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  1. Your pinky finger will not miss the RRS plate? I have yet to hold an E-M1 Mk2 but based on the photos and user impressions, it seems that its taller height is enough to accommodate the pinky finger so it will perhaps be less of an issue.
  2. Queen? It must be my frame of mind today. The intelligence that I see behind those eyes ... is incongruous with the iron grill behind her. There are so few gorillas now in the wild. Ironically, the gorillas in the zoo may yet present one chance that the gorilla will be able to repopulate the wild in the future.
  3. My attention was more focused on the contrast between the young girl in the foreground who is all smiles while walking with her friends (also smiling) and her balloons, and the homeless young man in the background.
  4. I think it is basically a sound design that is usable for both stills and video. It is the combination of stills, L-bracket and shooting in landscape/horizontal orientation that works against the swivel screen design. Stills photography, L-bracket and shooting in portrait/vertical orientation actually works better with a swivel screen. Now that Olympus has tried both non-swivel and swivel screen design for its E-M1, Olympus is better positioned to decide which design does more for its bottom line. As I am one of those who uses the E-M1 for stills with an L-bracket, it is understandable that I would prefer a non-swivel design rear screen for its next iteration of the E-M1. If the E-M1 Mk3 features a workable handheld high-resolution mode, then I will likely get one ... even if it comes with a swivel screen design ... so long as it now comes with an AF-joystick.
  5. Thank you for the link. To its credit, RRS designed a workable L-plate for the E-M1 Mk2 swivel rear LCD. Yet one does have to be deliberate and careful in articulating the rear screen to an extended landscape position as not to scratch and crack the rear LCD. Retracting the rear LCD to a flat position requires the same deliberate and careful procedure. This is such a great difference from the rear LCD of the E-M1 Mk1 where extending to landscape and returning to flat position is a two-fingers one-second operation. I expect that a good number of rear LCD screens will be scratched or cracked over time. I have already decided not to get an Olympus E-M1 MK2 but had I gotten one, I likely would have gotten only the bottom plate and not the L-bracket section. As I take more photos in a landscape/horizontal orientation, it only makes sense that I equip it for such. This is my setup with the Panasonic G85 which has a swivel screen like the E-M1 Mk2. As I mostly use the G85 for video and thus use it mainly on landscape orientation, this is not an issue. On those instances when I need to shoot on a portrait/vertical, I bring out a custom-made L-bracket adapter. This is much more convenient and faster than getting the RRS L-bracket section and needing to screw it on and off as the need arises. As pointed out in the link, there is also a likelihood that the L-bracket section would be lost or misplaced if not installed and kept separately in a bag. The difficulty of using the E-M1 Mk2 as a stills photo camera with a tripod when equipped with an L-bracket is a negative. I hope Olympus is noting the users feedback on this and design a rear LCD mechanism on the replacement model that will accommodate both landscape and portrait orientation with ease and convenience.
  6. Beautiful ... just beautiful Chris!
  7. All perfectly fine Alan. You brought up many good points and an open mind will always learn something from what you so openly and generously share here. For that I thank you.
  8. This will not be an issue for me Alan. I have used several Nikon DX lenses on Nikon FX bodies and have had quite a lot of experience with that, e.g, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8. I have used these lenses on the Nikon D800E on 1.0x and 1.2x crop with varying results, some excellent.
  9. Indeed, Adobe seems to have fumbled yet again with another Fuji product even if it has a standard Bayer-CFA sensor this time around. This cannot be good for Fuji and Adobe but given that another company can clearly do better, Adobe may yet be prodded to do more. It is early days yet and as I do not want to be on the bleeding edge of anything new, I will calmly view the market developments on the GFX 50S. I had initially planned to wait out till the 2nd generation. I know that Nikon will be announcing a D810-replacement soon and this will be more immediately usable for me than would a GFX 50S. What is making me take a closer look at this 1st gen Fuji MF is the availability of adapters for F-mount lenses. Another vendor, Kipon, has just announced its adapters for the GFX. Though some native lenses are priced reasonably, I am concerned about the weight and size of the GFX lenses so if the adapters are is shown to work well with F-mount lenses, this would be one less barrier for me to get a Fuji MF body.
