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

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
Nissin i40 flash
Gitzo explorer, Gitzo 3 series, Arca Swiss Z1


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On Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried article (339 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 46th comment | 6 replies
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 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 (1658 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 49th comment | 1 reply
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 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 (338 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 27th 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

A very interesting idea ruined by very poor implementation. Why rotate the cameras and why bother using static subjects?

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 08:07 UTC as 77th comment
On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (348 comments in total)

What ISO range?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 00:31 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply


Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 01:10 UTC as 96th comment
On Canon updates firmware for EOS-1D X article (72 comments in total)

A firmware update prompted by the upcoming Nikon D4s no doubt.

Always makes me wonder why such features weren't in the original firmware... but reassuring ongoing support nontheless.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 17:56 UTC as 21st comment | 10 replies
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo article (185 comments in total)

What rubbish.

I assume these people got paid for carrying out a seriously flawed study? What a waste of resource and money and time.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 12:18 UTC as 98th comment
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)

Anyone know why this is seen as a 'breakthrough' when the Nikon 1 series has been doing on-sensor pdaf for a couple of years AND with very high continuous AF rates?

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 17:35 UTC as 78th comment | 12 replies

My full review:-

Poorly proportioned camera with some exotic finishes made for a worthy cause.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 20:37 UTC as 71st comment
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

A white plastic bin bag.

Acts as a rain cover for the camera, something to kneel or lie on to get low down angles of view and also serves as a white reflector. Rolls up nice and small too.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 20:13 UTC as 139th comment
On Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century article (248 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mistral75: I will be neat-picky here: 2000 is not in the 21st century, it's the last year of the 20th century (as the year 100 was the last of the 1st century and so on).

I'll be nitpicky here; you've spelt nitpicky incorrectly ! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 13:09 UTC

That is one of the worst integrations of handgrip and body I've ever seen. There is no design synergy between them.

Personally I would feel uncomfortable letting some senile old fart whittle a lump of wood and screw it on to my camera, so I guess we should applaud Hassleblad for taking a role in providing jobs for these people (I assume as part of some care in the community scheme).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 19:57 UTC as 240th comment

I really like this, but I'm going to wait until the end of the year before buying...their website says they will start producing custom built versions.

I'm going to ask them to build me a bespoke version without the wooden grip but with Sony written on it. That way it will fool theives into thinking it isn't worth stealing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 22:26 UTC as 162nd comment
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