Brian Wadie

Brian Wadie

Lives in United Kingdom Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom
Works as a As little as possible - Retired
Joined on Jun 12, 2003

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On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (300 comments in total)
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Brian Wadie: no mention anywhere of the warranty period and whether they will offer the option an extension . Also, can you find out if this lens will be repairable, unlike the 100-400 which is non-repairable, has to be replaced under warranty and means the owner has to essentially treat it as a disposable item should a problem occur after the 1 year warranty expires (as mine has). I find this very poor compared to the way that Olympus treats its customers, providing a 2.5 year warranty on registration with an optional 3 year extension on payment of £99. I am holding of any thoughts of buying this or the 200 f2.8 until Panasonic provide clear information that the situation is being rectified

I think it may depend on where you live, when I got my 100-400 in the UK there was no offer available and it was not possible to pay for an extension. Likewise I haven't seen a free warranty offer for the G9 in the UK

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 11:25 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (300 comments in total)
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Brian Wadie: no mention anywhere of the warranty period and whether they will offer the option an extension . Also, can you find out if this lens will be repairable, unlike the 100-400 which is non-repairable, has to be replaced under warranty and means the owner has to essentially treat it as a disposable item should a problem occur after the 1 year warranty expires (as mine has). I find this very poor compared to the way that Olympus treats its customers, providing a 2.5 year warranty on registration with an optional 3 year extension on payment of £99. I am holding of any thoughts of buying this or the 200 f2.8 until Panasonic provide clear information that the situation is being rectified

here is the link I was looking for + the quote I mentioned

"Well Panasonic responded after much delay:-

The official stance is the Premium (2nd most expensive) current Lumix Leica 100-400 Lens is not repairable, no service parts are available and they replace problem lenses that are under warranty!

SO BE WARNED once out of the warranty period and you have a problem with this lens or you drop it etc you will be asked to buy a new lens NO OPTION"

from this thread

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59358687

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 21:05 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (300 comments in total)
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Brian Wadie: no mention anywhere of the warranty period and whether they will offer the option an extension . Also, can you find out if this lens will be repairable, unlike the 100-400 which is non-repairable, has to be replaced under warranty and means the owner has to essentially treat it as a disposable item should a problem occur after the 1 year warranty expires (as mine has). I find this very poor compared to the way that Olympus treats its customers, providing a 2.5 year warranty on registration with an optional 3 year extension on payment of £99. I am holding of any thoughts of buying this or the 200 f2.8 until Panasonic provide clear information that the situation is being rectified

As above, when I had zoom failure I was told by the official agent that the lens "was not repairable" and had to be replaced. Others have reported the same experience. There has also been a report that someone either here on or one of the other sites discussing this issue specifically asked the UK support what this meant if his lens failed out of warranty. The answer was precise, it could not be repaired and the owner would need to buy a new copy of the lens

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 20:58 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (300 comments in total)
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Brian Wadie: no mention anywhere of the warranty period and whether they will offer the option an extension . Also, can you find out if this lens will be repairable, unlike the 100-400 which is non-repairable, has to be replaced under warranty and means the owner has to essentially treat it as a disposable item should a problem occur after the 1 year warranty expires (as mine has). I find this very poor compared to the way that Olympus treats its customers, providing a 2.5 year warranty on registration with an optional 3 year extension on payment of £99. I am holding of any thoughts of buying this or the 200 f2.8 until Panasonic provide clear information that the situation is being rectified

"They can't fix/won't fix ANY damage/problem?" I'm not sure that is necessarily a precise reading of what they said (but it may be?) I've yet to read any specific cases other than those related to the zoom mechanism and the lens body fitting bayonet, but the statement is reported as a generic statement by Panasonic UK

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 20:21 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (300 comments in total)
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Brian Wadie: no mention anywhere of the warranty period and whether they will offer the option an extension . Also, can you find out if this lens will be repairable, unlike the 100-400 which is non-repairable, has to be replaced under warranty and means the owner has to essentially treat it as a disposable item should a problem occur after the 1 year warranty expires (as mine has). I find this very poor compared to the way that Olympus treats its customers, providing a 2.5 year warranty on registration with an optional 3 year extension on payment of £99. I am holding of any thoughts of buying this or the 200 f2.8 until Panasonic provide clear information that the situation is being rectified

I don't know what the situation is in other parts of the world but when I had problems with my zoom it went away for repair under warranty but I was told by the official agent that it was a "non-repairable unit" and that I would have to have a replacement unit. I then got in touch with Panasonic UK support about extending my warranty in case it happened again, out of warranty and was told they didn't offer an extended warranty. There have been several posts on this here and elsewhere, including one person who finally got a written confirmation that it was indeed a non-repairable item and if it failed out of warranty the owner would have to purchase a new one - here's a link to one such thread on Dpreview earlier https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4222130

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 19:54 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (300 comments in total)

no mention anywhere of the warranty period and whether they will offer the option an extension . Also, can you find out if this lens will be repairable, unlike the 100-400 which is non-repairable, has to be replaced under warranty and means the owner has to essentially treat it as a disposable item should a problem occur after the 1 year warranty expires (as mine has). I find this very poor compared to the way that Olympus treats its customers, providing a 2.5 year warranty on registration with an optional 3 year extension on payment of £99. I am holding of any thoughts of buying this or the 200 f2.8 until Panasonic provide clear information that the situation is being rectified

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 18:57 UTC as 36th comment | 15 replies

Now that device could work well linked to an in-car sat-nav system (for those who don't have their "2nd Driver" sat beside them ;) )

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 21:54 UTC as 105th comment

I uploaded it and it works, processing is now much faster, not much more to say other than, if you don't approve of Adobe there are plenty of other companies out there for you to use

