munro harrap

munro harrap

Lives in Australia Paris, Australia
Works as a artist
Has a website at none
Joined on Dec 27, 2007
About me:

years taking photographs. use of all formats. widely published.

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On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (92 comments in total)
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munro harrap: This thing is bigger than both of us! Neddy, it's an-Elephant. (The Goon Show, needless to say!)
The answer is a new hi res sensor for BIG pictures, now that Canon have upgraded loadsa lenses for it, and a new 1D body with 4k and no OLPF and NO AA filter either, to rival the Sony sensor in their A7R and the Nikon D800E and D810 and D800 bodies.

This is necessary for Canon as at the moment they can only produce tiny photographs!

As a Canon 1Ds MkII user , yes, the images are tiny compared to 36MP. Perfectly OK for football fans though in tiny rag mags andd newspapers, but not exactly big gallerywise.

Clowns are talented, and Henry, they do not speak, and so, unlike you, do not abuse-which is what you seem to be doing all of the time IMHO!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 18:45 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1289 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Raincheck time people. IF there is an increase in resolution you will not see it. You will see increased microcontrast and acuity, no more than that. Yes, it is a lot, it is quite a big improvement, but all current lenses have no more than 16MP across the frame resolution at best, including Nikon's dream team (dream on!) and the best Zeiss and Sigma Art offerings.

We are nowhere near what a 36MP sensor can resolve yet, and the impression of greater resolution is due to size-to magnification, not resolution, so people who keep using their D800s gain enormously as when that day comes that they actually do manufacture decent enough lenses they will have saved up to be able to buy one!!

Nikon have a "damned cheek" increasing the price over the D800 and D800E, since this D810 is what they SHOULD have "given" (LOL) us in the 1st place!

As to the 24-70mm f2.8 , if you divide the image area like a noughts and crosses game into nine rectangles, then the lens at 24mm is only ever sharp in that central ninth area. You are inside a sphere of lens curvature. The sphere you are inside can only contact the image field where it is focussed-even at f8 (beyond which aberrations kill resolution anyway-f5.6 is best here) because the camera image field-that of the lens curvature is circular, not flat ( see the photozone APS-C test for this lens).
I was really heartbroken to discover this at huge cost, as I had traded in my perfectly good 1Ds MkII believing from reviews that the Nikon zoom-my standard go to lens -was much better than Canon's.
Not only was it not, but additionally if you want detail and do landscapes the red/green fringing on the 24-70mm nano nikkor is so bad you get three images of all detail outside the central area-making it useless for film and bad on 36MP

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 18:33 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1289 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Raincheck time people. IF there is an increase in resolution you will not see it. You will see increased microcontrast and acuity, no more than that. Yes, it is a lot, it is quite a big improvement, but all current lenses have no more than 16MP across the frame resolution at best, including Nikon's dream team (dream on!) and the best Zeiss and Sigma Art offerings.

We are nowhere near what a 36MP sensor can resolve yet, and the impression of greater resolution is due to size-to magnification, not resolution, so people who keep using their D800s gain enormously as when that day comes that they actually do manufacture decent enough lenses they will have saved up to be able to buy one!!

Nikon have a "damned cheek" increasing the price over the D800 and D800E, since this D810 is what they SHOULD have "given" (LOL) us in the 1st place!

you need to check out Photozone de. and DXO mark tests. You there will see for yourselves that the 16MP Fuji APS-C sensor resolves more than 3000. When I had a 1Ds MkII (16.7MP) no lens Canon made could outresolve the sensor except in very small areas at specific apertures. I use both a D800 and a D7100 and despite having very good optics indeed, and having bought used and returned all dream team lenses (as simply not sharp enough) I have not yet used a lens that can resolve 36MP at all, not by a huge margin, and I have 105mm macro and 85mm primes. The advantage with nothing in the way of the lens is however obvious- you do not need to sharpen your images at all. They are already as sharp as can be. Now do you see how the 1 stop improvement in high iso noise comes about, as sharpening ALWAYS increases image noise, which then requires noise reduction and the pics go soft again.
The Canon 5D MkIII, like the MkII I bought and returned smooths away low contrast detail- and resolution!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (92 comments in total)

This thing is bigger than both of us! Neddy, it's an-Elephant. (The Goon Show, needless to say!)
The answer is a new hi res sensor for BIG pictures, now that Canon have upgraded loadsa lenses for it, and a new 1D body with 4k and no OLPF and NO AA filter either, to rival the Sony sensor in their A7R and the Nikon D800E and D810 and D800 bodies.

