Not everybody doing videography is recording professionally day in and day out.

In addition, peoples interest change over time. It may be when you bought the camera, you were only doing stills, but got into video later.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 15:39 UTC
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BTP: Has anyone done tests with the battery in the grip? I realize the CPU is causing most of the heat, but the battery has been reported as heating up too. This can't be ideal in the body. It seems the grip would help here. I prefer to shoot with a grip regardless.

I don't own a Canon camera at all, but I've played around with external powering my Olympus and Panasonic cameras & abused batteries in other contexts.

In general using batteries raises the heat. That's how they work. Several years ago, I burned out a flash by going paparazzi style doing lots and lots of shots in front of a background. When I changed the AA batteries in the flash, they were almost too hot to handle.

I imagine it is perfect storm, CPUs going fast generate heat, batteries producing power generate heat, displaying images on EVF/rear display generates heat, and writing long 4K/8K streams produces heat.

So I could imagine separating the battery from being near the CPU (i.e. using only grip battery or using external power) would help.

Using an external recorder may help, but is $$.

Cold packs may help.

It would be helpful if dpreview could do overheating tests as part of its reviews.

I wonder how many watts is used at max?

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 15:29 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1553 comments in total)
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Terrible Photographer: $2400 for an EM1.2 with an OLED Viewfinder??

F off! And that’s coming from someone who owns and uses an E-M1X on the regular to make their income!

Yes, the E-m1 mark III viewfinder is TFT LCD and not OLED. I have tried the camera in person before buying the E-m5 mark III, and the viewfinder gets distorted when I use polarized sunglasses and shoot in landscape orientation. The E-m5 mark III has an OLED viewfinder. The previous E-m5 mark I/II had a TFT LCD viewfinder.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 20:54 UTC
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Michael Meissner: Hopefully the new sensor is a lot better than the old sensors. I think this has come up before, so this reply will be like my previous one.

I do a lot of steampunk cameras, where I put a modern camera into a steampunk box (normally putting my large camera with bellows, etc. to harken back to older cameras, and to add things that are similar to what is in the modern cellphone).

In 2015, I built what I called the Cambridge camera. I took the original Polaroid 95A camera, and merged it with a Raspberry Pi using their original 5MP camera, and later the 8MP camera. I called it the Cambridge Camera because Polaroid when it existed was based in Cambridge Massachusetts, and the Raspberry Pi is designed out of Cambridge University in Cambridge, UK.
http://www.the-meissners.org/2015-small-albums/2015-hide-camera/small/2015-02-23-10-42-002-hidepi.jpg

However, while it worked, it didn't meet my needs (more in reply).

In particular, the two camera sensors were so poor at low light photography that I couldn't use the camera to actually take pictures (a lot of steampunk events are indoors, and those that are outdoors, often have significant parts that are indoors). My feeling is the sensor was roughly at the 2005-2006 level for low light support. Instead I use the modern cameras where I can at need push the ISO level to 3200 or so.

In addition in 2015, I tried to switch monitors, going from the original Adafruit monitor to larger 5" HDMI displays. I discovered that under the covers, the Pi at the time had no notion of abstraction. Basically you were tied to a particular monitor, and if you switched monitors, you would have to redo stuff. Some monitors used the graphics chip in the pi, some did not.

Hopefully 5 years later, the Pi side of things has improved, and maybe it is time for me to bring out the Cambridge Camera V2.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2020 at 17:42 UTC

Hopefully the new sensor is a lot better than the old sensors. I think this has come up before, so this reply will be like my previous one.

I do a lot of steampunk cameras, where I put a modern camera into a steampunk box (normally putting my large camera with bellows, etc. to harken back to older cameras, and to add things that are similar to what is in the modern cellphone).

