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 article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Serif's Photoplus has nested layers and non-destructive adjustment layers, An absolute dream for very little money. Except.....

They evidently didn't 'eat their own dog food', the microsoft programming principle, becaue it has been consistent in long standing, significant bugs across versions of more than a decade, plus crazy limits on parameters to the controls that only made sense when pics were a maximum of 4MP. And let's not forget the batch processing that was utterly brain-dead.

The program was unusable for anything more serious than a bit of touching up.

Even though I hate to leave the nested layers and non-destructive adjustment layers (I was raised on photoshop), I've ended up using Gimp.

So sad.

What "Bond" is saying is just not relevant to Affinity Photo, which I have used for a while and love.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 01:02 UTC
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deep7: Any thoughts how that compares to the Olympus ZD 35-100/2? I guess the two are similar in ambition.

oopsibrokeit: That's your opinion and you're welcome to it. It's of no relevance here, nor to my question. I'm not sure if you have a genuine bias or are just ignorant about various aspects of the photo industry (I suspect the latter, due to your use of the word "ridiculously", in that context) but I'll leave you to it.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 09:21 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (263 comments in total)
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noflashplease: I'd wait for Sigma to release the 85mm F/1.4 ART. You can be certain that it will be cheaper, sharper and will work well with the upcoming Sigma E-mount adapters.

Your certainty may be optimistic!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 18:46 UTC
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deep7: Any thoughts how that compares to the Olympus ZD 35-100/2? I guess the two are similar in ambition.

oopsibrokeit: The Zuiko is an f2 lens with a decent range and top build quality. It's an appropriate weight and price for such a specialist, low volume lens. It set a benchmark for fast zooms designed for small formats, which is why I asked how the Sigma compares. You provided no useful information!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 18:39 UTC

Any thoughts how that compares to the Olympus ZD 35-100/2? I guess the two are similar in ambition.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 01:49 UTC as 60th comment | 8 replies

Vastly better than I expected! Well done, Panasonic.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 08:42 UTC as 12th comment
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can someone remind me - just HOW big is a "1 inch" sensor? I know it is anything _but_ 25.4mm diagonal.

PLEASE can we start coming up with a STANDARD way of measuring sensor sizes that does NOT keep harking back to ancient vacuum tubes?

Brian

According to Edgar above, 7.66mm.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 20:17 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can someone remind me - just HOW big is a "1 inch" sensor? I know it is anything _but_ 25.4mm diagonal.

PLEASE can we start coming up with a STANDARD way of measuring sensor sizes that does NOT keep harking back to ancient vacuum tubes?

Brian

Giving a measurement unit is the best way to indicate the size of something!

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 19:26 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can someone remind me - just HOW big is a "1 inch" sensor? I know it is anything _but_ 25.4mm diagonal.

PLEASE can we start coming up with a STANDARD way of measuring sensor sizes that does NOT keep harking back to ancient vacuum tubes?

Brian

Thanks Edgar. Sensor diagonal is by far the simplest and most useful system. It separates out different formats very cleanly and doesn't pay homage to any particular size (it's neutral). Further, area based systems end up going logarithmic and that's harder to get your head around, even if the absolute area is so relevant.

I'd love to get away from that silly "full frame" nonsense...

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 06:03 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can someone remind me - just HOW big is a "1 inch" sensor? I know it is anything _but_ 25.4mm diagonal.

PLEASE can we start coming up with a STANDARD way of measuring sensor sizes that does NOT keep harking back to ancient vacuum tubes?

Brian

Jeff Keller/Richard Butler: the power is in your hands! Start using something sensible and see if it takes off. It certainly would with your readership. I wouldn't worry about a format looking a little clunky. We are used to that with photography. "6x4.5mm" is super easy to visualise and not hard to write. Likewise, "27 square mm" is simple enough but actually a bit harder to visualise. Or just use the diagonal linear measurement, e.g. "8mm diagonal". That would be so easy.

Do it! Go on, I dare you...

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 00:06 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Caerolle: I have no use for these kinds of cameras, but I love that the name 'DL' makes me snicker every time I see it.

So unhelpful!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 23:48 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)

I really like this article, as it goes nicely through the dilemmas facing buyers, using a particular "case study". I just have to assume "purse" is American for handbag, otherwise your mum would be in deep trouble!

I've also been camera shopping for my mum. She always carries two compacts, both with a long zoom range but the Canon goes wider and the Kodak goes longer. The quality of prints she ends up with, even large ones, always amazes me, though she is primarily a daylight photographer. A bigger sensor would just waste space and weight for her.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 19:26 UTC as 87th comment
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Caerolle: I have no use for these kinds of cameras, but I love that the name 'DL' makes me snicker every time I see it.

