Richard Murdey

Richard Murdey

Lives in Japan Kyoto, Japan
Joined on Aug 21, 2002

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Craig from Nevada: Looks like Olympus got the memo. You don't need what we traditionally think of as a camera to take pictures anymore.

A move by Olympus from the camera market to the taking picture market. The product is priced to move.

I love the concept for macro and product photos. As a general-purpose camera maybe not so much.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 09:15 UTC

Just look what you can do with this thing!
http://photorumors.com/2015/04/03/olympus-air-a01-camera-module-rocket-launcher-style-setup-can-probably-get-you-arrested/

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 09:11 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (118 comments in total)
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Miron09: I use a Gitzo 00 series with an Arca Swiss P0 (MFT camera). Weighs less than 500 grams, the 70cm max height usually suffices

Nice... but pricey. And maybe a bit bulkier than some people are looking for. But, yeah ... nice. [~envy~]

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 00:09 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (118 comments in total)

Manfrotto 209/492 or you can waste your money.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 23:09 UTC as 24th comment

The film/digital wars of 1995-2005 was won by degrees, as digital got better and film got less convenient. The ranks of the holdouts thinned out year after year, but there was no particular defining moment when digital "won" and many people still use the format today.

This time it isn't even a two-way battle, since smartphones, compacts, and things like gopros and cinema cameras are also on the field.

My own view is that dSLRs have already lost, they just don't know it yet. (yeah, no one tell my D600 that, you'll hurt its feelings!) Seriously though: the remaining ground dSLRs hold are lag-free, large, and bright viewfinders and fast AF. Neither of those look unassailable anymore. AF on the GH4 or V3 is already 99% there, all that's needed is for Sharp or whoever to come up with a sub-10 mS lag/refresh, 2K EVF display and its up with the white flag basically.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 03:16 UTC as 28th comment
On Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera article (124 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Smartphones need to develop some sort of open standard mount for external camera modules. Hanging the camera freely off the iPhone connector like that is is no good at all. The Android equivalent - the microUSB port - would be even worse!

I was thinking more Project Ara / laptop dock type with strain releif and electrical connections: slide, click 'n' lock.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 12:41 UTC
On Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera article (124 comments in total)

Smartphones need to develop some sort of open standard mount for external camera modules. Hanging the camera freely off the iPhone connector like that is is no good at all. The Android equivalent - the microUSB port - would be even worse!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:41 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies

I'm going to posit that dpreview is going to love the Leica Q for more-or-less exactly the same set of reasons dpreview loved the Fuji X100.

The Q is a Fuji X100. Bigger, better, and more expensive, but in essence it's the same camera, for the same purpose, aimed at the same kind of person.

Not me. I'm done with this faux-rangefinder, film-camera-nostalgia, slow-photography shtick. Give me modern controls, a lens mount, and an on-axis viewfinder any day of the week!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 02:18 UTC as 56th comment | 7 replies
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (958 comments in total)
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Sam147: RIP Canon
Get your act together Nikon
Goodluck Pentax
Kickass Sony!

Sony is always first out of the gate with their latest sensor, but we'll see Nikon using it before the year is out.

Then it levels out to the usual bickering over mirrorless vs. dSLR, lens selection, OVF-EVF, do-you-want-a-big-lens-on-a-small-camera etc. etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 06:25 UTC
On Sony RX100 IV compact shoots 4k, uses a stacked sensor article (303 comments in total)
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zakoops: Will be interested to find out if BSI-stacked sensor of RX100M4 ($1000) has about twice the image quality of BSI Nikon J5 ($500), both being 1” and 20MB sensors.

Upgraded video is quite nice, but first what about image quality?

Uh, "stacked" doesn't mean what you think it means. It's not like two sensors stacked on top of each other for twice the light gathering! (if only!!) :D :D :D

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 02:06 UTC
On Das ist Güt: Hands-on with the Leica Q article (63 comments in total)
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Caerolle: Gee, it looks just like a Fuji X-E!

@Caerolle

If I'm paying $4k for a Leica camera, it better not come with a flippy screen! Or take movies (unless its a video camera). Or do selfies. I don't want a sunset mode. Or a smile sensor. Or a best shot selector.

