TrapperJohn

Joined on Sep 27, 2003

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villagranvicent: I wonder what stops Leica to make some nice m43 bodies to use with these lenses?

They did, early on. Called the Digilux-3, it was a rebadged Panasonic L1 4/3 body. Beautiful to look at, but you were paying a very hefty premium for a brushed stainless steel covering and a red dot, for something that was really no better than the L1.

The lenses they made for that body, though: 25 1.4, and a 14-150 superzoom that actually lived up to the promise, were very special.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
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cosinaphile: MY INSANELY GOOD 12mm f2 olympus is 1\\10th the size fast and good .....this is a beast

I will say the PL25 1.4 I've had for some time has lovely bokeh, not really seen in other fast M43 lenses. To me, that's the primary reason to pay extra to get this lens. That PL25 has been one of my all time favorites.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)

Call it a guilty pleasure. Many of us got into photography to capture beautiful photographs, so is there anything wrong with admiring a beautiful camera?

Those who got into digital gear to bicker over specs and find flaws... need to listen to their soul more. You know you want something like this, or a Fuji X100, or a Nikon DF, just because they're so cool looking. Can't analyze or quantify that appeal, all you can do is feel it.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 14:38 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
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Banhmi: 10 years from now this whole 'retro' camera fad will be long gone and we will look back at DPR articles like this one, waxing poetically about silver knobs, and think reviewers must have had some similar bits logged in their prefrontal cortex.

No, an attractive looking camera won't improve the capability. It's just icing on the cake.

But, if you're going to have a piece of cake, why not get the piece that has the most icing?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
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Giacomo Sardi: another "small sensor-object of desire" camera........ dear Olympus listen to me: is a very, very ,very nice piece of metal, but the advantages of big sensors against m4/3 are obvious... this body (and my pocket) , for that price needs a bigger sensor...

Ages ago, when the comparison was E1 to 5D, the difference in sensor size could be seen in most photos under most circumstances.

Today, with 20mp exceeding what most amateurs can outstrip, with a decent ISO6400 that most of us rarely go beyond, the difference isn't nearly as pronounced.

However, the size difference is still there. And, it's nice, very nice, to be able to carry that sort of capability discreetly, without the gear dominating your day. Not absolutely necessary, but definitely nice.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 14:24 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (182 comments in total)

Probably a waste of time. You would need a new viewer/editor to implement the DRM, and who will do that when the existing JPEG looks good and is so ubiquitous?

Ultra high fidelity music hasn't displaced MP3, even if it does sound better. There isn't much to play those files.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 04:39 UTC as 10th comment

Should have called it the EM3.14159, for it's round shape.

Interesting idea, but the release of the API is the really exciting news. Going to pull that down and see what can be done... and see if it works with the EM1, too...

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 18:23 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1069 comments in total)

Interesting... Sony's great weakness has been glass, or the lack of. No signature lens line with a serious 'oh wow' factor. With the new AF system and adapters, sounds like they may not need one.

PDAF on sensor has several possibilities. With enough AF pixels, you can get distance from AF point pretty much across the entire frame, which means you have a shot at adjusting DOF in PP, by increasing/decreasing blur based on those across the frame distance measurements. That could be interesting.

Wake up, giants. The market is moving forward, with or without you.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 13:51 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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Everlast66: Camera bodies become outdated so fast these days, that using titanium in such a body is a waste in my opinion.

Much better to use this titanium in a quality lens that you would keep for a decade or more.

On the other hand, sensors are already at or near the limits of what is practical to use, so further improvement isn't translating into useable benefits as much. Cameras won't become obsolete as quickly. How many Canon and Nikon owners have sat out the last round of new bodies, because they weren't that much better than what they had?

I don't know that the 'obsolete in two years' rule is that relevant any more. Plenty of 5DII's still in use today.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 15:06 UTC
On article Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D (298 comments in total)

This may answer the question as to whether entry level DSLR's are still viable. They were in the 2000's, when the DSLR was the 'tech toy du jour', but most of those buyers have moved on to smartphones, with their portability and rapid share ability. The finer aspects of photography didn't matter to the tech set then, doesn't really matter now. That market is gone, and won't be back.

Still... Canon or Nikon or both need to get on the ball, because the game is changing with or without them. Most of the exciting, new innovations are coming from elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 73rd comment | 12 replies

What's the point? By the time you've brought that and a lens or two along, you may as well have brought a small body along to get an eye level VF and good handling.

Releasing the API for mobile developers, though... that might make things interesting. That 'feature' could make this worthwhile. If it's the same API used for EM1/EM5II remote control, could be very worthwhile.

The round shape of the body... maybe they should call it the EM3.14159...

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 22:25 UTC as 7th comment

Ah, marketing hubris. Where would we be without it? That three year figure sounds a bit ambitious.

