Nuno Souto

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a IT damager
Joined on Jul 11, 2007
About me:

Nikon D80 and D200, Oly EM-5, all in RAW, with Corel Aftershot Pro 2 for processing.

Lots of F-series 35mm Nikon bodies, a Zeiss rangefinder, a few Leica and Voigtlander lenses and some Oly and Sigma Art MFT ones.
SLR lenses mostly Nikkor - MF and AF/AFS, some Tamron and Sigma.
Mamiya RB67 and 645 Pro-TL and Fuji 645S rangefinder.
Scanner is a beaut 9000 ED and a brand new plustek Opticfilm 120.
I use Neat Image, Irfanview, Focus Magic and Picture Window Pro for image processing

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cosinaphile: id like to see smaller lenses .... these beasts.... im seeing 50mm 1.4 that look the size of medium format lenses that are 4 times the size of a lovely 50mm 1.4 ais

for perspective remember how the early leicas and the later evolved ones and things like the minolta cle in m mount with is cultishly adored 40mm f2 rokkor m

the format we somehow have come to call full frame was in fact the miniature format when it first was born .. the lenses were beautiful compact had genuine helicoids metal construction and aperture control accessible to humans

the teardowns i see of modern lenses with flimsy shells that crack apart like a pinata with an 18 inch drop that are so filled with specific electronics they are virtually guaranteed to be paperweights in a few decades as systems evolve in the computer errr camera body world

im sure im alone but id like to see smaller lenses tat have adequate sharpness
but great oof character and size and build for the ages

That would kill the "bigger is better" marketing, wouldn't it? 🤔

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 01:52 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (899 comments in total)
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whakapu: It's interesting how the lab images from dpreview and imaging resource often produce completely different conclusions (possibly because IR only compare jpegs). More interesting still is how the Pentax K1 in pixel shift mode completely wipes the floor with all these cameras for noise and moire.

Don't look yet but the Oly EM5II does the same or even better in RAW, with their pixel shift. Yes, it needs sharpening and no one has applied it. Except yours truly! ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 06:44 UTC

Ever heard about log scales for graphs like this? :)
Yeah, I know: you guys wanted to make a vivid point!
No worries!

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 03:13 UTC as 91st comment | 4 replies

One of the things I'm doing nowadays is to read more paper magazines and ignore the online sites. Across everything, not just photography.
Sure, the web has a lot of "news". If you believe all that. I prefer to read calmly on the bus to/from work and at home while waiting for dinner, on my dedicated reading chair complete with spotlight behind it.
No computer/laptop/tablet can beat that.
And note I didn't mention "smartphones".
Except now... :(

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 03:10 UTC as 147th comment | 5 replies
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TwoMetreBill: Just what the world needs, more toxic chemicals. Humans don't deserve to survive.

You've never checked the chemicals used in silicon chip making, have you?
Hint: why is it semi-conductor making has been "outsourced" to Asia?
Because it is clean? Dream on...

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:01 UTC

CMS20 is the best definition film I've ever used.
Developed in Technidol, it was like magic - until Kodak dropped that developer...
It regularly out-resolved my best scanner, a Coolscan 9000.
I am now re-scanning my CMS20 negatives with a plustek Opticfilm 120 at 10000 dpi, and the blessed thing still out-resolves that one!
Amazing film!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 11:37 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (244 comments in total)

My first slr camera was a Nikon F bought in 1981 in a plastic bag in pieces, after it got flooded in a underwater housing. I rebuilt it piece by piece and it still works fine today, after being used by me for 20 years as my main underwater camera in a much better housing!
My D80 was my first dslr. It still gets used today (meter in CW, not mattrix!), I love the colour saturation of that sensor.
Yes, I know Lightroom has a slider for that. I'm talking about cameras and sensors, not software!

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 23:22 UTC as 39th comment

Please add focus stacking to the EM5 M2, Olympus!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 11:40 UTC as 79th comment | 5 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1374 comments in total)
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Nuno Souto: This is now priced in Australia at well over $2700. While the EM5MII is hardly over $1000. And a Nikon D810 is slightly over $2800 while a Sony A7RII is $3800.
Someone at Olympus is on fumes if they think this is sustainable...
Sorry, no "pro" pricing excuses!

