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 Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1376 comments in total)
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NickyB66: DP say image quality, especially in JPG not good. I'll stick with the X-Pro2.

No, they don't say that. They say that high ISO noise smoothing is a little aggressive, but the colors are very pleasing and if you keep ISO within reasonable bounds, you can expect excellent IQ for the sensor size. The X-Pro2 also has very pleasing JPGs and for it's sensor size very competitive. Nothing wrong with either--they are very good for what they are. The E-M1ii blows the X-Pro2 out of the water when it comes to hand holding, video, and overall speed. If these are more important than slightly better JPGs, then it's all good with the E-M1ii.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 17:23 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1376 comments in total)

Better review then I expected. It does indeed sound like the camera delivers on the speed, features, robust build, battery, and IQ (for a 4/3rds sensor). I agree with the write up that though it is a very good camera, it's not a $2000 success. $1499... yes that's more like it. And since it's over-engineered and made to last, worth waiting until the price hits more reasonable levels.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 17:19 UTC as 267th comment
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S Edwards: Olympus promised image quality exceeding all APS-C. The results speak for themselves, what a disappointment. I still like the camera, especially as a system, but they're a stop away from delivering the sensor they promised.

It's a good rule of thumb to take what politicians say and marketing hype claims with a grain of salt.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
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photophile: Bit disappointed. I compared it with the Sony Alpha II, Fuji X-T2 and Nikon D500 - and pixel peeped. At the two hightest ISO settings, Sony & Fuji walk away with it. Nkon is not bad. But Olympus falls a long way behind. Just above the centre of the image are three items of text set against black, white and grey backgrounds. You can actually read the text with the Sony & Nikon at ISO25600! Impressive.

Naththo, you would think that FF needs better lenses, but my legacy lenses that I used on m4/3rds just deliver better IQ on my A7 FF than they did before. It doesn't seem logical because the m4/3rds camera is using the center of the image circle which should be the sharpest. When taking portraits with the A7 and legacy glass the DOF being shallower may mean that sharpness at the corners isn't an issue because the background is already blurred out, but even when stopped down the lenses are sharper and showing fewer defects on the A7 then 4/3rds. What do you make of this? I think there are theories about FF that are promoted that just don't work out in real life. But I know that using the same 30 year old lenses on FF is making these lenses shine which is what I have observed to be the opposite to what you are implying.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 14:06 UTC
On article TIME releases 100 most influential images of all time (165 comments in total)

Stop whining everyone. You don't have to agree that they are the "most" anything. These are what TIME considers the most influential and that's all. They picked not you and you might have picked differently and that's ok.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 04:27 UTC as 49th comment

New sensor generation shows improvements in noise with higher resolution. Yay! But no miracles either--and it seems like there are a lot of people of faith here expecting some "take up your sensor and walk" miracles from the god on mount Olympus. Well... hate to break it to you folks... but no the E-M1ii isn't pulling ahead of APS-C or FF and never will.

What is fantastic, imo, is how close the IQ comes to larger sensors. The gaps are less then they used to be because of great programming. The downside is that noise smoothing at high ISO reduced detail or you can keep the detail and accept a little noise. But a smaller camera with smaller lenses that's faster will not have every capability of a camera with sensor that's 4x the size. Therefor Pixel peeping at ISO25600 isn't really anything more than academic. Even with FF I try and keep it under ISO6400. m4/3rds is managable at least to ISO3200 and the speed and capability of the camera is much more than my FF A7. Give and take.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 16:49 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply
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photophile: Bit disappointed. I compared it with the Sony Alpha II, Fuji X-T2 and Nikon D500 - and pixel peeped. At the two hightest ISO settings, Sony & Fuji walk away with it. Nkon is not bad. But Olympus falls a long way behind. Just above the centre of the image are three items of text set against black, white and grey backgrounds. You can actually read the text with the Sony & Nikon at ISO25600! Impressive.

Were you expecting miracles? The E-M1ii is higher resolving and less noisy then the E-M1. This tracks with sensor generation improvements, but you wouldn't expect the new Olympus to bridge the gap compared with the XT-2 which is also newest gen and you wouldn't expect it to pull even with FF at ISO25600 with 1/4 the area right? So realistically, the smaller sensors are doing really well for their size, but otherwise the difference is predictable.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 16:41 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (748 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: I have owned and used a Canon Powershot SD850, Canon Powershot S95, a Nikon D300, a Nikon D700, a Sony DSC RX100. and a Nikon D750. I have produced images I value on all of them and I have exhibited and sold images from each of them. In the end, professional is defined by the ends, not the means.

Semi-pro then are cameras that have many features that would appeal to working professionals, but may be considered by many pros a compromise because of a small sensor and thus less than class leading DR and high ISO. This also does not imply that a pro can't weigh the cost, speed, size, handling advantages of a smaller sensor system for themselves if the nature of their business is suited to the skills of a true video hybrid or run and gun light setup.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 04:52 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (397 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 (397 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? (766 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 386th 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 33rd comment | 2 replies
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