timo

Lives in United Kingdom Singapore and/or, United Kingdom
Works as a Ex-publisher, now freelance writer
Has a website at http://timauger.smugmug.com
Joined on Nov 17, 2002
About me:

Pentax *istD, K30, and K5 (and several bodies in between)

DA: 15, 21, 40, 70, 18-55 (a gang of those), 50-200, 55-300
FA: 24-90, 50 f/1.7, 135 f/2.8
M: 28 f/3.5, 50 f/1.4, 50 f/1.7, 100 f/2.8, 150 f/3.2, 200 f/4
K: 28/3.5, 50 f/1.2 (until someone stole it on a Belgian train), 105 f/2.8

Panasonic GX7, GX8 + 12-32, 14-42, 45-150, 20/1.7 (+ adaptor for Pentax manual lenses)

Fujifilm X30 (the ideal general-purpose carry-around camera)

Started photography with egg-shaped Brownie 127. First SLR owned: Canon AE-1, 1980. First DSLR: Pentax *istD, 2002 (ish).

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LightBug: Mirrorless cameras with short flange distance are great for consumers who can adapt all sorts of legacy lenses to use on them. I am guessing not enough m43 camera buyers buy native m43 lenses, hence resulting in Panasonic's hesitation to invest further in the business.

I would guess the percentage of M4/3 owners out there in the real world who fiddle about with adaptors and legacy lenses is pretty small.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 07:20 UTC

I was just in Bangkok during the week of heaviest rain. I would have been reluctant to venture forth even if I had brought my Pentax weather-sealed DSLR (which I hadn't) ...you have to be a photographic optimist to see the positive side of that situation. In the event I spent several days trying to carry a camera in one hand and an umbrella in the other. Not the textbook situation for blur-free photography.

I would have found 25mm a bit tight for a one-lens situation. The Panny 20mm 1.7 suits me better (and the slowish focus is not as much of as issue as is sometimes claimed).
But I often cheat, and if I really want a compact situation I take the Fuji X30 (zoom and all).

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 08:25 UTC as 44th comment

Oh good. Can't wait. Well, at least it might be entertaining in a darkly humorous kind of way ...

I'll keep a plastic bucket handy just in case.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 05:06 UTC as 76th comment
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)

No EVF, no thanks.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 15:13 UTC as 7th comment
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (119 comments in total)

No EVF, no thanks.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 01:47 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People (93 comments in total)
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timo: I wish people would back-off on the post-processing. All of these are intrinsically great shots, but some of them have been ruined on the computer.

'Back-off', as in not overdo it. Yes, of course I understand that some PP is usually needed, always in the case of RAW files. But creating that 'artificial' look as an end in itself - no thanks. Some people love it, and hang this sort of stuff on their walls. I would prefer to limit PP to the degree of 'artifice' that you might have achieved in the film days by choosing a particular film stock or by expert darkroom technique: beyond that mostly no thanks. And as for HDR used for anything other than a corrective measure ....

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 01:41 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)

No. 2 for me.

Glad I'm not there, though.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 05:13 UTC as 10th comment
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things (67 comments in total)

I like these a lot more than the 'People' shots

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 05:09 UTC as 22nd comment
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People (93 comments in total)
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chary zp: Where is the old wrinkly asian person?

Somewhere in the Encyclopaedia of Overdone Travel Photography Clichés (subentry: the sort of shot that would be regarded as patronising if done on one's home turf)

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 05:07 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People (93 comments in total)

I wish people would back-off on the post-processing. All of these are intrinsically great shots, but some of them have been ruined on the computer.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 05:04 UTC as 13th comment | 10 replies
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)

The photos that get popular accolades often seem over processed to me, somehow too contrived and artificial, like the computer-assisted backgrounds to blockbuster fantasy/sci-fi movies. I'm not against post-processing in principle. It's just that my taste has not moved forward as fast or as far as the technical possibilities.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 04:23 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
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snapa: Some people simply have more money than sense. If you have nothing better to do with $400k then to spend it on an almost useless camera, you have more money than you deserve to have. Will the person who bought it actually use the camera, or just put it on a shelf to admire it? Either way, what a complete waste of money.

Are you living in a more expensive house than you really need to? Do you drive a more expensive car than you really need to? Do you REALLY need to own a camera at all? Have you ever bought a shirt that you didn't really need? All of us spend money either on discretionary items or on possessions that go way beyond functional necessity. If this guy blows a fortune on a functionally useless camera, that is only taking extravagance to a greater extreme than what most of us are guilty of day to day. No difference in principle.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 03:40 UTC

Looks vulgar and horrible. Why do companies with good brand images indulge in these lapses of taste?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 11:55 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

Brownie 127; Canon AE-1; Pentax 420RS; Canon S45; Pentax *istD and onwards ...

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 04:19 UTC as 259th comment
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (420 comments in total)

I wish DPR would give an indication of the size of the image in the viewfinder that could be compared across formats. The magnification figures as given at the moment are very confusing - even for the same sensor size, magnification figures are given in two different ways. Add different sensor sizes and you are completely adrift.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 03:03 UTC as 110th comment

I really like to see someone with an enthusiasm, and he seems like a really nice guy as well. Good for him. I wonder what percentage of his collection actually works?

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 10:08 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (47 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: How about a photographer's guide to North Korea, or Hitler Germany, or Fascist Italy? Talking about taking wonderful nature shots, etc. in a communist/fascist/nazist dictatorship is absolutely immoral.

If you decide not to take photographs in any country with an unsavoury regime your international travel options will be badly limited. But maybe you feel more comfortable staying at home.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 08:16 UTC
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (47 comments in total)

I spent time in Cuba last year.

Great place - nice people, not yet cynical (as in, e.g., Thailand) by over-exposure to tourism. Myanmar is at a similarly attractive, but temporary, stage of development. (Pre-revolutionary history of Cuba is sobering reading, as sad in its way as what has happened since.)

The cars are photographically stunning, but most have lost their original engines, most of the burbling eight-cylinder units replaced by clanky diesels from Russia and Japan. There aren't that many mechanically original runners beyond the highly restored examples that carry tourists around in Havana. Some, but most are not.

My main advice would be to make the effort to get out of Havana and see the rest of the island - the provincial capitals are little gems in their own right, not yet blessed by economic development.

Galleries here.
https://timauger.smugmug.com/CentAmericaCuba

And here's a car:
https://timauger.smugmug.com/CentAmericaCuba/American-cars-in-Cuba/i-kNjmdcD/A

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 09:51 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

Hmmm. When I look back at digital photos I took 10-15 years ago with a variety of camera brands (Canon, Minolta, Pentax) I am struck by how pleased I was with modest performance and resolution at the time, and how much better the results I am getting now are (Pentax, Fuji, Panasonic). Old photos can bring on a wave of nostalgia, sometimes they are creative successes and surprising good technically, but mostly they make me thankful for today's technology. A bit like medical science in that respect.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 01:27 UTC as 29th comment
On article Bentley creates a 53 billion pixel car commercial (189 comments in total)

The car is sharp. The immediate background isn't. So the photographer must have panned the camera - at least for that bit. Very confusing.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 04:58 UTC as 16th comment
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