Bhima78

Lives in United States Sacramento, CA, United States
Works as a Outreach Director
Has a website at www.paulfdesign.com
Joined on Mar 27, 2010

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Thomas Traub: this lense does not look sharp - or should I buy glasses?

@Barney
I wasn't calling you out, as I know you've shot with the format extensively already and should test the lens at most F-stops regardless. Just wanted to clarify for Thomas.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 04:48 UTC
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (110 comments in total)
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princecody: Wonder why Panasonic didn't release any alternative to the Olympus 25mm Pro or Olympus 17mm?

@Impulses
Yeah, Oly likely believes the 50mm field of view is still popular enough to support the ridiculous amount of lenses we already have at that focal length. I get that its popular, even if I have no love for that field of view.

I think the Oly 17 gets a little too much criticism. its close in IQ to the PL15, though I do prefer the PL15 in rendering... but the manual clutch and AF speed of Oly's 17 is really top notch.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 04:44 UTC
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tkbslc: I could get an RX10 II for the same price as this lens.

While true, you have to throw away the entire camera when you want to upgrade your RX10. This Oly lens gets to stay with you.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 21:49 UTC
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Arizona Sunset: The ultimate 'tweener lens. Not fast, not slow, not long, not short, not huge, not small. Just the wrong amount of this and the right amount of that to make you wonder if it's compelling. I don't think it is, now that the dust has settled. I preordered the other two Olympus lenses, but this one, I patiently waited. I'm glad I did.

Yes, F4 on m43's means crossing a threshold on ISO in even moderate lighting. I shoot exclusively now with m43's and that limitation is clear, and can be avoided with the appropriate glass. This is the big issue I have with this lens... its extremely versatile, I'm sure its every bit as sharp as the 12-40 but with more zoom, but the constant F4 reduces its versatility because it is at the mercy of the m43's sensor. Its still a great lens for hiking and travel, and can replace quite a lot of glass... just don't expect miracles indoors. Carry a small prime for those instances.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 21:47 UTC
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Thomas Traub: this lense does not look sharp - or should I buy glasses?

@Thomas
It likely has to do with the shots at F8. with m43's, one should mostly avoid going over f6.3 as diffraction starts to set in at F8 and you lose resolution. The sweet spot on this lens is like F4-F5.6.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 21:43 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (91 comments in total)
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CE3: Flickr's growth may have slowed, but it still remains one of the biggest and best photography communities and resources on the web. I can only imagine what a vast and wonderful archive of photos it might contain 100 years from now. I hope it's never shuttered.

In the event it too gets sold off, I hope Microsoft picks it up as I believe they have the ability to leave it mostly in tact and have the resiliency to keep it running for a very long time. Plus, they don't have any products close in quality or popularity like Flickr.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 23:06 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (661 comments in total)
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ecka84: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II should get the longest camera model name award :)

@NameFinder
Even with software correction they are still better than old lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 01:47 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (661 comments in total)
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bergat: It is very strange Olympus goes with its errors. I do not understand whyOlympus continues with 4/3. It is not better start with APS-C?

@Aroart there is literally no daylight between an XT1 and EM5ii up to ISO3200 RAW. Not a bit. The XT2 on the other hand...

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 22:31 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (661 comments in total)
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ecka84: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II should get the longest camera model name award :)

@AbrasiveReducer
Because lenses back then had at most 7 elements in them. Meaning, they didn't fully correct well for distortions/abherations especially at the widest apertures. A modern f1.8, f1.4 or f1.2 lens is far superior to those lenses of old in every way, but it comes at a cost both in out of pocket cost, and size/weight to account for all the added glass.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 21:42 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (360 comments in total)
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Bhima78: This camera just needed a tilting screen and it would have been absolutely perfect for what it is.

Its sort of comical that the best IQ from an m43's camera is coming from one that costs $300. Clearly, Panasonic choosing to not use the 20MP sensor in their GX85 or G80 has absolutely ZERO to do with cost, and everything to do with making sure they don't kill sales of the GX8. Its a very Canon-like move and I don't like it.

@Henning W
Its likely the Sony 20MP sensor which I'm pretty sure is the same one in the GX8. The IQ of the Yi M1 should be really close if not exactly the same as the GX8 when shooting RAW. that of course says nothing about the rest of the camera's performance which is easily more important imo (ie: AF speed, responsiveness, etc...).

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 21:43 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (661 comments in total)
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Max Iso: Two things. It may have been a pre-production body but i wish you guys would get creative with the tracking tests. Give the camera to Barney and have Sam or somebody run at him like a spider monkey real quick and test the tracking. Any moving subject is better than nothing.

