Impulses

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Achiron: "alongside the new dual quad core TruePic VIII Image Processor with four CPU cores and four image processing cores that achieve image processing speeds approximately 3.5 times faster than the TruePic VII Processor."

I'm not sure what Olympus meant in their releases and I'm not sure I'm getting to the bottom of this sentence - Does it mean that actually it is akin to a BIGlittle octa core? or it's an SoC with 2 cpus, each oh them has 4 physical cores, (in arm I suppose), and there is gpu with "just" 4 cores?

I asked on m43 forums, but reply here will get more exposure - does anyone got reliable information regarding how our cameras work in hardware level? what SoC does the D5 uses? Is the buffer a DDR3? 4? clocking? I effectively got an incredible machine near me, my Olympus pen. It can record MOV and encode it at 24mbps, and write it, and provide live view and FW that allows me to rotate knobs in video without interrupting - yet I got no clue what's really under the good.

Do you?

Get used to it, this kinda thing has bugged me ever since I got into photography a few years ago, the camera makers treat their products like magic black boxes and the press has never taken them to task over it or been inquisitive enough to buck the trend.

Even much more subjective and equally art-driven markets like the audio world seem to disclose a ton more about what's inside their products, never mind most CE markets where SoC deep dives and full board layouts are pretty much par for the course. Even Apple was eventually forced to play ball to an extent, I really dunno how the camera world got away with it...

I think if they were disclosing that kinda spec minutia there'd be even more people crying foul over firmware updates and barely iterative upgrades, which is probably part of the reason they don't, which you could argue hurts the industry's long term growth.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 15:05 UTC
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thx1138: 99.9% of people have no interest in medium format and yet voted it the most exciting thing at Photokina. Danger Will Robinson, does not compute.

$7,200 if you adjust for inflation (yes over 10% in < 8yrs)

The market has changed a lot since 2008 tho (the 1st iPhone with a pos camera came it just a year earlier, time flies), or since Nikon's third(?) FF DSLR for that matter.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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79mark: can you please take a test shot with the laowa 7.5mm lens on an aps-c mirrorless camera? (with the lens wide open at infinity)

i'm interested in using this on a sony nex e-mount camera and am curious to how large the image circle is and much it would vignette on the larger sensor. i don't mind that it would likely get soft outside of the normal m43 image circle. any test shot of what it looks like on a larger sensor would be extremely helpful.

Are the flange differences large enough to facilitate adapting M4/3 to other APS-C mirrorless mounts?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 16:00 UTC
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Astrotripper: For those interested in 7.5mm for MFT, I posted some impressions and samples in the forum: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58383051

A very promising lens, I must say. I eagerly await final version.

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
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0MitchAG: Where are the equivalency police?? I don't know whether to love or hate the 7.5mm without them!

It's only a 15mm f4, you can have that for $15 on FF, $10 if you buy grey, f4 isn't even fast enough for indoors let alone astro, you won't even capture the moon with it.

How's that? :p For me it might finally remove jealousy over the Samyang APS-C 12/2, even if it ends up going for 3x the price (it IS significantly wider after all).

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 15:57 UTC
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Michael M Fliegel: I want to see more on this lens including a projected price. It's going to be very popular.

Given the outcry for UWA primes on the boards, you'd think so... We'll see whether there's really that much demand for for it or not. I'm hoping for it to come in somewhere under $700, higher might make me take a second look at the Oly 8mm fisheye.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
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Mistajolly: Now, that's what I call a MFT lens. Let's hope the quality is good enough.

I'm tempted to get both myself... 7.5/2 for small/light and possibly astro, 8-18 for all day use (sealed, decent speed for indoors, great range)... My 9-18 would have to go, but it's looking like a tempting if costly swap.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 15:44 UTC
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Mistajolly: Now, that's what I call a MFT lens. Let's hope the quality is good enough.

That sounds super promising, don't tease us like that... :p

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:29 UTC
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keepreal: I am hoping for good news about the new Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT. If it has minimal distortion, is sharp to the edges at f/5.6 and comes at a reasonable price, then this may solve all my problems. I may get rid of my bulky and heavy APSC outfit to instead rely upon my Olympus E-PL3 with VF-4 EVF.

My first camera is a Nikon D300 (OK there is better now) mostly used with the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM near to 12mm for landscapes. Mine is one of the good ones and that combination at smaller apertures satisfies me, even for very large prints. My hope is the new Laowa lens works as well on MFT.

