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 What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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Mike99999: It is difficult to take Ming Thein seriously. His photos are terrible and his opinions a joke. A bit like Ken Rockwell but without the humor.

I do not think much of Ming Thein's gallery. His idea of fine art is appalling. I see no benefit from his opinions on equipment either. Ken Rockwell is not that reliable but sometimes does raise a point that others have overlooked. So, if his name comes up, I give his comments the once over.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 17:23 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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plasnu: The worst disappointment about mirrorless cameras having been evolved last 5 years is the LENS SIZE. The lenses ended to be so much larger than what I expected.

Yes. On all digital cameras the majority of zoom lenses and some primes are a bad joke as are DSLR bodies or anything that weighs as much as a Leica SL (847g). We did not have this absurdity with film. Take an Olympus PEN with their 7-14mm F2.8 Pro on it. If I could avoid it, I wouild not have a lens that big and heavy on a full frame or ASPS-C DSLR, let alone on mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 17:16 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)

"No compromises in optical quality." Now there is a joke. Almost all mirrorless lenses rely upon software to correct distortion. That obstructs use of my chosen RAW developer for HDR.

For me the main issue with mirrorless is the viewfinder. An LCD is hopeless in bright light, not that good in any light. Also, it is much easier to hold a camera steady against your forehead. I would be happy with an Albalda optical viewfinder of Leica M quality especially if covered 21mm or wider on full frame or 14mm on APS-C.

My first camera is an APS-C DSLR and the second Olympus Micro Four Thirds. The VF-4 EVF for the latter is not bad but does not compare with an optical viewfinder. Against the light if the sun is nearby is a problem. The Fuji X is a nice camera but the EVF on it is dreadful, flat and I find very distracting. I have not bothered to look at anything else but initial comments on the Leica SL suggest it might be better. But look at the weight of it, let alone the price. Crazy.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 16:57 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module (306 comments in total)
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keepreal: For a while I was considering a Sony but the ultra wide angle lenses I would have wanted are awful. What is the point of a superb camera such as the A7 II with such a mediocre and limited choice of lenses, also less ambitious models? I know you can use an adapter for quality lenses such as from Leica, but then you lose the automation.

abortabort - I am unwilling to finance the cost of FF. In any case, not happy with any UWA on Sony FF or APS-C. Do understand 12mm --> 18mm on FF.

I'm happy with my Sigma 12-24 but only on DX, not on FF when I used film. Mine is much better than decent but I know not all samples are. Yes, one can do better today when the need arises but for me it doesn't.

There are no UWAs near 12mm available for Sony APSC that interest me or would have near 18mm on FF. Only some of the lenses you mention are significantly lighter, The Zeiss 21mm is superb but even heavier and very expensive, no doubt. The Voigtlanders are made by Cosina, the same as in other mounts. The 12mm is awful and, unless the others are considerably better, you can keep them all. See photozone.de.

The Samyang 14mm has too much distortion if you wish to use a RAW developer of your own choosing for HDR, as I do. It is rather heavy but the resolution is superb. With Sony Zeiss 16-35mm, the resolution is awful off centre.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 22:43 UTC
On article Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module (306 comments in total)
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keepreal: For a while I was considering a Sony but the ultra wide angle lenses I would have wanted are awful. What is the point of a superb camera such as the A7 II with such a mediocre and limited choice of lenses, also less ambitious models? I know you can use an adapter for quality lenses such as from Leica, but then you lose the automation.

True TFD but the Sigma 8-16mm weighs 555g. Too big and heavy. As I have said elsewhere before now, we need small cameras and small lenses, not the monsters that mostly prevail.

Had Olympus produced a 7-14mm of similar quality to their new f2.8 PRO without pronounced barrel distortion that does not force you into one or two RAW developers, but nearer the size of their 9-18 f4.0-5.6 (but better IQ), I would have been interested with an E-M10 or E-M5 II. However, I might as well stick to my Nikon D300 and the Sigma 12-24mm that I already have. I find 12mp quite enough though more would be better, when I want to make 48" prints LOL. My outfit is heavier but not enough to warrant the change.

