Lives in South Africa Bloemfontein, South Africa
Works as a Journalist
Joined on Jun 21, 2007
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Cameras: Pentax K5, K-m, K100D, MX, K1000
Lenses: Pentax M50 f2; M50 f1.7; A28 f2.8; Takumar Bay. 135 f2.5; DA 21 f3.2; FA 43 f1.9, DA 14 f2.8. Sigma 17-70 Tokina 50-250; 80-200. Cosina 100 f3.5 Macro; Pentax 18-55 f3.5-5.6 DAL; Pentax 55-300 f4-5.8.


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On article Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection (230 comments in total)

Really tasty. There's life outside the dark black world of Canikon.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 00:47 UTC as 92nd comment
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modo: Can someone tell me whether any current scanner can yield results equivalent to 8x10 prints produced with an enlarger. I don't have a digital camera right now and if I was confident that I could scan 120 film and achieve images with as much resolution as I used to be able to print, I wouldn't bother to get one.

With 120 film I think you will get excellent quality for 8x10 with the Epson 7 or 8 series. The Epsons are much better with the larger formats than 35 mm.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:22 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report (150 comments in total)
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phoenix15: Nice report. K-S1 in orange looks nice, Q-S1 look even nicer in gold.

Only loud and tacky if you choose it to be.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
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RickZimm: For me personally, I don't see it, but the market will tell us if this product has value for consumers that would not be better served elsewhere.

Let's see where it is in a year or so, and if there are any "me too" products released by other companies.

At least Sony is innovating, and I'm sure many users will find the product useful.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:42 UTC
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BarnET2: I am going to a concert in 2 months
Lots of movement dark you know the thing.
Grainy shots on my girlfriends Facebook the day after.

I can't take a DSLR inside. They just won't allow it unless your press. A small mirrorless like the gm-1 with a prime is a possibility. The qx1 with a 50mm OSS would be even better.

Surely you meant "unless you're press"?

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:37 UTC
On article Fujifilm X30 (beta) real-world samples (95 comments in total)

I just want to exercise my right to complain about this camera. There, you have it.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:35 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Fujifilm X30 (beta) real-world samples (95 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Not too shabby. Certainly not so much of the "compact" look to them.

How does lightroom handle X-trans RAW these days?

" it if you need pixel-level quality."

I wonder how many users really do? What's this strange fascination with blowing up pictures to 200% on computers screens and then complaining? Do normal people ever view photos in that way?

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:33 UTC
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Jan_Shim: Such a shame Paintshop Pro doesn't play nice with Nik plugins. Nik has confirmed in writing that all new releases are no longer compatible with PSP. I use Nik and Topaz plugins and in order to continue them for compatibility reasons, I am running PSP X6 32-bit as my main photo editor. I have tested both 32 and 64-bit version of PSP X6 and found no performance difference between the two.

"Just think, you thought about that for a little while, then decided to type it. "That'll show him, he's slightly wrong on the internet." and then sat back to bask in your satisfaction. How I wish I could be you."

Wonder who this was aimed at? Now this comment is just wasted space.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:17 UTC
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bford: It's a real shame the original developer and owner, JASC, sold out to Corel. I can only imagine how much better this app could have been.

"It's a real shame the original developer and owner, JASC, sold out to Corel. I can only imagine how much better this app could have been."

Although I use and like PSP, you're quite right about big companies buying out innovative smaller ones, and then the innovation dies.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:08 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Truly amazing that this company still refuses to make their software available for Mac users. As a company they may be even worse then Adobe.

Don't tell me bootcamp or parallels.. Thats not an option. As a Mac user you wanted to be away from the windows experience.

"I don't know where are you from, but in Russia and Germany Mac costs twice as much as the similar PC/laptop from any major brand"

Same in South Africa. Not worth the money.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:06 UTC
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ZAnton: Have this program on my office computer. Extremely, epically stupid and unlogical user interface.
Although I am pretty fluent with PS, I spend 2 hours TRYING to do very simple things. Finally I used a combination of MS Office Picture Manager and PowerPoint instead.
The other day it took me 40 minutes to paint dots on the map (print screen) to show the way from a railway station to the office. Then I spent 20 minutes trying to save it (it saved only the BG layer). Failed.
Same evening at home, I did same thing with PS in 2 minutes.

