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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DPR - Please rename this fake comments.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 17:24 UTC as 9th comment
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Sean65: I find it slightly odd that so many landscape and travel photographers try as hard as possible to get shots devoid of humanity in it's natural unposed form.

@mfinley, I always wanted to be a professional photographer but was persuaded off it. My mother even wrote when I was teenager to Allan Cash, a famous British photographer at the time. He replied he did not make a living out of the super pictures the public saw, but made his living taking shots for industry!

So perhaps with that and what you said, I was better off keeping to photography as a hobby and focusing on what I wanted to take 100% of the time. Still the impact of Eugene Smith and others whose use of a camera as a means of communicating what is going on in the world was magnificent, his pictures of Minimata in particular. I would have liked to have emulated achievements like that, would not have had his ability.

Incidentally, I had a boss in Toronto, also very keen on photography. He was quite a character, sometimes an impossible man. But when he told me to go see and hear Eugene Smith give a talk, something told me to do so. I will never forget that, a great great man.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 22:24 UTC

Have a look at Bob's website. He is new to me but he has some great stuff there, https://www.robertholmesphotography.com

He quotes from a few memorable people there, including Dorothea Lange, "the camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera", much I was saying of myself immediately below.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 22:07 UTC as 16th comment

Excellent video, many more great shots than one usually sees together in one place.

But I do not think much at all about any rules in particular when making a picture. With a trained eye over many years, it has become an instinct with me. Besides what works does not have to follow any rules, so I all but ignore them.

After sixty five years doing photography as a hobby, alert seeing helps me enjoy places beautiful to the eye, even when they will not make a picture at all. That does happen. At other times,when out without a camera but because of my photography, I have learned to see properly and enjoy because it is there, regardless.

I have noticed that unless a scene is still, people often miss it. Sometimes I spot a great still shot in a visual sequence or streaming and can freeze it in my mind, enjoy it for a couple of seconds before it fades from memory. It gives me a lot of pleasure being able to do that.

I definitely agree that the key is seeing, not just looking.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 21:49 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (906 comments in total)

Rather than smaller MFT bodies and lens designs competing with APS-C and full frame with economies in bulk and weight, another fitness aid for body builders.

The saying goes "those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad." It has become an epidemic.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 21:33 UTC as 103rd comment
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)

All the best Scott in your new position.

Yes, DP Review does have a lot to offer but there is a lot of mediocre contents and it is increasing alarmingly - cameras made of straw, for example. Such rubbish is not of interest to discerning enthusiasts to whom you say you aim.

Please CUT ALL OF THIS OUT and get reviews back to the thoroughness and immediacy they once were, until not long ago you slightly started dumbing it down and the reorganisation with the specifications near the end is not a sensible or helpful move.

I would also urge you to take a very big step upwards with pictures in the gallery. The standard is abysmal and does absolutely nothing to give you images you can judge lenses and cameras by, not of any use for that 99% of the time. Other publications mostly are as bad, but that is no justification.

Moreover one needs a similar set, if not an identical one that enables cross reference and comparisons between equipment. That is utterly impossible at the present time.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 23:35 UTC as 27th comment

This is information I am very glad to have as I would like to see what is up there. At home in London UK or wherever I have travelled, it has not been up to much. It may even influence where I go on vacation ni the future, if I discoiver sights worth seeing on par with what I saw in the SW when I visted in 2011, Zion and the Southern Rim being truly memorable.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 22:35 UTC as 17th comment
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for students (68 comments in total)

With DP writers giving us many such articles at this time of year, please do not forget

● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for infants
● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for octogenarians
● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for those over 100
● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for centurions
● 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for tame apes with copyright privileges

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:02 UTC as 8th comment
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Jeff Greenberg: I'm saving for a Rolls Royce.
So I'm passing on Leicas for now.

Some years ago, the Managing Director of the car division advised everyone to get one. Long term, he said, it would work out cheaper.

Or are you after an aero engine?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 21:50 UTC

Red cameras at a premium, a soft focus lens way over the top in price even for them, and now this, much what I have come to expect from Leica.

There are a few premium brands from the film era that were top of the heap still around, Leica, Hasselblad, Canon, Nikon, Sony né Minolta Linhof, Zeiss, Voigtlander, Schneider, Rodenstock, maybe a few more with their lenses.

What is noticeable to me is that Leica now has lost its way, comes up with gimmicks that might appeal to foolish wealthy people, but less so serious photographers in the digital age. I expect in the end, not for quite some while though, they will fold or be taken over by some bright spark like Yashica.

At least it solves one problem. I used to aspire to having a Leica.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 21:34 UTC as 79th comment
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)
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Mateus1: When Nikon will make FF pro mirrorless then everybody will see how ugly a7 line is and how perfectly Nikon is designed with best ergonomy and everything at right place. This is Nikon. Sony is still behind Minolta although it bought it many years ago.

@Doug Frost, I will have a look at an a7R III just to check what the EVF is like. I do not expect to change my mind but it is possible that the best can cope with bright sunlight better than any I have seen yet.

Still, the camera is too big and heavy at 657g making it pointless for many of us to go mirrorless unless we need all the bells and whistles. I do not dispute that the technology is brilliant though, but I do not want all that junk in the viewfinder, just a little like Nikon DSLRs discretely below the image to show the basics.

