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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deep7: A mate and I tried one of these just before they hit the market. I remember loving the shutter, the viewfinder and the new Zeiss lenses. My mate was so impressed he bought right into the Sony system and dumped his Nikon gear immediately. He has gone on to take hundreds of thousands of photos with his and even published books with images from the A900, not to mention having many photos in music magazines. While he has moved on to an A99, that A900 keeps on trucking!

There were a few premature shutter failures in the A900, though I understand that others went for a very long time. I never tried an A850 but the A900 shutter just felt and sounded proper, like an old-school film camera, not a computer. Totally subjective, of course! It didn't seem to cause any shutter shock.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 20:26 UTC
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OlyPent: Even with a price tag $5000 less at the time than Nikon's D3x, this camera wasn't exactly a sales winner, was it? The D850 was the downmarket version as I remember.

Thanks, Photosbyhank. That seems more reasonable than OlyPent's wild exaggeration!

Personally, I never see a 35mm format Nikon outside a shop but have seen a few 35mm Sonys. That is totally because of the circles I move in (Canon being dominant, I should add, with quite a few using Olympus).

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
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OlyPent: Even with a price tag $5000 less at the time than Nikon's D3x, this camera wasn't exactly a sales winner, was it? The D850 was the downmarket version as I remember.

I'd be very surprised if it didn't outsell the D3X!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 20:01 UTC

A mate and I tried one of these just before they hit the market. I remember loving the shutter, the viewfinder and the new Zeiss lenses. My mate was so impressed he bought right into the Sony system and dumped his Nikon gear immediately. He has gone on to take hundreds of thousands of photos with his and even published books with images from the A900, not to mention having many photos in music magazines. While he has moved on to an A99, that A900 keeps on trucking!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 19:58 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony announces FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens (134 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Why does it need image stabilization, if the cameras it was designed to be used with, already incorporate it in their bodies?

People who say in body image stabilisation doesn't work with longer focal lengths need to get out and try some long Olympus glass on an Olympus body! It words VERY well and has done since the days of the E3.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 05:30 UTC
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Astrotripper: Soo, what's wrong with the mechanical shutter that the specs regarding it were not released?

20 fps is all fine and dandy until you look at the footnotes. Not to mention it's just 2 fps more than E-M1 Mark II.

Also, did Sony do something about rolling shutter? It is pretty severe even on their APS-C cameras, worse than competition. It really needs to be better than that if they are pushing it as the main feature.

Um, that's actually 42 frames per second LESS than the EM1 Mk2 (when both use electronic shutter)!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 20:55 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (155 comments in total)
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dansclic: Again, 8 pages for 30 sentences. Couldn't you defitineley not present a hands on on ONE page ? What's the use of making 8 pages ?

It is one page! Just use your right arrow to move to the next picture. Nothing else changes. Weird complaint.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 07:21 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (155 comments in total)
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h2k: How i wish there'd be a fully native ultrawide prime, say with 8 mms. I can then still zoom easily with my arm and feet. Not sure why ultrawide needs to come as zoom.

(Aware of uw primes from Laowa, Lamyang etc.)

What is 16mm? We both mentioned 8mm.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 07:20 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (155 comments in total)
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h2k: How i wish there'd be a fully native ultrawide prime, say with 8 mms. I can then still zoom easily with my arm and feet. Not sure why ultrawide needs to come as zoom.

(Aware of uw primes from Laowa, Lamyang etc.)

Olympus 8mm/1.8?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 05:42 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (155 comments in total)
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rfsIII: What is “splashproof”? Splash has a disturbingly non-quantitative definition in English.

There are IPX standards. "Splashproof" means you can spray water at the lens (in this case I assume from any direction) but you cannot submerge the lens, which would have to be "waterproof" to allow that.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 05:40 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (111 comments in total)
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Astrotripper: Those new medium format lenses are amazing. This is no exception.

But what does Fuji have against macro lenses? This is yet another Fuji "macro" lens that isn't all that macro. Why not 1:1?

A fixation with "1:1" is less relevant these days. Considering the resolving power of lens and sensor, cropping to your magic number will still yield excellent quality.

I think it very likely that going that extra bit closer, while still maintaining the same maximum aperture and quality would be very much harder to achieve (without using extension rings or close-up filters), adding substantially to costs.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 20:13 UTC
On article Hasselblad X1D final production sample gallery (142 comments in total)
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deep7: That dog portrait shows perfect depth of field control. A breath of fresh air in this age of nothing-in-focus mania and a lovely example of the potential quality of the system.

