Samuel Dilworth

Samuel Dilworth

Lives in France Paris, France
Joined on Feb 20, 2011

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Samuel Dilworth: This move should be heartily applauded.

Recently Hasselblad has done nothing but bad marketing, so a cutting-edge digital back for a legacy system that will last for another few decades is a genuinely useful and interesting product.

At the very least, it isn’t a cynical rebranding exercise. The V System is the Hasselblad that photographers still care about, as seen by stubbornly high prices on eBay despite the great surplus of ex-studio equipment floating around. There’s no reason this back won’t sell modestly but successfully at eleven grand. I’d be seriously tempted by it if I had a V System, a couple of choice Zeiss lenses, and about eleven grand.

It’s worth clicking on the link to Hasselblad’s data sheet. Some interesting stuff in there, including a good explanation of why someone might want to use this back.

I must also say I’m digging the industrial design of this new back. Tasteful, respectful, but not slavishly retro. Relevant.

(Hearty applause.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:42 UTC
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Samuel Dilworth: Oh boy.

I don’t disagree, Barney. It’s an icky world out there.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:33 UTC

This move should be heartily applauded.

Recently Hasselblad has done nothing but bad marketing, so a cutting-edge digital back for a legacy system that will last for another few decades is a genuinely useful and interesting product.

At the very least, it isn’t a cynical rebranding exercise. The V System is the Hasselblad that photographers still care about, as seen by stubbornly high prices on eBay despite the great surplus of ex-studio equipment floating around. There’s no reason this back won’t sell modestly but successfully at eleven grand. I’d be seriously tempted by it if I had a V System, a couple of choice Zeiss lenses, and about eleven grand.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:27 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
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Chaitanya S: I would love to see a similar digital back for old film SLRs.

Starting with my FM2, please!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:19 UTC

Oh boy.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (194 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: I wonder what people have expected? That Pentax will break summer’s idle silence by announcing a digital 35mm camera first?
Pawn movements first. Them move Knights, Kings and Queens.

However, the Clemenz Opening is ill-advised.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:42 UTC

Paving the path to subscription-only Lightroom, as feared …

I long for the old days of selling something the customer wants at a fair price. Why is this model so untenable?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 17:11 UTC as 48th comment | 6 replies
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)
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Alexander Vienna: this is very sad news..... so we will use a MacBook Pro and no apple software any more.... so will there be an adobe laptop soon??

Command-C and Command-V work perfectly for copying and pasting files, which was your initial concern.

OS X doesn’t let you move files with keyboard shortcuts (as opposed to copying and pasting them with keyboard shortcuts or moving them via drag and drop), because if you make one false move, e.g. try to copy something else before you pasted the first item, you’ll never see your file again. That’s impossible with the drag-and-drop method.

That’s smart thinking. It’s the kind of thing I pay for when I choose a Mac.

It has very little to do with Aperture, though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 15:46 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)
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Alexander Vienna: this is very sad news..... so we will use a MacBook Pro and no apple software any more.... so will there be an adobe laptop soon??

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)
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Marcus Beard: Oh no! I've been the optimist hanging in there for ages. I'm really disappointed. Having tens of thousands of photos beautifully managed, tagged, in Smart Albums etc for years. Seems to have been rather a waste of time. Very upset indeed and not impressed with Apple.

I need to think of a sensible strategy from here on. I knew it was risky relying on managed photo storage in a proprietary piece of software but still - annoying in the extreme.

I’m in a similar position.

What to do next is a hard one. I chose Aperture over Lightroom for reasons that still stand. And Lightroom development is going in a direction I don’t like: more clutter, more niche features, less UI-responsiveness, no chance of a major UI overhaul.

What’s more, Adobe is hell-bent on locking us into its fake cloud and mercilessly tightening the screw. Already €12.29/month is much more expensive than Aperture.

The last time I tried Capture One Pro it had too many rough edges.

There are no other directly comparable solutions. Other options involve using multiple apps in piecemeal fashion – which I’m now considering as a way to defend myself against big developers like Adobe going “haywire”, as someone described it elsewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 12:19 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)
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Stubb: Going all-in with one company and using a product like Lightroom seems risky to me. I've started running Photo Supreme for metadata & cataloging and DxO for raw conversion. It's a bit clumsy coming from Aperture's seamless workflow but provides more insulation from a company going haywire.

