Steve Balcombe

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On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (264 comments in total)

It's interesting to see that in some respects, though not all, the D7500 edges out Canon's older, cheaper 80D. The game of leapfrog continues :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 15:28 UTC as 10th comment
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laith: 8 inches =20cm

Your conversion is correct of course, but just for info the Kickstarter page gives an MFD of 16 cm.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 07:08 UTC
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D200_4me: I've seen way too many photos like this on social media. For the first several you see it's pretty cool. But after awhile, you get sick of seeing it. No burning steel wool will be swung around in front of my camera. I've seen too much of it already :-)

@WGChsv - see https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevebalcombe/28413105152/

I don't mention burning steel wool in the caption but it comes up in the comments and was probably correct.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 15:09 UTC
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stratplaya: 1.5 days for 6MB of data. Talk about frustrating.

I'm old enough to remember the days of 9600, 14400 baud modems. 3 hours to download the original Doom demo.

But with that, the photos are super.

@stratplaya - and I paid a lot of money for a 2400 baud modem when 1200 was the norm, in the late 1980s. At that rate I make it about 7 hours to download a 6MB image!

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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maxnimo: Nice, but this article would be more useful if it explained how I can get to Jupiter, the best camera to take with me, and what to wear.

- and how to avoid your gear being stolen.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 16:19 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)
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Jacob the Photographer: The Rollei35 with retractable lens. First made in 1996 and last made as the Rollei35 Classic but 95% identical until about 2015. Unfortunately the 'Classic' series was more targeted as a very expensive collectors item in a great variety of colors. But like its 1966 ancestor it was / is a extremely well made camera , the very first compact camera and even by today's standards a master piece of engineering. The cameras are 100% mechanical and only have a near for ever lasting battery for the light meter. More info can be found at the web site for historic rollei cameras : www.rolleiclub.com

I had the Rollei B35 - i.e. the cheap'n'cheerful version of the original Rollei 35. The B35 had a selenium light meter which used no battery at all - together with the very compact size and simple robustness it was perfect for me at the time.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 12:17 UTC

Mounting a ball head upside-down looks like a great idea until you try it, then you realise it has one MASSIVE flaw. As with any panning clamp, It only works with the horizon dead-centre of the frame. I guess it's better to have the ability than not have it, but a levelling base together with a ball head mounted the right way up is a much better solution.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 22:16 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

Had to laugh at the "You may also like" section (just above these comments) which presumably picks items to feature based on categories - humour in this case:

1) The 'Crapinon' is a 135mm lens made from discarded parts
2) We try out the new HassleVlad
3) Food photographers rejoice: Camera-enabled Samsung Family Hub 2.0 fridge quick review
4) Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR

I know the D7500 is getting some grief from the Nikon crowd, but I don't think it's meant to be a joke!?!

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 21:02 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply

I'm impressed by the tagging - it's considerably more accurate than when Flickr started auto-tagging pictures. But the ratings are all over the place.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 00:24 UTC as 9th comment
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keeponkeepingon: Is this identical (optically) to the EF-M version?

As an eos-m owner my biggest question will be to use native or adapted.

Adapted gives me greater flexibility but a little bigger size. If optically they are identical I'd go with the adapted version.

As Helen says, plus they couldn't be identical (or even similar), as they are designed for completely different distances from mount to sensor.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 10:27 UTC
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Steve Balcombe: I hate it when people complain that something is not interesting, not news, and not worthy of our valuable time which must not be wasted with trivia. No, I don't like it and I don't want to be that guy.

So. Bloke get old lens for next to nothing at a flea market, uses adapter to fit it to digital body, takes crap photos because the lens is of course worthless. Good stuff dpreview, we need more groundbreaking features like this.

@Mark - Just to be clear, I do! ;-) There is always room for a bit of fun :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 14:24 UTC

I hate it when people complain that something is not interesting, not news, and not worthy of our valuable time which must not be wasted with trivia. No, I don't like it and I don't want to be that guy.

So. Bloke get old lens for next to nothing at a flea market, uses adapter to fit it to digital body, takes crap photos because the lens is of course worthless. Good stuff dpreview, we need more groundbreaking features like this.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 11:21 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies
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panther fan: The code that is the base of all that including services like prisma can be found here:
https://github.com/jcjohnson/neural-style

If you want to experiment with the new style transfer the code can be found here:
https://github.com/luanfujun/deep-photo-styletransfer

You should check out the last link for more amazing examples.

Amazing examples in that link, thank you for that.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:33 UTC

Funny that one of them has named the 75-300 USM as the first lens he worked on - "Canon's worst lens" according to some!

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 13:12 UTC as 112th comment | 2 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (392 comments in total)
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phill104: Being only in my early 40s most people think I would have started with modern to the 80s cameras. However, my first was a box brownie followed by a shed load of different cameras dating back to the first world war. I was fascinated by these old beasts, by making my own plates and by the simplicity of them. I did move to a Zenit E, then an OM10 before going all AF with an EOS 5. I stll love those old toys, shame they were all nicked.

Sorry to hear they were stolen Phill.

Autofocus was what caused me to switch to Canon too - an EOS 10 which I still have. One day perhaps I'll put a roll of film through it, using the somewhat better lenses I have today!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 12:07 UTC

If you believe in karma, that's justice for all the migrating birds they shoot.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 08:34 UTC as 46th comment | 6 replies

Whatever your preferred definition of "macro", they're stretching it a bit with this lens. At MFD you can fill the frame with a subject measuring 88x66 mm !????

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 08:24 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

Very, very impressive.

Sadly the smeary effect around the brightest screws near the right-hand edge of image 4 is very reminiscent of coma. Hope I'm wrong.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:19 UTC as 57th comment | 5 replies
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AlonRozen: It looks very good in all aspects but one - distortion. To my taste the distortion is too much in most of the presented pictures. I know that this is the case with 14 mm lenses but I would love to have it less pronounced.

@jnd - actually no, this is a rectilinear lens so make a large flat print then view from very close, so the corners are at the angle they would have been in real life. Bingo, no distortion.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:16 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with Sigma's newest lenses (199 comments in total)

I just hope that 14/1.8 performs well across the frame. If it does it will be an instant classic.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 14:35 UTC as 59th comment
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