john Clinch

john Clinch

Lives in United Kingdom Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Works as a Teacher of physics
Joined on May 23, 2005


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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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G Davidson: I have to say, this is a seriously impressive all in one 'Bridge Camera' (I still prefer that term to compact, whatever the sensor size, for such 'all in one's). Having a decent-sized and highly evolved sensor mated with a wide zoom range could be all the camera a lot of people need.

I know it will gradually drop, but I still question the pricing, not in terms of value, but in terms of the comparisons with ILCs. A DSLR with say a Tamron 16-300mm lens has the same reach and a much larger sensor, or a u3/4 camera with a 28-300mm equivalent has almost the same reach with more dof control.

I got the feeling in the past that these kinds of cameras were just too big to compete with DSLRs and their added flexibility. Maybe this will hit just the right combination of features to succeed, but I can see it falling into the niche of being a great travel camera thats's just a bit too big to carry around every day.

Panasonic G6 and 14-140 is more in the uk

It also less range bit and its a bit slower (f5.6) so that probably takes any sensor size advantage

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 16:18 UTC
On Ricoh GR comparative review preview (37 comments in total)
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Wira Nurmansyah: I write my personal review on Ricoh GR when traveling to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. You can see them here

Thanks I really enjoyed your review and photos

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 15:35 UTC
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BorisK1: The table says 26mm equivalent FL, while the text says 28mm. That's a pretty big difference in WA coverage.

Going by 1" sensor 2.72 crop factor, 9.58mm * 2.72 = 26.0mm. That's what I'm rooting for, then :)

I wonder if these are actual focal lengths. Sony may quote different figures in the final product spec to allow good loss of coverage after distortion correction.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 20:14 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Well said, that is quite enough.

Manufacturers of machines themselves calibrate the colour, and it is about time they all actually make the colour produced out of camera accurate.

If we can use software to correct colour, why should we have to, as the makers of the sensors and the cameras themselves have a duty to get it right.

Only when they have a single basic setting that gives acurate colour throughout the spectrum with luminance and hues our eyes see can it be called a camera at all.

The various other settings like vivid, landscape neutral Adobe RGB sRGB etcetera are of no use to us when the machine itself is colour blind, and its not our job to waste our lives and fortunes stuck in front of a monitor trying to do something a machine can do better.

Are you a branch of Boots? or Adorama?

I think it would be nice if they manufacturers provided an accurate profile. That's the only thing they would need to do

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)

Do different cameras of the same make and model see color differently. If they do why? I've never heard of sample variation between cameras AF fine tune aside

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 16:57 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (235 comments in total)
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Black Box: Nice, light, quite interesting DSLR. Yes, there are "more exciting" cameras. However, given a choice, I'd pick Nikon any time any day. Just think about it for a moment.

In the past 2 years, Sony has started and buried a whole new line of cameras, and is now burying one of the oldest mounts.

In the past 10 years Canon has started EF-S, then EF-M, and didn't do much good with any of them.

Even Samsung already introduced NX Mini in addition to barely breathing NX mount.

The only two mounts with hundreds of legacy lenses are Nikon F and Pentax K. For better or for worse, Nikon respects their customers' habits, providing them with cameras to use their lenses with. And consistency is the sign of class.


The motor issue is what it is. The consumer chooses to buy or not. It still leaves more choice than the a NEX owner by a wide margin and at lower cost too

But you take lovely photos so i forgive you

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (235 comments in total)
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mosc: DPR, did you miss that optical viewfinder thing on the top? All the mirrorless cameras you list don't have viewfinders! The D3300 is an APS-C sensor (a good one at that) with a viewfinder. Compared to an A6000, it's priced pretty well (D3300 is $150 cheaper). If you're going to compare it against mirrorless cameras at least note that an mirrorless with a viewfinder will set you back at least as much.

You really want a reason not to get this camera, talk to people about the old A65. Same sensor, cheaper, built in wifi (and GPS if you're into that), full coverage viewfinder, faster shooting, etc

I expect Sont Nex ownership looks less exciting and cheap when you start choosing more lenses

One tele zoom and its f6.7 and how much?

How much for an f1.8 35mm?

How much for an ultra wide?

How much for a nifty 50mm?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 17:45 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S article (130 comments in total)

Well if you've got a full frame DSLR and fast 50mm lens then sure just use that

But not everyone has

Plus know one is making any one buy it

Oh and to the "why not crop lobby. Well of course you can. But you still can with the converter on, only more so. Oh and you have less depth of field as well with the converter

But its Dpreview so we've got to hate

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 13:45 UTC as 24th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (492 comments in total)
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rfsIII: In my opinion DPReveiw is leading readers down a dangerous dead-end path with all this "equivalent aperture range."
The whole silly business started with a post on one photographer's website and has now grown into a weird cult of people who are angry all the time about f/stops and love to argue with anyone who doesn't profess unwavering faith in their precepts.
And worse, it completely misses the point of the exposure triangle. To get more out of your camera you need to understand the relationship between f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO but this new religion you people have adopted throws that out and makes readers think that the surface area of the sensor is in some undefined way related. Converts go on and on about twice or four or 16 times as much light hitting a larger sensor than a smaller one as though that matters.
Unless you are dealing with bellows or other real exposure-changing variables, from an exposure point of view it doesn't matter what size sensor you use.

