eaa

Lives in Norway Norway
Works as a IT consultant
Has a website at http://www.pbase.com/eaaseth
Joined on Sep 23, 2007
About me:

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Current:
Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII w/ HLD-9
Olympus OM-D E-M1 w/ HLD-7
Olympus E-5 w/ HLD-3
ZD 8/1.8 FE PRO
ZD ED 7-14/4.0 SHG
ZD 7-14/2.8 PRO
ZD ED 14-35/2.0 SHG
ZD 12-40/2.8 PRO
ZD 14-54 MkI/2.8-3.5 HG
ZD 35/3.5 Macro SG
ZD ED 35-100/2.0 SHG
ZD 40-150/2.8 PRO
ZD ED 50-200/2.8-3.5 SWD
ZD ED 90-250/2.8 SHG
MC-14 PRO
EC-14
EC-20
EX-25
MMF-3
RM-CB2
Lee Filter Pro kit w/ hood, ND 0.9, ND 0.3/0.6/0.9 softgrad, CPL
Shapeways Lee filter holder for Zuiko 7-15/2.8 PRO
Benro A-457 N6 tripod
Novoflex Magic Ball MB50
Tamrac Slingpack Velocity 9
F-Stop Satori EXP w/ XL and Medium ICUs
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Sold:
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-3
ZD 14-54 MkI
ZD 40-150 MkI
Olympus OM10
Olympus OM1
Olympus OM2n
2 Olympus OM2 Spot
2 Olympus Winder 1
Zuiko 28/3.5
Zuiko 35/2.8
Zuiko 50/1.8
Zuiko 135/3.5
Zuiko 200/4.0
Olympus ext.tubes 7/12/25
Tokina 105/2.8
Tamron SP 17/3.5
Tamron SP 90/2.5 Macro
Tamron SP 300/5.6
Vivitar 600/8 Solid cat mirror
Vivitar 2x teleconverter
Sigma 600/8 mirror
Sigma 1000/13.5 mirror

Comments

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eaa: The SHGs still deliver, although I have now also buildt up a m43 PRO lineup. But the 90-250/2.8 SHG is still hard to beat! As is the 2.0 zooms :)
Long live Oly!

Pro Capture cannot be done w/ native 4/3 lenses, because the data protocols and transfer with the camera body is not supported physically in the 4/3 mount (9-pins as opposed to 11-pins in m4/3). You cannot win them all, I suppose... ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 21:04 UTC

The SHGs still deliver, although I have now also buildt up a m43 PRO lineup. But the 90-250/2.8 SHG is still hard to beat! As is the 2.0 zooms :)
Long live Oly!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 21:20 UTC as 119th comment | 3 replies
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mattz10: are they adding GPS built-in with a firmware update? :)

Yes an external unit w/ it's own battery would be nice! Not sure if that is possible though, as the communication requires a 10-pin config or so (like Nikon's), something the hotshoe probably isn't capable of. And now that they have made away with the auxiliary port, this might no longer be possible, unless som other connector port can be used, wich sadly then will require a dedicated cable as well. Which again is a hassle...

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 10:54 UTC
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mandm: Wow, No comments that it will not sell because it’s priced to high; where are all the hundreds of people who gave their reasons it would not sell when you could get a D500 or D750 for the same price or less.
FYI: It’s on Backorder at B&H, Adorama and others.
There was 1 comment of ‘For too many, price is high at half the price’.

I don't find the Oly menus difficult to navigate or understand. Once you delve into it, and understand the Oly terms and tech "language", it's actually quite intutive. And the compaints about the lack of dedicated buttons and wheels are in my view just hilarious, as Olympus cameras are indeed the most customizable ones in the whole industry! On the E-M1 MkII there are 17 buttons (w/ the HLD-9) that each takes 32 different functions! In addition the Multi function button alone holds 8 different functions as well.

Moreover, you also have the 1-2 lever switch, that also alters a multitude of functions for both the wheels and shoulder buttons, optitionally different for each shooting mode!. Ref. DPR review here:
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii/4

So how then can anyone possibly miss anything here?
It surely can't be down to the camera, but rather the user not learning it, or not even bothering to attempt a proper setup before complaining.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 10:05 UTC
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mattz10: are they adding GPS built-in with a firmware update? :)

@ BobT3218:
No, I haven't. At least not yet, as i rarely need the GPS data.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 23:27 UTC
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Daft Punk: Why only 12 bit RAW olympus? Because it would slow everything down?

14-bit has no impact on DR, but the tonality within the existing DR. Little to no noise improvement either, as the tiny gain in the shadows will be overwhelmed by the sensor noise floor anyway. Hence any gain can only be applied in highlights, where the tonality yield will be too subtle for the human eye to perceive. So the most gain w/ 14-bit will be in color tonality/fidelity, but you will be very hard pushed to discern any difference when looking at the same picture in 12- and 14-bit versions. 14-bit will slow down processing though, in-cam as well as throughout the workflow. So is it worth it? IMO no.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:50 UTC
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bleeboo: I own this camera, with the 12-100 f4 PRO lens, and the singular focus that the engineers should be dedicating themselves to, is improving the C-AF in video.

It's horrific, which is a shame because the IBIS is phenomenal.

I'm doubtful they'll ever even approximate Sony and Canon's systems and performance with C-AF in video, but, I'm hopeful they'll make a dedicated attempt to make it usable, instead of the catastrophe it is now.

"I'm doubtful they'll ever even approximate Sony and Canon's systems and performance with C-AF in video..."

