scott_mcleod

Lives in Australia Australia
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Joined on Jun 2, 2007

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cosinaphile: the only cool thing here is the tight fitting suit in bright colors ..... .... very cool

the rest of it is the business model is not cool

@davids8560: actually I always had a thing for the olive drab (or similar almost-camo) Pentaxes. They reminded me of the Leica M Safari (film) cameras which for some weird reason always struck a chord with me (but at a far less brutal price). Disclaimer: I never actually *bought* one, so I guess you do have a point...

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
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Eamon Hickey: Many nice shots in the gallery, Barney. Any thoughts on the Nikkor 5cm f/1.4 lens that a few were taken with, especially for portraits? It's a Sonnar formula, as I'm sure you know, and I've been toying with the idea of looking for one (or the f/2), just to try something different (although in my case it would be on a Sony body).

@Victor - the Canon 50/1.4 is indeed a gem!

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 22:06 UTC
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Peter Bendheim: "A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura." - Nobuyoshi Araki

Thanks for this personal narrative Barney, I enjoyed reading it. I do think that the feel of a camera, and a more contemplative way of shooting is quite richly rewarding. Each to his or her own, but I think it can be quite a zen feeling. Feeling good makes for better images, like many other pursuits in life.

I also think that a camera with a non-centralised viewfinder, especially in street photography and documentary work gives one the ability to be able to see what is going on around you and what might come into your image by briefly looking with one eye open outside of the frame. It's a nice way of working, which one can't really do with the average DSLR. I do this with my Fujis as my budget sadly doesn't extend to Leica which I wish it did.

The offset RF window also allows the subject to see most of your face, which allows you to stay connected to them - particularly of the VF is a high-mag type that makes keeping both eyes open a pleasure rather than a chore. Of course I can't *prove* it, but I believe (from my own time with an M6TTL) that this kind of interaction can and does result in a subtly different kind of photograph.

Reading Barney's piece makes me once again rue the day I decided to sell that camera... :(

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 22:04 UTC
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image360by180: This entire thread reminds me of the constant b/s of film vs digital, jepg vs RAW, zoom vs prime, nikon vs canon, and on and on.

Photo's have always been altered. Always. The lens, film, camera, filters and now the possibility of extreme extended post have pretty much been there since the beginning.

HDR is not a new thing, it was done in the 1800s. "Stitching" panoramas was also done. Using lenses other than 35-50mm in SLR format is a form of alteration. Yet even 35-50mm lenses do not capture what our eyes fully see. It can be argued that if you do not shoot a 180 degree or so pano you are not capturing what we see with our eyes if that is what is meant by a "true" photo.

Photography today is a set of tools just like it always has been. The tools today are more diverse and more powerful than ever. Use the ones you want to, drop those that don't fit your needs. Stop debating worthless topics like this.

Exif tag 0xA301 -> a "photograph" (sums it up nicely, I think)

Anything else -> not a "photograph"

i.e. if you add or remove something that was not present (if I said "visible" someone would bring up IR/UV) in the original scene (even if you had to turn your head to see it... like enjoying a panoramic view...) then it's something other than a photograph. IMO - but I realize that stating that it's my *opinion* will not stop someone chiming in to tell me I'm wrong *sigh*

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 23:57 UTC
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Mark Turney: I’m generally against AI ... but in this case?!

@cosinaphile - Yes! A truly mind-opening read. It was one of those books that had me stopping periodically to just sit and think and stare of into the distance for a while before continuing. Much like "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", but in a different way (of course!)

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 23:15 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (565 comments in total)
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Wubslin: I've been assured by the mirrorless / bridgecam fan cubs on here that the SLR has no future.

Yet Nikon and Canon are still - stubbornly - making new ones. How dare these giant corporations not do as they're told?

@CCD FTW

"Seem to just have issues with people who prefer mirrorless without much actual thinking."

See, I fixed it for ya!
(LOL)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 23:10 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (565 comments in total)
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Peter Bendheim: I had the SL1 as a walkabout and it was a surprisingly good and small camera. I'm sure this will be in the same league.

Cosmetically speaking, I'd be awfully glad if Canon Japan would get rid of that grossly ugly Rebel name with its B-Movie style hideous red font and just call it a 200D like they do in most other parts of the world so it looks kinda normal and not something from the almost-departed Toys-R-Us store.

@Richard - don't you mean Andre Agassi?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E78OnfyQiWo

:D

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 23:06 UTC
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sh10453: (Part 2)
As for the database, and as long as one is not doing, or planning on doing, something illegal, they should have no problem with this proposal.
However, if the intention is to be able to catch the bad guys, then the standard (and the database) will have to include measures to uniquely identify the drone (like it is done in airplanes).
That would facilitate catching John Doe if he sends his drone to capture naked images of his ex wife while sun-tanning in her backyard, or sending it to hover over a military base, for examples!!!

