AnandaSim

AnandaSim

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
Joined on Jul 9, 2006
About me:

To create photos that convey texture, nuance, lived-
life, the light, the dark and
shades in between. The real moment passess and
cannot be re-visited again, even
in a parallel existence.

'Do you want to be known as the one who has the
best camera (sensor noise,
DR, lens sharpness etc...) or the one who took that
superb shot?'
'The biggest variation is in the photos you take, not
the cameras you take them
with'
'A sharp lens is only one of the factors to shooting a
keeper in the field - and
often it's not even the dominant one'

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On The UV filter article (13 comments in total)
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Trumptipa: I would be interested in knowing how much UV filters screw with IQ at close focus. There should be more chromatic and spherical aberration introduced as the object space f number decreases (in the extreme: http://www.microscopyu.com/articles/formulas/formulascoverslipcorrection.html)

Hi Trumptipa

I don't come to dpreview often so have just seen your comment.

More glass surfaces, more issues. How bad an issue? I don't spend time thinking about it. I take off or don't use the filter for macrros

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 11:03 UTC
On The UV filter article (13 comments in total)
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william a luongo: The link just goes to a site that measures UV transmission which is of no interest. The digital camera doesn’t need UV protection. The question is simple, 1. Do they reduce resolion, 2 is there a problem with reduction in contrast or light reflections.
I think they probably don’t, but would like to see proof. There is an anti filter group that always say the same thing. It’s a cheap peace of glass over an expensive lens. Like drink beer from a paper cup. I don’t think they know what they are talking about. Just repeating some thing they see as revealed wisdom.

Hi William a luongo,

I don't come to dpreview often so have just seen your comment.

Agree both pro and anti filter people have participants who repeat what the reviews say or what other gurus say.

My opinion is from experience. I have two high cost multi-coated filters now, one of them B+W, but that one is on a tele lens and I use a long lens hood. Flare is not a problem for any real shots.

I also have entry level, uncoated UV filter from Japanese brands. When I use them on normal angle of view (not tele lens) and I went into a church with which is dimmer inside and the daylight comes through glass windows, I got reduced contrast due to flare and ghosting of the window rectangles. When I took off the filter, there is much reduced flare and the window ghosts at most angles are gone.

It is not a case of Boolean Yes vs No - the issue is not exact. Flare can be absent or flare can happen. If it happens, it can happen more with more glass surfaces and uncoated glass surface.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 11:00 UTC
On The UV filter article (13 comments in total)
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tingkr: I am confused. I looked at the lenstip.com article cited at the end of this article. A direct quote from that article is:

"Although the human eye isn’t able to observe the photons of this kind of energy [ultraviolet radiation]; the CCD/CMOS detector or light sensitive film can actually register them."

I.e., the article cited says the CCD/CMOS sensor CAN detect UV radiation. This is in direct opposition to point 2 at the beginning of this article.

I just saw your response tingkr - I don't visit DPR much nowadays. There may be some exact engineering / science data we can find but in short - both film and digital sensors CAN detect UV (after all, to measure the absorption curves, you need an instrument to measure the spectrum so what is inside the instrument ? :)

But the in reality, film was well known to be affected by UV (hence the filter industry was born) but digital sensors when fitted to the cameras have glass layers and micro lenses on the surface as part of the design mechanism. So they are very little or not affected at all unlike film which is just gelatine, dye and silver halide layers.

Recently I fitted some entry level, famous name Japanese filters on two of my lenses because of the rainy weather and let them because I was too lazy to take them off. There is definitely more flare when the sun or sun-behind clouds is in front of me even though I am not pointing up.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 10:52 UTC
On Just posted: Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8 review article (127 comments in total)

I've had a lot of fun with the BCL and was gonna show my images but Edward Conde's 5 year old with the BCL and trusty old E-PL1 has turned out really satisfying shots.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/103269308697845842814/posts/KeiuaHe7UcH

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:28 UTC as 11th comment
On HTC One X Review post (76 comments in total)

Q: Is the oversharpening native to the camera API or just to the native camera app? If I use a different camera app does it bypass the sharpening?

Q: The native camera app has several settings for sharpening. If I push the slider to minimal sharpness does that mean I back off sharpening?

