munro harrap

munro harrap

Lives in Australia Paris, Australia
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Joined on Dec 27, 2007
About me:

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

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1106 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Well peoples, this is the first practicable digital compact camera.
It could have been marketed at the time the D2X was, but they held back for the best part of a decade to flog us suckers expensive yet really poor mini-chipped substitutes. Even now it is the first they have put an accurate viewfinder in.

I guess the reason is plain. Leitz lenses. Was the deal minichips until we say otherwise or none of our optics at all?

I went as far as buying A Powershot G3 secondhand, but the dreadful viewfinder and shutter lag made me return it. Poverty pays off on occasion!!

Apart from the video there is nothing that could not have been achieved satisfactorily ten years ago, since with the fast zoom lens it will be OK at 100iso most of the streetshooter's time.

I hope the noise is at 2014 APS-C 12MP CMOS levels???

Sandisk have had a 2TB extreme SD card for almost THREE years now. But they do not put it into production. They put the 512GB into production instead.
Refresh and processing rates depend on this stuff. I have a 512MB
sd card from ages ago that cost me £40. The entire market is rigged to fix prices as high as possible for as long as possible, adding as an incentive to "upgrade" the fear that your 10 year-old machine will "die" due to lead-free solder (and planes drop out of the sky) combined will XXX fps nobody EVER uses at all, because it would take days to wade through all the frames.

This thing is only 12MP. It could be 24MP with the a6000 performance.

WHY not? It can be done now, but we'll have to buy this now, then in 2 years time, the 16MP version, and in another 2 years time the 24MP version.

They already have 4K video in smartphones of this resolution......

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 16:14 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1106 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Well peoples, this is the first practicable digital compact camera.
It could have been marketed at the time the D2X was, but they held back for the best part of a decade to flog us suckers expensive yet really poor mini-chipped substitutes. Even now it is the first they have put an accurate viewfinder in.

I guess the reason is plain. Leitz lenses. Was the deal minichips until we say otherwise or none of our optics at all?

I went as far as buying A Powershot G3 secondhand, but the dreadful viewfinder and shutter lag made me return it. Poverty pays off on occasion!!

Apart from the video there is nothing that could not have been achieved satisfactorily ten years ago, since with the fast zoom lens it will be OK at 100iso most of the streetshooter's time.

I hope the noise is at 2014 APS-C 12MP CMOS levels???

I have an R1. It is a masterpiece of design. Its lens is so good all Sony had to do was release an update with a 24MP sensor to reduce Panasonic to a mass of shaking jelly, because the 24-120mm lens is that good, but they did not. They still should re-release that lens design for the NEX series.
But, yes, 10 years ago this machine could have been done. The EVF of the R1 is just fine. It has zebra, live histogram, the works.
It is slow after you press the shutter, but its preset shutter response is STILL the best of ANY camera. ANY.
The speed or otherwise of processing is only the result of costcutting on the buffer, and 10 years ago loads of machines could motor on at 10 or 8 or 5 fps. Their size and cost was marketing and the establishment of a class system that should not exist in machines at all.

Have you tried buying a laptop with 2560x1600 output lately?
Try, and you'll discover the cabal that fixes prices, not on cost or size, but simple greed

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 16:01 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (445 comments in total)

Silly and cannot compete with a machine with a viewfinder- the Archers has more going for it!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 18:03 UTC as 15th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1106 comments in total)

Well peoples, this is the first practicable digital compact camera.
It could have been marketed at the time the D2X was, but they held back for the best part of a decade to flog us suckers expensive yet really poor mini-chipped substitutes. Even now it is the first they have put an accurate viewfinder in.

I guess the reason is plain. Leitz lenses. Was the deal minichips until we say otherwise or none of our optics at all?

I went as far as buying A Powershot G3 secondhand, but the dreadful viewfinder and shutter lag made me return it. Poverty pays off on occasion!!

Apart from the video there is nothing that could not have been achieved satisfactorily ten years ago, since with the fast zoom lens it will be OK at 100iso most of the streetshooter's time.

I hope the noise is at 2014 APS-C 12MP CMOS levels???

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 20:55 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
On Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 article (62 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Capture One is My favourite software, by far. Problem is I dare not use it. Why, you ask.
Well I had a full trial of 7. I installed it and used it extensively, growing to love it and prefer it over Photoshop and Lightroom which are trash in comparison.

BUT

BUT.

At the end of the trial I uninstalled it, and when I uninstalled it it deleted 240GB of my own work.

YEP, I kid you not. And that is why I do not use it now.
Had I not all this work already backed up on another drive, Capture one would have destroyed forever as many good pictures as there are in the Tate!

Has it improved????

NO! It is why I did not buy it: its the reason I am terrified of it happening if I do. All my folders stayed where they were and all pics treated by Capture Pro were saved as jpegs in a seperate folder in My Pictures. Same as photoshop and Lightroom , no different at all.
And the pics are not in the Tate? Did I say they were? No. I likened their number to that of the number of good pics in the Tate. Not the same thing at all, you know.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 20:36 UTC
On Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 article (62 comments in total)

Capture One is My favourite software, by far. Problem is I dare not use it. Why, you ask.
Well I had a full trial of 7. I installed it and used it extensively, growing to love it and prefer it over Photoshop and Lightroom which are trash in comparison.

