Impulses

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cosinaphile: the idea of this much power welded to a display that seems to be un upgradeable

and possibly glued shut [really???].... strikes me as simply absurdist and unnecessary another "my way or the highway" technology mandate dealt to its parishoners .... i was all ready to proclaim this really great ,[ if to dear perhaps}

but a glued shut [ what???!!! \ welded to a display \ seemingly un-upgradeable \ 5000 dollar, [lowest spec-ed apparently? ] machine fills me with sadness.....sigh ..

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While that's somewhat true, the current demand/shortage of NAND will have to give at some point and I expect we'll see pricing start to get more aggressive there once again (RAM/SSD). There's no way the current (and rare) status quo of static pricing for 2+ years (or even rising prices for RAM) can hold...

Also, with AMD finally being competitive again this might actually be the first time in years (half a decade?) where the CPU space doesn't look quite so stagnant. In addition to all that, a good display can easily last someone 5-10 years and for a high end system it can account for a good bit of the cost.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 18:14 UTC
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ondrejbobek: Lightroom "loves" more cores with less GHz... nothing special for photographers. Maybe for video yes, but for PS&LR users definitely no.
Edit: price is in my eyes so-so OK, maybe 8-core version has more GHz. And one small thing - USB ports are only hidden on the rear side? Grrr

Huh? Unless the new Lightroom CC changed things, the tests I saw just two years ago showed Lr barely scaled beyond a quad core, if at all... Was the first sentence sarcastic or something? Your post reads like you agree with that, but that sentence doesn't, maybe I'm overlooking how the "" are used or something... LR does love lots of RAM (for certain things) and a fast SSD tho, unfortunately so fits the rest of the world and prices on those haven't budged in a couple years.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
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Impulses: iMac Pro sounds like an oxymoron... But even as a dyed in the wool PC user and DIY builder I'm glad Apple isn't abandoning their high end desktop users. Will be interesting to see what's actually upgradable...

Terrible time to buy/introduce a computer with lots of RAM & SSD space tho, given the long standing NAND shortages and current pricing, not that they could hold it off any longer at this point...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 18:06 UTC

iMac Pro sounds like an oxymoron... But even as a dyed in the wool PC user and DIY builder I'm glad Apple isn't abandoning their high end desktop users. Will be interesting to see what's actually upgradable...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 18:05 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
On article Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab (101 comments in total)
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io_bg: I love watching these videos, no matter whether sponsored or not. Still, I doubt many E-M10 III users would buy lenses such as the 7-14/2.8 or 12-100/4.

Is there some kind of arbitrary line between midrange bodies and high end glass? I bought an E-M5 II and the PL8-18 f2.8-18, 35-100/2.8, and 17/1.2 (preordered)... Am I an anomaly or just over that threshold? :P

Not being facetious (maybe just a little), I'm genuinely curious... When I bought the E-M5 II I considered the E-M10 II (not III as this was a couple years back), but the latter still had the old shutter style (clunky EFC implementation) and I found a deal on the former.

I think it'll be interesting to see what they do with the E-M5 III, the way the E-M1 II & E-M10 III panned out left a lot more room in the middle than before when there was a lot more overlap in feature set and even pricing during sales.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 17:53 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (56 comments in total)
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Dante Birchen: Give Android fans 7 phones to pick from and iPhoniers two. Guess which one wins...

Interestingly, if you add up the % of the vote for the top two Android phones and add up the % of the vote for the two Apple phones you end up with ~36-39% for either... So those four phones netted like 75% of the votes. Kind of a meaningless stat but still...

Regardless of popularity I don't think Google has made a big dent in market share with the Pixels yet (could be wrong, would be glad to be) and Samsung itself probably holds over a third of the market.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 17:46 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (56 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: It's amazing how many people in the comments are just voting for phones they like, rather than for what this award is actually for - Best Smartphone CAMERA of 2017.

I know people out there love their headphone jacks, microSD cards and swappable batteries, but none of those are actually what this poll is about.

