David Pastern

David Pastern

Lives in Australia Australia
Works as a IT Support
Has a website at http://www.macro-images.com/
Joined on Oct 9, 2008

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)

If Sony could do a 24-100, f1.8 to f2.8, full frame with class leading high ISO performance and much better AF, I'd be tempted. Sadly, that'll probably be the Sony RX 100 Z variant ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 06:31 UTC as 722nd comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)

Well, I hope the in built EVF is better than the external EVF that the Sony RX100 II could use, cos that EVF was CRAP. A complete waste of money. I welcome the faster f stop, but would have liked to have also kept the longer reach. And one LARGE achilles heel of the older RX 100 II - the AF is poor, especially where this type of camera will probably be used a lot - at a concert venue. OK, maybe I'm spoilt by the AF of Canon's 1 series cameras, but the Sony's AF was seriously sub par imho. I hope the III variant is better in this respect. Noise was acceptable, but not great @ ISO 1600 either. Nothing really to write home about.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 06:29 UTC as 723rd comment
In reply to:

bossa: If Nikon are adding code that deliberately sabotages Sigma lenses could that be regarded as anti-competitive and be subject to damages claims (class action) from Sigma users?

Wholly agreed, but our governments are useless. The best thing for industry would be the complete abolishment of software patents and trademarks. Industry would flourish and benefit us, the consumer. I don't really give a crap about big business.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 06:46 UTC
On Common Red Eye Butterfly. in the When Insects or Spiders Moult (Molt) challenge (2 comments in total)

super shot. In the top 2 imho. Well done!

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 12:11 UTC as 2nd comment
On Warning: Violence in the When Insects or Spiders Moult (Molt) challenge (1 comment in total)

magnifique!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 12:11 UTC as 1st comment
On Almost Complete in the When Insects or Spiders Moult (Molt) challenge (3 comments in total)

superb!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 12:08 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (507 comments in total)
In reply to:

SnappyUK: I ordered the RX100M2 from a well-known online retailer named after a South American river, and sent it back the day it arrived. I had several reasons for this:

I didn't like the position of the video button. I don't have huge hands but my thumb kept knocking it so I'd end up recording a short sequence of video instead of taking a photo.

The lack of click-stops on the ring around the lens was unsatisfying, I also found the autofocus hunted a lot, especially when focussing close-up.

My biggest gripe, however, was how fragile the pop-up flash felt when extended.

The few test shots I took were nice, but not exceptional (IMHO) and I wasn't too impressed by the image stabilisation, so I'll be looking at other cameras instead.

hear hear. Physical retailers are whinging about losing sales to online stores, well guess what guys - improve your customer service and stock the damn items and offer competitive prices. If you can't do that, then go the way of the Dinosaur. Oh, and trying to return items to most physical retailers is downright painful, Amazon is fuss free.

As to the camera itself, I had a quick play with it today and its ergonomics don't inspire me at all. IQ feels very good though, AF is fine and it's small & light. If only Sony improved the F stop at the long end of the lens range - even f4 or f3.5 would be a massive boon imho.

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 11:16 UTC
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (353 comments in total)
In reply to:

borisz: I would also recommend the lesser known, but very good Zoner Photo Studio Pro (actually ver. 15), quite similar to ACDSee

I'd never ever recommend Capture One ever again. Any company that stops me legally selling the software to another individual (breaking several local laws I might add) is one I'll never deal with again.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 02:22 UTC
On 4422375892_3e747593c0_o in the The World of Roleplay challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks, I didn't expect this to win! Really happy, thanks to everyone who voted.

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2013 at 02:15 UTC as 1st comment
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Tomskyair: Despite the fact that I eventually got my free upgrade I'm not overly optimistic for the future of NIK products at all.

Right now it looks as if the full installer for NIK by Google doesn't employ any kind of copy protection. Neither a product key nor any kind of online activation/registration seem to be required. I could just give the EXE or DMG to a friend on a USB flash drive, couldn't I? People will definitely try and my guess is that they are going to be successful.

So do Google intentionally try to shoot their own foot? I don't think so. The free giveaways and the massively slashed price don't seem to make sense at first glance but they might just be the bait to hook as many people as possible before turning the whole thing into a cloud-based distribution on a subscription basis.

Of course you can continue to use your current version but at some point it will become obsolete/incompatible and then you'll have to swallow Google's bitter subscription pill or say bye-bye.

