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  1. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    BSI and organic sensors are completely different. Organic sensors are pretty close to fundamental materials science research, whereas BSI sensors are just an inventive spin on existing CMOS sensor technology. Organic sensors replace the silicon photosensitive layer of the sensor with a new kind...
  2. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Which is exactly why this whole discussion of "M4/3 needs BSI!!!1!1" is so silly in the first place. It's not as if Panasonic and Olympus don't know what technology exists, exactly what the benefits are, and exactly why you'd choose one or the other. They would have better BSI sensors if it...
  3. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Based on the grumbling reception the camera is apparently receiving, I'm sure owners will be lucky to sell it for $500, right? But no, I don't think it's realistic. But neither is $800 for an E-M1 II, which was partly the point of my comment, as much as anything else. The cheapest sold listing...
  4. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Because if you're the sort to prefer a 2nd hand E-M1 II for $800 (sounds awfully beat up at that price), you'll probably end up preferring a 2nd hand E-M5 III for $600 in 6-12 months, anyway?
  5. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Yes, in my experience airshows are generally pretty undemanding in terms of autofocus performance. I've gotten lots of good keepers with my pre-DFD GX7 at airshows. That camera has unusable C-AF, but it's quite easy to get good airshow shots using S-AF, which has always been a strong point of...
  6. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    While I theoretically agree with you, people seem to mistakenly use PDAF as a short-hand for "good AF", even though that's a generalization. For example, Panasonic's DFD-equipped bodies (at all price points) from the last 3 years have easily outperformed the AF capabilities of Fuji bodies below...
  7. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    But it's not really one that anyone wants in 2019, let alone 2020. That older IMX269 sensor is the only reason that Panasonic's G95 got such a cold reception. It doesn't have the readout speeds to support uncropped 4K, and has nearly a full stop less dynamic range than the later IMX272 from the...
  8. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    I tend to agree. I doubt if the marginal cost of R&D and distribution required for minor, iterative, entry-level models exceeds the value that they provide in achieving a steady flow of medium-margin volume in the $400-800 portion of the market that has overwhelmingly the most sales...
  9. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    It seems to me that the main problem is that Olympus got its release schedule all out of whack. I think they were heavily disrupted in their desire to shift and consolidate their manufacturing in Vietnam throughout 2018 and 2019. The tick-tock cadence between their product lines is completely...
  10. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Fair enough. The proof will obviously be how it feels in the hand. Given that my wife is now (tentatively) on the same system as me for travel, I suspect that having a more useful dichotomy of ergonomics vs. size in our body choices (i.e. G95 + Yi M1 instead of something in-between like the...
  11. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    It does not have HHHR (despite the 'promises' of the rumours). So I must recant my original optimism for this camera. It's "fine." No more, no less. It's Olympus' version of the G95. A thoroughly mid-range camera that could have been great, but instead is...fine. And a little bit too...
  12. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Despite being the first ones to introduce it, the GH5 and G9 still have class-leading EVFs. The GFX100, A7R IV, and Panasonic S1 family all have the new 5.76 M dot EVF, but those are all newly released cameras that cost $2,500-10,000, so it's pretty easy to cut M4/3 some slack on this one...
  13. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Honestly, you've already got a modern high-end body. You're not going to be part of the target market for a new iterative mid-range body. Also, the GBP price you're quoting includes a weather-sealed 14-150 vs. the body-only E-M1 II. Not at all the same thing. It's totally fine to sit out a...
  14. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    It's just a newer chemistry, so they are able to pack slightly more energy density into the same physical space. Someone can correct me on the timeline if I get it wrong, but the BLN-1 dates back at least to the E-M5 (2012), whereas the BLS-5 was in the E-M10 (2014), and the BLS-50 that we are...
  15. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    I can't see anything at all to give that impression. It's still very, very important for Olympus to sell $600-800 cameras. Especially in Japan. $1200 body only is far too expensive to have as the first "serious" camera in their line-up. Witness Nikon's introduction of the utterly anonymous...
  16. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Ah, but perhaps a loving caress for owners of the E-M10 or E-PL lines who were considering trading up, whose existing batteries are now compatible? Honestly, it's pretty clear it was just a pragmatic decision. The BLS-50 battery is more modern than the BLN-1, and the newest BLH-1 battery from...
  17. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    It's worth noting that the true watt-hour capacity of the BLS-50 is only 9.5% less than the older, larger BLN-1 in the E-M5 II. Definitely not worth losing any sleep over. Probably not worth even mentioning in the first place.
  18. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Do we actually know that it's not USB-C? Just because it's only USB 2.0 doesn't mean that it's not a Type C port. The connector is independent of the back-end.
  19. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    PDAF yes. It has the same sensor and processor as the E-M1 II.
  20. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    ...Where should it be?
  21. Turbofrog

