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Semi-pro wildlife & nature photographer, author, wildlife tour operator, entomologist, conservationist, world traveller, dog lover.

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cosinaphile: very cool to witness the earth-moon system from that distance , as the earth is about 93 million miles from the sun it gives an idea how small the earth might look from the sun [remembering how big the sun seems from us] the moon and sun while vastly different sizes and distances from us have extremely similar apparent diameters

cosinaphile - Thanks for the enjoyable intercourse, I'll search for a stray dog to feed, but the last time I tried to befriend a stray dog it decided to bite me, so maybe a stray goldfish might be a better idea.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2019 at 00:53 UTC
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cosinaphile: very cool to witness the earth-moon system from that distance , as the earth is about 93 million miles from the sun it gives an idea how small the earth might look from the sun [remembering how big the sun seems from us] the moon and sun while vastly different sizes and distances from us have extremely similar apparent diameters

iAPX - Sorry to continue the pedantry, but you are incorrect in stating that there is only one moon. All natural satellites are moons - both terms are interchangeable because they mean exactly the same thing, as any encyclopedia or astronomer will tell you.

There are 182 known moons within our solar system. The planet Jupiter has no less than 79 moons. Saturn has 62 moons. Uranus has 27 moons. Neptune has 13 moons. Earth has one moon, which we call the Moon.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2019 at 00:50 UTC
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photoMEETING: Now, is it FF finally or not?

Why even go to the trouble of asking the question here, when a simple google search takes you to the M43 rumor site and gives you the answer instantly?

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 23:24 UTC
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cosinaphile: very cool to witness the earth-moon system from that distance , as the earth is about 93 million miles from the sun it gives an idea how small the earth might look from the sun [remembering how big the sun seems from us] the moon and sun while vastly different sizes and distances from us have extremely similar apparent diameters

cosinaphile - You can clearly see that I'm in a pedantic state of mind tonight!

To continue my pedantry, all planets in our solar system are capitalised, hence Earth, Mercury, Saturn etc. They are all planets, but they all have proper names. The same applies to the Sun, which is a star with a proper name.

The moon is arguably different, as it is a moon, and its proper name is also the Moon. There are many moons, but only one Moon, if you get my drift...

Thank you for your kind forgiveness!

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 22:32 UTC
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LeDatas: Tough crowd. It's like people have nothing better to do than rag on a camera because it has a sensor smaller than "full frame". The very essence of that term reveals everything...

which is...?

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 22:10 UTC
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cosinaphile: very cool to witness the earth-moon system from that distance , as the earth is about 93 million miles from the sun it gives an idea how small the earth might look from the sun [remembering how big the sun seems from us] the moon and sun while vastly different sizes and distances from us have extremely similar apparent diameters

Yes, but we don't know the angle of view of the Osiris camera. If it has a field of view roughly equivalent to the human eye, it would probably be just about possible to see Earth and the moon with unaided vision. But if Osiris has, as is far more likely, a very powerful "telephoto" camera, then the chances of seeing Earth from that distance would be virtually non-existent.

Note: Our planet is Earth, not earth :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 21:37 UTC
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onlyfreeman: There's only about 155 years left before Bennu hits the Earth destroying humanity, exactly like what happened to the dinosaurs.

ArunH - You're expecting to live another 155 years?

Whatever you're on, I want some!

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 21:30 UTC
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Phil-LA: Just die already Olympus.

As a beginner he is welcome here, but he should be asking intelligent questions instead of making idiotic troll comments such as his post here.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 18:52 UTC
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LeDatas: Tough crowd. It's like people have nothing better to do than rag on a camera because it has a sensor smaller than "full frame". The very essence of that term reveals everything...

johans - With respect you are talking nonsense.

The "specwarriors" may in some case be searching for "bragging rights" but most people are simply interested in a) getting maximum features for their hard-earned money, and b) getting a specification that will enable them to step up into areas of photography that they perceive are beyond the capabilities of their current cameras.

You might be surprised at the number of people shooting sports or highly active children. You might be surprised to learn that a recent study found that wild animals were the single most popular photographic subject.

These are challenging subjects, and any improvements in burst speed, AF performance, dynamic range and high ISO noise performance etc are to be welcomed, as are dual slots and better-performing sensors!

