ChrisKramer1

Lives in Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan
Works as a Lawyer
Joined on Jul 6, 2009

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On photo IMG_0426 in ChrisKramer1's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Eurowings flight to London Heathrow, flying excitedly close to the capital!

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 00:48 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_2139 in ChrisKramer1's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Photo of container ship at Bremerhaven, Circular, ArtStudio, Lenslight, Mextures

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 09:04 UTC as 1st comment
On photo G3X Plane over Azerbaijan in ChrisKramer1's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Taken from a plane on the way to Azerbaijan. Only edited in LR. Not much dynamic range, but processing the jpeg with icolorama on IOS (enhance + LUT + vibrance + exposure) can produce suprisingly good results. The film emulations on Mextures are also worth trying. I don't care about the noise.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 08:56 UTC as 1st comment
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Kiwisnap: I hoped the iPad Pro would be the first actually useful iPad: It wasn't.

I bought a Surface Pro 4 instead and run full Adobe CC, USB 3 hard drives and so on. The iPad is a solution to a problem that does not exist - it is nothing more than a 'nice thing'. A Surface Pro is more use and a Kindle better to read on.

I bought a Surface Pro 3 to use Photoshop but it was not a happy experience. First, the model (i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD) was not powerful enough, which often led to to input lag and stalling. Second, the fan came on regularly and loudly and the tablet became very hot. Third, I did not like the pen input, which displayed a slight but annoying lag. Finally, Photoshop had the same interface as for PC which I found unusable on such a small screen. The backstand did not feel very sturdy either and I was constantly aware of not being able to put too much pressure on it.

Personally, I far prefer ArtStudio or Pixelmator, which have an interface designed for tablets. I would also rgue that RAW may not be important when using such software, because users will be working with multiple layers to create their own images.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
On article Lenovo Phab2 Pro is the first Project Tango phone (29 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jim Evidon: More bells and whistles to keep you buying the newest, latest and useless gadgets.
What's next? A life-sized hologram you can converse with?

Better than talking to a jacket and hat on a chair...

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2016 at 19:38 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (483 comments in total)

I don't think it "destroys" the competition at all. Look at it! It is a Bismarck of a camera. With a price to match. The killer feature of the G3x is VERY good image quality at 600m and a compact form. After owning the Sony RX10 for little under a year, I sold it mainly because of its bulk. That and the fact that the f2.8 was little more than a marketing gimmick. I had to stop down to f4 to get decent results.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 18:54 UTC as 141st comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (117 comments in total)

I agree with all the comments on the GX3 but would only add that size and weight in practice outweighs everything else. I'm going out now, and - yet again - have just taken my Fujifilm xt1 with 55 - 200 out of my bag and replaced it with the Gx3.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 09:01 UTC as 7th comment
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (135 comments in total)

Personally, I imagine a future where my phone powers everything: hifi system, desktop computer, TV, etc etc. In fact, you can already do this with your phone. Photography on the other hand is problematic. I love using my iPhone 6s plus for photography but it has obvious limitations in lens size and sensor quality. On the other hand, the effects that can be achieved with the apps available are incredible. So you need a case that removes the limitations of the iPhone whilst harnessing its potential. To date, only Sony have tried to do this with their stick on lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 22:51 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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newe: no windows version = no news

I have a Mac mini and I have a Windows 10 desktop. As I use Word 90 percent of the time, I do not notice the difference. Most importantly though, both run Bro Force.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 18:03 UTC
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LukeDuciel: I'd be greatly disappointed if Mr. Cook did not push dual cam into VR or at least some immersion experience. This is what Apple as industry leader should do. So far the dual cam on Huawei or LG serves only as a gimmick.

I recently bought an iPhone 6s plus. The apps are truly sublime: icolorama, mextures, artstudio, lensflare, etc. etc. . Photo quality is excellent too. Only wish the lens was 35mm equivalent but that is just dreaming...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 16:28 UTC

The question is, do all the people looking at my perfectly colour calibrated picture do so on screens that are also perfectly calibrated?

Nicer screen and stereo speakers are good. Stylus support is good for artists but otherwise not such a big deal ( I used to think it essential but after 2 galaxy notes and a note pro, I think it a pretty useless feature), 4 gb ram - for video and artists maybe useful. I like the idea of 128 gb ram but at 849 euros, the upgrade is not really worth it.

I will stick with my ipad air 2 for now and maybe get one of these on asgoodasnew or rebuy.de in 6 months...

