Bruce Clarke

Bruce Clarke

Lives in United Kingdom Oxford, United Kingdom
Joined on Mar 8, 2004

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Jim F: As a brand new EM-1 Mark 2 owner, having spent the better part of the past few days studying the 196 page manual and tweaking the myriad of settings to suit my shooting style and preferences, I am encouraged that Olympus is interested in furthering the development of this camera via firmware updates.

With that said, what I fear is any future firmware updates that would cause all my customized settings that I spent so much time adjusting to 'revert' back to some unknown or new default settings, meaning I'd have to start all over again. (I understand that may be the price of progress.) What I'd like to see is a new menu process in which I can save my settings to a small capacity SD card and use it as a separate, off-camera archive so my settings are saved and some or all can be restored if needed, similar to what I can do with my Nikon D500 and other Nikon bodies I've owned.

Barty L - sadly, the new functionality to save settings in the updater only works with the E-M1 II at present. I suspect they changed the firmware format to enable this, so unless they can do it retrospectively, it's probably only for new bodies to come.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 00:26 UTC

Olympus played to their strengths this time round going all out for speed enabled by the smaller sensor, and if you need it, I guess the price is justified. They've rather alienated a large chunk of E-M1 owners who don't need the speed much of the time, who probably would have preferred a more general use, cheaper upgrade in the same form factor. The E-M5 III when it comes would probably fulfil most of my needs, but I suspect will retain the smaller body that requires the landscape grip to make it handle well. I'm not doing that any more. The E-M1 body was the perfect size for me, so for now, I've just got another nearly new one for a fraction of the Mk II price.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 20:50 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Submit your best shots of 2016! (79 comments in total)
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Paul_B Midlands UK: Paragliding shot is a nice one.

Thanks Brent. I've now worked out this was from the 2014 comp. Not sure they had one last year.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 00:46 UTC
On article Submit your best shots of 2016! (79 comments in total)
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Paul_B Midlands UK: Paragliding shot is a nice one.

Thanks Paul, bit of a surprise seeing it here. I'd forgotten I'd posted it last year.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (161 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: Was this the first of four thirds?

No it's a 2/3" sensor with a fixed lens. Bridge camera basically. The E-1 styling certainly owed something to this and the E-20.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (138 comments in total)

Had the F505V, then F828 for work. Both practical and useful in their day. Just had to deal with the PF. Shay Stephens had a PS action specifically for it.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 20:12 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply

Where's the large wooden grip?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 00:14 UTC as 38th comment
On article Serious spec: HTC 10 camera review (32 comments in total)

Good review thanks Lars. I've not seen the blown highlights much with mine, but tend to leave it HDR Auto mode, and been very impressed with how it copes with clouds. It captures the full range of tones, where my One M8 would just blow the cloud highlights away. As you say, you can tweak the exposure down a tad, but the slider is a bit hit and miss. Maybe it will be improved in an update?

The corner softness is the main disappointment, made worse I suspect in HDR mode when the multiple exposures are probably not fully aligned. With the 4:3 format, I was hoping for better, but ultimately, it's a phone with a tiny sensor, so adequate for many things. The colour, tonality, shadow detail and sharpening are nicely neutral, and less processed-looking than the S7.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 19:43 UTC as 16th comment
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (221 comments in total)

No interest in the camera, but great film Barney! Fascinating subject.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 19:21 UTC as 44th comment
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bernardly: This is one of the most redeeming articles I have ever read on DPR because the interview transcended the exclusive focus on gear and actually raised questions of art and style. Cameras are not trophies to brag about and place on display for winning admiration, nor are they toys for big boys—they are tools to capture memories and to create art. We need more inspiring articles like this one, DPR crew.

Agree entirely, best article I've read here for ages. Going to see it as a result.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 20:38 UTC
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Konstantin Mineev: Some scenes from Revenant have obvious similarities with movies from Tarkovsky,
I hoped you already see this:
https://vimeo.com/153979733

It may be Emmanuel Lubezki has some inspiration from Tarkovsky,
I don't see a problem there, I really like his movies:
1) Revenant: beautiful wide angle scenes;
2) Birdman: the entire film was shot in the same breath;
3) Gravity: movement of the astronauts in the space are impressive.

His every film adds something new and different, and it's very good.

Fascinating, I love Tarkovsky. Are these all from one of his films, if so, which one?

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 20:35 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Things we found that had been cut in half (136 comments in total)
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_Arpe: A half-decent article.

I don't know, I'm 50/50 on it.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 00:39 UTC

I'll just pop out and buy 12 Z5s then...

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 20:37 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

Tough on those with cameras that produce crap OOC JPGs!

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 20:42 UTC as 89th comment | 1 reply
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Michael J Davis: I have the Oly 7-14mm. I would have appreciated some shots at f/2.8 with this one.

Indeed, those of us who still have the old f4 7-14mm beastie would like to see what we are missing. Half the weight is certainly appealing. I presume they've done it using more electronic distortion correction.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 13:09 UTC
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Mssimo: Titania (titanium dioxide) has become the material of choice for self-cleaning windows, and hydrophilic self-cleaning surfaces in general, because of its favorable physical and chemical properties. Not only is titania highly efficient at photocatalysing dirt in sunlight and reaching the superhydrophilic state.

The anatase phase is the most photocatalytic among its polymorphic structures. Moreover, ultraviolet irradiation creates surface oxygen vacancies at bridging sites, resulting in the conversion of relevant Ti4+ sites to Ti3+ sites which are favourable for dissociative water adsorption. These defects presumably influence the affinity to chemisorbed water of their surrounding sites, forming hydrophilic domains, whereas the rest of the surface remains oleophilic.

More info @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-cleaning_glass

That's easy for you to say ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 19:42 UTC

Is this really the future?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 19:25 UTC as 12th comment | 6 replies

Wouldn't it be a good idea to include the Mark II in the name to avoid confusion in the heading and article?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 13:12 UTC as 13th comment
On article Olympus announces OM-D E-M1 firmware version 3.0 (49 comments in total)
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alouette: "U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus firmware Version 3.0 will be available in February 2015."

do you think we have to pay for this upgrade?

No, that's just the DPR standard press release template. There is no mechanism for Oly to charge.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:40 UTC
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