Mark Chan

Lives in Hong Kong Tai Po, Hong Kong
Works as a Teacher
Joined on Jan 29, 2010

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Petroglyph: Good move by Sony here. Olympus had this feature before Pentax I think. But the K1 has a mode that tries to automatically clone out small motions. And it is a FF sensor. There are only a few converters that handle it though. The SilkyPix provided does. It is an awesome move by Sony to start providing a Pix shift option and all the vendors that do will only improve in this feature. Someday, the processors might be fast enough for hand held pix shift with subjects that move slightly.

Oly has the same clone out of small motions too

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 05:32 UTC
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M H S: I'm glad Sony invented this idea / technique. hopefully some of the less amazing brands can follow suit. seems like Sony invents everything... kind of the Apple of digital photography.

eye rolls; look it up before you type. Not SONY's

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 05:28 UTC
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Mateus1: It's funny because for the price of these 2 Oly primes I would have extra Fuji or Sony APS-C cam with 2 good primes.

But they aren't excellent lenses like the 2 you are looking at. Just check the same 'excellent lenses' category on the SONY side - they re the same price.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 05:52 UTC
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StevenE: The m4/3 system only makes sense as a pocket camera. Start using it with lenses equiv to full frame performance and the full system price exceeds full frame prices, and the size and weight is nearly the same too.
These two lenses alone are $2400. You can get a Canon 35mm f/2 IS and 100 f/2.8L IS for roughly half that price. And that's just the beginning. There is nothing even near equivalent to full frame f/1.4 primes, or even f/2.8 zooms.
The value is just not there in m4/3.

StevenE, the m43 system cameras make sense as my MAIN camera, my POCKET Camera, my MOST EXPENSIVE INVESTMENT camera, MY SUPER EXPENSIVE F1.2 (or lower) Lens to attach to Camera.

And there are definitely more than ten thousand people that agree with me given they made the same purchases and seem to enjoy it.

If I wanted something larger, I'd consider a medium format - hey they are just as bulky as the FFs so why not?

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 05:46 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (74 comments in total)
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Techo: All this release did is lower the price on the TG-4. The IQ is just as awful as a 3-5 year old tough cam.

Techo, appreciate your viewpoint. For me, coming from a TG-2, the TG-5 is a big update; especially in the movie recording environment and the pro capture option.

YEs more could be done. OLY apparently decided they need to prepare against the action camera market. However, you can't argue that they haven't innovated. They have improved upon the accessory attachment / detachment portion; the macro function; the video function and the photo function - some I appreciate will consider it a downgrade (12mp vs 16mp), but still there aren't other companies out there working this particular market up from what we see - I had hoped for the Nikon 1.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 13:08 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (74 comments in total)
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Techo: All this release did is lower the price on the TG-4. The IQ is just as awful as a 3-5 year old tough cam.

Techo, why NOT buy a housing? Believe me, I have gone th4ough 4 expensive housings for my iphone (5S, SE), and I'd gladly take all that money back and buy another TG-5 than risk the eventual water damage that I'd get with using my data laden phone underwater again. Gone down that path; burnt (or submerged) pretty badly.

At the end of the day, those that buy this love the outdoors and love the no hassle they will get with this camera - on rainy days, in the sun at the beach or even doing some snorkelling; they won't mind their cameras being bumped around.

Its not perfect; but find me another camera with the same specs that allows you to do macro all the way to less than 1cm from the subject (why...hmm..what are the constituents of sand?), and can take decent wide shots and be waterproof and portable as it is, with 4K video to boot.

And keep your action cameras if you like the fish eye distortion.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 01:25 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (74 comments in total)
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Techo: All this release did is lower the price on the TG-4. The IQ is just as awful as a 3-5 year old tough cam.

The TG-4 is a 2 yr camera. So irrespective of your analysis re samples, your 3 - 5years is raather off.

As said, compared to my TG-2; this is a blast. The slow motion alone nd 4K is probably enough justification anyway.

The Pro Capture sadly with no contorl over shutter speed is likely hit or miss;

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 01:15 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (74 comments in total)
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Techo: All this release did is lower the price on the TG-4. The IQ is just as awful as a 3-5 year old tough cam.

Don't know what you are talking about. Miles better in photo q than my tag-2; which is 5 years back.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 14:31 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (74 comments in total)

Bought it in HK 2 days back.

1. Noise and artifices are visible in low light. Small sensor stuff.

2. Pro capture mode works. Haven't got how many images it can get before the full press but it works. For a camera this size woo! The big issue here though is no way to control shutter speed, so won't work well in some conditions.

3. Slow motion is cool.
4. Uses same batteries as before. Way back to tg-2; talk about continuity.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 16:38 UTC as 10th comment
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irm: Would someone who is smarter than I please check the lower temperature ratings.
-10c and +14f do not seem correct to me?

