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« on: October 08, 2013, 07:16:11 AM »
I have to admit that I also do a lot more reading than posting. Maybe the mirrorless market is still very small, and thus only an insular itself, compared to the huge compact/bridge and mirror market. I don't feel that there is anything to worry about this place. It's probably normal to meet friends every now and then, instead of several times every day, isn't it? I always enjoy coming back for half an hour, and from time to time somebody new and interesting joined in the meantime.
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:22:51 AM »
Similar to MJWC1, I also sometimes enjoy to check out other people's cameras, and I also see a lot of smartphones. I often felt a bit sorry, not for the fact that these people don't use a "real" camera, but that they seem to be happy with the rather modelst quality of the results. The last time I thought so was at the event of the first day at school - so many parents and grandparents, and really most of them used their smartphones to capture the rather unique moment in the life of their children.
However, many people really don't care about image quality, and when I was a kid I didn't care about the rather disappointing quality of the very small prints, too, which, after only a few years, already looked odd with regard to colour, and often showed subjects far out of focus. Still, each photo kept the moment, and the memories tied to it, so again all I can say is that just like everything, photography can become a passion, or it can be just a tool out of many.
« on: October 02, 2013, 05:37:18 AM »
youre not. Using this specific method (instead of lytros, which is a whole nother science fiction story)...
I know the concept of light field cameras, but that is different from what is disclosed in the above article. Light field means to practically split up each ray of light into a number of light rays, each captured by one pixel on the chip. And there is the drawback, as the available resolution is much lower than for a 2D image.
... the camera would have to obtain 2 ranges of dof (closest object to mid distance and mid distance to infinity) so it can then offer you the opportunity to refocus the image.
True, but the camera would only offer these 2 ranges of dof. Either they complement each other, then you could (software-wise) decide for any of the two, and there would be focus in the image. Or they would gap, and for that gap there was no way to get any object in the gap into focus.
So in the end the idea is like a reduced light field camera, with two lenses recording two pixels for one light ray, instead of a multitude of lenses (actually a micro lense array).
In fact, you could also shoot a scene twice, with different settings, and decide for the one with the dof/focus point you like most.
« on: October 02, 2013, 02:25:31 AM »
I stumbled across this announcement:http://connect.dpreview.com/post/1947065921/toshiba-dual-camera-focal-control?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=connect-widget&utm_medium=text&ref=connect-widget
It seems that Toshiba works on a unit that can produce images that can be refocused after capture by combining two 5-megapixel cameras. However, I don't get it. Refocussing after capture, to me, seems only possible if the pixels that represent the distance I want to refocus to captured the respective focussed object. In other words, if, during capture, an object isn't in focus, there is no way to get this information later.
Am I wrong?
« on: September 27, 2013, 07:01:25 AM »
Me too. Otherwise where is the advantage of m43? The size of 43 lenses, and the price of the E-M1 both seem to tend towards ordinary SLR. Am I wrong?
« on: September 26, 2013, 01:18:31 PM »
Stunning, in particular 2 and 4 above. Colours, details, dynamic range. What lense has been used?
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:41:36 AM »
Still truly natural. It's not only the bloom of youth, it is also the pensive look in these eyes that made my eyes stay at this marvellous scene for a while. Thanks!
« on: September 24, 2013, 03:57:09 AM »
... The birth of our first child was a few months away, so I asked for a Nikon D90 for my 30th birthday.
And to whom did you address such a modest wish? ;-)
« on: September 23, 2013, 12:48:11 AM »
Are we talking of m43 only? There it's hard to say. Favourite lens on my E-P3 is the 14-150mm, due to its wide focal range. Most loved is probably the Olympus 17mm f2.8, as it's so small and still delivers great quality images.
When it comes to the absolute favorite in general, than this is for sure the Canon EF 50mm f1.8, the old version, which I once found in a little shop in Denmark. I still use it very often on "full frame", and some of my all-time favorite shots have been done with that little lens.
My favorite wanna-have lens is (currently) the Panasonic 25mm f1.4, maybe because it might get close to my old EF 50mm.
« on: September 23, 2013, 12:25:42 AM »
I also once had an Olympus Camedia C-3020 Zooooooom. It was not bad, but it had some serious troubles with red colours which always turned into strong orange to yellow. Otherwise, it was a nice camera, and I used it a lot.
Another camera I had was the Nikon Coolpix 2100, a nice and handy one. Later, my daughter used it to take her first steps into photography. Now she uses my old Canon IXUS 800 IS (called in SD700 IS Digital ELPH in the rest of the world), which is still my favourite compact camera. It was replaced by the E-P1.
« on: September 23, 2013, 12:18:12 AM »
The processing and printing part is also very tempting to me, however currently there is no way (room & time) to do it. I do remember very well the fun I had developing the b&w prints, and I loved it. Maybe one day when the kids are out of the woods.
