Bob from Plymouth

Bob from Plymouth

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

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On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)

I just read the Australian Photo Review article mentioned four days ago and their conclusion "....no camera showcased at Photokina this year provided anything other than a small upgrade to existing products" showed me that they went there with expectations rather than an open mind.

Surely upgrades to an existing format is what people want? It's a cliché to say if aint broke don't fix it but nevertheless true. Also owners complain bitterly if their pride and joy is made obsolete too soon by a new model.

Ok, many are still waiting for the D700 repalcement but I see the D750 as a desireable and capable camera. I won't be upgrading my D600 yet but neither will I be making negative comments about the D750.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 13:46 UTC as 105th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2816 comments in total)

Interesting that the "lifestyle" jpeg on the impressions page shows UK money.

In all honesty I think my D700 is as good as this offering.

Shame on Nikon not selling it body-only in the UK, why on earth did they make that crazy decision?

If someone bought me one as a present would I have it? Of course I would.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 11:00 UTC as 132nd comment
On Nikon D610 preview (627 comments in total)
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The Maze400: I love my D600, even with the oil spots every 2,000 images. I learned to clean them off. With one week remaining on my Warrantee I have sent the camera back in for them to swap out the shutter because while the oil was annoying there were also shavings that kept appearing. If parts are rubbing then they will eventually fail and that would no doubt happen after the Warrantee period.

Nikon better do the right thing.....

Put another way: will the D610 shutter fit the D600?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 13:48 UTC
On Nikon D610 preview (627 comments in total)
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The Maze400: I love my D600, even with the oil spots every 2,000 images. I learned to clean them off. With one week remaining on my Warrantee I have sent the camera back in for them to swap out the shutter because while the oil was annoying there were also shavings that kept appearing. If parts are rubbing then they will eventually fail and that would no doubt happen after the Warrantee period.

Nikon better do the right thing.....

Do you know if the shutter they will fit to your D600 is the same as the shutter in the "new" D610?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 13:23 UTC
On Nikon D610 preview (627 comments in total)
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William5719: More than likely Nikon has been replacing shutters for some time now but the detractors are like a dog with a bone. Everyone is so over-sensitized to this dust craziness that they're going to see dust whether it's there or not. Nikon may have decided that people are not going to let go of this thing unless the D600 is replaced with a new model. So they came up with the D610. I'm sure somebody out there will Photoshop a D610 image until it shows a "dust issue". as well. My D600 has normal dust accumulation like my other DSLR's.

Well said. My D600 has had one clean with a rocket blower in its first thousand shutter actuations and is no spottier than my D700.
What I do deplore is the way the rumour mill has forced Nikon the upgrade a model barely a year old and devalue my nearly new D600. Luckily I am not about to trade it for another camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 13:19 UTC
On Nikon D610 preview (627 comments in total)

Hmmmm ? Can't say I have had many more spots on my D600 than any other DSLR and I am very pleased with the results it produces.

However, there has been a problem for some and the question that springs to my mind is: Can the D610 shutter be retro-fitted to the D600? Maybe this is the shutter Nikon service centres have been fitting to D600's as their official fix. Does anyone know?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 09:55 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies

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.

Direct 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.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2012 at 14:34 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D800 preview (1110 comments in total)

Why should the D800E cost more, surely the lack of an AA filter would make it cheaper?

This camera is what people have been waiting for. I hope it lives up to its specification. Camera stability is goung to be crucial at such a high pixel count.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:57 UTC as 358th 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.

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

It makes me laugh when people come up with a list of things they want to see on the camera(s) under discussion. It would make more sense to say "I wouldn't buy this camera because I require these features..."

It's a tiny pocketable compact with a wide zoom, a bright lens and full manual control, yours for a very reasonable price. Not an alternative to high-end cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:49 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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Bob from Plymouth: I'm not sure why people are suggesting that to include RAW would neccessarily increase the price. It's just some additional software which is probably already written for the processors of their other cameras. It must be a marketing decision but I don't know why?

As well as DSLR kit I have a P300 and it's a great pocket camera which can produce some surprisingly good results. Forget about the sensor size and all the other points being debated, it's a small camera with a bright, wide-angle lens, just take it out and use it. I'm sure the P310 will do very well.

