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 Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (813 comments in total)

At a glorified hobbyist level, convergence has been happening since the Olympus SZ-31MR. Such pocket travel zooms allow 12 full resolution stills in each 29 minute video clip. The price allows me to upgrade each year for desirable new features. Yesterday at Muriwai Beach, for the fourth time this season, I was able to document the gannet colony in stills and on video all at the same time. There was no 'collision'.

As to professional photo- and videography - the garbage, dictated by advertising, that now passes for news, simply does not justify the expense of professional gear. The guys don't produce professional output.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:46 UTC as 199th comment
On A Compact PEN: Olympus Stylus SH-2 Hands-on article (150 comments in total)

It looks like my SH-1 with RAW added. I am hoping that RAW will get me round the sharpening haloes and loss of detail in low contrast areas that I see on screen magnifications larger than my 33x23 inch prints. The SH-2 will have the same Li-92B battery that gave me 1 hour 32 minutes OOC at the New Plymouth Festival of Lights. I was doing HD720p video from the top of my accordion while I was playing it, and I got no time to change the battery. Currently my SH-50 is my backup, which lasts 1 hour 10 minutes with the same Li-92 battery. I do (silent) time lapse on the SH-1, while the SH-50 records sound for adding later to the time lapse video. I also value the 5-axis IS and the 24x reach, which you still don't get on an iPhone.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2015 at 12:38 UTC as 1st comment
On A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom article (193 comments in total)
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Tommygun45: For some reason "Coolpix" has always struck me as either a missed translation or a terrible mistake made by some total nerd that wielded too much power at just the wrong time. What a God awful name. And to stick with it for so many years. Jesus. Cut and run... Cut and run.

If Jesus had a camera, he might have been to pre-occupied to start a religion.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 00:26 UTC
On A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom article (193 comments in total)

2000mm equivalent permits moon shots without Digital Zoom. With an EVF and an articulated LCD as well as a wider range of settings, it does justify getting a bridge camera again. But after the P600 compared badly against competitors for focus reliability and speed on YouTube reviews (in that time frame) - how much better is the P900? We still get new enthusiast compacts that put grinding zoom noises on videos. Will the P-900 be quiet? And will it save a video and retract the lens before the battery goes flat? I am harping on about this because I have two reliable and quiet travel pocket zooms.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 00:13 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (88 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: Will it talk to my laptop via my WiFi router (I ask this because my current pocket zoom with WiFi only talks to cell phones.)? I suppose uploading 29 minute HD720p videos through a hotspot will still be a little unpractical - too much time needed, and the battery will loose its capacity.

Thanks for the suggestion. Dropbox never came up in my Google searches.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 04:58 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (88 comments in total)

Will it talk to my laptop via my WiFi router (I ask this because my current pocket zoom with WiFi only talks to cell phones.)? I suppose uploading 29 minute HD720p videos through a hotspot will still be a little unpractical - too much time needed, and the battery will loose its capacity.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 21:42 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)

Will that 120 MP sensor be available for the next Mars Rover? Maybe not, considering that the cameras in 'Curiosity' have 2 MP, or thereabouts. Maybe the prototype sensor will be developed into a commercial product for upmarket cameras. 120 MP works out close to 9000 x 13500 pixels. At 300 dpi that is 30 x 45 inch print - about A0 paper size. That sensor might put at rest the minds of landscape photographers for a couple of months or three.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 13:13 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply

This looks promising. My guess is it has a 1" sensor for better detail on landscapes, with fewer in-camera processing artifacts. The video button is in a safe place, away from other buttons I could hit by mistake. The range is the same as what I have on my pocket travel zooms. Hopefully it will have 5-axis IS, and a MUCH better battery life than some of the recently released advanced Canon compacts. I would appreciate a high resolution EVF. Out of the box, the articulated LCD will do to start with. Here's hoping.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 06:18 UTC as 85th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)

Having confined myself to travel P&S jobs, I keep my comment short. I like this evolution step in the EM5 in particular, and as a step up in the 4/3 area as a whole.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 02:15 UTC as 186th comment
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1933 comments in total)

The answer is obvious. If flare is your primary hang-up, get a D4S.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 15:12 UTC as 135th comment
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 25th 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 18th comment
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (503 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 (503 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?

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 (503 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 69th comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 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 20th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 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 153rd 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 photo in sample 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
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