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Richard Coombs

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    Salisbury UK
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    Keeping Guinea Pigs. Stuffing Olives with Feta Cheese and Anchovies!


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    27 Jul 2006
  1. I got the chance to use the RX100 Vl today for the first time and yes, I agree with Ed and wiskerke, it is an extremely good and capable camera. And Ed, yeah, I do love it! Yackers 1 Cant comment on the Vll, I did look at one in the shop but couldn't find a reason for the extra 200 quid. I normally use a full frame Sony A7lll and opening up the RX files in Lightroom was a bit of a shock, but with a bit of fiddling about, applying a sharpening figure of 60-65 and using Ed's Luminosity figure of 40 followed by downsizing a little in PS, I ended up with images that I am happy to submit to QC. Interesting to note, when opening the files in Lightroom, they render a damn site better than the A7 files, didn't have to do half as much work with the HSL sliders to get the colour right! Yackers 1 go buy a Vl, like Ed Rooney said, you'll love it!!!
  2. Interesting thread! I have just bought the RX100 Vl a couple of days ago, but haven't had a chance to use it yet. My intention was to use it for other agencies/libraries that I supply but, having read the comments here, plus looking at Ed Rooney's pictures, I am reconsidering its purpose. Can anybody tell me what sort of maximum ISO level it will stand for Alamy submission? I usually draw the line at 1600. Ed Rooney, some of your food shots must be 800 to 1600?
  3. Hi Mark. I am sorry to hear of your problems. I'm in my 60's now and thank the Lord, pretty fit but, trudging the streets laden with camera bodies and lenses is becoming a thing of the past, the back and legs just won't do it anymore! Having realised this a couple of years ago, I took to photographing things around the home, mostly food items in a cheap light tent I bought off eBay under the pergola on our patio just outside the back door. Three steps, and I'm in position. Subject laid on an A2 cartridge paper sketch pad, job done. Here's the rub my friend. All pictures taken on an iPhone, uploaded to "so called" micro's which I can't name here obviously. Income result, good! ;0) Say no more, nods as good as a wink. All the best my friend
  4. Yeah, slow here as well. Happens rarely in my experience. They might be updating their systems perhaps.
  5. Interesting set of facts and figures there Wim, thank you very much for taking the trouble to post that. I have to admit, I hadn't even thought of some of those points> certainly worth factoring into any decision.
  6. That's an interesting, and mostly considered set of replies. Thank you all very much for your input. Firstly, this was certainly not intended to be any kind of Canon vs Nikon debate. As I stated in my original post, no way am I going to give up my iMac desktop for post, but, with advancing years and long standing lower back issues caused by the bravado and stupidity of youth trying to emulate Barry sheene, I cant sit for long periods at a desk, gone are the days of working my way through 20, 30, 40 or more pictures into the early hours of the morning. I have an old MacBook Pro that I bought back in early 2013, a great old work horse and still working fine, but no good for PP, its so old that it wouldn't support Adobe CC anyway. I have been wondering whether its worth replacing with a newer model that will support Adobe CC in order to, periodically, relieve the stress of sitting at a desk. Thank you all, your replies have helped.
  7. Whilst I wouldn't dream of giving up on my beloved desktop iMacs for PP, I'm wondering how many people are using Laptops for PP these days. When I first signed up to Alamy back in 2006, laptops were a big no no! For various reasons they just weren't suitable. I do a lot of post on iPads, but not for Alamy. The results are fine for the other agencies that I supply and the type of work they accept, but I think QC would throw a fit if I tried submitting the results to them! I'm particularly interested in anyones experience with MacBook's as I am not a fan of Microsoft.
  8. alphaomega, thank you for an interesting reply. Based on your experience I might give it try. It would be interesting to know if anyone is submitting scanned images.
  9. I was a big fan of Fuji, I thought the original X100 was superb once they got the bugs out of it. I have had both X Pro 1 and XT 1 and hate both of them!!! Fuji and their X Trans sensor are the reason I have opted out of the digital rat race and gone back to film. Armed with my old Nikon F2's and Hasselblads I am once again enjoying photography stress free. And, selling a great deal more pictures I might add!!! Although sadly, not through Alamy as QC are unlikely to accept the scans, which is a shame.
  10. I recall this question coming up on the old forum, shortly before it closed. I believe the answer was that it could indeed be done. But as Ed rightly points out, MS is the first port of call, they'll be able to help you I'm sure.
  11. This sounds good! Especially that Flash has been abandoned, perhaps we can now keyword in Safari on iPad. That would be the biggest and best improvement for me!
  12. I may be wrong, but Alamy seem to be unique with this "approved camera" thing. I'm supplying, and selling pictures through other agencies taken on a whole load of gear that Alamy would never accept. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to supply Alamy with images from what they consider to be "suitable" cameras if thats what suits their model. But, when I'm supplying images shot on a 1958 Zorki 4 on transparency film that expired in 2004 and they are selling and reselling again and again with other agencies, and for more money than Alamy have ever made for me, I can't help but wonder if they are missing a trick somewhere!
  13. Original Fuji X100, not the X trans versions! Fixed lens, but doesn't get any better.
  14. I downloaded it to my iMac on the 22nd January. No problems, but I'm not using an external monitor.
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