M Irwin

M Irwin

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Joined on Sep 19, 2003
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1D Mk IIn
5D Mk II

NEX-3 with a few M39 lenses


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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (437 comments in total)

Here's a thought for the reviewer's once in a lifetime vacation...bring a once in a lifetime camera setup. For all the rest, use the GM5 and its various jewel-like lens options. Absolute sensor performance doesn't mean that much to me anymore. Sensors have gotten so good relatively that if you can't cope with any of the modern sensors, you're doing it wrong. With a 5D2 and 1D3 handy to me, I want the biggest gap in size and handiness to those...I still take my GM1 everywhere and have produced more keepers with it than any other camera I've owned. My NEX flirtation was short lived...not small enough to be unobtrusive to go everywhere.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2015 at 13:29 UTC as 10th comment
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kixigvaq: Collectors are generally not big fans of the special Luxus Leicas. The regular production run cameras are more highly valued. I'm surprised it sold for as much as it did. One Leica I wish I'd bought on eBay was also a IIIc. On the back it had an inscription to a German General from his staff at Stalingrad. It sold for just over $300.


Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 15:29 UTC
On Classic photographs recreated in Lego article (118 comments in total)
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jacketpotato: heehee :) LEGO RULES !!!

Why did the photogrpaher use shallow dof field.
Those classic photogrpahs were classics partly due to deep dof showing every element.

Maybe just the semi-macro nature of it. Hard to get more DOF?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 15:53 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (597 comments in total)
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John Driggers: Oh yeah...the flash doesn't work in silent mode as a criticism???? Why, pray tell, would you want the flash to fire when you are being "stealthy?"

In fact, if the flash would fire, THAT would be a valid criticism.

There are just too many really dumb observations in this review.

If a flash goes off in silent mode in the woods, would anybody see it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 18:38 UTC
On Oil On Water in the Textures: oily challenge (11 comments in total)

WAY awesome. An oily fractal!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 21:02 UTC as 2nd comment
On Gorgeous color photos of America in the 1930's and 40's article (110 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: Try here, way better



Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2013 at 13:54 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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happypoppeye: yip ...and here come the SLR guys defending their purchases ...I hear them running behind me now.

Who are "SLR guys"? I have 1- and 5- series Canons and almost always pack my Panny GX1 instead these days except for very specific purposes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 17:50 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)
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pdbdeepak: I just love this website...but the combination of the colors used are hurting my eyes really bad!!

Please change the colors. Or invert them.
Black backdrop with white text is really a bad idea!!

It's really outdated now, isn't it?

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 22:40 UTC
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dark goob: WANT!!

The slow, loud focusing speed of the existing 20 is its only real drawback. I'll probably keep it and use the other one on dual GH3's to do 3D video.


How much autofocus do people really use in video? I rarely if ever.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 12:12 UTC
On Preview:sony-cybershot-dsc-rx100-m2 (189 comments in total)
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Johnsonj: These tilt screens seem so clunky and junky. Would never use it myself, but if there gonna include it, why not the swivel type that Canon uses. I will most certainly pass on this latest offering.

I'll wait for the RX100/iPhone mashup.

Having moved to a GX! as my primary tertiary camera (ahem), I'm really missing the tilt screen. Tilted up, it's so great for street shooting, and tilted down, it's phenomenal for overheads.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 13:49 UTC
On Preview:sony-cybershot-dsc-rx100-m2 (189 comments in total)

I can't help but feel there's some jaded replies here. I'm thinking back to the DPR days of hyperventilated comparisons between the original Digital Rebel and Sony F717 or F828. Now that was some serious nitpicking in a day where the consumer had very little choice. But now look at that iso12800 image with the typewriter. Yes, it's soft. Yes, some of the balance and bracketing gripes may be justified. But jeez, that's just insane image quality to be able to pocket!

