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  1. Ray Sachs

    Think the 12-40 f2.8 is big?

    F2.8 goes a LOT farther on full frame than m43. F4 actually goes a good bit farther on full frame than 2.8 on m43. I'm not much of a zoom guy (which is why I'm OK with the size of a Nikon FF system - small primes minimize the size difference), but my full frame zooms are f3.5 or f4 and not...
  2. Ray Sachs

    Show Stairs & Staircases

    I'd forgotten about this thread, which I started the better part of five years ago. Looks like it was dead for about four years and then recently resurrected. Here's my favorite more recent stairway shot, not done with m43, and nearly a year old. But what the heck... San Francisco Day...
  3. Ray Sachs

    Should I just get the 75?

    After a few years of shooting almost exclusively with m43 and Fuji gear, I've recently moved to a full frame system. The absolute hardest lens to give up from either system when I switched was the Olympus 75mm. The Fuji 14mm was close, but there are good alternatives in the DSLR world without...
  4. Ray Sachs

    COMPLETED Sony RX1 w/ EVF, accessores | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    Buy & Sell Listing - Want to SellSelling Sony RX1 w/ EVF, accessores Prices $1600 OBO Location USA Ships to USA Description Sony RX1 with EVF, Fotodiox grip, three extra batteries (1 Sony, 2 aftermarket), and two charging plates for use with any Watson...
  5. Ray Sachs

    Full Frame Image Thread

    Nice. Reminds me of a couple of sunflower shots I was playing around with not too long ago - I standard and two macro shots: untitled-2-3-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr Sunflower by ramboorider1, on Flickr Sunflower by ramboorider1, on Flickr -Ray
  6. Ray Sachs

    Featured: 'Micro Four Thirds for Cyclocross - my journey from full frame (pic heavy)' by ean10775

    That's a freekin' INSANELY BRUTAL sport! I briefly dipped my toe in those waters several years ago but couldn't even begin to hang, so my cross bike just became my mountain and touring bike and had a VERY short career as an actual cross bike. Those Canon shots do have something a bit more, but...
  7. Ray Sachs

    Samyung, Bower, & Rokinon fish eye differences?

    Basically identical. I think one may turn the focus ring the opposite direction, but I'm not sure. Sometimes the prices are different. The names are different. Optically and physically identical though, with the possible exception of an opposite direction focus ring... -Ray
  8. Ray Sachs

    Minimum shutter speed for street photos

    Sorry to reply so late - I just stumbled back onto this thread in a browser I hadn't used in a while. That shot was handheld, but I was leaning against a column with the camera at belly level braced against my body and against the strap. And it was the EM5 with the 5-axis IBIS. I was pretty...
  9. Ray Sachs

    On street photography and asking for permission

    Thanks Barry. But that appears to be about a copyright exemption. Is that an issue with simply publishing a photograph of someone's face? And then the editorial use in microstock is also about commercial use, not artistic. I'm just not sure that applies. Of course, I have even less idea about...
  10. Ray Sachs

    On street photography and asking for permission

    Agreed, but I don't think we're talking about hate speech or obscenity here - just images of other members of the human species. No, freedom of expression is not "absolute", but I'd say if you cant make photographs of other people and include them in the public discourse, or "publish" them...
  11. Ray Sachs

    On street photography and asking for permission

    Really? I've never heard or read anywhere that in the US you can't publish photos of people where their faces are recognizable. Or kids for that matter. I understand the concern here, but I think it's all about context. I'd never think about using photos of children that could be seen as...
  12. Ray Sachs

    On street photography and asking for permission

    Jeez, street photography where faces CANNOT be easily recognized would take all of the life out of most of what I do. I'm looking for human moments - that almost always involves faces, preferably expressive ones, often interacting. I'm not sure whether I "publish" them or not - is flickr or a...
  13. Ray Sachs

    On street photography and asking for permission

    As others have said, it depends on what you're after and what your personal comfort level is. I personally don't want the subject of my shot to know they're being photographed, at least not until the exposure has been made. I'm trying to capture life on the street at an observer, not as a...
  14. Ray Sachs

