RMillward

RMillward

Lives in United States Chicago USA, United States
Joined on Dec 18, 2010

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On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (494 comments in total)
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munro harrap: My remembered experience from long ago with MMs. They were a part of me, and I hated the tunnel vision, and the blinkered vision you get on an SLR, hated it and could not cope for years.

BUT, in poor light you use the M rangefinder which is one square at the centre of the M's viewfinder, and you nail focus where you need it every time. Zone focus is for sunlit conditions: "f8 and be there".

You simply choose an aperture and set its distant aperture marking to coincide with the infinity mark on the lens barrel. Then everything is sharp from infinity all the way in to where the near aperture mark shows on the nearer distance part of the scale on the lens barrel, and as long as the light is good enough and you dont go too close (I think a 35mm lens gets you 10ft to infinity at f8), you need not focus again.

Thus the Leica IS the best and fastest camera in use, no autofocussing delay, and a clear view of reality as it is.

Thank you for confirming my (at best quarter-complete) memory of using a rangefinder from thirty-five years ago. I appreciate Barney's article a great deal - since I don't have the disposable income to purchase one of these for myself, I like reading these "first hand, real world" type accounts - but the overall experience seemed a bit more overwrought than what I remembered...

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:32 UTC
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Calvin Chann: Coming from the original X100, this will be a big step.

@Ribbit74 As a fellow S owner, I'd say the features (the sensor in particular) are probably worth the upgrade. However, my most desired feature - environmental sealing of at least some kind - didn't make the cut... I believe I'll wait for the X100-"fifth edition" ("X100V"?!) to see if they can seal these up a bit.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 18:46 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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AdamKozlowski: I find that all the hateful comments usually come from people who never held a Leica M in their hands, let alone used it for some time. I'm a MSc and used to be a teacher in image processing and I have photographed profesionally covering events & weddings for about 10 years, using 1-series Canon bodies, Nikon D800 & D3, later shooting with A7-series Sony. I had the Leica M9 and M240 on loan for some events, using a variety of lenses (from 21/1.4, 28/2.8, 35/2, 50/2.5, 50/1.4 and 75/2.5) and i can swear it's the most engaging photographic tool I've ever used and provides most satisfactory shooting experience. Yes, the cost is huge, but the joy and engagement is incomparable with any other camera. I wish people would stop bashing something they don't understand.

I'd be willing to bet that the Leica was the "most engaging photographic tool" you've used because (a) you're a professional and (b) it returns you to a sort of "essential" photography. The average DPR reader is not (a) and is either not old enough to or has no frame of reference for (b)... They spend their time scuttling over specs listings like crabs swarming dead fish. A Leica takes away (every? most?) crutch the "electronic auto-picture machines" on which they rely, and they're left pixel-peeping the RAW files and proclaiming them "soft"...

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 18:27 UTC
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Valiant Thor: Like some others here, I found that the best way was to use my iPhone 7+ with the Instax App and their SP2 printer. The quality seems a little better than using one of the Fuji cameras. By the way, the local Costco store is now selling bulk packages of the Instax film at a great price.

With the US$50 price drop (and some banked up "Prime dollars" or whatever they're called), the SP-2 finally dropped below my "if it's less than US$100, I don't have to explain it!" threshold. My partner has a Mini camera someone gave him as a gift, and while I was intrigued by the idea of analog output again, it's quite difficult to get anything but extreme closeup / brightly lit shots to print out of it. By using an iPhone 7+ - not to mention all of the photo editing and enhancement apps available to us - creating Instax prints is easy and quite a bit of fun. Highly recommended!

(Someone above says Costco has a deal on Instax film, but I haven't seen it in the Chicago area; also search Amazon for the "multi-pack" kinds of deals - I found three boxes of 20 in a shrink-wrap wrapper for about the normal price of two of the boxes...)

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 18:09 UTC

I had enough trouble with an Eye-fi card when it WAS supported that I've long since abandoned it. This was probably 3 or 4 years ago, and I knew then this would be the end result - not only do they not WANT to continue supporting these products, I honestly don't think they'd be CAPABLE of it even if they DID want to. As others have said, it's no real loss, the camera industry has moved on and there are other, more convenient solutions to the same problem that don't require paying a 100% premium over the price of a "normal" SD card.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 20:13 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
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ThePhilips: Came for comment. Wasn't disappointed.

