WalPhoto

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WalPhoto: Now somebody should explain why there is no USB3, GigaLAN, HDMI, no F-keys..

One day Apple sells a vanilla CPU with the bloody Apple logo glued onto it and tells you this is the newest/slickest/sexiest/coolest Macbook PRO and you can always put a Logic Board, RAM, SDD and other useless crap into your sad Apple survival pack - where is already a Gigabit LAN adapter, HDMI adapter, USB3 adapter, SD card reader - and nowadays also the keyboard with the missing F-keys, so one can use it also for something else than photo/music editing. Steve Jobs would hate this; when you need to explain your fans how good it feels you still pay the same price and get less in your Macbook but your Apple survival bag grows year to year.

@PieterB
I work mostly with DEVs and I can see how Apple is loosing these guys. Which is really sad, as I loved to use MBP in the past 10 years. To be able to work, we have to lug around the hated Apple survival pack, with all those missing bits and parts; right while the last Apple conf we were in a Skype session while watching the debacle and discussing what to do next, as a few of us were waiting full of expectations if the new Macbook will bring back the Apple trashed vital parts, and now they trashed even more, USB3/Keyboard/SD-Card... I wish Apple could have watched the Skype session how their new baby was welcomed by us ;-).. So I ended up the next day buying the best previous-version Macbook I could get, as Apple didn't cripple it that much in before - USB3 and F-keys still on board. My colleague looks for Lenovo this week, the other one gets most probably MS-Surface. I'm the only of us 3 who invested once again into Apple, but it's very probably my last one, which hurts.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 13:23 UTC
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WalPhoto: Now somebody should explain why there is no USB3, GigaLAN, HDMI, no F-keys..

One day Apple sells a vanilla CPU with the bloody Apple logo glued onto it and tells you this is the newest/slickest/sexiest/coolest Macbook PRO and you can always put a Logic Board, RAM, SDD and other useless crap into your sad Apple survival pack - where is already a Gigabit LAN adapter, HDMI adapter, USB3 adapter, SD card reader - and nowadays also the keyboard with the missing F-keys, so one can use it also for something else than photo/music editing. Steve Jobs would hate this; when you need to explain your fans how good it feels you still pay the same price and get less in your Macbook but your Apple survival bag grows year to year.

Yes, but in that very beginning it was not called a complete Notebook PRO for 3k$ :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 07:44 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Apple is the crazy X-wife who changes all the locks just to prove she can.

Best to leave her, like a rat from a sinking ship.

Why did Apple remove most of the needed notebook parts? - It's like the old question: why does the dog lick its balls? Because it _can_.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 07:42 UTC

Now somebody should explain why there is no USB3, GigaLAN, HDMI, no F-keys..

One day Apple sells a vanilla CPU with the bloody Apple logo glued onto it and tells you this is the newest/slickest/sexiest/coolest Macbook PRO and you can always put a Logic Board, RAM, SDD and other useless crap into your sad Apple survival pack - where is already a Gigabit LAN adapter, HDMI adapter, USB3 adapter, SD card reader - and nowadays also the keyboard with the missing F-keys, so one can use it also for something else than photo/music editing. Steve Jobs would hate this; when you need to explain your fans how good it feels you still pay the same price and get less in your Macbook but your Apple survival bag grows year to year.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 07:32 UTC as 214th comment | 7 replies
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)
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WalPhoto: From my developer perspective: R.I.P. Apple. I'm buying and daily using the Apple notebooks the last 10+ years: running Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Windoze, OSX - writing code, penetration testing, but also editing video, playing guitar & singing - and editing images in Lightroom. All this requires a lot of performance and flexibility, which Apple always delivered: best HW available, hands down. On the last Thursday, watching the Apple conf, I was p..d off they removed the physical F-keys and put USB-C inside. It reminds me on the joke with Russian watch: take this little superb watch and don't forget the 2 suitcases with all the machinery. Most SW engineers will deny using the F-key-less keyboard for developing. When you write code 10+ hours daily, you NEED the bloody shortcuts; no, remapping is not a solution. So I bought on Friday the previous Macbook PRO, with F-keys and USB3 - and 5 years/24 hours guarantee. Probably my last Macbook :-(. May be somebody wakes up and rethinks it.

