wilsonlaidlaw

wilsonlaidlaw

Lives in United Kingdom Lewes, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Jan 1, 2009

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Well I suppose once you have fitted the rotating gold plated hub caps on your Rolls Royce Phantom, the Hasselblad Lusso would be just the thing to take your selfies with, standing in front of it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 18:11 UTC as 76th comment
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wilsonlaidlaw: A stunning bit of arrogance on Apple's behalf (not something they have ever been short of) not to continue to allow us to edit in a different application. I have used Photoshop since 1999 and intend to continue to do so, for editing of photos. I think I am going dump Photos and use the library function of either Bridge or Capture One. Now to find a utility that will export all the photos as events to folders for Bridge.

Wilson

I can always go back to my original DNG/RAW, if I make a total mess of my edits. If it is an important job, I will edit a 16bit TIFF in Photoshop, as the edits are non-destructive and you can step backwards perfectly in history.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 18:58 UTC

As a Leica user for well over 50 years, I think they have made an aesthetic error on this camera. To my eyes, the very prominent screw in the middle of the top cover is hideous. It covers the port, behind which lies the vertical alignment adjustment for the rangefinder. In most Leicas for the last 30+ years it has been hidden behind a Leica badge, usually red. I can understand why they did not use a red badge but surely a black and gunmetal grey badge would have been better than the screwhead.

I know the theory behind the better grey levels and definition you get with this camera but looking at some of my photographs with the M240, printed to A2 size in black and white using Hahnemuhle Baryta Silk paper on an Epson Stylus Pro 3888, I struggle to see how they would be significantly better with the M246. I think you would have to be pixel peeping with a magnifying glass to see it.

Wilson

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 15:10 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies

Why would you want to be using the useless app of Photos anyway if you are using a Monochrome. I cannot believe what a dreadful app Photos is. Talk about amateur night at the digital photographers ball! I have gone back to using iPhoto and Adobe Bridge.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 17:59 UTC as 59th comment

A stunning bit of arrogance on Apple's behalf (not something they have ever been short of) not to continue to allow us to edit in a different application. I have used Photoshop since 1999 and intend to continue to do so, for editing of photos. I think I am going dump Photos and use the library function of either Bridge or Capture One. Now to find a utility that will export all the photos as events to folders for Bridge.

Wilson

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 18:22 UTC as 157th comment | 4 replies

I was in Taiwan recently for a three week holiday. It seemed to me that the majority of camera using tourists from Taiwan and Japan were using CSC's, whereas the majority of mainland Chinese tourists (it is very easy to spot the difference from dress styles) were using P&S or entry level DSLR's. The inference I would make from this is that in the far east, CSC's are perceived as being more fashionable or modern than DSLR's.

I wonder if APS C sensor compact system cameras end up too big and Canon might have been better with a MFT or Nikon 1 sized sensor. For many far eastern women especially, DSLR's and big CSC's can be too big for comfortable use. I was surprised how many Nikon 1's I saw in use, mainly by women, so I would surmise that size was an important factor in their choice.

The styling of the M3 could not be more bland and boring. When Canon has such a great history, you would have thought they could have mined a bit more inspiration from that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 11:55 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply

Ouch I've just hit my thumb with a hammer. Okay so I will do it again to see what it feels like the second time. Just how dim are the managers at Hasselblad?

Wilson

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 13:09 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply

I hope the idiot who came up with the ridiculous idea of tarting up mid range cameras and selling them at premium plus prices, is now looking for fresh employment. Leica's reworking of Panasonics and selling them at a 50 % mark up is one thing but trying to sell a Sony at 400% of its original price is ludicrous and was never going to fly. This sort of madcap scheme, can endanger the original company.

Wilson

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 09:38 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply

Might suit a “light” RAW user with access to fast broadband but not suitable for heavy RAW user with slower broadband. I much prefer storing my images on my own multiple RAID drives, stored in different locations, than on some third party cloud system. I also agree with ZAnton, a typical photo trip for me would result in around 30 to 40 GB of images from various Leica M cameras, so storage in the cloud would work out expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:39 UTC as 5th comment
On 1939: England in Color (part 3) article (90 comments in total)

Many thanks for posting yet another lovely nostalgic set of photos.

