pictureAngst

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
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Joined on Sep 16, 2011

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On article Hasselblad CEO Oosting to leave next week (164 comments in total)
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pictureAngst: It'll never work.

No matter how polished and attractive they are, real walnut panels with solid silver inlaid 'H' logos are going to make the Mavic ProH too heavy.

Sigh

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 17:01 UTC
On article Hasselblad CEO Oosting to leave next week (164 comments in total)
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pictureAngst: It'll never work.

No matter how polished and attractive they are, real walnut panels with solid silver inlaid 'H' logos are going to make the Mavic ProH too heavy.

I was trying to make a joke, but I guess it didn't fly.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 09:03 UTC
On article Hasselblad CEO Oosting to leave next week (164 comments in total)

It'll never work.

No matter how polished and attractive they are, real walnut panels with solid silver inlaid 'H' logos are going to make the Mavic ProH too heavy.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 07:44 UTC as 50th comment | 4 replies
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)
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arhmatic: you can't properly demo a Leica without inevitably including a shot of a homeless man...

... ah but in said picture you must artily juxtapose a visual marker of heartless corporate wealth.
...and include a person walking half way out of the frame.
...and use grainy black and white (i.e. above 400 ISO)

Otherwise homeless man will mock you and your Leica for abandoning the Bressonian Creed.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 08:02 UTC

Great hands-on, thanks very much Barney.

Having had an M2 and M9 and currently owning a Fuji X series, I get the appeal of the nouveau-classic. I will never argue against the ergonomic advantages of the likes of Nikon, but from an everyday enjoyment level nothing beats twiddling a knob.

IMO comparing this camera to other manufacturers is a bit like comparing a hand built classic car like the Morgan 3-Wheeler. It'll always come up wanting on specs, but it's the experience of owning and using it that delights.

One key aspect that I guess will always be missing from the digital M is the frame advance lever. The pleasure of sweeping that lever across after every shot, sensing the precision gears in action, is IMO a sad omission.

Perhaps one day Leica could figure out a way to reintroduce the lever as a means of generating electricity, to increase the battery life. Hell, if they scrapped the screen they might generate enough electricity to never need separate charging!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 08:00 UTC as 114th comment

The Fotodiox product pre-launch internal review:

Design team: 'ta-da!'

Product manager: 'what the hell is THAT???'

Design team: 'It's what you asked for'

Product manager: 'huh???'

Design team: 'you clearly said "make a cool Sony Alpha battery charger" '

Product manager: 'Doh!'

Senior manager: 'Looks cool - ship it!'

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 14:21 UTC as 31st comment
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sop51: Siegel's next project should be arranging photographic equipment to form cats. DPR's panel of art critics might find that more acceptable; their favorite subject re-imagined using bits and pieces from their favorite hobby. What could be more appropriate?

Or more challenging - arranging cats to look like photographic equipment.

...like a catadioptric lens.
...or an Olympus Mju.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 10:03 UTC
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pictureAngst: This time around they should build drum scanning into the developing workflow and include it in the price - best of both worlds.

@jhinkey

You send it back to Kodachrome in the included mailer, just like the old days. Kodak could email you when the scans are ready to download, then post the slides back.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 20:56 UTC

This time around they should build drum scanning into the developing workflow and include it in the price - best of both worlds.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 16:48 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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FF Pro: I would be happy if someone were to bring back a nice film 35mm camera. I know there are film cameras still made but $2500 for the Nikon F6 or $4000 for the Leica M7 seem really steep, even if the build quality is all that. I am talking about a Contax G2, Canon AE-1 Program like camera. I would take whatever I could get.

I would go all in for a brand new 503CW regardless of price.

@leewardism

Dynax 7! Awesome kit - the film Fuji X-T!

I remember the really cool databank feature where it would store the settings for each shot and etch a reference number on the film between the frames.

When you got your prints back and wanted to check why it was underexposed, all you had to do was track down the negative, note down the reference number, fire up the camera, and scroll through the databank to find the entry - it was the future!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 16:44 UTC

Let me see if I've got this right...

A bunch of journalists, likely from wealthy countries, travel around a war zone in a conspicuous, unfortified, and expensive vehicle that provides whoever is in it with enhanced abilities to observe and communicate ongoing movements on the ground and from the air.

Sounds perfect - I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 09:19 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
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AbrasiveReducer: So where's the smart lawn?

It spotted its arch enemy Genius Grass and rolled itself up and out of the hall to avoid a turf war.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 22:11 UTC
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davesurrey: As someone who appreciates "old" technology and has enjoyed repairing many such devices over the years I greatly admire this gentleman.
However, these are NOT analogue cameras. They are FILM cameras. The opposite of digital may be considered analogue when we speak of computers but it's inappropriate and wrong when we are talking about such cameras.

@davesurrey

You hate sloppy communication, and yet you're reading an online forum.

Are you into sadomasochism by any chance?

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 21:56 UTC
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D Gnatat: What is interchangable lens camera ?

It's an expensive camera that you sell on eBay a year later to fund the next expensive camera. This is why they're called interchangeable.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 09:51 UTC

Great article!

I'd also add advice that one of my colleagues could have done with a few years back...

If your camera kit is labelled as 'weather-resistant', this DOESN'T mean you can change lenses or cards or open any of those little flaps in the middle of a torrential downpour. Nor should you disassemble and rinse your kit in a bucket of water if it gets mud on it!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 09:46 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (217 comments in total)

Great backstory, thanks so much for sharing.

Not a Nikonian myself, but looks a phenomenal and (even more important) enjoyable camera. Well done Nikon!

Many thanks,
Steve.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:15 UTC as 56th comment
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moranjr: This camera has been backordered for longer than I remember any previous model. I suppose it is a combination of its popularity and the difficulty of ramping up production after the earthquake. I wish Fuji would release a statement about future availability.Kudos to Fuji for their firmware upgrade policy.

@moranjr, that's like saying you'll pass on a Ferrari if the latest Hummer shows up.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 11:11 UTC
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evogt500: Sorry I am always skeptical about new battery technology.

Does it make you feel flat?

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 22:59 UTC
On article Announcing the PDN Gift Guide 2016 (1 comment in total)

The linked page has mangled formatting, at least on my iPhone 5 - missing images, a burger menu icon that doesn't do anything, and a page canvas that's twice as wide as my screen but with no content in the right half.

Perhaps it's subliminal marketing to get me to upgrade my phone :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 11:13 UTC as 3rd comment
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speculatrix: And the next DP Review article: How I travelled the world with one hand tied behind my back, with nothing but a biscuit tin acting as a pinhole camera, using monochrome photopaper to capture the scene.

...and still managed to take better photos than I could even dream of :-(

Rather than worry about the phone make or model, I tend to approach these articles in same way as the 'gave a famous photographer a disposable film camera' articles and enjoy the skills evident in the shots.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
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