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    Near enough is good enough

    I think that newspapers are inclined to cut corners in any way they can these days to save money. This is against a background of falling circulation, less income and tighter margins. Quality has been sacrificed and as for the truth, why let it get in the way of a good story?
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    The Real Street Thread II

    That is brilliant! :smile:
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    Likes instead of Thanks

    He he, the concept of a Dislike button appeals to my sense of humour, but I'm sure that it would be big, big trouble! On the UK Olympus site we have both Thanks and Like. It seems to work really well, with people generally using the Like button if they enjoyed a post or a picture and the...
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    EM-5 landscape woes.

    What you say about fine detail is definitely true and a bigger sensor will always beat a smaller sensor in this respect. However, the question is by how much and does it matter? That is up to each photographer to decide but when you get really serious it's worth remembering that the same thing...
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    EM-5 landscape woes.

    But not all bad news - "Readers of this blog might have already seen my review last week of the new Olympus 12-40 F2.8 zoom. It is a very fine lens indeed. In that review I observed that larger sensored cameras often have problems with the availability of good mid range zooms. There isn't a...
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    DxO and E-M1 lenses: less sharpness than the E-M5?

    The E-M1 was probably tested before the new firmware.
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    Nikon follow Olympus- RETRO!

    Just to be pedantic, M43 is nearer quarter frame than half frame. The original (film) Pens were half frame.
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    Nikon follow Olympus- RETRO!

    You can't really compare the Df with the E-M1 (or any MFT camera), they are funementally different beasts. Let's just say it's great to have a choice!
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    Nikon follow Olympus- RETRO!

    I'm sure that some people will like it and some of those may even be able to afford it! As such I welcome it as another option which expands the choice available to photographers. :smile:
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    Why is M43 behind in mp's?

    In old money 600mm was considered quite a lens and anything much longer is probably getting a bit specialist. However with the advent of the E-M1 there is now full focusing access to the 300m f2.8 and x2 converter giving efl of 1200mm at f5.6. Doesn't sound too bad to me. :smile:
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    Why is M43 behind in mp's?

    But Nic, I'm sure that life-size cut-out of you would still look great when viewed from 100 feet and, let's face it, that would be more than close enough for most of us! :tongue: OMG, I've just poked fun at a Mod - I can feel a :banned: comming on! :eek:
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    Why is M43 behind in mp's?

    Surely if you are cropping to achieve an effectively longer focal length (rather than to improve composition or bd framing) it is an instance where Micro Four Thirds has a strong advantage, due to the format already having a x2 crop factor? Using, say, a 300mm lens on 24mp full frame you would...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    But surely this can only be a temporary solution because the amount of crop negates the whole point of having a full frame sensor in the first place? If you are not going to upgrade the lenses fairly quickly I would question the wisdom of "upgrading" the body. The exception being telephoto...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    It's certainly true that with regard to cameras there is no such thing as one size fits all. Because a camera is such a personal thing the demand for combinations of options is almost as diverse as the type of photographers wanting them. In other words it's getting to the stage when we will want...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    Ah yes, Tony, perhaps I could have worded it better as "unsubstantiated impressions regarding cameras." In terms of politics we get rather too much uninformed opinion over here, too! :thumbup:
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    Those are very fair points you make, but personally when considering a new camera of any make or format I find it useful to gauge opinions, both positive and negative, informed or uninformed, even if only to confirm to myself that I haven't missed anything salient and to test the posibility that...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    All things considered I think it has gone quite well - so far! :biggrin:
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    Guilty as charged! For numerous reasons it's highly unlikely that I will ever own either of these Sonys or any of their eventual successors. So why am I even wasting time in this thread? Well, although I'm pretty committed for the long term to Olympus and MFT I don't like to remain too insular...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    I must admit if I was interested in either, it would be the A7R, purely out of vanity. It would be a way of reasurring myself that my landscapes deserve to be printed really big; prints measuerd in metres rather than inches or centimetres. The fact that I never have reason to print that big is...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    This is so true, Gordon, and I think you have explained it exceptionally well. It's the emotional aspect of camera ownership that leads us to debate which is best without ever reaching agreement. If it was technical data only that mattered we'd probably reach a consensus much sooner and easier...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    Oh, I wouldn't advocate buying the camera today on the basis of lenses promised for tomorrow, but if and when those lenses arrive it could be a very attractive system. Not for me, I'm welded to MFT, but I'm sure in time these Sonys will please a lot of people.
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    Yes, there isn't much in the way of native glass to support this launch but it does seem more promising for the future. I don't think this new range will have quite the impact some believe, at least initially, but it is an interesting and welcome development. Still won't tempt me from :43...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    You must really love these discussions, Nic, and all the extra work they create for the mods. :biggrin:
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    Hi Gordon, that makes sense. Unlike me you have needs and priorities beyond the fun you get from using a particular camera. You have client's expectations to meet and you are in direct competition with other photographers, so by implication your gear is in competition with the gear they are...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    I feel that this is very important. I'm strictly an amateur and therefore under no pressure to please anyone but myself, so the emphasis for my hobby has to be the enjoyment it brings me. Another camera system may well give me exponentially better quality, enabling me to make prints twice the...
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    I really do think these Sonys are more of a threat to APS-C systems, there's enough difference between Full Frame and :43: for them to be complimentary rather than truely competetive.
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    And that makes it OK? :confused:
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    All these OM-D vs A7 comparisons

