Revenant

Joined on Jul 29, 2011

Comments

Total: 1962, showing: 521 – 540
« First‹ Previous2526272829Next ›Last »
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
In reply to:

sebastian huvenaars: it's probably normal to long back to good old day's in times where you long back to the good old days. But trying to copy what once was doesn't get us any further. I fuckin hate retro.

Retro is fine by me, if it's a good, practical design. The same goes for modern designs.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 02:00 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
In reply to:

c45: Humans are more responsive to analog displays, remember what happened to digital-display wrist watches? Just because modern electronics makes the totally menu-driven controls possible it doesn't mean they are the best. In a complicated, feature-reach system having menus is unavoidable but its extreme implementation is as stupid as removing an aperture ring from modern lenses. Oh, wait; I can go though few levels of menu buttons to select the aperture and then conform my choice on the LCD display. Who would call that a progress?
There is nothing more ugly, uninviting and cheep "plastic-y looking" as a typical modern SLR, they all look like a black, blow-molded milk containers. The mirrorless system is the future; the EVF technology will mature in few years, the mirrorless will surpass the burst capacities of most advanced "pro-level" SLRs, SLR-system will slowly die off. Rest-In-Peace DSLR!

To the OP, even if DSLRs will be completely replaced by mirrorless cameras, what makes you think that the form factor will disappear? We've seen plenty of DSLR-looking mirrorless cameras already (Panasonic G and GH series, Samsung NX series, Sony A3000), and it's the most common form factor in the bridge camera segment.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 01:46 UTC
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (133 comments in total)
In reply to:

nimrod1212: Quote: "It's also the widest member of the Art lens family". 'scuse me awl over the place, but I thought Sigma already had a 19mm "Art lens"?

While I agree that the FoV has more practical relevance, I wouldn't call the physical FL of a lens an "arbitrary number". If it's arbitrary, then the lens designers had no idea what they were doing.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 12:40 UTC
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (133 comments in total)
In reply to:

YairT: I guess it is a good place to try and reach for Sigma QC department!
As a Sigma ART Lens fun , i am really disappointed to see that the level of inconsistency doesn't improve.
My 20 mm 1.4 is as perfect as a lens can be , yet clearly this is not the case with DP Review copy. ( Look at Ming Thein and Diglloyd for better samples)
I had also luck with my 35 and 50 , yet the 24 mm and the 24-105 were a nightmare. i couldn't get them to AF correctly using the USB Dock.
The AF was not consistent.
Focus curvature , complex distortion , impossible focusing on infinity which simply is impossible due to field curvature , image stabilization that apparently can't be switched off. Sigma weak up , you create fantastic design , please improve your QA and QC fast.
Yair

This is surprising, since Sigma apparently quality checks every single unit they produce, as opposed to just checking random samples. At least this is what they told Imaging Resource, when they visited the Sigma factory.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 21:53 UTC
In reply to:

Marty4650: Always remember that Sony sells sensors to everyone else.

This decline isn't primarily due to Sony selling few cameras, but to the entire P&S camera market evaporating.

The imaging division and the semiconductor division are separate, and both reported a decline in sales volume. The decline in the former (cameras and lenses) have nothing to do with other camera makers.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 19:13 UTC
In reply to:

sierranvin: I question the writer's headline and editors' judgment in giving it a pass. In business, profit is a superior outcome to the mere churn of sales volume, and a 20% profit increase year over year is surely a success. The headline's main message is one of failure. A sloppy reporting job to present such a fundamental disconnect between headline and facts of the story. BTW - Sony's overall corp. profit for the quarter is up 33% year over year. They're not going away any time soon!

But unit sales are down because the market for dedicated cameras is shrinking, thus forcing the shift to high-end cameras with larger profit margins. So the profit increase is actually a symptom of a camera market in crisis. They can't keep compensating for declining sales volume by selling ever more expensive cameras. And this is not just a problem for Sony, it's affecting the other camera makers too.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 16:09 UTC
In reply to:

zakaria: The purpose of these weak samples is to avoid knowing the sensor kind .
What this camera has inside is the big reward that Ricoh want to keep it secret until the release time
. I m h o.

Not publishing any sample photos at all would have accomplished the same thing, and avoided all the negative comments at the same time.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
In reply to:

Eugene232: it is smart idea.
18% prices increase means Nikon will make 18% increase in profit.

You still assume that the whole price increase will go directly into their pockets as profit. It most certainly won't. Prices are raised to compensate for either increased expenses or lower revenue. Profit margins might not be affected at all.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 02:54 UTC
In reply to:

Eugene232: it is smart idea.
18% prices increase means Nikon will make 18% increase in profit.

"18% prices increase means Nikon will make 18% increase in profit."

No, not necessarily. That's only true if their expenses are the same. If increased costs are eating up their profit margins, they may very well be forced to increase prices just to make the same profit as before.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 02:41 UTC
In reply to:

Photobyrd: "21 lenses for the Nikon 1 system"?
Common Nikon, you must be dreaming. Counting each lens at least twice because they are different color. Some lenses on that list are even counted 4 times, because there are black, white, silver and AW versions... That's one way to convince potential buyers...

"You might as well count every single copy with its respective serial number."

