Lives in United States MD, United States
Works as a Technical Writer
Joined on Feb 22, 2005
About me:

From 1987 to 1994, I shot with a Minox 35 and an
Olympus XA rangefinder. In 1999 I began using K-
mount (Pentax and Ricoh) SLRs and prime lenses, and
(for one year) fixed-focal-length 1970s and 1980s
rangefinders. In 2006 I went digital, ultimately using 1 Fuji compact, 2 Fuji bridge cameras, and an Olympus C-7000, all from 2003 or 2004. In 2013, I returned to interchangeable-lens shooting with Micro Four Thirds.


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On article Here's the Olympus PEN E-P7 and here's what it means... (373 comments in total)
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RolliPoli: No viewfinder? No sale!

Agreed. I can't think of another viewfinderless camera at this asking price. At least make it an optional accessory, the way you used to, Olympus.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 16:08 UTC
On article Here's the Olympus PEN E-P7 and here's what it means... (373 comments in total)

I own thee EP-5s: black, silver, and white. I use them with two accessory viewfinders: VF-2 and VF-4. I'm mystified and disappointed that the EP-7 can't use viewfinders--old or new. Without a viewfinder port, it's little more useful than an E-PL.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 00:33 UTC as 72nd comment
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roytempest: The camera industry would not be the same today if it were not for Olympus and their investment in Micro 4/3.

When I was a kid I used to use my parents' X-A2 which was a fantastic point and shoot film camera and, whilst never being in the market for one myself, always considered most of their M4/3 cameras and lenses to be really great bits of kit.

However, as many others have said here, some of their decision making in recent years has been questionable, and they seem to have forgotten the point of Micro 4/3, most notably in their massive EM1X.

Micro Four Thirds is not about the size of the body. It's about the size of the system it makes possible: body+lenses+tripod+bag.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2020 at 11:26 UTC
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Fotoni: It is very possible to add code which can detect and change image formats which are imcompatible. Apple is probably just being Microsoft which think their way is always the best and laugh all the way to the bank. However, the online testing server should have code to detect this problem and inform that the format is imcompatible. Unless students have been trained or informed to be aware of these problems, they are not responsible.

Ancient image formats like JPEG (1992) and GIF (1987) should had been dead since 2000 or so when replacements were introduced, but "good enough" stubbornness is once again doing its work. When talking about non-free solutions, I can understand it, but when there is similar or even better free solutions, developers should be replaced, if they do not add code to read and write those. This all could be automatic. Users do not have to bother with it. Something is just preventing all this and therefore JPG and GIF continues their undead journey.

Where I work, the federal style guide for technical documentation instructs me to save images in JPG, GIF, or BMP.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2020 at 12:26 UTC
On article Hands-on with Olympus' tiny 12-45mm F4 Pro lens (199 comments in total)

The new lens has a maximum equivalent magnification of 0.5x at both ends of the zoom. For most of us, that means we can leave our macro lens at home ... or we can not buy a macro at all. That's a game changer.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 13:24 UTC as 34th comment | 11 replies
On article Olympus announces PEN E-PL10 with a flip-down screen (86 comments in total)
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sean lee: I am still using e-p5 which has same 16mp.
Personally, I like the e-p5 body design better.
I'm still in love with my e-p5 =)

I use three E-P5s: black, white, and silver.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2019 at 22:46 UTC

Finally, a worthy contender to Meike's 6.5mm f/2 circular fisheye. Yes, it crops off the top and bottom. But it's small, bright, high in resolution, and cheap.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2019 at 20:47 UTC as 31st comment | 9 replies

In 2010, Prince opined that the Internet was "completely over." How'd that work out?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2019 at 18:00 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply

Laowa vs, Olympus body-cap lens 9mm shootout!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2019 at 13:33 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

The Vision 10 could seriously challenge the Domke F-5XB.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2019 at 19:16 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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Sir 7: Just wait. Watch the fireworks when it's revealed that Leica lenses are made by Samyang! 😁

Can you point me to a double-blind study where people comparing results favored Leica images for their "lens character other than sharpness"?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2019 at 15:06 UTC
On article Leica Q2 review (1654 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Everything you need, and nothing you don't. The perfect street camera. Bravo Leica!

"Everything you need, and nothing you don't." Since when do we "need" 47 megapixels? If that's a need, how have we managed without it?

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2019 at 20:54 UTC

When you run the photo shown above through a reverse-image search, Google returns "tartan hat," "knit hat," and "beanie hat."

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2019 at 19:33 UTC as 109th comment

On another forum (mu-43), someone mentioned that the oldish Olympus E-P1 and E-P2 are selling on eBay for up to $200. I asked why someone would pay that kind of change when a far-better E-P5 can be had, in white, black, or silver, for $250 to $275. Two members replied that an influential hipster was probably photographed holding an E-P1 or E-P2.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2019 at 18:29 UTC as 126th comment

I would have preferred Son of USB 3.1.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 20:37 UTC as 35th comment
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winkalman: They must've gotten the same people that were involved in developing the SCSI standards to help them name it.

Fast-Wide SCSI
Ultra SCSI
Ultra Wide SCSI
Ultra2 SCSI
Ultra2 Wide SCSI
Ultra3 SCSI
Ultra-320 SCSI
Ultra-640 SCSI

Reminds me of a quotation I read in the early 1990s, I think in BYTE: "If you think of SCSI as a bus, and not as a religion, Apple probably made the right choices." I forget who said it.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 20:36 UTC
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fluppeteer: So the speeds are low (USB1 1.5Mb), full (USB1 12Mb), high (USB2 480Mb), super (5Gb) and super+(10/20GB). This is like the old QVGA(320x240)/VGA(640x480)/SVGA(800x600)/XGA(1024x768)/SXGA(1280x1024)/UXGA(1600x1200)... widescreen nonsense...QWUXGA(3840x2160)/UHD16K stuff. Marketing people should step away from standards before we have another wsxga+ on our hands and let the engineers just make things by the meaningful number(s).

As the saying goes, "The great thing about standards is that there are so many."

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 20:35 UTC
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desertsp: W TF?

Why not just call them USB 1, USB 2, USB 3, USB 4, USB 5, etc.?

Probably because some new versions denote changes in speed, others denote changes permitted (or required) in the physical connection, and others denote both.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 20:34 UTC
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TheTomx: Good to see them releasing new lenses but For M43 - Why should I go on it vs the Olympus offering which is also AutoFocus ? both F2.8

I'm guessing 7Artisans is thinking, "Macro shooters tend to prefer manual focusing. Let's offer an affordable 60mm macro lens that will make manual focus easier."

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 15:18 UTC

Don't be so quick to write this one off as just another Chinese wannabe. Check out the MTF charts at each aperture at . The edge sharpness is impressive, even wide open. Plus, the 160-degree field of view is for APS-C. For Micro Four Thirds, it will be more like 140 degrees, more like the Samyang 8mm f/3.5 in MFT mount. Some people prefer a narrower FOV.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2019 at 15:56 UTC as 2nd comment
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