Mark Chan

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

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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 25th 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 26th 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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Felix E Klee: Being able to program a camera opens up new creative possibilities - I love the idea! More: http://opc.olympus-imaging.com/

There already are some hacks: https://www.facebook.com/olympus.hmprj

Price is 36,504 JPY: https://shop.olympus-imaging.jp/product/select/catcd/2313

Sth. else: How about a super-slim viewfinder-only camera that can be paired with a smartphone?

THAT viewfinder concept! Takes the cake!

I would so want a google glass style viewfinder!

Or at least a physical attachment to the device so you only need to use it - top down style!

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 01:14 UTC
On article Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents (347 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: I wonder why you didnt't try to put the 35-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8s of the m43 system into this - yes I know you are discussing APS-C, but shouldn't such discourse include m43 too given that the photo quality is now there similar.

Richard, missed that section. Actually, whilst there is no 70-200mm to 'reach out for (save the sigma 70-200mm fourthird version i think), I have always had discussions with friends when they bring out their 70-200mm and see my 50-200mm SWD; on the EM-1.

So if you are speaking of 'alternatives', and are taking into account mirrorless, you might as well discuss the merits and demerits of similar systems, particularly since the tech is there (the big white elephant not mentioned is that 40-150 OLY; unless you want to mention the 35-100mm F2 OLY).

My two cents anyway.
p.s. There are also those that ask if they could get that speed booster and install 70-200mm onto OLY/PANA cameras.I have one such friend next to me.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 00:16 UTC
On article Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents (347 comments in total)

I wonder why you didnt't try to put the 35-100mm and 40-150mm f2.8s of the m43 system into this - yes I know you are discussing APS-C, but shouldn't such discourse include m43 too given that the photo quality is now there similar.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 17:42 UTC as 82nd comment | 2 replies
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Should the lack of an accessory port be a negative for the EM10?

Ask yourself why the accessory port exists....

1. To attach a flash
2. To attach a Penpal WIFI connector
3. To attach a microphone

The EM10 has all three built right in, making the accessory port totally unnecessary. And by removing it, Olympus "toned down" the hump, which was actually makes the EM10 look more like an OM1 than the EM5 does.

gmblack

If you are keen on video, PANA GX7 is probably a better choice. The EPL-7 is a rather boring update to the EPL-5/6. the 3 main things I see it providing are 1. quality build, 2. WIFI (remarkably useful if you go about a lot - not useful with video though) and 3. that 180 degree capable screen.

I am a bit dissapointed OLY didn't put in that extra scroller as the EM-10 has.

Again, video is the letdown - UNLESS, OLY is waiting to announce that with the forthcoming firmware update for its OLY cameras (rumour).

Oh and to whoever mentioned OLY lens are 'worse' than PANA; I respectfully disagree; they are more optically perfect than most of the PANA lenses that require in-camera digital modification. My 25mm f1.4 has fringing that you won't see on PANA bodies. But use a 45mm f1.8 on a pana body produces the same quality - save for the image stabilization that PANA bodies don't (all) have yet.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 00:48 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Continuing from my post below

The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.
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Mike,

I don't see any reviewer discussing the auto mode of the oly cameras here; the discussion i am making is for the perceived inability of the camera to be capable.

Your comment makes for an interesting question: can dpreview attempt to compare the auto modes of all the majors lens changeable cameras to see which one is the 'most intelligent? Richard could you consider this as a review?'

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 11:54 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Continuing from my post below

The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.
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Richard,

I am saying it is good enough as it is for most people. It is also ready for people that have put in the work to understand the complexity it can go. I mean I don't think it's very clever to provide all options to a customer then have him call back 1-3 times complaining about a changed setting they don't realize they caused. And I am bein an adhoc customer service officer for oly helping the 6-7 friends around me that chose to buy oly on my advise here; some REALLY don't read much.

I absolutely agree that the SCP should be in the menu setting option with the 'format card' setup.

I do strongly feel the additional button press for exposure compensation is a moot argument - although frankly I did expect they would put in two dials aka the EM-10.

Anyway.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 11:30 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)

Continuing from my post below

The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.
rant off

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 02:43 UTC as 69th comment | 7 replies
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)

Richard,

From the start of your review, I have gotten this impression you wrote it in a 'snarky' mindset - negative from the start almost.

One answer I can think of to your lament for the exposure compensation is the situation of the GM1; each time you take it out the settings are changed.

I absolutely agree regarding the SCP that should really be set by default.

I actually find the OLY system structure very straight forward to use. Obviously, I would expect anyone worth their photo, to read up on the manual before working into their camera.

On this very point; I know a few people that just got a new OLY and keep asking me how to set this or do that, when all they are describing are in the manual.

A friend came complaining to me that OLY customer service broke his camera as the shutter was slow to move. It turns out he had fiddled with the antis hock settings.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 02:42 UTC as 70th comment
On article Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography (155 comments in total)
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bgbs: I'm waiting for the day to come when our Speed Lights could be like mini-drones (or like little humming birds) that could stand still in mid air without a stand. Via algorithms they could quickly reposition themselves to enable you to take different shots. And be able to follow the subject on their own...etc.

I suddenly imagine photographers reimagined as the V gundaml with its satellites lasers / flashes. haha

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
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