gohunter

gohunter

Lives in United Kingdom Wirral, United Kingdom
Works as a Professional Photographer
Joined on Nov 23, 2006
About me:

Did my first wedding in 1977 and still doing them today. Spent 40+ years in the IT industry alongside photography, but then saw the light and became pro. Today, I specialise in people photography: babies, families, weddings, etc., but I also do a bit of fashion and product photography too.

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As a pro who shoots primarily people, I really don't see any point in pixel peeping. Are the pro level lenses that I use good copies, average copies or bad copies? I really don't know and I don't care. As long as I am happy with the results and more importantly, my clients are happy with them, then it really does not matter a hoot! My clients are extremely unlikely to be pixel peeping, so why should I? I really have much better things to do with my time.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2020 at 13:17 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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gohunter: Hopefully, they have also managed to employ someone who understands ergonomics and how to build a menu system that doesn't suck! I bought an A7 II a couple of years ago and ditched it within a couple of months as I was so fed up with missing shots with it due to the abysmal menu. For me, there is nothing else on the market that compares to the superb ergonomics of the Fujifilm X series.

Magnar W. OK I get that you're a Sony fan. I'm not. Let's just accept that we don't all like the same things. Everyone to their own.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:45 UTC
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gohunter: Hopefully, they have also managed to employ someone who understands ergonomics and how to build a menu system that doesn't suck! I bought an A7 II a couple of years ago and ditched it within a couple of months as I was so fed up with missing shots with it due to the abysmal menu. For me, there is nothing else on the market that compares to the superb ergonomics of the Fujifilm X series.

Magnar W I don't have a problem learning menus, except for the Sony one, Which is generally criticised in many reviews. I've used Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Fujifilm, without issues. My point is that on Sony, I had to delve into menus to adjust things that I have at my fingertips on my X-T3s. The Fujis have dedicated dials for drive mode, shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO and metering mode. Everything at your fingertips before you even think about programming other functions. It just makes it WAY more user friendly. Sony have gone the other way, so people program dials to do what they want. I can pick up anyone's Fuji camera and immediately use it, shooting manually as I normally do. That's not necessarily the case for a Sony camera, as one person will program the front and rear dials to do one thing and someone else will program them to do something different. It's all about personal preference, but as I said, I got shot of the A7 PDQ. The handling simply wasn't to my liking.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2020 at 09:36 UTC
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gohunter: Hopefully, they have also managed to employ someone who understands ergonomics and how to build a menu system that doesn't suck! I bought an A7 II a couple of years ago and ditched it within a couple of months as I was so fed up with missing shots with it due to the abysmal menu. For me, there is nothing else on the market that compares to the superb ergonomics of the Fujifilm X series.

Sadly, it seems that most of those replying have never used the superb ergonomics of the Fujifilm X series cameras. Everything at your fingertips without having to go into menus at all during a shoot. For those questioning my ability, my job is photography. It is, quite bluntly, what puts food on the table for my family. Perhaps if you have been brought up in the world of cameras with menu after menu, then Sony is "normal". However, I learnt my trade on film cameras such as the Olympus OM1/2, Canon A1, etc. here you MUST get it right IN CAMERA, not on a computer! Rather than fire a dozen or more shots in the knowledge that "there must be a good one in there somewhere" I still use that approach. As a result, I spend very little time culling bad shots out in Lightroom and spend far less time in front of a computer and enjoy much more time shooting!

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 20:46 UTC

Hopefully, they have also managed to employ someone who understands ergonomics and how to build a menu system that doesn't suck! I bought an A7 II a couple of years ago and ditched it within a couple of months as I was so fed up with missing shots with it due to the abysmal menu. For me, there is nothing else on the market that compares to the superb ergonomics of the Fujifilm X series.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 16:32 UTC as 23rd comment | 24 replies

I wonder when the Panasonic Lumix version comes out ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2020 at 18:34 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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nebu: When a pre-order is more than your life savings... then you know your in Leica-land

Or maybe even lala land! ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2020 at 18:28 UTC
On a photo in the Fujifilm X100V sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Spot metering on the bride's face would have improved this a lot.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2020 at 17:36 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Fujifilm X100V sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

An excellent example of why you should use spot metering on faces, especially true when you have light sources behind the subject.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2020 at 17:34 UTC as 1st comment
On article Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-Pro3: Which one's right for me? (236 comments in total)
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Paul Reading: I have the X_pro 2 and never use the optical viewfinder. Unless you are a videographer then really is is just about form factor. Both are great cameras that will take great photo's. What I am sure of is that the x-trans costs Fuji a lot of sales. So many photographers value Lightroom more highly than the hardware they use. My guess is that the X-T4 is going to be a combination of the H and the X-T3 which will make a clear distinction between the Pro and the X-T4. This makes this review irrelevant because the X-T4 is going to be launched at the end of this month so no one is going to buy the X-T3 new now.