yes equivalent aperture is a mess. It really confuses people and I'm sure it was pushed forward by some one who wanted to sell more large sensor cameras. ISO performance is not proportional to sensor area. What we need is the review sites to figure out whether the faster lenses compensates for the smaller sensor. Looks like it doesn't for the f4 lens but does for the f5.6. But telling us that would make more sense than loads than a whole load of equivalent waffle

Oh and no the digital era is no excuse for all this equivalent idea. In the film era crop factor really was proportional to sensor performance as they all use the same sensor, just in different sizes. You couldn't say 400 ASA was fine. It was poor in 110 film but excellent in an 8 by 10 plate camera

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 20:40 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (492 comments in total)
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bawbaw: Best thing to do if considering an rx10 ... buy an rx100. Unless video is your 100% primary concern ... it does 99.9% of the same thing. Has the same sensor. A slightly better lens if you go by the comparison on this review on raw.

Big thing is .. it goes in your pocket.

I shoot a Leica M9 normally.. although.. what do I grab most of the time due to space ... my rx100. It's that annoyingly good.

Oh and you can still get them new for £300 if you hunt about as they don't have wifi BOO HOOO.

Unless you want an eye level view finder

or a faster longer lens

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 20:24 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (492 comments in total)

Today on the 21 march 2014 days after the review was launched the cost comparison is wrong. Well it is in the Uk. The RX 10 is £849 from WEX the A6000 and 18 105 f4 is over a £1000.

I don't really blame dpreview. But i suggest they leave cost comparisons up to us as prices change so fast. More so for cameras than lenses

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 20:15 UTC as 74th comment | 2 replies
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)

I enjoyed these. Made me feel even better when I read all the grumpy comments!!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 10:37 UTC as 32nd comment
On Sony NEX-6 Review preview (31 comments in total)
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coolboy: Hi!
Can anyone please explain me if I can add an PANASONIC 20mm f1.7 II pancake to this camera? Is it fully compatible?


No that lens is microfour thirds only. This only takes NEX lenses. That is Sony E-mount

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 13:24 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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molnarcs: This forum has become unreadable. It's basically a troll fest, with overwhelming negativity. Any attempt at intelligent discussion is drowned in the noise. There is a more intelligent discussion of the new Nikon at Canonrumors (!) than here.

I wish dpreview had a feature where the user name could link to a portfolio. At least we could see who are actually photographers and who are just coach photographers - looks like the majority are the latter :-/

I agree that people do get negative and thats a shame

I frequently check to see what people have in their galleries. If they've done any challenges and if their profile has a link to a portfolio.

You don't seem to have any photos? Which makes your comment very strange, You can easily link a portfolio but you don't

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:13 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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mgblack74: Wow. Suddenly the boys have turned their attention away from the Canikon twins to the new girl in the room: Sony. Not sure I'd use it for a wedding, but Sony just changed the market. Canikon, your move. The D610 & D5300 doesn't count.

Yes but they had to. The went for the dsky markt and didn't win. Whne you are behind its worth ducking and diving

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 14:49 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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falconeyes: Some day, all enthusiast photo cameras will be like the A7r, i.e., high MP FF mirrorless, more or less. Who will own this market is an open race though.

I think thats true. But I expect that lens leagacy wwill continue to count for a while yet.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 14:48 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

So $1000 dollars for a nifty 50 is on the pricey side. The mind boggles.

NEX seem to have the problem of value bodies and mad lenses prices

Its nice to see new things but I expect that it will always be beyond me finacial reach

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 14:46 UTC as 575th comment | 2 replies
On First Impressions Review: Using the Canon PowerShot G16 article (351 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: The Canon G15 viewfinder is not a serious composition tool, nor do I believe it was ever intended to be so. Only a very few of its competitors offer a "tunnel view" viewfinder. It is a handy thing to have when grabbing a shot and due to it's narrower FOV, you are bound to get the subject. It should be compared to cameras in the same price range that have no viewfinder. Let's face it. The only viewfinders worth a damn come in the Leica M's, The Fuji X100's and the Fuji X-Pro-1 and so forth and they are priced accordingly. So, it is unfair to criticize the G15 for the limitations of it's viewfinder.

For what it is, the G15 (CMOS) is a great little camera. Nice to take along when I don't care to take a premium camera outfit with it's greater bulk. With the right settings, I have made some very good 13 X 19 prints with it.

The GX1 is priced higher than the G15. The G15, and I suppose the new G16 are good cameras for the purposes intended. And no one is forced to use the viewfinder.

My wife has made the excellent point that composing on a screen is not so great once you need reading glasses. A simple tunnel is way better than screen that too blurred to see

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 11:48 UTC
On B&W (Grayscale) Conversion in GIMP article (2 comments in total)

Thanks I really enjoyed that.

I certainly hadn't seen Value. Lightness and Luminosity defined before

I do have GIMP installed but my methods seem to be work better with 16 bit images or in the RAW converter. So i seem to do almost everything in Lightroom now. Lightroom has a limited tool pallet for this work but I've enjoyed learning to work with it. But it looks like I need to give GIMP another look.....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2013 at 12:40 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

I've skimmed this and I sort of agree with the comments below. LR for my Nikon camera offers a range of camera profiles that quickly achieve good colour off the bat.

Is LR the only one to offer selective adjustment? I use these alot.

I've never been a fan of saying DPREVIEW is biased but I think we should remember DXO is now a business partner

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2013 at 08:16 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies
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