Lives in South Africa Bloemfontein, South Africa
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Joined on Jun 21, 2007
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Cameras: Pentax K5, K-m, K100D, MX, K1000
Lenses: Pentax M50 f2; M50 f1.7; A28 f2.8; Takumar Bay. 135 f2.5; DA 21 f3.2; FA 43 f1.9, DA 14 f2.8. Sigma 17-70 Tokina 50-250; 80-200. Cosina 100 f3.5 Macro; Pentax 18-55 f3.5-5.6 DAL; Pentax 55-300 f4-5.8.


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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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ozturert: Summary of some comments:

1) I think this is a horrible camera because I don't need it.
2) This is perfect because it's Canon.
3) This is terrible because it's Canon.
4) X camera is much better because...
5) I cannot afford it, so it's bad.
6) It must be bad because I've just bought another camera, so mine should of course be better. See xxx forum if you don't believe me!
7) It's ISO25600 is worse than A7, so why should waste my money?
8) It's bad because DxO says so.
9) 7DMarkII is way behind its competitors like A7s.
10) This is old technology compared to xxx.
11) There is no WiFi so it's bad.
12) Fixed LCD? Come ooooon!
13) No touch LCD is a deal breaker for me, I'll continue using my IPhone.
14) Only 20MP? This is 2014!
15) The old 70D sensor!
16) The best camera ever! Does it have Instagram-like effects?
17) My camera has more effects!
18) Sony is kicking aeass, Canikon is waaay behind!

Uhmmm... I thinks ozturert is just poking fun at the typical non-sensical comments of all those snot-nosed American teens with too much money who've got nothing better to do than pollute DPR's forums with their endless drivel.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 17:09 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

Really tasty. There's life outside the dark black world of Canikon.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 00:47 UTC as 91st comment
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modo: Can someone tell me whether any current scanner can yield results equivalent to 8x10 prints produced with an enlarger. I don't have a digital camera right now and if I was confident that I could scan 120 film and achieve images with as much resolution as I used to be able to print, I wouldn't bother to get one.

With 120 film I think you will get excellent quality for 8x10 with the Epson 7 or 8 series. The Epsons are much better with the larger formats than 35 mm.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:22 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report article (150 comments in total)
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phoenix15: Nice report. K-S1 in orange looks nice, Q-S1 look even nicer in gold.

Only loud and tacky if you choose it to be.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
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RickZimm: For me personally, I don't see it, but the market will tell us if this product has value for consumers that would not be better served elsewhere.

Let's see where it is in a year or so, and if there are any "me too" products released by other companies.

At least Sony is innovating, and I'm sure many users will find the product useful.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:42 UTC
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BarnET2: I am going to a concert in 2 months
Lots of movement dark you know the thing.
Grainy shots on my girlfriends Facebook the day after.

I can't take a DSLR inside. They just won't allow it unless your press. A small mirrorless like the gm-1 with a prime is a possibility. The qx1 with a 50mm OSS would be even better.

Surely you meant "unless you're press"?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:37 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 (beta) real-world samples article (95 comments in total)

I just want to exercise my right to complain about this camera. There, you have it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:35 UTC as 3rd comment
On Fujifilm X30 (beta) real-world samples article (95 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Not too shabby. Certainly not so much of the "compact" look to them.

How does lightroom handle X-trans RAW these days?

" it if you need pixel-level quality."

I wonder how many users really do? What's this strange fascination with blowing up pictures to 200% on computers screens and then complaining? Do normal people ever view photos in that way?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:33 UTC
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Jan_Shim: Such a shame Paintshop Pro doesn't play nice with Nik plugins. Nik has confirmed in writing that all new releases are no longer compatible with PSP. I use Nik and Topaz plugins and in order to continue them for compatibility reasons, I am running PSP X6 32-bit as my main photo editor. I have tested both 32 and 64-bit version of PSP X6 and found no performance difference between the two.

"Just think, you thought about that for a little while, then decided to type it. "That'll show him, he's slightly wrong on the internet." and then sat back to bask in your satisfaction. How I wish I could be you."

Wonder who this was aimed at? Now this comment is just wasted space.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:17 UTC
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bford: It's a real shame the original developer and owner, JASC, sold out to Corel. I can only imagine how much better this app could have been.

"It's a real shame the original developer and owner, JASC, sold out to Corel. I can only imagine how much better this app could have been."

Although I use and like PSP, you're quite right about big companies buying out innovative smaller ones, and then the innovation dies.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:08 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Truly amazing that this company still refuses to make their software available for Mac users. As a company they may be even worse then Adobe.

Don't tell me bootcamp or parallels.. Thats not an option. As a Mac user you wanted to be away from the windows experience.

