gordzam

gordzam

Lives in Malta Malta
Joined on May 9, 2013

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On photo Belgian F-16 in the Inverted flight challenge (6 comments in total)
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Derek Dean: What a great shot, and you make it look so easy that I'll bet most folks don't realize how difficult it is capture a plane in motion, especially zoomed in like that. Congratulations on a well deserved win~

Thanks very much Derek Dean (and everyone who voted) for your nice comments!

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 10:48 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1121 comments in total)
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fyngyrz: Can the wifi transfer raw images now? The 6DmkI's wifi image transfer limitation of jpeg-only is utterly useless to raw shooters like myself.

Also, the review isn't really clear: is the wifi connection limited to operation with Canon's custom software, or can it be finally opened by a web browser?

These are both very basic - and important - differences in performance levels and capabilities.

Honestly, fyngyrz I haven't had the time to try out the 5DIV much on high ISO yet. But I was very pleased with the low light capabilities of the 6D, and my main problem with the 6D was the slow focusing on moving subjects. The focusing seemed to have been optimized for low light, which was very capable. I have acceptable results even at ISO 10000 from the 6D.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 08:02 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1121 comments in total)
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fyngyrz: Can the wifi transfer raw images now? The 6DmkI's wifi image transfer limitation of jpeg-only is utterly useless to raw shooters like myself.

Also, the review isn't really clear: is the wifi connection limited to operation with Canon's custom software, or can it be finally opened by a web browser?

These are both very basic - and important - differences in performance levels and capabilities.

WiFi on the 6Dmk1 isn't limited to JPEGs. I used the 6D for 4 years and transfered RAW files quite frequently. I don't know if this is so with the Mk2. 5DIV also transfers RAW over Wifi without problems through EOS Utility.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 20:55 UTC
On article Ten expert tips for successful macro photography (130 comments in total)
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gordzam: For real macro shots, I find Canon's MP-E65mm is hard to beat. Just put it on the cheapest DSLR body and even a single diffused 430EX can give great results. Lighting technique in macro is quite challenging, but once you start to understand how light behaves, you can get excellent results with a much cheaper set up. My shots on flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100085119@N03/

Hi Wilky, very nice portfolio you have! My point is that the camera body is second to the lens, and you agreed with me. Still a Canon DSLR like thee 1200D is about a third the price of the A7R, you don't need an adaptor, and you still get excellent results.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 17:39 UTC
On article Ten expert tips for successful macro photography (130 comments in total)
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gordzam: For real macro shots, I find Canon's MP-E65mm is hard to beat. Just put it on the cheapest DSLR body and even a single diffused 430EX can give great results. Lighting technique in macro is quite challenging, but once you start to understand how light behaves, you can get excellent results with a much cheaper set up. My shots on flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100085119@N03/

Thank you for your positive comments.

lauarvic, here you are seeing only the good shots! Approximately, only 1 in 10 would be an "acceptable" result. And then you can only get another 1 out of the 10 left that would be "great", so patience here is much more important than any piece of equipment you may have! With experience, you will be able to approach most bugs without disturbing them, and early morning and late evening is the best time when most insects will slow down.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 12:04 UTC
On article Ten expert tips for successful macro photography (130 comments in total)

For real macro shots, I find Canon's MP-E65mm is hard to beat. Just put it on the cheapest DSLR body and even a single diffused 430EX can give great results. Lighting technique in macro is quite challenging, but once you start to understand how light behaves, you can get excellent results with a much cheaper set up. My shots on flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100085119@N03/

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 20:19 UTC as 9th comment | 6 replies
On photo An ant nursing aphids in the Ants challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: Another fabulous capture by you, gordzam, and another well-deserved top place in this 'Ants' challenge. This picture shows life as it really is in the small world of insects, where ants have been able to 'milk' the aphids of their sticky sweet nectar, so it is a win/win for both parties. A great image, with amazing details throughout.
RuthC :-)

Thanks again RuthC and everybody. This is one of the first shots I took after purchasing the MP-E65mm. It's not any easy lens, but surely very rewarding if you love macro!

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 05:32 UTC
On photo Cleaning the antennae in the Ants challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: This is a wonderful capture of an ant, gordzam, and it deserves second place in this 'Ants' challenge. Through your lens, we can see amazing details of this one small ant: the hairiness, the different colours of the head, thorax and shiny abdomen, the long probing antennae, and the bright searching eyes. A real beauty!
RuthC :-)

Thanks RuthC! It's really amazing how insects are in real life, but we can only appreciate them with such high magnification photography. Thanks to everybody who voted on my 2 entries.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 05:30 UTC
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Jim: A fair amount of the shots seem to show blown highlights...or is it just me?