« on: September 22, 2013, 02:09:38 PM »
I guess at least some of you are still using film. While my first SLR film camera is still hidden somewhere back in the cabinet, I have to admit that it is quite long ago that I used a film camera (an Olympus µ-II, not even sure if I still have it somewhere).
So who is still on film, at least sometimes?
« on: September 22, 2013, 12:41:03 PM »
Browsing through some old folders, I recently stumbled across some shots which were done with my very first digital camera ever, a strange box called Jenoptik JD 11 - a true mirrorless by the way ;-) That was back in late 1998, as it seems, and it had amazing 0.35MPs, fix focus 50mm (but true F2.8 ), optical viewfinder, build-in flash, and smart media cards.
Image quality was crap, but I was happy, nevertheless, and it was a first step into digital photography.
So what was your first digital camera?
« on: September 22, 2013, 11:47:32 AM »
While I still use the RAW+JPG setting (memory gets cheaper every day), I actually only very rarely saw the need to get back to the RAW image. 99% of my keepers are the JPG images right out of the camera. This is for the E-P3, and might be different for others cameras/brands, but just to get a general feeling: Do you use the RAW image for a substantial number of your shots, or is it just (like for me) to give a sense of security?
« on: September 22, 2013, 11:38:30 AM »
... The Lack of a decent sized built in hand grip on most Oly's and some Panny's..
True, that also holds for me. The E-P3 (any E-PX, actually), in particular in combination with a "big" lense like the 14-150mm, is not that handy as it could be with a real grip. It's not that the combination would be too big, or too heavy, but the whole thing is simply hard to get a grip on.
« on: September 22, 2013, 11:27:04 AM »
Photography is something that many are interested in, but it might be interesting to see if m43, or mirrorless, is more attractive (or affordable) to the mature photographer. Maybe I am completely wrong, but I would guess that I am not completely wrong here.
So anybody interested, just "vote" :-)
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:58:05 AM »
Is there anything you consider as greatest flaw of m43, or mirrorless, if you like? After nearly three years of using, to me the greatest m43 flaw is still the price. But that might also hold for other systems :-)
So what do you think? Is there something like a system-wide flaw, or maybe something that you really find annoying when thinking of a certain camera line? Anything that you really want to be fixed?
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:47:18 AM »
Many news on the mirrorless market recently, with some positive surprises, and probably more not that smashing news on bread-and-butter upgrades. The best, however, at least for me, is to see the still rapid development in the mirrorless field, which gives rise to hope for the Ideal Mirrorless Camera (well, I said hope).
But how would it look like, the IMC? What do you think? What are your IMC dreams? Would it be a hybrid out of two or more existing cameras, like the E-M5 and the GH3, or the Leica Mini and the OM-D E-M1 (what would that look like...)?
Let's think of two options. The reasonable (affordable...) IMC on the one hand, and the irrationally overpriced, absurdly overfeatured IMC pro on the other hand.
Just for fun, and you never know who might silently read along.
Curious as always
« on: September 22, 2013, 09:57:48 AM »
Great feedback, thanks... Many lenses to buy, as a drawback. I think I cannot get around getting the PL 25/1.4 sooner than later. Xmas approaching (at least seeing the yearly gingerbread race which already started a few days ago).
« on: September 20, 2013, 02:18:06 AM »
By the way - how about that one? Any support for Tapatalk now?
« on: September 20, 2013, 01:54:49 AM »
I think there is an old thread on most favourite 43 lenses, but is there also one on favourite m43 lenses? If so, please feel free to close this one here.
I just went through some of my old threads and found one where I stated that the E-P1 in combination with the 2.8/17mm pancake was my most-used and favourite back in those days. However, this changed somehow, and currently my favourite lens on the E-P3 is the Olympus 14-150mm. Alternatively, in case I consider the zoom too bulky for the day, I take the 14-42mm IIR. I should, however, probably use the 17mm more often again, now that I am thinking about it. Makes the Pen very handy.
Have fun with whatever gear you have at hand
« on: September 20, 2013, 01:37:43 AM »
Sorry for pulling this one up again. But now that the forum is definitely open to any kind of mirrorless cameras, wouldn't it be interesting to set up a similar poll, listing the current cameras? The previous list could be incorporated, as many of us might still have their old cameras (just like me, as I kept my E-P2 when I bought the E-P3).
So if others are interested too, could someone of the team set this up?
Thanks, and best regards,
« on: September 20, 2013, 01:27:11 AM »
Made me come back after a long time of being passive. I like the design, it's simple but very nice. Certainly, I will check more often again. However, I am really happy with my E-P3 and my reasonable set of lenses. Actually, I am now shooting more than being active in camera forums. No issues, no need for new camera. But the latter will change for sure, sooner or later ;-)
All the best
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:27:20 AM »
To me it looks like a slightly modified PEN.
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:24:21 PM »
Ok, that was greedy. One would be fine.
A nice way of creating some interest in this great forum!