Mark Chan

Lives in Hong Kong Tai Po, Hong Kong
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Joined on Jan 29, 2010

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On article Olympus PEN E-PL10 sample gallery (116 comments in total)
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Joey Bagodonuts: This has been in the top 3 sellers in Japan according to BCN for a while now (along with the perennial D5600 and Kiss X9i). It is a very popular camera for good reason.
It creates very good looking images SOOC with great colors, and it is small and easy to use.
For those who don't want a lot of fuss, it is a great travel camera. Most of the time you images will look better than a lot FF and APSC cameras SOOC when viewed on laptops, smaller monitors and all smartphones. Its only when pixel peeping and after a lot of post processing that the images are no longer better.

@ Myreality - lol! I applaud any camera company that produces a new version of a camera with the exact same exterior! Coincidentally, The 1.2 and 1.3 are that set.

Shhhh!

I am surprised you mention the e-m10.3 is not 'small enough' vs the 5500. That said, the E-PM series are the design segment Oly should be aiming at. Pity it was discontinued due to the IBIS shake issue. If they ever resolve that it would be SUCH a great set up!

And yes - they should keep the externally added viewfinder!

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2020 at 03:43 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL10 sample gallery (116 comments in total)
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LarsPolarBear: Well, the appreciation of colours is a very personal thing, therefore I will only mention (not argue) that I am not a fan of the Olympus colour science. I have been shooting an E-PL7 for the past 6 years and am rather frustrated with the SOOC jpeg performance, I find the colours rather washed out and don't think the camera is doing a good job in high contrast situations, but again, that is up to taste.
However, what is not up to taste is the fact, that Olympus has not invested at all in the Pen line. The difference between the E-PL9 and 10 are 2 new filters, that is pathetic, considering that E-PL10 is almost identical to the E-PL6 (or even the 5?). The only reason OLympus issues new iterations of the Pen series and the OM-D 10 series is, so that they can heavily discount the older models that are basically identical. While some have mentioned, that the Pen series is selling well in Asia, it was the E-PL9 that topped the list, not the 10, and only due to heavy discounts.

@Lars - sorry just read your message about underwater photography - I trust you also know the 'underwater' mode and the option to set warmer tones off / on. From what I understand setting warmer tones on moves towards a more canon like colour.

Also Since 5.2 / e-m1.2 the colour metering had a jump in accuracy - I have the 1.1 and 1.2 and the colour output has shown improvement there.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2020 at 03:39 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL10 sample gallery (116 comments in total)
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LarsPolarBear: Well, the appreciation of colours is a very personal thing, therefore I will only mention (not argue) that I am not a fan of the Olympus colour science. I have been shooting an E-PL7 for the past 6 years and am rather frustrated with the SOOC jpeg performance, I find the colours rather washed out and don't think the camera is doing a good job in high contrast situations, but again, that is up to taste.
However, what is not up to taste is the fact, that Olympus has not invested at all in the Pen line. The difference between the E-PL9 and 10 are 2 new filters, that is pathetic, considering that E-PL10 is almost identical to the E-PL6 (or even the 5?). The only reason OLympus issues new iterations of the Pen series and the OM-D 10 series is, so that they can heavily discount the older models that are basically identical. While some have mentioned, that the Pen series is selling well in Asia, it was the E-PL9 that topped the list, not the 10, and only due to heavy discounts.

I trust you attempted to modify the in camera settings to get the best out of it? You could wire the output to pull more or less magenta, the contrast curve can be modified; colour can be moved one way or another - and this isn't photo styles; its the colour output settings.

Personally I dislike canon's colours as being too saturated and on the orange side.

To each his own.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2020 at 03:36 UTC
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Glen Barrington: This is why m43s isn't going to die. It hits this 'sweet spot' between IQ and portability that no other format seems to hit as square on. Sure you could build a FF equivalent, but with a size and weight issue that might make it impractical for all but highly specialized uses. And a 1-inch sensor will make you pay a price in IQ.

It might be a price you are willing to pay for your situation but as a general-purpose solution, others may be less willing to pay it.

And it (m43s) isn't just for video, either. Oly & Panny have proven high-quality stills are possible and competitive in the stills market.

And the key reason to that for them is they focus either on APS-C or on Medium format. They focus on designing the best lens for their sensor size; which is the same for m43 (other than the sigmas).

