Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Joined on May 23, 2002

Comments

Total: 55, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous123Next ›Last »
In reply to:

Scales USA: expect lots of lawsuits. They will likely go bankrupt as a result.

@Digital Shutterbug

Good to see you aren't over reacting at all....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 09:50 UTC
On Nikon announces Coolpix AW130 and S33 rugged compacts article (31 comments in total)

Shame - I was considering the S33 for my kids as a replacement for their S31. It's a neat little camera, and it's great fun at the beach or just to give to them at parties knowing it won't get broken, but suffers from having such a small sensor and slow lens. It only has an auto mode, and it's not aggressive enough with bumping up the ISO (presumably because results would be horrible), so too many photos are blurry.

However Nikon seem to have kept the same lens, same size sensor, and added no VR. The only thing it seems to be is thinner - pretty much the only thing kids don't need, where chunkier is easier to hold.

Seems like a pretty low effort 'refresh'.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 09:58 UTC as 15th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (443 comments in total)
In reply to:

ThePhilips: "Panasonic's JPEG high ISO noise reduction continues to disappoint us."

Hehe. A trait typical to female writing: "I like it" but "it disappoints us". For positive or neutral opinion - "I", but for the (esp strong) negative one - "we". :)

Considering that it is your only slip on the whole "Shooting Experience" page, I think it highlights the biggest disappointment with the little camera you had.

The fact that your comment got so many likes before being called out has reminded me why I visit DPReview so infrequently nowadays.

I'm going to hang out with my 4 year old now for a much needed dose of maturity.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 13:47 UTC
On Manfrotto launches Off Road camera gear article (55 comments in total)
In reply to:

chriscotec: Wow, I can't imagine a more vulnerable place to have your camera in a backpack, in what looks to be a soft compartment with the LCD screen right at the bottom, on the outside corner. Brilliant thinking there Manfrotto!

That's exactly how Lowepro do it on their equivalent packs like the Photosport series, with no issues whatsoever as far as I'm aware. I'm pretty sure I've seen Primus, Kata and MindShift bags with the camera in that position too.

Cameras are a lot tougher than most people give them credit for, and I expect the padding will be fine too. Cameras are designed to be used - not treated with kid gloves.

I get the impression that people just want to hate this bag.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 17:07 UTC
In reply to:

Dazed and Confused: Are the lenses with OS built in going to come in unstabilised versions?

I'm not that keen on buying a camera with OS built in, then still paying the cost and weight penalty of a lens with OS too.

(I know some lenses are not stabilised, and the stabilisations 'add up', but it'd still be nice to have the choice.)

@sjredo and abortabort

>Right , so you're expecting them to do TWO versions of each stabilized lens.

>So you are keen to pay MORE for lenses with less?

Well I know Canon and Tamron do this already for many of their lenses, and unstabilised versions cost less than stabilised equivalents (within the range and across manufacturers) so I don't see why Sony couldn't do the same.

>Why don't you just buy a camera w/o stabilization if you're not that keen?

Because I want in body stabilisation for the lighter, smaller and cheaper lenses it usually brings, among other things. Those points are nullified if many of the lenses have OS built in.

>And what if you decide that you want to use your lens on a different camera, one that doesn't have IS in the body

Then I probably won't decide that. Because I'm more than capable of making decisions by myself - I don't need Sony to look after me.

I really don't understand the desperation to leap to manufacturer's defence on this forum....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2015 at 22:28 UTC

Are the lenses with OS built in going to come in unstabilised versions?

I'm not that keen on buying a camera with OS built in, then still paying the cost and weight penalty of a lens with OS too.

(I know some lenses are not stabilised, and the stabilisations 'add up', but it'd still be nice to have the choice.)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 22:06 UTC as 101st comment | 5 replies
In reply to:

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)
In reply to:

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
In reply to:

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 30th comment | 2 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
In reply to:

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)
In reply to:

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)

404 - Page not found.

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 (2962 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 (2249 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 671st 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
In reply to:

(unknown member): 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 (2371 comments in total)
In reply to:

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 (2371 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 185th comment | 2 replies
Total: 55, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous123Next ›Last »