MrTaikitso

MrTaikitso

Lives in United Kingdom Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Works as a Designer
Has a website at http://www.taikit.so
Joined on Jul 4, 2009
About me:

Dear Pinky,

My trusty sidesqueak, the plan is three fold:

1. Finally launch PhotoWalker.com (based on our award winning and being re-engineered Artwalker.com site), whereby people can explore the world via geographically organised photos.

2. Start a video blog that blends a mix of commentary and slapstick wit.

3. Use a camera to log the history of my family and company using high quality stills and video whilst engaging in street and creative architectural photography around the world, because landscapes and sunsets will always be there, but people and buidings won’t.

Current arsenal:

Samsung EX2F
(Superb street, scenic and low light social/family camera. Only flaws are lack of manual exposure on video and buggy firmware. Great all rounder, but good at all.)

Dream camera:

Ergonomically and featurewise, the Panasonic GX7/Olympus EM-1 are the closest to the perfect camera, however, the fact the displays cannot face forward (unlike other Panasonics and the Samsung EX2F/Canon G12 etc) means it is not a convenient for video production, or the now popular selfie. Big mistake! Looks like Panasonic were trying to compete with the OM-D rather than focus on their core competency, video! GH3 too big, may as well buy a 5D MkII or III!)

So, ideal camera would be a Pentax body + GH3 type articulating display + Sony sensor + Carl Zeiss*/Olympus or Nikon glass (*Sony f717 IQ was superb in good light) + Samsung menus & it must all fit in my pocket thanks to next generation only Sony could do it miniaturisation but with Oly EM-1/Fuji X100 grippy tactile exposure adjustment knobs. Phew!

Opinion:

I am not brand loyal at all (I choose what works!), although despite having never owned one, consider Olympus to offer the greatest IQ/DR/mid range glass, Nikon the best clean low light images (D3 is awesome!), Canon have lost control, Pentax are the best for handling and dynamic range (D/K series are outstanding, just wish that video was given focus by Pentax and they introduced articulating displays), Samsung deserve kudos for the NX & EX series, Panasonic’s best contribution other than GH series is their outstanding Ai mode that really does work (and adjusts the exposure for sky and ground superbly), Sony should focus on sensors and learn from Pentax about handling/operational feedback, Fuji are awesome for the lovely X series.

Brain

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I don't wish to start a flame war, but WHY WHY WHY is there no articulating display on such an otherwise superb camera? I just returned from Berlin with my fantastic never lets me down Samsung EX2F (try and then judge) and a mix of it's superb f1.4 lens, handling and articulating display allowed me to shoot some great photos and 'travel blog' video. The ability to hold a camera down at waist level, or above a crowd in a public place, not to mention composing video footage when the camera is on a tripod makes an articulating display invaluable. And in the case of the LC100, we have 4K video abilities and what will no doubt be a superb lens (with that sensor!) yet less creative composition choice.

I don't buy the 'use WiFi tethering' argument, I have it on the EX2F and it's a pain in the naughty bits trying to juggle two devices + deal with latency, configuration etc. (NFC helps, but you still need a compliant phone/tablet etc.)

Bring it on!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 10:02 UTC as 2nd comment

Interesting, we inherited an old Leica from my father (who got it from his father), and it looks like that Hansa. I wonder who influenced who, my history of old gear is not good. I know the Leica had this clever prism that connected to the viewfinder so you could take pictures around corners! Sneaky! I had a water pistol that could do that too, and shot my physics lecturer in the face at point blank range by mistake with it after he stepped out of the staff room in the path of my target! I had to write out lines or something, but it was funny at the time - he was a dufus. Anyway, where were we? Ah yes, Kwanon!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 18:04 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact mirrorless camera announced article (80 comments in total)

Clever! Flip DOWN LCD eliminates the problem of it hitting the VF or flash, an issue Sony are still battling with the NEX/Alpha X000 series, hence multiple design choices from Sony! But on this Oly, one must ask, tripod screen clash?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 08:57 UTC as 5th comment
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: As ever Pentax lead the way with ergonomics. Other than the colour change LEDs on the mode dial and shutter, the control layout is very thoughtful. When I borrow my brothers D3, the illogical control layout drives me nuts. Nikon should hire a UX expert, something Pentax must have done years ago. I owned a K10D and it was a delight in the hand, as is the MX-1.

