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John Roy

John Roy

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Tauranga, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Anesthesiologist
Joined on Sep 19, 2001


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I don't see the point. This implies microscopic pixels, which will take dozens of pixels to capture a single photon after diffraction - an immovable physical obstacle.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 07:36 UTC as 108th comment | 1 reply
On Morning sky over Curemonte, Dordogne in the May Sky challenge (15 comments in total)

Stunning photo. Very well done.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 00:23 UTC as 13th comment

Lloyd Chambers says this camera has a 12-bit depth. That's all? In 2015? Take a 14-bit Nikon D810 + Silver Efex Pro and where is the point of this Leica?
I am not anti-Leica; I have an X1 and love it, despite its needless frustrations.
But for megabucks, this camera is a big ask.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 07:28 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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John Roy: No EVF. They just don't get it, do they?

That's a fair comment, providing a V-series equivalent comes out. The J5 may be perfect for some people just as it is, but since I regularly use the 70-300 at full telephoto, an EVF is a must. I could live with the add-on EVF in the V3, but not with continually removing the grip to change batteries. And since I already have a stash of fast SD cards, I don't want to change card sizes, as well as buy a new reader. No matter how lovely a V4 might be, if it stays with microSD - which I suspect it will, if the J5 has - it is a very unlikely sale. I cannot understand why Nikon decided to use this unique (AFAIK) card format.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 00:33 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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John Roy: No EVF. They just don't get it, do they?

Oh, and it's still microSD, not SD. Time for the Chief Engineer to commit seppuku in front of the Nikon HQ.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 19:58 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)

No EVF. They just don't get it, do they?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 19:40 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies

I've often wondered why Leica haven't gone for a digital rangefinder, given that the mechanical one often needs recalibrating - according to many users. I don't have one.
The proof will be in the execution, so let's wait and see. If it is a good idea yet still goes belly up, maybe they could licence their technology to Leica.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 20:00 UTC as 44th comment
On Veronica persica in the Processing Techniques: Stacking challenge (1 comment in total)

Technical details were included but haven't shown: 56x stack with Nikon D800E @ f11, 1:1 magnification

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 03:55 UTC as 1st comment

It's the size of an aircraft carrier with no built-in EVF?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 05:22 UTC as 11th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2251 comments in total)

Infrared, it hasn't got any sort of battery door, plastic or otherwise. The bottom of the battery sits flush with the camera body.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 00:53 UTC as 514th comment | 2 replies

Are these new Nikon 1 cameras restricted to MicroSD? Under specifications, the storage type is given as;


So can it use SD cards or is it moronically only able to use MicroSD? If so, then why, given they are swanking about using WiFi to connect with phones and pads?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 02:18 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

So if Nikon intend to introduce this, why no built-in EVF on the V3?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 09:41 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On Am I missing something here? article (627 comments in total)
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joeyv: Nikon sells it's low end dslrs to "soccer moms." Statistics show that, in the US, this market segment actually prefers dslrs to mirrorless.
The V3 is for professionals and enthusiasts who already own Nikon dslrs. It's a perfect compliment to dslrs,as:
1.) it takes existing lenses via Ft1 adaptor
2.) It adds capability to dslr users because of its speed and reach.
Nice as the other mirrorless cameras are (A7, OM-D), it doesn't add anything except smaller size, to current dslr owners. In fact, they all fall short in one way or another.
The Nikon 1 series will always be the speed king and will have the longest reach. In the near future, as sensors evolve, IQ will improve to a point where the diff. bet. 1" & micro 4/3 sensors will not be so meaningful anymore. Just like dx and ff now are both very capable low light tools.
In effect, Nikon has produced a mirrorless camera that doesn't compete w/ its DSLR line while still attracting a specialized group of photographers.

I have a D800E nicely complemented by a V2. But I won't get a V3 despite its amazing specs because:

1. I got 5 extra batteries for the V2, since the charger works so slowly. The V3 has a different battery
2. I have a fistful of SD cards unusable on the V3.

So Nikon put a big needless barrier in front of V2 owners. Brilliant.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 20:25 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (596 comments in total)
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Marty CL: As a long time Nikon owner with many Legacy F mount auto focus lenses, I use and love my current D7100. With that said, I also own a Nikon V2 which I have great regard for. I'm not so sure that the V3 is a step forward in the sense of only allowing for an optional, add on electronic viewfinder---why such a device is no longer an integral part of the camera, I don't know that I understand the rationale. And I am indeed old school, but I've never been particularly fond of the tilting LCD screens.

Some have expressed the opinion that Nikon will never develop these mirrorless cameras to a great extent for fear that they will pose a threat to the DSLR market. I've always thought of the Nikon 1 series as a sort of testing ground for ideas that will eventually be found in their DSLR series. Whether or not mirror boxes are eventually replaced by either an advanced pellical mirror or by a pure electronic view find, only time will tell. But I don't think the Nikon 1 is a waste of effort.

I also have a V2 which I really like, a complement to my D800E. I doubt I will move to a V3 as it takes a different battery, so what do I do with the handful of extra V2 batteries I have? And what do I do with the many 32GB (or more)
SD cards I routinely use? The decision to go MicroSD is moronic and is a complete deal-breaker.
I am not getting a bunch of new batteries and MicroSD cards on top of an expensive camera plus EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 11:49 UTC
On Nikon D5300 Review preview (303 comments in total)

Are Nikon serious? "High" burst rate is 4.2fps for ... EIGHT frames? Goodbye sport photographers STILL waiting for a D400.

Now that new Sony a6000 with 11fps looks very tempting; no word yet on how big its buffer is though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 20:06 UTC as 103rd comment | 2 replies
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forpetessake: This FF lens is far superior to the APS-C version. It's APS-C equivalent is 18-200mm f/2.3-4.2, which is quite usable, unlike the slow f/3.5-6.3. Or if you are using APS-C mirrorless put it on a focal reducer and get the same benefits. The APS-C version is just boring and slow.
And as an observation, despite all those ignorant posts that crop sensor somehow means smaller lenses, because of smaller image circle, this is just another demonstration that image circle has little or no effect on the lens size.

Revenant, you are partly right. There will be a 1.5x multiplier for APS-C camera for ejective focal length. The 28-300 will act like as 42-450mm. But the apertures remain unchanged. At 300m the FF camera has a physical aperture size of 47.6mm, which remains unchanged simply by swapping to a camera with a smaller sensor.
F stop is ACTUAL aperture size over ACTUAL focal length.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 19:58 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)

I will consider this, given I'm fed up waiting for a Nikon D400. And the lack of a mirror is a bonus if the EVF is good enough. I await reports with interest.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 04:06 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

An astonishingly underwhelming effort, a menopausal streetwalker saying "Come home with me dearie?"
Sony has Leica at its mercy: RX1 with built-in EVF and interchangeable lenses will leave the Germans floating face-down in the water. Fuji is also capable of putting them out of their misery.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 14:16 UTC as 318th comment
On Just Posted: Our Epson Stylus Photo R3000 review article (18 comments in total)

I have a 3800, which has 80ml cartridges. These last a good long time. When one is empty, the printer simply stops partway through printing and carries on when the cartridge is replaced. No effect on the quality of the photo. This is great and in contrast to my earlier Canon which just carried on with a colour missing.
I am very happy with my Epson.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2011 at 19:18 UTC as 20th comment
On Refraction in Blue in the Still Life challenge (13 comments in total)

Superb effort. In response to Jojakim's guts-ache, I would have on my wall in a flash. Very well done.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2010 at 18:21 UTC as 4th comment
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