timo

Lives in United Kingdom Singapore and/or, United Kingdom
Works as a Ex-publisher, now freelance writer
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

Fuji X30, Panasonic GX7 (with 20/1.7; 12-32; 18-42 Mk II; 45-150)

Started photography with egg-shaped Brownie 127. First SLR owned: Canon AE-1, 1980. First DSLR: Pentax *istD, 2002 (ish). Today, the Panasonic GX7 and Fujifilm X30 stand in for the K5 and K30 when a DSLR set-up is killing my back.

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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 22nd 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
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (270 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Lets be honest - how many buyers of this camera will be shooting it in RAW? One in 10,000 perhaps?

Quite a lot - people like me who want a back-up, compact camera on travel trips would routinely shoot raw. Although in my case I will wait until a similarly upgraded version of the G5X comes along.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 04:01 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (143 comments in total)

Wow. This looks serious.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 01:15 UTC as 38th comment

That is VERY sinister. Not only will the authorities be able to disable unwanted photography, they will also be able to identify who is attempting to take unauthorised photography. What a wonderful form of political, civic or commercial control that will turn out to be. If this feature cannot be disabled, I for one will abandon iPhones for ever.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 02:43 UTC as 149th comment | 1 reply
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Curtis Khan: I really felt this article. There was a sincerity that really shows why we take pictures.

Yes, but I was hoping it would be a field report on the camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 02:27 UTC

I agree with other posters about the folly of using FF equivalent focal lengths. That really is confusing.

I note also that DPR acknowledges Olympus's support for the video. I know that manufacturers do supply review cameras, but this is taking sponsorship further. Most websites are commercially driven to some extent, but DPR's status as an objective commentator on cameras and photography seems in ever-greater danger of being compromised.

The video is quite nice, and the content atmospheric, but I'm not sure how much it really told us about the camera, apart from a few recitations from the spec sheet.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 02:25 UTC as 65th comment | 5 replies
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (183 comments in total)
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noflashplease: I think we can expect to see this "new" iPhone SE remain as the "entry level" model through multiple yearly product cycles. If you think it's boring and dated in 2016, wait until 2019? Apple has definitely lost any sense of innovation when it comes to iOS devices. If an iPad is meant for your grandmother, this iPhone is meant to lure your great-grandmother away from her flip phone.

You're a slave to the new, rather than the practical.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 03:39 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (183 comments in total)

The right move. Those big phones are hopeless if you want to carry them around in your trouser pocket. The occasions when I really need a larger screen are rare.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 03:38 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (537 comments in total)
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JMT64: "•Electronic shutter introduces possible rolling shutter"

You mean when you take a photography of a fast scene in a dark environnement and at a very low speed?

You can also get it when using a long telephoto, with associated camera shake, at a slightly too-slow shutter speed. Vertical lines can sometimes come out a bit curvy. If you are jiggling the camera a bit too much, it's the same effect as a fast-moving object. That said, I use the electronic shutter on my GX7 as the default setting. The SS problem is rarely an issue for me, although I acknowledge it exists.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 06:24 UTC
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timo: I'm still amazed that so many people are willing to buy cameras without EVFs - waving them around at arms' length. If there is a similarly upgraded G5X soon, that could be interesting. The new G7X is cute, certainly, but ...

Chj - it's nothing to do with autofocus. Holding the camera at arms' length is inherently less stable and makes camera shake, and hence blurred images, more likely.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 00:41 UTC
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timo: I'm still amazed that so many people are willing to buy cameras without EVFs - waving them around at arms' length. If there is a similarly upgraded G5X soon, that could be interesting. The new G7X is cute, certainly, but ...

chj - you obviously don't care about avoiding camera shake.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 11:59 UTC
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timo: I'm still amazed that so many people are willing to buy cameras without EVFs - waving them around at arms' length. If there is a similarly upgraded G5X soon, that could be interesting. The new G7X is cute, certainly, but ...

srados - when you're over 42 you HAVE to use an EVF because you can't see the damn LCD without putting on reading glasses (or taking glasses off if you're shortsighted). OK it might be 45 :)

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 11:57 UTC

I'm still amazed that so many people are willing to buy cameras without EVFs - waving them around at arms' length. If there is a similarly upgraded G5X soon, that could be interesting. The new G7X is cute, certainly, but ...

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 03:40 UTC as 9th comment | 15 replies
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (253 comments in total)
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owenleve: every single one of your test photos is garbage. why do you keep insisting on creating such incredibly poor test photos. take your time, do something creative, push the camera to it's limits. Show the sharpness, low light capabilities in real world shoots. Shoot a moving subject. ANYTHING.

'Something creative' is not what you want with test shots. It's amazing how many people make snarky comments about composition or other creative aspects of what should simply be technical exercises.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:10 UTC

I have taken zillions of shots of cars in Cuba. The great disillusionment is that in most of the cars the original 6- or 8-cylinder engines have replaced by rough, noisy, stinking, clanking diesel engines. Apparently a lot of them are Russian, some Japanese. I looked forward to long, stately journeys in 50s Detroit bathtubs; generally the experience is more like being in the cab of a tractor.
That said, Cuba and India are the two most photogenic places I have been to.

https://timauger.smugmug.com/CentAmericaCuba/American-cars-in-Cuba/

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 06:05 UTC as 5th comment

Incidentally, the article would have more force if there were more detailed reviews. Where's the GX8, for example? Why haven't you reviewed the MF Pentax, other than superficially? Etc. etc. Moan moan.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 03:46 UTC as 80th comment

I get a slight sense that this article is a rationale for the continuing usefulness of DPReview, now that most cameras do most things better than most people need.

Personally I would abolish the gold award etc. system - because it distracts attention from the fact that every camera has a different mix of pluses and minuses. Certainly rate every aspect of performance individually, but leave the overall score for the reader to decide. This would encourage people to read the review properly, rather than making instant decisions on superficial evidence.

This would also cut down the amount of brand defence and brand bashing in these forums that follows pretty much every review.

Although I suppose if you are in the business of generating clicks, if necessary by generating controversy for its own sake, then they have a use, I suppose.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 03:43 UTC as 81st comment
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