Lan

Lives in United Kingdom South East, United Kingdom
Works as a IT
Joined on Jul 12, 2001
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On article Things we found at CP+ 2017 which had been cut in half (28 comments in total)

Manager to minion: "I said I wanted a half frame lens you imbecile; not half a full frame lens!"

Excellent set; made me chuckle - I particularly liked the finale - thank you Barney et al :)

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 16:43 UTC as 4th comment
On article CP+ 2017: Updated Fujifilm GFX 50S sample gallery (26 comments in total)

Please can we have some nice detailed foliage shots?

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 16:27 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Leica SL Review (787 comments in total)
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marike6: Review is much too short for a Leica camera, and the snarky "Conclusion" section, the bit about "if you have your heart set on a camera with a red dot on it" is kind of obnoxious.

Thank you Richard, that's much appreciated :)

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 17:03 UTC

Let me see, this or a Leica SL. I think Leica may be in trouble!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 22:39 UTC as 12th comment
On article Leica SL Review (787 comments in total)
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mick232: 84% - can any camera actually score lower than that or have we just seen the lower bound of dpreview scores?

No, the Yi M1 has it thoroughly beaten, scoring an impressive 69%:
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/yi-m1/7

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 21:23 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (787 comments in total)
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marike6: Review is much too short for a Leica camera, and the snarky "Conclusion" section, the bit about "if you have your heart set on a camera with a red dot on it" is kind of obnoxious.

Richard: As someone who has to support the various photographers in their extended friend/family set, I do wish you'd continue to post the long reviews. I found the menu explorations were particularly useful from a support perspective! Also very useful to see the complete physical control set.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 21:18 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (787 comments in total)
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cresulka: Say what you want about Leica but their cameras just work. They don't have the most impressive technology ipor spec sheet but they do just what they are advertised to do. You don't have to worry about thousands of settings, lens compatibility, special AF modes and so on. Just use it and it does the job, remarkably well for people who bought one

cresulka: Ahh, the age old Apple fanboy line, when there's nothing positive to say in terms of features or performance - "it just works!" Newflash most modern cameras just work too; if they didn't, no-one would buy them; anyway NAwlins seems to have a nice line in rebuttal there.

I'm disappointed that you missed out the other Apple fanboyisms though - it's clearly "really cool", and the age old "you're clearly an inferior left-brain using loser" lines ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 21:09 UTC

Amusing to compare and contrast the APS-C 18-55 kit lenses with this one!

...and yes, I'm fully aware that they are utterly different beasts in terms of purpose and pricing; I just find it amusing that it's exactly the same focal lengths and coverage as many of the APS-C kit lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 20:34 UTC as 4th comment
On article Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E sample gallery (87 comments in total)
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ozturert: That's one thing Nikon does best: Lenses.
But marketing and strategy, not so good...

It's probably unfortunate for Nikon that Canon has also done a spectacular job with most of their recent lenses too, but has a far better focussed marketing and strategic function.

That said, this does look like a cracking lens :)

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 22:01 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (241 comments in total)

My first real camera, back in the days of film, was a Canon T70. It came with a mid-range zoom, the Canon FD 35-70, which was actually pretty good! I bought a few more lenses, some better (FD 50mm Macro, FD 200mm Macro), some worse (Tokina 70-210, Sigma 600mm f8).

There were a number of things I really wanted to do that I couldn't do with the T70 (can't remember what) - so, since FD was dead, I bought myself a Canon EOS 33 (Elan 7E) and a 28-135 IS. That was augmented with a variety of lenses (good: 100mm Macro, 200mm f2.8 L/II, 17-40L), (bad: Sigma 17-35EX)

I shot with a variety of compact digitals (DC210, DSC-F505V) in parallel with the EOS 33, until a dSLR arrived that I could afford - a Canon EOS 10D. Once I had the 10D I didn't shoot 35mm film again - the dSLR was addictive, and the instant feedback made photography so much more fun/better.

While I haven't taken a frame of 35mm since I went digital; I do have a Fuji 6x17 panoramic which I take out for the occasional film foray.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 00:05 UTC as 12th comment
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Lan: I absolutely love that lava shot Erez!

If I might make a suggestion? Try experimenting with the cropping a bit more - I'd be tempted to remove the sky and perhaps a little off the left hand side?

Thank you for replying Erez :)

I do agree with you, it does provide a connection to the environment; but personally I find the brightness of the sky draws my eye away from the lava, which is the focal point of the image. For me, it's in contention with the lava rather than in harmony.

Although conversely you could also say it's dynamically in contrast to the sky; which makes the composition more exciting - this is where you're coming from I think :)

As a compromise position; perhaps darken the sky in the top left a little? That's the region I find distracting.

That's the thing about art though - there's no right or wrong answer. As the photographer it's your own view that's the important one here (as it's your artistic vision); just as my view should be the important one for my shots. At the end of the day it's all a matter of personal taste!

