G Davidson

G Davidson

Lives in Japan Kashiwa, Japan
Works as a Teacher
Joined on Jan 14, 2007
About me:

Future plan- to make books with my photos fused with poetry. At the moment, they are in online galleries and photo-blogs, like-

http://daylifepics.blogspot.com/
http://momentsofinfinity.blogspot.com/

Equipment-

Nikon D300,
Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
Panasonic LX5
Canon G9

SB-800 Flash
Velbon QHD-41 Monopod

Lenses-

Note- I try to stick to 'bright' lenses, so as to control the depth of field and to have a brighter image in the viewfinder, though for traveling and ultra-wide angles I compromise on this.

Nikon 24mm f/2.8D.......................(street photography, walk-around)
Nikon 28mm f/2.8D.......................(events, walk-around)
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 D.....................(my other walk-around)
Nikon 50mm f/1.4D.......................(low light and portraits)
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX................(events, weddings)
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR..........(for traveling light)
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR........(travel)
Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D...................(my DX portrait zoom)
Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VRII.........(nature, travel, candids)
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 ED AF..........(candids, nature)

Tokina 12-24mm f/4 ATX Pro-DX.......(wide landscapes, events)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM....................(portraits, details, bokeh, low-light)
Tamron 90mm SP AF f/2.8 Di...........(macro with amazing, beautiful bokeh)

I recently sold on my Nikon 24-50mm AF, Nikon 70-300mm ED AF and Tokina 28-70mm AT-X AF SV, as they are not so useful on DX and their ranges are covered better by the lenses above.

Most Wanted Lenses-

70-200mm VR
85mm f/1.4D
17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S DX Nikon/ another equivalent zoom for DX, like the Tamron 17-50mm version

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Babka08: The 1"/16mm sensor cameras are a very exciting emerging market for serious photographers who want a lot in a small package, for travel or as a secondary camera for portability. This works really well for the RX100 because its size remains very small. It's a harder sell with the super-zoom models like the RX10 or FZ1000 because they are so large. If the customer doesn't understand that in fact they would have a behemoth of a lens, or multiple lenses to get the same range, then the sale is dead in the water. The marketers need to vividly get across the true size advantage of having a 25-400 lens of good quality with a sensor that in many many shooting situations will be quite indistinguishable from a 24mm sensor camera. These are ultimate travel cameras and serious amateur cameras. The image quality really is impressive.

I think this is very true. The IQ from this is much better than a super-zoom, but with the hige size (compared to a compact), it will need some intelligent marketing to show the advantages. I can imagine a lot of people being very happy with this as their only camera, but the question is, will the size put them off from the start?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 09:24 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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G Davidson: I have to say, this is a seriously impressive all in one 'Bridge Camera' (I still prefer that term to compact, whatever the sensor size, for such 'all in one's). Having a decent-sized and highly evolved sensor mated with a wide zoom range could be all the camera a lot of people need.

I know it will gradually drop, but I still question the pricing, not in terms of value, but in terms of the comparisons with ILCs. A DSLR with say a Tamron 16-300mm lens has the same reach and a much larger sensor, or a u3/4 camera with a 28-300mm equivalent has almost the same reach with more dof control.

I got the feeling in the past that these kinds of cameras were just too big to compete with DSLRs and their added flexibility. Maybe this will hit just the right combination of features to succeed, but I can see it falling into the niche of being a great travel camera thats's just a bit too big to carry around every day.

This is true, you do get noticably more range, with something like the same effective DOF control. But you lose a great advantage of the G6 (for instance), in that there is no option for a smaller, bright lens, nor a longer one. Sorry if I'm saying the obvious, but just because this camera is so big, people will be hoping for something that 'does everything', an expectation smaller 1-inch cameras like the RX100 series, or even smaller super-zooms don't have hanging over them.

Having said all this, I can see cameras like this being 'the future', just as long as they find ways to control, or properly simulate, DOF control, which for now means either a brighter lens or a larger sensor. Most of the time, I no more want to change lenses than bring a tripod along, but the added flexibility makes it worth it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 10:36 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

I have to say, this is a seriously impressive all in one 'Bridge Camera' (I still prefer that term to compact, whatever the sensor size, for such 'all in one's). Having a decent-sized and highly evolved sensor mated with a wide zoom range could be all the camera a lot of people need.

I know it will gradually drop, but I still question the pricing, not in terms of value, but in terms of the comparisons with ILCs. A DSLR with say a Tamron 16-300mm lens has the same reach and a much larger sensor, or a u3/4 camera with a 28-300mm equivalent has almost the same reach with more dof control.

