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"but FF photos look nicer. I dream of a mirrorless FF camera with a large cellphone sized display. " With Sony, Panny and Oly, the WIFi connection allows remote control with cellphone or tablet, including viewing on the cell LCD. I imagine that's true for all major brands of mirrorless cameras. Upside down Gx7 being controlled with iPad Mini. There are, of course, endless variations on mounts of phone to camera using hot shoe or tripod screw. At other extremes: The Oly Air-01 has no screen of its own, and a mount for cell phone on the back. There are many separate viewscreens made, primarily for videographers
". . . not just the accuracy of the colors and the impressively easy way it has with dynamic range." It's not easy to make good web illustrations of camera/lens qualities. Folks like me will all too easily see the anomalies 'tween word and image. The daffys clearly have badly blown highlights in the posted JPEGs. Red channel is obvious, but Green is also slightly clipped. One consequence of clipping difference between channels is inaccurate color in those areas. Where those highlights got lost is impossible to tell from here. It's exceptionally easy to overexpose red/yellow flowers in direct sun, but also easy to clip highlights in post and/or in conversion to sRGB JPEG. Not that I think the A7III doesn't have good/great DR, but one still needs to watch auto exposure and average or center weighted exposure. That's why there is a big EV compensation wheel just above your right thumb. That's why they have 'sparkly' EVF warnings for over/under exposure of small areas available. My original A7 has good DR, but I still would have shot those flowers @ -1.3 and -2.0 EV. Then 'ya gotta pull up the middle, where the very forgiving files shine. (Then again, I feel the same way about my µ4/3 files.)
"Subsequent iterations of the Epl5 were, in my opinion, utter BS." E-PL6 = Auto switching with VF-4. E-PL7 = 3 axis IBIS that does work better. BS thereafter.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2018 on 'Mark II' at The Online Photographer
"A Panasonic GM5 MkII, pretty please..." Do I hear a call for a vote on Abbazz' motion? Actually, sitting here, holding one, I'm trying to think what they could add that wouldn't screw it up. Well, the 20 MP sensor would be fine, and maybe a higher rez EVF. Most important is no increase in size. Unfortunately, John, I've yet to see addition of a tilting EVF without an increase in thickness and weight. If possible, it would be good. I guess all I really want is for the GM series to go on. At a time when even cameras with the small µ4/3 sensor seem disproportionately large, such a small, elegant and capable camera is a treat to carry and use.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2018 on 'Mark II' at The Online Photographer
Alfred Korzybski famously said "the map is not the territory" and, less famously, "the word is not the thing" Paraphrasing, "Words are not the experience" Your lists are long, and I agree with many points - BUT -all those words are completely unrelated to the actual experience of using a rangefinder. I dislike using rangefinders. I have looked through a few, hoping the experience will improve, but it never did. I used an Olympus XA for some time in spite of that deficiency for its other unique qualities, but never liked the RF. In other news, you have got an item in the wrong list. "Prime lenses of moderate focal length make the most sense; you're not tempted [able] to use zoom lenses or telephoto lenses longer than about 135mm, and you're discouraged from doing closeups." This is a major disadvantage, where I am. \;~)> My Gestalt and yours differ. Dealing with those overlapping bits distances me from the world. Then again, all those bits of tech info in the VF? I just don't notice them, I see past them, to the occasional detriment of the results, but like having them there when I do want to know. BTW, it seems to me that using an LCD panel clearly shows the relationship between what is in the frame and the larger world. I use that a lot when working with a tripod. Hand held, I generally prefer the EVF.
