photohounds

photohounds

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!
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Since then, I've always had trouble putting a camera down especially a FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 outfit :)
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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.
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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.
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Customers want results, not "format psychobabble".
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Enjoy photography - not silly format arguments!

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On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (702 comments in total)
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El Chavo: So much hate for it but I don't get it why?

All Japanese companies basically copied German ones and here we are. There is no innovation without imitation at some point.

Heck so many photographers here, me included, copy styles and remix them to my/our taste. Why being so anal about it?

This little system is actually one of the only innovations this year in Photokina if we discount Sony and Fuji. I say good on them.
Remember: "Good artists copy; great artists steal" - Pablo Picasso (copied by Steve Jobs later on and by me now).

Picasso any you probably didn't steal and pretend it was YOUR work and try to exclude competition by suing.

You are right, there's a good 4 part series on the subject of creating by copying.
Part 3 is probably relevant here: http://everythingisaremix.info/blog/everything-is-a-remix-part-3

All this new tech on the EM-1?
Give the others a year .. two tops .. to have it copied. Except the sensor shake dust reduction.
The others give little more than software to hide dust :)

I welcome the cheaper MFT camera. It seems similar to entry level dslrs in scope and quality and is fine for many people.
Not everyone "needs" first class and this cam provides a path "up" if the user feels the need later. Many don't.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 02:46 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (702 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Look at China price of this and think about how overprice Olympus/Panasonic camera is
Either they make unreasonable profit or their cost too high

Gee Najinsky, Revenant .. caNikSon make cameras by NOT focussing on profits, right?
Oly and Panny camera are more expensive than plastic entry level cameras. Surprise!
That might just be because are not entry level plastic camera with the bottom of a beer bottle for a lens.

The capable photographic tools form CaNikSon are not cheap.
A VF HAS to cost more than a piece of glass - viz.

New glass only for phone - a dollar on ebay.
New screen for phone, not cheap.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 02:40 UTC
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solarider: Have anyone found this new camera on any of the camera size comparison sites? Amazingly compact for MF.

So is the Hasselblad - same sensor, I believe - but there's more to a camera than the sensor.

Hasselblad looks more neat and compact. I wonder if they share the mount?
There's NOTHING wrong with looking better - as long as the usability and results are on par.

Interesting to see the cost comparisons when more is known

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 01:40 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (702 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Look at China price of this and think about how overprice Olympus/Panasonic camera is
Either they make unreasonable profit or their cost too high

Innovvation is not "overpriced".
Copying is a LOT cheaper, ask anyone who has created something new.

You don't seriously suggest this is the same build quality as a DMC or an OMD?
Good to have a bread and butter MFT, though. Makes for a nice upgrade path.

Entry CaNikons would be just as cheap to make - cheaper as a mirror is 80 year old technology.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 12:59 UTC
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (202 comments in total)

Oh no! The equivalence police have whistled in.

1.2 gives the shutter speed of ant 1,2 lens so yep, that's equivalent all right.

Clearly "pixel peepers who don't actually USE their full MARKETING frame cameras" are BORED with their serving of "news" .
If I wanted a big sensor, I'd bypass miniature 35mm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/35_mm_film#Academy_format and go for the new Fuji MF.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:41 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Pinnacle Prime: Olympus ED 25mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (202 comments in total)
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400trix: Too many dogs, not enough cats.

Even the original EM-5 with a 45 leaves my old FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 in tbe dust in EVERY important way, Let alone miniature 35mm, which is now cynically called full *marketing* frame.

I have thousands of old negs and slides to scan, and it is so with eBay sample I've tried, even with Kodachrome 64 or pan-X.

Equivalence obsession is more a mental disease, than photography.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 03:05 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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marike6: Removing the mini-jack feels like fixing something that isn't broken. But iFans are fiercely loyal, if Apple removed the LCD, defenders would say "but they are including a Lightning-to-HDMI cable in the box you can plug into your laptop should you need to". ;-)

For people who enjoy shooting with their phones, the camera could be interesting.

