gLOWx

gLOWx

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As computer tech, i'm used to bugs all over the place.
I seen 4.2 update, searched...and found this article and Denjw report ;)
Thanks ! I will wait 4.3

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 23:35 UTC as 22nd comment
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)

May be they will solve things with firmware updates...or not ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 22:41 UTC as 41st comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1385 comments in total)
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gLOWx: M43/43 key element are "lenses".
You can use most of them fully open, and get sharpness you would get closed by 1 stop, or even 2, on FF/APS-C.
And so, you need less ISO bump.
It may sound strange at first, but until you really need very thin DOF or very high ISO, there is less need for bigger sensor.
I see many ppl with FF almost always stopping their lenses, to get more sharpness/DOF. Even with portraits, where FF lenses are supposed to be wide open.
And what happen to the 2 stops ISO FF advantage, when you need to close by 1 stop to be sharp ? It is now only 1 stop ;) And even less on APS-C.

43/M43 lenses are the key. Sharpness wide open, giving you enough DOF and light. And the new 25mm (50mm FOV equivalent) f1.2 is going to prove it, again :D

On my side, i will keep my mk1...and buy more 43 legacy phase detect lenses :D

@Marcus Stormwind
Yes, it is an economic reason about 43 lenses with E-M1 phase detect ;)
I got my 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 for a lot less than M43 equivalent.
And there are more ;)
But you need an Olympus Phase Detect. To me, it is the best argument for E-M1 (MK1 and MK2).
1 you can use old 43 lenses at their full focusing speed (still slower than most M43 ones)
2 Continuous Focus works with Phase Detect on both 43 and m43 lenses :D
No more Contrast Detect jumping back and forth.

About M43 being not sharp in the corners...i supposed those ppl never looked at MTF charts. And even less vignetting ones ;)
exemple : Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L is at 1300 corner @f 1.6 (and f1.2)
Pana 20mm f 1.7 (old and cheap) is at 1900 corner wide open f1.7

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 16:56 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1385 comments in total)

M43/43 key element are "lenses".
You can use most of them fully open, and get sharpness you would get closed by 1 stop, or even 2, on FF/APS-C.
And so, you need less ISO bump.
It may sound strange at first, but until you really need very thin DOF or very high ISO, there is less need for bigger sensor.
I see many ppl with FF almost always stopping their lenses, to get more sharpness/DOF. Even with portraits, where FF lenses are supposed to be wide open.
And what happen to the 2 stops ISO FF advantage, when you need to close by 1 stop to be sharp ? It is now only 1 stop ;) And even less on APS-C.

43/M43 lenses are the key. Sharpness wide open, giving you enough DOF and light. And the new 25mm (50mm FOV equivalent) f1.2 is going to prove it, again :D

On my side, i will keep my mk1...and buy more 43 legacy phase detect lenses :D

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 18:45 UTC as 101st comment | 10 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1385 comments in total)
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Biowizard: I have a BIG problem. I still LOVE my OM-D E-M1 (mk 1), and look smugly "down" at those toting big Canikon beasts, knowing that in nearly every situation, I can take the better photo with my gear. Hand held in failing light, or critically focused by hand.

But this Mk2 has SO much extra, I am very tempted to update. I can't justify owning both, but my Mk1 is nowhere near ready for "recycling".

Bother.

Brian

Same problem ;)
I will keep my mk-1...and buy more (second hand) phase detect legacy 43 lenses :D
I already got 50-200mm 2.8-3.5 non SWD.
MK1 is so good, and so many firmware updates.
I'm really happy with all my Olympus bodies ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 18:32 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review (711 comments in total)
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Thuravi Kumaaran: A fixed lens, full frame sensor, camera like this for landscaping, Night photography, panoramic, macro etc., from canon – may be a dream?

From Canon ? No way ;)
It would undercut their reflex full frame sells...you know.
the same stupid arguments making them loosing on "serious" mirrorless market.
That's why Sony are probably laughing in their corner.
I'm not a Sony fanboy (Olympus here), but a SONY A7R II with a nice lens...i'm sold :D
Sony lacks on the lens side. Unlike Canon ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 17:10 UTC
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (720 comments in total)
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Stan Powers: So I am wondering, from any of you who’ve handled both, how the EM-10 II compares to the Panasonic LX100 in terms of portability. Do they feel about the same size? I’ve used the LX100, but not the EM-10 II. I was able to jacket-pocket the LX100 and it looks like the same would be true for the EM-10 II w/ 14-42 EZ and / or small prime (eg, Oly 17 or Panny 20). Looking for that elusive, 'perfect' travel camera!

