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New Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 — Not Convinced It Is Worth $601 More Than A Sony a6500.

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My comparison of what I look for in a camera.

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I could be wrong but I don’t see the justification for the added $601.

IF it was APS-C or Full-Frame — yes.

But, darn it — it is a Four-Thirds sensor. Panasonic appears to be playing the same game recently played by Olympus with the much anticipated OM-D E-M1 Mk II. That too was priced, body-only, at $1,999.

I think the Four-Thirds vendors are HOPING that a $1,999 might make their cameras look better. Not sure that that is going to work.

Yes, the Panasonic GH5, at the end of April, with a new version of firmware, is supposed to get some groundbreaking video features. That has zero value to me.

I just can’t see paying $2,000 for a 20MP Four-Thirds body. Period!

It would be competitive if it was $1,400 U.S.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II WAY TOO Overpriced For A “Four Thirds” Camera.

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Click to ENLARGE and savor.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II has some pretty impressive specs. BUT in the end it is still a “Four Thirds” camera and sensor size does matter.

This is STUPID pricing.

$400 more than the Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji is an APS-C sensor.

Same pricing as the Nikon D500.

I would pay $2,000, body only, for for a Nikon D500. But for a “Four Thirds” Olympus.

I think it is at least $200 overpriced.

Not that I was thinking of getting one. I am STICKING with APS-C. Thanks.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II Specific Website.

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Click to access. Lot there. Worth checking out.

On paper the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II is pretty amazing — in terms of technology and this Website does a great job explaining what that is all about.

Check it out.

This is one heck of a camera. I always KNEW it would be! There is plenty of proof of that on this blog.

Yes, I am still LEeRY of the Micro Four-Thirds sensor. But, the Oly appears to be comfortable at higher ISO and that will compensate for the less senor area for light gathering.

All this said … RIGHT NOW … we have NO DATE, NO PRICE for the OM-D E-M1 Mk II!

So it is, for now, nothing but a famed Japanese PAPER TIGER.


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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II Image Stabilization Limited By Earth’s Rotation? WOW!

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Click here for the full, original “Photography Blog” post. 

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Click 2nd image to ENLARGE and read. WOW! 

That is pretty impressive. Olympus image stabilisation BUMPING against Earth’s rotation? WOW.

Talk about Laws of Physics.

Technologically, on PAPER, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II is one heck of a camera — but, alas, as yet, it is but a paper-tiger.

I am keeping an eye on this.

I want a camera that is limited by the Laws of Physics. That is TRUE bragging rights.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II Delayed? Has Canon With EOS M5 Already Stolen The Mirrorless Thunder?

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with entire Olympus Press Release.


Well the much anticipated Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II, as was expected, has been announced at PhotoKina 2016. But the wording on Olympus’s press release is curious. It says: “Olympus Announces The Development Of Its New Flagship Camera …”

“Announces The Development” …

Claims that the camera will come LATER this year, i.e., 2016.

Does that mean December 2016 — the Canon M5 slated to be available in the first week on December.

The specs, as I always expected them to be, are FORMIDABLE. It looks like it will be one heck of a camera.

But, in the end, push-comes-to-shove, the Olympus despite all of its bells and whistles is a Micro Four-Thirds (4/3″) and the Canon M5 is an APS-C — and sensor size does matter. I might, however, be TEMPTED to wait to see what the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II can really deliver.


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Possible Game-Changer Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II Delayed — Good For Fuji.

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From “The New Camera”. Use link below to access the original post.

Click here to access original at “The New Camera”.

This delay is a crying shame because this, despite being a Micro Four Thirds, is, on paper, one heck of a camera — even possible stiff competition for the Fuji X-T2 due to be announced next week.

I had already WARNED that companies relying on Sony sensors could start facing delays. This is such a shame. Pity there aren’t more sensor makers around.

This delay is indeed good news for Fuji and Panasonic — possibly even Pentax (with its Pentax K-70). Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II promises to be a game-changer — but Q1 2917 is a LONG WAY away. Pity. Shame.

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Fujifilm X-E2s — One Month Review After Taking 2,499 Usable Pictures.

