Photo Pete

Photo Pete

Lives in United Kingdom Sheffield, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 6, 2006
About me:

Film History:-
Zenith, Praktica, Nikon F601, Nikon F90x, Nikon F100, Nikon F5

Digital History:-
Olympus E20p, Nikon D70, Nikon D200, Nikon D300, Nikon D2x, Nikon D3s, D800, Nikon 1 V1, Nikon 1 V2, Olympus OM-D E-M10

Nikon Lens History:-
20mm f2.8 AFD, 35-70mm f2.8 AFD, 80-200mm f2.8 AFD, 20-35mm f2.8 AFD, 24-120vr, 70-300 ED, 70-300vr, 80-400vr, 28-70 f2.8 AFS, 70-200 f2.8 AFS, 18-200vrII, 12-24 f4, 14-24 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 80-400 AFS, Nikon1 10-30, Nikon 1 30-110, FT-1,

Other Lens History:-
Sigma 28-70, Sigma 170-500, Tamron 28-200, Tamron 20-40, Tokina 20-35, Sigma 150-500, Sigma 50-500, Sigma 150 macro

Olympus OM-D E-M10
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Olympus 9-18, 12-40 f2.8, 14-150, 75-300, 60 macro, 40-150 f2.8
Olympus FL600R Flash
Gitzo explorer, Gitzo 3 series, Arca Swiss Z1


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On Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera article (124 comments in total)

Now I have two ergonomically poor ways to take photos whilst wearing down my phone batteries.


Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 19:08 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On Readers' Showcase: Martin Kozak article (66 comments in total)

Rubbish and cliche ridden images.

Only joking... Fantastic set which brings a very individual and creative outlook to sports photography. I really enjoyed these.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 19:20 UTC as 28th comment

Excellent images, but Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015? Why is the date of some of these images 2011?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 00:15 UTC as 11th comment

What is this obsession with giving big companies all your data?
What's wrong with backing up to a couple of hard drives which you keep at different properties? (eg one at home and one at work)

What are people doing that means they need immediate on the go access to ALL their images, rather than just the ones they're currently working on?

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2015 at 20:55 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
In reply to:

justmeMN: Olympus owners suffer from Small Sensor Syndrome. :-) All of their friends have bigger sensors than they do, and it's just embarrassing. They've tried those sensor enhancement products that you can buy on the internet, but none of them worked. :-)

Most of my friends shoot m4/3.... but then I socialise in 'enlightened' company! :-)

Embarrassing advert though. Poor move Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 23:57 UTC
In reply to:

msowsun: "half the the size of a DSLR, but with all the power"

How can it have all the power with a sensor that is almost 4 times SMALLER?

Easy, use wider aperture lenses which are bigger!

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 19:43 UTC
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left eye: As an advocate of OVF for my whole life (I'm 44) from proper Nikon bodies, to Olympus & Pentax dSLRs, I have to admit the EVF has it's advantages. The rear LCD 'long-arm' is not how you will be composing 80% of your photos.

The rear-LCD is for specialist angles, v.low or v.high - resting on the ground or very wobbly and reaching up.

EVF is the 90%, and provides 100% level photographs; without a mirror and weird AF sensors, delivers focus fast, and sharp 100% bang-on every time.

I'm saying this as it pains me to prefer EVF over OVF, but now I do. It works in a pro-environment, of studio, product photography, and when slightly ad-hoc, the horizontal and vertical 'cross-hairs' that can be displayed on the EVF means photos are 100% level, ALL of the time! It's a revelation.

Forget the long-arm banter; EVF - on your eye, is a professional tool.

I now use a GH4 - that's no absolute allegiance, the OLY gear has my respect, a Sony A7r II might also.

Couldn't agree more. Thought I'd never take to an EVF but now don't think I could go back to an OVF.

I've just being working on a project that needed me to make extensive use of a 10 stop ND filter. I couldn't have done it with an OVF as I wouldn't have been able to use the viewfinder. The EVF of my Olympus let me compose focus and shoot as normal.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 19:41 UTC

Don't you just hate it when large companies try to manufacture humour and fail. What an embarrasing waste of money that advert is.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 19:27 UTC as 132nd comment
On Readers' Showcase: Steve Badger article (110 comments in total)
In reply to:

bgmonroe: Technically great but completely devoid of personality. I've seen very similar shots all over 500px and flickr. These types of shots are quite trendy these days.

