KAllen

KAllen

Lives in United Kingdom Norwich, United Kingdom
Works as a Aerial Photographer
Joined on Mar 25, 2004
About me:

Photographer looking for a plan "B"

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On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)

At Canon we see impossible....then give up.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 22:01 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (136 comments in total)

Where you are allowed to shoot with these legally in the UK makes them no real alternative to shooting from an aircraft.
Surprisingly it is often more cost effective to shoot commercially from a Cessna.
The BBC use a lot of drones to film with, which is fine because they are in control of the area. Joe public will not often have that luxury, which limits their use.Good little toy if you use them far from people and buildings. Limited for anything else.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 17:54 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)
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KAllen: Not sure how many feet Canon has, but shooting yourself in the foot will decrease the usefulness of any number.
Well done Canon this might of been impressive if launched with the D30, but it's 2014 now.

Actually I'm shocked at how dated a concept this is, I fear for Canon if this is what they think innovation and inspiration is. Not only is the idea not worth shouting about, it's not especially slick or "WOW" to engage anyone.
I can only advise Canon in a way I think they might might be tuned in enough to understand. Canon "Think Different"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 12:30 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)

Not sure how many feet Canon has, but shooting yourself in the foot will decrease the usefulness of any number.
Well done Canon this might of been impressive if launched with the D30, but it's 2014 now.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 12:21 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)

A new phone and mp3 player.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 08:38 UTC as 863rd comment
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)
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tmurph: I don't usually comment on whether a lens or camera is expensive or not.
What I will do now is comment on this one though.
I have spoken to a few pros during my visits to various camera shows and checked out some high end pro stuff, I was lucky to handle a digi Hasselblad and was impressed at what it can do. Will I ever own one? I don't think so purely on the fact that I can't afford it. Negative thinking? yes indeed but also, I'm realist and this stuff is way out of my league.
As regards munro harrap about a class system within our hobby I don't agree, for the most part you'll never get a pro talking down to a hobbyist, if anything they're only too happy to pass on some good advice.The ones who hang this stuff around their necks to show off with well, they're easily ignored.

I could put forward a better reason if I was a hobbyist photographer for buying expensive gear more than I can being a pro.
If I look at Phaseone or expensive lenses and ask myself the question "how much will it add to my bottom line" I get the answer "nothing it will reduce it". I don't have a single client willing to pay me more because of the gear I use. I think some would be happy with the iPhone if it meant getting it 5 minutes after capture.
A hobbyist can justify it because they just want it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 13:17 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)
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tfeltz: Focus needs to be tack-on to reap the full benefits of this lens. Even with a 13cm DOF, there will be a considerable drop off in sharpness with every cm towards the DOF boundaries. Extremely accurate focusing is required (tripod work, static subjects) to achieve the theoretical sharpness of this lens. It's definitely a niche product, even when not considering the price.

I think focus has to be bang on with all lenses to get the best out of them if you want a sharp picture. Even cr*p ones.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 13:10 UTC
On LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (62 comments in total)
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Hasa: Impressive for a zoom - but why would I need a 16-35mm zoom when I have a Zeiss 35mm F2 and a Sigma 15mm F2.8 FishEye and a Samyang 14mm F2.8 that all beat the canon on border and edge sharpness @ all apertures. (and taken together still cost less).
The moustache distortion?
Ahhh "a little extra work" finding a lens profile for LR - and no for pixel peepers the moustache is not completely removed - but edge sharpness is more important to me on any wide than a slight remaining distortion.
Ahh yes - no autofocus - so I will misss a shot that the pro needs to make a living - or while I am fiddling with changing lenses. Facts of life: I am getting older and my Minolta XE-1 had the fastest changing bayonet out there.

I don't know Hasa why would you? I only know why I would.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 11:18 UTC
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (145 comments in total)
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Red G8R: They should be licensed based on power and range.

Yes regulations for drones are needed. What's more they already exist. Some of the bigger ones have carbon propellers, they are like a flying mincer.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 21:29 UTC
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KAllen: Well on the default setting of Dpreview 25600 the 5D wins. Detail in highlights and retains colour and better tonal gradation. I was intending to get the Sony thinking it a step up for low light but Sony look to have thrown heavier software at the problem on first look.
Even at 6400iso the same can be seen, weak colour, no highlight detail and poor gradation, I was hoping for better from the Sony I think I'll stick with the 1Dx for low light.

Better how?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:24 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)
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vFunct: Lightroom is awful and simply not as good as Aperture. Lightroom focuses on garbage features like Lens Correction, when the features like metadata workflow is FAR more important to a professional photographer than any "lens correction" ever could be.

