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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-



Nikon D300,
Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
Panasonic LX5
Canon G9

SB-800 Flash
Velbon QHD-41 Monopod


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 1939: England in Color (part 2) article (175 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.



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 (959 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 (605 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 (2792 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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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 (631 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 (627 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 (2085 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 267th 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 21st 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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