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random78: Olympus often seems to get more limelight in the history of Micro-Four Thirds and mirrorless. However I think the real breakthrough product was the Panasonic G1. Obviously it was the first mirrorless camera, but also it had three important features which ensured that mirrorless will be taken as a serious camera system rather than a glorified P&S. First it offered an EVF experience which was a credible alternative to OVF. The EVFs before G1 were extremely poor whereas G1 had an amazing EVF for that time. Second it had a pretty fast AF in single shot. Third it had a full set of controls expected by DSLR users. The E-P1 from Olympus didn't have any of these features. I am pretty sure that if it was the first mirrorless instead of G1, it would have been dismissed by most reviewers as a 'P&S' camera with a large sensor which did not have what it takes to meet the needs of a 'serious' photographer. G1 ensured that people viewed mirrorless as mini-DSLR, rather than big P&S.

I had a G1. What an amazing camera for its time.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 04:16 UTC
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paulfulper: Four thirds , and micro four thirds ,. What's the difference ? In MM please

Same size sensor. (Often the same sensor was used in some m43 cameras and some 4/3 cameras.)

The big difference is in the lack of a mirror. The 4/3 system was a DSLR, like your typical Canon or Nikon (but the 4/3 sensor was smaller than either APS-C or 35mm.)

Without the mirror, the lenses could be mounted much closer to the sensor. I think they call this the flange distance, or something like that. Smaller bodies. Smaller lenses. (To compensate, they upped the prices.)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 04:16 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (65 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: What does this device cost? The image quality is way below par. Despicable.

> What does this device cost?
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=panasonic+gx850+cost
(Or just look at the Amazon ad on this page that shows $547.99.)

> The image quality is way below par.
Strange. I looked at the images, and they looked like what one would expect from a modern digital camera with consumer grade glass and a 225mm^2 sensor in a compact consumer-oriented body. Do you have any specific issues that you would like to highlight that show that the image quality is out of the expected range considering, um, say physics?

> Despicable.
Yeah. Good, rational point.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with new Voigtländer E-mount primes (117 comments in total)
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Gregm61: The 35mm f1.4 in M mount is not all that particularly great.

The 35 1.2 in M mount was really good (one of my favorites for that FOV), but it was much larger & heavier than the 1.4. Even though they were a narrower FOV, I preferred both the Voigtlander and the Leica 40mm f1.4 lenses ... (and the Leica 40mm was even affordable.)

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 14:09 UTC
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ttran88: Do you have to pay for the update?

That's not a "firmware update"; it's a $99 optional feature on the GH4 and on the GH5. The $99 gets you some sort of code that you input into the camera to enable the feature. Yeah, it's still a dumb idea.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 23:56 UTC
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villagranvicent: The Bugatti Chyron of cameras. Haters enjoy your Corollas.

Camaros*

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 04:07 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1633 comments in total)
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Asarhaddon: it will sell because name is canon
Because there is a klan that thinks canon will do the best
A6300,6500, xt2, Em1 ii better than M5
But name is Canon
No matter what you say to them, their ideas do not change :)

GaryJP - are you suggesting that a shot in RAW from any modern camera with a grey card and a color checker in the scene cannot be processed to the style that you associate with "Canon or Nikon's colour science"? I'm just trying to figure out what magic you are imagining exists ...

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
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vadims: Very interesting, DPR... The plot thickens, as they say.

I posted a message here essentially questioning your decision to publish this photo. Long story short: as of the time of this writing, it has 11 "likes". When I click "Most popular (15)", I see posts with 7/8/9 "likes" at the bottom of the list, but not mine. And no, that's not because of numbers of "likes" to replies.

That's a nice touch! A glowing example of "just reporting"/"journalist integrity"/objectivity/etc. right there...

Did my post receive a "black spot"? That would be an honor!

What happens next? You just remove this post?

Link to the original post, just in case:
https://www.dpreview.com/opinion/8871874056/this-image-is-why-the-world-needs-professional-photographers?comment=2720774475

Honestly, I just think that the DPR site is flakey, and nowhere near "real time" on some of its features. It's hard to tell how some of it works (if it even does ...)

p.s. I don't care if you're Russian or from Russia or in Russia. I've got lots of friends from Russia, and lots of friends in Russia. We're all just slightly different looking monkeys with a fascination for wrapping ourselves in fabric ...

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 16:02 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1633 comments in total)
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Asarhaddon: it will sell because name is canon
Because there is a klan that thinks canon will do the best
A6300,6500, xt2, Em1 ii better than M5
But name is Canon
No matter what you say to them, their ideas do not change :)

Canon is a good company and they make good cameras. The m5 sounds like a good camera. However, with the capabilities that it includes, one would have expected this to be the camera that they released two years ago (instead of the m3), and even then it would have been late to market compared to other companies' offerings. So is it a good camera? Yes. Is it good compared to its contemporary peers? No, one cannot seriously argue this.

However, if I still had Canon glass, I would seriously consider this camera as a second body. This is the first "m" that appears to be able to make decent use of the existing lenses. Its usability sounds significantly improved, and it sounds like very few compromises were made vis-a-vis the Canon DSLR bodies that it reuses parts from.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 14:32 UTC
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vadims: Very interesting, DPR... The plot thickens, as they say.

