bluevellet

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On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (104 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Based on these, I think the Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 has a more pleasant rendering. (But it's even more expensive.)

Based on other galleries elsewhere on the Net, I find the Nocticron a tiny bit sharper wide open but the Zuiko pulls ahead when stopped down.

The Zuiko has slightly more pleasing bokeh and fewer optical imperfections.

But the differences are very subtle, only visible when pixel peeping. I'd be happy owning either lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 17:07 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (104 comments in total)

I'm more interested in the 17mm f/1.2 PRO but the 45mm has the better gallery.

The difference in quality in DPR galleries can be sometimes striking. These m43 PRO lenses galleries are middle of the road but light years behind the very best (usually top Leica/Zeiss/Canon/Nikon stuff).

Since the photographer matters more than the lenses themselves, I wonder how those DPR gallery assignments are organized. The staff must be fighting among themselves to test drive the super high end stuff while interns are probably ordered to cover token, low end products. :)

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 17:02 UTC as 10th comment
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for video (135 comments in total)

A bit of a weird list. Many 4K-capable cameras are missing. Which makes the inclusion of the XT2 all the more mystifying.

But in the end, I guess it doesn't matter anyway since it would still be Micro 43 dominance.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 14:38 UTC as 20th comment
On article Panasonic G9 added to studio scene comparison (168 comments in total)

Looks pretty similar to the GH5 (no surprise), maybe a tiny tad sharper. Not sure.

Pity there's no pixel shift comparison maybe because there is no RAW support?

And too bad DPR keeps using the Zuiko 45mm for their m43 test.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 17:17 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1000 (116 comments in total)
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Ryan Rosenberg: Seems odd to call out the Olympus which got an 80% score but not the Panasonic G85 which got a higher score and a gold rating. Not sure what criteria they are using here...

They're punishing the G(X)85 for its JPEG engine (I own the GM1, I have the same issue with it).

Yes, the EM10 III is cheaper.

But one overlooked aspect is that the EM10 III is so damn sexy looking. :p

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 11:37 UTC
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stevevelvia50: The Olympus 7-14 2.8 pro should have been included in that ilusterious selection of lenses. It is perhaps the sharpest ultrawide angle zoom ever created, at the very least, on the same level as the "legendary" Nikon 14-24. The 7-14 is fantastically sharp!

The Zuiko 7-14 f2.8 Pro was released 2 years ago. Not a good fit for the Gear of the Year (2017)

But if the goal of your post is to recommend some ultra wide angle optics for low light, the M Zuiko f1.8 Fisheye Pro can fit the bill. Same speed as the Sigma. It can easily be defishified too.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 17:38 UTC

That probably would have been my choice for gear of the year.

I would not use it for shooting nightly skies though.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 15:38 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (352 comments in total)
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Chris2210: I find it a little disappointing to infer you're saying Pros will only use 35mm format - it isn't true and it's not even the ideal format for all shooting scenarios. This is underlined by your excitement over the A7 - while that was and is a dog of a camera to use, with some very serious flaws [which you acknowledge], there were many other mirrorless cameras on the market that were far more serviceable for serious assignments.

To top it all off you then go on to praise the A6500 - while I'm sure it's a fine camera, it is -shock, horror - APSc. Perhaps that's why it 'wasn't quite there'? A bit of internal logic would be nice.

Even Full Frame cameras are divided into sub categories, ranging from entry-level to, well, pro.

The article's author sounds like the A9 might be too much camera for him. An A7II would probably be enough.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 17:35 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (352 comments in total)

"luckily, IBIS helped steady my shot"

1/2000 sec

lol

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 16:53 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply

Only 13000 bucks...

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 15:37 UTC as 158th comment
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (247 comments in total)

EM1 mark II and GH4(5) batteries ignored for yet another year.

Sony finally catches up and it becomes news.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 15:35 UTC as 67th comment | 3 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1397 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: so pixel-shift only available in JPEG? (ISO 1600 or lower)

not RAW? (any ISO)

too bad

Yes, the RAWs are 80MP.

It even creates a normal 20MP RAW the complement the 50MB JPEG and 80MP RAW.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 13:49 UTC

I used to visit the site daily, waiting for new reviews.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 15:52 UTC as 77th comment

D850 is number one? Looks like it.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 12:22 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies

The Sigma 14mm and GFX galleries made sense.

I don't get why the D7500 and this TG5 gallery were so popular. :/

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 12:39 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony a7R III added to studio scene comparison (453 comments in total)
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bluevellet: "has Sony managed to improve upon it (Pentax k1) with their version?"

The answer looks like a no.

The decisive IQ edge is when looking at the image where the text getting smaller and smaller. On the K1, the contrast between text and paper stays sharp and monochrome. On the Sony, it gets mushy and multicolored

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
On article Sony a7R III added to studio scene comparison (453 comments in total)

"has Sony managed to improve upon it (Pentax k1) with their version?"

The answer looks like a no.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 13:14 UTC as 83rd comment | 4 replies

Camera site reports camera battery explosion... Yet fails to specify camera brand/model.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 07:02 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
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Photo_Graphic: Hey Rishi,
Why have you guys never test the Olympus with a high quality lens using its 80MP RAW mode?
It would be fun to see what a camera costing a thousand or so less can do comparatively.
The fun part about the Olympus is, some have obtained improved results shooting this way handheld (still not as good a tri-pod though) AND it doesn't take a full second between shooting each frame.

They did early on. They even used a Nocticron and commented the trusty Zuiko 45mm wasn't quite up to the task. Then they got collective amnesia and reused the Zuiko 45mm in all following tests.

¯_(ツ)_/¯

Just be happy they bother to cover Olympus products. :)

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 17:30 UTC
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bluevellet: Personally, I think something is off. The images in this preview look upscaled or something.

Either it's the lenses used, the camera unit they're previewing, the 80MB mode itself or just sloppy technique from the DPR staff.

I occasionally use the "old" 40MB hires mode on the EM5 markII and the results appear either equal or just plain sharper to what I'm seeing here.

Maybe working on the RAW files would help?

Yes but there are differences between the RAW files, which are much bigger, and the JPEG files on Oly cameras.

To me it looks like Panny just gives you the RAW files as is in JPEG form, with no downscaling whatsoever. It's possible this is the difference I am seeing here.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 14:44 UTC
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