Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Product Manager
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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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Damn, pretty sweet pocket camera.

Now if this was a CSC things would be rocking - hopefully Sigma sell the SD1 sensor to Sony or something and they can slap it in an NEX7

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:15 UTC as 79th comment | 4 replies
In reply to:

ogl: Mirrorless like small DSLR: funny, but silly.
The specs are nothing special.
Do you know m4/3 weather sealed lenses?
The design is like wardrobe or cupboard.

Ogl, your mind is like cupboard, yes? Empty cupboard, it is so, no?

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:17 UTC
In reply to:

delastro: Why buy this for more than 1000 euros when I get a pana g3 for 500 euros: what has this camera more for 500 euros more?

I guess this has latest generation IBIS, weather sealing, metal build and higher spec auto focus.

And an Olympus badge.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:16 UTC
In reply to:

UncleBob: does anybody know if this body will accept the old manual focus Zuiko lenses from the original OM series cameras?

Sure it will - with an adapter of course.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:15 UTC

I wonder if they will under design the non L wide angle primes?

Because they should easily eclipse the performance of the 17-40 and 16-35 while being smaller, cheaper and lighter.

17-40 IS on the way?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:43 UTC as 114th comment
On article Nikon D800 and D800E 36MP full-frame DSLRs announced (269 comments in total)

Ahaha - The sans-AA model is more expensive.

Like Porsche charging you more for an RS model without carpet or air con...

Jokes aside though, if I was still into FF - 36MP without AA = awesome mobile and flexible landscape platform.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:55 UTC as 51st comment

Good stuff - all tools to overcome the limitations of our medium.

Have noticed more and more stitched Panoramas proudly displayed in National Geographic too.

Of course, moderation is in the eye of the beholder and it still takes an artists touch to make this technique complimentary to an image rather than the focus of it.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2012 at 05:09 UTC as 106th comment

Really promising system, but they are releasing the top model first.

I would expect (hope) a smaller, cheaper EVF only model is also in the works which I would actually prefer.

Very cool though. 2012 is the year mirrorless gets serious.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 22:33 UTC as 219th comment
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bradleyg5: I don't understand how Ricoh is even still in business. Who is buying into this system. How are they even making back their investment?! All of there cameras are ungodly expensive, have brutal image quality, and the worst headline features.

It's like they make cameras for people who don't want a good camera, they just want a camera nobody else will have. They make cameras for people who keep them on a shelf.

It's like they come out with this retarded system and they don't even push the boundaries, it's like none of the lens/sensor combinations do anything unique. So you go, oh it's flexibility you can just buy one system and it can do all these different things. BUT the cost is so high you could just buy a whole bunch of other dedicated systems that each would be better suited.

Like how could they possibly sell over a hundred of these? of the almost 7 billion human beings on this planet, I cannot imagine more than 100 would actually pay for such a thing as this.

Dude, the GXR is a really well put together kit and the M module is a great camera - go back to your prehistoric Canon.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:41 UTC
On article First full-res Fujifilm X-Pro1 images appear on the web (210 comments in total)

As a landscape guy, i'm surprised with these shots - flat, dull light and uninspired compositions. Looks like they phoned-in on the assignment to be critical.

Also, ISO 400 jpegs and F5.6 landscapes? I don't shoot landscapes like that, and I definitely would not if I were doing work for a manufacturer to 'show off' image quality possibilities of a new camera.

Does not really show off the skills of the photographer or capabilities of the camera at all.

Fuji - hit me up, i'll do a better job, in a more exotic locale and for a lower fee.

The Fuji's RAW image quality will be fantastic. Its challenges lie more in its relatively larger size (for mirrorless RF style) and its price.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:37 UTC as 92nd comment | 1 reply
On article First full-res Fujifilm X-Pro1 images appear on the web (210 comments in total)
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zcus: Clean ISO but terribly boring shots and not impressed with the 18mm. Why would Fuji commission people to take shots with the weakest lens of the line up and post dull lifeless photos???

Good points - this is effectively a real world advertorial and if I were Fuji, I would only be showing off the best output, rather than this output which isn't impressive, although decent in the context of the conditions and jpeg.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:33 UTC
On article First full-res Fujifilm X-Pro1 images appear on the web (210 comments in total)

Pretty sure these are not from RAW - I think they said 'Raw' in the context of being straight from the camera.

Also, 100% sure these are not the first high rez X pro shots to hit the web.

Sensor looks like a winner with respect to noise - detail and acuity ill be a given, but these shots don't show that.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:30 UTC as 94th comment
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AnHund: Even the best EVF will never be as good as an OVF as they are implemented in the current FF DSLRs. Period.

The world isn't round! A computer will never need any more than 64K of RAM!

Seriously guys, wake up and smell the coffee - its 2012.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2012 at 22:02 UTC
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Karl Gnter Wnsch: Unless they manage to produce sensors that can convey the *full* dynamic range of the scene (not just 6-7 EV in video mode like today, which is at least 20 stops short of the required range) and the EVF would manage to show the same dynamic range (the OLED is limited to about 5-6 EV) and that without lag and without heating up the sensor and without draining the battery... EVF is a solution to a non existing problem, OVF is and always will be superior, it's just hapless NOOBs which crave for the EVF solution as they lack the knowledge (and with an EVF they will never acquire this knowledge) to judge a scene.
EVF are incapable of showing the vital aspects in any high contrast scene - so they are a deal breaker for many!

The thing is Karl, the EVF has an advantage in that it is WYSIWYG - its a sensor readout, so any dynamic range limitation is what the sensor see's. If you adjust the contrast on your jpeg settings, the EVF adjusts. If you adjust your DRO settings, the EVF adjusts.

I would make the point that an OVF see's the same dynamic range as the human eye which no sensor could hope to capture, therefore the OVF has the inherent fault of not accurately displaying your image.

EVF's are great, and i'm no hapless noob, thank you very much.

I'm just not stuck in the past.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2012 at 22:00 UTC

Pretty weak response, but it was hardly required - any professional can charge what they like - the market will decide if its appropriate or not.

So what was so justified about the other $12,000 spent on an average wedding?

What goes into a $2000 dress?

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:46 UTC as 301st comment

I think Justin Fielder may be in for a number of copyright breaches himself given he has chosen to dig a hole for himself:

Google: london red bus black white

I'm sure there will be one which was taken before his!

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 04:06 UTC as 330th comment | 2 replies

This is ridiculous - every second chap has probably tried something similar in London.

They are both poor images as well, in terms or creative and technical execution.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 04:00 UTC as 332nd comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

tkbslc: I'm hoping for a HUGE viewfinder like I remember from the OM line.

Could get your wish, i'm sitting here with my NEX 5N EVF and my OM and the viewfinders are very very similar in size.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:28 UTC
In reply to:

wlachan: How about a manual focus OM-D? No more BF, no more FF. Just pure joy with large bright clear sharp viewfinder with awesome well made manual focus lenses which suffer no optical misalignment?

Mate, what you want to buy is a NEX with Leica lenses - the EVF owns and the lenses and focus feel cannot be beat.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:26 UTC
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SteB: I love this contrivance because you can bet that Dpreview already know about this and they are likely to have it for their preview. But because of the NDA, their lips are sealed. But if they are reporting what a news agency have said, they are not breaking any NDA.

Excellent point - guarantee they have one right now.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:25 UTC
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