Alan Brown

Alan Brown

Lives in United Kingdom Birmingham England, United Kingdom
Works as a Video/Photographer
Joined on Nov 24, 2001
About me:

Basic equipment:
50mm f1.8 G AFS
24-85 AFS VR
Sigma 70-300 APO HSM
Nikon 1 J2 with 10-30mm


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Someone will put this on Ebay!

Then it will be out of China!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 22:58 UTC as 31st comment
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Claudio NC: The minimum focus distance is 38 cm, that is 380 mm, that is 0.38 m, is well visible here:

imagine if it was imperial measurement!!!!! Major Oooops!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 23:15 UTC
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audijam: do you really need VC in a UW lens?

depends where your handholding limits are doesn't it?

These types of lenses are not necessarily tied to a tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 19:36 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2250 comments in total)
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Greg in London: Who gives a monkey's ?
Bottom line is a would prefer a Leica camera starting point for optics and build quality for any photography.
My experience is not insignificant ....there is hardly a brand of gear that I have not used and I keep on coming back to Leica, the only way I know to get the image and future proof my images.
Nowadays software is a part of everything , even a diswasher !

I think too few on this thread are actually using/pushing their gear, get off the couch !

You don't give a monkey's that you have a statement that implies one thing but the whole situation is revealed as another?

Yes, software is part of life now, but Leica were/are claiming optical correction for distortion on sensor. implying that this was the solution.

You can accept that situation, of course but not expect it of others.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 17:19 UTC
On Orion DVC210 DLSR Crane Review article (39 comments in total)
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Wolfgang Fieger: Once more for better understanding: we photographers are not interested in movie making! If we would be interested in movie making we would be movie makers, not photographers. Please recognize the art of photography as a totally different form of art as movie making is. These two forms of art have less in common than painting and sculptury. The only connecting part is the fact, that both arts involve lenses as tools of their craftmanship.

I do wedding photography and Video.. they are inseparable to me now. The fact that the stills and video are in a single camera is a real advantage to me...

I'm not looking for a Jib.. yet, though

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 09:18 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (626 comments in total)
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Sergey Kostrov: Richard,

Please Do Not try to fool the community! I have Not seen so far anybody, for example in San Francisco or in Calgary, taking pictures with Nikon 1 Jx/Vx cameras.

I think this is a Dangerous Path and the trust in DpReview could be lost. I feel that DpReview is simply trying to please Nikon Corporation...

I agree with 'Rascati' who wrote:

>>Why would you write an article like this before actually testing the camera?

How can, as you say, DPR be trying to 'please Nikon' when the editorial suggests that Nikon's strategy is confusing.

I took the comments as mostly negative rather than trying to please Nikon.

curious comment

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 09:35 UTC
On 10 essential time-saving Photoshop tips article (88 comments in total)
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Peter Vancoillie: I was hoping to read something more dedicated. These are very common and general tips which I'm already using and tons more. Learning shortcut keys for the tools and functions I need most is what I do first when I learn new software.

perhaps we can learn something from you then?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 09:46 UTC
On Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens article (244 comments in total)
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Bangers and Mash: I'm in the market for a fast standard prime. I think I will hold off buying until this lens has been reviewed. It looks like this could be the one, but let's wait and see.

I have the cat... but

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 20:32 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1624 comments in total)
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UnChatNoir: I've seen both the silver & black edition in the store. The silver version looks more credible than the black one, which feels to me 'plastic fake'. There's indeed in this concept something wrong, a certain refinement or better: consistency is missing in the design and concept. It's also smaller than I thought it would be, about the same size of a Fujifilm X-Pro1. It's an excellent camera's I'm sure, but both the price tag as the AF system cannot convince me. This marvelous sensor should have deserved something better than the D610's AF system, also in this camera the wrong choice. If you want an high end FF, just buy the D610 or D800 and they will offer you more value for a lower price.


If you read the comments.. it's low light where the camera falls down (AF only good in good light?).. It will give good low noise images at High ISO but not a capable performer in focus terms; Not as well as the 'won't cut it' D800 you mentioned.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 16:59 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1624 comments in total)
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Gesture: It's not elegant like the retro cameras we remember fondly. Take a look at a Pentax K1000, Minolta X-11 or XE-7, Contax 139, Nikkormat FTN, etc. Far too many bells, whistles, knows, buttons, etc. Can't anyone simplify the DSLR experience. That would be welcome.

