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    new PEN-F has some surprises for me

    I primarily use my smaller Olympus primes on my Pen F: The 12 f/2 and the 17, 25, 45 and 75 f/1.8s. I leave all of my f/2.8 PRO zooms - the 12-40, 12-100 and 40-50 for my E-M 1 Mark II. I can occasionally use my 12-200 travel zoom on either camera. I am considering the 12-45 f/4 zoom for the...
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    Cheapest 4k EVF m4/3?

    Another excellent option is the Panasonic G85 with 12-60 lens for $697: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1280824-REG/panasonic_dmc_gm85mk_lumix_dmc_g85_mirrorless_micro.html?sts=hist-pi&pim=Y
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    So... How Does the New Oly 12-200 Look on Camera Bodies?

    I'm still happy with mine. Lightweight, reliable autofocus and more-than-acceptable image quality as a travel/do-all lens. I don't use it for critical work but that's not what it's meant for. Image quality is the best at the wide end but I have no problem with the results I've gotten at the...
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    What potential new feature would make you buy the E-M1iii?

    Count me among those who won't pay $2000 for a micro fourth-thirds camera. Ditto for lenses that cost more than $1000.
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    Rumoured Panasonic GX10

    Ah yes... battery life. I failed to mention that. It's becoming a problem with more and more cameras across all brands these days. At least Sony finally realized they needed a bigger/better battery in their full-frame and APS-C products.
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    Rumoured Panasonic GX10

    Given the way most industries that make consumer products work these days, I'm surprised there will be a GX10. If the GX9 didn't sell well, coventional thinking would have Panasonic simply dropping rangefinder-style cameras and saying "See, nobody wants them," when in fact the problem could be...
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    Insulated/Waterproof Winter Boots

    Here in the Northeast (but not northern New England), I often use uninsulated boots from L.L. Bean. For the nasty stuff... there are these: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/120889?page=maine-wardens-boot-mens&csp=a&feat=122197-item_page.t_recsbottom Note that these boots are both insulated and...
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    Shootout GAS attack: Oly EM1mkii vs Sony A7iii

    This is true, although Tamron's full-frame FE mount zooms get good reviews, are moderately sized and are much lighter than you'd think. But I understand your point. In my case, my A7 III kit targets under 100mm. My u43 kit was built gradually over a decade, so it's much more complete. But...
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    Shootout GAS attack: Oly EM1mkii vs Sony A7iii

    My bad. Fixed that. :laugh:
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    Shootout GAS attack: Oly EM1mkii vs Sony A7iii

    I have both the A7 III and the E-M1 II. Different tools for different jobs in my case. The full-frame Sony for a lot of indoor and/or low-light work -- or when I'm trying to get artsy. The u43 Oly for shooting wildlife or sports with a long lens.
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    GetOlympus Reconditioned 20% off with coupon "CyberSavings"

    I agree about the 17mm f/1.2. While it would be great in low light, I'm not sure I need that shallow a depth of field at that focal length. I'd buy the 45mm first but I have other options for portraits.
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    GetOlympus Reconditioned 20% off with coupon "CyberSavings"

    I literally cannot find anything that I want or need to buy from Oly anymore. It's not their fault. I'm not going to buy the E-M1X nor the 17 and 45mm f/1.2 PRO lenses. But I have all the PRO zooms and the 25mm f/1.2. I also have all of their smaller f/1.8 primes and a few of their...
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    What are you Drinking ... Right Now ... ?

    Twinings English Breakfast Tea.
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    Pen F....a 'lovesome' thing.

    Yes, I saw quite a few complaints about that. Plus the front-mounted dial seemed to annoy a lot of people. That would be about it, though. I'm not talking about me but the comments and discussions I was reading when the camera came out. Although I would welcome PDAF and weathersealing if...
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    Pen F....a 'lovesome' thing.

    Something I forgot to mention above: I don't know what research Olympus is using but I feel the company is making a mistake in killing off the Pen F. If sales were limited, I suspect it had more to do with one or two features of the camera. Instead of fixing them, they killed off the model...
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    Pen F....a 'lovesome' thing.

