SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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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?!

Hey there Fantastic. Some years ago many people did switch and some even made bold statements about mirrorless being the future. And now many DSLR users who scoffed at them are still quibbling based on their limited and stale experience with mirrorless of 2010. Back then people did basically have to compromise for small size over AF or EVF or... it's simply not the case any more. So there are very slightly larger bodies like the GH5 and E-M1ii that really have little to no compromise compared with still larger DSLR bodies. And there are still smaller mirrorless too if that is one's style and the reason to switch (or add).

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 21:42 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (211 comments in total)

I'm interested to know how many shots real users are able to get with the new battery and also with the grip attached. Dual card slots + increased battery power are things I'm delighted to see in this followup. Looks really good so far as speed and video goes!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 20:56 UTC as 30th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (211 comments in total)
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bluevellet: As much as I look forward to this camera and applaud many of its technical advances, I think it is still a mistake to restrict some of its key components to it.

For example, PDAF should trickle down to the other and lower models. It doesn't have to be the very same PDAF and insane continuous shooting as the EM1 mark II, but it can be what you have on the EM1 mark I 3 years ago or something like that.

It's fallacy to claim only stubborn 43 DSLR users and pros have a use for such features, a soccer mom can also enjoy nailing shots of their kids with increased accuracy and speed. I consider it a great missed opportunity that the upcoming EPL8, as pretty as it looks, isn't all that much different than the EPL7 before it, and then the EPL6 or the EPL5. PDAF could have been something a little more thrilling.

I agree and maybe they will have some of these features in the E-M5iii/E-M10iii and Pen F ii. I certainly am interested in PDAF on all my future Olympus camera options.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 20:55 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (211 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: The size: m4/3 system was created to minimize the size and weight of bodies and lenses. But this body is almost of the same size with D7200. So, why not to purchase an APS-C camera instead?

The E-M1ii is significantly smaller than the D7200. So the OP is loopy. But you might say "why not get the A7Rii" if "almost the same size" body with a much larger sensor is the only criteria on which to make the decision. (Of course I'd like one of each and an XT-2 while your at it). The reduced size of the E-M1ii compared to DSLRs is one thing that counts to many... just how far up the priority list is it?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 20:53 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (647 comments in total)
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MrCentrist: Olympus truly is a leader. Their weather sealing better than just about anyone and no just marketing hype.
They pioneered the ultrasonic sensor cleaning.
They revolutionized 5 axis IBIS and still have the best on the market.
And now they are revolutionizing speed. Speed means 10 images for focus stacking in almost 1/10th of a second. Speed means 50+ MP images handheld from a sub-$1500 camera. Speed means 15-18 FPS for action in a sub $1500 camera as well as 60 FPS. Speed means getting several images BEFORE you press the shutter making it near impossible to miss the precise moment.
Today people are going to call these things 'gimmicks' but everyone is going to copy them and start a great evolution in photography.
Now you know why there is a great race to make the first ILC sensor with a global shutter.

It was gutsy to ditch DSLRs early (and I was ticked back then). But it looks to be paying off because Oly can offer something calculated in the mirrorless space without protecting a DSLR hierarchy. Both Nikon and Canon are stuck with DSLRs, they seem happy about it, it works for everyone else too. There will always be those who look down on the smaller sensor choice, but I think they cast a mirrorless vision early on that serves a lot of needs and then they focused on innovating within that space. It's smart. Fuji skipped FF altogether with their medium format which is also smart and I hope it carves a niche for them too. Everyone wins, but for Olympus, it's not just about innovation, but to innovate within a vision that is their own.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 02:24 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (347 comments in total)
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SirSeth: This may become an instant cult classic! It's certainly the cheapest 4K capable ILC on the market and it really is quite forward thinking for young innovators. ;) What would make this even more classic though is open source firmware with developer tools that the community could easily enhance. Ultimate project camera and ground roots movement if this happens (doubtful I know).

Yes I agree. Open source firmware would launch YI and a wave of creativity. It wouldn't have to be a free for all. YI could publish their tested and certified list of firmware from the community. Still, it would be brilliant.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 19:48 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (347 comments in total)

This may become an instant cult classic! It's certainly the cheapest 4K capable ILC on the market and it really is quite forward thinking for young innovators. ;) What would make this even more classic though is open source firmware with developer tools that the community could easily enhance. Ultimate project camera and ground roots movement if this happens (doubtful I know).

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 04:18 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (173 comments in total)
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shutterstutter: Wonder if this would work well (em-1 well) autofocus wise with my 4/3 lenses...? Anybody can figure that out reading through the technical specifications?