Hmmm Contax 139..
Takes me back in time.. fond memories there. That was a smooth operator..

Now, back to the present. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 23:39 UTC
On DSC_0013 photo in frang947's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Wish i had taken that shot....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 11:58 UTC as 1st comment
On Carly photo in Alan Brown's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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frang947: NICE SHOT !

That's kind of you to say so..

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 11:51 UTC
On Nikon D610 real-world and test scene samples article (59 comments in total)
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Der Steppenwolf: Here is a D610 review:
It's a D600 with functioning shutter.

There, done.

i have had a D610 since April then :)

clean and oil free... don't need .5 fps extra :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 08:11 UTC
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kirbysdl: So just to be clear, the size of the lens is dictated purely by ergos right? The front element of the lens looks like it's halfway down the length of the lens. The optical formula would probably be achievable in half the size, but they wanted a beefy MF ring and useful distance scale window.

(Don't take this as a flame. I'm just interested in design considerations and trade-offs).

the AFS ans AFD 50mm f1.8 have deep recessed front elements.. hardly a need for a hood!

I think with the AFD version (with no aspheric elments either) too had an 'unecessarily' large barrel... so, might be usability function?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 14:37 UTC
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)
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Jogger: You dont really need a spare batter with an DSLR.. ive gone over 2000 shots on one batter on my D700.. depends how much you chimp.

For memory cards.. its good to off load your photos and clear out your card on a routine basis, rather than waiting for it to be 100% full.. i.e. you dont want to be walking around with 60GB of photos in your camera. So unless you are using low capacity cards for no reason, then you dont need a spare either.

Jogger. Wow you like sailing by the seat of your pants... you can get away with it most times.

If your photography isn't that serious I suppose it doesn't matter to you if you don't come home without anything. Thins happen. Insurance doesn't take the photo for you.. it just replaces the broken hardware.

You are one chilled out person

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 20:05 UTC
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KariIceland: That fool me into thinking they are paintings? Eh.... no just NO. Non of them look like a painting AT ALL! My photographs on instagram look more like a painting than this and even I'm not trying to make them look that way.

Murmillo. I admit I got the term wrong. I doubt the KariIceland will misunderstand the intention in this one instance.

So in your eyes one 'innocent' mistake negates everything else you do? A tad harsh there?

I would still like to see one of his Instagrams.. seeing that he bashed the article's content so spectacularly. I think I have the spelling correct.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2013 at 16:18 UTC
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KariIceland: That fool me into thinking they are paintings? Eh.... no just NO. Non of them look like a painting AT ALL! My photographs on instagram look more like a painting than this and even I'm not trying to make them look that way.

I'd like to see one of your histograms that look like a painting, too :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2013 at 10:21 UTC
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Cane: Reading through these comments is lol entertainment, but also makes me sad for the human race.

agree.. people can be rude anonymously in their own space. (not all comments here obviously)

It's protected, in their mind, by the convention of 'free speech'. This was not the intention of its use but more of real threats to personal freedoms.. Political 'cover ups' 'whistle blowing on company's that defraud clients. etc etc.

being able to curse someone or something in public, pales into insignificance by comparison

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2013 at 14:48 UTC

Forget the images.. it's the comments that nearly made me spit coffee over my keyboard!

best laugh i have had for a while.. I liked the one response about the "cat out of sight in the next seat" :) :) :)

And "it's racist"

Thanks guys

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2013 at 07:47 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

Some interesting comments in the article and the replies below.

I too filter the exhilarated and hyperbolic negatives out. However as the article states., the balance of negative and positive is ,well, not balanced.

My wife who is a pessimist can read 10 positive reviews and be floored by a single negative. The effect of FUD is clear and used by those with agendas. Some here even said they post on multiple sites to 'set the record straight'. Can you trust someone who has an agenda (however well intentioned they think they are being) to post an un biased opinion?

You see similar posts regularly in forums where the same statements are pasted into threads which are only vaguely appropriate to their 'tirade' . The effect has far reaching.. and very sad.

Again the anonymous power of the internet.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 08:35 UTC as 77th comment
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