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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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 57th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (487 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 30th 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 (1134 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 87th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1134 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 88th 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 (288 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 21st 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 17th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 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 86th comment | 5 replies
On DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game article (47 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
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