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On photo P1000757 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

Very impressive for a compact!

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 02:06 UTC as 3rd comment
On a photo in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Samples Gallery sample gallery (7 comments in total)

Very impressive for a compact!

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 02:06 UTC as 4th comment
On article Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID (149 comments in total)
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Jogger: I dont see how this can get 4.5/5 given the major limitations.. e.g. not as portable (which is the sole purpose of this), only fast with expensive SSDs, Apple time machine support (useless for non apple users), huge footprint, proprietary data format, etc.

Given the huge cost and more sensible solutions (esp. for travel), this should be a 2 at most.

"Apple time machine support"

I always laugh when I see this. Every hard drive supports Time Machine! Just format it as HFS+ Journalled and away you go.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 23:33 UTC
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Dr_Jon: This seems worth a watch too...
"A7s vs GH4 Epic Shootout in 4K"
(Just found in the m43 forum here.)

Does the A7s have an AA filter?

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 23:29 UTC
On photo E-PL3 Pen on a stand in the Pen Stands. challenge (4 comments in total)

Groan! :)

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 23:43 UTC as 2nd comment
On article 2014-15 Waterproof Camera Roundup (255 comments in total)
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peevee1: What's with people demanding RAW on a camera with 16 million pixels on a tiny 1/2.3" sensor? Look at the pictures, they have noise (VISIBLE IN JPEG!) even at base ISO!
What do you expect from RAW, more encoded noise? Because JPEG at max quality already encodes 12 bit/pixel, and those tiny pixels don't have even 10 bits of information (as opposed to noise) in them!
Want to correct the picture - go ahead and correct the JPEG. Same thing. RAW is not going to turn these 16 mpix into 16 mpix from D4s!
Besides, except on Oly and Pentax at the very wide end, these pixels are way smaller than Airy disks, and even then Bayer-interpolated! Downscale 4:1 and stop fooling yourself.

I'd like RAW on these for contrast and colour, not noise and sharpness. Having an in-camera contrast setting would do.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 02:44 UTC
On article Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3 (107 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Shooting without RAW underwater is a very difficult thing to do.

The TG-2 had excellent auto WB underwater. RAW would be great, but you probably can get by without it with this cam.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 22:38 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review (346 comments in total)
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itsastickup: No bokeh no buy.

You have to pay a bomb to get anywhere near the bokeh of an APS-C 35/1.8.

m4/3 is fine for many purposes, but without affordable bokeh it's off many of our radars.

That 25/1.2 should be a maximum $200.

Who are they kidding. Grow up, Olympus. Get some cojones and do what you know you have to do.

Just buy a 45 / 1.8, one of the cheap primes mentioned in the review.

You did read the review, right?

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 23:02 UTC
On article Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores (195 comments in total)
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peevee1: "Chapter 7 filing lists between $50-$100 million in assets and $10-$50 million in liabilities."

If assets exceed liabilities, why file for bankruptcy? Especially Chapter 7?

The assets are (in part) the stock & cash. If they rid of that then they may not have enough left to restock their stores & pay staff.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 05:40 UTC
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Paul Guba: Great to see some more makers enter the market. Obviously they feel there is a profit to be made.

Sigma and Samyang's MFT lenses are cheap and have great IQ.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 07:28 UTC
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Francis Carver: Wow, these will be like the 99th M4/3 lenses with these same focal lengths.

Manual single focal lenses like these must be dirt cheap to make -- which may explain why there are maybe 2 or 3 decent zoom lenses altogether for the Micro 4/3rd form factor.

The target market is Blackmagic portable CC users and GH3/GH4 users.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 07:24 UTC
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Englishman in France: So the Olympus 25mm F1.8 costs £370 without lens hood or storage pouch and the Panasonic 25mm F1.4 costs £430 (amazon uk) with a lens hood and pouch. The price of the olympus lens hood is unknown, but their lens hood for the 45mm is £30. This is not the nifty fifty that the system needs. The price needs to drop.

The Oly 25 comes with a lens hood.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 02:55 UTC

I think the Sony A7 / A7r should be combined into one entry, as they are basically the same camera. (Not a partisan thing -- I voted for the E-M1 myself).

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 22:12 UTC as 73rd comment | 4 replies
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itsastickup: Camera sales plunging, not too bright a future considering mobile phones and tablets, no product diversity.

And now defecating on their customers.

Time to abandon ship.

But which ship to go to? Canon has no DR. Sony has poor bokeh in their zooms and mediocre lenses generally. Pentax is boutique. Olympus has no bokeh unless you go well off-piste. Fuji has a rather limited lens selection. Who have I forgotten?

Come on Canon, get some decent DR in to those cameras.

Olympus doesn't have bokeh? Try their 45mm and 75mm primes and report back with your findings.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 04:25 UTC
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Kubicide: Nikon has every right to do this - so why the hate? Does everyone think the aftermarket folks really care about your camera or compatability, or bringing you some sort of "fair value"? No, they want your $$$. And as a manufacturer Nikon should do what they need to do to protect their product and support expenses.

No one knows for sure just how compatible or incompatible the aftermarket product is except for the engineers at Nikon and the other companies. This battery issue is just like the reverse engineered lenses. It's the old "buyer beware" thing. If you are out to save a buck then do it 'eyes wide open' and know that the aftermarket product may not work and the vendor just wants your money for their product. That's it. Nikon doesn't make any claim to state that their product is designed to work with anything coming out of any 'brand x' manufacturer.

On the heels of the Sigma lens incompatibilities it seems less likely to be a coincidence.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 04:23 UTC
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jhinkey: Why do I have to lug a 580g lens around to get a 20mm FX equivalent FOV on my m43 lens? It had better be stellar wide open on m43. Plus it won't take filters.

AND - they use 6 aperture blades which makes ugly sun stars in my opinion.

There's a fast wide zoom on Oly's lens roadmap, maybe wait for that.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 08:38 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review (610 comments in total)
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toto435: GM1 seems to have better sharpness ?! isn't it the same sensor on both ?

Or a weaker AA filter?

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 22:35 UTC
On article Olympus Stylus 1 First Impressions Review (327 comments in total)
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Anfy: They managed to put a flash on the EVF "hump": why it was not possible on the E-M5/E-M1 really I do not know.

The EVF hump on the E-M5 contains the IBIS gadgetry apparently.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 06:03 UTC
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Jogger: Prob $1000 going by the other "Leica" lenses for m43.

Yabokkie, you do know that 25mm is different to 50mm, right? It might have the equivalent FOV on a crop sensor, but it's still a 25mm lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 02:55 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 samples gallery updated (73 comments in total)
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lazy lightning: Good Lord Almighty, I declare! They be askin' a huge stack 'o greenbacks for these here Micro 4/3 cameras and lenses!

I love m4/3 stuff, but, yup, they certainly are!

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 22:58 UTC
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