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 Vintage lens shootout: three lenses, one model (76 comments in total)
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Robert Holloway: Thanks DP Review for this video. It's outstanding! I have been collecting "classic" lenses since switching from canon to Sony. Many of my classics are Canon. I'm currently thinking about a Leica Summicron. The awesome thing about each of these lenses is that, in the hands of a skilled photographer, they produce radically different looks. I recently encouraged my friend to star shooting with a Canon FD 50 versus her kit lens and she's now hooked. My advice to anyone with a mirrorless camera (like Sony) is take the plunge, the lenses are cheap and focus peaking and assist makes it easy. Enjoy! Rob

Are Sony/FD adaptors good? No issues with infinity focus, changing aperture etc.? Not too much flare/glare etc.? I ask because I have one lens I'd really like to use on a digital body and the Sony A7 series seems the best bet.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 04:32 UTC
On article Vintage lens shootout: three lenses, one model (76 comments in total)
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deep7: The Canon 50/1.4 looks good in the supplied picture. I used to use one but actually preferred the 1.8 version, though can't remember why now.

Just a few days ago, I picked up a Canon FTb with a 55/1.2 SSC lens. I have to say, that lens REALLY makes me want to go out and experiment. Pity film is so expensive! Just curious if anyone uses that lens with digital?

It's expensive and it's also not fun. Sorry, forgot to mention that. Well, it's fun for a few minutes but ultimately frustrating.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 04:28 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1107 comments in total)
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deep7: A good review, thanks. It does highlight a phenomenon seen in chart-peering enthusiasts. They look at the numbers and make judgements accordingly. Yet, this camera produces really nice images with heaps of resolution (and hangs in there well when the light gets bad), apparently feels really nice in the hand (most Canons do), is likely to be trouble-free in use, has access to a massive range of lenses and is well-equipped for people who do more than just point and snap, with the swivelling screen and dual-pixel AF. A great, general purpose camera which will likely sell really well to people who don't stress too much about how hard other photographers can push their shadows!

I'm long-past using cameras with mirrors so it's not for me. However, lots of people like bland and dependable and they'll lap the 6D2 up!

I did not describe the SL2. Terrible lens selection for those, pokey viewfinder etc..

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 04:26 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1107 comments in total)

A good review, thanks. It does highlight a phenomenon seen in chart-peering enthusiasts. They look at the numbers and make judgements accordingly. Yet, this camera produces really nice images with heaps of resolution (and hangs in there well when the light gets bad), apparently feels really nice in the hand (most Canons do), is likely to be trouble-free in use, has access to a massive range of lenses and is well-equipped for people who do more than just point and snap, with the swivelling screen and dual-pixel AF. A great, general purpose camera which will likely sell really well to people who don't stress too much about how hard other photographers can push their shadows!

I'm long-past using cameras with mirrors so it's not for me. However, lots of people like bland and dependable and they'll lap the 6D2 up!

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 23:19 UTC as 141st comment | 4 replies
On article Vintage lens shootout: three lenses, one model (76 comments in total)

The Canon 50/1.4 looks good in the supplied picture. I used to use one but actually preferred the 1.8 version, though can't remember why now.

Just a few days ago, I picked up a Canon FTb with a 55/1.2 SSC lens. I have to say, that lens REALLY makes me want to go out and experiment. Pity film is so expensive! Just curious if anyone uses that lens with digital?

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 21:52 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
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Sdaniella: a great way to commemorate 2017 Apple's iphone sales falling well behind Samsung's Galaxy ...

meanwhile ... next apple iphone to get gazillions of AMOLED displays from Samsung

while both Samsung and Apple continue to get gazillion SONY sensors for their smartphones ...

(almost) everyone is happy ...

Well, you do badly then. My last iPhone was going strong at four years old and only replaced because my employer subsidised a new one.

I find market-driven pricing and the system that supports it a bit horrific but just owning an electronic device you only think you need is buying into a system that nearly worships such an economy, regardless of who makes it. If you accept that and can afford the best, an iPhone is a good choice.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 03:59 UTC
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Sdaniella: a great way to commemorate 2017 Apple's iphone sales falling well behind Samsung's Galaxy ...

meanwhile ... next apple iphone to get gazillions of AMOLED displays from Samsung

while both Samsung and Apple continue to get gazillion SONY sensors for their smartphones ...

(almost) everyone is happy ...

In a recent financial "quarter", iPhone had 103% of the profit, because the rest of the industry lost so much money. I read that on Mac Rumours so take it with a pinch of salt...

