danieladougan

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On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)
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soundknight21: Its like a Pany G7 without 4k.
Whats the point? except to LOOK like a photographic journalist?
The price is ridiculous considering the power of similarly priced gear.

Its interesting how the Pany GX8 fans are over reacting to other peoples comparissons between these two. Of course the gx8 is better technically. Although I dont think there was an agenda to holding the gx8 review off until after the pen f review I still think it poor form for the gx8 review to have not been done. The most important mft camera of 2015. But we also have to aknowledge that as guests we do not pay to read this column and thus should take all opinions with a grain of salt and simply sit back to enjoy the 'camera porn'.

Not saying it's not a good camera, but these are crucial omissions (in my opinion) for a camera in this price range. Especially when you consider the competition and the other cameras already in Olympus's stable at similar price points.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 01:52 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)
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soundknight21: Its like a Pany G7 without 4k.
Whats the point? except to LOOK like a photographic journalist?
The price is ridiculous considering the power of similarly priced gear.

Its interesting how the Pany GX8 fans are over reacting to other peoples comparissons between these two. Of course the gx8 is better technically. Although I dont think there was an agenda to holding the gx8 review off until after the pen f review I still think it poor form for the gx8 review to have not been done. The most important mft camera of 2015. But we also have to aknowledge that as guests we do not pay to read this column and thus should take all opinions with a grain of salt and simply sit back to enjoy the 'camera porn'.

I'm an Olympus guy. I shoot with an E-PL5. I'm invested in the Micro 4/3 system, with both Olympus and Panasonic lenses. I want them to do well and make good products.

One thing that continually eludes Olympus (to the benefit of Panasonic) is C-AF + TR. My E-PL5 has betrayed me more times than I can count when attempting to shoot sports action (it's just a hobby for me so I have to shoot with the camera I have).

The OM-D E-M1 improved on this somewhat by adding PDAF, but rather than trickle that important feature down to its other cameras, Olympus made the Pen-F...all style, no substance.

But even the PDAF on the E-M1 is still no match for DFD from Panasonic, and it has downsides for video.

Olympus needs to step up its game in this area as well as 4K video.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 15:51 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)
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soundknight21: Its like a Pany G7 without 4k.
Whats the point? except to LOOK like a photographic journalist?
The price is ridiculous considering the power of similarly priced gear.

Its interesting how the Pany GX8 fans are over reacting to other peoples comparissons between these two. Of course the gx8 is better technically. Although I dont think there was an agenda to holding the gx8 review off until after the pen f review I still think it poor form for the gx8 review to have not been done. The most important mft camera of 2015. But we also have to aknowledge that as guests we do not pay to read this column and thus should take all opinions with a grain of salt and simply sit back to enjoy the 'camera porn'.

Can you please explain the practical advantage of the Pen-F over the GX8? Because I don't know what it would be.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 18:33 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)
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danieladougan: Look at Olympus trying to be Apple.

Don't get me wrong...I like this camera. It certainly is sexy. But it's severely lacking as a value proposition. Within reason, I don't care how a camera looks. I only care about the pictures it allows me to take.

If it were weather-sealed and had phase-detect autofocus like the E-M1, then it could justify its high price. Or if it offered 4K video.

Side note: Come on, Olympus -- how long are you going to let Panasonic and Sony kill you with this before you offer a camera that can record 4K video?

For the price Olympus is asking for the Pen F, why not get a Panasonic GX8 instead? It's weather-sealed, has the excellent DFD autofocus system and offers 4K video. It even has IBIS for your Olympus lenses.

The GX8 also looks good.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 18:05 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Review (1 comment in total)

Back in 2002, I was a reporter for a small newspaper, and we didn't have dedicated photographers, so I was a reporter / photographer. I also switched off between covering news and high school sports. So I have some LIMITED photojournalism experience with a Nikon D1 kit.

I have since changed careers, but I still think I know at least a thing or two about what pros look for in a camera like this. And I still do a lot of amateur shooting as an enthusiast even though no one is paying me.

In photojournalism, especially sports, especially in low-light situations, you can never have too much ISO flexibility because you have to keep the shutter speeds so fast. You have to capture and freeze the action as it's happening.

That's why the 1.3x crop is so baffling on a camera like this when Nikon's flagship has full frame. Sure, 10 fps is great, but so is a usable photo of night HS football at ISO 12800. This is probably OK if not doing sports though; compactness could be an advantage for news.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 14:34 UTC as 1st comment
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)
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danieladougan: Look at Olympus trying to be Apple.

Don't get me wrong...I like this camera. It certainly is sexy. But it's severely lacking as a value proposition. Within reason, I don't care how a camera looks. I only care about the pictures it allows me to take.

If it were weather-sealed and had phase-detect autofocus like the E-M1, then it could justify its high price. Or if it offered 4K video.

Side note: Come on, Olympus -- how long are you going to let Panasonic and Sony kill you with this before you offer a camera that can record 4K video?