There are better MFT cameras with more pixels but for my work this is not essential. Download the original at https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/3894780139/photos/3302669/ and view to a suitable size to judge that. But remember that in a matt print the demands are a little less. This was taken on the E-PL3 with the m.Zuiko 12mm F2 ED cropped to match my TV as monitor.

Apparently the new sealed PanaLeica 8-18 f2.8-4 will also be out in early 2017, I'm hopeful both it and the Venus 7.5mm pan out, I'll totally get both!

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
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Impulses: No news post yet about the three new lenses Panasonic is apparently developing? (8-18, 12-60, 50-200 all f2.8-4 and PanaLeica branded) That was actually the most interesting M4/3 announcement at Photokina for me, was hoping DPR captured some better photos of the behind-glass prototypes than what I've seen online thus far (so distorted it makes it hard to judge their size).

That 8-18 is particularly appealing to me... Usually I'd be wary of an 'under development' demo like that but the PL100-400 & 25/1.7 didn't take long at all to arrive after Panasonic announced they were under development, under a year I think actually... OTOH the old 150/2.8 that saw a similar announcement years ago was apparently taken out back and buried. Seems this is as close to a roadmap as Pana will provide now.

I was hoping Oly would announce a roadmap for other f1.2 primes, no such luck huh? We already had two 25mm f1.4 and two or three f0.95, 17mm would've faced a lot less competition and possibly more demand, oh well...

Lenstip's German counterpart posted some more details, shockingly the new 12-60 is apparently coming out later this year (two different sealed 12-60s in the same year? only Panasonic...), the 8-18 is slated for early next year (!), and the 50-200 is "under study" (Pana's own labeling, the others are "under development"). My wallet's gonna be hurting early next year between that 8-18 & the Venus 7.5 f2, want both! Hope they turn out good...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 17:08 UTC
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Impulses: No news post yet about the three new lenses Panasonic is apparently developing? (8-18, 12-60, 50-200 all f2.8-4 and PanaLeica branded) That was actually the most interesting M4/3 announcement at Photokina for me, was hoping DPR captured some better photos of the behind-glass prototypes than what I've seen online thus far (so distorted it makes it hard to judge their size).

That 8-18 is particularly appealing to me... Usually I'd be wary of an 'under development' demo like that but the PL100-400 & 25/1.7 didn't take long at all to arrive after Panasonic announced they were under development, under a year I think actually... OTOH the old 150/2.8 that saw a similar announcement years ago was apparently taken out back and buried. Seems this is as close to a roadmap as Pana will provide now.

I was hoping Oly would announce a roadmap for other f1.2 primes, no such luck huh? We already had two 25mm f1.4 and two or three f0.95, 17mm would've faced a lot less competition and possibly more demand, oh well...

If the 8-18 is just a little smaller than the Oly 7-14 and no more expensive it'd be ideal for me, looks like it takes filters so that'd be the perfect step up for me from the 9-18... The range of the two wider 7-14s has always felt a little short and less versatile on the long end. Gotta say I never expected a FOURTH UWA zoom to come out for the system, that many totally solid choices is kinda wild.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:59 UTC
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KCook: An M4/3 lens requiring a 72mm filter???

justshootme

It's hardly the first or the largest...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:53 UTC

No news post yet about the three new lenses Panasonic is apparently developing? (8-18, 12-60, 50-200 all f2.8-4 and PanaLeica branded) That was actually the most interesting M4/3 announcement at Photokina for me, was hoping DPR captured some better photos of the behind-glass prototypes than what I've seen online thus far (so distorted it makes it hard to judge their size).

That 8-18 is particularly appealing to me... Usually I'd be wary of an 'under development' demo like that but the PL100-400 & 25/1.7 didn't take long at all to arrive after Panasonic announced they were under development, under a year I think actually... OTOH the old 150/2.8 that saw a similar announcement years ago was apparently taken out back and buried. Seems this is as close to a roadmap as Pana will provide now.

I was hoping Oly would announce a roadmap for other f1.2 primes, no such luck huh? We already had two 25mm f1.4 and two or three f0.95, 17mm would've faced a lot less competition and possibly more demand, oh well...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 08:35 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (661 comments in total)
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coyot3: Ok Diference between apc-s and 4/3 bodies are not that diferent... lenses neither... why?

Must've missed a ton of possible options in that comparison... Try looking for an APS-C equivalent to the GM1, 9-18, 35-100 f4-5.6, or a whole host of other really tiny alternatives. The E-M1 and a couple larger Pro line lenses doesn't mean M4/3's smaller alternatives disappear, it just means the system is more versatile than most.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 08:23 UTC
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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.

