Lan

Lan

Lives in United Kingdom South East, United Kingdom
Works as a IT
Joined on Jul 12, 2001
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Photography
Computers
Reading SF/Fantasy
Travel

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Special edition out next month - a ruby instead of the missing traditional red dot, and a bargain at only twice the normal price.

Oh wait, this is Leica; sorry I was thinking of Hasselblad there for a moment ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 20:48 UTC as 53rd comment
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (214 comments in total)
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BBViet: With a lens that big you can probably get 10 shots off before the AF motor sucks all the juice out of the battery.

Tomaz: That's what "glamour" photographers use isn't it?
;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 22:13 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (153 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Big Dynamic range? That's the only reason I didn't go Canon.

Install Magic Lantern, add the Dual-ISO module - now you'll have more DR than anything else (in a single shot) on the market at the moment. Not that the 5D3 lacks DR in normal mode anyway; it has more at the default settings than the D800 and the 7R...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 22:32 UTC
On Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 sample gallery article (99 comments in total)
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adegroot: it's all grass mush here:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/masters.galleries.dpreview.com/2986289.jpg?X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAJ7ICBHXPIPPMTNCQ/20140729/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20140729T140946Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=d41450f27305cf576e2b1745c8b6ba63f04701e343fe699fded7f6381386711a

compare it to:

http://www.pbase.com/sigmadslr/image/102400630

Reprocessed jpegs at fault here?
or is camera and lens that bad?

Agree to a certain extent, but your sample image link doesn't work for me; try:
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/download/2986289

We're not comparing apples for apples here though. The Pbase shot was taken at f8 (almost certainly on a tripod) and is 2640px long edge; conversely the sample shot is at f6.3 (both lenses are wide open at f5.6), handheld and is 5472px.

The sample image size and the noise reduction are the problems.

That said, and I hope Jeff's cool with me borrowing his image in this example, here's his sample resized to the same dimensions as the original size on the pbase shot. Much better I'm sure you'll agree!

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/7552041385/download/2987034

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 21:04 UTC
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Philip Lanoue: I can do a reverse image search on many of the images from my wildlife photography blog and return pages of results. Lots of photos are being used in various ways all over the world, and I basically don't really mind or care.
It wouldn't matter anyway, what am I going to do? Sue some web site in China, Russia, or Saudi Arabia?
For those nice enough to ask, I always donate my photos and have done so many times over the years.
Earlier this year I donated a wood stork photo to the Chicago Field Museum that is part of their current exhibit.
I have been quite fortunate with my blog however, I have a nice solid group of honest, intelligent followers and visitors.
http://phillanoue.com

... and you posted a link to your blog here? Brave choice my friend, brave choice ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 23:20 UTC
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (109 comments in total)
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Lan: Good comparison review!

Please can you do some vibration tests with a camera bag hung from the hook under the legs? Just one tripod would be interesting. I thought it would make things more steady, but I usually find that if there's more than a tiny draft, the bag starts swinging around - which I think might actually add extra vibration to the mix. So I'd be curious to see whether it does actually add vibration or not?

Also I'd find it helpful if you added a quick graphic to show how low the legs can go with the tripod flat down - a companion to the very useful maximum height graphic you already have!

LOL; I must say a bungee cord hadn't actually occurred to me. Not that I own any, but it's a good idea! Thx.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (109 comments in total)

Good comparison review!

Please can you do some vibration tests with a camera bag hung from the hook under the legs? Just one tripod would be interesting. I thought it would make things more steady, but I usually find that if there's more than a tiny draft, the bag starts swinging around - which I think might actually add extra vibration to the mix. So I'd be curious to see whether it does actually add vibration or not?

Also I'd find it helpful if you added a quick graphic to show how low the legs can go with the tripod flat down - a companion to the very useful maximum height graphic you already have!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 20:43 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (163 comments in total)

The blank aperture plate would lend itself rather nicely to a DIY zone plate...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 23:52 UTC as 49th comment

Canon: Please add support for previous cameras to DPP 4; we (users) have lots of existing images taken with earlier camera models too. At the very least you need to support the previous models in that range - i.e. 5D2, 1Ds3, 1D4. Ideally all Canon dSLRs.

