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 Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (611 comments in total)
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Krauthammer: I like the green and red differentiators in the comparison table - provides a good visual to the strongest pros and cons. Surely the G1X3's sensor should be green in the table.

I have to respectfully (but loudly!) disagree, Richard. I have one inch sensor and APSC sensor cameras (amongst others) and there is just no comparison. The one inch is adequate for nearly everything - it can produce a lovely print in good conditions - but you have to process very carefully to get the best out of it, while the APSC is very forgiving. Even my EM1 is a big step up from the one inch. I've read the theory, I know where you are coming from but the results are far more important than the numbers, surely?

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 00:45 UTC
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Fazal Majid: What about the activation servers? They will eventually be decommissioned, which means it will no longer be possible to move a license from one computer to another.

That doesn't make it less scummy! Not something I've actually struck yet, though replacing computers and hard drives is certainly a pain in this respect even with working activation servers.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 22:30 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (611 comments in total)
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Krauthammer: I like the green and red differentiators in the comparison table - provides a good visual to the strongest pros and cons. Surely the G1X3's sensor should be green in the table.

This is very misleading. The ability of something with a smaller sensor to (allegedly) match the Canon's sensor, simply because it has a faster lens, only works if you actually want to shoot wide open! So much of the time, you will want to stop down a little. Stopping down the camera with the smaller sensor will not magically make it as good as this camera.

I have no desire to get a G1X Mk3 (though I absolutely loved the first version). That's more to do with the limited lens range and the humpy viewfinder placement than aperture size. Consequently, I am not trying to defend the camera, merely suggesting the review be more objective in this respect!

I find it ironic that, as a m4/3 user, I've had to endure almost the opposite comments for a long time...

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 22:22 UTC
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deep7: This wasn't a surprise but I actually stopped giving them money even earlier. It bothered me that I seemed to need a newer version of Lightroom every time I got a new camera, so I never bothered getting LR6. The other problem is that they kept adding surplus functionality (while quietly either taking other things away or making them hard to find) and the programme got slower and slower. Right now, running LR5 on a late MacBook Pro, it's quick enough but I'll bet LR1.4 would have been super-snappy!

Anyhow, the DNG converter works just fine, the file management still integrates well with the Finder and the RAW processing is still very powerful and effective, so even grumpy people like myself will keep using it. However, when a change is forced, I am quite sure Adobe won't be getting my money. After all, Adobe's business model correctly predicts grumpy people aren't a good target market!

You have to specify which DNG type you want to convert to. Make sure it's covered by your version of Lightroom and you'll be fine. Until Adobe decides they want even more money out of us and make us pay for that too!

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 21:55 UTC
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photogeek: Next year there will be 2-3 new entrants (currently in development) at a lower price point. On eg Apple platforms as a developer you don’t even need your own RAW converter component: Apple bundles it with the OS and updates it for free. All you really need is image processing and DAM, which you can build on top of that.

The trouble with that is Apple's RAW converter is pretty poor. However, for a lot of people, what they supply is just fine. Especially as you can seamlessly ship the file off to something like Affinity for better processing.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 21:52 UTC
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Fazal Majid: What about the activation servers? They will eventually be decommissioned, which means it will no longer be possible to move a license from one computer to another.

That would be a scummy thing to do!

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 21:47 UTC

This wasn't a surprise but I actually stopped giving them money even earlier. It bothered me that I seemed to need a newer version of Lightroom every time I got a new camera, so I never bothered getting LR6. The other problem is that they kept adding surplus functionality (while quietly either taking other things away or making them hard to find) and the programme got slower and slower. Right now, running LR5 on a late MacBook Pro, it's quick enough but I'll bet LR1.4 would have been super-snappy!

Anyhow, the DNG converter works just fine, the file management still integrates well with the Finder and the RAW processing is still very powerful and effective, so even grumpy people like myself will keep using it. However, when a change is forced, I am quite sure Adobe won't be getting my money. After all, Adobe's business model correctly predicts grumpy people aren't a good target market!

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:38 UTC as 73rd comment | 5 replies
On article Have your say: Best zoom lens of 2017 (58 comments in total)
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achim k: You forgot the stunning Olympus M.Zuiko 4/12-100 !

edit : I just read that it was in poll 2016. But available here in Germany 2017. My best (or at least: most astonishing) zoom lens!

