MrTaikitso

MrTaikitso

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

It all started in the 1970s when my parents bought me a Boots Instamatic film camera. I can remember doing what most children do when first getting their hands on a camera, they walk around the house photographing just about anything, from a wall socket to the floor. Things took a turn for the better when I won the annual photographic competition at my school 2 years in a row - using same Boots camera!

Then and later when I acquired a Konica range finder before my Minolta X-700 SLR, my father would scold me every time I pressed the shutter with "Alexander! That's 40p!" Was so happy when it all went digital and I could blow raspberries to that!

Being a UX person in my day job, I believe handling to be the most important aspect of a camera, and no one has got it right yet, although Fuji, Olympus, Pentax and Panasonic come closest to 'getting it' when it comes to position of controls and dials, the tactile feel and the way it all comes together.

Although I do once every year or so get paid to shoot photos or video by clients of my business if we become involved in their web presence, photography and video is mainly a hobby. My focus is 'recording' our family in a fly on the wall manner (I often leave camera on tripod recording video over a meal or during Christmas present unwrapping) and also making a historical record of my business and the development of it's technical innovations.

I believe (and Panasonic are executing on this) that video is the future of photography - no matter how some purists may react. As I type this on January 10 2016, having just been on a photographic walkabout in Savernake Forest, and shot some 4K video using my new GX8 plus Olympus 12-40 f2.8 M.Zuiko Pro, and then viewed it on my Dell 27" 4K monitor, the evidence is in: Hit Pause on the keyboard during playback (or grab a frame from a video editor) and the IQ of the still image is now equal to that of a high end prosumer camera or mid level DSLR of not long ago.

Of course, we will ALWAYS shoot stills (only way to get creative per shot), but for events, quote me on this, a few strategically placed Panasonic 'GH5's will capture the event in glorious 8K, and then later, the 'videophotographer' will pick frames from the various feeds, or even allow the client to do this.
(Samsung's amazing T1 and T3 pocket SSDs now make it practical to 'carry' high def video with you.)

And no doubt, VR will become part of the capture process too, although I have concerns about the technology's impact on society. (A topic beyond the scope of this DPreview bio!)

Anyway, back to the bio bit, I may considering releasing for sale some of my more creative photos.

Dear reader may be interested to know that I never do any post processing. I either don't have time or prefer things left as they came out of the camera. Only exception is to get creative or to fix a photo that is priceless but needs tweaking, perhaps when under exposed or corrupted.

http://www.taikit.so

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Sports Dad: Look! Another $1000 apsc mirrorless camera that can't match 1/2 the specs of the now defunct NX1 from back in 2014. :)

The Pen-F looks cooler and its features are more attractive to me.

And there's the Panasonic GX8 that is also blindingly fast, weathersealed, has a touch screen, selectable AF points, front facing articulating display, invaluable flip up viewfinder (try it and you'll never go back), excellent build quality and with a good lens delivers superb images. (I tried a Noctitron yesterday, OMG!)

(I owned an NEX 5R, and to give Sony their due, although the horrible menus drove me to sell it, the DR and shot to shot speed was awesome, and I was waiting for a 4K equipped successor to the A6000 before getting the GX8, but glad I didn't because although this A6300 looks like it will deliver superb image quality, it's still lacking in the ergonomics that Panasonic get.) BTW, I also considered the NX1, but was keen on a range finder body design. I had a Samsung EX2F before my GX8, superb camera, the f1.4 lens got me more keepers than any other camera I have ever owned! Wish I had kept it as a 'pocket' camera. Anyway, A6300 will sell because the DR looks awesome.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 20:00 UTC
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Hugo808: Eh, how? Get out and shop you skinflints!

