Ross the Fidller

Ross the Fidller

Lives in Australia NSW, Australia, Australia
Works as a Violin (Maker) Repairer
Joined on Oct 31, 2010
About me:

I fiddle with violins (& cellos) when I'm not fiddling with cameras.

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duchamp: And the difference from Lowepro Flipside series is?

That the flipside has the laptop inside the secure section with the main camera bodies & lenses & this has it out the back where someone else could get to it & 100gm heavier than the Lowepro 400 AW II Flipside.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 12:12 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1181 comments in total)
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vFunct: Can't recommend mirrorless for photography. since dSLRs are much better for photography.

It's fine for video, tho.

BTW, here is one photographer that uses his Sony A7RII effectively & doesn't need a DSLR to get his stunning images. He also uses a drone now too.
https://garyphayes.photography/

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 12:40 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1181 comments in total)
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vFunct: Can't recommend mirrorless for photography. since dSLRs are much better for photography.

It's fine for video, tho.

OK, I twisted the words to how I took it, so to quote "since dSLRs are much better for photography." is still a somewhat blanket statement without any substantiation.
The only difference between a DSLR & a mirrorless is the 'flappy mirror' & focussing systems with the OVF & EVF of each having their respective advantages & disadvantages, but to say "since dSLRs are much better for photography." is just a biased (or ignorant) comment to make. Now if he said (certain) DSLRs are better for bird & action photography, then that is still a known advantage, however, mirrorless systems are improving there all the time (in design & firmware updates), but apart from that the mirrorless camera can be better for photography as well as video.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 12:35 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1181 comments in total)
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vFunct: Can't recommend mirrorless for photography. since dSLRs are much better for photography.

It's fine for video, tho.

@vscd, except he has made a blanket statement that mirrorless are no good for photography. That is a load of rubbish statement. Now, if you want to talk about focussing methods between DSLRs & mirrorless, then there are some differences that can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on the type of photography one's doing.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 22:13 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1181 comments in total)
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vFunct: Can't recommend mirrorless for photography. since dSLRs are much better for photography.

It's fine for video, tho.

That's probably because you have a personal bias against mirrorless, or clueless how to use them. đŸ˜œ

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 14:33 UTC
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mgblack74: This is great and all, but the lowest capacity is 256GB? I prefer smaller capacity cards. I have a few 32GB XQD cards and even on 14 bit RAW I can get over 300 pics on a single card. About the limit I prefer to go incase of card corruption. That’s even with sending duplicate files to the second card. 256GB would give me 2400+images. I know there is 4K video to consider so that’s why it’d be nice to see lower capacity cards.

@mgblack74
You obviously did not understand or attempted to know what I meant by "Pro Capture" in the Olympus camera. Scroll down on this page to Pro Capture.
https://www.olympus.com.au/Products/Interchangeable-Lens-Cameras/Olympus-OM-D/E-M1-Mark-II/Features/High-speed-Performance
If similar features (25+ frames at 60 fps saving JPEG & raw) are used in a camera with much larger MP sensors (than 20MP) then memory space will be used up in a hurry. Anyhow, I doubt you would be considered to be the target user of the very high speed memory card with such a small memory capacity for this level of speed possible. The above example from thorstenMUC was obviously a hypothetical scenario to show you why the manufacturer starts with 256GB capacity.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 22:15 UTC
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mgblack74: This is great and all, but the lowest capacity is 256GB? I prefer smaller capacity cards. I have a few 32GB XQD cards and even on 14 bit RAW I can get over 300 pics on a single card. About the limit I prefer to go incase of card corruption. That’s even with sending duplicate files to the second card. 256GB would give me 2400+images. I know there is 4K video to consider so that’s why it’d be nice to see lower capacity cards.

@ThorstenMUC.
Thanks, that's what I was trying to say too, but you've said it much better.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 13:23 UTC
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mgblack74: This is great and all, but the lowest capacity is 256GB? I prefer smaller capacity cards. I have a few 32GB XQD cards and even on 14 bit RAW I can get over 300 pics on a single card. About the limit I prefer to go incase of card corruption. That’s even with sending duplicate files to the second card. 256GB would give me 2400+images. I know there is 4K video to consider so that’s why it’d be nice to see lower capacity cards.

You might not shoot at 7fps so why would you need a particularly fast card in the first place? A fast card is useful for journalistic "spray & pray" type photography though.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 22:52 UTC
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mgblack74: This is great and all, but the lowest capacity is 256GB? I prefer smaller capacity cards. I have a few 32GB XQD cards and even on 14 bit RAW I can get over 300 pics on a single card. About the limit I prefer to go incase of card corruption. That’s even with sending duplicate files to the second card. 256GB would give me 2400+images. I know there is 4K video to consider so that’s why it’d be nice to see lower capacity cards.

What's 300 images?! That's nothing if out on a day's shoot. With the write speed of these cards the user would not want to have to change them every 5 minutes with just 32GB of memory. The capacities are appropriate for the write speed. If a camera with higher MP was doing something similar to the ProCapture on the Olympus E-M1Mk II at 60 fps (JPEG & raw) then the write speed needs to be FAST & large enough capacity.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 21:52 UTC
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proxy: Split second decision...? LOL. That could have only happened if his life was threatened directly. Here we have a cop's unconfirmed suspicion, a glimpse of something unknown... at best, yet he chose to fire. Do they fire at any unrecognised object owners? Are they trained to shoot at anything and everything that may even remotely resemble a weapon? If so, they are a huge danger to society. Reckless, uncalled for shooting and excessive use of force is well documented. Some people have real problems, in that number cops too. They should be fired immediately upon a suspicion of recklessness and anger issues, before they endanger others.

