Paul JM

Lives in Australia Australia
Joined on Feb 19, 2004

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On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best consumer drones (34 comments in total)
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maljo@inreach.com: Just say no...
I don’t like these things buzzing overhead.
Several pros have crashed them n wilderness areas leaving plastic and lithium batteries behind.
The images are a gimmick that soon grows old.

“I don’t like these things buzzing overhead.”

And therein lies the problem
No one cares what you think

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)
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biggercountry: I have no doubt I'll be made fun of for this, but if it's true that Erez has received "a ton of hate-mail" regarding his proximity to the national park and the possibility of violating the drone ban, it actually kind of restores my faith in humanity, in a twisted way.

Yes, it's true that part of that public response is motivated by pettiness, for whatever reason; but it also shows an awareness and passion for protecting these special public lands from the small, inconsiderate minority who are more concerned about increasing their social media presence in whatever way they think they can get away with.

As has been made abundantly clear here, Erez isn't in that minority. So please - to my perhaps-well-meaning-but-misguided armchair activist friends - let him be and enjoy the pictures.

The hate mail restores your faith in humanity

Run that one by me again ?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 11:45 UTC
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)
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Mikity: As a resident of the Big Island, who is tired of all the dare-devil idiots coming to the volcano and making the situation more dangerous for everyone, I'm really grateful you stayed away from the National Park area. Which I'm sure you totally did (nudge nudge, wink wink).

My god Mikity, you are right. Doubtless he came close to killing all of them.
Let me ask you this, if a large crowd gather near to an erupting volcano, if you plot their level of risk, where do you think the tine drone ranks in relation to the other risks associated with standing next to a river of boiling lava ?
All that the article confirms for me is the gross overreaction to an isolated drone pilot.
No wonder they tasered the 'dare devil idiot'. I wonder how many of the crowd were carrying firearms but were allowed to go along with their business ?

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 11:31 UTC
On article Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to melt a drone (93 comments in total)
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Mikity: As a resident of the Big Island, who is tired of all the dare-devil idiots coming to the volcano and making the situation more dangerous for everyone, I'm really grateful you stayed away from the National Park area. Which I'm sure you totally did (nudge nudge, wink wink).

We dont have volcanoes in Australia, so I am interested. How does someone flying a drone become a 'dare devil idiot' and how does this make 'the situation (???) more dangerous' ?
Why the negative attitude ?
The footage is extraordinarily spectacular, and I greatly enjoyed seeing it. If you cant see the value in this, then what on earth you are doing contributing to a photography forum ?

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 02:51 UTC
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Magnar W: For twice the resolution you need to move from 50 Mp to 200 Mp, since resolution is bound to with and height.

I think we all understand the concept but thanks anyway for trying to look clever

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 00:09 UTC
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Swerky: Maybe I’m missing something. Not quite sure I’m seeing the usefulness of this lens. 135mm manual focus lens won’t do with nature photography.
Portraits? 85mm is enough and all manufacturers offer that focal length with fast lenses at 1.2 and 1.4 apertures with autofocus for much less money. So...

You are missing something : the fact that not everyone agrees with your choice of focal length. I love shooting portraits with the Fuji XF90 f2. 135 FF equiv is a great focal length to use, even more subject isolation than 85mm in a reasonable sized package.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 21:50 UTC
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princecody: Leica buyers are more brainwashed than iPhone X buyers ☺️

the problem princecooty is that no one cares if YOU can justify the price. They either sell cameras or they dont. And they have been selling cameras of the highest quality for a very long time

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 10:45 UTC
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princecody: Leica buyers are more brainwashed than iPhone X buyers ☺️

Well, it depends. I think you are being harsh. They market themselves as a premium brand, and charge accordingly. I own two watches. One is an exclusive Swiss chronograph that tells the time, looses several seconds per week but look great and I paid a fortune for it. I wear it when I feel like wearing it. I also own a Garmin Fenix which cost about 1/10th as much, but contains GPS, links to my bike, has wireless, bluetooth etc etc. That does not mean that the Swiss watch is a rip off, or that I regret buying it. It has aesthetic appeal that the Garmin certainly does not. Does that mean that I am brainwashed ? Nope, not really, I just like the watch. If you dont find the Leica concept appealing, then dont buy it, but bleating on here about how the owners are fools is absurd. They have built top quality cameras for decades, and produced outstanding results. One day, I may buy one myself.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 00:08 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (622 comments in total)
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Nicolas Alexander Otto: Weathersealing is missing. Otherwise I would really consider finally switching.

