john Clinch

Lives in United Kingdom Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Works as a Teacher of physics
Joined on May 23, 2005

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I thought sports photographers liked to hang out with a 400mm f2.8

We seemed to loose the word sport quite early on hear.......

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 19:45 UTC as 81st comment
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (772 comments in total)
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tinternaut: For anything not requiring a large print, I think Panasonic hits the nail on the head. Take 4K video and steal still images from it.

not so hot for RAW....

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 18:39 UTC

Have Sony said anything about the AF system? Does it quote a light level at which the phase detect AF will work down to?

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 08:51 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (261 comments in total)

"Shockingly, though, only some of the camera's features are upgrades over the existing D7200, while others have been pared-back."

A well balanced look at this cameras features and where it fits relative to the D500, With a click bate headline.

If ever a camera was wanted by the Dpreview masses it was the D500. Of course the D300 sat along the D90. The D7xx was the new APS-C top camera, but now it isn't. I suppose what everyone wants is a D500 with a D7xx price. I think that is too much to ask for? I suppose I'm saying that in some ways the D7500 is the new D90.

Actually my only DSLR is a D90 and it still seems to work well for me

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 10:33 UTC as 82nd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (534 comments in total)
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panther fan: I know some of you will disagree and that's fine. But for me this seems like a downgrade.
-20 Mp instead of 24Mp
-1 Card slot instead of two
-same AF

And all of that to gain a larger buffer and 4k Video with a 2,25x crop?

I think we can assume the 24mp sensor won't read as fast as the 20mp sensor

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 09:23 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (534 comments in total)
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CaPi: Having used the D7100 in the past I was waiting for an update of the D7200 - a relase that appeared to me to be too minor an upgrade.
I also considered the D500 but found it rather expensive.
Well here we are - another update I would call minor update (apart from the excellent 20 MP sensor) at the Price Point very Close to the D500. :-(
I find myself wondering why I waited for this. It seems now that all new bodies no matter by what Company start close to 2k. How about a real spec bump?
Oh and I do wish Nikon all the best of success - some of my best work was done using their Equipment.

Why do people meats compare the inflated release price to the discounted price off an established product?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 08:47 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (534 comments in total)
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CaPi: Having used the D7100 in the past I was waiting for an update of the D7200 - a relase that appeared to me to be too minor an upgrade.
I also considered the D500 but found it rather expensive.
Well here we are - another update I would call minor update (apart from the excellent 20 MP sensor) at the Price Point very Close to the D500. :-(
I find myself wondering why I waited for this. It seems now that all new bodies no matter by what Company start close to 2k. How about a real spec bump?
Oh and I do wish Nikon all the best of success - some of my best work was done using their Equipment.

I have no idea what you were hoping for that this camera doesn't have?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 08:42 UTC

I didn't realise that these early Canons used a CMOS sensor. So is that true for all Canon DSLRs? Nikon hung onto CCD for atleast one more generation.

My cousin had a 10D. It seemed so expensive and exotic to me, at the time

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 08:02 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
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Preternatural Stuff: Amazing how the Fuji apologists burst out of the woodwork to try to defend their GFX. There is nothing "brave" about this article. Its just factual.

1. Sensor size - "The GFX 50S’ 44x33mm sensor has an effective 0.78x crop factor".

This is the smallest of all sensors you can consider a MF sensor, i.e. the smallest step up from a FF sensor. So the "MF effect/benefit" is marginal as opposed to a 6x6 or 6x7.

2. Why marginal gain? Sony no longer provides its latest/best sensors to competitors like Fuji. Sony said that Nikon will no longer get its best 35mm FF sensors too. Get used to it. But then whoever didn't see it coming is a dope!

3. The article stated the benefits of large sensors for those who don't already know, so It's very balanced. No denial/conspiracy theory. Fuji apologists - no need to flog a dead horse trying to justify why bigger-better etc. FF users already get it.

Yes I am Dyslexic but actually it doesn't affect my reading much. It does affect my spelling and even worse proof reading

I'll only make one slightly personal comment in my reply. Which is to say that trying to make this personal isn't helping your argument.

