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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On article Have it your way: which 24MP Canon should I buy? (232 comments in total)
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Reactive: Waiting for an EOS 90D, with 4K and Digic 7 (or 8) processor.
If Canon don't manage that by early 2018, they should start closing their factories.

Got to love dpreview comments. There might be the odd person in the world other than me who isn' yet sold on 4k or even on taking video

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:32 UTC
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (263 comments in total)
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GuitarCamera Man: This article expresses something I never understood about people's philosophy and that is when you buy a well made digital camera digital a camera that suits your needs(and pay a lot of money) it becomes"obsolete" when the next model comes out.
For what practical reason is a great camera purchased in 2009 for $1200.00 @ 12MP
not a great camera in 2017 and of course it's now worth a fraction of that $1200.00. The answer, there is no practical reason only an artificial one created by the camera companies that creates the illusion of being left in the dust of the latest and greatest.

Martindpr

I can only assume you are joking

Basically the newer cameras can print bigger. But if your current camera meets your putput needs you don't need a new one.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (263 comments in total)
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mailman88: Money Magazine wrote an article called...Items you shouldn't buy used.
On the list...used cameras.

Out of intrest why. If a used D90 meets my needs why pay more?

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
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fluppeteer: So... fixed focus (at least, that's the only interpretation I can put on "1m to infinity" on a sensor that small - an actual 1m distance on the focal plane is implausible with a sensor that size) and they charge you for changing settings, which is the kind of nonsense last seen when Nikon insisted on an accessory to get at the F5's custom functions.

I have a digital camera with no LCD and, IIRC, a VGA sensor, designed for hanging off a keyring. It feels like a better sell than this. It certainly cost less, and that was a good five years ago.

VGA sensor? Where you getting that from

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 19:15 UTC

"What I find most intriguing about the 28mm focal length this Canon offers is that it forces me to think more holistically about the images I'm making. Without telephoto compression or a faster aperture to more easily isolate my subject, the context becomes nearly as important as the subject itself."

Now I can't actually argue with that as its true. But it also applies to my phone.

Not that i have problem as a phone as a photographic tool

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2017 at 14:00 UTC as 6th comment
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Toselli: Nice idea! The only manual compact camera I can think of is the rollei 35. I already have it, but I may buy also something similar with a 28mm!

I don't think that is what manual means, well not what I meant. I meant it as in exposure mode. You can set shutter speed and aperture independently. An OM 1 is manual. An OM 2 was Aperture priority (you set the aperture it chooses the shutter speed) or manual

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2017 at 19:02 UTC
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AndroC: And what exactly is wrong with all these cameras, all available on ebay etc etc still?

https://www.digitalrev.com/article/the-10-best-35mm-point-and-shoots-ever-made

Is it just that this gentleman would like to be a maker, or is he really thinking that in this category there are not dozens or hundreds of these already produced over time? I am also completely confused and baffled.

I hadn't realised how the prices of premium compacts had held up so well. A contax T2 looks to be about £500 plus

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 18:06 UTC
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Dr_Jon: It's an expensive game shooting film - which reminds me I need to go grab the Jiffy bag I just threw away to send a roll off to get D+P+S. However people can tire of it quite quickly and as classic film cameras can be had for peanuts I'm not sure how well this will go. (Actually I still have my Nikon TW Zoom compact somewhere, but I take the Canon A1 to shoot film.)

For me film was expensive and enormous hassle. You'd take an evening shot and the lab would autowhite balance the sky back to neutral.

My film scanner cost more than a digital SLR but produced less quality than my D70s. The D70s did 6 straight years and cost the same as buying processing printing about 25 films, with a great lens

And yes D70 has way more features than some clunky manula SLR

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 21:50 UTC
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Toselli: Nice idea! The only manual compact camera I can think of is the rollei 35. I already have it, but I may buy also something similar with a 28mm!

There really were quite alot weren't there. Ricoh did one. The Contax T2, Nikon did one in 35mm and 28mm flavours, there was the Olympus XA...

Or where they aperture priority?

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 21:44 UTC
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cosinaphile: would love to see an apsc sized c sensor in a olympus xa sized body or a rollei type
design

a 28, 3.5 would be great with a dslr sized battery or at least gm5 sized battery

You mean like a Ricoh GR

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
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john Clinch: Why would digital photography review be keeping an eye on this

Well they've never reviewed a film camera have they? So what excalty are they going to do?

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 21:41 UTC

Why would digital photography review be keeping an eye on this

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 09:02 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies
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pro photo 2011: This kind of comment reminds me of Steve Ballmer when he was asked about Microsoft's cell phone operating system in comparison to market leaders Apple and Google. It is this head-in-the-sand vision that got Nikon here. SLR digital camera sales are declining EVERY year! If Nikon doesn't change, others will change it. Actually, others (Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, and Olympus) have been doing that for a few years already!