Same point of view ;) Sensors are the same on all m43 16MP.
I still love my E-PL5. Combined with the mighty Pana 20mm ( i prefer it to 17 or 25), it is small enough to take everywhere.
And you can buy a separate vf-2/vf-3 second hand for cheap and use it sometimes only.
Pana 20mm is a LOT better than LX100 lens.
E-M10 II is already bigger without integrated EVF. If you add it to the size, there is a big difference for "pockets".
Take a tour to camerasize dot com ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 17:02 UTC
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (720 comments in total)
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gLOWx: Big problem : when Sony will provide a stepped up M43 sensor ?
If they don't, M43 format is simply dead.
And i like my M43 PEN too much to accept this :D

May be Sony simply want to kill Panasonic/Olympus M43 line...
Not providing a new sensor is the best way to do it ;)

I don't speak about raising MP count only. A new 16 MP could be enough for me. But with upgraded dynamic, color range and sensitivity.
LX100 "washed out" lens flare left me cold. There is no more real innovation in M43 world.
It is time to move lines, again.

Question of time=lost sells.
Nice to see Sony still providing nice efforts on M43 side.
This 20MP sensor delivers from gx8 pictures i seen.
Didn't known it was released ;)
The troll salute you :D

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 08:15 UTC
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (720 comments in total)

Big problem : when Sony will provide a stepped up M43 sensor ?
If they don't, M43 format is simply dead.
And i like my M43 PEN too much to accept this :D

May be Sony simply want to kill Panasonic/Olympus M43 line...
Not providing a new sensor is the best way to do it ;)

I don't speak about raising MP count only. A new 16 MP could be enough for me. But with upgraded dynamic, color range and sensitivity.
LX100 "washed out" lens flare left me cold. There is no more real innovation in M43 world.
It is time to move lines, again.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2015 at 11:22 UTC as 37th comment | 5 replies
On article X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review (343 comments in total)
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Macjack: I have been looking for a camera with, viewfinder, pull out or flip screen, small size and within my limited budget.
4 cameras seem to have what I need, Fuji X30, olympus omd10,Panasonic GX7 and Sony a6000. All have negative issues for me, but my main concern is sensor size concerning landscapes and grass. Comments on this site say there is a lack of detail with the FujiX30. What does anyone think please?
My main subjects are flowers, fungi and general landscapes. I have noticed a lack of detail in my current compact Ixus and Fuji S9600 with a 1/1.7 sensor.
My problem with the other 3 cameras is the quality of their kit lenses and price of additional lenses.

@cjep1 : yes, i was thinking about RX100 II, with additionnal viewfinder too.
Even an old XZ-2 + viefinder or LX7 + viewfinder can be good options against X30. I totally love my XZ-2 ring command, even if i use an E-PL5.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 23:00 UTC
On article X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review (343 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Cameras made (mostly) of metal, with real dials, real focus rings, etc., are so much nicer than blobs of amorphous plastic controlled via menus. Just being retro styled does NOT mean you are cut off from the latest in electronic wizardry, as my wonderful OM-D E-M1 shows. It looks and handles a LOT like my 1976-vintage OM-1, and yet I can control it remotely via an iPad, process and play with raw images on board, and do so much more than simply spend all my pocket money on spools of Kodachrome 25.

Brian

I loved "do so much more than simply spend all my pocket money on spools of Kodachrome 25." ;)
Sometimes, i find funny assertions, made by hipsters lomo, telling they spend less money with their film cameras :D They probably take 1 photo a week...
I like touchscreen, EVF...and dials, buttons, rings....
Touchscreen is not going to replace all. And "retro style" is not just for hipsters : it is effective on some points. But not all ;)
Finding the right balance is the difficult part.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 06:03 UTC
On article X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review (343 comments in total)
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Macjack: I have been looking for a camera with, viewfinder, pull out or flip screen, small size and within my limited budget.
4 cameras seem to have what I need, Fuji X30, olympus omd10,Panasonic GX7 and Sony a6000. All have negative issues for me, but my main concern is sensor size concerning landscapes and grass. Comments on this site say there is a lack of detail with the FujiX30. What does anyone think please?
My main subjects are flowers, fungi and general landscapes. I have noticed a lack of detail in my current compact Ixus and Fuji S9600 with a 1/1.7 sensor.
My problem with the other 3 cameras is the quality of their kit lenses and price of additional lenses.

When you take the interchangeable lens path, it costs you a lot of money. Because you NEED to buy good lenses to squeeze the best from the body. On my side, i have already 4 lenses for different purposes ;)
Kit lenses are (almost) always average. And so, you loose resolution, even if the sensor is better.
You can add viewfinder on some compacts.
The question still : inter or fixed lens ? With inter lens, you burn your budget soon ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 05:45 UTC
On article X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review (343 comments in total)
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mautre: Dear dreview friends, I just have a question about the present review: Why if the X20 has 77 points this new model has only 76? overall when I see all the good things that has the x20 in the x30 and more advanced features, something that you can tell about it, I´m actually deciding between the 2 models an this is something that stop me to buy the x30, please help!

