Bexter

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Has a website at www.photomoke.com
Joined on Apr 18, 2005

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cosinaphile: that's not what I'm excited about either ...

even though im not a Sony shooter the company has my tremendous respect and even has me interested in their new full frame rangefinder styled body

what s exciting to me is that in this terrible era of screens with holes notches , which disgusts me ...especially the copy cat nature of this screen fetish, and the "me too" cowardliness of most makers ... the abandonment of memory expansion... or an audio connector in most brands is also an unfortunate race to the bottom.

So when Sony keeps their excellent screens unnotched .... I notice

When Sony sees fit to respect the audio enthusiast with a proper jack ... i notice

and when Sony puts a great camera into a phone that give you a way to put a tb SD card in if you want ... I notice

they make the rest of the market look like misguided followers on a march to nowhere
and make Sony look like the leader it is leader ... kudos to them

@User1234567890 having Android 12 by Mid December does not mean that they will even make Android 13 available for the phone or provide timely updates in between. It is more important than most of the specifications so you don't end up with a paperweight.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2021 at 11:25 UTC
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cosinaphile: that's not what I'm excited about either ...

even though im not a Sony shooter the company has my tremendous respect and even has me interested in their new full frame rangefinder styled body

what s exciting to me is that in this terrible era of screens with holes notches , which disgusts me ...especially the copy cat nature of this screen fetish, and the "me too" cowardliness of most makers ... the abandonment of memory expansion... or an audio connector in most brands is also an unfortunate race to the bottom.

So when Sony keeps their excellent screens unnotched .... I notice

When Sony sees fit to respect the audio enthusiast with a proper jack ... i notice

and when Sony puts a great camera into a phone that give you a way to put a tb SD card in if you want ... I notice

they make the rest of the market look like misguided followers on a march to nowhere
and make Sony look like the leader it is leader ... kudos to them

Do Sony provide proper and timely updates to their phones for 3-4 years? This is an absolute deal breaker for me to buy any phone. Not Sony bashing - I am just curious what peoples experience is. This is the reason I would never buy anything made by OnePlus.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2021 at 09:59 UTC

Haven't Samsung been using an optical periscope zoom for a few years now? I don't think it is much good but this article seems to claim that Sony are first to market with this technology.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2021 at 09:57 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
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bloodreyna: As this article is waxing poetic on the affordability of their top of the line camera they fail to way poetic on the obscene pricing of the pictured zoom lens. Fact is at $7,500 this lens is absurdly overpriced. Now, people cry about Canon all the time but look at the RF 100-500mm. It is smaller, lighter, and only $2,699 by comparison. Plus it will own the Olympus all day when it comes to focusing speed.

You can actually buy an R5 plus RF 100-500mm for $6,598 which is $1,000 cheaper than the Olympus zoom on it's own. And if you want you can throw the RF 100-500mm on whatever APS-C RF camera Canon eventually comes out with if they decide to pander to the "equivalence" crowd.

@bloodreyna why do you care if you aren't a micro 4/3 shooter?

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2021 at 20:37 UTC
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Ken Croft: "A smartphone will never be able to capture a fast-moving bird, for example, from a great distance." Sadly that also applies to current Olympus cameras. My OMD's can't reliably catch a moving model plane at a sensible distance, but my 10 years old Canon 60d nails it every time.

I have found my EM1 Mk2 along with the 40-150mm f2.8 and 300mm f4 to be excellent at capturing birds in flight. I had to play about with settings to get it optimal. The big advantage in the EM1 mk2 was the ability to set the minimum focus distance in the camera settings. Set that to 5m or more for birds in flight and focus hunting is greatly reduced and you get great focus lock on.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2021 at 15:10 UTC
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Daft Punk: I have been tempted to get an EM1 mk3. The hand held high res is astonishing and I want a light camera for when travelling starts off soon.
I wish it had a nicer EVF and screen however.

