John Bean (UK)

Lives in United Kingdom Waterfoot, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Joined on Jun 29, 2003

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On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (306 comments in total)
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Robert Seso: "The camera's Auto ISO system isn't focal length aware" - this is not true, it is. Quote from the camera manual at http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-t20/menu_shooting/shooting_setting/index.html#iso: "If AUTO is selected for MIN. SHUTTER SPEED, the camera will automatically choose a minimum shutter speed approximately equal to the inverse of the lens’ focal length"

Impressive. My X-T2 can't do that... yet. No doubt it will appear in the next firmware update.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 18:56 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (306 comments in total)
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dudewithcamera: Can we stop calling the Fuji XT series "DSLR style"? They're​ SLR-styled. No DSLR ever looked like the cameras in this series.

This series of models look the way SLR cameras looked *before* digital.

I'm not making a dig on DSLR styling. It's fine. I have a DSLR. I'm just saying that these cameras specifically do not look like DSLRs Panasonic's GH series, yes -- these, no.

"No DSLR ever looked like the cameras in this series"

Nikon Df, anyone? ;-)

Good point though; in general the styling of most dSLRs don't follow the old style SLRs.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 15:58 UTC
On article Erez Marom: On causality in landscape photography (107 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: The beauty of being an observer is that we can each draw our own interpretation. For me the quiver tree photograph makes me feel insignificant and humbled. For others it may be trees and the milky way.
To apply a hard and fast reading of a photograph is a little dictatorial.
Interesting all the same.

Over-interpretation is rarely a good thing anyway. I'm reminded of pranksters leaving random everyday objects lying around in "modern art" galleries and being amused by the reactions of visitors who feel obliged to "interpret" them as works of art.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 10:59 UTC
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homsa: Does it allows autofocus?

Of couse not - the camera has no way of knowing that you are moving the (mechanical) focus ring on the lens. However a quick press of the magnify button (normally the rear command dial) is all that is needed to bring up a magnified view.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 12:01 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (386 comments in total)

Mine was a 16-on-127 camera called the "VP Twin", bought for me in about 1955. I remember it was bought in Woolworths and cost 2/6 (remember old money?) and the optional canvas case was the same price! (2/6 is 12.5p uk or about 15c us)

To my surprise I found an Amazon entry: https://www.amazon.co.uk/VP-Twin-Vintage-English-Bakelite/dp/B00HW13QB0 :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 11:23 UTC as 283rd comment
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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Terry M: Finally, a reviewer who doesn't fall all over himself getting lost in the rangefinder mythos. It takes time and a LOT of practice to consistently take good photos with them. But seriously, "I'm getting old"? LOL

It's all those heavy SLRs you prefer to haul around... ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 16:15 UTC
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armandino: One more time I have been reminded that I could never win a prize in any contest.
Perfect examples of wasting money on an expensive camera. Wouldn't want Hasselblad to showcase what their cameras can do? An iphone would overkill for these shots.

"Rineke D is not "famous" for the brand he uses but for the photos he takes..."

*He* is not famous for anything but *she* is quite well known ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 13:14 UTC

I received a spam email advertising this yesterday. It had a bogus heading claiming to be from "Silkypix News" (which isn't spam) so avoided my filters.

If I was intersted before (I wasn't) I certainlt wouldn't be now. Terible marketing tactic.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 14:47 UTC as 10th comment
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Patcheye: why is the subscription option so criticised on so many websites? £8.57 per month = about a cup of coffee and and a sandwich where I live - no not London. Is that really a rip off when it costs £5 for a return local bus trip?

I back-up my stuff on separate hard drives & am just a hobbyist these days - still a lot cheaper than playing golf.

I'm still using LR 5.7 - I routinely convert to DNG anyway so new cameras get support that way.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 13:40 UTC
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left eye: I just tried GFX 50S RAWs with an updated standalone LR 6.9, and LR is cropping some of the image away! See my post here...

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59239864

The view through the (electronic) viewfinder is also automatically corrected, so unless you like to see something different when you look at the result it's probably best to use the same corrections the camera uses. No conspiracies needed.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 07:50 UTC
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left eye: I just tried GFX 50S RAWs with an updated standalone LR 6.9, and LR is cropping some of the image away! See my post here...

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59239864

I've never found it a problem; all Adobe is doing with the raw file is pretty much the same as the camera does with basic lens distortions when it makes a jpeg internally - and you can't control that either.

Additional corections can be controlled/disabled but basic lens corrections are always applied automatically whether in-camera or later in LR.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
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left eye: I just tried GFX 50S RAWs with an updated standalone LR 6.9, and LR is cropping some of the image away! See my post here...

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59239864

Correct.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 18:35 UTC
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left eye: I just tried GFX 50S RAWs with an updated standalone LR 6.9, and LR is cropping some of the image away! See my post here...

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59239864

Lightroom has always automatically used lens correction metadata for Fuji cameras and lenses if it exists, not just for the new GFX. It isn't a user configurable setting. The setting in your screenshot is for control of lens profiles and manual adjustments, a completely separate mechanism.

Same applies to some other cameras too, like 4/3 or micro 4/3 cameras/lenses for example.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
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bubblyboo: Maybe Fuji won't be gimped with the GFX since it uses Bayer now.

Fuji also uses Bayer APS-C sensors in some bodies.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 08:13 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (243 comments in total)
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John Bean (UK): My first "serious" camera was the original Yashicamat TLR which along with a MPP Microflex and folding Zeiss Ikonta I used for decades until they were stolen from my car. Never leave valuables in a car, even for a few minutes...

My first "serious" digital camera was a Sigma SD9, a real Marmite of a camera - I loved it :-)

They did. The camera bag was in the back sest and I had stopped to buy cigarettes. Couple of minutes, no more.

Some good came from it though - I stopped smoking after I aded up the cost of replacement. Never smoked since but spent a small fortune on cameras :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 08:02 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (243 comments in total)

My first "serious" camera was the original Yashicamat TLR which along with a MPP Microflex and folding Zeiss Ikonta I used for decades until they were stolen from my car. Never leave valuables in a car, even for a few minutes...

My first "serious" digital camera was a Sigma SD9, a real Marmite of a camera - I loved it :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 09:29 UTC as 113th comment | 3 replies
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darlot: live view on a rangefinder camera :) what's the point ? I thought all RF users want Leica so they can use RF .

"I know what Liveview is for but do you actually think the Leica users who buy M10 will have non-M lenses ?"

They may well have some long Leica lenses though - even a 135 gets very hit and miss on a rangefinder. That's one of the reasons the old optical Visoflex existed back when and its modern EVF counterpart exists today.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 08:48 UTC
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skanter: Will it do anything significantly better than LR?

"for Fuji X, far superior detail rendering from raw"

Indeed - but not better than LR with a DNG created by Iridient X-Transformer from the original RAF. Iridient's X-Trans demosaicing is outstanding, and I prefer the LR feature set over RT. The combination of XT and LR is very effective.

That said I have no doubt that RT is infinitely better value for money :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 18:13 UTC
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El Chubasco: A re-do of my billingham hadley pro

The Hadley is not only a better design (with respect to water ingress) but its material is genuinely waterproof - stormproof in fact - and not reliant on a water-repellant coating.

I know which I'd choose in bad weather.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 10:08 UTC

1.4kg? That's heavier empty than my bag is complete with a Fuji X-T2 and a couple of lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 12:20 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
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