Adrian Harris

Adrian Harris

Lives in United Kingdom Devon, United Kingdom
Works as a Multimedia Related
Joined on Oct 27, 2002

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RX100 Mk4 appears far noisier than my Mk1, which is a great disappointment as I was hoping the new sensor was going to be a leap forward :o(
I would like an EVF but am not prepared to accept worse photo quality!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 11:13 UTC as 56th comment | 12 replies
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matthiasbasler: A question to the community (or dpreviewers), since the topic of battery life is often discussed here:
One of my use cases is timelapse photography. Many cameras do not allow to change battery while on a tripod so battery life *is* important. Leaving accessory grips out of discussion for now, is there anybody with practical experience just how much the battery life of a 300-CIPA-shots rated mirrorless camera compares to a 450 or 600-CIPY-shots rated DSLR in this specific use case where the camera is on/standby for hours continuously and shooting, lets say, one photo every 15 or 20 seconds?

I have an EOS650D, rated 440 shots, and during a night timelapse session at ~20°C temperature it worked 5.5hrs with one full (original Canon) battery. It did roughly 1000 shots every 20s with 4s exposure each.
Do you have any comparable data for a mirrorless ILC cameras?

On some mirrorless cams you can turn the display off, this should save a lot of battery power surely?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 13:47 UTC
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zodiacfml: Looking even more forward, ILCs will become a smaller market and most will prefer fixed lenses as they will become cheaper than a separate lens, tighter precision/ridiculous resolution, smaller, and lighter.

..."You drop that Sony RX100 MkIV and that is a big write off. Not for the faint hearted in my view."

You have some good points, but I thought it may be worth pointing out that I have been unfortunate enough to drop a Sony RX100 Mk1 onto concrete when switched on and with lens extended when it was new and although I was almost to frightened to pick it up and look, except for a chunk out of the metal casing, there was no harm done, and it still works perfectly. Another friend has reported the same with a Mk2, so all I am saying really is that the Sony RX100 is a tough little beast.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 13:43 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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grasscatcher: Hey DPR, at some point can you start testing CAF tracking of these newer CDAF m43 systems as compared to, say, entry- and mid-level DSLRs with PDAF? I believe, at some point in the near future, these newer CDAF technologies may equal/surpass PDAF, at least entry-level PDAF. Apparently, Panasonic seems to think that, also.

I already suspect that a good photographer shooting a GH4 or G7, using back-button focusing and CAF, can compete with a typical DSLR for AF tracking.

It is not just tracking ability. Having owned a few DSLR's in the past, I can report that it is rare that a DSLR will focus very accurately when it comes to macro. Which is why many dslr macro shooters use manual focus (or now they have to preset micro adjust for each lens, which often changes throughout the zoom range!). Whereas C-DAF is very accurate throught the whole zoom range on any camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 18:51 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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Wallace Ross: I'm just curious but as an outsider to Micro Four Thirds do others not find it confusing keeping track of what cameras came when. Even for just one manufacturer.

There is a GX7,GF7 and now a G7 none of which share a form factor or necessary relate to each other other than the lens mount.

So if it has no letter it looks more like an SLR if it has a X its a mid grade small camera and if it has an F it's the low end model? And an H is the high end model?

Possibly almost right. However the X is also high end as regards picture quality and features, but its 'focus' is slightly different. the H models are larger and aimed at the video market, the X is aimed more towards stills whilst being fairly compact.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 18:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Looks very tempting, how does this compare with the Olympus em5ll?

IBIS 'may' not be compatible with 4K video due to sensor heat issues.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 15:00 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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garyknrd: If Panasonic would come out with a 300mm F/4 lens. I would be all over this. Great machine, but the micro 4/3 does not have the tele's I want yet.

Oly 300mm F4 sounds like the lens my GX7 has been waiting for. It's IBIS is terrific hand held at 600mm, but I currently only have softish F6.7 !

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)

What is DFD Technology?

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 13:22 UTC as 102nd comment | 4 replies
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Slightly bigger and heavier than G6. Waiting to see how GX8 will have better specs and smaller body.

Hope the gx8 has in body stabilisation. Deal breaker else.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 13:12 UTC
On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (119 comments in total)
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Adrian Harris: I have been asking for a high quality Sony A mount lens in this zoom rage for years. Sickening that they now bring a zoom out and it is only for E mount.
A mount is obviously shortly to be very dead.