DPR is nothing if not easy to predict...

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 20:23 UTC
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gbvalli: Leica is fooling !

There are even a few of us NOT uber-rich types about who'd be attracted to this proposition. As a designer, I'm of the opinion that digital cameras are among the most over-engineered, over-designed pieces of equipment a consumer can buy. I'd buy one of these in a heartbeat, had I even partially disposable income in the four- to five-figure range.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

The lighter scheme makes it much easier to see and process information. Sections are visible at a glance, and links are much easier to scan. Overall, it's a more contemporary, fresher approach, one that I think puts the entire site in a more forward-looking position; the black scheme is very c. 2005 and looks pretty... tired. The content of DPR is without peer - why saddle that with an overall design scheme that fails to match the quality of the content? Carry on!

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 17:37 UTC as 177th comment
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (350 comments in total)
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raztec: Finally a RX100iv competitor. Now it's just a matter of choosing zoom range vs. a faster lens.

But it would be nice to have a feature for feature, head to head comparison.

He referred repeatedly to the RX100iii, which was frustrating as that's not what most of us would compare it to...

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
On article Photo prodigy: The images of 17-year-old Taylor Gray (161 comments in total)
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RMillward: The photographs ARE nice, in a picture postcard kind of way; there's certainly a lucrative market for "pretty pictures," so I think he's probably looking at a good career.

I don't personally like photos that are so heavily post-processed, but then, I don't edit a nature or travel magazine either, so my interest is more of a purely photographic nature. I'd be very interested to see what he'd come up with given a "straight OOC" type challenge.

Have you actually LOOKED at the photos...? I may not be a professional, by I can certainly tell you they didn't come out of a camera looking like THAT, sorry.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 21:45 UTC
On article Photo prodigy: The images of 17-year-old Taylor Gray (161 comments in total)
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RMillward: The photographs ARE nice, in a picture postcard kind of way; there's certainly a lucrative market for "pretty pictures," so I think he's probably looking at a good career.

I don't personally like photos that are so heavily post-processed, but then, I don't edit a nature or travel magazine either, so my interest is more of a purely photographic nature. I'd be very interested to see what he'd come up with given a "straight OOC" type challenge.

With al due respect, Don, learning DIGITAL photography should come after learning PHOTOGRAPHY. Snark aside about "developing their film," digital cameras come completely configured to be used out of the box; I meant he should skip the Photoshop and whatever else he's been using, and see what comes out of the camera unmessed-with.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 17:12 UTC
On article Photo prodigy: The images of 17-year-old Taylor Gray (161 comments in total)

The photographs ARE nice, in a picture postcard kind of way; there's certainly a lucrative market for "pretty pictures," so I think he's probably looking at a good career.

I don't personally like photos that are so heavily post-processed, but then, I don't edit a nature or travel magazine either, so my interest is more of a purely photographic nature. I'd be very interested to see what he'd come up with given a "straight OOC" type challenge.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 20:12 UTC as 16th comment | 6 replies
On article Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body (401 comments in total)
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MehdiT: I preordered one today. $400 off for early bird plus $300 coupon code (spend 5 minutes on google folks). Paid my $200 deposit, refundable up to shipment date. I want to support the innovation and may have the opportunity of being an early adopter for something really cool. If the reviews are bad prior to shipping date I will cancel. I see it as low risk with potential big upside.
There are a lot of naysayers here and Ken Rockwell wannabe's reviewing it before they've seen it. I say give them the benefit of the doubt.

Thank you so much. Worth noting that that code grants $400 off, for a total of $800 off the planned release price... Their "preorder discount" is expiring tonight (10/16) at midnight, according to a notice on light.co, so if wanted one, now's the time to go for it...

