Peter 1745

Lives in United Kingdom Sussex, United Kingdom
Joined on Mar 23, 2007

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I am surprised by the inconsistencies in Peak Design's promotional material.
The motorcycle bar mount is called "moto bar mount" in the system chart, "motorcycle bar mount" in the parts listing and "morocycle bar mount" in the Hard-Lock compatibility listing. Usually hallmarks of Peak Design are attention to detail and craftsmanship. I hope these inconsistencies don't indicate a lowering of their standards.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2020 at 15:23 UTC as 17th comment
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onlyfreeman: Newbie questions: Why can't we set a custom amount of magnification with the focus magnifier? It has only two fixed steps?

Are there any cameras that make it easier to focus manually, or are they all the same?

What does the high/mid/low peaking do?

@onlyfreeman. Number of magnification steps varies with brand. Olympus lets you choose from 3x, 5x, 7x, 10, 14x. Panasonic goes up to 20x on the GH5s.

If I remember correctly some camera brands show the magnification area as a PIP (picture in picture) which lets you see the magnified area and the overall composition at the same time.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2020 at 14:51 UTC

Not really a photography tool but I see it could have some use in interior design when you see a colour scheme in a room you like and want to know what the paints colours used were. In the latter situation, the 85% accuracy may be enough as the difference between the colours "simpering wildebeest" and "flagelatted bison" aren't likely to matter in the real world.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2020 at 07:53 UTC as 3rd comment

This lens has been around in m43 mount for a number of years. Its extremely short working distance limits its use to only a few specialist applications.

It's the type of lens you get enthusiastic about when you first get it, but soon leave it languishing in the back of a cupboard.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2020 at 18:29 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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entoman: This company never ceases to impress me with its ability to produce superb specialist lenses at affordable prices.

I've got two of them - the 100mm F2.8 2x macro and the 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x macro, and this is another that will tempt me, when I eventually switch to mirrorless.

It's a pity that the only way to order them appears to be direct from their website, which is a bit clunky, but obviously by cutting out the retailers they are able to keep the cost affordable.

@LAOWA lenses-Venus optics.
Thanks for your information which contradicts the information I got from

https://www.laowalens.co.uk/about.html

which states

"This website is owned and operated by UK Optics Ltd, the UK distributor and main retailer for the Laowa brand of camera lenses and accessories. The only genuine website for the Laowa brand dedicated for the UK market."

Whether or not UK Optics Ltd is a distributor is not something for me to worry about, but it is the principal source of Laowa lenses in the UK at the current time.

I have no connection to the company and personally would like to see your lenses more widely available In the UK.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2020 at 09:34 UTC
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entoman: This company never ceases to impress me with its ability to produce superb specialist lenses at affordable prices.

I've got two of them - the 100mm F2.8 2x macro and the 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x macro, and this is another that will tempt me, when I eventually switch to mirrorless.

It's a pity that the only way to order them appears to be direct from their website, which is a bit clunky, but obviously by cutting out the retailers they are able to keep the cost affordable.

@entoman.
In the UK the distribution rights for Laowa lenses are held by a company called "UK Optics Ltd." who trade as "Laowa UK, "UK Digital", and probably other names too. They are based in Clitheroe, Lancashire. They have a showroom where you can look at lenses prior to purchase.

https://www.laowalens.co.uk/

https://www.ukdigital.co.uk/

It's probably more profitable for "UK Optics Ltd." to sell the lenses direct to customers via their website than to supply them at wholesale prices to other camera retailers.

At some point the current distribution rights contract will expire and the situation may change but such information is commercially sensitive and not in the public domain.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2020 at 10:56 UTC
On article How does anamorphic photography work? (199 comments in total)

I hope anamorphia doesn't become the new "shallow depth of field".

Shallow depth of field was once hard to achieve and only used when the artistic result was really worth the effort. Then fast lenses became cheaper and more readily available and shallow depth of field became common place and used in situations with questionable artistic merit.

