Steve Ives

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a z/OS Systems Programmer
Joined on Aug 23, 2001
About me:

Sony DSC-F55 - Sold.
Sony DSC-F505V - Sold.
Canon EOS-10D - Sold.
Sony DSC-M1 - Sold
Canon EOS-1D Mk II - Sold
Nikon D100 - Sold
Canon 350D - Sold
Panasonic TZ7 - Sold

Sigma 100-300 f4 - sold
Sigma 12-24 - sold

Epson 2100 - Sold
Epson R2400 - Sold
Epson 7800

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M1963: Now the iPhone has gone full circle. With this app, who needs heavy, cumbersome DSLR's?

(sarcasm)

I enjoy photography (I have an Eos 1Ds and various lenses, included 2 'L' lenses), but if you think that the majority of the public would give up their smartphones for 'proper' cameras and having to master photography, then you're mistaken. People who enjoy photography as a hobby probably won't be interested in this; people who enjoy taking photos and sharing them with their friends will.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
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RubberDials: It looks like we will all now be in loco parentis, burping Canon users getting over-excited about their first proper mirrorless.

Expect the 'EVF is no substitute for a good optical viewfinder' crowd to start turning up to work with their trousers on backwards and odd shoes. :)

EVF is no match for optical viewfinder. Digital is no match for film. MP3s are no match for CDs. CDs are no match for vinyl...

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: More marketing BS as always. Anybody with $50 P&S camera + courtside game ticket or access to these POV will be able to produce better if not similar results.

If that's all you've got, then fine. Hopefully this $50 P&S is waterproof?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 11:40 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: These photos are absolutely terrible both technically and compositionally. Poor dynamic range, skewed horizon in first photo (intentional? dubious); a snapshot of some lady’s handbag? Third photo most of image dominated by a wall of black, and the player’s shirt already blown! Fourth photo “dude with towel in pain” (towel blown); fourth photo white shirt blown and dark shirts black (seeing a trend here?); next photo “dude with glass covering half of face”; etc...

The iPhone photography advertising campaign Apple ran a while back had some compositionally great photos gimped by technical limitations. At lease those were decent to look at from the vantage point of a train speeding past.

These photos are absolutely awful. It looks like they handed the phones to a couple of towel boys. This is a dramatic event. Anybody (apparently not) with any crap camera can get good shots from a courtside location. It's amazing how the photographers have failed at even this.

I suspect that there are many people who haven't purchased a 700d, or the Nikon equivalent etc, because of the capabilities of their smartphone, and who would miss the 'other' cameraphone benefits such as easy video, slow-motion, simple social sharing (Facebook, Instagram etc etc). So for some people, an iPhone probably has replaced a D-SLR.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 07:01 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: This totally makes up for the iPhone 7 being a music player with no audio output.

I'd love Tim Cook to come onstage next year and say "This ISN"T the best iPhone we've ever made - last year's was better...". I think thier marketing in general is good - their adverts concentrate on how it feels to use their products (or at least they attempt to), what you can do with them and the 'lifestyle' aspect, rather than bland technical facts. Their success says they must be doing something right, and the answer is not that they appeal only to stupid people.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 14:31 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: More marketing BS as always. Anybody with $50 P&S camera + courtside game ticket or access to these POV will be able to produce better if not similar results.

Steelski - no-one said it had. The point is though is that an iPhone (or any recent smartphone) packs in a lot of advanced photo/video features in a remarkably small package. The underlying assertion that a $50 P&S would be a better option is belied by said P&S's lack of features and the fact that you don't take it everywhere.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 13:38 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: More marketing BS as always. Anybody with $50 P&S camera + courtside game ticket or access to these POV will be able to produce better if not similar results.

Which $50 P&S does time-lapse, 4K video and 10x slow-motion with wi-fi and GPS?

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:12 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: This totally makes up for the iPhone 7 being a music player with no audio output.

@Wild Light - exactly. There are use situations where 'good enough' is good enough. There's a certain irony in saying 'take your D-SLR and lenses etc everywhere - don't rely on that phone' whilst simultaneously saying that you're happy to plug an MP3 player into your car with all the accompanying road noise etc rather than take your expensive home hi-fi everywhere with you.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:10 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: These photos are absolutely terrible both technically and compositionally. Poor dynamic range, skewed horizon in first photo (intentional? dubious); a snapshot of some lady’s handbag? Third photo most of image dominated by a wall of black, and the player’s shirt already blown! Fourth photo “dude with towel in pain” (towel blown); fourth photo white shirt blown and dark shirts black (seeing a trend here?); next photo “dude with glass covering half of face”; etc...

The iPhone photography advertising campaign Apple ran a while back had some compositionally great photos gimped by technical limitations. At lease those were decent to look at from the vantage point of a train speeding past.

These photos are absolutely awful. It looks like they handed the phones to a couple of towel boys. This is a dramatic event. Anybody (apparently not) with any crap camera can get good shots from a courtside location. It's amazing how the photographers have failed at even this.

