ecm

Lives in United States NH, United States
Joined on Aug 16, 2004
About me:

Using cameras:
- OMD E-M5, 12-50, Panny 45-200, FL36 flash.
- Pentax Q7 with 02 and 06, Pentax AF-200FG flash.
- Panasonic ZS50/TZ70

Equipment used in the past:
- Panasonic LF-1
- Panasonic G5, 14-45.
- Canon T3i, 18-55 II and 55-250, Yongnuo YN565EX.
- Panasonic ZS15
- Pentax Q. Better than the reviews indicate.
- Oly E-PL1 with trashy collapsible lens. Good riddance.
- Oly E-300, 14-45, 40-150.
- Olympus C-5060WZ with underwater housing.

Really old stuff to play with once in a while:
- Nikon FG-20 and EM 35mm.
- OM 50 F/1.4, 200 F/4, 300 F/4.5.
- Koni-Omega Rapid 6X7 with 90mm, Voightlander Bessa 6X9, Ansco 6X6.

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On article Panasonic Lumix G9: What you need to know (244 comments in total)

They're advertising it at B&H for $1697, body only.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 11:14 UTC as 4th comment

Hmmm. Sounds like he wants to re-create my old Minolta Hi-Matic F.....

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 20:27 UTC as 33rd comment

This is much more interesting than the silly comparison between the $100 Sony CX405 video camera and the $50,000 Red Epic Dragon a while ago - I mean, a cellphone sensor in a cheap basic consumer package vs. a full-frame sensor in a professional package? Really?

Although others are saying that they didn't notice much of a difference, if you look beyond the green tint it is night and day.... The Canon has more pleasing colors, but this can be fixed in post-production. However, it really gets crushed by the DR of the Arri, and this cannot be fixed.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 01:45 UTC as 41st comment
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ecm: I loved my Zenit E, my very first SLR. Didn't get many good photos - I didn't really understand what I was doing, the camera was very manual, and it was too expensive to develop film - but it was still fun.

Now the chemicals are dirt cheap, and scanning is trivial - but back then, 40 years ago, when I was making all of CAD$2.85 an hour - it was a whole days pay to get a single film developed and printed.....

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 01:02 UTC

I loved my Zenit E, my very first SLR. Didn't get many good photos - I didn't really understand what I was doing, the camera was very manual, and it was too expensive to develop film - but it was still fun.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 00:54 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies

I actually have a Sony HDR-CX405,that I bought a couple years ago. It's sensor is about the size of a phone sensor, but with an optical 60X zoom. It's fine for what it is..... the thing is, it's not meant to be a challenger to RED cameras - they're comparing apples to airliners......

For what it is - a ~$100 (NOT $50.... must have bought used....) cheap and easy camcorder to record (in my case) 90 minute music lessons for review, as well as (for example) university lectures, parties and family gatherings, and fun moments in family vacation - it's pretty excellent - cheap, fast, trivially easy to use, a 64GB memory chip lasts for days of recording, and no 29 minute restriction.

To film "The Hobbit"? Yes indeed, you'd want something else. Like the $50K RED camera. Is that even a question, though?

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 22:29 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Redzone: What happened to JPEG 2000 ? why has it never been deployed ?

@ Samaistuin - LOL.
@Redzone - My understanding is that it was deployed, but it was the wrong answer to the question at the time it appeared - it took too much memory, too much processing power (for the average computer in 2000), for gains that were too subtle. Consumers waited for camera companies and programmers to adopt it, camera companies and programmers waited for consumers to adopt it. There are worries about patent trolling potential, many patents were "contributed" to the core codec royalty free, but there is no guarantee they'll stay that way.

I suspect there's going to be similar concerns and problems with Google's new codec, but at least they're positioned to get it into a consumer browser (Chrome).

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 12:17 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (121 comments in total)

This was a great series of cameras by Olympus - I still have a C-5060 that I still pull out on occasion. As long as I keep it at ISO 80 or 100 it produces lovely photos that easily hold their own against any modern point-n-shoot camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 14:18 UTC as 20th comment
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Roland Karlsson: Modular sounds so fun. But, as for some below, then the reality strikes me. Phones do not last long.

+1

I still have an Olympus C-5060WZ bought in 2004, it still takes great pictures even now. It cost $500 - I've taken thousands of good photos with it over 12 years, and I'll get thousands more.

My first smart phone was an iPhone 3GS (out-of-contract price ~$600) in 2010 - it stopped working in 2 years, first due to a bad battery, then due to planned obsolescence on Apple's part. Since then I've had 4 more cell phones....

There's no way I'd invest more than a few dollars in an accessory specific for something as short-lived as a cell phone, it's ridiculous.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 15:55 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (123 comments in total)

I gave one of these to my wife and she liked it; until it was stolen from her car at any rate. It really did have good high ISO output for a compact camera.

I know everyone is talking about the "great Fuji color" they got with theirs, but I found it's output to be quite bland or perhaps "understated" - color was accurate, but not as "punchy" as JPEGs from the Olympus E-300 or C-5060WZ I was using at the time.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 13:10 UTC as 77th comment
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(unknown member): Glassholes remastered !!!!

Let's see.... "Glasses" = "Glassholes"; "Spectacles" = "?". "Creeptacles"? - but not catchy enough.

