Bruce Clarke

Bruce Clarke

Lives in United Kingdom Oxford, United Kingdom
Works as a Graphic designer and photographer
Joined on Mar 8, 2004
About me:

I've been a graphic design manager for years. Now starting to take on freelance photography and graphic design work while looking for full-time roles, but if the freelance work grows, who knows...

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On BETASAMPLE_ISO100_SAM_0672 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

I doubt any camera would produce a decent JPG of this scene. The edited Raw version works well, and demonstrates the power of Raw shooting well.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 12:46 UTC as 3rd comment
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Bruce Clarke: It's hard work finding out about these in the UK. Kenro, the UK distributor is useless, with poor website info, and hardly anyone stocks them. After much Googling to check photos and specs, I bought a Cool Walker CW200 Backpack from Amazon.

The bag shell is fantastic, looks tough and very well finished. Clever design too, it looks sleek unlike most of the Manfrotto equivalents, which are horribly boxy and look cheaply made. The only weak point is the rather inflexible set of interior pads. There are not enough, and they force a chunk of the space to be only accessible via the Flipside-style rear flap. I wanted most of it accessible from the side flap, so ended up using the set from my old Slingshot 200AW instead. Continued...

...continued.
The rear flap holds my 10.5 inch Samsung tablet nicely, at the same time providing ergonomic back padding. The harness is excellent, constructed like a proper rucksack, including elastic chest strap. It works fine as a sling too, just take off the right strap and swing it round. It's obviously not quite as secure as a diagonal sling strap in this position, but I'm happy with it. The neoprene side pockets will hold a water bottle or a tripod with the top strap. My 190CXPRO3 feels secure in it, even though quite long (but light).

Well worth a look, they deserve better coverage in the UK.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 17:58 UTC

It's hard work finding out about these in the UK. Kenro, the UK distributor is useless, with poor website info, and hardly anyone stocks them. After much Googling to check photos and specs, I bought a Cool Walker CW200 Backpack from Amazon.

The bag shell is fantastic, looks tough and very well finished. Clever design too, it looks sleek unlike most of the Manfrotto equivalents, which are horribly boxy and look cheaply made. The only weak point is the rather inflexible set of interior pads. There are not enough, and they force a chunk of the space to be only accessible via the Flipside-style rear flap. I wanted most of it accessible from the side flap, so ended up using the set from my old Slingshot 200AW instead. Continued...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 17:57 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
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Bruce Clarke: Stream hopeless here near Oxford from the DPR site. Switched to CreativeLive site, and fine for a few minutes. Now that has packed up. Will wait for the repeats!

I watched most of it on the replay, which was fine here in the UK later in the evening.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 13:54 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
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Bruce Clarke: Stream hopeless here near Oxford from the DPR site. Switched to CreativeLive site, and fine for a few minutes. Now that has packed up. Will wait for the repeats!

@Corkcampbell I suspect Korea's web infrastructure is a lot better than BT's here in the UK! Also football on ITV may be clobbering it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 19:25 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

Stream hopeless here near Oxford from the DPR site. Switched to CreativeLive site, and fine for a few minutes. Now that has packed up. Will wait for the repeats!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 18:42 UTC as 31st comment | 11 replies

More features for iThings, and still nothing for Android. It's been a very long wait.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 13:20 UTC as 19th comment | 8 replies
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phazelag: The more I think about these executive interviews, the more I realize how obvious these company cultures are. This Canon Exec seems smug. I guess you can be smug while your king, but things are changing and that won't last. They also partnered with microsoft who has struggled with innovating and staying relevant. I think the partnership choice is ironic and telling.

Yes, never mind what he said, that photo just oozes a smug complacency and arrogance. Nothing lasts forever...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 19:48 UTC
On ISO160_DSC_3069 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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ChrisLappas: Was this guy trying to top land? Because if he was just trying to take off with so much brake...

My thoughts too. I guess he was flapping the brakes to get down in a stiff breeze.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 10:43 UTC
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xmeda: Add WIN XP support!

No chance, XP is dead from next April when Microsoft withdraw support for it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 19:32 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
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lolopasstrail: Congrats to Olympus. I have an EM-5, but passed on this new Olympus EM1. I find it too big and bulky for the format.

It's the same size as the Sony A7, but with a much smaller sensor. This gets away from the entire raison d'etre of micro 4/3, and it's a trend that makes me uneasy.

No doubt it's great for the 100 people in the world that have the old full 4/3 lenses, but it's way too full figured for me. I'm holding out for the EM-6.

It's only very slightly larger than the E-M5 with the landscape grip attached, which is how most people use the E-M5. Recognising that, Oly used the real estate for a much more ergonomic set of buttons. I hope the E-M6 suits you better.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 18:53 UTC

Just look at the website, all fairly obvious:
http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/cameras_support/help/firmware_updates/index.html

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 18:04 UTC as 14th comment

Thanks for the laugh. Wonderful bit of marketing BS.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 13:23 UTC as 60th comment
On Forum updates article (68 comments in total)

Nice update. Much cleaner and more compact vertically. The tabs are a nice extra.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 01:09 UTC as 18th comment
On iFixit tears into the Samsung Galaxy S4 post (55 comments in total)
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King Penguin: What is this talk of built in batteries are better than ones you can replace.......I bet the people in favour would say different if for instance the Nikon D600 had a built in battery.

I'm an iPhone user and it would be great of I could put another battery in the phone when needed.

Remember the Nokia 6310? Why can't we have smart phones with batteries like that...........

Still got my 6310i, and the battery still holds charge. However, the screen resolution was 1.5" 96x65 mono. The S4 5" 1920x1080 colour screen and maybe a thousand times the processing power uses vastly more power!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2013 at 13:15 UTC
On Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 post (135 comments in total)
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Bruce Clarke: Yawn. Why can't Samsung bring a bit of class to design? Same old plastic shiny as the S3. Marketing spend is all. Shame HTC can't match it or they might sell more.

@ Arn Nothing wrong with plastic, but it's use does not preclude good hardware design, which Samsung don't seem to be interested in.

Reading the Gizmodo review, it seems to be stuffed with flaky new software gimmicks that will sell it to the gullible, but will go largely unused after five minutes playing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2013 at 12:22 UTC
On Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 post (135 comments in total)

Yawn. Why can't Samsung bring a bit of class to design? Same old plastic shiny as the S3. Marketing spend is all. Shame HTC can't match it or they might sell more.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 18:43 UTC as 52nd comment | 8 replies
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Peter K Burian: Doesn't anyone use Photoshop (Adobe Camera Raw) anymore? I do, when I need to process hundreds of RAW photos.

I guess Lightroom is the popular choice now, but I tried it and found it too difficult to make the transition after years of working with Photoshop (now CS6).

I used to use ACR in CS3, but found it easy to adapt to editing in LR, as they are essentially the same. The database side of LR took more learning, but it pays, as it's just a much more efficient and powerful workflow. The local edit control in LR4 is very powerful now, making my need to go out to Photoshop very rare now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2013 at 19:44 UTC

Thanks, very well written, detailed article. No simplistic scoring, so you have to read it properly to decide what matters most for you. It would have been worth emphasizing that your choice of software is likely to be for the long-term, if you want to retain backward compatibility with edits, searches, keywording etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2013 at 19:38 UTC as 63rd comment
On HTC One X Review post (76 comments in total)
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itsastickup: I wouldn't want to go near this unless I knew that HTC had mended its poor battery life ways. My brother deeply regretted getting the HTC Desire for this reason.

Yes, mine easily does a whole day, and with light use, usually lasts for 2 days. It's also been improved by the recent update.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 18:11 UTC
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