chris_j_l

chris_j_l

Lives in United Kingdom Cambridge, United Kingdom
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Jul 19, 2010
About me:

If I was any less interesting, I'd be beige.

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On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (166 comments in total)
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backayonder: Amongst others one of the problems I have with Lomo is some of their pricing.

Lubitel cost around £20 in the early 1980's now they are selling it for $365

I have the luxury of both FF & 6x7. Give me the FF any day.
In order to match or exceed FF resolution with the 6x7 negs, you need a drum scanner - which costs about 15 times what a FF body costs - if you can get it - and will strip away your sanity as you get oil in places you never thought imaginable. No, FF blows away the 6x7 in cost too - unless you value your time as negative and don't bother printing those negs.

On top of that just about any half competent button pusher can avoid red channel saturation.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 08:57 UTC
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (166 comments in total)

I must admit, I find the OOF areas a total distraction from the principal subject. That for me runs against the purpose of actually capturing an image.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 19:33 UTC as 66th comment

Not understanding the commercial rationale behind this. Olympus has 1 that covers this range, Panasonic has 2 that cover this range. Now we have Tamron wanting to cover this range.
I'm all for choice and that, but there is a phenomenal amount of me-too bunching of glass focal length in u4/3 with little or no differentiation between them bar the manufacturer name.
Tamron does have 1 jump on Oly and Pana in this - the announcement of the lens appears to be followed by sales 1-2 months later. Pana/Oly seem to be in the "announce this year, available 2 years later" which may as well be "available for sale on the 16th of Neveruary"

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 10:39 UTC as 43rd comment | 4 replies
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luben solev: Star trail mode on a phone? I can't wait to see the noise a 2 hour phone exposure will generate. And will the battery actually last that long?

@luben - the burns unit is over there ---->

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 18:50 UTC
On Is it true? New service detects processed photos article (88 comments in total)
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fakuryu: Is there something wrong with processed photos? Post processing a photo has been always there ever since the dawn of photography in one form and another.

@wansai Those are edge cases where expert witnesses are used to explain the reconstruction - not "look here is what is clearly the defendant with a knife in his hand" instances. This is "is what is in the presented image actually what is in the presented image". Pulling CSI wannabe does not invalidate the basic utility of this tool - just because it doesn't cover your 1% "thanks very much Mr Bauer" usecase.
This is the way tools are developed - it works for 80% - anything else you do manually.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 23:20 UTC
On Is it true? New service detects processed photos article (88 comments in total)
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fakuryu: Is there something wrong with processed photos? Post processing a photo has been always there ever since the dawn of photography in one form and another.

It is if you are relying on photographic evidence to support guilt or innocence. Though POV can affect the interpretation of an image, I'd hate to be arguing the case for my innocence against a prosecutor who is allowed to photoshop a pistol or bloody knife into my hand

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 09:48 UTC

It really doesn't do justice to the winners to take 1 photo from a series and show it alone. The architecture winner (no. 2 in this sequence) looks un-inspiring and drab beyond drab. Take their whole series and it actually catches the eye in a dramatic fashion.
I know DPR can't show all (say six) images in a series for each winner as the gallery would be in triple figures - but at least before anyone starts throwing brickbats at the judges and photographers, take time to peruse the works that make it a whole.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 20:37 UTC as 40th comment
On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: It was very generous of her to compensate all the photographers whose photos were used in this study. Some people think that images online are just there for the taking.

AbrasiveReducer - I have to say your comment is one of the few instances where I'd like a "Poster mentally subnormal" button in addition to the Like button.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 19:38 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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Soggoth: The most important step is on the photo #11. That's where price jumps from $400 all the way up to $1750

The coating is very expensive - if you haven't used hard chrome coating you wouldn't know, but you can't just flush unused chromic acid down the drain - it needs careful handling and very expensive disposal.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 18:47 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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Soggoth: The most important step is on the photo #11. That's where price jumps from $400 all the way up to $1750

I suspect the finish is not brushing or blasting the alu - as that makes it vulnerable to fingerprints and finger print acid damage. Most likely it is hard chrome or equivalent matt coating.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 22:55 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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Soggoth: The most important step is on the photo #11. That's where price jumps from $400 all the way up to $1750

I know you made the comment tongue in cheek, but the machined solid alu block is pretty damned expensive - it's insanely labour intensive to get that finish they have and really cranks up the price. Personally, I'd say the red dot only added 300 to 350 at most.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 19:35 UTC
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (233 comments in total)

I liked the Pro: Customizable Fn button allows for direct access to ISO or white balance.

