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Kiwisnap: It's a specialist tool for people who are making their living with it, principally. The cost reflects that.
Personally I would use a 300mm on a M43 body and get 600mm in a fraction of the weight and size - with the option to use a TC for more reach. However I wouldn't be selling the wildlife images.

Why no sale of those images? Would they be sooo bad nobody would buy or what?
Or would yo feel ashamed by having to tell potential buyers that you use such a "lousy little system", and from that would be unable to talk them into image buying mode? Or what else? Or did you try to be ironic/sarcastic, knowing many others actually do think along such lines... ;-)
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I know of at least a couple of pro nature photogs who use the OMD E-M1 Mark II, & make their livings from using it...

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 09:10 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review (548 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: BTW, I wish to echo the sentiments of many others and say how great Chris and Jordan are at making these videos. They prove the value of the human touch even in tech reviews.

Also, I still remember what I believe to be one of their all time bests, the Battle at F-Stop Ridge. Total classic.

@Thoughts R Us:

Big thank you for mentioning that video!!! Hilarious, had to see the "part 2" and "the making of..." also, more laughs!! ;-)
Having been in photo retail (up until a few years ago) for a few decades, we sure had fun as a colleague team, but this level shown in those videos was relly "it", haha.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 09:20 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review (548 comments in total)
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Decooler: NO! If I can buy a Nikon D810 new for the same price, I shall, so much better quality. I have 4/3rds equipment and at a pinch its OK. I have an Fz1000 and at a pinch its OK in good light, but I simply choke on the idea that, measure for measure an APS-C or , much worse, micro 4/3rds product should cost the same amount of money as a full frame lens or camera: it is a truly sickening prospect, sorry.At a third of the price, possibly, yes, but even so, weird !

@Decooler:
Be glad you can get a Nikon D810 "for the same price"...
Here it cost SEK 26990, and the Fuji X-H1 is SEK 18990 (w/o grip) and SEK 22990 with grip (at the moment). My Olympus E-M1 is SEK 17990, normally w/o grip, but at the time of writing this the grip is campaigned as included.

All sensible prices if you consider what it cost to develop and manufacture those things, including the number of units to split those costs on.

Anyway, it´s not viable to only refer to sensor size when trying to evaluate a camera versus its price "body only". You must always take the whole system in consideration:
Its available lens line up, its size (no, not sensor, its physlical size including the lenses available for your kind of photography), its general build quality, its handling in YOUR hands, and many more points, as any just slightly experienced photographer knows. Including you...I first thought, but apparently not (?)

(Here = Sweden)

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 08:57 UTC
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multisystem: Based on the samples, tripod pixel shift gives you best IQ, believably medium-format quality; handheld PS is not as good but better than standard image. And the standard image is better than other cameras of the same price range. Exactly what was expected. (Motion correction for tripod PS was better than I expected) It's nice to have the options based on the time you have and the situation. What's not to like if you're a landscape, portrait or casual shooter but has other gear for action AF or 4k? I see this as a win, win, win.

On the spot!!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 08:44 UTC
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Son Of Waldo: Good article Barney, I agree with your thoughts moving forward generally speaking. You were inclusive and fair with all of the major camera manufacturers, contrary to the never-ending clatter from the all-or-nothing DPReview fanfellas..

I have a Nikon D750 (still an EXCELLENT all-rounder camera in 2018, IMO), it's as much (or more) camera than some of us 'need', IMO. I do agree with others that DSLRs are going to be around/readily available for the forseeable future, likely for many years. With Nikon, for instance, there are way too many excellent F mount SLR lenses / tech out there for a complete mass DSLR exodus. IMO, Nikon could do a few things now to compete with the rising popularity of mirrorless:
• Publicly announce groundwork for future development
• Continue development of DSLR Auto AF modes to compete with the 'Eye AF' craze
• Drop lens prices (IMO, the 1.8 G wides, 20,24,28,35) and/or offer as kit option
• Bring back D750/24-120 @ $1999
• Keep D500, D750, D850, D5 as DSLRs

@Andy Blanchard:

"Replace" may not be the word for the nearest future, naturally. Fairly long from now, DSLRs and "ILCs" will live parallell lives in the line ups of most manufacturers, and then, at a rate we yet can´t say very much about, the mirrorless will in due time (probably slowly) take over, and finally dominate the market. When that happens, it will still take time for DSLRs to, sort of, "die away" in the line ups. Perhaps decade(s) from now, if ever. (?)