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 12:57 UTC as 53rd comment
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Artistico: Yes, the moon is closer, but only fractionally and not really visibly so in photos unless you put it next to a photo of the moon at its farthest away from the earth in the same context. If you want the best photos of the moon, every full moon is as good an occasion as this - only less hyped up.

Do we really have to go through this every year when the full moon is at its biggest for that year? Watching the news on tv, I'd rather not have forced upon me awful photos of blurry, overexposed moons sent in from viewers - some straight from their smartphone, which - as we know - is the best tool for capturing the moonrise...

Oh well...

It's not a awful thing if gets people out to appreciate it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2013 at 12:19 UTC
On DxOMark examines lenses for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III article (60 comments in total)

Fascinating. Quite close to the limit for many lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2013 at 19:07 UTC as 34th comment
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gl2k: Odd focal length.
Nikon has already 2 very good 70-200 lenses. The 80-400 has some massive overlap to both of them. Additionally there is the quite good 70-300 consumer lens which is inexpensive and delivers a lot for the money.
I'm not confident if this is really the lens photogs are after except "birders".

I think this is a much-favored general purpose (not professional) daylight sports range. It will be quite popular.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 13:24 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E1 preview extended article (113 comments in total)

I have to say that those high-ISOs are stellar. I love Fuji's rendering choices, allowing for some grain and shying away from over-smearing that others would call "clean". I'd call the Sony and Olympus images cartoonish with Pentax second best to Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 13:51 UTC as 35th comment
On Survival of the fittest! in the Strength challenge (5 comments in total)

Agreed that it's a nice "capture" in general, but gosh, it's not really very good technically. Surprised at the 1st place.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 17:23 UTC as 3rd comment
On Panta the Guard Elf in the Fantasy Photo Edit challenge (2 comments in total)
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cityathrt: This is my personal favorite, love the fantasy realm feeling.

Ditto. And subject considerations aside, I find that technically, its individual components are much more well-matched than the first place image in terms of depth, lighting, color, etc. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2012 at 16:04 UTC
On Boating3 in the Fantasy Photo Edit challenge (16 comments in total)

I'm rarely critical in the contests forum as most of the photos are frankly fabulous. This frankly just looks glued together. I'm quite stunned it's won and disappointed in the readership. Sheesh.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2012 at 15:48 UTC as 5th comment
On Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix S9300 Review article (56 comments in total)
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tonywong: Apologies if this seems overly critical, but Jeff's review was posted June 15 and DPreview's version is posted July 16. Seems like a fair amount of time to add DPR's take on Jeff's work.

Anyhow I'm hoping to see more reviews soon.

Regardless, I like Jeff's frank spin on things. I'm hoping this is part of the positive side of this cross-polination.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2012 at 18:54 UTC
On Bride burning - South India in the Public Health challenge (16 comments in total)
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inframan: This is an excellent example of the use of photography as propaganda. I'm not saying that what the photographer describes is not in fact what happened.

What I'm saying is that we look at the image & form an instant & visceral judgement. While actually knowing nothing about the woman, the husband, the incident or the photographer, we are ready to start a war amongst ourselves.

A great lesson. Now look at the image & ask yourselves how you would feel if you found out it was staged. Note that I am not saying it was set up, but it could have been. What then?

In my opinion, you are taking a hypothetical point of view too far. The photograph emotes the byline (picture is worth a thousand words, etc). The journalist or story-teller plus the facts and opinions in the world around us provide the context.

In this case, the photograph certainly has emotive and possibly even artistic properties, and people have voted to deem it so. There is plenty of additional context documented to say bride-burnings are real and an offense. If people chose to feel outraged in such context, they should feel free to do so without any sort of "great lesson" being attached and that their reaction should be somehow qualified by your implied scolding.

At the risk of delving into an old cliche example, if an image of the Holocaust gains acclaim and foments great emotion or argument, that is certainly no "great lesson" that we should temper the reaction in case it's set up or could have been. Be real.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2012 at 16:16 UTC
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