munro harrap

munro harrap

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On article Gallery update: Nikon 300mm F4E PF ED VR (54 comments in total)

F4,mmm £1400,mmm. On a D800 a 180mm f2.8 gets you more DOF, more speed, and a bigger image scale than this on a D5. I paid £150 for mine....mmmm

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 22:55 UTC as 13th comment

Anyone can download and then resell as theirs any digital image file possibly available online, not just Getty, who should be congratulated for pointing out this sadfact to photographers, millions of whom have no idea if Apple, and Microsoft have a vast hoard of stolen works of art plundered using their operating systems. This photographer was lucky in that she found out.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 12:42 UTC as 10th comment

I have and use an n8, 808, and a 1020. I just wish for raw files and a faster processor with an 808 sized sensor, or bigger in a smartphone, as the LG g4 type sensor is much too small and much too noisy. Even the 1020 sensor has zero shadow latitude at base iso in raw, but when manufacturers realize the huge market. A perfected HOLDABLE rsw shooting PV808 will have with a fast sharp lens the floodgates of progress may at last open, and the world enter a new photo graphic age in which every smartphone is waterproof and dropproof with vast internal memory to match its mini 38mp sensor. I would buy one with a 24mm, another with a 35mm equivalent, both at f1.4 and get back to reportage aged 80. When you look at the huge size of recent phablets, a smaller fatter shape seems a luxury, as the so-called bulges on the 808 and 1020 are tiny in size when compared to the space occupied by an S7, BlackBerry Private or Oppo.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 11:29 UTC as 13th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2161 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I'm not convinced as its reactions are much slower than mine with offbrand lenses. Manual focus shutter lag of a tenth of a second on a £2600 body.......

THe figur comes from the performance tests on Imaging Resource. I really wanted one of these or an A7R as 36MP is enough for me just couldn't go ahead fixated on the lag of that first camera. I have and use an a6000 which is very nice and has very little lag, but would have preferred full-frame , by a lot as a streetshooter stuck with Britain's very low lighting conditions for much of the year (compared to say India or California) so I have stayed with a very fast DSLR as my favourite (D800). But for me the deal-killer in Sony world has to be the appalling power supply situation, which means that you can do so little with a fully charged battery that then demands 5 hour (I mean its a joke, right?) in-camera charging to get a quarter of the shots a D800 battery gives you with two hours charging,- my Sony R1 from 2005 has far better batteries and is also much less prone to operating glitches, but is 10MP.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:20 UTC
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (155 comments in total)

I'm still trying to figure out why. Stereo vision such as our eyes have seems to me to be the natural limit of what our minds can feel comfortable with. It is already an effort to accept a monochrome photograph for the majority of people on the planet: it was a technological limitation of print, after all, that kept us in the 255 shades of grey for so long.
I have tried 3D movies several times, but strangely I cannot remember them. Overload of some kind?
So having one's entire field of vision enslaved by a machine is likely to incur nausea.
And I for one am still waiting for two big sensors with identical lenses in a 3D smartphone in 16:9, as I personally regard the goats-eye view of the world more in keeping with the way our eyes access it (some goats have widescreen rectangular pupils). Maybe next time LG?

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2016 at 00:24 UTC as 10th comment
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)

The solders these machines contain is brittle and shocks caused in merely transporting it to your grubby hands reduce its lifespan in any case. IF you google NASA "Tin Whiskers" you will be able to understand the probvlem better than space or inclination provides us with here. However, as the cost of these machines and lenses is doubling exponentially (a600-a6300, Xpro 1-Xpro2 etc) the time has now surely arrived for us to be able to use a camera and its lenses for as long as a film AF cameras circuitry and lenses have lasted BECAUSE RoHS did not then exist.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 11:35 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)

For us in the UK the RoHS implememted under EU rules is one of the best reasons to decide to leave the EU. I'm not saying its not implemented everywhere now or that I am a luddite, which is OK by me, but unless we regain the right to control what crap we import we are all shafted, basically. Pressure has to be put on China Japan and Taiwanese manufacturers Apple among them to actually produce stuff that lasts. The argument that it will be obsolete next year is nor a reason, but just THE reason why there are now vast supercities in the East, as these countries naturally have taken full advantage of RoHS to excuse the fact their hard drives and cameras and lenses regularly DIE on us.
The legislation has exemptions for cars and planes and INDUSTRIAL HDDs like Googles servers, but all of us are trapped into being cheated of our money whilst the landfill problems RoHS causes (all your TV and amplifiers and expensive decks, cartidges etc TOO) are doing the Earth more harm than good.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 11:30 UTC as 40th comment
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)