“Haywire”! What an apt word. You can’t trust any developer to stick around and not do something stupid anymore. Makes me wonder if I could put up with a manually organised file system again. Problem is, the answer’s probably no …

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
On Step into Edgar Martins' Time Machine article (33 comments in total)
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pictureAngst: I put...

"Many of these power stations are inexorably heterogenous, places where there is a convergence, overlapping and blurring of meanings, functions and temporalities. Hopefully these images will allow the viewer to make a myriad of connections between these different temporalities at play in these sites and in the process perhaps also reflect about our relationship to and dependence on technology and the impact of this kind of technological application on our individual and social consciousness."

...into Google Translate (Philosophical Portuguese to Stupid English) and got...

"These crazy places will mess with your head and make you think those mad ancient scientific dudes had the best mojo in town'

Wonderful! And it didn’t even stumble on the missing s of “underline”!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 18:16 UTC
On Step into Edgar Martins' Time Machine article (33 comments in total)
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pictureAngst: I put...

"Many of these power stations are inexorably heterogenous, places where there is a convergence, overlapping and blurring of meanings, functions and temporalities. Hopefully these images will allow the viewer to make a myriad of connections between these different temporalities at play in these sites and in the process perhaps also reflect about our relationship to and dependence on technology and the impact of this kind of technological application on our individual and social consciousness."

...into Google Translate (Philosophical Portuguese to Stupid English) and got...

"These crazy places will mess with your head and make you think those mad ancient scientific dudes had the best mojo in town'

What do you get if you put in, “The desertification of sites like this one really underline the paradox of the Modernist ideological narrative”?

(Looks like DPReview has a new staff writer.)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On Ricoh releases GR firmware 4.0 article (57 comments in total)
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TransientEye: Excellent support from Ricoh. The new AF speed seems to be quite a bit faster - comparable to the better u4/3 cameras. And the new firmware finally fixes the lockups when syncing with Lightroom on a Mac.

The GR may well be a one-trick-pony, but it is a very very good trick (sharp 28mm equivalent with APSC sensor and great controls), and it is nice to see a company supporting its products with these updates.

Kevin: thanks for mentioning that, since I had never heard of another camera having this feature.

Having now looked at some Canon G-series user manuals, I notice this feature is in fact mentioned in the G12 user manual (albeit almost as an afterthought, among such riveting notes as “the standard exposure is calculated according to the metering method chosen”). See page 107.

A similar but different feature is mentioned in the G1 X user manual, on page 130. You seemingly have to press the shutter-button halfway and the * button simultaneously.

But there appears to be no sign of such a feature in the G1 X Mark II user manual. Maybe you and I are the only ones interested!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 07:46 UTC
On New camera app features in Apple's iOS 8 post (67 comments in total)
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noirdesir: The thing I love about the iPhone 4 and 5 hardware design is that I don't need a tripod, just a flat surface.

One of the many things that makes the iPhone camera surprisingly useful. (It will be interesting to combine this with the self-timer.) Another is that the lens is at a corner, allowing – depending on phone orientation – very close proximity to objects. That makes for interesting compositions and more light on very close subjects.

(I’ve even taken advantage of the corner-mounted camera to peek under closed doors!)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 14:40 UTC
On Ricoh releases GR firmware 4.0 article (57 comments in total)
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TransientEye: Excellent support from Ricoh. The new AF speed seems to be quite a bit faster - comparable to the better u4/3 cameras. And the new firmware finally fixes the lockups when syncing with Lightroom on a Mac.

The GR may well be a one-trick-pony, but it is a very very good trick (sharp 28mm equivalent with APSC sensor and great controls), and it is nice to see a company supporting its products with these updates.

It’s quite the pony, alright.

It’s astonishing how many features of the Ricoh GR are plainly better for real-world photography than those of other cameras. Using the +/- button to ‘zero’ the meter by instantly adjusting the shutter speed in full-manual exposure mode, for example. I greatly miss that feature on other cameras. Whoever designed that actually understood the purpose of manual exposure control – a rare understanding even among photographers, it seems, never mind camera designers. This photographer-centric design is a recurring theme with many of the GR’s features.

If they could just release a firmware update to add the missing anti-aliasing filter I’d be thrilled!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:49 UTC
On Ricoh releases GR firmware 4.0 article (57 comments in total)
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Joe Pineapples: The new High Speed AF mode is significantly faster - great job, Ricoh!