I am convinced Olympus has a future if they embrace computational photography and ease of use. The fusion of a 4/3 camera with the UI and computational tricks of smartphones would attract a lot of buyers.

I have an EM1 Mk 2 which I think is the same EVF and screen and find them pretty good actually and I don't find them to be a reason for me to consider upgrading to an EM1 Mk4 or whatever it will be, it will be other features that would push me towards upgrading.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2021 at 15:04 UTC
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silentstorm: For a flagship that claims shooting stills in 12bit raw and 4K/8K videos, not offering expandable storage is just stupid.

Never going to buy a phone or any phone that doesn't have expandable storage, and also a 3.5mm phone jack. How do you even benefit from their claims of high quality DAC and hi-res audio playback via a dongle??

To me, usability like these are just BS.

Best not to support OnePlus until they start supporting their phones with proper updates for 3-4 years in a timely manner. Samsung and Apple are doing this right and the rest of the manufactures need to follow.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2021 at 11:29 UTC

Love his pictures on his site. We can argue about gear all day long but in the hands of the right person any camera system will shine. Personally I like m4/3 for the reasons mentioned that it is feasible to go further and shoot longer with much lighter kit. I do hope Olympus (in their new form) will keep producing cameras and lenses and that Panasonic don't scrap m43 either. It is a great system but I worry that the lower sales won't keep it alive.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2021 at 11:05 UTC as 45th comment
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Fotoni: Adapt or die. Olympus refused to adapt.

M43 is going downhill because bigger sensors are getting cheaper, lens for them are easier to make and the overall size of the bigger sensor cameras are getting smaller. Olympus turned all this upside down by making their M43 bigger, heavier and more expensive.

In the future there will be phones cameras, superzoom cameras and bigger cameras like FF and medium format. I predict that also APS-C will eventually vanish.

The M43 advantage is more in the lens size and weight than the camera body size/weight.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 16:58 UTC
On article Hands on: Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x (716 comments in total)
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BrentSchumer: The Olympus 300mm F4 was supposedly soft: https://youtu.be/5Tf9NYyDMtM?t=507

Would the 150-400mm be any better? One would hope so for such a high price.

The Oly 300mm F4 is extremely sharp. I have one and have no issues with sharpness.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2020 at 15:01 UTC
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shnsea: We need comparison reviews of these products. So many of them now and no objective comparison. They need to be compared based on features, ease of use, stability (crashes), accuracy of rendering, memory and storage foot-print, digital asset management tools, etc. Then there are camera manufacturers software suites too.

A lot of "digital" aspect of photography now is software. DPR, were are you?

I would love to find a viable alternative to Lightroom and Photoshop so I don't have to pay the expensive subscription which is too much for a hobbyist.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2020 at 10:47 UTC
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NZ Scott: The audio quality in this vid is really bad.

"Olympus notes the utility won’t capture audio from your camera, so plan on having another microphone nearby (or just use your computer’s built-in microphone)."

So will depend on what Microphone you are using.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2020 at 15:35 UTC
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page3: When they started developing this there was much talk of a local network sync (as opposed to cloud). It’s a shame the idea was dropped because cloud rules out a lot of us in the UK with poor internet upload speed, something that isn’t likely to improve any time soon.

I still like On1 raw, although my experience on the Mac is that 2020.5 is that it is significantly buggy and offers nothing new except the 360 functionality. I reverted back to 2020.1. Like much of the software out there I’d like to see a big push in improving DAM functionality and less focus on editing, which is already mature.

@tkbslc Lightroom can work with a local library. Mine is on a Synology which also backups up to a clould based storage so there is no single point of failure.