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Obviously depends on what you shoot, but it is said to support Handheld High Res, making it a compact landscape camera to easily reckon with the $3000 Z7 or A7r III. That's where my interest in it lies. Real shame about the downrated EVF optics and the increased $1200 price tag, though. Still...
  22. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    The reduction in OVF magnification and the low-resolution rear screen are disappointing hints of penny-pinching given the rumoured $1200 price that this body is selling for. It's fine, just disappointing. It would be much more sensible on a $1000 body. Body Panasonic and Olympus seem to be...
  23. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Looks like a nice body for me to maybe buy in 2 years when it's on sale around the holidays!
  24. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    When kitted with a 14-150mm II that sells separately for $600, that's not a terrible deal. Leads me to believe that they'll be selling it for $1199 body only. Lower would have been better, but it's much nicer than paying the $1499 that the E-M1 II still goes for even when it's on sale.
  25. Turbofrog

    New Olympus Lens Roadmap

    Fair and valid points. My assumption was that most of the people who wanted a longer macro lens wanted it for the purposes of greater working distance to make shooting skittish critters easier, which is a workflow that doesn't really work with a tripod (at least not for me, anyway). Assuming, of...
  26. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    I don't get it. Why would we be assuming that it would use a different AF system than the E-M1 II, with which it apparently shares both the sensor and processor? For what it's worth, all modern cameras with on-sensor PDAF also use CDAF for confirmation. They all call it "Hybrid Autofocus" or...
  27. Turbofrog

    New Olympus Lens Roadmap

    Cost and size and weight and handling. Fuji's 80mm/f2.8 Macro is double the cost and 4x (!!!) the weight of the Oly 60mm/f2.8 with the same field of view and magnification! Any macro shot taken at 1:1 or even 1:2 will need to be stopped way down past f/4 anyway, so if that's your primary use...
  28. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Oops, sorry...I didn't save the image. Just did it for personal curiosity and then forgot about it.
  29. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    I'm very interested. The G95 made me sad, because it was almost great. The $200 price increase combined with the old, outdated 20MP sensor just don't make sense, even though the new body itself is excellent. None of the shops around me are even stocking it, because I think they could see the...
  30. Turbofrog

    What to choose for photography? G95 (90) or G9

    Yes, it's a pretty crazy firesale that Fuji is having. They must be losing bags of money on that camera. But I suppose their loss is your gain! And the fact that they aren't releasing an X-H2 until 2020 (if ever) is just repeating the same historical mistake again. Why would you ever release...
  31. Turbofrog

    What to choose for photography? G95 (90) or G9

    Sorry for any offense, I wasn't so much responding to the broader content as the idea that the G9 is a "photo-centric" camera. I don't think it particularly is, and as I mentioned, it has video capabilities that only 2-3 other cameras in the entire camera market currently offer. Indeed, I think...
  32. Turbofrog

    What to choose for photography? G95 (90) or G9

    I don't really understand this categorization, to be honest. Yes, the G95 will shoot with no time limits, and has a sort of crippled 8-bit V-LogL profile included, but the G9 shoots no-crop video, and can shoot in 4K/60p. The G9 is actually one of the best video cameras on the market, right next...
  33. Turbofrog

    Yi M1 with 12-40 & 42.5mm $209 (USA)

    No denying the GX85 is a better camera, but an almost $300 difference is obviously non-trivial when you're talking at this level. And it also depends whether you're interested in a tele-zoom or a fast portrait prime, and I wanted the latter.
  34. Turbofrog

    Yi M1 with 12-40 & 42.5mm $209 (USA)

    I ended up getting this. The later firmware updates have resolved some of the bigger issues, and for me this is basically an extremely inexpensive body, an autofocus portrait lens, and a way to get my wife into the same system as me so that we can share lenses for travelling. Right now, she...
  35. Turbofrog

    Panasonic G9 £599 at Amazon UK

    As with everyone's, mine was cancelled this morning as well.
  36. Turbofrog

    Panasonic G9 £599 at Amazon UK

    Honestly, I don't really have any problem with it at all. Aside from having unrealistic hopes dashed, the buyer has zero negative consequences associated with a cancelled order. I am actually quite upset when buyers think that they are entitled to receive an obviously mispriced item...
  37. Turbofrog

