Lives in Australia ACT, Australia
Works as a z/OS IT, freelance
Joined on Jun 28, 2009
About me:

Was gifted a second hand Minolta rangefinder at 11yo. No manual, no Google, no money. I learned DOF, shutter speed, motion, flare, sharpness and film speeds at a time when you had to WAIT a week for your photos. Colour was too expensive!
Since then, I've always had trouble putting a camera down especially a FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 outfit :)
Semi-pro since the '80s. 6x7 and 35mm then, Micro four thirds now: A good compromise.
Pro results without bulk and weight to lug around.
Years ago, I recovered from "Equivalence Phobia" that so many suffer from, and find that people react better to a smaller setup and love the results.
Customers want results, not "format psychobabble".
Enjoy photography - not silly format arguments!


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On article The Nikon Z system: What we think, where it should go (932 comments in total)

Looks like a copy of an OMD with a bigger lens mount .. OH. . it IS!
Like all of the recent entries, they merely copy Oly/Pana ideas.
Formula: Innovation*(marketing gimmicks) = 0value

Like globalism, people are waking up.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 10:00 UTC as 43rd comment
On photo Beriev Be-200 at MAKS-2017 in the Seaplanes challenge (8 comments in total)
In reply to:

dpfan32: Chemtrails?

Haha - some will say that :)

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2018 at 09:18 UTC

Several techs have been given very poor service by the apple "service" people.
It's one thing to smile and be polite, quite another to completely treat a repairer like dirt.
Here's just one, but there are dozens, who are so motivated that, they produce proof. - a shame considering the price of the goods.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 09:55 UTC as 3rd comment

Forensic tools of this calibre (and well beyond) have been available in the open source world for a decade. Search: forensic image tools.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 08:12 UTC as 3rd comment

To the wag below,pretending Apple hardware is generally superior to Samsung:
Samsung hardware is MADE by them and generally excellent (as long as you stay away from bargain basement). Even that burning battery a few years ago was remedied pretty fast once there was no 'rescue' battery stock. People got to keep cheap temp phones and the 256Gb 'u'SD cards they got as a bonus, and either a cheap offer on other Sam phones - or a refund - all within weeks (fair investigation time).
Apple is FOxconn - made in China for over a decade.

I know Apple experimented with "flexible" screens with the IP6, that didn't end well. Nor did Screen Cancer. and a dozen other maladies like 13 years of shoddy power supplies they eventually had to replace. 13 years of denials!

Sam and/or LG are looking to market an *intentionally* flexible phone maybe this year but more likely next. Apparently the reliability is close to "ready".

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2018 at 12:44 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

Front of the eyelash in focus
Eyeball out of focus
Ears nonexistent.
Expensive measurebator's joke.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 12:34 UTC as 1st comment
In reply to:

gemvalue: Smugmug's customer service went from mediocre to terrible, my opinion...wonder how it will play out when connected to Flickr...

Disagree. Uptime nears 100%. Ownership stays with you. Help is good, reasonably fast if you ask succinctly and politely - and have realistic expectations.

Occasionally I didn't get the answer I "want" but that's not "bad service".
It's product or service limits, that's all.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 07:20 UTC

Smugmug isn't bad at all. It is much cheaper (if you value your time) than self-hosting and maintaining a web presence.

I switched to it because $12 per month represents a fraction of the value of the time needed to manually maintain a site.

Smugmug has unlimited storage and respects your privacy better than others I tried - including Flickr.

I have too little time, so I do this:

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 04:38 UTC as 82nd comment | 2 replies

Camera used: Irrelevant
Creativity: Very Important.

FTR he also seems to shoot with FULLER frame ... 33x44mm = a bit more room to edit.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 11:52 UTC as 1st comment

Maybe address the elephant in the room?
Egypt went from the 2d best country on the peninsula to 22nd (last) - in just 2 dark years of Morsi.

There was no "spring" for women. Au contraire: Women suffered under that purveyor of a 7th-century ideology as did many.

No prizes for guessing which country on the peninsula treats women the best.

Another elephant in a different room (I saw some drivel below)

Look up the illegal immigrant policies of (say) Indonesia and Mexico. Mexico *jails* illegals for a minimum of one year. Indonesia is similar
All South American countries and Asian countries are tough on illegal arrivals. Only stupid countries are soft on them.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 05:42 UTC as 22nd comment
In reply to:

The Fat Fish: Surely on those cameras they are the equivalent of F2.4? Doesn't sound like good value to me.

SOFT wide open on an FMF body

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 08:23 UTC
In reply to:

hteasley: All this "FF or nothing", "Only 2.4 equivalent," nonsense is just that. I have more than one system, and in doing tests of my own, I can't find anything to fault on m43 images compared to my FF cameras. My Olympii bodies produce great results, and are a pleasure to use. I've sold the Sony cameras I've had because their ergonomics did not suit me at all.