BUT

BUT.

At the end of the trial I uninstalled it, and when I uninstalled it it deleted 240GB of my own work.

YEP, I kid you not. And that is why I do not use it now.
Had I not all this work already backed up on another drive, Capture one would have destroyed forever as many good pictures as there are in the Tate!

Has it improved????

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 09:33 UTC as 14th comment | 10 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)

And it still requires you to use metal rings to hang the strap off, after all these years and years of complaints from video users!! All that we need there are oblong slots for fabric straps that serve both methods, yawn

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 09:51 UTC as 73rd comment
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)

There will be stillife studio and landscapes types who will love it, but it is impractical for reportage-completely.When do we get the choice of an EVF? The image quality from the DP2 is wonderful, but is the DP1Quattro's lens a vast improvement on the DP1 Merrills, because it was not at all a good lens
I would need to know how many hours I can leave the battery running before it dies.
I returned a Merrill 16MP compact a few months ago because the answer to that was about 40 minutes. By the time I had set up the camera and taken a few test shots, the battery was exhausted. You needed to run it off the mains!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 09:46 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)

I have basic objections, general ones applicable to other manufacturers too.
The screen cannot turn to face the body for protection against damage.I was angry enough when I found my D7100 lacked a screen cover.
Yet another very expensive vertical grip. It is years since you could move a grip onto a new model body.
This is a backward step as it still has low-pass filtration. After the D7100 and D810 dropped it (10 years later than everyone should've!) Nikon goes back in time to force us to use more noise reduction as we again have to sharpen the image- but never get it as good as a straight filterless dody.Which would have Sigma-like image quality.
So at base ISO, my D7100 will give better results than a D600, D610 or D750-sorry but it's true.
As to the focussing, the ability to move groups of focus points around the screen using the rear dial (which was designed for this in the first place), is lacking, so you cannot focus that way yourself, even manually.so why the D750

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 09:30 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)

I own a NEX7. You can pay at John Lewis £5300 for the same camera in a Hasselblad joke body if you like, but it will take exactly the same photographs (if people dont laugh at what you are holding,).

Once a factory has tooled up for a lens it can produce them in unlimited quantities at far cheaper prices than what only stupid snobs pay now.

This is snobbery. I am glad that the standards are improving, but they have to improve for us all, not the idle rich! It's bad enough that you have a class system of sensor sizes and prices already-its disgusting to be discriminated against because you have less money.I had to wait and save for years to be able to use a decent machine at all- and it was secondhand.When film was around, it was a level playing field IQ-wise.

No autofocus means no go except for video-its a cine lens for Hollywood, Bollywood and St.John's Wood.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 09:50 UTC as 62nd comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1532 comments in total)

With no filters sharpening is unecessary, but colour tends to improve with NX2- better than Adobe.

Is anyone using Capture One with theirs?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 21:51 UTC as 16th comment

All photographs, and all art, it can be argued, are the copyright of the Creator (usually known as God, Allah etc) since God created all the subject matter originally, including the materials from which the machines are manufactured, and the intelligences of those who design and manufacture them.

"Nikon" or a camera manufacturing company cannot possibly own copyright to an image recorded in a machine manufactured by them, unless, of course they were to distribute the proceeds of copyright to EVERYBODY involved in the manufacture of the camera. Then, equally proceeds would have to go to everyone involved in transporting the photographer and feeding the photographer and sustaining his existence since his/her inception... But then we need also to credit parents and all ancestors, all the way back to God, so a one off payment to God is in order. Just maybe God was posing as a monkey?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 23:29 UTC as 3rd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (492 comments in total)

"the near-legendary R1", which I still sometimes use, has an APS-C sized sensor-almost, but it has other great advantages over this RX10 thingy. The RX10 thingy, and the new Panasonic, cannot zoom or focus except very slowly using a battery-draining electronic motor (that is not part of the battery life figurs I reckon). With the R1 it zooms as fast as you can move the zoom ring. Focus is also reliant on a motor (by wire), but the auto-focus is as fast as a DSLR, and accurate.

These motor-driven RX10 zooms are of NO practical use, as you are always left waiting for the zoom to catch up to the point you have zoomed to-both inaccurate and slow.

A camera not designed by a photographer? You bet!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 11:29 UTC as 5th comment
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)

There are other things you can do to maximize the already wonderful IQ. If you have a D800 and want to get rid of the low-pass filtering as best you can, Photoshop and Capture NX2 have in their sharpening software a section called "gaussian blur" (Elements has Gaussian Blur, then Lens Blur and then Botion Blur).

Best to do your noise reduction BEFORE sharpening, then simply zero the gaussian blur (which is 0% and 100 I think in Elements) and you will notice that your image does in fact then resolve more without sharpening, giving you a "Poor Man's" D810 effect on a D800, though not as good as the D810's hardware absence of low-pass filter.

