Michael J Davis

Michael J Davis

Lives in United Kingdom Rochdale, United Kingdom
Works as a Retired
Has a website at www.trustsof.co.uk
Joined on Mar 28, 2007

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On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (119 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: The drone risk to aircraft is exceeded 10,000 to 1 by the bird risk to aircraft. The drone risk to privacy is likewise drastically exceeded by binoculars and long focal length cameras.

To put it mildly, drones are a way lower risk to your happiness and health than some people make them out to be.

Thus far drones are still somewhat noisier than binoculars and long focal length lenses!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 16:33 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (316 comments in total)
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dwill23: Best marketing and business teacher told me something i repeat about once a month.

"If you own hotels, do you want one on the beach for the high priced vacationers or the one across the street for higher amounts of people, although at a lower price....... you want both!".

In other words, they want to sell at every price point. You can have identical hotels, one on the beach one across the street, and boom you now cover the whole price range.

This opinion articles hurt the market. One person influences too many. I prefer to only read reviews and let actual camera buyers and shooters post opinions and take polls.

Like you, I learnt that to sell effectively you need to give the customer a choice. "Do you prefer model A or model B?"

Now a retailer can offer brand A or Brand B - whichever they sell they'll make a profit. OTOH a company needs to set up two offers of its own so that the customer thinks s/hes making a choice but the company wins both ways.

Isn't that what Canon's doing here?
M

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 15:24 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (168 comments in total)

Frankly that looks worth stealing for the bag alone, regardless of any expensive gear inside! I prefer the worn and battered look.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 11:47 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

ISTM that there are three factors in this argument:
1. The quality from phones now makes P&S redundant
2. P&S shooters rely on results ex-camera, keener users mostly carry out pp.
3. Keener users tend to buy more (and 'better') gear but don't need it for the output formats they produce.

1] is correctly identified.
2] Accounts for the more sophisticated 'in-camera' processing in simpler cameras - but is already here in camera-phones
3] relates to GAS - and competition to fight for market share by
a) increasing quality AND desirable add-ins that give reasons for locking into a system
b) increasing software in camera - part of the quality 'perception'.

I rarely print larger than 20"x16" - on my own printer, and have produced that quality since 2008 with 100ISO. Since then I go to higher ISOs or crop more of the shot and still produce quality.
Still the majority of ILC camera users produce PDIs or web-based photos, for which 1400x1050 is the standard. Phone-cameras are now good enough.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 12:32 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies

I agree entirely with chillgreg!
I think of the number of creative photos I've taken 'by accident' - does that mean that I'm to be deprived of the copyright of those?

And what about that silly 'camera toss' craze a few years back - they were intended to be taken, but not under the control of the equipment owner.

This is a very dangerous precedent.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 10:15 UTC as 367th comment | 3 replies
On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (70 comments in total)

I've taken many approaches to using monopods and this looks interesting at first.
Pros: Stable, best I've seen for macro, flexible (Can the velcro retainer be used between the legs for 'locking around' the tree trunk? if not, it should.)

Cons: Too heavy - I carry a monopod as much for lightness. The legs could get in the way of the camera (view) in w/a shots. Only two bushes. Would be better with 3 or four at say 25deg spacings for flexibility of legs.

You don't mention one of the most obvious (to me) configurations - "backwards" - i.e. lean it against a wall/fence/tree and shoot in the main leg direction. I've been doing that with my monopod inconveniently - this makes it much easier.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 11:26 UTC as 13th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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jsandjs: I carry both the FZ50 and G1X most of the time and glad to see this FZ1000 coming. The only thing bothers me a little is the extending zoom while FZ50 stays unchanged for its 35~420mm. This do make a difference for street shooting. I hope that the one step drop is OK since I used to the FZ50's drop to f3.7 at 350mm.

I like the "color" from FZ50 as well as other Leica glass.

I was looking at my FZ50 a couple of days ago regretting that it hadn't been updated. Now used to m43 cameras, I'd love that 'universal' lens adapted to m43. I fear that the extending lens (I agree with you) and the size will keep me faithful to m43!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 10:35 UTC
On Massive 3,000 square foot pinhole photo on display article (34 comments in total)

Very nice, but it's a negative! It needs a contact print!
M.

