Helen

Helen

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On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (234 comments in total)

I see that the auto eye sensor by the OVF that turned off the LCD is gone - not too surprising I suppose, as the EOS 100D offered it when the next model up the range (from the 750D generation onwards) didn't. I note the lens mount is still the hybrid version (with black polycarbonate claws) which is slightly surprising, given that even the cheaper 1300D/T6 uses an all-metal mount, when the 1200D didn't).

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 08:37 UTC as 48th comment
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 comments in total)
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LDunn1: decades ago I bought into the OM film system, an OM2n initially, then added an OM4. I have very fond memories of those camera. When they were stolen, around 1987, I switch to Canon Eos due to the intro of AF.

5 years or so ago, I bought an OM2n from ebay for nostalgia reasons. Then an OM4. The collection grew, & I now have a display cabinet full of old OM gear. I have a soft spot for them

Around the same time, I went to a camera show & had a 'play' with the then current Olympus DSLR, I can't recall what the model was (it was that memorable for me), I was very disappointed, it felt 'cheap' & the view finder (optical I think) seemed very small & cramped, like looking down a rectangular toilet roll tube. I put it down, made my excuses & moved on to the next stand.

I therefore found the comment in the interview 'interesting' that they said putting the cameras into the hands of Pros resulted in purchases.

It's more probably that I'll end up with a Sony full frame Mirrorless I think

LDunn1 - if you looked at an Olympus DSLR with a small optical viewfinder, this was probably a little more than 5 years ago (assuming it wasn't secondhand) - but it was probably one of their more affordable DSLRs and all OVFs at that end of the market were small, with the narrower format of Four Thirds making this a little more noticeable than for APS-C in some cases. You would probably be impressed today at the much larger and in some cases huge, high quality electronic viewfinders in the OM-D mirrorless cameras (and other makes too, of course), despite the cameras being smaller than the DSLRs were. It's a mistake to equate what you saw back then with the current models - they are very different, and much closer to the large viewfinder, small body and optics ethos of the OM system (which I also started with and have a small collection of) - hence the OM-D name.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 22:24 UTC
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Good to see Nikon FINALLY catching up to Sony, with the tilt screen.

Actually, it WAS Sony - their A300 and A330 were launched in January 2008, with the D5000 in April 2009. Though Olympus did it in January 2006, for the record, with the E330.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 06:44 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: Is this identical (optically) to the EF-M version?

As an eos-m owner my biggest question will be to use native or adapted.

Adapted gives me greater flexibility but a little bigger size. If optically they are identical I'd go with the adapted version.

I doubt it, since they are both for the APS-C format, but the EF-M is a 28mm f3.5 versus the EF-S 35mm f2.8 - guaranteed to make us look twelve with those "mirror image" specs though.

I just double-checked and they are more different than I expected - size, weight, number of elements, groups and even minimum focus all differ.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 08:46 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Instead of innovation, Apple is reduced to using gimmicks to drum up sales. I really miss Steve Jobs.

To Rob Sims: the price drop, possibly-improved performance and larger battery capacity are all good, but I somewhat regret the weight increase and thicker build (and probably, though not sure, new case/cover required, since they usually move the magnets when the opportunity arises). But what most bothers me is the loss of the fully-laminated, air-gapless and anti-reflective screen, which I found really useful in the Air 2.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 11:20 UTC
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david25uk: Any idea what shutter mechanism is being used? i.e. something from the GM1 because it had no IBIS?

Yes, that's the same battery.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 20:49 UTC
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david25uk: Any idea what shutter mechanism is being used? i.e. something from the GM1 because it had no IBIS?

Thanks for confirming it - that's the one I was thinking of (I should have mentioned the electronic shutter feature that it has always been paired with). Presumably the same 1/50 maximum flash sync?

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 20:40 UTC
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david25uk: Any idea what shutter mechanism is being used? i.e. something from the GM1 because it had no IBIS?

