munro harrap

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As none of us us daft enough to buy it, I wonder what they imagine their customer is like? Heaven knows the Summar was bad enough, but back in the day you didn't get asked the price of 4 seater car with a 5/7 year warranty to get photographs you cannot pixel peep as they have NO resolution.

We all still have access to better Canon and Nikon portrait lenses that are very crisp stopped down and soft wide open, and cost only a few hundred pounds/dollars/yen etc new, or you can get a Samyang 500mm f8 mirror! lens that has similar optical effects, so this must be just more bling, surely?

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 16:54 UTC as 63rd comment
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munro harrap: What I noticed as odd first was the noise on the body of the chestnut horse made with an a7R2 at 200 iso. I was surprised. The 24-400mm Leitz lens on the Fz1000 has better contrast and the images I get from it have as good dynamic range. As this 20MP camera in this light can reproduce what there is here at normal print sizes, only really big enlargement use can now justify the financial outlay demanded, quite an evolutionary thought-since Sony too are developing further these little 1" sensors I once scoffed at. It may be that the cheaper lighter route with become one day the norm for creative photographers like me - and that IS quite a thought-pocketable Salgado and Adams level output from a superzoom!!

no progress then? I did say "one day". I did not say tomorrow!

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 18:51 UTC

What I noticed as odd first was the noise on the body of the chestnut horse made with an a7R2 at 200 iso. I was surprised. The 24-400mm Leitz lens on the Fz1000 has better contrast and the images I get from it have as good dynamic range. As this 20MP camera in this light can reproduce what there is here at normal print sizes, only really big enlargement use can now justify the financial outlay demanded, quite an evolutionary thought-since Sony too are developing further these little 1" sensors I once scoffed at. It may be that the cheaper lighter route with become one day the norm for creative photographers like me - and that IS quite a thought-pocketable Salgado and Adams level output from a superzoom!!

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 20:10 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (195 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Above me I note the UK price of an iPhone 8 plus (256GB space grey) £1049. Give me that much money and I will let you have my LG G4 (cost £280 new). It does things Apple leave out. It has a very good FM radio I can record in HD stereo onto a card I can endlessly replace. It does 4K well. Its sensor and camera performance are better in RAW (of course!) than Apple's gizmo is- the published samples here are dreadful.
Yes, I know I make a profit of £770, but you are still getting a SO much better camera and phone with 4K combo.

With £1049 you can buy a high-end computer , or a good full-frame DSLR, a good secondhand car, or live in India like a lord for at least 6 months taking photos on the LG G4. Everyone online and elsewhere appears to have totally lost contact with reality.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 03:40 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (195 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Above me I note the UK price of an iPhone 8 plus (256GB space grey) £1049. Give me that much money and I will let you have my LG G4 (cost £280 new). It does things Apple leave out. It has a very good FM radio I can record in HD stereo onto a card I can endlessly replace. It does 4K well. Its sensor and camera performance are better in RAW (of course!) than Apple's gizmo is- the published samples here are dreadful.
Yes, I know I make a profit of £770, but you are still getting a SO much better camera and phone with 4K combo.

You are kidding me, an LG G4 was the all around best phone in 2015!! It does EVERYTHING an iPhone 8 does. The resolution of the iPhone 8 is less than that of the Nokia N8 from 7 years ago! It had only 12MP, but a much bigger sensor. I can get 4ft wide noise-free images from my LG G4 (if well-exposed) and its 16:9 sensor suits me better than the squarish one the iPhones have. With the LG you must use the RAW file option as its jpegs are oversharpened blocky messes at 1:1 magnification onscreen. Of course small they look great, but you only get good results from an LG using RAW. They never learned to leave the jpegs alone for YOU to sharpen, if you so desire. Stupid, but most makers copy them. All are of course outclassed by the 808 and 1020 Nokias for photos only.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 03:36 UTC
On article Nikon's official D850 lens recommendation list (295 comments in total)
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munro harrap: So, if you buy any of these lenses they'll be fine at all apertures and focal lengths on a 46MP sensor? WOW!!! No Canon lens is, at any price, nor any Zeiss. Nothing on Earth resolves 46MP across the frame and into the corners-all you will get is a larger image with around a third to a half the sensors advertised resolution, and I feel its high time this was proclaimed from the rooftops, as paying the amounts demanded here will NOT solve the problems inherent in all lens design currently. Buy them and return them if they dont satisfy you, yay! I did, the 14-24mm is a rubbish lens at full aperture wide and impossible to accurately focus if not on a tripod using live view. The 17-35mm f2.8 is soft at 35mm f2.8 and hopeless at 17mm until it is set to f5.6, but otherwise a fab useful lovechild lens. But if only many of them focussed as fast!!