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 21:45 UTC
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Tim C.: In terms of practicality, it seems pointless to resort to using the smartphone if a user is going to go through the process of setting up large, bulky lighting equipment. What's another piece of a gear like a dslr or mirrorless camera?

I'm being genuine when I say this: I must be missing something so someone please enlighten me.

You are missing something! The basic rig here is a tiny box, which transforms the way you can light an iPhone photo. If you choose, you can go further but you don't have to.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
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www_zeeshan_de: Welcome to the club of creating questionable ultra wide lens portrait photos with a tiny sensor 30 times smaller than fullframe... what an useless effort of wasting time of model and photographer... one should know, ISO 25 is still the same as ISO 6400 on fullframe...

The iPhone uses its full frame to take photos. Stop the silly arbitrary references! The article is about the lighting, duh.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 21:37 UTC

Unexpectedly, I find myself siding with the USA military. I am planning to buy a better "drone" soon but it surely will not be from DJI after their latest intrusions!

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 20:54 UTC as 35th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Adobe Lightroom 1.0 (124 comments in total)

" It's also, with a few hiccups, tended to get faster over time, which is pretty rare."

You're kidding, right? In fact, you recently ran an article in which Adobe acknowledged how slow the programme has got!

I held onto version 1.4 for years (for cataloguing and printing) because later versions got slower and slower. When I had 1.4 and 4 on the same computer, the speed difference was massively in favour of 1.4. I now have version 5 on a quad core MacBook Pro and it is okay but not as fast as 1.4 was on a much older mac.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 20:02 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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tinternaut: "More seriously perhaps, Canon has issued a statement letting hopeful shoppers know that demand for the EOS 6D Mark ll kit with the Canon EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens has exceeded expectations,"

A lot of punters not reading Dpreview then....

Not if you look at the actual pictures posted...

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 21:09 UTC

I'm in. If they can do it without Android...

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 02:24 UTC as 26th comment
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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Alec: So is it Panasonic or is it Leica? I need to know in order to take a stand that this is
(a) images richly imbued with plasticity, luminosity, character, air, mystique that is proof undeniable of Leica's untouchable superiority, or
(b) meh pix from an inconsequential lens that'll be forgotten about in 2-3 years.

It's a Leica lens made by Panasonic.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 09:57 UTC
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Cal22: Maybe each lens needs its own dedicated curved sensor. So, what about making a dedicated curved sensor part of each interchangeable lens? After a few years you could screw the sensor out of your lens and screw an improved one in. Maybe the sensor has to be combined with the processor.

I don't know if that idea is worth to be realised and if it is technically feasible.

Ricoh already did this.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 02:29 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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J A C S: The samples look really good ... because DPR resisted the urge to lift the shadows to demonstrate the DR of the camera... Deep shadows and punchy colors, and everybody is happy.

Really? I couldn't believe how much grain was in the "processed to taste" photos. Simply dreadful and no reason for it.

I do agree that deep shadows and punchy colours generally enhance a photo though!

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 01:13 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: face it guys .... thsi 15 mm is nothing more than a profoundly forgiving 28mm fov

I'd have said the opposite! 28mm allows you to crop the odd mistake...

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 01:02 UTC
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deep7: I read this and thought "what horror!". So I looked at the samples posted in the other story to see what the camera really puts out and the story is very different. It looks like really nice highlight and mid-tone transitions, which takes a lot of pressure off shadow recovery. This obsession with pushing shadows is only reporting half the story. It's really annoying but you don't have to be a genius to predict someone will jump on me for saying so anyway!

I'm not likely to ever buy another camera with a flapping mirror but, if I was, the 6D2 has a lot going for it.

I'm not really a fan of flappy LCDs either! Yet three of my cameras have them. You don't actually have to flap them. I guess you don't have to flap the mirror on a 6D either...

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 10:05 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II sample gallery (53 comments in total)
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AngularJS: 300+ comments about theoretical DR and 0 comments about the actual images which look awesome. Nice :)

It does have a bit of a 5D look. That is a very good thing!

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 06:22 UTC

I read this and thought "what horror!". So I looked at the samples posted in the other story to see what the camera really puts out and the story is very different. It looks like really nice highlight and mid-tone transitions, which takes a lot of pressure off shadow recovery. This obsession with pushing shadows is only reporting half the story. It's really annoying but you don't have to be a genius to predict someone will jump on me for saying so anyway!

I'm not likely to ever buy another camera with a flapping mirror but, if I was, the 6D2 has a lot going for it.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 05:43 UTC as 345th comment | 3 replies
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