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tinternaut

Lives in United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Works as a Telecoms Engineer
Joined on Jan 6, 2007
About me:

Olympus E-30
Panasonic DMC-L1
Olympus Pen E-PL1
Olympus Pen E-PM2
Olympus 14-42 (newer design)
Olympus MZD 14-42 (two of)
Olympus 14-50
Leica 14-50 f2.8-3.5
Sigma 30mm 1.2
Olympus 25mm f2.8
Olympus 9-18 f4.5-5.6
Lumix Vario 14-45 f3.5-5.6
Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Panasonic 14mm f2.5
Enough memory. Enough batteries (well, not for the G1).

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I don't get it. Why not just shoot film? Don't Leica already make a seriously back to basics film camera (that doesn't even come with a light meter)?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 20:48 UTC as 133rd comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Giulio Magnifico (76 comments in total)

Pretty awesome set of monochrome images.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2016 at 18:21 UTC as 29th comment

Thank you. I know a couple of people who were literally in bits over Prince's passing (one of whom met the man - Prince never forgot the importance of his fans). It's a pleasure to share this article with those (none photographer) friends who'll appreciate it.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 23:30 UTC as 21st comment

They could always manufacture sensors in the UK. We don't have quakes; we have tremors, and our tremors are puny. Did I just miss the boat for getting a cheap A7II? :-/

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 22:26 UTC as 10th comment
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (341 comments in total)
In reply to:

norman shearer: I think this camera will go down as a near miss by Fuji - such a pity. That lens performance is rather hard to ignore..

Pick any two lens designs and one will always be better than the other. Here the Ricoh lens, which doesn't really mean the Fuji is a bad lens. The review qualifies it nicely - fine for street but perhaps not for critical landscape work.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (341 comments in total)

Interesting. If the Ricoh had a flip/touch screen, the choice between the two would be a little clearer. It also throws into sharp relief the age of the sensor tech*. Anyone else thinking "Oh no, not another 16MP APS-C sensor"?

* I've written here, before, that sensor tech seems to have hit a wall, but the latest 24MP models seem to be able to push pixels sans compromise.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 19:59 UTC as 81st comment
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2052 comments in total)
In reply to:

edform: With fast focus performance close to the top of my list of camera qualifications, the A6300 has been in my sights but I've just seen the 1000$, £1000, 1250euro equation and tossed the thing out of my buying window. At todays currency rates that's a 29% price hike between US and UK selling prices and is grotesquely unacceptable. Forget it Sony, I'm gone.

Ed Form

@Tommix - paying for something in another country, but not paying tax in the UK is fine as long as the sales documentation is in order. It's essentially pot luck as to whether your package gets assessed for customs purposes, in the UK. Always consider if the item you're buying is *still* the bargain you were looking for, after import duty and VAT have been applied (and don't forget how you might lose out, if things go wrong).

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 20:00 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (311 comments in total)
In reply to:

TheClueless: The 12-32 as standard? That's going to hold it back with a 16MP sensor...

...and shutter shock or not, I love the sound of the shutter on the GX8 :p

One of those occasions where comment and user name are in perfect alignment...

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 08:19 UTC

If it's as nifty as it is fifty, the A7 cameras suddenly make a lot more sense to me, for what I'd want to do with a modest full frame kit.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 17:35 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply

Wasn't the same complaint levelled at the first Panasonic 16MP sensor? Which produced cameras that did well in low light, relative to the small sensor size, but with poor dynamic range at low ISO? Sounds like the D5 is all about getting the shot, at any cost, rather than making the photo....

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 23:17 UTC as 165th comment

It's the ISOs between 6400 and 25600 that most photographers* are going to be interested in. Here, the camera looks rather good.

* Well, certainly sports photographers, and paparazzi on the prowl after the sun has gone down.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 12:23 UTC as 155th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1110 comments in total)
In reply to:

tinternaut: This is the one camera I dare not pick up, out of fear for what it might do for my retirement planning. Thoughts on the review:

- Leica's JPEG processing looks rubbish. I think a camera aimed at the street should be able to produce great OOC JPEG output in both colour and monochrome.

- The dynamic range issue has me sceptical. Are those complaining about banding making use of all of the camera's dynamic range (i.e. not just the shadow end)?

