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 Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (210 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 (210 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 72nd 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 (450 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 (450 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 (450 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
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 (464 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 (464 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
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