    Panasonic G9 £599 at Amazon UK

    Some people are reporting in the DPReview thread that Amazon has cancelled their order, citing it as an obvious pricing error. I expect that mine will be cancelled eventually as well. It was pretty obvious that such a deal was too good to be true.
  38. Turbofrog

    Panasonic G9 £599 at Amazon UK

    I also expect that my order will be cancelled, as it seems too good to be true, but at that price I simply couldn't resist. I have waited for more than 5 years with my GX7, so another 1-2 months is nothing to me to find out if I get an upgrade. I had been hoping to get a G95 after a price...
  39. Turbofrog

    the ideal 3 lens kit (ONLY 3) for a bit of everything

    That 2-lens kit is screaming out for one of the dozen or so teensy little fast primes we have (FL is your preference). That way you can use your camera at night, too! And if that prime happens to be a pancake like the 20mm/1.7, you might even forget that you packed it.
  40. Turbofrog

    the ideal 3 lens kit (ONLY 3) for a bit of everything

    If you're okay carrying around the big zoom for the majority of the time, sounds like a great kit. For all my travels I use: P14-140 P20/f1.7 7.5/f3.5 fisheye So a bit smaller overall, and I like having the ultrawide rather than a portrait prime, but otherwise the same basic idea.
  41. Turbofrog

    Need shoulder strap or alternative recommendation

    Would you mind posting a picture of the way you have it set up with the safety tether? I have a pair of DIY slider straps that I've made, I'm always thinking of potential improvements, though.
  42. Turbofrog

    Dahua 20-70mm/f1.5 zoom lens?!

    I was poking around on B&H and stumbled upon this CCTV lens, designed for the M4/3 mount. It is a very intriguing 20-70mm/f1.5 zoom lens. Weighs about 1 kg. Costs $700, which is hardly outlandish for what it is...
  43. Turbofrog

    Need shoulder strap or alternative recommendation

    Fair points! When I clicked your Amazon link, it looks like it automatically redirected me to the Canadian version of the site, which had it listed for double the price (far, far beyond the currency difference). I now recognize that US Amazon Optech and fishing versions are functionally the same...
  44. Turbofrog

    Need shoulder strap or alternative recommendation

    Interesting, that Optech swivel seems to be repackaged fishing equipment. https://www.cabelas.com/product/fishing/terminal-tackle/swivels-snaps-clevises/pc/104793480/c/104779980/sc/104616180/innovative-procureme-ball-bearing-with-coastlock/2962371.uts?slotId=8 When adapting or DIY-ing, I...
  45. Turbofrog

    Sigma 60mm/2.8 DISCONTINUED!! GRAB ONE WHILE YOU CAN!!

    Hmm. I guess it is being squeezed pretty hard in the market on all sides. The Oly 60mm/f2.8 Macro has been on sale for $349 a lot lately, and offers weather-sealing and macro capabilities as well, so it's pretty tough competition for the Sigma for just $100 more. And obviously, I imagine many...
  46. Turbofrog

    Panasonic 10-25mm f1.7 Announced

    How does an external gimbal play together with the super IBIS in something like the E-M1 II? Do the systems get confused by each other, or complement each other?
  47. Turbofrog

    Need shoulder strap or alternative recommendation

    I don't get it. Shoulder straps are much more ergonomic and comfortable than neck straps. The weight is distributed across a much larger muscle group with a shoulder strap, and doesn't promote hunching or other bad posture. Even using my old GX1 with a kit lens, 500g of weight carried on a neck...
  48. Turbofrog

    High MP Full Frame vs MFT for long distance shooting?

    Easiest way to think of it is just to apply the crop factor to the 5DS 50MP pixel count, and you can see what you're left with if you wanted to match the framing of the G9: 50 / (2x crop)^2 = 12.5 MP So you've got quite a bit fewer pixels - whether 12.5MP vs. 20MP is a dealbreaker is up to...
  49. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Weird, I see shutter mode as an entirely different feature layer than frame rate (which is what I associate drive mode with). Probably it is just because on my GX7 I have silent mode toggle bound to a function key, but it seems pretty distinctly different. How fast I take the photos doesn't...
  50. Turbofrog

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Yeah, was about to suggest a Gorillapod and a phone. But I don't think it's particularly appropriate for macro. When at high magnifications (1:1 or more) I end up using the micro-movements of my hands and the burst mode to achieve correct focus, since there's barely more than 1mm of DoF even at...
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