I got the feeling in the past that these kinds of cameras were just too big to compete with DSLRs and their added flexibility. Maybe this will hit just the right combination of features to succeed, but I can see it falling into the niche of being a great travel camera thats's just a bit too big to carry around every day.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 09:39 UTC as 215th comment | 2 replies
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G Davidson: I've been thinking of this, too, combined with HDR bracketing for dynamic range and (why not) focus bracketing, too- all in a split second. I expect faster processing is a bottleneck for now. We've barely scratched the surface of what electronics can bring to cameras.

Thank you for getting back with that information. Currently the HDR in the iPhone is pretty poor for sure, I didn't realise it was quite that limited, though. Some apps, like TrueHDR (my favourite of the various ones I've tried), can produce excellent results, even if taking their time in doing so. Much better than my Nikon camera can do in it's HDR mode.

It would be nice if some app could output a 16-bit TIFF, or even native HDR file for use later.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 05:05 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Not good to change the models so fast...There are so many rx100 and rx100ii in the markets. What will happen now?
why RX100 series change so fast??? What is wrong with it? is it a strategy or deficiency?

With all this, it's also entering a market with more competition at it's size- look for example at the Panasonic GM1 (which, already having some m4/3 lenses would be my preference). There's also rumours of Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic making their own entries for this sector.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 01:23 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Not good to change the models so fast...There are so many rx100 and rx100ii in the markets. What will happen now?
why RX100 series change so fast??? What is wrong with it? is it a strategy or deficiency?

@Jon
I see your point and yes the advantages are attractive. If price were no issue and I was getting one now, I'd probably go for the mk3. Still, some might want the hot-shoe, especially for a mic for videos. It's kind of a shame it went just as the video capabilities improved so drastically. Also, even with the relatively dark lens, I much prefer 85-105 equivalent for portraits. I realise cropping can make up the difference to an extent, but having an 'optimum' distance from my subject makes them much more relaxed and the perspective more natural.

I think it's become a more specialised, landscape-oriented camera. It's true, the viewfinder and wider, brighter lens are very attractive new features. Hopefully the lens has improved, but there is no guarantee there (in fact the comments I'm seeing based on the samples here are saying the opposite, but time will tell). I'm sure a lot of people will be fine with it, but that short reach does limit the camera's usefulness for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 01:22 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Not good to change the models so fast...There are so many rx100 and rx100ii in the markets. What will happen now?
why RX100 series change so fast??? What is wrong with it? is it a strategy or deficiency?

I'm also impressed by Sony's speed of innovation, which is pretty much unique (though I should add they haven't yet made many cameras that actually appeal to me personally). Whilst the RX100 mk2 seems to me a complete advance over the first model, I see some tradeoffs between mk3 and mk2; shorter lens range making portraits more difficult and the loss of the hotshoe, though I expect not so many people ever used the latter.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 10:36 UTC
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)

These really are beautiful. I only wish I had such talent and vision.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 23:23 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
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Henrik Herranen: Again, please, c'mon guys:
Why isn't the sensor size in the list of "Key features"? Without sensor size the f-number doesn't tell, well, much anything. As camera enthusiasts you surely know this, so why isn't sensor size anywhere in this photography oriented site's article?

Example: a 1/2.3" sensor with an f/2.2 lens still collects slightly more light over the sensor area than a 1/3" sensor with an f/1.8 lens, and has a potential for slightly better low-light performance. Leaving sensor size out of the equation is quite misleading.

I'd have to agree here. Listing the aperture relative to 35mm would be helpful, to know how much DOF control you'd have. Plus f/1.8 isn't exactly 'ultra-bright', that would be something like f/1.2, that's like calling 28mm 'ultra-wide'.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 00:42 UTC

I've been thinking of this, too, combined with HDR bracketing for dynamic range and (why not) focus bracketing, too- all in a split second. I expect faster processing is a bottleneck for now. We've barely scratched the surface of what electronics can bring to cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 00:35 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On 1939: England in Color (part 2) article (170 comments in total)
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InTheMist: Fantastic collection!

I hope that someone finds my image collection in 70 or 80 years.

Another problem is the sheer size of digital collections. Who will bother to look through them, especially when everyone with even a smart phone is snapping away. What makes these special is the fact photos of the time are so rare.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 06:00 UTC
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Treeshade: A 560g 810mm lens at f/5.6 on a 1" sensor? Interesting. Many birder are already using Nikon 1 to complement their tripod-mounted DSLR. A mobile backup is always useful. Let's see how well it does on 300mm.

