briantilley

briantilley

Lives in United Kingdom Marldon, Devon, United Kingdom
Works as a Freelance Photographer
Joined on Dec 5, 2005
About me:

Brian is retained by several Theatres in South Devon to shoot their various productions, and tries to find time to follow his own photographic interests including Aircraft, Steam Railways and Wildlife.

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Sorry if this has been said (I didn't read all the comments), but when used in a phrase such as "professional camera" - or "AirPods Pro" - the word in question becomes an adjective, not a noun :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2019 at 07:38 UTC as 140th comment
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briantilley: Why the "only" in the heading...? To put it in context, the number of 500mm PF lenses produced per month is about the same as the AF-S 80-400mm Nikkor over its 6-year lifespan - and that's a much less specialised and much more affordable lens.

#noirdesir - Exactly! That website is where I got the figures from. The 80-400mm has been around for 78 months, and has sold just over 80,000 units. That's a bit over 1,000 units per month :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2019 at 17:54 UTC

Why the "only" in the heading...? To put it in context, the number of 500mm PF lenses produced per month is about the same as the AF-S 80-400mm Nikkor over its 6-year lifespan - and that's a much less specialised and much more affordable lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2019 at 20:16 UTC as 71st comment | 2 replies
On article Video: Frying eggs with ARRI Fresnel lights (32 comments in total)

RE: your heading - it's spelled "Fresnel" :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2019 at 13:53 UTC as 22nd comment
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xPhoenix: This Sony appears to be the best MILC ever made. Top it off with the fact that Sony has all kinds of NATIVE glass (hello Nikon, where are you?). If you're a wildlife shooter, no problem. If you're a landscape shooter, no problem. And no funky adapter to use.

Also, like the D850, this is two cameras in one—a high res FF, and a very good resolution crop mode.

Canikon and all the others have a loooooong way to go if they're going to be competitive against this monster.

xPhoenix - First, there is the FTZ adapter. Second, you have no idea which Z-mount lenses Nikon has planned. The current Z roadmap includes 11 unidentified lenses, which could be anything.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2019 at 15:32 UTC

This seems to be a draft version of the review - it contains comments/edits in green.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2019 at 14:05 UTC as 96th comment | 1 reply

"The ISM 50mm F1.0 lens is small and lightweight with a length of 40mm, diameter of 50mm, and a 178g (6.2oz) weight. The lens features 7 elements in 5 groups, 16 rounded aperture blades, 55mm filter size"

The filter size is greater than the lens' maximum diameter? How is that possible...?

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2019 at 13:17 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

Or maybe - as DJI is not a US company - the announcement will be on 6th November ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2019 at 19:42 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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HosseinG: It blocks pop up flash light.
You need to remove it in case you need flash.

#Grapejam - maybe, but it's when the device is fitted but the filter is swung up and out of use that it will block the pop-up flash.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2019 at 07:17 UTC

Well, one benefit might be that it stops your lens hood falling off and getting lost... because you can't fit it in the first p[lace ;-)

Link | Posted on May 31, 2019 at 19:16 UTC as 41st comment
On article Ricoh GR III sample gallery (197 comments in total)
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xPhoenix: Wow, 900 bucks? Think I'll keep using my GRII.

xPhoenix - if having just one focal length is so limiting, why did you buy a GR II - and why have you previously said how great it is...?

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2019 at 13:19 UTC
On article This is the first ever photograph of a black hole (634 comments in total)
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xPhoenix: So a black hole actually looks like....wait for it....a black hole. Gee, I would've never guessed that.

xPhoenix wrote: "While this is all very cool, let me know when something useful comes out of it"

Clearly, you don't understand black holes. Nothing comes out of them, useful or not ;-)

And as for you not seeing why it's impressive, that says more about you than it does about this achievement.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2019 at 14:49 UTC
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fPrime: Being only 1.7X larger than full-frame (43.8mm x 32.9mm) this sensor isn't really medium format IMHO... it's more like Full Frame Plus (FFP) or Medium Format Lite (MF-L).

Cramming 100MP into this small of a sensor area will only buy you the image quality equivalent of scaled up XT-3 images, the pixel densities are roughly the same. If you want a true medium format 100 MP you still have to buy a proper medium format sensor like those in Phase One cameras.

#fPrime - your definition of "medium format" is simply too narrow. There are many sensor formats that count as medium format, in the same way that there were/are many such film formats. That's all there is to say.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2019 at 08:21 UTC
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fPrime: Being only 1.7X larger than full-frame (43.8mm x 32.9mm) this sensor isn't really medium format IMHO... it's more like Full Frame Plus (FFP) or Medium Format Lite (MF-L).

Cramming 100MP into this small of a sensor area will only buy you the image quality equivalent of scaled up XT-3 images, the pixel densities are roughly the same. If you want a true medium format 100 MP you still have to buy a proper medium format sensor like those in Phase One cameras.

fPrime is falling into the trap of equating the term "medium format" (as it applies to film sizes) to 120/220 format. He might be surprised to learn how many other esoteric film formats existed that were between 36x24 mm and 4x5 inches, all of which would be classed as "medium format"... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_format

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2019 at 22:34 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 Review (1158 comments in total)
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xPhoenix: Pretty cool how the rubber peels off the grip after minimal usage. Come on, Nikon. Get your crap together.

@xPhoenix you seem to have a lot of opinions and criticisms about th Z6 and Z7, for someone who "couldn't care less".

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2019 at 18:52 UTC
On article Nikon AF-S 500mm F5.6E PF sample gallery (185 comments in total)
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SHood: Were there any images taken at 1/125s or 1/160s to test for shutter shock? This was an issue with the 300mm PF that was not completely resolved with the hardware/firmware updates.

Just to provide a bit of balance, I've not experienced this problem with the 300mm f/4 PF, nor have I with the 500mm f/5.6 PF. That's on a D850, D500 and D5.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2019 at 07:57 UTC
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xPhoenix: Wow, and I thought Nikon dropped the ball. So one card slot, no IBIS and severe limitations to fps, just to name a few things that stand out. Looks like Sony has nothing to worry about from Canikon. I'd buy one of their cameras any day over these hunks of junk.

@xPhoenix
So why did you say "but Sony has enough glass now that I'd probably just use native lenses" ?

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 18:28 UTC
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xPhoenix: Wow, and I thought Nikon dropped the ball. So one card slot, no IBIS and severe limitations to fps, just to name a few things that stand out. Looks like Sony has nothing to worry about from Canikon. I'd buy one of their cameras any day over these hunks of junk.

@xPhoenix
There is no native equivalent in Sony mount for the 500mm f/5.6 Nikkor that you have pre-ordered.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 11:11 UTC
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briantilley: This isn't a new recall. It covers the same lot numbers as in the original recall in 2012. The difference is just an updated list of camera models that the potentially-faulty batteries may have been sold with.

Thanks for adjusting the title. But none of us have any idea when the 7 reported cases actually happened. They could have been at any point after the original recall. Nor do we know why Nikon chose to update the recall now.

I'd say it is still misleading for the headline to claim that the batteries in those lots are "still causing problems". We can assume that some batteries from the affected lots are still in circulation, so Nikon is doing the right thing in alerting owners who may not have seen the original recall.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 16:26 UTC

This isn't a new recall. It covers the same lot numbers as in the original recall in 2012. The difference is just an updated list of camera models that the potentially-faulty batteries may have been sold with.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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