Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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Joined on May 25, 2006
About me:

I'm an amateur photographer who is fortunate enough to spend a decent amount of time in the field shooting.

My first love is landscape, although i'm really enjoying shooting more people, travel and the adventures it brings.

I am working towards dedicating two months a year to travel and landscape photography and while it is nice to subsidise part of the costs, I do it for the love.


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Reasonably fair review, I'm coming from an S3 and have been impressed with the results from my Nexus 5 (shot almost exclusively in HDR+).

I've got a real camera for things I care about anyway though and looks like 4.4.1 just came out.

Still, the image quality on smartphones is getting really, really handy.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2013 at 06:23 UTC as 11th comment
In reply to:

Francis Carver: Wow, an F5.6 lens and interlaced video. Oh well, thanks anyhow, Panny.

You could always chuck a 100gram 20mm pancake on it for a tiny F1.7 300gram combo....

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 00:50 UTC

Great camera by Nikon for landscapers on a budget - pretty hard to go past something like this.

If they had starting making cameras like this 18 months ago and I still shot mainly landscape I probably would never have gone mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 00:39 UTC as 10th comment
On article Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS review (144 comments in total)

Hmmm... image samples look good but not really look much better than what I get out of my 190gram $129 Olympus 40-150mm.

Oh well, I don't shoot much tele anyway. Good to have options.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 02:33 UTC as 31st comment

Interesting - X series would be much more interesting to me with 16-20mp Bayer sensor without AA and IBIS - the lens range is really developing nicely.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2013 at 01:49 UTC as 41st comment
On article SmugMug launches totally redesigned website (69 comments in total)

Loving the changes - I find its not perfect, but much better.

A few little bugs going on but I'm sure these will be ironed out shortly.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 03:46 UTC as 13th comment
On article SmugMug launches totally redesigned website (69 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jetranger_Pilot: As a long time pro customer, I am now looking to move elsewhere.

Not because of the new site mess, but because of their inability to respect and value their customers.

They brag about having a culture of sorcery, and they started sending demonic photos on every e-mail from their support people. I don't really care what they do on their own time, but when asked to stop sending their inappropriate photos, they laughed and refused. They seem to be unable to consider other people, or respect their values.

You don't just join their website - you become part of the culture of sorcery.

This is very unfortunate, as without that nonsense, the site has a lot of potential, and many good features.

If you are looking for a host that respects and values the customer ... this is not the place to be.

What?? You are talking about the fancy dress photos of their help team?

They are dressed as super heroes / comic book characters.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 03:44 UTC

Is this a new kit lens? Looks tiny?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 00:52 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies

While this appears a bit short sighted, all it has personally done has made me ask the question - "Do I really need photoshop"?

The answer is not really, no - Lightroom is still available a perpetual licensed product and is great value.

If I need a little more PP, I'll buy Photoshop elements for next to nothing.

Even if these products go to a subscription model, they will be like $5 per month, meanwhile the competition will be innovating to gain market share.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 01:13 UTC as 298th comment | 3 replies
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Steven Brenner: Just wait, rental of cameras is next. Your camera will work for 6 months and then you will have to reauthorize its use for a fee. Either we rebel or we get %X*&#.

I would happily amortise camera payments if the hardware kept upgrading to the latest model!

Link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 00:19 UTC
On article Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction (1852 comments in total)

I don't see the major issue with this, given the crazy cost (and consistently diminishing need by most casual photographers) of full blown Photoshop.

Presuming of course, you are all paying full price for the product.

From a professional photography and business perspective a subscription of $19 per month isn't a bad way to go, no?

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 01:57 UTC as 764th comment | 2 replies
On article Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested (138 comments in total)

Still looks pretty soft and mushy for an AA'less camera... Bit of a shame really, so much promise.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2013 at 00:05 UTC as 19th comment

I'm done with DSLRs now but will admit this a fantastic camera!

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 07:27 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
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Jonathan F/2: All these DN lenses are meant for an APS-C sensor. On M43, they're totally worthless.

I agree, of course M43 already have the stellar 60mm Macro, but the more the merrier!

