tinternaut

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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On Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop article (67 comments in total)

Beautiful images. I asked about visiting both Kolmanskop and Luderitz, last time I was on business in Windhoek. Unfortunately, these are not day trips.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 11:49 UTC as 38th comment
On Google announces Nexus 9 8.9-inch tablet post (39 comments in total)

On the face of it, it's comparable to the iPad Air (slightly heavier?) though these things are never clear cut (assuming I'm allowed to say that, in a photography forum). Performance wise, Lolipop has the new ART runtime, which is supposed to offer a big performance boost.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 22:48 UTC as 17th comment
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (98 comments in total)

It looks good, but a little large for me (my Nexus 5 is slightly too large for me :-) ). Also, in the UK this phone is going to be expensive. Convert that £650 to GBP, and it will come out at 406.72. Then depending on whatever 'arrangements' Google have to import the phone, you're looking at 1.2% import duty and 20% import VAT. At point of sale, you can add a further 20% VAT. At this point you're pushing into iPhone 6 territory.

It might be a Nexus, but it's made like a top end phone and priced accordingly. Of course, with excellent phones like the Motorola G out there, Google no longer has anything to prove; they certainly don't need to worry about edging landfill Android phones out of the market place.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 07:43 UTC as 24th comment
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RichRMA: I saw used original 8mp digital Rebel DSLRs selling for $50 with chargers and batteries the other day. You can buy used 4-7mp point and shoots for $20 or less. Film is his-to-ry unless you have a specific need for the particular look it provides.

OTOH, if you want to shoot medium format, and don't have the spare cash (or desire for a second mortgage) to go digital, then your only option is film.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 19:58 UTC
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King Penguin: Superb pictures.........carrying all that kit too! That's one in the eye to the M43 brigade......

It isn't really a poke in the eye for anything or anyone. There are simply things you can do with the output of a D800 that would be harder to do with a smaller format/less pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
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tinternaut: Absolutely beautiful. However, the engineer in me cringed at the thought of a single point of failure (the camera body) on the photography side.

Solar would work at some of these locations. However, there's no substitute for having lots of batteries. Even in the more remote areas, there will be occasional access to a power supply (i.e. a generator at a guest house or camp site).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 13:49 UTC

I see the photo forum bores are in good fooling today.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 13:45 UTC as 64th comment

Absolutely beautiful. However, the engineer in me cringed at the thought of a single point of failure (the camera body) on the photography side.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 11:44 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)

I think Canon users have been waiting for a long time.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 15:54 UTC as 413th comment | 13 replies

A lot depends on the market. In the UK market, the GX7 still holds its value fairly well (no, no real bargains here), while the LX100 is very over priced; not a great less than the Leica version that comes with Lightroom, a better guarantee and (allegedly) better after sales support.

Of course, Leica are subject to whatever deal they have with German Customs (who are likely to be more supportive, of a German company, than the British HMRC would be towards British business) and the flow of goods from Germany to the UK is free of customs interference.

That said, it's a nice camera. I'm not sure what Panasonic's aversion is to putting this styling (i.e. the proper shutter speed dialling) into one of their CSCs!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 12:50 UTC as 70th comment
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Damien Demolder: I thought you'd enjoy this one! :-)

The serious note though concerns camera brands trying to appeal to the female audience, which currently they are not especially successful at managing. Would you agree that in general terms cameras are either very masculine in appearance, or plain unstylish? Or shouldn't it matter?

Well, there are plenty of competent female photographers (both enthusiast and pro), but I'd agree a different aesthetic probably appeals to them. The modern DSLR aesthetic, especially at the large end, is terribly manly.

I think Canon would do better with the EOS-M, *if* they actually bothered to do anything with it! It's a fine concept (almost bought one, when John Lewis were selling the kit for £200), but Canon do so little with it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 15:16 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)

I think this article throws into sharp relief the need for some sort of ISO type standard, for equivalence. Of course, it should be based on 35mm, because that's what everyone uses. Every lens, from Pentax Q, all the way up to large format could come with a simple chart, explaining how the lens works in terms of the standard.