    Dave, I'm with you about loving the Pen F. I bought a silver and black one, brand-new. Then about six months ago I picked up a refurbished all-black one that was on sale on Olympus's U.S. site - just so I'd have a Pen F to use with my small, f/1.8 primes for a very long time. No...
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    3D printed lens hood for PL100-400

    Ditto.
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    Apple's Photos App - anyone else using it? Tricks or tips?

    I started in film during the 1970s. So my policy has always been "get it right (or close to right) in the camera." That way, one doesn't need to do extensive editing in post. As a result, Photos works fine for me - even though I am experimenting with Capture One.
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    Everyday pocket cameras?

    While the better phone cameras are workable in a pinch, I still find the 100 percent digital zoom of smartphones to be a problem. So I still use enthusiast compacts for travel. The OP's own suggestion of a lightly used RX100 IV is an excellent idea. Not only does it feature excellent image...
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    What do you think of the "Orange" dark theme?

    It's fine, although I kind of liked the old dark theme a bit better. But that's just me. At least it's unique.
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    Configuring 2019 iMac for Photo and Video Processing

    Congratulations. It's no surprise that your new iMac is much faster than your old set up. That 9th-generation, six-core i5 chip is supposed to offer roughly the same performance as the 8th-generation i7 chip. I went with the same processor. Your operating system and some of your most-used...
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    Panasonic Working on New u43 Sensor With Advanced AF

    With all the talk about Sony's A7R IV full-frame camera this week, there's this little bit for the micro-four thirds crowd - courtesy 43 Rumors... (FT5) Panasonic is developing a new TOF Micro Four Thirds sensor for a new PERFECT autofocus system! - 43 Rumors Many have been asking why the...
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    Any Good 2019 Amazon Prime Day deals?

    I found myself curiously disinterested in Prime Day this year. Perhaps that's because I think the deals have been less compelling with each passing year.
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    Bag for 4 small prime lens kit

    I carry my Pen F and the Oly 12, 17, 25 and 45 in an Ona Bowery. One of the lenses is always attached to the camera, of course. There's enough room for an extra battery and memory card, and even an aftermarket charger. I'm not sure what kind of camera you have. An E-M5 might work. An E-M1...
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    u43 Ramblings: Do I need Olympus *and* Panasonic?

    You want irony? What you say about Sony menus is true. On the other hand, Sony’s intelligent auto mode, face recognition and eye tracking mean you can almost use the cameras as point and shoots - and get great results. I have an RX100 V and I can easily use it as a highly successful point and...
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    Configuring 2019 iMac for Photo and Video Processing

    Have you bought anything yet? Apple has just started putting refurbished 2019 iMacs on its site. Here’s a refurbed version of the machine I recommended for you above - for under $2K... Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.7GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display
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    u43 Ramblings: Do I need Olympus *and* Panasonic?

    Yup... I meant the 12-100. :doh:
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    u43 Ramblings: Do I need Olympus *and* Panasonic?

    I bought the second Pen F not so much to use right away but to put in storage for a while as I used the other. The idea is to keep my access to a working Pen F going in the mid- to semi- long term because I enjoy the camera and Oly doesn't plan to replace it. I think it's a good idea to keep...
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    u43 Ramblings: Do I need Olympus *and* Panasonic?

    I see more than just the E-M 1 Mark I finding a new home. The more I think about it, the more I think it's going to come down to the Pen F plus E-M1 II... or the Pen F and G9. Small Oly glass for the Pen and the brand-appropriate heavy artillery for the big camera. I see everything else going...
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    u43 Ramblings: Do I need Olympus *and* Panasonic?

    As I get older, I am trying to rationalize more of my camera gear. I simply don't need as much gear as I have. I have also been able to stick with a trade up/build down policy: I must get rid of two cameras for every new camera that I obtain. Which beings us to micro four thirds. During the...
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    Configuring 2019 iMac for Photo and Video Processing

    That's exactly why I finally upgraded.
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    Configuring 2019 iMac for Photo and Video Processing

    Come think of it, you can probably get pretty much my set-up for well under $3K. Just select the 27-inch iMac in my link above - and stick with the 2TB Fusion Drive that's standard. You'll still get 128GB of SSD - enough for the OS and your most important files and programs. The total will be...
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    Configuring 2019 iMac for Photo and Video Processing

    Yup. This is the model I went with... 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display I kept the Gen-9 i5, six-core chip and added one option: I had Apple equip it with a 1 TB solid-state drive rather than the 2 TB Fusion Drive. That brought me to about $3K. Having Apple add RAM is way too expensive...
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    So... How Does the New Oly 12-200 Look on Camera Bodies?

