munro harrap

munro harrap

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munro harrap: Comparing a dual core i7 with a quad-core MacBook Pro last week and using Lightroom for 70 Raw files, the 4870 Mac took 14minutes for a fully corrected batch and the Lenovo i7, both with 16GB Ram took 31minutes. (with identical corrections)
With Optics pro the gap was MUCH greater with the dual core i7 Lenovo-like the one here -taking 65 minutes to do the same batch with Optics pro and the 4870 MacBPro taking about 20 minutes, so, as already stated its a non-starter with that processor, period.

Just put in a decent processor and you overtake the Macs as long as the battery life is competitive (i.e. better). A 2015 MBPro drained 72% of a fully-charged new battery on just one batch using Optics Pro (with the best noise reduction on). It did 6 batches using Lightroom. In other words using Lightroom to batch process RAW files on a macBook Pro (2015mid 4870model) drains a new battery (less than 50 cycles) in 85 minutes. Not useable in the field- as no spare battery possible.

So what's it for then?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 10:48 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (919 comments in total)

Full weather sealing and pro build simply puts it in the same market as Canon and Nikon pro bodies, and it is this market Leitz want a slice of. Well, if a rich beginner-pro , as long as body and lenses are waterproof and dustproof, and as long as the shutter lag is as good as a Sony A7R II shutter lag, I would buy. There is no other choice, so this gizmo is good news for photographers.
Where it is bad news is that the price of stuff like the rickety Sony A7RII etc will risk a hike, in just the same way, that for no reason of cost but their greed, we have seen Microsoft, Asus, Acer, HP etc raise the prices, with the new Porsche, of MacBook Pro rivals to the price of a top quad-core MBPro, or above. They work, yes, but for how long??
It is high time governments investigated the actual cost of production of cameras, because when a car with a 7 year warranty cost less, there is scandal. As with their optics.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 10:38 UTC as 10th comment | 6 replies

Its a very expensive executive toy, basically, a ladies powder compact. If it worked adequately you would not also buy a PC would you?

The MacBook Pro with a discrete card and good quad-core processor can replace an i377K unlocked PC, because we checked with mine and it is faster on some things, as long as its plugged in, you dont need a proper PC anymore. At the same price the same cannot be said of the Poor Porsche at all!!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:57 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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Luke Kaven: For a Porsche, it's kind of underpowered with only two cores. So where's the design deficit -- cost, thermal load, power, or mystique?

But you are supposed to worship the Beast and be grateful. You are supposed to marvel at what a dual core processor can do, as we have done since core 2duo. And you are supposed to buy something underpowered, be unhappy with it, and then "upgrade" to the quad-core you SHOULD have waited for in the first place.
I like the touchscreen and the pencil and its flexibility, but not , possibly the poor scaling of apps onscreen, as mentioned above. Face it, we would all put together a better more useful package, as with the Surface Book, but obviously being a satisfied customer is the last thing on the list of any greedy multinational. Apple should have embraced touchscreen tech on PCs and laptops a decade ago, and blu-ray, but you cant even burn a disc on these gizmos any more, no thanks to their bad example!!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:23 UTC

Comparing a dual core i7 with a quad-core MacBook Pro last week and using Lightroom for 70 Raw files, the 4870 Mac took 14minutes for a fully corrected batch and the Lenovo i7, both with 16GB Ram took 31minutes. (with identical corrections)
With Optics pro the gap was MUCH greater with the dual core i7 Lenovo-like the one here -taking 65 minutes to do the same batch with Optics pro and the 4870 MacBPro taking about 20 minutes, so, as already stated its a non-starter with that processor, period.

