Samuel Dilworth

Samuel Dilworth

Lives in France Paris, France
Joined on Feb 20, 2011


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Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:09 UTC as 73rd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 First Impressions Review (158 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I remember paying $599 for my Panasonic LX2 about ten years ago.

This camera looks ten times better, for around the same price.

At the time, the LX2 offered a set of features that no-one else could touch. It was packed with innovative features and first-to-market enthusiast features in a compact.

This new camera is obviously ‘better’ in some ways, but it is largely a me-too product. It may yet be incrementally better than the rest, but for these reasons I bet it won’t sell anywhere near as well as the LX2 or LX3.

Nonetheless, it’s interesting to me as someone who used the LX3 and LX5 for years.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:08 UTC
On article Sony offers E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS for Super 35mm/APS-C (128 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: Does this lens autofocus? I guess not, but it’s hard to tell from this info.

Thanks, both.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 08:29 UTC
On article Sony offers E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS for Super 35mm/APS-C (128 comments in total)

Does this lens autofocus? I guess not, but it’s hard to tell from this info.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 12:46 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (337 comments in total)
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ShatteredSky: Well, just call it anthropoerosion and be done with it ;-) That's not because I condone vandalism, but as a geologist I would say it would have toppled in a few years anyway if they could have pushed it over as easily as that. Anyways, since all the people below me complain about stupid kids and so forth, maybe a little education may go some / or a long way? I can not shake the feeling that this is what you get when you cut down on eduction in a general sense (or having lazy parents, parents having not enough time, all that opens just the proverbial can of worms). Everybody is just so quick with heavy punishment these days ... and do not forget many of us did some stupid things at that most horrid of ages (if I got that correctly). It's not like they used explosives.

And maybe thinking about what gets destroyed every day due to building projects and the likes. Next time an ugly slug gets eradicated people also should probably think twice, since it was not a thing of perceived beauty?

An irony is that scads of people offended by this toppled rock (whose significance I don’t diminish) drive to these national parks in wildly inefficient SUVs while purporting to care about nature.

I think the future reckoning will judge driving an SUV – or anything, quite probably – as more damaging to the planet than toppling a rock before it fell.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 10:48 UTC
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keepreal: There must be a lot of idiots out there. Otherwise we would not see lenses from Cooke and other manufacturers as such ridiculous prices. I am sure they are nowhere near worth anything, even a lot less than the asking prices.

I would be a lot happier if people with more money than they know what to do with gave it to help those in the poverty trap get educated and motivated to better themselves. Some do of the own accord, but not that many can see how. The divide between the rich and poor has widened since the 2008 credit crunch, the wealthy mostly escaped the consequences but the mostly innocent less well off have faced the brunt of it.

If I thought there would be any chance of success, I'd like to see a worldwide boycott of Cooke, Meyer and other manufacturers behaving like this - not just in optics or photography, by the way.

Hey, I’ll boycott Cooke lenses if it means that much to you. My Tamrons can soldier on for another while.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (337 comments in total)

Is there a clear definition of what constitutes vandalism?

For example, if I pick up a flat pebble and skim it over a body of water for my own amusement, will someone call me a vandal?

What if I repeat the trick a hundred times?

I can see that toppling a large and famous rock formation may be widely considered vandalism (though it’s plausible the perpetrators didn’t see it as wanton destruction but play). But there must be a line below which most people view damage or change to inanimate objects as an acceptable cost of enjoying nature.

My young childhood was spent in the countryside, and there are a lot of things you can playfully and educationally ‘break’ in such an environment. No-one thought of it as vandalism. Vandalism was something you did to someone’s car window, and it didn’t exist in the countryside.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 00:19 UTC as 100th comment | 10 replies
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Androole: Now that copy stands are not really used anymore to reproduce documents, do people actually buy macros in this focal range?

I mean, I guess they're useful enough as walkaround lenses because of the shorter FL, but they're slower and more expensive than the ubiquitous fast normal lenses, and they have a very short working distance for doing actual macro work that can be challenging even for inanimate objects due to shading from the lens.

I have a 55/2.8 Macro that I quite enjoy using, but I'm using it on a 2x crop camera...

Short macros are useful for many small but not tiny subjects, such as food dishes, model cars or trains, items for auction, product photography generally, etc.

One benefit is that you can adjust your subject with one hand while looking through the viewfinder.

They often also have exceptionally high image quality – nowadays at infinity too.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
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Daft Punk: If this had a flippy screen it would be perfect. It does not. So it isn't.

A shame. I don't get the luddites who don't like them. If you don't like them, don't use them, keep them folded in. The rest of us like them a lot.

A tilt screen is added cost, complexity, weight, damage risk, and – importantly – depth that prevents you getting as close to the viewfinder as you might want.

