Dave Oddie

Dave Oddie

Lives in United Kingdom Chester, United Kingdom
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Joined on Jan 23, 2002

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0MitchAG: Annnnnd the photos are dissimilar... *confused*

User1961agy: "I think the point of the exercise was not to exactly replicate the precise operation, but for todays II(AC) Squadron to honour and bring attention to the part played by their II (AC) Squadron World War 2 forbears which may not be widely known."

Well said. As Wally Brooks said, these were unarmed planes so vulnerable to flak and being intercepted. So brave men indeed.

Photos are supposed to convey something and as such these work as they draw attention to these mens' efforts.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 21:17 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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disraeli demon: There's a sort of Holy-Trinity-plus-one of features that I've been looking for in a compact for years: fast performance, fast lens, hot shoe, articulated (or at least fold-out) screen. Canon's G-line were missing the fast lens, but when they finally added that they dumped the articulated screen. Samsung had all the hardware features but the performance was too slow. Sony add the fold-out screen but take away the hot shoe.

Are these guys deliberately teasing me?

Sony are past masters at adding good new things (EVF in this case) and at the same time taking others away (long end of the lens and hot shoe).

I use an A77 and I have never seen Sony NOT remove something useful each time they bring a new model out ever since I bought my A100 years ago. On the A77 its the GPS - gone form the MkII.

Evolution must not have an equivalent word in Japanese!

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 13:35 UTC
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Henrik Herranen: The cloud model lets the service provider spy on user data and steal it, or revoke said service without notice. Also it lets intelligence agencies easy access to any sensitive information through the service provider. All of this has always been known. It was and is inevitable.

If you use cloud services, you accept that whenever any computer between you and your cloud service provider breaks, there is no service. You also accept that you don't have privacy. Yes, a cloud system might be convenient much of the time, but you don't own yourself nor your data anymore.

End of line.

There is nothing inherent in a cloud service that says the service provider will spy on your data. Unless you give them permission to do so it would be illegal in most western countries for this to happen and the technology such as Virtualization and anonymization can make your data less vulnerable than that on your own PC.

As to reliability again the technology is there to make cloud systems more robust than your own PC.

The fact Adobe have managed to break their cloud just tells you they don't know what they are doing. Many enterprise level computer systems just do not break beleive it or not. In fact I have my doubts Adobe is running a cloud service at all.

As to intelligence agencies accessing the data unless the cloud provider is complicit they are probably better at looking after it than you are.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 00:18 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)
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Deliverator: It seems to me the SLT cameras should be better when it comes to vibrations from mirror slap. Does anyone have any insight to offer on this?

There have been tests done I believe that show mirror slap can be an issue with traditional DLSR's but not the SLT's.

The other bonus is the electronic first curtain shutter.

That reduces the chance of shutter vibrations affecting the results which can apparently effect the 36mp A7 which does not have this feature.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 01:14 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)
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Scottelly: They took away the GPS?!? WTF?!?

Though I am glad they have made a new, updated version of the A77, I can't understand Sony. I won't buy it without GPS. I will get the old one instead . . . or I'll get a Nikon D5300. I don't really need the speed shooting capability, and until I see that Sony is committed to this line of cameras by making three or four new, kick-ass lenses for them, I will stay away from their newest cameras. The mirrorless cameras don't have two of the features I have come to expect from Sony - in-camera image stabilization and GPS, and now Sony drops GPS from their newest A77! I think they dropped the ball too.

I was thinking Sony should make one of these without an anti-aliasing filter. Hopefully they will make an A79 with that and GPS . . . and a bigger buffer . . . and two memory card slots (fast ones - maybe UHS2).

I wonder how fast the memory card slot in this camera is.

"Totally agree...no GPS, no sale. GPS 'was' one of the defining features of this line of cameras."

Same here. May have been tempted to upgrade but not now.

They lost me from the compact mirrorless area with Nex minus IBIS (another feature I won't do without having used it) and now they just lost another potential sale.

This is par for the course with Sony though who have done it before. Debates used to rage about what was missing from the A2xx/A3xx/4xx/5xx cameras compared to what the old A100 had.

Why don't they understand "upgrade" does not mean removing useful features from a camera?

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 01:09 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Sometimes GPS comes in handy when trying to remember exactly where you took it.

I think people are oversensitive to private data that no one would ever care about. OK, so you went to Yosemite National Park and a TGIF for a company dinner. Guess what, no one cares.

I use GPS on my A77 all the time. It is never off. With Lightroom it is very useful to see where photos were taken and if anyone ever travels extensively it is a boon.

Why do Sony do this type of thing?

