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 shop nearby and no Google, I learned DOF, shutter speed, motion, flare, film speeds by myself at a time when you had to WAIT a week for your Black and White photos.

Since then, I've always had trouble putting a camera down and have had well over a hundred cameras:)

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.

I find that people react better to a smaller setup but love the results.

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On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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graybalanced: Everybody's jumping to conclusions about "not new" and "prior art" and such but there are aspects of this that seem atypical for your usual camera remote: Like: "... The PMD can send the captured still images and recorded video to the accessory for preview and receive instructions from the accessory on disposition of the still images and the video."

Most remotes cannot exchange images with the controlled camera.

My Galaxy controls my EM-1

I can see and download pics AND see the camera view in real time,and control many aspects of the camera's operation.

This "innovation" isn't even "catching up".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:47 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Apple needs a new patent research firm. Note 3 already has this feature in the stock camera app called Remote Sharing under the share icon. For example, you can control and get a live preview of the Note 3 camera on your Note II (or any Samsung phone), It works for photos and videos. You get access to pictures taken.

It looks many times more sophisticated than what's outlined in this patent because on the iPhone it doesn't look like you have access to 100% of the camera features on the host iPhone.

Was done last August with the Note 3 ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:45 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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Scottelly: A new $49 accessory for your iPhone . . . and it works with iPads too. Of course Apple will probably sell it in their stores for $129.

Ten bucks tops. Why remote control a toy?
My Galaxy noTe1 2 controls my EM-1, That actually makes sense.

This "patent" is not even catching the leaders.

The Note 3 already has it, and with a NOTE 4, you'll be able to control your on-the-surface camera from underwater, should the mood take you.

Keep an eye on kids while you're diving for pearls? Text them if they are being naughty? Sheesh!!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:41 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)

WiFi, blue tooth?
A patent for this?

It isn't April 1 yet ... be more patient
A $10 accessory, no more.

My Galaxy Note 2 controls My EM-1 via WiFi right NOW .. MUCH more useful to have a toy controlling a real camera than vice versa.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:39 UTC as 2nd comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (321 comments in total)

I sold OM-10s (and manual adapters) :)
The "big 5" Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Pentax, Minolta and a few 'blads. Pentax 6x7s and Mamiya RB-67s on the side.
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This body looks just like the OM-10 revisited,the best semi-auto camera of the day. If you make photocopiers, shavers, cookers, etc., you MUST make a better camera, right? WROMNG.
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I shot a nice D800 and SONY with some fancy lenses at a 21st on the weekend, swapped EM1 with owners.
MORE maneuverability, 1/2 the weight, 1/3 the volume. BOTH owners remarked on EM-1's size, weight, and its VERY similar output quality.
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One almost spat his Croissant and coffee when I said that I had 8 lenses ON my person!
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The BIG guns gave nothing extra.
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Like horses? Happy for some Crit ..
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Equestrian/NCHTA-Canberra-Horse-Trials-2a/
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... and
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http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Equestrian/NCHTA-Canberra-Horse-Trials-20/
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Be kind, it was an event shoot as well :)
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Cheers from Downunda .

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:31 UTC as 27th comment
On 20140102-_m5b8792 in the Downtown Outdoors challenge (9 comments in total)

Lovely Bob - BRRR, though :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 14:12 UTC as 7th comment

+ Very Sharp!
- Slow-ish, expensive and 1.8 stops vignetting wide open?
In fact, that's neanderthal - it never betters a stop at any aperture..

My 17mm/f1.8 has 0.7 stops vignetting wide open and I sometimes complain about THAT!

These : -
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Behind-the-scenes-with-ABC-loc/
were taken with it, the morning I unboxed it.

The other sony lens the reviewer mentions sounds like a much better deal.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 13:47 UTC as 8th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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gnblondon: To correct the above (in the UK at least and in the kit I bought) the sprung-iris lens cap does not come with the m.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ MSC power zoom and instead is available separately: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-LC-37C-M-ZUIKO-DIGITAL-14-42mm/dp/B00I1CP2MU/

Darn ...
mobile site does not support edit or even delete
I'll delete the other one later.
FMF = full marketing frame

http://photohounds.smugmug.com
Compare the Mamiya RB 67 4.5 TIMES as big as 35 mm (miniature format pics with the MFT ones.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 23:54 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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gnblondon: To correct the above (in the UK at least and in the kit I bought) the sprung-iris lens cap does not come with the m.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ MSC power zoom and instead is available separately: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-LC-37C-M-ZUIKO-DIGITAL-14-42mm/dp/B00I1CP2MU/

Oops.. link
http:/photohounds.smugmug.com

Look for the RB 67 page, compare it to what MFT can do today....

There's no contest.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 23:31 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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lacikuss: I used to own Olympus in the film era. It was great to have a Japanese manufacturer caring about size and IQ at the same time.

Nowadays, I think of IQ and I ask myself why should we trade camera size for IQ? Why is Olympus is not pushing for FF and smaller size? Is Sony the old Olympus?

By the way, I don't own neither but do use FF.

Thank you

Why do we"need" FMF?

IQ is high these days and micro for third strikes a great balance between too much DOF and enough DOF. High IQ Portraits to macro to landscapes are all possible with the one format. And the lenses are small enough to carry a few of them.

printing is easy up to 900mm by 1200mm.
That's big!

FMF (full MARKETING frame) is not that useful any more unless using old less sharp lenses important.

35mm replaced my 6x7 fuller frame for most things and MFT kills the results the old Mamiya could achieve. Examples at the links below.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 23:28 UTC
On Manfrotto 190 Series Carbon Fiber Tripod Review article (72 comments in total)

One alternative might be the 458B
- it is quick to set up and the legs do smooth out after a bit of use.

