Steve Balcombe

Steve Balcombe

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Joined on Jun 16, 2004

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On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (108 comments in total)
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PHOTOJOE55: Is the Carbon fibre more stable, or is it just lighter than the aluminum model?

Vibrations damp more quickly, it's lighter, and it's nicer to handle in hot/cold conditions. Very strong too - I've never tested a tripod to destruction but my carbon fibre kayak paddles have been unbelievably durable. I'm a big fan.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (153 comments in total)

Why the strong emphasis on BIG, I wonder? A replacement for the 100-400L is long overdue but when Sigma has a 150-500 and Tamron its 150-600, it's not really all that BIG. And in the context of Canon's range, is it too close to the 70-300L? But an L-class 150(ish)-500, that would be pretty exciting and would justify the *BIG* claim...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 19:40 UTC as 60th comment

Trying to guess what diffraction correction actually does. Does it simply increase the amount of sharpening at smaller apertures? If so - great idea for JPEG shooters who want to use shots straight out of the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 09:56 UTC as 9th comment
On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (67 comments in total)

The idea looks ok but couldn't the 'boss' be a lot smaller? It looks like a prototype, not really ready for market.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 16:01 UTC as 28th comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2001 comments in total)
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eyeswideshut: Well done dpreview, but you should have at least given Great Bustard an honorable mention! That man (if he be the inventor of it all) has done more to push ff on us than the marketing departments of CaNikon combined!

I agree. The amount of flak he has taken over the years, mostly from people who don't understand what he is saying (often the angriest sort of course) should have earned him a medal.

I had to give up because my fuse is too short ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (141 comments in total)
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racin06: I’m an experienced RC airplane and helicopter pilot/enthusiast. I want to clarify the legalities of performing aerial photography with multi-rotor RC helicopters (MRRCH)…I hate the term “drone.” There is no license required to fly a MRRCH as a hobby or for not-for-profit. Currently, it is only illegal if you are flying MRH commercially and/or for pay. Now, even though you may be conducting aerial photography as a hobby or for not-for-profit, there are still rules that must be followed to fly RC aircraft in a safe manner. I strongly encourage visiting the Academy of Model Aeronautics (http://www.modelaircraft.org), which is the sanctioning body for the RC aircraft hobby. These RC aircraft are not toys and command respect and proper training to learn to fly. Anyway, below is a rent video of my flying my electric-powered 87” Sbach 300 RC airplane. This is a fantastic hobby!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeDB6q4t6vg

I will certainly start calling them MRRCH's. However I will also carry on calling them toys.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
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BarnET: I find it very funny indeed that a superzoom is just as fast at 200mm then canon's native tele-zoom.

I don't understand what you mean. Superzooms and ordinary telezooms are both normally f/5.6 or f/6.3 at the long end. This is almost entirely governed by the front element size divided by the maximum focal length, which applies equally to both types.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 14:03 UTC

I find 'bullet time' sequences endlessly fascinating, but this has everything wrong with it. The subjects are not interesting enough, the arc movement is nausea-inducing, and the jitter is dreadful. Utterly hopeless, I'm amazed Microsoft let this be released.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 08:38 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
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Steve Balcombe: Canon has been using a fluorine coating on high-end lenses for some time. It's incredibly effective.

@Summi Luchs - yes really, since 2010 in fact. Why would I write something like that if it wasn't true?

Edit: Why do people keep 'Liking' your post? It would only take them 30 seconds to check their facts and discover that fluorine coatings are not new. You too for that matter.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 13:27 UTC

Canon has been using a fluorine coating on high-end lenses for some time. It's incredibly effective.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 07:29 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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Paul JM: Great pity. I am sure that some outstanding photographic and video opportunities will now be lost for ever.
I dont at all buy this business of 'its a wilderness..' If that is the case, then why not just ban anyone from going there at all, and risking leaving rubbish, interfering with wild life etc. It is really just a matter of where you draw the line, so I dont think that people want to be too judgemental about where that line is drawn. There are plenty of people who are prepared and committed to the responsible use of unmanned copters etc for aerial photography.
It seems to me rather odd to ban the use of drones in Yosemite, but to allow firearms !
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/weapons.htm

FFS indeed. The comparison with gun law is fallacious - if you can't see that then no wonder you disagree with practically everybody else.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 15:42 UTC
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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Paul JM: Great pity. I am sure that some outstanding photographic and video opportunities will now be lost for ever.
I dont at all buy this business of 'its a wilderness..' If that is the case, then why not just ban anyone from going there at all, and risking leaving rubbish, interfering with wild life etc. It is really just a matter of where you draw the line, so I dont think that people want to be too judgemental about where that line is drawn. There are plenty of people who are prepared and committed to the responsible use of unmanned copters etc for aerial photography.
It seems to me rather odd to ban the use of drones in Yosemite, but to allow firearms !
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/weapons.htm

I admire you for being willing to put a different point of view, but it's based on the completely wrong-headed premise that if you allow people into a wilderness you must allow them to behave just as they would elsewhere. Of course there have to be controls, and banning drones is one which is completely justified.

The firearms thing is a total red herring - your own link makes it perfectly clear that while anyone who is entitled to possess a weapon outside the reserve may possess it inside the reserve, they may not use it. My personal view is that US gun law is madness, but all this has nothing to do with drones, camping or littering.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 10:59 UTC
On 1939: England in Color (part 2) article (170 comments in total)

Every bit as good as the first set, maybe even better - thanks for posting them.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 10:52 UTC as 115th comment

I have an RX100 for those occasions when I don't want to carry a DSLR, or as a handy landscape/standard lens camera to use alongside the DSLR when shooting wildlife. It's a terrific little camera, but the one thing I would really like to improve is near-macro performance. If Sony have found a way to combine high magnification and close focusing, while maintaining the range and speed, in a lens which could appear in the RX100 MkIII - then they could well get some more of my cash.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 11:27 UTC as 11th comment
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (220 comments in total)

p7 - east from Flamborough Head isn't France!
p8 - How spooky that there's a car in the same spot on Street View.
p23 - I wonder whether your image might inspire someone to repaint the old Shernborne village sign. It could be the only colour record in existence! Could you maybe find a Parish Council contact online?

Really enjoyed seeing these, especially those with present-day comparisons. Good luck finding locations for the others - not my part of the country unfortunately so I can't help.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 13:05 UTC as 123rd comment
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (220 comments in total)
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papa natas: The pictures are ordinary.

For goodness sake. They are family photographs from 1939 and they are in colour. How many do you have?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
On Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing article (74 comments in total)

Wow.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 08:04 UTC as 33rd comment
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)

Solution looking for a problem?

Actually not really a solution, because I would be way more likely to lose a lens cap attached that way than if it was in my pocket.

Actually not really a solution because I don't want to glue something on to my "treasured lens cap".

Actually not really a solution because it costs as much as two spare lens caps (or about ten cheap ones).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 21:17 UTC as 104th comment
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0MitchAG: And what is the relevance to photography here? This is not longer battery life; a solar charger for this battery would be useful though.

Are you kidding? Being able to charge a smartphone in a few minutes would be a huge advantage in many situations. Just because it doesn't solve every problem and work for world peace in its spare time doesn't mean it isn't useful.

And to answer your other question - I do carry a spare battery if I'm going to be away from a charging point for more than a day, which does happen occasionally.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 09:18 UTC
On Up close: The beauty of butterfly wings article (47 comments in total)
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skogredd: How does he get the butterflies to sit still during photographing?

Amazing focus stacks can be done with living insects, but in this case they are 'preserved specimens' - he says so at the end of the introduction to his set on Flickr.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 10:47 UTC
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