Daryl Cheshire

Daryl Cheshire

Lives in Australia Melbourne/Victoria, Australia
Works as a Computer Technician
Joined on Feb 15, 2003

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On Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop article (71 comments in total)

That's what happens if you don't sweep the floor

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 02:58 UTC as 21st comment
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)

Re: superzooms, I think it is a selling point to say 10x or 20x zooms and I tend to think the smaller the zoom, the better the lens.
Still, the huge size of this lens shows it's not just a marketing camera

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 11:50 UTC as 39th comment
On A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher article (168 comments in total)

I don't have a dishwasher, can I just put the gopro in the sink and push it around with a brush.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 15:05 UTC as 15th comment
On Oppo Find 7 features QHD display and 50MP images post (61 comments in total)

I already have a smartphone in which I don't use the camera but use a 'real' camera.
I'm interested in the camera but don't need another phone.
It does allow the telcos to be part of the distribution but can I get one without having a phone plan?
If I want to use the Nokia 1020 or some advanced imaging device I buy a phone I don't use or make yet another switch to another phone plan.
But an advanced imaging device can be connected to some communications system or use WiFi.
I'm thinking, will there be small computers carried by people which will handle imaging and communications and avoid the need to cram it all in one device.
The Google modular phone seems to be a step in this direction where camera modules are swapped on a chassis which has a phone and so on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 18:00 UTC as 5th comment
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (264 comments in total)

maybe have an unboxing of a blurry object and then substitute with the Next Best Thing in the last frame.
use for everything

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 07:00 UTC as 57th comment

Small cameras with non removeable primes can be fine tuned but the future is with cheaper lenses and sharpened with software.
I hope camera makers don't pass off the cheaper lenses as more expensive ones, but DXOMark might show those up.
It's an interesting thought that a cheap prime can have the CA and the other defects compensated by faster processors.
Sure this lens optimisation is already happening with mobile phone sized lenses and can be scaled up to SLRs.
Also as we move away from the 'tyranny of 35mm film' lens sizes and sensor sizes will reach a standard size similar to MFT but it's a format war at the moment.
I think of cars as a parallel as they take on the areodynamic 4 cylinder and mostly look the same.
The full frame SLRs and lenses were really a sop to film experienced pros and will soon be the new 'large format' as there will always be a need for full frame for the boutique pro market

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 04:20 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies

After I realised I had two of everything, eg
Canon 5D mkII and mkIII
two iphones 3GS & 4
two ipads 2 & 3
and a few more examples, I apply a 'hit the wall' rule. I ask myself if I have hit the wall or have I reached a limitation of the equipment I have.
It helps me pause and think.
The turning point was realising there was very little difference between the iphones and I won't do minor or incremental upgrades.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 10:02 UTC as 87th comment

I thought the trick which Canon at least have is something like a strip of sticky tape on the bottom of the sensor to collect internal dust.
presumably this strip is replaced when the camera is serviced.
I dimly recall sometimes emulsion and particles of film would collect inside the camera. Again cleaned out as part of a maintenance plan.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 20:49 UTC as 175th comment
On Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Preview preview (127 comments in total)

I have the f/2.8 variety and sometimes it can be heavy and sticks out. This lens would be less noticeable.
I would prefer this lens to the f/2.8MkII.

However I'd have to try it out in the shop first.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2012 at 08:38 UTC as 27th comment
On Canon creates on-screen user-guides for EOS-1D X article (48 comments in total)

The narrator of the AF one sounds like CHuck Westfall

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 11:01 UTC as 12th comment
On The One-Light Studio article (94 comments in total)
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Guidenet: Great article. Thank you. So many don't consider a single light as studio lighting or try Strobist when a single monolight might be a better alternative so Kudos for this. This type of thing just helps people think about getting into a home studio situation or even carrying a single monolight with a battery pack on location.

So many think you have to start with three, four or five lights. I started with two and have over six now, but don't use them all very often. Many times I take only one and a reflector into the field.

Again, Thank you and Kudos to DPReview and Thomas Park for a great job.

