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    Sony Announces NEX-7, NEX 5N, and three new E Mount Lenses

    I haven't had the guts to preorder mine yet ($2500 when you add in the Zeiss lens and a handful of legacy lens adaptors :). But now I have a serious case of G.A.S. ... for the first time since I got my GH-2. (I'm not counting the 12mm & 25mm µ4/3 lenses. I'm just waiting for those to show up.)
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    Micro 4/3 Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 micro four thirds review

    Hi Rich, For some reason, I'm blocked from seeing your photos. Logging into my own (empty) zenfolio account didn't help. Any idea why? -josé
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    Micro 4/3 Olympus financial situation - is this bad news?

    I'd paraphrase it: Pick up on the aperture ring, shutter speed and EV dials that your OM-2 and OM-4 employed.
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    Square format images

    I'm kind of fond of the square format: Eichler in, Eichler out Venus & St. Ignatius Pigeon netting Most of my pix are cropped in the LCD, since I learned to shoot with (decades of) slides. But most of those which are cropped (other than minimally) are cropped square.
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    Micro 4/3 m4/3 prices on the rise ... urghh

    About a month ago I ordered a GH2 on the Panasonic EPP site (through facebook). Yesterday they announced that they will be shipping all "legitimate" orders by the end of this week. (Why did I post in this thread?) I was trying to figure out why I ordered it at $675, and it's now listed at $765...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    Hi Simsort - What did you decide to buy? I continue to be very happy with my G2, and they're currently available very cheaply ($300 from Panasonic itself, through facebook). On the other hand, if you want to wait, I suspect the new G3 will be a better camera and will have a lower initial list...
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    Say Get Well to BB

    One more "get well" wish, BB - Enjoy the view and the hot tub :)
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    Show "People"

    A few from this last weekend's J-Pop Festival in San Francisco. Another blonde - this one with a NEX and a Domke bag: I don't know what their hair color is, exactly: His hair was interesting too ... but I was going for the gloves:
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    The Circle of Confusion, 'Do Sensors "Outresolve" Lenses?' and Our Digital Demands

    Hi Marcus - The ISO is 100 on the G2 pic. Thanks for calling that out. I added the ISO & time to the pic info.
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    7b) Yet another small advantage of the Lumix G2 The bottom plate of the E-P2 is a soft metal. If I put a fairly heavy lens on the camera, it would tend to sag a bit on the tripod. Kind of scary, so I backed off. But the one on the G2 seems much more well-grounded into the body and frame of...
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    The Circle of Confusion, 'Do Sensors "Outresolve" Lenses?' and Our Digital Demands

    But if you look at the smooth surfaces, there's absolutely no noise. Very different from my noisy G2.
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    Black & White, monotone and sepia

    "Black & White, monotone and sepia" ... hmmm ... This is a full color photo (pretty accurate color, actually) of a "Black & White, monotone and sepia" subject. This was one of the first shots I took with a Canon S3is, about 4-5 years ago. I ended up pretty happy with the camera for a year or two.
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    The Circle of Confusion, 'Do Sensors "Outresolve" Lenses?' and Our Digital Demands

    Here's a real-world example (Lumix G2, 1/50sec ISO100, Panasonic/Leica 45mm macro open to f/2.8) Cropped and exported to jpg, no other post. In this case, I suspect the lens outperforms the sensor, in traditional terms. Both the sharp highlight detail in the foreground and the soft bokeh in...
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    Panasonic µ4/3 noise & noise reduction

    So I was reading the noise page of a review of the Sony SLT-A55 on, and came across a pair of interesting charts. The second shows how badly the DMC-G2 (my camera) fares against the competition in terms of image noise (with in-camera noise reduction applied): It's...
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    Canon from the tunnel of time

    túnel do tempo The Canon SD500 was the third or fourth digital camera I owned, but it was the first one to take pix that I still like today. This photo, from the summer of 2006, shows how absolute physical separation can actually achieve bokeh even with a tiny lens and a tinier sensor...
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    Why can't a COMPACT, ZOOM, FULL FRAME DIGITAL camera be built? Film ones existed !!