:)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)

As ever Pentax lead the way with ergonomics. Other than the colour change LEDs on the mode dial and shutter, the control layout is very thoughtful. When I borrow my brothers D3, the illogical control layout drives me nuts. Nikon should hire a UX expert, something Pentax must have done years ago. I owned a K10D and it was a delight in the hand, as is the MX-1.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:47 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (360 comments in total)

This is probably the cutest camera ever made. It actually looks like it would make a chew toy sound when the flash popped up! (Rubbery squeak.) If it had a viewfinder, an articulating display and stereo audio recording for the video, I would buy one - to shoot with by day and cuddle by night. :=)

Have you cuddled your Q today?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 21:09 UTC as 19th comment
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: iPhoto is one of the worst pieces of software ever developed, and I speak as a UX (User Experience) and software engineer. 1. A few years after it was launched, it managed to lose over 400 of my precious photos. And because they were being backed up, and the way the bug erased the images, I never got them back. Many others reported odd bugs too. 2. More recently, as part of a huge multi year archiving effort (& to escape it's bugs), I exported thousands of priceless photos & scans from iPhoto. Only later did I discover that EVERY SINGLE portrait oriented photo had been mysteriously cropped such that only about 5% of the photo was saved. I lost another 500 or so images & no idea which ones! 3. The UX is awful & inconsistent with Aperture, a superbly designed app, the very opposite of iPhoto. So why don't Apple do the reverse and make Aperture their default main photo/video app? Seems they are dumbing down to appeal to the idiots that buy iPhones purely to Snapchat & Instagram. Tragic!

Clearly, some did NOT read my comment. a) iPhoto LOST hundreds of my photos on it's own, as all those who were features in the photos know. It was and is buggy. b) The Export bug is a bug, and is inexcusable. As I said, iPhoto export does (or did if they have fixed it, I no longer use iPhoto) CROPS the portrait orientation photos, losing 95% of the image. Further, anyone who says Aperture is had to use or flawed should not be on this site. A typical example of how well conceived the app is is the simple effective speedy way to display a photo full screen, hit the [F] key. try doing that in iPhoto! It won't work, and such lack of consistency exists across the Apple iOS and OS X ecosystem. (I don't use Windows so cannot comment.)

The whole way Aperture works is brilliant and it's going to be a sad loss.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 13:38 UTC

This is brilliant, and inspiring. Am an inventor and also look up to the people featured in your photographs, so it's nice to place a face to the name.

Love the one of Mark Setteducati in particular!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2014 at 11:38 UTC as 10th comment
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)

iPhoto is one of the worst pieces of software ever developed, and I speak as a UX (User Experience) and software engineer. 1. A few years after it was launched, it managed to lose over 400 of my precious photos. And because they were being backed up, and the way the bug erased the images, I never got them back. Many others reported odd bugs too. 2. More recently, as part of a huge multi year archiving effort (& to escape it's bugs), I exported thousands of priceless photos & scans from iPhoto. Only later did I discover that EVERY SINGLE portrait oriented photo had been mysteriously cropped such that only about 5% of the photo was saved. I lost another 500 or so images & no idea which ones! 3. The UX is awful & inconsistent with Aperture, a superbly designed app, the very opposite of iPhoto. So why don't Apple do the reverse and make Aperture their default main photo/video app? Seems they are dumbing down to appeal to the idiots that buy iPhones purely to Snapchat & Instagram. Tragic!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 11:51 UTC as 59th comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1529 comments in total)

Why no articulating display? Vital for video really. #GH4

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 09:12 UTC as 309th comment | 8 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (774 comments in total)

1. Whilst it could just be they are slightly out of focus, the trees in the background of samples 4 & 5 of the boat and islands look mushy.

2. In Sample 5, DPReview have inadvertently? captured someone having a rant down their mobile phone! Amusing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 05:08 UTC as 87th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Dheorl: No headphone jack. Why panasonic, why?

They give it everything else to make it into the perfect little all in one video camera (with cine like 4k footage and everything) but no headphone jack? It's like not giving the thing a frickin viewfinder. I just don't see why they'd do it, it's got to be one of the easiest things every to engineer into a camera.

