keepreal

keepreal

Lives in United Kingdom Enfield, United Kingdom
Works as a Retired, was Information Technology Manager
Joined on Mar 24, 2007
About me:

Amateur with a passion for pictorial photography of more than fifty years. Likes to communicate and learn from others with expert knowledge, especially if they also live in the real world, have galleries or links to really good photos and put their camera to good use.

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On article Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown (370 comments in total)

Opinion: the Nikon D750 could be the new Nikon D750, not the a7 III.

All this nonsense about DSLR being near dead and EVFs superceding OVF.

My D610 may not be quite up on the technology as some but I chose it because I do not need what is added in the D750. I do not need to focus all over the screen or cope with moving subjects. My landscapes tend to stay put, so one focus point in the centre, spot metering at the centre, both locked before I frame and shoot is fine by me.

If you want good quality in a fairly large image size, the better gear on offer makes sense but being overly absorbed in the leading edge technology on offer and having to have it, regardless of the ability to take more than just very ordinary pictures is a sickness too many DPR readers seems to suffer from.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 23:19 UTC as 20th comment
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keepreal: An EVF in high contrast lighting with deep shadows is awful. Younger people without sufficient experience like us seniors may have a better idea what to expect from the manipulated image in a decent EVF, but not me nor a lot of my contemporaries. We can judge from the original subject or a full range image through a quality Albalda viewinder like the Leica M, as good or better still with the OVF of a DSLR.

A lot of us old folk would by choice have nothing else than a DSLR. I do not believe dropping them is justified. Regrettably, manufacturers are only interested in profit. Otherwise they would not keep offering often trivial upgrades every few months.

The a7 RIII is a splendid example of technology but so is a D850 and even lesser models than leading edge, like my D610. I and many others do not need the focus capabilities or other fringe features that mostly for marketing reasons have become the norm.

@T3 "The problem with DSLRs like the D850 is that they've become behemoths of cameras! Not everyone needs/wants something so big!"

Absolutely. Even my D610 is too big and heavy. So are many lenses, including for Sony FF, APS-C and MFT. The lack of quality lenses at modest apertures is a crime against sanity. I am convinced that FF DSLRS the size of an Olympus OM1 and lenses like they had then would be perfectly possible if not for the manufacturers focusing on adding bells and whistles, more bells and more whistles instead of miniaturised circuits. They are fine for the 1% who need those features.

@Like26 "Give me a big bright OVF anytime."

The manufacturers should continue to provide for people like us.

@Like7 "And in dim lighting an OVF is inferior to an EVF".

Perfectly true. But the reverse in typical lighting for most people most of the time, very many people all of the time.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 17:57 UTC

An EVF in high contrast lighting with deep shadows is awful. Younger people without sufficient experience like us seniors may have a better idea what to expect from the manipulated image in a decent EVF, but not me nor a lot of my contemporaries. We can judge from the original subject or a full range image through a quality Albalda viewinder like the Leica M, as good or better still with the OVF of a DSLR.

A lot of us old folk would by choice have nothing else than a DSLR. I do not believe dropping them is justified. Regrettably, manufacturers are only interested in profit. Otherwise they would not keep offering often trivial upgrades every few months.

The a7 RIII is a splendid example of technology but so is a D850 and even lesser models than leading edge, like my D610. I and many others do not need the focus capabilities or other fringe features that mostly for marketing reasons have become the norm.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 15:58 UTC as 118th comment | 14 replies

Even if the grand jury takes the side of the policeman, which I find regrettable, the victim should be given substantial damages. If not for arms being so prevalent in the USA, mistaking a camera and tripod for one hardly would have happened.

The best solution would be to stop this madness in the USA still retaining the absurd constitutional right to bear arms or the police to routinely use them.

In many respects the USA is ahead of the rest of the world but on this is incredibly backward. In the days of the Wild West there was a definite need to have the immediate means to defend oneself, but it would not continue today if not for all the lethal weapons in circulation that people are allowed to possess quite legally.

It is absurd beyond belief to almost everyone outside of the USA. The American attitude to think otherwise is the issue. This is as much a mental problem as the guys Trump refers to, who use them in killings quite arbitrarily .

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 16:19 UTC as 34th comment | 10 replies
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Nuno Souto: Been taking photos as a passionate hobby for 50+ years.
After using Nikon for well over 25 of those, I have now fully moved to Olympus. Mostly because I'm still waiting for Nikon to produce smaller and better quality lens gear for DX, while the film gear was quite fine.
The slr concept just does not cut it in this day and age of high quality sensors and electronics. Mirrorless is the way to go. And companies like Olympus have shown they respect their users instead of ignoring them. Case in point: they recently added focus stacking to their EM5MII via firmware upgrade. No need to buy a new camera, I just upgraded the firmware on mine and bingo: there it was, what I badly wanted
Feast your eyes, CaNiSoFu: that is called good customer support.
Need I explain which maker my next camera is coming from?

