vin 13

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On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (158 comments in total)

This was my first Digital camera, as I couldn't stretch to the 3MP models from Canon, Nikon and Fuji at the time. It cost £1600 Irish pounds new, so in euro pretty much the same price as the new E-M1 mk2! Of course one didn't need to buy a lens, but if one was to take inflation into account the price would equal the new body and a lens! How things have moved on since the turn of the century. It was a revaluation at the time, the instant review on the LCD was still a new and amazing concept. Mine eventually died, which prompted me to upgrade the the Fuji S2 (suggestion for throwback Thursday guys), though in fairness Olympus repaired it and I subsequently sold it on.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 12:32 UTC as 67th comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1247 comments in total)
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gLOWx: M43/43 key element are "lenses".
You can use most of them fully open, and get sharpness you would get closed by 1 stop, or even 2, on FF/APS-C.
And so, you need less ISO bump.
It may sound strange at first, but until you really need very thin DOF or very high ISO, there is less need for bigger sensor.
I see many ppl with FF almost always stopping their lenses, to get more sharpness/DOF. Even with portraits, where FF lenses are supposed to be wide open.
And what happen to the 2 stops ISO FF advantage, when you need to close by 1 stop to be sharp ? It is now only 1 stop ;) And even less on APS-C.

43/M43 lenses are the key. Sharpness wide open, giving you enough DOF and light. And the new 25mm (50mm FOV equivalent) f1.2 is going to prove it, again :D

On my side, i will keep my mk1...and buy more 43 legacy phase detect lenses :D

@Mike99999
I'm not sure there's that many M43 shooters that choose the system primarily due to cost. Agreed the 25 1.2 is very expensive. However plenty of M43 lenses, including a couple of other 25s are more competitively priced. Also the 20 1.7 is not a soft lens!

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 13:13 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1247 comments in total)
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Biowizard: I have a BIG problem. I still LOVE my OM-D E-M1 (mk 1), and look smugly "down" at those toting big Canikon beasts, knowing that in nearly every situation, I can take the better photo with my gear. Hand held in failing light, or critically focused by hand.

But this Mk2 has SO much extra, I am very tempted to update. I can't justify owning both, but my Mk1 is nowhere near ready for "recycling".

Bother.

Brian

I'm a big M43 fan, but I think 'nearly every situation' may be pushing it.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 20:18 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1247 comments in total)
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gLOWx: M43/43 key element are "lenses".
You can use most of them fully open, and get sharpness you would get closed by 1 stop, or even 2, on FF/APS-C.
And so, you need less ISO bump.
It may sound strange at first, but until you really need very thin DOF or very high ISO, there is less need for bigger sensor.
I see many ppl with FF almost always stopping their lenses, to get more sharpness/DOF. Even with portraits, where FF lenses are supposed to be wide open.
And what happen to the 2 stops ISO FF advantage, when you need to close by 1 stop to be sharp ? It is now only 1 stop ;) And even less on APS-C.

43/M43 lenses are the key. Sharpness wide open, giving you enough DOF and light. And the new 25mm (50mm FOV equivalent) f1.2 is going to prove it, again :D

On my side, i will keep my mk1...and buy more 43 legacy phase detect lenses :D

I'm one of those FF shooters that likes to stop down and find the deeper DoF of M43 to be a help more often than a hindrance. However I also like to have the option to not stop down on FF.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 20:17 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)

A Halina that took 110 film cartridges back in the early 80s

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 18:43 UTC as 401st comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS D30 (135 comments in total)

I remember lusting over this, but I simply couldn't justify the cost know that the tech was in its infancy. I ended up with an Olympus E10 instead. Nice 8 track by the way!

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 13:46 UTC as 21st comment
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (295 comments in total)

Just saw the size comparison posted here. It's bigger as my old Canon 350D! However if it's as good as Olympus are boosting and is priced sensibly I'll still be very interested.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies

I would have been very interested in this lens had it been released 2 years ago. I most likely would have gone for it ahead of the 12-40 and 35-100, assuming it was to deliver the same kind of quality. Two late now as I have the other two.
As for the all the limited DoF talk, not everyone thinks shallow DoF is the be all and end all. I stop down to f8 - f11 with FF gear most of the time when light allows. Therefore f4 - f5.6 is fine for me with MFT. It also means I can keep the ISO lower, so the other 'failing' of the smaller sensor doesn't come into play so much. When I want shallow DoF I have the 20 f1.7 and of course the aforementioned FF kit.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 22:33 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

