OvinceZ

OvinceZ

Lives in Australia Sydney/ NSW, Australia
Has a website at http://ovincez.smugmug.com
Joined on Jul 13, 2003

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Looks like a winner! Macro to 400mm plus 4K video.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 05:32 UTC as 34th comment
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)

Enjoyed the video. Will have to try that looking up trick. Clever!

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 05:08 UTC as 33rd comment

I have a Sigma DP3M and look forward to seeing what this camera delivers. Even better, I would welcome this sensor in the flagship camera so we can change lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 11:53 UTC as 209th comment
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (496 comments in total)
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abortabort: Two points that I think have been missed, not only here but in the A7 review as well:

1) Why do you set C1 or C2 as focus magnifier? C2 is clunky to get to (as you say) and C1 is too close to the shutter button. After extensive playing with different settings I now do not have a 'focus magnifier' button at all! You simply don't need it on the A7/R. Why? I shoot a variety of lens types on the A7, this includes native lenses, A-Mount lenses (LA-EA4), EF Mount lenses (with Metabones adapter), MD mount and m42 mount. Now because I shoot a number of different lenses which have differing capabilities in AF on the A7, from very good (native and A-Mount) to very poor (EF mount) to non-existent (MD and m42 etc) I wanted a configuration that worked for all lens types, rather than reconfiguring for manual and AF lenses every time.... TBC

Thanks, abortabort for your great suggestions. I agree that focus peaking doesn't guarantee the sharpest focus. Now that I have the center button for magnified view it makes using MF fun instead of a chore. I use my 500mm Canon lens and will try turning off focus peaking. FP is still useful for moving targets or for times when magnified view can't be used.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 00:33 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

Sony is all over the place. Those of us who invested in the NEX7 plus adapters and lenses are not that happy. If we upgrade to FF we have to buy new adapters and lenses. Curses. This is an expensive hobby. Those adapters were not cheap. Metabones almost $500.

The Sony lenses for the NEX7 were unsatisfactory to me. So I had to buy special Zeiss and Sigma lenses. Looks like a dead end street now!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 03:07 UTC as 243rd comment | 10 replies

Very impressive photo. Congratulations.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 10:50 UTC as 2nd comment
On The inside in the Balloons II challenge (3 comments in total)

Wow, stunning shot. Love the colours and patterns.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 10:49 UTC as 2nd comment

The discussions here mention the sensor size but what about the tiny lenses? Both contribute to IQ. We will have to wait for a few years before there is true convergence with mobile phones and cameras. We have a long way to go. The Nokia 808 was a giant step in the right direction but they made two steps backwards with the 1020. Smaller lens and sensor.
The iphone is not in the race anymore. The latest iphone and iPad are gradual improvements but nothing compelling to purchase. Not by me, anyway.
The reality is we will have to accept thicker phones if we want the best IQ. Thicker phones = bigger lenses and sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 03:43 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies

What worries me is what the marketing people tell Apple what is wanted in a phone. Those of us waiting for the state of the art for phones/cameras are left wanting.
Men probably want larger screens. Heck, we want the best of what is on offer and Apple is no longer delivering it. Yes, they have fine tuned their products but leave most enthusiasts disappointed.
4 inch screen and 8 Mp is not state of the art. Maybe women prefer the smaller size and auto everything?
I will be looking elsewhere and forget about the cameras as being so important. 5 inch screen is a minimum for me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 05:59 UTC as 70th comment | 4 replies
On Sample gallery: Sony's 20.7-megapixel Xperia Z1 post (58 comments in total)

The market research must have told the phone makers that people didn't want thick phones. So gone was the 808 effort to install a decent camera in a phone. Sony offers more pixels but not stellar IQ. The images look ok in the middle but not on the sides or corners.
There is no way to get quality photos from such tiny cameras.
I guess enthusiasts will have to buy phones for qualities other than the cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 02:46 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC article (398 comments in total)

I wonder how many people clicked for more details on the CC deal?

Lightroom 5 is something I will get. So those buying or upgrading will offset countless others not interested in the exciting CC offer. No thanks here.

People will pay for reasonably priced software. Otherwise, they will look for a way to get it cheaper or look for alternatives.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 01:29 UTC as 109th comment
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W5JCK: I would have chosen all above except the last item if it had been a choice.

I agree. A poor poll. Do dpreview read these threads?

I would have ticked the first 4 as well.

Also concerns about plugins and the cloud.

This is corporate lunacy of the first order.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 19:59 UTC
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)
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OvinceZ: Lightroom is for photographers and Photoshop isn't? Both are useful for photographers but Photoshop is too expensive. Lightroom is now affordable like Nik software. Most of us spend heaps on other photography software. Topaz, Capture One, Perfect Effects, Noiseware, etc.

Adobe is going to lose thousands of long time customers with this strategy.

Hi Michael,
There is now a perception that Adobe have poor customer support. I hate Apple's iTunes and I dislike Adobe as a company. How many other people are going to be upset at the way Adobe are treating them?

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 04:30 UTC
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)

Lightroom is for photographers and Photoshop isn't? Both are useful for photographers but Photoshop is too expensive. Lightroom is now affordable like Nik software. Most of us spend heaps on other photography software. Topaz, Capture One, Perfect Effects, Noiseware, etc.

Adobe is going to lose thousands of long time customers with this strategy.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 04:08 UTC as 691st comment | 4 replies

Adobe is an example of the negative side of Capitalism. Nik made their software cheaper via Google. Adobe is way too expensive for what you get and the updates add up. No wonder there are so many pirates. Now this Cloud nonsense. Surely there can't be that many silly people who will subscribe!

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 03:42 UTC as 445th comment | 2 replies
On Leo_Triplet photo in wfektar's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Impressive to resolve those galaxies.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2013 at 07:36 UTC as 1st comment

Nothing exciting from Canon since the 5DII.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 09:31 UTC as 72nd comment | 7 replies

I want one. Can showcase my photos properly. Add photos etc., without iTunes. Never enough resolution for large photos.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2013 at 09:54 UTC as 15th comment

I have wanted something much bigger than the iPad for years. 20" screen with that resolution sounds like a dream. Would be perfect for showing photos and doing other stuff. The 4-3 size is exactly what I want. Can be used plugged in. More or less do that when using the iPad for a long time. More memory, fast and has connectivity via USB. Great.

A big Yes, Please! from me.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2013 at 02:27 UTC as 19th comment

I would love to have this version to take photos of flowers. Should be superb.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 10:05 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
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