"Dear God, someone fix those damn Olympus menus. " Whomever may be In Charge, Please fix those damn Sony menus!! Then Panasonic. Don't touch Oly. Yes, I have and use all three. None are any good in the field. The Oly Super Control Panel and MySets on Fn buttons mean never using the Menus in the field. The Sony control panel brought up with the Fn button on my A7 is pretty useful. The Panny Quick Menu and touch tabs are third place. All three menu systems have too many items, each poorly organized in one way or another, because it's an impossible problem. But I, for one, don't want my camera less customizable.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2018 on G9 vs. E-M1 II at The Online Photographer
"still only available in a kit with the slower 12–60mm lens, grrr." The problem for me is not so much the speed, but the optical quality. I tried the Panny, tested it and sent it back. I bought the Leica when it appeared, and am much happier with the it. It lives by default on one of my E-M5 IIs. No, the Panny one isn't awful; it's a pretty good lens, while the Leica is outstanding.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2018 on G9 vs. E-M1 II at The Online Photographer
"Have you made that decision one way or the other?" Sans aucun doute. In accord with your last post, I have chosen the camera that has the least flaws for my needs and desires. I used and liked a GX7 and use and love a GM5 for my light, compact kit, so I'm not anti Panny. However at the moment, no Panny has Focus Bracketing/Stacking, which is a big part of my photography now, so the G9, whatever it's other sterling qualities, is a non-starter. With the E-M1 II, Oly has chosen to copy the big, PRO DSLRs, with three Custom Settings on the Mode dial. Nice looking, might be a draw for those coming from CaNikon, but a very real step backward in actual usability for taking pictures from the MySets they've had forever. MySets may be assigned to Fn buttons, E-M1 II Custom Settings may not. One push, and I'm in my custom settings, another and I'm back where I was. Using the Mode dial, unlocking and turning to get to the custom settings; turning again and relocking to get back, is much slower and more awkward. My answer to your choice is a highly informed and firm Neither. The clear winner is not in your choice nor on your list, E-M5 II. I have two, use them extensively, often both around my neck at once, and they are, at this time, the best camera - for me. My great hope is that Oly will continue to reserve the premium feature of Custom Settings on Mode Dial for their premium model, and the E-M5 III will retain MySets.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2018 on G9 vs. E-M1 II at The Online Photographer
"The best camera is the one you have with you." I assume your misunderstanding of the intent of that quote is intentional, an entree into a mild rant. My understanding of the quote has always been: "Any camera is better than no camera, especially if it is one you chose to have with you." I include the second part because my experience is that my iPhone camera is often not better than no camera at all. I tend to notice, and want to photograph, small bits of the visual field, i.e., macro and tele. The phone is mediocre at one and completely useless at the other. And no, aux. lenses aren't a solution. It I'm going to carry them, I can just as easily carry a real camera. Less fuss and better pictures.
" . . . the new Fuji's sensor is larger in dimensions and number of pixels." Pendantic Notes on Formats and MegaPickles: When talking generally about MPs, it easy to forget that they are area measures, whereas resolution is linear. At 25%, the increase from 16 to 20 MP in the latest µ4/3 bodies seems significant. However, the linear increase in pixels/mm is 13%. This is below the level that's usually detectable in actual images. Ctein says "As someone who currently has both an E-M1 II and a E-M5 II . . . The difference in pixel count is insignificant." I can't think of anyone better qualified to test this.* When talking about formats of different shapes, it is easy to forget the resolution implications. The 24 MP X-T100 sensor is only 3% larger in pixel count vertically than the 20MP µ4/3 sensors, 4,000 vs. 3,888 pixels (21% in mm.) Almost all the extra MPs are in the horizontal direction. Good for landscape, right? But then, the actual linear pixel increase horizontally is only 16%, and any amount less than 20%** is unlikely to be visible as increased subject detail. The likelihood of any noticable increase in resolution of fine detail between the latest 20 MP µ4/3 sensors and the 24 MP Fuji APS-C sensors is close to zero. What about the comparison you make between 16 MP E-M10 III and 24 MP Fuji X-T100? The horizontal increase is 30%, probably significant for those who like the wide format. At 16%, the vertical increase is not significant. * I personally compared the last generation Fuji 20 MP vs. µ4/3 16 MP sensors, using DPReview's studio samples, flipping layers on and off in PS, and came to the same conclusion. Slightly different for some of the test subjects, one or the other a tiny bit better, but essentially the same. If there was a subtle edge, it was in favor of the Oly body (but could be signal processing, and/or lens, not sensor.) ** Although there are good reasons that could explain why this is true, it's an empirical number, not calculated; probably more in most cases.
