munro harrap

munro harrap

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On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (146 comments in total)

The lens compatibility is really a diverting topic. Sensors appear to reject often extremely sharp expensive lenses. If you google "DXO mark Canon 1D Mk IV" and look through the sharpness ratings of the various lenses on that sensor, you will not believe what you see. I still find some results very difficult to cope with.

Well, I said to myself, this is a 16MP sensor occupying a much smaller area than the 1Ds MkII model of almost the same pixel resolution, yet there are Zeiss primes here that are rated at 6-8 MP resolution when on a 5DsR Canon they are over 30MP resolution. They do not resolve the 16MP of the sensor at all, and there are dozens of these examples that are surely not down to focussing. The 135mm f2 Canon resolves the sensor, but thats about it, and Canon's own huge zooms and teles, for the most part yield appalling results. Does this phenomenom apply universally?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 21:02 UTC as 8th comment

Other than poverty, I am remembering things about being a Leica M photographer.

Like being mugged.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 20:51 UTC as 10th comment

Well great news for full-frame users, but I am still awaiting the equivalent for APS-C, at F2 as Fuji users have on their X100x machines. Whoever brings out a good E mount APS-C 23mm F2 lens will make a fortune! All the millions of bodies with no basic prime wideangle!!!

Can you imagine Leicas surviving without the 35mm focal length??

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 22:24 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (264 comments in total)

When you can buy a good 4K monitor for a lot less than you are forced to pay for a photo printer, let alone its ink , WHY print. Wake up and smell the ink Ricoh, ca pue! Keep on with the cameras though but try a GR with a viewfinder?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:58 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article LG G6 camera review (110 comments in total)

Well, sorry, but the one thing I hate about my G4 is its revolting sharpened Jpegs, and this thing is STILL doing it. Its about time they realized WHY Samsung phones outsell LG by an almost infinite factor. It is because, like our cameras and old Nokias, you can turn off the sharpening and Samsung hardly sharpens at all, leaving it to you. The blockey, messy results also ruin the panoramas and you may as well use a proper camera instead and spend hours stitching- because then you can shoot RAW and fix exposure for the entire pan instead of the horrid auto exposure compensation making the dark light and the light dark- why samples are usually monotonous!
Can it still record the radio in FM HD? Their biggest selling point of old?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:51 UTC as 4th comment
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munro harrap: These editions began in film days, and then, as now, a film using M series could be expected to last 50 years or more (because they just do).

Leitz have been using sensors that curl and peel and need replacement. After a while they charge to replace them. This happens a lot, and so you are paying a comparable special edition special price for something that will not be a camera for very long.

Indeed you are paying an extraordinary price for a really unreliable machin. Do Leitz keep spare parts (in this case sensors etc) as they used to do in film days for at least fifty years?

IF the sensors are now reliable, I'd love an M10, but they are too new to know if reliability will exist for any number of years.Combining their excruciating expense with that of Leitz lenses from scratch is madness, and yes, madness IS a societal issue.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 13:41 UTC
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munro harrap: These editions began in film days, and then, as now, a film using M series could be expected to last 50 years or more (because they just do).

Leitz have been using sensors that curl and peel and need replacement. After a while they charge to replace them. This happens a lot, and so you are paying a comparable special edition special price for something that will not be a camera for very long.

Indeed you are paying an extraordinary price for a really unreliable machin. Do Leitz keep spare parts (in this case sensors etc) as they used to do in film days for at least fifty years?

Well, as those who paid good money for their M8 and M9 cameras discovered, its not funny, not at all. Anyone with such an experience should be entitled to a replacement model that does not have this problem, but Leitz refuses to do this, which is really quite disgraceful. Under EU law consumers can legally expect some protection for anything up to 6 years from date of purchase for electrical equipment, and certainly new M9s gave up the ghost far quicker than this.