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 17:22 UTC as 8th comment
On article In Photos: Iceland captured in infrared (78 comments in total)

Some of the shots are very striking: no.1 reminds me of Ridley Scott's style inPrometheus (also shot in Iceland). Generally, however, I get little IR 'feel'. Foliage, lakes and clouds work best with IR whether in BW or faux colour.

By the way, the Fuji system cameras are excellent for unmodded IR photography. I have used the 14mm with a 720 hoya IR filter with excellent results. There is a faux colour profile you can download for use with Photoshop which saves a lot of time. Only thing is that you have to watch out for hotspots on tne lenses. 14mm, 35mm 1.4 and 50-200 mm lenses are AOK. Apparently, the X-Pro1 is an IR star, although the XT-1 is also good. The X100 has also received praises for its unmodded IR performance. Apparently, the later models display a faint hotspot at some apertures.

You should visit Mark Hilliards "Detailed Fuji X-Pro 1 Infrared Tutorial" for further details and some great examples.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 20:14 UTC as 5th comment

Totally correct. Digital cameras are a catastrophe. In film days, my Pentax MG was aperture control only. ISO was determined by the film you bought (generally 100) and the lens was 35mm and fixed. Job done. Focus and press the shutter, trying to ensure the shutter speed was 125 or above. No complexity, just concentrating on what you were photographing.

The saddest experience was trying to find camera for my late brother. Having suffered a breakdown, photography was one of the few things he was interested in. It was heartbreaking failing to find a digital camera as simple as the old film ones, which he felt comfortable with. Oh well, the past is a different country as they say.

As for me, about 50 percent of my photography is now on my mobile phone. My cameras and lenses - Fuji X-T1 and XE2, Sony Rx100 were all bought from a second-hand retailer. As good as new, they cost me about half to two-thirds of the new price.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 18:06 UTC as 60th comment
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X gets official introduction (228 comments in total)

I have the rx10 and g7x. I love both of them. The Canon may not match the Rx100 mkiv technically, but the extra reach is invaluable. The bright lens on both is a major bonus, allowing high shutter speeds at longest focal range.

At 600 mm you will definitely need a viewfinder. Arguably an add on viewfinder will offer better quality and be easier to use on top than stuck on the side. So i don't have a problem with that. Being detachable means that you can keep the compact size too. BUT wildlife photographers will want better burst rates.

You can get great results on a Tamron 70-300 SP on sunny days but shake can be a problem even on a good tripod. Overall, if the lens were faster and the burst rates higher, I would be interested at 1300.

As it is, you could wait a year until it drops to 700 euros in the shops and then buy second-hand on asgoodasnew.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 19:00 UTC as 11th comment

Well I (and I suspect millions of others) gave up on Sony because they didn't produce any lenses for the NEX system. After using the G7X for a week or so, I have to say I see no further need for these mirrorless cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 18:10 UTC as 195th comment | 2 replies
On article New GF: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies (398 comments in total)

I was quite impressed by Canon GX7 yesterday in the shops. It actually felt quite robust. The image quality appears quite remarkable.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 15:01 UTC as 79th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1005 comments in total)
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bill nu: I suggest you buy the A6000 with the kit lens and be happy. When you learn the A6000 buy a prime lens and WOW.

I had the Sony A6000 for two months before selling it. It felt horribly cheap and not a patch on my NEX5n; the tilt screen did not sit flush with the back and felt terribly weak; the viewfinder was horrible and I could only used it for framing a shot; getting the card out was annoyingly awkward; I personally found the menu system even worse than on my NEX 5n; image quality was potentially good, but there was a horrible blue cast at auto ISO that I found difficult (if not impossible) to correct properly. Just my subjective opinion, but it feels that the A6000 was made by a different company that made the NEX5n. Adieu Sony. I bought a Canon 700d: ISO and dynamic range are less good but colour reproduction is far more pleasing, focus is way sharper and the handling is great. PLUS all those great lenses on asgoodasnew!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 22:09 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G7 X Review (491 comments in total)
In reply to:

RichRMA: The problem with pocketable cameras like this is that they are only really pocketable without a case and cameras with motorized lenses sometimes see those lenses jam due to what might be in a pocket, like lint or other particulate matter.

A case mainly helps with grip but can also prevent accidents like mistakenly switching on the camera when it's in your pocket, thereby damaging the lens when it extends. And no pocket is clean - dust can easily collect around the lens. Also, many people sell their cameras after a year or so to get the updated version. A case protects the camera against scratches and knocks, thereby maintaining its resell value.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 10:44 UTC
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