I think you'll find there'll be a phone home component to the software. Once found, it should be pretty easy to kill by editing your localhosts file I suspect. Not that I'm encouraging piracy, but I strongly dislike underhanded tactics from software vendors too. I'm a firm believer that our respective governments need to far more heavily police software vendors that they current do (not at all). Consumers have no rights under current software TOS/licences and it's the only consumer product that does this.

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 14:38 UTC
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khurtwilliams: The new software agreement for Nik Collection by Google:

1. Welcome to the Nik Collection by Google!
Thanks for your interest in the Nik Collection by Google (the “Service”)!
By downloading and using the Service, you agree to the following terms, in addition to the Google Terms of Service (the "Google ToS"), collectively the “Terms.” For clarity, Google's provision of the Service described in these Terms constitutes a “Service” as defined in the Google ToS.

Could you post the entirety of the TOS or a link to them? I'm not in a situation where I can install the software on my new PC for a few days.

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 14:36 UTC
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David Pastern: Just decided to buy it - I had been looking to buy Silver EFex2 for the past few months (but had put it off due to other financial commitments), but this is just too good a deal to let go.

I've got both Photoshop CS6 and lightroom 4, can I install the plugins to both pieces of software simultaneously and use them both? Or only pick one of the software pieces and use the plugins with that only?

Also, if I understand correctly, there are no product keys required to get the software running, just simply install the plugins via the downloaded exe file?

Dave

Thanks! So, no keys required then I assume, given that no one else is mentioning them. Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 09:26 UTC

Just decided to buy it - I had been looking to buy Silver EFex2 for the past few months (but had put it off due to other financial commitments), but this is just too good a deal to let go.

I've got both Photoshop CS6 and lightroom 4, can I install the plugins to both pieces of software simultaneously and use them both? Or only pick one of the software pieces and use the plugins with that only?

Also, if I understand correctly, there are no product keys required to get the software running, just simply install the plugins via the downloaded exe file?

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 14:05 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On m42 in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (4 comments in total)

Thanks guys! I didn't even know the challenge of challenges competition existed and that I'd been auto entered lol! Very very happy with 20th place!

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:33 UTC as 2nd comment
On Like a feather in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (18 comments in total)

What an awesome image. A deserving #2. Very well done!

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:32 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Black and White Macro... challenge (4 comments in total)

How strict are you being on the term "macro"? 1:1 or higher mag, or lower mag shots of larger insects like Dragonflies/Damselflies etc that are best shot at lower mags?

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2011 at 07:45 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Macro photography: Understanding magnification article (115 comments in total)
In reply to:

MPA1: My biggest wonder about macro is this:

How on earth do you get something such as an insect to stay where you want it to be whilst you set up the shot?!

One should NEVER freeze insects or arachnids or interfere with them in any way. Artie Morris doesn't tranquilise birds does he? Moose Peterson? John Shaw? nope. If you can't get the shot as is, then leave the insect or arachnid be. What you are suggesting is completely immoral and defeats the purpose of being a nature photographer in the first place.

re: the article - I guess from a technical point of view, it's nice, but it isn't strictly required knowledge from my experience imho. I've been shooting macro for near 10 years now, so I'm not exactly a newbie, so newbs may find this article of interest.

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:54 UTC
On My Copland Amplifier in the Consumer's World: Home Audio challenge (1 comment in total)

It's probably class AB switching, pure Class A (true Class A) isn't as common as people think. Copland has a good reputation, I'm yet to hear one though. Lovely looking amp.

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2011 at 10:51 UTC as 1st comment
On m42 in the Bright Are The Stars That Shine challenge (3 comments in total)

I forgot to mention that I had some H alpha and O III frames too, all Six second subs. Maxim DL takes a lot of getting used to - it's not an easy application imho, but it is VERY powerful.

M42 is my favourite object in the sky (just ahead of Omega Centauri) - it's a wonderful view from a dark sky with a O III filter. My own scope is only a 4" SkyWatcher Equinox refractor on a SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro mount - one day it'll be upgraded to a Takahashi scope and Astro Physiks mount...one day.

Thanks again guys.

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2011 at 09:06 UTC as 3rd comment
On Obsolete technology in the Your music collection, read the rules. challenge (1 comment in total)

How are these obsolete? MP3s are very poor SQ.

Dave

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2011 at 04:25 UTC as 1st comment
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