As an aside, aircraft photography is my hobby as well and I was considering the RX10 III for those chores vs a Nikon or Canon DSLR with a 100-400 lens (aka bazooka). It sounds like you were very happy with the results from the RX10 III.

This might be ok for a prototype first flight. It will surely struggle on military aircraft at airshows. For these occasions I think the DSLR still has a huge advantage.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 18:53 UTC
On photo Caterpillar in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 3, C challenge (6 comments in total)

Thanks everyone for the compliments! It is a really stunning creature, and even more when it turns into the Swallowtail.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 19:33 UTC as 2nd comment

Has the second prize winner ever heard of "composition" in a photo?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 20:19 UTC as 100th comment | 2 replies
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2156 comments in total)
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gordzam: "The lower pixel count and inclusion of a low pass filter means it can't match the Nikon D810, especially if you're looking at the native output size". Here is a grab from comparing the 5DIV with D810 at 6400ISO:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2ntHcjy-l6iNjNKZjE3WWlHY0U?usp=sharing
I think, that the 5DIV is showing LESS noise than the D810. Anyone agrees with me?

It seems that CMOS technology has reached its limit, and unless a new technology is developed, there will be no huge advances from any manufacturer. At this point, picture quality is surely not a decisive factor to chose a brand, even more so to switch from a brand to another. We need to take more pictures with the gear we have and enjoy our hobby!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 14:09 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2156 comments in total)

"The lower pixel count and inclusion of a low pass filter means it can't match the Nikon D810, especially if you're looking at the native output size". Here is a grab from comparing the 5DIV with D810 at 6400ISO:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2ntHcjy-l6iNjNKZjE3WWlHY0U?usp=sharing
I think, that the 5DIV is showing LESS noise than the D810. Anyone agrees with me?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 11:26 UTC as 141st comment | 7 replies
On photo 22-spot ladybird in the Interesting Insects challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks RuthC! It was a great challenge with a great winner.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 08:12 UTC as 1st comment
On photo P51 Mustang in the Aircraft challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice!

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 11:14 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

The VC was useless for panning on the original version of this lens, and was the main reason I sold it. For steady shots it could not be faulted, so probably this lens would be very competitive in its G2 form.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:56 UTC as 56th comment
On photo Flying egret in the A Tribute to Sir David Attenborough challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, gordzam, on placing second in this Tribute challenge, with your beautiful capture of a snowy white egret, displaying all its beautiful plumage as it lifts off from the water below. This is a great example of the different types of feathers the bird has developed, for its own particular needs and styles of flight. Really beautiful, and oh, so elegant!
RuthC :-)

Thanks RuthC! I am very pleased to have 2nd and 6th places, especially among such a wide range of excellent photography from most of the entries.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 04:57 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (505 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: The pictures of the wedding shot and the motorcycle on the page 1 have a lot of noise for ISO 400 and ISO 200. Even the shot below in evening light at 12800 ISO is very noisy. My old Oly E-M5 has less noise. I would expect much better from this. Perhaps a firmware update will fix some of this.
If the reason is because it's optimized for much higher ISO's that's fine, but most shooting, at least for me, is not going to be higher than 3200. Therefore, I can't imagine it would appeal to too many photographers.

I'm getting confused.....sometimes in most reviews, it is stated that pros mostly shoot JPEG, and here you state that pros will mostly perform pulls and pushes in post processing! I think that finally the pros interest in these cameras are more towards the fast action and getting the precise moment than pixel peeping at actual pixels, and mostly don't care about noise levels and dynamic range, which have reached enough good levels in any DSLR on the market, especially if you will go to print in a newspaper, magazine or website.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 05:04 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (502 comments in total)

600mm shots shot with the Canon G3 X clearly show a lot of heat distortion when viewed at full res that the Sony pics don't show. Are these shot deliberately much later in the day to degrade the perceived better quality of the Sony? Honestly, I can only spot a very slight advantage at full aperture of the Sony lens, which will not be visible when viewing the whole photo. All 3 cameras are on par, and very good, and I would not make a decision on image quality if I had to choose between these 3 cams.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 07:17 UTC as 64th comment | 4 replies
On photo Solitude in the Your City - Urban Cats and Dogs challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice one!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 05:03 UTC as 2nd comment
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