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On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (165 comments in total)

The E-10 is one of my favorite cameras of all time. It was the first digital camera that really "wowed" me and I took many great pics with it. I loved it so much I ran a website ( for several years where I posted tips, gallery's by other E10 owners, and useful info on the E10. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed doing it very much.

I paid full price for my first E10 and then later bought a couple more when they got so cheap. Even bought an E20 later. The E10 handled extremely well and radiated quality. It was a lot of fun to use and shoot with. I'm slow, so it suited me fine.

I still have mine and every now and then pull it out and enjoy it. Really an awesome camera with a superb lens and great build quality. It got a lot of things right and revived my interest in photography for which I will always be grateful.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 04:39 UTC as 9th comment
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Thoughts: The design is strangely attractive...

Loved my Oly E300! Great design.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 22:10 UTC
On article Olympus takes Pen E-PL6 beyond Asia (85 comments in total)
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dwalk: Does it have 3 axis or 5 axis image stabilising?

Oops! Looks like you are right. Spec sheet is apparently wrong. :(

They really should fix that - even wrong on Oly site.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 07:51 UTC
On article Olympus takes Pen E-PL6 beyond Asia (85 comments in total)
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dwalk: Does it have 3 axis or 5 axis image stabilising?

The E-PL6 has 3-Axis In-Body VCM Image Stabilization - not the old 2. Great value at the current low prices w/kit lenses. Hard to beat for the price.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 07:23 UTC
On article Sigma dp0 Quattro announced with 14mm F4 lens (138 comments in total)
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Wally Brooks: 14mm no one saw that coming! Sigma should turn the battery compartment so it's on the fronts of the camera! It will be interesting to see image samples. From what I understand the processing time for the Quattro is much slower than for the DP Merrill.

Exactly! The grip on my DP2Q feels great to me. Very secure.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2015 at 17:17 UTC
On article Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013) (296 comments in total)
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Le Frog: More than half the cameras in this group are the same size and weight as the film SLRs and rangefinders, that some of us are old enough to remember (and to have used extensively). Is this the new definition of "small" or is it just an euphemism?
The NEX-5T does not seem to have more manual controls than cameras that will probably be classified as "entry level", such as the GM1 (which, at least, seems to have well thought out touchscreen controls) and the PL5 (which benefits from in-body stabilization). The NEX-6 and the Samsung do have an extra dial (and the NEX also has an EVF), but of course can't compare with the GX7 the EM5 or the XE2 in terms of manual controls. Is this the new definition of "serious"?
The XE-2 is probably a better proposition than the PRO-1, which was classified as "a cut above".
Lens-wise the NEX and the Samsung hardly qualify as system cameras
I know that there is no such thing as an obvious and clear-cut classification, but this is too much of a mixed bag.

And the NX300 has some touch-control options as well.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 02:41 UTC
On article Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013) (296 comments in total)
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ianbullock: NX300+30mm f2 fits in my jeans pocket. Yes, it looks a little silly, but it fits. I have it with me all the time as a result.

That might seem like a little thing, but for me the selection of tiny pancake prime lenses (16mm, 20mm, 30mm) was what drove me to buy the NX300.

I love the Samsung 16mm - a joy to shoot with. Fantastic for the price asked.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 02:40 UTC
On article Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013) (296 comments in total)
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pixelpushing: I can't help but think the NX300 deserves a second look, here.

We have two ends of the decidedly non-compact Micro 4/3 model spectrum: Pricey, loaded and fiddly (E-M5) and steeply-discounted mixed reception Panasonic plastic-fantastic (G6). Meanwhile, the NX300 gets marked down for lack of external controls but no credit for a 3.3" touchscreen, and the fact that it has a very competent 20MP APS-C sensor with excellent RAW performance (and despite what was said here, a vastly improved JPEG engine over prior NX models) in one of the smallest cameras in the collection...apparently isn't enough, coupled with solid build, Samsung Galaxy WiFi NFC control/integration and a street price under $600 with an OIS lens..??

