al_in_philly

Lives in United States Philadelphia, United States
Works as a University Professor
Joined on Oct 4, 2009
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On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2410 comments in total)
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al_in_philly: I've been an Olympus user for over 20 years, and currently shoot with an E-M1 MkII. That said, I don't understand why Olympus made this camera. The key advantage that M43 has over FF cameras is its size/weight. The E-M1 MkII is already so large and heavy that this advantage starts to challange the value of the low light imaging trade-offs. Making a camera body that's nearly FF in size and weight, without the imaging advantages of the larger sensor makes no sense. It might, had the E-M1X added state-of-the-art video capabilities along with the heft, but it doesn't. As such, this camera doesn't seem to advance the Olympus product line in any sort of meaningful way.

Khunpappa: When you compare it to the video capabilities of the Panasonic GH-5 or the soon to be released GH-6.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2019 at 21:16 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2410 comments in total)
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al_in_philly: I've been an Olympus user for over 20 years, and currently shoot with an E-M1 MkII. That said, I don't understand why Olympus made this camera. The key advantage that M43 has over FF cameras is its size/weight. The E-M1 MkII is already so large and heavy that this advantage starts to challange the value of the low light imaging trade-offs. Making a camera body that's nearly FF in size and weight, without the imaging advantages of the larger sensor makes no sense. It might, had the E-M1X added state-of-the-art video capabilities along with the heft, but it doesn't. As such, this camera doesn't seem to advance the Olympus product line in any sort of meaningful way.

NiccoPPC: Exactly. If it is only as compact as a FF camera, m43 only has disadvantages as a format. Where it can shine is in being small and light enought to carry with you everywhere and deep into the field without digging deep into your shoulder. Before my E-M1 MkII, I shot for years with the E-M5, which was the ideal size for practicality. Being somewhat larger than the E-M5, the E-M1 MkII is not nearly as effiortless to carry around, though the imaging advantages make up for the increased heft. This new E-M1X has ballooned up to FF size--even larger than the SONY! Though its lenses are still lighter than those for FF cameras, there is no longer any real reason to opt for the smaller sensor Olympus when the cameras get this big.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2019 at 21:02 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2410 comments in total)
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al_in_philly: I've been an Olympus user for over 20 years, and currently shoot with an E-M1 MkII. That said, I don't understand why Olympus made this camera. The key advantage that M43 has over FF cameras is its size/weight. The E-M1 MkII is already so large and heavy that this advantage starts to challange the value of the low light imaging trade-offs. Making a camera body that's nearly FF in size and weight, without the imaging advantages of the larger sensor makes no sense. It might, had the E-M1X added state-of-the-art video capabilities along with the heft, but it doesn't. As such, this camera doesn't seem to advance the Olympus product line in any sort of meaningful way.

Passionateofphotography: I've never felt compromised by using a single battery in my E-M1 body--it lasts for hundreds of shots, especially if you only use the viewfinder display. And, if I run out of juice, a battery change takes less than a minute. But what about not wanting the added bulk and weight? That's the main advantage of m43 cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2019 at 20:51 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (2410 comments in total)

I've been an Olympus user for over 20 years, and currently shoot with an E-M1 MkII. That said, I don't understand why Olympus made this camera. The key advantage that M43 has over FF cameras is its size/weight. The E-M1 MkII is already so large and heavy that this advantage starts to challange the value of the low light imaging trade-offs. Making a camera body that's nearly FF in size and weight, without the imaging advantages of the larger sensor makes no sense. It might, had the E-M1X added state-of-the-art video capabilities along with the heft, but it doesn't. As such, this camera doesn't seem to advance the Olympus product line in any sort of meaningful way.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2019 at 07:37 UTC as 289th comment | 11 replies
On article Photokina 2014: Hands-on with Leica X and X-E (133 comments in total)

Is it just me, or does the X look almost like a toy camera? The thickness of that lens barrel just doesn't work aesthetically. Leica's always seemed to reek of being no-nonsense but this camera just comes off as minimalist without conveying German durability and precision. But that's just my opinion.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 23:16 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card (162 comments in total)

Let's just cut to the chase and start making Googlebyte cards!

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 22:26 UTC as 23rd comment
On article SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card (162 comments in total)
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Miron09: All SanDisk cards I ever used fell apart after a few months of usage. Samsung product much better. Never managed to break a Samsung card. I'd never spend so much money on such a product with such a short life span

I've never had a quality issue with SanDisk cards.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 22:24 UTC
On article Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review (183 comments in total)
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skytripper: Why is DP Review wasting time on this forgettable camera when many cameras that are much more worthy, and much more interesting, sometimes never get reviewed at all?

I wouldn't buy this camera (nor likely would Skytripper), but that's way besides the point: a new brand entering the market with an ILC camera (and lenses!) aimed at cost conscious entry level consumers is EXTREMELY noteworthy, especially if they can keep the MSRP down significantly below what's been offered before. Right now virtually every camera manufacturer is scrambling at trying to figure out how to attract customers lost to smartphone sales. Perhaps this somewhat fresh approach from JK Imaging/Kodak will stick. That alone is reason enough to run this preliminary review, as well as a full review later.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 19:03 UTC

I sure hope they reopen the store in Philly. I no longer have a local supplier for inks and paper for my Epson 3880. It's a total PITA to have to rely on the internet for my regular ongoing photo needs. Bring it back and I'll be more than happy to continue to shop at Calumet for my photo supplies and gear.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 23:21 UTC as 7th comment
On article Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' (331 comments in total)

OMG OM-D 04-01 LMFAO!

