John Bean (UK)

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

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keepreal: No complaints at Mr Butler specifically. However, as someone said in comment on another thread, the signal to noise ratio at DP Review is increasing. Here we have anothjer excuse for more "column inches", nothing useful. Why do journalists have to present us with this stuff?

Is this concept the successor to the ridiculous (as most people thought) Dynamic Symmetry by Tavis Leaf Glover? Even if there is some analytical yardage for the laboratory in this - though heaven knows why it would ever get there - so what?

I warrant that being aware of the benefits of a larger sensor because the receptors are better spaced and gatter more light is worth knowing about if you wish to consider FX versus DX etc.

However, I am not going to waste my time on this. Even if I did it would achieve absolutely nothing. No benefits at all.

Increased s/n ratio means more signal, less noise.

Are you still sure that's really what you meant - with or without the sarcastic "LOL"?

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 18:07 UTC
On article Video: Six lighting tips for flash photography newbies (18 comments in total)

Couldn't watch it all, the 'music' was driving me nuts - not helped by the variable quality audio.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 10:50 UTC as 4th comment
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (316 comments in total)
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Sean65: Flash is great.

True. He is the saviour of the universe.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 16:43 UTC
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MikeGre: Why is this lens $11,000 ??? I got a Leica Nocticron 42.5 F1.2 for $1500 and it is tack sharp.

Quite apart from the point already made that your lens is neither Leica nor full-frame, it's also f/1.2 not f/0.95. Huge difference.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 07:30 UTC
On article Flip to flop: the pocket camcorder flash in the pan (48 comments in total)
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Tom K.: If I ever heard of it, it didn't make an impression. I have no recollection of this thing. It may be that it was a phenomenon that I completely missed, or it may be that it wasn't as widespread as you seem to think it was.

Ditto. I was about to post something similar but saw you beat me to it.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 15:21 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: It was sold to Microsoft and then sold again to HMD, and finally got the right OS.

"Better experience" is entirely subjective; my attemts to get on with Windows 10 on a tablet were an exercise in frustration and annoyances.

Fortunately we all have choices. Choice is Good :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 14:53 UTC
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Father Bouvier: Leftist extortionists got money from another victim. Remember, the despicable guy who said, "If You've Got A Business, You Didn't Build That."

Are you saying the US government (who brought the action) consists of leftist extortionists?

Very odd accusation.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 09:56 UTC
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henryp: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/bh-agrees-settle-outstanding-government-claims
-- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

"While B&H categorically denies the allegations, we settled to avoid the distraction of litigation."

Of course. That explans it then.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: I wish the next one will have WR.

And a tilting LCD.

"And a tilting LCD"

The move from tilt to articulated was the principal reason I stopped using Olympus cameras. I know it's a Marmite thing but when I want to use the LCD I want it to tilt with a touch of a finger, not go though contortions only to have it end up sticking out of the side instead of over the lens. Annoyed me every time I used the Pen-F - and the E-M5 II.

Portrait orienration you ask? Fuji got that right in the X-T2. All tilt LCDs should be like this but I'll still take plain tilt rather that articulated every time.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 07:55 UTC
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photophile: erm....ounces ? pounds ?? WHY ?? Don't people learn scientific units of measurements in school anymore ? Linearaity and scale in base 10 people!! Eye of newt and toe of frog next.

The uk is mainly metric, but not entirely, A visit to the pub half a mile down the road for a quick pint illustrates the point :-)

Oh - and that imperial pint (20 ounces) is not the same as a US pint (16 ounces), just to complicate matters. As a side effect the size of a US gallon is also different from the imperial unit of the same name.

Now who still thinks mertic units are a bad idea?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:02 UTC

Striking images, and good to see a different photographer in this weekly slot.

Way to go, DPR.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 14:57 UTC as 24th comment
On article Composition tips: simplification and negative space (85 comments in total)

I wish some of the comments had a bit less negative space... Of couse I don't include mine ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 08:06 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Adobe Lightroom 1.0 (124 comments in total)
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keepreal: Maybe, they will have a throw back Thursday for the latest version and get to it soon.

If the option with that and other software was to keep files in the PC type directory hierarchy, allowing you to move files and subdirectories around with no side effects and you were not forced to use catalogs, even I might have been interested. After all, it does have some good points.

I'm not sure why LR is singled out in this way - many seem to think that LR stores the actual image files in its catalog or that it forces you to use some fixed storage system for them. It does neither. Perhaps it is just the terminology used by Adobe, who knows.

Yet the same critics of LR often happily use and recommend other software (like C1, say) that uses a very similar catalog system. Bizarre.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 06:43 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Adobe Lightroom 1.0 (124 comments in total)
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keepreal: Maybe, they will have a throw back Thursday for the latest version and get to it soon.

If the option with that and other software was to keep files in the PC type directory hierarchy, allowing you to move files and subdirectories around with no side effects and you were not forced to use catalogs, even I might have been interested. After all, it does have some good points.

"Yes it's a problem to move them outside Lightroom since LR will lose track of them"

But easily put right, either using "find missing files" or usually more simply by just sync-ing the folders concerned.

That said it's best avoided by doing the moves/renames inside LR if at all possible.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 13:08 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Adobe Lightroom 1.0 (124 comments in total)
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left eye: If anyone is still getting frustrated by LR''s Import/Catalog - so called 'workflow' - which is in fact a rigid system from hell that clashes with how professionals shuffle around and rename folders for delivery to clients, and also how any photographer organically and intelligently reorganises their work, try Bridge > ACR > PS.

Bridge > ACR > PS works intuitively and with sidecar adjustment files is solid as a rock across external hard-drives, renamed folder and backups etc.

LR is overhyped by people who like it's name 'LightRoom' and believe they need to be shoe-horned into some efficient [read, in-efficient] workflow - which is actually a horrible trap.

LR is a bad dream, Bridge is a good dream. I recommend Bridge > ACR to anyone who is in the Adobe boat. I'm surprised how Bridge > ACR is so little talked about.

Of course this is just my opinion, but thought I'd share it.

Before lightroom I renamed and organised raw files myself. By some mysterious process - aka RTFM - I found it simple to configure LR to use the same personal naming and folder hierarchy I already used. Nothing changed except LR took over the chore of getting the images from card to disk - and in the exact same hierarchy and naming convention I had used for years.

I'm with Richard on this one.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 15:06 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: I'm not saying anything bad about anybody ever again.

Substitute "malicious and untrue" for "bad" and your tounge-in-cheek statement would make a lot of sense.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 08:15 UTC

Ourstanding, all of them. And as a bonus - totally cat-free ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 09:56 UTC as 12th comment
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f64manray: I wonder if in the year 2095, there will be a story: Man finds Canon Rebel XT with ancient CF card and recovers photos. I'm thinking probably not.

More likely cat pictures. People even made books from them...

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 08:25 UTC
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John Bean (UK): Erm... No comment ;-)

So little humour left in the world.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 07:36 UTC

Erm... No comment ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 10:08 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
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