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In Topic: EVA Airlines - Elite vs Economy Class?

13 April 2017 - 08:14 AM

Hi Bruce!


   Go for it.  I flew EVA the last couple times I went to Indonesia, including our honeymoon.  I found it to be about almost as nice as Singapore Airlines.  The bump up to "Premium Economy" (whatever they call it now) is well worth it.  It compares favorably to "Executive Economy" on Singapore Airlines.  Not sure how the leg from TPE to Manila works, but their flight from TPE to JKT was a 747 when I did it.  Being in a premium class of service allowed you to select seats all the way up in the nose of the plane for that leg and it was very quiet -- the view out of the window seats at the very front was great.  Note that they used to do seat assignments online and open it up exactly one month before departure -- so be on the lookout for that if they still do it.


     Now TPE is not as nice an airport as SIN.  However, there is a place where you can get a shower and change clothes, etc.



In Topic: Are people leaving micro four thirds?

07 November 2016 - 05:02 PM

For most people, the current sensors are more than adequate.  And if you want a big step up, you can always go to FF.  I'm more interested in improvements in mirrorless autofocus, C-AF, in particular.  A bump up in the ability to track moving subjects would be appreciated.  We will see what the MKII can do.

In Topic: Fits the new Olympus E-M1 II ?

06 November 2016 - 05:39 PM

See comparison photo in this review.  Very unlikely that it would fit.


Review: The Olympus E-M1 Mark II

In Topic: Are people leaving micro four thirds?

04 November 2016 - 11:39 AM

If the E-M1 MKI was gonna make me jump, I'd already have a used housing for it.  I, like you, will be watching to see if the MKII is worth the hype.  I will stop my "bitching" now . . .

In Topic: Are people leaving micro four thirds?

04 November 2016 - 07:16 AM

Keep in mind that comparing the price of a refurbished camera that has been on the market for a few years to a not-even-in-the stores-yet new model may be a bit unfair.  I don't think that can be the basis of saying the new camera is overpriced.  I think they may have price it a couple hundred dollars over what many were expecting but in the photo world, a couple hundred dollars doesn't mean much anymore.  A 20mm extension ring from Nauticam costs $200.00


Certainly within a matter of months the new camera will be available in gray market versions for less and will also be part of those numerous sales where Olympus offers 100-200 off.  Clearly if one wants a "bargain" approach to the higher-end m43 cameras now, getting one of the closeout E-M1 bodies, or a refurb, and looking for a used housing for it would be the way to go. 


Yes, of course.  More importantly and to the point, though I switched over to the E-M1 and Olympus pro lenses for above water photography (gotta say the 40-150 with the 1.4x tele-extender is wonderful), the E-M1 wasn't enough to make me switch over from my Canon 50D for underwater, given the extra cost of swapping housings and the fact that I dive less than I used to.  In that regard, the price point of the E-M1 MKII gives me pause.  I suppose I get that Olympus is pricing this as a "pro" level camera.  If a Nikon D500 is $1500 and a D810 is $2499, why not try to price it between them?  As to whether it offers capabilities that lie between them, I don't know.  As for underwater, I will probably wait until reports are in on how much better the autofocus is, then figure out what my priorities are.