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On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (235 comments in total)
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String: Whats with all of these (I assume?) DSLR users telling us how "big" the E-M1 is? Seriously folks, I can only ask if you have ever even used an E-M1/12-40 combo and a D810/24-70 combo?

I actually did try - intending to buy - a Nikon D800 with that lens mounted and very quickly changed my mind. He loved my Em-1 and now uses a growing Olympus and Panasonic system alongside a shrinking Nikon one, He'll likely be keeping that particular Nikon setup, but has sold his lower range "plastic" Nikon lenses, as he calls them, in favour of mainly the "PRO" series.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (235 comments in total)
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bluevellet: As much as I look forward to this camera and applaud many of its technical advances, I think it is still a mistake to restrict some of its key components to it.

For example, PDAF should trickle down to the other and lower models. It doesn't have to be the very same PDAF and insane continuous shooting as the EM1 mark II, but it can be what you have on the EM1 mark I 3 years ago or something like that.

It's fallacy to claim only stubborn 43 DSLR users and pros have a use for such features, a soccer mom can also enjoy nailing shots of their kids with increased accuracy and speed. I consider it a great missed opportunity that the upcoming EPL8, as pretty as it looks, isn't all that much different than the EPL7 before it, and then the EPL6 or the EPL5. PDAF could have been something a little more thrilling.

Which is why I've kept my PL5 and often use it alongside my OM5II, Small, discrete -especially with the 12f2 and 45f1.8 and still quite capable Especially with Panasonic now grudgingly adding in-body IS to some of its cameras, Four Thirds is really becoming a large and comprehensive system.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 18:19 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (235 comments in total)
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Hibiscusbloom: The writing is on the wall for mirrored DSLRs.

Is there "common sense" in Hawaii. I sure hope that it doesn't take hold in that extraordinary place! Could mark the end of Spam and the uke!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 18:04 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (235 comments in total)
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Mlumiere: In general the new cameras have a term of technological life rather short, but very good lenses remain almost eternal, with a street value remains higher + more new used availability. I look first is the availability of lenses for a given camera format.

The best of them work pretty well on the EM-1, and should work even better on the EM-1II, I love my OM5II, but not when I want to use my FT lenses.

It does seem that the focus-range limiter WIILL work with FT lense, though not as precisely.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 18:00 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (235 comments in total)
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bofo777: My 4/3 Lumix 25mm works great on present is the go to lens indoors with or without flash such as weddings and I don't think the new 25mm 1.2 is worth that much money if you already have a great lens with essentially same parameters….The 12-100 even if it has great range the 4.0 is the killer because again this lens is going to be used essentially for events and weddings and the bokeh and separation of subject is just not there……

Video clips are, more and more, becoming the norm, even for wedding. The 12-100 will be excellent for those. Especially if you have to shoot both video and stills, as I've had to, at some events.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (235 comments in total)
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flip 21: I wonder if it can achieve the same low light video performance of the A6300? Also, why not a slow motion video mode? Could it still offer 1080p 120fps? Is the only thing that is missing...

If the video on the my OM5II is any indication, then that on the EM1II will be the cat's meow! While the video on my EM-1 is very usable, the superb IS on the 5II is almost like having a built-in steady cam.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (235 comments in total)
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Naveed Akhtar: another winner .. from olympus
I would probably wait for em-5 equivalent with 4k and same ibis as this, bec I am not into fast af tracking or 15 fps shutter speed and I like the tiny hand-grips of em-5s.
but no doubt, this one is another step forward by olympus in almost each direction :)

Probably good advice for people to whom fast AF for older FT lenses is not essential, Owning both an EM-1 and OM5II, I find that the slightly lighter and -more important- slimmer and less and less angular body of the latter usually makes it the body I take along (cycling, walking, lectures, etc)

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 17:28 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (235 comments in total)
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NeilJones: I always laugh when they say it's also geared towards a working pro sports shooter. Yeah a pro sports shooter would use 4/3 when so many great full frame sports camera's!

I know a few pro photographers. The bigger of the young ones still hang fifteen or twenty pounds of equipment (that's a top tier FF Nikon or Canon and a second, usually 2nd tierFF body and a few lenses). The older ones are very much in the market for something smaller and lighter because of back and neck problems, FF certainly has a place for detailed landscape photography and double-truck, perhaps cover photos. For most other uses the resolution, IQ, DR of mFT is more than adequate - just compare it to the equipment, film and paper the best photographers of yesteryear used to produce some of their best images of all time!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 17:15 UTC

Does this work - and has it been tested - with cameras other than Nikon?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:17 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

The Canon ME20F-SH is a $27,000US toy.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo P1100407sml in Guy Parsons's photo gallery (4 comments in total)
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NorCal Jim: I am familiar with scanning slides but I wondered how you were using the 60mm macro lens to capture slides. Your picture is certainly worth a thousand words.
Thanks for sharing!

How well does the quality this clever rig provides compare to a slide scanner? I have a Nikon Coolscan IV ED I bought used that works fairly well, but software problems and lack of support make it almost impossible to use for more than one slide at a time...and I have thousands.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 04:00 UTC
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (121 comments in total)
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tbcass: Looks like a nice bag but it appears to be way over priced. I was interested until I saw the price. I bet it could sell for $100 and still return a good profit. It's not like it's made of real leather like an old bag I bought back in the 70's. Here's some that probably costs a lot more to manufacture, offer better protection and costs less. I would rate it only 2 stars because of the price.

