Paul B Jones

Paul B Jones

Lives in Canada Ottawa, Canada
Works as a Union
Joined on Mar 4, 2012
About me:

My plan is to take interesting bird photographs.

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On Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden article (116 comments in total)

Thanks for posting. Not having photographed many landscapes it is fascinating to see how such stunning images come about.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 19:22 UTC as 32nd comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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40daystogo: Why would anyone carry a 910 gram Canon 7DII, when the latest Sony A7II slightly over half that, and is close to getting the same fast focus, maybe not in this A7 iteration but certainly in the next.

For users that need only a narrow range of lenses, the mirrorless solution seems better, and even that factor will be a moot point in a few years when given enough time to develop Sony's growing range of Sony and Zeiss lenses.

Because for anyone but an invalid the weight difference is inconsequential. Thanks for dropping by though.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 14:28 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)

What an awesome camera, but only for photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 03:53 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II article (187 comments in total)

Great work, thanks very much. I could have used a bit more technical content but overall an amazing video.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 01:55 UTC as 83rd comment
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

That looks like fun!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 23:16 UTC as 105th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (509 comments in total)

Great to get the perspective of a working professional photographer.

More of the same, please.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 21:56 UTC as 125th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (509 comments in total)
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Daniel L: she is cute.

What Joseph Black said.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 21:50 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (509 comments in total)
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AksCT: I am not a pro, but find it quite odd to see everything she has listed as positive, copied below, is about functionality,form, and features.
What about image quality? Perhaps the assumption is that these features improve image quality!!

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Pros:

-Low cost
-Feels sturdy in my hands, very similar to the EOS 5D Mark III
-Weatherproofing is improved and Canon claims that the shutter is good through 200,000 actuations - this is very important for working sports photographers
-AF fast and responsive, and seems to perform as advertised
-Cropped sensor is a pro when you need a little more reach on lenses, like a 70-200 in the end zone
-Shutter feels fast and light - not nearly as noisy as the original 7D
-Video is improved, (although I didn't get to test this in depth) - better AF, choice in codecs, better resolution
-Lighter weight than the EOS-1D X, which is heavy as a rock by comparison

"By Joseph Black (4 hours ago)

Because she knows that the image quality will work for her needs and is mainly concerned with actually getting a picture and how that applies to her job. If all you ever do is listen to these forums you wouldn't think that practical concerns had anything to do with actually capturing an image or creating a good experience. The 7DII makes fine pictures and discussing the minutia of that at this point is really for people who have no photographic skill or talent but instead think a DxO score of 77 instead of 72 will somehow make their pictures not suck."

Cruel, but fair.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 21:46 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (509 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: Did Canon paid to DRP for this infomercial? Did Nikon paid DPR for the D750 infomercial?

If not, DPR, you do realize that you actively help perpetuating perception that only CaNikon is producing pro gear?

Where is the infomercial for K-5? Or GH4? Or A7S? Or X-T1? Or E-M1? Or their predecessors? Or other not-so-pro looking cameras from other manufacturers? Ask the producers - they too would gladly pay photographers to write an "opinion" piece for DPR.

"I hated the original Canon EOS 7D ... . To me, it had a clunky, loud shutter, slow focus, and a color profile that reminded me of puke. Not to mention noise at high ISOs. I experienced no joy in using that camera. Many of the 7Ds we had here at the paper malfunctioned when shooting video. That happened to me on multiple occasions."

Yup sounds like a total Canon PR piece to me.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
On Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop article (71 comments in total)
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Paul B Jones: I like the photos a lot, they are far better than anything I could do.

But sometimes I wonder if abandoned buildings aren't the landscape image equivalent of the street photographer's homeless person shot. A perhaps too easy and cliched way to invoke an emotional response.

It is the mother of all ghost towns, and your images are spectacular. But the subject got me thinking about the things we photograph. Weathered and lichen-covered gravestones are another powerfully poignant artifact. So are sunsets, rainbows and singing birds (my niche). Maybe everything is cliche. I'm going to have to think this through some more :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
On Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop article (71 comments in total)

I like the photos a lot, they are far better than anything I could do.

But sometimes I wonder if abandoned buildings aren't the landscape image equivalent of the street photographer's homeless person shot. A perhaps too easy and cliched way to invoke an emotional response.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 15:25 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies
On Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards article (54 comments in total)
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Bruce McL: Making the card black was a good start, but they didn't put an "X" in the name. No 'X" means there must be something wrong with the cards!