To answer my own question about RAW not being included, I wonder if the P310 would then be seen as in competition with other cameras of a higher specification in the Nikon range and compare unfavourably with them. Hence a marketing decision rather than a pricing one. It's a compact with the big plus of full manual control rather than a P7100 competitor with an inferior sensor. All a question of perception.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:14 UTC

I'm not sure why people are suggesting that to include RAW would neccessarily increase the price. It's just some additional software which is probably already written for the processors of their other cameras. It must be a marketing decision but I don't know why?

As well as DSLR kit I have a P300 and it's a great pocket camera which can produce some surprisingly good results. Forget about the sensor size and all the other points being debated, it's a small camera with a bright, wide-angle lens, just take it out and use it. I'm sure the P310 will do very well.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 10:12 UTC as 29th comment | 5 replies

I'm not reading all the comments to find out but I'm sure someone's already observed that Olympus is following Fuji's lead here by producing a retro-design. I hope they do as I have some Olympus glass that would acquire a new lease of life.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:12 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply

The rangefinder style and high quality build is very clever marketing by Fuji. They dipped their toe in the water with the X100 and X10, now this. It's like the camera many of us wanted in the past but could never afford.

The price is high but this is the premium end of the market and a beautifully built piece of kit like this will not only be attractive to people who appreciate fine things but also to many serious photographers. Particularly those who think twice about lugging heavy DSLR kit everywhere. One hopes the image quality will be acceptable. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 will be no worse to carry than my old Pentax K1000 was.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 09:08 UTC as 46th comment
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kwojdyna: And one more thing - I am personally not a Canon lover - always had problems with frequent underexposing regardless if used film (EOS 50E, EOS 3) or digital camera (EOS 40D, EOS 5D) and that is why I switched to Pentax K-5 and to Nikon D700 later. But:

1. I could use my old analogue-era Canon flash with new digital DSLR's,
2. The same with ALL lenses
3. Now, If I'd like, I could use the same lenses with motion picture cameras,
4. Flash works with compacts and with the introduction this large sensor compact
Canon PowerShot G1X gives me bigger sensor than Panasonic/Olympus m4/3 in compact body and still can probably use my old flash!

Now look at the other systems - Nikons do not autofocus in basic bodies, do not measure lights through non-AI lenses, only new flashes work. Sony NEX3/5 do not accept Sony Alpha flash. The same with Samsung - my expensive Samsung GX flash is useless with NX. Others ?Fuji? also cannot say the have ANY system compared to Canon. This is why they are leaders.

The rangefinder style and high quality build is very clever marketing by Fuji. It's like the camera many of us wanted in the past but could never afford.

The price is high but this is the premium end of the market and a beautifully built piece of kit like this will be attractive to many photographers. Particularly those who think twice about lugging heavy DSLR kit everywhere. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 will be no worse to carry than my old Pentax K1000 was.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 09:00 UTC
On Nikon D4 overview article (844 comments in total)

Sorry Harold1968 I think your comments are premature. Shall we wait for some proper test results before we condemn the D4.

Nikon will have done their market research, the days of "this is what we've built for you" are long gone. These days they listen to customer feedback and they wouldn't be launching a product that nobody wanted or one with inferior performance.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2012 at 09:12 UTC as 209th comment
On EXIF tracking services help find missing cameras article (77 comments in total)

I like the "Find My iPhone" App available with iCloud which can not only locate my phone, showing me where it is on a GPS map but can also deactivate it if I choose.

Something similar on a high end camera would be good.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 14:14 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus raided over accounting scandal article (83 comments in total)

I previously owned an Olympus E-20P, an E-1 and an E-3. I still have the brilliant E-1 even though I shoot Nikon these days.

What's been going on at Olympus appalls me. Reading about the goings on in Japan is more like crime fiction than real life. I just hope they throw the wrong-doers in jail and lose the key, or maybe they'll do the honourable thing and fall on their swords leaving a fine company to carry on and salvage it's reputation.

(If a certain Olympus director has been hiding his personal wealth under other names though, It seems likely that these are not honourable men).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2011 at 13:39 UTC as 13th comment
On Adobe faces criticism for change of upgrade policy article (398 comments in total)

Don't talk to me about Adobe upgrades. I'm still smarting from my experience a couple of years ago when I upgraded to OSX on my Mac and Photoshop stopped working. I then had to spend another sackful of money which I hadn't bargained for on CS4.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 09:30 UTC as 115th comment
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