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 Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1989 comments in total)
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mike earussi: This review was obviously written before the K1's DR test was done, because the K1 beats the Nikon in Pixel Shift mode by several stops.

But Surely if we are prepared a faff around with 4 RAW files we can have all the dynamic range we want by bracketing....

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 21:11 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1140 comments in total)
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Andrew Elliott: If only my Q had a CCD sensor...

Why?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 15:55 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1140 comments in total)
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mcshan: I'm sure it is a great camera and I won't lose sleep over the result. I hope the fanboys who have been pleading for a review won't cry too loudly over missing the elusive gold. Please "...handle the truth!".

We have come a long way fast. I was surprised how much better the Q performed over the original RX1r in studio tests. I have that Sony and the photos that come out of it can be amazing.

Negative (?) comments or merely friendly suggestions:
Not sure why the Ricoh ($590) was even mentioned.
In the future please don't show animals or kids in a refrigerator.

Otherwise I loved the review. Seemed fair to me. No camera is perfect. Good job DPR and thank you.

To be fair to Dpreview they wanted a shot that reflected the responsive single shot AF. A great scene in a Park or City doesn't do this

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 15:55 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1140 comments in total)
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rjmccor: I don't consider myself a fanboy of Leica mainly due to price considerations. Having said that, I did buy the Q last June and never had a second thought.

The lack of button customization is an annoyance that I wish Leica would fix with a firmware update but, I've learned to live with it because the IQ of photos is superb!

Banding - what banding? I've taken a LOT of low light photos and haven't noticed the banding mentioned. Maybe my exposure settings are minimizing it.

The body is great for carrying around save a little heavy. But with the grip and a wrist strap it's not a problem.

This is a great camera for street photography (or any usage really). The images I got from a day in Philadelphia last August were excellent with a lot of character. No doubt courtesy of the great lens.

I do wish it had a built in flash.

Personally, I think the Q should have eked out a Gold rating but considering this is a more technical review I won't quibble with DPR's final score.

I can't really imagine street muggers are really differentiating products in that way.

If the neighbour hood is really that bad I wouldn't take photos on my phone or anything else as people some times don't like being photographed

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 15:53 UTC
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gskolenda: Personally, I think pulling shadow detail is blown way out of proportion. I think it totally depends on the image and what might be important in the shadows.

To me, I'm seeing dynamic range pushed so much that many of the new log files and L UT's are causing a milky washed out look, that I don't care for. I understand that With color grading in post, is all very subjective. it's starting to be a distinct popular style. I prefer a nice balance of contrast with more emphasis on the subject.

I would rather see better sensor performance that gives just crazy noiseless images, and video. Of course I would take dynamic range also.

Boring stuff in many ways but here is my standard lifting the shadows demo. I don't use it loads but I wouldn't be without it. If you look in the comments you can see the unedited version

https://flic.kr/p/ibxSYZ

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 22:23 UTC
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oliver26n: Just what the world needs, more lame super wide angle, long exposures masquerading as "art".

Thanks. The example used here is awful and I can't think why they didn't do something better

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
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oliver26n: Just what the world needs, more lame super wide angle, long exposures masquerading as "art".

Oliver26n In some ways you are correct. We have seen alot of long exposures. But i have really enjoyed the ones I have done and I have seen some that I really love.

Opinions are personal and not everyone likes the same things. So speak your mind

But my opinion is that if you don't have a link to your own work then you are playing the game in a way that I would regard as one sided.

So where is your work?

The link to mine is in my profile

I don't think you'll like it. But I'd rather be judged for what i have done than what I haven't

Oh and highlights (according to Flickr) hear

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/john_clinch/popular-interesting/

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (493 comments in total)
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Vlad S: This is a moving target. First "the enthusiast compact" came of age when in response to Panasonic LX3 everyone starter making fast zoom compacts. Then it came of age when Sony released the 1" compact. Then it came of age with compact fixed FL cameras with APS-C sensors. Now we can look forward to compact APS-C 3x zooms, and possibly compact FF fixies a la Sony RX1. Then something else will come along, and none of the cameras listed in this article will be even considered seriously.

Of course its a moving target. That's progress. If your happy with what you have then fine spend your money else where. But its no disadvantage to you that the newer cameras are better if you are happy with what you have

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 15:11 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (493 comments in total)
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RomanP: I replaced my aging Canon s95 with a Sony RX100 mII thinking that it could take the place of my heavy D610 for hiking in the mountains. No way.

All the image quality issues aside, the thing that bugs me the most about compacts is SPEED. When I flip the switch on my d610 I can start firing photos instantly. I don't have to wait for the lens to slide out every time. With the DSLR I can change the aperture or focus point while taking the photos...something that is really ponderous and slow on the RX100. Compacts have come a long way but they are nowhere near DSLRs.

