Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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princewolf: Alternative title "Why don't you buy an M6 with EF-M 22mm already?" Are they overstocked by any chance? :)

That would seem like the obvious reaction to me criticising its lack of viewfinder, lack of USB charging, saying I prefer Fujifilm's JPEGs and writing an article about the changing focus of our reviews.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 07:10 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)
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OlyPent: A lot of talk about LED lighting but I saw banding in shadows of shots taken when this camera first appeared here in sunlit situations. What frequency is the sun?

OlyPent that looks like the PDAF stripes. Does it come from an area of flare in an image (where the left or right-looking pixels will see the bright flare but the other half won't, so will look wrong)?

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 06:01 UTC
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moontide: Anyone know the make of the car shown in photo number 7? I just can't quite make out name on the bonnet badge.

It's a [Nissan Figaro](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Figaro). An early 90s, Japan-only model based on the Nissan Micra floorplan. A remarkable number of them have ended up in the UK. Right-hand drive and all that.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 05:45 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)
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Stitzer23: Woa it's like a mystery solved. Thanks DPR. Now please explain crop circles.

EDIT: But wait, shouldn't the banding follow (or be distorted by) the contours of the surface?

No. It's not that the signs are scanning vertically, the entire panels are flickering. The vertical bands come from the lighting changing while the exposure is progressively being captured, not from bands being projected onto the figures.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 05:43 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)
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olypan: Amazon are determined to stamp out any dissent regarding the A9 during the honeymoon period.

Often techie camera website writes about techie camera issue (explaining how a9's technology exacerbates the issue), yup, I can see why you need conspiracy theories to explain that one.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 05:30 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)
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weixing: So this is similar effect of a CRT monitor refresh. If so, this should appear only when you shoot horizontally since the LED board refresh horizontally, right? What about the vertical shot that had this issue?

The LEDs are flickering (so anything lit by them is getting brighter and darker all the time), so it doesn't matter if your camera is rotated vertically or horizontal: the brightness fluctuates between the shutter starting its motion and getting to the bottom of the frame so there's banding.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 05:04 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)
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Dr Blackjack: It seems that in theory mechanical shutters (like the DSLR competition) are not immune to this problem either, so I would have loved to see how those cams perform in similar situations.

But does he have shots primarily lit by the sideline signs and did he know to specifically look for those images? Shoot the same scene in slightly brighter lighting and the contribution of the sideline signs will be less. Shoot longer exposures (there are some very high shutter speeds here), and the banding would be less intense.

And, as I say, the banding on an mechanical shutter would be half the frequency and appear less abrupt, since it'll be continuous waves, not hard-edged bands.

Until you know what the contributing factors are, it's hard to know where to look for similar effects.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:44 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)
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Dr Blackjack: It seems that in theory mechanical shutters (like the DSLR competition) are not immune to this problem either, so I would have loved to see how those cams perform in similar situations.

Well, yes, but without access to the location where this happened, we can't go there and shoot another camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:14 UTC
On article Sony a9 banding issue: fact or fiction? (733 comments in total)
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Dr Blackjack: It seems that in theory mechanical shutters (like the DSLR competition) are not immune to this problem either, so I would have loved to see how those cams perform in similar situations.

In principle this will be an issue with any rolling/progressive shutter.

Mechanical shutters operate at around twice the rate of the a9's electronic shutter so you'd get half as many bands, but you'd still get banding.

The other difference is that you'd get a smoother, progressively brighter and darker bands, rather than the hard-edged, 12-pixel-wide bands of the a9.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:10 UTC
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Shlomo Goldwasser: Wifi? Easy workaround if you carry a 2euro card reader you can plug in your phone.

Usb charging? Try not to forget your charger next time, or alternatively plan your trip ahead and make sure you have the right socket adapter.

No viewfinder? Maximum brightness screen goes a long way, even on the sunniest of days.

My point is there are practical solutions to solving many of the problems you see, so I would not regard them as major concerns when promoting/reviewing a travel camera.

Size and usability on the other hand...

Much easier not to have to work 'round them, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
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Timmbits: In my camera, I can choose between no electronic curtain,
electronic first curtain, or
electronic second curtain.

The argument can me made that when you press the shutter, you create a little movement anyways. therefore removing the advantage of an electronic first curtain to keep the camera stable.

Would this be the reason for having the electronic second curtain option? Or would it be something else? (for example, keeping the camera stable once the curtain is open, and closing behind and following as data is read out)

(in case it makes any difference, it's a Samsung NX20)

I can't find any reference to an electronic 2nd curtain shutter in the NX20 manual. I'm not sure I can work out how it would work.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 21:57 UTC
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Matthew_R: What I'd love to see is a way for registered users to complete a profile about what we are looking for in a camera and to have the final "grade" that you give a camera based on that. For example, I'm a professional commercial photographer. I don't care about JPG and I don't really care about video. I don't even care so much if something is expensive if it's something that I actually need. Wouldn't it be great if when I logged in I could get a version of your in-depth reviews that puts less emphasis (in the conclusion) about those things? I know that it's a bunch of work, but the plus side is you'd get additional marketing information about each of your users.

