Greynerd

Greynerd

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Joined on Jul 18, 2011

Comments

Total: 284, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (185 comments in total)
In reply to:

RichRMA: What happens when you stick a Ferrari engine in a Skoda body.

I have a Skoda. It is a great car and your comment really shows the sort of shallow buried in the past thinking that pervades these forums. My Skoda has a slinky slick dual clutch 7 speed Volkswagen automatic gearbox that far surpasses any gearbox I have had in any car; oil or clutch plate drive.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 11:32 UTC
On Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support article (46 comments in total)

It would be a bit more balanced if the fonts for 'Press Release' and 'Brilliant Imaging' were a similar size. This would help us all add the correctly sized pinch of salt to the statement.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 13:16 UTC as 12th comment
On A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom article (180 comments in total)
In reply to:

KonstantinosK: I found myself spending more time reading about this than the D7200. Hmmm...

The thing is 1 metre is using the camera at half power so that may give dividends. The problem is I get more detail cropping my 55-210 lens on my Sony A3000 than I do with my Fuji HS50 at 1 metre and the combination is lighter. The Fuji is not known as the sharpest cookie in the tin so this new crazy camera will probably will get more detail and be good at least for bird identification at long range.
Probably the images at not going to be the sort people will want to pore over with their electron microscopes in to the depths of the night, so that takes a lot of people here out of the market.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 09:44 UTC
On A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom article (180 comments in total)
In reply to:

(unknown member): Ridiculous . . .

You do not exactly explain yourself well Master Yoda. This camera can probably be a bit of fun to play which of course in the humourless, competitive world of DPR will probably not go down too well.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
In reply to:

tonywong: Not ripping into Mr. Burrard-Lucas but I guess everyone will want their share of the drone photos before it gets commonplace and/or regulated. Since he spent a year in the area he likely exercised due diligence and caution regarding the welfare of his subjects but other photographers may not.

I am conflicted about the use of drone photography in wildlife photos. In the crush to get the closest and newest photos and perspectives that no one else has gotten yet, will the animals now be surrounded by a cloud of flying drones and wheeled remote buggies during an animal encounter?

It is bad enough to see multiple rows of jeeps surrounding a lion hunt in eastern Africa, but now everyone will have to contend with photoshopping out the remote cameras popping in and out of their photos.

I think that there may have to be a policy once these devices become commonplace and common courtesy is forgotten, and the animals will be constantly harassed by these devices.

The funny thing is that I lived in Africa for 3 years 61 years ago and most people drove around the game reserves in ordinary cars like Morris Minors.
I find it hilarious watching all these intrepid explorers in their 4x4 SUV's.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 14:26 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (532 comments in total)
In reply to:

Richard Franiec: The EOS M community has shown a good dose of support for original M (including myself), despite the scrutiny of the reviewers. That camera was a first stab Canon made regarding MILC segment. Not the best they could do, of course, but (unfortunately) in line with the ultra conservative and paranoid approach to every new product they release. New high MP cameras and M3 are the perfect examples of the scheme, it seems. Give it some but not all they can, and take some back.
Exclusion of US market for M3 saddens me. I hope that Canon is not holding the grudge against the US M enthusiasts, following the harsh reception of the reviewers of original M and will reconsider availability of this camera in all markets.

The exclusion of the US by more than one manufacturer may be as a result of price resistance in the US. You are so used to getting everything ultra cheap so it may not be economic to supply in the US unless large scales of sales can be guaranteed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 14:19 UTC

I suppose everything imaginable is going to be available at some point (except a compact Canon with an EVF that is, let us not go too much in to the realms of fantasy).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 17:06 UTC as 22nd comment
In reply to:

Liberator: It is impress to have F2.8 in this compact caliber. Nice to have as spare but I still would go with my E-M5 using Pro 12-40 lens.

@electrophoto
An f2.8 lens is an f2.8 lens whatever sensor is behind it. f2.8 at 64.3mm does not sound too bad to me. Better than a lot of ILC lenses especially for a zoom.
1" sensor cameras with this sort of reach have a price and a size to match. Horses for courses. None of these cameras are working any miracles in optics.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 18:10 UTC
In reply to:

WetCoast: 1" sensor, please. No more 2/3", 1/1.7" or 1/2.3"... :)

But I was countering the conspiracy idea that they are hiding the sensor size by saying the information is actually on the camera. You only need to know the size of a full frame sensor and the much stated relative focal length and you have it all. Also working on actual focal lengths is more informative as it tells you how much of the sensor is being used as for example the LX100 which has a 4/3 sensor but is not using all of it as is not 2x crop.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 11:24 UTC
In reply to:

WetCoast: 1" sensor, please. No more 2/3", 1/1.7" or 1/2.3"... :)

@BarnET
But 1/1.7" does not really mean anything per se unless you are in to ancient television tube sizes and it seems a lot easier to divide 6 by 28 which does not even need a computer and gives you an actual usable indication of size relative to 35mm.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:34 UTC
In reply to:

WetCoast: 1" sensor, please. No more 2/3", 1/1.7" or 1/2.3"... :)

Olympus are not making a good job of hiding the sensor size as per Francis Carver as they print the actual focal length on the lens and dividing this number by the 28mm declared field of view gives 0.214 which says the diagonal measurement of this sensor is near enough 1/5 of that of a full frame sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 17:13 UTC
In reply to:

chlamchowder: At least batteries with poor contact are more manageable than ones that like to explode.

