Keith Cooper

Keith Cooper

Lives in United Kingdom Leicester, United Kingdom
Works as a Commercial Pro Photographer
Joined on Feb 16, 2003
About me:

Lots of photography articles and reviews on the Northlight site - see the latest at:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/photography-articles-and-reviews/

The original Canon Rumours pages are at:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/rumours-page/

My real work:
http://architecture-photos.co.uk/
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/commercial-photography/

...and as for gear lists, don't get me started -- who cares :-) :-)

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I'm having a look at one (in the UK) later next week, so if anyone has any specific questions, let me know. I'm hoping to have one here for review in a few weeks time and will post any info I get in the print forum.

BTW There's been a thread about this printer for a week or so in the print forum ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 21:25 UTC as 20th comment
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jwhig: It's either their 100th anniversary or their centenary but NOT their 100 year anniversary. Anniversary means the passing of a year so there is no cause to repeat the word.

"This sort of post really enhances the site generally "

So true ... part of DPR's charm ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 11:17 UTC
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trungtran: It seems that most complaints are coming from non Nikon and Canon full frame users.

A true professional will have no issues explaining the choice of equipment to the customer.

A 'true professional' (whatever that actually means - it's a term that few working photographers I know would ever use) is happy to deal with the client and/or their staff in the most appropriate way.

On a recent architectural shoot, the guy tasked with taking me round the site was a keen photographer and absolutely fascinated with the TS-E17 and TS-E24 tilt/shift lenses I was using. A bit of a chat about how they worked was much appreciated, and led to him going out of his way to get me access to a view I'd not thought I could get.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 11:23 UTC
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WastingTime: Definitely no one uses "Cannon", but they changed the original article, so now I don't know if bad spelling is on them or DPR.

Hence the use of [sic]

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 11:12 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)

Some good examples

The lens is pretty much the one I had to test just before it was properly announced. It renders a rectilinear projection with very little distortion. Of course that in itself may look distorted if you've people in the view, but for architectural use it's impressively good at keeping straight lines straight

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/review-laowa-12mm-f2-8-zero-d-lens/
(Sorry for slow loading - waiting for new hosting!)

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 13:54 UTC as 32nd comment
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Keith Cooper: Interesting but what about that Laowa 24mm f14 relay 2:1 macro lens?

Yes, specialised, but useful for macro where you can't get close (I do industrial macro work).

A curiosity, but one I'd like to experiment with... :-)

I'm waiting for them to get back from Germany to get some more info (I did pre-release testing for the 12/2.8 for them)

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 08:24 UTC

Interesting but what about that Laowa 24mm f14 relay 2:1 macro lens?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 19:14 UTC as 4th comment | 9 replies

What is missing here is a look at one of Canon's earlier patents this year.

This also covers such offset lenses but deals with other aspects. A dual lens system allows for offset and parallel rays

Can't post pics here, so see the diagrams at:

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/cameras/Canon_rumours.html

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 23:17 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Keith Cooper: I've still got the 12mm f/2.8 lens here for another day or so... so if anyone has any specific questions about it that I've not covered in the review, please do ask? There is a thread for this on the 3rd party lens forum, which has some images and links to the detailed review.

Check the star photo images (and 100% crops) in the review - I didn't check this when I reviewed the Samyang a few years ago

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 22:43 UTC

I've still got the 12mm f/2.8 lens here for another day or so... so if anyone has any specific questions about it that I've not covered in the review, please do ask? There is a thread for this on the 3rd party lens forum, which has some images and links to the detailed review.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 19:56 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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WillWeaverRVA: I've seen a fair number of samples shot with this lens (mostly in the review) and I have to say it's pretty impressive for what it is. The only thing it struggles with, though, is that it has a major coma problem and just isn't going to work for astrophotography. Other than that, though, this looks like a solid product with good value for the money.

The tradeoff (coma vs straight lines) is a worthwhile one for me as an architectural photographer, but I can appreciate the issue for astro work.

Hopefully some of the examples in the review (see the 3rd party lens forum) show how it performs.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
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Mister Joseph: Too bad it's just a Kickstarter

The 12mm f/2.8 lens I have sitting on the desk beside me would say differently ;-)
Admittedly not on the market yet and an interesting way of getting it to market

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 19:43 UTC
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Roman_93: Too much use of NIK Looks was already a pest when it was not free. Instant Art for everyone, so all will look similar.

I would have prefered if they would have kept it expensive but were busy making it progress.

Too much use of any tool without original thought can lead to that...

A larger concern for me is the stultifying effect that dumping it for free on the market has on other small developers. Sure, it may well spur development in the long run, but such companies need cashflow...

