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  1. dhazeghi

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Thanks, I'd forgotten about EXIFtool. The reason I mentioned modifying Lightroom is that I'd rather not tweak the files in case in the future I try to use them with something that does have good E-M5 III support. DNG is indeed an option too, but it doubles my storage requirements, which kind...
  2. dhazeghi

    Using 4/3-mount lenses on MFT cameras

    I'm pleased to hear that - certainly different from what I'd heard regarding the 50-200 SWD. Do you know about the 12-60 SWD? That's a good point. I also had poor luck with my 50-200 initially, particularly at the long end, but since it was stolen a while back, I'd almost forgotten. I did have...
  3. dhazeghi

    I'm with Kirk (mid-range zoom)

    Native is of course ideal, but if you're curious, a Canon EF adapter and a Sigma 17-55/2.8 or 17-70/2.8-4.0 should work quite nicely to test this out, assuming you have a m4/3 body with phase detect AF.
  4. dhazeghi

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    One another annoyance is that the E-M5 III is not supported by Lightroom 6.x (not Olympus's fault - just the way Adobe rolls). I wonder if it will be possible to go into the binary with a hex editor and using the profile from the E-M1 II for the E-M5 III. What are people using these days for...
  5. dhazeghi

    [FS] Olympus HLD-9 battery grip for E-M1 II. Ships: US

    User name: dhazeghi Items to sell/buy/trade: Olympus HLD-9 battery grip for E-M1 II Prices: $150 Location: San Jose, CA Ships to: US Description: Selling my like-new Olympus HLD-9 battery grip for Olympus OMD EM-1 MkII. Comes with the original box. Images for this listing...
  6. dhazeghi

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Thom Hogan has what I found to be a very reasonable take on Olympus's conundrum vis a vis the E-M5 III - http://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/2019-mirrorless-camera/october-december-2019-newsv/olympus-e-m5-mark-iii-annou.html Unfortunately much like in the 4/3 days Olympus doesn't seem to have a...
  7. dhazeghi

    New Olympus Lens Roadmap

    This has been a remarkably quiet year for lens releases from Olympus. The 12-200 and ... that's it? Panasonic's done a bit better I think, but the only truly 'new' design is the 10-25/1.7. Everything else just seems to be updates on existing models.
  8. dhazeghi

    Using 4/3-mount lenses on MFT cameras

    I hope that the E-M5 III (when it finally comes down a bit price) will help give these lenses a new lease on life. I haven't seen any uptick in 4/3 lens prices yet on eBay etc. The fact that one can get an E-M1, adapter, 12-60/2.8-4.0 and 50-200/2.8-3.5 for under $1000 is really amazing...
  9. dhazeghi

    Mid-grade lenses at mid-grade prices

    It's an interesting thing. Back in the 4/3 days there was the (rather expensive) Panasonic 14-150/3.5-5.6 which was by a pretty fair margin the best superzoom I'd tried at the time. Now there's the Olympus 12-100/4.0. It shouldn't be that much harder to make an excellent superzoom for APS-C...
  10. dhazeghi

    Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 mm f/1.7 ASPH lenstip review

    I've been waiting for this lens long enough I'd almost forgotten about it. Very impressive. It would be very interesting to see how this matches up with the Sigma 18-35/1.8 + SB. The Sigma doesn't get nearly as wide, but it is also quite fast and capable of replacing a good number of fast primes.
  11. dhazeghi

    Mid-grade lenses at mid-grade prices

    It's a fair question. The main thing is that while I do (did) occasionally use these lenses, 90% or so of my photography is while hiking/traveling, for which the 12-40/2.8 and now the 12-100/4.0 have been pretty much ideal. The full-frame equivalents are larger (where they exist) and for the...
  12. dhazeghi

    E-M5 mk III released at US$1199

    Am I missing something? I don't see any mention of HHHR on the press release (just the same 50MP tripod mode). Same thoughts here. It looks like a good camera, and 2 years ago I probably would have been interested, but it doesn't feel like it moves the dial much if at all.
  13. dhazeghi

    Mid-grade lenses at mid-grade prices

    That's why I rather liked the older 2.8-3.5 4/3 lenses. They were priced reasonably, but offered a bit (and sometimes a lot) more. Also they offered better ranges than the f/2.8 constant zooms. I guess mainly I'm lamenting that prices have gone up so much since the 4/3 days for what I'd...
  14. dhazeghi

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    I think that's the point though, right? It's an E-M1II in a smaller body, with some small tweaks (both good and bad) for ~20% less. Certainly not a bad camera, but trickling down features they had 3 years ago isn't terribly impressive. Maybe if the price were closer to the original E-M5...
  15. dhazeghi