OK, but if you read what I said, there is nothing to disagree with.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 22:35 UTC

Throwback Thursday is worth a lot more attention than an hours work, tut, tut!!
There are things missed by those who descry its usefulness. Important stuff, like Ways of Seeing. You see in different ways with different machines, whose sensors capabilities limit and explode possibilities. Suppose I gave you now a Nikon Coolpix 950? Its viewfinder is pathetic-like an old Leica viewfinder, and it has a swivel body. Its like nothing you have ever used before- and you have to go shoot stuff on its low capacity CF card. You are used to a Canon 5DsR. What do you do, and HOW do you achieve good results? (Because you still can). Or you get to use Barney's G5 but you have never used anything below 24MP FF- what do you do, and how do you explode/exploit its limitations to produce truly stunning original work. These are really useful things to do, believe it or not, like using a mobile phone's camera adds immeasurably to one's output, eh?

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 19:26 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (195 comments in total)

Above me I note the UK price of an iPhone 8 plus (256GB space grey) £1049. Give me that much money and I will let you have my LG G4 (cost £280 new). It does things Apple leave out. It has a very good FM radio I can record in HD stereo onto a card I can endlessly replace. It does 4K well. Its sensor and camera performance are better in RAW (of course!) than Apple's gizmo is- the published samples here are dreadful.
Yes, I know I make a profit of £770, but you are still getting a SO much better camera and phone with 4K combo.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 19:04 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
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Jonathan Mac: I've seen a couple of Sony DSC-R1s for sale recently, though they don't seem to have lost value as much as other "compacts" from the time. I really wanted one of them but had to settle for a Canon A75.

YES, that is why Sony dumped the design! No need for more lenses etc! Try the FZ1000-on mine the lens is as good! But they get smashed in the post as Panasonic pack the lens butted up against the left-side thin card wall of the box with no packing. I mean these things must really cost pennies to make in fact- surely no more than a dozen eggs!!

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 18:26 UTC
On article Nikon's official D850 lens recommendation list (295 comments in total)
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munro harrap: So, if you buy any of these lenses they'll be fine at all apertures and focal lengths on a 46MP sensor? WOW!!! No Canon lens is, at any price, nor any Zeiss. Nothing on Earth resolves 46MP across the frame and into the corners-all you will get is a larger image with around a third to a half the sensors advertised resolution, and I feel its high time this was proclaimed from the rooftops, as paying the amounts demanded here will NOT solve the problems inherent in all lens design currently. Buy them and return them if they dont satisfy you, yay! I did, the 14-24mm is a rubbish lens at full aperture wide and impossible to accurately focus if not on a tripod using live view. The 17-35mm f2.8 is soft at 35mm f2.8 and hopeless at 17mm until it is set to f5.6, but otherwise a fab useful lovechild lens. But if only many of them focussed as fast!!

My copy of the 14-24 WAS bad, very poor. Subsequently, and in the UK I paid again full price for a 24-70mm F2.8 to be disgusted by its border performance field curvature and fringing, the old £60 24-50mm D lens I have was better. I bought a second one, same problems.....
Personally I tried 3 24-85mm VR lenses before I got a good one, and it was secondhand and cheap. Much sharper than the 24-70mm . A really good light reliable small machine! As a reportage photographer I bought the D800 BECAUSE of what I had heard about the 24-70mm , so you will realise my ire!! Most Nikon manual lenses are good, the 17-35mm AFS zoom and the 80-200mm AFS are extremely useful IF you can live with their limitations. A great fast wide zoom I would love, but they do not yet exist.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 18:20 UTC
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AdamT: Just a correction, the G3 wasn`t more rounded than the G5, in fact they`re the same camera Cosmetically, the G5 was basically a black 5Mp G3 with updated innards ..

the G2 was available in gold or smart Pro black. the G1 was half gunmetal silver and half black if I remember rightly .. I think the G1 and G2 looked very dated even on launch and still look like early 80s film compacts now, the G3/5 and especially G6 while boxy do look made for the Digital age ..

