Steve Balcombe

Steve Balcombe

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Joined on Jun 16, 2004

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On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)
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aftab: Others have reported 9am ET, not 6am. I wonder if DPR got it wrong.

It's almost certainly a programming error, I just think it's more fun to speculate that Canon has invented a way to eliminate time differences across the world.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)
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aftab: Others have reported 9am ET, not 6am. I wonder if DPR got it wrong.

Right now it's showing 23h16m and it's 09:44 here in the UK, (GMT+1). So 9am Tuesday. If Barney is right, Canon have invented a way to close the Atlantic - now that would fit the 'impossible' tag.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 08:47 UTC
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sdh: Quoting from the 1st paragraph in page 7:
"Despite the advanced metering sensor, the 1.8% spot-meter unfortunately cannot be linked to the AF point (as it can on the 1D X)."

Why????

Doesn't Nikon do spot metering linked to focus point in, like it's entry or near-entry level models?

I'm wondering whether this is something which could be added in a firmware upgrade, since all the required hardware seems to be there.

Pity we can't say the same about the missing wi-fi...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 13:08 UTC
On Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home article (69 comments in total)
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Steve Balcombe: Why use exposure compensation, which is hit-and-miss? Use spot/partial metering to select a manual exposure. That way, if you take a number of shots with different amounts of white background your metering won't keep changing.

Also, adjustment brushes in LightRoom are a pretty clumsy tool for this sort of job. Select the white area in Photoshop and fill it with pure white.

It makes no difference that it's "for beginners". In any case it's not for people with a beginner attitude, it's for people who want to learn new skills. Setting a manual exposure is not only the best way to get correct and consistent exposures, it's also easier than estimating the correct EC. And it engenders correct thinking - what we are aiming to do is get a correct exposure for the subject, so why measure something else then do a correction, instead of measuring the subject directly?

The point about changing light is a good one, but EC doesn't fully deal with that. If a cloud came over, the contrast and therefore the EC needed would change.

Regarding filling the background - I didn't say that. I said select the background and fill the *selection*. There are many ways to make the selection of course.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 21:55 UTC
On Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home article (69 comments in total)

Why use exposure compensation, which is hit-and-miss? Use spot/partial metering to select a manual exposure. That way, if you take a number of shots with different amounts of white background your metering won't keep changing.

Also, adjustment brushes in LightRoom are a pretty clumsy tool for this sort of job. Select the white area in Photoshop and fill it with pure white.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 17:03 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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TheDevil: All the mirrorless manufacturers combined will never sell 100million of anything in their lifetime.

@T3 - are you kidding? Canon announced its 50 millionth EF lens in January 2010 - http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/50_million_lenses.do - and less than 5 years later they've made another 50 million. And that's despite much higher prices and a recession!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 11:32 UTC
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 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 (150 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 61st 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 (68 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 29th comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2062 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 (145 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 (171 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 116th 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
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