brumd

brumd

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On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (90 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The purpose of this article is to display another "Buy A Sony Camera" link. DPR is obsessed with pushing Sony cameras, to the detriment of objectivity.

Same author that was commissioned by Sony to write an advertorial a few days earlier, the same shoot, the same Sony camera.. and not being upfront in the article that it actually is sponsored material, only a message *after* the article. (If it's an advertorial put it next to the title, so simple..)

How on earth could someone possibly think this article might also be biased?..

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (159 comments in total)
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brumd: Ooo, a tilting screen. Even back then..
If only they'd remembered to put it on at least one of the modern generation of m43 cameras. I'd choose this 1.8" brick any day over the current flip-out ones.

well, waist level street photography is impossible with a flipscreen sticking out. That's what I did. That's what I want. And there is not a single high-end m43 in the latest generation that allows me to do it.
They could have adopted the swivel system you find on Fujifilm camera's, but they didn't.
So, it's end of the line for me. I am selling it now before I lose even more money on it.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 21:46 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (159 comments in total)
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brumd: Ooo, a tilting screen. Even back then..
If only they'd remembered to put it on at least one of the modern generation of m43 cameras. I'd choose this 1.8" brick any day over the current flip-out ones.

That was the idea I had, but it is not much of an upgrade coming from an EM5-mk1, and it is only postponing the problem. I made the decision to jump ship. Now selling my 9 lenses and some other stuff.
I can accept that other people want to do video as well, but I have no interest in that at all, and I hate to see that nnw every single high-end m43 camera is made to cater the videographer at the expense of the still photographer.

I'll invest further in my Nikon FX system, and I'll replace my m43 system with high-end point and shoot for travel/streetphotography,
With pain in my heart, I really loved m43 the last 6 years I used it. :(

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (159 comments in total)

Ooo, a tilting screen. Even back then..
If only they'd remembered to put it on at least one of the modern generation of m43 cameras. I'd choose this 1.8" brick any day over the current flip-out ones.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 18:03 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)

The near absence of rectilinear distortion is impressive.
However, the distortion in aspect ratio towards the corners get to a point where it makes me wonder how useful this lens actually is for architecture photography?
The aspect distortion in the featured image makes it look very unnatural.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 11:50 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)

"This is sponsored content, created in partnership with Sony. "

Is this the first article where this is explicitly mentioned? Or, have I missed it so far and have I been reading more articles that I thought were written from an objective viewpoint, but were actually advertorials (like for instance the abundance of very dodgy DxO One articles) and simply missed this message??

Not a good development this. :(
The least you can do is put this message at the top of the article where it can't be missed.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 12:07 UTC as 99th comment | 3 replies
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damian5000: Generally, the people who think it's okay to not have a touchscreen on a camera are those who haven't actually used them. All that excellent tech, especially with video, and still can't pull focus. What a waste.

My routine when buying/renting/borrowing a camera:
1. look in manual how to re-assign 'Movie Record' button to something I find useful (e.g. dedicated ISO-button)
2. disable touchscreen.
If one of these thing isn't possible I am not going to be good friends with this camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 19:39 UTC
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upgrader: Got both, the A7RII and the 7+ but shooting with the iPhone in such locations would be a waste of time IMHO... The A7RII is too good to be left @home.

Well yes & no.
From a IQ point of view: yes. But, even carrying around a big camera in Morocco triggers quite a bit of distrust and even aggression. I had sheppards running after me from a mile away when hiking in the Anti-Atlas mountains. Numerous times people literally forced me to show them my pictures to proof to them I didn't take any pics of their face. My cameras were a 'humble' OM-D E-M5 and small lens, and a Sigma DP1.
Asking people if it is ok to take their picture generally leads to a 'no', and even when they say 'ok', many times they turn away their faces.
So yes, it does make sense to use your phone.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 11:03 UTC

I am really puzzled by this 'semi-pro'.
Obviously, there aren't any 'beginners' cameras in a >$2000 price category, but apparently there are also real 'pro' cameras which are not mentioned here. I really wonder what those cameras might be.

Last year these Roundups were confusing, but this doesn't seem to make any sense. Makes you wonder what is the value of it.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (119 comments in total)

The samples look not bad at all. Who needs more than 3.3MP anyway?

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 11:49 UTC as 77th comment | 7 replies
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biza43: Interesting and informative article, thanks. However, normally photographers that worry about these subjects will shoot Raw, not Jpeg, thus allowing more room in highlight and/or shadow recovery during processing.

@Richard Butler:
ahh, now I understand what I found confusing in the text:

<i>'But not every photographer has the time, knowledge or the inclination to do <b>this</b>.'</i>

The *<b>this</b>* in this sequence apparently refers to the last sentence in the paragraph <i>before</i>. I am not a native english speaker, but to me it looks a bit odd to refer to a sentence in another section of the article.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 20:56 UTC

Very interesting article, but - imho - also very confusing.
It would help me a lot if a clearer distinction would be made on what affects RAW files, and what only refers to JPG.

After reading all this, I still wouldn't know if using Nikon's D-Lighting would be recommended in some situations, if shooting RAW only.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 13:12 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (387 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: Why to spend $1200-2000 to buy any of these. Buy a D7200, and you'll have a state-of-the-art- camera for the next 5 years. Sure.

I'm not "defending" Nikon; it is a simple fact that the F-mount has been around for decades and there are a lot of lenses for it, including many FX primes, which all natively fit on a D7200.
I have nothing against Fuji. I am considering trading my m43 system for Fuji.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 22:41 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (387 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: Why to spend $1200-2000 to buy any of these. Buy a D7200, and you'll have a state-of-the-art- camera for the next 5 years. Sure.

yeah.. but Nikon has about 1 bazillion FX primes that also fit on a D7200, and Fuja has none.
And best of all: there is a great 2nd hand market for them.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 20:54 UTC
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Old Cameras: So the red dot costs about $300, yes?