WiFi to a phone is no substitute as even if the phone can tag the photos or use an app store GPS data for later manual addition most smart phones battery life is not up to the task of long term use.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 00:55 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (273 comments in total)
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kecajkerugo: If it only had OIS or if Fuji had internal stabilization….
Fast lens does work well if the subject is moving and therefore cannot be frozen by any stabilization system (even by the OMD- EM-1). It does not work for any steady subject where a stabilized glass, even much darker, easily outperforms a bright prime lens.

I didn't miss the point. The point I was making was in reply to nerd2 and was as you say simply "OIS does work for moving objects "

We all know you need fast shutter speeds to freeze movement but for example if you shoot motor racing and use slower speeds to blur the background as you pan OIS can help with vertical camera shake.

Basically fast lens + OIS/IBIS is always better to have then simply a fast lens.

I think Canon recently brought out a 35mm F2 prime with OIS which I think was a great move.

The fact a slower lens with OIS/ibis can match a fast lens in certain circumstances where subject movement is not an issue is a given I thought.

It is also not a free ride for the fast lens where subject movement is an issue either because as you open it up focusing and depth of field become issues.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 13:40 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (273 comments in total)
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kecajkerugo: If it only had OIS or if Fuji had internal stabilization….
Fast lens does work well if the subject is moving and therefore cannot be frozen by any stabilization system (even by the OMD- EM-1). It does not work for any steady subject where a stabilized glass, even much darker, easily outperforms a bright prime lens.

Since when does OIS not work for a moving subject?

That would mean I could not use an OIS lens with anything other than static subjects and that clearly isn't the case as OIS is used by sports photography all the time.

I have one OIS lens (Sigma 105 macro) and it has mode of OIS for panning. IBIS also works on non-static subjects.

OIS and IBIS stabilize camera shake. They have got nothing to do with the subject moving or not.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:55 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (492 comments in total)
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pedroboe100: I don't get it. It's bulky and expensive. Why would someone choose this over a Pentax K5, Olympus EM1, Pana GH3, with a Tamron superzoom lens?

"The fact you don't get it shows your lack of understand in photography, even more so the models you suggest as alternatives. Please tell me how much a GH3 with a 200mm f2.8 zoom lens would cost?????"

The point is you don't need an F2.8 lens on an aps-c camera to match the RX10 shooting wide open due to the lower noise of the sensor.

I think it is you who doesn't get it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 15:24 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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GCHYBA: Uhhh, will 99.9% of people really be able to tell the diff between the images this one makes and a much cheaper, similar model?
In my opinion, there are two types of camera: One you carry in your pocket and a DSLR.
This is neither.

"Show me 20 B&W pictures and I will tell you which one they were took with Leica (in the M3-4 period).
The quality was huge in difference"

Years ago in the UK there used to a Leica club that circulated members photos for comment. One member received plenty of praise in particular comments about the technical quality delivered by the Leica lenses they had used.

The trouble was he took them with a Nikon and had duped the other members. I don't believe it was out of spite but more out of interest to see if people could spot the difference. They couldn't and waxed lyrical about the quality delivered by what were in fact Nikon lenses.

Emperors new cloths!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 23:36 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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Diopter: The Sony NEX 5 line has been discontinued and it is selling below $400 here and there.
Why I should buy a Leica's poor copycat without a flip-flop screen?!
(-)

For some reason when I read the above rather condescending reply by RMillward the old saying "A fool and his money are easily parted" came to mind.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 23:22 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: "I found myself wondering whether the truism about 'the best camera is the one you have with you' shouldn't really be something like: 'the best camera is the one you enjoy shooting with enough to have with you.' "

The above from the article is very true in my experience. Get the ergonomics right and a camera will get used. Get them wrong and it can actually stop you taking photos as the urge to pick the camera up is somehow muted subconsciously in my experience.

Years ago in the days of film I bought one SLR which was supposed to be the "best" when in the shop another felt better in the hand. Always regretted it.

These days I shoot with a Sony A77 and ergonomically it's the best camera I have ever had. I enjoy taking photos with it so I can see absolutely where the reviewer is coming from here.

It may be his personal view regarding the a6000 but having read it I doubt many would find themselves in disagreement over most points if they actually used the camera.

I am not sure you make a valid point here.

I could say my old film SLR has better ergonomics than your 5N but you would never consider using one.

Back in the days of film when I made my mistake of picking the wrong camera ergonomically the "sensors" were always identical because the film was the same for either camera. So the issue you highlight wasn't one back then.

I don't think it is now either in that once you decide on your modern "film" i.e. what size of sensor you want then if that was aps-c given most 16-24mp aps-c cameras deliver the goods image quality-wise ergonomics can be a deciding factor when a few years ago that was not true.

Most would never consider going for a small sensor camera if aps-c was the quality level you were after so the fact an ergonomically better camera of lower quality existed is rather a moot point.