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 19:39 UTC
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stevevelvia50: To see a comparison between the Olympus 300 f4 and the canon 600 f4 L, go to Imaging Resourse, and look at the test target still life, at the bottom of the review of each lens. You can view the Canon L series 600 f4 at F4 and F8, in the review of that lens, and view the Olympus pro 300 f4 at the same aperatures in the review of that lens. The results are interesting and not surprising!

So, what did you see, other than that it was "interesting"?? ;-)

I saw very different colour when looking at the b/w "patterns", but the impression I got from viewing the still life shot, was that the Oly lens is superior in sharpness/contrast, to not a small degree. At roughly a quarter of the cost, that is highly impressive and more... ;-)

Sorrily I can still not swallow (= pay) the price of the Zuiko 300mm/F:4 (and the best body for it, the E-M1 mk2), maybe sometime in the distant future.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 07:56 UTC
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Arca45Swiss: As far as I'm concerned Olympic may as well not exist. Have never considered buying one

@FrankS009:
He is so irritated by Olympus´s very existence that he even can´t mention (spell) its name correctly...so, just to be considered (at least sort of) a troll.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2018 at 06:41 UTC
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LessMirrored19: Why ppl pay so much for this tiny sensors ? Lol
I will never go back to Aps-c after I switched to FF 3 years ago ...

@LessMirrored19:
It´s not the sensors "we pay for", it is the whole system as such we tend to prefer. Not for its perfection, it is its combination of assets, size, and (only sometimes) price, that fits "our" needs and wants.. Mine anyway.

NO system is perfect,. and that will always be the fact. Ease up, please, and understand we are not stupid just because we tend to try and live with "our" system´s drawbacks (which it of course have, too).

And to that: some use both m4/3 and other systems. I would too, if I could (afford the cost). As is, I´m very content with my m4/3 gear.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 10:44 UTC
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Veselin Gramatikov: Yeah 300/4 is nothing that 600f/8 equivalent. So nothing impressive here.
So far Full Frame ILC market is still opened for new companies. Now only Sony made Full Frame cameras there. Smaller sensors face much more competition.
Now is the time to entering Full Frame ILC bussines. They will star in onle line with Nikon and Canon and this is opportunity for every company. So far this will be marked shaking move for every company who decides to enter Full Frame ILC market today. Sony is far ahead now. Time for some competition. Market is changing...those who false to adapt will go down.

@Veselin Gramatikov:
IF, and ONLY IF, one MUST have what is "equal" in exactly ALL characteristics, then your rant may have some value, since that is not going to happen. Fine..

BUT, if we accept there are VARIOUS benefits and drawbacks in ALL systems/sensor sizes, then we can heartily live with any system we orselves prefer, for that system´s benefits in our own view do outweigh the drawbacks it may have.

WHY is is so hard to accept that different people need and want different equipment, all due to their own use of said equipment, and their own personal creative thinking???

There will of course never be a state where all systems will perform like they all could simply be exchanged for another, for every user. Never, ever.

Self explanatory, I did beleive...seems like it´s not, not to some.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 10:25 UTC
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Ashley Struan: They are talking about compactness of the whole system.. but Sony A7III is 650 gram and Tamron 28-75 F2.8 is 565 gram and 85 1.8 is 370 gram. And I can just have Tamron zoom on my camera 90% of the time without the need to frequently switch lenses and have a constant F1.4 bokeh in MFT equivalent. Those 1.2 zooms that Olympus are producing are HUGE, EXPENSIVE and just dont have a point, when you can get 1 FF zoom for Sony and have all other perks of A7III like lowlight, CAF and FF bokeh. The only place where MFT wins are long tele-photo zooms, which I personally dont need. Yes in that area MFT lenses are much smaller and compact. As I see it for the moment MFT size and weight advantage is quickly evaporating.

