windmillgolfer

windmillgolfer

Lives in United Kingdom Lancashire, United Kingdom
Works as a IT - retired
Joined on Aug 25, 2009

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On Google's Project Tango camera specs revealed post (12 comments in total)

Looks interesting, though a specialist application for now. The software to take advantage of the 'stereo' hardware is the really clever stuff. When you've got $billions in the bank, why not spend a little developing new technology. Today's novelty is tomorrow's everyday item :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 08:47 UTC as 8th comment
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (132 comments in total)

Given the bewildering choice of ILCs now available, the dSLR market must shrink. In 5 years time, I'd expect entry level ILCs all to be mirrorless, with dSLRs limited to Enthusiast and Pro. A large percentage of current dSLR owners never progress beyond Auto and the original kit lens. If they don't buy a mirrorless ILC, such users may well migrate to the likes of the Sony RX10 or Olympus Stylus.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 23:12 UTC as 17th comment
On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)

A very interesting specification and I can't wait to see a full review. If it fulfills the promise of large sensor, powerful processor and high quality lens then this camera would probably be a sensible buy for those who buy a dSLR/CSC/ILC and affordable wide to medium zoom as their only lens, with camera left permanently in Auto, or photography enthusiasts who want something to substitute for their 5KG of dSLR kit when on holidays.

I'll be sticking with LX7/FZ200 combo, with major advantages of pocketable LX7 and wildlife reaching FZ200; a combined weight roughly the same as the RX10 and, on the usual horrific $ to £ translation, much lower cost.

All respect due to Sony though, they are really pushing the boundaries, albeit at a premium price.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 09:00 UTC as 216th comment
On Early morning at Prasat Suor Prat in the cambodia 3 of 4: Angkor Wat only challenge (11 comments in total)

Wonderful, well exposed and composed scene, with simply magical light.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 07:16 UTC as 1st comment
On DPReview launches GearShop news story (327 comments in total)

All prices are in $. Is there a UK version?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 07:47 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies

Interesting, basically, if sticking with Canon lenses then to get best IQ expect to spend double the cost of the body on your main lens or spend about the same as the body cost on Sigma. I guess that's why I was never entirely happy with Canon 18-135 though it was a very convenient. Loved the wideangle Sigma. Realized I had to depend much more on glass or sell all dSLR gear. So, I now use LX5, FZ150 and FZ50 :-) Nothing wrong with spending 1,000s on kit if that's your choice but you have to go all the way!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2013 at 12:23 UTC as 22nd comment
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Ollie 2: Well, my two cents is that grading images is hardly altering or manipulating their "authenticity".

...and in my opinion the two images on this page were more effective prior to the alterations. So what do I know?

Taking a distraction out, adjusting exposure, contrast saturation, none of these are an issue. Putting something in that wasn't there is a no no unless explicitly declared. Otherwise, PP is now an integral part of digital photography, the only difference being that the facility is now available to 99% of photographers whereas, in the dark room age, it was previously the 1%. I call that progress...

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 08:10 UTC
On Tamrac Evolution 9 Photo Backpack Review article (105 comments in total)

This looks likes a strong and high capacity backpack but the price seems very high. I guess if you've invested $1,000s on kit then this would be appropriate for the 1% of your time you might have this lot with you. Meanwhile, I'll just keep the LX5, mini-tripod, 18mm LWA52 and EVF1 in my jacket pockets :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 13:47 UTC as 43rd comment | 4 replies

Academic without corresponding information on the availability of parts. The only part likely to fail or deteriorate is the battery and I expect, a year or two after release of a tablet, there might be a need for a battery and, hopefully, they will then be made available. But unless they are relatively cheap, with the pace of development, buying a newer model might be themorelikely answer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 18:39 UTC as 11th comment
On Hands-on with the Lenovo K900 post (54 comments in total)

