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Old enough to be a fossil, intact memory and concentrating on Auto wrapping, wallpaper printing and Canvas masterpieces


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On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (140 comments in total)

I've used a 'model helicopter' as well as a home made drone that holds a compact camera. Even the most expensive of the expensive cannot capture rock steady footage however... I also own a program called Mercalli 3.0. The only purpose of this software is to fix the shakes and quivers from videos.

I'd suggest if you intend to buy less than Parrot quad, you are only buying frustration. Even the Parrot needs post shoot stabilization to produce any watchable video. Run it through Mercalli -- even the $50 do-everything but nothing properly app designed for fixing go-pro's terrible images and a whole new world opens up to you.

I first discovered simple video and its flaws when I used a smart phone to record my daughter's Camaro for buyer in another state. I'm fairly steady with heavy cameras but smart phones are another thing again. It wasn't until after the car was sold I discovered Mercalli V2 as a plugin for Vegas Pro edit software. I'll put up Camaro film and start a thread later.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 03:57 UTC as 1st comment

I just ordered the Samsung S4 zoom. It had nothing to do with your comments. I didn't actually find the shootout report until after I'd placed my order.

Nothing in your review has changed my mind. At $299 AUD compared to the almost $900AUD for an iPhone, I am happy to have a camera that I can make phone calls with rather than have a phone I can take photos with.

I'd love to have the waterproofing of some higher priced units but an umbrella is likely to be a good investment if I decide to shoot in the rain!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 02:28 UTC as 7th comment
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (189 comments in total)
In reply to:

Yochi23: Hi ,
I am posting again my question.
I am using now the Sigma 150-500 with my Nikon D7000 mainly for birds photography
Am using it without tripod. The focus is very slow but otherwise it's OK up to 400 mm
I want to upgrade to the new Tamron. Lab results are OK but I would very muck like to hear someone who actually tried both lenses specially before going on a safari.
Is the focus much faster? Are the result on 500-600 OK

Many thanks

You'll probably find the Tamron has considerably better engineering in it than the Sigma. Having said that, I'll go on the say my short experience with the Tamron makes me feel it is best suited to a full frame camera. I'm not getting as good results with my D7000 as I get from the D610. You might also find the pixel density of the D7000 is why.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 16:32 UTC
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (189 comments in total)

I have one of these lenses. They've been in very short supply in Australia but I managed to get one by acting quickly when I heard a shipment was due a few weeks ago.

I've got both D7000 and D610 Nikon cameras. After using it to capture my favorite kookaburras high in a tree (using the 610) and later attempting to use it in an equally useful way in the D7000 I've formed the opinion this lens is best suited to a FX (full frame) sensor camera.

SO far the inability to auto focus from close to distant without help is the only issue I've discovered. There's a switch on the barrel to limit the distance... A sort of workaround for the problem. I haven't had results as good with the D7000 as I got on the FX body. Maybe that will change as I become more familiar with it. So far I'm liking it very much. Something I didn't expect from a Tamron lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 16:25 UTC as 4th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (484 comments in total)
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aussiedean: Hi all my first post here on the forums and just to let you all know I have a very basic knowledge of Photography at this point and was just interested to see if anyone has come across a problem mentioned here:

In relation to the Carl Ziess logo? I have been looking into the camera and looking at purchasing until I saw this. Haven't seen anyone else mention it though which I find odd.

Carl Ziess and 'Ziess' lenses are two different beasts. One -- the Carl Ziess is made by anyone with lens making ability who has licensed the name. The other is from the original west German factory.

I guess it must seem pretty neat buying a plastic camera with a Carl Ziess or Leica lens on it but like the compact 35mm camera I bought a lifetime ago just for the German lens name on it's plastic lens, the performance just doesn't live up to the formidable reputation these legendary lens manufacturers rightly earned from their best lenses. Sadly those on compact cameras seldom (if ever) live up to the expectation the name suggests.

I'd be more interested to discover who made the lens than to blindly trust the name on it. Acrylic lens elements - the stuff beer glasses are made from, are getting better with lens makers experience, even mixing glass elements with plastic ones but don't be fooled for a single second... If it is a lightweight lens, it's made with plastic elements.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 05:21 UTC
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (189 comments in total)
In reply to:

Yochi23: Hi ,
I am posting again my question.
I am using now the Sigma 150-500 with my Nikon D7000 mainly for birds photography
Am using it without tripod. The focus is very slow but otherwise it's OK up to 400 mm
I want to upgrade to the new Tamron. Lab results are OK but I would very muck like to hear someone who actually tried both lenses specially before going on a safari.
Is the focus much faster? Are the result on 500-600 OK

Many thanks

I think you might be a tad disappointed with this lens if you intend to use it on a small sensor camera. I've got both 610 and 7100 Nikons and I only get excellent results on the 610. From what I'm told by other people who've tried one expecting to get 900mm virtual lens length, its the same story.

