BobT3218

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Retired Engineer
Has a website at www.bobtrlin.com
Joined on Apr 28, 2011

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On article Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR sample gallery (140 comments in total)
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wildbild: @dpreview
I think it is time you guys come up with some sort of a standard set of sample photos that will replicate a variety of use cases such as landscape, portrait, group portrait, stills, etc. to make sample images less random and a bit more comparative with each camera and/or lens. This recurring randomness to me seems not to be very helpful.

I agree. I don't bother to look at sample galleries any more. They tell me nothing other than the camera takes great shots in the hands of a good photographer. I don't have time to pixel peep.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 23:01 UTC

Excellent! It kind of lets us fly through a tree and brings a whole new perspective to trees. It's like a high quality CT scan but unfortunately it requires the subject to be destroyed.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 05:39 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Adobe achieves record revenue (168 comments in total)
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Matsu: Adobe built a platform that became the de-facto industry standard, so when they moved it to a subscription model, many users had little choice but to follow.

Essentially, they've run a legal ransom-ware racket, so of course it's profitable: Pay up or get locked out of the industry platform. I'm not sure whether a subscription model can spring new from the ground up and expect similar success without a previously installed base to coerce into monthly payments. "Buying" all your apps this way will quickly get very expensive.

I'm sticking with CS6, for now it's still in my SW/HW upgrade cycle, typically 4-6yrs between updates. I routinely submit to print/design shops with far older software still in daily use.

However, Adobe should assume nothing about my future business. Alternatives will be weighed heavily against Adobe's price structure & features when the time comes.

Yes, it's a bummer that they have done so well out of CC. That may mean less support to stand alone LR. I still don't trust CC. OK, it seems incredible that Adobe will not be around for a long time but that's what we thought about Kodak once too. I'm sure you can think of other examples.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 23:04 UTC
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BobT3218: It would be perfect to be able to forget about stills. Just take videos and if required, select a frame and print it. This is full convergence. However, will it happen in a small DSLR format at a consumer prise, in my lifetime? I don't think so but it will happen. My first camera was manual everything. The monochrome only film was wound on by a screw. I now have a camera that has technology that was inconceivable even to the foremost futurists of the day.

Agreed! We will also need a massive increase in storage and bandwidth to handle this. I have no doubt that will happen but it will be interesting to see how.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 22:29 UTC

It would be perfect to be able to forget about stills. Just take videos and if required, select a frame and print it. This is full convergence. However, will it happen in a small DSLR format at a consumer prise, in my lifetime? I don't think so but it will happen. My first camera was manual everything. The monochrome only film was wound on by a screw. I now have a camera that has technology that was inconceivable even to the foremost futurists of the day.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 05:02 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On article Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? (326 comments in total)

An investigator uses the X-30 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-19/bali-dog-meat-trade-investigator-reveals-brutality-of-hunters/8626172

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 22:46 UTC as 2nd comment
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stratplaya: The 4x3 aspect ratio makes the photos look a big too square IMO. Can that be adjusted, or than cropping in post?

Square is good. It makes better use of the image circle. Why crop it out if you don't have to?

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 23:24 UTC
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vaughanB: The samples from this camera look much better than my TG4 which is pretty mediocre, the TG4 is tough and it focuses fast and has a great burst rate, but the image quality is not even as good as my smartphone, I also have a stylus 1S which is the best compact I have ever owned, a brilliant camera, this new TG is probably much better than the TG4 , as I say, the speed and focus of the TG4 is top notch, but I am usually disapointed with the images it produces

Granted, smartphone images look brilliant on the phone but how good do they look side by side when on a monitor or printed?

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 23:12 UTC
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Jonathan Zvonko: can I expect to be able to take images of small items as small as .5mm in a microscope or stacking mode?
I have a TG4 would change to TG5 be justifiable for that kind of micro-photography?

