guyfawkes

guyfawkes

Lives in Birmingham, UK
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Joined on Feb 20, 2012

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tom42: Ilford HPS is fast but very grainy, especially when shot at ASA (ISO)3000 and developed in Acufine.
Circa 1957 from an old geezer

But Kodak Royal X Pan had an even faster base ISO of 1,250 or ASA as it would have been then. It had grain like golf balls, but shot with an 8X Red filter in sunlight (!) it could produce sharp images from roll film in my YashicaMat. Not really suitable for push processing, IMO.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 13:50 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (194 comments in total)
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Jhaakas: It is not a 24-600 f2.4-4 .. but look closely, it is a 8-200 mm lens. The equivalent fstop is f7.2-12 (not 2.4- 4)and it is what it is.

The quality of still pics is great compared to a PS camera, however pretty ordinary compared to a APSC dslr. Zoomed photos have poor contrast, low sharpness and sort of a whitish opaqueness. Even a basic Nikon d3300 or a Pentax K-50 with a 55-200 zoom has much better pic quality.
Video is where the RX10 will have the upper hand.. and those capabilities are amazing. However you might get them also in a dedicated video camera for much less price.

@ FredSpain, here it is: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. And in the UK it retails at a whopping £9,649. Ouch!

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 13:42 UTC

One of the UK dealers is already used by me, Yippee! Fantastic to see that 127 roll film is there, too. I still get my Yashica LM out from time to time, and will now not have to rely on outdated film.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 13:32 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (194 comments in total)
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Orcio14: Really good pictures. I've a question: are they directly from camera, or after any PP, rather?

Carey, it may take a while for ACR to support the camera, but what was wrong in not using Sony's own RAW converter software and which I assume ships with the camera?

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 09:24 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (194 comments in total)
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PhotoDiod: Is it coincidental that the only female portraits in the set (which are usually good for evaluating skin tones) are done either in extreme overbearing golden light (#63) or in extreme backlit/underexposed darkness (#68)? Doesn't anyone care about skin tones anymore?

Some do, but you need Fuji if skin tone is important.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 09:18 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (194 comments in total)
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BostonC: The shots of birds at the zoo taken by the Ubergizmo's reviewer are just a bit better:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ubergizmo/albums/72157666411691282/with/25525433743/

An interesting comparison, and shows the Sony in a better light. Sorry about the pun. I can't explain why, but the dpr images look decidedly poor on my 1080p monitor. None appear that sharp and seem decidedly flat.

I appreciate that ubergizmo has likely pp'd his images, but at least it does show better than dpr just what the Sony is capable of.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 09:17 UTC

I'm mainly interested in converting images to b/w, in pp, and for this I use Black White Projects 4, a paid for German software program. Nevertheless, not wishing to look a gift horse in the mouth, I've downloaded Nik and whilst I don't find Silver Efex as fully useful as BWP 4, and which has 115 pre-sets compared to Nik's 38, and double the number of film type simulations, for example, Nik is still a great suite of software, and remarkable as now it is free.

I use W7 Pro but I've also downloaded it to a smaller W10 SSD laptop with an i5 processor and 8gb of RAM and it works fine, too.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 21:18 UTC as 12th comment
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vladimir vanek: Thinking of google's hobby to collect everything I wonder what the word "collection" stands for in the name of the app/service. O:)

Substitute "suite" for "collection" and it becomes clear.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
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PhalaNik: Really what is the point? Regardless of brand they all look so bad once the ISO hits the 100k mark that its clear the marketing dept have too much say in the specs. Nikon are simply loosing face here, why do you want your flagship camera to be capable of capturing images at the lowest quality possible by using ISO 3 bloody million. It's a total joke. If you want a real laugh pop over to imaging resource to see the samples at ISO 3m. I can’t see anything on offer from the D5 that would make a D4 or even D3 shooter feel the compelling need to upgrade. Save you cash and get a few lenses.

Well, we've seen manufacturers increase sensor size, cram in more pixels, and so I suppose this must be the next gimmick to persuade the unsuspecting this must be the next big improvement and a must have feature in your next. obligatory, bout of GAS. Ha, Ha.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 20:42 UTC
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Franz Weber: 1051 grams. Ouch!

The R1 weighs in at 2.2lbs. I still have, and use mine from time to time. Considering it cost $999 upon its release in 2005, this latest Sony isn't that expensive considering inflation and the feature set on offer.

Within its 10mp sensor constraint, and providing one sticks to low ISO's it produces exceptional IQ.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 17:50 UTC
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jaykumarr: Is there anyway to use this with no Adobe photoshop or any other software?

For example, if I have a new Mac with factory setup, with no software, how I can use this suite?

thanks for helping out my ignorance.

Just what I have done to try it out. But you can only import a single image at a time and unlike most regular software that will display a tree of your image folders, this does not, so it is a little inconvenient, but only a slight one, having to navigate back to the folders on my HD each time to select another image.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 09:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 firmware update 1.01 now available (75 comments in total)
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straylightrun: I reckon Fujifilm intentionally puts these bugs in so they can release more firmware updates and people will think they are cutting edge and up to date because they are always “supporting” their products. Fuji fanboys eat this up!

