SteB

SteB

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I guess if you can afford one, you don't look at photography forums, or read camera reviews.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 18:39 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply

" will be available from May 2013 at a retail price of £39.99"

If someone can tell me where I can get them at £39.99 I'll put in a bulk order?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2013 at 22:51 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster (352 comments in total)
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SteB: I'd love someone to test the Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 on this adapter? Whilst more of a niche thing it could be of interest to users of this lens. One of the limitations of this lens on smaller formats is that the minimum magnification of 1:1 is a bit restrictive. It's generally reckoned to provide a better range of magnification on FF. However, something like a NEX6 with this adapter would still be considerably cheaper than a FF camera. AF is irrelevant as this lens doesn't have it.

Thanks I'd very much forward to see the results. Being as this lens is a bit different than the others, and the extension might mean it performs differently. Although I have tried the MP-E 65mm with a Sigma 1.4x converter and it performed well. The only thing being the camera didn't recognise was that a converter was attached, but it sill functioned. Apparently it's because the lens wasn't designed to work with converters.

John Hallmen did a nice side by side with the MP-E 65mm on a 5D mkII and a NEX7 and the normal Metabones adaptier. His one disappointment being the smaller crop, the speed booster overcomes overcomes this problem. For a while he asked people to judge the difference in photos he'd taken, and most couldn't tell the difference, and guessed wrong. So there's potential.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnhallmen/7644589020/

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 10:24 UTC
On article First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster (352 comments in total)

I'd love someone to test the Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 on this adapter? Whilst more of a niche thing it could be of interest to users of this lens. One of the limitations of this lens on smaller formats is that the minimum magnification of 1:1 is a bit restrictive. It's generally reckoned to provide a better range of magnification on FF. However, something like a NEX6 with this adapter would still be considerably cheaper than a FF camera. AF is irrelevant as this lens doesn't have it.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 03:27 UTC as 106th comment | 3 replies
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (607 comments in total)

It really doesn't bother me if Hassleblad want to dress a NEX-7 in bling for very wealthy people. However, it's a bit of an insult to people's intelligence to try and convince people that this is anything but a NEX-7 inside a body redesign. The specifications and the control layout seem virtually identical to the NEX, and only appear to be cosmetically different. If Hassleblad were just using Sony parts to design their own camera, it seems odd that they ended up with something so similar to the NEX-7 in specification and control layout. The control layout of the "Lunar" is more similar to the NEX-7 than it is to the NEX-6.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 02:23 UTC as 221st comment
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Camediadude: I watched it, I am not sure that I get this. Native Americans are eligible for significant financial assistance more than any other ethnicity here. These include grants and scholarships, preference in admissions, food, medical, and child aid and welfare of numerous types, and housing assistance. In many states (like mine) they are granted the exclusive privileged of owning and running the state casinos, and all of the profits that come with them. So, unless these folks are seriously spending on drugs and alcohol, gambling and other pursuits, and mismanaging the funds.. or having them embezzled disastrously by their tribal leaders, I really do not see the point in all of this ethnocentric finger-pointing and blaming of the U.S. government and the American people for having the gall to be here. Indeed, their were wars going on here in past centuries, and injustices committed by ALL.

"Those events had a domino effect, which has yet to end. As removed as we the dominant society may feel, from a massacre in 1890, or a series of broken treaties 150 years ago. I still have to ask you how you should feel about the statistics of today? Is any of this your responsibility today? I have been told that there must be something we can do. There must be some call to action. Because for so long I've been sitting on the sidelines, content to be a witness, just taking photographs. The suffering of indigenous peoples is not a simple issue to fix. So where does that leave us? Shrugging our shoulders in the dark. The call to action I offer today, honour the treaties, give back the Black Hills. It's not your business what they do with them”.

Similar patterns and problems are seen all around the world amongst indigenous peoples dispossed of the land they once enjoyed. The similarity of these problems can't be mere coincidence.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 03:38 UTC
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Camediadude: I watched it, I am not sure that I get this. Native Americans are eligible for significant financial assistance more than any other ethnicity here. These include grants and scholarships, preference in admissions, food, medical, and child aid and welfare of numerous types, and housing assistance. In many states (like mine) they are granted the exclusive privileged of owning and running the state casinos, and all of the profits that come with them. So, unless these folks are seriously spending on drugs and alcohol, gambling and other pursuits, and mismanaging the funds.. or having them embezzled disastrously by their tribal leaders, I really do not see the point in all of this ethnocentric finger-pointing and blaming of the U.S. government and the American people for having the gall to be here. Indeed, their were wars going on here in past centuries, and injustices committed by ALL.

The film explained the points you raised fairly clearly. From the film.

"The last chapter in any successful genocide is the one in which the oppressor can remove their hands and say, my god what are these people doing to themselves. They're killing each other. They're killing themselves, while we watch them die. This is how we came to own these United States. This is the legacy of manifest destiny. Prisoners are still born into prisoner of war camps, long after the guards are gone. These are the bones left after the best meat has been taken. A long time ago a series of events were set in motion by a people that looked like me, eager to take the land and the water, and the gold in the hills."

continued below

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 03:35 UTC

Thank you for highlighting this important work here.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 02:30 UTC as 12th comment
On article Canon EOS M hands-on preview (558 comments in total)

I was interested in this release because I have a Canon DSLR system and I have been thinking about moving to m4/3. The advantage of a Canon mirrorless camera being it easier to use my Canon lenses on it. The problem being that I can't think of many occasions where I could use this body on my Canon lenses. The lack of any viewfinder ability, and the lack of focus peaking, mean that except for static tripod use, it would have little use apart from as a carry around camera.