I will now restate my case

Your statements are clear. "A GFX has inferior IQ to a A7rii". I am not disputing that. What I'm disputing is the title which implies that a review of one product can be used to condemn a whole set of products. There maybe already and certainly will be Medium format cameras that out perform FF in some or many aspects. This article fails to aknowledge that

If the article title was "Thinking of buying a GSX, then think again" I would be fine with that

One last try

How does the article not mention this

http://www.pcmag.com/review/347454/phase-one-xf-100mp

Which might have this

"Its all about the silicon - the backside illumination (BSI) sensor and its copper wiring tech etc. etc."

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 22:13 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)
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KimPortugal: Sometimes we get so lost in the pixelpicking game that we forget that photography is more about the content than the technicism. My first digital was a Canon 10D wich I still use in some situations.
Recently I was asked by National Geographic Magazine to use one my photos to featured as a double page in one of their issues. Go figure, when all the fuzz is medium format digital they're willing to use a six megapixel Jpeg image...

Yep I only once needed more IQ than my D70s and that was for a 20 by 30 inch print. It's still great on the wall.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)
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fPrime: The D70 sample gallery shows us the sort of rich, vibrant colors that are traditionally associated with old school CCD's and their strong color filter arrays. The CFA's in todays CMOS DX cameras have all been weakened to pass more light to their smaller pixels and to enable better high ISO performance. Fine, we get more resolution but as a result these cameras produce muted, washed out digital looking images that I just can't seem to get excited about, not even in the best DX bodies like the D500.

The comments about filter arrays is very interesting. and explains the nostalgia to those older sensors. But colour accuracy as measured by DXOmark is still better today. Or are they measuring something different

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 17:56 UTC
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Preternatural Stuff: Amazing how the Fuji apologists burst out of the woodwork to try to defend their GFX. There is nothing "brave" about this article. Its just factual.

1. Sensor size - "The GFX 50S’ 44x33mm sensor has an effective 0.78x crop factor".

This is the smallest of all sensors you can consider a MF sensor, i.e. the smallest step up from a FF sensor. So the "MF effect/benefit" is marginal as opposed to a 6x6 or 6x7.

2. Why marginal gain? Sony no longer provides its latest/best sensors to competitors like Fuji. Sony said that Nikon will no longer get its best 35mm FF sensors too. Get used to it. But then whoever didn't see it coming is a dope!

3. The article stated the benefits of large sensors for those who don't already know, so It's very balanced. No denial/conspiracy theory. Fuji apologists - no need to flog a dead horse trying to justify why bigger-better etc. FF users already get it.

"facts" show that the best FF basically offers the same image quality as the GFX MF? "

So we agree the headline should be "Thinking of buying a GFX read this first".

How can this article not mention the resolution of the cameras with more than 50MP? Do we not suppose a h6d 100c might have a higher resolution?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 12:27 UTC
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Preternatural Stuff: Amazing how the Fuji apologists burst out of the woodwork to try to defend their GFX. There is nothing "brave" about this article. Its just factual.

1. Sensor size - "The GFX 50S’ 44x33mm sensor has an effective 0.78x crop factor".

This is the smallest of all sensors you can consider a MF sensor, i.e. the smallest step up from a FF sensor. So the "MF effect/benefit" is marginal as opposed to a 6x6 or 6x7.

2. Why marginal gain? Sony no longer provides its latest/best sensors to competitors like Fuji. Sony said that Nikon will no longer get its best 35mm FF sensors too. Get used to it. But then whoever didn't see it coming is a dope!

3. The article stated the benefits of large sensors for those who don't already know, so It's very balanced. No denial/conspiracy theory. Fuji apologists - no need to flog a dead horse trying to justify why bigger-better etc. FF users already get it.