And these.

Apples and kumquats! There is absolutely no comparison between suitcase- style gear lockers like the Pelican series and gadget bags meant for active use while being carried.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 16:04 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1070 comments in total)
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nerd2: $1199 m43 camera without weather sealing?

So who's the target audience for this camera? Retro fans will prefer Fuji, compact camera advocates will pick 1" compacts, and value-focused people have enough cheap options to choose.

I do like weather sealing - live in Saskatoon, Canada and travel a bit - and also chose the OM5 (since replaced by the II and an EM-1) for that reason. But the small size of this camera makes it attractive as a supplement. It should be easy to slip in and out of a coat pocket and looks well-made enough to withstand the occasional sprinkle or flurry of snow.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 17:03 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1070 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: Did i mention it's a nice camera, but nothing awe inspiring.

The trick is to shoot RAW, then use all the scene modes that you want in PP.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 06:22 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1070 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: Did i mention it's a nice camera, but nothing awe inspiring.

You've got that completely wrong. What makes a camera great is not its collection of features, but the experience of shooting with it. This is something that Olympus periodically gets exactly right. And like their OM-1 and the E-1, this camera looks like exactly the easy to pocket and instinctive-to-use "candid camera" many of us seek.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 23:45 UTC
On article Olympus shows gains in first half financials (139 comments in total)

Frankly, the OM5II is probably the best camera that I've used in four decades. Only the original OM-1, the OM-4Ti and perhaps the Nikon F80 come close in terms of functionality, portability and overall pleasure-to-use. It is probably true that it is difficult to ensure the peak of skilled individually-adjusted finishing and assembly that the very best optics require outside of countries like Japan and Germany and the US. (I also use astronomical telescopes and eyepieces, with which this ia also the case. However, camera production seems to have become a highly automated and standardized process which companies like Nikon and Canon have also done and contracted out to a variety of other countries.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 19:04 UTC as 6th comment

Bravo Olympus, for a very pleasant surprise.

While it is true that the user-interface and menu-system would certainly benefit from a significant work-over, and that a way of adding such features to the original |OM-5 would be wonderful, Olympus does seem to have really worked to provide owners with just about every improvement doable by software with the existing electronics and mechanical systems.

And they have, at least, very much included the EM-1 in the process.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2015 at 18:07 UTC as 9th comment

The problem is, in fact, real.

As a former employment counselor for immigrant professionals, I have come to know a dozen+ pros from all over the world. Those *without* neck & shoulder problems are in the minority: big, fit usually younge guys. (This is a major reason that belts and vests, sling bags and more elaborate solutions as Katas convertible backpack-sling, Thinktank's rotating bags have become so popular.)

What matters is the weight, balance and bulk of the all the parts of - and the total package of - the kit needed to do a particular "shoot" or combination of shoots. While this may mean an 11"x14" view camera and tripod for Clyde Butcher, many great photographs as well as countless reviews and user reports demonstrate that mFT cameras and lenses from Olympus and pansonic (and the mirrorless offerings srom Sony and Samsung) can indeed do the job,

Olympus has has its problems. It has also long produced smaller, lighter camera kit much needed by many.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 08:26 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony sells half of its Olympus stake (92 comments in total)
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Prairie Pal: How hard can it be to design an endoscope? It's basically a GoPro attached to a rubber hose. are you ready to be subjected to certain embarrassing and very uncomfortable medical procedures with a GoPro at the end of a rubber hose? I prefer to insist on the latest in miniaturization technology for same. There's a reason Olympus leads in Endoscopy.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 06:39 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1621 comments in total)
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rgump12: some of the comments here read like you guys are straight from 1959 middle america or something! "of course ff is the endpoint we should ALL aspire to, etc" ?! Are you serious?? The ignorance, to be saying what you happen to think the whole damn world should want because you Think so! The best part of it is that so many people who say things like this are the most dreary of image makers. After seeing Ray Metzker's half frame camera images of people on the beach, are you going to tell him that he Should aspire to some other type/size/whatever of camera?? Do you think that Kertesz blew it, because he really should have Moved Up to a Rolleiflex instead of one of those little film Leica cameras?? There are many people who might do well to move Up to a pinhole camera from their D800 to really get the kind of image they cannot with the FF Nikon. Is some company paying you to talk like that?? People who think like this Today are an embarrassment.

Cameras are tools for image making. W. Eugene Smith was fired from his first real job (Newsweek) because he used 35mm cameras and that publication considered inferior-quality toys. Many of his great photographs could never have been taken with other than his discrete little contax and leica cameras. This is also why one Iraq combat photographer insisted on using several little Olympus C5050Z P&S cameras rather than "pro" dslrs (you could run much faster with them!).
Clyde Butcher (like Ansel Adams before him) does indeed need big cameras for the work he does. Sebastiao Salgado needed weathrproof, Canon 1D's for the images he shot in hellish near-polar cold, ocean gales and steaming jungles in order to eventually make the big GENESIS museum d prints and book.

Most,photographers - and many pros - would be better served by smaller, lighter equipment that they will be able to afford build a fuller system with, and also carry with them on a regular basis, and even travel with.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 03:01 UTC
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