You might like to wait and see if Tamron intend to introduce APS-c specific lenses in the near future. BTW, this is not the only full frame lens I've used on a clip size sensor that doesn't produce the same quality image as it does on a full frame one. Just my opinion. Others may have different opinions. You could always hire one and see for yourself if it suits your needs. I still prefer the 120 - 300 Sigma with a 2x extender on it for really crisp results but the cost is a lot more.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 04:59 UTC
On Adobe announces 'Photoshop Mix' for iPad post (4 comments in total)

After wasting a year's subscription to CC and discovering the Photoshop CS6 I already owned did everything CC did, I'm of the opinion Adobe are out of ideas. Photoshop Lightroom for a mobile phone, eh? That's impressive. I can't even get my fingers to fit a single key, much less be bothers trying to use a phone to manage my image database. But carry on Adobe... Sooner or later you'll come out with something that's actually usable.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 07:41 UTC as 1st comment

What has me curious is how far away is this lens from the original release? Certainly it was reported as a "prime near equal" just like this one is but... That lens was reported as good to excellent but the one I had was terrible. The Zoom ring jammed and focus on anything but good to excellent contrast objects in normal day light was a real hit and miss thing... It spent far too much time hunting for focus. Not much different to any Sigma Zoom lens I've owned.None have been stellar performers at focusing when compared to camera makers lenses.

After reading reviews here and elsewhere praising Sigma lenses I'm finding it hard to duplicate the results and beginning to wonder if the lenses submitted for review are hand finished by factory technicians rather than the off-the-shelf stuff consumers have to contend with. How about it DP review? Have you ever compared your test lenses with oned found on the shelves of camera stores?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 19:05 UTC as 4th comment
On Cine System Tripod Dolly and Mount Review article (70 comments in total)
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silyn: I would never buy this especially @ $450. As mounted on a car (suction cups) nothing unusual however supported load of 5lb is not enough. I would not trust 5lb equipment to this mount.

As a dolly, based on sample video, it really sucks. The movement it produces (again, based on video) does not look good - it's a toy, and there is no smoothness, and it moves like a toy. There may be some uses for this thing, why not, but $450? There are better ways to invest such money into video equipment. Obviously my personal opinion.

Hey mike... What happened to shoot it right and forget the edit? If your footage needs post production to make up for the shortfall in a $450 product, you seriously have to add the software to reach the true cost of the product, do you not?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 19:59 UTC
On Cine System Tripod Dolly and Mount Review article (70 comments in total)

The interesting part of these 'remarkable' new wheels and cups is that someone had already invented it 30 years ago. Now by adding a few over tight plastic ball sockets and suction cups this is the big rave on a wonderful new product.

I'm all for invention but FCS, let's invent something new for a change. The whole industry is overcrowded with too many people trying to sell too many re-inventions to too few people.

Sorry folks but this is just more of the past fancied up as an odd ball looking gimmick. Anyone remember the first ball joint tripod head from Manfrotto?

In 1977 I bolted a Canon VHS camera onto the side of my Landrover and went into to bush with it. Footage is yuk now but at the time it was AOK for 640 x 480. Stick an iPhone on the same bracket now and it would be way more robust and just as light as this one. Back then the tripod and a bit of welding cost $45 and did exactly the same. Nothing new here.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 19:56 UTC as 3rd comment

Curious that a German firm (DxO) has had its Gnomes busy in the background producing a version their excellent distortion correction software is claimed to rectify the optical problems camera integrated mobile phones create.

I can certainly testify to the ability of this software on HTC images. How a "digital camera in a lens" compares so far only demonstrates that Sony see a serious enough issue in lens quality to produce this object.

My personal opinion is that if you are becoming a serious enough photographer to shell out what is certain to be the generous amount of cash this stuff will cost, then surely a pocket size compact camera is a more likely choice?

A recent article in an Aussie Wedding magazine by a long time wedding photographer certainly gives credence to possibility of serious work being possible with camera phones. His article highlights lens quality as an important issue too. I can't wait to get my hands on a 'lens camera'.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2013 at 14:00 UTC as 17th comment
On Online images and copyright infringement article (255 comments in total)
In reply to:

E Dinkla: It would be a very smart move if any copyright infringement is compensated by a donation for a good cause. The price to pay can be several times the normal photographer's image price and still hold in court. Greed is not an issue then and the level of shame is multiplied for the company that is not willing to cooperate.

If you made your living from selling photos, would you still have the same opinion if instead of paying you for your work, clients gave money to charity?