Too bad too, because if GH85 and especially GH5 supported 4/3rds glass the weight/feel/balance would improve a lot. I also may prefer the battery life and video spec of the GH5. E-M1 is a little small without grip for larger 4/3rds glass. Still, I'm glad the E-M1ii will support 4/3rds lens owners. Should deliver excellent results. Oh, 150mm f2 how I want thee!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:50 UTC
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Via Lactea: arca swiss plate, thumbs up for that

Good notice. That's how every tripod mount should do.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:27 UTC
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Bombastic: Come on Fuji, No 4K video? :p

And you are so right. I wasn't paying attention to the real high end market. But Red, Arri, and Hasselblad all have some 4K video monsters. I figured such a large sensor would need much speed than is currently available to process all that data, but I guess a lot of these MF sensors are copped down for video, which makes perfect sense to deliver very high rez. wide screen from the larger imaging sensor. Exciting development.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 04:31 UTC
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Bombastic: Come on Fuji, No 4K video? :p

I think it will be a while before we see 4K on sensors this size. And timberD, don't be a hold out. 4K is awesome for photographers too.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:24 UTC
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Mike Oo: As someone who has owned two Fujis...an S3Pro and an X100T, I will never, and I mean , never, buy another weirdo Fuji design. There are always way too many downsides to a couple of cool features.

I can see the S3Pro downsides about 10 miles away, but what about the X100T was a weirdo design for you? Just curious. I haven't used one, but this new Fuji looks pretty sorted as does the XT-2, so I'm paying attention.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:20 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (647 comments in total)
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eno2: Setsuya Kataoka of Olympus says E-M1II image quality is better than any APS-C DSLR on market!

Amateur Photographer published an interview with Setsuya Kataoka of Olympus. Here are just a couple of interesting points:

1) With the E-M1 Mark II we have surpassed the speed and image quality of APS-C DSLRs.
2) The in-body stabilisation itself gives 5.5 steps, and the Sync IS gives 6.5 steps with OIS lenses. 6.5 stops is actually a theoretical limitation at the moment due to rotation of the earth interfering with gyro sensors.
3) It’s not a PEN-F sensor: It’s a totally different sensor, two times faster, with totally different construction. On-chip phase detection is also incorporated.

I doubt it surpasses APS-C IQ, but if it's closer then ever that's very good news. I do believe the gap has decreased significantly (all but in many people's minds).

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:10 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (647 comments in total)
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danieljcox: This camera could do to Canon and Nikon what Canon did to Nikon in the early 90's. Canon's AF technology crushed Nikon throughout the 90's. It was technology that took Nikon by surprise and they never recovered from Canon blind siding them. If the specs of this camera hold true and it indeed can shoot 18FPS in AF-C, this camera may well do to both Nikon and Canon what Canon did to Nikon way back when. This may finally be the camera that proves mirrorless is the future due to less moving parts and the ability to surpass the flapping mirrors of the traditional dinosaur DSLRs.

Mirrorless in general has already proved mirrorless has a strong future. DSLRs will stick around because people like the past, but Sony A series, Olympus OMD, Fuji XT and now medium format mirrorless all are showing the way. There is no need to prove anything.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:08 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (647 comments in total)
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arhmatic: Maybe it's just me, but "OM-D E-M1 II" (12 characters total) is a little of an overkill... Why put "E-"? Is there a "non E-" M1? Sure, all letters mean something, but do I care as a buyer? Look at car naming. "Audi Q5" is easy. "Olympus M2" is similarly easy.

This applies, in my mind, to all camera makers. Not picking just Olympus in particular. 2-3 characters would do just fine. Just a suggestion. For simplicity and ease. Win-win for all.

OM-D is the line. EM-1ii is the model. Everyone will refer to it as the EM-1ii just as they do with the EM-5ii and EM-10ii. Not hard or overkill imo. Not like motherboard models.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:06 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (647 comments in total)

Great show! Looks really nice and very fast. Dual card slots and larger capacity battery are really nice upgrades. Overall speed of AF and video spec look to be excellent. If IQ is better as claimed, then looks like a great package.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:03 UTC as 84th comment
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (201 comments in total)

I think the pictures show tons of promise for this lens. A class act. Will look forward to more samples as it gets around.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 04:25 UTC as 13th comment
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (201 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: Whoa, better than anything Fuji has announced! Bravo Olympus!

Barring their entirely new MF system right? But yeah, looks like a nice lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 04:24 UTC
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (201 comments in total)
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Achiron: This is merely an F9 150mm on my Polaroid 20×24. Pure garbage, I wouldn't even consider using it as a paper weight as it's this plasticy light m4/3 construction. Olympus should close it's shop and focus on making paper cups.

Sometimes, irony is easy. Ain't that ironic.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 04:21 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL8 First Impressions Review (70 comments in total)

Just a model refresh. Looks nice I think. It would be news if Olympus actually also did a refresh on the menu system. I'm still waiting for any manufacture to bring camera menus into the cell phone age.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 04:15 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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