There is nothing that appeals to me in mirrorless, though Fuji X is very good except for the EVF which I think is awful and I would have liked a bigger range for exposure bracketing as I am heavily into HDR usually in against the light shots.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 10:23 UTC
On article Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module (306 comments in total)
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keepreal: For a while I was considering a Sony but the ultra wide angle lenses I would have wanted are awful. What is the point of a superb camera such as the A7 II with such a mediocre and limited choice of lenses, also less ambitious models? I know you can use an adapter for quality lenses such as from Leica, but then you lose the automation.

12-15mm

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 08:45 UTC
On article Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module (306 comments in total)

For a while I was considering a Sony but the ultra wide angle lenses I would have wanted are awful. What is the point of a superb camera such as the A7 II with such a mediocre and limited choice of lenses, also less ambitious models? I know you can use an adapter for quality lenses such as from Leica, but then you lose the automation.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 08:16 UTC as 30th comment | 13 replies
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 adds local dehaze (60 comments in total)

Partly thanks to HowaboutRAW, where he commented on my entry five messages below, I discovered a solution to a problem which DNG 1.1 solved. However a later version of it probably also would have done so.

At high magnification, 400X, I noticed a grid like pattern on my images out of an ORF file, which disappeared when I used the DNG Converter 9.2 before my usual RAW developer.

If you are interested, have a look at PC Talk where I have posted "Beware mesh pattern after RAW conversion" at http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/56613641 and give a visual example.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 16:30 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 adds local dehaze (60 comments in total)
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keepreal: If you have a recent camera or lens, you might need the latest version of Camera Raw or the DNG Converter. Otherwise, it's about time more people were sensible and learned proper skills on less than the latest without falling prey to every new release of photo imaging software and indeed newer digital equipment.

Apart from professionals or serious amateurs who need to make prints ten feet wide, just learn to make the most of what you've got before you think of moving on.

I have a Nikon D300 and the lens I choose to use almost exclusively is the Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG. Neither is near the best you can get today but I am not interested in looking at my 59.4 cm prints with a magnifying glass. Without it they are perfectly sharp enough. Not only that, I use Photoshop CS2 without the latest bells and whistles and now have a lot of skill with it. I won it in a competition because of what I could do with Elements 2. I would not have been prepared to pay for it out of my own pocket.

HowaboutRAW (9 min ago):

Good point, so I am glad you raised it. I always save the latest version of the DNG converter just in case I decide to upgrade my equipment and Adobe stop issuing it. But I had not realised that it probably is better to use the latest version anyway.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 12:30 UTC
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 adds local dehaze (60 comments in total)
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keepreal: If you have a recent camera or lens, you might need the latest version of Camera Raw or the DNG Converter. Otherwise, it's about time more people were sensible and learned proper skills on less than the latest without falling prey to every new release of photo imaging software and indeed newer digital equipment.

Apart from professionals or serious amateurs who need to make prints ten feet wide, just learn to make the most of what you've got before you think of moving on.

I have a Nikon D300 and the lens I choose to use almost exclusively is the Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG. Neither is near the best you can get today but I am not interested in looking at my 59.4 cm prints with a magnifying glass. Without it they are perfectly sharp enough. Not only that, I use Photoshop CS2 without the latest bells and whistles and now have a lot of skill with it. I won it in a competition because of what I could do with Elements 2. I would not have been prepared to pay for it out of my own pocket.

haha, I dunno why anyone feel the need to say I dunno thank-you.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 15:18 UTC
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 adds local dehaze (60 comments in total)

If you have a recent camera or lens, you might need the latest version of Camera Raw or the DNG Converter. Otherwise, it's about time more people were sensible and learned proper skills on less than the latest without falling prey to every new release of photo imaging software and indeed newer digital equipment.

Apart from professionals or serious amateurs who need to make prints ten feet wide, just learn to make the most of what you've got before you think of moving on.

