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  • Cityscape of Durham by Chris_L

    Donít think Iíve ever seen this from above before. Drone shot? Intersting shot of a great location.
    • 9 Dec 2018 9:50AM
  • On the run by drbird

    The cynic in me almost didn't believe this. I particularly like the foilage reflections, which look quite fractal or kaleidascopic. Have a UA on me.
    • 30 Nov 2018 4:16PM
  • Back To The Perch by hasslebladuk

    Cracker of a shot, must have taken some patience to get this as well as great technique.
    • 9 Apr 2018 5:20PM
  • Bridal at Ripley Castle by Pete2453

    It's a cracker of an image. It's ever so slightly spoiled for me by lights going grey presumably by highlight recovery being pushed a tad too much? I don't think it matters to have lights blown out in an image like this, particularly if the transition is natural, but the grey blobs you end up with when the highlights are beyond what's in the headroom* always bother me - you could restore these using the history brush.

    That is of course if the image compressed for EPZ is reflective of the final file.

    A very small caveat for what I think is a very well staged and well executed image.



    *Always assuming you shot RAW - there isn't of course any additional highlight detail to get from a JPEG.
    • 13 Nov 2017 1:32PM
  • Lady kneading bread. by Paulbee

    Yeah, I immediately thought Vermeer too. On the upload here it looks like detail in her face is completely blown - a shame if it is, although it could just be the effect of the compression. Love the shot otherwise.
    • 9 Nov 2017 5:38PM
  • Laytown races by Magneto

    That's a fantastic panning technique there resulting in a stunning shot.

    Have a user award.
    • 9 Nov 2017 5:34PM
  • Drinks and thinks by ChrisV

    This was my first outing with the original EM1 [back in 2013 now!]

    Whilst it's fairly high ISO for MfT the noise isn't bad and the uncanny IBIS got a steady shot [with ethereal moving figure, which I like] which would have been difficult or impossible with any other system sans tripod. I've straightened the verticals on this a bit, but otherwise it's untouched.

    The day after I shot this in rain-swept Bruges we did a brewery tour and had the most granite-faced of the guides [in English]. She turned out to be hilariously dry-witted. It wasn't until I got home and looked more closely at this shot I realised she'd been drinking in the same pub as us.
    • 9 Nov 2017 3:14PM
  • Alice? Alice? Who the fÖ

    I'm actually not that interested in the immediacy/connectivity aspect. Your friend's camera does sound interesting as a novelty [I don't mean that in a negative way - it...
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  • Canon 6D plus

    Note body now sold. Other items still available.
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  • Panasonic GH6 35mm sensor

    "I think we are at cross purposes somewhat. Paul you rightly point out that smaller sensors are fine for movie work. ChrisV you say that MFT lenses would not be worth...
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  • Has the Right just blown off two big toes?

    I have some respect for Roosevelt or FDR as he was known and his 'New Deal'. He actually made some pretty big reforms in the US and I don't think there's been a decent pr...
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  • New Nikon

    Thatís a good point, modern Nikon lenses tend to have a very fast and light manual focus to ensure rapid AF. The older non AF-S lenses are better in that respect. Live vi...
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  • Royal Engagement

    Indubitably.
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  • Vito B - shutter sound?

    I suppose what I'm seeing from the back are the shutter blades since they are fully closed. Haven't got the camera with me at present so I can't check if the aperture is ...
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  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GH6 Camera Review

    It's a bit surprising you omit the feature of hand held 100Mp still images. It's a very video-centric camera, but that's a unique and salient feature for stills shooters. While some of the Sonys are able to produce larger images, that's only on a tripod and no other manufacture seems to be able to mitigate motion in the resultant combined images nearly so well.

    As to the cons. Yes it's a very large and heavy camera for the format. But not if you want those high end [and air cooled] video features and the superb ergonomics. I haven't got this camera, but going on my G9 and prior GH iterations those are among the best and they are very customisable so you can set them up to your own preference to avoid inadvertent selections.

    Speaking of the video features, you mention the dual cards as a positive but the cost of the CFexpress cards as a negative. But you couldn't achieve the highest bitrates of the more demanding video formats without the speed of CFExpress. You can't have cake+eat.