'Use an older lens. An old, fast "long normal" lens‚ a 58mm ƒ/1.4 or ƒ/1.2‚ works wonderfully.' I've been having a lot of fun with a Canon FL 58/1.2. As "A standard lens for 35mm SLR cameras with the largest aperture in the world when marketed (2/62)." , it has lots of the aberrations that contribute to Glow. I am neither shooting film nor printing in monochrome, but it sure does Glow, to the extent that I often prefer f2.0 to wide open. 'Various makers made 'em and you can get 'em on eBay for a song.' I don't know if $178 is " . . . a song.' Perhaps so, compared to original price inflated. I looked at samples and concluded that it's as bad (good) as the currently hot Rokkor that's going for more $$.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2018 on Classic Mike: The Glow at The Online Photographer
"My ulterior motive in trying out the Sony is that I'm giving it a chance to pull me away from my attraction to Micro 4/3." I can't figure that one out. You know, of course, that I'm deep into µ4/3. But I also have an original A7, no IBIS, but perfect for my use. I use it for my Alter ego, working the side of the photography street where super and swirly bokeh, softness of various sorts, selective focus, funk, abstract and their shadowy cohorts hang out. Almost all the (many) lenses I have for this were designed for FF and are at their worst, i.e. best, on FF. I've been having a lot of fun lately with the fastest standard lens for 35mm SLRs when it was introduced in Feb, 1962, a Canon 58/1.2. Glow wide open, oh yeah! But for sharp, clear, full of the conventional photographic virtues photos, it's µ4/3. The Sony and it's shady friends couldn't get VISAs for Bhutan, so I came back with 3,800 mostly wonderful photos and 183 videos from Bhutan and Bangkok. If I had the best possible A7III kit for me, and were leaving tomorrow for a trip like that, it would stay home and the µ4/3 gear would go again. The quality of the files and resulting photos is wonderful, at least up to some 17x22" prints I've had made of earlier files, and will be great in the coming photo book(s). The Sony kit would be three times the weight, at least, and do fewer of the photographic things I do. I have so far no native E-mount lenses, although the 100mm STF would be tempting, if not so expensive.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2018 on Sony A7III: IS at The Online Photographer
"No charger. It's one of those deals where you get a cable and a USB adapter for charging the battery in-camera. " And yet . . . Prior cameras I've seen or owned that used that method used micro-USB, and were slow. The USB-C connector has the capacity to deliver more amps. My portable is entirely powered and recharged using a USB-C port. Works fine and seems to charge at least as fast as its predecessor with conventional (old-fashioned) dedicated adapter and plug/socket. (USB-C adds other capabilities, as well.) See how fast it charges, before assuming the worst. But yes, I agree it's tacky not to include a charger. " small, white, 'folding 2-pronged outlet adapters', they will insert perfectly into the cord port of this Sony charger, the Fuji X charger, and most other similar devices. " It's called a duck head, and is available by itself, either used or third party. Also, there are endless iPad and earlier Mac AC adapters about from which the duck heads may be removed. Add Oly chargers with separate cords to the list of those for which these are perfect. Another thing useful to know is that those ubiquitous third party chargers that mostly come with third party batteries have a 12v input socket. Some come with a cord, some not. Plug into a 12v source in your vehicle and charge away. As we travel in a small RV, this is perfect for me.
Install the free iOS app Voice Enabled Camera Select back camera. Enable mike. Put the camera in a breast pocket, noting which way you may need to lean. Say "Take" Done, except it will take a couple of tries to aim correctly. I had to put something in the bottom of the pocket to make the camera peek over the top. Did I mess with it? Sure, rotate, crop, brighten, correct perspective distortion (I'm not a pinhead). If I needed it for a dating site, I'd lose the pens, trim mustache, and so on.
". . . some photographers are outgoing, extroverted, and socially adept, and they have a much easier time photographing people, especially photographing strangers. Other people are quiet, introverted, or socially awkward, and is it any wonder they gravitate towards empty landscapes and unpeopled streets?" I fascinates me how narrow people can be in their thinking. H C-B and his gazillion followers shoot people in the street close up, with short lenses, small, agile cameras, and so on. We all know that H C-B had no choice, pioneering new use of new cameras. We don't have those limitations today. I am slightly introverted, but neither socially awkward nor congenitally quiet. Yet I prefer to shoot people in public places from a distance, with longer lenses and without their knowledge. I was out shooting lst Fall with one of those outgoing types. He herded four kids together to sit on a stone wall. I took the same shot he set up from behind him. I much preferred my candid shots before and after. I find that using long lenses allows me to capture natural poses and expressions that getting closer would inevitably change. For better or worse is, I suppose, a matter of taste. These photos happen to be from Bhutan, 'cause that's where I most recently shot people pix, but I've done the same thing on the streets in other places, including Brooklyn. These shots don't happen without a long lens. Occasionally, I'll be noticed in the act, and get an interesting shot as a result. What?? Did she Just Wink at Me? What Cell Phone?
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2018 on Personality Types at The Online Photographer
I dislike phone/tablet cameras for the sort of photography I do with real cameras. I certainly value my smartphone as a better replacement for a notepad and memory. However, I find there is are different sorts of photographic art at which they excel. Here's a small gallery of images I've made with mine that I, and often others, quite like. Not your cuppa, I suspect, but tastes vary. Samples, chosen for difference and for verticals that suit the blog format: Formal Pose Face in the Moon Not a Fish
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2018 on Smartphone Pictures at The Online Photographer
OUCH! Get well! Stay well!
