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 Revamped camera and lens feature search now live! news story (35 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 14th comment | 3 replies
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo news story (185 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 (548 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 (548 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 82nd 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 119th comment
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag news story (287 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 64th comment
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor news story (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
On Photographer's copyright suit lists his subject as defendant news story (101 comments in total)

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 17th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 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 36th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 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 news story (736 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 102nd comment

How can you resist those knobs? :-)

Alas! When a well-respected company produces an up-market product based on image alone, then I fear the end is coming!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 16:13 UTC as 355th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Preview preview (419 comments in total)
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Thomas Kachadurian: No multi-aspect sensor, one of the best things about the GH2. It's not only left out, but DPR doesn't even mention it.

Look at the square AR dimensions!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 14:22 UTC
On Compositional Rules article (120 comments in total)

Some of the principles outlines are fine. But what matters in composition is how the eyes (or strictly eye-brain) of the observer are led around the composition. I have always (over 50 years anyway) understood that the 'thirds rule' is an approximation of the golden mean. And all that means is that pleasing compositions often - not always - match some of the 'rules'.

What none of this means is that following the rules will generate a 'good' picture. In any case, we photographers try to convey a range of emotions in and through our pictures. often we require tensions between parts of the picture, often the contraposition of elements close together creates a visual conflict.

The so called 'rules' may help for getting chocolate box images, but my advice is ask yourself "B****r the rules; does this picture lead the observer's eyes where I want them to go?"!

I look forward to the article about 'breaking the rules'! ;-)

Mike

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 13:01 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

I've been using Flickr for nearly 7 years with some 3400 photos on view. At first I enjoyed the friendly interplay between users, but I have been tired of the 'post 1 / award 5' mentality that increasingly seems to be trying to get scores.

I have sold photos from Flickr, and allowed specific Charities to use many others. The problem has been its popularity and the need to be everything to everybody.

But then I'm a *photographer* - who wants or is able to look at photos on an iPhone or smartphone?

And Flickr - with Flickriver and other extensions - IS pretty awsome!

Mike
(Flickr.com/photos/watchman)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:07 UTC as 53rd comment
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (262 comments in total)
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fivetonsflax: Anyone know a combination of settings which will let me wear the camera, turned on, eye sensor enabled, without draining the battery super quick?

Or a way to disable the eye sensor without forcing the EVF to mode 3?

I got my camera on Monday, and it's been a busy week anyway. So I'm just trying to set the thing up. To avoid battery drain I've switched off eye-sensor and use the evf for continual use with a time out of around one-minute. Then to see through it, I've only got to half press the shutter release. When I go into review the screen comes on. I can switch back to evf by pressing the evf button.

I think that will work for me; but what's mode 3?

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2012 at 16:33 UTC
On Leica announces APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH normal prime news story (156 comments in total)

Lovely! Wish I could afford one...

With even more increased quality, I wonder if the DoF scale is being adjusted to reflect smaller cocs?

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 10:18 UTC as 35th comment
On Flickr poised for much-needed interface improvements news story (82 comments in total)

I suppose the Flickr hang-ons like FlickRiver will still be there for those who dislike the new layout...
M.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2012 at 17:11 UTC as 22nd comment
On Flickr poised for much-needed interface improvements news story (82 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: I hope they keep it simple. Forgetting the KISS rule is the most common mistake websites make when trying to improve.

For me, the one change I'd like to see is to allow me to choose all photos shown on the first page of my photostream. Last first is not often what I want to show.

Excellent point! I quite agree!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2012 at 17:04 UTC
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