Artistico

Artistico

Lives in United Kingdom Inverness, United Kingdom
Works as a Artist
Has a website at http://www.galleryhakon.com
Joined on Nov 1, 2007

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Artistico: Just when the so-called "design" facility was closed and everyone thought it was safe to look at a Hasselblad again...

If only they'd changed the entire casing to make it appear as if it was a wooden camera, but no - they just add the grip, which doesn't really go together with the camera neither stylistically nor colour-wise, not on this planet, or on any other planet in the universe where life has reached the intelligence to make digital cameras does it go.

In fact, the intergalactical style police might just be on their way right now to arrest whoever so-called designers are behind this to deport them to the moon where, incidentally, during their lifetime incarceration, they'll be able to find some properly designed Hasselblads lying around...

No. That still doesn't work.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 08:28 UTC

Just when the so-called "design" facility was closed and everyone thought it was safe to look at a Hasselblad again...

If only they'd changed the entire casing to make it appear as if it was a wooden camera, but no - they just add the grip, which doesn't really go together with the camera neither stylistically nor colour-wise, not on this planet, or on any other planet in the universe where life has reached the intelligence to make digital cameras does it go.

In fact, the intergalactical style police might just be on their way right now to arrest whoever so-called designers are behind this to deport them to the moon where, incidentally, during their lifetime incarceration, they'll be able to find some properly designed Hasselblads lying around...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 23:21 UTC as 119th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)
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Artistico: I wasn't planning to get any new cameras these days, but when the review of the FZ1000 came out, I just realised that this might just be the camera I've been waiting for since I got a Canon 350D over a Panasonic FZ30 - mostly due to concerns over base ISO noise with the small 1/1.7 sensor.

So far, I am impressed. The lens is sharper than I'd have expected at the long range, a bit mushy in the corners at the wide end, as I'd have thought, but not enough to be any cause for concern.

Stabiliser works a dream, and the programming of the camera is done right. It seems to go to 1/60s exposure at full zoom before increasing the ISO. This gives me sharp pictures every time the way I hold my camera. I've also had sharp ones down to 1/4 leaning against a door frame.

Though zooming with a mechanically coupled lens is always preferable, I found myself quickly adjusting to the power zoom, using the ring around the shutter, using the ring on the lens for manual focus assist.

For the way I shoot, this camera, its zoom range, its controls, the lens and image quality - it's a one-stop shop covering all the bases I need covered, and I will only need to keep a tiny compact camera as well for the days I want to travel light, and I've got everything I need.

Well done, Panasonic. I knew you had it in you when I looked at the FZ30 all those years ago and felt it wasn't quite there yet.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)
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Artistico: I wasn't planning to get any new cameras these days, but when the review of the FZ1000 came out, I just realised that this might just be the camera I've been waiting for since I got a Canon 350D over a Panasonic FZ30 - mostly due to concerns over base ISO noise with the small 1/1.7 sensor.

So far, I am impressed. The lens is sharper than I'd have expected at the long range, a bit mushy in the corners at the wide end, as I'd have thought, but not enough to be any cause for concern.

Stabiliser works a dream, and the programming of the camera is done right. It seems to go to 1/60s exposure at full zoom before increasing the ISO. This gives me sharp pictures every time the way I hold my camera. I've also had sharp ones down to 1/4 leaning against a door frame.

Though zooming with a mechanically coupled lens is always preferable, I found myself quickly adjusting to the power zoom, using the ring around the shutter, using the ring on the lens for manual focus assist.

I read a review complaining that you needed to move the focus ring a certain speed before it registered and moved focus. It would have been nice to adjust this feature. It's obviously there to prevent focus creep, but people might have different preferences. Even the first time I used the ring, though, I had no problem getting good manual focus.

ISO up to 1600 is as clean as I'd want it. 1600 already has some noise, but it's nice noise that I actually like as it adds a bit of life and texture to my photos. 3200 is okay, but 6400 I'd avoid.

My old M43 system has a one stop advantage noise-wise - as is to be expected, but for most uses, the stabiliser's effectiveness will actually make up for any shortcomings in ISO noise performance for my use of the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 11:00 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)

I wasn't planning to get any new cameras these days, but when the review of the FZ1000 came out, I just realised that this might just be the camera I've been waiting for since I got a Canon 350D over a Panasonic FZ30 - mostly due to concerns over base ISO noise with the small 1/1.7 sensor.

So far, I am impressed. The lens is sharper than I'd have expected at the long range, a bit mushy in the corners at the wide end, as I'd have thought, but not enough to be any cause for concern.

