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Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Wilight: Metabones, would you be so gentle to tell me what's the reason behind your prejudice against FUJI/Canon users?

In fairness, they do make adapters and speed boosters for the Fujifilm X mount.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 21:12 UTC
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mikey fried: Please stop shooting images in PORTRAIT!! It makes NO sense.

I'm not sure I understand your point.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 17:54 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: Anyone know what type of adaptor you need to plug in an external microphone with 1/8 plug slot. Is it possible? I cannont find a socket anywhere on body or the hot shoe area. Would this be an adaptor to the hot shoe and what is the product code of it. They finally have 1080 30P, but I prefer small external mic for clean sound.

Or would I have to consider another model with this feature.

That's a 3.5mm headphone-style socket?

Olympus sells an clip-on unit called the SEMA-1, which has a 3.5mm stereo mic jack.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 17:04 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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Mark Chan: Continuing from my post below

The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.
rant off

You don't think it'd be better if people didn't have to put in so much homework?

It wasn't my intention to appear snarky - I just wanted it to be, out of the box, closer to the camera that it's capable of being.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 05:29 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: The PL7 looks like an attractive upgrade from my SH-50 and SH-1 pocket P&S jobs. I could do crops printed to 23x33 inch (now I must use the entire frame). The PL7 is small and light enough to be with me all the time. I find 3-axis IS adequate for stills, but for video I prefer 5-axis IS on both the SH-50 and SH-1. A larger battery capacity is always appreciated.
But why have they placed the video start/stop button right next to the menu button? A similar placement, above the display button on the SZ-30MR pocket P&S, led to mistakes on unrepeatable occasions! Olympus had the video button well spaced away from any others on the PL5 - so why re-invent the design failures of 2011?

I'm afraid it doesn't - I was echoing your suspicion that the REC button is far too easy to hit.

I've got lots of snippets of video of my feet and of things I was intending to photograph. The soundtrack usually ends with me swearing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: The PL7 looks like an attractive upgrade from my SH-50 and SH-1 pocket P&S jobs. I could do crops printed to 23x33 inch (now I must use the entire frame). The PL7 is small and light enough to be with me all the time. I find 3-axis IS adequate for stills, but for video I prefer 5-axis IS on both the SH-50 and SH-1. A larger battery capacity is always appreciated.
But why have they placed the video start/stop button right next to the menu button? A similar placement, above the display button on the SZ-30MR pocket P&S, led to mistakes on unrepeatable occasions! Olympus had the video button well spaced away from any others on the PL5 - so why re-invent the design failures of 2011?

I've shot a lot more video with the E-PL7 than I intended.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 22:10 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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G1Houston: Does it have an electronic level?

Yes. Two axes.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 22:10 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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peevee1: " To access it, you have have to go to the Custom menu in order to make the Custom menu visible"

Huh?

Fair point.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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peevee1: " To access it, you have have to go to the Custom menu in order to make the Custom menu visible"

Huh?

In an earlier draft, either me or Jeff has accidentally referred to the Custom menu as the Setup menu. I went though and corrected them all.

It looks like I corrected one that actually *should* say Setup.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 19:37 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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EricoftheNorth: I'm just going to whine about that lens on every post related to this camera. The only thing that sells these cameras is the touch screen. The lens in the American market is hands down the ugliest kit lens PERIOD.

Aesthetics aside, it makes the camera far larger than a Sony equivalent, and the Sony has a better grip. O-MD is all I can sell Olympus!! Get it together! EZ lens or go home!

It would be much more attractive if they included the EZ lens.

It should be noted that there's a reason Sony is able to include its Power Zoom in affordable bundles: the size/price/quality balance that's been chosen is very apparent when you use it.

Unfortunately, if it turns out that Olympus has worried too much about the quality and not enough about the price, then it ends up reducing the utility of the lens...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 19:35 UTC
On Camera roundups 2013: What to buy and why article (285 comments in total)
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peevee1: DPR, what a shame about presenting Canon SL1 as the best entry-level DSLR. Really, better than D5300 and k-50? Really??

How much had Canon to pay to misrepresent the WORST DSLR of 2013 as the best DSLR of 2014? How many thousands of ignorant customers you will fool with it?

The roundup covers all consumer-level DSLRs (entry-level up to mid-level).

Nowhere does it say it's #1. It's just that we put the Entry-level choice further up the page than the Mid-level choice.

