alfa

Lives in United Kingdom Kent, United Kingdom
Works as a Software consultant
Joined on Oct 15, 2001

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On photo IMG_4835 in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Waiting for a challenge to enter this one in, I'll bet.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:31 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_4960 in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice POV.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:29 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_5040 in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

I love these when they come off like this one.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:29 UTC as 1st comment
On photo 45449_1262960832880_1795528093_516382_3740952_n in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice job. It's the reflections that make a sunset, for me. Nice sharpness and tone on the foreground glacier.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:28 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_0535 2 in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

A monopod was really what you wanted here. Tell John I said he HAD to buy you one.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:26 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_0546 in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Tough exposure. Nice job. Might be a bit more detail available on the LR Highlight slider.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:23 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_3729 in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Great idea. You have to double the focussing distance when doing this to get the image or the reflection sharp though.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:21 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_0193 in Jcam8's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

These challenges are a bit unpredictable, aren't they. I REALLY like this.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:19 UTC as 1st comment
On photo 20110712-IMG_1730 in the Life is Great challenge (1 comment in total)

Yikes a third already! I'll have to get my finger out . . . .

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 14:15 UTC as 1st comment

I am pretty happy with the performance of the 12-60 on my EM-5. It is a lot slower focussing than the 12-50 in some circumstances but actually only a little worse in low light. It's pretty handy and since I use the 12, 20 and 45 primes far more since I got the EM-5, the 12-60 does fine as my walkabout zoom. I much prefer to have its IQ and quirks than to settle for the softness of the 12-50 even with its focussing speed improvement.

The 50-200 is the only lens which is not really usable on the EM-5 as it won't track quickly enough for moving subjects, though focussing speed is almost acceptable for single frames. The FT 9-18 and the FT 70-300 are both only slightly slower on the EM-5.

Small wonder the primes are selling so well.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 13:50 UTC as 4th comment
On article Canon EOS M hands-on preview (564 comments in total)
In reply to:

tonytonytony: Usually, I only read your posts here. On the account of Canon's debut into mirror-less, I thought I'd join in on the brouhaha.

Canon is smart. Canon is testing the market on their terms, design and all. I imagine that both the advancements in EVF technology and Sensor technology will alter the course of this model. It may even become a vanguard for their product-line: Compact, EVF, DSLR.

In the next five-years, I want this camera to be THE travel-camera. I imagine Fuji to hold the highest competition --looks and other things. (I am a digital Fuji-patron, despite only having a GW690II.) Yet if this Canon is endowed with an EVF in future models, along with improved sensor capabilities (given Canon's impressive algorithms), tack on a silk-nightie and she can go with me anywhere.

This IS the future of camera bodies and systems. The DSLR may never be replaced for the specialist but everyone who has Oly and Panasonic DSLR kit and recent MFT stuff is carrying the smaller kit 90% of the time, even if there are some lumpy old lenses and a converter in the bag with it.

Ultimately, outside the studio and a few specialist applications you can do more with lighter, handier kit, if you are not making big sacrifices on IQ

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:46 UTC
On article User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 (271 comments in total)

Brilliant. Saved me hours. Thanks very much.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2012 at 11:37 UTC as 65th comment
On photo Perspective in the Seascapes challenge (2 comments in total)

Superb use of a truly wonderful lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:57 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Lightroom 4 Review (460 comments in total)

I used the book module and produced a finished book. Its templates only match Blurb, the only supplier it is linked to in the UK.

Blurb's output is extremely disappointing compared to DSCL Colour Labs or even Photobox. Hopefully they'll both attend to matters with templates of their own.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:20 UTC as 38th comment
On article Lightroom 4 Review (460 comments in total)

I'm sticking. There's not enough in the new package to compensate for a huge loss in speed on my 18 month old Mac. Sliders very quickly stop sliding and adjustment becomes tedious. Giving up my second monitor speeds things up but overall it's still significantly slower than LR3.

More like a traditional Adobe product.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:03 UTC as 41st comment
On photo End of the tunnel in the Stone Work (Capture date and size rule) Please read all... challenge (2 comments in total)

Why thank you, kind sir . . .

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2012 at 17:15 UTC as 1st comment
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (215 comments in total)
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TrapperJohn: Hmmm... I open the hands on preview, see Andy's name at the top, followed by a photo of someone holding an EM5, and my first thought was... Andy, I didn't think you looked like that.

Haven't been this interested in a new camera for a long time. Rather than agonize over every last little detail, I've ordered one largely on faith. Let's see what it can do.

You have to admit, though, he looks good in that dress.

I wonder how many people have pre-ordered and how long people are going to have to wait.

When you do the in-depth, I'd like to know how it does with 4/3 glass. Some of us have loads of it.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:51 UTC
On Article:5055350146 (57 comments in total)

My advice if you are considering this camera is to get one in your hand, take a few pictures with it then look at the pictures others have taken on the user databases here and elsewhere. If you like it, you shouldn't be disappointed.

There's a lot of unhelpful, purblind negativity around like 'designed by marketing department'. Ridiculous. EVERYTHING is designed by a marketing department in a well run organisation where products are matched to markets and begin their lives by researching what customers want.

I've had one for a month and am very happy with it, My only big criticism is that battery life could be better but batteries are only $6.00. It's very different from my MFT and DSLR cameras but many of the differences, like the very smart shooting info served up by the two status lines on the display, are improvements.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 17:37 UTC as 5th comment
On article Wireless LAN standardized for SD cards (12 comments in total)
In reply to:

Bernard D: I wonder why they don't or can't with CF cards?

They probably looked at sales of CF cards for the last few quarters.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 14:33 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (283 comments in total)

I picked the X10 out of that lot, despite being an Olympus man and having tried MFT. The mechanical zoom is a killer diller for me. With you all the way on the impenetrability of EXR mode (if you're new to it) as it is counter intuitive, implemented in a user-hostile fashion and badly explained BUT BUT BUT once you get it sorted, wow! You'll get photos you simply can't take with any of the other cameras.

And I know it shouldn't make any difference but it's a bit of a head turner. Feels like a Leica/Rollei 35.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 16:36 UTC as 59th comment
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