windmillgolfer

windmillgolfer

Lives in United Kingdom Lancashire, United Kingdom
Works as a IT - retired
Joined on Aug 25, 2009

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Gear at the price should have its own seat. The owner clearly has the money, if not the commonsense ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 07:35 UTC as 111th comment
On article Five useful photo apps for travelers (68 comments in total)

Odd, no mention of Snapseed. Free and very good.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 19:13 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

Wonderful series, right place, right time.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 21:03 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

A balanced enough video. The performance of laptops now is truly excellent in terms of processing power and I can see why a single laptop/MacBook might suffice for all needs negating the need for a desktop even (maybe retain a large monitor). However, I'm thinking the market for laptops is limited to professional photographers or very serious amateurs, who need to process many images when on the move. Otherwise, a high end tablet makes far more sense when travelling. The new iPad Pro looks very attractive and at less than half/a third the price of the Dell/MacBook. Apples closed systems are both a strength (OS-App integrity) and weakness (very limited and specific accessory connectivity). lack of an SD Card slot isn't really an issue because low volume transfers, these days, tend to be by wifi. Basic PP is quite effective with free or very low price software. I build my own PCs, so not an Apple advocate. Sometimes, being given an iPhone has consequences ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 08:35 UTC as 171st comment

I guess Eric has a very strong commitment to shooting videos. An effective solution but a tad extreme. Fortunately, I've no plans to shoot other than occasional short movies with my GF7. So my collection of old CPUs (several 486 and onward) and heatsinks will have to wait for re-purposing :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 18:47 UTC as 47th comment
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keeponkeepingon: So canon's 10-18 equals 16mm on a full frame sensor (due to a 1.6 crop) while nikons 10-20 with a 1.5 crop will give you 15mm full frame equivalent.

Question: Is that 1mm at that focal length a big deal?

Thanks!

What you gain at the long end, you lose at the wide. Swings and roundabouts. Yes, if you have the two available to compare immediately, it will be noticeable. I have 7-14 (14-28 equivalent) in M43. What tends to happen is that I start off at 7/14mm and, rarely for internal architecture, narrow the FOV from there. I'd expect a similar habit for any UWA camera lens combination and the user will just become used to their own widest view. Sometimes it will be enough and sometimes not. Wider is better IMO but, as with all kit, everything is a balance between cost and benefit.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
On article Photo of the week: Green Mamba (81 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: That's a wow shot, beautiful composition / reflection. Fortunate to get away with 8 seconds at f4 but then ISO3200 is higher than I would go with my M43. 30 seconds on this shot at f3.5 https://www.flickr.com/photos/dieselgolfer/25506195260/in/album-72157663549812064/

No problem with that. Have since bought 12mm f2 Samyang and G80, I just need another trip to the to see the Aurora again ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 06:31 UTC
On article Photo of the week: Green Mamba (81 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: That's a wow shot, beautiful composition / reflection. Fortunate to get away with 8 seconds at f4 but then ISO3200 is higher than I would go with my M43. 30 seconds on this shot at f3.5 https://www.flickr.com/photos/dieselgolfer/25506195260/in/album-72157663549812064/

Not suggesting these have great IQ but greater than 30 seconds can be effective to some degree https://www.flickr.com/photos/dieselgolfer/albums/72157663549812064

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 21:25 UTC
On article Photo of the week: Green Mamba (81 comments in total)

That's a wow shot, beautiful composition / reflection. Fortunate to get away with 8 seconds at f4 but then ISO3200 is higher than I would go with my M43. 30 seconds on this shot at f3.5 https://www.flickr.com/photos/dieselgolfer/25506195260/in/album-72157663549812064/

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 18:11 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies

USB charging is a useful option when travelling light, both weight and bulk. We always have a couple of chargers for iPhones/iPads, so an extra cable for a camera is a minor overhead. I recently bought a USB battery charger to use instead of the mains Panasonic charger for the FZ330/G80 batteries. The battery charger is half the size of the Panasonic and no mains lead to carry either. I'll buy the equivalent for the GF7/GM1. The GF7 plus 7-14mm and a fast prime, plus a TZ60 cover everything - FF equivalent 14-720mm. Both fit in belt mounted cases, so could be carried outwith the carry on baggage ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 23:16 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 sample gallery (180 comments in total)
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Dennis Linden: Sooo, I have and like this lens a whole lot. I would humbly suggest that it would be nice to have this lens in manual aperture and manual focus. I don't mean manual focus by wire, I mean manual. It's got a pretty good focusing distance and depth of field to make zone focusing work, but we need something all manual for street work. Right now you can go Oly with the clutch for focusing OR the Leica for manual aperture control, perhaps it's time for both? Voightlander? Leica? ???

