Lives in United Kingdom Winchester, United Kingdom
Works as a Self Employed
Has a website at http://about.me/buchangrant
Joined on Nov 2, 2001
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Current Equipment

Olympus OMD EM1 EM5 EP5, Sony A7s
Oly, Panasonic Leica M and Samyang lenses


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On UK's Focus on Imaging photo trade show to close article (19 comments in total)

It was always an annual treat to have a couple of nights at the Hilton and visit Focus, it will be sadly missed...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 21:16 UTC as 6th comment
On Winter Photography in Iceland article (83 comments in total)

Thanks for posting that brilliant set of images, its one of the best posts I've seen on DP review and it definitely makes me want to go there (although I won't be standing around in any icy streams! Your post processing is exemplary and very natural looking to me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2012 at 01:29 UTC as 15th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (624 comments in total)
In reply to:

brunobarolo: On second thought, could it be that Sony hired the Sigma Manager responsible for pricing the SD1?

lets see...Leica M9 with 35mm Cron or RX1? no contest! and you'll save £4500 in the process:)
35% more MP
3-5 stops better useable low light performance
HD 24p video
panorama and HDR modes
smaller and lighter

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 18:57 UTC

I am surprised by the m-mono, I’m not surprised its more costly, I said it would be when it was rumoured, I’m surprised they included an LCD at all, I think that they missed a trick there. I’m not being sarcastic either, I think they should have left it off! With the M9, Leica learned that all publicity is good publicity. The more people who criticized the M9 for its many omissions (when compared to the marketplace) the more people aspired to have one!

Undoubtedly this new camera will appeal to the collectors who just fill display cabinets, and to the many rich people who just want the latest exhorbitantly expensive toy. But this M-mono will appeal to many good and great photographers too. It’s a highly specialised tool which will be used to produced some stunning work in years to come. I’m not sure if it’s for me though. I love the flexibility of being able to use the colour channels to bring out the elements of each black and white conversion. I doubt a few extra stops of noise-free shooting could come close to compensating for the loss of that artistic freedom. Including Silver Effex Pro (which I use) with the M-mono is all very well but your only going to get a fraction of its functionality without colour data to play with.

The price is not unreasonable for such a specialist tool but I’d have to be printing large exhibition pieces to justify buying one.

As for the samples! when are camera manufacturers going to learn? why won't they give their new cameras to people who know what they're doing to make their sample images? these look like they were taken by your average visually illiterate Leica toting hedge fund manager:)


Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 08:09 UTC as 104th comment | 1 reply

I moved to a small roller from Lowepro, easier to lug around and takes a 15" macbook and an Ipad! dont see the point in these!

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:31 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On Just posted: Our Canon Pixma Pro-1 printer review article (69 comments in total)

I liked the look of this printer, I had the Canon guys print out 2 samples at Focus in Birmingham a few weeks ago. I gave them a sheet of Ilford smooth high gloss media to see if it offered any improvement over the Pro9000 dye-based machine I currently use. It came out with serious bronzing, it was only shiny on the ink. I then gave them some of hanumelle paper to see how dark it could get the blacks with a mono print. It came out with the darkest blacks being what I would call about 80% black, awful! I think the staff Canon used at the Uk's most important trade show, let the side down a bit with poor product knowledge of the machine and its software's operation.

If I print black and white on matt paper, I want blacks which look like charcoal! I have see such results on various displays at Focus, probably from an Epson. Epsons are thirsty!

From what you have suggested here, the machine is capable of great results, when set up correctly, I might yet be tempted:)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2012 at 13:20 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

I think, with the appropriate adaptor, it will take all old OM lenses:)

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 13:28 UTC as 142nd comment | 3 replies
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera article (874 comments in total)

what a complete MINGER! the designer should be spanked!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 19:14 UTC as 176th comment | 1 reply

The English law system triumphs again!

Hopefully this idiotic decision will be appealed and overturned as it would lead to the possibility of literally thousands of 'fraudulant' law suits and turn the copyright system into a complete nonsense!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 14:39 UTC as 199th comment
On Lightroom 4 Review article (469 comments in total)

I would like to see a facility to filter showing only files which have had ammendments made in the develop module

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 18:46 UTC as 149th comment | 1 reply
On Leica launches M9-P professionally targeted rangefinder article (100 comments in total)

Its a nice looking camera and I like the understated thing but I'll wait for the M10, its not worth £1000 just for a glass screen and a prettier body:-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2011 at 16:20 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On Apple releases Final Cut Pro X video editing software article (12 comments in total)

A lot of folk have slagged it off but it will probably do me just fine, if I ever get around to actually making a video:-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2011 at 16:15 UTC as 11th comment
On Leica announces Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH article (8 comments in total)

yum yum yum!!!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2011 at 16:12 UTC as 11th comment
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