They really aren't... Relative to larger cameras, sure, maybe... But there's some pretty significant differences in camera performance and effective feature set otherwise.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 17:35 UTC
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ecka84: If we are going to ignore the price, then what makes it a better option than Samsung's 16TB SSD?

I bought 8GBx4 of DDR4 for $250 too in 2015... I think the 2x8GB kits were even cheaper per GB... Guess it was a pretty good point in time to build a new system.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 01:01 UTC
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ecka84: If we are going to ignore the price, then what makes it a better option than Samsung's 16TB SSD?

NAND demand has grown exponentially thanks to mobile devices, there's been a real shortage for a few years now. The 1TB EVOs I bought two years ago and 128GB SD cards I bought about as long ago are *still* priced the same or higher, that kinda stagnation hadn't happened since SSDs started gaining traction. I remember my 80GB X25-M G2 actually going up in price for about a year, but that was still a shorter period than what we're now seeing.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 00:56 UTC
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Focus Shift Shooting: Still waiting for the 8TB Black drive from WD.

I'd pay more for them than these 14TB drives from Toshiba any day.

Yeah, setup a decent backup strategy once, stop worrying about drive failure or reliability forever... And if your time is money then RAID for uptime and redundancy (not backup).

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 00:50 UTC
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SELEES: That's a shed load of data lose when that thing crashes!

RAID is for redundancy or uptime, not a full backup strategy.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 00:39 UTC
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panther fan: Google releasing an iOS only app? How strange

What did they change around on Drive? I've been using it from the start just fine...

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 22:44 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (330 comments in total)
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lacikuss: My $300 Canon 85mm f1.8 does better than this lens without correction. Wake up Olympus I'm talking about a lens created in 1992.

@ecka Yeah, who said that? I sure didn't, you're the one that made it about how much one can buy... As if the price of a single lens could possibly put an entire system (any system) at a disadvantage. That's an exceedingly narrow view that misses the forest for the trees, since you're so fond of analogies.

For the record, I didn't buy into M4/3 because it's cheaper overall, tho that played a minor role. I bought into the system because it is indeed good enough for me and it's what I'm willing to carry, full stop. I'll probably add *one* f1.2 prime (the 17) because I want the extra DoF control at that one FL, being my favorite.

I'm happy with slower lenses at every other FL. In fact, if there were a lot more slower FF primes like the Sony/CZ 35/2.8 I might be shooting FF instead, or *gasp* both systems.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (330 comments in total)
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CopCarSS: Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is an end to equivalency discussion on DPR and the ensuing format war that always erupts because of it. I promise I've been a very good photographer this year and have always used my tripod and lens hoods just like good photographers are supposed to. I'll have a plate of Tri-X and D-76 waiting when you come down my chimney.

Thanks,

-C

" But there are naive people who can't see that this whole "small-lens/big-aperture" trend is a scam. " -ecka84

Calling it a trend, let alone a scam, is about as ignorant as the people that don't understand equivalence in the first place. No one is forcing anyone to buy anything, there's plenty of slower lenses on the same format/systems so it's not like their entire appeal is predicated on this kinda lens, and no one is misrepresenting what the optics are.

Acting high and mighty because you wanna rid the world of ignorance and save those poor souls saddled with smaller formats is highly inflammatory at best, and part of the same problem of people who don't understand equivalence at worst. <insert pithy remark wishing holiday cheer here>

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:57 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (330 comments in total)
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Jan Chelminski: DPR, the Adobe software is AWFUL with Olympus files. Olympus should not be held responsible for such results from the use of such poor software. The CA(?) so visible in sample PC060349.ORF, all but disappears simply by opening it in the Olympus Viewer 3 software, which Olympus provides at no charge to its users. Colors, IMO, are dramatically improved as well. Based on the above, my assumption is that updates to OV3, Capture One Pro, and maybe even Photoshop(?), and minor PP, will effectively eliminate whats appears to be a bad case of very poor software compatibility. Please correct, thank you. 🙂
Jan

I don't think DPR has ever manually removed corrections for a M4/3 lens gallery, unless they've processed it with something other than Adobe software (which doesn't let you do so). There's some fundamental differences in how some corrections are handled across systems, it's been explained.

