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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Nukunukoo: That's great. Ambient light has been quite a challenge for us home office users. My only wish is that, while quite extensive, they can simplify their software (more like organising) to make it easier to use. Having easy to access custom profiles would be a plus! =)

Yes but having your monitor change automatically is the wrong answer to the problem IMHO

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 14:55 UTC
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TheWhiteDog: Still using the Spyder 4 Elite, it still works great. Hopefully this new one can use USB 3.0 ports, mine needs 2.0 and that is a pain as my monitor ports are all 3.0 and the only 2.0 ports on the computer are on the back and one has to unplug the "Spyder" when they update- which is why I have yet to install the latest update for the Spyder 4 Elite. Other than that, it works fine.

Thanks - in which case I can confirm that the Spyder 4 works on the USB3 port of the SW320.

The BenQ software works with S4 and S5 sensors, along with i1Display Pro, i1 Display 2, i1Pro and i1 Pro 2 - all plugged into the side USB3 port

Whilst I've not used the S4 software for calibration for some time, both my S4Express and S4Elite sensors work fine plugged into the SW320 USB ports (connected to a OS X 10.11 Mac)

Obviously there may be combinations of ports that don't work, but I've seen no compatibility issues.

From past testing I have Spyder, Spyder2 and Spyder3 sensors sitting in a drawer, but have only checked the current stuff!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 22:33 UTC
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CrazyCanuk: I have the Spyder5Elite and it uses USB 3.0 just fine. Strange that DPReview is just now reporting on Datacolor's software upgrade... its been out since November 2016. Talk about being behind the times... ;)

Not quite - there seems to have been a new press release sent out - it slightly confused me this morning :-)

I checked this out to see that it was actually the same products I included in reviews a while ago, and it was

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 21:57 UTC
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BobT3218: Great 'casue my room lighting changes all the time. How does the monitor know the lighting has changed? Does the Spyder have to be attached all the time?

It's also a feature that I'd turn off ;-)

I first encountered such a 'change my monitor for me when a cloud goes in front of the sun' feature back with the original Pantone huey.

Not a feature I'd personally care to activate on a system I was relying on - YMMV

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 21:55 UTC
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TheWhiteDog: Still using the Spyder 4 Elite, it still works great. Hopefully this new one can use USB 3.0 ports, mine needs 2.0 and that is a pain as my monitor ports are all 3.0 and the only 2.0 ports on the computer are on the back and one has to unplug the "Spyder" when they update- which is why I have yet to install the latest update for the Spyder 4 Elite. Other than that, it works fine.

I recently looked at the S5Pro+ and S5Elite+ packages when updating my reviews (I've looked at/reviewed almost every version over the years)

I plugged a Spyder5 into the USB3 port on the side of the BenQ SW320 I've recently been testing and it worked just fine with the BenQ software and the Spyder5 software

I also tested the S5 (pro and elite) on my MacBook Pro - firmly from USB 2 only days.

It's interesting to see the Datacolor comments wrt ports - doesn't seem to apply on the ones I was testing (all Mac systems)

I'm disinclined to directly call Datacolor wrong, but obviously all the machines at my home didn't get the memo ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 21:49 UTC

TS-E17 F4L

A lens that rewards lots of use, so movements almost become as much a natural part of using it as focus.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 12:05 UTC as 125th comment
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Moon0326: Where are night shots???

I suspect time with the new lens was somewhat limited?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:38 UTC

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 (124 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 7th 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
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