And why is that?
Remember that Oly as a stills vendor has not really put any emphasis on video until now w/ the E-M1 MkII, while Sony and Canon has been honing this tech for years. As one of the most innovative companies in the industry, I'm confident that Olympus will get there fast - and well! It's not like they are less competent than other manufacturers, rather the opposite I'd say! So give them leeway for an iteration or two, and you'll see! :)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:31 UTC
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Mateus1: "I would like to promise that we will be improving and evolving the E-M1 Mark II"

... and we also promise M1 mk3 for $3000 body...

$1999 is ridiculous price for mk2 compared to what nowdays the competition offer, including X-T2 for $1500 with 50% bigger sensor, smaller size and weight, better IQ, better DR, better high iso, better EVF, better DoF, better bit RAW... same refers to A6500, D500, K-1 or A7mkII that all are much cheaper... even GX-85 for $650 body which has most M1 mk2 features kills it becouse it brings better IQ and 3 primes in the Oly's mad price.

"...better DoF..."
Good grief! Wanted DOF depends on the subject, and the photographers intent and desired expression. Shooting landscapes or macro? Then more/deeper DOF is often wanted, making the m4/3 system intrinsically better. And sometimes less/shallower DOF is wanted, making a larger senor better for the purpose. So there is no such thing as "better DOF" that can be attributed to any camera, or format. Even w/ that said, there is still a LOT the E-M1 MkII can do that the X-T2 can not. You should try one...

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:21 UTC
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dlevitt: I would like to see some updates that are as much political as technical - Add 'Dual IS' for selected Panasonic lens / Olympus body combinations. Also share lens profile info for selected 'Pro' lenses to provided DFD compatibility for Pro lenses on Panasonic bodies.

Dual IS requires a two-way protocol w/ the lens to work, so this is not an Oly only matter. Pana too (and others) will have to incorporate the right electrical contacts (in the mount), and modify their lens fw for this to work. Now, will that happen? Well, although both are MFT players, they are after all still competitors in the marketplace, right? And hence they will both seek to protect and keep their own advantages...

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:09 UTC
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mattz10: are they adding GPS built-in with a firmware update? :)

GPS functionality requires a hardware GPS unit build into the camera, and thus it cannot be added in firmware. You can already use WiFi and transfer GPS data from a smartphone into the EXIF though.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
On photo Rusty Relics in the Covered Bridges and or Old Barns challenge (1 comment in total)

What a site!
Just look at that woodwork...
Normally I hate HDR, but in this case I'll make an exception, and cast a good vote ;).

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 14:36 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Mount Titlis in the Mountains challenge (2 comments in total)

Lovely landscape, but why does it show "Nikon" (mirrored) on the upper right sky?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 20:19 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo When tomorrow comes in the Best Landscape Ever! challenge (7 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: Pretty amazing. You won with a six-year-old photo, taken with a nine-year-old four thirds camera, hand held, in a kayak. Yes, it's the photographer who makes the photo, not the gear. Congratulations on a well-deserved win from the guy in 12th place behind you.

Thx a lot, Jim!
You know, the old E-3 wasn't that bad a camera!
After that I had the E-5, now the E-M1, and along w/ that (since a few days) also the E-M1 MkII 😊.
Morever - I also gave #12 a good score myself 👍.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 20:15 UTC
On photo When tomorrow comes in the Best Landscape Ever! challenge (7 comments in total)
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Denjw: Beautiful image and well deserved winner.
A least the two sandbagging 0.5 votes did not effect the outcome!

Ah - thx!
Didn't know that. You learn something new every day (still ;) )!"

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 10:41 UTC
On photo When tomorrow comes in the Best Landscape Ever! challenge (7 comments in total)
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Denjw: Beautiful image and well deserved winner.
A least the two sandbagging 0.5 votes did not effect the outcome!

Thx folks! :)

Sandbagging?
How can you see that?
If such bad behavior is going on, it's truly sad, and contradicts the whole purpose having these challenges. I mean, come on... :/

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 10:18 UTC

Where can I see how many times I've voted?
I dunno if I qualify for entering or not... ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 22:38 UTC as 2nd comment

"Fullframe ILCs"...
And a 4/3 Olympus E-M1 adorning the main poster?
Yeah - go Olympus! :-D

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 12:20 UTC as 50th comment
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GinoSVK: Bokehless style.

@ Mike99999
There is a general consensus within the photography world that "bokeh" is the term for describing the OOF areas. Some bokeh may be nervous, some creamy. Otherwise it has no meaning, as you could just say OOF, and be done with it. Yet still many confuses the term for DOF. Can't be helped, I guess. It is the internet after all... :/

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 19:23 UTC
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(unknown member): What it seem to me is that, even when the camera did took the pictures and resist the weather while most cameras would fail at that, the pictures got a hit on the noise perfomance because of the cold weather. If you look the pictures 28 to 37 all of them are taken at ISO 200 to 800 and only the pic 33 it has the detail level I would expect from this camera and those PRO lens. I'm not sure if it was the compression that apply DPREVIEW at their galleries, but the amount of noise at those ISOs I find it too high.

IQ is never influenced by cold weather! If anything, the cold improves IQ, as sensor (over)heating is less prone to happen. The details and noise in these pictures mostly stems from inadequate image processing (apart from the overall underexposure). Properly exposed pics processed correctly from RAW is a totally different story.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 19:16 UTC
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eaa: I think the DR looks promising here, simply by watching the details in the snow surfaces. I doubt these pics have been processed for max rendition of the snow, and knowing there is a LOT to gain by the right PP, I find this very reassuring. Let's see when I get my MkII in due time..! :)

Yes, mirroless is king when it comes to control your shooting (i.e. histogram overlay in EVF). In addition, turn in-cam contrast to the lowest level (-2), to maximize DR output. Looking forward big time to the E-M1 MkII! :)

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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