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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MartinDixon: Let's be clear on somethings Deep 7 or Shallow 6. Cameras don't whet my appetite. I do not drool over equipment. I do not visit galleries to ask the artists what paints they used or what lenses they attached. I look at art to enjoy strong content and stimulating ideas. Beauty is not empirical so there can be no honest discussion of the photographs' content. I will simply say that the lighting and the subjects didn't help me assess the merits of this camera. But I find it comical that someone would tell me that I don't "deserve" a medium format camera as if they get to determine what I buy. I have owned Hasselblad and Leica films cameras (plural) since 1990. I don't hide behind avatars and monikers. Look up my first book, Brooklyn Kings: New York City's Black Bikers. I also have two new projects on Dakar and Addis Ababa. Professionals welcome criticism. Their business model demands constant improvement. But amateurs are easily offended when challenged. So I apologize if you are hurt.

Snowball? It's Summer!

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
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MartinDixon: Let's be clear on somethings Deep 7 or Shallow 6. Cameras don't whet my appetite. I do not drool over equipment. I do not visit galleries to ask the artists what paints they used or what lenses they attached. I look at art to enjoy strong content and stimulating ideas. Beauty is not empirical so there can be no honest discussion of the photographs' content. I will simply say that the lighting and the subjects didn't help me assess the merits of this camera. But I find it comical that someone would tell me that I don't "deserve" a medium format camera as if they get to determine what I buy. I have owned Hasselblad and Leica films cameras (plural) since 1990. I don't hide behind avatars and monikers. Look up my first book, Brooklyn Kings: New York City's Black Bikers. I also have two new projects on Dakar and Addis Ababa. Professionals welcome criticism. Their business model demands constant improvement. But amateurs are easily offended when challenged. So I apologize if you are hurt.

???? What a bizarre comment! I don't know about Shallow 6 but why would I be hurt by you? Maybe I've missed something you wrote earlier.

How rude of Shallow 6 to tell you what camera you deserve. I certainly didn't say that.

Good luck with your exciting projects.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 19:39 UTC
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MartinDixon: RubberDials, You can't honestly believe these photos are interesting enough to inspire anyone buy this camera. They are just boring, dim images of whatever happened to be close enough for a quick test. Editor of Amateur Photography kind of nails it on the head, wouldn't you say? For a cellphone review, sure, they're just fine for when you want to pull something from your pocket. But if you think a consumer will spend that kind of money to photograph a boat in shadow - which could be made with so many other competent cameras - you have to be pulling my leg. Pixel-peepers like to talk about Dmax and sensor size, I have an old fashioned idea; why don't we talk about images that excite and inspire? Because the last time I had an exhibit no one asked me what camera I used. Would a review of Ferrari's latest roadster compare it to a school bus in traffic? Would you review Canon's D1X Mark ll for the Rio Olympics with photos of chess players staring at the board? Come on already.

Martin, if you can't see enough to whet your appetite in those pictures, you don't need medium format. And you still come over as pretentious, fatigued or otherwise.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
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MartinDixon: RubberDials, You can't honestly believe these photos are interesting enough to inspire anyone buy this camera. They are just boring, dim images of whatever happened to be close enough for a quick test. Editor of Amateur Photography kind of nails it on the head, wouldn't you say? For a cellphone review, sure, they're just fine for when you want to pull something from your pocket. But if you think a consumer will spend that kind of money to photograph a boat in shadow - which could be made with so many other competent cameras - you have to be pulling my leg. Pixel-peepers like to talk about Dmax and sensor size, I have an old fashioned idea; why don't we talk about images that excite and inspire? Because the last time I had an exhibit no one asked me what camera I used. Would a review of Ferrari's latest roadster compare it to a school bus in traffic? Would you review Canon's D1X Mark ll for the Rio Olympics with photos of chess players staring at the board? Come on already.

