tjbates

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Simply shocked and saddened. There's now a huge place that won't be quickly filled. I will miss you!

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 19:16 UTC as 37th comment

At least with Olympus you don't have to pay for the updates.

And now apparently the GH4 V-Log update is free as well. Panasonic left a hole in their software allowing the V-Log profile to be saved to the camera via the Image App.
https://www.reddit.com/r/gh4/comments/3l1j2z/how_to_use_vlog_without_buying/

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 07:10 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
In reply to:

goshigoo: It is bigger and heavier than Sony A7 ?!

I always think m43 is about portability.........

At this price, wouldn't it better to consider A7 / A7II, which are selling at ~950 USD and 1400 USD only in Hong Kong...

@IarekB
Just wait until the GX8 'only' scores a silver award and we'll clock up another 1,000 responses. All good time wasting!
@Trk
got me thinking about salt now.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 14:44 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
In reply to:

goshigoo: It is bigger and heavier than Sony A7 ?!

I always think m43 is about portability.........

At this price, wouldn't it better to consider A7 / A7II, which are selling at ~950 USD and 1400 USD only in Hong Kong...

Check this out. It may help some out there to understand the truth. No conspiracies here.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care

Quote: "In theory you can work out how much total light one system is receiving, relative to another, and calculate 'equivalent sensitivities' - the ISO settings that would provide an image from the same amount of total light (and hence have similar noise properties). However, there are enough differences in sensor performance that, without knowing a lot more about the specific sensors you're comparing, you can't assume, for instance, that twice the total light means twice the overall low-light performance."

Ok, IarekB, you're right. I'm wasting my time. He lost me on that salt in Poland story.
I'll go off now and enjoy the wonderful advantages of both FF and m4/3 and stop trying to convince conspiracy theorists of the obvious.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 14:05 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
In reply to:

goshigoo: It is bigger and heavier than Sony A7 ?!

I always think m43 is about portability.........

At this price, wouldn't it better to consider A7 / A7II, which are selling at ~950 USD and 1400 USD only in Hong Kong...

I agree that with Trk that the GX8 is a little on the too big side for a m4/3 camera.
I use a full frame Canon 5DMKII, an Olympus OMD EM-10, and a Panasonic GH4.
As an experiment, I just put my Canon 35mm f2 IS lens on my 5D, set it to f2, shutter to 1/250 and ISO to 200 and then made an exposure. I then put the same lens on my Olympus and then my Panasonic. At the same settings all three photos have exactly the same exposure (brightness) neither photo is darker or lighter to any noticeable degree. I also put some Leica, Canon FD, Olympus and Panasonic glass on the m4/3 cameras at f2 and they all exposed exactly the same as the Canon at f2.

What I did notice however is that the full frame Canon displays shallower depth of field at the same f stop. I can't measure it - but I don't have to because lens theory says the m4/3 cameras will have twice as much depth of field (twice as much is in focus for the same f stop.
Sensor size at the same f stop only affects depth of field.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 13:37 UTC

Apple finally got Aperture right with version 3, to then abandon it. I'm sticking with it just as I still use Final Cut Pro 7 for video. Just because software isn't supported doesn't mean it won't keep working. I have no interest in having my photos stored in a cloud. I'll continue to use Aperture 3 and avoid the downgrade to "Photos" until they finally get it right with version 3.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 19:17 UTC as 173rd comment | 7 replies

Message to Canon. Kodak thought it was impossible too - and sadly - look what happened to them. Even the giants can fall. Time to wake up.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 06:08 UTC as 158th comment

Canon sees impossible while all the others make it possible!

Meanwhile adapter sales are going through the roof to enable Canon glass to be used on mirror-less bodies.

Film camera technology (read flapping mirror) needs to be updated in this digital age. Catch up Canon - cmon!

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 15:26 UTC as 423rd comment

"That was ten years ago - what’s the next big moment?

You tell me!"

OMG, Canon really is impossible!

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 15:17 UTC as 14th comment

I've got it. IBIS to take care of mirror slap!

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 07:04 UTC as 553rd comment

Finally!!! Ink that costs less than the printer!!!

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 08:54 UTC as 854th comment

They've invented a time machine that takes us all back to the day when the second-hand shelf wasn't littered with their flapping mirror digital cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 06:48 UTC as 894th comment
On article Photokina 2014: Olympus stand report (75 comments in total)

"Olympus wants Photokina visitors to know that the E-M10 happened to win a gold award a few months ago."

That may be true, but the photo accompanying this caption shows an E-M1 not the other Gold Award winner - the E-M10.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 20:18 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)
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robogobo: Please, everybody calm down. Back away and look at the big picture. Much like FCPX, Pages 5, etc, the new Photos app will likely be anemic in the beginning and then have stuff added back in by request... level headed requests. For all intents and purposes, Photos is Aperture 4. Look at the screenshot. Look at the official statement. All your Aperture edits will carry over, and they'll be treated exactly like the move from Aperture 2 to Aperture 3. Old sliders will be treated as legacy and new sliders there to replace them.

All this panic and negative speculation doesn't do anybody good. Aperture will keep working just like it does now, even in Yosemite, and maybe Photos will even be better. Who knows? Let's wait and find out. And give Apple feedback through the official channels in a constructive, adult manner. https://www.apple.com/feedback/aperture.html

What if I don't want to store my photos in a cloud? What if I just bought a new camera and want raw support for it in Aperture? This sucks!