Leaving it folded in solves none of those downsides.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 14:23 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2004 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: On paper, 5D4 would be ideal for my plan of doing some serious video on travel, besides photos. Buuuuuut, why the fk sticking with MJPEG?

I can swallow the crop and marketing manager's idea of excluding C-log and XF codec and zebra . But com'on, MJPEG, really? And you call this hybrid production tool?

The dual-pixel AF is game changer. It enables pro-sumer to really get proper people video done with one-man band. Sony's A6300 and A7R2 video AF is far from smooth enough in practice. Canon insist on not getting their sh't together, not even giving a proper 1080p output.

I'd wait and see whether Panasonic can solve video AF equation as good as dual-pixel AF. If yes, GH5 would be my next buy.

Given a high enough bitrate, Motion JPEG presumably offers better image quality than an inter-frame codec like H.264.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 08:44 UTC

Great to see the built-in GPS receiver! A low-cost addition but so valuable.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 08:20 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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CameraLabTester: The total cost of all camera gear and staff salaries are just a pittance compared to a one minute commercial video aired over a prime time broadcast.

This is a very well organized endeavor.

Pretty sure all major brands are having the same strategy, but yes, Canon leads the wolf pack...


There is nothing cheap about this advertising, and I bet it increasingly looks like wasted money to the Canon bigwigs. Barney’s question about how the 2020 Olympics will be different might have been answered like this: “We might not be there!”

The purpose of this enterprise is to keep sports photographers buying Canon, since that halo effect keeps the rest of us buying Canon. However, if the masses no longer care what pros use – and presumably they care less today than they did in 1980 or 2005 – then it may no longer make as much sense.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 12:31 UTC
On article Apple planning to open imaging research lab in France (43 comments in total)
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steelhead3: American corporate meets French way of doing business...Good Luck Apple.

As an anglo living and working in France, I can tell you the French way of doing business is broadly the same as the way of doing business in any other rich, capitalistic country.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 19:50 UTC
On article Adobe boosts Lightroom Mobile with Raw editing for iOS (60 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: wow.. i bet we all will get rid of our desktops now.

more social media crap for the smartphone crowd.... that is where adobe sees the future. billions of smartphone users who don´t know sh** about photography or image editing.

and elia has not a single bad word to say about adobes new mobile app.... sure.
we all know tons of PERFECT products.
or maybe all this mobile stuff is just not for me and i am too old with 34 years.

meanwhile lightrooms development is slowing down to a hold.

It is not the calibration and profiling that is the problem: the latest Apple devices, and probably the better Android ones, come from the factory in a good state and have very stable displays.

The problem is using these displays in massively variable lighting conditions. It makes a mockery of calibration and profiling if you use the phone in full sun, the bus (as someone suggested), and then an indoor café.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 07:33 UTC

Photography for photographers. I think most of them are fantastic, because I’m a photographer. But are they not too inward-looking?

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 11:26 UTC as 18th comment
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Jonathan Brady: I honestly don't believe that Canon PURPOSELY tries to limit 3rd party lenses and accessories from communicating with their cameras. I truly don't. What I do believe is that they don't care AT ALL, if they make it to where they don't. Which is fine. They don't guarantee that 3rd party accessories/lenses will work, the 3rd party companies do - so it's on the Sigma's and Tamron's of the world.
But... I do feel like at least a few people at Canon, Inc are LAUGHING THEIR B***S OFF right now! hahahaha!
Having said that... I'm glad my Sigma 50 Art works with my 5D Mark III :-)

“I honestly don't believe that Canon PURPOSELY tries to limit 3rd party lenses and accessories from communicating with their cameras.”

Then you are naive. It is in Canon’s strong interest to have articles like this one appear every now and then. Each time that happens, more people resolve to buy Canon lenses to avoid this mess.

These companies are extraordinarily cynical behind the scenes. They have a 30+ year history of not remotely caring about the user experience beyond its short-term effect on their bottom line.

This doesn’t mean that Canon won’t have a long list of excuses for this behaviour or that some of the managers and engineers will even believe them.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 06:58 UTC

I like the homage to Edison on the button, LEDs or not!

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 04:15 UTC as 96th comment
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kimsch: Well at least we now know that the designer has one eye and no nose...

Not at all. The viewfinder protrudes far beyond the norm for an optical viewfinder, making this problem disappear.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
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D135ima: 18-50 is very interesning. Its like pocket landspase mashine. 1" sensor is quite enough for " web masterpiece". I hope lens does not fail

The lens is everything. It’s hard to know what to expect since no-one has attempted something like this before. The high price and large size of the lens (even precluding the central placement of the hot-shoe) are good signs.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 14:03 UTC
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rugosa: You have to be a real loser to claim you've already owned a camera that is not even available for sale yet! See above " Gear in this story"

The button is there though the camera is not even for sale. It shouldn’t be, since children and monkeys will press it, as we see every time a camera is launched.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
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