nickthetasmaniac

nickthetasmaniac

Lives in Australia Tasmania, Australia
Joined on Aug 4, 2011

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On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)
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Anaxagoras: Excellent review. And I agree wholeheartedly except for one thing. Why the worry about exposure compensation?

When I started in photography, light meters were an expensive luxury that few of us amateurs could afford. So exposure was based on judgement, or 'look at the light and guess'.

Forty years on, all cameras have light meters, most of which are staggeringly good. I reckon at least nine out of ten photos I take are perfectly exposed. But what about that one in ten that isn't? Well, there's three ways to solve that:

1. Use exposure bracketing and throw away the two poor shots.
2. Focus on the real subject, lock exposure, then re-frame.
3. Exposure compensation based on judgement, or... Exactly the same as good old 'look at the light and guess'.

Why do Richard, and most reviewers, want to turn the clock back forty years and return to guesswork? I'm more than happy for exposure comp to be relegated to a 'third class' dial. Aperture and ISO are the ones I want quick access to.

I've obviously missed something here... What does anything you've just written have to do with not needing exposure comp?

With all the fancy new tech you mention (like, for instance, live histograms) exposure comp can be used *very* precisely on modern cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 02:22 UTC
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Max Savin: Sigma f1.4 for Nikon: 23.46 oz (1.466 pounds)

A7r camera: 14.36 oz
35mm Sony FE f2.8: 4.23 oz.

Backpacking 20-30 miles on rough trails and overland. Which would you carry?

"a healthy person (that does fail conscription check) should be able to carry 1/3 of body weight and dash reasonably fast."

As a professional hiking guide, this is a complete and utter load of crap...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 01:10 UTC
On John Stanmeyer wins World Press Photo of the Year news story (83 comments in total)

If people haven't read he Nat Geo article that this was shot for, I highly recommend it - fantastic journalism.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 02:41 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On John Stanmeyer wins World Press Photo of the Year news story (83 comments in total)
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StevenMajor: BAD CHOICE
Without the words of explanation, the image is at best a curiosity. Images need to speak on their own, to tell a story or offer information that is clear and concise. This image was likely chosen to bring attention to the plight of the people in the region. It's all political BS, not just the problems of the Somalians, but the winning image as well.

As a PRESS photo, it is exceptional. In and of itself I find it to be a captivating image, taken in the context of the story it relates to, it is simply fascinating.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 02:40 UTC

Figured this would appear eventually, smart move by Cosina.

I'll stay happy with my old Type I :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 11:44 UTC as 7th comment
On Challenge of Challenges 2013: the results are in news story (38 comments in total)

'Todi Light' wouldn't have been my #1 but far-out, every shot in the 25 shotlisted for the award is remarkable.

Excellent example of That Which Is Good About Photography!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 02:18 UTC as 20th comment

I thought the new CEO indicated that Hasselblad was over this... Apparently not.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 02:13 UTC as 189th comment | 2 replies
On From NEX to Alpha: Sony introduces 20 megapixel a5000 news story (155 comments in total)

Take care to read footnote #1 - this is NOT the smallest or lightest interchangeable lens camera...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:40 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan news story (616 comments in total)

the most boring release in the last 12 months has 402 comments.

wow

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 06:48 UTC as 60th comment | 3 replies
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' news story (244 comments in total)
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tazmac: Looks like dpreview is changing! The first time I see leaked product before it's announced..

Not the first time they've done it...

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 07:59 UTC
On Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers news story (100 comments in total)

What a tired old line "the camera doesn't matter" has become. Of course it matters. It's a tool, and as we all know, a craftsman doesn't blame his/her tools - BECAUSE A CRAFTSMAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB!

Yes, an outstanding photographer will be able to get *good* images on an iPhone, or whatever. Just as Mick Fanning would shred on a foamy, or Casey Stoner would impress on a postie-bike, or Sebastion Vittel in a Kia.

