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Biowizard

Biowizard

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Biowizard: Russian Optics ... 58mm ... (roughly) f2 ... what does that remind me of? Oh yes, my first ever SLR Lens, the Helios that screwed into the front of my Zenit! Come to think of it, that probably had a brass case under the paint and chrome! And there were plenty of swirly effects you could create with that combination, thanks to the glossy interior of the camera's mirror box!

Brian

The pity was, for the price, the glass was actually rather good. If only they'd used MAT paint it could have been so much better!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 21:18 UTC
On GoPro unveils Hero+ LCD with touchscreen display article (42 comments in total)
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Biowizard: The only bad thing about this GoPro, is that the camera and case are one integral unit. If the case gets damaged on (say) a GoPro 4, you can cheaply buy a new case and keep the original camera. With the present model, if this happens, you have to buy a whole new camera.

Brian

Put another way, my GoPro 3 Black cost something like £300. One of our housings already failed (the plastic clip split). It was far better to pay £50 for a replacement housing, the £300 for a new camera. Definitely better to keep the outer protective/waterproof shell separate from the camera itself.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 23:20 UTC

ER?!! £12,750 ($7450 US)?!! Please tell me this is a misprint ...

... $12,750 (£7450 UK) perhaps?

If not, I have a plane to catch ...

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 21:30 UTC as 125th comment | 1 reply
On GoPro unveils Hero+ LCD with touchscreen display article (42 comments in total)

The only bad thing about this GoPro, is that the camera and case are one integral unit. If the case gets damaged on (say) a GoPro 4, you can cheaply buy a new case and keep the original camera. With the present model, if this happens, you have to buy a whole new camera.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 21:16 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On GoPro unveils Hero+ LCD with touchscreen display article (42 comments in total)
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Cjar: I've never liked that these cameras are called Heroes.
That word should only be used by people who are truly risking their lives to save others.

Plus, these cameras have come to be associated with risky behavior which often results in the need for real heroes to be summoned.

Bah Humbug! "Hero" as a word does relate to life-saving officers or volunteers. Sporting Heroes don't risk their lives; they just attain a level of admiration amongst their fans. Heroes of the Stage are simply principal characters. In mythology, Heroes were demi-gods. There is no reason not to use the name Hero in a product.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 21:13 UTC

Russian Optics ... 58mm ... (roughly) f2 ... what does that remind me of? Oh yes, my first ever SLR Lens, the Helios that screwed into the front of my Zenit! Come to think of it, that probably had a brass case under the paint and chrome! And there were plenty of swirly effects you could create with that combination, thanks to the glossy interior of the camera's mirror box!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 09:47 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (235 comments in total)

C'mon DpReview - BUY THIS! We want to see what you can do with it!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 22:47 UTC as 5th comment

And while Canon tries to add a celestial touch to its latest sensor, covering it with a veritable constellation of physical artifacts which, brilliantly, make noise at high ISO settings irrelevant to its owners (and, apparently, renters), and while Nikon continues to lubricate its sensors with shutter oil, so as to save the user buying their own can of WD40 to create the desired effects ...

... like a silent goddess from the eponymous mount, Olympus slides in to place to give those of us with faith and love for such things, the finest of all cameras.

CANIKON? No, it can't. Olympus can.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 22:36 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

I'm pleased Adobe is still providing camera updates for CS6 users ... especially as I've just noticed the addition of a DJI QUADCOPTER profile! As someone who is on the verge of getting his first photographic drone, this is good news indeed!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 12:04 UTC as 2nd comment

Canon's DSLRs are all 3:2 aspect ratio; its Selphys are all 4:3. What i WOULD buy is a dye sub that produced slightly larger prints in 3:2 format or 4:3, depending on media loaded - say 6" x 9" or 6" x 8".

This latest Selphy does nothing I cannot do with my original Canon baby dye-sub printer I bought over 10 years ago.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 16:27 UTC as 3rd comment
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Biowizard: Very little info here behind the pics ... What resolution sensor? Lens fish-eye or rectilinear? Focal length? Sensor physical size? And so on ...

Pretty pic, though.

Brian

Thanks John - that includes some of the info (eg, sensor), but nothing about the lens type or focal length/field of view.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 00:08 UTC

Very little info here behind the pics ... What resolution sensor? Lens fish-eye or rectilinear? Focal length? Sensor physical size? And so on ...

Pretty pic, though.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 16:08 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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Biowizard: "... located to the *left* of the lens mount. Also on the *left* is a full-sized HDMI ..."

