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  1. Lindsay D

    Is kit O40-150 still useful with P14-140 coming?

    My Pana 14-140 f3.5 to f5.6 lens was sharp across the range (edit: I can't speak for the older version as I've never used it). My Oly 40-150R was cheap as chips and even sharper. For general walkabout stuff the Panny is terrific, but it doesn't compete with the latter optic if you shoot nature...
  2. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    Hi Jordan, I enjoyed the process of testing both ON1 and ACDsee. With respect to the latter I was impressed with much of what I found, but it doesn’t work for me as part of my professional workflow. Whilst it’s great at some things, it also lacks some of the bits which are crucial in my...
  3. Lindsay D

    Received an ask to share image by TN Dept of Tourism

    Their skills are more valued because they don't give them away for free. And because the services they offer are absolutely necessary to the majority of people, rather than simply being a luxury.
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    Received an ask to share image by TN Dept of Tourism

    There are occasions when sharing an image with a cause we feel passionately about can be rewarding - either morally, or if the situation may bring us some well matched paying clients. Otherwise, there's nothing cool about it. As others have said though, we do need to stipulate the terms...
  5. Lindsay D

    Is this site ruining my creativity?

    I think the biggest problem is that people don't want to think for themselves nowadays. There's social media to subvert real emotions and real experiences, and to fulfil that endless need for attention and self-aggrandisement. Follow the pack .... jump on every trend and bandwagon, especially...
  6. Lindsay D

    LX100 II owners out there?

    I know what you mean Paul. I was going to wait 2 years for a price fall before buying it (as I often do with cameras). When I was looking at it on the camera store's website I was feeling tired and I had one of those blackouts photographers sometimes get. When I woke up a couple of minutes later...
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    LX100 II owners out there?

    You're very welcome. Unfortunately I haven't had any time to use it since then, but I'll try get out over the New Year period to look at the other features. There's actually not that much to say about it - it's super fast and very impressive, colour is gorgeous, dynamic range is better than its...
  8. Lindsay D

    LX100 II owners out there?

    I haven't had a chance to use mine much since I got it, but I've put my thoughts on my blog: Panasonic LX100ii Field Review First Impressions It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for. I still feel that the LX100/ii is peerless as far as 'compact cameras' go.
  9. Lindsay D

    Is size important?

    I bought a little Canon 200D for a relative recently, because he likes DSLR style handling and already has a couple of canon lenses. Lovely little camera, very basic (ideal for novices) but lacking most of the features of even a standard u43 machine. IQ is good, with a slight preference to my...
  10. Lindsay D

    Somebody Tell Me What I'm Missing With This Photographer's Street Photography

    If we're thinking of the same image, are you seriously suggesting a late Georgian building is 'crooked'? I'm sorry but this is getting silly. No offence, but if you want to see some 'crooked buildings' you need to be looking at either derelict structures or houses from the Tudor period. If...
  11. Lindsay D

    Somebody Tell Me What I'm Missing With This Photographer's Street Photography

    Even though forums are useful for discussion I think we have to be careful in how we critique the work of others. If somebody is inexperienced that often shows, and it's OK to point that out. It gets hard though, if they rate their own work much more highly than other experienced photographers...
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    Somebody Tell Me What I'm Missing With This Photographer's Street Photography

    Street photography has always been open to interpretation. When I’m tasked with judging street images I’m looking for strong composition, and narrative. In other words the use of shape and form, interesting light, storytelling or an emotional response, and whether the image has ‘impact’ or is...
  13. Lindsay D

    Thanksgiving - the GX8 has saved me SO much money!

