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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timo: If you truly trust the Cloud in any form, good luck.

Let's say I would never rely on the Cloud exclusively as a way of storing data. Who knows when your Imternet access may fail?

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 17:58 UTC

If you truly trust the Cloud in any form, good luck.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 05:51 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (362 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: Insisting on built-in EVF these days is very superfluous; when a camera can be totally controlled via the back LCD, via the smartphone, via the external EVF, tethered via the computer, etc. It is redundancy, upon redundancy, upon redundancy. As that is not not enough, but extra built-in EVF is needed too, so that camera must increase in size, or the EVF size is compromisingly small to be practical?
As the proverb goes, too many nannies spoil the child.

Unless you use reading glasses, in which case a built-in EVF is pretty-much essential.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 03:52 UTC

Very good little camera. Sadly someone in Belgium has mine. On a train from Brussels to Amsterdam somebody swiped my camera bag from the shelf above the seat - and with it went the LX-3, Pentax DSLR, and K/50 1.2 lens. Oh, and my passport. It was the loss of the lens (one of the best manual lenses ever) that really wound me up, but the LX-3 was really nice for what it was. These days I can't function without a viewfinder, though. I refuse to take glasses off and on all the time to see the damn screen. Which also rules out phone photography, very largely.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 04:57 UTC as 3rd comment
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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 (423 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 112th 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
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