Looks like the GM/GF7-8 shutter from the shutter speed specs - the tiny, quiet EFCS stepper motor one.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 19:08 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1644 comments in total)

I have one of these and I am quite surprised that it is praised for solid build in the conclusion and described in the specs as having a metal body - it is very obviously a rather flexible plastic/polycarbonate, which is disappointing considering its rather high price in the UK. It's definitely a nicer camera to use (for me) than the previous EOS M models, but I recognise the performance shortcomings mentioned such as the long blackouts and periodic slow responses. This might partially be linked with the total inability to set release priority in single shot AF mode - the camera has to achieve AF lock or it simply won't fire. Hopefully Canon might address some of the holes in spec and configurability with future firmware updates.

The conclusions and final rating seem a little forgiving considering the shortcomings raised, all of which I have experienced myself. I find it clearly the best EOS M so far, and quite a nice camera actually, but whether it is competitive with models from other manufacturers is debatable - more so at the elevated UK price.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 18:32 UTC as 167th comment
On article Nikon D5600 DSLR announced, though not in the US (297 comments in total)
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Helen: I have a D5500 and it's a nice, compact DSLR with generally impressive image quality. I notice this in the announcement: "In addition, the touch Fn function so popular with the D5500 has been expanded to support the enabling and disabling of auto ISO sensitivity control, and operation with viewfinder shooting has also been improved."

Certainly the inaccessibility of the Auto ISO sensitivity control is currently odd on the D5500, as it's not very intuitive to get at. Would surely have been possible to fix it on the D5500 with a firmware update, though.

I wonder what the "operation with viewfinder shooting has been improved" refers to? It would be nice if it was a fix for the strangely under-illuminated data display in the viewfinder, though again, less useful if it is only for the new D5600, and perhaps another thing which could easily be fixed on the D5500 via an adjustment of the firmware.

True, Fuji are very generous with their firmware updates - something I very much appreciate. There is another company which has been behaving similarly, and that is Olympus. Rather like Fuji with the X-T1, the Olympus E-M1 is like a new camera compared with its original release specification, and as with Fuji, the models lower down the range may not have had quite as many updates lavished on them, but still some really rather valuable features have been added. Panasonic will occasionally add a worthwhile new feature, though not to the extent that Fuji and Olympus do.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 23:44 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 DSLR announced, though not in the US (297 comments in total)
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Helen: I have a D5500 and it's a nice, compact DSLR with generally impressive image quality. I notice this in the announcement: "In addition, the touch Fn function so popular with the D5500 has been expanded to support the enabling and disabling of auto ISO sensitivity control, and operation with viewfinder shooting has also been improved."

Certainly the inaccessibility of the Auto ISO sensitivity control is currently odd on the D5500, as it's not very intuitive to get at. Would surely have been possible to fix it on the D5500 with a firmware update, though.

I wonder what the "operation with viewfinder shooting has been improved" refers to? It would be nice if it was a fix for the strangely under-illuminated data display in the viewfinder, though again, less useful if it is only for the new D5600, and perhaps another thing which could easily be fixed on the D5500 via an adjustment of the firmware.

It does, actually - it automatically alters in response to the ambient light of the scene above it (I am referring to the shooting data in green below the optical reflex finder's image). Unfortunately, in the D5500 (or is it only some of them, including mine?), the default settings for what it considers to be the appropriate display brightness seem to be unusually low - unless the display array isn't capable of running brighter than the brightest it can muster at present (that would be surprising, though, as practically any other similar model seems to).