The Jack is just a way to extort accessory money and make the make the phone cheaper on the PRETENSE of better sound.
A D/A converter and amps theoretically work BETTER inside the phone - closer to the power supply for better dynamics (did I really just say that about a phone?) and more space for it (better design possible).

Apple's low-ish end earbuds make users look like "sad SHREK" - viz. http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/8/12840478/apple-airpods-price-truly-wireless-earbuds-market

These DO offer more - but still give a similarly SHORT battery life http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/gear-iconx/

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 09:07 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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princecody: Are the new stereo speakers in the new iPhone made by Bose? What makes them that much better?

While they have one or two clever products, Bose has never been more than Mid-Fi in hi fi circles. Dynaudio is what I'd like to see ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 09:00 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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ksrk: Just saw the video capabilities for iPhone 7 listed here https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58304763

What's surprising is how much you have to move up in the DSLR world to get the same features.

•4K video recording at 30 fps ( D5/D500/1DXMK2)
•1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps ( 60 fps - D750,D7200,D5500, EOS 80D)
•720p HD video recording at 30 fps
•Optical image stabilization for video
•Optical zoom at 2x; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 7 Plus only)
•Quad-LED True Tone flash
•Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps (none)
•Time‑lapse video with stabilization (built in intervalometer EOS 80D,7D MK2, D5500 onwards, images need to be stitched together in post)
•Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
•Continuous autofocus video
•Body and face detection
•Noise reduction
•Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video (D5,D500, 1DXMK2)
•Playback zoom
•Video geotagging (none)

Not surprising at all
It is all software and the CPU/GPU in any recent phone would leave a camera CPU/GPU way back .. in the dust.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 08:57 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: it t is my fervent hope that the removal of a normal audio jack , bites them in the ass and that very few i phone user migrate to this abomination

apple has gotten away with no sd card support and no usb support because frankly
the religiously faithful accept what they are given ,

as someone born a roman catholic ...ive seen the glassy eyed bliss of the faces of some of the simple minded as they consume transmuted human flesh in the form of a nutritionally worthless wafer the texture of a packing peanut

so nothing suprises me .... but if i ever prayed , i pray that the removal of a normal audio jack , causes as or more damage to apple as the spectacularly pointless and worth less apple watch .. i hope their stock tanks ... i hope they are shamed into an about face

lord i pray.....amen

I think the so-so phones they ship it with won't help their cause.
Everyone gets to look like a sad SHREK http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/8/12840478/apple-airpods-price-truly-wireless-earbuds-market

Very short battery life all these things have, even Samsung's, but at least THOSE offer something extra .. http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/gear-iconx/

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 08:53 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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LaurenceSvirchev: We're getting some media hypnosis endlessly repeated even by the most knowledgeable photography writers: 56mm is hardly a 'telephoto.'

Now for something I truly don't understand. I thought DNG is the equivalent of RAW. Does the new iphone circuitry automatically convert the DNG into the jpg (compressed) standard?

On the other hand, all the photo and video features on the highest-end iPhone sound great, but I still carry a RAW Canon G5X with view-finder and hot shoe + flash wherever I go.

Not quite .. . Internally, almost EVERY camera "shoots RAW" and temporarily keeps it in memory.
Software then applies changes (your sharpness, colour etc. settings) to the file in memory, writes a JPG with your settings to the card (or user partition).
Back "then", most cameras deleted the RAW out of memory. I speculate that space would have been the reason. Remember 256MB CF cards?

Apple, like many camera makers have done for a decade is just allowing you to save the RAW file as well (or instead).

Pity there's no expandable space to really use this.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 08:43 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: if you must have a cellphone cameera the one in samsung is worlds better and has been for over 2 years.... they also will blow up your pictures for free

Agree, they have great cameras ..
Samsung were also honourable in response and prompt too with the .0035% of Note 7 batteries that failed.

