Ashley Pomeroy

Ashley Pomeroy

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On Nikon Coolpix 990 Review preview (2 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: Still in use by some ;-)!

By coincidence I won one of these on eBay yesterday, with the original box n'ting. Then I popped over to DPReview to see how they covered it, and a day later your comment appeared!

It was the first digital camera I ever used. It'll be interesting to see how it's held up. I remember it ate batteries *but* I'm sure battery technology has moved on since then. I hope it reads 2gb cards, that's the smallest size I have.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 16:13 UTC

Yuck. It looks hideous. The exposed bolts are a particularly nice touch. The irritating thing is that the grip looks pretty functional, it just comes across as something that will gradually start to wobble and slip off the camera. Assuming you ever use it.

As for "attempting to derive increased value from the brand", there's a fine line between getting a return on your investment and squeezing it until the pips show. Leica has past form with this kind of thing - badge engineering up in the wazoo, spurious special editions - but the company can fall back on cuteness, whereas Hasselblad is more brut than cute. Which doesn't translate well to compact cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 22:53 UTC as 190th comment

Looking through the blog my opinion is that the Sun-Times' images aren't awful, the problem is that they lack sparkle. They look like something from a small local newspaper that sources its images from some local chap. Too many of them are taken from the middle-distance with the sky blown out white, as if it was overcast all the time; the Tribune's images are generally in the thick of the action and are much more colourful.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2013 at 18:47 UTC as 6th comment
On Ireland: A Photographers' Guide article (43 comments in total)
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Raincheck: Wow, that "Cultivated Landscape Near Tallanstown" shot knocks me out. Completely out of the tourist domain, there lies some of the heart of Ireland. That wedge of field rows in the center with the dry grass before, and the vast hills beyond, rolling off into eternity, is pure art. I wonder how long Krieger had to wait for the clouds to part and light it up perfectly? Then the lighted wedge in the grass that underlines it tells me he has the LUCK of the Irish. I would rub his head to try and grab luck like that.

One of my favorite methods in Landscape and a major goal of my own is to show the grandeur yes, but leave the viewer standing knee deep in the terrain. In that shot I can even smell the dry grasses.

Where do I buy a print? I'd like it signed please.

You do have to wonder if he was being sarcastic.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 17:24 UTC
On Theme and Variations article (96 comments in total)

No. These are dull, uninteresting images. They're not even at the level of postcard shots and there's no progression from the first to the last. He would have spent his time more profitably if he'd invested in a telescope and shot the night sky instead. From the same vantage point.

Looking at his website I see a pervading blandness, and I can't shake the impression that after standing in the cold and wet for an hour the photographer was unwilling to admit to himself that the concept was flawed and the images worthless.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2013 at 18:28 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On Pentax Ricoh discontinues K-01 K-mount mirrorless camera news story (299 comments in total)

It looks like a design concept from the 1980s - I used to have a book called AppleDesign that was full of things like this. The only things missing are some upside-down triangles and the big pastel polygons that Patrick Nagel used to put in his pictures.

They should have handed Marc Newson an old Pentax Spotmatic and told him to make something like that, but smaller, and with a screen on the back. Keep the self-timer level on the front. It would have sold loads.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 17:21 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
On Ethics of prize-winning photo debated news story (151 comments in total)

As a veteran of numerous computer games, my first thought was - why is a former Marine corps sniper posing with a shotgun? The caption can be read to imply that this is the weapon he used when he was in the army (that's why it's described as "his weapon", and not "his gun").

Apart from that, I don't think it works even divorced from the controversy. Some of the other photos in the series are genuinely arresting - numbers 18, 16, 13 remind me of the work of Eugene Smith - but this one feels passive, uninteresting, even in the context of the surrounding images. I see a healthy-looking, presumably not dirt-poor ordinary person holding a shotgun in an awkward way, looking at something we can't see. Seems a bit chubby to be a former marine, but I dunno, he might have put the weight on after leaving the army.

Of course, the problem is that if we can't trust this caption, how can we trust the others?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 17:15 UTC as 60th comment
On Olympus denies reports that it is ceasing DSLR production news story (187 comments in total)
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Shashinkaman: Sorry to drop a bomb like this, being a newbie and all, but I can here by confirm (live in Japan, and am 'very well' connected to Olympus - but am not allowed to "talk to the press") that there won't be anything like the e-5 in the future ever again...
So Don't hold your breath, don't keep hoping and dreaming, it is time to move on or, better, do your Zuiko lenses proud and go out and shoot pictures with your current e-5 (which, after all, is still a very nice and capable little piece of equipement, if I may say so...)
The Olympus die has been cast, and e-7 wasn't in the stars I'm afraid...

