photophile

photophile

Lives in United Kingdom UK, United Kingdom
Works as a Science/Technology
Joined on Nov 10, 2004
About me:

To live & learn. Then live some more :-)

Current cameras: Olympus EPL-6 + M. 14-42mm + M. 50-150mmOlympus E510 + ZD 14-54mm, Olympus E-500 + ZD 14-45mm Olympus C-8080, Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus stylus/mju 840

Previously owned: Olympus Trip-35, Olympus OM-10 + Zuiko 35-70mm

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Why is that "grittier reality" can only be demonstrated in B&W ? Whatever calamity (man-made, or natural) has only ever been witnessed by Man in colour. Show me your true colours.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 18:12 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On photo Macro - Amphibian in the Best of 2015 challenge (6 comments in total)

wow! Stunning colour rendition - that green looks special - and the glazed look of the gold/yellow in the eyes - all very good.

ED glass :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 11:54 UTC as 2nd comment

bit confused - when they say it "increases the F number" - I presume they mean it increases the size of the aperture - in other words it decreases the F number - so that an f2.8 becomes an f 2.0 (hence speed "booster"). Or is it the other way round ??

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 09:25 UTC as 8th comment | 8 replies
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (367 comments in total)

Sorry DPreview - I just can't resist:

Mersedez Benzz announced today a new vehicle - one designed to allow potential new drivers to experience "real, grass roots level driving."

The vehicle is a small sized all-wooden carriage, fitted with two wagon wheels. The shafts at the front allow the driver to harness an animal - perhaps a horse, or donkey, or similar beast of burden (not included) to provide propulsion.

That is not all. A tractor, or lawn-mower may be attached in place of a horse, thus allowing motorised transport.

The CEO commented "More and more drivers are choosing to have less convenient transport - and we would like to fill that gap in the burgeoning market."

Retail price of the all-wooden carriage (horse not included): Approx double that of a modern hybrid car.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 16:19 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (367 comments in total)

eh ?!??!?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 09:14 UTC as 127th comment | 1 reply

Virtually all photos of me (except school photos) from the 1970's - were taken on our then Polaroid camera - and I too can still remember the smell of the chemicals as you pulled the paper out, waved it about in air for a minute or so, then peeled back the two layers to reveal the photo.

by the mid 1980's those same photos had become faded - and by the mid 1990's, you had to look hard to see who's picture it was. I managed to scan some of the better ones during the 2000's - and even then it took quite a bit of PP to get them to look anywhere half decent.

So...memories of childhood ? yes! - but go back to instant photos ?? No thank you. If it wasn't for my school photos, I'd have a hard job telling my kids what I looked like as a kid myself. I'd like to leave 1976 firmly in....1976.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 15:27 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article PIX 2015: Kiliii Fish on Living Wild (94 comments in total)

Didn't Grizzly Adams already do this....?

;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:14 UTC as 4th comment
In reply to:

Steve in GA: My goodness. Look at the comments below.

I'm not interested in any kind of non-adjustable strap that is made of a hard-stiff material, but these comments are over the top, animal gestapo-ish.

Perhaps. But materials science has come along in leaps and bounds since the 19th century. There are a multitude of naturally occurring biopolymeric materials (and blends thereof) that are every bit as durable as bison leather. I have looked at Holdfast Gear's website - no mention of sustainability, or renewable resources, or any involvement in bison conservation projects - but they do sell a camera strap called Money Maker. Feel free to visit their website - you'll get a good laugh of out all those staged photos of butch men kitted out with "practical" luxury leather goods.

Somewhat poor judgement from Dpreview IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 16:01 UTC

...and there was I thinking its not the Victorian Age anymore - people are protective of the wilderness now. Looks like there's still a few pith-helmet topped, khaki clad moustachioed colonials about. Thank you Dpreview. If you were that cash-strapped, I'd have organised a whip-round.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 13:15 UTC as 35th comment
On article 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: $500 and up (9 comments in total)
In reply to:

bed bug: Ooohhhh....that Gitzo tripod looks so nice...nothing like beautiful Italian styling for a Christmas present....to the most important person of all...me!

Kind regards
Stephen

quite a few heads that need slapping - at that price!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 12:08 UTC
On photo Diving Pelican in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (16 comments in total)

It is a good capture - but I find the PP treatment has given it that CGI/Pixar animation look to it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 12:08 UTC as 5th comment
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m3: Wow! A database of 22 million photos! About the number shot every hour around the world; ah well, it might catch up in a few thousand years ...

Everyone has to start somewhere - I'm sure your own database only had a small number of images when you started. Besides, you only need a small number of images to help make the tag. And remember, there may be millions of photos being taken every day - many of them will be of the same subject (e.g sagrada familia).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 20:55 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (222 comments in total)
In reply to:

photomedium: Ferrari/Lamborghini (sony/leica) vs. kia/hyundai(any of the others):
which one should I buy? LOL

Kia/Hyundai - more space for luggage, shopping, friends, pets, cheaper to insure, maintain, repair, run etc. Makes a lot of sense to me. Can you say the same for Ferrari/Lamborghini ?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 16:58 UTC

in my 11 years in Dpreview - I have never read a thread/discussion where all the posters agree unanimously on their opinion of a product - until this announcement. Never has a forum populace been more in harmony.

I therefore nominate this "invention" for the Nobel Peace Prize.

But of course, it won't be possible to record the auspicious moment in Stockholm as far too many people have already done that over the years.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 16:07 UTC as 85th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1595 comments in total)
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photophile: "This creates more space behind each pixel so that the high speed processing circuitry can be fitted into the middle of the chip, rather than the data having to work its way to the edges, first. This allows much faster data readout..."

Surely electrons travel a good fraction of the speed of light even in circuitry...hardly matters over millimeters....

Der Steppenwolf: "Carl Sagan, in his work The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark said: "There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question"

So, what's your excuse ?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 14:24 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1595 comments in total)
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photophile: "This creates more space behind each pixel so that the high speed processing circuitry can be fitted into the middle of the chip, rather than the data having to work its way to the edges, first. This allows much faster data readout..."

Surely electrons travel a good fraction of the speed of light even in circuitry...hardly matters over millimeters....

to rhurani: Crikey! Good thing YOU wren't my physics lecturer at University. "If you don't know - don't argue." Inspiring words indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 10:05 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1595 comments in total)

"This creates more space behind each pixel so that the high speed processing circuitry can be fitted into the middle of the chip, rather than the data having to work its way to the edges, first. This allows much faster data readout..."

Surely electrons travel a good fraction of the speed of light even in circuitry...hardly matters over millimeters....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 08:08 UTC as 306th comment | 6 replies

wow - I must have been on another planet these past few...decades. I'd like to think I have my finger on contemporary popular culture - but Taylor Swift - apparently "one of the most successful commercial pop stars of all time " appears to have slipped my radar. Maybe its because i don't listen to radio anymore. Do radio stations still compile the Top 40 every week ? Or is it all downloads nowadays ?

Anyway - wonder what became of pop stars from my own youth - Queen, The Police, Blondie....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 12:46 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

Bet they didn't stitch it using OV3!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 12:14 UTC as 35th comment
On photo A Rose in the My favourite lens challenge (6 comments in total)

Very, very lifelike. Superb.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 15:12 UTC as 4th comment
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