They immediately accepted responsibility and offered a fast, free remedy and $25 back as well..

Remember the "9" bendgate iphones?
Here are 500 of those "9 phones" ...
http://bgr.com/2014/11/03/bendgate-iphone-6-plus-video-300/https://youtu.be/wJohmIozbV8

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 08:32 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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JakeB: And one more thing...

It's SAFE to bring on an airplane without blowing up!

Reality check: Over five years of faulty battery chargers causing did.
Apple evaded responsibility. A dishonorable non-response.

Samsung had had 35 problems out of millions of note 7 phones, our for the mathematically challenged, a less than 0.0035% failure rate.

Samsung immediately looked into it, instead of iStonewalling, and took it upon themselves to unilaterally offer quick replacement, the option to pick another phone and be refunded the difference and also for any accessories purchased PLUS $25 goodwill money.

Good luck EVER getting an honorable response like that out of Apple. Never happens, never will.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
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photohounds: I never talk "equivalent" focal length except when explaining to a newbie or an older person who never had a FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 ..
AOV - it determines the perspective "look" of an image.
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This lens is nice, but I'm hoping for an 8mm f/2,8 Zuiko :)
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Being 1,4 you get reasonably good DOF wide open and a four times higher shutter speed than a 2,8 lens would give you. FOUR times In fact it would be noticeably superior for hand-held shots and the focus advantages of a 2-stops-brighter-than-2,8 lens are irrefutable.
Not "equivalent" is it?
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Shallow dof is not everything. It is mostly the last bastion of the "full" marketing frame crowd.
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84 degree diagonal AOV and f/1,4 simple as that.
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I'll stick with my 12mm f2.0 - tiny, very good, between 1/3 and 1/2 the weight/size of f/2.0 CaNikSon lenses would be.
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A shame the "full" marketing frame tr0lls don't like their gear enough to actually take pictures.
Why else would they waste on competing format fora??

Misreading the meaning perhaps?

If I had a 2,8 lens, f/1,4 could be worthwhile.
As I clearly said, I have the f2,0 12mm Zuiko so it is barely noticeable, unlike the weight/size/cost.

Wasn't referring to you as a Tr0ll, but there are plenty. Nothing wrong with the pics you took.

The indoor mono one benefits from movement as well, which aids isolation.

https://photohounds.smugmug.com
A few shallow DOF shots there when appropriate.
I have no f/1,4 lens - let alone any at f/0.95.

I might consider this panny at twice the price of an f/2,0 12mm Zuiko - if didn't already have one.
The 12mm Zuiko is eminently suitable for drones too, so I'm told. That interests me.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 06:40 UTC
On photo Stormin in the Best Picture Period! challenge (7 comments in total)

11-22? Nice lens if so.
I always feel a tinge of regret selling this nice lens :)

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 16:17 UTC as 2nd comment

I never talk "equivalent" focal length except when explaining to a newbie or an older person who never had a FULL frame Mamiya RB-67 ..
AOV - it determines the perspective "look" of an image.
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This lens is nice, but I'm hoping for an 8mm f/2,8 Zuiko :)
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Being 1,4 you get reasonably good DOF wide open and a four times higher shutter speed than a 2,8 lens would give you. FOUR times In fact it would be noticeably superior for hand-held shots and the focus advantages of a 2-stops-brighter-than-2,8 lens are irrefutable.
Not "equivalent" is it?
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Shallow dof is not everything. It is mostly the last bastion of the "full" marketing frame crowd.
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84 degree diagonal AOV and f/1,4 simple as that.
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I'll stick with my 12mm f2.0 - tiny, very good, between 1/3 and 1/2 the weight/size of f/2.0 CaNikSon lenses would be.
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A shame the "full" marketing frame tr0lls don't like their gear enough to actually take pictures.
Why else would they waste on competing format fora??

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:22 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1058 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: Either the Pixel Shift is not working as intended or the camera is lens limited to get more information of the scene. It does not improve much.