I have a Nikon D300 and the lens I choose to use almost exclusively is the Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG. Neither is near the best you can get today but I am not interested in looking at my 59.4 cm prints with a magnifying glass. Without it they are perfectly sharp enough. Not only that, I use Photoshop CS2 without the latest bells and whistles and now have a lot of skill with it. I won it in a competition because of what I could do with Elements 2. I would not have been prepared to pay for it out of my own pocket.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 10:52 UTC as 10th comment | 6 replies
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noncho: I have the old Meyer-Gorlitz Trioplan 100 2.8 and it's interesting, but I would not buy expensive new one. Here are some examples with mine - http://www.nonchoiliev.com/blog/2314

Everyone, have a look at this - all bokeh with a bit of image as well. Beautifully done, totally unexpected and ingenious.

Some other nice work on noncho's site too.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 19:20 UTC
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keepreal: This is yet another example of capitalism gone mad and some people having money way beyond their actual needs to spend frivolously. I had this lens in the early 1970s in a mount for Exakta Varex and, for a triplet design, it was surprisingly good. However, $1,699 is a ridiculous price. About a tenth of that would make sense, little more.

I, for example, make prints of my best photos in A2 size (16.53 x 23.39 inches) and my Nikon D300 bought in 2009 with the Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG bought in 2006 are fine for landscapes in good light, even if there is better available today.

I would have been interested in the new m.Zuiko Pro 7-14mm F2.8 on Micro Four Thirds because that too would have been good enough. However I would not pay over $1000 for a hefty bit of glass, however good, when the saving in bulk and weight compared to APSC is so small.

Very few people need a Nikon D610 or better but the fact that so many people buy them usually attests to their greed or stupidity.

For a guy whose web site consists mostly of crap you talk with a lot of bravado. For you a Box Brownie will do.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 14:40 UTC
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TriezeA72: I'm surprised the Greek government hasn't tried launching a kickstarter campaign to save their failing economy.
Im sure they could make some sort of gyro lens with tzatziki effect, and flog it off for €1700 a pot, (earlybird special €1699.99)

I have been watching the Greek crisis closely and, while dire shortcomings there led to their financial difficulties, I condemn the creditors for existing and new measures they are trying to impose that will only make matters worse. From my point of view, the only good thing to come out of it is the greater likelihood of the collapse of the Euro and Cameron actually being able to negotiate one or two reforms in the EU of actual benefit to the UK which, otherwise, I do not think will happen.

I am 71 and glad that, even if I live into my nineties, I will not be around long enough to see the growing collapse of modern civilisation that is already beginning. The world is going mad, cretins with huge sums of money on the one hand and brain dead extremists parading as Islamists on the other and every other possible excess in between.

I only hope the sun dies before the 2.8 billion years or so predicted (or whatever the correct figure is). It cannot come soon enough.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 10:41 UTC

This is yet another example of capitalism gone mad and some people having money way beyond their actual needs to spend frivolously. I had this lens in the early 1970s in a mount for Exakta Varex and, for a triplet design, it was surprisingly good. However, $1,699 is a ridiculous price. About a tenth of that would make sense, little more.

I, for example, make prints of my best photos in A2 size (16.53 x 23.39 inches) and my Nikon D300 bought in 2009 with the Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG bought in 2006 are fine for landscapes in good light, even if there is better available today.

I would have been interested in the new m.Zuiko Pro 7-14mm F2.8 on Micro Four Thirds because that too would have been good enough. However I would not pay over $1000 for a hefty bit of glass, however good, when the saving in bulk and weight compared to APSC is so small.

Very few people need a Nikon D610 or better but the fact that so many people buy them usually attests to their greed or stupidity.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 10:22 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1161 comments in total)
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keepreal: Sooner or later, many serious photographers want to get into bracketed exposures for HDR so, if it is correct that the Leica Q offers only 3 frames at 1/3 EV steps then that is ludicrous. Even 3 frames at 1 EV steps is totally inadequate.

The prices for the Leica Q and a fixed lens disqualifies it for me anyway but I would have been very interested in the Fuji X-E2 with 14mm, 18mm and 23mm lens to replace a large and weighty Nikon APSC outfit. However, limited exposure bracketing on that completely disqualifies it for me.

