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

Comments

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AndyHWC: Surprised no reference or mention of the 18-105mm VR. I wonder how is the new 18-140 stack up against the good old 18-105mm.

My thoughts exactly. This seems to me to be the nearest 'competition' and the lens it's replacing as the higher-end kit. If it does much better on newer sensors, that's news in itself.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 14:17 UTC
On Nikon D5300 preview (278 comments in total)

I think it makes sense for Nikon to incrementally upgrade a camera in this class at least once a year, especially since the offerings of competitors are offering so many new features the D5200 didn't have. Personally, I'd have liked to see a touchscreen and AF fine tune in such a precise camera, but I suppose that's to come.

As a Nikon user looking to upgrade, I do feel this and the D610 are pretty lackluster replacements, not to say there was anything particularly wrong with their predecessors, just that more is obviously possible (Pentax K3, small but powerful cameras from the competition).

I'm just assuming something special, presumably mirrorless, is in the works. Whilst these make small thuds, that may well be a Big Bang like the D300/D3 were in their time... If that's still possible in such a crowded market.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 07:46 UTC as 50th comment
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (639 comments in total)
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Bluetrain048: A mountaineer's dream. Or a street shooter, backpacker, etc. Being able to carry a camera with such a brilliant sensor everywhere with you... wow.

I may have found the replacement for my LX3 :-)

Exactly, as an LX5 owner, this is a meaningful replacement, whilst my m4/3 cameras are all way bigger. That one came with me everywhere, but suffered from the poor sensor. With this you can have fantastic quality and change to a prime or two if you chose (bringing along the feather-light Olympus 45mm sounds like a nice combo).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 11:56 UTC

It is a total rip-off, so Nikon is right to go after them. It would have been better all along if they had reached some agreement where they'd expand the base of low-end Nikon 1 family compatible cameras and Nikon could sell lenses and accessories, a la m4/3. If m4/3 can eat into DSLR territory, this could take a big chunk of the otherwise shrinking compact market. Other partners could emerge too, the cheap 1-inch sensors making for varied, scalable designs.

But I guess that just makes too much sense and despite appearances, this was all just a copy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 00:09 UTC as 13th comment
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)
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ButterflySkies: I was hoping they would make a small change to the AF system.
The only reason I don't own a D600 is because all AF point are clustered in the middle.

Same here. I was really hoping for the D800 module, or at least something like it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 05:06 UTC
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)
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Gesture: Good thoughts, also 25 centers for the phone booth ... oh, scratch that.

Small LED flashlight?

Re. High CRI flashlight, thanks for the suggestion, I could see this replacing a small flash in many situations.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 21:00 UTC
On Google+ gets improved Raw-to-JPEG conversion article (50 comments in total)
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forpetessake: If that is a solution, then what is the problem?

True cloud storage and sharing, with many companies competing to be the obiquitous standard. Dropbox was arguably first, but the race has just begun.

Being able to have viewable raws in moments, without resorting to clunky solutions like in-camera editing, seems to me a step in that direction for photogs.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2013 at 02:44 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)

Just looking at the extreme amount of comments is telling. It seems there is a strong interest in m4/3, even if the time when just the right model to really take off is still to come.

One thing holding them back is the lack of pro use to aspire to. To my mind, with all the latest models offer, all they need are some very bright (f0.95-1.2), autofocusing affordable primes and there will be no need for using a larger format.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 07:57 UTC as 250th comment | 18 replies

I really should use it and get things right at capture... But they are just too much trouble and with an HDR image I can get pretty much the same effect, arguably even better. What would be good would be digital variable ND filters, set in the camera. It's being able to customize where you apply the darkening effect that is so powerful an option.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 22:55 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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MarshallG: I appreciate the comment section, and if the editors chose to thin out the vitriolic comments and/or promote the interesting and useful comments to the top, it would meet with my complete satisfaction. Even if it means having some of my comments edited for brevity in mid-sent...

I'd have to agree. All too often mindless complainers get the most attention from the moderators, with pointless accusations of brand bias, mistaken criticisms of methods used, or just here rudeness.

Other than showing their openness to engage with this, it's all a distraction (if an amusing one) from those users who are contributing genuinely useful content. I sometimes wish they'd just delete such comments and privately explain to users how they are breaking the rules than give them so much attention.

I do respect them for allowing comments on reviews at all, though, which can have useful feedback from like-minded enthusiasts. Yet on the whole, the quality of discussion in the 'self-regulated' forums is far higher than in the comments section, this one included!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 15:23 UTC
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kriztian: There are tons of program with the same type of filter as in Instagram. It´s totally not interesting anymore. It seems to me like this is a promotion for Instagram rather than a serious Contest.

