John Bean (UK)

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

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wolfloid: I don't think DPR should become an advertising site for all Kickstarter scams. How about some intelligent filtering?

Scam is probably the wrong word - they will quite probably deliver the promised camera if enough people think it's worth the asking price.

That's a big "if' though...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 14:30 UTC

"a clickless manual focusing ring"

Now why don't they all adopt this? Oh, wait... :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 11:05 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
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BobT3218: Looks like Adobe are trying to make their cloud thingy a little more palatable. Not much good for me. I've only got about 5Mbps.

5Mbps? Luxury!

Despite living within eyeshot of a fibre cabinet it doesn't serve my address; as I live about three miles from the telephone exchange I'm lucky to get 3Mbps download and 800kbps upload. Cloud computing and storage is a bad joke for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 08:17 UTC

Nice one Barney. Naturally you will soon become a whiskery old salt yourself - you're (at least) half way there already :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 15:33 UTC as 152nd comment
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1630 comments in total)
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Jon L: Here’s the fix for those who want to stay with lightroom. Once adobe stops the upgrades so you can’t use lightroom anymore on your computer operating system, I will be setting up an external hard drive to boot the version of Mac Os operating system that will work with the last adobe upgrade. I’m sure whatever operating system you have you can do the same.
I suggest not hooking this up to the Internet and just using it to use lightroom. Although you won’t get any more upgrades, you should still be able to use like you on for years to come. Even though this is not my preferable method, I refuse again to be blackmailed by Adobe.

It's always been free and it's always kept up to date. Until very recently (like last week) I was still using LR 5.7, and the newest licensed PS I have is CS2. Everything still works ;-)

In any case there are other DNG converters available on some platforms Adobe doesn't support (DNG is an open, documented Adobe format) so even if Adobe does the dirty on us I'm sure another will step in.

As an aside I updated to LR 6 just days before this announcement for unrelated reasons. I don't know whether it was a good decision or not; time will tell.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 08:05 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1630 comments in total)
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Jon L: Here’s the fix for those who want to stay with lightroom. Once adobe stops the upgrades so you can’t use lightroom anymore on your computer operating system, I will be setting up an external hard drive to boot the version of Mac Os operating system that will work with the last adobe upgrade. I’m sure whatever operating system you have you can do the same.
I suggest not hooking this up to the Internet and just using it to use lightroom. Although you won’t get any more upgrades, you should still be able to use like you on for years to come. Even though this is not my preferable method, I refuse again to be blackmailed by Adobe.

Another (but free) Adobe tool comes to the rescue. Enter the Adobe DNG Converter. I can open raw files from any current camera in CS2 if I want, so long as they are converted to dng.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 21:01 UTC
On article ICYMI: Canon 28mm F2.8 IS USM sample gallery (68 comments in total)

Hmm. Wonky horizon in featured image is a big turn off. Sloppy photography.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 16:48 UTC as 11th comment | 6 replies
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tassienick: I shoot film almost exclusively, and a lot of that on 35mm RF bodies (35RD and M2) which are kinda sorta vaguely similar to what Yashica is mimicking here.

I don't need to be convinced that film is fantastic, and that manual RF bodies are delightful, but this is still one of the dumbest products I've seen in years...

You use my two most favourite film cameras, with the Olympus being in the number one spot just ahead of the Leica. Unfortunately I didn't keep either, although I now wish I had.

And you're also spot-on about this inane thing from 'Yashica'. Are you sure you're not me? ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 08:43 UTC
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Gasol: Just copy paste the Hexar AF with active auto focus, bracketing, etc, and most important: the lens!

I had a Hexar AF and liked it apart from the (lack of) shutter speed range. If you can live with 1/250 (max) or never use it in daylight with fast/normal film without ND filters then it was fine, but I couldn't live with its restrictions.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 09:07 UTC
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Androole: What is a tripod "made specifically for a Sony Alpha camera"?

It seems to be the only thing that is really camera specific is a plate designed to integrate with the body to prevent rotation, e.g. RRS plates.

I bought mine from Amazon earlier this year for £48.75 - but I see it's now doubled in price. Maybe mine was a price error; I certainly wouldn't pay the price they're asking for it now:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00YCKXJ6G

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 17:42 UTC
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Androole: What is a tripod "made specifically for a Sony Alpha camera"?

It seems to be the only thing that is really camera specific is a plate designed to integrate with the body to prevent rotation, e.g. RRS plates.

Millican have a Fuji branded bag too - but it's actually cheaper than their other similar bags. Very odd.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 16:53 UTC
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Androole: What is a tripod "made specifically for a Sony Alpha camera"?

It seems to be the only thing that is really camera specific is a plate designed to integrate with the body to prevent rotation, e.g. RRS plates.

Exactly the comment I wss about to make.

Maybe it will have an expenzive badge ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 16:20 UTC
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FHDev: How does it focus? I would expect manual, as with the Samyang 7.5mm, but the ring on the lens doesn't look like a focus ring. Could the focus be fixed on such a short lens?

The depth of field may be huge but the depth of FOCUS will be tiny, requiring adjustment for variations in flange it sensor distance. Even with much more normal short MF lenses I've had adapters that allowed focus past infinity on one MFT body yet not on another - it's not like film where the registration could be very precise, "floating" IBIS sensors are by definition not in a fixed location.

It's not important with AF or long MF lenses but can make a very short MF lens unusable unless it has focus adjustment of some sort.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 09:56 UTC
On article Incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather (110 comments in total)
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John Bean (UK): Lomo? The lens on the right seems to have Nomo written on it.

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:22 UTC
On article Incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather (110 comments in total)

Lomo? The lens on the right seems to have Nomo written on it.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:04 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
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lambert4: I never understood this ‘of color’ thing does that make all the other ‘monochrome ‘? If there are s talent behind the lens the images will stand on their own, I wouldn’t know a famous or successful photographer by anything other than name anyways. Maybe Annie Leibovitz, due to magazine and pop culture coverage of her. Oh well I hope they find success through talent and not based on ethnicity.

'Of colour' is just another example of pc-speak to avoid the use of natural english descriptions of skin coulour that have become tainted by rascist use. Hopefully we'll grow out of the need for such nonsense some day.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 17:10 UTC
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Scottelly: At least the cotton swab us made of cotton and not plastic, right? I wish they made cameras out of metal again.

Mostly plastic and very little cotton. Perhaps they should still use wood insted of plastic like they did back when the q-tip was first invented.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 18:35 UTC
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Peter_Birch: Gave up after 23 secs. His voice gave me a headache like listening to a road drill. Why does he try to fit millions of words into 6mins?. Slow down dude and give me one tip.

"Why does everything on DPReview have to be a video these days?"

Editorial laziness.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:39 UTC
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Tin sck: Trumps' kind of American Dream!

Perhaps he's schizophrenic.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 13:21 UTC
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jim seekers: Who needs a Canon when you can have a sony which in their equivalent range are far superior camera's.

Oh dear, got out of bed on the wrong side today? Never mind, you'll feel better after hurling a few more insults at complete strangers... so long as you only do it in cyberspace of course.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 14:24 UTC
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