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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On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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Benarm: *champagne bottles popping at Adobe headquarters*

Maybe just lemonade bottles. People who like Aperture can still use it. People who don't already use Lightroom or Capture One or whatever else. So the eighteen people who will now make a protest move to Adobe won't make Adobe hugely richer...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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Esign: I find the colors very pleasing to my taste, better than the blue-grey standard of most other brands. And color is the most important feature. But the lenses could be better. I would really like to see samples shot with a top Olympus or Panasonic lens.

I can't be bothered hunting them out but I recall seeing photos here shot with the excellent Olympus 60 macro.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 07:10 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (180 comments in total)
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LarryLatchkey: The first sentence represents quite an America-centric perspective ;)

It may well have been quite true only ten years ago...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 20:14 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (180 comments in total)
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Kipplemaster: Small cameras like this should have USB charging. I believe this is the only m43 camera which does, which would be a very big selling point for me. I like DNG RAW too.

A "giant pain .. travelling with a bunch of different chargers"? I travel a lot for work and don't find that. Laptop charger, maybe one for my phone (or I charge it off the laptop but, unlike my camera, I can still use it while it's charging). For a short trip, I don't even take a camera charger, just a spare battery, though modern camera chargers are just not that big anyway. No pain involved.

Each to his own but to say a camera "should" have USB charging is very narrow! You still need your power supply and cable...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 20:13 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (180 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This might be the best Kodak branded ILC camera since the DCS-14n SLR over 12 years ago.

And that was an $8,000 camera!

It might be capable of better images than the DCS-14 series too!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 09:25 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (180 comments in total)
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forpetessake: "12-45mm f/3.5-6.3" -- really? Making such a dim lens with such a small sensor makes no sense. It's f/12.6 FF equivalent! Even the old film days P&S Olympus soap boxes were brighter. This Chinese company is nuttier than a fruitcake.

What rubbish. You would have to stop your 35mm format lens down to f12.6 to get the same depth of field but you can shoot this zoom at f6.3 quite happily, which is not anywhere near as dim as f12.6. It's perfectly usable in many situations, especially with the decent sensor and built in stabilisation. If you want faster, m4/3 provides a huge range of options, duh. That's the point of interchangeable lenses!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 09:20 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (180 comments in total)
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Kipplemaster: Small cameras like this should have USB charging. I believe this is the only m43 camera which does, which would be a very big selling point for me. I like DNG RAW too.

Wouldn't that be a giant pain? It would mean you couldn't use your camera while the battery was charging, even if you had spare batteries. No thanks! I had a Sony V3 which charged in-camera and it was quite frustrating.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 09:16 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (180 comments in total)

The sample photos would do justice to quite a few well-fancied cameras. For what is alleged to be a budget camera with kit lenses, they are surprisingly good. Nice sensor, nice processing, good glass. Go "Kodak"!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 09:14 UTC as 29th comment
On 101_0071 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

There may be quite a difference in sharpness between Nelson's knees and his hat but this is perfectly usable. For a potentially budget lens, at full stretch and wide open, it's outstanding.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 09:10 UTC as 1st comment
On 101_0281 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Not perfect right into the corners but, really, this is great if it's supposed to be a budget camera/lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 08:39 UTC as 1st comment
On 101_0313 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Wide open at 12mm? These lenses seem pretty decent.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 08:36 UTC as 1st comment
On 101_0033 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Looks like it was taken with an Olympus! Which is a compliment. The lens is not too shabby at full stretch and wide open either. Good one.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 07:36 UTC as 1st comment
On P9400027_ISO125 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

The lens is sharp but the ring-shaped highlights and double lines in the out-of-focus background look pretty harsh. It's all a compromise, I guess!

Nice pic.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 23:58 UTC as 2nd comment
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Lee Jay: This wouldn't be necessary if Apple weren't such a bunch of morons.

I still can't figure out why anyone buys anything from them. Their devices stink and their "our way or the highway" attitude is repulsive, and always has been.

Some serious ignorance here. I've got better things to do.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 05:35 UTC
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makofoto: What?! Mac's are often the choice for photographers. I've never had any problems uploading to my Macs. Macs come with Image Capture, located in the Utility Folder, under Applications that is a default downloading app.

iTunes has a command to transfer music/purchases from your iPhone/iPad etc.

Also, if you click on the "Apps" heading when your gadget is plugged in, there is an option, if you scroll down, to up/download many types of files to Apps that support it. For example, I often download gps logger files like this. It's quite simple but the biggest problem is that these things don't come with realistic instructions!

However, this gadget and the important software part of you purchase does more. It seems to allow more direct access to your files and the ability to effectively increase the available storage (though the value of that is obviously limited as it uses the only available port and hangs out like a giant wart!). If I've read this right...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 00:33 UTC
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Lee Jay: This wouldn't be necessary if Apple weren't such a bunch of morons.

I still can't figure out why anyone buys anything from them. Their devices stink and their "our way or the highway" attitude is repulsive, and always has been.

Right, so I point out that the first comment in this little sub-thread is incorrect and this becomes a story about music quality??? (Ironic that it was Apple who totally revolutionised the music industry but that's beside the point).

I've used computers since before Windows days, before DOS even. On my desk is a Mac, a very new (and beautifully made) Windows computer and a new Google Android tablet (the latter two are provided by my work). I also have an iPhone and iPod. I know which system makes life easy and which two regularly make me pretty grumpy.

For music, I have a full analogue system with high-end turntable and amp, plus reel-to-reel and cassette tapes, as well as a full digital system with CDs and iPod/iPhone. I have the choice and rarely use the analogue system.

Rant away, if you like. It just doesn't make you right.

Calling one of the world's most successful businesses "morons" doesn't exactly make you look like a genius, does it?

Moving on...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 23:30 UTC
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Lee Jay: This wouldn't be necessary if Apple weren't such a bunch of morons.

I still can't figure out why anyone buys anything from them. Their devices stink and their "our way or the highway" attitude is repulsive, and always has been.

They are anything but morons! Their "make something that just works" attitude is far from repulsive. But I guess not everyone is smart enough to understand that - luckily no one forces you to use Apple.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 20:29 UTC

Interesting use of technology but most of the subject matter is pretty dull, especially for this sort of technique. The flying birds and skateboarder are good though. You really need to suspend some sort of animation, otherwise it just looks like you've used software to spin a photo. Nice that all those phones and the Surface could communicate.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 21:13 UTC as 38th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 and E-M1 get firmware updates article (50 comments in total)
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Artpt: No luck with an updated video codec.....

To all forum members, an chance that the EM5 will be updated with this in mind?

Hopeful that Phase Detect and Contrast Detect sensors will be part of the next generation of M43 to bridge the DSLR advantage.

Very well.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 07:00 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 and E-M1 get firmware updates article (50 comments in total)
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Digitall: Nice news! Olympus please update your eye sensor for EVF to turn On when approaching the eye, and Off when the move away instantly.
And the option to choose other colors for focus peaking, Red/Yellow for example.

Anyway, any opinions before and after this update?

My EM1's eye sensor works exactly like you've asked for. Has yours got a problem?

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 07:00 UTC
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