MrTaikitso

MrTaikitso

Lives in United Kingdom Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Works as a Designer
Has a website at http://www.taikit.so
Joined on Jul 4, 2009
About me:

It all started in the 1970s when my parents bought me a Boots Instamatic film camera. I can remember doing what most children do when first getting their hands on a camera, they walk around the house photographing just about anything, from a wall socket to the floor. Things took a turn for the better when I won the annual photographic competition at my school 2 years in a row - using same Boots camera!

Later, grandparents gave me a (faulty, double exposed sometimes) Konica range finder before I bought a Minolta X-700 SLR. My father would scold me every time I pressed the shutter with "Alexander! That's 40p!" Was so happy when it all went digital and I could blow raspberries to that!

Being a UX person in my day job, I believe handling and responsiveness to be the most important aspect of a camera, and no one has got it right yet, although Fuji, Olympus, Pentax and Panasonic come closest to 'getting it' when it comes to position of controls and dials, the tactile feel and the way it all comes together. (I would put Pentax at the top for ergonomics in general.)

Although I do once every year or so get paid to shoot photos or video by clients of my business if we become involved in their web presence, photography and video is mainly a hobby. My focus is 'recording' our family in a fly on the wall manner (I often leave camera on tripod recording over a meal or during Christmas present unwrapping) and also making a historical record of my business and the development of it's technical innovations.

I believe (and Panasonic are executing on this) that video is the future of photography - no matter how some purists may react. As I type this on January 10 2016, having just been on a photographic walkabout in Savernake Forest, and shot some 4K video using my new GX8 plus Olympus 12-40 f2.8 M.Zuiko Pro, and then viewed it on my Dell 27" 4K monitor, the evidence is in: Hit Pause on the keyboard during playback (or grab a frame from a video editor) and the IQ of the still image (from 4K video) is now equal to that of a high end prosumer camera or mid level DSLR of not long ago.

Of course, we will ALWAYS shoot stills (only way to get creative per shot), but for events, quote me on this, a few strategically placed Panasonic GH6's will capture the event in glorious 8K, and then later, the 'videophotographer' will pick frames from the various feeds, or even allow the client to do this.
(Samsung's amazing T1 and T3 pocket SSDs now make it practical to 'carry' high def video with you.)

And no doubt, VR will become part of the capture process too, although I have concerns about the technology's impact on society. (A topic beyond the scope of this DPreview bio!)

Anyway, back to the bio bit, I may considering releasing for sale some of my more creative photos.

Dear reader may be interested to know that I never do any post processing. I either don't have time or prefer things left as they are.. Only exception is to get creative or fix a photo that is priceless but needs tweaking, perhaps when underexposed or corrupted.

Update: April 20 2017 - I no longer have a camera, by choice. I sold the GX8 and now have a Samsung Galaxy Note5, that includes a Pro mode for manual exposure control. For video, even the Note 4 could shoot footage that in good light was hard to discern from that shot on my prosumer cameras. As they say, the best camera is the one you have on you. Exactly.
(I know, no viewfinder, and the lack of tactile controls makes phones a casual tool, but I no longer have the time to 'manage' a real camera. The only one I'm thinking I would consider is the multi lens LIGHT camera that looks like it will be as pocketable as a phone, making pro level images more practical - assuming it lives up to it's hype and can shoot DSLR quality. I worry it may become another Lytro though.)

http://www.taikit.so

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In a couple of years, these will be £25 on Amazon.

I still have a Sony Memory Stick that I bought for approx 80 from a shop on Tottenham Court road in about 2004, for use in my Sony f717 5 MP swivel camera. Capacity? 8MB!

I have attached to this Pixelbook a 1TB Samsung T5 SSD, that cost about £300. I am rubbish at maths, but I would be interested to know the price / performance ratio between that Memory Stick and the T5, and of course this new 30TB drive.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 16:47 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
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RadPhoto: No USB-C?

Exactly. Lack of that and a flip forward display are major omissions by Fuji, it's 2018!