I thought only Kelvin was measured in a 1 to 1; just 0 deg C equals 273 deg K

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 07:57 UTC
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NicoPPC: It's unclear... Can the camera do time lapse ?

So shoot x pictures (in RAW) every x seconds/minutes ?

Rergards

I was next wondering whether we could charge and operate simultaneously with time lapse and charging together.

Alas at 299 shots max there is no need to consider that.

Back to my Z E1 camera

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 07:55 UTC
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Mark Chan: I'd like to know whether they have fixed the sound made from the camera during video recording.

yup its that sound; the Video performance for most of OLY cameras have been quite poor till the EM-1.2; which I have; the use of the same processor gives me hope.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 09:37 UTC
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Paspro67: I would like to know if the glass that covers the lens as well as the LCD screen are made of some scratchproof material or not. Does anyone know?

Definitely not scratch proof; my well used TG-2 attests to that for sure. Whether front lens or back lcd screen.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 09:35 UTC
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Mark Chan: Apparently the people that diss this camera don't have any experience with the form factor and how 'potentially' big this latest iteration is, with the following:

1. Pro Capture Mode available (how far back is a question)
2. Optical Image Stabilisation (previous ones were electronic)
3. Sensors and 'tracking when camera is off'

The price is much steeper than previous, but honestly Olympus is actually integrating m43 tech into this, AND keeping the form factor allows for previous owners of lens extensions to upgrade. The Pro Capture and optical IS is in my view justification enough.

Inserting a larger sensor will change all of this and increase the price too much; and flush all the investments in the system down the toilet.

I hope they push out an Olympus Tracker witht he Optical IS.

Owners of TG-2 to TG-4 can all benefit!

Mike; I stand corrected (facepalm); as BorisK1 there is optical stabilization. It is however startling to me as I never really felt it to be good - and so assumed electronic.

I do wonder whether the video had optical or electronic.

I'd be interested then whether the sales pitch by OLY of the 2.5 Stabilization is much better than its predecessors.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 09:33 UTC

I'd like to know whether they have fixed the sound made from the camera during video recording.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 03:48 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies

Apparently the people that diss this camera don't have any experience with the form factor and how 'potentially' big this latest iteration is, with the following:

1. Pro Capture Mode available (how far back is a question)
2. Optical Image Stabilisation (previous ones were electronic)
3. Sensors and 'tracking when camera is off'

The price is much steeper than previous, but honestly Olympus is actually integrating m43 tech into this, AND keeping the form factor allows for previous owners of lens extensions to upgrade. The Pro Capture and optical IS is in my view justification enough.

Inserting a larger sensor will change all of this and increase the price too much; and flush all the investments in the system down the toilet.

I hope they push out an Olympus Tracker witht he Optical IS.

Owners of TG-2 to TG-4 can all benefit!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 03:45 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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Hellraiser: Note for Oly, Panny & Co. - Please give us a not to expensive f2.8 constant aperture standard zoom - something like Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 but made smaller for M43, pretty pretty please! :)

Of course I know that; the thing is, int doesn't exist yet - the only one close is as suggested the 12-35 F2.8; the next one is the 12-40mm f2.8. Both cost more than the 14-54mm that was mentioned.

The next one up will be the 12-60mm f2.8 - f4 from sony.

Pick your poison.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 08:28 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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Hellraiser: Note for Oly, Panny & Co. - Please give us a not to expensive f2.8 constant aperture standard zoom - something like Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 but made smaller for M43, pretty pretty please! :)

I remember that 14-54mm f2.8 - 3.5. what a bargain!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 07:11 UTC
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Mark Chan: Use cases:

Aerial photography on drones; much better Q than gopros and lighter than the SONY equivalent (with the lens). I can imagine using this with the lens cap lens and doing video shots!

extreme angle photography

selfies! (duh)

Time lapses with a water proof casing / weather proof casing

astrophotography!!

Microscope photography?

IF the sensor package is that from the EMII - and the 1/16000 seems to hint somewhat to that, then wireless tethering for product shots??

Just give me access to the device to play!

Ben,

the PANA do do quite well; I dunno whether it does wifi tethering though.

I found out that no the Olympus Air doesn't do IBIS...a pity.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 10:11 UTC

Use cases:

Aerial photography on drones; much better Q than gopros and lighter than the SONY equivalent (with the lens). I can imagine using this with the lens cap lens and doing video shots!

extreme angle photography

selfies! (duh)

Time lapses with a water proof casing / weather proof casing

astrophotography!!

Microscope photography?

IF the sensor package is that from the EMII - and the 1/16000 seems to hint somewhat to that, then wireless tethering for product shots??

Just give me access to the device to play!

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 01:21 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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