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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On Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II article (207 comments in total)

Not particularly clever commenting on what looks tho be an amazing digital video camera.
Loads of new features here and all people can whine about it "No 4K" and EVF woes!
You have no idea. Really.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 13:52 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
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boogieboogie: So that's £400 for the camera that cost £200 to make and £800 for the purse that cost £10 to make. Go figure.

So I should charge my client for the cost of a photograph?

I mean, why should I expect people to pay more than it costs me to produce this stuff?

Think about it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 12:28 UTC
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munro harrap: "Who steals my purse steals trash,'tis something, nothing;
Twas mine, tis his,and has been slave to thousands,
But he that filches from me my good name,
Robs me of that which enriches not him,
But makes me poor indeed"

,nuf said: hole in one Canon !!

ummm. riiiight.

Come again?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 12:25 UTC

A lot of whining about Nikon's smoke and mirrors here.
If you don't like Nikon, change to a different camera.
I did.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 11:43 UTC as 20th comment
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (91 comments in total)
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Zoron: where's the tilting screen ?

um, which is why I suggested the X-T1.

!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 17:43 UTC

Looks nice and all, but would be a downgrade from the X100.
It might even produce nice lookin pictures but the spec seems to potentially cripple the idea of it being a useful camera. It's not for photographers... 1/2000th, (you'll need to stop down on that 1.7 lens), no EVF other than the rear screen to name just a couple of glaring problems/omissions.
I was really hoping that they could deliver something beyond the red dot, but not this time.
Nice toy if you can afford it, but not a serious contender if going on specs alone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 21:49 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (91 comments in total)
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Zoron: where's the tilting screen ?

It hasn't got one, and all the better for it.
Get an X-T1 and a 27mm lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:56 UTC
On Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 article (66 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Capture One is My favourite software, by far. Problem is I dare not use it. Why, you ask.
Well I had a full trial of 7. I installed it and used it extensively, growing to love it and prefer it over Photoshop and Lightroom which are trash in comparison.

BUT

BUT.

At the end of the trial I uninstalled it, and when I uninstalled it it deleted 240GB of my own work.

YEP, I kid you not. And that is why I do not use it now.
Had I not all this work already backed up on another drive, Capture one would have destroyed forever as many good pictures as there are in the Tate!

Has it improved????

@Prakash - someone should stop looking for someone to blame when someone doesn't know how to use the software.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:31 UTC
On Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 article (66 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Capture One is My favourite software, by far. Problem is I dare not use it. Why, you ask.
Well I had a full trial of 7. I installed it and used it extensively, growing to love it and prefer it over Photoshop and Lightroom which are trash in comparison.

BUT

BUT.

At the end of the trial I uninstalled it, and when I uninstalled it it deleted 240GB of my own work.

YEP, I kid you not. And that is why I do not use it now.
Had I not all this work already backed up on another drive, Capture one would have destroyed forever as many good pictures as there are in the Tate!

Has it improved????

Looks like you didn't know how to use the software if you lost that many pictures.
This is not a fault with Capture One.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 10:59 UTC
On Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 article (66 comments in total)
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Operator: Excellent piece of software and for Fuji X RAWs the only way to go!

Jensano - It seems to be quite widely known that C1Pro is the best all in solution for x-Trans. Personally I know a lot of X-photographers who work on C1Pro after coming from the disaster that is Lightroom processing Fuji RAW files.

Don't get me wrong - Lightroom is a great bit of software, and probably a great many more photographers use it with X-Trans RAW files and are happy with the results, but it simply can't keep up with C1Pro when it comes to X-Trans IQ.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 09:06 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1151 comments in total)

To me this looks like a great Camera - but should be a replacement of the D610, surely? Or at least it's what the D610 update should have been. It's missing a few key features, and seems like a tired update. Really nothing particularly new. Refined, maybe, but a bit of a Frankenstein's Camera.

I rarely shoot Nikon cameras any more (After shooting the majority of 25 years on Nikon) because another system suits my kind of photography better. When the Dƒ was announced it looked like Nikon were perhaps chasing something new, but alas, no.
Still, the Dƒ could possibly be Nikon's best sensor to ergonomics/cost ratio. Almost. But I should think the Dƒ will flounder around not knowing what it wants to be, much like the 1 system.

The D750 looks like another case of Nikon throwing some tweaked configuration of the same old feature set hoping something will stick.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 11:42 UTC as 246th comment
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (613 comments in total)
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atone2: Totally uninteresting before Fujifilm get rid of the ridiculous x-trans filter array. One must be blind not to see the awful rendering of x-trans rawfiles, especially in Lightroom. My original X100 still has much better IQ than the newer models. Money saved, wooha! :-)

@atone2 - Try the 56mm 1.2 then come back to me.

I'm not interested in the GM1 but thanks for bringing it up.

