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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, built like a tank.)

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.)

So, ideal camera would be a Pentax body + GH4 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 controls. 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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On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (545 comments in total)
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zarabo: Why couldn't they add an articulating screen, grrr. Been waiting for an Oly cam with built in flash and articulating screen. Every cam they make, either has one or the other.

The Japanese (like Apple) have an intentional policy that I refer to as 'Next year' or as Pres Obama would call it during his initial campaign, (modified), "Hopey dopey." Translated: We suffering masses will always hope that the ultimate camera or government will arrive tomorrow, bringing about photographic or social utopia.

For me, the former would be something with the form factor and control layout of the EM-1 (twin dials, retro build), the flip out screen of the GH4/G7, 8K video (yes, 8k, which will eclipse 4K faster than 4K will eclipse '2k' and allow what I call true 'videophotography', as Panny are pushing with the G7/GX8), IBS, Nikon D3/Sony A7ii like low light performance and Pentax handling. (Pentax cameras feel best in hand in my experience, in particular their K series.) Which reminds me, it must also be splash proof.

Next year?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 15:19 UTC
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Horshack: Putting on my Forensic Files hat, granite is very brittle and likely absorbed a lot of the impact. The force of the lens hood hitting the granite caused the camera to rotate around and land right-side-up on the body leather, protecting it from any other damage. The German judge gave the dismount a 9.5 but the Ukrainian and USA judges were more reserved with an 8.7.

Lol! Or as the young 'uns say today, Ha ha!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 19:17 UTC

Sony are superb at miniaturisation, but need to work on their ergonomics, the one reason I would not choose an RX-100 series and sadly got rid of my NEX. (A-6000 better, but not perfect.) On the RX-100 series, the controls are too small, there is no top right multi-use dial and the case is too slippery. Sony could learn from the Panasonic LX-100, which would be perfect it it had an articulating display.

The quest for the perfect compact continues!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 12:34 UTC as 23rd comment | 6 replies
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MrTaikitso: So Samsung are using Pentax glass? If so, explains why the IQ on Samsung cameras is so good. (I have owned the now cult EX2F, and images from that were excellent, and from reviews, the NX-1 produces superb images too.)

The amazing Sony f717 that I owned in 2003/4 had a Zeiss lens which also produced superb images, as long as the camera was still, the autofocus and (assuming there was any) IS was terrible though! Tripod essential back then!

I also owned a Pentax K10D and going back in time through my photo library, (bared in mind I have never owned a DSLR from Canon or Nikon), it produced the best dynamic range and IQ of any camera I have ever owned, so I think all this proves that companies whose history is based on the design and production of lenses are doing the right thing to license their technology, as long as the relationship is genuine and not just a Kodak or Polaroid like exercise in sham branding.

Interesting, I had no idea! Either way, although they struggle with brand kudos, my Galaxy Note 1 took photos and shot 1080P video of such high quality that when I shared it, people would not believe it was from a phone - and that was in 2012! EX2F took superb low light pics, the images and video from the NX-1 is outstanding, giving Panasonic G series a run for their money. I think that if companies make their own sensors (as Samsung do in some cases) but get their glass from a respected brand, they are being fair to the customer. My Note 4 4K video with stereo audio was outstanding too, and like the Note 1, the lens is tiny, so I don't know how they do it! Can't fit a Pentax prime on a phone! (All said, Panasonic have tried a phone with a 1" sensor.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 14:59 UTC

So Samsung are using Pentax glass? If so, explains why the IQ on Samsung cameras is so good. (I have owned the now cult EX2F, and images from that were excellent, and from reviews, the NX-1 produces superb images too.)

The amazing Sony f717 that I owned in 2003/4 had a Zeiss lens which also produced superb images, as long as the camera was still, the autofocus and (assuming there was any) IS was terrible though! Tripod essential back then!

I also owned a Pentax K10D and going back in time through my photo library, (bared in mind I have never owned a DSLR from Canon or Nikon), it produced the best dynamic range and IQ of any camera I have ever owned, so I think all this proves that companies whose history is based on the design and production of lenses are doing the right thing to license their technology, as long as the relationship is genuine and not just a Kodak or Polaroid like exercise in sham branding.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 10:47 UTC as 29th comment | 5 replies

Uhm, how about using a world-standard mount for gadgets! A simple grip mount that could alternatively hold a phone or GPS would suffice! That way, no brand can own the mount market.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 10:05 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies

It's always amazing when man outsmarts nature, that still uses curved 'mechanical' optics. Our first outsmarting was the telephone - therefore, unlike the birds and the bees, we can tweet to one another across the world.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 10:36 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

I've been shocked to learn or witness photos being 'shopped', including by professional photographers who will paste in a person who was not available for a shoot. So wrong on so many levels. OK, not a competition entry, but deceiving because often this person is a manager and so a group shot shows him/her bonding with their staff. Not to mention effects being used to make up for what is really a dull photo.

None of the photos in my Flickr account are shopped, except those marked as 'Experimental'

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 15:38 UTC as 28th comment
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Stefan Sobol: DJI is already updating the firmware in their drones to restrict where they can fly or limit the drone's altitude. If you install the latest "mandatory" firmware update your Phantom will not fly within 15.5 miles of Washington DC.