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 07:37 UTC

It's 2018 and it has no flip forward display for composing video footage from the front of the camera - ideal for vlogging or on site shootings, nor USB-C that is now a well established standard. (Am typing this on a Google Pixelbook that has two USB-C ports, and my Macbook Pro has 4, and so on.

Epic fail and wasted opportunity by Fuji. GH5 still way way better.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 07:36 UTC as 38th comment | 7 replies
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Sergey Borachev: Wow!! The last deal breaker, the lack of IBIS, is gone!! This is a truly great camera for stills. Panasonic and Olympus better be ready for buyers going to Fujiland. Sony APSC cameras also have a tough competitor now.

It has not only IBIS, but also a tilt screen that none of the top M43 cameras have. And 24 MP APSC sensors, nice Fuji colours too, plus more affordable high quality lenses. For those who don't care about video, this looks like the ultimate mirrorless. Bravo! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

'a tilt screen that none of the top M43 cameras have'
Are you serious? EVERY M43 has a tilt screen! Panasonic have been using them since day 1! The whole GH series have screens that unlike from Sony, and THIS Fuji can flip in all directions, including forward, for vlogging or similar.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 07:34 UTC
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piratejabez: My wishlist:
- 1" or larger sensor (check)
- 24mm or wider at the wide end (check)
- 150mm or longer at the long end (check)
- touchscreen optional (check)
- f/2.8 or brighter at shortest FL (nope)
- manual zoom (nope)
- dedicated EC dial (nope)
- 1 or 2 additional dials (nope)
- plenty of controls and customization (nope)

Still waiting for that LX100 replacement... mine is barely holding together at this point.

Ah, someone else wants an LX replacement. See my comment above in 3 parts.
(DPreview, why the useless character limit?)

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 19:04 UTC
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MrTaikitso: 1/3
Samsung, the ball WAS in your court. I owned what for me was the BEST camera I ever owned until a few years ago, the EX2F. Fastest lens of any compact, took excellent clean pictures in ALL conditions, the 1080P video was equally clean and the stereo audio quality outstanding. Proper OLED Panasonic style flip out and forward display, nice chunky body, USB charging (not bad for a 2012 model!) and just really nice to use.

I sold it expecting an EX3F with 4K and a view finder etc. But I went to Berlin in 2014 for the mini CES they have there and by remarkable co-incidence, bumped into the Samsung camera product manager on their (huge) booth. Showing him my EX2F that I was using to vlog the show, he whispered in my ear that Samsung were to be pulling out of the camera business altogether, and this was at the time their amazing NX1 mirrorless was receiving global praise!

So, Panasonic, stop releasing these half baked effort (G9 excepted), we all* want an LX200, namely the following:

3/3

The LX series like the Ricoh GR are similar and great for street and portraits, but today, video is important because people have it in their phones (iPhone and Galaxy S8/Note 8 offer 60fps, as does my GoPro Hero 6), but a compact camera offers tactile controls and if it has a viewfinder, a better experience when composing. (I will never accept a phone or other device without a viewfinder can be used for proper photography. I mounted my Note 8 on a tripod and tried to shoot stills and video, but it's impossible to check focus and exposure accurately on a display outdoors.)

I rest my case M'Lud

*Agreed?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 19:03 UTC
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MrTaikitso: 1/3
Samsung, the ball WAS in your court. I owned what for me was the BEST camera I ever owned until a few years ago, the EX2F. Fastest lens of any compact, took excellent clean pictures in ALL conditions, the 1080P video was equally clean and the stereo audio quality outstanding. Proper OLED Panasonic style flip out and forward display, nice chunky body, USB charging (not bad for a 2012 model!) and just really nice to use.

I sold it expecting an EX3F with 4K and a view finder etc. But I went to Berlin in 2014 for the mini CES they have there and by remarkable co-incidence, bumped into the Samsung camera product manager on their (huge) booth. Showing him my EX2F that I was using to vlog the show, he whispered in my ear that Samsung were to be pulling out of the camera business altogether, and this was at the time their amazing NX1 mirrorless was receiving global praise!

