ChrisKramer1

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

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webber15: People keeping banging the drum to highlight mobile phone photography...
I keep banging the drum to say what a dismal experience mobile phone photography is...

I would say it is a very limiting one. Image quality is excellent but the fixed lens is - yes, dismal. The one inch sensor cams offer a far more liberating experience. I use a Canon G3x and transfer jpegs to my mobile for editing in snapseed, artstudio etc. Best of both worlds...

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 09:07 UTC
On article OnePlus 3T camera review (99 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Yet another nice phone.... for people who are into phones. It is sometimes interesting to read about these when patiently waiting for real camera and lens reviews.

Oh well.... I suppose Dpreview knows what they are doing.

Technical quality matters a great deal in smartphone photography precisely because of its extremely limited possibilities. The dream of any photographer is to have a smartphone of dslr quality and with reasonable zoom. The Microsoft Lumia and Apple's iphone 7have shown that this is not unrealistic.

By the way, the Oneplus3 is just as good as the Oneplus3t and can be bought second hand at a significantly lower price. It is also blisteringly fast (3gb RAM) and the operation is far slicker than my iphone 6plus and Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge, which often stutter when browsing. The fingerprint scanner is significantly less reliable than the iphone but better than the Samsung. Also, the 64gb is treated as a whole storage unit, unlike the Samsung, which splits storage between internal and sd card. This is significant, because not all apps support this (although Deezer, Spotify and the camera app do).

Photography-wise, I would always go with iphone because of the fantastic apps.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:39 UTC

I'm trying to work out what sort of person would submit such a photo to a competition. And the sort of people who would judge it the winning entry. "Ghouls" seems about right.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 09:16 UTC as 4th comment
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (356 comments in total)
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Autriche78: I have and generally love the X-T10.

But: if you have large hands, the back controls feel awfully cramped pretty quickly. So, I bought the add-on metal grip, and now have a different problem - my fingers can barely squeeze between the thicker grip and any of the larger diameter lenses that Fuji makes. So as much as I'd like to save money, I can't see myself purchasing another camera where ergonomics appear to be unchanged and not particularly large-hand friendly. The X-T2 feels much, MUCH better in the hand as I discovered at the local camera store.
So if you have large hands, and haven't tried holding the X-T10 before, do that before preordering the X-T20. After all, if you're not enjoying the feel of the camera, what's the point in buying it?

I have tried them all - xe2, xt10, xt1 over a two year period and could not live with the ergonomics. Now I have three gariz half-cases and a hand-grip left over. (I personally find Canon the best in terms of ergonomics...)

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 23:25 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (356 comments in total)

I have totally lost patience with this company. They make cameras that are impossible to hold properly. Very frustrating, especially considering the xtrans sensor's infrared capability...

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 23:18 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
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cosinaphile: its sad that the tiniest, worst performing sensor in existence has come to dominate what passes for a camera in 2016 .. its popularity is , for me , the result of laziness and lack of sophistication and knowledge and fear of the tech side of cameras in these times where the average person lack intellectual depth and broadness of knowledge and a desire to understand technology, nature science & the human condition .. superficiality has replaced the polymath, as the phone has replaced the camera

ameraphone are not dominating cause they are good but because they serve the cult of the selfie and the pathetic culture of facebook and twitter and other pseudoconnected nonsense that has replaced genuine human culture ... and they are easy ... and you dont have to think it.. there is no commitment or work or effort ... perfect for our souless , stupid superficial times we live in ... i find that pathetic and profoundly disheartening .
buy a decent compact ... youll be better for it

Give it up, the battle has been lost. I'm selling my iphone this week.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 20:45 UTC
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princecody: @Barney which iPhone 7 are you buying or do you get both for FREE since you write reviews?

It's a phone. With a miniscule sensor. Would you ever see a photography student at university using an Iphone to complete their assignments?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 01:48 UTC
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Boss of Sony: Pro photographers are all selling their full-frame cameras to get one of these.

Oh come on! It's a phone, with a teensy weensy sensor that you would need a magnifying glass to see. How on earth can anyone consider selling a full frame for this?! How could this phone take the shots that you bought your full frame for? This is all getting totally Alice in Wonderland.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 01:41 UTC
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WizardOfOss: I'm pretty worried about 10.5, more specifically this part: "It's safe to assume that there are a lot of people talking about the words 'Bokeh' and 'Raw' today who had never heard the terms before Apple's launch event this week."

History learns us that within a few days that same lot of people will "know" that Apple invented both bokeh and raw, and will claim that every other camera manufacturer copied Apple.

I think it's worth purposely "blinding" yourself to the unsavoury aspects of Apple just to use amazing apps like icolorama, mextures, artstudio and lensflares etc. But I have to say, after using the iphone 6s plus for about 6 months I am pretty shocked at how poor it is in comparison with my Samsung Note 4. The design is quite simply appalling and has actually put me off using it for photography. The iPad on the other hand, is great.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 01:33 UTC
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Triplet Perar: That's it — Apple will come out with four sensors, and four lenses!
And spend a great deal of rhetoric to convince us it is the next big thing.

Why? Apple have the best apps. Game over.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 09:11 UTC
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)
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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 (501 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 145th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (188 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 32nd comment
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (134 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 37th 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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