JohnEwing

JohnEwing

Joined on May 2, 2005

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JohnEwing: Woo hooooo!!!! I must get in a sack of brown coal to power my Weston Hyper IV.

But seriously though, while a hard core will keep at it I think that for most nostalgics initial delight will pall after the first couple of shots, when the pictures fail to appear on the LCD the camera doesn't have. Retro look is great, retro tech maybe not so attractive.

Oh, I like the tech too: I have a couple of IIIs as well, a Nikon F, a couple of Oly OM1s and a bunch of others - my avatar is the taking lens of my Mamiya C220. They are lovely items of equipment and some of them gave excellent service for decades. But for power and flexibility, and above all post-processing, digital kit is hard to beat. I'll probably try Ferrania when/if it finally appears, but I don't expect I'll give up digital because of it.

Mind you, there is a certain Zen side to using film: you need to sink into the picture-taking process until what emerges from the camera is perfect. With digital you can just bang away (within limits) and bank on correcting the boobs in PS.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 14:40 UTC

Woo hooooo!!!! I must get in a sack of brown coal to power my Weston Hyper IV.

But seriously though, while a hard core will keep at it I think that for most nostalgics initial delight will pall after the first couple of shots, when the pictures fail to appear on the LCD the camera doesn't have. Retro look is great, retro tech maybe not so attractive.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 12:58 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On Ricoh announces WG-30W and WG-30 rugged compacts article (75 comments in total)

@DPR: New option needed in "own it/want it/had it" dialogue: "wouldn't touch it with a bargepole".

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 06:42 UTC as 15th comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1665 comments in total)
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samhain: It escaped me at first, what the 'see impossible' phrase reminded me of.
But now i remember: sony's 'Make.Believe'.
Is it just me or is Canon's new catch phrase clearly a bad knock-off?

Yebbut both "Make.Believe" and "Think different" make sense.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 20:52 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1665 comments in total)

Meet the new crap, same as the old crap.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 20:30 UTC as 254th comment

"Impossible" seems to mean getting marketing oiks to stop mangling English.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 16:02 UTC as 5th comment
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)

Horses for courses. Apart from a toughened phone with a sensor the size of a match-head and a toughened Panny with a 1/2.33" sensor I have a range of cameras with sensors from 1" up to FF. I wouldn't take anything under 1" out with me to commit serious photography, so for me that's the minimum. Exactly which camera(s) I take depends on the venue: sometimes an SLR is too intrusive, sometimes the smaller cameras are too slow.

But if I were to recommend a single camera for an enthusiast with no back (or budget) problems, it'd be the FF every time.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 08:31 UTC as 43rd comment
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Cyril Reif: I find all the obsession with upgrades and finding reasons to upgrade amusing. I've been a photography enthusiast since 1962 when I got my first SLR, a Canon RM and then got a Nikon F Photomic FTn in 1971, which I used for 26 years.....when you've got a great product there is no reason to upgrade!

Ditto: 25 ASA pushed to a dizzy 32!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 15:34 UTC

Good point. Renault nearly did themselves in 30 or 40 years ago by producing two models of car with nearly identical specs (Renault 9 & 11).

All the same, I can see a market for this in folk who don't want a bunch of lenses to carry, or already have same for a non-Panny system and just want something self-contained. I already have a bunch of Nikon stuff with the odd Panny, Sony & Fuji thrown in, but I could imagine enjoying this beastie. Couldn't be bothered getting into 4/3 lenses, though - in fact I already tried and sold them all.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 15:28 UTC as 64th comment
On Amazon Fire Phone camera review post (52 comments in total)

Drop resistant?
Waterproof?
User-changeable battery?

Or just another hothouse plant?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 06:36 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

And a big THANK-YOU to Canon!!!!

...for having the courage to provide so much amusement.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 07:11 UTC as 21st comment

Jesus wept, this is pathetic. Does it come with a sick bag?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 08:48 UTC as 87th comment
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raztec: Fuji would be wise to make an X100 full frame with a fixed 35mm lens. I'm sure there is a market for it amongst enthusiasts considering the success of the X100 already.

For their interchangeable lens bodies, they're better committing to the APS size, improving AF and video quality, and expanding their lens lineup. They are right to worry about the cost and size of such a FF system and stretching themselves too thin.

MF... something the size of a Plaubel Makina. That'd be nice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 12:44 UTC

On the one hand he doesn't say much more than you'd expect for someone in his position.

On the other hand... I tend to believe him. That's nice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 12:41 UTC as 5th comment
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Jon Schick: So it costs £26 more than the Panasonic in the UK..... I'd normally buy the latter (I had two LC1s) but at that differential the Leica is probably the better deal..... Especially if you take potential resale price into account.

£26 for a Lightroom licence and a red dot - nae bad. I dare say there's a fancy box, too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (432 comments in total)

This is getting confusing: X100 - RX100 - LX100. What is it about the letter X that gives it such a aura? Chuck Yaeger's aeroplane or vague memories of school algebra spring to mind. Oh aye, X-Men too, whatever that is.

Anyway, never mind all that. This looks like a little X-E1 and very nice that is too. I'd buy it if the missus would countenance me adding a 9th camera to my already expensive kit. Apart from the zoom it does rather cover what my X100 does, though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 15:01 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies
On Ricoh surfs into action camera market with WG-M1 article (106 comments in total)

What do the bezel-like markings round the screen do, apart from trying to make it look like an alarm clock?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 06:52 UTC as 34th comment
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (141 comments in total)

Grey may be better than all black, but I'd rather have it in trad black'n'silver like the X100. Still, if somebody buys me a grey one (fat hope) I won't say no.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 12:18 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (612 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: This camera would've been a real gem if it had a lens with real, manual, well-dampened, yummy helical focus with distance scale, and not focus by wire. Then it could be used off the hip, manually prefocused, etc, without looking at the LCD/VF. And instead of an EV dial on top, a small LCD on top, that summarises all crucial parameters in 2 sqare cm, not looking around the entire top plate plus lens.
Everything else is very much polished up by this model.

Don't really agree re the LCD - I like the EV dial as it is. I don't need to switch on to see the settings.

They could, however, have got rid of their nonsensical lens-hood/etc mounting system and just put a 49mm filter thread round the front end like a sane manufacturer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 12:15 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (612 comments in total)
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JohnEwing: Video really has little place in a camera such as this, but Fuji must have decided that poor video is better than the hoo-hah that leaving it out would make in the reviews. It's probably better to have it reviewed, as here, as a couple of ho-humming paragraphs than have the omission trumpetted in review headlines. I'd certainly never use it.

Well, I suppose so. I only ever take a few minutes of movie per year, mostly when I'm on my bike. Not with my X100, though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 12:09 UTC
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