spitfire31

spitfire31

Lives in Sweden Nykoping, Sweden
Works as a Photographer and videographer, editor, producer
Joined on Jul 14, 2010

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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spitfire31: The LX7 has been my faithful companion since it was launched and I'll be standing in line for the LX100.

For me, though, one disappointment is the lack of either an articulated monitor or a ditto viewfinder. I shelled out for the LVF2 add-on viewfinder for the LX7, which can tilt up to 90°, and it's been worth the money many times over.

In fact, I use the viewfinder most of the time. When shooting CU of, say, plants and flowers or just when you don't want people to be aware that you're pointing a camera their way, the tilt option has been irreplaceable.

@nand0,

Even with an external mic, you wouldn't get 'high quality stereo sound' with a compact camera built-in mic pre, no manual level option and no monitoring.

The only solution is to use a separate audio recorder and use, for instance, Final Cut Pro X, Prermiere Pro CC or the stand-alone sync app Plural Eyes to sync up the separate audio to the in-camera reference audio track.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 06:30 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)

The LX7 has been my faithful companion since it was launched and I'll be standing in line for the LX100.

For me, though, one disappointment is the lack of either an articulated monitor or a ditto viewfinder. I shelled out for the LVF2 add-on viewfinder for the LX7, which can tilt up to 90°, and it's been worth the money many times over.

In fact, I use the viewfinder most of the time. When shooting CU of, say, plants and flowers or just when you don't want people to be aware that you're pointing a camera their way, the tilt option has been irreplaceable.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:48 UTC as 205th comment | 6 replies
On Exposing sharks in a positive light article (62 comments in total)
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Hauer: Not so difficult to see that it concerns a Great White shark. Photos taken in South African Waters? Nice series!

Not difficult, if you're familiar with sharks, no doubt. No need to get snotty about it, eh?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 13:30 UTC
On Exposing sharks in a positive light article (62 comments in total)

Yes, great photos. But why no information about what species of shark, and where?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 12:53 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)
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spitfire31: I have searched through the whole article for "viewfinder" and found words to the effect that it's high resolution, has a good refresh rate and is "gorgeous".

But what about viewfinder LAG?

It's not the same as refresh rate. Low (imperceptible) viewfinder image lag is critical for capturing fleeting expressions and quick-moving wildlife, for example.

I've got an SLR. I was asking about the FZ-1000.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 13:09 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)

I have searched through the whole article for "viewfinder" and found words to the effect that it's high resolution, has a good refresh rate and is "gorgeous".

But what about viewfinder LAG?

It's not the same as refresh rate. Low (imperceptible) viewfinder image lag is critical for capturing fleeting expressions and quick-moving wildlife, for example.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:17 UTC as 170th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (646 comments in total)
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spitfire31: One problem affacting all cameras with electronic viewfinder/monitor only, is *viewfinder delay*.

I became aware of this when shooting stills of a comp guitarist with my Panasonic LX7 and happened to have my other eye open. The guitarist's right hand in the viewfinder worked in counter-phase to his actual movements!

In effect, what you see in an electronic viewfinder (unlike a true SLR) is a recording of what has already happened.

You trip the shutter guided by a delayed cue.

Then I realised why it was so difficult to capture people's expression or a sudden gesture – they were already history!

Now, I'm re-learning to shoot with both eyes open – one for composition in and the naked one to see what' is actually happening in real-time.

But if shooting wildlife with a long tele, it may be almost impossible to see how a bird is turning its head with the naked eye.

Why hasn't DPR pounced on this aspect of mirrorless cameras? It is a real hurdle to nailing action.

@ Petak: In your lag calculation, you are missing out the in-camera PROCESSING of the sensor picture. You see, the analog information read out from the sensor has to be *digitised* and then *processed* to produce a relevant image.

This processing is done after the shutter has been tripped, when you take a picture. In that situation it's largely irrelevant if the processing takes some time.

But in producing an 'almost-realtime' moving picture in the viewfinder, processing time makes *all* the difference.

So, you are completely mistaken in stating that shutter lag is the lag-inducing component in viewfinder lag. I suggest that you might want to read up on digital photography basics.

@ Zeisschen: Thanks for the information! It seems that mirrorless camera designers are catching up, at last.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 18:55 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (646 comments in total)
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spitfire31: One problem affacting all cameras with electronic viewfinder/monitor only, is *viewfinder delay*.

I became aware of this when shooting stills of a comp guitarist with my Panasonic LX7 and happened to have my other eye open. The guitarist's right hand in the viewfinder worked in counter-phase to his actual movements!

In effect, what you see in an electronic viewfinder (unlike a true SLR) is a recording of what has already happened.

You trip the shutter guided by a delayed cue.

Then I realised why it was so difficult to capture people's expression or a sudden gesture – they were already history!

Now, I'm re-learning to shoot with both eyes open – one for composition in and the naked one to see what' is actually happening in real-time.

But if shooting wildlife with a long tele, it may be almost impossible to see how a bird is turning its head with the naked eye.

Why hasn't DPR pounced on this aspect of mirrorless cameras? It is a real hurdle to nailing action.

@Petak
You don't quite make sense, man.

The 'lag' between eye and reality is negligible and, as it is something we have got hardwired from very early years.

The lag between pressing shutter button and actual exposure is also negligible in a reasonably modern camera, on the order of milliseconds.

But viewfinder lag can be on the order of tenths of seconds and can't be compensated for, because what you see has already happened – it's gone!