GH4 sales. Lack of touch screen and a front dial means this is a no no, they have made too many sacrifices. Panasonic, Samsung and Canon do touch screens best, yet they have omitted a major asset, in particular touch to focus not to mention browsing through shots, a la smart phone. Mine's a GH4 waiter!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 10:34 UTC
On bb_ISO_125_DSC08675 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

What an amazing shot!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 10:36 UTC as 1st comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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JJLMD: I'm not advocating suppressing a camera's weaknesses. All pros and cons should be discussed. However, the writer can decide how much emphasis he wants to place on any positive or negative attribute. The author on this site has heavily emphasized the lack of "shooter involvement" citing the clickless dial as a prime example.

I too bought into this argument as I do appreciate the tactile feedback and driver involvement from and with my cars. So, I abandoned my Rx100m2 and bought an Olympus XZ-2. It took me one outing to realize that while indeed it's a bit more pleasant, the tactile feedback, the drop in IQ was severe. This issue that Mr. Butler keeps harping on is a highly subjective NUANCE in the shooter experience that will be shared by few, unlike the AF issues of, say, the Canon EOS M. It's something to consider but I believe this author is doing a disservice to his readers by overemphasizing it.

I disagree. 6 months or so ago I went shopping for a quality compact for my brother (who is a pro) and I (a pro-sumer) & tried the RX100, Panasonic LF1 & Pentax MX-1. (I already own & love my Samsung EX2F.) I instantly disliked the handling of the RX100, finding it slippery & as Richard says, hard to engage with. The LF1 was in fact similar to the RX (VF + lens wheel), but the lens wheel offered tactile feedback. However it was the Pentax MX-1 that offered the best ergonomics & shooting experience, even if lacking a VF & this does not surprise me as Pentax consistently get kudos for handling. As it happens, the MX-1 was out of stock & I bought the LF1 for my Bro thinking he would love the VF, click wheel & compact nature. However, after doing some test shots prior to wrapping it, I realised the sensor was too small, so returned it for the RX100. Embarrassingly, he hates it - because of the flawed handling! I kept my EX2F, which is a delight to use. Should have found him an MX-1 online!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 07:05 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

If it did 4K, I would consider the MKiii over the Panasonic GH4. To be able to put a broadcast quality video camera in your pocket would be groundbreaking! Next year?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 18:58 UTC as 196th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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forpetessake: The lens is rather soft, especially wide open. But for most people who buy this camera the resolution will be sufficient because they are likely to view their pictures on tablets and phones.

I have viewed all the samples and thought the opposite. Have always felt Sony images look sharp (I had an f717 and various Cybershots before and after). Am viewing on a Dell monitor with fairly good IPS panel.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 12:38 UTC

64GB of SSD in 2014 is pathetic. I'm using 1TB of SSD on my MB Pro 15", and will need more in a year. I had 256GB on my excellent MB Air 13", but filled it up in a year too before getting the MBP.

What are MS thinking? Where are people going to store all their images? (I keep all my content locally AND in the cloud, for peace of mind.)

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 22:22 UTC as 56th comment | 4 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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Marvol: I've got some olde manual lenses for my NEX-6, one with a clicky aperture ring and one smooth. I prefer the smooth, although that has also to do with the fact that it gives fully "analogue" aperture setting.

Which leads me to the question, does the clickless ring in the RX100 also translate in to stepless aperture setting or does the aperture change in 1/3 intervals, just without the tactile feedback?

Having owned countless Sony products, whilst they have always got miniaturisation and technical innovation right, they cannot do handling and UX (User Experience.) Pentax and Panasonic are way way better in that area, just pickup a (Pentax) MX-1 or Panasonic GH series, everything is responsive, intuitive and natural. This is why I bought a Samsung EX2F over the RX-100, could not stand the feel and handling, and I know others who feel the same way. IQ excellent, don't get me wrong! (Samsung has clickey roller dial on the front. Small sensor, but I prefer handling over IQ to be honest, else one misses the shot anyway!)

I sold my otherwise excellent NEX 5R for same reason, awful menus and always faffing to find the correct buttons and controls.

Sony need to hire some human factors people.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 17:12 UTC

Want! Finally, a reason to sell my otherwise excellent Samsung EX2F. (Don't laugh, best camera they ever made.) A mix of flip forward screen (good for video not just selfies), pop up VF and the improved lens makes this Sony a dream camera for us street photographers. So hate composing on a screen, not as intimate as a VF. Way to go Sony, and way to improve your still hurting bottom line.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 06:22 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies

The man needs to get the late 2013 edition MacBook Pro with 1TB of SSD - that I am typing this on. Should handle the 4K video ok, although it will still get a little toasty until the fans kick in.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 09:56 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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