Alphoid

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On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 comments in total)
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Gazeomon: For Olympus users the EM1 II maybe a tempting camera to upgrade to. The stats and the camera features look very good, but I don't see any compelling reason to switch from any APSC system. The size advantage is negligible and the image quality maybe comparable (at best). Olympus's 'pro' lens offerings although very good quality are not exactly compact either. I would consider Olympus if I would not be committed any other system.

No good reason to switch? How about 60 frames per second full resolution. It's not something I want or need today, but there are times in my life I would have killed for that.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 22:04 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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rbach44: Full frame user (switched from M43 once upon a time) not looking to troll but asking an honest question:

Looking at the 25mm 1.2 makes me think the same thing as when I saw the f.95 Noktons: Isn’t this just the wrong system for shallow DOF? Putting a big, heavy, and expensive lens on a system built around portability makes no sense to me…

Especially considering that the cost of this lens is the same as a used D600+50mm 1.8, which will provide similar DOF characteristics at little size/weight penalty when considering the whole combo. And that is not even considering the (at least in my opinion) poor ergonomics of a big lens on a small body, the IQ advantage of full frame, and the (presumably) poorer performance at f1.2 compared to a good ol’ f1.8.

Of course M43 has its other advantages, but doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF than shoehorning a very fast lens into a system that really just doesn’t excel in that area? Am I missing something here?

For now, yes. The f/0.95 lenses are mostly for people who either don't understand equivalence, or have need Panasonic-class video.

But lens technology moves forward. In a decade, those f/0.95 lenses will be smaller, lighter, and sharper.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:38 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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Alphoid: Bets on how much it retails for? Post your best guess below. Closest guess is the winner.

... So consensus so far seems to be considerably more than the launch price of the Mark I. That'd be a pity. It seems like a near-perfect camera. I'm hoping for lower than the Mark I. If they priced it at around a grand, it could dramatically increase Olympus' market share. I don't think it's more expensive than the MKI to produce -- mostly higher tech. Only added costs would be the pivot LCD hinge and the extra card slot.

I'll guess it will start around $1400, but then drop, hitting $800 in time for the successor, and perhaps go as low as $600 eventually for new-old-stock once the successor MKIII has been on the market for a year or two.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 01:32 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Photokina's greatest hits (45 comments in total)

And the Minolta 7D was reputed to have had the best user interface of any dSLR camera ever made. But that's another story.

And the first time I held a G1, it took a while before I realized the viewfinder was electronic. It was like night-and-day to the mediocre EVFs common on superzooms at the time.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 21:54 UTC as 11th comment
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Alphoid: I'd love to see a transcript on segments like this.

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 12:40 UTC

I'd love to see a transcript on segments like this.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:44 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
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ewelch: Canon and Nikon only (and not all of their models.) They won't release any more supported systems until after the campaign is over. You can pledge $10 to vote for the camera of your choice, but no promises it will happen.

That doesn't smell right to me. Take my money, but no promises? No dice. That's simply a money grab with no value. Anyone who would do that is not trustworthy in my book.

I know many people who would do that, if by "that" you mean send $10 to support a product they care about, and have a voice in its development.

I see nothing wrong with asking for it. If you don't like it, don't swipe your credit card.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:29 UTC

Well, if they:

1. Add Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus support (even if not as mechanically pretty), or at the very least just Sony
2. Support a high-res preview (e.g. I hit a button, and 15 seconds later, a 1080p preview image shows up on my phone)
3. Have an open API

They'll get my money.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:28 UTC as 7th comment
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majorpaul: Does anyone know if it has fully articulated screen like the a99? It's so important to me and here it looks like it only has a tilting screen like the emount cameras

@tbcass If you do this, you still can't lie the screen flat on top, or anywhere close to it. It gets on top of the camera at an angle. I tried this on both the A77 and A99. Neither is flat. On the A99, it sticks out more awkwardly than on the A77. Perhaps your A77ii is better, as a smaller camera.

On the A77, I'd feel sort of comfortable with the screen like this on my camera strap. On the A99, I'd feel like if it bumped me wrong, something might snap. I don't want to break my, as you called it, "$3200 pro grade camera" (although I didn't pay nearly that much, as I recall)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 21:16 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)

Bets on how much it retails for? Post your best guess below. Closest guess is the winner.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 14:49 UTC as 103rd comment | 9 replies
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majorpaul: Does anyone know if it has fully articulated screen like the a99? It's so important to me and here it looks like it only has a tilting screen like the emount cameras

tbcass: Selfies are low on my priority list as well, but it's just something which came up last week. Stare into the camera works fine if you're going for a snapshot. Taking a selfie with an 85mm f/1.4 and a pair of wireless flashes and getting nice lighting is surprisingly hard.

