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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On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? news story (203 comments in total)
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Frank_BR: Pinhole lens is an oxymoron.

Indeed. It's either a lens or a pinhole. Can't be both.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? news story (203 comments in total)
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cseiler: Isn't that what the Graflex Speed Graphic was about starting a century ago? These fold up nicely for transport.... and you can tilt/shift the lens which is perfect for the huge film area.

Weren't they much heavier, though?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 21:38 UTC
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? news story (203 comments in total)

Looks nice. Small, cheap, very light compared to other similar ones I've seen before. Would have been nicer if it was used for something better than just bland snapshots in the video, of course.

What the specs of the camera doesn't tell you is that if you want to bring along more than just a handful of film, it's going to get rather heavy with all your film sheets and film holders. The back and lens will add a bit of weight too. But, of course, compared to even light field cameras, it's practically a featherweight.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 21:37 UTC as 66th comment

I've been selling prints on FineArtAmerica for a few years as well as original paintings from people finding them on the site, and I think their way of doing it is very good. I've not looked into the new licensing scheme, though, but it looks promising, and it's nice to have one site for everything image-based rather than having to spread it across multiple web portals (well two sites, that is, as I also use Zazzle too).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 10:15 UTC as 6th comment
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (403 comments in total)
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saycheese1985: How can I buy this over the Panasonic GM1, regarding what the photographic results the latter can yield given its m43 sensor and the ability to adopt small fast prime or compact zoom lenses?They are in the same league regarding size, price, and functionality.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gm1

The answer gives itself, doesn't it? You can't. Get the GM-1.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 09:33 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (403 comments in total)

I see they've removed even more of the brilliant control dials that made the old Canon G10 one of the best cameras I've ever used. I suppose it's a bit like Facebook and iTunes: the interface is perfect - or at least it used to be - and yet someone decided that change is always good and decided they need to alter it. Do that a few times, and it usually keeps getting worse...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 21:03 UTC as 103rd comment
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK news story (164 comments in total)

Oh my, they're even a third on the way to their target on Kickstarter as well. Didn't expect to see that.

Oh well... I predict that - if the project gets funded - a year after the first batch has been shipped, no more than 5% of the ones backing it can still remember where they put their HACKxTACK. And they're back to where they started.

Also, if a HACKxTACK costs $10 (I suspect it costs a bit more), can't you get 10 cheapo lens caps for that, use those and keep the original stored away in the lens box for when you sell the lens some day?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 21:57 UTC as 92nd comment
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK news story (164 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Nice thought - but this needs KICKSTARTER? You can buy strong tiny neodymium magnets by the hundred for a few quid, and use Araldite to fix them to most anything - including lens caps, pieces of wood, tie clips ...

Brian

And it would look better too...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK news story (164 comments in total)

I thought people only lost lens caps when they are attached to the camera and you bump into something without noticing that makes it come loose, not when you have taken it off to take pictures.

As we all know, you can't take pictures with a lens cap on, so it should not stay on unless you change lenses or put the camera away in a bag, pocket or under your jacket when it starts pouring down.

I think most people know exactly where they put it too, so this sounds to me like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Not to mention the "tack" in the name might easily be short for "tacky", for it doesn't exactly look cool wearing your lens cap like that.

If you can remember putting a lens cap on the tack, you can also easily remember putting it in the same pocket every time you take it off the lens. If you're the kind of person who forgets easily, you'd most likely forget to bring your HACKxTACK anyway...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 21:38 UTC as 98th comment | 2 replies
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z news story (542 comments in total)
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misolo: A 35mm-format DSLR sensor is just a 1.26 crop from the 645Z's sensor. That's a smaller difference than between "full-frame" and APS-H, or between APS-C and micro four-thirds. It does give access to some lovely lenses, but without a truly medium-format sized sensor, my gear lust for this is dampened... In any case, kudos to Ricoh Pentax for turning the over-priced competition into a joke.

@Couscousdelight I presume you mean "larger than" - and I agree. Still, it would be nice to see lenses with the full 645 format one of these days. If Pentax can do this size for that price, a full-frame 645 shouldn't be out of reach.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:31 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z news story (542 comments in total)
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Charlie boots: This is a disruptive product as the price is significantly less than half of the competition. A review of this beast and image comparisons with the competition as well as Dxo numbers will ultimately tell the full story. Can't wait to see some image comparisons.

Considering Pentax's other products one has no reason to think that these will be anything less than amazing. Once Lightroom and Capture one have profiles the med format landscape will be very interesting indeed. Hopefully someone will quickly make adaptors for Mamiya and Hassy lenses.

