Ashley Pomeroy

Ashley Pomeroy

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Joined on Aug 12, 2008

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Jeff Morris: H Alan,

I sold my D700 last month because I was sure the D700/800/700S etc. was coming out soon.

Duhhhhhhhhhhh, the price of new and used D700's went through the roof and no replacement in sight. So, I am sitting on the cash and waiting. i did not shoot often with the D700 (My favorite photo tool ever!) But I miss it non the less. I hope the replacement comes out soon.

Regards,

Why didn't you just keep the D700, and continuing photographing things with it? You liked it, you miss it. Now you've got no camera and some money that is decreasing in value.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2011 at 12:04 UTC
On Book Review: Saul Leiter: Early Color article (24 comments in total)

On a tangent, the ever-thinking Shorpy has a fairly extensive gallery of WWII-era colour 4x5 Kodachromes, which are almost universally stunning (albeit very different to Leiter's work, a lot more "epic"):
http://www.shorpy.com/image/tid/179

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 21:52 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Book Review: Saul Leiter: Early Color article (24 comments in total)
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Diopter: it is a wonderful idea: reviewing the books important to the critic - not "new" to the printshop.

I agree. DPReview seems to be the only major photography equipment review site run by people who are actually interested in photography, as well as petty technical details.

There's Photo.net. but that swings too far the other way (an equivalent thread on Soul Leiter over there would be filled with "he was a mindless hack" or "colour photographs are a pathetic imitation of reality and are fit only for tourists" etc).

Go on, do Bob Carlos Clarke next. I remember reading - looking at - The Dark Summer at an impressionable age and kicking myself that I didn't buy a copy when it was still on sale.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 21:49 UTC
On DSC_0027 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

It's amusing to read people praising the "low noise" in a shot of a smooth featureless out of focus plastic bottle sitting on a featureless marble tabletop in front of a featureless expanse of painted wall. Like that's going to challenge a camera's noise reduction algorithms. Also, you can click on the image to enlarge it!

More to the point, what the hell happened to the colours? The lighting probably wasn't too good, but the overall result looks sick, like a frame from the first Terminator film. Or one of the early Nikon D1 shots. Was this camera calibrated with NTSC monitors?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 17:56 UTC as 1st comment
On photo in sample gallery (6 comments in total)

It's amusing to read people praising the "low noise" in a shot of a smooth featureless out of focus plastic bottle sitting on a featureless marble tabletop in front of a featureless expanse of painted wall. Like that's going to challenge a camera's noise reduction algorithms. Also, you can click on the image to enlarge it!

More to the point, what the hell happened to the colours? The lighting probably wasn't too good, but the overall result looks sick, like a frame from the first Terminator film. Or one of the early Nikon D1 shots. Was this camera calibrated with NTSC monitors?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 17:56 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)
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hikenhi: Ok, & the Verdict is in--It sucks. I'm not sure why these camera manufactures are making these compact interchangable lens cameras? Is it because they need a new market to fix their P&S which are becoming extinct because of Smart Phones that can take near as good of pictures as them? Or is it a genius idea that they hope that thos people will fall in love with and better P&S camera and like the advantages of interchangible lens cameras and be more likely to buy a real DSLR some day?

More to the point, do camera manufacturers really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

Seriously though, camera manufacturers make interchangeable lens compacts because it lets them sell a product at a higher price point than a conventional compact; camera buyers pay that premium because they like the idea of swapping lenses, although in practice they never buy a second lens. That's why these new cameras exist. There's a lot of guff about image quality and depth of field and so forth, but in the real world people buy on looks and price.

You might have the illusion from reading comments threads like this that the majority of camera buyers care about shadow noise, CA and so forth; but we are a tiny, tiny minority, a thing scattering clustered from all over the world.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 17:47 UTC
On DSC_0136 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (10 comments in total)

It reminds me of the old Fuji F30 - very noisy, but very good noise reduction, so it sort of balances out. The result would look pretty good as a print (with corrected white balance). I surmise in real life you could get away with 1/30 at ISO 3200, which would look better.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 16:54 UTC as 4th comment
On photo in sample gallery (10 comments in total)

It reminds me of the old Fuji F30 - very noisy, but very good noise reduction, so it sort of balances out. The result would look pretty good as a print (with corrected white balance). I surmise in real life you could get away with 1/30 at ISO 3200, which would look better.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 16:54 UTC as 4th comment
On photo in sample gallery (16 comments in total)

Ignoring the picture quality, that's a pretty shoddy Elmo suit. I wouldn't be tempted to tickle him.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 16:49 UTC as 8th comment
On DSC_0006 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (16 comments in total)

Ignoring the picture quality, that's a pretty shoddy Elmo suit. I wouldn't be tempted to tickle him.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 16:49 UTC as 8th comment
On Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery article (336 comments in total)
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Light Adrenaline: The images aren't awful and the noise and the noise handling (for limited test images of course) isn't bad. I'm pulling from memory, but my E-PL2 wasn't any stronger even at 800 and didn't look as clean at 3200. Of course a blue color cast on a breakfast plate is not exactly an industry standard for such illustrations, but it's at least admirable. Now, is it admirable for $650-900? That's another story. If you're coming from the DSLR market, we'll likely be hoping for more. Of course if the tech is great here, the new flock of DSLRs - whenever they may arrive - might be significantly better. If you're a point-and-shooter, this will almost certainly be a major improvement unless you're using the very best high ends like a G12 at which point you'd be gaining the lens flexibility and shooting speeds. I'll admit, I don't hate these images. Though I'm not sure someone forking upwards of a grand is going to take a lot of pics of eggs and peoples ankles from behind. Ha!