Secondly in an unrelated point, i wish some MFG, any MFG, would start creating grips that hold 2 batteries, on top of the one in camera. My old 70D grip held two but also had the plastic insert so the one in camera was removed- still only 2 batteries.

Can some MFG, ML or DSLR, stop being so traditional and give us an improvement like this? The grip on the new Em1 is downright huge, almost as big as the camera itself. Surely if you have it gripped you are not too concerned with size, why not go that extra mile and make it slightly bigger for another battery? 3 is better than 2, 4 is even better than 3.

@daddyo
Exactly. You can only make a camera so small before it is unusable by most (look at the "success" of Panasonic's tiny GM-line that is now discontinued).

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:26 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (661 comments in total)

Hopefully, the rumor that the price of the body will be the same at retail that the EM1 was ($1,500) is true. Honestly, if they start to push towards $2K, they are stepping into much heavier competition (D750 or D500) which would put off those that are not already within the m43's system.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:16 UTC as 93rd comment | 5 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (185 comments in total)
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shademaster: Cue the opinion piece by Barney lamenting the fact that they only put the 16MP sensor in it and are not being innovative enough because they choose to hold back the absolute latest tech in one of their mid-range cameras ;)

Tough crowd, that DPR editorial staff.

After seeing the Yi M1 announcement... a $300 m43's camera that actually has a 20MP sensor in it, I am a bit annoyed Panasonic didn't put the 20MP sensor in this as it is clearly a case of them not wanting to cannibalize the GX8. Unfortunately, as the #4 mirrorless seller, you don't really have the luxury of pulling a Canon and trying to protect your older products. You need to have a bit of creative destruction, or at least, price your products more competitively. I say this as a GX8 owner.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:35 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (185 comments in total)
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eivissa1: It is NOT at the same price-point as the GX85 as the above author mentions.
The body of the GX85 cost about 700, the body of the G85 two hundred dollars more.

I guess Panny thinks its customers should pay $200 more for added rubber gaskets and fixing the EVF to not completely suck like the one in the GX85. This is a great camera, but it is overpriced.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:29 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (360 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "Xiaomi's mirrorless camera gives you Leica looks for $330"

https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/19/xiaomi-xiaoyi-m1-mirrorless-camera/

Many cameras look like other cameras. Hell, the new Canon M5 looks quite a bit like a Panasonic G7 to me. I just don't think there's much there there.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:12 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL8 First Impressions Review (70 comments in total)
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Bhima78: Good looking camera, but the price is still too high for what it is. This is a casual camera with enthusiast pricing. Should have a $599 option that includes the 17mm f1.8.

@Marty4650
Come on Marty, its a case of old wine, new bottle with this camera. Its got a nice looking bottle, but its actually inferior to the E-P5 in many ways which is now a very old camera (by today's tech standards). This camera is priced too close to the E-M10ii which is its superior in most every way, and its designed moreso for a casual photographer in mind. Someone who likely has zero desire to drop this kind of money on a camera. Its why the Yi M1 is leaps and bounds a bigger announcement than this, even though its not as feature packed (except for their 20MP sensor).

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:56 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL8 First Impressions Review (70 comments in total)
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Bhima78: Good looking camera, but the price is still too high for what it is. This is a casual camera with enthusiast pricing. Should have a $599 option that includes the 17mm f1.8.

@Marty4650
Not sure if you were watching the Oly Outlet, but they had a number of EP5's with the 17mm f1.8 AND the VF-4 for under $500 before any coupon discounts.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (201 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: This almost has the DoF and light gathering ability of my $100 50 1.8! Keep plugging away Olympus.... maybe one day!

You missed one thing. You'd have to actually use a Sony A7ii. No thanks!
Also, the Batis has a T-stop of 1.8 and the 50mm f1.8 has a T-stop of 2.2. That is not anywhere near 70% more light gathering... its in fact less than 20%.

and a nifty 50 is great for its money, but its not as good as this Oly lens regardless of sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 18:12 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL8 First Impressions Review (70 comments in total)

Good looking camera, but the price is still too high for what it is. This is a casual camera with enthusiast pricing. Should have a $599 option that includes the 17mm f1.8.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 18:10 UTC as 34th comment | 5 replies
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ZeneticX: " 18fps in Raw, with autofocus or 60 frames per second at full-res Raw if you don't need autofocus "

I'll be impressed if this was APS-C or FF

@abortabort
And 30 years ago, there were very fast compact primes, but today we have beasts like the Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART. Do you know why that is? Because the Sigma is actually sharp at f1.4... 30-year old lens designs are not.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 18:05 UTC
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