jadot

jadot

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.alexanderleaman.com
Joined on Aug 27, 2010

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futile32: If Hassy can work with Sony to get Medium Format out there that would be awesome.

Isn't medium format already "out there"?

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GoranS: OVF = full dynamic range, zero lag. I'ts not just 'personal preference' it's the best tool we can get atm.

Personally I agree with Nigel on this. The X-T1 was a turning point for me and I've been locked in to DSLRs since the early 90s.

Going back (I occasionally use a D600) and using an OVF after using Fuji's industry leading EVF only makes me certain that I made the right choice when I did.

So you can see a full dynamic range looking through your OVF? What about seeing your exposure preview for every shot BEFORE you press the shutter? What about actually getting things in focus without having to calibrate lenses individually to each camera body.
There are fewer advantages to shooting with a DSLR than there ever have been.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 14:15 UTC
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (192 comments in total)
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RidgeRunner22: I must be getting old, I really wanted to like the GR but with a menu system that was massive and not intuitive, so many programmable buttons I would forget what I'd set them up for, I never really had much fun with it. Also the manuel focus was terrible which wouldn't matter except the autofocus system really isn't really reliable, the 2m snap focus is somewhat useful.
I ended up selling it and buying the Nikon A, same terrible autofocus, but much better Manuel focus, much simpler more intuitive menus and UI, and metering and AWB seem much more reliable.

I bought the GR to have a bit of fun with a small camera, and it's great for some things. Outstanding, in fact.

But the truth is it couldn't keep up with my X100 (S then T) and I found that having a novelty camera like the GR was overshadowed by practicality and I hardly ever used it.

I pondered on the Coolpix A - I thought the access to Nikon's speed lights was a great selling point, but realised that it would in reality only end up the same as the GR for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 13:41 UTC
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (192 comments in total)

Well it's a bit of a disappointment but it does open up a nice market for the GR, which is already a great camera anyway.

Nice to see Wifi but would have been nicer to also see:

More resolution to assist with the crop mode (35mm is fine). The resolution is fine at a push, and I'm sure it may have complicated the lens design, but still.
Also - if not a faster lens, at least better high iso capability.
Stabilisation - although not that fussed at 28mm
Bundled optical VF
Better battery Life.

It's hard to see why Ricoh went ahead with this release when perhaps a firmware update might have sufficed. Not sure they'll sell too many of these.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 13:11 UTC as 26th comment
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Conrad567: All of this is great, and I love the camera for what it is, but I would still love a decent FUJI flash, with High Speed Syncing abilities.

I'm with jeremyclarke on this. While it would be nice to see something small but powerful come from Fuji the Nissin i40 is about as good as it gets on the X cameras. Recycle time was the biggest thing for me after having a Fuji Flash on board which was terrible. The i40 changed everything.

Anyway this is all moot if you're "off camera" - that's what the Cactus Flashes are for!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 14:36 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 cuts X-T1 features down to size article (41 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Until they fix the over-smoothed high ISO jppegs, I'm sadly going to have to give their new cameras a miss.

Jpeg people shooters, especially for events, indoor children pics etc, are affected by this.

If you're still using Lightroom with x-trans it's not a surprised that you're confused.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2015 at 21:41 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 cuts X-T1 features down to size article (41 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: This seems a little redundant, a remix of existing hardware with nothing new except software features. And it's still relatively expensive. And who was asking for a smaller camera? Fuji has an excellent range of lenses, what about a bigger camera with a huge screen and viewfinder, a 1000 shot battery and plenty of room for controls and a large grip to compete with the best APS-C cameras whether they are mirrorless or DSLR? And a new sensor...

Yeah, a nice BIG camera. Big as an old hassie. With a chain for a neckstrap. Why Fuji make silly small cameras? WHY?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 14:10 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 cuts X-T1 features down to size article (41 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Until they fix the over-smoothed high ISO jppegs, I'm sadly going to have to give their new cameras a miss.

Jpeg people shooters, especially for events, indoor children pics etc, are affected by this.

The Name Is Bond: Going by most of your input on Fuji threads you don't seem to like Fuji cameras at all anyway, so I doubt that Fuji are going to give much of a crap when you unfortunately don't buy their camera this time. They'll more likely breathe a sigh of relief assuming that they won't have to hear complaints from you after buying the wrong camera for your skill set.

