Antony John

Antony John

Lives in Kuwait Cape Town, Kuwait
Works as a Divisional Manager/Polymer Chemist
Joined on Nov 16, 2007

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Zvonimir Tosic: Magazines like Communication Arts are full of stuff like this, and call this photography, but I don't agree with it.

This is actually digital illustration work, but done through elements of photography. So this is not photography per se.

It is staged, and unreal. Same as life in the movie set is not real life of a person, but staged. And we don't call movies real life.

Photography, likewise, is supposed to memorise elements of reality, or, the truth. And even then, when going through a mountain of negatives that showed truth, photographers would look at all of them to pick one where all nuances of truth were the most obvious and overwhelming.

"Photography, likewise, is supposed to memorise elements of reality, or, the truth."
You mean like a photograph of one's spouse looking back at you with an expression of love or desire?
( :-) just in case)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 16:18 UTC

Love it that Tamron/Sigma et al are putting pressure in the majors - Canikon.
Exceptionally good news for the consumer - for a change ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 10:22 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
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bluevellet: Just don't send the album to Mosul Iraq

Seeing ISIS going through that museum smashing 3000 year old artifacts with sledgehammers... Just awful.

Or the countries that aid and abet them by supplying arms and munitions.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 16:10 UTC
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (235 comments in total)
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Scorpius1: I'm buying one,I will probably text a few copies to make sure I have a good one but it looks like a superb piece of glass..

Roger Cicala has some data Lensrentals that shows variations on some lenses.
Certainly not a myth.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 05:06 UTC
On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (235 comments in total)
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Scorpius1: I'm buying one,I will probably text a few copies to make sure I have a good one but it looks like a superb piece of glass..

Text the ones that don't meet your criteria to me please. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 13:30 UTC
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jackspra: They didn't let you go very far with it did they?

It was still attached to the security tether maybe ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 18:19 UTC

Hmm,
"Pop goes the Sigma 24mm F1.4"?
Looking good.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 14:12 UTC as 43rd comment
On Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (184 comments in total)
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bluevellet: This has peaked my interest...

And piqued mine ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 14:20 UTC
On Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (184 comments in total)
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audijam: NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stoked!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 14:04 UTC
On Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (184 comments in total)
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Conrad567: I remember when having a Sigma in my bag was humiliating, now I wish I had more of them. Trying to get the money together for a 50mm art and now they do this to me?

Sigma "The lens for discerning photographers"?
Like yourself, I'd always 'bypassed' Sigma in the past but now they have my attention.
At the end of the day, it's the quality of the optics that's important (all things otherwise being equal), not the marque.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 13:54 UTC
On Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (184 comments in total)
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KennyXL: Sigma is looking to kick in the teeth of Nikon and Canon. I'd be 0% shocked if this was at least as good as Nikon's 24mm f/1.4 at a significantly lower price.

I think this might challenge the Zeiss 25mms.
In previous years I've always considered Sigma as 'Meh' lenses but now starting to sit up and take notice since I purchased the 60mm m4/3 and F Mount 24-105 FF lenses.
Interesting times ahead.
Go Sigma!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 13:47 UTC
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I was really tempted to get one, as my walk around carry camera, until I realized it might be too big to fit into my jeans pocket. And that is a real deal breaker for me.

I will just wait for the rumored iPhone7 with the 4 gigapixel sensor.

It's just like the old saying...

"The best telescope is the one you have with you."

@ Marty
Great conversation piece for cocktail parties.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 15:23 UTC
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I was really tempted to get one, as my walk around carry camera, until I realized it might be too big to fit into my jeans pocket. And that is a real deal breaker for me.

I will just wait for the rumored iPhone7 with the 4 gigapixel sensor.

It's just like the old saying...

"The best telescope is the one you have with you."

But if you can put it into your jeans pocket you'll be a hit with the fairer sex.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 14:26 UTC
On Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps article (175 comments in total)
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RPJG: I asked this question on the YouTube page, but maybe I'll have better luck here:

I'm sure I'm making an obvious mistake here, but it's killing me :-)

At 4:20 he explains how the top of the picture is "older" than the bottom, due to the way the shutter leaves work. Then at 4:28 he further explains that this is in fact reversed due to the way lenses invert the image, i.e. the bottom of the picture will be "older".

So why is the shadow of the cork, which is lower in the frame and therefore should be "older", actually younger (i.e. it happens later in time than the image of the cork itself, which has only just left the bottle?

So should I use Occam's razor to shave upwards or downwards?
And does the same apply if I use my own razor?
I suppose one should shave the slowest growing hair first and then progress to the fastest growing. In that way, at some time, all the hair should be at the same length.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 13:02 UTC

I guess these stats show:
1. More people have mobiles than dedicated cameras.
2. More people carry their mobiles with them more often than cameras.
3. More people with mobiles use Flickr than dedicated photographers.
Otherwise these stats are pretty worthless.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 16:47 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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RichRMA: Very good shots. Big cats are being poached by hunters working for places like China and Vietnam where tiger gall bladders, etc, are used in quack medicine. It's a good idea to find alternative areas for them to live, like perhaps wild areas in North America because where they are living is not longer viable.

Marsel,
I'm not decrying any attempt at saving a species by whatever means necessary. However providing an environment that is conducive to breeding is required which it would appear that you're providing.
However, as you and I both know, poaching in SA is big business and if the price is right then there's no hope for the species concerned.
I still don't understand the killing of an animal unless for necessity - i.e. food value - just to have a rug in front of a fire or a trophy above the fireplace.
I 'shoot' with a camera that does little harm.
I do, though, wish you success in your enterprise.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 13:56 UTC
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RichRMA: Very good shots. Big cats are being poached by hunters working for places like China and Vietnam where tiger gall bladders, etc, are used in quack medicine. It's a good idea to find alternative areas for them to live, like perhaps wild areas in North America because where they are living is not longer viable.

If one wants to prevent the elimination of a species one has to stop the demand for the products derived there from.
Those that do hunting do so 'for pleasure' or to earn money to survive.
Removing the animals from their natural habitat where they can live and breed to another habitat where they will still be hunted (or just die off) and not breed makes no sense.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 16:08 UTC
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RichRMA: Very good shots. Big cats are being poached by hunters working for places like China and Vietnam where tiger gall bladders, etc, are used in quack medicine. It's a good idea to find alternative areas for them to live, like perhaps wild areas in North America because where they are living is not longer viable.

North America with the largest cache of guns - and arguably the largest population of trophy hunters - is a viable alternative to their natural habitat?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 15:47 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (337 comments in total)
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Francis P: 35mm 1.4? SOLD!

And Zeiss ....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2015 at 16:04 UTC
On Happy Holidays from dpreview article (125 comments in total)

Merry Christmas to all, especially the DPR staff.

Guess you'll be back with mouth watering reviews in the new year - for equipment that we can no longer afford after Christmas spending sprees :-)

Enjoy your well deserved break!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2014 at 04:04 UTC as 51st comment
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