munro harrap

munro harrap

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On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (251 comments in total)
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WGVanDyck: Barney, I think you walked into to it writing anything that appears to be Nikon vs. Canon. Why didn't you just add that you like Ford trucks too?

I do not think this is a competitive thing: Canon/Nikon etc, but a groove thang! I got into serious digital photography with the Canon 1Ds, and because I did and it was my first FF love, replaced by the MkII, mentally psychologically, and NOT in terms of muscle memory or personal image/vanity etc, for reasons even I do not understand, I remember taking pictures with a 1Ds MkII that in fact I took with a D800!!! I have to look again, I have to check, because I remember as I do the miracle of getting the photograph AT ALL, and not what I took it with, just that one's first love in any area of activity kind of leaves its mark on you!!, and you cannot help but say "I'm a married spud, I'm a married spud!" It's not a tech thing .

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 00:31 UTC
On article Steve Huff: 'Why I love my Micro Four Thirds System' (55 comments in total)

Somebody needs to help me here, because, as elsewhere the samples are too small to evaluate and my phone at this size does equally well with the same subjects, and 2: because WHY should anyone bother with a sponsored pro photographers opinion at all? Surely its like watching a TV toothpaste ad that tells you that the person in the white coat really IS a dentist?! Surely both are equally irrelevant, because their opinion does not come for free? They are peddling equipment, period.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 00:19 UTC as 16th comment
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (251 comments in total)
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Scottelly: If you think THAT thing changed everything, then you need to study the Canon 5 D a little more.

;)

No, it was the best early HD video machine: its great for video, but I bought one for stills new at vast expense, and had to return it because its low-contrast detail resolution is non-existant. Noise reduction smooths away the detail in RAWs too, and there is no way around it. The 5D MkIII has been criticized by staff here too for the very same thing. Its AF is also ropey, to be polite, but for video prefocused with stopped down manual lenses it has been sucessfully used and movies made with it have won awards- one at Sundance on the Afghan conflict.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 14:37 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (251 comments in total)

Yes, I agree with TORN's comments below. I can make ANY machines pictures look dreadful too!

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 14:32 UTC as 24th comment
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (251 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I did not buy a D3, because I could not understand how anyone would want a 12MP camera rather than a 16.7MP Canon 1Ds MkII, it did not figure! There was this machine that had been there four years already when the D3 eventually emerged, without sensor cleaning or anything other than live view to tempt me. I looked here at all those marbled 6400 ISO samples and was not at all impressed, though obviously it was way ahead of the Canon, because I just used fast primes when such situations occurred, instead of my zooms. I had a evil plan, and used Nikon primes bought cheap when APS-C Nikons persistence in the market had reduced prices for Nikon lenses made for full-frame 35mm to well, very little, and was waiting for the Nikon Great Leap Forward to compete with Canon, but it did not come until the D800 of 2012, when they at last decided to do reality justice. And I was ready with all those primes, waiting!!

And an 85mm f1.8 or f1.4 gives you a 127.5 mm 15+MP image on a D8xxx series machine, useful, as in a concert or theatre you are often close enough to be able to use both FF and APs-C crops

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 13:45 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (251 comments in total)
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Scottelly: If you think THAT thing changed everything, then you need to study the Canon 5 D a little more.

;)

It was a very expensive camera, whose autofocus was really not so good, but ideal for static subjects with IQ measured better than the M8. Leica. Read the Dpreview review. For Landscape etc and weddings etc they are just fine still. They had a weak AA filter, and photographs need little or no sharpening. Not as good for action as a 1Ds Mk 1 whose AA filter was even weaker (I put that in as I used one for years and some wag here says images needed 300% sharpening- though whether at .2 or 0.3 or 0.4. or 0.5 he did not say (0.2 pixels at 400% is good to go for just about every camera).

In the UK they were extremely expensive, yet had a lot of shutter lag, by !Ds and D3 standards. You can still buy them with a years warranty s/h for about £300, often less. Hope that helps you.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 13:39 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (251 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I did not buy a D3, because I could not understand how anyone would want a 12MP camera rather than a 16.7MP Canon 1Ds MkII, it did not figure! There was this machine that had been there four years already when the D3 eventually emerged, without sensor cleaning or anything other than live view to tempt me. I looked here at all those marbled 6400 ISO samples and was not at all impressed, though obviously it was way ahead of the Canon, because I just used fast primes when such situations occurred, instead of my zooms. I had a evil plan, and used Nikon primes bought cheap when APS-C Nikons persistence in the market had reduced prices for Nikon lenses made for full-frame 35mm to well, very little, and was waiting for the Nikon Great Leap Forward to compete with Canon, but it did not come until the D800 of 2012, when they at last decided to do reality justice. And I was ready with all those primes, waiting!!

