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photohounds

photohounds

Lives in Australia ACT, Australia
Works as a z/OS IT, freelance
Joined on Jun 28, 2009
About me:

Someone gave me a second hand Minolta range-finder at age 11. No manual, no Google, no money. I learned DOF, shutter speed, motion, flare, sharpness and film speeds by myself at a time when you had to WAIT a week for your photos. Colour was expensive!
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Since then, I've always had trouble putting a camera down and have had well over a hundred cameras including a much-loved FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 outfit :)
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I have been semi-pro for decades and see micro four thirds as a great compromise. Pro results without much bulk and weight means rarely I leave my cameras behind.
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Years ago, I recovered from "Equivalence Phobia" that so many suffer from, and find that people react better to a smaller setup and love the results.
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Customers want results, not "format psychobabble".
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Enjoy your photography instead of making silly format arguments!

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The Straw Man: Well looks like 711 people figured out that a stupid law like that could put a dent in big money businesses like tourism. It would really put a damper on vacationers not being able to actually post photos of where they're traveling.

Imagine trying to nab everyone who posted - what a colossal waste of money ... wait WASTE is what many current governments EXCEL AT!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 15:11 UTC
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GaryJP: It would also have all but guaranteed no movies or TV programmes being shot in your city.

Excellent point sir!
Banning would drain the coffers - probably the ONLY reason for the "sense", in fact.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 13:55 UTC

This is far more useful than spray painting them black, putting on a HD badge and calling them 'new' lenses like Panasonic just did. Olympus retaliated with the titanium em-5 .. sigh.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 23:47 UTC as 1st comment
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (285 comments in total)
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UffeStar: Has anyone yet figured out how to put a filter on this one? I want one asap, but hesitating because of that. I just got the 12-40 Pro and absolutely love it.

Make a holder yourself? Put your work on You tube :) please ..
Many UWA lenses have this limitation.
It's fast, sharp, water resist and relatively light but no filters. 4 out of 5 ain't bad

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:12 UTC
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (285 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Once you have figured out just how tiny the image details are with these lenses on their titchy sensor, you may begin to accept that financially these days to invest in this way on an m4:3 sensor is to throw your money away.

Even on full-frame pro gear detail resolution at 16.7MP (Canon 1Ds MkII)though good is not sufficient to allow you to work at normal distances and see fine detail within the image-texture in cloth, skin etc. Its why I got a D800.

Bought s/h the cost is the same using Nikon D800s and the quality is just so much better.

Size matters

Not only teles are small. The new 7-14 and 8mm are also small for what they deliver.

Go and take more photos, it will cheer you up!
. . . here's one . . .
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Places/Night-Moves/i-vmZb3qR/A

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:09 UTC
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (285 comments in total)
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alessandrocar88: Hi everybody,

I was able to try out the new Olympus 7-14 f/2.8 and the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 :)
I've written my thoughts with some samples here http://www.alessandrocarpentiero.com/olympus-7-14mm-2-8-test-preview/

Hope you like it!

Excellent job, mate!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:07 UTC
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (285 comments in total)

Aren't all the phools that "had it" before they could have even bought it funny ... "funny" as in "institutionalise them" :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:03 UTC as 4th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (827 comments in total)
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cgarrard: If looks could kill...

Two items stand out to give me pause, otherwise a near perfect small camera.

Its menu system and price- ms is heady, price is heavy.

Carl

1. Try the super control panel - it's a snack to learn.
2. Assign your most used functions to BUTTONS :)

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 09:02 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (827 comments in total)
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jmatacola: I was wondering if it is possible to use the old SLR lenses with the new DSLR's? Please let me know. I am in the middle of the consternation of what camera to purchase. I love the Canon cameras but, I have many lenses and filter from my old Olympus camera and if they will work on this it will sway my choice a great deal.
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I took this shot with an old 300mm/f4.5 Nikkor and a 1000x ND and an OMD.

http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Nature/Gazing/i-vqv5hmh/3/X3/PB020213a-X3.jpg

No drama at all

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 02:06 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (827 comments in total)
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rfstudio: ehhhh find better deal somewhere else, over priced, small image sensor, you got better deal with sony or canon

Oooooh a "professional tr olll" - - no gear, no photos ... and no photo site

Drive a car with an 8 litre engine do you? Better yet a truck?
.After all bigger is better ...

Troll is obviously experience with NO cameras at all? Ha, might as well ask your cat!
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http://photohounds.smugmug.com/browse
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These things work, and work well.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 02:03 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1243 comments in total)
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Pro shooting digital since 92: "enthusiast mirrorless space"?