Stabiliser works a dream, and the programming of the camera is done right. It seems to go to 1/60s exposure at full zoom before increasing the ISO. This gives me sharp pictures every time the way I hold my camera. I've also had sharp ones down to 1/4 leaning against a door frame.

Though zooming with a mechanically coupled lens is always preferable, I found myself quickly adjusting to the power zoom, using the ring around the shutter, using the ring on the lens for manual focus assist.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 10:55 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)
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AmateurSnaps: I love the idea of a bridge camera but at this price what are the advantages of this camera over a Canon/Nikon/Sony with for example the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro?

@AmateurSnaps I used to have the 350D. When it came out, it was the first really good affordable DSLR. I was actually considering a bridge superzoom at the same time, the Panasonic FZ30, but, though I liked the design of t, I felt I was compromising too much on image quality with its small sensor, images even at ISO 80 needing some cleaning.

If you do wish to upgrade, the FZ1000 is a good choice, and a significant one in terms of image quality over the aging technology of the 350D. Better low light performance, better dynamic range, higher resolution. And the all-in-one lens design is very convenient.

The FZ1000 lens is very good considering its range. I have heard people say the long end is soft, but I think it's much, much better than Panasonic's 45-200mm and 100-300mm for M43 in that regard, which is what I am comparing it to.

Some say it's expensive. But just buying a lens of that range and quality would cost about the same.

So far, I'd give it a highly recommended rating.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 10:48 UTC
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Yannick KREMPP: Just a quick (stupid ?) question: if you use a metabones adapter to use some canon glass, do you cumulate the IS from the lense and the IBIS ? How does this work ?

If it works in tandem, that is very good news as it could theoretically be even more stable, though a lot more complex to make work right.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:06 UTC
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Yannick KREMPP: Just a quick (stupid ?) question: if you use a metabones adapter to use some canon glass, do you cumulate the IS from the lense and the IBIS ? How does this work ?

You'd be using either the IS from the lens or from the body, not both at the same time. As far as I know, no camera manufacturers who usually have IBIS have made them work in tandem with optical stabilisation for even more stabilising power - yet.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 09:31 UTC

Sony is really becoming a major player in the camera market with the innovations and releases of the last few years. If I go back to full frame again some day, it might just be a Sony. The future release of a stabilised A7s II will be particularly tempting.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 09:27 UTC as 263rd comment | 4 replies

What's with all the hate? If you want 3D, 360 degree and action cam in just one package, it doesn't look like a bad idea or a bad deal. Of course, the 3D capability has dictated the size and shape a bit, by the looks of it, which seems to me to be a bit big for an action cam, but that means you get proper 3D with good separation.

I see all the backers have gone for the HD edition, which makes the most sense in this day and age, I guess. $450 for 4K 3D and 360 degree video capabilities? Doesn't sound too bad to me. Full price of $900 when/if it is brought to the shelves? Still doesn't sound awful. A GoPro Hero 4 is $400, isn't it?

Even if I'll never buy one, I still hope they make their target.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 10:06 UTC as 12th comment
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (139 comments in total)
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Artistico: Nice IQ. Digital medium format is getting better and better value for money.

It would have been nice if Mamiya and Fuji also competed with Pentax for this market segment of high-quality affordable MF cameras - just like in the film days. It would accelerate the development of a digital MF camera within the economical reach of more enthusiasts.

Even with the introduction price, though, Pentax is getting really close to being just that.

@Nawlins Mamiya is still a significant step up price-wise. To compare UK prices: Mamiya Kit: £9,670, Pentax Kit: £7,699 And that's with the Mamiya's smaller resolution and no weather sealing, to mention two major selling points in favour of the Pentax.

On the other hand, the Mamiya is modular and you could easily upgrade the back later, but as long as the new Pentax cameras cost less than the equivalent backs for Mamiya, Pentax has the definitive edge, and is covering a market segment a notch lower down the ladder than Mamiya.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 15:57 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (139 comments in total)
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Artistico: Nice IQ. Digital medium format is getting better and better value for money.

It would have been nice if Mamiya and Fuji also competed with Pentax for this market segment of high-quality affordable MF cameras - just like in the film days. It would accelerate the development of a digital MF camera within the economical reach of more enthusiasts.

Even with the introduction price, though, Pentax is getting really close to being just that.

MF = Medium format, not manual focus. If you read again, I think you'll find it says "MF camera", not "MF medium-format camera". I didn't think my shorthand would cause any confusion, but obviously it did...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:37 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (139 comments in total)

Nice IQ. Digital medium format is getting better and better value for money.

