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  1. My father was a machinist so I can tell you that the plate has no mold marks or soft edges from casting. It seems on par with RRS and Kirk plates. it is simply a generic one with no overhead cost trying to exactly match the E-M1 II body. So many of the L plates made have bottom sections that are in the 100-110mm range. Those are way too long for a M43 body. The bottom section of this plate is around 82mm.
  2. Back to the topic.....L plates Just got the Desmond DAL L plates from B&H. With them mounted, the LCD panel will swing open around 170 degrees. So that is noticeable better that using the Kirk L plate. When you mount the plate, you move the bolt from the center slot to the slot towards the front of the camera. When you move the plate just to the end of the battery door, you end up with around a 10cm gap between the port side of the camera body and the vertical portion of the L plate. That may be enough for folks to put cables into the ports with the plate mounted. I will not check that as I don't connect cables in the field. The plate comes with a large allen wrench for tightening the main bolt to the camera. A smaller wrench is provided in case you want to remove the two sets of stop bolts that could prevent the plate from sliding out of a clamp that was not as tight as it should have been. For $20 each and no shipping or sales tax at B&H, they seem to be good value for money.
  3. This may be of interest to those that shoot Fuji.
  4. I think I found a replacement for the Kirk L plates. I will get them Wednesday from B&H. I will update when I know more.
  5. Got two of them in the mail yesterday. Fit and finish is good. The vertical part is permanently bolted into the horizontal plate. That is different for me. My RRS L plate for E-M1 had a vertical part that could be unbolted from the horizontal plate. Two items of concern: The horizontal plate does not extend fully under the camera body. The plate stops around the battery door hinge and does not extend under the grip. I would prefer the horizontal to extent under the entire camera body. Granted that would weight a few grams more in machined aluminum. The vertical part is pushed toward the back of the back of the camera body. I guess this is give max access the ports on the side of the body. The huge problem with that is the LCD panel can not swing out 180 degree and be tilted up and down with the same freedom as if if the camera did not have the L plate attached. This design has sacraficed LCS usability for port access. Personally I never shoot tethered or plug in an external mic. So I don't need port access in the field. The only time I will use the ports is to do camera or lens firmware upgrades. So for me the loss of full LCD panel maneuverability for port access is a very poor compromise. Obviously others may not feed this way. I will contact Kirk about this design. For me, it is not a winner. It will be interesting to see what RRS designs and supposedly ships in March.
  6. In the past few days both Macphun and On1 had new product releases with raw converters that were supposed to handle not only the standard 20MP raw file, but also the 60MP high res raw file. I have been turning in trouble reports and working with the help desks of both companies. Both are having problems with the raw converters for the large high res files. And both ignore the raw ORI file created when you shoot the large ORF file. The good news is today DxO released their DxO OpticsPro build which added support for several cameras, including E-M1 II. Using Optics I can now open the standard raw and jpg files....and......the large raw and jpg files.......and...the ORI raw file. I used a test large raw images and did some adjustments and exported the file as a linear DNG (note I said linear DNG not a raw DNG) and sent it to Luminar which opened it slowly...but without problem. So if you need proper support for your high res raw shots now, consider DxO Optics.
  7. Today Luminar had another release. Now I can open the 60MB+ high res raw files from the E-M1 II. Things start to get interesting when you have a choice in raw converters plus editors.
  8. On1 released to the Plus members a maintenance release of Photo RAW that should go live to all users by the end of the week. Part of the release is support for new cameras. Added support for compressed Fujifilm RAW photos Improved processing quality for Fujifilm XTrans sensors Added support for the Olympus SH-2, E-M5 MKII, E-M1 MKII, Pentax K5 II, Nikon D5600, Panasonic DMC FZ2000, Panasonic DMC G2, Panasonic DMC G5, Panasonic DMC TZ80, Leica M10, Leica TL, Canon EOS 500D, Panasonic DMC LX15 I did some test shots and found out the maintenance release supports E-M1 II jpg and and the high res raw ORF. It did not recognize the raw ORI file which if the first of the files that are compiled into the large high res file. So based on trying to open that E-M1 II high res file in Lightroom or DxO Optics.....On1's Photo RAW is the first raw converter to be released that can handle the high res raw files. There could be other converters that can do it and I don't know about them. Your milage may vary.
  9. DxO Optics is my favorite raw converter. They should be releasing a new camera support package this month.
  10. I think you are correct. The Chinese takeover will not end well.
  11. Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) does an trip to Yellowstone every winter. Info about it is at the bottom of the link. It might provide some useful info for planning your own winter trip to Yellowstone. The wife and I I like to go to Yellowstone and Tetons in October.
  12. is a long video
  13. Some folks may wonder if they are better off using Lr or Br to manage their images. I think this video from Adobe provides some things to consider. For example is all your are going to manage only photos or, are you also needing to manage all sorts of other files of different types for a variety of projects.
  14. Is DxO Optics a decent raw converter for Fuji images? It seems to an excellent job on Olympus raw files.