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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 1 Day Ago  
Affinity Photo - Half Price
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Ive tried Affinity before but I was looking for a Lightroom alternative and didn't really view it in the light of a Photoshop alternative. So after watching a few video tutorials again, I've realized it does everything plus more that I use Photoshop and Hugin and a few other things in a more up to date modern package. So I've bought it. Still need to find a Lightroom alternative or finally bite the bullet and upgrade it.
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
I am an idiot whine
Posted By 3by2
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Reading that has sent a chill down my spine.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 3 Days Ago  
Micro Four Thirds Club
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An impressively quick decision. If Carlsberg did decisions, that might not translate to an international audience, it might only be a UK marketing saying......

I'm a long way from deciding if I made the right call with M43. I'm with jschoonj, that some of the quirkiness has gone which I kinda liked with Pentax but right now I'm fully exploring video and that's quite exciting, just about ready to give a little project a go.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 05-12-2022, 02:49 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By 3by2
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Yes I agree. What I meant by no real difference is that you probably wouldn't tell in most circumstances, given that's a 200% crop but yes it is slightly better. I would say the improvement happens about 5.6 maybe 5.0 but in reality I wouldn't be worried about using it at f4.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 05-10-2022, 04:10 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By 3by2
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To follow up on this I did some testing today on a tripod, with the camera manually focused to compare F stops at 140mm (It was meant to be 150 but for some reason I must have not fully twisted the lens, so I may have to go back and repeat it for OCD's sake).

The image below is a screenshot from Lightroom with the boat at 200%. As you can see there's no real difference between F4.0 and F6.3. This was consistent through the zoom range I tested. I would say the zoom sweet spot is between about 80 and 130 but there aren't huge differences, so in my view, it's all usable.

I also did a more controlled test of the focus variability I mentioned. In short, I found none, on either the 12-40 or the 40-150. And yet I have seen some differences. For the moment I'm putting this down to user error until I understand what it is I might be doing differently between shots. Or perhaps lighting conditions may play a part or subject contrast, it's something I need to understand better.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 05-09-2022, 03:59 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By 3by2
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I haven't had much chance to use the 40-150 F4 Pro I recently bought and my testing has been constrained to the 150 end at infinity for the seascapes on my doorstep. The trouble with that is that atmospherics can give you strange plasticy results at those focal lengths and recently the atmospherics haven't been good. So much so that I was beginning to have doubts about my purchase. So today I finally went somewhere where I could just shoot some different perspectives and focal lengths to truly test the lens and in case anyone is interested in this lens, here are my test shots with some conclusions at the end. all were taken at 200iso and most at F4.


150mm F4



150mm F4


75mm F4


59mm F4


63mm F4


49mm F4 (that writing is actually like that, it's not the lens)


75mm F4


150mm F4


150mm F7.1


150mm F4


150mm F4




I did concentrate on F4 because I wanted to see how usable this lens is wide open. Although some in the series were taken at a few F stops for comparison. The answer is, very. Dpreview concluded it was sharpest at 6.3 at 150mm, my conclusion is less certain than that. It can be, depending on subject distance. What I have found is that there is some vignetting at F4 which is gone by 5.6 and possibly before, I need to shoot a little series to see. Up to 6.3/7.1 it performs similarly and it's going off the boil at F8. To go back to that where is it sharpest, point. What I have found is that there is quite a bit of variability in focus. A series of shots focused on the same point and de-focused between each shot will show variability in focus and sharpness. This is not untypical but the 40-150 seems to do this more that the 12-40. Again further testing required and perhaps even some exploration of the AF fine tuning. I've read various articles about lens mechanics variation with pdaf even on m43 which might need correcting.

All in all I think it's an excellent lens, really good. My IQ comparison is with the Tamron F2.8 70-200 DI macro, which was a lens I really rated and thought better than Canons new RF F4 70-200 which I used for a few days and costs new about 1500. I think the OM D is better at all distances than the Tamron, except the pseudo macro, which is remarkable given it's size and weight.

Hopefully that's of some use for anyone considering the lens.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 04-11-2022, 11:20 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By 3by2
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Kielder water, Northumberland which I cycled around. Apart from adjusting exposure and white and black points, there's nothing else done to this shot. Taken with the 12-40 F2.8.