After testing the NX1 I sold 2 Canon 70D's, a Canon 5D MkII and 9 Canon Lenses Including 4 "L" series.

I was disappointed with soft images from the Canon cameras so I carefully adjusted back focus on all 9 lenses and 3 bodies. Took all day. After all that the images were still only about half as sharp as the NX1. That's the honest truth.

I was really hoping for touch screen, higher res, sharper images, and small FAST lenses suited to APS-C from Canon in the 7D MkII. Ha-none of that happened.

The Samsung has better IQ than ANYTHING Canon currently sells.

After 20+ years shooting Canon I switched to Samsung, improved my capabilities and pocketed some cash! I'd call that ADVANCED PRO VALUE.

Mirror boxes held over from film era? WHY?

Regarding H265 - Samsung has the power to do it. No Canon has enough power yet.

btw the Samsung has BETTER 1080 30p wH265 in 1/9th the FILE SIZE of Canon All-I codec.

Film is dead. Kodak is gone. Is Canon next??

I find my OMD system excellent and versatile. This Samsung looks good too, and if i were not committed or didn't need a full outfit immediately, I'd at least have a look before blathering. ...

The poster above is right about fanboys.

Best phone camera? Galaxy S6, by QUITE a margin.
Second? The Note 4 and Edge. Easy to see in the results.

I have a few reservations, but I'd say v2 WILL be a contender (ever seen Samsung sit still?).

Mirrors? A DIM glass finder on a heavy bricks 'n' bazookas camera setup? Archaic and unnecessary.

I couldn't even SEE this girl .. Bathed in red theatrical light and covered in smoke. The EM-5 VF allowed me to see there WAS a shot and I quickly snapped one shot ..

http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Performing-arts/Music/i-K43W9fD/3/X3/P6135199-X3.jpg

Expect Samsung to make it better - it's what they do. Apple is behind in Hardware. They don't actually MAKE much - they outsource - LG, Samsung. SHARP, Foxconn et. al.

Credit: GREAT marketing!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 00:22 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1243 comments in total)
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Franz Weber: Just imagine Apple would create a camera like this.

It would be even better. Platin diamond award

Yes FreeBSD is a *nix - I use a variant as my main desktop. Buying a tech company? Umm OK ..

QDOS? haha .. NT, to Vista were a hack of the OS/2 kernel.

Remove the file boot.in in the root, i and you got OS/2 "SYS ..." error messages from NT+
I had a good laugh the first time I saw that in this " New and original OS" ...
So .. the MS slur is pretty well correct.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 14:24 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1243 comments in total)
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Franz Weber: Just imagine Apple would create a camera like this.

It would be even better. Platin diamond award

Careful:
Not quite They make the GUI.
The OS is largely FreeBSD ... as I believe FreeNAS uses ..

And I did say ALMOST nothing, so the comment stands.

OEMs make more than the screens ... RAM tech? CPU tech? In some Apple phones both RAM and CPU are Samsung as well as the screens from time to time.

Nice try saying Sam's a screen "supplier" but Apple is "tech" - LOL. Sam's cameras in the Note 4 and Edge beat Apple's cameras easily (released with in days of each other)

I'm led to believe that the S6's camera trounces ALL comers - for the year so far ...

The much publicised Sam/Apple divorce didn't last long after Apple's 1.6 billion sham judgement was whittled down to about to 1/200th that.

Still an amount that many tech companies will go to war over .. of course it is mostly puff and bluster.

Neither actually make the glass as far as I know.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 14:08 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1243 comments in total)
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Franz Weber: Just imagine Apple would create a camera like this.

It would be even better. Platin diamond award

Reality check ...
Apple MAKES almost nothing,

You must be thinking of Samsung / LG / Sharp et. al. (who make most of the important bits apple uses).

Oh., and FOXCONN who assemble it in China.

Coca-cola also makes most of its money for franchising and outsourced work.

It is very profitable NOT to make it yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 14:53 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1243 comments in total)
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b craw: I started as a professor of photography in 1999 (and have been a fine art photographer since '92). At the foundation of the attitudes of many students is a distortion, most dramatically perpetuated on the internet: that serious work is almost exclusively done with full frame sensors (or larger). While many 'professionals', commercial or otherwise, use FF, the prevalent perception of many others is less rooted in real understanding of difference (DoF, based on equivalence; low-light performance) and more that this is just what a 'serious' photographer does. It always seems a bit baffling to students when I produce a range of images from exhibitions shot in large format, medium format, FF, APS-C, micro four thirds, 1", and (god forbid) sensors smaller than that. Often, I follow this up showing an APS-C image shot with ~50mm (35mm equivalent) prime at f/1.8 and what results is a predictable cascade of opinions that the DoF of the image indicates that it must be full frame.