Zaphod :) I've seem some of the results. You say you can't see the improvement? Get better glasses - it is visible and most reviewers compare it to full Marketing frame capabilities. That ain't too shabby.

I'm looking forward to the rumoured hand-held high-res ability in the Em-1 mk2.

It will be interesting to see just how far the limitations have been pushed away ..

Video? Meh
I'm not narcissistic enough to fancy myself as a Cecil B Demille - 4K video would be mostly wasted on me - and is on many gadget freaks.

Better IS, Better shuttershock options and Higher res (when it actually needed - ie. VERY still subjects in which you want BnB resolution), never wasted!

Noticeably smaller than a GX-8. GX8 is BIGGER if you ignore the viewfinder hump it is EM-1 sized (VF in the traditional position = use right/left eyed UNLIKE the Panny.

I'll wait for the EM-1 mk2 - the EM-1 mk1 has sufficient external controls to set it up fast

11% linear 'res' increase isn't a biggie, both good

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 10:51 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1058 comments in total)
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puffo25: Here it is a side by side review

http://bestmirrorlessblogs.com/comparisons/olympus-pen-f-vs-panasonic-gx8/

"Unfortunately the GX8 suffers from heavy shutter shock and only the electronic shutter can solves it. A first electronic curtain solution would be welcome."

So ...
A smaller camera (Pen) with better shutter shock handling and1-2 stops better IS
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4k Video and a larger, otherwise-capable camera.

For some, 4k video is important. Some will even do good work with it. For them it is a no-brainer.

For me it's a no-brainer too. If I wanted a bigger camera, I'd wait for the EM-1 Mk2 with external controls that dust any Panasonoc camera.

Oh .. I AM waiting for the EM-1 mk2 - presumably late October availability :)

Maybe the EM-1 mk2 will come with one of those rumoured f/1.0 lenses in a kit :)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 01:48 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1058 comments in total)
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soundknight21: Its like a Pany G7 without 4k.
Whats the point? except to LOOK like a photographic journalist?
The price is ridiculous considering the power of similarly priced gear.

Its interesting how the Pany GX8 fans are over reacting to other peoples comparissons between these two. Of course the gx8 is better technically. Although I dont think there was an agenda to holding the gx8 review off until after the pen f review I still think it poor form for the gx8 review to have not been done. The most important mft camera of 2015. But we also have to aknowledge that as guests we do not pay to read this column and thus should take all opinions with a grain of salt and simply sit back to enjoy the 'camera porn'.

Haters get a life:
Please explain the practical advantages of owning a Ferrari over a Corolla.

I want neither, but people still want Ferraris. You don't see intelligent people on Ferrari or Corolla sites, flaccidly spraying venom at those cars, do you?
[I said intelligent people]

YOU don't like this nifty camera?
That's fine, don't buy one.

Why do puerile fan bois feel it so necessary to hate Olympus? Is it to pave the way for the next copied feature?

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 01:32 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1058 comments in total)
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danieladougan: Look at Olympus trying to be Apple.

Don't get me wrong...I like this camera. It certainly is sexy. But it's severely lacking as a value proposition. Within reason, I don't care how a camera looks. I only care about the pictures it allows me to take.

If it were weather-sealed and had phase-detect autofocus like the E-M1, then it could justify its high price. Or if it offered 4K video.

Side note: Come on, Olympus -- how long are you going to let Panasonic and Sony kill you with this before you offer a camera that can record 4K video?

Not quite, at least Olympus make most of their gear and genuinely innovate, not contract it out to the lowest bidder.
I've never had an Oly product burn me.

As fore design, tread "As little design as possible" and/or Less but better, by/about Dieter Rams - that's where apple's designs come from - or gloss over THIS:

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/apple-braun-inspiration-2012-9#lets-start-with-the-braun-t1000-radio-versus-the-mac-pro-1

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 06:54 UTC
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