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 Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)
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Pro shooting digital since 92: "enthusiast mirrorless space"?

After testing the NX1 I sold 2 Canon 70D's, a Canon 5D MkII and 9 Canon Lenses Including 4 "L" series.

I was disappointed with soft images from the Canon cameras so I carefully adjusted back focus on all 9 lenses and 3 bodies. Took all day. After all that the images were still only about half as sharp as the NX1. That's the honest truth.

I was really hoping for touch screen, higher res, sharper images, and small FAST lenses suited to APS-C from Canon in the 7D MkII. Ha-none of that happened.

The Samsung has better IQ than ANYTHING Canon currently sells.

After 20+ years shooting Canon I switched to Samsung, improved my capabilities and pocketed some cash! I'd call that ADVANCED PRO VALUE.

Mirror boxes held over from film era? WHY?

Regarding H265 - Samsung has the power to do it. No Canon has enough power yet.

btw the Samsung has BETTER 1080 30p wH265 in 1/9th the FILE SIZE of Canon All-I codec.

Film is dead. Kodak is gone. Is Canon next??

I find my OMD system excellent and versatile. This Samsung looks good too, and if i were not committed or didn't need a full outfit immediately, I'd at least have a look before blathering. ...

The poster above is right about fanboys.

Best phone camera? Galaxy S6, by QUITE a margin.
Second? The Note 4 and Edge. Easy to see in the results.

I have a few reservations, but I'd say v2 WILL be a contender (ever seen Samsung sit still?).

Mirrors? A DIM glass finder on a heavy bricks 'n' bazookas camera setup? Archaic and unnecessary.

I couldn't even SEE this girl .. Bathed in red theatrical light and covered in smoke. The EM-5 VF allowed me to see there WAS a shot and I quickly snapped one shot ..

Expect Samsung to make it better - it's what they do. Apple is behind in Hardware. They don't actually MAKE much - they outsource - LG, Samsung. SHARP, Foxconn et. al.

Credit: GREAT marketing!

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 00:22 UTC
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)
In reply to:

Franz Weber: Just imagine Apple would create a camera like this.

It would be even better. Platin diamond award

Yes FreeBSD is a *nix - I use a variant as my main desktop. Buying a tech company? Umm OK ..

QDOS? haha .. NT, to Vista were a hack of the OS/2 kernel.

Remove the file in the root, i and you got OS/2 "SYS ..." error messages from NT+
I had a good laugh the first time I saw that in this " New and original OS" ...
So .. the MS slur is pretty well correct.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 14:24 UTC
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)
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Franz Weber: Just imagine Apple would create a camera like this.

It would be even better. Platin diamond award

Not quite They make the GUI.
The OS is largely FreeBSD ... as I believe FreeNAS uses ..

And I did say ALMOST nothing, so the comment stands.

OEMs make more than the screens ... RAM tech? CPU tech? In some Apple phones both RAM and CPU are Samsung as well as the screens from time to time.

Nice try saying Sam's a screen "supplier" but Apple is "tech" - LOL. Sam's cameras in the Note 4 and Edge beat Apple's cameras easily (released with in days of each other)

I'm led to believe that the S6's camera trounces ALL comers - for the year so far ...

The much publicised Sam/Apple divorce didn't last long after Apple's 1.6 billion sham judgement was whittled down to about to 1/200th that.

Still an amount that many tech companies will go to war over .. of course it is mostly puff and bluster.

Neither actually make the glass as far as I know.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 14:08 UTC
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)
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Franz Weber: Just imagine Apple would create a camera like this.

It would be even better. Platin diamond award

Reality check ...
Apple MAKES almost nothing,

You must be thinking of Samsung / LG / Sharp et. al. (who make most of the important bits apple uses).

Oh., and FOXCONN who assemble it in China.

Coca-cola also makes most of its money for franchising and outsourced work.

It is very profitable NOT to make it yourself.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 14:53 UTC
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)
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b craw: I started as a professor of photography in 1999 (and have been a fine art photographer since '92). At the foundation of the attitudes of many students is a distortion, most dramatically perpetuated on the internet: that serious work is almost exclusively done with full frame sensors (or larger). While many 'professionals', commercial or otherwise, use FF, the prevalent perception of many others is less rooted in real understanding of difference (DoF, based on equivalence; low-light performance) and more that this is just what a 'serious' photographer does. It always seems a bit baffling to students when I produce a range of images from exhibitions shot in large format, medium format, FF, APS-C, micro four thirds, 1", and (god forbid) sensors smaller than that. Often, I follow this up showing an APS-C image shot with ~50mm (35mm equivalent) prime at f/1.8 and what results is a predictable cascade of opinions that the DoF of the image indicates that it must be full frame.

