Mac McCreery

Mac McCreery

Lives in United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom
Joined on Sep 6, 2011
About me:

http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/mac68
http://www.flickr.com/photos/simac/

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)

shame the K5ii is not up for comparison- or the K5 iis. Looks a great camera though!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 09:54 UTC as 161st comment
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
In reply to:

Photoman: I have one question...why?

to offer something different to the Nikon/Canon constant rehashes of the same camera......?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:51 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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LukeLT63: From the outside it seems the camera of David Hasselhoff in the TV series Knight Rider (Supercar)..... :-O ..... goes very car!

yep- good Kit!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:49 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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Ozyxy: I like the Sv and TAv modes, why can't Canon, Nikon and Sony have these modes as well?
K-S1 is so flashy it will be difficult to use it for street photography where we take pictures of people without their consent... at night they'll see the LEDs. However, I find it difficult to use a DSLR at night as I can't see the buttons, so these LEDs might help...

ugly camera- but the viewfinder thing is important- all Pentax now have 100% pentaprisms..........couple that with the universal PK mount- wow!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:47 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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Unexpresivecanvas: A masterpiece of technical waste.. doesn't add anything in the quality department, performance (we all know what dpreview thinks about Pentax autofocus technology including the K-3) or the functionality that really matters to real photographers. Just a change in the form, like when they released all those interesting colors in the Q... so Q....

Reminds me of those cheapo stereos from the 80s, full of lights, that some people used to play in the NY metro....

reminds me of Canon using the same sensor for several dozen models with slight upgrades...............

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:44 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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mgblack74: Pentax users, I am sorry for you.

Don't be- I have a K5 iis- no LEDs though!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:43 UTC
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Easycass: A simplified view...

Definition: To 'take' a photo means 'initiate the exposure', regardless of where the camera is mounted, what is in the frame, who or what is holding the camera, how much lugging it took to get there, how much expense, how much post-processing was done, who posted it, or where it was posted. Agreed?

Copyright: If a person initiates an exposure, whether a single shot, a self-timed, remote-released or trigger-released shot, creating a single exposure, sequence of exposures or video sequence, then, unless the person waives their rights in some written agreement, they own the copyright. Agreed?

Scenario 1: If a person is not holding the camera, but initiates the exposure(s) then copyright is theirs.

Scenario 2: If a person is not holding the camera, and does not initiate the exposure(s) then copyright is not theirs. If the exposure was initiated by another human, copyright belongs to that other person. If not initiated by a human, there is no copyright.

Sorry Roland- I was being daft.....it's the monkey in me! But you are right.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 10:42 UTC
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Easycass: A simplified view...

Definition: To 'take' a photo means 'initiate the exposure', regardless of where the camera is mounted, what is in the frame, who or what is holding the camera, how much lugging it took to get there, how much expense, how much post-processing was done, who posted it, or where it was posted. Agreed?

Copyright: If a person initiates an exposure, whether a single shot, a self-timed, remote-released or trigger-released shot, creating a single exposure, sequence of exposures or video sequence, then, unless the person waives their rights in some written agreement, they own the copyright. Agreed?

Scenario 1: If a person is not holding the camera, but initiates the exposure(s) then copyright is theirs.

Scenario 2: If a person is not holding the camera, and does not initiate the exposure(s) then copyright is not theirs. If the exposure was initiated by another human, copyright belongs to that other person. If not initiated by a human, there is no copyright.

So do Jessops own copyright to all of my photographs as they sold me the camera? And on and on!!!!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 06:55 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)

brilliant. Fun. Makes a change from the stuffiness that crops up so much.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 19:08 UTC as 35th comment
On Sony a6000 Review preview (764 comments in total)
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Ross the Fidller: I am looking at this because of someone buying it, but why do you have to be region specific, "when it was introduced in the Fall of 2012.", with the timing of its release? I'm sorry, but as an Australian, I 'fall' about laughing at that term for Autumn. ;) Could you please remember it isn't just North Americans reading this & refer to the time of the year by month or quarters or something else that isn't region specific.

