Joel Benford

Joel Benford

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Joined on Oct 25, 2001

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neo_nights: Was I the only one who read "A-mount" instead of "A-series" and, therefore, thought that would be a Sony camera?

Nope

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 22:23 UTC
On Portrait Salon 'rejects' exhibition opens in London article (67 comments in total)
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Provia_fan: I might be wrong but I don't see a lot of street photography entries passing the bar in the Taylor Wessing contest, which is the category that #2 fits.

It's a great photo, I love Dougie's work,but I have always thought that they are looking for a specific kind of look that they usually go for, which I think many competitions do. I think they should broaden their themes a bit, create subthemes within a theme. Or be more specific.

But that's just my view.

"a specific kind of look that they usually go for"

Yeah. It seemed to me it's mainly environmental portraits, in environments that say something about the subject, shot in a clearly posed way. Not a street/candid show.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2014 at 09:21 UTC
On Portrait Salon 'rejects' exhibition opens in London article (67 comments in total)

I went to the last finalists exhibition, last Christmas. These pictures look like "the ones that didn't quite make it", so if you like these definitely check out the show if you can. I expect the World Press Awards show, which is good, will be across the river at the Royal Festival Hall at about the same time.

The Taylor Wessing was largely environmental portraiture, and pretty good. For gearheads, they put up a PDF with details for all the pictures. So you can see how almost none of the finalists were shot at 85 to 135mm equivalent, and you should probably be paying more attention to flash/diffusers/reflectors than lenses...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2014 at 09:16 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
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completelyrandomstuff: That's a lot of money, but Canon and Nikon ask for the same amount. The difference is that Canon/Nikon have image stabilization and Pentax has weather sealing.

But pentax have stabilization in the body, no?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 23:01 UTC
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Fredy Ross: I don't trust cloud storage prefer to store on external hard drives.

The nice thing about the cloud is the background immediacy. I save my Lightroom catalogue, and in under a minute I have an offsite backup.

The problem, at least for me, is that my ADSL is about 80KBPS upstream. No way I'm putting RAW files on that.

I've also had problems with specific software. Last time I tried them, Google and MS both used full upload bandwidth and choked my internet with no way to stop them. Dropbox can at least be given hard bandwidth limits, though its adaptive mode doesn't really work.

They also all had some BS that stopped them putting files on my 32GB micro SD card plugged into my phone. They only use the 2GB internal.

They're pretty brain dead software, or they were a year ago. I blame Apple. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 11:22 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)

The 7D2 seems at home in this company. I don't see much to choose in the raws.

I would choose between current APS cameras for reasons other than image quality:
- 7D2 is fast, has big AF area with slick joystick, very solid build, but it's heavy and expensive
- D7100 performs quite well if the buffer is enough for you, good price, good flash
- K3 has very nice viewfinder and ergonomics at a good price, but Pentax is a bit fringe
- A77 II is fast and slick, and cheap, and has an EVF if you like them, but A mount has less support and it looks like this won't improve
- A6000 has worse lens selection than DSLRs, and not such a good shooting experience, but it's much better for lugging around when not in use

If you care about the modest difference in sensors between these cameras, I think you should really be looking at full frame.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 10:45 UTC as 159th comment | 5 replies
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (101 comments in total)

I've never seen a 493 ppi screen, I thought the "retina" was meant to be all we need.

Is 493ppi useful?

Is it regularly useful?

If it's not regularly useful, would we be better off with more battery life?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 10:20 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

This does not look bad. It looks like an APS camera, better than MFT and worse than FF.

In the shot of the farm store truck, you lifted the shadows under the truck to the point that it looks nothing like real light (i.e. far more than I would want to) and nothing broke.

The ISO 3200 bar shot is also way overcooked, and sharpened more than I feel wise for a noisy picture, and it looks about as good as I would expect if I abused my Nex-6 that way.

I would like to put the 3200 and 12800 raws through DXO Prime and see what happens...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 09:06 UTC as 8th comment
On Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted article (348 comments in total)
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helltormentor: @Rishi Sanyal

I am going to upgrade to a full frame camera. Since I am fond of manual focusing, initially, I wanted to go for the Sony A99 with its EVF and manual focus assists but I realized that its high ISO performance was not on par with Nikon FFs. Since you have not included the A99 in your new studio scene, an accurate comparison is not possible. Can you please tell me how many stops does it fall behind its Nikon peers (this D750 for instance)? I think up to 1 stop could be acceptable since it can compensate for it with its IBIS.

@Rishi

" do you not find manual focus a bit cumbersome with the number of steps it takes for you to enlarge the area of interest you want focused? You have to move the AF box around first, then zoom in, then manual focus..."

Oh this is so true. Magnified MF is deadly accurate, but I usually miss the shot.