I believe such a standard could see the end of the equivalence nazi within my lifetime.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 15:16 UTC as 87th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1425 comments in total)
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tinternaut: Ok, I'm on record as saying, in these pages, that the LX100 would never get a Leica badge due to being too close to the X Vario. The compromises make me think otherwise. My take? Panasonic or Olympus should indeed produce a no compromises, fixed lens, four thirds zoom. Both should also be looking at going head to head with the likes of the Leica GR. Where the sensor is smaller, the lens should be faster, for a similar sized camera*.

*Of course, that would depend on what you want out of faster lens? I'm starting to think that playing the razor thin DoF game, with smaller format cameras, is a mugs game.

@mosc What is wrong with having one of each? I'm also on record, within these pages, as suggesting Olympus or Panasonic should be producing both a zoom (to compete with the X Vario), and a fixed lens camera (i.e. an Olympus Trip digital).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 01:31 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1425 comments in total)
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tinternaut: Ok, I'm on record as saying, in these pages, that the LX100 would never get a Leica badge due to being too close to the X Vario. The compromises make me think otherwise. My take? Panasonic or Olympus should indeed produce a no compromises, fixed lens, four thirds zoom. Both should also be looking at going head to head with the likes of the Leica GR. Where the sensor is smaller, the lens should be faster, for a similar sized camera*.

*Of course, that would depend on what you want out of faster lens? I'm starting to think that playing the razor thin DoF game, with smaller format cameras, is a mugs game.

@theSUBVERSIV - It might help to read what I wrote from start to finish (and the worlds from left to right).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 01:26 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1872 comments in total)

[SADGEARHEAD]So, does this finally give Canon some degree of parity with the Sony sensors that have been handing Canon their ass, over the past few years?[/SADGEARHEAD]

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 23:07 UTC as 212th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1425 comments in total)

Ok, I'm on record as saying, in these pages, that the LX100 would never get a Leica badge due to being too close to the X Vario. The compromises make me think otherwise. My take? Panasonic or Olympus should indeed produce a no compromises, fixed lens, four thirds zoom. Both should also be looking at going head to head with the likes of the Leica GR. Where the sensor is smaller, the lens should be faster, for a similar sized camera*.

*Of course, that would depend on what you want out of faster lens? I'm starting to think that playing the razor thin DoF game, with smaller format cameras, is a mugs game.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 23:01 UTC as 222nd comment | 5 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (729 comments in total)

The best APS-C sensors have been more or less the same 16 and 24mp Sony sensors, for some time now. Sensor tech has hit a (a perfectly pleasant) wall. Has Samsung just demolished that wall?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 12:09 UTC as 155th comment | 2 replies
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Marcus Stormwind: It's funny because I literally just ordered my M.Zuiko 40-150mm f4-5.6 yesterday. If it weren't for the fact that I wouldn't be able to afford this lens at the moment anyway, I'd be pretty peeved:P

Be happy. Few lenses give more bang for the buck than the lens you have.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 09:46 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (463 comments in total)
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tinternaut: It doesn't look too bad at all, though it's a pity they didn't include a built in flash. There are likely a lot of owners of the 12mp models, who would find this a good upgrade. At the moment, the asking price is awfully close to that of the superior EM-10.

Regarding usability, I always find it a fight to activate a number of features when I use an Olympus camera for the first time:

- There's the fight to activate SCP
- The fight to activate highlight/shadow warnings
- And the fight to get Large Super Fine working.

It's super useful for remotely controlling other, external flashes. Of course, you can still do this, with the E-PL7, but this means using the accessory port, which has other uses.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 09:54 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (463 comments in total)

It doesn't look too bad at all, though it's a pity they didn't include a built in flash. There are likely a lot of owners of the 12mp models, who would find this a good upgrade. At the moment, the asking price is awfully close to that of the superior EM-10.

Regarding usability, I always find it a fight to activate a number of features when I use an Olympus camera for the first time:

- There's the fight to activate SCP
- The fight to activate highlight/shadow warnings
- And the fight to get Large Super Fine working.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 08:48 UTC as 102nd comment | 14 replies
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