Sad Joe

Sad Joe

Joined on Oct 8, 2011


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On Fujifilm XQ1 Preview preview (161 comments in total)

Anyone else starting to get confused by Fuji and all their new cameras....?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 17:59 UTC as 31st comment
On In pictures - Nikon's large and pricey AF-S 58mm F1.4G article (111 comments in total)

Well done to Nikon for adding yet another item for me to LUST after. Of course glass like this is meant only for 1: BRAG value. 2: The few photographers who will make full use of it (few - many others will buy but never unbox) this comes close on the heels of my other LUST LENS the new ZEISS. Actually it would make much more sense for me (as I'm primary a Canon user) for Canon to update their 50 1.4 with better glass and IS (YES PLEASE ! ) and it should sell for far far less than the new Nikkor or ZEISS. Of course if Canon really do want to follow with a BRAG lens what about a new improved 50 1.2 L with FASTER AF and IS ? Now that would turn a few heads my friends.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 17:57 UTC as 11th comment
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)
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Boerseuntjie: What was wrong with the D600 it was a well oiled machine ;)


Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 19:16 UTC
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)
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Panasonicus: Fans of global Nikon expert, Ken "Kenneth" Rockwell, will have observed Ken's conversion this year to Canon. I was a faithful Nikon user since the late 60's and converted to Canon about 7 years ago after a few failures of non-made in Japan Nikon equipment. However, due to the need to downsize I am now quite happy over at Panasonic and a G3 owner. Nikon need to up their game and return manufacturing to Japan, get rid of the cheap gold paint on their lenses that symbolises bling and not quality.

I also made the move from Nikon ( I still own / use Nikon and still have an FM from 1979) across to Canon some years ago. I think that with massive tech help from Sony (sensors etc) Nikon have remained in the game and the specs of some of their new cameras are simply excellent. I love their D700 - but you make a very good point - Nikon need to sort out their QC in a hurry - I wouldn't ditch Canon now for any other brand and look forward to my next DSLR - the 70D. If Nikon stand for anything it should be QUALITY comes 1st and with any half decent camera or lens the words MADE IN JAPAN should be stamped on to the metal work (just like my beloved Nikon's of old).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 19:14 UTC
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)
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Vesto: I was hesitant about picking up the d600 due to all the complaints being received about the sensor issues. Now I will definitely be making the purchase of the d610.

Interesting to see that d600 owners aren't happy there is a replacement for a defective camera they may have and upset that they won't get enough money for selling it. Due we buy cameras to takes pictures or to sell them in a year?

As a Nikon owner since 1979 (yes I am that old) I feel that Nikon have never come clean (no joke intended) over the problems with the D600 and have moved on leaving current D600 with a camera with a collection of known faults that will (as the D610 is so similar and is bound to cost less) have its resale value hit massively...Bring back the Nikon values of old and have decent cameras made in JAPAN

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 16:40 UTC
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)

So so bored.....sorry Nikon & Canon ( I have BOTH so can dis BOTH too) this is simply a TINY improvement over the D600 and for most users makes no sense at all. Wake up Nikon - the game has moved on - its ALL about FULL TIME working AF with VIDEO - Cue the Canon 70D = the biggest step forward in DSLR cameras since the first FF Canon 5D. Most of the rest are just like the D610 a tiny step forward trying to gain as much cash from us photographers as possible.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 16:36 UTC as 160th comment | 1 reply

Calumet e-mailed me details of the new D610 - they said: 100% glass pentaprism viewfinder. I said 100 % free from muck ? We'll see.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 16:31 UTC as 20th comment
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (30 comments in total)
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Devendra: go with canon? which koolaid are you drinking? and then you shoot with Canon 40D?

i stopped reading after that

i wish DPR would monitor this absurd articles from so called "pro"s

Sorry - but Ive shot 100's of weddings with a range of cameras - a couple of Nikon D70's served me well for several years, I recently sold them off - they had paid for themselves a long time ago. Surely if your running a business making a PROFIT is more important than the latest kit ? Two important points: 1: Within reason its the photographer that MAKES the picture its the camera that TAKES the picture, any camera no matter how fancy is just a light box allowing light in after all. 2: A pro photographer knows that the camera(s) and lens(es) are only a tiny part of running a business. If you can make money shooting with a Canon 40D - why not ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 17:06 UTC
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (30 comments in total)

Best advice - DON"T TURN PRO - I was a pro wedding photographer for over 10 years but moved to vintage vehicle hire a few years ago.

Recently we gained a complaint (our 1st) from a wedding we had driven for: 'Your drivers have jeopardised the work of my official photographers by demanding pictures for your website...I am most unhappy - do something about it'.

