BalasmicVinegar

Lives in United Kingdom Harrow, United Kingdom
Works as a IT Consultant
Joined on Sep 23, 2011

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So I got very excited recently when a YouTube notification popped up informing me that there was a re-mastered/re-digitalised release of Pink Floyd playing Earls Court in 1994 - their Pulse tour/album. Now I sit and listen to PF until the Sun burns out. Most of their concerts were filmed using what must be VHS or DVD quality. The sound is great, the picture awful. Especially watching on a modern 55" 4K OLED TV. Especially when its in 4:3 format instead of widescreen. It's just a massive dissapointment. One day, I'm sure someone will work out how we can travel back through time and watch events of the past in 3D 8K SuperDooper resolution.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2020 at 13:31 UTC as 48th comment

Digital is better. End of. It may have less soul. It may have less of a 'feel' about it. But in every respect it is better. And with the emergence of computational photography it will continue to get better and better.

It's a similar argument when you compare streamed digital music (very often now in a lossless format) to vinyl. Sure placing a vinyl record on a high quality deck and listening to a great recording certainly has a nostalgia appeal. But for convenience and overall quality it simply does not cut the mustard unless you spend thousands. When transistor amps became common place, purists derided them. Valve is better they would say. In many cases they were correct, Valve amps had a 'warmer' sound to the transistors cold, sterile sound. I would be amazed if anyone could tell the difference now though.

LED lamps were awful when they first started to appear. Cold and blueish against the golden glow of an incandescent bulb. Now they are better in every way.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2020 at 10:08 UTC as 59th comment | 12 replies

6th Place should have won the title. Don't like the winning picture at all. 2nd Place was also good. Of the others there are many that are better than the winning entries. This is the trouble with photography competitions. They are all very subjective.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2020 at 10:31 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies

I remember my first IBM AT compatible PC, purchased around 1990
20MB hard drive.
512K ram
6MHz processor.
Mono monitor
All for around £2k.

I overclocked it to 8MHz

How technology has changed.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2020 at 08:56 UTC as 1st comment
On article What the Z50 tells us about Nikon's APS-C strategy (682 comments in total)

Most of my photography these days is travel photography, taken while on holiday. I want very high quality, flexible but light weight device.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2019 at 10:38 UTC as 44th comment
On article Canon EOS 90D Review (966 comments in total)

If I was in the market for as replacement for my very capable 70D I would not be looking at a 90D or any other camera with a mirror and a pentaprism. I'd be looking for a mirrorless camera. I recently purchased a G1X III. I use it more than the 70D and always underestimate its ability to amaze me with pin sharp photos. I know it has its flaws - limited zoom and mediocre battery life. You also wouldn't want to use it for fast action photography. But as a travel camera or landscape shooter it is excellent. It also weighs a fraction of my 70D and 15-85mm lens.

And that is the key thing.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2019 at 08:08 UTC as 93rd comment
On article Samsung Galaxy S10+ sample gallery (266 comments in total)

Camera manufacturers know the writing is on the wall. The sales of DSLRs are down across the board. If I was to buy a new camera now it would be a light weight mirrorless device. For the 95% of the general public a mobile phone camera is sufficient. That is until they decide to enlarge the perfect sunset they took on holiday to A3+ size and find its a bit fuzzy. Then they may decide to buy a better camera. Or may not.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2019 at 08:33 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply

Some time ago I read a book where everything we did was recorded using special contact lenses. Our entire existence was "in the cloud". You could even watch back on the contact lenses historical events in your life.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 12:04 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Google Nexus One (52 comments in total)

My first Android phone after a Blackberry Curve. What a breath of fresh air it was. Until it ran out of memory. Continually. Then the was the awful battery life. But I stuck with the platform and still think its the best available

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 12:02 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

tabloid: Please dont laugh....

Im going to use my big toe as ID to open my iPhone.
Its going to be called toe print technology .

Now need to get a shoe which has a hinge on the front.

Managed to get my phone to recognise my nose.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 13:23 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)

I would guess that whoever came up with and signed off on this must have been completely wasted when he did so.