I have a feeling that this process will be repeated and we will soon be subjected to an overdose of anamorphia.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2020 at 15:34 UTC as 58th comment

Having had a couple of near misses in the past where I nearly lost large amounts of important data I have become meticulous in protecting my data.

I have multiple backups in dispersed locations and, wherever possible, I turn off automatic updates and delay updating until I'm sure the update is stable.

I use the cloud as one of my backup locations but I control when my local data syncs with the cloud. An issue, either locally or in the cloud, could be potentially transfer corrupted, data or delete data, whenever data is synced to/from the cloud.

Trusting that large companies, such as Adobe, will never make a mistake is folly.

They put a higher emphasis on profitability than risk management.

No-one should be surprised when events like this happen.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2020 at 16:38 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (376 comments in total)
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Peter 1745: For me, once basic requirements of stiffness, height and loading are met, the most important attribute of a travel tripod is its folded size. I like to travel with a small a bag as possible, with weight a lesser factor. A large bag just gets in the way when you are travelling on planes, buses and trains.

I have the Peak design travel tripod and would agree that its innovative head lacks some of the functionality of tradition heads. However it has all the functionality I need and its small size is far more important to me than a mild inconvenience when taking panoramas.

@matthew saville. I agree with you that when backpacking weight becomes a major issue. I tend to think of backpacking and travel as different activities, albeit with significant overlap. In backpacking your are outdoors with plenty of space around you and your legs take all the weight. However, in travel, you are often in a crowded situation and the weight is bourn by trains, metros, buses and planes. When packing for a trip, with the former I would favour weight and in the latter I would favour size.

Kudos to you for backpacking with 3 tripods. Presumably you also had 3 cameras to go on them which would add a significant weight to what you were carrying, I am curious as to why you needed 3 cameras to record simultaneous timelapses.
It would require a special event to motivate me to travel with 2 tripods, let alone 3.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 11:02 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (376 comments in total)
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Peter 1745: For me, once basic requirements of stiffness, height and loading are met, the most important attribute of a travel tripod is its folded size. I like to travel with a small a bag as possible, with weight a lesser factor. A large bag just gets in the way when you are travelling on planes, buses and trains.

I have the Peak design travel tripod and would agree that its innovative head lacks some of the functionality of tradition heads. However it has all the functionality I need and its small size is far more important to me than a mild inconvenience when taking panoramas.

@ Impulses. Prior to getting the Peak Design Travel Tripod (PDTT), I used a Velbon UT-43D ( https://www.ephotozine.com/article/velbon-ultrek-ut-43d-tripod-review-16820 ) to which I had replaced the proprietary Velbon head with the Sunwayfoto XB-28ii which is arca swiss compatible and has panning above and below the ball. I highly recommend it if anyone needs a small head with panning capabilities.

This setup, when folded is only 28cm long but is significantly thicker than the PDTT. I still use it occasionally when panning is required but generally prefer the slimmer pack size and increased rigidity of the PDTT.

I've considered fitting the XB-28ii to the PDTT, using the PeakDesign Universal Head Adapter, but the consequential small amount of extra folded length has a huge negative impact on my packing options.

At some point I'll get a cheap rotating panning adapter which can be packed separately and attached to the PDTT as required, but for now I'll stick with the equipment I have.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 10:35 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (376 comments in total)

For me, once basic requirements of stiffness, height and loading are met, the most important attribute of a travel tripod is its folded size. I like to travel with a small a bag as possible, with weight a lesser factor. A large bag just gets in the way when you are travelling on planes, buses and trains.

I have the Peak design travel tripod and would agree that its innovative head lacks some of the functionality of tradition heads. However it has all the functionality I need and its small size is far more important to me than a mild inconvenience when taking panoramas.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 17:31 UTC as 91st comment | 8 replies
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ballardio: Was so pleasantly surprised to install this and find it worked well for Zoom and Facebook messenger video chat. Very practical, useable tool that doesn't require an expensive capture card.

I also discovered today that my Olympus LS-P4 sound recorder can be used as a real-time mic when you tweak some options in the menu and select composite mode in the usb settings. If you have ASIO 4 ALL drivers, you can also reduce latency a little in pro sound applications like FL Studio. Doesn't replace a proper usb audio interface, but might be really handy in a pinch!

