AllanW

AllanW

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Joined on Apr 17, 2004

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haiiyaa: I have two hobbies, one is photography and the other one is computer gaming. The average age here is probably around 50 while the average age in the games I play is 13-14. Despite the constant trash talking and death threats I receive when playing games, I still think the dpreview community is worse and more immature. is it because they spend thousand of dollars on their camera equipment, yet will never be able to get a shot like this?

+1 and well said!

Looking at the galleries of some "critics" makes me laugh and makes them look very foolish indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 08:30 UTC
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steveperry: Very cool image! Lots of great drama going on.

To the photographer - ignore the negative comments. It's interesting how many people who level harsh criticism never post their own photos, or if they do, they are completely lackluster. It's almost like they want you to do worse so their stuff doesn't look quite so bad by comparison.

+1.

LOVE this shot and congrats to the owner!

Well done for ignoring the negative comments from the "experts" as well ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 08:21 UTC
On Sony: An eye on focus article (758 comments in total)
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hip2: just the fact that the magnified review is done around the focus points is already a huge step.
i dont understand why it is not standard yet, it's the obvious choice.

Rishi ... "how often is our subject underneath the selected AF point? Hopefully always"

Well not really in a lot of cases. This is the big issue with shooting at 1.4 on my Nikon bodies. Even using the outer AF points I often still have to do some recomposing.

This is the BIG advantage with the Sony and all those AF points. It would be great to be able to ALWAYS have the outer AF point directly where we need it without having to recompose slightly and without having to worry about the outer AF points not being as accurate as the centre.

It's a real shame you couldn't give this camera a test in a low light function environment. Wedding, corporate function, etc. I am sure many here would love to see the Sony AF in such an environment.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 10:02 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1034 comments in total)
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AllanW: Serious question .... Is there any technical reason that the VF is .78 x and not 1 x ?

Thanks for the feedback T3

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 11:40 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1034 comments in total)

Serious question .... Is there any technical reason that the VF is .78 x and not 1 x ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:30 UTC as 134th comment | 2 replies
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1262 comments in total)
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matthew saville: These full-frame Sonys just keep getting heavier and heavier.

The A7R was 14 oz. The A7 mkII was 21 oz. The A7R mkII is 22 oz.

Considering that a D750 is 26 oz and that a Df is 25 oz, and considering the rather pathetic lifespan of the NP-FW50 battery that would require me to carry 2-3x more batteries anyways, I'm throwing in the towel. This is a joke.

1.5x and 2x mirrorless are the only systems that are truly living up to the weight and space savings mantra that mirrorless had hyped up. Sony's FE system continues to deliver hefty lenses that weigh as much as or more than their DSLR competition. Their bodies get heavier and heavier, as they try and step up the build quality to an acceptable standard.

I'll grant that there are still innumerable new bells and whistles that many people are going to greatly appreciate about mirrorless. 4K video, in-body stabilization, and of course, focus peaking. If those were things I cared about, maybe I'd get on board.

Each to their own of course, but for me size and weight is not a reason I would switch.

As I have previously said, I would be very happy with a D750 style and size body in mirrorless format. I find this size and weight balances very well with bigger lenses.

Of course, AF performance, battery life and VF lag would need to be DSLR level before I would swap over. But when that day comes, I will happily swap systems.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:24 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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KW Phua: For planned shoot DSLR with complete system still my choice. iPhone will take over when DSLR left at home. Until one day EVF catch up with the AF speed, DSLR still will be available. Hope that Dual Pixel type of technology can evol one day and with 8K video, I will shoot video and get the best frame for my still picture. Offcouse with high speed recording and high capacity storage. Save money now, invest wisely. Which maker have higher chance? Keep your eyes open. Don't waste money on toys.

Speculatrix,

I have played with a few and haven't found a mirrorless yet that can match my D750 for AF.

I like the mirrorless concept simply for the WYSIWYG but I will hold out until the AF speed, battery life and viewfinder blackout has evolved to a higher standard.

IMO, current mirrorless are great for Fashion, Portrait, Landscaped etc. but no good for weddings, functions...anything fast moving in low light.