Wilson

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 17:31 UTC as 7th comment
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (499 comments in total)
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gmke: Does anybody remember Kodachrome 25? It was a very slow film that, given a decent camera, produced smooth, sharp slides, with great dynamic range. That's ISO 25 folks. The reason we all craved fast lenses was so we could use un-speckled films with greater freedom. That's the point, wide latitude to shoot. It's why we badmouth the odd camera--it takes away our freedom. On an entry level SLR, f1.8 was not thought special on the primes that were more popular than zooms. f1.4 was where cool began. So here we are, electronic sensors that take us out to ISO 1600 without much noise, and a step more with heavier noise reduction that steals a bit of detail. Typical kit zooms nowadays all start at f3.5. Yeesh. That is two stops slower than f1.8 but compensated for by the depth of the ISO on the sensor. Have it all. Get a PEN with a zoom AND that 17mm f1.8 prime. (The standard primes used to be quite inexpensive. The marketing department sticking it to us is what happened...)

On the other hand it is great fun shooting in candle light with my M240 at 3200ISO or above and f0.95 Noctilux. I still use Kodak T-Max 3200 in my M4 but film grain is somehow much more acceptable than digital noise. The reduction in the noise of sensors over the last few years increases possibilities of imaging by a lot.
Wilson

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 15:34 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (499 comments in total)

New firmware a definite improvement, particularly with the 75-300 lens, which always seemed to settle at the critical 1/160 second. However Olympus could have made the menu implementation of the anti-shock simpler and lamentable documentation of the feature much better. Thank goodness for various reviews which documented and illustrated how to implement. The menu system for this camera must be the most convoluted and obscure ever. Wilson

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 15:30 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (222 comments in total)

The car is a Morris 8 but all the pictures are great. Very nostalgic. I wish I had some of my dad’s colour photos from 1938 to 66 of Scotland and his various trips to Europe but my mother threw them all away when she moved house in 1971. Wilson

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 19:07 UTC as 100th comment | 1 reply
On Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing article (73 comments in total)

The thing that impresses me is the heat resistance of the landing legs. I assume they must be covered in some sort of ablative material, such as tantalum hafnium carbide, but even so, to retain their structural rigidity after that extreme cooking, is amazing. They may be actively cooled by circulation of some of the rocket fuel through them.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 17:41 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (244 comments in total)

Whereas I accept there has been a bit of technical fudging to make the sensor look even more impressive, it is still a bit of a technical tour de force. This will be a very useful camera for wildlife photographers. If it can perform this well with a regular Sony zoom lens, think of the sort of low light video you could take by mounting a Leica f0.95 Noctilux on it or one of the specialist full frame movie ultra fast lenses. The Noctilux being three stops faster than the Sony zoom, would give an effective ISO equivalent to 3,276,800. This would mean being able to take video in conditions that previously would have required night vision equipment, taking green and black images. Wilson

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 07:37 UTC as 22nd comment

For a film camera I understand going for an M6. Using an M (I have M4, M8, M9 and M240, all from new) is a great pleasure. However if I were a working street photographer, I might opt instead for a Zeiss Ikon. The viewfinder is just a little better than the M6 and the metal shutter, with its higher speeds allows more flexibility to use fast lenses wide open for shallow DOF in good light. It is still M mount.

However the Voigtlander 35/2.5 I would not even consider. My experience of CV lenses has been very poor with only one decent one out of 4 bought, including a very soft 35/2.5. As a working photographer, you need to be as close to 100% as possible, sure of your equipment. My choice every time therefore, would be the 35/2 ASPH Summicron. I don't have one, as I have a 35/1.4 ASPH Summilux but if I were a street photographer I would change. My chrome/brass 35/1.4 is too heavy for quick shots and the Summicron is easier to use and very compact. Nobody has a bad word for it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2013 at 20:36 UTC as 19th comment
On Carl Zeiss drops 'Carl', becomes 'ZEISS' article (113 comments in total)
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40daystogo: I don't agree with this. I realise many brands are trying to modernize, but the "Carl Zeiss" name has a cachet of quality. I'd not pleased to see it go.

I totally agree. As the owner of 11 Carl Zeiss lenses from the 1930's through to 2012, I am sad that they decided to kill off poor old Carl. History should not be binned.
Wilson

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 18:17 UTC
On Carl Zeiss drops 'Carl', becomes 'ZEISS' article (113 comments in total)

All money in the pockets of the PR industry and the printers for new headed paper.

It never fails to amaze me that the PR gonks still manage to persuade presumably clever and experienced board directors, that a small change in logo/name makes any real difference whatsoever, other than to the balance in the PR company's bank account.

You really want to go and shout at those directors "its the product that matters stupid!"

Wilson

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 10:46 UTC as 32nd comment

I guess some looney wunder-kid came up with that one. What an exceptionally stupid idea that is. Commercial suicide as well I would guess.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 13:12 UTC as 308th comment
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' article (237 comments in total)

Surprised to see the lower resolution VF-3 on this camera rather than the VF-2. The P series normally uses the VF-2. Given that Epson have already announced the successor LCD from the VF-2, I would have expected to see a VF-4 on the EP-5.

Wilson

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 19:06 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
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