Steve Ives

Steve Ives

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a z/OS Systems Programmer
Joined on Aug 23, 2001
About me:

Canon EOS-1Ds Mk II
Canon EOS-550D
Panasonic LX-3

Canon 17-40 F4 L
Canon 24-105 F4 L
Canon 75-300 IS
Canon 50 F1.8 Mk I
Canon 100 F2.8 Macro

Sigma 30 F1.4

Epson Pro 7800

Sony DSC-F55 - Sold.
Sony DSC-F505V - Sold.
Sony DSC-P7
Sony DSC-F707 - for IR work.
Canon EOS-10D - Sold.
Sony DSC-M1 - Sold
Canon EOS-1D Mk II - Sold
Nikon D100 - Sold
Canon 350D - Sold
Panasonic TZ7 - Sold

Sigma 100-300 f4 - sold
Sigma 120-300 f2.8 - sold
Sigma 12-24 - sold

Epson 2100
Epson R2400 - Sold
Epson 7800

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On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (346 comments in total)
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MPS Photographic: It seems that images have to be uploaded to Lytro's site, and can only be viewed with propriatory software on a monitor, portable electronic device or some other display. Is that correct?

Can you sell copies? How can a wedding, sports, fine art, etc, photographer monetize lightfield images? You are locked out of all branches of hard-copy image exploitation unless you output a 2D print, which just negates the capabilities of the Lytro.

"How can a wedding, sports, fine art, etc, photographer monetize lightfield images?" How about lightfield images to be used in tablet/PC-based wedding albums, Sports Illustrated/National Georgraphic magazines or auction catalogs, for example?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 07:27 UTC
On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (346 comments in total)
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illdefined: So many close-minded traditionalists here...1% of whom make any prints with their 20+ megapixel Bayer beasts..

Using this camera to make prints on paper is like watching a 3D movie with one eye closed. It completely defeats its intended purpose.

This camera isn't to correct focusing mistakes after-the-fact no, its to make INTERACTIVE STILLS. Yes, intended for the medium you are using right now, the SCREEN, which the vast majority of us look at _way_ more than ink on wood pulp, whether on our desks, the wall, or in our hands.

This camera makes photos you _interact_ with, so even in fine art applications, the output of this camera would be on Touch Screens, not paper. That said, 1080p is only 2mp; the latest commercial displays are 4k, which is just 8mp! That should put some of the worn-out MegaPixel Pride here in check (doubt it).

For those with no imagination, expect every working Product or Food Photographer to get one of these or risk losing business, and thats just for starters.

Nerd2 - I don't think you understand. What this camera does can't be done by a 'normal' digital camera. I'm not saying that it's better, only different. Find out what it does before dismissing it and no - it's not intended for stock or product photography.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 07:23 UTC
On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (346 comments in total)
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Joshua Zakary: Can someone explain to me this whole Megaray thing? This article says that 40 million Megarays = 5 Megapixels. I must be missing something here. $1600 for a 5 megapixel camera?

I know there is a lot of new technology which is amazing, but is the image resolution large enough for professional photography applications??

Thanks!

I think that the process of re-focussing the image requires discarding/combining the majority of the light-rays that enter the camera and get recorded, hence the massive drop in resolution.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 07:18 UTC
On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (346 comments in total)
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forpetessake: This camera needs a bigger sensor with at least 20MP resolution, good interchangeable lenses, they need to do a serious work on the body to make it ergonomic and convenient to use, they also need to add a good EVF and tilting LCD and all other conventional features. Oh, by the way, they can drop that light-field silliness and make use of some good Sony sensor. Then people will probably start buying the camera as long as it's priced competitively.

You mean that they should stop trying to do something different and simply make a clone of the majority of compact cameras already available?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 07:15 UTC

I have no doubt that Canon will be sacking all of their sensor R&D staff and several people here will be receiving job offers from them, on account that they obviously know a lot more about the subject!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 08:32 UTC as 16th comment
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jkokich: I applaud anyone who uses their imagination and ingenuity to do things Hollywood wastes millions on, but come on, this is merely a rotating camera rig. A very well-made one, for virtually no money, but not bullet-time.

It looks like bullet time to me. The restriction is that with the 'bullet time' rigs used in 'The Matrix etc, the camera path did not have to be circular.

But A+ for effort and the results are very good too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 07:40 UTC
On An iPhone case for Leica lovers post (25 comments in total)

Some severe sense of humour failures, me thinks...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2013 at 21:29 UTC as 10th comment

Looks fun - shame some people don't know the meaning of the word... "Oh, how stupid! Why would ANYONE want this when they could simply carry their 1D-X with 70-200 F2.8, 600 F5.6 and the 1.4 and 2.0x TCs with them?"