I'm happy to swap them round if the titles explaining which category each has been chosen in aren't clear enough.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 19:18 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (305 comments in total)
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ravi532: I expected that people will start moaning about this "small" sensor than one compared to current industry " standard " 1 inch sensor. This craze for size of sensor is reminding me of good old days of megapixel war incidentally started by sony...If sensor is so important then nikon D3000 TO D7000 must take same quality picture but it is not...most people buy without knowing what the sensor does just buy because it is larger in size..difference between {x20 and rx100 ii} is marginal during on-street morning and evening shoots...only at night rx100 ii performance stands out...eventually its for people who are nocturnal..for day light to me x20 performs better/equal to rx100 ii..[ I used both of them] and undoubtedly colors of fuji is unparalleled
camera is much more than sensor.. For god sake there is something called aperture...fuji[2- 2.8] is way better than its competitor rx100 II..
But yes without OVF the charm and retro feel is certainly missing.. overall to me its good one..

JohnFredC:

f/32 is exactly as practical. If you use ISO 3200 on full frame you can use exactly the same shutter speed that ISO 100 gives on the small sensor camera and get very similar noise (because it's the same amount of light making up both images).

If you can tolerate a slower shutter speed and lower ISO, the FF camera regains its advantage.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 18:33 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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ezed999: While I like this review, it would benefit by cutting Olympus a little slack. This is not an OM-D or even an E-P5. As you point out, starting with a point & shoot interface is strictly marketing. Olympus would like to attract upgraders -- a reasonable goal. There are more of them than there are of us, and without larger markets, these companies will fold and we'll all suffer. We have the skills to customize, so why not have initial set up's that permit less sophisticated users to take pictures out of the box?

Personally, a camera like the PL-7 is a reasonable alternative so that the rest of the family can take better pictures. In my case, I'm hoping my wife, who is a luddite, will use our P-M2 in her travels and gradually learn a little bit about photography. The nice thing about the Pen PL & PM lines, is that you can also save a jazzed up interface and for those occasions when we need it.

What's not to like?

Regards

Recently there's been an even more point-and-shooty model below the PEN Lite, so it's reasonable to expect the PL7 to be a bit mor advanced.

For similar money you can buy an X-A1, a D3300 or even a K-500. At that point, especially if you add a control dial, there's a benefit to being able to operate as a more hands-on camera.

I tried to acknowledge, in my experience piece, that it's a hard balance to strike and that the point-and-shoot (and more) aspects are handled pretty well.

Ultimately, the PL7 *can* be set up to be a nice alternative to those peers - it's just that it would be nice if it wasn't so difficult to do so.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 17:44 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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Helen: "Sadly, Auto ISO is not available in Manual exposure mode"

Is that certain? It always has been available on previous models and it would be unusual for Olympus to delete a function, going by their previous track record. It isn't available out of the box, but has always been available after one visit into the appropriate page of the "gears" menus.

Helen - my error. To my shame you can make Auto ISO available in manual mode (the preview has been updated to show this).

I will tear the certificate for my degree in advanced Olympus studies from the wall and sign up for the next available refresher class.

Seriously, though, thanks for pointing that out.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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ZAnton: "Typing" error - 1/8000s of E-M5 must be green, not red ;-)

I'll fix that. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 17:13 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (337 comments in total)
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Markol: Why would you buy this over the old model? Same sensor, still lousy movie specs, still not the 5 axis ois but of course a higher price. Will we have to wait again for 3 generations to get a new sensor? Well ok, it's still very good but the other things I mentioned are deal breakers for me.
AAnd the biggest question of all: have they finally fixed their shutter shock problem?

Redesigned shutter + 0-second anti-shock. We've not been able to induce shock at the shutter speeds that caused the PL5 problems.

The control dial makes the camera much nicer, the rear screen makes the camera much nicer. Built-in Wi-Fi is really handy, once you get used to having it. The 81-point AF system allows finer precision than the 35-point system in the old camera...

Basically, everything is a little bit better (except video), which isn't very exciting, but does mean people can buy better cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 17:11 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (305 comments in total)
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ravi532: I expected that people will start moaning about this "small" sensor than one compared to current industry " standard " 1 inch sensor. This craze for size of sensor is reminding me of good old days of megapixel war incidentally started by sony...If sensor is so important then nikon D3000 TO D7000 must take same quality picture but it is not...most people buy without knowing what the sensor does just buy because it is larger in size..difference between {x20 and rx100 ii} is marginal during on-street morning and evening shoots...only at night rx100 ii performance stands out...eventually its for people who are nocturnal..for day light to me x20 performs better/equal to rx100 ii..[ I used both of them] and undoubtedly colors of fuji is unparalleled
camera is much more than sensor.. For god sake there is something called aperture...fuji[2- 2.8] is way better than its competitor rx100 II..
But yes without OVF the charm and retro feel is certainly missing.. overall to me its good one..

