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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darlot: when I was still active, I won't show up to shoot the wedding if the check wasn't cleared on my bank account. We had a binding contract between a photographer and a couple.

I ran into few times with Asian couples, they wanted 50% up front, 50% after photos delivered etc. I said no, not my way of doing business.

I had a completely different business model. The clients did not have to pay if they did not like the photos I gave them. Of course, they always paid and, sometimes, actually gave more than I asked for! It probably sounds like commercial madness but I was very careful about sussing out my clients beforehand and did turn down the occasional commission.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 21:19 UTC
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Mortal Lion: Start putting on board memory in camera's instead :p

My Leica has heaps of on-board memory but, I confess, I tend to use it as a reserve. It is (mildly) easier to pull the card out and put it in my laptop than it would be to locate the cable and plug it in. Of course, if I hadn't been able to locate a refurbished older generation MacBook Pro when my previous computer died, I wouldn't have had that choice...

Either way, I have nothing against on-board memory as long as there is heaps of it, it's reliable and it's quick. Sounds a bit like an iPhone and they are popular.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 23:25 UTC
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entoman: "DPReview reached out to ProGrade Digital directly and asked if ..."

DPReview asked ProGrade Digital if...

What's with all this daft "reaching out" stuff padding out the article?

It's far from ubiquitous and nearly always gets funny looks when people use it like this. Only super-trendos are doing it, so it is worth calling them out every time. That's is far from whining! Defending something stupid, just because some people do it, is as annoying as doing the stupid thing in the first place...

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 23:20 UTC
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entoman: "DPReview reached out to ProGrade Digital directly and asked if ..."

DPReview asked ProGrade Digital if...

What's with all this daft "reaching out" stuff padding out the article?

It really irritates me that dpreview writers keep using that phrase out of context. In this case, it's completely redundant anyway. Why not just rearrange the words used to say "DPReview asked ProGrade Digital directly if the company could confirm or deny these reports..." (as entoman suggested above)? That would have been so much better!

Come on, please stop trying to be trendy for the sake of it!

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 18:59 UTC
On article CP+ 2018: First Look - Sony 400mm F2.8 G Master (462 comments in total)
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CaPi: Looks absurd. At least add a camera grip.

You would need to feed it a LOT to get to 400/2.8!

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 19:37 UTC
On article CP+ 2018: First Look - Sony 400mm F2.8 G Master (462 comments in total)
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CaPi: Looks absurd. At least add a camera grip.

For a lens that big, they could just about stick a dedicated sensor in there and throw away the camera body. It wouldn't cost much more and would be even lighter. The whole "big lens needs a big camera" perspective makes less sense than that ...

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 00:47 UTC
On article CP+ 2018: First Look - Sony 400mm F2.8 G Master (462 comments in total)
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NOWHITELENS: I finally understand why fans claim that Sony is a cutting edge designer that pushes the envelope.
They almost finished the design of a 400mm f2.8 !!!!!!
WOW!!!
I wish Canon and Nikon could design something like that!!!!!

Wake up! While you've been sleeping, Canon have been making some excellent sensors.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 00:43 UTC
On article CP+ 2018: First Look - Sony 400mm F2.8 G Master (462 comments in total)
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NOWHITELENS: I finally understand why fans claim that Sony is a cutting edge designer that pushes the envelope.
They almost finished the design of a 400mm f2.8 !!!!!!
WOW!!!
I wish Canon and Nikon could design something like that!!!!!

Sony had their first "full frame" digital camera out over a decade ago (A900) but have also had a 500/4 lens available for all that time too. If you can afford it, it also works on the A7 series via factory adaptors.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 20:47 UTC
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SungiBr: I wonder how Tokina will do the "focus ring that turns the same direction as your native Nikon and Canon glass"?
They do turn in oposit directions?

Olympus has long offered the choice, set via the camera menu, for all its non-direct focussed lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 21:28 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (303 comments in total)
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AES256: Half the weight than the 35mm alternatives while only being one "equivalent" stop slower! Good job Panasonic

...and actually two stops quicker if you understand the advantage of more depth of field at a given shutter speed!

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 01:11 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (303 comments in total)
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SteveY80: Based on the spec listings everywhere else, the 0.5x magnification stated above is an error.

All the other sources put it at a much less interesting and impressive 0.25x.