So you are saying that batteries that do not make contact are OK because if they do nothing at all this makes the camera safe. This does seem a do nothing and you can do no wrong philosophy. Surely it is just as safe not to buy the camera at all and this will save a lot of money without any loss of functionality.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 11:04 UTC
In reply to:

Grumpyrocker: There's an advisory on the Canon UK site about this too.

My S120 has occasionally shown the "charge the battery" notice even with a full battery. So I suppose I should have it looked at.

@Richard Franiec.
Seems a big deal if cameras are being released with long standing design problems constantly repeated in each iteration.
You have to wonder if the boilers are still lit in the Canon organisation or are they just are rolling forward purely on inertia?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 11:21 UTC
In reply to:

MPA1: Why is an insolvent company producing new products?

I suppose the choice advocated here by MPA1 and audijam is to fire everybody and close down the company straight away to save the investors unnecessary costs. This is not a lot of help to existing users of the kit either. I love these internet opinions based purely on the headline banner 'insolvent' without any thought or study in to the detailed situation or consequences or even what the word means.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 11:29 UTC
In reply to:

tabloid: Real world..
Personally as a full time professional photographer i would never go back to a SLR….its morrorless all the way for me.

I dont do sports, or fast moving objects….I photograph people.

Just a couple of reasons why mirror less is great : Focusing via the mirror/pentaprtism in a SLR doesn't mean that its in focus on the film/sensor plane.
For me a digital SLR (with mirror) can't be used for view-back in bright sunlight.(please don't say put a hood on it).

SLR (with mirror): Constant overheating in video mode.

Ive set my Sony A65 so that when i take a picture, the image stays in my viewfinder for about 4 seconds so that i can see if what I've taken is acceptable, or if the person has blinked. Great for group shots, where one person has always blinked.
Can do videos via the viewfinder. Can play back videos and stills via the viewfinder….great stuff.
I could go on, but i won't, as people who own mirror less cameras know exactly what I'm talking about.

Your Sony A65 has a mirror and dedicated focusing sensors. This is not the sort camera being discussed here. I doubt if Samsung are going to go the SLT route.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 08:48 UTC

The odd thing is with my NEX system I much prefer to use the 55-210 lens on my dslr shaped and sized A3000 which is inferior to the NEX6 in nearly every respect. This is because it is so much more balanced and pleasant to hold and compensates for the basic evf and focusing speed.
I would think people before switching should try out the and make sure for longer focal lengths they enjoy the beer can on a credit card feel of mirrorless or I suspect in the case of full frame ale keg on a paperback experience.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 11:50 UTC as 64th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
In reply to:

Merel: It's amazing that most of top rated camera's (of course at higher price) do not include GPS. Almost everybody shoots extremely high amount of pictures during vacations, at locations often far away from home.

Eventually we all end up with those unavoidable questions
" Darling where was this picture taken ? And this one ? Where was that again? "

So why is this GPS feature so neglected ? The DMC-GM5 (and others) would have been so much nicer camera in my list ! For that price, most people would expect GPS to be a standard feature or at least an option. Everybody might have it's own reasons, but on the subject I guess anybody will agree.

When showing your best pictures, what is the most common question you will get to answer ? .... " Waaow ! WHERE was this ? "

My Panasonic TZ60 with its GPS is great for holidays. I always carry a spare battery so battery life has never been an issue. It is really great to be able to look at the map in Lightroom and see all the travels of the holiday outlined.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 10:28 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)
In reply to:

Merel: It's amazing that most of top rated camera's (of course at higher price) do not include GPS. Almost everybody shoots extremely high amount of pictures during vacations, at locations often far away from home.

Eventually we all end up with those unavoidable questions
" Darling where was this picture taken ? And this one ? Where was that again? "

So why is this GPS feature so neglected ? The DMC-GM5 (and others) would have been so much nicer camera in my list ! For that price, most people would expect GPS to be a standard feature or at least an option. Everybody might have it's own reasons, but on the subject I guess anybody will agree.

When showing your best pictures, what is the most common question you will get to answer ? .... " Waaow ! WHERE was this ? "

Just been outside with my now fairly venerable Garmin 60CSx and this got a lock within 45 seconds. It has not has had any contact with anything but the satellites for years. Probably would take longer if the location is switched and it always helps if you tell it that it is a new location.
My Nokia Lumia 1020 massively outperforms it though getting locks in trains where the Garmin gives up plus with Windows you can download the maps so no problem abroad with roaming charges. Probably it is helped by using the phone transmitters but the technology has moved ahead.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 14:24 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (138 comments in total)

Why is the lack of built in flash a particular problem meriting a con with the Samsung NX3000 but not with the Olympus E-PL7?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 12:21 UTC as 15th comment
On Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2014) article (120 comments in total)
In reply to:

photog4u: Nikon makes some pretty good stuff. And Canon,yes. But Sony is on FIRE! Fast AF with reliable tracking, well implemented focus peaking with magnification, legacy glass, smoking good EVF, FULL FRAME and now with FIVE AXIS IS! All for under $2k! "Despite the emergence of mirrorless cameras, the market is still dominated by conventional DSLRs" I doubt very much if you will be able extol that statement for very much longer.

Interesting that this is a discussion on consumer cameras and you are talking about a $2K camera. The big problem with mirrorless is that it costs a lot of money to get a model with a viewfinder. Putting an EVF in to a mirrorless seems to be a lot more expensive than the mirror OVF system.
Entry level DSLR is just more affordable than mirrorless unless you are prepared to drop the viewfinder and of course DSLR comes with a vast affordable lens supply. I cannot see in these still struggling economic times a big rush in to a luxury goods sector which is where mirrorless is at the moment.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
Total: 284, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »