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 article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (252 comments in total)

DPR please do the sunny Seattle city scene at all f-stops when you can. Haze, trees and snow don't tell you much about the lens edges.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 20:28 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (135 comments in total)

DPR thanks for including the Seattle city scape photos at each aperture. It is so much more telling for scenic photographers than close, flat charts and test scene. Please add to 35mm lens scenic comparison tool and do the same for every camera/lens you review. Basically have this tool as well as the test scene tool for everything.

This lens clearly has an issue on the right hand side and isn’t as good as the Canon EF 35mm 1.4 ii. As it is a super wide I suppose you can’t ask for too much. I’d rather take two photos with the longer lens and stitch them together.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 17:19 UTC as 15th comment
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (240 comments in total)

The cityscape comparison tool is a real winner. Please do this shot (on a clear day) for every camera/lens you review. Too many sample photo sets do not include such a photo, at a lenses sweat spot for everything sharp across a large DoF. Scenic photographers often have little idea how a lens performs in these conditions as flat test charts at a close range may not tell the whole story.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 18:48 UTC as 61st comment
On article Sony FE 28mm F2 samples gallery posted (99 comments in total)
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retro76: As these were all adjusted in raw how can we tell how the lens performs in terms of color and contrast and do we even have a true guage on detail etc ?. I would rather see these tests conducted using the cameras JPEG engine so we have a baseline comparison, otherwise I don't really know what the samples posted tell us other then the skill level of the person processing raw ?

der Steppenwolf. If you are comparing lenses using images from the web you can't be sure the same raw editor and settings were used each time. Your last sentence was unnecessary and is a comment on your personality.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 22:18 UTC
On article Sony FE 28mm F2 samples gallery posted (99 comments in total)
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retro76: As these were all adjusted in raw how can we tell how the lens performs in terms of color and contrast and do we even have a true guage on detail etc ?. I would rather see these tests conducted using the cameras JPEG engine so we have a baseline comparison, otherwise I don't really know what the samples posted tell us other then the skill level of the person processing raw ?

Retro76 is correct you can’t compare one lens with another, using raw images. The camera should be set to factory defaults and jpeg’s taken. It does not matter if the jpeg engine is not ideal, what matters is that consistency is maintained. You can see the difference between two lenses which are guaranteed to have the same processing applied. Unless of course Sony applies completely different jpeg processing depending on the lens, but I haven't seen any info on this.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 19:57 UTC
On article Have your say in our 2014 Readers' Polls (64 comments in total)

DPR like so many confuse Best and Popular.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 19:53 UTC as 19th comment
On article Quick Review: That Steady Thing (70 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 12th comment
On article Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery (271 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 article Samsung NX30 real-world samples gallery (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 article Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup (201 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 article Sony Alpha 7 Review (1593 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 270th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera (910 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 22nd 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 article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2090 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 490th comment
On article Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images (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 article Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... (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
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