You can go take your consumer function bucket list and ...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 01:57 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (559 comments in total)
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Bene Placito: When they get to doing this in 35mm, they've got my money.

Just think, with this camera they could offer it as a firmware patch conversion. They could even give you a little black label with "35" written on it for you to stick on the lens barrel over the "28".

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 01:53 UTC
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maxnimo: So it takes two minutes per shot? That seems kind of long. Why so slow?

"while also working out camera-to-object distances to ensure smooth perspective rendering."

That's probably why.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
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Richard Murdey: It's a pity that only Leica have marketed such a product, any company could do so and any camera could be so fitted. With the Monochrom you are paying more for the Leica part than the Monochrom part if you take my meaning.

Is there any comparison photos showing Monochrom vs. regular Leica processed B&W? I like to see what real difference it makes.

You don't need to, um, adjust the pixel size, just re-label the ISO settings as Leica has done here. Correct me, someone, if I'm wrong on this but I also think CMOS sensor sensitivity is relatively constant for photon energies throughout the visible spectrum. If that's the case it's really nothing more than going to Sony and asking for a batch made with the color dyes left out.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 11:49 UTC
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Paul Petersen: The Sigma DSLRs all shoot B&W very well due to their vertical filter not creating any lateral interpolation. The SD1M software supports native Monochrome development in and allows mixing of the colors in post versus fiddling with filters on the front of the lens. Plus they can be switched to IR by removing the filter that doubles as a dust cover for the mirror box.

This is completely comparable to a normal Bayer sensor at 4:1 pixel binning. So a D810 will be 9 MP vs. 15 MP for the latest Foveon. The D810 will run rings around it in sensitivity, while the new Leica will comfortably win both metrics.

The Sigma cameras are therefore not exceptional as B&W cameras, except perhaps for IR.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 06:40 UTC
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RichRMA: The more I see it, the more I want it. The discipline of shooting in black and white is tangible. It's like taking one prime lens and going out shooting, forcing yourself to do the work needed to maximize the results of a limited kit.

It's an awful lot of money just to tie one arm behind your back like that though.

I recommend switching the image output in your existing camera to "B&W" and, if you are really fighting the urge to switch back to color in Lightroom later, use an orange or yellow filter to make the color output unusable.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 06:32 UTC
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mtsullivan: The M Monochrom is a wonderful camera! It does exactly what it is supposed to do, shoot monochrome. When I had the previous version, it was wonderful going out knowing I was only getting black and white, that there would be no color option, I would never see color and be tempted to waste time processing both in color and b&w. It became a mindset and it made a difference in how I viewed what I was shooting.

Feeling pressure from my wife for color photos, I traded my Monochrom for an M240. It's a great camera! But I miss the Monochrom. At some point I will have one again, even if it's my only camera.

In addition, I fell in love shooting with a rangefinder over a DSLR, and would never go back. Shooting with each is a different experience. And comparing a Leica to a Canon or Nikon DSLR is apples to oranges.

Unless you shoot with one and allow yourself to embrace it for what it is, and not what it isn't, you won't fully understand how special it can be!

"When I had the previous version, it was wonderful going out knowing I was only getting black and white"

I have a suspicion that this is the principle attraction. Leica could have used a regular sensor and disabled the color output in firmware and 95% of the owners would have been every bit has happy with their purchase.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 01:56 UTC

It's a pity that only Leica have marketed such a product, any company could do so and any camera could be so fitted. With the Monochrom you are paying more for the Leica part than the Monochrom part if you take my meaning.

Is there any comparison photos showing Monochrom vs. regular Leica processed B&W? I like to see what real difference it makes.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 01:52 UTC as 96th comment | 3 replies
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gbunton: There are much better options, nothing is free. I work in the Silicon valley tech sector, and i can tell you stay away from Google if you want to maintain some sense of ownership of your images.

You don't give Google "ownership" of your photos - they can't sell them or give them to anyone - you just agree to let them view and analyze the photos and data mine the contents.

I'm down with it.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 06:13 UTC
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newe: Why put any of your stuff up this way? Roll all of your pics for a year into one far file, encrypt it, and cloud it. Simple.

Why not? Its not like anyone would want to look at them.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 06:07 UTC
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