Guy Swarbrick

Guy Swarbrick

Lives in United Kingdom Berkshire, United Kingdom
Works as a Sports Photographer
Has a website at http://www.guyswarbrick.com/
Joined on Jan 6, 2005
About me:

Covering cycle sport since 2003. Went to my first track Worlds in 2008 and haven't missed one since.
Manchester 2008, Pruszkow 2009, Ballerup 2010, Apeldoorn 2011, Melbourne 2012, Minsk 2013, Cali 2014
First multisports event - Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Clients include Belgian Cycling Hall of Fame, BikeNZ, British Cycling, Cycling Australia, Cycling Ireland, Cycling News, Cycling Weekly, Inpho, Malaysian Cycling Federation, Roadcycling.co.nz, Roadcycling.co.uk, Swiss Cycling

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On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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tbcass: Shooting bicycles, field Hockey and Track and Field is easy compared to Basketball where there is constant change of direction and people moving in and out of the scene. I've shot Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse, bicycles, Hockey and Basketball. I find Basketball the hardest by far.

If there had been any basketball at the Commonwealth Games I could have gone. As there wasn't...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
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Guy Swarbrick: Why not just put an OTG port on it, then you could just plug a card reader in...?

Brain-fade... I meant SD-only...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 08:41 UTC
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Guy Swarbrick: Why not just put an OTG port on it, then you could just plug a card reader in...?

I had an earlier Nexto DI product and it was very good. Unfortunately, the internal battery exploded and killed it. There are a number of CF/WiFi solutions out there, but the WD one is much cheaper if you can cope with WiFi only. I may get the WD one for the Fujis...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 22:17 UTC
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Guy Swarbrick: Why not just put an OTG port on it, then you could just plug a card reader in...?

http://cvp.com/index.php?t=product/nexto_nd-2901-1tbhdd

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 21:11 UTC
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Guy Swarbrick: Why not just put an OTG port on it, then you could just plug a card reader in...?

You can buy it with or without. Without allows you to source the size you want at the best price; your choice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 11:10 UTC
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Guy Swarbrick: Why not just put an OTG port on it, then you could just plug a card reader in...?

And, wireless aside, Nexto have done this, better, for 10 years...

http://cvp.com/index.php?t=product/nexto_nd-2901&gclid=Cj0KEQjw4aqgBRCvwLDi_8Tc54YBEiQAs6DLvP6fOEGIEzaEyH1y32bDOiNOt7t5jImfm5B6B-xuk5gaAtFR8P8HAQ

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 09:42 UTC

Why not just put an OTG port on it, then you could just plug a card reader in...?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 08:42 UTC as 54th comment | 9 replies
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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cannotshoot: Nice photos. In some photos, if you view in full res there's noise.

Of course The question is how much noise there would have been with a different camera and whether it would have caught and held the focus in the available light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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Don Romano: Nothing about sport panning shots?

Image 5 is a panning shot. The point of the article, though, wasn't to provide a sports tutorial and motion blurred panning shots - while they require a lot of practice to do well - aren't a particularly good test of a camera. In fact, if I found myself at an event with a camera with low IQ and/or poor ISO performance a slow shutter speed, motion blur panning shot would probably the best option given the limitations of the equipment. They have their place, but, personally, I don't think they would have added anything to what was essentially a camera test.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 15:42 UTC
On Google Photo Sphere now available for iOS post (20 comments in total)

Incrementally, not dramatically increased. There are far more Android phones out there than yPhones.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 20:23 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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lindseyp: #12 is a great photo, IMO. Getting that water spray adds to the intensity.

Thanks - I know almost nothing about hockey, so I was pretty much shooting blind. I had been briefed about the water, though and it was a good tip!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:23 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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StrongArm: I think you force use D810 in indoor sports photography.

If you intend to advertise the strengths of D810, you should pick the photos in outdoor sports photography, not indoor photography.

