Mr Bolton

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On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV initial review (245 comments in total)
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Ken Aisin: Similar to other Olympus camera bodies currently available, this one is also way too expensive for what you're getting. And before the fanboys attack me, I just want to clarify that I have been an Olympus shooter since the original E-1.

Super notable also for this cheap of a camera: UHSII support! What a pleasant surprise.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 07:51 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV initial review (245 comments in total)
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Mr Bolton: Oooh firsties.. :-) My first Olympus kit lens looked just like this. It was serviceable and got the job done.. but when I started adapting old Nikon glass with a Speed Booster, my colors and 3D pop really came alive. I'll bet this newer model with a higher res sensor and much faster CPU would benefit in a similar fashion.

And those awesome 2014 buffer clear speeds...

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 07:13 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV initial review (245 comments in total)
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Mr Bolton: Oooh firsties.. :-) My first Olympus kit lens looked just like this. It was serviceable and got the job done.. but when I started adapting old Nikon glass with a Speed Booster, my colors and 3D pop really came alive. I'll bet this newer model with a higher res sensor and much faster CPU would benefit in a similar fashion.

Oooh full frame with 2014 sensor and barely 1080p video. And expensive lenses. yaay.

Oh, and Sony colors and ergos from 2014. Not hyped.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 07:11 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV initial review (245 comments in total)
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Ken Aisin: Similar to other Olympus camera bodies currently available, this one is also way too expensive for what you're getting. And before the fanboys attack me, I just want to clarify that I have been an Olympus shooter since the original E-1.

It's $800 with lens. Well built, attractive, takes good pictures (would like to see its output when paired with better lenses than the kit..) fully touchscreen, class leading IBIS for its price range, at least the promise of seamless phone pairing for the Socials. Oh, and vast ecosystem of lenses and accessories by Oly, Panasonic and a bunch of other third party vendors. I can get a lot more glass for this than I can for my Fuji..

Doesn't seem out of line to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 06:39 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV initial review (245 comments in total)
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Mr Bolton: Oooh firsties.. :-) My first Olympus kit lens looked just like this. It was serviceable and got the job done.. but when I started adapting old Nikon glass with a Speed Booster, my colors and 3D pop really came alive. I'll bet this newer model with a higher res sensor and much faster CPU would benefit in a similar fashion.

(Note, I already had a bunch of old film Nikon glass and no money to buy new Oly glass because I spent it all on the body, with zero regrets about doing so)..

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 06:15 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV initial review (245 comments in total)

Oooh firsties.. :-) My first Olympus kit lens looked just like this. It was serviceable and got the job done.. but when I started adapting old Nikon glass with a Speed Booster, my colors and 3D pop really came alive. I'll bet this newer model with a higher res sensor and much faster CPU would benefit in a similar fashion.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 06:14 UTC as 64th comment | 4 replies
On a photo in the Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Talk about B roll..

Nice shot.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 06:12 UTC as 1st comment
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Foto4x4: Why is everyone so attached to OIS? Back in film days we didn’t have it. You just dealt with it via appropriate shutter speeds. Besides most recent Sony bodies have IBIS which means you should be able to use this lens at 1/100s at 300mm. Though if you’re shooting anything that moves you’d need faster than that anyway. If you need to shoot slower, then use a tripod/monopod or spend the extra on something with OSS.

Canon and Nikon both had VR on their lenses back in the (later) film era. It was a big deal even back then.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 06:06 UTC

Looks pretty good other than lacking in VR.

I recall being soundly flamed in M43 forums by shooters of larger formats because "IBIS is useless at long tele lengths!" so I would hope that this isn't the case. (It isn't, depending on how good the IBIS in question is)..

Also, kudos for the WR! This is such a great feature when it's present for those of us who have to shoot in the real world, where it rains.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 03:32 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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Sine_Nomine: Random comments:
I don't use the service, so not familiar with it. But I found their statement funny:
"On the 30th of July, we identified an issue within the 10GB long term storage on image.canon"

10GB?? There's problem #1.

Also, the statement really says nothing at all, other than, "We lost your stuff, but here's the thumbnails as a tease..."

So what happened? Ransomware?

Some folks talk about having multiple copies in addition to cloud, but unfortunately the broken promise of cloud has lured some people to use it precisely because they don't *want* to deal with managing their own storage. So I'm sure some folks lost data. Technology makes lots of promises it can't deliver, and the big picture is often obscured.

Someone mentioned "good" cloud services with multi-site replication, but replication efficiently spreads corruptions and ransomware. Best to keep utterly separate file sets and do the heavy lifting of managing them.

I've got even modestly priced drives from 20 years ago that still spin up, and I periodically do so when putting their data on a newer computer/NAS/etc. storage system.

I can't get at my six years ago cloud content from Dropbox except literally one file at a time because the 'free' storage I was promised at the time-is no longer free. F them. Glad I have it all elsewhere.

