mjdundee

Joined on Nov 28, 2004

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On photo Wide-Open-Wings in the Wide open challenge (1 comment in total)

Majestic! Great capture of this white heron. Congrats.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 11:28 UTC as 1st comment
On article Panasonic DC-ZS70 (TZ90) sample gallery (56 comments in total)
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MarioV: ZS70 gallery here:
https://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/2195357421/panasonic-lumix-zs70-sample-gallery

Thks - this looks a lot more like what I have expected from a PnS..

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:37 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-ZS70 (TZ90) sample gallery (56 comments in total)

Sorry - this link leads to a gallery with samples marked Sony a9.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 09:05 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)

I like compact and light cameras.

I also like clear, bright, full coverage optical viewfinders.

As long as both aren't availabe in the same body I rather use the big rear display and keep the camera small.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 07:41 UTC as 166th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (66 comments in total)
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Mark9473: Good images; seems like a very capable kit lens. I may have to get me that one.

End of last year I had enough loosing the zoom/unlock ring of the 12-32 Kitlens again and went for the Oly Zuiko M 9 -18 which is a much better lens in terms of wideangle shootings.
It isn't much bigger and also uses the zoom ring to unlock but feels a lot more solid.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 07:43 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (66 comments in total)
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Mark9473: Good images; seems like a very capable kit lens. I may have to get me that one.

The kit lens is pretty nice indde.
However - if you are an enthusiast shooter and use it day by day you might discover, that this lens is mainly made for a low frequent use.
Mine is great too but the zoom controll ring is very fragile. It is fixed by nothing else but a semi flexible black paste to the lens barrel and comes easily off if you press a just a little too hard or use it in harsh conditoin such as frost or high humidity. This happens to me every couple of months.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
On photo Leaves, Droplets and Light in the Naturally Translucent challenge (2 comments in total)

Three .5 voters - go in peace!

Great photograph with plenty of detail and fantastic play with light and shadows.
A well deserved winner. Full hit of the challenge theme.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 13:24 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Fire Horse in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

Someone who loves other creatures would never treat them like this.
What a sick 'tradition'!

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 17:53 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Full-colour-oak... in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Thank you Ruth. This was one of many pictures I took that day. These old trees sometimes look much more interesting without leafs. I am glad that i managed to pick the right view.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 07:30 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Tidal Pool at Port Stephens, NSW in the Rock Pools challenge (1 comment in total)

Great theme: Advantage Australia - come on - make us jealous!

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 09:28 UTC as 1st comment
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)
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daddyo: Sorry, I'm not buying the Statue of Liberty image.
First, there is no way the moon would appear that large in relation to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is enormous, and I find it extremely hard to see how the moon, that high on the horizon would appear that large -- at least I've never witnessed it.
Second, if you visit the photographer's website, you will see other similar images of a crescent moon next to the Statue of Liberty with both the statue in focus and crater detail on the moon in focus -- that just does not happen.
I've done way too many shots of the moon, and know that in order to get crater detail, you have to focus on the moon 239,000 miles away -- you're not going to get sharp focus also on something a half mile away too.
Call me skeptical.

You are right - I didn't realize you were talking about other/similar images,
sorry, mate. Still I'd like to know the sensor size, the distance to SoL and full exif data before I blame this a face image.
On the photographers website here are too many similar shots with crater details in different light situations - if they were all photoshopped this means a lot of work.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 17:19 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)
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daddyo: Sorry, I'm not buying the Statue of Liberty image.
First, there is no way the moon would appear that large in relation to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is enormous, and I find it extremely hard to see how the moon, that high on the horizon would appear that large -- at least I've never witnessed it.
Second, if you visit the photographer's website, you will see other similar images of a crescent moon next to the Statue of Liberty with both the statue in focus and crater detail on the moon in focus -- that just does not happen.
I've done way too many shots of the moon, and know that in order to get crater detail, you have to focus on the moon 239,000 miles away -- you're not going to get sharp focus also on something a half mile away too.
Call me skeptical.

