EZGritz

EZGritz

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EZGritz: Biggest price rip. A tweak + Apple's attempt to loot your bank account with services and the app store if you aren't watching. The iPhone1 was a revelation as was the original MAC. Since Jobs passed they track changes instead of making them. Cook's talent is financial, all about and only about the money. Full disclosure: I make lots of money on the stock. I have an older iPhone I needed for work, wish the thing would die so I could go back to Android.

Kid Plutonium

U talkin to me? I retired on Apple stock, still have a mountain of it. Hundreds of shares bought when it cost a few dollars before Jobs took it back from Scully and the idiots on the board who kicked him out of the company and ruined it. I've made money on options on hundreds more shares. I have them now. I'm an unrepentant capitalist, retired 15 years, living large. I can hate the company and be perfectly contented to make another fortune betting their fan club will carry them up another $Trillion in valuation.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 16:38 UTC
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EZGritz: Biggest price rip. A tweak + Apple's attempt to loot your bank account with services and the app store if you aren't watching. The iPhone1 was a revelation as was the original MAC. Since Jobs passed they track changes instead of making them. Cook's talent is financial, all about and only about the money. Full disclosure: I make lots of money on the stock. I have an older iPhone I needed for work, wish the thing would die so I could go back to Android.

Kid Plutonium

U talkin to me? I retired on Apple stock, still have a mountain of it. Hundreds of shares bought when it cost a few dollars before Jobs took it back from Scully and the idiots on the board who kicked him out of the company and ruined it. I've made money on options on hundreds more shares. I have them now. I'm an unrepentant capitalist, retired 15 years, living large. I can hate the company and be perfectly contented to make another fortune betting their fan club will carry them up another $Trillion in valuation. Go away yourself. I'm not mad and my feelings about the company are as valid as yours.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 16:36 UTC
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Botifarro: :
These are all just still 12MP resolution files. Sure they can (probably will) be great but you cant do much pro work nor any kind of cropping with them. Resolution is certainly not all but its definitively a major part of the equation for anything more than just looking at photos on social media on 6" screens.

When all this computational and high-end processing tech in mobile phones is paired with sensors delivering 24MP or higher resolution matching dedicated cameras of today, then we can safely assume they directly start competing with them and seriously threatening putting a final nail in the coffin on the photography hardware and imaging business as its known today.

We are surely getting there fast, but not quite yet.

rgs_45

No. I live in a 7 figure house in a forest on a lake in one of the most expensive zip codes. My daily driver is a Jeep Wrangler. For summer I drive a 1963 Shelby Cobra. For winter I drive an Aston Martin. I retired from the network management business to trade my own money in a home office the last 15 years. I don't need to work at all. I lived in Silicon Valley 13 years including the 1990s. I'm no stranger to making and spending lots of money or to technology. I don'tlike companies who try to sell me overvalued products & addict me to apps and services. I grew up poor & know the value of money starting from nothing & working for it. I'll spend any I have for value for anything I want. I'm saying the Apple of Cook vs. the Apple of Jobs. Jobs was a visionary and a tough but great manager. I met him in the day. Cook is a beancounter. The new iPhone makes me YAWN. It will sell not on its own merits but only to people who need or think they need 5G.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 02:16 UTC

Biggest price rip. A tweak + Apple's attempt to loot your bank account with services and the app store if you aren't watching. The iPhone1 was a revelation as was the original MAC. Since Jobs passed they track changes instead of making them. Cook's talent is financial, all about and only about the money. Full disclosure: I make lots of money on the stock. I have an older iPhone I needed for work, wish the thing would die so I could go back to Android.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 20:20 UTC as 134th comment | 7 replies

Invited to a demonstration and trial of an Apple Lisa, I nearly fell off my chair when I operated it. Incredibly easier than any other computer. ANYBODY could sit down and instantly produce usable work and print it on a shared printer on a department network. No other company I can think of offered anything comparable. I walked out the room with my head spinning, stunned at the contrast with the Apple II, IBM PC, mainframes, minicomputers, every other computer I had ever seen. It was brilliant, amazing.