The L mount? Light? I would say the Nikon ones may win that battle for FF lightest.

In the mean time - I continue to enjoy my m43 stuff.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 13:54 UTC
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Glen Barrington: This is why m43s isn't going to die. It hits this 'sweet spot' between IQ and portability that no other format seems to hit as square on. Sure you could build a FF equivalent, but with a size and weight issue that might make it impractical for all but highly specialized uses. And a 1-inch sensor will make you pay a price in IQ.

It might be a price you are willing to pay for your situation but as a general-purpose solution, others may be less willing to pay it.

And it (m43s) isn't just for video, either. Oly & Panny have proven high-quality stills are possible and competitive in the stills market.

Lets agree to disagree. I find the lack of lense the glaring issue here. Most of the best quality lenses re FF; you have to make due with the girth and weight.

There isn't such an issue in m43 - at least from Oly / Pana.

But the beauty of a market is there are choices. To each his very own!

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 02:19 UTC
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xeppelin: good demonstration of what is technically possible at 1499 MSRP today.

wish there were some "pure stills" cameras too in the same spirit. how about 1499 for a compact, Sigma fp sized FF-sensor camera with 50 MP, 14 EV DR, excellent AF and user interface and mount module of choice - Canon RF or Nikon Z or Sony E. Without any video recording, only internal feed for EVF.

Well the E-M1.3 will go down in price soon and that HHHR is basically 50M from a m43 sensor. Works when needed (which is in many situations - landscape AND studio - think wireless tethered to a computer as well).

I held the Sigma FP for a moment - it is small by FF standards but as a stills camera...

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 00:49 UTC
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Glen Barrington: This is why m43s isn't going to die. It hits this 'sweet spot' between IQ and portability that no other format seems to hit as square on. Sure you could build a FF equivalent, but with a size and weight issue that might make it impractical for all but highly specialized uses. And a 1-inch sensor will make you pay a price in IQ.

It might be a price you are willing to pay for your situation but as a general-purpose solution, others may be less willing to pay it.

And it (m43s) isn't just for video, either. Oly & Panny have proven high-quality stills are possible and competitive in the stills market.

APS-C unfortunately DON'T have all the benefits of M43. The small lens options are regrettably small.

And yes I do very much agree as well - m43 for video just makes so much sense.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 00:47 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home (710 comments in total)
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Tom Caldwell: I gave up on the Canon 5D line because the 5DII was “all about video”. The R5 being all about video is not going to lure me back. Must they alway make faux-dslr bodies with side hinged lcd and great video ... neither the hump, nor side hinged lcd nor video is needed to make a great FF digital camera without a mirror.

... but I am sure that it will be attractive to some :) but it looks like that if it looks like a dslr and snaps like a dslr then maybe it is still a dslr.

in terms of handkling indeed the Canon R is better than N or S.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2020 at 00:19 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5: Go big, or go home (710 comments in total)

...4K/120p is notable. It's the first time we've seen it on a mirrorless camera...

Ahem - so maybe NOT of the same handling but Z Cam E2 series been doing this for a while. Yes yes its not FF but its STILL a mirrorless (cine style) camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2020 at 00:18 UTC as 73rd comment
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msstudio: I’m all for transparency, the power of the image and free press, but as a pro I have to stick to the law and rules. The City of New York clearly states: It is illegal to fly them in New York City.

That’s pretty much the end of that discussion, and for anyone question this, NYC is a densely populated place, having a half pound (Or heavier) drone falling from 500’ height on someone’s head can case a head ache if not death.
When we use a drone in professional application (movie shoots), we have a dedicated team of 3 pros operating this, crew gets as far away as possible and we clear everything that’s potentially below the preplanned flight path. Safety first, pretty pictures later. Should apply to all of us, btw.

bad analogy here Biggs23. With a car you have to get a license to drive and you have to pay insurance to own a car. There are checks and balances. Going over the speed limit bears the risk of being caught by cameras and police officers.

With a drone, only 'commercial users' require a license. Who's to say whether one is or isn't? There is no exam and hence ANYONE can fly it. Risk of injury may be 'low' but the consequence of a drone flight gone wrong are immense and at this point, with no real checks and balances. I am all for free flying in the countryside but city? that's a lot of risk that I don't think the general public anywhere in the world should bear.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2020 at 15:14 UTC
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sknai16: The AF tracking for flying birds is still quite inferior to what Sony firmware in the A7R4 and A9, A9II can produce. I have not personally verified this, but real experts like Steve Perry and Mark Smith have and I trust their judgement. This means that for wildlife photography the z series is still not up to the DSLR standards and I will stick with my D850 and D500 for the moment before migrating to Nikon mirrorless.