Yes, of course, the high iso performance of the D3 IS much better than the 1Ds MkII, but until you go above 400 ISO the Canon is superior, if you care about the photographic quality and the image detail resolution of your images. And D2X color is better than the D3 IMHO.

I was raised on M3 and M2 Leicas with 35mm and 50mm f1.4 lenses, and even in dreadful concert lighting never NEEDED to go above 800 ISO., even in colour.

Now you can even use the APS-C frame at a resolution higher than the D3 is able to manage- it is 15+ megapixel even on a D8xx, and this combination also has the virtue of your being able to choose to view the area around the crop, as you would on a Leica. On a D800, a 15+ MP image from a 135mm f2.0 Nikkor AF is a very small lightweight cheap 200mm f2.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 12:22 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (251 comments in total)

I did not buy a D3, because I could not understand how anyone would want a 12MP camera rather than a 16.7MP Canon 1Ds MkII, it did not figure! There was this machine that had been there four years already when the D3 eventually emerged, without sensor cleaning or anything other than live view to tempt me. I looked here at all those marbled 6400 ISO samples and was not at all impressed, though obviously it was way ahead of the Canon, because I just used fast primes when such situations occurred, instead of my zooms. I had a evil plan, and used Nikon primes bought cheap when APS-C Nikons persistence in the market had reduced prices for Nikon lenses made for full-frame 35mm to well, very little, and was waiting for the Nikon Great Leap Forward to compete with Canon, but it did not come until the D800 of 2012, when they at last decided to do reality justice. And I was ready with all those primes, waiting!!

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 20:35 UTC as 52nd comment | 6 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (796 comments in total)

The OM-1 N.B works without its meter, so with a handheld meter you are OK. I just dont use mine, or indeed ANY film camera, but IF I did in compacts the best I can remember was the coupled rangefinder Olympus 35SP. Geat fast lens, accurate fast rangfinder programmed accurate metering- an M6 Leica for peanuts, with a better viewfinder.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 15:39 UTC as 320th comment
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (636 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Nobody uses cameras this way. Nobody exposes for the highlights in dark rooms, not unless you want a mess like this!! IF there is one rule digital commands over film it is NEVER underexpose. Stand in the scene with a meter pointing at the camera in your hand and take a reading. Or take a direct camera reading from a grey card. Result, no mess.

Then get rid of ALL the black by using the blacks slider in Lightroom or whatever and minus it to the max.

One day THEY, the greedy manufacturers will do this in-camera themselves, and you will call it an upgrade, a miracle, but you can do it now yourselves.
Increase the flat contrast line to the moderate curve and the contrast is restored. Further you will have gained about 54% more light (measured over time with D800 files anyway.)

Yes its false, but so much less black noise!!! Yes its false, but so was the original.!!

I said "properly", your interpretation is therefore bizarre

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 15:31 UTC
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munro harrap: The dissatisfied here need to understand the realpolitik of reviews. Do they understand, for example, the realpolitik of marriage, or employment?

Only when they have gone clear and assessed their own condition, with its needs and fears and risks, should they be allowed to post here at all.

I for one am getting a little tired of acting as unpaid psychotherapist for a certain category of photographer who, on the one hand sees truth-telling as "Trolling" and casual abuse and online bullying as the way to go.

I suspect Dpreviews guys are as fed up as I.

What on earth are you bothering with me for then?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 15:26 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (636 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Nobody uses cameras this way. Nobody exposes for the highlights in dark rooms, not unless you want a mess like this!! IF there is one rule digital commands over film it is NEVER underexpose. Stand in the scene with a meter pointing at the camera in your hand and take a reading. Or take a direct camera reading from a grey card. Result, no mess.

Then get rid of ALL the black by using the blacks slider in Lightroom or whatever and minus it to the max.

One day THEY, the greedy manufacturers will do this in-camera themselves, and you will call it an upgrade, a miracle, but you can do it now yourselves.
Increase the flat contrast line to the moderate curve and the contrast is restored. Further you will have gained about 54% more light (measured over time with D800 files anyway.)

Yes its false, but so much less black noise!!! Yes its false, but so was the original.!!

Of course, you are using the lowest ISO that gives the highest dynamic range noiselessly? This interior scene should be easily encompassed by the DR of ANY modern machine if used properly rather than by a rishi in noir desir hell! Take a series of spot reading and bingo!! Did Ansel live for nothing!!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 14:08 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (636 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Nobody uses cameras this way. Nobody exposes for the highlights in dark rooms, not unless you want a mess like this!! IF there is one rule digital commands over film it is NEVER underexpose. Stand in the scene with a meter pointing at the camera in your hand and take a reading. Or take a direct camera reading from a grey card. Result, no mess.

Then get rid of ALL the black by using the blacks slider in Lightroom or whatever and minus it to the max.

