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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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
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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tkbslc: I'm trying to think of a typical use scenario for this and I'm struggling. Normally if you want to to the trouble of setting up a camera with a remote trigger, it would be a higher end or specialized camera and using the phone as the controller.

Use a phone to control a proper camera like an EM-1 or EM-10... your second body on a tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:55 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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Giklab: iPhone control via an iPod maybe?

What's the point except to own two backward devices?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:54 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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Albert Silver: Looks like they are already preparing the way for the iWatch.

iWhat?

Sam's already planning their THIRD year's iteration which will have 3G ...
No doubt LG, SONZY and Pebble will be hot on their heels.

Apple's watch is ..... oh .. it does not exist and apple will have to COPY the others.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:52 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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Jurka: But there still is no exposure compensation in Apple products...

You are holding it wrong ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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MarshallG: Sounds like there's prior art on that invention.

Yeh, From about 4 quarters ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
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 (332 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 34th 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 10th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (619 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 (619 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 (619 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 (813 comments in total)

Nice, but the lenses are BAZOOKAS ..

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 06:41 UTC as 71st comment | 3 replies
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