photohounds

photohounds

Lives in Australia ACT, Australia
Works as a z/OS IT, freelance
Joined on Jun 28, 2009
About me:

Was gifted a second hand Minolta rangefinder at 11yo. No manual, no Google, no money. I learned DOF, shutter speed, motion, flare, sharpness and film speeds at a time when you had to WAIT a week for your photos. Colour was too expensive!
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Since then, I've always had trouble putting a camera down especially a FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 outfit :)
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Semi-pro since the '80s. 6x7 and 35mm then, Micro four thirds now: A good compromise.
Pro results without bulk and weight to lug around.
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Years ago, I recovered from "Equivalence Phobia" that so many suffer from, and find that people react better to a smaller setup and love the results.
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Customers want results, not "format psychobabble".
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Enjoy photography - not silly format arguments!

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photohounds: I never talk "equivalent" focal length except when explaining to a newbie or an older person who never had a FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 ..
AOV - it determines the perspective "look" of an image.
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This lens is nice, but I'm hoping for an 8mm f/2,8 Zuiko :)
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Being 1,4 you get reasonably good DOF wide open and a four times higher shutter speed than a 2,8 lens would give you. FOUR times In fact it would be noticeably superior for hand-held shots and the focus advantages of a 2-stops-brighter-than-2,8 lens are irrefutable.
Not "equivalent" is it?
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Shallow dof is not everything. It is mostly the last bastion of the "full" marketing frame crowd.
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84 degree diagonal AOV and f/1,4 simple as that.
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I'll stick with my 12mm f2.0 - tiny, very good, between 1/3 and 1/2 the weight/size of f/2.0 CaNikSon lenses would be.
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A shame the "full" marketing frame tr0lls don't like their gear enough to actually take pictures.
Why else would they waste on competing format fora??

Misreading the meaning perhaps?

If I had a 2,8 lens, f/1,4 could be worthwhile.
As I clearly said, I have the f2,0 12mm Zuiko so it is barely noticeable, unlike the weight/size/cost.

Wasn't referring to you as a Tr0ll, but there are plenty. Nothing wrong with the pics you took.

The indoor mono one benefits from movement as well, which aids isolation.

https://photohounds.smugmug.com
A few shallow DOF shots there when appropriate.
I have no f/1,4 lens - let alone any at f/0.95.

I might consider this panny at twice the price of an f/2,0 12mm Zuiko - if didn't already have one.
The 12mm Zuiko is eminently suitable for drones too, so I'm told. That interests me.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 06:40 UTC
On photo Stormin in the Best Picture Period! challenge (7 comments in total)

11-22? Nice lens if so.
I always feel a tinge of regret selling this nice lens :)

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 16:17 UTC as 2nd comment

I never talk "equivalent" focal length except when explaining to a newbie or an older person who never had a FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 ..
AOV - it determines the perspective "look" of an image.
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This lens is nice, but I'm hoping for an 8mm f/2,8 Zuiko :)
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Being 1,4 you get reasonably good DOF wide open and a four times higher shutter speed than a 2,8 lens would give you. FOUR times In fact it would be noticeably superior for hand-held shots and the focus advantages of a 2-stops-brighter-than-2,8 lens are irrefutable.
Not "equivalent" is it?
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Shallow dof is not everything. It is mostly the last bastion of the "full" marketing frame crowd.
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84 degree diagonal AOV and f/1,4 simple as that.
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I'll stick with my 12mm f2.0 - tiny, very good, between 1/3 and 1/2 the weight/size of f/2.0 CaNikSon lenses would be.
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A shame the "full" marketing frame tr0lls don't like their gear enough to actually take pictures.
Why else would they waste on competing format fora??

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:22 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1068 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: Either the Pixel Shift is not working as intended or the camera is lens limited to get more information of the scene. It does not improve much.

Zaphod :) I've seem some of the results. You say you can't see the improvement? Get better glasses - it is visible and most reviewers compare it to full Marketing frame capabilities. That ain't too shabby.

I'm looking forward to the rumoured hand-held high-res ability in the Em-1 mk2.

It will be interesting to see just how far the limitations have been pushed away ..

Video? Meh
I'm not narcissistic enough to fancy myself as a Cecil B Demille - 4K video would be mostly wasted on me - and is on many gadget freaks.

Better IS, Better shuttershock options and Higher res (when it actually needed - ie. VERY still subjects in which you want BnB resolution), never wasted!