@Stu 5
First, I'll try to sell you a car now: but beer in mind you have to put the steering wheel into your bag and attach it when needed. Also, to enter the car, you need a mobile, very small & sexy, ladder. You don't like it? Come on, you are complaining about something you never used!
Second, I wrote in my original comment, that Apple lost me as a senior SW engineer; although I shoot whole my life and I was developing in wet darkroom already as a little child, 35+ years ago. No DEV I know will buy these new MBP - it doesn't mean you won't buy them, as you are not a DEV.

@HowaboutRAW
I love to have no external devices, no monitors/mice/keyboards/adapters.. I have my notebook everywhere, take it out anywhere, code/debug, put back into the bag.. Switching home-office and real-office on daily base as it comes and goes. All I need is always with me. This is pretty different from a designer full time job. Apple lost a lot of us: I can speak of me and all Apple-Book DEVs I know.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 15:06 UTC
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WalPhoto: Would be nice to have a simple tracking AF test, like having a colleague run in low light or something like that; shooting landscapes with 2k worth (?) MFT is a bit suboptimal IMHO.

Yes, I meant it exactly like you're writing: with MFT there is no problem for me shooting landscapes => I would not spend 2k just because of getting 'better landscapes' ;-). Where my biggest current MFT problem is: AF speed for moving subjects. They could have test it of course here - one doesn't need a whale or birds; a cooperative running colleague is all it needs :o). And yes, the pictures/tests in this article don't prove/show almost anything one wants to know in this price segment.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 07:49 UTC

Would be nice to have a simple tracking AF test, like having a colleague run in low light or something like that; shooting landscapes with 2k worth (?) MFT is a bit suboptimal IMHO.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 07:28 UTC as 119th comment | 2 replies
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highwave: This is an outrageous price. Olympus is really dropping the ball with their marketing scheme.

The original Olympus E-M5 that kick started Olympus's metric rise to fame was only 1000$ and was jam packed with revolutionary technology (5-axis IBIS to name one). That camera was instant success because of bang for buck.

Now Olympus releases overpriced models, that only drop to reasonable prices after the hype is gone and no one is that interested anymore. They're really making it hard for us m43 users to recommend their products to others. I don't think they realize the damage they're causing to their brand name by having such a greedy marketing department.

I've been a m43 user for 4 years or more and I'm seriously thinking my next purchase will be a Sony A7 if Olympus doesn't get it's stuff together.

Hm, now I'm thinking to switch back to FF, this time to Nikon - but I have all the MFT glasses now :-s! For 2k you get a very nice Nikon with 50mm prime..

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 06:32 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)
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WalPhoto: From my developer perspective: R.I.P. Apple. I'm buying and daily using the Apple notebooks the last 10+ years: running Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Windoze, OSX - writing code, penetration testing, but also editing video, playing guitar & singing - and editing images in Lightroom. All this requires a lot of performance and flexibility, which Apple always delivered: best HW available, hands down. On the last Thursday, watching the Apple conf, I was p..d off they removed the physical F-keys and put USB-C inside. It reminds me on the joke with Russian watch: take this little superb watch and don't forget the 2 suitcases with all the machinery. Most SW engineers will deny using the F-key-less keyboard for developing. When you write code 10+ hours daily, you NEED the bloody shortcuts; no, remapping is not a solution. So I bought on Friday the previous Macbook PRO, with F-keys and USB3 - and 5 years/24 hours guarantee. Probably my last Macbook :-(. May be somebody wakes up and rethinks it.