A good photographer learns to anticipate action. But anticipation is irrelevant if what you see, and consequently base your prediction on, is already water under the bridge.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 14:16 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (646 comments in total)
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spitfire31: One problem affacting all cameras with electronic viewfinder/monitor only, is *viewfinder delay*.

I became aware of this when shooting stills of a comp guitarist with my Panasonic LX7 and happened to have my other eye open. The guitarist's right hand in the viewfinder worked in counter-phase to his actual movements!

In effect, what you see in an electronic viewfinder (unlike a true SLR) is a recording of what has already happened.

You trip the shutter guided by a delayed cue.

Then I realised why it was so difficult to capture people's expression or a sudden gesture – they were already history!

Now, I'm re-learning to shoot with both eyes open – one for composition in and the naked one to see what' is actually happening in real-time.

But if shooting wildlife with a long tele, it may be almost impossible to see how a bird is turning its head with the naked eye.

Why hasn't DPR pounced on this aspect of mirrorless cameras? It is a real hurdle to nailing action.

By Zeisschen: "It's been mentioned a lot actually in several reviews. But there are big differences between the EVF. "

I don't read all reviews, so that may well be the case.

I'm aware that there are differences, but all the more reason, then, to make measurements and comments of viewfinder lag a standard feature of reviews, isn't it?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 10:37 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (646 comments in total)

One problem affacting all cameras with electronic viewfinder/monitor only, is *viewfinder delay*.

I became aware of this when shooting stills of a comp guitarist with my Panasonic LX7 and happened to have my other eye open. The guitarist's right hand in the viewfinder worked in counter-phase to his actual movements!

In effect, what you see in an electronic viewfinder (unlike a true SLR) is a recording of what has already happened.

You trip the shutter guided by a delayed cue.

Then I realised why it was so difficult to capture people's expression or a sudden gesture – they were already history!

Now, I'm re-learning to shoot with both eyes open – one for composition in and the naked one to see what' is actually happening in real-time.

But if shooting wildlife with a long tele, it may be almost impossible to see how a bird is turning its head with the naked eye.

Why hasn't DPR pounced on this aspect of mirrorless cameras? It is a real hurdle to nailing action.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 10:01 UTC as 104th comment | 9 replies
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spitfire31: "Lightroom 5 is currently available with a 'perpetual license' for $79 as an upgrade or $149 for a full version."

Fine, but for how long? Who can trust Adobe with not suddenly making an arbitrary reversal of policy?

I don't, for one.

Very true.

That's why I'm now going to learn Apple's Final Cut Pro X, to have an emergency exit ready when Adobe's Premiere Pro CS6 doesn't cut it anymore.

Not easy to find a Mac replacement for Photoshop, though, at least not yet. And I'm not going to jump on the subscription train…

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 09:30 UTC
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Ken G1999: I use CS6 only and concerned that when I get my next camera the RAW converter may not be compatible as I believe there will be no more updates for CS6. Does any one know if this is correct. I am happy to stay with CS6 for some years yet and although I can use Canon DPP to convert my RAW files I find it very clunky and without the great features of Adobe. What are the alternatives as I am not going CC. I guess I will be stuck with DPP. Any ideas please

Who can tell the future?

CURRENTLY Adobe updates the CS6 version of Camera Raw 8 with the same camera models that are added to CR 8 for CC. You don't get the CC specific new CR 8 functions, though.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 12:48 UTC

"Lightroom 5 is currently available with a 'perpetual license' for $79 as an upgrade or $149 for a full version."

Fine, but for how long? Who can trust Adobe with not suddenly making an arbitrary reversal of policy?

I don't, for one.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 23:12 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies

Fascinating insight in a different assignment! Jealous? You bet. I only had two shooting flights in a Swedish Mach 2+ fighter…

As a videographer, producer and editor, I have to say that I really hate those profile cutaways of Sgt Reid, though. The editor completely spoils the flow, IMHO, in an effort at strained showmanship.

Otherwise a great video!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 13:42 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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spitfire31: I am not going to buy any new camera in this class that doesn't feature manual audio and a headphone output.

In the year 2014, audio is still receiving stepchild treatment. Sheesh!

@jkoch2: Thanks for your patronising reply. I happen to be a professional cinematographer, video producer, sound engineer, editor and director since more years than I care to remember, so I'm quite up to speed on the ins and outs of video audio recording.

If you're working lo-budget one man band – it happens - and use, for instance, a wireless lavalier on a reporter, you need to be able to set a manual level and you need to monitor the audio for radio interference and other artifacts.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 20:14 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

Again – no headphone output, no manual audio input level.

What are they thinking? WHEN will manufacturers finally get wise to the fact that video is image AND audio?

No thanks to the FZ1000.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:35 UTC as 175th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)

No headphone output and apparently (not mentioned, anyway) no manual audio (which would be pointless without monitoring, anyway).

At least Sony were smart enough to include these BASIC features on their RX-10.

Pathetic, Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 12:39 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

I am not going to buy any new camera in this class that doesn't feature manual audio and a headphone output.

In the year 2014, audio is still receiving stepchild treatment. Sheesh!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 12:35 UTC as 292nd comment | 3 replies
On Lifelogger wants to record your life post (15 comments in total)

Pathetic effort to make a cheap rip-off of Google Glass.

And who in their right mind would want to watch hours and hours of unedited wobbly recordings of someone's banal life?

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 13:47 UTC as 2nd comment

What's the point?

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 09:22 UTC as 11th comment
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