Paul JM

Paul JM

Lives in Australia Australia
Joined on Feb 19, 2004

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On Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner article (140 comments in total)
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Paul JM: There is nothing novel about this at all
I married one about 19 years ago

Spouse never visits here. Too busy hovering above me

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 08:15 UTC
On Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner article (140 comments in total)

There is nothing novel about this at all
I married one about 19 years ago

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 23:51 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (641 comments in total)
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Mike FL: This T1 is "Weather Resistant" with no IBIS, but FUJI's WR OIS zoom lenses is no wider than 27mm.

By looking FUJI's lens road map, FUJI has No plan to release a OIS WA lens wider than 27mm.

So far, no good.

Mike if you have a look at the offerings of Canon and Nikon in the UW lenses, virtually none have OIS. I love OIS, but in long lenses when hand holding in low light is a problem
Generally if you are shooting wide, if the shutter speed is getting so slow that you need OIS, you are better off using a tripod. At these shutter speeds, if shooting people you are going to get movement artefact, and if shooting architecture etc much better on a tripod. Have a look at the premium SLR wide lenses

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 08:09 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (641 comments in total)
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Mike FL: This T1 is "Weather Resistant" with no IBIS, but FUJI's WR OIS zoom lenses is no wider than 27mm.

By looking FUJI's lens road map, FUJI has No plan to release a OIS WA lens wider than 27mm.

So far, no good.

Mike why on earth would you want IS with an ultra wide lens? Makes no sense

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 13:29 UTC
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Mark Banas: Waiting for someone to do the math on the prize value vs. # of prior paid entries. ;)

That said, it's great to have any excuse to shoot more panos, and I see Peter Lik was one of the past judges, while Aaron Spence is one of the current ones. The standards have gone up!

Juck, if you are considering submitting a self portrait, and are short the $16 required, I am happy to sling the money to you to keep you quiet. Would that help ?

Dont you think that it is a little odd that for a major comp like this, well established over years, that the OP focuses first up on the cost of entry ?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 02:29 UTC
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Mark Banas: Waiting for someone to do the math on the prize value vs. # of prior paid entries. ;)

That said, it's great to have any excuse to shoot more panos, and I see Peter Lik was one of the past judges, while Aaron Spence is one of the current ones. The standards have gone up!

Do you expect them to run the competition at a loss ?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 01:27 UTC

Once the third party developers put together an FPV option to work with this, it will a fantastic option for drone use.
Fantastic

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 01:12 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (806 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: >> Noisy high ISO images
They don't look bad at all. I've seen much worse. Maybe I'm blind.

>>Heavy for a mirrorless camera
People don't get mirrorless cameras just because of the weight, but because all mirrored cameras don't hold a candle to the quality of the VF and the better images you get because of better feedback.

>>Subject tracking in continuous AF can be unreliable
Easily fixed on a firmware update. Good to bring this to the attention of Sony.

>>No quick way to magnify AF point at 100% to check focus
Seriously? How many people actually do this?

>>Over-sensitive eye sensor
This is a real problem. I would just turn it off

>>No touchscreen
This knocks MacBook Airs too, but I actually find touchscreens to be extremely annoying and themselves are a con. Computers and cameras that don't have them are better because then people don't leave their greasy finger prints all over, especially when the touchpads built have far better response and gestures.

Bryce, as so often happens on these forums you are seeing things from your own perspective only. The criticisms raised are absolutely valid. If I were buying this camera (I am not, I have the A7R) I would be upset that it is more heavy that what I already have (weight is a significant advantage of mirrors), I dont want noisy high ISO, and I often magnify the AP point to check focus, almost every shot. One of the advantages of this system is the use of 3rd party lenses, and I manually focus them always

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 02:13 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (328 comments in total)
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Rodger Kingston: Since 2012 I've been a confirmed Fuji X camera user, and never in 40 years of shooting have I had cameras I liked more than the lovely little X10 and X20 - not even my old Leicas and Contax Ts. (I've retired my big clunky DSLRs.)

I'm sure the X30 is an excellent camera, but I yearn for something better: an X100Z (the “Z” standing for zoom) with a lens equivalent to the one on my X20 (but of course configured for the larger X100 series sensor).

I yearn for the image quality and only slightly larger body (to say nothing of the amazing hybrid viewfinder) of the X100T, but without giving up the flexibility of the superb zoom lens on my X20. Will Fuji ever oblige, or am I only daydreaming?

To see photographs I’ve taken with the X10 and X20, go to my latest book, "Searching for Edward Hopper," at:
rpkphoto.smugmug.com/Books/Searching-for-Edward-Hopper. The 33 images from 2012 or later were made with these Fuji cameras.

There is an x100Z
It is called an XE2 with a zoom. The whole premise of having the x100 series is the fixed len, and compact size. Fuji have a number of options for bodies with the same sensor and zoom lens options.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 03:52 UTC
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oselimg: The trend in photographic gear development indicates towards subsidence of APC size DSLRs. I think the future will be shared between 4/3 sensor mirrorless cameras for size/weight reasons and 35mm DSLRs for obvious reasons which I won't go in to. Though I think we'll see more and more 35mm mirrorless machinery too.

