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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IamJF: Of course they look similar when you stop down to 2.8 and "match" focal lengthes! I hope nobody is wondering about that? And btw - the Sony 55mm is a gem.

But that's the whole point - you buy FF to shoot a F1.4-1.8 lens wide open and get shallow DoF! If you want to shoot at 2.8 you are probably fine with a smaller sensor (when you get these very good lenses)
There is great and not expensive F1.8 FF glass out there - you will get a cheaper system as with 1.2 lenses on M43 :-)

"you will get a cheaper system as with 1.2 lenses on M43"
Seems like you're trying to start an argument! ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 11:56 UTC
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bluevellet: Em1 markII... when is the firmware 2.0 coming?

This is a response I received when I asked on FB.

"Thanks for your message. The current firmware available for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is version 1.3. When the E-M1 Mark II was announced all features and functionality that were promoted where available at time of release therefore no major firmware update was required soon after. As Olympus has a strong history of regular product support and updates you will find it's only a matter of time before additional firmware updates become available. Thanks for your patience and loyalty. We will be sure to communicate when new firmware details are released."

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 10:10 UTC
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Cheezr: Hopefully this will nudge Olympus out of their stupor!

Maybe they aren't blowing trumpets (yet) with what's to come (hopefully).

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 04:17 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: Oh dear. Yet another reason to stay away from Macs!

BTW, is iOS11 coming to iPads as well with this file format?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:16 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: Oh dear. Yet another reason to stay away from Macs!

PhotoUniverse
The Galaxy A3 is a couple of years old now & uses Micro USB-B. The price was good & I only use home WiFi with it (or locations that have it if I really need to) with a basic phone plan I've had for several years that only costs me for the calls & texts I use only being much cheaper than any other plan can offer & does me just fine. It runs Olympus OIShare for remote WiFi camera use if I need it & does other smart phone apps fine. Why spend a fortune on a phone I don't need? Now with the camera I extended myself a little (E-M1 Mk II) but that budget is limited for much else for now. On my PC I use Capture One & everything is dandy! :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:12 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: Oh dear. Yet another reason to stay away from Macs!

@dd1989
I don't buy 'flagship' phones, only cameras which uses USB-C though. My Samsung A3 phone serves me for all I need & I don't need to install that annoying iTunes (or other software) on my PC to transfer files, as I refuse to do with the iPad. I use an SD card dongle to put some photos on it (I could use the Olympus WiFi programme, but physically connecting the SD card is quicker, so long as I can find the dongle when I need it).

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: Oh dear. Yet another reason to stay away from Macs!

I must say though, I was happy to give up a flappy mirror in my camera but there are many diehards that just won't & how old is that technology?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 23:49 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: Oh dear. Yet another reason to stay away from Macs!

It's their removal of standard connections that remain on PCs etc & limited method of transferring files (iTunes etc) that I hate, plus the need for dongles. At least I can just plug my Android phone into a PC with USB & I can copy & paste files like it's a flash drive. So simple to do without all the other BS needed with transferring to & from my iPad. If this file compression standard is going to be adopted by everyone then fine, it sounds great, but not if it limits & complicates file transfers between systems etc.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 23:40 UTC

Oh dear. Yet another reason to stay away from Macs!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 12:04 UTC as 13th comment | 11 replies
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zakaria: The dslrs market is already divided among canon nikon and pentax.
aps/c mirrorless between fuji.sony.canon.
Four thirds between panasonic and olympus.
There is only one player on ff mirrorless cameras. it is sony.there is a big chance for nikon on this market.
Aps/c and four thirds are threatened by the smartphones which are developed day by day.and may be we will see smartphones with many lenses and big sensor.

@Father Bouvier
" There won't be any reason for manufacturing 1", m43, or APS-C as they won't offer any advantages in anything including price."

Really? There will always be an advantage (at least for M43) with size & weight.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
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JoaoPedroAB: Even liking and following most of technical discussions, I have a question. Maybe someone can help: why seems to be impossible using regular lenses (Nikons, Canons EF) with mirroless cameras directly? And, for instance, we would have the next Nikon D6 with dozens os lenses already in the market? Thanks in advance.