Great read .. thank you BC.

You are right about dogma. Camera makers and "equivalence police" may be conspiring to ensure yearly new product purchase. They hide the fact that talent and perseverance create MOST of a picture's appeal.
Quite a fixation, "thinking" they can't make a good image without 75 megapixels ,,, and very profitable for the camera makers
Pixel peeping is OK in a lab, but all formats involve compromises. If the seller say "no compromises" they are lying.
I'm fond of micro four thirds. I can carry much gear if I choose to, or unobtrusively carry a small amount of gear with good results.
It seems a great compromise, balancing quality vs. bulk and mass nicely enough. The quality leaves what my RB-67 could to *absolutely* in the dust.
With a fast lens the DOF is nicely narrow but not so narrow that the context of a picture evaporates.
If I want NO background, I will either move (pan and zoom with my legs) or shoot in a studio.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 14:39 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review (869 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Looking at results, the camera is junk, and the formayt is junk: focus is no better than full-frame or APS-C and if you look at the samples the grain is huge on the sports shots and degrades portraits completely at 800, and here I'm talking about reworked from RAW jpegs, by Dpreview.

At lower ISOs OK, fine, but frankly when there is just so much more leeway and resolution available at the same price in other formats elsewhere, I feel that m4/3rds customers of all brands are being cheated out of their own photography, the image quality is so poor.

Thankyou to Dpreview for helping me avoid the format completely!

Up there ... it looks like a lot of "poor workman blaming the tools" -
Silly fools, go out and take photos instead of lurking and vomiting vitriol in forums for users of gear you blindly hate for no rational reason.
... ah sorry .. I meant ..
gear you geniuses "Know" is "inferior".

No one is listening to this garbage.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 11:50 UTC

RB-67 was close to cube-shaped too, and apple patented the rounded corner rectangle (almost).

Somehow, for a while people swallowed their "we were the first with such a shape" waffle as if no other pocketable electronics ever looked like that before ... :)

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 13:36 UTC as 4th comment
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NZ Scott: If the Panasonic 42.5/1.7's optical quality matches the Olympus 45/1.8, then it will offer a compelling alternative because of its image stabilisation, slightly brighter aperture and (most importantly of all) its closer focusing distance.

However, there is one key question: How much does the Panasonic weigh?

I haven't seen specs anywhere.

UPDATE: It's 130g and 50mm long versus the Oly's 116g and 46mm, so only a slight size/weight penalty.

Cheaper panny and sony lenses (so far) are rarely stellar. We'll see soon enough .. this could be the one that breaks the mould.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 12:22 UTC
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duckling: A bit of conspiracy theory:
The 42.5/1.7 was obviously designed to kill the Olympus 45/1.8, one of the few M4/3 classics. Perhaps a revenge for Oly's 40-150/2.8 which buried Pana's 150/2.8 project.

It won't kill off anything, it will probably stop panny users buying the Oly gem - IF it delivers the goods.
Consider: cheaper panny and sony lenses are rarely stellar, the 14's so/so.
That 20 is good in the centre, has no mf, vignettes ONE FULL STOP wide open and has much CA for a fixed lens.
It WAS quite pricey at first.
We'll see.
Oly could retaliate with a 1,4 with 46mm filters :) I'd buy if it were as sharp and vignetting/distortion/ca free as the current lens (or better).

I want a 125mm/1.8!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 12:20 UTC
On article Olympus 8mm F1.8 'pro' fisheye in development (29 comments in total)
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ogl: Is there any sense to make f1.8 for fish-eye?

A bright viewfinder is, always good for night work, fast, accurate AF.
Water/dust sealing is always good.
Faster aperture makes for easy hand holding in gloomy conditions and a a larger range of DOF rendering. - - (Waits for the captains of pointless equivalence to kick down the door with their dung-coated jackboots, brandishing their popguns ).
It looks faster than ANY other fisheye I have heard of.

Rhetorical Q: and retort:
Is there any point to f1.4 wide angles, then?
For you apparently not, I like it, but not enough to buy (probably).
Don't like it? Simple - don't buy it.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 13:16 UTC
On article Olympus 8mm F1.8 'pro' fisheye in development (29 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: The Samyang 7.5 2.8 is an excellent and relatively inexpensive lens. Other than the underwater potential why chose this almost certain to be far more expensive option? For AF? On a fisheye?
Edit. Gottit; it's a "PRO" lens (or should that be "lense"...)