I know I'm being a bit cheeky, but whilst we're at it, please could you add support for the DualISO CR2 files created with Magic Lantern? Pretty please?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 23:56 UTC as 4th comment
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (220 comments in total)

A useful review; thank you!

As a matter of interest; are you going to publish your views on the AF and effectiveness of VC when you've had more time to test it?

Please :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 23:05 UTC as 49th comment

"Donk's moving on in part because he feels the big camera companies now know how to address issues and that there are fewer issues to address"

Nikon D600 anyone? Maybe Canon's learnt, but clearly Nikon hasn't. Harder to fake a non-existant internet presence though ;)

Time for a new blog; fake stony silence!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 23:56 UTC as 22nd comment
On 1939: England in Color (part 3) article (90 comments in total)

#4; I'm wondering whether the church is St Peter's (former) Church, White Hart Street, Thetford; and by extension whether the ruin is Thetford Priory?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 23:36 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On 1939: England in Color (part 3) article (90 comments in total)
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Dash29: How nicer the UK looked as apposed to today

Remember this wasn't a halcyon world of sun and beaches. There was plenty of nastiness, but the photographer hasn't chosen to photograph it here.

Most people don't visit Slough in the drizzle and then put thousands of photographs of it in their wedding or family holiday albums. ;)

Clearly you see the negative parts in your daily life. The question is, do you choose to photograph the negative parts?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 22:57 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Real-world Samples Gallery article (90 comments in total)

It's possible that it's just an isolated rotational shake caused by mashing the button overzealously; but I'm wondering whether the lens on the sample camera might be decentered? It's really visible on P1000102, the whole right hand side is way off on that one. Also to a lesser extent on P1000135.

Barney; if you still have the camera, would it be possible for you to take a similar shot (in terms of left and right hand subject detail, and similar focal length zoom), but from a tripod in remote timer; please?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:07 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On P1000135 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)
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Altruisto: Oh goodness! your sample seem to have a lot more corner softness than mine. Sample variation?

I'm wondering whether the lens on the sample camera might be decentered? It's visible on this shot to a certain extent - the right hand edge is softer than the left. It's really visible on P1000102, the whole right hand side is way off on that one.

It's possible that it's just rotational shake caused by mashing the button overzealously though ;)

Barney; if you still have the camera, would it be possible for you to take a similar shot (in terms of left and right hand subject detail, and zoom position), but from a tripod in remote timer; please?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:04 UTC
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MarcusGR: A very complicated way to obtain a rather miserable result ... connecting a large, horizontal circle of cameras all around an action-scene would have provided a much more interesting result ... OK, it would have been more costly as well. But at least worth the effort !

Yes, but then it would look exactly the same as "bullet time" in the Matrix. This was at least different.

I liked the pigeons and the skateboarder shots - the rest were a bit dull. Like bullet time it really needs to capture something in motion.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 22:59 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (134 comments in total)

The question is, is it an intestine to use? ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 20:06 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On samsung_nxmini_ISO3200_SAM_0127 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

UR cheezburger is over NR'd, and blurry ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 21:04 UTC as 2nd comment
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Tibwolf: So they will support a smartphone RAW file but not a Fuji RAW file

As DxO have explained on a number of occasions, X-Trans demosaicing is very different to Bayer demosaicing.

It would require a lot of work for them to add support for X-Trans. Adding a new Bayer camera would require far far less work.

Hence this, not one of the Fuji cams...

If X-Trans persists then I guess they will eventually support it, but it's not worth completely re-writing the program just to support it when Fuji may stop at any moment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 09:33 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (570 comments in total)

Is it just me that misreads the name of the Toshiba memory card as Excretia? Talk about a crappy name ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 21:54 UTC as 111th comment | 1 reply
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