I'm sure there will be more updates that will further limit where the drone will be allowed to fly.

The Truman Show becomes reality. Once self driving cars join this communism powered dystopian fray, we will be limited in where we can go. Imagine, your car suddenly stops or turns around when you reach a specific area of a town or city. After 9/11 and the Iraq war, the UK's Private Eye published a weekly list ('War Balls') of companies that exploited the tragic events. IE, car insurance companies raising their premium (as mine did) because of 9/11. Eh?

So, bit by bit, our freedoms to travel will be limited. Already, in my mother's pretty village in Wiltshire UK, indestructible fencing surrounds pretty much ANY area where kids would once play.

We're slowly been kettled. It's not a nation state thing, it's a global thing. The Hunger Games, Truman Show, Logan's Run, some of the contemporary dystopian SciFi TV shows on today and more were/are all preparing us for this, and it's going to be very difficult to undo because it gives large corporations HUGE power. Terrifying!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 12:10 UTC
On Nikon announces Coolpix AW130 and S33 rugged compacts article (31 comments in total)

S33 looks funky, a bit like some of the previous Canon waterproof cameras that also offered some creative design. The style is similar to that envisioned in the 70s as to how things would look in 2000.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 09:47 UTC as 16th comment

What about video? 4K please!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 12:20 UTC as 17th comment | 7 replies

Finally Olly! A flippy outie screen! Yay! If it did 4K, I would consider this over a GH4.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 07:38 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 updates rugged series article (20 comments in total)

Me + Shark

#FinalMoments

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 07:33 UTC as 10th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (451 comments in total)
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Glen K Wells: Jusy my two pennyworth but i think it is a mistake by Panasonic to not provide a built in flash.
Ok add-ons are more powerful etc but who are these cameras aimed at?

The LX100 - no flash and now the GM5?
Basic photo punters do not want to carry a separate flash around with them to a friends house or out in their other pocket. Just want to take a quick snap oh hang on everyone I need to find and then attach the flash - hey where did everyone go?
A built in flash is one of the functions that make cameras like the E-M10 and the NEX I mean A6000 lines popular.
A built in flash is dam useful. If there is no room on top anymore why not squeeze one on the front like the days of old - software or the camera can remove red-eye.

Personally I would not choose a camera without one, I know that counts for zip but it is a feature that I look for. Currently have D610, X-E2, NEX-6 and E-M10.

Gonna start a bring back the built in flash campaign haha.

I agree completely. I love using fill flash in some of my shots, I have pretty much perfected this over the years for handling situations where the subject cannot be moved out of a shadow or there is no time - with great results. Same with low light situations. I had a Sony NEX 3 (forget precise model) with a screw on flash and hated it. Missed many opps.

This is a case of Panasonic not being as good as miniaturising technology as the world leader, Sony. The RX-100 MK3 is an incredible feat of engineering, no matter ones' brand preference.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 12:26 UTC

I take it that the image of a man in the mist/fog being lit up by the ray of sunshine was an incredible coincidence of timing and why the photo is worth so much? IE, it isn't a Photoshop job?

It is still a lovely photo, but I'm just interested because it doesn't say anything about the image of a man in the fog anywhere, other than reference to 'phantom'.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 16:00 UTC as 95th comment | 2 replies
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (370 comments in total)

That was both fascinating re salmon and a great review of the NX1. Intrigued to know what camera was dropped in this stream. Was it water resistant and did it work after the shake? My guess it was a 5D MKII or III being they are often used to shoot pro video.

Those guys could be brothers!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2014 at 10:20 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic DMC-CM1 to go on sale in UK article (154 comments in total)
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phazelag: I love my RX100m3 and iPhone 6 plus. If I didn't have so many friends with iPhones on iMessages, I would consider this. But all my extended family, kids, coworkers, and customers have iPhones and even though I got my number disconnected from the apple service my SMS/MMS experience on android with the HTC One and Galaxy S4 was not great. Limits on Photos, poor notifications, etc.

I missed some group texts or got them out of order, or replied to the wrong people. Messaging is still the weakness of android. For some android messaging is adequate, but for me a power user for work with iPhones is was messy.

Have you tried Hangouts? It works across ALL devices. Just not well promoted by Google.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 08:35 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-CM1 to go on sale in UK article (154 comments in total)

Does it record stereo audio with the video? If so, then I'm interested. It will fall in price once Panasonic see the light.

It's interesting how Panasonic industrial design is stuck in the 1980s (all products, except the G6), whilst Samsung tend to go for futuristic curves and/or simple shapes that communicate the innovation and blue skies thinking in their products. I don't know why Panasonic are so conservative.
Compare GH4 to NX1 or this CM1 to the Galaxy Zoom. And the cute little Samsung cameras with flip forward displays, almost like they are machined from one block of polycarbonate.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 08:33 UTC as 30th comment

GX7 has the all essential articulating display. I don't understand why Panasonic left it out of the LX100?!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 11:02 UTC as 72nd comment | 3 replies
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with RED's Epic Dragon article (50 comments in total)

My employer's industrial design chops are available. Such amazing tech needs a somewhat more 'fluid' body, no?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:29 UTC as 12th comment
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