1: "equivalent" to 2.x, which these "experts" all loudly proclaim. However, MFT can give at least four TIMES the shutter speed - or use1/4 the flash power for the same exposure.

2: What 1,2 FMF lens is sharp wide open? None I've seen - FMF 1,2 lenses are usually *very, very* soft at 1,2

3: FMF 1,2 lenses vignette like crazy wide open often over 2 stops sometimes approaching 3 stops.
4: FMF sensors are cranked up because of the angle light strikes the sensor. Add 1.5-3 stops in corners to compensate for wide open vignetting. ~ 2-3 stops more noise - eliminating the "advantage".
Google when is f/1.2 not f/1.2

5: Therefore not "equivalent" at all - MFT is mostly better. FMF 1,2 is sometimes of LOMO quality :(

*** FMF = full marketing frame.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 08:13 UTC
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (173 comments in total)

Mad Max 4 - the tough, high-vibration, dirty action scenes were shot with OMD-EM1s - the rest with full MARKETING frame (FMF) cameras..

Go to cinema and tell me where you can SEE the difference. (different story for stills where it is noticeable if the lens is sharp enough.

Trouble is, you get LARGE lenses and 1 or 2 tiny bodies that require a ten minute menu fiddle to set the camera up.

Portability was what MADE 35mm popular.
That is lost with FMF equipment these days.
MFT still has that portability factor. It is king.

Doubt this? Did you ever see a phone maker say:
"WOW our phones are bigger and heavier this year" ???

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 00:26 UTC as 3rd comment
On article RFC: Beating Photoshop's Rent Forever Cloud Trap (63 comments in total)

Panoramas: Hugin, no lockin, all modern platforms supported, top features. __ *Lowest cost and superior*.

That last claim is easily verified by seeing all the now-happy PS defectors on their support forums.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 07:20 UTC as 1st comment
In reply to:

chairrival: Options to consider — both of these are cheaper, faster, stabilized, and weather sealed:

APS-C: Fuji 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 WR (35mm equivalent: 27-202mm f/5.25-8.4) $700 USD, New (current $200 rebate)

35mm/Full Frame: Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 $898 USD, New (current $100 rebate)

"stabilised" - but not AS stabilised - that's simply a fact.
FMF glass relies on MORE sensor to make it acceptable.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 05:14 UTC
In reply to:

(unknown member): Capture One 10 opens these and they look quite good. Many of the snow shots are underexposed somewhat, but even with noise reduction down at zero I see some pretty good stuff. What some of these could really use was flash.

Nice Edit . . . people ignore that many were straight OOC ..

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 02:20 UTC
In reply to:

dharmagreg: I forgot to say in my post below I think the images are great. Who the hell cares they can see a bit of noise in image bla bla etc. I am sure your family and friends will still love you if you don't always have the most perfect picture in the world. Get a life and get out in nature and enjoy yourself like Dan did!

Nothing wrong with being obsessed, as long as you recognise you are obsessed and not creative.
They must become tired of their own shots of the chair in the living room.
That's WHY they spray here ..

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 02:15 UTC
In reply to:

Mike99999: The 43 community is shaking in its boots with how abominable this camera is. Us long time Olympus users are shocked. What once was a system where $800 got you the latest & greatest, the camera would be half the size and match the IQ of a DSLR.

Now, several years later, they have you paying $2,000 for a body and over $1,000 for lenses, except now the IQ is over three stops worse than a $1,000 DSLR.

I am telling you that the community is shaking it its boots:

43-rumors has over 100 commenters banned from commenting due to all the negativity surrounding this abominable product.

Go and take your Sony out and press the shutter.
That's more productive than waffling on about gear you don't use.
We LIKE portable quality.
Many others LIKE their S7 and Pixel phones, even iphones.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 02:12 UTC
In reply to:

dharmagreg: To all the negative people who never have a positive thing to say about any article posted on DPV. You would have a little more credibility if you posted some images to your gallery to see if as we suspect, that you have no photographic talent whatsoever. Just saying. Anybody commenting with no gallery will confirm the above statement.

dharmagreg - you're too easy on them. It is extremely easy for the naysayers to post links IF they have taken any pictures.
Like thIs:
Swipe URL, press centre mouse button here:
(or whatever WinMac users have to do to paste a link).

See how easty it is?

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 02:09 UTC
In reply to:

bobbidog: Sorry to say - although i am an Oly user since years - those pictures do not impress (me) at all. Is the hype around the Mark II really justified? At the end i want a clean and sharp image ready for further PP. But smeared detail and apparent noise isn't favorable for this task. I wonder why the photographer cranked up the ISO in those shots when shutter speeds are more than sufficient to expose with considerable lower ISO ...

Posted the same "comment" in a few places - LOL.
Not impressed? Easy, don't buy it.

Buy something heavy and cumbersome instead.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 02:05 UTC
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