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On article Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body (401 comments in total)
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MehdiT: I preordered one today. $400 off for early bird plus $300 coupon code (spend 5 minutes on google folks). Paid my $200 deposit, refundable up to shipment date. I want to support the innovation and may have the opportunity of being an early adopter for something really cool. If the reviews are bad prior to shipping date I will cancel. I see it as low risk with potential big upside.
There are a lot of naysayers here and Ken Rockwell wannabe's reviewing it before they've seen it. I say give them the benefit of the doubt.

Well, I just spent 15, and I didn't find anything related to Light or their L16 camera at all, so if you've really got something, perhaps you could share a little more information...?

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 21:41 UTC
On article Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera (127 comments in total)
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Roch974: Apple must have shares in DXO; What a pity for not opening DXO one for all smartphones. A device that will go in the garbage quickly!

It was built specifically around Apple's Lightning high speed connector. Get back to us as soon as your Android phones have this feature - or anything even remotely comparable - available in a shipping product with a version of the OS that supports it installed on a percentage of phones measured in two digits... We'll wait...

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 23:32 UTC
On article Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera (127 comments in total)
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Langusta: Who really needs this thing?
Rather mediocre invention:
1. 600$ is almost as much as one would pay for Rx100
2. Size is not a real advantage if you consider the fact that whole thing needs bulky phone to make it work.
3. Connector looks flimsy; I believe it won't last more than few weeks/months.
4. Compatibility - no Android / Windows?
5. Sony Qx is already here
6. Clip-on cameras such as SonyEricsson MCA-25 were developed ages ago...

> 4. Compatibility - no Android / Windows?

Well, first, it's built around the Lightning connector and its high speed protocol - which is exclusive to Apple and its iOS devices. Second, Android users are recognized as downmarket users - they won't spend money on accessories or even apps, so DxO would be targeting a market that basically doesn't exist. Apple has cultivated an ecosystem that supports a peripheral like this; Android manufacturers are only concerned with increasing the number of units shipped from Asia.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 23:28 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Watery Grave (94 comments in total)
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appleRX100: Nice picture, but I like the SnapSeed mobile app for iPhone to do work like this. I believe the results are similar but without all the fuss and time.

If SnapSeed works for you, great - but since SnapSeed would not have been able to even open the RAW file the author shot, this comment isn't very useful. It also has nowhere near the level of control over selected regions of the photo recreate these effects, but again, if you're happy with the pictures you get out of SnapSeed, then it's the perfect level tool for you.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 22:31 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Watery Grave (94 comments in total)

Erez, thanks a lot for sharing your process. As a relative newbie to the "digital darkroom" that has long experience with the Old School techniques, I appreciate the detail. (I could quibble with you over the final result but that's just personal aesthetics.)

One thing that struck me early on in your test was the statement, "...since I wanted to keep the shot, I needed to make the most of it in post processing, and this meant major retouching work which might upset some." Photographers have been using dark room tools - chemical and digital - to enhance captured images before printing for over 150 years... Upset whom, and how, and why?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 22:25 UTC as 27th comment
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Papi61: Why would GoPro be afraid of a cheap knockoff? Call me when Xiaomi releases something capable of taking 4K video and/or 240 fps @ FHD.

Oh, and BTW, stop with the thinly-veiled anti-Chinese racism: every tech company steals ideas from others. You don't think Apple invented the phablet, now did they?

Member for less than four months and spewing outrageously outrageous outrage, complete with pathological obsession with racism that isn't there, dim-witted view of how product development works - with bonus Apple-bashing throw in, just to make it interesting...?! Yeah. TROLL. Does your mommy know you're logging into her DPR account again, kid?

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 14:56 UTC

Perhaps there's some confusion (at least, I know *I* am confused...). I've looked at several different courses I'd be interested in, and I do not see any "video" links; I see instead what another poster is being chastised for seeing: a set of course materials with no supporting media content as explanation...

In the article above, click the link for "Photography and Trust". The MIT OCW site opens. There is no video included. There is no video in the "download" package. This is the same situation I found for three other courses I checked.

If someone else can explain in more detail how to arrive at media representing the lectures, I'd be very grateful. These courses sound interesting, but I am not an instructor and simply having access to the syllabus, reading list, and student work projects is not very useful.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 17:34 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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