CheersUK

CheersUK

Lives in United States TX, United States
Joined on Jan 3, 2006

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Kurt_K: I'm just not buying that kingfisher photo. Looks to me like the bird was probably photographed in a dive against the sky and then merged later with a photo of a still pond. I could be wrong, of course.

Kingfishers can and do fish from favorite perches. Im gonna give the photographer credit where credit is due, and say great artistic shot.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 16:23 UTC
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CheersUK: 15 % cut in workforce. Head of company leaving. Failed major product launch with the Karma. The outlook looks bleak. They have some pretty heavy TV advertising investment going on here in the States at the moment, so there seems like there is some hope and life in them still. Im not sure they can survive, without a major buyout, though.

Just one other thing:
"Consumer demand for GoPro is solid and we've sharply narrowed our focus to concentrate on our core business,"

Does that mean, Karma is now officially dead?

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 02:47 UTC

15 % cut in workforce. Head of company leaving. Failed major product launch with the Karma. The outlook looks bleak. They have some pretty heavy TV advertising investment going on here in the States at the moment, so there seems like there is some hope and life in them still. Im not sure they can survive, without a major buyout, though.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 02:38 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies

At last something worthy of a kickstarter campaign, being shown on DPR. OK, it has a limited user base, although I can imagine plenty of fields that would be interested (educational establishments etc), but the tech for the price is impressive.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 20:45 UTC as 25th comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1397 comments in total)

Without doubt, this camera sits at the top of the m43 pile as far as features. The tech geek in me wants this camera, but Im not sure I can justify the extra cost when comparing image IQ, to other m43 cameras. For sure, that 2 grand can buy some really decent glass.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 06:55 UTC as 196th comment | 4 replies
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Androole: A 16" 4K pen & touch enabled display for $1500 is actually a really good price.

Looks like Wacom is feeling the competition from the Microsoft Surface and the other Windows manufacturers in this space now. Finally, it's about time!

I've used Wacom for a number of years. They are the best you can get for what they do, no doubt, but I've felt they are over priced.
The Cintiq was pretty cool when it was first released, but technology has crept up, especially with the new Surface Studio, and even Surface Pros. Once you price in a computer to power the Cintiq it looks even less attractive.
I wouldn't say the Cintiq is irrelevant yet, but I do feel its days are numbered.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 02:45 UTC

I just took a quick look through the comparison. After the initial launch price shock of the Mark II, I was starting to lean back towards it...now I dont know again. I'm certainly not seeing image quality to rival the best APS-C bodies...in fact, I'm not seeing much improvement beyond current M43 bodies.
Without doubt, feature wise, the camera is amazing, but nobody has shown me any output from this camera that rivals Olympus' IQ claims for this camera. High ISO (1600 for example) and image sharpness, dont look great. Thats a worry. The G85 wasn't even on my radar...it is now.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 23:59 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (510 comments in total)
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CheersUK: I have to admit, Im a Nikon man st heart, but some of their decisions baffle me. They release the D500, a fantastic camera and top of its class, then someone decided Key Mission was a good idea...and while they are at it anounce the highly anticipated vapor ware, DL series. Its like there is a Nikon rule that for every genious idea, they have to match it with two or three brain farts.

I thought the DL was delayed because of serious issues were discovered with the integrated circuit.

http://nikonrumors.com/2016/09/14/nikon-dl-cameras-delayed-because-of-serious-issues-with-the-integrated-circuit-for-image-processing.aspx/

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 02:51 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (510 comments in total)
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Jay A: Very predictable. Listen, Nikon, as long as you keep ignoring the plea to produce a viable prosumer and/or professional mirrorless camera, your numbers will continue to decline.
And for that matter....KeyMission? Really? Have you seen the problems that GoPro has had in the past year?

Have you seen mirroress market share? There is norhing there thats very encouraging. DSLR sales far out weigh mirrorless sales which is also shrinking.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 00:54 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (510 comments in total)

I have to admit, Im a Nikon man st heart, but some of their decisions baffle me. They release the D500, a fantastic camera and top of its class, then someone decided Key Mission was a good idea...and while they are at it anounce the highly anticipated vapor ware, DL series. Its like there is a Nikon rule that for every genious idea, they have to match it with two or three brain farts.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 00:39 UTC as 173rd comment | 4 replies
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HeyItsJoel: Fret not. Oly will learn their lesson soon enough. People will either do 1 of 3 things:

1. Not buy into the system in the first place
2. Hold back from upgrading their current Oly
3. Jump ship completely

I belong to #3.