I recently read that a light is best for movies and stills photographers should use a strobe.
So does it come down to opinion and experience and that the choice is a situational thing?
I imagine that you would have to take test photos with a strobe setup but lighting would be easier to visualise.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 20:25 UTC
On The One-Light Studio article (94 comments in total)
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jorepuusa: It´s great that professional photographers teach amateurs how to shoot. Then amateurs start taking pictures cheaply or pro bono and pros lose their jobs.
Pros go to schools, four years photography there and then they buy expensive gear and use money to get clients. And then some of them teach amateurs in web which causes the profession to collapse, that has happened all over and photography is a dying profession.

I am not a pro but I have roughly the same gear as a wedding photographer but I photograph birds and railway objects and old buildings and I know that I don't have the skill to do a wedding.
I recently took photos of a friend's cat and it was brought home to me that the results were not very good and I know nothing about WB and lighting and I have been experimenting with a grey card.
But I know not to give up my day job.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 20:20 UTC
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mick232: The solution would be easy, even without WTO doing anything.

Sell the camera with a 30-minute limit and make available an updated firmware that removes the limit.

"Making available" can be anything from an official download to accidentally "leaking" the firmware.

Does the law affect me in Australia? There's probably some agreement somewhere.
Could I elect to pay this tax and get an authorised firmware update?
Might affect resale possibilities.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2012 at 21:19 UTC
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itsastickup: In the long run I would expect the duty to be applied to cameras also. This is a naive view of taxman behaviour. This is a bad move that is likely to cost us.

strange that it's a European tax which affects me in Australia. And it's based on an assumption that we will record movies in cinemas.
Last I heard, original movies are leaked days before release and would be a better quality than a crude cinema recording with the heads of cinema patrons on the bottom.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2012 at 21:16 UTC
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LaFonte: Ok rhetoric aside, one thing I don't understand, why there is actually a higher duty tax for video cameras? What is the purpose of this?

It wouldn't be subtle to take a DSLR like the Canon 5D mkII into a cinema to record the movie.
Would I sell enough to make up the cost?
In the past, colour reproduction devices had to pass treasury regulations about copying money, but it doesn't seem to be a problem now.
My thought is that there is a different tax regime for video cameras and it is not a money grab by all manufacturers.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2012 at 21:09 UTC
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Joseph S Wisniewski: There are several cameras that seamlessly start new files every time a 4 gig file fills. That "concern" is a non-issue.

There really aren't any concerns about cameras overheating, either. Build it for liveview, and the heat producing display and processor pretty much run full time anyway.

is the heat from the backlit screen? If I was recording a car journey or something that doesn't require the camera to be moved then could I not dim the backlighting?

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2012 at 21:02 UTC
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Daryl Cheshire: The Canon 5D Mk III will start a new file on reaching 4GB. But the 30 min limit remains. What I want to do is record car journeys which can exceed 30 mins.
I don't know if this limit exists in Australia and I'd like to pay the extra tax if there is a firmware option. But it seems to be a European tax which affects the whole world.
This is similar to the (no longer applied) tethering restrictions placed on the iPhone because of an agreement with AT&T which affected the world distribution and encouraged jailbreaking.

the iphone 4 was blocked from tethering by Apple until iOS 4.3 was introduced with personal hotspot. It only worked on the IPhone 4 or later. Jailbroken devices had no restriction.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2012 at 20:44 UTC

The Canon 5D Mk III will start a new file on reaching 4GB. But the 30 min limit remains. What I want to do is record car journeys which can exceed 30 mins.
I don't know if this limit exists in Australia and I'd like to pay the extra tax if there is a firmware option. But it seems to be a European tax which affects the whole world.
This is similar to the (no longer applied) tethering restrictions placed on the iPhone because of an agreement with AT&T which affected the world distribution and encouraged jailbreaking.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2012 at 11:05 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies

There were overheating issues with the batteries of the Nikon D800 and some others.
How many of you whingers have a 5D Mk III?

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2012 at 09:58 UTC as 52nd comment

I dimly recall some Leica problem with the M8, a sensor which was too sensitive to IR and the solution was an IR filter which Leica supplied.

I don't know of any Nikon issues but I'm sure there are some.

I have a 5D Mk III and I'm not too fussed and I seldom use the display light. And I know that tape is used in many electrical devices.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2012 at 09:55 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
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