I am sticking with DSLR as I do not like mirrorless. And yes, I do have one as my second camera with an EVF as it is impossible to get a sharp properly framed hand held image from the LCD except by accident. I dislike EVFs intensely and the size and weight of many mirrorless bodies and lenses are getting to be a bad joke.

True, there appears to be more supporters of mirrorless than DSLR at DP Review, but is that only because they make more noise?

I wonder what the true proportions are.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 11:43 UTC

This is an early April fool's joke isn't it?

Yes, MFT was compact and portable but only until the bodies started getting larger and heavier, many of the lenses too.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 11:21 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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keepreal: Why is everybody so keen on mirrorless? To my way of thinking, it is like driving a car without wheels.

If you know your stuff you can look at a scene in real life or through an OVF and know what the tones will translate to in the image. You do not need a pesky EVF to approximate that badly for you.

@T3 I am happy with your last comment. It conveys a balanced perspective on matters. Congratulations.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 18:58 UTC
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keepreal: Why is everybody so keen on mirrorless? To my way of thinking, it is like driving a car without wheels.

If you know your stuff you can look at a scene in real life or through an OVF and know what the tones will translate to in the image. You do not need a pesky EVF to approximate that badly for you.

@rsdofny " Guess what, the majority of the cars nowadays are equipped with automatic shifting."

Why do ignorant Americans think they are the only place that counts? Outside the USA, most cars in most countries are manual.

There is a lot I like about the USA, indeed I am taking my summer vacation there in NV, UT and CO in five months time. But the weakest thing about you guys, not all of you, is thinking everybody is answerable to you and your ways.

A good example of that is the right to bear arms. In civilised countries there is no argument of having to protect yourselves in the twenty first century. The Wild West is long gone, but not that wild mentality,

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 18:27 UTC
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keepreal: Why is everybody so keen on mirrorless? To my way of thinking, it is like driving a car without wheels.

If you know your stuff you can look at a scene in real life or through an OVF and know what the tones will translate to in the image. You do not need a pesky EVF to approximate that badly for you.

Have a look at this T3 guy's equipment, a totally incoherent collection of six cameras. Not surprising when you consider what he says. I imagine he spends all of his time deciding which to use, or maybe he leaves that to his caddy.

I have two sticks by the way, T3, two walking sticks. One opens extra long and has a tripod thread on it, very useful on a trek to use as a monopod if I do not want to carry a tripod.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 17:06 UTC
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keepreal: Why is everybody so keen on mirrorless? To my way of thinking, it is like driving a car without wheels.

If you know your stuff you can look at a scene in real life or through an OVF and know what the tones will translate to in the image. You do not need a pesky EVF to approximate that badly for you.

T3 says "If people like you [me] had their way, we'd probably still be using cameras with simple center-weighted metering, and only one focus point in the center of the viewfinder. If people like you were in charge, camera technology would have come to a screeching halt decades ago."

Actually, the technology is wonderful, the need for it very occasional unless you are only shooting action and, if you look at the images everywhere in the media today, 99.99999% of them are hopeless trash. In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, that was not the case.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 16:15 UTC
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keepreal: Why is everybody so keen on mirrorless? To my way of thinking, it is like driving a car without wheels.

If you know your stuff you can look at a scene in real life or through an OVF and know what the tones will translate to in the image. You do not need a pesky EVF to approximate that badly for you.

T3. You are absolutely right. Some EVFs actually leave some room to see the image provided all the other garbage is not too big and bright. But if you know what you are doing none of it is necessary. Aha. Mirrorless is for those who don't. That's fair enough.

I have a second camera with an EVF only because that is slightly better to see what you are taking and to hold steady than relying on the LCD with an unsteadied hand. So I turn everything off except the power. I am more interested in taking pictures than moving focus points, studying histograms and seeing what is on the menu for lunch.

And, BTW, when I was seriously looking at a Sony (until I got my sanity back) I turned to the user guide to see what features there are and how to use them. Why did they bother? I have never seen such useless rubbish and nothing there in intelligible English you can possibly benefit from by using it.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 15:19 UTC
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keepreal: I think you mean the Pacific Northeast. As far as I know, none of America is in the Pacific Northwest.

In any case, why all this nonsense? Who cares where the camera is being used?

However, a selection of galleries using cameras in the Balls Pond Road would be nice. It is a very unexciting spot in London and I am sure that would give it a lift.

Ok I get it. You mean that part of the Northwest US towards the Pacific.

In that case, can we have a gallery for the Ball Pond Road East - that is in the west - and West - that is in the east.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 15:07 UTC

I think you mean the Pacific Northeast. As far as I know, none of America is in the Pacific Northwest.

