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On article Behind the shot: Praia da Adraga at blue hour (91 comments in total)

Thank you for this generous sharing of information. It confirms what I already knew to some extent: that great images are the result of much hard work, before and after pressing the shutter button; and a location needs multiple visits. The detail on the PP is worthy of note, in that multiple facets were each given specific attention, combining to produce the final image.
Yes, combining luck with experience, an unprepared/unexpected opportunity can turn up a great image but that just might be once in a lifetime.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 13:08 UTC as 36th comment
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1191 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: I guess this will appeal to those with a specialist, professional interest but, as ogl has already commented. This is of academic/technology interest only to most.

The starting point of over $11k, a lot of cash. No problem whatsoever with anyone spending so much. If you have the spare cash, why not indulge yourself. But a tonne of people. Not sure what that means. More than a 1,000 maybe. Let's wait a year and see how it sells.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 16:20 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1191 comments in total)

I guess this will appeal to those with a specialist, professional interest but, as ogl has already commented. This is of academic/technology interest only to most.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 15:05 UTC as 209th comment | 6 replies
On article OnePlus 3 announced with 16MP stabilized camera (23 comments in total)

Looks fantastic and half the price of the iPhone - though translation of $ to £ is usually abysmal. Ill be very interested to see reviews of the cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 17:20 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

Looks promising although it might take many years to become an affordable and widely applicable technology. Optics have been around for centuries and get better and better but, ultimately, it is going to take something like this to make that quantum leap/step change. I hope it comes to fruition sooner rather than later - better chance of still being here when it does ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 14:48 UTC as 8th comment

What lens is in front of the sensor?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 21:38 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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misolo: Does anyone know whether this is in preparation to discontinuing development and support? They're still great tools.

On the other hand, in the supporting text they highlight that the products do have an auto update function. That, of course, could just fixes but Google have vast resources. If one of their objectives is to reduce competitors' revenue then they could enhance out of their petty cash budget ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 11:43 UTC

'Dismantles' would have been less attention grabbing but far more informative. Still, very interesting to see the complexity, ingenuity, of construction - especially the hellicoid movement of individual lens elements.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 09:32 UTC as 19th comment

The DL18-50 looks very interesting to me. Pretty wide and could be useful for architectural interiors, cathedrals, etc. The perspective correction has to be internal processing and, possibly, could use g-sensor input to help interpret the necessary correction. All depends on the IQ and street price.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 09:21 UTC as 108th comment
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (397 comments in total)

Looks do count and can create an initial desire or evoke nostaligia but holding the camera in the hand is what really counts. I'm sure Olympus kit is very good, including the new Pen-F, and I'd really like to have the IBIS. But, I just can't get a grip on the Olympus bodies (pun intended).
Didn't like the feel of the Panasonic GX7 either, the only model at the time with inbuilt IS. Not even tried the GX8, no point without pro, weather-sealed, lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 16:58 UTC as 131st comment

The CM10 is thin but not, overall, tiny. I can't imagine this latest version will sell any better than the first. Surely, the TZ100 makes far more sense at this price level.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 08:11 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (740 comments in total)

It looks like achieving 50MP has had a negative effect on most other performance figures. On balance, this is an expensive mistake by Canon. Yes, those with a large investment in Glass and who shoot static subject matter might gain something but the rest will stay with previous generations. New pro level buyers are likely to look elsewhere.
Flapping mirrors, prisms, mirrors and Thor's Hammer mass are desired by declining numbers. I can't imagine this camera will make a profit for Canon and, in the long run, that's not a good thing for any photographer :-(

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 07:56 UTC as 101st comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview recommends: Best Cameras for Kids 2015 (105 comments in total)

surely, the obvious answer is 'the old one I no longer use' then I can justify getting myself a new one ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 14:48 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article Luna is 'world's smallest' 360-degree camera (27 comments in total)

Resolution is low and the only obvious weakness. Higher resolution would require more processing power and impact battery life. Otherwise, it seems pretty good to me: wifi, streaming, rugged and cute. Don't know what I'd use it for but I'd quite like one ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 09:15 UTC as 11th comment

Very interesting. I can see slight differences in the shadowy area around the pen in the jacket pocket of the chap on the left. But, would I think it a problem if there was no comparator? Nope.
I do not normally shoot RAW and have, groan, approximately 800GB of images across 2 hard drives, plus the current year's crop on the SSD. I recently doubled the size of the SSD to 480GB to cope more comfortably with the current year images. Yes, everything is backed up to external drives.
So, if I'd bought JPEGmini I could have saved, circa, 5 times the purchase price by sticking with my existing SSD. Assuming a conservative 50% reduction in storage has got to be worthy of consideration. Reductions in back-up storage and transfer times also need to be factored in. JPEGmini might be a very cost effective upgrade rather than buying a new PC. The potential performance benefits for websites and network traffic are enormous. Is it too late to buy shares ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 14:31 UTC as 96th comment

So much for the fidelity of RAW. Frankly, I'm gobsmacked that Sony or manufacturer of high end cameras would do this without making it optional.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 17:56 UTC as 264th comment | 6 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (495 comments in total)

I have G6/GM1. Used the G7, for few hours, on a Panasonic supported workshop. Very impressed and, for me, the very big handling positive is the two control wheels: no pressing in action to go wrong and can be set to work just like the FZ50 e.g. in AP front wheel for EV compensation / back wheel for Aperture adjustment. Think of the G7 as a faster, better handling G6 with the added benefit of the 4K functionality.
I shall wait until the FZ330/300 production reviews/availability and rather than upgrade to G7 may well upgrade the FZ200 to the FZ330 for its weatherproofing and 4K functionality. Decisions, decisions, Thanks Panasonic for offering so much choice :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2015 at 08:05 UTC as 37th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Dale Johnson (39 comments in total)

Excellent portfolio, a well travelled photographer, many superb images: great light and composition.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 12:42 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies

Absolutely superb. A prime example of what an imaginative and skilled individual can do with modest kit.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 12:14 UTC as 52nd comment
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