Henry Falkner

Henry Falkner

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Retired (on paper only)
Joined on Feb 11, 2002
About me:

Keeping Sandra happy, more photos, more videos, more accordion playing for the Morris dancers, more newsletters for the radio club.

See http://www.pbase.com/hfalkner

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The closest 1" sensor camera to my Olympus SH-2 in handling is the Canon G3 X. But it cannot focus like the last three of my 1/2.3 sensor travel zooms. I passed up the G3 X. Conversely, my worst camera ever was the Olympus C-2500L, at an NZ price equivalent to US$ 1800.- in 2000. The RX10 IV video implies that, finally, a camera with a sensor bigger than 1/2.3 does not hunt for focus. It is also weather-sealed. Yet my cheap travel zooms survive showers. I don't know yet how I convince Sandra, but I will try that for the RX10 IV.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 02:52 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

The RX10 IV ticks my boxes, even though it is 4x the price of what I own: Same focal range with a 1" sensor - faster focusing and display refresh rate, improved battery charge compared to my Olympus SH-2 (range discontinued, hence no improved models). The RX10 IV might even work with my 1.7x tele-converter, without needing my Heath Robinson adaptor. I may have difficulty convincing Sandra, but that is not the fault of this camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 21:30 UTC as 57th comment
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (352 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: Olympus has not launched a single camera yet this year. Do they actually still have a camera business?

Panasonic has three 1' sensor cameras....

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 13:39 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (352 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: Olympus has not launched a single camera yet this year. Do they actually still have a camera business?

In 2016 Olympus released a total of five models, including the Tough TG-870. The SH-3 pocket zoom is Japan only. It has severely limited 4k video. Compare to the Panasonic TZ80.

In 2015 there were seven models, including the SH-2 pocket travel zoom. I would love to see an update with 30fps 4k video and 4k burst mode.
In 2014 we saw six, including the SH-1 pocket travel zoom, the TG-3 and TG-850.
2013 had 11, including the SH-50 pocket travel zoom. the TG-2 and TG-830.
2012 saw 15 models with a variety of pocket zooms and two bridge cameras.
2011 had 19 new models, 2010 saw 18.

https://www.dpreview.com/interviews/6838833139/cp-2017-olympus-interview-we-chose-to-be-bold?comment=4134181352

Explain to me why you cannot see the contraction.

Olympus is now limiting itself to a single high-end model.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 20:26 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (352 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: Olympus has not launched a single camera yet this year. Do they actually still have a camera business?

It is still useable, though no longer supported. And they used to, until fairly recently, replace models every year. And it has been reported that Olympus experiences financial difficulties.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 01:05 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (352 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: Olympus has not launched a single camera yet this year. Do they actually still have a camera business?

Olympus did the OM1 II, the Pen PL8, the Pen F and the SH3, four in total. The SH-3 is Japan in Japanese only, with 4k video at 15 fps only. I would not describe that as a 'bold' move. Panasonic did seven models last year, and three models this year so far. Yet they appear to have their fingers up their own bums as well.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:50 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (352 comments in total)

Olympus has not launched a single camera yet this year. Do they actually still have a camera business?

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 00:41 UTC as 18th comment | 16 replies
On article Western Digital launches its first portable SSD (143 comments in total)

At those prices SSD drives are still geek stuff.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 12:46 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Cruise Ship DAWN PRINCESS in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)
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jrtrent: I love this series of challenges for all the variety of subject and approach, but when voting this week's entries, yours was the only one that really grabbed my attention. The description epitomizes the norm in my own picture-taking ventures these days--you're out for a walk, see something interesting, and capture it photographically; what a great adjunct to other pleasurable activities!

