munro harrap

munro harrap

Lives in Australia Paris, Australia
Works as a artist
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Joined on Dec 27, 2007
About me:

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

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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 (278 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 (847 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 10th comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (847 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 11th comment
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hrt: Hey, DPR, when are you gonna post a review of this camera ?
I've already purchased one and love the handling of this camera (compared with the previous DP2 Merill), but I need your objective view because I'm blinded by my subjective view of this camera.

If I buy a Nikon D810 with a 50mm prime lens, I would have to pay about 3800 USD, but I can get a better resolution with the Quattro at only 1000 USD, right ?
And as I don't shoot fast moving stuff nor, under low light, things without a tripod,
This camera is really for me, right ?

Hey, do you hear me?
You are the guys standing for us consumers, right?
(or are you guys standing more for the pro's? Am I missing something here, eh?)

If you bought a Nikon D810 and then bought 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 lens for it (cost $100/£100ish) you would need all three quattros and a DP1 with all viewfinders to begin to do what the Nikon DOES do, all by itself, it is much better and easier to use, and people wont stare at you like you are a freak!!
These and other compacts are labelled rangefinder style, but that is all a lie as they have neither rangefinder nor viewfinder.
Nobody should pay money for a camera you have to hold out in front of you to view the screen, however good it is. Sigma should supply the viewfinders WITH their cameras- nobody should be forced to pay another £120.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 10:08 UTC
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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...

Ask a stockbroker or even a banker how much revenue can be generated short-term by this means!! You might be surprised. On assignment in India years ago, I had to get money sent from U.P. to Kashmir (Cash Mire, get it?) as I was very short of funds to pay my houseboat bills. They have the same facilities as us but it took a fortnight to arrive. At the Post Office it was confided to me that employees regularly "borrowed" such cash transfer monies which they invested shorterm to increase their meagre salaries.
As to the viewfinders , Leitz viewfinders are not accurate on Sigma bodies as the hotshoe placement is critical for accuracy, so not a good idea.
The body is made that way so that any viewfinder is difficult to use- try it.
The old shape with added grip was better. Had Sigma kept that shape and added their own grip you could fit the camera with a big battery like a D800 battery, no problem at all.
The 30mm and 60mm are good on a NEX7 but the 19mm is not.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 09:55 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (278 comments in total)

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.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 09:40 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies

IMHO it will work well only when the sensor is created curved. Here they are making them and then bending them. Just hope they bother to do it properly!!

Then we can look forward to the kind of modular machine others like Ricoh have already sold us with the lens and sensor as a single sealed unit. What a money spinner!!!

With the hiked prices Sony are already charging for their not so very good E mount primes (already double the cost of a canon or nikon APS-C prime) doubling again in cost with an attached sensor to slot into a redesigned body- sold at a premium price because you wont need to change it, will we buy them? Yes, of course, we really are that stupid!!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 09:26 UTC as 12th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1235 comments in total)

Whilst it is good news to see Dpreview AT LAST supplying the actual area of the sensors, the review STILL do not tell you how these machines focus and zoom.

Is it all by wire? Does focussing take as long manually as you take to focus?
Does zooming take as long manually as it takes you to zoom the lens in and out, or do you twist the grip and then have to wait for the by wire zooming to catch up with you at its own prederermined rate.

There was so little information available at its release that I ordered an RX10 from John Lewis, but then had to cancel as someone online was claiming that the zoom rate was out of your control, making it useless for documentary work.

To BE a review you must know and declare the truth of the matter, along with the shutter lag times- because these determine if the user CAN choose when the shutter fires, or must wait for the camera to take the picture sometime afterward.

Why should we have to search other sites for these absolutely vital informations?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 12:08 UTC as 72nd comment | 5 replies
On DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game article (40 comments in total)
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australopithecus: What's beautiful about a game that hosts players who argue with referees, who act as if they are injured (put them in a rugby scrum for a few games then they'll learn about pain !) and who bite. For this they are paid ridiculous sums of money.

Football fans always remind me of the nazi rally films. The same mindless adulation and obedience to a totally unethical and unecessary uniformed violent mob. No progress then?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 23:24 UTC
On DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game article (40 comments in total)

Me, I love watching millionaires fouling kicking and pushing one another-none of it in the rules of Football, a game they are no longer able to play.