    Minimum shutter speed for street photos

    Just to be clear, here are a couple of examples of each. First three "moment priority" or "hunter" shots: St Paddy's-218-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr Another Mindless Street Shot by ramboorider1, on Flickr New York 10-2013-985-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr And here are three...
  15. Ray Sachs

    Minimum shutter speed for street photos

    David is right on with this analysis. I've never heard it referred to as hunters vs trappers before, but I kind of like that. I generally think of it in terms of "moment priority" vs "composition priority" shooting. I'm more of a moment priority shooter, or hunter, as he surmised. I'm usually...
  16. Ray Sachs

    Full Frame Image Thread

    You're right about the lenses. There's a reason they keep developing better lenses and it's not all about making them f1.4 - a lot of it has to do with moving to 24 and 36mp sensors. Which I personally don't care about (although I do love the DR in those higher res sensors!). These 50 and 85mm...
  17. Ray Sachs

    Full Frame Image Thread

    I was pretty specific that SOME m43 lenses are a pretty tiny and much smaller than any full frame equivalent. But others, as Joe has demonstrated, are very similar in size for similar or greater capability. And compared to the Fuji APS kit I sold not long ago, most of the full frame lenses I'm...
  18. Ray Sachs

    Full Frame Image Thread

    I think when you open up the raw files to start working on them, the higher dynamic range in a full frame sensor (PARTICULARLY the higher res 24 and 36 mp Sony sensors used in a number of Sony and Nikon cameras) just gives you a level of flexibility for processing that nothing else really comes...
  19. Ray Sachs

    Minimum shutter speed for street photos

    Nikon has it, Samsung has, Fuji has it, and all allow for minimum shutter speeds of at least 1/500 of a second, which I find is fully adequate for street shooting. Nikon (in it's DSLRs) and Samsung allow you to use the full range of the camera's shutter speeds, which could be really useful for...
  20. Ray Sachs

    Full Frame Image Thread

    I was surprised when I first started playing with the Df and D610 as well. They're really not functionally that much bigger than an X-Pro or EM1 or GH4. Although they are obviously huge compared to a GM1. And a good set of Nikon primes, as long as you're not going for the high end stuff, is...
  21. Ray Sachs

    Full Frame Image Thread

    Well, if you insist on shooting with really long lenses and/or fast, pro-level, zooms, then, yeah, full frame is pretty heavy and big too. But shooting with only moderately fast primes and one or two decent zooms it's not that bad at all. I can easily take the Df out with 3-4 prime lenses or a...
  22. Ray Sachs

    Minimum shutter speed for street photos

    I'd say that auto-focus is more "commonly used" than all of these combined! And for some shooters it works just fine. I'm a zone focus guy myself, which sometimes slips becomes hyperfocal in good light when the aperture is small enough and, therefore, the zone deep enough... -Ray
  23. Ray Sachs

    Minimum shutter speed for street photos

    I shoot with zone focus, but also use a wider lens to increase DOF at a given aperture, which allows for a faster shutter and wider aperture than with a 35mm equivalent. I also just prefer a wider field of view for the angles it tends to create, with most lines pulling toward the center of the...
  24. Ray Sachs

    What if Olympus made a...

    Well, if you're looking for a pocket camera, you're gonna have to make compromises. The RX100 was a bundle of compromises, but the sensor was such a revelation that they weren't readily apparent when it first came out. The G7X appears to be the first real competitor on both a size and IQ front...
  25. Ray Sachs

    What if Olympus made a...

    Another supporting data point is the Canon G1X mkII, which has the same range with a larger than m43 sensor, with the only sacrifice being a slower (f3.9) aperture at the long end. I'd think if you shrunk the sensor to 1", you could put in the same range with a faster lens in a similar sized...
  26. Ray Sachs

    What if Olympus made a...

