FrankS009

FrankS009

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Good luck to them.
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Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 22:19 UTC as 150th comment

Apart from the technological change from mirrored to mirrorless begun by Panasonic (G1) ten years ago, it would be interesting to see what the marketing gurus have to say from surveys in different parts of the world. While some of us wouldn't lug a big heavy DSLR around with accompanying large sized lenses, I guess/surmise that there are still lots of people who have been sold on the idea that bigger is better, including both bodies and sensors. Medium format is the sexiest of all from this perspective, but most cannot afford it.
This suggests that when the perception of a "real" camera adjusts to the technological reality (despite the best efforts of some of the FF manufacturers), then the market will make its biggest jump.
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Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 23:41 UTC as 193rd comment | 1 reply
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James Wages: Depth-to-Defocus (DtD) is marketing hype trickery for those of us who use the GH5 and know that Olympus PRO lenses, which are sadly incompatible with DtD, are superior to Panasonic’s lenses, by and large. Only Panasonic lenses are currently compatible with DtD, which is limiting and ridiculous. Hence the strong demand among GH5 users for phase detect AF that works with any lens. If Panasonic wants us, valued users who keep their business alive, to support them and their efforts to improve AF, Panasonic should freely DtD technical details to any u4:3 lens maker so most lenses can become compatible with it.

I have never been tempted by Olympus lenses except the 12/2 (gave up on it because of sample variation) and understand the Panasonic lenses to be superior. It happens that all my lenses are Panasonic, mostly Panasonic - Leica. That is not to say Olympus does not make some good ones, but to say Olympus lenses are superior requires a response. Each person has their own preferences.
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Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 18:04 UTC
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Arca45Swiss: As far as I'm concerned Olympic may as well not exist. Have never considered buying one

SkiHound: Happy shooting whatever it is you shoot with.
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Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 14:08 UTC

I have suggested a couple of times on the m4/3rds forum that Panasonic give us an LX100 sized high capacity exchangeable lens body for stills, at about 300g. I have both the GM5 and the GX8, and enjoy them; the only camera that would lead me to buy another body would be GX100 sized. This would roughly match my old GF1 in size and weight, another very satisfying Panasonic camera.
Panasonic staff - your efforts are appreciated.

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Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2018 at 19:27 UTC as 47th comment
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Arca45Swiss: As far as I'm concerned Olympic may as well not exist. Have never considered buying one

So why are you sending this message if Olympus does not exist for you? Are you trying to say that you have changed your mind? Or are you just enjoying telling the rest of us from a god-like height that we are mere nothings?

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2018 at 02:56 UTC

What is a "true" 600m lens? You mean a 600mm, 35mm lens, or "full frame" in market-speak. One format is no "truer" than another.

It is good that Olympus improve their reliability, and we look forward to some smaller high quality, more portable, primes than their recent "pro" series. But M4/3rds, in compatibility and competition with Panasonic is a terrific system with bodies and lenses of an astonishingly wide range of size and weight, and good enough IQ for all practical purposes. Medium format is where I would go if I wanted better image quality.

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Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2018 at 02:20 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies

Thought it was fun - those kids reminded me of mine - and it was interesting to see the gear and how they picked locations.
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Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 17:12 UTC as 95th comment
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FrankS009: I am surprised he didn't take lighter m4/3rds gear. For example. the 12-40mm is a relatively big and front heavy lens compared to the Panasonic 12-35mm, and there are smaller, lighter lenses than that.
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As has been pointed out more than once, the title of the story was about "ultralight" backpacking photography. If that had not been the emphasis, then you might have a point. Since it was, lighter alternatives are important to point out for the uninformed.
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Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 13:42 UTC
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FrankS009: I am surprised he didn't take lighter m4/3rds gear. For example. the 12-40mm is a relatively big and front heavy lens compared to the Panasonic 12-35mm, and there are smaller, lighter lenses than that.
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Pen F body 424g
GM5 206g
Panasonic 12-32mm 70g
Panasonic 20mm 1.7 80-100g (depending on version)
etc.
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Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 12:12 UTC

I am surprised he didn't take lighter m4/3rds gear. For example. the 12-40mm is a relatively big and front heavy lens compared to the Panasonic 12-35mm, and there are smaller, lighter lenses than that.
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Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 22:54 UTC as 37th comment | 17 replies
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FrankS009: Take a look at the work of Edward Burtynsky for sophisticated and artistic large scale high resolution photography. In Comparison, VAST seems to be reinventing the wheel.
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In fact Burtynsky uses a 50mp medium format camera, an Hasselblad, moving to a 100mp.
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Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 15:18 UTC