@ Gerardjan. +1 And when the DEF NOT LIKE vote gets to 4, the system would delete the silly comments automatically.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 firmware update 1.01 now available (75 comments in total)
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straylightrun: I reckon Fujifilm intentionally puts these bugs in so they can release more firmware updates and people will think they are cutting edge and up to date because they are always “supporting” their products. Fuji fanboys eat this up!

Now let me guess. You are a conspiracy theorist. Right?

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:51 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 firmware update 1.01 now available (75 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: I only had the reset once, on first day, but nice to have the fix so fast. Their speed of reaction is great here, and, more generally, I feel very safe, as a customer, in the knowledge they have consistently embraced constant improvements post release for all their X bodies and lenses. That is exactly how it should be in this fast paced digital world.

Well said.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:48 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 firmware update 1.01 now available (75 comments in total)
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kierenlon: I wish companies would step away from this rush to release flawed products on the expectations the users are beta testers and they can patch it later.

Fuji is probably the most obvious example but can't be singles out. All the brands are doing it - nikon, canon, olympus, adobe etc.

Test, test some more, then have an alpha, beta, release candidate, release. Sick of release often, fix later attitude

I think you are losing sight of the fact that a digital camera is quite a complex instrument requiring lots of computer code to work. Are you really expecting the products to be released that have all of the potential for flaws to have been detected and eradicated? Maybe you are, but I doubt any manufacturer can guarantee that their product is 100% perfect on release. What is important is that when such problems come to light the manufacturers push out fixes asap. And don't forget, the upside of this is the manufacturers are able in many cases to upgrade a camera's functions over what was envisaged originally, months, even years after sale.

Name any piece of software, or an OS, that is perfect the day it is launched. Whilst you may decry the fact, users are actually a very good way for manufacturers to find out what is actually wrong with their products. So long as they have done the best they can before inflicting a product onto the public. W10, anybody?

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 20:42 UTC
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nerd2: So only 5 times more expensive than Fuji 35mm 1.4. Not bad for a Leica.

I'm waiting for the first quality review that does a shoot out between the Leica and Fuji lenses. The Fuji is a superb lens in its own right, but if the Leica bests it, then many happy Leica T owners will be able to justify its purchase. After all, it is only they that have to justify it to themselves. It matters not what non-Leica users think.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 12:24 UTC
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Stanchung: Definitely something special. and nice review.

Since it's a shift lens, is it able to get front to back sharp of say a field of lilies? Something impossible with a non shift lens even when stopped down?

@ringoman.

Actually, I wasn't referring to tilt at all, and as an experienced 5x4 user I do know the difference. dbm305 spotted my error in misinterpreting the shift function as being lateral shift and which could be applied in the vertical and horizontal plane, which it can't do. With 5x4 cameras shift is a horizontal deflection of the front standard, and the equivalent function in the vertical deflection is referred to a rising, or falling front standard.

The tilt function is as you describe and combined with the Scheimpflug principle is designed to give optimum depth of field, whether this be in your example front to back (near and far) such as is often seen with railways tracks, or in commercial product photography, for example, to give sharpness along the length of an inclined plane such as will obtain with a subject at an angle to the camera. In this case, DoF is actually quite narrow along the length of the subject, but can't be obtained by any other means.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 23:22 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (899 comments in total)

I'm surprised at the comparisons with the Sigma and Tamron lenses, where the reviewer states they have an effectively brighter aperture. Wide open, they are both f3.5 and this compares to the Panny's f2.8, and when zoomed they drop to a very lowly f6.3 compared to the f4 of the Panny.

I am anticipating getting into "equivalence" arguments here, but brightness as determined by the aperture isn't subject to the equivalence argument.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 10:09 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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Under The Sun: I love Leica cameras. Borrowed my friend's M9 during a trip to Kyoto and really enjoyed shooting with it, it evoked the same feeling as driving a beautiful vintage car. Impractical, manual, but so much fun. Last week, I just got my hands on a loaner Q and will be purchasing that camera soon. I'm definitely a fan.

However I scratch my head at the concept of the SL. The camera and its lenses are huge, heavy, and loaded with so much unnecessary tech. It seems completely the opposite of the Leica philosophy of "das Wesentliche" or focus on the essentials. Price notwithstanding the SL seems like a high end pro camera that a company like Samsung or Sony would produce not Leica. Just my two cents.

I agree about the reported quality of the NX1, but the reason I questioned your choice of Samsung was because you said "like Samsung or Sony would produce". Regrettably, Samsung can't, as it is widely rumoured that they appear to have pulled camera production. Amidst these rumours they cancelled their stand at CES 2016. Despite the NX1 being a super camera, Samsung as a major camera brand has never really caught on.

I'm not interested in them, but I still wish they would continue if only to keep other manufacturers honest.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 21:22 UTC
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tom1234567: The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm F2.8-4 is set to cost £4650/$6395

I will order two right away???
were do they did up these prices from do they live in the real world?

I see you use the saltire. So, if you are anything like the stereotype, the answer will be no. :D) Sorry about the Rugby result. But I have to hope that France doesn't spoil the party!

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 09:51 UTC
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