Peter Evans

Peter Evans

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On Nikon D750 Review preview (1914 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 ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 17:41 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1914 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.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2015 at 11:18 UTC
On Editorial: 2014's Homepage Highlights article (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! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 20:33 UTC
On Editorial: 2014's Homepage Highlights article (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 :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2014 at 10:11 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1914 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

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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?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 09:41 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1914 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 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...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1914 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

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 12:48 UTC as 408th 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.

Direct 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.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 09:53 UTC as 36th comment | 19 replies
On Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.3 and View NX 2.10.2 article (42 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

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 08:11 UTC
On Photokina 2014 Video: The Samsung NX1 article (98 comments in total)

@DPreview

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

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 21:01 UTC as 12th comment | 11 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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Zarniwoop1985: Hey guys. Question for you. Not sure if this is the right place but anyway! Have pre-ordered the Panasonic LX100 from Adorama US for $955 (incl shipping). This equates to £590. The UK website Wex Photographic is selling it for £799. This seems too good to be true. Are there any disadvantages or issues that buying from the US might give me? Like different video capabilities etc?

HMRC will hit you with import duty PLUS 20% VAT. And your warranty will only apply in the USA. Not worth it.

That's my advice anyway

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 11:30 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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bobster1: Besides no AF-on button, also no wired remote connector I don't see a "mirror up" mode.

It has a 10 pin connector

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 13:44 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)

No AF-ON button?
Scene modes?
1/200 Flash sync?
1/4000 max shutter speed?

And then we get a high end AF system and high end video capability with a CF+MA sealed body and a 10 pin accessory socket.

Talk about falling between two stools. What on earth were Nikon designers thinking of?

If this actually IS the D300 replacement, I'm more than a little disappointed. But then the show doesn't start until the 16th, so my fingers are still crossed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 07:07 UTC as 354th comment
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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."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 15:14 UTC
On Never forget a Photoshop or Lightroom shortcut again article (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?

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 20:17 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (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.

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

Fire up Capture NX2 and what do you see on the first line of the splash screen? You see copyright notices for Nikon Corporation and Nik Software.The U point technology is the brainchild of the latter. Who now owns NIK Software? Answer, Google. So, maybe this is the heart of the problem - some sort of impasse between Nikon and Google with regards to usage rights for that U point technology.

I love the U point technology and so it looks like my future workflow for images from any new camera I buy will have to be: Nikon NX- D for processing the NEF, save as a TIFF, import the TIFF into the last version of NX2, use the U points as required, save back to a TIFF, import the TIFF into Photoshop. That adds one extra thing to my current workflow. A PITA but not the end of the world.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Iconic photographer Don McCullin on war and landscapes article (74 comments in total)

Remarkable photographer. Remarkable man. His autobiography 'Unreasonable Behaviour' is a must have.

Whenever anyone criticizes my B&W images for lack of detail in the shadows, I tell them to go take a look at McCullin's work.

His images from the 1960s and 70s are stunning and his unwittingly prophetic photo of John Lennon playing dead whilst the other Beatles look on sad-faced (taken in July 68) is outstanding.

For me, he counts as one of the photographic greats.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 15:27 UTC as 2nd comment
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Martyn McMad: Thanks, Nikon, I'll stick to my D300 a wee while longer. I have a feeling of utter disappointment at being totally shafted !

Are you serious?!

It is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Scotland became part of Great Britain in 1707.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2012 at 12:27 UTC
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