Its a great idea to practise shooting photos off your TV screen- which is how many continental newspapers do photogrphs now

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 23:22 UTC as 3rd comment

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...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 23:14 UTC as 8th comment | 6 replies
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (199 comments in total)

If I had to wait for the motorized zoom on a camera to get to where I want it to be, I would expect the manufacturer to pay me to use it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 22:51 UTC as 42nd comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (847 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I disagree with the res bit as IMHO and with experience of the D7100 leaving the AA filter out gives higher resolution and acuity off a tripod in the hand and with any lens at all (assuming that at some point(s) your lens resolves 36MP).

No lens resolves anything like this much, but the impression gained from using the D71000 is that the AA-less images are crisper without the veiling soft filtering that an AA filter gives. Why they ever bothered with the things , Heaven alone knows (and manufacturers- programmed obsolescence?)

Let us pray the colour is improved and that Capture NX2 (to correct it locally) is bundled at no charge. Thaty done, it will deserve it sales.

Anyone know how and why they changed the shutter (and is it quiet now?)

Really? I got mine from Nikon last week

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 12:59 UTC

Thus, as things are, the D800(E) has a sensor better than the lenses made for it, and that is its major limitation.
However, IMHO removing the AA filter always produces clearer crisper results because AA filters have you view the image through a venetian blind.
They imagined that using one set of lines to cancel the effects of other sets of lines was justifiable, but it produced soft results, and then these soft results had to be sharpened, increasing noise that then had to be reduced.....
Easier to defocus slightly or use software to get rid of moire. Or move a little!!

So before AA removal no sensor resolved its spec at all anyway.

The biggest advantage no AA filter gives you is that you get what the lens CAN resolve, all of the time.

This is huge, enormous, as in addition sharpening the image becomes absolutely pointless, and your happy snaps are happier as there is far less noise too as a result.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 12:58 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

Better perhaps to give one to someone who already uses a D800(E) and ask them to assess practical actual results and use with the machine itself.
I use a D800 and so far no lens has 36MP resolution. They do not exist. What we see from images made on this sensor is, quite simply less resolution at a higher magnification, and clear detailing of all fringing noise and distortion that lens has. There is also a clearer across the frame indication of how bad lenses are. The 24-70mm F2.8 is a bottle now, whereas on the tiny D700/D3 image it was bearable. I am told good ones exist, but having paid twice for a new one to be horrified by results , fear the worst. You can buy better zooms for the D800 for £100, or less secondhand, if you are prepared to buy old film zooms.
But I live in hope, and can hold the camera still- so possibly DD is correct, but the unsharpness of images is down to poor optics, not shake in most cases. Quieter and smoother is all to the good though.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 12:45 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (690 comments in total)

So, with this, the RX10, the A6000, and the A7 and A7R and S variants, Sony have easily the best overall range of digicams available on the market today. All in a decade from no cameras at all.

And of course without Sony there would be no Nikons either.....

This is a Leica of the old school neat fast pocketable with a separate optional viewfinder./ Looking at images from RAW here up to around 500 the grain is as good as Tri-X was and that was only monochrome.

A lot less boring than the World Cup, and fewer fouls!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (847 comments in total)

Group AF is back, Yay!!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 18:55 UTC as 64th comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (847 comments in total)

I disagree with the res bit as IMHO and with experience of the D7100 leaving the AA filter out gives higher resolution and acuity off a tripod in the hand and with any lens at all (assuming that at some point(s) your lens resolves 36MP).

No lens resolves anything like this much, but the impression gained from using the D71000 is that the AA-less images are crisper without the veiling soft filtering that an AA filter gives. Why they ever bothered with the things , Heaven alone knows (and manufacturers- programmed obsolescence?)

Let us pray the colour is improved and that Capture NX2 (to correct it locally) is bundled at no charge. Thaty done, it will deserve it sales.

Anyone know how and why they changed the shutter (and is it quiet now?)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 18:49 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies

Compare against the 12MP Nikon D3(s)? maybe, or the 16MP D4 or the Canon 1Dx, maybe? As you know the 5DIII smooths low-contrast detail away already at low iso, so why compare it at all?

IMHO it would be lovely to be able to use iso above 800 without loss of resolution, but it is just not happening at any price. Noise reduction affects all fine detail you buy a full-frame sensor to resolve, even aty low iso.

Use faster lenses. Nothing will change until they scrap current technology. At the moment the basics- accurate colour being the prime example, are not even really being addressed by anyone. If anything its getting worse at all isos!!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 12:00 UTC as 43rd comment
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