"I don't know where are you from, but in Russia and Germany Mac costs twice as much as the similar PC/laptop from any major brand"

Same in South Africa. Not worth the money.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:06 UTC
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ZAnton: Have this program on my office computer. Extremely, epically stupid and unlogical user interface.
Although I am pretty fluent with PS, I spend 2 hours TRYING to do very simple things. Finally I used a combination of MS Office Picture Manager and PowerPoint instead.
The other day it took me 40 minutes to paint dots on the map (print screen) to show the way from a railway station to the office. Then I spent 20 minutes trying to save it (it saved only the BG layer). Failed.
Same evening at home, I did same thing with PS in 2 minutes.

It seems that they were thinking like that:
"PS has this button bottom left - we'll make it top right! "
"PS calls this function "resize" - we'll call it "pixel count variation""

Yes, clearly the problem is that as soon as people's learning abilities have been contaminated by PS, they have difficulty in learning any other program.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:02 UTC
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Desert Cruiser: A lot of today's plug-ins are 32 bit architecture and won't work with a 64 bit program, so Corel's gives you options :
64-bit and 32-bit installation options
When you install the application, you have the option of installing the
64-bit version, the 32-bit version, or both versions. Which version
should you choose? It really depends on your computer system and the
plug-ins and other devices you use. If you have a 64-bit operating
system, 4 or more GB of RAM, and lots of free disk space (need more
than 700 MB free), then the most flexible option is toinstall the 64-bit
and 32-bit versions. This will let you use any 32-bit plug-ins or other
32-bit compatible software with the 32-bit version of Corel PaintShop
Pro, but still work with the 64-bit version of the application to take
advantage of 6 or more GB RAM and other 64-bit optimized features

But then PSP and PS do not cost the same, do they?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 07:54 UTC
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jackie semple: I have been using PSP for sometime and have had no difficulties with it. I also have PS but I consider it more appropriate for graphic design work - my daughter uses PS and loves it but then she is a graphic designer. I reckon I am a bit old fashioned in that I prefer to spend more time capturing images that refiining them. In short I do not make images in the 'dark room'. But I am a happy user of PSP. Chacun a on gout!

I've also been using PSP for years, and am quite satisfied with it. If you buy it over the internet it's also very affordable.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 07:46 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (341 comments in total)
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waxwaine: Dusty old sad man will hate this new DSLR: "this is not what they teach me must be a camera" he could say.

English is not even my home language, but I clearly understand what Waxwaine meant. He was being sarcastic, for those who did not get his drift.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 07:39 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (341 comments in total)
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Anirut J: IMO, this camera is probably aimed at those who want to use a DSLR but don't care to use (or know not how to use) the OVF. I've seen a large number of DSLR users who use just the LV, because they're so used to using P&S and phones.

The rear is designed so that these people can easily access the mode dial. They are not what we seasoned photographers would call as photographers, but rather 'snap shooters'. They just wanna look cool going places with a cool-looking DSLR.

The exposure compensation is placed on top because they wouldn't care to use it, even if they know what it's for, because they wouldn't care to know why they should use it. If the button is place on the rear, it would confuse them. And they'd using the SCN mode 98.89% of the time.

Nothing wrong with the design, Pentax. You did the job.

Jonahs, you have to remember that this is not really a photography site, rather a technical one which people visit to satisfy their egos. Much like the Ford vs. Chev conversations in the sixties. So don't expect much common sense or good manners. I also suspect that most of the forumites are American teenagers with too much money.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 07:26 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (379 comments in total)
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janist74: What a shame. I`m wondering how once I will upgrade my D800. It seems the best strategy is to wait till the next generation comes and then buy the "old one" cheaper.

/As I see it this phenomena is overall present. The manufascturers (phone, car, camera,...) does not have enough time to finish the development of the products. What really stupid is that they dictate the short times for themselves. And yes we buy the junk and happily upgrade to the next "even better" D811.2 .../

"What really stupid is that they dictate the short times for themselves."
I'm not sure the industry is the only one to blame. People on forums like this one are always clamoring for something new, notwithstanding the fact that often there is not really enough technical advancement to justify a new model.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
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photo_rb: The question I have is if the monkey took the photo, why should it be public domain?

But what was the real creative act in this case? Was it the shot the monkey took, or was it creating a situation in which it was possible for the monkey to play with the camera and press the shutter button?

Isn't it the same situation as when a photographer sets up a scene and ask his assistant to press the shutter?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 19:07 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: These cameras may help Canon sell a few cameras now but it will hurt them in the long run. Uninformed consumers will buy these cameras and realize they aren’t much better than their phones. Then other people will show them results from cameras like the Panasonic FZ200 and LX7 and they will finally realize that the problem is that “Canon cameras” are no better than their phones. Some of the other cameras are actually much better.

" they aren’t much better than their phones"

At 700 and 1000 mm they sure are better than cellphones.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 20:26 UTC
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GPW: Just buy a couple of Nikon D810's and go on a trip

"my old Sony V1"

I've also still got mine. Still quite a nice, well featured camera, except possibly for the small screen.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:24 UTC
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