Jude McDowell

Jude McDowell

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Software Architect
Joined on Oct 26, 2010

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On high-Key Fashion in the Modelling challenge (7 comments in total)

well done

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 19:22 UTC as 2nd comment
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)
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FriendlyWalkabout: @dpreview, by tradition April fools is only between 12 am and 12 noon on April 1, you know this right?

But it is a global website... ...it would have been before 12 noon PST when it was posted... ...whereas it was already April 2nd for us Down Under. Not sure DPR can do much about that unless they resurrect the idea (American I think) to have a single time zone for the whole world. (It was one suggestion in the run up to standardising on GMT as the base time zone.)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 00:42 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)
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Cane: DO websites absolutely have to do April fools stuff every year?

DO people absolutely have to post complaints about sites posting April fools stuff every year?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)
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Jan Chelminski: DPR, you just magnified my already existing spring joy! I owe you one.
- OM-4ever

Edit: Well, in truth, it may have been some of the reactions below, that magnified my joy...

@Ben S. seems a bit of an over reaction to me... ...is your time so precious that 1 or 2 minutes is such a loss; or did you labour through all the comments before commenting?

Seems to some people here really need to lighten up a bit.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 22:50 UTC
On Photographing bubbles, one bubble at a time article (76 comments in total)

Beautiful images; thanks DPR for posting.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 18:28 UTC as 34th comment
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (141 comments in total)
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Shamael: I like rebates and correct priced material, but, with all rebates and Sony's new policy, we can take the Sony cameras we have and just put them in the recycle bin right away, becoming valueless. Sony's policy on prices and rebates is a punch in the face of those who buy there cameras. After just one or 2 years, they sell half the price they where at the beginning. A NEX3N with lens sells now for 299$. For me it is a invitation to buy my material elsewhere. Sell the cameras at there real value when they come out, not a double price at issue and real value a year later. A6000 pricing seems ok, but let's wait until we get it for 400$ to talk about this issue once more.

Rebates? This is Sony Australia, not Sony USA. Sadly rebates are not so common in this country...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 01:15 UTC
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (141 comments in total)
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Photoman: ***Warning *** Sony scam in Australia. Ignore all adverts, twits, reddit, websites as there is a rouge element in Sony Australia.

Is that a 'reds under the beds' scare then? Or did you mean rogue? :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 01:11 UTC
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (265 comments in total)

wow, seems several people have had a sense of humour bypass today. Give the team a break; they do great reviews and deserve to have a bit of fun too.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 23:19 UTC as 93rd comment
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (265 comments in total)
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shadowhumper: WOW!!! FINALLY AM I RIGHT?

Can't wait for the unbiased review that will surely come from the guy that couldn't hold the excitement that had to blog about a box arriving. Is it the first camera he ever gets?

Let's see if you guys are going to trash the same of tired looks of the Nikons, as you do with Sony, and call the processor name stupid, because it does make sense to someone.

You guys could try to fake this enthusiasm for other brands like Ricoh and Sony and Pentax too right?

take a deep breath and count to 10...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 23:15 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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topstuff: Image Quality is not fantastic. Seems on a par with my RX100.

I do not think it really matters here.

I think I will buy one, if only because of G.A.S.

Shame about the 30p video though.

I can't imagine going to a party with any ILC (m4/3, APC or FF) around my neck.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 20:55 UTC
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Anastigmat: After Olympus straight-jacketed itself with the 4/3 sensor, it has 2 choices

1. compete with mainstream camera makers using APS-C AND full frame sensors or

2. "push the envelope"

Unfortunately for Olympus's shareholders and fans, Olympus has chosen not to compete.

@Anastigmat - Good Night.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 22:41 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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red fuji: Here is a nice camera bag for this camera

http://www.louisvuitton.com/front/#/eng_US/Collections/Men/Mens-Bags/products/Camera-Bag-DAMIER-GRAPHITE-N58027

!!!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 23:50 UTC
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Mark Kalenian: The problem I see with mirrorless is that many of us in the USA who have bought into the Nikon line may have invested heavily over time in a number of lenses including long ones. For me to go mirrorless, I would want a new camera to interface all my old Nikon DLSR lenses. The mirrorless camera I would consider now with no more than 1-2 lenses at most would be one of the newer Fuji ones do to light-weight or weekend work, street photography or hiking and keep with the nikon dlsr system for mores serious work. Since I and others in our club prefer nature photography, we still await the D300 and D300S replacement since we like the DX reach and increased dof. The nikon D7100 doesn't have the buffer size nor fps that would crown it as a true D300S replacement, and the D7100 is not built with that pro feel. Also it takes years for a mirrorless system to develop out its full line of lenses, especially longer ones, and with falling consumer camera sales, product releeases are prolonged.