Just put in a decent processor and you overtake the Macs as long as the battery life is competitive (i.e. better). A 2015 MBPro drained 72% of a fully-charged new battery on just one batch using Optics Pro (with the best noise reduction on). It did 6 batches using Lightroom. In other words using Lightroom to batch process RAW files on a macBook Pro (2015mid 4870model) drains a new battery (less than 50 cycles) in 85 minutes. Not useable in the field- as no spare battery possible.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:07 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies

Note how it is packaged. Well folks, ALL cameras NEED packaging this good to survive the journeys from Japan to wherever, and ALL manufacturers should, and could provide them at no extra expense, because, ladies amd gentlemen, poor shipping logistics account for vast losses, as these thingys have usually reasonable warranties, and in any case, why should I have to plead the NEED: its obvious, you dont ship cars in cardboard boxes either, do you??

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 09:59 UTC as 86th comment | 3 replies
On article Video: Leica M10 First Look (17 comments in total)
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munro harrap: The best things in life are free, it gets progressively worse as you up costs. Doubt me? consider your labours finance all tragedy-arms for your wars, your futile space explorations, your large hadron collider, chernobyls everywhere, and on a personal note ferraris, bugatti veyrons, Leicas, Hasselblads, hi-end hifis and computets and iPhones and Macs etc. And then there's jewellery cosmetics and high fashion-none of which are necessary and which consume vast earthly and spiritual resources, and all of which enslave mankind in general. and us gearheads in particular.
If A Leica 10 and a 50mm, 35mm 21mm and 24mm and visoflex cost me 10 per cent of my annual income I would certainly be tempted- though sensor reliability is a problem with Leitz.
But is not and right now I can listen to Angela Hewitt playing Bach French Suites on the radio and it costs NOTHING, not a year's salary AND my peers respect and favour. Why photography indeed!! Even her piano costs less than an M10!

Baaaaahhhh!

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 07:03 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta's prosumer DiMAGE 7 (177 comments in total)

THese are remarkable image making machines. THere is something about the ergonomics and the lens combination in a sort of small scale DSLR format that does things to my brain, and when I had one photography was exciting in a way that had you imagining all sorts of great things that sometimes were great and wrked out well, with a fastish prefocussed response and all that depth of field. My 7 stopped working and had to be refunded, but eventually I found secondhand a good A2 in its own fitted minolta case, that still is working fine. Despite their limitations, they give something back no ther imager quite manages: they are, in a word, special.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 07:01 UTC as 29th comment
On article Video: Leica M10 First Look (17 comments in total)
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munro harrap: The best things in life are free, it gets progressively worse as you up costs. Doubt me? consider your labours finance all tragedy-arms for your wars, your futile space explorations, your large hadron collider, chernobyls everywhere, and on a personal note ferraris, bugatti veyrons, Leicas, Hasselblads, hi-end hifis and computets and iPhones and Macs etc. And then there's jewellery cosmetics and high fashion-none of which are necessary and which consume vast earthly and spiritual resources, and all of which enslave mankind in general. and us gearheads in particular.
If A Leica 10 and a 50mm, 35mm 21mm and 24mm and visoflex cost me 10 per cent of my annual income I would certainly be tempted- though sensor reliability is a problem with Leitz.
But is not and right now I can listen to Angela Hewitt playing Bach French Suites on the radio and it costs NOTHING, not a year's salary AND my peers respect and favour. Why photography indeed!! Even her piano costs less than an M10!

So the dispiriting wasteland of bondage to materialism holds no terrors for Fisher? Glad to hear it. Me neither, but you are missing the point.

New products need to mature: they need to be around, and in use for several years before one can declare their zeitgeist, their unassailably sacred nature. Think Leica M3 or MacBook Pro 11series. Both with limitations, but fine.

You want change for the sake of FASHION, and you risk the unhappiness of the Leica M5, and the NEW MacBook Pro 13 series (2016).

I'd love a brace of M10s with a few of those fantastic lenses, but I'll wait until my peers use them professionally long-term and report back to me on their reliability.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 05:28 UTC
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (351 comments in total)

I dont get this cloud thing. I dont get the connectedness thing, I mean what are they after, all of them, why stick to you at all, why get your machine so thoroughly acessible to them whenever you are online that you must spend ages shutting off all those apps you never use, those location permissions that go with them, and the insane synchronization thingys that mean that an invisible hand moves files and emails and contacts around through THEIR air into machines I only have a licence to use, but which I would myself personally NEVER want synced between each other?

