deep7

deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a writer/photographer/ecologist
Has a website at deeppics.com
Joined on May 10, 2008
About me:

God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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deep7: As one who had a big problem with shutter shock on my first EM1 body (quickly exchanged, thanks to understanding people in the shop) and slight issues in my current body, this is good news. BUUUUUTTTTT .... I thought the camera already had this feature? What is the option in Menu C, at the bottom, for "release lag time: short"? I found it made a significant difference to the occurrence of shutter-shock but destroyed battery life. It also makes a difference to the shutter sound.

In the absence of real knowledge of what is going on, I tend to think this new option is actually what Hubertus Bigend (!?!) has suggested below, that the "0" second anti-shock is the same as the other shutter delay options but just a few milliseconds, to let the shutter-induced vibration die away, which seems brilliant to me.

Either way, this is great news because that has been the one issue which soured the camera for me. Otherwise, I am finding the EM1 an absolutely fabulous photographic tool.

Totally!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 17:16 UTC
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deep7: It's actually quite nice to see this "record" temporarily being held by one of the world's great landscape photographers and for such a fine image. He isn't just a very good photographer but is very fussy about print quality and talented at marketing (obviously!!).

Recently, this record was held by one of the blandest photographers I've ever "seen", a photoshopped image of a river bank. That was much harder to comprehend.

I should note that an internet reproduction will only ever give us a general idea of what the image looks like in the flesh. I'll bet this one is a stunner. It's a bit like seeing a real Constable painting, compared to one on a place mat or biscuit tin. No comparison at all!

No worries. Apology happily accepted!

Actually, my use of the word "pretentious" was not solely aimed at you and I apologise for not being clear about that. It was the collection of responses to my comments that brought that word so strongly to mind.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 06:15 UTC

There's a lot of comments about a "monkey" photo. There is no monkey! An orang utan is an ape, which is quite different. Great photo, nonetheless. I love most of them but the deer really caught my eye.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 23:30 UTC as 16th comment
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deep7: It's actually quite nice to see this "record" temporarily being held by one of the world's great landscape photographers and for such a fine image. He isn't just a very good photographer but is very fussy about print quality and talented at marketing (obviously!!).

Recently, this record was held by one of the blandest photographers I've ever "seen", a photoshopped image of a river bank. That was much harder to comprehend.

I should note that an internet reproduction will only ever give us a general idea of what the image looks like in the flesh. I'll bet this one is a stunner. It's a bit like seeing a real Constable painting, compared to one on a place mat or biscuit tin. No comparison at all!

Ooh, by the way, I didn't claim "that [thankfully] the market(s) prefer aesthetics over concepts". I noted that, at this moment, it has valued aesthetics over pretensions. No doubt that will change. Art appreciation is, after all, totally subjective!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 21:46 UTC
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deep7: It's actually quite nice to see this "record" temporarily being held by one of the world's great landscape photographers and for such a fine image. He isn't just a very good photographer but is very fussy about print quality and talented at marketing (obviously!!).

Recently, this record was held by one of the blandest photographers I've ever "seen", a photoshopped image of a river bank. That was much harder to comprehend.

I should note that an internet reproduction will only ever give us a general idea of what the image looks like in the flesh. I'll bet this one is a stunner. It's a bit like seeing a real Constable painting, compared to one on a place mat or biscuit tin. No comparison at all!

I was thinking, yesterday, that you, b craw, would inevitably come back with a response exactly like this. Amazing, I have never met you yet had managed to stereotype you perfectly!

Has it ever crossed your mind that your 25/15 years of seeing art from an academic standpoint has taken your perspective in a direction which makes it unable to appreciate art simply for what is presented? Your comments give an impression (hopefully no more than that!) that you are bored by anything which you feel is unoriginal or commercial. If that was the case, I would feel sorry for you, as you miss out on much of this world's beauty, as conveyed by artists.

