Tom_A

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On article Rugged Fujifilm XP120 arrives just in time for winter (25 comments in total)

This looks likenm a great camera for a backpacking holiday. I had a fuji f40fd compact years ago and it made nice pictures.
I did backpacking in the film days. Bringing a Nikon FM or a fuji 645 rangefinder, Great cameras and lovely results (I remember my travel companions' jaws hitting the floor when they saw the prints of my bizarre looking medium format fuji while they ised high tech AF minoltas etc) but a bit of a hassle for that kind of holidays. In contrast, after a dusty outing you can hold this fuji just a few seconds under the tap. Perfect.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 07:00 UTC as 10th comment
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porty: Sorry if this is a little off-topic but I can't help myself: Tom_A's photo of bamboo scaffolding. The pic seems pretty good to me but the scaffolding - yow!
And the pre-cast concrete sections that don't line up! And the poor coot having to diamond-drill a million holes because no-one had the foresight to set drifts in the concrete when the sections were cast. I'd like to know where the shot was taken so I can make a point of never going there. The building or the country.

well, surprise, it is Hong Kong. This kind of scaffolding is used everywhere and in general the buildings don't crumble apart...
I added a few more pictures.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 23:52 UTC
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bugsy46: Happened to my 7 Plus pretty much out of the box, took a few videos and images around London, then the next day black screen and dodgy colours. Within a few hours I had contacted 8 users through twitter all with the exact same issue. Two of them had the camera replaced, one worked one didn't, the rest received new handsets.

Here are the links.
I have several cameras both digital and analog including a reasonably small lx5. And yes, in a professional environment I am not expected to be visibly carrying a camera.

Here are 3 more I took close to the office.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/b763e4e72e1384871924922ab618d72e.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/3c2161328cc676dc0d6f86ccbcaa95ff.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/35b82ceee7178ac60d6be64c0e91633c.jpg

This final one somewhere on the way, I liked how it becomes almost abstract.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/f3119c6901d0f9b280db430a67d86ecd.jpg

The point is that the iPhone can be good enough for nearly all people to comment more on the content of the images rather than argue that they would have been better with say a Df.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 23:49 UTC
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bugsy46: Happened to my 7 Plus pretty much out of the box, took a few videos and images around London, then the next day black screen and dodgy colours. Within a few hours I had contacted 8 users through twitter all with the exact same issue. Two of them had the camera replaced, one worked one didn't, the rest received new handsets.

Not such a voice of reason after all.
In my professional environment I will not be walking around with an unsightly bulging suit pocket because of a compact camera. The iphone can make decent enough pictures of those beautiful encounters so that nearly all people will discuss the content of the images rather than point out that they would look a little less "flat" with a proper camera. And I am happy I had the phone on me.
When I can dedicate time I like to lug along my medium format film cameras and truly slow down, for working environments the phone is ok.

Here are 3 more I took close to the office.

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[IMG]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/35b82ceee7178ac60d6be64c0e91633c.jpg[/IMG]

This final one somewhere on the way, I liked how it becomes almost abstract.

[IMG]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/f3119c6901d0f9b280db430a67d86ecd.jpg[/IMG]

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 15:12 UTC
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bugsy46: Happened to my 7 Plus pretty much out of the box, took a few videos and images around London, then the next day black screen and dodgy colours. Within a few hours I had contacted 8 users through twitter all with the exact same issue. Two of them had the camera replaced, one worked one didn't, the rest received new handsets.

Planar Summilux - my iPhone is not my best camera, but it is the best camera which I have always with me, allowing me to capture unexpected moments of beauty with reasonable quality.
I recently stumbled upon this scene while walking to the office. Happy I had my 2 generations old iPhone on me! And no, I will not be carrying a high quality compact in my suit pocket for those moments. IPhone suffices:

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170103/24e4b1e64f8c219142b565da917a5ea3.jpg

This other one was taken a number of months ago in an airport train, while coming back from a business trip. The hipstamatic app could do a nice conversion to black and white. Also happy I had my iphone with me:

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170103/1440ca822f3ade8724a102c2843c2b5e.jpg

I have several more like this. You get my drift.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 09:27 UTC
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Frank C.: Which lens is better?

I meant, of course it will be inferior. Have you ever heard about a counterfeit product that is better than the real one? That would be a first.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
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Frank C.: Which lens is better?

Do you really need to ask?

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 11:46 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (372 comments in total)
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Ababus: Sigma makes such alien machines, I don't understand who are these cameras aimed at?

I can see the attraction, but still it is far from a universal camera if it really needs to be kept at base iso to be stellar. Would be a fun luxury to add it though.
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Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 04:55 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (372 comments in total)
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Tom_A: If like the cheaper SD brother it is only really good (albeit slow in operation) at ISO100, then that seems to me overly restrictive for most uses.
Sometimes I still use my medium format film cameras, the results are beautiful, but when I use an ISO100 film for that utmost in quality on relativey sunny days there are always shots in one roll where I curse that I cannot quickly set the iso to say 800. Hence, wondering if this camera will be just as frustrating.