You know, lengthy well-written posts like this are basically wasted effort. Your points are sensible and you make them well, but the post as a whole is just going to get buried under a mountain of tosh. Over time you're not going to build a reputation as an expert prognosticator, you're just going to be ignored. You need short, punchy posts, with "blows X out of the water" and "sux toy lol" etc.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 16:46 UTC
On Nikon V1 and J1 - hands-on first impressions article (245 comments in total)
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Doug Frost: "For now, the company will focus on compact camera users as the target for its mirrorless cameras. Luxury ILCs (such as Sony's NEX-7) represent a very small niche. Nikon, he says sees 'much greater potential' at the lower end of the market."

Well, there we have it from the horse's mouth. The Nikon 1 is a low end system. Case closed.

Bit expensive for a low-end system, though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 22:11 UTC
On Mountain bike photography technique article (41 comments in total)

It'd be interesting to have some tips on pre-focusing; with the riders being in roughly the same plane of focus, I surmise that unless your camera has pretty good AF tracking it would be a better idea to use manual focus to pick a zone, and wait until the rider is roughly in that zone. Especially in the case of the headline image, which has the rider's head outside the focus point area of most SLRs.

With the background blurred out by panning you could probably afford to stop down a bit, and still achieve separation between the subject and the scenery. Or alternatively you could fake it, by mounting the stationary bike on a perspex pole, and have the rider pull a face whilst you photograph him (and just add the background whizz in Photoshop). Or suspend them with wires. The possibilities are literally finite.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2011 at 18:44 UTC as 25th comment
On DSC00820 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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Ashley Pomeroy: Well, the bokeh's a bit "meh", but it's nice and sharp in the middle at f/1.8. Bit of a contrast boost would help it immensely. Would be interesting to know if the camera's correcting any vignetting (they do appear a bit mushy, as if lots of noise reduction is going on). Oddly, seems to be about a stop underexposed, I surmise because of the predominantly white background.

By "they" I mean "the corners". Size it down to 3000x2000 and Mr Lizard is eye-laceratingly sharp, akin to the old Contax-Yashica Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 I used to have on my 5D. Now those plucky Sony people have something akin to a classic 35mm f/2; would be interesting if they could squeeze a full-frame sensor into the next NEX and put out a bona fide 35mm f/1.4. It would be Zeiss finally getting revenge on Leica for the whole Contax / Leica brouhaha.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 22:25 UTC
On photo in sample gallery (2 comments in total)
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Ashley Pomeroy: Well, the bokeh's a bit "meh", but it's nice and sharp in the middle at f/1.8. Bit of a contrast boost would help it immensely. Would be interesting to know if the camera's correcting any vignetting (they do appear a bit mushy, as if lots of noise reduction is going on). Oddly, seems to be about a stop underexposed, I surmise because of the predominantly white background.

By "they" I mean "the corners". Size it down to 3000x2000 and Mr Lizard is eye-laceratingly sharp, akin to the old Contax-Yashica Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 I used to have on my 5D. Now those plucky Sony people have something akin to a classic 35mm f/2; would be interesting if they could squeeze a full-frame sensor into the next NEX and put out a bona fide 35mm f/1.4. It would be Zeiss finally getting revenge on Leica for the whole Contax / Leica brouhaha.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 22:25 UTC
On photo in sample gallery (2 comments in total)

Well, the bokeh's a bit "meh", but it's nice and sharp in the middle at f/1.8. Bit of a contrast boost would help it immensely. Would be interesting to know if the camera's correcting any vignetting (they do appear a bit mushy, as if lots of noise reduction is going on). Oddly, seems to be about a stop underexposed, I surmise because of the predominantly white background.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 22:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On DSC00820 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Well, the bokeh's a bit "meh", but it's nice and sharp in the middle at f/1.8. Bit of a contrast boost would help it immensely. Would be interesting to know if the camera's correcting any vignetting (they do appear a bit mushy, as if lots of noise reduction is going on). Oddly, seems to be about a stop underexposed, I surmise because of the predominantly white background.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 22:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Photographer profiles - Jody Kingzett article (20 comments in total)

Perhaps for the next feature you could get Jody Kingzett to interview Jo Plumridge. That would be awesome. For part three, both of them could interview a third photographer. A famous one. John Swannell, for example. Someone that other people have heard of, and are curious about.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 23:47 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 hands-on preview article (165 comments in total)
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Photato: What a disaster is Canon's Model names.
They really need to change the way the name cameras.
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Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 17:30 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony NEX-7 pre-production samples gallery article (105 comments in total)

What with the free balloon trips, the seaside excursions, free lunches etc, and all the other stuff we don't see in front of the camera, I commend DPReview for remaining neutral. It would be so easy to tilt the reviews in a favourable direction; it's a natural human instinct to not want to appear ungrateful, and of course the flow of free balloon trips etc can always be turned off. And there are other sites who will be more than willing to bend the truth in exchange for free lunches etc, who will thrive if they do so. Yet DPReview keeps an objective tone, so well done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:25 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
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