However, give these blokes the right tools, and allow them to fine-tune them perfectly for the job at hand, and they win world titles. It's no different for professional photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 03:51 UTC as 42nd comment
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Asylum Photo: To the people complaining about "beta testing". I have both the X100 and X-Pro1, and have greatly enjoyed using both. The fact they improved focusing speed a bit, and added a couple options a half a year after release doesn't take away from the 6 months of enjoyment I had from the camera initially. IMO, the camera was ready on launch, it just wasn't perfect.

I took the system on a two week vacation to Ireland, Scotland and England and it served me incredibly well. If they would have waited until now to release the system, I would have been "stuck" with a huge DSLR system and that would have cut down on my trip enjoyment (I intentionally traveled with just one backpack).

I'm not really sure when you expect a company to release a product. There will always be improvements that can be made. It's almost like saying Apple shouldn't have released iOS 1-5, because 6 is what it should have been.

Of course a product is never going to be perfect, and I don't expect it to be. However, there's a bit difference between perfect, and 'ready for the market'. The X100 I owned was far from being ready for the market when it was released.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 10:44 UTC
On Winter Photography in Iceland article (82 comments in total)
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Michael G2: My son and I went to Iceland two summers in a row for two weeks at a time before my wife and daughter joined us for a third 2 week trip. There are no Starbucks, no McDonalds, limited wifi, no crowds, no traffic, rental cars cóst a fortune, driving through a sandstorm without "Ash" insurance cost me $3000. It's really boring, nothing to see, better to save your money and take a cruise to the Carribean...

No Starbucks?

Oh dear, they might actually make decent coffee then...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 08:24 UTC
On Winter Photography in Iceland article (82 comments in total)

Iceland looks simply stunning for hiking and photography. Pity it's about as far as you can physically go from Tasmania :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 08:23 UTC as 28th comment

Credit to Fuji? Really?

Yes, it's great that they fix bugs with quick and appropriate FW updates, but perhaps if they stopped treating early-buyers like beta-testers and actually thoroughly field tested their cameras before release (think X100, X10, X-P1), there'd be no need for dramatic firmware updates.

Fuji is coming out with some amazing ideas, but it seems to me that almost all of them need another 3 months of concept development...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 08:19 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On Samsung announces 12-24mm F4 and 45mm F1.8 lenses for NX news story (28 comments in total)

DPR - why have several release announcements today fallen straight to the bottom of the page, while the 6d preview rays at the top?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 16:28 UTC as 6th comment | 6 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 comments in total)
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Vitruvius: I love everything about the GH3 except the price and the compact sensor in a mid size camera.
Compared to the Sony A77 with 16-55 f2.8 - The GH3 has a smaller sensor (size and pixels) and the same size body. And it costs a lot more with the G X 12-35 f2.8 lens. Thanks for pushing the price of the Sony A77 down so I can afford it now. I don't do profesional film shooting.

Ummmmmmmmmm...

- A77 - 732g with batt and card
- GH3 - 550g with batt and card

- A77 + 16-50/f2.8 - 1309g
- GH3 + 12-35/f2.8 - 855g

How is that even vaguely the same size?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 14:27 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 comments in total)
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mikeydread: err...it's the same size as an APS--C SLR camera but with a small M43 sensor - might as well get a proper camera then.

Name ONE APS-C body that features this level of manual control and build quality/sealing and weighs just 470g body-only, or more to the point, weighs 870g with body, card AND a 12-35/f2.8...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 13:13 UTC

Awesome!

Out of interest, why are today's MFT releases getting dropped down the front page on DPR?? I didn't see this, the GH3 announcement or the Oly lens announcement because the 6D preview stayed at the top of the page so I just assumed there was nothing new...

I think the Oly lenses actually started on Page 2 :/

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 12:54 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 comments in total)
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D1N0: Why does it have to be so ugly? Hire a Pentax Fuji designer (Not Marc Newson :p)

Because the K30 is a beautiful example of good design.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:58 UTC
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