fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I wrote something that confounded or intrigued you. You should know that much of what I say is uncomfortable truth laced with straight faced sarcasm. Don't take it to heart.

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Miike Dougherty: I purchased the 15 F4 directly out of China when it was introduced. First, it is not a general purpose ultra wide angle and should not be used for that purpose. It is a macro lens where you want a dominant foreground and a lot of out-of-focus back ground. It's fantastic for this purpose. I bought it in Sony mount to be used on my A77. Since I stop the lens down to F16, it would be too dark with an optical view finder but not with the A77's electronic viewfinder. The A77 also has "focus peaking" which really works quite well and not available on my Nikons.

@vscd
Why would someone use a free simple practical solution when a more expensive complicated technological one is available?

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 09:32 UTC

Nice to see something unique like this to open the doors of creativity.
Anyone up to the challenge of doing close up wide angle beauty portraits with it? :)

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 22:20 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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fmian: Just in case you didn't buy one when they first came out, this update will remind you that you made the correct decision..

I'm glad that you are able to get use out of it and enjoy the results.

For me, I don't need to touch it. I can tell by looking at it and how others hold it that it really isn't designed well enough for me. Perhaps if my hand had to be amputated and I ended up with one of those prosthetic hooks it would be more ergonomic...

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 02:22 UTC

Just in case you didn't buy one when they first came out, this update will remind you that you made the correct decision..

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 23:56 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (529 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: That's too bad about the shutter-shock issue. I'm glad there's a fix but the engineer in me wonders why this (and the EM1 and I'm sure others) suffer from something like that from the factory.

I'm excited to rent it later this spring. I loved the touch screen on the EM5 I rented.

As usual a very good, comprehensive review. Thank you DPR!

@String: DSLR mirror slap vibration issues usually overlap with shutter speeds that cause blur while handholding anyway. Plus.. many SLR's offered mirror lockup to get around this for tripod users. Between those two considerations mirror slap doesn't affect many people.
Now taking a blurry shot at 1/160s ... that's not something mirror slap would do...

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 22:14 UTC
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probert500: "Eviscerate" has a very strong negative connotation - misleading headline.

Google search. Second definition.

deprive (something) of its essential content.
"myriad little concessions that would eviscerate the project"

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 23:27 UTC
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probert500: "Eviscerate" has a very strong negative connotation - misleading headline.

On the main image for this article they are pulling the lens apart. It's pretty obvious.

I don't get it, you're sticking to the literal definition of the word in an extremely strict manner, while saying you're confusing the title with an ambiguous metaphorical usage of the word.

And you ignore the other uses for this word..

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 09:42 UTC
On article Polaroid-branded BrightSaber Pro wand packs 298 LEDs (41 comments in total)
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spunksters: I'd be interested to see the CRI of these light wands. I know the IceLight II is absolutely fantastic in that regard.

Also note that the promo shot has lousy color... and its lighting is from pro sources to the left and not the BrightSaber. I wanna see it actually perform. I've seen the IceLight, and my only ask is for even greater brightness options.

Seeing as how it's a rebadged item made by who knows.. likely in some slave camp.. I doubt it's made with the discerning photographers power/accuracy requirements in mind.
Therefore most photographers would use it happily.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 01:25 UTC
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Lassoni: Better QC .. yes allocate more money. How hard can it really be? Too many "small" problems add up to create one "big" problem, and that's neglect/omission.

^^^
Canon has released firmware updates and service advisories for those issues. Look it up..

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 05:19 UTC
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Segaman: they should include battered fish to dip in the oily sensor.....if hungry!

But what if I want a nice chunky organic grain at 6400?
Neither Canon or Nikon can give me that... both fail..

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 04:59 UTC
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Potemkin_Photo: disgraceful. nikon needs to make this cam 1/2 price now.

Wait for the D760 to come out in a couple of months and that will drop the price of the D750..

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 04:55 UTC
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fmian: Nikon Quality Assurance Issue Deniers:
'Nothing to see here people.. move along..'

