fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Has a website at www.primephotography.com.au
Joined on Mar 28, 2010

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On Lomography adds Lomochrome Turquoise film to lineup article (35 comments in total)

Yeah this stuff just gives film a bad name.
For all the years spent on making reliable repeatable consistent emulsions and bases, this stuff just throws it all out the window. And overcharges for it as well..

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 01:11 UTC as 4th comment
On HTC introduces the RE digital camera article (101 comments in total)
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Wes Syposz: "... equivalent to a 6.5mm focal length on a full frame body" - I thought this focal length gives you 180 degrees view on FF...

I was dubious about the calculation as well..
http://petapixel.com/2012/05/08/160000-nikkor-6mm-fisheye-in-action-on-a-nikon-d800/
Says here that the Nikon 6mm Circular Fisheye lens gives 220 degrees FOV (yes it can see behind itself apparently)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 23:04 UTC
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goloby: All I'm asking is for every hobbyist or professional photographer out there that has never tried film to give it a go. Get an old film camera, they are cheap. Most of your digital lenses will work. Buy a few rolls of Provia slide. Or some negative film, Portra, Ektar, Pro400h. Send them to a proper lab for dev and scan. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Or if you are into instagram and filters get some cheap film, kodacolor, superia200/400, colorplus 200, vista 200. See where all the hype comes from.
Are you a b&w buff? Then you have to try T-Max and Tri-x. There's no substitute.

Bulk Roll black and white film comes in at about $2-3 per roll.
Process at home for next to nothing.
$350 plustek scanner for better than minilab scans.

Film being expensive is a myth.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 06:03 UTC

'Dual lens system for optimised film (6400dpi)'

Highly inaccurate and misleading.
I don't know why companies can't list the true resolution...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 05:57 UTC as 27th comment | 10 replies
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Avobanana: "We use the best sensor"
"Our sensor is the best"
"We have been very serious in mirrorless from the beginning"

Lies and denials. I was holding on switching away from Canon. But maybe I should do it now. It's one thing to lag behind at something and totally another to deny it.

BronxBombers4, How about a forest interior shot straight into the late afternoon sun, with the objects in front of the sun not turning into a silhouette. No adjustments, and seeing more shadow detail than I could see by eye?
Closest shot I've got to what you described.
http://instagram.com/p/mEBJO3PMCT/?modal=true

Actually, I recall a photo like the one you ask for shot by Martin Parr. A whole bunch of people sitting under the trees having picnics. With the broken sunlight and shadows creating a stark contrast and a very busy looking photo, but you could still see people sitting in the shadows, as you could see people sitting in the light. It's an old photo so likely shot on 35mm film, and I don't know what it looked like by eye, or if adjustments were made. Just can't find that photo now..

I've also taken perfectly usable photos on 400 speed 35mm shot inside a darkroom with just a single safelight. Handheld. The image looks brighter than what I could see by eye.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
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Avobanana: "We use the best sensor"
"Our sensor is the best"
"We have been very serious in mirrorless from the beginning"

Lies and denials. I was holding on switching away from Canon. But maybe I should do it now. It's one thing to lag behind at something and totally another to deny it.

You're right dude, I'm seeing things from a different angle here.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 04:32 UTC
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Avobanana: "We use the best sensor"
"Our sensor is the best"
"We have been very serious in mirrorless from the beginning"

Lies and denials. I was holding on switching away from Canon. But maybe I should do it now. It's one thing to lag behind at something and totally another to deny it.

Avobanana, I think you will be forever chasing something better if you keep thinking the camera is the main limitation.
Try taking your backlit window portraits with natural light on wet plate collodion which has a sensitivity of ISO 3, and asking your model to stay still for 2 minutes. Then tell me how difficult is it to get a good looking shot with the technology you have now.
It's consumerism and technology that has created an expectation that there will always be something better than what we have. Some would say technology has spoilt us, and we are unable to appreciate what we have and how much easier it makes our lives.
Bronxbombers4, light bulbs have not become dimmer over the years, the sun has not become noticeable darker either. So why is demand for shooting in darker scenarios handheld at high ISO with no noise and super clarity something that everybody desires? Shadows exist in life. No need to push them into midtones. The difficult situations that we create for ourselves.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 03:27 UTC
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Avobanana: "We use the best sensor"
"Our sensor is the best"
"We have been very serious in mirrorless from the beginning"

Lies and denials. I was holding on switching away from Canon. But maybe I should do it now. It's one thing to lag behind at something and totally another to deny it.