"Umm, Oly hasn't made any f1.2 zooms...".
Haha...so true!

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 05:47 UTC
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Ashley Struan: They are talking about compactness of the whole system.. but Sony A7III is 650 gram and Tamron 28-75 F2.8 is 565 gram and 85 1.8 is 370 gram. And I can just have Tamron zoom on my camera 90% of the time without the need to frequently switch lenses and have a constant F1.4 bokeh in MFT equivalent. Those 1.2 zooms that Olympus are producing are HUGE, EXPENSIVE and just dont have a point, when you can get 1 FF zoom for Sony and have all other perks of A7III like lowlight, CAF and FF bokeh. The only place where MFT wins are long tele-photo zooms, which I personally dont need. Yes in that area MFT lenses are much smaller and compact. As I see it for the moment MFT size and weight advantage is quickly evaporating.

@Ashley Struan:
Yet, no ilc camera on the market feels like the E-M1 mk2 in my hand...which is one of a few hi points of the Olympus system. But that does not make other cameras and makers bad, of course not. Sony to you, Olympus to me...etc. Fine. ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 05:46 UTC

Nice clip, but I do think he should have made another desicion regarding shapness distribution:
The centrally placed, foreground rock, should have been the one in "full" sharpness versus the other rock. IMHO of course.
Other than that, an interesting view.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 13:02 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
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Ken Croft: The blurb says in focus stacking the image is shifted in half pixel increments.surely that is nonsense
That is a description of high resolution mode isn't it?

@curio77:

Focus bracketing is possible up to 99, yes, but focus stacking is fixed at eight images. So, no problem there in this press release text.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 09:04 UTC
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Ken Croft: The blurb says in focus stacking the image is shifted in half pixel increments.surely that is nonsense
That is a description of high resolution mode isn't it?

Wrote about it the other minute, not having read the whole comment section through... ;-)

But a "typo"?, well to many words were wrong there for a "typo" (if I´m not misinformed about what a "typo" is, exactly)

Probably the blurb author wasn´t too knowledgeable about the system, or just had a bad day(?) and was lured by the fact eight images are stacked, and mixed that with the eight pixel shifts in Hi Res mode...thus produced a rather serious fault..

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 09:02 UTC

Quote From the Olympus press release:

"OM-D E-M5 Mark II Firmware Version 4.0 Details

1. In-Camera Focus Stacking function
The Focus Stacking function available on the Tough TG-5 and OM-D E-M1 Mark II is now available on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The focus is shifted in half-pixel increments while capturing eight images, which are then composited to form a single image that is in focus from the foreground to the background. A total of eight lenses are supported (the same lenses supported by OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Version 2.0)." End quote.

Strange...the stacking function has nothing to do with pixel shifting, they must have mixed up the stacking function with the Hi Res function when writing part of that blurb...or did I miss something totally here???

I learned that the stacking "depth", the focus change between images may be adjusted, thus no fixed distance setting for each of the eight images stacked, except the value set by the user.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 08:50 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
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Rich Evans: Those 4 Pen-F and E-M5 users must be thrilled.

@Rich Evans:
What a constructive and good tempered comment, obviously from someone not having any nice things at all to say about Olympus, or how shall I interpret your sweet words?
The updates for the PEN-F and the M-5mk2 may not be too substantial..
If I owned the M5mk2 I would think it was not that bad...getting image stacking in camera IS a very nice thing for many, but naturally not for 100% of users. Still, not as bad as deserving your attitude, though. IMHO.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 08:47 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ2 brings 4K HDR video to smartphones (49 comments in total)
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goblin: As an ex owner of 8 (yes, eight) Sony phones, I am amazed by the efforts this company is making to kil their brand.

