bryanbrun

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On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)

The entire purpose of this camera line is to sell at $150 to $250 price range almost exclusively in the Chinese market. If this camera survives to a version 2 or 3, then it's possible that it will find a niche there.

This camera is not intended to compete with the low end Olympus and Panasonic m4/3 models at $300 to $400.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 17:48 UTC as 20th comment
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D200_4me: Some day they'll get there, but for now it's just a shame that high ISO quality and resolution is a fair bit behind APS-C and full frame 35mm. Those are the only two 'cons' in my opinion. The price is fine, were it not for the two cons I mentioned (for me anyway). Just my personal thoughts/choice/preference. Well, there might be one other con. I can beat my FF Nikon files to death (D750) in post-processing and they still show very, very little to no degradation but my Olympus m4/3 files need a gentle touch in post (raw files) or they'll fall apart quickly.

With any of the 1.8 primes on m4/3, I don't shoot at high ISO. I rarely shoot pictures in utter darkness. At ISO 3200, the pictures are identical to APS-C.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
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theseaoftime: With such a price increase from the original em1 and such a gap in price between the em5 ii and the new em1 ii it makes me think Olympus may be working on an em3 priced and specd halfway between em5 ii and em1 ii. My guess is it won't have quite the speed of em1 ii and less video capability but would have the new sensor, improved processing, and improved sensor shift over em5 ii, but with just one SD card slot. Priced around msrp 1500.

I agree, like you, I can't justify the 2K for this camera. But then I don't shoot in CAF and this body is simply too large for me. I don't want a big grip. I'm a "jacket-pocket" shooter. Sadly, the camera market is selling like 300% fewer units than before the smart phone. So the em1, em5, penf, a6500, xt2, etc are all now more expensive. If the market doesn't stabilize, who knows what happens. We won't see bodies likes the em1 m2 introduced very frequently.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
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bartnoel: well, photos are good with good composition... but image quality is like other 4/3 camera.. i.e. poor.
The Nikon D500 rapes this toy brutally..

dear troll, i did look at the photos at 100%. You are blind and worthy of nothing but my middle finger.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 14:44 UTC
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DeathArrow: Great loss of detail even at ISO 1000. Aggressive noise reduction in camera. At ISO 100 even phone cameras have good detail and low noise and good DR. One of the advantages of bigger cameras should be having less noise.

Canon 6D or Nikon D610 with 50mm f/1.8 do a better job and cost less that Olynpus with f/1.2 lens and are not much bigger.

I'd rather use Sony A7II or A7IIR if I would have to choose between mirrorless cameras. Or even A6300.

One of the bigger disadvantages of bigger cameras is they don't fit in my jacket pocket when I'm the pancake lens. Sorry, m4/3 is for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 14:39 UTC
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El Chavo: Yikes...

Those lifted shadows and high ISO shots are quite behind the competition.

Sorry but for 2000 dollars the improvement should've more in the face.

Nice looking camera though.

Funny, with my 1.8 primes and 2.8 constant zoom, I rarely need to use anything above ISO 1600-3200 with my EM5 Mk2. And the photos are of identical noise quality to almost all APSC cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 14:37 UTC
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FrankSG: After yesterdays election in the US my concerns are no longer with the cost of the Mark ii. I just need to make sure that my e-m1 is functioning well enough to document all of the US immigrants trying to escape into Canada. Lolol

OK...I thought that we could use just a bit humor to brighten the day. Lolol

You might document all of the corpses in the streets when Donald Dumb ends their health care. The USA is the only western nation with a barbaric health care system.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 14:31 UTC
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theseaoftime: With such a price increase from the original em1 and such a gap in price between the em5 ii and the new em1 ii it makes me think Olympus may be working on an em3 priced and specd halfway between em5 ii and em1 ii. My guess is it won't have quite the speed of em1 ii and less video capability but would have the new sensor, improved processing, and improved sensor shift over em5 ii, but with just one SD card slot. Priced around msrp 1500.

They'll sell the em1 ii at this price for 6 months, then drop to 1800. The camera market is a disappearing niche for crazies who can't take photos with their cell phones.

Welcome to niche market pricing. The GH5 will be priced similarly.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 14:27 UTC
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bartnoel: well, photos are good with good composition... but image quality is like other 4/3 camera.. i.e. poor.
The Nikon D500 rapes this toy brutally..

Ok, which images were not good quality? They appear to be sharp, low noise, and punchy.

You're just a miserable troll.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 14:25 UTC

Dpreview takes the M1 Mk2 to Iceland and while they got a few good shots, the majority of the photographs are of cloud filled skies and featureless grassy fields.

Do the photographers at Dpreview have an inability or aversion to simply point their cameras into the eyes of their fellow human beings?

