deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a writer/photographer/ecologist
Has a website at deeppics.com
Joined on May 10, 2008
About me:

God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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mb shaffer: I calculate a 12.5% improvement in resolution...not 25%. That is, resolution (detail) is a linear metric and is not based on megapixels (area). Shame on Olympus for converting this term from a common and standard metric of sampling into a marketing ploy...

No need to be nasty. It should have been obvious I used the "=" symbol to save some writing effort and I apologise if it wasn't.

If you knew my school record for mathematics you'd be pretty embarrassed by your childish statement, especially in light of your first post. Anyhow, I offered reasonable information to explain something you couldn't or didn't want to understand and you chose not to take it. Your choice and I wasted my time. I'll remember not to do that again if I see the moniker "thx1138".

mb shaffer: Read my earlier comment about the difference between measuring lens resolving power and providing the resolution of the sensor based on area. NO manufacturer gives the sensor resolution as a linear figure (long side, short side or diagonal). They ALL provide the total number of pixels used for image capture across the whole sensor. Therefore, when they compare sensor resolution that is the figure they use.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 11:00 UTC
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Jylppy: Olympus tries to use "trademark inflation" against Canon's "Dual Pixel AF".... "Dual Fast AF"...

For goodness sake, "slow" is a speed thing!! You didn't mention depth of field which is a completely different thing.

m4/3 probably has more fast primes than any other system too. FAST, as in an aperture that allows a faster shutter speed. If you want to sidetrack that, I'll stifle a yawn and leave you to your Phase One/Hasselblad. I'm out of here.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 07:10 UTC
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Boris F: I am very pleasured to use both OMD EM-5 and EM-5 MkII. I am sure EM-1 is great product, even more. Look: most of the market started to use 5 axis sensor IS, OMD style appearance, removing mirror VFs. All these pioneered by Olympus. Don't be fooled by all the trolls below, Oly cameras are a great products.
Congrats to a very creative Olympus team, keep breaking old stereotypes!
...just a bit wondered with 19 elements, 25 f1.2, may be I don't understand something, but, is 19 elements justified and not "overkill" solution?

My guess is they wanted to make a "showcase" lens to show how close to perfection they could get and there was no room at all for compromise. Other manufacturers have been doing similar things lately and I wonder if they even care if they make money on them? It's priceless to be able to show top quality images made with your gear. Nuts, yet enticing!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:54 UTC
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Jylppy: Olympus tries to use "trademark inflation" against Canon's "Dual Pixel AF".... "Dual Fast AF"...

Always your choice. Absolutely! However, there are two stunning Olympus f2 zooms you can use on an EM1, several f2.8 zooms and a handful of f2.8-3.5 and f2.8-4 zooms. Plenty of fast zooms. Of course, you can use them wide open much more easily than you can with larger formats.

Plus, I use a simple preset as a starting point in Lightroom which gives very clean and detailed images. Whatever presets they use on this site are appalling! The differences to APSC cameras of the same generation are absolutely negligible in real-world use and few of those systems can truly match the lens quality/price, even though many people will dispute that because they haven't properly used the best m4/3 glass.

That's all pretty irrelevant if you have loyalties elsewhere. The enthusiast camera world is slow to move from contemporary ideologies! If you do want super-clean files, try a Sony A7S and bypass everything else. But then you have way bigger problems getting near-perfect lenses...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:48 UTC
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mb shaffer: I calculate a 12.5% improvement in resolution...not 25%. That is, resolution (detail) is a linear metric and is not based on megapixels (area). Shame on Olympus for converting this term from a common and standard metric of sampling into a marketing ploy...

111.8x111.8=125% as much detail resolved (or 25% more, a wording the writers on this site struggle with..). You are confusing two different things. Resolving power of a lens is measured by its ability to differentiate pairs of lines (1 dimensions). Resolution of a sensor is directly related to number of points capturing detail (2 dimensions). Olympus are absolutely right and it's mischievous of you to suggest the truth is a marketing ploy (not helped by your poor maths, sorry!).

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 02:08 UTC
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Jylppy: Olympus tries to use "trademark inflation" against Canon's "Dual Pixel AF".... "Dual Fast AF"...

"Dual Fast AF" is a three year old term. When did "Dual Pixel AF come out?

Further, you should try a new m4/3 camera and one of the better lenses. You'd see your negative comments are out of date by some way.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
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mb shaffer: I calculate a 12.5% improvement in resolution...not 25%. That is, resolution (detail) is a linear metric and is not based on megapixels (area). Shame on Olympus for converting this term from a common and standard metric of sampling into a marketing ploy...

