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Guy Parsons

Guy Parsons

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Retired, thank heavens.
Joined on Jan 19, 2003
About me:

Hobby interest in photography since 1960. Try to help others where I can.
Other interests include garden railway (under construction), electronics projects when I have the time, house maintenance and making anything that I need for the house, retired from many years as a computer fixer.

Comments

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faithblinded: Wow. Adjust focus point with the LCD while looking through EVF. Go Olympus. I've been jealous of Panny users with that feature for a while now. Not a bad refresh of this cam at all.

If you use the LCD only there has been the ability in all the latest bodies to touch screen AF or touch screen AF & shoot, but swap the view to the viewfinder and the LCD is now dead.

This new mode copies Panasonic, so while using the viewfinder a spare thumb or finger can slide around the LCD to set the AF point. In other words they kept the LCD touch enabled while the viewfinder is in use.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 05:59 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Robert Holloway: Having held a senior management position is multi billion $ American consumer goods company, what everyone is forgetting is that this NPD data is independent of Sony. It measures consumer buying habits.

NPD is not in the pocket of any brand and they cover everything, not just our camera lust. Soooo....I hate to tell you, but these are FACTS, they are not opinions. Obviously the next 12 months is important

This is not a discussion about IQ. It's about what is selling best in the US market and the FACTS show that DSLR is losing big time to mirrorless.

For those of us who are interested in strategy, market trends etc. this is a very serious moment for Canikon as they being attacked from below by Apple and Samsung phones and at their top end by mirrorless. They seem to have no response.

Dunno how to explain this any clearer
Rob

<<From their top from mirrorless? Are you serious?>>

The fact is many people buy more camera than they need, then later discover that mirrorless is all they need.

Regards..... Guy

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 05:07 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (499 comments in total)
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wolfychi: Hi all Pen E-P5 users
I recently bought this camera with firmware 1.6 already installed.
I try to customise the PASM function in the mode dial as mentioned in this review, such as assigning a MYSET to the S mode, but I can only see the Art and iAUTO mode can be assign on, there is no option to assign to the PASM.
Anyone done this before?
Cheers and happy shooting

See the forum for the answer http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55075320

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 05:54 UTC
On 20th Century Limited in the Macro - Toy Train or Model Train challenge (14 comments in total)
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papa natas: Great control of lights & shadows!!
Are any real life of those machines still around?

Wkipedia entry for the Hudson class of locomotive, the basis for this Henry Dreyfuss design, says "None of the NYC Hudson units survive; all were scrapped when the railroad dieselized."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 04:10 UTC
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arhmatic: If my information is correct, and to summarize that I've read so far -

- The Leica is basically the re-branded Panasonic. The outside is much cleaner, while the insides are probably the same.
- Price difference is +300. Basically 25% more for a better, nicer, cleaner envelope.

Is it worth it?
If I was in the market for this type of camera, I'd take the Leica, FIRM!

Just cover the red dot with some electrician's black plastic insulating tape. It hides brands and logos nicely.

I once sold a black bodied Nikon film SLR to somebody and it took them some weeks to realise that I had left the black tape on over the Nikon name. I had forgotten to remove it, and they said why not keep it there to look more anonymous?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 03:43 UTC
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Mark Banas: The "Achilles heel" of this device as a photo SD card backup is the reliance on a web-browser to actually copy the data. Apparently, you can't just put an SD card into it and automatically copy the contents to the HDD (like Hyperdrive iUSBPortHD and Sandisk Connect); a supported device with a browser and screen (phone, tablet, laptop) has to be wirelessly connected to tell the drive to copy the contents. With this second device required, there are many alternatives (RavPower WD-01, Kingston MobileLite, Sony WG-C10, etc.) that can duplicate the functions, if not the storage space, and many of these can also charge the phone or tablet at the same time!

