Peter Evans

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Searching my own name out of curiosity brought up "2,411 locations for 1,781 constituents named Peter Evans".

The problem was that it listed everyone with the name containing the forenames or surnames 'Peter', 'Peters', 'Evan', or 'Evans' plus everyone with a name that contained a combination of two or more consecutive letters which matched any two or more consecutive letters in my own name, such as 'Judith Devons', 'Paul Ivano', 'Joris Ivens', 'Louis Kranz' and so on.

So, pretty useless really.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 07:40 UTC as 1st comment
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Nuts About Photography: Well, that's nice. Another improvement to the line. I'm 2 versions back and still think my GoPro is the way to go.

Maybe it's time to upgrade. The problem is, I'm too afraid to loose one due to a flyaway I can't explain. My version 2 only flew 3 times before I couldn't work up the nerve to watch it flyaway.

Oh well. Time to try it, and be prepared to loose it so I can buy this one....

"The problem is, I'm too afraid to loose one due to a flyaway I can't explain. My version 2 only flew 3 times before I couldn't work up the nerve to watch it flyaway."

Yep, me too. I have a P2 with GoPro. I made one movie with it soon after I bought the kit - https://vimeo.com/107328001 - and then lost confidence. Didn't fly it at all last year :-(

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 13:54 UTC
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Peter Evans: There never was any small production batch of LUUV.

I was an 'Early Bird' investor for LUUV on Indiegogo back in May 2014. Delivery was promised in September 2014. Month after month that date kept slipping whilst the developers sent out a ton of hype about how wonderfully they were doing at trade shows etc.

Eventually, in July 2015 with not a single stabiliser delivered to a single backer, I demanded (and received) a refund.

It's interesting to see that the quest for more money has now moved to Kickstarter and that the product is cheaper than it was on Indiegogo

@teamLUUV
The problem on Idiegogo was that you were not clear and honest with your backers. The information as to the state of progress with the product was nil. All the 'updates' were merely flim-flam and hype. You can't treat backers like that and I hope you don't continue with that attitude on Kickstarter

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 07:14 UTC

There never was any small production batch of LUUV.

I was an 'Early Bird' investor for LUUV on Indiegogo back in May 2014. Delivery was promised in September 2014. Month after month that date kept slipping whilst the developers sent out a ton of hype about how wonderfully they were doing at trade shows etc.

Eventually, in July 2015 with not a single stabiliser delivered to a single backer, I demanded (and received) a refund.

It's interesting to see that the quest for more money has now moved to Kickstarter and that the product is cheaper than it was on Indiegogo

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 20:20 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon D750 Review (1979 comments in total)
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Peter Evans: I don't understand the weird mix of entry level and semi-professional features in the D750. I see the logic of dropping the 1/8000 shutter speed at this price point but fail to see the reason for Scene Modes. Does the purchaser of a camera of this quality really want 'Food' and 'Blossom' modes?

And if someone is really attracted by such a comprehensive metering and autofocus system, wouldn't they be the sort of photographer who would appreciate a dedicated AF-ON button? (The AE-L/AF-L button is really too far to the left to be a naturally comfortable substitute for a dedicated AF-ON)

I honestly think Nikon has fallen between two stools with this model and reduced the potential market for the camera as a result.

Oh, and just for the record, I've used Nikon SLRs for a long time. I find the ergonomics and menu systems very intuitive - far moreso than other manufacturers' cameras I've handled (and, as a photography holiday host and teacher, I handle a lot).

Just my 2 euro cents

Yep, agreed, no reason at all why that button shouldn't be programmable. And, yep again as to preferences, each to his own.

As for weddings, of all the types of photography I've earned my living at, weddings were the first to be kicked into touch as soon as I'd found an alternative genre that would replace the income. I really grew to hate shooting weddings - loved working with the bride but otherwise, no thanks very much.

Of course, back then, split screen, fresnel rings, and manual focus was the only way to nail it ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 17:41 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (1979 comments in total)
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Peter Evans: I don't understand the weird mix of entry level and semi-professional features in the D750. I see the logic of dropping the 1/8000 shutter speed at this price point but fail to see the reason for Scene Modes. Does the purchaser of a camera of this quality really want 'Food' and 'Blossom' modes?

And if someone is really attracted by such a comprehensive metering and autofocus system, wouldn't they be the sort of photographer who would appreciate a dedicated AF-ON button? (The AE-L/AF-L button is really too far to the left to be a naturally comfortable substitute for a dedicated AF-ON)

I honestly think Nikon has fallen between two stools with this model and reduced the potential market for the camera as a result.