There is no cloud, it's just someone else's computer. And when their ToS change, you are stuck unless you want to pay their ransom. And one way or another, you will pay.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 03:29 UTC

Pimp hand: STRONG.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 19:29 UTC as 50th comment
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CTMRIGuy: Canon just cannot catch a break these days. I think most people are impressed by the progress they have made in the last couple of years, but perhaps it would be wise for them to pause and consolidate for a bit, and focus more on quality. No camera company can afford to develop a reputation as a brand that cannot execute.

I expect that AP switching to Sony is hitting them hard, too. I feel like Canon has a decades long reputation for reliability and durable service, and this switch is getting them down.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 19:11 UTC
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NCB: One reason why I never use cloud storage; there's no guarantee how reliable it is. Anther thing is that it's potentially vulnerable to hackers, in a way one's own offline storage isn't.

Good call.. because there is no cloud: it's just someone else's computer.

And it's quite likely that someone is making money selling your data. (Although I don't think Canon would do this).

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 19:09 UTC
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aris14: Got it, next Apple's product will be a compact cam that can be used as a phone too... Probably starting its career in the USA audience...

It was 2001 so the thing had a querty keyboard, although it did have touch functionality also. Again: THIS WAS 2001. There were about a hundred native Amiga DE apps for it-because the SDK had only come out in 1999. Texting wasn't even a thing yet for other phones. We were running on over a dozen of the little CPUs that were around at the time, notably on several iterations of the Sharp Zaurus, HP Jornada, Compaq iPaq, and a number of other little grey bricks with 320x240 color screens which were cutting edge at the time.

Getting back to the Nokia phone.. I don't know if they ever released the test model we had in house, but I know they never released the FireWire based set top box that we also had from them, either. It was the low tech dawn of the DVR and no one really knew what to do with it, a decade before there was a TiVo.

Amiga's partnership with Nokia was fascinating, I'm lucky to have been a part of it.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 18:59 UTC
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Toni Salmonelli: It's not different with cameras than with any other product. Simplicity of use is the key factor and in most situations it is more important to the average customer than a small quality difference. There are countless examples for this.

I have an actual button on the tuxedo strap of one of my real cameras that says "This is what a geek looks like."

Badge of honor.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 18:53 UTC
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User7146803616: To reiterate what I wrote a few days back, partly in response to the 'i-phone' completions:

'As to routine studio photography, the mobile phone can far more agile than any DSLR or mirrorless as a recent job proved - photographing the assembly of a prototype for a manual. The customer is more than happy with with pictures not quite in minutes but pretty quick, the manual is a digitally printed download and no adverse comments on picture quality. The only concession to traditional photography is a bespoke tripod mount. And the phone - an Apple SE.'

What I did not say is that the mobile is an absolutely essential in working through jobs with clients in real time.

Where you get the equipment is of secondary concern.. hey, I shoot thrift shop glass on the daily, often with an eight year old M43 camera.. it's still better than a phone. I live in an RV converted school bus and as the sole prop of a bicycle repair business in a place that snows in the winter, I know what not having any money is.

You can get into a used Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, heck even a full frame Sony or Pentax for very reasonable money-a lot less than a recent iPhone-and the reality of it is that any of those will take better pictures than a phone, even if it says PRO MAX in its model name.

The phone has its place for taking dailies and metering for test shots etc. but if someone is going to pay me to produce a picture of them, they're going to get it out of a real camera. Because like I said, anyone can hold up a phone and tap the screen.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 18:51 UTC
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Fotoni: Good for snapshots because of high convenience. Any serious work where some planning is required, convenience matters less because the process itself cannot be convenient in the first place. If someone wants to use a phone then , there are other reasons for that like sponsorships or baiting attention by following a trend.

Similar things happened to the music already. Loudness basically covering everything. Phone photos are also getting noisier after every generation.

Use a Fuji X-A7 and show the client what's on that screen.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 18:42 UTC
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Hellraiser: For some uses (realstrt photos that are posted solely on websites for example). Smartphone is more than enough and I too use a smartphone almost exclusively for those kind of photos.

Find my Instagram, @bolton_peck, and you'll see the Huffy trike among the dandelions. That's real depth of field and a phone just can't fake that. Not if you zoom in and see how the phone's depth map fails around the stems of the plants and there are little sharp places among the "bokeh"..

There's your 3D pop, right there.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 18:40 UTC
On article Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS sample gallery (61 comments in total)
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bluevellet: Hazy summer photos with a noisy sensor at base ISO.

:/

I thought some of these were kinda noisy also. I didn't read up enough to know they were shot on a 60MP camera. Honestly, I was just sitting here wishing they'd do a Fuji X mount version of this lens, since they can do E mount.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 05:25 UTC
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aris14: Got it, next Apple's product will be a compact cam that can be used as a phone too... Probably starting its career in the USA audience...

And I almost forgot.. why I don't have a bevy of Leica cameras and top shelf L/M mount glass to go with 'em.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 05:20 UTC
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