Glen Barrington

Glen Barrington

Lives in United States Springfield, IL, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Mar 21, 2003
About me:

I look good fat, I'm gonna look good old. . .


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On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 (182 comments in total)

I love the COMFORTABLE waist level EVF capabilities of this camera! the Tilty screens and the side mounted Fully articulated screens just don't cut it.

I say, Sony! Slap a modern sensor and evf in that thing, make it an interchangeable lens mount, plus a few extra conveniences, and you might be able to lure me away from Olympus.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 19:04 UTC as 65th comment
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luigibozi: It's a good moment for Nikon and Canon (and especially for us, the customers) to join the E-mount. Like the Four Thirds companies. It would be a real boost for full-frame, and a real competition.

That suggestion strikes me as weird. There is no economic incentive for this suggestion that would make sense for Canon or Nikon to do this. And that doesn't even take into consideration the amount of ego and hubris that those organizations would have to surrender to do something like that.

If you look at m43s consortium and its success, it is made up of companies that had nothing to lose by joining it, and aside from Olympus had no mind share among consumers. We forget, but before m43s, Panasonic simply was NOT a significant player in the personal camera market.

For them and the others, it was this play or no play at all. For Olympus, who was struggling to find itself and a vision for a direction in a digital camera world, it was an opportunity to parlay its experience in small elegant personal cameras into a future.

Of the three, only Nikon seems to be drifting without a firm vision of its future. I don't think that 'more of the same' is enough to drive a FF common standard.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 11:53 UTC
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ogl: X1D+30+90 = 15 700 USD

Who will be the users of this system?
The system has no any serious advantage over classical MF cameras at all.

Well, there IS that digital thing. That could be important.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 16:22 UTC

Even though I am pretty happy with my m43s gear, the X1D and the new Fuji MF camera have gotten me remembering just how much FUN I had with my Yashica mat 124 G and the photos from it were pretty darned good as well.

It's made me long for some sort of digital MF camera. But the truth is, I'm simply not going to pay for a camera that costs between $4000 - $12,000 (USD).

What is missing is something that inhabits the same place as the old Yashica Mat's ecological niche. I'm not talking about a TLR, necessarily, though that would be an OK design in my book (especially if I could use my old bayonet mount attachments!), but something that was 'fairly good' and that was within the financial reach of the enthusiast buyer. Say, under $2000 with lens.

They say the MF sensors are expensive, but so were the FF sensors once, and the APSC sensors once. It's only by volume production that this stuff gets cheaper!

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 16:17 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (91 comments in total)

It flicked out of existence, you might say. I wouldn't say that, but you might.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 04:30 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (286 comments in total)
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String: Whats with all of these (I assume?) DSLR users telling us how "big" the E-M1 is? Seriously folks, I can only ask if you have ever even used an E-M1/12-40 combo and a D810/24-70 combo?

The "tactical" marketing mistake was to show the camera with the attached battery grip. They SHOULD have shown it compared to an ACSC equivalent DSLR and a FF DSLR and WITHOUT that grip.

People who want and need grips already understand they add size and weight to the camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 13:31 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (286 comments in total)
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bluevellet: As much as I look forward to this camera and applaud many of its technical advances, I think it is still a mistake to restrict some of its key components to it.

For example, PDAF should trickle down to the other and lower models. It doesn't have to be the very same PDAF and insane continuous shooting as the EM1 mark II, but it can be what you have on the EM1 mark I 3 years ago or something like that.

It's fallacy to claim only stubborn 43 DSLR users and pros have a use for such features, a soccer mom can also enjoy nailing shots of their kids with increased accuracy and speed. I consider it a great missed opportunity that the upcoming EPL8, as pretty as it looks, isn't all that much different than the EPL7 before it, and then the EPL6 or the EPL5. PDAF could have been something a little more thrilling.

Agree with PDAF focusing. It made a certain amount of sense at the initial launch of the OMD line, when PDAF was percieved as a sop to the 4/3s DSLR users. But now, PDAF is starting to be percieved as desirable in its own right.

The advantage to those of us who use 4/3 lesnes and other OMD cameras is a happy side benefit.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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ecka84: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II should get the longest camera model name award :)

I NEVER do research on the appropriateness of words. I won't knowingly say a word that might seem inappropriate to international readers, but I also won't worry about it either. We are all adults here and shouldn't have to worry aobut that sort of thing.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 19:33 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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ecka84: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II should get the longest camera model name award :)

Just call it the "E-M1 too".