As to film, I can no longer bring myself to use a medium that relies on film-processing in an era where you then have to scan results, unless printing them yourself in a lab paying to wash prints etcetera.

I personally remain unconvinced by arguments for 35mm film as opposed to a full frame sensors results with the same optics, because I now really do appreciate being able to manipulate against distortion and vignetting, and I can reduce noise and get a clearer purer result with digital.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 13:19 UTC

These editions began in film days, and then, as now, a film using M series could be expected to last 50 years or more (because they just do).

Leitz have been using sensors that curl and peel and need replacement. After a while they charge to replace them. This happens a lot, and so you are paying a comparable special edition special price for something that will not be a camera for very long.

Indeed you are paying an extraordinary price for a really unreliable machin. Do Leitz keep spare parts (in this case sensors etc) as they used to do in film days for at least fifty years?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 18:17 UTC as 12th comment | 6 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3 (94 comments in total)

AS an object, as a piece of design, surely the prettiest of all digicams?
I used one for a while, but it died and had to go back. Very good colour, very good for desktop macro closeups because of that tilt and flip screen, good macro, still a good camera, but the colour though good, and much better than the G5 was not IMHO as good as the G1 colour. G1 colour is VERY good.

I used to spend ages rearranging small objects on tables, started as a res test, but then the results began to take on a life of their own until there I was, with it on a tripod, recording old gold teeth and pot-pourri, and paperclips and my kids trinkets, as though I were Google earth (the patterns from above still very 3D).

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 13:36 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies

Too little, and too late. nice pics we can all see online bigger and better anyway-with a greatly enhanced luminance and dynamic range. The DR of even a hand-made Minor White or Ansel Adams however big it is, is still only around 12:1. Whilst this is what a decent sensor does nowadays, it is nowhere near what our monitors and TVs can now manage. Indeed there is a case for doing just that with all pictures as Google is doing with art gallery paintings.

I would not myself even suggest selling such paltry offerings when only a generation ago, you could buy still original Walker Evans and Margaret Bourke-White FSA photographic prints 10'x8' in size for $10 each.

Estate-stamped means what exactly?- the same as you get on a Roblochon cheese or Merlot wine bottle from a trademarked product !! Not printed by the photographers and nor signed by them.

Mean-hearted conditions!

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 16:15 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I am so tired of examples like this being used, even shown at all, because its way underexposed in all the most important areas. Nobody SEES scenes in this way, just as nobody bases their outdoor exposures that contain metals shining in the sun, or the sun itself, as white.
You have to let light sources burn through your exposures as they do in real life. And then measure the dynamic range of the range of the picture that the human eye can see in real life without discomfort or blindness.

Read what you wrote to me twice Rishi. There is NO doubt that it is sarcastic and condescending. The idea you are giving a lecture is giving yourself airs in the first place. You imagine people here ignorant, and that you are doing them a favour by teaching them. You need to get around this by accepting there is US, not "US and THEM", which is usually the result of being in employment, we call it an occupational hazard here. There's also the attitude you betray by saying things like me ""getting mad at a lecture because its teaching a rather subtle concept is a mature thing to do?"

Go bit by bit through the sentence and what you are clearly saying to everyone is that I have lost patience with you because I lack the maturity and the patience to imbibe and actually understand what you the "professor" is saying.

Read your posts again Rishi, from the READERS side of things!

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 15:59 UTC
On article LG G6 camera review (110 comments in total)

LG still refuse to play ball. I adore my G4, its a great phone, and has an excellent lens and sensor IF i use RAW. BUT, like this one and unlike all recent Samsungs etc etc, and old Nokias of far greater resolution, its jpegs are UTTERLY useless as they are oversharpened ghastly graphics that bear no resemblence to a photograph at all.

Here we have too a superwide angle on a sensor only just big enough for a normal wide-angle, whereas to be frank, it needs really to be a MUCH bigger sensor of double the resolution to really work.