We have an opportunity here, folks! We can name a new species of thoughtless, socially stunted, self-serving a-holes before they even appear in the wild!

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 15:21 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (712 comments in total)
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ecm: Lol! An almost unknown Chinese camera maker, a total newcomer to the m4/3 world, gets the 20MP sensor, but Panasonic's newest m4/3 cameras do not? HUGE black eye for Panasonic! I am waiting with great anticipation for Olympus' next consumer camera - if it has a 16MP sensor I'll bet it costs them dearly.....

@dpfan32:
Yeah, I saw that a little after I posted.... sigh. I personally don't mind the 16MP sensor, as long as it has the same characteristics as the one in the E-M5 II. There's really not much difference between 16 and 20 MP for resolution. I just think the 20MP sensor is the better sensor, looking at results from the Em-1 II.

It's gonna suck to be an Olympus marketing rep, tho - "Less megapixels means smaller files to store!" or maybe "Less pixels mean bigger pixels!" might work..... Well, I'm looking forward to the Christmas fire sale next year.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:58 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (712 comments in total)

Lol! An almost unknown Chinese camera maker, a total newcomer to the m4/3 world, gets the 20MP sensor, but Panasonic's newest m4/3 cameras do not? HUGE black eye for Panasonic! I am waiting with great anticipation for Olympus' next consumer camera - if it has a 16MP sensor I'll bet it costs them dearly.....

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:57 UTC as 212th comment | 2 replies

Still don't care. Hope the loss of connectivity options and Apple's rather cynical efforts to lock in profit margin - by forcing 3rd party vendors to use Lightning connectors and thus pay Lightning patent fees - doesn't catch on in the Android phone world. I have bluetooth headphones and they're great right up til the batteries run out.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 15:02 UTC as 126th comment | 7 replies

My concern about USB C audio is that it HAS NO STANDARD YET - Intel and others are working on it as we speak, nobody even knows where the DAC and amp are supposed to be - the phone? Adaptor? In the headset itself? So whatever native USB C headphones you buy, they're likely not gonna work in a couple years.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 13:07 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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ecm: Nonstandard headphones? Forced to choose whether to charge your phone OR listen to music? Nah, not gonna end up in my pocket. Doesn't matter if its "the latest and greatest" if its a sh!tty idea.

@EthanP99
That's a pretty big bee in your bonnet.... Yes, I did "miss the part"- what article are YOU reading? I see nothing about 15 minutes or 8 hours. Not sure why it would be noteworthy anyways, my day is a lot longer than 8 hours; if I owned this phone I'd be without tunes for part of it - the vital parts, when I'm waiting or resting, have the time to listen and access to a plug-in.

My present LG G4 phone is a far better solution; QC 3.0 gives me a day's charge in 30 minutes, and swappable batteries when there's no plug to be had. AND I can use my excellent old Sennheiser earbuds.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 13:05 UTC

Nonstandard headphones? Forced to choose whether to charge your phone OR listen to music? Nah, not gonna end up in my pocket. Doesn't matter if its "the latest and greatest" if its a sh!tty idea.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 01:21 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (362 comments in total)

I know a lot of folks already really love this camera - but I am unhappy; I guess because I was expecting too much.... With a 1" sensor and a much limited but useful-range zoom, I thought this might be it - a large sensor camera with a sharp, usable wide to moderate telephoto lens. After all, Panasonic makes darned good fixed long zoom lenses, my old ZS15 attests to that.

But, "soft"? "Noise reduction obliterates detail"? This does not sound like the Panasonic I know.... I already get that from my ZS50 - why would I spend so much for what sounds like exactly the same problems? Very disappointed.... going to cry in my corner now.... :\

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 22:58 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies
On article Samsung unveils 256GB EVO Plus microSD card (90 comments in total)
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ecm: Heh, what a price. I just bought a brand name 128 GB card for $30 a couple days ago - admittedly U1 but I don't need U3.

IMO it's that U3 rating that's bumping the price of this new card so high - when I was shopping I noticed that brand name 128 GB U3 cards are still rare and priced between $90 - $199 depending on speed rating; double that for a 256GB U3 card, and then add in the bleeding edge tax - $250 is getting pretty close to reasonable.

@ Tonkotsu Ramen:
I can certainly see that someone might want to keep everything plus the kitchen sink on their phone..... However I personally can't imagine needing or wanting it - 256GB would hold all the digital photos I've taken in 15 years and all the music I've bought in the last 25 years, with room left over for days of video and thousands of photos - but I don't want to keep 10,000 photos of the cat on my phone, nor do I want to listen to Bryan Adams again....

I think the point someone made earlier about 4K video is more to the point - it's gonna be a pig to record and store, and a card this size and speed will be very useful.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 22:41 UTC
On article Samsung unveils 256GB EVO Plus microSD card (90 comments in total)

Heh, what a price. I just bought a brand name 128 GB card for $30 a couple days ago - admittedly U1 but I don't need U3.

IMO it's that U3 rating that's bumping the price of this new card so high - when I was shopping I noticed that brand name 128 GB U3 cards are still rare and priced between $90 - $199 depending on speed rating; double that for a 256GB U3 card, and then add in the bleeding edge tax - $250 is getting pretty close to reasonable.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 02:40 UTC as 8th comment | 6 replies
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