As for AF... For my street-like purposes, I don't overly care if a camera focuses in 100 or 200 milliseconds, when getting the AF or MF point where you want takes seconds.

I remember the first time I used face detect on a Nex on a group of people: it lit up five white boxes over five faces and I thought "I have achieved Nirvana, now which wheel do I turn to pick the right face?" And it turned out that there was no such control, the camera picks a face, usually the wrong one.

As for lock and compose, this had one person in it when I started: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80519209/DSC03919.jpg

You should do an editorial on the improving the user interface for focus systems.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:52 UTC
On Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted article (348 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Impressive samples.

We've clearly reached the point where the technical properties of a full frame sensor are of limited interest. It's more than good enough. If you can't manage to get a satisfactory image out of a camera like the D750, the problem is either with the lens, with what is put in front of the lens, ... or what is occupying the space behind the rear LCD!

I've been on a 15 year project photographing in the British Museum, starting on film. It gets down to -5EV in there. I beg to differ :)

* goes back to comparing A7s and Df high ISO samples *

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 08:17 UTC
On Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted article (348 comments in total)
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lacikuss: The camera looks fantastic on the specs sheet however, I used to have a D600, and in the pictures here I see many more highlight blowouts than with my former camera. As a matter of fact most of the clouds are over exposed in the sunny pictures. I asume that these pictures were taken with autoexposure (P mode maybe), then the camera doesn´t expose well.

I also have a 6D and the High ISO performance of this D750 is not as good.

I don't know but maybe is the photographer's fault.

Thank you for "showing your workings" Rishi.

I would have used less processing to equalize the light, and just let the horse/rider look a bit dark against the sky. Your look rings my "this is not real light" bells.

But your version is perfectly reasonable. I imagine that it's something you'd have to do if you were producing pictures for print, rather than a monitor with 2 stops more dynamic range than paper. [I haven't printed in a decade, not sure how it works anymore.]

Anyhow, the extensive processing shows that the file will stand it. Which is nice to know.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 08:03 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted article (242 comments in total)

I rather like the shot of the bull on the bench. There has been a fashion for statues like that in recent years, and I think it is a good thing.

Would be nice to see it with less DoF, if you happen to visit again.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 12:56 UTC as 42nd comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1659 comments in total)
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Peter Gurdes: a more serious approach....

on rumor websites there was talking about a rumor that canon doing something "historical", something canon has not done before.
it was said it would be something big, coming at photokina or shortly after that.

rumor did not say it was a new camera.

They're going to make a small white box that plays music, and start an internet store to sell tunes for it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 09:49 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1659 comments in total)

Some great answers here. :) I especially like:

yzhenkai: EF-S 17-55 F2.8L
gustabod: a Nikon D400
Iznogoud: A 2 mega pickles camera with night vision [I really want this. A camera that you can slice up and add to 2 million sandwiches.]
dpreview: Wi-Fi-enabled 6x4 inch portable printer

As for something that really would amaze me, that I think is probably impossible... How about tracking AF so good that serious video people who stick to manual focus will use it?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 09:44 UTC as 824th comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1659 comments in total)

They're gonna make DSLTs with a flipping mirror

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 07:18 UTC as 887th comment
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mumintroll: Many people arguing that it has 4K video and? How many from you have 4K TV or monitor? Me not and I will not have it anytime soon. Sure 4K is the future but today?

@Demon Cleaner

That vimeo file looked awfully flat, then I realized it was in TV levels (16..235) and corrected it for PC. It's still not contrasty enough for my taste, but that's his prerogative.

Anyhow.. this talk of shooting video and picking the decisive moment later intrigues me.

*strokes chin, fondles fluffy white cat*

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 22:44 UTC
On 7DII_beta_ISO12800_030A9238 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

I think we'd all like to see what a raw converter can do with the 12800 shot...

The set looks reasonable for an APS camera. Based just on those, I don't think I would avoid or prefer this camera because of image quality.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 10:52 UTC as 1st comment
On Photokina 2014: Olympus stand report article (75 comments in total)

"Allison was quite emitted with this orange E-M10."

Is "emitted" spellcheckereze for "smitten"?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 09:28 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies
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tompabes2: LOL... nice headline! :)

With a headline like that, I thought it was going to be about video rigs.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 14:45 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Panasonic stand report article (24 comments in total)
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Joel Benford: As a Nex-6 owner, the LX100 prompted me to check this: http://camerasize.com/compact/#332,569,535.360,493.421,ga,t

There's a rather small size difference between the Panasonic and the Sony A6000. The prices are not fundamentally different either. And there's probably not a huge difference in DoF with the lenses shown. The A6000 has a lens mount, but I have a nagging feeling the LX100 may have better ergonomics.

Hmm.

Yes, indeed. Though having twice the pixels on the A6000 is probably worth something too. Ach, let's wait for the test shots. :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 14:08 UTC
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