47872Mike

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PocketPixels: This review reminds me of a minor question I've had for a while. The review states:

"Lateral chromatic aberration – or purple/green fringing near the edge of the frame in high contrast regions – is very well controlled for optically, and is further corrected for digitally in JPEGs and/or in your Raw converter."

Does that only work if the camera (or RAW converter) is newer than the lens?

I have an Olympus PEN E-PL5 and E-PL6. Both of them have up-to-date firmware, but both of them are older than this Panasonic lens. Will the cameras know what kind of lens correction to apply?

I guess another way of asking that, more generally: do modern lenses encode their "flaws and fixes" in their ID chips, or is it up to the camera manufacturer to know about such "flaws and fixes" and apply corrections to in-camera JPEGs and/or update the bundled RAW conversion software?

Those cameras are just slightly too old to correct fringing in Panasonic lenses. The first Olympus processing engine which did so was the one introduced with the EM10, the TruePic VII engine.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:14 UTC

It was introduced several years ago at $99, yet the review tells us that it is "available now" for only $249...is this a positive move?

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:08 UTC as 7th comment
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Idaho_X: I sometimes don't understand your "awards". You gave this lens a gold award with no weather sealing, distracting CAs and not very nice sunstars.
But I guess that's due to the price/value ...

Which price? It was introduced several years ago at $99, but the review tells us that it is "available now" for only $249.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:07 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: This is, just like the Olympic 25mm f/1.8, a very forgettable MFT lens. The FL is boring, neither here or there. The performance is for a prime lens also very ordinary, beaten by even zoom lenses like the popular 12-35mm and the 12-40mm. There is little reason to buy the cheapest prime lenses from either maker in this common FL range. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 is much more interesting, if low price is the main consideration. The Panasonic 20mm while more expensive is a good choice, if size is so important. IMO, a prime lens with mediocre optical performance is a waste of time.

If you think 25mm is a useless in-between focal length, why do you think 30mm is less so?

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:06 UTC
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The Jimmy 86: Great lens for the price. I do wish it had optical stabilization, but that would likely ruin the small size.
As far as a nifty fifty goes, it's fantastic and a great starter lens.

Yes, but which price? It was introduced several years ago at $99, but the review tells us that it is "available now" for only $249.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:05 UTC
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Archiver: I've had the Olympus f1.8 counterpart for years and have always been impressed with its performance. The Panasonic looks much the same.

They are definitely very different.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:02 UTC
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Winmeister: I have TWO of these lenses.. not impressed at all. Stepping down to either f2.8, f4 etc, Oly 12-40 pro is much sharper. F1.7 and 2 are poor in the corners with the pair that I own. Maybe using as portrait is about OK. Wanted to like it but I don't unfortunately.

I had this lens twice and there was definitely a lot of difference in their performance - the second one was a lot better. It seems there is a great deal of sample variation.

I slightly prefer the 20mm which they didn't bother to compare it to (or even mention).

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:01 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (621 comments in total)
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erichK: Based on Robert Wong's review, it seems to provide a lot of bang for the buck: a very effective focus system, great IBIS, better controls and handability, an OLED LCD, usable 4K and even some improvement and quick ways of getting around - the bane of Olympus IMHO - the menu system.

A mic input would have been nice, and losing the ability to control other flashes is also regrettable, but they've significantly improved this camera as a pocketable, all-in one picture-taking tool that is also fully usable as a take-along second body and backuo.

Robin the rich to feed the poor. Think about it, Robert.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2021 at 18:12 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (621 comments in total)
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eddie_cam: So, Olympus, you say what? We should buy a Panasonic GX80/85? Ok ... ;-)

The IBIS is almost the one similarity.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2021 at 17:47 UTC
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47872Mike: If this doesn't have AF, which it appears not to, what is its benefit over the many secondhand 500/8 mirror lenses on the used market?

Lots of Vivitar lenses were made by Tokina.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2021 at 22:06 UTC
On article Canon EOS-10D Review (11 comments in total)
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CesarAKG: What was the "kit lens" to this camera?

Indeed there was no "kit lens" for the 10D, and many buyers were probably transitioning from Canon film outfits. But the lens most often sold with it - and pictured in the instruction manual - seems to have been the 24-85 3.5-4.5 USM.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2021 at 18:56 UTC
On article Canon EOS 40D Review (11 comments in total)

The weird thing about this review, which I remember noticing back in 2007 (!!) is that it appears to me to make NO reference to the 400D.

I will have to look elsewhere to see whether the 40D had a different sensor from the 400, as the 20D seems to have done from the 350D.

I used to use two of these to shoot Indian weddings. I wish I'd bought a 5D instead...

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2020 at 17:03 UTC as 2nd comment

This was the first DSLR I ever bought new. And the last one in the xxxD line that I owned. At the time, I was pleased with it, but I think I only had it about one or two years before I sold it.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2020 at 16:50 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Canon EOS 20D Review (9 comments in total)

I still use these sometimes, and feel that they are fundamentally brilliant, even now, when shot at low and medium ISO.

Just forget about checking image sharpness (or anything much else to do with image review) on the camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 21:03 UTC as 2nd comment

I have been a regular visitor for nearly 20 years, though I have had a few changes of profile when I had simply no idea what my user name and password were. Not that they are needed to read, which is most of what I've done...

Simply the most honest and in-depth reviews, on the strength of which I bought my first digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix 990, and many since.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 20:54 UTC as 14th comment
On article Canon EOS 50D Review (5 comments in total)

I just re-read this review, which I remember from the time.

It's so comical that they go into such commendably forensic detail about the deficiencies of the sensor compared to that of the 40D and the Sony, Pentax and Nikon ones and then give it "Highly Commended" anyway.

Also interesting is the claim that 15MP seems to have exceeded the logical limit for APS-C resolution.

I love the review and must revisit those for the 18, 20 and 24 MP 1.6 crop cameras too.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 11:00 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

If this doesn't have AF, which it appears not to, what is its benefit over the many secondhand 500/8 mirror lenses on the used market?

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2020 at 16:17 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (282 comments in total)

I bought an EOS 300D a few weeks ago for very much less than $80. The pixel level quality at ISO 100-200 is quite outstanding. The amount of chroma noise at higher ISOs reminds me how far we have come, and of course there is a lack of dynamic range. The card handling is almost unbelievably slow. I was expecting to find the AF slow, but I don't, really.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 00:55 UTC as 64th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1 (170 comments in total)

One of the things I find interesting about this is the extent to which Nikon were perceived as being market leaders at the time. Their swivel-body design stood out, caught the imagination, and seemed to be the way forward. I don't know how many more Coolpix 950 and 990 cameras were sold than Canon G1 or G2s, but I do remember how enthusiastically these Nikons were received.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 17:07 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies

I always knew them to be natural partners.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 23:41 UTC as 15th comment
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