So, Panasonic, stop releasing these half baked effort (G9 excepted), we all* want an LX200, namely the following:

2/3
High res viewfinder
Ultra fast lens (can we emulate Samsung and start at f1.4?)
Decent zoom reach (wide to mid telephoto)
Twin dials
4K at 60fps
Flip forward touch display for pro video or vlogging (EX2F was great for that being it's lens worked in low light)
Large m 4/3 or APSC sensor (No, 1 inch is not enough) - Maybe same one as in GH5S?
USB-C in camera charging/data transfer
Front and rear grip

The EX2F was a superb street camera and also fantastic for portraits.

Continued...

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 19:03 UTC

1/3
Samsung, the ball WAS in your court. I owned what for me was the BEST camera I ever owned until a few years ago, the EX2F. Fastest lens of any compact, took excellent clean pictures in ALL conditions, the 1080P video was equally clean and the stereo audio quality outstanding. Proper OLED Panasonic style flip out and forward display, nice chunky body, USB charging (not bad for a 2012 model!) and just really nice to use.

I sold it expecting an EX3F with 4K and a view finder etc. But I went to Berlin in 2014 for the mini CES they have there and by remarkable co-incidence, bumped into the Samsung camera product manager on their (huge) booth. Showing him my EX2F that I was using to vlog the show, he whispered in my ear that Samsung were to be pulling out of the camera business altogether, and this was at the time their amazing NX1 mirrorless was receiving global praise!

So, Panasonic, stop releasing these half baked effort (G9 excepted), we all* want an LX200, namely the following:

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 19:03 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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Sean65: I think the results are more than conclusive -

Men - Nikon
Women - Canon
LGBT - Sony

Wouldn't LGBT = CaNikOny?

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 07:33 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Review (583 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: I had a chance to experiment with GH5S for hours in a local store here, where they had a GH5S on show. I was the only visitor with my son interested in having a look at this camera. The only feature I was interested in and tested for hours was video AF including face tracking and touch to rack focus. It's really weird that Panasonic is churning out video cameras with excellent specifications but with totally unusable and unreliable continuous video auto-focus. The GH5S was micro-hunting, pulsating like crazy, sometimes it looked working ok, then suddenly it went mad. If you are a MF videographer, the GH5S is really great; but, when you need decent video AF, forget about it. I wonder, if I live long enough to see the first Panasonic video camera with (semi) decent video AF.

May have something to do with patents. Am sure Canon and Sony have patents and Panasonic have yet to develop their own unique AF tech, so it's their Achilles heel.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 05:52 UTC

No VF and slow 4K? Way to stay classy Fuji. Panasonic, Sony and now Fuji have all lowered their standards to launch crappy flip up screen based compact cameras without viewfinders for the narcissist YouTubers. How low can we go.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 05:48 UTC as 80th comment | 3 replies
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RedFox88: This the Chinese brand that is spying on the US through these UAVs?

No way?

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16907238/artificial-intelligence-surveillance-cameras-security

Yes way!

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 18:18 UTC
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Martinka: Btw, remember 1,5 year ago? GoPro introduced Karma and week later, DJI came up with Mavic. And Mavic totally crushed Karma. This year, Autel introduced EVO. Two weeks later, DJI introduces Mavic Air. Seems like very good timing of DJI and again possibly big problem for it’s competitor.

Corporate espionage? (Remember US Robotics or whatever they were called? First company in the world with drones - now where are they? I wonder if DJI reverse engineered their gear and improved upon. It's happened before in many industries.)

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 18:17 UTC

Are you sure the Macbook Pro has 6GB VRAM? I just bought the top spec machine here in the U of K and it has 4GB.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 20:07 UTC as 100th comment

Airshows! Sorted. Perfect!

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 23:18 UTC as 83rd comment

This was so obvious from the get go! There were (I think Google have purged them since) countless semi-useful 'free' apps in the Android store (IP cameras, simple games etc) that one later learned were feeding way way too much info back to the publishers's servers. If you dug deep, they were all Chinese, hence bad Engwish in the instwuctions.

"Those who cannot create, destroy." Or in the case of China, 'copy'.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 23:16 UTC as 2nd comment
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Shlomo Goldwasser: Sexual assault, or disappointed their careers didn't go too well and trying to get some money to make up for it? When a woman has regrets she can always play the sob story and make the guy out for a rapist because they are always given the benefit of the doubt.

