mrmart

mrmart

Lives in United Kingdom Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom
Works as a Photography lecturer
Joined on Sep 9, 2011

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On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)

Does the macbook Air have the latest version of NSA software pre-installed?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 07:52 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies
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nick101: There are persistent claims that the picture is some kind of fake (it wast staged, or the soldier was simply falling over - not shot). I don't know where the "expert" opinion is these days.

Anyone have any yo-to-date information (not random speculation please)?

I don't know about 'up to date' but I know there was a very long article in Aperture around 2005. A researcher found the identity of the soldier and he was in fact killed that day. I think he also found that Capa had set up the shot by getting soldiers to jump the trench for his camera during a lul in the fighting when suddenly a sniper shot and killed this man.
The word of Capa cannot always be believed - if you've read anything about the man you'll know he loved telling fantastic stories - like how he walked from Budapest to Berlin or being parachuted into Sicily - both proven lies. None of that detracts from him being one of, if not the greatest war photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 09:42 UTC
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mrmart: Why so cheap in USA? So it's $799.99 or £799. With todays exchange rate $799.99 = £529,28. Or to look at it another way £799 = $1207. So either USA are getting it cheap or UK are being ripped-off. Even our 20% tax doesn't account for that much difference.

@technotic You pay twice as much for healthcare (highest per capita) yet have a lower life expectancy (28th). Unlike USA we care about our less fortunate citizens. In anycase the extra cost of cameras here does not seem to be due to taxes but the greed of companies such as Amazon.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 13:56 UTC
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mrmart: Why so cheap in USA? So it's $799.99 or £799. With todays exchange rate $799.99 = £529,28. Or to look at it another way £799 = $1207. So either USA are getting it cheap or UK are being ripped-off. Even our 20% tax doesn't account for that much difference.

@iudex Pentax K60 is on Amazon as £460 UK and $534 USA. At current exchange £460 = $695. Amazon (owners of DPReview) don't even pay corporation tax in UK as they are registered in Luzembourg so should therefore be able to sell cheaper here than USA.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 09:14 UTC

Why so cheap in USA? So it's $799.99 or £799. With todays exchange rate $799.99 = £529,28. Or to look at it another way £799 = $1207. So either USA are getting it cheap or UK are being ripped-off. Even our 20% tax doesn't account for that much difference.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 07:25 UTC as 85th comment | 10 replies
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MPA1: Great. As long as you live in the USA.

Canada 9,922,000km2
USA 9,363,000km2
Mexico and Greenland are also part of the continant of North America. The Americas which many see as one continant also includes all Central and South American countries. All atlasses show Canada and Alaska as a part of the continant of North America. North America is the 3rd biggest Continant and USA the 4th largest country in the world (assuming you exclude Antarctica) and is just over half the size of Russia. USA seems the best abreviation for the country but there seems no adequate collective name for the inhabitants thats why I came up with USAan. I am not Canadian but from England, Britain, UK whatever.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 23:14 UTC
On CES 2013: Hands-on with Samsung NX300 article (150 comments in total)
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hpchan: I am a user never need an EVF. The reason is that I compare the Liveview and After shot Image very often for any color saturation and contrast changed. The process can not do with so call EVF. For this point may not know if only using NX for a short period. I have OVF direct couple onto NX100 only used on 200mm manual focus.

What?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 15:25 UTC
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photoway: Old memories..

Back in 1989-1990 I've testes 6 graphic "programs" on my Mac Plus 1 Mb of Ram and 20 Mb Hard Drive : PixelPaint, Paint, .... and Photosthop 1.0b7

..I've chose the last on... and 23 years later I know that I've made the right choice ;-)

Richard

Glad to hear you had 'testes' even back in the 1980s

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2013 at 07:52 UTC

Why does everyone want a fast lens? They are bigger, more expensive and optically compromised. Often they are unusable at their maximum aperture anyway.

There are two reasons for wanting a fast lens. 1 for low light situations. But with stabisation and high ISO of modern cameras this is less of an issue. 2 for small depth of field. Personally I prefer a large depth of field. It seems strange that the likes of Adams and Weston struggled for maximum DOF using f64 on a 10"x8" neg while photographers now seem obsessed with bokeh on a tiny APSc sensor. Personally I love the ease with which I can get back to front sharpness on these cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2013 at 09:44 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X100S first-look preview article (146 comments in total)

Great! Now all I need to do is disguise my Apple ipod as an old Sony Walkman and I will have completed my 'Old Git' look.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 12:11 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X100S preview (218 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: These Fuji X offers, this one in particular, are so tempting for old but increasingly broke leicaphiles such as me. So familiar and re-assuring. At the same time, they annoy me by playing this much on the retro/pseudo vintage chords in terms of design cues. This is 2013. Why are we trying to pretend to be in 1956?

The feature list and tech innards are fantastic. But the design references....am I the only one to be bothered?

