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Turnip Chops

Turnip Chops

Lives in United Kingdom Clapham Old Town, London, United Kingdom
Works as a Writer. Takes the odd picture. Hates country walks
Joined on Oct 13, 2010

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That's a very, very good picture.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 19:27 UTC as 2nd comment
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David GranoDeOro: Cameras used..
Canon 5Dii
Nikon D7000
Fuji HS10
Sony SLT A77
Sony SLT A65

For me shooting with a typical DSLR gives that instant feel of professional. Hearing that heavy sounding clack of the shutter is almost like beating ones chest saying "I'm a pro". I often hear my clients say "Look at the size of his camera you know he is a pro." But true for most who shoot with a DSLR I was far from a professional. My clients still payed my fees just BC I had a big camera. I'll be the first to tell you that I was a crap photographer.

Most of the traditional DSLRS I've shot with was rented out from my College. Then came the time for me to purchase my own. I knew I couldn't afford the cameras I've been spoiled on, 5D/D800. As a compromise I chose to buy the Fuji HS10. The image quality was near terrible but bc it was said big camera my clients never asked nor cared.

I hated the Fuji for the first week but grew to love it. The love started with the EVF. Shooting with am OVF was all guess work and I would fiend out later that I had blown the highlights or had to slow a shutter to freeze the moment or missed focus all together. But with EVF I could focus check by magnifying the image by 100% to be absolutely sure I nailed the focus. Second is that EVFs allow me to see sweat the photo will look like before and after I take my shot. This allowed me to make adjustments on the fly while never pulling the camera from my face.

That alone made me never want to go back to a traditional DSLR. I was ready to invest in a DSLR but didn't want to step backwards to an OVF again. I waited for a few years until Sony came out with the A55. It was a nice camera and won many awards but I wanted to match the 5Diii I'm low ISO IQ while stepping up the EVF to match the best OVF. Eventually Sony came out with the A77/A65. These cameras floored me as they surpassed the resolution of the 5D while matching it's IQ at base ISO and even better....housing an epic EVF with no lag!

I made my investment to the A65. I've never once regretted my choice and often have to explain why my DSLR-like camera didn't say Canon or Nikon. And that started my next battle educating all around me that I would have loved to stay with Canon or Nikon but neither were willing to innovat the way I needed them to. Often I was told I'm going against the grain and fighting an uphill battle in which CaNokin had already won.

Since then Sony released the A7 cameras that have floored most professionals. I've had to hold out for years for my next upgrade as the A65 at base ISO was unmatched until the 36mp sensors came out. I almost never shoot above ISO 400 and didn't need a full frame to compensate for poor techniques and glass. Now my next investment will be the A7Rii. As it stands CaNokin have nothing to offer a photographer like me other than their lenses but as of this past few days no longer is an isue.

Wake up CaNokin you must be seeing the trend of the market,...the will of the people. Canon...your sensors suck on almost every level measured up to SoNikony sensors. Even Samsung has far surpassed your best. Canon's Full frame are nice but not class leading. All they have is their lenses but 3rd party has surpassed them in this as well.

There is too much here to comment on. Suffice to say the @65 comparison to the 5DIII was the most laughable.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:00 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)
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John Crawley: When is the industry going to learn that more MP isn't the answer.

The answer to what? More MP may be the answer depending on the question?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 14:53 UTC
On Enthusiast DSLR camera roundup (2014) article (28 comments in total)
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steve norris: A sensible review - thank you chaps. As far as image stabilisation goes, yes, it assists, but coming from a manual film camera background it is shooting technique that gets sharp shots for me. Agreed, with a long telephoto it helps noticeably but with small light primes it really shouldn't be necessary if you know what you're doing.

But cameras in this category as not made specifically for those who know what they are doing! Even for those that a do a little help in low light, even with a fast prime does not go amiss!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 14:57 UTC
On -Dumb Ways 2 Die- (Full Colours Only + Border ) challenge (10 comments in total)
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PaulChapman: Is this not insulting to people who are unable to speak?

I think that the subject matter is a little bit questionable. The candid shot of a person doing a foolish thing could quite easily end up depicting an injury or a death. Further, how can I depict someone who did (in the past tense) something. Unless of course they are injured in some way!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 14:54 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

Obscene.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 21:13 UTC as 215th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (502 comments in total)
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Hugo808: I like the idea of the voice recording, sounds like that would help at weddings too. Might get a few funny looks talking into my camera in the church though...

Spot on Keith Reeder!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 10:59 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (502 comments in total)
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DingieM: 10fps is slow when the new Sammy NX1 supposed to do 15 fps with 28mpx. I do not think the NX1 will disappoont on the sensor front...

I think Canon will lose huge market share by literally standing still after 5 years. Way to go Canon!

It does of course remain to be seen what these 15fps actually look like under real world conditions. Why would you think that Samsung won't disappoint? Have they done anything groundbreaking in photography thus far? Canon pro/semi pro consumers for bodies and glass aren't going anywhere yet, certainly not to the Korean that's for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 10:58 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (502 comments in total)
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Retzius: She writes like a 14 year old.

I'm sure she will hate that.

Retzius. I don't think she was in a meeting or a presentation. More to the point did they ask you for a review? Was that a no? As for writing like a 14 year old, I've seen a few who put many to shame. moreover, she communicated what she needed to, which unless I'm mistaken, is the point of writing! What with cavemen above berating the fact that a 'woman,' god forbid, has written an article, and jealousy from Marcel Proust here, I might just be forced to defend DPR!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 19:06 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: It looks like the only players today with advanced cameras with 4K today are Samsung, Panasonic and Sony. Maybe by 2020 Canon will put 4K in the 7D Mark III.