"The market" is a term I used to encompass people who spend extravagantly on photographic images. Sorry, I assumed that was clear in the context.

Please don't think your academic perspective makes you superior, as you imply. There is no justification for that. Nevertheless, I expect you are very good at what you do and wish you well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 21:42 UTC
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deep7: It's actually quite nice to see this "record" temporarily being held by one of the world's great landscape photographers and for such a fine image. He isn't just a very good photographer but is very fussy about print quality and talented at marketing (obviously!!).

Recently, this record was held by one of the blandest photographers I've ever "seen", a photoshopped image of a river bank. That was much harder to comprehend.

I should note that an internet reproduction will only ever give us a general idea of what the image looks like in the flesh. I'll bet this one is a stunner. It's a bit like seeing a real Constable painting, compared to one on a place mat or biscuit tin. No comparison at all!

The word "pretentious" comes strongly to mind! Dear oh dear. At least the market, at this moment, values aesthetics over that, thank goodness.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 18:03 UTC

It's actually quite nice to see this "record" temporarily being held by one of the world's great landscape photographers and for such a fine image. He isn't just a very good photographer but is very fussy about print quality and talented at marketing (obviously!!).

Recently, this record was held by one of the blandest photographers I've ever "seen", a photoshopped image of a river bank. That was much harder to comprehend.

I should note that an internet reproduction will only ever give us a general idea of what the image looks like in the flesh. I'll bet this one is a stunner. It's a bit like seeing a real Constable painting, compared to one on a place mat or biscuit tin. No comparison at all!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 18:04 UTC as 79th comment | 12 replies
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doctor digi: "We have reached out to Metz"

No, you didn't. You emailed or rang them and asked them to comment. They aren't living in a tree. They aren't painted on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

Gee - am I getting sick of this phrase...

I wouldn't normally get side-tracked because a journalist used an odd phrase (heck, I'd never get any sleep if I did!) but this time it was a bizarre use of a phrase which, both literally and colloquially, means something quite different to what was intended. Go the mockers! Just don't get personal...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 19:15 UTC
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white shadow: Let's hope someone can salvage the photographic lighting business and keep it going. There is still hope this division will survive provided they can develop some new flash to cater for the mirrorless market like Panasonic and Sony.

For a start, make a better third party flash for the Lumix LX100. Unfortunately, for now, they are in no position to do that.

You're missing something. There are already German-made, high quality, Metz flash units for m4/3. They exist and are readily available!

I had and loved my 58AF1 and recently bought and currently use a brand new and quite wonderful 44AF1.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
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white shadow: Let's hope someone can salvage the photographic lighting business and keep it going. There is still hope this division will survive provided they can develop some new flash to cater for the mirrorless market like Panasonic and Sony.

For a start, make a better third party flash for the Lumix LX100. Unfortunately, for now, they are in no position to do that.

Metz already makes flash unit for 4/3 and m4/3. I've had two and they were/are excellent. I'd be surprised if they didn't work on the LX100.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 19:45 UTC
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Sad Joe: This sounds very clever - but does it work ? And will others follow their lead? It seems almost too good to be true.

I believe it's only the A7r that had the shutter problem, not the A7, though I could stand corrected. Certainly, when I tried them out, there was no shake in any of my test pictures. Or was there?! Maybe I could look again...

The thing that did amaze me at the time was that I paid more for the EM1/12-40 combination than I would have for the (lighter!!) A7/28-70 combination, even though I loved the feel of the Sony and the 24MP sensor is fabulous. Just the lens range really and I know the decision was the right one.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 21:36 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)
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Digitall: People will buy this $1.800 APS-C camera body instead Nikon 610 Full Frame, just because 4FPS of difference!?
Only if it is for those who already have the Canon system and want to break out their money.
...I'm just reading...

Yuk.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 16:54 UTC
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bull detector: I don't think full frame is the alpha and omega of cameras. This is a great buy and give you the crop factor with quality!!!