    Mid-grade lenses at mid-grade prices

    Good points all. I am a big fan of the 12-100/4.0. It definitely covers 90% of what I need. Yes, I do understand that nobody is currently offering this type of lineup (which is partly why I'm complaining). Generally it seems the choice is between mediocre consumer-grade lenses at...
  16. dhazeghi

    Mid-grade lenses at mid-grade prices

    So I seem to be in the middle of a run of poor luck with my lenses. Two years back, I got burglarized and my only good telephoto and ultrawide lenses got swiped - the 4/3 Olympus 50-200/2.8-3.5 w/1.4x TC and the Tokina 11-20/2.8 a.k.a. 8-14/2.0 with SpeedBooster. I didn't replace them at the...
  17. dhazeghi

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    Mostly seems to be good news. PDAF falls in the category of 'better late than never'. I assume this means it will finally be usable with the Metabones and adapted Canon lenses? I'm mostly glad we're going to be back to 2 different types of battery (BLS, BCH) instead of 3 (BLS, BCH, BLN). On...
  18. dhazeghi

    Why the integrated grip?

    I hope the new E-M1X is a success and brings in a lot of new users, though like most folks, I'm somewhat skeptical. The part that bugs me is that they've been extremely slow to improve their other models - the E-M5 still doesn't have PDAF, none of the Pens do multi-shot capture etc. If they...
  19. dhazeghi

    Good quality compact digital camera?

    After going back and forth, I wound up with an E-PL7 and 12-32. It's actually a pretty decent combo, but it's pretty useless in low light (even more so than the Sony). I guess I could get a couple of pancake lenses to go with it, but then I end up with a kit rather than a camera, which defeats...
  20. dhazeghi

    COMPLETED For Sale: Olympus 7-14 f/2.8 lens | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    What type of listing is this? For Sale What are you trying to sell/buy/trade? Olympus 7-14 f/2.8 lens What are your prices? $950 Where are you located? USA Where are you willing to to ship? USA Description This is a great lens, in mint condition. Glass is clean (no marks or...
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  25. dhazeghi

    Comprehensive List of Native Micro Four Thirds Lenses

    Sorry, after an extended hiatus, I've updated the listings again. I'm going to need to think a bit about what makes sense for the manual-focus m4/3 category as the numbers are becoming a bit overwhelming and there are an increasing number of 'toy' and 'cinema' lenses which probably aren't of...
  26. dhazeghi

    E-M1mkII/G9 improvements vs. E-M1mkI

    I've not been following things in the m4/3 world very closely for a while, but my 3-year old E-M1mkI is starting to be a bit cranky (sticky rear dial, peeling handgrip, occasionally hard-lockups) so I'm starting to think about options. Nits aside, I'm mostly happy with the mkI but there are a...
  27. dhazeghi

    Anyone tempted by the Nikon Z6 or Z7?

    The bodies don't look half bad, but with only 3 lenses at launch and the usual exorbitant pricing, I'm finding it hard to get excited. Time was when f/1.8 primes and f/4 zooms were budget options, not $850-$1000 a pop.
  28. dhazeghi

    Viltrox's metabones speedbooster alternative: The EF-M2

    Looks promising. Where is the official list of bodies that it supports AF with?
  29. dhazeghi

    Firmware Update with SD card?

    You're quoting a post I wrote in October 2012. At that time, there was no provision for FW updates from SD cards. Happily, this has now changed.
  30. dhazeghi

    14/2.5, 15/8.0 and 17/2.8 pancake lenses discontinued?

    I was looking at B&H and Adorama recently and noticed that a number of the smaller lenses no longer seem to be available new - the Panasonic 14/2.5, Olympus 17/2.8 and Olympus body cap 15/8.0 among them. Did I miss something? That plus the fact that the E-PM2 and GM2 are gone without...
  31. dhazeghi

    E-PM2 shuts off after taking shot, image not saved (shutter error?)

    No, this is actually a feature of the camera - you can even review the image afterwards (zoom in, etc.) when there is no SD card. I suspect this is to allow it to be demoed in a store without an SD card. At any rate, after a prolonged session of sharply rapping the camera with a rubber...
  32. dhazeghi

    E-PM2 shuts off after taking shot, image not saved (shutter error?)

    It is stuck closed in this case. Spray lube is a good idea. I'll see if I can dig up anything on from the hardware store. Thanks for the suggestions. Firmware is 1.5 which I believe is current. I've been running the E-PM2 without the SD card while I test.
  33. dhazeghi

    Good quality compact digital camera?

    Backstory: I bought a secondhand Sony RX100 III about a month ago and finally got around to examining the photos I've taken since on a good monitor. I'm not really impressed with the camera's design (other than the EVF) but by far my biggest complaint is the quality of the lens. It compares...
  34. dhazeghi

    E-PM2 shuts off after taking shot, image not saved (shutter error?)

