Biowizard

Biowizard

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On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (397 comments in total)

Gotta say, I am in love with my Olympus OM-D E-M1, not least because it handles so much like my original OM-1N from 1976. If I wanted a second body, this Pen-F would be a very good contender.

Olympus are producing the cameras I've always wanted: excellent picture quality, lovely handling, and sizes comparable to the best of the 35mm world. AND pretty! By comparison, even their own E-1 feels like a lump of lead, and as for the big Canikons, yikes! I'd need to hire a sherpa before getting one of their flagships!

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 21:03 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (397 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Nice article, Damien, but one point of order; quote:

"Olympus generally didn’t use big top-plate shutter speed dials until the OM series of 35mm SLRs"

When the OM-1 arrived, one of its best design features was that, unlike any other SLR, its shutter speed dial was NOT on the top-plate: it was a ring around the lens mount throat. Placing it there meant you could control both shutter speed and aperture from similar locations!

No need to talk to Ivor Matanle to confirm this one - I still have my once-new 1976 Olympus OM-1N and set of 4 prime Zuikos, in full working order!

Brian

Footnote: when I went to buy my Olympus OM-D E-M1 at Park Cameras a couple of years ago, I took the OM-1N with me to compare them. They are so nearly the identical size, and the styling is incredibly similar. Even more so, than with the two Pen-F cameras you are writing about!

damgooddesign, look closer at those photos. The top-plate dial is the FILM SPEED selector (ASA/ISO), not shutter speed dial! I can see how, at a quick glance, you could be confused. By placing the shutter speed dial round the neck, it is close to the lens aperture ring, and you can do all exposure setting with your left hand without removing your grip on the camera.

Brian

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (397 comments in total)

Nice article, Damien, but one point of order; quote:

"Olympus generally didn’t use big top-plate shutter speed dials until the OM series of 35mm SLRs"

When the OM-1 arrived, one of its best design features was that, unlike any other SLR, its shutter speed dial was NOT on the top-plate: it was a ring around the lens mount throat. Placing it there meant you could control both shutter speed and aperture from similar locations!

No need to talk to Ivor Matanle to confirm this one - I still have my once-new 1976 Olympus OM-1N and set of 4 prime Zuikos, in full working order!

Brian

Footnote: when I went to buy my Olympus OM-D E-M1 at Park Cameras a couple of years ago, I took the OM-1N with me to compare them. They are so nearly the identical size, and the styling is incredibly similar. Even more so, than with the two Pen-F cameras you are writing about!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 19:12 UTC as 78th comment | 15 replies

a1man is right. Make it 25 comments! I like Manfrotto tripods, and so far have two large ones (one ali, one carbon) and a monopod (ali), together with an assortment of heads (3 ball, 1 pan/video). And i'm still interested in their new offerings. They work SO well, and hold my cameras rock solid.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 18:56 UTC as 4th comment
On article FAA officially launches drone registration system (173 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Plastic Flying Toy? REGISTER OR FACE JAIL

Assault Rifle? HAVE A NICE DAY. ENJOY!

America is crazy.

Brian

And today, another please from Ken's voted-in, rightful President. Ken, if you won't listen to sense from those of us this side of the Pond, at least pay some heed to the wonderful Barrack Obama.

Happy New Year.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 18:47 UTC
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Koemans: I just ordered this camera. It's gonna make the pictures i post on facebook look even better!

Koemans, I ((sic), not "i") hope it (your newly ordered camera, yeh, right) makes your Facebook (sic) posts somewhat more grammatical than this post (like, innit). ;-)

Brian

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On photo TOUCAN in the Captivity in nature challenge (8 comments in total)

Nice Macaw. Shame about the incorrect title.

Perfect choice of camera, though, so you are forgiven on this occasion!

Brian

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 11:40 UTC as 3rd comment
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MartynasA: Great Camera. I use it for cycling, cayaking and similar actiities.

Bought this year and had only very limited chance to test it because broke my pelvis. that day it really helped me because I couldnt reach my onbike GPS (2 meters away) and even camera that suffered pretty couple of bad hits (worse than just dropping from two meters) it gave GPS coordinates for me (to pass to paramedics) and they was able to find me in the middle of nowhere, forest, where car wouldn't be able to come. After that it still was taking great pictures.