Thanks mate.
Cheers!

what a silly response.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 09:42 UTC

very poor- I miss my old Nikkormat..... now that was reliable!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:00 UTC as 21st comment
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (660 comments in total)
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Picasso Noir: About Ricoh Pentax corporation VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: On your 645Z, even though I praise this new technology with video capability I have to mention something to Pentax Corporation in Japan you may run into a problem that's extremely important.To avoid this kind of bad reviews (People would be saying "why din't Pentax put a headphone jack next to the microphone jack") Do it right the first time Pentax!! i,m counting on you to get it right and avoid having to make the same mistake others have done in the pass... A simple mistake like that can cost you dearly. Don't cut corners to save a dollars..remember the BIG competitors are waiting to look for faults and step on you even though they didn't think to come up with that idea putting a MEDIUM FORMAT VIDEO. You on the right track just drill a hole for the headphone jack please. I'm sure those brilliant engineer can figure this out right? Videographer are looking to embrace new technology. You seem to have got it. Right????

It is a stills camera. Video is a bonus.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:51 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (660 comments in total)
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plevyadophy: Have all the Pentax fans actually considered the fact that this thing is NOT really medium format; it's not true medium format in sensor size nor is it digital medium format.

It's more like the medium format equivalent of a Leica M8 or Canon 1D with their APS-H sized sensors, and some have even gone as far as referring to this new Pentax's sensor size as Medium Format DX.

Really, in my view, things only matter when the diagonal of the sensor/film roughlydoubles/halves. So going from micro Four Thirds to 35mm,and then from 35mm to 645 or 6 x 6, and then up to 10 x 8 all make a significant difference. For those going from Pentax APS-C sensor cams to this Pentax 645Z there's gonna be a MASSIVE difference but I don't think it's worth bothering with if you already own say a Nikon D800e.

The camera body is superb though, the best on the market in my view. It's just a pity that they didn't provide a fully articulating rear LCD instead of the mere flip up and flip down variety.

no satisfying some folk- and the math is wrong as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:50 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)
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Chrysanthi Lykousi: The video is amazing. I hope camera manufacturers like Fuji can create new cameras that are more useful to street photographers who take pictures without permission or against our subjects' will: We need cameras that don't look like cameras. Wi-fi and silent shutter are useful features, but in many street situations just being visible with a camera at hand is a cause of alarm to nearby people. We need cameras that can be camouflaged as other objects or hidden under our clothes.

and yet here in the UK (and doubtless elsewhere) we wander about being photographed by CCTV..... where are the citizens' rights in this covert situation?

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 09:32 UTC
On DxO Optics Pro 9.5 now integrates with Adobe Lightroom article (62 comments in total)

I'm a bit of novice but presently i use Lightroom mainly for its catalogue features and DxO as the go to for lens/body correction, noise removal and so forth.

TIFFS I then process in Paint Shop Pro (latest version).

With DxO even the initial adjustments look impressive!

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 09:26 UTC as 7th comment
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)

rather disappointing........I was intrigued by the mark one- I assumed that the 'two' would make leaps forward- what I really despise is the need (Canon is not alone!) to buy a separate viewfinder if that is your bag........

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 13:32 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply
On Homemade rig captures extreme macro shots of snowflakes article (186 comments in total)

Brilliant!!!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 19:38 UTC as 61st comment
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Sdaniella: Pentax K-3:
Max 8.3 fps
Up to 22 RAW shots = (Max 2.65s timespan covered)
Up to 60 JPEG Large (★★★) = (Max 7.23s timespan covered)

Canon EOS 7D:
Max 8.0 fps
Up to 23/25 RAW (Large/Fine) shots = (Max 2.88s to 3.13s timespan covered)
Up to 110/130 JPEG (Large/Fine) = (Max 13.75s to 16.25s timespan covered)
Up to 17/17 RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine) = (Max 2.12s timespan covered)

the longer the timespan covered with many more shots, the better...

e.g.

JPEG:

110/130 vs 60, means 7D has 83% to 117% more hi-fps shot coverage than K-3,

and

13.75s/16.25s vs 7.23s, 7D has 90% to 125% more timespan coverage, than the K-3.

~ double the coverage

Indeed, this clearly crucial.......?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 17:34 UTC
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kodachromeguy: Excellent, this is innovative and very interesting from one of the smaller manufacturers. If we could just get American mass-market consumers to consider Pentax (or micro 4/3) and wean them away from their exclusive infatuation with Can or Nik....

Indeed- folk benefit from owning 30+ lenses.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 17:31 UTC

Great sounding and looking camera.
Good response here too.
I just can't help but laugh at the threads from fanboys of other systems.(And Pentax owners can be equally guilty!)
How on earth did I cope with a Praktica MTL3 years ago?
I guess the owners of some systems gather and rub their bodies(camera!) together- taking photographs is a secondary consideration?

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 17:57 UTC as 22nd comment
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