Charlie boots

Joined on Dec 11, 2011

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How terribly, terribly sad. Michael has been an inspiration to me for the past 12 years and I have been an ardent reader of the Luminous Landscape and have followed his travels and photography and benefited immensely from his writing and tutorials. His selfless sharing of all of his experience and knowledge has been an inspiration and a worthy role model. RIP Michael and my sincerest to his family and friends on their great loss. Photography has lost a great standard bearer.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 19:15 UTC as 166th comment

You show the lens brand but tape over the camera brand. Seems like a pointless excercise. Surely this should not be a secret unless you are testing a prototype subject to a NDA. Surely full disclosure is always appropriate in journalism! Besides surely also the readers would be very interested.

Great shots though and food for thought.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 00:27 UTC as 73rd comment | 5 replies

It is a really nice piece of software but still needs some tidying up. There is no histogram, the space between the menu items on the side bars is too great resulting in lots of scrolling to get to them. It would be great to be able to place components of the sidebars on a different monitor and have the image being edited on full screen on another monitor. Otherwise first impressions are very favorable especially with all of the film filters available. It is time Lightroom had a competent competitor. Alien skin is an excellent company and I have been using their software for a number of years with excellent results and it is also very stable.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 23:53 UTC as 23rd comment

far too expensive. Also needs to come with useful mounting hardware. Make it a plug and play package for around $50 and the market will take off. Look at what Yongnuo has done with wireless flash controllers. I have a few for my D800 and they work perfectly at less than half the price of Pocket wizard. TTL and as a camera remote too.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 15:33 UTC as 23rd comment

Yawwwwn. The only interesting thing here is the $25k from Kickstarter. I think I will hang cameras on my dog and cat. Should attract at least $35k. How about an underwater camera on my large goldfish.

Really nice to see parents encouraging their kids to be outside and do something constructive rather than giving them a smartphone and leaving them to their own devices.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 19:24 UTC as 47th comment
On article Photo prodigy: The images of 17-year-old Taylor Gray (161 comments in total)

Great images, good understanding of post, layers, exposure, dof etc but nothing original at all.

Yes at 17 he has learnt something and would place in a teen photo contest and has made maximum effort to be in the right place at the right time. This to be respected and admired. Now use your skills and knowledge to capture something different and original.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 18:24 UTC as 58th comment
On article Apple reveals 12.9-inch iPad Pro (212 comments in total)
In reply to:

falconeyes: Will the iPad Pro kill Wacom?

That's a question I don't find addressed in the comments so far.

With a drawing tablet app like AstroPad, an iPadPro probably replaces the smaller 13" active drawing pads from Wacom. Maybe, even Apple or Adobe now feel invited to do their own app. Or Wacom even (if you can't beat'em, joind them) ...

I understand Wacom teamed up with Samsung for a stylus solution. So, that's going to become an interesting competitive situation for Wacom and their users, I think.

It is very unfortunate if it did kill Wacom as their products are excellent. I can however see it doing so if someone creates a good interface with photoshop and lightroom. Possibly Adobe may even do this as it would be in their interest. Certainly if this were so it would move many users who have ipads away from wacom. Apple has a way of creating incredible products which are unfortunately disruptive technology. One could also blame those that are affected for not being forward thinking and for refusing to innovate in order to protect their market share.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 21:00 UTC

This is very interesting as it should also be very useful in criminal investigations to extract faces from the reflections.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 22:29 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies

I thought it was illegal for the driver to have access to a video screen and the photo shows a video screen. Dont really see the difference between a gopro and a dash cam. There are enough russian dashcam videos on utube to satisfy anyone. Another redundant accessory.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 11:44 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
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iAPX: I have a problem with DPReview reviewing tablets as "digital cameras". If they want to present us anything that could take a digital picture, why not testing also any webcam-equipped notebook, or event desktop PC/Mac?!?

Why not adding adding any security camera, given they took 25 or 30 "photography" per second?!?

I am also excited to see their reviews of automated radar-cameras that every country put on their road, as well on the ability to focus quickly, their Dynamic Range, color accuracy, are they good portraiture equipments?

Is their any test of the spying satellites too?

You jump the shark while testing tablets as "cameras". So, now where will you end???

They need to attract readers for their advertising and sales. Presumably this helps. For a free site it is fantastic so anything they do to keep it free is welcome.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 10:22 UTC
On article Capture One Pro 8 software review (323 comments in total)

No mention about printing. Lightroom has an excellent print engine and allows easy layouts of multiple images.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 13:30 UTC as 76th comment
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)

Nikon has discovered an issue and has proactively issued a service recall. Excellent and responsible customer service. Can't understand why everyone is making such a fuss. Auto manufacturers do this all the time and it works well. Nikon makes excellent Dslr's, and has for the past 15 years. Nikon's first SLR, the F1 dates from 1959 and changed the world, I have one and it still works perfectly including the meter. My original nikkor AI lenses still also work perfectly on my D300, D700 and D800E all of which have never had any issues. What a great company and what great products.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 11:30 UTC as 27th comment | 11 replies
On article Nikon D7200 Review (644 comments in total)
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EcoPix: Thanks dpReview for raising the issue of focus accuracy with SLR lenses. We love our reflex viewfinders, but increasing resolution is starting to reach the limits of this design. Zoom lenses often need different focus calibrations for different distances and focal lengths (and even f-stops sometimes), making the adjustments complex and too much for even the capable operator to do by AF fine tuning.

What’s needed now is focus mapping for each lens. Given the power of the modern camera’s IC, would it be possible for manufacturers to include a program in the firmware that maps focus for each lens at the range of distances, f-stops and focal lengths via the main sensor, and stores the data for calibration of the AF module?

Great idea, nikon could provide a focusing target with full instructions in the box to use. Better yet nikon should launch a body to match the Sony 7r2 which can take all nikon lenses. I would be their first customer.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 12:37 UTC

No one talks about the performance or specs of the substitute chip. Surely the component supplier is irrelevant providing it performs as well or better than the original one and is as durable.

Vehicle, and many other, manufacturers often substitute components although they may look the same.

Samsung is an extremely competent manufacturer and I have confidence in their products. I have one of their 12 year old high res lcd screens which is used every day and performs flawlessly and is still much better than the average computer screen.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 10:23 UTC as 20th comment
On article Canon EOS-1D C sees $4000 price drop in North America (250 comments in total)

Makes one think that Canon has been substantially overpricing this camera and gouging the consumer since its introduction.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2015 at 20:17 UTC as 21st comment

If there are black dots in the tripod sockets then obviously Nikon knew about this before it was noticed by customers but they kept quiet until they had to do something. They should have been upfront and issued a notice and recall as soon as this was discovered. Once again Nikon does not inspire confidence in its new products. The result will be that people will hold off buying new products until the bugs have been ironed out.

Too many mistakes made in the past few years with high end expensive cameras without Nikon quickly taking responsibility.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 10:25 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies

It is probably obvious that mirrorless will eventually replace the traditional SLR with flipping mirror and prism as will electronic shutters replace traditional fp shutters. The SLR has been a workhorse for the past 50 years and is an amazing mechanical gadget. It also replaced existing well established technology. The fact that the mirror and shutter mechanism reliably lasts for 200k or more activations and that it can function at 11fps is astonishing. A mdern DSLR is mostly electronic and solid state anyway and as technology progresses it will invariably replace the clunky mechanical pieces. With the speed of development and innovation in the digital world we probably cannot imagine what will be possible in 3 to 4 years. Look at the iphone 6 and its competitors to see what has been achieved in just a few years.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 11:21 UTC as 68th comment | 5 replies
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