But then I suppose it's great to have an opinion on things you know nothing about, so you just go ahead and smash everything Fuji puts out there.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 10:47 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (614 comments in total)

WOOT.

But will continue to use the X100T B/W Jpegs instead, for obvious (to me) reasons.

Still. It's a nice bit of camera porn.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 09:57 UTC as 100th comment
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Tharaphita: As a Nikon users im happy for Fuiji users and can only hope Nikon would actually offer new features via firmware. ! Way to go Fuiji

See also:
"My clients don't think I'm professional if I don't have a DSLR - even if I don't need it"
and
"I (still) can't get over the mental hurdle that says that without a mirror a camera can't produce 'professional' results, and I'm scared of mirrorless systems defining me as an 'enthusiast'. I'M A PRO!"
or
"I can't hide behind a small camera and I'm afraid people will see that I don't really know what I'm doing"

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 07:32 UTC
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Tharaphita: As a Nikon users im happy for Fuiji users and can only hope Nikon would actually offer new features via firmware. ! Way to go Fuiji

IF you can't get good files from the current set of x-trans sensors, you're not doing it right.

You should stick to Bayer until you can handle things.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 14:47 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Janne Voutilainen article (36 comments in total)

Enjoyed this set - seems to be a side-step away from you're usual landscape stuff.
Nicely done.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 14:02 UTC as 8th comment
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Gmon750: Apple concentrates on the masses, not the 1%. For that, Photos is a great application to have included as part of OSX.

It's unfortunate that Aperture went the way of vine-rot. I was about to purchase it last year, then heard the rumor that Apple was going to axe it. I went with Lightroom and never looked back. Apple announced the discontinuation of Aperture a week later.

Lightroom is not perfect by far, however like Photoshop, it is the standard for RAW photography.

Tord - With respect you keep popping up with your DXO 10 thing, but I've got a feeling that you're the only person who regularly uses it! It's just not viable in the professional space.
Why? It's great at processing (some) RAW files, Right?
Yes, but the workflow is awful, and the interface is clunky. Workflow is king.

Exporting anything from DXO is much like tattooing the soles of one's feet, and the DAM is terrible.

Given the choice, I would choose a dead duck (Aperture) over a lame mule (DXO).

You should stick with it if you like it that much, but I really doubt you'll be convincing any Lightroom user to give it a try. It's pointless.

I'm powering through my workflow in Capture One, and most are locked into Lightroom. DXO is a no, I'm afraid.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 14:36 UTC
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Gmon750: Apple concentrates on the masses, not the 1%. For that, Photos is a great application to have included as part of OSX.

It's unfortunate that Aperture went the way of vine-rot. I was about to purchase it last year, then heard the rumor that Apple was going to axe it. I went with Lightroom and never looked back. Apple announced the discontinuation of Aperture a week later.

Lightroom is not perfect by far, however like Photoshop, it is the standard for RAW photography.

Lightroom is now a stupendous piece of software, and has earned it's place in the professional market, but it still hangs behind Capture One Pro when it comes to describing 'The Standard'

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 13:11 UTC
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Gmon750: Apple concentrates on the masses, not the 1%. For that, Photos is a great application to have included as part of OSX.

It's unfortunate that Aperture went the way of vine-rot. I was about to purchase it last year, then heard the rumor that Apple was going to axe it. I went with Lightroom and never looked back. Apple announced the discontinuation of Aperture a week later.

Lightroom is not perfect by far, however like Photoshop, it is the standard for RAW photography.

Almost always it will be Capture One Pro, and has been for nearly 15 years. How do I know this? I used to run some of the largest photography studios in London which catered for international clients, and I also used to work as an assistant and digital tech with many different photographers.
There was a time (before Lightroom, and even Aperture) when C1 was the only Capture software on the market that could deal with digital photography in a way that we now take for granted.

The 1Ds Mk 2 was released (2005?) and you could shoot tethered with C1 - Everything went a bit nuts from then on. Capture One could handle the workflow.

When Aperture was released it was a pig. It ate RAM and there was no way it could be used in a professional environment, and the same could be said of the first iterations of Lightroom. Both improved and as the DSLR market picked up so the adoption of Lightroom (more than Aperture) gained momentum.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 13:11 UTC
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Gmon750: Apple concentrates on the masses, not the 1%. For that, Photos is a great application to have included as part of OSX.

