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On article This $31 lens will turn any room into a camera obscura (69 comments in total)

Brilliant idea!
Simple, cheap, what's not to like?
I have always wanted to do this, so I've just ordered three!
One for me, one for a very good friend, and one as a wedding present!
More power to their elbows for working on a great idea.

...and yes, and extra inverter lens might be a cool addition

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 12:01 UTC as 11th comment

I hung my gopro cam from the dog tag UNDER it's neck, and got some great footage when running - only trouble was, it swayed from side to side too much.... but when the dog lay down, I got some great shots with the grass at bottom of frame, and HUGE tongue hanging down at top of frame!

Harness on top not very practical, because if dog rolls over, whooops, there, goes the camera!

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 07:00 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

REALLY like the high-quality home-grown anybody-could-do-it approach, and of course the name says it all - more power to PermaGrin, can't wait to see the next experiments.Fab stuff guys

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2013 at 07:39 UTC as 36th comment
On article The DSLR Field Camera (168 comments in total)

At the risk of sounding simple here, why not just take a really lightweight good ole' panoramic 6x17cm FILM camera and shoot the panorama without all that faffing about in the field?

The stitching technique is all very well if you love playing with equipment while your hands are freezing cold in a wind on a mountaintop, but the stitching technique unravels if there is subject movement involved - scudding clouds, rolling waves, traffic flowing by all suffer, as one needs to make ONE exposure to catch it in its glorious entirety.

While it is fun to endlessly talk up the kit, the practicalities of doing all that will often mean that you'll miss a shot, or else have hours of headache in front of a screen later to put it all right.

Shooting 'in one' and scanning the tran/neg later will always render not only a scene that was shot with one shutter click, but also (depending on the size of the scan) has far greater potential for sharpness.

and film cameras are getting cheaper every day!

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 08:35 UTC as 5th comment
In reply to:

Dean Barnum: According to an email I received from Panasonic today (9-17-12) no Panasonic point and shoot or system camera can video record any more than 30 minutes per block. I have "heard" that some cameras on the market no longer have this limitation. In other words, record until the SD chip is full, without interuption.

Where can I find all about this limitation, why, and where I can find out which cameras have this capabilities?

I may be wrong, but as I understand it, this is to do with import taxes in (possibly) Europe but definitely the UK - which is where I assume you must be: This is a restriction imposed so as to not damage the pricing of video cameras, so that the GH3 and all other cameras set up for PAL recording in Europe are not capable of undercutting the capabilities, or sales, of vid cameras (which will shoot forever, but with their not-so-good lenses).

I really hope I am wrong on this as it seems absolutely crazy that the taxman should affect how cameras work. In practice though, there are few subjects where one absolutely NEEDS to shoot more than 30 minutes straight, and I have always shot up to about 20 mins at a time, (even the school play !) then stopped and restarted with my GH13 and GH2, so in a way it's not really a very big deal.

Hope that helps?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 09:24 UTC

the only reviews seem to be from people who have been sent these lenses without paying for them... so where and when can we buy them please?

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2011 at 16:10 UTC as 6th comment
On article Adobe faces criticism for change of upgrade policy (375 comments in total)

I've always upgraded every other version over the years from PS2, got as far as CS4, and then realised there was no point in going any further as my dear old trusty dual-core fast-ish PC (cutting-edge in its time, about 5 years ago) simply wouldn't work with CS5 - so no need for it.
So the decision's made: Adobe, I am NOT going to buy an entirely new computer just to run your expensive software on, and by the way I think you've behaved appallingly to all the many loyal users of your products over the years with horribly cynical 'upgrade paths', especially the dollar-for-pound ripoff prices that we've had to endure here in the UK for way too long.
Actually I'm very happy with what my PS CS4 does, and I'll not be giving Adobe any more cash from here on in - so stuff it, boys, this time you've gone too far and I will not be purchasing anything with your name on it in the future: So long, and thanks for what was once a great product!

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2011 at 01:25 UTC as 19th comment

so if by some lucky chance you MAY have hacked your GH1 into a super-duper GH13 which records video properly, the following sentence on Panny's site may just cause a slight problem:
"In advance to any lens firmware update, please make sure that your camera body firmware is latest"... could this be a smart ruse to relock all those wild GH13s back into their latest firmware, which will re-cripple the cameras?
hmm, just a thought....

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2011 at 19:06 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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alwye: Three words:

three more words:

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:51 UTC

How about a range of ultra-fast Fujinon lenses please? like f1.2, 1.4 20mm tilt/shift and f2 300mm lenses?
No-one else seems interested, and the quality of Fuji was always excellent.

Also, could we please have a 'basic' high-end digital camera with NO silly 'scene' settings, just aperture and shutter-speed controls along with high-speed autofocus? Don't need all the other expensive techno stuff, just high-quality basics - most pro photographers could cope with that couldn't they?

I'd really like a stripped-down basic camera with TOP-end quality chip, and top-end lenses please, and leave out the retro styling too, we don't need to look backwards any more - go on, you know you can!

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:50 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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