Mark H

Mark H

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On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

Massive yawn - can DPReview's articles get any less inspired?

Honestly - this has to be absolutely the lamest front page article I've ever seen.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 23:07 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X20 Preview preview (201 comments in total)
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charita: Great viewfinder. Finally an image overlay with valuable information. However, does it correct for parallax?

No - it almost certainly doesn't correct for parallax.

There is a 'parallax warning' indicator (a bit like a camera shake/low shutter speed warning) - for whatever that's worth.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 02:29 UTC
On Fujifilm X20 Preview preview (201 comments in total)
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John McCormack: Finally, a decent viewfinder and it looks like it takes 52mm filters directly - unlike the G15. Bigger sensor than the G15 and probably MUCH faster AF and shot-to-shot times. Let's hope the IQ is exceptional also.

You have to buy an accessory lens hood/adaptor to fit 52mm filters - but there are fairly inexpensive non-Fuji copies readily available on eBay.

The camera itself has a slightly 'tricky' (non standard?) 40mm filter thread (some say it's 39.5mm - but I reckon it's 40mm).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 02:26 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (568 comments in total)
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Rachotilko: Do we have any English or Latin linguists around here ? I am neither (not even a native speaker), so I am confused:

"Compact" surely implies "holding together". Does it also necessarily mean "small" ?

One of many meanings/definitions of 'compact' is 'taking little space' - which is the same as saying that something is 'relatively small'. So in the context that it is used here, it does essentially mean 'small'.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 20:42 UTC
On Simple Photo Tips: Square format images post (26 comments in total)
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Jirka-: The reason Rolleiflex and later medium format SLRs had square format was not an aesthetic preference. It was just because a camera with a reflex viewfinder without a pentaprism is not suitable for flipping into the portrait orientation. A square print was simply the uncropped capture. Since no square sensors exist, a square digital picture is always a crop, just like an unusually elongated image.

'Jirka' is absolutely correct. The older mirror-only reflex cameras had square formats because if you had to turn the camera 90 degrees to get portrait orientation the screen image would not only be upside-down, you'd also have to stand and view the screen whilst facing sideways w.r.t. the subject. The square format was simply to obviate the need to rotate the camera between landscape/portrait - as it was wholly impractical to do so, because of the waist level right angle finder, and the screen image's left-right reversal.

That said, there were film formats such as 126 film-cartridge, and Polaroid, that were predominantly 'square format' - possibly for similar, but less obvious, reasons (probably just for the 'simplicity' of use).

Nevertheless, 'square format' is greatly neglected/under-used - all too often people seem to squeeze images awkwardly into the default camera aspect ratio when it would be better to frame/crop to suit to the subject, and not just to fit the camera format.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2012 at 22:24 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Dan: After experiencing the thumbs up and down system, I just realized something that could improve the overall user experience. You could make it visible who up or down-rates a post (similar to how you can see who "likes" a Facebook post). This way we can see if the same people doing the rating. This would resolve a lot of childish fights and make people think twice about rating a post.

I think this is a very, very, bad idea.

Revealing who' likes', and in particular who 'dislikes', messages is just 'pouring fuel on the fire' of already quite appalling amounts of forum trolling and abuse.

It is far more likely to discourage people from rating posts altogether, which completely defeats its purpose.

In an election, there is a good reason why voters choices are kept secret.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 02:18 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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busch: 1. Of what use are the votes? One can even vote for their own post!
2. When replying with quote and clipping the original quote, hitting retrun to start a new line will freeze the program.

Same here.

My browser keeps crashing irretrievably in the middle of typing/editing whilst replying to messages using the 'Reply with quote'. It's incredibly frustrating!!!!!

I'm using IE8 on Win XP

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 18:26 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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HSway: Blacks in the centre and on the sides.

What causes the extra eye strain compared to the previous version is darkening the central post’s column making it pure black and lightening the sides. It’s not a wise move as the contrast increases exactly where the point of interest is. The text has got more contrast and it contrasts even more on the fully saturated blacks now.

The previous version had this in reverse order (light central column and the dark sides). This makes the colour composition based on this set uncomfortable and it also looks inferior. As if a bug one gets when a page is not loaded fully. got some time to put my finger on it. I definitely recommend changing it or giving an option of choice.
Hynek

Agreed.

I said just the same thing yesterday...

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/10/3/New-dpreview-forum-system-launched?comment=0227345512

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 22:25 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Carbon111: *Very* hard on the eyes regardless of the blue or yellow color choice. :(

Richard - the problem is caused by the background now being [0,0,0] black (it was previously [51,51,51] grey), and this is making the "exact same yellow" jump out very in an overly harsh contrast.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 00:44 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Mark H: Complaint...

We seem to have lost the ability to filter-out threads with images?!!

Suggestion...

We really need to have a third starting category of thread, e.g...

1. 'New Discussion'

2. 'Ask a 'Question'

3. 'Share Photo(s)'

...and most importantly, we need the ability to 'filter in/out' what we are not interested in (which in my case, is - not interested in peoples threads full of holiday/family snaps and bird photos etc!!!)

