bawbaw

bawbaw

Lives in United Kingdom Wormit, United Kingdom
Works as a Con-Artist
Has a website at http://www.bawbaw.co.uk
Joined on May 4, 2004
About me:

I like taking photos, very simple. No particular speciality, if it looks good I'll take
it. If it looks bad... I'll probably take it. Varience can teach you more than
sticking to the same thing.

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On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)
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bawbaw: Commercial use in the uk requires a CAA approved pilot to verify your ability to fly and operate it. Fly it without that anyone even seeing it in the sky on a commercial job can sue you, oh and the CAA can too.

Information like this needs to be in these reviews!

I totally agree. A disclaimer in any article about drones should be there. Not having it is irresponsible journalism.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 11:08 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)

Commercial use in the uk requires a CAA approved pilot to verify your ability to fly and operate it. Fly it without that anyone even seeing it in the sky on a commercial job can sue you, oh and the CAA can too.

Information like this needs to be in these reviews!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 15:20 UTC as 66th comment | 6 replies
On Photoshop comes to Chrome OS in limited beta article (99 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: Perhaps Adobe is trialing a full cloud solution before moving it to Windows and Mac.

That is a terrifying solution as so far the creative cloud has been an absolute disaster for people who rely on the software for income.

I got barred for nearly a month as I double paid my bill and then they got hacked.

"yeah no problem I'll have that set of images back in an hour" ... "oh adobe's servers are down"

I expect to hear a lot of that on their support forums when it's commercially available.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 22:38 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (268 comments in total)
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bawbaw: I'm reading the comments here and I'd like to point out some simple points about pro range bodies.

1: Pro's understand how and when to use exposure comp as meters are never perfect... also with CMOS overexposure is less of a problem Canon is actually making up for muddy shadows pulling from bad data in underexposed areas. So complaining an algorithm is off when shooting directly into the sun is stupid.

2: Most people who buy a pro body find this interesting think called focus adjust. It means you take some time to use your expensive lens on your expensive body and match the 2 together. It's called workflow. Google can assist here.

3: Real world I have found in the market for this camera and for the actual intended use i.e sports and high speed applications is not taking pictures of miniatures backlit on a beach or pointing the camera into the sun. Real-world could replaced with " I had to post some stuff and left it on auto for a weekend"
Defeating many peoples hard work.

I've used a D3s extensively and if I didn't calibrate a lens to the body, focus could be off a lot. This was with lenses that cost 4 figures to ancient manual lenses. If I pointed it into the sun and had area focus on it would overexpose as the algorithms that Nikon started with in the 80's and have persisted always take the dominant meter exception as the point of focus and expose for that, so therefore in most of these shots the metering is bang on for the dominant features.

Finally as a long time AP reader and having seen Barney's photos in the past in the print magazine it's disappointing to see that this has been allowed to be undertaken in this state, as I vividly remember an article on manual Nikkor lenses on an 35mm F and the virtues of learning how to utilise a meter correctly. Therefore, treating a camera with guide price of £1599 as a compact and demonstrating it in this way has really put me off ever treating what was once a very reputable photo journalist with any trust.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (268 comments in total)

I'm reading the comments here and I'd like to point out some simple points about pro range bodies.

1: Pro's understand how and when to use exposure comp as meters are never perfect... also with CMOS overexposure is less of a problem Canon is actually making up for muddy shadows pulling from bad data in underexposed areas. So complaining an algorithm is off when shooting directly into the sun is stupid.

2: Most people who buy a pro body find this interesting think called focus adjust. It means you take some time to use your expensive lens on your expensive body and match the 2 together. It's called workflow. Google can assist here.

3: Real world I have found in the market for this camera and for the actual intended use i.e sports and high speed applications is not taking pictures of miniatures backlit on a beach or pointing the camera into the sun. Real-world could replaced with " I had to post some stuff and left it on auto for a weekend"
Defeating many peoples hard work.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 22:33 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies

Actually wait... Has Damien been hanging out with Ken Rockwell? As Re-reading this it would appear that realism has gone out the door again.

Yes it's expensive, but so were super zoom 35mm compacts. Pentax Nikon, Canon never complained of the exorbitant sales income from them as there is a market for them.

In the same way until digital a vast number of low level manufacturers never complained about their low cost SLR sales.