Indeed, as long as it's compact, else the A7 camera body size advantage is negated. This is why I bought a Panasonic GX8 + Oly Zuiko 12-40 (constant) f2.8, because the pair is half the size and weight of a Nikon D3 with the outstanding Nikon zoom of the same focal length. Of course, the low light performance is nothing on the Sony A7 series or a mid to high end DSLR, but in all other conditions, the performance and versatility is there. But if Sony can produce a sub £1000 body with 4K video and a compact fast zoom, I'm ready, simply so I can shoot in low light at way higher than 1600. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 11:57 UTC

If it offers an alternative to Flickr, great. Flickr is buggy (displays incorrect photo titles when browsing using the Android app), has a terrible UX and lacks many useful options for selling one's work. Hopefully this will!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 09:13 UTC as 8th comment

I am intrigued to know (not aiming to start a flame war, I like Oly's design and lenses), but beyond ISO 80 what has this over a GX8 that has twin multi function dials (there is only one on the Pen-F), articulating viewfinder, 4K video and more user definable function buttons. Assuming it will be about £750 for the body in the UK, it's priced the same as the GX8.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 09:10 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
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FodgeandDurn: You could buy two GX8's for the price of this. Of course that comparison only gets you so far with such different lens lineups, but still. The GX8 is a pretty serious flagship rangefinder, I'm struggling to say that this camera isn't hugely overpriced.

@Limbsjones - True, I had forgotten all about that early Panasonic! Exciting design too.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 11:28 UTC
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FodgeandDurn: You could buy two GX8's for the price of this. Of course that comparison only gets you so far with such different lens lineups, but still. The GX8 is a pretty serious flagship rangefinder, I'm struggling to say that this camera isn't hugely overpriced.

As a recent GX8 owner who also respects what Fuji have done with the X series since day one, different demographic. Fuji, Oly and Leica are pure still photography brands and cameras, whilst Panasonic, like Sony with the A6000 and (sub £1000) A7 (2013 or so model) are more for people like me who dabble in street photography and portraits, but are geeky prosumers who love our 4K video. I used to own the APSC equiped NEX 5R and going back through my photos, the DR and low light had an edge on the GX8, but it's ergonomics and menus made it all v painful. The GX8 handling and ergonomics are pretty good, as per the Fujis that are fun to use. If I was a pure stills photog it would be a toss up between the Fuji, the Oly OMD range or a Panny LX-100. But I love the versatility of the GX8 that equippied with the Oly 12-40 2.8 Zuiko or Panny 20mm 1.7 is a very fast powerful and capable beast, as long as you know the limitations of m4/3. (20mm 1.7 is slow to AF so switch to manual else it's Mr Hunt & Mrs Peck!) Massive respect to Fuji who no doubt influenced the design of the GX8. Mine is the silver topped version. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 20:06 UTC

Cool! We can now selfie with a shark! ;)

(Seriously, A=a fisherman friend has one of the older model Oly tough cameras and the image quality is excellent for such a small camera and lens.)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 13:00 UTC as 7th comment
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (407 comments in total)

Own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and owned their almost cult EX2F, only selling it because I assumed they would launch a successor a year or two ago.

Both produce superb stills and video. The EX2F thanks to it's unique f1.4 lens and 12MP sensor produced clean images in all conditions, and almost all were keepers. My Note 4 produces superb stills and video in good light. Looking through my 15 years or so of digital images, the Samsung's are equal to or better than from shots from my other cameras. (The EX2F was the only camera I have ever owned where I got so many keepers in all conditions, from sunny days to low light indoors.) The video quality was excellent too, as was the recorded stereo sound. They should have produced a successor with 4K video.

The reasons cameras like the NX1 and the aforementioned devices are so good may well be because Samsung were not tied to legacy concepts and technology, and started from scratch, even if 'stealing' some tech at the start, as some claim.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 14:24 UTC as 22nd comment

I have a desktop photo on my 27" Dell 4K monitor. It is of some water gardens in Hyde Park, London. The shot is sharp from edge to edge, clean and offers excellent natural dynamic range. And the detail is outstanding, so much so, people think it's a stock image or taken with a pro DSLR.

I explain it was taken by me using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. And I have 1080P and 4K video footage from that phone and the Note 1 and 2 (or 3), that is also of outstanding quality.