It has most of the features of the 190 and looks quite similar to it. Upside down, wide legs, copy stand etc.

http://www.manfrotto.com/neotec-pro-photo-tripod

Well worth a look and many of my pics were taken with one :-
http://photohounds.smugmug.com

It is very easy to use and fast to set up.

You can hang your camera bag off the centre column, of course but a 4 degree AOV is probably the limit unless you get a cradle style head. (300mm MFT - or - 600mm in 35mm terms).

I also use a Nodal Ninja head for panoramas (in the panoramas section of course)

I wouldn't use it for REALLY long lenses - even with a cradle style head.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 06:57 UTC as 16th comment
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (795 comments in total)

Nice, but the lenses are BAZOOKAS ..

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 06:41 UTC as 63rd comment | 3 replies

What a shame, CaNikon could swallow their pride and just license Olympus' sensor cleaning invention,

The ONE that works properly.
Oly have never to my knowledge, sold "dust-reducing software'

Cleaning sensors if for the birds!
In TEN YEARS of four thirds ownership (5 bodies) it is true that there HAVE been IQ challenges from time to time, particularly low light performance in the old days. The E1 was abysmal, but I still shot 100,000 mostly images with it in many conditions.

Even though I change lenses anywhere, and I am sure it is possible, I have NEVER had dust on a sensor - EVER.

I don't even KNOW how to clean a sensor.
I have seen kits for sale for other cams.

CaNikon ... Swallow your pride and save your customers some time/money.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 06:29 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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CameraLabTester: Class Action Lawsuit.

A term that would make any camera manufacturer tremble in fear.

Lesson:
What was cheaper?

---To replace ALL defective D600's at NO COST

OR

---To delay, spin, ignore, and when finally caught... slug it out in a LAWSUIT costing tens times more?

That was a bad call NIKON.

Really bad call.

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AND THEN replace the shutters ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 06:23 UTC
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rialcnis: All the new lens choices are making my head spin.

Yeh, WANT x2 After the 40-150/2.8!

hey could use a 1.4 converter too.
With these 2 lenses it would give:
* 420 at f/5.6 for an
AOV equivalent 840mm!
* 56 to 210 at F4.0 for an
AOV equivalent of 112 ro 420mm

That combination would cover 99% of long lens needs (except maybe for bragging that your FMF lenses are massively LARGER and HEAVIER)

** FMF = Full Marketing Frame

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 06:18 UTC
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RedWingNut: "Both new lenses are scheduled to be released from 2015 onwards." What? Minimum 10 months from now? Seems interest in M4/3 will be dead by then unless they pop out something mid-2014... Lots of others making waves, Oly.

Interest in four thirds dead?
Time to try a new career - as a comedian.

BRICKS and BAZOOKAS is certainly losing sales.

Could it be that once people see MFT RESULTS, that the big sensor lie is exposed?

BTW I edit images for other 'togs some days. I see nothing that makes me yearn for huge heavy gear.

I liked my RB67
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/6x7-early-80s . . .
However, excessively large gear is no longer needed to make quality images.

Results have MORE credibility than FMF marketing and its brainwashed and NOT so merry adherents do.

Coming soon ... FMF marketed as a cure for cancer. Some twits will swallow it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 06:04 UTC
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RichRMA: 300mm f/4.0 needs a front lens diameter of at least 75mm, almost 3" across. There is no way around it. Doesn't matter if the camera is FF or m4/3. Until they figure out how to do aspherics better and allow for elimination of more of the spherical elements, the multiple elements needed by these lenses will mean heavy weight.

Maybe they'll use 72mm , a little vignetting is an acceptable part of almost EVERY lens design.

Zuikos regularly are top class in vignetting and wide open sharpness, AND corner to corner sharpness.

Nothing to worry about here.

FMF (Full Marketing Frame) has to make heavy bazookas to compete.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 05:55 UTC
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SteB: Wonderful. I waited a long time for such a lens to show up for 4/3. I think it could make m4/3 the go to system for a lot of nature photographers. A 300mm f4 on a crop sensor is probably the most versatile lens for a nature photographer. It is the sweet spot between portability, performance and reach. However, Olympus do really need to produce matching 1.4x and 2.0x converters to go with this, especially the 1.4x converter.

Four thirds was designed with this size, and does not adapt old glass and crop the image - unless you use a LEGACY lens from any 35mm maker.

So ... four thirds is not a 'crop sensor', nor are the lenses cropped by the sensor - ever.

This system DESIGN is one reason for the HIGHER four thirds edge to edge sharpness, and LOWER vignetting compared to FMF (full Marketing Frame) equipment (and their crop) systems.

Compare any "similar' AOV lenses from the systems at slrgear . com ...
The results appear to support my conclusion.

Also - for some examples ...
http://photohounds.smugmug.com/Gear-tests/

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 05:42 UTC
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Digitall: The 7-14mm 2.8 begins to awaken some interest in me, depends on the price that will be.

Yeah, agree.

bigger than my Samyang 7.5 mm fisheye, though :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 05:28 UTC
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Willy Chu: I'm afraid this new 7-14 is going to be a quite a large lens, which is not surprising due to its f/2.8 aperture.

Place a photo of the 12-40 f/2.8 zoom next to this new lens. If we can assume the "shoulder" next to the mount (where the red dot is) is the same diameter on both lenses, you can see that the new lens will be much larger than the 12-40. I'm sure the size of the "L-Fn" button is the same on both lenses, so this is another way of sizing up the new lens.

If you have a use for such a lens and it equals or surpasses the ZD 7-14, you'll be a very happy (if poorer) chappy :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 05:26 UTC
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