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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ThatCamFan: "Hey we screwed up by making a bad camera, so we made adapters to pretend we made a better one."

"ThatCamFan" starts with an ignorant statement and continues in the same vein. A DSLR lens with that amount of zoom that is brighter?? No such thing. There are plenty of images available on the net showing how sharp the Stylus One is. Try Robin Wong's blog for example.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 17:42 UTC
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ThatCamFan: "Hey we screwed up by making a bad camera, so we made adapters to pretend we made a better one."

What an amazingly ignorant statement!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 19:11 UTC
On Tamron15-ISO-1000-113mm-ACR photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Interesting that the in-camera processing deals with the purple fringing but ACR doesn't automatically do that.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 19:31 UTC as 2nd comment
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1272 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: Much ado about nothing IMO. It's really pretty simple....
Full frame will ultimately give you better image quality.
A) Can you afford it
B) Are you a good enough photographer to exploit the quality afforded by larger format cameras.

The end.

nerd2: "Then you should have chosen Nikon CX system that has native 70-300 VR lens (910mm equivalent) and excellent af."

I considered your point but I really don't like the image quality that system puts out, nor the lenses. It pushes the compromises too far for me but I acknowledge there would be many cases in which it would be absolutely adequate.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 20:38 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1272 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: Much ado about nothing IMO. It's really pretty simple....
Full frame will ultimately give you better image quality.
A) Can you afford it
B) Are you a good enough photographer to exploit the quality afforded by larger format cameras.

The end.

This time last year I was tossing up between a so-called "full frame" system and a micro four thirds system (to replace an APS-C system). I chose to go with m4/3, even though the body and zoom lens combination was both heavier and more expensive! It was absolutely the right decision and I have never regretted it for a second.

My reasoning was that quite a bit of my photography requires me carrying a long-as-possible lens alongside my work gear. Very easy with m4/3 and barely possible with the other system.

If I was after ultimate image quality, why stop at 35mm? It's all a compromise.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:55 UTC
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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 17th 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 85th 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 (2702 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
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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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
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 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...

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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