Greg VdB

Greg VdB

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Joined on Sep 6, 2002

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On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (570 comments in total)

I'd love to buy one of these for my parents for nostalgic reasons alone. They used a very similarly looking 35mm camera throughout the 80's, 90's and naughts that captured all our family holidays and parties. It too had a 35mm f/2 lens. Since four years they use a Nikon travel zoom P&S instead, but I'm sure they'd appreciate the feel of the X100T more. However, they'd definitely miss the zoom. Also: at 1100+ Euro this is by no means a cheap back-up camera. I'm absolutely certain my parents only payed a fraction for the "equivalent" product in the film era...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 09:09 UTC as 104th comment
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Greg VdB: The "low-profile" thing is just a marketing tool. These days, everybody runs around with all kinds of bags containing smartphones, tablets, phablets, notebooks, and what have you not. The bags portrayed above could contain ANY of these, and pickpockets are really not going to pass on a good opportunity to steal an unattended bag just because it doesn't scream "photo-bag"! Just stay vigilent in crowds, and if possible avoid areas with higher crime rates...

Any stylish bag making you look like a reasonably wealthy person going to work defines you as a viable target. Wether or not you indeed do get targeted will depend much more on your diligence (/the chance that the offender gets away unnoticed) than on the type of bag you're carrying...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 12:32 UTC

The "low-profile" thing is just a marketing tool. These days, everybody runs around with all kinds of bags containing smartphones, tablets, phablets, notebooks, and what have you not. The bags portrayed above could contain ANY of these, and pickpockets are really not going to pass on a good opportunity to steal an unattended bag just because it doesn't scream "photo-bag"! Just stay vigilent in crowds, and if possible avoid areas with higher crime rates...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 10:10 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies

I spent a nice breakfast going through his magnificent galleries. Thanks for a good start to the week, DPR!

What I love foremost is how natural all shots look - no vignetting or colour filters added to make the pictures look more dramatic or "vintage", just good honest photography!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 06:29 UTC as 16th comment
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Greg VdB: Rishi, any thoughts on how usefull the image stabilization is on a lens this wide? It seems to me that most landscape photographers would put it on a tripod given the weight, and for event photographers shutter speeds can't be too long anyway. The only scenario I can think of off the top of my head are places like museums where tripods aren't allowed.

The inclusion of VC in a lens of this size definitely harms portability (weight ánd dimensions), but I concur, VC could come in handy in the scenarios you listed.

For video, I wonder how "smooth" the VC operates at these viewing angles - my SP 70-300 mm's VC has the tendency to stabilize the image a while and then jump to the next stable phase, which wouldn't be very nice in video. Therefore I use it on a tripod when shooting video, but at wide angles this is probably less of a problem? (any experience anyone?)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 08:46 UTC

Rishi, any thoughts on how usefull the image stabilization is on a lens this wide? It seems to me that most landscape photographers would put it on a tripod given the weight, and for event photographers shutter speeds can't be too long anyway. The only scenario I can think of off the top of my head are places like museums where tripods aren't allowed.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 21:08 UTC as 81st comment | 4 replies
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Timbukto: Subjectively I think the Tamron sunstars look good and like that it gets slightly diffuse going outwards. Not a fan of the Nikon double spikes. On the otherhand I don't like the medium sized sun flare blob on the Tamron, prefer the very large and more diffuse Canon sun flare blob, and Nikon's sun flare blob is so small I would consider PPing it away (the sun was also at its lowest in that shot as well). Do these lens flare blobs change much in size with different aperture values?

The Canon overall seemed the best taking into account both sunstar + more diffuse lens flare that looks like a PP effect you'd want to keep, vs something you want to PP out entirely.

Ugh just opened up the larger images...stop trying to pull the shadows up on the Canon! ;p

It's not a straight forward comparison between in terms of the sun blob though: the Nikon shot was made with the sun significantly lower, hence less bright, then with the Tamron shot (with the Canon shot taken in between). Impossible to be sure from this series, but it could be that the situation would have been inversed if the shots were taken in opposite order...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 20:49 UTC
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Mark Banas: A cautionary tale about the risks and responsibilities of crowdfunding, to be sure. I've backed a few kickstarter and indiegogo campaigns, and all but one managed to get their ducks in a row. (Still waiting for 2013's Colorright Power Panel, Drew!) Maybe I'm good at analyzing the presentation for pitfalls?

Haha, there certainly would be a lot of pressure on your analyses - looking at how "vocal" people can be about anything here, they certainly would hold you personally responsible if you got it wrong at one point. Why, they'd probably hold your offspring responsible as well, for a couple of generations :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 09:59 UTC
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Txoni: Let me see if I understand...

1) A company receives money and there's no guarantee to deliver
2) The company does research, pay salaries to their existing engineers with the money
3) They acquire know-how, market research, new prototypes, skills...
4) They "drop" the project, refund part of the money since they only used part of it (and got interests from a bank for that, too and run the company with less costs due to paying existsing engineers, not new ones, with it)
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5) In 1-2 years time (2016) a new Triggertrap product is out in the market... give it a name ;-)

Wouldn't any company love this? Free research funding.