    I feel the same way. My GX8 is my favourite camera - ever. It epitomises value for money and feels as current today as it did when it was released. And I say that as somebody who is fortunate enough to own several cameras (including Sony full frame). It's been my professional workhorse for a...
  14. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    There were a couple of other things I noticed with ON1 2019 vs 2018. I’ve tried them both with and without GPU acceleration switched on. Overall moving between images and modules is very slightly faster with the GPU but what I couldn’t overcome in 2019 is the laggy sliders (I don’t suffer from...
  15. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    Thank you for pointing out the ACDsee sharpening slider Michael - I feel silly for not spotting that, as you say it's right next to the brush! I just wish they would include a noise reduction brush function as well, maybe they will in the next update.
  16. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    Jan, the stability issues, even if rectified, doesn't change what I feel is a fairly low quality RAW interpretation which rules it out for some of the work I do (where I know there will be a good deal of scrutiny or I'm making very large prints). It's positive that it works for you but it isn't...
  17. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    Unfortunately a job can sometimes result in a few hundred pictures to tag, cull, then process - it's no fun when the software hangs or runs more and more slowly as the editing session progresses. And with a deadline it's frustrating. But even with 50 images the problems are often still there...
  18. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    Only the basic adjustments are available to the brush in Develop mode (displayed above the brush icons). If you invoke the brush (or any adjustments which sit below the row of brush icons) and try to sharpen or reduce noise, the effect is global. I've had a chat about it with the provider and...
  19. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    I know what you mean about 2018 being slower as you went along, it would become unusable at times. I didn't get the point of processing a long shoot in 2019 (too many existing niggles) so I'll take your point about it being less prone to that particular irritation, which will be a step forward.
  20. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    Good points. I'm currently testing ACDsee and aside from the steeper learning curve (at first it baffled me a little because it really is quite different to LR and ON1) it's a very slick piece of software. I'm finding it stable, a little faster than ON1 in the develop module and very much faster...
  21. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    Stan, I have a powerful computer system. The problem is not my hardware. I’m pleased the software is working for some professionals, but we can’t all be characterised in the same way. I know many pros who don't get along with it, for the reasons I've outlined. The work we produce is likely to...
  22. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo RAW 2019

    For commercial or professional usage it’s as half baked as ever. The rendering of details is unpredictable, noise reduction is poor, bleeding from the R/O/Y channels has meant that many of the images I have processed using this software cannot be published in any form. And it’s still slow, buggy...
  23. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    They're not actually focusing 'errors'. No production process is perfect though well specified cameras and lenses are set within certain tolerance values - over a range, not a fixed number. If your camera is at one end of the range and your lens the other the two together might not be as sharp...
  24. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    I think EM1ii allows micro adjustment with native u43 lenses and I think the older 4/3 lenses for PDAF. I'm not certain about it though because I don't have an EM1ii. You can also send an older body and lens combo to a workshop to have them calibrated to 'match' if you're that enthusiastic...
  25. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    It’s not really about depth of field, it’s about where the precise point of focus lies relative to where the photographer has placed the point of focus. This is sometimes broadly referred to as front or back focusing, and that can be down to either the camera or the lens. We think of equipment...
  26. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    I have never felt a need to micro adjust a lens. That is irrespective of brand or focus technology. I can't speak for anyone else, whose camera and lens combos might show the kind of variance which makes micro adjustment useful. But I do know a lot of photographers who have done this, either...
  27. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    There are good lenses and there are bad lenses. Some of the cheap kit DSLR lenses are diabolical, and the odd one is surprisingly good (Canon 18-55 STM, which I love). There's copy variance but at the end of the day those lenses just aren't very well calibrated or coated. Most professionally...
  28. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    Quite interesting to see those lenses being the culprits. I'm wondering though, if they'd be the 'most hired' ones, vs the more affordable lenses (bar the oly 45.f1.8) so as you suggest it's hard to know if similar variance feedback might apply to any others in similar numbers. I also wonder if...
  29. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    I didn't say he was wrong, it just isn't what I've experienced. Maybe the lenses he's been hiring out or testing have been from certain batches where there was an issue on the production line (it does happen, common with Canon kit lenses). There were apparently also some quality issues after the...
  30. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    There'd be no reason to return it, unless it were a dud. Retailers should be prepared to accept back faulty goods and to send out an exchange. In my photographic life I've only ever had to do that a couple of times, and I've used an awful lot of lenses. That's what I mean about being realistic...
  31. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    I've never felt a need to micro adjust a lens, particularly when I'm using that lens on multiple bodies (which might not have any tweaking built in). I do pretty simply tests with a tripod, a spirit level and a brick wall. Then I shoot the same shots in a familiar testing environment. This means...
  32. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    Interesting, but very much counter to my own experience (that's shooting professionally with the system from the beginning, and testing more lenses than I can remember in the four years I was a brand ambassador at Olympus, when I also had as many Pana lenses in my bag). I'd cite Tamron APS-C...
  33. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    Yes, birds are terrible for 'micro-vibrating'. Their heads move almost constantly but it can be hard to see from more than a few feet away. I've had the odd bad copy over the years (only two or three I think in 30 years) but they were consumer grade super zooms, not expensive well specified...
  34. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    One of the biggest complaints my wildlife students have is that they can't get crisp and clear images. There are so many factors wound up in that as we all know, but as you say technique is often the cornerstone. That can be focusing technique, handholding technique, or a poor understanding of...
  35. Lindsay D

    Something I've learned living with the PL100-400 for 3 years (or so)