    You don't however mention the continued use of contrast AF as a con. If you don't use AF in video or shoot sports it perhaps isn't, but if you do it's certainly worth taking into consideration.

    The array of features in the GH6 is vast and I realise it would be impossible to be absolutely comprehensive in the scope of an ePhotozine review.

    This isn't a perfect camera [there doesn't exist such a thing] - I'm just not sure you've struck the right balance of features versus pitfalls.
    • 9 Mar 2022 3:41PM
  • Posted on: Vanguard 'Outdoor Photography' Competition Winners Announced

    Thanks - I see it now, Martin. I think the wide angle has compressed that area in the photo, the impression you get when there is that it's larger.

    I was there a few weeks back in brilliant sunshine - I think it's described as the 'only end of the pier theatre'. Not sure about that claim, but it certainly has charm and you've captured that in an altogether different mood.
    • 2 Jul 2021 3:57PM
  • Posted on: Vanguard 'Outdoor Photography' Competition Winners Announced

    Congratlulations Martin - a lovely shot. Is that Cromer pier?

    It looks a bit different now, with the area in front of the theatre occupied by enclosed seating, or am I completely off?
    • 25 Jun 2021 4:49PM
  • Posted on: Photography Backdrops: A Partial Review & Lots Of Ironing!

    That's a useful article, Stuart - I'm sure it's a very common problem for home studio photographers. I bought a kit with three non-woven backdrops and it does look like I won't get any use out of any of them - pretty much impossible to get rid of the creases and ironing is either not effective, or as you've observed, melts or shines the material [and still doesn't erase the creases]!

    Ordinary linen just won't lie flat for long and the white sheets dirty in no time. I'll look out for the microfibre in your recommendation - I'm trying to find a decent full-figure green-screen.
    • 27 Jan 2021 9:19AM
  • Posted on: New Pentax K-3 III DSLR Coming With ISO 1.6Million

    Iirc Nikon 'gave us' ISO 1.6 million a couple of years or so back with the D500 [and 3.2m with the D5]. I think they talk about 'surveillance use' for the ultra high ISOs. Perhaps someone has heard of someone actually using a several grand camera for surveillance?

    In any case it's the sort of image produced where if you examine it forensically you can possibly determine it's a man rather than a dog in the foreground.

    If that's the headline feature here, Ricoh/Pentax are in real trouble. At this price it needs to be able to compete at every level [including subject tracking and video, which have always been weaknesses for Pentax] with the very best of APSc rivals.

    I owned a Pentax in the dim and distant past and thought it was superb ergonomically, but the marque seems more recently to have competed on value and [at one time] being the only mirrored camera to offer IBIS. I hope there's something more compelling than appears at face value, because I would like them to survive, if only to offer more consumer choice and competition.
    • 29 Oct 2020 10:54AM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS R6 Review

    Having compared the R6 against tests of other marques at higher ISOs it does appear to be competitive in terms of performance. I don't know what's going on with the images in this review - perhaps noise reduction was set to high - a massive amount of detail seems to be smeared away at ISO25600.

    As for the term 'usable' that's a pretty moveable feast isn't it? You could argue the preposterous ISO 3m+ output from the Nikon flagships is usable for certain applications, but they're the sort of 'image' you could arrive at by taking an underexposed image captured at ISO 12800 and banging on the equivalent number of exposure boost in Photoshop. The main aim being to claim bagging rights for maximum sensitivity when it really is of no practical value.

    Doing the comparisons it did shock me a little that the size for size output R6 to Panasonic G9 [which has only a quarter of the sensor area] the difference in performance was only a bit over one stop rather than the two you would expect. The full frame S Panasonic possibly opened up slightly more of a gap, but not by much. I'm not sure what to take from that - IBIS in the smaller format seems a tad more effective too which lessens the difference further in the right circumstances. Perhaps there are slightly more gains to be made in the larger format, noise wise? There is of course the advantage of more dynamic range and more effective subject isolation control at the trickier close quarters photography.
    • 7 Oct 2020 12:45PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS R6 Review


    Quote:Noise performance is particularly impressive, with the camera retaining detail in images, even as the ISO speed increases.