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 16:01 UTC

David Schloss, I believe it's Deutsche Börse not Deutche Börse.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 07:21 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review (346 comments in total)
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tjbates: As a Panasonic GH2 owner, I bought the E-M10 because I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss is about. The E-M10 stills image quality is definitely a step up from the GH2. It's a keeper!
I find autofocus more accurate on the GH2 with the same Olympus lenses.
The viewfinder on the GH2 is still - after all these years bigger, brighter and clearer.
I miss the C1,C2 and C3 dials that the Panasonic cameras offer and the extra external controls. On the E-M10, I waste too much time scrolling through the Super control panel and miss shots even after assigning all Fn buttons. The GH2 is operationally faster. I know Olympus offer the Myset feature but only one Myset can be programmed to an Fn button.
The GH2 can easily be used one-handed. Great for parents! The E-M10 requires two hands.
The Olympus software better than Panasonic but unbearably slow.
The Olympus has auto ISO in manual mode!
Overall the E-M10 is fantastic but I'll keep the GH2 for video.

Wanted to update my impressions of the E-M10 after 3 weeks of use.
I've now discovered the target auto focus mode and find it to be superior to my GH2 for nailing focus on a moving subject.
To use- press left arrow next to OK, then INFO and then scroll to the focus mode with tiny stand alone boxes.
This little wonder really can keep a sharp focus on subjects moving towards the camera at 3.5 f/s.
I still miss the C1-C3 dials on the GH2 but have found a work around on the E-M10 by assigning Myset1 and Myset2 to the ART and SCN mode positions.
Olympus software is very slow with Raw files but okay with Jpegs.
My files look like film - I'm very impressed. Lovely film like grain and beautiful rich colours without adding saturation to skin tones.
My focus accuracy is 90% better than my 5DMK2 and the file quality is very similar.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2014 at 20:37 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review (346 comments in total)

As a Panasonic GH2 owner, I bought the E-M10 because I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss is about. The E-M10 stills image quality is definitely a step up from the GH2. It's a keeper!
I find autofocus more accurate on the GH2 with the same Olympus lenses.
The viewfinder on the GH2 is still - after all these years bigger, brighter and clearer.
I miss the C1,C2 and C3 dials that the Panasonic cameras offer and the extra external controls. On the E-M10, I waste too much time scrolling through the Super control panel and miss shots even after assigning all Fn buttons. The GH2 is operationally faster. I know Olympus offer the Myset feature but only one Myset can be programmed to an Fn button.
The GH2 can easily be used one-handed. Great for parents! The E-M10 requires two hands.
The Olympus software better than Panasonic but unbearably slow.
The Olympus has auto ISO in manual mode!
Overall the E-M10 is fantastic but I'll keep the GH2 for video.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 07:28 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies
On article CES 2014: Panasonic Stand Report (19 comments in total)
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RichRMA: A bit ridiculous. m4/3rds, 16mp for $2000 versus FF from Nikon or Sony for the same price. What exactly makes the Panasonic worth that kind of money? At $1000 a body, premium m4/3rd cameras were ok, not for $2000.

It is indeed a video thing. There are several reasons why m4/3 is popular with videographers and therefore worth the price over FF Nikon and Canon.
1. Panasonic know how to make cameras (GH2 and later the GH3) without noticeable moire and aliasing and near HD resolution.
2. EVF
3. Smaller lighter lenses that are tack sharp wide open - unlike many fast aperture FF primes.
4. Improved codec over all other cameras in this price bracket with an EVF.

If you're just shooting stills then I'd go with FF as well. Infact that's why I use both formats.
But right now for video, unless you want to hack a $3K 5DMK3 and then add an EVF, I'd suggest m4/3 is indeed worth $2,000. I'd pay a lot more if it had an internal broadcast codec like ProRes422.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 14:43 UTC
On article CES 2014: Panasonic Stand Report (19 comments in total)

"The Lumix GH3 made a surprising appearance, sporting a '4K' badge that may indicate future developments for video in the GH-series."

Was DPReview actually there? If so, did you forget to ask if the badge did indeed indicate future developments or not.
No other info? Strange - doesn't sound like a "report" to me.
For many of us - this is one of the most exciting cameras and we don't get any information.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 16:21 UTC as 5th comment
On article Nikon Df Review (1624 comments in total)
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kadardr: I used to be a marketing guy and one of the anticompetitive strategies was repositioning the competitor product.
From the pros and cons Df is much worse than D610, lame, out of style, there is an imbalance of sensor, processor, and af speed and coverage, it is out of anything, especially of scope. Cheap selection of materials, bad handling, too expensive.
From the review I envisage Nikon Df to be a camera for meticulous old farts with a bunch of old Nikon lenses. This vision simply cannot be true. There is no company on earth that want to put such a product on the market.

It is obvious that this time the review went too far.

I'm all for the retro approach to modern digital cameras, but I just walked past the window of my local camera store where the Df sat next to the latest lineup of retro cameras and the Df looked cheap and a little silly - like a wedding cake of buttons and dials. I don't know why, but the silver finish - to me looks cheap. That said, I'd love to try it out but with poor low light AF it wouldn't make it onto my Santas list.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 16:26 UTC
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