You only have to pop the Phase One IQ180 into the comparison to see the truth of that. The so-called "full frame" and APSC and even m4/3 differences are quite minor by comparison.

So, for far less money than the top end 35mm sensor cameras, you get quite a lot with this 7D2.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 23:45 UTC
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Digitall: People will buy this $1.800 APS-C camera body instead Nikon 610 Full Frame, just because 4FPS of difference!?
Only if it is for those who already have the Canon system and want to break out their money.
...I'm just reading...

You're kidding, right? Completely different tools for different jobs. Though you would struggle to see the difference in image quality in the vast majority of scenarios, if that's what you meant?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 23:42 UTC
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JKP: Maybe next version will have narrower bezel. Top and bottom are quite wide. I would rather see those areas occupied by a larger screen.

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro supplied as a work computer. Though I have been a keen Apple user for many years, I have to say the tablet/desktop experience of using the Surface has been quite a revelation. I wouldn't even dream of getting an iPad now! (Yes, I fully acknowledge that there are many, many people completely happy with the iPad in its various forms.)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
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Danny: If you think the iPad mini is a shame.. the new Mac Mini's are a bummer too, they seem to have removed the quadcores and replaced it with dual cores....!

2012 model: Apple Mac mini Core i7 2.6 Quad Core
New 2014 model: 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

2012 model: 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
New 2014 model: (highest upgrade option) 3,0-GHz dual-Core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost tot 3,5 GHz)

C'mon!!!

I had been thinking about one. Now I see if I go for top specs, using a fusion drive, I lose two cores, a firewire port (but can buy an adaptor) and have to pay quite a lot more. Not ideal.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 21:38 UTC
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Zeisschen: My observations:

- Sharpness on pixel level is very bad, actually it's incredibly soft. I hope I can't blame the lens as a Canon lens at F8-F10 should be sharp! Other reviews suggest that's due to the stronger anti aliasing filter compared to 7DmkI that shall give less moiré in videos.

- The dynamic range, even at ISO 100, is really bad. Even my now 3 years old Sony NEX-7 wipes the floor with this sensor looking at the amount of contrast and color I can pull out of shadows without getting noise at ISO 100. There is no banding visible like on the 7DmkI, but that's proabably just due to a better processing.

My conclusions:

- 7DmkII has very old and outdated sensor tech with some improved processing power inside. It's made to be a fast camera with very fast AF for action and sports shooters. For them this camera will be just fine and certainly do the job.

- More picture quality demenading photography like Portrait, Landscape and Macro should be done with better sensored cameras.

You do read some ridiculous statements here. Pixel level sharpness is very good. Dpreview never over-sharpen their samples but download one of the raw conversions and sharpen a little in any programme and you will see how wrong Zeisschen is. As for dynamic range, well, anyone can see it is very good. One or two photos here actually push that hard with great results.

Seems a much better sensor than that noisy NEX7 one referred to above, for sure!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 07:22 UTC
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)
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MicekyVee: Your shooting style and preferences should dictate the sensor size you are using. Currently, I love my V3 with lens equivalents ranging from 18-800mm. It's my walk around camera and given I'm pretty much processing for a computer/TV/iPad screen, it's more than enough.
For low light walk around and family pics, it's the G1X MkII.
Now, if I were to take a photo vacation to the Grand Canyon or any the major National Parks in the US, it would be full frame all the way as I would be shooting to hang something on my wall. It's about the right tool for the job.
YMMV.

You can make large, detailed, stunning prints from 4/3 files!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 05:16 UTC
On 27_ISO200_P1000164 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (12 comments in total)

I'd love to see a version processed from a RAW file...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 19:11 UTC as 4th comment
On 28_ISO200_P1000166 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

Excellent subject choice for a camera/lens test! Lots of dynamic range in the scene, lots of depth and centre to edge detail. Very helpful, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 19:07 UTC as 4th comment
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