I don't think the camera is terrible value for money. That lens looks great (perhaps more than a match for the best, fast 28mm lenses for any other system)? That said, I do look at the price and think I might console myself with an X-70.

I shoot both raw and JPEG. I'm generally satisfied with the JPEGs from my Olympus, especially in good light. For none street type photography, I will take the time to bracket and pick the rightmost exposure that has no channels blown (as far as I can tell. There's something deeply satisfying about getting that kind of thing right.

The Fuji appeals because the focal length works for me, and both the sensor and JPEG engine look like a small step up from what I already have.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 22:01 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1110 comments in total)
In reply to:

plastique2: Camera no grip
Propeller no ship
A season to skip

I can never quite remember where the seasonal reference is aupposed to go, with these.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1110 comments in total)

This is the one camera I dare not pick up, out of fear for what it might do for my retirement planning. Thoughts on the review:

- Leica's JPEG processing looks rubbish. I think a camera aimed at the street should be able to produce great OOC JPEG output in both colour and monochrome.

- The dynamic range issue has me sceptical. Are those complaining about banding making use of all of the camera's dynamic range (i.e. not just the shadow end)?

I don't think the camera is terrible value for money. That lens looks great (perhaps more than a match for the best, fast 28mm lenses for any other system)? That said, I do look at the price and think I might console myself with an X-70.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 19:59 UTC as 69th comment | 4 replies
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fatdeeman: People keep asking who needs to make 5ev pushes but it's not just about that alone, it's about what that ability tells you about low ISO files in general.

I'll repeat this comment in the hope it explains why many people rave about sensors with lower read noise, aside from being able to save highlights and push shadows there are differences that are apparent even with much milder processing.

"It's not just about large pushes anyway. The high noise floor with older Canon sensors can be readily visible even with relatively minor processing, the noise is always there just beneath the surface and so areas of low detail like sky and clouds can show noise even with no processing at all.

Imagine it as unwanted detail or texture that is always there but sometimes lost in the texture of your actual subject. The problem is when you have a smooth sky and the only texture there is noise the software doesn't discriminate between unwanted texture from noise and texture you want to enhance so doing simple levels curves suddenly makes that noise grain pop even more and that's at ISO 100."

Yes. Put any kind of dynamic range expansion on, in the JPEG engine, and you'll start seeing noise in low ISO JPEGS. I see this when I compare my Panasonic GM1 (Panasonic sensor) to my Olympus E-P5 (Sony sensor). With Olympus I can switch on auto gradiation and look forward to flat, noise free files. With the Panasonic, I tend to shoot raw and ETTR to optimise my exposure.

IMHO, Canon didn't need to match Nikon; they merely needed to be better within themselves. Looks like they've succeeded.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 13:42 UTC
In reply to:

vermaden: Admit it, you came here for the comments only ;)

Yep. Needed the entertainment.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 12:25 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (374 comments in total)

I do like the bokeh in the motorcycle shot. The only aspect of the camera that troubles me is the articulated screen. I'm sure it's well thought out, and will be seen as a benefit, but it looks awfully complex in terms of movable/breakable bits.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 22:25 UTC as 85th comment | 4 replies
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1092 comments in total)

Good review. Thoughts? Firstly, I'm a very happy user of E-P5 plus 12-40, and don't really consider it a problem in the hand. I find the tilting VF-4 and tilting (as opposed to fully articulated) screen a benefit.

In terms of IQ, the review tells me what I'm wanting to hear! A marginal increase in resolution, without sacrificing (already very good) DR and high ISO performance, tick the IQ boxes for me. I'm rubbish at shooting long/hand-held, so usable ISO 800-1600, even in good light, matters to me.

Nice to read performance is snappy. Not so nice to read Olympus remains at the wrong end of the curve, with respect to continuous AF.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 00:35 UTC as 89th comment
In reply to:

greypixelz: so basically they pulled a K-01 on themselves :D

A K-01 with an actual EVF....

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 08:54 UTC
In reply to:

tinternaut: Go Sigma! I've been wondering when an SLR manufacturer would go digital and just keep the mount*.

* Notwithstanding Pentax's rather quirky one of a kind camera.

Shapes a little odd, but it's got a grip and EVF. They've got the basics sorted.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
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