The real advantage of 4K video (to me at least) is 8 MP stills. It's like having a burst mode at 30 fps. That would be tremendously useful for sports photographers. 8K would be even better.

Suppose you're doing video for a wedding, but you also want to get a printworthy still shot of the kiss without using a separate camera. If your camera only does 1080p video, you can only get a 2 MP still.

I think about 4K for the video-centric crowd (which I am not a part of). It's becoming a tablestakes feature. If I were more of a video shooter, I'd insist on a 4K camera just because that's where the world is heading.

I currently use an E-PL5.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 17:45 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1066 comments in total)

Look at Olympus trying to be Apple.

Don't get me wrong...I like this camera. It certainly is sexy. But it's severely lacking as a value proposition. Within reason, I don't care how a camera looks. I only care about the pictures it allows me to take.

If it were weather-sealed and had phase-detect autofocus like the E-M1, then it could justify its high price. Or if it offered 4K video.

Side note: Come on, Olympus -- how long are you going to let Panasonic and Sony kill you with this before you offer a camera that can record 4K video?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 14:25 UTC as 61st comment | 4 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (892 comments in total)
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danieladougan: So this is a really interesting option and probably the best point-and-shoot camera available today. A true bridge camera.

But, for that same amount of money or less, you can get a two-lens DSLR or mirrorless camera kit.

"Sure," you say. But those lenses aren't as fast. You'd be right, they're not. But with larger sensors, you can make up for the slower lenses by dialing up the ISO. You get more ISO flexibility with a mirrorless or DSLR camera by 1-2 stops, which makes up for it.

In terms of shallow depth of field, you won't get it with a camera like this, as you can see with the "equivalent aperture" charts.

Instead, spend your $800-900 on a two-lens ILC kit and then go find a used portrait prime lens somewhere.

The only real advantage of a camera like this over entry-level interchangeable lens cameras is that you don't have to carry QUITE as much around because it's an all-in-one solution. But this is a pretty bulky camera considering it's just a very good point & shoot.

One great thing about Micro 4/3 is that almost every lens is designed to be shot wide open. They are so sharp you don't need to stop them down. Almost every review of Micro 4/3 lenses that I read says something like, "This lens is so sharp you won't have a problem using it wide open...how do they do it?" That includes the kit lenses.

I can't really comment on the kit lenses for consumer DSLRs.

If you're savvy enough to care about sensor size and lens aperture (and you're spending $800 on a camera), the simple task of switching lenses is probably not a huge burden. Some enthusiasts might say, "Wow, I can get a camera with an f2.8-f4 25-400mm equivalent lens for $800!" not realizing what they lose in ISO flexibility. I almost got sucked in by it myself.

The FZ1000 and RX10 would be a huge hit at $500 or even $600. But $800 or more is asking just a bit too much. Give the RX10 a teleconverter and

The person buying this camera is not stepping up from a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 18:50 UTC
On article Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) (30 comments in total)

The Sony RX10 is a teleconverter away from being ideal.

If the Panasonic FZ1000 were f2.8 from 28-200 and then f4 from 200-400, then that would work too. But the aperture in the FZ1000 drops off to f4 too early in the zoom range.

You lose about a stop of light in terms of ISO flexibility between this and 4/3 or APS-C due to the smaller sensor size, a constant f2.8 lens that extends all the way to a 400mm equivalent would make it truly compelling given the comparable pricing.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 18:14 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Nikon D1 Review (3 comments in total)

I used one of these in 2002 when I worked as a reporter/photographer for a community newspaper. It was, for its time, a pretty incredible machine even three years after it was introduced.

Compared to the Canon PowerShot A40 that I had just received quite excitedly as a college graduation gift, the D1 I used at work was like something out of a science fiction movie. It was lightning fast to focus and shoot, it had crazy low-light ability (ISO 1600), and the f2.8 AF-S zoom lenses that the newspaper had to go along with it were stellar.

Today with the improvements in sensor technology, you can get similar image quality in a smart phone (with a lot more resolution), and the professional DSLRs are just leaps and bounds ahead.

It's impossible to overstate just how significant a camera the D1 was for photojournalism and photography in general. Total game changer.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 00:44 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (892 comments in total)
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danieladougan: So this is a really interesting option and probably the best point-and-shoot camera available today. A true bridge camera.

But, for that same amount of money or less, you can get a two-lens DSLR or mirrorless camera kit.

"Sure," you say. But those lenses aren't as fast. You'd be right, they're not. But with larger sensors, you can make up for the slower lenses by dialing up the ISO. You get more ISO flexibility with a mirrorless or DSLR camera by 1-2 stops, which makes up for it.

In terms of shallow depth of field, you won't get it with a camera like this, as you can see with the "equivalent aperture" charts.

Instead, spend your $800-900 on a two-lens ILC kit and then go find a used portrait prime lens somewhere.

The only real advantage of a camera like this over entry-level interchangeable lens cameras is that you don't have to carry QUITE as much around because it's an all-in-one solution. But this is a pretty bulky camera considering it's just a very good point & shoot.