One day THEY, the greedy manufacturers will do this in-camera themselves, and you will call it an upgrade, a miracle, but you can do it now yourselves.
Increase the flat contrast line to the moderate curve and the contrast is restored. Further you will have gained about 54% more light (measured over time with D800 files anyway.)

Yes its false, but so much less black noise!!! Yes its false, but so was the original.!!

You have issues obviously, but I shall do what I can to help. First you need to find out how much overexposure there is through the window relative to MID-TONES inside, where you are with your incident meter or grey card, on a sofa say with your back to the window.

You need get the room itself optimally noiselessly just right. Then, jumping out of the window with the meter still facing the camera, as your heroes do in movies , quickly get a reading of the light in the sane worlds outside of your dark prison!

If you not survive the Fall, you shall have two good readings to preach from the pulpit you inhabit in Heaven, but if you survive you can just add the good well-exposed view from the window to the good well-exposed view of the interior. In software (dont ask me I have never done this,)

These two exposures can be varied infinitely, noiselessly. You can even do a Bourke-White and match the tonality outside to the interior using instead, (dare I even whisper it? FLASH!!!!)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 14:02 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (93 comments in total)

I can remember being unable, in-store try-out time, to cope with the viewfinder and the ergonomics, but how wrong I was, when years later I bought one to attempt sharp well-resolved close-ups of items in such hugely different planes of focus that only small sensored machines can manage.

Although now replaced by my LG G4 for such purposes it remains a favourite I will never sell. The lens is MUCH better than either the A2 Minolta or the DSC-828 Sony, because the Sony's was as sharp, yet it had horrific blue fringing on light subjects in bright light.

I think of the 8080 as a studio camera!!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 12:48 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (636 comments in total)

Nobody uses cameras this way. Nobody exposes for the highlights in dark rooms, not unless you want a mess like this!! IF there is one rule digital commands over film it is NEVER underexpose. Stand in the scene with a meter pointing at the camera in your hand and take a reading. Or take a direct camera reading from a grey card. Result, no mess.

Then get rid of ALL the black by using the blacks slider in Lightroom or whatever and minus it to the max.

One day THEY, the greedy manufacturers will do this in-camera themselves, and you will call it an upgrade, a miracle, but you can do it now yourselves.
Increase the flat contrast line to the moderate curve and the contrast is restored. Further you will have gained about 54% more light (measured over time with D800 files anyway.)

Yes its false, but so much less black noise!!! Yes its false, but so was the original.!!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 12:26 UTC as 112th comment | 9 replies
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (348 comments in total)

Let us pray such stuff sinks without trace! An insult to the Amateur- the viewfinderless castrated camera!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 00:24 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On article Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM sample gallery (142 comments in total)

In good light the FZ1000 equals these results, so have a think, as there is now a version 2 with a bigger zoom, and Sony have one as well. And it is absolutely silent and runs at 10 FPS in raw, as does an a6000 with adaptor and a MUCH cheaper alternative-manual lenses included as the highlighted focussing indication works well.
Of course IF you need super low-light results AND FF .......

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 23:20 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (764 comments in total)

£1250? no interchangeable lenses? Digitally faking 50mm and 70mm lenses and resizing ? Unsupported RAW files in a lot of softwares? On SAle???

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 02:00 UTC as 13th comment

It is why the good photographers either leave Magnum, or do not attempt to join!
But not only Magnum, there is also the Press itself and all the agencies purveyors and proliferators of violence of all kinds that these freaks delight in using as excuses for journalism- mirrored exactly and accurately by Daesh videos of beheadings etcetera that ape western decadence in these realms and hold up a mirror to the garbage peddled everywhere on the internet and in every single newspaper that is published now worldwide. I could not work in the arms industry either, and regard this idiot Datta as typically engaged by the wrong imagery -like Mary Ellen Mark before him- to pander to our worst "tastes" in the name of WHAT exactly??

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:41 UTC as 1st comment
On article 5 reasons to choose the Leica Q for street photography (28 comments in total)

Suggest you become a retro person, and try the DSC-R1 Sony. It is silent , and has a very good 24-120mm f2.8-4.8 zoom lens and was my first real machine for reportage. It is 10MP, does Sony Raw files recorded on compact flash and memory stick. There is a SEVEN second delay between shots if you shoot RAW, but you need to as the jpegs lack reality. It also has a screen that though small can be viewed on top of the camera from above like a Rolleiflex or Hasselblad, but with the image the right way round you can follow action normally> Around £100 now. The zoom is manual. The AF is accurate but not very quick, so you have to be quicker, and anticipate results as with an M series film Leica, but its shutter lag is not a 15th/sec like an M, its 0.007 milliseconds-still the fastest there is. Faster than yours. Lousy at 400iso or above-but I see you are a sunlight person so that is just fine! Worth a go? Oh Yeah!

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 21:32 UTC as 8th comment
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