Another hi-spec phone, with what, theoretically at least, should be a very good camera, can only be good for the customer - pushing prices down. At < 23mm the camera should be very good for architectural interiors, which suits me. IMO, we are still searching for the optimum screen size for a phone that supports comfortable surfing and messaging, while still being pocketable, For my, admittedly older, eyes 3" to 4" doesn't quite cut it. So, look forward to checking out the new emerging 5" and plus smart phones.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2013 at 13:50 UTC as 4th comment

I look forward to seeing this become a commonplace quality of EVF. It is just a matter of time before EVF/Mirrorless become the norm for 99.9% of cameras, even the high end equivalent of today's dSLR. Flogged my dSLR gear already...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2013 at 16:54 UTC as 10th comment
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review news story (165 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: Odd isn't it. The SX50 has been out 5 mins and there's a full review. Entirely predictable results on IQ when a manufacturer goes for a headlining focal length far longer than anyone could hold steady. Nothing against Canon - had dSLRs and S1 / S3 IS. However, when can we expect / what happened to the full review of the FZ200?

Doh! The cold here is obviously affecting circulation to my brain :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 11:48 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review news story (165 comments in total)

Odd isn't it. The SX50 has been out 5 mins and there's a full review. Entirely predictable results on IQ when a manufacturer goes for a headlining focal length far longer than anyone could hold steady. Nothing against Canon - had dSLRs and S1 / S3 IS. However, when can we expect / what happened to the full review of the FZ200?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 10:45 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On Apple claims throne as mobile king post (15 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: I run an economy Android phone. It does have a good span of functionality but is frustratingly slow and inconsistent. Making an actual call is a trial. But, it is cheap. I also have an iPad 3, where everything works well, that's ignoring the complete mess on Apple Maps that came with IOS6. If Apple had any ball$, they'd reinstate Google maps! However, fact is, the iPhone is easy to use, fast and most users will easily make full use of the functionality when they would struggle with Android.

Yep, you are not wrong. Point should've been that the Apple gear sells well despite the high price because it works and works very well indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2012 at 17:09 UTC
On Apple claims throne as mobile king post (15 comments in total)

I run an economy Android phone. It does have a good span of functionality but is frustratingly slow and inconsistent. Making an actual call is a trial. But, it is cheap. I also have an iPad 3, where everything works well, that's ignoring the complete mess on Apple Maps that came with IOS6. If Apple had any ball$, they'd reinstate Google maps! However, fact is, the iPhone is easy to use, fast and most users will easily make full use of the functionality when they would struggle with Android.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2012 at 23:14 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On Leaving my DSLR at home: An iPhone experiment post (171 comments in total)

First, all the images are very good, at least, and the waterfall image is superb.

Marriage saving, yes, fully recognise/understand. Carrying even just a pocketable LX5 sometimes causes 'issues'. I can see that an iPhone (probably the 4S) might kill several birds with one stone :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 09:00 UTC as 89th comment | 2 replies
On App Review: Photogene for iPad post (1 comment in total)

A (very) long time Windows and Photoshop Elements user, I bought an iPad 3 for travel photography editing and uploading. It took a while to find the 'best' editor for LX5/FZ150/600D images and for me that is Photogene. It is very easy to use and has extensive capabilities. I wasn't aware of the Pro upgrade and will certainly look at it. A note worthy option on Export is the ability to resize images to speed upload for web posting - via Flickr. Wifi is available in most places these days but can be very slow. Uploading a 4MB image can take forever but a 700KB image rarely fails.
See images on DPR and on Flickr (ID: dieslegolfer)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 08:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system news story (736 comments in total)

No longer able to use the Reply facility to threads/posts when using iPad - a real bummer.

Love the ability to embed images direct from PC.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 07:56 UTC as 58th comment

The Pi offers many opportunities for low cost applications. In the case of current dSLRs however, their interface capabilities are likely to be very limited and , as such, the Pi will be 'talking to itself'.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:02 UTC as 11th comment
On Five Friends Take Same Picture for 30 Years news story (108 comments in total)

Excellent idea and series. If only I'd thought of that a few years ago.....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2012 at 21:22 UTC as 40th comment
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