Thomas Traub

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On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (384 comments in total)

Agfa Autostar X 126
I was approx. 14 years young :)
http://www.lippisches-kameramuseum.de/Agfa/Agfa_Autostar_X126.htm

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 10:28 UTC as 302nd comment
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Thomas Traub: So, the EM1 II is a high capable, professional cam at a good price.
Let Olympus earn money with this camera! This is important for Olympus and for Olympus-shooters too, because that's the basis to develop future flagship-cameras and flagship-technologies.
If we want a good product and want the company to earn money to research for new technologies we have to pay a fair price!
Sure, everyone want this camera for a lower price, but it’s no use if Olympus can’t live with a lower price and has to discontinue the production of MFT ---
So: price is right! Olympus: you’ve done everything right!
Congratualations to the marketing-team!

""professional" is an attribute of the photographer" is completely correct.
I know a pro that uses beside a Haselblad several Nikon-bodies, from D 5 to D 5300 (!) for his work.
If we photographers would be Taxi-drivers we all would think that we would need a Ferrari, a Lamborghini or a Porsche Ceyenne to do our jobs. But in reality taxidrivers use Mercedes, Opel, VW and sometimes Dacia to do their job ......

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:22 UTC

So, the EM1 II is a high capable, professional cam at a good price.
Let Olympus earn money with this camera! This is important for Olympus and for Olympus-shooters too, because that's the basis to develop future flagship-cameras and flagship-technologies.
If we want a good product and want the company to earn money to research for new technologies we have to pay a fair price!
Sure, everyone want this camera for a lower price, but it’s no use if Olympus can’t live with a lower price and has to discontinue the production of MFT ---
So: price is right! Olympus: you’ve done everything right!
Congratualations to the marketing-team!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 15:54 UTC as 53rd comment | 14 replies

Thanks to Olympus for listening to the customers needs!
Thanks to Olympus for giving us a EM1 II, so incredibly fast, waterresistant, small, light, ... have I mentioned that I carry my Olympus more often with me than I did with my Nikon-FullFrame-gear?

Price: yes, it's high. No, it is not too high for such a professional and fast and small cam. And the onyl (!!!) disadvantage of a smaller sensor is compensatet by far (!!) with the 5-axis-image-stabilisation (at least with non-moving-objects). Only this small sensor allows such a small and light camera in such a quality!And don't forget, that the EM1 II is the premium-product of Olympus. For this product, that is faster, much faster and with it it is possible to handheld much longer shutter times because of the 5-axis-image-stabilisation, the price is very very "reasonable". A Canikon-premium-camera is at least twice of the price - and has no 5-axis-sensor-stabilization and is not waterproof...

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 15:51 UTC as 54th comment | 9 replies

flying drones should be forbidden because it is much more dangerous than most of the people recognize!
I fly an RC-controlled airplane (more of them) and I know that there could be some tricky situations that are not easy to handle. The big difference is that an airplane can be managed if something is wrong, f.e. the engine stops or one rudder goes bad - you have other ones.
If a drone has has a technical problem only with one of the engines or with wind or so on it comes down like a stone. And don't belive that it is easy to fly a drone only because 95 % of the work is done by an electronic-automatism that has a self-correction via GPS.
I know that some of us don't want to hear this or want to face the risk becaus it seems to be so easy to make pictures from above....

If something went wrong, it comes down like a stone - from 300 m above - 2 kg or more ......

AND FLYING OVER HUMANS OR IN A CITY IS AN A B S O L U T E N O G O ! ! ! ! !
And it is forbidden near everywhere ....

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 15:37 UTC as 21st comment | 13 replies
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Thomas Traub: maybe Canikon pays much for advertising in this paper?
It's approx. the same when a tourist-guide would advice tourists to select Taxi-drivers in dependence of the brand of the car ....

if a tourist want f.e. a Mercedes, than it's his joice. But it's completely different when f.e. a TouristGuide recommands to take only Mercedes .... This are two pair of shoes

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 19:52 UTC

maybe Canikon pays much for advertising in this paper?
It's approx. the same when a tourist-guide would advice tourists to select Taxi-drivers in dependence of the brand of the car ....

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 11:06 UTC as 161st comment | 2 replies
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straylightrun: Body Price costs more than a FF camera... Check.
Size just as big as a DSLR.... Check.
Lens prices more expensive than DSLR lenses... Check.
No shallow depth of field for creative subject isolation... Check.

