jonathanj

jonathanj

Lives in China Shanghai, China
Joined on Oct 2, 2011

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On Drobo launches Mini with 8TB pre-loaded article (40 comments in total)
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Damien Demolder: Drobo isn't getting great comments here! Has anyone else had issues with their products? Who makes the best storage systems?

I am not a professional photographer, but I do store a large number of RAW files and travel a lot, so I guess I should be in the target audience. But I don't understand why I'd buy this over 4 x 2TB WD usb3 external hard drives, say, for half the price, given that I will in any case need to maintain a second backup in a different location (or different bag whilst travellling) as protection against theft or damage of the unit.

No one should be trusting a single piece of hardware with no backups, "beyond raid" or not, and if you're maintaining a separate backup there's not much point wasting space on the drobo backup functionality, so I guess I just don't see what I'd be getting for my money that would actually be useful....

And then factor in the comments about unit failure, and the proprietary "beyond RAID" software.....

Edit - just to add I use off the shelf WD external drives, and maintain at least 2 copies of everything. A lot cheaper than buying Drobo!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)

on your other pol: "With good enough image quality, would you consider a built-in lens camera as your only camera?"

None of the answers are what I would say - I would consider a built in lens camera as my only camera providing it had a manual zoom. (i.e. not a power zoom, not a fixed focal length.)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 10:18 UTC as 39th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1415 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Sorry, I'm probably missing this, but can someone tell me if the zoom is mechanical or "drive by wire" electronically controlled? I can't see this mentioned anywhere.
-Ignore me, i see the zoom toggle on the picture now! No mechanical zoom then :-(

yeah, it's a big negative for me too. unfortunate, because this looks like a great replacement for my nikon v1. Oh well, the GM5 also looks interesting, and is probably more flexible in the long run.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 01:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1415 comments in total)

Sorry, I'm probably missing this, but can someone tell me if the zoom is mechanical or "drive by wire" electronically controlled? I can't see this mentioned anywhere.
-Ignore me, i see the zoom toggle on the picture now! No mechanical zoom then :-(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 02:43 UTC as 99th comment | 4 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (727 comments in total)
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jonathanj: "Samsung is certainly an ambitious company, and its efforts have paid off with a global mirrorless market share that only falls behind Sony. "

I'd be very interested to see the source for this.... I mean, I'm a happy samsung user with 3 cameras and half a dozen lenses purchased - I think the products are great, but I don't know anyone else who uses them (other than on this site), and I've seen maybe 2 dozen samsung mirrorless cameras over the last 3 years. I would never have thought that samsung is outselling olympus, panasonic, and fuji? Genuinely astonished if this is the case!

Yeah, Korea would make sense (although even when I was in Seoul looking around tourist sites I saw significantly more MFT cameras than Samsungs...) but the rest of the world? I also don't trust Amazon figures - I looked at that list and the NX300 also appeared around the 30th position.
I think Samsung cameras are great but they need to be realistic about where they are in terms of sales, they have a long way to go to reach the level of Sony's sales. (Although I personally hope they make it eventually, by continuing the ongoing development of better lenses and bodies.)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:10 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (727 comments in total)

"Samsung is certainly an ambitious company, and its efforts have paid off with a global mirrorless market share that only falls behind Sony. "

I'd be very interested to see the source for this.... I mean, I'm a happy samsung user with 3 cameras and half a dozen lenses purchased - I think the products are great, but I don't know anyone else who uses them (other than on this site), and I've seen maybe 2 dozen samsung mirrorless cameras over the last 3 years. I would never have thought that samsung is outselling olympus, panasonic, and fuji? Genuinely astonished if this is the case!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:52 UTC as 159th comment | 4 replies

Is it possible to view albums in alphabetical order yet?! Until they can get simple things right, I'd rather stick with the default gallery app...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 13:10 UTC as 5th comment
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (357 comments in total)
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jonathanj: It looks like the NX30 uses a different battery from the NX20 (and NX10), is that right? Is it the same one in the Galaxy NX or a totally new one?

@itkovian yeah, i know it's not super important, i just wondered as i have spares plus chargers. @ everyone else, thanks for the info!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 20:38 UTC
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (357 comments in total)

It looks like the NX30 uses a different battery from the NX20 (and NX10), is that right? Is it the same one in the Galaxy NX or a totally new one?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 08:23 UTC as 88th comment | 4 replies

@dpreview staff, please please comment on the general operating speed / buffer size when you do your first impressions review. I have the NX20 and am very happy with it except for the small buffer and the way the camera locks you out from changing settings whilst an image is saving. Some info on whether samsung have finally implemented a large buffer would be very welcome in helping potential upgraders decide!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 19:04 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On Photography in a Strictly Prohibited place challenge (16 comments in total)

Well, it's nice thay my photo won, but I posted it quickly without thoroughly reading the instructions .. now I look back I see that I (and most of the other entrants) misunderstood the rules. I'm not sure whether it should be counted or not but thanks to everyone anyway!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 07:04 UTC as 1st comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2063 comments in total)

Thank you for a very comprehensive review delivered extremely quickly! Sorry to point out 1 (very minor!) point, on the wi-fi page, where next to the screen shot of the app you say:
"• Remote Control - operate the camera from your phone or tablet. The mode is limited to iAuto only, but you can specify your desired focus point and set a self timer."
But later on down the page it's clear this mode works in PASM modes too. Did you copy that bit from the E-P5 Review? :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 02:43 UTC as 151st comment

It's a fascinating country, and actually surprisingly easy to visit (as long as you're prepared to join a tour, or pay for a private tour). I went on a one week tour earlier in the year, my (inferior!) photos are on google plus, if anyone is interested https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/116304752992793995407/albums/5887016584571990241 (and click on albums for more)
Edit : link corrected

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 14:40 UTC as 32nd comment
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1511 comments in total)

Personally, I'd vote for the Samsung NX20, but I know nobody cares about samsung cameras... that aside, almost all of these cameras represent significant advancements or genuinely new concepts - except for the 650D, E-PL5, and A57? Not sure why you couldn't cut it down to a top 10, maybe.

Anyway, as I haven't owned any of these cameras I shouldn't really vote, but that doesn't seem to stop anyone else - so +1 for the RX100 as being, in my opinion the best compromise yet between size, quality, functionality, and price.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 06:40 UTC as 561st comment
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