I've been a little frustrated with the results I've been getting from the E-m5 III but I think I've finally made a bit of a breakthrough understanding it's exposure and dynamic range and how to work more successfully with the files, which of course are completely different to Pentax. I did anticipate some adaptation and I don't think I'm totally au fait with it yet but I'm heading in the right direction now.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 04-11-2022, 11:14 AM  
UAV DRONE CLUB-All Makes Photos and Videos
Posted By 3by2
Replies: 58
Views: 5,406
Took the drone on it's first holiday. A week in Northumberland, in an isolated cottage, which is the first shot, which was just a short walk from a part of Hadrians wall, which you see in the second shot. The wall follows the contours of the hill, right on the crest of the three hills, a bleak and blowy place in cold weather and there was a fair bit of that this week!





I'm still predominantly using the drone for still images, which can be hit and miss if they work or not with the little sensor. I did do some videos as well, including taking the drone with me on a cycle ride and trying a tracking shot of my wife cycling but I made a rookie error and didn't actually record the damn shot! I will be buying two smaller cases to put the drone and controller in separately for easier packing as the fly more case is too large for comfort. I'm still having fun using it and am still nowhere near understanding the best times and shots to use it for.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 04-04-2022, 01:37 AM  
UAV DRONE CLUB-All Makes Photos and Videos
Posted By 3by2
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I've seen a number of stills from that drone now, all very good. I'll have to see how my drone use develops but it definitely looks the way to go if I find the Mini Se isn't quite up to what I want. I'm a long way from that decision right now though.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-31-2022, 11:10 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By 3by2
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Still testing out the new Zuiko 40-150 F4 Pro. A couple more from it



Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-28-2022, 03:16 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By 3by2
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The Panasonic gets good reviews though. Would you be gaining anything with the 40-150?
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-27-2022, 04:35 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By 3by2
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This was taken with the new Oly 40-150 F4 Pro. Not taken too many shots with this lens yet but so far I think it's extremely good. It is amazingly compact and light, and resolution, sharpness and colour all look good.

This is the view over Little Eye, West Kirby - 1/4000 at F4 and 150mm @16:9 ratio on the camera

Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-24-2022, 06:22 AM  
OM-D E-M5 III - Which lenses?
Posted By 3by2
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I suppose it's OM System now. Mentally it's still Olympus to me. The new lens says OM system, the other lens and the E m5III still say Olympus. I think I'll continue to say Olympus until someone says, 'who?' to me.

Funnily enough the product portal for warranty etc is still called 'MyOlympus' so the rebranding is far from done.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-24-2022, 05:30 AM  
OM-D E-M5 III - Which lenses?
Posted By 3by2
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And Olympus said, yes, the movement is normal and due to the collapsing design. Impressively quick response from them.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-24-2022, 04:18 AM  
OM-D E-M5 III - Which lenses?
Posted By 3by2
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I am now complete. The 40-150 arrived today. I was going to wait for the price to drop but I potentially need it next week. It's a little taller than 12-40, a little slimmer and a bit lighter. The zoom ring feels a little loose compared to the 12-40 and there's a slight rock and audible click. I wonder if this is the result of the fact it's a collapsing lens mechanism. I shall enquire with Olympus as the shop I bought it off didn't know. I shall post any pictures in the M43 thread.

So the 12-40, 40-150 and the Dji Mini SE in the background is now my photograpy kit. A brave new world for me.


Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-22-2022, 04:54 AM  
UAV DRONE CLUB-All Makes Photos and Videos
Posted By 3by2
Replies: 58
Views: 5,406
Wind finally dropped enough for a more open flight.

Caldy beach Groynes from above as opposed to the more usual angle I've shown below this shot



The usual beach angle



And sometimes shooting into the sun does work, though this is not obviously a drone shot unless you know the area.



What I wanted to see today was how far away I could see the drone and whether I could still orient it at those distances. I found that 200metres out and 50m up is the limit for finding it if you look away and then back. Further can be achieved if you don't look away but it isn't really that far to stay in VLOS rules.


