Lawrencew

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Joined on Aug 9, 2002

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Robert Schroeder: The first digital camera I thought worth giving a try (which I did, quite thoroughly, although I didn't buy one myself yet at the time) was the Olympus C-2000Z, introduced by Phil Askey just one month later, and contrary to the Mavica it was really usable for everyday photography. It was the first digital camera that I took with me on a summer holiday vacation...

The C-2000Z was my first digital camera. Worked fine and covered a few of our family vacations too

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 14:07 UTC

awesome isn't an awesome enough word for this...

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 16:26 UTC as 20th comment

If there is a concern here, it is not the prevention of audiences filming concerts and such, it is authorities preventing the filming of incidents they don't wish the world to see...

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 11:34 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply
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Stephen McDonald: What improvements? The aerial and street views of my neighborhood were taken in 2011. Even though there's a copyright date of 2016 on the images, the cars in driveways and the colors of since-repainted houses, tell a different story. The sections of the neighbor's dead tree that fell on my roof in 3/11, is still scattered around on their yard.

same here. The zoomed-in satellite view of my area is at least a couple of years out of date. And the streetview is over 7 years out of date. I know because I sold the car parked in our drive 7 years ago.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 10:41 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)

The good thing is it probably paves the way for some other manufacturer to come in with a similar product at a more affordable price.
However, getting into MF is not just a matter of releasing a new body. It requires lenses of course. Restricting to some extent which manufacturers might join this segment.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 11:15 UTC as 24th comment
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (448 comments in total)

As a DSLR user I did have some concerns about PQ before buying my RX10III.
There are clearly scenarios where my DSLR remains superior, but I have found myself using the RX10III more and more because in many scenarios it is the equal of my DSLR (unless you go real deep pixel peeping), and the convenience of RX10III package means I can simply grab the RX10III and know it will do a good enough job without having to change lenses.
When my wife yells "quick.. take a photo of that before it goes...", I was tired of saying "sorry... I haven't got the right lens on..."
Also, I wanted a decent 4K movie. Something my Canon DSLR is not capable of. The movie modes on the RX10III are terrific. Especially combined with the range of the lens. Being able to shoot 4K movies at 600mm is fantastic for wildlife. It's going to cost 4x as much to do that with a 5DMKIV and a 600mm lens (if the IV does 4k)
So overall, I am very pleased with my RX10III

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 07:35 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies

Like the guided corrections. Seems like you can get more accuracy than Auto, and it allows more control than the simple vertical/horizontal sliders as you can position where you want the corrections and have different amounts on each side of the image

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 07:17 UTC as 17th comment

I predict Phone 27 will have this...

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 16:29 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Magnum signed square print sale returns for third year (85 comments in total)
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Suntan: People would hang any of these on display in their home?

Don't hang them next to the toilet, people might misunderstand what they are for...

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 16:02 UTC
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Greg VdB: I could be nasty and say that my 3-yr old cheapo 70D destroys the RX10 III in this test, but obviously a camera like this has to be evaluated on the total package and within its class. Going by this and last week's tests, I have no reservations that people interested in the super zoom approach would greatly enjoy using the RX10 III, and can get great results from it as well. At the same time, some much cheaper super zooms are only pixel-peeping levels behind, and ILC's could provide further capabilities at a small portability/zoom penalty as well, so there's plenty of options for all ;-)

Speaking of which - see my 70D/150-600 v RX10III comparison http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57842249

Of course it is comparing apples and oranges. But people do like to compare :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 13:15 UTC
On article Waterfails: We test Pentax K-1's Pixel Shift (225 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: Come on DPR. Get back to being the definitive Digital Camera review site you once were.
With every passing review you seem to get worse. Making fundamental errors in your testing.
And then to compound it, simply ignoring the comments from forum members who point out the mistakes.

You have tremendous power in your work (to influence buyers), but with that comes responsibility (to get things right)

Pixel shift technology looks interesting, has its place in certain scenarios, but is not without limitations. With each generation it will undoubably improve.

But to criticise it for the failings of ACR seems wrong to me... to ignore forum members for pointing this out is ever worse.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 08:22 UTC
On article Waterfails: We test Pentax K-1's Pixel Shift (225 comments in total)

Come on DPR. Get back to being the definitive Digital Camera review site you once were.
With every passing review you seem to get worse. Making fundamental errors in your testing.
And then to compound it, simply ignoring the comments from forum members who point out the mistakes.

You have tremendous power in your work (to influence buyers), but with that comes responsibility (to get things right)

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 07:59 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (222 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Oh for a tilt shift lens! This is what they are for and no worries about cloning out motion blur or matching exposures. Of course it's an investment, but so is Photoshop and the equipment used in the tutorial. Of course knowing how to do this is a fun skill to pick up and I'm also in favor of stacking apps like Zerene Stacker and in camera Apps like Olympus has been developing. But Sony should make an E-mount tilt-shift.

Thanks cdembrey, that was an informative link

Link | Posted on May 29, 2016 at 16:14 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (222 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Oh for a tilt shift lens! This is what they are for and no worries about cloning out motion blur or matching exposures. Of course it's an investment, but so is Photoshop and the equipment used in the tutorial. Of course knowing how to do this is a fun skill to pick up and I'm also in favor of stacking apps like Zerene Stacker and in camera Apps like Olympus has been developing. But Sony should make an E-mount tilt-shift.

How does a tilt shift lens reduce the need for focus stacking?

Link | Posted on May 29, 2016 at 15:09 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (487 comments in total)

All your base are belong to us

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 09:25 UTC as 82nd comment
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1090 comments in total)

Correct the summary on the home page
"The Nikon D500 is a 24MP DSLR"

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 17:06 UTC as 242nd comment | 1 reply
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forpetessake: Good idea and another point of failure.

And my two torches with failed bulbs?

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 21:58 UTC
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forpetessake: Good idea and another point of failure.

In my experience LEDs do fail. I have LED torches with 1 of the several LEDs have gone. LED String lights with individual LEDs gone. LED bulbs that have needed replacing long before any life expectancy has been passed (and branded bulbs at that). And seen very expensive cars with a single bulb out in their LED lights.
LEDS May last a very long time, but it's also clear they or their drive components do fail. We have about 80 LED bulbs throughout our house and have had a few failures. When I complained I was told that it was switching them on and off that did it...

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 20:46 UTC

I am not a RX10 owner, so have nothing to 'defend', but PQ-wise I know that if we pixel peep the differences between 1" and larger sensors start to become apparent.

But for everyday, hiking, travelcam, etc needs, then its clear from the RX10 flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/rx10/pool/ that its more than good enough for those time no one wants to carry a ILC and a big bag of lenses around. (and better video capabilities than that ILC)

Now add 600mm to the mix and what's not to like? (apart from the admittedly high price)

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 16:51 UTC as 78th comment
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Lawrencew: The K-1 looks like just the camera I need.
However, the lens options aren't that great.
Hopefully it will get some better support

My comment was as much about the cost.
e.g. the Pentax 15-30mm is £1499 here in the UK, whereas the Tamron version for Canon (with VC) is only £799 - nearly half price.
As that would be one of my main lens choices, it rather negates the benefit of the K-1 itself being very good value.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 14:04 UTC
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