One disadvantage is that when AF Mode is set to High Speed, the display doesn’t update while focusing is happening. That is, you don’t see your subject moving; instead you see a static image of what was seen at the outset of the focusing action.

With AF Mode set to Normal, the display updates even during the focusing process.

There may be other disadvantages – I haven’t yet tested accuracy, for example. It’s certainly quick though. Very quick.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:17 UTC
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camfan1: Illegal immigration can not and will never be solved by "social justice" alone.
That assumption is based on the idea that all people and nations act and behave the same.
This is complete nonsense.
There is a reason why things are as they are.
If you don't believe me come and have a look here in my Belgian paradise to see what some 'cultures' will bring to your once peaceful society and living environment.
You may be amazed and please don't get out of the door at night in some of our culturally enhanced major cities at night without a car or a gun unless you like to be robbed and beaten.
We now fully understand successful immigration depends on type of immigrants.
No photo is gonna change that fact !
Good luck with opening the doors of utopia like our corrupt and so called people lovin' politicians did for us.
Our politicians live in nice villas far from that mess they created (as I do, lucky me :-)).
You have no idea what's gonna happen ... yet.

But here’s a few of my thoughts anyway:

• it is no merit of ours that we were born in rich countries; nor any fault of Cristaldi’s migrants that they were born in poor countries

• it strikes me that the right to freely roam the globe we’re born on is an inalienable human right

• regardless of legality (and there have only been legal barriers recently), human populations have always migrated

• integration is a two-way street. Does camfan1 do his part to help migrants fit in, or does he spew bile from his gated villa, complain they don’t integrate with him, and threaten doom?

• I live in an area of Paris some people think is dangerous. I’m white and weigh 65 kg. For over five years I’ve walked the streets at night, taken photos with impunity, and enjoyed a palpable sense of community (supposedly dead). I once had a knife pulled on me – by a white drug addict – but otherwise I’ve never been threatened. It’s just not dangerous except in the frenzied imagination of bourgeois racists.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 09:04 UTC
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camfan1: Illegal immigration can not and will never be solved by "social justice" alone.
That assumption is based on the idea that all people and nations act and behave the same.
This is complete nonsense.
There is a reason why things are as they are.
If you don't believe me come and have a look here in my Belgian paradise to see what some 'cultures' will bring to your once peaceful society and living environment.
You may be amazed and please don't get out of the door at night in some of our culturally enhanced major cities at night without a car or a gun unless you like to be robbed and beaten.
We now fully understand successful immigration depends on type of immigrants.
No photo is gonna change that fact !
Good luck with opening the doors of utopia like our corrupt and so called people lovin' politicians did for us.
Our politicians live in nice villas far from that mess they created (as I do, lucky me :-)).
You have no idea what's gonna happen ... yet.

Marty4650: I don’t think DPReview should give racists a platform. What good might it serve?

Freedom of speech (which doesn’t apply to topical web forums anyway) has its limits. As a well-known wife-beater and narcotics dealer, you surely agree.

A reasonable discussion about immigration is another thing. That I would welcome, but camfan1’s attitude precludes reasonable discussion.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 08:55 UTC
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camfan1: Illegal immigration can not and will never be solved by "social justice" alone.
That assumption is based on the idea that all people and nations act and behave the same.
This is complete nonsense.
There is a reason why things are as they are.
If you don't believe me come and have a look here in my Belgian paradise to see what some 'cultures' will bring to your once peaceful society and living environment.
You may be amazed and please don't get out of the door at night in some of our culturally enhanced major cities at night without a car or a gun unless you like to be robbed and beaten.
We now fully understand successful immigration depends on type of immigrants.
No photo is gonna change that fact !
Good luck with opening the doors of utopia like our corrupt and so called people lovin' politicians did for us.
Our politicians live in nice villas far from that mess they created (as I do, lucky me :-)).
You have no idea what's gonna happen ... yet.

Camfan1’s views are appalling and desperately damaging – but they are increasingly common.

I despair when I read this kind of invective, and see that it has become acceptable in Europe to say such things in private conversation, in public discourse, and even in legislatures.

But I don’t think DPReview should allow it, and I encourage people to flag such comments as inappropriate.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 20:34 UTC
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