Hi Tostuff - I already own the Sigma 17-70 and it is truly a superb lens, it's just that for portraits and for many events I shoot it is just not long enough. To try and go longer I have also bought (and returned) quite a few 'recommended' older used 28-135 lenses and although their zoom range was just right, their image quality was VERY poor in many aspects (not to mention they were also 'slow' small aperture lenses, which is not a good thing in poor light with the A77). I have tried aquiring the old Sigma 50-150 but they are a little long at the wide end and also rare. So I am very tempted by the Sigma 24-105 I have to admit, but fear it may be just a tad to short!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 11:00 UTC
On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (119 comments in total)
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Adrian Harris: I have been asking for a high quality Sony A mount lens in this zoom rage for years. Sickening that they now bring a zoom out and it is only for E mount.
A mount is obviously shortly to be very dead.

You say there are many lenses that cover that range, but the only one that I am aware of that comes close is the Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, which although is at long last a high quality and reasonably fast lens for use on a Sony A mount body. Unfortunately though it only goes to 105mm, if it reached 135mm it would be in my camera bag right now!

Yes there are many very slow lenses that cover the range from 24-135mm, in fact I own a Sony 18-200, but comparing the image quality to my 70-400G, well to say the least it is pretty poor.

I have often stated "I don't want a 'good value' lens, I want a 'good' lens". Sadly the market masses prefer good value to good.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:38 UTC
On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (119 comments in total)
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Adrian Harris: I have been asking for a high quality Sony A mount lens in this zoom rage for years. Sickening that they now bring a zoom out and it is only for E mount.
A mount is obviously shortly to be very dead.

So do you think Sony should ignore A mount users needs?

Why do E mount users need this zoom range but A mount users not?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 19:38 UTC
On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (119 comments in total)

I have been asking for a high quality Sony A mount lens in this zoom rage for years. Sickening that they now bring a zoom out and it is only for E mount.
A mount is obviously shortly to be very dead.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 19:11 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies
On Dronestagram contest winners announced article (120 comments in total)

H'mm, well I would not have wanted to see the losers!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 13:21 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (126 comments in total)

I can just see the headlies now - Out of control drone laserates models face.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 11:35 UTC as 42nd comment
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (150 comments in total)

SAFETY (or lack of it) is the one word that springs to mind. I would like drones only to be legal if they have propeller guards fitted.

Spinning props make a nasty mess of the face. I can not believe that companies sell drones without them. I hope the manufacturers of 'guardless' ones do get sued.

PS. I am all for drones, they are a great idea, but choose safety, else all sorts of stupid laws will be forced on us (as if we haven't got enough restrictive laws as it is.).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 14:00 UTC as 52nd comment | 6 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (838 comments in total)

Great review on the RX100 Mk3 thank you, BUT...
I find it interesting that you dislike the rear control dial. I shoot with many cameras and at first also disliked the rear control dial on my Sony RX100 (Mk1), but after a few weeks fell in love with it. It is so quick and convenient and dearly wish all my other cameras had this feature.
...in fact I find it hard to understand what other users find so unpleasant about it?

PS. The step-less front dial (around the lens) is perfect (when setup) for accurate zooming control.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 17:15 UTC as 165th comment
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chris_j_l: Not understanding the commercial rationale behind this. Olympus has 1 that covers this range, Panasonic has 2 that cover this range. Now we have Tamron wanting to cover this range.
I'm all for choice and that, but there is a phenomenal amount of me-too bunching of glass focal length in u4/3 with little or no differentiation between them bar the manufacturer name.
Tamron does have 1 jump on Oly and Pana in this - the announcement of the lens appears to be followed by sales 1-2 months later. Pana/Oly seem to be in the "announce this year, available 2 years later" which may as well be "available for sale on the 16th of Neveruary"

Hi Chris - I loved your " there is a phenomenal amount of me-too bunching of glass focal length" comment. I have been saying that for years ...and yet it still goes on.

I believe it is possible the same marketing thinking that happened with white goods a few years back...
I couldn't buy a coloured microwave as people only wanted silver or white. And guess why, manufacturers only made silver or white. That's what I call a self fulfilling prophesy - and I bet they all patted themselves on the back for getting it right !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 12:10 UTC

The real problem with curved sensors is that if anyone dares introduce them, their customers current lens line-up will be obsolete overnight. Which company would dare do that???
...well Sony already have about 4 different lens systems, so what the heck, here we go for a 5th lens line-up!!!

Would Canon or Nikon dare do that?
...which is maybe why it hasn't been done before.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 08:03 UTC as 106th comment | 11 replies
On Did Amazon just patent the seamless background setup? article (133 comments in total)

I have just signed. I still can not believe this is real. Who on earth granted it. Was it a BIG favour?

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 10:55 UTC as 3rd comment
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