Ashley Pomeroy

Ashley Pomeroy

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What are the chances that a man called Rob Spray would grow up to be a scuba diver?

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Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2011 at 20:29 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On Preview:sonyslta77 (343 comments in total)
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marike6: The samples show it's noisy at ISO 200. Look at the first image of Space Needle. Ouch. My D7000 is safe, not that I'd ever consider dropping my Nikon glass for Sony's lenses.

Ouch indeed, and at f/8 I'd expect better corner quality. The ISO 800 shot of the sun setting has a tonne of noise reduction that casts my mind back to the Kodak 14N. On the other hand the scenery's a lot nicer than the bloody south bank of the Thames!

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 18:19 UTC
On Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look article (355 comments in total)

Now this is impressive. Would have been lovely with a full-frame sensor, perhaps using a Nikon-esque APS-C crop mode for the existing NEX lenses (with 24mp of real estate to spare it would have more than enough resolution). The sight of a Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 on the front of an NEX-7 would be absurd, but imagine a fast wide Leica lens on a full-frame, 24mp NEX-7. That would be something.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 18:08 UTC as 78th comment
On Just posted: Our in-depth review of the Olympus E-P3 article (81 comments in total)

I think it's time for a new sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2011 at 19:27 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Ricoh GXR Mount A12 preview (68 comments in total)

I can't see it mentioned in the specs, but given the electronic shutter, will this have an incredibly high flash sync speed? Like the old Nikon D1 / D40 etc?

The lack of an antialising filter sounds interesting, reminiscent of the old Kodaks. I used to have a DCS 560, which had a six megapixel APS-H sensor without an anti-aliasing filter (and a very, very thin infrared filter) and the results were very detailed. Not earthquake-making, but good for something from the last century.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2011 at 17:19 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On Leica releases firmware update for S2 and S2-P article (6 comments in total)
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Cy Cheze: Hard to find a straightforward and complete spec sheet. As for price, perhaps it is in the realm of what JP Morgan said about yachts. But might the S2 price be more or less in league with other medium format models? This is not the sort of hardware one could upgrade every other year, but the S2 appeared in 2008, and might an S3 be around the corner? Is this like the vintage wine that a connoisseur will snif, savor, and praise, but that based on samples alone, delivers about the same "buzz" as jug Gallo?

But it sure would be interesting to see an occasional review of medium format models. Wouldn't a reviewer enjoy an occasional "hands-on" with something like an S2?

The weird thing is that The Register - a British-based IT/tech news site of generally modest means - *has* reviewed some of the current medium format models, including the Pentax 645D and the Hasselblad H4D-40, e.g:
http://www.reghardware.com/2011/04/08/review_camera_hasselblad_h4d_40_stainless_steel/

And indeed the S2:
http://www.reghardware.com/2011/01/21/review_camera_leica_s2_apo_macro_summarit_s_120mm/

They're nowhere near as thorough as DPReview, and it's a bizarre sidestep for a site that spends most of its time analysing the tablet market. I surmise that the kind of people who are in the market for a medium format digital camera are more likely to personally evaluate the different models than trust a review.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2011 at 18:09 UTC
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JMichaelsPhoto: Since when are elements within a photograph are protectible? By that logic, anyone photographing in Yellowstone National park probably owes Ansel Adams for infringement.

Ansel Adams didn't build Yellowstone National Park; his estate has no claim to the park's design. In contrast, David LaChapelle's photos weren't there before he came up with them.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2011 at 16:05 UTC

Now if only they would bring back the eye-controlled focus system they used to use on their later film SLRs - with the shutter activated by a blink. It would be tricky to implement with a compact camera, but probably not impossible (it would need to monitor your face... perhaps it could fire when it senses you smiling!).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2011 at 16:43 UTC as 19th comment
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inevitable crafts studio: i would like a cambody that shifts the lensmount for autofocus. that could perfectly work with m-lenses, but i guess even the smallest lens is to heavy for that ..

