BobT3218

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brycesteiner: A real advantage is the 1/2 size sensor when it comes to sports. Giving the extra "zoom" is fantastic when you are comparing images to the 35mm sensor size.
Some speak as though it's a disadvantage--nope! It's what makes the pictures better in my book. And now with the amazing focusing abilities in the E-M1 Mk2, it truly is the camera built for sports.

I'm financially committed to Oly gear. I have an E-M1 but have found that the hype about the IS is overblown. 6 stops are lab results. One is unlikely to achieve this in the field. Sure, it is good, very good indeed, but nothing beats good technique. A tripod is still necessary for really sharp shots. Yes, I yearn for the 300mm f4 Pro with the additional in-lens IS but I'm wary of being disappointed. I don't want to fork out that sort of money then find I still need a tripod for anything other than happy snaps.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 21:36 UTC
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merkaba: As someone coming from an APS-C camera with a base ISO of 100. Does this EM1.2 have a base ISO of 100? The only other Oly I have used is the em5 and that was 200 at the base. Is 200 as clean as 100 on an APS-C? Does this mean you cannot get as clean shots in shadows on the M43 compared to APS-C even on a tripod with a long exposure?

Yes, its base ISO is 200 but it has a "Low" setting which I presume is around ISO 100. In theory, given the same pixel count, the slightly larger APS-C sensor will have a better dynamic range than m4/3 but in a side by side comparison of prints, most can't discern the difference.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 22:14 UTC
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brycesteiner: A real advantage is the 1/2 size sensor when it comes to sports. Giving the extra "zoom" is fantastic when you are comparing images to the 35mm sensor size.
Some speak as though it's a disadvantage--nope! It's what makes the pictures better in my book. And now with the amazing focusing abilities in the E-M1 Mk2, it truly is the camera built for sports.

"it truly is the camera built for sports" a long bow to draw. I'll believe it when I see tennis photographers using other than Canicon FF's on their monopods.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 21:59 UTC

Any professional photographer would be happy to be offered an new leading edge camera to try but I don't think it fair to then associate that camera with the photographer. It may not be that photographer's camera of choice. Now, if Rickenberger decided to dump his current gear in favour of the E-M1 II, that would be something worth reporting.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 21:54 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies

The writing is on the wall for pocket cameras., has been for some time. Even professional photographers are now carrying camera phones for use where previously they would have used a compact. Sure, there will always be a market for compacts but it is hardly likely to set the world on fire so why would the majors bother.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 21:46 UTC as 157th comment | 3 replies
On article Flat metalenses now work with a range of colors (43 comments in total)

It's about time. Considering the sophistication of the rest of the modern camera, it makes no sense that the front end is still reliant on heavy chunks of glass that are in principle little different to those used by the Assyrians in 750BC. There has got to be a better way to bend light.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 19:43 UTC as 5th comment | 5 replies

I got burned buying a couple of high capacity Lexar cards. It met the specification in the camera's manual but still proved problematical. I later discovered the camera manufacture has an online memory card compatibility table. That card wasn't on it. In fact no Lexar card was on it, only SanDisk and Toshiba. I strongly recommend checking you camera manufacturer's compatibility table before diving in.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 06:40 UTC as 1st comment
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arhmatic: I assume the cameras on the table are all OM-D E-M1 Mark II...

While there, I suggest adding one item to the meeting agenda - limit camera naming to 2-3 characters. Typ, all.

The OM designation is clearly an attempt to resurrect the kudos of the old but much loved OM film cameras. Remember that 4/3 began with the clumsy sounding "Evolt" designation. It then went to "E-system" which was better but still not great. OM-D however is quite unnecessary. No one is being fooled that this camera is in any way an OM camera and as for the "D", we all know it is digital. It's not as if they are producing OM film cameras and digital versions side by side.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 22:38 UTC
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erichK: Is that actually a woman engineer on one of their teams, If so then, Olympus really is blazing ahead of its patriarchal hierarchical competition is a first small step towards started using aLL of its human potential. It was, after all, the way a WOMAN used his newly developed, small that inspired Yoshihisa Maitani to go ahead with his innovations - like the OM line, on wjich this camera is ultimately based.

Actually, I wonder if the lone woman is an actual engineer. She is sitting next to and slightly behind the guy who is sitting the tallest. He may well be the head honcho and she his menial female gofer. Perhaps I'm being unfair in stereotyping Japan as being 50 years behind in terms of gender equality.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 22:25 UTC
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Jim F: As a brand new EM-1 Mark 2 owner, having spent the better part of the past few days studying the 196 page manual and tweaking the myriad of settings to suit my shooting style and preferences, I am encouraged that Olympus is interested in furthering the development of this camera via firmware updates.