Are you going to explain? And do you really snicker, or do you actually snigger, like old white dudes and other normal people do?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 19:17 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1095 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Looks like a solid little camera to me.

I'm impressed how far contrast detect AF has come, no doubt helped by high sensor refresh rates and processing power. It certainly seems as good as my Canon 60D with the focus point kept over the subject. The 60d is just as inept at tracking objects around the frame, it doesn't illuminate AF points to give you a clue as to which AF point is being used when you don't use single point AF which makes it next to useless in that regard so while the Pen F may not be world class it's certainly as good as a few generations old DSLR but with better face detect and object recognition which isn't bad for a purely contrast detect system.

Interesting. I went from a Canon 60D to an Olympus EM1 and a large part of that choice was the inability of the 60D to pick out a small object from a cluttered background, as it had a large focus point which you couldn't alter. The EM1, even just using contrast detect, is vastly better in that regard and I assume the PenF would be the same.

My previous E3 was almost mystical in its ability to focus precisely where I wanted in the blink of an eye - the EM1 is good but not as good.

I did like the 60D though! An excellent all-round tool.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 23:58 UTC
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biza43: It sure looks to be built like a tank. But it does not help in understanding why the lens is so big:)

Lots of elements, many quite big, a complex focus track, at least two motors, big image circle, telecentric design. It's not so big for what it is. It's not like it's full of hollow space!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 23:48 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1095 comments in total)
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Vlad S: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympus-pen-f/11

So, what IS the RAW dynamic range? There used to be simple graphs that showed how many stops of dynamic range the files could record, in RAW format and in JPEG in different settings. They were easy to compare between different cameras.

How many EVs is this camera's dynamic range? How do the tonal curves compare? What is the highlight roll off like? How much DR do we sacrifice at higher ISO to the lower noise?

Which is fine, because a lot of people use those algorithms!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 23:17 UTC
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art99: Does the world need another aps size sensor ?
Cannot Foveon make a real FF sensor with exceptional low light performance ? Like a sd quattro FF.

To those who say that a bigger sensor has advantages, of course I agree - but why stop at the arbitrary 35mm size? Go even bigger, get a Leica S or larger format Pentax.

Personally, I like a smaller sensor for the advantages it gives to the system overall. If I had a larger system I would rarely have it with me. Each to his or her own.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 20:50 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1095 comments in total)
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Vlad S: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympus-pen-f/11

So, what IS the RAW dynamic range? There used to be simple graphs that showed how many stops of dynamic range the files could record, in RAW format and in JPEG in different settings. They were easy to compare between different cameras.

How many EVs is this camera's dynamic range? How do the tonal curves compare? What is the highlight roll off like? How much DR do we sacrifice at higher ISO to the lower noise?

Richard: I must be going senile, because I remember you had a bit where you looked at how much highlight recovery was possible from RAW and, in some cases, which colour channels clipped first. I'll send a message as you suggest.

badi: The DXO numbers bear so little resemblance to real world experience that I never even look at them.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 20:26 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1095 comments in total)
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deep7: Thanks for the review. However, I am stumped as to why you'd consider this a prime-lens-only camera? Personally, I find this style better with a long lens than the faux SLR style of my EM1 as it's easier to balance with the viewfinder in the corner. Even when I used my EP1 (no usable viewfinder) with 4/3 lenses, such as the 50-200 zoom, I found the shape very easy to manage.

The whole issue of balance is just that, balance. Hold the camera in a balanced way, left hand taking the weight and right hand driving the main controls. If I don't have to hold the body away from my big hooter, it's just going to be easier!

I guess it's a subjective thing but saying "prime only" is a bit extreme!

By the way, I love the innovative images that go along with the commentary. Great!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 04:27 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1095 comments in total)

Thanks for the review. However, I am stumped as to why you'd consider this a prime-lens-only camera? Personally, I find this style better with a long lens than the faux SLR style of my EM1 as it's easier to balance with the viewfinder in the corner. Even when I used my EP1 (no usable viewfinder) with 4/3 lenses, such as the 50-200 zoom, I found the shape very easy to manage.

The whole issue of balance is just that, balance. Hold the camera in a balanced way, left hand taking the weight and right hand driving the main controls. If I don't have to hold the body away from my big hooter, it's just going to be easier!

I guess it's a subjective thing but saying "prime only" is a bit extreme!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 04:27 UTC as 75th comment | 3 replies
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