Started with the Acro S (two of them):

- Nice design for the time
- Waterproof (pretty unique for the time).
- Sd card slot
- Nice, comfortable (proprietary) charging dock that allowed charging without using the usb port.
- Lanyard hook (yes, laugh at it, while sticking expandable doorknobs on the back of your phones :) )

Both became unusable at the software level. Constant reboots. Both replaced by Sony. One replaced wtih a ZR (decent phone). The other replaced with another Acro S. Which died.

Then Z1s (two of them).

- Nice design for the time. Thin. Edgy.
- Waterproof (not so unique anymore)
- SD card slot
- Not so nice, but usable, different proprietary charging dock that allowed charging without using the usb port.

Both died (dead charging electronics on one, ballooned battery on the other). Still a miracle they held so long, hot as ovens all the time
TBC

Got a XZ1 Compact the other day, maybe a good thing since it at least have the same camera module, and yet distinctly cheaper.

BUT, the design is VERY GOOD, to me!!
Changing a good design because it is said by some to be "oudated" is just silly!! Sadder is that the hook went away, and the "feel" got a bit more plasticky...even if it probably and hopefully will endure at the same level.
Weather sealing may be "mainstream" today, but to almost complain about it as if it was bad only because everyone else has it? Give me a break!
I haven´t used the finger sensor, but it should of course´ve been left at the side not at the back!

What Sony should do is:
KEEP the (now for some) odd "sharp" design, and finally make the camera THE BEST (IQ wise) since they certainly can if they decided for it!!
Then, make it LESS SLIPPERY!! At least a slight rubberized line/area on each of the longer sides would do well.
Also work on giving better battery time, something every owner have use for.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 12:51 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ2 brings 4K HDR video to smartphones (49 comments in total)
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jim seekers: Sony Smartphone's Look So Outdated.
I Think Samsung Galaxy S9 is Better Than The Sony Top Of The Line Flagship Phone's.

Sony are (almost) the only good looking ones!!!

I had the Z5 Compact ´til I sorrily dropped it too hard and the display went black. 7 days ago, so I went and got the new XZ1 Compact. (new for me, I have not researched the phone market since I got the Z5)
Having almost the same VERY GOOD physical design. It feels a slight bit more plasticky, though, and the back side is total black, not dark grey as the Z 5 was..
Also the on/off side situated button have lost the tiny "click" feel, although it works as good as the old button.
Weather sealed and anyhow rather solid, still of course not 100% drop-to-the-floor-safe. I have to care better for this one...

Another VERY good aspect is the shutter button at the edge, as on any normal camera. Makes it MUCH easier to hold, point and shoot!!

But for use for casual not too demanding shooting when I don´t bring the Olympus OMD-EM1 with me, this new Sony Xperia will surely do well.

And did I mention it do LOOK SOO GOOD!!! ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 12:26 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)
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D Horne: Surely the rating isn;t just something just for the editors - it has to have some meaning for readers. If someone's looking to buy a m43 stills camera, they'll see the Olympus OMD-EM1 MK II with a gold rating and the Panasonic G9 with a silver. The nuances will get missed

Yes, very strange. Since it is clearly noted that the award position is given relative other cameras "in the same class".
Nothing there about a camera having to be better than the previously best, if it is expected to get a gold award.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 05:35 UTC
On photo Mig-17-1 in the Low Pass challenge (19 comments in total)
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snapa: Can anyone tell me why this picture was taken at f22? I thought f22 affects IQ and sharpness. Maybe there is a valid reason for using f22 that I am not aware of.

How else would he/she get a enough long shutter speed???
Normally images like this are "best" if background is at least somewhat unsharp/blurry. A very very standard procedure, I´d add. ;-)

True, the smaller/smallest apertures reduce sharpness a bit/somewhat, but not always to a large enough degree to destroy a photo´s appeal. Like in this image. It looks sharp enough, and gives a sense of motion and speed too.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 11:23 UTC
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