Steve Balcombe

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It's ok, but it reminds me of when those "extreme ironing" shots were a thing, only without the comedy value.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 19:10 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (214 comments in total)

I find myself totally conflicted by this lens. On the one hand the bokeh rendition is beautiful - and by the way the photographer has done a great job to demonstrate this so effectively. Stopped down a little the soft focus is magical (though not for every subject). But when the lens is wide open a veil comes down over the images which looks just like shooting through a not-very-clean widow, and I cannot find it in myself to like it. It's a very simple design with four elements in three groups. Maybe the addition of a floating element to allow slightly more correction (i.e. less under-correction) at wider apertures could improve it?

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 15:15 UTC as 89th comment | 1 reply
On article Photo story of the week: Fire and Ice (181 comments in total)

Fabulous.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 22:28 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes (295 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: my Canon TSE24mm f/3.5L II has an Image Circle of 67.2mm (spec in Canon web)
which can readily cover compact medium format sensors

these 3 new TSE lens look like they also have very wide round rear openings, but Canon web specs do not make mention of this, so perhaps, their being longer focal lengths, they do not have as wide Image Circle as 67.2mm, but the more conventional FF image circle of only 43.3mm(?!)

it would help if those having direct access to ask Canon reps, to clarify what actual Image Circle dimensions are for these new TSE Lenses

I don't have the numbers to hand, but you can calculate the image circle from the maximum shift. Just work out the virtual sensor area by adding the shift to the FF sensor area (on all four sides), then calculate the diagonal.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 08:32 UTC

It all boils down to performance. I'd love to have a 100-400 which is a pound lighter than my 100-400L II, costs a lot less and is black, but not if it's soft at the long end (i.e. as would be normal for a consumer-grade zoom) and not if I would lose AF performance.

The Arca Swiss compatible mount is good too, but what's the price and what does it add to the weight?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 14:17 UTC as 15th comment
On article Incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather (110 comments in total)
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John Bean (UK): Lomo? The lens on the right seems to have Nomo written on it.

It's ЛОМО - Russian, pronounced "Lomo"

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:54 UTC
On article Incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather (110 comments in total)
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Bambi24: The title of this article is "MICROscopic".

The content of this article is "MACRO photography".

A microscopic image of a feather looks like this: https://www.owlpages.com/owls/articles/images/eagle_owl_feather_paolo_taranto-1.jpg

@vadims: If you want to be picky, it's photomicrography, not microphotography. The latter refers to taking tiny photographs - think spy cameras and the like.

Is it also correct to call it "super macro photography" as the article does? Not sure there's a hard-and-fast rule to answer this, but I'm comfortable with it.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 09:13 UTC
On article Nikon AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR sample gallery (70 comments in total)

I keep seeing the picture of the girl in the links to this article, and even at thumbnail size it screams "too much light reflected upwards". In the end I just had to come here and say it.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 22:21 UTC as 1st comment
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Steve Balcombe: I have a DS413j which has run without issue for over 6 years. It runs quietly, the software is comprehensive, easy to use and easy to update, and it sends me an email once a month to reassure me all is ok. Highly recommended.

@ThorstenMUC - I didn't know from memory how long I'd had it so I just looked at the date of the date of the first notification - it was 2011-04-04, therefore six years. However I've just looked again and the next one was 2012-11-28 so I think we can safely conclude that the first one was logged before the system time had been set. So you're right, coming up to five years.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:45 UTC

I have a DS413j which has run without issue for over 6 years. It runs quietly, the software is comprehensive, easy to use and easy to update, and it sends me an email once a month to reassure me all is ok. Highly recommended.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 15:55 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies

Viewed at 100%, they have a very 'consumer grade' look to them.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 17:18 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply

It appeared in my CC Apps tab when I was running an update a few days ago. I didn't know what it was - sadly I didn't actually install it!

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 15:15 UTC as 36th comment
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PortableLover: Note to self: never donate any money to PETA. Ridiculous to ruin this photographer's life like that.

@blessingx - if you mean my response wasn't based on a knee-jerk reaction to 'one of my own' (a fellow photographer) being victimised, but rather on a history of conduct prior to this case - yes it was. And BTW I'm strongly against cruelty to animals, hunting for 'sport' etc., but this case is not about animal rights in any non-extremist sense.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 20:07 UTC
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wetsleet: So if I trigger a speed camera, can I sue the state for breach of copyright if they use the photo?

Nice analogy actually.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
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Almazar80: I hope people know that PETA is spending their hard earned money that they gave to the organization to sue a photographer because his camera was used to take a photograph of a macague. This picture has been an albatross in the photographer's life. Take it off. Give away the rights.

But not until he wins the lawsuit PETA launched against him and gets the money that he spent on legal and other expenses related to defending himself against their frivolous lawsuit.

What's next? I am taking a picture of the ocean and a whale surfaces and all of a sudden the whale is a joint copyright owner?

Not unless it presses the shutter button, but you may need to get a model release.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 15:03 UTC
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PortableLover: Note to self: never donate any money to PETA. Ridiculous to ruin this photographer's life like that.

Absolutely agree. They're extremists, and extremists of all kinds do no service even to those who agree with their basic principles. I'm sure I don't need to give examples.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 15:02 UTC
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toyz4me: Really disappointing that this is considered news, the images are pathetic.

I think you have slightly missed the point...

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 08:19 UTC
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seminolecapt: Surprised about some of the feature differences from the 7D Mark II. Fewer AF points (45 vs. 65), single vs. two card capacity (no CF), and lack of joy stick. I figured these would be included in the new 6D. I understand the reasoning (distance from the 5D IV and not intended for video). But given the 7D and 6D are supposed to have similar audiences, I am disappointed these features are not there. I am a big proponent of the articulating screen. I wish the 5D IV had that!

The 7D2 and 5D4 have similar audiences and are very similar in use. Not the 6D2, which is pretty much the full frame equivalent of the 80D - exactly what the more rational commentators expected. The 6D2 was never going to be a cheap way to get 5D4 performance.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (251 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 12th 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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