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 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (387 comments in total)
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Keith57: Strange language. What's a crop sensor? Is it a sensor that stated out a certain size and then gets chopped down? What's on earth is 'full frame'? Is it a mythical standard size? What about all those cameras with a really big sensor (Medium format) are they 'expanded sensors'?

Just curious, what's wrong with just 35mm, m4/3, etc? aren't all of these 'Full Frame' ;-)

deep7, maybe I wasn't as cognizant as I could have been. Basically I'm just siding with common usage rather than technical redaction proposed by history buffs.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:34 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (387 comments in total)
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Keith57: Strange language. What's a crop sensor? Is it a sensor that stated out a certain size and then gets chopped down? What's on earth is 'full frame'? Is it a mythical standard size? What about all those cameras with a really big sensor (Medium format) are they 'expanded sensors'?

Just curious, what's wrong with just 35mm, m4/3, etc? aren't all of these 'Full Frame' ;-)

I'm with Richard on this. Being ultra literal/technical about the English language can lead to lots of different opinions on what is most precise. You also have people who think that if they can construct logical correlations then the language should conform to their reasoning because that's how they see it. Language doesn't play like that and correlations isn't causation--they can be made up considerably.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:18 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (764 comments in total)

Olympus OM-1n + 55mm f1.2 for $130 for my 14th birthday. Wish I still had it.

Film: OM-1 > Nikon N70 > Elan 7e > Maxxum 7 > Zenit MT half frame > Zorki 4k
Digital: Sony U20 > Panasonic FZ2 > Panasonic FZ15 > Olympus E-1 > E-3 > E-M1 > Pentax K5iis > Sony A7

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 19:39 UTC as 384th comment
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sgt gatr: $2000!!!!!!!

Bahahahahabahahahahabahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

I just spewed coffee all over the floor. Get a D500 or an X-T2 and save yourself a some money.

Or get a used D750... bla bla bla... that's not the point. Changing systems takes more money then body only price and a lot of people may find the $600 price increase of the flagship too steep, but they are invested already, and so that stinks. Other cameras that may be less expensive are not just a matter of getting more for less.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 23:05 UTC
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Kaso: Why bother with "m43" when the cameras end up being big and heavy and expensive? Imagine iPhone "evolving" into a Motorola walkie-talkie brick. Nice trip, though.

Because big, heavy, and expensive is relative. Needs and experience varies. Also, size can't be constrained infinitely due to the LCD and the needs for more power and dual slots seen on higher priced models. Coming from DSLRs, it's just as Ulric said. Super small sometimes without sacrificing capabilities of larger systems when needed is awesome.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 23:01 UTC
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kobakokh: Nikon D7200+sigma 17-70/2.8-4+Tokina 11-20/2.8+Professional Flash+5 high speed 32Gb SD cards =2000 USD! In China... people can compare which one will be better for them... for me this Nikon set will be better...

I can buy a used back hoe for $2000. It will crush any camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 22:56 UTC
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HP1999: With this cost no reason not to buy a Full Frame DSLR or mirrorless full frame. even a Nikon D500 would be better. $2k for a small sensor

Oh, I'm remembering that back in the DSLR days flagship product were always priced very high at first, then Olympus would back off after 6-9 months. I'd expect the street price of this camera to settle around $1599 eventually. I just don't think $1999 is going to succeed for that long.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 15:43 UTC
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HP1999: With this cost no reason not to buy a Full Frame DSLR or mirrorless full frame. even a Nikon D500 would be better. $2k for a small sensor

Oleg. Yes, after seeing the results from 5 and 6 sec. handheld, I'm convinced that the smaller sensor really enables IBIS. Olympus put a lot of work into engineering a very competent stabilization solution. That + video = awesome.

However, we also have a perception by photographers that wiz-bang features still don't compensate for a smaller sensor or completely justify a price much higher then expected. People feel they are getting more with a larger sensor because when it comes to resolution, DR, and noise... they are getting more. So while advanced weather sealing, speed, and amazing IBIS are fantastic I think Olympus increasing the price by $600 over the model it is replacing really goes against the grain and perception. If they have to charge this price to land upright, then cool I guess. But if they are thinking that $2000 is what the market will bear for their flagship because it's just that amazing, people will vote with their wallets.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 15:40 UTC
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HP1999: With this cost no reason not to buy a Full Frame DSLR or mirrorless full frame. even a Nikon D500 would be better. $2k for a small sensor

There is an obsession with some to push FF as the only credible choice for real image quality, however, we also know that smaller sensors are less expensive by far because of the number of sensors one can get out of a wafer of silicon. So, yes, this is more expensive then it should be for the sensor size. Sure, speed and features done right take R & D money, but the sensors should hypothetically be much less expensive for Olympus. Be we don't know that the seller is selling those sensors for, so this camera is hypothetically too expensive based on competition from cameras with sensors costing more.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 01:54 UTC

It sounds like a winner for me! (In 3 years when I can afford it and the E-M1iii comes out for $3800. Good things they make these things durable).