Two slots is a pretty common pro request, as are fully articulating screens... I don't care for either but I wouldn't hold it against Oly's TotL model either if I needed some of the other features it offers. What I would hope to see is for for them to retain at least one high end model (beyond the E-M10) with a tilt only screen.

Right now they've shifted that E-M1/5 and PEN-F all to fully articulated, we'll see what happens when they get around to the E-M5 III. Seems to be a common trend tho, Panasonic went FAS with the GX8 and that G/GH lines were already there... Leaving only the GX85 (well and GF7) with a tilt screen, pretty much directly aligned with Oly.

Seems for now if you want a TotL M4/3 body you just have to make your peace with that... I have, begrudgingly. It is kinda curious tho, Fuji went down a similar path (either FAS OR no screen articulation at all on recent models, kinda worse off), while Sony has remained firmly in favor of tilt screens, and both seem to ignore touch which M4/3 embraces...

I'm not sure that last detail has anything to do with anything, tho it might be easier to weather seal a fully articulating screen with a side hinge than a tilt one which relies either on exposed ribbon cables or a top/bottom hinge. The ultimate solution is the combo tilt/FAS hinge featured on Sony's SLR bodies, I'm kinda baffled why they haven't used it themselves on the A7 line, it ends all debates.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 08:19 UTC

Velbon has had a couple models with a very similar single-lock leg length adjustment mechanism, for a couple years now actually, so the HyperLock isn't exactly revolutionary. It should definitely be quicker to set up and collapse tho, I've always wanted to try it...

OTOH, depending on where you're using it, you may not like to be forced to handle the leg's foot in order to lock/unlock it (could be muddy, sandy, etc). It does seem to keep the joints more covered overall but having to handle the foot is kind of a drawback to their main draw.

Will be interesting to see how they fare over time, for really lightweight duties my Sirui T-005X is doing fine... Seems odd Mefoto still didn't go for spring loaded leg locks on these models, so you save time on the length locks but you waste a little more in the angle lock which just snaps in on other brands.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 07:59 UTC as 2nd comment
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srados: I still do not understand that serious website is bashing a one company. A huge company. We all have opinions but behaving like kid that did not receive it's toy that have ADD as well. I have not seen Sony being bashed, for corroding motherboards on their cameras, or slow auto-focus on Fuji or really bad jpg engine with a "painterly" effect. Or oily sensors of Nikon? This website seem to have bias to the cameras they love to use and therefore just like to mock anything that is not something they are accustomed to use...But opinions are there to be analyzed maybe taken into account, maybe not (just like mine is). I liked this website for a 15 long years and it is time to move forward, to another website. Tomorrow I will delete my account and will not visit this site again.

It's an opinion piece, says so right in the title, and it's not senseless bashing... If all they ever wrote was positive DPR would be a pretty ball-less worthless site.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 01:43 UTC
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Doug Hoke: Biggest problem is not the lack of 4K, it's the lack of glass...

Which would probably not be as big a problem right now if this had debuted alongside the 70D, but it debuted several years later, and here we are...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 01:40 UTC
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sproketholes: Great to see Canon being serious about mirrorless for enthusiasts, though I suspect it will be 1 or 2 generations more before we have a Canon semi-professional mirrorless camera. I use the Sony A6300 as a benchmark for this, an astounding camera and a hard act to follow; especially if your product lines are competing with each other, rendering a degree of dumbing down models to protect others.

Sony's always given ya either touch or an EVF but not both AFAIK, the current a5xxx still has a touchscreen. It almost seems like policy, which makes no sense, it's long overdue on the higher end bodies.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
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sproketholes: Great to see Canon being serious about mirrorless for enthusiasts, though I suspect it will be 1 or 2 generations more before we have a Canon semi-professional mirrorless camera. I use the Sony A6300 as a benchmark for this, an astounding camera and a hard act to follow; especially if your product lines are competing with each other, rendering a degree of dumbing down models to protect others.

Sony's product line is in even more competition with itself than Canon's... Since they went all out mirror less on both FF and crop, and then pulled a Canikon and proceeded to largely ignore crop (at least on the lens side).

Canon finally getting serious about mirrorless while focusing on a smaller crop market makes some sense IMO, economies of scale favor them more than anyone in a consumer market. Remains to be seen whether more lenses are coming tho...

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 04:41 UTC
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