mark murphy

mark murphy

Lives in United Kingdom london, United Kingdom
Works as a photographer/am
Joined on Jul 10, 2003

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On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)

hmm - no mention of battery life. This has and continues to be a show stopper for me.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 14:18 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On Giotto's launches 'Air' range of lightweight tripods article (30 comments in total)
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Rodger Kingston: Would have been useful if the cost, weight, and size of these interesting tripods could have been translated into figures us parochial Americans could understand.... maybe dollars, ounces, and inches.

The Dollar price is usually simple to figure - take the £ sign and replace it with $. In this, as in most cases, you win, we (Brits) lose :-(

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 20:57 UTC
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Bali_Mirage: "thousands of young people from all over Europe joined the socialist Rebublicans in a doomed effort to stop General Franco's Nationalist forces - who were militarily supported by the Nazis"

Why didn't you mention the fact that the "socialist Rebublicans" were militarily and politically supported by the Soviet Union? Quite a few of those "young people" ended up being executed by Stalin's commissars.

I think it would be better to describe those brave young people as Idealists. Their later betrayal shouldn't undermine the hope they represented at that time in a battle against Fascism.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2013 at 01:05 UTC
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The Lotus Eater: Maybe DPReview should consider suspending the Gold award and changing the camera's score to null, until such time that Nikon feels like responding to its customers and DPReview.

Nikon's shoddy treatment of its customers and any effort by the company to sweep this problem under the carpet should not go unpunished.

Whilst - I appreciate they do call out the dust issue at the conclusion, it's still a bit strange to then go on and offer a Gold Award.
Hold off the Gold or stick a 'WARNING' label across it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2012 at 19:05 UTC
On Hands-on with Nikon V2 article (454 comments in total)

So the F Mount has been around since 1959 and still going strong (FX and DX), now we see the 'CX' Mount around these 'digital toy' cameras. I'm reminded of being assured by Kodak in the mid 90's that the way forward was APS.

Whilst 'currently' vested in DX, I will move 'back' to FX (D600/800) once the dust has settled, though Mirrorless DX seems the real way to go in the future, not CX.

If Nikon ever gets it's act together with a D400 I might easily be persuaded to stay DX.

Yes I'm an Affam (Affluent Amateur) - Nikon please don't forget how many of us there are :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2012 at 23:05 UTC as 66th comment
On Nikon D600 Hands-on Preview preview (713 comments in total)
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RunningInFlipFlops: Here's a thought... get a budget flight to New York for a long weekend, buy the camera, do some early Christmas shopping, a bit of sightseeing. Then pay the VAT man at the airport on return to stay legal. Sure it'll cost a little more, but you'll have a way better time than just meekly hiking over the premium that Jessops et al charge (rob) us here in the UK.

Just saying...

Cheaper option is to order it online in the USA and get it delivered to the hotel - no sales tax. £1955 versus £1303. Downside would be warranty, so unless you're a frequent visitor, it's a big risk.

Other problem is that UK residents are not eligible for VAT returns if they're coming back into the country.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 10:49 UTC
On Nikon D600 Hands-on Preview preview (713 comments in total)

Thank goodness the wait is over - now I can buy the D800 and not worry about kicking myself later.

Comments - I think the price point should have been $1999 - the delta between the D600 and the D800 will push more buyers to spend the extra and get the D800.

Maybe that was the plan all along - it will be interesting to track the increase in D800 sales.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 10:38 UTC as 212th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (626 comments in total)

Close, but - it's really sad to see so many brilliant camera's that are - so close - to perfection, but fall at the last hurdle (fixed lenses, APS-C, Small Apertures, small sensor count, more Amateur than pro).

The message is simple folks out there in Canon, Nikon, etc land - give us a full frame camera which works with our 50 year old lenses and give new us smaller lighter, high quality lenses with great BIG fat apertures and great Bokeh.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 23:37 UTC as 162nd comment | 1 reply
On Chappel in the Midnight challenge (18 comments in total)

great - is this an HDR image

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 15:05 UTC as 13th comment
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mark murphy: So at £1880 in the USA versus £2600 in the UK, does Nikon really expect the grey import market not to explode for the camera? Return trip to NY can be got for £600 including hotel - go on treat yourself and have plenty of cash to enjoy a great hight out and more.

Companies like Apple provide better global pricing and still provide global support for notebooks, even those bought out of country. Does Nikon ?

New York is a great place to try out your new purchase :-)

... obviously the cheaper route is get a friend to bring one back, but where's the sense of adventure ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2012 at 23:49 UTC

So at £1880 in the USA versus £2600 in the UK, does Nikon really expect the grey import market not to explode for the camera? Return trip to NY can be got for £600 including hotel - go on treat yourself and have plenty of cash to enjoy a great hight out and more.

Companies like Apple provide better global pricing and still provide global support for notebooks, even those bought out of country. Does Nikon ?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2012 at 20:54 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
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Carl Sanders: How ridiculous the judge is clearly not aware that cameras can isolate colour as a matter of course. The law certainly is an 'ASS' on this occasion. Is it being suggested that no one in this world can take a similar shot and not be in breach of copyright? What about all the similar shots that assistants create based on standard studio lighting, is this not the same as stealing their photographers ideas?

It should also be noted that there is a photographer who displays his work in Covent Garden with similar effects and has done for years, is Justin Fielder in breach of copying the work of this photographer. It is a nonsense and hoped that it will be appealed.

I agree - I have used the color accent feature on my Canon S95/100 a number of times. In this case on Vauxhall bridge (the next one down) - lo and behold the most iconic element is a big Red Bus, thus the resultant photograph is very similar. Am I breaching copyright or am I merely using a camera function. Next on the list will be Depth of Field copyright.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 14:29 UTC
On Eye-Fi contests SD Association's Wireless LAN standard article (41 comments in total)
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R Ortiz: This is one of the few times where I agree with a patent claim.
This isn't just someone sitting around thinking "wouldn't it be cool if an SD card could do wi-fi?", then filing a patent and suing everyone. Eye-Fi had to invest a lot of money, time and effort researching, refining and developing this concept. This is what patents are really for.

I'm afraid this really is an "only in America" thing !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2012 at 19:55 UTC
On Nikon D4 overview article (844 comments in total)
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Lyteskrybe: "We have become the tools of our tools." Who said that?!! Enough technological nincompoopery. What about the art?

Henry David Thoreau

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2012 at 10:31 UTC
On Richard Franiec offers accessory grip for Canon S100 article (28 comments in total)
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BayAreaWZ: He should make one for the Nikon V1

Has anyone actually bought a V1 yet?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2011 at 17:30 UTC
On Preview:canons100 (323 comments in total)
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Jeremy_B: After reading all these wonderful posts, I went down to my local Best Buy to see if they had any. I checked out all the displays and saw numerous S95s. While waiting for the only blue shirt in photo to finish with another customer, I checked out the cage. Lo-and-behold, there were 2 S100s in the cage. I kindly told the blue shirt that I wanted one, and he said, "S100? We don't have those." I kindly pointed them out, and he rang me up (10% off coupon didn't hurt). I would be rather surprised if he didn't purchase the 2nd one at the end of his shift.

Which discount coupon did you use?

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 23:05 UTC
On Preview:nikonp7100 (106 comments in total)

Yawn, nothing really new here.

Looks like I'll stick to Nikon for SLRs and Canon for compacts (G10 and S95, 90 owner).

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 17:04 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
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