chris_j_l

chris_j_l

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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 (54 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
On Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs studio test images news story (107 comments in total)
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Charles Babbage: How come it appears before the 5200 instead of being on the top of the list (timewise)?

It's happened loads of times on DPR front page - the editor shuffles the display order to be non-chronological the moment a Pentax product looks like it may appear first.

It could be that they know Nikon users can't read quickly so they push it to top position :P

Actually I think they are just making a judgement call as to what will be popular on the day and ramp that up to the top. It's normal and I don't think it's conspiratorial.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2012 at 18:45 UTC
On Which route? in the Remembering the Past: Rte 66 Memorabalia challenge (7 comments in total)
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JoeDesperado: no matter how this image was created - it certainly doesn't deserve the 1st place in this (or any other) challenge.

I'm not sure anyone looked at this full size - it looks like a frankenphoto made with MSPaint

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 23:16 UTC
On Photokina 2012 Roundup article (102 comments in total)

There was a map - they were at Hall 2.1 Stand A025 - right beside Hasselblad.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2012 at 22:24 UTC as 40th comment
On Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon article (220 comments in total)

"and all three cameras share the same battery"

If other makers could see how damn useful this is...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 16:09 UTC as 62nd comment | 3 replies
On Photokina 2012: Interview - John Carlson of Pentax article (152 comments in total)
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ogl: Even no K-01's successor...HMMMM....

Indeed - the only thing stopping me from dropping on a K-01 body is doubts about the durability of the card slot/USB cover - it's held on with 2 thin rubber lugs.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 22:20 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera - camera phone or phone camera? news story (290 comments in total)
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Rage Joe: Why the ... did Samsung leave the phone function out of this? What does this add to the equation when you can't make calls with it? Nothing really. You still have to carry a phone. This is Bulls.

I will rather carry a Nokia 808 in my pocket, since it is a completely different animal and can deliver all sorts of handy stuff, and brilliant images, in one relatively compact package.

@ThePhillips. You missed the 'little' sentence in the announcement that reads "Although we understand that the camera does not have cellular voice capabilities, it will be compatible with various VoiP apps, such as Skype, which will enable it to be used for making voice and video calls over 3G/4G or WiFi." - which suggests it has a speaker and mic. It doesn't have cellular voice capabilities which just means it doesn't to TDMx audio (though why not mystifies me)

Also, if it was absent a mic and speaker, it couldn't run Android 3.0 or higher - as a mic and speaker are in the minimum mandatory hardware requirements list to be allowed to use the Android trademark.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 07:42 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera - camera phone or phone camera? news story (290 comments in total)
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Rage Joe: Why the ... did Samsung leave the phone function out of this? What does this add to the equation when you can't make calls with it? Nothing really. You still have to carry a phone. This is Bulls.

I will rather carry a Nokia 808 in my pocket, since it is a completely different animal and can deliver all sorts of handy stuff, and brilliant images, in one relatively compact package.

SkypeOut/any SiPGate works as it has 3g/4g - not what I'd call an ideal solution, but with an unlimited data plan it should be workable.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 20:51 UTC
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chlamchowder: If this camera does manage to perform well at tracking action without using PDAF, I will be very impressed.

However, I suspect that he'll be stopping down the lens and zone focusing...I doubt that even the latest iterations of CDAF can track well in demanding situations.

I presume the G5 has the same focus mechanism as the GX1 - AFS for single shots, AFF (equivalent to traditional AFC in the rest of the G range) and new AFC which has predictive AF drive.

I have used the new AFC on cyclists cycling directly towards me to the finish line and it wasn't too bad. Just set centre focus and blast - nothing out of focus at f/5 @ 200mm.

I wouldn't do that with my GH2 as it's AFC is still the old style no feedback.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 18:53 UTC
On Sigma launches APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM news story (129 comments in total)

And with this, Sigma signals that they have abandoned K mount for macro lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2012 at 20:06 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
On Samsung releases 12MP EX2F 'Smart Camera' news story (370 comments in total)
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derfla1949: For me, the specs read ok.
The major remaining question is the quality of the lens.
For 500+X bucks it had better be very, very good.

@HowaboutRAW:

Aside from the EX1 being a brilliant camera - one that took some of my favourite photos - the UI was quixotic at best:

Too many settings were not sticky. Remote trigger ON was not a sticky setting through auto shutdown - just one example.
The frankly weird way that to select some settings (eg MF) was to flick the zoom rocker to the right.
Inability to use some settings (eg exposure barcket) with the remote trigger.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2012 at 20:44 UTC
On Samsung releases 12MP EX2F 'Smart Camera' news story (370 comments in total)

I loved my EX1 - until my nephew stole it. It felt truly like 'essence of photography'.

I hope the fastest shutter speed of 1/1500s (or a built in ND filter or max f number aperture) is improved. Having to use an ND during bright days in the UK was a bit laughable.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2012 at 19:40 UTC as 85th comment
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Mssimo: Pro u4/3 video market? Canon video lenses are 40 grand, if this is good quality, i can see someone paying $2500 for it.

A certain rumour site says $1800 or €1500.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 20:12 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview news story (185 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: m43: 75mm F/1.8 = 75/1.8 = 41.67mm aperture diameter (DOF equivalency)
FF FOV+DOF equivalency: 150mm F/3.6

F-value 'light value' being all the same for... just 'light value' alone (applies to any system; a given)
(duh, of course)

nice... slowly, but surely, lenses are coming along, better late, than never.
i'm sure every new combination of faster Xmm f/x.x is welcome, prime or zoom.

meanwhile, still waiting for a m43 12mm f/0.7... flat prime

f/2.0 is 'okay', so, why not f/0.7? (and compact too?)

or a m43 12-35mm f/1.4... compact zoom

f/2.8 is 'okay', so, why not f/1.4? (and compact too?)

still... waiting... (before i celebrate m43 'arriving'...)

unless someone offers a integrated digicam prime or zoom with the same FOV + aperture diameter specs first... (or just as unlikely?)

and at such high prices... as limited spec so far, an indulgence for those with money to burn...

must be nice to have an income (a well paid job)
:D

> f/2.0 is 'okay', so, why not f/0.7? (and compact too?)

Only ten f/0.7 lenses have ever been made and they required a 4mm registration distance. Seven are owned by NASA and the rest were owned by Stanley Kubrick.
Adding 'compact too' just shows your useful ideas about lens design could be written on the short edge of a postage stamp, with space to spare.

Please - do yourself a favour and step away from the keyboard for a very long time.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2012 at 16:04 UTC
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