Please excuse the rage.. but realistically writing an article titled " Search engine Optimisation for the LX100 and GX7 could have been a better title, to drive on page ad revenue" could have been a more apt title for this piece.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 22:10 UTC as 145th comment

no. they have strategised 2 independent markets.

but hey we all know that journalists understand everything, never get it wrong and also understand every demographic in the world.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 22:02 UTC as 146th comment
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (58 comments in total)
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falconeyes: @DPReview team:

I believe it is a bit unfair to post every news for ZEISS high end DSLR lenses (like Otus 85/1.4) and skip the Photokina news about similiarly priced and performing lenses from another German optics specialist:

-> http://www.heise.de/foto/meldung/Exquisite-Edellinsen-Xenon-und-Makro-Symmar-von-Schneider-Kreuznach-2391495.html

- Schneider Makro-Symmar 85/2.4 for Canon and Nikon
- Schneider Xenon 35/1.6 for Canon and Nikon
- Schneider Xenon 50/1.4 for Canon and Nikon

UPDATE ...

Never mind, I just found that Schneider-Kreuznach already announced the same 3 lenses at Photokina 2012. Now again. Strange.

Ah, but the sudden upsurge in M mount sales is due to mirrorless and the Nex/A7 tribes ;)

In which case they happily mount.

Although as an M9 user myself. It's still not a portrait lens. You would hope a photography journalist knew at least that much.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 16:58 UTC
On DPReview in Cologne: We're at Photokina! article (15 comments in total)

Any reason why there is a link on the homepage to a link onto the photokina feed? Or is it better for Ad revenue ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 12:58 UTC as 9th comment
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (58 comments in total)
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falconeyes: @DPReview team:

I believe it is a bit unfair to post every news for ZEISS high end DSLR lenses (like Otus 85/1.4) and skip the Photokina news about similiarly priced and performing lenses from another German optics specialist:

-> http://www.heise.de/foto/meldung/Exquisite-Edellinsen-Xenon-und-Makro-Symmar-von-Schneider-Kreuznach-2391495.html

- Schneider Makro-Symmar 85/2.4 for Canon and Nikon
- Schneider Xenon 35/1.6 for Canon and Nikon
- Schneider Xenon 50/1.4 for Canon and Nikon

UPDATE ...

Never mind, I just found that Schneider-Kreuznach already announced the same 3 lenses at Photokina 2012. Now again. Strange.

Alas Schneider-Kreuznach doesn't capture the attention that Zeiss does in the US and UK markets. So why waste the corporate AOL account on promoting them as much as reporting a fast wide angle lens from Zeiss as a portrait lens ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 12:54 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2696 comments in total)
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Photato: Wow, I had my expectations low with Canon and was patient thinking they were working hard in fresh and innovative products. But this is disappointing I think is reasonable to say Canon golden days are over. I have the impresion they are ripe for a corporate management shake up.
Their latest products are boring and some are just late reactions to what the competition has been doing for some time.
too bad since most my gear is Canon and they have an excellent service here in the US.

Keep in mind as well the 7d isn't all about speed etc, I know pro's who invested so much in crop lenses that a move to full frame was financially not an option. These guys are aerial photographers and property photographers.

I think the issue with the sensor is it can't do everything. People have to keep that in mind with releases, otherwise sony's A7 would have been a mess with everything rolled into 1.

If you want a pure high speed stills camera you have the 1d range. If you want balls to wall perfect video the c100 and up is there. For the ultimate in high resolution crop form canon you now have the 7dmk2.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:07 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2696 comments in total)
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Photato: Wow, I had my expectations low with Canon and was patient thinking they were working hard in fresh and innovative products. But this is disappointing I think is reasonable to say Canon golden days are over. I have the impresion they are ripe for a corporate management shake up.
Their latest products are boring and some are just late reactions to what the competition has been doing for some time.
too bad since most my gear is Canon and they have an excellent service here in the US.

Canon's golden days are far from over... They just have hit a different market. You should try to find the stuff on the new Video based 4k bodies they are releasing. Between them and RED cameras there is a lot of pro's moving to high rate 4k+ capture in short bursts of RAW video for frame extraction.

It's a weird new workflow, but they are leading the way. It's just going to take time to filter down to the affordable masses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:21 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (200 comments in total)

I think this is a very clever move on their part. The cameras are aimed squarely at a medium format digital demographic. and if you look at the PR shot, this now makes the camera have the near identical grip and handling as say a hasselblad or a phase one body.

Well done sigma ;)

In terms of iso gripes, software gripes etc .. keep in mind there is a large group of photographers that use very leftside cameras already for specific work at lower ISO's. Alpa users for instance require a digital back, lens shift and uncompromised mechanical engineering. I have actually just recommended a pair of DPmerrills to an artist as her brief was detail retention and well corrected lenses above all else. With the warnings in place over handling, she saved literally £2000 over replicating that workflow and level of technical output over a nikon or canon system.

Also most sigma users know DPP is slow .. you factor it in and assume you export early on to TIFF then into an editor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:11 UTC as 4th comment

Oh I'll add to my comment below ..

90% of tripods don't have arca head attachments. The majority are manfrotto / gitzo style so again. This further pushes it to a lovely niche market. Adding in you would probably need to buy a new plate adapter / head for your tripod to see the benefit.

