John Bean (UK)

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


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Mark Eberts: tip:
Do not buy anything else.


Buy nothing you don't need right now - instead go shoot lots of pictures. You soon discover what you need over and above what you already have, and it's often... nothing but lots more practice and experience :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 14:31 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Samuel Jessop: Having had the Nexus 4 and currently Nexus 5, I'd been waiting eagerly for this to launch. The pricing is impossible to justify however, at up to £819 for the 128GB XL.

I'm now faced with a difficult decision:
1. Buy a OnePlus 3T and make do with a camera which is a step down from my Nexus 5. Sobering that the 3T and a Ricoh GR is a similar price to the XL.

2. Buy a Galaxy S7, which has an excellent camera, is more weatherproof than the Pixel, and has impressive build quality. However using TouchWiz is annoying and I want lighter, cleaner stock android, plus ideally 64GB or more on board storage. It also has OIS which is welcome.

If I was pushed I'd get the 3T, but for now I need to wait for either the price gouging to calm down or for someone like OnePlus to use a better camera module.

Touchwiz is easy to forget. I'm typing this on a nice Samsung Tab S2 and for all practical purposes the OS feels just like my phone, a Nexus 5. Both have 6.01 and both use the excellent Nova launcher (I don't like the Google launcher either).

Don't be put off by the default Samsung (or Google) stuff, Android is really easy to adapt to your own personal preferences.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 19:50 UTC
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Tom Conte: Electronic, not "Electric" parts.

Not all electronic devices are silicon based or even solid-state for that matter.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 21:50 UTC
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Aaron C Greenman: Reasons to reconsider:

There will be a Sony RX-100 VI in three months.


Then dpr will probably list all six rx100 iterations in its annual roundup next year. Sony bias and lack of impartiality is becoming increasingly obvious unfortunately.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 15:08 UTC
On photo Droplets on Dublin's Street in the Your City - Dark and Gloomy challenge (7 comments in total)

Lovely capture. Well done.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 09:49 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (302 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I love the use of archaic English verbiage.... it makes it sound important

Such a us-centric comment; non-American flavours of English are simply different, not archaic.

I tend to use "spoiled" always, but "spoilt" also looks fine to me too - but then again I also spell "flavours" with a "u"... ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 08:34 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (764 comments in total)

Mine was caled a VP Twin and cost 2/6 (£0.125) from Woolworths in 1955. There's one for sale on ebay:

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 14:15 UTC as 119th comment


Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 09:08 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply

Interesting and unusual take of Ribblehead Viaduct, I like it. Actually I like most of them :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 10:26 UTC as 60th comment
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fmulta: Adobe, rip off that highlight recovery masking tool!


I use Lightroom 5.7 (hardly new!) yet it allows highlight recovery globally or using various masks including freehand brushed areas.

The "rip of" is if anything the other way.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 09:23 UTC
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John Bean (UK): "the cathode (positive) and anode (negative) electrodes"

Hmm, positive electrons ;-)

Uh oh - I've been spotted...

Hi Jack and no, you won't find me in a DPR forum. I do still look at the news though and throw in the occasional comment - sometimes even an on topic one :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 16:44 UTC
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John Bean (UK): "the cathode (positive) and anode (negative) electrodes"

Hmm, positive electrons ;-)

Sorry, bad joke. The electrodes are always positive or negative of course but which is anode or cathode depends on whether you're charging or discharging. The statement I quoted is correct during discharge but completely wrong when charging - which is when most problems arise. Of course it would also be true when charging if electrons were positive... ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 15:25 UTC

"the cathode (positive) and anode (negative) electrodes"

Hmm, positive electrons ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 13:47 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
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amateurphotographer: It's a working tool for most architect/interior photographers, and the cost should be able to recover with it's usage. I currently use the Canon 17/24mm tilts, they are awesome lenses. This Nikon 19mm will bring me back to the Nikon camp, so hopefully a higher res D810 will come in 2017. Any have any thoughts of why Nikon couldn't make 17 or 18mm tilt, do you think it has something to do with the tilt/shift clashing with some of the camera bodies? I use a gearhead, so really only need the shift. I will be buying one of these.

"It's" was correct - a standard contraction of "it is".

"Its" is possesive: it's a lens, its aperture is f/4 :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 08:37 UTC
On photo VW camper in Durness, Scotland in the Trailer Trash challenge (14 comments in total)
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John Bean (UK): Nice. No number plate?

I thought that mightt be the explanation. Just checking ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 07:16 UTC
On photo VW camper in Durness, Scotland in the Trailer Trash challenge (14 comments in total)

Nice. No number plate?

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 17:42 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (121 comments in total)

I had a F10; not only were the images surprisingly clean they also had lovely Fuji colour and a sort of smooth-sharp look only normally seen from aps-c or larger sensor.

Unfortunately it was a dog to actually use, with a terrible fixed lcd and no mainingful photographic controls so it had to go - despite the good images it produced when I could force myself to use it.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 12:55 UTC as 78th comment

Too "box-like" for me. I have similar bags with reverse opening zips and while convenient in some ways they never seem to hang well cross-shoulder, which is how I always wear shoulder bags.

I currently use a Tenba Messenger DNA 8 that I first saw in DPR "news" announcement and it ticks most of the boxes for me so I quite like these infomercials. And yes, I did buy it from Amazon ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 07:14 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (186 comments in total)
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bluevellet: Ha ha the final recommendation are by far the most expensive piece of kits out there. Like a car mag only recommending Porsche or Austin Martin.

Austin Martin? Was that for those who couldn't afford an Aston Martin? ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 17:15 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (393 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I remember paying $599 for my Panasonic LX2 about ten years ago.

This camera looks ten times better, for around the same price.

Apart from the LX1 that started it all ;-)

The LX2 was essentially a LX1 with more aggresive NR - even in raw. I preferred the raw output of the original LX1, which I still have though never use

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 19:09 UTC
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