This only works if your noise floor is reduced below the visible threshold, as otherwise you of course then get higher resolution noise as well!

Best at lower ISOs for 2 metre wide gallery prints. (Painting really IS dead now!!)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 15:51 UTC as 16th comment
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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munro harrap: With the resolution at APS-C crop almost the same as the D4s, I never understood why people were still prepared to use them rather than the D800, so it is what I decided to get. The D810 reputedly has a stop noise advantage over the "old" machine. If this is the case, there is now even less need for D4s and their Canon equivalents, as at the same magnification you will not notice a lot of difference and with the group AF reintroduced, I can only envy those who waited!!
The Group AF and the extra stop are the clinchers for me, as resolution vanishes when noise gets to equal fine detail in size- why I returned my D300 in disgust.

But how are the orange-reds?? and the shocking pinks? I am still not happy with the colour in these areas at all. Identical subjects with a NEX7 are so much more colour accurate.

The D800s I have used simply cannot do reds properly at all

Using RAW in Lightroom the files are inaccurately rendered compared to Capture NX2 which does do a better job, but after two years with a D800 I have had to give up on colour accuracy here in Cardiff- and you can imagine what that does to festival carnival and- in your area- the rugby shirts and associated gear- its as bad as using a 1Ds MkII again. I chose a NEX7 over the new one as I checked out files online whose tests again showed that as with the D800 , the A6000 reds go too orange. You notice this much less in jpeg files rendered as sRGB but if you use Adobe RGB like me, your troubles are eternal. I am sure there is a firmware fix possible- as the NEX7 sensor is about the same date as the D800's but you will find that you had better set the camera to neutral and minus 2 saturation in picture controls.IF, that is the D810 colour is the same as the D800.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 18:27 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)

With the resolution at APS-C crop almost the same as the D4s, I never understood why people were still prepared to use them rather than the D800, so it is what I decided to get. The D810 reputedly has a stop noise advantage over the "old" machine. If this is the case, there is now even less need for D4s and their Canon equivalents, as at the same magnification you will not notice a lot of difference and with the group AF reintroduced, I can only envy those who waited!!
The Group AF and the extra stop are the clinchers for me, as resolution vanishes when noise gets to equal fine detail in size- why I returned my D300 in disgust.

But how are the orange-reds?? and the shocking pinks? I am still not happy with the colour in these areas at all. Identical subjects with a NEX7 are so much more colour accurate.

The D800s I have used simply cannot do reds properly at all

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 18:05 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1532 comments in total)

I'm looking for how the D810 moves groups of focus points around like the D200, D300, and D700 do. It is advertized but there is not a sign of it here. I do hope this really is included in the full review, because it is a huge factor in photography.
The Group AF option on a D700 is excellent and so much easier to use than any of Canon's slow two-stage options. It will be the biggest factor in purchase options for many, as mis-focussing is inevitable on occasion when you have zero AF control of where the focus goes, as with the D800(E) and D7100. I am certainly hoping Nikon supply a firmware fix, as that would be easy using the pad that only works ( and so slowly!) using manual focus (and just one point).

This is more important than anything else! As to moire, well, I get moire with my D800 quite often.It's a normal occurrence.Had I known, I would have an E got! Using Capture NX2 I remove it, so moire is a non-issue except for video, and well you can just defocus a little?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 10:32 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1532 comments in total)

I have not seen a D810. I am curious about comments made regarding vibration at some shutter speeds with the D800(E) models. What are these shutter speeds please, as I have no VR lenses yet have not ever seen this phenomenon using a D800. I have had blurred due to my movement and/or subject movement. And blurred due to the lens being imperfectly focussed, but nothing as described here that I can see.

Nikon removed the filters as at this magnification you can see that everything is slightly off-at all speeds. That said I have not ever been able to detect a visible difference in resolution-just micro-contrast and acuity.tight 0.2 pixel @ 400% USM deals with that.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 22:14 UTC as 37th comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1532 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!

Nothing special. Calibrated 2713H monitor, all from Adobe RGB RAWs, camera set to -2 and standard for nature and neutral and -2 saturation for people shots as dayglo reds and pinks are dreadful.
process in Capture NX2 with camera settings, but I might try changing the neutral on people shots to portrait if the reds and pinks are the kind you can do this with (not many!).

The camera is the THIRD I have had. The first had AF problems and bad colour, the second trashed completely the odd raw file and had bad colour, and this one direct from Nikon they claim is perfect but the colour is as bad (which is why they gave me NX to help out). But despite this reds visibly shift in highlights unacceptably and obviously- to what depends on the initial hue.

For happy snaps using sRGB I have no idea as I do not cripple my colour work using sRGB. So I dont post Abobe RGB jpegs now, as last time every impertinent fellow demanded I send RAWs to Dropbox, as if using sRGB they could not see the problem

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 21:28 UTC

Yep, now they are getting so big I am going to wait for a clamshell version with the screen folded in the middle-like a living book from Harry Potter (yeah, it is being designed right now!!)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 21:14 UTC as 19th comment
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