Biowizard

Biowizard

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On Relio is a powerful LED light in your pocket post (26 comments in total)

Check out Zebralight, whose AA-powered and CR123A-powered lights come in two shades of white ("warm" and "daylight"). The latter are brighter, and many models can be warn as a head torch (they come complete with strap and soft silicone rubber mount) and are self-contained. They can also stand on their tails and light sideways. VERY useful as close-up illuminators - AND sitting around your head when setting up a tripod and camera at night. Plus NO need for a nearby USB socket!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 23:57 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

Back in my film days, I ogled and rather fancied the Olympus Zuiko 8mm fisheye for the OM series - but these days, I just use my GoPro. Not sure I would want a fisheye with intentially POLISHED internals: for me there is no such thing as "creative" flare. I want the best starting point image possible (high contrast, sharp focus on the subject plane, soft bokeh in the back/foreground as desired) - but NOT low contrast and streaky flare, thanks.

Especially at a price point higher than my original OM-1 cost (OK, that was 40 years ago, eck hem ...)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 19:29 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On Kodak introduces PixPro SP360 action cam article (62 comments in total)

Sorry, "KODAK", but how does turning a 180-degree fisheye lens skyward, convert it into a 360-degree lens? Never seen so much snake oil in a little yellow box.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:17 UTC as 1st comment

A year ago, I would never have imagined travelling without a TRUE SLR ... but the Oly OM-D EM-1 has convterted me. It is a stunning camera, and its physical similarity to my original OM-1N is astonishing. I now love it to bits, and can no longer consider wanting the physical weight of a DSLR stuck in the century-old, 35mm film mindset!

Olympus ROCKS!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 02:03 UTC as 15th comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

A production run of just 77 ... that's about one for each dictator of a third world country!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 12:31 UTC as 93rd comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)
In reply to:

racketman: I'm always losing lens caps......

Well at least you could find this one with a metal detector! LOL!!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 12:28 UTC
On HTC introduces the RE digital camera article (102 comments in total)

Everyone is being mercilessly rude about the SHAPE of this device, and sure, the smutty-minded can suggests its relationship to various devices from certain shops with shaded windows ...

... but THINK about it for a moment. If you want an informal POV camera which you WON'T spend time looking into (instead of at your environment), which you want to HOLD comfortably without risk of dropping, then this is a PERFECT shape. Just GRIP and CLICK. The wide-angle lens will ensure that you get something interesting in-frame.

If ONLY this was fully waterproof, I'd choose it over the GoPro, because the latter is a pain to hold and operate one-handed.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 15:06 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On More manual control on iOS with Manual Cam post (46 comments in total)

If all else fails, you could always buy a CAMERA ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 09:29 UTC as 1st comment
On GoPro announces Hero4 lineup article (111 comments in total)

Happy with my GoPro 3 Black - Can't see any reason to upgrade. 4K at 30fps will only have one result - filling my hard disk even more quickly than now!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 12:36 UTC as 20th comment
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (58 comments in total)

Yeah yeah, the predictable anti-anything-nice bunch are out again. Believe it or not, SOME of us LIKE metal-bodied, wide-aperture prime lenses with full time mechanical manual focus. And this looks a BEAUTIFUL example.

Only issue for me, is WHY does Zeiss put a CHROMED filter thread at the end? Surely a potential source for flare?

Oh, and the Leica M mount is no use for my 4/3rds and micro-4/3rds cameras ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 16:01 UTC as 6th comment
On Olympus shows camera module concept post (65 comments in total)

Now THIS will be coming home if it lives up to my hopes and expectations! :-)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 23:07 UTC as 19th comment
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (230 comments in total)

Given that each so-called (and mis-named) "pixel", on a regular digital camera, only records 1/3 of the available information, by filtering out two of the three RGB colours, SURELY the obvious way to get better imagery (forgetting Sigma's Foveon experiment for a moment) is to LOSE the BAYER MASK, expose all the CCD/CMOS cells to RAW light, and use some kind of rotating physical filter (as used in many projectors) to exposures of different light wavelengths as separate exposures, for subsequent amalgamation? Sensor SHIFTING, while still using a Bayer Mask and interpolating, sounds to me like a lot of unnecessary math.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 18:46 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (62 comments in total)

What is a "soft rubber water weal"? Not sure I want one of those near my camera!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 17:03 UTC as 4th comment
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)

Lovely bucket of glass, horrible bucket of non-English ...

"A copy of one of the largest interchangeable lenses for SLRs ever produced has emerged for at a UK retailer."

Surely this is not a COPY of the lens, but an EXAMPLE of the ORIGINAL?

And what does "... has emerged FOR AT ..." mean?

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 17:00 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

Kudos to the ESA - grabbing all the interesting space headlines this summer!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 10:22 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies

oh YUCK. While the city-scape bike rides looked smooth enough, the mountain climbing/hiking sequences seemed totally artificial. The way entire blocks of landscape morphed, or appeared suddenly in piecemeal fashion, reminded of all that is wrong with Microsoft Flight Simulator, when whole weather systems appear or vanish in a twinkling, completely destroying the immersive experience.

In short, there is still only one way to create decent time-lapse, and that involves tracks, servos, tripods and more, in a carefully planned fashion. Please keep this pseudo-realism away from me.

Brian

[Edited for a typo]

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 19:41 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
In reply to:

Valiant Thor: As I observe people and society I am 100% convinced that the smartphone is the worst invention in the history of the world, bar NONE. It has turned a once observant and interactive society into pathetic, electronic addicted, anti-social zombies who walk around with their glazed empty eyes affixed to those crappy little LCD boxes glued to their hand, their thumb frantically pushing stupid little chicklets around the screen with the look of a meth addict on their face and mortal fear in their mind that they would accidently miss one non-essential, meaningless message from an emotionless fellow zombie doing the same thing. They roam the malls dressed in jackass attire of distasteful, offensive, or sports related t-shirts, baggy silk exercise pants, bright Nike clown shoes, tattoos, and all the while radiating themselves with dangerous levels of packet-data microwave energy. The corporate illuminati puppet-masters must be laughing their billionaire butts off. Other than that, nice phone!

Hahaha! That is a BRILLIANT piece of grumpiness, and I LOVE it - you should get that published in the national papers!

Made my morning!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 08:41 UTC

Photoshop CS6 is the ONLY version I will use hereinafter, apart from my beloved PS 7 which still runs on everything from Windows 98SE to Windows 8.1

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 22:09 UTC as 21st comment
On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (69 comments in total)
In reply to:

grasscatcher: I'm waiting for an ultralight gyrostabilized gimbal mount that I can put on my monopod. THAT would be something!

Just check the quadcopter/"drone" forums - a 3-axis gyro handheld gimble has just been released. Meant for Gopro, it could probably be adapted to any camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 21:58 UTC
On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (69 comments in total)

Carbon Fibre Manfrotto or Leitz Table Tripod - I have both, one lives IN my camera bag. The former is so light, I can take it anywhere - except where SPACE is an issue, in which case I have the latter.

Don't need a heath-robinson monopod adapter ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 10:07 UTC as 43rd comment
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