timo

timo

Lives in United Kingdom Singapore and/or, United Kingdom
Works as a Ex-publisher, now freelance writer
Has a website at www.pbase.com/timotheus
Joined on Nov 17, 2002
About me:

Pentax *istD, K30, K5 (and several bodies in between)

DA: 15, 21, 40, 70, 18-55 (a gang of those), 50-200, 55-300
FA: 24-90, 50 f/1.7, 135 f/2.8
M: 28 f/3.5, 50 f/1.4, 50 f/1.7, 100 f/2.8, 150 f/3.2, 200 f/4
K: 28/3.5, 50 f/1.2 (until someone stole it on a Belgian train), 105 f/2.8

Fuji X20, Panasonic GX7 (with 20/1.7; 18-42 Mk II; 45-150)

Started photography with egg-shaped Brownie 127. First SLR owned: Canon AE-1, 1980. First DSLR: Pentax *istD, 2002 (ish). Today, the Panasonic GX7 and Fujifilm X20 stand in for the K5 and K30 when a DSLR and lenses are killing my back.

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On UK Landscape Photographer of the Year winners announced article (159 comments in total)

I'd rather look at any of these than the over-processed, artificial-looking, garish monstrosities that attract the oohs and ahs and adulation on Flickr, and in some of the DPR challenges.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 00:47 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)
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timo: In the absence of a viewfinder, I cannot quite see the point of this camera. Yesterday's formula, it seems to me, despite the good image quality. It looks pretty enough, in the nice clean way of the pioneering Canon compacts of old.

@lacikuss I tried to use a phone cam but gave up when I couldn't see how to wind the film on.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 23:57 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)
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timo: In the absence of a viewfinder, I cannot quite see the point of this camera. Yesterday's formula, it seems to me, despite the good image quality. It looks pretty enough, in the nice clean way of the pioneering Canon compacts of old.

@ Joseph Black

So maybe stability and visibility in bright conditions are of little concern to you. And I assume you're not affected by the fact that many (I dare say most) people over 45-50 have to either put on or take off glasses when using a screen for framing ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 09:12 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)

In the absence of a viewfinder, I cannot quite see the point of this camera. Yesterday's formula, it seems to me, despite the good image quality. It looks pretty enough, in the nice clean way of the pioneering Canon compacts of old.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 35th comment | 10 replies

These re-badged, mis-styled cameras come in the category 'Great Mysteries of Life'. There is a cross-reference in 'What Were They Thinking?'

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 04:59 UTC as 24th comment

The LX100 is very weak at (i.e. can't do) focal lengths longer than 75mm equivalent. The GX7 is very compact when you put the (excellent) 20mm/1.7 on the front (40mm equivalent). So it's impossible to say which is 'better' than the other - you have to decide where you stand with regard to the various trade-offs. A lot depends on the LX100 lens - I feel we still lack objective information about its performance. I am still not totally convinced by what I have seen.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2014 at 02:43 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (453 comments in total)
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Jazz1: I'm pretty happy with my X20, but the upgrade bug is calling. I've got a Sony A6000 on order, and previewed it at a local Best Buy (don't get me started on how awful that experience was).

Anyway, the electronic viewfinder thing is new to me, and I can't say I particularly liked the A6000 EVF, as I panned the camera across the room I go this strobing effect. The sales person said the strobing was the exposure being compensated for and could be turned off. But he didn't recommend it.

I guess I'm old school and like optical. Does anyone thing the X30's EVF will be better than the A6000. I don't know if any reviewers that have access to the X30 haunt these forums.

My real problem is no one in my area is going to carry the X30 so I have to either order one and check it out myself, or hope someone of the forums can make comment on the X30 EVF vs. the A6000's viewfinder at some point.

I'm sure an update to Lightroom will quickly become available (it works ok for the X20). I tried the X30 EVF in a shop the other day and I thought it was excellent, and would transform the experience of using the X30 as compared to the rather frustrating viewfinders on the X20 and X10. I would have pressed the buy button on an X30 if the LX100 hadn't muddied the waters - waiting for the first serious reviews of that before I make a decision.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 10:18 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

Please ask Ricoh/Pentax (if you ever track them down) if they will produce a mirrorless camera, compatible with K-mount or otherwise, with a viewfinder. Repeat, with a viewfinder. Sales of the Q series and/or the K01 would have been larger if we hadn't had to depend on holding the thing at arm's length to see the screen.

