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Chez Wimpy

Chez Wimpy

Lives in Japan Rebun, Japan
Joined on Aug 16, 2004
About me:

I live on the northernmost island in Japan, photographing the national park for a historical museum and associated galleries.

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p5freak: Its about time Sigma screws something up again. Another fail in a long list.

I suppose even their unprecedented win streak was bound to come to an end someday.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 06:47 UTC
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Rooru S: On picture no. 12...are those old ladies rejecting a picture? If so, it's quite rude to publish this. (Or even taking it)...although this is a close call...you don't see their faces so there is no direct harm aside from the awkward moment of taking the picture without their permission (if permission was asked).

"No direct harm"?!?!

73% chance he managed to steal *at least* one of their souls.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 06:08 UTC

I had one of those ten years ago when CF prices made shooting RAW very difficult during a long session. Since the HD is only 40GB it gathers a lot of dust now. Interesting to see they are still around (never left?)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 06:42 UTC as 61st comment
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)

I am sure they are doing it out of the kindness of their heart.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 23:43 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies
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sneakyracer: Wow, This lens makes the 645z one of the best platforms for Landscape and Architecture Photography, IF this lens performs as expected. Perfect lens for the sony 50mp sensor.

Great focal length range, 82mm front thread (easy to filter), basically it is a lens I wished for when I had the 645d. Almost made to order.

Perhaps, but working with LV DSLRs for landscapes these last five years I have found that the ultimate precision comes from utilizing lens movements to maximize DOF placement while simultaneously avoiding diffraction effects (and wind by not stopping down so heavily) keeping the lens at its sweet spot. Since DOF/diffraction is platform independent, the prospect of trying to pry the potential of 50MP worth of detail from a focal plane locked lens is doubtful... large format landscapes made movements standard practice in film days, while medium format wasn't held to these digital-era expectations.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 00:15 UTC
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Eleson: Are these straight out of the camera, or was it raw images that needed attention and handcraft afterwards?

The "fade to gray" specular highlights on the rightmost image lead me to believe metering had been fooled by the monkey's dark complexion and highlights were clipped irrecoverably before being "pulled" in post.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 00:00 UTC
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Nigel Wilkins: "Copyright law states that works not originated by a human author can't support a copyright claim, and that 'a work owing its form to the forces of nature and lacking human authorship is not registrable."

Does this include remote triggering devices like lightning detectors? By originated, presumably setting up the shot is enough. Giving a monkey your camera could be considered as setting up the shot, by using the monkey as a random triggering device, although apparently unintentional in this case.

Common sense should prevail IMO. The nearest thing the photo has to an owner is the owner of the camera.

>Common sense should prevail IMO. The nearest thing the photo has to an owner is the owner of the camera.

Exactly. And by common sense "ownership" is not an inherent condition that must be ascribed to all things.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 23:57 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)
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DPJoe2: Apparently this model is intended for collectors. Serious photographers don't buy cameras that totally lock-out tonal control based on the colors in the scene. For instance, if two different colors have the same luminance and are adjacent to each other in the scene, there would be no way to separate these tones in print without using a filter on the camera when you took the shot. And you are unlikely to think of this since you are looking at the scene in color. I don't know about you, but I think it makes much more sense to have a color image to start with. Then you can adjust an individual color's luminance while looking at the image in black and white on screen. This lose of post processing control is unthinkable for anyone wishing to produce a fine black & white print.

Without *any* filter? I expect that most were taken with a filter selected on the basis of the subject being photographed, ie red or orange for landscapes, green or yellow for portraits, ect...

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 00:05 UTC
On Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America article (119 comments in total)
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photosen: Oh, and DPReview? America was a continent looong before some creatively challenged quakers got expelled from the UK, I don't see the availability for Canada, Argentina and the rest?

"a" continent? Drop the North or South qualifier, and the point of the term is usually clear.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 00:27 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)
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EvokeEmotion: This completes the Canon APS-C Trinity: 10-18, 18-55, 55-250. All with IS and STM.

So much for the conspiracy theory that Canon is about to abandon the APS-C format.

For an APS-C prime? Outside of the Pentax limited line, do they come any slower?

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 00:21 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)
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Retzius: The 10-18 is a very smart move. There is not a "budget" ultra-wide for aps-c in any other mount.

Yeah, that would have driven scores to Canon's fledgling EF-S camera line about 10 years ago. Along with the 18-55 and 50-200 USM (at the time) it would have completed the standard quality zoom trio. It seems horribly late to the game now, since many of us that cut our teeth on Canon APS-C have since moved on...

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 00:19 UTC
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kimchiflower: Aside from weather sealing, can someone tell me the benefit of this lens' specs over the Panny 7-14?

The Olly is a stop faster, but why not just bump up the ISO a stop or utilise the extra stops available with IBIS? You can forget about bokeh at this FOV, and shake is less pronounced at wide-angle too.

This is going to be larger, heavier, and pricier. I'd prefer a small, cheap, weather sealed ultra-WA prime (8 or 9mm f3.5?) to take out along with the 12-40 to keep the weight down

"No purple blobs"

What, are they building the wratten 2a right into the lens this time?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 00:18 UTC
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RichRMA: They should do like Leica did with the S2. A 50mp DSLR-shaped camera, somewhat smaller even than the pro Nikons and Canons.

No, the A (B) sizes are actually within a hair of 5:7, so both 3:2 and 4:3 will have to be cropped about the same to print. I find my preference these days is 4:5, 4:3, and "wide" with 5:7, so it seems shooting m43 has changed the way I see!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 08:02 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (616 comments in total)
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(unknown member): So let me get this straight . . . the "improvement" is Canon simply made the auto focus finally work? That's the improvement? I have been a loyal Canon fan for decades but the once mighty Canon indeed is slipping. Sony, and others, are making Canon look stupid now. Actually, Canon is making itself look foolish.