Lisa failed, too expensive. Next product, the MAC - you know how that went. Jobs was like a magician, a Copperfield. A unique and truly amazing person. None of the films about him, not a documentary that was pretty good came anywhere close to presenting the important points of the Jobs story in which Adobe played an important role. Few people, understand in the context of time and place, the technical state of the computer industry what Jobs what he did and how important it was.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 06:34 UTC as 9th comment

Tangentially, and part of the Adobe story, the genius of Steve Jobs was that at Xerox PARC, he saw the mouse, the shared network printer, X-Windows - X for Xerox, recognized he was looking at a desktop publishing system before anyone else did, or did anything with it. Without this vision, Apple would have probably been put out of business by IBM with their PC as virtually all other PC companies were unless they had something IBM didn't offer like portability as COMAQ did.

Jobs carved out a healthy niche in corporate marketing departments with Apple's desktop publishing app that would have otherwise gone IBM. Those departments stubbornly resisted corporate pressure to adopt the company "standard computer" to ease compatibility and maintenance concerns.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 06:30 UTC as 10th comment
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SpeedyNeo: This is not the death of Olympus. It's transfer of ownership. Big difference. Sony sold Vaio laptop business several years ago to the same company mentioned in the article (JIP.) And guess what? Vaio laptops are still being produced. This is totally different than what happened with Minolta and Sony. Sony is a camera company, and so is Minolta. JIP is not a camera company. Olympus is far from dead.

Revenant: You are right I misread this. "

"Once the deal is complete, Olympus will focus on its Medical and Scientific Solutions with a mission to ‘making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling."

I don't know why they would want the imagining business or what if anything paid for it. They might have picked up by assuming the debt and warrants for OLY if they create any value. A friend used their imaging systems in semiconductor manufacturing at AMD. I don't know if they are still in this business or something similar or want to get back into it, how big it is, if its makes money. I can't see the financials without that I would want to exit the camera business given the state of it.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2020 at 21:18 UTC
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SpeedyNeo: This is not the death of Olympus. It's transfer of ownership. Big difference. Sony sold Vaio laptop business several years ago to the same company mentioned in the article (JIP.) And guess what? Vaio laptops are still being produced. This is totally different than what happened with Minolta and Sony. Sony is a camera company, and so is Minolta. JIP is not a camera company. Olympus is far from dead.

revio: I worked in mergers and acquisitions. I'm going to guess Olympus Corp wanted to get rid of the camera business after three years of losses, stagnant technology, a declining camera business, the need to invest in a new product/business strategy. They probably shopped the camera business & found no interest. Probably the only way they could get anything out of it and eliminate shutdown costs was to bundle it in with the medical device business. My guess is JIP had to take the camera business to get the medical equipment business. Probably they will wind it down by selling off inventory and patents for whatever they can get. They might be able to make and sell some existing products profitably and would continue to do that as long as they can. I doubt they will bring new products to market unless they are very close and most of the cost of development has already been spent by Olympus. Without seeing balance sheets this would be my best guess on what I would do as an M&A project.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2020 at 18:47 UTC
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KAAMBIC: Odd, as soon as i clicked this article my EM1-II screen flickered and it powered down...

Quiverbow:

So was mine. The 20MP sensor performs so much better it is no contest in IQ, especially over ISO800. I use the EM1.2 to ISO2000 regularly. I could not do that with the EM5.2. I need PDAF - the AF system is much, much better for sports and BIF. The additional resolution is not necessary but useful & welcome. The new senser is way, way better & the EM5.3 is lighter, much better for an all-day carry or a strenuous hike with a light lense on it like the 12-45PRO. That's a killer kit I love as long as it keeps working. The EM5.3 is in for warranty repair more than a month with no ETA. The repair vendor is waiting on three parts. OLY can't tell them when the new parts will arrive. If they have them, they are probably waiting to fill a container to save cost. I have to wait. I'm not happy about this. I don't know when I'm going ot get my camera back. I need it this weekend. I have to do without or borrow one on the OLY "Test and Wow" program from my local camera store.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2020 at 16:10 UTC
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KAAMBIC: Odd, as soon as i clicked this article my EM1-II screen flickered and it powered down...

