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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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I only came here to see how many people would write this is actually an f/5.6 lens. There are so many... oh well.

A little extra DOF is an advantage with teles as there's almost never enough ...
Or a 4x shutter speed advantage ..
Equivalent my *^&*(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 12:01 UTC
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BelePhotography: Only thing I don't like is still having to wait for this lens. It's been rumored and tested and displayed for over a year now. I would have liked to have it this week :( Oh well.... "he who waits..."

Best they get it as close to perfect as possible.
. Hood is included
. It has the mechanical clutch focus ring
. A good TC is available for it.
. TWO independent focussing groups and 2 motors to do it.

Pretty advanced :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:57 UTC
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Gabriel Chan: The reason of getting the M4/3 system is because people wants a light weigh system which gives decent image quality...
I will rather stick with the Panasonic m4/3 lens, the weigh of 7-14 + 12-35+ 35-100 are about 960g......this olympus lens alone is 880g already....

REACH, it is about REACH
The Original Olympus version of the 35-100 lens is f2.0 - 100% faster

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:56 UTC
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letsgofishing: According to the Get Olympus site, the lens hood is another $60???
Get real Olympus!

The video I just watched said it is INCLUDED ... that price is if you run over the original with the car ...

Watch the video here

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:54 UTC
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Treeshade: E-M1+40-150mm F2.8 Pro
Total cost: $2800
Total weight: 1377g

6D+EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L
Total cost: $3350
Total weight: 1820g

E-M1@150mm F2.8 ISO400 would have the same DoF, FoV and SS as 6D@300mm F5.6 ISO100. It is just trade-off between IQ and cost/weight (or other features that you like). Nothing wrong with choosing either lens (and system).

One quarter the shutter speed with the same DOF as a full MARKETING frame camera. That is not "equivalent" except in a hyper pedantic and perverse quasi-scientific sense (Quasi because you take into account only ONE aspect)

IQ trade off?- what trade off?
That canon lens is a bit of a DOG ... this zuiko will likely absolutely trounce it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:52 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2127 comments in total)

Fast lenses became needed because film was rubbish if it was fast.

Also MANY (not all) "full" frame fast lenses are soft wide open - especially the affordable ones. Corner sharpness? Pay a mozza!

Canon's 85/1,2 is really a 2.8 if you want a sharp result. Let's not even talk about how UNsalable pictures of people with disappearing ears are...

For many of these wafer thin DOF crackpots the aperture of the lens is THE point of the photo.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 12:38 UTC as 70th comment | 3 replies
On Behind the Shot: Shredded article (79 comments in total)

Very informative, and I like the processing choices you made.
Great result ... brrrr!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 09:14 UTC as 5th comment
On SmugMug Films: Master of illusions article (39 comments in total)

Inspiring work, good to hear you paraphrasing Einstein, too :)

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 12:33 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On 1939: England in Color (part 2) article (174 comments in total)

A true privilege to see. Thank you for this fantastic journey back in time!

Thank you also for the work you put into locating appropriate street views.

Thanks Google too .. going to look a t the first set now ...

Oh, any idea what colour film was used for any of these? (apologies if it says elsewhere)

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 05:22 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On Ohh so Sweet in the 1:1 aspect ratio: Macro shots challenge (6 comments in total)

Great ant photo ... congrats!

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 06:21 UTC as 1st comment
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (270 comments in total)

Reasonably sharp, nothing stellar.
Disappearing ears are idiotic and virtually unsaleable as portraits.
There's better glass out there.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 06:19 UTC as 4th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2250 comments in total)
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pacom: This has Jony Ive written all over it....

Dieter Rams you mean, the one who ives worshids .. nothing that new from ives.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 07:41 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (571 comments in total)

Looks good . but, reality check!

Nearly 2 stops is "vignetting well under control"?
Effectively f 2.5 in the corner, wide open
... Massive too - a 77mm filter thread???!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 05:07 UTC as 122nd comment | 1 reply

Looks like another Deiter Rams slavish reference to me.

Aluminium, that cheap material,
won't stay "perfectly textured" for long,
unless the camera is rarely picked up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 07:47 UTC as 17th comment
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (513 comments in total)

Nice cam, bit heavy ..
Does it also have the mirror flop issue?
I ask because a friend is quite enamoured and has asked me my opinion.
My blanket reply "they are all pretty good, just get the one that suits you", didn't wash too well :(

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 05:27 UTC as 55th comment
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photohounds: I see all the usual u4/3 haters have crawled out of the primordial slime, crouched in dimly lit alcoves, mutting incantations over big and holy sensors.

The rest of us take pictures and enjoy photography more than brochures and knackered backs.

Yes the slavish 35mm religion IS interesting ... My OMDs GREATLY outperform my old RB-67.
.. when it shot 100ASA
... even when the OMDs are using (say) 3200 ISO - here ..
... and at normal speeds (say) 200 ISO here
The RB-76's film? 70MM wide!!
In some people's 'minds' there is a "correct" sensor size- much like statements that 3.5 inch phone screens are the "correct" size ..
Some look forward, otherwise we'd all be shooting, 8x10, using wooden tripods and hiding in dimly-lit alcoves muttering incantations over developer and fixer.
Many frames of impressive hard-core action scenes are shot on Go Pros etc. Tiny sensors!
Looking forward to playing with some f 0.95 and f0.85 lenses on u4/3 ... that speed (as a less than stratospheric price) will revolutionise dim light shooting I would think.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 21:25 UTC

I see all the usual u4/3 haters have crawled out of the primordial slime, crouched in dimly lit alcoves, mutting incantations over big and holy sensors.

The rest of us take pictures and enjoy photography more than brochures and knackered backs.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 12:27 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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bakhtyar kurdi: To Paul Farace:
You are one of those victims, and I feel sorry for you as I feel sorry for Anja, brain washing cannot be healed through logic or conversation, it is a permanent damage, still I remind you with some facts, 1st :what is wrong with 10th century? I mean our 10th century not yours, our capital city Baghdad was a capital of the world , we had the first university in the world (Mustansria, and still ) the biggest book library, best free hospitals, patients where treated with most respect, best food and care, and they where receiving a gift before they leave, can you see that even in your dreams in 22th century? that is your biggest problem, western (civilized) people, you see everything through you view, when you are ashamed of your 10th century (and you should), every one else on this planet has to be ashamed also , or you send them Nato to teach them as you suggest, and I don't know what they have to teach? do you know? I have a question for you, will follow..

" He who forgets his history is condemned to repeat it. "
The siege of Vienna, The Gates of Vienna, the Barbary Pirates all repeating today.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 13:47 UTC

It's good news week ...
News reports also say that a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled 'Allahu Akbar' - God is Great.

He then opened fire on them in the back seat with his A K - 4 7."

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 13:43 UTC as 18th comment
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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QuarterToDoom: So they patented the Wii U gamepad?

Nearly as good as WiiU ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:55 UTC
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