Registration could be done automatically at the time of purchase.
Any suggestion of licensing fees for private use is a bad idea, aside from a small, nominal, initial registration fee. Commercial use is a different matter.

Some rules for all to play by is far better than chaos.

Ah, the old standby: "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear"

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 22:31 UTC

Parasitic twin FTW!

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 20:37 UTC as 40th comment
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (252 comments in total)
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Marti58: I do see 11/12 blades in this image

https://f.ptcdn.info/646/044/000/oathgyuv7AbCEwGAQk5-o.jpg

I have to say that in the link you posted, the aperture sure does look nice and symmetrical - indeed much better in this respect than some *very* expensive lenses from certain highly regarded manufacturers.

I look forward to seeing some samples from this lens!

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 22:48 UTC
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scott_mcleod: Umm... since it's a movie about a possessed camera, by the looks of it, I'm guessing your "did we miss anything?" is sarcasm?

If it's *not* sarcasm, then, yes, you missed it...

Perfectly well acquainted, thank you.

But on DPR, judging by the variety of takes in the comments above, who knows, eh?

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 07:46 UTC

Umm... since it's a movie about a possessed camera, by the looks of it, I'm guessing your "did we miss anything?" is sarcasm?

If it's *not* sarcasm, then, yes, you missed it...

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 23:07 UTC as 88th comment | 2 replies
On article 4 times when a Hail Mary might be the right move (94 comments in total)
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whakapu: Fantastic shots. Not sure about using spray and pray technique for that men's room shot. The more surreptitious the shooting in some situations the severer the potential beating.

LOL I see what you did there :)

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 22:54 UTC
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Majauskasson: Funny that NASA can take detailed pictures from 250 miles above Earth showing Bergun in all its glory. From 250 miles up yet. But can't take decent pictures of the "Lunar Landers" from just 50 miles above the moon. But they do show what they say are the landers. These tiny black dots they say are the Landers. Photoshop, maybe? Not NASA. Good luck Bergun. Careful what NASA tells you. (Google "LRO" lunar landers - it'll make you laugh). Bergun can relax.

There are no aircraft at "250 miles up"...

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 12:16 UTC
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Majauskasson: Funny that NASA can take detailed pictures from 250 miles above Earth showing Bergun in all its glory. From 250 miles up yet. But can't take decent pictures of the "Lunar Landers" from just 50 miles above the moon. But they do show what they say are the landers. These tiny black dots they say are the Landers. Photoshop, maybe? Not NASA. Good luck Bergun. Careful what NASA tells you. (Google "LRO" lunar landers - it'll make you laugh). Bergun can relax.

You do know that the highest resolution Google Earth images come from *aircraft*, right?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 23:46 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (410 comments in total)

I wish I'd kept my D700. The 5DIII that replaced it was "better", but I really didn't get the use out of it in the time I owned it that I did with the Nikon. And what I used it for, and the enjoyment I got out of it (the 5DIII), certainly did not justify the enormous (for me) cost of switching.

It's *way* too easy to get carried away with the upgrade arms race...

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 23:10 UTC as 60th comment
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cosinaphile: so since customers perceive log as having separate and distinct value from a camera body , they don't want to "devalue" log by simply incorporation it into a camera body by design

did he actually say that , more or less ?

wow .... just ,.....wow .... is there an understanding or agreement in the industry as to the stsatus of log, what exactly would explain that mindset against the fact
that multiple makers see it as a profit producing software enhancement ?

wow

Surely if it had been included with the GH5 from the get-go, it would not be seen as "devaluing" the feature (gag) - but the GH5 as a whole would have seemed like a better value proposition? (as an extra benefit, none of the discussions, hand-wringing and angst over the extra $100 would have ever happened!)

I mean, it's not like Panasonic has to pay a royalty for every body that has V-Log activated...

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 23:29 UTC
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ProfHankD: So, how do you know that there is actually a drone out there? It would be fairly easy to computationally render your flight from a terrain database. Think of it as a sort of "Touring" test. ;-)

I see what you did there...

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 21:48 UTC
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Jefftan: Sony Eye AF works on animal eyes too?
Anyone knows?

I suppose it would depend on what parameters the camera uses to define an "eye". I was startled when my D700 (yes, way back when) unerringly focused on my cat's eyes (despite the very un-human grey fur and gold irises) so I would be surprised if a much more modern camera wouldn't do it even better.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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scott_mcleod: I realize this is rather OT compared to the general tone of comments here, but it occurred to me that this device might prove useful for inspecting the inside of pipes, tanks and other structures with limited space (especially if you could fit a small light to it). But I doubt it will see such use.

In an industrial/commercial setting I would expect (i.e. hope) that the operator would be trained to avoid such scenarios. Or the app could include an audible warning countdown to loss of flight (better yet, a timed auto-RTB feature)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 23:49 UTC
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