PhotoKhan

Lives in Portugal Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Airline pilot
Joined on Mar 22, 2003
About me:

A good photograph shows what you saw.
A superior ones conveys what you felt.

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I can see what the concerns might be, yes...

It is a pity though because this must be one of the most important tools ever developed for traveling.

I can't express enough how this Google tool helped us on the other side of the globe, in Japan, a country where English is not very common and the cultural idiosyncrasies take a bit to get used to (...things like the door numbering in a block, for instance...).

I will be forever in awe over how we went to a Okonomiyaki place in Tokyo with very good reviews, buried deep in the streets mesh of Harajuku area and were able to do so directly, as if we had lived there forever, courtesy of just a previous "sortie" made with Street View.

If these security concerns spread we will be loosing a great tool and the fanatics, once more, step up another notch curtailing our freedom.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 12:14 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (503 comments in total)
In reply to:

Richard Franiec: I'm still thinking if the old approach not to review the flagships from Nikon and Canon was not the right approach?
Who actually benefits from such reviews? Pro photographers and the handful of enthusiasts who actually don't care about the findings?
The resources spent on reviewing these complex cameras could be spent better by directing the attention to the mainstream gear.
A few people who ask for such review will likely never buy the equipment. On the other hand, it is commendable that DPReview takes all the wishes regarding gear review so seriously that they will review any gear there is to avoid the criticism of the readership, no matter how small it can be.

(cont.)

"I'm still thinking if the old approach not to review the flagships from BMW and Mercedes was not the right approach?

Who actually benefits from such reviews? Some rich people and the handful of enthusiasts who actually might care about the findings?

The resources spent on reviewing these complex machines could be spent better by directing the attention to mainstream cars.

A few people who ask for such review will likely never buy those models.

On the other hand, it is commendable that DPReview takes all the wishes regarding cars review so seriously that they will review any car there is to avoid the criticism of the readership, no matter how small it can be."

See how strange it sounds?

All the best.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 11:24 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (503 comments in total)
In reply to:

Richard Franiec: I'm still thinking if the old approach not to review the flagships from Nikon and Canon was not the right approach?
Who actually benefits from such reviews? Pro photographers and the handful of enthusiasts who actually don't care about the findings?
The resources spent on reviewing these complex cameras could be spent better by directing the attention to the mainstream gear.
A few people who ask for such review will likely never buy the equipment. On the other hand, it is commendable that DPReview takes all the wishes regarding gear review so seriously that they will review any gear there is to avoid the criticism of the readership, no matter how small it can be.

Richard,

A site dedicated to any consumer items should be so engaged in those products as to be willing to review any offer in any segment.

If the writers and editorial staff really love photography, there's no way they won't be excited to test and review the top offers from any brand.

This has been my case in the past, when they failed to do so.

So that you understand my POV, I took the liberty of slightly changing your own commentary for illustration purposes:

(cont.)

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 11:24 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Novoflex clearly has failed to read the Leica crowd.
They could very well be asking $999 for it....better still, they could have gone with an agreement with Leica over it, slapped a red dot and ask $1,599 for the darn thing.

Well, black and white DO exist...With a lot of shades in-between.

Then, there's color, with its wonderfully, almost infinite pallets.

Like it or not, there's a significant number of Leica owners that own them for status, for the sheer price of the brand's products. If the exact same gear was available for 1/4 of the price (...which, in many cases, would still make them bad price/performance proposals...), they wouldn't touch them with a 10-yards pole.

If I told you a surreal experience I once had, first-hand, with one of those users, you would be hard-pressed believing it happened.

No, they do exist...and in large numbers.

In that wide chromatic and tonal spread , let's just call them "gray"... ;)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 10:58 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (220 comments in total)

As a supplement to this excellent article, I would like to point out that, for Android users, DSLRController allows for programming and execution of focus stack sequences.

Even if you don't know a word of German you can see how here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXM5Rdlsf5s

Link | Posted on May 29, 2016 at 23:54 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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PhotoKhan: Novoflex clearly has failed to read the Leica crowd.
They could very well be asking $999 for it....better still, they could have gone with an agreement with Leica over it, slapped a red dot and ask $1,599 for the darn thing.

Again, excellent for you.

As for reading your blog, given the input here, I think I'll pass thank you.

I don't like B&W that much, specially as an argumentative stance.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 14:48 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Novoflex clearly has failed to read the Leica crowd.
They could very well be asking $999 for it....better still, they could have gone with an agreement with Leica over it, slapped a red dot and ask $1,599 for the darn thing.

Good for you...

Just a piece of advice, in a "public announcement" spirit: Being a "fan" of a brand, any brand, might be detrimental to Photography, as a creative medium.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 11:50 UTC
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John _ Finn: Oh dear. Imagine the social disgrace when one is found to have fitted one of these ... adapters (ugh!) ... to one's Leica. One emerges from one's Bentley (Rolls Royces are strictly for the noveau riche) with the red-dot body around one's neck and then ... the gasps around the yacht club as the whisper spreads: "Peregrine can't afford a Leica lens ... he is using an adapter to fit a Canon! Haw, haw, haw". Really, it's enough to make one gag on one's Dom Perignon, it's such a ghastly prospect, darling. What *were* Novoflex thinking?

Since Leica doesn't make any optics with current technology longer than 280mm, I fear that temptation will just be too much and a flourishing market starts for black silk, golden-stitched, red-dot marked lenses covers.