It seems that they were thinking like that:
"PS has this button bottom left - we'll make it top right! "
"PS calls this function "resize" - we'll call it "pixel count variation""

Yes, clearly the problem is that as soon as people's learning abilities have been contaminated by PS, they have difficulty in learning any other program.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 08:02 UTC
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Desert Cruiser: A lot of today's plug-ins are 32 bit architecture and won't work with a 64 bit program, so Corel's gives you options :
64-bit and 32-bit installation options
When you install the application, you have the option of installing the
64-bit version, the 32-bit version, or both versions. Which version
should you choose? It really depends on your computer system and the
plug-ins and other devices you use. If you have a 64-bit operating
system, 4 or more GB of RAM, and lots of free disk space (need more
than 700 MB free), then the most flexible option is toinstall the 64-bit
and 32-bit versions. This will let you use any 32-bit plug-ins or other
32-bit compatible software with the 32-bit version of Corel PaintShop
Pro, but still work with the 64-bit version of the application to take
advantage of 6 or more GB RAM and other 64-bit optimized features

But then PSP and PS do not cost the same, do they?

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 07:54 UTC
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jackie semple: I have been using PSP for sometime and have had no difficulties with it. I also have PS but I consider it more appropriate for graphic design work - my daughter uses PS and loves it but then she is a graphic designer. I reckon I am a bit old fashioned in that I prefer to spend more time capturing images that refiining them. In short I do not make images in the 'dark room'. But I am a happy user of PSP. Chacun a on gout!

I've also been using PSP for years, and am quite satisfied with it. If you buy it over the internet it's also very affordable.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 07:46 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (350 comments in total)
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waxwaine: Dusty old sad man will hate this new DSLR: "this is not what they teach me must be a camera" he could say.

English is not even my home language, but I clearly understand what Waxwaine meant. He was being sarcastic, for those who did not get his drift.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 07:39 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (350 comments in total)
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Anirut J: IMO, this camera is probably aimed at those who want to use a DSLR but don't care to use (or know not how to use) the OVF. I've seen a large number of DSLR users who use just the LV, because they're so used to using P&S and phones.

The rear is designed so that these people can easily access the mode dial. They are not what we seasoned photographers would call as photographers, but rather 'snap shooters'. They just wanna look cool going places with a cool-looking DSLR.

The exposure compensation is placed on top because they wouldn't care to use it, even if they know what it's for, because they wouldn't care to know why they should use it. If the button is place on the rear, it would confuse them. And they'd using the SCN mode 98.89% of the time.

Nothing wrong with the design, Pentax. You did the job.

Jonahs, you have to remember that this is not really a photography site, rather a technical one which people visit to satisfy their egos. Much like the Ford vs. Chev conversations in the sixties. So don't expect much common sense or good manners. I also suspect that most of the forumites are American teenagers with too much money.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 07:26 UTC
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janist74: What a shame. I`m wondering how once I will upgrade my D800. It seems the best strategy is to wait till the next generation comes and then buy the "old one" cheaper.

/As I see it this phenomena is overall present. The manufascturers (phone, car, camera,...) does not have enough time to finish the development of the products. What really stupid is that they dictate the short times for themselves. And yes we buy the junk and happily upgrade to the next "even better" D811.2 .../

"What really stupid is that they dictate the short times for themselves."
I'm not sure the industry is the only one to blame. People on forums like this one are always clamoring for something new, notwithstanding the fact that often there is not really enough technical advancement to justify a new model.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
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photo_rb: The question I have is if the monkey took the photo, why should it be public domain?

But what was the real creative act in this case? Was it the shot the monkey took, or was it creating a situation in which it was possible for the monkey to play with the camera and press the shutter button?

Isn't it the same situation as when a photographer sets up a scene and ask his assistant to press the shutter?

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 19:07 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: These cameras may help Canon sell a few cameras now but it will hurt them in the long run. Uninformed consumers will buy these cameras and realize they aren’t much better than their phones. Then other people will show them results from cameras like the Panasonic FZ200 and LX7 and they will finally realize that the problem is that “Canon cameras” are no better than their phones. Some of the other cameras are actually much better.

" they aren’t much better than their phones"

At 700 and 1000 mm they sure are better than cellphones.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 20:26 UTC
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GPW: Just buy a couple of Nikon D810's and go on a trip

"my old Sony V1"

I've also still got mine. Still quite a nice, well featured camera, except possibly for the small screen.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:24 UTC
On article Dronestagram contest winners announced (120 comments in total)
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Higuel: only in a country were people does not respect the animals could they allow a drone almost hitting an eagle in a National Park!

Makes me wonder if the publishers of the contest and also dPREVIEW think it is ok to applaud all the way to first place a picture taken at the expenses of the safety and well being of a wild animal?!?
Where are the sacred rules of Animal Photography: "Thy shall not bother or threaten the animals!"???? :L

Why do everyone take the side of the eagle? They are well known killers of a myriad of small animals! What about poor baby rats starving to death in their nest after their mum has been ruthlessly killed and eaten by an eagle?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 20:04 UTC
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