Magnate I am pleased that your experience with Sony being robust is better than mine. My a7r lasted about two days in the central Australian desert.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 20:24 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (622 comments in total)
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mpb002: While the body is smaller than conventional FF DSLRs, by the look of thise photos, the advantage of the smaller camera body is rather mute when a big lens is attached as shown here. Sorry Sony, I will stick with my 5DIV. I dont think the ergonomics can be beat. It fits my hand like a glove. But I do understand why others may prefer the smaller size of the Sony when fitted with small prime lenses.

Penthaust how many times are you going to make the same stupid post ?

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 20:18 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses (122 comments in total)
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String: What was it Fuji users were saying about the Olympus 45 f1.2... oh yeah, its was too big and far far too expensive. Pot, meet kettle :)

Well, you seem to be forgetting that one is a M43 system and the other has a much larger sensor. Inevitably the lenses will be bigger on the Fuji than Olympus. Still, I had no hesitation in offloading my Olympus M43 gear and replacing it with an X Pro2.
Any photographer will need to decide which sensor size (and associated kit) fits their needs. If you really want to go small, pick up a pocket camera. Personally, I have settled on FF Canon for fine work, sports etc, and Fuji for walk around. You pick what you want. For me, I hated M43

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 01:07 UTC
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princecody: DXO who?

Then clearly if you think they are a joke, then it was not sarcasm.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 02:40 UTC
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princecody: DXO who?

He says on DPR.....

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 21:20 UTC

Anyone aware of the timeline to release date for the firmware update that will allow 4K video on the xpro2.?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 23:45 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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String: Well I look at it as it's far far more affordable for the "average Joe" to pay $10/month for LR/PS than it ever was to buy the stand alone versions of both products and then pay for upgrades every year. One of the main reasons Adobe went to a subscription model was due to PS being one of the most pirated pieces of software ever made. And it worked, Adobes profits are higher than they ever have been.

People in these forums complain about paying $10/month for software yet have no issue with dropping thousands of dollars annually for each iteration of new body that comes out

But string, you may feel it is a bargain if you didn't buy the product in the first place. Many of us did. If I bought my house, owned it for years, and was then told that I have to start paying rental to continue living there, having spent years investing effort and time into that home, I would not be so pleased at all

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 06:31 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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russbarnes: The comments below so far about subscription models are hilarious. Everyone pays for gas and electricity this way. They pay for TV, broadband and services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. But as soon as it comes to software it's somehow a concept and commodity that is OUTRAGEOUS, DISGUSTING and DISGRACEFUL and Adobe are greedy pirates?

Grow up and join the 21st Century. This is the model for everything around you now. Adobe provide by far and away the best product on the market. If you want to use sub-standard alternatives then that's your choice, but don't complain about it. I guarantee 50%+ users below will be subscribing with Adobe within 12 months.

Russbarnes you are completely wrong. This is fundamentally different to the standard utilities model. This software was purchased with ownership. Individuals and companies have invested massive amounts of time and effort into developing infrastructure within that arrangement and it has now been pulled from under them. It is akin to purchasing a house, renovating it, and now being told that you no longer own the house but are entitled to stay there provide you pay rent indefinitely, with no assurance of tenure.
If you think this is like buying power utilities you are a person of limited imagination

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)

One of the most nicely written pieces on DPR ever, and I agree with every word. I have held off looking at Capture one and other alternatives, as i am now so heavily invested in LR, but I think now may be the time to jump. More than anything I am interested in the stability and longevity of my archive. I have more than 300,000 images stored in one major LR database, including scanned film files etc, all keyword coded and face recognition'd. The idea of no longer 'owning' the software the runs this database, and the 1000's of hours invested over many years in creating this archive is horrifying.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:24 UTC as 545th comment | 1 reply
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108: Which makes me wonder which ff body, apart from the sony mirrorless series, would be best for mf with this lens, viewfinder and live view ? Experienced ff users , any idea ?

manual focus on 5dsr I dont use the viewfinder. I tripod mount and use the kinotechnik loupe with live view. Works well for me, nice piece of kit, easy to mount and remove and has optical correction lenses available as well

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:46 UTC
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Sarge_: Overpriced by 50%, but it is low volume, and I'll probably still buy it if it tests significantly better than the x5s...

Overpriced by 50% ? I would be interested to hear your thoughts on which competitive product you are using for your price benchmark.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 23:23 UTC
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scoobysnapstories: well the movie industry will be happy, not regular consumers. aiming for the rich folks aye?

Oh, OK scooby. So my purchasing practices define who are 'rich folks' do they ?

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 12:27 UTC
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