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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Cool! So many of my poor school age and student friends had these, they were like Ladas, built like a tank, and cheap. I remember seeing them in shops for about £35! Great way to get into 35mm SLR photography. I had a useless Konica rangefinder as a kid that my grandpa gave me. The winder was faulty, so half my pics came out double exposed.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 21:13 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
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Krakonosh: Nuclear powered, North Korean sensor based DSLR with wide range of radioactive lenses - it´s gonna sell like hotcakes.

And it will bake 'em too!

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 21:11 UTC
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Bing Chow: Great. Another device to assist people in being more self-indulgent than they already are. "Look at what I'm eating!" "Hey, I'm taking a dump!" "Look where I am!" "Isn't this view great?"

Yup, narcissism and the breaches of privacy life logging cameras lead to will not end well for society. And they don't do anything to reduce crime, just provide fodder for LiveLeak and YouTube. All said, having designed a circular device like this over 15 years ago myself (tecterran.com/ophone), they have got a lot right about the industrial design. My device has a lanyard too, but won't be out for a bit yet being it's got built in communications, not requiring pairing with your phone like the FrontRow.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 07:12 UTC

I did it first - in 2011, albeit, it may be a 27" Dell monitor, but not touch screen...

https://goo.gl/photos/uDNLZ4hpYFLFg4BD7

Touch screen or not, the ergonomic benefits are significant. By leaning over your work space, you suffer way less back, arm and other aches. You can work way longer.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 20:43 UTC as 3rd comment
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Frank_BR: Illuminated controls? Hmmm... A virtuoso pianist would consider ridiculous a Steinway & Sons piano with illuminated keys. He does not need to see the keys to play the piano perfectly. Likewise, a real professional photographer does not need to see the controls of a camera; he knows them by touch.

Disagree, I always desired this, and Pentax delivered a few years ago. It's superbly useful. We backlight most other controls, and our keyboards, so why not?

You can always turn the feature off!

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 14:51 UTC
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RED i: Citizen? Did I just wake up in the 80's with my Citizen ghettoblaster?

They made (or make?) pretty innovative watches at one point. A more stylish alternative to your chunky Casio.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 06:48 UTC

I have a Note5, and it's outstanding, so cannot imagine how awesome the 7 is, being it's a generation or two more recent. The battery issue is a non event now, they have put a different smaller one in. Am waiting for the Note8, but if it's too expensive or has any silly flaws, will track a Note7 down. Cameras in the Samsung's are outstanding.
We shot some of these videos on the Note5...

http://www.teleserenity.com

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 19:37 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
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RamD: For people into flying drones, perhaps this is inspirational. As a person who doesn't but looked at the video to see something interesting as a non-drone aficionado, it was not something watching again. A video with good drone flying but no message or visual that was insightful? Nice technique, but no message.

Oh dear.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 04:37 UTC

That was outstanding, period. And the sound effects were genius, worked really well. Very impressed! I hate to think how many takes this took and if there were any impacts during said takes.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 04:36 UTC as 8th comment
On article LG G6 camera review (123 comments in total)
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Gal Root: I have the LG G5. I LOVE the wide angle lens.
It's too early to replace it as it works great but my next phone will probably also be an LG just because of the wide angle!
Also, LG's camera app is by far the best on the market.

I had a G5 and as you say it is superb. I got some tack sharp and detailed wide angle shots. As someone else has pointed out, and I saw mentioned in another article, the sensor in the G5 may in fact be better than the G6.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 19:23 UTC
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rrccad: I'm having a sense of deja vu.

didn't sony waaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2006 boldly claim they would be, or wanted to be #2 by 2007? or at least have a 20-25% marketshare by then?

Fast forward to 2017 and they still only have 14%. I'm not sure about you, but man that's really missing your targets.

Because Samsung's Android phones are so good (I know, I have one) that sales of anything below a Panasonic LX100 or similar are dead, effecting the income of camera makers, Sony included, whose compacts used to be very popular.

I have a Note5, and it takes outstanding images and video (in most lighting conditions).

So, this only leaves the high end of the photography market, meaning camera makers have lost what I assume is 1/2 of their potential market. (Sony are fortunate that they make the sensors in most phones and DSLRS, so they win either way.)

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 19:41 UTC
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MrTaikitso: Does not surprise me. I have owned a Note 4, Galaxy S6, S7 and now a Note5, and both the still and video images are OUTSTANDING and tack sharp too. Main difference between the most recent devices is they focus a LOT faster and handle low light better.