In any case, why all this nonsense? Who cares where the camera is being used?

However, a selection of galleries using cameras in the Balls Pond Road would be nice. It is a very unexciting spot in London and I am sure that would give it a lift.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 14:03 UTC as 76th comment | 9 replies

Why is everybody so keen on mirrorless? To my way of thinking, it is like driving a car without wheels.

If you know your stuff you can look at a scene in real life or through an OVF and know what the tones will translate to in the image. You do not need a pesky EVF to approximate that badly for you.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 13:51 UTC as 67th comment | 29 replies

Hey Guys. Do yourselves a favour by trying Machinery HDR Effects. I have no connections with them, just a user. As a RAW developer, it usually giving great results automatically and needs little manual fine tuning afterwards, often none at all. And it is not expensive either.

My only criticism is that occasionally I get ghosting and, even when I don't, there is no user control over the image in bracketed exposures it chooses in conditions that might cause it. So, very occasionally when that happens, I use Photomatix Pro or even PTGui. You do not have to have a panorama to use PTGui and it also handles HDR. Nor do you have to have bracketed exposures for Machinery. It is great for getting the best out of single shots.

Machinery certainly does not do everything but as a RAW developer and HDR program, if you have not used it you may be missing out. I do not understand why it never gets a mention. It deserves to be right up there, as far as I can see and I am very long sighted.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 02:07 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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barrystet: After using the 2017 version for over a year I've concluded this tool will essentially performance like beta software for years. Save your money and use the free ON1 10 version if you like the filters and effects.

After using the 2018 version and uninstalling within the half hour, then thought it might be worth taking your advice and trying the free ON1 10 version. But I do not like the filters and effects, the user interface is appalling and it is very slow.

I am shocked. I first was into On1 years ago with Mask Pro, then and still with Perfect Suite 9.5 for masking. Both are fine but the free ON1 10 is Neanderthal.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 01:48 UTC
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wilsonlaidlaw: Not a perfect app but at least unlike Capture One, they have managed to put in a de-haze tool, which in spite of many requests Phase One have refused to do. After using C1 for the last 14 years I am leaving.

@wilsonlaidlaw, try this. As far as I can judge one does not need a dehaze tool. Just apply more contrast with levels where you have some control over different density ranges, maybe also adjust the brightness level, locally if necessary. Always works for me.

In fact I think, like especially with Adobe before they went into cloud cuckoo land, many of the features in these programs are added for marketing purposes, appealing to those who cannot figure it out for themselves.

I am still on Photoshop CS2, have been since 2003, tried later versions but saw no benefits in changing. For me the increasingly confused and complicated user interfaces were enough to put me off. In the intervening years, I have become sufficiently expert at what I need and use most, not everything. That's the best way to go.

I did try Capture One a long time ago but decided against it. Do not remember why. I now swear by Machinery HDR Effects to develop RAW, ICE and PTGui for panoramas. Then I finish off in CS2.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 00:32 UTC

Not impressed with Photo RAW 2018. Got no farther than opening a single NEF in the Layers module. It was terribly flat and dark, adjustments with the manual controls of little immediate help whereas, with my usual program, I usually need very little intervention to get results spot on almost every time.

Admittedly the original I tried was taken in very dark, low contrast light but I have used a few RAW developers that automatically give something close to what one would want automatically at the first step, making it much easier then to finish the job.

This is a pity, because I would have been interested in Photo RAW 2018. I already use Perfect Suite 9.5 to remove complex skies where things like fine tree branches need differentiating, before adding a new one in Photoshop. Moreover, I often take HDR bracketed exposures, also quite often panoramas to stitch. One program instead of three would have been ideal, but unfortunately Photo RAW 2018.1 is useless for me even with the basics.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 00:15 UTC as 6th comment
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)

Why do none of the leading lens manufacturers make a series of high quality, compact lens of f/4 or smaller?

In my opinion, this is a conspiracy. How is this possible? Quite simply, there are lots of folk out there who have little sense. I am not talking of the people who have a genuine need for a wide aperture but the 80% I reckon who do not. I cannot back up that figure but that is my best guess.

Benjamin Kanarek wants this lens and he appears not to be the only one. Not yet is this the case here, but when DPR gives the numbers who own a product, used to or want to, people jump to say they have it or had it before the product even is available.

This is a Sigma Art lens. That means it must be good, not that all in the series are especially, certainly not up to what you would expect for the size, weight and prices.

Between the one kind of madness and another, is it any wonder that so many of these monoliths are produced. The manufacturers are laughing all the way to the bank.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 14:07 UTC as 10th comment | 10 replies
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)

1645g. The madness continues. I presume you fit the camera on to the lens, not the other way round.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 15:15 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
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