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 Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (362 comments in total)
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Celsus: You can't capture the Wedding Photog market without a decent flash system. Fuji and Sony both fail hard here I had to rent Nikon to shoot friends' weddings.

It's true that Fuji (can't speak for Sony) don't offer a decent flash system but that's only if you shoot TTL anyway. There are plenty of solutions for manual flash (eg I often use Nikon Speedlights on Fuji Cameras, Cactus, Any brand, for off camera lighting) and I use a Nissin i40 for TTL if I need to.

Call it a workaround but the flash system or perceived lack of isn't a deal breaker for wedding photography. I suspect Sony is no different to Fuji in this regard. I don't think Jason Lanier (like him or not) has any issues with using flash with Sony cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 21:11 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (290 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: Am I the first? ;-)

congratulations. You're awesome.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 12:19 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (290 comments in total)

It could also be argued that C1Pro really offers the most versatile solution for X-Trans users. While other RAW converters *might* offer slightly better rendering of Fuji's RAF files the differences are negligible, moot even when considering Capture One's feature set and DAM.

Aperture used to be good with Xtrans for noise and sharpness, but poor with DR. Great with an intuitive library.
Conversely Lightroom is great for DR but very poor with noise and sharpness. Lightroom 6 has a speed advantage when handling files.

Capture One strikes the right balance between superb file/catalogue management, extremely high end professional RAW conversion and colour tools, and a highly customisable interface.
If they could speed up the sometimes stop/start/beachball navigation they'd have it. There would be no competition.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 12:18 UTC as 76th comment | 3 replies
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Ben O Connor: There are "Saab kinda technologies" around us.
They offer best combo
Price is compatible
It sounds and feel "The One!"

But you ended up something else. In terms of cars; its Saab, in phones Nokia(Microsoft), and in cameras Ricoh/pentax. Very sad to see its happening that way. I am a lover of Saab owner of a Nokia 1520, but even I have a MicroFourThirds system...

Come again?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 08:50 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: "What I like so much about shooting with Fujifilm cameras that use this sensor is the minimal amount of fussing I need to do with my images in post. "

I cannot agree more.

You use Photoshop to process your RAW workflow? I didn't know people still did that!

Honestly, if that's the case then you need to break out at least into Lightroom, and if you have to do it anyway then why not use C1Pro? Especially if you're using Fuji gear, and not already using a dedicated DAM software.

I'm not surprised you dumped DXO but even that's a better solution than PS, surely?

If you don't want to change to match your camera and optimise your workflow, then that's up to you, but people are getting the best out of their gear using the best tools on the market. Right tools for the job or go home, plain and simple.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 13:38 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: "What I like so much about shooting with Fujifilm cameras that use this sensor is the minimal amount of fussing I need to do with my images in post. "

I cannot agree more.

Capture One Pro is the most complete solution for X-Trans.
Often, people miss this point because they stop at Lightroom, which while it has improved with LR6 is still not the best way to process RAF files.
Just sayin'

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 08:43 UTC
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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"?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 15:15 UTC
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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 (202 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 (202 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 27th 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 (668 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 110th 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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