Many,many users should try Capture One Pro.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 20:17 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (613 comments in total)
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atone2: Totally uninteresting before Fujifilm get rid of the ridiculous x-trans filter array. One must be blind not to see the awful rendering of x-trans rawfiles, especially in Lightroom. My original X100 still has much better IQ than the newer models. Money saved, wooha! :-)

atone2 - If you make that bet you lose. Many Photographers will adapt to a different workflow if it proves to be better. e.g shoot with more modern technology and use a different software to process if necessary.
In this case necessary means finding a system that will better achieve the photography you want to create. The 3 camera 'workflow' that you describe sounds like a whole load more pain than deciding on One consistent system, perhaps x-trans? (Hint: Use Capture One Pro).

You don't have to, of course, it's just that you were berating Fuji for it's "gimmickry" (presenting probably the most up to date and comprehensive and mature CSCs on the market) while displaying a relatively p**s poor understanding of what a successful and consistent workflow can be.

No offence.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)
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marc petzold: It must be the best 85 out there, espeicially for the price & OTUS class, but i'm asking myself - who needs that focal length outside the studio for human portrait shots? A 85 as a landscape lens for example is a bit...welll, way much too tele for my taste, no offence. congrats to ZEISS, they've smoked Leica once again.

Me too - I almost exclusively have an 85 on one camera and a wide on another for all of my wedding photography. Both autofocus.

However, the Zeiss is at it's most generous, a hobbyists' lens, but more realistically it's meant for studio, and possibly location fashion/editorial. You won't catch many wedding photographers shooting this wide open on the dance floor!

If relative to wedding photography:
For most purposes the current Sigma 85 1.4 is the best value to performance low light mid range tele. Sigma's next 85mm "Art" lens will likely be better still, perhaps even fixing at least some of the LoCA typical of such a lens.

Personally, I use the Fuji 56mm 1.2 which is pretty flawless for wedding and portrait photography. It's up there and can easily hold it's own against the Nikon equivalents, including Sigma.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 08:36 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: No matter what we do its for sure that film will die a slow death...........its like buying a 78 rpm record.......

No. It's not.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 09:23 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (425 comments in total)

Apple's announcement seems to have caught a few people off guard so I wanted to put my take on things here. It might just help...

http://www.alexanderleaman.co.uk/apple-kills-development-aperture-tips-migrating/

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 12:08 UTC as 3rd comment
On Nikon D810: What You Need to Know article (142 comments in total)

I don't shoot Nikon any more (Well I did keep the D600 which suited me a little better than my D800) - I mostly use Fuji X cameras now.

The D810 looks like an amazing update, really refined with some killer features. I love the new screen spec and I think that the new mirror is going to make a big difference to that many pixels. The new processor completes the package, and all of everybody calling for firmware updates for the D800 would do well to better understand that some of these updates just wouldn't be possible without an optimised back end.

The D800 was already class leading and it's great to see Nikon at the top of their game. It's a mid term update with a lot to offer and lays a great foundation for a killer D900 imo.

I prefer my Fuji's now, and I think there's even better to come so I won't be buying into Nikon again, but will be hiring the D810 for use in the studio for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 10:49 UTC as 30th comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1549 comments in total)
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photogeek: I was hoping they'd make it smaller and lighter, too. After using mirrorless for a while, "regular" DSLRs are comically large.

One day I'd love to think of myself as a real photographer with the ubiquitous 70-200 zoom lens that weighs as much as a car. A constant reminder that yes, I am carrying an elite photographic tool, and have finally joined the ranks (of millions of other identical) "real" photographers with the same kit.
Yawn.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 08:20 UTC
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ZoranHR: Fuji (and other mirorless too) make some really small and nice looking cameras,but all accompanied with big lens. (I know the reason for that) ;-)
No matter how much I like camera body, I just I don't see the point.
Why I should have a camera with body sized almost as a smartphone with lens size of half-used roll of toilet paper?!

How it would look like if they produce lens for wildlife? (since most mirorless already have a weather sealed version)

They should make a body wich gives a comfort while you hold a lens like this.

An SLR with a +200mm lens on it is a lot bigger than this. CSMs are always going to have to strike a camera vs lens compromise if they are going to produce longer zooms with quality optics.

You have to understand how this stuff works. You can't just stamp your feet and expect a 300mm pancake lens - it doesn't exist, no matter what size the body. The closet thing you will find is on the superzoom cameras, but nobody wants one of those & they're not that small either.

If you want to shoot wildlife then you need a longer lens. So pick up the lens, put it in your backpack, go to the landscape, put it on a tripod & photograph the wildlife. Does it matter what size the lens is?

If you want a walk around, take anywhere, travel zoom, either take this lens with it's range and size (yes, it's still much smaller than the SLR equivalent) or as suggested already, buy a travel 'superzoom' camera.

You don't need this lens if you're questioning it's validity - that's the point you can't see.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 14:06 UTC
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abortabort: Woot? This is a kit zoom tartied up to be a premium lens by putting lipstick on a pig. Wow its got a million stops of IS so I can marvel at how good it is taking pictures of figurines on my desk and explaining to forums how great it is. But let's not forget the weather sealing! How great will it be to use an overpriced kit zoom in the rain, amazeballs! There is a reason lenses like this don't usually get the pig in lipstick treatment...

and you are.... who?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 13:54 UTC
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