... "CAMS claims can withstand more than 175 pounds of weight."

YOUR LENS MOUNT CAN'T!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 15:29 UTC as 27th comment

Yay yet another very expensive strap solution.

It will only work if it was supplied with a camera from the manufacturer.

Also with a very obvious shift in the market to mirrorless small light cameras or things like the ricoh gr and x100/s it's negated as the weight factor goes.

So in effect they have managed to create the combination of half of a really right stuff plate and slingshot attachment for pro's who have a requirement for heavy telephoto lenses.

Expecting about a $100 price tag .. that would buy you a really nice all weather resistant Lowepro shoulder bag ( with a really nice big comfortable strap!) that has a top opening so you can grab your camera on a job, protect it in transit and also if you really have the requirement to hang it off your body you can use the amazingly cheap (free) strap that came with the camera, or shell out $10 for a neoprene one. Add to that $10 on a generic arca plate that is smaller and lighter.

Well done DPReview again "news" of note.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 15:27 UTC as 28th comment
On DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game article (47 comments in total)

I'm not from the US, UK actually and to be honest I can't stand the amount of press this overhyped sport gets. As many others have said watching millionaires run about faking injury isn't my cup of tea. Not to mention it's organised by a largely immoral body, Fifa. Who demanded in Brazil they changed their alcohol laws just to appease Budweiser, the sponsor. As we all know too beer and sport activities are one in the same thing.. not money! Oh yeah and the authorities have killed 12 people now in protest of what Fifa did to the country .. beautiful!

Lets have a sample of sport pictures with a theme as the summer is sporting season .. in this case it could have been team games, or ball games. Alas no.. what DPreview team did here was take a bunch of very similar looking pictures, bundle them into a front page article and tried to get some more hits due to the world cup being on. Wow! Even the curation is dull, no story, no depth and no continuity. The Advertisers are really happy now

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 16:50 UTC as 4th comment

Nikon: "Hey Sony can we have one of your new sensors"
Sony: "No, we are releasing then first in our cameras now, they are going to be something no one thought possible before"
Nikon: "Ok say 6 months?"
Sony: "Ok, just don't think you can ever get a sensor up front again though!"
Nikon: "Ok. Guys get out the guide to selling snake oil and shave some buttons off an existing body, we got us a camera release to do!"

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 11:18 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
On Sony announces pricing and availability for Alpha 7S article (131 comments in total)

My d3s was the perfect camera in terms of iso performance vs practical file sizes vs resolution. I think video aside Sony has released a very interesting and needed product here. I'm just gonna cross my fingers that the microlenses will play happy with leica m fit wide lenses and there is a new king in town! A small body that can take small lenses and shoot in lowlight, plus easily do an A3+ print.

Fingers crossed!

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 17:04 UTC as 11th comment
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (138 comments in total)

It's an unfortunate fact that history and similar projects like 3d imaging and the nimslo type imaging have fallen over to 2d with the expensive nature of printing and display of such items. Even 3d film finds it hard now to be as persuasive to the general public in all but animated features, so however good the concept is people like prints or uncomplicated viewing, which I expect is the major hurdle any light field camera needs to overcome before commercially it will successful.

Keep in mind as well that 2d flat field images now and their method of capture are incredibly good. Also the concept of a picture is to capture a moment in your perception of it, so post manipulation is also a tricky concept lytro need to work on to be made practical, rather than a toy like gimmick.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 17:48 UTC as 54th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2251 comments in total)
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bawbaw: At least Leica have been in the business long enough to know thankfully that you need good lenses to launch a system.

Sony take note A7/r needed this and still has not been delivered. Even before it's out Leica have 2 lenses ready and have 2 away to move into production at no compromise optical designs. Zeiss doesn't use IS.. that's for the same reasons. Quality of image over all else!

Price wise, yes it's high, but people who have experienced true leica products, not re-badged panasonic ones, can vouch for why that build matters. My M9 feels like it has been carved out out stone, not polycarb build that feels like the slightest drop will render it dead. My film leica's from back in the day and my R8 slr were the same. Solid, dependable and more enough to take a picture.

I'll hold out for all the tests for people using M glass before I consider anything, but if it supports the legacy stuff well. Every digital M owner will jump on this as a realistically priced option as a backup.

Nikon, Canon and Leica all make their pro bodies out of alloy.. they have done for years and it's proven that metal survives a world of pain and drops.

I've had 3 bodies made of polycarb destroyed over the years. However my nikon D3s I could hammer a nail in the wall when I needed to.

This will be built to last, as with other leica products. Keep in mind the M3 was made in 1953 and 90% or so are still in use. It's testament to those materials being right for long term survivability in everything from the home to a war zone.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 14:07 UTC
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