That's what I thought. So, it would save me, or anyone that uses Ps, exactly €0.
You canNOT buy non-subsciption Photoshop, and it comes includign Lightroom,

So, spending an extra €300 saves you ~€130 for an older version of Lr, and only for those who don't want to use Photoshop.

It's not the best of deals.....

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 19:34 UTC
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Old Cameras: So the red dot costs about $300, yes?

So it includes Photoshop and there is no time-limit to this subscription? I have a very hard time believing this.

All I can find is about a 'download of Lr', and isn't even very specific if this is the (purchisable) standalone version of Lr, or the CC-version.

Can you provide a link explaining the details on this?

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 06:40 UTC
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Old Cameras: So the red dot costs about $300, yes?

I already have a subscription to Lightroom (and Ps). Do I get a discount now? Or is Leica going to pay subscription costs?
Or.. is this only of value for those that didn't use it already (and most likely would like to stick to the software they already use)?

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 23:03 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1 Mark II Iceland sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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brumd: hmm.. quite underwhelming imho. Looking at my own pics of dark wet wintery iceland I don't see anything here that I couldn't have done with my E-M5 mk1.
So, for me the main benefit of the E-M1mkII is that it will lower the price of the E-M1mk1; which I'll probably buy to replace my 4yo heavily used E-M5.

I mostly use my m43 system for travel photography, (stealthy) street photography is a part of that. And this flip-out screen makes that unnecessarily complicated. Having a tilt-screen really outweighs all these other minor upgrades of the mk2.

I remember standing on the exact point on the beach in Vik, in heavy snow and rain, with gloves, using my tilt screen to get a low angle. I would never ever been able to do that with a flip out screen. It is a serious drawback. And I really don't understand why now ALL new camera models are aimed to satisfy videographers, and none for people that really use it to shoot stills.

>What is the difference, I may ask?
I explained that difference in the 2 comments above.
and the ">apart for maybe street" is the essential bit: I USE my m43 for street photography. That's why I chose this very portable system: to travel and trek.

I think after ~150.000 shots on my E-M5 I know more or less which functions I consider essential...
Yes, I am aware that for some these flip-out screens are more convenient, but the problem: there is no choice. It's flipscreen or no camera-upgrade. If that doesn't change, my only option is to abandon the system, in which I heavily invested since 2010. And I am pretty annoyed by it, because in so many other aspects I really love m43. I like shooting primes, and when carrying 5-6 lenses you really notice the difference in size/volume compared to APSc-mirrorless. But if there is no camera that can take the shots that I want, what can I do? Hoping someone will do a custom built tiltscreen? Maybe that's an option.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 13:37 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1 Mark II Iceland sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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brumd: hmm.. quite underwhelming imho. Looking at my own pics of dark wet wintery iceland I don't see anything here that I couldn't have done with my E-M5 mk1.
So, for me the main benefit of the E-M1mkII is that it will lower the price of the E-M1mk1; which I'll probably buy to replace my 4yo heavily used E-M5.

I mostly use my m43 system for travel photography, (stealthy) street photography is a part of that. And this flip-out screen makes that unnecessarily complicated. Having a tilt-screen really outweighs all these other minor upgrades of the mk2.

I remember standing on the exact point on the beach in Vik, in heavy snow and rain, with gloves, using my tilt screen to get a low angle. I would never ever been able to do that with a flip out screen. It is a serious drawback. And I really don't understand why now ALL new camera models are aimed to satisfy videographers, and none for people that really use it to shoot stills.

Plus: I can operate a tilted screen with one hand: for example when climbing around on objects in theatres, or when climbing/via ferrata, etc. Impossible with an articulated screen.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1 Mark II Iceland sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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brumd: hmm.. quite underwhelming imho. Looking at my own pics of dark wet wintery iceland I don't see anything here that I couldn't have done with my E-M5 mk1.
So, for me the main benefit of the E-M1mkII is that it will lower the price of the E-M1mk1; which I'll probably buy to replace my 4yo heavily used E-M5.

I mostly use my m43 system for travel photography, (stealthy) street photography is a part of that. And this flip-out screen makes that unnecessarily complicated. Having a tilt-screen really outweighs all these other minor upgrades of the mk2.

I remember standing on the exact point on the beach in Vik, in heavy snow and rain, with gloves, using my tilt screen to get a low angle. I would never ever been able to do that with a flip out screen. It is a serious drawback. And I really don't understand why now ALL new camera models are aimed to satisfy videographers, and none for people that really use it to shoot stills.

Because, in a snow storm, every 0.1s that you are faster means less chance of drops on your lens.
Because in a storm, you want all the grip you can have on your camera: meaning no flip-screen sticking out.
In theatres, I spend a lot of time on stage, peeking through holes, difficult positions: articulated screen: yes, sticking out flip screen: no.
Most important: street photography: taking stealth shots are virtually impossible when there is an exposed lcd(/oled)-screen. An articulated screen is hidden behind the camera. Granted: the E-M5m1 doesn't have a silent (!)electronic shutter, which is my prime reason for an upgrade anyway. And that's why I hate it so much that now that there is that possibility to be silent, you have this stupid flipscreen.
It is really really frustrating, that there isn't any choice.

Besides, Fuji has an articulated screen that can be uses for portrait, so that option exists too: best of both worlds, but much much less priority to me.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 20:56 UTC
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