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 22:27 UTC
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wakaba: A.) take a camera that can hardly resolve 1200lpm
-slow AF
-no viewfinder
-supersmall sensor
-heavy incameraprocessing
-hardly enough battery power to run a "big" AF-lens
B.) stick an adapterring on
-that has additional glass in it
- lots of electric leads
-is generic to lenses
C.) stick an expensive lens on
-that can resolve 2000lpm
-is hardly compatible with the ring

...and get what exactly? Better pictures? DoA.

Enjoy living in the dark ages, the SLR was modern in the 1960's.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 03:55 UTC
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forpetessake: I'm quite skeptical that this gonna fly. One thing, I don't believe they will be able to preserve the image quality -- sometimes even simple protective filter significantly affects image quality, and here they added a lot of glass to lens' carefully crafted optical formula. Secondly, no fast autofocus means manual focus for all practical cases. But EF lenses have terrible manual focusing ring. Finally, EF lenses are too big and heavy to appeal to many people using NEX bodies. I have LA-EA2 adapter and A-mount lenses, and though there are no problems like here (focusing is fast and precise, image quality is not affected), yet I find even that setup to be too big and heavy and practically unusable with NEX body -- I would rather go with DSLR body if I wanted to use those lenses, it would be free from all the limitations and cost less too.

Check the white paper, it makes pretty compelling reading.

Includes MTF graphs for multiple lenses and formats, plus sample images. The idea adding elements detracts from IQ is due to teleconverters magnifying defects - this theoretically does the opposite.

Not all EF lenses (or full frame) lenses are large either... this will apply beyond EF glass, and no doubt at a lower cost when you look at the $400 Leica R to Fuji X adapter...

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2013 at 03:21 UTC
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Adrian Harris: IF this works without degrading the image quality, what a fantastic way to get a new range coverage for my existing M4/3 lenses. the 45-200 will now be a 31-140 and faster. Plus the excellent 14-45 will become a 10-31. Nice having that extra wide end for scenery etc.
But how well will the adapter perform optically, that is the thousand dollar question and could be the deal breaker ?
OOpsi - just realised I got that all wrong - it won't work with the proper lenses for the system, what was I thinking of.
Sorry for expressing my dreams.

You need to start with a lens with a larger imaging circle... E.g. DX and FF lenses will work on M43 with the adapter, but not M43 / 43 lenses.

The white paper is really interesting, and well explained in laymans terms with images and illustrations.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2013 at 00:06 UTC
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Prime_Lens: Quite interesting.. but it is a total donkey doo doo.

I am sure it will make it stop faster.
More light concentration is more light concentration, after all.

Sharper? Revolutionary?
All they are doing is slapping in a piece of convex glass to an existing adapter.
And every time you add more layer of glass to the lens, the IQ goes down, and becomes more prone to internal flare and ghosting. Because it creates yet another glass surface for light to penetrate or bounce off of.

It's a fool's gold guys..

I think the fact it was designed by the guy who made the coastal Optics 60 and its $600 is more encouraging than if it cost $100...

We will see, essentially seems to be a way of getting 'FF' look from your FF lenses on APSC

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 22:39 UTC
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Mssimo: FAQ

-What does it do: Makes image circle smaller to fit small sensors better. You can also call this a anti crop adapter.
-Will not work on any DSLR (only mirrorless cameras)
-Does it work: Yes
-Does it degrade image quality: No, it might make it a bit better (on small sensor) How is this possible? Same reason every picture looks good on a 4x6 vs Poster size
-Does it make my lens faster: It makes the image circle smaller so "more light" (think back to burning ants with a magnifying glass when you were a kid)
-Why has this not been done before? Mirrorless cameras have only been out for a few years.
-Has this been technology been used before? Yes, the Olympus 14-35mm F2 and 35-100mm F2 are in reality 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 lens but with a adapter "built in" and these are known as the finest and fastest zoom lenses of their kind. Also check out the world of telescopes.

Feel free to add to this list.

Very helpful, thanks.

This is quite the development, although comes at a time I guess when mirrorless platforms are fleshing out their lens line ups but still, really interesting.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 22:10 UTC
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