Steve Balcombe

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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 59th 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
On article Comedy Pet Photography Awards open for entries (46 comments in total)
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John Koch: Do animals laugh? Not really. Donkeys bray if they are hungry, lonely, or jealous. Some apes hoot in derision or to belittle a threat. But they have no habit of what we call laughter. It takes a creature with the power of reason and evil to be obsessed with laughter. Some humans can laugh at themselves, but most chortle only at events that reflect the failure, incompetence, or pain that sets back rivals. Laughter and pain are often intertwined. Clowns and comedians have a difficult, at times sad, calling.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20150611-chimps-smile-like-us

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 00:52 UTC

"+/-0.03° of angular vibration compensation" - that seems a very small figure especially for a wide angle lens. Is it a typo?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 09:31 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

Awesome. Shame the pilot wouldn't switch off those annoying lights on the wing ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 12:03 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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StephanBG: Wow, love DP, same people who played up the difference between APSC and FF now downplay the difference between FF and MF.

@fmian - I don't mind that the definition of medium format has shifted - we just need to be aware what it is.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 10:56 UTC
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StephanBG: Wow, love DP, same people who played up the difference between APSC and FF now downplay the difference between FF and MF.

Yes, but that's because the step from FF and MF really is much smaller than APS-C to FF.

There's a clear reason for this. Medium format film was 6x6 or 6x7, with 6 x 4.5 being looked down upon by many as not really proper MF. But now 33x44 - half the size of even 6 x 4.5 - is being touted as "medium format". It's a simple fact that the step up from 24x36 to 33x44 is significantly less than from 15x22.5 to 24x36. When you then factor in the high price and limited choice of lenses, you have the very definition of 'diminishing returns'.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 10:30 UTC

Maybe a problem with the specification for the battery, rather than the batteries themselves. That would explain why batteries from multiple suppliers were 'at fault'.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 20:37 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

Stunning.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 11:31 UTC as 48th comment

Superb series - much, much better than I was expecting!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 10:24 UTC as 40th comment
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SwissSwiss: My Samsung Note 4 gets quiet warm sometimes when charging or on long phone calls. Is that something to worry about? Battery looks fine.

Very warm is fine.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 12:21 UTC
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Timur Born: Minimum focus distance of only 1.10m, which is always welcome. Albeit I wonder at what end this is measured? My understanding is that usually this comes at the price of focus breathing, so I'm curious how they solved this in practice.

Maximum magnification suggests that it could magnify the same as the Canon on the long end, but do we know at what end the Nikon achieves its maximum magnification? The shorter minimum focus distance might also suggest that you have to step forward to achieve that magnification compared to the Canon.

Just realised I mis-typed in my first reply - I wrote "For SLR lenses, minimum focusing distance is normally the same throughout the focusing range." - that should of course have been "throughout the zoom range".

@Dr_Jon - 0.12x at 1.4m? - wow, I hadn't realised the old one was that bad, no wonder such a fuss is being made! It looks like Nikon has caught up in several ways with this lens, great news for Nikon shooters.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 10:20 UTC
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