They could always do what Olympus did; and release adapters for their existing range of lenses at the same time as they release a mirrorless body.

I suspect there may also be quite a few people outside of the USA who have also built up sizeable collections of lenses :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 05:26 UTC
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EricAotearoa: To see a three minute time lapse of this scene taken by the photographer and a photo of him with his camera and lens, plus a background feature of him, go to http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/9082885/Lonely-star-photography-by-Mark-Gee. He has lived and worked in Wellington for the last ten years after emigrating from Australia.

Thanks for posting the link. Personally I thought his choice of music was spot on but then I guess life would be pretty dull if we all agreed on everything (it would certainly cut down comments in DPR...)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 02:42 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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Andy Spawn: According to the noise comparison sample by dpreview. E-M1 high ISO noise performance is poorer than E-M5 and GX7. Why doesn't dpreview point it out in the article?

EM-1 has better ergonomics, better control, and better continuous AF. However, it looks like an entry level D-SLR camera, very ugly, and its noise level is higher than other competitors. Why do I pay more for a camera with more ugly appearance and poorer noise level?

My OM-2n (new in 1982) and OM4ti are both still going strong despite being carried in bike panniers, handlebar bags and rucksacks on cycling and walking holidays. Don't get so much use now; but in my experience the build quality is fantastic.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 13:27 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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olypan: Read this from a pro. - Ming Thein. He thinks it's direct competitor is the D4. Pro enough for you.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2013/09/11/the-2013-olympus-om-d-e-m1-review-2/

@steelhead3 What evidence do you have for that statement? After all, he also uses and writes about Nikons and Leicas; not something you would expect Olympus to want their salesmen doing...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 00:27 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2142 comments in total)
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KariIceland: Thank you Olympus very much for just stabbing the E-M5 users in the back when you said back in 2012 "this is our highest range and will be the top in our range of mirrorless cameras, and low and behold then you bring the E-M1.

I am leaving Olympus after years of dedication since the E-PL2 and going back to my roots the company I started with.
You don't even know if you want the lenses and cameras to be silver or black. you release a silver lens and say "we will never make this model in black" then you bring a black model ask for twice the price & then you lower it effing the customers who already bought it.

If there are two things olympus are good at, it's making good primes & effing it's customers over and over.

I have an E-M5 and I don't think I've been stabbed in the back; now if they had arranged for the E-M5 to stop working when the E-M1 started shipping I would have agreed with the OP. As it stands I really can't see what he's complaining about - they introduced a new model to the range which adds new features; I would call this a) an upgrade path and b) evidence that Olympus are continuing to invest in the OM-D range. I consider both of these to be good things.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 00:10 UTC
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)
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thejohnnerparty: Looking at the number of comments alone, I’d say the D600 / D610 is a very popular camera. Has any other camera generated this much interest? I think Nikon has a winner on its hands and is blowing it by not getting behind this camera. ..... Nikon! Are you listening?

A quick look down the dpreview history shows 1439 comments for the OM-D E-M1 preview; so I would say the answer to "Has any other camera generated this much interest?" is a pretty emphatic YES.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 20:10 UTC
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Frank_BR: It's easy to forget how difficult photography was in 1888. Consider, for example, these recommendations extracted from the manual of the Kodak 1:

"The Kodak cannot be used in open air (out-of-doors) unless the Sun is Very Bright."
"The Kodak cannot be used to photograph Race Horses, going at a fast gait, nor Express Trains in motion…"
"The Sun should shine directly upon the object."
"Photograph the sunny side."
"Do not attempt to Photograph the shady side."
"The Sun should be at back of Operator, or over his shoulder - never in front of him."
etc.

Excerpt from http://www.cameramanuals.org/kodak_pdf/kodak_manual_1888.pdf

Crikey. Even developing 35mm colour negatives is a breeze compared to the process describe in that guide.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2013 at 22:03 UTC
On Ten items you should have in your camera bag article (288 comments in total)

+small tube sunscreen

Essential in Aus...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2013 at 09:38 UTC as 47th comment
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