    Marcus - Thanks for linking to an amazing article. I just "read" it, and I think after a couple more tries (maybe this weekend) I might actually be able to follow it. I think this link is worthy of its own thread. If several of us try to read it and report our understanding of the...
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    Canon Debunked rumor: Canon EIS 60

    I believe this rumor has been debunked., which originally published it, at first refused to provide a link to the source - in an open and explicit effort to get more direct hits. I helped them along by linking to them. A number of commenters on other forums (particularly Canon...
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    Canon Debunked rumor: Canon EIS 60

    I believe this rumor has been debunked. I'm not sure if this is the right forum (not really a DSLR) or even if this is interesting to the Serious Compacts community. If not, moderators please move or delete this thread. If this is true, it could really shake up the mirrorless industry! Canon...
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    Show "Reflections"

    Thanks, BB, but it's a bit misleading. Reflective surfaces seem more reflective at a sharp angle. In fact, if you look carefully, you'll see some warping of the floorboards toward the left side. But I like to sit on the floor, and I can never get bored with a camera in my hands :)
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    Show "Reflections"

    Sitting on the floor of my living room... SD600 or SD700 or something like that :)
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    Nikon Nikon launches a competitor to the Canon G11 and Panasonic LX5

    Agreed. But that's Nikon's signature, and always has been. Kind of an ugly-chique thing. My old Nikon film rangefinder was -way- ugly compared to the sleek Olympus XA it replaced, but it was a better photo machine. And my first digital camera, a CoolPix 5000 superzoom from the beginning of...
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    Nikon Nikon launches a competitor to the Canon G11 and Panasonic LX5

    Nikon launches the Coolpix P7000. dpreview of course gets to do a hands-on d'preview. Note the head-to-head comparison on the second page. The P7000 looks like an obvious clone of the G11, and the LX5 looks forlorn and out of place. (Though it probably towers over the G95.) And if Bob...
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    Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Lens Review

    Hi Amin - This is really wonderful work on your part. I'm not in the market for a superzoom. (I'd rather have anything over about 50mm (100mm FF equivalent) in a bag rather than hanging off of my camera, and I already have the 45-200mm and a slew of long legacy lenses.) But I'm impressed...
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    XXL sensor by Canon

    I'm trying to visualize the size of a "normal" lens, required to feed this sensor. 300mm? Ouch!
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    8b) Another item missed from the E-P2 My memory of the E-P2 is starting to fade, but a post on mu-43 reminded me of another item that kind of bugs me on the G2: Exposure preview. When you stop down a manual-focus lens, then adjust the speed, the Olympus tends to give you a fairly accurate...
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    Micro 4/3 Panasonic LX / Leica D-LUX Image Thread

    I didn't see this tread when it first came up. Beautiful image, Tom. I'm also impressed that you were able to make a "recent trip" to Isfahan. That's on my list (maybe near the very top) of places to visit, but I figure it's off limits with a western passport until things change there. Did...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    9) One final note Image Quality I had originally planned to compare the IQ of the two cameras, and to note that I felt the Olympus just plain made better pictures than the Lumix. This was actually going to be my biggest complaint against the G2. Then I read Amin's Shootout, and at one point...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    8) What I still miss (Hey, Panasonic, Can you add these?) I had a long list of issues when I started writing this a few weeks ago, but I didn't jot them down. Now they're mostly forgotten. Sometimes just differences from one to another can be annoying, but after a while you get used to the...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    7) An amazing collection of little benefits Control Layout and General Handling I don't think I can possibly do an adequate job of enumerating all of these. I've had the G2 for almost two months now, and I'm still finding new gems. In general, the G2 feels more like it was designed to be a...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    6) The viewfinders I really liked the E-P2's viewfinder, and particularly liked the fact that it flips up. In fact, my most common hand-held position was with the camera held against my chest with the viewfinder flipped up. Similarly, on the tripod I almost always flip up the viewfinder. I was...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    5) The kit lenses I thought this one would be a wash. I never really warmed up to the E-P2's kit lens. I'm OK somehow with the fact that the 9-18mm lens has to be opened up before it can be used, but that's a specialty lens. For a walkabout lens, that extra step kind of defeats the purpose...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    4) Biggest unexpected loss Emotional This one is kind of embarrassing. I don't really know why, but I really loved playing with the E-P2. It reminded me so much of my old OM's, both of which were stolen on a nighttime train ride almost 30 years ago. It felt good to be using an Olympus camera...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    3) Biggest unexpected benefit The Touch Screen I must admit, I thought the touch screen was mostly a gimmick. I was completely wrong. First, the touch to focus interaction was the one I thought might be useful. It's not relevant for manual-focus lenses, of course, but moving the focus...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    2) Primary expected loss (why I originally chose Olympus) In-Body Image Stabilization I have a couple of lenses with OIS, and one of them I really like: the Lumix/Leica 45mm. But my favorite µ4/3 lenses are both unstabilized (the Lumix 20mm and the M-Zuiko 9-18mm). I end up using these two and...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    1) Primary expected benefit (why I switched) Ergonomics I loved holding the E-P2 the moment I first put a lens on it and turned it on. But within a few months, my tendinitis had gotten pretty bad, and I found myself sometimes deciding to leave it at home and just use my superzoom P&S (a...
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    Micro 4/3 E-P2 to G2 - some experiential observations