Paul - sure, but the 'branded/manufacturer' forums are primarily meant to be for 'Discussing Cameras' - and not for sharing photos purely for the sake of it.

99% of photos could just as well have been taken with any brand or type of camera - it's incredibly silly just to exhibit photos just to people that happen to be interested in one 'brand' of camera - mostly it just amounts to narrow/misguided 'fan-boy'ism.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 23:15 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Dan Ortego: The explanation of Community Moderation is unclear to me. However, I do believe that the forum needs Moderators or if they do exist, they most certainly need to do more to keep out the trash.

As to the new forum layout, it seems fine by me.

Not only do they exist, but they are now 'marked' by a [MOD] icon next to their user names in message threads!

I'm really not sure that's a good idea.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:58 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

Complaint...

Threads started by 'Ignored' users are no longer dropped to the bottom of the page - now they are now scattered all throughout the message listing - this is a bad/backward change.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:53 UTC as 352nd comment | 2 replies
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

Complaint...

We seem to have lost the ability to filter-out threads with images?!!

Suggestion...

We really need to have a third starting category of thread, e.g...

1. 'New Discussion'

2. 'Ask a 'Question'

3. 'Share Photo(s)'

...and most importantly, we need the ability to 'filter in/out' what we are not interested in (which in my case, is - not interested in peoples threads full of holiday/family snaps and bird photos etc!!!)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:50 UTC as 356th comment | 5 replies
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

Bug report...

Heavily indented 'Threaded views' now very quickly loe their indentation, and text is spilling over the right side boundary, across those all important advertisements (joke) etc.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:38 UTC as 364th comment
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

At the moment it's possible to rate one's own messages, and also to 'LIKE' one's own comments.

This really needs to be disabled, or at least made a little less easy (there are obvious ways around).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 22:31 UTC as 368th comment
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Mark H: One huge problem, completely omitted here, but that really needs to be dealt with...

The 'camera' forums are meant to be the place to go to discuss 'cameras' - but they are absolutely plagued with posts by people simply sharing their latest photos, holiday snaps, birds, etc, and people using the forums like some kind of social networking/facebook facility.

Unfortunately, the new/easier 'direct upload of images into forum posts', whilst welcome for 'camera/technical' discussions, is likely to only encourage even greater amounts of 'look at my latest snaps' type posts.

There desperately needs to be a separate/parallel set of brand based 'photo-sharing' forums - so the 'camera' forums can be rid of people's nauseating holiday snaps, pets, etc.

I'd be very interested to see how many agree with me - so please click the 'LIKE' on this message if you do.

Ed - you appear to have missed my P.S. (above) re the option 'View>Exclude... images'. It's an ineffective solution, because it also blocks all the 'camera/technical' threads that also have images.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2012 at 20:16 UTC
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Mark H: One huge problem, completely omitted here, but that really needs to be dealt with...

The 'camera' forums are meant to be the place to go to discuss 'cameras' - but they are absolutely plagued with posts by people simply sharing their latest photos, holiday snaps, birds, etc, and people using the forums like some kind of social networking/facebook facility.

Unfortunately, the new/easier 'direct upload of images into forum posts', whilst welcome for 'camera/technical' discussions, is likely to only encourage even greater amounts of 'look at my latest snaps' type posts.

There desperately needs to be a separate/parallel set of brand based 'photo-sharing' forums - so the 'camera' forums can be rid of people's nauseating holiday snaps, pets, etc.

I'd be very interested to see how many agree with me - so please click the 'LIKE' on this message if you do.

P.S. Using the current option 'View>Exclude threads with images' isn't a solution - because many legitimate camera/technical discussions have images/graphics in them, and these then get excluded along with all the photo-sharing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2012 at 17:39 UTC

One huge problem, completely omitted here, but that really needs to be dealt with...

The 'camera' forums are meant to be the place to go to discuss 'cameras' - but they are absolutely plagued with posts by people simply sharing their latest photos, holiday snaps, birds, etc, and people using the forums like some kind of social networking/facebook facility.

Unfortunately, the new/easier 'direct upload of images into forum posts', whilst welcome for 'camera/technical' discussions, is likely to only encourage even greater amounts of 'look at my latest snaps' type posts.

There desperately needs to be a separate/parallel set of brand based 'photo-sharing' forums - so the 'camera' forums can be rid of people's nauseating holiday snaps, pets, etc.

I'd be very interested to see how many agree with me - so please click the 'LIKE' on this message if you do.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2012 at 17:03 UTC as 64th comment | 5 replies
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Mark H: Ranking users by number of posts, even though just initially, is a terrible idea.

Apart from the old adage of 'quality not quantity' - some of the most prolific forum posters are quite often those who are the biggest and most objectionable nuisances on these forums, and such a ranking basis will only encourage them even more.

P.S. Of course - don't forget to 'LIKE' my comment. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2012 at 18:35 UTC

Ranking users by number of posts, even though just initially, is a terrible idea.

Apart from the old adage of 'quality not quantity' - some of the most prolific forum posters are quite often those who are the biggest and most objectionable nuisances on these forums, and such a ranking basis will only encourage them even more.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2012 at 03:16 UTC as 85th comment | 2 replies
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