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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SteveNunez: I really like the look of this Nikon but am somewhat disappointed in the image quality as posted by the sample studio image for comparison. My Oly OMD EM5 easily beats it and as such I can't justify the expense of the DF (even though I truly like the look of the camera itself)......I truly hope the sample picture is out of focus as it looks too soft......big let down .......I think the Sony A7 & &r will be the cameras to beat this year pending the new GH4 (or whatever it's called)....interesting times ahead.

Compared with another 16MP sensor (eg the GX-7 which I have) and for below ISO400 there is no perceptible difference. On the other hand, above 800ISO and for textures like the sponge the difference is marked and very impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 17:09 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)

I think it is just a ruse so they can leak the whole planets email addresses next time. Maybe 150 million was not enough last time and they are shooting for 7 billion?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 17:03 UTC as 223rd comment
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)
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Mark Smiles: If you are going to publish a paper with out pictures, you should write enough words to give your customers some editorial content where the pictures would have been.

This protest was incredibly lame.

Say a hotel was interested protesting the low wages they paid their staff so they decided to not provide all the services they charged their customers for, as a result they would not stock their rooms with clean towels.

This newspaper did not reduce it's price while selling less content.

Mark, Have you actually got the copy of Liberation in your hand? No. If you did, you would know that it is a broadsheet and the photos are most emphatically not thumbnails. There has been some reduction, but a thumbnail they are most emphatically not. But then exaggeration is sign of a weak mind.

I am inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume some idiot has gained access to your account and is posting ill thought out 'arguments' and signing them as you.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:08 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)
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Mark Smiles: If you are going to publish a paper with out pictures, you should write enough words to give your customers some editorial content where the pictures would have been.

This protest was incredibly lame.

Say a hotel was interested protesting the low wages they paid their staff so they decided to not provide all the services they charged their customers for, as a result they would not stock their rooms with clean towels.

This newspaper did not reduce it's price while selling less content.

But it wasn't less content - the photos were included on the last page.

But you would have known that if you had read it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 00:44 UTC
On Delaney in the Photograph of a Female Photographer challenge (75 comments in total)

The bimodal voting looks 'fun'.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 12:57 UTC as 31st comment
On Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century article (248 comments in total)
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Bernard Hill: What about Olympus E100RS? Only 1.2Mpx but it captured photos *before* you pressed the shutter. Once it was half-pressed the camera started taking photos, and kept the last five in a circular buffer. Make a full press and the buffer was kept and of course the current view was recorded. And the next photos until you release.
I can't understand why no-one else has used this concept (or do you know different...?) but it's great for action shots waiting for a particular event such as a bubble bursting.
I eventually sold mine because my thing is landscape shooting and it didn't do a lot for that <g>

Just about any Fujifilm camera does this - it's a fairly standard drive mode with a few variations. The X20 has a circular buffer of 8 photos and you can choose how many shots before and after the press you want plus how fast (3, 6, 9 or 12 fps).
I have only used it for fun, not in anger though I wish I did have a life so active that did need it :).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 17:19 UTC
On Photo project documents rivers of the interior U.S. article (14 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: To me, the photos in the article on wired.com have a look which I remember seeing in the print edition of National Geographic about twenty years ago. (We stopped subscribing.) What's the secret of this look? Grading? Composition? Are photos with people staged?

If you are speaking of colour quality, the National Geographic look and feel is the Ektachrome look and feel. There are Photoshop plugins that do similar and GIMP has a filter to do the same.

The pose (look over my left shoulder at something 3 km away) is likely staged but can be natural - just depends if you have something interesting over your shoulder 3km away.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 16:44 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)

I won't be waiting to get this at a lower price. The silent shutter is enough to clinch the deal. Drama & Theatre work requires a silent camera and carrying a blimp that just makes my 5D quiet rather than silent is just a PITA. The ISO limitation is a non-issue.
I look forward to finding the first place in the UK that will sell me one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 10:52 UTC as 264th comment | 2 replies
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james_f64: Even today Petzval-like designs are used in some of the most highly corrected and expensive telescope objectives that you can buy. I'm talking about diffraction-limited, wide-field telescopes that can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000, like the 4" and 5" aperture telescopes from Tele Vue (U.S.) and Takahashi (Japan).

I'd suspect that a properly designed Petzval of modest aperture using low dispersion glass could perform quite well even by today's standards if used under a restricted set of conditions. At its limit, however, it will likely be larger and heavier than your typical modern telephoto design.

They use FL-51 or FL-53 (normally) so the chromatic aberration is mostly eliminated. Also you don't usually care for field curvature with visual observing and why when you use your telescope for astrographs you spend a pretty penny on a good field corrector.

It doesn't really mean the Petzval design is any good, it means the materials are exceptional.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 09:24 UTC
On Ireland: A Photographers' Guide article (43 comments in total)

Great to see this - inspirational and may affect my holiday plans to be closer to the UK than previously - especially as Irish gastronomy is making a resurgence.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 18:02 UTC as 20th comment
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solarsky: In Europe they want 1099€ or what currently translates to 1447$
THAT is one big huge leap from the US price of 999$
Very reminiscent of the 3K$ vs. 3.1K€ for the RX1...