Yes, it can be set up to use standalone with no WiFi, Copy or Move. Copy will obviously copy the card to the hard drive, Move will copy then delete the card. The manual tells all http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/UM/ENG/4779-705118.pdf
Regards..... Guy

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2014 at 01:10 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Can I hook it up to a second device with USB?
So you will be able to make a second backup while on the go and you can more safely reformat your SD card.

The manual says that it has a USB 3 port and it comes with a USB cable and USB type power supply for recharging.
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/UM/ENG/4779-705118.pdf
Regards..... Guy

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 23:39 UTC
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Guy Parsons: "This video is private" is all that I get.

It's OK of course when visiting the official research page.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 07:56 UTC

"This video is private" is all that I get.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 07:36 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies
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Guy Parsons: Good to see people willing to do things the hard way.

Wet plate was the only way in the olde days and an "extreme" photographic collection of wet plates from then is the Holtermann Collection held in Sydney, Australia, http://blog.sl.nsw.gov.au/holtermann/ for info and links.

Amazing things done back then, his largest wet plates measured an amazing 1,36 x 0,95 metres, yes, metres. That's about 53 x 37 inches.

The detail in those old Holtermann plates is superb, basically grainless and limited only by the lenses of the day. Get into zoom mode in a few of them and see the detail.

In the 1875 era Holtermann made (more properly his contracted assistants made) those truly huge wet plates for the purpose of huge contact prints, to show at International Exhibitions of how Sydney was coming along nicely. No enlargers in those days from what I understand.

And Brisphoto, put me in the queue for the Holtermann book!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 21:35 UTC

Good to see people willing to do things the hard way.

Wet plate was the only way in the olde days and an "extreme" photographic collection of wet plates from then is the Holtermann Collection held in Sydney, Australia, http://blog.sl.nsw.gov.au/holtermann/ for info and links.

Amazing things done back then, his largest wet plates measured an amazing 1,36 x 0,95 metres, yes, metres. That's about 53 x 37 inches.

The detail in those old Holtermann plates is superb, basically grainless and limited only by the lenses of the day. Get into zoom mode in a few of them and see the detail.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 08:45 UTC as 43rd comment | 4 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2081 comments in total)
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Biniou1907: Hi, it seems that an IQ problem appears in some OMD EM1 pictures.
You can see it in the sample gallery of this first impression review (P9010042 image).
Leaves in the trees show a lot of artefacts (white rings).
A new owner of the camera complains about this on Flickr too.
What do you think about that?
Thanks

My comment in http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52303037
If it is the Olympus 60/2.8 then there is something wrong with the camera or the way it was used, as I only see truly nice background bokeh with my 60mm macro.
If it is the Sigma 60/2.8 then I'd avoid that lens and/or body until proved whether the doughnuts are due to camera or lens.
If the Flickr complainer found it with other lenses then there is a body or operational problem.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 03:32 UTC
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rjx: I bet dogs could make better videos than some humans I've seen.

Nah, it would all be trees.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 07:01 UTC

Uwe's site clogged and hard to access now about 1:30am I guess in Germany. Best to use the Google Docs link below in Roadtripper's post. That got me the pdf very quickly.

Thanks Uwe, regards....... Guy

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2011 at 00:39 UTC as 286th comment
On Compact Flash Association announces XQD card format article (84 comments in total)
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mrmut: I don't see the point. CF standard is nice, fast, has a great form factor and is widely adopted. The smaller alternative is excellent SD card. Why add another one?

The CF card is bad form factor.
In this day and age it's just too darn big, plus the worrying thing about its design is that it is wider than longer. Fumbling in the dark it is possible to try and insert it sideways. That explains a lot of bent pin problems.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 22:15 UTC

Bought the update as I have used Paint Shop Pro for many years. It took a nose-dive when Corel bought it from JASC but seems to be recovering slowly.

Let us hope that the X4 release is more reliable than the extra buggy X3 release that was slowly updated to be reasonably good.

Still a great program to use, but I will not touch its raw converter, it was tragic in X3, so chances of improvement....?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2011 at 21:53 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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