I'm sorry, but if you took the photo of the tennis player with the towel around his neck and tried to explain to 99% of people that it was 'absolutely terrible both technically and compositionally' because of DR issues and blown highlights on the towel, they'd just stare at you and laugh.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:35 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Steve Ives: Sounds like a bunch of old fogeys on here, discussing film/digital, CD/vinyl, CD/MP3, Playstation/Xbox etc.

The iPhone is the world's most popular camera - photography has EXPLODED in popularity since the advent of decent cameras in phones.

To most of the world, photography and cameras mean a smartphone & Instagram and sharing them immediately with your friends. They would just laugh at some old guy, with a heavy bag of cameras and lenses, telling they that their photos are crap.

OK - you might think your P&S takes better photos - someone else will think their D-SLR takes better ones and someone else that their film SLR is best. Then someone will say that MF is better and then someone will chime in that MF sucks compared to 8"x10" plate...

They're good photos - just deal with it or ignore it.

If you really think those photos aren't *at least* as good as most people experienced with their 35mm cameras, then...

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:29 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: This totally makes up for the iPhone 7 being a music player with no audio output.

Use a proper car stereo then.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:26 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)
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Francis Sawyer: This totally makes up for the iPhone 7 being a music player with no audio output.

Who cares about the headphone socket? If you want decent sound, you should be using lossless files and headphones with a decent external DAC for which you have to use the lightning port.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:08 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (359 comments in total)

Sounds like a bunch of old fogeys on here, discussing film/digital, CD/vinyl, CD/MP3, Playstation/Xbox etc.

The iPhone is the world's most popular camera - photography has EXPLODED in popularity since the advent of decent cameras in phones.

To most of the world, photography and cameras mean a smartphone & Instagram and sharing them immediately with your friends. They would just laugh at some old guy, with a heavy bag of cameras and lenses, telling they that their photos are crap.

OK - you might think your P&S takes better photos - someone else will think their D-SLR takes better ones and someone else that their film SLR is best. Then someone will say that MF is better and then someone will chime in that MF sucks compared to 8"x10" plate...

They're good photos - just deal with it or ignore it.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 09:02 UTC as 68th comment | 6 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (136 comments in total)

Great camera - was just thinking about selling mine to help fund my NEX-7, but maybe I won't. Great for daylight IR work (with a suitable filter) and you've never guess that those samples were from a camera released 15 years ago. Ergonomics were great, too.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 10:49 UTC as 20th comment
On article Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod hands-on preview (151 comments in total)
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Mike Oo: Is it not possible to have two sites? DP Review and DP Review Mobile or something like that? I come here for cameras, not phones and their accessories.

But the site isn't 'Digital Camera Review', it's Digital Photography Review. But I feel your pain - I used to like the site 'Cookware today' for all my saucepan news, but they've started reviewing frying pans and fondue sets and other things I'm not interested in. I wish they'd stick to saucepans...

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 13:15 UTC
On article PRVKE 21 is a rugged and versatile camera backpack (35 comments in total)
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Suntan: A rolltop bag with zippers... Kinda like a submarine with a screen door. The whole idea of a rolltop bag is that you deal with the annoyance of a rolltop to get *very* good waterproofness, ...but then they add a bunch of zippers.

Also, any pack seller that doesn't show you the design of the straps and how the suspension works, first and foremost, probably doesn't know how to design a good bag. Holding stuff and putting padding around that stuff is the easy part. Good anatomical fit, keeping the load steady, and designing for ventilation between the back and the pack is the hard part. Looking at their website, I notice two things - 1) they don't put any importance on the pack suspension. 2) The company is a hipster paradise.

"A rolltop bag with zippers... Kinda like a submarine with a screen door." - not if the zip is 'behind' the rollmop - i.e. unroll then unzip.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:25 UTC
On article Review: Simple Booth Event Edition photo booth app (21 comments in total)
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fuego6: so lets see.. you need to spend ~$400 on an iPad... about $100 making a photo booth, $1000 on a dye sub printer and about $40-50 on ink and paper... oh.. and $60 for an app... just to take a strip of photos?

Yup.. I'm running out to get my own right now!

@newe - Some nice circular logic there - if you're a member of the 'Android crowd' or 'iOS' crowd' then you obviously already have a device and therefore don't need to buy one. Which makes your mocking of the requirement to buy an iPad a bit redundant.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 14:24 UTC
On article Review: Simple Booth Event Edition photo booth app (21 comments in total)

This is a review of an app, not how to get into the photo-booth business. I.e. It's aimed at amateurs who already have an iPad and quite possibly a suitable printer too.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 13:11 UTC as 10th comment
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (296 comments in total)
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electrophoto: What's with the negativity?
it's not like he crushes one-of-a-kind museum pieces... these cameras can be bought cheaply at flea-markets, garage sales, ebay...
it's an inanimate object... it's not like he's putting a live poodle under the press or microwaves baby dolphins.

and honestly, if you can't enjoy cookie monster being squeezed flat - maybe work on your sense of humour ...

Their 'live poodle' video was excellent...

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:17 UTC

I might be interested if there is an adapter for an iPhone.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 11:57 UTC as 8th comment
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