No t really
Most dpr readers are keen to keep the forums on topic, so they don't fill with rubbish
I am not sure that your response offered anything to the discussin about the lens, and would hardly qualify you as a soothsayer, so you must expect some flack for making a comment that is so obvious
I wouldn't take it too personally

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 07:54 UTC
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oselimg: The trend in photographic gear development indicates towards subsidence of APC size DSLRs. I think the future will be shared between 4/3 sensor mirrorless cameras for size/weight reasons and 35mm DSLRs for obvious reasons which I won't go in to. Though I think we'll see more and more 35mm mirrorless machinery too.

It is also amazing how some people feel the need to say something, anything, no matter how fatuous, when they really have nothing to say.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 07:35 UTC
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oselimg: The trend in photographic gear development indicates towards subsidence of APC size DSLRs. I think the future will be shared between 4/3 sensor mirrorless cameras for size/weight reasons and 35mm DSLRs for obvious reasons which I won't go in to. Though I think we'll see more and more 35mm mirrorless machinery too.

You think the future will include MFT, and 35 mm dSLR and 35mm mirrors.
Incredible. You must have a crystal ball.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 02:14 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (790 comments in total)

Interesting how this has all panned out for me. I bought the original model about 2 years ago, but really the small sensor is just too restrictive for me. I thought I would be able to live with the MFT sensor size, but the restrictions relating to depth of field, and noise even at base ISO are just not tolerable for me when printing large. I have enjoyed the camera, but ended up keeping my FF SLR and buying a Fuji XE1 as a travel and walk around camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 22:26 UTC as 167th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (932 comments in total)
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sammysight: Not as sharp a photo as the Leica name would suggest. My Canon G10 takes as good a picture, and that is an old camera

You must be joking. I also have a g10 and its sensor is not nearly as good as even the first iteration of MFT sensors. Nice images at ISO 100 in good light, but at anything above base ISO the G10 very quickly fell apart.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 03:04 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (481 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: There may be better cameras out there for specific areas of photography. However, if you can’t take a great picture in any situation with this camera then it isn't the cameras fault.

so few people print to that size ? How on earth would you know what I or other people do with their printing ? I regularly crop down and print to A2. May not matter to you, but for some of us, a sensor of that resolution is just not enough. Why do you think that Sony, in the very same camera series, produced a 36 MP sensor ?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 11:38 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (481 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: There may be better cameras out there for specific areas of photography. However, if you can’t take a great picture in any situation with this camera then it isn't the cameras fault.

The camera won't stop you taking great shots, but the problem for stills is the resolution. You aren't going to be able to print this to any decent size without upressing. 12 MP too small for my requirements for stills

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 21:53 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2935 comments in total)
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En Trance: 5D IV would be the equivalent of Canon running back home with its tail between its legs. No turning back now. UNLESS you think one 5D at 50MP and one 5D at 22MP is somehow REASONABLE and not INSANITY!

That is almost exactly what Sony did with the A7 and A7R. No one complained, and they sold well. Why would it be insane to have two variants of the same model with different resolution ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 12:09 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2935 comments in total)
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Dennissmith: WHY are people still believing the "Hype" over more and more MP...
REALITY CHECK FOLKS...More pixels does not mean better QUALITY photos.
So let me get this straight..Canon bring out a 50MP camera and overnight the Nikon D810 is rubbish because it ONLY has 36MP...You people are so dumb!
EDIT...The human eye can only detect so much detail...
More pixels on a camera is a way to get fools to part with extra cash..

Dennis, how many pixels are required is entirely dependant on how big you want to print. If all you are printing is A4, then there is absolutely no need to use more than about 15 MP. However, if you are printing to A2 or above, then the difference between a 15 PM image, and a 50 MP image becomes profound. There is no point pouring scorn on people who want or need more MP simply because you (clearly) don't need them yourself. I have no need for 8 frames per second. Many people however do. I do, however want 40-50 PM in a sensor to allow cropping and large format printing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 12:06 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2935 comments in total)
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MarioV: Always amusing to read the comments.
Its as if all products that get released somehow should have been designed for someone's specific use and couldnt possibly be released for a type of audience.

If you dont like it, move on to something that does suit your needs.

I think these cameras are brilliant and the next step in evolution. The samples are superb. They can and will only get better.

What particular type of evolution are you referring to ? The loss of high ISO performance or the absence of any progress in video quality compared with the previous 5D ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 12:00 UTC
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Caerolle: "Mirrorless to outsell DSLRs 'in three years'"

lolol

The worst thing is how most of the effort seems to be put into video for most mirrorless these days, rather than stills.

And finally, Samsung, like Sony, is well short of a compelling lens system. Plus, I heard their lens opening or flange distance or something really intrinsic to the mount is all wrong. Well, and being Samsung, I would guess they have a bunch of useless 'whiz-bang' features that are far more trouble than they are worth, and get in the way.

Other than that, way to go Samsung!

Oh, I imagine their menus suck, too.

And BTW, wasnt it Samsung that made those adds about cameras not needing to look like dSLRs? By putting their little cameras in a dSLR body or something?

Caerolle, are you a former Kodak executive member ? I seem to have heard this story before.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 07:58 UTC
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