deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a writer/photographer/ecologist
Has a website at deeppics.com
Joined on May 10, 2008
About me:

God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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On article Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR sample gallery (66 comments in total)
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kinglau711: All images are "Edited to taste". Everyone taste is different...
Why don't you just display the straight out of camera picture ?

It does seem that the "taste" on this site is for lots of noise in the images. I can't understand that at all.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 20:16 UTC
On article Imaging Resource selects best cameras for backpacking (26 comments in total)

I thought it strange they didn't consider a 1 inch sensor camera good enough. I suppose they really are concerned with the quality of large prints but they would have to be very fussy. My FZ1000 is larger and heavier than my EM1 with any one of my m4/3 lenses but I still grab it first when heading somewhere where I don't want to carry too much gear, just for the sheer versatility - and it's almost the biggest 1" option!

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 05:29 UTC as 9th comment
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (345 comments in total)
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bolt2014: Sell your car but NEVER your motorcycle!

Get your coffin measured up first. Those things were lethal!

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (99 comments in total)
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deep7: Thanks for the gallery. The lens looks pretty good. Is it my imagination, or have Sony worked very hard to make it work better at the long end (a bit like the old Olympus 18-180 and unlike most zooms)?

These samples also show how much cleaner the A9 is than the A7r2. Interesting.

I do wish you people would learn to use the aperture control on your cameras...

Funny you say that. I tried just that (before I even posted my comment), with the particular images which had caught my eye (from this gallery) and it turns out that you are wrong! You would have to go to the trouble of processing the RAW files with that intent to get that effect. However, none of that changes my observation, does it? That much noise at 200"ISO" is surprising.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 20:30 UTC
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (99 comments in total)
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deep7: Thanks for the gallery. The lens looks pretty good. Is it my imagination, or have Sony worked very hard to make it work better at the long end (a bit like the old Olympus 18-180 and unlike most zooms)?

These samples also show how much cleaner the A9 is than the A7r2. Interesting.

I do wish you people would learn to use the aperture control on your cameras...

(Stifles a yawn): I looked at the pictures. You could too.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 22:23 UTC
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (99 comments in total)

Thanks for the gallery. The lens looks pretty good. Is it my imagination, or have Sony worked very hard to make it work better at the long end (a bit like the old Olympus 18-180 and unlike most zooms)?

These samples also show how much cleaner the A9 is than the A7r2. Interesting.

I do wish you people would learn to use the aperture control on your cameras...

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 21:26 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (99 comments in total)
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Mike99999: The bokeh on this lens is outstanding. I'll be trading in my 70-400 G2 for this one.

I hope someone finds time to compare the two lenses. I tried that 70-400 a while ago and it really surprised me.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (208 comments in total)
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ARShutterbug: The problem with Eye Control Focus is the assumption that the photographer is looking at what he wants to be in-focus, but that is often not the case, particularly when the scene is changing rapidly and the camera is being swung during panning or there is an offset between the object and the nearest auto-focus point.

You actually look at the focus point to activate it, then it locks with a half-press of the shutter, just like any other system. Still miles quicker than any other system.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (208 comments in total)

I honestly think I'd still be using Canon digital if they had stuck with this system. Mine was on an EOS30, which had something like 11 focus points. To this day, I get frustrated when I have to use my fingers to move focus points around - it feels ridiculously archaic! Had the technology been allowed to develop, it would have made camera-controlled tracking pretty much redundant too.

I do wonder if the reason it didn't work for some people was that you had to re-calibrate two, three or even four times as your way of using the camera changed? We all pick up a new camera a little awkwardly but then familiarise ourselves with it and get more consistent. I remember this process took around three weeks, then it stuck for years.

There really was no chance of actually getting it wrong anyway, as the selected focus point lit up. Such a brilliant system and I have to agree with the writer - bring it back.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 21:07 UTC as 71st comment | 2 replies
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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Vit Adamek: How does it compare to my old Canon FD 100m F2.8? :-D

Not a gimmick!

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 09:52 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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Vit Adamek: How does it compare to my old Canon FD 100m F2.8? :-D

I absolutely loved my FD 100/2.8!

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 20:17 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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GringoFX: Wow, looking at these photos, I can easily imagine that the 'defined circles/ellipses' can suddenly become a 'retro look from 2000-th' in observable future!

