Rod McD

Rod McD

Lives in Australia Australia
Joined on Jan 15, 2010

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On Dive Bomber in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (18 comments in total)

Great timing and a wonderful catch! Rod

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 05:31 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (140 comments in total)

Love seeing these and appreciate the humor!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 21:02 UTC as 14th comment
On CP+ 2015: Fujifilm shows prototype roadmap lenses article (71 comments in total)

I'll take interest in these lenses when they make it to availability - they all appeal in different ways to what I do......

I'm pleased to see the 90mm looking a bit trimmer than the first prototype they showed at Photokina. A 62mm filter thread seems a bit more plausible for a 90/2 than the 72mm of the earlier one.

I think the 120/2.8 macro is going to need a tripod foot. It's a long lens in the physical sense and the specs suggest it'll be a relatively heavy one. Put that on the matched 1.4X extender or extension tubes (or both) and it will exert a fair bit of leverage on the tiny fixing plate of Fuji camera's tripod socket.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 07:00 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

The A7r's forte should arguably lie in landscape and travel photography and I would have thought that a small high grade WA prime lens a good step wider than the 35mm was just crying out to be an early focal length. I'm thinking of a 24mm f2.8. There's still no sign of it. That and the offering of a front end adapter instead make me wonder whether there's an intractable mismatch between the registration distance, sensor micro-lenses and VWA lens design. I've never been convinced by front end adapters, but to be fair we'll have to see how it performs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:33 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

It always seems that Canon can't quite get it right. The M system - bodies and lenses - just don't compare as an ILC system with the comprehensive approach of the other mirror-less manufacturers. I still use a Canon G1X (original) but went Fuji for my MILC system - reason : XT1 EVF and lenses. Now here's the latest iteration of the M still with no built-in EVF and an expensive optional add on. Please just give us a complete camera from the outset.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 04:16 UTC as 16th comment | 6 replies

A 1" sensor, an add-on EVF and a super-zoom??? This is a different line of camera from the G1X's. I'm still using the original 1.5" sensor G1X with its crappy OVF, slow between shot times and great IQ (at modest ISOs). I'll upgrade it one of these years with a suitable replacement. ATM, the LX100 would be leading the race. However, a BUILT-IN high grade EVF is an absolute requirement. I simply don't want an expensive, external, add-on EVF that blocks the flash shoe in use and gets left at home, lost or whatever. An egregiously bad idea. Please give us a complete camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 03:59 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On Samyang launches 135mm f/2.0 lens for stills and video article (150 comments in total)
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Rod McD: This is a fast lens, and may well offer excellent IQ, but 830gm and 15.5cm long in mirror-less mounts? Heck, it's not that far off Fuji's new 50-140/2.8 zoom! It might suit some photographers but not me...... just too big.

Surely irrelevant to the parameters of the lens design?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 09:44 UTC
On Samyang launches 135mm f/2.0 lens for stills and video article (150 comments in total)
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Rod McD: This is a fast lens, and may well offer excellent IQ, but 830gm and 15.5cm long in mirror-less mounts? Heck, it's not that far off Fuji's new 50-140/2.8 zoom! It might suit some photographers but not me...... just too big.

I would have thought that the Canon FD 135/2 would offer a reasonable comparison given that it was an MF FF lens. It weighed 660gms compared to the Samyang's 830gm, was 90mm long compared to 122mm (for the SLR version), and took a 72mm filter as against a 77mm. Unreasonable?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 05:47 UTC
On Samyang launches 135mm f/2.0 lens for stills and video article (150 comments in total)

This is a fast lens, and may well offer excellent IQ, but 830gm and 15.5cm long in mirror-less mounts? Heck, it's not that far off Fuji's new 50-140/2.8 zoom! It might suit some photographers but not me...... just too big.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 04:07 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies

I must be looking to something different from other buyers of this system. Here we have yet another Sony FE mount 35mm lens - now three : the FE f2.8, the FE f1.4 and the Zeiss Loxia f2. Surely it would have been better to fill out some needed additional FLs before variety in aperture?

To me the obvious uses for a high res, low weight camera like the A7r are landscape and travel, yet until this announcement there's been no lens wider than 35mm. So, it's great that there's finally a 28mm, though I would have thought that if you're only going to do one lens wider than 35mm, a 24mm would have been a more obvious choice.

I still suspect that there must be a difficulty with the A7r micro lenses or some other reason they aren't delivering WA lenses. Good to get the 90 macro but I can't really fathom the lack of an early 85mm portrait lens either.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 22:34 UTC as 97th comment | 2 replies

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 158th 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 (897 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 153rd 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
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