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What's the point?
You can do this with practically any camera (p&s, SLR) to improve IQ. Some model even do this automatically in a special low noise mode.
My Lumia phone even lets me set imaging parameters like ISO, etc with the standard photo app.
And NO, it does not show what phone cams are capable of: it simply works around their flaws.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 19:14 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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Michael_13: Who will buy this lens?
... and who wants to look at these terribly distorted pictures?

Wayne, you're right, I missed the VR. This is the clue.
But isn't a 250° result too hard to handle? I guess that it needs to be distortion corrected to some extent.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 04:33 UTC

Wow, these look like scenes from a crazy shooter game like Doom. Astonishing.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 22:54 UTC as 16th comment

Who will buy this lens?
... and who wants to look at these terribly distorted pictures?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 22:26 UTC as 20th comment | 9 replies
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JEROME NOLAS: Big, heavy, expensive. All I asked is sharp12-50/60 constant f4, short, light weight, rasonably priced...where is Sigma & Tamron when you need them?

Yes, some more nice Sigmas for mFT would be great, but I guess that the sales volume is just too low for mFT. Designing one lens and adapting it for two mounts of the mass market (CaNikon) is economically much safer than offering specialized lenses for a small niche market.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:37 UTC
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Michael Engelen: Why all the rants about f4, price or bokeh? You want this lens, you'll buy this lens.
It's like with an expensive car. You pay more for something less convenient or less fast -- just because that's the price for owning it. To own a Porsche is probably not reasonable, but maybe it's nicer than owning a Mercedes or a BMW.
I think it's great that Olympus offers this lens 😎

WalPhoto: Well said!
For many it is simply easier to fight about "tec-specs" than to take beautiful photos and compare the results. :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:23 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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eno2: Setsuya Kataoka of Olympus says E-M1II image quality is better than any APS-C DSLR on market!

Amateur Photographer published an interview with Setsuya Kataoka of Olympus. Here are just a couple of interesting points:

1) With the E-M1 Mark II we have surpassed the speed and image quality of APS-C DSLRs.
2) The in-body stabilisation itself gives 5.5 steps, and the Sync IS gives 6.5 steps with OIS lenses. 6.5 stops is actually a theoretical limitation at the moment due to rotation of the earth interfering with gyro sensors.
3) It’s not a PEN-F sensor: It’s a totally different sensor, two times faster, with totally different construction. On-chip phase detection is also incorporated.

Hope it is true, but still hard to believe. Guess he means IQ at base ISO and this is a bit of apples and oranges...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:48 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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rbach44: Full frame user (switched from M43 once upon a time) not looking to troll but asking an honest question:

Looking at the 25mm 1.2 makes me think the same thing as when I saw the f.95 Noktons: Isn’t this just the wrong system for shallow DOF? Putting a big, heavy, and expensive lens on a system built around portability makes no sense to me…

Especially considering that the cost of this lens is the same as a used D600+50mm 1.8, which will provide similar DOF characteristics at little size/weight penalty when considering the whole combo. And that is not even considering the (at least in my opinion) poor ergonomics of a big lens on a small body, the IQ advantage of full frame, and the (presumably) poorer performance at f1.2 compared to a good ol’ f1.8.

Of course M43 has its other advantages, but doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF than shoehorning a very fast lens into a system that really just doesn’t excel in that area? Am I missing something here?

rbach44, e.g. I don't want a dark optical view finder and I want weather sealing. I also hate noisy mirrors.
With these requirements alone, Olympus is very attractive. Besides, nice shallow dof can be attained with the f1.8 lenses already.
If low dof is your main preference then, yes, FF is the way to go.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:08 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (564 comments in total)
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IAMINFOCUS: How does the auto focus compare to Olympus em-5

If it is similar to Canon's 80D, it should be quite good.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 18:20 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1650 comments in total)
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Andreas Berglund: So help me out here why would I buy this instead of a smalllish higher end AP-C DSLR, not much difference in size, nor weight and has much better battery life and can use the regular APC lenses, which there are lots of choice of?

It does look like a nice camera with nice features, dual pixel af and touchscreen etc, but still?

Because you are fed up with noisy mirrors, slow live view and dim view finders.
My Pentax view finder is fine, but since I have used a good EVF, I never want to go back to a camera with an OVF only.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 17:50 UTC

I would buy it, if it had FourThirds format.
Maybe they should offer their sensor to Olympus?

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 07:42 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (502 comments in total)

It surely has a great lens, but what is this?


Is it due to heat waves or some strange "sharpening" algorithm?

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 16:21 UTC as 60th comment | 3 replies
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (734 comments in total)

I think in his wish list, he quite often mentions Olympus as a positive example.
Said that this company is not as successful as I think it deserves to be.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 18:26 UTC as 63rd comment
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NoMirror99: Ok Canon guys, I come in peace. What am I missing? At these prices you could get a Sony a6000. Why on earth would someone want one of these instead? I really don't get it.

Not everybody wants a large system cam with changeable lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 09:11 UTC
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Zephir 750: Well, the umpteenth firmware update and this obviously means we won't get to see the E-M1 Mk II with a better performing sensor till......who knows when.

Zephir, are you sure that YOU are already good enough for that "old" sensor?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2015 at 08:26 UTC

Congrats, Mr Schmitt!
You have found the ultimate way of wasting time and skills.
You knew this before, right? Right???

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 11:11 UTC as 56th comment
On article Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses (296 comments in total)
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rfsIII: I hope that your hand model realizes that she should be expensing her manicures. Every hand model I've ever worked with has been reimbursed for having her nails done before a shoot and accounting has never kicked it back.

You don't realize that this is not a hand model. She simply is a colleague from the office. It also is no commercial shooting in a studio for glossy adverts.
So you should adjust your level of expectation accordingly.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 12:57 UTC
On article Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know (515 comments in total)
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JackM: Only a fool would buy this camera

So, judging by your comment, you already ordered one, right?

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 09:32 UTC
On article Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know (515 comments in total)
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mrcultureshock: I know esthetics are of little importance vs the performance, but this is an ugly little compact camera. Nikon should copy what Panasonic is doing with styling and 4K capabilities.

I disagree. I think that for the first time Nikon created decent styling for the 1 series.

I don't know any camera that is uglier than the V2.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 18:57 UTC
On article Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know (515 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Having used a friend's J1 and tried out another friend's V1,I must say that the 1 series from Nikon might me the most underrated camera system ever.

I bet most people dismissing the 1 system on this website have never even tried one.

I sold my V1 after half a year. IQ was not the problem, but handling was. Control elements and firmware were purposely dumbed down to a level that I could not stand.
The current model is surely better, but Nikon probably lost me forever.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 18:50 UTC
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