This, in turn, will start a new urban social street game: "Uncover That Douch" :)

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 11:48 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: One would not be wise to put such hideous cheap thing on their Leica. Just look how many letters it has inscribed on it. Is this the surgeon general's warning of impeding health hazards when using adapters?..and this price of barely 500 Euro sort of tells that the materials used are likely carcinogenic and way below Leica manufacturing standards. It should have been priced and manufactured to the standards of SL i.e. cost around 5000 Euro and be made of high quality precious metals. I also wonder which Canon lenses are built to such standard to deserve place on your Leica SL body?

Either this is ironic and extremely funny or it is serious and extremely repugnant.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 11:42 UTC

Novoflex clearly has failed to read the Leica crowd.
They could very well be asking $999 for it....better still, they could have gone with an agreement with Leica over it, slapped a red dot and ask $1,599 for the darn thing.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 17th comment | 9 replies
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)

Sometime ago, there was this incredible piece by Wenmei Hill and Claire Bangser visiting historic spots along the "Blues Trail", field-testing the Olympus PEN-F.

Then, there was a an human-spirit-filled, nature-packed appraisal of the T6i in Alaska, courtesy of Kiliii Fish.

Now, there's this extremely engaging piece by Barney, with the 80D.

I really hope DPR is specializing in these because, while giving us a very good idea how the kits work, they really put the gear in perspective, in what it should all be about: Tools to better allow us to look and interact with this wonderful world of ours.

Thank you and congratulations on a most excellent piece.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 20:35 UTC as 113th comment

Yes, McDonald's also has its place.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 18:21 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On article Day at the track: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II samples (77 comments in total)

Very good set of a difficult action subject.

We do get a feeling how the camera performs but it is obvious the light was not the best to work with.

At this offer level, it has probably come to a point where third party appraisals are not enough and one actually has to use the equipment to see how much an improvement it might be from the previous interaction.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 08:59 UTC as 25th comment
On article Day at the track: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II samples (77 comments in total)
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andrewsf: I'll probably cop some flak for this but I'm quite unimpressed with these. I shoot motocross quite a bit with a 7D and yeah, it's hard to photograph well, but these are not that great.

This does make me feel better about my 7D though, which I generally don't care for. Seems it's not as awful as I thought :P

I won't give you any flak for the comment.
I will ask you to provide a link for your work, though.
These are very good photos by Dan and I would like to see how yours are better.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 08:55 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Here we go again, visiting DPR's "Canon Editorials Rule Book."

In a 2-paragraph piece Allison still found the space to slip-in the "meh!" comment.

The EF-M 28mm isn't the fifth lens for the "M" line, no...It is JUST the fifth lens for the EOS M system.

Well, at least Allison corrected the number of lenses in the system after I contacted her ;)

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 17:40 UTC
In reply to:

PhotoKhan: Here we go again, visiting DPR's "Canon Editorials Rule Book."

In a 2-paragraph piece Allison still found the space to slip-in the "meh!" comment.

The EF-M 28mm isn't the fifth lens for the "M" line, no...It is JUST the fifth lens for the EOS M system.

The thing is, write it is already a unpleasant chore, let alone revise it or read what readers have to say.

I have this feeling that reviewing "M" products must be last draw to "who takes the garbage out today", down at DPR ;)

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 20:54 UTC
In reply to:

Richard Franiec: Any M-mount lens release is an indication that the EOS-M line is still alive and kicking. The built in ring light is a very clever if not revolutionary feature.
Bravo Canon!

No, no...Haven't you heard?...It's all "meh!"

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 20:50 UTC
In reply to:

PhotoKhan: Here we go again, visiting DPR's "Canon Editorials Rule Book."

In a 2-paragraph piece Allison still found the space to slip-in the "meh!" comment.

The EF-M 28mm isn't the fifth lens for the "M" line, no...It is JUST the fifth lens for the EOS M system.

To no one particular poster:

I have but the deepest consideration for the efforts, professionalism and competence of DPR editorial staff.

Their current "meh!" editorial attitude towards Canon products is surely not intentional.

Nevertheless, the FACT still remains that it IS there.

Just in the last 15 days:

1. Canon 80D review, by Dan Bracaglia, title "The Canon that can", albeit cute, implies that other models can't.

2. Canon 1DXII studio test by Richard Butler and Rishi Sanyal, title "Canon catching up?", a general demeaning titling question, without specifying the only field Canon has been claimed to lack behind, i.e. DR.

2. This piece of news about a new EF-M lenses, that is "just" the fifth in the M line-up, while actually being the 6th.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 15:17 UTC
In reply to:

PhotoKhan: Here we go again, visiting DPR's "Canon Editorials Rule Book."

In a 2-paragraph piece Allison still found the space to slip-in the "meh!" comment.

The EF-M 28mm isn't the fifth lens for the "M" line, no...It is JUST the fifth lens for the EOS M system.

That's the level of disdain they have for this subsystem: They don't even know how many lenses there are...

Couple this with the insistence in considering it just "another" mirrorless system when Canon, themselves, have already told them what it actually is (another, expanding piece of the EOS system, as the denomination also implies) and the picture is pretty clear:

"All things from Canon are "meh!". Come and see how hip and cool things are everywhere else.".

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 11:02 UTC

Here we go again, visiting DPR's "Canon Editorials Rule Book."

In a 2-paragraph piece Allison still found the space to slip-in the "meh!" comment.

The EF-M 28mm isn't the fifth lens for the "M" line, no...It is JUST the fifth lens for the EOS M system.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 09:03 UTC as 61st comment | 15 replies
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