Since we are all familiar with the filters, perhaps it makes more sense as level ground for a competition?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:42 UTC

It seems pretty pointless to me, but the very fact it exists shows the iPhone camera's power as a software-rich, always-connected device. Even having Wi-Fi in cameras can't compete with it's 3G capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:28 UTC as 1st comment

I actually think this is still an idea with potential, even if the appeal is not so wide. There are some beautiful, simple, not to mention affordable film cameras out there, in many ways as cameras surpassing their digitized descendants.

It would need a better crop factor, presumably modern high ISO and great auto white balance. Also, achieving perfect focus might be a challenge with the risk of back-focus. Aside from that all the disadvantages listed are features of film and just by being digital it's much more convenient to use with those old cameras.

As far as economics goes, no I don't think it makes too much sense unless you absolutely love using those cameras. But after all, who collects digital watches?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 17:12 UTC as 69th comment
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reginalddwight: The forecast for Nikon and other Japanese camera makers is grim.

Nikon shares are trading 32% lower this year.

Their biggest slide comes from the 48% decline in compacts (with "only" a 6% drop in DSLRs).

As their company President Kimura hinted last month, Nikon are looking to tap into the smartphone market by creating a product that will "change the concept of cameras".

A Nikon smartphone, anyone?

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Well why not, if it's Smartphones that are selling an replacing compacts. They don't even have to dominate there to make a nice little earner, perhaps just with camera modules/processing with 'Nikon Colours'.

I feel the concept of connected cameras isn't enough- the Smart advantage is only needing to take along one item. It's not only a threat to compact cameras, but game consoles, MP3 players, GPS and everything else. Now how about a Smartphone with interchangeable camera modules, with tiny folding optics? Don't be surprised if Nikon thinks outside the box on this.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 09:14 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)
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ruicarv79: WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

(Sorry for repost, the site said it didn't go up.)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 15:55 UTC
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svx94: If Nikon pay attention to Fuji's X forums, and how many Nikon-Fuji adapters sold, it is not hard to figure out that those are the people Nikon LOST (with me being one of them). Nikon 1 is a disaster, face it.

Too true. Most Nikon users want a mirrorless they can effectively use third lenses on, not with a 2.7x crop. I'm personally hoping for the DX mirrorless system that will support AF, lens corrections and so on. But right now Fuji looks like the best option in that area.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 13:22 UTC
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marike6: Notice Olympus made virtually the same announcement about disappointing PEN sales (see DPR front page).

But here there are hundreds of comments about the Nikon 1 system, how it's not this or that. But as I said earlier this announcement has less to do with the quality of the Nikon 1 (or the PEN) as a system and more to do with a shrinking enthusiast market.

Very true. The main defense of the 1 series was its practicality for novices and small size. The only thing is, a lot of those upgraders are hard people to convince to invest in lenses and accessories. With the V2, Nikon finally reached out to its enthusiasts with more standard features and ergonomics. Yet for many of those enthusiasts (not including some notable pros who love the system for its autofocus), the small sensor is just too limiting, particularly when other mirrorless cameras can be just as small.

Personally I find the images produced to similar to those of a compact, especially the poor dynamic range. It's hard to justify buying expensive lenses when the sensor is so limited, though this too might improve.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 13:08 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)
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ruicarv79: WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

Maybe soft is the wrong word if we are just talking about, say edge definition. I find there is a lack of micro-contrast and 'pop', or detail like you say. The images just seem flat and lifeless compared not only to my primes, but also to my Tamron 17-50mm. I find the 18-55mm VR kit lens also has more dynamic, vibrant images. I never owned one, but judging by samples the original 18-70mm was a much better performer, too.

Of course, the 18-105mm has a much greater zoom range than any of these and might be doing well for it but I wonder how much better a consumer zoom can get? Nikon's lens technologies have moved on and so has the competition. Also, I've heard the 18-135mm was a very nice lens, lacking only VR capabilities. So I can see this, potentially, offering a significant IQ advantage to the 18-xxx VR lenses before it. On the other hand it might just be the slight iteration most here seem to be expecting.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 06:32 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)
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ruicarv79: WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

Maybe soft is the wrong word if we are just talking about, say edge definition. I find there is a lack of micro-contrast and 'pop', or detail like you say. The images just seem flat and lifeless compared not only to my primes, but also to my Tamron 17-50mm. I find the 18-55mm VR kit lens also has more dynamic, vibrant images. I never owned one, but judging by samples the original 18-70mm was a much better performer, too.

Of course, the 18-105mm has a much greater zoom range than any of these and might be doing well for it but I wonder how much better a consumer zoom can get? Nikon's lens technologies have moved on and so has the competition. Also, I've heard the 18-135mm was a very nice lens, lacking only VR capabilities. So I can see this, potentially, offering a significant IQ advantage to the 18-xxx VR lenses before it. On the other hand it might just be the slight iteration most here seem to be expecting.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 06:26 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)
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ruicarv79: WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

Well the 18-105mm 'standard mid-level kit lens' was designed back in the days of 12mp sensors. Even on my D5100 it's noticeably soft.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 16:47 UTC
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