Being interested in technology doesn't make photography less fun. For most people it actually adds to the fun.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 18:47 UTC
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stevevelvia50: I use the EM1 Mark ll, and I don quite understand these videos. I have got some insight from the comment section in 4/3runors, that the EM 1X is pretty impressive. Don’t quote me on this, I’m just the messenger, but someone who claims to have tried the camera out, says the high iso is on par with the Nikon D500. The autofocus overall is equal to the D500 and a9, and the video is easily up with the Panasonic GH5, only with 7.5+ ibis. There are three zooms, that are amazing from what he says, and there will be no stabilized 40-150 2.8. On the 24th we’ll know. Again, this is just what I’v read from a source in the comment section of 4/3rumors... I treat this as a strong rumor, but certainly don’t rule any of these claims out!

stuntmonkey - "Not sure how read and dark current noise can be improved further to make up the difference in pixel well size"

The answer probably lies in the incorporation of "AI" or "computational photography".

At it's simplest, the camera could take a near-instantaneous burst of 2 or 3 frames (or more) and merge them in camera to improve DR and minimise noise.

Additionally algorithms could be used that learn to recognise the difference between noise and fine texture, and replace the noise with a micro-level context-aware fill.

That's my best guess anyway..

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 18:37 UTC
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Kid Kurtz: So it's moisture resistant? tension builds.

Teasers are fine if they provide snippets of information, but apart from revealing the shape of the camera, these Olympus teasers are a bit of a flop.

Luckily, for those interested, there are plenty of leaked specifications on the M43 rumour sites.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 18:27 UTC
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3pgrey: I wonder what changed to justify going with an integrated grip. They're already tough enough for the current users, they didn't change the type of battery from the em1 mk2, and it adds complexity to construction to change things for no reason. And I don't think they'd have done it for looks alone in a hard market of small cameras. Perhaps it's just over engineered but I think there's more to the story, possibly video and heat?

Astrotripper - Nikon and Canon must both fully realise that the future of sports photography lies in mirrorless cameras, which is why no replacements have appeared for D500 and 7DMkii.

But I doubt that either company yet have the technology to match Fujifilm, Sony or Olympus in terms of processing power and burst speed.

The problem (as I see it) with Fujifilm and Sony is that whilst they have very good AF and very rapid burst speed, their ergonomics slow down operation for the user.

Olympus is in an excellent position to produce a camera with better ergonomics now that they have a larger body that will hopefully accommodate more widely spaced and chunkier controls. I wish them luck.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 18:20 UTC
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shnsea: This is sad. Their 100 year anniversary and the best they can do is building fake hype for a camera with an unclear user base. Disclaimer, I am an Olympus user and like the micro 4/3 format. My main camera has been an Em 5 Mk1 I can take anywhere. I am really ready for an upgrade. But I keep getting disappointed. How hard is it for Olympus to just update EM5 for people who already have invested in Oly lenses? Oly had very few releases in 2018. EM 5 Mark III keeps getting rumored for over a year and an a half now. With the new Sony a6400 having some weather sealing at a good price point, and the Fuji's excellent releases, I really wonder how many micro 4/3 system users are saying adios to Olympus.

Revenant - Yes that's very true. At least Olympus won't need quite so many cargo planes to freight out all their gear!

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 16:49 UTC
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beppe_it: CANON why don't you learn anything from SONY or from competition that gives upgrades via firmware upgrades....?

JPatrick - Yes that's a sensible workaround, but it seems crazy to force users to decommission half a dozen buttons to prevent accidental operation!

I'd rather have a camera that had good ergonomics as a starting point, with sensibly placed controls that can't be accidentally tripped.

Fujifilm seem to get away with fitting big chunky controls on their small cameras, by using stacked dials etc. Leica uses touch-screen and a few easily-learned buttons on the rear of some of its cameras. Olympus uses dual-purpose dials that can be toggled between 2 sets of functions.

But I don't think *any* of the mirrorless ILCs have yet achieved the levels of usability and operability found in DSLRs. Hopefully that will change, now that Nikon have entered the fray and brought their ergonomics expertise into the mirrorless arena.

I wish I could say the same about Canon, who seem to have thrown their DSLR ergonomics expertise out of the window when they created the EOS-R.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 16:01 UTC
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shnsea: This is sad. Their 100 year anniversary and the best they can do is building fake hype for a camera with an unclear user base. Disclaimer, I am an Olympus user and like the micro 4/3 format. My main camera has been an Em 5 Mk1 I can take anywhere. I am really ready for an upgrade. But I keep getting disappointed. How hard is it for Olympus to just update EM5 for people who already have invested in Oly lenses? Oly had very few releases in 2018. EM 5 Mark III keeps getting rumored for over a year and an a half now. With the new Sony a6400 having some weather sealing at a good price point, and the Fuji's excellent releases, I really wonder how many micro 4/3 system users are saying adios to Olympus.

