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  • Charge!! by RonDM

    So that's what they looked like then. Wonder if the officer earned himself a place in the Regiment for forgetting to put his undercarriage down. Well captured!
    Chris
    • 10 Jul 2021 5:29PM
  • Hold on to your hats, summers here! by Owdman

    Fantastic! Seeing this has made my day.
    Chris
    • 13 Jun 2021 2:30PM
  • Rook In The Rain by photowanderer

    Thanks Dave.
    I get more amusement trying to photograph birds, ships etc with this old lens than with any other gear I've had.
    Chris Smile


    • 26 May 2021 5:11PM
  • The Bells.... by Pricey

    You haven't lost your touch. Lovely rendition of a bluebell wood.
    Chris
    • 6 May 2021 3:37PM
  • IR Pylon by Chrism8

    Very impressive result for a first attempt!
    Chris
    • 8 Apr 2021 12:39PM
  • Cheese Addict by photowanderer

    Thanks Peter,

    Unfortunately, focus peaking doesn't work with non electronically linked old manual lenses. I do sometimes forget to set the diopter adjuster. It's also me getting old, being a spectacle wearer and having to take specs off to use the viewfinder. Bright sunshine from the side or front is worst. A large rubber eye-cup would help.

    Chris
    • 29 Jan 2021 2:00PM
  • Still Life with Candle by patri

    An absolutely lovely still life and nigh on perfection but for that bauble, which I wouldn't have noticed if Chase hadn't pointed it out. A tangerine or a fig or grapes or something instead and it's a masterpiece.
    Chris
    • 3 Jan 2021 12:55PM
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  • Posted on: Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III Review

    A built in viewfinder at the third attempt and a very nice looking camera. However, the 1.5 inch sensor and longer, faster lens might have been retained for greater versatility. There's no way I'm tempted to trade in my mint condition, used, 400, Olympus OMD E-M1 for it.
    • 19 Nov 2017 12:42PM
  • Posted on: Olympus PEN-F Vs Panasonic Lumix GX8

    Another very well edited and presented video review!
    • 25 Apr 2016 4:23PM
  • Posted on: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Review

    An exciting new lens. I wish I could afford one. Don't understand why these MFT lenses stop down as far as f22, because as the Imatest graph shows, even at f8 image quality is beginning to get progressively worse as the lens is stopped down.
    • 24 Feb 2016 4:15PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix LX100 Video Review

    Liked this very well presented video review and watched it twice. Hope we can have this type of review more often. I'm "an habitual compact camera user" at heart but had come to the conclusion that I needed a larger image sensor and went and invested in a MFT/CSC outfit just a few months before the LX100 came on the market. Ironically, sensor size and crop-ability apart, I was getting first class image quality from my serious compact and it was a heck of a lot easier to carry around. The lens on the LX100 is probably much better than your average MFT kit lens.
    • 21 Nov 2015 4:36PM
  • Posted on: Canon Powershot G5 X Sample Photos

    Congratulations to Canon for eventually producing a compact camera with a built in viewfinder! It's a really good looking little camera, perhaps a little evocative of a Nikon 1 V2. Apparently it has the same lens and allegedly the same image sensor as the G7X. So it will be interesting to see how it performs in the Ephotozine review. In the meantime, I can't help wondering if the designers at Canon are secretly working on a Mk3 version of the G1X also with a built in EVF.
    • 8 Nov 2015 12:13PM
  • Posted on: Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens Review

    Yes, the closest focus is a constant 20cm. from the focal plane to the object focused on, right through the zoom range. In manual focus there is a mechanical stop at either end of the travel of the zoom ring, but it annoys me that it doesn't stop at exactly infinity. It continues on past infinity for a bit and back out of focus. There is a bonus at the other end ,however, as the lens can focus a bit closer than 20cm.
    • 7 Nov 2015 5:06PM
  • Posted on: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II Review

    I had seriously considered buying the mk.1 version of the RX10, but when I actually saw it at Jessops I nearly fell over backwards. The thing is as big as a DSLR! As a matter of interest I measured one of my little finger nails which was 9x13 mm. - - - almost exactly the size of the "large" sensor in this camera. It's undoubtedly an excellent camera but I'm sceptical about the ability of such a small sensor to resolve landscapes - - - my MFT CSC needs all the help it can get. Anyway, if I had been willing to carry something that size around all day, I would have gone for a DSLR in the first place.
    • 27 Sep 2015 9:47PM
  • Posted on: Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens Review

    The closest focusing distance of 20cm. is evidently from the subject to the focal plane in the camera and not to the end of the lens. I discovered this when trying to measure the accuracy of the manual focusing scale. The length from the focal plane to the end of the lens hood when the lens is fully extended to 40mm zoom is 16cm., leaving about 4cm. of working distance to the subject when the focusing scale is set to 20cm. At the wide end of the zoom the lens is 3cm. shorter but the working distance is about the same, which is puzzling. The lens can actually focus quite a bit closer, coming down to about two fingers' breadths from lens hood to subject.
    • 22 May 2015 6:31PM
  • Posted on: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Review