What I don't like it that adobe raw is worse on working with its raw files than olympus software, but it is not olympus issue I guess.

https://scontent-ams3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t31.0-8/11754703_1138541032839522_1475703610108881101_o.jpg

Sorry to hear about your broken pelvis - horrible! But a wonderful story that you were able to use the camera's GPS to direct your rescuers! You should write that one up for the Olympus newsletter! Hope you are better now.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2015 at 12:48 UTC

I have the earlier TG-1, which is virtually the same in physical terms, but lacks some of the newer features. But I love it to bits, and it is my companion on, in or around water, where my OM-D E-M1 would prefer to stay dry.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2015 at 11:54 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On article FAA officially launches drone registration system (173 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Plastic Flying Toy? REGISTER OR FACE JAIL

Assault Rifle? HAVE A NICE DAY. ENJOY!

America is crazy.

Brian

And while you wait for that government overthrow, every single day (or more), somewhere in the USA. some nutter starts spraying bullets around and killing people. Seriously, my American friends, Guns are killing you, your children, your loved ones. You would be SO much safer swapping them for drones.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 23:44 UTC
On article FAA officially launches drone registration system (173 comments in total)

Plastic Flying Toy? REGISTER OR FACE JAIL

Assault Rifle? HAVE A NICE DAY. ENJOY!

America is crazy.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 12:43 UTC as 5th comment | 6 replies
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SSantana75: It's always funny to read people complaining that photoshop this and photoshop that and how adobe 'got my last bit of money with CS6' blah blah blah... yet they obviously still crave the latest versions otherwise why click through to an article about CC update and then bother to comment? Just stick to your version of PS or LR and forget about updates, that's the choice you made when you decided to buy a piece of software which everyone knew had a finite life.

I would never stoop to insults; I am not the type to use words like "patronising", "apologist", or "troll", so there's no more to say on this matter in this particular thread. Suffice it to say I will remain using perpetual software, and if/when that stops working, I'll move to open source. I've had enough of taxware.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 11:25 UTC
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Biowizard: It's high time that the mid-end folks (Canon/Nikon) started shipping some of their existing models without the Bayer filter, and with appropriately modified firmware. I would LOVE a dedicated mono camera, but don't want to pay silly prices for what is effectively an existing model with one layer of plastic peeled off the sensor.

Brian

Alex, the point is, YES. I would get 4 times the resolution without interpolation, and 2-3 times the light sensitivity.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 14:57 UTC
On article Apple launches battery case for iPhone 6 & 6s (147 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Just put 3mm more thickness on the damn phone and fill it with (replaceable) battery. It's not rocket science.

Brian

Yep, Jordan is right - I chose that number, because it would double the size of the iPhone internal cavity, allowing the battery to be minimally twice the capacity.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 14:56 UTC

It's high time that the mid-end folks (Canon/Nikon) started shipping some of their existing models without the Bayer filter, and with appropriately modified firmware. I would LOVE a dedicated mono camera, but don't want to pay silly prices for what is effectively an existing model with one layer of plastic peeled off the sensor.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 00:03 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies
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SSantana75: It's always funny to read people complaining that photoshop this and photoshop that and how adobe 'got my last bit of money with CS6' blah blah blah... yet they obviously still crave the latest versions otherwise why click through to an article about CC update and then bother to comment? Just stick to your version of PS or LR and forget about updates, that's the choice you made when you decided to buy a piece of software which everyone knew had a finite life.

?!

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 17:25 UTC
On article Luna is 'world's smallest' 360-degree camera (27 comments in total)

In Artificial Intelligence, there is a concept of "Fuzzy Logic". Seems to me, they grasped half of that concept. The first half!

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 11:56 UTC as 7th comment
On article Luna is 'world's smallest' 360-degree camera (27 comments in total)

No idea WHAT that dreadful promo video was supposed to show, apart from how bad sequenced music can sound, and how fuzzy low-res footage looks compared to the 1080p and 4K stuff we are getting used to. And it showed no 360-degree effects, or anything approaching VR. In fact, my first-generation Nokia Phone-with-camera made better images.

A GoPro smothered in Vaseline would produce better video than this.

Brian

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 11:53 UTC as 8th comment
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