What are the advantages???

To all the DOP-guys: please don't annoy us with comparisons that have only one argument: the apparture. If DOP is just the only thing you want than you are definitly wrong with MFT und wrong in this forum!
I've compared shots of my Pen-F to shots of a friends Canon 5D MK III with a FF-Sensor: with the high-Resolution mode of the Oly my pictures are a little bit sharper and as expectes the dynamic range of the Canon is a little bit better.
And the DOP of FF-Sensor is a little bit better than MFT because of the sensor-size. But the apparture is only ONE OF FOUR PARAMETERS FOR DOP - for all youngsters!
That's it. But we discuss all this parameters at such a high level .......

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 09:07 UTC
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entoman: I have back problems and I can recommend the Lowepro Flipside 400. It is very comfortable and feels much easier on the back and shoulders than some other bags loaded with a similar weight of equipment. You can't go far wrong with Lowepro (I have no connection with them, this is an honest recommendation).

I can confirm the quality and the comfort oft the Lowepro AW400, it fitted perfectly for my FF-DSLR-equipment, because of the hip-belt that takes near the complete weight of the backpack onto the hips and remove it from the shoulders. Unfourtunately it was much tooooooo big for my new MFT-equipment so I had to sell it and I hope the new owner is as happy as I was.
And entoman: you are right, you can't do anything wrong with Lowepro (as with Lowealpine backpacks for hiking)

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 12:28 UTC
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FrankSG: Let's not forget the price increase for the new battery as well. I usually purchase two additional batteries for any camera that I own . I will be waiting to see if there is any price reduction in the next six months, at that point I will definitely make a decision to move forward with the Mark ii or another brand.

Still a very disappointed Olympus fanboy

I usually buy only one or two original batteries and 3 or 4 third-pary-batteries. If you don't buy the cheapest than they are working well .... for years I do that with every camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:26 UTC
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straylightrun: Body Price costs more than a FF camera... Check.
Size just as big as a DSLR.... Check.
Lens prices more expensive than DSLR lenses... Check.
No shallow depth of field for creative subject isolation... Check.

What are the advantages???

you compare eggs with apples ....... A pro-body in this quality in FF is much heavyer. And the prices of the lenses are cheaper with Olympus - compare a 24-70/2.8 VR or 70-200/2.8 VR II from Nikon with the Olympus 12-40/2.8 pro or the 40-150/2.8 pro, although the last one has a longer reacht it is much smaller, lighter and cheaper .....
For sure, there are cheaper bodies but there are also more expensive FF-bodies...

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 09:15 UTC

At this price this is devinitly no option.
And if Olympus acts in this way they will lost me as customer
:-(

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 07:11 UTC as 173rd comment | 2 replies
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Thomas Traub: Sorry Guys, but to fly a drone is much more difficult and much more dangerous than most of you think. And to fly a drone with a camera is an attak in privacy of everyone under the drone.

I drove RC-cars for years before I started to fly RC-airplanes (and beside that, I'm a photograper much more and for 35 years so I'm realy one of you). It seems that it is easy to fly a drone because of the technique inside. But if only one component of the drone does not work anymore it comes down like a stone from the sky - 1, 2 or more kilogramms from 300 meters above you - thanks guys, that's no joke anymore. And nobody can tell me that he flies the drone not over zivilisation, not houses or people. For sure, nobody should do that intentionally, but a small or or not so small wind could move the drone for 10, 50 or more meters

In public as soon as people are around you are not allowed to fly with nothing.
I don't know where you are from and how far your next neigbors are but in a city or near a city if you consider a circle of around 200 m there are around 100 privat houses with private gardens and I dont want to fly a drone over my house/garden/terrasse or whatever.

I love photography and I also love my RC-airplane but I'm very strict for a restriction for drones, without and especially with camera!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 22:08 UTC

what should we learn from this step: that facebook is controlling what goes public and what not - that's a massive intrusion in information-liberty. As "sozial platforms" controll the information we get or get not they controll our information and also our opinions ........ very very suspect!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 20:30 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
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Thomas Traub: Sorry Guys, but to fly a drone is much more difficult and much more dangerous than most of you think. And to fly a drone with a camera is an attak in privacy of everyone under the drone.