I think most people are just after better photos. If they're REALLY concerned about size and portability, they're probably not going to buy this camera anyway since it's quite bulky.

So who is it really for?

It's very expensive for a point-and-shoot...more expensive than many entry-level DSLR and mirrorless kits, even with two lenses.

The faster lens is a selling point over interchangeable lens cameras, but the smaller sensor negates that selling point.

In terms of wide angle, Panasonic has a new 12-32mm kit lens. But if you're buying the FZ100, are you primarily concerned about wide angle? Probably not. This camera was built for telephoto.

Canon's 2-lens Rebel T3i bundle for $799 covers a full-frame equivalent range of 28.8-480mm. http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/eos-rebel-t3i-ef-s-18-55mm-is-ii-lens-kit-with-ef-75-300mm-f-4-56-iii?cm_sp=SP-_-estore-_-

The biggest selling point I can think of for this camera is the 4K video. But how useful is that for a P&S camera?

Link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 00:41 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (869 comments in total)
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danieladougan: The lack of phase detect AF on this camera is baffling. Olympus thinks that the only advantage to PDAF is for old 4/3 lenses (and so they only included it on the E-M1) but it's also useful for tracking moving subjects with Micro 4/3 lenses. And, if I'm not mistaken, legacy 4/3 lenses can be adapted to ANY Micro 4/3 camera, not just the E-M1.

If the Sony a6000 can include PDAF for WAY less money than either the E-M1 or the E-M5, then why can't Olympus do this with all of its camera bodies? It's such a huge barrier for adoption. They should have put it on the E-PL7 and E-M10 as well. That would get me to upgrade from my E-PL5.

Very impressive compared to what? The previous E-M5? The E-M1? A DSLR?

Link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 17:41 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review (503 comments in total)

Dear Sony: How about offering a teleconverter for this camera?

Link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 17:37 UTC as 7th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (892 comments in total)

So this is a really interesting option and probably the best point-and-shoot camera available today. A true bridge camera.

But, for that same amount of money or less, you can get a two-lens DSLR or mirrorless camera kit.

"Sure," you say. But those lenses aren't as fast. You'd be right, they're not. But with larger sensors, you can make up for the slower lenses by dialing up the ISO. You get more ISO flexibility with a mirrorless or DSLR camera by 1-2 stops, which makes up for it.

In terms of shallow depth of field, you won't get it with a camera like this, as you can see with the "equivalent aperture" charts.

Instead, spend your $800-900 on a two-lens ILC kit and then go find a used portrait prime lens somewhere.

The only real advantage of a camera like this over entry-level interchangeable lens cameras is that you don't have to carry QUITE as much around because it's an all-in-one solution. But this is a pretty bulky camera considering it's just a very good point & shoot.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 17:28 UTC as 31st comment | 7 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (892 comments in total)
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onezerosix: i'm debating on DMC-FZ1000 or Sony A6000. I'll be taking pictures at family events & scenery shots. which be better choice? i'm not really looking for 4k video.

skysi asked "why pay for 4K?"

What makes 4K so interesting to me is that you can take 8 MP photos with a 24 fps burst rate. Video is, after all, just a series of photographs. How good is that if you're shooting action?

Also, the FZ1000 has a long lens (400mm in full-frame terms) with, at worst, an f4 aperture. Now think how much that would cost and how bulky that would be with even a mirrorless camera let alone a DSLR.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 17:48 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (869 comments in total)

The lack of phase detect AF on this camera is baffling. Olympus thinks that the only advantage to PDAF is for old 4/3 lenses (and so they only included it on the E-M1) but it's also useful for tracking moving subjects with Micro 4/3 lenses. And, if I'm not mistaken, legacy 4/3 lenses can be adapted to ANY Micro 4/3 camera, not just the E-M1.

If the Sony a6000 can include PDAF for WAY less money than either the E-M1 or the E-M5, then why can't Olympus do this with all of its camera bodies? It's such a huge barrier for adoption. They should have put it on the E-PL7 and E-M10 as well. That would get me to upgrade from my E-PL5.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 16:46 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (869 comments in total)

This camera really needed the dual fast AF from the E-M1 in order to be appealing.

I hope Olympus considers making that feature available in more cameras in its line.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 15:58 UTC as 59th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)

Your move, Olympus.

Perhaps a Pen E-P7 (or E-PL8) with a built-in EVF? I'd also like phase detect autofocus, please. Does the GM5 include in-body stabilization?

The hybrid EVF/OVF that you see in some of the Fuji cameras is also an intriguing idea.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 19:30 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On article Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' (333 comments in total)

They're not seriously going to call it the OMG, are they? Really, Olympus?

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 17:11 UTC as 5th comment
On article Samsung NX30 Review (431 comments in total)

The pull out EVF is a GREAT IDEA for video shooters, especially those using some sort of stabilization arm, brace, shoulder mount, etc. This makes much more sense than the tilting EVF on the Panasonic GX7.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 13:52 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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