Agreed. I'm a big Oly and Panny fan, but have recently been using some of the Samsung cameras and am now very enthusiastic about their line. The Nx1000/1100 is one of the best values around. The NX300 did not, indeed, get much love here. The APS-C sensor is very good, the iFN control is awesome, I love it. The lenses are very good (and they have a decent line at modest prices that really deliver quality and value). The NX300 has been tweaked and including Lightroom 4 is a big plus if you want to shoot raw. Personally, I have not had any complaints about the JPEGs, but I shoot mostly landscapes, not as much indoors at high ISO's. Still, more of a quiblle, I think. For me, it's the sensor, lens, handling and value combo that make this line a winner. The fact that it also makes for a fairly compact kit is another plus.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 21:36 UTC
On article Ten things we learned this week (91 comments in total)
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xtoph: I have to add my objection to the new "click and load 12 pages to view content worth maybe 2" design i have seen a few times here recently.

Not only is it tedious and timewasting, but it is incovenient if you want to compare anything or review anything you just read as you go along.

Please dont go this way--just makes your site look like "10 wardrobe malfunctions" clickbait nonsense.

+1 - hate it, <click>, hate it , <click> ,hate it!

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2013 at 16:22 UTC
On article Ten things we learned this week (91 comments in total)
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Bob Meyer: 11. By dividing short, simple articles across 10 or 12 pages you can get more clicks and make your advertisers happier while annoying your readers.


Very irritating trend.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2013 at 16:18 UTC

Adios, Adobe! I was getting quite tired of you anyway. You have now won the trophy for dumbest software company of 2013. The competition was stiff, believe me, but you pulled it out! Congrats.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 01:34 UTC as 209th comment

Yeah, yeah, Daddy's always love their little daughters, and these are somewhat creative and cute, but really...I'm sorry...they just do not seem that great to me. More like something I would get in a chain email...again, just my opinion.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 03:11 UTC as 80th comment
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Artistico: The lens is made by someone with 25 years of expertise in making (presumably non-zoom) lenses for CD players? I don't know about you, but that fills me with confidence that the optics will be absolutely pristine and perfect for this zoom range, offering image quality to rival anything we've seen before. Especially since it's Japanese

Anyway, advertising claims aside - if I ever feel like getting a super-zoom for when image quality isn't essential, the big selling point here is that it starts at 20mm rather than 24mm or even 28mm. That makes a huge difference and gives it a major edge over its competitors.

"the big selling point here is that it starts at 20mm rather than 24mm or even 28mm. That makes a huge difference and gives it a major edge over its competitors."

Exactly! 20mm is very tempting...

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 23:03 UTC
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Clint009: !!! No mention on lens brand! Leica?


I have an old FZ20 also and love it! Don't use it as much anymore, but it is a great camera and I still do use at times.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 22:56 UTC
On article Olympus executives sentenced, avoid jail time (50 comments in total)
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Greg Lovern: Isn't it great that the original perps can't be charged because the statute of limitations has expired on their crimes?

Makes me feel like a chump for being honest!

As a teenager, I saved my money mowing several neighborhood lawns to buy an OM-1. Makes me sick what those guys did to that great company.

@cgarrard. well said, sir!

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 17:17 UTC
On article Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 (271 comments in total)
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Gesture: Need a Samsung on the list.

I got a Samsung NX1000 w/20-50mm kit and then added the 16mm f2.4 which is a treat. Definitely a superb value at current prices. Samsung lenses are good and very aggressively priced. I love the Panny's and Oly's, too, but the NX1000 at $300 w/kit lens is hard to beat.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 06:37 UTC
On article Truly 'moving' images (15 comments in total)

The first one is interesting and effective, similar to the effect used in "La Jetee" -- because it is used sparingly and well.

The second (gif) is annoying as crap as are nearly all animated gifs. It would be fine with me if they were banned completely. ;)

Still, a photograph is a photograph and not a movie or animation. Art can employ any tools and any combination of tools for effect, but photography is the still image in all it's majesty. The static nature of the image is, of course, essential (in my opinion). The world around us is constantly moving and changing, a photograph captures a moment from this stream of time. That's the beauty of it for me.

Of course, this is all, perhaps, completely obvious to everyone here.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:56 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Combatmedic870: flickr is just an easy way to steal images.

Want a wide angle shot of a barn that looks good. Search for nikon 14-24 lens. Im sure youll find a barn you like, poof that image is now in some book that you wont know about.
I found one of my baby goose pics in a book and the author told me to screw myself and that the image wasnt copyrighted.

Water marks are easily removed or cropped out.


Exactly so -- your images are automatically copyright by you without any action other than creating them yourself. Don't let that "author" get away with it - you have a valid claim, you just need to assert it. The publisher of the book will know this. The author probably had to sign something saying he had rights to the images, so hopefully they will deduct their payment to you from his royalties.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 03:17 UTC
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