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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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Joe Ogiba: My FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* on A7r is the sharpest AF 50-58mm lens I have seen for a full frame camera.
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yslee1 - Panasonic products with Leica written on them are not as overpriced as Leica products with Panasonic products inside them... ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 03:53 UTC
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Boss of Sony: The existence of this product shows how anal photographers can be. Nobody will notice the difference between B&W photos taken with this camera and those taken with another camera/lens of similar quality. Even if they did notice a difference, that difference would not be important to anyone. Photos in general are hardly important anyway. It's all just anal retentiveness.

You'd only really see the difference on a print - or a dedicated 12-bit B&W only LCD. Think about it...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 09:36 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (688 comments in total)
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Chris Noble: No hand-grip, a single control wheel, fixed LCD... how much does this camera cost?

Most of why they cost more is because their target customers expect/are prepared to pay more for them. Reassuringly expensive... Plus it's designed to be a pro camera, so for most customers it will be bought without VAT (in Europe - equivalent taxes on many other countries) and from pre-tax income - so it's between half and two thirds of that price on the books.

Is it more expensive to produce than a Fuji X-Pro1? Absolutely. Do the limited volumes increase the costs? A bit - but enthusiast camera volumes are low anyway and Leicas are more popular than many of their owners would like to admit. Is it eight times as expensive to make? Highly unlikely.

Would I like one? Sure. But there's an awful lot of stuff higher up the list (including a colour M and a few lenses...)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 10:44 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)

Excellent news. Now many camera manufacturers will stop hobbling stills cameras with pointless video 'features'.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 10:35 UTC as 127th comment
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (253 comments in total)
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Hibiscusbloom: Would anyone recommend the d810 over the 7d2 for high action photography? The former would have better iq for sure but it's the accuracy and tracking abilities that I am interested in. Is the d810 capable of nailing 100% of the shots in, say, a cheetah racing towards the camera at 70mph even at 6fps or 7fsp? Will the 7d2 also nail them at 100%? If both do 100%, then there is a difference of 3fsp; the d810 with better iq and the 7d2 with three extra frames to choose from (which can be crucial is selecting the ultimate frame). That said, if both are equally capable in acquiring 100% frame rate, the d810 allows for crazy enlargements; not that the 7d2 is not capable unless one is pixel peeping. Can the d810 match the 7d2 in accuracy and tracking abilities, putting aside that extra three frames?

Personally, I'd buy a D4S for that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 10:03 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (253 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Well nothing with a mirror that goes up and down between exposures actually does this very well, however much you pay.
There are very serious inherent problems and stated frames per second are not in fact as claimed. One has to assume, wrongly I feel, that during the time of mirror- blackout between shots that the lens is refocussing, but this must be the case when adding mirror blackout times to exposure times. Given the lag inherent whilst the mirror goes up and then down the fastest rates can therefore only be achieved at very high shutter speeds, but in a best case, in theory the Canon SHOULD be twice as fast as the D810 Nikon. Whether either or both focus track what you want infocus is another thing! Prefocussed the lag on a D810 is still less than the 7DII, but not by much, but with a cheeter charging at me, I'd be way too scared !! Which is the best for self defence?

Having just spent a weekend trying to do the same thing with (one of) the mirroless cameras that claims to have the fastest AF in the world, I can assure you that a mirror going up and down between exposures still wins - by a HUGE margin.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 10:03 UTC
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RichRMA: Responses and translations.
"I hate it!" (I can't afford it.)
"It's gaudy!" (I can't afford it)
"It's no good, the Sony X100 is so much better!" (derangement)
"They should release a new camera instead!" (even though I have no intention of buying either).

I can afford it; it's gaudy; I hate it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 09:50 UTC

For Lexus owners everywhere...

Well, I say 'everywhere'... I mean 'in the US'.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 09:18 UTC as 75th comment
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (253 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.

And a superb AF system would lock on the face and hold it. The D4S does; the D4 doesn't do nearly so well; the D810 is somewhere in between.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 18:55 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (253 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.

You've not shot a lot of cycling, have you? There are all sorts of reasons why it's difficult for an AF system to cope well with it, but the most significant is the depth of the target. Unlike a field sports player, a cyclist has a bicycle which sticks out a couple of feet ahead of them, the furthest forward part of which they hold on to. In very, very good light it's all within the depth of field, so if the AF grabs at an arm or a handlebar stem it doesn't matter too much. Indoors it matters enormously.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 00:36 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (253 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 55th comment | 9 replies
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (253 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 (253 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
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