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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 Week in Review: Two by two article (22 comments in total)

why are cameras shown on rocks?

years ago, digital camera adverts had kids with food on their faces, usually melted ice cream.

Now it's rocks.

I better not whinge too much or they'll bring back the food covered kids.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 12:49 UTC as 2nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (395 comments in total)

Prefer a VF

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 11:27 UTC as 3rd comment
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motobobp: I tend to agree. Many people would like a camera that takes excellent pictures but is intuitive to use. Rather than eliminating capabilities, how about making a menu portal that guides the user into what ever level they want to work at, ie.; "Snapshot", "Basic Still", Intermediate Still", etc. Buttons and functions would be deactivated depending on what level you are at. This would avoid the dreaded "I must have pushed a button by mistake and now the camera is doing something I don't want! Help!!!!"

many cameras have a factory reset function but I like a less drastic way to return the default functions.
Even if default settings were merely listed in the manual, yet this is not always done.
I like the Canon's C1 C2 C3 dial positions and you have the option to remember changes or lock them and not remember changes.
Even more experienced people can forget the original setting of some obscure setting

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 10:55 UTC
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photoeng: Last I checked... The world is swimming in images lately, and that's what matters.

But will these images be around in 50 years? Like film?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 10:47 UTC
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fairfaxian: I love using my iPhone 6+ -esp for slo-mo panoramas. But I almost always carry a real camera.
I just returned from backpacking in Yosemite high country -where I opted for the added weight of my wonderful Canon 7DII. I even carried it rock scrambling up a (steep!) peak at just over 10k' -just for the quality of the images. I am editing those images now and the IQ is magnificent. I'm a pro retoucher -and yes I scrutinize to the pixel level. I have pocket cams, midsize and DSLRs. And the more important the content, the bigger the hardware that I will lug out there.
iPhones are a marvel of engineering -but there's (currently) no substitute IMO for quality glass on a cam that will bang out 10fps and IQ that looks terrific as a large print. I choose to support the makers of the excellent cameras that I use daily -in hopes that they will thrive and have capital for continued R&D. And when they come out with new gear, I often buy it. I choose carefully, and rarely regret my purchases.

i agree, I never use my iphone camera, if I have gone to some trouble to get somewhere, I would rather use quality gear to take the photos, such as a 5DMk III for example, even if it is heavier.
I have also got the Sony RX100M4 as the camera I take on my commute to work or when cycling.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 10:35 UTC
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derekkite: Yes! What I need is a dslr that is wide angle and small aperture with an automatic flash. Then I can have fun!

Come on. I take photos with my phone, sure. Fun, not really. It doesn't focus in low light, it doesn't freeze movement with a fast shutter speed, I can't control a flash detached from the phone, I can't take a shot of the bear or otter up the river. I can't photograph the milky way.

Canon has how many options to set up autofocus, and if done to the circumstances of the shot, gets amazing results. Could it be simpler? I suppose, but Apple's simplicity is 80% due to limiting what you can do. Could some phone manufacturer put together a focus mechanism, lens and sensor that can capture a football game from the sidelines? Nope.

This is nonsense. Phones are wide small aperture photographic devices. I don't consider that to be very much fun.

I agree, phone cameras have a very small lens and no variable aperture. The novices who take phone pictures don't care about that.
At least phone cameras eliminate the flash photos outdoors like at sporting events.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 10:24 UTC
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MrTaikitso: Sony are superb at miniaturisation, but need to work on their ergonomics, the one reason I would not choose an RX-100 series and sadly got rid of my NEX. (A-6000 better, but not perfect.) On the RX-100 series, the controls are too small, there is no top right multi-use dial and the case is too slippery. Sony could learn from the Panasonic LX-100, which would be perfect it it had an articulating display.

The quest for the perfect compact continues!

You also need the U3 card for the slo-mo which cost $200 for the 64GB.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 18:39 UTC
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justmeMN: Sony includes 4K in their cameras, because they want to promote the sale of their 4K televisions. Camera companies that don't make televisions don't have that financial incentive.

A Hasselblad TV with wooden panelling costing $90K

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 18:36 UTC
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straylightrun: First they have conquered Mirrorless, and now the enthusiast digital camera market. What's next for Sony?

Sony MD player

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 18:34 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1553 comments in total)

I just got one, big learning curve.
On the first day, I'd take a photo, zoom and then take another photo but I'd be zooming in the previous photo on preview. D'oh!
So I disabled the preview and things are better but no chimping. No biggie really.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2015 at 12:15 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply

carborundum conumdrum

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 10:22 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

be nice... Blizzard named a wow zone after him

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:49 UTC as 15th comment
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 (167 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 (59 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 6th comment
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (258 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 78th 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
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