Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused

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Dazed and Confused: Does anyone know how he funds his trip? Is it based on savings, or does he make income from his blog/photos as he travels?

It's also great to see how positive most of the comments are on here - deservedly so.

That's really great - well done. I wish you the very best, and will look out for more of your photos and articles.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
On WaterWeight rethinks the sandbag approach to stability article (77 comments in total)
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jdc562: In the illustrated position, this Inspired water bag raises the center of gravity of your tripod setup--making it more top heavy. Ask any photographer whose camera has gear toppled over: it makes a bad day. The many recommendations in these posts to dangle a pack, rock, or water container below the tripod head are lowering the center of gravity--a better alternative for adding weight.

I think you're confused - the water bag definitely lowers the centre of gravity, just not a much as a weight hanging underneath.

For it to raise the c.o.g. then the c.o.g. would need to be below that point without the bag there - i.e. not even at the top of the legs.

That would mean that the majority of the weight of the entire set-up - tripod, camera and lens - would need to be in those 3 legs to counteract the leverage of the camera and lens at the top. Unless you're out shooting with an extremely heavy tripod and a very light camera, that's not going to be the case. And in that case you're probably not going to need a weight anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
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Mirrorless Crusader: #1: Not a wildlife photo and the horizon is tilted - terrible technique. Not to mention the choice for black and white is baseless.
#2: Should be horizontally inverted in post and the photo lacks detail
#3: Not a wildlife photo
#4: Way overprocessed and photoshopped
#5. Terribly framed. A bunch of negative space on the right and the bird chopped off on the left
#6: Not enough detail, poor composition, should be horizontally inverted, and impossible to tell what's going on.
#7: Not a wildlife photo
#8: Not a wildlife photo, that animal is domestic as you'll ever see.

How is number 1 not a wildlife photo?
For context, Number 2 was taken by an eight year old.
Number 3 is in the Earth's Environments category. I am yet to see a domesticated volcanic ash cloud, so we can be pretty sure that's a wild one.
Number 6 - I'll give you a clue - it's a mouse.
Number 7 - see number 1.
Number 8 is in the 'World in Our Hands' category. The fact the animal has been domesticated is entirely the point.

Your main argument seems to be based on your own peculiar definiton of 'wildlife', while your other arguments seem to be based on aesthetics, which as we all know are personal. Except in your case, where you seem to think that they're simply wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 13:34 UTC

Does anyone know how he funds his trip? Is it based on savings, or does he make income from his blog/photos as he travels?

It's also great to see how positive most of the comments are on here - deservedly so.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 09:48 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (943 comments in total)
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MonoSynth: Right now, there are serious mirrorless cameras from every manufacturer except Nikon and Canon. With decent EVF's and on-sensor phase detection AF, those flipping mirrors and bulky pentaprisms start to lose their advantage and a dSLR starts to look old-fashioned.

With an EVF I can:
- See exactly what the sensor sees, no focusing screen calibration needed;
- Zoom in to precisely focus my f/1.2 lenses;
- See the result of the white balance settings;
- See DoF instantly;
- Dial in every possible overlay, including focus peaking, zebra and histogram;

Lens manufacturers are freed from the burdens of flange focal distance and automatic diaphragms, resulting in more compact lenses and more diaphragm blades (better bokeh).

There are some fields where an OVF has an advantage (fast sports), but those problems will soon be solved too.

I have both, and I still think OVFs have the clarity and dynamic range advantages.

I like seeing all the possible details and opportunities in what I am trying to capture, rather than what the sensor and EVF are capable of relaying. (There might be something of interest in a blown highlight or too noisy an area, that I might miss due to my current chosen exposure values.) I guess it gives me a better understanding of the light that I have got to work with, which the EVF cannot display due to dynmaic range limitations.

EVFs are closing the gap, but for me hybrid viewfinders are the most exciting. An OVF with an EVF overlay for focus peaking, ultra-high ISO or a zoomed area would be great.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 10:44 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)
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mike kobal: those Otus lenses would make so much more sense on mirrorless cameras with high def EVF, manual focusing one of these properly through the OVF - even on the best DSLR's - is going to be quite frustrating
not a problem for the lucky ones who actually can afford to buy one of these, they can surely afford to hire the best focus puller in the world ;) and a second shooter using an af lens as back up, just in case :)))

Why would it be any harder than any other 85 1.4s?

People have been manual focussing lenses like this on SLRs for decades with no problem. It's not as good as AF in some situations, but that's also the case on mirrorless systems.

A lovely big, bright full-frame OVF and a good focussing screen are still great for manual focussing. Mirrorless doesn't suddenly change that.

(For context, I have both DSLR and mirrorless systems. I miss quite a few MF shots with the OVF - although a lot less now I have a better focussing screen. I miss a similar number on my mirrorless. I don't have accurate numbers, and tests aren't equal due to different lenses and d.o.f.s, but neither stand out as massively better. EVFs and OVFs each have their advantages - but neither make the other redundant or obsolete. Personally, I hope that hybrid viewfinders are the future.)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 11:32 UTC

I wonder how many people will make knee-jerk reaction comments without properly reading the review?

Grabs popcorn...

Edited lots: Because I'm not good with brevity. Or spelling.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 13:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)

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Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 07:03 UTC as 51st comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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Joe Coolpix: I'm not liking the trend for the RX100 to get thicker. As a guy who likes to throw his P&S in my front jeans pocket, the original RX100 at 36mm was appealing. But the ii and now iii have grown in thickness a couple mm each time. At this rate, the RX100ix in 10 years will be another inch thicker. I like the Canon S trend better, with each successor getting thinner until this last S120 bumping up to 1.14 but still thinner than the S90's 1.22 inches. We're talking pocket cameras here not cars and each new one should get smaller not larger.

