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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!
Since then, I've always had trouble putting a camera down especially a FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 outfit :)
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.
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.
Customers want results, not "format psychobabble".
Enjoy photography - not silly format arguments!


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In reply to: EM1-2 image detail looksvery much as good as the APS-C images, at least up to ISO 1600. Olympus has done a nice job.

Agree maljo ... it appears well done - can't wait for mine. It is on the way.
@Mike99999 got any PROOF for that wild speculation?
If this drivel were correct, can you explain WHY they don't also do that to Nikon - who they also supply with sensors?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 00:15 UTC
In reply to:

pdelux: at ISO 200 the PEN-F appears sharper and has better tones (especially in the faces) - and punchier than the EM1-2. I dont believe that it could be worse than the PEN-F at the very least on par. I can only assume this is a result of the beta raw converter not working the files to its potential.

Correct - there are too many variables - PP has a huge effect :) I put it half a stop behind the D500 given the sharpness seems a tad better (to me) with the EM-1 MKii

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 00:13 UTC
In reply to:

brycesteiner: I always thought the original E-M1 test shots here looked like there was always a slight amount of blur--either motion or out of OOF. Clear back in 2013 it would be that way and so I would compare to the E-M5 even though that wasn't the camera I was looking at.
Compared to the E-M1mk2 it's pretty clear the E-M1 is a little out of focus.
It might explain what might be the problem with people's view on the new camera, thinking it doesn't resolve well at 200

@deep7 - don't hold your breath for an EM-1 retest.
Sometimes cameras are not even configured properly when "tested" - let alone with up to date FW.
Not saying that is the case here, but it is common enough.
FW added EFSC to drastically reduce the effects of the mechanicals moving. It also introduced a rolling (silent) shutter mode which allows for even sharper shots of relatively slow moving subjects - especially with teles.

I used that mode here:

and most of here:
Most camera mechanisms move the camera a bit. dSLr shutters do too, but due to the sheer mass of the body, it is less noticeable.
Mirrors are even WORSE.
This is WHY the top model dSLRs have mirror lock-up:
To avoid mirror slap softening every image.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 00:03 UTC
In reply to:

SmilerGrogan: Can someone explain why the whites of the pictures changes when switching from raw to jpg in the low-light (tungsten) mode? The raws have a relatively neutral white balance, but the jpgs are all over the place (except for the Phase). Is it supposed to be like that? Shouldn't the guys have corrected the white balance manually on the tungsten shots so the pictures would be comparable?
Or is this another one of their innovations?

You'd need to do your OWN tests rather than flaccidly cherry-pick someone else's test to try to make a point.
The results look very good, the original EM-1 is still a very good tool for making images, but maybe not for a "mine's bigger than yours" contest down the local pub.
You prefer cameras resembling Bricks 'n' Bazookas? B 'n' B (tm) Go right ahead!
Many of US prefer Portable Quality and some high speed shooting in a configurable camera.
Just wait a while 'till CaNikSon copy the features, like they did Live View which all the B 'n' B fans said was "useless".
Mine's hopefully here in 2 weeks.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 23:55 UTC
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keepreal: Apart from a few compact primes, can anyone tell me why so many Olympus MFT lenses are so large and heavy, many of them have such outrageous native distortion? The cameras, E-M1 II apart are compact and lightweight, especially the beautiful Mini Leica like Pen-F. Silly name though for what ought to be called an E-M2, perhaps.The bodies may be 4/3 but most of the lenses are 16/3.

Probably seeking edge to edge sharpness and low vignetting something the big bangers don't do well.
Have a look at the sometimes two stop of vignetting for most full MARKETING frame primes.
2 stops loss (not uncommon) means a supposed f/1,4 lens is f/2,8 at the edge. Hardly a fast lens when compared to the numerical specification.
Not everyone wants that "auto-vignetting 1950's look" for most images so vignetting ALSO forces correction.
2+ stops vignetting also means 2 stops MORE noise when you have to correct for the dim edges.
Or maybe they want to avoid THIS well documented fault.
Isn't it a CON when sensor and camera software are hacked to PRETEND that a lens is f/1,2?

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 23:51 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (502 comments in total)

Is that correct? The Sony costs TWICE what the panny does?