  10. I understand. On this point, I observed that a sensor having an AA filter does not necessarily prevent the aliasing artefacts or moire. I saw moire in my D800 as much as I did in my D800E where I shot both side-by-side. I sold my D800 and replaced this with another D800E.
  11. Given the low pixel density of the GFX 50S 44mm x 33mm sensor relative to its 50mp resolution, I am not surprised by the resulting moire. I estimate that the 44mm x 33mm sensor would need to be roughly 72-80mp resolution for this to achieve the same results that the Nikon can achieve with its 36mm x 24mm 36mp sensor (minimal moire, but not moire free). A future GFX 100S will likely have much less moire than the current GFX 50S.
  12. Agree. I am very happy to hear that you have gotten good results with the Pentax K-1 using the multi-shot pixel-shift (hereinafter referred as "MSPS") feature. I considered and am still considering the Pentax K-1 for the same reason ... the MSPS feature that overcomes the limitations imposed by a Bayer Color-filter-array while not being hobbled in the way that Sigma's camera are by the Foveon sensor. What made me paused picking up the K-1 was the long learning curve I would have gone through and the limited time I have for this avocation. I am now very comfortable with my F-mount and m43 systems. It took a long time to learn the strength and weaknesses of the various bodies and lenses I use but I deemed this essential to make the most of these. Picking up a K-1 would have involved a long drawn out process of buying and learning a new camera system and the new lenses to use with it. This is something I paused doing as I am looking at another area of interest that will take a bit of time to learn properly - drone-based photo and video . As much as I see that the K1 MSPS yields real tangible benefits, I forsee myself as being unable to devote the time needed to make the most of the K-1 and the MSPS feature. I expect that Nikon is developing a high-resolution mirrorless camera even as I write this. I expect that such a camera will likely eventually integrate an in-body image stabilization that will work together with its VR-equipped lenses. I also expect that Nikon (and every camera manufacturer) has taken note of what Pentax and Olympus are doing with MSPS feature. Given the upside and benefits that a mature MSPS will yield, I do not think that any camera manufacturer can ignore MSPS. In short, I do not think it unreasonable to believe that Nikon will deploy a camera with MSPS in the future. This belief and hope is what keeps me firmly entrenched in the F-mount camp (even while I consider using the Fiji GFX 50S as a digital back). The MSPS feature has much to offer not just in terms of overcoming the Bayer CFA limitations but as Olympus have been trying to do, also to achieve higher resolution. An Olympus executive has gone on record recently that with the higher speed and improved processing of its future camera, a handheld high-resolution mode may be possible in the next model iteration. The idea of traveling and carrying a diminutive m43 camera using existing m43 lenses (obviating the need to buy new expensive and heavy super high-resolving lenses) while able to achieve the same result currently possible only with "FF" 36mp+ cameras, is in a word, simply irresistible. Being thus, I would very keen and would very much want to hear from you of your experience with the K-1 and the benefits from using MSPS.
  13. Additional info on the Fuji GFX 50S performance here, including shadow recovery comparisons made versus the Hasselblad X1D: The Sony 50mp 44mm x 33mm sensor seems to be quite a performer. Nikon, Canon and Sony has a real challenger for image quality that while still expensive is now within a more affordable range.
  14. Louis Ferreria, the moderator of, posted some straight out of the camera photos taken with the GFX 50S. These can be viewed at this link: Ugh! It's going to be a long wait for Nikon to announce its D810 replacement.
  15. Thanks for this Michael. This is primarily what I needed to know from you. I will continue to wait until Nikon announces the D810-replacement then decide whether to get the GFX 50S.