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)

Sadly no longer the Fujifilm X30 (it died)

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

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Maybe it's me, but I couldn't watch more than the first five minutes. I shouldn't think for one minute that any of that mumbo jumbo was going through H C-B's mind. And the guy in the video seemed to me either working too hard to make the examples fit, or simply stating the obvious (figure-ground-relationship ... ha!).
The signal-to-noise ration on DPR seems to be getting worse.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 09:16 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

Whatever you do, avoid the so-called repair places in Peninsula Plaza/Shopping Centre and in the basement of the Adelphi. I have had a lot of misleading and potentially money-wasting advice from these people. Finally I found a private individual who enjoys servicing old lenses as a hobby. Did a good job re-aligning the focus ring on a couple of my lenses that wouldn't focus to infinity.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 03:01 UTC as 14th comment
On article Five useful photo apps for travelers (68 comments in total)

Gawd, these days DPReview sounds like a low-end photographic magazine, with cut and past gobbets from marketing material. But maybe your writer has tested all these apps and this article represents in-depth reviewing of the kind we have come to expect.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 10:08 UTC as 5th comment

It would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of the case, but the fact that this item appears on dpreview at all does depress me. I know that you have to keep the visitor statistics up - no doubt Amazon are hard taskmasters. But the personality element of the site seems to be growing. If I want to read tittle tattle on line there are plenty of other places on the Internet where I can do it.

A serious piece on the vulnerability of photographers in general to harassment allegations, false or otherwise, would be more relevant, if you really want to go into that territory.

I would be more impressed if you reviewed a few more cameras and lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 03:02 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply

The kind of career one can only dream of!

Interesting and reassuring to see that the old pros had no worries at all about radical cropping. I always think that the purists (or are they Puritans) who obsess about getting the framing spot-on in the camera are missing something.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 03:58 UTC as 1st comment
On article Composition tips: simplification and negative space (85 comments in total)

I think his stuff on YouTube is rather better and more thoughtful than most.

More interesting than pontificating nerdishly about this or that lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 01:04 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On photo Hoboken Terminal NJ in the Your City - Railway/Train station (B&W) challenge (2 comments in total)

Quite like this. It's funny how totally different my arrangement of the photos in this challenge would have been from the actual votes. De gustibus ... etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 10:03 UTC as 1st comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (64 comments in total)
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nakeyboy: "I'll be sticking to European product names in this article though, because I'm the one writing it, so I can do what I want."

Please continue to do so.

-From a member of Her Majesty's Penal Colony.

Hmmm - being born in the same month is one thing I have in common with Brian May. That and the fact that we're both working. He's richer.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 04:57 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (64 comments in total)
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Expat Nomad: Ah, but did it fit in an Altoids tin? Love to see that throwback.

Nice connections and reminiscence.

Ah, you're talking about the Pentax Optio-something. They were great little cameras for their day.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 04:53 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon IXUS 50 / SD400 Digital ELPH (64 comments in total)

Those were the days, when Canon 'owned' the P&S market. Those little metallic-bodied cameras still look good. I had the rather more whacky looking S45, which was only 4 mp, if I recall correctly, but its output was surprisingly good, within its limitations.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 04:52 UTC as 3rd comment
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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 14th comment | 3 replies
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (382 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
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