    As much as I like to see cameras with auto ISO and exposure compensation in manual mode, I find allowing the user to designate a minimum shutter speed in Aperture priority with auto-ISO an even better feature. And it's gotta be high enough to matter. Nikon has about the best implementation of...
  27. Ray Sachs

    What if Olympus made a...

    No, Dean, I stopped doing that several months ago. I did it pretty intensively for about a year and then I got really sick of all of the cameras coming and going. It was starting to affect my enjoyment of shooting, so I stopped. I did ask for a review copy of the G1X mkII when it first came out...
  28. Ray Sachs

    What if Olympus made a...

    As good as that 1" Sony sensor is, a camera large enough to pair it with a really excellent lens at 24-120 and something like f1.8- f2.4 or 2.8 would be pretty sweet. Give it a lens good enough to take advantage of it's 20mp of resolution, and then THAT would be a more crop-able configuration...
  29. Ray Sachs

    What if Olympus made a...

    Except that fewer and fewer people are shooting FULL manual, so that's a really small market to aim for, even if you happen to be in it. Much more common these days is people setting aperture and shutter speed manually, but using auto-ISO, and with that combination, an exposure comp dial is...
  30. Ray Sachs

    Olympus 12-40 vs Panny 12-35 dilemma

    Yeah, it's one of those things that doesn't look like much at all on paper, but feels like a real difference when you handle them both. I had a similar but opposite reaction back in the early days when the Pany 14-140 was the only m43 superzoom and then the Oly 14-150 showed up. On paper, the...
  31. Ray Sachs

    Olympus 12-40 vs Panny 12-35 dilemma

    I'd agree with Don's characterization except when it comes to the difference in macro capability. It's not "somewhat more close up capability", it's a pretty big difference IMHO. I'd easily use the 12-40 as my only macro-ish lens. I wouldn't with the 12-35. Here are the closest focus with the...
  32. Ray Sachs

    Artist and Artisan Easy Glider Alternative (less $$)

    No, it's the v3. I'd pre-ordered it and got it a couple of weeks ago. If I had just been using a standard sling, it would have felt like it was much more adjustable. But I've been using the A&A for almost two years and it has more adjustability with just one adjustment slider, rather than two. I...
  33. Ray Sachs

    Artist and Artisan Easy Glider Alternative (less $$)

    I tried that one too, but it's got the problem of not being able to set the camera on it's bottom because of a bulky tripod mount. And I didn't find it nearly as adjustable, or at least EASILY adjustable as the A&A. For the max adjustment you have to work both the front and back sliders and...
  34. Ray Sachs

    Artist and Artisan Easy Glider Alternative (less $$)

    Late to this discussion. I've tried all manner of slings and now of adjustable straps. I've kept two - the A&A slider strap which is my favorite by far. Attaches at the lugs, slides incredibly easily both to slide the sling around to shoot and also to shorten and lengthen. Looks are also fine -...
  35. Ray Sachs

    Olympus 12-40 vs Panny 12-35 dilemma

    I owned each for a while and both are great. I guess the biggest questions are how much do you use the last 5mm and the near-macro capability of the 12-40? If you don't care much about either, I'd probably sell it and go for the 12-35, since you'd have IS with either body and I really liked the...
  36. Ray Sachs

    COMPLETED EM1, 12-40, 35-100, 75, etc | Location: USA | Ships: US/Canada

    Buy & Sell Listing - Want to SellSelling EM1, 12-40, 35-100, 75, etc Prices All gear tentatively sold. Olympus EM1 body - $1000 Olympus 12-40 f2.8 - $750 Olympus 75mm f1.8 - $600 Panasonic 35-100 f2.8 - $950 Olympus 75-300 (first edition) - $250 or free if you buy the entire bundle...
  37. Ray Sachs

    Pan LX7...yay or nay? Alternatives?

    The LX7 is a great little camera and I'd recommend it as a great camera to learn a lot about photography on. The only red flag for your friend is you say "she really likes bokeh and night photography as well" and the small sensor and the actual focal lengths in the lens (not the equivalent focal...
  38. Ray Sachs

    Are pictures from the 12-40mm and 12-35mm noticeably different?