Adobe application manager wants to update? well disable their access to your stuff completely!!! because you cannot waste your life or your time, or your vision pandering to software commands called out to you by Siri or Cortana!!

I'll stay with Lightroom 4 and if I need to correct images with new lenses or machines, I can do it by eye manually, though that free download of DXO Optics Pro 9 will help!! Should I switch?

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 05:10 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (181 comments in total)
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munro harrap: We should all be able to download new lens and camera profiles regardless of software and/or price.
Never mind the profiteering, all raw processing programmes and those that support DNG files actually NEED to always be able to process ANY camera's files, because otherwise once support is dropped from Programmes altogether- YOU LOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Perhaps this needs to occur to a billion or more people ...___... !

Children, babes, I have read your replies, and they not very good, in terms of good from a MORAL perspective, because we are the ones who make the photographs, CGI, etc. The means to do so has been funded by efforts education and research which we, as a spieces have paid for through employment and taxation, through manufacture and mining, through the despoilation of this planet's resources, and somewhere down the line I hear, not the voice of progress, but that of reactionary themes, such as, software designers have to profit.
Excuse me, but looking at them, they proudly proclaim that they do, but they do this only because we who fund their efforts consider that the means to view print and reproduce work is not finitely fixed by the demise of Windows 7, or OS 10.10 or by Canon or Fuji or Nikon or Sony just changing their softwares too!
To be able to open an image file, or any other file should be an inalienable human right, independent of time and OS and hardware.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 23:40 UTC
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (181 comments in total)
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munro harrap: We should all be able to download new lens and camera profiles regardless of software and/or price.
Never mind the profiteering, all raw processing programmes and those that support DNG files actually NEED to always be able to process ANY camera's files, because otherwise once support is dropped from Programmes altogether- YOU LOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Perhaps this needs to occur to a billion or more people ...___... !

Well, son, you see , its like this. Raw and DNG files require software processing, unlike the cruder jpegs that are processed for yiou by the camera.

When a software guy ceases to provide the means for you to "develop" your RAW files, those pictures are lost.

It's Daesh for photos.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 14:46 UTC
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (181 comments in total)

We should all be able to download new lens and camera profiles regardless of software and/or price.
Never mind the profiteering, all raw processing programmes and those that support DNG files actually NEED to always be able to process ANY camera's files, because otherwise once support is dropped from Programmes altogether- YOU LOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Perhaps this needs to occur to a billion or more people ...___... !

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 00:50 UTC as 40th comment | 8 replies

Dont forget the 1cm macro for bugs and flowers. I used to do smaller coins and my kids teeth!.
It is a wonderful machine because the lens sensor combo is just about perfect (bar a bit of removeable fringing), but I never got the wide adaptors as that would be stretching what a minute 2 MP sensor can resolve!! It cannot. However, if close enough to your subject at normal on-screen enlargement sizes it will still do an A4 as good as anything from anywhere.

THe 4MP later version was extensively used to illustrate books, and did RAW too at 1CM macro with a 4x zoom, but Nikon goofed as they reduced screen size by 50%! I just found it too difficult to look at

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 12:45 UTC as 92nd comment
On article iPhone 7 Plus survives 13 hours in icy Russian river (98 comments in total)

This would not happen to me because 1. I dont like the cold, 2. I don't fish, and three (The smug one!) I do not buy phones or other cameras that I cannot wear around my neck or wrist with a strap.
Nokia N8 came with a strap, Nokia 808 came with a strap, nokia 1020 came with a strap, and LG G4 has NO strap but you can remove the back and fix a strap by looping its loop through the slit for the speaker at the bottom. You then just clip the back on and you're good to go- but I shall never buy another phone that has no strap or way to attach it built-in again, and all work as well and are image-wise superior or equal to an iPhone 7 that has just managed to equal the resolution of the Nokia N8 from 2010!!

