WellyNZ

WellyNZ

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Web developer
Has a website at http://alastairmoore.com
Joined on Sep 6, 2010

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Peter Jonkman: Sorry Sony, but the Leica M9 was the first fullframe mirrorless camera. :)

@Plastek,

How in the wide, wide world of sports does the Leica not fit the definition of a mirrorless ILC camera? That is *exactly* what it is. It doesn't have a mirror and the lenses are interchangeable.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 08:59 UTC
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Sam Carriere: This is all pretty irrelevant. Photographers use cameras, not phones.
And to everyone who wants to show me a superb picture taken with a phone, all I can say is "Just think what that person might have done with a real camera."

The iPhone clearly IS more advanced than the cameras Ansel Adams used in the same way that Adobe Illustrator is more advanced than a pencil.

My primary cameras are 4x5 and 8x10 large format cameras. They're nothing more than a black box with a lens on the front and my iPhone is significantly more advanced as a camera than my film cameras.

That doesn't mean it can create better images.

Every photograph I've made with my large format cameras are by far more impressive, more beautiful and more meaningful than anything I've captured with my iPhone. But not every photograph needs to be a piece of art and that's where my iPhone comes in.

Some artists can create amazing work with a pen and ink, others need something more than that. Horses for courses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 12:50 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: There seem to be three takes on this. (1) It's a phone, so it can't be good. (2) It's technology, which automatically means it's fabulous and you are a loser if you don't agree. (3) These phones aren't perfect but they are good enough for most people, most of the time. If I was selling these, I'd bank on #3.

I'd buy this phone in an instant if it was an Android phone. As it's a Windows phone, I wouldn't touch it with a stick covered in poo.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:50 UTC
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Kumara: Sheesh, all this fuss remainds me when the first polaroid came out and all these trendy & fashonable photographers went into a ramp to show unusual images, while the rest of us Pro used the technology just to check the exposure & light.

Sure it may be a fun toy to play with and may be able to capture significant images, but remember the more sensors' cells you add in a confined area the more noise you record: and that's valid for the many commeents here trying to sell us this latest techno hype as a God sent gift that we would be lucky to use.

The IQ of my MF films is stll unreachable for the digital world, not to speak of the 5x7 & 7x10 "

8x10

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:47 UTC
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rallyfan: So guys, if this article generates enough clicks, would you consider a follow-up on something like cannibalistic infanticide? It might get some click-throughs to the Gearshop site.

@rallyfan,

...which this website quite clearly provides and to suggest otherwise is utterly ridiculous.

The internet is not limited by size. It is quite possible for a website such as DPReview to provide reviews of cameras and gear (as it does very well) AND provide stories that are related to the subject of digital photography.

I don't see what your problem is, excepting the subject matter of the story?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 02:19 UTC
On Is the snapshot dead? post (70 comments in total)

What defines the snapshot that used to be? To me, a snapshot is an every day capture of a person's life. The internet is absolutely full of them.

The photographs shown in the video above look like many of them have had much more pre-thought than a simply snapshot. Or perhaps it's down to the snapshotter of days gone by were more inherently creative than the snapshotter of today who captures an image of their bagel and latte.

Maybe he has a point.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 06:46 UTC as 31st comment

They need to start making ink out of cardboard next, if it'll offer us a cheaper future.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 02:12 UTC as 9th comment
On AFP sports photographer captures double 'lightning' bolt news story (35 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: Oh come on that's such a blatant photoshop I can't believe DPR really fell for this.

@JWest,

Didn't you know that Mikhail Tal has seen a few 'shops in his time? He can tell by the pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 02:07 UTC
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beavertown: The bosses are the customers, not the brands.

Nikon is dying.

Nikon is dying? Don't be so ridiculous and dramatic.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 06:39 UTC
On OMG Life Autographer Quick Review preview (123 comments in total)
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Alternative Energy Photography: Fellas, try to see the possibilities. Like may creative types, I'm getting a vibe from you .. a lot of resistance to new ideas here. Yes, resistance from creatives. ?

Sadly, that's DPReview readers in the main. Anything that isn't the latest/greatest DSLR or doesn't have a tack sharp lens or is slightly outside of their narrow vision gets knocked.

This isn't necessarily something I'd personally be interested in using but I can see the possibilities of devices like this.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 02:40 UTC
On OMG Life Autographer Quick Review preview (123 comments in total)
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duartix: Smartphone = 0$ (I already have one)
App to shoot at (ir?)regular intervals = 0$
Wide angle adapter = 10$
Neck strap = 2$

Come again??? 400£???
Seriously, Oh My Grandmother have a real issue with their price point...
...and IQ...
...and storage...
...but to name a few.