Its is all swings and round abouts. I often walk with a DSLR without the lens cap and its just so fast to use. Its a D90 and i use the top panel to choose the focus point before the camera gets to my eye. But compact is way better one handed and if your riding a bike or climbing that is a massive difference. I'm in the process of moving from a Olympus ZX-1 to a Sony RX100. Thank you Sony for keeping on the RX 100 and letting the price fall. I'd love a TZ100 but its too much for me at the moment

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 15:08 UTC
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duchamp: 1. Only 300g less but twice as expensive?! How come Gitzo succeeds to make similar characteristic's tripods significantly lighter? Maybe there are different types of carbon for different price ranges?

2. What's the difference between the 804RC2 Mark ll and MHXPRO-3W heads?

I believe that people pay more for carbon because it has better damping and stiffness. So the camera moves less giving sharper picture, particularly in a strong wind

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 15:44 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Stephen Cheatley (50 comments in total)

Great pictures. The UK is not an easy base for an astrophotgrapher

Link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 15:10 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On article Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay (235 comments in total)

Plenty of telescopes of this spec out there

Bokeh will be terrible polo mints

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 18:08 UTC as 24th comment
On article Nikon D5500 Review (404 comments in total)
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108: In terms of handling and ergonomy this camera is amazing . I had the chance to hold one in store, displayed next to an older D5200, and the difference is night and day. Smaller, lighter, much better grip, much better button layout . That thing isn't even bigger than my old 4/3 E620, and more pleasant to hold, and a bigger and much better sensor . Even the OVF is ok, though not as good as Pentaxs' . The cam feels better balanced than the tiny Canon 100D , and that's no small achievement . Now if only they would make the lcd screen smaller, that would make room for bigger buttons and an even more comfortable layout, I don't see the point in having big 3"2 lcd screens, 2"7 is way enough . Add an electronic gauge level in OVF that would be a very interesting camera . Ah and focus fine tune , my 620 is 6 years old and
has it .

The need for low pass filter is reduced by the higher resolution sensor. To an extent the lens takes over the role

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 20:44 UTC
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john Clinch: Its very disappointing to see that tow in with a Jet Ski is being used on small beach breaks

Partly as it puta a horrible noisey machine in close to the beach

Yes of course they could. I'm amazed that they don't more

But it just seems like wake boarding at the beach to me.

I was once climbing a secluded seas cliff in the mist. Just out of this world. When 3 jet skis turned up to watch hmm damaged the atmosphere

i once got old up for cutting one up on a wave when i was windsurfing. It was actually me in the wrong.

But its all tuned me off them

I get that you can't surf a huge wave without a jet ski. But applying a Jet Ski here just makes surfing look like it lost the plot

I'm not actually a miserable git if you meet me in person

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 18:27 UTC
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john Clinch: Its very disappointing to see that tow in with a Jet Ski is being used on small beach breaks

Partly as it puta a horrible noisey machine in close to the beach

Things that don't use an internal combustion engine

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 19:59 UTC

Its very disappointing to see that tow in with a Jet Ski is being used on small beach breaks

Partly as it puta a horrible noisey machine in close to the beach

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 18:10 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
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justmeMN: Chris Burkard is an official Sony Global Imaging Ambassador. If DPR believed in journalistic ethics, it would have disclosed that conflict of interest in the text below the video. Clearly disclosing conflicts of interest is standard journalistic procedure.

But that's not the point is it. You simply state the sponsorship, its right that we should know.

The sponsorship doesn't mean the piece is invalid or wrong. But that's for us to judge

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 18:05 UTC
On article Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013) (296 comments in total)

I usually avoid negative comments on ger

But I'd love an A6000 kit lens and all but

Just 2 longer zoom options

One is expensive f6.7 and not that good

The other is a fortune, f4 and excellent

But neither feels like the right option for me

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 16:14 UTC as 9th comment
On article Enthusiast compact camera roundup (185 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Even RX100-3 is getting old, LX100 still can not beat RX100-3 in amazon Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras sales ranking; #27 vs #69.

It is interesting to see what does incoming RX100-4 look like.

You rank cameras by sales position. Well its a free world

THE RX100-3 is old.?

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 17:55 UTC
On article UK Landscape Photographer of the Year winners announced (127 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Number 6 looks like it's made with an iPhone and instagramed. 9 is not a landscape, it's a bloody tree and nr. 8 and 7 are architectural photographs. 1 is inexplicable, nr. 2 is a picture of a lady taking a hike. I mean, c'mon !

I disagree i thought the standard was just massively high!!

Most bring something new to the location or photography

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 11:56 UTC
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