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On article DPReview TV: Olympus 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS review (126 comments in total)
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macanon: Chris was talking about diffraction kicking in with smaller aperture. That is generally true but on a long lens even a small aperture is big enough to not cause visible diffraction. At F22 and 400mm the aperture is still 18.2mm. When the wavelength is much smaller than the aperture width diffraction is not an issue, and 18mm is way beyond visible light.
I guess Chris just wanted to show off and pretend he knows what he is talking about. That's a shame since I want reviewers to present real fact. I have to look elsewhere for a review I can trust.

Thanks for that insight, it makes sense from a physics standpoint, and also explains why I don't find diffraction to be particularly limiting when I stop my 300mm F4 down when doing insect closeups.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2020 at 13:59 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review (924 comments in total)
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kristof93: Plastic toy camera for enthusiast money. Cdaf in 2020... They are taking advantage of gullible people at this point.

This is the last I'm beating this horse with a troll, but seriously. Synch IS gets me handheld tele video that is quite good, I'm still not aware of any other system that can do that trick on that same level for a comparable price. This is why I laugh at these comparisons, there simply isn't setup out there that does everything I have in my Oly system, with a 4-year-old body to boot. 1/10 a second handheld stills at F4 exposures, useable videos of bird behavior at night with just the headlights of my car and no setup time... Nope. I'm gonna enjoy my Oly gear until I have to finally move on, and by then who knows what manufacturers will even be offering in this shrinking market. It's certainly not the time to switch systems as a user unless your uses are clearly served now by a manufacturer at worthwhile price point.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2020 at 21:27 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review (924 comments in total)
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kristof93: Plastic toy camera for enthusiast money. Cdaf in 2020... They are taking advantage of gullible people at this point.

Yup, this is why I don't drink the FF hype. On this example of a lens that is intriguing at least, I'd lose a stop of light gathering over my F4 (and that's if you believe the FF is actually a whole 2 stops better, which is accurate in theory, but in practice it's a little less), plus I'd lose on stabilization (an advantage of the small sensor), not have weather sealing, I'm guessing no TC? Yeah, that comparison is meaningless for my usage. Plus, I doubt there is really a noticeable difference over my MkII which is excellent, so you can knock the price down a bit. Not enough people talk about that as a big problem with all brands, they are really getting far into diminishing returns territory, so who really wants to waste money the latest when it's not the greatest?

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2020 at 21:15 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review (924 comments in total)
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kristof93: Plastic toy camera for enthusiast money. Cdaf in 2020... They are taking advantage of gullible people at this point.

I'm just disappointed FF doesn't make a high end 600 F8... I don't want to lug a toilet bowl lens, that's why I am not switching to the marketing gimmick of bigger sensors, they are not better for my uses as a hiker/birder, sideways at best but with IS in a lower league because physics.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2020 at 15:40 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review (924 comments in total)
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gameshoes3003: Lots of people commenting about the lack of phase detect autofocus with the counter argument strangely being that the camera has IBIS. These are rather different features but, it seems like people are cutting it down to having one or the other. So I figure I might as well add some more noise.

To me, if I had to choose between PDAF or IBIS to maintain the same price point, I would choose PDAF. This E-M10 IV is an entry level camera aimed at beginners. IBIS is not an important feature to beginners.

Why not though? Because beginners start by "documenting"; they're not exactly making art yet. They are documenting family and friends. IBIS does not help them in achieving good quality photos of their family; it only allows for more motion blur to achieve that low ISO.

Getting an in-focus photograph of their family and friends will be superior than being able to drag the shutter. And PDAF works way better in low light than contrast detect autofocus.

Eh, I'd never trade IBIS for PDAF, but am not about to write a book about it.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 04:39 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review (924 comments in total)
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Natalie007: I cant believe a camera this expensive doesn't have phase detect auto focus yet! No flip out screen either! Its price puts it up against the Fuji X-T30 and thats some tough competition! Considering that the camera is hardly smaller that the Fuji its hard to see why anyone would buy a camera that is essentially the same as the previous version. Heck, even my X-A7 out performs this camera in some ways, and its only a £500 camera!

Who needs PDAF on a body that small? Oh yeah, all the pros who will use it with huge lenses to shoot sporting events, I stand corrected.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 03:41 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1719 comments in total)

Been off DPR for a few months actually going places and taking photos, and was excited to check this review of a camera I will likely pick up at some point if I ever get tired of my almost 4-year old cruddy tiny sensor camera that still crushes birds (stills, video, and audio) and wildlife handheld on the fly like nothing I've ever owned, but I don't know why I just wasted 20 minutes of my life scrolling through some comments.

So many unimaginative people who can't fathom any uses or upsides to technology that is a little different, but also accomplishes about the same thing as what you can do with any top-end camera these days with a few slightly different trade offs. But what do I know, I'm just an Oly loyalist off to get on reviews for other brands and formats whose tradeoffs don't work as well for me so I can loudly state that I don't get it, and the price per pixel math is all wrong, or whatever else.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 03:17 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1719 comments in total)
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beavertown: Let's be honest, your a few year old flagship smartphones take better pictures than this.

Yeah, especially with a 600mm F8 lens when I'm chasing birds.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 02:50 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1719 comments in total)
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Thematic: Is anybody actually planning on buying this?

A few years ago I asked that question and received dozens responses saying "I like the camera but have no intention of ever buying it"..... And now they are going out of business.

Who is honestly buying this?