Noticeably smaller than a GX-8. GX8 is BIGGER if you ignore the viewfinder hump it is EM-1 sized (VF in the traditional position = use right/left eyed UNLIKE the Panny.

I'll wait for the EM-1 mk2 - the EM-1 mk1 has sufficient external controls to set it up fast

11% linear 'res' increase isn't a biggie, both good

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 10:51 UTC
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puffo25: Here it is a side by side review

http://bestmirrorlessblogs.com/comparisons/olympus-pen-f-vs-panasonic-gx8/

"Unfortunately the GX8 suffers from heavy shutter shock and only the electronic shutter can solves it. A first electronic curtain solution would be welcome."

So ...
A smaller camera (Pen) with better shutter shock handling and1-2 stops better IS
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4k Video and a larger, otherwise-capable camera.

For some, 4k video is important. Some will even do good work with it. For them it is a no-brainer.

For me it's a no-brainer too. If I wanted a bigger camera, I'd wait for the EM-1 Mk2 with external controls that dust any Panasonoc camera.

Oh .. I AM waiting for the EM-1 mk2 - presumably late October availability :)

Maybe the EM-1 mk2 will come with one of those rumoured f/1.0 lenses in a kit :)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 01:48 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1068 comments in total)
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soundknight21: Its like a Pany G7 without 4k.
Whats the point? except to LOOK like a photographic journalist?
The price is ridiculous considering the power of similarly priced gear.

Its interesting how the Pany GX8 fans are over reacting to other peoples comparissons between these two. Of course the gx8 is better technically. Although I dont think there was an agenda to holding the gx8 review off until after the pen f review I still think it poor form for the gx8 review to have not been done. The most important mft camera of 2015. But we also have to aknowledge that as guests we do not pay to read this column and thus should take all opinions with a grain of salt and simply sit back to enjoy the 'camera porn'.

Haters get a life:
Please explain the practical advantages of owning a Ferrari over a Corolla.

I want neither, but people still want Ferraris. You don't see intelligent people on Ferrari or Corolla sites, flaccidly spraying venom at those cars, do you?
[I said intelligent people]

YOU don't like this nifty camera?
That's fine, don't buy one.

Why do puerile fan bois feel it so necessary to hate Olympus? Is it to pave the way for the next copied feature?

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 01:32 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1068 comments in total)
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danieladougan: Look at Olympus trying to be Apple.

Don't get me wrong...I like this camera. It certainly is sexy. But it's severely lacking as a value proposition. Within reason, I don't care how a camera looks. I only care about the pictures it allows me to take.

If it were weather-sealed and had phase-detect autofocus like the E-M1, then it could justify its high price. Or if it offered 4K video.

Side note: Come on, Olympus -- how long are you going to let Panasonic and Sony kill you with this before you offer a camera that can record 4K video?

Not quite, at least Olympus make most of their gear and genuinely innovate, not contract it out to the lowest bidder.
I've never had an Oly product burn me.

As fore design, tread "As little design as possible" and/or Less but better, by/about Dieter Rams - that's where apple's designs come from - or gloss over THIS:

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/apple-braun-inspiration-2012-9#lets-start-with-the-braun-t1000-radio-versus-the-mac-pro-1

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 06:54 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1068 comments in total)
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AnakChan: I picked up the Pen F on Friday and used it at the CP+ 2016 in Yokohama on Saturday. Coming from an aging GX1 (as such was using the Lumix 20/1.7 Gen1 lens on the Pen F), I have to say I was overwhelmed with the menu options.

Usage-wise, I left it at Av priority and didn't mess around with options too much. Love the exposure compensation dial. Found battery life was...meh. Put on my Voigtlander adapter & Leica Lux 35mm & 50mm, no issues there either. I used the EVF so didn't actually try the LCD zoomed display for manual focus.

Love the 5-axis stabiliser - I did push it down to 1/4 or 1/5 and seemed to have handled it ok.

Handling-wise, grip was small - I was a little concerned it'd slip through my fingers throughout the whole day but I had a wrist strap with me.

Overall results, a little warmer than I'm used to but seems there's an option buried in the menu (not referring to white balance menu option).

What you are describing is a learning curve :)
Olympus haven't crippled camera features since the first ones.
Many choices/features/capabilities mean a little complexity

One thing they could do is separate menus into "simple" and "advanced".
Better yet - the "Simple" one could be" a "My Menu" for the 15 most used settings.