Sounds great on paper. If it lives up to it, particularly in the continuous AF department I could be tempted at some stage.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 13:20 UTC as 19th comment
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV added to studio scene comparison (363 comments in total)

These look good to me, similar to the 6D but bigger. I'm also pleasantly surprised how well the old 5D stands up when using the comp setting. However the 5DIV price makes the 5Ds more appealing. I didn't look at the Nikon and Sony as I'm not going to switch system again, no matter how good they may be. Also I like the 85mm f1.8, it's a quality lens, the fact that it's old and inexpensive shouldn't matter. However the suggestion of a quality third party lens available in different mounts is a good idea.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 11:41 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (224 comments in total)
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vin 13: "Although the sticker price was the same as the Mark IV's, that $3500 would now be the equivalent of $4300 in today's money" Have you really seen that level of inflation that side of the pond in that time? We certainly haven't over here!

On to the 5D, I've never been able to bring myself to sell mine and it's still working fine. I've shot it more than any other camera and have always been pleased with the results, or at least the camera's part in them. The main reason I bought a 6D is for the LCD as the 5D's didn't cut it for paid work in the smartphone age. Image quality at low ISO isn't much better. 5DIV will be another level as is 5DS/5DSR, but in an age when many current cameras are still around 20MP, which is more than most people need, the 5D can still hang in there.

According to the Central Statistics Office here in Ireland, the €3200 I paid for my 5D in Dec '05 is the equivalent to €3589 in Jul '16. That's a much smaller increase, and in my real-world experience I thought it would have been less again. I guess we haven't done so well since the so-called Celtic Tiger. 5DIV is €4299 here by the way.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 10:44 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (224 comments in total)

"Although the sticker price was the same as the Mark IV's, that $3500 would now be the equivalent of $4300 in today's money" Have you really seen that level of inflation that side of the pond in that time? We certainly haven't over here!

On to the 5D, I've never been able to bring myself to sell mine and it's still working fine. I've shot it more than any other camera and have always been pleased with the results, or at least the camera's part in them. The main reason I bought a 6D is for the LCD as the 5D's didn't cut it for paid work in the smartphone age. Image quality at low ISO isn't much better. 5DIV will be another level as is 5DS/5DSR, but in an age when many current cameras are still around 20MP, which is more than most people need, the 5D can still hang in there.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 09:03 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2085 comments in total)
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Tobamory: the UK pricing model sucks, 3600 body only you having a laugh, USA is 3400 dollars so 2572 today's rate, cheaper to fly to the states.....sighhhh

Just seen it at €4,899.99 direct from Canon, they're having a laugh!

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 09:54 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2085 comments in total)
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Tobamory: the UK pricing model sucks, 3600 body only you having a laugh, USA is 3400 dollars so 2572 today's rate, cheaper to fly to the states.....sighhhh

It's on pre-order for €4299 at one dealer here in Ireland. Less sales tax that's €3495, which is $3946 US at the current exchange rate. That's still a big difference!

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 09:34 UTC

Still have my mju II too, served me well but there's no going back from digital for me.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 18:58 UTC as 16th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Luis dos Santos (54 comments in total)
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chj: Sorry, but this is similar to photographers who focus on shooting graffiti. The architects and graffiti artists may deserve praise, but unless you are really adding something more to it in your photo, it's not your art. In these photos, I don't see the photographer adding enough to call it his own.

I think that applies to the vast bulk of photography. Photography by it's nature is capturing what's already in existence. I think most of the featured photographs are excellent, and that the photographer can claim that they are their vision though not their creation.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 15:09 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Luis dos Santos (54 comments in total)

Very nice, I like 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 14:52 UTC as 10th comment

It's certainly a striking image. If I'd been lucky enough to have captured it, and yes a HUGE chunk of photography is luck, I'd also have gone for the apocalyptic effect, but I'd have brightened the shadows on the storm side a bit more. Hardly a criticism though. I understand it's not everyone's cup-of-tea, but I think some of the negative comments are a bit much.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 12:46 UTC as 12th comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review (467 comments in total)
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kodakrome: Cameras keep getting better...and the complaints keep getting louder.
Someday someone will make a perfect camera, and everyone in the world will complain about it.

Aint that the truth!

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 17:10 UTC

Darren: Cheers, other than a tiny amount of perspective correction there's no post processing, no extra contrast or saturation etc., there was no need, and it's RAW not a JPEG. That's the look you get on a nice calm clear night with a slow shutter. I'd have expected the same look from slide film, which I wouldn't have post-processed at all!

petit58: Thanks, though I didn't know the bridge had soul : )

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 11:57 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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