That's a very "selfie" oriented decription! With the camera pointing at a subject other than oneself, I'd say those buttons and the data ports are on the RIGHT hand side of the camera! Just as I think of the shutter release on my DSLR as being on the right hand end of the top-plate!

Brian

EDIT: Indeed, as in your OM-D E-M10 review: "The camera's ports (a micro-HDMI socket and combined USB/AV output) move to the *right* flank" ... same (relative) location as those sockets on the Blackmagic!

Fairy Nuff - but it's a bit like asking someone, "Is America to the RIGHT or LEFT of Europe"? Obviously this depends on which way you are facing at the time, but many people simply assume the "North Up" view and say "Left".

I work a lot in theatre, and "Right" / "Left" are always relative to the STAGE view (ie, the performers). Stand on the stage, face the audience, and "Right" is to YOUR right (THEIR left), and vice versa.

The SAME is true for about 99% of DpReview's reviews. Right/Left is described from the PHOTOGRAPHER'S viewpoint, not the SUBJECT'S.

This consistency is helpful - and the CURRENT article gets it back-to-front compared with the DpReview norm.

Jus' sayin'

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 01:09 UTC
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DaGurney: Two major problems with this story.

1. It doesn't tell us what the recording format is! None of these specs mean much unless we know what the codec and bitrate are. COME ON, DPReview! That's amateur hour.

2. It compares the weight of the camera to that of the GoPro. But what about the BMPCC? People are already mounting it on drones, and it offers lossless recording.

christiangrunercom, that's true of EVERYTHING we read on DpReview. But surely the whole point of a news digest website, like this, is for trained writers to do that research, and then correctly write it up, for the benefit of us readers?

For all the efforts put in to describe the latest cellphone, I can't help feeling I nearly MISSED this significant camera because of lack of detail in the review.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 15:30 UTC

Just been reading the Blackmagic website about this camera - and think I am falling in love with it! It even has a GLOBAL shutter, meaning good-bye to distorted, curved wheel spokes and drone props, and no more "Jello Effect".

With a suitable underwater housing and compact, rectilinear, manual focus wideangle lens, this would be my perfect PRO "GoPro". It's what I would buy for my drone ... if I had a drone!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 10:27 UTC as 13th comment

Further to my earlier complaint that a cinema camera costing $20K should have a GLOBAL shutter, not a Rolling shutter - I see the brand new, Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera (just announced in DpReview) DOES ... at a mere $995. Hurray!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 10:07 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

"... located to the *left* of the lens mount. Also on the *left* is a full-sized HDMI ..."

That's a very "selfie" oriented decription! With the camera pointing at a subject other than oneself, I'd say those buttons and the data ports are on the RIGHT hand side of the camera! Just as I think of the shutter release on my DSLR as being on the right hand end of the top-plate!

Brian

EDIT: Indeed, as in your OM-D E-M10 review: "The camera's ports (a micro-HDMI socket and combined USB/AV output) move to the *right* flank" ... same (relative) location as those sockets on the Blackmagic!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 09:41 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
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Biowizard: Nothing from Manfrotto or Gitzo, two of the best known tripod makers? This is like doing a comparison of 6 midrange DSLRs and omitting Canon & Nikon!

I won't stoop to say it's all a load of balls, but ... oops, I just did!

Brian

Maybe I'm being thick here, but I don't quite get your irony. OK, you were reviewing ballheads, NOT tripods. But my Manfrotto tripods are accompanied by two VERY nice, solid, ballheads made by ... Manfrotto!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 09:28 UTC

Nothing from Manfrotto or Gitzo, two of the best known tripod makers? This is like doing a comparison of 6 midrange DSLRs and omitting Canon & Nikon!

I won't stoop to say it's all a load of balls, but ... oops, I just did!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 15:23 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)
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Biowizard: I've paid my money for lenses that were bright, crystal-clear and sharp to the point of agony - why would I want a piece of lens-design failure at THIS kind of price?

C'mon world, this is Emperor's Clothes time: BAD lenses sold at BIG prices for "Artistic" purposes?!

I've always found a big of old nylon stocking does a brilliant job of softening down a Zeiss Planar or Olympus Zuiko 50mm. And it costs a whole bundle less.

Brian

drh681, you miss my point of the word "agony" - it was an ironic description of pin sharpness, that in the real world (ie, pins) can hurt.

The key point is, I buy SHARP lenses; there are many ways I can soften their images when I want to. If I start with a SOFT lens, then I have no way to sharpen. That's a lot of money wasted on inferior imagery.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
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