ronniet

ronniet

Lives in United Kingdom Inverness-shire, United Kingdom
Works as a Mac operator
Has a website at ronaldthain.com
Joined on Jan 11, 2009
About me:

da, gray’s school of art | dipgr, glasgow college of printing | magnascan operator | mac operator | @idreamedof on Twitter and Instagram

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OliverHarrison72: They're not $20 by a long shot (around $500USD on ebay), but imo by far the best value in digital cameras going right now is the Sony a77ii (with this same Minolta heritage). 24MP, decent in low light (not great) and the lens selection is vast and cheap. You can get some fantastic Minolta glass for a fraction of the price of anything new for a mirrorless system. I've been stocking up. :)

I’ve been thinking of getting the A77 II as a digital body for the collection of Minolta lenses I use on my Dynax 5s.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2020 at 00:40 UTC

I’ve been banging on about this camera (Dynax 5 in the rest of the world) for years. Nice to see the enthusiasm of a convert. When my wife bought a Dynax 4 sometime in the early noughties, I ditched my Nikon F80 and got myself a 5, I was so impressed by its weight, focussing speed, customisation – you name it. I’ve picked up several for £5-10 recently but they have all developed staining on the surfaces of the penta-mirror. It’s possible to clean these with alcohol and cotton buds, but it’s an incredibly fiddly process, especially removing and re-fitting the 4-part focussing screen unit.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2020 at 00:32 UTC as 23rd comment

You just have to be patient on eBay. I was looking for a Minolta Dynax 5 with 35-80mm and put down £5 bids. I lost most, but got a couple at that price, simply because no-one else bid. A problem with some of that generation of cameras is a green haze in the 'prism', but if you don't mind taking the screen out and giving the inside of the 'prism' a clean with isopropyl alcohol, you're good.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2020 at 17:17 UTC as 25th comment
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ronniet: The Minolta X-700 has no meter readout in the viewfinder when set to manual, so it would be awkward to teach manual exposure with. The easy-to-find and inexpensive X-300/370 series or the rarer, slightly better specified X-500/570, both with meter readout, are missing from the list and could replace the whole lot as far as I’m concerned.

In case anyone is still not clear about this, there is no meter readout in the viewfinder of the X-700 when you set the shutter speed manually. On the X-300 there is, making it fully practical for manual operation, unlike the X-700 which was sold on on the strength of it’s fully auto-exposure program setting requiring no input from the user. The X-300 even has exposure lock on auto, making it much more than a point-and-shoot.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2020 at 14:27 UTC
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ronniet: The Minolta X-700 has no meter readout in the viewfinder when set to manual, so it would be awkward to teach manual exposure with. The easy-to-find and inexpensive X-300/370 series or the rarer, slightly better specified X-500/570, both with meter readout, are missing from the list and could replace the whole lot as far as I’m concerned.

My vote has to go to the Minolta XG-M, it being the nearest thing to an X-300. The problem remains that the X-300 would be the better camera for this target audience. It misses out on an exposure compensation dial and stop-down preview button, but gains with a greatly extended film-speed range (12-6400) and a, to my mind much more useful, exposure lock. The stop-down preview isn’t really missed because the brighter focussing screens, which had been introduced in the late 70s to cope with the increasingly common slow zoom lenses, reduced the effectiveness of this feature.
The X-300 is also easier to find than the XG-M probably by a factor of ten or more if you count all the variations and clones that were produced. I’m afraid all your “research“ and “chatting” missed what is, in my opinion, the best camera for the job in hand from any of the Japanese manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2020 at 08:50 UTC

The Minolta X-700 has no meter readout in the viewfinder when set to manual, so it would be awkward to teach manual exposure with. The easy-to-find and inexpensive X-300/370 series or the rarer, slightly better specified X-500/570, both with meter readout, are missing from the list and could replace the whole lot as far as I’m concerned.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2020 at 04:49 UTC as 85th comment | 6 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T30 review (1092 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Pretty cool camera. Too bad my X-E1 is so damn cute and still produces excellent images with my 27mm lens.

I can’t get over the X-E1and 27mm either. The right balance of small size and big image quality. I need a tiny wideangle, so looking at the new 16mm f2.8.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2019 at 00:39 UTC
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Chriscotech: I don't understand why a 'hair-thin depth of focus' is a selling point. Does the writer mean "depth of field"? It is a common misconception.

Depth of focus is the area of sharp focus behind the lens and the only important thing here is that it needs to include the location of the image sensor for the picture to be sharp. (This is a more complicated issue when we are discussing lenses with tilt movements). Depth of field, on the other hand is the band of focus on the subject side of the lens and can be used for creative effect. I am guessing that this is what the writer meant.

Lieca have been really persistent with this misconception recently in their promotional material. I'm really looking forward to the message getting through. I wonder if they'll admit it …or will they just slyly change it to depth of field from now on :)

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 22:22 UTC
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(unknown member): A fixed focal length lens is like a one octave keyboard to a pianist. Discuss!