With all the whining on these boards you'd think there's a large crowd that would be more than happy to help fund the R&D departments of Canikon :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 00:03 UTC
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Mark Banas: A cautionary tale about the risks and responsibilities of crowdfunding, to be sure. I've backed a few kickstarter and indiegogo campaigns, and all but one managed to get their ducks in a row. (Still waiting for 2013's Colorright Power Panel, Drew!) Maybe I'm good at analyzing the presentation for pitfalls?

Why not put that analyzing talent to good use of the DPR community by creating a series of contributions in which you recommend us viable photography-related kickstarter campaigns ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (830 comments in total)
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Der Steppenwolf: So Nikon, for EVERY little improvement you have to buy new camera. Memory and processor in D7100 could have handled same buffer if not more but no. First they sell hat one, then they add tiny bit more memory and the game goes on. And memory IS DIRT CHEAP and has been for MANY YEARS now.And before flameing starts, I happen to know for a fact that this is true since I am one of the contributors to Nikon hacker community (google it), where we actually are dissasembling these cameras and their software to improve upon lowly features Nikon is putting there to begin with.
No shame what so ever in that company.

I was referring to the OP's claim that the buffer could have been improved without changing the hardware of the D7100... (or did I understand that 2nd sentence incorrectly?)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 09:50 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (830 comments in total)
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Der Steppenwolf: So Nikon, for EVERY little improvement you have to buy new camera. Memory and processor in D7100 could have handled same buffer if not more but no. First they sell hat one, then they add tiny bit more memory and the game goes on. And memory IS DIRT CHEAP and has been for MANY YEARS now.And before flameing starts, I happen to know for a fact that this is true since I am one of the contributors to Nikon hacker community (google it), where we actually are dissasembling these cameras and their software to improve upon lowly features Nikon is putting there to begin with.
No shame what so ever in that company.

If you could offer people to increase the buffer size of their D7100's for not too much money, I'm sure you could make a decent profit out of it...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 08:32 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (830 comments in total)

Why so much negativity? The D7100 was the best non-action aps-c on the market, and the "minor" upgrades mean that the D7200 also covers sports/wildlife photography now.

I'm the owner of a Canon 70D, a camera that I love for its versatility, but of course I'd like to have a D7200 as well. The only thing I'd miss would be the swivel touch screen, which is indispensable for shooting from a tripod, low/high angles, and focus-pulling during video. But I surely would love to gain some DR...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 07:19 UTC as 174th comment
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Greg VdB: Nice video Richard! A question: in my (limited) experience I found EVF's more tiring on the eye than OVF's - does the increased resolution change this? (or is it just me that has a problem with this?)

It's a couple of years ago when I used a friend's camera for a day - not entirely sure, but looking at the timeline it was either the Panasonic DMC-G1 or G2.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 22:39 UTC
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Greg VdB: Nice video Richard! A question: in my (limited) experience I found EVF's more tiring on the eye than OVF's - does the increased resolution change this? (or is it just me that has a problem with this?)

I don't plan to change systems any time soon, but it's good to know current EVF's are much improved from the last one I looked through(/in).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 18:50 UTC
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Tapper123: Noticeable moire here and there, but overall very nice. More than good enough for personal videos, but not sure it would be a first choice for pros. I guess in some documentary applications the extraordinary ibis could give it an advantage.

For people like me considering this camera mainly for stills, the improved video is just icing. But good icing does help complete a cake.

Completely agree with you mpgxsvcd - the current DPR staff have gotten exceedingly good at contact with the readership, despite this requiring very thick skin on a daily basis. A pity though that the unavoidable mental health counselling takes away some time from their reviewing duties...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 18:45 UTC

Nice video Richard! A question: in my (limited) experience I found EVF's more tiring on the eye than OVF's - does the increased resolution change this? (or is it just me that has a problem with this?)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 08:39 UTC as 8th comment | 7 replies
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Tapper123: Noticeable moire here and there, but overall very nice. More than good enough for personal videos, but not sure it would be a first choice for pros. I guess in some documentary applications the extraordinary ibis could give it an advantage.

For people like me considering this camera mainly for stills, the improved video is just icing. But good icing does help complete a cake.

A very interesting illustration of expectation bias :-) That's no criticism to you personally, mpgxsvcd, it is well known that the human mind cannot be trusted - something far too few people acknowledge about themselves...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 08:32 UTC
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Digitalis32: The question is are they colour neutral?

That's a very pertinent question indeed, as even a well known brand like Singh Ray can get it wrong: https://exploringexposure.squarespace.com/blog/2014/12/2/nd-filter-review

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 02:44 UTC
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RichRMA: You know what would be interesting? If someone made one of these "fast" pro zoom lenses f/2.0 instead of f/2.8. Like Samsung does and Olympus once did.

That's a bit too simplified, Rich. Look at the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8: it has a 62mm thread size and front lens of ~47.6mm. To have the same focal length at f/2.0, it's a safe bet the front thread would have to change to around 72mm to avoid vignetting. Not at all a problem in itself, but it'll definitely become a large lens for m4/3 bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 21:05 UTC
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