This is necessary for Canon as at the moment they can only produce tiny photographs!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 18:11 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1289 comments in total)

Raincheck time people. IF there is an increase in resolution you will not see it. You will see increased microcontrast and acuity, no more than that. Yes, it is a lot, it is quite a big improvement, but all current lenses have no more than 16MP across the frame resolution at best, including Nikon's dream team (dream on!) and the best Zeiss and Sigma Art offerings.

We are nowhere near what a 36MP sensor can resolve yet, and the impression of greater resolution is due to size-to magnification, not resolution, so people who keep using their D800s gain enormously as when that day comes that they actually do manufacture decent enough lenses they will have saved up to be able to buy one!!

Nikon have a "damned cheek" increasing the price over the D800 and D800E, since this D810 is what they SHOULD have "given" (LOL) us in the 1st place!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 17:17 UTC as 11th comment | 7 replies
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munro harrap: websites claim to respect copyright, but they do not. Microsoft and Apple cannot be prevented from searching your hard drives for images- they after all, know best how to, and Google, Facebook, in fact just about everybody is able to take whatever you put out there without payment and sell it as theirs, EASILY.

This is why you will not find my stuff online anymore and why I left Facebook .

There are many very good photographers who have families. These people, unlike painters and sculptors, depend on sales of images for income. A painters work reproduced is merely and obviously a reproduction, but a photographer's digital images are the original work. Putting them online quite simply means you lose that income, and your families suffer, as do you, from others stealing your work and selling it as their own. The planet is big and you are not to know who and where sales of your stuff take place on it once you put anything online.

I agree that the work I have done these past several years deserves to be seen properly, but that is in MOMA or Tate Britain, not on some poxy website!!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 23:42 UTC

websites claim to respect copyright, but they do not. Microsoft and Apple cannot be prevented from searching your hard drives for images- they after all, know best how to, and Google, Facebook, in fact just about everybody is able to take whatever you put out there without payment and sell it as theirs, EASILY.

This is why you will not find my stuff online anymore and why I left Facebook .

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 13:37 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (497 comments in total)

The high iso performance at 3200 iso is so bad the machine certainly does not merit a gold award.Manual focus and zoom are also questionably defective-slow to the point of useless for exactly the kind of quick snap stills photographers buy this sort of thing. so I guess it gets Gold as it has 4K nobody can yet see or edit properly. As we cannot see its 4K movies at their resolution we do not know if it is any improvement on the HD we can see. All that glisters....

Yes, at this price its a steal-of your money!!!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 20:53 UTC as 31st comment | 7 replies
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munro harrap: Somebody asked about the future worth of digital equipment and "Iconic" photographs made with them. Well, the advantage is that many identify the image as from that particular machine.iDs Canons, for example have serial munbers you cannot alter for each image and a code linking image to machine.

But that Leica could be one I had years ago- there is no way anyone can prove what pictures a film camera took, so the chances it is not that camera are substantial, and I would not bid on it.

More and more of this kind of nonsense is going on. Possibly the photo of the guy is with a Leica, but he surely would have been using Fed or Zorki Leica copies made in the USSR rather than a machine made by the people the USSR was fighting.

The WW2 Russian war hotographers completely outclassed anyone in the West, but I believe they were equipped with their own gear.

No, their Leica copies were manufactured from 1927 on, FEDs that is, so they could all get Leica copies at Soviet prices. As you are aware Stalin ran the USSR. Now would you defy Stalin and risk the Gulags or summary shooting using a Nazi camera???
Sure, after the war they all bought Leicas and posed with them for pictures, but the Russians had excellent teams of war photographers throughout WW2. their work as a whole is the best record of military action on stills ever made. They were serving soldiers with cameras, but now all of them are dead who is left to say what they used. Why on earth do you think the seller waited so long??