Thank you. Your encouragement is most appreciated.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 20:51 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (182 comments in total)

Within the next 12 months I may have to replace my Olympus SH-2 pocket travel zoom. Size, reach and RAW are the major considerations. The roundup implies that I may get about the same IQ from the TZ80/ZS60. The stuff I do in train stations is tolerated by railway staff on my current travel zoom, but a bridge camera would panic them (I panicked them when I was taking photos and videos in Morris dance kit last year). Nobody has reported reliability issues with the TZ80, which I value highly.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 20:56 UTC as 42nd comment

Forty years ago, I would have regarded it as a camera. But now, I see it as yet another engineering collectable.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 20:19 UTC as 206th comment | 2 replies
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)

My Super8 reels showed up during my clear-out last year. Did they survive? I can't remember. I wonder who will us the Super8 re-incarnation. I won't.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 21:45 UTC as 110th comment | 1 reply

I am not going to gripe about this. The travel pocket zooms I actually use and collect are no favorites in the market. If the HX350 fills a need for Europeans (less tax) let them have it.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 22:18 UTC as 21st comment
On article Kodak Ektra 'photography' smartphone goes on sale (89 comments in total)

I certainly like the concept of a camera uploading to your preferred service without the hassle of having to talk to a cell phone first. The f 2.0 lens should prevent it from conking out during evening outings. I don't know their in-camera processing suite, but the concept is right. I always tweak my OOC pictures. Will it talk to the Warehouse Stationary kiosk to do my 33x23 inch prints directly - or do I have to get the micro-SD card out? The battery charge should be good for at least half an hour of 4k video. It will cost twice what I paid for my last three travel zooms. Data transfer via cell phone is still more expensive than fibre.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 19:28 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (123 comments in total)

I bought an Olympus Stylus 800 then. Unusable pixel-binning, as you say. I think we still have it. It is wine-spill proof.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 20:01 UTC as 48th comment
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Henry Falkner: For me, it is the Panasonic DMC FZ2500. The last bridge camera I bought (and still own) is the Olympus SP-570UZ from 2008, with a small sensor still. My current pocket zooms outclass it for everything except the EVF. I need convincing to go for a bridge camera again, and the larger sensor does it. The cameras and lens that have won the votes are impractical in this household. If it can be taken apart, that is just something else to go wrong when Sandra asks for a rush job.

I agree that 120fps on video is fun, my P&S do that. But I spend an awful lot of time putting sound on them, so I don't do 120 fps very often. I was hoping for a Canon G3X (600mm reach) update at Photokina, with faster and more reliable focus at the far end. The FZ2500 will do better video than VGA resolution on my 2008 vintage bridge camera. It should be available in November for a look.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 18:05 UTC

For me, it is the Panasonic DMC FZ2500. The last bridge camera I bought (and still own) is the Olympus SP-570UZ from 2008, with a small sensor still. My current pocket zooms outclass it for everything except the EVF. I need convincing to go for a bridge camera again, and the larger sensor does it. The cameras and lens that have won the votes are impractical in this household. If it can be taken apart, that is just something else to go wrong when Sandra asks for a rush job.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 08:13 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

The Panasonic ZS100 dimensions published are 111 x 65 x 45, which is remarkable considering its 1" sensor and 10x zoom (25-250). There is 5-axis IS for video (up to 4k). The battery capacity published is 300. This makes it still practical for recording the Morris gigs in which I play the accordion.

The Olympus SH-2 dimensions published are 109 x 63 x 42. Yes, it has a small sensor, but also a 25x zoom (25 x 600). The battery capacity published is 380 (up to 1 hour 32 minutes of HD720p video in my experience).

So I have no desperate urgency to change over, but it is a viable proposition.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 19:21 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies

1" sensor in a package not much larger than my Olympus SH-2 is attractive. If it has the same quick and reliable focusing, the same 5-axis IS, and does 1 hour 32 minutes of HD720p video on a battery charge, I will consider it.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 21:17 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (797 comments in total)

At a glorified hobbyist level, convergence has been happening since the Olympus SZ-31MR. Such pocket travel zooms allow 12 full resolution stills in each 29 minute video clip. The price allows me to upgrade each year for desirable new features. Yesterday at Muriwai Beach, for the fourth time this season, I was able to document the gannet colony in stills and on video all at the same time. There was no 'collision'.

As to professional photo- and videography - the garbage, dictated by advertising, that now passes for news, simply does not justify the expense of professional gear. The guys don't produce professional output.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:46 UTC as 201st comment
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