Just a pie in the sky idea.

We're certainly aware of these criticisms. They're both things we're hoping to address with the scoring update (though we won't be able to stop people fixating on 1% here and there).

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 17:19 UTC
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alohakid: Some beautiful travel shots !
How do you rate the sooc jpegs vs the competition ?

Thank you.

I rather like Canon's JPEG color, as a general rule and I certainly wasn't unhappy with its results (hence trying to keep most of the gallery as OOC JPEGs or ACR's version of Canon Standard or Landscape profiles).

Yes, I'd have preferred having access to Fujifilm's Film Simulations, but I'm really pleased with the way the majority of the images have turned out, without me having to work too hard to get to these results.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
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K1000usr: @Richard, since you had recommended this camera as an alternative to Fuji X100F, the burning question is, how does it?
:-)

I had to cut the section about that from the article, since it ended up being a bit of an odd tangent.

No surprises, really. The biggest difference was exactly what you'd expect: lack of viewfinder, vs one of my favourite viewfinders. And, although the M6 is one of the lowest-end Canons to let you reprocess Raw files, in-camera, it still can't match the ability to throw something into Astia and lift lift the shadow response, the way I might do on the Fujifilm.

The M6 offers a similar amount of direct control to the X100F so, once I'd got used to it, there wasn't much difference there. I'm very familiar with using an X100 series aperture ring, rather than a dial, but that's just habit. Touchscreen selection (with the AF point following whatever I'd tapped) was perhaps a little quicker than using the X100F's joystick, but again, no big deal.

In the end, the M6 gave the option of other lenses but the X100F has style and desirability that's difficult to compete with, for me.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 21:59 UTC
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Tonkotsu Ramen: Richard,

Did you feel like the lack of an EVF made photography with the M6 less enjoyable than on something like the M5? or does the smaller size, bounce flash, and selfie screen make up for that?

I agree, it's slightly clumsy phrasing. The point I was trying to make was that I knew a camera without a viewfinder would be a drawback but that this isn't a no compromise situation, so I'm not just going to say 'to hell with it, D750 and 24-70.'

I then tried to explain that the M6 + 22 was about as big as I was willing to go, which rules out the likes of the EOS M5 or even one of the Sony a6x00 series cameras, since a6500 + 24mm is a significantly larger combination.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 21:40 UTC
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Thoughts: Richard, in Wales, we call it Worms head, is Wyrm Welsh? 😜

No, it's Old English for a wingless serpent/dragon sort of thing. For some reason I'd convinced myself that was the spelling used on the Gower. You're quite right, and I've corrected it.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 18:23 UTC
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Hellstrom: Sony RX100M3 (or later) with two spare batteries and a 256GB SD card. Problem solved. You're welcome. :)

I really enjoyed having the level of direct control that the M6 gave me, and the F3.2-equivalent lens, but I ended up using the original RX100 on a previous trip home and really came to appreciate the flexibility and image quality.

I agree that 1"-type compacts make great travelling companions.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 17:46 UTC
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Rouseabout: Richard, nice article! I'm curious, how did you carry the camera? In your hand? Wrist strap? Neck strap? Belt pouch? In your bag? How did that effect your experience in your use case?

I ended up using the 'I'M A TOURIST' neck strap, which wouldn't be my usual choice. I tended to wrap it 'round my wrist when I was shooting and tried not to leave it hanging out of my bag too obviously, when I wasn't. My plan had been to put a compact camera wrist strap onto it.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 17:43 UTC
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Matthew_R: What I'd love to see is a way for registered users to complete a profile about what we are looking for in a camera and to have the final "grade" that you give a camera based on that. For example, I'm a professional commercial photographer. I don't care about JPG and I don't really care about video. I don't even care so much if something is expensive if it's something that I actually need. Wouldn't it be great if when I logged in I could get a version of your in-depth reviews that puts less emphasis (in the conclusion) about those things? I know that it's a bunch of work, but the plus side is you'd get additional marketing information about each of your users.

Just a pie in the sky idea.

I'd certainly recommend Samuel Dilworth's approach (to any reviews, not just ours, not just about cameras), but our scoring system was originally designed with something like what you're describing in mind.

There are a few things we want to update in our scoring scheme but what you're suggesting is one of the things we hope to achieve. Samuel's concerns about summed-up scores will remain (no system can fully anticipate everyone's needs), but it should make it possible to make them more relevant to a wider number of people.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 17:40 UTC
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chj001: Kinda wish you had removed the plastic bottle from the filed of view in that first picture.

Oh, I'd not noticed that (I was mainly concentrating on trying to keep the camera stable, since the wind coming off the sea was quite strong).

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 17:36 UTC
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