Ahahahaha.

I'm struggling to think of a DSLR that doesn't have direct access to these quite important functions as separate buttons and not as a "will I be wanting to change ISO or WB today?" fn button.

Any other camera and this would be a Con.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 22:23 UTC as 57th comment
On Ryan Brenizer on how to shoot engagement sessions article (72 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Sadly DPR seems to be a magnet for people who can make foolish pronouncements on people that are doing great work in photography.

So you don't like the work.... snarky comments don't make anything better other than to inform the world that you are insensitive, unhelpful and most likely ignorant of the history and the business of photography.

Maybe if you studied the field a bit you might understand what it is you are seeing and why it exists and what came before and what are the trends and issues in that genre.

Quite - much of what is hanging in art galleries are commissions, by benefactors of artists, to document the life events of the benefactor and their family. The only difference is that in one case it uses oils and months of labour and in this it is days and Photoshop - yet inexplicably we have a clique here that look up to the former and down on the latter. What a difference a few centuries make.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 23:17 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)

That remote looks a bit complex. Is there a nano iRemote to control the iRemote - preferably with a single button?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 21:03 UTC as 12th comment
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Just a Photographer: Though an interesting product in itself this pitch is waaaaaay too long.
The boring video and voice doesn't appeal which will make it harder to sell his idea.

And probably wants to change the name from being a contraction of "Stuarts Stabiliser". But we should probably be grateful he isn't called Richard.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 10:12 UTC
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (106 comments in total)
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arhmatic: All this camera bags are just screaming they are camera bags.
Just waiting to be stolen.
Terrible style.

Just put your camera in a pouch, then throw it into any bag, so it looks like any random bag.

If it's a larger SLR, then it might eb tricky, but with mirrorless and 2-3 lenses, you can fit it into any shoulder bag. And all this "protection" worries are non-sense. You are not in a war zone

@Eric - no need to be in a warzone - try photo/filming a documentary in Costa Rica - we were robbed 3 times in a fortnight. No violence - all opportunistic stuff - and it was the Peli cases that were targeted. I do have doubts that a bag that looks like a messenger bag would deter many pick pockets from trying.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 19:46 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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inti4444: I am more interested in a Camera review, DPREVIEW.
dpreview is way behind witha lot of cameras to review.
For example the sony rx10, etc ...
I have the feeling dpreview has changed the past year, such a pity that dcresource has vanished.

I have a feeling that DPR is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Digital photography is rapidly broadening beyond a "this camera has a fangly 5000 and 16 squoozats" and into "I have taken a photo and I want my friends/people/something to see/use it as soon as possible" and DPR will lose relevance quickly if they miss a trick. They must appeal to everyone from hardcore gear heads to professionals plus everyone up to and including people who back in the celluloid day "had snow at both ends of the film".

I suspect with time the 12+ page review here will be a rarity limited to cameras with genuine innovative features or 1D/D4 class creatures. I expect a 5 page round-up will be a norm - just to keep pace with the products.

Personally, as I just take photos, a review like the ones in DigitalRev combined with an ePhotozine/PhotographyBlog type view are more of use to me. I get an off the cuff handling overview + a feature set overview.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
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David Rosser: Article is a bit behind the times. My year old Nexus 7 updated to 4.4.2 a couple of days ago.

Sorry - meant a week, not 48h - I've been through a 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 in 1 week so far.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 22:44 UTC
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David Rosser: Article is a bit behind the times. My year old Nexus 7 updated to 4.4.2 a couple of days ago.

I do hope that is a joke. I know DPR get stick for reviews that come out close to the manufacturer EOLing the camera, but here they managed to get a well thought out 2 page review and 9 sample shots along with all the other stuff they are doing *in 48h*.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 19:59 UTC
On TIME's top photos of the year article (153 comments in total)
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InTheMist: Wow

I can't understand news organizations laying off photographers. Such a powerful media!

@marike - you are way off the mark its unbelievable. The Chicago Sun-Times is not immensely profitable. They have been slipping for a while. In 2004 they misrepresented their sales figures (a way of getting advertisers to pay more for space). In 2009 the filed for bankruptcy protection. They have been haemorrhaging reporters. In 2011 they closed their printing and moved it to being printed by the rival Tribune. This saved all of $10M.

They are desperate. They are slashing jobs for economic reasons. Pure and simple.
If you have evidence that they are sitting on an enormous pile of cash, having their yachts and private jets fitted out with gold taps and rolling cigars with $100 bills then bring it forward. Until then, all evidence points to them needing every cent.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 14:17 UTC
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