alfa

alfa

Lives in United Kingdom Kent, United Kingdom
Works as a Software consultant
Joined on Oct 15, 2001

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On IMG_4835 photo in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Waiting for a challenge to enter this one in, I'll bet.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:31 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_4960 photo in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice POV.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:29 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_5040 photo in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

I love these when they come off like this one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:29 UTC as 1st comment
On 45449_1262960832880_1795528093_516382_3740952_n photo in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice job. It's the reflections that make a sunset, for me. Nice sharpness and tone on the foreground glacier.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:28 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_0535 2 photo in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

A monopod was really what you wanted here. Tell John I said he HAD to buy you one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:26 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_0546 photo in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Tough exposure. Nice job. Might be a bit more detail available on the LR Highlight slider.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:23 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_3729 photo in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Great idea. You have to double the focussing distance when doing this to get the image or the reflection sharp though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:21 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_0193 photo in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

These challenges are a bit unpredictable, aren't they. I REALLY like this.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:19 UTC as 1st comment
On 20110712-IMG_1730 in the Life is Great challenge (1 comment in total)

Yikes a third already! I'll have to get my finger out . . . .

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:15 UTC as 1st comment

I am pretty happy with the performance of the 12-60 on my EM-5. It is a lot slower focussing than the 12-50 in some circumstances but actually only a little worse in low light. It's pretty handy and since I use the 12, 20 and 45 primes far more since I got the EM-5, the 12-60 does fine as my walkabout zoom. I much prefer to have its IQ and quirks than to settle for the softness of the 12-50 even with its focussing speed improvement.

The 50-200 is the only lens which is not really usable on the EM-5 as it won't track quickly enough for moving subjects, though focussing speed is almost acceptable for single frames. The FT 9-18 and the FT 70-300 are both only slightly slower on the EM-5.

Small wonder the primes are selling so well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 13:50 UTC as 4th comment
On Canon EOS M Preview preview (557 comments in total)
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tonytonytony: Usually, I only read your posts here. On the account of Canon's debut into mirror-less, I thought I'd join in on the brouhaha.

Canon is smart. Canon is testing the market on their terms, design and all. I imagine that both the advancements in EVF technology and Sensor technology will alter the course of this model. It may even become a vanguard for their product-line: Compact, EVF, DSLR.

In the next five-years, I want this camera to be THE travel-camera. I imagine Fuji to hold the highest competition --looks and other things. (I am a digital Fuji-patron, despite only having a GW690II.) Yet if this Canon is endowed with an EVF in future models, along with improved sensor capabilities (given Canon's impressive algorithms), tack on a silk-nightie and she can go with me anywhere.

This IS the future of camera bodies and systems. The DSLR may never be replaced for the specialist but everyone who has Oly and Panasonic DSLR kit and recent MFT stuff is carrying the smaller kit 90% of the time, even if there are some lumpy old lenses and a converter in the bag with it.

Ultimately, outside the studio and a few specialist applications you can do more with lighter, handier kit, if you are not making big sacrifices on IQ

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:46 UTC
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (262 comments in total)

Brilliant. Saved me hours. Thanks very much.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2012 at 11:37 UTC as 57th comment
On Perspective in the Seascapes challenge (2 comments in total)

Superb use of a truly wonderful lens.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:57 UTC as 2nd comment
On Lightroom 4 Review article (469 comments in total)

I used the book module and produced a finished book. Its templates only match Blurb, the only supplier it is linked to in the UK.

Blurb's output is extremely disappointing compared to DSCL Colour Labs or even Photobox. Hopefully they'll both attend to matters with templates of their own.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:20 UTC as 37th comment
On Lightroom 4 Review article (469 comments in total)

I'm sticking. There's not enough in the new package to compensate for a huge loss in speed on my 18 month old Mac. Sliders very quickly stop sliding and adjustment becomes tedious. Giving up my second monitor speeds things up but overall it's still significantly slower than LR3.

More like a traditional Adobe product.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:03 UTC as 40th comment

Why thank you, kind sir . . .

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2012 at 17:15 UTC as 1st comment
On Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 article (215 comments in total)
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TrapperJohn: Hmmm... I open the hands on preview, see Andy's name at the top, followed by a photo of someone holding an EM5, and my first thought was... Andy, I didn't think you looked like that.

Haven't been this interested in a new camera for a long time. Rather than agonize over every last little detail, I've ordered one largely on faith. Let's see what it can do.

You have to admit, though, he looks good in that dress.

I wonder how many people have pre-ordered and how long people are going to have to wait.

When you do the in-depth, I'd like to know how it does with 4/3 glass. Some of us have loads of it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:51 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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tomservo33: After reading everything and looking a a few lens reviews, of this 12-50. I am Stoked! I was ready to get a Pany G3, with the older/better 14-45, which would have been a compromise regarding certain features I wanted, like in-body OIS. so I could use leica and nikon legacy lenses, and macro ability in a Kit lens, but this camera fits the bill nicely. It has a fantastic feature set and very few shortcomings but I would like to see some image data on the 12-50 kit lens soon :)

There are no better zoom lenses than the 2.8 12/60 FT on which this is based. Except possibly the FT 2.8 50-200. And maybe the 11-22. And there's a case to be made for the 9-18m.

Olympus glass is just good and the reason everyone bought into the system when there were better camera bodies available.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 at 16:45 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: Video capabilities here are bare-bone, nothing much better than what one can expect these days from a sub-$300 P&S. "Echo effects" -- plueeeese.

If you are looking to get the E-M5 primarily for quasi-serious VIDEO work, there are much better choices out there, it seems. Fortunately.

Ask any pro and he will tell you that the best stills camera for video is a 4/3 camera made by Panasonic. The rest just don't deliver a suitable compromise between cash and quality.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:27 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

Trying to pre-order one somewhere.

Me. Me. I'm first . . . . . .

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:24 UTC as 213th comment | 2 replies
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