Thank you Jones Indiana:

I learned from experience OMD bodies are not reliable. Had an EM5 and an EM1 break a shutter. The EM1 back button quit, and the lugs fell out. The EM1.2 has been good as have all the PENs, PM1, PM2, PL-5, PL-7. So I always have two bodys right now an EM5.3 and an EM1.2 but I like to take two bodies to an event, one with a short FL lens, one with a telephoto. I have a good local store that loans OLYs on the "test and wow" program. It's an inconvenence at worst. I worry about future repairs. Why is it all the PEN bodies the compacts and the Panasonic M43 bodies never broke and 3 out of 5 OMD bodies I've owned broke? A reason the company hasn't done better? As a working photographer I would not use an OLY. If I shot sports and action I would. not use a Panasonic. There is no M43 brand I could own as a professional photographer if they absolutley, positivley have to work.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2020 at 14:45 UTC
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linux99: yes - it's going to be dire - just like when Sony bought Minolta and the whole thing all went to heck.

Like... what loser would buy a Sony Camera knowing that it is just a FAILED Minolta?

[edit - please note the irony in the tone. Sony revitalized the Minolta line up to be superb. No one knows what the future will bring.]

justmeMN:

The camera business was ascending. Now it's descending. There may be too many brands for all of them to survive. Cameras may become a premium priced luxury product.

One can hope - That I will have a body for my 9 M43 lenses if I don't decide to dump it all and go with Fuji before all my M43 gear is worthless. I'd rather not do that.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2020 at 22:14 UTC
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linux99: yes - it's going to be dire - just like when Sony bought Minolta and the whole thing all went to heck.

Like... what loser would buy a Sony Camera knowing that it is just a FAILED Minolta?

[edit - please note the irony in the tone. Sony revitalized the Minolta line up to be superb. No one knows what the future will bring.]

Olympus cameras won't be brought back with the camera market in decline. When SONY bought Minolta the market was ascending.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2020 at 20:16 UTC
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Robert1950: I like the M4/3 format. I want to see it continue. Since Covid-19 my Lumix has received the majority of use over the last few months. It has been really nice to work with

Landscapephoto99: They need a product refresh, something exciting. I like their products but won't be buying more of them. I hope the ones I have don't die like my EM5.3 did. If I ever get it back from warranty repair I might trade it for a Fuji ASP-C. Hate to do this but might be forced to or switch to Panasonic.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2020 at 20:14 UTC
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KAAMBIC: Odd, as soon as i clicked this article my EM1-II screen flickered and it powered down...

Indiana: My dead EM5.3 has been waiting for repair parts for weeks. OLY cannot give the camera store an ETA. The camera died in the store when I was testing the 12-45. It was 4 months old and had no more than a few thousand shots on it.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2020 at 20:11 UTC
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SpeedyNeo: This is not the death of Olympus. It's transfer of ownership. Big difference. Sony sold Vaio laptop business several years ago to the same company mentioned in the article (JIP.) And guess what? Vaio laptops are still being produced. This is totally different than what happened with Minolta and Sony. Sony is a camera company, and so is Minolta. JIP is not a camera company. Olympus is far from dead.

The laptop business is still a good business. The camera business is not.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2020 at 20:08 UTC

From the test, it reads like they are going to wind down the camera business. They are only committing to medical and scientific products.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2020 at 20:06 UTC as 96th comment | 1 reply
On photo ⛰️ ⛰️ in the My best photo of the week. challenge (16 comments in total)

An awesome beautiful image. Work of art. Excellent!!!