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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b craw: Okay, I'm pretty clear about many thinking this model a status symbol (and perhaps Leica cameras on the whole). And performance criticisms - fair. Criticism of price and value - fair. But at the end of the day some will choose this camera. And that will be dependent on a range of justifications. So long as a modern camera can produce good image results (as I'm sure this one can), then handling, tactile qualities/build, interface are relavent in relation to the depth of one's pockets. And I know quite a few less than wealthy but pretty successful art photographers who simply preference feel, and feel it part of the photography experience to a degree that they are willing to pay a premium (even without trust funds). They are talented individuals - not dumb or misinformed in any way. And their accomplishments are evidence of this. Many comments paint all Leica users as something akin to surgeons, casual photographers, whom want to walking about with expensive, chic gear. That is naive.

Years ago we all used Leicas, usually a pair to be able to have a wide and standard lens without having to change lenses. They were reliable, fast and everything could be prefocussed using the depth of field scales on the lenses- which were accurate. There was, as now with Ms, no autofocus.
You will be able to do this with primes on this thing. But they are again starting people on an unecessary expensive upgrade path as Leicas as such are now all full-frame.
In three years time they'll make this full-frame like they did the M8 with the M9, so unless you want to fork out for lenses and a full-frame body all over again just buy a Nex7.
Mind you this is at least without those dreadful wooden handles Hasselblad came up with, but then it has no decent grip and is a mere 16MP.
A name does not make it a Leica- there are dozens of Leicas that do not merit the cachet the name somehow has.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:17 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)

Looks like a NEX 6 sensor in a NEX7 body robbed of a decent viewfinder to me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:50 UTC as 65th comment
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munro harrap: Somebody asked about the future worth of digital equipment and "Iconic" photographs made with them. Well, the advantage is that many identify the image as from that particular machine.iDs Canons, for example have serial munbers you cannot alter for each image and a code linking image to machine.

But that Leica could be one I had years ago- there is no way anyone can prove what pictures a film camera took, so the chances it is not that camera are substantial, and I would not bid on it.

More and more of this kind of nonsense is going on. Possibly the photo of the guy is with a Leica, but he surely would have been using Fed or Zorki Leica copies made in the USSR rather than a machine made by the people the USSR was fighting.

The WW2 Russian war hotographers completely outclassed anyone in the West, but I believe they were equipped with their own gear.

Check with the auctioneers and report back to me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 23:24 UTC
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munro harrap: Somebody asked about the future worth of digital equipment and "Iconic" photographs made with them. Well, the advantage is that many identify the image as from that particular machine.iDs Canons, for example have serial munbers you cannot alter for each image and a code linking image to machine.

But that Leica could be one I had years ago- there is no way anyone can prove what pictures a film camera took, so the chances it is not that camera are substantial, and I would not bid on it.

More and more of this kind of nonsense is going on. Possibly the photo of the guy is with a Leica, but he surely would have been using Fed or Zorki Leica copies made in the USSR rather than a machine made by the people the USSR was fighting.

The WW2 Russian war hotographers completely outclassed anyone in the West, but I believe they were equipped with their own gear.

Facts to be facts require evidence enough to be proof- you go right ahead and buy it if you like. As to forensics, I can prove my Leicamat made my prints as there is a tiny nick in the glass dome that flattens the negs. I also know which body took which neg-sometimes, but such things are very easily missed or altered. Anyway, the auctioneers have not actually proved it to prospective buyers, have they?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 16:27 UTC
On Updated: Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.0 software article (105 comments in total)

The Nik Control point technoly that lets you locally control those ghastly oversaturated D800 reds etc is missing, AND worse, this thing is creepily slow even on a top i& processor with an SSD and 16GB Ram, and seems to go wrong (crash) a lot. Raw Therappee works better but produces flat lifeless results (at least when I use it, and I suck at PP!).
CNX2 is just fine, and works a lot better than this new thingy

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 23:38 UTC as 7th comment

Somebody asked about the future worth of digital equipment and "Iconic" photographs made with them. Well, the advantage is that many identify the image as from that particular machine.iDs Canons, for example have serial munbers you cannot alter for each image and a code linking image to machine.

But that Leica could be one I had years ago- there is no way anyone can prove what pictures a film camera took, so the chances it is not that camera are substantial, and I would not bid on it.

More and more of this kind of nonsense is going on. Possibly the photo of the guy is with a Leica, but he surely would have been using Fed or Zorki Leica copies made in the USSR rather than a machine made by the people the USSR was fighting.

