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DPReview’s in-depth hands-on preview of the Olympus PEN E-P3

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Andy Westlake and Richard Butler of DPReview gives you an extensive hands-on preview of the Olympus PEN E-P3:

The E-P3’s similarity of appearance to its predecessors could, all too easily, suggest that Olympus has again been subtle with its changes. But this isn’t the case at all, and the new model brings with it a whole raft of updates and refinements. Olympus has addressed many of the key criticisms of the older models, to the extent that we’d be tempted to say that the E-P3 is finally the camera that the PEN has always promised to be.

I’m always impressed with the utter depth and thoroughness of the reviews of the guys over at the Digital Photography Review website. Whenever I read any of the reviews from their site, it feels strangely enough as if I am about to read some sort of dissertation or a doctoral thesis–only, written in lay man’s terms. In other words, they write their reviews as if their very lives depend on it. Everything you ever wanted to know about every bit about the cameras they review is there. For me, DPReview is where you need to go on the net when you want to read greatly exhaustive camera reviews.

Too bad though, where it actually may matter, it would seem that the picture sample galleries for each camera reviewed usually fails to match the awesome quality of the written reviews. The way I see it, the pictures they show are not as interesting as the reviews themselves. In my opinion, the pictures in the reviews never live up to one’s expectations of the kind of images the cameras can do, and it can be a little bit of a let-down. One may be inclined to wonder, “Is this the only kind of picture that this camera can take?”

Great reviewers aren’t necessarily great photographers.

The new Olympus E-P3

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Tim Moynihan, PC World (syndicated in Macworld):

The E-P3 introduces a 3-inch OLED touchscreen, a revamped 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor, and a new imaging engine. The new “Fast AF System” supports 35 individual focus points and touch-to-focus controls while shooting still images; Olympus claims that the camera’s focus speeds are faster than those on any other compact interchangeable-lens camera on the current market.

If you are in the market for a new DSLR camera, something that’s small, but also full-featured, take a look at the new Olympus E-P3.

Shoot first, focus later

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Kai Wong of DigitalRev on Lytro:

I don’t feel much excitement about this product at all photography is not just about these technological wonders, it’s primarily about the image. The image quality matters most: whether the lens is good, the processing, the hardware, etc. I couldn’t care less if a car had a good GPS system in it if it drives like diarrhoea and, likewise, if the images that come out of the camera look awful then what’s the point of being able to choose focus after you’ve taken the shot?

And then he asks: What do you think – great invention or dumbing down of photography?

UPDATE: Yes, people all over the world are beginning to take note. Everyone, it seems, is talking about it.

PJ!

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June 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Summer Solstice: The long and short of it

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From Moleskine:

The bookmark is at June 21, the summer solstice, the longest day in the northern hemisphere, the shortest in the southern. Time to see how we are doing with our new year’s resolutions. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful summer and a happy summer solstice.

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June 21, 2011 at 5:16 PM

A dream city and a dream camera

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Alex Majoli photographs Venice with the Leica M9-P:

Magnum photographer Alex Majoli explored the streets and canals of Venice with the new Leica M9-P. His living, breathing shots present a genuine and authentic look behind the scenes of the famous city. A city filled with traditions. One of which, without a doubt, is the profession of the gondolieri. It is almost impossible to imagine the city of canals and bridges without the typical black gondolas that, even today, are built by hand by highly skilled craftsmen according to a heritage of secrets reaching back over many hundreds of years. Alex Majoli accompanied one of the around 700 gondolieri for several days and captured a sensitive portrait of the gondolier and his city. See the city familiar from thousands of photographs in an entirely new light.

Butch Dalisay: “When you step into Venice for the very first time … you smile, and smile.”

Hmmm … I wonder why?

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June 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Hang it!

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June 21, 2011 at 9:54 AM

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