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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I had (and loved) the original Mju with the f3.5 lens. It got driven over by an eight ton horse truck and that did kill it - but not completely. It didn't let any light onto the film and the rewind system still let me get the film out normally. I'm really amazed by how tough those cameras are! The lens was pretty good too.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 08:19 UTC as 39th comment
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Mister Joseph: Only interesting about m43 is the smallish Panasonic 100-400 lens. Other than that, just get the cheapest FF body and stick a 24-70/2.8 and/or 70-200/2.8 and just shoot.

My point stands.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 21:28 UTC
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Mister Joseph: Only interesting about m43 is the smallish Panasonic 100-400 lens. Other than that, just get the cheapest FF body and stick a 24-70/2.8 and/or 70-200/2.8 and just shoot.

You've got that back to front but that's fine. m4/3 users understand the advantage of being able to get good depth of field without compromising on shutter speed etc. and we end up with awesome glass with far less weight. Horses for courses.

They don't actually make super-crisp small zooms for larger formats...

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 23:03 UTC
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Mister Joseph: Only interesting about m43 is the smallish Panasonic 100-400 lens. Other than that, just get the cheapest FF body and stick a 24-70/2.8 and/or 70-200/2.8 and just shoot.

I've only taken four shots with the 100-400. Two at the wide end, two at the long end, at ridiculously slow shutter speeds on an EM1. It's much more perfect than I ever expected.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 10:38 UTC
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Mister Joseph: Only interesting about m43 is the smallish Panasonic 100-400 lens. Other than that, just get the cheapest FF body and stick a 24-70/2.8 and/or 70-200/2.8 and just shoot.

Or get a really nice m4/3 body and a gorgeous lens or two and just enjoy your photography, without worrying about what people who don't understand the format think!

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 09:04 UTC
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (146 comments in total)
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noirdesir: That Four-Thirds model gonna be a huge hit. Or rather the opposite.

Putting a wide-angle FF lens in front of a 4/3 sensor is already wasteful enough, releasing something for a mount which saw its last and final camera release almost six years just takes the crown in pointlessness.

"And there are probably about 10x as many Pentax APS-C cameras currently in use than 4/3 cameras." Really? I'd be amazed if that was true. If so, owners keep them well hidden! Not that it is possible to really know how many cameras people own are "in use".

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 18:55 UTC
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (146 comments in total)
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noirdesir: That Four-Thirds model gonna be a huge hit. Or rather the opposite.

Putting a wide-angle FF lens in front of a 4/3 sensor is already wasteful enough, releasing something for a mount which saw its last and final camera release almost six years just takes the crown in pointlessness.

And yet my first reaction was "what a great lens for my 4/3 camera"! Cheaper than the near-unobtainable 25/1.4 and faster than the 25/2.8. Good on them.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
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h2k: Now expecting an interview, i didn't expect in the least this awkward multi-click format. I find this user-unfriendly to a high degree (aware that many on-site clicks may be good for DPR).

I thought this could be interesting content, but i can't bring myself to click-click-click through this.

I know at least one great website of a major general weekly that breaks its stories into 2 - 3 pages - with the additional option of reading everything on one single page. Possible at DPR?

I'll vote to keep the slideshow format used here. It's really easy to use, DOESN'T need lots of clicks (I also just use the arrows) and the little chunks of information with an accompanying picture is just right for a light article like this.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 21:18 UTC
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Alphoid: Honestly, a review without even mentioning the aperture? Seriously, dpreview?

Random web site suggests this was a constant f/2.8 zoom. If that's correct, it should be on par with an FZ200 in many ways. That's a pretty decent camera. 10x zoom vs 20x zoom would be the major difference, aside from the obvious generational difference in sensor technology, storage technology, etc.

Contra, as your pseudonym suggests, you are wrong.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
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RobBobW: We had some of these in our Engineering offices when they came out so our field staff could document their inspections. It was quite magical at the time to have them send in photographs directly to the office and not have to wait for photofinishing. We could also for the first time, include photographs in our soft copy reports. They really cracked the lid open on the use of digital photography for work documentation.