Landscaper1, this limitation is in essence what I read in 2 or 3 reviews of the SD variant which has a slightly smaller sensor. Plus that one was it seemed slow in operation as well (not necessarily such a problem depending on your photo style, but still nobody complains about quickly operating cameras).
Because of the way the sensor works, I don't expect a huge improvement in higher iso performance but I would be happy to be proven wrong.
I think that for reasonable modern flexibility, good performance up to 1600 ISO is a minimum requirement.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 03:00 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (372 comments in total)

If like the cheaper SD brother it is only really good (albeit slow in operation) at ISO100, then that seems to me overly restrictive for most uses.
Sometimes I still use my medium format film cameras, the results are beautiful, but when I use an ISO100 film for that utmost in quality on relativey sunny days there are always shots in one roll where I curse that I cannot quickly set the iso to say 800. Hence, wondering if this camera will be just as frustrating.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 01:25 UTC as 47th comment | 4 replies
On article Have your say: Best prime lens of 2016 (153 comments in total)
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creepy.sol: If the poll is based solely on popularity, then it's wildly unfair. For example, if a manufacturer builds an incredible lens for a system used by only a small slice of the market, that lens could be the best but will be killed in a popularity contest.

It is a readers poll purely on gut feeling: I expect that 70% if not more of the voters have not tried any of the lenses, 20% 1 of the lenses, and 10% more than 1 lens...

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 07:19 UTC

Mapplethorpe.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 02:29 UTC as 45th comment
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: One of the most important aspects in Wedding and professional photography is the perspective and depth of field control, and for a serious photographer anything smaller than medium format is not acceptable for that reason. Smaller formats is only for sports and speed situations.
Of Course young people they don't understand that because they didn't have the opportunity to compare small format with big one.

Davinator, it is not as simple. There is a splendid subtle look to medium format, which is not only the resolution.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 15:05 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)
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ExNewt: One thing not mentioned is a very interesting feature, which really works well if you also use iCloud for your image storage: I've got over 100,000 photos also taken with other cameras, and scanned in.

In the Photos app search for a phrase: snakes, airplane, flag, license plate; and almost instantly the matches will be shown.

And I don't mean these are pictures you tagged with those words. The image processing tries to match the word with what the picture contains.

It's not perfect but you'd be amazed how well it works.

wow, I tried it and it works. remarkable if if it is not yet perfect. this is superb usage of machine learning AI - I hate tagging my pictures, this is how it should work.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 14:44 UTC
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: One of the most important aspects in Wedding and professional photography is the perspective and depth of field control, and for a serious photographer anything smaller than medium format is not acceptable for that reason. Smaller formats is only for sports and speed situations.
Of Course young people they don't understand that because they didn't have the opportunity to compare small format with big one.

In the days of film you could indeed see quite a few medium format cameras in the church, because yes the results were so much better.
In most cases the wedding customer will nowadays be largely happy with the output of a full frame dslr.
As an aside, I still love to use my MF film cameras next to my digital gear. The tonality of skin tones is splendid.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 14:34 UTC

A friend has the Q. It is indeed a very nice tool for street photography, which is hos main interest. The picture quality is largely good enough for most anyone. I also loved the ergonomics. He barely uses his multilens Nikon set anymore, prefers just this, and I can see why.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 04:58 UTC as 48th comment

I still use my film medium format cameras: Fujis and Rolleiflex in 6x4.5,6x6, and 6x9. Even occasionally a Lomo Belair 6x12 with a better Belairgon lens.
It is interesting that this review echoes the film experience in the sense that, yes the resolution can be tremendous, but it's the tonality, for example very subtle skin tones that are truly elevating medium format cameras over smaller sensors/film surfaces.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 14:40 UTC as 104th comment | 2 replies

Refreshingly honest and humble comments about the Lunar.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 13:51 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (91 comments in total)
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JeremiahL: Given Yahoo's history with their other acquisitions, and some of their decisions with Flickr, it's really amazing that Flickr is still around.

I was happily paying for a "Pro" account that I rarely used until Yahoo stepped in and cancelled it a few years back.

Fortunately I moved everything over to SmugMug a long time ago. I keep the Flickr around because there's no reason to delete it.

Sonyshine, run out and find me that child!
(Actually a Groucho Marx joke)

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 01:00 UTC
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Tom_A: This is a rebranded chinese product.
I still have and occasionally use a classic Rolleiflex, which was probably the camera that gave me most joy. Compact for being medium format, very high quality results, - such a pleasure to see the results in the darkroom, usable without tripod, and a camera that made me slow down.
For me a perfect medium format "dream" camera would be a Rolleiflex with a full 6X6 sensor behind it (36p is more than enough)

Joe, I agree about a classic rolleiflex being a superb companion.
The results are so very good.
Even back then in the 1990s when i mainly used it, many people thought the Leica M6 was the ultimate walkaround camera, and of course it was great. However I found the mechanical construction of a rolleiflex at least as impressive as an M6 and the results, at least for pictures where you can take a bit of time, blew all the 35mm cameras away.
Btw an SL66 was splendid but a nightmare to get serviced nowadays. Don't be tempted.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 02:50 UTC
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