Regardless, shooting from the waist, which is a more common use case, I still prefer Panasonic's side articulation. I can hold a GH2 flat against my body (which is curved enough to make room for the minimal amount of LCD sticking back), and still shoot. It doesn't look like I'm using the camera, and it stabilizes it a bit. I can leave it like that on a cameras strap too, without risking the camera. With the A99, the LCD is bumping into my belly.

There really aren't any configurations I've run into where I prefer the A99's mechanism.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:41 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 with 4K/60p under development (48 comments in total)
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eno2: This camera will make history and grab all the remaining video shooters from Canon!

Yes. It doesn't get you up to f/0.6.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 09:19 UTC

The lack of GPS, not to mention high frame rate video (hundreds of frames per second at reduced resolution) is completely inexcusable on this camera. Otherwise, this would be the first essentially feature-complete camera on the market. The specs are otherwise just ridiculous.

If I were buying a new camera, this would be it.

I'll be curious where Olympus prices it.

This is not a good week for Canon/Nikon, so far.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 01:19 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
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Alphoid: Good lenses, but not quite as exiting as the previous Sigma Art.

The prices went up for what they are. Quite a bit.

Fair, but they're also $2000 and $2300. Now that I'm looking, Tokina also makes an f/2 14-20mm zoom lens.

I don't think it detracts from my point. All of the Sigma Art lenses prior to these were half the cost of the nearest competition, and dramatically better in performance.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:18 UTC
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majorpaul: Does anyone know if it has fully articulated screen like the a99? It's so important to me and here it looks like it only has a tilting screen like the emount cameras

@tbcass I ran into this exact issue last week with the a99, actually, using it exactly for selfies. Until recently, I was a natural light photographer most of the time. I wanted to grow past that, and I was experimenting with portrait lighting. I set up a pair of wireless flashes for broad lighting, short lighting, etc., put the A99 on a tripod, and found ... I couldn't really see what I was doing since the flash trigger blocked the LCD.

Not all of us can afford to hire a model for every test shot....

But I run into issues with the articulated LCD on Sony a lot. The design Panasonic and everyone else uses is just better.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:11 UTC
On article Olympus announces PEN E-PL8 entry-level mirrorless (23 comments in total)
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Alphoid: Personally, I find the EPL series to be nice a few generations back, where they sell for $200 or less. I kind of miss the point of a $650 E-PL camera, with the fantastic OM-D models for just a few dollars more, or a few dollars less for last year's model.

Almost always. EPL1 goes for under $100 on eBay. EPL2 was the standard sub-$200 camera for a very long time. Older Olympus has almost always been the best super-value camera. Near-dSLR image quality at point-and-shoot prices.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:23 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 with 4K/60p under development (48 comments in total)
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eno2: This camera will make history and grab all the remaining video shooters from Canon!

You can buy a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens for a 5DMKII. To meet that for DoF, Panasonic would need to provide an f/0.6 lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:34 UTC
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Alphoid: Good lenses, but not quite as exiting as the previous Sigma Art.

The prices went up for what they are. Quite a bit.

All the previous ART lenses were under a grand, as I recall, except the 50-100mm f/1.8. Even the insane 18-35mm f/1.8 and 24-35mm f/2 were under a grand. They weren't just the first zooms faster than f/2.8. They were also the quality of a nice prime and half the price. Many were downright cheap -- 30mm f/1.4 and all the f/2.8 primes were under $500, some under $200. The only one to break a grand was the telephoto 50-100mm f/1.8. Which when you consider that it was a zoom f/1.8 telephoto is still pretty incredible pricing.

They were pretty mind-blowing. They were essentially better in every way and cheaper than the major brands. They weren't in the same ballpark as other offerings; not even the same playing field.

These are all over a grand. I can see that for the 500mm. The others -- it's not the same warm feeling as Sigma gave before.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:31 UTC

Good lenses, but not quite as exiting as the previous Sigma Art.

The prices went up for what they are. Quite a bit.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:18 UTC as 50th comment | 5 replies
On article Olympus announces PEN E-PL8 entry-level mirrorless (23 comments in total)

Personally, I find the EPL series to be nice a few generations back, where they sell for $200 or less. I kind of miss the point of a $650 E-PL camera, with the fantastic OM-D models for just a few dollars more, or a few dollars less for last year's model.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 18:59 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
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