I'm very glad they have AT LAST sorted the panoramas as a G4 are no good at maintaining an even exposure-results are a joke in poor taste.

but still the jpegs damn it all! What a daft company? Can you imagine them doing that amount of unalterable sharpening to an OLED TV screen!!!

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 20:03 UTC as 27th comment

Pardon us artists for living, but our priorities are not at all political. The excuse, or premise for such a project is to discover and record visually interesting images that will be valued and enjoyed, and looked at far beyond their currency as possible social comment.
What goes on in people's minds CANNOT be recorded on film, or on a digital sensor.
Does anyone care about the Mona Lisa's politics? No, of course not.

THese pics are really good, as pics. As what they are. Try it some time. Try taking photographs for the joy and the surprise of what your interaction with others can yield. It's magic!

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 19:55 UTC as 17th comment
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (691 comments in total)

Yes I have read all your comments, but no, I have not modified my opinion. Since Sigma now make full-frame lenses as good as anybody else's , why should Sigma fans be deprived of a full frame Foveon sensor to match everybody else's full-frame sensors?
If I can stick a Sigma Art lens on a Canon 5Dr or Nikon D5 or D800 and get decent resolution, and 2000 raw shot battery life (regularly on my D800, with large fine jpegs, and no grip), why cant I buy a FF Sigma?

Is the answer because there are some people who dont WANT a full-frame Foveon sensor?? Because they are in love with "the sweet spot", the sensor's, not their own or their partners?!

Who ARE these people exactly, and why do they gang up on the sane and back mean old Sigma's APS-C regime? Why not North Korea?

Loosers!

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 19:47 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies

Easily the best people pictures I have ever seen referred to on this site. They are worth more than several good looks. Posed and thought through as seen some are both exquisite and funny, some are both revealing and touching, but all ring true and better Arbus and Strand's earlier efforts. Take a good look..

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 11:03 UTC as 64th comment
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (691 comments in total)

There are things that bother me as well as please me. Its great they are building bodies that take their current lens range.

But its not so great that the full-frame lenses are unable to perform normally , because they are using a cropped sensor that also reduces wide angle coverage enormously.

Canon gave up with the 1D MkIV in 2009, and they do not make APS-H sensored cameras any more.

For Sigma's own full-frame lenses it is a disaster. I am perplexed

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 00:04 UTC as 60th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I am so tired of examples like this being used, even shown at all, because its way underexposed in all the most important areas. Nobody SEES scenes in this way, just as nobody bases their outdoor exposures that contain metals shining in the sun, or the sun itself, as white.
You have to let light sources burn through your exposures as they do in real life. And then measure the dynamic range of the range of the picture that the human eye can see in real life without discomfort or blindness.

I wilt under your sarcasm and condecension

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 23:15 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I am so tired of examples like this being used, even shown at all, because its way underexposed in all the most important areas. Nobody SEES scenes in this way, just as nobody bases their outdoor exposures that contain metals shining in the sun, or the sun itself, as white.
You have to let light sources burn through your exposures as they do in real life. And then measure the dynamic range of the range of the picture that the human eye can see in real life without discomfort or blindness.

While I do not disagree with Rishi's work, it reminds me of extremely boring lectures, a whole series of them given us at college on the creation of Ilford HP5 by profs who had in fact designed the emulsion, and then another series on the physics of light, blah, blah. All well and good, but of no practical use to photographers. Nobody would buy, show, or print these images, and therefore discussion of them is invidious IMHO.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 23:40 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)

I am so tired of examples like this being used, even shown at all, because its way underexposed in all the most important areas. Nobody SEES scenes in this way, just as nobody bases their outdoor exposures that contain metals shining in the sun, or the sun itself, as white.
You have to let light sources burn through your exposures as they do in real life. And then measure the dynamic range of the range of the picture that the human eye can see in real life without discomfort or blindness.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 23:49 UTC as 20th comment | 11 replies
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (279 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
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