Scott Birch

Scott Birch

Joined on Sep 20, 2012

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Markol: I've been a huge fan of Jeff for many years but the final thoughts he put together destroy much of his reputation IMHO.
While I'm not at all against this camera, an enthusiast would never argue that he doesn't print large anyway so the inferior IQ is ok when going on a once in a lifetime holiday.
But amazon will be happy with the text, that's for sure.

"Destroyed his reputation." People do like their melodrama, don't they :D

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 15:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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snapa: It's simply too big and heavy. As much as I like the larger 1" sensor, if it had only 16MP (for better low light shooting capability) and 25-300mm equivalent zoom range to make it smaller/lighter, it could have been a contender for me. As it is, it is as large and heavy as a mid range DSLR with a kit lens and has lower IQ and high ISO capability. Not many people need/require 20MP or 400mm as a travel type take anywhere camera. Also, 4K video will only be truly utilized by <5% of people, so that is something most will pay for without needing or using it. It's basically a marketing gimmick for all intensive purposes at this time. Once people own 4K capable computer monitors and TV's, it may be worth having that option at that time.

"For all intensive purposes."

FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES! AAAGH! YE GODS!

We need more grammar Nazis. I can't be the only one.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 20:10 UTC

Sony should slow down and finish what they start. A strong array of lenses for existing product lines would be good. How about value-for-money lenses for the a6000?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 11:20 UTC as 17th comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2004 comments in total)
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fortwodriver: This is absolute BS... The f-stop is a measure of the ratio of the diaphragm opening to the focal length of the lens. Nothing more, nothing less. If you want to talk about light transmission, please do your research on T-Stops and stop making this stuff up.

T stop is more accurate, yes, but as consumer cameras have TTL metering, the differences are not enough to invalidate F-stops as a metric.

Even Newton's 3 laws of motion aren't completely accurate, if you go down to a quantum level of measurement, but they are accurate _enough_ for engineering purposes and for our lives.

You, sir, have come here to pour scorn on stills photographers and tell us that you're in some way one of the 'big boys' in the movie world. You are not here in the spirit of sharing knowledge of the art of photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 09:43 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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Barney Britton: Sorry about that - we like to keep you in suspense. The system for scheduling homepage stories is separate from that which schedules articles - hence the snafu.

Hopefully you can see the article now, sorry about the break in service.

Oh FFS Denis.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 08:07 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1042 comments in total)
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Wubslin: Another overblown, overdone, oversized, overweight, overpriced failure from Nikon then?

Time to stick a fork in it.

Some people are quite active on forums. That makes them experts.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (272 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: An 85mm is not for headshots or even head and shoulder shots.

It's for head and half torso at the most.

You need a 135mm equiv minimum for headshots.

If you don't believe me then try it with your consumer zoom. It makes a huge difference.

She looks a bit flat-faced at 350 mm but the comparisons were informative. Thank you. I can see how different focal lengths would suit different faces too. Clearly, 85mm isn't the whole story for portraits. I shall take pics accordingly.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 19:56 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)

Y U Leica?

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 01:19 UTC as 247th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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nickthetasmaniac: DPR, I'm curious to hear your thoughts about the sustainability of using 1.2kg of aluminium to create a 94g shell? Even assuming the waste aluminium is reused, this still requires a great deal of additional energy. Or do these things not matter so long as "The result is an extraordinarily tactile, solid-feeling object."

Being a niche, artisan manufacturer does not excuse Leica from its environmental responsibility.

And there's the fact that Leica owners aren't buying new cameras every 18 months. That's good for the environment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 19:19 UTC
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Poweruser: Although 15/1.7 sound spectacular on paper what you are really getting is a moderate wide angle (35mm terms) with almost no option to work with selective depth of field. Unless you really close up, compact camera / phone style.

Would it matter if this lens was f2.8 instead? A fast aperture at this focal length helps the smaller m43 sensor to gather enough photons in bad light. Picture-wise at 15mm it doesnt make a difference at all.

We must have bokeh. We don't know why, but we must have bokeh.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 22:39 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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yabokkie: if the AF is really good, and better if good with EF lenses, many of us should be able to put m4/3" behind us.

What camera do you shoot with, Yabokkie?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 19:45 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000 article (102 comments in total)

Without ever having been in the same room as one or seen any sample pics, I can say that this is a good-looking camera. The design team got it right this time.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 17:29 UTC as 10th comment
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Macist: Without GPS, it's useless as a travel camera.

Fail, since superzooms are mostly bought for travel photos.

I just tell people where my shots are taken. If that isn't enough for them, then they can sod off.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 10:47 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (618 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: I can't believe the whining from people in this comments thread.

And I am frothing at the mouth at your insolence in calling me out on this. It's all gone a bit ironic, hasn't it? Even so, still incredulous at the whingers. It sounds like a good camera. At least get your hands on it before you slam it on this forum.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 15:15 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (618 comments in total)

I can't believe the whining from people in this comments thread.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 07:44 UTC as 154th comment | 2 replies

People whining about 'post' and Photoshop perhaps never used a darkroom.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 07:37 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
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aftab: Remarkable jealousy shown here by those who will never be able to produce anything remotely close.

Carabas, you're assuming that total originality is an absolute requirement for every piece of art, yes?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 07:37 UTC

Beautiful.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 08:59 UTC as 272nd comment
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PinPoint: wow, a dumb rubber cost around 20% the price of a camera body with sophisticated electronics and mechanics... I changed all the 4 tyres of my car and that cost me around 2% the price of car body...

Hi EssexAsh. People who cannot spell 'tyre' tire me also :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 13:27 UTC
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

Breathtaking. Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 07:30 UTC as 51st comment
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