I posted a message here essentially questioning your decision to publish this photo. Long story short: as of the time of this writing, it has 11 "likes". When I click "Most popular (15)", I see posts with 7/8/9 "likes" at the bottom of the list, but not mine. And no, that's not because of numbers of "likes" to replies.

That's a nice touch! A glowing example of "just reporting"/"journalist integrity"/objectivity/etc. right there...

Did my post receive a "black spot"? That would be an honor!

What happens next? You just remove this post?

Link to the original post, just in case:
https://www.dpreview.com/opinion/8871874056/this-image-is-why-the-world-needs-professional-photographers?comment=2720774475

Yes, there is a large team of people at DPR sitting in front of large screens working in real time to suppress your posts. How you figured this out, we shall never know. Keep speaking truth to power!

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 14:03 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Fujifilm X-T2 (172 comments in total)

Nice write-up! I'd love to see a few of these with every review ... some "here's why I personally enjoyed it" or "here's what personally turned me off ..."

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 00:48 UTC as 19th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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(unknown member): "...the Panasonic G85 is the camera I will be recommending to enthusiasts for the foreseeable future."

Glad to read you've called a spade a spade in the conclusion of the review, "Yes the a6300 shoots 4K and has a more sophisticated AF system, but it has no in-body IS, frustrating ergonomics (lacks dual top-plate control dials) and a limited lens family."

Now, bring on the butthurt Sony fanboi's and the equivalence police! They will quote DXO (and others) as to why this isn't as good quoting lab tests and pointing to reference charts and how using adapters, adding a bettery grip and using expensive FE lenses and blah blah blah...

The Sony a6300 looks like a great camera, but they obviously had to make some compromises to squeeze all of that into such a tiny body!

Sure, most people would be better off with a G85, and if they need "more", then there's always the a6300 or a Fuji, or they can go up to the A7Rii etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 19:35 UTC
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rjaywallace: Please estimate how many photo enthusiasts are going to shell out $3,750 in order to buy a 250° lens for their Olympus Pen F, Pen 8 or Panasonic GX8.

With the exchange rate so favorable, I ordered all 3.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
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ottonis: From ISO 1600 and beyond the PhaseOne is clearly inferior w/r to noise when compared to contemporary FF cameras such K1 etc., even when scaled down to equal resolution/size.
I really wonder why these MF sensors are lagging behind FF sensors in low light performance, considering their significantly larger size. Is that possibly caused by tuning them for highest DR at base ISO? Or are the most recent advancements in sensor technology just too vulnerable in order to provide sufficient (silicon wafer) yield rates?

Best

David

@ Teila - I didn't realize that the tripod was detachable ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 02:24 UTC
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PhotoRotterdam: To quote: "The tonality and color of the images are something else"

This is what you see when you go from APS-c to FF: different tonality and colors.
So, I wonder how the 50MP X1D and the new Fuji will be compared to this. That's the reason you'd like to upgrade. The X1D images I have seen looked very promising in this respect.

@ ET2: This is a 645 sensor; 645 is almost 3 times the area of 135.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 20:30 UTC
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bensherman: Looks like there is no perfect camera.....The amount of optical aberrations in the highlights in image number 14 is deplorable. It’s an obvious defeat in light of the asking price. These high megapixels cameras with movie star’s price tags are not ultimate in image quality by any means.

http://www.storyit.com/Classics/Stories/sourgrapes.htm

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 20:26 UTC
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ottonis: From ISO 1600 and beyond the PhaseOne is clearly inferior w/r to noise when compared to contemporary FF cameras such K1 etc., even when scaled down to equal resolution/size.
I really wonder why these MF sensors are lagging behind FF sensors in low light performance, considering their significantly larger size. Is that possibly caused by tuning them for highest DR at base ISO? Or are the most recent advancements in sensor technology just too vulnerable in order to provide sufficient (silicon wafer) yield rates?

Best

David

When would you ever shoot a camera like this at ISO 1600 or higher? Have you ever used a medium format camera? I doubt you'd ever take it over ISO 200 ... this is not a point-and-shoot.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 20:25 UTC
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Fabian from Swizzy Land: If it offered 1 stop more DOF control, I would be very intrigued by this lens. But as it is, unfortunately, no thank you.

That's why the lens is waterproof, so you can swim back far enough to frame the mountain! Count that as a WIN for Oly!

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 03:55 UTC
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thx1138: 99.9% of people have no interest in medium format and yet voted it the most exciting thing at Photokina. Danger Will Robinson, does not compute.

Look, $10k is not that much money when you stop and think about how many people you can troll on DPR by spending it ... ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 16:36 UTC
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ewelch: The Olympus is a game-changer. Those who think it's a predictable must have some wild psychic powers. If the IQ is good, then it will shift the argument about full frame for people who need light, usable cameras. Not the monster back-breakers like I use at work, the Canon 1Dx.

@ mgblack74 um yeah of course, otherwise we'd all be shooting cell phone cameras instead by this point ...

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 16:34 UTC
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