Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
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Joined on May 10, 2006
About me:

EOS 6D, 5D MkII, 5D + B/G, 40D,
EF 35 f1.4L, EF-S 60 f2.8 macro, EF 85 f1.8, EF 300 f4L IS,
EF 400 f5.6L, EF 17-40 f4L, EF 24-105 f4L IS, EF 70-200 f4L IS
Kenko PRO 300DG 1.4x TC
Hoya Pro1 CPL and UV filters
Benro C-256n6 CF tripod + KS-1 ballhead
Velbon monopod


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RedFox88: Tamron is exiting the macro lens market? Article makes no sense!

Exciting, though! Amateur Photographer magazine never was famous for its spelling.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 18:41 UTC
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HarryLally: A very interesting and talented man. I'd like to know a bit more about his life and various careers. Does anyone have a link to a detailed obituary?

Thank you, Bernard. That was very helpful. Pleased that he had a son (or is it two sons by different wives - the Obit is unclear). Whatever, he will be greatly missed by the photographic fraternity.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 11:11 UTC

A very interesting and talented man. I'd like to know a bit more about his life and various careers. Does anyone have a link to a detailed obituary?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 17:45 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
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TonyTguy: Never heard of luminous landscape site till now

Probably not the best way to discover it.

The paywall on that site is a very recent development which occurred just as Michael passed the site over to Kevin. Michael was quite a wealthy man and probably edited the site for his own pleasure as much as anything. Now the site has to pay its way and pay Kevin Rabor a salary, as well as the cost of setting up all those (profitable) photographic tours around the world. I suspect we'll see many more such tours as the site develops under Kevin. For Michael, it was a labour of love.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
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webrunner5: Even though he was Canadian, he had the funny English wit about him.

I really enjoyed his reviews with the puns he used in pretty much every one of them. Was a pleasure to read his stuff. Few and far between people like him in the world. Pretty much impossible to replace I guess in this time we live in now..

Glad I followed him from pretty much the start. Nothing but respect for him. Sad day for sure.

Michael was born in London UK and his family emigrated to Canada when he was young. Used to visit family in the UK quite frequently.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 16:34 UTC

He was a wonderful communicator and an amusing and unpretentious man with a lifetimes' experience in the photographic world. He created an excellent website where his wit and humour shone through. He was a superb photographer too and I know that Kevin Raber will keep that side of things going strongly. Alas, he's not in the same league as a writer or communicator. Very few people are. MR will be sadly missed but lives on through his charitable foundation.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 19:01 UTC as 171st comment

Really excellent video with lovely still photography too. Inspired me to get the old guitar out for the first time in two years!

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 12:54 UTC as 24th comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Much prefer the black background. The new design just looks like every other site...it's a 'me-too' solution.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 23:26 UTC as 493rd comment
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HarryLally: "Those with acr in the file name...". Where's the file name?

Thanks Carey

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 19:55 UTC

"Those with acr in the file name...". Where's the file name?

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 13:06 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies

Yes, what's a JOEG?

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 17:28 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (555 comments in total)

So where is the samples gallery? Or are those five shots it? Is this part of the 'Reviews' revamp?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 20:42 UTC as 126th comment | 1 reply
On article The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty (230 comments in total)

Yes the 35L has been a wonderful lens and was my favourite for many years, the only downside being the colour fringing wide open. Lovely colour and really strong contrast (maybe too contrasty?). Though as I've got older and am inclined to carry less weight/ lenses around, the 24-105 f4L covers that FL and is much more versatile, especially for travelling. Still use it for special occasions though. Completely agree with you about a 35mm lens on a full frame camera. For years back in the film era I used an OM1 with just the Oly 35/ f2. A special lens and a wonderful combination.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 21:11 UTC as 37th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Sarnim Dean (36 comments in total)

Beautifully captured. I was lucky enough to spend nearly a month touring NZ South Island in March/ April 2013. Saw the desolation in Christchurch that you mentioned but was struck by how positive the people were there, particularly the young. I found it very inspiring. The area SE of Christchurch is quite volcanic but very beautiful, particularly the little town/ port of Akarua where we had a lovely meal in the local Bistro where the chef turned out to be from Swansea here in the UK and his wife was from Christchurch, both in their late 20s. But all the South Island was so beautiful, from Nelson to Milford Sound and from the Fox Glacier to Dunedin. not to mention Queenstown, one of the most beautiful town/city settings I've seen in my life. The trip was the perfect antidote from Sydney in high summer. Thanks again for showing your pix. It's made me want to dig mine out of the archive.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 17:26 UTC as 18th comment
On article Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison (224 comments in total)

The size of the RAW files from the 5DS R and D810 are interesting. Even though the Canon sensor has more MP than the Nikon (50.2 v 36.3 MP), the RAW files from the Nikon are much larger than from the Canon (75 v 63.4 MP for the Zeiss lens and 74.2 v 63.9 MP for the Canon/ Nikon own brand lenses). On the assumption that the more MP you have in an image the more detailed the image, then the Nikon seems to be producing more detail than the Canon which has around 28% more MP. And, if this assumption is correct, there seems to be nothing between the Zeiss and Canon/ Nikon lenses, at least at f/5.6.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 16:55 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions (255 comments in total)
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Peter K Burian: I am also testing the D810 and it is a fabulous camera and performed well during BMX races and a cycle road race. The 5fps drive speed is better than 4fps, but still a tad slow.

In my view, it's the kind of camera I would want as an extra body (to the D4s) when shooting aspects at an event that do not require high speed drive. But I still wonder why 36 megapixels would be required for most sports event photography. (Why buy a 36MP camera to shoot 9MP RAW files?) Of course, it's not billed as a sports photography camera and would be ideal for wedding photography, for example. (I know several wedding pros who use the D800.)

Are you the Guy Swarbrick that used to edit PCW? (And very well, may I say). Interesting that you've gone down the photography route, as has another PCW ex-editor Gordon Laing who runs his CamerLabs website from Queenstown, NZ.

Very good article BTW.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 14:26 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (102 comments in total)
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HarryLally: Does the lens have any sort of image stabilization? It's not mentioned here or in the review. If not, 400mm equiv is an awfully long FL to shoot without IS.

Thanks photofan. Missed that.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 12:25 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (102 comments in total)

Does the lens have any sort of image stabilization? It's not mentioned here or in the review. If not, 400mm equiv is an awfully long FL to shoot without IS.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 11:00 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On article Olympus PEN E-P5 Review (500 comments in total)

Just to point out a typo in line 4 of the final para of the updated review: 'received' not 'recieved'.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 07:46 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm X-E2 Review (318 comments in total)

Slightly rose-tinted review IMO. I'm very surprised that the review didn't mention the lack of a dedicated Custom button as outlined in Michael Reichmann's article in LuLa. Also, surely the point of having an EVF is that you can put on the EVF a histogram and over-exposure guidance like flashing highlights so you can use EC to correct exposure while the camera is still to your eye. When they do that and add a Custom button, I'll get one. Longing to get rid of my heavy Canon DSLRs and those heavy white lenses, as most of my photography these days is while travelling!

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 08:17 UTC as 59th comment
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