Ooh, that's somewhat pretentious, isn't it? I can't imagine what you are seeing because this is exactly what I would expect to see from a camera like this. Very strange comment.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
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Scruffy Bob: Dammit, DPReview! You just told the counterfeiters how to fix their mistakes.

Like my "day date" Rolex that only has the date...

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 20:31 UTC
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Saurat: "Reached out..." This appears to be the latest twee and illiterate Americanism to blight the English language. Well, I for one will not put up with the plague and I declare myself offended and insulted having to read such bilge. The word 'contacted' was still in use last time I checked and this noun splendidly describes your action. 'Reached out' is teenage hipster nonsense.

You "think" "reached out" means a particular thing, which means you don't really know what the author is trying to convey. That's the problem - the term already has an accepted meaning (as in a compassionate act, reaching out to those in need, an extrapolation of the concept of reaching out to a drowning man to save him) and is now being used completely out of context (just for the sake of being trendy). It's bad journalism and dpreview staff should realise that by now!

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 06:03 UTC
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Saurat: "Reached out..." This appears to be the latest twee and illiterate Americanism to blight the English language. Well, I for one will not put up with the plague and I declare myself offended and insulted having to read such bilge. The word 'contacted' was still in use last time I checked and this noun splendidly describes your action. 'Reached out' is teenage hipster nonsense.

Well said, Saurat. We jump on it every time they do it but we get ignored. It really annoys me because there is no need for stupid on a site which is supposed to be taken seriously!

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 10:03 UTC
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deep7: This camera does have something that stimulates my interest. Something about the concept of doing photography for recreation, using a small handful of carefully chosen prime lenses, taking my time, just taking one or two carefully thought out photos, maybe even with a tripod.

Then I looked at the lens catalogue. There are two lenses there that might work for that (35/1.4 and 105 macro), otherwise lots of gaping holes. They really need something like a 19mm "Art" lens and a very nice 70mm. Nothing close! Plus, you can't really mount something off another system.

Give it time, I guess?

I do recall something about that. In fact, I think dpreview used it as a standard lens for their test scene on a few bodies?

I wonder if Sigma intends releasing a few lenses appropriate for this format? Time will tell. It's a bit weird at the moment.

I actually have a lens here designed for APS-H. It's a Minolta 22-80 zoom, used on a Vectis S1. Absolutely tiny and no chance of digital correction either! That was the film era promise of APS.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 10:00 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (369 comments in total)

This camera does have something that stimulates my interest. Something about the concept of doing photography for recreation, using a small handful of carefully chosen prime lenses, taking my time, just taking one or two carefully thought out photos, maybe even with a tripod.

Then I looked at the lens catalogue. There are two lenses there that might work for that (35/1.4 and 105 macro), otherwise lots of gaping holes. They really need something like a 19mm "Art" lens and a very nice 70mm. Nothing close! Plus, you can't really mount something off another system.

Give it time, I guess?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 02:51 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
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Matsu: They need to stop the odd body style experiments. That said, what they really needed to do here was make it about the same size and shape as a small APSC DSLR, like and SL1 or D5500, forget the SA mount and offer it in four flavours: full frame and APS-H Nikon F, and full frame and APSH Canon EF, and then just take everyone's money.

One of the best things about it is that it ISN'T trying to be a boring boring boring fake SLR! Though, having said that, the EVF does seem to be on the wrong side...

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 00:22 UTC
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tinternaut: So what's APS-H?

"Whole hog"? What a bizarre comment! Why stop at a totally arbitrary sensor size and not suggest they make it 40x30mm? APS-H should be more than adequate, taking into account the unique sensor attributes, without going to something needing more bulk, bigger lenses, etc. etc. I love that they chose this size. I just wonder what lenses they make that would work nicely though.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 22:04 UTC
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MartinDixon: Am I expected to judge the quality of a $13,000 mirrorless medium format camera based on these images? At least 65% of the files are in such terrible light that I can't see anything important. What can I possibly assess from an LCD screen on the web? Please put the camera in the hands of a professional who might actually use this camera on a job. I can't judge anything from these files. They're God awful...