Well wind back a little - our driver took 15 pictures, working WITH the pro's the client had pre agreed to them, was very happy with only very positive comments on the day. The TWO pro's took 100's (1x Nikon D3 1x Nikon D800) of pics...

Now this is 1: The truth (really ??) 2: Is trying to get some cash back from us. 3: The pro photographers have co*ked it up and are blaming us. 4: The client is trying to get money back from us AND the photographers using each other as the reason....

Being a professional photographer is a swell way of meeting the worst kind of customers who will cost you money and tell you lies.....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2013 at 16:21 UTC as 4th comment
On Nikon 1 AW1 preview (587 comments in total)

Much as I dislike the Nikon 1 range this one caught me as an interesting surprise - well done Nikon ! But its FAR too expensive at its RRP - perhaps a 50 % discount is coming as with all of the other Nikon 1's ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 17:11 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply

Cool stuff !

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 20:51 UTC as 12th comment
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review preview (331 comments in total)

'Inconsistent autofocus in difficult conditions even after microadjustment' - for me this is the KILLER - sorry Sigma I won't be buying one....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 19:57 UTC as 88th comment | 4 replies
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review preview (331 comments in total)
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Mais78: Inconsistent shot-to-shot AF rings a bell: same issue of the Sigma 35mm f1.4 (I owned 3 copies).

This is what would worry me - Sigma (sadly) have a history of one and only Sigma lens packed up on me - something in in over 35 years of using an SLR had never happen too me..Today I stick with Pentax for Pentax, Nikon for Nikon and Canon for my Canon's.....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 19:54 UTC
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review preview (331 comments in total)
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marleni: Sigma has shown courage and great skill to produce this outstanding lens.
I really hope we will see more high-quality lenses like this one soon!
Please Sigma please make a more versatile mid-zoom-range with F1,8 next.
Thank you :-)

And so say all of us ! Except people who don't like 3rd party lenses or those who recall that Sigma have often had problems with AF in the past. No, I'm not blasting Sigma - this looks to me to be a sure fire winner !

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 19:51 UTC

Well well, back in the early 1980's when I used to work in the camera trade (Tecno cameras) Paul Bird & I discussed the possibility of camera shutters being produced from LCD panels - so they could be switched on and off REALLY quickly - well 30 years later we have a sort of shutter arrangement via LCD - of course back then AA filters, sensors and digital were totally unknown...every idea has its day......

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 19:46 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Preview preview (352 comments in total)

Looks most interesting for us folks wedded to APS-C. Good one Sigma for showing the big boys what is possible without either going FF or a sub format. I just hope that you keep the quality standard as high on real production examples as were all too aware of the issues of duff AF on some of your other lenses...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 10:30 UTC as 5th comment

This strikes me very much as an STM version of the current very cheap and very good 55-250 lens - the improved STM lead AF is much welcomed - but the HUGE price jump isn't. I'll be sticking to what I have. OK it lacks a white jacket and a red ring, its not super fast AF and it doesn't look sexy but its a cracker - don't believe me ? Get your hands on one - shoot REAL World - not a test chart and you'll begin to wonder why Canon charge so much more for such little quality difference / improvement.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2013 at 19:24 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On Canon videos showcase 70D's innovative AF system article (145 comments in total)

Sorry - missed off two additional features from MY 7D MK2 spec: Headphone socket and dual card slots.. now my work is complete and I can go back to taking images.....lovely sunny day across the UK and wait for it HOT.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 09:18 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On Canon videos showcase 70D's innovative AF system article (145 comments in total)

The new 70D seems to ME to be MY almost perfect camera (if there is such a thing) IF IF IF the video AF works. I'm not expecting everyone to agree with me but on balance it offers most things without a massive price tag. Improved APS-C sensor ( YES- at last ! ) AF with video (YES) Touch Screen (YES) Compact size but not too small (YES) Faster / better AF with stills (YES). I've been seeking an upgrade from my 40D for ages, the 50D/ 60D didn't cut it, the 7D had problems with its AF (early on) and that 18M sensor isn't as good as it could be for high ISO. What's missing ? Well - dream list - interchangeable focusing screens for use with my manual focus lenses, 100 % viewfinder, bigger buffer, full RADIO wireless flash control and the build quality of the current 7D - gosh - I've just written the spec for the new coming soon 7D MK 2 !!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 09:11 UTC as 16th comment
On Just posted: Our Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens review article (81 comments in total)

I think this might well be my very next lens. I owned the Pentax SMC-M 40mm F2.8 back in the day - loved its compact size but I didn't really use it much. On my ASP-C sensor this new Canon 40mm becomes a 60 ish mm lens, will it prove to be useful given that I have several zooms that include that focal length, the 50mm 1.8 (MK1) and the 60mm Macro ?? We'll see....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:07 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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