20/16=1.25. There are 25% more points of resolution, so it's an accurate statement. Don't forget, if you are resolving more line pairs in one direction, you can also resolve more in the other at the same time! In any case, I don't think your maths is right as you have to compare the square root of both figures to get the linear difference. It seems closer to 11.8%.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 21:14 UTC
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blackcoffee17: Don't have much experience with micro 43 but can be this good enough for night landscapes with milky way?
I am thinking 30 sec exposures at 3200/6400 ISO. How is the noise on the Pen F in these situations?

I can't fully answer but I've used my EM1 with a 12/1.6 at 1600"ISO" and 25 seconds and the results were very nice. 3200? Might lose some fine detail - try a faster lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 21:08 UTC
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photogeek: Absolutely epic release. I'll be getting one in addition to my first-gen E-M1. New lenses aren't that interesting to the core Oly audience: too bulky. I don't mind the cost as long as the quality is there, but I do mind the bulk and weight very much, hence my choice of the system.

I used to shoot Canon with a 24-70/2.8 and, later, a 100-400. Solid built lenses designed to last and perform well are not light weight, nor small. By comparison, Oly "Pro" lenses are tiny. The advantage of a small format. My 12-40 always feels miniscule.

However, if you don't want lenses like that, no worry, Olympus (and others) will be happy to oblige.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 09:35 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: Read the title carefully.

"Olympus announces development of E-M1 Mark II ".

Keyword - "development". It could be next July before any camera is available for preview.

There seems to be so much division over which screen type is best that it might pay Olympus to offer two options. Seriously!

Personally, I've had both types and can't stand the extra articulating type. They drive me nuts. The one on my EM1 is fine though. As is no articulation at all....

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:45 UTC
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photogeek: Absolutely epic release. I'll be getting one in addition to my first-gen E-M1. New lenses aren't that interesting to the core Oly audience: too bulky. I don't mind the cost as long as the quality is there, but I do mind the bulk and weight very much, hence my choice of the system.

But but but but but.... the new lenses are tiny for what they are! I agree it's an epic release though.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:39 UTC
On article Miser's Macro: Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro sample gallery (34 comments in total)

The results look remarkably like the Olympus 4/3 35/3.5 macro (an absolute bargain in the Olympus range but you really need an EM1 to use it with m4/3). That's actually quite a compliment!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 01:30 UTC as 4th comment
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Cheezr: The company says dynamic range is improved, with noise performance improved by 1EV (though we're somewhat sceptical about this).

That comment is unworthy of you Richard. I have seen no snarky staff comments on any other Mfgrs announcement articles. Sad.

That statement annoyed me too. The Nikon D810 is touted as having excellent high dynamic range but that figure is only achieved at "ISO" 64. As Olympus seem to have moved their base down a bit, why shouldn't they have achieved something similar (and I know 64 isn't base, before anyone jumps)?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:39 UTC
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princecody: Who has the 1st full review on this camera online?

There's a review of two of those lenses up already (25/1.2; 12-100/4). That impressed me...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:29 UTC
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Tapper123: Hmm. Hi-res shot mode is not handheld then?

I guess they weren't able to make it work reliably. Maybe in the future...

They say it will cope with things like waves, blowing grass etc. so it sounds like a step up in usability anyway.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:26 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: And it's getting more and more DSLR like with every iteration - seems like it has slowly dawned on DSLM manufacturers that people actually want to be able to hold a camera without getting cramps in their hands, and that requires a certain size and decent ergonomics.

So what was the point of mirrorless again?!

"So what was the point of mirrorless again?!"

To get rid of the dinosaur mirror! I can't see myself ever going back.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:54 UTC

While I might prefer the Hasselblad concept, Fuji have come up with a much better selection of focal lengths for their introductory lenses. Good on them!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:19 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
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munro harrap: I dont like it. I dont like having to start with the same pixel count as the Canon already has for a third of the price at all. I dont like being expected to afford a new set of lenses in a new format in a new bayonet, rather than an existing one-say Hasselblad, for example.... I do not like what Fuji have been doing at all. After all, just as Nikon took ages to arrive at decent resolution, trailing Canon for 5 years or so, Fuji started their mount and their Xxxx series at 12 MP, as had Nikon with the D3. They have just reached 24MP, years after Nikon and Sony. So buy the first body at your peril and then weep three years on when they manage the 80MP that Hasselblad have already left behind. Along with the existence of micro 4/3rds manufacturers, such folk embarass photography.

I've got wonderful news for you. You don't have to buy it if you don't like it! How lucky is that?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:16 UTC
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txsizzler: Will this app be coming to the Android system with its superior cameras over iOS?

Aren't the best phone cameras on older Nokias anyway? Ones which run neither operating system? Windows??

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 02:53 UTC

You know, if Canon had persisted with eye control, it's very likely I would still be shooting Canon now. I had it on an EOS 30 and it was phenomenal. I didn't throw my toys out of the pram when they dropped it but, without that feature, Canon became just ordinary and I shopped around . Thanks for bringing that up.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 20:51 UTC as 193rd comment | 1 reply
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