    Further experience of using this lens has revealed that it produces its sharpest images at or just below its default macro focal length of 43mm when stopped down to around f8. Contrary to what I expected, It astonished me by taking to night light photography like a duck to water. (I discovered that my XZ1 focused much better at night when spot metering was set. The same thing applies to the EM-5, which in some ways behaves like an XZ1 "on steroids"). With this lens fitted and Spot Shadow metering set on the camera, I was wandering around in Edinburgh's city centre photographing the festive lights in aperture priority with no tripod or other camera support. [I appreciate that for longer exposures a tripod would be necessary]. Focusing didn't always happen immediately, but usually it did. Only one of the many photos I took showed any evidence of flare, and ironically, that's my "Christmas Light Night" shot, uploaded recently, which has purple flare on the building at the left. The lens doesn't produce nice star effects, even when stopped down, but personally I prefer the more natural way the lights are rendered with this lens. Anyway, my love / hate relationship with the 12-50 is getting better and I've forgiven Olympus for not supplying a hood with it.
    • 30 Nov 2014 12:14PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review

    Having recently moved up from an Olympus XZ1 to an EM-5 and being one of these people who hate changing lenses, I'm disappointed at the low quality of the "fantastic plastic" standard zoom lenses available for MFT system cameras, that just drag down the potential imaging performance of the cameras. The lens I've got at the moment, the Oly 12-50, though it has its pros as well as its cons, is clearly nowhere near as good as the superb lens on the XZ1. Sounds as if the Pany 14-45 is the best of a bad lot! I can only conjecture that Olympus and Panasonic don't want to undermine sales of their more lucrative high end primes and zooms by producing standard zooms that challenge their optical performance. Perhaps that's why Panasonic dropped the 14-45? As for me, I'm either going to equip my EM-5 with this 14-45 or get the new Panasonic LX 100.
    • 1 Nov 2014 9:09PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review

    Though I do browse around the reviews on the internet, I still find the Ephotozine reviews to be the most helpful in deciding what to buy. Here the graphs show that this lens maintains its sharpness right out to 140mm and the sample shots of the clock and the white flower lend serious credence to this. Having studied the reviews on the three rival lenses in this class, my choice is the Panasonic, even if it is the most expensive.
    • 27 Oct 2014 7:23PM
  • Posted on: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Review

    Excuse me, has somebody gone and got their graphs mixed up? If these graphs really represent the resolution of this lens, then it's so much better than its Panasonic and Tamron rivals that it's unbelievable! If this is for real, it's sharper at f5.6 than the 12-40 Pro lens.
    • 27 Oct 2014 6:04PM
  • Posted on: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Review

    Having owned one of these lenses for long enough to test it out myself, I think this review by Gary Wolstenholme is a very fair and accurate appraisal of the lens's pros and cons. The resolution graphs presented in the Ephotozine reviews are "scientific" and at the same time easy for any lay person like me to comprehend.
    My impression is that the 12-50mm is nowhere near as bad as some of the reviewers have made out and that the flare problem has been exaggerated.
    Unless I need more depth of field, I find that the lens works best just left at f5.6 most of the time.
    • 14 Sep 2014 6:40PM
  • Posted on: Sony Cybershot DSC-HX50 Review

    I look at a lot of reviews before buying a camera but find the Ephotozine reviews as good as any. The clock dial and panoramic shots in this review were particularly impressive. Had a look at the HX50's competitors, but, apart from anything else, their appearance put me off. Like the Sony design and finish, perhaps a little reminiscent of Rollei cameras. Set in aperture priority the camera almost instantly locked on to everything in the shop that I pointed it at. So out came 200 in cash and an HX50 came home with me.
    The most impressive thing about the HX50 is the efficiency of its optical image stabilisation. For long telephoto shots I use it in aperture priority (Though I don't think it has an iris diaphragm) at ISO 80 with centre focusing and metering set. At ISO 80 it can cope with daylight levels down to about a 60th at f8 for ISO 100 and that's at the full 720mm extent of the zoom.
    At the lower ISO speeds there's much less noise than one would expect and the images can take quite a lot of extra sharpening and other editing without running into noise problems.
    The "Superior" program mode is very clever and fun to play with, but it isn't foolproof. I took two shots of a speedboat, one in Superior mode and the other in aperture priority. In the program shot the camera metered on the water and under exposed the boat. In aperture priority with centre metering and focusing it produced an image that wouldn't have disgraced a DSLR.
    The worst thing about the HX50 is the screen in bright sunshine. "Shooting in the dark" sums it up. Then there's my pet hate : exposure compensation is unavailable in landscape scene mode and I've yet to find a compact that doesn't overexpose in bright sunshine. However, I'm very happy with the camera as long as I can use it in aperture priority.
    • 24 May 2014 1:25PM
  • Posted on: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Review

