Pontoneer

Lives in United Kingdom Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Works as a Audio-Visual Engineer
Joined on Aug 19, 2006

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The correct spelling is offenCe , not offense : we do not yet live in the United States of Great Britain .

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 20:30 UTC as 10th comment | 9 replies
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ZeBebito: I wonder why they all that gear. It would be nice to see some Hasselblad 100mp shots from space too.

In another note, why the comments in the Panasonic sponsored video are disabled?

Given that the original moon missions used Hasselblad ( ELX if memory serves ) before downgrading to Nikon , there is an argument for that .

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 00:24 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)
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casperghst42: What some people forget is that with a subscription model, the software stops working the second you stop paying ... and you loose access to your data.. that is what is wrong with the subscription model.

No it doesn’t - you just stop where you are and no longer get updates .

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 14:27 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1632 comments in total)

I have to disagree strongly with all this negativity .

I started with Photoshop when it was in its infancy .

I didn't purchase every version of PS , and I was glad my employer paid for it .

Because of the expense , software piracy was rife , and this was no doubt a problem for Adobe - no wonder they worked hard to make this as difficult as possible .

In time , cameras , computers and OS were upgraded - these upgrades were EXPENSIVE - hundreds of pounds each time , and if you didn't do it then you couldn't install the ACR for your new camera ; Adobe had you where they wanted you .

When CC came out , I was delighted : two industry standard pieces of software for less than the cost of a couple of beers a month - no dreaded expensive update every two or three years , and the latest version of ACR or whatever always to hand .

I think it is one of the biggest bargains in photography since we were given eyes , and I wonder at people who poo poo it .

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 11:43 UTC as 308th comment | 4 replies
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Henryti: What serious and important photographers murabayashi and all you commentors must be that you need to trash us fools for wanting one. He compares it to Fuji's, which cost 10 times more. They're not in the same market, love.

It's a fun gadget.if Holga put in a digital sensor and sell it for $150, I'd get one too. You guys are taking yourselves too seriously.

Or compare it to the like of a Pentax Optio I-10 or MX-1 , both of which bark back to iconic models whilst giving a practical user experience .

Incidentally , the PT cruiser was an ugly thing , certainly not a big seller here in Scotland , and in no way compares to 1930’s cars like Mercedes 260D of that era , far less the 540K , nor Rolls-Royce , Bentley or Hispano-Suiza models of the 1930’s ; if you must compare with Americana , my friend’s 1938 Packard 8 is on another level too . Even cars of the 1950’s , like my Mercedes W105 , Jaguars , Standard Vanguard and many others hadn’t moved so far in styling from the 1930’s , but still had the solid engineering and tactile feel that has been all but lost from the modern day trash that infests our roads now .

With cameras , too , much has been lost and many of the mechanical and tactile pleasures of the older cameras are lacking from present day offerings . If this feeling wasn’t shared , these retro styled cameras wouldn’t exist .

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 09:41 UTC

I’ve never bought anything from Wex , although been vaguely aware of them .

Have bought a fair bit from Calumet over the years , both Edinburgh and Glasgow branches , largely because you can actually go into a shop and look at things .

They also have an extensive range and of own brand products , which tend to offer good value , and are a great place to pick things up when needed urgently .

I too would have thought Calumet were the stronger and better known brand , but can only assume new owners want to break away from USA parent company ?

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:25 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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Brian Homer: My local Calumet is actually OK but in the bizarre branding decision to keep the shops as Calumet but to make the website Wex - currently the Calumet store presence is now absent from the web. Very weird decision making- there are some FAQs buried but it takes effort to find them most people wanting to find a Calumet store will probably be frustrated.

Simon , perhaps the plan is to move away from Calumet USA and not be seen as the same company . I go back to them being KJP and H West X Ray Ltd .

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
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Brian Homer: My local Calumet is actually OK but in the bizarre branding decision to keep the shops as Calumet but to make the website Wex - currently the Calumet store presence is now absent from the web. Very weird decision making- there are some FAQs buried but it takes effort to find them most people wanting to find a Calumet store will probably be frustrated.

I regularly visit the Glasgow branch where staff are very good . My employer buys a lot of kit and supplies there .

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:11 UTC
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zzzxtreme: Any fans of ffordes? good experience with them

Yes , I buy regularly from them , great service , good prices , great range of used stock . Have traded in to them . Very efficient and nice people to deal with .

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:09 UTC
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Hello123: As though this is going to stop a terrorist. People need to step up and say enough is enough. Of course, they won't and the TSA infringement will continue to get worse and worse. Meanwhile, if a terrorist wants to take a plane down, they can easily go on the black market and purchase a shoulder fire missile on the black market. Or they can put a bomb on a lunch cart.

One of the airports on one of the islands here in Scotland ( can't remember which one ) has done exactly that , and abolished all security checks as people did say enough is enough .

I hate airports universally now , between being fleeced for parking , queuing , paying customers being treated like criminals , delays , cramped accommodation on flights , crap food on offer , all the hassle at the other end .