JohnFredC, have you tried checking the example I suggested?

Using the [depth-of-field tables you suggested](http://www.dofmaster.com/doftable.html):

Sat camera to Canon A1200 (1/2.3" sensor size) with a 5mm lens. Focus distance 1m. At f/5.6, the near limit is 0.47m, the far distance is infinity.

Now check Canon 5D (FF sensor) with a 28.5mm lens (same field-of-view). Focus distance 1m. At f/32, the near limit is 0.47m, the far distance is infinity.

The 5D III's ISO 3200 is *very likely* match the A1200 at ISO 100, so you can use the same shutter speed and get the same image.

Although depth-of-field doesn't directly depend on sensor size. It does depend on focus distance. And, since angle-of-view is based on sensor size/lens combination, this ends up dictating focus distance (assuming you have a specific composition in mind).

The compact camera *might* let you stop down below f/5.6 but, since that's already equivalent to f/32 in full-frame terms, you may prefer not to.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 17:04 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (279 comments in total)
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happy guardian: It's got the FLU. I ponder whether there is a marketing department at Pentax or Ricoh or whatever the name of the company is.

FLU Card is a product of Trek 2000 International. Supposedly the company that developed the USB thumbdrive, the name is meant to reflect the hope that its popularity will spread like a virus.

It's not Ricoh's fault, though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 02:12 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (305 comments in total)
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ravi532: I expected that people will start moaning about this "small" sensor than one compared to current industry " standard " 1 inch sensor. This craze for size of sensor is reminding me of good old days of megapixel war incidentally started by sony...If sensor is so important then nikon D3000 TO D7000 must take same quality picture but it is not...most people buy without knowing what the sensor does just buy because it is larger in size..difference between {x20 and rx100 ii} is marginal during on-street morning and evening shoots...only at night rx100 ii performance stands out...eventually its for people who are nocturnal..for day light to me x20 performs better/equal to rx100 ii..[ I used both of them] and undoubtedly colors of fuji is unparalleled
camera is much more than sensor.. For god sake there is something called aperture...fuji[2- 2.8] is way better than its competitor rx100 II..
But yes without OVF the charm and retro feel is certainly missing.. overall to me its good one..

Of course, if you can tolerate a slower shutter speed, then you can lower the ISO on the full frame camera and get better image quality.

Alternatively, if you don't mind a softer image then you can stop the small sensor down (whereas it's fairly unusual to find a lens that lets you stop-down beyond f/32). But being able to push further into diffraction-limited territory than most lens manufacturers feel is wise is the only advantage the small sensor has.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 01:54 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (305 comments in total)
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ravi532: I expected that people will start moaning about this "small" sensor than one compared to current industry " standard " 1 inch sensor. This craze for size of sensor is reminding me of good old days of megapixel war incidentally started by sony...If sensor is so important then nikon D3000 TO D7000 must take same quality picture but it is not...most people buy without knowing what the sensor does just buy because it is larger in size..difference between {x20 and rx100 ii} is marginal during on-street morning and evening shoots...only at night rx100 ii performance stands out...eventually its for people who are nocturnal..for day light to me x20 performs better/equal to rx100 ii..[ I used both of them] and undoubtedly colors of fuji is unparalleled
camera is much more than sensor.. For god sake there is something called aperture...fuji[2- 2.8] is way better than its competitor rx100 II..
But yes without OVF the charm and retro feel is certainly missing.. overall to me its good one..

Imagine the following lenses:

5mm lens on a 1/2.3"-type sensor. This gives a 74.4 diagonal angle of view.

A 28.5mm lens on a full frame sensor will give the same diagonal field of view, so it's reasonable to use them at the same focusing distance, since that would give the same framing and perspective.

If you set the small sensor camera to f/5.6, you'd need to set the full frame camera to f/32 to match the depth of field but there's no reason not to do that (or, at least, no reason that isn't equally true for the small sensor camera - diffraction will be the same).

You'd need to use ISO 32x higher for the full frame camera (since that's how much bigger the camera's sensor is). And, so long as both sensors are similarly good (which is a *reasonable*, though not perfect assumption), they will produce the same image quality, since the full frame camera will receive 5 stops less light (1/32nd as much light per unit area) over 32x the area.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 01:50 UTC
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