Ha, there is a brick wall pic in there (the church) and it's astonishing. If you want detail, read the grave on the lower left...

I totally agree with RubberDials too.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:49 UTC
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Frank C.: Tech is good but Hasselblad needs to get an Italian designer on board.

Plus the design is gorgeous. If a camera can actually be gorgeous...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 05:34 UTC
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DamianFI: I'm not being facetious here, but what is the point of this camera?
How are the resulting images better than images from a D810, 5DSR, A99II or A7RII?

I see no medium format look, no shallow DOF or subject separation I cannot get from a 35mm sensor, no DR I can't get from a D810, no IBIS from the 7RII, no 42mp bursts as I get from an A99II.

A 5DSR has effectively the same resolution, a D810 would have insignificantly less DR (possibly the same), an A7RII with a 0.95/50 will achieve the same (probably more) subject separation. It's not light or small with its lenses.

I was so excited about this camera when the massive hype was generated at the start of the year, but I think without IBIS and without awesome lenses than set it apart from anything a DSLR can achieve, it's puzzling as to why I should 'upgrade' from my current crop.

Hasselblad, take my money, but explain what I'm getting for twice the price for the body and four times the price or more once I have set up the system.

If you don't understand it, Damian, it's not the camera for you. Save yourself a wad of cash and stay happy. If you really believe "the resulting images (are not) better than images from a D810, 5DSR, A99II or A7RII", then you could save even more money and get a little Fuji or m4/3 camera because the same logic applies!

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 01:22 UTC

Nice set of images, ta, which show lots of mood and richness. Such a refreshing change from the underexposed-then-pushed galleries which we often see here.

I absolutely love the approach they have taken with this camera. No, I can't afford it today (and, if I am honest, don't need all that image quality, gasp, horror!) but I will aspire to have one anyway. It just seems to be far less computer and far more camera than the current trends and that's inspiring.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 17:11 UTC as 88th comment

Nice gallery, ta. Why have so many photos been deliberately under-exposed, then pushed in processing? That sensor is actually quite good with highlights and you'd end up with a cleaner image. Jpegs are better than expected. I may well buy this camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 23:12 UTC as 15th comment
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gehairing: Heliskiing is so much pollution to let a few guys have half an hour pleasure skiing down. :o(
This activity should be completely forbidden.
It is...in a lot of countries...but not all.

Dheori - is that a desirable thing?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
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gehairing: Heliskiing is so much pollution to let a few guys have half an hour pleasure skiing down. :o(
This activity should be completely forbidden.
It is...in a lot of countries...but not all.

Your point is fair but, when you say "This activity should be completely forbidden", you can't just draw an arbitrary line.

Our planet is in dire straits, far worse than nearly everyone understands, and it will take a quantum shift in humanity's indulgences to reverse that. Bringing in laws targeting specific activities (undertaken by a rich minority) will achieve very little in terms of the big picture. You don't go heli-skiing so you do your bit. That's a start.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 09:45 UTC
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stevevelvia50: One needs to remember that to have the exact same depth of field and shutter speed, I mean exactly the same! on a full frame camera, the iso has to be set much higher on the full frame camera, 800 iso on the Olympus, versus 3200 iso on a full frame (Nikon D5 or Canon 1DX) for example. Things get more interesting then.

String: of course people care!

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 02:17 UTC
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Artpt: The noise level seems excessive for most all the shot....iso 500-1600....

Please comment EM1 users...I had an EM1 for 2 years and don't remember the noise this much.

You did allege that, Dan. But you see, it might clear the point but it does anything but clear the photos! Good that you provide the ORF files as well, ta.

I did download a random out-of-camera jpg and it wasn't noisy at all. Phew.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 02:13 UTC
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