    My PL 100-400 is an extraordinary piece of equipment. I still marvel at the relatively small size and weight, and the amazing sharpness and image quality. Incidentally the people I've met who say they can't get sharp enough images with their PL 100-400 can't get sharp images with mine either...
  36. Lindsay D

    Tony Northrup's new bogus video "Micro Four-Thirds is DEAD"

    It's certainly true that those photographers who are able to enjoy their hobby or perform their job using small lightweight (mostly) prime lenses will have the broadest equipment choices. And there won't be much of an advantage for them in switching to Micro 4/3. I know that myself because I...
  37. Lindsay D

    Tony Northrup's new bogus video "Micro Four-Thirds is DEAD"

    The key benefit of micro 4/3 is the small size and low weight of the lenses, even the professional versions when compared to full frame counterparts and in most cases APS-C. Until full frame manufacturers are able to downscale fast lenses in a similar way (and I find that unlikely) the micro...
  38. Lindsay D

    Tony Northrup's new bogus video "Micro Four-Thirds is DEAD"

    Absolutely. Tony is an effective businessman. I daresay he'll post a follow up as well.
  39. Lindsay D

    Tony Northrup's new bogus video "Micro Four-Thirds is DEAD"

    For a few years I've been hoping he'd put a list on his blog.
  40. Lindsay D

    Tony Northrup's new bogus video "Micro Four-Thirds is DEAD"

    I haven't watched the video, I just assumed it was a wind up. I think he'd get even more hits if he made a video about what shampoo he uses.
  41. Lindsay D

    Replacement for LX100

    Hi Paul, I finally got out for a couple of hours last week to put the new camera to some use in Brighton. There's not a great deal to report, other than what I have already said about both the units being a bit soft on the left and in the corners at the longer focal range. For some reason I'm...
  42. Lindsay D

    Sensor Size - Full Frame versus M43 - lets see images

    I shoot with u43, APS-C and full frame (I'm a full time portrait photographer). Each has its uses. The 'full frame look' is in fact moot if you're shooting sports, or wildlife, catwalk, landscape or product. If you're a wedding photographer seeking absurdly thin depth of field then you'll love...
  43. Lindsay D

    Sensor Size - Full Frame versus M43 - lets see images

    I did this one to death years ago (when it was news) - and I'm still bearing the scars :roflmao: Roll on to today, and I think the argument is moot. Most understand the features and benefits of having either or both systems in their kit bag.
  44. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo raw 2019

    Yes, it's crude, that's one of its biggest problems. Noise is awful - clumpy and blotchy and very hard to reduce. Haloes around bright white objects, even with minimal processing. Poor colour rendition and wild white balance interpretations. Skin tones not great, even with careful tweaking. So...
  45. Lindsay D

    Desire for better high ISO noise - Sony considerations

    I'm a full-time professional and I shoot with micro 4/3 (Pana GX8), Sony APS-C (a6300) and Sony full frame (A7rii). I'm a portrait photographer so I'm shooting humans but also a lot of pets. I also photograph wildlife at times. My most used camera by far is my GX8, particularly indoors if the...
  46. Lindsay D

    40-150 F2.8 + TC against the 75-300 thoughts please

    I see what you mean Wolfie - and as lenses go, I think the 100-400 is nothing short of spectacular. In order to buy it I had to sell my beautiful Olympus 40-150 Pro and TC, but I never regretted it. I think if you're into birding or smaller animals then this particular optic is a no-brainer, if...
  47. Lindsay D

    40-150 F2.8 + TC against the 75-300 thoughts please

    I'm a little late on this discussion, but I will say what has probably already been said. If you need only a little more reach than your current 40-150 Pro with TC, and if you are on a tight budget, then I would suggest the Panasonic 100-300. You will save a bit of money if you go with the...
  48. Lindsay D

    On1 Photo raw 2019

    Timp, the issue isn't so much the regular updates and the cost, but the fact you get no tangible improvement for your investment. Each version is as slow and buggy as the last. The 'new features' are unstable and beta. And so it goes on - irrational marketing for a half baked product.
  49. Lindsay D

    Replacement for LX100

    That's a shame, but good that you were able to get rid of it. Agree with what you say about the RX100 - I found mine unusable, it was like holding a bar of soap. And changing settings was so fiddly. I stopped using it after a few weeks and was quite glad to sell it. The replacement LX100ii...
  50. Lindsay D

    Replacement for LX100

    Unacceptable, as you say. Most of mine at infinity were the same as per some other reports I've read, though in my case switching to the cross hair provided a perfect solution. Definitely something badly wrong with your unit - what did Panasonic say? The LX100ii I had (briefly last week) had no...
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