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panther fan: The 71. native mirrorless FF E-mount AF lens.
In the grand scheme of superzooms, it is a very interesting option. Just some weight comparisons
Fuji 18-135 F3.5-5.6 ~490g
Olympus 12-100 F4 ~561g
Nikon 24-200 F4-6.3 ~570g
Tamron 28-200 F2.8-5.6 ~575g
So, while it loses the 24mm it is by far the fastest current superzoom, being 3 stops brighter at the wide end than the Olympus, making the need for additional bright primes far less severe.
That combined with the very close minimum focus distance makes it a great allrounder lens.

@Auf Reisen: but why does that matter? Do you compare a brighter lens of m43 in this respect with a darker one? I mean, do you say, that the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 is 2 stops faster than the 14-42 at the tele end, but only if you trade off depth of field for better noise performance? I don't think so. You simply say it is a brighter lens. Using a faster aperture has its consequences or trade offs, of course, but in the end of the day, it is a faster aperture overall, isn't it?

So yes, the Tamron gives a 3 stop advantage in creating shallower DOF or in having better noise performance if you are willing to sacrifice some DOF, but that's evident IMHO, and you can always say it for a faster lens, even within the same system.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2020 at 16:20 UTC
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saltydogstudios: 24mm is a bit wide for my tastes, but on an APS-C crop like a Fuji X series camera it would be a 35mm f/2.8-ish equivalent.

It would make a small Fuji body almost pocketable and would serve as the ultimate "f8 and be there" lens (or I suppose f/5.8 on APS-C crop).

Fuji made a 24mm f/1.8 bodycap lens - but it was too plasticky and gimicky with its built in filters.

This is the real deal.

Paired with a small Canon or Sony APS-C body or even the Sigma FP it would give the RIcoh GR a run for its money on small form factor + "snap focus".

MS Optics has been doing some amazing things and this is almost a "shut up and take my money" lens.

To some it may seem like a gimmick - to me it's a street photographer's "shut up and take my money" lens.

@Tom_A: it can do more simply by the instant hyperfocal ability.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2020 at 06:42 UTC
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Henry Richardson: Olympus has a couple of m4/3 bodycap lenses that are pretty cool. Sure, not for everyone and not made of nice metal, but they are inexpensive and fun to use. There is the 15mm f8 and 9mm f8 fisheye. I bought the 9mm in 2014 and have fun using it sometimes. Results better than expected.

Actually, the 9mm is good, but the 15mm is rather poor in my opinion.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2020 at 06:26 UTC
On a photo in the Fujifilm GF 45-100mm F4 R LM OIS WR sample gallery(DPReview TV) sample gallery (4 comments in total)

Haha, I love this! :)

Link | Posted on May 9, 2020 at 08:26 UTC as 4th comment
On a photo in the Fujifilm X100V sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)
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martindpr: The impression you get from this edited pic (vs the previous unedited) is highly influenced by the quality and the illumination of the screen on which it is reproduced. Now on my Mac Air, the first one looks better. On the Pro, IMO this second - edited was better. I guess on Asus or Dell they would show totally different colors ...

Well, it is highly influenced by the settings you adjusted on your monitor...

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2020 at 19:26 UTC
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whawha: I love my GRII but the resolution bump is very tempting. I use a small Ricoh optical finder on mine, it doesn’t add a lot of bulk. Shame they got rid of the flash though.

I respect your needs, but it is hard to imagine why that extra 8mp is so tempting. Could you tell me a few examples where it does really matter?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2019 at 19:35 UTC
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Ixoye: GR III are an impressive and fun camera to use that fits in the pocket.... until the sensor is full of dust, then it is not as fun anymore.

fixed, but it has a retractable mechanism.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2019 at 19:10 UTC
On a photo in the Canon EOS 90D in Hawaii sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Very unnatural colors

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2019 at 23:33 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Sony a6600 sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

ISO 125? What's with her face?

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 19:40 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Nikon Z 58mm F0.95 S Noct sample photos sample gallery (15 comments in total)

This is among the better computational bokehs... :)

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2019 at 21:28 UTC as 8th comment
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Zorro73: For gods sake, please admin, pleeaase would you put the following sentence under EVERY mft related article:
On microfourthirds systems is the aperture value f in terms of gathering light alway the same as on every other system!

You will always get the same shutter speeds with every system!
Thing that changes with crop is the aperture related depth of field.
Which means: an 25mm f1.7 mft lens is FF equivalent to an 50mm f1.7 lens (shutter speed related) and f3.4 depth of field related.

@miketala:
Maybe I don't know what I am talking about from a technical POV (actually, are you a sensor designer engineer?), but it does not really matter. My experience is enough for me to make my choices. And it is not just about lenses to my experience, but lenses are part of the game for sure.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2019 at 07:58 UTC
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Zorro73: For gods sake, please admin, pleeaase would you put the following sentence under EVERY mft related article:
On microfourthirds systems is the aperture value f in terms of gathering light alway the same as on every other system!

You will always get the same shutter speeds with every system!
Thing that changes with crop is the aperture related depth of field.
Which means: an 25mm f1.7 mft lens is FF equivalent to an 50mm f1.7 lens (shutter speed related) and f3.4 depth of field related.