I've had a look through your Flickr feed and your work is also of a high standard but unoriginal... just like the work of nearly all of us who post on DPReview. There is a saying that 'people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones'.

The featured images in this article are technically great shots with atmosphere. That you've seen others on flickr of the same style makes them no less accomplished. There is very little original work going on in photography now...

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 19:31 UTC
On Lowepro launches Echelon luxury bag line article (62 comments in total)

I'll stick with my white plastic supermarket carrier bag. Costs 5p, disguises that it contains expensive camera equipment and can be used as a white reflector if needed.

The camera gets banged around a bit and falls out occasionally... but what do you expect for 5p :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 19:20 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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Just a Photographer: Is the sensor of the OM-D E-M5 ll a global shutter?

If not then the electronic shuttertime of 1/16000 is going to be the same marketing feature as the electronic shutter of the Fuji's that go up to 1/32000.

All in all what it does is just reading out each line on the sensor at 1/16000 repeated by the vertical resolution and you have the total time it takes to create the image. Everything that will happen during the total readout time of the sensor will give a rolling shutter effect.

Only if its a global shutter the sensor can be read out in one go.

Well, not much different to a mechanical shutter at speeds above 1/250 second then. Rolling shutter effects have been around for a long time!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 15:45 UTC
On Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried article (364 comments in total)

Not surprised dSLR focus accuracy is so hit and miss. How on earth can a precision optical instrument be designed so poorly that the AF module is able to be installed in a visibly different location on each model.

That's not bad quality control, it's bad design.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 20:47 UTC as 58th comment | 6 replies
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (378 comments in total)

Wow. This could impact on many brands... and most will not offer the support Leica seems to be offering.

I'd refrain from jealous mockery until we know what glass our own camera sensors use :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 00:27 UTC as 93rd comment

I have just had the unfortunate experience of buying into the Lee Seven5 system, thinking that Lee produced high quality well engineered equipment.

The system is garbage. The polariser has no anti reflective coating and reflects an image of the front of the lens. It also flares badly and lets light from behind or the side reflect off the rear surface of the filter. It vignettes at wide angle, despite having a diameter well exceeding that of the lens.

The filter holder is not fit for purpose. The holder cannot be put on the lens without pulling the spring clip... but it can be removed by tapping it gently without releasing the clip. I have had the filter holder fall off in a strong wind.

I would strongly advise people to steer clear. Lee's reputation is not evident in the Seven5 system.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 22:07 UTC as 9th comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

They are going to show that it is possible for a camera company to survive by doing nothing innovative at all, just iterations of the same dSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 15:34 UTC as 705th comment | 2 replies

A frank and open interview from an industry exec who clearly understands the camera market and has no misconceptions of what their camera range is (or isn't) capable of.

They seem to have spent a few years with the 'see what sticks' approach, but seem to have found what sticks and are moving forwards in a very logical and positive manner. The next couple of Sony years could be VERY interesting.


Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 12:51 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (339 comments in total)
In reply to:

Boss of Sony: The lens on my iphone 4 is better than this. Plus it functions as a phone.

Is that the front or back lens?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 06:37 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (339 comments in total)

Can't wait for the Otus 600mm f4.0. I've heard the price will be really competitive!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 06:31 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies

No gloss optimiser. Vast tonal range and gloss differential too!

Not interested until Epson make a pigment printer with 3 black shades, matt black which doesn't need ink to be purged before use and which has a gloss optimiser. Oh, and which only purges the cartridge which was replaced when one runs out rather than all of them.

Perhaps even with an Epson own brand continuous ink system.

There are a lot of things Epson could have improved in a new printer.,, black density was very low on my list.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 07:28 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (182 comments in total)

If the Adobe business model is successful how long will it be before Apple and Microsoft go the same way with their operating systems?

How robust are Adobe? Even the largest companies can fold (remember Kodak?). If Adobe fail as a company what will happen to your ability to use the software after the first failed attempt to log into the Adobe servers? What will happen to your 20Gb of Cloud storage?

Why should a hobbyist have to pay to have the latest features they don't need and why would a professional place their work entirely in the hands of another company over which they have no control?

The business model stinks and the more people that refuse to engage with it the better. Low price offers are a good sign. It is an indication that insufficient users are renting to make the scheme profitable enough.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 22:52 UTC as 39th comment | 18 replies
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