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

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On Nikon D4s and Lexar 400x or 1000x memory card problems article (38 comments in total)
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dwill23: there's also a problem with this camera taking good pics

There certainly isn't.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 23:18 UTC
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RBFresno: I wonder if the D4s will use a CF slot and an XQD slot like the D4?
I've been surprised by the lack of DSLR's with XQD slots. I believe the D4 is still the only DSLR with an XQD slot, though there are now video cameras with XQD slots.

I think I'd choke if the D4s came with a battery and charger that were incompatible with the D4 (similar to my reaction when i realized that my D3 battery and charger were incompatible with those of the D4!).

I think it's a good combo, but I could live with two XQD slots...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 17:09 UTC
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LukeDuciel: Honestly, I do not really feel D3S and D4 is that better than D3.

D3 was a really good camera and Nikon has not delivered anything significant since then.

(D800 is rather a sensor miracle than the body itself. and for that, Sony is probably the one who owns the credit).

It's difficult to put a number on the accumulation of a few huge and many incremental games, but, yes, 10x feels about right from D3 to D4.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 17:07 UTC
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photoramone: first, and formost, the pictures are a series of seasonal shots (note the green green grass, then the brown brown grass, etc.) Second, it is a compilation of photos of a much-loved DAUGHTER, cooperating with the photographer/father. How one could be nasty/critical, is beyound me.... I must say that all too often this forum is a display of hyper-ego ed and condescending comments by nare-do-well photographers, who think that "condescending to the rest of us, makes them look superior. It does not. and its the same nay-sayers every day.....So if ya can't say something nice or at least FAIR.....stay home

I don't. If I want to be reminded, there's no end of places to go. We're already seeing camera industry news swamped with mobile phone news (I like and use Connect - but if I want to read about phones I'll go to Connect) without burying it under galleries of (film) pictures lifted from Flickr galleries. I can find those on Flickr, oddly enough...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2013 at 07:42 UTC
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raincoat: I think DPR stuffed this by overpromising. "guaranteed to make you smile", "series of whimsical scenes" etc. I looked at the photos and was looking for this "whimsical scenes" that would blow my socks off.
I didn't find it.

This is DPR. The photos may be high key but her skin is blown. People talk about that because it is DPR, not FB.

If the title and text were a bit less sensational, just promise me some nice creative photos, I would have been all over it. But sorry, this looks like an infomercial.

Good point @TheChefs. They're not digital, either...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 13:57 UTC
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photoramone: first, and formost, the pictures are a series of seasonal shots (note the green green grass, then the brown brown grass, etc.) Second, it is a compilation of photos of a much-loved DAUGHTER, cooperating with the photographer/father. How one could be nasty/critical, is beyound me.... I must say that all too often this forum is a display of hyper-ego ed and condescending comments by nare-do-well photographers, who think that "condescending to the rest of us, makes them look superior. It does not. and its the same nay-sayers every day.....So if ya can't say something nice or at least FAIR.....stay home

Most people aren't criticizing the photo per se. Just questioning why it was a lead story in the news pages of a gear site...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 13:54 UTC
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John Siward: Lotta grumpy folk here today...

I suspect people are grumpy because they were duped into wasting their time looking at some pretty dull, technically poor snaps as a news story on a photography site. If this had been a thread in one of the gear forums, nobody would have batted an eyelid...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 08:16 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (476 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: You definitely won't ever need to use RAW with this camera. The RAW mode is already cooked just as much as the jpg mode. I don't see that as a plus though.

When I don't intend to edit the image at all I use jpg. When I want to edit the image I want all of the data to be there and that is not possible in RAW mode with this camera.

How in the world could you describe this as a serious professional camera. It basically doesn't have RAW? If Nikon or Canon did this everyone would be complaining majorly.

I'm a pro sport photographer and depressingly, its true. Many pros only shoot JPG.

I shoot RAW+JPG on the D4, putting RAW on the XQD card and JPG on the CF. If I desperately need an image immediately for web use, I use the JPG. For print I always use the RAW file. Works like a charm. And I have a contract to supply a sport's hall of fame gallery because nobody else has high enough quality files - so long may people's laziness/stupidity continue.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 19:30 UTC
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3sisters: So many comments. Did I miss that Nikon users do have the slickest raw converter available in Capture NX2? Keeps all in camera settings (no sliders needed to reproduce what was done in the first place), Color control point technology (uses smart mask technology), and maybe the most important it uses in house algorithms and therefore can do without the proximations of third party software.

Slickest? No... It isn't slick. The output quality is awesome and some of the tools are great, but the speed and workflow are execrable. If I'm doing a massive print, I'll always process in NX2 - but there are almost no other circumstances where I would bother.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 16:41 UTC
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dark goob: Of course he says that, it's what Aptina makes.

How much did they pay you DPReview?

Go back to the gear shop. DPReview SOLD OUT

And, of course, it's self-evidently true.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 08:33 UTC

Yes, the EXIF data makes it obvious. So does the fact that the vast majority of the iPhone photos are dreadful - technically.