Why? That's not the same thing at all. Two copies of the same product are still the same product.

"We're not stupid. There's only 11 lenses available for Nikon 1."

This is not about deceiving people into thinking that the Nikon 1 system is more extensive than it is. They are just saying that all 21 lenses (read: lens products) will get a price increase. Depending on demand, different variants of the same lens could very well be priced differently, but their statement clarifies that they all will be affected by the increase.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 02:34 UTC
In reply to:

Photobyrd: "21 lenses for the Nikon 1 system"?
Common Nikon, you must be dreaming. Counting each lens at least twice because they are different color. Some lenses on that list are even counted 4 times, because there are black, white, silver and AW versions... That's one way to convince potential buyers...

Well, in a product database each colour variant of a lens would count as a separate product, so there's nothing strange going on here.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 23:33 UTC
In reply to:

RedDog Steve: Still no hint at the resolution ?

Actually, such an important spec, and the choice of components to be used, would most likely have been decided quite early in the development process. So I don't think they changed their minds in mid-development.
However, the 42 MP sensor could very well have been available to Ricoh a couple of years ago, since it's already used in an actual product.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 23:24 UTC
In reply to:

BJL: With the rear dial looking dedicated to exposure compensation, how does manual exposure setting mode work? Does that dial become aperture, or shutter speed, despite its labelling?

Anyway I a happy to see Olympus offer a small, low profile body (so-called "rangefinder style") with an eye-level viewfinder. I want to down-size from my "bump-top" EM-5 some day.

To clarify, the rear dial isn't located on the top plate, but on the back of the camera, very near the top and to the left of the EV comp dial.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 17:14 UTC
In reply to:

Roland Karlsson: Rangefinder style? The original pen-f was SLR. And this thing has no range finder. Why rangefinder style? It does not even look like a camera with a range finder. This looks like a modern, somewhat more chunky, version of the original pen-f. It is actually beautiful. But, range finder?

Basically, it's the placement of the viewfinder that determines if a mirrorless camera is called "SLR-styled" or "rangefinder-styled". These cameras are neither SLRs nor rangefinders, of course, but these expressions aren't intended to say anything about how the cameras work, only about how they look. And the typical SLR does have a prism hump in the centre, while the typical rangefinder has an off-set viewfinder.

To categorize the Pen-F as "SLR-styled" just because its ancestor was an SLR, would place it together with the likes of the OM-D, GH4, G7, NX1, X-T1 and the A7 series, cameras that look and handle very differently. Whereas the people most likely to be interested in it, would be the same people who are interested in the GX8, X-E2, X-Pro2 and A6000, all with a viewfinder placed in the corner.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 17:02 UTC
In reply to:

cirtapfotos: Dear Oldmpus...I don't know if you ever heard of Sony...They make excellent Sensors...In Fact they can fab you a new 24mp, 32mp and on and on. Oldmpus...it seems you are not moving forward. Stuck in 2010.

Olympus already uses Sony sensors in most models, and the 20 MP sensor in the Pen-F and GX8 is most likely a Sony sensor. It so happens that Sony Semiconductor makes a 20 MP 4/3" sensor, and I'd be surprised if no one is using it.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 21:45 UTC

F56 at 55mm? Either you have a typo in the title, or that lens is the worst ever.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 21:23 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (269 comments in total)
In reply to:

elefteriadis alexandros: Art mode and filter is just to distract from the real problem, its small format without control in DOF. All pictures look flat because the lens mm its to low for 3D looking pictures, i miss the medium format quality.

I've seen plenty of portraits with a shallow DoF taken with 4/3 and m4/3 cameras. If only those photographers had known that the format is in fact too small to allow control of DoF!

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 21:03 UTC
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (152 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jon H Laake: 1. How do you move single focus point around viewscreen? (this is a major turn-off in my ep-5)

2. Is the B/W option a true monchrome mode in RAW?

I interpreted him as asking if the monochrome mode was available when shooting raw, and it is. But only in the sense that the effect is applied in real-time to the liveview feed, and then saved together with the raw file. The raw file itself contains colour information, of course.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
In reply to:

shigzeo: This looks nothing like a 1960's rangefinder. It looks like a re-thought Pen F, which was an SLR.

"The functionality of the camera, not the position of its viewfinder should determine its style."

Functionality and style are two different things. The distinction between rangefinder-styled and SLR-styled mirrorless cameras, as used by DPR and many others nowadays, refers only to the external design and general shape that most people associate with typical rangefinders and SLRs, respectively. In particular, the placement of the viewfinder, which seems to be all-important to many camera enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 15:24 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1059 comments in total)
In reply to:

Valentinian: the GX8 is splash and dustproof
it has a magnesium/aluminum body, cost at launch was comparable to the Pen F (But now it costs less).
Yet . according to DPReview, IT IS NOT mentioned as being competitive with the Pen F. (only Sony and Fujy are, according to DPrevew).

Wonder what happened between Panasonic and DPreview.....

I see no claim that only those two cameras are competitors. They only mention two competitors, but that doesn't imply that those are the ONLY competitors.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 14:09 UTC
Total: 1962, showing: 521 – 540
« First‹ Previous2526272829Next ›Last »