That's great for you that already has a smart phone.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 02:36 UTC
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Tape5: I think this kid is a genius bigger than Dali. This is surrealism at its best. My son is working on it too and I do my best to encourage him. Last week he did this really clever photo of a Mediterranean young lady jumping rope inside his grand father's left ear

Bigger than Dali? Let's not get carried away. There's a thousand photographers on deviantart doing stuff similar/almost identical to this. It's well executed but certainly not the best in this style and there's plenty more of it about.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2013 at 05:52 UTC
On Just posted: Pentax MX-1 review news story (101 comments in total)
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CaseyComo: Aren't _these_ the golden days of camera design? Features, functionality, optics, and prices that photogs of previous eras could not even imagine. Nostalgia is one thing, but there's a reason that we don't all shoot manual focus rangefinders or big 4x5s and carry a lightmeter and exploding flashbulbs.

@ezradja

I shoot film (4x5 and 8x10 large format) but was shooting 35mm film up until recently. I can't say I've ever experienced problems buying film. It's available almost everywhere.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 06:13 UTC
On Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor news story (174 comments in total)
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Paul Guba: OMG this site gets more ridiculous by the day "Sony Unleashes" LOL. It was chained to an engineers desk but now its free. Must be a summer intern writing headlines or they are striving to be more like yahoo. FYI
unleash
— vb
1. to release from or as if from a leash
2. to free from restraint or control

I think it's a very reasonable metaphor.

Sony has had this camera leashed up in its lab for some time and it's been champing at the bit to escape, desperately waiting to bound into your hands, letting you unleash photographic fury!

Don't listen to him, Jeff!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 01:16 UTC
On Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor news story (174 comments in total)
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jennyrae: another disappointment. better look for something else with better to offer. Sony don't have new to offer here.

@jennyrae

What were you hoping for? A full frame sensor with 36mp and a 18-200 f1.8 lens? That still fits in your pocket?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 01:12 UTC
On 645 Pro gets face lift with 'Mk II' update post (21 comments in total)
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jcmarfilph: Lol what a joke. People buying app for a trying-card mediocre camera are just wasting money and effort. Just buy a real pocketable digital camera so your photographic experience will go up to 5 notches higher. If you want to make it look like camera and experience real camera controls, buy a real camera with real camera controls.

How exactly is an iPhone (or other smart phone) not a real camera? It has a lens and a light sensitive surface capable of capturing an image. That's a camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 06:52 UTC
On Adobe releases subscription-only Photoshop CC news story (408 comments in total)
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Gary Dean Mercer Clark: Why do I need to verify my subscription every 30 days? If I buy a years subscription up front---you mean to tell me that Adobe can't figure that I have purchased the right to use their software for a year?
New coveted bells and whistles that I just can't live with? LOL. There are plenty of third party photo editing programs that do a VERY good job.
I prefer to buy something--not rent it, just like I don't lease cars long term as well. Adobe can do whatever it wishes. It doesn't and will not affect my studio because we are moving away from photoshop anyway. Who cares? Photoshop is becoming irrelevant.

Photoshop is becoming irrelevant? You may want that to be the case but it couldn't be further from the truth.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2013 at 01:16 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor news story (757 comments in total)
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thx1138: Wow that's a seriously slow lens for a high end product. This is not a cheap entry level camera, yet it's got slower than kit class (f/6.4) aperture which is ~ f/10 FF equivalent. No hope at all of subject isolation or semblance of background blur; basically wide open you are good to go for macro and landscape at least.

Price breakdown: Camera £450 - Leica badge £1700

Where did thx1138 say you couldn't shoot in less light? He was referring to subject isolation.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 00:02 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor news story (757 comments in total)
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Sean65: I like it. The more I look at it the more I like it BUT I wish it had a fixed f4 and was £500 cheaper. I also think from a design perspective the command dial would have looked better in black.

Not surprised to see all the usual hatred this forum is famed for from it's non photography, flat earthed members who still think more everything = better. lol.

It looks great. It's Leica design alright but even as a past Leica owner, this just does nothing for me. The large sensor isn't enough of a draw anymore when smaller sensors are just about as capable now. Unless the focus is incredible quick and the high ISO capabilities are top draw, you can simply do far better for far less money.

I honestly don't see who they're marketing this camera at. Dentists? The image quality is going to have to be so out of this world for it to be for anyone else.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 23:30 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor news story (757 comments in total)
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meland: The only thing Leica are perhaps guilty of is in bothering to send their press release on the X Vario to DPR and in doing so exposing themselves to the ridicule of people who have little understanding of Leica's real business and who naively think their opinion on photographic minutiae actually matters. It's a bit like trying to market a Riva launch to someone who lives in a council flat. This camera will probably sell quite well to its intended market. It's just that it's intended market isn't most of you, however some of you are unable to appreciate that.

What is its intended market? I fail to see it. Even Leica owners (of which I was one for some time) would surely see no value in this camera. Quite simply you can buy better for significantly less. There is not a single outstanding or unique feature about this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 22:32 UTC
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