0.25 in 4/3 format is twice the magnification of 0.25 on 135 format and it would be more misleading to just leave it quoted at "0.25x". "Full frame" is misleading too but it makes sense to point out that this is equivalent to 0.5 in 135 format.

When I read specifications for lenses, I look at the minimum object size. No ambiguity there!

However, many zoom lenses actually do better than manufacturers state, as they can hold minimum focus distance with a slight zoom, before stepping up to a longer minimum focus distance at longer focal lengths.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 01:09 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (538 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: f6.3 is actually not that slow for this kind of focal length and this sensor size. On the other hand, 360mm is not a very useful focal length. For instance, bird and animal photographers usually want about 500 or 600mm at least. And why else would you require a 360mm focal length? I guess it might be useful to shoot 4K video at this focal length on a pocketable camera, but you will require a tripod anyway, so that defeats the purpose.

It's a travel camera which CAN be used for wildlife in decent light. For the body/sensor size match, it's unique in that respect. Of course, if the lens quality isn't there, that won't matter. We'll see soon enough.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 20:24 UTC
On article Panasonic officially unveils 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH (303 comments in total)
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princecody: Micro Four Thirds prices have become very high within the last 2 years. Unless you’re a trust fund rich kid or Martin Shkreli worth $70 million plus most people have other bill priorities. Micro Four Thirds is price gouging plain and simple & It Ain’t Right 😒

You should look harder then. Plenty of cheap options for m4/3. For the reach/speed/quality, this is decently priced too.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 20:14 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (538 comments in total)
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KeepCalm: The above graph shows there is nothing to compare it with so we have to use these short focal length cameras which are safely huddled in the less ambitious bottom left corner of the graph and call them peers to make it look like there is some sort of competition.

Exactly! The real choices are huge SLR copies or something with a much smaller sensor. NOT something with a tiny zoom range...

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 19:03 UTC
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Nicos_1969: A cube can only be x pixels long, x pixels wide and x pixels deep, or it's not a cube. I know, I know, I just couldn't rezist!
Brillant man, realy!

Good point but, if you are going to be pedantic, you should make sure your own comment is error-free! I couldn't resist either...

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 19:39 UTC
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ZeBebito: What a shame if Panasonic confined all that tech to m43 sensor size.

m4/3 is a great sensor size with many advantages over both bigger and smaller sizes. By removing some of the disadvantages over the bigger ones, it gets even better! Especially if they keep pushing the multi-format sensors (I find the 4:3 ration very limiting personally).

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 00:08 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (538 comments in total)
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tedolf: These things are still way too expensive and nobody needs a 360mm equivalent zoom.

They should focus on a more reasonable focal range (28mm-135mm) and faster F stops at a sub $500.00 price.

TEdolph

Some people have such limited perspective! The first print I sold that made $500 was a landscape (a tree sticking out of a big rock but it's better than it sounds) taken at a little over 300mm on a 35mm camera. Most of my best landscapes are taken with a long lens. Then there is wildlife, where everything you can get, you take, in terms of focal length - 360mm can be enough, depending on the situation or 800mm can be too short! However, there are a host of insect/flower type shots that work best with some reach. Sometimes a longer lens allows a different kind of portrait. Sporting events and various other activities you might encounter on your travels benefit from some decent reach. Really, the only limit is imagination and that seems to be the usual limit for some people commenting right here!

I can't believe I have to spell all this super-obvious stuff out. I really wonder what goes on in some heads. Not very much?

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 10:05 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (538 comments in total)
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tedolf: These things are still way too expensive and nobody needs a 360mm equivalent zoom.

They should focus on a more reasonable focal range (28mm-135mm) and faster F stops at a sub $500.00 price.

TEdolph

Bang on! In a market with lots of choices, why knock something uniquely useful?

tedolf: "...nobody needs a 360mm equivalent zoom"??? What are you smoking?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 19:43 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (538 comments in total)
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Ben of the North: Fixed screen?? Why??

telefunk: No problem, just buy an FZ1000. Or move to somewhere with a drier climate!

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 19:39 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (215 comments in total)

A functional competitor to the PenF, even though it's not as pretty (a silver version could be ok?).

Good they went to a tilting screen.
You'd have to use the GX8 viewfinder as well to know how different they were but, I suspect, that would depend on what sort of photographs you take.
Less weather sealing is the biggest limiting feature.

Nevertheless, it's a compact, speedy, functional little beast that should have great image quality, at a fair price.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 02:25 UTC as 34th comment
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