Take a look at the work of Edward Burtynsky for sophisticated and artistic large scale high resolution photography. In Comparison, VAST seems to be reinventing the wheel.
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Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 00:30 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies

Good to get this action out in the open. Applaud DPR for doing so. Is this a new policy, or an old practice? Good Tweet from the ACLU.
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Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 20:52 UTC as 5th comment
On photo P6230365 in Ulric's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This is a great shot.
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Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 11:20 UTC as 1st comment
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FrankS009: I have quite a lot of empathy for canon and Nikon DSLR users, who having be told since the beginning of time that lenses were the main investment in photography, have been overtaken by a major technological shift that makes DSLRs and unfortunately their lenses larger and heavier than they have to be just at the time when many of their owners are getting older and find it harder to lug heavy equipment around.

Easy to see why many if not most would either heed the call to continuity of lens design - or leave Canon and Nikon, and other 35mm equivalent manufacturers - for more modern weight and size efficient mirrorless systems like m4/3rds.

But this is not an easy choice for those who have invested a lot of money in their lenses. Change can be tough sometimes.

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rrccad: Olympus is not the only m4/3rds maufacturer. Panasonic is the other major one.
There is more than one factor for sales, for example marketing.
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Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 23:04 UTC
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FrankS009: I have quite a lot of empathy for canon and Nikon DSLR users, who having be told since the beginning of time that lenses were the main investment in photography, have been overtaken by a major technological shift that makes DSLRs and unfortunately their lenses larger and heavier than they have to be just at the time when many of their owners are getting older and find it harder to lug heavy equipment around.

Easy to see why many if not most would either heed the call to continuity of lens design - or leave Canon and Nikon, and other 35mm equivalent manufacturers - for more modern weight and size efficient mirrorless systems like m4/3rds.

But this is not an easy choice for those who have invested a lot of money in their lenses. Change can be tough sometimes.

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WastingTime Neither one of us has figures. It would be interesting to know. My guess is more than a few. It would likely depend on the kind of photography they do.

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Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 22:30 UTC
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FrankS009: I have quite a lot of empathy for canon and Nikon DSLR users, who having be told since the beginning of time that lenses were the main investment in photography, have been overtaken by a major technological shift that makes DSLRs and unfortunately their lenses larger and heavier than they have to be just at the time when many of their owners are getting older and find it harder to lug heavy equipment around.

Easy to see why many if not most would either heed the call to continuity of lens design - or leave Canon and Nikon, and other 35mm equivalent manufacturers - for more modern weight and size efficient mirrorless systems like m4/3rds.

But this is not an easy choice for those who have invested a lot of money in their lenses. Change can be tough sometimes.

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rrccad: if they suit you and those who liked your post, happy shooting.
Wasting Time: Do you think that there aren't any pros who use m4/3rds, having left 35mm?

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Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 19:45 UTC

I have quite a lot of empathy for canon and Nikon DSLR users, who having be told since the beginning of time that lenses were the main investment in photography, have been overtaken by a major technological shift that makes DSLRs and unfortunately their lenses larger and heavier than they have to be just at the time when many of their owners are getting older and find it harder to lug heavy equipment around.

Easy to see why many if not most would either heed the call to continuity of lens design - or leave Canon and Nikon, and other 35mm equivalent manufacturers - for more modern weight and size efficient mirrorless systems like m4/3rds.

But this is not an easy choice for those who have invested a lot of money in their lenses. Change can be tough sometimes.

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Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 14:02 UTC as 140th comment | 7 replies
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (383 comments in total)
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FrankS009: Should beginning photographers be encouraged to buy ANY DSLR? They are the dinosaurs of the photographic world, useful for some, but serving as bait for proprietary lens collections for new comers that add up to a lot of heavy stuff to lug around without the benefits of EVFs.
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While I said mirrorless in general as the way for beginners to go, if I was to really express my "personal biases" or "considered opinions" (depending on how one looks at it), I would suggest Micro 4/3rds to beginniners as a system to build on. Micro 4/3rds has smaller and lighter lenses, especially telephoto lenses, that make camera bodies about half the weight and size of APS-C and 35mm sized kits. Drawing on more than one manufacturer, there are more than enough available lenses in the system- about sixty different ones as I recall.
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Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 12:58 UTC
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