It's no wonder Samsung's regular camera division failed, their phone camera tech obsoleted a lot of the models, the NX1 the only exception. All said, the 4K video from my Note5 is hard to differentiate from footage shot on GH4s and the like in daylight. Don't believe me? Hit TeleSerenity.com and click through to the YouTube channel and view the footage shot on my Note5.

All said, I wish they would release a successor to the best camera I ever owned, the EX2F. f1.4 lens took superb pics & video in all conditions. A 4K version with a viewfinder would have got my money. (My only gripe with phones is the lack of a viewfinder for composing in bright sunlight or street covert photographer and tactile controls.)

S7 is of course superior being 2 generations ahead, but mainly in low light, auto focus and shot to shot speed. If you put both on a tripod i daylight, difference less obvious. Autofocus speed on S6 onwards makes them a no brainer.

And later this year, we'll have the Note8 with two cameras!

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 22:30 UTC

Does not surprise me. I have owned a Note 4, Galaxy S6, S7 and now a Note5, and both the still and video images are OUTSTANDING and tack sharp too. Main difference between the most recent devices is they focus a LOT faster and handle low light better.

It's no wonder Samsung's regular camera division failed, their phone camera tech obsoleted a lot of the models, the NX1 the only exception. All said, the 4K video from my Note5 is hard to differentiate from footage shot on GH4s and the like in daylight. Don't believe me? Hit TeleSerenity.com and click through to the YouTube channel and view the footage shot on my Note5.

All said, I wish they would release a successor to the best camera I ever owned, the EX2F. f1.4 lens took superb pics & video in all conditions. A 4K version with a viewfinder would have got my money. (My only gripe with phones is the lack of a viewfinder for composing in bright sunlight or street covert photographer and tactile controls.)

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 20:16 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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dbronson: there goes the kids college fund.

There goes a kidney. Decisions, left or right?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
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GEONYC: I agree but, come on, if you look in both directions and shoot for 125th of a second, it is not a big deal.

Please try to find something more important to complain about, like the fact that some companies mislead their customers by saying, "Made in Germany", when the camera is made in Portugal and/or Austria and lenses on some cameras look like they are made by, Zeiss or Leica on Sonys and Panasonics and they are not made by them and not in Germany and most are made in Thailand. I have two Nikon lenses, they, "say", made in Thailand". At least they don't try to lie, like Lie-ca.

Write about that.

Agreed! Great pun too. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 09:03 UTC
On article At the market: Panasonic GH5 sample video (79 comments in total)

$4 for a bunch of spring onions?? Get out of here! My eyes are watering, and I havn't even bought any yet.

$0.79 equiv at Waitrose, an up market supermarket here in the U of K.

More money saved for a GH5.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 15:34 UTC as 4th comment | 7 replies
On article Huawei P10 scores highly in DxOMark Mobile testing (52 comments in total)
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Gal Root: "Only the Google Pixel, HTC 10, Sony Xperia X Performance and Samsung Galaxy S7 " ..."Only" :)
I'll stay with the G5 (which has more details than all the above), thank you.

Agreed re G5, assuming you mean the LG? Tack sharp lenses. Wide angle one is awesome.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 00:27 UTC

Eye print recognition is the best, hence used in top secret government establishments. No issues with gloves, beards and such, yes you may have to take your glasses off, but not that inconvenient.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 10:26 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (81 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: Panasonic should put their energy in a decent customer service program, which so far is non-existent.

It's not a Panasonic thing, it is ANY Asian company. Try dealing with Sony, Samsung or LG, just the same. Massive pride means faults are always yours, very hard to reach anyone anyway, badly designed website forms and so on. A direct contrast to companies like Apple or Amazon, that make it easy and are very quick to respond. To be fair to Panasonic, since the 1970s, I have owned a lot of their audio visual and camera gear, and it has never ever failed me, so my knowledge of their support issues only comes from DPreview.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 06:37 UTC

Sony are frustrating. I owned an f-717 in 2003-2005, and it failed half way through a holiday in Egypt. My various other Sony gadgets were also lacking in reliability unlike say Panasonic, who are my favourite brand, cross gadget (cameras, Technics audio etc). When they try, Sony can do great, such as their latest Android powered 4K TV, that is not just lovely to look ad, but offers a great picture too, better more realistic colours than Samsung.

They do best with their small gear, such as the very popular RX100 series and on the opposite scale, their high end audio gear.

Where they fail is in the camera UX design and reliability. Panasonic don't suffer the latter because they built their own electronics assembly line ('Panasert') years ago and have massive control over their QA. Not sure why only they and Pentax seem to get UX right, but must be someone they hire. Sony? Take note!

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 16:06 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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