Don't know but you would be wasting your time attempting it without a tripod particularly with in-camera photo stacking. I know, I've tried it with an E-M1.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 23:07 UTC

As we know, compact cameras are as good as dead. However, Olympus appears to have found a niche where DSLR's are too bulky and phones too fragile. It makes no pretentions to professional IQ but it will go anywhere you can and then some. I would have loved such a camera in my younger days. Unfortunately I'm no loner capable of taking on the terrains that justify this camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 22:57 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Video: a quick introduction to panning photography (17 comments in total)

Too much yapping! One could teach all that with just a couple of power point slides.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 23:57 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Straight lines, flat surfaces and right-angles are easy. Consistently accurate curves are something else entirely. That's why we pay so much for our lenses. The manufacture of circular lenses I more or less understand but it's mind boggling to me how they make asymmetric lenses. Hey, DPR, how about an article on the manufacture of asymmetric lenses?

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 22:02 UTC as 1st comment
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jkokich: If you went to someone who knew nothing of the history of photography, and showed them two designs, one for a mirror system, with its complexity, and the other mirrorless, there would be no contest. Why have something so much more complicated? Now, I appreciate mechanical things, but the limitations of the mirror system place it firmly in the "yes, amazing, but things evolve" category.

It surely depends on what one values more bokeh or DOF.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 23:06 UTC
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PieterB: I think by now, a larger part of the potential new buyers know that mirrorless exist. But most new buyers (not the people that frequent these sites) probably still have no clue what mirrorless is.

I'm not sure if new entrants really care. Mirrorless are smaller, lighter, cheaper and do a good job. What's not to like? Try convincing a new entrant that they should pay more to get a flip up mirror!

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 23:13 UTC
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DPPMetro: GOOGLE TRANSLATE THIS:

"In der Fachpresse wurde immer wieder angemerkt, dass es sich bei den angebotenen Objektiven (mit Ausnahme des Trioplan) nicht um Eigenentwicklungen handle, sondern um Rebrandings. So verbergen sich hinter den beiden Nocturnus-Linsen[21] sowie hinter den Figmentum-Linsen „Mitakon“-Objektive der chinesischen Zhongyi Optics-Gruppe. Auch das Somnium 85 mm sei eigentlich ein russisches Helios 40-2. Auf Nachfrage bestätigte ein Sprecher von Meyer-Optik die „Verwandtschaft“ der Objektive, betonte jedoch deutliche Qualitätsunterschiede, da die Objektive von Meyer-Optik in Deutschland teilmontiert und aufwändig justiert würden.[22]"

This is quite hysterical. The company has already been panned for rebraning Mitakon and lenses from Chinese factories. Then they charge exhorbitant prices.

I have no knowledge of this company but it seems to me that some start-ups are unscrupulously taking advantage of mythical "German engineering" and "hand made" labels to justify charging enormous premiums. Let's see if it actually does what they say.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 23:45 UTC

Halleluiah, a depth of field scale. I can't understand why this feature is not mandatory on all primes. It was once. How difficult can it be?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 23:34 UTC as 27th comment | 9 replies

As I understand it, many of our lenses adopt an image space telecentric design to minimise the problems associated with a flat sensor. Does this mean that these great lenses may become unusable on curved sensors?

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 23:50 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Pinhole Pro DSLR lens is on Kickstarter (39 comments in total)
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WhyNot: Pro? .... Is it weather sealed? .. well there is that hole with no glass in front of it ... so what makes it pro?

WhyNot ...

Very true. Great photographer can win prizes with little more than a Box Brownie.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 04:07 UTC
On article Pinhole Pro DSLR lens is on Kickstarter (39 comments in total)
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landscaper1: I guess this is one instance where, whether you believe in 'em or not, you put a clear protective filter in front because that's the only thing that will stand between your DSLR's fragile sensor and the dusty, dirty outside world.

Olympus has had such a body cap for a while. However, it's not a pin hole but a 15mm f8 fish-eye, 9mm thick with 3 elements and better still, it comes in 4 colours :)
https://www.olympus.com.au/Products/Accessories/Interchangeable-Lens-Camera-Accessories/M-Zuiko-Lens-Accessories/BCL-1580-(15mm-F8-0-Fisheye)/BCL-1580-(15mm-F8-0-Fisheye)

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 22:49 UTC
On article Pinhole Pro DSLR lens is on Kickstarter (39 comments in total)
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WhyNot: Pro? .... Is it weather sealed? .. well there is that hole with no glass in front of it ... so what makes it pro?

WhyNot ...

A contradiction in terms or back the future. At least back to before Galileo :)

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 22:39 UTC
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