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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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
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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
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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

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' article (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' article (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
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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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Timmie: Though I agree the limitation and the reason behind it is somewhat silly, I was wondering if there are actually people who run into this as a practical limitation?

I prefer stills but whenever I do shoot video I get nowhere near 30 mins a shot. I can't remember any feature films that have 30 min scenes in them either. Anybody out there want more than 30 mins?

Only Russian Ark comes to mind. A feature film of 99 mins in one take.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2012 at 00:15 UTC
On Canon acknowledges 'light leak' in the EOS 5D Mark III article (282 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: ah... the pitfalls of relying on AE metering sensors (AE modes).

all the more why Full M/M-ISO w/ ExpSim LV (relies only on the image sensor alone) is ultimately the 'easiest' aspect of digital photography, and that is accurately dealing with exposure determination (in M no less!)

:D

I'm amazed - you managed to wedge Exposure Simulation Live View into this topic.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 15:20 UTC
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smileblog: In Japan, its brochure is already available in a shop. They say pictures in it are so good and expect it'd be greatest Tamron's lens ever :)

It's lenses like this that make me think of jumping ship to Canon or Nikon FF.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2012 at 10:22 UTC
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Okotoks_Photos: Wow! Pentax has now doubled the number of lenses currently available for the 645D...

@Okotoks

I live in the UK and there are several dealers - the one I use is SRS http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/c/474/Pentax-645-Mount-Lenses.html - all new.

If you wish to limit yourself to only ordering from some backwards corner of the globe, go for it, but I order online from overseas all the time <shrug>.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2012 at 14:23 UTC
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Okotoks_Photos: Wow! Pentax has now doubled the number of lenses currently available for the 645D...

@Okotoks - what - to 28? Because yesterday you could buy 14 new.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 17:09 UTC
On Composition Basics in Macro Photography article (73 comments in total)

I'm glad DPR is branching out into more soft skills and technique articles. Thanks for this - it certainly gives more than a little inspiration.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 23:12 UTC as 55th comment
On Canon announces EOS 5D Mark III 22MP full-frame DSLR article (501 comments in total)
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METROMODEPHOTO: IN MY CONCLUSION, IS IT WORH UPGRADING FROM A 7D OR A 5D-2 TO A 5D-3? CONSIDERING THE MEANING OF "UPGRADE", THE D800 WOULD TRULY FIT THAT DESCRIPTION. I WILL NOT MAKE A SWITCHOVER AT THIS TIME BUT, WHO KNOWS THE FUTURE". FOR ME ITS ABOUT ENDING THE NEVER ENDING RAT-RACE FOR THE LATEST AND THE NEWEST SOME DAY. I GUES WE ALL DO IT ONCE OR TWICE IN A LIFETIME. AND YES BOTH CAMERAS ARE VERY VERY GOOD IN THEIR WAYS FOR SURE. HOWEVER, NIKON IS GIVING YOU YOUR MONEYS WORTH IN THIS CATEGORY. CANON IS MY CHOICE FOR NOW, BUT THEY NEED TO SMELL THE COFFEE FAST.

@tfeltz: Exp Sim Live View is exceptionally useful if you are a photographer that is excremental at taking photos. You only need to look at a certain persons gallery to see the only well composed photos are re-edits of photos taken by other people. The ones taken by the person themselves are poor snaps with dodgy WB and hackneyed posing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:49 UTC
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