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 00:23 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (146 comments in total)
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Banhmi: I recognize the equivalency issue here with this being MF, but how come Hasselblad doesn't launch this camera with faster lenses -- like, say, at least F2.5 instead of F3.5?

Can't imagine spending all that money on a camera body when the lenses appear kinda 'meh'. From my perspective, this doesn't seem that much better than an a7Rii until better glass becomes available, but I suppose I'm missing something here?

Well, I don't know if you've ever shot MF film cameras, but even mediocre lenses can produce incredible photos on a medium format negative that are simply not possible with smaller format film cameras. I assume the same would hold true for MF digital.

Then too, the size of the MF camera tends to work against the sort of photography that needs those wide open aperture, "reactive" photos so popular today. These are cameras pretty much designed for those controlled, planned and thought out photos. I hope these cameras become very popular, I would like to see a resurgence of a more contemplative photography.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:47 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (146 comments in total)

I find the X1D very attractive, both from a photographic POV and a design aesthetics POV. I like the touch screen design much better than the information heavy but overwhelming touchscreen of, say, Olympus. I also like the idea of that retractable dial and lament that it might not be practical on a smaller body.

The 4116 holds little interest for me, maybe if I were still running a studio, but otherwise, not for me.

I've been pretty happy with my m43s gear, but I also remember the fun I had with my Yashica Mat, and my Bronica, so I DO feel their tug. I would never spend $4000 on a camera, much less $12,000, so it is unlikely I would ever even consider either of these beasts.

However, I wonder if the industry couldn't come up with a much less expensive option? Such a camera would get a serious look by me (I won't buy just anything because of a big sensor though, I'd want a well thought out body, if my aging human body has to lug it around!)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:37 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
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jjss: e-m1ii?

Should have been "E-M1 Too", much funnier

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:14 UTC
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alextardif: "In fact, despite its comparatively pedestrian feature set, given the choice, I'd take an EOS M5 out with me over a Sony Alpha any day of the week.", seriously? LOL, have fun with that :)

I got the impression that was because of the 'fiddly' characteristics of the Sony offering, not because of inherent image quality.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 16:47 UTC

I'd say this was a fair assessment. To me, this camera is exactly the sort of camera I expected Canon to produce.

It's 'serious' enough to shut most the mirrorless whiners up, and maybe sell well enough to not cost the company too much in profit, but not so well that they would be forced to spend much in the way of R&D for the next one or cut into their high end DSLR sales.

Canon is content to remain a half step slower than the other producers. Let them take the risk, let them figure out what the user wants. A 'me too' camera suits their needs just fine.

Canon is NOT the manufacturer one turns to for innovation. They've been there and done that. They want to sit back and enjoy being market leader for a while.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 16:44 UTC as 256th comment | 5 replies

How many people ACTUALLY sell photos via 500px, (or flickr, for that matter?). That ain't "steak", that's "sizzle" for the dreamers.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 16:00 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies

Well . . . It's a step in the right direction for Canon . . . but is it enough to make me give up my Oly E-M10? I don't think so.

Why? The lack of IBIS for stills becomes much more important as I age. The under whelming choice in lenses is also a factor for me, and I notice that DPR was oddly silent regarding any impressions regarding image quality.

From this preview, I'd say it will probably sell well to new buyers, and Canon DSLR users, which is probably a large enough population to make it at least a modest success. But I think it isn't enough to win people away from other, more established brands. It's only about 70% of where it needs to be to steal users from other manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 17:33 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply
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Glen Barrington: None of these reasons move me or make me care about the IPhone.

Well presumably, Apple cares, or at least should. I hardly think I am unique in how I approach technology. What Apple has done is an evolutionary advance not a revolutionary advance, and a very small evolution, at that.

The Lenovo/Moto modular add ons seem FAR more interesting to me than what Apple has done.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 17:14 UTC

None of these reasons move me or make me care about the IPhone.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 16:17 UTC as 199th comment | 5 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (136 comments in total)
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Sean65: Are you guys getting ideas from Steve Huff? He did the exact same camera two days ago.

Well do one on those twisty/tilty early Nikons, they always intrigued me.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
On article Quick review: Apexel 8mm fisheye lens for smartphones (23 comments in total)

$44 for THAT? Nuh unh!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 01:07 UTC as 3rd comment
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