FrankS009

FrankS009

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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 134th 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
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (383 comments in total)

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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Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 21:43 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
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Bambi24: With no viewfinder and small 4/3 sensors, I don't know what these things offer over a smartphone. The noise beyond ISO 800 is terrible.

These things maybe made a little bit of sense before smartphones came out with dual sensors, but they are pointless in 2017.

Can't buy that.
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Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 19:27 UTC

I found the review contradictory. It kept saying nice things, and at the end commented that it was forgettable. A bit ambiguous.

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Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 19:18 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
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Bambi24: With no viewfinder and small 4/3 sensors, I don't know what these things offer over a smartphone. The noise beyond ISO 800 is terrible.

These things maybe made a little bit of sense before smartphones came out with dual sensors, but they are pointless in 2017.

Smartphones don't have m4/3rds sensors or anything close to them.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 18:46 UTC

An interesting interview, but it didn't tell us much about stills oriented cameras coming up except a revised LX100 sometime. Looking forward to a new GM camera, and a new GX9 - but not too soon since I just bought a GX8! A soiid company with a solid product, and I prefer their industrial design to many others.
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Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 17:32 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1185 comments in total)
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snapa: It still amazes me how a 'm4/3' camera can cost $2,000 (without any lens), and be considered such a great camera. Once you start adding Pro lenses, then think about how well the IQ is at higher ISO levels with still pictures, it does not make any sense to me.

Maybe if you are looking for a very good 'video camera', it would be a good solution to your problem if you are looking to get very good videos. Still, to me, a m4/3 sensor camera for $4-5,000 (with lenses) that take just OK still pictures seems like quite a bit of money to me IMO, considering its competition with larger senor cameras.

BTW, how may professional videographers seriously look to buy a m4/3 cameras for taking serious video?

I have two friends or acquaintances who are professional videographers at a high professional level, and the both use GH4s, and are buying GH5s. Small sample, but a unanimous one.
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Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 03:18 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (356 comments in total)

The m4/3rds comparitor is the Olympus E II. Why not the Panasonic GX8 which has better specs and the same price as the X-T20?
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Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 22:38 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies

A new quad core Mac Mini with the i7 processor and 16mg of RAM would be good for photographers, but Apple hasn't made one since late 2012. 32mg of RAM would be even better.
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Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 16:04 UTC as 56th comment
On article Pentax KP Review (658 comments in total)
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FrankS009: 703g. All that needs to be said.

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That is amusing. To be a real man (or woman?) one has to carry a ton of gear, and work out regularly to be able to carry it.
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Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 14:33 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (658 comments in total)
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FrankS009: 703g. All that needs to be said.

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Right! :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 19:28 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (658 comments in total)

703g. All that needs to be said.

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Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 02:05 UTC as 18th comment | 11 replies
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evan ts: http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/series/ce/1037593.html
The digital cameras unit is now under The AVC Network Company.
The AVC Network Company wants to focus on the B2B business. All B2C business will be moved to the Appliance Company.

This interview doesn't look like Panasonic is getting out of the camera business.
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Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:27 UTC

From the article, some significant restructuring is going on, but there is no indication that Panasonic is leaving the camera business. There is a lot of negative doom and gloom reaction to this report that doesn't do Panasonic any good or any justice. To be more positive, my layman's guess is that Panasonic may make less models but ones that are leaders in the market to reassert their presence.

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Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 20:52 UTC as 95th comment | 2 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (892 comments in total)

For me, the reason why the Panasonic G1 was such a revolutionary camera from an company with an electronics background was that it had a usable EVF, thus eliminating the need for an OVF. This in turn led to smaller camera bodies with less internal vibration - and with micro 4/3rd sensors, smaller tele lenses as well. So it is not just a matter of preferring one or the other, it is a technical and even cultural change. With my GX8, I feel no need for a better viewfinder, but don't mind the smaller EVFs like the GM5 either. They come with the whole game changing package.
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Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 18:30 UTC as 269th comment

Weight?

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Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 07:08 UTC as 38th comment
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