tinternaut

Lives in United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Works as a Telecoms Engineer
Joined on Jan 6, 2007
About me:

Olympus E-30
Panasonic DMC-L1
Olympus Pen E-PL1
Olympus Pen E-PM2
Olympus 14-42 (newer design)
Olympus MZD 14-42 (two of)
Olympus 14-50
Leica 14-50 f2.8-3.5
Sigma 30mm 1.2
Olympus 25mm f2.8
Olympus 9-18 f4.5-5.6
Lumix Vario 14-45 f3.5-5.6
Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Panasonic 14mm f2.5
Enough memory. Enough batteries (well, not for the G1).

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When you say the A7 and A7 II lag behind their peers, in high ISO performance, what does this mean in practical terms for the photographer? What is the practical high ISO ceiling of these cameras, for the most common publishing scenarios (thinking viewing on a large 4K monitor, or a large print)?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 08:56 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (283 comments in total)

If the camera business is making a profit, I hope they let it continue with what it is doing.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 20:49 UTC as 75th comment | 4 replies
On article The first photo shared from a phone just turned 20 (21 comments in total)

Philippe Kahn as in the founder of Borland?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 19:43 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (471 comments in total)

Wot no Fuji?

Overall though, isn't it all a bit boring at the moment? I'm just not feeling the GAS.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 22:02 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (691 comments in total)
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pjbw127: Detailed landscapes - yes,
Can afford it - yes.
Tilting screen - no,
Sorree!

There's no pleasing some.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
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tinternaut: Out of curiosity, I bought a Chinese knock off of the Surface Pro, complete with the latest Kaby Lake Core M. Impressive battery life* and performance** so I'd expect the actual Surface Pro to be very impressive. At the moment, I'm boycotting Micrsosft hardware because Microsoft thinks charging the best part of £1000 for a device with 4Gb of system memory is acceptable. My device? I wouldn't recommend the screen for photographers. It's usable for me because I have a degree of trust in the output from my equipment.

* Only 6-8 hours, but the battery is comparable to what you'd find inside a Galaxy Note. The internals of the Surface will be somewhat better thought out.

** Tested it with Photoshop, Lightroom and a couple of Linux virtual machines running at the same time and ticking along nicely.

Forgot to add my usual laptops are MacBook Pros. Haven't looked recently, but Apple haven't launched a new laptop carrying anything less than 8Gb of memory for some time. My boycot is entirely technical in nature. Skimping on system memory is crazy. Sure, you might save a bit of cash by going for less memory, but it's likely to bite you (and reduce the useful lifespan of your device) eventually.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 17:41 UTC

Does this mean great DR and best in class high ISO performance are currently mutually exclusive?

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 21:49 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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tinternaut: To get the auto focus system of the D5, you'd have to buy a D5. OTOH, didn't Canon put their latest 1D autofocus system into the 5D IV? As for full frame vs smaller format, I still think there's a difference in the look you get, even if you're shooting equivelent FoV and DoF. Not enough for me to blow a wad on a new full frame camera (well not a new/state of the art model) but a difference nevertheless.

BTW, almost bought a D700 yesterday. Mint condition, £650 in the window of London Camera Exchange's Manchester store.

Of course. The smaller format was not something I'd considered. Presumably, IQ wise, a modern D500 is at least as good as the D700 at higher ISO (e.g, 6400), on top of the DR advantages?

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 18:32 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)

To get the auto focus system of the D5, you'd have to buy a D5. OTOH, didn't Canon put their latest 1D autofocus system into the 5D IV? As for full frame vs smaller format, I still think there's a difference in the look you get, even if you're shooting equivelent FoV and DoF. Not enough for me to blow a wad on a new full frame camera (well not a new/state of the art model) but a difference nevertheless.

BTW, almost bought a D700 yesterday. Mint condition, £650 in the window of London Camera Exchange's Manchester store.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 08:26 UTC as 86th comment | 2 replies

Out of curiosity, I bought a Chinese knock off of the Surface Pro, complete with the latest Kaby Lake Core M. Impressive battery life* and performance** so I'd expect the actual Surface Pro to be very impressive. At the moment, I'm boycotting Micrsosft hardware because Microsoft thinks charging the best part of £1000 for a device with 4Gb of system memory is acceptable. My device? I wouldn't recommend the screen for photographers. It's usable for me because I have a degree of trust in the output from my equipment.

* Only 6-8 hours, but the battery is comparable to what you'd find inside a Galaxy Note. The internals of the Surface will be somewhat better thought out.

** Tested it with Photoshop, Lightroom and a couple of Linux virtual machines running at the same time and ticking along nicely.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 08:46 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (280 comments in total)

The D3 (and its sibling, the D700) represented a pleasant step change in low light photography. They still fetch a pretty decent price on eBay. I've been tempted from time to time.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 20:29 UTC as 64th comment
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (248 comments in total)

Oh, they still use Synergy. Didn't they get the memo about that being so naughties? Either way, I'd avoid standing on the clear plastic sheeting, in the middle of the boss's office, if I worked for Nikon.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 18:15 UTC as 80th comment | 1 reply

Removing something with a consistent pattern is fine. What about removing more complex, discreet objects from the image? I occasionally make use of Photoshop context sensitive fill, and that sometimes takes quite a bit of work with layers and masks to i) make sure only what I want removing is actually removed and ii) what it gets replaced with looks credible.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 08:53 UTC as 29th comment

Impressive. I suspect the big white thing in the scene made it easier to get good contrast on an otherwise typical Pacific North West day :-/.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 10:24 UTC as 44th comment

Sounds like a by-the-numbers product designed by middle management box tickers.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 18:07 UTC as 61st comment
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)
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kelstertx: So which of the BW modes on my A7rII do I use to get shots like this -- Posterization / B&W, Picture Effect / High Contrast Monochrome, Picture Effect / Rich Tone Monochrome, or Creative Style / B&W? ;)

One of my cameras produces great OOC black and white. Set it to monochrome, get the JPEG engine to simulate the filter colour of choice, and job pretty much done (barring levels, to ensure enough of both black and white, and sharpening). As good as mucking about with something like SilverFX, on the raw file? Nah, but it sometimes gets me the look I'm looking for with near zero effort.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 09:29 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2676 comments in total)

For anything not requiring a large print, I think Panasonic hits the nail on the head. Take 4K video and steal still images from it.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 18:15 UTC as 410th comment | 5 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)

Pitched straight at the Nikon and Canon flagships. How well its tracking AF compares to the big two is going to matter a great deal.

Now, A7 mk III please.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:35 UTC as 255th comment
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (346 comments in total)
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tinternaut: I've been an occasional reader of Ming's blog and wish him all the best. I'm also surprised at some of the negative things written in the comments here, regarding Micro Four Thirds. To put things into perspective, his last round-up of lenses was pretty complementary towards some of the Micro Four Thirds options. Ming is now predominantly a Medium Format photographer. He's quite young, as photographer go, and very much living the dream (you can read his blog to get a good sense of that).

I didn't see the point of the rant. As far as I can tell, what I wrote was factual, on topic and on point. Ming's choice of gear, and his reasons for choosing it, is what it is. Same hold true for any great photographer. I find the notion that we shouldn't discuss that somewhat absurd.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 05:56 UTC

I don't really understand that side of the business. Is that where the real money is, for Leica?

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 05:52 UTC as 13th comment | 6 replies
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