That is why Samsung cannot sell any compact cameras. #ShotFoot However, the excellent NX500 and NX1 are suffering because the market is flooded with quality prosumer gear from Sony, Panasonic, Oly etc and the public unlike us geeks don't know just how good Samsung are in that space.
Plus, the NX1 is pretty expensive. Even now in John Lewis it's about £1100. Worth it we know, but the heaving masses don't.
On that note, I'm off to John Lewis to catch a Black Friday bargain. BRB...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 11:34 UTC as 104th comment
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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Mister J: Interesting idea, though I note the FZ1000 is not supported, more's the pity.

No touch screen, so no way to touch the area to focus.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 17:05 UTC
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Scott Tender: I suspect most of the stuff on Kickstarter will kick the bucket.

Indidly...

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/nov/19/trouble-kickstarter-massive-projects-hit-rocks-coolest-zano

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:30 UTC

Gorgeous industrial design, in particular the bit around the top display. You just want to handle it!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 17:41 UTC as 99th comment | 2 replies
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MrTaikitso: The lack of noise in the video is outstanding, plus the Times Square footage is tack sharp, incredible detail. I'm not even going to go re-watch my 1080P footage from a GH2 in 2013, it will look awful in comparison!

However, as someone who has owned a number of Sony digital cameras in the past, from Cybershot compacts (P150 etc), f717 to NEX 5R, they cannot do red without it being over saturated - everything red in that footage looks unnatural. I am not sure if Sony use some identical chips or firmware in all their cameras, but I can spot a Sony image anywhere. (Same with Canon, whose digital images have a gentle softness to them.)

Anyone else agree?

Dang!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 08:25 UTC

The lack of noise in the video is outstanding, plus the Times Square footage is tack sharp, incredible detail. I'm not even going to go re-watch my 1080P footage from a GH2 in 2013, it will look awful in comparison!

However, as someone who has owned a number of Sony digital cameras in the past, from Cybershot compacts (P150 etc), f717 to NEX 5R, they cannot do red without it being over saturated - everything red in that footage looks unnatural. I am not sure if Sony use some identical chips or firmware in all their cameras, but I can spot a Sony image anywhere. (Same with Canon, whose digital images have a gentle softness to them.)

Anyone else agree?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 14:22 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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pshummer: To be honest, I just can't tell the difference between 1080 HD video and the 4 K video. To my eyes, it doesn't look like the 4K video is significantly better than 1080 HD video. It's a good video and that's all I can say but the sound sucks. He probably used the camera's tiny built-in mic. In the musician's video, the sound quality is o.k., just because the videographer was quite close to the musicians. But I don't think the sound has a good dynamic range, clarity and depth. But what can you do with the camera's built-in mic? I said it before.....a good video with a poor sound is useless but a poor video quality with a good sound is useable.

To show the real potential of 4K video quality should also come with a good sound. When Dpreview does a review of a high end camera's video performance, they should use a proper mic to match the quality of the 4K video quality. Then the readers would decide whether they would need an external mic or not.

It does, believe me. I have very good eyesight and am using a stellar 27" Dell 4K monitor, and once YouTube goes into 4K mode from 1080P (switches back and forth depending on my connection speed), it's like looking at a live scene through a window - tack sharp, and from this Sony FF, no noise in the video. 4K blows 1080P out the water, but as I said, I do have very good eyesight and so I guess my eyes can sense the detail.

Just wait for 8K, which will be the final resolution that humanity settles on for a few decades being when an image is shown on a 100" screen (wall size almost), it will be the maximum resolution / DPI that the human eye can resolve. IE, to use Apple lingo, Retina TV!

8K will take over from 4K way way quicker than 4K will '2K'.

Quote me on it!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 14:18 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2124 comments in total)
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(unknown member): today hands on with the Q (still rather post this here for some reason).

Th Q does everything I want :

has a readable shutter dial

shows me the shutter speed even in A mode

gives me the most beautiful uncluttered viewfinder view I have ever seen in the Digital Age.

