mark finn

mark finn

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
Works as a Lecturer
Joined on Mar 23, 2004

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On DPReview Gear of the Year - Part 1: Fujifilm X100S article (306 comments in total)
In reply to:

Richard Murdey: This is a nice looking and nicely engineered camera. Not really Fuji's fault that this is the ultimate hipster camera. But hipsterific it is, much to the detriment of the community.

flickr groups devoted to the X100 are filled with, in no particular order

1. selfies taken in the bathroom mirror
2. shots of expresso, latte, and other cafe beverages
3. moody black and white shots of uninteresting and random cityscape.
4. shots of the the X100 itself, in various expensive cases, taken with a camera that is not the X100

That covers about 90% of flickr photos with every camera, albeit with slightly fewer cats. Try a 500px search on X100 - some impressive stuff there.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 01:45 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year - Part 1: Fujifilm X100S article (306 comments in total)

Since I'm still on the original X100 I guess I would have to call it my gear of the last two years. While the 35mm was initially limiting, I soon began to see in 35mm frames, and once freed from the endless decisions about zooming I was able to concentrate on getting the elements right within that frame. The result has been more published photos in two years than my previous seven with Canon and a range of L zooms.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 11:51 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

This looks surprisingly like a FrankenCamera - I would have thought with Nikon's resources they could have made a better job of the modern retro. Having switched most of my shooting to Fuji I get the appeal of knobs and dials, but this seems like a solution looking for a problem.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:12 UTC as 1034th comment

$699? Sold. If the quality is as good as their other lenses then it is an absolute bargain.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 05:40 UTC as 24th comment
On 2013 Pulitzer Prize photography winners announced news story (50 comments in total)

Photography has many uses, and one of them is to make a memorable image that tells a story. Not all stories are nice, and some of the stories we need to hear are definitely ugly. But for those who complain about "not another war photograph", let's have an alternative DPReview Pulitzers:

1) Best over-processed HDR
2) Best Cat
3) Best moody black and white cliche
4) Best flower cliche
5) Best street shot of people wandering aimlessly through the frame
And so on.

By the way, I've shot almost all those cliches, and I live in constant admiration of those who put their lives on the line to get the images we see here.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 09:56 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On 2012 Pulitzer Prize photography winners announced news story (76 comments in total)

As disturbing as they are, the fact that these images can elicit a reaction at all in an image-saturated world demonstrates their power.

From a technical perspective, it looks like a lot of the winners and runners-up were shot with a medium wide angle; hardly any extreme telephotos or wides in the collections. Kind of makes me want to take my X100 out and put it through its paces!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2012 at 00:28 UTC as 27th comment
On Fujifilm adds further functions with X100 firmware v1.20 news story (119 comments in total)
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blue orpin: "The latest firmware allows the Raw button to be user-customized. It also makes it easier to set up the camera's Auto ISO behavior"

I just installed the fw, i can't see how it makes it easier to set up the auto-iso. Am i missing something ?

I have to agree here. Auto ISO is something that I use rarely, and when I do it's very much set it and forget about it for the rest of the session. For the most part I like to choose the ISO the camera is using, and for this purpose the ability to select it using the Fn button is handy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:50 UTC
On Fujifilm X10 firmware: Appears not to fix 'white orbs' news story (601 comments in total)

I guess DPReview had better start incorporating some point source light tests in its previews and reviews. Who knows how many orbing compact cameras there are out there?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2012 at 07:26 UTC as 168th comment | 1 reply
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