Akshally, I've been using OMDs for over 4 years. Started with an EM5 and now been using a EM5m2 for quite a while. And before those, an EPL2 since 2011. Nothing better around.
But please: feel free to continue to sound off your total ignorance of reality.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 08:22 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)
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Nuno Souto: More than 10 years ago I dearly asked Gimp devs to implement 16 and 32 bit colour support. Without that it is useless to photographers. Only to be told that was not a priority for them. So I moved on (no, not to Adobe s/w). Now they finally woke up? Wonders will never cease. I wish they get sufficient support to continue, but it won't be from me!

You get banding with 8 bit per channel if you are using it for photography. Like it or not. But please feel free to keep on using that for your photography editing. I simply will not.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 14:26 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)
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Nuno Souto: More than 10 years ago I dearly asked Gimp devs to implement 16 and 32 bit colour support. Without that it is useless to photographers. Only to be told that was not a priority for them. So I moved on (no, not to Adobe s/w). Now they finally woke up? Wonders will never cease. I wish they get sufficient support to continue, but it won't be from me!

Amazingly enough for all the idiots commenting without a clue as to what I did, I actually financially supported Gimp and used it since almost the start.
And just a little catch-up with reality: I don't feel ANY motivation for supporting a project that took 17 years to, wait for it, STILL NOT be finished.
In anyone's book, that is not acceptable.
And no, 8-bit colour is NOT acceptable for ANY type of photography editing.
But feel free to continue to edit your jpgs, there's a good crowd.
And yell "kewl" and other similar nonsense as you gain banding...

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)

More than 10 years ago I dearly asked Gimp devs to implement 16 and 32 bit colour support. Without that it is useless to photographers. Only to be told that was not a priority for them. So I moved on (no, not to Adobe s/w). Now they finally woke up? Wonders will never cease. I wish they get sufficient support to continue, but it won't be from me!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 12:28 UTC as 19th comment | 7 replies

The final nail in the coffin of digital!
:)))

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 04:43 UTC as 7th comment

Are they also looking into firing the entire accounting and management layers responsible for stopping it a few years ago?
No?
Pass...

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 07:56 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
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Nuno Souto: Might work if they also reduced the silly prices they're charging for E6 chemicals.
In the last 3 years most commercial development places gave up on E6 or raised the prices for development to levels never seen before. I'm talking 500% increase in prices.
Caused by Kodak's and Fuji's price rises for the chemicals.
Add to that the price of E6 film nowadays and the availability only at end of 2017 and it's a losing proposition from the word "go"...

Never tried cafenol, but I've read good things about it.
I use Agfa's Rodinal on stand development (1:200, long time, no agitation).
Lasts forever at that rate of use and the result is very easily scanned - at least with my scanners. Not replacing digital by any means but I enjoy playing with it.
The other one I'm quite partial to is Ilford XP2 Plus. Very convenient as it is developed in C41 and shops that do it are easy to find. It also scans fantastic and I can use infra-red dust cleaning, which is impossible with other B&W films.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 10:42 UTC
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Nuno Souto: Might work if they also reduced the silly prices they're charging for E6 chemicals.
In the last 3 years most commercial development places gave up on E6 or raised the prices for development to levels never seen before. I'm talking 500% increase in prices.
Caused by Kodak's and Fuji's price rises for the chemicals.
Add to that the price of E6 film nowadays and the availability only at end of 2017 and it's a losing proposition from the word "go"...

Thanks, but for B&W I stick to Acros and Rodinal. Works a treat and is heaps cheaper.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 09:03 UTC

Might work if they also reduced the silly prices they're charging for E6 chemicals.
In the last 3 years most commercial development places gave up on E6 or raised the prices for development to levels never seen before. I'm talking 500% increase in prices.
Caused by Kodak's and Fuji's price rises for the chemicals.
Add to that the price of E6 film nowadays and the availability only at end of 2017 and it's a losing proposition from the word "go"...

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 01:32 UTC as 85th comment | 4 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1374 comments in total)

This is now priced in Australia at well over $2700. While the EM5MII is hardly over $1000. And a Nikon D810 is slightly over $2800 while a Sony A7RII is $3800.
Someone at Olympus is on fumes if they think this is sustainable...
Sorry, no "pro" pricing excuses!

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 03:18 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
On article New 20mm F2 4.5x macro lens released by Mitakon (122 comments in total)

Almost fixed focus distance (20cm) , hardly any focus range.
Can already hear the dangerous insects having a go at the photographers using this!
When will some sort of user nous percolate into these "weird lens" makers?
Sorry. Pass...

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 10:26 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies

Kirk Tuck

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 14:02 UTC as 94th comment
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