Where exactly is a current sensor lacking that it has a negative affect on your photos?
Do you walk around taking photos of things, look at them and then think 'Oh no! I should have bought xx camera with xx sensor!'.
If so you should instead be thinking, 'Oh no! How can I become a better photographer and learn how to use my gear properly?'

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 00:05 UTC
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cgarrard: "We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy."

I think that is mostly true, Canon have bought sensors from Sony (etal) for a long time (mostly with the powershot division, but early DSLR's from Canon had Sony built sensors, correct?). The only thing new here is that the sensor is larger than usual for Powershot cameras.

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Yet Canon still sells more cameras to professionals than the others.
Whatever minuscule difference there might be in DR at specific ISO's only matters to those who purchase based on there being a bigger number on the box or on the DXO score.
Everyone else is a good enough photographer that they can compensate for things by actually taking a well composed and compelling photograph, or by changing their method to suit the situation at hand.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 23:59 UTC
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Gesture: D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.

And true Maji, no one wants to have to deal with the Nikon menu systems. It's a catch 22, lots of buttons to avoid menu system, or more clumsy menu to deal with less buttons.
I think cameras should go back to being much more simpler.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 08:36 UTC
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Gesture: D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.

Yeah, I had really hoped that Nikon would find some fresh appeal with the Df. That concept had so much potential.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 05:34 UTC
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Gesture: D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.

Nikon has always been in the habit of covering their cameras with buttons and dials and switches, some of them unlabeled or with doubled up symbols. Highly cryptic layout at the best of times, and some cameras are even difficult to hold without accidentally pressing buttons.
Nikon should concentrate on better ergonomics. Even non traditional camera companies like Samsung best them at that game.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 03:22 UTC
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BCSeah: second pic, the one with the fishing rod, says "24mm FX format".
isn't it 35mm format? or 135?

135 format is 24x36mm, while that sensor is 24x35.9mm so I guess one could use the number 135, or 24mm, or 35mm, or 36mm or 35.9mm... ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 03:19 UTC

If the zink system is the same as in previous products, then the quality will suck.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 23:10 UTC as 5th comment
On Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home article (69 comments in total)

I know some would argue, but I wouldn't class these as high key shots.
There are plenty of blacks and midtones here, and the only highlights are on the background. Suitable for masking and dropping a new background in mostly, or if you just want a blown out background.
I still like the shots though. :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 23:47 UTC as 6th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1144 comments in total)

What's more exciting is that Nikon are making film cameras again.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 19:27 UTC as 131st comment
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)

No distortion?
But I prefer my skinny models to look a bit pudgy.. :(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 06:37 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply
On Week in review: Photokina is in the air... article (62 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: Waiting for D7200: a new sensor with practically no noise up till ISO 12800. Cheers.

Use a tripod or ask your subject to stop moving...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 06:05 UTC
On Week in review: Photokina is in the air... article (62 comments in total)
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joyclick: Hope there is a DSLR with excellent finders of yester years,Build quality of Nikon FM2/Canon F1

Minimal automation,no preset programs for every damn subject and let People create photos.

Let every camera be FF and come with 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or 1.2 kit

Buy a film camera dude...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 06:02 UTC
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sneakyracer: Canon is celebrating the 80th anniversary by lowering prices...because they don't have any new and exciting products ready for photokina...hey, il take it, if they can't compete with new and exciting technology lowering prices is a good idea.

^^
I think he is talking about Sigma stealing lens sales with those ultra sharp lenses they make for people who like taking detailed wide open photos of their cats and brick walls.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 06:04 UTC
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