Like Dxo will bring more than 100 score soon ;)
A lot of ppl thought 100 was a % score.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 05:29 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (582 comments in total)
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Monvieux: I have no particular affinity for one brand over another although Canon, Nikon, Sony and perhaps Olympus and FujiFilm are the ones I would focus on. It is whomever makes a solid, reliable product for the specs I want. I like the concept of the camera but extra $$ for a viewfinder and a limited range of lens rules this model out for me. I'll wait for the Sony Alpha 7000 or other. Keep it out of NA where camera users may be more critical/insightful and perhaps less committed to a brand. Sites like DPreview do make me think broader than brand.

@jeremyclarke : they don't forget to make a serious mirrorless. They do it on purpose to avoid conflict with their DSLR ;)
In the mean time, they are in conflict with all others serious mirrorless makers...but they don't seem to realize it :D
We are going to see heavily discounted Canon cameras (DSLR and mirrorless) soon.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 05:20 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (582 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The USA is where mirrorless cameras come to die, and be dumped at deep discounts. :-)

Some wise guy said USA is a strange market where ppl tend to show their big DSLR (and car) to prove their social success.
And so, mirrorless are not big enough to win in the USA market ;)
I loved this point of view from an american guy. As european, i would never have thought about this point.
Of course, Canon sells a lot more in the USA than any part of the world, too.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 05:15 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (582 comments in total)

Once again, Canon try to avoid conflicts between DSLR and mirrorless in THEIR brand.
But they forget they already have concurrent products from Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and even Samsung now.
So, to avoid selling less DSLR in favor of mirrorless, they sell less mirrorless by making them unattractive and don't even sell them in the US market.
At the end, they are going to sell less mirrorless...and less DSLR.
Good job Canon !
Next time, give me the gun to shoot in your foot...it will be less painful than the way you do it.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 05:09 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (582 comments in total)
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Dirk Nuary: Sony A6000 is still the champion in this range.

Everything beats M3 in the mirrorless world in this range...so it is easy to take any concurrent product and make it a champion ;)
A6000 still a good option, but not the best. There are no best.
But there is a worst :D

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 05:02 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (582 comments in total)
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gLOWx: If you cumulate all IDGAF votes in the last DPR poll about M3, you get 80%
USA or not, it is a failure. I'm European, i love mirrorless concept (even if i love OVF pentaprism too).
And frankly, Canon or Nikon are my last interest in mirrorless world.
Give me a Sony, Fuji, Pana or Oly. May be even a Samsung.
They don't pretend to take mirrorless seriously : they do it.

You didn't understood : it was not 20% of market share.
It is just ppl CARING about M3. 80% ppl don't even care (like me)
And 20% ppl who cares are not going to buy it just because they care.
You want to buy one ? Good for you. That's your money, not mine ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 05:00 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1008 comments in total)
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gLOWx: I'm not really convinced.
I don't feel image quality is up to the price and my expectations for an m43 sensor.
I was thinking about it to replace my E-PL5.
But none of those pictures all around the web made me want to sell my E-PL5 with 20mm f1.7 Panasonic ;)
On the other side, 20mm f1.7 is an impressive lens (apart focus speed).
I even find my XZ-2 pictures (up to 400 ISO only) on par with all LX100 samples i seen. And it is not the same year and same sensor size...
Don't know exactly what is the problem (CA, micro contrast, dynamic, optical quality...?), but there is one for sure.
I expected an m43 sensor camera to output much more than a 1/1,7 sensor one.

First difficult choice is : interchangeable lens or fixed compact ?
Because (i know it from hard experience) when you start with inter lens...you buy more than expected ;)
I started with two lenses (20mm + 40-150) and i added 14-45 (good kit) and 50mm/1.4 legacy. My bag is full :D
So if you want a "do-it-all in a budget" choice, go compact.
Those compacts are amazing nowadays ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 09:12 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1008 comments in total)
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gLOWx: I'm not really convinced.
I don't feel image quality is up to the price and my expectations for an m43 sensor.
I was thinking about it to replace my E-PL5.
But none of those pictures all around the web made me want to sell my E-PL5 with 20mm f1.7 Panasonic ;)
On the other side, 20mm f1.7 is an impressive lens (apart focus speed).
I even find my XZ-2 pictures (up to 400 ISO only) on par with all LX100 samples i seen. And it is not the same year and same sensor size...
Don't know exactly what is the problem (CA, micro contrast, dynamic, optical quality...?), but there is one for sure.
I expected an m43 sensor camera to output much more than a 1/1,7 sensor one.

I said i prefer my XZ-2 to LX100, witch is strange comparing sensors.
I prefer my E-PL5 + 20mm to anything i owned so far, even XZ-2 ;)
I keep XZ-2 because it is convenient to cover 28-112mm in a nutshell, and fast use. And as second camera when i don't want to swap lenses outdoor. f1.8 help to keep ISO 100 in almost all situations. And i've got an FL-36 flash for the rest :D
I'm in love with Olympus punch and colors.
Fuji and Oly are very similar in their rendering. A matter of taste and settings.
My next purchase is probably going to be a Fuji ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 08:18 UTC
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