Maybe Sony will implement some uncluttering features in the near future ?

Grumpy Old Man excerpt : " Jack Lemon: " a guy can dream, can't he ! "

:)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 00:09 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (989 comments in total)
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Joe Spade: I own this little camera, and it is amazing. Two things that Panasonic must improve: Better EVF (the one it has is useful at best in sunlight, but not good at all). Second, better resolution. How about GX8 20MP sensor?

Well, the GX8 IS the LX'200'. I don't quite understand why they made two different cameras TBH. OK, price, I answered my own question!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 16:45 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2124 comments in total)
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(unknown member): today hands on with the Q (still rather post this here for some reason).

Th Q does everything I want :

has a readable shutter dial

shows me the shutter speed even in A mode

gives me the most beautiful uncluttered viewfinder view I have ever seen in the Digital Age.

Maybe Sony will implement some uncluttering features in the near future ?

Grumpy Old Man excerpt : " Jack Lemon: " a guy can dream, can't he ! "

Sony have always had this problem, the RX100 is the same, superb engineering and IQ (like the Leica), but tiddly fiddly controls, poor grip and inconsistent tactile feedback from the lens ring. Compare to say the chunky Panasonic GH4, Fuji X series or Oly OM-D E-M1, each with nice tactile controls and so on. This is why I stopped using my NEX 5R, superb images and speed, but frustrating menus and controls. Pentax also get it with ergonomics, see every review, where excellent handling always appears on the PROS list.

The solution to this is easy, Sony need to hire a human factors person to compliment their superb engineers! (I tried the RX10 the other day, and the viewfinder was excellent, so I cannot critique that. And the RX10 ii has an even better one from the reviews.)

Just went through the Q info on the Leica website, wow, what a lovely machine! Sadly, my prosumer budget is more like £500-£600, so it's a dream. :(

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 12:52 UTC
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MrTaikitso: In 1995 or so whilst living in California, I had a Logitech Pixtura digital camera (740 x 648 resolution). I flew my mum out from the UK for a once in a lifetime holiday where we hit Yosemite. Took some amazing photos, 144 in fact, filling up the in built memory. In all my life as a photographer, the most amazing shot was of a chipmunk staring direct into the lens at 1" or so.

I wanted to take one or two additional photos on our last day, so hit the erase frame button to delete a few of the most recent images and free up the in built memory. (There was no built in preview display, just a mono LCD frame counter.) After hitting [Delete] the hourglass remained on the screen for quite a while, which was odd. It then finished erasing what I assumed was the last picture I had taken.

To my horror, the frames remaining counter showed 144/144.

I plugged the camera into my PowerBook and there was nothing on the memory in the camera. I had hit [Erase All] in error losing ALL the photos. Cried.

Not enough characters to say (and this is in response to @Jun2), I called Logitech tech support (adrenaline flowing) and after hours on the line from the Motel, they confirmed there is NO recovery method because of the design of the firmware. This was before memory cards - the camera had built in storage and a custom OS.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 18:59 UTC

In 1995 or so whilst living in California, I had a Logitech Pixtura digital camera (740 x 648 resolution). I flew my mum out from the UK for a once in a lifetime holiday where we hit Yosemite. Took some amazing photos, 144 in fact, filling up the in built memory. In all my life as a photographer, the most amazing shot was of a chipmunk staring direct into the lens at 1" or so.

I wanted to take one or two additional photos on our last day, so hit the erase frame button to delete a few of the most recent images and free up the in built memory. (There was no built in preview display, just a mono LCD frame counter.) After hitting [Delete] the hourglass remained on the screen for quite a while, which was odd. It then finished erasing what I assumed was the last picture I had taken.

To my horror, the frames remaining counter showed 144/144.

I plugged the camera into my PowerBook and there was nothing on the memory in the camera. I had hit [Erase All] in error losing ALL the photos. Cried.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2015 at 22:55 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
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