Oh, and just for the record, I've used Nikon SLRs for a long time. I find the ergonomics and menu systems very intuitive - far moreso than other manufacturers' cameras I've handled (and, as a photography holiday host and teacher, I handle a lot).

Just my 2 euro cents

Rishi, the "shift in focal plane" argument is only valid in a small minority of circumstances but, in any case, it's irrelevant.

Shooting properly with AF-ON, the camera is always in AF-C and so all you need to do when you feel the need (e.g. short focus distance/wide aperture, or sports or wildlife) is to switch to 3D tracking and keep the AF-ON button depressed.

In short, there's no need to use two focus button methods because AF-ON caters for everything and, as you have said, there are times when AF-L does not.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2015 at 11:18 UTC
On article Editorial: 2014's Homepage Highlights (70 comments in total)
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Peter Evans: a "film DSLR"? I don't remember seeing one of those in days of yore, but such a hybrid is a mind-boggling concept!

Thanks for the memories

Happy New Year :-)

Oh yeah! I'd completely forgotten about that! :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 20:33 UTC
On article Editorial: 2014's Homepage Highlights (70 comments in total)

a "film DSLR"? I don't remember seeing one of those in days of yore, but such a hybrid is a mind-boggling concept!

Thanks for the memories

Happy New Year :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2014 at 10:11 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D750 Review (1979 comments in total)
In reply to:

Peter Evans: I don't understand the weird mix of entry level and semi-professional features in the D750. I see the logic of dropping the 1/8000 shutter speed at this price point but fail to see the reason for Scene Modes. Does the purchaser of a camera of this quality really want 'Food' and 'Blossom' modes?

And if someone is really attracted by such a comprehensive metering and autofocus system, wouldn't they be the sort of photographer who would appreciate a dedicated AF-ON button? (The AE-L/AF-L button is really too far to the left to be a naturally comfortable substitute for a dedicated AF-ON)

I honestly think Nikon has fallen between two stools with this model and reduced the potential market for the camera as a result.

Oh, and just for the record, I've used Nikon SLRs for a long time. I find the ergonomics and menu systems very intuitive - far moreso than other manufacturers' cameras I've handled (and, as a photography holiday host and teacher, I handle a lot).

Just my 2 euro cents

.....

1. Enable AF-ON
2. Disable AF via the shutter release
3. Select AF-C and leave it permanently set

Now when you press AF-ON and then take your thumb off, you lock focus – perfect for static subjects, especially if you want to focus and then recompose. No need to half-press the shutter button any more.

Keep your thumb on the AF-ON button and you get continuous focus as long as you keep it depressed. Perfect for moving subjects

Don’t press the AF-ON button and, by definition, AF is OFF (i.e. disengaged), so you can focus manually without resort to any AF/M switches (note that this doesn’t work with screw focus lenses, with those you still have to physically disengage the autofocus on the camera body).

So, where is the scenariao where this is a nuisance and AF-Lock provides a better solution?

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 09:41 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (1979 comments in total)
In reply to:

Peter Evans: I don't understand the weird mix of entry level and semi-professional features in the D750. I see the logic of dropping the 1/8000 shutter speed at this price point but fail to see the reason for Scene Modes. Does the purchaser of a camera of this quality really want 'Food' and 'Blossom' modes?

And if someone is really attracted by such a comprehensive metering and autofocus system, wouldn't they be the sort of photographer who would appreciate a dedicated AF-ON button? (The AE-L/AF-L button is really too far to the left to be a naturally comfortable substitute for a dedicated AF-ON)

I honestly think Nikon has fallen between two stools with this model and reduced the potential market for the camera as a result.

Oh, and just for the record, I've used Nikon SLRs for a long time. I find the ergonomics and menu systems very intuitive - far moreso than other manufacturers' cameras I've handled (and, as a photography holiday host and teacher, I handle a lot).

Just my 2 euro cents

Rishi, the whole point of the AF-ON button is that the camera only focuses when the button is pressed. Therefore, by definition, focus is locked when it isn't pressed.

With the camera set up properly and AF-ON enabled, you eliminate the need to fiddle around with buttons and wheels in order to swirtch from AF-S to AF-C or to Manual Focus. You also eliminate the need for the shutter button 'half-press'

.... continued...

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (1979 comments in total)

I don't understand the weird mix of entry level and semi-professional features in the D750. I see the logic of dropping the 1/8000 shutter speed at this price point but fail to see the reason for Scene Modes. Does the purchaser of a camera of this quality really want 'Food' and 'Blossom' modes?