@robspeed, you're exactly the kind of person I'm talking about.
Thank you for stepping up as an example.
Perhaps wikipedia can enlighten you?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality_assurance

"Quality assurance (QA) is a way of preventing mistakes or defects in manufactured products and avoiding problems when delivering solutions or services to customers"

...and just in case that isn't simple enough for you...

"a way of preventing mistakes or defects"
"avoiding problems when delivering solutions"

"preventing mistakes"
"avoiding problems"

"preventing"
"avoiding"

For future reference.. mopping up the mess afterwards is called Customer Service.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 23:25 UTC

Nikon Quality Assurance Issue Deniers:
'Nothing to see here people.. move along..'

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 04:45 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
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probert500: "Eviscerate" has a very strong negative connotation - misleading headline.

Lol.. even I'm not as semantically judgmental/biased as some of you guys on here.

You're not stupid.
You know what the word means.
You know what Lensrentals like to do to lenses.
Put one and one together and show some common sense.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 01:22 UTC

It's ironic how companies can market limited edition electronic products with limited lifespan circuitry and limited longterm availability of parts, which all equates to limited potential resale value.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 22:08 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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Valentinian: the GX8 is splash and dustproof
it has a magnesium/aluminum body, cost at launch was comparable to the Pen F (But now it costs less).
Yet . according to DPReview, IT IS NOT mentioned as being competitive with the Pen F. (only Sony and Fujy are, according to DPrevew).

Wonder what happened between Panasonic and DPreview.....

The GX8 score will likely be lower based on:

- It being a 6 month old model having to compete with newer cameras.
- The phase of the moon at the exact moment the upload review button was pressed.
- What colour underwear is currently most popular on bonds.com.au
- Who wins in a staring contest between the reviewer and their cat.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 04:31 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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peterwr: Well I won't be getting one for three reasons:

1. It's far too big;

2. It doesn't do *everything* a Nikon D4 does; and

3. It costs more than £100.

Epic fail, Olympus.

* Just thought I'd pre-empt the haters... ;-)

It also does not take Polaroid backs.

Missed opportunity Olympus.. missed opportunity..

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 01:37 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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Valentinian: the GX8 is splash and dustproof
it has a magnesium/aluminum body, cost at launch was comparable to the Pen F (But now it costs less).
Yet . according to DPReview, IT IS NOT mentioned as being competitive with the Pen F. (only Sony and Fujy are, according to DPrevew).

Wonder what happened between Panasonic and DPreview.....

From my experience there was always an odd relationship between Panasonic and the 'consumer' electronics places I've worked for. Whether it be TV's or Cameras. Management really didn't like dealing with Panasonic, and Panasonic didn't like helping out to sell their own products. We would get 'unofficial' visits from Panasonic to see how things are going. It seemed like these Panasonic staff members were only visiting us and asking questions out of personal curiosity. Then.. Panasonic staff would 'officially' visit us and almost demand that we change the layout of the store to prioritise their brand because some big wig from Japan was coming over.
Another place I worked for refused to order Panasonic stock, save for 1 or 2 essential models. And everytime I asked why I'd get a 'groan' from the stock buyers on the other end of the line.
Panasonic and their pro/broadcast gear though.. yeah they are always in touch and available with info.
I can't speak for DP Review's experiences though...

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 01:32 UTC
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Bob A L: Is sigma lying about the f1.8 - article says it performs like a f2.8 - one whole stop off?

A lens is a lens. A sensor is a sensor. No point trying to make some general comparative standard that factors in both and calls it the 'same' while forgetting to mention all the scenarios where the comparison is not the same.
Much easier to say "this X lens is similar in usage to what a FF user would get with Y lens" when talking about lenses.
And, "this new XX sensor has low light noise performance similar to YY older sensor"
'similar' --- everyone understands what that word means and it doesn't infer an absolute like 'same'.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 01:41 UTC
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Bob A L: Is sigma lying about the f1.8 - article says it performs like a f2.8 - one whole stop off?

^^^
It's a VERY loose and easily broken way to equate shot noise.
Am I to assume that a Full Frame 5D (MKI) from 10+ years ago will have less noise at ISO 3200 than a more modern M4/3 sensor?
Because that is what the link implies..

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 00:34 UTC
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