Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.creationheart.com
Joined on Oct 29, 2007
About me:

Passion, Vision and Inspiration.


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Ben Stonewall: All those years wasted on aps-c and ff sensors
- at last a proper camera with a big sensor
Thankyou Fuji.

except it only does flash sync at 1/125

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 10:31 UTC
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endofoto: The reason for paying for medium format is mainly flash sync speed. It is 1/125 in this camera but it should be 1/800 like in Hasselblad. You can take better images with Nikon D810 with 1/320 sync speed on a shiny day. It may be written erroneously here but it is the most important property for medium format. If it is true its a great shame for Fuji.

Agree! It's a deal breaker for true professionals.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 10:30 UTC

The biggest disappointment:::: Flash Sync 1/125 or slower! WTH??!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 10:28 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
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T3: No thanks. Not a fan of dongles, especially when so many of these things should be built into the laptop, like so many other laptops are doing. USB-C-to-USB adapter? How about just having a USB slot like every other laptop does. USB-C-to-SD adapter? How about just having an SD slot like every other laptop does. USB-to-Lightning? Lightning is Apple's own freaking port, and they won't even put it into their laptop! You can't even plug Apple's own Lightning-connector headphones into a new MBP without an adapter! How stupid is that? And how much room does a tiny Lighting port take up? Come on, Apple, you're being ridiculous.

Even if Apple were giving away these adapters, I still don't want to have to carry one (or several). So it isn't really a matter of cost. It's really about the inconvenience of having to use an adapter in the first place just to use your SD card or USB thumb drive!

Totally agree. It's like Apple created a problem in order to solve it. And it cannot be solved completely.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 20:23 UTC

Whoever came up with this new apple mbp design (port removal) should be fired. Terrible taste and simply makes this machine unlikeable. It shows how incapable the decision makers are at Apple.

Apple is no longer the leader. Just look at the keynote and also MS product launch event, Apple used to claim their products were the best but now only claim that this is the best MacBook/iphone/whatever ever made instead of the best in the market. Yes that best in the market phase is now being used by MS.

Apple had some beautiful ideas and products but nothing really inspiring after Jobs I am sorry to say. It was once a leader and now a follower.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 20:18 UTC as 119th comment | 3 replies
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)
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PPierre: I use an apple right now (and an IPhone). However, this "no-port" policy will make me change back to Microsoft next time I change gear. Anyway, my relationship with Apple had first started to fall in to pieces when my charger tore near the head connector. Even though it is a widely known issue (and in the US, ou can get it changed), here in France, the Apple "Genius" insisted that it had never happened to his, while some charger in the Apple Store showed the same issue.

Apple is really forgetting its clients these days, I find. This is what used to make a difference to me.

And Apple won't even repair my 30 inch cinema display. Clearly, apple has lost its vision.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 06:18 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)
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alexzn: A very disappointing update, rather iterative on the existing hardware. I was expecting at least the bezel-less screen like the new Dell laptop. Older processors, the mess with RAM. The port situation is another downer. The crippled standard configurations (who buys a premium laptop with 8Gb of RAM today???) is an added insult. Just like the iPhone 7, best to skip.

Apple has now officially fallen behind in every game.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 23:58 UTC
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PPierre: Is it Microsoft getting better or Apple doing things the wrong way since Jobs is no more ?

Clearly Tim Cook doesn't have such enthusiasm when doing his presentation.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 10:59 UTC
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Angrymagpie: I rather admire Benjamin Von Wong's constant push against the limit with his photography. Sometimes the images work really well (like his underwater shipwreck shoot), sometimes it looks a bit odd (underwater fisherman shoot). But he's not to be dismissed as a mere attention-seeker who's good at self-promotion. Regardless of one's aesthetic preference, Von Wong's outrageous creativity and mastery of photography should be commended.

I agree. Although not every image is impressive, VonWong is well known for pushing limits but lately he's been slacking a bit. lol...keep up the good work @VonWong!.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 04:40 UTC
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Aaron801: Funny, but even though these shots were lit and that they were taken with what was surely a very good camera with very good high ISO performance, they still seem very noisy and lacking in detail. I have to wonder if this isn't because of the extreme heat on the shoot... heating up the sensor.