In 2015, I built what I called the Cambridge camera. I took the original Polaroid 95A camera, and merged it with a Raspberry Pi using their original 5MP camera, and later the 8MP camera. I called it the Cambridge Camera because Polaroid when it existed was based in Cambridge Massachusetts, and the Raspberry Pi is designed out of Cambridge University in Cambridge, UK.
http://www.the-meissners.org/2015-small-albums/2015-hide-camera/small/2015-02-23-10-42-002-hidepi.jpg

However, while it worked, it didn't meet my needs (more in reply).

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2020 at 17:36 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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Bruce Clarke: Nice, but shame it doesn't use the camera's microphone. I'm not about to buy an Oly sound recorder, a webcam would be cheaper. Maybe there are other sound options?

Speaking as somebody who has tried at least 3 headsets and had my group complain about the microphone, I am not the authority. :-)

But seriously it depends on whether the software uses the audio from the camera or you have to use a microphone on the computer. If it uses the camera audio, then it should use the 3.5mm external microphone. If it doesn't, you might be able to plug the microphone into the computer. On my desktop, it has separate ports for audio out and microphone (3 pole 3.5mm each) while my laptop has one 4 pole 3.5mm connection like my cell phone uses. I just recently got a bunch of cables that convert between the two setups.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 21:26 UTC
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Michael Meissner: It is curious that Olympus includes the E-m5 mark II but does not include the newer E-m5 mark III in the list of cameras supported.

Note, I am not in the target market for this. I think using high end digital cameras as web cams is silly. I don't use Windows, so I couldn't run it if I did. I in fact do not enable video on my remote meetings any way.

And of course nothing will happen at the end of the year when Olympus transfers the imaging division to JIP -- that will just be seemless, and everything will work. Yeah, right.

I have webcams built into both my office work laptop and home work laptop. However I can't use either because I do not use the monitor of the laptop -- I use external monitors. I find I can't use the tiny screens for day in/day out usage. When I'm on the road, I do have to use the built-in screen, but even before covid-19, I don't travel that much for work.

According to the original security guidelines for the particular office I work out of (which uses cubes instead of offices with a locking door), I had to lock my office work laptop in a cabinet, so even if I wanted to use the screen, I couldn't.

Finally a few times, I have connected to the meetings with my phone instead of the computers, and I found I just don't have enough bandwidth to support video upload in real time. Also, I really prefer other people not realizing when I'm not concentrating on the presentation as they blather on.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 17:03 UTC
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Bruce Clarke: Nice, but shame it doesn't use the camera's microphone. I'm not about to buy an Oly sound recorder, a webcam would be cheaper. Maybe there are other sound options?

All of the cameras mentioned as being supported have support for 3.5mm microphones.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 15:58 UTC
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atamola: Damn, I was hoping it would work with my OMD-EM5 (Mark I)

As I said earlier, it is also weird, the E-m5 mark III is not supported.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 15:56 UTC

It is curious that Olympus includes the E-m5 mark II but does not include the newer E-m5 mark III in the list of cameras supported.

Note, I am not in the target market for this. I think using high end digital cameras as web cams is silly. I don't use Windows, so I couldn't run it if I did. I in fact do not enable video on my remote meetings any way.

And of course nothing will happen at the end of the year when Olympus transfers the imaging division to JIP -- that will just be seemless, and everything will work. Yeah, right.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 15:54 UTC as 22nd comment | 11 replies
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Funny Valentine: Things that DPreview never mention:

- EM1mk3 has a faster SD card read/write speed than the G9 on the UHS-II card slot. So on the G9 you get two UHS-II but the the EM1mk3 writes faster on its single UHS-II. The other is a UHS-I. So in real life, the olympus could be faster.

- the EM1mk3's EVF can keep it's 120 fps during CAF, the G9 can't. So G9 gives better resolution, but the EM1mk3 gives faster fps and less lag time: 0,005 sec vs 0,025 sec.

EDIT: all I said also applies to the EM1 mk2. Both the Pana and Oly are great, can't go wrong.