And if someone is really attracted by such a comprehensive metering and autofocus system, wouldn't they be the sort of photographer who would appreciate a dedicated AF-ON button? (The AE-L/AF-L button is really too far to the left to be a naturally comfortable substitute for a dedicated AF-ON)

I honestly think Nikon has fallen between two stools with this model and reduced the potential market for the camera as a result.

Oh, and just for the record, I've used Nikon SLRs for a long time. I find the ergonomics and menu systems very intuitive - far moreso than other manufacturers' cameras I've handled (and, as a photography holiday host and teacher, I handle a lot).

Just my 2 euro cents

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 12:48 UTC as 429th comment | 18 replies
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Peter Evans: @Michael Archambault

"We have reached out to Metz " ????????????
Why didn't you just ASK them ?

As a journalist, you might like to take note of Forbes Magazine who said, "The next time you feel the need to reach out, shift a paradigm, leverage a best practice or join a tiger team, by all means do it. Just don’t say you’re doing it, because all that meaningless business jargon makes you sound like a complete moron."

As for Metz - and another one bites the dust. I'm truly sorry for them and all their employees, I used their guns for years in my early days as a photographer.

"To reach out" means to make a contact that offers or requests some form of help or support (the song "Reach out" is a good example).
Anyway it's simple enough, you don't have to try to 'think' what it means, you can find out by looking it up in either the Oxford English dictionary, or on your side of the Pond, in Webster’s.

The English language is the richest language in the world because it is chock full of such subtleties and, whilst language is always evolving, the insidious use of ridiculous and pretentious substitutes like 'reach out' is something we need to guard against… going forward ;-)

And as regards war, famine and pestilence, of course they are important topics and it is to the victims of these tragedies to whom we should all reach out, not to some person in another office who simply wants to see yesterday's sales figures, or, in this case, to a spokesperson in Germany from whom DPReview would like a response to a question about Metz’s current situation.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 10:41 UTC

@Michael Archambault

"We have reached out to Metz " ????????????
Why didn't you just ASK them ?

As a journalist, you might like to take note of Forbes Magazine who said, "The next time you feel the need to reach out, shift a paradigm, leverage a best practice or join a tiger team, by all means do it. Just don’t say you’re doing it, because all that meaningless business jargon makes you sound like a complete moron."

As for Metz - and another one bites the dust. I'm truly sorry for them and all their employees, I used their guns for years in my early days as a photographer.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 09:53 UTC as 37th comment | 19 replies
On article Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.3 and View NX 2.10.2 (45 comments in total)
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toomanycanons: OK, I'll be the first: is NX-D finally worth downloading?

@yodog
"You could always use NX-D to get NEF files converted into a TIFF format, then still use the Capture NX2 u-point editing features to open and work on the TIFF file"

That's exactly what I do. However, NX-Dud is so badly designed and unintuitive that using it is a real struggle for me. For example, there is no 'File > Save as', you have to first 'Convert' the image and then 'Save as'. Bloody stupid. Some software developers need to realise that the wheel doesn't need to be reinvented.

I'll have to investigate that Viveza suggestion; I have it but have never used it.

I really miss NX-2's U-point technology

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 08:11 UTC
On article Photokina 2014 Video: The Samsung NX1 (96 comments in total)

@DPreview

Could you possibly find an interviewer whose speech is at least in some way intelligible?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 21:01 UTC as 12th comment | 11 replies
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0MitchAG: Annnnnd the photos are dissimilar... *confused*

Yep, these guys had no second chance, it was get in, get the correct shots and get out, all at 350 mph. A second run undoubtedly meant death. The success of the D-Day landings rested to a very great extent on the 3D images that were created from the shots these super-brave, pilots obtained from planes that had had all armaments removed. I heard one such pilot being interviewed; he said, "I don't see myself as a hero. I was just doing my job to the best of my ability."

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 15:14 UTC
On article Never forget a Photoshop or Lightroom shortcut again (70 comments in total)

@ David Schloss, it's "the myriad keyboard shortcuts" not "the myriad of keyboard shortcuts".

If journalists don't use correct English what hope is there for the rest?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 20:17 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition (216 comments in total)

When you consider the third party lens replacement choices on offer, I wonder if the GoPro 4 will have a simple interchangeable lens facility? After all, when you look at the third party lens 'How To' videos, after snapping out a bit of cosmetic plastic and then removing some glue, they simply unscrew the original lens and screw in the replacement.

If GoPro improved the method of fastening the cosmetic plastic and did away with the glue, the user would get more and easier options and GoPro would have another revenue stream. Everybody wins.

It makes sense to me.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 18:44 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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