That is frankly bizarre and wrong. Samsung is nowhere near a serious challenger to the CaNikon DSLR market. Not while it only has a handful of lenses to offer. Fujifilm (non DSLR) possibly, Sony (Non DSLR) maybe, but Samsung have an awful long way to go. Producing one well specified camera, which indeed the NX1 is, is not enough to be a market leader. We also don't know how those specs respond in the real world e.g. how will the AF stand up to shooting over 10fps? Canon know that they can do this. I'll wait for the reviews of this camera first!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: It looks like the only players today with advanced cameras with 4K today are Samsung, Panasonic and Sony. Maybe by 2020 Canon will put 4K in the 7D Mark III.

Not sure how that comment relates in the slightest to what I wrote!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 08:03 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: It looks like the only players today with advanced cameras with 4K today are Samsung, Panasonic and Sony. Maybe by 2020 Canon will put 4K in the 7D Mark III.

Maybe. But maybe if people are that interested in making films they ought to buy a dedicated 4K camcorder. But only when they know there is an affordable television to watch it on. Personally I don't want fripperies like video and weak articulated screens on my cameras, nor do I want to pay for them. Advanced cameras - Samsung and Panasonic. I suppose that depends what you mean by advanced?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 16:30 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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Israel119: I think this is more in honor of Canon failing to create a new sensor for over 5 years, which is the equivalent of 3 lifetimes in the digital world. Apparently someone at Canon belies that it is enough to have great lenses, but cameras can still be considered new and current when they first started selling in 2009, like the 7D, which is not only ancient but mummified.

MIne's OK! I don't see Canon's camera business crumbling at the edges because its sensors are hopeless. Nor do I see millions of Canon consumers throwing their obviously mummified equipment away in search of the latest sensor technology that presumably all non Canon users have. I think the long and the short of it is that notwithstanding a few strange types, who are more interested in 'stuff' than taking pictures, nobody gives a s***!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 12:15 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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tutek: For that money can buy Sony Alpha a6000. Canon has a weak 12.8, sony even 24 megapixels (maybe not all in the number of megapixels, but the picture is amazingly sharp) Reasonable price for canon would be 400-500 U.S. dollars.

Oh dear MegaPixel lust. Should we assume that the Canon 1DX or Nikon D4s, with 'only' 16MP sensors are inferior to the Sony as well. Please stop talking rubbish!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 13:52 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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tutek: For that money can buy Sony Alpha a6000. Canon has a weak 12.8, sony even 24 megapixels (maybe not all in the number of megapixels, but the picture is amazingly sharp) Reasonable price for canon would be 400-500 U.S. dollars.

Tutek. That's fine, buy the Sony. You've waited for 3-4 years for a compact, you must be nuts. If the Sony is what you like, buy it. I'm sure Canon don't care!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 13:41 UTC
On Ethics of prize-winning photo debated article (151 comments in total)
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Lea5: That staged image won a price, because it is political with a liberal message. They want to sell this man in the image as the true low IQ bearded american who is ugly, fat and owns lots of big guns and is a thread to the american public.
What kind of people sitting as judges in those juries? Most of them are guilty white bourgeoisie liberals, who wants to ban guns and exterminate old american values. Disgusting people. I know many of them.

And what, pray tell, is the old American value that assault rifle toting men wish to preserve? That is if you insist on making a political point!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 14:34 UTC

I'm just intrigued. What do you mean by tasteful in the context of urban decay?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 12:01 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (32 comments in total)
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Devendra: go with canon? which koolaid are you drinking? and then you shoot with Canon 40D?

i stopped reading after that

i wish DPR would monitor this absurd articles from so called "pro"s

Bizarre comment. The camera is irrelevant. The glass will make a difference, but rather a 40D in the hands of someone who knows what makes a good picture, than a Nikon D4 in the hands of a fool!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 23:05 UTC
On Street Photography = street robbery? article (10 comments in total)
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sagebrushfire: With freedom you just cannot have it all; to have absolute freedom would be a paradox because that would mean you're free to detract or take the freedom of others, who would then no longer have absolute freedom themselves.

So we argue and organize and find a balance that can satisfy the majority while giving the minority certain rights that allow them to coexist peacefully.

If you're in a non-essential public place or at a specifically planned event where photography is permitted, you don't have a reasonable right to privacy. You went out of your way to obtain access to a publicly available area.

Now, if you're walking in a business or residential area where you don't have much choice, perhaps you're traveling to work or school, I have less sympathy for photographers trying to snap your portrait because you have limited control over your ability to maintain privacy. That being said, photos of crowds or where a person is more or less unidentifiable are mostly harmless.

What would be the point of taking the picture if you are going to do that with it? Some of the most significant pictures in the history of photography would simply not exist if this view held sway!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 17:24 UTC
On Street Photography = street robbery? article (10 comments in total)
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bunyarra: <sigh> If you want to rant about sly photography go have as pop at the 1000's of security cameras that capture your every move in every city.

The purpose to which they are put is irrelevant. It matters little if the camera is on private property or used by the police. The suggestion that the state and private institutions have a greater 'right' to capture images of citizens is deeply worrying in my view. I would have less concern about being captured by a photographer than the beady eye of the state.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 17:21 UTC
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