That would work well.
It could be retrofitted to almost all models that can be FW upgradeable.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 06:50 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1068 comments in total)
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Craig from Nevada: Other than battery life, the price is of this camera appears to be it biggest shortcoming. $899 looks about right for this camera. This can be fixed and it will probably happen when the E-M1 II is introduced.

Some waffle pieces here, that the EM-1 is now "pure profit" because it isn't a new camera any more, are nauseating.

What have the whiners given us? I suggest NOTHING because these "experts" have ever actually MADE anything that people WANT.

The EM-1 can do half a dozen things it couldn't when I bought it (Oct '13). Also, EM-1 does quite a few things better than in '13. so Olympus have supplied good add-on value.
Fact is: People with NO experience of making useful items, find it easy to pretend that the work (of others) should be cheap or FREE, but that their GOLDEN OPINIONS are "worth" something.

. Blecch!

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 06:45 UTC
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Mike FL: DPR,

Can you (Dan Bracaglia, Samuel Spencer, Carey Rose, Jordan Stead) please ask Olympus WHY HDR is fixed to ISO 200 only. Also why ONLY mechanical shutter?

I have EM5.M2 which is as same as F in this regards.

The problem by using ISO 200 will prolong the duration for multiple shoots which is bad.

Also, the issue for "ONLY mechanical shutter" is shutter stock.

It is fine that DPR never mentioned this issue in the reviews, but can you ask Olympus if they will fix that in the upcoming FW update?

I'm guessing there's a technical reason. I suspect that there's some issue with sensor heating with extended shutter and your issue might be somehow related.
There's also limitation in shutter speed used for focus stacking 1/8th I think.

With luck they will work to overcome this.
Interesting to see if the two ARE somehow related.

Cheers from OZ, where the light is better :)

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 11:28 UTC

Maybe we should all wait and see if they have produced a nice sharp lens first?
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I believe that makes a difference :)

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 13:27 UTC as 8th comment
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Shake Reduction: Hey, another slow m4/3 zoom!

I see the equivalence tossers are about - quick! hide the booze, silver and kids!
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f/3.5 gives you the SAME shutter speed as full marketing frame f/3.5 and the same flash setting - that you might think about when you actually MAKE a picture - instead of spoiling fora.
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The rest is pedantic nonsense. "Let's keep the hallowed memory of Oskar Barnack, that 3:2 format cobbled from two 4:3 frames and Exacta's mirrors alive"
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Get an 8x10 camera kids - it grabs more light and has almost zero NO DOF.
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These "people" would be happier on the fora of products they like.
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Instead, they pollute the fora of products they and their investment ARE obviously threatened by.
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MFT is a good compromise for many. ALL systems compromise something. Lemme guess, YOUR compromise beats OUR compromise because, because, because, because.
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The (apparently) coming organic sensor will put another couple of nails in the FMF coffin.
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More 1.0 lenses and pass the popcorn :)

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 13:09 UTC
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Arizona Sunset: Question - is the other travel zoom from Panasonic so bad that they needed a duplicate?

All the 10x zooms are "yawners" as you put it - agreed. With full Marketing frame we get better value bigger, heavier yawns :)

Travel is tiring, so yawns are part of the experience ..

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:53 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1068 comments in total)
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jpeghorror: In the photo of the camera's backside, you can see the LCD sagging a bit. Seems like it has vertical play rather than locking into place. This kind of construction doesn't inspire confidence or seem worthy of a premium product.

FUD, first the picture isn't quite straight - look at the bottom.
People who use cameras with fully articulating screens are usually aware that they can be pushed back slightly out of alignment.

I've seen this it since Sony TAPE handycams. Usually the styling hides it.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 11:38 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1068 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: Just a question: why would anyone get the Pen F (with a say 35/40mm ff eq prime) over an X-E2?

Smaller, lighter, vastly better selection of lenses?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 11:28 UTC
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Mateus1: I love PEN-F design and controls with corner EVF... best looking and designed mirrorless up to day... but I will not buy it. Why? It's 2016 but no PDAF, old small EVF from OM-10II, old processor, no WS... It's Oly's top PEN camera so why Oly decided to put this old tech? Oly wasted oportunity to really shine with PEN-F and to compete with APS-C. Really pity.

