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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On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)

Funny. I like the modern look of the new page. The test page is more like an optical viewfinder--easier on the eyes for those older folks without all those distracting pictures.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 11:19 UTC as 369th comment
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Favorable Exponynt: It didn't really get smaller did it?
http://camerasize.com/compare/#206,692

You are remembering 2004 too well if you are still kvetching about how 4/3rds cameras didn't shrivel up into pocket sized power houses with the key interest of making FF zealots into laughing stocks with their monstrous systems. By now I just figured everyone had handled a mirrorless system long enough to realize how much smaller and credible mirrorless has become while all along increasing screen size, viewfinder size, processing power, IS capabilities, and video cooling hurdles. The comparison you make is like watching Alice in Wonderland and saying "See! I told you! That tiny door is actually really big if you drink from the right bottle."

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 00:47 UTC
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Jon Schick: Another innovation right back to that very first E-1 was the SSWF to keep the digital sensor clean - it took quite a while before other manufacturers caught up with that. I still wish they'd continued to develop the E-1 - in many ways the nicest dSLR I ever owned, and in fact now the only dSLR I continue to own - it's a joy to use even though it's totally antiquated.

mgrum, I've never wet cleaned an Olympus sensor and the E-1 is still clean after 13 years; but conditions vary. I think pollen, humidity, and other stickies may need wet cleaning--but if you are having to clean an Olympus camera in your conditions than it many not be dust on there.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 00:28 UTC
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MAubrey: Still enjoy my 150mm f/2 on the E-M1!

Always wanted that lens. ;) It's a gem.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 21:30 UTC
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Jon Schick: Another innovation right back to that very first E-1 was the SSWF to keep the digital sensor clean - it took quite a while before other manufacturers caught up with that. I still wish they'd continued to develop the E-1 - in many ways the nicest dSLR I ever owned, and in fact now the only dSLR I continue to own - it's a joy to use even though it's totally antiquated.

There is still not a better system to keep dust at bay & Canon pretended (or actively defended) the notion that dust was just not a problem for almost a decade after Olympus killed dust for good.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 21:29 UTC

I actually just took my E-1 + 50-200mm out this morning. Fantastic lens. Peerless build quality, weather sealing, and dust busting. Will hold up for years. But AF ability, rear screen quality, video, and resolution have run so far ahead in 13 years! I'm faster with manual focus + focus peaking on my A7 which is my go to camera now. The 5mp resolution and lack of video/live view I could live with, but the AF is so atrocious that it discourages use. The E-3 was a revelation comparatively and that was only about 3 years down the road.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 21:26 UTC as 117th comment
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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Robemo: "Extremely", "phenomenal", "beautiful", "professional", excellent"", "incredibly", "blazingly", "impressive", "spectacular". For crying out loud, we are just talking about a lens here. And this is a site that tries to give its readers factual unbiased information. All this hyper language is weird and unnecessary and makes the article harder to read. A writing course seems in order ...

Optimism seems a legitimate writing style for a unique lens they were obviously impressed with. Were you hoping for the lens to fall on it's face? You could have had a more critical tone to the article but that would not have guaranteed more information. They gave a useful explanation of how the lens works to deliver on the promise of smoother bokeh, provided links to examples and video, and reflected on sharpness and AF (unique for this lens). What else do you really want?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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Robemo: "Extremely", "phenomenal", "beautiful", "professional", excellent"", "incredibly", "blazingly", "impressive", "spectacular". For crying out loud, we are just talking about a lens here. And this is a site that tries to give its readers factual unbiased information. All this hyper language is weird and unnecessary and makes the article harder to read. A writing course seems in order ...

You remembered "phenomenal". That's when I stopped reading your comment. ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 14:50 UTC

I looked it up and thought I'd share that the aperture of the 100mm is f2.8 max not f5.6. The T stop of T5.6 has nothing to do with depth of field, but instead brightness after some light is absorbed by the STM technology and glass in the lens. No lens delivers the theoretical amount of light predicted by the f-stop because all glass lenses absorb some light. The usefulness of T-stops comes into play when grading lighting in video. So this is not false advertising. It's f2.8 and it's going to be brilliant. People will buy Sony just to use this lens because it's one of a kind being AF and will rock socks on any A series body.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 03:07 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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Doberman: Are these really great images??? Besides the POV, what really makes them so great?

