guyfawkes

guyfawkes

Lives in Birmingham, UK
Works as a Retired.
Joined on Feb 20, 2012

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On article Flip to flop: the pocket camcorder flash in the pan (42 comments in total)
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Tom K.: If I ever heard of it, it didn't make an impression. I have no recollection of this thing. It may be that it was a phenomenon that I completely missed, or it may be that it wasn't as widespread as you seem to think it was.

A quartet of ostriches comes to mind. :D)

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 16:24 UTC
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LiangMing: Come on, it just say if you trade in your old camera, you get what ever the trade-in value from the vendor, PLUS $300 or $500 from Sony when you buy the Sony camera at the same time.

The only way anyone has of assessing your offer at B&H is whether their $700 trade-in value is par for the course or not.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 15:35 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Shooting Experience (98 comments in total)
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Kharan: I don't know if it's DPR's compression messing things up, but those samples have a very strong '2010' feel to them... I owned an SL1 and it was a very nice JPEG shooter, despite the blown oranges and yellows (fantastic for many landscapes, terrible for people). These samples look drab, soft, and kind of washed out.

Kharan, not entirely, but it isn't a good idea in my book to test a camera using a zoom lens at its weakest spot and where some image degradation is inevitable. And this is borne out in the tests on this lens.

I believe it is fair to use this lens in the context of this camera, though, as it gives a view of the likely results that someone paying this sort of money can expect. After all, it is highly unlikely that someone will come to this camera and then splash out thousands more on top for a high end lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:12 UTC
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LiangMing: Come on, it just say if you trade in your old camera, you get what ever the trade-in value from the vendor, PLUS $300 or $500 from Sony when you buy the Sony camera at the same time.

Quite right. Otherwise it would mean Sony only giving $500 for those Leicas. Who in his right mind would accept that?

Quite simply it is a "thank you" from Sony and nothing at all to do with whatever deal you do with the dealer. But I can be a suspicious individual at times and wonder how many dealers will try and undervalue the trade-in value they offer?

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 13:35 UTC
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Kingmax: Oh no, another pseudo-big-deal-that-is-a-really-waste-of-money.

But they are also taking on the financial risk of success or failure. In the old days it used to be the entrepreneurs and/or their banks that bore the production risk. Neatly, Kickstarter has turned the arrangement on its head and persuaded the buyer to take on the risk. How did we fall for that one?

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 12:33 UTC
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S Yu: Are these guaranteed to be better than Soviet ripoffs?

S Yu. You need educating. :D) Perhaps this link will explain why their lenses don't qualify as "rip-offs".

http://www.sovietcams.com/index.php?358713866

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 12:16 UTC
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SigmaChrome: "The 'Crazy Deal' earlybird special will snag you a Biotar 75mm F1.5 in *any mount* for $950." Not true. What a about the Sigma SA mount?

Surely, this means any mount in which they intend to supply? One doesn't have to go that far back in time to when the independents would offer their lenses in a variety of mounts, but not all, and for which they would have differential pricing.

What they are saying here is all the mounts will be priced the same.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 11:53 UTC
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biza43: Seems like a nice lens. Reminds me of the Zeiss C Sonnar 50 f1.5, which was "updated" with the new coatings from the 1930's design.

But only in looks. The Sonnars do not give horrible (IMO) swirly bokeh. I have an uncoated mint wartime (1942) and post-war coated unit. Both are wonderfully sharp, but I have to be extra careful with the 1942 unit to avoid flare, but it does have an interesting rendition, somewhat different to its later brother.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 11:38 UTC
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Lichtbild: 'The lens is available ...', with a just launched Kickstarter campaign, it's probably more accurate to say, 'the lens is planned to be available ...'. Even if some mount version is actually available, other crowd-funding experiences tell us, other mount versions often take quite a while before being available. If ever.

And with the added complexity of the Leica M mount and time spent ensuring it couples accurately with the rangefinder, never? Or is this Andre de Winters job?

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 11:33 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Shooting Experience (98 comments in total)
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Kharan: I don't know if it's DPR's compression messing things up, but those samples have a very strong '2010' feel to them... I owned an SL1 and it was a very nice JPEG shooter, despite the blown oranges and yellows (fantastic for many landscapes, terrible for people). These samples look drab, soft, and kind of washed out.

Kharan, what you are also seeing, no doubt, is the drop in IQ of the lens as the images have been shot at maximum tele setting, wide open or 1/3 stop closed down. This seems to be the setting at which the vast majority, if not all, zooms perform at their worst. This seems to have been compounded by what seems to be a fairly flat light at that time.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 11:20 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Shooting Experience (98 comments in total)
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carlo14: I'm still surprised at what I keep hearing in reviews about this camera. Firstly I don't see how it can be classed as a beginner's camera, for a start it has some quite advanced features and furthermore cost £679 with kit lens. That's not a beginner's price level, and is dearer than some pretty decent mirrorless models!

