Scott Birch

Joined on Sep 20, 2012

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Ansel Spear: Whilst I'm a Keith Loutit fanboy, many TL sequences, this amongst them. are completely lacking any narrative.

Whilst an extremely competent piece, this is little more than moving eye candy with a ghastly soundtrack.

People can generate their own narratives from what they see. This applies as much to this timelapse video as it does to real life. It's beautiful. I have enough narrative in my own life not to be thirsty for one in every single thing I see.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 05:10 UTC
On article Apple Photos gets smarter in iOS 10, macOS 'Sierra' (61 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: For 'smart' read 'creepy'. It's not Apple's business who's who or where. Puke.

And the 'who'?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 02:09 UTC
On article Apple Photos gets smarter in iOS 10, macOS 'Sierra' (61 comments in total)

For 'smart' read 'creepy'. It's not Apple's business who's who or where. Puke.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 01:10 UTC as 11th comment | 6 replies
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (258 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: I'm going to leave this here for all those who believe sharpness (resolution? accutance?) is the most important thing about lenses -

"Our young men should spend more time considering the composition and merit of their images, and less time with magnifying glasses counting how many bricks and shingles they can resolve." - from a Paris newspaper article on Daguerrotype photography, from 1841.

So we shouldn't discuss lens sharpness if we want to be good photographers? Gosh. I guess Leica and Zeiss did it all for nothing all those years.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (492 comments in total)
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gbdz: The best thing to put under the tree would probably have been an iPad Air.
Never mind the sensor size or the zoom, the camera can only perform as well as its user can make it. People make fantastic pictures and videos with their smart devices. What's best, they are able to bor...share! With an iPad you do not have to transfer you pictures form a memory card to the device, they are there already. You can watch them, mail them, put them on FB and Instagram and have a backup on the cloud.

Do mothers want megapixels and superzooms? Really?
It is kind of like when a dog invited a stork for dinner and offered him bones...you want to give something YOU like which might not at all correspond to the needs of the other.

To me the 'compact' is my iPhone. With the '645' app I get all the buttons I could dream of. The pictures are good enough for social media. If I want close ups of birds or animals with big teeth, I take my 150-600 Tamron. I also buy post cards...

"Whatever ..?" Well answering you was clearly a waste of time.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 23:04 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (492 comments in total)
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gbdz: The best thing to put under the tree would probably have been an iPad Air.
Never mind the sensor size or the zoom, the camera can only perform as well as its user can make it. People make fantastic pictures and videos with their smart devices. What's best, they are able to bor...share! With an iPad you do not have to transfer you pictures form a memory card to the device, they are there already. You can watch them, mail them, put them on FB and Instagram and have a backup on the cloud.

Do mothers want megapixels and superzooms? Really?
It is kind of like when a dog invited a stork for dinner and offered him bones...you want to give something YOU like which might not at all correspond to the needs of the other.

To me the 'compact' is my iPhone. With the '645' app I get all the buttons I could dream of. The pictures are good enough for social media. If I want close ups of birds or animals with big teeth, I take my 150-600 Tamron. I also buy post cards...

Agreed, Prairie Rim. This assumption that Mom knows nothing about taking photographs is irritating.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 08:57 UTC
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Narretz: Definitely worth an article, yes. Please also publish articles for each new Leica limited edition. Should you get you all these clicks you need.

"Seems to me that a site devoted to photography and camera gear would be the perfect place to report on a limited edition of a camera."

EXCUSE ME. I'd like to report somebody being sensible in the comments section.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 16:07 UTC

How many #richkidsofinstagram orders do they need to make this video worthwhile?

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 05:05 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR (550 comments in total)

Looking forward to the low-light examples.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 21:21 UTC as 95th comment
On article Field Test: Brad Puet and the Fujifilm X-T10 (120 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: In many messages, people are reminiscing film times. Fuji films were excellent, but their time is over now. 'Film simulation modes' may be interesting for those who remember the film photography in general. Those modes don't have any meaning in today's and future cameras (or at least the names of modes ought to be changed to be relevant for younger photographers, too).

The youngest photographers will see what they do and they will understand the names if they are interested to do so. What names do you suggest they change them to? Are you suggesting that the marketing and creating experts employed by Fuji didn't know what they were doing? Show us the way, @vesa1tahti. Lead by example!

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2016 at 12:28 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (288 comments in total)

Sony's really pushing the tech. I just wish they'd catch up with lenses. Time to consolidate on that front.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2016 at 13:06 UTC as 6th comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (288 comments in total)
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CraigAlan: It's funny to read how tired people can get from lugging a dslr camera around for a few hours. If your back/neck or weak wrists can't handle it maybe you should hit the gym. My god.

I have bursitis in both shoulders and some arthritis. You can attach weights to your cameras to make them heavier, if you really want to show us what a big strong boy you are.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2016 at 13:05 UTC
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Salah: Are you sure his name is Achraf not Ashraf?!?

Yes. North Africans spell the same Arabic names differently using a slightly different Latin-alphabet protocol.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 02:43 UTC
On article Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 (186 comments in total)

A good range of lenses would be nice.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 01:38 UTC as 7th comment
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Conrad567: The largest problem I can see, is that if you want a film like look to your videos you need to shoot at 24fpp [approx] and @ 1/50th sec shutter speed. This makes it impossible to make a sharp image of certain subjects, cars, kids, pets, trees while there is any kind of breeze etc.

One day 24fps film won't be such a Holy Grail. Because we had it in cinemas for a couple of generations we assume it's the be-all and end-all. That doesn't have to be the case for much longer.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (717 comments in total)

I didn't understand the appeal of Leica until I picked one up. Ahh ..

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 18:22 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks (134 comments in total)
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GaryJP: Pretty sure this is an April 1st provocation but I am sick of the bellyaching about selfie sticks.

Photographers have ALWAYS taken pictures of themselves in front of assorted tourist features and the amount of room needed (as no one can be between the camera and the subject) has always been exactly the same. It certainly beats giving your camera or mobile phone to a random passer by to shoot you and your friends. (Particularly inadvisable if that passer by is wearing sports shows and can run fast.) It is also no bigger a problem in terms of space taken up than a tripod and a camera on a self timer.

Yes, they, and LCD screen cameras of ANY kind should be banned in venues such as concerts, but this isn't much of a real problem as most are shooting at the stage, not themselves in an anonymous crowd.

As a friend's kid once said to him: 'The fact that something didn't exist when you were born does not automatically make it a bad thing." The kid was right, My friend was wrong.

I used to sneer at it, but then I took some really nice party pics with one. The angle was a great one for flattering a group of faces.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 13:12 UTC

Is this sample broken?

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 15:48 UTC as 75th comment

Sony should slow down and finish what they start. A strong array of lenses for existing product lines would be good. How about value-for-money lenses for the a6000?

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 11:20 UTC as 18th comment
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2228 comments in total)
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fortwodriver: This is absolute BS... The f-stop is a measure of the ratio of the diaphragm opening to the focal length of the lens. Nothing more, nothing less. If you want to talk about light transmission, please do your research on T-Stops and stop making this stuff up.

T stop is more accurate, yes, but as consumer cameras have TTL metering, the differences are not enough to invalidate F-stops as a metric.

Even Newton's 3 laws of motion aren't completely accurate, if you go down to a quantum level of measurement, but they are accurate _enough_ for engineering purposes and for our lives.

You, sir, have come here to pour scorn on stills photographers and tell us that you're in some way one of the 'big boys' in the movie world. You are not here in the spirit of sharing knowledge of the art of photography.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 09:43 UTC
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