Have you not studied photographic composition? Changing point of view can make all the difference. These pictures are not taken by robots just to show a point of view previously unattainable--that's Google earth--these photographers had imagination of what a great new point of view could do for certain subjects. Specifically, on 1, the reflections are the canvas for this shot--elements that could not be captured from sea level or eye level. Number 2, the curvature of the path through the dunes, the reflection and shadowing, the leading lines and strong diagonals, the balance of elements--unattainable at eye level. I could go on, but if you don't see it at this point, then you've made your mind up to wear blinders imo.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
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deanfuller: NPS: Don't drive there. Don't walk here. Don't even LOOK at that. Just another part of the federal leviathan staffed by functionaries . . . . some with guns . . . .

Thanks Samuel. I'll keep on supporting the dual mandate of the NPS. It's a tricky balance. I do believe that we need to take positive ownership of our parks. But it's corporate ownership, not selfish disrespect, which is needed. This means no one individual can disregard protections and safety that guards access and enjoyment for all Americans. For private property I would always opt for no covenants and no HOAs because I want to do what I please on my own private land. But people who want to take ownership of land with covenants (in this context the Constitutional right of our government to set up protected accessible land treasures for the people), then we need to respect those covenants that protect those lands.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 04:19 UTC
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deanfuller: NPS: Don't drive there. Don't walk here. Don't even LOOK at that. Just another part of the federal leviathan staffed by functionaries . . . . some with guns . . . .

I live near Yellowstone where 4+ million people visit from all over the world each summer. Last year someone loaded a baby bison in their SUV to "get it out of the cold." Never mind that they doomed it to death by doing so. Someone flew a drone into the Grand Prismatic Spring too. Oops. Fines. Then there are those who try to take selfies with 3000lb bison just to be gored half to death and flown out by helicopter. Lastly, the young man who tried to take a dip in a hot spring and by the time rescue could get out to him there was literally nothing left to salvage when the microbes were done. That was last year. That's how people act. I love rangers who both promote access and try to protect our national treasures from the way some would act if there were no guidelines for safety and respect in our parks. For those of us who want unbridled nature there is amazing back country to explore! It is fabulous and the wilderness wields no gun but there is no mercy for the foolish either.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 20:51 UTC
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photog4u: I'm a huge fan of Olympus ... my E-M1 has never failed me as long as I didn't try to push the m43 sensor beyond it's capabilities. However, having shot the Sony A7 series full frame cameras quite extensively, I find that more and more, I'm missing the larger sensor. You just cannot ask a tiny sensor to do the things a full frame sensor can do e.g. DR, low light, high ISO performance and true f numbers without crop factors so that if I want to shoot wide open at f1.8, I can, instead of f3.6. Speedbooster's work ok but it's just not same, for me. People go on about that "full frame" look but I find that it IS real, especially when shooting with Zeiss lenses. So today instead of spending two grand on another m43 body, I'm going to take advantage of some of the full frame bargains going on right now (A7 $998) less with trade and maybe the Zeiss 55f1.8. I'll spend 1800 bucks to compliment my E-M1 with full frame goodness since AF speed and tracking are not a priority.

I went A7 + FD and OM adapted lenses as well. Even purchased FD 500mm f4.5L. All my lenses can also adapt to future m4/3rds or APS-C body, but the A7 is a good compliment and super cheap if you have lenses to adapt. You have to be made of money to afford an A7Rii + compliment of auto-focus lenses by Sony and Zeiss. It would undoubtedly be cheaper to stick with m4/3rds or go Fuji XT if you needed the speed and auto focus, but I manage with manual focus and the A7 is brilliant. Everything is a trade off. Would love an E-M1ii, but can't afford it so I stick with FF. ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 14:02 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1180 comments in total)
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FLruckas: What is going on?

Sony full frame cameras. Itty bitty bodies. BIG FAT LENSES.

GH5. BIG FAT BODY. Itty bitty lenses.

I miss the GH1/2 form factor...Itty bitty body. Itty bitty lenses.

Yes I know. That's the point. Not everyone is looking for a pocket-able mirrorless camera as the holy grail with no concern for competitive battery power, cooling, storage, sealing, and ergonomics. Small size is nice, but a trade off and personally, I like a happy medium where power lasts and I have dual cards and no limit to movie recording.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 23:55 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1180 comments in total)
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MrALLCAPS: Honestly, what's the reason for getting a E-M1 MkII for over this camera, aside from just being an Olympus?
Panasonic has trumped Olympus as the real leader of Micro Four Thirds. It has the same image quality, which isn't saying much really for the FT sensor, it's ibis is on part with Olympus, even better in longer focal lengths with the dual I.S., and Panasonic video is leaps and bounds better than Olympus.

If anyone truly wants to shoot sports, they're going to use a D500 or a 7D MkII. I don't see a pro using M43 for sports or wildlife over those 2 cameras. Yet, pros are using the GH series for video.

