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 LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (61 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 (141 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 (424 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 11th comment | 4 replies
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 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 22nd 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 (367 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
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (796 comments in total)

GPS or lack of is stopping me on this. I've done the software add data thing in post and it's hit and miss for what I do.
Having gps position and height is a good plus for me and much better when added at the taking stage.
Still a possibility for my Canon L lenses when pixel count matters.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 10:54 UTC as 38th comment
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koolbreez: Don't overlook the term "net revenue". Getty currently takes 70% from its photographers. Couple this with a 50% split after that by EyeEm supplying them, just as a photographer would, and the net revenue gets pretty small.

There are much better avenues out there to sell images through. Getty is banking on a contributor accepting pennies on the dollar, rather than a perceived nothing because they don't know the other higher revenue selling outlets.

For news images, and owned by Corbis Imaging, the other giant in the stock market, is Demotix. When an image is sold by them, Corbis doesn't take a cut off the top, the contributor gets an actual 50% split.

and history shows us their is no shortage of idiots willing to accept pennies on the dollar with a blissful smile of ignorance and well done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 10:10 UTC
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Peter K Burian: Let's face it; the ability to make any meaningful income from stock photography is gone. The 500px deal is a fabulous opportunity **by comparison** http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/03/08/500px-prime-goes-live-photographers-now-get-70-not-30?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_1

500px is not a good deal for photographers -- by conventional standards (of the past) -- but today, it's something that tens of thousands of shooters will probably go for.

I do make a meaningful income from stock sales. I have quit all stock agencies and just sell through my Photodeck site. Alamy Getty iStock and all the others can stick their contracts, scams and all their other ripoff BS ideas where the Sun don't shine.
Honestly guys you keep feeding them for free the more they come back with their hard luck stories wanting more cheaper. Just don't play with them. it's your ball take it home.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 19:31 UTC

You will not need to go a D800 to ask that question.
I don't own MF digital but I would if I could despite all the comparisons people make with the D800 etc. It's not all about the number of blades of grass you can record But I can't justify it.
I wouldn't go the Hassy route all the same, the 1/800th of a second top speed kills it for my needs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 18:19 UTC as 24th comment | 8 replies
On Sony Xperia Z2 records 4K video post (18 comments in total)
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Carnivore99: Looks nicer than the Samsung GS5. I'd rather have a better camera & lens than a fingerprint reader and heart rate monitor. Plus I'm a Samsung owner now and I'm really tired of the cheap plastic shell, that's the one thing that has made me envious of the iPhone. The glass and aluminum casing on this one put it into Apple's league as to looking and feeling like a high quality product.

Is the battery removable?

Also, does Sony have a good history of providing Android updates or do they tend to strand you with what it came with?

That's why my Wife turned from a Galaxy to iPhone. The Samsung feels like junk. Fingerprint activation is brilliant by the way, so it's worth having on any phone.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 19:17 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1052 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: I am still a loyal customer of Nikon. But this uninspiring D4s confirms my move. Step by step I get rid of those old world huge cameras. They seem to me like dinosaurs from the past.

I do not want to bash because I believe in Nikon’s excellent sensors’ computer code and ergonomics. I also had the Canon FF cameras with L-lenses. I sold them at very good prices some time ago. I questioned more and more to hike in the mountains with those “tons” of black cases with a huge backpack limiting moves and fun.

Now I still got the D5200 – pros will smile – and mirrorless; and wait for the next generation of cellphone/integrated cameras to migrate to. It’s like with the stock markets. Buy early and sell into the last waves.

In a couple of years, no one can imagine that we took photos with those huge, heavy, and strange looking cameras.

Sometimes it is decision point to liberate. Less load is more joy. More joy and dedication produce better pictures.

What's with the obsession these days with a camera has to fit in a pocket or be tiny.
It's not designed to be lightweight, it's a heavy weight in design and features and bulk. It's not for you if your idea of photography is walking about with a camera snapping anything in view.
Use your phone for that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sigma DP2 Quattro article (256 comments in total)

I fail to see why this camera is anymore difficult to pick up than any other camera ever made.. I wonder what the comments on a Hasselblad would of been like at launch if DPReview had been around.
I've been tempted with the little Sigmas before, workflow just kills it for me. If this is decently quick to use and "Foveon images" we have come to expect in image quality, I for one will give it a go.
Great little system, 3 cameras with a dedicated lens. If only it had compatibility with 3rd party raw converters. I bet that puts more people off buying than speed or shape.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 14:08 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
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