timo

timo

Lives in United Kingdom Singapore and/or, United Kingdom
Works as a Ex-publisher, now freelance writer
Joined on Nov 17, 2002
About me:

Pentax *istD, K30, and 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 X30, Panasonic GX7 (with 20/1.7; 12-32; 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 X30 stand in for the K5 and K30 when a DSLR set-up is killing my back.

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On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (255 comments in total)
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owenleve: every single one of your test photos is garbage. why do you keep insisting on creating such incredibly poor test photos. take your time, do something creative, push the camera to it's limits. Show the sharpness, low light capabilities in real world shoots. Shoot a moving subject. ANYTHING.

'Something creative' is not what you want with test shots. It's amazing how many people make snarky comments about composition or other creative aspects of what should simply be technical exercises.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:10 UTC

I have taken zillions of shots of cars in Cuba. The great disillusionment is that in most of the cars the original 6- or 8-cylinder engines have replaced by rough, noisy, stinking, clanking diesel engines. Apparently a lot of them are Russian, some Japanese. I looked forward to long, stately journeys in 50s Detroit bathtubs; generally the experience is more like being in the cab of a tractor.
That said, Cuba and India are the two most photogenic places I have been to.

https://timauger.smugmug.com/CentAmericaCuba/American-cars-in-Cuba/

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 06:05 UTC as 5th comment

Incidentally, the article would have more force if there were more detailed reviews. Where's the GX8, for example? Why haven't you reviewed the MF Pentax, other than superficially? Etc. etc. Moan moan.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 03:46 UTC as 71st comment

I get a slight sense that this article is a rationale for the continuing usefulness of DPReview, now that most cameras do most things better than most people need.

Personally I would abolish the gold award etc. system - because it distracts attention from the fact that every camera has a different mix of pluses and minuses. Certainly rate every aspect of performance individually, but leave the overall score for the reader to decide. This would encourage people to read the review properly, rather than making instant decisions on superficial evidence.

This would also cut down the amount of brand defence and brand bashing in these forums that follows pretty much every review.

Although I suppose if you are in the business of generating clicks, if necessary by generating controversy for its own sake, then they have a use, I suppose.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 03:43 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (367 comments in total)

I have plenty of old Super 8 movies.

Who on Earth would want this?

Gimmick for under-occupied hipsters.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 08:05 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (387 comments in total)

I had seen this as a potential successor to my Fuji X30. But I don't think so.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 12:02 UTC as 62nd comment | 4 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G5 X real-world samples gallery (58 comments in total)
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timo: I'm a bit shocked by these samples - there seems to be a lot of noise even at low ISOs, and the sharpness across the frame looks terrible in some of them. When I picked up the camera in a shop recently I was quite tempted. Not now.

Joseph, I get all that. But I'm not convinced. I have a variety of other cameras with sensors of various sizes and resolutions, and it's against that background that I made my comments.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 17:04 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G5 X real-world samples gallery (58 comments in total)

I'm a bit shocked by these samples - there seems to be a lot of noise even at low ISOs, and the sharpness across the frame looks terrible in some of them. When I picked up the camera in a shop recently I was quite tempted. Not now.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 15:50 UTC as 10th comment | 6 replies

This kind of list from Lonely Planet is extremely useful - in that you know which ten countries to cross off your own list immediately.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 07:09 UTC as 22nd comment
On article RX aeternus? Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II review (268 comments in total)

There's something not quite right at all about the studio shot - it looks to be out of focus.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2015 at 14:58 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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falconeyes: Small Sony is making a solid profit year after year - despite their bold effort at innovation and R&D.

Makes me wonder where all that money within much bigger Canon and Nikon is going to ... There must be a staff of lazy/inefficient and wealthy people to be sustained ;)

I find most of these figures completely meaningless without an accurate breakdown of the financial structure within these big companies. For example, Ricoh's sales for the year to end March were 2,231,942 million yen (what's that in billions?), and they were making a profit of something over 5% overall. Not much of that was cameras though. Similarly what proportion of Sony's or Canon's or Panasonic's profits really come from cameras? How are overheads allocated, or internal transfer prices calculated? We're all guessing, and the future of camera divisions will always be a highly political matter internally.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 07:33 UTC

Forget the knee-jerk naysayers, most of whom have never laid hands on a Pentax camera. Everything will depend on how well it does the job it's designed to do.

Other factors matter, up to a point, but very much less so.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 05:22 UTC as 120th comment | 1 reply
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Gesture: Can't anyone figure out how to simplify the DSLR interface. Sadly, all OEMs are using comparable sub-subassemblies, locking them into archaic designs.

People usually complain that controls are NOT available through buttons and dials, moaning and groaning when they have to delve into electronic menus. Poor old bl**dy manufacturers can't please everybody!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 05:17 UTC

Is it really going to be that much more useful than the recently announced Panasonic 25mm f/1.7? Even if the optical performance is equivalent at comparable apertures, which it may or may not be.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 06:55 UTC as 37th comment | 7 replies
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Lassoni: Meeh, for bokeh and shallow DoF, I'm sure the 75 f1.8 does better job. Not really sure if 50mm equiv. has ever been "that good" focal length for anything

Jim Evidon: It is true that in 35mm terms, 50mm is considered a 'standard' lens. But please do not perpetuate the myth that '50mm is the standard focal length for 35mm cameras that closely approximates normal human vision in terms of perspective. That's why it is considered the standard lens.' There's no evidence for this.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 06:46 UTC
On article Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery (113 comments in total)

Looking at these pictures, which seem fine to me, I conclude that for me the only real criteria are such things as handling, bulk, the viewfinder - and, I suppose, price. I can't see on what grounds this camera would be inadequate for my purpose, and the big viewfinder is a huge, huge, draw. GX7 owner, so I have the lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 14:14 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap (60 comments in total)

Where's the Q&A then? A link would be helpful.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 02:09 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-T10 Review (508 comments in total)

I don't think I would ever make a camera-buying decision on the basis that 16MP is inadequate for my needs. Scarcely more than ten years ago most people thought 6MP was adequate, and they were mostly right.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 13:27 UTC as 51st comment | 20 replies

Fine if you really want a waterproof camera, but I can't see the appeal for any other purpose. Some of those samples show really nasty effects of noise reduction in reproduction of grass, for example.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 01:13 UTC as 13th comment
On SampleImage:3214162057 (1 comment in total)

Horrible noise-reduction effect in the grassy foreground.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 01:11 UTC as 1st comment
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