@Stu 5
This is something you have to live to see it does not work. To develop like this thousands hours - pressing "touch" panel instead of the proper HW keys. Hard to explain, but be sure that you _need_ the F-keys in the intensive code/build/debug carousel.

@HowaboutRAW
I had them all in the TelCo I'm working for; and I bought my own MBP years ago, again and again, as none of these brands felt like MBP. The keyboard, display, noise, weight, touch-pad, accu... I remember coming into the office one day with 2kg MBP and colleagues had 5kg Dells, whose accu was as big as my MBP - all of them bought MBP in the coming days. We had them all: the HP with the fiddle gummy nipple and poor keyboard, the plastic/gummy Lenovo with the flimsy display.. So most of us use the "bring your own device" philosophy and buy the work machine privately, just to get the Apple MBP. Mind you, we are developing most the time. And yes, this IS (well, was..) the machine you are happy coding with all the time..

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 05:53 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)
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WalPhoto: From my developer perspective: R.I.P. Apple. I'm buying and daily using the Apple notebooks the last 10+ years: running Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Windoze, OSX - writing code, penetration testing, but also editing video, playing guitar & singing - and editing images in Lightroom. All this requires a lot of performance and flexibility, which Apple always delivered: best HW available, hands down. On the last Thursday, watching the Apple conf, I was p..d off they removed the physical F-keys and put USB-C inside. It reminds me on the joke with Russian watch: take this little superb watch and don't forget the 2 suitcases with all the machinery. Most SW engineers will deny using the F-key-less keyboard for developing. When you write code 10+ hours daily, you NEED the bloody shortcuts; no, remapping is not a solution. So I bought on Friday the previous Macbook PRO, with F-keys and USB3 - and 5 years/24 hours guarantee. Probably my last Macbook :-(. May be somebody wakes up and rethinks it.

Yes, with dual-core; or to put it another way: to get a fully usable keyboard, one has to get 50% less performance and the smallest display. Makes no sense and is only sad to me :-(. To be forced to buy an old machine, holding the bucks in my hand and watching the newest Apple announcements, well, it's really abnormal. I can live without the USB connectivity; I can even forgive the removed card-reader, although both decisions are sick and killing the such good product. But I can not live with a crippled keyboard. How far can they go with this fancy/funny/ohItsSoSexy brainwashed story? Now I know how far: until a lot of us are forced to move away from Apple. And the last Thursday I was that far.. In this moment, the best machine around was their old Macbook, which still holds its best-possible position. I've bought the strongest/best one I could get. But in 5 years, it won't be enough, sadly. I hope somebody like MS Surface will be grown up enough in that coming Mac-is-dead time.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)

From my developer perspective: R.I.P. Apple. I'm buying and daily using the Apple notebooks the last 10+ years: running Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Windoze, OSX - writing code, penetration testing, but also editing video, playing guitar & singing - and editing images in Lightroom. All this requires a lot of performance and flexibility, which Apple always delivered: best HW available, hands down. On the last Thursday, watching the Apple conf, I was p..d off they removed the physical F-keys and put USB-C inside. It reminds me on the joke with Russian watch: take this little superb watch and don't forget the 2 suitcases with all the machinery. Most SW engineers will deny using the F-key-less keyboard for developing. When you write code 10+ hours daily, you NEED the bloody shortcuts; no, remapping is not a solution. So I bought on Friday the previous Macbook PRO, with F-keys and USB3 - and 5 years/24 hours guarantee. Probably my last Macbook :-(. May be somebody wakes up and rethinks it.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 10:52 UTC as 13th comment | 10 replies
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bobbarber: The pandolins made me sad.

I remember reading some years ago that traffic in wildlife was the #3 black market worldwide, after arms and drugs. Is that still true? Looks like it.

Poor animals ;-(.. They look really friendly:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin

After having read the wiki, they are somehow out of luck because of the bloody stupid business with them. Pictures like this are meant more to think than to adore, but may be the author wanted exactly that: to let us know. I didn't hear/know until now about these little funny guys. So the photo worked for me in this informative way, although I can't say I 'liked' it, as it's sad :-(..