That being said, this might all still be much ado about nothing if the corrections were in place and it was simply just a really worst case scenario for CA (and/or the lens simply exhibits a ton of it wide open, or a mix of both).

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:50 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (330 comments in total)
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lacikuss: My $300 Canon 85mm f1.8 does better than this lens without correction. Wake up Olympus I'm talking about a lens created in 1992.

" Basically, if you are going buy a lot of optics, then FF would be a cheaper and better option :) " -ecka84

That's only really true if A) you completely ignore body prices for models with similar capabilities and features and/or B) if you think you need f1.2 across the board on M4/3. The former is usually the source of pointless paper comparisons that over analyze things in a vacuum.

The latter is an entirely valid argument that breaks both ways depending on usage case. Had you qualified the statement a little better and tossed a Pro or f1.2 in there I might've agreed, I think it's hard to justify owing a few of these lenses as a M4/3 user (let alone the set). One or two seem perfectly fine to me.

There's still lots of cheaper M4/3 options, the system isn't entirely composed of the Pro/PanaLeica line you know. I've spent about 5 grand in M4/3 gear and that's spread over two bodies and about 9 lenses. Same kinda money might get me a decent FF body and 2-3 lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:46 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (330 comments in total)
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CopCarSS: Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is an end to equivalency discussion on DPR and the ensuing format war that always erupts because of it. I promise I've been a very good photographer this year and have always used my tripod and lens hoods just like good photographers are supposed to. I'll have a plate of Tri-X and D-76 waiting when you come down my chimney.

Thanks,

-C

They don't have to actively engage in the discussion, they've already put out plenty of articles for those that don't understand how it works. It isn't even about who's right, wrong, better, or whatever...

They *could* intervene when it's clearly off topic and has meandered so far off course that it a) has little to do with the original site post or forum thread and b) has taken over said comments section or thread.

As much as it may drive up traffic amongst the format/brand zealots and those that are a stickler for the facts, it also drives traffic and interest away from readers that just see an aggressive and combative community, unless you're very pessimistic you'd agree that's a turn off for many.

I think the DPR staff realizes that, but it's not easy to manage without people getting uppity about their right to express themselves etc.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (330 comments in total)
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bluevellet: I'm more interested in the 17mm f/1.2 PRO but the 45mm has the better gallery.

The difference in quality in DPR galleries can be sometimes striking. These m43 PRO lenses galleries are middle of the road but light years behind the very best (usually top Leica/Zeiss/Canon/Nikon stuff).

Since the photographer matters more than the lenses themselves, I wonder how those DPR gallery assignments are organized. The staff must be fighting among themselves to test drive the super high end stuff while interns are probably ordered to cover token, low end products. :)

I liked the subject variety of the 17/1.2 gallery better and didn't see much wrong with it. /shrug

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (330 comments in total)
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CyeJoeBob: These Pro lenses are really only for the ones out there who need this one stop more depth of field and light.
Everybody else is better off getting the 45mm 1.8. It's 80% cheaper and 70% lighter.

Oops, hit post before I finished writing, B&H lists 8 and one is even made of brass if you prefer that (I know I do)... No Sensei Pro brass option tho, those are nice because a) they're cheaper than Heliopan and b) they have extra knurling (unlike Heliopan).

I had the 45/1.8 (well have, haven't sold it) but switched over to the 42.5/1.7 for OIS on my GM1 and because the much shorter minimum focus distance makes it more versatile as a close up lens (and/or with an achromat adapter). The 45 is still cheaper if bought grey market in the US I think tho.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:29 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (330 comments in total)
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CyeJoeBob: These Pro lenses are really only for the ones out there who need this one stop more depth of field and light.
Everybody else is better off getting the 45mm 1.8. It's 80% cheaper and 70% lighter.

You can't find a 37-46mm step up ring? Must not have looked very hard... Or did you mean locally?

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?ci=420&fct=fct_step-up-sizes-lens-to-filter_2687%7c37-46mm&N=4026728361

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:25 UTC
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