Henry Falkner

Henry Falkner

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Retired (on paper only)
Joined on Feb 11, 2002
About me:

Keeping Sandra happy, more photos, more videos, more accordion playing for the Morris dancers, more newsletters for the radio club.

See http://www.pbase.com/hfalkner

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On Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps article (137 comments in total)

We have come a long way from the constant speed film camera I saw in 1966. It worked with a slot, and a rotating prism throwing the image at the running film. High speed video beyond 120 frames at HD720p resolution is still specialised territory, hence the price. The Platinum version will very likely replace much more complicated gear in laboratories round the world.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 23:14 UTC as 24th comment

Since September 2011 I have bought three 24x pocket zooms, and with no new ones on offer from Olympus at the Photokina, I may duplicate the last one (the SH-1), for the following reasons: Low mass causes less whiplash when mounted on my accordion as I play it, and the 5-axis IS takes the jerks out of the bellow movements on my videos. 5-axis IS also makes focussing at the long end faster and more reliable for stills. The SH-1 battery capacity now gives me video through a 2-bracket 40 minute Morris dance performance on a single charge.

Against these requirements, the attraction of all the new enthusiast compacts in common is the IQ from the 1" sensor - and that is it!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 21:22 UTC as 15th comment
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (466 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: The PL7 looks like an attractive upgrade from my SH-50 and SH-1 pocket P&S jobs. I could do crops printed to 23x33 inch (now I must use the entire frame). The PL7 is small and light enough to be with me all the time. I find 3-axis IS adequate for stills, but for video I prefer 5-axis IS on both the SH-50 and SH-1. A larger battery capacity is always appreciated.
But why have they placed the video start/stop button right next to the menu button? A similar placement, above the display button on the SZ-30MR pocket P&S, led to mistakes on unrepeatable occasions! Olympus had the video button well spaced away from any others on the PL5 - so why re-invent the design failures of 2011?

Off-Topic: As a work-around. on the SZ-30MR (2011) I put LOOKING at what buttons I was pressing on my brain's auto pilot.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 23:51 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (466 comments in total)
In reply to:

Henry Falkner: The PL7 looks like an attractive upgrade from my SH-50 and SH-1 pocket P&S jobs. I could do crops printed to 23x33 inch (now I must use the entire frame). The PL7 is small and light enough to be with me all the time. I find 3-axis IS adequate for stills, but for video I prefer 5-axis IS on both the SH-50 and SH-1. A larger battery capacity is always appreciated.
But why have they placed the video start/stop button right next to the menu button? A similar placement, above the display button on the SZ-30MR pocket P&S, led to mistakes on unrepeatable occasions! Olympus had the video button well spaced away from any others on the PL5 - so why re-invent the design failures of 2011?

That speaks well for the video QUALITY. Thanks for replying.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 22:37 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (466 comments in total)

The PL7 looks like an attractive upgrade from my SH-50 and SH-1 pocket P&S jobs. I could do crops printed to 23x33 inch (now I must use the entire frame). The PL7 is small and light enough to be with me all the time. I find 3-axis IS adequate for stills, but for video I prefer 5-axis IS on both the SH-50 and SH-1. A larger battery capacity is always appreciated.
But why have they placed the video start/stop button right next to the menu button? A similar placement, above the display button on the SZ-30MR pocket P&S, led to mistakes on unrepeatable occasions! Olympus had the video button well spaced away from any others on the PL5 - so why re-invent the design failures of 2011?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 22:08 UTC as 59th comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

After my Olympus SP-570UZ I stopped buying bridge cameras when pocket P&S jobs started having less noise with the same sensor size.

The FZ-1000 tweaks the features I appreciate in my current Olympus SH-1 pocket zoom (namely 5-axis IS and HD video, which is fun).

The 1" sensor with 20MP resolution makes the larger bridge camera format tolerable. The FZ-1000 also has a hot shoe again, and a wired remote.

It is tempting.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 23:56 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

I am probably out of the bridge camera market for some time to come, so I am looking at these two with envy. The IQ of both is stunning, certainly when compared with the pocket P&S jobs that I actually have. Being a long zoom addict I favour the FZ1000 with its 400mm zoom. Cropping an FZ1000 400mm shot will show fewer artifacts than my current 600mm shots do. Having to carry an ND filter does take me back a bit, but I have done it, so I could do it again. The decider, as usual, is the price. The FZ1000 is reachable.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 20:49 UTC as 152nd comment
On P9390962_ISO125 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

It covers well the middle ground between DSLR and super-zoom bridge camera. Of course, any camera that is knob-encrusted like the FZ-1000 only comes into is own if you learn its functions until they are safely transferred to the auto pilot in your brain. Hopefully Panasonic will sort out the operating glitches in the firmware. But the FZ1000 is nevertheless a camera that suits those who can concentrate on photography without distractions.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 09:20 UTC as 1st comment
On P5230614 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Presumably this is a flash shot taken with WB AUTO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:59 UTC as 1st comment
On P5290632 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Custom WB done with the tungsten lighting, but exposed with flash?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:58 UTC as 1st comment
On P5290632 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Low shutter speed caused blurring.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:56 UTC as 1st comment
On 100_5204 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

If you use WB AUTO, the colour balance with flash can vary from shot to shot.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:55 UTC as 1st comment
On P4270235 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

That is fairly normal for flash.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:54 UTC as 1st comment
On P6020653 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

The comment below was intended for the BLUE bricks. WB1 does work when you use it with the same lighting as you calibrate4 it with.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:52 UTC as 1st comment
On P6020654 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Let me guess, you used WB Tungsten. It is as close as you can expect with low lighting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:49 UTC as 1st comment
On P6020655 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

But what w2as the WB setting? The flash dominates. WB may have been CLOUD.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:48 UTC as 1st comment
On P6020657 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

You have used the same lighting for both the shot and calibrating WB 1. So it does work.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:46 UTC as 1st comment
On P6020656 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

You forgot to recalibrate4 Custom WB 1

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:44 UTC as 1st comment
On P6020657 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Same answer. Use Custom WB with the same lighting you used for calibrating it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:43 UTC as 2nd comment
On P6020658 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

There you go. When you use Custom WB with the lighting you used for setting it, it does work.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:42 UTC as 1st comment
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