No, she would have bought on Olympus OM 1 surely?

The FM was bigger heavier and uglier IMHO

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
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NumberOne: ...So a brand - Sony in this case - should work and perform at 100% with other manufacturers gear?! :)
This is so pathetic - The compatibility is already an excellent gift - What do you want more?! :(

Amazing, to say the least! :)

I think what is wanted is a body and lens combination to do the bread and butter jobs of sports photography

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 10:12 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)
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john Clinch: It does feel like we are debating how many angels we can balance on the tip of a pin.

If we are now at the point where to realise the full resolution of the sensor you need to correct lens, the correct aperture and to focus with in a set of iterations with an external monitor.

Surely we can just say that sensor resolution is adequate. Your only ever see it through luck

PS quite surprised that contrast detect auto focus can't focus the lens accurately. Presumably that will show up as a negative in the review?

Rishi thanks for replying. I certainly knew the SLRGEAR had to do focus bracketing for their lens tests. But your point about the need for bracketing to tests lenses and sensors really supports my first point. The "photographic testing industry" is now testing that in a lab cameras are capable of resolving detail that in the real world non of us will ever be able to achieve. Which is a bit odd isn't it

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 18:31 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)
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john Clinch: It does feel like we are debating how many angels we can balance on the tip of a pin.

If we are now at the point where to realise the full resolution of the sensor you need to correct lens, the correct aperture and to focus with in a set of iterations with an external monitor.

Surely we can just say that sensor resolution is adequate. Your only ever see it through luck

PS quite surprised that contrast detect auto focus can't focus the lens accurately. Presumably that will show up as a negative in the review?

They used manual focus because the AF couldn't accurately focus the lens

"Multiple AF-S attempts yielded shots varying slightly in sharpness, but this is not unique by any means to the a9: all cameras exhibit some tolerance when it comes to critical focus of a flat chart (which is why we always manually focus)."

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 13:33 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)

It does feel like we are debating how many angels we can balance on the tip of a pin.

If we are now at the point where to realise the full resolution of the sensor you need to correct lens, the correct aperture and to focus with in a set of iterations with an external monitor.

Surely we can just say that sensor resolution is adequate. Your only ever see it through luck

PS quite surprised that contrast detect auto focus can't focus the lens accurately. Presumably that will show up as a negative in the review?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 10:14 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies
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Triplet Perar: False economy of the Japanese camera systems
→ Leica T/TL (practically same models, differences are small), with some of its "slow" lenses available at a very good combo price, delivers image quality that surpasses any other crop camera mentioned here, taken with a so called premium lens for that camera.
So what the Japanese ask for a premium and then barely deliver compared to Leica, Leica delivers by default. That is why Leica don't waste time on two lineups of "budget" and "premium" lenses. I have found Leica T sold in combo with 18-56 Vario Elmar is *CHEAPER*, *smaller*, delivers *more amazing* optical results and is overall *more satisfying* deal than any camera mentioned above plus its "premium" comparable lens.

I think this is a some what limited view of what a camera is.

I accept that the leica TL might work really well for you. I also accept your point about IQ

But it seems to me that the IQ debate is over for most of us. My D70s with failed to deliver what I needed just once. My D90 and Rx100 almost always have enough IQ for the sizes I print.

So I think loosing a view finder and decent autofocus aren't a good trade off for me

PS where are your photos online

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 14:26 UTC

I've never used any of these cameras. I bet they are all great in their own way. I see no evidence that the conclusions here are wrong.

But I do think the term "cropped" seems wrong.

You can argue that the D500 is cropped in that its a smaller sensor than the mount allows. But the Fuji and Olympus aren't a crop of anything. They are just systems build round a certain size sensor.

Should the could be called "medium size sensors". "APs-c and mft" or just a linear dimension or area range

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 14:07 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (251 comments in total)
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Kaso: These days, most cameras are better than their users. What's the point of focusing on minute differences between the cameras? I understand: you have a writing job; you must publish.

A friend of mine, having used a Brand A Model X camera (a mid-level one) for over 3 years, decided to buy a Brand B Model Y camera. Six months later, I asked him whether he enjoyed the new camera. He said he felt more comfortable holding and operating the new camera, and had been more motivated in taking pictures. To me, this is key: the user is enabled and enchanted by the tool; the tool encourages the user to do more and better.

With all due respect, I think this website should be called Digital Gear Review. Its articles -- which justifiably have to delve into mundane technical details -- have little to do with Photography or, in other words, creating photographs.

Surely the way most people will choose based on the lenses they already own

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 13:28 UTC
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