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  1. bikerhiker

    Are you still using your 14mm f2.5?

    One of my most loved prime lenses I had at the time as I like the 28mm focal length a lot and had been with me since my first entry into M43 with the E-PL1 until I bought a used Panasonic 14-42X. Eventually I sold that prime to make way for my 1" ZS100 camera. Now, I use the 14-42X as a...
  2. bikerhiker

    Review Viltrox EF-M2 AF Speed Test @ 17mm

    Do you have to modify the Sigma 18-35 to work with the Viltrox EF-M2? I'm actually interested because with this lens, I will have 3 of my most used focal lengths @ f/1.2. Thanks..
  3. bikerhiker

    Not happy with my RRS CF tripod.

    Might want to check your load capacity rather than trying to add weights here and there. Here's a good write up from B&H. Ming thien recommendation is slightly higher than B&H (I think 10 times the heaviest camera+lens combo) and we know Ming shoots with his Hasselblad!! So what does this...
  4. bikerhiker

    E-M1X ongoing review by someone who actually bought one!

    Yes, that is what the technical trainer told us. You will see the advantage when you shoot for longer periods of time when the sensor starts to heat up vs other cameras that does not have the heat pipe arrangement. So in essence, and if I understood him correctly, you’ll get progressively more...
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    E-M1X ongoing review by someone who actually bought one!

    Yes it does because it includes the chip module of the Tough TG tracker. One the requests from pros that wanted to be included.
  6. bikerhiker

    E-M1x hand held hi res - I'm very impressed

    If it can't process the image, it won't record anything. Like the tripod HR mode, HHHR will give you 2 files, a big ORF file as well as the smaller ORI file (first image).
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    E-M1x hand held hi res - I'm very impressed

    It actually handles movement quite well in the background to a certain point; it blurs the movement like you are doing long exposures with very little artifacts. If it can't deal with too much movement, it will let you know like "Can not process this image" warning in the red which I got a few...
  8. bikerhiker

    Share: 1" Sensor Showcase

    Sunset stroll with my Panasonic Lumix ZS-100.
  9. bikerhiker

    Not happy with my RRS CF tripod.

    Mack, if your tripod produced excessive vibration on its own, then you really NEED to look into upgrading both your tripod and your ball head to a much heavier and beefier system to reduce vibration to a minimum and that consumerates with the type of output you are planning to produce. If you...
  10. bikerhiker

    Not happy with my RRS CF tripod.

    Probably the rep didn’t get the updated training from the Olympus technical trainer? The person that told us so is the official trainer for North America.
  11. bikerhiker

    Not happy with my RRS CF tripod.

    Because if you rely solely on one set of gear setup; what happens if you are a pro and you damaged your body or lens and the new lens or body set could no longer provide identical performance; but now you are up in the mountains and you could not get identical results? Why not ensure a system...
  12. bikerhiker

    Not happy with my RRS CF tripod.

    Vibration from the IBIS when no external forces are detected; this causes the accelerometer to react to the IBIS motion and compensate, because IBIS itself is never at a static stand still. The tripod vibration can sometimes be compensated by IBIS, but it is NOT unversally replicable. Meaning...
  13. bikerhiker

    Not happy with my RRS CF tripod.

    Actually the recommendation came from Olympus itself during the show and tell session. They did say that there is no harm in leaving IBIS on, but they did want to set the record straight that there was this universal understanding that it is fine leaving IBIS on on the tripod, but that...
  14. bikerhiker

    Almost a rant.

    These are valid concerns and I think it's due to the quality requirements people are expecting from a used camera. That level of expectation had gone way UP! People want to buy a used camera in almost like new condition. Used is like "Open Box" to these people nowadays. So when it's too...
  15. bikerhiker

    Not happy with my RRS CF tripod.

    Nope it won't. It actually will make it even worse! What happens is that the accelerometer in all Olympus cameras will go into a feedback loop when it detects no vibration of any kind; thus creating its own vibration and causing the image to degrade due to its own internal feedback. So the...
  16. bikerhiker

    Who's buying an E-M1X?

    It's not only 2 processors.. The cost includes 1, An extra gyro module to help increase the IBIS performance to 7.5 stops. The longest record you can handhold and get tack sharp images with this new system is up to 20 seconds. I was able to get tack sharp images both regular in seconds...
  17. bikerhiker

    Not happy with my RRS CF tripod.

    I don't think you can escape a more expensive tripod if you want the least vibration. I know of one person who had to get a super heavy and beefy tripod $4k so he could reduce the vibration enough to let his EOS 5DSR to realize all that sweet 50MP of resolution. Of course, it was so heavy that...
  18. bikerhiker

    Who's buying an E-M1X?