"A debatable statement"

No kidding. The G1, aka the original m43 camera, still has perfectly acceptable (*fast*) AF in one-shot mode. Olympus did take several generations to catch up...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 00:42 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2081 comments in total)
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thx1138: "True, you can switch out a heavy zoom for a lightweight prime on a DSLR and get something of the same feeling, but the DSLR doesn't transition into the role of a take-me-anywhere camera quite like a Micro Four Thirds body does"

And yet somehow we do manage to take our DSLRs everywhere with us and certainly to the same places we'd take the almost-as-large as Canon SL1 E-M1. SL1 and 40mm pancake is actually lighter by 70g than E-M1 + 17 f1.8/20f1.7.

What you said might be true for the smaller PEN style bodies but E-M1 is getting seriously large and straying away from the small and compact concept. It's larger and heavier than Sony A7(R) twins!

Certainly wouldn't upgrade from my E-M5 for this one.

Because its the Canon *glass* that weighs my backpack down, not the body(s).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 23:53 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (326 comments in total)
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pelicaneng: "In the graph below, the lower the line, the better the camera is likely to be for low-light image quality and blurring backgrounds, at any given equivalent focal length."

Aperture is Aperture. Yes DOF is inversely proportional to sensor size, but light gathering, the number of photons per unit area is a constant. So the blurring background part is correct but the low light part is not, all things being equal with sensor density.

The graph with the "y axis" labelled as equivalent aperture is simply wrong. Equivalent DOF sure, equivalent Aperture - no.

At this point there needs to be a term for "exposure is the same!" brigade. Those who settle on the Panasonic FZ200 as the ultimate low-light solution, unable to perceive the increased image noise.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 22:58 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2081 comments in total)
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Abu Mahendra: Let me see it I get this straight: Olympus wants me to pay $1399 for a camera with a Sensor smaller than APS-c? Yeah... right...

Its not the sensor, its the lenses... and since "bigger" APS-C lines *across all makers* still don't compare with the dedicated optics m43 has amassed (in barely 5 years!), if you intend to shoot the classic focal lengths, its this or FF. And of course with m43, 28/40/90 equivalent primes fit together in a single pocket.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 00:18 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2081 comments in total)
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Paul JM: Funny camera to place. I have owned the OMD original now for about a year. I like it, but I hardly use it.
Great camera, but for me it is neither here nor there. Not small enough to put in the pocket, but for me the sensor is just too small to act as my everyday serious camera.
When travelling now, I take the Fuji XE1. In low light, in combination with the wonderful Fuji lenses for me it is a league ahead of the OMD
For serious work, I still use the 5D mk2
If I want something casual to put in my pocket I take the RX100
So, for me, I am struggling to find a role for the Olympus. Great piece of kit, but I see it as being caught in the middle now. This body looks and sounds great, but it is still bridled with that tiny sensor

>I like it, but I hardly use it.

Sounds like you need a proper bag. I keep mine in a small canvas "purse" with foam inserts that secures the EM5, 7-14, 14-45, and 45-175 with one pocket to spare (usually the GH2 as backup). Since the camera is (in my car, travels) with me everyday, the system gets a lot of use where my DSLRs sit at home. Over 15k since January, and many of those are in print now. Focus accuracy in single shot is so good, the only times I use DSLRs anymore are 5D2 low-low light (with primes), and tripod work with liveview for landscapes. Handheld landscapes are all m43 now.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 00:11 UTC
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munro harrap: F4? In our country from about now until next March it is often a60th at f2 @400 ISO outside, sometimes all day. To get the equivalent on an f4 lens requires 1600 and at 1600 the D800 has lost half its resolution and three-quarters of its acuity. The problem is that if you go to ,say, MPB Photographic you can see for yourselves just how many Canon 24-104 f4 are traded in and then, sadder, just how many 24-70mm Nikon f2.8 lenses are traded in because they are only sharp in the middle on full-frame due to massive field curvature-like the old Canon.The new 24-120mm Nikkor is f4 and not sharp
and the new 24-85mm IS Nikkor- is frankly junk
I bought two brand-new 24-70mm F2.8 nikkors and have also owned, but had to return after testing another FIVE 24-85mm Nikkors.
Sigma know this and want to replace these poor optics but it is dreadfully difficult to design a 24mm zoom for full-frame- the mirror box !
Once designed any lens costs peanuts to manufacture to current poor standards.Next?

Metabones + 17-50/2.8 APS-C on m43 gets you the 12-35/2 you have been dreaming of. MF only of course!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 06:57 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (499 comments in total)
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chillgreg: Soooo, 78 for this stinkbomb, yet 79 for the unequalled RX100MII...

Yeah yeah, I know, I know. Apples, oranges, opinions and disclaimers, yada...

But Mom and Pop buy this and wonder why their precious photos of their grandchildren are spoiled. Yet their son buys the tiny Sony and the results awe everyone.

Perhaps it's time for DPR to take a long look into the mirror and ask why a more objective and less subjective scoring scale should not be introduced.

Now it DPR wasn't funded by advertising and commissions. it could be as subjective as it wants. The current model is deeply flawed, despite the best efforts of many decent, credible people to make it work.

As it stands, the credibility of test results is being questioned more often than not.

Perhaps 78 is the right score for this particular camera. But perhaps a final numerical score should be withheld, until the manufacturer addresses potential flaws.

Sounds like Mom and Pop could use some lessons in photography basics. Maybe their accomplished (and loving) son can help them out?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 07:27 UTC
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