It may take more than an octave to play a piece of music, but you can generally only capture a photograph one focal length at a time …except when you need a zoom, like this: https://flic.kr/p/DWewnf

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 22:01 UTC
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Pixel Pooper: You would a hope a company that makes lenses would know the difference between depth of focus and depth of field.

Unfortunately, Leica have been using 'depth of focus' in their advertising for quite some time. It's the emperor's new clothes – everyone who should is afraid to stand up and point it out.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 21:40 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Alexander Jikharev (34 comments in total)

I saw the first pic last week and tweeted it. Perfect in every way yet so simple. AJ appears to completely understand 'the decisive moment'. Most photographers seem think it happens outside the camera and completely misunderstand it. Thank you for recognising his worth and showing his work.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 06:57 UTC as 2nd comment
On article CES 2014: Best of the show (minus the bendy TVs) (42 comments in total)
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remo1232: Is there something wrong with this article/website? I am clicking to read it but it keeps looping back to the home page.

Me, too. What's up dpreview?
I haven't been able to click through to any of the promised information about CES.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 09:04 UTC
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Nectar D Or: Just counted 9 (!!) NEX bodies announced by Sony in about 2.5 years.

How can anyone keep track? Is there really a difference between those cameras?

I find it hard to take the guys at Sony seriously. Either there is something really wrong with those bodies that need to be replaced every 6 months, or this is just the marketing people ordering the engineers around.

Hannu108
…and there's me complaining about other people griping :) Also, I've just noticed the 3N screen resolution is only half that on the C-3 which has put a dampener on it for me :(

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 23:49 UTC
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007peter: >> Beautiful <<, this is the True Upgrade to my beloved C3. The F3 was just too ugly. This new 3N is love @1st sight.

Thorgrem
I need an extra body. However I've just noticed the 3N screen resolution is only half that on the C-3 which has put a dampened on it for me :(

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 23:45 UTC
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Nectar D Or: Just counted 9 (!!) NEX bodies announced by Sony in about 2.5 years.

How can anyone keep track? Is there really a difference between those cameras?

I find it hard to take the guys at Sony seriously. Either there is something really wrong with those bodies that need to be replaced every 6 months, or this is just the marketing people ordering the engineers around.

I've never understood why a photographer would gripe about a new camera release – the more the better. This a golden age for photographers. Sony are having to work hard to sell their product and this is a nice upgrade to the C-3. The F3 was a bit of a stumble, perhaps, but who doesn't stumble from time to time.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 08:20 UTC
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007peter: >> Beautiful <<, this is the True Upgrade to my beloved C3. The F3 was just too ugly. This new 3N is love @1st sight.

Totally agree. I like the C-3 so much I'll keep it when I get the 3-N.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 08:08 UTC
On article Sony NEX-5R Hands-on Preview (146 comments in total)
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eivissa1: The designer of Nex cameras should be fired. Really silly and unbalanced form!

I bought a C-3 because it was so small and eventually sold my DSLR. Being brought up on older style SLRs without grips, I learnt to hold a camera by the lens in my left hand for focusing and aperture control, so that my right hand was free to fire the shutter release and wind on the film. With hand grips and built-in autowinders, people have got into the habit of holding a camera by gripping it tightly in the right hand. With NEX cameras it's just a matter of re-learning to hold the camera by the lens, leaving the right hand free to squeeze the shutter release and work the controls.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 21:50 UTC
On article Sony NEX-5R Hands-on Preview (146 comments in total)
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olddutch: The Nex-5N is a marvelous small camera, easy to use and handle. Can make excellent pictures, but not with its standard 18-55mm kitlens. That lens adds an gray haze to all pictures I made with it, and that haze appears very difficult to remove. Therefor I bought a FD-Nex lens adaptor from a china site and now have my first Canon 50mm F1.8 (!) kitlens, a prime from 1976, mounted on the Nex-5N body. The Nex-5N is very well equipped to manually focus this odd combination, which I call my Casonyon camera. The resulting pictures are marvelous and more important: without a haze!
Sony should learn how to make quality lenzes for its Nex camera's!

There must be a bit of variation in this lens, as the copy I have is very good and at its optimum focal length it's the equal in resolution, colour and contrast to a variety of Minolta, Canon and Olympus lenses I've tried, with the result that I now only use longer focal length manual focus lenses on my C-3, and a 50mm f1.4 for when I need to make differential focus effects.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 21:41 UTC
On Article:7860067672 (3 comments in total)

Keep blethering like this and I'll keep reading.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 at 19:53 UTC as 2nd comment

All digital cameras I've owned have done a poor job of sharpening jpegs, so I shoot RAW and apply the sharpen filter in Expression Media, and then save as JPEG, so I can quickly check all the photos in a shoot for focus and sharpness. It's fast, gives very sharp results without noise reduction if you want. But Phase One have dropped it in their new release! Why are they hell-bent on ruining this once beautiful piece of software?

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 00:40 UTC as 3rd comment
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