    After attending the Olympus show and tell seminar on the E-M1X, I think I came away understanding the target market it was aimed at. I can't really speak for the others in our group; but some who came still came away clueless as to what this little monster was for. It's pretty clear to me that...
  19. bikerhiker

    E-M1X ongoing review by someone who actually bought one!

    After attending the E-M1X show and tell and speaking with the top Olympus technical trainer; I came to learn a lot about how they designed the Olympus E-M1X to be what it is today. There are several differences between the E-M1X vs E-M1 Mark II 1, The AF algorithm in the E-M1 Mark II is less...
  20. bikerhiker

    Who's buying an E-M1X?

    My AI is malfunctioning at the moment. :sorry:
  21. bikerhiker

    Who's buying an E-M1X?

    Olympus AI flowchart as follows: 1, It’s a bird 2, It’s a plane 3, It’s Superman! :flypig:
  22. bikerhiker

    Olympus registers ‘IM015’a mystery new camera

    I think in today's sales climate, Olympus is caught between a rock and a hard place with the E-M5iii. With the Fuji XT-3 priced @$1499 ($1399 on sale) on the higher end and Fuji XT-30 @$899 on the lower end and then you can get a used E-M1 ii for like between $900 to $1000 US. Very tough call...
  23. bikerhiker

    Olympus registers ‘IM015’a mystery new camera

    I suspect it will be the E-M5 III (even Imaging Resources which this photo came from is asking Oly for this) with the price tag similar to the XT-30. If it is, well then I can finally retire my old E-P5. Hoping they keep the old BLN-1 battery. :)
  24. bikerhiker

    Olympus registers ‘IM015’a mystery new camera

    It could also be the PEN-F Mark II, because it recently got discontinued while the E-M5II is still current. But if it's E-M5 Mark III; well then bring it on!
  25. bikerhiker

    My latest foray into FF mirrorless - and why I'm sticking with m43

    Thank you very much Dan S for the great write up and educating me on this topic. :)
  26. bikerhiker

    My latest foray into FF mirrorless - and why I'm sticking with m43

    They could of made a set of capable 4K cameras to get those video bloggers excited, and then get them locked in to upgrade to the higher end cameras later on.
  27. bikerhiker

    My latest foray into FF mirrorless - and why I'm sticking with m43

    Yeap, I think Canon felt too comfortable staying on top and realized they now have to play catch up. Still, Canon is in a precarious position with 4K because they have their C200 Cinema line of camera and if they made the EOS R or RP too good with 4K, then who wants to invest in their Cinema...
  28. bikerhiker

    My latest foray into FF mirrorless - and why I'm sticking with m43

    Very true; but that young guy can add the RP in the future. The group has about 50% of the Canon users so the first wave of buyers would probably come from them and the young guy if he so decides to add the RP into the kit as the RP now comes with the EF adapter. But I suspect the next wave...
  29. bikerhiker

    My latest foray into FF mirrorless - and why I'm sticking with m43

    You don't need to be a dedicated photographer to own a nice camera system. These people own good camera bodies and glass do so because they simply want to take the best pictures. So now we have to judge people on meetup groups?!? So if you're not a good enough dedicated photographer like what...
  30. bikerhiker

    My latest foray into FF mirrorless - and why I'm sticking with m43

    Again, your personal bias. How do you know they are dedicated photographers in the meetup groups I attended since you weren't there. You are equally as biased as you claimed I am. :)
  31. bikerhiker

    My latest foray into FF mirrorless - and why I'm sticking with m43

    It's a $697 lens; currently on sale for $597. :) My very best photos came from a 14-42X; much cheaper than your 14-140mm. :) Having said that; you probably don't attend much meetup photography groups and only use your personal opinion and experience of what you know and make it as fact.
  32. bikerhiker

    My latest foray into FF mirrorless - and why I'm sticking with m43

    You shoot only with kit lenses 100% of the time?
  33. bikerhiker

    My latest foray into FF mirrorless - and why I'm sticking with m43

    Most people who buy into the Canon RP will usually own just 1 or maximum 2 lenses. The RF 24-105 is a pretty good kit lens priced @$899. Something similar in the Olympus lineup is the 12-100 f/4 Pro, a $1299 lens. And the Olympus 12-200 as we can all agree isn't a great sharp lens is $899...
  34. bikerhiker

    On the edge help me out...

    Full frame definitely has its place and the D750 has a fantastic sensor. If you can carry it with all the full frame lenses and don't feel pooped after a couple of hours on gigs, then there's nothing wrong with using it. There are some professionals, like Kelly L Cox, who had decided that...
  35. bikerhiker

    On the edge help me out...

    Thank you for this information. I was looking at the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 as I see a few of them being sold used for MFT and like brand new and I was wondering what was the reason. I knew with the Sony E mount, it has the in and out AF issues with the 16mm and 56mm that pretty much rendered them...
  36. bikerhiker

    On the edge help me out...