Do pro models still have the lowgrade leadfree RoHS solder and circuitry , or are they excluded from RoHS (google Nasa Tin Whiskers) as are server hard drives ?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 00:18 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)

Why no widescreen stills RAW option?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 00:11 UTC as 46th comment
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2487 comments in total)

IF it was retro it would be full-frame.The problem with halfframe APS-C at 24 megapixels is the NOISE. They are already coming back to the market secondhand.And surely if I can touchscreen focus on my mobile Ishould be able to do it on ANY digital camera. I expect to be able to look through a viewfinder and use my thumb onscreen to move the focus point around . We ALL do .

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 14:25 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (83 comments in total)

I bought a G4 because the results from raw are good. JPEG on an LG is execrable so why post rrsults instead of just saying you have to use RAW. The other reason to buy is the panoramas but thry are hopeless as thry have thr same lowres blocky appearance the jpegs here have with added massive exposure shifts on any scene not being the same tone everywhere. It alters exposure as you pan instead of using a single consistent exposure

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 13:35 UTC as 10th comment
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1090 comments in total)

using matrix metering,at what ISO does noise begin to appear?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 17:57 UTC as 206th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery updated (68 comments in total)

For the record in case you havent noticed the price of nrw cameras of this class has doubled: as with the a 6300 and the xpro2 . This d500 now costs new the same amount as TWO D800 bodies secondhand or a new D810 online.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 01:02 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies

At least its battery life like the d810 nikon is around 4x what a Sony A7r or Nex battery can manage and it is weatherproof . A Sony battery takes double the time in-camera the 810 nikon does in-charger, or the Canon and the pro machines do a 1000 plus shots per charge not 300 plus so as we chuckle at the suckera who waste their savings their hardearned cash on a machine that dies after an hour or so we should perhaps help them avoid such error.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 13:13 UTC as 25th comment | 9 replies

its amazing whateven 16 mp can capture and still produce images 4 feet wide. I can do this beautifully even with my G4 mobile with everything in focus too whilst recording the Proms on R3, so this small machine replaces my need to drool over the 1DX.
You may laugh but much current debate neglects current realities when one is being invited to send the cost of a new car on a Canon.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 13:02 UTC as 26th comment

I try but fail to understand. I try hard, I still have my 1DsMkII, but fantastic though it is, it is used little, replaced by the D800. Now why do Vanon continue with these 18-22MP full frame models at all?
IF you want fast frame rates and prefer accidental timing to your own choices, anything much cjeaper will do, and is all you deserve, but I want a 50MP 1Ds with the same 0.042msrc lag my 2004machine has. Not some obsolete low res machine, as I have got one already.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 22:04 UTC as 78th comment | 6 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2153 comments in total)

dear folks, I just cancelled an order for an A7R because of the batteries . I cant get past anyone charging money for a machine that like the 6300 shoots video, very good video, but for only an hour per battery and has no charger for home or car you can charge more batteries with. My thoughts will doubtless be mocked by many, but I can guarantee you will never be happy with a Nex outside the office, on a trip or in the rain, and a touchscreen waterproofedmobile will do 4k for a lot longer , amd unlike your average Nex, wont overheat amd shut down in video draining the baytety like my Nex7 did, yours sincerely, a photographer

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 10:37 UTC as 49th comment | 5 replies
On article Microsoft Lumia 950 camera review (117 comments in total)

16:9 is vital. However it requires better sensors with 16mp plus to avoid noise. Even a G4 LG is noisy, and ceryainly this 950 does not improve upon it, so O tend to use an 808 for low noise and high resolution even over a D800 in circumstances where I need max depth of field , and have got to really enjoy what 16:9 can do.I'd wait till Nokia arrive with the nextgenhiresolution

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 00:01 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2161 comments in total)

I'm not convinced as its reactions are much slower than mine with offbrand lenses. Manual focus shutter lag of a tenth of a second on a £2600 body.......

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 22:00 UTC as 53rd comment | 2 replies
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