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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (656 comments in total)
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razadaz: When 35mm cameras first became popular it was because photographers saw past the obvious quality issues compared to medium format and saw the possibilities a small fast camera could offer. Today too many photographers seem to lack that kind of perception and have become obsessed with frame size and pixel count.

Totally agree razadaz. You landscape purists can lug the big things around if you like, but us 4/3ers will enjoy the walk too, even if we can't print the equally good photos to billboard size. Mind you, there's always gigapixel and software interpolation. Come on Olympus - develop a multi axis pano-stitch function in camera and put this one to rest...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (656 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: I like it but can't see myself ever using 18 frames per second.
The only problem I have with MFT is high ISO noise. MFT is my preferred system, but whenever I know I'd be shooting indoor or at night, it'd have to stay behind.
It'd be very exciting if there's big sensor improvement; I'd be thrilled if we are getting something comparable to the APSC sensor in the a6000.

I can shoot acceptably sharp images at half-second shutter speed handheld with the EM5 II. If the IS has been improved again by another 30% you don't really need the high ISOs, even in low light. Some cameras will always be better, but what do you need? I'd suggest this camera balances most peoples requirements. I was worried about shadow noise in low light photography when I ditched the DSLR, but shouldn't have been. My OLY does the job great and I'm sure this new beauty does too..

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:56 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (656 comments in total)
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Tom Caldwell: I don't like the fully articulated screen to the point it is a deal breaker for me. Has Olympus decided that fully articulated LCD screens are now an "Olympus signature"?

Have the managed to put two batteries in the grip? as having to remove the grip to replace the inner one is idiotic.

Have they reworked the menu system that has been growing like Topsy and quite out of control.

Nice camera but I am afraid I am not a videographer and I can already create more images with the E-M1 than I can rationally deal with. I need even more images like a hole in the head. It is not necessarily good to be able to gather images like confetti.

Two SD cards? Why not just one larger card?

Think, think ... oh and the body still has too many buttons on the back plate with to little to do. Olympus should check out the other brands who seem to actually make fewer buttons do more things quite gracefully.

I have an EM5 II and love the articulating screen - I shoot mainly with it flipped right out and only use the viewfinder about 5% of the time. The way it conflicts with the remote control and microphone ports on the hinge-side really annoys me though. I wish the ports had been put on the other side of the camera....

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:49 UTC
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (160 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: That's a good introduction to waterfall photography, Chris, with beautiful pictures to boot!

My personal starting point for shutter speed selection is as follows: if there's little water coming down, expose long to maximize the visual impact of the falls, whereas if lots of water comes down, expose short enough to maintain some texture. From there, I often experiment and investigate the results directly on the lcd. One thing I found in particular is that the same falls can require vastly different shutter speeds for different focal lengths (/compositions).

Spot on! Ignore the naysayers and try everything. Become an all-rounder and you can adapt to every situation. Sure, the silky slow expo's can look a bit tired nowadays, but sometimes with the right composition, and particularly in a fine-art mono context, they can yield spectacular images. Really short exposures have energy and volume that places you in the maelstrom itself. And then there's a whole spectrum of incredible images in between. This article's a really good starting point, but like most internet articles, kind of short. Made up for in the excellent discussion underneath.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 12:13 UTC

When I saw this article in the newsletter, I just had to come and read the comments. They haven't disappointed - lensbaby products always guaranteed to divide opinion!!

I have the composer with a range of optics and love it. I also love my pin-sharp primes.

I tend to agree with some of the views that a few quid on a legacy lens is a better investment in this case. I got a Vivitar 135mm for £8 in a charity shop the other day that exhibits a similar range of qualities, as does my £15 SMC 50mm and £10 Hoya 28mm. They can look a bit odd on my dslr and MFT cameras, but I would have to pay 50-60 times as much for the marginal and aesthetic benefits this lens would bring.

Having said that, I would definitely pay £200 for the lensbaby Edge 80 optic - that one is quite good value and pretty unique at the price. If they find a way of making the lens for a similar price or less then they'll sell shedloads.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 13:10 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Lomography adds Lomochrome Turquoise film to lineup (91 comments in total)

Stunning rendition. I wish I could afford it but 50 quid for 5 rolls is steep. 10/10 for innovation though lomography. This film rocks! I can't believe there are photography enthusiasts knocking it in this forum. Are you nuts! Something new and original like this..

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 21:27 UTC as 5th comment
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)

Apart from the control dial, it's not really offering me much more than my epl-3, which I love. Looks like I'll be waiting for the epl-8 or maybe getting a secondhand omd5. C'mon Olympus ... It's high time you started innovating again or I might just jump ship to panasonic or Sony.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 19:34 UTC as 62nd comment | 3 replies

Agree with all comments. I had to stop watching after 20 seconds as i was feeling sick. If this effect has any merit it would be better deployed with a curved gliding dolly contraption of some kind with a single decent videocam. As an ad for the Nokia phone, this backfires spectacularly.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 08:48 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply

I've just been to the lomography website and it's only available in Canikon mounts :-( .

I'm a bit less keen now

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 20:37 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies

Oooh.. I want one! I'll probably need to wait 10 years until I can pick a battered one with a dented filter ring on ebay for £100, but the sample pics and videos are just gorgeous. In the meantime, I'll have to stick with my lensbaby composer which gives a very similar effect, and swirl that bokeh in photoshop. This lens appears to give the swirly bokeh right into the sweetspot though - anyone else notice that? Now where did I put that lottery ticket I bought last night..?..

I love the way a 19th century lens could be innovating digital photo/video-graphy, and its getting made in Russia.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 20:32 UTC as 10th comment
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

There are some very angry and bitter posts on this stream .. lighten up people! I thought the CC pricing structure was pretty parasitic initially, but this latest offer of £8.78/month for PS & LR is just about affordable for me, so I've taken the plunge.
I've never been able to afford the software until now and relied on some very old versions of questionable provenance. Now I'm using the very latest software that I read about in the mags, an ACR that reads my camera's RAW files, and, as I spend about an hour a day in PS, paying about 30p/hour for the privilege. Not a bargain, but not a ripoff either.
Hopefully they won't hike the price too much after 12 months, but if they do, I can always go back to CS2.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2013 at 23:49 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On article 2013 Waterproof Camera Roundup (123 comments in total)

I was on a Cornish beach recently and a young lifeguard/surfer dude took an interest in my waterproof camera, a Canon Sureshot A1 35mm camera that I was using while swimming with the kids - £5 on ebay and takes cracking pictures. He asked me if it floats - "of course" I said. Why wouldn't a waterproof camera designed for this sort of thing not float? Apparently the digital equivalents don't. How hard would it be to incorporate buoyancy into these cameras? Just a thought .. sounds like the surfing community would be a guaranteed market.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 22:45 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

I recently bought an LX1 off fleabay for 50 quid. It's probably the best compact I've owned for usability and lens quality. A bit noisy above the minimum ISO but it takes fantastic pictures. I thought I wanted an XZ1 next, but the LX1 has hooked me into this model. If I can't afford an LX7 next, it'll be an LX5 which should be much more affordable new or s/h soon. The LX7 looks like just about the perfect compact to me knowing what I know now about how gorgeous an LX compact is to use in the field (and I take a lot of pictures). If the much derided LX1 was this good, how much better is the LX7?!
All this talk below of sensor size and aperture is a bit pointless at the end of the day. There will always be a better camera on the market or around the corner, but the relative differences some folk below seem to be fixated on seem a bit marginal to me when a camera provides so much in such a lovely little package.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2012 at 13:33 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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