Exactly what I thought!

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 17:31 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (343 comments in total)
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Life recorder: Sony is good at copying others and combing what they copied on to a FF mirrorless camera. Since no one else makes a FF mirrorless ILC at the moment they are the best!
Maybe the mark II version will include a fully functional touchscreen like the billion other cameras in the world today.

One thing Sony did create on their own (speaking of the NEX 7) was the unique Three-dial user interface on the NEX 7. Too bad they abandoned that.

If my memory serves me well, they bought a 10% share in Olympus, so didn't really copy the technology, just adapted and used it!

If you can look at manufacturers objectively, you'll note Sony are desperately trying to tick as many boxes as possible and largely succeeding, Nikon are doing something similar but sticking to the old-tech mirrors, Canon are steadily producing a range of easy to use cameras with pleasing outputs and still doing better than either. All the other manufacturers are a little bit niche by comparison.

I wouldn't knock Sony for trying very hard and doing well as a result!

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (409 comments in total)
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deep7: Something's broken. All the photo information is showing up across the photo, instead of in the proper place to the right. What's happened?

Thanks Wenmel. May I suggest it would be much better, if you are going to have a switch like that, that you use it to toggle comments on and off? After all, comments are far less important than the camera setting information. The previous setup was much better (personally, I preferred what we had a year or two ago, as I didn't have to wait so long for anything to show on screen!).

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (409 comments in total)

Something's broken. All the photo information is showing up across the photo, instead of in the proper place to the right. What's happened?

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 16:47 UTC as 61st comment | 7 replies
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JochenIs: "As a consequence of the larger covering circle, Meyer Optik claims smaller formats will enjoy added contrast across the frame."

How? I would think any additional stray light inside the camera would reduce the contrast.

Exactly what I have seen with large aperture lenses on smaller formats!

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 11:02 UTC
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

How nice of you.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 22:15 UTC
On article Before and after: Shooting Raw with the iPhone X (66 comments in total)
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deep7: Forget the phone - if she was standing like that on the roof of my Land Rover, I'd be pretty grumpy!

Now I don't know if you are being sardonic or if you have no sense of humour?

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 22:14 UTC
On article Before and after: Shooting Raw with the iPhone X (66 comments in total)
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deep7: Forget the phone - if she was standing like that on the roof of my Land Rover, I'd be pretty grumpy!

That roof is very thin aluminium and, besides, she might scratch the paint with those massive boots! Tut tut, couldn't have that.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 21:00 UTC
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

vscd, that was an unhelpful rant. If you are not interested in a reasonable discussion, I'll leave you to it. Just for clarity though, I have used (and own) optical finders MUCH larger than mere 35mm cameras have. Anyhow, I've said my piece. You'll have to find someone else to give you what you want.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 20:58 UTC

That headline is quite a few years out of date! Not that people won't use every bit of storage you give them.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 20:52 UTC as 64th comment
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vscd: Leica M - Mirrorlens since the second world war and still counting.

Pot calling the kettle black? At the last count, I have five SLRs and one TLR with optical finders; and three cameras that use electronic finders, plus some that use other types of viewfinder. I'm not spouting hot air, I speak from long experience. I'm neither blind nor particularly stupid and not prone to writing wildly exaggerated statements. When I read your wildly exaggerated statement, I called you out on it. That wasn't and isn't strange.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III sample gallery (78 comments in total)
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UllerellU: soft lens, like all compact zooms, is what there is with a barrel distortion of more than 3% ...

For the price you have should give better result. It seems to me a perfect camera for landscapes, for its size, weight and for the amplitude of the wide, but everything is frustrated if we do not have sharpness.

On the other hand I see an incorrect distortion quite remarkable, almost 0.4%, it seems a lot to me for a JPG, but even so, despite not being corrected the distortion completely, it is still noticeably soft in the corners.

A terrible performance of the lens, like all the compact zoom, are really useless at the wide, only Ricoh GRII and Fuji X70 are good for landscapes, fixed lenses, without distortion to correct, not perfect but wide enough.

Don't forget the Leica X Vario! Nothing wrong with that lens, if you can afford it.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
On article Before and after: Shooting Raw with the iPhone X (66 comments in total)

Forget the phone - if she was standing like that on the roof of my Land Rover, I'd be pretty grumpy!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 19:03 UTC as 15th comment | 7 replies
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