One thing is for sure: the mirrorless field is here to stay, and it's not dominated by two traditional thinking companies operating in a virtual duopoly. The diverse product lines and rapid development show what can happen when there aren't one or two dominant players.

Competition. Ya gotta love it.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 22:07 UTC as 120th comment

If this is true... big if... it's the sort of innovation that is needed to boost camera sales, not just packing a few more MP and another stop ISO into the same old thing.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 15:51 UTC as 26th comment
On article Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents (347 comments in total)

One other advantage I have found of an F2.8 tele zoom over an F4, this was certainly true on a 4/3 sensor... when the light gets marginal, the F2.8 lens (a ZD 50-200 F2.8-3.5) remains sharp, while the slower glass (a 70-300 F3.5-5.6) started getting a bit soft. In bright light, there wasn't a great deal of difference other than the extra DOF control and shutter speed latitude. But in dim light... definitely a difference in sharpness. In comparison, the ZD 35-100 constant F2 was even sharper in dim light.

This was true, even if the slower glass was augmented with higher ISO to get the same shutter speed.

Don't know if this carries over to APS, but it is certainly true on 4/3.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 13:33 UTC as 18th comment
On article Photokina 2014: Olympus stand report (75 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: "Allison was quite smitten"

That's the comment your lady coworker gets by you guys?!

In this day and age?! And naturally her head is cut off.

Seems you "boys with toys" were smitten as well, by the "old guys" syndrome, where women at the best are allowed to hold the lenses, unless they are big and hefty, when you guys take over!

What is the problem? Women and men tend to perceive things in somewhat gender unique fashions, so I don't see that it's degrading to use a somewhat feminine term to describe a woman's reaction.

Would you have been so put off if Allison had been 'smitten' with the D750?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 10:57 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Olympus stand report (75 comments in total)
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obsolescence: I'm very disappointed that no DSLR successor to the E-5 has been announced, and "why not" is the big question somebody should have asked. Olympus has left its original four-thirds users stranded, which means we have to decide whether to sell off our expensive lenses (which require an adapter to M-4/3 and don't autofocus with video, or so I've heard). Hey Olympus: we are the customers that made it possible for you to build a successful M-4/3 system, so why have you abandoned us? DSLR cameras still have advantages over mirrorless, esp for pros, and 4/3 has advantages over FF and APS-C.

Having used both 4/3 and M43, I find that the OMD line has one basic think that the E5 did not have: market viability.

The EM5 was on dpr's top ten clicked list for over a year, far longer than the D800 and 5DIII that came out at the same time, and within a year of its introduction, Fuji, Sony and Nikon came out with retro dslr styled bodies.

I find the EM1 to be a more than worthy successor to the E-x line. My only complaint is that while they've shrunk the SHG/PRO grade glass, they didn't shrink the price. Oh well...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 10:50 UTC
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TrapperJohn: nice compositions - captures the drama. Brutal sport, isn't it? I'll bet the smaller system size comes in handy.

Since you have the EM1, you might also take a look at the ZD 50-200. It's wicked sharp, not all that large, AF's decently on the EM1,and you can pick them up for very nice prices.

Decent enough, a bit quicker my 70-300, and I have the older non SWD version. I find that it delivers a high percentage of keepers, more than most lenses. IQ is at least that of the Panny 35-100, probably a bit sharper judging by shots I've seen from that lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 00:25 UTC

nice compositions - captures the drama. Brutal sport, isn't it? I'll bet the smaller system size comes in handy.

Since you have the EM1, you might also take a look at the ZD 50-200. It's wicked sharp, not all that large, AF's decently on the EM1,and you can pick them up for very nice prices.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 18:20 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)

Looks nice, but it also looks like a standard large, fat DSLR with a retro body. I'd love to dig my old F3 out and use it with a digital back (now there's an idea) but this doesn't really advance the state of the art any.

Is Nikon missing the point? The Oly EM5 wasn't successful because it looked like an OM1. It was successful because it was smaller, quite a bit smaller, and so are the lenses. It may look old, but it's packed with new ideas. And it's the new, interesting approach that makes it appealing, especially the lack of bulk that makes using it less of a chore and more, well, fun.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 04:03 UTC as 256th comment | 4 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2072 comments in total)

I'm especially curious about the 12-40 lens. This is Oly's first attempt to shrink a fast zoom. May as well build the vertical grip in, mine has never left the EM5. That also eliminates the proliferation of dials on top that the EM5 has, with the vertical grip installed.

And there's even a jewel from the E1: the lock button on the PASM switch. Very handy to have - can't change it accidentally, and no button confusion like the bodies that got rid of the PASM switch in favor of buttons. There are some things that shoudn't be improved.

Hmmm.... using Diorama art filter to cut DOF, and using the focus point to fine tune that. A nice first try. Couple that with distance info from the multiple PDAF sensors... cutting DOF with software... very interesting.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 11:10 UTC as 493rd comment | 1 reply
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