If ever there was a more pointless product I'm not sure I've seen it. Probably a bit like buying a word processor then finding you had to write everything out by hand after typing it.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 09:38 UTC as 39th comment

There's an old argument that the best camera that you own is the one you have with you when you need it.

Likewise, a photo like this will be captured by the person best able to get their camera ready in time, frame and capture the shot.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 17:08 UTC as 43rd comment

>> Alphabetically, the Canon EF-S 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 IS looks a little behind the curve these days, though it's a proven good performer.
I had one of these when I purchased a 50D. Probably the worse lens i've ever owned with awful barrel distortion. Hardly anything was in focus at the edges. Sold and replaced it with a 15-85 which is a very good lens.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 10:47 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

Having been a Canon DSLR user since 2004 when I purchased the 300D I've never been particularly keen on the menu system or some of the controls. The meter always tended to overexpose bright subjects. This persisted through other models I owned (350D, 50D and to some extent 70D). The results from the 70D are superb. Still not a fan of the menu system.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 13:38 UTC as 42nd comment
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (155 comments in total)

I was wondering if they will produce an image stabilised version. Doubt they will call it the PEN-IS though ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 09:52 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

I doubt my next camera will be a DSLR. I bought a 70D six months ago rather than a 7D MKII. It's brilliant. Best camera I've ever had. But with the excellent Canon 15-85 it's heavy.

The Sony a6000 is bugging me. Partly because of Adsense adverts following me around my web journey like big brother but more importantly because it has an view finder and an APSC sensor. The images look superb. It actually could be a low cost contender to replace an SLR when on holiday. Or for general use.

I always find with a compact camera and its lack of view finder I wished I'd brought my DSLR instead as it simply doesn't give me the flexibility to control the result. The a6000 may just do that.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 16:56 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply

Each time I hear about the demise of Kodak I think how sad it is that such a great company has so fundamentally lost its way.

No doubt all of us on this site cut our teeth on an Instamatic 126. If not then it is inconceivable that rolls of Kodak film didn't spool through our cameras from time to time.

I purchased my first digital camera in 1999. It was a Kodak DCS 210. A sub megapixel camera for £400. The batteries lasted about 30 mins and the 8MB card held about 27 photos. Even then I knew that Film was on the way out.

Canon's first consumer DSLR probably sealed the fate of film. The rest is history. I haven't shot a roll of film for eight years. Digital is more convenient, cheaper, more environmentally friendly and with the quality of the equipment all together better than film.

I wonder how many great companies will still be here in 2112? Microsoft? Apple? Marks & Spencer? Ford? BMW? Mercedes? Is it unthinkable that some of these names may no longer exist?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 16:33 UTC as 28th comment
On photo Picture Lake, Mt. Shuksan, Washington in the Lakes challenge (10 comments in total)

Stunning. Beautiful picture.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2012 at 12:35 UTC as 5th comment
On article Mirrorless camera buying guide (172 comments in total)

Having just purchased an IXUS 220, I'd say that this camera is the ideal size. I have an EOS 50D plus an 15-85mm lens and battery grip. The whole thing weighs almost 2KG. The IXUS weighs < 150g and fits in a trouser pocket without causing embarrassment.

I was considering the S100 or G12 but I know that if I had purchased one of them then Canon would have joined the mirror less 4:3 brigade or I'd be constantly wishing I'd brought my 50D along instead. The sensor on the IXUS 220 is I believe almost the same as on the S100. It's also about half the price.

When digital cameras started to appear I wondered why manufacturers continued with the SLR body shape. After all, it is only this shape, with the lens in the middle because the 35mm cassette unspooled from one side and spooled up on the other. A mechanical shutter also seems strange as well because the sensor could be made to 'record' electronically rather than remain live all the time. I think eventually they will disappear.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 13:57 UTC as 54th comment
On photo Flower in the Office supplies challenge (2 comments in total)

I really cannot see any point in this picture ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 08:12 UTC as 2nd comment
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