Bob from Plymouth

Bob from Plymouth

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Works as a Broadcast TV Engineer / Retired
Joined on Oct 1, 2010

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On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (662 comments in total)

I have always rather liked the DP Review black theme. It sets it apart and has a quality look about it.

Also, on my 5K Apple screen I don't find the white lettering on black hard on the eyes, quite the opposite in fact. It's clear and sharp.

Keep the toggle please and individual readers of the site can select whichever they prefer.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 11:10 UTC as 7th comment

This philosophy is nothing new. If anything it's back to the future.

I knew a stills photographer who used to visit the TV studio where i worked, he came to take publicity shots. Taff, his name, always said his lenses were his kit because he use to replace the camera body every year and considered it the disposable part of his equipment.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 08:47 UTC as 61st comment
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)
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Bob from Plymouth: Another quality control issue with a Nikon SLR. This must be hugely damaging. the D600 problem was bad enough, not so much the oil spots themselves but the way it depressed the value of my camera which was so quickly superseded by the D610. Although my own camera was ok their sloppy quality control has cost me a lot of money.

I do wish they'd get it right, I'm very reluctant to upgrade for a new Nikon now. I'll keep what I've got and keep my money. In fact I wish I'd just kept my D700, made in Japan and rock solid.

I know the D750 is better but it's the issue of yet another quality control failure that bothers me. Now even the D800 is being given a "free service" without explanation.

This is not the Nikon brand I subscribed to.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 10:24 UTC
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)
In reply to:

Bob from Plymouth: Another quality control issue with a Nikon SLR. This must be hugely damaging. the D600 problem was bad enough, not so much the oil spots themselves but the way it depressed the value of my camera which was so quickly superseded by the D610. Although my own camera was ok their sloppy quality control has cost me a lot of money.

I do wish they'd get it right, I'm very reluctant to upgrade for a new Nikon now. I'll keep what I've got and keep my money. In fact I wish I'd just kept my D700, made in Japan and rock solid.

"The D700 is an excellent camera, but it doesn't have the AF of the D750"

True but my D700 with a 300mm Nikon telephoto lens really nailed focus on bikes travelling at over 200mph, whereas the D600 struggles. Go figure that.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 11:12 UTC
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)

Another quality control issue with a Nikon SLR. This must be hugely damaging. the D600 problem was bad enough, not so much the oil spots themselves but the way it depressed the value of my camera which was so quickly superseded by the D610. Although my own camera was ok their sloppy quality control has cost me a lot of money.

I do wish they'd get it right, I'm very reluctant to upgrade for a new Nikon now. I'll keep what I've got and keep my money. In fact I wish I'd just kept my D700, made in Japan and rock solid.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 09:43 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies
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Bob from Plymouth: I would have thought that, with the serial number being in the software, the fact that it's rubbed off the body wouldn't matter?

Perhaps but that really is a worse case scenario and I doubt you'd need many fingers to count the number of owners affected.

Any company with a half decent reputation would deal with this on a case by case basis but they do need to protect themselves, sadly there are dishonest people about.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 10:48 UTC

I would have thought that, with the serial number being in the software, the fact that it's rubbed off the body wouldn't matter?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 10:29 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On photo Mike at 229.2mph in Bob from Plymouth's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This Hayabusa Turbo was travelling at over 230mph.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 11:00 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Mike at 219mph in Bob from Plymouth's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Not the best of shots technically but he was travelling at 220mph. I like the dynamics of this photograph.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 10:58 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Moonset in Bob from Plymouth's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This was a super-moon setting just before dawn, a view from my house. D600 with 24-70 hand-held.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 10:53 UTC as 1st comment
On photo DSC_1289small in Bob from Plymouth's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

The view from my house. D600, 300mm @ f5.7.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 10:50 UTC as 1st comment
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oselimg: As long as there are Brand/Gear slaves and cynical endorsing by websites some manufacturers won't give a penny for quality checks. Instead they will bring out anything to get their current financial shortcomings subsidized by the consumer then will pay it back interest free. That's called free market ethics.

I don't think the endorsements are cynical. The problem is the sites you refer to don't test a product thoroughly, sometimes they just don't have the talent to do so and simply follow the manufacturer's launch publicity, word for word.

DPR seem to have found the problems.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 09:38 UTC
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Bob from Plymouth: Hey Nikon, you should make a beta version of your new cameras and have them field tested for faults like D750 flare and D600 oil spots.

I offer myself as a volunteer.

I see that they have recalled all the stock in the USA now.

I think the problem is that the stylists and marketing department have too much say with a new product and the engineering is compromised. Coupled with a rush to market and it's a recipe for disaster. Maybe the best "recall" would be to recall the manufacturing back to Japan. I never had a problem with my D700.

Good luck Nikon. I hope you can salvage your reputation. I have a big investment in Nikon glass and would rather stay loyal to the brand.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 09:33 UTC

Will this operation to correct existing stock be world-wide? The joy of being the first with a new product has been somewhat diminished of late.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 09:20 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
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Bob from Plymouth: Hey Nikon, you should make a beta version of your new cameras and have them field tested for faults like D750 flare and D600 oil spots.

I offer myself as a volunteer.

I know that pre-release models are sent out for reviewers. How many of them spotted the flare?

The other important point is: Knowing the problem exists and purporting to be able to cure it, will Nikon issue a statement that from serial number such-and-such the issue is fixed?

I hope they don't simply upgrade the camera like they did with the D600, casting thousands of the Nikon faithful aside. That would be too much.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 14:52 UTC

Hey Nikon, you should make a beta version of your new cameras and have them field tested for faults like D750 flare and D600 oil spots.

I offer myself as a volunteer.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 11:50 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies

Deja vu. Speaking as the owner of a D600 I have been here before, although I have to say my camera has not been affected by the dreaded oil spots.

I wonder if I can be lucky twice, I was toying with the idea of a D750.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 12:59 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

Last year a friend of mine was interviewed and filmed on his motorcycle by our regional TV company after he broke a land speed record. They wanted some on-bike shots and for that they used a GoPro Hero, the first time I'd got a good look at one.

Anyway, I bought myself a Hero 2 to use on my own motorcycle at top-speed (LSR) events. It's a brilliant product and really cheap for what it does.

Since buying mine I've spotted them many times being used in TV programmes, such as Top Gear. The picture quality is good enough to edit in seamlessly with other clips taken on "normal" broadcast quality cameras. Most of the time you wouldn't know the shots were from a tiny GoPro.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 09:42 UTC as 16th comment

I was going to watch the video but I'm sorry to say I found the woman with the voice of an eight year old child so irritating I stopped it.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2012 at 14:34 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

I can see the appeal of the digital-rangefinder design for people who like the retro look but in all honesty, if I was looking for this type of camera, I would rather have a Canon G1 X and £1300 in my pocket.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 13:01 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
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