And not a desirable retro feature either! The effect in that last picture with the Nikon lens is terribly distracting. I would have binned it.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 20:15 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (449 comments in total)
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Wilky: Apologies for this naive question but why can't I open the ARW files from the image gallery for the α9 in Lightroom CC, using ARC 9.10, when this article explains that ACR was used to process them?

(I can open these file in FastRawViewer though.)

Adobe's support page, https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-supported-cameras.html, as of 26 April 2017, doesn't include the α9 yet.

It's not a released version of Adobe Camera Raw they are using. More like an advanced prototype. It does mean Adobe will support the A9 very soon though.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 10:36 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (449 comments in total)
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deep7: I know what you people are saying about the RAW conversions but it's a bit strange.
1. Any camera benefits from RAW conversion (except maybe some Fujis).
2. The Sony jpegs have done a much better job controlling noise. Yuk to noise!
3. Using auto white balance in mixed/artificial lighting isn't "professional". If you are doing this for a living, you will make the tweaks before you shoot. Even so, the Sony jpegs are far from appalling and easy to tweak if you need to.
4. Highlight recovery looks really good! I wonder if you can set the camera up to better control those pre-capture, as you can with Olympus?

I see your point, perroneford, yet I note you agree in that you use custom white balance settings when you can. The big questions, of course, are how do your cameras handle auto white balance in that situation and are they as vastly better as this article implies? I confess to being skeptical!

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 04:52 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (449 comments in total)

I know what you people are saying about the RAW conversions but it's a bit strange.
1. Any camera benefits from RAW conversion (except maybe some Fujis).
2. The Sony jpegs have done a much better job controlling noise. Yuk to noise!
3. Using auto white balance in mixed/artificial lighting isn't "professional". If you are doing this for a living, you will make the tweaks before you shoot. Even so, the Sony jpegs are far from appalling and easy to tweak if you need to.
4. Highlight recovery looks really good! I wonder if you can set the camera up to better control those pre-capture, as you can with Olympus?

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 21:28 UTC as 48th comment | 5 replies
On article Is it time to adopt DaVinci Resolve for video editing? (32 comments in total)
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jhphotography: Will get it for video. Would love them to add a stills mode though for processing RAWs and with basic collections and tagging features.. Not the original intention of the software of course, but since it already does frame export and supports 8k video, maybe a reasonable thing to add? Especially considering all the folk tired of forking out for CC while Abobe have dragged their feet for years with fixing LRs performance issues..

I read a review in which the reviewer converted his RAW files to DNG and did just what you say (except the asset management bit). Not my thing but interesting.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 05:50 UTC
On article Is it time to adopt DaVinci Resolve for video editing? (32 comments in total)
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Boludo: I enjoy putting videos together but I am somewhat of a novice. Is the learning curve on this challenging? I currently use Final cut pro.

Weird thing is that it is really easy to use. There's a free version. Try it!

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 20:35 UTC
On article Is it time to adopt DaVinci Resolve for video editing? (32 comments in total)

I recently downloaded this software and have done some testing with it. Even though it's pushed as a top level package, I have found it super-easy and quick to use for my fairly unambitious work. Accessing the more powerful features hasn't been hard at all. The whole thing is very intuitive. Plus, it runs on a fairly elderly MacBook Pro no trouble at all.

I am as excited as a kid in a toy shop!

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 20:34 UTC as 10th comment
On article Huawei Mate 9 sample gallery (40 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: Wow. A Triumph TR7.

Now become a very rare car. It was never very good. Not many were stopped from being scrapped. They are now super scarce and rather cool.

Compared to the oh-so-classy TR6, the TR7 was just plain weird. However, I recently saw one for sale and really wanted it. Compared to what you can buy new, it really is a cool car!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 00:06 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix FZ80/FZ82 real world samples gallery (78 comments in total)
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zos xavius: Panasonic should go back to the old 27-450 equivalent lens they used on the FZ35. It was quite decent in the corners at wide angles. This sensor looks pretty decent for 18mp, but the soft edges and corners of this lens really let it down.

If it's the same lens as the FZ70, it's actually pretty good in the range covered by a Stylus One or even an FZ300. Think of the not-so-fantastic longer and wider parts of the zoom range as a very nice bonus which can sometimes produce a nice image if you hold your tongue right and the moon is in the right place.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 22:35 UTC
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