With that said, what I fear is any future firmware updates that would cause all my customized settings that I spent so much time adjusting to 'revert' back to some unknown or new default settings, meaning I'd have to start all over again. (I understand that may be the price of progress.) What I'd like to see is a new menu process in which I can save my settings to a small capacity SD card and use it as a separate, off-camera archive so my settings are saved and some or all can be restored if needed, similar to what I can do with my Nikon D500 and other Nikon bodies I've owned.

Thanks, I didn't know. I still have the E-M1.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:35 UTC
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WookieLala: I don't know how other manufacturers are in this department but I really like the fact that Olympus seem to push the hardware to its limit. My EM5ii is not the same camera than when I bought it two years ago and when it was reviewed (it is clearly faster and has lots of new features after incremental firmware updates). Same the original EM1 is not the same camera as 3 years ago, and certainly a good option today.

Very true! However, what I don't like is that as soon as a new model comes out they drop the older model like a stone. I know it's just business economics but it says little for the impression of a company's loyalty to customers.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:27 UTC
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erichK: Is that actually a woman engineer on one of their teams, If so then, Olympus really is blazing ahead of its patriarchal hierarchical competition is a first small step towards started using aLL of its human potential. It was, after all, the way a WOMAN used his newly developed, small that inspired Yoshihisa Maitani to go ahead with his innovations - like the OM line, on wjich this camera is ultimately based.

Remember, this is Japan. Having a woman in the hierarch is a very big deal.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:22 UTC
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Scales USA: I, for one am glad to hear that a camera maker is doing well enough to stay in business. I bought a very early Olympus in about 1997? It was excellent compared to most other similar cameras of the time. Then, they lost momentum while Canon and Nikon seemed to hit the accelerator, Minolta was dying, and Pentax did not get it at all.

Now, Minolta has become Sony, Pentax is Ricoh, Fujii is doing much more, and Olympus is coming back to life after their finacial fiasco. Samsung is ??. This is all good for photographers.

I drooled over the beautify OM film series but couldn't afford it at the time. When Oly came back with the fully uncompromised 4/3 digital system, I could afford. I jumped right in and that's where I'll stay. Changing systems makes no sense. It's very expensive for only marginal gains at best.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:19 UTC
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mattz10: are they adding GPS built-in with a firmware update? :)

Have you tried using you smartphone to do this? It's a bloody nightmare. OI.Share is totally impractical. We, or at least I, desperately need built in GPS.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:04 UTC
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erichK: WHY did you (DPR) not ask them about finally overhauling the Olympus Mene system and user interface, the complexity and Byzantine depths of which even DPR's very experienced reviewers have complained about. WHERE are they going to put all the new features?

I would like to see Olympus offer the option of say 3 menu structures, basic, experienced and pro. At the moment it's far too easy to drill deep down, make some seemingly innocuous change quickly forgotten then some time later wonder why basic functions are not working as expected.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:00 UTC
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Keith57: Great news. Love my EM1 Mk 2, fantastic bit of kit. Excellent value for me. Interesting to think it will improve over time with firmware updates. Olympus come over as a proper photographic company with real passion for powerful images. Something I've been aware of from OM-1 days.

Alas for financial reasons I'll have to wait for the Mk 3.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:46 UTC
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Jim F: As a brand new EM-1 Mark 2 owner, having spent the better part of the past few days studying the 196 page manual and tweaking the myriad of settings to suit my shooting style and preferences, I am encouraged that Olympus is interested in furthering the development of this camera via firmware updates.

With that said, what I fear is any future firmware updates that would cause all my customized settings that I spent so much time adjusting to 'revert' back to some unknown or new default settings, meaning I'd have to start all over again. (I understand that may be the price of progress.) What I'd like to see is a new menu process in which I can save my settings to a small capacity SD card and use it as a separate, off-camera archive so my settings are saved and some or all can be restored if needed, similar to what I can do with my Nikon D500 and other Nikon bodies I've owned.

We also need to be able to customise labels to the Mysets.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
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Mattersburger: I can see a lot of dropped lenses using the Beacon design.

The cylindrical design would be disastrous for all thumbs like me. Imagine trying to pull out an attachment in a hurry in a crowded market place to capture that once in a lifetime shot. I can see expensive gear dropping everywhere.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 23:01 UTC

Unfortunately, some mirror less cameras are not as small as bag manufacturers seem to think. I have a Tamrac Hoodoo 18 and can barely stuff an Olympus E-M1 with the 12-40mm plus strap into its camera pocket. For P&S it would be perfect but who buys a bag for them.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 22:46 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

For travel, surely the M.ZD 25mm f2 would have been a better choice. It's half the size and a third the weight. One looses weather proofing and 1.5 stops but one saves size, weight and heaps of dollars.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 21:23 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
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