Yet in the UK it seems to sneak in at £740 - it actually seems that they used a conversion other than the normal $1 == £1.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2013 at 19:21 UTC
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highwave: As of this post this cinema camera generated 60 posts while it's more expensive 4K sibling with rolling shutter generated 5 posts

That's 12X more posts for this little thing.

I wish I wasn't such a newb on cinema cameras so to figure out why it generates such interest.

It's called "shed painting" - it's simpler, more people can grasp the limited feature set and everyone has an opinion on what colour the shed should be painted. The 4k beast addresses an area of cinematography that most people are uncomfortable in and so they won't comment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2013 at 22:31 UTC
On Exposure: Luis Rodriguez post (35 comments in total)

"This shot, taken in Scotland, won Rodriguez an Honorable Mention in the Performing Arts category in the Mobile Photography Awards. "It was a quick shot of wandering musicians playing music on the streets of Madrid at night. ""

Is Madrid in Scotland now?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 18:10 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On Theme and Variations article (96 comments in total)
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chris_j_l: Aside from the fact that Loop Point is a European Destination of Excellence - an award given to areas of outstanding beauty, the author stretches the definition of back yard so thin it's meaningless. He lives in Kilrush. If Loop Point is in the back yard of Kilrush, then Glasgow is in the back yard of Edinburgh.

@Nerdlinger - It takes me 32 mins to drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh. According to Google it takes 28 mins to drive from Kilrush to Loop Point Head and then you have a walk.

I never realized you felt 4 minutes was drama.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 21:15 UTC
On Theme and Variations article (96 comments in total)

Aside from the fact that Loop Point is a European Destination of Excellence - an award given to areas of outstanding beauty, the author stretches the definition of back yard so thin it's meaningless. He lives in Kilrush. If Loop Point is in the back yard of Kilrush, then Glasgow is in the back yard of Edinburgh.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2013 at 17:43 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies

I've looked at all the linked portfolios. Noting struck me more than the Instagrammed feel of saturation and contrast sliders, "square format == cool" and the feeling that they capture a passing phase as much as being part of it.
This is the epitome of photography as a fashionable, cheap, simple and off the peg like H&M/Zara. And I expect the fame to last as long as the clothes you can buy from those places.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2013 at 21:14 UTC as 36th comment
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Surefoot: Still maybe 2 interesting comments here, the rest is filled with "equivalence trolls". Can mods actually moderate these posts, and redirect them somewhere else ? Maybe dpreview would need an "Equivalence talk" forum. Then these people could argue there until death (hopefully) ensues.

As for the announcement: it's interesting to note the release date is now 2013, and close to the release of the 14-42 mkII. That means closer than previously announced, as it used to be 2014.

@Manuel - but feel the quality of the bokeh on those MTF charts!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2013 at 11:59 UTC
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Surefoot: Still maybe 2 interesting comments here, the rest is filled with "equivalence trolls". Can mods actually moderate these posts, and redirect them somewhere else ? Maybe dpreview would need an "Equivalence talk" forum. Then these people could argue there until death (hopefully) ensues.

As for the announcement: it's interesting to note the release date is now 2013, and close to the release of the 14-42 mkII. That means closer than previously announced, as it used to be 2014.

I have full frame and u4/3 kit - I'm loving the possibility of this 42.5 lens - just one more area where I can take either kit out and not be concerned that I may not have an ideal lens for the shot.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 11:45 UTC
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Everdog: Micro Four Thirds is really expanding. With so many markets like "photo- instrumentation" now relying on it, we can say it is here to stay.

It will be fun to see how many more companies join the party.

It is getting to be like PC vs. Mac. One is fairly open the others are highly restricted and proprietary which kills market share.

@wakaba - you forgot to mention that u4/3 abused you as a child and is responsible for global warming.

The sensor is not "tiny" - smaller yes, but tiny? I shoot with a full frame and I'd say u4/3 has worse noise characteristics and DoF can be a bit tougher to play with, but when push comes to shove, when I look at images I have sold, the most popular were made with 1/1.7" and 1/2.5" sensors and images I have from u4/3 are higher quality in almost all ways.

Serious professionals can get good shots from most tools and don't get up-tight about some tools requiring a bit more thought and care.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2013 at 20:13 UTC
On Hands-on with the Lenovo K900 post (48 comments in total)
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nofumble: I though ARM is more power efficient, and x86 has zero chance to get into a phone. Well, it is almost a reversal.

This isn't the first, but almost every other attempt has sunk without trace and been swept under the carpet. Currently the number of selling Intel based phone models can be numbered on the thumbs of one hand (Razr Max), whereas ARM phone models are "just about everything else on the planet".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2013 at 18:53 UTC
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