It looks OK, but a 100% premium seems a lot to pay.
Admission: I own neither.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 10:43 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (716 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jefftan: I think Yi just killed the 16 megapixel MFT camera
I am sure from now on Panasonic and Olympus would not dare to put 16 megapixel sensor even in their cheapest camera

expensive one like the new g85 with 16 megapixel is a joke
When they design this they probably not aware Yi M1 exist

now they probably regret doing so. Seeing how much this M1 cost, they are really cheating their customer using an old sensor on new and expensive camera. Even E-PL8 is a rip off, G85 more so

All MFT people should thank Yi for killing the stupid old 16 MP sensor
Thanks XiaoYi, sincere thank you from me

Ah someone who knows how to count ... knows the cost of everything, the value of nothing.

Pixel count is used to mislead mathematically challenged users. It works well as a marketing ploy!

One must take the square root of the division of one sensor pixel count by the other to get the actual resolution difference.

The real numbers mean less. MUCH less.

eg 24mp has 22.5% more linear resolution than 16 mp - that's JUST visible, and only impresses some people as "significant"

Better lenses are more important. For full MARKETING frame, good lenses are usually large.

Viz. SQRT( pixelcount_L/pixelcount_S)

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 04:15 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (716 comments in total)
In reply to:

dansclic: I would never buy from a company who copies Apple and puts non removable spywares in their smartphones. Ethics is important.

LOL - that's a twist.

Like all companies, Apple copied everyone else.

A big difference is that they then convinced fools they invented something .. and then tried to sue others.

Go ahead, make all the excuses you want - then feel "good" about dealing with a tax-defrauding monopolist.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 04:10 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (716 comments in total)
In reply to:

JEROME NOLAS: Finally some competition from China! Are you watching Canon and Nikon?

Mirrored legacy cameras are not selling that well.
There's much greater unit sales loss than Mirrorless.

It is the penalty one pays for gouging the last cent out of buyers for mid 1930s tech - a full 80 years later.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 04:01 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (716 comments in total)
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El Chavo: So much hate for it but I don't get it why?

All Japanese companies basically copied German ones and here we are. There is no innovation without imitation at some point.

Heck so many photographers here, me included, copy styles and remix them to my/our taste. Why being so anal about it?

This little system is actually one of the only innovations this year in Photokina if we discount Sony and Fuji. I say good on them.
Remember: "Good artists copy; great artists steal" - Pablo Picasso (copied by Steve Jobs later on and by me now).

Picasso any you probably didn't steal and pretend it was YOUR work and try to exclude competition by suing.

You are right, there's a good 4 part series on the subject of creating by copying.
Part 3 is probably relevant here:

All this new tech on the EM-1?
Give the others a year .. two tops .. to have it copied. Except the sensor shake dust reduction.
The others give little more than software to hide dust :)

I welcome the cheaper MFT camera. It seems similar to entry level dslrs in scope and quality and is fine for many people.
Not everyone "needs" first class and this cam provides a path "up" if the user feels the need later. Many don't.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 02:46 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (716 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Look at China price of this and think about how overprice Olympus/Panasonic camera is
Either they make unreasonable profit or their cost too high

Gee Najinsky, Revenant .. caNikSon make cameras by NOT focussing on profits, right?
Oly and Panny camera are more expensive than plastic entry level cameras. Surprise!
That might just be because are not entry level plastic camera with the bottom of a beer bottle for a lens.

The capable photographic tools form CaNikSon are not cheap.
A VF HAS to cost more than a piece of glass - viz.

New glass only for phone - a dollar on ebay.
New screen for phone, not cheap.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 02:40 UTC
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solarider: Have anyone found this new camera on any of the camera size comparison sites? Amazingly compact for MF.

So is the Hasselblad - same sensor, I believe - but there's more to a camera than the sensor.

Hasselblad looks more neat and compact. I wonder if they share the mount?
There's NOTHING wrong with looking better - as long as the usability and results are on par.

Interesting to see the cost comparisons when more is known

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 01:40 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (716 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jefftan: Look at China price of this and think about how overprice Olympus/Panasonic camera is
Either they make unreasonable profit or their cost too high

Innovvation is not "overpriced".
Copying is a LOT cheaper, ask anyone who has created something new.

You don't seriously suggest this is the same build quality as a DMC or an OMD?
Good to have a bread and butter MFT, though. Makes for a nice upgrade path.

Entry CaNikons would be just as cheap to make - cheaper as a mirror is 80 year old technology.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 12:59 UTC
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (200 comments in total)

Oh no! The equivalence police have whistled in.

1.2 gives the shutter speed of ant 1,2 lens so yep, that's equivalent all right.