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 14:12 UTC
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Elite83: Never understood the point of such products. Maybe my analytical-type brain doesn't work the same way as most people's... but the way I see it is you loose information granularity by using such a product. The majority of these effects can be easily achieved in post or even smartphone app once imported from your camera. You can always go from a normal capture to a "tailored" capture in a few clicks or taps.
I get it's "authentic", analog, hardware-based, whatever you want to call it, it's not synthesized. But is that really "it"? I'm not hating, I really just do not understand.

Wow, thank you, very informative! Now I don't have feel bad anymore when I buy another one or two ;o)! Although the 5 MFT ones I've got are far more than 4k; but I can't complain, as the Oly PRO glasses, Pana Sumilux and Samyang as well are really very nice. One more question: I can see the telescope-like with mirror in the middle - are they any usable? Like for telephoto usage. Or only for shooting stars? I've read a few years ago about these but never had such. Greetz from Swiss

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 17:47 UTC
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Elite83: Never understood the point of such products. Maybe my analytical-type brain doesn't work the same way as most people's... but the way I see it is you loose information granularity by using such a product. The majority of these effects can be easily achieved in post or even smartphone app once imported from your camera. You can always go from a normal capture to a "tailored" capture in a few clicks or taps.
I get it's "authentic", analog, hardware-based, whatever you want to call it, it's not synthesized. But is that really "it"? I'm not hating, I really just do not understand.

> I've got over 150 lenses

Oh my God, over 150??? For 1 system - or may be for 15 systems, 10 for each? I have currently 5 MFT lenses, after I've sold all my FF/MF stuff.. I need/take at maximum 3 together for 1 kind of session, but mostly 2 and not seldom just 1. How big is physically your 150 lens collection :-o? It must take 1 extra room just for that! Do you have a picture of it :o)? Do you use at least 5% of them? Or just collecting them for a museum? Not joking, just wondering :-)!

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 06:47 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (716 comments in total)
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Jefftan: I think Yi just killed the 16 megapixel MFT camera
I am sure from now on Panasonic and Olympus would not dare to put 16 megapixel sensor even in their cheapest camera

expensive one like the new g85 with 16 megapixel is a joke
When they design this they probably not aware Yi M1 exist

now they probably regret doing so. Seeing how much this M1 cost, they are really cheating their customer using an old sensor on new and expensive camera. Even E-PL8 is a rip off, G85 more so

All MFT people should thank Yi for killing the stupid old 16 MP sensor
Thanks XiaoYi, sincere thank you from me

Yesterday I stumbled across an article from a "National Geographic photojournalist Jay Dickman has traveled all over the world during his 45+ year career, visiting more than 20 countries" - and who uses 2 MFT cameras in his work. Beautiful pictures and nice reading, highly recommended, instead of the endless pixel wars in these forums :o)! http://www.imaging-resource.com/articles/7-top-tips-be-a-better-travel-shooter

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 20:13 UTC
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elementare: More than 1000.00 $/€ for an f8 equivalent shallow dof lens and for a zoom range inferior to a 300 $/€ aps-c 3,5-5,6 lens. Not to mention that at f4 m4/3 sensors have some difficulties to hold up the weight of high iso when light goes away.

Please refrain from comments that support the theory of lower weight of M4/3 equipment. A grown man of normal build that has problems to carry around a camera with an average zoom has some problem. I can understand a small girl, an elderly person or a child but a grown man that spends twice for 1 kilo less to carry is really ridiculous.

And in each case an apsc lens with the same practical utility with an apsc body has the same weight at half the price.