"Xtreme" would have been even better. :-)

The way they did the k at the end of black makes it look a bit like an x, so I'm sure the cards are xcellent.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 18:05 UTC
On Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards article (54 comments in total)

Yes, but won't the extra .002 micrograms of weight make them unusably heavy for most photographers?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 19:43 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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topstuff: This seems like a camera from another era.

Huge and heavy. Average image quality. Only saving grace is probably class leading AF. Now that is great if you are really into shooting sports or birds flying around, but for everyone else this camera seems a colossal waste of time and money.

I don't doubt we will see people wandering around Disney with these things.

Canon will sell plenty of these people who just want a big fancy camera. They'll pretend in their minds that they are just the same as the guys at sports events with the big white lenses, figuring if its good enough for them, its good enough for me.

But for anyone who doesn't shoot sports or birds, this camera is a huge let down simply because it seems from another generation. Cameras like the Samsung NX1 show what technology is bringing down the line with next-gen sensors, 4K stills etc etc. Canon have chosen to deny their customers this stuff. I think that is a shame.

I think you are projecting your own inadequacies and insecurities into the realm of camera choice. The remark about what people think of each others gear at Disney is really telling. Normal folks at amusement parks are concentrating on having fun, not on what cameras people have.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
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Avobanana: I just tried the 7D2 in the Canon gallery in Ginza, Japan.

Feels EXACTLY like the 5D3. The rounded looks, the weight, the button layout even the AF points. The mode dial (the symbols are ridged instead of printed) was the only thing that seems different. I almost thought I was shooting my own camera.

Really its not a bad design, but I mean they are so conservative that they don't change a single thing on the camera?

If it works don't fix it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 17:31 UTC

Not something I would buy, but it looks kind of stylish. And I guess that is a good synergy thing for Canon, tapping into the fashion world.

And best of all - it gives the usual DPR grumblers something to complain about.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 15:02 UTC as 63rd comment

Who are you people and why are you so angry at Canon? And why is the anger so personal? It's like Canon killed your father and you have been itching for vengeance since age seven. Except Canon didn't kill your father, they simply made a decision not to put WIFI in the 7DMkII.

There are lots of camera companies to choose from; if you don't like what Canon is offering try another brand - and try to be happy with it. Being serial grumps must be exhausting.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 23:19 UTC as 85th comment | 3 replies
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Paul Ennis: This article paints a very positive picture, but I really think it's perspective is way off. The first line in the G7x preview speaks volumes "For the last two years, the only enthusiast compact with a large sensor you could buy says 'Sony' on the front."

Canon and Nikon have sat by and watched their P&S camera market disappear and have waited until it's too late to do anything about it. Canon should have lunched this camera 3 years ago, when they were releasing £300 compact cameras with IQ only slightly better than a smartphone. I own a S95...it is just nowhere good enough for a £300 camera.

Nearly £600 for a G7x? That is just too much money to keep on you when your out and about, so I'll stick with what I've got...Smartphone and 5D3.

In the words of the song "Pointless to walk when it's past time to run". Canon/Nikon: You need to start firing fat old men in suits who have been holding back innovation for the last 5 years and get with the now.

Wow. If you have a problem with the amazing cameras that are available today, good thing you weren't around in the film days. You would have hung yourself. Every picture you took cost at least a dollar in film and processing costs and it took weeks to see the results of your efforts. No way you would have lasted.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 15:30 UTC
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tom1234567: Samsung NX1 is a better camera
Samsung’s NX1 camera is ready to capture life as it happens. Thanks to 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast-detection points, the NX AF System III covers an incredible 90% of the sensor area. This super-wide AF area is superior to those in digital SLRs. With 15 frames-per-second (fps) capture speed, it can track and capture moments that you don’t even see coming. This isn’t for a short burst, either. Up to 70 full resolution JPEG images can be captured at a time,
so beats canon out the park they better go back to the drawing board

I hope you are being paid by Samsung because your apropos of nothing comment is really peculiar otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 10:51 UTC
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Cartagena Photo: You should review the Sony A77 MkII instead of a small boring news post about the 7D MkII. The A77 MkII is a close competitor to the 7D MkII and has an advanced AF system to. Actually it has more AF points than the 7D MkII. IQ wise i think the Sony wins because of a superior sensor.

But anyway it would be nice to compare those two cameras.

A lot of people are excited about the 7DMkII and happy to receive any news about it at all. I'm sorry there isn't a similar story about a camera you are interested in but there is no need to be so petty.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 10:47 UTC
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