I also learned not to bother with the circle quick shot in a strong breeze as it goes sickeningly quickly on the downwind section :-)

Still it's fun to play with and I'm still learning what makes a drone shot and what doesn't.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-20-2022, 06:12 AM  
OM-D E-M5 III - Which lenses?
Posted By 3by2
Replies: 24
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The 12-100 is quite big for m5 iii. I had a look at one in the shop and the 12-200 isn't weatherproof. I did have a good long look at both those options though.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-20-2022, 04:54 AM  
Looking for a used KP? I'm not but
Posted By 3by2
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I sold my KP recently. Bought it for 685 and sold it for 575. An awful lot of people seemed to think it was worth about 4 to 500, so it didn't sell that fast, so I'm not sure there's actually that many people who want a KP at its true worth. I certainly saw no evidence their value has appreciated, nice if it had but it hasn't, not that I lost that much but I'm glad I didn't buy it for a 1000. I think an awful lot of people still see Pentax as a value brand.
Forum: General Photography 03-19-2022, 06:50 AM  
Ringo Starr's 1964 photo - no doubt using his Pentax camera.
Posted By 3by2
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That is pretty cool.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-18-2022, 04:13 AM  
UAV DRONE CLUB-All Makes Photos and Videos
Posted By 3by2
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So this is my project, to get a decent shot of this view. As far West as you can go where I live, with Red Rocks in the foreground and the Royal Liverpool Golf club in the background where the Open has been held a few times and is due to return again.



Things I learnt from this flight. Shooting into the sun is pretty much a no no with the mini SE. Everything was washed out and the shadows too deep. I didn't get the drone in the right place because I lost sight of it which made me a bit anxious and not take my time composing the picture and finding the right angle. It wasn't that far away either, 100metres up and 250 metres back but I just couldn't see it in the light. What I should have done was take the pictures, bring it back, examine what I had and then send it back out at a different viewpoint watching it as it got there. Swapping between flying and checking the screen means it's easy to lose it in the sky. At least I know where to position it next time and not to go in the morning. I presume I'll get better at locating it as I get more used to flying. The other thing was that the gimbal wasn't straight, despite doing a calibration but I've now discovered how to calibrate it manually in flight which is useful as it was about 3 degrees out. So I shall head back sometime, in the afternoon with some fluffy clouds in the sky and the Mini positioned further back off the point of the rocks on the left to get the view down both sides of the coast.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-16-2022, 06:39 AM  
UAV DRONE CLUB-All Makes Photos and Videos
Posted By 3by2
Replies: 58
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I will. Wind is a problem for me too, especially living on the West coast of the UK. I've largely been confined to a relatively sheltered field, flying quite low. I suppose this is one of the drawbacks of a smaller drone. I'll have to see how that goes but like you say, spring and summer are on the way. In the meantime I'll continue flying patterns and practising camera techniques, still a lot to learn and having never been a gamer, co-ordination of two sticks needs some practise, as does distance judgement.

As well as the UK registration, I'll probably do the Irish one too which will allow me to fly in any EU country, which of course the UK is not any more but there's no rush on that one as I have no travel plans yet.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-15-2022, 06:38 AM  
UAV DRONE CLUB-All Makes Photos and Videos
Posted By 3by2
Replies: 58
Views: 5,406
I bought the Dji Mini SE recently. Did the uk flyer ID, which I didn't need to do but seeing as it's just about knowing the drone code I thought I might as well. Bought the Operator ID and have been learning to fly it. Mostly still flying patterns to familiarise myself with the controls and slowly sending the drone higher and further as I get used to it. I'm quite impressed by how good the camera is and I'm looking forward to going out and trying a few pics of things I've got ideas about.

Here I am concentrating hard, so hard I forgot to look up as I took the picture... and the pic is just a low res upload not what the camera is capable of

Forum: General Talk 03-12-2022, 12:42 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By 3by2
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A commercial license is a serious proposition to the very simple UK flyer id, which is simply a multiple choice questionnaire and the dji mini is capable of 2.7k video, so at the lower end but still quite impressive. I'm looking forward to using it.
Forum: General Talk 03-12-2022, 05:36 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By 3by2
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A DJI Mini SE fly more combo



I don't yet know how much I'll use it but the idea is to use it as an extension of my photography and the jpeg images it produces are much better than I expected, so that's encouraging.

And I've done my flyer ID and operator ID, which is a slight faff but not difficult, just got to learn to fly it now.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 03-09-2022, 05:36 AM  
OM-D E-M5 III - Which lenses?
Posted By 3by2
Replies: 24
Views: 1,022
Quick update to this. I've got the e m5iii now with the 12-40 F2.8 pro. With the new 40-150 F4 pro about to be released, I'll probably hang on for that as it's size is precisely why I've gone M43. Initial reviews look good but I'll just wait for a few more to filter out.
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