Great read .. thank you BC.

You are right about dogma. Camera makers and "equivalence police" may be conspiring to ensure yearly new product purchase. They hide the fact that talent and perseverance create MOST of a picture's appeal.
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Quite a fixation, "thinking" they can't make a good image without 75 megapixels ,,, and very profitable for the camera makers
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Pixel peeping is OK in a lab, but all formats involve compromises. If the seller say "no compromises" they are lying.
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I'm fond of micro four thirds. I can carry much gear if I choose to, or unobtrusively carry a small amount of gear with good results.
It seems a great compromise, balancing quality vs. bulk and mass nicely enough. The quality leaves what my RB-67 could to *absolutely* in the dust.
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With a fast lens the DOF is nicely narrow but not so narrow that the context of a picture evaporates.
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If I want NO background, I will either move (pan and zoom with my legs) or shoot in a studio.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 14:39 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (827 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Looking at results, the camera is junk, and the formayt is junk: focus is no better than full-frame or APS-C and if you look at the samples the grain is huge on the sports shots and degrades portraits completely at 800, and here I'm talking about reworked from RAW jpegs, by Dpreview.

At lower ISOs OK, fine, but frankly when there is just so much more leeway and resolution available at the same price in other formats elsewhere, I feel that m4/3rds customers of all brands are being cheated out of their own photography, the image quality is so poor.

Thankyou to Dpreview for helping me avoid the format completely!

Up there ... it looks like a lot of "poor workman blaming the tools" -
Silly fools, go out and take photos instead of lurking and vomiting vitriol in forums for users of gear you blindly hate for no rational reason.
... ah sorry .. I meant ..
gear you geniuses "Know" is "inferior".

No one is listening to this garbage.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 11:50 UTC

RB-67 was close to cube-shaped too, and apple patented the rounded corner rectangle (almost).

Somehow, for a while people swallowed their "we were the first with such a shape" waffle as if no other pocketable electronics ever looked like that before ... :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 13:36 UTC as 4th comment
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NZ Scott: If the Panasonic 42.5/1.7's optical quality matches the Olympus 45/1.8, then it will offer a compelling alternative because of its image stabilisation, slightly brighter aperture and (most importantly of all) its closer focusing distance.

However, there is one key question: How much does the Panasonic weigh?

I haven't seen specs anywhere.

UPDATE: It's 130g and 50mm long versus the Oly's 116g and 46mm, so only a slight size/weight penalty.

Cheaper panny and sony lenses (so far) are rarely stellar. We'll see soon enough .. this could be the one that breaks the mould.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 12:22 UTC
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duckling: A bit of conspiracy theory:
The 42.5/1.7 was obviously designed to kill the Olympus 45/1.8, one of the few M4/3 classics. Perhaps a revenge for Oly's 40-150/2.8 which buried Pana's 150/2.8 project.

It won't kill off anything, it will probably stop panny users buying the Oly gem - IF it delivers the goods.
Consider: cheaper panny and sony lenses are rarely stellar, the 14's so/so.
That 20 is good in the centre, has no mf, vignettes ONE FULL STOP wide open and has much CA for a fixed lens.
It WAS quite pricey at first.
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We'll see.
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Oly could retaliate with a 1,4 with 46mm filters :) I'd buy if it were as sharp and vignetting/distortion/ca free as the current lens (or better).

I want a 125mm/1.8!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 12:20 UTC
On Olympus 8mm F1.8 'pro' fisheye in development article (29 comments in total)
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ogl: Is there any sense to make f1.8 for fish-eye?

A bright viewfinder is, always good for night work, fast, accurate AF.
Water/dust sealing is always good.
Faster aperture makes for easy hand holding in gloomy conditions and a a larger range of DOF rendering. - - (Waits for the captains of pointless equivalence to kick down the door with their dung-coated jackboots, brandishing their popguns ).
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It looks faster than ANY other fisheye I have heard of.

Rhetorical Q: and retort:
Is there any point to f1.4 wide angles, then?
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For you apparently not, I like it, but not enough to buy (probably).
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Don't like it? Simple - don't buy it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 13:16 UTC
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