S Severs

Lives in United States CO, United States
Works as a wildlife biologist
Joined on Mar 5, 2007
About me:

Camera Oly C-750UZ, SP-550UZ
TCON 1.7


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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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El Chavo: That is a whole lot of money for a whole lot of 'meh'. What real features is this really bringing that it cant be found in its predecessor or similarly priced (and better spec I might add) cameras?

The Panasonic and Olympics participation this year was reaaally a snooze fest. Thank god for Fuji, Sony and Hasselblad to bring some real cameras to the market.

Oh, actually Yi can bring some life to micro four thirds but otherwise: it is time to jump ship.

What a stupid statement. The camera has't even been professionally reviewed yet. Beware of anyone making conclusions on this camera before it's been tested. Frankly the other camera systems this slouch mentioned didn't offer the features I wanted that m4/3 camera systems offered. There is room for a variety of systems - but the true results come down to the skill of the photographer.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:08 UTC
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)

It looks like a nice product, but I have no confidence that a company with it's hands in all things electronic will still be in the camera business 5-10 years out, especially with the continued sales decline in the premium camera market. It's all about the glass in front and established 1st party camera companies still refine, innovate, and make new lenses, and have lens roadmaps. In addition other 2nd party manufacturers are making other innovative/responsive lenses for Canon, Nikon, and m4/3.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 12:34 UTC as 178th comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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(unknown member): nothing says dull, flat and lifeless quite like an M4/3rds camera

@webrunner5 You're looking in the wrong places, try this one:


Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 06:25 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (397 comments in total)
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Patrick Kristiansen: If one needs 40+mp's to crop a pic into something worth watching, one is not taking one's pics right. And 16mp is enough for just about anyone without a very special need. Not many lenses justify a higher resolution either. And not to mention the need for exceedingly high shutterspeed and/or tripods. Nah, super-high resoultion is bonk imo. Can't wait to receive my em1 and 12-40 lens. And can wait even less to try out my OM-lenses on it.

You know what they say about the guy who buys the Ferrari - he's probably trying to compensate for something. Your tired arguments sound like the same folks who said they would never go digital or that digital could never hold its own with film cameras. You do understand that some folks cannot afford 5D3s and its costly system or Ferraris. Sorry - but there is room for both m4/3 and FF.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 05:57 UTC
On article First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster (355 comments in total)

The White Paper by Metabones on this intriguing adapter is quite interesting and has more examples of its performance:


Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 07:33 UTC as 85th comment
On article First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster (355 comments in total)
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Trollshavethebestcandy: I find it interesting naysaying 400% pixel peepers demanding perfection from a revolutionary introduction 1st generation new technology (to consumer cameras) adapter that does so much at only $600. dont buy it if you are so righteously offended that smaller sensors can use FF lenses and get similar results and then some. What a bunch of wet blanket elitists. Go have fun with your gear and applaud new technology and the people who have the courage and brains to create something worth while. Geez! if there was no innovation you would all still be using peep hole cameras! you lot must be quite the life of the party. What have you created? My hats off to the men behind this. I cant wait to use one. Some valid points about some issues but you dont have to use one. Manual focus primes on this and vor video will be a boon. This will only get better. Where was digital photography 10 years ago? look at it today!

Hey - you're ruining the fun of the folks who like to stare at blown up photos of test patterns all day and complain about them!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 06:19 UTC
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b534202: 300mm, f/6.7 and no IS. They just don't want to sell to Panasonic body owners eh?

With the success and popularity of 5 axis IBIS, likely this will come to future PEN cameras too. The ability to use legacy 4/3 lenses (such as Zuiko lenses) without IS on the OM-D is a super nice option. There are many examples in these forums of folks with Panny m4/3 bodies using Oly m4/3 lenses. The skill and technique of photographer will come more into play depending on the lens. But over the years IS lenses has never been a priority of Olympus.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 14:31 UTC
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b534202: 300mm, f/6.7 and no IS. They just don't want to sell to Panasonic body owners eh?

Panasonic makes a perfectly good 300mm m4/3 lens with IS.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 06:43 UTC
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sean000: I'm excited. I hope they didn't cut any corners to get the lower price. I might actually sell my Nikon 300mm f/4. I know my Nikon is superior optically, but I've seen samples from the original version of the Oly that are pretty close for being muche smaller and lighter.

Many people in this forum don't understand the m4/3 concept or the physics of optics.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 06:36 UTC

No joke - the first version of this lens performs well in the right hands:


Don't forget that m4/3 is an evolution of camera, not meant to duplicate traditional SLRs. There is room for all.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 03:17 UTC as 27th comment
On article Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL (48 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: Your camera reviews are few and far between. You can't afford to allow yourselves to be distracted with baggage.

The author is a freelancer and not one of the regular staff writers of dpreview, thus their regular camera reviewers are not being taken away from their duties. I welcome reviews on accessories. Thank goodness dpreview is selective on the cameras they review, rather than review many cameras that are not deserving of attention.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 05:32 UTC
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mbrobich: So what, get a swab and clean the damn thing. I can't believe all the babies out there crying about dust or oil spots on all the new Nikon cams. It takes freakin 2 minutes, wipe wipe wipe and your done !!!!!!!!!!!! Wahh wahhh wahhh

WARNING - You should be very careful about cleaning your camera sensor. Many companies will void your warranty (including Nikon) if they detect that you have touched the sensor. Follow all instructions provided by the company. Hopefully Nikon will address this problem satisfactorily.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 05:14 UTC
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Steve Balcombe: Is that a knob to hold the lens hood in place on the 75/1.8? Seems very clumsy if it is.

Also I had to laugh at the label "LENS HOOD". Do Olympus bodies have "BODY" written on them so owners know what they are?

Hoods labeled to re-unite proper hood to brand specific lens, and to reorder if damaged or lost.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2012 at 16:55 UTC
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R Stacy: I mentioned [here] about needing a 42.5 or 45mm fast prime lens as far back as 2004 for 4/3. What a sweet set up that would have been in 4/3 with a 12mp E2 (even the E1). I suppose it's cool it's finally here, but frankly 4/3 is gone as far as any professional (or even semi-por) mind goes, so in 2011 I no longer care about it for MFT. It's got to be a cool propostion though for the budding MFT fold, although I'm not sure exactly why.

What, you gonna photograph Brittany Spears with a EPL ?

I'm not going to photograph Brittany Spears with anything, leave that to the paparazzi. :)

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2011 at 21:29 UTC
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