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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On Lowepro launches Echelon luxury bag line article (31 comments in total)

I wonder whether these bags secretly send all your information to the government ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 00:38 UTC as 11th comment

>" the X-Trans sensor should be well-suited to native monochrome capture"

Surely *no* CFA would be best for monochrome capture? More light hitting the sensor, at more sensel positions. No CFA would mean greater sensitivity and greater resolution.

The only advantage would be if you intended to colour filter the results either in camera or post capture - even then it would be only a win if you were using green sensitivity. If you wanted to use the blue or red channels, you'd have better results with Bayer.

I accept that green channel mimics conventional B&W film, but I'd be looking for no CFA for preference.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 21:05 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply

OK, so how many people looked at #7 and checked out the lines on the field to see whether the lens was front or back focussing?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 22:22 UTC as 28th comment
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (119 comments in total)

> "Masaya Maeda - Chief Executive of Imaging Products ... tells us he's saving up his own money to buy one"

If even your Chief Executive can't readily afford one, you know you've pitched the price too high!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 19:57 UTC as 6th comment
In reply to:

Jim: Rhetorical Question: I wonder how much better the G3X image quality will be over an SX50HS when compared at 600mm and below? Especially so, since the SX50HS can be had for $200. Maybe it's just me but I am not seeing the value proposition here.

I know you said rhetorical, but I can't help myself.

As you know, the G3X has a larger sensor, and a higher resolution sensor; so I would expect the image quality to be higher overall - assuming both lenses perform adequately. Of course if you want something cheaper and that might fit in your pocket the SX50HS might still be your best bet...

It's just another choice on the Price vs Pocketability vs IQ graph. Personally I think it looks interesting; but I'll reserve judgement until I can try it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows 11-24mm in cross-section article (63 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: Wow. Impressive. Canon's Lens Department, unlike their sensor department, is cutting edge. Mad props to them.

In all fairness to Canon, does your favourite sensor department have a full frame 50MP sensor shipping?

I reserve judgement on the performance of that sensor, pending reviews, but it's currently the highest resolution sensor on the market...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 20:14 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows 11-24mm in cross-section article (63 comments in total)
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Dr_Jon: Amazing stuff... working out what I'll have to trade-in to afford one... the left kidney never seemed much use... (Well, the 14mm f2.8 is perhaps a bit more likely.)

Unless you really need AF and electronic aperture control, give the Samyang (etc) 14mm f/2.8 a go. Mine's impressively sharp, and at a price the fraction of the Canon one.

OK, I haven't tried the Canon 14mm, but my Samyang's sharper than my 17-40f4/L at 17mm.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 20:10 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2275 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: If these cameras are aimed at landscape photographers, they should have built-in GPS, because the landscape photographers often take pictures where there are no roads, no buildings and no identifiable features. A GPS reading would allow the photographer to pinpoint the location of the camera from the EXIF data and return to the same places months and years later. Hope that Canon will include a built-in GPS when the time the camera arrives in the market place.

Conversely I don't want GPS in my camera; as it always seems to eat batteries wholesale...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 22:40 UTC
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Lan: @DPR: Go on, tell us; how many times did you have to beg Sony to make that headline happen? Or was the pun always there, just waiting patiently for its day in the pixels? Anxious minds need to know ;)

LOL!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 02:22 UTC

@DPR: Go on, tell us; how many times did you have to beg Sony to make that headline happen? Or was the pun always there, just waiting patiently for its day in the pixels? Anxious minds need to know ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 21:32 UTC as 105th comment | 2 replies

I shall be interested later; or perhaps not decided. Tentatively. Possibly in 2015.

Honestly, that has to be nearly the most pointless press release in the world - it would have won the crown, but for the Hasselblad Lunacy ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 18:33 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On Video Product Overviews article (14 comments in total)
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Lan: I don't mind coverage of the video features of a camera, but please can you stick with reviewing things in text/stills? Video is just so slow and tedious to watch IMO...

Pun intended ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2015 at 20:11 UTC
On Video Product Overviews article (14 comments in total)
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Lan: I don't mind coverage of the video features of a camera, but please can you stick with reviewing things in text/stills? Video is just so slow and tedious to watch IMO...

Does this take any time to script/act/produce?

Is any time spent marshalling thoughts?

Does it require any manpower to edit into usable form?

Is any time spent setting up lighting?

Configuring the camera?

Do you spend time answering comment threads from whiny users? ;)

If the answer to any of those questions is yes; then I hate to say it, but it *is* taking up time that you could be spending on something else instead!

Of course if you all do all of this in your own free time, then by all means carry on ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2015 at 19:36 UTC
On Video Product Overviews article (14 comments in total)

I don't mind coverage of the video features of a camera, but please can you stick with reviewing things in text/stills? Video is just so slow and tedious to watch IMO...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 21:47 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
On ISO320_300.0mm-tam16to300(4) photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nope, this clearly isn't the lens to choose if you photograph pine trees. The CA means that the colour is completely missing some of the pine needles - go on, admire the blue needles near the top left of the frame.

This would make an amusing companion to an X-Trans sensor though ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:44 UTC as 1st comment
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (103 comments in total)
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Howard111: Frankly I'm pretty impressed. I would have bought this had I seen these examples in the summer - opting instead for the Panasonic FZ1000. OK, not perfect but very very good for such an amazing zoom length. At 300mm, I copied the original size into photoshop and sharpened it a little bit, and I reckon it would have been as good, probably better than my Nikon 18-200 (only) zoom.
But there you go - I'm still very pleased with my FZ100!

Edgar, for an opposing view, did you look at the pine needles shot? I'd moderate that enthusiasm a bit. The CA is so strong that the pine needles are entirely the wrong colour in places - see top left!

The big cat is also not happy with her purple eye liner ;) The CA is so great in places that the colour fringes of the CA are overlapping each other! (see OOF area to the left of her)

I'm not even sure that all the kings horses and all the DxO team's men could put that colour back together again ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (103 comments in total)
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h2k: Why not mention the lens' s widest apertures in the headline or at least in the text?

Possibly because no one would be crazy enough to use it wide open? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:36 UTC
On ISO400_300.0mm-tam16to300(68) photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Spectacular CA! I love the purple eye liner it's given that big cat ;)

The bokeh to the left of her is particularly unpleasant - I don't think I've seen jangling colour in bokeh before. Fixed colours yes, almost striped, no. Pine needles are clearly not the strong point of this lens.

I know you have to make compromises to get such a large zoom range, particularly in this size and price range, but there must have been better compromises than this?

Why do lens manufacturers not realise that most people want a long zoom so they can take pictures of something at the long end of that zoom range? Most of these lenses have terrible long ends - sadly this lens wouldn't appear to be an exception to that :(

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:32 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (281 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Love these videos. Much better than a 25 page review, although much less informative.

It would be great if you could post your usual in-depth reviews along with these videos.

Thank you Barney; that's perfect!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 01:29 UTC
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (281 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Love these videos. Much better than a 25 page review, although much less informative.

It would be great if you could post your usual in-depth reviews along with these videos.

Conversely I'd rather have the 25 page review. If I wanted to watch videos, I'd be on Youtube, or staring at the TV...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
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