Cyril Catt

Lives in Australia Newcastle, Australia
Joined on Apr 11, 2007
About me:

Retired agricultural research scientist


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I had the DC290, along with its wide angle and tele accessory lenses, with a whopping 2.1MP, for $1600 AUD ;-(. Instant review and 92 shots on a single CF card! Fantastic.
The SLR was soon gathering dust
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Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 14:04 UTC as 46th comment
On photo Deep and narrow depth of field in Cyril Catt's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Many current Casio models achieve results not normally associated with small cameras by using twin processors to merge multiple shots from rapid bursts.

The first photo above is taken with a Casio ZR800's Best Shot 'All in Focus' setting, which merges a number of shots focused at close, mid, and far settings. The plant in the foreground is about half a metre from the camera. The buildings on the horizon at the centre of the photo are about 250 metres away.

The second photo is taken with a Casio ZR800's Best Shot 'Blurred Background' setting, which merges a number of shots in in a similar manner to the first, but with the purpose of obscuring the background.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 02:12 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Full frame at 25mm and about 1200mm handheld in Cyril Catt's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Many current Casio models achieve results not normally associated with small cameras by using twin processors to merge multiple shots from rapid bursts.

As well as 5-way optical stabilization, this approach helps to provide clearer results for handheld extreme zoom tele shots. The first of the uncropped photos above shows the immediate vicinity from which both photos were taken. The subject in the second photo is about 250 metres from the photographer.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 01:58 UTC as 1st comment

Casio already heads in this direction with modes that take several high speed shots at different focal depths to provide 'all in focus' or out of focus background

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 13:47 UTC as 13th comment
On photo A photo sent home from the eastern front in 1944 in the Faux Old challenge (64 comments in total)
In reply to:

Tom47: Yes should be 14-10-1944 (d-m-y); interesting that attention to detail includes a line through the 1, but then a North American date.

Heinrich, that's correct. So 74.70.7944 is gibberish

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 13:25 UTC

Most small cameras still use the format conceived for cassette-based 35 mm film cameras in the 1930s, with the lens axis at right angles to the film track. To fit longer lenses needed for larger sensors, they may have to adopt a 'pistol' format, such as the five-year-old Canon TX1, where the body is aligned to the lens axis. That would restrict the size along the other two axes, allowing a more compact form.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 00:20 UTC as 23rd comment
In reply to:

GaryJP: Interesting case.

To me the idea of making the rest of the image monochrome but the London bus red is kind of obvious, even banal. So is the use of a well known landmark.

But I guess the clincher might be the fact that he was familiar with the original image.

I googled london red bus black white as suggested above.
Result:dozens of similar posters
British legal decisions are not based on a search for the truth: only on what is presented in court (excluding what is struck out from the record). Justice is not the aim.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 04:45 UTC
On article Pentax Q Hands-on Preview (281 comments in total)

I already have a robust, Minox-like Canon TX1 with a 39-390 mm equivalent zoom which will focus down to zero mm, and retracts behind a solid metal shutter when not in use. Its smaller than the Pentax Q. It is a very useful on-hand-at-all-times model which cost me a third the price of the Q, and I won't be tempted to buy other lenses and carry them with me.


Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:07 UTC as 40th comment

Perhaps we should consider the end uses of photos. The situation currently appears to be in transition. Print media are being replaced by digital media, which currently use far lower resolutions than the present crop of p&s cameras. Are 14 or 15 MP cameras really needed if the pictures are being displayed on devices that only show 2 or 3 MP?

Sure, bokah, posters and billboards require larger sensors and longer focal length formats, but do ALL our photos need them? If not, aren't we just accepting the unnecessary overhead of dealing with - and storing - a lot of redudant extra pixels?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 14:05 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Ricoh GR Digital IV Preview (187 comments in total)

If small cameras can have pop-up flash units, why not pop-up OVFs?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:51 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies
On article Five of the best tripods for under $450 (87 comments in total)

I don't bother to read many articles about Maseratis and Lamborghinis because I am never going to buy one. My Honda hatch goes where, and carries what, I need it to.

Same with tripods. I travel light. My cameras are small. They suit my needs, and would look silly on the top of a 1500 mm tripod - which wouldn't fit in my pocket anyhow.

There are other ways to steady a camera in low light or at long tele settings. A small (rigid - not bendy) tabletop tripod with a swivel head can be held with one hand firmly against any rigid surface (fence, wall, tree, post, etc) and operated with the other hand. At a pinch, it can be held against the sternum and upper rib cage. Or if several shots are needed from the same point, it can be tied with string or velcro to a post or other firm object (fence, tree, post, etc.).

But if you need to carefully pan, or have a heavy camera, or rely for a living on getting a shot right the first time, your needs may dictate something more robust and complex.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2011 at 04:58 UTC as 22nd comment
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