Bob Janes

Bob Janes

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
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Joined on Dec 27, 2001


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DBE: This may be a 'niche' response, but I will stick with a DSLR / OVF for the foreseeable future since an EVF cannot be used when photographing night landscapes. With an OVF your eyes eventually adjust to the darkness and you can properly frame your shot by starlight. An EVF? Pure black - at least with my previous Sony SLT. The same goes for bright sunlight. The current crop of EVFs cannot and perhaps never will match the dynamic range of what your eye sees through an OVF, and the 'look' of a final print is what you remember from the viewfinder composition. But then again, I still create framed prints, which may also be going the way of the Dodo ...

If you shoot with effects on you get a reasonably good interpretation of what will end up on the pic - ie bright in comparison to an OVF viewfinder of a 20 second exposure.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 13:13 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (614 comments in total)
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skyfotos: I used film Leicas for many years but have never got used to the fatter feel of digital Leicas. I wish that they would slim the digital models down to the original film M3 size.

Not entirely. If you were willing to have the bayonet stick out a little relative to the body, you could get a thinner body, but it would still be the same dimensions from rear screen to bayonet flange as the current digital models (ie it would feel thinner in your hands, but would be just as deep overall) - it also might loose some of the look of a Leica M...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 13:57 UTC
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SteveY80: I can't really see why I'd buy one of these considering the excellent Sigma and Tamron macro lenses in the same price range. The older 90mm Tamron is actually a bit cheaper and lighter, with the advantage of automatic aperture, and also AF if it's needed (e.g. if using it as a dual purpose macro/portrait lens).

In my opinion, only having manual aperture is a significant disadvantage for macro, where you'll usually be stopped down to a narrow aperture. That's why I stopped using a manual lens on extension tubes and got a native macro lens.

The manual aperture does not matter so much to anyone using a mirrorless/evf system, but agree that the pricing is ambitious given some excellent AF optics being available at a lower price.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 16:23 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)

I'n surprised that the a7 and a7mII are not in the same category... is this the only way of explaining why the scores for the 7's RAW files is better than for the 7mII?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 18:22 UTC as 207th comment | 2 replies
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Kwick1: Canon needs to realize that the money is in the lenses, not the bodies. Doesn't matter if it's a DSLR or this lame attempt at a MILC. If you sell the blades, it doesn't matter whose razor it is.

I don't think that is the case any more - unlike the days of film each body has its own sensor, which gets surpassed by new technology plus we use our digital cameras more and actually wear them out... I think purchasers of a modern system are likely to buy as many bodies as lenses over a long term, as lenses do not wear out or get replaced by something that is markedly better.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 17:45 UTC

Good luck to them!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 00:32 UTC as 131st comment

Well done Nikon. The fix will be expensive, but easier to bear than damage to reputation. There is a real need for adequate product testing - trouble is that market pressures can lead to product releases before they are fully ready - this could well apply to other brands (who will be under the same sort of pressures) as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 13:18 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (603 comments in total)
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Onteo: Any chance of getting a curved FF sensor? //genuine question

Heard that curved sensor would allow for smaller optics so my dream comes true. A very small travel/trekking camera with a couple of lens, either two zoom or 3/4 primes to cover it all.

It must be a very hard thing to do if it is not yet done.

Difficult for an interchangeable lens camera - current interchangeable lenses are corrected to focus on a flat plane, so if a curved sensor is used it would most likely be in a fixed lens camera like the RX1..

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 23:33 UTC
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)
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stormy_weather: "The a7 II is the world's first full-frame camera with in-body image stabilization" ... really?

Sony a900, a850, a99...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 15:30 UTC

Very glad to see sensible pricing! I was driven away from DXO as a RAW converter because of the prohibitive price of a version that would handle full-frame RAW files. Good to have access to the best RAW converter again, and even better that it integrates with lightroom so well.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2014 at 23:07 UTC as 8th comment
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W5JCK: I've got the a7 and a6000 E/FE mount cameras, several Sony lenses and a large number of third party Canon and Nikon lenses. None of my lenses or adapters wiggle or have any issues with the E/FE mounts. I think this is merely a product you never knew you needed until a slick "snake oil" salesman convinces you it is indeed necessary! The stupid are so quickly and easily parted from their money by slick salesmen. This is a totally unnecessary replacement part designed to satisfy the growing number of idiots who buy cameras, really good cameras, but have no clue about how they work and function. I bet that replacement mount fits so tight that some lenses won't detach!

While I agree that the add-on is probably not needed, I think it is a little unfair to label those who show an interest as idiots or as stupid..

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
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CameraLabTester: "Limited product warranty on loose threads, lost screws inside camera body, misaligned mounting, AF readjustments, and other shocking surprises awaiting the adventurous tinker tailor soldier spy."


AF readjustments not likely to be such a problem as AF is assessed at the sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 14:19 UTC

Good to see Damien gainfully employed!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 20:37 UTC as 91st comment
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (684 comments in total)

That wider focus area will be much appreciated on an a99 MkII..

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 12:53 UTC as 139th comment | 4 replies
On Blood moon eclipse: Night of April 14-15 article (64 comments in total)

The moon moves surprisingly fast...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 22:30 UTC as 9th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1645 comments in total)
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Kevin Sutton: Anyone apart from me think this camera looks rather ugly? That faux-pentaprism is not very pretty, unlike the E-M1 version that harks back to the OM-2, which was a truly pretty camera. Cheers Kevin

Yes it is ugly, but a lot of very good cameras have been. The vertical grip is why they have gone for a 'hump' - imagine it with a side viewfinder and it would be much prettier... The bulge might have given them the option of upping that viewfinder magnification though.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 08:12 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (503 comments in total)

The 57 f1.2 will probably be just a Hexanon - the M-Hexanon is an M mount lens which I don't think would ever be found for $30...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:18 UTC as 164th comment
On iON announces tiny rugged HD video camera post (42 comments in total)

..but isn't it just fantastic that this sort of stuff is even possible?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 00:20 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2371 comments in total)

I think a fair amount of the attraction of these cameras is to use legacy MF glass on them: I bought a NEX 7 about 18 months ago and still only have one AF lens, the rest is via adapters.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:36 UTC as 273rd comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2371 comments in total)

No, they both have Mag-alloy top-plates and chassis, but the front plate of the 7r is also magnesium alloy. The construction of the dials is slightly better on the 7r as well.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 10:38 UTC as 275th comment
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