It would have been nice if Mamiya and Fuji also competed with Pentax for this market segment of high-quality affordable MF cameras - just like in the film days. It would accelerate the development of a digital MF camera within the economical reach of more enthusiasts.

Even with the introduction price, though, Pentax is getting really close to being just that.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:24 UTC as 35th comment | 11 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)
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Artistico: Just a question, as I assume there must be some FZ1000 owners out there too checking out this forum: I know the close-focus is 3cm at the wide angle of the lens, but what is it at full extension telephoto, and what is the equivalent magnification ratio at either 25mm or 400mm equivalent?

Despite a bit of googling, I've not been able to find the data for this anywhere yet.

Perhaps the DPreview team might know too?

Thanks, Fois. Very useful information.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)

Just a question, as I assume there must be some FZ1000 owners out there too checking out this forum: I know the close-focus is 3cm at the wide angle of the lens, but what is it at full extension telephoto, and what is the equivalent magnification ratio at either 25mm or 400mm equivalent?

Despite a bit of googling, I've not been able to find the data for this anywhere yet.

Perhaps the DPreview team might know too?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 00:50 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)

Quite impressive image quality for a superzoom.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 23:49 UTC as 19th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)

Well, milestone camera as it was, it has sort of been superseded by the much-improved E-M1, so the fact that they are discontinuing it isn't really all that big news.

I had one for a while, and though lots of customisation options were great, as were dynamic range and pixel detail potential, not to mention the 5-axis stabiliser, it never felt right in my hands, especially after using the ergonomically far superior Panasonic GH2.

With the battery grip, the E-M5 came into its own, though, and I did try one briefly, but then it was getting to the kind of size that I went to micro four thirds to avoid in the first place.

If I get into using big lenses again, I might get the E-M1 one day - or whatever supersedes that within the next few years.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 10:27 UTC as 44th comment
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Artistico: Well, in this day and age when digital processing has removed the need for colour-correcting filters and most others, save for ND, Polarisers and the occasional Grad for the ones without the patience for bracketing and post-process combined exposures, the only way a filter manufacturer can try reducing the fall in income is to hype up new products that no one really needs to try to create a demand.

I know what some will say - getting it right in camera is better than in post, etc. Well, the "right" image in that camera is also a processed image, except you are leaving your processing in the capable(?) hands of camera manufacturers sometimes with quite differing views to yours as to what a final image should look like.

I am as nostalgic as the next person, but using colour shift filters just so I have to move some sliders a tiny bit less in post doesn't appeal to me.

But, then again, what is Tiffen to do? If I were them I'd produce new filters no one needed and hyped them up too.

@squiLLNRd I'd have looked at them, but I get asked for a password.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 19:45 UTC
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Artistico: Well, in this day and age when digital processing has removed the need for colour-correcting filters and most others, save for ND, Polarisers and the occasional Grad for the ones without the patience for bracketing and post-process combined exposures, the only way a filter manufacturer can try reducing the fall in income is to hype up new products that no one really needs to try to create a demand.

I know what some will say - getting it right in camera is better than in post, etc. Well, the "right" image in that camera is also a processed image, except you are leaving your processing in the capable(?) hands of camera manufacturers sometimes with quite differing views to yours as to what a final image should look like.

I am as nostalgic as the next person, but using colour shift filters just so I have to move some sliders a tiny bit less in post doesn't appeal to me.

But, then again, what is Tiffen to do? If I were them I'd produce new filters no one needed and hyped them up too.

Yes, now we're getting somewhere. Now if only there were any examples with images taken both with and without to compare, and not just the claims of the Tiffen marketing department, there might be something to it after all.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 09:41 UTC
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Artistico: Well, in this day and age when digital processing has removed the need for colour-correcting filters and most others, save for ND, Polarisers and the occasional Grad for the ones without the patience for bracketing and post-process combined exposures, the only way a filter manufacturer can try reducing the fall in income is to hype up new products that no one really needs to try to create a demand.

I know what some will say - getting it right in camera is better than in post, etc. Well, the "right" image in that camera is also a processed image, except you are leaving your processing in the capable(?) hands of camera manufacturers sometimes with quite differing views to yours as to what a final image should look like.

I am as nostalgic as the next person, but using colour shift filters just so I have to move some sliders a tiny bit less in post doesn't appeal to me.

But, then again, what is Tiffen to do? If I were them I'd produce new filters no one needed and hyped them up too.

@Just a Photographer I'm not saying anything against ND filters. If you think so, you've not read anything I've written properly.

What I am questioning is the need for the IR cut-off.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 20:36 UTC
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