Now all Panasonic need's to do is return the GX series back to a primary stills user. One without a flippy screen, thank you. The one on the GX85 will be quite fine.

Mr all caps, were you responding to my comment about 4/3rds glass? If so, you missed some words in my comment that might have helped you understand that I was speaking of my preference. You don't have permission to tell me that it's not my preference.

And if you really want honesty, the internet is ill--abusive, not desiring understanding, and feverish with proving it's own bias by shouting louder than anyone else. Constantly confusing acting sure with being more right, the internet uses bullish language, hyperbole, and personal attacks to try and muscle it's way to a top that doesn't exist.

Are you this kind of person?

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 05:21 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1180 comments in total)
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MrALLCAPS: Honestly, what's the reason for getting a E-M1 MkII for over this camera, aside from just being an Olympus?
Panasonic has trumped Olympus as the real leader of Micro Four Thirds. It has the same image quality, which isn't saying much really for the FT sensor, it's ibis is on part with Olympus, even better in longer focal lengths with the dual I.S., and Panasonic video is leaps and bounds better than Olympus.

If anyone truly wants to shoot sports, they're going to use a D500 or a 7D MkII. I don't see a pro using M43 for sports or wildlife over those 2 cameras. Yet, pros are using the GH series for video.

Now all Panasonic need's to do is return the GX series back to a primary stills user. One without a flippy screen, thank you. The one on the GX85 will be quite fine.

Agree with pdelux. Testing for oneself both of these cameras would easily reveal if the Olympus or Panasonic is a better fit. But the IBIS and sealing of the Oly is hard to beat as is the sheer speed of the processing and AF.

For me, the Olympus supports AF with 4/3rds glass which is a very attractive reason to go with Olympus. Also the video on the E-M1ii is really good enough for most casual videographers and the IBIS is very good in video.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 23:36 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1180 comments in total)
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N13L5: Always been fond of Panasonic, cause they've never sold me a dud in any of their product lines, and past Panasonic purchases have outlasted most everything else I bought.

The only thing that bothers me about their cameras unfortunately are the M43 sensors.

Here's wishing Panasonic will make an APS-C or full frame GH5-B.

Yeah, I know, unlikely...

Yes, unlikely, however you have the A7sII, A7rii, A6500, and XT-2 as very good options if you wanted that size increase. I have an A7 that I use with legacy glass which is a cheap second FF system. I think it would be great if Olympus and Panasonic made joint FF models together at the $3000 price point with new Zuiko glass and very highly specified video. The best of the GH and OM-D series. Made it compatible with old 4/3rds lenses in crop mode and developed a really good AF adapter for Nikon and Canon glass. Yeah, very unlikely...

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 23:25 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1180 comments in total)
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robbinsbox: viewfinder sounds wonderful. wish they had a two eye version:)

I agree, the viewfinder sounds fantastic. I also think there would be some interest with a 2 eye viewfinder from some people. I would like to try it. I feel that eye fatigue can sometimes be an issue if sitting in a blind or on a long session. How about wireless VR compatability? Great for blind and remote work.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 00:19 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1180 comments in total)
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FLruckas: What is going on?

Sony full frame cameras. Itty bitty bodies. BIG FAT LENSES.

GH5. BIG FAT BODY. Itty bitty lenses.

I miss the GH1/2 form factor...Itty bitty body. Itty bitty lenses.

Target market. Not everyone buys mirrorless for diminutive size alone. The sensor sizes allows for smallish lenses (that's why Sony FF lenses are large) so the kit may be smallish, but handing can suffer if the camera is too small as can battery life. Mirrorless allows for great adapting of nearly all legacy glass which isn't always a great match for a super small body (ie I have a FD 500mm f4.5L which would be better on the GH5 than the Pen-F for obvious reasons). Overheating is better handled with a little more space and for a serious video hybrid camera the GH series the ergonomics, battery size, sealing, dual cards are worth their weight and size and the mirrorless technology enables some skills that similarly sized DSLRs can't touch. So no, not everyone has a one item priority list of super small.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 00:16 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1180 comments in total)

Looks to again set the standard for video/stills hybrid. I'm keen to see tests vs. the E-M1ii. The likeness to the GH4 seems to belie the significant advancements inside like the addition of IBIS, full width 4K, dual slots, AF, and viewfinder achievements. The intention for firmware is also telling. I think the price of both the Pana and Oly flagships should have been $200-300 less, but that is bound to happen for street price against the credible competition after the initial honeymoon phase.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 03:57 UTC as 187th comment
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