SeeRoy

SeeRoy

Lives in United Kingdom south, United Kingdom
Works as a retired
Joined on Jan 13, 2009

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On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)
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phazelag: It seems you either get these cameras or you don't. I finally dipped my toe in the DP waters with a DP3 Merrill and I love it. The images are worth it and the shooting experience is pure photography. I want this series. I will get all three eventually.

"Never give a sucker an even break"
W.C. Fields

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 07:35 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)

The continuing sheer absurdity of this line shows up the irrational market for photographic products .

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 07:33 UTC as 48th comment
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: The Samyang 85mm F1.4 costs less than the NJ 7% sales tax on this lens .

The Samyang lens is also probably 93% as good. I think that Zeiss should have named this lens range "Priapus" rather than "Otus".

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 17:01 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)
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Simon97: These lenses will cost you deep in the purse. You shall have the better of them and I shall have the worst.

Unfortunately, like the rest of us, you're getting older: the quote is from "Matty Groves", not "Tam Lin". Both songs rendered wonderfully by Fairport Convention in their prime. Is it just me that feels that Richard Thompson has hardly written a memorable song since leaving them?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Cool camera for cat shots.

":) Maybe its Schrodinger's cat ?"
Possibly: the camera certainly uses a "Heisenberg" sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2014 at 06:21 UTC
On Google Photo Sphere now available for iOS post (20 comments in total)

Having been creating spherical panos for many years - quite a bit of it commercially, I'll believe this works properly when I see it. Unless it defeats the laws of optics - namely parallax errors - it's impossible to get accurate stitches if there are foreground elements. To do so requires rotation around, or at least close to, the no-parallax point of the lens. Even with the best stitchers such as PTGui or Autopano this is required.
No doubt this will work after a fashion, with horrible stitching errors visible, which may well satisfy the selfie obsessed knuckle-draggers.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 05:56 UTC as 5th comment | 5 replies
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)

I'd buy this without hesitation for its unparalleled shallow DOF ability were it not for the fact that nowadays I shoot MFT and I think that adding an adaptor would make the whole rig a bit unwieldy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 16:13 UTC as 91st comment
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (149 comments in total)

Looks to me like a ludicrously expensive way of creating a fairly small amount of RAID storage in a cosmetic package. I can see that some people might need this for highly critical location work but it doesn't take a lot of thought to figure out ways of getting the job done at a fraction of the cost.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 18:44 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply

Well, whoever's responsible is certainly going to give it a rest for a while now that the news is being broadcast that Mr. Plod's on their trail. They can then resume once the hue and cry has died down...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 07:48 UTC as 25th comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1532 comments in total)
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Barend: Reading all the comments I think that my Nikon D700 still does a decent job.

" once you get used to the "fat" files from the D800 there is no going back :-)"
So don't bother going "forward" then.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 09:41 UTC
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stevo23: Innovation is when someone provides a solution to a known issue. Like Polaroid - provided instant images on paper. People wanted that. Like automatic transmissions (I don't use one) - people didn't have to fiddle with shifting gears. Like autofocus - people realized that they could get more keepers and better focus if somehow the camera could do it.

It's usually something that people thought about but didn't think was possible. But I can't think of anyone ever thinking it would be cool to be able to change the focus point of an image after it's captured - and that with sub-critical focus and poor image quality. It's not an innovation, it's just a novel idea but with no real market interest. It's not solving anything that people were looking for and it replaces nothing.

This is not the future for photographers. It's a novel idea looking for an interested party. I can't really think of anyone or any application for this that makes it invaluable. Can you?

That's about right. The almost complete failure of 3D TV in favour of higher resolution, and hence larger screens, is a similar phenomenon. However if demand existed solely for what is actually useful, there's be a lot less junk out there. However demand is often created when there's something to be sold.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 16:26 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: The camera market is simply evolving to resemble many other sectors of the consumer goods market - watches would be a typical example. The function of any given watch is almost identical to any other. An inexpensive quartz watch is likely to be more accurate than the most expensive chronometer-grade mechanical example from Rolex, Patek or Omega. No one questions this any more. These products are primarily signifiers and their function secondary.

Function. All watches are timepieces. They're only incidentally male jewellery (we're talking men's watches, in the main.) All the other differentiation (mechanical complexity) is a way of justifying high prices. I own a few old mechanical watches - back to the 1920s - and they're all usable but need periodic and expensive servicing. Practicality or better fitness for purpose isn't their justification.
The average new Rolex - to take a single typical example - is manufactured in huge numbers and depreciates by about 50% as the punter leaves the shop.
Cars, TVs, furniture, clothing all would have equally been examples of the decadence in the consumer goods marketplace. Essentially identical items differentiated by advertising in order to appeal to an artificially stimulated status anxiety.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 08:16 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (165 comments in total)
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Retzius: "All components are packaged in a box designed exclusively for this product."

I'm sold

Trific unboxing-thrill factor...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 08:00 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)

The camera market is simply evolving to resemble many other sectors of the consumer goods market - watches would be a typical example. The function of any given watch is almost identical to any other. An inexpensive quartz watch is likely to be more accurate than the most expensive chronometer-grade mechanical example from Rolex, Patek or Omega. No one questions this any more. These products are primarily signifiers and their function secondary.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 09:41 UTC as 37th comment | 4 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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electrophoto: My dentist still loves it. He says it goes well with his Porsche Cayenne GTS...

Also likely to prove very popular amongst proctologists and spelunkers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 09:35 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (625 comments in total)
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Bobby Handal: meanwhile in real life, owners of the V1 , V2 or V3 series know exactly how good these cameras really are, even though Nikon is not doing a good job in Marketing and some issues (like auto bracketing, Auto ISO WTF?, ITTL Wireless) - but Pricing Specially . This is the only compact mirrorless system that allows you to go over 800mm natively , that alone is a major selling point, if you add the silent shutter, and the good optics available, it is a no brainer.

Lin Evans:
You're bashing your head against a brick wall - trying to apply rationality to a case of mass psychosis. This series of cameras, overpriced as they are, seems to induce it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 08:02 UTC
On Updated: Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.0 software article (111 comments in total)
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qianp2k: Will be free or you need to pay for a prod version when it's officially released?

But DPR wrote:
"Nikon will continue.... while the beta version of Capture NX-D is available. Once the official version of Capture NX-D is released....To download the beta version of Nikon’s Capture NX-D..."
Which would seem to contradict your statement - twice!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 18:48 UTC
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (166 comments in total)

An absolutely hilarious product. Testament to a luxury goods marketplace that can best be described as decadent.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 16:38 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Bobby Handal: The only bad thing about the camera is the pricing. Nikon has put together a system that is great for wildlife, without breaking your back ! lightweight and responsive. Slap on a 70-200mm f/2.8 and its a 540mm f/2.8, and with the new lens that nikon (70-300mm) is selling you have a compact 840mm lens that is able to grab birds in flight easily , again , in a compact package.

Far too rational a comment. There's no denying that the launch price is very steep but no doubt the manufacturer has done the sums based on the previous models' price profiles.
I am "invested" in MFT and FF gear but were I not I'd buy this camera and the 70-300 as soon as the price has declined.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 14:24 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1532 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: Why does anybody care about the video specifications of this high-grade stills camera? If I had $3000 to drop on this I'd do so for the amazing pictures it can take, not the Vimeo or YouTube clips it can record. It's an SLR, not a camcorder.

It's a still (DSLR) camera which can be used to shoot video. Providing you don't mind abysmal ergonomics and jury-rigged Heath Robinson clusters of ancillary equipment. Then there's the lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 20:03 UTC
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