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2020 at 01:53 UTC as 12th comment
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EZGritz: I went hiking in the Cascade Mountains Sunday. Most of the images I took could have been made with the Z5 and the normal zoom kit lens. I didn't need anything faster. But I did use a 14-150 on the M43 kit I carried and a 140mm fisheye. There is no way I would have been willing to carry fisheye and a 28-300 in FF format on a 6 mile hike 1500 feet up a mountain. I'll stick with M43 for that.

ionbar - I bought an 9-18 OLY & threw the body cap in a drawer. On hikes I use the 9-18 a lot. Its very light and compact. I like the Z5 a lot but the EM5.3 & the 12-45 F/4 OLY weights = to the Z5 body and I like to carry it a long way in hand. At f/4 I doubt I could tell the difference in IQ & I have High Rez mode and a removable grip. I find I don't need super thin DOF or fast lenses. I take a 17 f/1.8 & almost never use it. I could take a 40-150 OLY instead of the 14-150 if I wanted to go lighter but I'd be changing lenses more often & the 14-150 is very light. I'm never shooting more than ISO2000-2500 @ f/5.6 & I'm happy with the results with the 20MP M43 sensor. A little more resolution & DR all I would get from the Z5 for a hike & travel CAM. For me, it isn't worth the tradeoff for things I like about the 20MP OMD bodies. But if I gave up M43 for shorter FL photos I'd buy the Z5 & the kit lens. If OLY's future looks bleak when its time for a new body I'll go that way

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 18:01 UTC
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I don't have any trouble tracking birds in flight with the EM1.2 & the EM5.3. I can handhold them all day with a 300 f/4 at 600mm, 840mm with the 1.4XTC & 1200mm with the 2XTC. Any other system is so much heavier I could not handhold the kit long enough to do this.

I could not do this with the EM1 or the EM5.2. But for larger subjects like race cars and motorcycles I never had a problem with any M43 camera including CDAF cameras going all the way back to a PM1 or a Panasonic G2.

I think the EM10.4 may do very well except that some people will be concerned about the company staying in business if they need service but the quality track record of the EM10 line has been very good. It is probably a very robust body.

Its a shame OLY was not able to progress the entire OMD line a year sooner. The EM5 and EM10 would have been much more competitive and the company financial results would have been much better.

I'm sticking with OLY. Still the best system for my needs at any focal length.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2020 at 14:58 UTC as 26th comment
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EZGritz: I went hiking in the Cascade Mountains Sunday. Most of the images I took could have been made with the Z5 and the normal zoom kit lens. I didn't need anything faster. But I did use a 14-150 on the M43 kit I carried and a 140mm fisheye. There is no way I would have been willing to carry fisheye and a 28-300 in FF format on a 6 mile hike 1500 feet up a mountain. I'll stick with M43 for that.

PhilippeC95:

My M43 body and a 12-60 (24-120) in FF format weighs 1.5lbs. I love it for that but I could live with a Z5-6-7 and a 24-70 at 2.5lbs too. Its what interests me in the Z system.

When I'm shooting 28-300 on a 7 mile hike with a 2500 ft elevation gain like I did last weekend the FF kit becomes too big and heavy for me. I carryed less than 2.5lbs with a body + a 14-150 f/4.5-5.6 lens (28-300 FF) all day at the ready, on a wrist strap in my hand, about what your Z6 + 24-70 weighs. What does a Z6 with a 28-300 weigh if such a lens existed for the Z system? You would have to carry two lenses, each heavier than my 14-150. - When Nikon has a Z system zoom that ranges to 300mm.

I took a lot of photos Sunday and didn't run into one opportunity where I could not get what I want with the M43 kit. That's what keeps me in the system.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2020 at 15:14 UTC
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