chris_j_l

chris_j_l

Joined on Jul 19, 2010
About me:

Once an avid amateur, now a father with a feint memory of what a shutter button looks like.

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Zeisschen: Full Frame film SLR seemed to be just nice in terms of size, like Sony A7 or higher end M43 or Fuji APS-C mirrorless cameras today.
The higher end FF DSLR then suddenly became monsters like a D4, 1Dx or 5DmkIII. Something went wrong in this transition and the mirrorless cameras appeal so much more to the majority of photographers, which are not the small niche of sports shooters that might be left for DSLR territory...

@rrccad - 5DII, 24-70L 2.8, and a 580 flash. all day - plus the stroller, diaper bag and backpack full of entertainment/diversion stuff for a 2 year old - that String mentioned? Phew - you must be Shiva - 'cos I ran out of arms halfway through that list.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 22:21 UTC
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Zeisschen: Full Frame film SLR seemed to be just nice in terms of size, like Sony A7 or higher end M43 or Fuji APS-C mirrorless cameras today.
The higher end FF DSLR then suddenly became monsters like a D4, 1Dx or 5DmkIII. Something went wrong in this transition and the mirrorless cameras appeal so much more to the majority of photographers, which are not the small niche of sports shooters that might be left for DSLR territory...

@String - Agreed. Since the arrival of my daughter 2.5 years ago I haven't been able to use my 5Dii or GH3/GX7 in anything but the most exceptional circumstances - now I just use a Fuji X30. Anything needing more than 5 brain cells to operate while the rest are devoted to stopping an apparently suicidal child from finding new ways to injure herself is totally excessive.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 19:28 UTC
On Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses article (160 comments in total)
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brumd: I own the first version of the 30mm/2.8. I used it on my E-M5 body. The peculiar thing is that when this lens is on my camera, it takes ~2-3 sec longer for the camera to start up. Since I have the habit of switching on/off my camera a lot between shots, this quickly becomes very annoying. And I quickly stopped using it.

Am I the only one who experiences this? Or, is this a known issue of the first version, and has it been addressed? Or, do they still have a noticably longer start-up time than other lenses?

Yes - it is true for me - I have all 3 and the 30mm is the slowest to 'boot' on my GX7.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 12:37 UTC
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RichRMA: Stick it under a scanning electron microscope. Get a better look.

SEM only looks at the surface - it doesn't look through to layers beneath.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 09:07 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (334 comments in total)

Seems a reasonable assessment by DPR - and I actually own this beast.

It does what it does beautifully, but given the Gold/Silver/Score is relative and it is showing some elements of having missed if not a whole boat, but perhaps a raft or two in some features that to score it against the best that H2 2014 had to offer in compacts is more than reasonable.

I'll still have immense fun with it as my photography doesn't demand razor resolution and DR to capture sunspots and shadow in the same frame.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 18:41 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo article (100 comments in total)
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Papi61: Quite ironic that a western press association takes someone's prize for not being entirely honest. Directly from the people who literally manufacture news every day...

The definition of irony is not static - it has 9 separate definitions even in moderately comprehensive dictionaries. Some of these are very modern definitions and one of which is noting the incongruity of two related events.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 15:48 UTC
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JDThomas: Is England going to require the return of all foreign works of fine art to their country of origin? What is the British Museum doing with Egyptian mummies and Greek statues?

Surely they should be returned to their rightful place in the world?

@BadScience - perhaps if JD's country took back some of the 'democracy' and 'freedom' it has exported so liberally then it would be a better place.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 18:26 UTC
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JDThomas: Is England going to require the return of all foreign works of fine art to their country of origin? What is the British Museum doing with Egyptian mummies and Greek statues?

Surely they should be returned to their rightful place in the world?

@JDThomas - thus speaks someone with no knowledge of the law in question and the intent of it. Typical for someone living in a country with a history measured in weeks.

This law does not prevent eventual export - it is a temnporary hold - usually of a matter of a few weeks to allow a higher bid (and it must be equal or higher) or study be made - and is only ever applied to culturally significant items.
So, no - it has nothing at all to do with antiquities held in the UK and preventing their return. In fact it encourages their public ownership and move out of private hands.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2015 at 11:31 UTC
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Demerzel: Interesting camera. I would like to see comparison images of the same scenes from this camera and the 810. Images such as portraits, landscape, low light shots, etc. Enabling me to see the effect of the new filter on regular shooting. This may be an all-round camera and we don't know it.

@Vlad - the hot filter is attenuated. It isn't a top hat filter. In order to be more sensitive to Ha it naturally becomes more sensitive to IR as a natural consequence.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 07:58 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (553 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: Not sure on what basis posters here are saying it is "too large". Yes it is bigger than some M43 models. But compared to other APS-C models, it is no larger. e.g. compared to Sony A6000 they are just about the same size. See the comparison on camerasize http://j.mp/1DMiDta

GH3, GH4 and GX7 have touchscreen AF and an EVF - both at the same time. Once again bonkers people who type with random capitalisation talk junk...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 19:48 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3385 comments in total)

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Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 14:16 UTC as 686th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3385 comments in total)
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Zoron: who said 12mp is the sweet spot?