My thoughts exactly. I used to shoot people (casually, as a hobby, not for profit or in any professional capacity) and stopped once the concept of sharing imagery online became the norm because whilst people seem to be happy to be photographed using phones (which ironically, are already online 24/7!), they seem to dislike real (SLR/DSLR/Mirrorless like) cameras! They consider photographers as creepy. I think it's the longer lenses.

So now I just shoot scenic and animals.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 16:11 UTC
On article Sony a7R III UHD 4K sample video clips (105 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: Massive Panasonic GH fan, mainly due to the superior ergonomics and reliability. (Nothing Panasonic I have owned has ever broken down, in fact, I took my 1970s boombox apart and re-built, and it still worked!)
But, Sony have been so brave with their mirror-less designs, am thinking of getting into amateur video at some point and had my eyes on the GH5 for aforementioned reasons. But can anyone who is impartial tell me that if one had a budget of say, £4000 approx, which is the better for all conditions - daylight to no light? This (A7r-iii) or the GH5? I realise the Sony will be way better in low light of thanks to larger sensor, but are there any other issues? What do those of you with both cameras or an A7 series think of the ergonomics? What drives you mad about either when you're out in the field or uploading to an editor?
(Owned a few mid range Sony NEX , and love the 'only Sony can do this' engineering and IQ, but the ergonomics, in particular the menus, drove me bananas.)

Forgot to say, will be shooting in 4K minimum, so the older Sony A7 series are a no no.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 20:03 UTC
On article Sony a7R III UHD 4K sample video clips (105 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: Massive Panasonic GH fan, mainly due to the superior ergonomics and reliability. (Nothing Panasonic I have owned has ever broken down, in fact, I took my 1970s boombox apart and re-built, and it still worked!)
But, Sony have been so brave with their mirror-less designs, am thinking of getting into amateur video at some point and had my eyes on the GH5 for aforementioned reasons. But can anyone who is impartial tell me that if one had a budget of say, £4000 approx, which is the better for all conditions - daylight to no light? This (A7r-iii) or the GH5? I realise the Sony will be way better in low light of thanks to larger sensor, but are there any other issues? What do those of you with both cameras or an A7 series think of the ergonomics? What drives you mad about either when you're out in the field or uploading to an editor?
(Owned a few mid range Sony NEX , and love the 'only Sony can do this' engineering and IQ, but the ergonomics, in particular the menus, drove me bananas.)

Thanks for the replies everyone, and sorry for delay. Was moving home. Oh gawd, decisions! I'll go get a hands on with the Sony's and let my hands, fingers and eyes decide. (Already played with a GH5.) I hear you re the high ISO noise on Panasonic stuff, it's an m4/3 thing and the laws of physics mean the only way around it is what Google are doing with algorithmic photography, so the camera/phone can use smaller sensors and stitch multiple simultaneous or near simultaneous exposures together on the fly. (Hence Google Pixel 2 phone won DPreview's award today.)

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
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sh10453: I'm not an Apple fan, and never will be, but a man who started a small project in his back yard garage and made it the richest company on earth deserves a lot of credit.
RIP Steve.

Excellent image. It should be, coming out of a 4x5 camera and an experienced photographer.

He wasn't such a visionary, more someone who knew how to communicate. Apple's marketing and the style of advertising is pure genius, and Job's got that, plus he knew when something was 'just right', what I call a 'table thumper'. He would never have allowed the abomination that is the 'notch' on the iPhone X, a massive UX fail and example of lack of use of imagination in the design process.
Visionaries are those who sketch ideas. Job's poo poo'd the stylus, yet the Galaxy Note (of which I have owned most models) is not only superb, but making Samsung a lot of money, and then Apple launch the iPad Pro with superb Apple Pencil, to rave reviews. He wasn't always right. Oh he had charisma, and was very strict, not taking poop from anyone and spotting BS from a mile away. (I spent years with some of Apple's first employees, so have first hand knowledge of all this too.) In my opinion, Apple's greatest achievement is it's advertising design and copy writing.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 20:41 UTC
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