Unfortunately, Americans have had a long reputation for shooting anything that moves & this just seems that mentality is actually a reality still, even more so now it seems.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 14:01 UTC
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Imager1: Fix Olympus Viewer3
every one gets an error trying to update the software.

It was only because of the downtime over Easter & now it's back.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 13:45 UTC
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larkhon: Shame there won't be a new Stylus 1

Yes, that is my thinking too. Her's was the 1s & I still have the Stylus 1, or rather my daughter has it, so my wife should be able to use that (if my daughter isn't). I have my E-M1's etc though, but did like the Stylus1 for occasions. It was great for getting indoor shots of my grandson etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 12:47 UTC
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LessMirrored19: Why ppl pay so much for this tiny sensors ? Lol
I will never go back to Aps-c after I switched to FF 3 years ago ...

@LessMirrored19
Maybe your butt hurts because you think you need FF. BTW, a camera is for taking photos. Is yours used for that?

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2018 at 22:05 UTC
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larkhon: Shame there won't be a new Stylus 1

Yeah. I totally agree there. My wife got sand in hers & I wish there was a replacement coming. I don't have confidence in repairing it myself since Olympus said it's not worth the cost to repair.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 14:30 UTC
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LessMirrored19: Why ppl pay so much for this tiny sensors ? Lol
I will never go back to Aps-c after I switched to FF 3 years ago ...

@LessMirrored19:
So you need FF for your cat photos, do you? đŸ™„

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 14:02 UTC
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Nuno Souto: Been taking photos as a passionate hobby for 50+ years.
After using Nikon for well over 25 of those, I have now fully moved to Olympus. Mostly because I'm still waiting for Nikon to produce smaller and better quality lens gear for DX, while the film gear was quite fine.
The slr concept just does not cut it in this day and age of high quality sensors and electronics. Mirrorless is the way to go. And companies like Olympus have shown they respect their users instead of ignoring them. Case in point: they recently added focus stacking to their EM5MII via firmware upgrade. No need to buy a new camera, I just upgraded the firmware on mine and bingo: there it was, what I badly wanted
Feast your eyes, CaNiSoFu: that is called good customer support.
Need I explain which maker my next camera is coming from?

@HowAboutRoar
Except, Fuji have implemented the best concept with it flipping in two directions, a very nice feature for street (discreet) shooting. I have both E-M1's (& E-M5 plus previously E30) so have a choice in that respect.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 10:24 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: This is rather a gimmick design, but if the concept is truly useful then I would think the flash head needs to be in a closed dome, with total variable movement & operate like internal zoom lenses where it isn't obvious as it changes direction, plus it needs to be fast & not looking like a robotic flash doing its yoga exercises.

Think of the dome slightly wider than the existing flash head (with a little more that 180 degree coverage), fixed vertically with the total height no taller than the flash head point up (probably shorter) with the dome having mini diffuser lenses in it & a fully pivoting flash head inside. It could be done quite effectively just like modern lenses (particularly for mirrorless bodies) have light & quick internal focussing, as well as zooming. It doesn't have to be all bulk.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 02:39 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: Olympus is a silly company; do such a great update, waste so much time, among other things improve AF, even deepen the pre-shutter buffer by 150% and not charge $550 for all of it? What were they thinking?!

They were thinking; "We'll give them this firmware update so they stay satisfied with an Olympus camera instead of looking for another brand." (sarcasm returned)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2018 at 04:56 UTC
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mezastel: To all the people here bemoaning the use of bounce flash, I can offer some personal experience: I've been using a Canon 1100D with a 50mm/1.8 lens, Canon 550EX with a Stofen diffuser on top to take pictures by bouncing flash off white ceilings. The results are, in most cases, awesome, so I recommend you try it before knocking this approach. And having electronic assist is even better! Why do you all want to hate on new tech and call it 'gimmicky' when in fact it tries to solve a problem and actually make people's lives easier?

Instead of it 'trying for you', it is best to 'try yourself' & learn from that. Bounce flash is something I've always done (when a flash was needed) & is a great way to add lighting to the scene, but this is a gimmick though, as useful as it might be. At least it should get the subjects looking at the camera (or rather, the flash) with it's 'flash dance' routine (I pinched that description from someone else).

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 12:39 UTC
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davidbindle: What does this flash do in autobounce mode when dummies try to use it in a place with too tall ceilings? Automatically start looking for walls to bounce off?

Yes, I've seen wedding photographers using their flash tilted for everything. Tilted may give a softer front on fill & when moving under a (hopefully white) overhead structure then it will bounce. It could just be "leave it tilted then I don't need to keep fiddling with it" approach. I guess it's a bit like photogs leaving their camera set to 'P' for 'professional'. :-D (joke) But that is of course useful for reportage work though, where there is no time to play with settings & "just get the shot" is more important, so I guess 'P' could be for 'paparazzi'. ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 12:31 UTC
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