And the pictures that are compared are almost always poorly matched.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2013 at 21:06 UTC as 39th comment
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1514 comments in total)

It was the Nikon D4.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 18:41 UTC as 335th comment
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Kim Letkeman: This article was nice, but ultimately really disappointing. I want to know how to replace a laptop and / or external storage with a tablet, as in the full work flow from transfer to storage to editing. Not how to use its crappy camera in place of the much better m4/3 cameras I am already carrying. Some of what I am interested in was alluded to, but unless I had a world-class brain fart, this article did not actually go into any depth on how it might be possible to live with a table and your cameras only while on the road. It ends up being a puff piece and unworthy of DPReview. I can get this kind of high level info on CNET or one of the many gadget sites :-(

You can add a Bluetooth keyboard, but it doesn't double the battery life, add a full size SD card slot or add a full USB port... The keyboard dock on the Infinity lifts it head and shoulders above any other tablet.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 14:27 UTC
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wus: All tablets that I know lack a couple important features which I think are really mandatory before they "rightfully" deserve the term "tablet for photographers":

- a full size SDXC card slot (in addition to a micro sized one!), capable of UHS-1 speeds - and yes, I am aware that this requires accordingly fast and big internal memory (SSD), this is a sub-requirement which follows as a conclusion,

- an HDMI input plus app allowing to use the tablet as a larger (full HD) monitor on a DSLR when shooting video.

There's a couple more requirements but as long as these 2 aren't available I won't buy a tablet.

Did I overlook a tablet which offers these features?

HDMI input's useful for videographers - hardly a requirement for photographers. My Asus Transformer has a full size SDXC slot in the keyboard, as well as a full USB port alloing me to connect a card reader and CF or XQD cards. Does the job brilliantly.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 14:23 UTC
On Announcing connect.dpreview.com article (250 comments in total)
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JohnnyWashngo: It's a website that is aimed at mobile photography and yet the layout is not responsive?

The layout is the same regardless of device it is being viewed on. This may have been a purposeful decision and if so then fair enough, but I would have imagined that the site would have been written to render in a more readable fashion on a mobile phone.

That's likely to be the case with a camera site. Less likely with a phone/tablet site... Unless it's designed only to be viewed on a desktop, in which case it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 20:21 UTC
On Announcing connect.dpreview.com article (250 comments in total)
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Guy Swarbrick: It's a funny old, black & white world. Serious photographers take better/clichéd photos and mobile photographers take worthless snaps (and turn them into clichés with Instagram). We're all taking photos. (Some weirdos are making videos, too, I hear...)

For some, the twain shall never meet : Connect should be a good thing - neither group has to try to filter out the other.

For some, both are exciting and interesting : membership of both sites allows you to track conversations in both forums. As compromises go, not bad.

Some will progress from one to the other - getting the bug by accident from a ubiquitous device - and they'll already feel at home.

Some of us take the best of both. I rarely take pictures with a phone - and I'm usually disappointed. I don't expect that to change until the laws of physics do. But I use my phone as a relay for EyeFi and the WiFi add-on for my D4. I have tablets that are used for editing. posting and galleries/display books - and as a remote for the D4.

It was a characterization of the postings in this discussion, rather than a summary of my opinion. It might help to read the rest of the post.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 20:19 UTC
On Announcing connect.dpreview.com article (250 comments in total)
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JohnnyWashngo: It's a website that is aimed at mobile photography and yet the layout is not responsive?

The layout is the same regardless of device it is being viewed on. This may have been a purposeful decision and if so then fair enough, but I would have imagined that the site would have been written to render in a more readable fashion on a mobile phone.

Conceptually, I think connect is A Good Thing. But it does strike me that launching a mobile site without a mobile site, let alone an app, demonstrates a slightly odd perspective.

I can only assume there is a fear that there's a window to do this before someone else does, because otherwise it does feel a bit rushed, for no obvious reason...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 16:47 UTC
On Announcing connect.dpreview.com article (250 comments in total)

It's a funny old, black & white world. Serious photographers take better/clichéd photos and mobile photographers take worthless snaps (and turn them into clichés with Instagram). We're all taking photos. (Some weirdos are making videos, too, I hear...)

For some, the twain shall never meet : Connect should be a good thing - neither group has to try to filter out the other.

For some, both are exciting and interesting : membership of both sites allows you to track conversations in both forums. As compromises go, not bad.

Some will progress from one to the other - getting the bug by accident from a ubiquitous device - and they'll already feel at home.

Some of us take the best of both. I rarely take pictures with a phone - and I'm usually disappointed. I don't expect that to change until the laws of physics do. But I use my phone as a relay for EyeFi and the WiFi add-on for my D4. I have tablets that are used for editing. posting and galleries/display books - and as a remote for the D4.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 13:23 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is rather good as a photographer's tablet - let down mostly by Adobe's bizarre resolution restrictions for Photoshop Touch. Although, you can at least run it - unlike on 7" tablets...

"Core to the iPad's photographic potential is the Apple Camera Connection Kit" Mmm. Better to have an SD card reader built in, I'd say - with a full USB port to allow a CF card reader to be attached.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 20:44 UTC as 97th comment

And until the Lexar (and hopefully SanDisk) cards start to arrive, Sony will be able to charge even more ludicrous prices for the S series than the current cards...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2012 at 19:02 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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