You have this great new body, and these amazingly sharp new lenses (the 25mm F1.2 and the 12-100 F4) and this is the best you can do?

I'm not asking for a portrait gallery here, but these photographs are emotionless and dull. Seriously, I'm curious here. Does Dpreview have to get a signed release before they can a picture of a person?

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 18:05 UTC as 7th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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rbach44: Full frame user (switched from M43 once upon a time) not looking to troll but asking an honest question:

Looking at the 25mm 1.2 makes me think the same thing as when I saw the f.95 Noktons: Isn’t this just the wrong system for shallow DOF? Putting a big, heavy, and expensive lens on a system built around portability makes no sense to me…

Especially considering that the cost of this lens is the same as a used D600+50mm 1.8, which will provide similar DOF characteristics at little size/weight penalty when considering the whole combo. And that is not even considering the (at least in my opinion) poor ergonomics of a big lens on a small body, the IQ advantage of full frame, and the (presumably) poorer performance at f1.2 compared to a good ol’ f1.8.

Of course M43 has its other advantages, but doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF than shoehorning a very fast lens into a system that really just doesn’t excel in that area? Am I missing something here?

And I can take off the 25mm 1.2 and put a pancake lens on the camera and fit the whole kit in my pocket. Try that with D600.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 17:54 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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feritol: beautiful & stylish camera.... but(pic no 7) what a damn little sensor.just sized equal to tester's nail!

What a damn small brain you have.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 17:51 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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Truebar: The size of this camera&lens combo is clearly entering the dslr territory, and there I say full frame. Therefore the sensor in that camera has to be much, much bigger, otherwise what's the point? I'm sure that this camera has all the funky and fab bells and whistles, but no commercial photographer would want to touch this because of its sensor size.

The point is the lenses are smaller, and the added depth of field is useful in areas like macro photography.

What's the point of your brain being so small?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 17:43 UTC

What's so difficult about this scenario for you people to understand?

You put this camera down on the cafe table.

The girl at the next table tells you that she likes your camera.

Later that night you make of the use the camera while having sex with the girl.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 22:39 UTC as 73rd comment

The Sony Sensor in the latest Olympus models already does produce decent 6400 iso pics.

But I am glad to see Kodak's entry in MFT. The more vendors, the merrier.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2014 at 04:48 UTC as 9th comment
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BSweeney: With an Olympus product, wait a year for a 40% price drop. 2 years, 70% price drop. They need to price the camera at a reasonable price, recover NRE over more sales, and lower product turn-over rate. My lesson learned with the EP2.

If you have money to burn, love u43, go for it.

I bought an E-PL1 over two years ago for $300, a 40-150mm for $99 and Sigma 30mm for $199. I don't have money to burn and have taken thousands of great photos.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 17:21 UTC
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bryanbrun: You don't buy this lense over the Panny 20mm b/c it focuses faster and silently, you buy it b/c the bokeh is so much better than the Panny 20mm.

The Panny 20mm suffers from harsh pancake bokeh.

The Oly 12mm with the same build and features is one of the top selling lenses on amazon for CSC. Oly is duplicating that approach.

You guys don't know what the F you are talking about.

Go search the m43 forums for 20mm and bokeh. The examples of the harsh Panny bokeh are everywhere. The issue is most apparent with bright OOF highlights. The 20mm highlights are not rounded or smooth, they are harsh and ugly.

I can find numerous reviews of the 20mm where the bokeh is faulted.

And yes there is such a thing as pancake bokeh, seen on lenses from years ago such as the Nikon E Series.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2012 at 00:03 UTC

You don't buy this lense over the Panny 20mm b/c it focuses faster and silently, you buy it b/c the bokeh is so much better than the Panny 20mm.

The Panny 20mm suffers from harsh pancake bokeh.

The Oly 12mm with the same build and features is one of the top selling lenses on amazon for CSC. Oly is duplicating that approach.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2012 at 16:41 UTC as 11th comment | 6 replies
On article Olympus PEN E-PL5 and PEN E-PM2 Hands-on Preview (146 comments in total)

Replaceable grip!

EM-5 Sensor!

It will not be easy breaking the news to my E-PL1. I am about to crush the little guy's heart.

Do the series of E-P3 grips fit on the the E-PL5? This seems like a great way to transition your gear to new camera bodies, which don't seem to have much shelf life.

Buy the Grip, the EVF and the lenses and let the body and sensor underneath improve every 2 years.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 15:07 UTC as 55th comment

The sensor on this camera is a step down from the GF3.

Maybe Panasonic could cut a deal with Olympus for the sensor that is in the new Olympus OMD?

Come on Olympus, Panasonic is falling behind, lend a helping hand!

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 06:05 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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