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First used Pentax Spotmatics at Watford Art College in the late sixties when Raymond Moore ran the photography department at Hempstead Road. Eventually purchased my own after using cheaper SLRs like the Zenit B and Praktica. I still have it today and use some of the smaller Takumar lenses on my A7R2

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2020 at 16:36 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies

I wonder how some of these cameras that used plastics are faring now? Got out my old Minolta 9xi the other day and found that parts of the body had degraded and become sticky.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:45 UTC as 32nd comment

Although admittedly larger and more expensive Samsung has its 'The Frame' series of no gap wall mount TVs connected by just one very discrete optical cable

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:22 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (209 comments in total)

If apple has lost interest in the pro market, perhaps time to license clones again? I was pretty happy with my Power Computing tower back in the day.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 14:54 UTC as 6th comment
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (209 comments in total)
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mdt1: I think simple is almost always better. Design a box, offer a few configurations, a few price points, and let the ‘pro’ decide what is best for their work.

Each ‘box’ needs to be upgradeable. Hard drives, hard drive space, video cards, ram, etc. A ‘pro’ needs flexibility. The extremely expensive iMac pro will never be part of my workflow. I’m a graphic designer and photographer. Don't need an imac pro.

Need to be able to grow my computer with needs down the road.

Prefer, by far, to buy my own monitor. I like mat nec monitors. I like eizo monitors. The glossy monitors apple insists we use are fine if you’re looking for punchy color and high contrast. Not my thing.

And holy cow, the iMac pro starts at a whopping 5,499 euros.

Give me a basic ‘box’ with good but minimal power, processors, ram, etc. for 1899 euros. Let me build my pro work station for my pro workflow needs from there. That tech crunch interview, pro workflow, a first stab with the imac pro, already i have my doubts.

Totally agree, especially on monitors, my 27" Dell U2711 has had a far longer life span than any previous Apple display I've owned and still looks good. I looked elsewhere when glossy became the only choice.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 14:40 UTC

Why frame it like that? More sky and less boring foreground

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 10:54 UTC as 4th comment
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brycesteiner: Do you have a link to the full image?
Scanning something that high res may not matter in print if there is no detail to grab.

A good drum scanner has a very high D-max. I remember being very impressed when art directing doing a studio shoot with 5x4 film and Crossfield drum scanner, could go into the shadows and only find detail and no noise. A bit of a palaver though having to oil up the film and mount on drum.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 18:13 UTC

I know over London you can only use a twin engine helicopter as once did a photo shoot with Jason Hawkes over docklands and Thames, surprised not the same over New York

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 10:31 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

The picture makes it look more compact than the manual focus version?

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 10:03 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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jeep: Yep giving away vision, time, energy, investment in equipment for free seems like a great business model, wonder why someone didn't think of it sooner.

Survival of the fittest, I've always been paid for my creative work

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 18:04 UTC

Yep giving away vision, time, energy, investment in equipment for free seems like a great business model, wonder why someone didn't think of it sooner.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 11:40 UTC as 89th comment | 4 replies

If it is good optically then a nice addition, travelling with the 10-18 OSS and the 18-135 OSS would be a versatile 2 lens solution

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 10:06 UTC as 72nd comment

Apple needs to spend more time thinking about it's original user base, or lose it, think of function and not just aesthetics. It can't rely on iPhone sales for ever. Of course it is perfectly possible to build your own hackintosh if you need a versatile, upgradable desktop Mac without paying the silly prices

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 09:47 UTC as 167th comment | 1 reply

I have the Sony FE 35 2.8 lens, now if Samyang had made a nice compact and affordable 20 or 24 mm 2.8 lens AF lens I might be a bit more interested.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 09:14 UTC as 30th comment | 12 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2163 comments in total)
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chris boettcher: I have to say that in terms of IQ, the A6300 is not a big step up from the NEX-7 body. I bought the A6300 and used it for about a week, shooting a variety of subjects side by side with my NEX 7s, using the same lenses on both cameras. I really wanted to like the new model, but besides the menus being much more accessible and rational, and the quicker autofocus, I thought the ergonomics had actually taken a step backwards. It feels more like a brick than the NEX7 and has a less secure handgrip profile. It just doesn't feel right to me. In terms of APSC IQ nothing is as good as the Sony APSC sensor and their image processing engine. I tried out the Oly EM1, the Pen-F, the Lumix GX8 and the GX7. There is a lot to like in those cameras: In body stabilization, good ergonomic design of the dials and buttons, nice prime lenses too, but the bottom line is that their image quality is not as good as the Sony's either the NEX7 or the A6000-A6300.

I rather agree with this post. I really liked my NEX-7 and got some great images with it. No doubt the a6300 has many benefits and I will keep it, but it is brick like compared to the more elegant and pleasing design of the NEX-7

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 13:08 UTC
On article Polaroid sold to new owner (94 comments in total)

A rather devalued company now. I was an art director from the eighties to nineties and Polaroid was used by every professional photographers studio to check composition and lighting, those 10"x8" polaroid backs on Sinar or similar view cameras were amazing also. I've kept the beautifully produced Polaroid professional magazines that I was sent when working for O&M, full of wonderful images taken by top professionals using Polaroid materials.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 11:25 UTC as 13th comment

And a dedicated stills DSLR camera also, not sure why I need to pay for video technology in modern cameras when it has no interest for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 13:08 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
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elsen029: Suits them well!

but... ' Both were sentenced to 7 days in jail, fined $2,000 and ordered to perform community service for Yellowstone Forever.'

Forever? Life long community service?

Got off lightly when you hear of what has happened to some people after straying off of the board walks in thermal areas, pot roast comes to mind.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 11:22 UTC

I suppose like most tools it is how you use them that counts, but my fundamental criticism is that I don't find the masking that good on complex objects like trees. NIK were clever at masking for local adjustment, a pity they never developed an intuitive stand alone masking tool.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 09:15 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

Sad news. Luminous Landscape used to be a must visit for over sixteen years. Loved Michael's approach to reviews and his articles, as they were always so well written, engaging and with good humour. He will be missed.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 09:06 UTC as 67th comment
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