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 19:56 UTC as 128th comment
On article Review: Ona Lima camera strap (148 comments in total)
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Gesture: Real photographers = no wrist or neck straps; no camera cases; no lens caps; no UV filters. And I am serious.

Then real photographers=dropped cameras and scratched lenses--and I am serious. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to dope up on some testosterone shots.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 15:31 UTC
On article Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup (195 comments in total)
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Dorkington: Clearly going after the entry level consumer, but honestly that's where the money is. Wish them luck, even if it's not my market. Kodak was a valued brand for a long time, to say the least.

Just remember that Eastman Kodak got its start selling very cheap preloaded cameras that ordinary consumers would send back to the factory to have their pictures processed--and in the process consumers kept getting cheap, basic, recycled cameras. So in a way, putting Kodak on a cheap, entry level, no-frills, camera is sort of a fitting reincarnation.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 17:18 UTC
On article Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup (195 comments in total)
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Sirandar: Why is the 12-45 lens so big? It is the same size as my oly 40-150 and almost looks like it was made in the same plant.

My guess is that the size had less to do with optics and more to do with marketing. There might be a sizable group of people, interested in low-cost cameras, who may think that a bigger lens equals a better lens, thus minimizing their target consumers' likely concern that the low price will buy a cheap camera.

But that's just conjecture, as I have no access to JK Imaging/ Kodak's market research.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 17:13 UTC
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AndreSJ: I'm I the only person confused about the actual market that the GM1 is aimed at?? I know its quality is great and I'm a fan of the product but it seems to be aimed at a very small market of people.

The price is high due to it having the same sensor as the GX-7 and it seems like all the lenses being dedicated for it are just as highly priced (yes great quality).

My question is who (if your spending the amount of money that you would have to) wants a camera that small??

A small camera body and a fast wide lens: sounds a lot like what William Klein would be using if he were roaming the streets today.

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/03/26/10-lessons-william-klein-has-taught-me-about-street-photography/

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 16:55 UTC

Now Panasonic, in partnership with Leica, has made the perfect "trinity" of fast walk around primes. First was the standard focal length 25mm f/1.4. Just recently they gave us the longer "portrait" 42.5mm f1.2. And soon we'll have a "photojournalist" 17mm f/1.7. Given how easy it is to carry around a stealthy little m4/3 body and three lenses, street photography has been given an interesting twist.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 16:47 UTC as 29th comment | 7 replies
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ThePhilips: Why they keep putting the AF/MF switch on the lenses?

Most cams already have a focus mode button/dial anyway.

Edit1 Oh! it also has an aperture ring! Retro! Retro! Retro!

Yeah, it's almost superfluous, but having that little switch right by your thumb lets you jump back and forth between manual and automatic focus very quickly. It's even easier than doing so than with customized functions on the camera body, as you don't have to pull your face away from the eyepiece. Honest.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 16:38 UTC
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Digitall: At actual conversion rate, £549.99 = €658,35 = $906,81 !? They are crazy for sure, a 15mm for this price tag for M4:3?!

15mm is a focal ranges that use more, but, this price is absolutely crazy.

British photo equipment prices are typically much higher than US prices, at least in part due to the VAT. If past experience with pricing holds, expect a US street price of around $650 +/-100, basically in the same ballpark as the P/L 25mm f/1.2.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
On article Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores (196 comments in total)

It doesn't surprise me, but it does hit me bad.

The store in Philadelphia has looked like it was struggling for a long while now--you could see it on the faces of the manager and sales people; stock too was getting thinner and thinner. All signs of a place about to close its doors for the last time.

Not only are there almost zero camera stores in Philadelphia now, but Calumet was literally down the street from my home, about 8 blocks away. Sure I can buy my camera gear from B&H but where am I going to get a box of 17x22 Luster paper, or a cartridge for my Epson 3880 when I need it right away for a project I'm working under a deadline on? Staples? Walmart? Best Buy? Good luck! Welcome to photography in the 21st century. . .

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 19:12 UTC as 104th comment

The original 4/3 Olympus Zuiko 7-14mm f/4 was a spectacular lens offering near rectilinear image quality. My guess is that this version might be using similar optics. If so, this will be a very welcome addition to the m4/3 lineup--especially for those photographers who do a lot of architectural work and want the widest field of view without the obvious distortion.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 21:59 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary (471 comments in total)
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Cristian Mihai: My Macbook Pro ( not that is important here! 16Gb RAM with 2 SSD SATA 3 linked at 1Gb/s ) but with the normal Graphic card CANNOT play the 4K sample videos normally. 4K will force high end computer sales, storage, cloud space, etc...I

Yes 4K does present some issues in post. The massive heat from the processing speeds and volume generated on the processor chips on both the motherboard and graphics card might make it impossible/impractical to do post on laptops. Additionally 4K also begs for post to be done on large screen high-res monitors. Are we in for a niche rebirth of the desktop?

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 20:33 UTC
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