Jude McDowell

Jude McDowell

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


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marcio_napoli: Guys, I'm Brazillian and as a native, I've already expressed my feelings that Rio is a war zone (did so on a previous article).

I'm not in any way, shape or form trying to say Rio is not a disgusting toilet. It is. Period.

Brazillian people is full of Rio's hypocrisy, its crimes and never ending cycle of corruption.

But please, dear First World citizens, don't try to act so superior, and claim the entire 210 million inhabitants country is in identical mess.

There're much, much safer, nicer, organized regions in Brazil, which some of them carry quality of life levels similar to some European countries.

And I bet most of the international visitors coming to Brazil haven't made their homework, have no idea of such places, and keep going to Rio only to get robbed.

As a Brazillian, I feel really ashamed for Rio's situation, and it makes me disgusted that media has made this forgotten place our postcard to the entire world.

Do yourself a favour: in Brazil, visit anywhere but Rio.

I spent three months in Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina, Rio and Guaruja this year without any incident. I did see one teenager lose a mobile phone to a passing cyclist, but then she was taking a selfie on a street corner at night in a quiet part of Sao Paulo. Like most big cities it is necessary to exercise some common sense. When in Brazil I don't carry cameras in obvious camera bags; they are in padding inside cheap (local) supermarket bags. Are Brazilian cities more dangerous than most European or N. American once? Maybe; I can think of plenty of places in London, LA, Chicago to name but three that it would be madness to carry expensive camera gear in; and some places in Europe where you don't want to take hands out of pockets otherwise the street kids will just mug you in broad daylight in a busy street (Skopje, Macedonia if anyone is wondering) and forget about carrying anything in a bag or around your neck.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 00:55 UTC
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antares103: If the Nikon D5500 won consumer DSLR, how did Canon "sweep" the DSLR categories.

Yes, that is the North American English definition. In English the use of 'sweep' means an overwhelming success; 'swept the board' or 'clean sweep' means complete and total success. It's just one of those many and sometimes confusing differences between English, American English. Australian English and indeed several forms of Asian English.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 19:22 UTC
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antares103: If the Nikon D5500 won consumer DSLR, how did Canon "sweep" the DSLR categories.

'sweep' not 'clean sweep'...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 19:08 UTC
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Timmbits: with new cameras sporting a large sensor and a zoom lens,
in a compact format and at a similar price point,
it's not really current anymore to offer a fixed focal length.

I would have expected Ricoh to add some kind of a good quality zoom lens into this iteration, to keep it current, and now that other manufacturers have proven it possible in this size format.

Leica X Vario is a (reasonably) compact APS-C with zoom...

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 19:32 UTC
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allkar: What does this poll? Unfortunately nothing!
I see 9 products, not all belong to the best
and miss the other, good gear.

You have free choice, provided you choose what we want.

Here fits the Winston Churchil's quote:
"The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself"


I missed the previous polls... ...and only realised the final poll was going on after the end date; not sure why, check the website at least once a week.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 22:09 UTC
On article Apple expands OS X Mavericks Raw compatibility (86 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: The E-M10 update just took too long. I couldn't wait and switched over to Lightroom from Aperture (nothing to do with the impending demise). Sometimes you just have to get the work done and nobody is going to wait for six months.

At least is has finally arrived. X-Vario is still not supported.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 19:38 UTC
On photo high-Key Fashion in the Modelling challenge (7 comments in total)

well done

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 19:22 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' (331 comments in total)
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Rouseabout: @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.)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 00:42 UTC
On article Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' (331 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?

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On article Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' (331 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.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 22:50 UTC
On article Photographing bubbles, one bubble at a time (73 comments in total)

Beautiful images; thanks DPR for posting.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 18:28 UTC as 36th comment
On article Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens (132 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...

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 01:15 UTC
On article Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens (132 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? :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 01:11 UTC
On article Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! (258 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.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 23:19 UTC as 94th comment
On article Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! (258 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...

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 23:15 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.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 22:41 UTC
On article Nikon D4s First Impressions Review (1027 comments in total)
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red fuji: Here is a nice camera bag for this camera



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 :-)

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...)

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 02:42 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2068 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.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 13:27 UTC
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