LarsPolarBear

LarsPolarBear

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Well, I have stopped using Pixelmator after buying a Fuji camera, since Apple doesn’t support the lossless RAW format, and Pixelmator is based on the Apple RAW support… …they need to fix that…

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2022 at 02:01 UTC as 1st comment
On article OM System OM-5 initial review (547 comments in total)

I did actually wait for along time for the E-M5 III to come out and was extremely disappointed by it. When Fuji launched the S-X10, I jumped on it and never looked back. The sensor is just soooo much better in all aspects that matter. The build quality is much more pleasing (yes, I do miss weather sealing, but the rest is just much better). Considering the price of the OM-5 (as well as the E-M5 III), it should have been a much better camera. It’s not understandable, why it has to be much more expensive than it’s competitors, while using rather old components, but I guess that is the price of a niche product (which it has become).

It is sad to see that Olympus/OMD were/are not able to revitalize the m43 system (except for Pana on the video side). The success of the smartphone has clearly shown that there is a huge market for small size cameras, something they totally forgot about…

The market consolidation will continue…

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2022 at 05:58 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On challenge Digicam is the new Film (2 comments in total)

You might want to extend the camera MP requirement, since even a Canon Ixus II had already 3,2 MP over 20 years ago. Thanks.
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canonsd100/2

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2022 at 00:27 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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Tical: I said it earlier and have to say it again.
No real "History" and no proper per-picture "Undo"?
These are MUCH too needed features for a software this good.
Best RAW developer for sure, but those two missing features almost spoil the whole "non destructive" thing altogether.
I won't upgrade until they are provided (as in, copying what is done right in Lightroom is not a bad thing).

Yes, I could no agree more. This is such basic function of a professional tool, the whole idea of computer based editing is being missed here. I am not sure if there is an Adobe patent preventing them from implementing this basic feature. I am not a professional photographer, but I would not use this program without this feature, it is just a waste of time without. The only reason why I am using it is the better rendering of Fuji RAWs, without that need I would not touch it with a 10 foot pole…

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 15:47 UTC

Still no lens profile for the Fuji 100-400mm and the 16-80mm f4. Thy have been longer on the market than the Fuji 70-300mm, don’t understand that… 🤔
Especially the 16-80mm has quite a significant distortion on the wide side, a lens profile would be very helpful here… 😏

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 15:36 UTC as 14th comment
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Krummj: Can you set "export to same folder as original" like you can in Lightroom? I have never been able to find that option.

yes, it has finally arrived, hallelujah!!! 😏
However, the new export window to totally convoluted, not my thing… 😒

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 10:04 UTC
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BrentSchumer: Still no HDR merge or stitching?

nope… 🙄

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 10:02 UTC
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BobT3218: Olympus must be desperate. They squeezed a whole new model out of what's really just a minor firmware upgrade.

no, a firmware update would be good news...

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2020 at 08:14 UTC
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trungtran: Learning from Canon.

yep, sounds like the M50 Mrk II

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2020 at 08:10 UTC

Is the f11-f16 rule in relation to 35mm equivalent? Shooting f11-f16 on a crop sensor (e.g. Micro Four Thirds), would get you into diffraction territory. Therefore, can we submit pictures shot at f5.6 to f8 on a mft camera?
Thanks!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2020 at 01:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Slideshow: 2020 Underwater Tour Awards Winners (17 comments in total)

Stunning pictures!!! I do underwater photography myself and can only be in amazed about some of these these pictures.

Number 4 and 7 have this magic of the location and the light to make them stand out. However, #10 (the salmons in the river) kills me, because of its beauty and difficulty to achieve. The photographer needed to get a firm hold in the flowing river, keep the lens clean of water droplets and the compose it while the cold river splashed against him. Just an amazing work of art and capturing the beauty of nature!

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2020 at 04:27 UTC as 10th comment
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review (928 comments in total)
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LarsPolarBear: Too little too late, again.... :(
If this camera would have been released 2-3 years ago, it would have been a smashing little gem, but not today anymore. While the Fuji X-T100 looked good on paper, it was a disaster to shoot with. However, Fuji did not wait 4 years to rectify their mistake and totally revamped the the next iteration, the X-T200, which is in my opinion the one to beat. It has a better sensor, PDAF, fantastic touch screen with smartphone like interface, a significantly better kit lens and last but not least, all for a better price, since it has been on the market for a while.
Someone should send the Oly management a Marketing 101 book: Being first to market carries a price premium, not being last... It is the same story with the E-M5 III and now the 100-400 mm lens, all more pricey than the competition with worse or at best equal specifications... feel sorry for JIP, they must have quite a patience when they meet with OLy management... ...just fire them!

The only people claiming that the Oly 100-400mm is slightly sharper than the Panny are Olys Ambassadors, which are not a reliable source. The Panny lens is smaller, faster and lighter and works with the Panny IBIS, which the Oly/Sigma does not, so where is the value? For a f6.3 800mm lens the teleconverter are basically useless, since they take 1 - 2 stops of light, making it unusable for any wildlife, especially on a m43 body with its noise level at higher ISO.