Or Samyang, though not at 15mm. The 12mm f2 is a tad bulky though.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:24 UTC
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: Excellent imagery. Food for thought on the application of time lapse, though I'll stick with my Panasonic 7-14mm and Samyang 7.5mm fisheye on M43 ;-)

I made an original comment, you were the second person to reply, albeit unnecessarily negative when you could've kept you could have simply said nowt.
Get over it. I just did :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 19:47 UTC
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: Excellent imagery. Food for thought on the application of time lapse, though I'll stick with my Panasonic 7-14mm and Samyang 7.5mm fisheye on M43 ;-)

No. Three points made: excellent imagery; food for thought on time lapse; and I'm an M43 user, who has 7-14 and fisheye with which I'm very happy. A 2x crop factor is a price I'm happy to pay. But then, it pays back with the 100-400mm. Clearly, you should try getting out of the other side of the bed tomorrow morning.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 18:45 UTC
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)

Excellent imagery. Food for thought on the application of time lapse, though I'll stick with my Panasonic 7-14mm and Samyang 7.5mm fisheye on M43 ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 07:48 UTC as 25th comment | 7 replies
On article Affinity Photo comes to the iPad (40 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: At £20, with HDR and panorama stitching, this offers everything I want while travelling and using an iPad. So I've bought it. I'll try it on my wife's Air 2 and my Mini 2 but suspect this bargain will cost me the price of the new 10.5 Pro to get the best speed, storage and use of the Pen. Anyone used it on either of the Air 2 and Mini 2, if so, is it usable?

The previous version may have worked on the iPad mini but this new version will not. Pretty slow on the Air 2 when stitching a 3 x 2 panorama.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 09:29 UTC
On article Affinity Photo comes to the iPad (40 comments in total)

At £20, with HDR and panorama stitching, this offers everything I want while travelling and using an iPad. So I've bought it. I'll try it on my wife's Air 2 and my Mini 2 but suspect this bargain will cost me the price of the new 10.5 Pro to get the best speed, storage and use of the Pen. Anyone used it on either of the Air 2 and Mini 2, if so, is it usable?

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 07:48 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (175 comments in total)

I'll be very interested to see an in depth review of the TZ90/Z70. I've stuck with the TZ60 so far, I take it with me most of the time, just in case, some PP is normally needed though from JPEG - many examples here https://www.flickr.com/photos/dieselgolfer/albums/72157659823425652 The TZ90s new tilt screen might precipitate an upgrade. If not, it'll be the obvious first choice if/when the TZ60 fails (though still going very strong after years and 10,000s of shots).
The FZ300/330, IMO, continues to be the best of breed for general use, with and without PP depending on the light examples of both here https://www.flickr.com/photos/dieselgolfer/albums/72157659823425652 The P900 has competition, albeit not as long, with wider application than 'birding'. Many excellent shots posted from the FZ 80/82.
Yes, I'm a Panny fan but have previously used Canon dSLRs and Bridge cameras. The consistency of menus from TZ/ZS through LX, FZ and M43 G cameras is a big plus for me.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 14:43 UTC as 9th comment

I use PSE with Topaz plugins, also Nik too. I've been using Nik Colour Efex and Silver Efex quite a bit. They're very good products indeed. Not aware that any new functionality has been added in the past 12 months or so. I'd be content if functionality was simply maintained across updates to the Window 10 OS. In theory, given what MS has said about W10 being around for a long time, this should not be an issue for sometime to come. If Google cannot/will not maintain, are they will to let someone else do it? Suspect not but you never know.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 17:50 UTC as 6th comment
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (391 comments in total)

I use the Nik collection, free download from a Google, as plugins to PSE, ColourEfex and SilverEfex are very good. My usage of Topaz plugins has reduced. If/when the Nik plugins stop working I'll probably revert to Topaz products for specific tweaking.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 16:41 UTC as 184th comment

GF7 with 12-32mm kit lens or 12mm Samyang f2 (Astro) or 7-14mm (Architecture) - no EVF but tilt screen is very useful. Not exquisite like my old GM1 but more flexible when travelling.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 12:21 UTC as 178th comment | 1 reply
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