I'm more interested in how the subject looks to the camera than how the camera looks to the subject.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 14:05 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S preview (218 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: These Fuji X offers, this one in particular, are so tempting for old but increasingly broke leicaphiles such as me. So familiar and re-assuring. At the same time, they annoy me by playing this much on the retro/pseudo vintage chords in terms of design cues. This is 2013. Why are we trying to pretend to be in 1956?

The feature list and tech innards are fantastic. But the design references....am I the only one to be bothered?

@JesperMP "Dedicated dials rather than modal dials. Dials that indicate directly what they are set to (even with the camere turned off). Can be used with your eye to the VF. Yeah, they sure didnt know how to make user interfaces in 1956."
Yeah in 1956 there was no exposure info in the viewfinder so if you wanted to know what aperture or shutter speed was set you had to move the camera from your eye - those were the days - yeah, yeah, yeah!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 13:40 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S preview (218 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: These Fuji X offers, this one in particular, are so tempting for old but increasingly broke leicaphiles such as me. So familiar and re-assuring. At the same time, they annoy me by playing this much on the retro/pseudo vintage chords in terms of design cues. This is 2013. Why are we trying to pretend to be in 1956?

The feature list and tech innards are fantastic. But the design references....am I the only one to be bothered?

Yes, why are we still using design concepts 100yrs old (1st Leica prototype)? These cameras were far from ergonomic since control dials had to physically link with the shutter, aperture etc. This is not the case with modern electronics so why have a big shutter control knob on top which requires two fingers and change of position of hand and arm rather than a simple, quick movement of one finger? Just compare this throwback to a modern camera like the NEX6 which is 100g lighter and 0.68 the size, apsc sensor, interchangeable zoom lens and ergonomic design. I can only imagine people who buy retro cameras just want to pose as Cartier Bresson or Robert Frank. I would rather have an efficient tool for the job.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 09:02 UTC
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MPA1: Great. As long as you live in the USA.

You mean USAan - America is a continent, USA is the second largest country of North America.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 07:41 UTC
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mrmart: I see that I can pre-order this camera at Amazon UK for £493.86 yet its Suggested Retail Price in the USA according to this article is $499.95. I wasn't aware that there is now parity between US dollar and UK pound. Perhaps since dpreview is owned by Amazon someone can explain.

Yes, but buy from USA and you'll pay postage, import duty and VAT on top. You can't win unless you go to USA or Hong Kong yourself and don't declare on return - which is illegal - but if you've used it ... mmm?

But I just don't see why we pay so much more than USA even after taking into account VAT or purchase tax. Cameras are all imported from Japan or China or wherever. Is it tax, or retailers making excessive profit, or the manufacturer making excessive profit?

Sorry, seem to have moved off the subject of this particular camera which I like the look of but would prefer a quality lens between 24-90 equivelant and a larger sensor - perhaps go for the Canon G1x.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 16:27 UTC
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mrmart: I see that I can pre-order this camera at Amazon UK for £493.86 yet its Suggested Retail Price in the USA according to this article is $499.95. I wasn't aware that there is now parity between US dollar and UK pound. Perhaps since dpreview is owned by Amazon someone can explain.

At current exchange rate $500 = £315. If you add the VAT at 20% that makes £378 - well short of £493 and remember that Amazon avoid paying tax on their £7 billion of sales in UK by basing themselves in Luxembourg. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/04/amazon-british-operation-corporation-tax

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2012 at 14:19 UTC

I see that I can pre-order this camera at Amazon UK for £493.86 yet its Suggested Retail Price in the USA according to this article is $499.95. I wasn't aware that there is now parity between US dollar and UK pound. Perhaps since dpreview is owned by Amazon someone can explain.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 22:12 UTC as 12th comment | 9 replies
On Editing on the road article (114 comments in total)
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siritinga: If you have regular access to Internet during your trip, you can also use any of the online backup/storage solutions available. 200 GB of Dropbox or any amount of Google Drive, for example. This way, you can upload the photos as you arrive to the hotel, and then the changes you do later can be synchronized in real time with the online copy. You'll keep the images even in the worst case scenario (losing all physical copies) and in addition, somebody else can help you with the sorting/processing/publishing work at your home country.

Of course, to do this, you need a very good internet connection, not always available.

I too like to backup online as well as to a portable hard-drive. If all your stuff gets stolen or lost at least you still have your images. I learnt many years ago when my laptop failed and one of the CDs I'd backed up to got scratched. While travelling through Vietnam recently I backed up online as I went. It takes a long time but I usually just let it run all night. Hotel wifi can be very slow and sometimes they turn it off at midnight but I have piece of mind that no images can get lost.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 08:27 UTC

Can't say I have any sympathy with Kodak. Their arrogance over the years is legendary. Good ridance.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 01:58 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply

SUBJECTIVE = emotional, prejudiced, biased, instinctive, intuitive, idiosyncratic
That's what I get in my Thesaurus, surely Stefan has got the meanings of 'Subjective' and 'Objective' the wrong way around. This makes nonsense of the whole article. Does anyone else agree?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 21:27 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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