    I used both side by side for a little while. I'll just second or third a lot of what's already been said. The image quality is so good on both and so close I think you'd have to do some extreme pixel peeping to see any difference. If there's an AF speed difference, I didn't notice it. Both are...
  39. Ray Sachs

    12-40 opinions vs bunch of primes...

    I guess I'm a bit late to reply, so enjoy the 12-40. It's a great lens - as good a zoom as I've ever used. But I'm still a prime guy. There are events and subjects for which only a zoom will do and I'm glad to have this one. But it's in addition to my primes, not replacing them... But my...
  40. Ray Sachs

    COMPLETED Panasonic 7-14 w/ Wratten adapter and filter | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    I don't know it will be better, but I'm sure it will be very very good (as is the Panasonic). Every Fuji lens I've shot with (down to kit lenses) have been excellent so I'm not worried about the quality of the Fuji, and I'm trying to get my Fuji gear to the point of being a fully self-contained...
  41. Ray Sachs

    COMPLETED Panasonic 7-14 w/ Wratten adapter and filter | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    Buy & Sell Listing - Want to SellSelling Panasonic 7-14 w/ Wratten adapter and filter Prices $750 OBO SOLD Location USA Ships to USA Description This is a 7-14 in excellent condition. Comes with box, packing material, pouch, paperwork, etc. I've adapted this to...
  42. Ray Sachs

    Showcase Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

    Wow, lovely shot! -Ray
  43. Ray Sachs

    Showcase Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

    Mostly shooting with the XT1 lately, but I took the EM1 and 12-40 out for a short walk yesterday and shot a lot of nothing in particular. Not really much of a zoom shooter, but sometimes its fun to play around with, and when the lens is this good and versatile (with it's nearly macro...
  44. Ray Sachs

    Has the Oly 12-40mm lens mount 'problem' disappeared?

    Clearly a few broke real early - more than would be expected. But I haven't seen any new reports since that initial burst of problems. My guess it was a bad early batch with something going wrong in the manufacture process. Since it's a problem that seemed limited to a few really early and...
  45. Ray Sachs

    Luckypenguin, thank you for years of Super Moderation!

    As long as you'll still be around the various forums..... -Ray
  46. Ray Sachs

    COMPLETED Olympus 12mm lens | Location: USA | Ships: USA

    Buy & Sell Listing - Want to SellSelling Silver GX7 body, Oly 12 & 17mm lenses Prices GX7 - SOLD Olympus 12mm $450 SOLD Olympus 17mm f1.8 SOLD Location USA Ships to USA Description GX7 and 17mm lens sold. 12mm reduced to $450 Silver Olympus 12mm...
  47. Ray Sachs

    Olympus Rebates

    I think Olympus, like a lot of other large companies, use rebates to help spur sales, but make collecting on them relatively difficult on the hope that a pretty healthy percentage of people won't be willing to fight through the BS to actually collect. It's an approach that's worked with me at...
  48. Ray Sachs

    Olympus Rebates

    Ditto here - I got mine a few days ago - mailed in about the same time. But I did call them to follow up because I bought the camera and lens from different retailers and wanted to make sure everything was in order. I got verification that it was fine and it proceeded as hoped, if not as quickly...
  49. Ray Sachs

    Showcase Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

    Just got my rebate check for this lens and then we got yet ANOTHER dump of snow yesterday, so I was out shooting, getting it wet and snowy, but it hung in there and did just fine... West Chester Snow Day by ramboorider1, on Flickr West Chester Snow Day by ramboorider1, on Flickr West...
  50. Ray Sachs

    Street Photography Tips: Agree, Disagree, Or A Bit Of Both...

    Yeah, WHAT the hell are they thinking?!?!? If we could just outlaw cell phones and coffee in to-go cups we'd be OK. And, maybe sunlight too - yeah, that's gotta go... -Ray
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