    Whilst we in :43: land wrestle with what the A7 & A7R mean to us, I wonder what Sony NEX owners make of it all, especially as it seems that this new full frame range is replacing the NEX.
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    When Zaibatsu's Attack!

    Hi Digitalandfilm, I thought you had left us! "Decided its time for me to move on and say bye bye to this forum. I no longer see :43: in my future or camera bag, and in addition I have a lousy history here. The run-ins were all very petty and childish and put me in a bad place. I find...
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    what to do....? advise please

    How about an E-M1 with Four Thirds MM3 adapter and 50-200mm f2.8/3.5? If you need longer reach there is a x1.4 converter too.
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    EM-1 versus the Canon 5DIII

    If it won't fit anywhere else, how about "Open Discussion?" :smile:
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    EM-1 versus the Canon 5DIII

    I've just read John's latest blogpost, "The Future Of Camera Reviews" and it really is a good read. He makes many worthwhile observations, it is well written and creates the basis for a constructive debate. John, you should link it in a new thread, where I am sure you would get a more positive...
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    Woohoo! Just won an OM-D!

    Congratulations, Glenn, and well deserved, that's a great picture! :smile:
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    Unforeseen downside of mirrorless

    I do sympathize, I cringed when I read that. :eek:
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    EM-1 versus the Canon 5DIII

    John, I presume that means me. It wasn't meant to be an attack, merely an opinion - just as your opinions are your opinions. If you think about it I was actually complimenting you on your style of writing and presentation, but expressing reservations about the content. That may not be what you...
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    EM-1 versus the Canon 5DIII

    I love that phrase! :biggrin: In fact, your whole post was spot on. :2thumbs:
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    EM-1 versus the Canon 5DIII

    It's not the verdict that makes me uneasy, it's the way it was reached and presented. I would have been amazed, bewildered and slightly suspicious if the 5DIII had not been found to be noticably better than a camera with a sensor approximately one quarter of the size of full frame. With what I...
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    EM-1 versus the Canon 5DIII

    And yet you appear to be making sweeping statements and writing in a style that seems to imply you are making those statements with some authority, rather than presenting them as opinions open for discussion. You also contradict yourself, stating that the Canon wins hands down yet acknowledging...
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    Olympus E-P5 Sanity Check (vis-a-vis E-M5)

    Sound reasoning, Nic, but bear in mind that DPR recently found that the E-P5 seems more prone to shutter shock than other Olympus models. I haven't seen this mentioned in other tests so maybe they had a rogue camera.
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    DPReview Reviews the E-P5

    That's certainly disappointing. Have any other reviews highlighted this problem yet?
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    Olympus OM-D E-M1 mkI Image Thread

    Are you sure that handling in-store is the best test for C-AF? :smile:
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    Fun with one lens...or learning to love the 17mm

    No 1 is a real stand-out, I love the crisp lighting and the dynamic angle really suits the subject. I'll be chuffed if I ever get a street shot this good. :smile:
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    Full frame look?

    That's why I deliberately used a small 'p' rather than a capital 'P' :smile:
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    Full frame look?

    Haha, don't regret it Jay, your contribution (with example pictures) was clear and concise and made perfect sense to me. It focused on differences noticable at my level, which I could understand. :th_salute:
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    Full frame look?

    Blimey, the debate in this thread is getting so esoteric that I'm starting to lose faith in my ability to visually appreciate the subtleties mentioned, or even to comprehend the language used to describe them. I'd best stop contributing to the debate as I'm clearly out of my depth and just sit...
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    Full frame look?

    Nice work, Jay, some well reasoned and illustrated points there. :smile:
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    Full frame look?

    Well I read it, but I think I might need to read it again. :confused:
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    Full frame look?

    Me neither. :frown:
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    Full frame look?

    There is definitely more contrast and clearly defined shadows in the first picture but I'm sure the sunglasses obscuring the eyes in No 2 don't help the comparison and were these pictures taken at the same time in the same light?
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    Full frame look?

    Yes, it's the DOF and he did post some pretty good examples. :smile:
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