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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On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (372 comments in total)
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deep7: This camera does have something that stimulates my interest. Something about the concept of doing photography for recreation, using a small handful of carefully chosen prime lenses, taking my time, just taking one or two carefully thought out photos, maybe even with a tripod.

Then I looked at the lens catalogue. There are two lenses there that might work for that (35/1.4 and 105 macro), otherwise lots of gaping holes. They really need something like a 19mm "Art" lens and a very nice 70mm. Nothing close! Plus, you can't really mount something off another system.

Give it time, I guess?

I do recall something about that. In fact, I think dpreview used it as a standard lens for their test scene on a few bodies?

I wonder if Sigma intends releasing a few lenses appropriate for this format? Time will tell. It's a bit weird at the moment.

I actually have a lens here designed for APS-H. It's a Minolta 22-80 zoom, used on a Vectis S1. Absolutely tiny and no chance of digital correction either! That was the film era promise of APS.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 10:00 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (372 comments in total)

This camera does have something that stimulates my interest. Something about the concept of doing photography for recreation, using a small handful of carefully chosen prime lenses, taking my time, just taking one or two carefully thought out photos, maybe even with a tripod.

Then I looked at the lens catalogue. There are two lenses there that might work for that (35/1.4 and 105 macro), otherwise lots of gaping holes. They really need something like a 19mm "Art" lens and a very nice 70mm. Nothing close! Plus, you can't really mount something off another system.

Give it time, I guess?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 02:51 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (372 comments in total)
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Matsu: They need to stop the odd body style experiments. That said, what they really needed to do here was make it about the same size and shape as a small APSC DSLR, like and SL1 or D5500, forget the SA mount and offer it in four flavours: full frame and APS-H Nikon F, and full frame and APSH Canon EF, and then just take everyone's money.

One of the best things about it is that it ISN'T trying to be a boring boring boring fake SLR! Though, having said that, the EVF does seem to be on the wrong side...

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 00:22 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (372 comments in total)
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tinternaut: So what's APS-H?

"Whole hog"? What a bizarre comment! Why stop at a totally arbitrary sensor size and not suggest they make it 40x30mm? APS-H should be more than adequate, taking into account the unique sensor attributes, without going to something needing more bulk, bigger lenses, etc. etc. I love that they chose this size. I just wonder what lenses they make that would work nicely though.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 22:04 UTC
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MartinDixon: Am I expected to judge the quality of a $13,000 mirrorless medium format camera based on these images? At least 65% of the files are in such terrible light that I can't see anything important. What can I possibly assess from an LCD screen on the web? Please put the camera in the hands of a professional who might actually use this camera on a job. I can't judge anything from these files. They're God awful...

Ha, there is a brick wall pic in there (the church) and it's astonishing. If you want detail, read the grave on the lower left...

I totally agree with RubberDials too.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:49 UTC
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Frank C.: Tech is good but Hasselblad needs to get an Italian designer on board.

Plus the design is gorgeous. If a camera can actually be gorgeous...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 05:34 UTC
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DamianFI: I'm not being facetious here, but what is the point of this camera?
How are the resulting images better than images from a D810, 5DSR, A99II or A7RII?

I see no medium format look, no shallow DOF or subject separation I cannot get from a 35mm sensor, no DR I can't get from a D810, no IBIS from the 7RII, no 42mp bursts as I get from an A99II.

A 5DSR has effectively the same resolution, a D810 would have insignificantly less DR (possibly the same), an A7RII with a 0.95/50 will achieve the same (probably more) subject separation. It's not light or small with its lenses.

I was so excited about this camera when the massive hype was generated at the start of the year, but I think without IBIS and without awesome lenses than set it apart from anything a DSLR can achieve, it's puzzling as to why I should 'upgrade' from my current crop.

Hasselblad, take my money, but explain what I'm getting for twice the price for the body and four times the price or more once I have set up the system.

If you don't understand it, Damian, it's not the camera for you. Save yourself a wad of cash and stay happy. If you really believe "the resulting images (are not) better than images from a D810, 5DSR, A99II or A7RII", then you could save even more money and get a little Fuji or m4/3 camera because the same logic applies!

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 01:22 UTC

Nice set of images, ta, which show lots of mood and richness. Such a refreshing change from the underexposed-then-pushed galleries which we often see here.

I absolutely love the approach they have taken with this camera. No, I can't afford it today (and, if I am honest, don't need all that image quality, gasp, horror!) but I will aspire to have one anyway. It just seems to be far less computer and far more camera than the current trends and that's inspiring.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 17:11 UTC as 83rd comment

Nice gallery, ta. Why have so many photos been deliberately under-exposed, then pushed in processing? That sensor is actually quite good with highlights and you'd end up with a cleaner image. Jpegs are better than expected. I may well buy this camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 23:12 UTC as 15th comment
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gehairing: Heliskiing is so much pollution to let a few guys have half an hour pleasure skiing down. :o(
This activity should be completely forbidden.
It is...in a lot of countries...but not all.