That's what I'm thinking. Probably better than the 70-300mm VR, smaller and having access to the full, wonderful AF system this would be a good (if pricy) alternative to a super zoom camera for birders.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 10:07 UTC
On Nikon announces flagship D4s professional DSLR article (70 comments in total)
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dcdigitalphoto: I don't really understand why a power house camera like this doesn't have a basic setting that appears on other cameras. I'm talking about TvAv where you set the shutter speed and aperture and the camera works out the ISO required. I have found it extremely useful shooting sports.

How about manual mode, with auto-iso activated?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 05:13 UTC
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ArcaSwiss: Amazing how many experts there are here, NOT. Why do you think this isn't an improvement over the other DP2 Merrills ? Surely Sigma knows what they are doing.

I'd have to agree. Wading through the comments, a lot of people are simply worried this will compromise the colour capture that makes Foveon what it is. Well, if it is still uniquely detailed and can make it to a usable ISO1600 or so, plus allows video, it may well be a success as the 'other camera'. Ultimately, we'll have to wait and see and hopefully there'll be samples released soon.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 01:21 UTC
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dosdan: To effectively use this will require a very sharp lens, (probably a prime), but it could be a breakthrough in some architecture, fashion and for certain landscape shooting situations.

It strikes me that the Ricoh purchase of Pentax will probably lead to the adoption of a Ricoh attitude to firmware updates, where significant improvements, and even new features, continue to be provided by firmware updates for a relatively long time.

Super-resolution/Super-sampling, which is rumoured to be coming in future cameras, (though similar manipulation of the SR system), may even be retro-enabled in the K-3.

http://www.photoacute.com/tech/superresolution_faq.html
http://almalence.com/doc/superresolution-comparison

Dan.

Very interesting technique at getting dramatically better results from existing sensors. If this was used automatically on a K3, I could see it performing like a medium-format camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 03:15 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix P600, P530, S9700 go big on zoom range article (45 comments in total)

Can I just say I'd be interested in that zoom range? With my P510, I'm capturing scenes that would otherwise be impossible to even see with my naked eyes and it does have a lot of creative potential, hopefully matched with a better sensor.

Still, I agree that leaving out Raw, 60fps video and a hotshot is perplexing in a camera like this, especially as they are positioning the P600 as 'higher end'. It puts me in 'wait and see' mode for other company's options.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 02:12 UTC as 5th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)

As a Nikon D300 user reading this, I would simply love for Nikon to get their act together and make such a satisfying crop camera. With the buffer, frame rate, sensor-shift features and excellent build they really have nothing in the price range to compete with it.

But, while I envy Pentax users, I don't really want to buy into another DSLR system right now, having so many great Nikon lenses already. Suffice to say if the D7100 had been this good, I'd already have one.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 04:18 UTC as 147th comment | 1 reply
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
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InTheMist: Don't forget, once you're bought in, they can INCREASE the price at any time and you have no choice but to pay!

Okay, like people are saying you can indeed cancel, but what if by the end of the year you're pretty much dependent on it? Then you're much more at the mercy of their pricing system then if you'd never started.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 21:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (559 comments in total)
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white shadow: I was looking anxiously for an upgrade to my GF1 but I think I may have to wait or get the E-P5.

I am not so concern about having an EVF but having one may be useful at times if it is good. In this case, the EVF is only "so-so" and worse, even suffer from "rainbow effect". Besides, the protruding eyecup gets in the way when one is trying to put it away in a pouch.

Panasonic's first attempt to include IBIS is not too good so the additional feature is a waste of time.

Although I shoot in Aperture Priority mode most of the time but I do shoot in P or Auto mode sometimes. Its tendancy to choose unnecessary smaller aperture while at these modes is disappointing.

Overall, its not too bad but would not convince me to rush in to buy one. Meanwhile, I will carry on using my faithful GF1 for Micro 4/3. The Oly EM-1 is tempting but maybe just a bit big for the format.

I may consider an E-P5 once I find out more about the "shutter shock" problem.

I think you should try it out in a store and see if the viewfinder is as bad (for you) as you fear. I personally prefer the E-P5/EM1 one a lot more, but you pay a price in size.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 22:00 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

I'm not sure why all the hate for this model, other than those worried it will somehow tie Nikon up and prevent something more up their street from emerging?

The build quality looks excellent and there are a lot of manual photographers who will love the sturdy dials. I myself am scratching my head at the lack of some kind of focus-peaking or mf focusing screen, but presumably users can get something aftermarket to do that.

Now it isn't for me and I'd rarer pay that kind of money on technological features than retro dials, but in its own way it is a fascinating 'fusion' creation that brings D4's smooth processing to Nikon's vast selection of smallish lenses. Presumably a mirrorless camera (which I'd prefer) wouldn't quite do that the same way.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 05:18 UTC as 382nd comment
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