Mike Griffin

Mike Griffin

Lives in Australia Australia
Joined on Apr 12, 2004


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Hardly any of Lonely Planet's list aligns with mine that includes India and Turkey as must go to photographers paradises.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 23:07 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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Franco8: Australian Company, Product Not Suitable For Australians.
Paint Matching Is Not Supported In Australia.
Huh! Please Explain?

I have no idea why the article says this. I have the Swatchmate Cube and it definitely supports Dulux and Wattyl paint matching and does so accurately, for matt colours at least.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 12:46 UTC

Thou shalt no photograph sunsets

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 05:10 UTC as 33rd comment
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Michael Thomas Mitchell: I was a loyal Epson user for many years, but ultimately had to give up on them primarily because of their propensity to clog. Every Epson printer I've owned was given up because of this issue. Even after learning how to unclog using a commercial solvent, I could never count on whether I was going to printing one day or unclogging a head instead.

That changed when I took advantage of all the rebate sales of Canon Pro100 printers on Craigslist. I picked up one of these for just $100. The prints are not only beautiful, but in 2 1/2 years, I've yet to have a clogged head.

Canon is also very re-fill friendly. No chip disabling. Easy re-fills. And, with a chip resetter, ink levels are re-set every re-fill so as to prevent ruining a print head printing dry.

I still have and use an Epson 7510 (large format A3+ printer/scanner combo) for office work, and deal with clogged heads every few months. As a large format printer AND A3+ scanner, it's worth the trouble. But never again, Epson.

I agree fully. The only Epson I've had that didn't clog was a dot matrix. One printer that was sold to take a cartridge and paper combo didn't even get to the end of the paper pack before it hopelessly clogged. Canon on the other hand ran without issues for years until the heads wore out.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 00:03 UTC
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kidkelly: I've had the Epson 3800 for over 5 years...never had a clog..use epson advance B & W...beautiful results.....sometimes I have not used the printer in months...before I print I gently agitate each cartridge...sometimes do an alignment...every so often a a head cleaning..89ml carts go a long way...No complaints....!!!

This one has 14ml carts article says which seem incredibly small for an A3+ printer

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 23:56 UTC
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anthony mazzeri: So does this printer cost $10, but then a quarter of a teaspoon of ink costs $29.95 each?

Considering it is one of the world's most valuable resources by weight - literally a few drops of ink is more expensive than a 44g barrel of oil - I'm surprised there hasn't been more investment into exploration and drilling for new ink wells.

This business model obviously worked brilliantly for them at the beginning but now is killing itself - the extortionate price of ink is why nobody buys or even scarcely uses an inkjet printer even if they do buy one any more unless they have no absolutely other choice.

The short answer is no. You can go to China and get poor quality cheap pigment ink but in my experience it blocks print heads. Alternately you can buy better quality Europe or American manufactured pigment ink but it's not necessarily cheap. I finished up throwing away my HP A3+ printer because I couldn't afford the ink.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
On article BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene (539 comments in total)

surprised at how well the D750 holds up. Noise at 12800 (RAW) is lower than all others I looked at. Check out the wall at the top of the LH lithograph. The shading is starkly clear. Other cameras lose it in a sea of noise.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 01:54 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies

BR Optics is a name that's already taken.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 03:11 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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SETI: Heh, green skintones again =)

I find that ACR doesn't decode NEF files properly. If you convert them first in Nikon View to eg. jpg then import into Photoshop the result is immensely more pleasing. There's no way I can tweak a NEF file in Photoshop to get the same pleasing result.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 23:39 UTC
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grasscatcher: Focusing after-the-fact is nice, but the real beauty here, for me, is the possibility of instantaneous focus-stacking. If they implement that feature, and do it well, I will be a player. It will be a boon for documentary photography, as well as macro photography!

I agree. I can't see why focus stacking can't be implemented on DSLRs in fact I suggested that to Nikon over two years ago but nothing has eventuated.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 23:27 UTC
On a photo in the Canon EOS 5DS R Real-World Sample Gallery sample gallery (13 comments in total)

Can't work out what's happened here. Eyelashes in focus. Eyebrows drift out of focus on left and right. Hair as top of forehead way out of focus BUT hair at rear of head in focus.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 10:43 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On photo 1C3A5532 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (13 comments in total)

Can't work out what's happened here. Eyelashes in focus. Eyebrows drift out of focus on left and right. Hair as top of forehead way out of focus BUT hair at rear of head in focus.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 10:43 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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brownie314: AT ISO 3200 5Ds/R looks like more noise than D810.

I was prepared to disagree. The blacks on the 5Ds/R look cleaner than the D810 but compare the label on the balsamic vinegar bottle and the reverse is plainly true.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:04 UTC
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (733 comments in total)
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57even: Mother Theresa was not a psychopath....

Sorry, just thinking about the idiocy of defining something by what is isn't.

iPhones are "mirrorless" cameras too.

Perhaps Mirrorless should have been called ILNR - Interchangeable Lens Non Reflex.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
On article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1119 comments in total)

Sounds like a seriously good camera and Sony are maximising the advantages of mirrorless over DSLRs. Well done for pushing sensor technology.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 22:42 UTC as 208th comment
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lightmatters: Canon makes me frustrated. Their sensor's DR is inferior but their lenses are superior.
But you know what, if their sensor's DR is just good as others then there will be no competition at all.

Some lens manufacturers have glass with optical characteristics equivalent to fluorite but without the disadvantages - fragility and large coefficient of thermal expansion.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 12:50 UTC
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Digitalis32: With these filters being made of such hard material that is cut so thin, it doesn't take much to imagine what would happen if one of these shattered - which can happen if they are struck hard, from the right angle. Sapphire would tear up the front element of any lens like it was made of wet tissue paper and the thin glass will cut your fingers to shreds should you carelessly attempt to remove it.

Also, 30 layers of optical coatings, that would be 15 layers per side which raises a question... Fuji EBC coatings which are the undisputed best in the industry have only 13 layers, and 99.8% overall transmittance (I can post citations on this). Since when did Korea optics manufacturers have this kind of technology?

Good points about the dangers of shattered sapphire.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 04:13 UTC
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Mescalamba: Thats interesting actually.

Otherwise, sapphire in this case is just synthetic corundum. Rather easy to make in large quantities. Not much to do with that sparkling blue gems. :) Im not sure if it even has same oxides as natural one. But sure, sapphire glass sounds much better than corundum glass. :D

Technically, sapphire isn't glass. One has an ordered atomic structure so is a crystal, glass has a disordered atomic structure so is glass.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 04:10 UTC
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Daryl Cheshire: carborundum conumdrum

corundum, without the arbs. One's silicon carbide, the other aluminium oxide.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 04:07 UTC

I've read that the 5DS and 5DS R have a more saturated RGB filter to achieve more accurate colour rendition. You would think that would be a major camera feature but no one is talking about it. Nor are they pointing out that a stronger RGB filter will result in a lowering of the upper ISO limit when the low ISO limit is questioned.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 23:13 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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