    Yup. And it was a fairly low-risk purchase given that the refurbed lens was priced at $719 with a final price of $576 during Oly's 20% off sale. Much more in line with what I thought the lens should cost. By the time Oly has a similar sale, perhaps around Labor Day and then again around the...
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    So... How Does the New Oly 12-200 Look on Camera Bodies?

    As some of you already know, I picked up a black Pen F and a 12-200mm zoom during the recent Olympus refurbished sale in the U.S. I must say, the 12-200 looks and feels much more balanced than I thought it would. I think it's going to be a fine travel/do-all lens. Here are some shots of the...
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    Panasonic GX9 vs Olympus Pen-F

    I've had the GX85 and I still have the Pen F. I like it so much that I just ordered another one from Oly's U.S. refurbished sale. I also have the G9 and a GX8. I'll hold onto the GX8 until Panny comes up with another rangefinder-style camera with weather sealing and a better EVF.
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    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    Black Pen F and 12-200mm superzoom have arrived!
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    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    I'm sure this deal will be back later in the summer. Maybe around Labor Day. Just be ready to jump on it without thinking about it when it happens. And, by then, there should be more 12-200's available.
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    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    Well, I called and the price I paid was a mistake. So they made the adjustment. So I got the refurbed 12-200 for $576 plus tax. An even better deal. :2thumbs:
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    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    I’m not sure about this. Yes, it says $719 but that was the price after the 20 percent discount earlier. Oly doesn’t usually change prices after a sale is underway. Anyway, it’s a moot point. The 12-200 is now sold out. I just received a email from Oly. Both my Pen F and 12-200 have...
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    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    I didn’t get the email until later as well. But I got the text about the sale last night... and another text about the 12-200 early this morning. Have you signed up for texts to your smart phone? If not, you should.
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    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    Well, I grabbed one. When factoring in sales tax, I saved $200. Still, no more spending for me this summer.
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    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    Part of me really wants to jump on this deal. But I’m not sure how long I’m going to keep my E-M1 kit.
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    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    I picked up an open box Panasonic TS-7 from Samy’s Camera a few weeks ago for the same price. Full warranty. It doesn’t do raw but it does have an EVF. Like the TG-5, ever mind the small sensor. Both cameras are fine in good-to-fair light - and underwater. And they’re what we’ll use when we...
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    Olympus Outlet sale 20% off Refurbished using coupon "SUMMER20"

    I scored a black Pen F to go with my silver and black one. I know that I’ll use my Pen Fs for as long as they work - and I have all the small, fast primes. I’m not so sure about my bigger, heavier Olympus gear like the E-M 1 Marks I and II... and my big PRO glass.
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    Another Olympus Outlet Sale in the U.S.

    Olympus is having another 20 percent off sale at its U.S. outlet. Use the code SUMMER20. I just scored a refurbished black Pen F to go with my own silver and black one. I know I’ll keep my Pen Fs as long as they work. The jury is still out with my bigger and heavier Olympus gear - like the...
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    ebay & tax

    Just so everyone is clear on the law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled about a year ago that states are within their authority to demand sales taxes on Internet sales. This is why you're seeing this now -- it's not eBay's call. Supreme Court rules in internet sales tax case: States can charge...
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    Which iPad for Lightroom?

    I recommend a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. iPad Pro
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    SPOOF: New Panasonic APS-C camera

    Looks like Panasonic is trying to cover its butt here. Will a medium-format camera be next? :biggrin:
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    Purchased my dream camera..Olympus Pen EP2

    Another vote for small primes. Any of the Oly f/1.8 glass will do. Or the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 and 20mm f/1.7. The Pens were made for small lenses and that's the best way to enjoy them.
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