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I received my brand new Fuji X-E2s, from Amazon, sealed,
on May 18, 2016.

Charged the battery overnight and updated the firmware to 1.01 before taking any pictures.
Took the first pictures on May 19.

Up to June 18th I had take 1,833 usable images.

But, June 19 was Father’s Day and we went to Boston and I took 666.

Hence the May 19 – June 19 figure of 2,499 usable images.

What is interesting is that with my Panasonic Lumix LX1000 I took 2,300 in the first month. So I am consistent, if nothing else.

8 pictures I took at the Boston Science Museum
& Boston Duck Tours on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

Click to ENLARGE (ditto for one at top).

No question (whatsoever), the Fujifilm X-E2s can, and will, take some stunning, very detailed, extremely pleasing to the eye images. Though I normally don’t bother with prints, in this all-digital age, I had about 90 of my initial pictures printed by Snapfish at 4×6. The quality, color and saturation was sumptuous. I like the camera. It is easy and fun to use. Everything is in the right place with little scope for confusion. Very solid camera. Given that this is NOT a cheap camera you would not, of course, expect anything less.

This was my first Fujifilm X-series camera. I had gravitated to Fuji because their X-series caters to two of my primary ‘needs’ in a camera: mirrorless and ‘direct control’ (i.e., lots of control dials). The Fuji X-T1, if not for the 16MP resolution and low ISO, would have, on paper, been a perfect BIG camera for me (with the X-E2s being the ‘compact’). This is why I have been waiting, for nearly 9 months, for the soon to be announced X-T2. I decided to get the X-E2s so I would be ready for the X-T2. The goal was to standardize on Fuji.

Well now that I have had the X-E2s for a month I am not 100% sure I want to standardize on Fuji!

Yes, that is one heck of an indictment — on Fuji. I have NOT been happy with focus — and I have applied all the June 9, 2016 firmware updates to the camera and the lenses. Both auto and manual focus is too erratic and temperamental for my liking.

So, the X-E2s may have prevented me from making an expensive mistake! Right now I am reevaluating EVERYTHING … from scratch. I realize that impeccable FOCUS is paramount when it comes to my needs. Image quality for me starts with razor-sharp focus. I am now beginning to realize that focus on mirrorless cameras MIGHT never meet my demands! That is very discouraging. I am bummed. I am renting a X-T1 for a week. That will help quite a bit.

But right now, thanks to the X-E2s I have had to throw away all of my previous criteria as to the kind of camera I want and start again. To be honest I am thinking I should just get a Nikon D500 and be done with it! Then I think how HEAVY and BULKY it is going to be.

And … And … And.

The soon to be announced Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II! Micro Four-Thirds! That is a bummer. I really, really, really don’t want to AGAIN regress from an APS-C size sensor. However I have this awful feeling that the Olympus E-M1 Mk II, in terms of IQ, will beat the X-T2 hands down — and, moreover, be less expensive. Plus, it will be small and light.

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Olympus Should Not Wait Until ‘Photokina’ To Announce OM-D E-M1 Mk. II.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘New Camera’. Use link below to access original.

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‘Photokina’ 2016 is towards the end of September. If Olympus waits till then to announce the REFRESH for the OM-D E-M1 it would be a full 3 years since the first model was unveiled. If at all possible Olympus should bring forward the announcement to give Fuji X-T2 aspirants, I among those, a very competitive Micro Four-Thirds alternative. Next to Fuji the Olympus OM-D line is my next favorite in terms of extensive direct control — though I am getting increasingly fond of my Panasonic Lumix LX100.

I would seriously look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II. My only reservation would be the Sensor Size. But the exceptional Image Stabilization of the Olympus, even without ‘Dual IS’ is a major consideration. The new Olympus PEN-F looks real attractive and has enough control wheels at the back to keep me entertained BUT all the reviews I read say that it is unbalanced, in terms of weight, with anything other than small (light) prime lenses — and the one type of lens I am UNLIKELY to use are primes. I am a zoom guy. It actually got me looking at Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk IIs. Refurbished Mk Is are available for $350 directly from Olympus. Tempting.

Fun, fun … fun. 

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