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 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 (494 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 54th comment
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (324 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 (2381 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 280th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (639 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 41st 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 (2143 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 401st 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 (105 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
On Accessory Review: Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL article (48 comments in total)

Your camera reviews are few and far between. You can't afford to allow yourselves to be distracted with baggage.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2012 at 23:38 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1514 comments in total)

None of these. My favourite is the Olympus SZ-31MR. It is a pocket P&S, so I can have it always with me, regardless of what chores I am SUPPOSED to be doimng. It has 24x zoom - in most instances the automatics do a quicker and more reliable job than I can do with manual settings on my 20x zoom bridge camera. It can take 20 full resolution stills in the middle of a video take (instead of only 2 on my SZ-30MR). The video allows more than one frame rate. It has better fumble resistant ergonomics than the SZ-30MR I actually own. BUT, here in New Zealand you can only get it on demand - and I like to handle it before I commit myself (for fear of getting landed with one of the statistically predicted 3% of dogs in any production run).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 07:14 UTC as 547th comment

This is the camera that should have been around when Sandra was posing for me 11 years ago. It looks ideal for indoors with bounce flash and outdoors with a strong fill-in flash (should work with FL-36R). There is continuous exposure variation (the C-2500L had two aperture settings - one for overexposure, one for underexposure), clean shadows, and useable resolution for large prints. And now you also get HD video that makes keeping a budget camcorder unnecessary (the BSI-CMOS sensor sensitivity and speed should avoid focus hunting).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2012 at 20:44 UTC as 23rd comment

Very pretty - but how stable are they?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2012 at 19:48 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

I own the SZ-30MR, and that is what I use 99% of the time. - I also keep a few older Stylus cameras as well as the SP-570 UZ.

What I could do with is unlimited stills during video-taking, instead of just two. But the SZ-31MR-iHS remains unavailable in New Zealand.

The SZ-31MR iHS also has a few extra frame rates in the videos.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 04:57 UTC as 1st comment
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