Ian Leach

Ian Leach

Lives in United Kingdom East Sussex, United Kingdom
Works as a Teacher
Joined on Nov 9, 2007

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On Quick Review: That Steady Thing article (67 comments in total)

My dad made me one I designed a few years back, I've posted a picture in the open forum.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 13:23 UTC as 10th comment
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (272 comments in total)

Although this focal length is going to be used more for objects than scenes, it would be nice to see how it performs right into the corners. Sky, sea, tarmac and dirt don’t tell you very much. Please always have one f8 photo looking across a town with buildings receding into the distance.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 15:46 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On Samsung NX30 real-world samples gallery article (62 comments in total)

To DPR team. This lens has a problem down the left hand side. If you look at the scenic shots (grass) it is clear there is a band of softness on the left but the right is fine. When it comes to edge sharpness the newer NX lenses are very good normally, much better than my Tamron 17-50mm for example. I would ask for another copy for testing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:49 UTC as 12th comment
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (195 comments in total)
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justmeMN: No, Kodak isn't reborn. Now, it's just a hollow brand name, owned by an obscure company.

They are all hollow brand names. Any company that lives long enough ends up with completely new staff and product range. Whether this happens via new owners or not is irrelevant. People’s ideas of history and reverence are mostly romantic notions. These cameras will be good or not regardless of what went before.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 19:35 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1607 comments in total)

The 28-70mm lens looks rather poor for landscape shots. The cityscape photo DSC00583 at f9 is terribly soft well in from the edges.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 12:39 UTC as 254th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)

To me the DF looks like Frankenstein’s Monster and this X camera looks like Dracula (or maybe Vampirella), just an opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 17:19 UTC as 21st comment
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Ian Leach: I realise this lens is not exactly aimed at landscape photographers but it wouldn’t hurt putting in one f8 shot with far and distant content. It is nice to see if a lens can achieve sharpness at the edges with reasonable depth of field if called upon to do so.

I didn't say peak sharpness, I said sharpness at edge with reasonable depth of field.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 10:50 UTC

I realise this lens is not exactly aimed at landscape photographers but it wouldn’t hurt putting in one f8 shot with far and distant content. It is nice to see if a lens can achieve sharpness at the edges with reasonable depth of field if called upon to do so.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 09:06 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies

Beautifully done

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 21:57 UTC as 34th comment
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Ian Leach: Once again I seem to have different eyes to others here. Everyone is going on about how sharp this lens is but it doesn’t look particularly special to me. These pictures aren’t great for judging edge sharpness but take a look at the last image of the building taken at f6.3. At that distance and f-number everything should be in focus but the edges are nothing to shout about. The word Georgetown is at the same distance as the wall to its right but that area quickly becomes blurry. Don’t get me wrong if you want fast glass which is OK in the centre, then fine, but people seem to be in love with this lens to the point of not being critical.

Monitors, jpeg algorithms and my eye do not selectively blur the edge of photographs, lenses do that.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2013 at 15:01 UTC

Once again I seem to have different eyes to others here. Everyone is going on about how sharp this lens is but it doesn’t look particularly special to me. These pictures aren’t great for judging edge sharpness but take a look at the last image of the building taken at f6.3. At that distance and f-number everything should be in focus but the edges are nothing to shout about. The word Georgetown is at the same distance as the wall to its right but that area quickly becomes blurry. Don’t get me wrong if you want fast glass which is OK in the centre, then fine, but people seem to be in love with this lens to the point of not being critical.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 22:39 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)

DPReview. As sample photos say more about the lens than camera, please could you label each gallery image with the model of lens used? In case I’ve missed it, could you make it easier to find. Also you have eight portrait shots and not one decent wide landscape in good light. Thanks Ian

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:12 UTC as 475th comment
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images article (223 comments in total)

There are purists and artists in many hobbies, for example classic cars and custom cars. The difference between them is that artists generally appreciate both final products but purists think everyone should conform to their self-inflicted rules.

Mind you the example above is way too easy. Try a correctly exposed foreground but with a blown sky including a tree line.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2013 at 09:15 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)

This seems to be the only forum area working, I can't post to anywhere else and all post are 3 hours old. Is anyone from dpr looking in?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 21:06 UTC as 294th comment | 1 reply
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... article (1412 comments in total)

The words best and popular have different meanings. While I’m on the subject the word awesome should be reserved for things like volcanic eruptions not the colour of ones socks.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 06:41 UTC as 429th comment | 1 reply
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wkay: tail fins

No, they’d poke you in the eyes. How about a hood (lens) ornament like the spirit of ecstasy on a Rolls, the ‘my cameras better than yours’ types would love it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 18:45 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-E1 hands-on preview article (277 comments in total)

OK I’m being really really picky but; does anyone else not like the indentation running along the front top of body. It makes it look like the camera has been dropped on the lens and the body was pushed in. It’s one of those design flourishes that serve no purpose and the camera would look better without it. My background is in design so that may explain why I care about these little points. Apart from that this camera looks great.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 13:21 UTC as 47th comment | 5 replies
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RadPhoto: Doesn't this look like Sony NEX? Can't Samsung come up with something original?

You do realize that Samsung NX cameras came out before Sony NEX cameras, so it is actually the other way around. Sony even ripped off the name!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2012 at 07:52 UTC

Why are the test shots so utterly out of focus? They seem to have focused on the watch at the front with little depth of field. DPR have loads of test shots like these and people then use them to trash the cameras involved. I think I have heard them say that they can’t get enough depth of field with some lens and sensor types, but then I would say redesign the target object group to allow for clear front to back focus. Given this is supposed to be the premier testing site it does not make sense that so many of their test shots are poor, this also includes many of the sample gallery shots.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2012 at 08:49 UTC as 24th comment

These forums are full of people with childish agendas. This camera is probably just the first of a line of new ef-m mount cameras. I’m sure they will bring out something for the geeks (like me) later. The real issue though, is this argument that the camera doesn’t bring anything new and is a NEX rip off. First, it’s a camera, with a body shape, a screen and place to stick a lens, just like every other camera before it. What exactly did you expect? Of course it looks something like a NEX, but remember Samsung’s NX came out before the Sony, so is Sony a rip off? If you have Canon glass you now have the start of a range of true live view cameras to use it on, surely a good thing. Please note that these comments are made by a non-Canon shooter, who is being positive about a new camera no matter who makes it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:23 UTC as 346th comment | 2 replies
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