They are facts. Facts that belong in a review of a camera

But this isn't a review of a camera is it. Its meant to be about digital MF. It cherry picks the best of FF and then compares it to subset of MF

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 10:28 UTC

It is in brief a silly article on DPReview. It would make sense in many places but not here. DPReview have consistently pedaled the message that more is better in every area including resolution. Print size has never ever been mentioned, unlike Imaging Resource which always comments on this. I have always felt that print size wasn't mentioned because resolution passed a point that it is so good that is irrelevant

But suddenly at this point 50MP is enough. Why 50MP not 24Mp or 200Mp it just feels arbitrary. Also we are extrapolating from first generation products. The current state of Medium format sensors lags behind the current 35mm sensors. But what of the future. There seems no place for medium format sensors to move forward.

There are some people who really need bill board size prints and its hard to imagine that, in the long run, medium format won't be the way to do it

Finally take a picture with a street light in it, its not low dynamic range is it

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 20:01 UTC as 153rd comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (743 comments in total)
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KrampusClaus: resolution is quite poor considering its somewhat competition, look at woodcut print left of center the upper left corner and background, it compared to the a6xxx, canon m3/m5, etc make it very low resolution, in the ultimate detail sense.

obviously it is the lens? or smearing processing?, how can we know ?

the results are the evidence !

I don't think anyone sets out to create a lens that doesn't have a flat field. But I think it is a common issue and an accepted compromise to keep the lens small.

I don't think dpreview can be expected to test cameras with a variety of lenses, I mean where do you stop.

But the testing of cameras with a great lenses stopped down does need to be better expleined by dpreview in conclusions. The Sony A6000 etc. are a case in point. They get raved about here but the lens selection is till an issue. One consumer telephoto that is poor and expensive. Ultra wide is expensive. There are so many more goo cheap options for Nikon and Canon

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 08:01 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (743 comments in total)
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Mariano Pacifico: In comparison to Canon Powershot G7x Mark ii, I can see G7xMK2 is way much better at a cheaper price ...

You got to love dpreview. I'm glad you like you Canon but you can't really call that camera an alternative. It's not even got a view finder....

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 07:36 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (295 comments in total)
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J Graf: A photographer who needs this article to buy a lens should stick to his iphone

Why?

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 10:18 UTC
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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King Penguin: For gawds sake......you commenters really are a bunch of GOM (grumpy old men)......and many of you are probably not that old! Quite frankly, I'd be happy to have taken any of these images.

I know Flickr ain't perfect, but before I joined a few years ago the only people who viewed my pics were my family and my friends.......and often they weren't always appreciative about viewing my output. Now more people see my photographs on a daily basis than saw them in the whole decade before.......and when one of them is 'explored' (I've had 32 so far, the highest ranking one got to no.7), the feeling one gets as the views and 'likes' increases over a 24 hour period is very pleasurable.

I've also been contacted by people looking for images and now some of my pics grace album covers and books and have been featured in magazines, etc.......none of this would have happened had I not joined the Flickr community.

I believe my photography has improved immeasurably since joining as I see others peoples images, compositions, colours and locations and try them out for myself.

To me Flickr is a window into our beautiful, diverse, wonderful yet sometimes cruel world.......all all images are different yet all are familiar.

So come on guys, stop prattling on about how your mirrorless marvel is so light and some unimportant last year yet essential this year gizmo will helped you 'nail the shot' or getting annoyed 'cause your camera keeps overheating when taking endless 4K videos of your goldfish swimming around it's bowl and get out there shooting and sharing.........who knows, you may actually enjoy it!

Merry Xmas :)

Almost every grumpy person or pixel keeper on here has gone to spectacular lengths to make sure no trace of their photography is on line

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 15:52 UTC
On article Have your say: Best prime lens of 2016 (152 comments in total)

Readers awards are about as silly as it gets. I suppose it helps the marketing team know how well they have sold the dream and it tells dpreview if people believed their reviews. But surely most people who vote will have no real knowledge of the products and how they compare

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 15:41 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

On there website..

Genuinley couldn't tell whether shots were before or after. The uncontrolled flashing between was awful

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 20:29 UTC as 9th comment
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