Greg VdB

Lives in Earth
Works as a Geoscientist
Has a website at www.pbase.com/gbleek
Joined on Sep 6, 2002

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On article Got focal range? Canon 24-105mm F4L II sample gallery (60 comments in total)

Surprising that Canon didn't manage to significantly improve on the Mk1, considering the other lenses they (and other manufacturers) have developed in these computer-assisted times.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 14:01 UTC as 15th comment
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)
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Frank in Bridgewater: Where's Canon?

they were busy selling cameras and lenses...

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 08:21 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)

My Gear of the Year are the cameras, lenses, and accessories that I've bought two years plus ago, and am still happily using. I know, I don't play by the rules ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 17:06 UTC as 29th comment
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AbrasiveReducer: You can see the darkening in the corners, but knowing Tokina, I'll bet it's an outstanding lens. Tokina has been making "art" lenses all along.

I really like shooting with the 11-16mm on my 70D (and in the past enjoyed using a 24-200mm on my Eos 300D), but IMO Tokina lenses generally suffer from too much CA/coma/astigmatism to rival Sigma's "Art" line.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 05:29 UTC

my inner Homer says "Mmm... donuts..."

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 19:51 UTC as 13th comment
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)

How much does that photogear-carrying dog cost? I want it!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 12:39 UTC as 54th comment
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Greg VdB: Hey friends, I found a revolutionary way to charge all of my batteries to 1000% of their normal capacity in under 4 seconds! There's no need to upgrade your power grid connections or anything like that - just wire me 500$ and I'll send you a piece of unicorn horn with instruction of how to proceed. Happy days!

Actually I feed rhino horn to my unicorns (in homeopathic solutions obviously) to boost their metaphysical energy levels. Tried the other way around too but it was 5% less effective.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 16:25 UTC

Hey friends, I found a revolutionary way to charge all of my batteries to 1000% of their normal capacity in under 4 seconds! There's no need to upgrade your power grid connections or anything like that - just wire me 500$ and I'll send you a piece of unicorn horn with instruction of how to proceed. Happy days!

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 21:35 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article Camera Roundups updated for the holidays (46 comments in total)

While I cannot agree with the "semi-pro $2000+" category title, I do applaud you for the effort that goes into these roundups. The choice is so diverse these days that it must be overwhelming for many people, especially newcomers to the hobby, and roundups like this can only help.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 21:02 UTC as 19th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Casio QV-4000 (58 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Wekk files from a G1 Canon in RAW with the same lens are better, and the colour is better too, but for some reasons I still do not understand I loved my QV4000, I just loved it. I would continually challenge its dreadful automatic noise reduction by shooting really highly detailed images like thistle heads, and then labour for ages in the attempt to extract any genuine detail from them, fascinated by the effects of noise reduction! But ergonomically a fabulous machine to use. The lens far outresolves anything the chip can, and was used sucessfully on the G2 Canon. It is as good as a Summicron, and for little IQ loss and extension etc you can fit the Canon Adaptors though you need the Casio tube to do it. I used to use it all the time, and got some really nice snaps. All would technically have been vastly improved if I had used a G2 Canon instead, but would I have taken THOSE photographs with one? The answer comes back, no.

I disliked ("hated" would be too strong) but loved mine for the same reasons. I particularly remember when switching to the Eos 300D that I missed the quality feel of the QV4000. As such I find it a bit of a pity that this throwback article only focuses on the scene modes (I guess nobody at DPR HQ owned one), because there was much more to this camera. Luckily us users remember ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 19:12 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Casio QV-4000 (58 comments in total)
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Claus-C. Plaass: Greetings to all QV 4000ers here !

Being my first digicam in 2002 or so, what a progress she offered vs my analog NIKON 801. Although at 650 DEM, the comfy workflow and savings in time and money paid off. With her Canon 2.0 / 38-113 (?) lens from their G-series, full exposure control up to 40s. (?), extra wide and tele lens, an x-contact for flash, she was what i needed. As a writer for intl yachting mags,
her 4MP chip made cover pages at 133 print dots possible, earning me lots of usd - without rushing slide strips by express mail around the globe. plus i took her on bicycle trips across rainy latvia & ireland and warm israel. she took it all.

but she had her drawbacks: she was slow in startup, saving, focussing, over the years her screen got darker (the friendly folks at casio europe hamburg asking 130eur for a new one ), so after 8 years of heavy use 24-7-365, she was replaced by a panasonic fz100

Would I buy her again ? Yes, her principle "enthusiast robust compact" works.