Incidentally, I don't think that the bit of noise really hurts them (I shot grainy 35mm for years), but I'm just curious as to the reason for it.

@vonwong why not drag the shutter for even longer to allow for lower iso?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 04:33 UTC
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Zaffa: Ive seen high profile wedding photographers use these at the beach on windy days . I dont understand how they can produce soft light when the light source is so small ?
Im not understanding their benefit over speedlights ? Especially at such a high cost ?
Can someone explain it to me ?
A Yongnuo hss speedlight with a gary fong type dome diffuser vs this bowens portable flash head ? Why spend more ?

And recycling time, and the ability to use a variety of modifiers.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 14:10 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2092 comments in total)
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armandino: Considering that most cameras are now able to handle most situations required by most photographers, and there are far too many photographers around, a technologically conservative approach I do not think works as well nowadays. I thinking cameras offering more creative options are more valuable than cameras perfecting and consolidating old school photography, but missing the edge. Dual Pixel tech is realistically the only piece of technology that can be innovative here yet I think there are cameras out there that offer to explore photography more creatively, the worse part is that this camera will be around for at least 4 years...

“the worse part is that this camera will be around for at least 4 years...”

I can't agree more. Canon has disappointed once again (5ds)...and again(now5d4)...

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 09:28 UTC
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HugoS316: I once vacationed in Rio and had a 5DMK3 around my neck for a full 8 days, including walking in alleys at night and had no issues. It must be thugs traveling from shady countries like Canada.

I did, however, once visit Scranton, Pennsylvania during Autumn. I was there to shoot a table tennis tournament at the Catholic Youth Center, and happened to visit a Starbucks down the road prior to the start of the event. I had a camera bag with dirty diapers sticking out of the top of it, and as I was asking the barosta for extra espresso shots in my iced coffee, I felt a tug on my waistband. Before I knew it, two thugs from the nearby Wilkes-Barre gang the Warriors grabbed my camera bag, even though it had 26 padlocks on the zipper compartments. They made it to the front door before unlocking about 10 of them and looking inside. In a matter of seconds, they abruptly dropped my camera bag, realizing it contained two Canon DSLRs and heavy lenses, mumbling under their breath something about how "mirrorless is the future." One walked up to me and just grabbed my cell phone out of my hand instead, returning my heavy gear bag at my feet. As they left the Starbucks they flashed their W hand signal, shouting "Wilkes-Siiide!" and fled on Boosted Boards. Live and learn.

Comment of the day! Haha

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 01:27 UTC
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Colin Franks: Something to be said for the LowePro Flipside packs. No need to take it off while standing in line at a coffee shop, just wear it, and its contents are only accessible from the side against your back.

I prefer to draw my lightstaber instead.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 22:02 UTC

Rio olympics is a joke. Feel sorry for those athletes who have to attend it. Theft and robberies are everywhere NOT just the above mentioned a few instances. There should be huge signs and billboards warning visitors about the safety of people, more so than promoting their city as an olympics host.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 21:57 UTC as 121st comment | 3 replies
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Colin Franks: Something to be said for the LowePro Flipside packs. No need to take it off while standing in line at a coffee shop, just wear it, and its contents are only accessible from the side against your back.

When they can't access your valuables they then cut it, when it's all too hard they just rob you with a knife...

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 21:48 UTC
On article Nico360 to be 'world's smallest' 360-degree camera (24 comments in total)
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webber15: I don't know what's more depressing nowadays...360 cams that no-one appears to buy or video infiltration of "photography" websites...

I might get used to it oneday...

Exactly. 360 is a specialty camera and certainly not for everyone. How many people would look at the google street view and call it impressive? This hype will soon fade I am sorry.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 21:30 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: "That yellow shutter button just ties the whole thing together." - The DUDE


Its orange.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 00:53 UTC
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vFunct: Broncolors are the best lights in the entire industry.

Top of the food chain.

Profoto seems to dominate the market still

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 20:32 UTC

Great quality bag. Finally it fits some cstands!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:49 UTC as 11th comment
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