And many of the lenses are ridiculous, my latest example being the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus at 875g for DSLRs. Too many lenses for mirrorless are just as bad, virtually negating any size and weight advantage there might have been.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)
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Alaska Hawaii photos: If the upcoming Nikon mirrorless is a version of the D850 it could prove interesting.

Chriscotech, your physics is wrong.

How about the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus ZF.2 Lens - Nikon Fit at 875g? That is ridiculous.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 00:44 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)
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Chriscotech: On point 7: Configuration and operation.
I don't know about the D850, I shoot Sony and have a 7RIII. While it is an amazing camera and hugely versatile, the setup took me ages and is still a work in progress.

The big problem is that I can't globally backup my settings with Sony Alpha cameras. I had to send my Sony A9 back for a minor issue and was told my settings would be lost. It took 22 photos of the screen to record the settings, and another two hours to reconfigure the camera to how I use it. I used to shoot video with two Panasonic Lumix GH4's. With those I could copy the settings of one camera onto an SD card and use it to quickly match the two cameras. I could also save multiple configurations on my computer.

If the Nikon D850 has a way of globally backing up the camera configuration, I have order envy on that point, it should be a standard feature with the complexity of cameras like these. I wish Sony would get it. Does the Nikon have this feature?

The backup on the D850 is a great feature, so I will check that my D610 also has it. If the D500 also does, there is some hope.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 00:26 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)
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everybodyisone: It is just the matter of taste and use at this point I guess.
But as the whole picture, what Sony does and did in the past few years is very cool in my book. Nikon refining a system with truly amazing details but Sony invent new things which can change photography in long run. I guess it changed already. There was an article about is Nikon saved by this new camera or not and I guess no matter how truly cool this camera is, one dslr cannot change a company. It is not new, it is a refined old system. I don't have any problem with the (d)slr system but it is old. The mirror is not an advantage anymore it is the opposite, you cannot make smaller cameras and cannot make faster fps... They should make full frame and medium format mirrorless cameras, then that could change a company's future radically. In a few more years mirrorless will lead in every feature like speed, af speed and amazing detailful evf so what future could this dslr companies hope for then... Life is changing, Are You?

I would accept what you say if you could get an albalda viewfinder of reasonable size, weight and price that caters for different focal lengtths and goes down to 14mm or so. That is because I hate EVF and always will. An OVF for me is way better but that does have overheads. Leica make such a viewfinder for their Tri-Elmar but it is far too unwieldy.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 10:30 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)
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Alaska Hawaii photos: If the upcoming Nikon mirrorless is a version of the D850 it could prove interesting.

As I said way below, the camera on my list is a Leica IIIG with lenses of that era but digital, not these huge unnecessarily complicated beasts that weigh a ton with their ridiculous lenses - and that includes the Sony.

Have a look at some of the wide aperture primes, they are enormous and heavy, heavy, heavy let alone other focal lengths or zooms.

Those whom they goods would destroy, they first make mad.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 10:23 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)
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panzini: D850 hands down. I own them both and am getting rid of the Sony.
The build quality of the Nikon is peerless, as are its ergonomics and energy efficiency.
With a mirrorless camera you are disconnected from your subject, effectively watching it on TV. A reflex camera maintaints that connection. I felt blind with the Sony; and the quality of the images suffered; I spent two entire studio shoots angry and frustrated; wasted time and money. With the D850 I feel like I'm in charge and not some computer operator.

"With a mirrorless camera you are disconnected from your subject, effectively watching it on TV. "

Absolutely. Those who think DSLRs are on the way out are out to lunch, not for a scrumptious meal but more the fast food variety.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 10:16 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)
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biggercountry: So, it seems the conclusion is this:

You like smaller cameras? Buy the Sony A7R III
You like bigger cameras? Buy the Nikon D850

You forgot one thing:

You like smaller cameras and lenses, then you are stuffed.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 10:06 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)
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Mateus1: When Nikon will make FF pro mirrorless then everybody will see how ugly a7 line is and how perfectly Nikon is designed with best ergonomy and everything at right place. This is Nikon. Sony is still behind Minolta although it bought it many years ago.

So why is your bull acceptable, that electronic viewfinders are not inferior to OVFs? They are in 2017, will still be by 2025 and probably well after that too.

Photographers who know their stuff prefer to see the full dynamic range in their viewfinder and know from experience what to expect in their results more accurately than any EVF can simulate. In straightforward lighting EVFs can be pretty good but into strong sunlight, forget it.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 20:18 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1078 comments in total)

To say there is no clear winner on lenses is incredible. LOL.

I hate EVF, so only the lesser bulk and weight of mirrorless bodies makes them in any way interesting, but only to have a cheap MFT as a second camera.

But regardless of price, the D850 body is too big and heavy as are the better Nikon and Sony lenses. That disqualifies either for me.

For landscape work I do not need AF speed and, even if 24.3MP does not give the ultimate in IQ compared with either the D850 or a7R III, I will happily rely upon my D610. Still too heavy but then so is anything by the time you choose the better middle of the road or premium lenses.

Why oh why can we not have miniature full frame digital cameras, the minimum of unnecessary bells and whistles the size of a Leica IIIG, lenses also on a par with that era? I am sure it would be possible if only photo manufacturers were not doing what for them no doubt is easier and evidently more profitable, given the public's willingness to allow it.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 19:28 UTC as 68th comment | 4 replies

A lot of fuss about nothing.

If you do not know how to use Photoshop, Lightroom or whatever properly, you should not be doing this. If you do, then what is the point of this video?

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 19:32 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
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