@Thorgrem
I checked the pictures of Joe Edelman. Sorry, but from a technical POV I felt _at once_ that they have been made with a (new sensored) m43 camera. I also left OM-D E-M5 because somehow it provided weak microcontrast (so the pics, especially portraits - faces with very smooth transitions - looked flat). This does not mean that Edelman portraits are not great. They are. This only means that some people, including me, would like to have less 'cartoon-like' portraits.
I am an m43 user, but I stuck with the older bodies, because to my experience they provide better microcontrast.
Not only the new m43 cameras produce this phenomenon, though. I am also not a fond of the Fuji portraits. Great colors, very low (if any) noise, but the transitions are not that great IMHO.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2019 at 20:37 UTC
On article Olympus E-M1X vs Nikon D5: shooting tennis (654 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: This will make you laugh.

Robin Wong took a EM10mkII to a tennis match - a $350 dollar camera that does not have phase detect AF - and his results with the 40-150 are much better !!

https://robinwong.blogspot.com/2017/02/shooting-tennis-with-olympus-om-d-e-m10.html

OK, I do not know what is hit rate was but, still, they are much nicer images from a super cheap camera.. :)

While these pictures are good from photography POV, they really show weak tonality - and this is what I see at all the Olympus images. As they were recorded with a reduced color palette.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2019 at 17:46 UTC
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User5511277733: I'm not professional enough to understand why this is a good camera.

I didn't like the II because 16MP in my work flow??? Yuck. I love 24MP.
I love the three because I can shoot in 35mm crop and get 15MP images. So good.

Those statements are, uh, at odds with each other.

This also seems like a poorly executed advertisement. The picture are meh. The camera costs more than a Huewai P30 and based on the specs doesn't perform as well.

Even if Ricoh GR has the snap focus feature, it does not mean that a faster, better autofocus won't be handy. And in 2019, for that amount of money, that low light AF performance really hurts...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2019 at 19:12 UTC
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bob5050: I have to admit that I just don't 'get' the GR. According to the review, it's not particularly good in low light (AF) and not particularly good in bright light (no EVF), and the fixed 28mm focus essentially puts it on a par with smartphones for zooming/framing flexibility (ie, do framing adjustments in post, and lose pixels by so doing).
I totally get that it's small, but if that were really the only criterion we'd all just be carrying smartphones and nothing else. The real question is how it compares in detail to something like the RX100v with its much greater zoom versatility and pop-up viewfinder. Tell me something that would make those advantages worth giving up. Is shirt-pocket vs. coat pocket portability all that big a thing, when you've probably already got your phone in your shirt pocket? So again--I just don't get it. Being a technology tour-de-force to get an APS-C camera at this size still makes this camera seem more like a novelty than a game changer.

It's the handling that makes a difference. I like the GR, but with the newest phones, it is a bit outdated for sure.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2019 at 13:38 UTC
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DeathArrow: There's no need for m4/3 since phones like Huawei P30 or Google Pixel 3 can do at least as a good job.

Sorry DeathArrow, but your original statement was not specialized for noise. Let's read it again:

"There's no need for m4/3 since phones like Huawei P30 or Google Pixel 3 can do at least as a good job."

This as a general statement is false. The method to prove that a statement is false is finding a counterexample. Let me give you one: m4/3 has telezooms with 600-800mm FF equivalent reach. Huawei P30 has a... ~110mm equivalent tele? What about the Google Pixel? And this was only one counterexample. It is already proven that your statement is false. But need another? Okay. What about handling? Quick reach of different modes? EVF on board? Swivel screen?

Understand now?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2019 at 19:03 UTC
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DeathArrow: Olympus needs f/0.7 primes and f/1.4 zooms to stand a chance against pro level cameras.

Why the urge of having those ultra fast primes? Computational bokeh will destroy them at a fraction of the price in the newest phones! :D

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2019 at 16:54 UTC
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DeathArrow: There's no need for m4/3 since phones like Huawei P30 or Google Pixel 3 can do at least as a good job.

This statement is not valid as it is, _however_. Phones like the P30 will affect the m43 market hugely, because there are a lot of casual shooters, who will recognize that the 5x optical zoom, the great low light performance, and the computational bokeh _in such a small package_ is enough for them. Not to mention that the 'firmware update' will have a new meaning with the near infinite number of downloadable phone camera apps.
Phone camera capabilities develops very quickly, and the next generation following the P30 will bite from the m43 market quite a large portion.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2019 at 16:51 UTC
On a photo in the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sport sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Good lens, though I am a bit surprised by the amount of noise @ISO320.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2019 at 19:04 UTC as 1st comment
On article Ricoh GR III sample gallery updated (253 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Ricoh missed the timing, missed the pier and missed the boat with GRIII.
The only camera with a 28mm lens that makes some sense in today's smartphone age (smartphones generally use 28mm lens equiv.), is the Leica Q2 with an f1.7 lens and 47 MP FF sensor. Ricoh GRIII makes less than little sense – it is superficial and an outdated concept. Its slow f/2.8 lens is required for the small package, but then, the smartphones are even thinner and way more sophisticated in terms of software and communication.
On the other hand, a modern FF sensor camera with a very fast lens, great battery life and excellent video too, great to handle and much better made than the GRIII (it has some WR), allows for unique image characteristics and shooting experience, that way surpasses anything GRIII can offer.
They should have made a real FF camera and fast lens that can make a qualitative difference in use, a real jump. But Ricoh has no talent to see the obvious.

@MarcoSartoriPhoto
That was exactly the moral of the story! :) I wanted to show with my comment, that in this conversation different needs create different opinions. Someone is happy with the Leica, others use gladly the Ricoh, and many served by the phones the best.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2019 at 16:30 UTC
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