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 P6020659 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Now I am getting it. You are Custom WB, but you have not calibrated it for that lighting. Follow the instructions for setting Custom WB.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 05:40 UTC as 1st comment
On P6020653 photo in AMmom's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

This one above was taken at a high ISO and slow shutter speed - but you are not giving us the WB setting. Did the flash actually go off? I would expect this blue appearance if you had WB set to CLOUD in tungsten lighting.

Hang on, I have a visitor, I come back to you.


Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 04:45 UTC as 2nd comment
On Olympus Stylus SH-1 real-world samples gallery article (61 comments in total)

My SH-50 has taken over all the jobs that previous cameras did, so I am looking for a near-equivalent backup. 5-axis IS is now here for both stills and video - absolutely vital for focussing reliability with gannet stills and motion reduction in my Morris gig videos. The HD720p 120 fps High Speed video is retained, and time lapse is added (not seen since my SP-570UZ). The manual setting and the custom WB are still here. Hopefully, the audio on video is the same as on my SH-50. WiFi will be worth a try. I am not belittling the image artifacts - though they are much reduced, even since my SZ-30MR.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 15:08 UTC as 23rd comment
On Blood moon eclipse: Night of April 14-15 article (64 comments in total)

Spot metering and spot focussing proved more reliable on my Olympus SP-570UZ 20x zoom bridge camera for 'normal' moon shots. With the SP-550UZ during the eclipse on August 28 in 2007, I had to use manual focus in the completely shaded phase though. The weather is not promising here in New Zealand. My Olympus SH-50 24x zoom pocket P&S might just hack it because of its BSI-CMOS sensor, higher ISO and better focussing, as compared to the SP-570UZ. But I will have the SP-570 with me just in case.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 20:06 UTC as 11th comment

I thought the Go-Pro can record sound. The Muzak is inappropriate.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 09:43 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
On Mistweiland photo in Mischa Bronstring's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This picture is very nice, regardless of which camera it came from.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 20:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (497 comments in total)

3 weeks with 3- and 5-axis stabilisation on my SH-50 convince me of its necessity - and the P5 has 5-axis stabilisation. So I read the review. Double exposures at 1/80 second and thereabouts are indeed worrying. Are you sure that is not caused by Parkinsons? The stabilisation should take care of any roller blind shutter slap. The first of the sample videos is plain over-exposed (not uncommon in that kind of setting). The second sample has no bass in the sound (when compared to my SH-50 videos), suggesting the wind shield setting was at its highest. I get the impression the reviewer does not like video anyway. The level of customisation possible is stupendous indeed, yet the P5 does not look as knob-encrusted as my SP-570UZ.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 20:21 UTC as 55th comment
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (326 comments in total)

F 2.8 throughout will be a relief to some. I see the Stylus 1 as a logical step up from and update for my SP-570UZ. It can take the FL-36R flash I already have. XZ-1 owners that are bypassing the XZ-2 may embrace the Stylus 1.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 06:44 UTC as 96th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

There have been consistent requests for SMALL full-frame cameras, so here are two of them. But why do they make them look like Heath Robinson constructs?

I did have a genuine 35mm Edixamat SLR some time last century. It had interchangeable lenses, and you could exchange the pentaprism with a waist-level finder. But with no major protuberances it was suitable for taking on bike trips. The A7 and A7R are hopefully more robust than they look.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 19:05 UTC as 282nd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (631 comments in total)

It is a pocket-sized interchangeable lens camera with a 16 MP micro 4/3 CMOS sensor, and therefore in consideration for a 24x zoom P&S user like me. I would need a long zoom for something like yesterday's arrival of the tall ships. I then would regard the camera body as an attachment to the lens. I am concerned about the placement of the video button close to the display button. A similar placement on my SZ-30MR leads to operator errors when I am working on auto pilot.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 19:15 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)

I am actually quite impressed. If the in-camera processing for sharpness and noise works as well as intended, it will eliminate much post-processing. 24-200mm range still seems a bit short to me. I might have to rely heavily on the 6.6x DZ - which comes back to BIONZ being able to compensate for THAT. The RX10 covers a lot of over-lapping requirements, specifically with video complimenting stills, but also with allowing settings for divergent personal preferences. Hopefully, it will have greater appeal than the R1 had, so that it may remain on the market until I am in it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 20:38 UTC as 64th comment
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

In my perception, that tripod is a fashion accessory, possibly suitable for a pocket P&S in a dire emergency, but not for a DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 19:16 UTC as 149th comment | 2 replies
On Can computer corrections make simple lenses look good? article (162 comments in total)

They are re-inventing the wheel. Such corrections are incorporated in the firmware of my 24x zoom Olympus SZ-30MR pocket P&S and a multitude of similar dedicated cameras, and presumably in all cell phone cameras.

Academe is sometimes so isolated, they have no clue as what is happening around them.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 20:56 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2065 comments in total)

Should do away with the bickering about 4/3 versus micro 4/3, since it allows to use lenses from both ranges. Weather resistance is a good thing, you can take this camera out of the studio. At this price point you do want to be able to use an external microphone for video. And it does have knobs for everything.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 19:07 UTC as 405th comment | 1 reply

In 1997 I bought an ES-1000 digital pocket camera. Later research showed it was made by Chinon, who I remember as a maker of Super-8 consumer-type Cine cameras in the 1960ies. The ES-1000 had a fixed lens, an optical tunnel view-finder and no LCD. Maximum resolution was 493x373 pixels. Pictures downloaded via RS232 cable to a PC. It had no external memory. The saving grace was, the Lithium battery lasted for ages, and contrast and saturation was better than I could get from scanning 5x7 inch 35mm camera prints.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 20:51 UTC as 121st comment | 1 reply
On 12 stunning photos of Godafoss - Waterfall of the Gods article (78 comments in total)

Another 'Water' fall that dispenses cotton wool instead.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 02:35 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On Just posted: Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Review preview (106 comments in total)

Maybe a COMPARISON of water-resistant cameras might have put the optical observations into perspective. I understand that underwater you loose light very rapidly, hence the need for noise reduction. - But what took you so long to do the review? The camera has been on the shelves for months!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 20:32 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

It looks like a nice fast versatile 5x zoom pocket camera. A 12MP BSI CMOS sensor is also quite useful. I think the designers have succeeded with this implementation of an enthusiast compact.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2013 at 00:09 UTC as 28th comment
On Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact article (198 comments in total)

It looks like quite a reasonable pocket P&S. Full manual settings and a customisable ring I have not had since the SP-570UZ 20x zoom bridge camera from 2008 (I still own it). The 12MP BSI CMOS sensor should be low on noise and artifacts. I hope the flash is an LED type. The one in my SZ-30MR is surprisingly powerful, and it does not annoy our cat.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 20:08 UTC as 22nd comment

5-axis video stabilisation would be very valuable when recording from the top of my accordion as I am playing it. I would like to see a movie example of how simultaneous video and still capture is handled - is it just a frame grab in editing? This issue may still cause me to jump for the older SZ-31MR iHS. But the Li-90B battery in the SH-50 should have better capacity than the Li-50B on my SZ-30MR and SZ-31MR iHS. Will the SH-50 show up in New Zealand?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2013 at 21:24 UTC as 4th comment
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