    Really? You describe the images at ISO 25,600 and perhaps even 51,200 as 'usable'. They might be usable for web, or small prints, but in the samples you've published [including the colour charts] detail is as smeary as a not particularly good smartphone image. I think it's a pretty disappointing performance - I'd like to see how it stacks up against other marques. 'Impressive' is not the word that readily springs to mind.
    • 6 Oct 2020 11:35AM
  • Posted on: Best Smartphones For Photography

    It seems to be simply a compendium of the phones you happen to have previously reviewed rather than whatís on the market.

    The two Apple phones for example are two and three generations old respectively - and the X wasnít even the top model (or the best Ďcamera featuresí) when it was new.

    Iím not really sure what the point of this article is - it may tempt a few phone users to click, but itís hardly a decent - let alone comprehensive - buyersí guide.
    • 2 Oct 2020 7:02PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S Review

    You donít mention the Tamron 75-180 for mirrorless (Sony) In the alternatives. A surprising omission as youíve reviewed it relatively recently and itís there to give a bit of perspective on third party pricing.

    This does seem a superb lens (but then again this class of lens has always tended toward outstanding results). Itís a bit frustrating Nikon supplied one of their lower resolution FF bodies when surely a more revealing test of its capabilities would be with paired with a Z7?
    • 3 Sep 2020 1:18PM
  • Posted on: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5.6-6.3 IS Review

    It seems strange to publish charts which don’t give an accurate indication of sharpness. It begs the question why present them at all if the data they’re presenting is at best misleading? What’s the point?
    • 9 Aug 2020 9:45PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G100 Review

    You donít mention it, but I think the IBIS is actually electronic (hence the crop) and doesnít work at all in stills mode. Iím still tempted by this (once the price comes down a bit) as a replacement for my GM5. The evf looks a real winner and it does have a newer 20mp sensor. Shame about the lack of real IBIS and also the very slow flash sync the electronic curtain necessitates, but thatís the price of such a small body. You mention the G90 as an alternative, but the G9 is now in a similar price bracket and thatís a camera which represents probably the best of Panasonic in MfT - a real bargain at its current price, particularly now it will match the GH5s high bitrate video capture. Itís big of course, (which is the sole reason this camera tempts me as a stealth alternative), but itís also possibly the most superbly handling camera Iíve ever owned.
    • 26 Jul 2020 11:58PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS R5 R6 Officially Announced

    I think the R5ís probably the first Canon since the 5DII that looks like itís ahead of the pack in technology terms after arguably lagging behind for quite a while. Expectedly high price tag, but theyíve been steadily creeping up across the industry. Quite an exciting prospect.
    • 10 Jul 2020 8:33PM
  • Posted on: Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 RF Lens Review

    Looks like this is based on the Sony FE design. Would be interesting to compare between the marques - the Sony of course benefitting from IBIS, so thereís and obvious immediate advantage there.
    • 10 Jun 2020 11:43AM
  • Posted on: Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Hands-On First Look

    Thanks John. Sounds like a very modest extension. Given thatís acceptable on standard zooms I canít see why that should be a deal breaker for medium telephoto range.
    • 22 Apr 2020 3:22PM
  • Posted on: Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Hands-On First Look

    So am I right in thinking the zoom is not internal?

    Having recently acquired a 7rii this is a lens I may consider in future (Iím currently using a mix including adapted EF 70-200 f2.8, which is front-heavy and gives mixed results). It would be useful to know the dimensions including extended.
    • 22 Apr 2020 2:00PM
  • Posted on: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4.0 PRO Review

    As most lenses on ePhotozine get a minimum of 4.5/5, I’d equivalence (see what I did there?) a 4 on here as 2 - pretty damning. I’íve little doubt it’s sharp wide open (most mft lenses are, as noted they suffer more really closed down) and it performs well otherwise. Oly Pro lenses are well constructed, but I’m very wary of the mount. I dropped my 12-40 f2.8 from about 3ft on a hard floor and it sheered off. Not a mark on the camera (a GX80).

    But six hundred quid for an f4 lens particularly for this format is absolutely outrageous. Especially at the wide end you’re only going to get subject isolation on very small objects. If you’re not the sort of photographer that worries, OK, but most would expect that facility in a ‘Pro’ lens. There’s also the issue of being able to double the amount of light potential with an f2.8 optic.