The link to "guide to Android operating system" is broken

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 09:38 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
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HubertChen: I can't find images on google+ ? Help!
I googled "google plus" -> https://plus.google.com/
I ended up on a page that looked similar to my facebook page. On there I tried every Icon and search field to find this "thriving community of photographers". Zip. Where can I find great pictures? Which web address to use, where to click? I am a little bewildered that this article complaints about the www.flickr.com interface. Yet within seconds I could find galleries of my interest and explore them. I spent an hour flat to find any galleries on google + and found nothing. I am also confused that this Articles is intended to introduce google+ to photographers who do not know google+. Now after trying to use this service I am more confused. Is google + more like facebook to be a posting wall with community linking? After reading the Article and comments I thought this is more like flickr but with a better presentation and with having better community tools as bonus. What am I missing ? Help!

If you have registered at Google Plus, add me and we can discuss publicly - discussing with a large group or discussing publicly is what we do often.

http://gplus.to/anandasim

Celebrity Photographers are here:
http://www.recommendedusers.com/most-followed-photographers/

Celebrity following however is not one of the things that we take a lot of time doing. Our peer interaction is I would say more important and enjoyable.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:09 UTC
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HubertChen: I can't find images on google+ ? Help!
I googled "google plus" -> https://plus.google.com/
I ended up on a page that looked similar to my facebook page. On there I tried every Icon and search field to find this "thriving community of photographers". Zip. Where can I find great pictures? Which web address to use, where to click? I am a little bewildered that this article complaints about the www.flickr.com interface. Yet within seconds I could find galleries of my interest and explore them. I spent an hour flat to find any galleries on google + and found nothing. I am also confused that this Articles is intended to introduce google+ to photographers who do not know google+. Now after trying to use this service I am more confused. Is google + more like facebook to be a posting wall with community linking? After reading the Article and comments I thought this is more like flickr but with a better presentation and with having better community tools as bonus. What am I missing ? Help!

Hi HubertChen,

Articles like these are written like some tourist went to China for 2 weeks and writes about China after reading a bit, travelling a bit.

1. GooglePlus is a social network not completely like Facebook and not completely like Twitter. There may be similarities and there are big differences.

2. GooglePlus is NOT a one topic forum (i.e. photography), is not a photo gallery (i.e. not Flickr, not Smugmug). It does have a social community like Facebook, it does have Hangouts (so you can talk video and audio amongst your peers and with some celebs). We use GooglePlus to show photos and talk about taking photos, talk about how we feel, talk about food, hobbies. We use Google Plus globally to be in touch internationally with people we have never met before and we use Google Plus locally to first figure out whether so and so is our type of person before we meet. Once we meet in person, we then use Google Plus to further discuss things and show photos throughout the day, night.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:08 UTC
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zzapamiga: Just wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are of the new MSC screw drive autofocus and how does it compare to a micro motor or ultrasonic lens?

http://www.olympus.com.au/Learn---Explore/Core-Technologies/MSC-lens-technology.aspx

There you go again old friend Craig (Guidenet). Trying to compare how big your thing is against the puny other things.

That's not what photography is all about. It's about having fun and enjoying what you have and using it.

Seriously would you compare your FX Nikon to this?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--5DkQnYgP18/T8DIVAoSA-I/AAAAAAAAp8w/aeoMVSA4D_I/s800/PEN10040.JPG

I mean, seriously, there is no point in comparing.

And the results

http://youtu.be/ChZWVmYiCgw

Seize The Day!

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2012 at 01:42 UTC
On Photoshop or Lightroom article (4 comments in total)

Omar047, although Adobe and Adobe products are the king in photo editing, the market is very competitive. The beginners version of Photoshop CS is Photoshop Elements. You said something about "3" ? That is very old. These are Photoshop CS is now to CS 6. Elements is up to edition 10.

Photoshop Elements 10 is not expensive and is considered quite good. Corel Paintshop Pro X4 is the one I bought and it is also similar in price and I like the menu system. You an download each one as a trial and check them out before deciding.

There is Zoner Studio 14 which is free. The GIMP is free and open source but some people find it hard to drive. There PAINT.NET which is free.

I bought Mediachance Photo-Brush long ago - it does not have layers but is simple and effective. Free trial available.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:03 UTC as 4th comment

I like your viewpoints as it coincides with mine. However the language used is long winded and the intent can be better summarised for people who have a short attention span

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2012 at 09:08 UTC as 11th comment
On 13 photo in Spiridakis Michael's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Love this one Mike!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2012 at 10:54 UTC as 1st comment
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Marty4650: The title of your article has very little to do with the content.