The other thing is, I really don't like the smaller bodies with the large lenses. Small bodies only makes sense to me if I can also get a 70-200 f2.8 in a small form factor. Otherwise the balance is just off.

When the time comes, I would be happy with a D750 size body as a mirrorless. Feels perfect in my hand when shooting for hours on end.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2015 at 01:41 UTC

Well I have the Odin and it has worked perfectly on all of my past Nikon models. On the D750 I have to toggle the Odin in the hot shoe until it meets the contacts.

If my unit works on all other models and not the D750 then logic would dictate that the D750 hot shoe is not the same as past models.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 00:44 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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codeNsnap: Dear Nikon,

Have a very small feature request for the D750 – a setting to prevent the LCD display from turning on when the ISO button is pressed. The ISO value is always visible in the top LED screen and the viewfinder display. Always turning on the LCD display when ISO button is pressed is unnecessary and distracting for some of us users; so it would be nice to have an option to turn this behavior off. Given the positive direction in which Nikon's customer service response is recently going, I really hope this simple option will be a part of this/next firmware upgrade.

Thanks.

Easy ISO doesn't work in manual mode. Auto ISO has its place but I much prefer to manually set my ISO, aperture and shutter speed for certain conditions.

The D750 is perfect for this! Once the ISO has been set to the movie record button I have all 3 controls at my right hand.

But the rear display coming on is a pain and an easy fix via firmware

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 06:15 UTC
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codeNsnap: Dear Nikon,

Have a very small feature request for the D750 – a setting to prevent the LCD display from turning on when the ISO button is pressed. The ISO value is always visible in the top LED screen and the viewfinder display. Always turning on the LCD display when ISO button is pressed is unnecessary and distracting for some of us users; so it would be nice to have an option to turn this behavior off. Given the positive direction in which Nikon's customer service response is recently going, I really hope this simple option will be a part of this/next firmware upgrade.

Thanks.

+1 Total pain when you are shooting events and changing ISO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 23:23 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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Papi61: Not going to dump my Nikon gear any soon, but I see the NX1 as a truly great offering for indie filmmakers who want to jump on the 4k bandwagon. I'm lucky I'm going to test one soon. I know some people in the indie film industry who already got the NX1 and are raving about it. If I'm satisfied with my tests and if I don't see a worthy competitor appearing soon, I will likely buy one.

@JoePhoto

I currently shoot Nikon but have no bias either way.

I'm curious about your statement: "I am now capturing images not possible before."

Can you give examples of what type of images that are now possible that weren't possible on your old system?

Thanks

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 23:25 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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Laurence Dutton: I've been using this camera for commercial videos & stills since the first week it was announced, without going into detail I'll summarise:
The S series lenses are unbelievably sharp; the hardware is SO much better than the firmware; 4k video is as good as the HD is bad; HDMI monitoring greys out many useful functions..eg focus assist, high frame rates; this doesn't matter as focus assist & HD are awful anyway....But with a perfect lens line up (f2,8 zooms of useful length. sony only has f4); rapidly improving firmware & astoundingly sharp 4K video I think I did the right thing in buying into the whole system.

Laurence,

I just wanted to compliment you on your work. I just checked out your website and you have some very impressive images. Congrats!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 22:51 UTC
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OBI656: Expensive, Studio need at least 3 lights means $3,600.00. For this amount of money you approach territory of ProFoto.

I use the Einstein's indoor and on location but these units will do HSS up to 1/8000 which can't be done with the Einstein's.

Shame they don't have a built in battery though so we could eliminate all leads and external batteries on location.

The Priolite is the perfect unit for me but it's just too expensive. Here in Oz they are selling for $3k each.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 07:33 UTC
On Classic lines when clients want you to work for free article (141 comments in total)

Haven't read this article but it prompted me to find an old Youtube clip that I loved so much. Very funny stuff!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6B6OXnyaRk&list=FL_etESQ5PLjFbboxS3z2PCA&index=37

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 11:04 UTC as 41st comment
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview (901 comments in total)

Can someone tell me how to download the original RAW files for the various cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 19:44 UTC as 123rd comment | 1 reply
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