My Canon S90 got destroyed in my jeans pocket, though. It totally filled up with dust and fluff. I'm not sure rubbing up against cotton all day is that good for a camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 10:14 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2307 comments in total)

If I had the money I'd be ordering one in black with the orange strap and cover purely to look at!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 13:29 UTC as 670th comment | 1 reply

Most of these comments make me sad.

Barney - next time just post some ridiculously sharp bird photos taken with whatever long lens is currently being raved about, or maybe an HDR landscape. (Just make sure those corners are sharp!) It'll make your life a lot easier. Because, as everyone knows, only a technically accomplished photograph can be a good photograph.

Personally, I find them very evocative. There's definitely something unsettling (almost a tension, if you will) in a lot of these photos - I think caused by the unorthodox composition, where at first glance they're often not even the main subject of the photo. Out of sight, out of mind.

Some have a real Cormac McCarthy feel to them.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:58 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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Joe Pineapples: A photographer using the medium of photography to try to convey a message - a bit of a refreshing change from all the gear talk...

...IMO...

@Marty4650

"I suppose we could just turn violent criminals loose, so they could victimize the population again."

Ah, the old 'stifle any rational debate by intentionally misinterpreting the opposition's point and then ridiculing them for it'. Classy.

More than 92% of the USA prison population is locked up for non-violent crimes. (2009 stats.)

The USA's incarceration rate is approximately 7x higher than that of the average European country. Do you honestly think that Americans are 7 times as likely to commit crimes? Or, conversely, that locking peopl up works so well at keeping ciminals off the street that crime is now 7x lower in the USA than Europe?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: For those disparaging the Sony, it may be worth taking a step back, and looking at the bigger picture. Choice is a good thing. (The same goes for those revelling in the 'death' of the mirror. Some of us actually prefer a mirror. Why is having the option of either a bad thing?)

The first generation of any product is rarely perfect, but this is looking like it may well be a very good first attempt indeed, and it will spur on innovation across the whole industry.

Competition is good. Everyone who ows a Nikon or Canon will benefit as well. Look how far all DSLRs have come in 10 years.

I think the FF mirrorless camera of only a few year's time will be a very compelling product indeed, and while I personally still prefer optical viewfinders, the gap is closing, and I expect that one day I'll own a FF mirrorless camera.

Interesting times....

@Jogger

I think something can be more than simply the sum of its parts. Just because the individual parts are 'old' doesn't mean the whole cannot be new. It may not be revolutionary, but it is certainly more than the normal evolutionary steps that preceded it and will follow.

This is the first FF mirrorless, and is aimed at professionals or very serious hobbyists. The real world demands this will bring are unknown.

Will people settle for a comparative lack of performance in certain areas in order to benefit from mirrorless' other advantages? It will take time to discover this, and then all those various parts from all those different sources you list will need to evolve into something that will meet those demands.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 18:39 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

For those disparaging the Sony, it may be worth taking a step back, and looking at the bigger picture. Choice is a good thing. (The same goes for those revelling in the 'death' of the mirror. Some of us actually prefer a mirror. Why is having the option of either a bad thing?)

The first generation of any product is rarely perfect, but this is looking like it may well be a very good first attempt indeed, and it will spur on innovation across the whole industry.

Competition is good. Everyone who ows a Nikon or Canon will benefit as well. Look how far all DSLRs have come in 10 years.

I think the FF mirrorless camera of only a few year's time will be a very compelling product indeed, and while I personally still prefer optical viewfinders, the gap is closing, and I expect that one day I'll own a FF mirrorless camera.

Interesting times....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 14:53 UTC as 184th comment | 2 replies
On Golden Temple square in the !!!Temples Of India!!! challenge (7 comments in total)

Did you mirror it just below the roof to hide the crowds?

I find the mirrored effect rather disconcerting - it look like the roof of the golden temple is leaning backwards and sinking into itself.

I'd love to see a version with a simple crop instead. I think that could look even nicer.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 11:11 UTC as 2nd comment
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MenM: I don't understand why this picture doesn't get more positive reactions. It's really stunning. Great composition and supurb colours. I really like the feel of it.
Bravo!

Thanks, and good point. I'll try straightening it up and see what it looks like.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 10:25 UTC
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mypobox: I think separating the lens from the body is genius. I think this will do well.

Out of interest, do you think Sony is the first to do this? I'm getting the impression that a lot of people do.

I think this might be one of those 'Google was the first search engine' or 'the iPhone was the 1st touch screen phone' moments - i.e. Sony aren't the first to do it, but might be the first to do it well and really capture the public's imagination.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 17:45 UTC
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Dazed and Confused: How does it differ from using a GoPro Hero 3 and the free app for remote viewing, release, etc on any Amdroid or iOS device?

Surely the Sonys can't be that different, apart from the fact they come with a little clip to attach to your phone.

But that's not a different concept, which is what everybody seems to think is the innovation here - it's just a slightly different design.

It's like people waiting until the second DSLR to come along with better image quality than the first, and then heralding it as the invention of the DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 17:39 UTC

How does it differ from using a GoPro Hero 3 and the free app for remote viewing, release, etc on any Amdroid or iOS device?

Surely the Sonys can't be that different, apart from the fact they come with a little clip to attach to your phone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 15:20 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review preview (334 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: These comments have made me realise that lots of people don't understand what the 'standard' in standard zoom means....

@Shamael

"the Nikon 17-35/2.8 for example, the Tokina 11-16/2.8 is another one."

But that's my point - those aren't standard zooms. They're both wide zooms - the first for Full Frame, the latter for APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 16:05 UTC
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