Our office got a different model floppy disk Mavica at around the same time and found exactly the same thing. Do a field inspection, insert disc into computer, insert photo into report. Done. At the time, it was amazing.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 20:57 UTC

That was really interesting, thanks. Those people largely have a different perspective from the enthusiastic browsing types who frequent the forums here! Refreshing.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 20:45 UTC as 38th comment
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (404 comments in total)
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Hibiscusbloom: Well, it looks like at this stage, anyone wanting the best of best in raw action has to settle for a giant toaster weighing a ton. It doesn't end there. You need the 600/4 or 800/5.6 to get the best images. Sometimes, it may not be the money but the weight.
Can we progress with smaller gadgets? More innovation, thinking outside of the square is needed to produce smaller, lighter cameras. Is mirrorless the solution? Maybe. At least a bit smaller and lighter. But a wee way to go before it can catch up with the DSLRs. It's good to have hope and dreams.

HIbiscusbloom: Beg, borrow or rent a (comparatively) tiny Olympus EM1 with the 300/4 lens and you will see that the progress you ask for is startlingly close!

(Oh no, did I just open myself up to a barrage?!)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 10:38 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (404 comments in total)
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Nick Brundle - Photography: With all the problems of auto-focusing always wondered why Canon dropped there Eye Controlled System they had on the EOS 3 in the late nineties.
You could pick one of the 45 points of the autofocus system simply by looking at it though the viewfinder. An infrared transmitter and receiver mounted around the eyepiece monitored the position of your iris, thus "knowing" where you were looking and focusing on.
Rumors are that it might be back on the 5d MkIV

I had an EOS30 with eye-controlled auto-focus and was just as baffled when they dropped it. Absolutely nothing I have used since has come close to the speed of that system. It was absolute magic. It did need recalibrating a couple of times in the first month or so, as I gelled with the camera and slightly altered the way I held it to my eye, but then it remained stable for years.

Rave rave rave, yup, it was that good! People who didn't like it, though, could turn it off. No losers.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 07:46 UTC
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Nigel Tafferham: How can they dare think that Canon cams can be used for such a sacred thing as the Olympics - we all know that ONLY Sony cams are worthy !!! The arrogance of them using that lousy Canon equipment !! ;)

What's next film ? ;)

4) Quality. It's ridiculous to suggest Canon cameras can't produce quality!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 22:53 UTC

Very smooth. Reminiscent of the Sony/Zeiss 135/1.8.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 22:50 UTC as 26th comment
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (146 comments in total)
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atyp: Useless gadget for big kids. Regards. Ad1

It may be useless for (some) big kids but it could be useful for grown-ups.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 03:26 UTC
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Rich Rosen: What I find interesting, is that even with all the hoopla about newspapers going to photographers using smart phones, even with the so called stampeding of mirrorless, Getty has chosen to use the "antiquated" DSLR as their primary "weapon." I'm sure that mirrorless and smart phones will make an appearance, but it the DSLR that will be doing the heavy lifting.

Rich Rosen - you comment about "the viewfinder lag times, autofocus speed and the availability of native long primes that are available" is really out of date now for some systems, except maybe availability of very, very long fast primes (depends on the sport really. Ironically, we are starting to see cross-system performance nullify that anyway). Having a mirror doesn't make anything quicker. It just happens that top-level mirrored bodies are also fitted with very complex auto-focus systems but the mirror doesn't actually help that any more.

I'd actually be amazed if, four years from now, there was any advantage at all in using what is really very old-fashioned mirror technology for this special application. Let's see...

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 10:32 UTC
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tom1234567: Have they not heard of Nikon, D5 0r D500????
Tom G

I'll bet they regularly check out what's on the market. No good reason to change yet.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 23:14 UTC
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Rich Rosen: What I find interesting, is that even with all the hoopla about newspapers going to photographers using smart phones, even with the so called stampeding of mirrorless, Getty has chosen to use the "antiquated" DSLR as their primary "weapon." I'm sure that mirrorless and smart phones will make an appearance, but it the DSLR that will be doing the heavy lifting.

P.S. If I was gearing up for the Olympics, I would actually use Olympus ... for mostly the same reasons!

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 23:11 UTC
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Rich Rosen: What I find interesting, is that even with all the hoopla about newspapers going to photographers using smart phones, even with the so called stampeding of mirrorless, Getty has chosen to use the "antiquated" DSLR as their primary "weapon." I'm sure that mirrorless and smart phones will make an appearance, but it the DSLR that will be doing the heavy lifting.

I would expect gear choice is much more based on what has evolved over time. With so much invested, there would have to be a VERY good reason to change systems. While other camera systems, with or without mirrors, could do the job, none would do it appreciably better than that Canon set-up. There are also the issues of what the photographers are used to and reliability/back-up solutions which will be vital.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 23:10 UTC
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