« on: March 28, 2012, 12:34:41 PM »
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« on: March 28, 2012, 12:34:41 PM »
This looks interesting.
The sensor will be smaller then the original film double frame (24mm x 65mm) and will probably have 1.5x crop factor. The price will be at the Leica M9 range ($6000-$7000).
Now I all I need to do is win the Lottery.
I finally got the MCG-2 large grip for the E-P3. First impression was, well that isn't very large. Then I took out of the plastic bag and was immediately surprised with how grippy the rubber surface is. I put on the camera, and it does help a lot with grip. The rubber/plastic material is like what you find on the non-slip Hogue grips for tools. The grip isn't as deep as the GH2, but you can get a good grip with two fingers now unlike the old just for looks grip that was included.
« on: December 20, 2011, 11:17:52 AM »
The following patent discloses an adapter (in blue) that adds phase detection and optical viewfinder to current MicroFourThirds cameras.
« on: November 18, 2011, 11:54:50 AM »
Moral of the story. People with money like to waste money on art. The trick is somehow getting your photo into a Christie's Auction house.
« on: November 16, 2011, 11:08:05 PM »
If you haven't seen Misfits yet a british TV series that is sort of like a demented version of Heroes. It has some super cool cinematography using tilt shift lenses. I wonder if they are filming using the Panasonic AG-AF100 will Lensbaby Tilt Shift adapter for m43. The bokeh does look super creamy as if it were from Lensbaby.
« on: October 26, 2011, 03:49:25 PM »
Pretty good article. I've been thinking about getting an Eye-fi Pro with GPS. It's perfect for these situations.
« on: October 25, 2011, 11:30:47 PM »
Q: If you look at the DXOMARK results of the M9 you can see that the ISO marks are considerably lower than other full frame cameras. Do you see this as one of the major things you would like to improve in the next M version?
I wonder if the same is even more true for m43 lenses and sensor combo.
« on: October 21, 2011, 11:18:39 PM »
The camera looks like a traditional DSLR, but it is lacking a mirror and it's m43 mount. I can see this being the future 4/3 replacement assuming it will be shipped with a 4/3 to m43 adapter.
« on: October 11, 2011, 09:35:56 PM »
My sister will be manning the E-P1 with 14-42mm. I'll use the E-P3 with 17mm, but if things start going too crazy it's all about the cheapass 45-150mm from a safe distance. Remember to use UV filters as lens protection. As a backup I'm bringing 50mm f1.2 Minolta, and 135mm f2.8 minolta.
"A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses, and a good lens is essential to taking good pictures!"
I think he really means it. Probably explains why Nikon developed the 1 system.
I've always debated the use of C-AF over S-AF. Someone on the Olympus Facebook QA session asked which is better and Olympus actually gave a good answer.
I wonder about the accuracy of C-AF vs S-AF. In most cases, at least in my experience, S-AF seems more accurate. I generally use a single (center) focus point using this camera. What are your thoughrts, opinions?
I'll give you an example of when C-AF is a good choice however, anytime you have a moving subject on a solid color background like a bird in flight against a blue sky or a tennis player on a green turf, etc. In this instance try turning all AF targets ON and using CAF, you'll be surprised at how quickly the camera can focus.
20MP is nice to have, but I don't see much advantage in this camera vs. any m43 camera. The NEX7 is a much better design with its EVF and dual control knobs.
« on: August 17, 2011, 07:56:13 PM »
It looks to me that the E-5 has a better sensor than the E-P3 based in RAW images. I thought the opposite would occur since the E-P3 has the new trupic VI processor. It could be that ACR 6.5 beta hasn't fully taken advantage of new features in the E-P3 sensor (if there are any). You can see that the RAW file size is slightly smaller than the E-5's.
« on: August 17, 2011, 07:27:41 PM »
Sony one ups Oly/Panny again...
The adapter transforms the NEX into a dSLR.
« on: August 11, 2011, 12:28:13 PM »
This is the latest from Get Olympus Facebook QA.
Will Olympus ever have a manual focus "peaking" feature?
hadn't heard that term before, am guessing you've seen this function on other cameras. We use a similar effect for the histogram to illustrate out of gamut values. I'll pass along your suggestion, like it.
Huh, never though of using the histogram to determine if your in/out of focus. I guess what Oly is saying this is effectively what Sony is displaying in relation to the Live View. Sounds awesome, will have to test it out tonight when I get home from work. I could be misinterpreting Oly's response...
« on: August 06, 2011, 11:44:15 PM »
Another great review from DigitalRev. E-P3 vs GF-3 vs NEX C3 manual focus assist mode comparisons.
The peeking mode from NEX seems pretty awesome. I wonder if the GXR's "strengthening outlines and contrast." mode is similar.
« on: August 02, 2011, 11:31:32 AM »
Check out this video that describes Dynamic Range.
It's interesting that our eyes will capture about 24 stops of light by adjusting the pupil size. If it was like a camera with fixed aperture size, then it can capture 14 stops. Film can capture 12 stops. Typical camera sensor can only capture 5-9 stops of light. So, worst case scenario if you want to take a nice HDR shot, you will have to bracket for 5 different exposures.
« on: July 28, 2011, 08:40:55 PM »
The E-P3 has arrived. Just ran some quick tests. The 17mm f2.8 focuses blazing fast, but the first generation 14-42mm ED is not so great. I don't see much improvement in speed with the 14-42mm and 4/3 40-150mm f4-5.6 ED with MMF-2 adapter vs. the E-P1. It's a little smoother, but not a miracle improvement. Keep in mind that I'm testing indoors in a small room with 1 14watt CFL light on in the roof lamp.
The sequential shooting live view refresh rate is still slow. The initial shutter blink is improved, but you still get the stop motion jaggedness effect when trying to pan at the same time. I seriously doubt I'll be able to hunt down a super bike while zoomed out to 150mm, and maintain a lock on the bike while shooting sequential as they zip by at 100+ mph. The C-TR might help a little, but when you start shooting sequential the C-TR target box disappears. I can't see Olympus releasing a "pro" E-Pwhatever until they fix the live view lag. In this case a normal dSLR is still the way to go. In the meantime, we can all pray for a hybrid view finder that will show the C-FT target box when in optical mode.
The OLED display is 10x clearer, sharper, and punchier than the E-P1. I'm not sure if glare will still be an issue since it's dark out right now. I assume it will look similar to the OLED in Samsung Galaxy S phones out in the bright sun, which isn't too bad. I probably won't waste my money on a VF-2 or VF-3, and just pray for a hybrid view finder instead.
I really like the touch screen focus/shoot mechanism. It also works with C-TR, where you touch the screen to set your tracking target, then hit the shutter button or the screen again to take the picture. That should be exciting to use with sports.
The Live view display is also improved. Metering mode, AF home/size, and grid line (if enabled) show up as real thin grey lines. Similar to an optical view finder on a DSLR. The histogram background is also transparent. There is a direct button to go into zoom mode for fine granular manual focus.
Overall, it's a nice upgrade. Their main focus obviously was AF improvements. There are a few more options to customize your AF preferences. All of the menu options have a pop up that displays the help for that menu item. It has all of the new beginner "live guide" features if you want to enable them (on by default). I'll take some photos this weekend to test for noise etc...