Last year , I had occasion to travel down from Scotland to St Albans - colleagues flew ; I took the car after checking my sat nav and seeing the driving time was a little over four hours . I set off early , 6am , to avoid traffic and was there before my colleagues who had to leave home around the same time , have all the hassle at the airport , same at the other end , claiming bags and picking up hire car , and each of them paying something like £200 to BA , plus that hire car , while I did the round trip for just over £100 petrol . Since I was going along to take photos/video , all my gear travelled unmolested in the boot of my car and I took everything I needed rather than having to limit my kit . I was also home first , as I found out next day since their return flight was delayed , and that was with me going for a meal then having a snooze in the car before driving back up .

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 02:10 UTC

The primary reasons for no one being allowed in would be twofold :

Health and safety - as the photographer himself stated , much of the ship was unlit , there are trip hazards everywhere , collapsed structures , slippery surfaces - all in all very real risks of him coming to harm , and with no one knowing he was there , had he been trapped or injured inside that huge ship , he might have perished and lain undiscovered for some time .

Secondly , the ship would still have been full of personal possessions and valuables - without suggesting the photographer was one , the authorities would not have wanted looters on board .

One last thought - not being sure what stage investigations might have reached , the ship could potentially still have been a crime scene which he could have contaminated .

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 01:15 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies

My 27" 1920x1080 monitor is fine for most tasks , including photo editing , but where that Samsung would really come into its own would be for video editing .

I could have a long timeline stretched out along the bottom of that screen , with decent size panes for clip bin , scrubber and sequence windows above it , and space to spare for scopes and other tools .

I don't do gaming .

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 14:06 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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beckmarc: Here is a photo essay from the UK touching on some of the same themes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/views_from_an_average_town

At least one of the statistics was well off - it is a matter of public record that the UK wide Brexit vote was 51.89% to leave versus 48.11 to remain - much closer than the reported 54% to leave , which would have meant no more than 46% remain .

It also takes no account of the vote in Scotland where , as a nation , there was a decisive vote with 62% in favour of remaining versus only 38% wishing to leave . Little wonder that Scots are disgruntled at being dragged out of the EU against their will and calls for Independence are being renewed ( but oppressed by the UK government whose ruling party have almost zero representation in Scotland ( 1 MP out of 54 seats ) .

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 07:58 UTC

Flying a drone is quite harmless next to discharging firearms in a residential area .

The flyer has no intention of doing harm , but the actions of the shooter are bourne out of nothing but pure malice , and at the very least the firearms licensing authority should revoke his licence and take away all his guns , with jail time likely too for endangering the public since he can't control where his projectiles end up , and the shot down drone could easily injure someone rather than landing safely .

Of course CAA regs also limit where drones can be flown with limits on height and minimum distances from people , animals and buildings , so wrong on the flyers part too .

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 08:17 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (807 comments in total)
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Pontoneer: Smaller than the average DSLR ? Unless the model in the photos has tiny hands , that thing looks pretty big to me , certainly bigger than my Pentax K-3 , which I'd say is on the big side of 'the average DSLR' , albeit smaller than some others out there .

See the two side by side ; there are lots of smaller DSLR's , and a few that are much bigger . I'd define 'average' as something like Pentax K50 or Nikon D90 and am only taking issue with the statement in the review .

I do think the new Hassy looks like a fine camera and am a fan as I used to shoot 500CM's in a previous employment .

Here's the comparison
http://camerasize.com/compare/#485,678

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 09:12 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (807 comments in total)

Smaller than the average DSLR ? Unless the model in the photos has tiny hands , that thing looks pretty big to me , certainly bigger than my Pentax K-3 , which I'd say is on the big side of 'the average DSLR' , albeit smaller than some others out there .

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 11:15 UTC as 106th comment | 4 replies

Why should Nikon be getting upset because another maker's camera looks a bit similar to one of theirs ? All cameras perform much the same function so it follows that they will share similarities to a greater or lesser degree .

By Nikon's reasoning , Pentax should be upset at every other maker who produced an SLR after they made the first one .

Not all manufacturers are precious and petty though .

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 11:25 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies
On article Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers (99 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I read nothing in this article regarding the tools of the trade that wouldn't also be a concern for a typical advanced non-professional. What does being a professional have to do with needing the smallest possible shutter lag?

One concern expressed in the article was the cameras' "durability" in the field. These unquailfied opinions encourages the makers to continue to produce too large, too heavy (emphasis on the "too heavy") bricks. Sure, I want 5 star crash test ratings in my automobiles, but I don't want to drive a Humvee to get it. C&N need to do more R&D in this area.

Quite - I had the misfortune of being handed a D2 with huge lens to do a job a few weeks ago . After a couple of hours my arms and shoulders were aching ; no wonder its owner is regularly complaining of backache !

I certainly couldn't live with 'bricks' like these every day . Nikon at least , and possibly Canon too , need to take a leaf out of Pentax' book : class leading cameras don't need to be bulky and heavy .

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 08:27 UTC

SeeRoy , some of these upmarket domestic or 'semi-pro' camcorders do have remote control mini jack sockets and zoom demand remote accessories ,

Some tripod makers , such as Manfrotto , also make accessory panning handles with zoom remote and other functions built in .

I agree with your comments about stability , which is generally best with a heavier ENG type camcorder , although these days I am happier to lug around something smaller and lighter and use either a monopod , tripod or a steadicam type rig where required .

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 19:13 UTC as 8th comment
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