Well, I once met a man who had been on holiday to Japan, and a few months ago I watched the Olympic Games on television. I think that makes my insights into the future of Olympus more valid than yours!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 19:12 UTC

The old Kodak DCS 400 cameras had a similar arrangement - they had digital sensors mounted in an extended back that fitted onto a modified Nikon F90. Perhaps this is something to do with Kodak's recent patent sale. Was Nikon part of the consortium that bid?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2012 at 17:55 UTC as 17th comment

Well, it's not the first news image of a person about to die, or dying, or freshly-dead. Off the top of my head I can think of the suicide woman who fell on the car; the other woman who died in the car crash, with vivid blonde hair; the Viet Cong; the electricity worker; the Republican volunteer etc.

They all had one thing in common, which is that they sold newspapers. Because people want to see the moment of death. It's dramatic and unusual, they want to see the exact moment that the bullet strikes. The terror in the faces of the dying. People love that kind of thing, it generates income, pageviews.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 20:51 UTC as 99th comment | 7 replies
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TruePoindexter: The price of the 35mm f/2 IS is likely due to the demand the lens will see for videography. The field of view will be appealing on both crop and full frame. We'll have to see if the market is willing to pay that price.

Oh and how nice Canon to finally have pinch caps.

It's just as likely that Canon doesn't envisage selling many of them - but unlike the original 35mm f/2, it's not going to be on sale for nigh-on twenty years, so they have to recoup their costs quickly by jacking up the price.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2012 at 12:12 UTC
On DSC00068 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Cor, she's nice.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 17:50 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (626 comments in total)

Coo, it's like my old Olympus XA, but larger and a little bit faster. Okay, it's more flexible, but still. Didn't see this coming.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 19:05 UTC as 170th comment | 2 replies
On Sigma UK landscape competition: win a DP1 Merrill news story (7 comments in total)

The lucky winner will also be handed a waterproof macintosh, some wellies, and a stack of books to read. Whilst he sits inside, safe from the pouring rain, making awkward conversation with landscape photographer Lea Tippett.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 21:09 UTC as 1st comment
On Fujifilm X-E1 Preview preview (410 comments in total)
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chekist: As a X-Pro1 owner I am a bit disappointed that only few month after release of X-Pro1 Fuji releases a camera $700 less, smaller, with built-in flash, external mic jack. And the only sacrifice as far as I can tell is the exchange of OVF to EVF. I know for some users it is life and death, for me OVF is nice to have at most. With MF lenses you need to use EVF anyway, and that has been improved. This is like me buying D800 for $3000 and 5 month later Nikon releasing D800E for $1700.

There's a long tradition of tech firms relying on suckers - "early adopters" is the formal term - to subsidise their new products. It's because some people have poor impulse control, but lots of money.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 17:34 UTC
On Exhibition Review: 8x10 By Impossible article (85 comments in total)
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Scott Eaton: I hate to buzz-kill, but what exactly is so amazing about these images other than being insipid and dull? Instagram effects are frequently regarded with a lot of disdain, but if the same effect is produced with 8x10 Polaroid (or similiar) process the thought-police declare it 'high fine art'. Puhleeeeeze.....

Large format film is a unique medium, and LF contact printing is a stunningly beautiful medium that we need to see more of. However, this is stuff is just more of the same old NY based counter-culture art critics declaring that 'worse is better'. No one was really interested in it 20years ago when film was at it's peak, and there's a reason.

You've certainly calmed down, anyway; the sneer is still there. Not doing too well, are you?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2012 at 12:11 UTC

Thing is, I can see it appealing to mountaineers, for example - but only if it was cheaper. Or if they kept the price and added some weather seals, toughed up the body. Presto, you've got a compact rough-weather camera that doesn't weigh much and can spit out wall-filling 150dpi prints like nobody's business. As it stands... it's a kind of portable point-and-shoot that produces huge files in good light. For the money one of those 40mp Nokia phones would make more sense in that role.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2012 at 17:59 UTC as 31st comment

Far cry from the days when they used to have huge stands at the Olympics. To be honest I can't feel sorry for them; they spent the last ten years trying to make up for plunging sales by suing as many companies as possible, and it's not as if their current troubles appeared overnight. E.g. this news story from twelve years ago:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2000/09/26/kodakshares

"Shares of Eastman Kodak Co. (NYSE:EK - news) slid 25 percent Tuesday to their lowest level in more than six years after the world's largest photography company warned it will fall short of third-quarter earnings projections due to an unexpected falloff in demand for photography products."

Back then Kodak was being hammered by Fuji's film range; on the surface they seemed to be doing okay in the digital market at the time. The old news stories are fascinating to read with hindsight, seemingly endless tales of decline.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2012 at 16:18 UTC as 28th comment

"Yesterday the Hipstamatic team was reduced from a team of 11 to a mere six employees"

I like to imagine that the CEO got the employees together, threw a broken snooker cue on the floor, and gave them six minutes to halve their numbers - or he was gonna kill them *all*.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2012 at 14:24 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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makeitworst: Is Dpreview now Backyard Astronomy Review??

Yeah, it sickens me that they're posting a heads-up on the Perseid meteor shower. I mean, where's the photography angle? HOW DARE THEY? </sarcasm>

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2012 at 19:25 UTC
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