Because when I don't wear polarized sunglasses, my migraines become more frequent (sun is one of my triggers). And in fact this is one of the coping mechanisms that my migraine doctor explicitly has said to me, so it is doctor's orders. Be glad you don't need to wear polarized sunglasses all of the time.

So when I go out, I have a pair of pure polarized prescription glasses that I switch to as I'm approaching being outdoors. I prefer having wrap around sunglasses the prevent sun from coming in at any angle, but in the last few years it has been harder to get them (Oakley/Ray Bans seems to have dropped them). Also, you can't get bi-focals/tri-focals in wrap around.

In addition, my normal glasses are all sun-sensitive and will darken in bright light (except when I'm driving, because the glasses are triggered by UV rays which are blocked by the car windshield).

Link | Posted on May 25, 2020 at 02:23 UTC
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Funny Valentine: Things that DPreview never mention:

- EM1mk3 has a faster SD card read/write speed than the G9 on the UHS-II card slot. So on the G9 you get two UHS-II but the the EM1mk3 writes faster on its single UHS-II. The other is a UHS-I. So in real life, the olympus could be faster.

- the EM1mk3's EVF can keep it's 120 fps during CAF, the G9 can't. So G9 gives better resolution, but the EM1mk3 gives faster fps and less lag time: 0,005 sec vs 0,025 sec.

EDIT: all I said also applies to the EM1 mk2. Both the Pana and Oly are great, can't go wrong.

On the other hand, I will take a viewfinder that I can see over a high refresh rate that is distorted because I must wear polarized sunglasses. We each have different needs.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2020 at 18:29 UTC
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Funny Valentine: Things that DPreview never mention:

- EM1mk3 has a faster SD card read/write speed than the G9 on the UHS-II card slot. So on the G9 you get two UHS-II but the the EM1mk3 writes faster on its single UHS-II. The other is a UHS-I. So in real life, the olympus could be faster.

- the EM1mk3's EVF can keep it's 120 fps during CAF, the G9 can't. So G9 gives better resolution, but the EM1mk3 gives faster fps and less lag time: 0,005 sec vs 0,025 sec.

EDIT: all I said also applies to the EM1 mk2. Both the Pana and Oly are great, can't go wrong.

The reason Olympus' EVF in the E-m1x, E-m1 mark I/II/III and E-m5 mark I/II is faster is they use TFT LCD viewfinders which refresh faster than the typical OLED viewfinder.

But for me, the issue is TFT LCD displays have one orientation where either about 1/2 of the image is distorted or is completely opaque if I wear polarized sunglasses (which I need to do outdoors). On Olympus cameras, the problematical orientation is landscape (no issues in shooting portrait orientation).

On the other hand, most cameras use a TFT LCD rear display, and for both Olympus/Panasonic, the problematical orientation is portrait orientation.

I find in general, the colors seem more natural on TFT LCD displays, and a little over saturated on an OLED display. I just have to mentally tune down the saturation (or if I liked it, bring up the levels in post processing to match what I saw in OLED).

Link | Posted on May 23, 2020 at 15:14 UTC

For me, the one feature in the G9 that I wish was in the E-m1 mark III is the OLED viewfinder. I need to wear polarized sunglasses ALL of the time when I'm outdoors due to migraines, and the Olympus TFT LCD in the E-m1 mark I/II/III viewfinder is very hard to use when shooting landscape orientation (about 1/2 of the image is distorted). Fortunately, the new E-m5 mark III has an OLED viewfinder, and I went with that.

The G9 and all Olympus cameras have a 30 minute limit on video shooting, and when I'm recording video, it is typically for longer events, like recording a whole 1.5 hour show. So there I go back to the G85 which doesn't have a limit.