Being faux offended does not address the issues raised. I'll not respond to the pointless personal remarks.

Fact is, neither of us were involved in the design of this product and know NOTHING of what was involved.

Heckling from the sidelines is of little value. I doubt that you produce any goods at all.

While I did add a bit about post sales upgrades, if you can't see how the two posts relate to each other that's your issue - cheers!

Edited to fix typos - I'd rather be doing summit else ..

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (273 comments in total)
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photohounds: ART mode dial is haters clutching at straws .. also (but to a lesser extent) the lack of IP67 sealing.

While that would be nice, it will be well enough sealed to pull it out of the coat pocket on blustery days, snap a couple of street pix and put it back with no harm done.

And yes, I *would* use mine that way ..

Be real, Henri Cartier Bresson managed, without a sealed camera, to take some of the most enduring street pictures EVER.

The compact and unfairly maligned 17mm seems like an excellent match as a discreet street shooting outfit. Or maybe one of those compact Oly/Pana zooms?

My explanation is of course speculation based on what I know from making simpler goods.

However "it's more than I want to pay" and ""they should do this/that because I SAY it is easy" are not reasons at all.

As you know, BIG does not always cost more, especially in tech, which is what cameras are ..
Otherwise. an F150 truck would cost more than a Porsche 918 :)

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 01:07 UTC
On article Pride and joy: shooting the Olympus PEN-F in Austin (273 comments in total)
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photohounds: ART mode dial is haters clutching at straws .. also (but to a lesser extent) the lack of IP67 sealing.

While that would be nice, it will be well enough sealed to pull it out of the coat pocket on blustery days, snap a couple of street pix and put it back with no harm done.

And yes, I *would* use mine that way ..

Be real, Henri Cartier Bresson managed, without a sealed camera, to take some of the most enduring street pictures EVER.

The compact and unfairly maligned 17mm seems like an excellent match as a discreet street shooting outfit. Or maybe one of those compact Oly/Pana zooms?

NeoDP, if it isn't designed in, it could well be expensive. It is possible that some sealing ability is already there, as they pioneered this with the OM-4 .. but it does all cost way beyond the realisation of most people.

One of the things you hear from others is that "small should be cheap" as if the cost of glass and aluminium/plastic was the major cost of manufacturing.

That's why SONY charge a premium for smaller items like the old walkman?

Some "think" that design/engineering and tooling are free. Proper documentation isn't cheap either and they'd outweigh materials, unless you're using gold :)

The little pieces of rubber, are merely an incidental cost!

A friend of mine has used a saying for years when hearing such complaints.

It is apt now:
"Ever tried making one?"

Here's a pic :)
https://photohounds.smugmug.com/Panorama/i-Ch7MMWw/A

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1068 comments in total)
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Mateus1: I love PEN-F design and controls with corner EVF... best looking and designed mirrorless up to day... but I will not buy it. Why? It's 2016 but no PDAF, old small EVF from OM-10II, old processor, no WS... It's Oly's top PEN camera so why Oly decided to put this old tech? Oly wasted oportunity to really shine with PEN-F and to compete with APS-C. Really pity.

Onlooker, the way people trivialise what 'could" and "should" have been done because they "think" it should be.

Consider the conspiracy theory that features are left out to sell you a new camera later:
Not in my case.

My EM-1 can NOW do things I'd never dreamed of when I bought it - via firmware update and FREE.
That's service .. waiting until you get things right before trotting them out.

Some critics haven't a clue.
Just because one company focussed on a feature doesn't necessarily mean that said feature can be easily translated to another company..
Is that simpler?

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 00:45 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1068 comments in total)
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Mateus1: I love PEN-F design and controls with corner EVF... best looking and designed mirrorless up to day... but I will not buy it. Why? It's 2016 but no PDAF, old small EVF from OM-10II, old processor, no WS... It's Oly's top PEN camera so why Oly decided to put this old tech? Oly wasted oportunity to really shine with PEN-F and to compete with APS-C. Really pity.

It isn't just leave a bit for next year as cynics claim, Manufacturing requires rigorous testing - TIME and COST.

The extras might have taken the cost into EM-1 territory.

I love all the "expert camera/lens makers" on here.
I build speakers for fun and profit, and it is amazing how it is that:
The LESS people know about HOW something is mand, the MORE critical they are.
They have so little trouble trivialising the skills and WORK of others (but NEVER their own)

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 05:04 UTC
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