John Swenson

John Swenson

Lives in United States Bend, Oregon, OR, United States
Works as a Writer
Joined on Nov 3, 1999

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On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (137 comments in total)
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John Swenson: Love these shots of the desolate Eastern Washington farm country in winter, old farm equipment and Palouse Falls! I can appreciate them even more because I've done a lot of shooting all over Eastern Washington myself over the years.

I got so caught up in appreciating the actual photos that I forget we were supposed to be analyzing every shot for sharpness, bokeh, chromatic aberrations, color saturation, etc. I never got past focusing on the actual photography. Imagine that ;-)

Oh, I'm into gear. Really into gear! But for once I just looked at the photos. Probably because I'm not interested in a 24-70 lens that costs $2,400 and weighs 2.36 lbs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (137 comments in total)
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photomedium: Nice pics, where were they taken?

I didn't shoot them, of course, but I can tell that most of the country shots were taken at Palouse Falls, WA and the desolate farm country around there in Eastern Washington. The family shots in the woods look like they were taken in a rural Western Washington community, like maybe Vashon or Bainbridge Island (trees, moss, sogginess, and green.)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (137 comments in total)

Love these shots of the desolate Eastern Washington farm country in winter, old farm equipment and Palouse Falls! I can appreciate them even more because I've done a lot of shooting all over Eastern Washington myself over the years.

I got so caught up in appreciating the actual photos that I forget we were supposed to be analyzing every shot for sharpness, bokeh, chromatic aberrations, color saturation, etc. I never got past focusing on the actual photography. Imagine that ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 18:17 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On article Picture this: Our revamped galleries system is now live (115 comments in total)

Great improvements!

It's even easier now to see how many cameras and lenses just don't look very good at 100% ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 01:16 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
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John Swenson: I just received the Sigma 24-105 f4 lens that is on back order just about everywhere. I've wanted it for months and it finally arrived today. I'll use it on my Nikon D800.

I'm sure a lot of photographers (me included) want to know if the Sigma 24-35mm is significantly better (or any better) at f4 and above in the 24-35mm range than the Sigma 24-105.

Even if I had this fast f2 lens, I would probably still shoot at f5.6 or above most of the time for more depth of field. That's why I'm interested if it's much better stopped down than Sigma's other "Art line" zoom lens (the 24-105 f4).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 21:49 UTC

I just received the Sigma 24-105 f4 lens that is on back order just about everywhere. I've wanted it for months and it finally arrived today. I'll use it on my Nikon D800.

I'm sure a lot of photographers (me included) want to know if the Sigma 24-35mm is significantly better (or any better) at f4 and above in the 24-35mm range than the Sigma 24-105.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 02:14 UTC as 43rd comment | 5 replies
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piratejabez: Any idea when this update will be widely available?

I already bought and downloaded the $79 upgrade version of the standalone software (not a subscription.) Installing it now....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 18:52 UTC
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Mahmoud Mousef: electronic paper (re-usable, durable and infinitely rewritable) & printers that print on various affordable e-paper sizes will get my wallet out and excitement levels up. Far too much e-waste with the backwards pricing of inks, clogged printers and cheapened laser printers with low yield toner too. I think we are all tired of these cheap tricks and the waste of experimenting with expensive inks and single-use photo paper.

Bring on the e-paper revolution.

Those large prints on electronic paper sound fantastic. Let us know in 2025 or so when the technology is ready, for sale and reasonably affordable.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 02:01 UTC
On article DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks (137 comments in total)
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CallMeAlan: I can't believe DPR is actually wasting time and electrons even mentioning this sort of stuff, even in a so-called "humorous" way, when there are so many important cameras they haven't even done a quick preview on.

I think the average DPReview reader must be around 70. They always get upset when someone says something positive about cameras getting touchscreens, the rising popularity of selfie sticks, GoPro cameras and other newfangled photo inventions.

"Why would anyone need those?! I've done just fine without them for the last 40 years!"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 16:23 UTC

It seems obvious that Nikon kept the tilt-screen off the D7200 to further differentiate it from the D750 and encourage people to buy the more-expensive D750. That's lame. Any $1,200 camera released in 2015 should have a tilt-screen -- better yet, a fully articulating touchscreen like the D5500. The D7200 is too little, too late.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 05:11 UTC as 24th comment | 8 replies
On article Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom (229 comments in total)

When is Lightroom 6 coming out? Any rumors of a release date? Or at least the beta release date?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 00:29 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: #1 is #1!

I agree -- #1 is #1. Many of the other shots are really ho-hum.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 12:26 UTC
On article Lightroom 5 Public Beta: What's New (90 comments in total)
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dparsons: I'm surprised there is no HDR, Image stacking and Focus Stacking .. I guess that would imply the use of Layers and Lightroom is very much single image .. So kinda makes sense .. I love Lightroom and I like these updates anyway ..

Still no HDR and panorama stitching even in LR5! Looks like Adobe is still trying to protect sales of Photoshop.

It sure would be simpler (and save spending lots of $$$ on Photoshop) to be able to stitch panoramas and merge images for HDR directly in Lightroom.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 23:49 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview (108 comments in total)

Your editorial team does a great job. It will be great to see what an expanded team accomplishes in 2013.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2012 at 18:25 UTC as 14th comment
On photo hornitos in jason liske's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Wow, I love this shot. The golden light, the barely standing door from the past, rusted old buggy and wheels, rolling hills and trees.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2012 at 11:10 UTC as 1st comment
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