No client in the world has EVER cared about lens distortion & correction. They don't even NOTICE it. So why the hell does Lightroom even include that as a "feature"? They should be trying to get their metadata workflow to be as good as Aperture's.

Really, Lightroom is only for high-end amateurs and other prosumers. It really isn't a professional calibre photo tool like Aperture is.

Meanwhile, looking over the Photos demo from WWDC, it does look like it's more Aperture than iPhoto, so that is a sign of relief. Also, it looks like we'll be able to move the Aperture database over to Photos, so that probably means it has Aperture's feature set, maybe including stacks and so on... dunno... we'll see.

Getting the image to the client is 90%, they don't know about or care about lens correction, bokeh, noise or resolved lpm or other bags of nonsense . Aperture was the best DAM solution by a long way. It will get killed off and replaced with a family friendly share your pictures on twit face program.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 00:28 UTC
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Peter K Burian: Man it seems like a lot of work went into this test merely to show that a camera with ultra high ISO options is better than a camera without those options .....**IF you ever need to shoot at insanely high ISO.** Or am I misunderstanding what this is all about, Rishi?

I cannot recall *ever* needing to use an ISO higher than 6400. What the heck are people shooting at ISO 100,000? What needs are actually met by ISO 400,000+? Why not use a tripod or set the camera on something solid in night photography? (Or do people often shoot soccer/football night games at a 1/1500sec. shutter speed? How many people do so?)

(I'm sure a dozen guys will now attack me and say that they need ISO 100,000+ daily and that I know nothing about anything.)

A lot of work went into reaching this conclusion: ..So the bottom line is that the a7s is average at ISO 6400. (At more moderately high ISOs (6400 and below) ........... A7S will be similar to that of full-frame cameras of its generation.)..

I shoot night aerials a few times each year and 6400 iso good for that, I have gone to 12800 just to see what it's like. if I can shoot at night from a helicopter at 6400 iso what is that needs 100,000iso and more?
Never mind the noise where did Sony hide the colour, highlight detail and tonal gradation?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 23:33 UTC

Well on the default setting of Dpreview 25600 the 5D wins. Detail in highlights and retains colour and better tonal gradation. I was intending to get the Sony thinking it a step up for low light but Sony look to have thrown heavier software at the problem on first look.
Even at 6400iso the same can be seen, weak colour, no highlight detail and poor gradation, I was hoping for better from the Sony I think I'll stick with the 1Dx for low light.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 23:26 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)

So my 100,000 raw files will upload to iCloud. **ck you.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 22:38 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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Suntan: This just in... No photographer in the history of the internet lost out on real money by people P-shopping watermarks off of low res thumbnails already posted to the internet.

You can argue that somewhere, someone would have bought the image instead, but inside you know that's a load of poo.

-Suntan

I can name some, they have also successfully prosecuted the ones they have found, well sort of successfully. Found in their favour but no guarantee you get the money out of the thieving bar stewards.
Low res thumbnails are not the issue, you need to post at a size they can be viewed at. No one will buy from viewing a thumbnail and no one bothers to remove a watermark from a thumbnail.
I don't suppose you make a living with a camera do you..

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 17:59 UTC

The law in most countries I know of is fairly strict on what , where and when you can do with a drone. Either cheap toy or expensive Octa.
I also know of many people just looking for an excuse to report illegal flying.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 20:00 UTC as 2nd comment
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)

I have a love hate relationship with the 17-40 L I have. It does somethings well and other things really badly. Then again it's my most used lens, i look forward to an optically improved performance and IS.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 18:12 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (219 comments in total)

Paul .
Fun in the digital age, 5x4 made simple for a digital generation use to AF AE and dial in iso.
Some will make compelling art with it and enjoy the journey from concept to hanging the gelatine print.
I have a canoe, sure I've seen boats with engines that do the hard work for you, I prefer the journey in the canoe.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 19:36 UTC as 10th comment
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (219 comments in total)

The idea is older than Polaroid. The materials it's made of are probably the new twist.
LF isn't cheap, you need more than a lens and holder.
Strangely enough I got my Razzledog out today with the intension of listing it on ebay.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 21:21 UTC as 18th comment
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (219 comments in total)

It's a fun camera for those that want something different, for those that don't want to do it all with a computer.For those that think there might be more to photography than collecting hard drives full of pixels.
Not a bad idea and looks fun.
There is of course the need for a large format enlarger for the full analogue route or a scanner for the hybrid route. You will also need to add DDS and a changing bag for in the field loading.
A simple way to get into alternative printing techniques and learning about film, nothing wrong with that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 19:05 UTC as 21st comment
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