I fully agree to you - except one thing: where do you see crater detail in this shot?
Until you know the camera/lens combi used here it is impossible to tell wether this is virtual reality or simply sophisticated photographic work.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
On photo Horse head in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 8. H challenge (4 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: Nicely composed shot telling an interesting story. I'm surprised it didn't finish much higher in this challenge.

That is exactly what I do - shooting just for fun and sharing some of the better shots - in my very own and individual view . At least for me thismeans a lot of fun; )

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 17:45 UTC
On photo Horse head in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 8. H challenge (4 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: Nicely composed shot telling an interesting story. I'm surprised it didn't finish much higher in this challenge.

Thanks for your feedback. The most ambitious challenge for me is however to choose just one of the various views and makes in my pictures.
Since I seem to look different at many things in life than the majority of people around me I am not surprized to see they take a different choice.
I still hope that this is the reason for the .5 to 2 star voters and not because the shot was technically miserable or missed the subject.
I think this case is a classical - I had a great experience and tried to catch this in a photograph instead of creating a experience for the viewr with my camera ; )

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 07:52 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (213 comments in total)
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Max Ander: I had one but the performance (image quality wise) was disappointing.

I got a Fuji X70 instead and whilst more expensive and a little bigger, images were FAR superior IMHO and to me worth the extra cash and size.

(No doubting the G9X is tiny tho).

The only differences compared to my trusty S95 I can see are the two design faults on the top plate. No progress in image quality despite much bigger sensor can only mean the G9X lens is nothing to write home about.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 15:59 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (366 comments in total)
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Robemo: Looks very nice. But for € 1600 in Europe (= $ 1780) I feel no urge to run to the shop to get one and dump my old gear. I see this tendency of ever rising prices for this kind of gear while my 'old gear' is doing fine and the camera sales in general are down. So what's wrong in this trend?

You are probably right, but I doubt that many shhoters (me included) are willing and/or able to produce better results from raw than the jgs out of a a 6500.
Maybe I am wrong but I stopped trying this a
few years ago already.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (366 comments in total)
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Robemo: Looks very nice. But for € 1600 in Europe (= $ 1780) I feel no urge to run to the shop to get one and dump my old gear. I see this tendency of ever rising prices for this kind of gear while my 'old gear' is doing fine and the camera sales in general are down. So what's wrong in this trend?

I remember having payed exactly the same amount when the ultimate DSLR hit the market in September 2004. It was called EOS 20 D and if I compare of what had been delivered I think the price of a 6500 may be more than justified for what the Sony delivers on top. There is hardlly any difference to the semi pro DSLRs of 2016 which start at 2500.00 +

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
On photo Living Textures in the Rough & Smooth in Nature challenge (3 comments in total)

Great find and very well composed. I can hear the dinosaurs in the bg. Congrats.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 05:24 UTC as 1st comment
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (905 comments in total)

Steve is still around. Virtual photography has made it into the mother tool of virtual reality. Wow, what an invention. Another Must Have for the cyber spacers.
Lets get 'appled' again.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 20:39 UTC as 175th comment
On photo END OF THE LINE-DP in the WAR challenge (8 comments in total)
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T bird: "Also seriousely: then why didn't you name this challenge - surreal artistic estreme PS experience? This is definitelly a fantastic work but a photograph representing war doesn't necessarily come in mind when you first look at it."

The word war is an extreme word. The top three in this challenge are each wonderful shots in my mind. To me though the word war means death, killing starvation, and Armageddon. These can be represented in a variety of ways. To each his own but tome none of these 3 should have gotten .5 stars.

6 out of the first 10 posts have received at least once .5 and each of them looks technically better than average to me.
There are very view possibilities to explain the voting in DPR challenges by technical or photographical quality. Many times emotion or sometimes even jealousy and egomania may determine the voting more, than all other criteria - nothing much different from the real life here.
I wouldn't be surprized if some of the multi alias voters here do not only vote their own entries 4 or 5 stars but also vote the most competitive entries .5 or 1 stars without any special reason - just because....

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 15:25 UTC
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