And why compare to the Nikon D3400? This Canon is virtually identical in size, appearance, features and cost to the D5600.

£679 for a so-called entry level model? Wow!! Isn't it this sort of marketing that brings little new to the table which is yet another nail in the coffin of the dslr/manufacturer?

Just for how long can manufacturers drag out the life of an ailing dslr market? Not with camera models like this, surely?

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 11:14 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Shooting Experience (98 comments in total)
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pierpa: Does anyone know, or can ask Canon, why they give some cameras different names in different zones?

It can't be only to confuse users, can it? there must be a proper reason?

This happened rarely in the film era, some Canon Eos and Minolta X series bodies were labelled differently for the US market, but many kept to one name only. The point being there was no video available on film stills cameras, so it still begs the question, why?

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 10:56 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Shooting Experience (98 comments in total)
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cale johnson: @Jeff Keller writes, "Some of the telephoto options include the EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM. If you bought the camera body-only, then the first lens is the better choice, as it covers a longer range and is a bit faster at the wide end, (very) slightly aiding low light performance."

This statement isn't entirely true. The 18-135mm covers a range of 117mm. The second lens, 55-250mm, covers a longer range, specifically 195mm. The second lens also reaches longer, 250mm vs 135mm.

Only semantics, I know, but had Jeff Keller said "wider range" would this have been better understood?

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 10:51 UTC
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arthur01: This looks a good buy for someone starting out but I have found that old Thyristor type electronic flashes will work on most digital slr's with a hot shoe. You don't get TTL but you get bounce and tilt and swivel and enough manual adjustments to nail your exposure.
I have posted on this on my blog.

https://geoffthompsonsphotographytraining.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/using-old-flash-on-digital-slr.html

This may be of interest.

http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 21:18 UTC
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Gesture: Would a Vivitar 283 do the same thing?

A lot of, if not all, digital cameras have to have a trigger voltage of 6V or less to be safe. Most, but not all, guns from the film era can have trigger voltages running into several hundred volts, albeit at low amps.

The flash coupler is made by Wein and is available from B&H Photo. It sits between the hotshoe and the foot of the flashgun.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 21:01 UTC
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cosinaphile: darwin award nominee for the most superficial reason for booking a flight in human history

+1. But, crazily, she made the pages of dpReview!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 09:40 UTC
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Dante Birchen: These events may be in a public park, but are not publicly accessible. You have to go through a checkpoint and there are a lot of rules:
http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/summer-concert-rules-policies

On photography:
At the request of the artist/performer, video, photo and audio devices are prohibited at Pershing Square’s Downtown Stage Saturday concerts. This includes Pro cameras, monopods, tripods, selfie sticks, iPads or professional photography/ video equipment of any type. This policy will be strictly enforced due to contractual agreement.
You could probably take in a Sony Rx-100 or something like it. It is disputable what is professional equipment anyway. (continued)

cosinaphile, I hadn't scrolled down to you post before posting mine above, but I see we are more or less of the same mind.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 09:35 UTC
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Robert Jensen: I'm a retired photographer who's been shooting for over 50 years. Back in the 70's I was interested in concert photography since a customer (Jay Green) at the camera store I worked at would show us his slides of the concert he shot that week. I ended up getting into glamor and vintage pinup instead.

All I have to say on the matter is to turn the situation around and have it that the photographers are the ones protecting their rights to prevent someone from copying their work and making money from it. Watch them do exactly what the performers did.

The other solution, no one gives free concerts at the park anymore.

Or, give free concerts in non-public places where the ban can be enforced. Then see how popular the event is. Or, go along and enjoy this free public concert and then stop buying the artists' recordings or paying to stream or download their music. Hit the agents/artists where it hurts - in their pockets.

OK, I may be a mite sarcastic here, there is an important legal issue involved, but have the agents/artists not considered that future earnings may increase from publicising their music this way? From what I can gather it isn't doing anyone's PR any good. Has no one heard of Goodwill?

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 09:31 UTC

Why is this considered newsworthy?

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 20:19 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Fujifilm GF 23mm F4 sample gallery (90 comments in total)
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Marty4650: We probably should stop calling this sensor size "medium format" because it isn't even close to the 6x7cm, 6x6cm or 6x5cm film medium formats of the past. It is much closer to a full frame sensor, and probably should be called "Super Full Frame" instead.

@SigmaChrome, as used in film cameras the 6x6.45 format was actually quite common in folding bellows cameras of the 1930's, 40's and 50's as a means of making 120 film cameras a little smaller and lighter than their 6x6 and 6x9 brethren. They also had the advantage of providing up 16 exposures per roll compared to the 12 or 8 of their bigger brothers. My Minolta Semi and two Zeiss Super Ikontas shoot 6x6.45 natively, and some Rollei TLR's have adapters so that they, too, can shoot 6x6.45.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
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