Why on earth should the X-Trans sensor cost Fuji sales? Oh, that old chestnut about Lightroom. Well, I can assure you that Lightroom has been handling X-Trans files perfectly well for years! Adobe fixed it quite some considerable time ago, but the rumours and comments about poor handling of X-Trans files in LR just keep coming. I've been using LR with Fuji right back from when I had an X-T1 in 2016 and now use it with my X-T3 and X-T20 with absolutely NO PROBLEMS! Superb images every time. If you have a problem, then you must have a very old version of Lightroom and/or Camera RAW.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2020 at 13:41 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-A7 preview (113 comments in total)
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Etmahoa: Why does most test pictures look like iphone 4 pictures in 100%?
Not just this one, many test shots look like crap. Is it DP:s jpg compression for the site or what? Otherwise, how can a company release a camera 2019 that makes hairs look like fuzzy LEGO instructions?

Probably because you’re looking at them on a phone or computer screen!

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2019 at 08:40 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T30 review (1098 comments in total)
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atoniolin: Sigh..no flippy screen for much needed selfies.. Time to hunt for a XT100 sale! :-D

Yes, the XT-100 does have the better screen flexibility for the dreaded selfies, and the image quality is also very impressive, but it is also painfully slow at times. I bought one as a "holiday camera" so that I wasn't wandering around abroad in strange surroundings with my X-T3 (or X-T1) around my neck, making myself a potential mugging target. We do sometimes go to some "dodgy" areas on holidays. I'm used to the speed of the X-T3 (or even the slower X-T1), so when I press the shutter button on the XT-100, I often miss the shot. I get over this by using burst shooting, but then I wait for ages for it to empty the buffer onto the card, plus I have to delete all the shots that I don't need!!! When the X-T30 hits the shops, I'll quite probably be there for one and then XT-100 will either go on ebay or be passed on to my wife!

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2019 at 16:50 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7 Review (1601 comments in total)
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mlupi: Dreadful camera, auto focus is useless, colors aren't even as good as an old Canon Rebel 300D. Only buy it if you want to go manual focus or your shooting targets are static otherwise forget it 70% of the shots will be out of focus. if you plan to take pictures of children forget it :)

I think that comment from mlupi must relate to the A7R, not the A7. Having had both, the A7R is extremely slow on focusing and yes, I missed a load of shots or got them out of focus. (portrait and baby photography). The A7R is aimed at landscape photographers, so yes, it is aimed at static subjects! As for the A7, the focus is very fast, precise and reliable. Colours are accurate. They may have the same body, but they are two very different cameras when it comes to performance.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 11:23 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-M1 Review (231 comments in total)
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danielkeller: Does anyone know if the x-m1 has a time lapse mode or a self shutter that takes multiple images or a series of shots?

Sorry, the X-M1 doesn't have a time lapse mode.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:53 UTC
On article 10 essential time-saving Photoshop tips (87 comments in total)

By far the best Photoshop tip I can give is to buy Lightroom. It will save you many, many hours. When I used to do wedding photography, Lightroom was a joy to use, with many hundreds of shots cropped, shadows lifted, etc. in an hour or two. In Photoshop, that used to take me many hours. I got some of my life back!

Of course there is one key factor. Concentrate on getting composition, exposure, etc. right before you click the shutter! That is something that a great many people forget to do. Then it costs them hours in Photoshop correcting things, because they should have been standing somewhere different, or had the camera set differently in the first place. One of the advantages of being brought up on film is that you learned to do that instinctively!

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 09:14 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On article 10 essential time-saving Photoshop tips (87 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: If I have a well composed shot using a good lens and nailed focus I never needed photoshop. I bit of cropping and lighting up the shadows is usually all I have to do. I won't spend more money on a software than on printing pictures. iPhoto and Aperture ist enough for me.

Absolutely agree. FAR too much emphasis by the photo press and photographers put on the use of Photoshop. I very rarely use it. Get it right straight out of the camera, the way you had to do with film. Far too many people use the principle of taking far too many shots of the same thing from umpteen different angles these days. By far the best thing you can do to improve your photography is to think like you are using film and that every shot is costing you money.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 08:59 UTC

I think Sigma should do the really honest thing and refund the money they ripped off people IN CASH. None of this "as long as you buy more of our products" rubbish! This is dispicable. My opinion of Sigma has just hit rock bottom.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2012 at 18:39 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
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