Rod McD

Rod McD

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Genuine sale or publicity ruse? We'll probably never know. Even if slot canyon shots have become heavily marketed in recent times, they're still beautiful. OTOH this one is no more so than any number of others and the concept of a $6.5M price tag defies common sense. Mine anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 21:51 UTC as 154th comment
On Eye'll bee seeing you in the The Devil's in the Detail challenge (10 comments in total)

Hi,
Thanks and congratulations. Great example of what stacking can achieve - I couldn't even get close to this DOF with a single shot from a long macro lens.

Rod

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 01:35 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On The Ugly Duckling in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (27 comments in total)

Hi,

Congratulations. There are million duckling photos 'out there' but capturing that moment of color makes it an absolute stand out.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 04:00 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

Thanks. Some fantastic photographs there - something really different and thought provoking. I guess it's not the usual DPR photographers' fare because in most cases the tools and techniques needed to take shots like these are beyond the reach of most amateur and professional photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 07:38 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden article (116 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: At the end of the day this is a forgettable photograph, fungible like so many others. Those posters who say it is art have never seen art. Those who criticize critics of the image are simply jealous of the technique, not the vision, which is pedestrian. No matter how impressive the technique, this sort of photograph is the visual equivalent of an internet joke: read 'em (or see 'em in this case) and delete 'em!

There isn't anything indelible here. What most of the enthusiasm for is the how-to. That's great as far as it goes, which in an age of countless and relentless imagery ain't much.

I thought the definition of 'art' was that of work that moves somebody. Anybody. That may not be you. And that's OK, but don't feel the need to disparage those who share their skills and images.
I think at least a part of landscape photography is making the most of an image from our moment in time at a place. It's easy to be critical that a more memorable shot might have been possible (given different weather, more spectacular lighting, etc). But we don't necessarily get those opportunities often, and so we shoot our take on the moment. It doesn't matter that it's Half Dome at Yosemite, Big Bend and the Tetons, a Parisienne Street or Uluru. All have been shot a million times before. The value is what it looked like in our moment and how we translate that into a photograph. Obviously some people here find something that resonates in Erez' image.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 22:12 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden article (116 comments in total)

Hi Erez,
Thanks for explaining your technique. I love landscape, but have never been much of PP user, so I greatly appreciate you explaining your thinking here and in your earlier posts.
I like this one, but can't help thinking that I would have retained more of the rock to the left and the peak to the right. Their additional height changes the sense of scale. OTOH, it would then leave open the question of exactly how to crop the foreground - ie, what to include of the foreground sands. Perhaps there's an opportunity to take a second image out of the one panorama?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 11:58 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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Rod McD: Should we assume that all the existing FE lens image circles are big enough to allow for IBIS?

Isn't it? Do you know that for sure? It may not be an issue at all, but that's an assumption. Pentax's IBIS can shift the sensor by whole millimetres. And in each direction from centre. It's allowed them to use IBIS for concepts that weren't originally envisaged, like levelling, composition adjustment and short term star-tracking. The question needs to be asked.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 07:33 UTC

Should we assume that all the existing FE lens image circles are big enough to allow for IBIS?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 06:42 UTC as 304th comment | 6 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (824 comments in total)

For me as a stills photographer the LX100 looks great. The reviewer's "cons" aren't critical. I can live with 12mpx for the output of a compact. I accept the lens range. The EVF tearing will have minimal effect on still composition. I like the dials and aperture ring, and won't worry about reconfiguring controls. I prefer not to have a flip screen or a touch screen. I prefer filter threads and a separate cap. I've always used 'centre point and recompose' for compacts rather than moving the AF point, so - no change. For me the only downer is the power zoom - I'd have preferred a zoom ring on the lens, but we rarely get everything we want..... All good.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 07:35 UTC as 130th comment | 1 reply
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lemonadedrinker: It's not enough to talk about the lens and nothing else, when that lens comes from China.
Small rant coming up.
In the 'free' world you buy the lens and support the owner of the company; in China however, you buy the lens and support the Chicoms buying up another factory in the UK or USA, or killing protesters in Tibet etc etc. Buy nothing from them if you have the choice.

Welcome to humanity. I'm not condoning any of it, but civilisation is a thin veneer and the only thing that changes is who's doing the buying of the factories and the shooting of the protesters and where and when.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 07:30 UTC

Choice is good. Let's give a new manufacturer a break from the conjecture and await some tests and user reports on the lens. (I'd personally be more interested in how their forthcoming 24/1.7 fares.)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 22:07 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

This is business, so I suppose that Ricoh wouldn't do this unless it paid the ROI. I can only conclude that I'm just not in the target market.......