Hehe, such discussions are totally useless, as those "FF fanboys" are arguing with technically better sensors, ignoring the fact the MFT is already as good as FF was only a short time ago. Of course FF beats MFT in technical quality! The same way medium format beats FF - and large format beats medium format. That is a pretty useless input, as it's as obvious that nobody has to talk about it. I had medium format and I had full format, so I know it. But the real point for most MFT shooters is: the system is much smaller whereas the quality is higher than most shooters need it to be - I can print beautiful images without problems on A2 and the camera is with me always because of the size. It's completely unimportant for me, that FF has more technical perfection and medium format would have more and large even more! Do the FF fanboys never get this? The MFT advantage being smaller is in practical photography life for lot of us much more important, than the technical argumentation.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 10:22 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Traveling light???

Weight 561 g (1.24 lb)

This is a beasty lens.....a kit of 3 primes for a full frame camera can weigh less!!!!

@Jylppy Nobody with real arguments offenses other photographers here with pointless insults like 'you are such an idiot' or similar - do the world a favor and try to focus onto photography when communicating, instead of attacking real photographers taking real pictures. To bring your embarrassingly false points back to the reality: camera size is not important - have you noticed or do your ears start to shine red now? The problem is the lens size compatible with a camera system - a small sensor increase brings massive lens upsizing. The other uneducated point, DoF: in 50% situation is an advantage; have you ever tried to shoot for example in a dark church a baptism? You will be glad having more DoF. For portraits, you can create absolutely beautiful focus separation with using more focal length - when shooting 150/2.8 MFT, you get more than enough shallow depth. Or you can take a Voigtlander with ridiculous 0.95: how often do you shoot twice that with FF, eye in focus but not the nose?

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 08:23 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Traveling light???

Weight 561 g (1.24 lb)

This is a beasty lens.....a kit of 3 primes for a full frame camera can weigh less!!!!

My point is, that the most technically best pictures I've ever made, when looking through my decades of pictures in LR, come from Olympus MFT. That's the reality, the fact I'm facing. I had all possible cameras, medium format film, a lot of Canons, both film and DSLR - the smallest sensor I ever had is MFT; and yet exactly this gives me some of the best pictures. May be because of the IS, may be superb quality of the Oly 12-40/40-150, Pana 25/1.4 etc, but the fact at the end is, that I can print A2 on my Epson 3880 and everybody who ever saw these images was just "wow!" ;-). The only problem I ever had was: SPEED. I was looking back to my DSLRs FF as of the dammed speed, not because of DoF/dynamic/quality and other stupid theories, which brings nothing when looking at the pictures. But the speed. Both autofocus, camera metering, startup. Now, when this is solved by the EM1-II, I'm in a photographic heaven :-D.. Happy shooting everybody!

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 19:46 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Traveling light???

Weight 561 g (1.24 lb)

This is a beasty lens.....a kit of 3 primes for a full frame camera can weigh less!!!!

@Tommi, totally agreed.

@Kiril: Your statement is at best pointless - it's the same I would tell you now "you need to go outside and check the weather". I'm shooting 35+ years, so I guess it won't help me to shoot now a few thousands pictures more to change my mind about this lens. But I would be glad to read any real arguments from you against what Tommi said above.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 12:54 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (716 comments in total)
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Jefftan: I think Yi just killed the 16 megapixel MFT camera
I am sure from now on Panasonic and Olympus would not dare to put 16 megapixel sensor even in their cheapest camera

expensive one like the new g85 with 16 megapixel is a joke
When they design this they probably not aware Yi M1 exist

now they probably regret doing so. Seeing how much this M1 cost, they are really cheating their customer using an old sensor on new and expensive camera. Even E-PL8 is a rip off, G85 more so

All MFT people should thank Yi for killing the stupid old 16 MP sensor
Thanks XiaoYi, sincere thank you from me

For me, printing A2 at home on my Epson 3880 in superb quality equals to "good enough". I'm wondering what are some of you doing with the target shots? Like A0 gallery? Only then it would start make sense. But the Oly EM-5 is still making better pictures as one can normally print, as the LR output gamut is still larger.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:47 UTC
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