PIX 2015
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
Tamron 70-300 VC
Nikon 1 J2 with 10-30mm


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Vanitas Photo: Dear DPR staff:

I will now hereby give you the status of Saints, because for you to suffer all the angsty, whiny, uneducated and rude comments you see here in the site everyday without shouting them a couple thousands of insults or swearing them a painful death requires the patience of a saint.

You can get your wings today once you finish working.
Kind regards,

make mine a combine 'arvester. Oooh Aaaar

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 11:36 UTC
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58volts: The answer is simple, don't shoot or publicise any of their gigs, albums etc. and if they want publicity, make them sign a stupid contract that assigns you the right and royalties to all sales etc.
Maybe this is a good opportunity for less known acts to get free publicity by filling the gap left in the magazine pages!

Celebrity status is a curse on modern society, people with a little bit of talent, earning stupid amounts of money to "entertain?" us!
Is it right for an artist or a sports celeb to earn more than a surgeon?

I'm not sure how much input the celebrity has in this scenario. .likely it is their 'people' who decide they can make more money by not spending any of it on luxuries like good photographs. get it for free.

I don't see this changing very soon. they have the power.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 08:40 UTC
On Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear article (153 comments in total)
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JoeR: It may be true or not. OEM companies are notorious for making statements unsupported by the facts or intended to mislead.

It would be interesting if some knowledgeable source would brake down the product into components to determine if they are indeed a cheap rip off.

I've spent most of my working career involved in manufacturing in varied industries and smoke & mirrors is rampant.

I worked as an engineer for a lift (elevator) company.. I know how write a report on the suspension ropes that can guarantee two different outcomes from the building services company.

The suspension ropes are do not in optimum condition


the suspension ropes are serviceable and with in safe working tolerances

one result is a very expensive replacement and the other will cost zero

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 22:05 UTC

I love the Ariel perspective!!!

Wish I'd taken it..

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 14:03 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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magneto shot: it would be easier if dprreview's comment allows posting images. i have many 1.4 and f1.0 images taken on a leica lens to show. that would probably cut down whiners and complains by 50%.

You see, the real leica, as in the M system, is made for shooting...people, whether on the street or on portrait. 1.4 is a much needed aperture to provide significant subject isolation and 28 wideness will preserve some background drama.

What! and add another variable to the expensive vs engineering debate...

I think the whining would go UP 50%

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 08:17 UTC
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bigdaddave: Use (waste) your money if you choose, it's your choice, but don't expect results to be any different from a good quality Nikon, Canon or even Sony lens.

I hate Leica, that's my choice, don't expect me to think they're great just because they're expensive.

and now.. we know how you feel about all of the plagiarists; the 'dime a dozen' companies.... of course Leica never used any of the technology used by the existing digital camera companies when they started their first digital M.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 13:04 UTC

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 (2251 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 (627 comments in total)
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(unknown member): 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 (1627 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 (1627 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
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