Andrew Butterfield

Andrew Butterfield

Lives in United Kingdom Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Works as a Communications Manager
Has a website at http://Androo.smugmug.com
Joined on Jun 18, 2003

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I really fancy this. Been hoping for a wider angle macro than Oly's 60mm or Panasonic's own 45mm for a while.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 14:41 UTC as 15th comment

I'm only one consumer, but when I was thinking about replacing my SLR last year with something smaller and better, I didn't even consider Canon or Nikon. Not for a second. Their offerings were yesterday's news compared to the exciting, innovative products from Olympus, Sony, Fuji and Panasonic.

And they still are. Canon are taking one step forward when others are taking five. Nikon aren't even stepping.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 08:40 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
On Apple reveals Photos beta for developers post (125 comments in total)

Ah well. Looks like my decision to move to Lightroom last year was the right one.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 12:12 UTC as 12th comment
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Rob Bernhard: f/3.6 to f/7.0 max aperture across the zoom range.

This is the "the death rattle" of the compact market, for Canon at least.

f/7.0 MAX aperture and 20MP on a tiny sensor. Sounds like a great combination to me. Should give some interesting effects. Oh sorry, it's supposed to take photographs?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:20 UTC

An amusing release from Canon. You'd think they'd at least make some attempt to catch up.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:12 UTC as 31st comment

Panasonic have shown the way with small built-in EVFs. Cameras without them are just not buyable any more for me. I've had a camera with an external EVF, and it was a pain. And so expensive. W now know it's not necessary. It's such a shame because the rest of the camera looks great, as long as the aperture range is sensible.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:05 UTC as 33rd comment
On Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 updates rugged series article (18 comments in total)

Interesting to have a 21mm lens on a compact camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 10:55 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1268 comments in total)

Very impressive camera. As an E-M10 owner and enthusiast, I'm tempted. Love the fully articulated LCD.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 08:14 UTC as 284th comment | 1 reply
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mediasorcerer: that nx1 is HUGE for a mirrorless, when samsung gets the quality of ther lenses up to fuji/ oly/sony zeiss standards then it may help there sales, but the nx1 was a poorly thought out mirrorless camera as its way too big/ its a dinosaur and way too expensive, the lenses are huge too, defeats the purpose of milc.

no firmware can change these facts/nor marketing spin, thats why its a flop of a camera.

for the money, your way better off with ff canikony or equiv.

>that nx1 is HUGE for a mirrorless

But mirrorless isn't just about size any more. For people who want small cameras it's great they can have them. Pros want different things but they will also want the advantages mirrorless brings and want to lose the disadvantages of cameras with mirrors.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 09:13 UTC
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GPW: Mirrorless may outsell DSLR's for soccer moms but not for serious photographers

There's no need to defend SLRs. They're dying and it's a good thing for everyone.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 09:09 UTC
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Simple man: If people wanted flawless performance from a camera they would just buy Canon. Canon has a reputation for giving customers exactly what they want in a camera. Ignoring technologies and giving features Canon users demand.

The 7Dii is a superior example of Canons ability to deliver based on the request of customers. Totally forgoing any real upgrade in sensor. They delivered the camera wanted by the masses. Where is Nikons elusive D400?

Admittedly a recall (or wahtever this is) for the D750 was a good decison by Nikon. No such action has or will ever need done for Canon cameras. Ever.

It seems to me in recent years that both Nikon and Canon have been plagued with issues like this to the point where you would be unwise to buy one of their SLRs until at least six months after release.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 09:07 UTC

It's extremely simple.

When mirrorless cameras catch up in the one area in which they slightly lag (focus speed and tracking for sports) there will no longer be any need for buyers of new systems to choose a DSLR. And that will presumably happen in the next two or three years. Or sooner, maybe.

People with heaps of old lenses will continue to use DSLRs for a while, but they'll start to be in the minority, then one day they'll be forced to switch like everyone else.

Canon and Nikon have given the others a head start but I'm sure they'll catch up soon (despite appearances) so they can cash in. Nothing like a worldwide format change to make a bit of money.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 09:19 UTC as 77th comment | 7 replies
On Canon announces five PowerShot compacts article (150 comments in total)

So for $119 you get the Elph 160. Very retro, with no image stabiliser, despite f/6.9 at a 224mm equivalent focal length and a tiny 20MP sensor. Even at the wide end it only manages f/3.2.

I suppose by the time it's discounted to its natural price of about $70 it will be a strange kind of bargain. I'm almost tempted just to see how awful it is, just for fun.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 12:51 UTC as 7th comment
On Kodak announces IM5 Android smartphone post (47 comments in total)

For people who STILL associate the Kodak name with quality and innovation... Did anyone ever have that association?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 12:08 UTC as 11th comment | 6 replies
On Canon announces five PowerShot compacts article (150 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I wish all of the uninformed consumers out there would realize that their phones take better pictures than these cameras would. F6.9 with a 20 megapixel 1 / 2.3 inch sensor is positively useless even in good light. It is way past diffraction at that focal ratio and 20 megapixels is just absurd for that sensor size.

The Canon SX610 HS gets my vote as the worst camera ever made. F3.8-6.9, 25-450mm equiv, 20.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4+ processor, and 1080/30p videos are all bad things to have in a camera with this small of a sensor.

Quite. And one of these cameras doesn't even have IS, which is unusual for Canon. And 720p...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 16:01 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (107 comments in total)

As others are saying, the highly processed 'raw' files are a big disappointment. Suggests the sensor isn't up to it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 14:40 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (295 comments in total)
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Free Jazz: GM5 has the IS?

I think they've copied and pasted that from the GX7 bit, but it's wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps article (137 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: i used to have a Casio camera that did 1000fps at a very low res. That was years ago. It was fun but the low res at high frame rates in the end was pointless.

Sold it. It was fun, but not fun enough often enough.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 09:08 UTC
On Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps article (137 comments in total)

i used to have a Casio camera that did 1000fps at a very low res. That was years ago. It was fun but the low res at high frame rates in the end was pointless.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 13:07 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)

Gales of derisive laughter from the peanut gallery

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:38 UTC as 386th comment
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