munro harrap

munro harrap

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On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (154 comments in total)

I'm still trying to figure out why. Stereo vision such as our eyes have seems to me to be the natural limit of what our minds can feel comfortable with. It is already an effort to accept a monochrome photograph for the majority of people on the planet: it was a technological limitation of print, after all, that kept us in the 255 shades of grey for so long.
I have tried 3D movies several times, but strangely I cannot remember them. Overload of some kind?
So having one's entire field of vision enslaved by a machine is likely to incur nausea.
And I for one am still waiting for two big sensors with identical lenses in a 3D smartphone in 16:9, as I personally regard the goats-eye view of the world more in keeping with the way our eyes access it (some goats have widescreen rectangular pupils). Maybe next time LG?

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2016 at 00:24 UTC as 9th comment
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (418 comments in total)

The solders these machines contain is brittle and shocks caused in merely transporting it to your grubby hands reduce its lifespan in any case. IF you google NASA "Tin Whiskers" you will be able to understand the probvlem better than space or inclination provides us with here. However, as the cost of these machines and lenses is doubling exponentially (a600-a6300, Xpro 1-Xpro2 etc) the time has now surely arrived for us to be able to use a camera and its lenses for as long as a film AF cameras circuitry and lenses have lasted BECAUSE RoHS did not then exist.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 11:35 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (418 comments in total)

For us in the UK the RoHS implememted under EU rules is one of the best reasons to decide to leave the EU. I'm not saying its not implemented everywhere now or that I am a luddite, which is OK by me, but unless we regain the right to control what crap we import we are all shafted, basically. Pressure has to be put on China Japan and Taiwanese manufacturers Apple among them to actually produce stuff that lasts. The argument that it will be obsolete next year is nor a reason, but just THE reason why there are now vast supercities in the East, as these countries naturally have taken full advantage of RoHS to excuse the fact their hard drives and cameras and lenses regularly DIE on us.
The legislation has exemptions for cars and planes and INDUSTRIAL HDDs like Googles servers, but all of us are trapped into being cheated of our money whilst the landfill problems RoHS causes (all your TV and amplifiers and expensive decks, cartidges etc TOO) are doing the Earth more harm than good.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 11:30 UTC as 21st comment
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (418 comments in total)

Do pro models still have the lowgrade leadfree RoHS solder and circuitry , or are they excluded from RoHS (google Nasa Tin Whiskers) as are server hard drives ?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 00:18 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (418 comments in total)

Why no widescreen stills RAW option?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 00:11 UTC as 27th comment
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2471 comments in total)

IF it was retro it would be full-frame.The problem with halfframe APS-C at 24 megapixels is the NOISE. They are already coming back to the market secondhand.And surely if I can touchscreen focus on my mobile Ishould be able to do it on ANY digital camera. I expect to be able to look through a viewfinder and use my thumb onscreen to move the focus point around . We ALL do .

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 14:25 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (79 comments in total)

I bought a G4 because the results from raw are good. JPEG on an LG is execrable so why post rrsults instead of just saying you have to use RAW. The other reason to buy is the panoramas but thry are hopeless as thry have thr same lowres blocky appearance the jpegs here have with added massive exposure shifts on any scene not being the same tone everywhere. It alters exposure as you pan instead of using a single consistent exposure

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 13:35 UTC as 6th comment
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1084 comments in total)

using matrix metering,at what ISO does noise begin to appear?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 17:57 UTC as 199th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery updated (68 comments in total)

For the record in case you havent noticed the price of nrw cameras of this class has doubled: as with the a 6300 and the xpro2 . This d500 now costs new the same amount as TWO D800 bodies secondhand or a new D810 online.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 01:02 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies

At least its battery life like the d810 nikon is around 4x what a Sony A7r or Nex battery can manage and it is weatherproof . A Sony battery takes double the time in-camera the 810 nikon does in-charger, or the Canon and the pro machines do a 1000 plus shots per charge not 300 plus so as we chuckle at the suckera who waste their savings their hardearned cash on a machine that dies after an hour or so we should perhaps help them avoid such error.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 13:13 UTC as 25th comment | 9 replies

its amazing whateven 16 mp can capture and still produce images 4 feet wide. I can do this beautifully even with my G4 mobile with everything in focus too whilst recording the Proms on R3, so this small machine replaces my need to drool over the 1DX.
You may laugh but much current debate neglects current realities when one is being invited to send the cost of a new car on a Canon.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 13:02 UTC as 26th comment

I try but fail to understand. I try hard, I still have my 1DsMkII, but fantastic though it is, it is used little, replaced by the D800. Now why do Vanon continue with these 18-22MP full frame models at all?
IF you want fast frame rates and prefer accidental timing to your own choices, anything much cjeaper will do, and is all you deserve, but I want a 50MP 1Ds with the same 0.042msrc lag my 2004machine has. Not some obsolete low res machine, as I have got one already.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 22:04 UTC as 78th comment | 6 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2126 comments in total)

dear folks, I just cancelled an order for an A7R because of the batteries . I cant get past anyone charging money for a machine that like the 6300 shoots video, very good video, but for only an hour per battery and has no charger for home or car you can charge more batteries with. My thoughts will doubtless be mocked by many, but I can guarantee you will never be happy with a Nex outside the office, on a trip or in the rain, and a touchscreen waterproofedmobile will do 4k for a lot longer , amd unlike your average Nex, wont overheat amd shut down in video draining the baytety like my Nex7 did, yours sincerely, a photographer

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 10:37 UTC as 33rd comment | 5 replies
On article Microsoft Lumia 950 camera review (117 comments in total)

16:9 is vital. However it requires better sensors with 16mp plus to avoid noise. Even a G4 LG is noisy, and ceryainly this 950 does not improve upon it, so O tend to use an 808 for low noise and high resolution even over a D800 in circumstances where I need max depth of field , and have got to really enjoy what 16:9 can do.I'd wait till Nokia arrive with the nextgenhiresolution

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 00:01 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2158 comments in total)

I'm not convinced as its reactions are much slower than mine with offbrand lenses. Manual focus shutter lag of a tenth of a second on a £2600 body.......

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 22:00 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2158 comments in total)

I'm not convinced as its reactions are much slower than mine with offbrand lenses. Manual focus shutter lag of a tenth of a second on a £2600 body.......

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 22:00 UTC as 52nd comment

The G5 plugin concept for lenses? This surely reminds us of Ricohs great plugin modules for that tablet ( you know the good one) a decade ago. Apple will need a mich better 16:9 sensor so a complete restructuring first of all, and a fast 24mm lens, as on the G4 the macro is so good I can fill the screen with a single Xmas cactus bloom. So thats macroish already.
Apple has yet to learn to put the lens in the centre, its how dumb they and those who buy Iphones are( correct spelling!)

By the time their planned obsolescence has reached 2010 (check specs on n8 Nokia, big 12mp sensor, radio etc) the oppostion will have inbuilt tv recorders (v10 lg) as well as 4K on larger sensors, and plugon modules using fibreoptic cables to send imagery to the sensor, or a clone of the camera that plugs in to give you true 4k 3D movies, yay

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 13:00 UTC as 2nd comment

It is what photographers with failing eyesight nee, but unhappily uses a smaller sensor than it should with a too slow lens, and it might be ablr to cope eith its own jpegs but raw? Do apples even do raw on these devices and ?their phones?
So who is it or the big one for exactly?

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 00:31 UTC as 2nd comment
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