Andrew Higgins

Andrew Higgins

Lives in United Kingdom Nth Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Works as a press photographer
Joined on Apr 1, 2002
About me:

I'm a photographer on a group of weekly and daily papers in the UK.
Work cameras are Nikon D3 and D200. My own collection is a D90, Ricoh's R4, R8, GRd, GX100, and CX1, Fuji's F31fd, f40fd, and F200exr. And a Lumix TZ7 and GF1. phew!

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What a superb upgrade to the already marvellous X10. I want one!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 21:48 UTC as 13th comment
On Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview news story (173 comments in total)
In reply to:

Andrew Higgins: I'm liking this new MX, especially as it recalls my much loved 35mm MX slr. But not to use the excellent Ricoh menu/interface is madness.

The Pentax menu isn't bad, but looks a bit clunky to my eyes. I've always liked the Ricoh menu, less colourful, but quick and logical to use. We all get used to the menu on whatever camera we use most at the end of the day...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:40 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview news story (173 comments in total)

I'm liking this new MX, especially as it recalls my much loved 35mm MX slr. But not to use the excellent Ricoh menu/interface is madness.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:18 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies

The image quailty from my F550exr is stunning from a small sensor. It's already a useful mix of spec', but this new F880exr seems to be an astonishing mix of useful features, which link in to the smartphones we use. Effectively turns your iphone, or android device into a highly spec'ed camera. Very clever forward thinking by Fuji, which I expect will be followed by other manufacturers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 19:01 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Preview preview (178 comments in total)

Looking forward to seeing Leica's price for their rebadged version, sure to follow soon, Photokina? And then having a little laugh...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 11:56 UTC as 40th comment | 8 replies

Is there a mic input socket? Another site seems to suggest there was a 2.5mm input..

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 11:50 UTC as 13th comment

Looking forward to a comparison test of this lens against the new Nikkor 18-300mm, as Sigma lenses are usually excellent these days.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 07:16 UTC as 14th comment
On Sony DSC-RX100 preview (544 comments in total)

Very interested in this new camera! Packs alot into a compact. And sell off my S95, use the proceeds and the Sony becomes very affordable!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 21:21 UTC as 129th comment

Leica make some beautiful lenses, but their digital camera offerings continue to puzzle me, especially at the price. A mono only, huge priced camera is the ultimate puzzle. I'm not criticising those who wish to buy any digital M Leica, just saying I don't get it...

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 19:50 UTC as 82nd comment

Still waiting for Panasonic to bring out new Lumix to make me want to upgrade from my GF1 and G2. The G3 nearly did, but overall, not tempting enough....like all the newer Lumix. Panasonic really need to make a big step, not tweaks.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2012 at 20:30 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On First Impressions: Using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 article (228 comments in total)

Fuji are to be applauded for creating their range of high quality X cameras. While the Leica M9 undoubtedly has a certain cachet, and very fine lenses (at a very high price), surely it is the X-Pro 1 that really delivers, and a t a more realistic price too?
For photographers who want to work with an alternative to a dSLR, this must be The camera of the moment. And just think what the X-Pro2 might be like?!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 20:16 UTC as 97th comment | 3 replies
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OneGuy: Sensors are funny. The cells within pixels do not uniformly detect all frequencies of light. Some "neon" colors really put a lot of energy into the pixels.

The "blooming" effect is a bit different. There is bleeding of energy into neighboring cells, which gets amplified by the on-chip circuits.

Because the fuji orbs are especially pronounced at reflections (although I saw pics of car headlights orbing and almost doubling the headlights), it appears the fuji sensor circuits are especially sensitive to polarized light. So, although technically one can use a polarizer (not possible w/ X10) to cut down on particular geometric sensitivity, it also points to a fundamental sensor problem. Fuji plays a lot with sensor geometry (hey, they say, it's different and "better" than Bayer) but it seems their knowledge of physics is wanting.

It is likely that internally fuji thinks it is a small problem, but I'd extend their incompetence to all of their sensors.

At last, not just a rant, but a post which considers the technical reason behind the problem! Given that no other camera has been mentioned with a similarly pronounced issue, that leads us to think that the actual sensor pixel layout is the root problem. So this could be a difficult thing to correct with firmware alone.
I was very keen on buying an X10, as it seems to be the right camera for the photos I like to take, but the 'orb-gate' issue does make me think twice, given the camera's price...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2012 at 20:57 UTC
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 preview (757 comments in total)

It seem Fuji have made the M9 for real people with real money, not a small fortune. Pending real world tests and results from the X-Pro 1, this looks impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 21:04 UTC as 315th comment | 1 reply
On Kodak reported to be preparing for bankruptcy protection news story (115 comments in total)

Fuji has survived the decline of film, but sadly not Kodak is seems. I've just bought a few rolls of Tri-X, as I always meant to use more of that classic film. Might be my last chance...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 22:34 UTC as 55th comment
On Leica Announces V-Lux 3 superzoom news story (133 comments in total)

These Panaleica's always make me smile. But I particularly have to stop myself laughing out loud when I meet someone who's bought one...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2011 at 16:40 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon updates firmware for discontinued CoolPix P7000 news story (34 comments in total)

The right thing to do for P7000 owners, as the 'flagship compact' was hastily replaced by the P7100 which is the camera the 7000 should have been in the first place. The original camera's menu and controls still remain bizarrely slow though...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 15:55 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Ricoh to make 16MP APS-C GXR zoom module news story (136 comments in total)

At last, a Ricoh to compete with the NEX5n. Very exciting for any Ricoh enthusiasts! The Sony 16mp sensor is superb, quite possibly the best available right now.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2011 at 19:54 UTC as 11th comment
On Video Interview: Samsung at PPE 2011 news story (80 comments in total)

Samsung make fine NX cameras, the 100 was a great début and the 200 looks like an excellent follow-up. But they have a huge mountain to climb in selling against the other well known brands, so it comes down to price, they simply have to be £100/$100 cheaper than the rest.
The lenses may be 'premium' but they look huge, so loosing the compact system camera advantage over a small dSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2011 at 15:40 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic DMC-LX5 firmware v2 studio shots posted news story (41 comments in total)

Hi rolanstein, yes once installed the firmware bin file can and should be deleted from the SD card. And then just format the card again in the camera, and you're ready to go.

The AF speed with v2.0 f/w is astounding. A great camera made even better.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2011 at 18:51 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sigma Germany announces SD1 Wood Edition with burl veneer news story (351 comments in total)

Says a lot about German taste....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 15:53 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies
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