The WW2 Russian war hotographers completely outclassed anyone in the West, but I believe they were equipped with their own gear.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 23:14 UTC as 11th comment | 7 replies
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup 2013 article (87 comments in total)

The Nex 3n best thing?
If you can accept that your viewfinder is a tilting screen, it has possibilities. At waist-level your street view is closer to that of all children, and babies in prams and pets, and as with a rolleiflex, or Sony Dsc-R1, you experience this world from more of a child's viewpoint, and candids are a doddle, as nobody really notices you.

Additionally the screen is perfect for series of self-portraits, and my experience with the kit zoom lens this has on a Nex 7 tells me that on a 16MP sensor results will convince, except in corners at wide-angle.
Raw allows you to decide on distortion correction (lightroom etc does this) and vignetting yourself. You might want to keep the best lens resolution whilst getting rid of only vignetting and CA (nature, landscape etc).And there's always the completely corrected jpeg there as well for you.

Then there is the almost infallible AF, Face recognition and its 22millisecond shutter lag, so......

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 14:46 UTC as 2nd comment
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munro harrap: I think it is better to await a full review with timings battery life and actual files you can download (from Sigma?) before lending them a thousand dollars!!!
They can make an absolute fortune this way investing your loan to them- and it costs them not a penny.

I had a DP2M. Great lens, very nice, but an hours battery life is a joke. Yes with its tiny shutter lag and fast AF it should have taken on and beaten the Nex7.

Here again you are forced to buy three cameras rather than one camera and three lenses, AND you have to buy three separate viewfinders as well, because if the hi-resw screen is as wobbly as the DP1,2, and 3s were, it is useless except for tripod mounted stills.

You can buy a NEX and those same lenses for it and no more worries!!! And no more loans to Sigma. The lenses are just fine on a NEX, bar the 19mm (DP1) which is only OKish stopped well down.No better than the Nex kit lens... check DXO if disbelieving...

I am hiding under a rock, it is so cool and quiet here

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 09:52 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Do you argue as much over the best bread or cheese, and as stupidly. THis is a camera review/product placement site, just as the BBC radio1 is for pop and Radio 3 is for classical. On sites and channels like this revenue is generated by publicizing stuff-it's not rocket science peoples. At least Nikon say sorry. Aldi pulls my favourite products regularly without any apology whatsoever.

In the West all of you appear to have lost your manners.

When you have made the contribution to our culture that Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sony certainly have, then and ONLY then should you raise your voices again.

No young man the french and the english created photography. And film. My objection is that bad manners rudeness and bad language, and confused babble like yours miss the point of a forum, or posting on one at all. This is not a teenage chatroom for nerds to grunt incomprehensibly at each other.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 09:50 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1289 comments in total)

With close subjects an APS-C machine gives far greater depth of field for the same angle of view, so depending on the sizes you want to see your work at, it can be argued that the D7100is a better choice, IF you do not need high isos.

This is because at 24MP and 100% the images always are sharper than using the D800 at the same magnification. This will always be so especially for the distances from around 4-5ft to 10-15ft. You cannot stop down a full-frame lens correctly focussed and guarantee sharp results this close, and with macro shots it is even more of a problem, especially with moving subjects as high shutter speeds are then needed, with higher isos, and more noise.

5x4" or 10x8" is a doddle in comparison as to get to the same print size, far less magnification is required, and as you said, you can stop right down and retain resolution.(end part 2)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:33 UTC as 113th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1289 comments in total)

As most lenses are losing resolution between f5.6 and f11, tripod work with a full-frame DSLR becomes a very dicey business unless you use manual focus and keep your distance from your subject, as with the hugely increased magnification and large images onscreen and in prints the technology enables, the lack of sharp focus crucially affects the viewers ability to enjoy what they are looking at , if at 100%
It becomes VERY necessary to use live-view and to maximise depth of field. Manual lenses have DOF scales, but nowhere near as good as old M Leica lenses do, and the scales of many AF lenses are both inaccurate and, if autofocus is used-even on APS-C nikkors, it is common for the hyperfocal distance often to set the nearest focussed point as that furthest away. These lenses often ignore the intervening space is empty- so they chose a 1m setting for a closest distance of 5ft, say . And often AF zooms will behave this way manually focussed, as I am now discovering (end part 1)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 19:25 UTC as 114th comment
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