Pentax tried that idea, but the camera looked ugly to start with & defeated the purpose of going mirrorless with flange to sensor still being so long.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 07:39 UTC

About time!
Let's hope this means they will come into fruition.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 07:35 UTC as 12th comment
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (582 comments in total)
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SteveY80: I'll never understand why both Olympus and Panasonic cripple auto-ISO in most of their cameras. The primitive auto-ISO is the main thing I dislike about my current m4/3 cameras and I'm not going to buy another one until they've sorted it out.

OK thanks. I found it all. I'm not sure I want my camera set up that way though, but at least there is that choice.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:32 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (582 comments in total)
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SteveY80: I'll never understand why both Olympus and Panasonic cripple auto-ISO in most of their cameras. The primitive auto-ISO is the main thing I dislike about my current m4/3 cameras and I'm not going to buy another one until they've sorted it out.

Athonline
"You can set auto-ISO and exposure compensation in the em1 mk2."

Not in M mode with dials, only as a preset in the Menu, unless you can enlighten me otherwise.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 11:59 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (582 comments in total)

"Moving the mode dial from Auto to Art, I noticed the E-M10 III has another trick up its sleeve; you can now scroll through every Art filter on the camera along the bottom of the screen while your scene changes in real time."
That is what I noticed on the E-M1 Mk II as well (just for the sake of looking) although it isn't with touch scrolling & done with the front dial instead. It is a better implementation for using Art Filters than previous models (that I know of).

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 04:03 UTC as 21st comment
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (582 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: E-M10s were easy to recommend to beginner photographers getting their first ILCs. However, it is no longer as easy when there's X-T20 available from Fuji for not that much more money. Sure, it does not have an IBIS, but it rips the entry-level OMD's to shreds in pretty much every other aspect. Better build quality, better sensor, better handling, better menus, better EVF, better focusing... better overall shooting experience. Pretty much everything is better.

Olympus needs to further drop the price of E-M10 III to stay competitive. Otherwise, I don't see a good reason to get one.

Australian prices for body only E-M10 mark III is $989 & X-T20 $1129
A beginner is going to a buy a kit though.
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 MARK III SINGLE LENS KIT WITH 14-42MM EZ LENS $1199
FUJIFILM X-T20 SINGLE LENS KIT WITH XF18-55MM LENS $1,629.00

A bit of a difference!

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 03:51 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)
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virtualreality: It's about time to upgrade the kitlens. 14mm (28mm equiv) is not wide enough, most companies offer 16mm (24mm equiv) lenses now. Also aperture size is small (3.5-5.6) considering the small image size. Olympus offers 14/3.5 where other manufacturers offer 18/3.5.

I said let's not get into the equivalence argument. For one, the APSC lens (assuming it isn't a FF lens) 'gathers its light' to cover an APSC sensor area whereas a 4/3's (& M4/3's) lens only covers the smaller (not a lot smaller though) area of the 4/3's sensor, so forget the pointless argument. For the same aperture, shutter speed & ISO essentially the resulting exposure will be the same (allowing for differences for ISO between manufacturers).
Also, please leave the DoF alone too. We all know how that appears differently between formats.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 09:53 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)
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virtualreality: It's about time to upgrade the kitlens. 14mm (28mm equiv) is not wide enough, most companies offer 16mm (24mm equiv) lenses now. Also aperture size is small (3.5-5.6) considering the small image size. Olympus offers 14/3.5 where other manufacturers offer 18/3.5.

First of all, Olympus's 14mm is equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format (some like to call it 'full frame') & 18mm from other manufactures (using APSC) is also equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format, so the aperture is the same at the equivalent focal length. Let's not take this equivalence comparison any further though. It gets messy.
There is already a perfectly good, all purpose & weather sealed 12-50mm kit lens from Olympus. Also, if you so desire, Panasonic make a 12-60mm kit lens too. If you were asking Olympus to make a 12-60mm f/2.8 - 3.5, then I would like that too.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 00:36 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)
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WuWuZilla: Did I get this right? It will not support off-camera flash?

Karroly
Maybe they are customise-able (or not) up to a point, but others have said the video button isn't, unlike other models where extensive customising is possible on a number of buttons etc.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 23:24 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (204 comments in total)
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WuWuZilla: Did I get this right? It will not support off-camera flash?

Yes, that is right. They are targeting it to the crowd that wouldn't use it, apparently.
Also, they don't believe the user would want to program the buttons for anything else either.
Another gripe in their marketing is that it's supposed to be good for 'selfies' but without a 'selfie' screen.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 11:12 UTC
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