@ Ballardio.
Thanks for the info. So far I've used a 3.5mm jack lead to connect the LS-P4's headphone output to the computer's microphone input. This works well but slowly drains the LS-P4's battery. Having the battery run out in mid conversation is a worry, but to be fair, hasn't happed yet. If I can use a USB to provide power and audio connectivity I will be happier. I suppose I could just get a dedicated microphone for the computer but I will try with what I already have first.

I'll use a USB extension cable to allow favourable position of the mike.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2020 at 10:03 UTC
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ballardio: Was so pleasantly surprised to install this and find it worked well for Zoom and Facebook messenger video chat. Very practical, useable tool that doesn't require an expensive capture card.

I also discovered today that my Olympus LS-P4 sound recorder can be used as a real-time mic when you tweak some options in the menu and select composite mode in the usb settings. If you have ASIO 4 ALL drivers, you can also reduce latency a little in pro sound applications like FL Studio. Doesn't replace a proper usb audio interface, but might be really handy in a pinch!

Can you give more details about the settings you used to get the LS-P4 to work as a live mike please?

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2020 at 07:39 UTC
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kuklukklak: Let me summarize the issues with this cam:
- No mention of dual card slots, I know someone who know someone who...
- No IBIS, come on, even the tiny GR III has that
- No built-in flash, at this price point, i expect it to be a default
- No eye AF based on AI
- I wish this was full frame. You know the FF magic, FF>MF, also, FF > crop

In conclusion, I was so waiting for this cam but decided to stick with my iPhone after reading the specs. Patiently waiting for the next gen.

@ georgia hiker
Whilst not a flash, airplane based illumination has been successfully used in the past.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leigh_Light

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 10:23 UTC
On article Get something out of staying in: Ideas for isolation (74 comments in total)

The age demographic of photography enthusiast is skewed towards older age groups and many readers of this site will be, like me, in the covid19 high risk category.

My heirs won't want to plough through the thousands of images I have on my hard drives, few of which have any intrinsic value.

To save them from this chore I am curating a small collection, documenting my life in images, with written information about why these images are important to me. If the worst happens they can use them at my memorial service, save any images they like and then format and re-purpose my hard drives.

If covid19 doesn't get me, eventually something else will and the work I do now will one day be needed.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 16:06 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
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Jan and his Camera: "it seems nearly every 35mm equivalent focal length from around 24mm through 280mm will be covered."

These are not 35mm equivalent lenses, these are 35mm lenses with the according focal lengths.

Yes, but most photographers don't use 35mm cameras and are used to thinking in terms of 35mm equivalent lengths. Explicitly stating "35mm equivalent" avoids any confusion.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 18:22 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikon D780 review (156 comments in total)

I am a m43 user. Can you recommend any hexagon web hosts?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2020 at 09:12 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On article Phase One Capture One 20 software review (417 comments in total)

If switching from Lightroom to Capture One can Capture One import keywords and keyword lists? I've spent a lot of time tagging my images, customising keyword lists etc. and would want to retain this information if I switched to Capture One.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2020 at 14:28 UTC as 117th comment | 2 replies
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Richard Murdey: At the end of the day the only thing dSLRs have going for them as a class is the OVF. If that's not automatically on the "plus" column for you, then you probably shouldn't be using one.

I appreciate all the advantages of an EVF listed above, and others besides, but still ... I *prefer* an OVF.

I would argue that battery life is the biggest differentiator left between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. One may prefer OVF or EVF but both are perfectly useable. However there are situations where the vastly superior battery life of DSLRs is a necessity.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2019 at 08:34 UTC
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Iron Eagle: Wonder if Pentax will be the first camera maker to go under? More will follow...

Pentax ceased to be an independent camera maker years ago. Hoya bought it in 2007 and then sold it on to Ricoh in 2011. Unlike when Sony bought Minolta in 2006, Ricoh kept the Pentax name alive but in reality its now just a brand name.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2019 at 09:01 UTC
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