Clearly "pixel peepers who don't actually USE their full MARKETING frame cameras" are BORED with their serving of "news" .
If I wanted a big sensor, I'd bypass miniature 35mm and go for the new Fuji MF.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:41 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (200 comments in total)
In reply to:

400trix: Too many dogs, not enough cats.

Even the original EM-5 with a 45 leaves my old FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 in tbe dust in EVERY important way, Let alone miniature 35mm, which is now cynically called full *marketing* frame.

I have thousands of old negs and slides to scan, and it is so with eBay sample I've tried, even with Kodachrome 64 or pan-X.

Equivalence obsession is more a mental disease, than photography.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 03:05 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (905 comments in total)
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marike6: Removing the mini-jack feels like fixing something that isn't broken. But iFans are fiercely loyal, if Apple removed the LCD, defenders would say "but they are including a Lightning-to-HDMI cable in the box you can plug into your laptop should you need to". ;-)

For people who enjoy shooting with their phones, the camera could be interesting.

The Jack is just a way to extort accessory money and make the make the phone cheaper on the PRETENSE of better sound.
A D/A converter and amps theoretically work BETTER inside the phone - closer to the power supply for better dynamics (did I really just say that about a phone?) and more space for it (better design possible).

Apple's low-ish end earbuds make users look like "sad SHREK" - viz.

These DO offer more - but still give a similarly SHORT battery life

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 09:07 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (905 comments in total)
In reply to:

princecody: Are the new stereo speakers in the new iPhone made by Bose? What makes them that much better?

While they have one or two clever products, Bose has never been more than Mid-Fi in hi fi circles. Dynaudio is what I'd like to see ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 09:00 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (905 comments in total)
In reply to:

ksrk: Just saw the video capabilities for iPhone 7 listed here

What's surprising is how much you have to move up in the DSLR world to get the same features.

•4K video recording at 30 fps ( D5/D500/1DXMK2)
•1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps ( 60 fps - D750,D7200,D5500, EOS 80D)
•720p HD video recording at 30 fps
•Optical image stabilization for video
•Optical zoom at 2x; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 7 Plus only)
•Quad-LED True Tone flash
•Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps (none)
•Time‑lapse video with stabilization (built in intervalometer EOS 80D,7D MK2, D5500 onwards, images need to be stitched together in post)
•Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
•Continuous autofocus video
•Body and face detection
•Noise reduction
•Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video (D5,D500, 1DXMK2)
•Playback zoom
•Video geotagging (none)

Not surprising at all
It is all software and the CPU/GPU in any recent phone would leave a camera CPU/GPU way back .. in the dust.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 08:57 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (905 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: it t is my fervent hope that the removal of a normal audio jack , bites them in the ass and that very few i phone user migrate to this abomination

apple has gotten away with no sd card support and no usb support because frankly
the religiously faithful accept what they are given ,

as someone born a roman catholic ...ive seen the glassy eyed bliss of the faces of some of the simple minded as they consume transmuted human flesh in the form of a nutritionally worthless wafer the texture of a packing peanut

so nothing suprises me .... but if i ever prayed , i pray that the removal of a normal audio jack , causes as or more damage to apple as the spectacularly pointless and worth less apple watch .. i hope their stock tanks ... i hope they are shamed into an about face

lord i pray.....amen

I think the so-so phones they ship it with won't help their cause.
Everyone gets to look like a sad SHREK

Very short battery life all these things have, even Samsung's, but at least THOSE offer something extra ..

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 08:53 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (905 comments in total)
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LaurenceSvirchev: We're getting some media hypnosis endlessly repeated even by the most knowledgeable photography writers: 56mm is hardly a 'telephoto.'

Now for something I truly don't understand. I thought DNG is the equivalent of RAW. Does the new iphone circuitry automatically convert the DNG into the jpg (compressed) standard?

On the other hand, all the photo and video features on the highest-end iPhone sound great, but I still carry a RAW Canon G5X with view-finder and hot shoe + flash wherever I go.

Not quite .. . Internally, almost EVERY camera "shoots RAW" and temporarily keeps it in memory.
Software then applies changes (your sharpness, colour etc. settings) to the file in memory, writes a JPG with your settings to the card (or user partition).
Back "then", most cameras deleted the RAW out of memory. I speculate that space would have been the reason. Remember 256MB CF cards?

Apple, like many camera makers have done for a decade is just allowing you to save the RAW file as well (or instead).

Pity there's no expandable space to really use this.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 08:43 UTC
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