Tim the Grey

Lives in United Kingdom Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK, United Kingdom
Works as a Wannabe Photographer
Joined on Aug 12, 2004
About me:

Olympus E-1+ HLD-2
Oly FL-50 + FP-1 bracket and leads.
Zuiko 11-22
Zuiko 50-200

Om-1 x3, plus 24/28/35/50/85/135/200mm film Zuiko primes. Vivitar Series 1 500mm OM fit mirror. Vivitar Series 1 28-105 OM.


Pentax Auto 110 film SLR with several lenses.


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On article Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' (326 comments in total)

Some folks need to get a life. Then grow a Sense of Humour.
It was the 'insertable cartidges from 25-800ASA' that gave it away.
Though I have Agfa RS1000 slide stock, and some Kodak IR stock that I THINK is somewhere about 12ASA in the freezer!

I bought an E-1 10 years ago. That's why that film is STILL in the freezer. And I have the OM-4/3 Olympus adaptor to use those Zuikos on an E body. But I don't. Modern glass whups them. Even my beloved 85mm f2...

RIP OM, you I once loved. I now tote a Nikon, as that suits me right now. Have a nice day, folks.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 22:34 UTC as 11th comment
On article Nikon Df combines classic design with modern technology (314 comments in total)

I'll take one, thanks. I grew up with this sort of thing, only with Olympus badges.
As for video? Who CARES?
If I want video, I'll buy an HD camcorder for less than a tenth the price. Or just use my phone.
Proper dials, MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 00:59 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' (541 comments in total)


Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 23:54 UTC as 80th comment
On article How many megapixels do you need? (227 comments in total)

I have a 5MP 4/3 Olympus E-1, and a 12MP Nikon D700. Both with VERY good glass up front.
Guess what? Most days the old E-1 takes JUST as good a .jpg as the D700. No, it's AF cannot keep up, and it's ISO performance is laughable, compared, but it does take a damn good PICTURE.
Which, the last time I looked, is what counts, yes???
Who cares if you have 3, 8, or 800 MP? Is it a good image.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 22:30 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2068 comments in total)

Ah nuts. Just as I'd started to mentally, and emotionally, switch from 4/3 Olympus, to Nikon, they do this...

Damn you, Olympus! Darn you all to Heck!!!

I WANT one.

Anybody want a nice, clean, D700?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 21:04 UTC as 422nd comment | 4 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2068 comments in total)
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sdribetahi: Does just adding two wheels and customization buttons make a camera 'pro'? It still doesn't give you the option of shallow DOF, or AF of FAST moving objects. Anyone can add buttons to a p&s as well. Doesn't make it pro.

I have 2 PRO bodies. A Nikon D700, with high ISO and full frame. Superb, and it's acquiring a better set of lenses as I afford them. And my 10 year old Oly E-1.
No, the Oly can't touch the /Nikon over 400 ASA. But then I don't expect it to. What it does is give me a bombproof camera, that has twice the reach (2x 'crop' factor) and used carefully will take every bit as good a picture. Go check my Flickr galleries, and play "Which camera took this..."

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 21:02 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2068 comments in total)
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NikonScavenger: I have a problem paying that kind of change for what is still an m4/3 sensor.

Will we eventually see m4/3 gear approaching that of an FF camera like the D600 or 6D, because we're very close... and it's not even fair to compare the two.

Can I chuck a curve ball in here? I have an Oly E-1, with a 50-200 2.8-3.5. It STILL shoots gorgeous jpegs. People LOVE the pictures.
I also have a Nikon D700, with an 80-200 AF-S 2.8 Nikkor on the front. I cannot get that same quality in the images.
Don't get me wrong, the D700 can run rings round the E-1 most days, but there's nowt wrong with 4/3 if you get it right.
Oh, yes, and the E-1 has NEVER given me a dusty shot. The D700 is teaching me to be careful, and clean things ALL the bloody time. Plus the E-1 with the big zoom is a LOT lighter than the Nikon...

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 20:26 UTC
On article Billingham marks 40 years of history (32 comments in total)

I love my old 335. I've had it 20 years, and it wasn't new... It just hangs there, never given me ANY hassle, and my gear is safe, dry, cushioned.
I scored a virtually new 550 recently, and it was the perfect gift for my 23 year old son who is a working motorsport photographer. He kept nicking the 335!
Happy Birthday, Billingham!

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 00:05 UTC as 2nd comment

I still use my old E-1. It's 8 years old, and I love using it. It just WORKS. I also have a D700 acquired recently, and if I'm honest, I grab the E-1 if I NEED to get the shot just now. That may change, but right now, I KNOW what that E-1 will do...
Oh, and I also know it can handle ANY rain, any time. The Nikon gets tucked away for now!
So, yes, I like this announcement, if it's for a new E?. If it's just an m4/3 adaptor, then I stay away.
And all those claiming Zuikos are big, and heavy, etc. just please go TRY one? You might find it's way better than you thought.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2012 at 08:40 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On article Flickr poised for much-needed interface improvements (78 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: I may be missing something and if so I apologise but PLEEEEASE can I BROWSE search results? You do a search, click on one of the results for a closer look and then you have to click the back button and click on the next result and so on, if I want to look at photos of a specific subject I want to sift through the photos as if I am browsing a photo stream or set, I don't want to have to keep going backwards and forwards for each result!

OK, I'm lost here. I have added one photo to well over 20 groups, in a single hit? Just pull down a Groups Menu, tick the ones you want, click ADD, and it's done????

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 15:58 UTC
On article Flickr poised for much-needed interface improvements (78 comments in total)
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Telefoto: As a recent arrival in the online photo sharing world, I have been pretty amazed at the deficits on flickr and all the other sites I've looked at, and I'm very disappointed not to see any comments here pointing to the "best" or "clearly better" share site. Guess it's not just my imagination that all are appallingly badly designed?

With flickr, it starts with what is to me the bizarre standard interface that throws all your photos together into one giant bucket. I spend all my time carefully arranging them into sets, but every time I go to the site I see the giant bucket and have to search around for the sets. I can't even begin to guess why the giant bucket would be default rather than itself be the hard to find option?

I'm a complete puter numpty. It took me 5 minutes to set up 'sets', and sort images into 'em. Never used Collections feature, sets work fine.
You CAN change the display order to, I believe, those with most hits, or likes, etc.
Or just use a pre written Big Huge Labs script to create a new Your Favourites set???

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 15:54 UTC
On article Nikon D4 & D800: What do the Professionals Think? (375 comments in total)
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nomiss777: Wow that sucks... "I have two D3 bodies that have never recovered from shooting one particularly wet job". That's ridiculous, for a body that cost multiple grands, they should have made it better at weather sealing

I have an Olympus E-1. It's been in the shower. And in 24 hours of rain. It's been put under a running tap to wash fine beach sand off/out of it.
It's 7 years old, and NEVER steamed up or missed a beat.
THAT is what I call weathersealing!
For the rest, yes, I want a D4. I'll make do with a recycled D3, though...

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 14:47 UTC
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