    I started writing this as one little part of an overly-ambitious (and hence unlikely) blog project. Since BB directly solicited me to write about my G2, I decided to just finish up some loose ends and post it here. I'd still like to add some illustrations but I'll have to do that later. (I've...
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    Color portraits and or photographs of people

    E-P2, OM Zuiko 50mm/1.4 My subject is the talented young singer/songwriter Arrica Rose. This pic was taken Memorial Day weekend in a fairly dark restaurant in LA.
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    Micro 4/3 Macro lens for m4/3

    I would agree fully with Antonio, but with a (big) catch. I found that the autofocus on the E-P2 was unreliable: slow and iffy. It tended to hunt for a while, even when the focus range was on the Limited setting, and sometimes stubbornly refused to settle on a focus at all. I never really warmed...
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    Panasonic LX5-What does it need to have to get you to part with your cash?

    It needs to be better in a big way than the S95, since it's bigger in size.
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    Canon Canon releases S95

    My S90 has been in my pocket for a year now, and this one is claiming to be much better in the IQ department. What I can see on the surface is that they "fixed" the rear ring (which is way too loose on the S90), made the shutter release easier to find with your finger (it hides on the S90), and...
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    Release candidates of Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 are available

    Canon S90 and Sony NEX kitzoom I notice that this thread is at the top of the featured threads list, so I thought I'd make one more comment. I think readers of this forum would also be interested in a few of the new lens corrections: Lens Mount Lens Name Canon Canon PowerShot S90 Lens...
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    Release candidates of Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 are available

    Yes! It fixes a bug that completely stopped my workflow (originally worked up using LR1, and no problem with LR2): in LR3.0 you can't import pix from one library (say, a temporary/processing library) to another (in this case my final, organized library) if both have files in the same folder...
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    Black & White, monotone and sepia

    Does it count as "monotone" if it's unintentionally monotone? Canon G10 - Copacabana, Avenida Atlântica, 6:00 AM
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    A couple from me

    More interesting is that she is facing the building. Doing a handstand against a building while facing away is fairly easy, but to get in this position, she had to enter and exit through a full bridge. Impressive display of flexibility, strength, and confidence in such a hard-surface location...
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    Canon Showcase Canon G Series Image Thread

    A couple more from the same night. This one shows more clearly that the color indoors was intentionally reddish. It also gives a sense of the really beautiful location for this wonderful concert/bar/dance spot. And this final one is of the stage before the performance. Here you can see how...
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    Canon Showcase Canon G Series Image Thread

    G10 / high ISO (I don't recall exactly) / 2 second exposure. Toward the end of a concert by Teresa Christina, when things were calming down. Note that the last remaining dancers become ghosts. I tried "correcting" the white balance, then undid the change. The lighting was red, so that's...
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    Samsung Samsung EX1 / TL500 - Panasonic LX3 Bokeh Shootout

    The Schneider-Kreuznach rocks!
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    What cameras have you "connected" with and why?

    In the '70s and early '80s: OM-1 (my first serious camera) and shortly thereafter it was joined by an OM-2. I would often have both of them hanging around my neck, one with a 50 the other with an 85. (In contrast to BB, I have more of a telephoto "eye".) In the late '80's and '90s: Nikon AF3...
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    pssst - don't tell anyone...

    Cool. I like shortened urls. As it happens, when I'm on Chrome, I just type Command(or Control)-L, s, enter. I guess this is the site I most visit with a name that starts with an S. (M gets me to another site :)
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    Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens Review

    Thanks, Amin - Great, readable review. I already have the 9-18, but now I'm looking forward to your reviews of the new µ4/3 lenses as they are released.
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