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 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
On article Panasonic Lumix FZ80/FZ82 real world samples gallery (78 comments in total)

Wow, the sensor seems to be a solid step backwards from my old FZ70! Hopefully that's just my rusty memory...

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 10:31 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On article NAB 2017: Hot products and trends (50 comments in total)

I am very grateful for this article. I didn't even know DaVinci Resolve existed! I braved the two hour download of the beta and tested it out. Brilliant, it's exactly what I've been looking for (and a lot more besides but that's an even better thing). If it proves reliable, I'll be most willing to pay for the upgrade. I'm a happy man this afternoon, thank you.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 05:19 UTC as 3rd comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (463 comments in total)
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deep7: Slight typo on page 8: "The Q's 28mm equivalent F1.7 image-stabilized lens is incredibly sharp...". Just the one surplus word in there!

Sure bought me a chuckle! (I'll think of it as 14mm equivalent due to my preference for smaller formats...)

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 21:48 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (463 comments in total)

Slight typo on page 8: "The Q's 28mm equivalent F1.7 image-stabilized lens is incredibly sharp...". Just the one surplus word in there!

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 09:15 UTC as 61st comment | 3 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (134 comments in total)

I bought my brother the later, 3.1 Mp version. That actually produced very nice images which I still enjoy today. It certainly was less trouble by highlights than the vast majority of small-sensored cameras I have tried since then! I do recall some barrel distortion though.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 20:34 UTC as 37th comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)
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Bill Hollinger: When is the embargo on test images going to be lifted so we can see if it really can equal the D5/D500 and Canon equivalents in AFC tracking? Hopefully you'll test with difficult subjects in varying (including low, flat light) so we can get a reasonably accurate sense of how it compares to the DSLRs mentioned above.

Or the battle against the 60 fps Titans? Olympus EM1 Mk2 and one of the Nikon 1" cameras did something like that, if I remember right. 20fps is not that quick these days!

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 21:01 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)
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Reactive: I think Sony's attempts to gain a foot in the sports arena could possibly be flattened when Canon and/or Nikon release their own mirrorless offerings, which would of course accept existing lenses. The pros will happily wait around a year or two for a few extra fps. As for Olympus' attempts to use the word 'pro' all around the E-M1 MkII, that must surely be doomed if a pro's prime [sorry] concern is having the same subject separation as their current combination.

It's a little amusing that there is so much being said about the A9's modest 20 frames per second shooting speed when Olympus can shoot 20Mp RAW files at 60 frames per second! The difference is (proportionally) even bigger if you use mechanical shutters.

The one thing that has hurt Olympus is the (unwarranted) snobbishness around sensor size, though more and more people are coming to understand the significant advantages that size sensor brings, especially in terms of lens design and quality for your money.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 21:37 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)
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Thermidor: A professional setup often means doing extended shoots, and trying to shoot all day at a sporting event through an electronic viewfinder puts a lot of strain to your eyes, no matter how good the EVF is. The A9 may be built with professionals in mind, but people simply don't have the endurance to look through an EVF or LCD screen for that many hours.

That depends entirely on the optics and how the brightness/contrast etc. is set. An optical viewfinder can be terrible too. I can shoot my EM1 all day no trouble at all but not my FZ1000. There's a similar screen inside each but the optics of the viewfinder are very different.

You will find a lot of misinformation and distrust around electronic viewfinders but the reality is that the best ones have surpassed all but a very few optical viewfinders - at worst.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 11:56 UTC
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deep7: A mate and I tried one of these just before they hit the market. I remember loving the shutter, the viewfinder and the new Zeiss lenses. My mate was so impressed he bought right into the Sony system and dumped his Nikon gear immediately. He has gone on to take hundreds of thousands of photos with his and even published books with images from the A900, not to mention having many photos in music magazines. While he has moved on to an A99, that A900 keeps on trucking!

There were a few premature shutter failures in the A900, though I understand that others went for a very long time. I never tried an A850 but the A900 shutter just felt and sounded proper, like an old-school film camera, not a computer. Totally subjective, of course! It didn't seem to cause any shutter shock.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 20:26 UTC
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OlyPent: Even with a price tag $5000 less at the time than Nikon's D3x, this camera wasn't exactly a sales winner, was it? The D850 was the downmarket version as I remember.

Thanks, Photosbyhank. That seems more reasonable than OlyPent's wild exaggeration!

Personally, I never see a 35mm format Nikon outside a shop but have seen a few 35mm Sonys. That is totally because of the circles I move in (Canon being dominant, I should add, with quite a few using Olympus).

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
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OlyPent: Even with a price tag $5000 less at the time than Nikon's D3x, this camera wasn't exactly a sales winner, was it? The D850 was the downmarket version as I remember.

I'd be very surprised if it didn't outsell the D3X!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 20:01 UTC

A mate and I tried one of these just before they hit the market. I remember loving the shutter, the viewfinder and the new Zeiss lenses. My mate was so impressed he bought right into the Sony system and dumped his Nikon gear immediately. He has gone on to take hundreds of thousands of photos with his and even published books with images from the A900, not to mention having many photos in music magazines. While he has moved on to an A99, that A900 keeps on trucking!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 19:58 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony announces FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens (135 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Why does it need image stabilization, if the cameras it was designed to be used with, already incorporate it in their bodies?

People who say in body image stabilisation doesn't work with longer focal lengths need to get out and try some long Olympus glass on an Olympus body! It words VERY well and has done since the days of the E3.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 05:30 UTC
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Astrotripper: Soo, what's wrong with the mechanical shutter that the specs regarding it were not released?

20 fps is all fine and dandy until you look at the footnotes. Not to mention it's just 2 fps more than E-M1 Mark II.

Also, did Sony do something about rolling shutter? It is pretty severe even on their APS-C cameras, worse than competition. It really needs to be better than that if they are pushing it as the main feature.

Um, that's actually 42 frames per second LESS than the EM1 Mk2 (when both use electronic shutter)!

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 20:55 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (161 comments in total)
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dansclic: Again, 8 pages for 30 sentences. Couldn't you defitineley not present a hands on on ONE page ? What's the use of making 8 pages ?

It is one page! Just use your right arrow to move to the next picture. Nothing else changes. Weird complaint.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 07:21 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (161 comments in total)
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h2k: How i wish there'd be a fully native ultrawide prime, say with 8 mms. I can then still zoom easily with my arm and feet. Not sure why ultrawide needs to come as zoom.

(Aware of uw primes from Laowa, Lamyang etc.)

What is 16mm? We both mentioned 8mm.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 07:20 UTC
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