@danieljcox that is a good solution but expensive and complex for most people to setup. What you have created is sort of a private cloud, though definitely a solid solution if you are also doing offline backups to rule out the possibility of ransomware encrypting your files and that getting replicated to the other device.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2020 at 08:20 UTC
On article Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM sample gallery (DPReview TV) (29 comments in total)

Inglewood - I used to live here, takes me back! It has changed quite a lot but there are still some familiar sites.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2020 at 08:01 UTC as 4th comment

Ignoring the patronising video this is an impressive little beast. I won't get one though as I am always worried to fly them anywhere where I risk legal trouble or it is just really annoying to others.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2020 at 10:24 UTC as 28th comment

I went from a knock off GoPro from a few years ago to the Hero 8 Black and have been really impressed. The Hypersmooth and Hyperlapse are really fun to play with and overall the video quality is excellent. I like that I don't need a gimbal.

Now the bad - it is buggy. Locks up and crashes every now and then, sometimes can't turn it off without pulling the battery. The app connection to iphone/ipad is terrible. Really appallingly unreliable. Fortunately I don't use this feature much and download footage via a card reader mostly to a PC.

It was really fun to take on holiday and mostly easy to learn and use. It is a bit over priced I think but I got it on a Black Friday sale for retail price but with extra battery, SD card and accessories so I think it wasn't such bad value.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2020 at 20:10 UTC as 43rd comment

This gave me a migraine, I am not joking, my eyes really were affected by this. It is like some kind of Clockwork Orange torture that was designed specifically to hurt my brain along with the audio which added to the effect.

I watched half of it full screen on a large monitor before feeling physically sick and turning it off! Probably not so bad in a small window or on a phone.

Still I totally respect the work and effort gone into this, it is amazing. I don't usually have problems with images etc but this made me unwell so please be warned if you watch it.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2019 at 10:55 UTC as 5th comment
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razadaz: All the camera market is in decline. We saw the same thing with the computer market. Computers reached a point that most people realised their old computer was quite capable of doing everything they wanted to it do and stopped upgrading every two years. It’s the same with cameras. 25 megapixels has been a norm for years now and can produce poster size prints. It’s good for photographers, it keeps their camera usable and saves them a fortune. Bad for companies who sell the things. The simple truth is I cannot see this changing in the future. As with computers, most people will upgrade occasionally rather than on a regular basis.

You should probably consider an upgrade to Windows 10 though as you will stop getting Security updates in Jan.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2019 at 14:34 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2394 comments in total)
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melgross: I still don’t see the point to this. A 4:3 camera with inferior image quality. And no matter what the fans of the format scream, it is inferior.

The body is big and heavy. It’s fairly expensive.

Where are the advantages? With a 20mp sensor with worse noise and dynamic range, it can’t brag about image quality. So what can Olympus barge about? They have some very good lenses, but then, so do their competitors.

Trying to bring this format in direct competition with APS-C, much less full frame, professionally, seems to be an exercise in futility.

I’d like to remind everyone that when 4:3 first came out, the slogan spelled what it was there for:

“The best compromise of size, weight and image quality.”

Note the word “compromise”. That is truer today than it was when the format first came out.

Surely by that logic a full frame camera is a compromise compared to medium format etc. The 4/3 system isn't for everyone and people often forget that the size of the camera body is only part of the equation. There are some stellar lenses from Panasonic and Olympus that are really portable, even on the telephoto side of things.

It depends what you like to photograph too, if you want to shoot Astro or low light sports, music or theatre then this isn't the best system for you.

It is always a compromise but it is the first camera system I am happy with because I am much more likely to have it and a variety of lenses with me as they are portable. Honestly some of my best pictures are shot on my iPhone, not because its camera is the best but because I always have it with me.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2019 at 21:01 UTC
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nycgazelle: If you can't afford 20 bucks a month you are doing something seriously wrong.

It depends on how much you use it. I don't use Lightroom and Photoshop for my job, just a hobby so doubling the price is going to make me look at alternatives. There's no indication that my current plan is changing but if it does I will look elsewhere.

I can afford it but I would rather use the additional $120 per year on something else like printing some pictures or a trip somewhere to take pictures. Better investments than lining Adobe's greedy pockets. Even better spend the $120 on Adobe stock!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2019 at 21:53 UTC
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