If the GR had a VF I would buy one tomorrow. Optical clip-ons are no good because of imprecision and parallax.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 05:40 UTC as 23rd comment
On Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted article (242 comments in total)

First the LX100 and now this. It's all rather depressing. I was hoping to ditch the weight and bulk of the DSLR. Despite all the hype, there's something small-sensorish about both these galleries. And I'm not as impressed by either lens as I hoped I would be. Ho hum. At least that saves some money.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 10:24 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies

There's something not quite right about some of those samples. Surely the softness away from the centre can't be inherent in the lens design? Having downloaded some of the originals and looked at them on my large iMac screen, some of them are awful. And definitely there are some where one side is quite noticeably softer than the other. Just to make sure I was not imagining things, I then looked at some X20 shots I took today. Honestly, I think the X20/X30 lens performs better. Where the LX100 is sharp in the middle, it's probably better. But taking the image area overall, I am not at all sure. Oh dear. And I don't think it's only a question of jpg vs raw.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 15:42 UTC as 73rd comment | 5 replies
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timo: Very ho hum, I fear. The X30 goes back on to the list of possibles.

Slight second thoughts. I downloaded ten and tweaked them slightly in LR. They do look a lot better sharpened up a bit. The in-camera default sharpening may not do these any favours in the way it treats edges. I would like to have a go at a few more raws, and some with in-camera sharpening set to minimum, as a basis for doing it myself.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 03:58 UTC

Very ho hum, I fear. The X30 goes back on to the list of possibles.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 01:14 UTC as 113th comment | 4 replies

One thing I do not need is a larger phone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 03:56 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
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Paulyd0021: On one hand I like how Apple is focusing on improving the sensor and image quality rather than just bumping up the megapixels. However on the other hand I don't think 8 mp is the sweet spot for a fixed lens. If you can't crop in much without distorting the image, which means you'll need to get a lot closer to whatever it is you're taking a picture of to keep the quality high. I think 12-13mp would have been a better choice and make the phone slightly thicker for increased sensor size. Phone thinness is as thin as it ever needs to be IMO. I'm all for weight reduction, but ergonomically I'd rather have something to grip on to that fits the form of my hand. A wafer thin phone isn't that. I'm still excited to see what the image quality will be for the 6+ with OIS. I hope it helps with low light shots. Still, I don't think I'll be switching any time soon from my Samsung K Zoom. With manual controls, 10x optical zoom, and xenon flash, its the best P&S replacement out there right now.

'If you can't crop in much without distorting the image' - what does this mean?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 02:42 UTC

Too, too ghastly, as Margaret Drabble once said.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 07:36 UTC as 13th comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (342 comments in total)

Jeff Keller please note:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54285069

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 00:12 UTC as 40th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)

We may have been a bit over-aggressive on the subject of this review over previous weeks, but really, this is a joke … Just shoving up a percent score doesn't quite cut the mustard. Richard? Simon? What on earth is going on?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 16:55 UTC as 37th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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jon404: I'd keep this review unfinished until the Pentax FLUcard arrives -- guess that's the last piece of the puzzle.

And then -- we Pentax owners will finally see if our flagship camera earns a rating equal to or better than its Canikon equivalents!

I predict: 'When the K3 was first announced, it was arguably the most competitive DSLR on the market. Now we have got round, somewhat grudgingly, to reviewing it, 23 years later, it faces some stiff competition, and we have to rate it against the cameras now available …' : 77%. :)
Sorry Simon - I am joking. Up to a point.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 02:07 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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kcccc: I'm starting to feel worried for DPR. K3 has gain so much popurlarity and hope for a highly-positive review, that if a gold award is not given by DPR, every Pentaxian and all those that have voted K3 as DSLR of the year, would start yelling, complaining and accusing DPR of biased towards the two big brands.

One of the reasons given for the lateness of this review was Pentax's lack of presence in the 'most popular cameras' list - DPR claimed to be responding to public preferences. Of course this is a vicious circle - no coverage means no awareness means no popularity. Seeing where the K3 now stands in that list confirms how flawed the DPR line of thinking is.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 02:02 UTC
On Reminder: Vote now for your product of 2013 article (64 comments in total)

Boring.

'Clickbait', as someone said in another post.

And perhaps a desperate ploy to get Canon or Nikon back in the headlines ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 13:51 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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