    I have never used any of the Sigma lenses yet, but your GX8 has a class leading low light AF performance, -4EV which is the same as the Sony A7S, so I suspect if the AF is catching, it is probably not your GX8 but rather it is with the Sigma. Your best bet for low light performance is to stay...
  37. bikerhiker

    On the edge help me out...

    Have you thought about adding a Panasonic Leica 42.5mm Noct f/1.2? The faster the glass, the easier for the AF system to see things and lock on especially for the f/1.2 Noct; which is +2EV more than the f/2.8 zooms you use there. For low light photography, you need fast glass for good AF...
  38. bikerhiker

    The more I shop cameras the more I realize how good Olympus really is

    I think when we are talking about low light photography, we also need to know the subject matter being photographed. And that has implications in the shutter speed we use to either freeze the subject or if it's ok to drag the shutter if we want a motion blur on the moving subject. So when we...
  39. bikerhiker

    The Death of the Photography Industry

    I think the poster is putting the blame wrongly on the G9 HDMI and USB ports, rather than the ignorance on some support products, like the Jerk Stopper, that prevents stress and physical damage to the ports when used for charging or for video work. Jerk stopper is also available for ALL camera...
  40. bikerhiker

    The Death of the Photography Industry

    I think the OP said with Panny's entrance to FF, it is doubtful they will continue supporting m43. In my opinion, Panasonic will continue supporting m43 as the lower entry point and FF as the higher entry point. We may see longer time span body development with m43 as Panny will have to...
  41. bikerhiker

    The Death of the Photography Industry

    Personally, I am very happy shooting with my m43 system and this will be my main ILC system moving forward. It truly satisfies most of my needs; about 95% of the time and I can address most of the shortcomings by adding specialized faster Pro lenses overtime as their prices plummet due to...
  42. bikerhiker

    Canon RP (a smaller lighter cheaper full frame mirrorless)

    I have no disagreements in your above analysis and I would say that you are spot on. Which was why I thought the price for the RP would be around $1699. I came into this conclusion because of the price premium you need to pay to step up from APS to full frame; that is a $1000 premium. A6400...
  43. bikerhiker

    Canon RP (a smaller lighter cheaper full frame mirrorless)

    I think what we are debating is truly, the intrinsic value of any item. Full frame does cost more to make than smaller sensors; this challenge did not escape me at all. But what is the intrinsic value of that full frame sensor? For years, we are told full frame cost more because it takes 4x...
  44. bikerhiker

    Canon RP (a smaller lighter cheaper full frame mirrorless)

    That's because, you aren't aware that there are "Super Food" carrot grown on volcanic ash and there's a normal carrot grown on inferior soil and it's interesting how the industry promotes these super carrots as being nutritionally more than the normal carrots because it's grown on volcanic ash...
  45. bikerhiker

    Canon RP (a smaller lighter cheaper full frame mirrorless)

    That's your assumption that the economies of scale is the problem and that is always an excuse these oligopoly industry thinks up, to explain away why there's a justification for price inflation. Lately, it's 5G and a certain country declares it a "national security concern" to be using...
  46. bikerhiker

    Canon RP (a smaller lighter cheaper full frame mirrorless)

    I do know because Sony made their financials public. While the Japanese camera firms try to project an independent non-monopolized business structure, the fact of the matter is, they are a cartel mindset. Or should I say; they practice the "Bushido" way and I knew this as I had worked in a...
  47. bikerhiker

    Canon RP (a smaller lighter cheaper full frame mirrorless)

    So it is okay to keep bringing up the Sony A7ii @$1000 and yet hide the fact that it was a $1699 camera 4 years ago. And so if Sony could cut prices down to $1000 from $1699, that’s ok. But if Canon does that the same by $699 on the RP then it’s not okay? The question is; why did Sony charged...
  48. bikerhiker

    Canon RP (a smaller lighter cheaper full frame mirrorless)

    Be thankful Canon started the low end DSLR in 2003 that all of us now take for granted the $399 Rebels and the affordable m43 bodies. Before 2003, there was ZERO intention for camera oligopolies to lower prices. It was Canon who went against the cartel mindset and brought cameras to the masses...
  49. bikerhiker

    Canon RP (a smaller lighter cheaper full frame mirrorless)

    Actually factoring inflation; the RP price is within in line with the Canon EOS 300D by about $75. So a $899 ESO 300D is equally to a $1224 EOS 300D in 2019 inflation adjusted pricing = EOS RP. Does it really emphasize the sensor size cost? I personally don't think so. What the EOS 300D did...
  50. bikerhiker

    Canon RP (a smaller lighter cheaper full frame mirrorless)

    First of all, you oddly bring up the Sony A7ii with a $1000 sale price and that ends tomorrow to justify your argument as a better competitor to the pricing of the RP and while conveniently neglecting the truth that the A7ii was once priced @$1700 brand new. How fair is that comparison...
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