Indeed, that was amazing value for the money you got out of your QV4000. Also goes to show how spoiled and whiny we are about micro-flaws in present-day cameras (and phones!)...

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 19:05 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Casio QV-4000 (58 comments in total)
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animaux: I have used it exclusively from 2002 to 2007 and was very happy with it. Never used the scene modes though. And looking back I feel foolish not having used the full resolution and TIFF-mode, but 1600px JPEGs m(

https://www.flickr.com/photos/animaux/albums/72157594362188728

Nice gallery! I do recognize all too well the over-agressive NR and sharpening artifacts, but I had great fun with my QV4000 as well.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:13 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Casio QV-4000 (58 comments in total)

Ah, the QV4000... my first digital camera, and after years of taking holiday snaps on film, the tool that jump-started my passion for photography. I never used the "Scene modes" much, instead the full set of manual controls allowed me to experiment and learn quickly. I only used it for a good year, since Canon then released the first affordable dSLR, but it will always be my first photographic love. (I still have it for memory's sake)

I know it doesn't look like much by today's standards, but this is the gallery that cemented my love for landscape photography: http://www.pbase.com/gbleek/heath

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 11:57 UTC as 25th comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1291 comments in total)

That's a well-balanced pros and cons list... tipped over by the price.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 15:16 UTC as 295th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (89 comments in total)
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Aroart: This coming from a multicopter copter hobbies that has been flying for over 10yrs..
Nowhere on DJI'S website are calling there copters drones .. Even the military stopped calling them drones they are now called UAV'S.... I find it rather amusing ....

What are you droning on about? :-p (sorry, couldn't resist)

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: First the LX10, now this one. Brave move, DPR, risking the wrath of the internet by putting dogs instead of cats as the "title" images...

(Btw, that was me liking your comment, Dan - sometimes a like is all that is needed, but it *would* be nice if they were not anonymous)

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 11:31 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (274 comments in total)
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Sam Santana: GREAT!!!! This is exactly the way these Roundups should be titled... none of these 'assumptions' as to whether it is 'amateur' 'enthusiasts' 'semi-pro' 'pro' 'god' simple categorisation by type of camera ILC and price. Brilliant!

There's still some discussion about MSRP vs. actual cost, but most comments now are about the cameras. Amazing, isn't it, how much difference a few ill-chosen words in the title make! (please take note, DPR)

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 11:27 UTC
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Greg VdB: So what exactly was the story he could tell better with his iPhone than with his a7RII? Don't get me wrong, the pictures are gorgeous (because he's clearly a talented photographer) and show what can be achieved with a modern phone camera, but other than the fact that all pics were taken in Morocco with a 7+, I don't see how the images tell a "cohesive story". Also, the a7RII, or any other larger-sensor camera, might have allowed for interesting pictures in more challenging (low-)light conditions as well. Would have loved to see an image of the Milky Way in the crispy desert air that he describes so enthusiastically in the text...

Ah, there we go, a set of 50 images from one of his earlier trips to Morocco:
http://travel.resourcemagonline.com/2016/05/40-photos-that-show-the-colorful-adventures-of-morocco/7583/
If he feels there is less "pop" in these images, he could easily have cranked up the contrast and saturation in post... Also, as I expected, this gallery actually contains some low-light images, including starscapes.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 11:41 UTC

So what exactly was the story he could tell better with his iPhone than with his a7RII? Don't get me wrong, the pictures are gorgeous (because he's clearly a talented photographer) and show what can be achieved with a modern phone camera, but other than the fact that all pics were taken in Morocco with a 7+, I don't see how the images tell a "cohesive story". Also, the a7RII, or any other larger-sensor camera, might have allowed for interesting pictures in more challenging (low-)light conditions as well. Would have loved to see an image of the Milky Way in the crispy desert air that he describes so enthusiastically in the text...

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 11:09 UTC as 91st comment | 1 reply
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)

First the LX10, now this one. Brave move, DPR, risking the wrath of the internet by putting dogs instead of cats as the "title" images...

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 16:33 UTC as 100th comment | 3 replies
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