    Now that I've paid off my tax arrears I'm hoping to be able to upgrade my photographic gear later this year. The RX10 is definitely on my wish list, but I wonder, as it only zooms to 200mm, is it really a bridge camera? Though I'm mainly into photographing landscapes, I also like to take telephoto shots of birds, ships etc. I encounter on my wanders. The RX10 has a superior digital zoom, but is it capable of producing a 50% better image of a 100,000 ton oil tanker at a distance of 3 kilometers than my Coolpix is? Reviewers, unfortunately, rarely explore the digital zoom capabilities of cameras they are testing. In the case of most compact cameras the results are going to be predictably awful anyway. However, for me the competence of the RX10s digital zoom extension is the decision making criterion for buying or not buying it.
    • 18 Feb 2014 1:42PM
  • Posted on: Olympus Stylus 1 Review

    It takes all kinds to make a photographic world. My idea of photographic equipment is a compact camera that zooms from 28-300mm,carried habitually on a neck strap, a monopod and a litre of tea. Judging by the sample photos in Joshua Waller's review, I'd be more than happy with a Stylus 1. Hopefully,for Olympus's marketing of this product, I'm far from being the only nut on the tree.
    • 18 Dec 2013 10:15AM
  • Posted on: Olympus XZ-1 Review

    Though it's still in the shops, we're almost at the epilogue stage with the XZ1. However, I'd like to give some feedback on how my XZ1 has performed over the last two and a half years.
    I've had it on a tripod doing night photography in frigid conditions and I've stood in the rain wiping rain drops off the lens with a handkerchief while photographing rainbows. It's die-hard reliable.
    There are several irritating things about the camera which have since been rectitfied in the XZ2, e.g. that awful, virtually unuseable, manual focus ; +/- exposure compensation cannot be applied in landscape scene mode ; that infernal mode dial, that I usually have trussed in the aperture priority position with sticky tape.
    When shot in bright, sunny conditions, jpegs straight from the camera are every bit as good as those derived from RAW files by basic RAW development. However, the jpegs always need a bit of "tweaking" to bring out the best in them.
    When it comes to leaning over the railing of a bridge to photograph a ship on a rather dull day, that Zuiko lens at full zoom and f2.5 aperture can blow the kit lenses on a lot of CSCs and DSLRs right out of the water. It's seriously good at full aperture, but performance does deteriorate when it's stopped right down to f8.
    Do I regret having purchased the XZ1? Definitely not!
    • 30 Nov 2013 11:13AM
  • Posted on: Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Review

    I've had an XZ1 for two years and reckon that the main problem with it is that the image sensor in it just isn't in the same league as the superb Zuiko lens. This has now been rectified with a better sensor in the XZ2. The lens is clearly designed for optimum performance at wider apertures and I'm certain that it produces sharper images at f3.5 than it does at f7.
    • 14 Apr 2013 11:19PM
  • Posted on: Nikon D800 Vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

    I started looking at the two rows of photos and thought the ones on the right looked distinctly better than the ones on the left. Being me, I had omitted to verify which was which before starting, but had to assume the ones on the right were from the D800. I was amazed when I learned that it was in fact the other way round, with the OMD on the right. Cameras can only be evaluated on the quality of the photographic images they produce, and on the basis of what I've just seen, I'd be buying the OMD.
    • 10 Mar 2013 10:48PM
  • Posted on: Pentax MX-1 Review

    Another copycat-clone serious compact goes on the market. That leaves out Sony as the only major manufacturer not yet jumped on the bandwagon. But Sony have produced the RX100 with its much larger image sensor and it's not vastly more expensive.
    • 10 Mar 2013 8:30PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Coolpix L310 Digital Camera Review

    Bought it to take telephoto shots beyond the zoom range of my "serious compact". On sunny days at ISO 80, it can equal or even beat the performance of the three times more expensive camera. On dull days at high ISO speeds its tiny image sensor can't perform photographic miracles and results are for fun only.
    I mainly use it mounted on a tripod for long telephoto shots and results are surprisingly good at ISO 80. Photographs, though sharp, can be a bit over exposed and lacking in contrast. My L310 needs to be set at minus 0.7 EV to get exposures right on bright days. The low contrast can be corrected on the computer. Beginners might need some help with this.
    Though it is a bit battery hungry, my only real complaint is that the self timer, essential when using a tripod, only has one 10 second setting. An alternative 2 second setting would have been good.
    For anyone who like me is on a limited budget and wants a good, no nonsense, point and shoot superzoom, I can recommend the Nikon L310.
    • 13 Jan 2013 4:14PM

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