Its like the new MacBook Pro leaving out HDMI and USB ports- nobody with a brain will buy one. Straps to stop phones falling into the loo or freezing river are essentials, but look how many manufacturers now leave the strap lugs off. I wonder why?

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 02:38 UTC as 1st comment
On article iPhone 7 Plus survives 13 hours in icy Russian river (98 comments in total)

Cold War Advertizing stunt? Look at the video again. The depth is certainly not what is reported as he re-emerges complete with phone in around 5 seconds (having taken it out of his pocket?) How guillible you Trumps are!!

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 22:57 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (171 comments in total)

By the early 90s- 1992 to be exact, if you lived in the UK only a lab in Switzerland could process Kodachrome. It requires exact temperature control to within half a degree to work- mine came back boiled and worthless. That was the last time I bought any.
Even were it again available it simply lacks the resolution obtainable from a modern digital sensor, so all you guys clamouring to hasten its return want "Kodak" to go bankrupt again? Because they would, and this would do it.
Google its history: it predates 1939's "Gone with the Wind" that was shot on it. That is an emulsion whose tech is no less than 65 years old. It was the best available at the time, but its colour balance was certainly inaccurate. The 25asa original version was worth using as it had no grain, but the 64ASA film was not really comparable, and grainy like Velvia is.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 22:21 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
On article Video: Leica M10 First Look (17 comments in total)

The best things in life are free, it gets progressively worse as you up costs. Doubt me? consider your labours finance all tragedy-arms for your wars, your futile space explorations, your large hadron collider, chernobyls everywhere, and on a personal note ferraris, bugatti veyrons, Leicas, Hasselblads, hi-end hifis and computets and iPhones and Macs etc. And then there's jewellery cosmetics and high fashion-none of which are necessary and which consume vast earthly and spiritual resources, and all of which enslave mankind in general. and us gearheads in particular.
If A Leica 10 and a 50mm, 35mm 21mm and 24mm and visoflex cost me 10 per cent of my annual income I would certainly be tempted- though sensor reliability is a problem with Leitz.
But is not and right now I can listen to Angela Hewitt playing Bach French Suites on the radio and it costs NOTHING, not a year's salary AND my peers respect and favour. Why photography indeed!! Even her piano costs less than an M10!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 20:49 UTC as 1st comment | 4 replies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bcc18/storyville-zero-day-nuclear-cyber-sabotage.

You might be able to view this if in the UK. It will provoke some debate, and concerns US destruction of irani nuclear processes using merely hacking and malware.

So, if you doubt Google et al can steal the entire content of your hard drives more easily if you help them by installing RAISR , take a long hard look at the forthcoming long-term economic implications of this documentary

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 01:54 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (294 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Unless you do birds or bugs, nobody actually needs more lenses. If you get a good enough and fast enough 24-85mm or 24-70mm equivalent lens when you buy the body- giving you a vast and infinitely variable range of focal lengths, you'll be just fine.

I have many lenses, but find in practice they are used only for specific purposes, as in general use on a D800 the 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 is just fine. I use it all the time, unless the light in winter demands an f1.4 to stop action.

Marketing men, but not modern photographers go large on bokeh and fast lenses abilities to put the background out of focus, but on a full-frame camera there's very little depth of field wide open at f3.5 even at 24mm, and the closer you get to your subject the more out of focus the background gets anyway.

Its not the aperture that gives extra depth of field, but your closeness to your subject, and with faces and bugs you will need more depth of field not less

IF you buy a body with a kit lens thats good, that is easily good enough unless you want to go long and then you just get a long zoom- like a 70-300 IS USM or VR, and if you live in a country where its dark for months at a time your costs double because you needs must buy fast and long zoom and standard fast zoom.

Skanter's correct- that combination in reasonable light is good to go for all eternity- with enough spare batteries and a fast charger!!

When I started I only had a standard lens with a 35mm body, and it was f3.5.
an a6000 with a 16-50mm is cosmic in comparison!!

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 01:37 UTC
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