Ah, but not so much dated. THe G2 has visually the class of a Leica, with a better lens!! The G1 is the only Canon I have ever owned whose reds are accurate enough...... I can remember G2s being £400 secondhand!! I actually like the G1.s looks, like a toy.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 22:50 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: I've seen a couple of Sony DSC-R1s for sale recently, though they don't seem to have lost value as much as other "compacts" from the time. I really wanted one of them but had to settle for a Canon A75.

Except for its poor high ISO performance the R1 outclasses STILL almost all APS-C cameras, as its lens is sharp (or mine is) at all focal lengths and apertures, with almost no distortion: such that, in good daylight you need nothing else really, unless you need more than 10MP. Prefocussed it still has the fastest response of ANY machine 0.007secs!!!, and is of course dustproof and silent!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 22:44 UTC
On article Nikon's official D850 lens recommendation list (295 comments in total)

So, if you buy any of these lenses they'll be fine at all apertures and focal lengths on a 46MP sensor? WOW!!! No Canon lens is, at any price, nor any Zeiss. Nothing on Earth resolves 46MP across the frame and into the corners-all you will get is a larger image with around a third to a half the sensors advertised resolution, and I feel its high time this was proclaimed from the rooftops, as paying the amounts demanded here will NOT solve the problems inherent in all lens design currently. Buy them and return them if they dont satisfy you, yay! I did, the 14-24mm is a rubbish lens at full aperture wide and impossible to accurately focus if not on a tripod using live view. The 17-35mm f2.8 is soft at 35mm f2.8 and hopeless at 17mm until it is set to f5.6, but otherwise a fab useful lovechild lens. But if only many of them focussed as fast!!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 20:43 UTC as 29th comment | 10 replies

When I did finally do the same thing I got the 7MP G6. It is superior colourwise, and not being black makes it easier to find!! I love these compacts and have made series of still life close-ups enabled by the mains adaptor and the accurate tilting screen. Big Daddy is of course the Olympus E10 and E20p cameras, as big as a modern DSLR, but with a superb 35-135mm f2-2.4 lens, surely a candidate for throwback Thursday. I paid over £500 for an E20p with the w/a converter, but returned it dissatified with the image quality. Now the proud possessor of a complete kit E10p including the 400mm add-on f2.8 converter, which is very goodish, for £50, I still miss the days I enthused over my G2 and its teleconverter, but IMHO the 5MP digicam sensors all fail- the Nikon 5000-otherwise a fantastic machine, being a noisy and bad reds case in point-like a G5 with flu!!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 20:15 UTC as 27th comment

I cant wait for Christmas!!

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 15:56 UTC as 201st comment

Check out iphone8 and Nokia 808 comparison in my gallery now (from Dpreview), and remember the score is for a lot of things, but for photos the 808 and 1020 Nokias are better-IF you can still find a good one. Sorry it did not work before

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 01:15 UTC as 2nd comment

Check out iphone8 and Nokia 808 comparison in my gallery now (from Dpreview), and remember the score is for a lot of things, but for photos the 808 and 1020 Nokias are better-IF you can still find a good one.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 01:14 UTC as 23rd comment
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kobakokh: Western Digital also offers same 12TB HDD...

Western Digital OWN Seagate...

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 00:22 UTC
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munro harrap: In my gallery I have placed comparison tests from here for the iPhone 8 and the Nokia 808. Take a look.

Sorry, as the image is marked as a PNG it cannot open, and in software it will not convert, so I've put it on Facebook

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 22:39 UTC

In my gallery I have placed comparison tests from here for the iPhone 8 and the Nokia 808. Take a look.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 22:21 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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