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 16:24 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (121 comments in total)

I had this one's 2MP sibling, the C-2040z, as my first proper digital camera (it was my second digital after the nice but fixed-lens/no manual control Fuj MX1500). Later on I had the slightly later C-4000z, which was the only way to afford 4MP for me at the time, at the cost of some downgrades (no top LCD, back to an f2.8 lens like the original C-2000z). I really enjoyed using those cameras but don't have them any more as I passed them on to friends.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 13:46 UTC as 68th comment
On article Nikon D5600 DSLR announced, though not in the US (297 comments in total)

I have a D5500 and it's a nice, compact DSLR with generally impressive image quality. I notice this in the announcement: "In addition, the touch Fn function so popular with the D5500 has been expanded to support the enabling and disabling of auto ISO sensitivity control, and operation with viewfinder shooting has also been improved."

Certainly the inaccessibility of the Auto ISO sensitivity control is currently odd on the D5500, as it's not very intuitive to get at. Would surely have been possible to fix it on the D5500 with a firmware update, though.

I wonder what the "operation with viewfinder shooting has been improved" refers to? It would be nice if it was a fix for the strangely under-illuminated data display in the viewfinder, though again, less useful if it is only for the new D5600, and perhaps another thing which could easily be fixed on the D5500 via an adjustment of the firmware.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 13:18 UTC as 46th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom (80 comments in total)

Info about the HX80: this is effectively the same camera as the HX90 (i.e. the version of the HX90v without the GPS facility) but there are two significant differences. The first is that the HX80 lacks the customisable control ring around the base of the lens that you can assign functions of your choice to with the HX90/HX90v. Linked with this, and perhaps more importantly, though the Sony website specs and therefore the DPR specs state that it has manual focus, it doesn't - no DMF or peaking either. Check the manual. This is a surprise as the previous HX50/HX60 had no lens control ring either, but DID have manual focus and DMF.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 11:54 UTC as 1st comment
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Travo: I don't get the huge concern with battery life and mirrorless cameras. People can spend thousands of dollars on a camera and lenses but not $50 on a spare battery?

Worth noting is that the a6300 (and probably the a6500) can operate while charging off a USB battery pack. Handy if you want to do some astrophotography.

True - I am always surprised by the mention of short battery life in mirrorless as though it is some unexpected and inexcusable shortcoming - it's the live view that explains it. Stick a DSLR permanently into live view mode and its battery life would be similar - without the possibility of using an eye-level viewfinder in that mode, too. It's an expected side effect of a useful technology - at least some of the recent models are introducing intelligent power-saving modes that can shut off live view temporarily.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 12:29 UTC

I'll add my comment to the others - unfortunately the FZ1000 didn't have a touchscreen - might be wise to correct that in the comparison table.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 09:11 UTC as 104th comment
On article Leica improves Q functionality with firmware 2.0 (59 comments in total)
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Gesture: "The AF system functionality has been changed to allow different sized AF selection areas,"

Bravo. Listening Canon for EOS-M, something Panasonic and Samsung have featured.

And Olympus, Sony, and Fuji have this too (even the Pentax Q, come to think of it). Yes, the EOS M family would really benefit from a resizeable AF target. Given the price of the Leica Q, I was very surprised that it didn't already have a number of the features added by this update - I'd assumed they would be on any camera, these days.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 06:04 UTC
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rjalvarez1957: I have a Nikon F2 which appears to have a cloth shutter.

Mais51: Yes, and in fact cloth focal plane shutters continued to be used in many SLRs well into the 1980s - for example by Olympus for all their OM series aside from the weird AF and power focus ones, and Minolta for the XG series and the X700 and its derivatives. Canon used them for the A series until the early to mid eighties, too.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 06:18 UTC
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rjalvarez1957: I have a Nikon F2 which appears to have a cloth shutter.

It's very unlikely to be cloth, though, on an F2. They just look like cloth as the titanium foil isn't bare metal - it's coated and has a very matte look to it, which, along with the impressed texture to give it extra strength (which looks like a kind of "weave" pattern), makes it resemble cloth.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 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!

To Brian's footnote about the E-M1's resemblance to an OM camera - you should have a close look at an E-M5 II - it gets several steps closer and is a beautiful design (in my opinion, of course).

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
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