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 22:41 UTC as 15th comment
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)
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JPR.lda: Thanks for the pole.
But you should not compare cameras of diferent type and sensor sizes.
Please make a new pole by type of camera:
SLR, full frame and APS
M43
Mirrorless

This should give some interesting insights

Also add amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro categories. Yu also need to add a 'medium-format' category to the sensor sizes. Plus removable or fixed lens categories.

If we get it right, every camera can be in it's own, unique category and can be a winner!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 14:25 UTC
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Brond1: I'm whining!!! Why can't Apple see supporting Fuji as opportunity to lure people away from other products. What happened to being innovative and supporting innovation?

@HowaboutRAW - yes. I'm pretty sure it's 2 separate, physical drives. Maore here: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/10/apple-fusion-drive-wait-what-how-does-this-work/

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2012 at 15:48 UTC
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Brond1: I'm whining!!! Why can't Apple see supporting Fuji as opportunity to lure people away from other products. What happened to being innovative and supporting innovation?

@HowaboutRAW - I believe the Apple 'Fusion' drive uses a separate SSD and HDD, although the 2 devices are seen as one logical volume to the OS. (If you have a 250Gb SSD and 1Tb Hd, the OS sees a 1.25Tb volume). OS X will dynamically move data between the 2 depending upon how often it's accessed.

So it's like the Momentus XT (of which I have recently upgraded to one in my MBP and very nice it is too) on steroids.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2012 at 14:32 UTC
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Brond1: I'm whining!!! Why can't Apple see supporting Fuji as opportunity to lure people away from other products. What happened to being innovative and supporting innovation?

I suspect the person complaining about the 'Fusion' drive has misunderstood how it works, if he's saying he got one a year ago - a Seagate Momentus XT, yes? Not the same thing.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2012 at 11:38 UTC
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JOrtiz: It seems that there is no wind in Mars, because as dusty as the floor looks there is no signs of dust on top of Curiosity.
. . .and still do not understand what is all that lot of money doing in Mars when the conditions, even in desertic parts of our land need to be taken care of.

I don't understand your issue. The money used to build Curiosity never left Earth so it's still here to be used.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 14:17 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)

No, no no - built in GPS and get yourself an external flash if you need one, instead of a little toy flash who's only purpose is to tick a box on the marketing sheet.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 09:29 UTC as 37th comment | 6 replies
On F-18E Super Hornet With Compression Wave in the Military Jet Fighters challenge (24 comments in total)

Great shot! When does the compression wave form and how long does it exist for? (it's related to the 'sonic boom' - right?)

Steve

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 07:04 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies

Pitcure of another plaet? Ptooey! Some of the DPreview regulars will just look at the EXIF data to see if it's a good photo or not! <adopt boring, nasal voice> "What? F8 at that pixel pitch? I don't need to see the picutre - it'll be too noisy for my eyes to bear looking at".

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:46 UTC as 44th comment
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Alan Brown: was it a Billion dollars to send this to Mars? (vaguely remember this figure in a news broadcast.. might be a whole lot more. )

Great inovations and technical skills to get it there .. no doubt abut that. But you can't walk here on Earth in the daytime and feel 100% safe.

begs the question....

Don't worry - the money never left Earth so it's still here to spend.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:42 UTC
On Preview:canong1x (1044 comments in total)
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Britographer: OK, so Canon made an upgraded point-and-shoot. Nice. Larger sensor is nice, but it still isn't even APS-C size. Replacing DSLR's? Maybe for some part of the PhD segment, but not for any enthusiast I know.
Oh, yeah. $800 for a point-and-shoot?
Canon makes for $800 a non-interchangeable lens camera - for the money you would be better off with a Nikon D5100.

Except it's not a P&S - it has the full range (PASM) or shooting modes.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 08:31 UTC
On Preview:panasonicdmcgx1 (318 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: At last, a camera I could care less about. Two thumbs down.

Bring on the NEX-7

@Peter Evans (Nov 7, 2011 at 13:52:17 GMT)

"could care less about" - it's an Americanism. It means "Couldn't care less..."

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 at 14:15 UTC
On Sony gives more detail of its OLED viewfinder article (79 comments in total)
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Debankur Mukherjee: Sorry I am only interested in Optical Viewfinder!! No EVF for me, I just hate it.

An informed reply from someone who has never used this EVF....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2011 at 19:31 UTC
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