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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On Connect post Huawei clarifies Leica-involvement in P9 camera design (52 comments in total)
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deep7: That augers well for image quality. The reviews will be interesting. (Not that I would personally get an Android phone but many people get on with Android just fine.)

""most people get on with Android just fine."

Fixed."

Not at all. Smart Alec.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 06:40 UTC
On Connect post Huawei clarifies Leica-involvement in P9 camera design (52 comments in total)

That augers well for image quality. The reviews will be interesting. (Not that I would personally get an Android phone but many people get on with Android just fine.)

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 19:43 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On Connect post Huawei launches P9 and P9 Plus with Leica dual-camera (80 comments in total)
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BigOne: Chinese crap at least used to be cheap. Not anymore.

Everything is international these days, with components from several countries often installed in high tech items. Like many countries in the past, China has very different assembly standards, depending on the relationship with the main client and the intended use. I have Chinese things which are superb quality and other things which are quite poor. That's why I responded to the incorrect and aggressive statement made earlier.

The problem with "crap" comes from the very strong market force exerted by a very influential part of society, which craves "new"/gimmickry/gadgetry and rates it over real build quality/durability/craftsmanship when valuing potential purposes. It's got nothing at all to do with "made in" or "assembled in" and everything to do with providing the most perceived capability, at the lowest build cost that the manufacturer can get away with.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 05:55 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (259 comments in total)

I recently went through hours of footage I took a few years ago while on a fairly adventurous holiday. It was great but technically limited. With a camera like this, I could have made a saleable film. Sure, I could do that with many other cameras but, for the price, this looks like a real easy, manageable proposition.

I'm assuming the sensor resolution was chosen to allow direct pixel to pixel video? I appreciate that and consider 12MP totally adequate for stills, though that video-orientated AA filter pushes things (reminiscent of using my old Olympus E3 - which still made me some money!). I do wonder why there is no RAW option because that is the obvious limiting factor as a "hybrid". However, the nice highlight roll-off goes a long way to compensating for that.

An interesting camera I'd consider for the next big adventure.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 21:12 UTC as 52nd comment
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (259 comments in total)
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Intermittentoverexposure: How the h3ll can dpreview give it an 80%? That's utter nonsense. Pretty much EVERY respected review site trashed this. It was named worst camera of the year on several.

Read the review and you will see why. The score is justified by what the reviewer found.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 20:39 UTC
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PhotoRotterdam: Digital medium format is really stepping into a new age. Very nice product by its description, looking forward to the detailed reviews (an photos!) that no doubt will appear.
Unfortunately way out of what I ever would allow myself to spend on photographic gear, but I understand the appeal of this for people who make a living out of photography.

Fingers crossed for Fuji to enter this market segment again.

Ta, I had to head out and didn't have time to double check.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 00:29 UTC
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PhotoRotterdam: Digital medium format is really stepping into a new age. Very nice product by its description, looking forward to the detailed reviews (an photos!) that no doubt will appear.
Unfortunately way out of what I ever would allow myself to spend on photographic gear, but I understand the appeal of this for people who make a living out of photography.

Fingers crossed for Fuji to enter this market segment again.

I'm pretty sure Fuji are involved already - don't they make at least some of the lenses for this system?

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 19:57 UTC
On Connect post Huawei launches P9 and P9 Plus with Leica dual-camera (80 comments in total)
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TheDarmok74: Kudos to Huawei for what they have achieved in relatively little time.
They now release 2 high-end models a year like Apple or Samsung.
BUT no OIS in a high-end device? Even with better light sensitivity, I cannot imagine that I'd want to pass on OIS. I've been uising it since the Nexus 5 and it works really great on that phone and now on the Samsung S6 too.

They have been making phones longer than Apple. We used to have ~ 2004 vintage "smart" phones made by them and they were rock solid. Not that the Windows mobile operating system was any fun to use!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 19:37 UTC
On Connect post Huawei launches P9 and P9 Plus with Leica dual-camera (80 comments in total)
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BigOne: Chinese crap at least used to be cheap. Not anymore.

Though it's also less crap than it was. Even iPhones are Chinese...

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 19:34 UTC
On article Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples (278 comments in total)
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Michael Uschold: This is great low light performance, however the ISO numbers are painful to make any sense of.

POP QUIZ: How may stops bigger than ISO 102000 is ISO 3,280,000?

You have to keep count of how many times you have to multiply the smaller number by 2 till you get the larger number. This is what log scales are for, and we already have one, we just have to start using it. For example, 100 speed is written as ISO 100/21°, One stop faster is written ISO 200/24°. It goes up by 3 for each doubling in speed.

So for the above quiz, the math is much easier if the speeds are written as ISO 102000/51° and ISO 3,280,000/66°. SUbtract 51 from 66 to get 15, and divide by 3 to get 5 stops. Viola.

And you dont have to do any math at all to get an intuitive grasp of the number. With the super high numbers, it is easy to get the number of 0s wrong.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_speed#DIN.