Olympus might be around there ho ho ho.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2020 at 06:53 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1546 comments in total)
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OremLK: Seems like Oly's mission statement here is to make a Jack-of-all-trades camera that you can handhold for almost any type of shooting. I like that they're working up to some of the computational photography tricks used by smartphones with the handheld pixel shift mode and such.

This is their only way forward since they can't fight the IQ battle with small full frame mirrorless cameras from other manufacturers. They have to make MFT worth it in other ways. Don't know if it's enough, but in terms of the direction they're taking, I don't see what else they can do.

they need to throw them out there for it to stick. HDR + HHHR!!

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2020 at 15:02 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1546 comments in total)
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perry rhodan: That UI menu system. Aaaarghhh. It is still getting more user UNfriendly. From the Epl-1 on it got worse every iteration. Had 4 different Oly m43 bodies, wanted to like them. And I really love the m43 platform. Give me a PanOly body with Oly Jpeg and Pana UI tech please!

I can't believe one would take the Sony Ui over the Oly. Loathe that one.

As a 10 year user of the UI, I find no issue with it. It is extremely detailed and all settings are put in specific categories that fit. And then there is the SCP.

I find the Sony UI to be highly unituitive. I don't see the Panasonic UI as being any easier to use compared to the Oly UI. In fact I dislike it and how slow motion can only be triggered under specific settings which you have to know.

What does this mean?

UIs are meant to be learnt. Stick with it and you'll learn how to use it.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2020 at 15:00 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1546 comments in total)
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m43Nikon: I'm glad if this so-called new Mark III decreases the price of the Mark II

It's deceptive for this review website (and manufacturer) to state "Pro Capture mode records frames before you hit the shutter" without mentioning the multiple caveats that make it a non-feature for many purposes.

lol.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2020 at 14:55 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1546 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Some things that may make this more interesting:

Pro Capture records 35 frames when you half-press the shutter and up to 120 frames (a new improvement) after you’ve pressed it – meaning that, even if you’re half a second slow on the draw, you never miss the critical moment, whether it’s a bird of prey taking off or a runner bolting from the starting blocks.

And the streamlined SCP view.

Well, the shots form the Oly groups I am in suggest otherwise. My experience - after 3.0 in sports have shown a very strong improvement. Most shots are in focus.

If the video CAF is much improved what is already a very good AF - compared to the GH5 especially, its good enough for me to consider upgrading to.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2020 at 05:32 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1546 comments in total)
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4sofnature: Em1iii = Olympus Has Fallen

I'll hold onto my GH5 for another year despite its value depreciation and poor video AF.

I have both of these, and honestly, that video AF is truly horrible compared to even the e-m1.2!!

The one thing I like is that slow motion video though.

oh and the auto file transfer to mobile devices when taking photos - I have no idea why other cameras can't do the same.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 07:11 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1546 comments in total)

Some things that may make this more interesting:

Pro Capture records 35 frames when you half-press the shutter and up to 120 frames (a new improvement) after you’ve pressed it – meaning that, even if you’re half a second slow on the draw, you never miss the critical moment, whether it’s a bird of prey taking off or a runner bolting from the starting blocks.

And the streamlined SCP view.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 07:09 UTC as 175th comment | 2 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1546 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Can dpreview check the video codec options - the announcement reads of a 120fps option in existence. Would love confirmation whether it is 120fps that you can then convert to slow motion in post or if its the the 60fps set at 0.5X speed that the E-M1.2 had.

IF the latter I would be sorely disappointed.

disappointing frankly then...I am starting to think of getting the Sigma RP as an alternative approach to photography then.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2020 at 14:08 UTC

From Robin Wong.

Larger Electronic Viewfinder
While the resolution of the EVF remains the same at 2.36M dot, with high refresh rate of 120fps and minimal lag of 0.005s, the magnification has been increased from 0.74x to 0.83x, having similar size to E-M1X.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 08:05 UTC as 15th comment
On article Hands-on with Olympus' tiny 12-45mm F4 Pro lens (196 comments in total)

wow really small!!

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 06:36 UTC as 53rd comment
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