Wonderful Pentax, congratulations.

The lens mount has been around for so long, you will already find adapters for Hasselblad and Mamiya lenses for the 645. If you search for it on eBay, there are several there.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:20 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z news story (542 comments in total)

The old 645D is no slouch either, and comparing it to 35mm full-frame DSLRs, it still holds its own rather well. It will be nice to see what kind of image improvements are under the hood of this one.

By the way, with that kind of price for what is a camera with a sensor basically half as big as the 645 format, wouldn't it be possible to get one that actually was full-frame similarly priced to the Hasselblad? now, that would be game-changing!

Anyway, I really like the Pentax cameras. I was seriously considering splurging out on a 645D a while back, but I'm still waiting for that elusive lottery win so I know I can afford it...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:16 UTC as 129th comment | 3 replies
On Lensbaby releases 5.8mm F3.5 circular fisheye lens news story (18 comments in total)
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luxor2: NEX mount becomes available, Hasselblad could offer a Platinum and Emu skin version for the Lunar, so sweet!

Nah... they'd only do that for Sony lenses...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 09:31 UTC
On Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras news story (114 comments in total)

If this lens is so brilliant, shouldn't it be marketed to the Leica M crowd? Or does "full of warm, vibrant colors, vignettes and bursting with unique character" actually mean "Full of uncorrected optical defects that make your photos awful in ways you cannot possibly correct or create in post processing"?

Since it's aimed at the Lomographers, isn't it a bit overpriced when you can get pieces of broken bottles and other shards of glass for free that will have an even more unique look when you try taking photos through them?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 10:02 UTC as 28th comment
On Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras news story (114 comments in total)
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AndreaV: Well... it's more expensive than the Canon 20mm f2.8 and 2 stops darker. Is the quality really THAT good?

The quality is bad - that's the whole point of Lomography, isn't it? If it was a high-quality lens, it would be marketed to the Leica M crowd. For "bursting with unique quality" read "full of uncorrected optical issues". This apparently adds "character" to the photos.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 09:57 UTC
On Ricoh to offer limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit news story (89 comments in total)

Seems such a waste to put good lenses on a sensor that is so small. At least the pixel count is more correct for the sensor size than some other compacts out there. It looks nice - in a miniaturised kind of way - but once you add the inconvenience of having to change lenses, you might as well get something like a Panasonic GM1 instead.

To be perfectly honest, if the GM1 hadn't come along, I'd have seriously considered this kit, though. I'm not sure exactly what it is about it, but I do like Pentax stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 22:54 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' news story (331 comments in total)

Surely you could have come up with a better and less obvious April fool's joke than that, DPreview? Not to mention a better photoshopped picture with the lens. And, as everyone(?) knows, the reason the old Zuiko lenses are so compact is the large film-to-flange distance of the old OM cameras. It simply wouldn't work on a body like that.

Oh well. Better than no joke, I guess. Kudos for trying. I'm sure some people were fooled.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 21:00 UTC as 103rd comment | 5 replies
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burnin: Actually, it reveals Olympus as being dickheads for leaving out 5-axis image stabilization in the OM-D E-M10.

@Stu 5 The optical stabiliser is most likely a sensor-shift - or a combination of sensor-shift and optical shift. It's only for interchangeable lens cameras that separating lens or in-body stabilising is significant. For fixed lens cameras, it's whether it's optical (sensor and/or lens) or digital (ie increasing ISO or downsampling the image etc - as some compact camera manufacturers tout as stabilising).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 09:55 UTC
On Camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction news story (110 comments in total)

Well... the official story is they always left the cameras they brought to the moon's surface but took the film backs back home, right? I think that's a pretty solidly documented fact.

Anyway, is it just me, or does this camera kit look like a mix between the 500 EDC, some of which did go to the moon (but were left there), and 500 EL/M which didn't? Looks like the film magazine is from the latter model, meaning that no part of this camera has been to the moon.

Now, just for claiming that the camera has been to the moon and obviously making some alterations to the camera to substantiate the story, this is an item that should have been blacklisted and not sold at auction. Just goes to show that some auctioneers don't mind doing the immoral thing as long as they make money from it...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 18:37 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On Camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction news story (110 comments in total)

Oh well... the buyer probably wants to believe the story is true, and so pays for that. At such prices, you are really buying something with imaginary value anyhow. If you just wanted the same kind of camera, you can get ones that haven't been to space much cheaper...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 18:20 UTC as 34th comment
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