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 13:54 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix G9 vs Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (256 comments in total)
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CosminMunteanu: If the touchscreen is not important or is not obsessed with chimping one can flip the g9's screen inside and use the top lcd for the settings. Nice :)

I use the EVF to change my settings on both cameras, always have the screen against the body. BUT the top LCD panel is a nice bonus when changing setting whilst not shooting (in transit between shooting positions for example) I have both cameras and find any debates about which is "Best" somewhat futile. We have two top of the range cameras, each capable of great results, if you shoot primarily Pansonic lenses G9 may be your best choice, if mainly with Olympus lenses then it is the EM-1mk2 that will be best. Why not just agree that the m4/3rds family is in a great position at the moment

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 14:05 UTC
On article 10 macro photography tips for beginners (51 comments in total)

I agree re: AF for macro but a lot does depend on the system. I use the EM1-mk2 and for true macro use the Oly 30mm macro. Shooting CAF + tracking with sequential shooting, single spot central focus point through the EVF give me a very acceptable "keeper" rate and allows me to get shots that manual focus would miss. I use a similar technique when shooting "Long-range close-up" using my PL100-400 which allows me to shoot bees in flight again with a very acceptable keeper rate. On the other hand, the writer has reported what works for him and so long as we remember there are many ways of doing the job it makes a good starter for 10 :) (I also shoot wide open or at a maximum, closed down by 2 stops)

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 19:37 UTC as 24th comment

"The employee claims the UK crew was told they would have to continue working because they are bound by contract. Staff are reportedly considering legal action. " as the company is in breach of contract by not paying their wages I would think that they would have no problem winning their case in front of a tribunal, this is disgraceful behaviour on the part of the Bowen parent company

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 13:18 UTC as 6th comment
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Brian Wadie: funny how they never add "we want to increase our profit margins so will charge well in excess of the currency fluctuations. Its not just Adobe, Apple are doing it, as indeed so are UK companies charging increased prices for products sourced and produced within the UK

indeed, none of us are privy to Adobe's pricing strategy (other than the fact that they will want to maximise ROI :) )

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
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Brian Wadie: funny how they never add "we want to increase our profit margins so will charge well in excess of the currency fluctuations. Its not just Adobe, Apple are doing it, as indeed so are UK companies charging increased prices for products sourced and produced within the UK

yep, I'm aware of that, I'm also aware of how business takes situations such as the one we are in now as an opportunity to increase their margins under the guise of adjustments to accommodate changes in exchange rate

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 13:56 UTC

funny how they never add "we want to increase our profit margins so will charge well in excess of the currency fluctuations. Its not just Adobe, Apple are doing it, as indeed so are UK companies charging increased prices for products sourced and produced within the UK

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 12:10 UTC as 60th comment | 5 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)
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arbux: "The E-M1 II's autofocus system sets a new benchmark for mirrorless interchangeable lens camera" - a joke? Already 2 years ago NX1 did 15fps with AF and mechanical shutter. AF worked fine. E-M1 II does 10 fps with mechanical shutter and AF. How this is any new standard?

"18fps is with electronic shutter and no AF"

I suggest you read the spec again, 18 fps is full raw with all AF options available, its 60fps with fixed focus at first shot

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 11:18 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)

I see so many messages complaining about the price, then I look at the many positive comments from the users of this excellent new tool for action and wildlife photographers (of which I am one) and I understand that those complaining will never realise the true value of this system and I almost feel sorry for them - until I remember that instead of complaining all they had to do was buy a camera that met their needs at a price they were willing to pay :)

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 17:13 UTC as 57th comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)
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jimTN: I just got my camera. It is really disappointing. http://jamesrome.net/drupal/olympus
Won 't do videos longer than 29 minutes. Why???? It does split the videos into separate files, so no reason they could not keep going.
Won't use high-speed Lexar cards--Bricked one
Has too many undocumented interactions among settings
Save your money.

the 30 minute regulation is nothing to do with Olympus and is a direct result of an EU regulation from 2006 which applies to all cameras able to shoot video, apart from dedicated video cameras, which carry a higher tax rate

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 08:05 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)
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knathan: I wanted to see my self how much a FF D810 sensor is better than m4/3 sensor. To my surprise for everything I use the camera for there'n't much difference. Unless you are getting f/2.8 zooms or the ultra primes .. there is not really much advantage with FF sensor. Here is my detailed review..
https://kuphotoblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/full-frame-or-micro-43rds/

thanks for a very detailed and interesting journey knathan, I enjoyed reading of both your testing and your thought processes as you came to your conclusion

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 19:03 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)
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Saurat: Interesting, according to DPR's own compare-mode, Raw image-quality is less good than the original EM1. It is also less good than many entry-level cameras, such as the Canon 1100D and Nikon D3200. How accurate these algorithms are I don't know, but for $2000 I'd like at least token IQ improvement.

if you read a bit further you will see that DPR have explained that they do not do absolute comparisons across a time period but use relative comparison to other similar cameras at the time of review. They then specifically state that this means you cannot compare the IQ / noise performance of the EM-1 and mk2 as a result of this

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 22:42 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)
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Brian Wadie: I've just used the bar chart to compare the EM-1 mk2 to the canon 1Dx mk2, there proximity of the bars for Performance surprised me, I know the EM-1 mk2 is going to be good but it shows it very close to the 1Dxmk2

That's my camera club bragging rights sorted! :D

look at the bar chart at the end of the review. Its possible to add different cameras for comparison. You can the compare them by looking at the bar for a range of items, including "Performance". The length of the bar denotes the level of each item and you will see there is very little difference between that of the EM-1 mk2 or the 1DX mk2

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 06:35 UTC
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