It's really simple: 12MP is the sweet spot when I carry my X30, 16MP when I am using my u4/3 kit and 21MP when my 5Dii is in my hands. :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 14:16 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (391 comments in total)
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electrophoto: what a load of nonsense.
Selfie...

what has it come to for so many?
"selfie ergo sum"?

I never understood the need to pose in front of stuff to basically have a photo that is crappy but shows me at place X...
I less then not understand the modern selfie at arms length.
Crappy photo and an absolute waste of everyone's time.
But the social sharing crowd seems to love it.
Amongst with heavily discoloured "vintage" style photos of every bit of food the selfie is going to eat and cat pictures.

You possibly are thinking from a western perspective. I did query this with Chinese and Japanese colleagues and they uniformly find holiday photos with no family members or oneself in to be pointless/valueless - and to be some weird western idiom that they find curious.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 09:47 UTC
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neo_nights: It's positively amazing that we do not have pictures of: People suffering nor old people from distant villages with their faces oversharpened and over constrasty to makes their wrinkles stand out.

I think that even clichè pictures like #9 are well done and nice to look at.

@neo_nights - I do wonder what the winning line up would be like if the judges were from a village in Zambia... All photos of cars, planes and people surfing the internet. I think it goes back to what HCB said - "what is new is exotic".

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abi170845: And how would I go about having that place to myself as long as I want to get the shot? Only pros are allowed? Give me the place to my self for 5 days and nights, don't bother me and I'll get the shots. But?

I read a news item about the Parks authority only letting people who have FF DSLR to book on limited access guided tours for this purpose at this location.
As to the merits of such a distinction I care not, but it nonetheless seems that 'getting the place to yourself' is possible if you have sufficient money'

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 12:44 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (185 comments in total)
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olypan: X30 "subtle upgrade" are you crazy. This is probably Fuji's most advanced camera yet. The viewfinder is much better than "quite good". I don't know how you can even mention the G16 dinosaur in the same group.

http://www.fujirumors.com/first-look-fujifilm-x30/

@darngooddesign - I must admit other mfrs manage faster lenses without getting too big. I wonder if it's a property of Fuji wanting it to go a little longer (112mm equiv) and still maintain f/2.8. Also the Panny lens doesn't cover the whole sensor which helps a bit.

I don't have any DSLR X cameras (only Panny u4/3 and Canon FF &APS-C kit) - so I'll defer to your knowledge on the sizes, but I assume none of them are as unweildy as my EOS-M with a Celestron C5 attached :).

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paulbysea: Yet again this site assumes all readers use Iphones, despite the fact that more Android phones are out there. If you are going to review a product make sure it supports the dominant mobile operating system.

Probably best to think of it from the hardware manufacturers POV. I'm an Android user - was given an iPad and it was used twice and that is it - but Android is an ecosystem with 500+ different types of phones/tablets/phablets/PVRs etc etc. iPhone is at most 4-5 current devices that hw manufacturers can target accurately, test well and be sure of a low support overhead.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2014 at 19:16 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (185 comments in total)
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olypan: X30 "subtle upgrade" are you crazy. This is probably Fuji's most advanced camera yet. The viewfinder is much better than "quite good". I don't know how you can even mention the G16 dinosaur in the same group.

http://www.fujirumors.com/first-look-fujifilm-x30/

@dgd -An upgrade that gives the camera not just best in class EVF, but equal best to any camera class is a substantive upgrade. To bump the sensor up to 1" would require a lens assembly change and an inevitable increase in size beyond what Fuji wish to target this camera.

I understand your hopes for a 1" - heck I hoped they could do it, but being an X20 and an X30 owner I can say for sure the X30 is not a mediocre upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 21:06 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (185 comments in total)
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olypan: X30 "subtle upgrade" are you crazy. This is probably Fuji's most advanced camera yet. The viewfinder is much better than "quite good". I don't know how you can even mention the G16 dinosaur in the same group.

http://www.fujirumors.com/first-look-fujifilm-x30/

I agree, I have to say that, as an X30 owner, this is the first camera where I think an OVF has met it's match and then some. I actually find it easier in low light than my 5Dii.

There is very little subtle about this upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 11:41 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-CM1 to go on sale in UK article (154 comments in total)

All I can foresee is an extra source for complaints. On top of any complaints in shutter lag, lack of ND filter etc, there will be a slew of "when will it get Lollipop/Marshmallow etc".

No doubt an excellent piece of hardware, but bonding it to a piece of technology that has firmware revs every 4 months is I think unfortunate given it appears to be targeted at people who may self define as latest tech "must haves".

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 20:29 UTC as 55th comment
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