Will be buying eventually, no need to rush. Not all of us worship at the altar of sensor size only when other features more than make up for that in our usage. My biggest slowdown is just that my MkII still does so well for what I use it for (birding, hiking, outdoor adventures with multiple lenses) that I am in no hurry to upgrade.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 02:49 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1719 comments in total)
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what_i_saw: Somehow E-M1 series never made sense to me. They could have simply dumped all that technology and an APSC sensor in EM-5.

If you don't get it, it's not for you, no biggie. I'll never use a DSLR after appreciating the Em-1 series, there's just no point. But I don't go into threads about DSLR's and say they make no sense to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 02:36 UTC
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Garyster: The videographer I work with in my full-time wedding business does not recommend this tripod - especially for the price. Kudos to PD for their donations, but these are WAY overpriced and the design is poor. I asked to see the tripod and mistook the leg anchor (for lack of a better term) for the extension release (they look really similar) and they flimsy metal piece came off and the leg slipped out of the larger portion. I was super embarrassed. Luckily it popped back in place, but a HORRIBLE design.

Lol, the design is bad for someone not in the target demo. Who would've guessed a wedding photographer wouldn't find a travel tripod useful.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2020 at 18:27 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Olympus 12-45mm F4 Pro review (323 comments in total)
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Osa25: Olympus has replaced engineering with marketing, as they continue to milk out what they can from M43 on a no-investment strategy.

Eagerly airing the gold plated 18-60 f5.6 “Pro“ zoom with gold plating, unicorn dust plating and custom embossed initials.

No investment strategy? As much as any system user wants all lenses for a system developed yesterday, I don't see where Olympus has really slowed down on their lens releases, they seem to be on the same pace they always have.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2020 at 05:51 UTC

And they're mostly obsolete now, but everyone sure loves patting themselves on the back below.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2019 at 16:51 UTC as 59th comment
On article This is the first ever photograph of a black hole (634 comments in total)

Cool! That is a lot of Bullion!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2019 at 14:10 UTC as 169th comment
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portlouis: If you want to benefit from the SyncIS (Dual IS) like when the 100-400 is coupled with GX and GH5 bodies then you are forced to buy Olympus bodies and at f4.5 x 2 and a fortiori at f4.5 x 1.4 x 2, you really need the maximum stabilisation you can. So to benefit the max from this lens, you must buy the EM1X...

I’m sure a lowly E-M1 ii will also work fine with this lens. It’s not exactly a slouch with IBIS. But obviously, the flagship body is the ideal pairing with the flagship lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 02:05 UTC
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Hasa: Olympus 300mm f2.8 - 3300g @ 7000$
Olympus body 950g @ 3000$

Nikon 500mm PF F5.6 1460g @ 3600$
Nikon 500mm F4 - 4.000g @ 8000-10000$ and unbeatable at only 700g and a couple of 1000$ more than Olympus.
Nikon d850 body - 1015g @ 3000$

And... 500mm on Nikon is better than 300mm (600mm FF equiv) on Oly - just crop from 47 Nikon MegaPixels to Olympus 20 MegaPixels to get about 700mm on Nikon.
Do we gain 2 stops from 4/3 to FF - almost, I assume - plus the added MP.

Lol, Who is going out to spend 7K on that old 300 F2.8 that isn't even a native mirrorless lens?

Now, I say this as someone who thinks the PF is a great lens, and thought long and hard about switching to Nikon for that. But as an owner of the Oly 300 F4 prime, I can tell you that your analysis does not hold up. Is the Nikon better IQ wise than the 300 F4 paired with an E-M1 ii with all else being equal? sure. It better be, as it is significantly more expensive, but the gains are not as big as you say. After that, you come down to a smaller system that is almost as good for much less weight and bulk than the 35mm Nikon setup. Really a wash depending on your usage. And that is before I even consider the 3k brand new body. This is why The E-m1X is a questionable proposition for all but a few dedicated Olympus shooters. But that does not change the fact that many of us who bird and shoot find advantages using M4/3 as a system.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2019 at 22:07 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2392 comments in total)
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Fastguitars: Well lets see. The Sensor is found in "older" models, and the Viewfinder is not new, and not very good.
Yep, thats a $3000 camera.
Enjoy it.

I didn't realize that everything in any cameras value should compared as a dollars per unit of sensor size. But then, I only shoot large format film, I never understood why anyone would settle for a miniscule 35mm crop? But if I were to buy a 35mm cam, I would get a low end cheap body, because according to you there is no value proposition in things like speed, autofocus, or processing power.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2019 at 21:15 UTC
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2stepbay: just purchased the 300mm f4 but held off on the teleconverter. Sure glad I did as the 2x is a plus for not only the 300mm but also my 40/150 f2.8. Now I have to figure out how to teleport myself to the summer. ;)

Good call. Honestly, I almost never use the 1.4 TC on the 300mm anymore after my own testing seemed to show the TC doesn't really beat cropping in a lot of user situations, at least with the 20mpx bodies. 2x will be interesting to see.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2019 at 22:33 UTC
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Sabud: Freezeproof -10 C ?? I use (and store) my Canon 5D MkIII and EF 500/4 IS II in -20 C for several days during the winter season. Pro-gear for a reason;)

Oh please, they always exceed the specs in real life. I use my Oly 300 F4 down to -30C for daylong shoots in winter, no problems ever. I guess I should go to other brands forums and laugh at their paper specs dismissively too.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2019 at 22:28 UTC
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Boss of Sony: I'm planning to go to Europe in 2020, and will need a walk-around lens. Would you recommend this lens? I will be photographing the interior of churches and the like.

Finally, a good cat lens!

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2019 at 22:19 UTC
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