(Now seen reference to positive below:
http://airandspace.si.edu/webimages/previews/6562p.jpg )

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 10:11 UTC as 22nd comment
On Revamped camera and lens feature search now live! article (31 comments in total)

Nice work!

But...went to compare lenses - clicked on them, couldn't see what to do next so went to 'compare side-by-side' & it gave me a list of ALL lenses. How do I get the compare selection to work?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 13:05 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo article (183 comments in total)

Some 50 years ago, I gave up photography temporarily because I found I was living the experience as a photograph, rather than using the photograph to recall the experience.

Since then, and on taking up photography to record experiences and places, I find that I can look at a photograph and recall exactly where I was when I took the photograph, what else was around that I didn't take, and what I had to go through and past to get the photograph. In short - my photographs capture the whole experience for me!

So in general I disagree.

Mike

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 11:28 UTC as 41st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (597 comments in total)
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Michael J Davis: Great review. Would have liked some more comment on use of evf with glasses (I think another reviewer suggested that the whole screen wasn't visible).

Since you derive income from Amazon - can I object to an offer of £656.72 from them (body only), which is nearly £100 more (£751.01) when I click on their web site? That's frankly misleading!

Oh thanks! That's v. interesting!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 18:21 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (597 comments in total)

Great review. Would have liked some more comment on use of evf with glasses (I think another reviewer suggested that the whole screen wasn't visible).

Since you derive income from Amazon - can I object to an offer of £656.72 from them (body only), which is nearly £100 more (£751.01) when I click on their web site? That's frankly misleading!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 12:34 UTC as 99th comment | 2 replies

All these comments are SO negative. Will there be a range of lenses to mach?

I can't help wondering what it will look like when "this Leica camera will truly create its own historic category when it goes under the hammer this winter." !!

Oops!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 11:07 UTC as 121st comment
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

Agree with most....
... but polythene bags big enough to contain camera & lens and elastic band to seal it, for those days when coming into a warm house from the cold outside. Minimises condensation until the gear has warmed up.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 17:54 UTC as 65th comment
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

Fantastic! This a new record for Leica - I think I'm correct in stating that it is the slowest lens ever produced!

At 46mm f6.4 it is slower than the 28mm f6.3 hektor or the 800mm f.6.3 Telyt.

Let's hope the sensor compensates!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 10:25 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply

Reading this, and some of the comments below, makes me also wonder if the stadium owner doesn't come into this.
In the UK the law permits one to take photos of people 'in public' without their consent. Once we are on private property, then there are conditions that (may) apply - for instance you cannot just turn up at a theatre and take photos of the performance; nowadays we are finding that (under the guise of 'protecting children') public parks are no longer 'public spaces' but come under the control of the municipal authority, with bye-laws restricting photography without express permission of the subject (i.e. anyone appearing in the photograph) and/or their guardian. Landscape photographers beware!! ;-)
So do stadiums now own the rights to photography on site?
Just a further complication I fear!
M.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 17:24 UTC as 18th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (416 comments in total)

Er... " in a design reminiscent of the company's old Four Thirds SLRs." - have I missed something? When did Panasonic do 4/3rds SLRs?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:23 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (416 comments in total)
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thx1138: Looking closely at the RAW output, in no area of the scene does the GH3 do better than the GH2 and in some areas it is worse - a bit less detail for sure. Also as you push the iSO it is only slightly better than the GH2 at ISO 1600+. IQ wise then it appears a wasted opportunity.

To: MPA1 - surely the object is to get away from the idiosyncrasies of the cameras' jpg processing? At least the RAW are processed (or not) to the same extent?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:19 UTC
On Breaking the Rules article (142 comments in total)
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alfredo_tomato: Sit on the floor and look up at the people around you. That is why a kid draws a face with the eyes above the center.

Brilliant observation! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2012 at 11:43 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)

Yesterday the blue didn't change to show what had been read. Then I found yellow scheme, which did.

Today the blue changes, but I can't switch to yellow - which I prefer.

For goodness sakes, can't you get it right?!!

Mike

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 10:40 UTC as 107th comment
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