Najinsky, agayardo, I think we all strongly suspect the photographer was just blasting away with the lens wide open and it was just lucky that shot worked out perfectly! However, the irony is that the "limitation" you both hint at has meant a considerably better photo than might have been the case with a camera/lens combination capable of giving away more depth of field, if also used wide open.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 03:11 UTC
On article Hasselblad X1D final production sample gallery (142 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: It's interesting just how ordinary the results look. Kind of grainy, not particularly sharp. I don't get the same "wow this is very nice, clear, and with great tonality" impression that I get when looking at Fuji's GFX results. Although supposedly more or less the same sensor. Must be the difference in lenses and RAW/Post Processing.

Actually, I note many such samples over the last year or so have had the shadows excessively lifted too, which makes everything worse!

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 05:28 UTC
On article Hasselblad X1D final production sample gallery (142 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: It's interesting just how ordinary the results look. Kind of grainy, not particularly sharp. I don't get the same "wow this is very nice, clear, and with great tonality" impression that I get when looking at Fuji's GFX results. Although supposedly more or less the same sensor. Must be the difference in lenses and RAW/Post Processing.

We appreciate that, Dale, but isn't the point of using a RAW converter, rather than relying on the camera's processing, to make the most of the file's potential? No need for fine art (though some of the images are pretty nice!) but we want to know what the camera can do, so a little use of the sliders to tidy things up would be very helpful.

Adobe's "default" is not a level playing field as every camera seems to need a slightly different approach.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
On article Hasselblad X1D final production sample gallery (142 comments in total)

That dog portrait shows perfect depth of field control. A breath of fresh air in this age of nothing-in-focus mania and a lovely example of the potential quality of the system.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 20:40 UTC as 11th comment | 5 replies
On article Hasselblad X1D final production sample gallery (142 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: It's interesting just how ordinary the results look. Kind of grainy, not particularly sharp. I don't get the same "wow this is very nice, clear, and with great tonality" impression that I get when looking at Fuji's GFX results. Although supposedly more or less the same sensor. Must be the difference in lenses and RAW/Post Processing.

Out of camera jpg files aren't full sized. Yes, fedway, you can do it yourself if you have the patience to wait for such a large file to download. However, I think it likely that most people here won't bother and will rely on the poorly processed examples posted here.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
On article Hasselblad X1D final production sample gallery (142 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: It's interesting just how ordinary the results look. Kind of grainy, not particularly sharp. I don't get the same "wow this is very nice, clear, and with great tonality" impression that I get when looking at Fuji's GFX results. Although supposedly more or less the same sensor. Must be the difference in lenses and RAW/Post Processing.

It's rare for the staff here to process photos with any attempt to control noise. I have no idea why but, luckily, the internet is a big place and you will find much cleaner examples elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 01:40 UTC

I am amazed this is even a story. This clearly isn't some urban/interstate super rail line with high speed, whisper-quiet super trains and 99.xx% of people shooting something like this (especially when you look at who actually posts on that page) won't be that stupid not to consider the whole picture. And the stupid people won't give a toss what armchair police tell them anyway.

It's a sad world where everyone assumes the right to interfere endlessly with everyone and everything. The orange jacket brigade are getting way too opinionated!

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 01:53 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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FlyinDoc: If and when Sony puts phase detection in their RX10 cameras, it will match any M43 camera for AF, match for IQ thanks to superior sensor performance, and have incredible versatility thanks to that great glass. 4K - check, IBIS - check, lower price point - check. Where is the advantage of M43 ILCs?

I know it's apples vs oranges, but M43 system is being squeezed from above and below is what I'm trying to say.

I have an EM1 and a Panasonic FZ1000. I use the FZ1000 more, simply because it is so convenient but there is no way I would say the image quality was as good. It just is not possible to massage the RAW files to the same standard as I can with the EM1. However, it is still good enough for most uses so I don't mind. What I do mind is that the FZ1000 is soooooo much bigger!

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 19:28 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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harvo: I have owned 3 Olympus OMD digital cameras. I have had the cracked LCD frame and EVF surround falling off and lugs loosen on my M5. I was charged 160 bucks to repair the lugs our of warranty. I have had my M1 dials fail and a strap lug fall off. I was charged 180 bucks to repair my lug out of warranty. I take care of my stuff. i am no longer looking to Olympus as my first choice for my next camera. Many users had lugs fall off and dials fail. I think that those defects are unacceptable and repair should have been done under warranty whenever that happens. I would have liked to see questions on Olympus QC and support for regular users. I don't care if pros use Olympus cameras or not.
Harvo

That's unlucky and atypical. I've had six Olympus DSLR/interchangeable lens cameras and they've all been rock solid and trouble free - and none have been pampered at all.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 11:11 UTC
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