Since you can buy the same lens with a Sigma sticker on it and adapt it to a Sony for the same price as the Oly lens alone, yes their pricing is relevant, and shows who ridiculous the Oly pricing is. Furthermore, I find the Sony E 70-350mm a much smarter approach, a quality, small and lightweight stabilized lens that works with the IBIS in sync for $800 (about half of the Oly/Sigma), that would have been a fantastic lens on a m43 camera with 700mm reach. I don't see anything that is that smart coming from Oly these days.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 02:13 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review (928 comments in total)

Too little too late, again.... :(
If this camera would have been released 2-3 years ago, it would have been a smashing little gem, but not today anymore. While the Fuji X-T100 looked good on paper, it was a disaster to shoot with. However, Fuji did not wait 4 years to rectify their mistake and totally revamped the the next iteration, the X-T200, which is in my opinion the one to beat. It has a better sensor, PDAF, fantastic touch screen with smartphone like interface, a significantly better kit lens and last but not least, all for a better price, since it has been on the market for a while.
Someone should send the Oly management a Marketing 101 book: Being first to market carries a price premium, not being last... It is the same story with the E-M5 III and now the 100-400 mm lens, all more pricey than the competition with worse or at best equal specifications... feel sorry for JIP, they must have quite a patience when they meet with OLy management... ...just fire them!

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2020 at 01:39 UTC as 121st comment | 2 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1721 comments in total)
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Er20west: Sounds like it is the vey best camera that no one will buy judging by Olympus's market share.

Yes, they are selling heavily discounted OM-D E-M10s and Pen E-Pls, but not many OM-D E-M5 or OM-D E-M1s, especially the newest iterations. While in the meantime Sony is selling a ton of their higher priced a6400...
Olympus has quite capable cameras and some decent lenses, but they are just too high priced. While Oly fanboys are complaining about the Silver rating, they forget the price. DPR summarized it nice: "There are more capable cameras for that cash"! If Oly would have priced their E-M5 III at below $1000 as all it's direct competitors are, they might have even sold some... Where I live you are hard pressed to find a shop that carries the E-M5 III or E-M1 III (being Oly retailers), but they have the Fuji X-T30, X-T4 and Sony a6400/a6600, think that tells a lot of the story..

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 00:15 UTC
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Franz Weber: Horses for courses. There is a huge market for these cameras. If you like to shoot polar bears or penguins in an arctic environment, this is for you!

The winters are long and hard in Russia, Alaska, Scandinavia and Canada. Or Montana... have you seen The Hateful Eight? There are many successful movies that could have been shot with the R5: Titanic, The Revenant, Empire Strikes Back

...sales will be affected by global warming though... :(

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2020 at 03:20 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL10 sample gallery (117 comments in total)
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LarsPolarBear: Well, the appreciation of colours is a very personal thing, therefore I will only mention (not argue) that I am not a fan of the Olympus colour science. I have been shooting an E-PL7 for the past 6 years and am rather frustrated with the SOOC jpeg performance, I find the colours rather washed out and don't think the camera is doing a good job in high contrast situations, but again, that is up to taste.
However, what is not up to taste is the fact, that Olympus has not invested at all in the Pen line. The difference between the E-PL9 and 10 are 2 new filters, that is pathetic, considering that E-PL10 is almost identical to the E-PL6 (or even the 5?). The only reason OLympus issues new iterations of the Pen series and the OM-D 10 series is, so that they can heavily discount the older models that are basically identical. While some have mentioned, that the Pen series is selling well in Asia, it was the E-PL9 that topped the list, not the 10, and only due to heavy discounts.

Karroly, thank you for letting me know that nobody forces me to use the default settings... I would have never guessed....
Believe me, as un underwater photographer I know quite a bit about colour tweaking, but the problem here is that the colours are just off, so that increasing saturation is just making it worse. One of the problems is that Oly's WB algorithm (auto and manual) is just not as good as e.g. Canon's (again, something you learn very fast when you shoot underwater).

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2020 at 23:42 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL10 sample gallery (117 comments in total)

Well, the appreciation of colours is a very personal thing, therefore I will only mention (not argue) that I am not a fan of the Olympus colour science. I have been shooting an E-PL7 for the past 6 years and am rather frustrated with the SOOC jpeg performance, I find the colours rather washed out and don't think the camera is doing a good job in high contrast situations, but again, that is up to taste.
However, what is not up to taste is the fact, that Olympus has not invested at all in the Pen line. The difference between the E-PL9 and 10 are 2 new filters, that is pathetic, considering that E-PL10 is almost identical to the E-PL6 (or even the 5?). The only reason OLympus issues new iterations of the Pen series and the OM-D 10 series is, so that they can heavily discount the older models that are basically identical. While some have mentioned, that the Pen series is selling well in Asia, it was the E-PL9 that topped the list, not the 10, and only due to heavy discounts.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2020 at 00:09 UTC as 13th comment | 6 replies
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Great job there giving Sony some run for it’s money. It looked like we have one horse race that is ultimately not good for anyone

I could not agree more!!! Competition is good for the consumer!! However, I am looking for a three to four horse race, hoping that Apple, since they just bought sensor technology, and Samsung would join the race. With their deep pockets they can push the technology even further and faster... Can wait to see what small format camera/smartphones will be able to achieve in a few years!!!
The future is bright - you need ND filter!!!! :)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 00:44 UTC

While I agree, that it cannot be used as a dive computer (Paralens does not claim that it can be), for me the most confusing about the DPR writeup was the mentioning of the recording capabilities. I got the impression that the maximum at 1080p was 30fps, which is not true... it is actually 100fps, which is quite a difference... ;)

I am not an action cam guy, so for me a camera without a display where you can see what you take is not very helpful, but I understand that it's the same for other brands (I think you can add one on the GoPro, can you?).

I like the idea of a pressure sensor and the automatic WB adjustment, had thought about that before and always wondered why others (e.g. Olympus) never came up with that idea...

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 02:35 UTC as 1st comment
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zodiacfml: Dinosaur. I'll wait for the rumored LG camera-enabled dishwasher with IBIS and 4K video.

I think you got that wrong...

The IBIS will not be available with the dishwasher, but only with the washing machine. It will only come as front loader and therefore only 3 axis stabilization, but this design should support any photography/video style, except Astro, for that they might issue at a later stage a top loader model...

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 02:34 UTC
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