Ashley Pomeroy

Ashley Pomeroy

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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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onlooker: So what happened in 2000 after Coolpix 990 was released? Someone at Nikon said, "Nah, this is way too cool"? Nikon apparently agreed, since 990 was the last Nikon compact that justified its "Coolpix" name.

For the benefit of those who do not remember the 990:

There was the 4500 - which seems to have been the point where Nikon threw in the towel:

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 16:19 UTC

I have the 14mm - as a cinema lens the biggest problem is the odd and very noticeable distortion, which is barrel-y in the middle and pincushion-y around the edges. Makes it odd for filming unless you don't mind the quasi-fisheye effect. I wonder if they fixed that?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 16:18 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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jsis: They should have mounted a Nikon D-whatever or a Canon 1ds mark whatever with $10000 leica lenses and call it a day, takes far better pictures and video than this crappy camera. NASA does not know anything about photography.


Yeah, it's hardly as if NASA has any experience with digital imaging. And I have absolute confidence that Canon's latest 1Ds is not only waterproof, but radiation-proof as well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 19:44 UTC

I'm actually amazed he wasn't shot dead by the police the moment he walked out of the building - that thing looks like an anti-tank weapon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2012 at 13:42 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies

This might explain why I can't find any Nikon 1s in the local shops. And why I rarely see them in people's hands. They're camouflaged!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2012 at 21:17 UTC as 36th comment
On Sigma UK launches Olympics-themed photo competition article (36 comments in total)

I'm going to submit a photograph of a McDonalds with a policeman standing outside it, arresting me. Instant winner.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2012 at 17:05 UTC as 6th comment
On Reuters to use robotic DSLRs for Olympics coverage article (105 comments in total)

I can't wait for them to attach cameras to the athletes - it might slow 'em down a bit, but think about the possibilities. e.g. beach volleyball. What happens if two rival news agencies put robot cameras next to each other? Will they fight?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2012 at 17:52 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On Olympus 24mm f/2: Sony NEX article (4 comments in total)
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Canaannh: Why is The Sony NEX Series Cameras " Rotten " in Your Judgement ??? R E Keay

You know, after four weeks it's a bit depressing that this is the only comment. The other user-written articles are - let's be honest here - mostly demented rubbish. In contrast mine is really well-written, it has nice-looking samples, a bunch of genuinely useful information and some objective test results, a little quote from H G Wells there at the end, and the only response is from someone who hasn't bothered to read beyond the first line. And even then *he read it wrong.* System, that's the key word. System. The NEX *system*. The bodies are nice. The system is paltry.

I mean, how many other articles on this site - including the ones written by the staff - have literary references, wordplay, personality? Any indication that the writer has a creative mind, and that he actually reads books, is interested in interesting things? Not many.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 17:31 UTC
On Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2 article (296 comments in total)

Wonder if they were jolted by those Magic Lantern chaps. Wouldn't it be great if they opened up the firmware, or at least gave developers a custom space to write in-camera applications (the raw processing one is a classic example)? And it's a shame they didn't develop the 5D MkII for an extra year; I surmise that there won't be a similar update for the 5D MkII 'cause it has less processing power. Makes it seem like a bit of a dead end in retrospect.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 16:12 UTC as 59th comment
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motobloat: Nice to see that *someone* is actually still writing reviews.

et tu, DPreview? Where are your reviews?

I suppose you're between a rock and a hard place. You can't easily outsource the technical side of the reviews, because what if a freelancer has a bad day and sends in mislabelled sample images? You'd look like fools and the camera manufacturers would be seriously unimpressed. Never mind the people on the forum, you'd have Nikon speaking to Amazon = interviews without coffee all round.

But conversely the technical stuff is time-consuming and difficult and requires specialist equipment. But on the other hand the chap at The-Digital-Picture appears to be one man, and he's evaluated all of Canon's lens product line by himself (plus swathes of the lesser manufacturers - Sigma, Tamron, Nikon, etc) to a high albeit waffly, slightly salesman-y standard.

The thing that worries me is that, historically, in the competition between craftsmanship and labour craftsmanship ends up as a teeny-tiny speck.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 21:09 UTC

Now these guys are good - I remember the stack'o'filters. More of Lensrentals, fewer ebooks about the sliders in Lightroom, that's what I say. Now if only Canon could repeat the magic with an APS-C only 20mm f/2.8 (for example).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 20:54 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies

One day a major photojournalism prize is going to be won by a chap who held his iPhone over his head and clicked the shutter two dozen times, without knowing what he was shooting; the images were selected by the phone's app and transmitted directly to the picture desk. It'll raise all kinds of issues.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 20:50 UTC as 27th comment | 14 replies

I don't want to sound catty, but Vince, lay off the pies. Eat them only on alternating days at first, then weekends.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 20:44 UTC as 16th comment
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Kwik-E-Mart: Well, I'll chime in in favor of..

No. Sorry... Tried, but this is not cool.

DPReview: Why you post crap ads as if they are news? Did anyone on your staff actually purchase and check this out? Anyone?

Check out the story about the lightweight bag, you'll love that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 17:16 UTC
On Quick Guide to Video Lighting article (33 comments in total)

Cor, I remember Photoshop's lens flare effect. Nice to see it back, and so subtly as well ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2012 at 22:17 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Quick Guide to Video Lighting article (33 comments in total)
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peevee1: "Let’s not forget that lighting, along with sound, is the most important aspect of filmmaking."

Sorry, but for most people you are totally wrong here. The most important is the plot, the rest is the cherry on a cake.

A film with no lighting and lots of plot isn't a film, it's a radio play!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2012 at 22:16 UTC
On DSC01011 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

I always wondered what happened to Jonny Lee Miller. Went from almost-but-not-quite breakout star of Trainspotting to nothing in no time *but* he did get to pork Angelina Jolie, so it's not a bad life, I suppose.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 19:21 UTC as 1st comment
On DSC00146 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice range of tones there - and it doesn't seem to be purple fringing on the metal highlights.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 19:20 UTC as 1st comment
On DSC00009 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

I don't often peer intently at a giant man's head but today I made an exception. It actually looks a bit soft - the image quality, not the man's head - but in a kind of unprocessed digital SLR way. It doesn't have the awful smeary noise reduction in the SX260 shots (for example) from a couple of days ago.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 19:18 UTC as 3rd comment
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