Whichever way you slice it, it's a cracking shot :)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 21:05 UTC

I absolutely love that lava shot Erez!

If I might make a suggestion? Try experimenting with the cropping a bit more - I'd be tempted to remove the sky and perhaps a little off the left hand side?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 20:09 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

Law of unintended consequences - papier-mâché mask courses are suddenly taking off in criminal circles around the world ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 19:22 UTC as 83rd comment
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Anastigmat: I thought the world is moving to full frame. It looks like the camera makers still hope that people will buy the APS-C models because of the big profit margin on these cameras.

Revenant: Unfortunately it's not a matter of production volume, it's a matter of fabrication yield (and sensor size).

You can fit 24 full frame sensors on an 8" wafer, by comparison you get 244 1" sensors on the same wafer. When you get to smartphone size sensors; you can fit approximately 2000 x 1/3" sensors on that same wafer; due to improved fill factor and the sensor size difference.

Also if you have a defect on a small sensor, you can just throw away that little sensor. If you have a defect on a larger sensor you throw away much more of the wafer comparatively. So, if you have ten defects, and each lands on a different sensor (admittedly unlikely), then your yield of full frame sensors is 14/24, for 1" sensors its 234/244, while your yield of phone sensors is 1990/2000.

Each wafer costs the same to produce, so unfortunately a full frame sensor will always cost more to produce, regardless of manufacturing volume.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 22:57 UTC
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Anastigmat: I thought the world is moving to full frame. It looks like the camera makers still hope that people will buy the APS-C models because of the big profit margin on these cameras.

The world is not moving to full frame for one very signifcant reason: Cost. A full frame sensor costs way more to manufacture than an APS-C one.

The other advantage is that smaller sensor lenses can be smaller than full frame ones. That's an advantage that's only really going to be apparent with mirrorless though, as the flange distance on dSLRs usually results in a longer product anyway. FFD on EF-M 18mm, on EF it's 44mm. In other words an EF lens has to be nearly an inch longer (than it's mirrorless equivalent) in most cases, and that greater flange distance also makes wide angle designs bigger and heavier than they need to be too.

I'd say in the long term, we're going to move to mirrorless not full frame. What size sensor that mirrorless camera will have is harder to predict though!

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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ProfHankD: I really hate that a camera targeted at "entry-level photographers" starts at the body-only price of $750. I know that's partly due to lower expectations for DSLR sales volume, but pricing helps cause the lower sales volume too. By now, I was expecting to see FF bodies in that price range....

Don't forget that there is a model line beneath this one (the SL/1000d series), and this is the introductory price; it should be signficantly cheaper once they've finished the "mug trawling" pricing period.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (644 comments in total)
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David Birkin: Still no GPS for geotagging; seems odd

As blackcoffee17 says GPS kills battery life, particularly storage battery life. With my dSLR I can leave the battery in the camera for weeks without using it - and there's no difference in battery levels.

I've had several compact cameras with GPS (from a variety of manufacturers) and they will all completely flatten a battery in a week, even if you never turn them on! You can configure the GPS to update less, but then you just end up with all your photos geotagged with the previous location you used the camera, not where the photos were actually taken.

Add the fact that GPS adds extra cost, size and weight - and I'd say it makes perfect sense *not* to include it. Most customers won't know how to use the geotagging anyway!

The only reason it works on smartphones is that other things will kill the battery far more quickly, so you're already charging them most days.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 13:58 UTC
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wilsonlaidlaw: Bad decision from day one to use a 1" sensor. The movement today is for cameras to aim for the enthusiast market, who don't want to take photos with their phones. The P&S or small camera market is dying. For the current market, I feel a 1" sensor would be regarded as too small. Maybe today, even the micro 4/3rd's sensor is perceived as being at the bottom end of acceptable sensor size. The enthusiast market wants APS-C sensors or larger for interchangeable lens cameras.

Wilson, I disagree - I think the 1" sensor is a great choice for a fixed lens compact, in fact it's probably the best choice for it!

A 1" sensor offers significantly better image quality than the average smartphone sized sensor; and is a fair chunk cheaper than an APS-C sensor - and more importantly it allows a far smaller and lighter lens than APS-C.

If 1" is so terrible, why is the RX100 series so popular amongst enthusiasts?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:25 UTC
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dgc4rter: "Nikon announce a 100th Anniversary S Rangefinder style Full-Frame Mirrorless and Df2 incorporating D5 technology".... only kidding folks!

But this is the kind of announcement they desperately need for CP+ methinks!

As they've already proven; announcements are the easy part...

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:18 UTC
On photo steam and electricity in the Train or Trains challenge (3 comments in total)

Excellent shot! Perhaps try a vertical crop?

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 23:23 UTC as 3rd comment
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