SeeRoy

SeeRoy

Lives in United Kingdom south, United Kingdom
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Joined on Jan 13, 2009

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2227 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 28th comment | 3 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2227 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 (613 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 (105 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 (156 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 80th 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 (1000 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
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (721 comments in total)
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tirmite: When will DPReview, the eminent technical blog supposedly, stop playing the dishonest lens equivalency game? So if it's "equivalent" to a 24-70mm then you also HAVE to make the f-stop "equivalent." It is NOT like a 1.8-2.8 aperture. It would give DOF results more like an f4.0-5.6 lens would it not? Being able to shoot in low light is more a function of ISO and sensor noise these days, but for some of us having control over depth-of-field is still what separates a snapshot from a photograph. This camera is NOT a replacement for a 35mm DSLR with a "real" 24-70mm f2.8 lens, although it's clearly a great little pocket camera. How about truthful, accurate marketing both by the manufacturer and camera reviewers about what a lens REALLY is equivalent to if you're going to make that selling point in the first place?

And so it goes, on and on.
The 24-70 is nothing more than a useful way of expressing EFOV. I imagine that 90% of the likely customers for cameras in this product sector are well aware of what the associated apertures are in terms of EDOF.
What's the problem here? You'd rather have the lens described in relation to its EDOF? It would still be necessary to describe its FOV; would it actually be better to use angular FOV?
NO it wouldn't.
Still this nonsensical quibbling helps people evade the angst of daily life for a few minutes.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 15:30 UTC
On ThinkTank introduces new 'Airport Roller Derby' bag article (13 comments in total)

Trific! Fills a real hole in the market - up to now there's been nothing with 8 wheels, just miserable 2- and 4-wheel examples; pathetic girly-bags more suitable for cosmetics. This one will do nicely until they release a proper 16-wheeler capable of containing an entire studio complete with infinity curve and a couple of assistants.
"Meets most airlines’ US domestic and international carry-on requirements...optimum, er, navigation (?)..."
Ryanair will no doubt wave you through with this one as hand baggage.
Edit: Oops I almost missed it.
"Fits six to seven standard zoom lenses or strobes..."
Now I like backup but even I never travel with that many standard (24-70) zooms. This is a real breakthrough.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 17:18 UTC as 10th comment

"Weather-resistant"
A worthless designation, now popular with many manufacturers since it actually costs nothing to offer. What are the chances of getting a warranty replacement/repair when these weasel-words fail to protect the electronics from water ingress? Slim I'd say. You'd be told you got it "too wet".

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 16:43 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies

"Unboxing..."
The most pitiful symptom of a bankrupt consumer culture - "bankrupt" in both a literal and metaphorical sense.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 11:24 UTC as 67th comment | 3 replies

Why buy a camera and a trio of prime lenses when you can buy a trio of prime, er, cameras?
"Never give a sucker an even break"
W.C. Fields

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:35 UTC as 23rd comment
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)

Astonishingly good performance at high ISO values all things (like sensor size) considered.
But why has ISO 1600 been omitted from the tests....?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 08:40 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On ISO6400_DSC_4805 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Amazingly good for such a high value ISO setting, IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 08:38 UTC as 3rd comment
On Vanguard Heralder 51T Rolling Backpack Review article (21 comments in total)

Whoopee, another photo backpack! Trific. Perhaps they could introduce a version with an electric motor - or maybe even a single cylinder forced induction diesel? And perhaps helium bags?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 14:23 UTC as 7th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: Comment 1843. One thousand eight hundred and forty three...
It's just another overpriced small camera folks.

We see this hysteria every time someone releases something that's a marginal improvement on its predecessors. These things will be gathering dust at the back of a drawer within a very few years, just like everything that preceded them. The Churn.
By the time that this model is forgotten, hundreds of species of life forms will have become extinct - and yet DNA is the most valuable resource we have: the price we pay for uncontrolled population growth and unrestrained capitalism. It's as if we live in a library where, as yet, we can read only a few sentences in one or two books - books which we're busy burning to keep warm instead of wearing an extra layer of clothes.
Hell on earth with some terrific cameras and the iPhoneN...

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:28 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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Lee Martin: £516 to buy in New York, £749 in the UK . THINK ABOUT IT

Yes, an even more compelling reason not to buy it.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 21:02 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

Comment 1843. One thousand eight hundred and forty three...
It's just another overpriced small camera folks.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 21:01 UTC as 295th comment | 4 replies
On Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans article (172 comments in total)
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Kodachrome200: who the heck cares about this. thousands of photo students a year graduate with work this nice most better. if you want to highlight photographers work on this page why not do movers and shakers in the industry.

But what are we supposed to say when confronted with crap?

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 09:52 UTC
On Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans article (172 comments in total)

Junk - all too predictably. A random scattering of flattened chewing gum on the pavement is about as interesting.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 09:51 UTC as 57th comment
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