What you need is a better aps-c camera from an ergonomic point of view. Then I guarantee you will stop using the 5N.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 14:42 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)

"I found myself wondering whether the truism about 'the best camera is the one you have with you' shouldn't really be something like: 'the best camera is the one you enjoy shooting with enough to have with you.' "

The above from the article is very true in my experience. Get the ergonomics right and a camera will get used. Get them wrong and it can actually stop you taking photos as the urge to pick the camera up is somehow muted subconsciously in my experience.

Years ago in the days of film I bought one SLR which was supposed to be the "best" when in the shop another felt better in the hand. Always regretted it.

These days I shoot with a Sony A77 and ergonomically it's the best camera I have ever had. I enjoy taking photos with it so I can see absolutely where the reviewer is coming from here.

It may be his personal view regarding the a6000 but having read it I doubt many would find themselves in disagreement over most points if they actually used the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 08:49 UTC as 84th comment | 4 replies
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (489 comments in total)
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suntek101: This seems to be a wonderful camera but I like to do low and high angle shooting and I have been waiting for Pentax to incorporate an articulated LCD screen into their next camera since the K10. Hopefully the "K1" will be released in a year or two and my wish will come true. Are you listening Ricoh/Pentax? Until then, I'll just dream of the K3 while making the most of my old K10!

The objections to a tilting LCD are bonkers in my opinion.

I own a Sony A77. It's weather sealed, the tilting LCD doesn't affect this nor does it add bulk. Just how thick do you think these things are?

The fact it can be turned round so the LCD screen faces the body protects it from damage when not in use. You can't do that with fixed LCD screen so it is actually better from a durability point of view than camera with fixed LCD's.

Why any digital camera doesn't have a tilting LCD I really do not understand. It is an option this modern technology brings to the table.

And as to the comment about Capa, do you not use things like auto focus or in-body stabilization? Please turn them off so you can enjoy the full photographic experience!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 09:23 UTC
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tkbslc: I'm not really sure this product is very relevant to the dpreview site or its users. I get including the Canon Cinema 1D cameras and NEX camcorder because they use camera lenses, but this has zero to do with photography.

No need to apologise as you were right the first time. They are not relevant to the majority of the sites users. Specialist video related sites would serve the minority who are interested better and leave this place uncluttered. Same goes for Smart Phone stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 21:06 UTC
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dbateman: I find it interesting that the EM1 with a Panasonic sensor gets this feature.

Whereas the older models using a Sony sensor (know to have this feature) haven't got the update yet.

Either the update is coming or the Sony sensors sold to Olympus don't support this feature. Maybe somethings are better with Panasonic sensors, thus the shift in the high end pro model.

If the Sony sensors Olympus use don't support this feature I think you mean the ones Olympus chose to buy don't have it.

Sony won't sell sensors with deliberately reduced features. They would not have a market if they did.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 09:44 UTC

Unimpressive. Lots of shots of the drone. Few if any of going where humans can't.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 01:51 UTC as 6th comment
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Zoron: no built-in stabilization....so no for me.

Arguments against stabilisation on short lenses are just silly.

I learned this years ago when I found how useful it was on my Minolta A1 which had an F2.8 lens at 28mm equivalent.

Shooting that in a museum at ridiculously low shutter speeds was all the convincing I needed.

A fast lens with stabilisation simply extends the usability envelope .
Furthermore and a point everyone misses, with stabilisation you aren't forced to go wide open in dim light all the time. You can still exercise a degree of control over the aperture, stop it down a bit for d.o.f control or to sharpen things up as most lenses are at least a bit soft wide open.

Without stabilisation you have to use F1.7 like it or not.

It was the best thing Panasonic did adding in body IS to the GX7 for this reason.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (321 comments in total)
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Pantyhose Bandit: Oh... The Guardina - the company that can't even spell its own name right. What a bastion of journalistic integrity. I wouldn't trust anything the guardian scrawled on its pages.

The Guardian is a left of centre paper generally but supported the Liberal Democrats at the last election in the UK. Who now prop up a right wing government. At times it struggles to reconcile its support for the Lib Dems with what actually happened. So its credentials as a leftist paper are a bit tarnished.

More is the pity as "anything that even smells conservative" deserves all the trashing anyone can heap upon it. In my humble opinion of course.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 00:27 UTC
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alexisgreat: Once again Olympus shows how much brainier they are than other camera manufacturers- especially the "big name" conventional ones. Direct Live Histogram, Pixel Mapping, Supersonic Wave Filter, Live View, and now this!

"I guess that is a matter of opinion."

Olympus has always been innovative. I bought an OM4 film camera which had "multi-spot" metering where you could take several spot readings from different parts of the scene.

This is sort of doing the same except instead of averaging out the readings as the OM4 did this adjusts the exposure for each "spot" independently. An old idea taken to its logical conclusion given the capabilities digital allows.

Canon copied the "multi-spot" metering on the T90 (I think). Someone will copy this feature just the same.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 14:58 UTC
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