Dheori - is that a desirable thing?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
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gehairing: Heliskiing is so much pollution to let a few guys have half an hour pleasure skiing down. :o(
This activity should be completely forbidden.
It is...in a lot of countries...but not all.

Your point is fair but, when you say "This activity should be completely forbidden", you can't just draw an arbitrary line.

Our planet is in dire straits, far worse than nearly everyone understands, and it will take a quantum shift in humanity's indulgences to reverse that. Bringing in laws targeting specific activities (undertaken by a rich minority) will achieve very little in terms of the big picture. You don't go heli-skiing so you do your bit. That's a start.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 09:45 UTC
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stevevelvia50: One needs to remember that to have the exact same depth of field and shutter speed, I mean exactly the same! on a full frame camera, the iso has to be set much higher on the full frame camera, 800 iso on the Olympus, versus 3200 iso on a full frame (Nikon D5 or Canon 1DX) for example. Things get more interesting then.

String: of course people care!

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 02:17 UTC
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Artpt: The noise level seems excessive for most all the shot....iso 500-1600....

Please comment EM1 users...I had an EM1 for 2 years and don't remember the noise this much.

You did allege that, Dan. But you see, it might clear the point but it does anything but clear the photos! Good that you provide the ORF files as well, ta.

I did download a random out-of-camera jpg and it wasn't noisy at all. Phew.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 02:13 UTC
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Artpt: The noise level seems excessive for most all the shot....iso 500-1600....

Please comment EM1 users...I had an EM1 for 2 years and don't remember the noise this much.

If the environment is "low contrast", there is absolutely no need to underexpose and push!

Artistic merits aside, most processed photos put up by dpreview staff tend to have a lot of noise, from a range of cameras (not to mention artefacts from pushed exposure, such as grey patches on faces). A bit of simple processing would be fairer to the manufacturers. I have an original EM1 and am always shocked by how bad EM1 images look on this site. It's actually capable of a very clean and detailed photo and I'd imagine the EM1Mk2 would be too.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 19:30 UTC
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gehairing: Heliskiing is so much pollution to let a few guys have half an hour pleasure skiing down. :o(
This activity should be completely forbidden.
It is...in a lot of countries...but not all.

While you make sense, to extrapolate from there you'd ban all skiing, maybe also water skiing, mountain biking, surfing and every other sport that requires vehicular transport to get to the location?

That would be unpopular...

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 19:22 UTC
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Dave Oddie: We've "reached out" to Olympus for comment.

Ugh! How about some plain English? We have asked Olympus for comment. Or: We have asked Olympus to comment.

"What a load of rubbish. This phrase is neither recent nor lazy. It has been standard British & American parlance for many years." Yes. With a completely different meaning. Not responding is a good idea if it bothers you!

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 03:58 UTC
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linda r: Even before this firmware, I occasionally need to take the battery out and re-insert to get the camera to work again. This is not good when I am taking action nature shots, because I miss the shot entirely. Let's face it, Olympus quality control is not good.

Clean your battery terminals. Poor contacts will cause that.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
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Dave Oddie: We've "reached out" to Olympus for comment.

Ugh! How about some plain English? We have asked Olympus for comment. Or: We have asked Olympus to comment.

The phrase is only recently common in that context and, to most people, means something quite different (basically a charitable act, having its origin in the act of reaching out from shore to help a drowning man).

This current use, which seems to have stemmed form North America, is stupid, unnecessary and, frankly, annoying. It's like the writer would desperately rather be trendy than literate.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 01:15 UTC
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justmeMN: "We've reached out to Olympus for comment ..." -DPR

The last time DPR reached out to a company for comment, the company ran away. :-) (Samsung)

No.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 18:54 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (159 comments in total)
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TBLF: Still have mine on the shelf for nostalgia, sticky grips and all! 😎

This was my first positive experience with digital coming from a lifetime of film. Before the E10, back when kodak/fuji/nikon was showing joint venture , $10,000 dollar VGA resolution DSLR's at trade shows, I thought digital was a joke and would never threaten film.

This little camera was the first digital I picked up and thought, hey, they are catching up, and maybe they will surpass film some day. The lens is actually very very good.

I take it off the shelf every now and then and stick batteries in it just to remind myself how far we have come. This thing is pretty slow by todays standards, and man, that lcd is tiny, but it still takes a respectable small snapshot and everything works like new except for the sticky grips.

I'm curious. Mine is a very soft rubber but it's not sticky. Does that come from years of hand grime (like a steering wheel on a car on a humid day) or is it a chemical breakdown of the "rubber" itself (perhaps if the camera is stored in a warm place)? If the latter, probably talcum powder isn't such a bad idea? If the former, maybe start by rubbing vegetable oil in and then use meths or white spirits - test on a tiny portion first, obviously!

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 04:19 UTC
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