I wouldnt jump ship yet.
I was looking at the Mark II as a potential purchase in a step to moving over completely to M43. At its current price point the D500 is looking very tempting and has stalled that move.
The specs for the Oly look great, although at $2000 I would want better sensor performance than M43 can provide.
$1600 would have hooked me, maybe $1700 if it lived up to Olys hype in reviews.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 05:46 UTC
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chriswilliams10: Again, really surprised by price. Just took a look at competition on full frame and APS-C camera bodies, not even considering micro four thirds and this camera is DOA. I owned the OMD-EM1 and currently own an OMD-EM10 II, along with other cameras, Nikon D750 and D7100 and the Panny ZS100 point and shoot. I was thinking about getting this camera but thought it would come in at 12,13, MAYBE $1400... but 2 Grand! In micro four thirds world Panasonic pretty well owns it with Olympus a distant second... With pricing like this can we look at Olympus as down for the count???

I don't think they are down for the count as a company...although I think that they have some misguided belief that they can make M43 something it isnt.
Their claims of wishing to get into the Pro Sports market is just a total delusion..M43 just doesn't have the AF tracking or high ISO performance when compared to its DSLR rivals.
The same goes for any serious landscape photographer...OK, it may have the high res mode, but fails in DR and noise performance, when compared to full frame alternatives...and if price wasn't an option, MF.
So where does that leave the Mark 2, in a bit of a no mans land as far as Olympus' target audience goes. I think they are missing the point. M43 is a great system for portability and weight...something the majority of serious Pros dont have on the top of their list in camera choice...on the other hand it can be very high on an enthusiasts list.
In one fail swoop, Olympus have out priced a large segment of the M43 target audience.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 01:21 UTC
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sarenz: Expensive, but if a compact telephoto system is what meets your needs it might be worth it. The Olympus system is great if you routinely shoot in the lower ISO range.

And this was billed as their pro sports and action camera. I'm not sure you comment ties in with what a sports photographer is looking for when looking to purchase a body... Which is why I think Oly are completely missing the boat with this release.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 15:23 UTC
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Gklidas: Really expensive! For the same price I can buy a full frame camera Pentax K1.

@ Jorginho
Your comments make a good point and were the mantra that Oly played for promoting M43 in the first place. Now they release a 'Pro' verson at a price where there are better alternatives for a pro.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
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Light Bender: From the chatter that I've seen, there's a lot of "For that price, I can get a XXX full frame" or "I can get XXX camera for cheaper"

From what I can see, this camera's built for speed. Everything about it is optimized for speed. A lot of the full frames at the 2K pricepoint do not have the speed that this camera is capable of, as well as other things.

Just looking through the specs:
10fps with mechanical shutter with AF - you're looking at a 148 frame RAW buffer...
15fps with fixed AF - you're looking at an 84 frame buffer
18fps with electronic shutter with C-AF - you're looking at 77 RAWs
Those are some pretty serious buffers in place. I also noticed that there's no current mirrorless camera that uses cross type sensors apart from the E-M1 II. The A6000 had then but then sony for some reason stopped doing it. So that's got to help somewhere as well.

If we use the same logic as other people here, should we also be saying that the 1DX II and the D5 overpriced?

I get what you are saying. Im sure rhat all the development that Olympus has done warrants that $2000 price tag., but if you advertise a camera as being pro level, then you had better hope that it equals the competition in those features. At this price pont, Im not sure its going to even come close to Nikon AF and image quality of even a D7200, let alone a D500.
Saying that I'm sure the build quality is top notch.
I love my M43, but Im under no illusion of what can be achieved with the system.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 06:49 UTC

Camera advertised as the next big thing in sport and action photography showed off at a landscaoe photographers wet dream event. Anybody else think thats strange? Dont be surprised if the AF ends up not living up to the hype.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 05:30 UTC as 133rd comment | 11 replies

Rumors were correct. Its gonna be a tough sell.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 05:08 UTC as 197th comment | 3 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera (70 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: Where's the sample images gallery?

Richard, I know what I'm about to say is old school, but stay with me. You have the printer for it, yes? You take printed photos and scan them in with, what I believe they call, a flarbed scanner. Hell, you could even scan more than one at a time, creating a digital contact sheet...we used them back in the the old film days, you know.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 03:50 UTC
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cdembrey: Oooh, oooh, it's too spendy. $4,200.00 is a lot of money—money I don't have in this depressed economy. And many people complain about expensive Apple products. Meh.

Say you keep a pc for 4 yrs, the top of the range model will set you back about $2.5 a day. Not a bad outlay for a pro or enrhuiast.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 17:19 UTC
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)

The D500 does look a beast, but even more inspirational was Ronans passion for what he does and the nature around him.
Great video.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 03:20 UTC as 34th comment
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