Russell Dawkins

Russell Dawkins

Lives in Canada Canada
Works as a sound recording engineer
Joined on Dec 25, 2006

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On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sigma DP2 Quattro article (256 comments in total)

I don't think this qualifies as a "hands on" as advertised. It's barely a "first look".
Whose hands were on it and what were the impressions?
Or perhaps I'm very old fashioned (Beyond the Fringe reference).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 06:40 UTC as 12th comment
On aple red in the Water drops challenge (4 comments in total)

I noticed the same thing as bluemoonman. The photo looks great in the small version, but when clicked to enlarge, the image changes radically–the colour, exposure, etc. fall to pieces.
I'm using a mac, FWIW.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 07:41 UTC as 3rd comment
On NOAC v Garni. photo in Russell Dawkins's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

It's the main stereo mic - a Royer SF24. I am putting a series of foam sheets on it as an improvised windscreen. In use it is up about 12 feet and visible in other photos of the concert which I could send you if you were interested. There was no pink noise used in the PA set up, and the PA was used only for reinforcement, not replacement, of the acoustic sound from the orchestra.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 21:04 UTC as 1st comment
On Leica unveils D-Lux 6 Silver Edition article (92 comments in total)

The fatal flaw in this concept by Leica is that the camera looks better with the black lens - in silver it looks ungainly. The "Edition G-STAR RAW" in fact does look like a special edition but its flaw is the $4-500 surcharge, just for cosmetics that could have been there in the first place.

The Ricoh GR limited edition, by contrast, costs only $100 more than the standard model - and actually is actually cheaper if you factor in the value of the included case and lens hood. Takes good pix, too!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2013 at 06:44 UTC as 9th comment
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Chris_in_Osaka: At least this wooden grip blends in. The one on the Olympus E-P5 luxury edition looks like a glued on afterthought.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91s4dcy4wPL._AA1500_.jpg

Yes, luxurious like the hyper-gloss "wood" dashboard inserts and vinyl roof tops of 1970s and 80s American luxury cars, and sporting a similar sense of design, i.e., none.
As a design, the Ricoh is in a completely different league. It has it; the Olympus has "style".
If you want to anger a designer, call him/her a stylist.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 06:50 UTC

A very serious lapse of good judgement on Ricoh's part here, I think. I hope they didn't spend a lot of time and money on development that could have gone into something really salable, like a Ricoh version of the Sony RX1.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2013 at 08:16 UTC as 11th comment
On DSC00162 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Are these colors not substantially over-saturated?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 22:46 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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RStyga: I'm stupefied by Leica.

I think this is a clever ruse by Leica to help Panasonic out by increasing their DMC-LX7 sales due to the reflected glory principle of marketing. OK, I made that up, but I refer to the enhanced value and attention drawn to the DMC-LX7 by the presence of an essentially identical version costing so much more. I guess Panasonic pays Leica some license fee for each LX7 sold, so Leica profits from this as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 07:29 UTC
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The Customer: Gorgeous! I like the minor changes that enhance the subtle philosophies inherent in the original design, without overwhelming or changing them. They're the kind of "big by being little" alterations I like to see when reimagining an object that ALREADY excites the imagination. Most excellent.

Methinks "The Customer" had tongue firmly in cheek.

Me hopes.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 07:18 UTC
On Preview:ricoh-gr (295 comments in total)
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Russell Dawkins: I am curious to know if there is a technical reason that image stabilization is incorporated into the design of neither the Ricoh GR nor the Nikon Coolpix A.

I don't know why this camera doesn't need image stabilization when it is used on a number of DSLRs. 2 to 4 stops of improvement would be a huge advantage in low light. I can only think battery consumption is the factor, but I imagine a one ounce heavier battery and a half an ounce sensor shift mechanism would still not violate the basic design intention and the GR would still be lightest APSC camera in the world.
I didn't think Ricoh played the marketing game described by Serenity529 - I gave them more credit than that.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 06:57 UTC
On Preview:ricoh-gr (295 comments in total)

I am curious to know if there is a technical reason that image stabilization is incorporated into the design of neither the Ricoh GR nor the Nikon Coolpix A.

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 16:27 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
On DSCF0383 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Where is the focal point in this? It seems slightly blurry, yet the shutter speed is so high and the aperture so small I get the feeling it should look sharper than this. The Canada goose photo, on the other hand, looks very sharp.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2013 at 06:11 UTC as 2nd comment
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)
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Spectro: lytro.. enough said

Too much said!
Happy New Year!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 08:48 UTC
On A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera article (137 comments in total)
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DavidRiesenberg: I still prefer my idea of the perfect camera :)
http://davidriesenberg.com/archives/262

So do I - although I prefer the dimensions of the Nikon V1 yours is very elegant.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 07:32 UTC
On 100 years RAF in the Flying challenge (4 comments in total)

Credit where credit is due. There isn't an aeronautical engineer in Britain, the USA, or anywhere outside Russia who has designed an aircraft that can perform this manoeuvre (the cobra) successfully, as far as I know.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2012 at 06:40 UTC as 1st comment
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(unknown member): What an ugly camera. And way too expensive for what you get. I think $133 is a fair price. And why aren't there any sample pictures of hot blonde girls dancing in dark night clubs? I mean, without that particular shot how in the world can we tell how good this mid-20th century radio....I mean camera really is? It looks like the upper left corner is 1/8th stop darker than the bottom right corner. :) LOL Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Looks like a fascinating camera. I wonder if people will insist the AF speed of this camera match other $1,700 cameras.

These images are technically good, but all lack something - in the same way I found the X100 images seriously lacking compared even to my Leica D-Lux 4, with all its noise and limited low light capability (and Panasonic genesis). I liked my Fuji f31fd, so it's not as if I have a bias against Fuji, but these images completely lack the magic I see in the Leica X1, for example. I don't get the impression of real sharpness or pleasing colour rendering.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2012 at 07:15 UTC
On Cathederal of St John the Devine in the Famous cathedrals challenge (3 comments in total)

Do the columns to the left and right of the nave actually bow inwards or is that an artifact of the lens or post processing?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2012 at 21:10 UTC as 1st comment
On Just Posted: Lytro Light Field Camera review and video article (309 comments in total)
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jkokich: I don't get it.

I mean it literally - I expect we will see a forum for Lytro users in due course, if the camera takes off - won't we?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 22:43 UTC
On Just Posted: Lytro Light Field Camera review and video article (309 comments in total)

I wonder when we will see the Lytro forum...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:45 UTC as 59th comment

I think it would be occasionally very useful to have at hand on any camera. I don't understand the reflexive naysayers - this is clever!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2012 at 06:38 UTC as 5th comment
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