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 00:48 UTC as 90th comment | 2 replies
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (954 comments in total)

The references to the compensation dial being unusual because it turns 'backwards' are a bit odd. The dial is exactly the same as every other Canon Powershot in that you turn the dial anti-clockwise to go into negative compensation. If you're doing it by feel, say if you're using a VF for example, you always scroll the near side of the dial to the right whatever Canon compact you're using.
The dial markings may appear to have the scale one way around or the other according to whether the dial is on the left hand side of the camera top plate (eg G10,11,12, or on the right hand side eg G16, G1X, G7x, but it's always an anti-clockwise turn to go negative.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 22:19 UTC as 58th comment | 4 replies
On Google announces Nexus 9 8.9-inch tablet post (39 comments in total)

I hate carrying a laptop, even a light one, on extended travels but until someone offers a tablet with real USB capabilities, I guess I'm stuck with it. And no SD slot?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 05:58 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
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Rod McD: I've had a DSLR. I now have a MILC - which happens to be Fuji - and half a dozen lenses. Often I take only the 18-55 as my minimum kit. If I was in the market for a second smaller, lighter camera, it would be an all-in-one with a retracting lens, not another MILC system.
I already have one - the Canon G1X (original). I'm tempted to get a different camera because although the G1X IQ meets my expectations of a compact, it's tunnel OVF is poor, and even if its AF is accurate, it's between-shot times are glacially slow.
To me the LX100 appeals because it has 1) a 24mm start to the zoom 2) a good EVF 3) dial exposure controls, 4) dial compensation, and 5) NO touch screen. Its only downer for me is the power zoom (as compared to a manual lens ring) but maybe I could live with that....... No commitments yet, but I'll look at one.

I guess my main point was that since I've got one MILC, I don't need or want another.
MILC retracting lenses like the Olympus and Sony products tend to be a lot slower than the retracting lenses in high grade all-in-one cameras. I'm not sure why.
I don't want auto self-closing lens caps. They're handy but some have scratched the lens and I've used DSLRs and MILCs for long enough to be comfortable with a separate cap. And it means you get filter threads......
There is also another reason that people might buy the camera. An overwhelming one. They might just LIKE it. No-one ever bought a camera for any other reason.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 07:18 UTC

I've had a DSLR. I now have a MILC - which happens to be Fuji - and half a dozen lenses. Often I take only the 18-55 as my minimum kit. If I was in the market for a second smaller, lighter camera, it would be an all-in-one with a retracting lens, not another MILC system.
I already have one - the Canon G1X (original). I'm tempted to get a different camera because although the G1X IQ meets my expectations of a compact, it's tunnel OVF is poor, and even if its AF is accurate, it's between-shot times are glacially slow.
To me the LX100 appeals because it has 1) a 24mm start to the zoom 2) a good EVF 3) dial exposure controls, 4) dial compensation, and 5) NO touch screen. Its only downer for me is the power zoom (as compared to a manual lens ring) but maybe I could live with that....... No commitments yet, but I'll look at one.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 06:10 UTC as 61st comment | 2 replies
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (435 comments in total)

The LX100 might well be a contender for my next compact. My G12 is aging and the lens cover is slowly scratching the lens. My G1X produces great IQ but its between-shot time is glacial and I'd prefer an accurate wysiwyg EVF over its poor OVF. One unresolved question is the AF speed - I haven't seen a report on that yet but I hope it's better. The only downer for me is the fact that the camera uses a power zoom and not manual.
I'm hoping there's a decent separate lens cap instead of that plastic 3 door auto device they keep showing. I've had it with things that risk touching the front element.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 04:34 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)
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Rod McD: I'm a Fuji APSC user and understand exactly what you're saying about the portability of the 50-135/140/150 f2.8 zooms compared to a FF 70-200 f2.8 lens. OTOH, that doesn't exactly make them small and light in absolute terms either.
I'm going to make another observation. While all the higher grade zooms have headed for f2.8, what we've also seen is a reduction in quality and still slower apertures in the more affordable range of zooms. Many are f5.6, 6.3 or 6.7 at the long end - too slow for me. The middle ground has disappeared. Gone are the small 60-120 f2.8 and 75-150 f3.5 and f4 constant aperture lenses that Nikon, Pentax and others used to offer. I personally would have found these more useful than either of the f2.8 or f6.7 options. If Fuji or a third party brought out a small light high grade 50-135/3.5 or 4, I'd buy it before either. Portability for hiking and travel is very important to me and I don't care too much about shallow DOF equivalences.

Sorry Lassoni, but how do any of the lenses you've cited relate to my post above about small short-mid tele zooms?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 23:20 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)

I'm a Fuji APSC user and understand exactly what you're saying about the portability of the 50-135/140/150 f2.8 zooms compared to a FF 70-200 f2.8 lens. OTOH, that doesn't exactly make them small and light in absolute terms either.
I'm going to make another observation. While all the higher grade zooms have headed for f2.8, what we've also seen is a reduction in quality and still slower apertures in the more affordable range of zooms. Many are f5.6, 6.3 or 6.7 at the long end - too slow for me. The middle ground has disappeared. Gone are the small 60-120 f2.8 and 75-150 f3.5 and f4 constant aperture lenses that Nikon, Pentax and others used to offer. I personally would have found these more useful than either of the f2.8 or f6.7 options. If Fuji or a third party brought out a small light high grade 50-135/3.5 or 4, I'd buy it before either. Portability for hiking and travel is very important to me and I don't care too much about shallow DOF equivalences.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 14:05 UTC as 95th comment | 3 replies

Agree with your thoughts. It's a good time to be a photographer. Choice is good and there's more of it than we've ever had before.
These small cameras with sensors larger than earlier P&S models are very capable. They may be more expensive, but in a reduced market that's an inherent problem of economies of scale.
These cameras are a luxury item. I don't think a good quality, highly controllable camera has ever been cheap. People have accepted the modern digital camera as more or less routine, but they over look what an incredible technical achievement it embodies. There have indeed been cheap cameras, but they didn't offer what these do.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 00:12 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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