Ironically, though the ISO system is used in theory, everyone but everyone only gives the ASA component! ISO combined ASA and DIN, as stated above (e.g. 100/21; 200/24). I don't know why manufacturers don't just say what they mean and call it ASA.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 01:43 UTC
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curiosifly: just interested in knowing that, between the Panasonic FZ1000, Nikon DL 25-500 and this sony rx10 iii, which one would everyone choose and why? I guess it will depends a lot on whether one shoots mainly still or video?

Rubbish. Not everyone shoots action all the time and those who do use something else anyway. I haven't checked the specs but I'd expect a decent weight difference. One of the big advantages of an "all-in-one" is to shed weight. This isn't necessarily a market for "big boys".

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
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curiosifly: just interested in knowing that, between the Panasonic FZ1000, Nikon DL 25-500 and this sony rx10 iii, which one would everyone choose and why? I guess it will depends a lot on whether one shoots mainly still or video?

Or a G3X with clip-on viewfinder...

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 19:31 UTC
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Peiasdf: At what zoom range would atmospheric haze/distortion begin to affect IQ assuming very clear day with unlimited visibility.

The longest lens I have is a 350mm eqv. on m4/3 but from DPReview's shootout of superzooms, it seems superzooms at full zoom all have bad distortion.

It's not the focal length, it's the distance. It's just that a longer lens magnifies the effect of atmospheric haze more. However, atmospheric haze is irrelevant if you aren't shooting at great distance.

Weather conditions hugely affect this haze. Shooting a lion in Africa in the middle of the day, you'll have that sort of distortion quite easily, even with your 350mm lens (if the lion is some distance away, not right next to you!). Shooting a bird in a forest with a 800 mm lens, you won't have that trouble at all.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 19:30 UTC
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FastGlassLover: Speed and reliability are not what landscape photgraphers yearn for, they will continue enjoying the D810/D750. Anyone who mistakes a camera's, such as the D5, lack in DR as a weakness is either naive, not a professional sports/journalistic photographer, or just a plain tech dork

I don't want a D5 personally, but to it is still an extremely capable machine.

I'm pretty sure landscape photographers want reliability! Luckily, very few recent cameras don't have that.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 19:04 UTC
On Connect post iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)

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Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 18:39 UTC as 3rd comment
On Connect post iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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maximme: once the phone is in your hands
you will be asking
NOW, what's the new thing i can do with it
that I can't do with the old 4S ?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I haven't heard about it. How does that help us 4S users?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 18:38 UTC

The headline certainly grabbed my attention and the comments below, as always, are a mixture of amusing and annoying. I'm wondering, who knows more about what they're purposefully designing, Nikon or dpreview staff/readers?

The whole dynamic range issue has gone haywire since all larger-framed cameras started to produce enough dynamic range for most people in most situations, so measurement got changed here by moving to subjectively examining shadow recovery (how much noise is too much? = subjective), while highlight range and quality of recovery is no longer reported on.

What really matters is how this camera shapes up against its only true competition, the Canon D1X2. Interestingly, Canon seem to have moved their sensor design in the opposite direction. I bet, however, that both will be ballistically capable where it matters!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 01:52 UTC as 146th comment | 1 reply
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vFunct: This should be obvious. When I first saw the ISO range, I knew it wasn't going to be ISO invariant.

You're not going to get ISO invariance with a sensor that can do 3.2 million ISO. The sensor's electron well depth has to be larger than the base ISO range for ISO invariance. The well in a modern camera only has about 100,000 electron capacity. And you have to have a perfect readout to even get that range.

Absolutely!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 01:38 UTC
On Connect post iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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maximme: once the phone is in your hands
you will be asking
NOW, what's the new thing i can do with it
that I can't do with the old 4S ?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I was so annoyed with iOS7 I chose to move to iOS8. It actually brought a useful feature (I can text from my computer) but made the phone noticeably slower again. No amount of playing with settings or "Googling" could fix that. I also find I now have insufficient RAM often, unheard of with iOS5.

If you say you have "no issues" using the current OS, you don't do much with your phone or never had it's native OS.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 03:17 UTC
On Connect post iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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maximme: once the phone is in your hands
you will be asking
NOW, what's the new thing i can do with it
that I can't do with the old 4S ?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I went from iOS5 to iOS7 and immediately many, many things I did required two taps where one worked before. Plain irritating and very much like using Android - a giant step back. It also started automatically downloading "updates" and jamming both my storage and my internet (these are very, very big downloads which take hours, they're not remotely trivial and I absolutely did not ask for them). I have found a way to stop that but it has cost much time and a little money. Then I had to go through the menus, turning off all sorts of things which slowed the phone or used up lots of battery power, which never happened on iOS5. Plus it was a little slower. That's all ignoring the child-like, "flatter" graphics which replaced the mature graphics it had before.

Cont'd...

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 03:17 UTC
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