It would be a bit reminiscent of the Contax AX, a 35mm SLR from the mid-1990s that moved the film plane back and forth in order to autofocus the (generally superb) Contax / Zeiss manual focus range. That would be clever, especially if it could be combined with the sensor cleaning mechanism.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2011 at 16:38 UTC
On Kenko-Tokina buys filter maker Cokin article (11 comments in total)

Yay! I have a bunch of these filters - the ND grads are dead handy for shooting video. For stills the silly disco effects and so forth are redundant, but ND grads are indispensable for making the sky look like sky instead of a blown-out white zone of nothing. Mind you, there are loads of cheap ones on eBay. And there are other good-quality choices. But!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2011 at 17:34 UTC as 24th comment

I have to say the samples look wonderful - although it seems to be a bit of a one-trick pony, with a small subject close-up in the middle. Does that say $79? Looks like a steal.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2011 at 20:23 UTC as 29th comment
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allenrob108: Ho hum. So? It's still images on a computer screen. The ONLY way to determine the quality of a cameras' imaging ability is to print them with settings that the photography finds appropriate for his or her usage. You really can't tell much of anything about a cameras' imaging ability by looking at jpegs on a computer. As much dpreview wants to show something with these changes it really doesn't mean anything. I'm sure this camera, based on Oly's history, can make images that will suit almost everyone at print sizes large enough to please 99% of the people. I'm sure you'd be able to print images from this camera that you could display in a gallery and no one would know if they came from a 20k medium format or this camera. Maybe up close, at prints larger than the vast majority of people would ever print, you could tell a difference. But for $800 you can make images that would please almost everyone. No need to spend more unless you are a pro and print very large. Are you a pro? Right!

Is this emphasis on printing everything an American thing? Imaging Resource go on about it as well; it's a kind of minority interest that seems to grip certain photographers. I surmise that the vast majority of pictures taken today either (a) aren't viewed at all, ever or (b) go up on Facebook or (c) viewed on a mobile phone screen. It seems a complete waste of money to print things out. You're going to throw them away sooner or later.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2011 at 08:25 UTC

It'll be interesting to see what sensor they plan to build it around. I recently bought a second-hand Fuji S3 - I assume they don't plan to restart the SLR range - and although it's slow and clunky the SuperCCD sensor is awesome and has gobs of dynamic range. But they seem to be moving towards the standard Sony-provided sensors, presumably because they're cheaper; a mirrorless compact with a Sony sensor and a set of proprietary lenses would probably just get lost amongst a rash of similar cameras. A stylish X100-a-like with a range of lenses might take off, as a kind of poor man's Leica, but then again like all these mirrorless compacts I suspect that 95% of buyers only use one lens, so the mount is just an added expense.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2011 at 22:43 UTC as 23rd comment
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Xon_Fedaa: It is what it is, and we shall see if it succeeds.

Still, I cannot recall much banter on Pentax forums requesting such a camera. I can, however, recall many, many folk yearning for a Pentax full-frame camera. Imagine if all of the research and development for this camera and its lenses had instead been used to develop a Pentax full-frame camera.

Now THAT would have created a positive stir!!

There *was* the MZ-D, from yonks ago - I think it reached a functional level, but the company abandoned it because the sensor was too expensive. Which is a shame, because it was good-looking.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2011 at 23:28 UTC
On Preview:olympusep3 (155 comments in total)
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fastprime: Best thing about this set of new products is the 12mm f2.0 lens. Finally, a fast WA prime! And it is beautiful in silver to boot....

It's a good idea, but £700! 12mm f/1.4 for £700, yes.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 22:55 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X100 firmware to v1.10 article (108 comments in total)

Ah, Fuji. I always remember - because I wrote it down - that in order to turn on RAW mode on my old E900 I had to press MENU DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN SET DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN RIGHT UP SET. And that was 2008!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2011 at 17:37 UTC as 29th comment
On Pentax Q preview (279 comments in total)

Now, a set consisting of a 5mm f/1.0, a 10mm f/1.0 and a 20mm f/1.0 would be something - make it so, Pentax!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2011 at 16:56 UTC as 122nd comment | 2 replies
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