This is a one off incident where the photographer decided to "fine" the company by making them donate a misappropriated amount of money to charity. He'd probably have gotten that much in a settlement had he gone to court.

Expecting "EVERY" instance of copyright infringement to follow with a charity payment will see some hungry photographers going under. A far better idea is to set up a challenge fund to help defray the cost of court action against those who should (and probably do) know better.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2013 at 01:54 UTC
On Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested article (144 comments in total)

As a long time Fuji faithful, mainly in Medium format but also S5 (Nikon Hybrid) I am bitterly disappointed that waiting years after the day they simply stopped making Professional cameras altogether, this 'new' sensor is all they have to offer professional photographers who used Fuji equipment, expecting something new before it was too late.

It's very sad that Fuji have abandoned professional photographers completely. The rumors that floated around were all lies. The only professional offerings in digital cameras come from Fuji's rivals. SO the wait is over. For me and some of my contemporaries the choice Phase one or Pentax.

Bye bye Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2013 at 01:36 UTC as 12th comment
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john Clinch: I've skimmed this and I sort of agree with the comments below. LR for my Nikon camera offers a range of camera profiles that quickly achieve good colour off the bat.

Is LR the only one to offer selective adjustment? I use these alot.

I've never been a fan of saying DPREVIEW is biased but I think we should remember DXO is now a business partner

Very well put. As an editor of magazines (not potographic) I realise only to well the balancing act of comparative articles. We are all biased at times. Particularly when our existance is risked. Nothing I've trials matches Capture NX2 when it comes to processing Nikon images. The one ting DxO was good at (fixing lens anomolies) is now included with most of its competitors.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2013 at 16:01 UTC
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Richard Wonka: surprised no one is missing darktable here...

Ever the day it works on Windows 64 bit and I'll trial it. Until then, Linux remains a play thing for me.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2013 at 15:53 UTC

After Shot Pro seems to be favoured by many photographers but... I am one of the fools who bought Bibble in the days before it was silently sold to Corel. Any support? Nah. I feel not only betrayed but very let down that there doesn't seem to have been any 'deal' done to provide an upgrade path for existing Bibble users... Just a hand full of bucks to the developers. Who cares about customers. Maybe why its been left out?

DxO? OK just so long as you don't own a Nikon. Only my experience mind you but I think Lightroom comes from an ethical company. Adobe gave me the first copy of Lightroom for free because I was a Raw Shooter Pro user (the origin of Lightroom). Like I said, Just my opinions.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2013 at 15:47 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On Nokia's Lumia sales exceed expectations post (14 comments in total)

I bought my wife a Nokia to replace her old button Nokia. That makes 16 Nokias I've had or got for my family and business since 1998.

Battery life is reduced alarmingly if you don't switch off wi-fi search but other than that, it takes brilliant photos for such a puny little lens and Windows, which everyone thought wouldn't work is brilliant.

I'd buy another Nokia in a heartbeat if I needed another one.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2013 at 04:15 UTC as 1st comment
On beached_chevy photo in Douglas69's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Buried under the sand are 20 sheets of 3/4" ply to enable the car and its companion (A Camaro) to drive onto the beach as if it were a normal road.
Shot with a D700, Tone mapped with Luminance HDR.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 01:43 UTC as 1st comment
On DxO Optics Pro 8: What's New article (110 comments in total)
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designdog: What is missing, unfortunately discovered by me after I purchased it, is support for the Fuji X Pro1...

I've used DXO Elite since version 1.0. That version worked wonders with 10D Canon images shot with the kit lens. Things change. I'm using Nikon (FF) and Pentax (MF) cameras now and although DXO has changed, some might say improved does not handle Nikon D800 or Pentax Medium format files anywhere near as well as the instant improvement I found on 10D images that compelled me to buy the software in the first place.

I only bought the "Elite" version because of my D800. I should have chosen one of the many alternatives that not just handles Nikon files well but also works with the large files from a medium format camera.

We won't be updating it again and unless the company behind DXO changes its practice of charging for what should be a free incremental update, we won't be buying the software again, any time soon. This is a pity because I liked the way it automatically corrected lens anomalies.


Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2012 at 22:36 UTC

Since sketch artists took to using cameras to capture images of performers, those performers have tried to prevent the very people they rely on for publicity, making a living from photographing them.

I'm neutral on the issue, it reminds me of many actors who signed contracts when they were starting out and are now trying to force TV recording companies to pay them royalities that the original contracts denied them.

You'd think with the money these performers make, they wouldn't mind a photographer who promoted them making a few bucks too but greed is not just a word, it is a fact of life. I can't help wondering how many shooters will still sign the contracts knowing they might be working for free!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 20:17 UTC as 15th comment
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