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 06:46 UTC as 122nd comment | 5 replies
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SirSeth: Do I see a headphone port? Hummmm... startlingly like a Note 7 and iPhone 7 really.

Nice. So it can be done. ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 03:23 UTC

Do I see a headphone port? Hummmm... startlingly like a Note 7 and iPhone 7 really.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 19:50 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies

That's hot! Doesn't it have a lighter app?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 19:49 UTC as 32nd comment
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EduPortas: Just scanned the 50+ plus winners and finalists on National History Museum website and discovered just one mirrorless camera amongst the lauded pictures (Olympus E-PL1). Lots of "old" DSLR gear: Canon's original 5D, 7D, Nikon D300, Nikon D90 with good glass. Lion's share seems to be shot with the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. Heck, there's even a Nikon F4 film camera! Surely mirrorless is the future, right? RIGHT?! (Edit: I only checked the "Adults" section of the competition. Lots of great shots in the younglings section also).

I use DSLRs and mirrorless and I've seen how far mirrorless has come in a short time, so for me mirrorless promises a very bright future. However, what irks me is the incredulity and accompanying sarcasm of the DSLR faithful. It's a paltry showing for mirrorless and a paltry showing for the current generation of DSLRs which says what? I don't know--possibly that DSLRs are really not improving that much? Mirrorless are but there are other factors. Mirrorless isn't doing really long optics, those behemoths of wildlife photography yet. Sony, the most prominent FF mirrorless is noticeably short on long glass. Class leading weather sealing, battery life, and storage is also not keys to the impressive marketing effort of mirrorless, not to mention that we don't know the age of the optics being used by the photographers. How many of these guys have a bevy of glass that precedes mirrorless--so DSLR it is. Meaningless notions about the facts are still off the mark despite being facts.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 01:40 UTC
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EduPortas: Just scanned the 50+ plus winners and finalists on National History Museum website and discovered just one mirrorless camera amongst the lauded pictures (Olympus E-PL1). Lots of "old" DSLR gear: Canon's original 5D, 7D, Nikon D300, Nikon D90 with good glass. Lion's share seems to be shot with the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. Heck, there's even a Nikon F4 film camera! Surely mirrorless is the future, right? RIGHT?! (Edit: I only checked the "Adults" section of the competition. Lots of great shots in the younglings section also).

@EduPortas. Naw. Grand sweeping plausible cause is different than probable cause. Each person has reasons why they choose the gear they do. What other reasons are there that wildlife photographers might choose old gear?

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 13:10 UTC
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EduPortas: Just scanned the 50+ plus winners and finalists on National History Museum website and discovered just one mirrorless camera amongst the lauded pictures (Olympus E-PL1). Lots of "old" DSLR gear: Canon's original 5D, 7D, Nikon D300, Nikon D90 with good glass. Lion's share seems to be shot with the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. Heck, there's even a Nikon F4 film camera! Surely mirrorless is the future, right? RIGHT?! (Edit: I only checked the "Adults" section of the competition. Lots of great shots in the younglings section also).

Yes. Right. Surely the present for wildlife photography is not mirrorless, but what does that really prove about the future?

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 02:34 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2198 comments in total)
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tbcass: "Subject tracking, while good, is not dependable enough for professional use"

I'm sorry but what makes you say only "professionals" need dependable subject tracking? In fact a skilled professional landscape or wedding photographer probably can do just as well with no subject tracking at all.

It can be taken as an observation about the AF-tracking rather than a value statement about professionals. The author did not say that only professionals need dependable subject tracking or that all professionals need subject tracking. Reading between the lines to infer this is taking it as a value statement about people rather than as an observation about the AF.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 21:14 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2198 comments in total)
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tbcass: "Subject tracking, while good, is not dependable enough for professional use"

I'm sorry but what makes you say only "professionals" need dependable subject tracking? In fact a skilled professional landscape or wedding photographer probably can do just as well with no subject tracking at all.

I'm not sure why you are apologizing for questioning something that wasn't said. The quote is about subject tracking, not professionals or what it implies about the needs of non-professionals.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 20:31 UTC

The aspen stand shots are brilliant. Great idea.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 20:07 UTC as 3rd comment
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tom1234567: Nikon pricing 90% of people out the market with their new price structure.......utter greed! I for one have done buying more Nikon gear......roll on more Fuji.

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD for Nikon £799need I say anymore´╗┐ just do a Google serch

Tom G

I don't think it's greed (unless you consider all business and selling to be greed). Photography market has shifted drastically over the past decade and these companies, especially if not as diversified as say Canon or Sony, are not reporting record earnings but they have shifted to lucrative high end products because of the squeeze from cell phones and general plateau of luxury purchasing for the middle class that kills low end product structures. I also think that materials and R&D that can keep up with sensor tech are more expensive in today's economy then ever before.

That said... the price of many new lenses are like a kick in the nads for someone like me on a mini-budget. I don't believe in flexing credit to "afford" such niceties.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 13:28 UTC
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