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2018 on Time Out at The Online Photographer
". . . does anybody know where Adobe put perspective corrections in ACR 10? It used to be in Lens corrections > Manual, but they moved it." Still there in my ACR 10.2. On the right panel, below the histogram, sixth icon from the left, like a lens design cut-away, roll over label "Lens Corrections", tabs "Profile" and "Manual". Seems to me it's always been there, but I use ACR almost daily, so an old change could be forgotten. Perhaps duplicated on the top line of icons in the past?? Dunno, didn't use it there.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2018 on The Fallen Oak at The Online Photographer
". . . but please slow down your delivery by at least 50%. The listener needs to be able to think about what you're saying as you go along." Umpteen years ago, in a two week class on teaching, we were treated to a lecture by a prof. who researched attention and retention. He had taught himself to speak at roughly twice the 'normal' rate.* He made his point very effectively; usual rates of speech, information delivery, are so slow that many listener's minds wander. I've always had a problem with this. For example, I require a NYTimes Sunday crossword to work while watching most TV and movies.** It's only the few that are intense/engaging enough that I don't get squares filled in. Most, though, move slowly enough that I can keep track, and not go off somewhere else, with the help of a puzzle. * Now, of course, one may do that electronically. ** We watch everything delayed or streamed, so don't watch commercials.
Ah yes, that's what I need, a photography blog sans photos! From out here in left field, the weakness of TOP is the narrow format and concomitant tininess of images in it. You write about many interesting things, and readers have interesting things to say, as well, but very little of it has illustrative photos large enough to show much of anything. I may not be good at CAP*. I started listening to the audio version, flipped over to check other stuff, found it all distracting, stopped the 'cast and (later) read the rest. Doesn't bother me if you do 'cast versions, as long as the print with illustrations versions are available. Although it would be a shame if futzing with making the 'casts took away from the creation of actual content. * In fact, according to the research Dr. Meyer Friedman did on behavioral factors in heart disease, that sort of multi-tasking is unhealthy.
Does this qualify me as a Panasonic Photographer? Happy UnBirthday! (by now)
I'm with those who like the driveway snow shot - a lot. It's not only about the edges, contrasted to the smoothly textured middle, it's about the forms on the edges. Upper left is like shadows that could be thrown by unclothed human body parts, as well as other organic forms. Along the bottom are shapes strongly reminescent of reclining female bodies, with attractive texture and lovely, subtle shadings of light. Whether we become aware of these things at a conscious level or not, we respond emotionally by finding them interesting and attractive. In my case, I was immediately attracted to it, then became aware of reasons why that should be so as I looked more and thought about it. Although it looks good as a monochrome, I prefer it with the blue saturation pulled way down, which pulls the top toward neutral without changing center or bottom. I'm another candidate for it in a print sale. Subtle color preferred. \;~)>
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2018 on Weather Weirdness at The Online Photographer
Ah, finally a proper replacement for the GX7, I couldn't understand the bulk of the GX8. The 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, though, at least the copy I tried, is decent, but not outstanding. I returned it. The PanaLeica 12-60/4 is an excellent lens. I quite enjoyed my GX7, which I shot side-by-side with an E-M5. I never understood the knocks on the GX7 for shutter shock and less than stellar IBIS. I shot it a lot with the Oly 75-300 lens, quite a lot @ 300 mm. With the EFC on, I never found it to give anything away to the E-M5 in stability/sharpness. I don't see any purpose in the G9 or GX9 today. I left the E-M5/GX7 duo for the HR Mode and esp. the Focus Bracketing of the E-M5 II. It was, BTW, that HR Mode that clearly showed the weaknesses of the kit 12-60 Panny, so maybe it's OK for a camera without it? Nah.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2018 on Panasonic GX9 Arrives at The Online Photographer
"In that case, I'll continue to find something wrong with every camera that comes along. :-)" No problem there. \;~)>
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2018 on Panasonic GX9 Arrives at The Online Photographer
I think you are leaving a piece of this puzzle out. If you shoot JPEG, you get the maker's idea of look. If you shoot Raw and use the maker's coverter, you get a look identical, or at least very similar to, the JPEGs. If you use ACR/LR/PS, images tend to look more alike between cameras and makers than like the makers' ideas of look. I happen to prefer Adobe's taste in look to Canon DPP or Oly Viewer. DxO default conversions don't look like any of those others. And so on . . . Those with old 4/3 cameras with the Kodak CCD sensors, those with Fuji X-Trans sensors, and undoubtedly others, know that what the image out of camera/conversion looks like depends highly on converter.