John Clare

John Clare

Lives in Ireland USA since 2005, Ireland
Works as a Scientist/Part time Pro Nature Photographer
Has a website at http://www.caudata.org/
Joined on Feb 13, 2001
About me:

I purchased my first digital camera in June 1999 (ironically I got my first film camera in November 2002). I'm primarily interested in the photography of reptiles and amphibians, followed by landscape and macro photography. There's a lot of overlap. I've been published in Nat Geo, Textbooks, Children's Books, Newspapers, Government Publications, Museum Exhibits, many Natural History books, Magazines...

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On Ireland: A Photographers' Guide article (43 comments in total)

"North East: Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal"

As a native Irishman I can assure you that should say "North West" (and in the paragraph below). Excellent article - thanks for sharing. Surprised there is no photo of the Cliffs of Moher though.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 07:48 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies
On Focus Stacking in Macro Photography article (128 comments in total)

Great article. Since you plug Mr. Marom's Costa Rica tour, I think it's a little dismaying that the races of Strawberry Poison Frog that he displays as being from Costa Rica are not actually found there. The red one is only on Isla Bastimentos, Panama, and the green one is only on Isla Colon, Panama. Misleading advertising to potential paying tourists. True there are other races in Costa Rica, but they are not as varied in coloration.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2013 at 15:18 UTC as 38th comment

I returned the 8GB version recently because it was too slow (class 6) to record video on my Sony RX100 (it would try but then the camera would give up). Glad they've woken up with a faster card.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 17:21 UTC as 29th comment
On Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review article (541 comments in total)
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daydreamnation: Guys, can you see those 36MP working on sampled pictures? Personally, I can't see the difference between 21MP and 36MP, but maybe it's only me?

I haven't looked through the samples, but I have this camera. Where I see the resolution difference is in photographing natural subjects like frogs, insects, and natural habitat. As an extreme example, in the following photo I am using a 105mm macro lens to photograph a salamander embryo. I'm at the limit of the 105mm lens' magnification. But the sheer number of pixels on the D800 lets me eek out more resolution than I deserve, in comparison to lower res. This is a downsized image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnclare/6988831274/in/photostream#/photos/johnclare/6988831274/in/photostream/lightbox/

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2012 at 22:18 UTC
On Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review article (541 comments in total)
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John Clare: I'm a part-time professional nature photographer (not a wannabe).

I take issue with this quote from the conclusion: "Not so good for Professional sports/action photographers or Nikon users who do not own top of the line lenses."

Please! Who in their right mind buys a $3000 camera and skimps on the lenses?

Your only legitimate gripe is FPS - 4 is distinctly poor for a prol camera. The focus mode button is a blind person's joy. I can _feel_ exactly where I am with that button. And it's the same as the D7000, my backup body. As is the battery. And they both take SD.

One very important omission from your review is that this camera comes with a built-in flash. This is why I never switched to a Canon 5D, 5D II, or 5D III, despite their beautiful images. This allows the D800 to take advantage of Nikon's unrivaled Creative Lighting System. My mind boggles at how this camera can get 82% compared to its class, according to dpreview. Please, have some journalistic integrity!

Given the huge depth to the scientific evaluations carried out by the dpreview staff, I think I'm failing to understand how the 82% at the bottom actually has scientific meaning. I started reading this site in 1999, and I've been a member of the site since 2001, longer than all (Simon here longer maybe?) of the people working for it, or indeed who post? This is the first time in over 11 years that I've felt strongly enough to take you to task for one of your reviews. I suppose I am used to such a high standard that when a couple of glaring faults are presented to me, I wheeled out the "journalistic integrity" mallet. I apologize for that.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2012 at 22:11 UTC
On Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review article (541 comments in total)
In reply to:

John Clare: I'm a part-time professional nature photographer (not a wannabe).

I take issue with this quote from the conclusion: "Not so good for Professional sports/action photographers or Nikon users who do not own top of the line lenses."

Please! Who in their right mind buys a $3000 camera and skimps on the lenses?

Your only legitimate gripe is FPS - 4 is distinctly poor for a prol camera. The focus mode button is a blind person's joy. I can _feel_ exactly where I am with that button. And it's the same as the D7000, my backup body. As is the battery. And they both take SD.

One very important omission from your review is that this camera comes with a built-in flash. This is why I never switched to a Canon 5D, 5D II, or 5D III, despite their beautiful images. This allows the D800 to take advantage of Nikon's unrivaled Creative Lighting System. My mind boggles at how this camera can get 82% compared to its class, according to dpreview. Please, have some journalistic integrity!

R Butler: my point on journalistic integrity is that your conclusion is written as if the primary buyer of this camera owns one of the bottom cameras in Nikon's line-up, or a Canon Rebel. If someone can come up with $3000 for this camera, they likely realize that a $200 zoom lens likely won't do it justice.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2012 at 21:57 UTC
On Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review article (541 comments in total)
In reply to:

John Clare: I'm a part-time professional nature photographer (not a wannabe).

I take issue with this quote from the conclusion: "Not so good for Professional sports/action photographers or Nikon users who do not own top of the line lenses."

Please! Who in their right mind buys a $3000 camera and skimps on the lenses?

Your only legitimate gripe is FPS - 4 is distinctly poor for a prol camera. The focus mode button is a blind person's joy. I can _feel_ exactly where I am with that button. And it's the same as the D7000, my backup body. As is the battery. And they both take SD.

One very important omission from your review is that this camera comes with a built-in flash. This is why I never switched to a Canon 5D, 5D II, or 5D III, despite their beautiful images. This allows the D800 to take advantage of Nikon's unrivaled Creative Lighting System. My mind boggles at how this camera can get 82% compared to its class, according to dpreview. Please, have some journalistic integrity!

Amadou: By making a point that you are rating it against its rivals (really, the 5D III), but not highlighting just how important a difference it is to have a commander flash built-in to the D800 and not in its main rival, you are making a grave omission.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2012 at 21:54 UTC
On Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review article (541 comments in total)

I'm a part-time professional nature photographer (not a wannabe).

I take issue with this quote from the conclusion: "Not so good for Professional sports/action photographers or Nikon users who do not own top of the line lenses."

Please! Who in their right mind buys a $3000 camera and skimps on the lenses?

Your only legitimate gripe is FPS - 4 is distinctly poor for a prol camera. The focus mode button is a blind person's joy. I can _feel_ exactly where I am with that button. And it's the same as the D7000, my backup body. As is the battery. And they both take SD.

One very important omission from your review is that this camera comes with a built-in flash. This is why I never switched to a Canon 5D, 5D II, or 5D III, despite their beautiful images. This allows the D800 to take advantage of Nikon's unrivaled Creative Lighting System. My mind boggles at how this camera can get 82% compared to its class, according to dpreview. Please, have some journalistic integrity!

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2012 at 21:44 UTC as 169th comment | 10 replies
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SkyDreamer: UK friends, have a look at amazon.de, they ship anywhere in Europe and have normally better prices on the high tech items than the other Amazon shops. I buy from them despite I live in France, and I did very good deals.

Ronhamalam, seriously, it's 2012. Britain's been in the European Union (of some form) since 1973. Come on!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2012 at 21:39 UTC
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