There's more CA with the Samyang than the reader above tells us lenstip found.
You can see it in a few examples here.
It isn't terrible BUT the lens is NOT that sharp in the corners. For the price it is great. Like that odd Sigma 60 which I also own ... pics here:

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 13:09 UTC
On article Olympus 8mm F1.8 'pro' fisheye in development (29 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: I have to wonder what this lens brings to the table over the excellent Samyang 7.5mm?

Other than speed and likely high price.

Sharpness. The Samyang is pretty good in the center and better than the Panasonic in that respect. One reason I bought it.
If this new 1.8 lens is of the standard the two pro lenses are it may be a LOT sharper corner to corner ... not sure If I'll lust after it too much.
Some will have a lot of use and I believe there's none faster in this AOV.
As I said pretty sharp, and to the wag who said you don't focus a fisheye ... that would be sloppy work.
The MF with Samyang/Rokinon is mildly annoying as CA can be occasionally, too.
For my limited fisyy needs I'm happy and bought other glass..

Not too bad into the light ...

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 12:59 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1621 comments in total)
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Simon97: Most important to me is the loss of telephoto reach you incur going to full frame. My largest lens was a 300mm f/4 which has the same reach of a 450mm on FF.

The later APS-C sensors shows that the cropped format has adequate image quality for most work.

Great amateur moon shots!

I have found myself thinking along thee lines myself at times in the past.

Interesting to see others travelling that path and see that Micro Four thirds could be very well placed here.

With that announced 300mm lens and the 1.4x TC, the pixel to sharpness ratio will be very good, maybe even fantastic!

Just wait for all the fools who say it is "too big".

To them, ... Have a look at the Zeiss OTIS lenses some time.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 03:50 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1621 comments in total)

A step on the way to cameras that people leave at home and don't USE.

All formats are a compromise. MFT is the sweet spot for me OUT RESOLVES my mamiya RB-67 shots by miles.

I see some interesting APS cameras too.

Without a couple of OTIS lenses and a 6 kilo tripod, FMF (full MARKETING frame) holds little interest for this little black duck.

If you are "upgrading" do it for the right reasons. A large camera outfit left at home is fine
..... IF that's WHERE you intended to use it all along.

I can carry 9 lenses flash, a tripod and a few accessories quite easily and DO.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 00:57 UTC as 106th comment
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)
In reply to:

fx3000se: ignoring video capabilities, can the e pl7 compete in any way with the
a) sony rx100m3
b) pana lx100

Change lenses, radio control flash, EVF option, better IS.

A much more adaptable class of camera than up-market fixed lens cameras are.

Download the manual while you wait for delivery.
Mark the features you want to set as 'presets'
In 15 minutes when you unpack it, set it with your 4 favourite different feature sets just as you want.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2015 at 17:14 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)
In reply to:

JohnClif: I bought one as an alternative to a digicam (insufficient image quality) or one of my dSLRs (not portable enough when on a business trip where photography is secondary... but I do want to take photos of the places I go), body only, plus a 14-40/2.8 m.Zuiko Pro lens.

The camera comes with a detachable flash, so it's just as practical as my Nikon FE2 was back in the day... and honestly I very seldom use flash nowadays. Digital cameras with decent-sized sensors and high ISO capability, along with image stabilization, are revolutionizing available light photography.

I'm very pleased with my purchase, and have also picked up the Gen 3 40-150/4-5.3 lens, figuring that I'll only use it in the daytime when light won't be as much of an issue. And, I'm waiting to see the 40-150/2.8 and compare it to the Pany 35-100/2.8... the latter is assuredly a better travel lens for the E-PL7, and with a 1.4x TC still gives a 35mm equivalent of 100-300/4.

The E-PL7 seems the perfect travel camera.

The zuiko 40-150/2.8 is not really that big and the extra speed :)
If you need compact and light and can forsake the speed, there's always the bargain-priced polycarbonate-cased 40-150.
It actually works well with a bit of care. Watch the bokeh, though.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2015 at 17:04 UTC
On photo Cormorant taking off in the It flies!!! challenge (31 comments in total)
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InTheMist: Who gave this a 1 star and why?

A bricks 'n' Bazookas legacy camera adherent?

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 12:43 UTC
On photo Cormorant taking off in the It flies!!! challenge (31 comments in total)

Love it ... a shag but not on a rock ...

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 12:42 UTC as 15th comment
On photo Sea Mirror in the Done With Reflective Surface challenge (9 comments in total)

It's gorgeous work!

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 09:19 UTC as 5th comment
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jhinkey: We'll see how well it matches up to the PL 42.5/1.2 - it will be tough I'm sure as mine is an excellent lens. Remember you do get AF and OIS for that $1.5K PL though.

You can get the zuiko for 300 here and there... it is sharp at all apertures wider than f/16 ... and AF

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 11:03 UTC
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