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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Jonathan Brady: "Regardless, I’m really hoping that we won’t have to wait until the next Photokina to see a brand new or even an updated camera from Nikon or Sony to replace the aging D810 and a7R II, respectively, but I’m not holding my breath."
Uhhhh... Canon waits 4 years to upgrade higher end cameras. 2 years (Sony and Nikon's current time since launch) is nothing. It's also unsustainable. Be prepared to wait.

I looked it up, Jonathan, and it was Kenta Honjo who said that. He's product manager for mirrorless cameras and lenses, so I think it's credible. I think the earthquake had an effect on timetable.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 13:37 UTC
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xarafan: Now we know what the DL stands for: 'Didn't Launch' ...

I agree with DME. A DL interchangable lens line with 4/3rds or APS-C sensor would have been a better move. They would have had to be bold understanding that really good mirrorless ILCs would cut into their entry level DSLR sales. Canon was somewhat bold with the M5, but still cautious compared with Olympus and Fuji offerings imo. If Nikon really brought it (dumped their Nikon 1 line for the new DL mirrorless ILCs) they could really cement themselves against Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 02:17 UTC
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mmcfine: Photokina 2016 reflects where photography and imaging technology stands and it's quite bloated with nothing new. And it's OK. it simply shows the maturity of technology on our daily life. We can do very well with a four year old camera and 20 year old lenses, and can use Photoshop 7 just as well as the latest bloated CC.
Did we just become an obsessive creature?

No, we've been obsessive for ever.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 02:14 UTC
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Jonathan Brady: "Regardless, I’m really hoping that we won’t have to wait until the next Photokina to see a brand new or even an updated camera from Nikon or Sony to replace the aging D810 and a7R II, respectively, but I’m not holding my breath."
Uhhhh... Canon waits 4 years to upgrade higher end cameras. 2 years (Sony and Nikon's current time since launch) is nothing. It's also unsustainable. Be prepared to wait.

Except Sony reps have been saying that Sony plans to release every 6 months and the A7ii is overdue. Mirrorless improvements are paced differently than flagship DSLRs--the new technology is significant in 12-18 months.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 02:13 UTC
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steelhead3: Let's see...a mirrorless from Canon that would have been news 4 years ago and will be discounted to $400 by spring, a Casio want to be by Olympus (amazing speed), a fine looking MF camera by Fuji which will have to find its own market and a camera from Sony which does everything but on a dead mount. What more could you want from the largest show? I know, another action camera.

Why is a mirrorless from Canon too late to be good news while the advanced capabilities from Olympus' mirrorless flagship are "wanna-be" in your mind? I think both look excellent. It's certainly Canon's most bold attempt which is impressive for how carefully they have protected their entry level DSLRs in the past. Olympus is producing a real flagship and addresses shortcomings of the E-M1 very handily. Are you confusing good products with just the ones that you dream of?

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 02:09 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 comments in total)
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maciek sz: This is a serious question, not a hate game - what is the reason to buy this over X-T1 or A6300 if the Olympus is bigger in dimensions? I don't get it really, you get in both cases bigger APS-C sensor... I understand models like EM10, but this? Why?

I would choose EM1 II, XT2, then A6300 BTW.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 00:58 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 comments in total)
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maciek sz: This is a serious question, not a hate game - what is the reason to buy this over X-T1 or A6300 if the Olympus is bigger in dimensions? I don't get it really, you get in both cases bigger APS-C sensor... I understand models like EM10, but this? Why?

You mean XT2 right? No reason to dismiss either the XT2 or EM1 II. Simply put they are both great choices depending on priority list.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 00:57 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 comments in total)
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Thomas Karlmann: The Oly guy missed, I think, the opportunity to mention the Pro Shooting mode where 14 frames can be captured once the shutter is half depressed -- certainly a help in getting those ball-hitting-the-bat shots we see.

Some Pros will criticize while others will use innovation to innovate. They will do with the feature what others with less skill or vision won't achieve with the same. And perspective will remain the Achilles heel of the mind--even for pros.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 04:56 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 comments in total)
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Kenneth Arthur Owen: I'd like to get reacquainted with Olympus (and I want to play with a 42.5 mm Nocticron f/1.2). My last Oly was a Pen D2 half-frame film camera - you'd get 72+ vertically orientated shots from a 36 roll.

Still love my half frame SLR. Oly products today remind me favorably of these.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 04:46 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 comments in total)
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dbltapp00: That camera body is HUGE!

It is huge, but in this case not just ego.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 04:41 UTC
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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 (279 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 37th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (279 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 (279 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 (663 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 (361 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 (361 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 40th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (192 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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