    My go to standard zoom for the format is now the PanaLumix 12-60. Not a constant aperture, but a stop faster wide and f4 at 60mm - which is usefully a lot longer. I think it’s still too expensive for what it is (at around the same price as this), but apart from the physical size and a tad more weight, it has the Olympus best into a cocked hat. I know Olympus are struggling to make a profit and I’d hate to see them fall, but their pricing strategy means I for one have little interest in their products at rrp.
    • 31 Mar 2020 10:13AM
  • Posted on: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Micro Four Thirds Camera Review By David Thorpe

    When you can buy and EM1 mk2 for less, how can this be considered to be good value for money? Similar consideration between the G90/G9 at the time of release of the mid range Panasonic. Just makes little sense.
    • 19 Jan 2020 6:50PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Review


    Quote:If you look at the lens chart, could anyone find fault with such performance? At this level of performance any photograph made would need to be made on a very sturdy tripod and carefully controlled conditions to extract the maximum resolution - hand held even at high shutter speeds wouldn't cut it since the tiniest blur from movement would compromise resolution.

    Lenses like this are mainly made to provoke these "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" discussions. No normal photographer has any practical use for them and no normal display media can do them justice. In practise, who needs or wants this level of sharpness?

    The surest sign of the failure of a picture is if someone remarks how sharp it is Wink



    You have a point (about steadiness). Bizarrely the shot Iím talking about was f16 at 1/50. So I think perhaps a little diffraction and a fair bit of motion blur/ camera shake (although there is IBIS). Which begs the question - why those settings? What was John setting out to demonstrate? Wouldnít f4/ 1/400 be likely to get a lot more out of the combination?
    • 2 Jan 2020 4:16PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Review

    5/ whether or not to rely on information provided by someone who thinks 4K resolution is the same as 4 megapixels.
    • 1 Jan 2020 4:02PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Review


    Quote:
    Quote:I think all the areas I was talking about are at or near infinity - certainly the plate on the side of the hall should be in the target subject area.
    Not sure about the level of magnification as I zoomed in - I was viewing on an iPad Pro which is about 4 megapixels. I suppose it is possible I was zooming greater than 100% (thereís no indicator of the zoom ratio)..



    When you zoom in on a monitor you change the effective circle of confusion and reduce effective depth of field.



    But as I said Len, the plate I was talking about was fixed to the front wall of the hall that was the main subject of the photo, so one would assume at or very near the focus hotspot. That being at or near infinity. It wasnít wide open either so weíre not talking super shallow DoF. Nothing else looked notably sharper in any case.
    • 26 Dec 2019 10:25PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Review

    I think all the areas I was talking about are at or near infinity - certainly the plate on the side of the hall should be in the target subject area.

    Not sue about the level of magnification as I zoomed in - I was viewing on an iPad Pro which is about 4 megapixels. I suppose it is possible I was zooming greater than 100% (thereís no indicator of the zoom ratio). But I wasnít seeing pixels- just fuzziness. I suppose it would need perfect technique to properly judge the resolving power of the combo from these samples.
    • 26 Dec 2019 12:59PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Review

    Not sure why youíd shoot all the night photos at ISO 1600 - particularly when using unecessarily high shutter speeds. Viewed in high res thereís a lot of noise which seems to defeat the object of such a lens for that type of photography. Iím also not seeing an astonishing amount of detail in the hall shots. I was expecting to be able to read small text on the wall plate and parked van. The larger type was readable, but I was really anticipating being able to discern the smaller writing when magnified. Am I expecting too much from such a combination? £10k would leave me wanting more...
    • 25 Dec 2019 7:31PM
  • Posted on: Sigma 16mm, 30mm & 56mm F/1.4 Lens Review By David Thorpe

    The usual honest, no-nonsense and very practical advice from Lemmy. I've recently bought the 16 f1.4 and it's spent a lot of time on the front of my G9.

    It isn't just that it's a good lens that gives opportunity for subject isolation at a moderately wide AoV - it's also the fact that it throws into sharp relief the pricing strategies of the OEMs on their 'premium' ranges.