<<By John Gellings Not one person I know with a Leica, and I know many, does HDR.>>

That proves it then!

<<By bgmonroe Quality (read: subtle) HDR can be made with two RAW exposures at most.>>

I trust you are speaking from experience? I do HDR almost all of the time with up to seven exposures, though mostly 5 one stop apart. Often I combine that with panoramas, so 15 frames through PTGui is quite frequent for me.

Unadulterated rubbish, even 1 stop apart, not just 1/3, occasionally two shots one stop apart will do, but that is not what HDR is about. Typically, I take against the light and want detail in clouds and shadows on the ground. Two shots for that? This guy is out to lunch.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 08:56 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1161 comments in total)
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keepreal: Sooner or later, many serious photographers want to get into bracketed exposures for HDR so, if it is correct that the Leica Q offers only 3 frames at 1/3 EV steps then that is ludicrous. Even 3 frames at 1 EV steps is totally inadequate.

The prices for the Leica Q and a fixed lens disqualifies it for me anyway but I would have been very interested in the Fuji X-E2 with 14mm, 18mm and 23mm lens to replace a large and weighty Nikon APSC outfit. However, limited exposure bracketing on that completely disqualifies it for me.

Strange question. Why not?

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 12:35 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1161 comments in total)

Sooner or later, many serious photographers want to get into bracketed exposures for HDR so, if it is correct that the Leica Q offers only 3 frames at 1/3 EV steps then that is ludicrous. Even 3 frames at 1 EV steps is totally inadequate.

The prices for the Leica Q and a fixed lens disqualifies it for me anyway but I would have been very interested in the Fuji X-E2 with 14mm, 18mm and 23mm lens to replace a large and weighty Nikon APSC outfit. However, limited exposure bracketing on that completely disqualifies it for me.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 11:30 UTC as 264th comment | 6 replies
On article Nikon D7200 Review (639 comments in total)

Latest news. NEW TWO THIRDS FORMAT DIGITAL SINGLE LENS REFLEX FORMAT PROPOSED. Like full frame SLRs, not DSLRS.

[See also my reply to Mr Low Notes below]

Anyone out there with the wherewithal to manufacture quality lightweight full frame DSLR camera bodies and lenses, without all the stupid hardware and software bells and whistles, menus of options to the cows come home?

For example, who needs fourteen settings for white balance when from RAW capture (or even on JPEG) in most cases you automatically get the right colour or close just by putting the image on your computer?

If all the unnecessary features and settings and the logic behind them were dispensed with to have all the required basics, a few really useful additional features like exposure bracketing for HDR, but none of the superfluous options like Live View and Movies, (which do have a use, but then for how many?) then maybe digital quality need not make everything bigger and heavier than it was with 35mm film. Surely?

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 09:34 UTC as 82nd comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D7200 Review (639 comments in total)
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Mr Low Notes: Why compare the size of this camera to a mirrorless as a CON? I don't think anybody expects a DSLR to be as small and light as a Mirrorless camera. Personally I own both and there are time I prefer to use a DLSR and times I prefer my mirrorless. Depends on what and where I'm shooting.

APSC and full frame cameras and lenses are far too big and heavy. I am sure a full frame with lenses no bigger and heavier than an Olympus OM1 ought now to be possible.

I have both APSC and MFT too and partly agree with Mr Low Notes, but would prefer to use my Olympus PEN all the time, in spite of the vastly inferior VF-4 EVF viewfinder compared with DSLR. I would do just that and was hoping the new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO would be a suitable alternative to my Sigma 12-24mm on APSC. However, this MFT lens is nearly as large and heavy as my Sigma, so what's the point? Had they produced a much smaller Olympus 7-14mm F4 of PRO quality that weighed no more than 300 gm and was distortion free so I could use RAW without restriction, like with my Sigma on Nikon, I would have been happy. But instead on MFT they produce quality almost entirely only in fast and heavy lenses that only a minority have a legitimate need for and the pocket to boot. Likewise on bigger cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 09:11 UTC
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