Mike - My guess is that a few Olympics photographers will use the Olympus for certain subjects where speed and manouvreability are more important than resolution or freedom from noise.

Looking at the *technical* quality of sports images commonly published in newspapers, magazines, books and the internet, I would think the Olympus would be more than adequate.

Consider that a huge number of pro sports photographers currently use long-in-the-tooth APS cameras such as 7DMkii or D500, either as their prime camera or as a secondary unit for specific situations.

Also consider that being a newer camera, the Olympus will almost certainly beat the 7DMkii and probably match the D500, in terms of high ISO image quality.

And then consider that the Olympus is lighter, more manouvreable, has much faster burst speeds, and will probably have better subject tracking.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 15:45 UTC
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Michiel953: Yes, why not get a fullsized body with a tiny sensor?

nick - I was differentiating between the popular formats, i.e. FF, APS and M43.

"MF" doesn't really exist in the digital world - the sensors e.g. in Hasselblads and Fujifilm "MF" cameras are considerably smaller than those in traditional 6x6 MF film cameras. They do however obviously provide better image quality than FF, assuming their sensors have larger pixels, which in general they do have.

To answer your question - I would choose the inferior FF format for reasons of cost and portability / operability when using tele lenses (I'm a wildlife photographer, so macro and tele is primarily where I'm at).

Everything is a compromise. One just has to make an individual choice on what level of image quality can be achieved within constraints of price, weight and manouevreabilty.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 15:28 UTC
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philo123: It used to be said that cars were an extension of a man’s privates.....that’s now so old school. Sensor sizes have taken over. There’s an awful lot of insecurity in the comments here 😀

Manny - I always have doubts about folk who limit their posts to capitalised text and exclamation marks, rather than constructive and intelligible comments :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 15:18 UTC
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beppe_it: CANON why don't you learn anything from SONY or from competition that gives upgrades via firmware upgrades....?

JPatrick - Exactly. It's much harder to accommodate sensibly-sized and widely-spaced controls on a small camera.

Simple point n shoot cameras don't need many controls, so they can be designed smaller and still be perfectly usable.

But complex enthusiast and pro cameras need many more controls, and there simply isn't room to fit them on a small body without compromising usability.

Many people (including myself) would like to have smaller and lighter professional cameras that have easily acessible controls and levels of usability that match DSLRs (or SLTs such as a99ii).

But it simply isn't possible without a total rethink of camera design and layout, and a complete rethink of how users interact with our cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 15:09 UTC
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shnsea: This is sad. Their 100 year anniversary and the best they can do is building fake hype for a camera with an unclear user base. Disclaimer, I am an Olympus user and like the micro 4/3 format. My main camera has been an Em 5 Mk1 I can take anywhere. I am really ready for an upgrade. But I keep getting disappointed. How hard is it for Olympus to just update EM5 for people who already have invested in Oly lenses? Oly had very few releases in 2018. EM 5 Mark III keeps getting rumored for over a year and an a half now. With the new Sony a6400 having some weather sealing at a good price point, and the Fuji's excellent releases, I really wonder how many micro 4/3 system users are saying adios to Olympus.

MikeRan - You doubt that this camera will be used by pros at the Olympics?

Think about what pro sports photographers need most - ultra fast burst speeds, ultra fast AF, precise subject tracking, total dependability in adverse weather conditions etc.

And think how much easier it is to move rapidly, change angle and track a subject with a lightweight camera compared to a heavy and bulky camera.

What really matters is whether Olympus can deliver good enough image quality to sell sports images. And they probably can.

I do however have doubts about whether the camera will be good enough for wildlife photographers, who often need to crop heavily while maintaining maximum detail in feathers and fur, and who tend to shoot at fairly high ISO settings.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 14:58 UTC
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3pgrey: I wonder what changed to justify going with an integrated grip. They're already tough enough for the current users, they didn't change the type of battery from the em1 mk2, and it adds complexity to construction to change things for no reason. And I don't think they'd have done it for looks alone in a hard market of small cameras. Perhaps it's just over engineered but I think there's more to the story, possibly video and heat?

Bob - Don't expect a global shutter. But expect 7 or maybe 8 stops of stabilisation, probably the best waterproofing of any ILC on the market, very fast burst speeds, great in-camera focus-stacking, HDR and merging, state-of-art pixel-shift, and faster AF than previous models.

Also expect poor menus, over-pricing and image quality that is good enough at low ISO but poor in comparison to larger sensors at high ISO.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2019 at 14:46 UTC
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