I've found over the years that Olympus is more forgiving for shooting scenes with white blotches without burning out highlights, while with Panasonic, I have to more carefully monitor the scene & dial in exposure compensation. Also, out of camera high ISO JPG is better on Olympus.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2020 at 15:05 UTC as 59th comment
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Cariboou: I have already 2 reader cards, one Sony and one Sandisk, probably but will see, because I don't want buy another one for CFExpress...

I've had a Rocketek USB 3.1 reader for some time now that has 2 regular SD slots and 2 micro-SD slots.

And as for CF slots, I haven't shot with a CF camera in about a year or more. Back in the day, I did ruin at least two CF readers due to bending pins when I wasn't careful about inserting the CF card. Fortunately, I never have damaged the pins in my cameras using CF, but I've read that others did. Generally, I just use the USB cable to download images from my CF cameras so I don't have to risk taking the card out.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2020 at 19:25 UTC
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User1234567890: I know 24, 30 and 60fps are most used.
What's the purpose of 25fps video?

But indoor existing lighting is where you need the flexibility between 25fps and 30fps. While I only occasionally shoot video, almost all of the video I shoot is with existing lighting. If you only shoot outdoors or you use lights that don't vary their lighting based on the A/C HZ phase, then it doesn't matter as much.

On the other hand, fitting in with other video shot by other cameras is why you want a selection between 24fp, 25fp, and 30fps (and 50fps and 60fps if available).

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2020 at 21:26 UTC
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User1234567890: I know 24, 30 and 60fps are most used.
What's the purpose of 25fps video?

Unless of course you travel to a PAL country for a vacation (once we can travel again) and want to shoot video indoors without having to worry about the florescent lights going on/off at a different rate than the camera frame rate. Similarly if you are in a PAL country and travel to a NTSC country for a vacation, you might want to change from 25fps to 30fps.

And as I mentioned, Japan is special in that 1/2 of the country is 50 Hz and 1/2 is 60 Hz (https://www.furniture-rental-tokyo.com/useful_info/electricity.html)

I really don't get why camera manufacturers refuse to give us all 3 options (24fps, 25fps, and 30fps) in all cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2020 at 17:41 UTC
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User1234567890: I know 24, 30 and 60fps are most used.
What's the purpose of 25fps video?

25fps video presumably would be useful in countries where the default A/C HZ is 50 Hz (i.e. most of Europe, part of Japan). In the USA/Canada that uses 60 Hz (and part of Japan that uses 60 Hz), you would typically use 30fps.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2020 at 17:28 UTC
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DotCom Editor: Seems enormously overpriced, so that means Gary Fong must somehow be involved. Just wait until he finds out that another company is creating inexpensive knock-offs.

And selling them as fishing vests at Walmart :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2020 at 03:06 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 III (188 comments in total)
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panther fan: This is touted as an action camera, but is it really?

-The subject tracking is lacking according to reviews.
-The buffer is tiny and fills in about 2sec in 18FPS mode
-One of the card slots is UHS-I significantly hurting throughput
-Mechanical shutter is only 10FPS with AF, and while the electronic shutter isn't slow it's also not fast enough to rely on it 100% of the time
-The LCD EVF doesn't have the pixel response time and latency of an OLED EVF
-2.36Mdot resolution also really hurts with a small subject in the frame like in wildlife

I mean this is clearly no video-centric camera, or landscape centric, or studio centric, but is it really enough to call it sport centric?

I believe the Olympus website specification for OLED is wrong, since all of the other VF specifications (eye relief, angle of view, etc.) match the E-m1 mark II. Also, the official announcement says that it uses the same VF and rear panel as the E-m1 mark II. Both can't be right, and I assume it was a cut+paste error in the specifications page. I've already sent mail to Olympus about this.

For me, I assume it is the the TFT LCD viewfinder until I can find a demo E-m1 mark III and try it out with my polarized sunglasses. It means I likely will be picking up the E-m5 mark III in time for a big trip to Florida in April, where I will want to have a camera that I can use the VF in the sun, and it will survive rain.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 16:13 UTC
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