Paul_B Midlands UK

Paul_B Midlands UK

Lives in United Kingdom Gloucester, United Kingdom
Works as a Pierre Guerin Bioreactor sales manager
Joined on Sep 20, 2007


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On WaterWeight rethinks the sandbag approach to stability article (77 comments in total)
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Paul_B Midlands UK: Anyone really buy this thing surely not.

you didn't understand my remark?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:49 UTC
On WaterWeight rethinks the sandbag approach to stability article (77 comments in total)

Anyone really buy this thing surely not.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 16:32 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (293 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: I'm constantly surprised how photographers still moan about batteries. I have a GM1 and sure, after a couple of hundred it's running down, but I always have back-up batteries and many compatibles are really good as well as cheap. I got a pack of 2 for the GM1 at around £12 (USD19), no problem with them. Take up space? - Get outta here! I love the EM1 but it's the GM1 that goes everywhere with me.

they have to moan about something!!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 14:58 UTC

For the marketing I think they missed a better line. You're wife likes good wood?
At least it's not made in MDF, chortle. Terrible dilemma for luxury yacht owner, standard rx100 mk3 or the retro mk2 timber. Damnit.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 08:21 UTC as 58th comment

This will work on rx10? Or anyone recommend anything else for me. I don't like the pop up flash for anything other than a bit of daylight fill ( in which case which is the best
Mode to use flash on this camera)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 23:59 UTC as 5th comment
On DJI launches Inspire 1 drone with 4K video recording article (97 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: I thought this was THE one but, hélas, it is not:

"Maximum Flight Time: Up to 18 minutes."

(...up to...)

Until this can be solved (...and it can't, with current weight-to-performance batteries technology...) this will only have limited appeal.

Interesting ... 18 mins, that's exactly the same run time as my fantastic twin cyclone Dyson (Sir to you). Any cooincidence??!!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 23:51 UTC

Terrific travelogue and great photos at all sorts of the time of day, you worked very hard to pull this off. It takes a huge effort to cycle like this and take the time outs to pull of exceptional photographs like this but the result is spectacular. Bike riding gives you such great access and to reach places that are just a pain to get to on foot and you can can scour the terrain for the best vantage point for the shot. Its all good, and something all of us I'm sure would love to do! I assume there could be a book out of it, to render this a 'professional' mission along the lines of National Geographic sort of thing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 09:13 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

I was on honeymoon about 4 years ago in Turkey, an evening out from the resort we visited some town in Turkey, wife wanted to look at Sunglasses in a shop I hung around the doorway, stepping back to let someone pass by, I misjudged my footing tumbling down concrete steps to the pavement outside. Smashed the K-7 Pentax in to the ground, bits and pieces of the lens everywhere and torn ankle ligaments. 3 trips to hospital that week and a less than happy new wife. That sucked.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 20:10 UTC as 3rd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)
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halothane: In the UK, the Sony RX10 is now widely available for £649 ( with £50 cash back on £699) and the Panasonic is £749. ($1100 & $1250 respectively).
At those prices your choice will depend on what compromises you are willing to make - I have always been suspicious of bridge cameras, as they seem to promise much, but don't always deliver.

Alternatives with 1 inch sensors are limited to the Nikon 1, which with the evf kit would be not far off the price of Both these cameras together! So at present is a poor value comparison. For a similar size / weight, and £100 more, a Canon 100D and Tamron 16 - 300 would be a possible alternative; bigger sensor, better range but smaller apertures.

I would be happy to be given either the Sony or the Panasonic; but if I was buying one, I would choose the Sony, as it has a degree of weather sealing. YMMV!

Enjoy you photography!


I bought the RX10 recently for the weather proof reasoning, and I thought hmm, F2.8 from 24 to 200 how much will that cost me in a DSLR. So, I tested it this weekend at a music fest, and it poured with rain yesterday I wasn't out in that too much but I wasn't worried if I had of been caught in it. Inside, the stage was pretty poorly lit needing ISO1200-1600 mostly, at F2.8 ish. Fast moving subjects and waiting for the moment shots, well ok maybe not super pin-sharp but that Zeiss Sony ... nice.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (165 comments in total)
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Madaboutpix: Having shot my K-7 for nearly five years now (without a single malfunction), a couple of days ago I finally ordered a standard K-3 to replace it. Given that I passed by the K-5 and K-5 IIs, I'm fairly confident that I will see some improvement over my old camera. And I don't feel cheated now just because Ricoh has come up with this Prestige Edition. When I'm out and about shooting, I usually try to blend in, rather than draw attention to myself. After all, I want people to act naturally, almost as if I wasn't there.

Still, this is clever marketing on Ricoh's side: You get into the news, you may interest some more people for a serious camera who appreciate the good looks, and then may grow to love it for what it is capable of as a photographic tool. At this price point it cannot even be dismissed as rip-off, and I agree that the gunmetal-grey styling bespeaks some taste.

you are not kidding ... I had a K-7 and was blown away by NEX5N, with the waaaaaaaaay better sensor than in the old K-7. The K3 you will be thoroughly delighted! NO DOUBTS.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (195 comments in total)

24mm to what ... really, who needs it. Of course as a recent buyer (like yesterday) of RX10 clearly not me with a humble 25-200. Loved my GX100 in the past I should add.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 14:48 UTC as 25th comment
On Blast from the past: Photographing steam locomotives article (72 comments in total)

superb shots, really beautiful images terrific work sir.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 10:50 UTC as 42nd comment
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)

how much was this in the UK, before the announced price drop. Since I killed my NEX5N at the seaside (a erm, rogue wave), I need something to replace it, and this one is weatherproof!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 09:34 UTC as 6th comment

Ching ching, clearly going be a huge seller looking at comments posted. This 4k video from which you can grab great stills is going to change things dont you think. Personally I'd rather have a wide supeezoom than a long one ... Please!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 07:41 UTC as 26th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

A huge seller for sure. Bang on. Never so many positive remarks for a new product I'm stunned! Ok no articulating screen or time lapse as pointed out and it's not gold plated either. Great work Sony,I hope the firmware is a LOT better than my NEX5n.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 08:36 UTC as 687th comment | 2 replies
On Ryan Brenizer on how to shoot engagement sessions article (72 comments in total)

Very much enjoyed this short video and some of his stunning shots.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 20:59 UTC as 10th comment
On In photos: Swimming with jellyfish article (20 comments in total)

Superb ... I'm off to la Rochelle aquarium now!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 06:29 UTC as 9th comment
On Stunning 360-degree view from One World Trade Center article (70 comments in total)

How refreshing to read comments pages on DPR where just about everyone is positive and no endless bickering technoposts. Obviously this image was such an achievement it is beyond critique. Marvellous work.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 21:15 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)
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HeyItsJoel: Thank god I'm not the only one.


I'm still considering the XT-1, but I will not make a hasty decision of ruling it out based on these images. Although, it would be easy to do so.

So my question of K3 vs Fuji ... Seems k-3 wins hands down!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 22:14 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1656 comments in total)

It's like Scarlet Johansssen, just looks right. And naturally I want one. I was tempted by K-3, I value the WR factor and compactness, but XTi moves it forward I think. View my nex 5n I have the viewfinder I'm a fan, so the new super enhanced one seems amazing. Dials are great,, means the camera is always preped ready to fire up and go. The idiot who says fails are for posers is lacking experience.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 21:58 UTC as 181st comment | 1 reply
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