I drove RC-cars for years before I started to fly RC-airplanes (and beside that, I'm a photograper much more and for 35 years so I'm realy one of you). It seems that it is easy to fly a drone because of the technique inside. But if only one component of the drone does not work anymore it comes down like a stone from the sky - 1, 2 or more kilogramms from 300 meters above you - thanks guys, that's no joke anymore. And nobody can tell me that he flies the drone not over zivilisation, not houses or people. For sure, nobody should do that intentionally, but a small or or not so small wind could move the drone for 10, 50 or more meters

There is a big difference betwenn taking phtos in public places and drones. you go with your camera on public places and if I'm also there, I know that this is a public place.
But drones can come into your privacy, over your garden. Drones fly over borders .......

That's a big difference!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 18:56 UTC
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Becksvart: You can take a photograph in a public space (still) but not with a drone. I suppose illegal surveillance and violations of personal integrity might be the fear but as the UAS rep said fat chance that a strained police force is going to prioritize crimes like these. They have this phrase and verdict they like to utilize that goes "Det är uppenbart att brottet inte går att utreda" which means "It is obvious the crime cannot be investigated", not that I blame them.

Anyway, most fellow Swedes are still convinced this is the best country in the world and so the song shall continue for a while yet.

Thats a problem of understanding. If "police" should work (in every aspect in every country) you have to give the police more rights than the zivil person to have more possibilities to work behind the legal borders. That is necessary because every crime is made behind legal borders. You have to authorize the polize to do thinks that the zivil person is not allowed to do.
And you must trust the police. If you don't, they will not have any opportunity to do their work.
And if the police uses drones they were flight by professionals - not by Mister anybody just for fun....

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 18:51 UTC
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Becksvart: You can take a photograph in a public space (still) but not with a drone. I suppose illegal surveillance and violations of personal integrity might be the fear but as the UAS rep said fat chance that a strained police force is going to prioritize crimes like these. They have this phrase and verdict they like to utilize that goes "Det är uppenbart att brottet inte går att utreda" which means "It is obvious the crime cannot be investigated", not that I blame them.

Anyway, most fellow Swedes are still convinced this is the best country in the world and so the song shall continue for a while yet.

and because it is the best country they have restriction on drones - they know why!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 18:41 UTC
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Thomas Traub: Sorry Guys, but to fly a drone is much more difficult and much more dangerous than most of you think. And to fly a drone with a camera is an attak in privacy of everyone under the drone.

I drove RC-cars for years before I started to fly RC-airplanes (and beside that, I'm a photograper much more and for 35 years so I'm realy one of you). It seems that it is easy to fly a drone because of the technique inside. But if only one component of the drone does not work anymore it comes down like a stone from the sky - 1, 2 or more kilogramms from 300 meters above you - thanks guys, that's no joke anymore. And nobody can tell me that he flies the drone not over zivilisation, not houses or people. For sure, nobody should do that intentionally, but a small or or not so small wind could move the drone for 10, 50 or more meters

Can you imagine, what happens, when one of the engines stop working? what will happen when GPS falls out? what will happen, when the drone comes down moving crazy and right ist not right anymore but left, up is down und forward is back, and after half a second right is right and left is left because the drone is spinning down.
An RC-Airplan you can bring down safely even when the engine fails, even when one rudder does not work but you have no chance to bring a drone down in such cases.

I know it sounds grate that we can do photos from the sky, but to fly a drone is something completley different than taking photos on earth.

So I very welcome a restriction (not a ban) and a legitimation of a qualification to fly such a unit.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 18:38 UTC

Sorry Guys, but to fly a drone is much more difficult and much more dangerous than most of you think. And to fly a drone with a camera is an attak in privacy of everyone under the drone.

I drove RC-cars for years before I started to fly RC-airplanes (and beside that, I'm a photograper much more and for 35 years so I'm realy one of you). It seems that it is easy to fly a drone because of the technique inside. But if only one component of the drone does not work anymore it comes down like a stone from the sky - 1, 2 or more kilogramms from 300 meters above you - thanks guys, that's no joke anymore. And nobody can tell me that he flies the drone not over zivilisation, not houses or people. For sure, nobody should do that intentionally, but a small or or not so small wind could move the drone for 10, 50 or more meters

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 18:38 UTC as 48th comment | 8 replies

this lense does not look sharp - or should I buy glasses?

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 18:13 UTC as 60th comment | 10 replies
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