I will deal with each question separately. As far as which camera (the content of your post) then that is entirely up to you. Both are very nice cameras and both have very similar capabilities. Just select whichever one serves your needs best. I don't think you can go wrong with either one.

As far as the question in your title goes... the longer lens would be better for portraits and closeups. The best focal lengths for portraits tend to be between 50mm and 90mm (on an APSC camera, which both your choices are). Also, a longer lens allows you to take closeups from farther way, which can be useful when taking closeups of things that don't like a lens in their face. Like animals, birds, insects, or children.

But the 18-55mm is a very useful lens, and is great for everything else. So I say, get both.

My question for you is....why did you make this an "article" rather than a post in the Beginner's Forum?

I agree Marty. The forum is for Q & A like this.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2011 at 23:24 UTC
On A compilation of tips for Beginners article (2 comments in total)

Thanks for the appreciation Ronnie. There's a lot of repeated debating, FLAO leading to upsets when we can try to help everyone start off on a better level of tolerance and understanding.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2011 at 12:22 UTC as 2nd comment
On The UV filter article (13 comments in total)
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Deleted1929: Under "A few Points" item 2.

Can I suggest this is not as clear to beginners as it may be more experienced users.

Perhaps rephrase as :

"While film was sensitive to UV light, digital sensors are not and hence do not need UV filters in even bright sunlight"

Good idea for a brief article, very handy.

Thanks Stephen, will do

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2011 at 11:22 UTC
On To Format or To Delete article (4 comments in total)

Factor 2c. Low level format of a card

You do not need to low level format a Flash media card. They are non mechanical and have wear leveller controllers so low level format doesn't do what we expect it does to mechanical devices like hard disks.

You can low level (binary format) a card but that's a story for another day.

Most cameras - do a fast quick high level format. The menu to format your media is quite clearly labelled and about three menu clicks on the camera. It takes all of 3 secs or something like that to process.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2011 at 23:19 UTC as 2nd comment
On To Format or To Delete article (4 comments in total)

Factor 2b. When you hook up your camera to the computer.

Please, you have paid good money for your camera. You have to stick it to your computer and the computer has to recognise the camera. It does not always work without software driver and sometimes the computer gets confused. You have to bring the USB cord. You don't always have it. The camera is big and near your elbow. Move your hand wrong and your camera falls on the floor. The camera has to be powered by batteries. If you dilly dally you are eating energy from your batteries and you forget to recharge and so on. Your precious camera becomes a second rate slow card reader. You can buy a high speed card reader for next to nothing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2011 at 23:16 UTC as 3rd comment
On To Format or To Delete article (4 comments in total)

Hey Paul, thanks for the oppurtunity to discuss.

Factor 1: Corruption is unlikely

I disagree with that sentiment. In the digital world, if something bad is gonna happen it is gonna happen at the wrong time to the most defenceless people. I have had two Olympus xD cards become unuseable pre-Windows XP - I am meticulous about ejecting cards from the PC and still their boot sector header was corrupted. People shoot until their batteries run out. When saving that last shot if the camera conks out, the FAT is not safely written and you have file system corruption. Etc

Factor 2a. Using your camera's file transfer program
I was with a colleague who has a Nikon D90 and stuff at home but at the office he could not find or did not have his Nikon software. He had trouble figuring out how to get it from the website and if his corporate workplace machine had been locked down by IT, he would not be able to install any software. The more dependencies you create in a chain, the more you cause angst

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2011 at 23:12 UTC as 4th comment
On Quick Tour of the Article Editor article (10 comments in total)

Most editors have some quirk or bug. After prolonged use, this one seems to have a sticky carryover of <div> or something. If you have a <h2> and then cut and paste prolifically, somehow the <p> content sticks as <h2>.

You can get around the issue by pasting and deleting here and there but it would be nice to Reveal Codes / See HTML so that you can easily spot the formatting issue.

Nice facility though, thanks for offering it to us.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2011 at 00:58 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On Cleaning your lens article (6 comments in total)

Same here Dylan

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2011 at 07:16 UTC as 6th comment
On Create your own articles - public beta launched today article (144 comments in total)

LOL! Great! Now DPR can suck more of my time away. My family will never forgive you, you know.....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 23:21 UTC as 58th comment
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