Steve Balcombe

Steve Balcombe

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

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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
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (221 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 126th comment
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (221 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 (73 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 (159 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 105th 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
On Apple patents bayonet mount for mobile devices post (72 comments in total)

I'm no legal expert but looking at the patent application it seems to be for a bayonet mount with a safety release. As such it's quite clever and maybe original, but it doesn't attempt to patent the idea of using such a mount on a mobile device.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 09:25 UTC as 17th comment
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CameraLabTester: No.14 tops them all.

No.5 is magical.

No.1 is total crap.

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Number 14 made me laugh out loud so I have to agree.

Number 5 is the most worn-out cliche imaginable, there should be a rule excluding cormorant fishing pics.

Number 1 is, to be fair, a pretty good example of the "extreme selfie" genre.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 10:38 UTC
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Steve Balcombe: This is why we're still waiting for the 7D MkII - obviously it must be getting this sensor...

It was meant as humour rather than sarcasm, but either way not to be taken literally! I'm pretty sure it works in any language.

And hey, there's many a true word spoken in jest...

:-) <-smiley

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 16:33 UTC

This is why we're still waiting for the 7D MkII - obviously it must be getting this sensor...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 14:57 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
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BG_CX3_DPREVIEW: Well,

this is what you get after spending 4000 Usd on a full frame and pro lens.

135 mm, f2.8,full frame.

Look similar to Leica Noctilux 50/f0.95 on a M9.

Still,

i love them a lot.

I cannot believe heavy pp was used, maybe some vignetting, but the hardware she uses can generate these pics out of camera.

So indeed strange why she gets coverage at DPR, so many many other great ones on 500px?

@Merde79 - you're right, and to me that simply shows that there is no subterfuge here. That's an image created by someone with a fine creative eye, who is/was still learning her technical skills.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 12:57 UTC

I was all set for a "what on earth is this doing on dpreview" sort of post - after all, there are thousands of very good photographers on Flickr, why single out this one? But actually they are exceptionally good, especially if as claimed she has less than two years experience.

How many of the detractors wouldn't be proud to have taken this shot, for example? http://www.flickr.com/photos/75571860@N06/8694487450/

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 09:07 UTC as 128th comment
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

Superb. Maybe just a little long - it's very hard to hold the attention for nearly seven minutes - but I wouldn't want to be the one to decide what to cut out, it's all so good.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 13:31 UTC as 97th comment | 3 replies
On Classic photographs recreated in Lego article (118 comments in total)

Great fun.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:43 UTC as 22nd comment
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom article (193 comments in total)
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rockjano: Will it be better than the Sigma 150-500? (which is not bad for what it is and how much it cost) 500-600mm difference is not huge...

No need to introduce all that complexity. The subject is 20% larger with the 600 mm lens, that's all there is to it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 12:52 UTC
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