It's unfortunate that Aperture went the way of vine-rot. I was about to purchase it last year, then heard the rumor that Apple was going to axe it. I went with Lightroom and never looked back. Apple announced the discontinuation of Aperture a week later.

Lightroom is not perfect by far, however like Photoshop, it is the standard for RAW photography.

You might be right in the consumer space, but walk in to any professional hire studio and have a look at what the Digital Tech is operating.

It aint Lightroom.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 09:19 UTC
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jadot: Really? This was done last year wasn't it?

Apple politely said that they were EOLing Aperture and opening up Photos for plugins. Everyone who ever used Aperture breathed a sigh of relief (bittersweet) having FINALLY been told what we knew all along.

Adobe stepped in and hacked a solution for migrators. Lightroom users said "Ha - Told you so!"

Photos was never going to get my library of adjusted pictures because it was never meant to be Aperture.

As it happens I moved my workflow over to Capture One Pro about a year before the announcement anyway (because C1 works very well with my Fuji Cameras). Lightroom wasn't an option for me, although it's absolutely fine for the rest of the world.

The "I'll probably just end up using Lightroom' conversation is always presented as if there are no other options. "Oh well, nothing will ever replace Aperture for me, so I'll just use what I consider to be second best, until Apple announce NEW APERTURE - which I secretly hope for forever..."

The truth is that even at it's peak Aperture was good, but it wasn't great. Marred by library failures, lost images, Sssllllllooooo oo ooow workflow, RAM hungry, and crumby interface.

The best thing was always the Structure of the asset management which was pretty much perfect for a heavy workflow.

Easy to replicate in Capture One or Lightroom catalogues now, so not a problem.

Trying photos out for anything other than iPhoto stuff seems like a real pointless endeavour to me. A real foregone conclusion to anyone who knows what they're doing, surely?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 13:01 UTC

Really? This was done last year wasn't it?

Apple politely said that they were EOLing Aperture and opening up Photos for plugins. Everyone who ever used Aperture breathed a sigh of relief (bittersweet) having FINALLY been told what we knew all along.

Adobe stepped in and hacked a solution for migrators. Lightroom users said "Ha - Told you so!"

Photos was never going to get my library of adjusted pictures because it was never meant to be Aperture.

As it happens I moved my workflow over to Capture One Pro about a year before the announcement anyway (because C1 works very well with my Fuji Cameras). Lightroom wasn't an option for me, although it's absolutely fine for the rest of the world.

The "I'll probably just end up using Lightroom' conversation is always presented as if there are no other options. "Oh well, nothing will ever replace Aperture for me, so I'll just use what I consider to be second best, until Apple announce NEW APERTURE - which I secretly hope for forever..."

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 12:58 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies

"Mirrorless who?"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 09:41 UTC as 85th comment
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (812 comments in total)
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jadot: I'm into the psychology of this.

I think that for news reporting and sports there would definitely be a want to see absolutely every frame to get the perfect shot. Why not? I'm not saying that there's not art in Sports photography, only that it's perhaps easy to see the need for that, functionally.

As for what I do, wedding photography, I think there is a great need to NOT capture every Nanosecond. Doing so takes away from moments of serendipity that are due to the photographer's connection to the subject's character. The photographer has control over which story he/she wants to tell - stripping away this opportunity could make the process too mechanical.

The point of capture is what in some ways makes the photographer the artist. Without that, at a wedding he/she is merely an operator. Editing might yield some results, but no vision.

Ha! Sure. But he produced good photography using his method of actually being present when the pictures were taken.

You could leave rolls of film, piles of video, hard drives full of data. Nobody knows when they are going to die - that's at least true for the majority of us.

What's the difference? Winogrand leaves a bunch of unprocessed film, from ongoing street projects, maybe a number of projects he was working on in parallel. I die and leave 2000 hours of unedited high def video that I'd left to run on a tripod.

If Winogrand (he was only a random example, remember) left a box of film AND a box with my hypothetical 2000 hours of video, and you were asked to through the boxes to edit and put together a coherent body of work, which box do you think would be more interesting? Which box might be more revealing about the author's intentions?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 14:16 UTC
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