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 00:31 UTC

With a lot of people new to the software I hope this info is of help. I still use them regularly, with Sharpener Pro being a frequent part of my print workflow from small snaps to 3 metre prints. I've written up details of how I use many of the plugins.

Hope it helps?

Silver Efex Pro
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/silver_efex_2.html

Sharpener
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/sharpening_nik3.html

Viveza
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/viveza-2.html

Color Efex filters
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/color-efex-pro4.html

Noise
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/dfine_2.html

HDR
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/hdr-efex-pro2.html

Other uses

SFX and halos
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/photo-tips/sfx-halo.html

SFX with dull colour images
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/tutorial_pages/sfx-colour.html

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 09:13 UTC as 112th comment | 8 replies
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Average User: Interesting. If DPR is going to be reporting on machines like this, how about an article telling us all about the printer options that are available, where you get the paper and ink refills and what they cost, observed quality differences, etc. Tell us about the ink systems? Are they waterproof? Are the inks and papers acid free for longevity? Strategies for getting the editing right without doing 20 test prints, etc.
Article headline: "Large format printers: should you have one, and what do they cost?"
With cameras now being so good, I can see a whole new market for photographers, helping small businesses, churches and other voluntary organizations with marketing... Really good prints of local landmarks everywhere, etc.
So cool. Thanks for the heads up.

Might be of some interest given your question?
"So, you want a large format printer"
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/stuff2/?p=2533

Some of the questions I think you need to ask (and answer) based on having owned a number of them over the years for photographic use.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 23:54 UTC

Looking forward to getting one for a detailed review in a few months :-)

I've got an Epson P7000 here to look at at the moment and have an older iPF8300 for printing -

For people new to large printing, check out the print forum here, where such printers are discussed (along with more affordable options!)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 23:50 UTC as 8th comment
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Keith Cooper: Interesting software -no reviews for a week. First impressions are that they have put a lot of effort into making it good for producing images using HDR techniques, that don't yell HDR at you

I use HDR in some of my architectural work, where I don't want to show it isn't a straight photo. Aurora works well, but I can't say much more for the time being ;-)

Promoting it with the Trey name is a double edged sword - it's not something that attracts me to software. Hopefully, examples of 'normal' use will show that it also works well without turning the dials up to 11

The various settings, coupled with masking and layers give a powerful tool for those not drawn to the tawdry side of the force

If you have embraced the gaudy, then it offers more than enough range to re-unite people with their lunch ;-)

It won't replace LR or PS - I'd still export images to PS for more work and print preparation

LR hasn't a place in my workflow, but I'd still want to import images from Aurora for print

Review is posted ;-) See the retouching forum here for links and discussion

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 11:30 UTC
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Frans vw: I tired the Creative Kit software they advertise on their webiste with some raw files from my Canon 5DS but got weird error messages or messages stating "|file to large, resized to 40Mp".

So, this software is not for me.

I found this with snapheal but not with other plugins (I used 5Ds files with Aurora)
In fact I said I couldn't do a review of snapheal until it was fixed - they said it would be soon, so I need to give them a prod again, since some tests with my old 1Ds3 looked interesting

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 11:28 UTC

Interesting software -no reviews for a week. First impressions are that they have put a lot of effort into making it good for producing images using HDR techniques, that don't yell HDR at you

I use HDR in some of my architectural work, where I don't want to show it isn't a straight photo. Aurora works well, but I can't say much more for the time being ;-)

Promoting it with the Trey name is a double edged sword - it's not something that attracts me to software. Hopefully, examples of 'normal' use will show that it also works well without turning the dials up to 11

The various settings, coupled with masking and layers give a powerful tool for those not drawn to the tawdry side of the force

If you have embraced the gaudy, then it offers more than enough range to re-unite people with their lunch ;-)

It won't replace LR or PS - I'd still export images to PS for more work and print preparation

LR hasn't a place in my workflow, but I'd still want to import images from Aurora for print

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 12:28 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
On article Samsung introduces PM1633a, world's first 2.5" 16TB SSD (121 comments in total)
In reply to:

Donald Klopper: Easily... enough space... lifetime... casual photographer...

Really?

The calcs to see whether it's true are interesting though. 16TB is a LOT.

BUT with this kind of space I'll always shoot RAW + Jpeg + bracketing in burst. And lots of video. In 4k. You'll fill up anything that way. Then you need to back it up...

Total waste of time? - utter nonsense IMHO

Recently pulled out a RAW from 2005 and the improvements in RAW processing since then made it a viable choice for a stock request.

Seems that views on the subject vary ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
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