    I'm sure Sigma are making a profit on these optics. The 16 isn't a small lens, but there's little else to complain about. If I didn't own the Leica 25, I'd almost certainly be looking at buying the 30. The 56... it's just a bit long for the format - although I'm sure it would make an extremely good slightly long portrait lens, but again I have that covered too and don't need the ultra-shallow DoF the Sigma would no doubt afford.
    • 2 Apr 2019 5:41PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS RP Review

    4k is also as much a negative as a positive. You're getting a [Canon] APSc crop which means the quality will be no better than the smaller format and will be [very] difficult to shoot even moderately wide. This is however a problem that seems common with Canon 35mm format cameras. It's a shame because by all accounts the dual pixel AF is among the best for video AF.

    So I don't think the crop is a deliberate hobbling of the camera. You do expect them to cut corners at the price point, but their habit of deliberately restricting some shooting parameters is frustrating.

    This should have been a camera I might consider as I'd be able to get some extra use out of my L lenses. But personally I think at the Sony A7RII, which you can now pick up for around this price point, is vastly superior in almost every way.
    • 29 Mar 2019 5:05PM
  • Posted on: Leica DG 10-25mm f/1.7 MFT Lens Hands-On

    Not really a hands on, is it?

    I just learned this isn't a zoom lens at all in the commonly understood way. Instead of selecting any angle of view within its range it is limited to increments which equivalence 20, 24, 28, 35 and 50mm in FF format. Talking of equivalence, in terms of total light gathered and depth of field characteristic, it's equivalent to that larger format at a constant maximum aperture of f3.3. Yep, the greatest scope for subject isolation will be like a 50mm prime at f3.3.

    It looks like a pretty big chunk of glass to me - and my bet is it will be staggeringly expensive - somewhere between £1500-£2000 at a guess.

    To put that in perspective, right now you can buy a Sigma 18-35 f1.8, stick a speed booster on it and wind up with a zoom range lens roughly 25.5-50mm f2.5 equivalent. Buy wisely and you can get that for under a grand. If Sigma + Metabones/Viltrox can achieve that, albeit with considerable weight, why can't Panasonic?
    • 30 Oct 2018 12:36PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix S1R Hands-On Photos

    Thanks Josh - it does resemble the G9 a hell of a lot (no bad thing - probably the best of the good Panasonic designs to date). What are your impressions/instincts on the lens speed?
    • 25 Sep 2018 6:37PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix S1R Hands-On Photos

    Can you confirm itís close to a G9 body with a bigger mount? The 24-105 looks reasonably compact. Iím betting a constant f4 or perhaps even something like f3.5-5.6. Any indications? I imagine the rubber surfacing is not the finished article either.
    • 25 Sep 2018 5:54PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless System

    £ for $ pricing (itís still steep even accounting for VAT). Thatís on the predictably high price to start with against the competition. I was awaiting this announcement as I already have some Canon glass, but lack of ibis and the crazy video crop are pretty much deal breakers.

    Might well buy a Sony in the near future.
    • 5 Sep 2018 2:59PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Z6 Z7 Hands-On Preview

    I think DPR is saying face detect, but not eye detect. Which is correct?
    • 24 Aug 2018 1:21PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Z6 Z7 Hands-On Preview

    It does look like it will be a lot of the things I was hoping for. Prices are higher than those leaked yesterday, but more in line with my expectations - apart from the lenses, which do seem to be on the high side - but that does seem to be the way the industry in general is regrettably, going.

    Two surprising disappointments - the single card slot and the woeful battery life. It's a big unit - why is it only in line with the sort of performance mirrorless cameras typically get out of the smaller cells. The bigger batteries are usually rated at over double the life of these.

    I wonder if Nikon has work to do on optimising their electronic systems? I would have thought the top plate LCD [with the rear kept off] would help to extend shooting time - it's something I've argued for for a number of years and was pleased to see starting to be implemented.
    • 23 Aug 2018 12:03PM

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    Terrific PF. I'm green.
    • 8 Sep 2017 1:55PM
  • Posted on georgehopkins's profile

    Lovely portfolio George.
    • 1 Jul 2016 3:29PM
  • Posted on ade_mcfade's profile

    Very impressive portfolio, Ade. I missed the mod you took the time to upload on one of my shots, but I wanted to thank you for that.

    It's especially appreciated when it comes from someone who is obviously so good at this game...
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