    Thanks Matt and Christoph for the detailed suggestions. I've tried a couple of different methods of applying force to the camera, but so far, unfortunately no luck. I'll give a few more tries though - can't hurt, right?!
  35. dhazeghi

    E-PM2 shuts off after taking shot, image not saved (shutter error?)

    Hi folks, Starting suddenly yesterday, on my E-PM2 if I take a shot, the LCD turns black, makes a slight mechanical noise (like the shutter closing) after a few seconds, and then shuts off. The image is not saved. On the 'damage codes' screen, I see error '8913', which I gather means a...
  36. dhazeghi

    Thinking of getting rid of my EM1's... Thoughts?

    Fair point, but the D7x00 is a $1000 prosumer camera. For the market they're targeting, it's the D750/7DII that they needed to match (both of which have been out for 2+ years now).
  37. dhazeghi

    Thinking of getting rid of my EM1's... Thoughts?

    To be fair, the performance delta is shrinking. Olympus made the same claims about the E-3 when it came it out in 2007 (competing against the Nikon D300) and the performance gaps in AF were simply enormous. It didn't help that the E-3 had a persistent backfocus problem that never truly got...
  38. dhazeghi

    Fuji X-T20

    Looks pretty good. Anecdotally, Fuji's decision to go with an APS-C-sized sensor is looking much wiser than Olympus and Panasonic's decision to stick with 4/3 for mirrorless.
  39. dhazeghi

    Opinions Please! A Dedicated Category for 4/3 Lenses.

    I voted against. 4/3 lenses are adapted. They are not generally-speaking more (or less) functional at this stage than adapted EF lenses on m4/3 cameras. Perhaps in the future the same will also be true of Nikon lenses on m4/3. I suppose if we want to have 'Adapted Lenses (electronic...
  40. dhazeghi

    Trouble with Oly Updater

    Make sure to download the latest version, as Wim said, and to select 'Storage'.
  41. dhazeghi

    Metabones support? Any stories?

    Thanks for the update. Hmm... That's too bad. Is it the cover on the shutter, or the shutter itself? Either way, they should definitely update their FAQ/compatibility page as I'm sure a lot of folks wanted to try this on the E-M1 II (myself included).
  42. dhazeghi

    My lens snapped right off the body. Thoughts on if it's fixable. :(

    I could be wrong, but repairs have previously been flat-rate (regardless of the actual cost/difficulty to do the repair) with several tiers. Assuming they don't refuse to touch your lens, I think $325 will cover it.
  43. dhazeghi

    COMPLETED For Sale: Panasonic 25mm f/1.4, Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    Thanks, 25/1.4 is now sold. FWIW, I did not notice the 'rattlesnaking' on my E-M1 or E-M5, but admittedly I generally use the lens under fairly uniform lighting conditions.
  44. dhazeghi

    Sweet spot for Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 lens and Nikkor 24-120mm f/4

    They're not really directly comparable though - the 24-120/4.0 is a 5X standard zoom whereas the 35-100/2.8 is a 2.9x telephoto zoom. Plus the D800 is sampling around 50% more linearly speaking. The general takeaway here is that smaller apertures are best avoided, save for very particularly...
  45. dhazeghi

    SpeedBooster experiences with EF lenses and autofocus

    An option, yes, but I'm really not a tripod guy. The problem is that I'm usually a hiker first and a photographer second, and the time required to set everything up with the tripod messes me up royally. Thanks. It's a bit more than I was hoping for, but as you say, in real-world shooting it...
  46. dhazeghi

    Metabones Speed Booster Firmware woes?

    I'm surprised that you haven't heard back from Metabones. I've generally had good luck with their support. (Perhaps they are out for the holidays this week?).
  47. dhazeghi

    SpeedBooster experiences with EF lenses and autofocus

    So I've sort of come full circle. Regarding the Sigma 18-35/1.8, any thoughts re: vignetting at the wide end? Is it decent at 13mm (post-boost) with the SpeedBooster? I've hit a couple of situations now where the 12-40/2.8 just wasn't fast enough (shooting in the shade, or in the forest) to...
  48. dhazeghi

    For Sale: Free - 2x BLN-1 chargers (for E-M1/E-M5/etc), Broken XZ-1 | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    Let's just say I'm a lot more careful about what electronics I lend these days! It's yours. Please PM me with your shipping information.
  49. dhazeghi

    Newest Nikon "E" type lenses - adapter?

    None of the current adapters that I've found for Nikon on m4/3 have electronics - from the non-name ones up to the $200 Novoflex or Metabones ones. They're purely mechanical. My suspicion is that it will be quite a while before Nikon E lenses are supported.
  50. dhazeghi

    COMPLETED For Sale: Panasonic 25mm f/1.4, Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    What type of listing is this? For Sale What are you trying to sell/buy/trade? Panasonic 25mm f/1.4, Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses What are your prices? $395 - Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens $215 - Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens Where are you located? USA Where are you willing to to ship? USA...
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