As you know, D810 has very high pixel densities so noise tends to increase dramatically as ISO speed ratings is increased.

You show the weakness of D810 using your indoor sports photography...

There are pictures of their hypothetical model here...

http://www.dxomark.com/About/In-depth-measurements/Measurements

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 09:46 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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StrongArm: I think you force use D810 in indoor sports photography.

If you intend to advertise the strengths of D810, you should pick the photos in outdoor sports photography, not indoor photography.

As you know, D810 has very high pixel densities so noise tends to increase dramatically as ISO speed ratings is increased.

You show the weakness of D810 using your indoor sports photography...

It's true that - all other things being equal - higher pixel densities mean that noise increases as ISO speed ratings increase. Other things aren't necessarily equal, though.
Here's how the D810 does against it's close rivals - look at the Sports low light ISO rating (higher is better...)
http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Nikon-D810-sensor-review-New-DxOMark-leader/Nikon-D810-versus-Sony-A7R-versus-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-D810-has-slight-advantage-over-nearest-rival

...but more importantly, look at it vs other cameras where indoor sports photography is absolutely what they're designed for. You would expect the D4s to outperform it and it does. Nothing else comes close. But vs Canon's 1Dx, the D810 wins...
http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-D810-versus-Nikon-D4s-versus-Canon-EOS-1Dx___963_945_753

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 07:40 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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jljones: Are all the images above jpegs straight from the camera?

To be clear, I do send edited JPGs for time sensitive clients, which is why I use a RAW+JPG workflow, but very rarely send a JPG straight OOC.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 21:30 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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Wubslin: No. Still not buying one. Not impressed at all.

Does it even focus properly, or is this miracle of technology too far beyond Nikon?

> Does it even focus properly

Yes. Yes, it does.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 22:06 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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jljones: Are all the images above jpegs straight from the camera?

I may dig a few out, just for my own amusement.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 12:21 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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jljones: Are all the images above jpegs straight from the camera?

I still have all the OOC JPGs, if anyone is interested - with those caveats...

Note also the discussion elsewhere on spot metering. It's the best way to get accurate exposures on the riders if you can nail the head, but with some kits - all black and all white, in particular, a couple of cm out and you'll be under or over by a stop or more, which obviously has to be corrected in post and is much easier to do with the RAW file.

Often what you'll find is a sequence of four or five frames with a rider moving towards you with one or two slightly off on the exposure and the rest spot on...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:54 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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davids8560: I'm thinking of getting a used D300 or D300S. I just want a decent Nikon. And I can only spend so much. But if I did get a D300 and then by chance got a chance somehow to use this camera, how sorry would I be?

Thanks.

It depends what you're going to use them for. I loved my D200, before I got my D3, and got some great images with it. When I replaced it with a D300S I was somewhat disappointed - not because it wasn't better than the D200 - it clearly was - but at just how far off the D3's performance it was, particularly indoors.

If it's going to be for general purpose use it'll be fine - they're both good cameras. If you're going to be doing any indoor sport, I'd look at a used D3 or D700 rather than a D300/s.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:41 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)
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jljones: Are all the images above jpegs straight from the camera?

No, none of them are - they're all RAW files output from Lightroom. That's what I typically send my clients, so I have no interest in how good or otherwise the OOC JPGs might be (other than how close they are to what I might send my client for immediate use at the venue, obviously, but that's typically 800 pixel wide web images anyway... they barely need to be in focus.).

I know it's an oft-requested thing in reviews, but in practice, even on the rare occasions I send a client a file straight out of the camera, it won't be with the default JPG settings. Contrast, sharpening and D-Lighting will almost certainly have been changed from the defaults.

And I wasn't resetting all of that for a major championships to provide default JPGs for an article (that I didn't know I was writing when I started!). :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:38 UTC
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)
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Apewithacamera: What brand of protector filter would you recommend for this lense?

The same brand I'd recommend for any lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 21:33 UTC
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