In addition the AF speed looks slow to me. On the video reviews I've seen the touchscreen is touched, and there is a noticeable lag before it focuses on this point, whereas with m4/3 now it is nearly instant.

I think it's acceptable as Canon's first entry, but with this feature set it needed to be much cheaper. And I do mean "much cheaper" i.e. as cheap or not cheaper than any other similar camera. As it stands we have to wait to see what else Canon produces to know how serious they are about mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 12:58 UTC as 118th comment

It looks a very good lens for anyone who tends to specialise more in tripod macro photography.

However, I admit it looks a bit large and expensive for my tastes. Currently I use the older non-OS Sigma 150mm, often with a 1.4x converter for a 210mm f4 1.4:1 lens. I've always been pleased with this lens. Nevertheless OS would be useful at times. I wanted to see the prices and sizes of the newer 150mm and 180mm.

Whilst the 180mm will probably be a macro lens to lust after, I'm not so sure I'd enjoy carrying it around. There's also probably a lot of useful equipment you could get for the price difference. So I think if I did move up to an OS version I'd get the 150mm as it's easy to turn it into a very serviceable 210mm with a 1.4x converter.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2012 at 12:19 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

I don't normally criticise the Dpreview samples because as I see it they are representative of what an average photographer might achieve. However, you nevertheless still expect them to be in focus, or sharp. Take P6270021 as an example. Despite there being a number of people in frame none of them lie on the plane of focus. You can trace the plane of focus by looking at the pillars that are sharp.

What is the purpose of such a shot? For people to try and evaluate the lens on the basis of the odd cigarette butt in focus, or a sliver of pillar in focus in the background.

I think at the very least Dpreview need to commission a competent photographer to take sample images. Surely samples like this do not do the reputation of Dpreview any favours.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 19:00 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples (456 comments in total)
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jrg: My PC won't bring up the samples, won't load them. Anybody else having this problem?

I got it to work on Firefox after pressing refresh a couple of times and it is working okay now.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 03:32 UTC
On article Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples (456 comments in total)
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R Johns: I wish it weren't true, but the EM-5 sample confirms what I read elsewhere, and that is the camera is misrepresenting the ISO. The ISO 3200 image is roughly 2/3 EV slower than the other cameras. This means you would have to set the EM-5 to ISO 5000 to get the same exposure as the other cameras set to ISO 3200. So, there shouldn't be much to impress, when using the camera in real-world scenarios.

Hate to be the one to rain on the parade. Like I said, I wish it wasn't true... :0(

Canon does the same thing with their DSLRs, when compared to Nikon...

And it has already been pointed out by numerous people including Dpreview staff why this claim is misleading. It comes about because the DXO testing used to establish the ISO in these tests uses a different standard than the camera manufacturers.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=40929304

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 03:31 UTC
On article Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples (456 comments in total)
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jrg: My PC won't bring up the samples, won't load them. Anybody else having this problem?

Yes

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2012 at 00:58 UTC
On article Lightroom 4 Review (460 comments in total)

My main question is about the AVCHD support. The beta version of LR4 did not recognise the AVCHD 2.0 1080p 60 files from my Sony HX9V. I could only view them after converting them to another format.

Does the full version now support AVCHD 1080p 60?

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 15:06 UTC as 101st comment

I found the answer to the upgrade question and I'll post the link below. Apparently LR1, LR2 or LR3 all entitle you for the upgrade.
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom/buying-guide-upgrades.html

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 13:30 UTC as 20th comment

Does anyone know if LR2 qualifies for the LR4 upgrade? I have already spent too long going around in circles trying to find where this information is. I have found quite a few references to the upgrade policy, but I can't find where it is.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 12:57 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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Karl Gnter Wnsch: Unless they manage to produce sensors that can convey the *full* dynamic range of the scene (not just 6-7 EV in video mode like today, which is at least 20 stops short of the required range) and the EVF would manage to show the same dynamic range (the OLED is limited to about 5-6 EV) and that without lag and without heating up the sensor and without draining the battery... EVF is a solution to a non existing problem, OVF is and always will be superior, it's just hapless NOOBs which crave for the EVF solution as they lack the knowledge (and with an EVF they will never acquire this knowledge) to judge a scene.
EVF are incapable of showing the vital aspects in any high contrast scene - so they are a deal breaker for many!

I assume you are aware that the viewfinder doesn't take the photograph. Yes I'm well aware that a good optical viewfinder is nice and I'm aware of the limitations of older EVFs. However, I also realise that a viewfinder is only a tool, a gude to frame a shot. The issue is how much is a tool limiting, is it possible to use a work around. There are obviously cases where an OVF itself can be limiting. Below a certain light level you can't see anything at all in an SLR viewfinder, so it's clearly not an advantage then. You cannot shoot video through an SLR viewfinder. A lot of modern SLR viewfinders are not particularly good or accurate for manual focusing.

One would have to assume to you yourself lack experience, if you cannot understand situations where OVFs themselves become limiting. Several times with a DSLR live view has saved the day, when I was not able to frame the shot with the viewfinder. However, I always have my eye to check the scene.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2012 at 11:54 UTC
On article Tamron and Tokina join Micro Four Thirds (76 comments in total)
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Nate21: The different companies that join a open format means a great selection of products.

When m4/3 was announced there was clarification about that, I think in the BJP. Whilst 4/3 was supposed be an open format, m4/3 was definitely by invitation only.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2012 at 19:34 UTC

I love this contrivance because you can bet that Dpreview already know about this and they are likely to have it for their preview. But because of the NDA, their lips are sealed. But if they are reporting what a news agency have said, they are not breaking any NDA.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:21 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
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